Buñuel: Brilliance or Bollocks?

I’ve spent over an hour of my precious life viewing two important Luis Buñuel films: the 1929 short film Un Chien Andalou, and the hour-long classic L’Age d’Or. The former film was a collaboration between Buñuel and Salvador Dali, who intended the piece to anger the young bourgeoisie, but to their horror, one cannot easily…

Days of Art 2017-13: Artist Should Be Deeper

What you say matters. Let me be clearer: what you say always matters and how you say it matters more than what you say, but what you intended only matters to a court of law. Artists must be deeper, to steal and paraphrase a lyric by Junior Kelly, and we must make our words (the…

Days of Art 2017-12: Art Imitates Art

Think that movie set designers aren’t influenced by other art? Think again. Here is a short film that shows a few motion pictures that had major scenes directly influenced by painters’ works. It’s called “Film Meets Art,” from Vugar Efendi.

Days of Art 2017-11: Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

The text is by Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss), from Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, first published in January 1990, when the famed author was 85 year old. It is a simple, profound wisdom, and my favorite of his works, along with Green Eggs and Ham which is one of the first books I taught…