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Thursday, March 27, 2008 • B9
BY HARRIET HILLER Hour Correspondent
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Dunlop explores ‘Invention of Modern Art’ at Silvermine
The noted artist, teacher and art historian David Dunlop of Wilton continues his lecture series “The Invention of Modern Art” at the Silvermine Guild Arts Center at 4:30 p.m. Sunday . Looking at the forces that energized French creators in the visual arts, music, literature and poetry in the late 19th century, Dunlop will discuss how philosophy, science, psychology, literature and art influenced the painters of the day Delacroix, Monet and Van . Gogh were among the first painters to break with academic tradition, which created a new, modern art reflective of their own time, according to Dunlop. “Everything changed by the 1870s in Paris,” Dunlop said. “The established point of view was exploded. Today, we all enjoy the colors of the Impressionists, but that wasn’t true at the time. The artists were ridiculed. How pictures are painted and how pictures are looked at had changed.” Dunlop will explore the artistic explosion that began politically with the French Revolution and culturally with the invention of the camera, was fueled by the growth of urban life, Freud and Jung’s psychoanalytic theories, and continued with scientific investigations that produced insight on how the eye sees and perceives color. “Artists project their personal, psychological feelings about the world. They are showing us powerfully and emotionally how they see our world from an artist’s point of view,” he said. According to Dunlop, the way artists see and paint changed again in the 20th century He will look at the current . aesthetic mindset, asking questions such as: How were the new criteria set for the 20th and 21st centuries? What old standards do we still cling to? What are the standards we now embrace? Is there an analogous movement today with a new definition of art? Who should be the leaders?
One of the leading proponents of Latin Jazz, trumpet virtuoso Arturo Sandoval, headlines at the Quick Center for the Arts in Fairfield at 8 p.m. Saturday Sandoval is a . four-time Grammy winner MIKE HORYCZUN who combines Latin music and rhythms with American Jazz. The legendary Dizzy Gillespie was a major influence in his development, and like Gillespie, Sandoval incorporated be-bop and Afro-Cuban influences into his style. Sandoval was born in Cuba in 1949. He was eventually granted political asylum in 1990 and became a U.S. citizen in 1999. An HBO movie based on his life, “For Love or Country,” starring Andy Garcia came out in 2000, and Sandoval’s original soundtrack to the film earned him an Emmy Award. Sandoval is also a renowned classical performer and composer and tenured professor at Florida International University His latest is “Rumba Palace,” on Telarc, featuring ten . new originals. It’s his 28th recording. Tickets are $40, $45 and $50. The Quick Center is located on the campus of Fairfield University Call 254-4010. . The Norwalk Symphony Orchestra has classical-jazz on its plate when it presents the George Gershwin classic “Rhapsody in Blue” at 8 p.m. on Saturday at the Norwalk Concert Hall. Jon Nakamatsu, the 1997 Van Cliburn gold medalist, will be at the piano. Music Director Diane Wittry takes the baton. Soprano Julie-Ann Whitely Green and Baritone Edward Pleasant, a Norwalk resident, will present selections from “Porgy and Bess.” Gershwin’s “Piano Concert in F” is also on the program. At 7 p.m., a pre-concert talk with Diane Wittry starts the evening’s events. Tickets are $20. Students under 12 are free. The Norwalk Concert Hall is located at 125 East Avenue in Norwalk. Call 847-8844. Ridgefield’s Acoustic Celebration has a pair of touring singer-songwriters, Tim Grimm and Joe Crookston, sharing the stage at 7 p.m. Sunday Grimm is a popular performer on the . Americana music circuit. Crookston was a finalist at the Mountain Stage New Song Contest and fan favorite at the Falcon Ridge Festival. Tickets are $20 at the door. The show takes place at Temple Shearith Israel, located at 46 Peaceable Street in Ridgefield. Call 431-6501. The Fairfield Theatre Company is a busy place this weekend beginning tonight when the New Orleans blues, gospel, rock, and soul sounds of the Subdudes can be heard in concert at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $57. Friday at 7:30 p.m., high energy guitarist and performer Tim Reynolds returns to the FTC stage with his band TR3. Tickets are $42. The Jazz Mandolin Project, led by Jamie Masefield, pushes the boundaries of the mandolin as a musical instrument on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. The show includes a video of an original composition inspired by a Leo Tolstoy novel. Tickets are $32. The Fairfield Theatre Company is located at 70 Sanford St. in Fairfield. Call 259-1036. The Ridgefield Playhouse has veteran bluesman and guitarist extraordinaire Johnny Winter rocking the house at 8 p.m. Saturday Blues up-and-comer Samuel James is the spe.
Contributed photo David Dunlop will lecture on “The Invention of Modern Art,” Sunday at the Silvermine Guild Arts Center.
Dunlop will talk about how and why people see and interpret paintings differently . “Many people still are puzzled by modern abstract art. Some people look at it and like it, others don’t get it. An untrained eye will see a painting one way, an educated eye, another,” he said. “There are still artists and art lovers who say ‘what am I missing? I feel like an outsider.’ If you have ever been curious about modern art, puzzled about abstract art and its origin, I will lay it all out for you.”
David Dunlop has given talks and workshops across the country, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and has taught artists of all levels for years. A classically trained artist, earning a masters of fine arts at Pratt Institute in New York City, Dunlop’s paintings are represented in many galleries and national and international collections. The historian is the host of the DVD series, “Painting Landscapes with David Dunlop,” produced by Connie Simmons of Simmons Art Inc.
