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Updated: 2017-11-18T16:14:35.328-05:00

 



PHILADELPHIA

2017-09-29T01:59:34.920-04:00


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2017-09-06T22:23:30.117-04:00

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The Philadelphia Junto

2017-08-09T01:28:49.420-04:00

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WritersClearinghouse

2017-08-09T01:27:26.834-04:00


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Phonphan Wichukilmonkol

2017-06-25T23:48:42.868-04:00

The PJ depends exclusively on reader support. Please help us continue by contributing directly via PayPal, or by contributing editorial content via PhiladelphiaJunto@ymail.com.  THAI ARTIST CREATES FOR CHARITYBy Janine Yasovant[WCNews Service]Phonphan Wichukilmonkol is a newer generation of Thai artist who's constantly working. Most of his works are quickly reserved by art collectors. After Phonphan graduated from Princess Sirindhorn's College, he went to further his education in the faculty of Fine and Applied Arts Communication Design, Bangkok University. Artist and WorksPhonphan had participated in several projects in Thailand such as Art for Cancer project to help poor patients, as well as for the Rama Foundation and the National Cancer Institute. He also designed a leaflet and a T- shirt, and a bag for the Friends of the Asian Elephants Foundation, and he's constantly submitting  his works for auctions. Moreover, he participated in the 38th Bualuang Art Contest. His works are very eye-catching. In January-February 2016, he participated in a group art exhibition "The Four Elements" with other three other young artists in Bangkok, and then in March 2016 he joined the group exhibition "99 Arts for the King."  His works are a mix of oil-based colors with backgrounds in acrylic. Sizes begin from 100 cm by 100 cm  Prices range from around $USD880  to  $USD3600.© MMXVII WritersClearinghouse. All rights reserved WritersClearinghouse. Publication queries to PhiladelphiaJunto@ymail.com[...]



EATING IN SPANISH. DRINKING IN FRENCH.

2017-06-12T00:52:04.297-04:00

 DUALITY OF CULTURESBy Don Merlot[WCNews Service]My first trip to the outside world started in New York in 1968 when working with our international advertising agency and the account people. I met them face to face and  worked with them to carry out my responsibilities. I had grown up in Mexico City. My parents were American; and we spoke English at home.I attended the American School which was a primary school and junior and senior high.  Classes would be half day in English and half day in Spanish. Most students had similar backgrounds; mostly Americans; or European or Mexican parents who wanted to have the children have a bilingual education.Many fathers worked for American companies or the U.S. Government. There were also Canadians, and Europeans. We were part of the Anglo-American community of Mexico City. When we visited friends, we would walk or ride our bikes to see each other. As we matured we could take busses if we went beyond our neighborhood. One day I was with a friend on city bus and we were talking in English when an older woman asked us,  Por que no hablan en Cristiano? ( “Why are you not speaking in Christian?”  She meant Spanish, of course.) I remember being startled by that. We knew other passengers we interested in our answer. I was instantly aware that we were in an awkward situation. We apologized and talked in Spanish. Mexico’s language is Spanish and “in Rome do what the Romans do.”Mexico is a Catholic country. I was and many of us were Protestant, and Christian too, but we did not want to go there in that conversation. The answer was not that we were both Christian, because traditionally in Mexico there is only one Christian Church; The Roman Catholic Church. After that whenever we were in public we only spoke in Spanish. Most of my friends were blond and blue eyed (so was my mother). The lesson for me was the old refrain When in Mexico do Mexican things. Do not stick out or be different.By the time I graduated from TBird, I married a New Orleans southern belle Denise Rufin, a Louisiana native and we went off to my new career. For my 25 years, my food tastes were Mexican, American (parents grew in Kansas) and New Orleans (Creole Cooking).  My thoughts and my perceptions were how people perceived us. Recently I saw a story: Advertising was a land of stories. And here I am a junior executive working in international environment’  I had to explain to the New York advertising people who I am and what I want to get accomplished. I was from two cultures when I arrived in the USA in 1968 my schooling at the American School in Mexico City developed my bilingual skills and gave me a primary education in English and Spanish. I was taught US culture and Mexican Culture, language, writing and reading. I was being prepared to go to go to college in the USA. When I went to prep school and College I went as a US citizen. Even though I was born in Mexico of American parents, the schools treated me as a foreign student. At college I was destined to go in the U.S. Army, but at my Army physical they found a kidney malady that kept me out of the Army and being drafted. I worked in New Orleans for an oil company until I found a graduate international business program at Thunderbird. I completed my graduate degree and found a job working at Whirlpool. So, now in my new job should be accepted as an American?A story I heard from a new business associate and applied here. The story that made me think how the Americans thought of the advertising concept. A newly married man was alone with his bride and was trying to be gentle to consummate their marriage. She said she was a novice at this, which caused him to reply how can that be? You have been married three times before. She said she could explain; the first marriage was to an octogenarian and when he got to this stage he had a heart attack and died; well, he[...]



