Truth be told, I’m not a fan of art criticism because I’m a fan of art and prefer to make up my own mind, which changes all the time. What I do enjoy is appreciation.
Google, yes that Google, invites musicians to talk about art that moves them as part of their Arts & Culture (hey!) initiative. The only thing I enjoy more than musicians talking about painting is painters talking about painting.
Art Zoom is into their second season so there’s a number of videos to dig (into). My favorite so far is FKA twigs, Tahliah Debrett Barnett, on Mary Magdalene in Ecstasy by Artemisia Gentileschi, a brilliant 17th Century Italian Baroque painter who also happened to be a woman. In all my years of art history schooling, we somehow skipped over Artemisia Gentileschi. I wonder why? In any event, Barnett talks about the influence of this painting on her recent album Magdalene and her insights are moving.
Another favorite is listening to Grimes on Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s The Fall of the Rebel Angels, painted in 1562, mainly because I can look at Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s The Fall of the Rebel Angels for days and Grimes’ asides, including a reference to Sponge Bob Square Pants (I’m a fan), are smile worthy.
Other pairings include Fiest also on Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Maggie Rodgers on Vincent Van Gogh, and Jarvis Cocker on Claude Monet. Wherever your tastes fall, there’s something here to wet your appetite so sit back and enjoy some art appreciation with your favorite musicians.
Website: Google Art Zoom