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By Paul @Blogfinger.net

I met Teri Causey at the Sanibel Art Show in Southwest Florida in 2014.  Her work is very fanciful, and we enjoyed viewing her gallery at the outdoor event  on Sanibel Island.  This image is painted on wood and finished with marine varnish. I scanned  it from her business card, which explains the name on top.

If you go fishing, you never know what you might catch or who’s doing the catching.   But there’s nothing fishy about Teri’s work.  —-Paul   @Blogfinger

KELLY PARKES

 

Editor’s note:  We now have two shops downtown OG that feature mermaids. And we met a mermaid in Firemen’s Park in 2017.  Here is a link:

Grover mermaid. Click here

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Outside courtyard at the Musée D’Orsay in Paris. Nothing new under the sun.  Paul Goldfinger ©. Tri-X collection.  Click on image to enlarge.

The Musée D’Orsay is an art museum on the Left Bank in Paris. It has a large collection of Impressionistic and Post-Impressionistic masterpieces.

Those bare breasted women in the image above, probably early 20th century beauties, are relaxing in the Paris sunshine, proudly displaying their loveliness.   And the other three women,  the warm blooded variety of today, are enjoying their company without evident embarrassment.

The photograph above shows that nothing changes—that everything old is new again.

PETER ALLEN

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Chihuly centerpiece in front of the Conservatory at the BBG. Photo by Hope Moraff, special to Blogfinger.net.

This show is not a typical gallery display.  It is a garden exhibit showing the works of a remarkable artist, Dale Chihuly, whose glass sculptures are internationally known.

The current show at the Bronx Botanical Garden will be around only until October 29, but it is worth a trip into the Bronx, even if parts of that borough look like a third world country.

 

Eileen Goldfinger photograph. October, 2017. © Blogfinger.net

The BBG is a spectacular place, and the Chihuly show is available in two formats, one in daylight and one at night.

Eileen Goldfinger photo of glass balls individually made. ©  Blogfinger.net

We visited for the daytime exhibit which displayed 20 Chihuly installations interspersed around and within  the gardens, and everything is within walking distance.

The presence of this georgeous colorful art presented in a natural environment is remarkable.

Chihuly exhibit. Photo by Eileen Goldfinger ©. Blogfinger.net

EMMA STONE AND RYAN GOSLING  from the soundtrack of La La Land.

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"The Life of the Flesh is in the Blood" 2015. Alabama. By Lauren Henkin 2015. From Photograph Magazine.

“The Life of the Flesh is in the Blood” 2015. Alabama. By Lauren Henkin 2015. From Photograph Magazine.  Is this image deserving of a showing at the Birmingham Museum of Art in Alabama?

By Paul Goldfinger,  Photography Editor at Blogfinger University, Blogfinger.net.

I am  about to say something from left field about art appreciation, particularly regarding fine art photography.  It’s been on my agenda for awhile.

In the beginning  (I mean after the invention of photography, not the creation of the world) somebody took a picture of a naked woman or an apple, and then a critic showed up to judge if that’s art or what?  And since then there have been many schools of photography and many ideas about the art of the photographic image. Early on, there was even a debate about whether photography could be art.

But when it comes to critics, sometimes I think they are taking us for a ride. After all, aren’t we  all critics? Does one have to be a student of art appreciation to have an opinion about art?    Do we really need a pretentious analysis to tell us what to like?  When I saw the piece above  from the exhibit “What’s Lost is Found,” I thought “Really?”

The definition of art is a matter of opinion. One dictionary has 15 definitions.  For me, art happens  when an artist expresses his feelings and produces a tangible result like a painting or a sculpture, or even a drawing in the sand.  Then others can judge if they  appreciate the result. So by this definition, we  are all exposed to art every day, we all engage in art criticism, and we all can be artists.

Having said that, it is true that experts on art are more sophisticated and have more to say on the subject, and knowing about art helps inform one’s opinions, but sometimes those expert opinions seem unnecessarily elaborate and devoid of meaning for many of us.

