Goodbye summer, hello hurricanes
Severe flooding in post-hurricane Louisiana
confirms that summer is, alas, over. Labor Day has come and gone,
marking the end of white shoe season and the beginning of fall auctions.
Amidst the excitement of the Venice
Biennale and its 55th International Art Exhibition, an unorthodox
work of living art across the canal has incited animal rights activists'
ire. Apparently, tinting pigeons brilliant hues without their written
consent does not go over well in Italy. Bloggers
have rallied in support of the newly purple, green and yellow winged
inhabitants of St. Mark's Square. The brain child of Swiss artist
Julian Charriere and German photographer Julius von Bismarck, who only
wanted the birds to "be better accepted," is being denounced
for involving "non-consenting living beings."
Artistic happening or animal rights violation? You decide.
In other news, school has started.
pic of the month
Matisse. Near the end of his career, he decorated the
Chapelle du Rosaire de Vence, a chapel for Dominican nuns on the
French Riviera. The project was undertaken to honor a close friend
of his who had decided to enter the religious order. Mère
et enfant debout is a study for one of the monumental
murals adorning this holy space.
Numbered from the edition of 60, this rare hand-signed color
lithograph depicts the Virgin holding Christ up for the world
to see. Rather than clutching the child to her, she offers him.
Matisse's interpretation of one of the oldest and most fraught
maternal relationships complements the beginning of school.
My father cried the day he dropped me off at college,
surrounded by outsize suitcases and rolled posters. The desire
to keep one's children close can't prevent time passing. Summers
pass, students grow older, pulled towards independenc by age.
Matisse's Mary begins to let go of her son, though it goes against
The emotional complexity of the story behind this simple image
makes it one of the artist's most potent graphic works.
art in the news
The elderly Cecilia
Gimenez claims she had her priest's blessing to fix a
degrading 19th century portrait of Christ by Elías García
Martínez in her local Spanish church. The well-meaning
parishioner probably didn't anticipate her remarkably simian results.
Either way, images of the furry Savior have gone viral, resulting
in a large following of ironic art lovers, not the least of which
The amount of Google searches run on an artist affects
the prices her art fetches at auction, says a new study
from Washington State University. An increase of one percentage
point in search popularity jumps prices up 38 percent. Correlating
Google hits to personal fame, the
study confirms an accepted truth: the best-known artists
fetch the best prices.
Speaking of auctions, it will be the word of Lee Krasner against
Ruth Kligman at Phillips de Pury later this month. The late
wife and mistress of Jackson Pollock never did agree on the authenticity
of Red, Black & Silver. Backing up Krasner and contesting
the origins of this small painting are the Pollock-Krasner Authentication
Board. Kligman claims to have watched the artist create the
work before his untimely death in a car crash.
We'll see how the
feud affects the final hammer price.
of an artist
"Every child is an artist.
The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."
Picasso defines the relationship between art and the childlike
imagination. Unrestricted by education, the child creates
with a lack of restraint or fear. Lessons in what not to do bury
the gutsiness that makes an artist great.
True artists create art as boldly as a child, until the end.
Like children, they are often reprimanded.
James Abbott McNeill Whistler got into a libel suit with
John Ruskin over a review of his art. You'd be upset too if
your work was described like a pot of paint flung" in the
public's face." The splatter painting in question now
hangs in the National Gallery of Art, Washington.
Chagall went his own way from the beginning. Though he
studied with several teachers, he never stayed for long. From
a young age he had a clear sense that his art was like no other,
and founded his own academy in 1919.
After a brief stint fighting in WWII, Henry
Moore started school at the age of 21. He appreciated
the late start: "I was very lucky not have gone to art
school until I knew better than to believe what the teachers said."
Johns: Variations on a Theme at the Phillips Collection,
Washington, D.C.; through Sept. 9
Take your last chance to experience this American artist's innovative
and prolific printmaking; tracing his graphic works from the 1960s
to 2011, this exhibition is not to be missed.
in America at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts;
through Sept. 16
This blockbuster exhibition contains the largest number of paintings
by the Master to ever be displayed in an American museum.
Garden at the New York Botanical Garden; through Oct.
If you can't take the trip to Giverny to visit Monet's famed gardens,
you might go to the Bronx and walk this living canvas; spring
and summer flowers have been replaced by asters, sunflowers and
et la mode at Musée d'Orsay, Paris; Sept. 25 -
Jan. 20, 2013
Organized with the Metropolitan Museum, New York; and the Art
Institute, Chicago, this exhibition traces the Impressionist expression
of modern life in depictions of contemporary fashions and attitudes.
Mary Cassatt à
Paris at the Mona Bismarck American Center for Art &
Culture, Paris; Sept. 26 -Jan. 20, 2013
The Center will exhibit 70 works on paper by the renowned American
Impressionist, including preparatory drawings, aquatints and drypoints.
Drawn from art dealer Ambroise Vollard's own collection, these
works have never been shown in the artist's adoptive country.
about the author: After finishing
a five-month internship at the Louvre in Paris, Ariel joined Masterworks.
Hailing from northern California, she set her sights on seeing the world.
In between attending school in Boston and Paris, Ariel nearly missed
the ferry traveling from Athens to Santorini, visited a hamam in Istanbul,
and hiked in Patagonia before dancing tango in Buenos Aires.