Friday, January 31, 2014

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Pete Seeger: 3 May 1919 - 27 January 2014

Pete Seeger, the singer, folk-song collector and songwriter who spearheaded an American folk revival and spent a long career championing folk music as both a vital heritage and a catalyst for social change, died on Monday in Manhattan. He was 94.

Pete’s career carried him from singing at labor rallies to the Top 10, from college auditoriums to folk festivals, and from a conviction for contempt of Congress (after defying the House Un-American Activities Committee in the 1950s) to performing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial at an inaugural concert for Barack Obama.

For Pete, folk music and a sense of community were inseparable, and where he saw a community, he saw the possibility of political action.

More from New York Times

see the UK Guardian Obit

an the French newspaper Le Monde obit

Mort de Pete Seeger, icône du folk américain

and Melbourne newspaper the Age obit

Monday, January 27, 2014

Sue Fraser at Art and the Horse

Virtuous Plum Blossoms | Luminous Golden Magnolia
Heavenly Blue Tribute | Noble Jade Lady
Luminous Golden Amber  | Pure Golden Amber

Despite having won a number of art awards across the Northern Rivers since 2001, Mrs Fraser, who has ridden and been involved with horses her whole life, said she was thrilled to have her works included in the Art and the Horse exhibition.

"I was amazed when they rang me and asked me to be involved in the exhibition," she said.
"They said they were looking for someone who made horses, to coincide with the Chinese Year of the Horse, and found my website."

Celebrating 2014, the Chinese year of the horse, the Art and the Horse exhibition features numerous ceramic equine inspired works by guest ceramicist Mrs Fraser and other members of Craft NSW. From her Chilcotts Creek studio, Mrs Fraser has created 15 horses for the exhibition, each an individual with its own colours and features.

"Horses are auspicious symbols of economic prosperity, vehicles of conquest, messengers and mounts of the gods as well as visions of beauty.
"Their spirit crosses cultural divides."

Her ceramic creations, which are collected around the world, draw on her time as an artist in residence in Jingdezhen, China in 2008, where she was inspired by the expressive Tang Dynasty sculptures.

"My exposure to the art of China, particularly calligraphic painting styles and Tang Dynasty sculpture with its expressive nature and multiple meanings behind the hundreds of common motifs, stimulates my practice."

Friday, January 17, 2014

Friday, January 10, 2014

NSW: America: Painting A Nation

Conspiracy - Edward Biberman 
Between 1937 and 1941, he executed murals in the Federal Building post office, Los Angeles and in the Venice, California post office. He also completed several portraits of notable American cultural figures, including Lena Horne. In the 1960s, Biberman hosted television programs on art, including "Dialogues in Art" from 1967-1968. His brother, Herbert Biberman was a film director (SALT OF THE EARTH, 1954), who, as one ot the Hollywood Ten, was imprisoned for contempt of Congress by the House Committee on Un-American Activities.

Friday, January 03, 2014

NY Bookshop