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Monday, November 16, 2009

Paul Gauguin

Paul Gauguin

Paul Gauguin
French, born 1848

The Swineherd, 1888
Oil on Canvas
93 x 74 cm (36 x 74 in.)

Post-Impressionist painters are known for using vivid colors, thick application of paint, distinctive brushstrokes, real-life subject matter, and unnatural or arbitrary color. Most people are familiar with the paintings of Paul Cézanne.

My favorite painter from this period is Vincent van Gogh, with whom Gauguin spent nine weeks painting in Arles. Paul Gauguin experienced bouts of depression and at one time attempted suicide. After suffering financial troubles and a lack of recognition, Gauguin left Europe.

In Polynesia, Gauguin created many figurative paintings of the island's female inhabitants. The paintings were rich with exotic motifs and symbolism. Gauguin died from syphilis at 54 years of age.

This painting is currently part of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, European Painting - Post-Impressionism collection.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Orange County Performing Arts Center

Orange County Performing Arts Center
The Orange County Performing Arts Center is one of the nation’s premier arts organizations. It is a unique achievement of community vision, initiative, artistic accomplishment and generosity. The center is widely known for its stunning architecture and technical facilities, impeccable acoustics and the exceptional quality of the companies and artists who perform here. The Performing Artscenter offers the world’s leading dance companies, Broadway shows, award-winning classical, jazz and cabaret artists, family entertainment, special events and year-round educational programs. It is also the home of four Artistic Partners: Pacific Symphony, the Philharmonic Society of Orange County, Opera Pacific, and also the Pacific Chorale.

The Performing Artscenter encompasses the 3,000-seat opera house style Segerstrom Hall, the 2,000-seat Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, the 500-seat multi-functional Samueli Theater, 250-seat Founders Hall and 46,000-square-foot community plaza.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Dashanzi Art District

Dashanzi Art District
"Dashanzi Art District" is the informal name of a part of Dashanzi in the Chaoyang District of Beijing that houses a thriving artist community, among 50-year old decommissioned military factory buildings of unique architectural style. It is often compared with New York's Greenwich Village or SoHo, but faces impending destruction from the forces driving Beijing's urban sprawl.

The 798 arts district, initially based on the Bauhaus buildings of Factory 798, has experienced a period of rapid development over the past three years. In this short time it has established itself as a prominent space for showing domestic and international Chinese contemporary art, and serves as an example of what the latest contemporary Chinese culture and lifestyles have to offer. As more and more art organizations make their homes in Dashanzi area, the district has become increasingly vibrant, bringing in a wide range of art and activities.

Since 2002, the 798 arts district has organized a series of important contemporary art activities. The area is often called the 798 Art District or Factory 798 although technically, Factory #798 is only one of several structures within a complex formerly known as Joint Factory 718.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven

Andy Warhol
Beethoven [II.391], 1987
Screenprint on Lenox Museum Board.
40" x 40"

I love to listen to music. I especially enjoy an excellent symphony orchestra. Ludwig van Beethoven, pictured above, was a German composer and pianist of extraordinary talent. After moving to Austria, Beethoven studied with Franz Joseph Haydn who was one of the most prominent composers of the Classical period. Beethoven shares the legacy of being the most famous classical composer of the western world with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791). Beethoven is remembered for his powerful compositions and for continuing to compose and conduct even after he began to go deaf at age 28.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Robert Rauschenberg

Robert Rauschenberg
Robert Rauschenberg
American, born 1925

Soviet/American Array III, 1988
223.5 x 134.6 cm
(88 x 53 in.)

Robert Rauschenberg began to integrate waste products from modern American everyday life into his pictures in the 1950s. This was when the famous "combine" paintings (so called because they were neither painting nor sculpture, but both) were produced. Experimentation with magazine and newspaper photographs created a groundbreaking new form of expression. To view more works of art by Robert Rauschenberg and other famous artists, please visit the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Gustave Caillebotte

Gustave Caillebotte
Gustave Caillebotte
French 1848-1894

Paris Street; Rainy Day, 1877
Oil on canvas
212.2 x 276.2 cm

TO VIEW MORE WORKS OF ART, PLEASE VISIT THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO©. At the Institute, European painting and sculpture is represented by works dating from the 13th century through the mid-20th century. Considered one of the finest in the world, the collection includes more than 2,000 works. It boasts a rare group of 15th-century Spanish, French, and German paintings and an important selection of 17th- and 18th-century paintings from most of the European nations. Impressionism and Post-Impressionism as well as classic Modern painting and sculpture are among its most significant holdings.