The Blog of John Walford, British-born, but long resident in The United States. I am an art historian, currently studying satire in Netherlandish art, an amateur photographer, and occasional writer, who writes here about art, photography, and the human condition--some of it ekphratic poetry, responding to works of art. This is to be a site for words and images, interacting on one another, as vehicles of human expression.

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Saturday, May 8, 2010

Flickr's dou_ble_you's masterful Diego Rivera "rerun" video clip

Originally uploaded by dou_ble_you
This video clip is a masterful interpretation of the recently exhibited work and catalog of the works of Mexican painter and muralist, Diego Rivera. In this clip, Flickr's dou_ble_you has used his creative, interpretative skills, and instinct for appropriation and alteration in a concise, condensed way, that reinterprets Rivera's artistic protest in a fresh and vivifying manner.

The intriguing sound track is also delicately, and subtly shrill, building with the sequence in a most effective manner, and the video sequencing shows it all off really well. [The soundtrack, dou_ble_you notes, is an electronic masterpiece by Klaus Schultze, titled "Crystal Lake"].

dou_ble_you's sustained focus on Rivera has here paid off handsomely. As an art historian, it captivates my attention, and builds my interest in both Rivera as an artist, as well as in dou_ble_you, as his present-day interpreter.

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John Walford

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I am a British-born, art historian, teaching in the USA; I studied law, in England,1964-68; worked part-time in the art world, 1968-69; then studied art history at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, 1969-76; completed my Ph.D. diss. at the University of Cambridge, 1981; moved to the States in 1981, and have since written, or co-authored, other books. I am currently studying satire in Netherlandish art. My wife, Maria, was born in Milan, Italy, where she worked as an interpreter, in business; she spent seven years in Switzerland, at the University of Lausanne, 1963-70. She came to Amsterdam in 1971, and we soon married. She is a wife, mother, literary critic, of Italian (and French) literature, and completed her Ph. D. diss. in 2002, at the University of Chicago, on Cesare Pavese and His Critics. We have three married children, and eight grandchildren, all of whom we excessively adore! I welcome dialog about art, photography, human behavior, beliefs, and motivation from all comers, regardless of race, color, gender, orientation, values, or beliefs. This is to be a site for words and images, as vehicles of human expression, around topics of mutual interest.

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