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06.08.2014 | 138 days ago | Posted at 08:32 PM
By Tyler Friedman
Certain pursuits are more conducive than others to the development of prodigies. The more that wisdom and judgment are required, the less likely that mastery precedes the age of consent. So - pace Doogie Howser - we don't find M.D.s without the ability to also rent a car. The history of art, however, is littered with precocity. Mozart's first works, written at the age of four, presage the style o...
06.01.2014 | | Posted at 05:47 PM
By Tyler Friedman
Each week the three events discussed in the Art Preview column in the Shepherd's print edition are winnowed from a more comprehensive list of that week's happenings. This list occasionally consists of upwards of ten events. The decision concerning which events make the cut is more of an art than a science. For example, name-brand institutions are often preempted by out-of-the-way, mom and pop g...
05.25.2014 | | Posted at 04:22 PM
By Tyler Friedman
"Death and taxes," is the classic, glib attempt to enumerate life's certainties. A more sober and somber response differs only in omitting the latter conjunct. For some the inevitability of death is a source of crippling despair. Woody Allen, for example, has made a career of filtering this despair through his sense of humor. But this maneuver is nothing new; bluesmen have long sung of "laughing j...
05.11.2014 | | Posted at 10:39 PM
By Tyler Friedman
As Mother's Day 2014 winds down, here's hoping that all you sons and daughters did your due diligence and that all you mothers have been lavished with chocolates, roses, and assurances of undying filial devotion. For our part, we here at MKEart thought it seemly to dedicate a post to mothers in art - a quick look at two cases of maternal immortalization. The most iconic matria...
05.04.2014 | | Posted at 07:58 PM
By Tyler Friedman
Quiet you gaudy man!Slowly slides the old house from the hill. The old blue skyis stuck hopelessly between branches and leaves.Don't call me there!A striking number of nations have declared a national animal, a national bird, a national flower (a.k.a. "floral emblem"), a national fruit, a national dance, a national tree, a national sport, a national color, even a national personification (e.g. "Un...

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