In the fall of 2007, American photographer Nan Goldin had one of her photographs removed from Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in England by police stating it was a violation of their child protection act. The photograph was of young girls titled Klare and Edda belly-dancing showed one of the girls nude. Why was this newsworthy for the BBC News? It just so happened that the photograph belonged to Sir Elton John himself. The age old debate between what is art and what is pornographic continues to exist regarding the nude. This is nothing new as artists have always walked a tightrope between artistic impression and what was held socially and culturally as offensive. Whether it was during the rise of Christianity in Medieval times or it is more recently where lines between government and religion are blurred, the question remains a matter of debate. Legislators struggle with how to define the criteria of pornography without over-stepping the boundaries of censorship. The First Amendment to protect the right of free speech and expression must be protected to the utmost degree.
Whether you are ready to embrace a commercialized market, or whether you are content to approach a consumer one at a time, many reasons exist for creating an artist brand. In the truest sense, your artist brand can make the same statement you portray through your art. This may be visual art or sculpture, or could be music, writing, poetry, etc. The point is that branding is not limited to a logo and marketing campaign. Creating a brand for your art is important. Not only can a brand define ownership rights by associating you with your work, but it validates your endorsement of a piece of art. This has been the focus of many art galleries in attracting consumers knowing what type and style of art they promote. By understanding a gallery's "brand", the consumer understands what genre of art they will find when they visit. But in addition to an endorsement, your brand allows you to be uniquely you. If you simply promote a common brand without much forethought, you will be subject to "brand dilution".
On January 23rd I threw my fabulous Manhattan Blitz! At 10:am one of my friends, Monica, joined me to plan the radical party! Then, at 10:30 we were outside waiting for the limo. As soon as the limo pulled up we all got in and were on our way to New York City. When I first saw the limo I could not believe my eyes (that was how long and shiny it was). The limo ride took a while, but it was worth it. Even though I got a little bored, we finally got there. We got there at 11:30 in Times Square and parked for all of our fun and entertainment. First, we walked over to Ripley's Believe It or Not museum and looked at all the interesting items. I didn't know if I believed it or not. I saw an Old Chinese man with a horn growing out of his head and a mermaid, but instead of half fish half human, it was half fish half monkey! Then at 12:30 we walked over to Rockefeller center to ice skate by the enormous tree. I am usually used to hockey skates but they only had figure skates my size. It was so much fun, and it was only my second time skating.
The forest was deliciously cool now, waiting silently, reverently for the day ahead, while lively birds and animals greeted the new morning with their familiar cries. The trail was a lush, fragrant tunnel of large ferns, bamboo groves, and tropical flowers surrounded by endless trees, foliage, bushes, and plants of every variety. I must have felt some effects of the little man's inner work from the previous night as the simplicity of this beauty overwhelmed me. We ambled along in silence for a time, a John carrying his clay bowl totally engrossed in the loveliness of this serene setting, while my mind raced along non-stop. Finally, I couldn't stand it any longer and blurted out, "Weren't you afraid when that tiger came up to you last night?" A John laughed, "Fear is a good friend; don't you know? It is the best way to calm your mind. You will find that when you are a hairs breadth from oblivion, the fear vanishes. Everything becomes remarkably clear in the immediacy of the moment because the insignificant concerns of the mind are erased by the sobering reality confronting you.
I truly love the pleasure of reading a book. From the texture of the paper. the actual written word and most of all the visual imagery that the written words evoke. Why then, would I want to listen to a book when the actual reading of the book is one of my hidden pleasures? First, let me start at the beginning. I first fell in love with books in 7th grade when Miss Hannum introduced me to Greek mythology. I found that not only did I read my assignments but, the entire books that contained the short stories. Since then, I have read one or two books every week of my life. That is literally a ton of books-I am nearly 63 years young. There is just a special pleasure in the written word. I have read everything from the classics to books on String Theory, spy novels, sci-fi and every thing in between. Then came "books on tape" and at first I avoided them. They just did not have the sensual pleasure of the written word. However, about 15 years ago, I found myself commuting an hour and a half a day to work.
