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American Author John Updike - Essays on Art
John Updike’s book 'Always Looking' was written posthumously in 2012. Best known for his fiction and reviews, these 'Essays on Art' are an honest approach to art by an author I most admire. I’ll discuss the author himself and the art exhibits mentioned in the book.
Amsterdam Celebrates 400th Anniversary & Museums
The canal district of Amsterdam in the Netherlands celebrates 400 years in 2013. The Rijksmuseum has undergone ten years of renovation and restoration. I’ll discuss the major museums of Amsterdam.
Modern Art on US Forever Postage Stamps
To commemorate 100 years (1913-2013) after the Armory Show in New York, the USPS celebrates the work of twelve modern artists who have ‘forever’ influenced the world of art.
The Art of Assyria – Ancient Iraq
Assyria produced stone reliefs for the royal palace, carved ivory and bronze. This collection from the British Museum was exhibited at the MFA Boston 2008-2009.
Dale Chihuly Looking Glass Exhibit Boston 2011
Dale Chihuly is responsible for elevating the status of glassblowing from craft to an art form by creating installation and environmental art, using glass. I’ll discuss the amazing Chihuly exhibit at the MFA Boston in 2011.
French Emperor Napoleon I – Power, Art, & Bees
Best known for his military achievements, Napoleon I expanded the Louvre and redecorated his residence at the Tuileries Palace. I’ll explain why he chose bees to adorn his clothing and furnishings.
Sculptor Bela L. Pratt – Boston Public Library
Bela L. Pratt may not be a household name like Bella Swan, the character from the ‘Twilight’ series, but this Boston sculptor was an important artist during the early 20th century. I’ll discuss his accomplishments and acquaintances.
Van Gogh & His Influence on Art
Van Gogh was a Dutch artist who influenced modern art, despite his short life and personal rejections. He left the art world a plethora of paintings in a variety of styles. I will discuss what really tells us 'volumes' about his inner thoughts.
Sargent - Madame X - Exhibit 1998-2000
Although the identity of Sargent’s ‘Madame X’ was revealed as Madame Pierre Gautreau, why was this painting so scandalous at the time? I’ll discuss the exhibit in Boston and NYC.
Renoir Paints ‘Luncheon of Boating Party’
Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s beloved painting is one of the most recognizable in the world. Over 100 years old, it still delights us with its color and subject matter. I will discuss his friends as models and the techniques Renoir used to connect them.
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