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WOODY ALLEN the man and the city


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oody Allen, American motion- he was born and has lived his entire life. Some picture director, screenwriter, might consider his films an acquired taste, but actor, and author, best known for no one can deny that he is brilliantly witty. his bittersweet comic films containing elements of parody, and the absurd. He is also known as a sympathetic director for women, writing strong and well-defined characters for them. Woody, who will turn 76 at the end of this year, has been writing, directing and starring in movies for about 41 years. In 1978, after having made six comedies in less than a decade - starting with Take the Money and Run in 1969 and culminating in the Oscar-winning Annie Hall in 1977 - he released Interiors, an abstract, ambitious psychological drama, because it refused to provoke any laughter, but provoked quite a bit of grumbling instead. Despite being nominated for twenty one academy awards and winning three, Woody is hardly viewed as a mainstream Hollywood player. Rarely leaving the comforts of New York City, his movies are often misunderstood but still continue to turn out a surprising number of well-made movies. Woody draws heavily on literature, philosophy, psychology, European cinema and New York City, where

“HE WAS AS TOUGH AND ROMANTIC AS THE CITY HE LOVED. BEHIND HIS BLACK-RIMMED GLASSES WAS THE COILED SEXUAL POWER OF A JUNGLE CAT....NEW YORK WAS HIS TOWN. AND IT ALWAYS WOULD BE.� So go the opening lines of Manhattan, he adored New York City. He idolized it all out of pfroportion...no, make that; he - he romanticized it all out of proportion. Yes. To him, no matter what the season was, this was still


a town that existed in black and white. He was too romantic about Manhattan, as he was about everything else. He thrived on the hustle bustle of the crowds and the traffic.

left Manhattan; now each successive movie ventures farther and farther afield, to London, to Spain.

Woody has produced a complete mixture of The more you watch Allen's early New York films, some super hits while some of his films, the more they will seem to be different movies were called the worst movie of the versions of the same movie. Actors and eras decade. After every failure, the next release sometimes change, but the heart of the narra- was called “Woody Allen’s comeback film”. tive never does; characters' minor dramas This phrase was placed on 1999’s Sweet and against the mundane display of the city, the Lowdown, 2005’s Match Point and, for Vicky distinctive and irrepressible rhythm of its daily Cristina Barcelona. "Comeback" suggests he’s life. And ultimately, of course, the city is somehow left us. He hasn’t. Woody’s star.No matter what decade it is, no matter what boom-time fever or economic From time to time Woody has somehow distrench the city actually is in, the performance appointed his audience. Fans of Woody are he coaxes from it is always the same: chaotic members of a select group of people who and delightful, romantic and a brilliant good- would proclaim Woody’s work to be stellar, a hearted mess. A knockout, no matter what fact that would allow the rest of the audience to look at them thinking, "They watched the anybody says. same movie I did and somehow managed to Woody's recent movies have not been so much understand it and think it was good. They about New York City. Once, it seems, he barely must be a lot smarter than I am."


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time one entire floor of Museum of Modern Art MoMA) was arranged to focus on a single artist – Willem de Kooning


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obert Rauschenberg, a twenty-eight year old artist just a year out of art school in 1953 actually gathered up the courage to knock on Willem De Kooning’s door with absolutely nothing except infinite cheese and a bottle of Jack Daniels; and blatantly asking him for and original piece of drawing – so he could erase it. Willem de Kooning, a renowned artist on the threshold of international recognition, being a very absurd man himself didn’t find any absurdity in this. He didn’t only understand Rauschenberg, but he removed a drawing that he was working on and kept it down. “Ok, it should be something I miss” he said “I’m going to give you something which will be really difficult to erase” and so it was. It had layers of charcoal, oil paint, pencil and crayons over it; Rauschenberg spent a whole month erasing it, before he could call the painting ‘Erased De Kooning’ his own work. The painting though very controversial then, is considered a very important conceptual piece now. Last month, for the first time one entire floor of Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) was arranged to focus on a single artist – Willem de Kooning. A Dutch-American artist who died in 1997 at the age of 92. In the early 1950’s New York developed into a cultural center of new movements and Robert de Kooning was well on his path to pinnacle of art. He became one of the legends of ‘Abstract Expressionism’ as coined by The New Yorker in 1946. After Jackson Pollock in de Kooning’s own words “broke the ice” he became the most prominent representative for ‘Abstract Expressionism’. The critic Clement Greenberg, who was the first important advocate for


the Abstract Expressionists, shocked many people by declaring early in 1948 that “the immediate future of western art depends on what is done in this country”.

raised considerable controversy, but de Kooning ignored the criticism, and reflected that either potion was arbitrary.