REVOLUTIONARY

2017-05-21T17:49:28.787-04:00

OLD STORY GIVEN FRESH, FRANK APPROACHMuseum of the American Revolution, Philadelphia. ****/5. Building exterior, not much. Interior decor and design, excellent. Displays, educational, forthright, and bright.-- Hotspur for The PJ.More photos follow© MMXVII WritersClearinghouse. All rights reserved WritersClearinghouse. Publication queries to PhiladelphiaJunto@ymail.com[...]



A LOST ESTATE

2017-05-17T13:18:54.541-04:00

The Dream GardenTHEY RAZED MAXFIELD PARRISH'S STUDIO, AND I FILMED THE DESCONSTRUCTIONBy Robin Lee[Special to WC News Service]LewinOver twenty years ago, I filmed the sad demise of the magnificent and historic estate and art studio of American illustrator and artist and Philadelphia native Maxfield Parrish (1870-1966).Parrish  His estate and art studio sprawled upon the upper level of his historic estate with hundreds of miles of  views all the way over to the Vermont mountains, captured in many of his paintings. This estate was located in the Cornish area of New Hampshire, a place for artist, poets and writers to work.I lived close by his estate, and 1993 was the first time I was invited to his estate for tea. A long story and it would take all day and more to tell you of what I discovered. In short, I discovered nirvana, a world that few know of. And, now, it is gone.I was allowed to film and take photos there. I would wrote in my journal the details of all my precious visits there, and all that Parrish created I wrote about. I would always write in my journal about this force that was there, it was so demanding. Maybe it was inspiration calling.The big gardens that once flowered  are now overgrown, unloved, unwanted and his studio -- how magnificent; it just needed some restoring and T.L C . Parrish's fifteen-room studio was steeped in art history and was created by Parrish himself. This was where he painted the masterpieces, many of which featured his devoted servant, model, and friend, Sue Lewin. Parrish and Lewin lived in this beautiful studio, with sweeping grounds and architectural elements incorporated into his art. This valuable and precious art history is now gone with the exception of my extensive film footage, photography, artifacts, research and findings and of course, his masterpieces.That art studio was amazing, it had secret passageways, hidden stairways, a huge Juliet balcony up high in the main living room with this big round gold motif upon it.  I could clearly see all the masterpieces with in those walls and they embraced you. I was in his private world. I had heard about The Dream Garden mural by Parish and Tiffany, installed in the Curtis Building in Philadelphia, being restored. I have all the elements, views, back drops, columns, and more throughout my film footage and photos that reveal all the secrets of The Dream Garden.When you are at the Parrish estate you are inside the masterpieces, they surround you, and it is an experience when you can point out which painting was painted where.When the Parrish estate was destroyed, I keep filming through the my tears as I watched art history die.During one visit I viewed piles of his studio on the lawn waiting to be taken to the dump. I was allowed to salvage stunning items to save  ---  they are the survivors of what once was. The Parrish panel, deep green, handsome, is my favorite, it has that same round protruding  motif upon it, the same round motif that was all over the inside of his art studio. I salvaged other precious items, and they have taught me well.I hope to release my film research and story about Maxfield Parrish, his art studio, the paintings, his faithful Sue, and their day-to-day lives.Not long ago I read that filmmaker George Lucas said that it was the artwork of Maxfield Parrish that directly inspired the feel and look of his Star Wars films. A lost chapter in Star Wars history?.Robin Lee is a composer, flutist, an artist, a mother, an avid swimmer, an advocate for animals and the author of Sanctuary Dishonored, The Decline and Fall of the Maxfield Parrish Estate. © MMXVII WritersClearinghouse. All rights reserved WritersClearinghouse. Publication queries to PhiladelphiaJunto@ymail.com[...]



