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ImageUpdate e-newsletter. "The Return of Beauty: Art as Revelation"
will be held November 1-3 in New York City. Featured speakers will include
novelists Rick Moody and Darcey Steinke, poet Marie Ponsot, distinguished
critics Denis Donoghue and Elaine Scarry, as well as such artists as Mako
Fujimura, Robert Kushner, Chris Anderson, and Cynthia Knott, and an exhibition
at All Angels Church curated by art historian James Romaine, Surface
Beauty. It promises to be one of the most memorable Image events
Find out more here.
of the Month: Tobi Kahn
According to the art critic Dore Ashton, Tobi Kahn's art "unites
our perception of the material with our memory." This is only fitting
for a man whose Jewish heritage permeates all aspects of his work. Whether
in his mysterious paintings, reminiscent of biological and geographical
formations, or in his sculptures of sanctuaries and sacred monumental
pieces, or in the design of furniture and ambient space for a hospital
meditation room, Kahn's work draws us into meditation. As Ted Prescott
puts it, Kahn's art causes us to dip into the "deep wells within
us where longing and memory intermingle." The Philadelphia Inquirer
calls his work "perfectly balanced between extremes of abstract and
representational.... having an uneasy mixture of authority and idiosyncrasy--and
sometimes just a bit beyond human reach."
More on Kahn here.
and Collected Poems: 1931-2001
It's difficult to say anything brief about the New and Collected
Poems: 1931-2001 which Czeslaw Milosz has gathered and published.
This most recent offering from the Polish poet and Nobel Prize winner
is voluminous. The poems span his entire career. Milosz lived through
many of the central-- and tragic--events of the twentieth century. From
the life-threatening depths of Nazi occupation to exile and decades spent
in the United States, he is perhaps the best living recorder of how humanity
changed in the last century. His most recent work, This, is collected
and published in English for the first time here. Readers of poetry are
unspeakably lucky to have such a sage still writing, and writing well.
The newest poems vary as widely in form and subject matter as any I can
recall collected together. One can see this aging but still essential
poet stretching himself and all his talent. Nothing about Milosz has ever
been easy, or predictable. In This, he retains the enigmatic character
which has marked his entire career. The poems are readable, but puzzling;
pastoral, and ridiculous. Historical, troubling, relevant, it is our blessing
as readers to have a new book of poems from Czeslaw Milosz.
Read more about Milosz
at the Acadamy
of American Poets site.
& Paste magazine
Pastemusic.com, which was launched in 1998, and its brand new partner-in-print,
Paste Magazine, can help you get connected to the world of music that
is often overlooked by major record companies-and the official Christian
subculture in America. At Pastemusic.com you will find over 150 soul-inspiring
artists falling under such genres as singer-songwriters, folk, rock, international,
traditional and instrumental. Bill Mallonee and the Vigilantes of Love,
Claire Holley, Victoria Williams, Tom Waits, Loudon Wainwright III, and
Over The Rhine are just a few of the names you will see. The Paste mission
is simple: to showcase music that touches the humanity in all of us. And
they work with the artists to "directly enhance their marketing efforts."
You can listen to hundreds of songs on the radio portion of the site,
read bios of the artists, find concerts and shows from around the globe,
and purchase the CDs. The quarterly, Paste Magazine, is a perfect compliment
to the website for those who appreciate learning more about musicians's
lives and the inspirations that allow them to create such art, such beauty.
The magazine expands into the areas of books and movies and each issue
comes with a CD chock full of astoundingly good music. We also happen
to love their motto: "Go Beyond Pop Culture." Paste will also
be promoting Image through their website. Pastemusic.com and Paste Magazine
are on fire.
Feast your ears at
Few living American authors have cast as broad and varied a shadow
across American literature as Wendell Berry. Respected as a poet, novelist
and essayist for decades, his work is imbued with an unsentimental, relevant,
and loving view of the ordinary. Three Short Novels is a collection
of newly revised stories that center around the town of Port William,
Kentucky. It is not the character's lives that are intimately interwoven
across these three urgent stories of family and history. It is the community,
and the land it depends on, that tie these stories together. The characters
of these stories are shocked out of the known by unexpected events. It
is the journey they are all driven to which leads them to a deeper understanding
of the essential, of that which gives meaning to their lives. Of course,
the simple beauty of Kentucky is brought to life with unerring and enthusiastic
detail. Though these stories are not new, they have been recently revised
by the author and brought together here for the first time. Perhaps here,
more than ever, the true trajectory and intention of Berry's Port William
community can be realized in all of its human brilliance.
Find links to many
more pages on Berry here.
Hillary Brand & Adrienne Chaplin
& Soul is a book with an agenda: it strives to illuminate "Signposts
for Christians in the Arts." What is the role of art in contemporary
times? What is the role of Christianity in contemporary times? Authors
Hilary Brand and Adrienne Chaplin propose that it is the responsibility
of Christians to re-infuse the arts into the life of faith. The authors
view the contemporary art as suffering from an obsession with mortality.
Referring to Damien Hirst's segmented cows offered up for show encased
in formaldehyde, the authors note "of course, take God out of the
picture and that is all - flesh, blood, bone, a few pence worth of chemicals."
It is from this bleak and elemental beginning that the authors offer a
remedy for contemporary arts. In fact the book turns out to be not only
full of hope, but also deeply practical in its educational mission and
its call to greater activity and involvement. This is a book that has
already been used in classrooms and church reading groups. The authors
(British and Dutch-Canadian) aim toward an art which, as Gary Collins
puts it, will "introduce people to life in all its breadth and complexity
and thereby to find oneself, others, the world and God more fully."
View the table of
contents, read more reviews, and buy here.