Art is Life

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Two months into living in my new apartment and I’ve just put the finishing decorative touches on it this past week. My new leather recliner arrived yesterday, and let me assure you, it was worth the wait. With the living room furniture in place, it was finally time to hang the art on the walls. There are many perks to being the daughter of a New York City artist, including having full access to his collection with which to decorate my walls. For my new living room, I chose a study of Abraham Lincoln signing the Emancipation Proclamation, and for my dining room, a very colorful depiction of Moses being discovered by the Queen of Egypt, a story from the Old Testament. Maybe it’s not exactly what you would pick to adorn your walls, but that is the beauty of art: it speaks to different people in different ways, and in some cases, it’s important enough to make a motion picture about. Like in the following movies:

Pollock is the true story of the famous abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock, played to perfection by the talented Ed Harris. The film is based on a biography and pays close attention to Pollock’s relationship with his wife (Marcia Gay Harden) and many mistresses, his downward spiral into alcoholism and depression, and ultimately, his death as a result of a drunk driving accident. The film is known for its vibrant painting scenes and for its great shots of tenement apartments in NYC.We all know the classic Dickens story, Great Expectations, and in the 1998 film adaptation we get to see Ethan Hawke, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert De Niro and Anne Bancroft bring it to light. In the film, Finn (Hawke) is a talented artist who sees great success in life only to find out that his status in the art world was not earned, but gifted to him as payment for an earlier good deed. Lustig, the man behind the money, turns out to be a prisoner, played by De Niro, who Finn helped to escape many years earlier. The film depicts Finn sketching his long time love (Paltrow) and showcases the work of real-life Italian artist, Francesco Clemente.Art School Confidential tells the story of the young artist, Jerome (Max Minghella), who tries to make sense of an absurd freshman year at the fictional school, Strathmore. He enters as a naïve idealist and leaves a suspected criminal. His professors are crazy, he meets and falls in love with the daughter of an artist and learns the secret of the art world:  it is not about the art you make, but how well you can sensationalize it. In the film, Jerome is accused of being a serial killer, but then is able to use his notoriety as a killer to help gain notoriety for his art.  It’s a fun indie film that satirizes the superficial reality that is today’s art world.So that’s my Art 101 lesson for the day. Here’s hoping you are now inspired to go hang some art on your walls. For today’s poll, tell us which cover art from these 2013 album releases is your favorite?

Daft Punk – Random Access Memories

Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience

Kanye West – Yeezus

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