THAI PRINTMAKING

2017-05-17T12:26:06.932-04:00


Chaisak Chaiboon was born in 7 May 1959 in Thailand. He received bachelor's and master's degrees from the faculty of Painting, Sculpture and Graphic Arts, Silpakorn University. After graduation, he worked at Amarin Printing and Publishing as an editor for art department of famous Thai magazines such as Baan Lae Suan (Home and Garden), Preaw and Preaw Sudsabd (Variety magazine for women). From 1994 to 2002, he set up his own publishing and advertising company, Contemplate Advertising. After that, he focused solely on printmaking.
-- Janine Yasovant



MEMORIES

2017-05-14T21:36:59.326-04:00

 I LIKE TO GO NASSAUBy Fred Winslow Rust I like to go to Nassau,I like to settle downAmong the palms, above the bay,In this quaint, half-ancient town. I like to walk in Nassau,On Bay Street's shady sideAnd stroll along and see the life,And shop, -- I need no guide.I like the Nassau quiet;No rush of motors throughFrom everywhere to everywhere,Through days and night times, too.Of course I hear the toot of cars.The carriage bell so sweet,But visitors come by boat or planeSo motors can't compete.I like her solid comfort, --Her latticed porches call, --Her lovely high walled gardens,Her people -- best of all.The smiling natives and the clerks,The gentry whom I see,All make me feel I'm Nassau's guest,And proud that I should be.And when I go to Nassau,However long my stay,I wish I could stay longer, but, --I'll come again some day![From A Song of Nassau and Other Verses, 1935]© MMXVII WritersClearinghouse. All rights reserved WritersClearinghouse. Publication queries to PhiladelphiaJunto@ymail.com[...]



NEW WORKS BY NORA MILLER

2017-04-23T22:21:20.525-04:00


The PJ depends exclusively on reader support. Please help us continue by contributing directly via PayPal, or by contributing editorial content via PhiladelphiaJunto@ymail.com. Empowered by WritersClearinghouse | S.P.Q.R. 1976 Richard Carreño, Editor Copyright MMXVII. All Rights Reserved.



Fly on the Wall, A Memoir

2017-04-14T20:25:11.493-04:00

THE BEGINNING OF MY CAREER Notes & thoughts on food and wine “Life is a heavy burden; take it one step at a time." – Eiyasu Tokugawa, founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate in Japan. (17the century).  By Don Merlot[WC News Service]Our daily office coffee break ritual started at 9 am. The department heads had two groups: sales and engineering. The directors would walk out of their offices into the office bays to collect us, and we would be joined by the rest of the departments and go to the company cafeteria where several dining tables would be full of office staff. We would take our morning coffee together. Our group consisted of the international division. Our directors would be in the center of the table and the staff would surround them.  On my first day I was thinking as I walked through my first business rite of passage to my first job that here I am with my new family. I recently graduated from Thunderbird (American Institute for Foreign Trade). I was newly married, and had just relocated to southwestern Michigan and my new job was in international advertising and sales promotion at Whirlpool Corporation. This day was also the first day for a fellow graduate from Thunderbird, who was recruited at the same time as I. Not, that I was overwhelmed, but there were so many people coming over from other tables to meet us too. I knew I would never remember all the names and the roles they had, but I felt welcome to my new life. For my first few years, this daily event would be a learning forum for me; the company history and culture and the role that I would play in the international business that was evolving. The environment was informal as we would talk about all current events, about everything really, but my role at first was to listen and learn to be part of the company culture. My new business family was made up of a very cosmopolitan group of experienced executives and we worked for a family company that was emerging as one of the top 100 companies in the USA. Two brothers (the Upton family) founded it and employees were treated as kings and queens.  My primary boss, (supervisor) and marketing manager was Ralph. He was the one who started me off, nurtured me, and sculpted my mind into an international executive. There was also another boss, but when I arrived he was based in Puerto Rico. His name was Curt. He, too, was a graduate of Thunderbird and had worked at Whirlpool for several years in college in a summer program. He had many overseas assignments before Puerto Rico.  It turned out Curt had been a classmate of my sister Susie at the American School of Mexico City. Both bosses had a tremendous influence on my development. Most important was with assimilating into the American culture. When I went to prep school in Virginia,  I had arrived from Mexico. I had an American passport because my mother was American. I had a Mexican passport because I was born in Mexico. To me, I was American, but to everybody I met, I was Mexican because I was born in Mexico City, MX. At Tulane, where I graduated in 1965, I was considered a foreign student, and even had an international student counselor. Originally, I was in ROTC (Army), and was scheduled to earn my officer gold bars. Twice in my first years in the “States” did I experience any ethnic bias: A fraternity in college declined to take me because of my Mestizo blood. (When I left Mexico my father told me if that happened shake it off and do not force your way into a place you are not wanted). Another occasion was, when driving to graduate school (in 1967),  my car went over the center lane, and an Arizona Highway patrolman stopped me. He saw my Louisi[...]



