January 19, 2013 |
SAN DIEGO - In the history of American art, Charles Reiffel is probably the best early Modernist painter you've never heard of. Celebrated in his own day for Expressionist landscapes of remarkable verve and complexity, he quickly fell off the national radar screen after his death in 1942, just before turning 80. I was unaware of his work until 2008, when seven paintings turned up - and stood out - in a group show . Now, however, the artist...
December 25, 2011 |
One thing I've always admired about Patti Smith is her refusal to be characterized. Rocker, poet, artist, mother: She seems to inhabit each of these roles almost effortlessly, moving among them as if the only difference was in our heads. And why not? For Smith, they all come out of the same impulse, a kind of ecstatic self-engagement, in which the line separating life and creativity, the mundane and the mystical, is an illusion, a border we create to bound ourselves. "Oh, God, I fell for you," she sings at the end of her 1979 song "Dancing Barefoot," and since the first time I ever played that record, I've heard this as a prayer, a benediction, as if it were God she had fallen for. Such a sensibility - fluid, visionary, risky - marks the 11 pieces in "Woolgathering" (New Directions: 80 pp., $18.95)
September 12, 2011
George Kirby Kirby excelled as Nat King Cole, Count Basie, Louis Armstrong and even Ella Fitzgerald. Marilyn Michaels Impressions of singers Connie Francis, Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand and Ethel Merman are her forte. Frank Gorshin Gorshin was the first impressionist to become a headliner imitating such stars as Burt Lancaster and George Burns.
September 12, 2011 |
Veteran impressionist Rich Little admits it's tough getting a handle on contemporary stars. "How are you going to imitate Ashton Kutcher or Brad Pitt or Matt Damon?" asked Little over a cup of coffee at the Beverly Hilton. "Jack Nicholson is larger than life, so is Clint Eastwood. But there are not many people like Nicholson who are around today -- larger than life, with very distinctive voices. How do you do George Clooney? I have worked at it. If you do Tom Hanks, you have got to do 'box of chocolates,' and even that is kind of old now. Good actors, but not voices.
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January 30, 2011 |
David Frye, whose impressions of Presidents Richard Nixon and Lyndon Johnson and other prominent political figures vaulted him to popularity in the 1960s and '70s, has died. He was 77. Frye died Monday of cardiopulmonary arrest at his Las Vegas home, Clark County Coroner Mike Murphy said Saturday. He had a wide-ranging cast of characters , but he specialized in impressions of the era's political figures such as Hubert Humphrey, George Wallace and Nelson Rockefeller. "Frye bobs and weaves among the political heavyweights armed with perfect pitch and deadly accuracy," Time magazine wrote in 1970.
September 12, 2010
The festival runs until the end of September, but check the schedules because some events and exhibits may have closed or relocated. If you go For information on the Impressionist Normandy Festival , go to http://www.normandie-impressionniste.fr/en and http://www.impressionism-normandy.com.