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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.
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    The Impressionists: The Other French Revolution
    A very personal and revealing look at the personalities that created Impressionism.

 

 

Friday
Apr172015

Quote of the Day

“My pictures express my life and experience. I paint the things I know about and the things I have experienced.” - Jacob Lawrence

Wednesday
Apr152015

Jacob Lawrence: The Migration Series - 1940-41

Jacob Lawrence - The Migration Series No. 12. “The railroad stations were at times so over-packed with people leaving that special guards had to be called in to keep order.” - 1941 - casein tempera on hardboard - 12 x 18 in. - The Museum of Modern Art, New York.A sixty-panel series known as the Migration Series is shared between MoMA and the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. Artist Jacob Lawrence took as his subject the exodus of African Americans from the rural South to Northern cities during and after World War I, when industry's demand for workers attracted them in vast numbers. As the son of migrants, Lawrence had a personal connection to the topic. He researched the subject extensively and wrote the narrative before making the paintings, taking seriously the dual roles of educator and artist.

Lawrence was influenced by the work of the Mexican muralists and earlier artists such as Goya, but he drew his stylistic inspiration primarily from the Harlem community in which he lived. The vivid pattern and color—created in tempera paint as Lawrence worked on all the panels at once—reflect an aesthetic that itself had migrated from the South.

Monday
Apr132015

Upcoming Presentation - Reincarnations: Finding the Art of the Past in the Present 

What do these images have in common? Come to the program and find out! (click photo for larger image)

WAA Director Jill Kiefer will be delivering an Art History program at the

Briarcliff Manor Library

on Sunday, April 19th at 2:00 PM. -

One Library Rd., Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510

Telephone: 914-941-7072 - www.briarcliffmanorlibrary.org 

Modern and postmodern artists were ALL—without exception—influenced by the masterworks of the past. This single-session presentation will give you a chance to visit with masters from many of the critical periods and movements of art—throughout the ages—and to find out a few things about each of them (and their eras) you may not know. You’ll also discover how later artists and periods were influenced by earlier ones, in ways that will surprise you. How did medieval stained glass and illuminated manuscripts inspire Henri Matisse? What does Renaissance art have in common with Expressionism? Which Modernists…were Mannerists? Join us to see a very different take on some of your favorite art and artists. You’ll see that the Past always remains very much alive in the Present—and that there are many different ways of looking at art!

This program will run from 2:00 3:30 PM on Sunday, April 19, with the last 15 minutes devoted to a Q&A session. 

Friday
Apr102015

Late Gothic Painting

Hieronymus Bosch - Last Judgment (detail - fragment of Hell) - 1504-08 - Oil on panel - Private collection (click photo for larger image)Albrecht Dürer - Heller Altar (detail) - 1508-09 - Tempera and oil on wood, 189 x 138 cm (central element) - Historisches Museum, Frankfurt (click photo for larger image)Gerard David, Hieronymus Bosch, and Matthias Grünewald were all early 16th-century artists. and contemporaries of the other Northern artists such as Albrecht Dürer, Lucas Cranach, and Hans Holbein. However, the paintings of the former artists maintain connections with the Gothic tradition, while the latter were strongly influenced by the Italian Renaissance. So the two strands of Gothic and Renaissance art coexisted in Northern Europe in the first half of the 16th century. Hieronymus Bosch most definitely had a firm grip on the art of the fantastic associated with the medieval tradition. Albrecht Dürer was much more steeped in the experiments of the Renaissance. Notice the different between the two details featured here—created in the same year. Whereas Dürer is clearly preoccupied with a representation of humanity that is—literally—more down to earth!

Wednesday
Apr082015

An Evening with the Symbolists: Magical—Spiritual Truths – Saturday – 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM – April 11

Odilon Redon - The Cyclops - c. 1914 - Oil on canvas - 64 x 51 cm - Museum Kroller-Mueller, Otterlo, The Netherlands (click photo for larger image)

WAA Director Jill Kiefer will be offering the following program at the

Katonah Art Center

131 Bedford Rd. Katonah, NY 10536

(914) 232-4843

Enjoy a glass of pinot with a presentation! Register Today!

During the decades before 1900—and into the twentieth century—the Symbolists were the avant-garde, and one of quite a new kind, influencing not only the arts but also the thought and spirit of the epoch. Symbolists believed that art should aim to capture absolute truths, so they worked in a highly metaphorical and suggestive manner. Endowing particular images or objects with symbolic meaning, they drew on everything from religious art to literature to dream imagery. The movement was a strong reaction against Naturalism and Realism—rejecting what they saw as the grit of the ordinary. They preferred, instead, to focus on dreams and the imagination—in their search for the Ideal. Gustave Moreau, Odilon Redon, Gustav Klimt, Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, and Edvard Munch are just a few of the artists we’ll explore during this mystical evening. (1 session – 3 hours, with a break midway through the program).