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John Singer Sargent : Secrets of Composition and Design, new release by Jason Mark Alster M.Sc, the grandson of Polish/German artist Josef Alster, released the video and is presently offering invited lectures on the artist...

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Watercolour at it's very best! The "cream" of John Singer Sargent's work on view at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts with focus on Venetian architecture, Bedouin camps and villa gardens until Jan 20 (see slide show)... more
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"Woodcut Printing" -- New ideas in creating large format prints as big as 5m x 3m -- an old fine art revived again by contemporary artist Fabrico Lopez in Rio de Janeiro... more
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TOP-SELLING works of "Western" Art show why horses and cowboys are king! Includes world-famous American artists Remington, Reynolds and Wyeth -- see Slideshow of Top 10 here!... more
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"Street Art" -- what the heck is it and where did it come from? And will it never go away? NY's Village Voice art critic, Brian Chidester, explains how it seems to have become a darling of the establishment!... more
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If you're in charge of seeking artists to construct an (old fashioned) monument to illustrate some propaganda message, maybe the Mansudae Art Studio in North Korea have just the type of technicians you've been looking for... more
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Cameras: digital or phone ... frustrate every Art Gallery and Museum everywhere! Just ask a gallery manager or employee anywhere! Artists concerned about copyright should know all about this... more
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Browse "brush to block" (from painted hangings to a revolution of vibrant Edo-period woodblock-printed books), go to a Japanese bookstore at the Smithsonian.... more
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"A Billion dollars' worth of Cubism" -- now lauded "New Yorker" art critic, Peter Schjeldahl, illustrates and talks about collector Leonard Lauder's recent gift to the Metropolitan Museum of Art... more
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Chinese accused of international plagiarism once again -- this time by prize-winning Italian sculptor, Claudio Capotondi, who believes his work was definitely illegally copied... more
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Exposure to "LED" light bulbs Does Not tend to discolour areas of bright yellow paint more than others -- Experts in Belgium have teamed up with experts in Amsterdam to now confirm that all light ages yellow pigment... more
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Re-opening Apr 17th in Amsterdam: the 'Rijksmuseum' is back - 'sliced and diced' by Seville architects! with 7,999 works on display! "Never has a national museum undergone such a metamorphosis"... more
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From Mermaids to Dragons ...some excellent drawing tips for would-be children's book illustrators from successful artists and cartoonists... more
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Do You Need an Agent?? Traditional artist--gallery relationships are changing and you may need financial advice and someone to deal with the galleries, like better promoting your work beyond sales to collectors... more
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"Art 13 London" attracts three South East Asia-based Galleries, raising Asian participation to 15% of the total galleries from around the world in this global art fair... more
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Exquisite Renaissance-era terracotta models, originally thought early studies for Michelangelo sculptures, have cost Canadians millions in tax credits... read all about it here... more
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Are You thinking about contacting a Gallery to sell your work? Before risking many of a beginner's obvious mistakes, be sure to read "How To Do It Right," by Alan Bamberger (author of "The Art of Buying Art") ... more

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A few years ago, reasons seemed more clear when making loud objections to people taking photos of work in museums (or art galleries), but it seems we don't roll our eyes as much any more... Read Anne Midgette in the Washington Post... more
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Australian Tourism agency censors documentary material by 35 leading international photographers just before planned "outdoor" showing in Sydney -- images depicting dead children in fire-ravished bushland banned... more
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Susie Ray has more than a "go" at Forging paintings... referring to herself as a "copyist" and doing it for a quarter-century. Now she's even opened a gallery to sell them... "A lot of famous people pass off my copies as original," she says... more
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Author and university professor, John R. Gillis theorizes that it was when nations turned away from the sea as a place of work that writers and painters turned it into a place of spiritual and physical recreation, "a fountain of images and metaphors"... more
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Does the past matter anymore? In a fictional, present-day gathering in Venice of artists from many periods of history, the question of artistic lineage and other issues are addressed. Imagine Picasso's conversation with Velazquez... more
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Is "money laundering" really prevalent in the Art World? Take a 'boo at the recent FBI raid on a New York art gallery ... and a new book by a Brazilian judge revealing that international justice systems don't seem to be able to cope... more
