Sunday, April 04, 2010

Crumbling Icons, Missing Masterpieces, Peaceable Kingdoms, & Cycladic Art


- Crumbling Eyesore or Iconic Original for an Edward Hopper Painting? "The ghostly, crumbling husk of a 1920s filling station sits off Route 6 near the Truro, Cape Cod line, a ramshackle remnant of another era that might have influenced “Gas,’’ one of Edward Hopper’s famous prewar paintings. The fuel pumps with their red horse logos are long gone, the shattered windows are sheathed with peeling plywood, and a splintered roof is little barrier to the harsh elements that rake the Outer Cape." Read the full story.

- Was the FBI on the verge of recovering a Vermeer & Rembrandt stolen in the Gardner Museum theft, only to lose them to bureaucratic infighting two years ago? "That is the conclusion of a nonfiction book written by a now-retired FBI special agent who posed undercover in 2006 and 2007 as a wealthy art collector interested in purchasing several of the paintings through two Frenchmen who had alleged ties to the Corsican mobsters." Read the full story


April 4, 1648: Grinling Gibbons, Dutch sculptor and woodcarver, was born. "He became particularly known for his work in England, including St Paul's Cathedral, Blenheim Palace and Hampton Court Palace. He is widely regarded as England's finest wood carver."

April 4, 1780: Edward Hicks, prominent Quaker preacher & American primitive painter, was born. 'The Peaceable Kingdom', of which Hicks painted a number of versions in the 1820s, 30s and 40s, remains his most well-known work.

April 4, 1876: Maurice de Vlaminck, French painter, was born. "Along with André Derain and Henri Matisse he is considered one of the principal figures in the Fauve movement, a group of modern artists who from 1904 to 1908 were united in their use of intense color."


“Ancient Art of the Cyclades”

By Pat Getz-Gentle.
Published by the Katonah Museum of Art in 2006.

“This exhibition celebrates the much-admired works of art created during the third millennium B.C. by craftsmen of the Cycladic islands of the Aegean Sea. Early Cycladic objects, once viewed as archaeological curiosities, are today a source of widespread fascination and appeal. Their simple lines and spare elegance inspired such modern artists as Brancusi, Modigliani, and Picasso. Knowledge of Cycladic civilization has been fathomed through its artifacts, since there was no written language to help archaeologists. Curator Dr. Pat Getz-Gentle, an author and scholar who has devoted her professional life to the field, has written the essay for the comprehensive catalogue in which she puts forth the latest findings and her own theories on Early Cycladic culture”.


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