Born in Czechoslovakia in 1938, Josef Koudelka is an extremely gifted and prolific artist, whose black and white photographs miraculously combine decisive and often painful moments of documentary with the beauty of elegantly controlled compositions.
A photograph of a wax figure sculpted from a painting. That's the idea behind Hiroshi Sugimoto's Portraits, a series of nine-minute-long exposures of wax figures that were modeled from painted portraits.
As I get ready to teach a series of English-themed classes inspired by the Queen Victoria and Photography exhibit at the J. Paul Getty Museum and Princely Traditions and Colonial Pursuits at LACMA, tea, scones and spices are on my mind.
On my last trip to New York, I dumped my bags at the hotel and grabbed a cab to the Neue Gallerie uptown. There I spent a delightful hour perusing their exciting collection... especially one painting, the legendary portrait, "Adele Bloch-Bauer I."
Beginning in the late sixteenth century wealthy young Englishmen, grounded in a thorough education in Greek and Latin, began taking tours through France and Italy in search of art, culture and the roots of Western civilization.