Category: Men in the Arts

Richie Sambora Looks Forward to Hall of Fame Induction

Even though Richie Sambora left Bon Jovi several years ago, he’s still a big part of the reason for their longevity and success. He last played with them in 2013, but after being with the band for 31 he is very much a part of the reason why the band won the nomination and will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018. While not completely surprised by the award, after all the buzz and the online polls, Sambora is still very excited by the news.

Recently he was able to talk to a reporter at Rolling Stone magazine about the upcoming inauguration, his long history with the band that shaped his career, and whether or not he’ll be playing at the induction ceremony (spoiler alert- he will). During the interview, Sambora emphasized the fact that there wasn’t any bad blood between himself and the other members of the band, just that 31 years is a long time, with the implication being that he just felt it was time for a change.

Despite the fact that he had no regrets about quitting, he was definitely excited not only about being awarded such a great honor, but about the prospect of being able to play with Bon Jovi again. He’s continued to record music, working with his partner, Orianthi and is working on recording an album. Despite all of this he’s looking forward to the opportunity and is hopeful that everything will turn out well.

While there has been no official word on exactly who will be at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony, let alone what songs will be played chances are “Livin on a Prayer” will be one of the three songs chosen. Fans are sure to be excited about the news as the full band has not played together in more than 4 years. It’s sure to be a memorable event and one that many fans will be looking forward to.

Jesus Christ Superstar Returns

Most people of a certain age probably remember Jesus Christ Superstar that was a rock opera performed on Broadway back in the 1970s. The rock opera spawned a succession of hits, an album, and a film. The rock based opera was more of an interpretation of Jesus’s life. Fast forward a few decades and Jesus Christ Superstar Returns with a live concert on NBC. This is exciting news for fans of the rock opera. It is also surprising and exciting news for fans of John Legend. The surprising news is that John Legend is in the title role of the musical. The exciting news is that the accomplished singer is going to demonstrate his acting chops to the world.

The Legend Begins
John Legend had plenty to share about his taking over the title role of the iconic rock opera. He relates about the story having a very special meaning for him. Certainly, the rock opera has a very strong meaning for thousands of fans across the country and the world too. Legend states that the cast is filled with very talented people and he is very excited about working with them and the entire project. It is interesting to note that this is a Live Performance and it is going to air on television April 1.

An Amazing Talent
Certainly, John Legend is an amazing talent. The talented singer won numerous awards over the last few decades. In fact, he is a ten time Grammy winner too. Now, the talented singer and songwriter is stretching his wings a bit and entering the acting world. John Legend feels humbled by being selected to play the title role. It should also be noted that selecting John Legend to play the title role is a bit of a legend in the making too. Selecting him goes against the usual type casting of this powerful role in the rock opera. Other notables in the casting include Alice Cooper playing the role of King Herod.

Artist Joel Iskowitz Has Designed An Astonishing 50 Coins for the U.S. Mint

The art of Joel Iskowitz can pop up in the strangest places. For example, the latest 2017 issue of Analog, a pulpy science fiction magazine, features a drawing by Iskowitz – the work illustrates a bizarre tale of time travelers who trade genetic materials 40,000 years in the past.

While getting one’s art featured in an obscure publication is nice, it doesn’t create that wide exposure artists crave — something that’s never been a problem for Mr. Iskowitz. In fact, millions of people see his work every day, even if they don’t realize it.

That’s because Iskowitz is among the most prolific designers of money – specially, coinage issued by the U.S. Mint. Also, he is among a tiny group of living artists whose work can be seen at the U.S. Capitol, the White House, the Pentagon in addition to dozens of legal tender coins.

Working for the Mint has been a kind of second life for Iskowitz. He was chosen for the U.S. Mint Artistic Infusion Program in 2005. The program had been established in 2003 to bring more vibrant and innovative talent to U.S. Mint products. Joe’s designs have been have been accepted for an astonishing 50 U.S. coins.

To say that Iskowitz is among the prolific coinage designers of all time would be a vast understatement, and his work doesn’t stop at the U.S border. Iskowitz has created artwork for private medals and stamps in 40 countries. These works number more than 2,000.

Additionally, Iskowitz has long had a keen interest in space travel. That’s why a lot of his works finds its way into science fiction magazines, but also the real world of rockets and astronauts. For example, Iskowitz was commissioned to produce work for NASA’s Space Shuttle missions. Much of this work on the former Shuttle program is still on display at the Kennedy Space Center Museum.

