John French Sloan exhibited at the 1913 Armory Show, but he rejected the modern art coming out of Europe. He’s been criticized as a conservative, but his reasons were more complicated–and more interesting–than you might think.
Random fact of the day: On this date in 1899 the first traffic ticket was issued in America. New York cab driver was stopped on Lexington Avenue for going a blistering 12 mph.
Going through copyedits and trying to channel my inner proofreader. This is difficult, as I don't have an inner proofreader. Case in point: the numerous typos and glitches I make on a daily basis on FB.
This week's canvas image is "McSorley's Bar" by John Sloan. McSorley's is a real bar, founded 1854 and still serving beer in the East Village today. Anyone been there?
What I’m Writing
"Grant Wood's 'American Gothic'" No American artwork has been parodied more than American Gothic. Zombies, dogs, Beavis and Butthead, the Muppets, Lego figures, and even Nicole Richie and Paris Hilton have taken a turn with the pitchfork. But the painting itself is no joke--American Gothic is as recognizable as the Mona Lisa and The Scream.mental_floss, Jan/Feb 2012.
“This is one of those books you buy to give to someone else and decide to keep for yourself.” - Krys Boyd, Host of KERA 90.1’s Think!, on Secret Lives of Great Artists
“Lunday writes without meanness. Light, tight and bright. As she says, these guys are still the sources of some of the world’s most beautiful music. If there’s a takeaway from the whole thing it’s the all-too-human spectacle of the travails of the artistic spirit trying to get on in a workaday world.” – From the Oregon Mail Tribune, on Secret Lives of Great Composers