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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.
Monday
Oct222018

M.C. Escher: “Mathematics Made Visible”

M.C. Escher - Relativity - 1953 - Woodcut - 28.2 x 29.4 cm (11 1/8 x 11 5/8 in.) (click photo for larger image)Optical Art (which came to be known as “Op Art” in the 1960s) is a mathematically-themed form of non-representational art, which uses repetition of simple forms and colors to create vibrating effects, moiré patterns, foreground-background confusion, an exaggerated sense of depth, and other visual effects.

In a sense, all painting is based on tricks of visual perception: manipulating rules of perspective to give the illusion of three-dimensional space, mixing colors to create the impression of light and shadow, and so on. With Optical Art, the rules that the viewer's eye uses to try to make sense of a visual image are themselves the "subject" of the artwork.

Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher (1898-1972) experimented with Optical Art. Escher's work, although not non-representational, deals extensively with various forms of visual tricks and paradoxes. He became well-known for his detailed realistic prints that achieve bizarre optical and conceptual effects.

Escher’s mature style emerged after 1937 in a series of prints that combined meticulous realism with enigmatic  optical illusions. He portrayed with great technical virtuosity impossible architectural spaces and unexpected metamorphoses of one object into another. Sometimes referred to as the “father of modern tessellations,” Escher commonly used geometric grids to form intricate interlocking designs.

The work featured here, Relativity, is a lithograph, first printed in December 1953. It depicts a world in which the normal laws of gravity do not apply.

Friday
Oct192018

Tamar Drucker: “Every Quilt Tells a Story”

Please join us at OAC ‘Art Speaks’ on Sunday, October 21st, to hear artist Tamar Drucker talk about her artistic process. The program starts at 2 PM. Admission is FREE!

Tamar started quilting after moving to the USA. Her love of creating art through painting, sculpting, and sketching continues using fiber art. Tamar says:

“I am a self-taught fiber artist. The enjoyment of playing with different textures and colors, and collaging bits of fabric scraps together, is like assembling a puzzle."

In this program, Tamar will share her beautiful works with us—and talk about what inspires her work (and why), as well as how she processes her art.

Light refreshments will be served. You don’t want to miss opportunity to meet this talented artist and see her beautiful art! 

The OAC Steamer Gallery is located at 117 Main St., 2nd Floor, Ossining, NY

Wednesday
Oct172018

Quote of the Day

“It is important to express oneself...provided the feelings are real and are taken from you own experience.”  -Berthe Morisot

Monday
Oct152018

“An Expression of Who I Am” - Paintings by Raymond Royster

An exhibit by young artist Raymond Royster (born 1992) will open on October 20th, at the OAC Steamer Gallery in Ossining, NY. Please join us for the Reception, from 3:00-5:00 PM, to meet the artist and view his work. 

What follows is a statement by Raymond Royster:

“My name is Raymond Royster. I was born in Ossining, NY on January 25, 1992. I was raised in Hastings-on-Hudson, where I attended school until the 9th grade. My family moved back to Ossining, and graduated from Ossining High School. 

At about age 3, my brother and I discovered drawing. Rich—being 18 months older—was a much better artist at the time. But as I discovered trains, cartoons and Disney, I became the better artist. At age 5 I turned on the TV one day and there was Pappyland. Pappyland taught a different art technique each day. I never missed a show. While in high school, I studied Graghic Arts. After graduation, I took several art classes at the Jacob Burns Film Center Art and Film School, in Pleasantville. 

Most of what know, I learned through observation, trial and error. What I feel—and how I see things are an expression of who I am. The media I use includes markers, pencils, paints, and more. I like to experiment.

I had one solo show in July of 2017, in Tuxedo, NY. I attribute who I am—and my love of growing—to a lesson that rings in my head, from my late brother Rich. Your life is in your hands, and you can always do better! Just push yourself!!!”

The OAC Steamer Gallery is located at 117 Main St., 2nd Floor, Ossining, NY

Friday
Oct122018

Jenny Saville Painting Sells for $12.4 M. at Sotheby’s London, Record for Living Female Artist

Photo from an Interview with Jenny Saville“On Friday night, in a salesroom at Sotheby’s London, Jenny Saville’s masterful seated nude self-portrait Propped (1992), which features the artist gazing down at the viewer, with a long quotation from a feminist French critic scribbled across the canvas, made a record-shattering £9.5 million ($12.4 million) against an estimate of £3 million to £4 million.

That figure is not only the new high mark for a Saville at auction, it is also the most ever paid at auction for the work of a living female artist.” (Reprinted from article by Judd Tully on Art News)

Jenny Saville (born 7 May 1970) is a contemporary British painter associated with the Young British Artists, a group of concept driven artists. Saville is often credited with “reinventing figure painting for contemporary art, as well as originating a new and challenging way of painting the female nude…”. From the start of her career, Saville has engaged in an exploration of the body that borrows conventions from a long tradition in figure painting.