Here's a golden opportunity to view the ancients mummies in present-day Santa Ana at the Bowers Museum. The last day, last chance is April 15. Whom would you rather see, a live Tax-Man or a dead mummy? Deadline (no pun!) is April 15, 2007.
February 21, 2007
Just thought all the budding art historians might find this interesting. Well, at least you might find it ancient?
"Ancient Crete more ancient than thought?
Imagine that the chronology of early American history was off by 100 years, and it was really 1392 when Columbus sailed the ocean blue. Scholars have long argued over the possibility of a time discrepancy of similar magnitude for a crucial period in the Late Bronze Age of Greece and the Aegean world......"
When first looking at the human-headed winged lion called a Lamassu, you get the impression that it is moving. It actually looks like it is walking. After looking closer you notice that the animal has five legs instead of the normality of four. This style of art was to make the figure look as if it is at a stand still when viewed from the front but if viewed from the side it actually looks as if it is moving. The Lamassu looks like it is in stride, but if you just sit and stare at it from an angle to me it looks pretty weird because we commonly think of four legged animals and not five. This ancient server is also usually female; boy the Babylonian's sure don't know how to flatter a woman!!
February 15, 2007
This is an interesting article to me because it makes me stop and think about the motives behind people's crimes. Especially, in a case such as this where the property stolen is art because it seems to defeat the purpose and take away from the idea of expression and the appreciation of art to the masses.
A 72 year old lawyer was arrested in the case of £20 million worth of stolent art. The accused man, Robert Mardirosian, acknowledged that he had the stolen paintings in his home in Massachusetts. "Civil action has been initiated in the USA, UK and elsewhere to recover all of the legal and investigation costs of $3 million plus which were incurred by Mr. Bakwin over 28 years of recovery efforts." The attorneys on the case state that anyone who steals any type of art will be held responsible for not only the art itself, but the lawyer's fees.
I thought that I would share a fun activity to do with your family for this President's Day holiday. LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) is holding an event of family films. Films include Going to School in India and Families of the World. Tours will also be held. This would be not only fun but educational for your family. Hope you all enjoy!
February 14, 2007
An exhibition of the work of 200+ artists benefiting the people of the Darfur region of Sudan.
On Saturday, February 24th, an exhibition sponsored by HAUS to benefit the Darfur region of Sudan will open at the Brewery Project in Los Angeles featuring the work of over 200 artists. The reception will be from 7 to 10 p.m. All work will be for sale and HAUS will donate all profit from its 50% sales commissions from this event to SaveDarfur.org. Many of the showing artists are also voluntarily donating their proceeds from the sale of their work.
Small works (no larger than 24" square) of painting, drawing, photography, sculpture and mixed media will be exhibited by established, mid-career and emerging artists, including:
