Welcome to our monthly LWD Art Appreciation blog post, where we celebrate the creativity of a poet, artist and composer, along with our classic film selection. These unique and innovative creators continue to inspire generations and influence the realms of art and culture today.
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Mowlānā Jalāloddin Balkhi (known in the West as Rumi) is a poet I’ve been interested in reading more of. This is my birthday month so I’m going to gift myself this boxed set.
This box set includes 3 books by Coleman Barks: 1. Rumi: Bridge to the Soul 2. Rumi: The Book of Love 3. The Essential Rumi
Born August 6, 1928, Andy Warhol was an “American visual artist, film director, producer, and leading figure in the pop art movement”.
Andy Warhol (1928–1987) is hailed as the most important proponent of the Pop art movement. A critical and creative observer of American society, he explored key themes of consumerism, materialism, media, and celebrity.
Drawing on contemporary advertisements, comic strips, consumer products, and Hollywood’s most famous faces, Warhol proposed a radical reevaluation of what constituted artistic subject matter. Through Warhol, a Campbell’s soup can and Coca Cola bottle became as worthy of artistic status as any traditional still life. At the same time, Warhol reconfigured the role of the artist. Famously stating “I want to be a machine,” he systematically reduced the presence of his own authorship, working with mass-production methods and images, as well as dozens of assistants in a studio he dubbed the Factory.
This book introduces Warhol’s multifaceted, prolific oeuvre, which revolutionized distinctions between “high” and “low” art and integrated ideas of living, producing, and consuming that remain central questions of modern experience.
Debussy, a French composer, was born August 22, 1862, almost exactly 100 years before me. Not that that means anything but I figured that was good enough reason to make him my August composer selection.
Debussy was born in 1862 in St. Germain-en-Laye, near Paris, France. His father was a salesman and a china shop owner. His mother was a seamstress. He was the oldest of five children born to the couple, and his childhood and growing up years were less than ideal.
This is my all-time favorite Disney movie and since it’s my birthday month, I decided to choose this for our classic film of the month. The characters, the music and even color palette just make me happy. I hope you’ll find time this month to enjoy this utterly charming movie.
If you have any favorites to recommend for future Art Appreciation posts feel free to share in the comments!
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