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Gazan duped into selling Banksy artwork for $180

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Written by MAI YAGHI   
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 10:32
The Banksy artwork on the door of a destroyed home in Gaza shows the Greek goddess Niobe weeping. Image courtesy of

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories (AFP) – A work by world-renowned graffiti artist Banksy has been sold for less than $200 in war-ravaged Gaza, where a homeless family says they were "tricked" into parting with the valuable collector's item.

At the end of February, the artist, who chooses to remain anonymous, released an online video showing three works he painted on walls of homes in the Gaza Strip destroyed in Israeli air strikes.
 Barely a month later in the impoverished Palestinian enclave, one of them changed hands for 700 shekels ($180) – a trifle for the work of an artist who can raise more than $1 million at arts auctions.

The graffiti shows Greek goddess Niobe weeping on the metal doorway, which was all that remained standing of the Hamduna family home.

Rabieh Hamduna, 33, told AFP how he was approached by a young man who gave his name as "Bilal Khaled" claiming to be a news agency photographer and journalist.
 "He said it was his agency that had painted the graffiti on the door and other doors, and that they now wanted to recover them," Hamduna said.

"He gave me 700 shekels and went off with the door."

Hamduna said: "He tricked me. I didn't know the graffiti was valuable. My house was destroyed and now I have to pay rent. I need the money and so I agreed to sell the door."

Hamduna said he wants the art back – not to sell it, but to put it on display.

I want to exhibit it so that the whole world sees our suffering, like the artist wanted when he painted it."

Palestinian activists on social media have launched a campaign against Bilal Khaled, identifying him as a freelance journalist who has worked for a Turkish news agency.

'We don't remain neutral'

They accuse him of having stolen "public property" which rightly belonged to the people of Gaza who were caught up in a devastating war with Israel last July and August.
 Khaled responded on his Facebook page that the Hamduna family had helped him dislodge and carry away the door.

He wanted to save the door in case the home was rebuilt and would exhibit it at international events to raise awareness of the plight of Gaza, Khaled said, adding that he had contacted Banksy.

The artist's online video was titled "Make this the year YOU discover a new destination."

It purports to show him traveling to Gaza by commercial flight and then through smuggling tunnels – possibly beneath the Egyptian border.

Banksy's works were seen as a damning critique of Israel's bombardment of Gaza as it fought against the Strip's Islamist rulers, destroying or damaging more than 100,000 homes and killing nearly 2,200 Palestinians, most of them civilians.

The murals also include a giant cat painted on the last remaining wall of a Gaza home playing with a ball of twisted metal.

The two-minute film shows children playing next to the cat mural and entire
neighborhoods razed during the war.

It fades out on a wall inscription apparently written by Banksy.

"If we wash our hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless we side with the powerful – we don't remain neutral," it reads in English.

The artist posted pictures of the works on his website.

Banksy is believed to have started out as a graffiti artist in London, although his identity remains shrouded in secrecy.

His murals have been chiseled out of walls and sold for large sums in the past.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 April 2015 10:57

Georgian architecture, hot springs among gems in Bath

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Written by TERRY TANG
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Wednesday, 01 April 2015 09:50
The Abbey Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Bath, commonly known as Bath Abbey. Photo by David Iliff. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

BATH, England (AP) - Yes, there really is a natural hot spring beneath the city of Bath, but soaking in the above-ground sights and sounds will leave you plenty relaxed. With its Georgian brick buildings and lush green hills, almost everywhere in Bath feels like a living postcard. With landmarks from Roman and medieval times, you may feel you've landed back in time, but the juxtaposition of stately terraced houses and people hustling about on smartphones brings you out of that fantasy.

Bath somehow weaves together threads of small-town life with cosmopolitan sophistication. It has galleries, museums and theaters. It's a college town anchored by the University of Bath. And it is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Even on a mere day trip from London, just 90 minutes away by train, Bath bubbles over with charm.


A majestic landmark in the center of town, Bath Abbey is the third place of worship to occupy this site in 1,200 years. The first church, built in 757, was replaced by a cathedral soon after the Norman conquest of England in 1066. That one gave way in the 15th century to the abbey that's there today.

Walk inside and eye the vaulted ceiling and stunning stained glass windows showing 56 scenes from Christ's life. A floor plaque marks Queen Elizabeth II's 1973 visit. Tours of the church tower are available; it's just 212 steps to the top.


You might say the Romans were the first in Western Europe to come up with the spa weekend. The Roman Baths date back to the year 70, with a sprawling pool of natural, hot spring water called the Great Bath located below street level. You can see the steam swirling from a terrace on the street above. People dressed in period clothing - such as a Roman soldier or stone mason - stand in the archways. The complex includes several underground spaces and displays. The self-guided audio tour, which includes commentary from writer Bill Bryson, thoroughly explains how the citizens of Aquae Sulis (the Roman name given to Bath) socialized, worked and worshipped. At the end of the tour, visitors can sample some of that rejuvenating water.


Novelist Jane Austen lived with family in Bath between 1801 and 1806. Avid readers of Austen's work know that Bath was a prominent setting in two of her books, Persuasion and Northanger Abbey. But even fans only familiar with the movie adaptations will geek out inside the Jane Austen Center. The three-story building on Gay Street has a permanent exhibit and tea room. The experience reaches delightfully Austentatious levels with employees clad in period clothing giving brief orientations on the novelist.

The exhibit offers two floors of clothes, knickknacks and anecdotes about what daily life would have been like for Austen in Bath. You can end your wandering with afternoon tea in the third-floor Regency Tea Room, where a portrait of Colin Firth's Mr. Darcy looms over patrons. If you are an Austen lover, good luck holding back in the gift shop where merchandise includes items branded with "I heart Mr. Darcy." The center also helps stage several events such the annual Jane Austen Festival in September. For 10 days, hundreds of visitors overtake the city for Austen-themed readings, workshops and, of course, a ball.


This half-moon formation of Georgian townhouses is one of Bath's most famous architectural masterpieces, an arc-shaped cluster of buildings set behind a green field. The first home, No. 1 Royal Crescent, where former Parliament member Henry Sanford lived in the late 1700s, is also a museum. Rooms are furnished in 18th century style, with a glimpse of the upstairs-downstairs lifestyle of the era (think Downton Abbey but 150 years earlier). Rooms to see include the scullery, parlor and gentleman's retreat. Don't miss the servants' hall, where you can see a replica of a dog wheel where a running canine actually powered a cooking spit.


