Picasso: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts FEB 19th – MAY 15th 2011

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VMFA in Richmond, Virginia hosts the exhibition Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musee National Picasso, Paris. This is the only East Coast opportunity to see the maestro’s work as it travels across a 7-city tour of North America. Take the time. VMFA is one of the finest museums imaginable.

What is a Summer Kitchen?

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In the old days before air conditioning, cooking and baking were accomplished daily in the summertime in an ancillary kitchen located adjacent to a manor house − a separate building. This kept the main house from overheating. As one would expect, the additional heat was welcome during the cooler seasons so cooking was then done in… Read more »

The Devil’s Rope: It Transformed America

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Every once in a while someone invents something that transforms the world almost over night. Anyone older than a teenager today has witnessed the advent of two such epiphanies in recent memory: the PC and the cell phone. Think how these technologies have changed the world. Each caused the stock market to surge and each… Read more »

PBS Movie Review: The Medici – Godfathers of the Renaissance

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Now available on Netflix streaming or on CD: “This installment of PBS’s educational “Empires” series focuses on the Medici, one of European history’s most influential merchant families and patrons to some of the greatest artists in the Italian Renaissance — including Leonard da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael. Movers and shakers from the 14th century onward,… Read more »

Movie Review: Thomas Hart Benton – American Icon

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Available now on Netflix streaming and on CD: “Master documentary filmmaker Ken Burns paints a vivid portrait of artist Thomas Hart Benton in this riveting film. Benton, known for his lulling renderings of the American countryside, emerges as a complicated man who stayed on the fringes of the New York art scene, eschewing it. The… Read more »

Movie Review: The Vogel Collection: Collectors Out of Control?

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Art collectors Herb Vogel and Dorothy Vogel collected for decades minimalist and conceptual art directly from artists on their meager postal clerk and a librarian salaries. Just ordinary people with a passionate obsession, the Vogels became extraordinary in the world of art, and when they decided to donate it all to The National Gallery, well,… Read more »

Movie Review: The Barnes Collection Stolen Fair and Square

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If you subscribe to an on-line source that provides streaming movies, I strongly suggest seeing The Art of the Steal. This documentary covers the positively awful fiasco that involved the magnificent Barnes Collection of art to end up at the Philadelphia Museum of Art instead of where it was left in trust to, by Dr…. Read more »

Saqqā-kāna School of Art: Encyclopædia Iranica

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Saqqā-kāna School of Art: The term saqqā-ḵāna was first used to refer to a contemporary art movement in Iran in 1962. It was initially applied to painting and sculpture which used existing elements from votive Shiʿite art. It gradually came to be applied more widely to art works that used traditional-decorative elements. [Source: www.iranica.com]