L’Artisan Moderne Poster by Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, 1896
Now on view at the Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin, In the Company of Dogs and Cats, featuring over 150 works by masters such as Albrecht Dürer, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, William Blake, Francisco Goya, Paul Gauguin, Takahashi Hiroaki (Shotei), Pablo Picasso, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Edward Hopper, Louise Bourgeois, and others.
The museum is keeping most of the included works out of the press, but shared L'Artisan Moderne Poster by Henri Toulouse-Lautrec. I've never seen it before. Wonder what other dog-art treasures they have? If you go, let me know. Exhibition runs until September 21, 2014.
Our local poet, Molly Fisk, whom everyone in town refers to as "our-local-poet-Molly-Fisk," all run together like that, encourages us to choose a word for the year. The whole community gets into it.
Molly's word is "empty."
Others have chosen "acceptance," "morph," "elevate," "see," "humility," "let go (yes, you can have two words), "euphoria," "love," "balance," and "refine" to name just a few.
My word is "alignment."
I wanted it to be "fruition." But, like a bad graft, it didn't take.
Molly advises that you to open yourself up to the word and not rush it. She says that your word might not find you until a few months into the new year. It might not find you until October. So don't stress.
Once you find it, look it up:
align·ment - noun \ə-ˈlīn-mənt\
1: the act of aligning or state of being aligned; especially: the proper positioning or state of adjustment of parts (as of a mechanical or electronic device) in relation to each other
2a : a forming in line
2b : the line thus formed
3: the ground plan (as of a railroad or highway) in distinction from the profile
4: an arrangement of groups or forces in relation to one another "new alignments within the political party"
Then look up the etymology. This is where things get interesting.
alignment (n.) 1790, "arrangement in a line," from French alignement, from aligner (see align). Political sense is from 1933.
align (v.) early 15c., "to copulate" (of wolves, dogs).
After ten years of renovation, Holland's Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam will reopen its doors on April 13, 2013. The national museum, built in 1885, is home to thousands of works from the 17th Century Golden Age of Dutch painting, including many renowned Rembrandts. But, according to Wim Pijbes, General-Director of the Rijksmuseum, their 21st century vision for the museum is to be modern.
To that end, they launched Rijksstudio, a groundbreaking online initiative featuring 125,000 high-resolution images available for download, printing, and manipulation for free. Knowing that unleashing this toolbox onto the public might overwhelm, they strategically partnered with (and linked to) innovative on-demand print companies like ixxi (wall art), eeeeFUN (electric scooters), colormyinterior (wallpaper), and designskins (smartphone skins).
And, to get the creative juices flowing, they asked leading international artists, designers, and architects to play around.
Tattoo by Droog Studio
My favorite is this video (yes there's a dog in it)....
"Part of a Bigger Plan" by Christian Borstlap (click here to view)
Translation: Mother Task, Mom Picking Lice from her Child's Head.
It's a wonderful painting of Dutch domestic life. But perhaps a little dark, no?
And, I really liked that dog. What's he up to? Watching another child go off to school? Waiting for Dad to come home 'cause he's loose with the table scraps? Maybe, he just doesn't doesn't want head lice.
I made this...
Dutch Dog manipulated by Moira McLaughlin, 2013
It, too, is high resolution, available for framing, wallpaper, t-shirts, etc.
But, to me, what's really neat are the other images my new "painting" recalled...