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Korea Part 2: From Detention Center to Art Space

Korea Part 2: From Detention Center to Art Space

The avant-garde will lead you to prison.

Or to the bowels of the former Korean Defence Security Command (KDSC) in central Seoul. That is if you are a young artist in the vanguard wanting to make bold statements about Korea’s tumultuous past and pop-star present. On a long, rain soaked walk through Seoul in 2010 I ran across this temporary art exhibit occupying the former KDSC, organized by the National Museum of Contemporary and Modern Art.

Let them eat cake

Let them eat cake
When Joan Miró left Spain for Paris in 1920, he took a cake for Pablo Picasso. Besides both being artists of Spanish descent, their mothers were friends. At 27, Miró was ready to meet the older artist he so admired. He asked Picasso’s mother if she’d like to send anything to her son. A cake it was, and Miró’s delivery...

Part 1: Korean Vernacular -- or Bukchon Style!

Bukchon, Seoul, South Korea
Now that the world’s eyes are on South Korea for the Winter Olympics (my stomping grounds for a decade), I thought I’d write about some art and architecture as I haven't seen the networks create any "puff" pieces about this subject. I wandered the streets of Seoul one rainy afternoon a few years ago searching to learn more about this wonderful city.

More Victorian than the Victorians, or Pretty Much Your Standard Ranch Stash

More Victorian than the Victorians, or Pretty Much Your Standard Ranch Stash
By John Norton
I have no idea what that last bit of the title means except that it's the name of a 1973 Michael Nesmith solo LP. Yes, the Monkee. I ran across this cultural artifact in the attic of my Aunt’s house and discovered that it’s not a bad country rock record— the Monkees were a talented bunch....

Behind the Scenes - Prepping, Packing and Presenting

Behind the Scenes - Prepping, Packing and Presenting
A quick look behind the scenes!At BetterWall we take great care in cleaning and packaging your banner purchase. First, we get all the street grime ...

A Nod to the Pod - Have you discovered podcasts?

A Nod to the Pod - Have you discovered podcasts?
As a "solo-preneuer" I am always seeking new ways to get out of my head while I work. Podcasts are my latest obsession and are the perfect way to l...

Backyards, Beaches and Bananarama

Backyards, Beaches and Bananarama
This email is dedicated to Summer. Below, you will find some great ideas for sprucing up your outdoor spaces with museum banners because they are, after all, designed to live outside! Let your inside banners out into their natural habitat for the season, or purchase new ones that specifically compliment your patio, garden, pool house or other outdoor living space.

O for Orson

O for Orson
I've been on a movie kick, watching and rewatching films and documentaries about art. A must see is from one of my favorite people... "F for Fake" (1973) is the last major film by the man who himself became a household name through a form of deception. In this film essay/documentary Orson Welles explores the world of a master art forger.

Get My Swan Costume Ready

Get My Swan Costume Ready
Rhythm & Roots: Dance in American Art brought movement to the Denver Art Museum, which, like most museums, usually celebrates stationary fine art. This exhibition explored the evolution of dance in America from 1830 to 1960.

New Owner Acquires BetterWall

New Owner Acquires BetterWall
Dear BetterWall Customers and Fans,We are thrilled to inform you that BetterWall has a new owner, Amy Norton, a long-time BetterWall employ...

The Most Famous Pop Artist You Dont Know

The Most Famous Pop Artist You Dont Know
NY Times features Tom Wesselmann and our Seascapes #22 banner from the Denver Art Museum's retrospective of his work. Fascinating article on likely the reason why he was never recognized among his contemporaries as a leader in Pop Art.

Street Comfort

Street Comfort
We could settle right into this comfy, lofted reading room!