I had great fun appearing on the Yaron Brook show on 8/16/18. It’s available on YouTube at
Yaron’s channel is https://www.youtube.com/ybrook
We had some technical issues on both ends – I ended up on my husband’s laptop, without the images I’d gathered. Here they are, a belated supplement to the show. (But better resolution than they would have been on video!) NOTE: These are not in the order the appear in the video, but they do all have titles, if you want to search for a particular work.
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Michelangelo’s David, 1501-1504 (higher res here)
Works on how to look at paintings & sculptures
I want to be able to get from looking at visual art to stating a theme by myself … and I want you to be able to do it, too. These are my how-to books for sculpture and painting.
The three essays I wrote on analyzing film are
- “Movie Reviews and How to Write Them” (part 1 of 3) – Thinking through how to write reviews, with Chronicles of Narnia as a sample.
- “Best Picture: Says Who?” (part 2 of 3) – On the Academy Awards.
- “Analyzing and Evaluating Films as Works of Art” (part 3 of 3) – Standards for judging films esthetically.
Outdoor Monuments in NYC
New York University Press published (and the NY Times reviewed favorably) Outdoor Monuments of Manhattan: A Historical Guide.
This is MacMonnies’ Nathan Hale, at City Hall Park (chapter 8).
This is Sherman, by Augustus Saint Gaudens, one of America’s greatest sculptors (Outdoor Monuments chapter 31).
Saint Gaudens’s Lincoln in Chicago – a brilliant work, and yes, much earlier than French’s Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial. On the right: a New York sculpture of Lincoln done very soon after his death, and much less evocative of the man.
An example of a sculpture that requires some knowledge before you might fall in love with it: Daniel Chester French’s America, 1907.
America is one of a set of four Continents, including Asia, Europe, and Africa. For a discussion of these sculptures as representations of states of mind rather than geographical locations, see Outdoor Monuments of Manhattan: A Historical Guide. Here’s Asia, just to the left of America, which I think represents religion.
Innovators in Sculpture and Innovators in Painting
- Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, 1884-1886: pic is here.
- Monet’s Water Lilies series is here.
- Monet’s garden at Giverny is here.
- Works by Kandinsky, who was inspired by Monet’s “series paintings” to paint abstract art, are here.
- My book on what the hell happened to French art over the course of the 19th century (a look at painting and philosophy) is here.
Mary Ann Sures, “Metaphysics in Marble”
- Brookgreen Gardens, including Diana of the Chase: official page and Wikipedia and Wikimedia pages (with more pics)
- Frick Collection, NYC
- Cincinnati Art Museum, with several Frishmuth sculptures
- Museo de Arte de Ponce, Puerto Rico, with Leighton’s Flaming June
- Tate Britain – not Tate Modern, whose Turner Prize inspired my essay on Artspeak (I don’t rant often, but damn, it’s fun)
- Copenhagen: Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek – 19th-c. Scandinavian sculptures
- Art Institute of Chicago
- Metropolitan Museum of Art: the display of things not-quite-in-storage is the Henry R. Luce Center for the Study of American Art, which is just off the American Wing Courtyard (where Frishmuth’s The Vine lives)
A few things we didn’t get to on the show:
- On the controversy over outdoor sculptures in Charlottesville, New York, and elsewhere: “Politics and Portrait Sculptures,” as a blog post and video
- Outdoor Monuments of Manhattan: A Historical Guide has been adapted into a videoguide by Guides Who Know. It’s currently available for Android users in the Amazon store: preview here, full app here.
- I’ve done a series of three book on Alexander Hamilton, which were inspired by Hamilton: An American Musical, but turned into an in-depth look at Hamilton’s life and policies via a deep dive into primary sources. More on those here.