Every alley off the cobblestoned streets seems to be lined with adorable shop windows. But to truly appreciate the villages and fields that surround Bath, a stroll along the canal is the way to go.

You can access the path from Sydney Gardens in the town center. In a 30-minute walk, you'll see flower-filled backyards and stretches of bright green grass, all perfectly reflected in the still water, as locals jog by and walk their dogs. There are even sheep nibbling off in the fields. And it doesn't hurt that you will pass a pub or two along the way.


If You Go... BATH, ENGLAND: . About 90 minutes by train from London. Top attractions include Bath Abbey, Roman Baths, Jane Austen Centre, Royal Crescent Georgian townhouses and scenic canal. Visitor information center, 011-44-844-847-5257, located next to Bath Abbey, open Monday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sundays 10 a.m.-4 p.m.


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A turn of the 20th century photochrom of the Roman Baths in Bath, England. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 April 2015 10:27

Renovation of lumber building might draw artists to Covington, Ky.

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Written by SCOTT WARTMAN, The Kentucky Enquirer   
Tuesday, 31 March 2015 09:27
Main Strasse in the historic district of Covington, Ky., across the Ohio River from Cincinnati. Photo by Greg Hume. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Will artists move in droves to Covington's west side? The renovation of a vacant lumber building on 12th Street starting in June could spark the long-stalled wave of artists that many have talked about for years.

And many hope a good mix of residents will follow.

Expect a lot of activity on 12th Street/Martin Luther King Boulevard on the city's west side this year. Two large vacant buildings will get rehabbed — the former Hellmann Lumber building and former Flannery Paint building.

Some of the wrought-iron fencing stolen in front of homes will get replaced. Homes for artists will get built. And community art projects will be seen throughout the west side.

“For me personally having been around for a long time, I'm excited we're able to fulfill some of the promises made decades ago,” said Tom DiBello, executive director of community development organization Center for Great Neighborhoods (CGN).

CGN will use a $1.45 million grant from the Kresge Foundation over the next three years to try to transform the west side neighborhood into a haven for artists and welcoming area for the general public.

“We're hoping it's an area where there can be a lot of arts-related businesses, but we also want it to be a place where that barrier between artists and non-artists is broken down,” said Sarah Allan, director of creative placemaking for CGN. “That it's not like it's just an art district, it's more, 'Hey, there's a lot of creative stuff happening and I can be creative, too.’”

The renovation of the Hellmann Lumber building into a community arts center will anchor Covington's west side, DiBello said. It's one of the biggest buildings on the block, behind the vacant Bavarian Brewery.

CGN has raised a sizable portion of the $2.4 million needed to renovate the 130-year-old, two-story lumber building and hopes to start construction in June.

By early 2016, CGN hopes to move its headquarters into Hellmann Lumber and have most of the building devoted to arts and community space.

The Kresge Foundation has given $500,000 to the renovation of the building. The rest will come from donors, tax credits and other investments.

The Carnegie arts center became the first organization to sign a letter of intent to lease studio space. They will move a woodworking studio in there. All artists that move into the space will have to open their shops to the public to show people how they ply their trade, Allan said. In return, CGN would give them forgivable loans on equipment, such as printing presses or whatever the artists need.

“I do think the development of that building and our being in there will imply that there are people coming and going, that there's foot traffic and that it's a destination,” DiBello said.

The sound of an arts district might make some in Covington skeptical. The city has tried to start arts districts before along Pike Street and Madison only to see the efforts fizzle. But with the help of $1.45 million from the Kresge Foundation, many feel this is different.

First off, it's not driven by local government, said sculptor and west side resident David Rice. Community organizers and residents are in charge of this, he said.

Thanks to the Kresge Foundation, CGN gave Rice $5,000 to build a sundial in the west side of the city. CGN will be giving out many similar grants over the next few years with the grant money in addition to $250 micro-grants for residents to carry out ideas that help the community.

“I think this is different because I don't think the city will get involved in this so much,” Rice said. “When government gets involved, sometimes things don't flower. I think of the Center (for Great Neighborhoods) as more of a grassroots institution. That's how real art movements get started. It's just the residents and sort of a grassroots kind of thing.”

The grant will be used on the west side over the next three years to spur a variety of artistic and community endeavors. CGN will use the money to replace some of the antique wrought-iron fences stolen two months ago along 12th Street. Homeowners along this stretch woke up one morning to find the fences and gates pulled from their front yards.

CGN will choose six homes to replace the fences. Homes in the west side will also get a facelift. CGN will pick properties to get grants for facade improvements, including paint and trim. They will choose the homes based on what will have the most impact on the neighborhood. This year they'll give six properties along 12th Street about $10,000 each to improve the facades. People in the west side will also be able to purchase later this year from CGN “icons” to put on their homes to indicate their passions, skills or professions.

For instance, a baker will be able to buy a pretzel icon or a carpenter could buy a saw and hammer icon. The grant also will help CGN buy and build properties in the area to market to artists as residences and workspace, similar to the Shotgun Row homes built on Orchard Street just off 12th Street.


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 March 2015 10:00

Curve appeal: Round is 'in' at NY home design show

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Written by KIM COOK, Associated Press   
Thursday, 26 March 2015 12:58
Semi-circular sectional sofa attributed to Milo Baughman. Sold to a LiveAuctioneers bidder on Nov. 30, 2013 in a sale conducted by Palm Beach Modern Auctions, W. Palm Beach, Florida. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers Archive and Palm Beach Modern Auctions. NEW YORK (AP) - Curves have been all over the fashion and celebrity magazines, and are finding their way into design and décor too.

"They're sensuous and inviting,'' New York designer Barry Goralnick said at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show, held here last weekend (March 19-22). "Curved sofas that bring people closer together; rounded dining tables that are easier for conversation; round cocktail tables that are cozy and forgiving to shins. Arcs, circles, boat shapes -- all kinds of curves.''

Examples of the trend included Matt Hutton's walnut or cherry coffee table, a group of connecting circles. The Portland, Maine, furniture designer calls the table, which is available in three sizes, "Crop Circles.'' ( )

Aaron Scott Gibson, a New York furniture and lighting designer who hails from Oregon, blends his affection for Pacific Northwest topography with an interest in geometry and the engineered form.

His curvy, oiled-oak pendant lamp somehow managed to evoke a tree burl and a ship's propeller; at once organic and mechanical. The same was true of a round table lamp crafted of layers of bleached wood circles, with cutouts to reveal the light beneath.