Although his paintings appears De Kooning gradually developed a spontaneous, de Kooning often used to distinctive abstract style during the late spend many months on a single piece, 1940s, but his most celebrated series repeatedly painting over completed of works was made up of the large sections and occasionally pressing figurative Women that he executed newspaper onto the drying canvas. 1950-53. His return to representation at “Painting isn’t just the visual thing a time when nearly all of his colleagues that reaches your retina,” the artist were committed to abstraction once said, “it’s what’s behind it. I’m


not interested in ‘abstracting’ or taking things out or reducing painting to design, form, line, and color. I paint this way because I can keep putting more and more things in -- drama, anger, pain, love, a figure, a horse, my ideas about space. Through your eyes it again becomes an emotion or an idea. It doesn’t matter if it’s different from mine as long as it comes from the painting which has its own integrity and intensity.”

In the economic boom of the postwar years, construction workers were repairing and extending subways and digging foundations for new buildings. De Kooning, like many other pedestrians at loose ends, enjoyed looking through the holes cut in boards surrounding construction sites in order to get a glimpse of the excavation and the rising building.

Perhaps this little mystery might provide an answer for another mystery: Why the painting is titled Excavation, about which “there has been much speculation,” notes MoMA curatorial assistant Lauren Mahony in the De Kooning completed ‘excavation’ in 1950. It exhibition catalogue. Maybe removing that was his biggest till then, a whooping 6ft. by 8 strip of tape to reveal what was underneath, ft canvas. Kooning succeeded magnificently in literally excavating a little section of the this piece. The moment you start looking at it, painting, was so important to de Kooning that it makes its impact. According to de Kooning, it birthed the painting’s title. his point of departure was an image of women working in a rice field from Bitter Rice, a 1949 Italian Neorealist film, or maybe the aftermath of second world war where bodies were excavated in Europe would’ve made some impact. Anatomical parts of a human body can be seen along with birds, fishes, jaws, neck, elbows etc.

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Recently, Tyler Green, Art News found out that de Kooning used masking tape in his painting. And removed a little part of it at the lower left corner to give a window to its origin.In “de Kooning: An American Master,” Stevens and Swan provide an explanation that may suggest why the idea of revealing the painting’s history may have intrigued de Kooning:he was also attracted during this period to the “excavating” going on around him at building sites.

De kooning’s ‘Excavation’ and the removed mask tape


Before Sunset


Jesse: You want to know why I wrote that stupid book? Celine: Why? Jesse: So that you might come to a reading in Paris and I could walk up to you and ask, “Where the fuck were you?” Celine: [laughing] No – you thought

I’d be here today? Jesse: I’m serious. I think I wrote it, in a way, to try to find you. Celine: Okay, that’s – I know that’s not true, but that’s sweet of you to say. Jesse: I think it is true.

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he good thing that I like about this movie is that it is all conversations. (Very much like it’s prequel.) The only hint of a plot based conflict being that these people have limited time to get over with their conversations. (Hence the name.)

The conversations itself happen inside coffee shops, trains, trams, boats, parks, while walking etc. etc. And they are about a lot of issues really, ranging from spirituality, to sex to relationships, etc. etc. Pretty much done to death topics intelligently conversed about, but what is interesting is the way in which these two people talk. It’s something that can be effectively (and convincingly) done only in movies, not in literature. It’s easily one of the most spontaneous movies I have ever seen.