Natalie Kahn Aguilar . Cathy Allen . Victoria Almeida . Melinda Smith Altshuler . Fumiko Amano . Nena Amsler . Richard Ankrom . Nicole Antebi . Christy Armstrong . Dawn Arrowsmith . Walter Askin . Annabelle Aylmer . Hilary Baker . Kireilyn Barber . Denice Bartels . Stephanie Bartron . Barbara Berk . Lynne Berman . Luis Bermudez . Pamela Bjorklund . Philippa Blair . Douglas C. Bloom . Rodney Boone . Amy Bouse . Nancy Braver . Angie Bray . Daniel Brodo . Ada Pullini Brown . Heather Brown . Richard Bruland . Isabelle Bryer . Ellen Burr . Carlton Calvin . Loran Calvin . Joyce Campbell . Elaine Carhartt . Jamison Carter . Ben Chase . Ya Ya Chou . Polly Chu . Dianna Cohen . Susan Connell . Eileen Cowin . Christine Cross . Jonathan Cross . Katy Crowe . Joe Davidson . Michael Davis . Mimi Drop . Ted Duarte . Mark Dutcher . Tom Eatherton . Michael Falzone . Nicholas Fedak II . Samantha Fields . Alison Foshee . Lauren Gabriele . Kathy Gallegos . Martin Gantman . Myra Gantman . John Garrett . Randy Gavazzo . Bia Gayotto . John Geary . George Gebhard . Megan Geckler . Suvan Geer . Mat Gleason . Richard Godfrey . Alexandra Grant . David Grant . Phyllis Green . Margaret Griffith . D J Grossi . Lucy H. G. . James Hill . Jennifer Hill . Billy Hix . Mark Hix . David N. Holland . Stan Hunter . Flora Ito . Janet Jenkins . Dave Johnson . Gian-Martin Joller . Avonel Jones . Gegam Kacherian . Joan Kahn . Barbara Kerwin . Jim Keville . Tulsa Kinney . Alex Kritselis . Tom Krumpak . Kerry Kugelman . Nicola Lamb . Dean Larson . Laura Larson . Mimi Lauter . Amy Lawlor . Cecilia Lee . Crystal Yachin Lee . John C. Lewis . Edward Lightner . Ron Linden . Nancy Lissaman . Carolie Parker Lopez . Rebecca Lowry . Mela M. . Michael Maas . Matt MacFarland . Audrey Mandelbaum . Eraldo Mauro . Keith Mason . Siobhan McClure . Mery Lynn McCorkle . Susan McDonnell . Maryrose Cobarrubias Mendoza . Cynthia Minet . Nancy Monk . Christine Morla . Thomas Müller . Christina Muraczewski . Kevin Myers . Rebecca Niederlander . Danial Nord . Toti O'Brien . Richard Osaka . Ann Page . Felicia Page . Robin Palanker . Laurel Paley . Kris Panagiotis . Jonna Pangurn-Dennis . Kyle Parker . Laura Parker . Cathie Partridge . Thomas Pathe . Jeanne Patterson . Michelle Pauline . Deborah Paulsen . Atilio Pernisco . Cielo Pessione . David Allan Peters . Lee Pratt . Suzanne Pratt . Diane Prozeller . Elizabeth Pulsinelli . Cheryl R. . William Rabe . Roland Reiss . Rebecca Ripple . Roxene Rockwell . Steve Roden . Leslie Rosdol . Greg Rose . Jamie Ross . Frank Rozasy . Ben Sakoguchi . Michael Salerno . Leigh Salgado . Simon Sananas . Emily Savoie . Jaime Scholnick . Julie Scott . Erin Scotto . Denise Seider . Danny Shain . George Sherman . Megan Sherwood . Yuri Shin . Fran Siegel . Mahara T. Sinclaire . Eric Sisley . Ellen Slatkin . Eric Justin Smail . Jaeger Smith . Joe Soldate . Gretel Stephens . Don Suggs . Sharon Suhovy . Jill Sykes . Mercedes Teixido . Cynthia Thiel . Deborah Thomas . Barbara Thomason . Sarah Todd . Nancy Turner-Smith . Paul Tzanetopoulos . Carrie Ungerman . Alla Vilesova . Hoang Vu . Miki Warner . Pat Warner . Shari Wasson . Audra Weaser . Amy Weliky . Daniel Wheeler . Carrie Whitney . Lea Whittington . Dan Williams . Julia Wilson . Karen Frimkess Wolff . Nan Wollman . Kay Yee . Andre Yi . John Zarcone . Jody Zellen . Dan Zinno
According to the SaveDarfur website (www.SaveDarfur.org), "Darfur has been embroiled in a deadly conflict for over three years. At least 400,000 people have been killed, more than two million innocent civilians have been forced to flee their homes and now live in displaced-persons camps in Sudan or in refugee camps in neighboring Chad and more than 3.5 million men, women, and children are completely reliant on international aid for survival. Not since the Rwandan genocide of 1994 has the world seen such a calculated campaign of displacement, starvation, rape, and mass slaughter . António Guterres, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, has described the situation in Sudan and Chad as 'the largest and most complex humanitarian problem on the globe.'"
Since its inaugural exhibition in 2003, HAUS, an alternative gallery in Pasadena (www.hausgallery.com), has been hosting solo exhibitions of emerging and underexposed contemporary artists. According to HAUS owners, William Rabe and Nena Amsler, "We are pleased to have been given the opportunity to sponsor this event which, it is hoped, will generate both aid and awareness for the Darfur crisis and have been thrilled with the art community's response to our efforts."
