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Welcome! Welcome to new comers and to old friends alike! Art Blog By Bob aims to explore the world of the visual arts primarily, but delves into music, movies, literature, and any relevant connections to the “real” world. This blog continues the original Art Blog By Bob that ran from 2007 through 2015 and Picture This that ran from 2010 through 2016. I reserve the right to digress at will and express opinions unreserved and invite you to do the same in the comments with civility and an open mind.
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Collecting art requires two character traits—passion and persistence. Passion for art, an artist, or an artistic movement remains an affair of the heart without the persistence to await the right moment to acquire the right work. Likewise, persistence without passion can quickly become cold, calculating checking off of a list. But, together, the two elements complement each other like two members in a good, solid marriage. Embracing the Contemporary: The Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Collection of Contemporary Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art provides a template for future collectors looking to take their passion and persistence and create a collection not just for themselves or the art, but for their community. Continue reading “Complementary and Contemporary: The Sachs Collection Demonstrates How to Donate Art to a Museum and a Community”
When the 2016 Democratic National Convention convenes in Philadelphia in late July, they’d be smart to add Nari Ward: Sun Splashed at the Barnes Foundation to their itinerary. Surveying the fractured American political and cultural landscape, artist Nari Ward takes found objects and found pieces of our history—past and present—to piece together unconventional, fascinating art that defies easy interpretation while inciting deeper discussion. Ward’s We the People (shown above), a rendering of the first words of the preamble to the U.S. Constitution in a rainbow array of shoelaces, captures perfectly both the multicolored tapestry of America and the frayed state of the union. If our politicians put as much thought into legislation as Ward puts into his pieces, America would be a much more harmonious place. Continue reading “Unconventional: America Lost and Found in the Art of Nari Ward”
What words come to mind when you hear the word “Africa”? For people in the West, the first words might be war, disease, genocide, poverty, AIDS, or other darker, grimmer terms. A new series of exhibitions aims at replacing those words with a new, brighter, more hopeful one—Creative. In Creative Africa, African arts old and new come alive brilliantly and accessibly for a Western audience who may know little of that continent’s past or present save from misguided generalizations. Creative Africa pictures a vibrant new world of creativity waiting to be discovered by those willing to step out of the darkness of prejudice into the light of hope.
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If you want to see British art, you must visit the Tate—either the Tate Britain (home to classic art) or Tate Modern (home of modern and contemporary art). To get there, unfortunately, you probably used some conveyance fueled by BP, aka British Petroleum. For nearly 30 years, BP’s sponsored the Tate, including a 5-year deal dating back to 2011 in which the oil giant pumped 10 million pounds (approximately $14 million USD) into Tate Britain, the British Museum, the National Portrait Gallery and the Royal Opera House. Thanks to the protests of Platform and other organizations, BP announced it would break off all financial ties to the Tate. Now activists want to know what influence that oil money bought in the past so they can better fight such influence in the future, but they have to take Tate to court to find out. What dirty secrets is this museum trying to hide? Continue reading “What Dirty Secrets Is the Tate Museum Trying to Hide?”