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Nix National Endowment for Arts - Why Not?
I am an advocate of freedom of expression in the arts - but to a degree. The age-old question of 'what is art?' comes to the forefront. Do we need the NEA? Iíll discuss its rocky past and possible demise.
Hollywood Imitates Art and History
'Hollywood' conjures thoughts of glitz and glamour Ė movies made to entertain. Iíll explain how this center of the American entertainment industry has 'borrowed' from art and history.
Food That Inspired Art and Creativity
Leonardo da Vinciís notebooks contain a diary on health and cooking. The artists Henri Matisse and Paul Cezanne painted fruit as their subject matter. Iíll discuss art conceived with the theme of food - yum.
The Effect of the 'Grand Tour' on Art
Wealthy young men took the 'Grand Tour' of Europe from the 17th-19th c. Iíll discuss the alluring mystery behind this extraordinary adventure for the privileged that would unequivocally affect the world of art.
Famous Art : Sketches - Studies - Finished (maybe)
Are you creative? Then you can relate to the arduous task (and exhilaration) of preparing and executing a book manuscript or an art sketch Ė and taking it to completion. Iíll discuss those by famous artists.
Crowdfunding Saved Louvre 'Winged Victory'
One of Franceís beloved national treasures is the marble statue 'Winged Victory' at the Louvre. With the publicís help - through crowdfunding - restoration of this magnificent statue was made possible. Iíll explain.
Words of 2016 also Popular in Art World
The Merriam-Webster dictionary announced their list of the most searched words for 2016. I found a few to be words that may have had their roots from the world of art. Iíll discuss their popularity.
Gustave Caillebotte Ė the Forgotten Impressionist
There are those among you who have never heard of Gustave Caillebotte. Surprisingly, the Met museum has just acquired their first by this Impressionist artist. I will discuss his works and influences on art.
Where Man Stands, Falls, Sits, Flies in Art
The many possible poses of man have been immortalized in art. Iíll discuss the artists who have painted, photographed, engraved, or sculpted their personal impressions of man.
Gender Equality for Angels in Art
Various religions (including paganism) have described or left their interpretation of angels in some form of art. Iíll discuss where angels may have first appeared and why they popularize folklore and religion.
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