Sunday, December 27, 2009
Hope you all had a wonderful holiday. The end of the year and the end of the decade is crashing down upon us.
What was one of your favorite memories from the last year and one from the past decade?
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Happiest of holidays to all of my wonderful online friends. I was thinking the other day that this is the third or fourth christmas i'll be sharing with some of you, like Lisa Andel, Susan, Megan Hart, Anya Bast, Daisy Dexter Dobbs, Julia, Ann and so many of my writer friends that have hung in there with me thru thick and thin. For some like RJ, Jackie, Bobby, Cap'n, Massa Sage, Riffy-dawg, Cabana Boy, Rob, and Gaddy - it's the third holiday season we'll be sharing and for a lot of my facebook pals like Anil, Wolfie, Kandi, Louise, Vik, Danny and so many others, this will be our second season of celebration. Then there are all the new friends i've made in the past year that are so very dear to me. Y'all know who you are. ~grinning~ Time flies so fast - it is quite amazing.
Holidays are one of those times when you also think of those you lost along the way. The friendships that have endured mean so very much to me. But I can't help missing a few people like Mr. Al Watts - who must have fallen off a roof after all; old George in all his incarnations, who vanished without a trace this year; Windy who also vanished with the wind; darling Enigma whom i miss more than i can say, as well as a few others that just vanished. Wherever you are, whatever you're doing - i hope life is treating you well and your holidays are bright and full of love.
Merry met all my friends - and the very best wishes for an exciting, fun filled 2010.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
This one is truly strange because come on... what are the odds... really.
I was in the airport yesterday and have just passed thru the security check. A guard led me to a chair so i could put my boots back on, then asked if i was the lead singer for the band that had just passed through. Umm- yeah, like I totally have that rockstar sheen to me. Heh. ~eyeroll~ I figured the guard was being funny so I laughed and thanked him for the compliment. He shook his head and insisted that he recognized me. He said he had a photographic memory and wanted to know what i did. To myself I'm thinking - let's not piss off the security guard and miss the flight home, so I told him I'm an artist, writer and do a weekly radio show. He got all excited and said an LA radio show was where he recognized me from. Ummm... wow. Now to figure out where he saw my picture associated with the show. I wonder if he is one of Johnny's FB friends. I wish i'd thought to ask. I was just a bit too startled. :D
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
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Tuesday, December 1, 2009
I gave in to every temptation last week including turkey with dressing, raspberry pie, broiled cheese asparagus... i was bad... sooooo bad. And not just with food - but that's another story. :P
Monday, November 30, 2009
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Wednesday, November 25, 2009
I hope everyone in US has a good turkey day.
I'll be taking a short break over the holidays from the social networking (facebook) and the blogging. Have several projects to handle that i'll be focusing on.
Back on the air next week at regular times.
Eat some dessert for me - Kota
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Please click on the link above to read today's topic. I've created a blog just for the articles for those interested in following the show.
Join me today on the DAMage Report News Show at www.LAtalkRadio.com - 2pm PST/5pm EST/ 10pm GMT. Topic today is about the $43 million dollar Warhol - is it still art or just an investment stored in a safe?
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
This week i resisted the temptation to be a diva, pack up my toys, and go home. I'm pretty sure though if i had, no one would have noticed.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Color me with bold strokes
And outside the lines
of preconceived notions
For one day I will fade
And all that will remain
are dusty memories
Drifting in the wind
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Thomas's painting was first exhibited in the '60s. At that time, you could no more plagiarize a Matisse collage such as "The Snail" than you could pass off the "Mona Lisa" as your own.
Elaborations on earlier artists' work, even full appropriation, have been common practice in art for hundreds of years. Artists long learned their craft by copying the works of older masters; even among high artists, it was standard.
the 73-year-old artist found herself staring at the hollyhock shadows she had known her entire life and calculating
how to use them in her paintings. A year earlier, she had seen the late Matisse cutouts at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Matisse's work had prompted her to paint an acrylic-on-canvas version of his collage The Snail (1953), in which nearly all the original colors were reversed. Thomas named her painting Watusi (Hard Edge), after Chubby Checker's dance hit "The Watusi." As well as marrying high modernism with the popular culture of black America--then entering the American mainstream--the title she chose noted Matisse's debt to African art.
Pablo Picasso that, "the bad artists imitate, the great artists steal." Thomas' work here is a transformation of the Matisse painting. There is power in the decision to reverse colors and to change perspective from "L'escargot,"giving "Watusi" integrity to stand on its own as a distinctive piece.
illegitimate copying is real. Both Richard Prince (See VR’s “Prince of Pilfer”) and Jeff Koons have been sued by photographers for incorporating copyrighted work into their own. Koons lost the Rogers v. Koons case, but won a more recent suit under the “fair use” doctrine. Readers will remember that earlier this year Damien Hirst threatened to sue a 16-year-old over his use of an image of Hirst’s diamond-incrusted skull, in the process demanding royalties.
