Friday, September 28, 2018

Lynyrd Skynyrd Remembered

I remember Lynyrd Skynyrd from my youth.  What I'd forgotten was how much they'd influenced me with their incredible songwriting, great musicianship and the concert I saw as a teenager.  Watching the new documentary was an emotional experience for me.  They were so disciplined about practicing, honing their craft, writing songs together back in the swamp... in that shack where all the magic was made.  And Ronnie Van Zant, a simple man who wrote beautiful simple lyrics, speaks from the grave...

The film, Lynyrd Skynyrd: If I Leave Here Tomorrow, covers a lot of ground. It takes in the band's rise from Jacksonville, Florida, the plane crash that killed vocalist Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines and several crew members, their return to the fray and unflinching use of the Confederate flag.

6 Things we learned from the Lynyrd Skynyrd documentary

Listen to Free Bird, Simple Man, That Smell, Call Me the Breeze, Sweet Home Alabama

Friday, July 27, 2018

I Love the Fauves

I've been in love with Matisse and the "wild beasts" for a long time.  Anti-impressionism, Fauvism as a style began around 1904 and continued beyond 1910, but the movement lasted only a few years, 1905–1908, and had three exhibitions. The leaders of the movement were AndrĂ© Derain and Henri Matisse.

Besides Matisse and Derain, other artists included Albert MarquetCharles CamoinLouis ValtatJean PuyMaurice de VlaminckHenri ManguinRaoul DufyOthon FrieszGeorges RouaultJean MetzingerKees van Dongen and Georges Braque (subsequently Picasso's partner in Cubism).

I saw "Matisse & the Fauves" at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. last week... Some of my favourites...

Thursday, July 26, 2018

MFA French Pastels and More...

I recently saw French Pastels and more at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.  Here are some of my favourites.... Degas, Cassatt, Millet...

Saturday, May 19, 2018

The Barnes and "The Art of the Steal"

I recently visited the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, PA.  It was a dream come true to see all the great masterpieces in the Barnes collection, but I felt that twinge of guilt giving my money to the very people who stole the paintings... and big business it is!  It was a thrill to see the paintings and I stayed for hours.  These are (for me) the highlights of the works.  Though I am partial to Matisse and the Fauves, Post-Impressionism and Picasso... I loved the entire collection.  Watch "The Art of the Steal" to understand the story behind the paintings.