Today, at age 71, the artwork of Joel Iskowitz remains in high demand.

A Great Man In Design Remembered 40 Years Later

There are billions of people on our planet and while each person will be remembered by family and loved ones very few leave a lasting legacy after they are gone. Charles Eames passed away 40 years ago but his influence and style still live on through his work. He was a man of many talents with a great mind for design. Eames famously perfected his craft at architecture, design, and filmmaking.

Charles Eames was born in 1907 and by the tender age of 23, he had already opened his own architectural firm after dropping out of college. He met famous Finnish architects Eliel and Eero Saarinen, a father and son duo. That chance meeting changed the course of his life. He decided to finish his degree at the Cranbrook Academy of Art located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. There he met his second wife and future design partner Ray Kaiser.

Together with his friend Eero Saarinen, Charles created a lightweight splint out of plywood. There was a high demand due to World War II injuring men at record numbers. While practical, there design was praised for being visually appealing as well. After the war ended people felt it was time for a change in design style. That is where Charles and Ray stepped in to create innovate furniture designs with a purpose. Quickly their chairs and other pieces became a mainstream success with simple and bold designs.

A long, successful career in furniture design and architecture helped Charles Eames leave a lasting impression on the world. Art school students today still learn from the original design plans and innovative view on furniture and buildings. The shape and feel of his plans are still mimicked today. There is no better way for a designer to be remembered then through their pieces especially after the passage of time to a new, very different generation.

Ian McKellen Expresses Interest in Playing Gandolf on Amazon’s LOTR Series

Sir Ian McKellen has publicly stated he has a strong interest in reprising the role of Gandalf in the forthcoming Lord of the Rings Amazon series. McKellen, of course, played Gandalf in the incredibly successful Lord of the Rings motion pictures. He returned for the follow-up fi`lms based on The Hobbit. McKellen remains so fond of the role that he doesn’t wish to see anyone else play Gandolf in the planned five-season series. Amazon probably would consider McKellen’s offer to play Gandolf again. Amazon could benefit in a host of ways by casting McKellen.

Amazon’s online streaming service has not been as successful as Netflix’s. Licensing a property such as Lord of the Rings could prove to be wise from both a financial and strategic perspective. Lord of the Rings has been clearly established as maintaining a strong fan base. The billions of dollars the motion pictures earned prove how strong the popularity is.

Can that popularity be extended to an Amazon series? That question cannot be answered until the series debuts and the financial impact is measured. The Lord of the Rings program won’t be debuting on HBO or a broadcast network. Potential audiences do need to be motivated to view the series on Amazon. Casting McKellen in the role may help draw in a large number of cinematic J..R.R. Tolkien fans.

Amazon truly does need a hit. McKellen could help Amazon achieve this goal, but Amazon may want to start completely fresh with the new series. This could mean going with another actor other than McKellen. Completely rebranding the new series with a completely new cast might allow Amazon’s project to escape from the shadow of the Peter Jackson films.

No matter who eventually plays Gandolf, McKellen does deserve credit for not wanting to give up his legendary role. Few actors possess the level of passion and commitment McKellen displays. Maybe this passion would be the biggest asset the Amazon series could acquire.

Fishburne and Marvel May Have a Secret Project Planned

Actor Laurence Fishburne may be working on a secret project for Marvel, in addition to his part in Ant-Man and the Wasp (released on July 6, 2018).

 

In the upcoming Ant-Man sequel, Fishburne will be playing Bill Foster, a former assistant of Michael Douglas’ character, Hank Pym, and the second male character to become a size-changing superhero (called Black Goliath). He is also involved with Marvel’s competitor, DC Comics, appearing as Perry White (Clark Kent’s boss and editor) in Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. He was offered a role in this year’s Justice League film but had to decline due to scheduling conflicts.

 

However, in a recent Collider interview about the Marvel film, he segued into discussing a new project, offering scant but tantalizing details about what it might be.

 

“I’m developing something else for Marvel that I can’t talk about. It’s gonna be really cool. It’s gonna change the world, we hope,” he said, laughing.

 

He adds that he was the one who pitched the idea, whatever it was, but it involved a lot of legal red tape that was difficult to work through. He says that his Ant-Man and the Wasp role was offered afterwards.

