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Our ART TIMES Journal is one of those arts magazines that has two distinct personalities. Available to you both online and in print formats, it is a vibrant literary journal with art essays about painting, sculpting, drawing, film, theater, dance, music, book reviews, poetry, short fiction. Our writers are passionate about their subjects and guest writers from around the world contribute poetry, short fiction and their thoughts to our "Speak Out" column.

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The second personality trait is that ART TIMES is the go-to source for writers, painters, sculptors, film makers, actors, musicians and people looking for calendar listings, opportunity listings, arts schools, theatre auditions, juried art shows, performance locations, and writing competitions. Over the past 30 years that we have been publishing, numerous individuals have thanked us for leading them to galleries where their work is shown, companies who have produced their music and plays as well as to competitions where they have won awards and acclaim.

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New for October
Cornelia Seckel: Out and about/ Culturally Speaking
Dawn Lille: The Bolshoi at Lincoln Center
Susan Vreeland: Pissarro: Leading Spirit of "The Dear Unwanteds" (1830-1903)
Bethune: Why the Arts should not need to be justified
Raleigh: OMG — What's Next?
Opportunities
for the Creative Spirit;
Calendar of Cultural Events

Quick Links to Fall Essays & Articles
Raleigh on Film;
Bethune on Theatre;
Seckel's Cultural Scene;
Steiner on “Sounds, Images, Words”;
Lille on Michel Platnic;
Platnic on Movement;
Rena Tobey on Lilly Martin Spencer;
Herman on The Soundtrack of My Life;
Steiner looks at New Art Books

New Essay: Pissarro: Leading Spirit of "The Dear Unwanteds" (1830-1903)
By Susan Vreeland

…In his days of poverty during coldest, rainiest months, Camille Pissarro and his burgeoning family lived in a cramped apartment on boulevard Rochechouart at the base of Montmartre, and he painted in friends' studios. And in the days when the Impressionists suffered, Pissarro encouraged them, kept them painting, called them “the dear unwanteds.” All of them in this painting fraternity looked to Pissarro. He was a constant stabilizing factor, never missing showing his work in any of the Impressionist shows, even when the group was splitting apart and the need for their solidarity lessened as they were slowly becoming accepted.
(see essay)

New Dance: The Bolshoi Ballet at Lincoln Center
by Dawn Lille
after study for the human body
Artem Ovcharenko (Prince Siegfried) in Bolshoi Ballet's "Swan Lake" presented by Lincoln Center Festival 2014 on July 16, 2014 at The David H. Koch Theater. Photo Credit: © Stephanie Berger

……The Bolshoi dates back to 1776 and over time has been known for its emphasis on drama and mime, its extravagant bravura, its use of folk dance and its comic ballets. Much of this style was shaped by Alexander Gorsky, a choreographer who took over the company at the beginning of the 20th century. When the choreographer Alexander Ratmansky was in charge (2003 – 2009) it acquired a more modern, abstract point of view. (see essay)

New Theater Justifying the Arts
By Robert W. Bethune

“The Value and Importance of the Arts and the Humanities in Education and Life.” Such is the title of yet another essay on why the arts and humanities, presumably theater among them, are important, worthy of support, should survive the next round of budget cuts, and so forth.
Here’s the curious thing. Why should the arts and humanities be regarded as important? Because they confer a number of benefits, such as expressiveness, collaboration, creativity, analytical thinking, responsible citizenship, imagination, synthesis of ideas, life-long learning, and so forth.… (see essay)

New Film: OMG — What's Next?
By Henry P. Raleigh
Raleigh drawing for OMG

We’re still reeling, stunned is more like it, from that June conference at Southern California film school. I’m sure you heard, lives have not been the same since, I can tell you. It was there that the two gurus of filmdom, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, looked into the future and were shaken by what they saw. . .…
(see essay)

