Cappella degli Scrovegni in Padova (Padua), Italy, boasts a thrilling fresco cycle by Giotto, whose works were so delicate, that the viewers were limited to 10- to 20-minutes guided tours, and could only enter the chapel after a 15-minutes temperature and moisture modulation sessions. That cycle was simply breathtaking - enormous scope, brilliant colors, remarkable compositions, "modern" technique of rendering volumes and understanding of human anatomy and perspectives, and above all, exotic and... [more]
The motive behind my oil painting Trot was my wish to explore tonal contrasts and arrive at a certain balance of playfulness and menace. The subject of this study is a cat, or two. Before I started my oil, I made several preliminary sketches and once I committed my ideas to the canvas, I proceeded with a cat with upright head. Somehow, after the composition had more or less taken shape, I noticed a more dynamic and emotional sketch with a cat whose head was bending down, thus I incorporated that cat in... [more]
The great Basilica di Sant'Antonio in Padua, famed for its relics of Saint Anthony, houses some wonderful artworks underneath its almost Byzantinesque domes. My favorite of such was the great altar, which dazzled with brilliant blue, yellow, white, red, and gold hues. A bit kitschy from distance, perhaps; but on the spot, I was quite easily transported by the mysterious shimmering light.
My second favorite was a fragmented mural, with cleanly delineated figures, animals and walled city, evoking the ideal of early Renaissance epoch - urbane, soph... [more]
Artist & Painter - Aase Birkhaug
Believing that surroundings can influence one` s health and mind, Painter and Physiotherapist Aase Birkhaug has combined her two passions by painting roses for a soothing effect.
Having fallen in love with flowers, nature and painting from early age, it was only natural to merge these factors together at some point, and by combining the aesthetic beauty of botany with her skills as a painter.
It is documented that colors have an effect on the sensory system, and... [more]
OPEN CALL for Artists
Deadline May 15, 2016
BA CONTEMPORARY 2016 Vienna
Vienna, September 26 – October 9, 2016
Please, don’t miss the date and check for more information the announcement.
Thanks for your attention,
BIENNALE AUSTRIA Association
Lee Godie, pronounced “go-DAY.” She was a French Impressionist; her portraits and still-lifes were “better than Cezanne.” Or so went the sales pitch from her habitual perch—and erstwhile studio—on the steps of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Living on the streets, sleeping in the park, sprawling out on the floors of local libraries to draw, using a supermarket as an informal bank, Ms. Godie has become one of the most recognized Chicago artists, perhaps because for a while she... [more]
Dorothy L Merk
When I am working, I am not worrying about what other people think and feel, I am exploring my most mundane feelings. The purpose of my work is to take the ordinary and transform it into a universal feeling or expression.
My work is applicable to all people because it transcends our basic existence and expresses a real humanness and spirituality. The result is the truth and the beauty of truth that is universal. [more]
Dorothy L Merk
I love the beauty of the exquisite line, elegant composition, the artist touch and the rapture of the stroke of the pen or brush. It is the love that inspires me to become excited by a strong emotion and to try to move through it to this place of the universal understanding and freedom I bring to the viewer. [more]
MANUELLA MUERNER MARIONI
Winner of the First International Leonardo da Vinci Award
for the stylistic value
Hommage à Leonardo da Vinci by Manuella Muerner Marioni
oil pastels on paper, 1994
Monalisa by Manuella Muerner Marioni,
charcoal drawing on special paper, 7 x 11 inches Height x Width, 2016 [more]
by Annie Shepard
on July 26, 2015
Sticks and Stones
The Amanda Knox Trial of Sienna Reid
On November 2nd, 2007 Meredith Kercher was found dead in her apartment in Perugia, Italy. What followed was part murder investigation, part tabloid fodder, and part witch hunt.
Amanda Knox, Meredith's roommate, was arrested for the crime. Despite having no physical evidence linking her with the scene of the crime, Knox was... [more]
Days after the largest anti-government protests Brazil has seen in decades, with hundreds of thousands of protesters flooding Avenida Paulista in São Paulo, was the opening of Zed Nesti’s first solo show, Pra Inglês Ver, which takes a look back through the nation’s complicated past in an attempt to shed light on this tumultuous present.
The title of the show, which translates roughly to “for English eyes,” or “just for show” is thought to trace ba... [more]
Tonight in Santa Monica:
Fresh Faces: New Portraits by Los Angeles Artists presented by Saatchi Art
My portrait of Anna May Wong is part of this upcoming exhibition in Santa Monica. Anna May Wong was the first Chinese American film star, and the first Asian American actress to gain international recognition.
Her acting career went from silent films to talkies, to stage, to radio, and to television.
Born in Los Angeles, a few blocks from Chinatown, Anna May Wong's career has been an inspiration for many.... [more]
By ERIC REGULY
Through paintings, photographs, film and 'curse tablets,' artist Sienna Reid explores the Italian murder case that transfixed the world
Sienna Reid's whimsical apartment in Rome's ancient Monti neighbourhood has morphed into a tantalizing cultural testament to Amanda Knox, the American student who was convicted, and later acquitted, of the murder of her British roommate in Perugia, Italy.
Enormous strips of white paper hang from the walls of Reid's studio. They bear the grisly or outrageous... [more]
by Alison Gates
All in all, I found this show, dare I say? Fun.
The last time Sienna Reid showed at Collusion Gallery, in August 1997 for her show "My Friends, Naked," I approached the show with fear. The fear turned to respect when I realized that Reid had pulled off a feat of postmodernist dexterity by using one of the oldest painting formats, the nude portrait, to convey a new late-twentieth century kind of honesty and honor. Still, despite the fact that "My Friends, Naked" made... [more]
Imagine you have a daughter. She is a good kid -- almost 20 years old, hasn't ever been in trouble. Her friends, family, teachers, acquaintances all describe her with words like sweet, funny, sporty, loyal, wouldn't hurt a fly -- all things you might find in any high-school yearbook. She is about to embark on her junior year abroad -- an adventure for which she has saved and planned -- to Perugia, Italy, where she wants to study language. After just a few weeks in the country, she is accused... [more]
New York based artist Leah Schrager is known for using overt eroticism in her new media work. She uses her own sexualized image to wildly subvert the concept of the "selfie" while making a vital statement about feminism and the "self" in the digital age.
Schrager first came to prominence under the pseudonym Sarah White, better known as the "Naked Therapist." This bold combination of internet-based performance art and genuine healing therapy achieved notoriety because Schrager (as Sarah White) and the p... [more]