Thursday, August 30, 2012

Review of Art Movie: Film "Pollock"

The Life of the Drip Painting Artist
by Elissa Watters, guest blogger

"Pollock," 2000
If you have never seen the film “Pollock,” directed by Ed Harris and released in 2000, it may be time to rent/stream this incredible film!  “Pollock” tells the at times heartwarming, at times depressing story of Jackson Pollock (1912-1956), a key artist in the abstract expressionist movement and one of the most famous American painters of all times.

In the film, Ed Harris plays the role of the temperamental Pollock, and Marcia Gay Harden plays Lee Krasner, Pollock’s wife.  Both actors are brilliant, realistic and gripping.  In fact, Harden won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and Ed Harris was nominated for Best Actor.

Film still from "Pollock"
Harris, Harden and the rest of the cast bring Pollock’s story to life.  We watch the phases of Pollock’s alcoholism, his search for his unique style (drip painting), his struggle to become known in the art world, and his relationships (e.g. with Lee Krasner and Peggy Guggenheim).
In parts, the film can feel slow, but this pacing seems deliberate, possibly meant to give the viewer a window into Pollock's personal experience.  In the end, you walk away feeling as if you have traveled back to the 1940s and 50s and met Pollock himself.

Mentioned in this article @academyawards

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

5 Highly Regarded Studio Art Colleges

Art Programs Across the Country
by Elissa Watters, guest blogger

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)
For years RISD has held the reputation of being the top art school in the USA.  RISD is located in Providence, Rhode Island, and has an agreement with its neighbor, Brown University, that allows its students to cross-register for classes at Brown and vice versa.  As a result, students can pursue a 4-year BFA program while retaining the benefits of a liberal arts education.  Students may also apply to the Brown-RISD Dual Degree Program—a 5 year program at the end of which students obtain both a BFA from RISD and a BA from Brown.  RISD has a small undergraduate student body of just under 2,000 and a low student-faculty ratio of 9:1.

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
UCLA is one of the top-ranked universities in the USA.  Many of this west coast university’s departments are well-known, including its arts programs.  UCLA is an urban school with a little over 26,000 undergraduates and a quarter-based academic calendar.  This public university offers many scholarships.

California College of the Arts
Located in the beautiful town of San Francisco, this private college may be just the right choice for those looking for a small, west coast arts school.  California College of the Arts has a 4 acre campus, a small student body of just under 1500, small class sizes (93% of classes have under 20 students) and a low student-faculty ratio of 9:1, giving students a more intimate college experience.  In addition, this college has 21 majors in fine arts and design, allowing students to study exactly what they want!

CUNY Hunter College
This public college in New York City is a liberal arts school, but its arts programs—particularly fine arts—are particularly strong.  Most of the college’s 15,500-plus students live off-campus.  Hunter College’s location in downtown Manhattan is great for students of the arts, as New York’s well-known and varied art museums and galleries are only a few subway stops away.  Music and theater are also prominent programs at Hunter College.
Bard College
Bard College
A small, liberal arts college with a great arts program, Bard College’s rural setting is perfect for student artists who enjoy working in beautiful surroundings.  Bard College has just under 2,000 students and about 600 acres of land.  Although this artsy school is located in the back-country in Annandale-on-Hudson, not far from the Catskills, it is just 90 minutes from New York City—close enough for a day trip or weekend venture to this international art city.

Mentioned in this article @risd_edu @UCLA @CACollegeofArts @Hunter_College @BARDCollege @naylandblake

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Neue Galerie’s summer 2012 exhibition of Gustav Klimt!

Female Nudes Infiltrate Quaint European Gallery
by Elissa Watters, guest blogger
Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer,1907
Gustav Klimt
Tucked away on the corner of 5th Avenue and 86th Street in NYC, the Neue, a gallery “devoted to early 20th century German and Austrian art and design,” is often overlooked. However, don’t be misled by its relatively small size; its exhibitions are worth the trip uptown.  The current exhibition on Gustav Klimt, which ends August 27th, contains some of Klimt’s best works, including his portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer.
The works on display exemplify the sensuality for which Klimt is so well known.  The drawings, paintings and sculptures in the collection are predominantly of upper class women and female nudes. In nearly every piece, Klimt’s use of composition, texture and the line gently emphasize the model’s curves and desirability.  Sometimes, particularly in his nude drawings, Klimt seems to deliberately conceal part of his model’s body to heighten the sensuality by eliciting the viewer’s knowledge and imagination. Moreover, Klimt was one of the founders of the Vienna Secession—an art movement that began in 1897 as a counter force to the conservatism that prevailed at the time.

