Blogging is Loving ____________ Here are yesterday’s “Art is Life” POSTS, in order of views


The summer art season has come to a close… the piazzas in Italy were filled with art – and people mingled and met – sharing Campari and soda, and discussing the finer points of “what is Art in today’s world?” There’s more just ahead, as Pietrasanta, the “City of Art” never rests… and we’ll do our best to keep up with what’s happening.

We post yesterday’s list of Art is Life POSTS read, … to give you a chance to see what we’ve written about – and what you, dear readers, have found interesting enough to read.

As to the numbers – well, we’re really a pretty tiny blog. Let’s say we’ve written 830+ posts, have 514 followers and – after nearly 3 years of blogging – we’ve just gone over the 100,000 views.

Art is Life is a strange bird of a blog, we realize… it’s ostensibly about art and all-things-cultural in and around Pietrasanta, a city in Tuscany’s north-western coast known for its marble laboratories and bronze foundries, but we write – in English – about many of our passions, like “the Sculpture in the Piazza” (the power that art in public places has, to challenge and connect), and post movies and music that we believe transcend their own limitations and have become … art. We also have a strange menagerie of … peculiar creatures – they come from all parts of the globe, and do and say the darnest things. We have respectfully gathered them in a garden for your amusement and edification…

To view the posts about the art-life of Pietrasanta ONLY, click on “On Pietrasanta” button in the menu at top… to see the list of movies, click on “Cinema” … and to visit our collection of divine beasties see our “Holy Bestiary.” Against heavy odds we still believe there is such a thing as “La Dolce Vita” … that fantastic ease with which life in Italy unfolds from the morning cappuccino to the evening stroll. We will concede that the world has changed since the heady days of Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita” … Italy has been run into the ground by decades of organized kleptocracy, well, kinda like the States… aaanyway, click on “La Dolce Vita” in the menu for a glimpse of Italy today.

