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Modern Art Monday Presents: Inseparable Friends By Morris Hirshfield

Inseparable Friends Photo By Gail Worley
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Morris Hirshfield (18721946) began to paint at the age of 65, after retiring from a career making women’s coats, suits and slippers. The flattened, decorative forms of Inseparable Friends (1941) echo his garment-making work. Without distinguishing between the floor and the wall, Hirshfield creates a room  through thee planes of shapes and patterns: the women at their mirror, the tasseled curtain above them, and the plant and shoes at their feet. While Hirshfield’s compositions are simplified and stylized, he aimed for meticulous, realistic detail and believed that his figures represented the human body “better than the camera can do.”

Photographed in the Museum of Modern Art in NYC.

Modern Art Monday Presents: Gertrude Abercrombie, Self Portrait As My Sister

Self Portrait As My Sister
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Chicago-based surrealist Gertrude Abercrombie (19091977) was acclaimed for her enigmatic paintings of stark interiors and illusory landscapes. On first glance, Self Portrait As My Sister (1941) appears to be relatively straight-forward representation, lacking the idiosyncratic imagery of her complex, dreamlike works. But Abercrombie was an only child, and the title’s allusion to a sister heightens the paradox of the painting. She frequently used self-portraiture as a means of trying on new guises and personas, later observing, “It’s always myself that I paint, but not actually, because I don’t look that good or cute.” Indeed, in her records she referred to this work as “Portrait of Artist as Ideal.” Her reference to a fictitious and prettier sister hints at desire to be a different person, a longing she could satisfy through her painting.

Photographed in the Art Institute Chicago.

Happy Birthday, Charlie Watts!

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Rolling Stones’ Drummer, Charlie Watts, was born on this day, June 2nd, in 1941! Holy Cow! Happy Birthday, Charlie!

Bob Dylan’s 30th Birthday Commemorated in Peanuts Cartoon

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On This Date, May 24th, in 1971: Bob Dylan’s 30th Birthday was commemorated with a Peanuts comic strip commenting on the event. Happy Birthday, Bob!

Happy 69th Birthday, Bob Dylan!

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Bob Dylan is 69 years old today, having been born on May 24th, 1941! Favorite Bob Dylan Song: “Tangled Up In Blue.”

Happy Birthday, Bob Dylan!

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Greatest Living American Songwriter: Born May 24th, 1941

It is probably impossible for me to name just one favorite Bob Dylan song because, as the greatest living American songwriter, he has written practically every amazing song on the planet (with the exception of those written by any member of the Beatles, or Led Zeppelin). Think about it: “All Along the Watchtower,” “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,” “Mr. Tambourine Man,” “My Back Pages,” “Tangled up in Blue,” these are all fantastic songs. Nobody can turn a phrase like Dylan. Bob celebrates his Birthday today (having been born on May 24th in 1941) and I’m sure he still has a million great songs inside him waiting to be written.

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The Singer Becomes The Song

If you’re at all a fan of Bob and/or ex-Roxy Music front man Bryan Ferry, you will want to checkout Bryan’s new CD Dylanesque, which is a collection of Bob Dylan covers. Dylanesque is just absurdly awesome and my favorite album of 2007 so far.