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The Rockefeller Family Estate's Idiosyncratic Picasso Tapestries   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 11/3/14

Sleepy Hollow, a small Hudson Valley town best known for its place in Washington Irving’s 1820 tale of the headless horseman, is also home to another lesser-known oddity: 15 incredibly detailed large-scale, hand-woven tapestries that painstakingly imitate Picasso paintings. Commissioned by Nelson Rockefeller in 1955 for his family’s Kykuit Estate, the tapestries are the work of atelier Madame J. de la Baume Dürrbach, though they are often attributed to Picasso himself, who worked in collaboration with the studio,... [more]

Seagram Building Picasso Safely Removed After 55 years  
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9/9/14 Posted 9/9/14

Pablo Picasso's 1919 Le Tricorne was removed from the Four Seasons in New York on Sunday The Picasso is safe, but it’s gone. Following lawsuits, restraining orders, and some good all around public outrage, Picasso's 1919 Le Tricorne was removed Sunday from the Four Seasons in the Park Avenue Seagram Building, where it had hung for over five decades. Using a 23-foot-long tube custom built for the project, a 20-person team from the New-York Historical Society successfully removed the maste... [more]

The Best of "100 Best"  
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4/5/14 Posted 4/5/14

Posted by Omo Misha on 4/5 | View the full blog list HERE 100 Best Paintings in New York is a nifty museum companion - just the perfect size to stuff in your purse for an outing. The book includes descriptions of paintings from nine local museums including The Met, MoMA, Guggenheim, The Whitney, Brooklyn, The Frick Collection, The Cloisters, The Neue Galerie and The Hispanic Society of America. In the event you wish to visit these institutions, the book devotes an entire spread to each, listing... [more]

What Do We Owe Picasso?   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Pablo Picasso at The Art Institute of Chicago February 20th, 2013 - May 12th, 2013
Posted 3/7/13

There is no shortage of Pablo Picasso exhibitions in our world right now – a good half-dozen major shows have opened and closed across the U.S. in the past three years, exploring everything from Picasso’s relationship with women to his relationship with other artists. Now, the Art Institute of Chicago has opened their own exhibition, “Picasso and Chicago,” adding Picasso’s relationships with cities to that list. The premise of the exhibition is a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the fir... [more]

50 Shades of Gray   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Pablo Picasso at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum October 5th, 2012 - January 23rd, 2013
Posted 11/12/12

Claiming once that color weakened his work, being merely an addition to an already finished canvas, Picasso eliminated it from his palette during many phases of his well-documented career. If one wanted to make the case that the haunting blue period and the sugary rose one were the painterly equivalents of tinted photos, then there might be a case to be made for it being a lifelong practice with which Picasso demonstrated the supremacy of drawing above all else in his work. Clearly the Guggenhe... [more]

My Favorite Paintings from Musée Picasso, Paris  
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5/20/12 Posted 5/31/12

On the busiest day of my first trip to Paris, I "raided" five museums and was only able to visit four of them, since the fifth was closed for renovation.  One of those five museums was Musée national Picasso Paris, inside the Hotel Salé, located in the Marais, one of the historic districts of Paris. There were works from many periods of Picasso's long career in the museum.  Being partial to his more figurative works, my top choices went to his portrait and his figurative paintings.  My top cho... [more]

Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris - De Young Museum, San Francisco  
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8/16/11 Posted 8/16/11

Originally posted on www.matthewfelixsun.blogspot.com Musée national Picasso Last weekend, I visited the De Young Museum, San Francisco for its special exhibition of more than 100 masterpieces by Spanish artist Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) from the permanent collection of Paris’s world-renowned Musée national Picasso (left). The exhibit was a very intelligently curated and many works were grouped together to demonstrate the development of the master, the contrast of his styles of different period, especially th... [more]

"The Steins Collect" Exhibit in San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)  
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5/31/11 Posted 6/1/11

originally posted on matthewfelixsun.blogspot.com Last weekend, I visited San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) for the special exhibition - The Steins Collect.  The exhibit focused on "four American expatriates in bohemian Paris when the 20th century was young, the Steins — writer Gertrude, her brothers Leo and Michael, and Michael's wife, Sarah — were among the first to recognize the talents of avant-garde painters like Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. Through their friendship and patronage,... [more]