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What the Most Successful People Do with their Weekends! And this could certainly apply to artists. don't you think? -- well, at least some of the time! .... more
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"The foods I draw and paint are universally relatable," declares Erin Rothstein, "approached in the right way, [toast, cabbage and fruit] can be a very powerful subject matter in art..." more
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Dutch portrait artist, Ben Lustenhouwer, talks about the important techniques of painting "hands," and reminding us that hands may very well unconsciously reveal what the subject's face would conceal... more
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UK's critic Jonathan Jones suggests, "Ask not what cubism can do for the Met, but what the Met can do for cubism," when talking of Lauder's great gift to NY City's Metropolitan Museum (& see pics)... more
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What's holding women back? "What kind of forward thinking do the arts need to encourage more women to take on the top jobs?" asks Sarah Crompton... more
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"Wax Room?" Yes, indeedy. Wolfgang Laib has installed one in Washington, DC. Wonder how many Bees it took to line it with beeswax?? If you need to meditate, that's the place to go ...may have to stand in line... more
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"After 100 years, has anyone been able to state conclusively just what 'Abstraction' is?" asks Barry Schwabsky. From Picasso to Szpakowski, is it "An artistic genre like any other? or a trendy product of network thinking?"... more
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Here's a chance for "feasting your eyes on some of the most beautiful paintings, sculptures, buildings and public spaces on earth" while the world waits for a new Pope in Rome... more
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£100m of Italian Baroque Paintings gifted to museums around the world--with viewing restrictions attached. See gallery of photographs here... more
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British art critic Jonathan Jones believes artist Damien Hirst sends out a very clear message, "that art is about making money from nothing" and that, "books and learning are useless"! So, Jones asks, "is he the right person to mentor young artists?"... more
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British advocates for Art Funding "breathed a collective sigh of relief" in the 2013 Culture budget, believing that art begets economic growth!... more
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"Mind Maps" create "New Roads" between China and Italy in Shanghai... Artist, Qiu Zhijie’s new conception is featured now in "The Unicorn & the Dragon" show at the Fondazione Querini Stampalia... more
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Art historian believes that “Contemporary art is in danger of shifting things so radically to the present moment that we may lose any sense of the historical past..” Check out Richard Meyer's understanding re the progress of modern art... more
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The (London) Telegraph's art critic, Richard Dorment, questions whether Marc Chagal's modern art of 'simplified form and chromatic harmonies' was not as good as everyone thought it was at the time -- until he became a stage designer... more
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Russia considering a request to re-establish the State Museum of Western Art in Moscow with its original collection of impressionist and early modern art, including Matisse, Degas & Picasso, which was closed in 1948 on Stalin's orders... more
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Mpho Moshe Matheolane discusses the question of future purpose and sustainability applying to art collections in South African public institutions... more
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"Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity": an ambitious partnership between US and French art galleries, illustrating how Impressionism, with its focus on light and motion, anticipated the birth of cinema by only a few years... more
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The 2013 edition of Gallery Hop in Vancouver set to start Apr 27 with talks & tours led by art-world experts, and special art exhibitions at numerous private and public galleries, plus receptions galore!... more
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Nigerian Artist Yinka Shonibare, MBE, creates contemporary sculpture striving to mimic globalization identity -- just have a 'boo' at his headless people showing in London... more
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Anything this exciting ever happen in your malls? Flash mob recreates Rembrandt's The Night Watch for museum reopening... more
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Does the current gallery system of editing an artist's work actually decrease the standard? New York dealer, Nicole Klagsbrun, thinks so!... more
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Hong Kong launches plan to exhibit/sell art via the Internet, focusing on contemporary Chinese works. A virtual gallery will feature pieces in 3D for a prospective buyer unable to travel to the gallery... more
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Young Futurists 2013 promoting "Black History Month" in the USA include gifted artist Darren Guest, from Baltimore, who doesn't let muscular dystrophy get in the way of his passion... more
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The Guggenheim re-frames (once again) it's classic collection of modernist works by the likes of Picasso, Manet, van Gogh, and Gauguin - all aimed to make those paintings "pop"!... more
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Dealing with a female's drooping breasts and an aging male’s paunch, Artists and Photographers face the truth while tackling the inevitable... more
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