Friday, December 05, 2008

Friday Free Ad for Kate

Apologies for the lateness, the morning was given over to putting up a new kitchen ceiling at an apartment (obviously, no internet... )

Oh England, My Lion Heart - Tour of Life 1979

I remember reading somewhere than Lionheart was the artist's personal favorite...

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Friday, November 28, 2008

Friday Free Ad for Kate

Eat the Music

From "the Line, the Cross, and the Curve" (album, the Red Shoes), so the first bit is a little surreal, but then again, it's Kate, so that's redundant...

The day after Thanksgiving, what could be better than people dancing in fruit?

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!"

vintage Gurley holiday candles

more at my Flickr photo stream (and feel free to browse around)

Thought I should post this today, as everyone will probably be too full of turkey to surf the web tomorrow.

Oh, and Beer! (see previous post for explanation)

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Sunday, November 23, 2008


I followed this link from The Glenn to find that this blog is supposedly gender neutral and has a 50% chance of being written by a woman.

"We guess is written by a woman (50%), however it's quite gender neutral."

OK, well here goes...

Will Dale Earnhardt Jr. ever break this streak and win a NASCAR race?

Let's drunkblog the swearing in of POTUS #44!
(OK, let's not)

Beer! Beer! Beer! Beer!... and Bitters.

Speed Week! Superbowl! World Series! Poker! Hotrods! Boxing! Guns! (go out and buy ammo now, before the rules change with the above mentioned POTUS 44) Hunting and shooting small furry animals with big brown eyes that look like Bambi!


Sheeesch! With all the Kate Bush posts (labeled under "obsessions") you'd think somebody would get a clue...

UPDATE: Heh! One post, and now "We guess is written by a man (54%)". I guess I just have to say "Beer" and "Testosterone" more often.

UPDATE 2: Yep, that's the ticket, that one update pushed it up another point to 55%

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Friday, November 21, 2008

Friday Free Ad For Kate

King of the Mountain

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Saturday, November 15, 2008

To the Ends of the Earth, Painting the Polar Landscape

Through March 1, 2009 at the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem Massachusetts

Aurora Borealis, 1865, Frederic Edwin Church, 56 x 83½ inches, oil on canvas

Capturing the high drama and stark beauty of historic polar expeditions, To the Ends of the Earth, Painting the Polar Landscape presents more than 50 works by prominent artist-explorers, from monumental romantic canvases to early modernist works in pastel — all rarely shown in a single exhibition. The exhibition offers a range of artistic responses to the unique landscapes of the Arctic and Antarctic — from the documentary to the sublime and existential, by renowned painters such as Frederic Edwin Church, Rockwell Kent and Lawren Harris.

(from the PEM website)

My Wife and I had the opportunity to go to the opening of the new exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum, entitled “To the Ends of the Earth, Painting the Polar Landscape. I’ve posted on things related to exhibits at PEM before, and it is always a joy to go there. This new exhibit is no exception. I believe this is the largest exhibit ever to focus on Polar landscapes in art. The works, covering a century of exploration and styles in painting are really remarkable. For those (like me) who collect exhibition books or catalogues, the companion book is not only complete with all of the exhibited paintings, but is excellently done and inexpensive. (Though those, again like myself, who have an eye for a more permanent personal library, may wish for a hardback version).

The larger works follow the grand scenic painting styles of the nineteenth century. As such, if you are not familiar with early modernist painting, the transition to the twentieth century works can be anticlimactic. I would strongly suggest perusing the numerous books on the topic that the PEM has at the bookstore, and will probably have strewn around the seating areas throughout the exhibit (not there for the opening, but usually feature at past exhibits). Especially look to materials on Rockwell Kent. There was a special film shown on Kent at the opening, which is not listed on the website, but if it is available I highly recommend it. These materials will help the viewer understand the stylistic transitions, and to see the change in the early twentieth century where artists began to represent these regions in their inherent drama and beauty, and not as a backdrop for human adventure. With the big dramatic canvases, it would also be easy to overlook the various notebook sketches and smaller works. Take the time to dwell over these, as they are absolutely marvelous. I was especially drawn to the pastels of David Abbey Paige (1901-1979) in which he recorded many different atmospheric phenomena.

The PEM posts a PDF file for printout with information on the works, a list of references, and brief biographies of the artists and explorers, which would make a handy pre-visit read.

If you are in Eastern Massachusetts between now and 1 March 2009, To the Ends of the Earth, Painting the Polar Landscape would make for an excellent excursion.

For additional information, see the Press release.

(links good at time of post) UPDATE: bad link coding fixed (my bad)

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Friday, November 14, 2008

The Glorious Return of -- Friday Free Ad for Kate

Sensual World

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