I mostly ignore the academics and apply my own standards of beauty and significance., and so can you. Don’t be intimidated by the artsy crowd.

That brings me to an exhibit currently showing at the Birmingham Museum of Art. It’s called “What’s Lost is Found” by Lauren Henkin.  She has been engaged in a project to photograph rural Alabama.   Henkin said she felt “grounded in Alabama- the darkened soil acting as magnetic pull.”

Aware of being an outsider from Maine, she said, “I knew I would never be able to take ownership of the place, but I could remark on its lush landscape, its humble people, its primaries of reds, blues, and greens.” That’s how art critics and some artists talk.

Speaking about her experience in Hale County and the photographs she made while there, Henkin said, “The place itself is sacred terrain, drawing artists from near and far, trying to define a place and people that carry a history of the medium. It is a region filled with a rich complexity that cannot be explained or dissected.”

So take a look at the sample above from that Alabama exhibit, borrowed from the magazine Photograph. The experts at the magazine chose that photograph.  It has been called “art,” but I don’t get it.  All the artsy explanations will not convince me that this is a beautiful and/or meaningful image.  On the other hand, experts have found something profound in it and they will insist that we must look at the entire exhibit in context, but I think that an image worthy of a museum show should be able to  stand on its own.

Diane Arbus is a famous photographer, and I like her work very much. She is best known  for her images of ordinary people and she has had exhibits at the Met in NYC.  But the critics* see much more than that;  they also say that she “desired to see the diviness in ordinary things.”  And they add that she had “a deep and poetic understanding of space.”  Below is an image from the 2016 Met show. It is called “Lady on a Bus…1957.”  I like it, but “diviness” and “poetic understanding of space?”

"Lady on a Bus" 1957,by Diane Arbus. From the Merropplitan Museum of Art Collection.

“Lady on a Bus” 1957,by Diane Arbus. From the Metropolitan Museum of Art Collection.

*Quotes are from the  Metropolitan Museum of Art critics who commented on Arbus’ work in 2016.

 

THE NEVILLE BROTHERS  They take art very seriously.

 

 

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Barbara Mann

Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall  on the campus of Florida SouthWestern College in Fort Myers, Florida.  January, 2017.  Photograph by Paul Goldfinger, Blogfinger.net ©

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net.

We went to the Barbara Mann to see the Book of Mormon.  It had received many accolades, but we didn’t care for it very much.  The subject matter was often pretty gross and unpleasant, plus it was anti-religious, especially towards the Mormons;  as well as condescending and/or obnoxious  towards a variety of groups including blacks, gays and women.  

However,  the musical song and dance  numbers were often wonderful, such as “Hello” which opened the show  (see below).

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The show is about the pairs of young men who are sent on two year religious missions all over the world to try to gain converts to the Mormon Church. In the opening number, a group of missionaries dressed in their usual black pants, white shirts and ties, with name tags, perform this lively number called “Hello.”  The song is about how they go from door to door, ringing doorbells,  with their sacred texts of the Latter Day Saint movement. 

 They try to interest people in their religion with the ultimate goal of baptizing them. This show is set in a primitive village in Uganda, so the young Elders have their work cut out for them.

The Barbara Mann Theater has a high, grand entrance-way illuminated by the lights shown in the photograph above.  The packed house seemed to love the show and gave it a standing ovation with whistles and cheers, although some folks around us left at intermission.

ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST OF BOOK OF MORMON  with the opening number “Hello!”

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Untitled. By Tim Aanensen. ©

Untitled. By Tim Aanensen. ©

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.

Tim Aanensen, a 38 year old artist from Ocean Grove, has been inspired to express himself through art ever since he was encouraged to draw and paint as a preschooler. He took up photography in high school and then majored in that discipline while at Hamilton College. While studying in London, he took up painting and that led him to pursue his own abstract style which continues to evolve.

Over the years Tim has continued to study painting.  His attraction to art led him to conclude that this would be his life’s work.