The Story Of An Idle Night Rishi had nothing better to do than just sit, and think about the various people in his life. It was strange, he noticed, as to how just thinking about people can make you experience an entire range of human emotions. His favorite subject of thought, was the girl he loved. From time to time, he would look back in the past and experience the moments he had shared with her. He noticed as to how he didn’t pick obvious hints from her, and how incredibly cheesy he was this one time. He also remembered, how there was this one action of his, which changed everything. He had not done it with bad intentions, but good intentions can sometimes have bad consequences on someone. If only, he had given a thought to human psychology before committing that error. But then, there was no use crying over spilled milk and he shifted his thoughts to his friends. Oh! The number of people he had come to know over the past year. Men coming from different belongings and psychological make up, some already grown, some yet to have come of age. Yet, the last one year


has brought about an immense change in everybody. There was this one night where he and a couple of his friends had hacked into another friend’s facebook account and made snarky comments about his group of friends. Thinking about it, still made him laugh with glee. How stimulating it was to take devilish pleasure by making snarky comments about someone’s funny surname, linking someone not so good looking with someone equally unattractive, tagging photos of a fat man as a ‘fat man’, etc. Oh, how they had waited for the moment when the friend who had been hacked will next log in. His face will be worth a million dollars. Rishi couldn’t help but light up a cigarette amongst these emotionally charging thoughts and went to the balcony. After a few drags, he felt himself a lot calmer than a giggling teenager. And, he started thinking about his school. He had planned on meeting the teachers recently, but cancelled the plan since he didn’t have anything to say to them that he was proud of. Why go and unnecessarily embarrass oneself? Any-

ways, past is past and there was no use thinking about them since they were not going to influence his future. Thinking about his future opened a whole new panorama of thoughts for him. He dreamt of being a succesful artist one day, and if ever he was interviewed, he would include a snide remark about all the people that demoralized him. He laughed like a devil at the thought of such incredible vengeance. For a moment, he actually felt like a good artist. He called his stories as an example of the existential truth of our lives. But another pull at the cigarette, lowered his spirits a little bit. He instinctively began to think what will happen if he does not become successful. What if he remains a burden on his family, long after he completes his graduation? No, he will never let that happen. He would just take his share of property and fulfill all his wishes. And, then do anything that’ll feed his stomach and quietly pass away into oblivion. No marriage, no kids, no insurance policy.

He imagined the lonely life he would lead then, and even feared going mad like all those old people you see near railway stations. What the hell am I thinking, he told himself and finished the last few drags of the cigarette. He switched on the TV, in order to distract himself and 5 minutes into it, he suddenly felt like a Don. “Naa Mujhko Gham hai, Naa mujhko parwaah, kaun mera dushman hua!”. The song ended, and the feeling inside him was replaced with that of a victimised kid of the society. “Bansi ko lakdi sada kehte rahe tum, magar uske nagmon ke dhun kahaan sun sake tum.” The next song though made him dance like a guy who is a lecherous shameless flirt. “Tujhe Aksa Beach Ghuma Duu.. Aa chalti kya?” Finally though, his night had come a full circle as far as his mind came to a full circle when he again started to think about his love. And thus, the night passed, until his brain had difficulty processing these thoughts. Which is when he slid into his bedroom and tried sleeping.


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raffiti, a beautiful art form which one can intrigued by shapes and colours painted on trains and cars. It shows the uniqueness of each style of drawing. It is bold, provocating, attractive form of art. It long ago invaded the fashion. New York is where the modern graffiti took birth.

journey of graffiti from street, wall through train to museum

The people who started with this unique form of expressing their views through street painting, car painting or even wall, were then known as taggers. No one knew that graffiti in long run will be recognised as modern arts. The aim of these taggers was to be seen and known by as many people as possible. Combread beacame a after tagging his name on an elephant in the zoo! According to dictionary, the word graffiti means ‘an inspiration or drawing hastily produced by hand on a wall’. But in reality graffiti means ‘a pictorial composition based on handwriting and sprayed painting on a wall or other surface’. Graffiti is not only about tagging, its more than that. It motivates the viewers, it holds a meaning. Grabbing the viewers attention, Graffiti today has travelled all the way from street, wall through train to museum. The art which was once considered as crime, is today readily accepted and


Keith Haring’s artwork on the walls of E Houstin. This is one of his famous piece of Graffiti.

