Tuesday, October 25, 2016

A Surreal rendering of Christian salvation

By E.A. Carmean Jr.
Far from being un-Christian, the distorted figures are little different from those in earlier religious art. PHOTO: SUCCESSION PICASSO/DACS LONDON/BRIDGEMAN IMAGES
Pablo Picasso’s “Crucifixion” (1930), an oil-on-plywood composition in the Musée Picasso in Paris that measures just 20 by 26 inches, is one of his most confounding works. Created using the artist’s distinct Surrealist-influenced vocabulary, it has been the subject of important scholarly discussions and has appeared in major Picasso exhibitions.... In the “Crucifixion,” the principal figures of Christ and Mary Magdalene are in white at the picture’s center. Christ’s simple “ball” head reuses forms from Picasso’s 1915 Cubist portraits. The Magdalene is rendered in the organic forms found in Picasso’s contemporaneous Surrealist works, her open mouth screaming the unspeakable horror of the execution. [link]

Monday, October 24, 2016

Spiritual Revival: Marnie Weber Casts a Perverse Spell

By Doug Harvey
A still from "The Day of Forevermore," in which the Witches and the Devil devise a plan for Forevermore Acres. (Lee Ann Nickel)
“Try it again without the death metal voice, Doug!” I’m inside a bulky latex ram-horned devil mask, wearing a swanky maroon dinner jacket and cravat, tending bar for a coven of witches in a ruinous hut in a crumbling bohemian compound in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, and Lee Lynch is getting sarcastic. Five hours earlier I’d caught a ride with my bandmate, the sculptor Daniel Hawkins, up the winding precipitous incline to the Zorthian Ranch, a definitively unfinished art environment dating from the antebellum heyday of West Coast Assemblage. Daniel was multitasking various production duties on artist Marnie Weber’s first full-length feature film, for which I’d been recruited to do a cameo. [link]

Flemish 'Mystic Lamb' masterpiece restored after chaotic past

Officials unveil the restored exterior panels of "The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb" at Saint Bavo Cathedral in Ghent on October 12, 2016.
GHENT (AFP).- A painstaking restoration of a 15th-century Flemish masterpiece is revealing the long-lost detail and splendor that helped make the altarpiece one of the world's most stolen artworks. "The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb" by the Van Eyck brothers was unveiled 600 years ago at Saint Bavo's Cathedral in Ghent, but since then its full glory has dimmed, after being split into pieces, seized by Napoleon, then the Nazis, and nabbed by thieves. "You could say it is like the rediscovery of Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel after its restoration," Marie Postec of Belgium's Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage told AFP. [link]