Interview with an Artist, Nancy Jaffee, by Paul Shampine  
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3/19/11 Posted 3/19/11

Nancy Jaffee, Weston CT When did you first discover your creative talents? I didn't really know I had any artistic talents until I was an adult. But my mother was artistic. She worked as a clothing designer and a decorator and I always appreciated the way she put colors together in her work. My sister used me as a guinea pig in grad school for her PHD in Psychology. And after taking all her tests, she said I should pursue a career in the arts but I never really did anything about it.  It wasn’t until I was i... [more]

Agni Zotis and the Agni Gallery, Interview with an Artist, by Paul Shampine  
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2/13/11 Posted 2/13/11

As most know, the Northeast has experienced below average temperatures and above average snowfall.  Normally not really an issue for me, but this year I’m heating my domicile with a wood stove.  Yes, it’s as nice as it sounds, but it has its challenges. Through waist-deep snow, I trek to my studio, dig out the door that has been unopened since the Winter Solstice to fetch chains to strap to the wheels of a snow-locked 4WD sculpture/recycling/loan-to-friend/move-that-stuff/wood truck. Mixed emotion... [more]

Greil and the Deal Gone Down Dylan as Picasso  
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12/30/10 Posted 12/30/10

I am not a writer. Greil Marcus is a writer, and I even sat near him at the preview of a play he wrote 15 years ago just so I could shake his hand after and tell him how much his writing has meant to me. (The play "Lipstick Traces" was way too deep to understand, him being the man I think of when I think of the word "erudite" after all... but I thanked him anyway) I had seen a Mamet play the same week with no trouble at all, so let's say Lipstick Traces is a better book than it is a pl... [more]

"Art is not..." Interview with an Artist, part 4, by Paul Shampine  
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11/28/10 Posted 11/28/10

"Inspired" by Mr. Sadler's comments below, I've found what others have to say what "art is not..."  I open with my friend Pablo and close with some reality: "Art is not the application of a canon of beauty but what the instinct and the brain can conceive beyond any canon. When we love a woman we don't start measuring her limbs." ~ Pablo Picasso "Art is not an investment" - VIDEO - Arne Glimcher, founder of Pace Gallery. "Art is not what you see, but what you make others see."  ~ Edgar Degas One of many collections... [more]

Interview with an Artist…part 1 by Paul Shampine  
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9/27/10 Posted 9/27/10

Over the next few weeks, you’ll find internationally diverse artist interviews revealing thoughts on their personal creative discoveries, their intimate and memorable “red dot” stories and their exclusive artist guest list. Sign up today to get future interviews delivered to your Inbox: http://paulshampine.wordpress.com/ Also, feel free to recommend your favorite artist for a featured interview. Enjoy ~ Paul Shampine Katrin Jurati, Los Angeles, CAWhen did you first discover your creative tale... [more]

Nature vs. Nurture - Inspiration Part 2 - by Paul Shampine  
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8/22/10 Posted 8/22/10

Nature vs. Nurture? – Inspiration Part 2 Photo supplied by my daughter, Isabella Shampine, age 10 - Bronx Zoo It’s an interesting question as it relates to artistic style, choice, influence, direction and….inspiration.  It’s not my goal to debate this topic, nor do I have any scientific data to support any conclusions, but to what extent is there a heritable component to individual artistic differences? What direction would Picasso’s daughter Paloma, now a designer for Tiffany & Co., have taken if she was separated at birth?  Did her father’... [more]

I Found An Unfinished Picasso Print  
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6/28/10 Posted 6/28/10

I found an unfinished Picasso print at a consignment store in AZ.  Read more...http://deniselandisworks.wordpress.com/2010/06/28/i-found-a-picasso/ [more]

Welcome to the School of Cubist Empiricism  
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9/6/09 Posted 9/6/09

“Art is life is art” Specifically the initial work I’m putting up here represents only my most recent efforts, later I might add links and/or additional content which is reflective of my college years and immediately afterward. The work shown here evolved out of my development of what I believe to be a school of thought, or rather of design methodology and project development, at least from my perspective. After I attended a museum lecture series at the Norton Simon in the fall of 2004 I had... [more]


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