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Barnes Foundation Remembered ( The Original Home )

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Albert C. Barnes was an interesting and unusual person.  How can I tell when I never met Mr. Barnes? Because he left behind at his estate a record of his heart and mind put together with class and grace and a respect for the history of art and a rebellion against the established art community.

I visited his estate many times while it existed in Merion, Pennsylvania a suburb outside of  Philadelphia, like the Wharton Esherick residence and  Fonthill ( both homes of artists that were left for the public to experience), the encounter with an artist’s home created out their spirit and based on their ideas about art and life takes you into another world where the visitor can see and learn on many levels.

Its removal from Merion was regrettable and against Mr. Barnes wishes, for what was lost is his intricate  sense of combinations and connections between high art and low art and art from different time periods.

When you walked inside there was a sense of time standing still, also you never felt that you could not linger  in front of any wall filled with his personal choices.  You could see places where something was put up then moved, it was as if he was still there around the corner, watching you enjoy his presentations.

 

Room 11, east wall
 
To me he was saying yeah this is a great painting but it is just a painting and see how well it goes with this iron work or sculpture ?it was a democratization of art, a statement against the glorification of art and codification of art that happens in many museums.  Also it was eye level and below or just above so the works were wholly accessible.

Once again I realize that I  lived through a golden age of museums ! When you could go to the Barnes foundation and see all manner of impressionistic painting (one of my interests at the time) or to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC and pick up a professionally printed copy of a painting on heavy paper for 25 or 30 cents! 

 So this post is about thanking Mr Barnes, for that experience and to tell him that although his work has been removed and taken down  from the walls of his residence—his ideas and beliefs about art will live on forever in my mind and  in books and pieces written by others, about what you created for the world.

Thank you, Mr. Barnes and all those who sought to keep his estate intact.

I will miss that type of experience as everything unique tends to be generalized homogenized…..but WAIT  we can all create something as Mr. Barnes did, whether big or small that  fights against the wall of homogeny that the global market inevitably produces by reducing everything to what everyone will like, look at the poor tomato– I rest my case.

So, in closing I ask everyone across the globe to make something that you can leave behind for posterity so that in the future someone will write or think or speak about you and the loss of your work.

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Wharton Esherick Studio

 
 
 

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Fonthill
 

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A working class Philadelphian himself, Dr. Albert Coombs Barnes established the foundation in 1922 to “promote appreciation of the fine arts” among the common man. Over the years, the Barnes Foundation has procured one of the most noteworthy collections of early French modern and post-impressionist paintings in the world. Works by artists like Renoir, Cezanne, Monet, Picasso and Rousseau are part of the collection.
Merion and Philadelphia,PA 
 
 

Location:Doylestown, PennsylvaniaCoordinates:40.321158°N 75.122902°WCoordinates: 40.321158°N 75.122902°WBuilt:1908Architect:Dr. Henry C. MercerArchitectural style:Mixed (more Than 2 Styles From Different Periods)Governing body:PrivatePart of:Fonthill, Mercer Museum, and Moravian Pottery and Tile Works (#85002366)NRHP Reference#:72001094Significant datesAdded to NRHP:June 1, 1972[1]Designated NHLDCP:February 4, 1985[2

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The Finale Of ARTIFACTS! # 7 #8 # 9

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Number 7

 

Number 8

 

Number 9

 

Better late than never I always say— To put together the whole series of photographs look in categories then Art and you will find the prior photographs – put togeher as follows-

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4 5 6

7 8 9

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Look at piece- see what you think- then next week I ruminate about the meaning and or process of construction.

 To review, this art piece was presented in 1993 in Philly the title is ” ARTIFACTS ”  by Barbara Halliday Crawley

 

It is a gift to my readers… late albeit, but still a fantabulous gift!

 

Below is a comment made by my cat when she hopped onto my computer after I exited my studio for a tea..can’t remove it so …that is that! 

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What Is The Most Reproduced Photograph In The World?

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The most reproduced photograph is one of Ernesto ” Che” Guevara,  It has become a symbol of struggle.

 

Documentary DVD of the week –  CHEVOLUTION

Keep your mind from reducing itself to rubber after watching ” reality tv” shows by choosing one documentary a week to watch. 

 From the past are lessons and examples that can expand your life through ideas.

Think reflect grow then write take peaceful action and create a new world.