Hello Kitty!

2017-04-02T12:22:53.661-04:00

MUTTER MUSEUM REBRANDS AS MEW-TERPlease join us in celebrating today's launch of the new MEW-TER MUSEUM. Today we're excited to announce that we are transitioning from a medical history institution to a museum exclusively devoted to historical feline anatomy!Become a Mew-ter Museum Founding Member!Get your claws into the best yarns from behind-the-scenes, and complimentary guest passes for you and your litter of kitties. Today only, we're offering fans the opportunity to become a Founding Member of the new Mew-ter Museum.Right meow, we will be sharing some of the feline specimens that you can currently see in our galleries, along with their never-before-revealed histories. Be sure to follow along on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!Posted 1 April, 2017The PJ depends exclusively on reader support. Please help us continue by contributing directly via PayPal, or by contributing editorial content via PhiladelphiaJunto@ymail.com. Empowered by WritersClearinghouse | S.P.Q.R. 1976 Richard Carreño, Editor Copyright MMXVII. All Rights Reserved.© MMXVII WritersClearinghouse. All rights reserved WritersClearinghouse. Publication queries to PhiladelphiaJunto@ymail.com[...]




2017-03-23T13:15:50.818-04:00

 By Janine Yasovant[WCNewsService]Widsanupong NoonanWidsanupong Noonan started painting while at university. He studied in the faculty of Architecture, Department of Fine Arts, King Monkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, Bangkok, Thailand. He received a best student award for two years, in 2005 and 2006. In 2007 he had his own art exhibition and he got a first class honour degree from the institute. He won many painting competitions during that time. Most of his works are very large. They are realistic paintings mixed with sculpting using oil color on fiberglass. He expresses his own dreams on sculpting partly while painting  He got master's degree (a MFA  in the Program of Visual Arts, Department of painting, Faculty of Painting, Sculptures and graphic arts, Silpakorn UniversityNoonan who does painting and sculpting concurrently.  I asked, “Is there anyone who works in the same way as you?”  "As far as I know, this is my original idea” he replied “It is coincidental that the surface of fiberglass is suitable, so I can draw and sculpt anything on it.”Few artists can express feelings in the same way as he does. Each piece is a personal creation. Viewers clearly understand his works. But there are hidden mysteries. There are two parts in each artwork. The first part is painting of a woman whose facial expression can be sad or lonely. The second part is sculpting from his imagination which can be touched. It depends on the concept of what can be seen with the eyes, or what is tactile.“Each of my works take a long time to make because of resin mould sculpting and painting. It is a direct expression of feelings. As I said before, everything is illusion and this is what I want to express. The size of every painting is different but all of them has its own completeness. Not only the satisfaction of newer generations and contemporary arts, but it is also two-way communication between spectators and I to see what they think after looking at my works. In my view, different thinking is neither right nor wrong. The truth of time was my continuous series about the illusion of relationships. The latest exhibition Love illusion is still about illusion." Widsanupong Noonan has received many awards from competitions He also has solo exhibitions and joint exhibitions with his friends from 2007 to 2017. He also sculpts. He is happy with sculpting the Buddha images and a realistic statue of the king of Thailand. These works are very popular and sell out quickly.                          The PJ depends exclusively on reader support. Please help us continue by contributing directly via PayPal, or by contributing editorial content via PhiladelphiaJunto@ymail.com. Empowered by WritersClearinghouse | S.P.Q.R. 1976 Richard Carreño, Editor Copyright MMXVII. All Rights Reserved.© MMXVII WritersClearinghouse. All rights reserved WritersClearinghouse. Publication queries to PhiladelphiaJunto@ymail.com[...]



