Saturday, March 13, 2010

Renaissance Sculpture, Leprechauns & Russel Wright


-In living color: Painted terracotta sculptures show a flair for the dramatic : "With its intimate new exhibition of terracotta sculpture from the Renaissance, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum reminds us that sculptural innovation in the 15th and 16th centuries was not limited to the bronze and marble inventions of Donatello, Michelangelo, Cellini, and Ghiberti. It also involved more malleable materials that were enhanced and enlivened with the addition of color. Wood was one of them. Terracotta — which is Italian for baked earth — was another." Story in the Boston Globe Here

-No, you haven't been drinking too much green beer- there really is a new National Leprechaun Museum in Dublin, Ireland... Story at Here

- At the Guggenheim, the Art Walked Beside You, Asking Questions : “This kind of conversation usually only happens when two people are drunk or something, or on the subway,” said Rafay Rashid, 20, a freshman at the State University of New York, Purchase. “There are great things in this world and one of them is talking to people, especially strangers. Rarely do you make eye contact with someone and try to figure out where they’re coming from.” New York Times Story Here


March 13, 1870: William Glackens, American artist and co-founder of "The Eight", also known as the "Ashcan School", was born.

March 13, 1947: The Lerner and Loewe musical "Brigadoon" opened on Broadway.


"Russel Wright. Creating American Lifestyle"
By Donald Albrecht, Robert Schonfeld & Lindsay Stamm Shapiro.
Published by the Cooper-Hewitt Museum and Harry N. Abrams in 2001.

“A master of 20th-century design, Russel Wright was a prolific and influential creator of items for the home, most famously his curvaceous American Modern dinnerware. Wright designed furniture, appliances, textiles, interiors, buildings, and landscapes, and with his wife Mary developed the concept of lifestyle marketing. Their 1950 Guide to Easier Living helped define a relaxed entertaining and living style that Americans still embrace today. This book describes his career and shows his work in 154 photographs, most in color, including page-filling settings created for this book and images of his Hudson Valley home Dragon Rock.”


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