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412, 2017

Wondrous Event, Wondrous Art

By |December 4th, 2017|Categories: Artists|23 Comments

1437 A.D.

The Annunciation, 1437-1446 Fra Angelico

The Annunciation, 1437-1446
Fra Angelico
Convent of San Marco, Florence, Italy

The Annunciation (the announcement) is that key moment in Christian history when the angel Gabriel appears to Mary and announces that she will give birth to a son by miraculous means.

Fra Angelico, monk and artist of the 15th century, frescoed (meaning painted on wet plaster) The Annunciation, one of the most revered masterpieces of all time.  Artists down the centuries have been mightily influenced by this classic work.
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600 years later, 2017

Annunciation 2, after Fra Angelico, 2017, David Hockney

Annunciation 2, after Fra Angelico, 2017
David Hockney

David Hockney, the great 80-year-old British artist, reports that during his first year in art school he came upon Fra Angelico’s painting of The Annunciation.  He was stunned by its beauty and symmetry.  Sixty years later, he is still painting his interpretation of this masterpiece.
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1907-1914 Cubism and Picasso astonishes art world

Annunciation, 1934, Roy de Maistre, Private collection, Switzerland

Annunciation, 1934
Roy de Maistre
Private collection, Switzerland

Cubism (objects and figures radically fragmented) heavily influenced Australian artist Roy de Maistre in his painting Annunciation.
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1961-2030 Pop art transcends to fine art

The Annunciation of the Virgin Deal, 2012, Grayson Perry, Woven tapestry in wool, silk, cotton, acrylic and polyester, Currell Collection

The Annunciation of the Virgin Deal, 2012
Grayson Perry
Woven tapestry in wool, silk, cotton, acrylic and polyester, Currell Collection

Grayson Perry, 60, tackles subjects that are universally human: religion, identity, gender, social status, and sexuality. He tries to deal with them with humor yet with a sense of the sacred.

The Annunciation is filled with symbols! Watch this…
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1010, 2017

3 Cutting-Edge Artists!

By |October 10th, 2017|Categories: Abstract Expressionist, Artists, Classical, Contemporary, Film, Folk Art, Installation, Museums|12 Comments

School of Beauty, School of Culture, 2012 Kerry James Marshall

School of Beauty, School of Culture, 2012
Kerry James Marshall

Could This Be Love, 1992 Kerry James Marshall

Could This Be Love, 1992
Kerry James Marshall

Kerry James Marshall

For his large-scale, exuberant paintings, 61-year-old African American artist Kerry James Marshall paints only black people.

The paintings are emotional, bursting with everyday life in riotous colors and love. Even the most staid museum visitors have been seen to kiss in front of them!

Not all his works are of happiness, though — there are funerals, killers, lost boys, anger and grief — but always depicted in bright, bold colors and powerful shapes…and always filled with vibrant spirit!

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Gone: An Historical Romance of a Civil War…, 1994 Kara Walker

Gone: An Historical Romance of a Civil War…, 1994
Kara Walker

Kara Walker

Black contemporary artist Kara Walker shatters any romantic notion of the South, Civil War or slavery. Walker cuts out huge life-size silhouettes in black paper…nightmarish images of slavery in the Antebellum South.

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in Pursuit of Venus, 2017, Panoramic video by Lisa Reihana, a moving image interpretation of the French scenic wallpaper Les Sauvages De La Mer Pacifique, 1804, Joseph Dufour.

in Pursuit of Venus [infected], 2015
Still of panoramic video by Lisa Reihana

Lisa Reihana

Art and history make an explosive and exciting combination! Lisa Reihana, a Māori artist in Auckland, New Zealand, has produced a panoramic video that is irresistible in its storytelling of the encounters between the Polynesians and British Captain James Cook in 1770.

A major installation, sculpture, and video artwork is being featured at the 2017 Venice Biennale, the world’s largest art fair, depicting the profoundly beautiful and cultured Polynesians.

Watch this 1-minute video of Reihana’s work! Look for Captain Cook!
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Research assistance by Alex Cordier, writer based in Auckland, New Zealand working in a variety of sales roles within the tourism and hospitality sectors. Alex is a passionate writer, with a particular focus on travel, lifestyle, and contemporary art.

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2103, 2017

The REAL Vincent van Gogh

By |March 21st, 2017|Categories: Artists, Contemporary, Film, Impressionist, Museums|32 Comments

Self Portrait with Bandaged Ear, 1989
Vincent van Gogh, (1853-1890)

Myth:  Van Gogh was a manic, possibly slightly deranged man who just spontaneously threw paint at the canvas.

Truth:  He was a very experienced artist (he made 900 paintings in ten years) and doggedly honed his skills. He created very deliberate compositions.
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Red Vineyard at Arles, 1888
Vincent van Gogh

Myth: Van Gogh never sold a painting in his lifetime.

Truth: Van Gogh sold ONE painting during his lifetime, Red Vineyard at Arles, to a Russian collector, Sergei Shchukin. This painting now resides at the Pushkin Museum in Moscow.
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Vincent's Bedroom in Arles, 1888 Digital version shows what may be the original violet walls.

Vincent’s Bedroom in Arles, 1888
Digital version shows what may be the original violet walls.

Myth: In Van Gogh’s beloved painting of his bedroom in Arles, France, the walls were painted blue.

Truth: New high-tech research shatters Van Gogh myth! Van Gogh originally painted the walls of his bedroom a pale lilac, not blue! The reason…purple (lilac) is the complementary color of yellow. He experimented with new pigments. These new pigments, particularly the color red, proved to be unstable and the red pigment disappeared after a short time changing to blue.
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Don’t miss this video! Watch as Vincent van Gogh’s masterpieces come alive!
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512, 2016

Once in a Lifetime Art Exhibition!

By |December 5th, 2016|Categories: Artists|14 Comments

The Red Room, 1908 Henri Matisse The Hermitage Museum, Paris

The Red Room, 1908
Henri Matisse
The Hermitage Museum, Paris

You may feel a surge of joy when you see the ORIGINAL Matisse “The Red Room.” You may be brought to tears. You will certainly be stopped in your tracks.

Perhaps you think you know “The Red Room” from a thousand dorm room posters, but no reproduction can capture the depth of the vermillion wallpaper streaking down right onto the table, the cobalt blue of the sky from the window, the yellows…oh, oh, oh…

Pastorales Tahitiennes, 1892 Paul Gauguin Hermitage Museum, Russia

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