Saturday, February 24 from 7 to 10 PM
The Brewery Project
676 S. Avenue 21, #33
Los Angeles, CA 90031
February 13, 2007
SFGate. A woman from California wanted to sell an old painting that had been in the family for decades to help pay for her daughter’s tuition. She expected only some thousand dollars but it was sold for $620,900. Even though the painting is unsigned, it is believed to be made by a 17-century Italian artist, Pier Francesco Mola. The painting belonged to the seller’s grandmother and was shipped to the United States from Italy after her grandmother passed away. The family said that they could not believe what was going on was real and that they were really thankful for their late grandmother. So what do they do with the money? "We'll use the money for tuition and maybe pay off the mortgage,” she said.
February 2, 2007
In case you missed this announcement in LA WEEKLY, I wanted to make sure it was noticed.
Last summer, the normally tranquil southern Mexico city of Oaxaca erupted in a bloody conflict between state and federal police and a popular front of labor and indigenous groups. The dispute remains unresolved, and that’s pretty much all we know about the matter here in the U.S. Our media outlets have all but ignored Oaxaca, even after independent U.S. journalist Brad Will was killed there in October. This vacuum of awareness served as a galvanizing force behind Antonio Turok’s exhibit of photographs from the conflict currently on view at SPARC, the Social and Public Art Resource Center, in Venice. The images in “Oaxaca in Our Hearts,” sent directly from Oaxaca to SPARC’s Internet portal and shown here for the first time, comprise the best “news story” on the Oaxaca situation you’re likely to see anywhere. Turok’s black-and-white photographs are formally composed — a march, a brigade of riot police, a funeral, a bus engulfed in flames — heightening the sense of epic civil warfare. The closing image is of Brad Will, dead at the morgue, the serene expression on his face contrasting violently with the exposure of another corpse that Turok has layered over Will’s sewn-up chest cavity. It is an image you won’t likely forget, and it bears haunting witness to the Oaxaca struggle.
Through February 28. Oaxaca in Our Hearts: Revolt, Resistance, Realities and Remembering; Social and Public Art Resource Center, 685 Venice Blvd., L.A., (310) 822-9560.
I found this article particularly interesting because much like fine wine, great art appreciates in value throughout time. We may all be familiar with the great artist himself, but in case you are not I will aid, in part, to his introduction. Rembrandt is greatly accepted as one of the greatest European artists of all time but he is especially considered a favorite of the Dutch with whom he shares ethnicity. He produced over 600 paintings during his career, of which 100 were self-portraits. His paintings greatly depicted what he was most attuned to during a variety of periods in his life. Whether you are observing his deeply spiritual representations of a biblical scene, or his intensely reflective self-portraits, it is his undeniable charisma and talent that lead us to understand why someone would pay such a costly amount (£40 million in the article from which I was inspired) to acquire a Rembrandt of their own.
February 1, 2007
I thought this was really interesting and wanted to share it with everyone. I was reading cnn.com and I came upon an article titled "Stonehenge workers' village found." In the article, written on January 30, 2007, it states that in Durrington Walls, which is approximately 2 miles from the Stonehenge location, a tiny village was found and might have been where the workers that created Stonehenge are believed to have stayed. "Archaeologists uncover[ed] the clay floors of Neolithic houses at Durrington Walls, near Stonehenge." Inside the village, they found what is believed to be a wooden version of Stonehenge. The village is carbon dated to about 2600 B.C., which is approximately the same time that Stonehenge was believed to have been built. Eight houses have been excavated but the researchers think that there were about twenty-five of those houses in the village. In the article it mentions that the researchers speculate that Durrington Walls was a place for the living and that Stonehenge was a cemetery and memorial due to cremated remains that have been found in the area. There are other observations that have been made in order to make Stonehenge seem like a ceremonial site, such as remains of young pigs, which the article states would mark a midwinter festival. Inside the village they located two houses that were separated from the rest of the community making them seem as if they were houses for the leaders of the community.