I really liked the way she popularized art in a witty, easygoing way.
Isn't she the Humming Nun?
I've known of her for almost 20 years OP. Whenever she first started on PBS.
I'm kind of surprised she's not more of a gay icon.
I adored her, and frequently have a flip through her book "The History of Painting".
She had the rare gift of being able to say what makes a painting memorable or valuable (or not), in a few brief sentences. Very few critics or commentators can do that, however much they wish they could.
Sister was a fantastic, kooky woman who adored art. I never got how she got away with it, or how she reconciled taking the vow with her appreciation of art, but this made her all the more of a compelling conundrum.
I understand what you're saying, r13, but remember that the church wasn't always anti-art and anti-intellectual.
Yes, she was an art commentator. I don't know to which order she belonged. Seems to me she was on PBS a while back, haven't seen her in years. I guess she was mildly interesting.
Hopefully she hasn't killed herself.
[quote]I understand what you're saying, [R13], but remember that the church wasn't always anti-art and anti-intellectual.
Not so much that- the content of the art she spoke about so well was often at odds with her being a nun. That is what made her unique to me.
Does she still live solo in that caravan in the woods?
There was something about her I liked. I just did. I am surprised she doesn't have more of a Gay following.
I thought she was very interesting. Enjoyed her views of art.
Years ago, I occasionally saw her show and enjoyed it. She was insightful and enthusiastic. It's too bad my station showed her show at obscure times so I rarely caught it.
"Fluffy pubic hair..."
She should be a gay icon; I presume she is still living in her caravan and getting up in the middle of the night to pray.
R4 you are talking about Barbara Woodhouse. I'm pretty sure she died a while back.
She filmed at a museum I worked for. Totally cloistered when not filming. You could not approach her or talk to her, not because she was a diva, but because so much stimulation, with the lights cameras, noise, people running around was too much for her. When not filming she was totally silent, in a wheelchair and then, like an old time star, as soon as the cameras rolled she was up and on it. At that time it was I think her last "special," and she looked very frail. Watching her was interesting, one moment a frail old nun, the next moment a charismatic TV star with this energy that filled the room and then, as soon as filming stopped ended. I hope she was happy in life.
I loved watching her on PBS. I found her very calming and interesting.
I remember her R4; though, I never knew her name (thanks R24).
I say 'walkies!' sometimes at the dog park and people look at me like I've lost my mind..lol
I haven't thought of her in years! .. I loved her! I am so glad OP brought her up. Is she in re-runs anywhere? She was so knowledgable and passionate and had a gift for storytelling that really held my interest . She was on PBS on Sunday afternoons. I'm going to check out any info about her II can find on the internet. Thanks again, OP, for bringing her to my attention.
R 25, fantastic story, thanks!
I liked her shows. I especially liked her enthusiasm for Kandinsky.
She still writes books, but I'd like to see her on TV again.
R28 - I think that was it for her on TV. I went to the Kimball Museum in Fort Worth recently because one of her episodes was filmed there. They sell her book in the gift shop.
Thanks, R25. Great story.
The complete collection of Sister Wendy DVDs is available from the TCM store (link), That just might be my Christmas present to myself.