Deeply influenced by comic strips culture and cartoons, Keith Haring is now a famous and a well renowned artist. Haring was born in the year 1959. Apart from attending and excelling in academics, Haring also developed and perfected himself in his area of interest: arts. In his work, one can see vibrant colours. He makes use of bright, eyecatchy colours and if noticed carefully, one can see that all his pictures are outlined with black lines. The bright colour makes his piece look lively. His art mostly consists of patterns. He makes use of line, colour, texture, pattern and shapes.


Intrusion of Graffiti in Hip-Hop Graffiti started being associated with hip- hop sometime in the late 1960s. The first account that brought graffiti to the spotlight was a tag appearing more and more often on trains in the New York subway, ‘TAKI 183’. An article published in the New York Times in 1971 described the Greek-American teenager, Demetrius, who had used markers to leave his tag ‘TAKI 183’ wherever he went. The founder of hip-hop, Clive Campbell, popularly known as DJ Kool Herc, was a huge fan of the tagger ‘Taki 183’. Soon, word spread in the streets and people started tagging emulating the tagger. In the years that went by, graffiti evolved as one of the four major elements of the hip-hop

culture deeply intertwined with one another. Graffiti graced album covers and provided a colourful background in music videos, but still members of the cult argued if graffiti was actually linked to hip-hop, but once hip-hop was presented with graffiti in movies like Wild Style, the curtain was raised, and graffiti became an integral part of hip-hop in every aspect from fashion to graphic design. After being a virtually underground activity and ignored for years, graffiti made it as an art and entred many well-known museums and galleries. A minor art form, it emphasised on the self-expression of the taggers, and led to a revolution which developed over the years and tagged its name to Wall Art.


Tags took over most of the places in the New York city. It covered the entire area with colours. From moving van, streetlights, bus windows to trains and buildings, these then called taggers left no place. The tag is considered as the most prevalent form of graffiti. It is difficult to trace down the history of those graffic writers who grew out of the hip-hop culture. Tag artists set an example of using letters in an infinite variety of signature styles. Earlier painting involved only simple colours and those colours were easy to decode. The current graffiti cannot be interpreted by the untrained eyes. The use of colours and font sometime are difficult to be recognised or understood by a untrained person. Hip-hop graffiti culture has established an ethical code that resists the move away from their streetculture roots into the realms of popular culture, commercialisation and the internet. One becomes a writer when he or she has developed an individual style within the tradition of hiphop. The writer had developed painting skills to a level where the community accepts their presence and work. A crew ia a loose association of graf writers. One writer can belong to any number of crews. Crews either paint together or acknowledge each other by citing the names of their crew or mentors around the edges of a graffiti piece.


Graffiti derived from the school of arts. It attracted artists from various part of the world. Graffiti was a self-taught form of art that expresses an artist’s thoughts. It is provocating, spontaneous and hence dynamic in nature. All the other art forms are well recognised today, they have proper institutions, graffiti on the other hand is still holds on to its roots in the streets. Internationally spread, graffiti has received a lot of fame and is still growing reaching the youth all around the world. Though graffiti is now well known to be the self-expression of an artist and it is appreciated and admired by many; it has also acquired a privileged status in art museums today, but it is still considered an act of vandalism to property. St. Louis’ famous floodwall on the mississippi riverfront has been allocated to taggers for their display of graffiti making the walls look beautiful. The city has since then attracted a lot of tourists to engross its colors. Authorities elsewhere are still hunting down graffiti writers to protect their city from the colourful damage, saving on their cost of repainting hence restricting imagination and creativity.

It is this fight with the authorities, the survival of the fittest, along with its amazing capacity of self-regeneration that drives graffiti writers to give more to the society than any other art form ever has.