A sleek circle of glass was perched on a sinuous wood base that looked like a weathered, waxed whale vertebra, and the juxtaposition made for a piece that was as much sculpture as furniture. ( )

Justin Teilhet, a ceramicist from Yellow Springs, Ohio, showed an arresting collection of porcelain objets d'art. Concentric circles formed vessels that were glazed in gunmetal and given 24-karat-gold-leaf interiors. The pieces were simple and dynamic. ( )

Hubbardton Forge's Flux pendant was a studied tangle of LED-lit aluminum bands that created a cool, contemporary fixture. ( )

Spin Ceramics showed Chinese designer Qi Qiong Qiong's elegant Mobius Strip porcelain vase, with multiple apertures for flowers and an unglazed finish that showed off the interplay between the soft contours and crisp edges. ( )

Canadian Kino Guerin manipulates panels of walnut, wenge, cherry or zebrawood veneer into curled and knotted ribbons that become art, shelves or tables.

"To get this overall effect, the panel must be bent as if this had been done naturally. It must reflect equilibrium between the curve and the straight line, between exuberance and purity,'' the Montreal-based designer said. ( )

Designer Alexa Hampton is also a proponent of mixing curves with linear shapes. She created a relaxed and pretty "Library'' space for show guests that incorporated voluptuous ceramic table lamps, inviting round tables and comfy chairs with curved arms.

"Shape and silhouette are always major considerations when designing an interior,'' she said. "Much like any essential duality -- yin and yang, hard and soft, masculine and feminine -- when a room has straight and curvy elements, the result is more complete and, therefore, more successful. ''Straight lines are a given in any room, she said: think walls, windows, table legs.

"But curves should always be added as well,'' she added. "In architecture, the circle is the strongest shape.''

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Last Updated on Thursday, 26 March 2015 13:38

Minnesota museum gets Washington crossing Delaware painting

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Wednesday, 25 March 2015 09:25
'Washington Crossing the Delaware' is an 1851 oil-on-canvas painting by the German American artist Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze (1816-1868). It commemorates Gen. George Washington's crossing of the Delaware River on the night of Dec. 25–26, 1776, during the American Revolutionary War. Image courtesy of Wikimedia CommonsWINONA, Minn. (AP) – One of two surviving versions of the painting Washington Crossing the Delaware has a new home at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona.

The famed 1851 painting depicting George Washington was recently acquired by the museum's founders from a private collector, who had loaned it to the White House for the past 35 years. Another larger version is owned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

The Winona Daily News reports the painting was unveiled at a private event Sunday, and that it was set to go on display when the museum about 120 miles southeast of Minneapolis opened Tuesday.

“It looks just terrific,” museum co-founder Mary Burrichter told the Star Tribune. “We had people crying in the audience last night when we unveiled it. People were gasping and didn't know what to say.”

The painting now in Winona measures more than 3 feet tall and nearly 6 feet wide, smaller than the one in New York that's roughly 12-by-21 feet. The works show Washington standing in a rowboat as it traverses the icy Delaware River, in a surprise attack during the American Revolution.

German-born artist Emanuel Leutze, who grew up in the U.S., painted the works in part to move Germans to rebel against their rulers. A third version of the painting was destroyed by British bombs at a German museum in 1942.

Burrichter and New York-based art dealer John Driscoll, who arranged the purchase, declined to tell the Star Tribune what the Washington painting cost.

The Minnesota Marine Art Museum was founded by Burrichter and her husband Bob Kierlin, who founded Winona-based company Fastenal, valued at $15 billion. The museum with water-themed works opened in 2006 and has about 1,400 paintings, including ones by Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and Georgia O'Keeffe.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 March 2015 10:26

Mississippi celebrating trio of women artists

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Written by SHERRY LUCAS, The Clarion-Ledger   
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 08:54
Eudora Welty portrait at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Three major artists in the literary and visual arts – author and photographer Eudora Welty, poet, novelist and scholar Margaret Walker and artist Marie Hull – are in the spotlight this year, with major events and exhibitions to propel fresh perspectives and new eyes on their works and legacies.

Welty (1909-2001) and Walker (1915-1998) were close in age, while Hull (1890-1980) was just barely a generation older. Jackson native Welty spent her life here, while Alabama-born Walker moved here in 1949 to join Jackson State's faculty (by then using her married name, Alexander). Marie Atkinson, born in Summit, came to Jackson for Belhaven College and made her home here, marrying Jackson architect Emmett Hull.

This year will see the yearlong Margaret Walker Centennial anchored at Jackson State University, the 12-week Welty Biennial starting in April at the Mississippi Museum of Art and nearby venues, and “Bright Fields: The Mastery of Marie Hull,” Sept. 26 to Jan. 3 at the art museum.

A new book, Meanwhile There Are Letters: The Correspondence of Eudora Welty and Ross Macdonald, by Welty scholar Suzanne Marrs is due out in July.

Belhaven University has named a Marie Hull Society for the Arts after its famed alumna – a cultural project to support fine arts programs, including a retrospective exhibition of Hull's art – with different works – in summer 2016, and accompanying catalog/book.

“This Is My Century: 2015 Margaret Walker Centennial” marks what would have been Walker's 100th birthday. Walker used Alexander as a professor of English at Jackson State for 30 years, but used her maiden name for her poetry, novel and essays.

“We're trying to lift her into the national consciousness,” said Robert Luckett, director of the Margaret Walker Center. “In Mississippi's great literary tradition, she seems to be the one who's always kind of left out when we talk about Faulkner and Tennessee Williams and Eudora Welty and Richard Wright and all these other great writers, past and present.”

Centennial events continue with the Oxford Conference for the Book in late March, a Creative Arts Festival with a keynote by poet Nikky Finney and dedication of a Toni Morrison Bench by the Road, the “Mississippi Jubilee: From Slavery to Freedom” symposium, plus a photography exhibition by Doris Derby, all in April. It culminates in July with a Jubilee Picnic and a world-class gala with a new musical work by New York composer and pianist Randy Klein, For My People, as its centerpiece – Walker's poetry put to music for piano, a vocalist and a chorale.

Walker was 16 when her first poem, I Want to Write, was published in the NAACP's magazine The Crisis.

