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Friday's post about Miguel Eduardo Medrano contained an incorrect email address for the artist. The correct address is Sorry for the confusion...


Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum Plays April Fools' Joke on Prolific Forger

These prints from a book shows a work by French painter Paul Signac, left, and the forged version and painted by art forger Mark A. Landis, of Laurel, Miss., right, at the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio on Tuesday, March 27, 2012. The work of the convincing art forger who has spent nearly three decades copying artists like Picasso and donating his fake art to unsuspecting museums goes on display April Fool's Day. The University of Cincinnati exhibit will explore the problem of art forgery through a look at the unusual story of Landis. AP Photo/Dottie Stover-University of Cincinnati. (Click Photo for Larger Image)Art forgeries have become a big business--and not in the criminal sense. Many museums now have rooms dedicated to those works in their collections that have proven to be forgeries--or at least falsely attributed to great masters. From

CINCINNATI (AP).- Fool me once, the saying goes. But 50 times? That's what a convincing art forger did for nearly three decades when he donated his copies of Picassos and other works of art to unsuspecting museums in 20 states. Mark A. Landis, who has dressed as a Jesuit priest or posed as a wealthy donor driving up in a red Cadillac, apparently never took money for his forgeries and has never been arrested. Now his "works" have been collected into their own tongue-in-cheek exhibit, called Faux Real and opening on April Fools' Day at the University of Cincinnati.



Featured Artist Friday: Miguel Eduardo Medrano

We’ll now be featuring a different artist every Friday. Each week, we’ll introduce you to some wonderful fine artists--working on a range of subjects, in a variety of media. We’ll begin with some artists from our own backyard--here in southern California.

Miguel Eduardo MedranoMiguel Eduardo Medrano is an incredible painter--who works primarily in oils and has a remarkable sense of color and design. Eduardo (as he prefers to be called by his friends) was born in Argentina, in 1944. He’s an architect and primarily self-taught painter--who has now workshopped with me for a couple of years. In his own words:

"I started drawing and painting while still in school, and continued to pursue this passion while studying architecture. Throughout my professional career, I kept up with my love of painting. To supplement my self-taught knowledge and skills, I participated in some workshops, competitions and exhibitions. My goal with my paintings is to transform my subject matter into a plastic language. My landscapes are where life is art, and the landscape is a state of  the soul, which lies in the soft echo of a painting."

Miguel Eduardo Medrano, Taos, oil on canvas, 24" x 18" (click photo for larger image)Miguel Eduardo Medrano, The creek..the road...and the mountains, oil on canvas, 16" x 20" (click photo for larger image)If you’re interested in seeing more of Miguel Eduardo Medrano’s work, you can contact him at For information on my classes at Pasadena City College Extension, click here....


The Ghent Altarpiece

Ghent Altarpiece detail, completed c. 1432, closed view, back panelsGhent Altarpiece detail, completed c. 1432, The Virgin MaryOne of the great masterpieces of art is the treasured Ghent Altarpiece--an early Flemish polyptych panel painting. Begun by Hubert van Eyck and completed by his brother, Jan van Eyck, in around 1432, this work was a major innovation for its time. It introduced a shift away from the idealization of the Middle Ages to a more precise representation of nature. When opened, the altarpiece measures 11 x 15 feet (3.5 x 4.5 metres), so it’s not a small matter, to be sure!

You can find lots of information about the Ghent Altarpiece online. But for a fantastic look at an ongoing project designed to assess the structural condition of this seminal work, visit Closer to Van Eyck: Rediscovering the Ghent Altarpiece. Here you'll find multiple views of the panels, various types of photographic analysis (including macrophotography, infrared macrophotography, reflectograph and x-radiography), along with a wealth of documentation and details.

A Tip of the Hat to my friend, Linda C., for turning me on to this site!


Modernism and Giotto: Back and Forth on a Time Machine

(Left) Diego Rivera - The Agitator, detail, 1926, Autonomous University of Chapingo. (Right) Giotto - Crucifixion, detail, c. 1305, Scrovegni Chapel, PaduaOne of the primary goals of Modern Art was to break with the traditions of the past that had been defined by the Renaissance. But inspiration doesn’t develop in a vacuum! Key modernists such as Matisse, Picasso, Modigliani, Rivera--and many other artists--journeyed back in time to pre-Renaissance days in search of a muse. They found one in the great fourteenth century master, Giotto. I will begin a five-week program on this topic at the Palos Verdes Art Center--on Tuesday afternoons from 12:30-3:30, and beginning Tuesday, April 10th. In this program, we will examine the significant links (and in some cases direct quotations) between the “father of European painting” and the Moderns masters. Giotto once said, “Every painting is a voyage into a sacred harbor.” Come on our voyage to find out how modernism interpreted this idea--working from the Giotto model. Space is limited so register now! Click here for more info and to register.