Friday, November 13, 2009

The Friday Evening Nudes

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Akseli Valdemar Gallen-Kallela

 Albert Von Keller


André Utter 

Portrait of his wife Suzanne Valadon, also a painter

one of her own nudes is placed below 

 Suzanne Veladon

That example and the one below it should lay to waste the narrow-minded assumption that only men painted the female nude and that all nude modeling is sexual in nature and/or a type of enslavement of women by the patriarchy (or some other archaic nonsense!   ;-)


Leonor Fini

see my post about her work and tidbits from her life here 


Pierre Ambrogiani

 Nude with a teacup
Ari Stillman

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Music for Insomniacs - Monsters of Folk - Say Please

This sounds Lennon-esque to me. I heard it on WRSI, 93.9 FM out of Northampton, Massachusetts, on my way home from class the other night, took note of the time and went to the online playlist to find out who.

Independently owned for years and now owned by a bigger media company, 'RSI is still the best music in the valley and probably among the best "adult contemporary" stations in the country. Where else but Northampton does one hear the woman DJ talk about how she and her wife were celebrating their wedding anniversary? One of the many reasons I love being a Pioneer Valley Girl.   ;-)

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Surrealistic Sunday

Pagan Sphinx



Paul Delvaux

Two images below:  
Leonor Fini


 Max Ernst


Remedios Varo

René Magritte


Mae West's Lips

Salvador Dali


Leonora Carrington

Meret Oppenheim

Still Life

Traditional still life painting usually features subject matter such as arrangements of food, flowers or objects. Women surrealists reworked still life to challenge how women's roles and bodies have traditionally been represented. They often draw comparisons between body parts and food, using surrealist puns and juxtapositions to 'dish up' the objectification of women in a male-dominated world.
Some artists used found materials and animal matter such as wood, cork, coral and embalmed birds to assemble beautiful, but sinister surreal objects. Other artists put themselves into the artwork, such as Francesca Woodman’s torso in her photograph Three Kinds of Melon and Mimi Parent's own hair in the object Maitresse
taken from the Manchester Art Gallery Website, where there is currently an exhibit of women surrealists that I would dearly love to visit  -  but a web visit is the next best thing, and in fact, the only thing.  ;-)

Music for Sunday - Brett Dennen - I Will Be The One

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