“From that point on, she found herself immersed in the 20th century black arts movement,” Luckett said. “She knew everybody,” from her close relationship with mentor Richard Wright at the Southside Writers Group in Chicago (after graduation from Northwestern University) to her roommate at the University of Iowa, artist Elizabeth Catlett.

Her master's thesis in the famed University of Iowa's Writers' Workshop was her celebrated poem For My People. Fame found her when, in 1942, it won the major national Yale Series of Younger Poets prize, awarded to a black woman for the first time. She was 27.

She met Firnist Alexander while teaching in North Carolina, married and by 1949, the family moved to Jackson for her job in Jackson State's English department. Those choices, as well as time and place, factor into her lack of greater acclaim, Luckett said.

While at Jackson State, Walker returned to Iowa to finish her doctorate and her dissertation was her greatest novel, Jubilee, published in 1966.

Works by Welty and Hull put an artist's eye on Mississippi's racial divide.

Medgar Evers' assassination fueled the only work Welty wrote in anger, Where Is the Voice Coming From? a powerful piece written from the assassin's perspective to reveal the nature of the murderer that appeared in The New Yorker in 1963.

It also marks the first literary intersection of Welty and Walker, whose later poem Micah in honor of Evers was among her poems equating civil rights leaders and martyrs with biblical prophets in Prophets for a New Day, said writer and scholar Carolyn J. Brown, author of biographies on Welty and Walker.

Hull's 1936 painting of an African-American man who'd been born into slavery is direct, honest and titled An American Citizen and subtitled with his full name, Portrait of John Wesley Washington At Age 94. Bruce Levingston, curator of the Mississippi Museum of Art's Hull exhibition this fall, said, “In a quiet, profound way, she was making a statement ... restoring dignity to a man who deserved it all along.”

The Welty Biennial, starting April 10, is a fine arts festival that stretches across multiple disciplines as it celebrates Welty as a visionary American – author, photographer, witness and reporter of Mississippi to the world. Its theme of “Classical Mississippi” pegs the classical Greek heritage, from the architecture around her hometown to the constellations in the sky that fired her imagination.

Events involve Davis Planetarium, New Stage Theatre, the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and Millsaps College, and the Mississippi Museum of Art. Eudora Welty House and schoolchildren citywide are on the calendar, as well as Oscar winner Olympia Dukakis in an adaptation of Welty's short story Asphodel.

Brown found many similarities between Welty's and Walker's lives and careers in her research.

Both were born into families with a high priority on education, were early readers and won early recognition for their writings.

“Both credit moving away from the South for helping them develop as writers,” Brown said.

Walker's race made it harder for her to get published, and money was a key motivator that drove her to positions that had the best salary.

“She didn't have financial security until the Jackson State job,” Brown said.

Welty had connections, too, with Hull, who lived nearby in the Belhaven neighborhood.

“The story goes that Marie Hull helped Eudora and her mother design the walkway that leads up to the Welty House,” said Mary Alice Welty White, the author's niece.

As a young girl, Welty took painting lessons from Hull.

Hull's husband, prominent architect Emmett Hull, was supportive. They stood up, particularly during the WPA, for opportunities for Mississippi artists. After he died in 1957, her creativity exploded in the 1960s, a “fantastic final burst ... in which she painted some of her greatest paintings, including the beautiful Bright Fields and Pink Lady and Ruins, “an abstract painting in Levingston's collection thought to be influenced by the Ruins of Windsor and Welty's photograph of it.

In researching Hull, Levingston was struck by “her absolutely indomitable determination to become an independent, working artist.”

“This was not a hobby for her. This was not just a career, but this was a way of life. It was the way she looked at things. She remains one of the greatest artists this state has ever produced; one of the country's most important voices in regionalist painting,” he said.


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Eudora Welty portrait at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Marie Atkinson Hull (American/Mississippi, 1890-1980), 'Cuenca Hillside,' watercolor on paper. Image courtesy of archive and Neal Auction Co.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 March 2015 09:30

Meadows Foundation pledges $45M to SMU school of arts, museum

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Monday, 23 March 2015 10:57
The renowned SMU Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas, Texas DALLAS – The Meadows Foundation, Inc. has pledged $45 million to SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts and the Meadows Museum, the largest single gift in SMU history. With this commitment, The Meadows Foundation has provided more than $100 million to the University since 1995.

“SMU has enjoyed a long and productive partnership with The Meadows Foundation, one initiated by Algur H. Meadows himself through the endowment of the Meadows School and the creation of the Meadows Museum,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “The resulting collaboration has enhanced the lives of thousands of students, faculty and members of the local, regional and international communities. This year, as we celebrate both the 50th anniversary of the Meadows Museum and the centennial of SMU’s opening, we are honored to accept a gift that will continue this extraordinary partnership.”

The $45 million gift, the largest in The Meadows Foundation’s history, includes $25 million to support goals and programs at the Meadows Museum, which houses one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of Spanish art outside of Spain. The gift designates $13 million for exhibitions, education programs and initiatives; $6 million for acquisitions; and $6 million for an acquisition challenge grant. In addition, the gift will help the Museum expand relationships with international cultural institutions and enhance its reputation as the center for Spanish art in the United States.

The Meadows Foundation gift also designates $20 million to the Meadows School of the Arts to support its goal to lead the nation in arts education. The funding will be used to attract and retain top faculty and students, create and maintain innovative programs of national importance and provide enhanced studio, gallery and state-of-the-art classroom spaces. The gift designates $12 million for facility enhancements, including a $10 million challenge grant, and $8 million for student and faculty recruitment and retention, as well as new strategic initiatives.

“Algur H. Meadows’ vision of an innovative school of the arts and a museum of international distinction has been realized in the Meadows School of the Arts and Meadows Museum,” said Linda P. Evans, chairman and CEO of The Meadows Foundation. “This historic gift recognizes their remarkable transformations over the past two decades, as well as the talented leadership in place at SMU. It also serves as a strategic investment in the dynamic futures of the Meadows School of the Arts and the Meadows Museum, serving diverse audiences around the globe.”

The Meadows Foundation is a private philanthropic institution established in 1948 by Algur H. Meadows and his wife, Virginia, to benefit the people of Texas. Since its inception, the Foundation has disbursed more than $700 million in grants and direct charitable expenditures to more than 7,000 Texas institutions and agencies. The Meadows Foundation’s primary areas of giving are arts and culture, civic and public affairs, education, health, and human services, in addition to initiatives focused on the environment, mental health and public education.

