Category Archives: Art I Like

Yoshiko Chuma and The School of Hard Knocks in “Hey Women”

On Saturday, October 9, toward evening, in La Plaza Cultural, near the southwest corner of 9th Street and Avenue C, Yoshiko Chuma and The School of Hard Knocks performed a dance piece called “Hey Women” that used the ensemble in solos, duets, trios as well […]

Bina Sharif’s Rage on the Page

  Over the years, I’ve enjoyed watching Bina Sharif work on stage. Her work is thoughtful, and often pulls comedy out of tragedy; she can be very funny like a stand up comic.  On August 1st, Bina posted this on her Facebook page: “This morning […]

Arup Datta, Rickshaws and Bicycles

  Arup Datta during the month of August did a lot of drawings of bicycles, but he began the month with rickshaws. So I’ll start there. Enjoy.           “There are still some hand-pulled rickshaws in central Kolkata streets and lanes! Heavy […]

Some Recent and Not So Recent Art by Dan Freeman

  I just got to look at some art that I hadn’t seen before by Dan Freeman  and am quite taken by it. I thought that I would share some here.   Yellow and Purple Flowers; Apple pencil June 2021   HUH, WTF 1994-2020   […]

Summer Drawings by Arup Datta, Mostly in July

  Arup Datta lives in Kolkata. He is always drawing so at the end of the day he has something to show for it, or even mid-day. or, heck, sometimes in the morning, there he is drawing something charming.             […]

Arup Datta: June drawings: dreams and landscapes

  Here are twenty-two drawings by Arup Datta, an artist friend of mine whose medium is his phone’s screen and a single finger tip for applying a limited choice of colors. Arup posted these on Facebook during the month of June, and I’ve selected from […]

Arup Datta’s finger drawings during the month of May

  I’ve enjoyed Arup Datta ever since we became friends on Facebook. I’m not sure what initially drew us to each other, but I enjoy his drawings very much. He has gone from pen and paper to using his finger. He says: “I use only […]

Poems by Frank O’Hara transcribed by Ted Berrigan coming to us via Ken Angel: The End Of The Far West

  Ken Angel gave me a copy of The End Of The Far West, a collection of poems by Frank O’Hara that Ted Berrigan transcribed and mimeographed in 1974 with front and back cover art by Alice Notley. These poems were not published in Frank […]

Billie Holiday by Carl Van Vechten

In March of 1949—not sure of the day—Billie Holiday showed up for a photo shoot at Carl Van Vechten’s. She was told to wear a gown, but wore a grey dress. Her mood, we are told, was also grey. Van Vechten tried to coax her […]

Twelve Postcards

  I like making things, and since my husband Akram’s drawings often fit my poems perfectly, I’ve made postcards out of them. In the time of an inundating Internet and a pandemic, postcards are something physical that a friend has taken the time to write, […]

A Dozen Paintings by Emily Carr (1931-35)

I wonder if, when Emily Carr went as a young woman to study painting in Paris in 1910, she might have read the sonnet, Vers dorés, by Gérard de Nerval that ends: Souvent dans l’être obscur habite un Dieu caché;Et, comme un oeil naissant couvert […]

Judith Braun: Drawing While Listening

… … From the very first time I saw the art of Judith Braun, I’ve loved it. Though it changes, the remarkable meditative quality remains. Here are a few from the month of May, from her “Drawing While Listening” series. She isn’t telling what she’s […]