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Modern Art Monday Presents: Gillian Wearing, Me In History — A Conversation with the Work of Fantin-LaTour

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Photo By Gail Worley

In this oil painting from 2021, Gillian Wearing expands on her Lockdown self-portraits by inserting herself into a 1877 painting by the French artist, Henri Fantin-Latour (1836 to 1904) entitled La Lecture (The Reading). The original painting depicts two women in a domestic setting, one of whom reads aloud from a book, while the other sits beside her listening. In her version, Wearing takes the place of the listener, but crops the image, shifting the focus from the act of reading to the relationship between the two figures. As in her Spiritual Family photographic series, Wearing assumes the identity of a historical figure, but here she plays the role of a subject rather than an artist. Carefully studying her female companion, she imagines herself in a time and place that limited women’s social lives to private spaces – not unlike those featured in Lockdown.

Photographed in the Guggenheim Museum in NYC.

How to Pass the Time on Your Commute

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Photo by Felicity Tai on Pexels.com

When you’re on a long commute, whether on a train or bus, it can seem that time just slows down, and a twenty-minute journey can feel like an eternity. When traveling by public transportation, many people try to occupy themselves to help pass the time so that it’s a bit more bearable.

What you choose to do to pass the time will depend on your interests, but to help guide you, here are a few things that you can do to make your journey more interesting. Continue reading How to Pass the Time on Your Commute

Yes, It Exists: Burrito Bookmark

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Photo By Gail Worley

Does reading make you hungry? Make sure you don’t try to eat this super realistic (and delicious) looking Burrito Bookmark from Humdrum Paper. They make all kinds of fun greeting cards and other novelty gift items to make life a bit more carefree! Bookmarks are just $5 at This Link!

Spotted at NY Now at Javits Center!

The Best Books About Horses for Any Type of Reader

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Scene From 1944 Film National Velvet Starring Elizabeth Taylor

Horses have long been a source of inspiration for writers. While they are often viewed as books for younger readers, the truth is that some of the finest equine stories are recommended for people of any age.

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

This is probably the most famous book about horses ever written. You might think that it is a children’s tale because of the animated film versions it has inspired. Yet, Black Beauty is a serious tale about the need to better look-after animals. The story is told by the horse itself. We learn that this noble animal has a variety of owners over the years, with some of them being kind to him and others treating him badly. He meets a variety of interesting characters and lives through some tense moments.

Continue reading The Best Books About Horses for Any Type of Reader