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February 2017


2/19: Small Paintings Show, Susan Powell Fine Art, Madison, Conn. More than 100 works on view. Closes February 25.

2/19: Maine Temperas and Watercolors and The Dory, Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, Maine. Two exhibitions of paintings by Andrew Wyeth. Close March 5 and March 9.

2/19: Velázquez Portraits: Truth in Painting (seven works), Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City. Closes March 12.

2/19: Turner's Modern and Ancient Ports: Passages through Time, Frick Collection. (Bio.) [Turner in Aristos.] February 23 - May 14.

2/19: Julian Onderdonk and the Texan Landscape, San Antonio Museum of Art, Texas. Closes April 23.

2/19: New Terrains: American Paintings from the Richard M. Scaife Bequest, Brandywine River Museum of Art, Chadds Ford, Penn. Over 25 late-nineteenth and early twentieth-century works by Hudson River School painters, including Albert Bierstadt, and by American Impressionists, among them, William Merritt Chase and J. Alden Weir. Closes May 30.


Impression, Magpie
Monet - The Magpie

The Magpie*(La Pie) [enlarged] [the bird] [about] [photo: a magpie], 1869, Claude Monet (French, 1840-1926). Oil on canvas, 35 in. x 51 in. (89 cm x 130 cm). Musée d'Orsay, Paris. [The Athenaeum: 1,290 works by Monet]. Impression, Sunrise (1872) [about].

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Marivaux at the Frick // Julian Onderdonk (1882-1922), American Impressionist // About CURRENT NEWS

EXHIBITION: Charlotte Brontë in Word and Image at the Morgan - Michelle Marder Kamhi

Stradivarius Violins: (1)"The Brilliance of a Stradivari Violin Might Rest Within Its Wood," Steph Yin, New York Times, December 20, 2016. "For hundreds of years, the best violin players have almost unanimously said they prefer a Stradivari or a Guarneri instrument. Why nobody has been able to replicate that sound remains one of the most enduring mysteries of instrument building." (2) Antonio Stradivari, 1644-1737; Guarneri, family name: 17th and 18th centuries. (3) Who Are the Musicians Playing a Stradivarius?" See and hear them play on instruments that they exclusively use (one is Yo Yo Ma, on cello). A few explain why. Cmuse, August 5, 2015.


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Aristos (1982-1997)
About, sample articles, reviews, back issues. . .

What Art Is: The Esthetic Theory of Ayn Rand (Open Court, 2000). Chapter Summaries, Reviews/Responses. . .

The Definition of Art (Ch. 6)

+Find Book in Libraries (Worldwide)

What Art Is Online (2000-2003)
Supplement to What Art Is--articles and excerpts

Who Says That's Art?
A Commonsense View of the Visual Arts
(Pro Arte Books, 2014). Contents, Introduction, Reviews, Image links

"Forceful and persuasive."--Kirkus Reviews

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After the Avant-Gardes: Reflections
on the Future of the Fine Arts
(Open Court, 2016).

Includes essays by the Aristos editors:

* "The Interminable Monopoly of the Avant-Garde" - Louis Torres

* "Mimesis versus the Avant-Garde: Art and Cognition" [based on "Art and Cognition"] - Michelle Marder Kamhi

The Aristos Awards
Readings on Art Education

Terence Rattigan (1911-1977), British playwright
Jack Schaefer (1907-1991), author of Shane


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