Thursday, March 18, 2004

I'd Rather Be Blue...

Bad Art Comin' At Ya...My 1998 visit to Greater Boston's Museum Of Bad Art was a memorable one. After hours of searching, we found MOBA "in the basement of the Dedham Community Theater, conveniently located just outside the men's room. The nearby flushing helps maintain a uniform humidity." At left is "Mama and Babe," of the of MOBA's many excruciating portraits! As the curator notes, "The flesh tones bring to mind the top shelf liqueurs of a border bistro. With an astonishing emphasis on facial bone structure, the artist flirts with caricature and captures features of Mamma's face which remind us of a former First Lady". More on MOBA to come - for background check my Tuesday March 16 post.

Today marks two months of blogging!

Seeing An Art Film. Yes, Art Film. This week I watched "Mirror" by Soviet (remember that word?) director Andrei Tarkovsky, a classic 1970s Art Film. It mixes dramatic scenes from the director's life (out of chronological order), WW2 footage, poetry, and interesting camera shots. This hadn't often been done before 1974, so Tarkovsky's opus was received as brilliance and a breakthrough, and not self-indulgent as such films are often dismissed today. I didn't find it tedious, thanks to good acting, pacing, and the film's short length. But I can't imagine this movie getting wide release today. More on this topic later.

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