The Meadows School of the Arts was named in 1969 in honor of Algur H. Meadows, its primary benefactor. The School offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in advertising, art, art history, arts management, communication studies, creative computation, dance, film and media arts, journalism, music and theatre. As a comprehensive educational institution, the Meadows School of the Arts seeks to prepare students to meet the demands and opportunities of professional careers. A leader in developing innovative outreach and community engagement programs, the School challenges its students to make a difference locally and globally by developing connections between art and entrepreneurship.

The Meadows School of the Arts also is a convener for the arts in North Texas, serving as a catalyst for new collaborations and providing critical industry research.

“This generous gift will help the Meadows School to maintain and continue its historic journey as a national model for arts education,” said Sam Holland, the Algur H. Meadows dean of the Meadows School of the Arts. “We are honored to reflect Algur Meadows’ legacy with a School that continues to create and maintain important programs and initiatives in the arts.”

In 1962 Dallas businessman and philanthropist Algur H. Meadows donated funds to establish a museum at SMU to house his private collection of Spanish paintings. The Meadows Museum in Owen Arts Center opened to the public in 1965. With a $20 million gift from The Meadows Foundation in 1998, its largest gift at that time, a new museum building was constructed on campus to provide an appropriate home for the internationally acclaimed and growing Spanish art collection. Important international relationships formed since then include the 2010 partnership with the Museo Nacional del Prado of Madrid, enabling loans of important paintings, jointly organized exhibitions and international fellowships for pre- and post-doctoral scholars specializing in Spanish art. Funds from The Meadows Foundation also have made possible the continued acquisition of masterpieces such as Portrait of Mariano Goya, the Artist’s Grandson, by Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes. Today the Museum is home to works ranging from the 10th to 21st centuries.

In 2015 the Museum is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a series of exhibitions, publications, special events and educational programs that will attract international attention and visitors. Special golden anniversary exhibitions include “The Abelló Collection: A Modern Taste for European Masters” (April 18-August 2, 2015), consisting of approximately 100 works from the 15th to the 21st centuries; and “Treasures from the House of Alba: 500 Years of Art and Collecting” (September 4, 2015-January 3, 2016), with more than 100 European works, including paintings and tapestries, as well as manuscripts of Christopher Columbus. Both exhibitions are private Spanish collections that have never before been seen in the United States. Planning for this landmark year has been made possible by a 2013 grant from The Meadows Foundation.

“The exhibitions and events planned for the Museum’s golden anniversary will showcase the Museum’s international influence and academic and cultural leadership as we begin our next 50 years,” said Mark A. Roglán, the Linda P. and William A. Custard Director of the Meadows Museum and Centennial Chair in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts. “As we celebrate the important role the Meadows Museum plays as an educational and cultural leader, we also honor the pivotal role the Meadows family and Foundation have played in the creation and incredible growth of the Museum.”

The Meadows Foundation gift counts toward the $1 billion goal of SMU Unbridled: The Second Century Campaign. To date, the campaign has raised more than $942 million in gifts and pledges to support student quality, faculty and academic excellence and the campus experience. The campaign coincides with SMU’s celebration of the 100th anniversary of the University’s founding in 1911 and its opening in 1915.

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Last Updated on Monday, 23 March 2015 11:07

Record crowds view Grayson Perry artwork at London gallery

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Wednesday, 18 March 2015 10:45
‘Jesus Army Money Box,’ 2013. Courtesy the Artist and Victoria Miro, London © Grayson Perry LONDON –A record quarter of a million visitors came to see new works by artist Grayson Perry at the National Portrait Gallery in a free display. In total, 850,000 visitors to the National Portrait Gallery are thought to have seen at least one new work by the artist as part of a gallery-wide display and trail.

The new portraits were created during the making of his Channel 4 series Grayson Perry: Who Are You? which started broadcasting on Oct. 22.

Starting close to the entrance in the Gallery’s Main Hall and then interspersed throughout the 19th and 20th century collections, the free display and trail, focused on the theme of identity, and opened on Oct. 23.

It is the most viewed temporary display in the gallery’s history but was part of a popular autumn season which also included the free displays The Real Tudors and Snowdon: A Life in View together with the exhibitions Anarchy and Beauty: William Morris and His Legacy and Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2014.

The success contributed to the 2,062,502 total visitor figure for 2014 just announced by Association of Leading Visitor Attractions, the gallery’s second best year, and its third consecutive year with over 2 million visitors.

Pim Baxter, acting director, National Portrait Gallery, London, says: “Grayson’s display had a considerable impact on the gallery. It was clear from the number of visitors that thousands of people were enjoying his work on a daily basis, and that the display drew them to parts of the gallery that they might not otherwise have explored.”

Perry’s new portraits – which included a major tapestry, sculptures and pots – were of individuals, families and groups who were all trying to define who they were in modern Britain.

The Channel 4 programs followed the artist as he spent time with people who were at a crossroads or crisis in their own identity, and created works that tried to capture each of them in a single, revealing image.

These included politician Chris Huhne, a young female-to-male transsexual, a couple living with Alzheimers, a young Muslim convert and X-Factor and Celebrity Big Brother contestant Rylan Clark.

Winner of the 2003 Turner prize, Perry is one of Britain's best-known contemporary artists. He works with traditional media; ceramics, cast iron, bronze, printmaking and tapestry and is interested in how each historic category of object accrues over time’s intellectual and emotional baggage.

Perry is a great chronicler of contemporary life, drawing viewers in with beauty, wit, affecting sentiment and nostalgia as well as fear and anger. His hard-hitting and exquisitely crafted works reference his own childhood and life as a transvestite while also engaging with wider social issues from class and politics to sex and religion.

Perry has had major solo exhibitions nationally and internationally including the critically acclaimed Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman at the British Museum. His monumental suite of tapestries The Vanity of Small Differences, which were inspired by his BAFTA winning Channel 4 series: In the Best Possible Taste, are currently on a national and international tour led by the Arts Council Collection and British Council. In June 2013 he was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honors List. Grayson Perry is represented by Victoria Miro Gallery, London.

‘Jesus Army Money Box,’ 2013. Courtesy the Artist and Victoria Miro, London © Grayson Perry ‘The Ashford Hijab,’ 2014. Courtesy the Artist and Victoria Miro, London © Grayson Perry
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 March 2015 11:00

Rarely seen Jack Smith abstract paintings displayed at UK's NPG

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Wednesday, 18 March 2015 08:16
Portrait of a Composer I by Jack Smith, 1987 Private Collection ©The Estate of Jack Smith. Courtesy of Flowers Gallery

LONDON - A selection of rarely seen abstract paintings by the important British artist Jack Smith has gone on show at the National Portrait Gallery, London, in the Gallery’s first display to focus on entirely non-figurative portraits, it was announced today.

