Gerhard Richter *II 9 1932 — The Live You Give

I am a simple man but for decades have understood my many privileges. Amongst many others, I have had the privilege of undergoing a second formative period, one with a level of intensity which has consistently allowed me to live life on a different plane than that of an average animal. Formative because well over… Continue reading Gerhard Richter *II 9 1932 — The Live You Give

Francis Bacon *X 28 1909 — The Life You Give

Francis Bacon, born October 28, 1909, Dublin, Ireland, is the painter whose powerful, predominantly figural images express isolation, brutality, and terror.The son of a racehorse trainer, Bacon was educated mostly by private tutors at home until his parents banished him at age 16, allegedly for pursuing his homosexual leanings. Self-taught as an artist, he drifted… Continue reading Francis Bacon *X 28 1909 — The Life You Give

The Life You Give: Hermann Nitsch *VIII 29 1938

Hermann Nitsch was an Austrian avant-garde painter, composer, and performance artist who worked in experimental and multimedia modes. He was a co-founder of the notorious art movement known as the Viennese Aktionists. With his project Orgien Mysterien Theater ("the Orgiastic Mystery Theater"), Nitsch immersed his audiences in scenes and symbols heavily charged with meaning: religious… Continue reading The Life You Give: Hermann Nitsch *VIII 29 1938

The Life You Give: Frida Kahlo *VII 6 1907

Frida Kahlo, born Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón, July 6, 1907, in Coyoacán, Mexico, is the painter best known for her uncompromising and brilliantly coloured self-portraits that deal with such themes as identity, the human body, and death. Although she denied the connection, she is often identified as a Surrealist. In addition to her… Continue reading The Life You Give: Frida Kahlo *VII 6 1907

The Life You Give: Paul Gauguin *1848

Paul Gauguin, born Eugène-Henri-Paul Gauguin, June 7, 1848, in Paris, France, is the painter, printmaker, and sculptor who sought to achieve a “primitive” expression of spiritual and emotional states in his work. The artist, whose work has been categorized as Post-Impressionist, Synthetist, and Symbolist, is particularly well known for his creative relationship with Vincent van… Continue reading The Life You Give: Paul Gauguin *1848

The Life You Give: Salvador Dalí *1904

Salvador Dalí, born Salvador Felipe Jacinto Dalí y Domenech, May 11, 1904, in Figueras, Spain, is the Surrealist painter and printmaker, influential for his explorations of subconscious imagery.As an art student in Madrid and Barcelona, Dalí assimilated a vast number of artistic styles and displayed unusual technical facility as a painter. It was not until… Continue reading The Life You Give: Salvador Dalí *1904

Mexicans tenors to celebrate Frida Kahlo — July 6 1907

Frida Kahlo “The Classic” (Black and White) 1939. Photograph by Nickolas Muray (American, born in Hungary, 1892–1965). Gelatin silver print. Because Frida Kahlo loved music, I will be sharing some music, interpreted by some of the important Mexican tenors that have been on the best opera stages for the last couple of decades. Today, July… Continue reading Mexicans tenors to celebrate Frida Kahlo — July 6 1907

Happy Birthday, Frida Kahlo!

Celebrate with us the life of who remains a popular and impressive figure, appreciated for her presence, as woman, as artist, even today — seven decades after her death. The painter Frida Kahlo was born Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón, on July 6 1907, in Coyoacán, Mexico. Join us in celebration of her wonderful… Continue reading Happy Birthday, Frida Kahlo!