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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!)

The Monuments Men, coming in December

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

I saw a trailer for this in the movie theater, and am definitely looking forward to this movie. “The Monuments Men” is based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history. The focus is on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys – seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 – possibly hope to succeed? But as the “Monuments Men,” as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1,000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind’s greatest achievements.

An example of Paris Musette

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

If you saw our earlier post about our unexpected discovery of owning a Robert Crumb poster, the image featured was for something called “Paris Musette.” So, what exactly is Paris Musette? It’s the traditional Parisian sound of accordian music that one probably hears quite often in old French movies … or in this case, a modern day musette player in a public square in Montmartre, which we saw in Paris last November as part of our Arts Adventurer trip.

Painting with glue

Friday, November 15th, 2013

How come America doesn’t have tv shows like this? A guy with a black hat and black clothes approaches a black canvas, and starts spreading glue all over it. The disco music is pumping, and 4 people stand and sit around watching him, saying nothing. Near the climactic finish, he steps back, tosses some glitter at the canvas, and voilà! It’s a portrait of the woman who was watching! No-dialogue action at its best. Art by Michael Raivard.

Project Rhythm (Reaching Youth Through Music)

Friday, November 15th, 2013

Project Rhythm (Reaching Youth Through Music) is a New York City-based 501c3 nonprofit organization that uses music as an educational tool to improve the social and emotional, cognitive, school performance and job readiness of youth who are poor in means, but rich in potential. Project Rhythm is committed to using music as a way to educate and prepare youth to become beneficial contributors in society.

If you want a simple example of how they are changing lives with their program, just watch the video below. And if you agree that what they’re doing has great value, please consider their Indiegogo campaign, as they are trying to raise funds to reach even more kids (they grew from working with 120 to over 500 kids in one year!).

Stopped dead in my tracks by Soulive

Friday, October 25th, 2013

Just like yesterday, I’m doing some work on the computer and have some jazz/funk playing in the background. Spotify did me the favor of saying “if you like Lettuce (see yesterday’s post), maybe you’ll like Soulive.” So I give it a shot, playing their 2009 album Live in San Francisco. It’s very good, and I was enjoying it very much, but then the last track titled “El Ron” comes on, and it’s grooving … but then around the 7 minute mark, the alto sax starts a back-and-forth exchange with the tenor sax. I’m partial to saxophone solos, since I used to play both alto and tenor, but these guys really get it going. You should listen to the whole song, but make sure to stick with it so you can see/hear the sax duel … it gets better and better to the point at the 9 minute mark where the band drops out and lets the saxophones go at it. Forget about work, it’s time to jam! I could listen to this stuff all day.

Have you had your Lettuce today?

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

I first heard the jazz/funk band Lettuce on my Pandora “jazz fusion” channel … and then tracked them down on Spotify, where there are several albums to groove to. Lettuce is a seven-piece Brooklyn-based band that has actually been around for 20 years. Listen to this track called “King of the Burgs” and tell me if you can actually resist cranking it up.

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