 

When Mr. Guevara was asked by the photographer  Alberto Korda if he could take his photograph, Mr. Guevara said, chop cane for one week– then you can take my photograph. “

Mr. Korda next to his portrait of Che.

 

Ideas and art change the world.

 

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Artifacts – Flash Art – #6

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Number 6 !

 

ARTIFACTS-

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7 8 9

 

Images Courtesy of WhiteNile PRODUCTIONS

 

 

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Artifacts – Flash Art – #4 + #5

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Number # 4 and # 5!!

ARTIFACTS-

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 4 5 6

7 8  9

 

Images Courtesy Of     WhiteNile PRODUCTIONS

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Artifacts – Flash Art – #3

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Number 3!

 ARTIFACTS-

 

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4 5 6

7 8 9

 

 Image Courtesy Of  White Nile Productions

  

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Artifacts – Flash Art – #2

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Number 2!

 

ARTIFACTS-

 

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1 2 3

4 5 6

7 8 9

 

Image Courtesy Of  Nile White Productions

 

( you know this did not scan as well as the first, the texture at bottom of the pool and the reflections on the top of the water are missing, but ..this is a scanning experiment anyway… the clarity is not the same either, I think I will try scanning all at end without mats…We’ll see)

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Thought Of The Day ( For Anyone Who Is In The Process Of Creating )

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” If no one was looking or listening what would you create ? “

 

-BHC

 

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Vincent Van Gogh created his art essentially for himself and it became who he was and apart from the rest.

 

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Artifacts – Flash Art— for my readers!

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A free show of Art For You, my readers ( thanks for sticking around )- this piece was shown in Philly at the AXIS Gallery in 93, my how time flys!!!

Title  ARTIFACTS –

 

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Above is #1, there are nine pieces that when put together –

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4 5 6

7 8 9

will produce the final piece as it was presented at the gallery.

(Each Sunday I will post the next image…it is up to you to print and place!)

 

-BHC-

 

Images Courtesy Of  Nile White Productions  ( my little studio )

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My Art / Writing Work On This Blog

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Now since I have been blogging a while I find that the experimental part of my artistic personality is coming to the fore so  the pieces I present are becoming a step beyond what the regular internet reader might expect, a little more on the extreme ends of a art/ meta presentation.

So travel with me on this journey of self-expression and we will see how it unfolds!!!!

(Remember some experiments will flop some will succeed that is the nature of exploration in any field.)

Matisse

Picasso

BHC

PGM

below 2 pieces by B. Kruger

 

Cezanne of course!

 

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Mission Impossible – Flash Story

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DEAD BOOKS – Dead Thoughts

 

” She took off her trench coat and shoved the banned book under her danskin, watching  so the pages were securely enmeshed in the netting pocket she had made.  Dust from the stack fell down on her damp coat  making her look like a powdered donut…she texted Rasputin,

” Meet me at the 39th street exit.”

 He was there spewing smoke from his 30-year-old mercedes, she hopped in and they lurched off to the local java hut near the forest of monasteries, her father’s singular tome safe again, awaiting reprinting – and life.

 

THE END

 

 

Please send your tome to the comments section!!!

 

Update any word count OK!!!

 

From www.ala.org below,

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read

September 25−October 2, 2010

Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment.  Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.

Intellectual freedom—the freedom to access information and express ideas, even if the information and ideas might be considered unorthodox or unpopular—provides the foundation for Banned Books Week.  BBW stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints for all who wish to read and access them.

The books featured during Banned Books Week have been targets of attempted bannings.  Fortunately, while some books were banned or restricted, in a majority of cases the books were not banned, all thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, booksellers, and members of the community to retain the books in the library collections.  Imagine how many more books might be challenged—and possibly banned or restricted—if librarians, teachers, and booksellers across the country did not use Banned Books Week each year to teach the importance of our First Amendment rights and the power of literature, and to draw attention to the danger that exists when restraints are imposed on the availability of information in a free society.

Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association; American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression; the American Library Association; American Society of Journalists and Authors; Association of American Publishers; and the National Association of College Stores.  It is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

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Gallery Chat – Illuminated Manuscripts

 
 

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Let’s take a look at a few illuminated  manuscripts,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is there any project that you have taken years to produce /create?

What is the value in spending one’s time in the creative process?

Pick a category of art production and take one month to complete the project…

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FROM Wikipedia – Illuminated manuscripts, 

In the strictest definition of illuminated manuscript, only manuscripts with gold or silver, like this miniature of Christ in Majesty from the Aberdeen Bestiary (folio 4v), would be considered illuminated.