They have just produced a series of 13 half-hour television programs, “Landscapes Through Time with David Dunlop,” co-produced by Connecticut Public Broadcasting, which will be presented in the fall. Admission to David Dunlop’s lectures on “The Invention of Modern Art,” Sunday at 4:30 p.m. is $10 in advance or at the door at the Silvermine Guild Arts Center auditorium, 1037 Silvermine Road, New Canaan. Call 966-9700 or www.silvermineart.org for more information.
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Latin trumpet master to blast into Fairfield
BY LAURIE WIEGLER Hour Correspondent
Arturo Sandoval fled Cuba in 1990 with the help of Dizzy Gillespie, a triumphal drama that made it onto the small screen in HBO’s For “Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story .” But that isn’t the only proof of Sandoval’s grit. At 58, he continues to tour constantly and tirelessly, roaming from Europe to California to his hometown of Miami, and on March 29, he’ll even roam out to the Nutmeg State, performing at Fairfield’s Quick Center. Toting along the trumpet that’s made him famous, Sandoval will also bring Felipe Lamoglia on sax, percussionist Tomas Cruz, Tony Perez on keyboards, Bassist Armando Gola and Drummer Alexis Arce. When asked if he likes performing here, Sandoval hesitates, then apologizes. He’s played so many gigs and believes he’s been to the Quick Center, but honestly cannot recall when. Such candor is touching — and unnecessary — for an artist of his ilk, a man who could easily rest on the diva card, or even the whole deck. After all, he’s performed with everyone from Gillespie to Sinatra, with a peppering of Tony Bennett, Gloria Estefan, Alicia Keyes and hundreds more along the way . Sandoval also composes, punctuating a career that’s seen multiple Billboard Music, Grammy- and Emmy-awardwinning contributions, such as for scores on the HBO film, as well as ensemble work, notably on the soundtrack of “The
Mambo Kings” starring Antonio Banderas. Then this past November, he scooped an award in a category especially dear to his heart: the Latin Grammy, which lauded his Telarc release, “Rumba Palace,” as Best Latin Jazz Album. The Latin Grammys, awarded by the Latin Recording Academy, have been awarding gifted Latino artists since their debut in 2000 as an offshoot of the Grammy awards. Of his recent award-winning album, Sandoval points out that it inspired his second nightclub opening. “Rumba Palace was a play in Cuba in the 40’s or 50’s, I remember when I was a kid… and [so] that record came to my mind … and then came the opportunity to open that place in South Beach [with]… the same name,” he said. Sandoval wrote all the songs on “Rumba Palace” except for “Guarachando.” The club, like its predecessor — the Arturo Sandoval Jazz Club in Miami Beach opened in 2006 — grew from Sandoval’s desire to fill a void in the area for Latin jazz and salsa music. Opened last winter, Rumba Palace is essentially a restaurant-cum-popular dance spot. Sandoval concedes though, that running a club isn’t all fun and games. There are a few headaches associated with contractors and such, but overall, rewards outweigh the struggles, he says. Yet struggling is not a new concept for Sandoval, whose efforts to come to the United States resonate with him today . “I was looking for freedom,
I sat down this weekend to watch Michael Haneke’s “Funny Games,” an Americanized remake of his 1997 German film of the same name. There were about 20 other people seated at the 7:30 p.m. show. Some were couples; others were alone. There may have been one group. STEPHEN SHUCK Two hours later, after enduring a film that was about the systematic abuse, torture and torment of a young family, I’m betting that the couples had broken up, and the loners proved why they were such. I can’t speak for the group. Some supporters of “Funny Games,” including Haneke himself, have said that the film is a condemnation of American audiences’ indifference towards violent and brutal movies. In showing the carnage unsanitized and in a personal manner, Hanake is allowing the audience to confront their culpability . He has even gone as far to say, in a recent Wall Street Journal article, that those who walk out of his movie, do not need it, but it’s for those who decide to stay . So let me get this straight: Haneke has made a film for the stupid and cynical, and those with brains and heart need not apply But the problem is that the stupid and cynical won’t get . his supposed message, and those with even a modicum of intelligence (I’d like to think I’m in that group) will want to vomit. I only bring this up because “Funny Games” represents another entry into what is rightfully called the “torture porn” genre, made famous by the “Saw” and “Hostel” franchises. These films revolve around young, pretty people who, when not spending an abundant time in various stages of undress, usually find themselves in an extended sequence of torture and agony , culminating in disembowelment, skewering and/or vivisection. I’m reminded, unfortunately, of a scene in “Hostel II” where a young woman is tortured in a way I cannot describe in a family newspaper, but the audience, mostly teens and twenty-somethings, was cheering. I was never more ashamed. What’s sad about a film such as “Funny Games” is that it thinks it’s above the grimy “Saw” and “Hostel” flicks. It’s not. Just because it lacks the copious amounts of blood of its predecessors doesn’t make it any less of a snuff film. If “Saw” is “torture porn” for teenagers, then “Funny Games” is “torture porn” for Gus Van Sant fans. You’d think they’d suffered enough already . So Haneke’s film is not the treatise against “torture porn” that it claims to be, but rather its direct descendent. What viewers will get, besides the pervasive agony, is the feeling of an angry European filmmaker wagging his finger at us. After two hours of his smugness, I had one I wanted to wave back.
Contributed photo/Michael Kane Arturo Sandoval will perform at the Quick Center on March 29.
number one,” he says. “And number two and number three, freedom. Yes, that’s the most important thing in life. No freedom, no life. That’s my way of thinking.” And he doesn’t seem to have taken that freedom for granted. His music — which includes
another passion as a pianist — drives him daily He plays the . piano by ear. “I don’t gather classical information on the piano. I don’t know how to read music on the piano… The piano is
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