Friday, January 20, 2017

Always finding space for one more piece of Outsider Art

By Robin Pogrebin
Monty Blanchard and Leslie Tcheyan with their salon-style presentation of outsider and other art, at their TriBeCa home. Credit Tony Cenicola/The New York Times</td>
NEW YORK---Monty Blanchard, president of the American Folk Art Museum, and his companion of 10 years, Leslie Tcheyan, a jewelry designer, do have one blank spot left on a wall of their TriBeCa apartment — but just one. The rest of the soaring three-bedroom loft (including the bathrooms and kitchen) is filled with art, reflecting work by untrained and outsider artists. Their collection ranges from a tinfoil wolverine ($100) to a large Martín Ramírez train ($100,000). There are works by recognized masters (Bill Traylor, Thornton Dial, Achilles Rizzoli) and anonymous creators. [link]

Discover the diversity of Indiana's Black artists at #ArtSoul

By Keshia McEntire @Keshiamc12
Spoken-word artist Devon Ginn, a Featured Artist for 2017
INDIANA---Enjoy a lively lineup of African-American musicians, storytellers, dancers and visual artists, and get to know the fresh faces of Indy’s art scene at Art & Soul 2017. Ernest Disney-Britton, director of grant services and education partnerships with the Arts Council of Indianapolis, says this year’s celebration was partially inspired by the legacy of President Barack Obama. Sportscaster Michael Grady will serve as emcee for the kickoff celebration on Saturday, Jan. 28. The two-hour event will include a procession of African drumming by Griot Drum Ensemble and a jazz tribute to President Obama. [link]

Today's Holy Day: Feast of Saint Sebastian - history’s first gay icon?

By Kittridge Cherry
“Saint Sebastian” by Rick Herold
Saint Sebastian has been called history’s first gay icon and the patron saint of gay men. His feast day is Jan. 20. It is an intriguing coincidence that Jan. 20 is also Inauguration Day for U.S. presidents. May Saint Sebastian, who was martyred by an oppressive emperor, pray for us as Donald Trump becomes president today on Jan. 20, 2017. Sebastian was an early Christian martyr killed in 288 on orders from the Roman emperor Diocletian. He is the subject of countless artworks that show him being shot with arrows. Little is known about his love life, so his long-standing popularity with gay men is mostly based on the way he looks.  [link]

Sebastiano: the forgotten Renaissance genius who swapped sex for God

By Jonathon Jones
"Salome" (1510) by Sebastiano del Piombo. UK National Gallery
The names are not quite equal in fame. This spring the National Gallery is putting on an exhibition called "Michelangelo and Sebastiano." You may have heard of Michelangelo. But who is Sebastiano, and why has he got a joint exhibition with one of the greatest artists who ever lived? Sebastiano’s art veers between sensuality and spirituality, the service of sex and God. The provocation of his early art still shines through in his painting Salome, also known as The Daughter of Herodias (1510). A young woman, very obviously painted from life, turns towards us from a window that is filled with a blue-hilled north Italian landscape. [link]