Soane & Town, Architects

2017-04-08T00:05:45.261-04:00

MATCHED SETSNew Spaces Now Open at Soane MuseumOur 7 million pound restoration is now complete.We’ve just got bigger (and even better!). Our 7-year programme of restoration is complete, returning the Museum to the original design of Sir John Soane. Previously ‘lost’ areas have been restored, and new spaces are open for the very first time. These include the Catacombs, the Regency-era kitchens, and our second temporary exhibition space – the Foyle Space. An astonishing 365 objects from our collection are now back on public display for the first time since Soane's death in 1837, and we're thrilled to say that the Museum now has full step-free access. -- Recent press release, the Sir John Soane Museum, LondonTwin LibrariesThe following is excerpted from Ithiel Town: An American Original by Richard Carreño, published by the Thompson, Connecticut, Historical Society (1995)Much of Town's professional and personal life remains murky.  Perhaps the least known aspect of his life bridges his thirty-year career as a private book collector.  What is known is that during that time Town had amassed an architectural library of about 11,500 volumes, one of the premier collections on the topic anywhere.According to Michael C. Quinn, "Town's fine arts collection had no peer in America, and probably rivaled European libraries of the day in its comprehensive scope of written and visual printed materials."One measure of the leviathan size of Town's library is how it compared with comparable collections.  When Jefferson's library was sold to congress in 1815, it contained forty-three volumes in its architectural section.  Peter Harrison's collection numbered twenty-nine titles.  Even Bulfinch's library only tallied about twenty-seven texts.The intimate size of these other libraries was in keeping with an early tradition of the working library.Instead, Town became a collector -- a massive collector.  Perhaps unbeknownst to him, the British architect, Sir John Soane, was pioneering a similar effort in England.  Soane's collection, at 7,783 volumes, was sizeably smaller than Town's.  Yet both collectors were likely tapping the same book-selling sources in England and on the continent."Both men while requiring illustrated volumes for their professions, responded to the architectural book as an object precious in itself," according to Quinn.In this context, Quinn has also noted Soane's departure from tradition.  His observation also serve for Town."Even though Soane certainly drew on the information contained in his architectural books, their sheer number broke decisively with the earlier tradition of the intimately known working library.  Sir John Soane had extended the instinct of the connoisseur and collector beyond actual works of art, to encompass printed materials devoted to architecture and to the fine arts."In America, Town was the companion piece.  In published catalogs of the holdings, the collection is routinely referred to as "rare," "choice," "costly" "scarce," "valuable," "extensive," "elegant," and "splendid."Because of Town's meticulous and driven need for acquisition, any definitive reason for Town's decision to dispose of the library in 1842 has remained a constant puzzle.  This, especially, since Town had built a stately house at 6 Hillhouse Avenue in New Haven (razed in 1942) to house his indulgence.Quinn notes that Town had always planned to sell the collection citing an 1832 will.Still mystifying is the timing.  Why just two years before his death in 1844 did he undertake the sale?  Did he have a precedent notion of his impending demise? © MMXVII WritersCle[...]



