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Action Figures + #MeToo in Art from 17thc Italy
It may be surprising to know that action figures didnít begin with Superman. Iíll discuss what I believe to be their origin and a goddess in Greek mythology who would certainly have been part of the #MeToo conversation.
Imagery with Hidden Meanings in Art
Throughout history, it is common for artists to devise a hidden meaning in their paintings Ė symbols, signs, messages. Iíll discuss some more notable artists and works that may be surprising to some.
American Artists From the Hudson River School
On a recent road trip through the mid-Atlantic states, my curiosity peeked about the artists from the Hudson River School. Iíll discuss some of their inspiration and achievements.
Demons, Demon Tamers + 'The Lost' in Art
Weíre all familiar with author Dan Brownís book/movie 'Angels and Demons', but the story of terror by demons can be traced back to Chinese mythology. Iíll discuss art that depicts these timeless themes.
The Dome in Environmental + Land Art
The dome is a familiar architectural wonder: the US Capitol, and St. Peterís Basilica in Rome. Iíll discuss the origin of the dome and its influence on one environmental/land artist.
Words + Wordsmiths - the Language of Artists
Speech and the spoken word are powerful means of communication, but some artists convey thoughts through written words. Iíll discuss artists who used various mediums from the 15th c to the present.
Banned Natural Material Used in Art Objects
Continued pressure from special interest groups have helped 'curb' poaching of elephants, sea turtles, & factory farming of reptiles. Iíll discuss man-made materials that replace the natural.
An Art Resurgence in Naples. Why Now?
Italian Baroque artist Caravaggio fled there, Leonardoís 'Salvator Mundi' was on display there, contemporary artist Clemente was born there, fashion and color designers are inspired by Naples. I'll explain, 'why not now'?
Illusion in Art - Dreams + Trompe l'Oeil
Sigmund Freud said the unconscious is represented in dreams. The Surrealists pioneered this maverick movement which led to trompe líoeil in fine art and street art. Iíll discuss their influences.
Jeff Koons Ė LV Collab + Gazing Ball Series
All American Pop artist Jeff Koons gains success through his collaboration with Louis Vuitton and his 'Gazing Ball' paintings series. I'll discuss the artists Koons used for his inspiration.
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