DAILY ART FIX: FAVORITE PAINTINGS OF ART CRITIC JERRY SALTZ

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These days, there are few professionals who matter less than art critics. Jerry Saltz has made a career of it at least, and dispenses opinions on art that range from the insightful to the inane. Saltz’s writings come across like he’s his own biggest fan, but we all have moments of that. In this article, Saltz discusses some of his favorite paintings to look at in New York.  

Florine Stettheimer “The Cathedrals of Fifth Avenue” (1931) Metropolitan Museum of Art

Paint as cake frosting; color as shimmering cellophane. This hallucination of a wedding procession on a red carpet spilling out of a department store raises shopping to a batty rite of passage.

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Fresco wall painting in a cubiculum (bedroom) from the Villa of P. Fannius Synistor at Boscoreale
ca. 40–30 b.c.; Late Republica, Roman. Metropolitan Museum of Art

Looking at the impeccably proportioned frescos adorning this Pompeian bed chamber puts the lie to the fallacy that perspective was invented in Florence in around 1414. Terraced buildings and intricate courtyards rendered in near perfect perspective produce full-on spatial illusions. The Romans had perspective; they just weren’t that into it.

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Jasper Johns “Flag” (1954-55) Museum of Modern Art

In 1954 the 26-year old Jasper Johns said, “I dreamed I painted the American Flag.” Then he did! The psychic content of this uncanny, sensuous, cerebral work is the simultaneous inclusiveness. . .  of America but also the ways Johns was an outsider to this openness. The painting, made with encaustic (a medium used by the ancient Egyptians to embalm their dead), is a Betsy Ross moment of modern art; something generations have pledged artistic allegiance to.

See the full list here: ARTNET – A GRAND TOUR by Jerry Saltz

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DAILY ART FIX: Video- Bringing Museum Dioramas to Life

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When I was growing up, I was fascinated by the elaborate dinosaur and nature dioramas at the Smithsonian Institute museums in Washington, DC. I returned there several years ago and was horrified that all those compelling, beautiful displays seem to have been removed. However, per this 2012 video, the museum diorama is not a lost art.

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DAILY ART FIX: 7 YEARS OF DAILY DRAWING TURNED INTO 2,500-PAGE BOOK

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Ruben Steeman’s “2,500 Days of Rust”

One of my mottos in art and life is persistence is key. Ruben Steeman persistently drew, then persisted to collect the works into an unlikely book.

Ruben Steeman has been posting one drawing per day for seven years on his website. When he reached the unbelievable amount of 2,500 drawings he decided to put them all in a book. Despite several publishers telling it would be impossible to print and publish it he wasn’t put off but remained focused and driven. He crowd funded his project and in the course of time found a book binder and managed to pull it through.

Read the full article here: ART SHEEP – 7 YEARS OF DAILY DRAWING TURNED INTO 2,500-PAGE BOOK

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DAILY ART FIX: Masterpiece Story: Claude Monet’s Haystacks

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Claude Monet “Meules” 1890

Painters can make the most commonplace items fascinating. Case in point –  Claude Monet, who made haystacks beautiful. This article provides some background and context for Monet’s celebrated series.

The year 1890 was a very important moment in Claude Monet’s life; he turned 50 and bought property for the first time. It was of course his famous house with the garden in Giverny. Meules were inspired by the fields adjacent to his new home.

Read the full article here: DAILY ART MAGAZINE – Masterpiece Story: Claude Monet, Meules

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DAILY ART FIX – 10 Thanksgiving-Themed Works of Art to Celebrate Turkey Day

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Norman Rockwell “Freedom from Want”

Happy Thanksgiving! I am thankful our eyes are being opened, all around the world, even if what we are seeing means we have much difficult work to do.

Enjoy these Thanksgiving images gathered by the Observer.

Catching the Thanksgiving Turkey, 1943 - Grandma Moses

Grandma Moses “Catching the Thanksgiving Turkey”

Joseph Delaney “Macy’s Parade”

See the full article here: OBSERVER – 10 Thanksgiving-Themed Works of Art to Celebrate Turkey Day

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DAILY ART FIX: William Baziotes, Painter

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William Baziotes

America painter (June 11, 1912 – June 6, 1963)

“It is the mysterious that I love in painting. It is the stillness and the silence. I want my pictures to take effect very slowly, to obsess and to haunt.” – William Baziotes

William Baziotes “Amorphous Forms”

William Baziotes (US 1912-1963), Night, oil/canvas, 1953. Using delicate  washes of color and imagery culled… | Painting, Philadelphia museum of art,  Art inspiration

William Baziotes “Night”

William Baziotes, The Butterflies of Leonardo da Vinci, 1942 | Weinstein  Gallery

William Baziotes “The Butterflies of Leonardo da Vinci”

William Baziotes “Desert Animal”

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DAILY ART FIX: 7 Films About Art to Cozy Up With This Fall

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Watch Philip Guston: A Life Lived | Prime Video

Documentaries, horror, and romances, there are all sorts of art based movies to enjoy this autumn-including one featuring a favorite artist of mine.

