Category Archives: Arts-a-Poppin’

Special focus on the Visual Arts (or when I am being extra artsy with the camera)

TELL TALE OMENS

  What is this about? Have I decided to add cartoonist to my jack-of-the-arts-box?     No.  I am quite aware that my drawing skills are more on the feeble side. These sketches are for practical reasons, which however are … Continue reading

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Sensual Statues of the Musée D’Orsay

Tensions of the world making you anxious? Here is much soothing, sculptural sensuality but also some less comforting, chiseled objectification Continuing my fascination with sensual statuary in Paris, the greatest concentration of such aesthetically, artistically, and, let’s admit it, amorously … Continue reading

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Sensual Statues in the Streets of Paris

Nude statues are all over Paris. I don’t know if statistically there are more nude statues there than in other European cultural capitals, or if the nude statues of Paris are particularly more sensual than elsewhere, or if it is … Continue reading

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MONA LISA & ME

Yep that’s me.  And that’s the Mona Lisa.  And this is a little tale of how I spent some time with her. It starts with a trip to Paris.  And a whole day set aside for the Louvre, the immense … Continue reading

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FALLING INTO JACKSON POLLOCK

This Sunday I was at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and found myself in front of their monumental Jackson Pollock “Autumn Rhythm (Number 30)”.  And once again I had that hallucinogenic experience I often have in front of Jackson Pollock’s … Continue reading

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FACES. REFLECTIONS. REFRACTIONS.

Some more expected and unexpected impressions at the Brooklyn Museum   First, encounters with some singular faces. It’s hot and humid out, but she is eternally the embodiment of frigid winter.        

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BEFORE THE SUNSET – with the Sun Song Quiz

The lady saw me walk onto the middle of the street with my phone out, and said to Ed “he’s taking a picture of the sunset” in that universal “that’s so sweet” tone of voice. Except it wasn’t quite the … Continue reading

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NATARAJA – The Dancing King

   

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Museum Impressions

Yesterday at the Brooklyn Museum with an unwitting special focus on the feminine    

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These Roses are Ready for their Close-Up, Mr. DeMille!

Another year… another June… This year the rose garden at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden had received a “hard cut”, as we heard a passerby explain.  Which made it still lovely but less lush than in years past.  So I’ll focus … Continue reading

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ARTS-A-POPPIN’

There’s a new category here at Notes from a Composer: Arts-a-Poppin’. (This category, like all the others, can be accessed on the right side of every site page, just below the tweet stream.) After posting a double bill of selections … Continue reading

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SHIFTING PERSPECTIVES at ART NY 2018

Part 2 of my glimpse into ART NY 2018.  Some more “celebrity sightings” in artist and subject just as in Part 1.  Even more “shifting perspectives”, featuring videos of art work that show how they change, either because they include … Continue reading

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Celebrity Sightings at ART NY 2018

The large Yigal Ozeri portrait of Whoopi Goldberg behind the information desk by the entrance into ART NY 2018 was a hint that this year’s exhibition would have more than its fair share of celebrity sightings.  Not only celebrities being … Continue reading

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The Views from THE VIEW

Ed and I were treated to dinner at The View restaurant on the top of the Marriott Hotel in Times Square.  48 stories high, the whole restaurant is perched on a circular platform that, like a very slowly rotating record, … Continue reading

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ORPHEUS. EURYDIKE. HERMES

My Entry in the Carl Orff Competition I composed a chamber work, a song in the tradition of the “Lieder” of the salon, called “Orpheus. Eurydike. Hermes”. It describes the moment in Greek mythology when Orpheus, leading his wife Eurydice … Continue reading

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LIGHT ENTERS THE HOME – with a “light”hearted music quiz

  I’ll have a picture with my puzzle, please Longtime visitors to my site will have noticed that I love sharing photos, under the “Two-fisted Touristing” rubric, of scenic vistas from around the world or places and events in New … Continue reading

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