The Magnificent Dinner Party Where No One Showed Up

I went to a magnificent dinner party at the Brooklyn Museum, but none of the invited guests attended, and not a single morsel of food or drop of drink was served.

That’s because this wasn’t a run-of-the-mill dinner party; it was Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party, completed in 1979 and regarded as “the most significant icon of 1970s American feminist art,” according to the description. It took five years for the artist, author, feminist, and educator, along with hundreds of collaborators, to create the large-scale work, which celebrates the achievements of 1,038 real and mythical female figures to Western civilization over the millennia. Most of these women had been neglected by history until they were recognized by feminist scholars. (more…)

Talent Search

One of the best gifts the Internet gives us is the ability to “meet” incredibly talented people from all over the globe. Just check your Facebook news feed or YouTube and you might hear a bewitching seven-year-old Norwegian girl singing like Billie Holiday, see an enthrallingly realistic watercolor by the wife of your former Yoga instructor, or read a moving blog that makes you weep. How lucky we are to experience the wonderful talents of our fellow men (and women), as well as to share our own with others around the world.

After all, who doesn’t love to show off her “gifts,” even if just a wee bit?

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Art Collecting Doesn’t Need A Rulebook

I have a personal connection with each piece of art hanging on the walls of my apartment. The five black and white photographs surrounding our bed depict street scenes from Paris and New York, my two favorite cities. A single French artist created all eight whimsical lithographs and original watercolors hanging in the hall, which I purchased at a charming French gallery over a number of years. Paintings by our daughters, when they were in grade school, proudly hang in the living room, as does an original collage by my former husband.

I love looking up from my computer and seeing one of the paintings or pausing to stare at the deserted Paris street in the morning rain, right before I crawl into bed for the night. The works of art are my friends, always ready to make me smile. Often, first-time visitors to my home comment on how much they love my art collection, which also gives me a little thrill.

Each of us uniquely chooses the artwork we hang in our home. Some of my friends only want paintings that match the colors and style of their furnishings. They wouldn’t think of hanging a modern piece in their traditionally furnished living room. Others only wish to display photographs and wouldn’t dream of introducing a color photo to a wall filled with black and white creations.

There is no right or wrong when it comes to collecting art. You might choose works by-up-and coming artists from around the world or stick with recognized names; perhaps you prefer a few major pieces or many smaller works, original oils or lithographs in pen and ink, florals or abstracts.

You needn’t be a world traveler, have barrels of money or a degree in an art history to own beautiful artwork. You can relax in the comfort of your home and view hundreds of magnificent creations that are priced for any budget and personal taste. I’ve discovered an enthralling on-line gallery that will capture your imagination and attention for hours. Click here to start your tour.