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    “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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    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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Quote of the Day

“The position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel.” - Piet Mondrian


Linear Art: The Power Of Line

(click photo for larger image)The Ossining Arts Council is presenting Linear Art: POWER OF THE LINE, curated by Peg Tarnowsky and Steven Hummel. The exhibit is open to ALL and will be on view from April 6 - May 1, 2019.

The deadline for entries is March 15, 2019. The Prospectus contains all important information regarding the call, and instructions for making your submission(s).

The exhibit will feature works in all media that embody implied lines, diagonal lines, gesture lines, outlines, contour lines, expressive lines and more. Other elements, such as texture, shading and solid pigments may certainly be included. However, the emphasis will be on the conscious and creative use of line.

This call is open to ALL. OAC Members may enter for FREE. Non-Members: $25. Students: $15 - Up to TWO (2) submissions may be made. All submissions should be sent to:  See PROSPECTUS for complete instructions.

If you choose to become an OAC Member, entry fees will be waived. You can learn more about OAC on our website. Click on this LINK to become a Member. 



Erté (Romain de Tirtoff) - "Mariage d'Amour . . . Mariage de Raison": Cover Design for Harper's Bazar - May 1927 - Gouache on cardboard - Sheet: 13 11/16 x 10 3/16 in. (34.8 x 25.9 cm) - Metropolitan Museum of Art - New YorkRussian-born artist Romain de Tirtoff (1892-1990) was known by the pseudonym Erté, from the French pronunciation of his initials. He was a 20th-century artist and designer in an array of fields, including fashion, jewelry, graphic arts, costume and set design for film, theatre, and opera, and interior decor.

His set and costume designs were featured in the Ziegfeld Follies, the Folies Bergère, and a number of silent films produced by Louis B. Mayer. Between 1915 and 1937, he designed more than two hundred magazine covers. Many of these, as in the example above, were for the popular, upscale fashion magazine, Harper's Bazaar. His designs and illustrations also appeared in many widely read women's glossies of the day, including Vogue, Cosmopolitan, and Ladies' Home Journal. Since the majority of Americans were more likely to read magazines and go to movies than to visit galleries and museums, the fact that Erté's work was so visible in popular culture made it possible for the Art Deco style to be disseminated more widely rather than remaining largely the domain of a wealthy elite.


Did You Know?

Andy Warhol was a hoarder, and he used to fill warehouses with his stuff. He created “time capsules” filled with random objects, and it was discovered that one of those objects was a foot from Ancient Egypt. Where did he acquire it? Not sure, but one theory suggests a flea market–which could be another story unto itself.


Cellini’s Perseus

Benvenuto Cellini - Perseus - 1545-54 - Bronze - Height 320 cm - Loggia dei Lanzi, FlorenceBenvenuto Cellini (1500-1571) was a Florentine sculptor, goldsmith, and metal-worker. His autobiography (first published in 1728) and written in a racy vernacular, has been famous since the 18th century. Its appeal came from the artist’s vivid picture of a Renaissance craftsman proud of his skill and independence, boastful of his feats in art, love, and war, quarrelsome, superstitious, and devoted to the great tradition embodied in Michelangelo (discussed at length elsewhere on What About Art?). It has given him a wider reputation than could have come from his artistic work alone; but to modern eyes he also appears as one of the most important Mannerist sculptors, and his statue of Perseus (featured here) is one of the glories of Florentine art.

The sculpture shows Perseus, holding the head of the Medusa, which he has cut off and from whose blood the winged horse Pegasus will be born. This masterpiece in bronze was sculpted between 1545 and 1554 for the Loggia dei Lanzi (an open-air gallery) and has stood there ever since. The sculpture can be considered the result of a direct competition with the great Donatello's earlier sculpture, Judith and Holophernes. (Donatello is also discussed elsewhere on What About Art?)

The modeling of the statuettes in bronze on the marble base is so exquisitely done that it suggests the precision of the goldsmith’s art (rather than that of the sculptor). The bronze, which is one of the most celebrated of the Renaissance for its great size, was considered unequaled in a single casting, up to the Industrial Revolution. In a recent restoration, highly sophisticated gold decoration was revealed, which had been used instead of another design, for even more complex damascene ornamentation. (Damascening is the art of inlaying different metals into one another—typically, gold or silver—into a darkly oxidized steel background, to produce intricate patterns similar to niello.)