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'Light Art' vs 'Light and Space' Art star
'Light Art' can be recognized as far back as the Medieval period with stained glass, whereas the 'Light and Space' art movement hails from the 1960s. Iíll discuss artists who bring art to life through light.

An Art Resurgence in Naples. Why Now? star
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'?

Are Millennials as Art Savvy as the Old? star
Today, the sheer number of millennials exceeds all other generations. But are they as art knowledgeable as former generations? Iíll discuss why museums compete to attract 'Generation Y'.

Are Museums Still Important or Obsolete? star
Smartphones show us sharp images of art - at our fingertips Ė anywhere, anytime. So why would anyone travel to a museum, wait in line, and pay an admission fee? Iíll explain the changing world of museums.

Art Expression : Poetry ē Paintings ē Music star
Poetry & paintings have always had a relationship (consciously or not) - yet their comparison seems natural. I will discuss art that inspires poets, poetry that inspires artists (singer/songwriters included).

Artists Inspire Popular Baby Names A-G star
August is the month when more births occur in the US. In a time where (almost) anything goes, letís look at artists who we admire and how they have inspired popular baby names. Iíll discuss names A-G.

Artists that Convey Time & Motion star
At the beginning of the 20th century, the Futurist movement in art captured the essence of time and space. Iíll discuss artists that preceded them and yet others that followed suit later.

Axing Art / Defending Balthus + the MET star
Who could imagine that art would once again be deemed so offensive as to be asked to be removed from public view? Remember 'degenerate art' during WWII? I stand with the MET museum: Balthus stays. My comments.

Banned Natural Material Used in Art Objects star
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.

Cool Down Viewing Seascapes in Art star
You can escape the heat of the summer by visiting a museum or viewing paintings online of the sea Ė seascapes. I will discuss many notable works by both Americans and European artists.

Couples from the Bible & Mythology in Art star
Love stories from the Bible and mythology are perhaps most endearing when expressed visually Ė through art. Iíll discuss these couples and the artists who bring their stories to life.

Craft or Art Ė Who Decides? star
The art society consists of different factions: purists vs those who consider an elephant an artist. Who decides whether someoneís handmade object is suitable for a museum (art) or just homemade (craft)?

Crowdfunding Saved Louvre 'Winged Victory' star
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.

Dark, Macabre, Grotesque Themes in Art star
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? Iíll discuss my interpretations.

Gender Bias in Abstract Art Revealed star
Power art couples Sonia & Robert Delaunay, and Jackson Pollack & Lee Krassner may not have been equally recognized by the art world - in regard to gender. Iíll discuss women abstract artists receiving fewer museum shows.

Gender Equality for Angels in Art star
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.

Hollywood Imitates Art and History star
'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.

Illusion in Art - Dreams + Trompe l'Oeil star
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.

Independence Day & Liberty in Art star
As we have learned from history, independence comes with a price: lives, cost, property. On the eve of July 4th, I salute those who have fought for independence in US and abroad. I will discuss some notables.

Laborers in Art - 19th c France star
The strong connection between literature and art brought us French novelist Emile Zola and friend Edgar Degas. I will discuss Degas and other French artists who painted laborers.

Mark Rothko Ė Rectangles in Art star
Mark Rothko is an American abstract artist who's 'classic' paintings are in rectangular forms. I'll discuss his works and an exhibit at the MFA Boston.

Meet the Bruegel Family Ė 16th c Painters star
Pieter Bruegel the Elder was born on the Dutch-Belgian border. Best known for European landscapes, his two sons would also become notable artists. Iíll discuss their illustrious works.

More Than Paint - Our Response to Colors star
Artists feeling blue? What about black and white not technically 'colors' (according to physics). Historically, artists have used these three 'colors' magnificently. Who used them best? I'll discuss.

Movie : The Da Vinci Code star
For a reader enamored with the book, the movie The Da Vinci Code fell a bit short of my expectations -- but not by too much...

Pegasus the Winged Horse in Art star
Pegasus (in Latin) or Pegasos (in Greek) was a beautiful winged horse that could fly. Its image was reproduced on ancient coins and vessels along with their gods. I'll discuss which art and why.

Repetiton in Art (Series) - Intent or Obsession star
Repetition in art takes on different elements such as: mass production or working on multiple pieces until its creator is satisfied. Iíll discuss artists and art objects that fit into these criteria.

Sharing & Collecting Art Books Ė Taschen & Beyond star
You may be an art lover who enjoys reading about your favorite artist or art topic. Iíll share the availability and sharing of art books Ėlibrary hotels, libraries gone mobile, & collecting Taschen.

The Circle Ė Its Significance & Meaning in Art star
As a universal symbol, 'the circle' was first associated with the planets. Rooted in geometry, religion, and astronomy, Iíll discuss its beginnings and influence on artists during the Renaissance.

The Effect of the 'Grand Tour' on Art star
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.

The Most Influential Art Buyers from Gulf States star
Here, I will discuss two art buyers from their respective Arab States that border the Persian Gulf. One male, one female, they have attracted world-wide attention to their countries and culture.

The Trinity and Significance of Number 3 in Art star
Whether youíre religious, or not, the Bible eludes to groupings of 3 as well as Greek mythology. Iíll discuss art where the theme is in the power of #3.

Those Suffering Persecutions Found in Art star
During the Easter season, Christians around the world are reminded of Christís death & resurrection. Those suffering persecutions because of political or religious beliefs have been represented in art.

Understanding Licensing Art & Artistic License star
These phrases may sound similar but they are quite different in that 'licensing art' is an agreed upon legal agreement, yet 'artistic license' is deliberate or unintentional by an artist. Iíll discuss both.

Women with Long Flowing Hair in Art star
Carved nautical figureheads may come to mind when you think of women with long, flowing hair. Iíll discuss artists that use this stereotypical 'attractive' woman as models.

Words of 2016 also Popular in Art World star
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.

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