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I am Martha White.

Non-Western #2 – Versatility (2006) El Anatsui

Versatility (2006) – El Anatsui Versatility was created with pliable aluminum strips from thousands of empty liquor bottles brought to Africa from Europe during first contact. It is a powerful piece because it represents the introduction of alcohol to the … Continue reading

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Non-Western #1 – Kenyan Artist Richard Onyango

On one of the African art links, I chose Kenya on the map of Africa because I have a niece named Kenya. The only artist listed was Onyango and this piece, Caution to Drivers (1992),  caught my eye because it reminded … Continue reading

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Northwest Alaska Inupiaq Baleen Basketry

Baleen Basket with whale tail finial by Marilyn Hank Otton, 1994 Marilyn is from Point Hope Alaska and has taught her children, Harry Hank and John Hank the art of making Baleen baskets.  Marilyn was taught how to make baleen … Continue reading

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Satchmo – the Greatest!

I love the music of Louis Armstrong. Always have, starting in elementary school when the music teacher would have us watch “Hello Dolly” every year. She would spread it out over a week (because music class was about 20-30 minutes … Continue reading

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Impressionism vs All Else

I have seen Impressionistic works in books, online and on television before but they never really appealed to me. I like the form and style of the Italian Renaissance with work such as the Sistine Chapel Ceiling by Michelangelo. Cezanne … Continue reading

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Haydn’s Symphony #94

I chose Franz Joseph Haydn’s Surprise Symphony (1791, London) because it is exactly as the title alludes to, surprising. It is not boring and incorporates all the elements of a symphony that make it appealing to the common man. It … Continue reading

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Vanitas – Live for the Moment!

I love the theme of Vanitas still life paintings!  Live life to the fullest every day because it will not last!  I especially like the painting by David Bailly (1584-1657) entitled Self-Portrait with Vanitas Symbols.  Bailly painted this in 1651 just six … Continue reading

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