Breathing right is essential for good singing. There are so many different breathing exercises around, you may find the subject a little confusing. Here are some simple breathing tips to help you improve your technique. It's important to be relaxed when you are practicing breathing and singing exercises, so start your exercise routine with a few loosening up exercises. Make sure that your posture is correct, stand up straight in a comfortably erect position Check that your back is not arched and that your shoulders are relaxed. Check your whole body for tension. Are your legs relaxed? Are you clenching your hands? Try to let go of all those feelings of tension. Start with a few relaxed breaths in and out. Feel where the air is going. If the air seems to be going into your upper chest you need to start thinking of breathing lower into the body. This will help increase the volume of air taken in and reduce tension. Imagine the air is going right down into your tummy when you breathe in and feel your lower ribs expand gently.
The ghost of Emma Thompson came back to haunt me the other week. And she's not even dead. She used to go to a school in the same neighbourhood as mine (Camden/Hampstead, London) and from the ages of 15 and 16 onwards we would turn up at the same parties. While I went out with a friend of hers (now a national magazine editor), for a few, innocent, adolescent months, she went out with three or four of my school colleagues. While they weren't quite forming an orderly queue, this behaviour was remarked upon with some boyish glee. Then, with the split from the magazine editor, I stopped circulating in such refined regions. About a year later, I was on the top deck of a bus going through Golders Green when a girl walked past and said "Hello Simon! " I wasn't on drugs or alcohol at the time, but I simply didn't recognise her so I tried to be polite by saying: "You are who I think you are, aren't you?" She replied with a hint of impatience, "Yes, Simon - Emma Thompson." I am now convinced that that was the pivotal moment for her.
American Art is very popular and varied. Early American art consists of both settler art and Native American art. For those who plan to invest, there are a few things you should understand the nature of the type of art you may be purchasing. For example with early American art, knowledge about the early movement as well as the painters or other artists that are considered "masters" of their time should be considered. A good proportion of this type of art has survived and can be seen in galleries around the world. There are many good examples of lesser known early American art that can be discovered locally in art galleries, antiques shops, country market stalls. There are those who have been fortunate enough to find very good American Art that is valuable in flea markets and garage sales. You do need to do some research on the subject so you know what you are looking for when searching for American Art. Study the time period as well as the well known artists of the day. Art experts and some Antique dealers can appraise work for you, and it is wise to get more than one appraisal for accuracy.
Chinese New Year: Spring Festival, the new year of Chinese traditional calendar, is one of major traditional national holidays in China. In ancient times, people called the Spring Festival as New Year. The reason for why ancients arranged the beginning of the year in cold days was that people had few work to do instead of harvesting in autumn, collecting in winter and plowing in spring, weeding in summer. Farmers made full use of such a slack season to celebrate joyfully. In order to rejoice at the New Year, people wished others a happy new year and blessed heartily. Some stick calligraphies full of joy on doors, most of them were antithetical couplet, phrase, individual character, such as: blessing, longevity, luckiness, propitious New Year and so on. Whereas, some people pasted paper-cuts for window decorations to do away with the old and set up the new, the patterns of paper-cuts mainly consisted of figure, flower, character, any of the twelve animals representing the twelve Earthly Branches, and other animals.
Yixing pottery refers to the unique traditional stoneware made in Yixing, China. They are made from the reddish clay (zisha) found in Yixing area, usually unglazed to display the beauty of the shiny color of the clay. Most of them are teawares (called zisha teapots). The history of Yixing pottery went way back at early Song and Ming dynasty (A.D. 960 -1505). The change in the way by which the tea is made in Ming dynasty introduced a fundamental revolution in the art of tea-tasting in China. People started to drink tea which is similar to the modern tea made from young leaves from tea trees. Because unglazed zisha teapots can keep the color and the fresh of the tea better and longer, also the rustic elegance in the shape and the natural shine in the colors is in accordance with the search for ideal of the beauty of the nature among scholars, zisha teapots has since experienced a rapid development and gained recognition in Chinese ceramics. Ming and Qing dynasties are the most flourish time in the historical development of Yixing pottery, and can be divided into three separate periods as early, middle and later periods.