I really love visiting cities that have interesting public art. A post from Bored Panda features 30 large scale street murals in cities all over the world, including the mural in Boston by the Brazilian brothers Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo shown above. Want to see what other murals were featured or suggest one in the comments section? Read more here.
Maxine Blomberg is an artist living in Boston who I became friendly with a few years ago when she started working at the neighborhood cafe, Green Light.
Each week at the Green Light Cafe Maxine creates new chalk art on a chalk board by the register. I really like her unique style and each week look forward to seeing her illustrations at the cafe. Her employer, The Aquitaine Group, recognized her talent as well and has encouraged her artistic illustrations. They asked her to create a replication of the Trevi Fountain all in chalk for their new restaurant, Cinquecento, a Roman-inspired trattoria. You can check out the chalk art, which is on display at the trendy new South End restaurant, or you may visit Green Light Cafe to see her weekly creations. Under the Cinquecento chalk drawing I have included a video my other half created that includes nearly all of her 2012 chalk board images from The Green Light Cafe. Maxine’s first love is working with sculpture and headdresses which you can see some of on her website, enixvw.wordpress.com.
Cinquecento Mural by Maxinne Blomberg
2012 Maxine Blomberg Chalk Art Montage
Year in rewind: BosGuy’s favorite posts from 2012
This year Boston’s museum, Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), invited two Brazilian street artists to Boston to feature their work in their first showing in the US. They also commissioned this public art installation in downtown near my office. This was originally posted in September 2012.
My enthusiasm for public art and funding these initiatives is not always shared, but I think commissioning public art installations is essential to any city and community. So I was thrilled to see the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA-Boston) have two famous street artists from Brazil create larger than life murals in the city of Boston.
Os Gemos – identical twin brothers and street artists from Brazil – are currently hosting their first museum show in the United States at the ICA-Boston. While the show is here in Boston this large temporary mural will dominate Dewey Square in Boston’s financial district.
You may read more about the installation and view a slide show of the creation of the mural as well as the show at the ICA-Boston here.
It is that time of year when I curtail my time spent outside and look for indoor entertainment, because it’s just too cold in Boston. One distraction I’m very much looking forward to is the Institute of Contemporary Art exhibit, This will have been: Art, Love, and Politics in the 1980s,which runs through March 3, 2013.
According to Boston Globe writer, Sebastian Smee, the exhibit is “An ambitious historical overview of the main currents of art-making in the 1980s.” Sounds cool to me Sebastian. According to the ICA website, the exhibition is divided into four sections: The End is Near, Democracy, Gender Trouble and Desire and Longing. It is this fourth section that addresses the emergence of queer visibility brought on by the AIDS crisis that interests me the most.
No plans this weekend or will you have extra time during this last week in December? Check out a local museum / art exhibit. You may be surprised how much you enjoy yourself. If my post has piqued your interest, read more about the ICA’s exhibit here.
Los amantes pasajeros otherwise known as I’m So Excited is Pedro Almodóvar’s next movie.
According to IMDB, I’m So Excited is set to open in Spain in March 2013 and stars Penélope Cruz and Antonio Banderas.
While I’m no movie buff, this film looks like something I’d enjoy watching. Check out the promo trailer I’ve included below.
Here I’m posing by street art (or graffiti depending on your perspective) in Belo Horizonte, Brazil from earlier this week. It reminded me that the Os Gemos exhibit at Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art closes this weekend.
If you’ve not had a chance to check out this first solo exhibition in the United States of works by the Brazilian brothers Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo consider grabbing tickets before the show closes on November 25th.
Brenton over at Aussielicious has been toiling away on his latest photography exhibition. He’s pulled together this trailer to promote the exhibition that opens February 15th, 2013 in Australia.
Note: This may not be appropriate to view at work.
The Boston Ballet 2012-2013 season starts tonight with The Fall Program, a trio of contemporary works to be presented October 25 – November 4 at The Boston Opera House.
The program features three visionary choreographers, including Christopher Bruce’s Rooster, William Forsythe’s The Second Detail, and a world premiere by Boston Ballet’s Resident Choreographer, Jorma Elo.
I’ll be attending opening night and can hardly wait. If you have not been to the ballet before (or perhaps it has been awhile), consider The Fall Program that runs for little more than a week. Purchase tickets here.
The Mario Testino show In Your Face at the MFA Boston includes 122 photographs. Have you already seen this show which premiered at Boston’ Museum of Fine Arts this past weekend and will run through February 3rd?
This show would seem to be a “Must See” for fashionistas and pop culture enthusiasts. What an amazing opportunity; no schlepping to the MoMA in MidTown, NYC like you had to see the Alexander McQueen show. More about this show at the MFA here.
Future Boston is hosting an event on Wednesday, October 17th, to showcase the works of 100 local artists with an installation collage at the Revere Hotel’s Emerald Lounge from 7PM – 12:00AM.
Think Invisible turns recognizable pictures into an optical illusion. Inspired by Kanizsa, The Think Invisible website has more than 50 puzzles on their blog, thinkinvisible.com. You can also download their game for your phone here.
The President’s Rock Club in Quincy, MA mural of President Barack Obama as Jimi Hendrix has to come down after a resident took issue with it, saying the mural was a political sign.
What a pity, considering the name of the bar / club the mural was sort of appropriate. Maybe they should rename their bar as the Former President’s Rock Club then they could have a mural of Bill Clinton as John Coltrane playing the saxophone.
Adelson Gallery at 520 Harrison Avenue opens in the South End this Friday. The neighborhood’s newest gallery will focus on contemporary and modern art according to director, Adam Adelson. The gallery opening coincides with the monthly artist / gallery walk called First Friday’s in the South End.
Friday night’s reception will include a cocktail reception for Andrew Stevovich: Games and Players, an exhibition of recent works by the artist which continues through November 17th. Future plans include exhibiting the work of Jacob Collins, Marcus Reichert, and Winfred Rembert. Chalk up this South End resident as wicked happy to see this addition to the neighborhood. Best of luck to Adelson Galleries.
I’m so excited Sergio surprised me with tickets to three different performances from the Boston Ballet 2012-2013 Season. Sometimes I think people have preconceived notions about what constitutes a ballet and believe its not for them.
Boston Ballet’s 2012-2013 season starts in about 4 weeks and it offers a little of something for everyone. Traditional performances like The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty are complemented by more modern shows that will appeal to different audiences. Have you ever visited this respected ballet company? You may be surprised by how much you enjoy yourself.
On Tuesday I was watching So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD for short). One of the performances included a former contestant who comes back periodically to dance with current contestants. Anyone who has watched SYTYCD over the years will recognize Twitch.
I loved Twitch from the moment I saw him audition however many years ago on SYTYCD. Here is a video of Twitch from a couple of years ago dancing with contestant, Kherington Payne.