Posts Tagged ‘Art movements and -isms’

Midnight Mass, San Marco style

January 20, 2018

Being in Venice on Christmas Eve, I had to attend Midnight Mass in the Basilica di San Marco. I was attending not as an active parishioner, but out of a deep sense of curiosity: how would one of the largest and most famous cathedrals in the world “do” Midnight Mass? (Catholic roots run deep!) For […]

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Met Faves That Wouldn’t Let Go

November 19, 2017

The standouts for me, the ones I just stood in front of, and stood, and stood. Where crowds come, and you wait it out, and then you can be alone, just you and the painting. Then the crowd again, because everyone feels something special in front of these works; they’re famous for a reason. Is […]

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Met Faves Part 2

November 2, 2017

I don’t recall seeing a 3D rendering of a Cubist guitar before, but I love this.

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Pride Project #4 – Il Sodoma

June 4, 2016

Il Sodoma was an Italian Renaissance painter who lived around 1500, and worked with Raphael and Pope Julius. He worked on both the Sistine Chapel and the Stanza della Segnatura in the Vatican (more commonly known as the Raphael Room). Unfortunately, he was fired from both of those projects, as were many other popular and […]

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365 Days of Art: December 14 – Roger Fry is Born

December 15, 2014

December 14, 1866 Roger Fry, British artist and art critic, is born. He holds many roles in his lifetime, including writer, painter, member of London’s Bloomsbury group, expert on Italian Old Master paintings, inventor of the term “post-Impressionists”, and Curator of Paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

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November 28 – Bazille Killed on Battlefield

November 30, 2014

November 28, 1870 Impressionist painter Frédéric Bazille dies on the battlefield during the Franco-Prussian War. He is fighting with the Zouaves, a light infantry regiment, and has been frustrated at the lack of action. Today, in a minor battle, his officer is injured and Bazille takes command. He leads an assault on the Prussians, is […]

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365 Days of Art: November 26 – Whistler v. Ruskin Libel Trial Concludes

November 30, 2014

November 26, 1878 The two-day trial, filed by James Abbott McNeill Whistler against art critic John Ruskin, concludes. In July 1877, Ruskin writes a heavy-handed and extremely critical review of Whistler’s work in a group show, that causes Whistler to sue him for libel: For Mr. Whistler’s own sake, no less than for the protection […]

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365 Days of Art: November 25 – Namuth Films Pollock; Pollock Spirals Downward

November 27, 2014

November 25, 1950 Photographer Hans Namuth films Jackson Pollock painting on glass, in order to capture, from below, the particular beauty of paint falling in the “action painting” or Abstract Expressionist style, and the “dance” that Pollock executes around a painting. This day’s shooting is the culmination of a months-long project by Namuth to portray […]

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365 Days of Art: November 8 – Surrealists Expel Another Member, Out of Loyalty to Gorky

November 13, 2014

November 8, 1948 Andre Breton expels Victor Brauner from the Surrealist group, because Brauner refuses to condemn Matta, who has already been expelled for contributing to Gorky’s suicide, by sleeping with his wife.

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365 Days of Art: October 10 – Leonardo Shows Three Paintings to Possible Patron, Watts Towers Kill Stress Test

October 11, 2014

October 10, 1517 Leonardo shows three of his paintings to the Cardinal of Aragon: Portrait of a Florentine Lady commissioned by Giuliano de’ Medici, Young St. John the Baptist, and St. Anne. October 10, 1959 Before the planned demolition of Watts Towers, a DIY art project created over 34 years by one man without the […]

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365 Days of Art: September 7 – Apollinaire is Arrested for Theft of Mona Lisa

September 11, 2014

September 7, 1911 Seventeen days after the Mona Lisa is stolen without anyone noticing, police arrest the poet Guillaume Apollinaire. As a critic and surrealist, he’s suggested in the past that the Louvre should be burned down, and he rooms with someone who’s been stealing antiquities. He’s held for five days, during which time he […]

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365 Days of Art: August 29 – The Federal Art Project of the WPA is Created

August 29, 2014

August 29, 1935 The Federal Art Project (FAP) is established as part of the Works Progress Administration and FDR’s New Deal. Like all WPA programs, its goal is to create jobs. Most of the jobs involved creating public art for government buildings like schools, libraries, airports and the like. One of the great features is […]

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365 Days of Art: August 28 – Edward Burne-Jones is Born

August 29, 2014

August 28, 1833 Edward Burne-Jones, a painter and designer with the Pre-Raphaelite Movement and the Arts and Crafts Movement, is born. He works in many media, including glass and tile, rendering exquisite detail. In his words: I mean by a picture a beautiful, romantic dream of something that never was, never will be – in […]

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365 Days of Art: August 27 – Michelangelo Takes 1st Commission, Krakatoa Colors Sky for The Scream, and Guernica is Displayed for 1st Time in US

August 27, 2014

Another big day in the history of art! August 27, 1498 At age 25, Michelangelo receives his first big commission: a statue of Mary and Jesus for a cardinal. He selects the Carrera marble himself from the quarry and carves the statue from that single piece of stone. The 450 ducats he’s paid make him […]

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365 Days of Art: August 17 – Larry Rivers is Born

August 17, 2014

August 17, 1923 Painter Larry Rivers is born. He’s nothing if not colorful. He hangs out at the famous Cedar bar with the Abstract Expressionists. His love life is unconventional and prolific: he has an affair with Frank O’Hara, and marries several times. He raises his ex-wife’s sons and lives with his former mother-in-law, who […]

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