In Training

2017-03-07T13:07:14.436-05:00

 MAD MANBy Don Merlot[WC News Service]The flight from Michigan to New York City was on a clear night. I could look out the plane windows and see the towns and villages. We were traveling from Chicago to New York City.  As we came into New York’s air space, we cruised over the metro area and saw the Statue of Liberty and the buildings on Manhattan: The Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building were front and forward. The ribbon of street lights looked like gold necklaces. After landing we took a taxi to the hotel in Manhattan. It was late so we settled in for the day to prepare for the next day.  The excitement was high for me. This was my first business trip with my first job. This was not my first time to New York. My earlier visits were when I went military prep school in Virginia in 1958 to 1959. One trip was to visit my school roommate’s home in Short Hills, New Jersey, and the other was to catch up with a childhood friend that I had known from the American School in Mexico City, whose father had moved and worked in the city. He commuted from Roslyn, on Long Island. The other two trips were interviews for jobs when I was at Thunderbird (1967).These experiences prepared me for the massive size of the greater metropolitan area; the cosmopolitan culture; the skyscrapers, and the blaring noise of the traffic that was constant from day break to nightfall. These visits were a test to see the big picture for business, and the global world as well: The preparation to see the world: the big picture. It reminded me of the movie Auntie Mame, and I was the bronco being busted to become a worldly executive.  This trip was tremendous boost for my persona and very emotional. I was in the throes of the beginning of my international career and on the road to become a world savant and traveler.   I had learned in grad school that only 10 percent of the Americans had gone fifty miles beyond their birthplace in their lifetime. I knew from experience, growing up in Mexico City (1942 to 1958), and traveling the interior of Mexico for vacations (Acapulco, Taxco and Cuernavaca), and travelling by car up to the USA on the Pan-American Highway to Kansas to visit my family in Topeka.  I remember learning and understanding that when people asked, where I was originally from, I would have to say “Old Mexico” and not confuse them by saying (“New”) Mexico. Most people when I went to school would ask where was my home and would say Mexico and that would conjure up an adobe hut, a cactus plant and a burro, a Sarape, and a sombrero.  As I walked down Park Avenue the next morning I was looking up to the Pan Am building on a spring sunny day in Manhattan in 1968. I was to meet with the company’s advertising agency for the international division, I had to pinch myself that I was really starting my career. Madison Avenue was the Mecca for the Western World’s advertising agencies and this central location was a couple of blocks away from that ground zero. Our hotel was on 48th  between Lexington Avenue and Madison Avenue.  My first career step when I accepted my first international job as Advertising and Sales Promotion Manager for the International Division of Whirlpool Corporation was now in progress. My graduate school (Thunderbird -- the American graduate school for Foreign Trade) degree was in international marketing/advertising. My desire and first expectation was to work in an international advertising business environment, but when I was interviewing, the USA was in a economic recession and the NYC Agencies were not hiring in February of 1968[...]



GARBAGE IN ... GARBAGE OUT

2017-02-26T17:37:16.749-05:00




IN LONDON

2017-02-20T12:29:30.040-05:00

BOOK BUYINGLondonThe best book buying deals in Britain are on-line. (A shameless plug for Philabooks|Booksellers). But when I'm replenishing my inventory, which I often do in London because of the ready availability of titles that suit my customers' tastes, I go for remainders.As is the case in strictly used bookshops in America, discounts in similar London versions are usually no great bargain. (Overhead, etc.) I buy only when I make what I call 'a love connection.' In other words, a book I must have. The used bookshops I like best are in British Museum area.  My favourite remainder spot is South Kensington Bookshop, in South Ken's museum district and French enclave. (It's located in the building complex attached to the South Kensington tube stop). Great titles, many just a year or two old, are be had up to fifty percent off list prices. At times, even greater discounts can be sighted. The shop seems to be open 'round the clock. At least, whenever I pop in. Service is pleasant and efficient. Highly recommended!There was another remainder bookshop I used to go to, in Victoria directly across the south side of the station. It used to be a double hit, since I'd also visit the old Politico bookshop, off Victoria Street. (Long gone). Don't remember the name of this Victoria Station shop, and I'm wondering if it's still there. (Memo to self: Check it out on next buying trip).Meantime, if you follow Philabooks at amazon.com, you'll see some new titles I've just listed. Or, go to PhilabooksBooksellers.blogspot.com. Call 1.215.385.3512 for even speedier service.-- Richard Carreño© MMXVII WritersClearinghouse. All rights reserved WritersClearinghouse. Publication queries to PhiladelphiaJunto@ymail.com[...]




2017-01-29T14:24:06.273-05:00


The PJ depends exclusively on reader support. Please help us continue by contributing directly via PayPal, or by contributing editorial content via PhiladelphiaJunto@ymail.com. Empowered by WritersClearinghouse | S.P.Q.R. 1976 Richard Carreño, Editor Copyright MMXVI. All Rights Reserved.



