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    “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.

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SNAP! Colors - Patterns & Textures

(click photo for larger image)“The magnificent diversity of nature’s seasonal offerings are preserved in perpetuity in this exhibition featuring multi-talented Hudson Valley photographers.”

Don’t miss this exciting exhibit at The Art Gallery at the Rockefeller State Park Preserve. Please come to the Reception on Saturday, January 19th, from 1:00-3:00 PM - Main Entrance - 125 Phelps Way, Pleasantville, NY 10570.


Quote of the Day

“Great art picks up where nature ends.” - Marc Chagall


Oskar Schlemmer: A Master of Form  

Oskar Schlemmer - Bauhaus Stairway - 1932 - Oil on canvas - 63 7/8 x 45" (162.3 x 114.3 cm) - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York (click photo for larger image)Oskar Schlemmer (1888-1943) was a multi-talented German artist who achieved success as a painter, sculptor, choreographer, and designer. He was well-known for his abstract yet precise paintings of the human form as well as for his avant-garde ballet productions.

In 1920, architect Walter Gropius invited Schlemmer to teach at the Bauhaus school in Weimar, where he made significant contributions in numerous departments (sculpture, mural painting, metal work, and life drawing) but truly left his mark in the stage workshop.

Throughout the 1920s Schlemmer was commissioned to paint several murals in both private residences and public spaces, such as the former Bauhaus in Weimar (1923), which the Nazis destroyed in 1930, and the Folkwang Museum in Essen (1928–30), which the Nazis vandalized, dismantled, and removed in 1933. Schlemmer left the Bauhaus in 1929.

The gallery label at MoMA describes this work as follows:

“Bauhaus Stairway depicts the Bauhaus, a school founded in 1919 by architect Walter Gropius, famous for its visionary integration of technology, art, and design. Although Schlemmer made this painting three years after he left his teaching position at the Bauhaus, the works gridded structure, streamlined modular bodies and predominant palette of primary colors capture the schools vibrant design spirit. The carefully choreographed arrangement of the figures and the man en pointe at the top of the stairs reflects Schlemmer’s role as the creator of many important dance and theatrical productions at the Bauhaus. Schlemmer painted this work as Hitler assumed power, shortly before the Nazis closed the Bauhaus for good. He was among many artists persecuted by the Nazis, whose work they deemed ‘degenerate’ and often destroyed.”


Allan Rohan Crite: Artist-Reporter

Allan Rohan Crite, Sunlight and Shadow, 1941, oil on board, 25 1/4 x 39 in. (64.2 x 99.1 cm), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C. (click photo for larger image)Born in North Plainfield, New Jersey, Allan Rohan Crite (1910-2007) moved with his family to the Boston area, at an early age. During the course of his long life, Crite enjoyed an extensive career as a painter, draftsman, printmaker, author, librarian, and publisher.

Although he’s often labeled a Harlem Renaissance artist, Crite’s lifelong objective was to depict the life of African-Americans living in Boston as ordinary citizens of the middle class, rather than the stereotypical jazz musicians or sharecroppers featured in many other Harlem Renaissance works. Through his art, Crite intended to tell the story of African Americans as part of the fabric of American mainstream society and its reality. By using a more representational style, rather than an ultra-modern approach, Crite felt that he could more adequately "report" what he saw. He described himself as an “artist-reporter” noting that, “I've only done one piece of work in my whole life and I am still at it. I wanted to paint people of color as normal humans. I tell the story of man through the black figure.

Crite’s full body of work can be categorized into three basic themes: Negro spirituals; religious themes that emphasize non-European aspects of the Bible; and, general African American experiences. Crite also contributed to the African American art scene in Boston by creating the Artist’s Collective, a forum for emerging African American artists.

In the work featured here, three generations of neighbors gather in Madison Park, located in Boston's South End, to spend a pleasant afternoon beneath the shady trees.


Did You Know?

Gustave Klimt—painter of the famous work, “The Kiss” used cat urine as fixative for his paintings. He also routinely worked in his studio wearing muu-muus with nothing underneath them.