My Parent and Art: Morgan

My children and I consume a lot of art together. As they grow up, I see glimpses of how sharing art together affects them. Since, I’m not the first artist (or art professional) to raise a child, I have begun asking adult children of my colleagues how experiencing art from a young age has impacted …

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I Don’t Want to See My Neighbors Anymore by Carlos Garaicoa

My 3 year old took off weaving through this installation. Even though most of the walls came up to his waist (at most his shoulders), he suddenly started wailing because he felt trapped between the Great Wall of China and the Berlin Wall.  “Yo no quiero ver mas a mis vecinos,” (I Don’t Want to See My Neighbors Anymore) is …

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Anish Kapoor

“One of the constants in the work of Anish Kapoor is the creation of openings on the crust of the world,” says Pier Luigi Tazzi (source). Earlier this week, I wrote about our experience of Anish Kapoor’s artwork “Aima.” His whirlpool “Descension” is in Brooklyn Bridge Park all summer. Below are more moments of descension and ascension the …

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Anish Kapoor at Castello di Ama

In 2004, Anish Kapoor opened up the floor of this chapel at Castello di Ama. I visited it last summer with my husband and two preschool aged boys. I’ve been writing about our trip for a while, including my experience touring this art collection and winery. Walking into the oldest chapel in the village, there is …

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Meet David Hockney by Rose Blake

Meet the Artist: David Hockney is an art activity book illustrated by Rose Blake for Hockney’s current retrospective at the Tate Britain. The illustrations are fresh and unique. The activities invite you to play like you are in Hockney’s studio, giving you a great picture of Hockney and being an artist. Below are snapshots from the book and …

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The Confession of Zero by Sugimoto

Castello di Ama is winery located in a very small hamlet in Tuscany. Over the last 17 years, the owners have commissioned remarkable site-specific artworks. I wrote about our visit with our family in an earlier post. I highly recommend this stop in Italy with or without your children. One of the more recent commissions in the collection …

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Castello di Ama: the publications

Castello di Ama publishes small catalogs on each artwork they commission. Full of beautiful photographs, they unwrap the process and trigger the sense of the installation. Since these site-specific artworks won’t be traveling,  I am so glad I brought these thick brochures home. I also picked up a few postcards with simple line drawings of some of …

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Castello di Ama

Driving through the landscape in Chianti is just like the books. You pass vineyards, rolling hills, and bicyclers. Even if you are driving on point, it feels like you are lost (in a good way). Finally, at the top of a hill and the end of the dirt road, we came to a few medieval buildings and very …

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Dorothea’s Eyes by B. Rosenstock

Most of us know Dorothea Lange’s photograph of a migrant mother (pictured above) that came to symbolize the Great Depression. The picture book “Dorothea’s Eyes” by Barb Rosenstock is a short story about Dorothea’s childhood and how she was able to “help us see with our hearts.” The book traces how she overcame obstacles to become a famous …

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Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis

The Laumeier Sculpture Park is located on over 100 acres at the edge of the city of St. Louis.  It was drizzling and muddy when we began our hike through the “Eastern Woodland” section with grandparents and preschoolers. The art park is divided into a few different areas with some mulched and some paved paths. The …

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