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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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New for November
Opportunities for the Creative Spirit;
Calendar of Cultural Events
Dawn Lille: The Gods of Egypt
Robert W. Bethune: Threading a Needle
Henry P. Raleigh: Movie Ads
Raymond J. Steiner: It's all about Me
Cornelia Seckel: The Cultural Scene

Video by Cornelia Seckel of the National Association of Women Artists' 125th Annual Members' Exhibition

Online in October
Cornelia Seckel: Out and about/ Culturally Speaking
Dawn Lille: The Bolshoi at Lincoln Center
Susan Vreeland: Pissarro: Leading Spirit of "The Dear Unwanteds" (1830-1903)
Bethune: Why the Arts should not need to be justified
Raleigh: OMG — What's Next?

Quick Links to Fall Essays & Articles
Raleigh on Film;
Bethune on Theatre;
Seckel's Cultural Scene;
Steiner on “Sounds, Images, 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

New Peek and Piques!: It's all about Me
By Raymond J. Steiner

It has been quite a rewarding year for me! It began early in January when producers Jay Thames and Ed McWilliam called to ask if they could borrow about a dozen of my paintings to decorate the setting of a film ("I Dream Too Much") they were then shooting nearby. A couple of young set designers came, made their choices, and a week or so later, sent me photos of the set with my paintings adorning the walls. Exciting! A few weeks later they came to return the paintings and, now, we are (im)patiently awaiting the release of the film. .… (see essay)

New Dance: A Baroque Spectacle: The Gods of Egypt
by Dawn Lille

Bass François Lis and soprano Ingrid Perruche in rehearsal of Opera Lafayette's production of Rameau's Les Fêtes de l'Hymen et de l'Amour
(photographer Louis Forget)

Les Fetes de l’Hymen et de l’Amour ou Les Dieux d’Egypte [The Festivals of Hymen and Amour or The Gods of Egypt] with music by Jean-Philippe Rameau and libretto by Louis de Cahusac was first presented at Versailles in 1747 to celebrate the second wedding of Louis XV’s son. Opera Lafayette of Washington, D.C., under the direction of Ryan Brown, has reconstructed this opera/ballet to celebrate its own 20th birthday and Rameau’s 300th. ……This was an evening to delight both the eye and ear. One must thank Brown for his eagerness to take the Baroque out of its box and Turocy for probing all the dance, drama and art sources of the period to bolster her belief that this form is relevant today. There was a great variety of dances in the 18 th century and in Rameau’s music, and they are generous in sharing.
(see essay)

New Theater Threading a Needle
By Robert W. Bethune

The other evening I happened to watch my wife thread a needle as she worked on her current embroidery project.
It suddenly dawned on me that in this tiny event, everything required for theater is present. We have a person performing an action with an uncertain outcome, involving skill that makes us want to know what will happen. Will it work? Will she get the thread through the needle? Will she drop the needle, or prick her finger?.… (see essay)

New Film: Movie Ads
By Henry P. Raleigh
Raleigh drawing for OMG

On Sunday January 4, 2014 the NYTimes ran a special Oscars issue this being that time of year. Sixteen pages of almost entirely advertising for those films thought to be up for a Best Picture Oscar. Full page, half page, of the ten ads in the issue two were plugs for actors, eight for Best Picture. These last may be divided evenly between screaming accolades for “Best Movie (Picture, Film) of the Year” and “One of the Best Movies (Picture, Film) of the Year”. This immediately suggests a problem.. .…
(see essay)

New Culturally Speaking:
By Cornelia Seckel
Cornelia Seckel and Susan Vreeland
(l to r) Honorees Faith Ringgold & Ursula von Rydingsvard with Executive Director of N.A.W.A. Susan Hammond at the opening reception of the National Association of Women Artists’ 125th Annual Exhibition

The National Association of Women Artists’ 125th Annual exhibition: 125 Years: Women of Vision featured the work of over 290 member artists in a wide range of media. Over thirty awards, determined by women professionals in the visual arts, were presented, including about $10,000 in prizes. The ART TIMES award went to Patricia Search for her digital print Eternal Spirit. 125 years is a great milestone and this organization has been working hard over all these years to do the very best for their member artists. There are seminars, workshops, lectures, exhibitions in New York and throughout the country. (see essay) •••• See video

Essay: Pissarro: Leading Spirit of "The Dear Unwanteds" (1830-1903)
By Susan Vreeland

…In his days of poverty during coldest, rainiest months, Camille Pissarro and his burgeoning family lived in a cramped apartment on boulevard Rochechouart at the base of Montmartre, and he painted in friends' studios. And in the days when the Impressionists suffered, Pissarro encouraged them, kept them painting, called them “the dear unwanteds.” All of them in this painting fraternity looked to Pissarro. He was a constant stabilizing factor, never missing showing his work in any of the Impressionist shows, even when the group was splitting apart and the need for their solidarity lessened as they were slowly becoming accepted.
(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)

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