Category: Art

Soichi Sunami: Modern Artist

I always knew that my paternal grandfather, who died before I was born, was an unusual person. Born in 1885, fifteen years before the end of the nineteenth century, he was an early Japanese...

Wiley Reconsidered

A Response to the Toledo Art Museum Retrospective My first encounter with the work of artist Kehinde Wiley was in 2006, when the Columbus Museum of Art commissioned his first significant museum show. At...

Reconstructivist Art: Unstill Lives

The works of contemporary artist Jason Godeke as an example of Reconstructivist Art. Originally posted September 2007. Artist Jason Godeke has a distinctive and recognizable oeuvre centered around paintings of toys and figurines, posed...

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Remembering Carol Herbin

I recently lost my good friend Carol Herbin to a tragic housefire. After starting as a participant, Carol was a longtime volunteer vocal coach at the Monday Night music program I run at the...

Exquisite Corps(e)

Exquisite Corpse was a game played by the surrealists, in which they collaborated on a story or artwork. Each person would contribute a piece, usually based on just a tiny fragment of what came...