GALLERY

2017-01-27T10:06:37.152-05:00

 'Born as a girl in this land is a proof of her physical and mental strengths since she is young. It is so different from boys. The society is biased towards male. Families are encouraged by the custom to have a boy rather than a girl. There I saw a young girl in a tiny village. She walked and carried two clay pots on her head. It looked like she was accustomed to this but the pots seemed heavy. She looked at me while I took a photo of her. I guessed it might be the first time of her life to be photographed.' -- Udom WanjingUDOM WANJINGUdom Wanjing is an award-winning independent artist and a guest lecturer teaching art in many universities in Chiang Mai, Thailand. He was selected by Kasikorn Bank in Thailand to design an addition to honor the heroism of the Thai Army. In 2003, he exhibited his works in an exhibition at Salle Nougaro (Airbus) in Tulus, France. A year later he brought traditional Thai painting to exhibit at The Royal University College of Fine Arts, Stockholm. In 2015, and again in 2016, he visited India, and sketched his impressions, oil pastel on cotton. He also works with charcoal on canvas.  -- Janine Yasovant [WC News Service]                                                    © MMXVII WritersClearinghouse. All rights reserved WritersClearinghouse. Publication queries to PhiladelphiaJunto@ymail.com[...]



GALLERY: FELIX GIORDANO

2017-01-22T13:49:12.863-05:00

 FELIX THE CATGiordano radiates vibes from societal cartoonist Robert Crumb and the pop artist, the late great Richard Merkin. A graduate of the South Philadelphia High School, Giordano studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and is known as a multi-tasker, working in oils, acrylics, and watercolors, painting on canvas, wood panel, and paper. © MMXVII WritersClearinghouse. All rights reserved WritersClearinghouse. Publication queries to PhiladelphiaJunto@ymail.com[...]



Sa-ad Tanomwong

2016-12-14T02:27:02.439-05:00

 THAI ARTIST PIONEERS REALISMBy Janine Yasovant[WC News Service]It is so interesting to talk about a Thai artist, Sa-ad Tanomwong, whose work I've followed for several years. He is an independent artist that I always admired and who I have wanted to write about -- his life and work. In December 2016, he agreed to be interviewed show me some of his works.  The artistSa-ad Tanomwong was born in Klaeng District, Rayong Province, Thailand. He graduated from Poh Chang academy of art. He began his artistic career as movie poster painter, taught art subjects at Santirad school and then worked for the Oriental Hotel in Bangkok. After he resigned from the last job, in 1971, he eventually got a job at a USIS organization as an art illustrator and this was the beginning of his full-time artist life. When he was working for the USIS Thailand with another eight artists, he had an idea to create art that looked exciting and independent because he had inspiration from a foreign artist who drew powerful realistic paintings of wild horses. At that time Sa-ad also created his first collection of nine expressionist paintings of wild horses and he called the theme “Wild and free.” This collection was exhibited together with paintings from other artists at the AUA Center in Bangkok to strengthen relationship between the USA and Thailand. At the end of the exhibition, all of his paintings were not sold, while works of other artists were sold out. A day later a Bangkok-based art magazine review appeared that praised and recommended this collection. So, that in the end, the all the paintings were bought.  Thereafter, he worked on various other sets of painting with different themes. Apart from collections of horse paintings, the “Forest in Thailand” collection was greatly sought after by art collectors. Furthermore, for many years Sa-ad has been creating collections of sacred lotus paintings. He is praised by many as being a pioneer artist for his beautiful and realistic renderings of the Thai lotus. To Buddhists, lotus is the flower that they use as offering to pay respect to  Buddha images and their monks. The lotus is also used in the religious ceremonies.    Depending on size, his paintings start from 80,000 Thai Baht. © MMXVII WritersClearinghouse. All rights reserved WritersClearinghouse. Publication queries to PhiladelphiaJunto@ymail.com[...]



YES, THAT SARGENT!