An illuminated manuscript is a manuscript in which the text is supplemented by the addition of decoration, such as decorated initials, borders (marginalia) and miniature illustrations. In the strictest definition of the term, an illuminated manuscript only refers to manuscripts decorated with gold or silver, but in both common usage and modern scholarship, the term is now used to refer to any decorated or illustrated manuscript from the Western traditions. Comparable Far Eastern works are always described as painted, as are Mesoamerican works. Islamic manuscripts are usually referred to as illuminated but can also be classified as painted.

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Song Of the Month ” No Good With Faces ” And A Poem-arable ” Butterflies “

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BUTTERFLIES ( w/ help from J. Johnson)

Heat

my shoulder

tiny feet alight

eye to eye

why?

moves to my knee,

more heat

we look at one another— — —-

” Who do you think you are?

” Who me?  I say.

Yeah you-there you sit black and tan in hand,

“You know butterflies can’t talk.   Didn’t your mother ever tell you?”

Listen, I have a message from the other side,

“Yeah pray tell, by the way- one of your wings is bigger than the other…”

This is just what we wanted to talk to you about,

” Que?”   ( more heat)

Feel before you speak,

with that the butterfly flitted over my head and away.

I’m lost, I’m too tired, to try.

  

  

SONG OF THE MONTH                   

     JACK Johnson’s  – ” NO GOOD WITH FACES “

 

No good with faces

And I’m bad with names

Gave me directions

But it’s all the same

I’m lost

I’m too tired to try

Street lamps are broken

Black the way I came

Who broke the moonlight

Watch it wax and wane

I’m lost

I’m too tired to try

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves now

There’s no need for rain

Its our own parade

Let’s not be afraid of our reflections

Its not only you

You’re looking at now

Road signs were stolen

Left here holding this flame

Who stole my patience

Who stole my way

I’m lost

I’m too tired to try

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves now

There’s no need for rain

Its our own parade

Let’s not be afraid of our reflections

Its not only you

You’re looking at now

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves now

There’s no need for rain

Its our own parade

Let’s not be afraid of our reflections

Its not only you

You’re looking at now

Who you looking at now

Who you looking at now

No good with faces

And I’m bad with names

Gave me directions

But it’s all the same

I’m lost

I’m too tired to try 

 

 

Instructions – listen to song while reading poem, shake, serves four if you use small  glasses. 

 

 

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A Painter – Gauguin

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Paul Gauguin’s work was a precursor to abstract art – see how he uses flat planes of sharp color to mold a figure and show its volume.  His use of artifact like symbols gleaned from the world that surrounded him adds another dimension to his painting.

If you want to paint and are not yet interested in taking classes, you can paint a copy of a painting by an artist you admire.  IHistorically this has been standard practice, used to hone skills.  I have painted Gauguin copies and one mural of his work, through this method you will see parts of the painting that are not privy to the casual viewer.

 

Take a shot at it you might surprise yourself…

 Happy Friday!

  

Self portrait by Mr. Gauguin,

gauguin-vangogh.jpg Gaugin-Van-Gogh image by pussycat37

Art requires philosophy, just as philosophy requires art. Otherwise, what would become of beauty?

Paul Gauguin

 

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Locomotion Art And Being In The Moment

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Locomotion –

(n.) The power of moving from place to place(n.) The act of moving from place to place.
 

In art creating that sense of locomotion of existing in real-time in movement when actually you are sitting, watching, reading or listening can be achieved using words, paint, music, images anything, even a seemingly unmoving piece of sculpture can express locomotion.

Love being in that moment when everything is popping around you and the ground is shaking under your feet (metaphorically) and you don’t know what is going to happen next,

locomotion!

Screwball comedies have it, Psych has it all good novels have it, from the start they have you by the tail but pieces with locomotion also push you along at breakneck speed,

“Don’t say anything. “                Psych, DVD, ” The Greatest Adventure in The  History of Basic Cable TV” episode

“She’s The One “                            Music,   Springsteen,  Born To Run – Album

Even in painting you can produce a feeling of locomotion through placement and emphasis that makes the eye move where you want it to releasing a sense of awe or excitement.

 Artemisia Gentileschi

 

Andy Warhol

To prove me wrong or right you will have to rent the DVD  and you tube the song, let me know what you decide!

 

Peace, have a locomotion studded night!

 

Images Courtesy of Google

 

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