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Our ART TIMES Journal is one of those arts magazines that has two distinct personalities. Available to you both online and in print formats, it is a vibrant literary journal with art essays about painting, sculpting, drawing, film, theater, dance, music, book reviews, poetry, short fiction. Our writers are passionate about their subjects and guest writers from around the world contribute poetry, short fiction and their thoughts to our "Speak Out" column.

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The second personality trait is that ART TIMES is the go-to source for writers, painters, sculptors, film makers, actors, musicians and people looking for calendar listings, opportunity listings, arts schools, theatre auditions, juried art shows, performance locations, and writing competitions. Over the past 30 years that we have been publishing, numerous individuals have thanked us for leading them to galleries where their work is shown, companies who have produced their music and plays as well as to competitions where they have won awards and acclaim.

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Quick Links to Fall Essays & Articles
Raleigh on Film;
Bethune on Theatre;
Seckel's Cultural Scene;
Steiner on “Images, Sounds, Words”;
Lille on Michel Platnic;
Platnic on Movement;
Rena Tobey on Lilly Martin Spencer;
Herman on The Soundtrack of My Life;
Steiner looks at New Art Books
Opportunities for the Creative Spirit;
Calendar of Cultural Events

Essay: Looking at art: A Guide for the (Understandably) Perplexed
By Raymond J. Steiner

An Essay in four parts available online:
Image Making
The Artist,
Exhibition Places

Culturally Speaking:
By Cornelia Seckel
Cornelia Seckel and Susan Vreeland
Cornelia Seckel in the education room at the Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, NY

What happened to summer? The more I do it seems like the faster goes the time. I’ve included several things that I mentioned in my online column for those of you not yet getting the hang of going to our website where new essays, videos, calendar and opportunity listings are added every month. Our guest blog page has some videos that our readers have submitted about their shows and several blogs I feel compelled to pass along. Send me your videos and link to your blogs for consideration. (see essay)

Dance: Michel Platnic: Let us move through space
by Dawn Lille
after study for the human body
After Study for the Human Body
photo: Matan Ashkena

Usually I enter a gallery, walk through the first part of an exhibition to get a general impression, then go back and look at each work separately. When a friend took me to the Gordon Gallery in Tel Aviv to see the work of an emerging talent I continued this habit. But after a minute or two I realized something unusual was happening.
Enter the world of Michel Platnik, a French born artist who moved to Israel in 1998, graduated with honors from the Midrasha School of Art and received a prize for Excellence in Photography. Prior to this, due to his degree in electrical engineering, he had worked in the telecom field. But he also studied and practiced martial arts, performance art and the mime techniques of Etienne Decroix and Jacques Lecoq. He admired the theater of Ariane Mnouchkine and read extensively. (see essay)

Art: Sounds, Images & Words
By Raymond J. Steiner

……It is obvious that whenever the precise dates either appeared, it is more than well-established that "art" (image-making) is far, far older than speech-making. Stated simplistically, we can all "get" what a picture of an arrow 'says' or means — it is the rare listener who "gets" what a politician 'says' or means, which is why we start our children out with "picture" books rather than "word" books, since they instinctively "get it" (as did our knuckle-dragging ancestors). Erudition, therefore, especially as practiced by art critics who attempt 'translation' of the language of art into speech, have "aft gang agley" into their own ideas, assumptions, interpretations, and fancies.(see essay)

Film: YA
By Henry P. Raleigh
drawing by Henry P. Raleigh

I came across the acronym not long ago, first mistaking it for one of those artful internet chat room things like LOL and LJBF. Well, it turned out to be a term in book publishing that referred, rather generously I thought, to an expanding genre of short novels plotted around teenaged “growing up” problems. I imagine this group doesn’t care any longer to be known as “teenagers” (a growing up problem all in itself) and it did wonders for their self-esteem and those book sales to take on an up-grade in identify suggested by “young adults” — shortened to YA it does sound pretty cool. .… (see essay)

Theater The false dichotomy
By Robert W. Bethune

…First and foremost, we have to specify in all these discussions that we’re talking about the best work out there, not the mediocre work that inevitably comes our way. We’re going to be talking about performance in straight spoken drama and comedy, musical theater and opera, ballet and modern dance, and we need to remember that mediocre performance in all genres of live theater does not evoke the kinds of cognitive, emotional and esthetic effects and responses of interest here. Performers can be deadly dull regardless of what style they use and the adoption of any particular style offers no guarantee whatsoever of excellence in performance. … (see essay)

Art: Lilly Martin Spencer and War Spirit at Home:
A Provocative Voice
By Rena Tobey
Ear worm credit Jamie Herman

The paintings of Lilly Martin Spencer (1822-1902) often reveal the personal joys and challenges of her life, while also acting as a metaphor for issues faced by 19th-century Americans. Looking closely at one of Spencer’s better-known works—War Spirit at Home, from 1866—shows how she navigated the country’s changing sense of itself. The painting depicts a noisy, seemingly happy household moment of work and play. It noticeably lacks a male presence.Spencer’s own home was non-traditional. She was the breadwinner, with a husband who worked in supporting her career and the care of their seven surviving children of 13  … (see essay)

Lilly Martin Spencer, ca. 1900. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Music: The Soundtrack of My Life: Summer Holidays
By Leslie Herman
Ear worm credit Jamie Herman

From the ritual tap of a Wedgewood pottery mug full of hot tea landing on my beside table’s chromed metallic coaster and the BBC Radio pips sounding the sixth hour, to the rocking and rolling of The Delta Breaks and the sultry sounds of Bella Collins and the Blue -- these were music to my ears which, contained in my 36-hour staycation to Wales’ small-but-perfectly-formed west coast, have become a significant chapter in the soundtrack of my life...…(see essay)

Dance: Michel Platnic talks about movement
and its influence on his work
By Michel Platnic
Cornelia Seckel and Susan Vreeland
After three studies of portrait of Lucien Freud

In my early twenties a friend and I created a ticket office for students. We would go to the theater nearly every night, to contemporary dance performances and then we would write critiques. This is where I first met the physical theatre with Ariane Mnouchkine at the Theatre du Soleil. The amazing power of the characters, the mise-en-scene, the décor, the costumes, everything was just there to create a world, a closed system that could live by itself, independently. I remember I was so amazed by the movements of the characters and their expressions. I encountered this power again but in a completely different expression, a lot softer with Marcel Marceau and his amazing body expression.…. (see essay)

Peek and Piques!: Reminders of a Special Time
By Raymond J. Steiner

A WHILE BACK an art dealer/gallery owner — and good friend — was walking through my home, taking in my wall-to-wall "art collection" which I have been accumulating over the past 35 years or so, many of them gifts (I refer to them as "retaliations") from artists I've written about; some "trades"; some purchases; each one from a personal connection I've shared with an artist who chose to grace my walls (space, incidentally, that we are soon running out of with downstairs, upstairs, halls, foyers, and even bathrooms...the 'chosen' spot since you have a captive audience!..jammed side-by-side with paintings, prints, pastels, etc., that keep coming rich I am to be thusly surrounded!). Anyway, at the end of his promenade through my house, my friend/guest turned to me and said, "You have a lot of sh-t on your walls, Ray." .… (see essay)

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