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Here are the top ten articles for the Art Appreciation Site! These rankings are live and get reset at the beginning of each month, so check back often to see what your fellow visitors are most interested in!
1. Vermeer Art Created from Smoke & Mirrors?
Artist David Hockney has been critical of artists such as Johannes Vermeer, saying he may have 'cheated' by projecting and tracing images onto his canvas. I'll explain the camera obscura and how contemporary artists such as Jeff Koons and Abelardo Morell use technology to produce their art.
2. Van Gogh or Wyeth - Is Art Relevant Today?
After returning from a whirlwind weekend in NY - visiting six museums, I observed the reactions of the crowds (and friends at home) on the popularity or (obscurity) of certain artists. I’ll also discuss a new initiative: 'Art Everywhere' project – bringing art to the public.
3. The Real Meaning in the 'Creation of Adam'
In my interpretation of Michelangelo’s fresco on the Sistine Chapel ceiling, what did God’s finger bring to Adam? Was it life or intelligence? I’ll introduce a third theory.
4. The Scream by Edvard Munch
'The Scream' was an 1893 painting that became an iconic symbol for a stressful life in twentieth and twenty-first century pop culture. Did the Norwegian Expressionist painter Edvard Munch intend for 'The Scream' to have such mass appeal?
5. Phillips Collection ‘Made in USA’ Exhibit
The Phillips Collection in Washington DC opened in 1921. Thisctrove of American art spans the late 19th – 20th centuries. Showing not only Renoir’s 'Luncheon of Boating Party', recently acquired art can be seen alongside masters’ works.
6. Surrealism–The Art of Dreams–Dalí and Magritte
The Surrealist movement in art originated at the end of WWI. I will discuss the works of Surrealist painters Salvador Dalí and René Magritte.
7. Art in Movies – Batman & Thomas Crown Affair
Many notable paintings can be seen in Hollywood movies such as the 'Batman' movie of 1989 and the remake of 'The Thomas Crown Affair' in 1999.
8. Vincent Van Gogh’s Love of the Color Yellow
Van Gogh was a Dutch Post-Impressionist painter who was fond of using the color yellow in many of his works. Did he have a vision problem, was it from drinking Absinthe, or was it just a matter of self expression?
9. Lauder Gift of Modern Art to Metropolitan Museum
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC is 'encyclopedic' in that it can exhibit over 5,000 years of art history. Adding to their fine collection of modern art is Leonard Lauder's gift of 78 Cubist paintings.
10. Artists Who Paint Themselves & Profession in Art
Throughout the history of art, artists such as Michelangelo and Velázquez have painted themselves into their paintings. Is it possible others painted using symbols of their profession? I'll explain who, what and why?
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