[Art_beyond_sight_educators] artist articles
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Mon Dec 28 12:10:05 UTC 2009
There are many areas of the art world where lack of sight or limited
vision quite obviously need not be a great impediment to development and
success. Andrea Bocelli, the famous and popular tenor whose voice is
beloved around the world, completely lost his sight at age twelve after
an accident during a soccer game. Twenty year old Nobuyuki Tsujii, the
Japanese pianist whose playing captured hearts and delighted ears at an
international piano competition this year, has been blind since birth.
As in the wider world, there are many aids that can be used to get
around potential problems, and no one has difficulty understanding how a
blind person can be a talented musician, for example.
It is perhaps more surprising to discover the relationship between
sculpture and the visually impaired – after all, much of our ordinary
experience of a sculpture is visual, both in the making and in
appreciating it afterwards. Yet a few moments’ thought would be
sufficient for one to realize that there is a very natural connection
there – a sculpture has an obvious tactile as well as visual element.
Visually impaired sculptor Didier Roule
<http://www.azstarnet.com/sn/accent/226231.php> suggested that not
focusing on the visual aspect of sculpture actually gives him an
advantage, because it allows him to be more attentive to other details,
to feel things through the materials that others might not notice. New
York’s MoMA usually arranges tours for the visually impaired on
Tuesdays, and their sculpture garden
of course provides an unusual but appropriate place to appreciate art –
with one’s fingertips. The Louvre actually has a special area designed
for appreciation by the visually impaired – the Tactile Gallery
<http://www.azstarnet.com/sn/accent/226231.php>, a favorite with all
visitors and ages.
Please touch: Louvre opens room for blind and visually impaired
PARIS — Signs ask visitors to keep their hands off the art in the Louvre
Museum. But one special sculpture gallery invites art lovers to indulge.
The Louvre's Tactile Gallery, targeted to the blind and visually
impaired, is the only space in the museum where visitors can touch the
sculptures, with no guards or alarms to stop them. Its latest exhibit is
a crowd-pleaser: a menagerie of sculpted lions, snakes, horses and eagles.
The 15 bronze, plaster and terra-cotta animals are reproductions of
famous works found elsewhere in the Louvre. Called "Animals, Symbols of
Power," the exhibit focuses on animals that were used by kings, emperors
and pharaohs throughout history to symbolize the greatness of their
excerpt NY Times article
The Vision to Depict It Their Way
BY the time the effects of Susan Kitazawa’s glaucoma crossed into legal
blindness in February, they had already cost her a nursing career and
countless freedoms. But they had also sparked a seize-the-day resolve in
her and revived a long-buried, if now unlikely, ambition: to make visual
She had enrolled in a life drawing class near her home here but was
frustrated that it took a narrower view of drawing, and of vision, than
she was seeking.
slide show NY Times
Art by the Blind
Now in its 20th year, "Insights" is the country's pre-eminent selected
exhibition of paintings, photographs and mixed-media pieces by legally
Giving you something to see, to touch, to listen to, to taste, to feel, to
understand… Isn’t that the ultimate ambition of Art: offering in a
For the last fifteen years, Sylvie Sanchez, sculptor and founder of the
association Créative Handicap, has devoted her talent to the development of
cultural projects involving people who, despite their handicap, wish to
themselves and share their experience with others.
Through this association, her aim has been to unite artists, handicapped and
valid and to encourage them to exchange their ideas. All artists’ potential
deserves to be known and recognised as such.
Mastering different artistic disciplines and learning jointly elaborated
tools make it possible for them altogether to weave the bonds in order
one can rebuild one’s self and build together.
A few words about the members (you will be able to discover their works on
the site of Creative Handicap: http://creativehandicap.free.fr ).
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