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A Woman Deserving our Attention and RESPECT

 

Growing from a child whose voice rang out singing Gospel music in church to a celebrated singer and songwriter, Aretha Franklin was a force and an icon. Her portrait by Douglas BourgeoisAretha: Mysterious Lady of Sorrows, shows a striking woman surrounded by symbols and references to her life and music: chains, keyboards, thorns, a Sacred Heart. As the New York Times describes in her obituary, Aretha Franklin and the hits she sang so powerfully „…defined a modern female archetype: sensual and strong, long-suffering but ultimately indomitable, loving but not to be taken for granted.“

As news spread that the Aretha Franklin was ailing, we began to talk about this strong woman—this American icon—and, as often happens at SAAM, our attention turned to art. And so, we pay homage to the „Queen of Soul“ with some of our favorite lyrics paired with the artworks that bring to life the words in her powerful songs.

 

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Chiura Obata, Passing Rain, 1930

Because: Looking out on the morning rain
I used to feel so uninspired
And when I knew I had to face another day
Lord, it made me feel so tired

„(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman“

 

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David Driskell, Dancing Angel, 1974

Ooo, your kisses
Sweeter than honey
And guess what?
So is my money
All I want you to do for me
Is give it to me when you get home

„Respect“

 

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Unidentified, Large Chain Whimsy, n.d.

Chain, chain, chain
(Chain, chain, chain
Chain of fools)

Every chain, has got a weak link
I might be weak child, but I’ll give you strength

„Chain of Fools“

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William H. Johnson, Little Sweet, 1944

Though you don’t call anymore
I sit and wait in vain
I guess, I’ll rap on your door

„Until You Come Back to Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do)“

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Paul Albert Baudouin, Female Figure Dressing Hair, n.d.

While combing my hair now
And wondering what dress to wear now
I say a little prayer for you

„I Say A Little Prayer“

 

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Loïs Mailou Jones, Moon Masque, 1971

When you’re down and out
When you’re on the street
When evening falls so hard
I will comfort you
I’ll take your part
Oh when darkness comes
And pain is all, is all around

„Bridge Over Troubled Water“

PROFESSIONAL & AMATEUR ARTISTS

Real artists do not have fun giving birth to their creations, they are usually tortured souls that delve deep into their psyche to produce and create what they do…and may feel an ecstatic union with their Muse for a moment…but it is not a game to them, like it is too often with many new emerging artists, especially ones who shun the thought of Art College…

The Pink Floyd Exhibition – Their mortal remains

Exhibition at Victoria and Albert Museum starting today!

London’s Victoria and Albert Museum has announced the first major international retrospective of Pink Floyd, one of the world’s most pioneering and influential bands. To mark 50 years since the band released their first single Arnold Layne, and over 200 million record sales later, The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Moral Remains experience will be a spectacular and unparalleled audio-visual journey through Pink Floyd’s unique and extraordinary worlds; chronicling the music, design, and staging of the band, from their debut in the 1960s through to the present day. The exhibition marks the first collaboration in decades of Pink Floyd’s remaining members and is promoted by Michael Cohl and Iconic Entertainment Studios.

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The exhibition will celebrate Pink Floyd’s place in history as the cultural landscape changed throughout the 1960s and beyond. Pink Floyd occupied a distinctive experimental space and were the foremost exponents of a psychedelic movement that changed the understanding of music forever. They became one of the most important groups in contemporary music.

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