I was lying in bed the other night thinking about all the art and performances overflowing out there and thought "I wish there was a quick an easy way for our reviewers to express their opinions-- a short review form" without having to agonize over a longer blog with images. Then the words "Haiku Review" popped in my head. Of course, they might not literally be the traditional 5/7/5 syllables -- they might be a sonnet or really any series of words strung together. The main point is that they're very short and expresses the opinion of the reviewers we invite to participate-- a series of Tweet-able art reviews coming to you every Friday. This week, HuffPost Art Critic Peter Frank debuts our first series from Los Angeles. In the coming weeks, we look forward to having more Haiku Reviews from renown art reviewers around the world.
Joan Mitchell Oil on Linen, c1955, Manny Silverman Gallery From Peter Frank's Haiku Review
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I am so proud of how the arts page has grown in the almost four months since it launched. Initially, we were going to be on the nav bar between FOOD and RELIGION which is so very apt. (I'll take being in between LIVING and BOOKS as long as we're there.) Painter Rebecca Campbell and Poet Nicole Walker serve up fresh hot new art from different artists *every single day* with 7 Rings. Such incredible people have blogged for us so far: from painter/filmmaker Julian Schnabel to the LA Phil Violinist Dana Hansen writing about playing for Dudamel. This week, Debra Levine reviewed the Angel Corella Ballet; David Coggins interviewed musician Stephen Malkmus; theater critic James Scarborough celebrated the Chekhov's 150th birthday; David Galensen gave us a new view of artistic cycles from an economist's perspective and author/educator/artist James Elkins taught us how to *really* view a Mondrian. (If you are a painter and haven't yet read Elkins' books "What Painting Is" or "Why Art Cannot Be Taught", don't walk, run to the book store and buy them). Today, we are thrilled to have Takashi Murakami addressing the controversy his exhibition created in Versailles. What an incredible week. We are so grateful to the writers, artists and audience who pour themselves onto the arts page-- the Huffington Post's very own art project. For that is what HuffPost Arts is-- not just a salon with people having conversations, or an gallery/theatre where people come to view the shows-- but first and foremost a laboratory, where we experiment, try new things and are willing to make mistakes and not care. That's how real art is made!
Artist, Arts Editor HuffPost Arts
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