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Native Place

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ishi quite enjoyed the hand rickshaw ride from the station to his maternal home. The roads, the graffiti on the walls all gave him a nice travel experience. He noticed how the real estate scene in this place was totally different. There were no buildings built by builders, with individual flats. But plots of land being sold to families who in turn made bungalows on them.

mom, now that his topic was on, enlightened others of how he has been behaving over the past few years. His immense laziness especially when it comes to money were the points of reference in making up of stories to tell others.

Just as we were about to reach the gate Rishi’s mother asked Rishi to get down and get some chocolates and biscuits for the kids. She gave a 100 Rs. note to him, of which Rishi brought goodies worth Rs. 30. Looking at her mother’s happiness he decided to pocket the remaining change.

“No, no. How come anything? You come here, once in a year. Something special has to be made no.”

Rishi, soon realizing that he had nothing from his side to add, began interviewing the kids who seemed as lost but still very happy. Rishi One of these bungalows would be his house. soon lost interest in that activity also. Where he was born as an inmate, but will now go as a guest. He noticed that his mother was “So, Sir Rishi, what would you like for today’s very happy, she had already started off a con- lunch.”, his grandfather asked. versation with the rickshaw wallah in her native tongue. “Anything.”

The welcome began when Rishi saw two little kids looking expectantly at the road for their arrival. Rishi gave them the chocolates he had brought for them, and the kids too decided that saving them for later is a bad idea. While this was happening, an uncle of Rishi’s immediately made his presence felt by haggling with the rickshaw wallah over the fare. Once, the welcoming and the formal rituals of touching everyone’s feet was over, the whole extended family including the maid-servant, sat for tea. It is then that the conversations began. Memories were exchanged and laughed over. Rishi, himself was reminded of his childhood exploits which he had no memory of. His

Seeing Rishi’s inability to answer the question with Chicken Tikka Masala, or Mutton Do Pyaza, his mother pointed out that this fellow only liked Non vegetarian food. Something, that was not really allowed in this conservative Brahmin family. Ultimately, some ‘really tough to make but not so tasty for the tongue’ vegetarian preparations were ordered . And, the ladies of the house were set to work. Conversations between the elder people and Rishi’s mom continued as usual. Somewhere between these conversations, the light went off leading to a few muffled moans amongst the people. Rishi, though for the first time had a smile on his face. “Now, it feels like I am in my motherland.”


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filmmaker, writer and producer Anurag Kashyap began his career from a scratch in the Indian film industry. Born on 10th September 1972 in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, Anurag did his early schooling in Dehradun. He could not speak English till the age of 17, and all his reading was based in Hindi. During his college days, he got involved with alcohol and drugs. A turning point came into his life when he joined ‘Jana Natya Manch’, an organization which performed street plays in Delhi. Being a part of a theater group brings the elements of theater in most of his movies. When in Delhi, he attended a Film Festival where he landed up seeing a total of 55 movies. Kashyap calls this stage as a complete turning point of his life, in an interview he said “Movie from all different perspective and in a way you can say that these films changes my life and its meaning completely for me. Just that one Film Festival and I decided that this is what I want to be a part of- in next five months I was in Mumbai.” His directorial debut film Paanch ran into trouble with the Censor Board and till date its unreleased. The rejection from the board stating ‘your film is neither healthy nor entertaining’ made Kashyap to start looking for a proper answer to it. He calls the Censor board completely biased and not uniform, in the past he

has accused them for not maintaining the same standards for all. He calls himself anticensorship and hopes the Censor Board will soon bring uniformity while implementing their policies. The turning point came in his career when the critically acclaimed Black Friday, a controversial film about the 1993 Mumbai blast released in 2004. Since then Kashyap has not looked back and went on making films like No Smoking (2007), Dev D (2009), Gulaal (2009), Mumbai cutting (2010) and the most recent release , That Girl in Yellow Boot (2011). judgment in the industry.


