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  • Empires - The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance
    Empires - The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance
    A fascinating and highly entertaining look at one of the most important families of the Renaissance era--the Medici.
  • Sister Wendy - The Complete Collection (Story of Painting / Grand Tour / Odyssey / Pains of Glass)
    Sister Wendy - The Complete Collection (Story of Painting / Grand Tour / Odyssey / Pains of Glass)

    “Sister Wendy Beckett has transformed public appreciation of art through her astonishing knowledge, insight and passion for painting and painters.” This set includes Sister Wendy's Story of Painting, Sister Wendy's Odyssey, and Sister Wendy's Grand Tour. Simultaneously delightful and scholarly--this is a must have for anyone interested in art history.

  • Exit Through the Gift Shop
    Exit Through the Gift Shop
    When British stencil artist Banksy traveled to Los Angeles to work, he came across obscure French filmmaker Thierry Guetta and his badly organized collection of videotapes involving the activities of graffiti artists. Inspired, Banksy assembled them with new footage to create this talked-about documentary, and the result is a mind-boggling and odd film (so strange as to be thought a hoax by some) about outsider artists and the definition of art itself.
  • The Impressionists
    The Impressionists
    A dramatization of the Impressionist movement as seen through the eyes of Claude Monet. Highly entertaining and informative.
  • The Impressionists: The Other French Revolution
    The Impressionists: The Other French Revolution
    A very personal and revealing look at the personalities that created Impressionism.
Wednesday
Feb212018

Quote of the Day

“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.” - Vincent van Gogh

Monday
Feb192018

Gerhard Richter: The Power of Images

Gerhard Richter - Cathedral Corner - 1987 - Oil on canvas - 48 1/16" x 34 1/4" (122 x 87 cm) - Private Collection, New York (click photo for larger image)Gerhard Richter (born 1932) is a German visual artist, who has produced abstract as well as photorealistic paintings, and also photographs and glass pieces. Originally trained in a realist style, he later developed an appreciation for the more progressive work of his American and European contemporaries.

Richter has maintained a lifelong fascination for the power of images and painting's long, uneasy relationship with photography: while either medium may claim to reflect or express reality truthfully, either ultimately suggests only a partial, or incomplete view of a subject.

Richter borrows much of his painted imagery from newspapers, or even his own family albums. Often he begins by mechanically projecting such an image onto the canvas, a technique for thinking about how images often seem to have a life of their own, like mysterious ghosts haunting our psyche. This act of visual compression, in which photography, projection, and painting merge to make a finished art work, suggests that all vision is a kind of conversion of the "real" into the “imaginary." Richter often blurs his subjects and embraces chance effects in his own painting process, in order to show the impossibility of any artist conveying the full truth of a subject in its original condition.

Friday
Feb162018

William Kentridge: Ambiguity and Subtlety 

William Kentridge - General - 1993 (published 1998) - Engraving and watercolor - composition and sheet: 47 5/8 x 31 7/16" (121 x 79.8 cm) - Publisher: David Krut Fine Art, London - Printer: 107 Workshop, Melksham, England - Edition: 35 - MoMA, New YorkWilliam Kentridge (born 1955) is a South African artist best known for his prints, drawings, and animated films. These are constructed by filming a drawing, making erasures and changes, and filming it again. 

“Having witnessed first-hand one of the twentieth century’s most contentious struggles—the dissolution of apartheid—Kentridge brings the ambiguity and subtlety of personal experience to public subjects that are most often framed in narrowly defined terms.” (Art 21)

The work featured here was “created a year before South Africa's first nonracial democratic election, as right-wing opposition escalated and police brutality persisted, General isolates one of Kentridge's heartless protagonists. The vigorous line work here was printed from a rigid polycarbonate sheet the artist incised using an electric engraver. Kentridge made several experimental impressions, including this one, on sheets of paper that he first painted with watercolors—creating vivid coloration uncharacteristic of his work overall.” (MoMA exhibit gallery label)

Wednesday
Feb142018

Did You Know?

Salvador Dali was kicked out of art school in Madrid. He believed he was his dead brother's reincarnation, who was also named Salvador. He set his bedroom on fire.

Monday
Feb122018

The 2018 Living Art Event

The 2018 Living Art Event presented by Ossining Arts Council and Westchester Collaborative Theater will take place from March 2nd - March 24th.  The 2018 production of the highly acclaimed collaboration between Ossining Arts Council (OAC) and Westchester Collaborative Theater (WCT) will be held at the Steamer Co. Firehouse, 117 Main Street, 2nd Floor, Ossining, NY 10562. This is the fourth iteration of the Living Art Event. 

Docent-led tours will take place through the OAC gallery, full of artwork created by OAC members. When the tour, which runs approximately 90 minutes, reaches an artwork that inspired a WCT playwright, the short play based on that piece will be performed.

Plays this year include: The Bees Are Watching by C.J. Ehrlich; Friends by Choice by Howard Lipson; The Image of Women by Evelyn Mertens; The Loud Hours by Pat O'Neill; Mr. Green by Angelo Parra; and Clam Diggers and Mussel Suckers by Jane Ann Valentine. The ensemble of WCT actors includes: Enid Breis, Keith Bulluck, Michelle Daneshvar, Anne Glickman, Tom Lloyd, Sandy Oppedisano, Roberta G. Robinson, Dan Slavin and Jack Joseph Turell. 

Artworks included are by Keith Gordon, Judith Gordon, Liv Gus, Barbara Levine, Brynley Lazar, Margaret Zeitlin and more. There will also be an array of wonderful artworks featured in the OAC Steamer Firehouse Reception Area. 

Tickets are $20, discounts are available. The Thursday, March 15th performance is a special evening, Buy One Ticket Get One Free! No other discounts apply for this performance. Tickets for all dates are limited, so advanced purchase is highly recommended. Buy your tickets HERE. Access to the firehouse is via one flight of stairs. Elevator access is not available in this historic building.