 

One possible interpretation of Fishburne’s statement could be that he wanted to pitch a Black Goliath film, though it’s unclear if Marvel would want to go through with that, for several reasons: it is awfully close to Ant-Man, after all, but without as much name recognition. The talk of legal red tape could imply that Fisburne’s plan involved some sort of property owned by another company, such as Spider-Man (owned by Sony), the X-Men or Fantastic Four (owned by Fox); Marvel has limited use of the former, but not of the latter.

 

If the project goes through, we will just have to wait and see.

Iron Maiden Frontman Bruce Dickinson On Writing His Memoirs

Bruce Dickinson has led a colorful and active life, starting out with his rise to fame as Iron Maiden’s lead singer. Once he made it to the top, Bruce was free to pursue his dreams, like flying his own planes, fencing, and hosting a radio show. The Iron Maiden frontman also had his hard times, including a battle with cancer that almost ended his life. Now, Dickinson talks about dishing on all of that in his new memoir, What Does This Button Do?
Bruce Dickinson on the Memoir He Really Didn’t Want to Write
The Iron Maiden singer admits he’s never been a big fan of autobiographies. In fact, he never had any intention of writing his own, even though people have been begging him to do it. The book might never have been written (and Bruce says it’s still a work in progress), but his cancer battle changed his perspective.
In fact, his fight with cancer makes up the longest and last chapter of What Does This Button Do? As such, Bruce says it’s a fitting end for the book, because it marks a new turn in his life.
“It’s actually not a bad end point for a book – not that I’m planning on checking out anytime soon,” Dickinson told Rolling Stone. “It’s the beginning of a whole new chapter of the rest of your life.”
Bruce Dickinson’s Candid Cancer Confessions
Facing cancer only makes up one portion of Bruce’s life, as it only makes up one chapter of his memoir, but it’s an important piece. He says hearing the diagnosis sent him through a whirlwind of thoughts and emotions from denial to acceptance and anger. Eventually, Dickinson came to terms and focused his attention on the battle ahead.
When he had completed the treatments, enduring months of chemotherapy and radiation, the Iron Maiden singer was left in shock. Previously, the cancer left him feeling depressed and seeing only darkness ahead. He says finding out he had beaten the cancer seemed like a fantasy.
“You’re almost afraid to step out into the light, because you’ve been in this dark place for three to six months,” shares Bruce. “And then you sort of go, What do we make of the rest of life then?'”
Bruce Dickinson didn’t struggle with that question for long. He set to work writing his memoir and endeavors to give fans what they want in his autobiography. He also came to realizer that life is a gift and one that he might have taken for granted in the past. Now, facing his own mortality, Bruce Dickinson says he has a greater appreciation for life and understands it really is worth celebrating.

Recent news on men in the arts news

Latest news on men in art begins with fantastic news the artist Alex Katz who is in his early nineties but is still raising the Bar for himself and the other guys. Alex Katz who recently turned 90 lives and works on the top floor of an original Soho building. He has a studio space at his home which entails paintings of landscapes and distinct faces. In his bathroom, Mr. Katz has a series of black-and-white photographs of New York City life by Rudy Burkhardt, the Swiss filmmaker and great supporter of Katz arts.

Alex Kaitz will be on air in November on his solo show occupying all the three floors of Gavin Brown’s Enterprise in Halen. Some of Alex art collection includes a lithograph Edward Munch’s, a drawing of a woman by Matisse displaying his economy of line.

On other news, a proposal for London’s New Holocaust Memorial has been unleashed. Holocaust memorial is memorial held in honor of victims of Holocaust. It is a symbol of remembrance to the horrors that were encountered, this stands as a reminder to the future generation and the importance of maintaining peace. A team led by David Adjaye a British architect and Israeli Ron Arad have been named the winners of competition to design UK’s new National Holocaust Memorial and a Learning Centre for Victoria Towers Gardens.

The design is expected to entail a path that runs down the structure this route will be able to lead visitors down the narrow stairs into exhibition space at the ground level. The memorial is scheduled to open in 2021 after being approved by the building regulators.

Finally, Leo Xu is named the Co-director of David Zwirner’s Hong Kong Gallery. Leo Xu who is the icon behind Leo Xu Projects space in Shanghai has stated that he is overwhelmed and is anticipated to join Zwirner for a three-year dimensional program. This program is innovative, and it incorporates leading artists in the industry. Xu has established some artistic including the Wolfgang Tillmans.