Sunday, July 23, 2006

A Night of Special Effects

by Roy Johnson - Arts Forever
Published on July 23, 2006

Valentine’s Day isn’t all about giving presents, kisses and making love declarations. In order to be somewhat more effective there has to be created a romantic atmosphere everywhere the lovers will go. And especially when the evening comes and a romantic dinner just has to take place.

You have to prepare early and let your imagination go wild. And this is all so you two will be able to express freely on Valentine’s Day.

What is the thing you need the most to create the desired effects?

Candles … Lots of them … Of different colors and dimensions … The predominant color has to be red, the color that is considered to be the color of love. They can be placed anywhere in the room: near the windows so their light would seem to come from out there somewhere, on the nightstands, on the desk and in every other corner of your room.

It’s going to be a long dinner and a long evening, so the candles will have to burn a long time. Pick candles in small bowls or if you choose bigger bowls you can let them burn without any worries: they will burn but nothing else will catch fire around them.

If you can’t agree with candles, pick then some scarves to throw over the light sources. They have to be colored, preferably red, but they can also come in the color you both like. Keep in mind that the material they are made of must not have plastic fibers in it so that it won’t heat and you can eat your dinner without having to worry about them. If scarves are chosen, the light will be softer and the room invaded with many effects.

Don’t forget the aromatherapy bowls and the perfumed sticks. Your loved one will appreciate if you will use his or hers favorite scent. If you like more the perfume of fresh flowers, pick a discreet bouquet of your favorite ones and place them somewhere around.

Keep in mind that dinner must be something you both like and has to last longer. So, pick different food types and a desert that seems appropriate. The desert would have to have some hearts or cupids design on it if possible. If you don’t cook, order food early and make sure it gets delivered right on time.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Rembrandt's work still has lessons to teach the postmodern world

by Kenneth Baker - San Francisco Chronicle
Published on July 22, 2006

Inevitably, art critics get asked about the greatest exhibitions they have seen. In reply, I seldom fail to mention "Rembrandt/Not Rembrandt," which New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art drew from its own collections in 1995. The show placed paintings,...


Top DAM curator to leave post

by Kyle MacMillian - Denver Post
Published on July 22, 2006

The Denver Art Museum's collections and exhibitions are not the only thing in transition as the institution prepares for one of the monumental events in its history - the Oct. 7 opening of its $90.5 million addition.


Art Rearranged: The Shock of the New and the Comfort of the Old

by Alan Riding - The New York Times
Published on July 22, 2006

Like rearranging the throw pillows on a sofa, shuffling the Monets and van Goghs can really spruce up a room.


Should Art Museums Always Be Free? There’s Room for Debate

by Roberta Smith - The New York Times
Published on July 22, 2006

If there is no accounting for taste in art, should there be accounting for access to it?


Friday, July 21, 2006

At the South Street Seaport, Eugeen Van Mieghem’s Pictures of the Tired and Poor Before They Sailed to America

by Grace Glueck - The New York Times
Published on July 21, 2006

A close observer of maritime activity, the Belgian artist captured the exhausted masses as they boarded ships headed for the New World.


For collectors with deep pockets, China is fast becoming the place to buy new art

by Olivia Wu - San Francisco Chronicle
Published on July 21, 2006

When a painting by the early 20th century Chinese artist Xu Beihong fetched 33 million yuan ($4.1 million) at an auction earlier this summer, the news made the front page of the China Daily. It was the highest amount ever paid for a Chinese oil painting. The...


Summer in Washington, Where Image Is All

by Holland Cotter - The New York Times
Published on July 21, 2006

Housing a healthy mix of the permanent and the transient, the Smithsonian carries a summertime smattering of history, iconography and portraiture.


Into the Metropolitan Museum: What’s It Worth to You?

by David Leonhardt - The New York Times
Published on July 21, 2006

There are no free museums in this world, but there are plenty of reasons why the Met's new sticker price isn't as bad as it sounds.


Thursday, July 20, 2006

Museum of the African Diaspora Offers Anecdotal Evidence of a Homesick Humanity

by Edward Rothstein - The New York Times
Published on July 20, 2006

The San Francisco center is a crucible of cultural identity, commemorating its peoples' tragedies and achievements to others.


Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Celebrated Gee's Bend quilts blaze with color, unforced invention, unique kind of sophistication

by Kenneth Baker - San Francisco Chronicle
Published on July 18, 2006

"The Quilts of Gee's Bend," which opened at the de Young Museum during the weekend, created a sensation in 2002 when it appeared at New York's Whitney Museum of American Art, the second stop on a 12-venue tour. The show brought into the official art...


Sunday, July 16, 2006

A Fireplace in your Apartment

by Jason Roberts - Arts Forever
Published on July 16, 2006

We sometimes think that we cannot realize everything we want in such a limited space, referring to an apartment, might it be a block apartment or a villa apartment. But either way we can adapt the already existent dimensions or we will think in such a manner that we will create the space we need to bring in a new piece of furniture that we really want or maybe make some mounted bookshelves on one wall of the room.

You can even place a fireplace, an object that usually takes up a lot of space and requires unwanted modifications.

A fireplace can be placed in a corner of a room and it could be, for design’s sake, linked with some mounted bookshelves that can total a real bookcase.

Depending on the dimensions of our room, we will make a design sketch for the wanted fireplace and for the bookshelves made out of wood or wood-like materials that will be chosen accordingly to the objects that are already situated in the room or accordingly to the material the fireplace will be build from (I mean the material the fireplace has on the surface, not the one it is actually made of).

If we have a tall room then we can build a tall fireplace. In the case it will grow a lot up or on the contrary, grow horizontally quite a bit, we will have to keep in mind ventilation. In an apartment we might have to use the common ventilation system unless we are on the top floor. To deal with this aspect you will have to bring a specialist and let him do the calculations and plans needed.

We can think of the fireplace creatively. Why not designing it as a multitude of stairs that will serve as support for different object we can find around the room? Or we can create spaces to store fire wood that will have just a decorative purpose in a block apartment where the fire can be made using gas. But they will bring the rustic image closer to you and will provide the room with infinite connotations.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Layers of abstract-art history in Moses' paintings Paint, digitized images collide in Yoon Lee's works

by Kenneth Baker - San Francisco Chronicle
Published on July 15, 2006

Painters pick up lots of studio tricks over a long career like that of Southern California native Ed Moses. But nothing guarantees that know-how and experience will snowball into great work. It has happened for Moses, at least occasionally, on the...