*Arty Like a Rock Star

Back in  the day when I resided in London, I treasured the British Musuem and frequently took a detour through the first floor on my way to my wonderful classes. And while I did find the Rosetta Stone randomly on my last walk through the doors, I never really saw rocks. Thankfully,  there is the internet.

The British Museum has an African Rock Art Image project that features images of rock art from the continent. Currently, there are 8558 images out of a total 25,000 that have been digitized.   The museum is pretty hype about it becuase of the  progress it shows in being a functioning 21st century insitution with a digital footprint, and also the ability to save the art.  But beyond that this rock art collection is a treasure trove of stories waiting to be told.

Museum number 2013,2034.25 Description Full: Front Digital photograph (colour); detail of painted rock art (pastoral period?) from the bottom left of [2013.2034.23], showing five human and four cattle figures, painted and infilled. The human figures are either a dark or light brown colour

Museum number
2013,2034.25
Description
Full: Front
Digital photograph (colour); detail of painted rock art (pastoral period?) from the bottom left of [2013.2034.23], showing five human and four cattle figures, painted and infilled. The human figures are either a dark or light brown colour

What tale could you tell with this one?

This art isn’t primitive or  lacking any iota of the beauty seen in more traditional arts. It’s precious.

Don’t be a hard rock when you really are a gem.

Why Won’t You Braid My Hair???

Kendrick Lamar, Rolling Stone Cover March 26 2015

Kendrick Lamar, Rolling Stone Cover March 26 2015

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Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell star in Get Hard.

Spring Trends? It looks like braids are in vogue. But aren’t they always?

Bound, Kehinde Wiley at Brooklyn Museum 2015

Bound, Kehinde Wiley at Brooklyn Museum 2015

Bound, Kehinde Wiley at Brooklyn Museum 2015

Bound, Kehinde Wiley at Brooklyn Museum 2015

Maybe it get’s deeper.

Juliana Huxtable Sculpture by Frank Benson, New Museum Triennial Spring 2015

Juliana Huxtable Sculpture by Frank Benson, New Museum Triennial Spring 2015

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So media really loves men getting their hair braided?

Kehinde Wiley’s work is on display at the Brooklyn Museum in Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic through May 24, 2015. Juliana Huxtable is one of many artists at the New Museum of Contemporary Art’s 2015 Triennial: Surround Audience also on display through  May 24, 2015.

Hotels, The Next Frontier

If you look, you will encounter some pretty cool art wherever you go. But it’s likely you will have to experience some awful uninventive dentist office art as well.  You know, the dead uninspired water color prints you encounter in your dentist office, municipal building lobby, and until now hotels? Well travelers, your weary eyes will no longer have to embrace the dreary.

The Wall Street Journal reported last week that you can now sleep with Jeff Koons, (and not end up in a Italian adult “art” film.)  They list a few hotels that have upped their collections and documented the trend. The best is obviously the Dolder Grand in Zurich where you can do the running man or stanky leg with a Keith Haring sculpture.

Keith Haring,  Untitled.

Keith Haring, Untitled. PHOTO: DOLDER HOTEL AG

 

Fodors Travel obviously picked up on this article and re-sent their October 2013 piece “13 Hotels with Stunning Art Collections” to their email subscribers (note, I never subscribed but I started getting these last month). So if the Wall Street Journal makes Zurich look like fun, Fodors put the spotlight on The Four Seasons in Toronto where you can dine with Bob Marley over Campbell’s Soup. Honestly, all 13 hotels look pretty amazing.

Photo Credit: Christian Horan/Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts

Photo Credit: Christian Horan/Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts

 

So before you book your next trip, make sure to practice your stanky leg routine. It will come in handy for posing in the courtyard of your luxury hotel!

Looking for Art? Make it A Movie Night!

When you live in a city like New York, art is everywhere. And in fact, some of the best works are store displays. And nothing beats a store display that’s as good as a movie, or 5 movies, or 8.

She's Gotta Have It, Poster Art, Separate Cinema

She’s Gotta Have It, Poster Art, Separate Cinema

Paul Stuart in New York did just that, featuring images of film posters in their store windows and throughout the store.  The images corresponded with the release of Separate Cinema: The First 100 Years of Black Poster Art, which includes a foreword by Henry Louis Gates Jr. and an afterword from Spike Lee.

There were some fun things to notice  and question about the poster art.  I wonder when the shift moved back to actual photography instead of the hyper-realized drawings that dominated for a while. If I ever get to choose poster art for a movie, we’re going with a drawing. Also, some of these posters were for what appeared to be one theater releases and included the theater’s phone number.That’s so adorably old school. There aren’t even area codes.

Check below for images from the store. Separate Cinema was on view at the Paul Stuart at 10 East 45th Street and Madison Avenue in New York through March 6th. The book is available for purchase online.

Did you see your favorite movie listed?

Liked this? Also take a look at Black Broadway here.

Off With Their Heads…

Kehinde Wiley is known for his contemporary urban takes on classic art. Particularly popular has been his World Series where he visited countries including Israel, China, Jamaica, and Haiti and painted subjects he met on the street. If you somehow haven’t seen his work yet, you must get going to the Brooklyn Museum where a collection of Wiley’s work is currently on display. The exhibit includes old favorites as well as some newer pieces ranging from paintings to stained glass to sculptures, and even some video.

Judith and Holofernes from the series, An Economy of Grace

Judith and Holofernes from the series, An Economy of Grace

Judith and Holofernes is a piece that takes on several classical works that depict a beheading as described in the book of Judith (one of the books that isn’t part of the traditional Bible). Wikipedia has the story for you. Read it, or just dance till you’re dead.

Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic is currently on display at the Brooklyn Museum until May 24th, 2015.