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    A fascinating and highly entertaining look at one of the most important families of the Renaissance era--the Medici.
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    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.

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    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.
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    A dramatization of the Impressionist movement as seen through the eyes of Claude Monet. Highly entertaining and informative.
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    A very personal and revealing look at the personalities that created Impressionism.
Monday
Dec172018

The Census at Bethlehem: A Recomposition of Everyday Life

Pieter Bruegel the Elder - The Census at Bethlehem - 1566 - Oil on oak, 116 x 164 cm - Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts, Brussels (click photo for larger image)Pieter Bruegal the Elder (c. 1525-1569) is discussed elsewhere on What About Art? - being one of the great Northern Renaissance masters. 

“Seen from above, the snow-covered village stretches on the one side to a ruined castle and on the other, beyond the pond, as far as the church. People are going about their daily tasks: sweeping the snow, building a cabin, crossing the pond on foot next to a ferry-boat caught in the ice, gathering around a fire. The children are playing, throwing snowballs, skating, spinning their tops, sledging. In the right hand foreground, a man with a large carpenter's saw is leading an ox and an ass, the latter bearing a women wrapped tightly in an ample blue mantle. Without attracting attention, they pick their way between the carts of beer barrels and bales. These are Joseph and Mary, who have come to Bethlehem to be enrolled in the universal census ordered by Emperor Augustus. The Gospel episode is associated with the payment of tax. And indeed to the left, the crowd is pressing in front of the tax-gatherer's office, installed at the window of the inn.” (Web Gallery of Art)

Friday
Dec142018

Live @ The Steamer: Ellis Paul

(click photo for larger image)Ellis Paul will be LIVE@THE STEAMER on Saturday evening December 15th. You don’t want to miss this outstanding performer. The show begins at 8 PM and doors open at 7:15 PM. You can buy tickets at Brown Paper Tickets (recommended) or at the door. The Steamer is located at 117 Main St., 2nd Floor, Ossining, NY

Here is some of what has been written about Ellis Paul…

"Despite his success and sense of history, Mr. Paul remains an artist with his eye on the future and an interest in discovering the transformative potential in his music." - The New York Times

“Some artists document their lives through their music. Others chronicle their times. It’s a rare artist who can do both, telling their own story through songs that also encapsulate the essence of people and places who have helped define their era overall. Woody Guthrie comes to mind, and so does Bob Dylan. Bruce Springsteen, certainly, as well. Yet few others, for whatever genius they may possess, can relate their own history to the history experienced by those who find that common bond, be it in a coming of age, living through the same realities or sharing similar experiences.

Ellis Paul is one of those gifted singer/ songwriters. Though some may refer to him as a folk singer, he is more, for lack of a better word, a singular storyteller, a musician whose words reach out from inside and yet also express the feelings, thoughts and sensibilities that most people can relate to in one way or another, regardless of age or upbringing. The exhilaration of the open road. A celebration of heroes. The hope for redemption. Descriptions of those things that are both near and dear. The sharing of love..., intimate, passionate and enduring.” Lee Zimmerman (writer/reviewer)

Wednesday
Dec122018

Quote of the Day

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” - Andy Warhol

Monday
Dec102018

Ed Malsberg: “A Lifetime of Art”

(click photo for larger image)“A Lifetime of Art” is an exhibit featuring the work of Ossining artist, Ed Malsberg, who will celebrate his 100th birthday in 2019.

A native of Boston, Ed graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art, in 1940; a Fine Arts major.

He studied printmaking at the School of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. During WWII, he served overseas in a topography unit and on the staff of Stars and Stripes European edition as an artist. After the war he began a lengthy career as a free-lance illustrator in New York in advertising and publishing.

Edward's clients included major advertising agencies and book publishers and the subject matter ranged from humorous, decorative illustration, to science, natural history, biology, physiology, children’s books and textbooks.

He also won an award from the American Institute of Graphic Arts in 1968 for book illustration.

These days, Ed is engaged in his lifelong passion for landscape painting in his favorite mediums, watercolor and pastel. Ed is the most senior member of the Ossining Arts Council, and he regularly attends all of OAC’s meetings and event.

There will be a Reception for Ed’s exhibit on Tuesday, December 11th, at the Ossining Public Library, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. The library is located at 53 Croton Avenue in Ossining, NY. The exhibit runs from December 5th - 29th. 

Don’t miss this wonderful event featuring the work of a truly remarkable artist—and person!

Friday
Dec072018

Botticelli: Always a Mystery

Sandro Botticelli - The Mystical Nativity - c. 1500 - Tempera on canvas, 109 x 75 cm - National Gallery, London (click photo for larger image)Sandro Botticelli (c. 1445 - 1510) was one of the greatest Renaissance masters, largely because “…he bridged the gap between the Medieval Gothic style of painting and an emerging Humanist Realism” (The Art Story). He studied under Fra Filippo Lippi, and worked to improve the comparatively soft, frail figural style he had learned from his teacher. To this end he studied the sculptural styles of Antonio Pollaiuolo and Andrea del Verrocchio, the leading Florentine painters of the 1460s. Under their influence, Botticelli produced figures of sculptural roundness and strength. He also replaced Lippi’s delicate approach with a vigorous naturalism, shaped always by conceptions of ideal beauty. All of these artists, including Botticelli, are discussed elsewhere here on “What About Art?”. 

There is no documentary evidence to prove whether or not Botticelli was one of the Dominican monk Savonarola's followers. But certain themes in his later works, such as The Mystic Nativity, are certainly derived from the sermons of Savonarola, which suggests that the artist was definitely attracted by that personality.

Some scholars believe that this painting, the only surviving work signed by Botticelli, was created for his own private devotions, or for someone close to him. It is certainly unconventional, and does not simply represent the traditional events of the birth of Jesus and the adoration of the Shepherds or the Magi. Rather it is a vision of these events inspired by the prophecies in the Revelation of Saint John. 

Botticelli has underlined the non-realism of the picture by including Latin and Greek texts, and by adopting the conventions of medieval art, such as discrepancies in scale, for symbolic ends. The Virgin Mary, adoring a gigantic infant Jesus, is so large that were she to stand she could not fit under the thatch roof of the stable. These are, of course, the holiest and the most important persons in the painting.