Perspectives is the Violette de Mazia Foundations online source for intelligent discussion about the arts. Perspectives presents an ever evolving dialogue regarding our experience with the arts and the important role they play in our everyday lives.  Perspectives will offer readers food for thought but the heart of the site is an ongoing engagement with the art experience through reviews, essays, and reflections.

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What the Brain Can Tell Us About Art Articles

Such real-world collisions of artistic, medical and biological modes of thought raise the question: How can art and science be brought together?

Janet Echelman Reshaping Urban Airspace World-Wide Articles

Looks like Artist Janet Echelman has plans to make one of her airborne sculptures in Philadelphia.  Click here to read the full story in the Huffington Post, and you can scroll down to the video to watch it. Janet Echelman describes her entire process of creation and makes a compelling argument for how creation happens.  Amazing!

Notes from the Classroom Articles

On the first day of class, I asked students to consider this question: “Why do artists make art?”
One student responded: “An artist is just trying to get what is in his head…out.”

The Comb in the Museum Articles

During a class this past spring, I assigned Harry Sefarbi’s essay, “The Clue to Klee,” because one of my students more.

The Work of Art in the Age of Google Articles

Click here to read The New York Times article by Roberta Smith, The Work of Art in the Age of Google.

If I Were Tomaž Šalamun Poems

If I were Tomaž Šalamun, I’d always be happy, I think.

Dick Dale's Guitar Screams with Pain and Pleasure Articles

On Sunday, September 26, 2010, Liane Hansen interviewed Dick Dale as part of Weekend Edition on National Public Radio (NPR).   What he said is true for visual artists: artists find material in their daily lives as well as in the traditions of art out of which they make something new.  

Why Look at Art Articles

“If you’ve seen one ruins, you’ve seen them all,” my daughter told me as I was preparing to visit Sicily. I had asked her if I should take a side trip to Agrigento.  Perhaps you do not find her comment shocking, but the backstory may explain why I did.

Poem of the Week - Ode To Napoleon Buonaparte Poems

'Tis done---but yesterday a King! And armed with Kings to strive--- And now thou art a nameless thing: So abject---yet alive! Is this the man of thousand thrones, Who strewed our earth with hostile bones, And can he thus survive? Since he, miscalled the Morning Star, Nor man nor fiend hath fallen so far.

Quote of the Week - Albert Camus Quotes

A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession.
Albert Camus

Late Renoir Exhibit Review Reviews

On a 102 degree day, with gray smog blurring William Penn, and the Philadelphia streets baking in the sun, I made my way to the Late Renoir exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Thoughts in a Tranquil Night, Poem of the Week Poems

Athwart the bed
I watch the moonbeams cast a more.

Quote of the Week, August: Week 1 Quotes

Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it.

Welcome to Perspectives Articles

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