The documentary Philip Guston: A Life Lived (1980) began filming in 1971 at Guston’s Woodstock, NY studio and continued through his last retrospective in 1980 at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The artist died that same year. In 2020 a handful of museums including the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. and the Museum of Fine Art, Boston came under fire for postponing a long-planned Guston exhibition due to the controversial nature of his Ku Klux Klan imagery. This film triumphs over censorship and offers the chance to catch up on a recent scandal.

See the full list here: ART & OBJECT – 7 Films About Art to Cozy Up With This Fall

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DAILY ART FIX: New Painting “Ladies Who Lunch”

Completed in November 2021

Richard Bledsoe “Ladies Who Lunch” acrylic on canvas 24″ x 36″

I work from visions I receive. Since my earliest artistic fascinations were linked to dinosaurs, they often appear in my paintings as powerful symbols.

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DAILY ART FIX: Suzanne Valadon: The Model Who Became a Master Painter

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Suzanne Valadon, “Joy of Life

A model for some great Modern artists turned out to have her own natural artistic talent. A current exhibit in Philadelphia displays the works of Suzanne Valadon (September 23, 1865-April 7, 1938).

“You’re one of us!” In 1894, Edgar Degas, an Impressionist master known for being an incorrigible misogynist, couldn’t help but express his admiration before the drawings that a young brunette, recommended by Toulouse-Lautrec, had brought him at his home in Paris, on Rue Victor-Masseì. In fact, he was the first to buy a piece of work from the artist, whom he nicknamed “the terrible Maria” and praised for possessing the “genius for drawing.”

Born Marie-Cleìmentine Valadon in 1865 in the Limousin region, the young woman was already renowned in the art world of the day, but for quite a different reason. She had made a name as “Maria,” the star model of Renoir (see below) and Puvis de Chavannes. Her expressive beauty, her supple body, and her actress’s agility saw her pose for their paintings as a pink-cheeked dancer, a lady wearing long white gloves, or a stunning bather. She also embodied the contortionist mermaid painted by Austrian artist Gustav Wertheimer and inspired the tired reveler in Toulouse-Lautrec’s The Hangover.

But on the other side of the easel sat a gifted observer, not a mere muse. An innate talent, she had used chalk and pencils to sketch out frozen instants and snapshots of life on scraps of paper or the sidewalk since she was a girl. “She spent huge amounts of time in studios, so she was also watching, listening, learning,” says Nancy Ireson, chief curator of the Barnes Foundation. “And I think perhaps modeling also helps you to understand how pictures are made and what makes a good composition. She was self-taught, but she was exposed to many different artists and clearly had a great visual awareness.”

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Suzanne Valadon “Self-Portrait” 1927 

Read the full article here: FRANCE-AMERIQUE – Suzanne Valadon: The Model Who Became a Master Painter

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DAILY ART FIX: The Blue Horses of Our Destiny: Artist Franz Marc, the Wisdom of Animals, and the Fight of Beauty Against Brutality

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Franz Marc “The Fate of the Animals” 1913 (Right Side Restored by Paul Klee)

Franz Marc was a German artist whose life and promising artistic career were cut short when he was killed in World War I combat. A painter friend paid him a special homage.

Among the paintings he produced in those two ecstatically prolific years just before he was drafted was The Fate of the Animals — an arresting depiction of the interplay of beauty and brutality, terror and tenderness, in the chaos of life. An inscription appeared under the canvas in Marc’s hand: “And all being is flaming agony.”

Destroyed in a warehouse fire in 1916, The Fate of the Animals was restored by Marc’s close friend Paul Klee, who painstakingly recreated the oil canvas from surviving photographs.

Read the full article here: The MarginalianThe Blue Horses of Our Destiny: Artist Franz Marc, the Wisdom of Animals, and the Fight of Beauty Against Brutality

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