Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Painters & Photographers & Self-Promoting Manipulators -Oh MY!!


- Exhibition Testifies to an Unknown Period in Stanley Kubrick's Career : A new exhibition of 300 photos, many of which are unpublished and printed from the original negatives, taken by Stanley Kubrick from 1945 up to 1950 when, aged 17, was hired by the American magazine Look... read the full story

Paul Gauguin, a self-promoting manipulator?? NO!! [mock surprise]

- Paul Gauguin exhibition reveals artist as self-publicist and truth manipulator : "Tate Modern to shed new light on sensual and sensationalist painter in UK's first major Paul Gauguin exhibition in 50 years..." read the full story


April 20, 1840: French painter Odilon Redon was born. Bertrand-Jean Redon, better known as Odilon Redon was a French Symbolist painter, printmaker, draughtsman and pastellist.

"My drawings inspire, and are not to be defined. They place us, as does music, in the ambiguous realm of the undetermined. I have often, as an exercise and as a sustenance, painted before an object down to the smallest accidents of its visual appearance; but the day left me sad and with an unsatiated thirst. The next day I let the other source run, that of imagination, through the recollection of the forms and I was then reassured and appeased."

April 20, 1850: Daniel Chester French, American sculptor, was born. "French was a founding member of the National Sculpture Society, and he became a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. French also became a member of the National Academy of Design (1901), the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Architectural League, and the Accademia di San Luca, of Rome. Together with Walter Leighton Clark and others, he was also one of the founders of the Berkshire Playhouse, which later became the Berkshire Theatre Festival. In 1940, French was selected as one of five artists to be honored in the 35-stamp "Famous Americans" series. French was buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Concord, Massachusetts after his death in Stockbridge, Massachusetts in 1931 at age 81. Chesterwood, French's summer home, studio, (designed by his architect friend and frequent collaborator Henry Bacon) and garden is now a museum."

April 20, 1893: Joan MirĂ³, Spanish painter, was born. "Miro was a Spanish Catalan painter, sculptor, and ceramist born in Barcelona. Earning international acclaim, his work has been interpreted as Surrealism, a sandbox for the subconscious mind, a re-creation of the childlike, and a manifestation of Catalan pride. In numerous interviews dating from the 1930s onwards, MirĂ³ expressed contempt for conventional painting methods as a way of supporting bourgeois society, and famously declared an "assassination of painting" in favour of upsetting the visual elements of established painting."

"The spectacle of the sky overwhelms me. I'm overwhelmed when I see, in an immense sky, the crescent of the moon, or the sun. There, in my pictures, tiny forms in huge empty spaces. Empty spaces, empty horizons, empty plains - everything which is bare has always greatly impressed me."


"Late 18th & 19th Century Textiles"

By Sue Kerry.
Published by Francesca Galloway Gallery & the Antique Collectors' Club in 2007.

A sumptuously-illustrated book, surveying the colorful, shimmering topic of French Neoclassic, Empire, Restoration, and Historicism-movement, and English Aesthetic and Arts & Crafts textiles. Labeled as "Volume 1" because the gallery also published a catalog on 20th century textiles.


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