Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Joyce Kozloff's echoes of Islamic art

By Zohreen Murtaza
Joyce Kozloff, If I Were a Botanist (Gaza)
FRANCE---Amongst contemporary artists Joyce Kozloff — one of the founders of the Pattern and Decoration Movement in the 1970s is also drawn to the beauty and potential of art from other cultures such as Morocco, Egypt and Turkey. Joyce studied books on geometric Islamic patterns and believes that the decorated arts have the potential to eradicate Western notions of high and low art whilst offering engaging critique on our lives, cultures and even our current geopolitical scenario. In her works, “If I were a Botanist (Gaza)” and “If I were a Botanist (Pale of Settlement)” created in 2015 we see a similar format where the world of aesthetics, order and celestial beauty is haunted by the ghost of conflict and difference. [More]

Sneak peek inside Meijer Gardens’ #ArtPrize Nine exhibition

"The Martyr" (2014) by John Hooker
GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan -- The official start of ArtPrize Nine is just days away, Marvis Herring was given an early look inside Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, which made the Jurors’ most outstanding venue Shortlist last year. Visitors will find 17 sculptors featured at the venue this year for the exhibition titled “Rodin and the Contemporary Figurative Tradition.” The display is timed to honor the 100th anniversary of Auguste Rodin’s death. He was an avant-garde sculptor who made a major impact in the contemporary sculpture world. Meijer Gardens was loaned some of Rodin’s pieces from several other art museums, including the Detroit Institute of Art and Indianapolis Museum of Art. [More]

Monday, September 18, 2017

"Handmaid's Tale" rides politcal wave win Emmy for Best Drama this year

By John Koblin
The Emmy winner Elisabeth Moss said she had never seen an Emmys quite this political. “But I’ve also never seen anything like where our country is right now,” she added. Credit George Kraychyk/Hulu
LOS ANGELES — In any other year, big-hearted dramas like “Stranger Things” or “This Is Us” or a period drama like “The Crown” would dominate the Emmys. But this was no normal year. This is a moment in which the partisan chasm has widened and political discourse has taken on a greater sense of urgency. “Handmaid’s,” which was in development long before the Trump administration, struck a chord with viewers concerned about women’s rights, and its creators proudly embraced the fact that some regarded their show as eerily timely. “We got a Trump bump!” said Daniel Wilson, a producer behind both the movie and the TV show. “Timing is everything. If we didn’t have the president we have now, I don’t know if it would have been this successful.” [More]

Cake is his 'art.' So this Colorado baker can discriminate agaonst Gay couples

By Adam Liptak
“Because of my faith, I believe the Bible teaches clearly that it’s a man and a woman,” Jack Phillips said. Making a cake to celebrate something different, he said, “causes me to use the talents that I have to create an artistic expression that violates that faith.”
LAKEWOOD, Colo. — Jack Phillips bakes beautiful cakes, and it is not a stretch to call him an artist. Five years ago, in a decision that has led to a Supreme Court showdown, he refused to use his skills to make a wedding cake to celebrate a same-sex marriage, saying it would violate his Christian faith and hijack his right to express himself. “It’s more than just a cake,” he said at his bakery one recent morning. “It’s a piece of art in so many ways.” At first blush, the case looked like a conflict between a state law banning discrimination and the First Amendment’s protection of religious freedom. But when the Supreme Court hears the case this fall, the arguments will mostly center on a different part of the First Amendment: its protection of free speech. [More]