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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About ‘Giclee’ But Were Afraid to Ask

Art Speaks (click photo for larger image)Mark Sarazen will be the Featured Presenter for this Sunday’s OAC ‘Art Speaks’ program. Mark will be sharing stories from his twenty-one years of experience in making Digital Fine Art Prints, and he’ll have an array of art produced by Sarazen Editions hung in the gallery for us to view! 

‘Art Speaks’ is one of the Ossining Arts Council’s most popular programs—because it explores all art forms and all types of participation in the arts. Artists, Arts Educators, Collectors, Historians, and Art Patrons all participate—and enjoy—spending time on Sunday afternoons learning more about the arts. Get out from under the “tax-day blues” this week and share in the fun.

The program runs from 2-3:30pm. Admission is FREE to ALL and light refreshments will be served. Donations are welcome. 

OAC Steamer Firehouse Gallery - 117 Main St., 2nd Fl., Ossining, NY 10510


Did You Know?

Dada artist Marcel Duchamp created art from everyday objects, which he called “readymades”. He made about twenty of these pieces. The most famous example, by far, is a work called “Fountain” which is nothing more than a urinal he purchased. He scrawled “R. Mutt” as a signature on its side. When it came time to display his creation at an art show, the board in charge of the exhibit had a fierce debate about it. They eventually chose to hide the display from view, presumably in the washroom.


“A Signature at Gunpoint Cannot Lead to a Valid Conveyance”

Egon Schiele - Woman Hiding Her Face (click photo for larger image)“The Art Newspaper” reported on April 6th that London art dealer Richard Nagy has to return two Egon Schiele works worth $5 million dollars to heirs of Holocaust victims. Although Nagy argued that his purchase of the works was entirely legal, Justice Charles E. Ramos posited that the manner of the initial seizure of such works undermines this argument. “A signature at gunpoint cannot lead to a valid conveyance.”

The battles and debates over who legally holds title to works alleged to have been confiscated by the Nazis during WWII continue—as do the lawsuits over such art. In 2005, Massachusetts industrialist David Bakalar claimed ownership of yet another work by Schiele. That suit was won by Bakalar, on the grounds that the heirs of the original owners did not claim their right to title soon enough. According to the 2016 Holocaust Expropriated Art Recovery Act (HEAR)—claims can now be made on Nazi-looted work up to six years after they have been discovered.

In both cases noted here, the original owner of the art in question was Fritz Grünbaum.

Grünbaum was an Austrian Jewish cabaret artist, operetta and pop song writer, director, actor and master of ceremonies. He was also a  well-known collector of Austrian modernist art. Of the more than 400 pieces he owned, 80 of them were works created by Egon Schiele (1890-1918). Grünbaum was killed in Dachau concentration camp in 1941.

In many such cases, proof of original ownership cannot be determined, nor can it be proven that such items were stolen by the Nazis. Richard Nagy intends to appeal the decision on the basis that evidence of seizure of the works by the Nazis does not exist.

Egon Schiele (1890-1918) was one of the leading figures of Austrian Expressionism, whose works embody an “unprecedented level of emotional and sexual directness and use of figural distortion in place of conventional notions of beauty”.

The work featured here is one of the two works awarded to Grünbaum’s heirs. You can read more about Schiele right here on What About Art?


Quote of the Day

“The object of art is not to reproduce reality, but to create a reality of the same intensity.” — Alberto Giacometti


Arthur Bowen Davis: Artist of an Era in Change

Arthur B. Davies - A Greater Morning - ca. 1900-1905 - Oil on canvas - Smithsonian American Art Museum (click photo for larger image)American artist Arthur Bowen Davies (1862-1928) trained at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Art Students League in New York City. Davies was active at a time when late nineteenth century Romanticism was giving way to more modernist approaches. He created his most characteristic works after 1900—graceful, idyllic scenes of elegant nude figures and mythological creatures—and is often associated with the Symbolists.

In 1908 Davies organized an exhibit of artists who came to be known as the Ashcan School. As president of the Society of Independent Artists, Davies was also a major figure in the organization of the game-changing Armory Show of 1913, which brought the works of European and American modernists to the attention of the U.S. public. 

Like many other turn-of-the-century artists, Davies’ work responded to the country's increasing urbanization by showing idealized images of people relating to nature. In the work featured here he presents “two figures softly lit by the light of an early dawn. They evoke Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, unaware of their own nudity and waking to a new beginning in an untouched world.”

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