Jack Smith: Abstract Portraits (March 18 - Aug. 31,  2015) is the latest display at the National Portrait Gallery to focus on unconventional approaches to portraiture and will be the first time that the Gallery has shown a selection of paintings which exclude any obvious human features.

Included in this display of unusual and striking portraits, organized in partnership with Flowers Gallery, will be two large paintings of the renowned composers Sir Harrison Birtwistle and Colin Matthews, who have been represented by Smith solely through a combination of bold, contrasting colours, abstract shapes and strong lines.

Rather than depicting the physical appearances of Birtwistle and Matthews, Smith used his own interpretation of the composers’ music to convey a sense of identity in each of the portraits. He explained, ‘their music is who they are, really... So I had to find forms and language that would tell me something about their music’. Speaking of Birtwistle’s portrait, he described it as a ‘diagram’ of the ‘experience or sensation’ that his music provoked.

The portraits were painted by Smith after he was commissioned to design the sets and costumes for Ballet Rambert’s production of Carmen Arcadiae Mechanicae Perpetuum with music composed by Birtwistle in 1986, and the Royal Ballet’s Pursuit with music by Matthews in 1987. Both ballets were choreographed by Ashley Page, whose portrait by Smith will also be included in the display.

Jack Smith: Abstract Portraits is the latest display in the Gallery’s series of Interventions, a programme of special twentieth century displays that focuses on unconventional approaches to portraiture by important, internationally recognised artists. Since 2006, the displays in this series have featured artists who have explored alternative means of representing a sitter, including Francis Bacon, Anthony Caro and Andy Warhol.

Paul Moorhouse, Curator of Twentieth Century Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery, London, says: "This display of Jack Smith’s abstract portraits is a first for the National Portrait Gallery as Smith’s paintings dispense with human appearance entirely. These paintings take the Gallery’s Interventions series one step further, not only presenting an unconventional approach to portraiture but, in this case, raising a provocative question: is a person’s appearance a necessary constituent of portraiture or are there are other ways of evoking a human presence?"

Jack Smith (1928–2011) first attained recognition as a key member of the "Kitchen Sink' school in the 1950s, a label applied by the critic David Sylvester to the group of artists who first started working in the powerful urban realist style that dominated painting in Britain during that period. Smith first exhibited at Helen Lessore's celebrated Beaux Arts Gallery in London in 1953 and he showed at the Venice Biennale in 1956, the year in which he won first prize at the Liverpool John Moores exhibition. He was given his first solo retrospective at the Whitechapel in 1959, the youngest artist to achieve this. Subsequently influenced by American abstract painting, Smith’s work changed course during the 1960s and a second solo exhibition at Whitechapel Art Gallery followed in 1971, by which time his work had become almost entirely abstract. Smith’s subsequent career has been celebrated for his completely non-figurative work, which he continued until his death in 2011.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 March 2015 08:26

MSU hosts renowned African American artifact collection

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Tuesday, 17 March 2015 08:35
'United States Solders at Camp William Penn,' 1863, Supervisory Committee for Recruiting Colored Regiments. Chromolithographic print. From the exhibition 'African American Treasures from The Kinsey Collection,' opening March 21, 2015 at the Mitchell Memorial Library, Mississippi State University. Image courtesy of the Mitchell Memorial Library STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - One of the world's private largest collections of African-American art, documents and artifacts will make its first trip to Mississippi next week.

The Kinsey Collection will be at Mississippi State University's Mitchell Memorial Library from Saturday, March 21 through June 20. It has previously been viewed by more than 4 million people at such locations as Walt Disney World and the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

"This is the most significant collection we've had, and certainly the largest we've brought to the library,'' said Stephen Cunetto, administrator of systems at Mitchell Memorial Library.

Housed in the library's John Grisham Room, the exhibit will be open to the public free of charge. Viewing times include 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

The MSU exhibit will house about 70 or 80 items including documents, books and art that range in date from the early 1500s to present times. Among them will be an early copy of the Emancipation Proclamation, a signed copy of Brown v. Board of Education and rare works from early 19th-century African-American artists. It also will include pieces that relate to Mississippi.

Owned by Bernard and Shirley Kinsey of Los Angeles, the collection began during the mid-1980s when their son, Khalil, had a third-grade homework assignment to research family history.

Bernard, former vice president of Xerox Corp., and Shirley, a former teacher, couldn't trace their family roots past their grandparents. They began acquiring pieces to trace not only their own family history, but African-American culture as a whole.

"What The Kinsey Collection does is put the 'African' in the story of American history,'' Bernard Kinsey said in a press release about MSU's exhibit. 'This is the story of a people who did so much with so little, and this collection begins to fill in the blanks, trying to give those people a voice, a personality and a name.''

An opening reception with the Kinsey family is scheduled for Saturday, March 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. Bernard Kinsey will make a presentation about the exhibit on Sunday, March 22 at 3 p.m. in the Lee Hall Auditorium.

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'United States Solders at Camp William Penn,' 1863, Supervisory Committee for Recruiting Colored Regiments. Chromolithographic print. From the exhibition 'African American Treasures from The Kinsey Collection,' opening March 21, 2015 at the Mitchell Memorial Library, Mississippi State University. Image courtesy of the Mitchell Memorial Library
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 March 2015 08:52

'Sopranos' actor Federico Castelluccio brings Guercino painting back to US

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Monday, 16 March 2015 16:34
St. Sebastian by Guercino, framed. Image by Federico Castelluccio

NEW YORK – Many know him from his featured role as Tony Soprano's enforcer on the TV series 'The Sopranos,' but actor Federico Castelluccio is also a talented painter, as well as an art collector and patron of the arts. He recently escorted his 17th-century painting of St. Sebastian by Guercino back to New York, having loaned the masterpiece to the Italy-based Cosso Foundation for their “St. Sebastian: Beauty and Integrity in Art Between the 15th and the 17th Centuries” exhibition at the Miradolo Castle, near Turin.

The exhibition opened in early October, when the story first broke that Castelluccio had recently discovered the lost painting. By the time the event closed on March 8, more than 20,000 people had viewed the exhibit.

