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New: Taking Stock Raymond J. Steiner
New: Alaska Not just about Wildlife and Glaciers: Art Walk in Juneau part 1
Cornelia Seckel
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“Harlow” falling in love with the Big Screen
by Keith Nieto
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Freedom in Imagery found in Los Angeles this Winter
                   Jean Bundy
New: Picabia and Dance
Dawn Lille
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New Peek and Piques: Taking Stock
By Raymond J. Steiner
Cornelia Seckel & Raymond J. Steiner.  A toast as the last ink on paper issue of ART TIMES is ready to go to the print
Cornelia Seckel & Raymond J. Steiner.
A toast as the last ink on paper issue of ART TIMES is ready to go to the print

Although, when Cornelia and I co-founded ART times back in 1984, we did not set ourselves up as a not-for-profit entity, we soon discovered that de facto, regardless of our intent, it would indeed be a not-for-profit enterprise.
…More than once over the years — and especially during the last few — we’ve been asked why we stay in business. We look at each other, at the questioners, and mostly just shrug. But, Yes! Why do we continue? Our answer sounds a little corny — even silly, perhaps — but to put it into one word, the answer always was and remains: altruism. (see essay)

NEW: Dance: Picabia and Dance
By Dawn Lille
Picabia in the 1924 film Entr’acte, part of the ballet Relâche

The exhilarating thing about this exhibition was that Picabia, who was committed to the sensation of the new and reveled in the conflicts he saw between the “isms” of his times, is still challenging. As he switched from dadaism, to cubism, surrealism, abstraction and realism, and then kept changing back and forth, his work was always fresh, interesting and new. The title covering his exhibition, a quote from him, says it all.
Many young choreographers today are experimenting the same way, some technical, some embracing the old concept of good form. Based on the recent big art shows in NYC (NOT the Armory or the Piers) young artists are doing so as well. Picabia is still an inspiration. (see essay)

Picabia in the 1924 film Entr’acte, part of the ballet Relâche

NEW: Art Review: Freedom in Imagery found in Los Angeles this Winter
By Jean Bundy
“Willem de Kooning” by Elaine de Kooning  (scanned by the Author from the exhibition catalog)

Four West Coast exhibitions illustrate how art portrays a variety of freedoms. Moholy-Nagy represented the positive aspects of technological advancements once away from social and economic oppression. The eighteenth century Bouchardon, representational as was the custom, earned a living sculpting the powerful. Abstract Expressionism symbolized the United States as superpower after winning a world war.
(see essay)

“Willem de Kooning” by Elaine de Kooning
(scanned by the Author from the exhibition catalog)

NEW Film: Harlow and fallling in love with the Big Screen
By Keith Nieto
“Willem de Kooning” by Elaine de Kooning  (scanned by the Author from the exhibition catalog)

…Lights and titles flickered on the immense outdoor screen announcing the film Harlow. Harlow? Although at that tender age I knew nothing about Jean Harlow, I instantly fell in love with the 40 foot image of the beautiful platinum blonde portrayed by Caroll Baker. That night my eight year old senses were overwhelmed by the monochromatic splendor of searing platinum blonde, silvery white bias-cut gowns, glamorous sets, and glorious sweeping music by Neal Hefti. Years later I discovered just how inaccurate this film was in portraying the short life of the iconic star.…
(see essay)

Jean Harlow

New Travel and Culture: Art Walk in Juneau part 1
By Cornelia Seckel
Cornelia Seckel & Raymond J. Steiner.  A toast as the last ink on paper issue of ART TIMES is ready to go to the print
Deb Rudis, tour guide and Cornelia Seckel in Juneau Alaska

I signed up for an Art Walk courtesy of the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council. Offered on Sunday thru Wednesday during “season” it is an excellent way to, in a matter of several hours, get an overview of the arts in Juneau. The tour potentially stops at about 32 galleries, public art displays and studios.
It turned out that there was just one other person on the tour, another journalist, Scott Burton, who was doing a story(and included an interview with me about the Art Walk for the local radio station KTOO. (see essay)