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Impressionists From…Australia?

3 Jul

I didn’t know this was actually a thing, but there was an Australian Impressionist movement in the mid-late 19th Century. Some fine work on display in this article.

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Art From Actors

30 Jun

As reported by the New York Times, a new Off-Broadway production features a set decorated with the artwork of actors such as Rosie O’Donnell and Billy Dee Williams. The play is called “Out of the Mouths of Babes.” The article features several examples of the work. I never would have figured Tina Louise (“Ginger” from Gilligan’s Island) for an Abstract Expressionist!

Sample Paintings of Joni Mitchell

27 Jun

Some samples of the paintings of singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell are on display at this art blog. Her work features many self-portraits, as well as those of some famous friends, including Leonard Cohen and Neil Young.

I enjoyed the obvious, probably tongue-and-cheek references to Van Gogh and Edward Hopper. Her work is worth checking out!

Early American Folk Art On Display

19 Jun

The St. Louis Art Museum has a show currently running called “Self-Taught Genius,” a collection of artwork and craft items made by self-taught, early American artists.  I particularly like the wooden American flag that’s depicted at the top of the article; it reminds me of the American flag series of paintings of late 20th Century master Jasper Johns. If you are in the St. Louis area, it might be worth checking out.

Permanent Sand Paintings From German Artist

17 Jun

Sand paintings are an old art form, but preservation is another story. Sometimes the finished works are preserved under glass cases, but most of them probably just get blown away, such as the elaborately colored sand painting in Martin  Scorsese’s film, Kundun.

Now, a German artist has found a way to preserve his sand paintings for posterity by painting a slow-acting adhesive on canvas and then pouring and working the sand onto it in the desired patterns. The artist, Tim Bengel, sand-paints portraits and cityscapes in a limited palette of black and white sand, with accents provided in what looks like gold leaf.

Several of his pieces are displayed at the link; they are pretty spectacular,  IMHO. I have added special art sand to some of my work before, but mostly to provide background texture, not as a main course.

Animated Van Gogh

17 Jun

A Polish film currently in the works features an animated treatment of the life of Van Gogh. The film, entitled Loving Vincent, features more than 63,000 paintings created in the artist’s style, rendered by a total of 80 artists.

It’s interesting that I turned up an item about both Van Gogh and Gauguin today. How many people know that they were once roommates? And that Gauguin thought Van Gogh’s famous impasto style was a shameful waste of expensive paint?

Lost Gauguin Found

17 Jun

A lost Gauguin still life, worth an estimated $1.2 million, has been found in Connecticut.

This seems rather cheap for a Gauguin, but maybe it is a small painting.