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The Evolution of ‘Vanity’ Publishing

By John A. Barry The ads were omnipresent. I remember seeing them in theNew York Times, the Boston Globe, and even in my hometown paper in...

Original post made by John A. Barry and Bill Carmel on Mar. 6, 2019
Last comment by avakin life on pc, on Mar 25, 2019 at 4:28 am | 2 comments | 2997 Views

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You Can’t Kill These Parasites

I have to go frequently to my/Bill’s posts to kill/edit digital disease spread by online parasites trying to sell crap through various links. The problem is...

Original post made by John A. Barry and Bill Carmel on Nov. 8, 2018
Last comment by Cholo, on Nov 29, 2018 at 2:21 pm | 3 comments | 3295 Views

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Eugene O’Neill in Danville, Past and Present

By John A. Barry It’s surprising how few people in the area know that one of America’s greatest playwrights lived in Danville in the 1940s....

Original post made by John A. Barry and Bill Carmel on Aug. 29, 2018
Last comment by Elle, on Oct 12, 2018 at 1:22 am | 1 comment | 3454 Views

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Painterly Plagiarism

Eight sections of this van are painted in the style of eight artists. Can you identify them? Hints (left to right): color theorist, color fields,...

Original post made by John A. Barry and Bill Carmel on Jul. 17, 2018
Last comment by John Barry, on Jul 22, 2018 at 8:12 pm | 5 comments | 3410 Views

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Magritte at the SFMOMA: Enigma, Conundrum, Paradox

A review by Bill Carmel, MFA The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art presents an extensive exhibition titled René Magritte: ==I The Fifth Season,...

Original post made by John A. Barry and Bill Carmel on Jun. 6, 2018
Last comment by bolton, on Jul 5, 2018 at 12:33 am | 11 comments | 5269 Views

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Sublime Seas

A Review by Bill Carmel, MFA SFMOMA is host to an exhibit titled Sublime Seas that features a video installation Vertigo Seas by John Akomfrah;...

Original post made by John A. Barry and Bill Carmel on Apr. 16, 2018
Last comment by Cholo, on May 19, 2018 at 11:14 am | 7 comments | 4492 Views

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Rauschenberg at SFMOMA

Review by Bill Carmel, MFA The soon to conclude (March 25) exhibit at SFMOMA of the work of Robert Rauschenberg, entitled “Erasing the Rules,”...

Original post made by John A. Barry and Bill Carmel on Mar. 22, 2018
Last comment by Cholo, on Mar 23, 2018 at 3:11 pm | 2 comments | 3590 Views

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Proto-trAction Painting

I (John) paint with bikes, scooters, skates, and other wheeled conveyances. I count Jackson Pollock as a primary influence. Pollock was the avatar of Action Painting,...

Original post made by John A. Barry and Bill Carmel on Mar. 7, 2018
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Jazz and Abstraction

The jazz program at Peace Lutheran Church is one of the best deals in the area. On the first Sunday of seven months out of the year, you can catch,...

Original post made by John A. Barry and Bill Carmel on Jan. 10, 2018
Last comment by Cholo, on Feb 13, 2018 at 2:30 pm | 9 comments | 3833 Views

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How Many Artists Does It Take to Hue in a Bight Bulb?

By John A. Barry If the Albany Bulb is any indication, an indeterminate number. The Albany Bulb is a former landfill at the foot of Buchanan Street. Until it...

Original post made by John A. Barry and Bill Carmel on Nov. 29, 2017
Last comment by Cholo, on Jan 3, 2018 at 10:15 am | 3 comments | 3239 Views

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Rodin and Klimt: The Visit

By Bill Carmel As part of the series of exhibitions that celebrate the Centennial of Auguste Rodin’s death, the curators of the "Klimt and Rodin, An...

Original post made by John A. Barry and Bill Carmel on Nov. 8, 2017
Last comment by Matthew_Arty, on Nov 14, 2017 at 5:51 am | 4 comments | 4257 Views

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Centenarian Going Strong

All too many artists have gone before their time: van Gogh, Poe, Pollock, Rimbaud…. Arthur Fiedler, longtime conductor of the Boston Pops, made it to 84,...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Jul. 31, 2017
Last comment by Cholo, on Oct 3, 2017 at 8:54 am | 3 comments | 4489 Views

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Adult Ed

The physical and intellectual pacing may have been more deliberate and deliberative, but the adults in their 60s and 70s were kids at heart as they...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Aug. 19, 2015
Last comment by andy, on Sep 29, 2017 at 12:39 am | 7 comments | 6152 Views

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Copying, Stealing, Homage

A friend who recently attended the Matisse/Diebenkorn exhibit at SFMOMA expressed astonishment that Diebenkorn’s Nude on a Blue Ground (1966) was in...

Original post made by John A. Barry on May. 16, 2017
Last comment by Richard Daniels, on Sep 12, 2017 at 3:47 am | 3 comments | 4892 Views

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Material Matters

By Bill Carmel Consumerism is a capital experience. People shop all over the world and purchase items needed to keep body, mind, and spirit alive. The stuff...

Original post made by John A. Barry on May. 23, 2017
Last comment by John A. Barry, on Aug 28, 2017 at 8:06 am | 4 comments | 4551 Views

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trAction Abstraction

In January I profiled Rossmoor resident Karl Livengood, a retired social worker involved with the Rossmoor Senior Tutors Program. He also coordinates the Fine Arts...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Jun. 17, 2016
Last comment by UdyRegan, on Aug 26, 2017 at 7:52 pm | 6 comments | 4730 Views

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Don’t Get Cute with Me

1. attractive, especially in a dainty way; pleasingly pretty 2. appealing and delightful; charming 3. affectedly or mincingly pretty or clever; precious 4. mentally...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Jul. 22, 2017
Last comment by Fausta Facciponte, on Aug 4, 2017 at 7:09 pm | 5 comments | 5995 Views

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Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month. Toward that end, I’ve festooned my bike o’ the month with names of inspirational women in such fields as Sciences...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Mar. 22, 2017
Last comment by lenacharles, on Jul 4, 2017 at 4:58 am | 7 comments | 5041 Views

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Speed Painting

How do you get 40 second, fourth, and fifth graders to create a 7 x 11 foot painting in less than two hours, using Razor scooters as their "brushes"?...

Original post made by John A. Barry on May. 21, 2015
Last comment by John A. Barry, on Jun 22, 2017 at 2:34 pm | 13 comments | 7333 Views

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trAction Painting Summer Camp

In the nearly three years since I created trAction Painting, my works have been solo efforts, with much appreciated help from assistants. Employing bikes, skates,...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Jul. 23, 2014
Last comment by Jan Hersh, on Jun 5, 2017 at 3:21 pm | 4 comments | 5352 Views
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