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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.

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.

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Did You Know?: The Genius of Picasso

The most prolific creator in the history of art--and one of the most brilliant--was definitely Pablo Picasso. Most of us know him as one of the great giants of modernism--who developed Cubism with Georges Braque--a movement that would change the way we ALL see. But Picasso’s style evolved throughout his lifetime--and he created over 21,000 works of art (with more being catalogued regularly). Cubism was but a short stop for him over a very long career. Did you know, for example, that Picasso was a magnificent painter of the more classical style?

Pablo Picasso, The Old Fisherman (Salmereon) 1895, Museu de Montserrat, BarcelonaThis amazing work was created when Picasso was the tender age of 14. For those of you who perhaps don’t favor the Picasso works you already know--consider revisiting his entire production. Picasso was an artist who definitely bucked traditions--and established new ones. But...he knew the “rules” of art before he broke them--and there’s much to be said for that. 


The Literal Middle Ages 

Hieronymus Bosch - Last Judgment (fragment of Hell) - 1504-08 - Oil on panel, Private collectionMedieval culture was quite literal. Hell really did consist of flames, Heaven was a place of beautiful gardens, and monsters most definitely existed to the people of the Middle Ages. This mindset offered endless possibilities to the artists of the age--and none was more creative in this regard than Hieronymous Bosch. For centuries, artists, illustrators, puppeteers, set designers, and art directors have been looking to medieval art for inspiration--and to feed their imaginations. Click on the link above to learn more about this fascinating, rather paradoxical--and most creative artist!

"Accidental Genius" Highlights Major Gift to Milwaukee Art Museum

August Walla (Austrian, b. 1936), The Absolute Truth (Gericht!), 1990. Acrylic on canvas (double sided), 78 x 63 in. (198.12 x 160.02 cm). The Anthony Petullo Collection. M2012.230a,b. Photo: Larry Sanders.Milwaukee collector Anthony Petullo owns an extraordinary collection of modern self-taught art--much of which is on exhibit at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Self-taught art falls into several categories--including naive art, outsider art (also known as art brut) and sometimes folk art. The article below will give you a peek and some insight into Petullo’s fine collection.

MILWAUKEE, WIS.- Accidental Genius: Art from the Anthony Petullo Collection, an original exhibition of modern self-taught art featuring more than two hundred works opened Friday, February 10, 2012, at the Milwaukee Art Museum. The exhibition includes many of the most important European and American artists in the genre, and celebrates the significant gift of works by Milwaukee collector Anthony Petullo to the Museum. READ MORE...

It should be noted that not all individuals with little or no training are considered naive or outsider artists. Vincent van Gogh, for example, was largely self-taught--but his work is neither naive our outsider art. In addition, some artists who have been professionally trained have aligned themselves with outsider art--as a way of protesting against the powers-that-be of the professional art world.


March 21st - "Finding the Past in the Present" at the Burbank Art Association

I will be speaking at the March 21st Meeting of the Burbank Art Association with a presentation entitled  "Finding the Past in the Present":

The artists of the Modern Era were determined to shake off the dust of the Renaissance—and the canons of classical approaches that had “ruled” them for over 400 years. It is perhaps ironic that many of the primary resources for the Moderns came from the Medievals! Modern Art draws heavily upon medieval art—in its approaches to color, line, surface imagery, abstraction and subject matter. In addition, art forms invented in the Middle Ages—such as woodcuts, wood carvings, and everyday items elevated to the status of art—were revived during the Modern period. We will explore the influence of medieval art on Modern Art—to identify medieval modernism, with all of its character and innovation. Modern artists examined will include (but not be limited to) Romare Bearden, Francis Bacon, Henri Matisse, Emil Nolde, Marc Chagall, Georges Rouault, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Erich Heckel, and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff.

The Presentation begins at 7:30 PM, 301 E. Olive Ave, Rm. 102, Burbank, CA. Park and enter at the rear of the building. Guests are welcome! Members are admitted for free--guests are asked to pay a $3 fee.