Long week, with with a bunch of interesting events and now it’s Thanksgiving and I’m on my way to Providence RI to spend the weekend.
In the last 10 days, or so, I have been developing the Social Media for The Arts Facebook page where I will note all the raw material related to my Rutgers course for use in the future. I certainly hope readers of my blog “like” the page if they are on Facebook.
Source: Social Media for The Arts @Rutgers University – a course by Marshall Sponder
In another matter, I heard about the George Bellows retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, I planned on going, but I had no idea I would the work as much as I did, mostly for the emotion I felt within the paintings.
What an Amazing Show from an artist whose has many aspects of his work that are not well known to the public. I think this show changes that perception, and provides the first really close look at George Bellows in over 50 years.
There were many paintings I really liked a lot (again, the very things that Roberta Smith had a problem with) were much different than the boxer fight scenes he’s commonly associated with. The common sentiment from Netbase, and what I picked up myself, is the artist died too young, of a ruptured appendix at the age of 42 in 1925.
I think Netbase did a good job pulling the data out quickly from various verbatim that surround the show.
Painting Name: Two Women (aka Sacred and Profane Love) 1924
Painting Size: 36” inches wide by 32” inches high
My House, George Bellows
I was very impressed and I’m sure I’ll go back and see this exhibition at least a few times over the next two months, but it’s worth noting that I disagreed with the New York Times own Roberta Smith in the assessment of this show and in listening to what anyone has to say, you have to first understand where someone is coming from (as none of the concerns brought up where one’s that I cared about, nor did I experience most of the paintings in the same way as described).
Among the things I have to be thankful for
Many things, but one is my Vision, my eyes. Specifically my right eye, which developed a small, benign retinal tear that I noticed last Sunday – my vision had some unusual floaters and flashes, and I knew right away something wasn’t right. I really am pretty visual, and having had Lasik with my share of difficulties after it was performed 12 years ago, am very aware of anything out of the ordinary with my eyes and vision.
An examination my my Opthamologist the following day (the soonest I could see anyone who could do anything for me) found the problem and I had it confirmed by a retinal specialist yesterday and the retinal tear was sealed with a Argon Laser.
Most people see flashes and get floaters as they age (and see this stuff at all ages) and it’s benign 90% of the time, but 10% its not. The problem comes from the contraction of the fluid within the eye which is also attached to the retina (which is a big curved screen that is attached to the back of our eyeballs). Sometimes, when the fluid contracts, it tugs on a part of the retina that it is attached to and can occasionally tear it – this is much more likely in near sighted people (even after Lasik) as the shape of the eye for nearsighted people is more like a “football” and therefore, more susceptible to tears at the edges of retina due to shape of the eye.
Lasik had nothing to do with it, it could happen to anyone considered very nearsighted.
So far, so good- and it will be checked again in two weeks to ensure the seal took.
But it’s sobering, and a lot to be grateful for on this Thanksgiving.
Web Journal – Interesting Stories
- Man Who Met His Double at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Returns in Full Costume – this story got covered quite a bit since I noticed it two weeks ago. It turns out Max Galuppo, the look alike has a bloodline that goes back to the area of Italy where this painting originated several hundred years ago, and he chats about seeing himself in a painting at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Another interesting story that came out of the 2012 Presidential Election with it’s “Big Data” story was another on the change of Demographics of the electorate, and what that might mean to the country as a whole. But it also impacted Art Intuitions, Museums specifically. In Diversify or Die: Why the Art World Needs to Keep Up With Our Changing Society there is talk about what is going to happen to museum attendance in the future. My feeling is that Art attendance will be fine and there will be many people, more people in fact, who want to see the Art in Museums, even if it’s produced by different cultures – after all isn’t that what we have now?
- MOMA’s went down in 2011 but I think that’s due to the $25.00 admission price than any changing Demographic. After all, if Modern Art becomes so overpriced that it becomes “elitist” you can’t blame people who have better ways to spend their 25 bucks than waiting on a large line and being herded in to a modern, someone impersonal and cold factory with a bunch of work of often questionable value. That is what Modern art, at least at MOMA, could turn into.
- I don’t have enough time or all the data to say much more here – except that I think changing demographics are the least of our worries – in fact, many of the museums have been toying with staying open 7 days a week, including the Metropolitan and MOMA because they are becoming so crowded.
- While Your Online Attention, Bought in an Instant is not a “new story” most aren’t aware the actual mechanics of how audiences are being bought and sold.
- Come to think of it Google is doing it’s own share of the buying and selling of it’s audiences and making 100 million dollars a day doing so - An Industry Breakdown of Google’s $100 Million Per Day Advertising Revenue.
Well, that’s it for one post. I’ll add that I’m grateful for some great friends in my life and around me – and the rest will remain unsaid.
By the way, circling back to the original theme of this post – Social Media for the Arts – I have got 3 Facebook Ads running.
My goal is to get a few hundred students to sign up for #mgartr13 (actually, I use #mgartr12 in the ads, because that’s the course running now).