Anurag Kashyap is now seen as a filmmaker whose films are beyond all objective and rational judgment in the industry. All his movies earned him fame and critical acclaim. He takes incidents from the real life issues to make his movie look more realistic. The BMW and the MMS scene in Dev D, the Mumbai bomb blast in Black Friday was something that everyone was aware about. These are the issues which can be seen in day to day life. The one interesting fact about most of his movies is the way he adapts the stories from a novels and books. Black Friday was based and inspired by a book written by Mr. S. Hussain. Such was No Smoking adapted from Stephen King’s ‘Quitters, Inc.’, and Dev D was modern days take on Sarat Chandra’s novel Devdas. The themes of most of his movies can be seen in other movies too, but it’s the story made by certain intelligence so the audience does not forget them easily which brings out Kashyap’s movies. One might have come across movies like Black Friday based on serial blast but what Anurag films have is an eye of a master storyteller. Over the past years Kashyap has earned a name in making off-beat cinema in the Indian film industry. He has survived in the industry by making such movies and not just providing another popcorn entertainment flick to the audience. Anurag’s life in Bollywood has not remained untouched by the controversies. The most popular controversy occurred when Kashyap posted a comment about the Bachchan family on Facebook. It all started on 9th December 2011 with the comment “See Chittagong, a far superior film made on the same subject as KHJJS (Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey). At 1/8th the cost, far superior actors and immense passion. Producers decided to sit on it, because of a phone call from someone, Because that someone was trying desperately to save his son’s career (talking about Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek)..welcome to Bollywood, where whose son you are outshines all

the hard work and passion and potential and talent. KHJJS came and went, now what.” Such statements by an immense filmmaker of the industry brings out the secrets of the Bollywood, secured in a closet, with the keys with only few left in the industry who dares to speak. Anurag has always been considered as a harsh, arrogant, angry young man in the industry. He has been involved into many other controversies where he has been accused of abusing a well known film critic of the nation, Mr. Khalid Mohammad. After the comments of Khalid on John Abraham in No Smoking, Kashyap wrote to John “Don’t let him worry you john...the man doesn’t know his ass from his mouth...and he has already proven it thrice...” When Khalid gave a good review to Dev D, Anurag could not help himself thanking the man by saying “bloody awesome... I log on and pop... there is your review... thank you so much... now it seems complete... thank you and am so glad you like it... drinks on me...” One can clearly see the contrast between the two statements. His stories are a reflection of his personal life itself. Living on alcohol, drugs, excessive smoking, frustration were part of his life. These are the things that he has experienced in his life and was able to portray them on the screen so beautifully. To Kashyap it’s his daughter Aaliya who gives focus to his dying life. He calls his daughter as his prized possession and panics if anything happens to her. Due to the failure of his marriage he feels over protective of Aaliya. In an interview once he said “I can’t really express my relationship with Aaliya, but I got a sense of being and belonging from her.” Anurag found his support in Kalki Koechlin, who debuted with his film. The actress brought Anurag back to life and filled it with colors of love and marriage. They recently got married at a private ceremony in Ooty this year.


deCordova

museum and a park of sculpture deCordova, the largest park of its kind is spread over 35 acres of green in Lincoln, Massachusetts. It holds more than 60 works of modern and contemporary art and sculpture, mostly by artists with their roots in New England. The museum hosts a collection of visual and living arts. This public park and museum brings people close to modern and contemporary art and helps them to widen their imagination power. deCordova not only displays the art work, but also hosts yoga, screening, talk by special artists and various other programs to enlighten one with the beauty and vibrant world of unlimited possiblities.


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Art never expresses anything but itself.� - Oscar Wilde.

The sculpture park in its early days was solely committed to the works of significant twentienth-century artists which provide an arthistorical context. The founder, Julian de Cordova, wanted to propagate art focusing mainly on art education and living regional artists. After his death in 1945 the trustees came together and they established deCordova and Dana Museum and Park.It was popularly known as the deCordova Museum but it officially changed its name to the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in 2009 to stress on their

