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Our new Art Books store

February 6th, 2014

Check out our new art books store, with a selection of books about our favorite artists. Many of these books we own ourselves, so they are highly recommended. All purchases are made through Amazon.com but help support our efforts here at Artsology. We hope you’ll check it out, and make sure to come back often, as we’ll be adding selections on a regular basis. But make sure to scroll, because the virtual book shelves will continue on and on beyond what you can initially see on the screen.

Our new arts bookstore


Inspirational (?) mural on 9th Avenue, NYC

February 5th, 2014

I saw this mural in NYC on 9th Avenue, and when you look at the imagery, it looks like a cartoon mouse head is using some sort of rainbow to propel a piece of cheese into a woman’s mouth attached to a blue blob. Doesn’t make much sense, right? Now try to explain the caption written to the right of the blue form, which says “Don’t let anything get in the way of your dreams.” It’s a great message, but I’m not sure how exactly it relates to the image …?

street art mural with mouse and cheese


Seeing beauty in the rubble

February 5th, 2014

I saw this on the ground in the Ironbound district of Newark … I’m not sure what it used to be, but the composition of how the rubble is laid out and surface quality of the various elements caught my eye. It reminds me of the surface quality of some of the works by Antoni Tapies or Anselm Kiefer.

finding beauty in the rubble


Finding Jackson Pollock in nature

February 5th, 2014

You may have seen my post the other day, comparing the wintery view out of my office window to a Jackson Pollock painting … well, last night, as the sun was setting, I looked out the same window and this time saw a view that reminded me of another Jackson Pollock painting … this time what I was seeing looked like Blue Poles (Number 11), from 1952. What do you think?

finding references to Jackson Pollock paintings in nature


A riff on Monet’s Haystack idea

February 4th, 2014

You know how Monet painted the same haystack at different times of the day to show how light could change the appearance of an object? Maybe this is my photographic attempt to show the same idea: at left, the view out of my window during a snowstorm; at right, the exact same view during a clear evening’s sunset.

Here’s another previous attempt from a few years ago to illustrate Monet’s ideas via photography.

a photographic interpretation of Monet's haystack concept


Winter photography

February 4th, 2014

I’ve been having some fun taking pictures outside after yesterday’s big snow storm, trying to find or create abstract images with what I find. This is outside the back door of Diamond Cycle in Montclair – a wintery homage to Marcel Duchamp, perhaps?

outside Diamond Cycle in Montclair


Mysterious Skywriting near NYC

February 4th, 2014

At approximately 7:45am today, someone was skywriting an “X” in the northern skies of NJ, and someone else was skywriting an “X” in the southern skies … what’s going on? Seems like more than just a coincidence. Alien tic-tac-toe? “X Marks the Spot” for something happening today? Location, approximately 15 miles west of midtown Manhattan.

strange occurence of skywriting the letter x in the sky near NYC


Abstract Art out of winter elements

February 3rd, 2014

A little snow, ice, and salt on a slate sidewalk makes for some great abstract art:

ice, snow and salt on a slate sidewalk looks like abstract art


Snowy Trees and Jackson Pollock

February 3rd, 2014

It’s been snowing all day here today, and as I look out my window, the winter landscape reminds me a bit of a Jackson Pollock painting …

snow on trees has a similar look to a Jackson Pollock painting


Art Museum Super Bowl Wager

February 2nd, 2014

I thought it was interesting to see that a Super Bowl bet has been made between the directors of the Seattle Art Museum and the Denver Art Museum. If Denver wins, the Seattle Art Museum will provide a loan of “Sound of Waves,” a 12-foot-wide screen panel done in 1901 by Japanese artist Tsuji Kako, depicting a hawk by the sea. If Seattle wins, the Denver Art Museum will provide a loan of Frederic Remington’s 1895 bronze sculpture, “The Broncho Buster,” both of which are pictured below. May the best museum win!

Denver Art Museum and Seattle Art Museum make a Super Bowl wager with art from their collections


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