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Dealer donates master drawings to Art Institute Chicago

Dealer donates master drawings to Art Institute Chicago

Richard Gray, who has galleries in Chicago and New York, is donating a substantial portion of his collection to public museums US dealer Richard Gray, who has galleries in Chicago and New York, is donating a substantial portion of his collection to public museums. Predominantly works on paper, his 200-strong collection is rich in early Italian and French old masters, as well as late 19th-century and early 20th-century European and US artists. Nine promised gifts to the Art Institute of Chicago will be officially announced at the opening of its exhibition “Gray Collection: Seven Centuries of Master Drawings” (24 September-2 January 2011). “The bulk of the collection will end up at the Art Institute,” says Gray. “But I have started…

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How the Museum dealt with the dying of Christianity

How the Museum dealt with the dying of Christianity

The redisplay of the museum’s Medieval and Renaissance Galleries By Anna Somers Cocks In the Middle Ages it rained a lot, the beastly barons kept throwing the peasants into dungeons and there was very little for the poor to eat except potatoes. This gallimaufry of Robin Hood meets Blackadder meets Marx on feudalism came from art college students in a survey conducted by the Victoria & Albert Museum in preparation to redisplaying its 3,250 square metres of Medieval and Renaissance Galleries. The galleries opened on 2 December. The survey also showed that most people did not think much of medieval art: flat, ugly and “my children can draw better than this” was the most common reaction. The Renaissance elicited a…

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Art falls victim to football hooliganism

Art falls victim to football hooliganism

Egyptians cancel Algerian pavilion at Alexandria Biennale following violent protests By Claudia Barbieri The letter mailed to Zineb Sedira at her London home on 22 November was short and to the point. Mohsen Shaalan, head of the fine arts sector of the Egyptian culture ministry and president of the 25th Alexandria Biennale (17 December-31 January), informed the video artist that in response to “the request of the Egyptian population and notably the nation’s intellectuals”, her invitation to take part in the biennale, starting three weeks later, had been cancelled. The reason, it said, was “recent incidents committed by the Algerian public”, a reference, seemingly, to the mob violence by both Egyptian and Algerian football fans that swept several countries before…

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Francis Bacon’s London studio reconstructed in the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin.

Francis Bacon’s London studio reconstructed in the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin.

Museums are finding ingenious ways to connect visitors with the artist’s interior world by Ann Landi The artist in his studio has been a source of fascination at least since Velázquez painted himself paintingLas Meninas, his portrait of the Infanta Margarita of Spain and her companions. Painters (and, more rarely, photographers) have long depicted themselves hard at work—standing or seated at the easel, studying the model, or even entertaining collectors and dealers. Props and costumes, brushes and easels: all the accoutrements of the artist’s livelihood might find their way into the finished canvas. “The raw materials of art are on view in the studio painting,” says Pepe Karmel, associate professor of art history at New York University. In canvases by…

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Scrapbooking Trends: What Are Artist Trading Cards?

In the scrapbooking industry, artist trading cards (or ATC’s) are becoming more popular as trendsetting companies like 7 Gypsies release more ATC supplies and holders. These miniature pieces of art, or in the case of scrapbookers, mini page layouts, are as much fun to trade and collect as they are to create. There are few rules and limits on artist trading cards, and they are quick to make and adapt to scrapbooking materials. The only strict requirement for artist trading cards is their size. The standard is 2.5″ x 3.5″. This is based on the size of sport trading cards and collectible card games like Pokemon and Magic. The orientation for your design can be either vertical or horizontal. You…

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Indian ART Depict Artist’s State Of Mind

When it comes to the most admired form of Indian art that has occupied its distinct value in the global arena then the name of Indian sketch art and sketch painting would come first. Sketch art is the hasty drawing that is made in the initial stage and kept for further use or showcase. The sketch painting basically serves as an outline for future works. According to the experts, sketch painting is an informal composition, where in majority of the cases, the artists do not give the final touch. Here, in this article we will discuss about the Indian sketch art and will explore different aspects of this form of art. According the records, India has its relation with sketch…

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Artists Are Masters of Divine Essence

As far back as recorded time, man has been leaving indelible marks of artistic expression. Prompted by and through an insatiable drive to communicate, man has left personalized lines, smidgens, carvings, paintings, and sculpted forms, designs/motifs, in caves, buildings, and canvases, as well as, beautifully inspired architecture for the entire world to behold and enjoy. These incomparable divinely inspired creations of ART generate a means of survival while he continues to search, seek, ponder and formulate the meaning of his life into some sort of workable reasonable fashion. There is little doubt that cavemen, desired to communicate through their ART. It is also unlikely that they were prevented to express their creative visions by the caustic comments and negative remarks…

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Becoming A Tattoo Artist

If you really enjoy the art behind tattoos, then perhaps you will want to consider becoming a tattoo artist and making a living out of it. A great tattoo artist can make a pretty comfortable living out of their trade, but not everyone is cut out to do this job. There is a huge investment in time and money required to become a successful tattoo artist.The one thing that every aspiring tattoo artist needs is artistic talent. If you cannot draw then the life of a tattoo artist is not one for you. Those who are talented enough, or think they can be will need to hone their talent by taking some fine art classes, and spend a lot of…

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Tips for Tattoo Artists –

Getting a tattoo is an age-old custom that has been practised for centuries, dating back to the Polynesian region. Our modern day culture has turned this ancient body art practise, into a fashion trendsetter for young people and adults alike. The UK will only allow young people over the age of eighteen to obtain a tattoo, therefore those that do gain a tattoo under this age will feel a sense of achievement and social acceptance. Tattoos come in various forms, either as an image of a fictional character, to religious symbols. Although the process of getting a tattoo is painful, it is relatively easy to find a good tattoo artist to do this for you at a reasonable price. Making…

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