2016-11-25T12:58:11.174-05:00

Gassed (1919) by John Singer SargentSARGENT AS WAR ARTISTBy Richard Carreño[WC News Service]Like many laymen, I've always thought of John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) as a Society portraitist. A trenchant -- even oftentimes, an unforgiving filter of the genre -- to be sure. The 'scandalous' full-figured Portrait Madame X attests to that. For the most part, though, Sargent's softer side, summed up in the fan-favourite Daughters of Edward Darley Boit, elicits the most raves. This is the Sargent that most viewers have known and loved. And the one that gets reinforced in one Sargent show after another. Most notably, for me, it was the blockbuster Sargent retrospective I went to see in 1999 at the Tate (it was rebranded Tate Britain only later). Comprehensive? Really? Well, I didn't see Sargent's pencil and charcoal drawings and sketches. His landscapes and seascapes? I got up close and personal with these only some years later at the former Corcoran in Washington. As for his tour de force, Gassed (1919), currently doing a star turn at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, I had to go to the Imperial War Museum for that experience. Step forward, John Singer Sargent as war artist. Who knew? The monumental painting, almost life-sized at 7 1/2 by 20 feet, is the piece de resistance of PAFA's brilliant new show of American art created during and about the First World War. ('World War I and American Art' runs until 19 April). Also in the late 90s, when I was living in London, I happened upon the painting while just undertaking my usual top-down, floor-by-floor museum tour. What I witnessed was nothing short of shocking: An awesome, jaw-dropping anti-war cri de coeur. Particularly unnerving, aside from the sheer horror of the depicted scene (soldiers blinded by mustard gas walking haltingly forward in Indian file) is how their grief (our shame!) was normalized. (Yes, those are soldiers, in the upper left of the painting, just going about their typical daily activities, playing soccer.) Thanks to a bold, prescient commission by the British War Memorials Committee, Sargent, the erstwhile Society maven, rose in a fell swipe to become a prominent chronicler of the human ravages of war. As was Goya before. And Picasso, after. Despite its epic stature, Gassed, is curiously one of Sargent's least known works. Nor does it get any top billing at its permanent home at the Imperial War Museum in south London, an institution, given its mandate and inconvenient locale, that is well off the well-trod tourist beat. (Unlike Picasso's Guernica, which deservedly gets its own gallery at the Queen Isabella in Madrid). Ironically, even in accomplishing his masterwork in Gassed, Sargent remained a 'Society' painter.  In Gassed, of course, he captured Society at its worst. The following was provided by PAFA, and I offer many thanks to JoAnn Loviglio, the academy's director of marketing & communications, for her assistance making this article possible: Coinciding with the centenary of America’s involvement with the war, World War I and American Art will be the first major exhibition devoted to exploring the ways in which American artists responded to the First World War. The first major museum exhibition to revisit this unprecedented glo[...]



PJ EXCLUSIVE: 'CRY-IN' AT MOMA FOLLOWING TRUMP VICTORY

2016-11-24T12:46:49.827-05:00

BOO-HOO: DIRECTOR LOWRY 'DISMAYED The Museum of Modern Art | 11 West 53 Street | New York, NY 10019 (212) 333-1273Glenn LowryFrom: Lowry, Glenn Date: Wed, Nov 9, 2016 at 4:22 PMSubject: TodayI know many of you, like me,  were dismayed by the results of the election last night. I will spend a long time trying to understand what happened and what it means for our future. But I take comfort in a note that I received from Marie-Josée Kravis, our president, first thing this morning who reminded me not to forget what we stand for, and to strive to be a beacon for the values we care about most. As I read her note, I thought about how fortunate we are to have trustees like her. I realized that our mission going forward suddenly had become clear: to be a model of an open, tolerant, and generous institution in everything we do. If we commit ourselves to making all of our decisions based on the degree to which they promote and encourage diverse political, social, cultural, and artistic positions, then we can be that beacon that Marie-Josée suggested. And, if we look back in four or five years and know that we were an inclusive place of gathering, a place of important conversations, and a place where people of all backgrounds and opinions found a home, then we will know that out of the darkness of a profoundly difficult and troubling moment we found a way forward. I encourage all of you to think of the many ways we can embrace and promote, through all our communications and programs, those values that are essential to a healthy and vibrant society. With best wishes, GlennGlenn D. Lowry         © MMXVII WritersClearinghouse. All rights reserved WritersClearinghouse. Publication queries to PhiladelphiaJunto@ymail.com[...]



HAPPY THANKSGIVING

2016-11-24T01:20:36.918-05:00

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