Artist a Day Challenge No.4: Elizabeth Catlett

In November I saw “Sharecropper” by Elizabeth Catlett at LACMA.  I loved the depiction of the duality of strength and despair shown as byproducts of exploitation in this piece.  As a graphic designer and sculptor in the 30’s and 40’s, much of Catlett’s art highlighted African-American and Mexican women as caretakers, patriarchs, workers and nurturers; her work was used as a platform … Continue reading Artist a Day Challenge No.4: Elizabeth Catlett

Beneath the Bronze- “Little Dancer” Comes to Life at the Kennedy Center

Edgar Degas’ love for the ballet is prominently featured in his body of work and one of his most iconic works is “The Little Fourteen Year Old Dancer”.  This piece has been reproduced in all mediums and has served as an artistic inspiration for artists and dancers around the world. The Kennedy Center will bring the story behind Little Dancer … Continue reading Beneath the Bronze- “Little Dancer” Comes to Life at the Kennedy Center

2013 “Rewind”

Whew!  Before I look forward to 2014 (and I must say, it cannot come soon enough), I thought I’d take a quick look back on my digital footprints and share my favorite CultureShockArt moments of 2013.  So I picked 5 posts from Twitter, Instagram, WordPress and Pinterest that were either popular, or made me squeal, “Eep … Continue reading 2013 “Rewind”

Style Secrets from a Geriatric Starlet-the Incomparable Iris Apfel

Photo Credit: Vogue Italy Fantasy is powerful…everybody can’t handle it in big doses, but you can try little bits at a time.”-Iris Apfel @ the Met. I’m not one to follow starlets, but as a self-proclaimed “Geriatric Starlet”, Iris Apfel has such a unique, self-aware, no-nonsense point of view, I feel like I have found … Continue reading Style Secrets from a Geriatric Starlet-the Incomparable Iris Apfel