Café Sabarsky
Just as Klimt’s renditions of the human body are a pleasure to the eye, so is the architecture of the Neue Galerie itself.  Built in 1914 by Carrère & Hastings—the same architectural firm that designed the New York Public Library—and renovated by Anna Selldorf in advance of the museum’s opening in 2001, the Neue boasts a beautiful stone façade complemented by a stunning wood-paneled interior.  Nowhere is the quaint, European Beaux-Arts atmosphere better displayed than in Café Sabarsky, the small Austrian restaurant located on the ground floor. (Café Fledermaus is located downstairs and, although featuring the same menu, lacks the atmosphere of Café Sabarsky.) Savor the delicious Austrian food and admire the large windows, marble fireplace and crystal chandelier.  Don’t forget to order dessert!  The Sachertorte—a classical Viennese cake of dark chocolate and apricot confiture—is a favorite, but you really can’t go wrong.

Note that the Neue Galerie is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and that Café Sabarsky is closed on Mondays, as well.  For more information, visit the Neue Galerie online at

Mentioned in this article @NeueGalerieNY

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

College Dorm Room Decor

The Haute Dorm Room
by Elissa Watters, guest blogger
Life Blossoms Bedroom Queen Duvet
Life Blossoms Bedroom Queen Duvet
1) Bedding
Ralph Lauren Home is a great place to buy sheet sets for college!  They have quite an assortment of extra-long cotton sheet sets which include a matching flat top sheet, a fitted sheet, and a standard pillow case.  Get a solid-colored sheet set or go for something more fashionable, like their Malibu Stripe pattern.  If you’re going to a school in the North, don’t forget a comforter and a fleece throw to curl up with when the cold weather hits! (shown left, duvet cover by SchulmanArt also pillow case designed by Schulman)

Dorm Co is a great store for dorm furnishings like desk lamps.  Lighting in college dorm rooms is often dim, so start off prepared: bring a desk lamp!  To add some style to your room, consider hanging christmas lights on the walls or placing a lava lamp (only $20 on Amazon!) on the dresser—they look awesome, especially at night!

Pillow Case with inspirational art
3) Comfort
Don’t make your friends sit on the floor!  Get a futon or bean bag from so that everyone can be comfortable while you do homework, watch a movie, or just hang out.

Containers are essential for every college student, and they can be decorative, too!  The Container Store has containers of all different shapes, sizes and colors.  Open bins are great for piles of paper, notebooks and sandals; trunks are good for under-bed storage; and drawers are helpful for those looking for extra dresser space!
Plant Your Own Garden, Inspirational Art
Miriam Schulman

5) Wall Decorations
Add some color to those plain, white walls!  Go to to see some of Miriam Schulman’s worksany of which can be turned into a poster sized print that can easily be hung on the wall. These posters will add the perfect finishing touch to your room decor!


Mentioned in this article @RalphLauren, @DormCo, @amazon, @ContainerStore.

Shopping Resources:
Lava lamp from,  Bean bag from, Stacking drawers from, Bedding from Ralph Lauren Home  
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Monday, August 6, 2012

Art is Everywhere

Meet Guest Blogger Elissa Watters
Elissa picks: Peacock Gipsy Rondo 
Are you looking for abstract peacock art?
This mixed media collage on canvas
pictures and ethereal blue and purple
peacock on a bellflower purple and
periwinkle background. You will love
adding this glamorous touch to your
home decor. The one of a kind wall
art is very contemporary and modern.
The peacock is surrounded
by large wild flowers cut from watercolor
tinted piano sheet music. There are also
gold accents on the centers of the flowers

TITLE: Gypsy Rondo
SIZE: 12x12" art
dominant colors: purple periwinkle
blue cockatoo navy
The sides are painted light purple,
no framing required to display
MEDIA : Watercolor, acrylic, piano Music,
Collage on CANVAS
copyright words do not appear
on actual peacock artwork
Have you ever noticed how prevalent art is in our lives?  You don’t need to go to an art museum, music concert or theater performance to be exposed to art.  In fact, you don’t even need to leave your home.  From the moment you get dressed, choosing your fashion for the day, to the moments before you go to bed, when you read a book or watch a TV show, you make and interact with art.  Throughout the day, you are surrounded by the artistically designed architecture and interior design of your home.

About Elissa Watters: Elissa is a rising sophomore at Dartmouth College and currently planning to be an art history major.  She has always been interested in the arts, enjoys writing, the flute, sketching and photography.

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Elissa Picks: Be Yourself Everyone Else is Already Taken The inspirational art pictures a woman figure modeling Alexander McQueen fashion and surrounded by dragonflies, red poppies and purple irises cut from vintage piano sheet music, magazines, Schulman's own watercolor imagery and hearts. Pantone's spring colors played an important role in inspiring this original work of art.

Be Yourself Everyone Else is Already Taken
SIZE: 16x20" Canvas art, 7/8" inch sides on gallery wrapped canvas
dominant colors: red yellow purple
The sides are painted a pale rustic red, no framing required to display
MEDIA : Watercolor, acrylic, Collage on CANVAS
copyright words do not appear on actual inspirational artwork

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