War (2003) by artist Paula Rego (1935 — 2022) is based on a newspaper photograph of Iraqi civilians in the aftermath of a bomb explosion during the Iraq war. Rego was shaken by the image of a mother carrying a baby, seemingly frozen in fear, and a girl screaming standing next to them. Continue reading Modern Art Monday Presents: War By Paula Rego→
O. (Osvaldo) Louis Guglielmi (1906 – 1956) described Terror In Brooklyn (1941), one of his best known works, as “a premonition of war and tragedy.” On a desolate Brooklyn street, three nuns are shown entrapped by life-size bell jar; they seem to cower in the presence of a bandaged pelvis that hangs, like a crucifix or relic, from a nearby building. Continue reading Modern Art Monday Presents: O. Louis Guglielmi, Terror In Brooklyn→
A few weeks ago, we went over to The Fashion Institute of Technology to check out the 2017 MFA in Illustration Visual Thesis Exhibition, which was entitled 13 Stories. It is while visiting the exhibit that I discovered a cool Pink Thing created by FIT student and MFA candidate Necdet Yilmaz, who is a native of Turkey. Necdet’s visual thesis, Happy Tank, is a story about a little machine built for war that doesn’t want to fight. Happy Tank must be sent to war, but refuses to fire at a large building where a child is seen crying. For disobeying the order, Happy Tank is decommissioned and melted down. The story concludes with Happy Tank being recycled and used to construct a playground years after the war is over. Continue reading Pink Thing of The Day: Happy Tank→
Like some of you out there, my office is closed today in observance of Veteran’s Day, so I have the day off work. Even though I enjoyed the hedonistic pleasure of staying in bed like a sloth until the ungodly hour of 8:30 AM, I am nevertheless using my time off to get some work done; transcribing an interview for an artist bio I have on deck. There are worse ways to spend a quiet weekday at home. At any rate, I wanted to give a shout out to all of the men and women who have served our country through military service. My Dad, who just celebrated his ninetieth birthday last month, is a retired career Marine and a proud Veteran of both World War II and the Korean War. The stories he could tell you would blow your head right off. He is awesome and I am proud that he is my Dad. I am not a fan or supporter of any war, but I support our troops. President Obama, please bring our guys home.