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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
Mar112019

Yuu Watase: A Storyteller

Yuu Watase - This is the front cover art for the first volume of the manga series Alice 19th written by the artistWith the rise in popularity of anime, shōjo manga, and Japanese graphic novels, few manga artists have been as influential as Yuu Watase (born 1970), a cartoonist, writer, and illustrator from Osaka, Japan. Since writing and illustrating her first story, “An Intrusion in Pajamas,” Watase has created more than 80 volumes of short stories and series. As influential as she is as a storyteller, her unique manga-style illustrating has subtly changed the industry style.

The work featured here is the front cover art for the first volume of the manga series Alice 19th.

The story follows Alice Seno, a fifteen-year-old girl forever in the shadow of her older sister. Watase claims that she thought of Lewis J. Carrol.’s work, “Alice in Wonderland” when developing her characters.

Friday
Mar082019

Peggy Guggenheim: A Major Force in the Art World

Peggy Guggenheim and Jackson Pollock in front of Mural (1943), CA. 1946, (Courtesy of guggenheim.org) (click photo for larger image)Socialite Peggy Guggenheim (1897-1979) was born into the wealthy Guggenheim family of New York City. The niece of Solomon R. Guggenheim, who founded New York’s Guggenheim Museum, she rose to prominence as an important collector of art. In 1912, when she turned 21, Peggy inherited $2.5 million (valued at $35.3 million today) and moved to Paris, where she befriended Man Ray, Constantin Brancusi, and Marcel Duchamp.

In 1938, she established a modern art gallery in London and began seriously collecting art, focusing on Surrealist and abstract art. Through Duchamp, she created many connections in the art world and exhibited works by important modernists like Henry Moore, Alexander Calder, Pablo Picasso, Jean Arp, and Max Ernst. After one year, she decided to shut the gallery and focus her efforts on creating a museum.

Peggy settled in Venice in 1949 and established the Peggy Guggenheim Collection to showcase her impressive collection of modern art. Today, it is still one of the biggest attractions in Venice and highlights Cubism, Surrealism, and Abstract Expressionism by both European and American artists.

In the summer of 1943, she commissioned a young and relatively unknown Jackson Pollock to paint a mural for her Manhattan townhouse. The work he produce (Mural) turned out to be his first large painting, and the largest work he would ever create.

Learn more about Peggy Guggenheim at Jill Kiefer’s presentation, TOMORROW—March 9th, at the Bethany Arts Community (at 4:00 PM). Admission is FREE! Search for more info about the artists mentioned here on What About Art?

Wednesday
Mar062019

Did You Know?

Whatever career path you choose, it seems you get asked the same questions over and over again. Most people just grin and bear it, but Picasso had other ideas. When people would ask about the meaning of his paintings, question the almighty Cézanne (who was a close friend), or just rub him the wrong way in general, he would pull out a revolver and point it at them. His gun was filled with blanks, but was armed with a powerful message.

Monday
Mar042019

Women Art Professionals

Gertrude Stein sitting on a sofa in her Paris studio, with a portrait of her by Pablo Picasso, 1930. (Photo: Wide World Photos, Inc. via the Library of Congress) (click photo for larger image)Women art professionals have been referred to as “the bargains of our time” and the latest statistics bear out that claim—alas. And yet, there is a history of female art professionals that reveals the enormous contributions—and significant changes—that female art professionals have made possible. 

Please join us THIS Saturday (March 9, 2019) at 4:30 PM, at the Bethany Arts Community. Jill Kiefer will deliver a program on this topic, and will discuss women art historians, art critics, dealers, collectors, curators, art educators, and contemporary artists who have and continue to make a difference for women working in the arts. We’ll also take a look at some of the most famous muses in the history of art, who not only inspired masterworks—but artists’ careers. Admission is FREE!

Friday
Mar012019

Bethany Arts Community - Women in the Arts - Presented by Dr. Jill Kiefer

(click photo for larger image)Please mark you calendars and plan to attend two special presentations by What About Art? Director, Jill Kiefer. The first program will be A Brief Survey of Women Artists from the Middle Ages to the present day. That event will take place tomorrow, Saturday, March 2nd, from 4:00-5:30pm at BAC. The following week, on Saturday, March 9th from 4:00-5:30pm, Women Working in the Arts will be presented, focusing on some of the major contributions made by women working in a variety of professions in the arts. We’ll also note some of the staggering disparities that continue to exist between women and men working in the arts. See the flyer here for more details.