Sunday, May 27, 2007

Women in Art !!!



I'm not a huge YouTube junkie...but, on occasion, am knocked out by what's there. Eggman is a film maker. I have no idea how he does it. He has a sizable following AKA community. And we're all about community in this neck of the woods.

When I hear talk of school districts, in the US, cutting art programs, I want to scream. Creativity is in far too short supply. This video reminded me of a print in my cube. The only DaVinci portrait in the Western Hemisphere (oh, those lucky Italians!) - Leonardo's Ginevra de Benci - is housed in Washington, DC. It is blow your mind elegance and beauty. If you ever get a chance - see it! The video is under 3 minutes - it gave me chills. Please enjoy it!

And if you've a mind to it...leave a comment on who might be your favorite artist :) - this time around any era will do!

11 comments:

Robyn McMaster said...

Hi Bob, sometimes I'm blown away by how many values we share. I had written a piece on ways business can leap to the front to underwrite arts programs in schools. wow,it's would be hard to narrow my favorite artist down to just one, but I love Georgia O'Keeffe's flowers. I saw them at the Met in New York and here at a visiting exhibit. There's nothing like seeing the real paintings to see the depth of the brush strokes and the real colors. I'm going to view the video later today since now my connection is too slow to view it. That's life in a rural setting. :-)

BobG said...

Uncanny indeed Robyn - a research paper I wrote for my masters program focused on impact of art in the work environment. I'm glad you mention your article. Narrowing down to one is hard I know but Georgia O'Keefe is hard to argue. I love her work - its incredible. And in person is the very best way. I'm reminded of RC Gorman at this point - a contemporary of hers - with a similar bold brush.

Enjoy life in the rural setting and slowness of it all - I like to tell people we just got electricity here in the NW :) - YouTube is decidedly secondary.

David Reich said...

Wow!

Thanks for pointing this out.

BobG said...

Pretty cool, eh, David?

Lewis Green said...

Bob,

Thank you for sharing. Like you, cutting art from school budgets is akin to reducing the brain cells of every student. Research after research reveals that students who take art classes--music, drawing, art appreciation, band, and so on--do better than students who don't. Tell the editor of the Spokesman-Review that you want to write a piece (or op-ed) about art in public schools. I guarantee it will provoke lots of reader comments.

BobG said...

Lewis - How right you are! All the research points to positive outcome for students AND adults. And still the arts seem to be the first item brought up for slashing. It burns me up. Don't get me wrong - math, sciences and language are all deserving of funding. But isn't there a certain degree of creativity in those disciplines? And creativity begins in the imagination. Thanks for your idea on opinion piece. It just might fit into one of the community focus sections we publish each week.

Robyn McMaster said...

OK, Bob, I came back as promised and value the artist who created such imaginativly smooth transitions from one portrait to the next. I'm glad you shared this with us or I would have missed it. :-)

BobG said...

Never a doubt you'd return, Robyn - glad you enjoyed it :)

Jackie Cameron said...

This was fabulous - thanks for the link Bob!

I love to visit galleries and experience art in many forms. I have marvelled at some of the world's most famous paintings and fallen in love with some from local "unknown" artists - standing up close and seeing the brushstrokes.

I can't choose one favourite artist -but for the ability to portray the beauty of women I don't think you can beat John Singer Sargent. His Gertrude, Lady Agnew of Lochnaw is a great example of that.

BobG said...

Jackie - I'm so happy you mention Sargent. Too often we overlook the fine work of US painters. Europeans so much more alluring :)
I happened onto a wonderful show in DC a few years ago which highlighted late 19th century artists. Sargent was one of them!

Thank you for coming back by :)

Anonymous said...

Great video! I'll add it to the women's information network:)