Narrator: Once upon a time in China there was a skilful painter in ink, especially famous for his depictions of flowers, which were sold for very high prices. He had a friend. One day the artist and his friend were talking. Painter: You’ve been a great friend to me for many years. I‘m going to […]
I just remembered an exhibition I created on the My Gallery section of the Christchurch Art Gallery website a few years back: Space Here’s the introduction: Artists use various techniques to describe, or give the illusion of, three-dimensional space. Artists also sometimes deliberately try to deny the illusion of space. This set of artworks gives […]
[:en]The importance of “emptiness” in art (and music)[:eo]La graveco de “malpleno” en arto (kaj muziko)[:]
[:en] I just listened to Lang Lang playing Robert Schumann, Kinderszenen (Scenes from Childhood), Op. 15: No. 7, Träumerei (Daydream) (listen to an excerpt, below) and I was amazed of the expressive power of the pauses in the score, extended beautifully and sensitively by Lang Lang. It made me think of the art of Vermeer. […]
Here’s a cute little video about Esperanto and art. (Thank you, Alessandro Soranzo.) https://vimeo.com/86264204Jen beleta malgranda filmo pri Esperanto kaj arto. (Dankon, Alessandro Soranzo.) https://vimeo.com/86264204
My lecture presented at the Universal Congress of Esperanto, Hanoi, Vietnam, June 2012 Part 1 Part 2 There is another, better lit version, viewable on Esperanto-TV. Read the lecture notes as an essay (in English) • (in Esperanto)Mia prelego ĉe la Universala Kongreso de Esperanto, Hanojo, Vjetnamo, julion 2012 Parto 1a Parto 2a Estas alia, […]
Someone looks at an abstract painting. What does he or she ask? Probably “What is it?” or “What does it mean?”. The answer, “It’s only a picture, only a surface covered with paint,” will in no way satisfy. It is impossible to eliminate the belief, even a hundred years after the birth of abstract art, […]
All art has purpose. Good art transcends its purpose.Ĉiu arto havas celon. Bona arto transcendas sian celon.
In an article, How Christianity can help us recover the usefulness of art, Alain De Botton laments the ‘veneration of ambiguity’ in art today. According to him, the art world doesn’t like the idea that art could have a purpose outside of itself. ‘Christianity, by contrast,’ he claims, ‘never leaves us in any doubt about what art […]
Does social media have a place in an art museum?Ĉu sociaj amaskomunikiloj havas rolon en muzeo de arto?
Dana Allen-Greil posted an article recently, “Everything that’s wrong with society”? Facebook Home in museums. The post was triggered by a TV ad from AT&T in the US, for a mobile phone running Facebook Home (an app that fills the home screen with a steady stream of Facebook posts). In the ad, a woman in an art museum is […]