Kids & Art

Here is something I posted on my LinkedIn webpage.


Reflections on Egon Schiele

The Met has a program called The Artist Project. Essentially, it is where contemporary artists discuss different art  featured at The Met. It’s their viewpoint on a specific work of art or the collective works of an artist. I highly recommend watching these vignettes. They are not very long in duration and are immensely insightful.

The one posted here is of the contemporary artist Wangechi Muta discussing the brilliance that is Egon Schiele.


Magdalene In Distress

This  article  about  eighty-nine year old artist, Magdalene Stift-Jourdan, got me thinking.

Magdalene Stift-Jourdan, who was born in the Austro-Hungarian empire but spent years living in Montreal, Canada, has been painting for over 60 years. On Thursday, she finally got to hold her own art reception at the public library in her adopted town of Thompson, Connecticut.

Unfortunately, their wasn’t much promotion for the event — and the sad octogenarian was left feeling ‘foolish’ and ‘forgotten’ when hardly anyone turned up for it.

After reading this sad tale, I came away with two key points. First, support artists in your community. Please. It’s crucial to encourage artists to do what they do because the arts are vital to society.


(Above Photo – One of Stift-Jourdan’s paintings from her art show.)

And second, artists are a unique breed: they are forward-thinkers.  According to one study, artists are immensely courageous individuals because they create works of art and put them out into the world for everyone to see, contemplate, critique and scrutinize. I guess, that is why reading  the article on Magdalene was so touching.

To have an art exhibit and have no one respond would be very disheartening. Understatement. I felt for this woman. And  I would be crushed to have any (let alone my very first!) art opening and to have no one attend.

So your takeaway in all this is to support the arts.   Also, keep in mind the idea that artists are a special kind of people –  bold risk takers and creative innovators.

Ask us anything about art

The best way to get people to enjoy and appreciate art is to make meaningful connections with them about the art. The Brooklyn Museum has come up with a really interesting approach to doing this.

[The staffed is] trained to help visitors engage more deeply and make personal connections with what’s on display. It’s like having a curator in your pocket.

This museum is embracing the idea of talking with guests and not at them.


(Side Note –  Above photo of Keith Haring painting from the Brooklyn Museum)


10 Quotes Where David Hockney Threw Art-World Shade — Flavorwire

The library is open, and English painter David Hockey has been reading the art-world since he became an integral figure during the pop-art movement during the 1960s. Hockney, who is the subject of a new documentary by Randall Wright, in theaters this week, has never been shy about throwing shade. Here are ten instances of…

via 10 Quotes Where David Hockney Threw Art-World Shade — Flavorwire

Go To a Musuem By Yourself

It’s always a wonderful time when visiting an art museum, whether by yourself or with other people. I do agree with the article’s  list of reasons for (sometimes) going to a museum by yourself. Here is the list.

  1. Create a personalized agenda.
  2. Go  at your own pace.
  3. Learn to enjoy the “me” time.
  4. Meet new people.
  5. Get inspired. (I would recommend checking with the museum you plan on visiting regarding their sketching policy. It can vary from place to place.)
  6. Confidence booster.

Millennials and Art

A new study proposes Millennials are finding most of their information about new art online.  The article states….

Key findings from the survey, which included 4,534 participants, suggest that 44.3 percent of young millennials (ages 18-24) and 33.8 percent of older millennials (ages 25-34) find new art through social media channels like Instagram and Pinterest. This is in comparison to 29.5 percent of Baby Boomers ages 65 and up.

(Side Note –  Art from the Impressionism period was found to be the most visually appealing.)


Greek Art at The Met


Working Title/Artist: Head of Athena Department: Greek & Roman Art Culture/Period/Location: HB/TOA Date Code: Working Date: late 3rd–2nd century B.C. photography by mma 1997, transparency #5 view #1 8×10 scanned and retouched by film and media (jn) 4_11_07


This exhibit reflects “history viewed at ground level, from inside. From that perspective, it’s about binding, not sorting, about single lives threaded together day by day. And it’s not about statistics, but about impressions, personal sensations, evoked by the sight of sculpted cloth falling over vulnerable flesh and the worry lines etched into the brow of a portrait head.”

Read more about this show here.