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The Art & Jazz Series, #1, featuring Arshak Sirunyan

Monday, September 29th, 2014

We previously had our “Art & Jazz Series” over at our now-disbanded membership section, and we’re in the process of rolling over all of the former membership features into the regular site (where everything has always been free and accessible to all). In the Art & Jazz Series, we listen to jazz compositions and then guide you towards an art project related to the music.

So our debut Art & Jazz Series #1 features the music of jazz pianist Arshak Sirunyan, and in particular a composition from his album Journal (if you like his music as much as we do, you can buy this album here). We focus on his song “Twitching Eye,” and we listen as to how he suggests the movement of the twitching through his music. You can watch the video, hear the music, and then jump into our suggested art project based on this song … check it out here.

Please note – more Art & Jazz Series coming soon … we have 3 more lined up with Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Haden, and The Bad Plus. We’ll let you know once they’re posted.

jazz pianist Arshak Sirunyan in our Art and Jazz Series #1


Phil Frost in the studio

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

I’ve been a fan of Phil Frost’s work for a long time, ever since I used to see his pieces attached to walls on the Lower East Side in the early 1990’s. He seems to be a hard artist to track down, exhibition-wise, as it appears that his last show in New York was in 2009. But I happened upon this video, in which he discusses his love of the music of Bob Marley. That topic in itself doesn’t interest me so much, but the video shows multiple looks inside of his studio, and it’s packed full with incredible paintings … I could spend hours looking around this studio, love his work!


How art can help you analyze

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

We happened upon this interesting video, which explains why art historical training can prepare you for real world investigation.


Accidental reflections in a Jay West painting

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

This painting by Jay West, titled “Sailor’s Last Voyage,” caught my attention at the recent Scope Art Fair. But I didn’t realize how prominent the reflections on the glossy surface would be captured in my photograph until I got home and saw it on the computer. Scroll down to see a video about Jay West, and in the video you can actually see him working on this exact same painting!

Jay West painting at the Scope Art Fair, 2014


Buddhist monks breakdancing in memory of MCA

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

If that headline doesn’t catch your attention, what will? I didn’t realize it until after the event took place, but just this past May 3rd was declared as “MCA Day 2014: Celebrating the Life of Adam Yauch,” and there were events organized in Brooklyn. The PR for the event states: “Humanitarian, artist, rapper, musician, Sasquatch, filmmaker, activist, snowboarder and Hörnblowér. Adam Yauch was one of the best this crazy world has ever seen. Let’s get together and honor a life well-lived through his favorite channels: art, music and community.”

MCA was a practicing Buddhist and was a supporter of Tibetan Buddhism. He created the Milarepa Fund, a non-profit organization devoted to Tibetan independence, and organized several benefit concerts to support the cause, including the Tibetan Freedom Concert. So it was only fitting that a group of “Buddhist Monks” (I put that in quotes, because my guess is that these guys are just dressed like monks) did a breakdancing performance in honor of MCA – check it out below.


The Art of the Steal: an Evel Knievel wannabe who doubles as an art thief

Friday, April 25th, 2014

The concept behind the movie “The Art of the Steal” starring Kurt Russell sounds like a wacky combination too good to be true: a third rate motorcycle daredevil (a la Evel Knievel) who is also a semi-reformed art thief, decides to get back into the con game and pull off one final lucrative art theft. Granted, it’s probably a small target audience that appreciates both Evel Knievel and fine art, but hey, I’m in that demographic, so let’s look into this further.

Problem #1: Kurt Russell’s character’s name is “Crunch Calhoun.” Can anyone really take a movie seriously if the main character’s name is “Crunch?”

Problem #2: It’s Kurt Russell … granted, I haven’t seen many Kurt Russell movies, but my perception is that he’s often in cheesy movies. Or at least the titles of some of his movies sure sound cheesy: “The Strongest Man in the World,” “The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes,” “Tango and Cash,” and “Big Trouble in Little China” are just a few of his gems.

One review says that it’s “not a must-watch, but it’s probably entertaining enough to merit a rental if you’ve got a rainy Tuesday evening to kill.” Even though that feedback should tell me not to waste my time, I’ll probably still watch it … here’s the trailer, decide for yourself:


Andrew Tedesco, extraordinary mural artist

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Imagine walking into your already-impressive entryway (below right) and looking up to see that the ceiling had “cracked open” to reveal a dynamic modern art painting underneath … well, Andrew Tedesco (pictured below left) brought this fantastical idea to life via one of his trompe l’oel ceiling murals. You can even see it come to life yourself – just scroll down below the picture to see a time-lapse video of Andrew creating this mural – which took 40 hours – in only 40 seconds. To see more of Andrew’s murals and learn more about what he does, check out the Andrew Tedesco Studios website here.

Trompe l’oel ceiling murals by Andrew Tedesco


In the studio with Julian Schnabel

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

I’ve always found Julian Schnabel to be a compelling artist, both in the size and style of his work, as well as his personality and extreme confidence. So it’s pretty interesting to get a view inside Schnabel’s studio and see him discuss his work with a group of students. Check out this video from the HBO documentary series called “Masterclass”. One of my favorite quotes from the video – and it’s a favorite because I am someone who paints and plays the saxophone – is when Schnabel says: “Painting is more like playing the saxophone, you hit a note, you like it, it’s clear, and that’s good.”


Sculpture by Li Hongbo

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Do you think Michelangelo could have ever imagined someone reinterpreting his famous “David” sculpture as a paper bust that moves like a slinky? You have to see this video to believe it … art by Li Hongbo at the Klein Sun Gallery. For more information and additional pictures of this amazing sculpture, check out our full coverage here.


Speed Painter D. Westry shows his skills

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Watch D. Westry, the “Speed Painter,” do his thing on the show “Anderson’s Viewers Got Talents,” hosted by Anderson Cooper. Just when you think he’s created a failed art work as the time expires, he flips the canvas to reveal a pretty good painting. How he visualizes this upside-down and comes up with something good is beyond my understanding! (By the way, how many shows like this is Sharon Osbourne on? For crying out loud, give us a break!)


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