Tim has exhibited at the Academy of Design, the Belmar Arts Council and at the Arts Alliance in Red Bank. He maintains a studio in Ocean Grove, a town where he has spent many summers visiting with his family. Tim and his wife currently reside in OG.

Untitled. By Tim Aanensen. ©

Untitled. By Tim Aanensen. ©  Click on any of the images to enlarge them.

Recently Tim has been inspired by birds, but not in the Audubon sense; instead he finds wonderful visual ideas by observing birds using photographs as well as recalling them from his “imagination.”

His paintings are fanciful and remind us in a way of Chagall or Picasso’s style of seeing the world.

Tim uses a found photograph to build a story using pen and ink. By Tim Aanensen. ©

Tim uses a found photograph to build a story using pen and ink. By Tim Aanensen. ©

Tim works in multiple media including oils, watercolor, pen and ink, acrylics and pastels. He is always producing new works and he is always evolving with his art. He doesn’t like to stand still: “I believe in developing.”

Tim aanensen in his studio. Photograph by Stephen Goldfinger, Blogfinger staff. ©

Tim Aanensen in his studio. Photograph by Stephen Goldfinger, Blogfinger staff. ©

Tim is also a photographer, and we hope to show some of his images in the future.

Meanwhile, if anyone is interested in viewing his work, he does sell his paintings. He is looking for a gallery to display his art.

Tim’s email is taanensen@gmail.com; or on Facebook at Tim Aanensen Fine Art.

Tim’s paintings have a rhythm—reminds me of the samba.  If we can accompany Blogfinger photos with music, why not Tim’s paintings?

JOAO  and ASTRUD GILBERTO:  “Garota de Ipanema.”

 

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Princeton University, August 11, 201`6. From the current exhibit "Material Legacy"

Princeton University, August 11, 2016., from the current exhibit “A Material Legacy”

By Paul Goldfinger, Photography Editor @Blogfinger.

Carl Hoffman and I made our annual pilgrimage to the Princeton University Art Museum. They have a superb collection of photography donated by David McAlpin, Class of 1920  (1897-1989.)  He began his collection in the 1920’s and he knew many of the greats personally including Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O’Keefe and Eliot Porter.

The current exhibit, celebrating the legacy of McAlpin, consists of 43 prints  from the collection including one of the most famous images “Moonrise Over Hernandez”—1941 by Ansel Adams.  We posted a piece about that (see link below—“Vanishing Magic.”).

Image by Evelyn Nesbit (1903) of "Gertrude, a Gibson girl.")

Image by Evelyn Nesbit (1903) of “Gertrude, a Gibson girl.”)

Edward Stieglitz was featured in the exhibit. He published the magazine Camera Work where all the images were beautiful photogravures and which are collectibles today.  He was Georgia O’Keeffe’s husband as well as a famous photographer and a gallery owner in NYC who brought many important European painters to the attention of the American public.

"Blue Marilyn" by Andy Warhol, 1961.

“Blue Marilyn” by Andy Warhol, 1961.  Blogfinger photo 2016.

We also saw a multimedia display of contemporary art called “A Material Legacy.”

In addition were items from their permanent collection including a Marilyn Monroe painting by Andy Warhol, a portrait of Jean Cocteau by Modigliani, and an imposing portrait of George Washington by Charles Wilson Peale.

Marilyn’s portrait was made by Warhol after her death using a movie still from a 1953  film Niagra.  He coupled that photo with a variety of new printing methods.

The permanent collection. Photograph by Paul Goldfinger. © 8/10/16.

The permanent collection. Photograph by Paul Goldfinger. © 8/10/16.  Click to enlarge.

There were few students in sight last week, but soon she will be greeting 8000 others. Paul Goldfinger photo © 8/10/16

There were few students in sight last week, but soon she will be greeting 8,000 others. Paul Goldfinger photo © 8/10/16

 

The Museum is a short walk across campus from the Nassau Street entrance, and admission is free.  There are lots of eateries and coffee shops in the neighborhood.  It takes about 1 1/2 hours to get there and park.