Culturally Speaking:
By Cornelia Seckel
Cornelia Seckel and Susan Vreeland
Cornelia Seckel in the education room at the Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, NY

What happened to summer? The more I do it seems like the faster goes the time. I’ve included several things that I mentioned in my online column for those of you not yet getting the hang of going to our website where new essays, videos, calendar and opportunity listings are added every month. Our guest blog page has some videos that our readers have submitted about their shows and several blogs I feel compelled to pass along. Send me your videos and link to your blogs for consideration. (see essay)

Art: Sounds, Images & Words
By Raymond J. Steiner

……It is obvious that whenever the precise dates either appeared, it is more than well-established that "art" (image-making) is far, far older than speech-making. Stated simplistically, we can all "get" what a picture of an arrow 'says' or means — it is the rare listener who "gets" what a politician 'says' or means, which is why we start our children out with "picture" books rather than "word" books, since they instinctively "get it" (as did our knuckle-dragging ancestors). Erudition, therefore, especially as practiced by art critics who attempt 'translation' of the language of art into speech, have "aft gang agley" into their own ideas, assumptions, interpretations, and fancies.(see essay)

Art: Lilly Martin Spencer and War Spirit at Home:
A Provocative Voice
By Rena Tobey
Ear worm credit Jamie Herman

The paintings of Lilly Martin Spencer (1822-1902) often reveal the personal joys and challenges of her life, while also acting as a metaphor for issues faced by 19th-century Americans. Looking closely at one of Spencer’s better-known works—War Spirit at Home, from 1866—shows how she navigated the country’s changing sense of itself. The painting depicts a noisy, seemingly happy household moment of work and play. It noticeably lacks a male presence.Spencer’s own home was non-traditional. She was the breadwinner, with a husband who worked in supporting her career and the care of their seven surviving children of 13  … (see essay)

Lilly Martin Spencer, ca. 1900. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Music: The Soundtrack of My Life: Summer Holidays
By Leslie Herman
Ear worm credit Jamie Herman

From the ritual tap of a Wedgewood pottery mug full of hot tea landing on my beside table’s chromed metallic coaster and the BBC Radio pips sounding the sixth hour, to the rocking and rolling of The Delta Breaks and the sultry sounds of Bella Collins and the Blue -- these were music to my ears which, contained in my 36-hour staycation to Wales’ small-but-perfectly-formed west coast, have become a significant chapter in the soundtrack of my life...…(see essay)

Dance: Michel Platnic talks about movement
and its influence on his work
By Michel Platnic
Cornelia Seckel and Susan Vreeland
After three studies of portrait of Lucien Freud

In my early twenties a friend and I created a ticket office for students. We would go to the theater nearly every night, to contemporary dance performances and then we would write critiques. This is where I first met the physical theatre with Ariane Mnouchkine at the Theatre du Soleil. The amazing power of the characters, the mise-en-scene, the décor, the costumes, everything was just there to create a world, a closed system that could live by itself, independently. I remember I was so amazed by the movements of the characters and their expressions. I encountered this power again but in a completely different expression, a lot softer with Marcel Marceau and his amazing body expression.…. (see essay)

Peek and Piques!: Reminders of a Special Time
By Raymond J. Steiner

A WHILE BACK an art dealer/gallery owner — and good friend — was walking through my home, taking in my wall-to-wall "art collection" which I have been accumulating over the past 35 years or so, many of them gifts (I refer to them as "retaliations") from artists I've written about; some "trades"; some purchases; each one from a personal connection I've shared with an artist who chose to grace my walls (space, incidentally, that we are soon running out of with downstairs, upstairs, halls, foyers, and even bathrooms...the 'chosen' spot since you have a captive audience!..jammed side-by-side with paintings, prints, pastels, etc., that keep coming in...how rich I am to be thusly surrounded!). Anyway, at the end of his promenade through my house, my friend/guest turned to me and said, "You have a lot of sh-t on your walls, Ray." .… (see essay)



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