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Dark, Macabre, Grotesque Themes in Art
Dark, Macabre, and Grotesques themes in art can best be described as your worst nightmares. Why would artists choose to express themselves in this way? I’ll discuss my interpretations.

Darkness in Art – Rembrandt, van Gogh, Whistler
As Daylight Saving Time ends, we face darkness at an earlier evening hour. Some artists have chosen to embrace the dark and create wondrous works. I’ll discuss these paintings.

Decorative Arts by Frank Lloyd Wright
Frank Lloyd Wright’s style of architecture was coined ‘organic’ because of his natural motifs. He not only designed the building but the interior furnishings: rugs, chairs, tables, lamps, and fabrics. I will discuss the Dana-Thomas House in Springfield, Illinois.

Delvoye’s ‘Pig Farm’ – Art or Animal Cruelty ?
Wim Delvoye should not be given the title of ‘artist’ unless you believe it is humane to tattoo an animal (a pig in this instance) in order to sell its decorated hide for profit. I, for one, will call it what it is.

Desperate Housewives - Intro to Art 101
The 2005 season premiere of Desperate Housewives was anxiously anticipated (perhaps even by First Lady Laura Bush). Who could possibly turn a deaf ear to neighborly gossip? You may even learn something about art.

Do We Need Art ?
I try to answer the question as to whether we truly need art in our lives. I give examples of the ways man has communicated over time through art.

Dürer’s ‘Four Apostles’ Painting Misinterpreted
One of the greatest Renaissance artists of the 16th century was Albrecht Dürer. In honor of the anniversary of his death, the Solomon Islands issued stamps of ‘The Four Apostles’ in 1978, but unfortunately, there was a mistake in identifying the saints.

Earth Sculptures by Maya Lin
Maya Lin is best known as the winning designer chosen for the National Vietnam Veterans' Memorial in Washington, DC. So what are earth sculptures?

East Meets West – Modern Indian Art at MFA Boston
The culture of India is rich in old world traditions, but the artists of today are breaking new ground. See what makes a private collection of modern Indian art so exciting.

Edward Hopper Exhibition at the MFA, Boston
An exhibition debuting at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston highlights not only Edward Hopper´s iconic works, but also the lighthouses of southern Maine and other less familiar works.

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