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Creative Juice #51

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Creative Juice #51

Your weekly dose of artistic inspiration:

Phoenix Art Museum

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Phoenix Art Museum

This past Mother’s Day, my youngest daughter, Katie, spent the afternoon with me at the Phoenix Art Museum. Here is a sampling of what we saw–just a tiny bit of the museum.

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Ballet Dancer by Everett Shinn

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Birdie Serenade by Gregory West

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Detail of above

 

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The Golfer by Victor Vasarely

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Nude Man by Viola Frey, glazed ceramic

When we were on the raised platform where the Nude Man sat, Katie looked across the way and asked about the view below, “Is that a hallway or another piece of art?”

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Answer: it’s a hallway; but do you see why she thought it might be a large mural or something?

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Upside Down, Inside Out by Anish Kapoor, sculpture made of resin and paint:

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Below, Column Interminable by Betsabeé Romero: 17 “tires” inscribed with symbols from pre-conquest North, South, and Central America, the Aztecs, the Paracas people of Peru, and the ancient Hohokam people who lived in what is now Arizona. Romero’s themes are migration and borders.

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The portrait below of Philip Glass looks photographic, no? It’s not. Viewed up close, you’d see it’s a jacquard tapestry woven of very fine colored fibers. I’m guessing technology was key in producing this. I can’t imagine it was woven by hand. Phil–State I by Chuck Close:

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Fernando Bryce drew the collection of drawings below from advertisements and newspaper articles about Leni Riefenstahl, the German dancer and actress who directed Nazi propaganda films. His motivation for the work was to explore the tension of an artist working on behalf of an evil dictator.

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Samurai Tree 2H by Gabriel Orozco

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Message by Matthias Goeritz; gold painted perforated metal on painted wood

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Detail of Message

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Hopi Flute Player by Emry Kopta

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Shift Change at the Magma by Lew Davis

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Sphere Lit from the Top by Sol LeWitt

The remaining images are pieces of European art on loan from the Schorr Collection:

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Portrait of Cardinal Domenico Grimani by Lorenzo Lotto

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Portrait of Barbara Palmer by Peter Lely

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Detail of Portrait of Barbara Palmer

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Genoese Nobleman by Antony Van Dyck

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Portrait of a Man, Probably Pieter de Graaf by Govaert Flinck

The following are woodcuts by Albrecht Dürer:

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The Annunciation

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Detail of The Annunciation

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The Adoration of the Magi

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Detail of Adoration of the Magi

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Portrait of Baron Philippe François Didier Usquin by Anne-Louis Girodet de Roucy-Trioson

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Portrait of an Old Woman by Jan Anthonisz. van Ravesteyn

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Bust of Julio Contarini by Alessandro Vittoria

Below, Moses Receiving the Tablets of the Law and Christ Blessing by Benjamin West.

It’s been ten years since I’ve been to the Phoenix Art Museum. I’m so grateful Katie wanted to go with me. Thanks, Katie!

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Creative Juice #46

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Creative Juice #46

Glimpses of beauty from eleven different sources.

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  • Grafitti—vandalism or art form?
  • Biological classification charts.

Art Reflections

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Art Reflections

My offerings for the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge.

My daughter Katie honored me today (Mother’s Day) by accompanying me to the Phoenix Art Museum. (More photos from our visit will appear in a future post.) I captured our reflections in two of the sculptures.

In front of Upside Down, Inside Out by Anish Kapoor:

Nine Slat Mirror by Thomas Glassford:

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MIM Again

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MIM Again

In April, my daughter, Carly, visited from Brooklyn, New York. She mentioned she’d like to go to the MIM.

The Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix is one of my favorite places in the world. I’ve been there at least five times since in opened in 2010. I’ve written other posts about The MIM.

Here are some of the sights we saw on our visit (click on the smaller pictures to enlarge and reveal captions):

The mariachi exhibit:

Drums:

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Costumes:

tapa from Oceania, a textile made from the bark of the paper mulberry tree:

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Grand piano made for Czar Nicholas I of Russia:

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Pretty cool, huh?

What about you? Have you been to MIM, or to another musical instrument museum? (I know there’s another in Paris, and maybe elsewhere.) Share in the comments below.

Creative Juice #38

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Creative Juice #38

Nine articles, mostly art-related.

Creative Juice #34

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Creative Juice #34

Thirteen articles to inspire you.

Cowboys and Indians

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Cowboys and Indians

Residents of Arizona are familiar with the Basha grocery empire. But not all are aware of the Basha family’s cultural legacy.

At Basha corporate headquarters in Chandler, Arizona, resides a phenomenal museum of Western American art, the Selma Basha Salmeri Gallery, named after the aunt who inspired Eddie Basha’s lifelong love affair with art.

A small sampling of the extensive collection of over 3500 items:

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El Encuentro by Paul Pletka

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by Harrison Begay

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Bowl, carved from wood and polished

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Many panels of drawings of kachinas by Cecil Calnimptewa

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A whole cabinet of fetishes, small animal carvings representing the spirits of the animals, and believed to have special powers.

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by Bruce Green

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Cowboy lighting his cigarette with a branding iron

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Breaking Wild Horses by John Clymer

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Devil’s Gate by John Clymer

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The White Buffalo by John Clymer

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The Peace Pipe by John Clymer

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To get the full effect of this beautiful, detailed sculpture, it’s necessary to walk around it and view it from several angles.

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Is it just me, or does the kachina on the left below resemble Rodin’s The Thinker?

And does the kachina on the left below resemble Rodin’s The Kiss?

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I’ve enjoyed the Native American art at The Heard Museum in Phoenix, but I have a new appreciation for the cowboy artists as a result of seeing their work up close. If you’re ever in the area, make a point to stop and see the Eddie Basha Collection.

Creative Juice #28

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Creative Juice #28

Fifteen articles to ignite the spark.

Creative Juice #27

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Creative Juice #27

Fifteen inspiring articles to uplift you: