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Vermeer Art Created from Smoke & Mirrors?
Artist David Hockney has been critical of artists such as Johannes Vermeer, saying he may have 'cheated' by projecting and tracing images onto his canvas. I'll explain the camera obscura and how contemporary artists such as Jeff Koons and Abelardo Morell use technology to produce their art.
Fashion Designers Reinterpret Art Masterpieces
If art is beauty and beauty is art, then it shouldn’t be shocking when fashion designers reinterpret art masterpieces by using the colors and layout intended by the artist. I will discuss works by Manet and Vermeer, and the fashion houses: Christian Dior and Valentino.
Controversy Over Ownership of Warhol Painting
In 2013 a court battle ensued between actor Ryan O’Neil and lawyers for Farrah Fawcett over an Andy Warhol silkscreen portrait of the popular 'Charlie's Angels' star.
Van Dyck – Saving a UK National Treasure
A splendid self portrait by the 17th century Flemish artist Sir Anthony van Dyck may be sold to a foreign source unless a UK buyer can raise £12.5m by 2014, thanks to a temporary export ban.
Sylvester Stallone Exhibits Paintings in Russia
Sylvester Stallone is an action hero who is hard to dislike. The exhibit includes his abstract paintings, photos, and self portraits. I’ll discuss this popular actor’s art exhibit in Saint Petersburg,Russia.
Most Famous American Expatriate Artists
As there may have been hundreds of American artists living in Europe during the late 19th century, I will discuss only three: Whistler, Cassatt, and Sargent.
Treasures of Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
In 2013 it was announced by the FBI in Boston that they have identified those responsible for stealing priceless artwork in 1990. On a recent visit, I searched for 'other' hidden treasures.
Van Gogh – Newly Discovered Painting
‘Sunset at Montmajour’ was thought to be a forgery years before today’s modern technology. In September 2013, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam confirmed it as an original. I’ll discuss Van Gogh’s letters and how they were instrumental in authenticating this masterpiece.
‘Fabergé Revealed’ – Peabody Essex Museum
Seventeen years after the 'Fabergé in America' exhibit, I was delighted to see a special Fabergé exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA from the collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. I’ll discuss my favorites from both exhibits.
‘Bonfire of the Vanities’- Real Event in Florence
When we hear 'Bonfire of the Vanities' we think of a novel by Tom Wolfe, with a movie version in 1990. An actual event during the Renaissance, I’ll discuss its significance as it relates to art and the artist Sandro Botticelli.
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