Thomas always credited Matisse for the inspiration that produced Watusi. It is obvious that the work launched her on a journey of artistic discovery that produced her unique and forward-looking (if not radical) mosaic style.
To assert that Thomas was “simply copying” Matisse would be to deny the rich and varied underpinnings of her work. Thomas was deeply impressed by the colors and patterns of the natural world around her.
**Credit to Venetian Red Contributors Christine Cariati and Liz Hager for excellent arguments and research
Friday, November 6, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
President Obama's Committee on the Arts and Humanities has selected some shiny, Hollywood Stars to be on the PCAH committee including top-tier actors such as Forest Whitaker, Sarah Jessica Parker, Alfre Woodard, and Edward Norton. Other high profile personalities include cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Teresa Heinz (wife of John Kerry), Senator Dick Cohen and of course First Lady Michelle Obama, as the committees chair.
It looks good, smells good... but really - how effective is a star-studded committee going to be. If this were simply a matter of finding some recognizable faces to endorse the arts and put a little P.R. spotlight on awareness, that would be one thing. However, the President's Committee for Arts and Humanities is SUPPOSED to be a functioning committee with goals and a definative impact on the weakening state of the arts in our country.
Right now, at this very moment - city, county and state funding to the arts is being ruthlessly slashed. The blows are coming down hard and will definitely cripple, as well as outright kill, many arts organizations. This includes the few struggling arts education programs. The Georgia Council for the Arts has eliminated all funding for arts education, I was told last week by an after-school program. Certainly this is reflected in other states. In our local government, an additional 25%-50% cut in arts budgets are occurring. This impacts not only arts organizations but local after-school arts programs. For some, the death knell has begun to toll. Because the only other avenue of funding - corporate sponsorships - have dropped as much as 50-75% this past year.
People, we don't need a pretty committee of Hollywood A-listers posing for the media. We need a committee compromised of dedicated individuals, with experience in arts education and arts support, who are willing to work their asses off to save the arts in this country. We need people who are in the trenches, who are going to follow through with the campaign promises the President made to the arts. Pretty words and pretty faces and glitzy photo-ops just aren't going to make one damn bit of difference as our country's arts, artists, and cultural richness dies away.
A quote from a speech made yesterday has Mr. Obama saying, "When I was running for President, no one knew exactly what 'Change You Can Believe In' meant. One year later, I am proud to say that that is still the case." (Reference: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/andy-borowitz/obama-says-he-has-fulfill_b_344259.html)
Is it just me, or is this all kinds of wacked? The President is PROUD that no one can define changes made? Changes that could be embraced, celebrated, and believed in? In other words, pride in remaining undefined, particularly in relationship to what the citizens assumed were positive changes to "be believed in" seems somewhat contrary. It doesn't indicate strong leadership. Rather, leadership that attempts to get away with the least amount of feather-ruffling. That is not a circumstance that lends itself to change and certainly doesn't bode well for support of the arts.
I may be doing the new PCAH committee super stars a disservice - they may be determined to really provide solutions and save arts and arts education before it is too late. But I have a sinking feeling...
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
The President has promised America the following:
- To reinvest in arts education, by expanding public/private partnerships between schools and arts organizations. He also, based on his work in Chicago, promised to create an "artist corps" consisting of of young artists trained to work in low-income schools and their communities. And he promised to be publicly champion the importance of an arts education.
- To support increased funding for the NEA. (Did that - restored NEA funding to its highest level since 1992 when he signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in February)
- To promote cultural diplomacy. By that he means put more money into U.S. embassy programs that send American artists on tour around the world.
- To attract foreign talent. Since 9/11 it's been difficult, if not impossible to get a visa to perform in the United States. President Obama has promised to streamline the visa process so artists and art students can make their way here more easily.
- To provide affordable health care to artists. (Because if you provide affordable health care to everybody, that includes artists. Two birds, one stone.)
- To ensure "tax fairness" for artists. Candidate Obama said he supports legislation that would allow artists to deduct the fair-market value of their work, rather than just the costs of the materials, when they make charitable contributions.
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American Heritage Dictionary -banned 1978 and 1987
Banned From Public Radio: Humor, Commentary and Smart Remarks Your Government DOESN'T Want You To Hear - 1991
Catch 22 - thru 1979
Catcher in the Rye - perpetual banned
The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, Beauty's Punishment, Beauty's Release - banned 1992.
Daddy's Roommate - A favorite of censors
Decamerone - perpetual banned
Fahrenheit 451 - banned 1998
Forever - by Judy Blume - ban date not given but COME ON! Judy Blume?!?
Freedom and Order – banned by the U.S. Information Agency
Grapes of Wrath - perpetual banned
Lord of the Flies - perpetual banned
Search for Truth in History - This video tape has already been banned in three countries.
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble - perpetual banned
The Valachi Papers - banned 1968