Castelluccio attended the private closing gala for the exhibit, hosted by the Cosso Foundation, before personally overseeing the packing and crating of his Guercino.

He escorted the painting, along with a 16th-century Titian masterpiece of St. Sebastian represented by his friend, New York art dealer Robert Simon, through the cargo area at the Milan airport. Castelluccio then flew home to New York with the paintings and was met by white-gloved professional art transporters who took the Guercino to its temporary new home. It is now safely stored in a New York vault until Castelluccio decides where its first U.S. viewing will be.

The Guercino, said to be worth millions, was already on its way to Italy when the announcement was made in October, so its return this month marks the first time the painting will have been on U.S. soil since gaining worldwide attention in the fall. Until now, the painting had not been on public view for more than 350 years.

St. Sebastian by Guercino, framed. Image by Federico Castelluccio St. Sebastian by Guercino being prepared for shipping to the U.S. Image by Federico Castelluccio Federico Castelluccio with Guercino's Saint Sebastian. Photo by Alexo Wandael
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 March 2015 10:03

Proposed Tornado Tower stirring up interest in Tulsa

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Monday, 09 March 2015 16:33
A night view of the proposed Tulsa Tornado Tower. Image courtesy of Kinslow, Keith & Todd, Inc. TULSA, Okla. – The concept of the Tulsa Tornado Tower, a funnel-shaped building, started as a way to get a revolving restaurant up high enough to have great views of downtown, the Arkansas River, and the Osage Hills.

“As we worked on ways to make it more interesting than just a stick with at round restaurant on top, the swirling of a tornado concept was born,” said architect Andrew A. Kinslow of Kindslow, Keith & Todd Inc.

“Once we had the concept, we needed to come up with a purpose for the building. We discussed open viewing platforms and garden areas. That led to a discussion of weather and the concept for the “Oklahoma Weather Museum & Research Center” was created,” said Kinslow.

The idea is still just a concept, but one that is attracting much attention.

Since the original article was published in Tulsa People Magazine there has been a tremendous amount of activity, including a meeting with Dr. Kerry Joes, who has been working on a concept for an Oklahoma Weather Museum since 2012. His vision is of a weather museum and science center with interactive exhibits that explore weather as a phenomenon, and introduces the visitor to the theory, data, forecasting and reality of life in Oklahoma’s Tornado Alley. Joes saw the building concept and thought it would be a great marriage of the two concepts.

The 250- to 300-foot-tall building will be clad in glass with perforated metal panels and LED lighting as an accent. The concept is to use the existing building as the base for a new building that will be constructed on top.

The building would contain exhibits that highlight weather events in Oklahoma, a branch of NOAA’s National Severe Storms Laboratory, revolving restaurant, multiple open terrace viewing, remote broadcast location for storm alerts, and a visitor information center.

A night view of the proposed Tulsa Tornado Tower. Image courtesy of Kinslow, Keith & Todd, Inc. The Tulsa Tornado Tower is designed to withstand high winds as it is built around a central core. Image courtesy of Kinslow, Keith & Todd, Inc. Cross section view of the Tulsa Tornado Tower showing the roof terrace and revolving restaurant on the top floor. Image courtesy of Kinslow, Keith & Todd, Inc.
Last Updated on Monday, 09 March 2015 17:10

Wassaic Project creates unique contemp. art space in Hudson River Valley

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Thursday, 05 March 2015 10:02
Image courtesy of The Wassaic Project WASSAIC, N.Y. - The Wassaic Project, in New York State's picturesque Hudson River Valley, is forging ahead creating a unique space in the contemporary art world. Last year's successful exhibition and festival with over 4,000 attendees bode well for a buoyant 2015 full of great art. Donations, visitors and art revenues each climbed approximately eight percent over the year before with 64 pieces of art sold. The Wassaic Project is defining its own space in the contemporary art world by attracting successful artists who are educated at the country's top art schools while still adhering to its founding philosophies that art can build and foster community.

"We are so pleased and thankful for our progress, said Bowie Zunino, speaking as well for her co-directors Eve Biddle and Jeff Barnett-Winsby who curate the shows. "We aim to attract serious contemporary artists who approach their work with discipline and rigor. We give them space to do their work while surrounded by internationally diverse colleagues. It is an incubator for emerging artists," she said. Each year the Wassaic Project produces an exhibition of works (June 14 - September 20, 2015) by emerging artists in the Maxon Mills, a repurposed seven story grain elevator. The Summer Festival (July 31 to August 2, 2015) also features curated music, dance and film.

This year's exhibition artists include two talented graduates of the Rhode Island School of Design, Adam Eckstrom and Lauren Was, who are the team behind Ghost of a Dream. They currently have their third solo exhibition at the Galerie Paris Beijing and recently exhibited and spoke at the symposium: "State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now" at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas.

Other up and coming artists will include Red Hook, New York-based Elias Hansen, who has been featured for his blown glass works of flasks and pipettes at the Maccarone Gallery in New York and ANAT EBGI in Los Angeles; Corina Reynolds, who uses the history of sociology and psychology to create immersive installations, performances, and videos, and received her MFA from Cranbrook; Brooklyn-based Amelia Biewald, who has been featured at the Rosalux Galleryin Minneapolis, and creates painterly drawings and sculptural works; Brooklyn-basedJeila Gueramian who has shown in Mixed Greens and Allegra Viola Galleries in New York and installed her work, It's You at Crystal Bridges in 2014; and Baltimore, MD-based Holden Brown who creates videos, installations, sculptures, and drawings that explore the tension between the natural and mechanical worlds. His work has been shown at the VisArts Kaplan Gallery in Rockville, MD and the MICA Pinkard Gallery in Baltimore.

Ever mindful of the importance of art in its social context and its immediate community, the directors and curators have created the Wassaic Project's unique outreach and schooling programs that attracted 823 adults and children to the Art Nest and 30 children to its Art Scouts summer camp in 2014. The program is an incredibly creative outlet for local and summer residents in a stimulating environment. Now the Wassaic Project works with the Northeast School System to bring art to K-12 schools each month, a reflection of its dedication to its community, education

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Last Updated on Thursday, 05 March 2015 10:16

Turkish president fined for 'insulting' Armenia peace statue

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Wednesday, 04 March 2015 10:26
Armenian Turkish monument by Mehmet Aksoy under construction in Kars, Turkey. Image by Ggia. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. ANKARA, Turkey (AP) – Turkey's state-run news agency says a court has ordered President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to pay 10,000 Turkish Lira (US$4,000) in compensation to an artist for calling his sculpture – meant to promote reconciliation between Turkey and Armenia – a “monstrosity.”