Link:

https://blogfinger.net/2015/03/21/vanishing-magic/

LUCIANO PAVAROTTI  with the Theater Orchestra of Bologna.  “‘A Vucchella”

 

 

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Cindy Sherman, 1979. ©

Cindy Sherman, 1979. Untitled.   ©  Click to enlarge.

By Paul Goldfinger, Photography Editor at BLOGFINGER.net.

The new ICP  (International Center for Photography) at 250 Bowery will open the inaugural show on June 23.  50 artists will be exhibited for a show called “Public, Private, Secret.”  It is about “privacy in today’s social media driven culture.”

Cindy Sherman was born in 1964 in Glen Ridge, NJ.   She has had a very successful and innovative career and is best known for her images where she dresses up and roll plays,  photographing  herself, as in the photograph  above where she is polishing her toe nails.  Other themes include her series on black and white movie stills and on exploitation of women.

TONY BENNETT.  “Have You Met Miss Jones”  from the Complete Improv Recordings

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Williamson, West Virginia by Builder Levy. 1971 ©

Williamson, Mingo County, West Virginia by Builder Levy. 1971 ©

 

Appalachia USA. By Builder Levy  ©

Appalachia USA. By Builder Levy ©

 

By  Paul Goldfinger, Photography Editor @Blogfinger.net

Builder Levy is a photographer who was born in Tampa, Florida, 1942.  He received his BA in Art from Brooklyn College, and over the years his work has appeared in many exhibits and books.  He is best known for his work in Appalachia.  This image is from his book Appalachia, USA.

Vanity Fair wrote this about him:  “Photographer Builder Levy’s Appalachia USA (David R. Godine) does for today’s coal miners what Walker Evans did for sharecroppers and tenant farmers in the Dust Bowl.”

I hadn’t heard of him until I received an announcement of his latest exhibit at Shepherd University’s Scarborough Library in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. I got to view some of his work, all in wonderful black and white.  His images are strong and include dramatic scenics as well as portraits.

He is also known for international images  (eg Mongolia) and some wonderful photographs in New York City (see link below.)  He recently had an exhibit at the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida.

Levy  NYC images link

Recently Hillary Clinton said that she wanted to “put the coal companies and the coal miners out of business.”  But if you saw some of Builder Levy’s Appalachia work, you realize that coal mining is a culture and a way of life which will be resistant to change.

BILL MONROE and his BLUEGRASS BOYS  “Blue Moon of Kentucky”

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Tony Soprano on the Boardwalk in Asbury Park, NJ. c. 2000. All photos by Paul Goldfinger taken from the TV.

Tony Soprano on the Boardwalk in Asbury Park, NJ. c. 2000. All photos by Paul Goldfinger taken from the TV.

 

Sopranos (L to R) Paulie, Hesh, Blank, Christafuh, Sylvio (Steve Van Zant)

Sopranos (L to R) Paulie, Hesh,  Big Pussy, Patsy, Christafuh, Silvio (Steven Van Zandt)

Late in the second season of the Sopranos, Tony is having nightmares. He is under the care of Dr. Jennifer Melfi, his shrink.  The scenes on the Asbury Boardwalk portrayed a dream sequence with a talking fish over by the Convention Hall.  The weather that day in June was a rare spring snow storm.

David Chase created the series which had six seasons and 86 episodes;  and it ended in 2007.  There were over 500 New Jersey locations during the Soprano years.  Steven Van Zandt (Silvio) is an actor and musician from New Jersey and is a member of Springsteen’s E Street Band. Despite his name, he is Italian and he grew up in Middletown  after the age of 7. Perhaps he had something to do with the Asbury location.

Soprano. He was from Westwood, NJ, and he died in 2013.

James Gandolfini portrayed Tony Soprano. He was from Westwood, NJ, and he died in 2013 of a heart attack.

VINNIE PAULEONE and the Ba Da Bing Orchestra

 

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