Art may not always be considered beautiful, and many contemporary works can even provoke feelings of anger when they visually offend us or are made with unconventional media and techniques. What pieces I consider ugly, and how they can still be valued as important works of art with an interesting message you can read here.
I made the conscious decision not to write about Bowie's recent and sad passing, because I can't possibly pay this hero the tribute he deserves.
I would, however, like to save some tiny space here to bring Amanda Palmer's beautifully composed tribute EP to your attention. It can be streamed on Pitchfork, and will be on sale from the 5th of February. Not only do I want to promote it for its beauty, part of the proceeds will go to cancer research as well, you can pay anything you want, up from one US dollar via Amanda's Band Camp website.
The five songs on the EP were covered by a stringquartet, with a subtle guest appearance of Amanda Palmer's husband, author Neil Gaiman, and singer Anna Calvi making Blackstar a more haunting piece than it was already.
This is beautiful. Please support it.
Art by David Mack
Art historian broadening her horizon from feminist contemporary art to music and festivals and occasional politics.