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Cornelia Seckel Letter from the Publisher: Going Green and Global
Raymond J. Steiner 35 years in Partnership with Cornelia Seckel
Dawn Lille An Impressive Four: Belinda McGuire, Camille A. Brown, Bobbi Jene Smith, Dada Masilo
Raymond J. Steiner Profile: Marlene Wiedenbaum
Cornelia Seckel Road Trip: LA to Seattle Part 3
Leslie Herman Anthems we all Sing Together
Wendy Carter Why Do Spoilers Suck? Because Art Is Always New
Henry P. Raleigh Dangers of Garbage
Elizabeth Bram Pat Allen’s Open Studio as a Form of Group Art Therapy
Ina Cole Jean Dubuffet Monsieur Plume: An Existential Anti-Hero
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NEW Letter from the Publisher Going Global and Going Green
By Cornelia Seckel
Cornelia Seckel laying out Vol. 1 No. 1
Cornelia Seckel laying out Vol 1 No 1

It has been a hard decision but we have “bitten the bullet” and we are going Global and we are going Green. This Summer issue of ART TIMES marks the beginning of our 33rd year, our 314th Issue and our final ink on paper Issue. Click here for the story of how we began can be found.
For the past year I've been engaging in Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and started a blog that takes the place of my Culturally Speaking column. This site is evolving, my Blog is evolving and I am providing links to guest Blogs & Videos considering Demos that Creatives would be interested in. Raymond’s Blog will continue with his editorials, reviews of art shows, and his Peek and Piques! (see essay)

NEW Peek and Pique: Thirty-Five years in Partnership with Cornelia Seckel
By Raymond J. Steiner

Thirty-Five years in Partnership with Cornelia Seckel, thirty-two of which spent in founding, publishing and building ART TIMES has been, for both of us, a heady, mind-expanding and extremely educational experience. The people we’ve met, the trips around the world — both the anxieties and accolades — all have enriched our lives, ourselves. Whatever my contributions, it was Cornelia’s vision, her fearlessness, her will to make ART TIMES a reality that not only launched but kept alive our desire to foster the arts in all its guises..(see essay)

NEW Dance: An Impressive Four: Belinda McGuire, Camille A. Brown, Bobbi Jene Smith, Dada Masilo
By Dawn Lille
Dada Masilo
Dada Masilo in Swan Lake (photo: John Hogg)

This is about four young dancer/choreographers, all women, each of whom left a lasting impression this past winter. Each has spent a decade or more honing her skills as a performer, exploring her art form and deciding how she wishes to investigate and communicate via dance. …In this age of galloping technology, the destruction of the environment, madcap inside/out politics and the return of such phenomena as human slavery, art seems the only avenue that has a chance of disrupting what has become negative dominant narratives. Of these four artists, Brown and Masilo might be considered conscious disruptors. Their aim is to change. McGuire and Smith are concentrating on probing their own consciousness and capabilities, but their results can affect and change an audience, which is a disruption in itself. (see essay)

NEW Profile: Marlene Weidenbaum
By Raymond J. Steiner
Amenia Silos in the Snow by Marlene Wiedenbaum
Amenia Silos in the Snow

Soulful. More usually applied to the art of sound — music, especially — the word soulful, or profound — even spiritual — just barely describes the oeuvre of Marlene Wiedenbaum. Whether landscape, figurative, still life (or a combination of figure and landscape such as “Sisters”), her paintings not only project outward toward the viewer but also invite — nay, compel — the onlooker to enter its vibrant, nearly irresistible magnetism. (see essay)

NEW Film: Dangers of Garbage
By Henry P. Raleigh
Shark attach

It is about time of the most pressing issues of our time is fearlessly and honestly faced up to by movie makers. And such a film I can tell you is “3 Headed Shark Attack”. At this writing no other critic, not even those internet busy-bodies, have yet tumbled to this remarkable movie. Ok, it doesn’t boast a cast of celebrity stars although Danny Trejo is a name sort of recognizable - you know, he’s that scary looking, tattooed, all purpose Hispanic in every B film of the past thirty years..… (see essay)

New Theatre: Why Do Spoilers Suck?
          Because Art Is Always New
By Wendy Caster
Edwin Booth as Hamlet
Edwin Booth as Hamlet

…When reviewers, journalists, and interviewers don’t label spoilers, they steal other people’s right to see something for the first time. (I understand that some people don’t care if they know the entire plot in advance. That’s their business. It doesn’t mean that people who like to be surprised should be denied that opportunity.) .…A show doesn’t need to have a surprise ending or a dramatic twist to deserve to be seen on its own terms. Writers work incredibly hard to calibrate their plays, meting out information, carefully developing characters, and bringing emotions to a boil (or cooling them down) in exactly the best way to lead the audience through a particular experience. I don’t understand why other people disrespect that calibration.…(see essay)

NEW Travel & Culture/ Culturally Speaking:
      Road Trip: Seattle part 3
By Cornelia Seckel
Heidi and Cornelia on the observation area of the Space Needle in Seattle, WA
Heidi and Cornelia on the observation area of the Space Needle in Seattle, WA

We arrived in Seattle, our final destination. The purpose of coming to Seattle was to visit Muriel Bressler, family friend (lived across the street from Little Neck, NY) for over 60 years. For many years I’d been thinking about visiting Muriel and combining it with a visit with childhood friend Leta Nadler and Heidi Robertson in LA and to see my niece Elliana Spiegal in SF and then to head to Seattle to see Muriel.
…… So many times Heidi and I told people we met that we were on this road trip and had been friends for 60 years. I believe we inspired several of them to do the same with old friends as perhaps you will. (see essay)

NEW Speak Out: Pat Allen’s Open Studio as a Form of Group Art Therapy
By Elizabeth Bram

Open studio is meaningful for people who are at a sophisticated level of personal growth and who do not need constant reassurance or guidance. It is a wonderful approach to creativity and exploring one’s own soul, but it is not for everybody. In order to participate here, you must have the ego strength to integrate what you learn from your art-making on your own. (see essay)

NEW Music: Anthems: We All Sing Together
By Leslie Herman
Alvin Ailey (Photo by Normand Mason)

…Anthems are songs that promote a sense of belonging, a sense of pride, and which inspire loyalty and passion — the dictionary definition: a rousing or uplifting song identified with a particular group, body, or cause. In an article entitled, ‘What Makes a Great National Anthem’ (The Atlantic, September 15, 2015), Jillian Kumagai interviews Alex Marshall, author of Republic or Death!: Travels in Search of National Anthems (Random House Books) who comments: ‘Singing an anthem is very active. Even if you’re just standing there, standing still for a minute is quite hard. … (see essay)

Art Review: Jean Dubuffet
Monsieur Plume: An Existential Anti-Hero
By Ina Cole
Louis Remy Mignot, “A Winter View from Newburgh, 1856 oil on panel
Jean Dubuffet “Monsieur Plume Botanical Specimen”

In 1946-47 Jean Dubuffet created a series of six portraits depicting the misfortunes of an enigmatic figure known as Monsieur Plume. But who was Monsieur Plume? He repeatedly appears in paintings and texts of the time, in the guise of a shadowy chameleon-like voyager. The mysterious Plume was, in fact, an absurd manifestation of the artist and writer Henri Michaux, who had created this fictional character as a doppelganger, placing him within irrational situations that unravel through a series of narratives. (see essay)

The first museum exhibition of Dubuffet’s drawings will be on view at the Morgan Library & Museum, NYC from Sept 30- Jan 2

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