Olympic Spirit. Olympic Art.

Olympic time again. My how time lies. This is a post from 2012 about the history of art as an Olympic event. Really.

Before the Downbeat

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I once organized an Olympics…in my neighborhood.  Such was the Olympic fever I felt growing up.  The 1972 Munich Games were the first in my memory.  I was inspired to organize the neighborhood competition during the 1976 Innsbruck Winter Games.  We even flew a homemade Olympic flag on the porch of our house.

It wasn’t only sport that inspired us.  It was also the art associated with the games.  Restaurants offered prints by LeRoy Neiman, celebrating the variety of Olympic achievement, and from various countries.  (Note Soviet gymnast Olga Korbut, above).  It seemed that there was also a new fanfare or theme written every year.  The numerous pieces composed by John Williams continue to inspire.  I still get a chill hearing Olympic Anthem – Bugler’s Dream” – composed by Leo Arnaud.

I was surprised to find an article from the Smithsonian that discusses the fact that the Arts were…

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