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sculptures acquired from internationally recognised artists which were displayed indoors and out. It has several indoor galleries with a rotating series of specially designed exhibits. The park’s collection is small but important, and boasts of works by Antony Gormley, George Rickey, Nam June Paik and others. The polarised logic of modern sculptures is beautifully demonstrated in a series of site-specific representational signs, leaving the beholder awestruck by the imagination and abstraction of modern art. A benchmark in living arts, the museum also inspires several others like itself, and helps the youthful artists of today to prosper

and display their creativity. The season keeps changing but the beauty of deCordova, sculpture park and museum, is constant. Every year around eight to ten pieces are removed and replaced by new ones.The sculpture keeps rotating which gives visitor a new look everytime they visit the place. This periodical change, attracts visitors from various parts to world to Boston. A special mention should be made of the parking lot. From the parking lot there are woodland trails which leads to the adjacent forest preserve. There is much to discover in this museum. Modern art has been beautifully potrayed.


The Surreal and Beautiful World of Felipe Bedoya


SOME MAY LIKE AND SOME MAY DISLIKE THE UNIVERSE CREATED BY FELIPE BEDOYA, AS IT’S APPARENTLY LOOKS ALL CUTE AND BEAUTIFUL, BUT BENEATH EACH ILLUSTRATION THERE’S A LOT OF DARK SECRETS HIDDEN. THIS COLOMBIAN MATE IS ONE OF THE TOP NOTCH ARTIST FROM THE LOWBROW MOVEMENT IN LATIN AMERICA, CHECK SOME OF HIS EXTRAORDINARY WORKS.


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The Master Of Potraits Richard Avedon

“All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth.” –Richard Avedon


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hat do Jean Genet, Jimmy Durante, Brigitte Bardot, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jacques Cousteau, Andy Warhol, and Lena Horne have in common? They were a few of the many personalities caught on film by photographer Richard Avedon. For more than fifty years, Richard Avedon’s portraits have filled the pages of the country’s finest magazines. His stark imagery and brilliant insight into his subjects’ characters has made him one of the premier American portrait photographers. Throughout his career Avedon has maintained a unique style all his own. Famous for their minimalism, Avedon portraits are often well lit and in front of white backdrops. When printed, the images regularly contain the dark outline of the film in which the image was framed. Within the minimalism of his empty studio, Avedon’s subjects move freely, and it is this movement which brings a sense of spontaneity to the images. Often containing only a portion of the person being photographed, the images seem intimate in their imperfection. While many photographers are interested in either catching a moment in time or preparing a formal image, Avedon has found a way to do both.


Why read Fiction? pleasure of fiction is when, by reading a thought process of some character, you get to know what kind of feelings maybe running through the hearts of your friends. Like everything, achieving this level of appreciation does not usually come by reading just one book. But, after reading a small amount of books for a while, ONE BOOK can change it all. It’s I also hate to put this in like falling in love. It may not crude terms, and say- that be the most perfect book, but one should read fiction for it’s the book that makes you the fun of it. That is true, but stamp your feet on ground the real fun of reading fiction and say, ‘This is what you is not to have a good call a bloody book.’. timepass. It is there in seeing a feeling that you’ve gone And the good thing with through at some point in books is that you are allowed your life expressed with to fall in love all over again, unimaginable beauty and and say that the previous simplicity on paper. The real book you loved was just an

A few nights ago, I had a very interesting conversation with a friend about the sort of fiction he likes to read. And, then there are many of my friends, who do not read any kind of fiction, but still are insightful, level-headed human beings with truckloads of experience to compensate for the reading deficiency.

act of bad judgment. If I had to state one use of reading fiction, I would say that seriously good fiction helps you express complicated things in a more simple manner. (There’s a different kind of fiction which explains simple things in ridiculously complicated manner. I don’t see much beauty in that. Only creativity and intelligence.) Anyways, that’s it. The post ends here. I have a few more thoughts, but I’ll save them up for later. If you yourself, have any theories about why you read fiction, then do let me know by using the comments section.

Literature is still the source of my greatest excitement. My prayer is that it is irreplaceable. Literature can carry the consciousness of human times and social life better than anything else. Look at the movies of the 1920s, watch the Murrow broadcasts, you can't recognize any of the people. Now, read Fitzgerald—that's it. at is the truth of the times. Somebody has to be committed to the idea of truth.

THOMAS McGUANE



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