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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.

Exhibition at Carter Sexton Begins March 9th

The Burbank Art Association has a show opening on March 9, 2012, at Carter Sexton Artists Materials. The show will feature the art of this group’s members. Visit Carter Sexton for more information.


Art Lesson: The Principles of Design

Click Photo For Larger ImageThe Principles of design help us to organize and unify our works of art. Artists "design" their works by controlling and ordering the Elements of Art in them. If we just put objects anywhere in a work of art—without thinking about how to arrange them—that work would probably not be very interesting, or very good. The Principles of Design help us to create effective compositions. Balance, for example, helps a work of art to make sense—in interesting ways. Two sides of a work don’t have to be exactly the same in order for the art to have balance. A see saw—with one side up and the other down—is still in balance/ When we put lines, shapes, forms and colors together that are different from one another, we create a contrast that can be quite powerful. Emphasis or Dominance are what the artist uses to encourage the viewer to focus on very specific areas in a work of art. Elements such as diagonal lines and particular colors (like red) provide a sense of movement in our art.


The Magic of Modigliani 

Portrait of Jeanne Hebutern, Amedeo Modigliani (1918), Yale University Art Gallery, oil on canvasAmedeo Modigliani reigns unique among the early modern artists--in part due to his affinity with the Italian artistic tradition that was his heritage. Art historians are only just beginning to fully comprehend the significance of Modigliani’s contribution to art. Visit the link above to learn more about this fascinating figure of Modern Art. I also highly recommend the book, Modigliani: A Life by Meryle Secrest. You can order it from Amazon--in paperback and Kindle formats. It definitely will dispel many of the false myths about Modigliani--and lend insight into the true nature of the man.

I also strongly encourage you to visit the Early Italian Renaissance and Mannerist traditions. These are at the very heart of Modigliani’s work.


Quote of the Day

“The painting has a life of its own.” - Jackson Pollock


Valencian Institute for Modern Art Shows a Retrospective of Spanish Painter Menchu Gal

Menchu Gal, Nocturno en el Cantabrico, 1950 Menchu Gal was a female painter who was always able to find something to celebrate--even during the bleakest and most depressing episodes of the Spanish Civil War--which dramatically altered her life. Known for her landscapes and portraits--Gal’s primary tool was extreme color, which harks back to the Fauves of the early 20th century. The following article will give you some insight into this fascinating artist:

VALENCIA.- The exhibition, organized in collaboration with Menchu Gal Foundation and sponsored by Social Kutxa, shows oils, drawings and watercolors, representing different stages of the creative artist and genres that grew from his first works influenced by êcole de Paris in the 30's, to his latest creations of the 90's.

Read the entire article here...