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Pietrasanta gets FREE WIFI ALL SUMMER in its streets, its restaurants, and in the bars of the Piazza in the “centro storico” – thanks to “La Memoria della Pietra” Show
Elitist … or revolutionary? Roger Scruton’s “Why Beauty Matters” (2009 BBC, Full Episode)
The Canons of Beauty in the history of art – the Golden Mean
(Art)Pop will eat itself, con’t: Lady Gaga shills for Marina Abramovic Institute “Kickstarter” Fundraiser – … in the nude
“Andrei Rublev” Andrei Tarkovsy (1966 Full Movie) on Mosfilm’s youtube channel
Jeff Koons’ Pink “Balloon Venus” x Limited Edition Dom Pérignon 2003 Rosé
“Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin’” (PBS, Full Documentary, 2013)
“Attrezzi per la Scultura” An insider’s list of the tools used in the ancient art of marble sculpting – and where to get them in Pietrasanta
List of Marble and Sculpture Studios in Pietrasanta
“Sculpture Shock” Berlusconi “dead” … exhibited lying in state, in a Rome gallery just feet away from Palazzo Chigi
Pop (art) will … drink itself – Andy Warhol’s Coca-Cola painting at auction – expected tab: $60 Million
“The Divine Michelangelo” exhibition tours Taipei with reproductions of the master’s works by Pietrasanta sculptor Massimo Galleni until the end of May
Michelangelo’s David … by Feldmann and other modernist artworks visit Florence’s Accademia for “Arte torna arte”
La Dolce Vita: Live Webcam in Pietrasanta’s Main Piazza
Aron Demetz’s new exhibition meditates on the almost human nature of art ____________ Pietrasanta Sculpture 2013
A Tale of Two Pompeii – British Museum exhibition draws huge crowd, original site struggles with restorations, staying open
Rabarama’s monumental marble sculptures (and one work in bronze) in Lucca
“Who’s Afraid of Ai Weiwei?” PBS’s FRONTLINE documentary on China’s first global art star
“The Other Leonardo” – Conference examines the real – … and the imagined – Da Vinci, today the 5th of October, 2013, at 10am
Kirtimukha, Face of Glory, (a monstrous disembodied head glaring or grinning down at you, from Hindu Temples) one of the Asuras – a demon, cousin of the gods
UPDATE: “…This is the end, (my only friend) ” of the stylish Seravezza Horror Fest; “Operazione Paura” draws (lots of blood) to a close
Lassus’ “Requiem à 5: Introitus” – Music from “The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser”
Revisited: Lucio Battisti’s laid-back Sounds of Summer get REMIXED
The Da Vinci Museum exhibits “The Other Mona Lisas”
“Zidane’s Headbutt” sculpture will play in Pietrasanta’s “Italy-France” Exhibition
“Seduzioni” – portraits and nudes by photographer Gabriele Rigon beckon and confront in Marina di Pietrasanta
Auctioneering: Jeff Koons’ “Balloon Dog (Orange)” ____________ “the Holy Grail of art” Christie’s inflated hype reaches new heights
Laugh now, but you know that Grafitti and Street Art are no longer THAT relevant when they grace Paris art gallery walls… voilà “Au Delà du Street Art”
“Turning Art History into Toothpaste” The issues involving the “ongoing environmental disaster” in Carrara’s marble region are beginning to be noticed
“The bad artists imitate, the great artists steal – Picasso…” er, Banksy
Michelangelo’s David (makes it) in the Fortino in Forte dei Marmi
“Blow Up” (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1966, Full Movie)
Richard Brixel’s “Power” Bronzes – Thinkers, Philosophers, Dancers, linger in Forte dei Marmi until Sept 30th
“Neptune” by the Mannerist Master Bronzino makes landfall in Moscow as part of Italian-Russian art exchange
Celebrating “The Springtime of the Renaissance” at Palazzo Strozzi in Florence
“Genuine, the tragedy of a strange house” (Robert Wiene, 1920 German silent horror film. Full Movie)
“Enigma Escher” – exhaustive retrospective exhibition in Reggio Emilia traces the mathematical lines of the Dutch graphic artist’s life, and of his love of the Italian landscape
“Art is Life… Life is Art. The question is what came first?” queries Lady Gaga. Artists and critics call “Bull$#!t” The Pop Diva is accused of – cue shock – plagiarism … again!
“Art is Now” exhibition in Florence showcases four contemporary artists’ visions of the human heart of painting
“Long Journey” (Andrej Khrzhanovskij, 1997, Full Animated Movie)
“Antonio Canova, la bellezza e la memoria” Exhibition in Florence showcases, drawings, sketches and plaster models of the Neoclassical Italian genius
“M.C. Escher, Metamorphose” (Cinemedia, 1999, Full documentary)
LaCorbeille, Formisano and Papeschi attack sensibilities in a group exhibition in the Palazzo Leonardi in Pietrasanta
Vacanze in Italia, 2012… Til Mette goes on vacation – loses all his twitter friends!
Giorgio de Chirico, the influential 20th century Italian master and “Pictor Optimus” finally gets his own museum … maybe
“Sex, admonitions and Rock’n’Roll” – Mario Natangelo wins the “Premio Satira” with his book on Napolitano
Corsi di Scultura: Sculpture Courses in Pietrasanta for artists & sculptors of all levels and for all budgets
“Rodin, Il Marmo, La Vita” exhibition brings 60 sculptures by the father of modern sculpture to Milan
“Alchemy and the Arts” Florence exhibition explores the link between art, science, magic and technology
Pop (art) will eat itself (con’t) … Andy Warhol eating a hamburger, 1981
Sculptures and paintings of Harry Marinsky – London-born artist who made Pietrasanta his home – go on view at the Versiliana in Marina di Pietrasanta
Viareggio celebrates the English Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley – who died, on these shores on this day in 1822
The “Catholic Church Fashion Show” from Fellini’s 1972 “Roma” with music by Nino Rota
“What you’re seeing is an egg” Erique LaCorbeille, from the Palazzo Leonardi, Pietrasanta Exhibition, 2013
Welcome to Carrara … Nevada!
Merry Apocalypse and a Happy New Aeon – the Baths of Caracalla, and the largest Mithraeum in the Roman Empire reopen to visitors
Marco Dolfi’s “Painted Nature” at the Palazzo Panichi in Pietrasanta
The mysterious “Lion-Man” gets re-dated to 40,000 BCE, making it the oldest figurative sculpture, … and even more of a mystery
Gustavo Aceves exhibits his corpus of mythic fragments in Pietrasanta
Pop Art & Design, a marriage made in heaven, a love affair consummated at the Vitra Design Museum
“The Assassination Bureau” (Basil Dearden, 1969, Full Movie)
Jeff Koons, Painter, Sculptor, King of Kitsch … and “The Most Expensive Living Artist in the World” clobbers Europe with a cyclopean double exhibition in Frankfurt
Pietrasanta’s CAV, the Centro Arti Visive offers a Masters in the Detection of Art Forgery
“Il Leone e i suoi simboli” 14 artists exhibit work to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Medici patronage of Versilia
Bergomi in the Piazza – Pietrasanta Sculpture 2012
Visual Arts, and Electronic Music: the epic return of Galaxia Medicea
Robert Hughes, “the greatest art critic of our time” … on Pop Art and Andy Warhol
“Klimt” – by the late great Raul Ruiz (2005, Full Movie)
Fake Modigliani heads get a Museum of their own – thirty years after the controversial hoax
Tim Burton’s remake of “Dark Shadows” opens ‘Cinema in the Villa’ – movies outdoors in the gardens of the Villa Gori, tonight at 9pm
Botero’s “Inferno” mural from the Church of the Misericordia in Pietrasanta
Giuseppe Bergomi’s major new sculpture exhibition takes over the center of Pietrasanta, the opening is Saturday the 8th of September
Maria Gamundi, Pietrasanta based sculptor showcases “Selene,” her latest monumental sculpture in the Piazza ____________ Pietrasanta Sculpture, 2013
“Salvator Mundi” Leonardo’s haunting ‘lost’ Christ won’t mesmerize at the Dallas Museum
Rainaldi’a “Antigone” mourns the conflict between ethics – and the law
“De 3 en 3″ Javier Marín epic sculpture exhibition opens in Rome
Silvina Spravkin, Pietrasanta based sculptor forges alchemical forms in marble and mosaic ____________ Pietrasanta Artists & Sculptors, 2013
1900 (Bernardo Bertolucci, 1976 Full Film, Uncensored in Italian)
John Singer Sargent’s watercolors of the Marble Quarries in Carrara
“Fascinans et Tremendum,” Aidan Salakhova’s fascinating and frightful exhibition at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, tackes gender … and power issues
“Transformativeness doesn’t require commentary on original.” Appeals Court rules in favor of well-known appropriation artist Robert Prince in copyright infringement lawsuit brought by photographer Patrick Cariou
Sculptor “occupies” Pietrasanta’s Piazza, graciously donates sculpture to the City… – in return, he gets a fine and his sculpture back
This just in: Isleworth Mona Lisa confirmed, by new tests, as a true Leonardo! … – er, wait, THIS just in: Isleworth Mona Lisa scientific findings debunked as “nonsense;” painting back to dubitable status
Rabarama exhibits her monumental sculptures at Pisa International Airport as part of “Fly Art”

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