Friday, March 26, 2010

Confucius, Cage aux Folles, Frost & Suits of Lights...


- Envisioning an Abstraction Who Was Also a Man : He’s hard to know. Mao has a visual presence, thanks to his many portraits. But Confucius — Kong Fuzi, or Master Kong, to use one of his Chinese names — is an abstraction, which is one reason that a small, fine, get-acquainted show called “Confucius: His Life and Legacy in Art” at China Institute Gallery is so valuable. It neatly encapsulates some of the ideas that have made him a monument. But it also puts a face to his name, even if that likeness, as seen in paintings and sculptures, is fictional... The Article in the New York Times

- The Fine Art of Selling a Show: Remember when a poster with a little French street waif or a pair of cat’s eyes was enough to sell a Broadway show? Now, with advertising trying to stand out on television, the Internet and mobile devices, choosing the right Broadway campaign often means finding a look that is flexible enough for different platforms, and one that also catches attention quickly. For the coming revival of “La Cage aux Folles,” Sonia Friedman, one of the producers, hung poster candidates on her office walls for a week, then asked herself, “Do I want to live with this for the rest of my life?” The Story at the New York Times


March 26, 1794: Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld, German painter of the Nazarene Movement, specializing in frescoes and subjects & techniques of earlier centuries, was born.

March 26, 1874: Robert Frost, American poet, was born.


"Oro Plata: Embroidered Costumes of the Bullfight"

“Enchanted with the "suit of lights," the heavily embroidered and beaded suit of the bullfight—gold for matadors, silver for the cuadrillas who also play their parts—photographer Peter Müller created this singular portrait of bullfighters and their "second skins." Because he worked with Don Fermín, the designer who clothes many of the greatest Spanish, French, and South American toreros, Müller was able to bring these men and their teams together in his studio. The resulting photographs—including gatefolded panoramas over 28 inches long of entire seven-man teams—reveal both the stunning workmanship of these unique costumes and also the pride and confidence of the bullfighters”.


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