posted by Kevin Clancy @ 7:26 PM
This link to the Outwin Boochever 2006 Portrait Competition is quite coolhttp://www.portraitcompetition.si.edu/index.htmlAh, you'll have to copy and paste it, I haven't figured out how to insert links into comments yet.I'm surprised so few sculptures were choosen. OTOH very nice to see that portrait painting is still so vital. I had to click on every single one.
Thanks for the link. I was quite amazed. I usually find portraits to be sort of boring, but these were superb. It is nice to hear from you again. If you find any similar pages, be sure to send me a link. I hope all is well.
I don't know much about art, so it's reassuring that you said these are superb. And I agree that I generally find portraits rather boring. The portrait of Robert Rosenblum As The Marquis de Pastorat is interesting for its reference to Engres and the golden age of portraiture--if there is such a thing. It seems so cold and academic. What really got to me about many of the paintings is how important the body is in them, they have a sculptural feel to them, even some of the faces.Kekama Face to Face speaks to something very true. While her body is turned and motionless, the portrait somehow reveals now graceful her movements must be. And I was quite taken that her face and interior life is represented by the canvas she must be looking at in the painting. Veronica Leans Back also captures a truth by showing the body of Veronica in a moment. Joe and James too, there's something disproportional in children, their heads too big for their bodies. It's a beautiful picture that with a strange atmosphere but with the boys' feet planted firmly one the ground. The painting says this is real.I'm so impressed with this series, too because it suggests how alive art is across the country, not just in the big city.
Oh shoot you said "similar pages." Okay that reins me in a bit. But since I'm here anyway this piece in the NYT occupied me for a while:http://screens.blogs.nytimes.com/?p=44YouTube and Google video of guitar players. NYT keeps their pages up for a week or something before putting them behind the firewall. But the links are worth clicking. Also here's the Web page of one of the masters Jerry Chttp://jerryc.tw/html/Oh and Anandaroop Roy's portfolio page is interesting--cartography--unfortunately there are just slides there, some are interactive so to get that part you have to go to the sites where his maps are. But the site's cool.http://www.anandarooproy.com/portfolio?page=1
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