I am adding a new category that is composed of columns I wrote a few years ago for a local magazine, in which I imagine artists of different time periods coming together in a coffeehouse on Paris’ Left Bank. I think of it as “out of time”, meaning that these are artists from all different centuries who when they enter “Pablo’s Coffeehouse” can encounter any artist from any time. I only wrote a few of these, but I enjoyed doing it, and so I will add them here, unedited, beginning with the first one.
Introductory Note: This column, written by
Where artists meet
Imagine. An obscure coffeehouse in early 20th century
This is Pablo’s Coffeehouse, where artists meet.
A vastly unusual coffeehouse, as you will notice. Not only do Picasso and others of his time gather here to trade ideas and opinions, but others too, artists of other eras, both past and future, artists traveling in and out of time. Let’s listen in…
Picasso questions the state of art in
Ah, says Braque, art in
Stravinsky chimes in, noting that the art is as fine as the music scene in
That is exactly right! Braque and Stravinsky shout back. It is not
Ah well, Braque shrugs. He is a stubborn Spaniard!
Pablo’s Graffiti: “People don’t realize what they have when they own a picture by me. Each picture is a phial with my blood. That is what has gone into it.”
Word of Mouth: Chiaroscuro
(key-are-a-scur-o); the treatment of light and dark in a painting or drawing to create an illusion of depth. Look up the artist Caravaggio for beautiful chiaroscuro. Doesn’t the word just roll off your tongue? Use it this week and impress your co-workers.
Art Flies: Take note of the increase of flight inspired art around town since the Inventing Flight celebration. It is time for
Check the new overpass walls on I-70. They’re embossed with airplanes. Look down as you approach the Air Force Museum on
Found Art: Take a look for more flight related art at The Dayton Art Institute – the new outdoor sculpture by John Safer and show inside, through September 21. Check Oakwood for the new piece by local artist and musician Michael Bashaw, located at
Today’s message: Look for art by Daytonians. It’s all around you and it’s good.
See you next time at Pablo’s Coffeehouse. Later.