Erdogan expressed his dislike in 2011 of Mehmet Aksoy's giant Monument to Humanity, which was being erected in the eastern city of Kars, prompting local authorities there to dismantle it. Aksoy then sued Erdogan for “insult.”

Anadolu Agency said the court ordered Erdogan to compensate Aksoy for the mental anguish caused.

Turkey and Armenia have no diplomatic ties and are at odds over the mass killings of Armenians under Ottoman rule.

Next month, Armenians mark the 100th anniversary of the start of what experts deem to be genocide.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 March 2015 10:35

Father-daughter artists stage exhibition at Maryland Hall

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Tuesday, 03 March 2015 10:56
Lisa Egeli, 'New Blanket, Fresh Snow on a Still Morning,' oil on linen. Image courtesy of archive and the Salmagundi Club, New York. ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) – Like father like ... daughter?

Peter Egeli, 80, is a well-regarded painter and portrait artist. A son of famed portraitist Bjorn Egeli, a native of Norway, he grew up in a family where every one of his siblings picked up the paintbrush en route to becoming acclaimed artists.

His son, Stuart Egeli, took another path. A 1992 Naval Academy graduate, he had a 24-year career in the Navy.

His daughter Lisa, 48, has now followed in his paint-spattered footsteps, becoming a third-generation member of the Egeli artistic legacy.

She, too, is a portrait and landscape artist. Her portraits hang in institutions and in public and private collections. Her portfolio includes meticulously detailed portraits of gorillas and chimpanzees painted in their natural settings.

On March 2 through April 11, the father-and-daughter duo are exhibiting their landscapes, maritime scenes and wildlife studies in the Chaney Gallery at Maryland Hall, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. Their showcase is called “Nature/ Nurture: The Paintings of Father and Daughter.”

This is the first time they have exhibited together since family members staged a show in Baltimore in 1985.

In the showcase will be about 50 of their works both large and small. Primarily oil paintings, the Egelis are incorporating several pastel sketches and watercolor paintings into the display.

Some were painted while the pair were outside, standing either side-by-side or back-to-back. Several were created near the house of her father and mother Elizabeth Stuart “Stu” Egeli in the St. Mary's County town of Drayden.

Peter and Stu have been married 51 years. Carrying on the family tradition, Stu is an artist, too.

“My approach to art comes down through my dad,” said Lisa, who resides in Churchton with her wife, Jacqueline Savitz.

Comparing their style to that of an uncle, Cedric Egeli, who has a large studio on his Edgewater estate, Lisa said, “Our focus is on tonalism, instead of color.” She noted her father and uncle both served in the military. Her father was a Marine; Cedric went into the Army. Afterward, Cedric went to Cape Cod School of Art, studying under the influential Henry Hensche, while Peter honed his craft at the Corcoran School of Art and at Maryland Institute, under Jacques Maroger. Lisa, a graduate of the Academy of Art in Chicago, has studied in other fine arts programs in the U.S. and abroad.

It was Lisa's idea to hold an exhibit with her father.

“It's fun to have a chance to show with him,” said Lisa, who often requests critiques from her father. “He can critique something without changing it into what he would have done. It's very helpful to me.”

Peter and Stu Egeli entered Lisa Egeli's Churchton studio as she was talking. Peter glanced over at a large landscape Lisa had just completed. He broke into a broad smile.

“This is a fantastic painting!” Peter said. “Lisa is one of the premier landscape painters in the country.”

She pulled a painting off the wall of her studio and brought it over to her father. He'd been outside, unloading paintings he plans to put in the show. Peter was holding a framed painting of a solitary egret.

Lisa held up her painting. It, too depicted an egret – only this one was gazing at its twin reflection on the water.

The two agreed the Egeli egrets would look nice hanging side-by-side.

The opening reception for the show is 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., March 5. The two host a gallery talk from 5:30 to 7 p.m., March 11.

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Lisa Egeli, 'New Blanket, Fresh Snow on a Still Morning,' oil on linen. Image courtesy of archive and the Salmagundi Club, New York.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 March 2015 11:12

VIDEO: Warhol documentary to be bankrolled through Kickstarter

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Wednesday, 25 February 2015 11:45

'Uncle Andy and Archie.' Image courtesy of Abby Warhola and Jesse Best

PITTSBURGH – Andy Warhol's great-niece, Abby Warhola, and fellow filmmaker Jesse Best are launching a Kickstarter campaign on March 3 to bankroll a documentary film project titled Uncle Andy: The Andy Warhol Family Film.

The film will portray Warhol from perspective of the people who knew him the best since the day he was born – his family.

In the documentary film project, Uncle Andy: The Andy Warhol Family Film, which is currently in production, the producers plan to highlight these rare, never-before-seen roots and perspectives.

The film will be produced by Warhola Films and largely funded through an upcoming, grassroots Kickstarter campaign. Warhola Films will launch the Kickstarter campaign for Uncle Andy on Tuesday, March 3, and it will run for 31 days with a goal of $175,000.

The film will provide the most personal look at Warhol’s life and legacy to date, all through the eyes of his immediate family, the Warholas – siblings, nieces, nephews and others. The filmmakers have been capturing rare footage, including from family members who have since died, for several years. When completed, this feature-length documentary will be the first time audiences will discover a side of Warhol that only his family knew. They witnessed firsthand his unprecedented transformation from humble son of a working-class Pittsburgh family into one of the most important and celebrated artists in history.

Eric Shiner, director of the Andy Warhol Museum, said: "Andy Warhol was a family man. Although he left Pittsburgh within weeks of graduating from Carnegie Tech, he stayed in close contact with his brothers and their children via weekly phone calls and their regular visits to see him in his new home of New York City. This film will expose a side of Warhol the very few people have ever seen, and I know it will shed new light on Uncle Andy."

Warhola Films was created by photographer and filmmaker Abby Warhola and visual artist and filmmaker Jesse Best in 2013. They are also filming, directing and producing Uncle Andy so that it can be as personal and historically authentic as possible.

Following is the link to the Kickstarter campaign, including sample footage:


'Uncle Andy and Archie.' Image courtesy of Abby Warhola and Jesse Best

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 February 2015 14:07
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