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10/7: Capturing the Cosmos: Frederic Church Painting Humboldt's Vision of Nature, Olana (home and studio of Hudson River School painter Frederic Edwin Church), Hudson, N.Y. Explores the influence on Church of the great German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt. See also "Turning Science Into Art" by Andrea Wulf, Wall Street Journal, May 16, 2016 (search for "Turning Science Into Art" at Google and click on first result); about Wulf. Closes October 30.

10/7: Hudson River School Art Trail. Hike in the footsteps of Hudson River School painters Thomas Cole, Frederick Church, and others. Locations: Hudson River Valley (N. Y. - 17 trails), Connecticut River (Conn. - 1 trail), White Mountains (N. H. - 2 trails), and coming soon, Yellowstone Park (Wyo.). [Bookmark this site!] Throughout the year.

10/7: Still Life: An Invitational Group Show, John Pence Gallery, San Francisco. Closes November 12.

9/18: BOOK: After the Avant-Gardes: Reflections on the Future of the Fine Arts (2016). At Amazon for just $10.19 (save 80%)! Includes essays by Aristos editors.

9/18: Lecture on Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836-1912) [paintings], Dahesh Museum of Art [see links below], New York City, Salon Thursdays. October 13

9/18: The Essential Line: Drawings from the Dahesh Museum of Art, Mitchell Gallery, St. John's College, Annapolis, Md. On "the benefits of observation and constant drawing as the foundation for art making." 40 nineteenth-century drawings by Lawrence Alma-Tadema and other artists from the Dahesh Museum of Art [Mission] [History]. Closes October 16.



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Iris at Dawn (Iris)* [more], 1899, Maria Oakey Dewing (American, 1845-1927). Oil on canvas, 25 3/16 x 31 5/16 in. (63 x 79.5 cm). Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire. Bio (Wikipedia). Paintings (The Athenaeum). "From 1885 to 1903, Dewing and her painter husband, Thomas Wilmer Dewing, summered in Cornish [N.H.], where Maria merged her dual creative passions by painting flowers from her own garden. . . . Although Maria Dewing's career was eventually overshadowed by that of her husband, when the couple met she was by far the more highly trained and well-established artistic figure, at that time known for portraiture, still life, and figure painting" (quoted from "Hood Museum of Art Acquires Rare Outdoor Still Life by Maria Oakey Dewing." See also "The Exciting Brushwork of Maria Oakey Dewing (1845-1927)."

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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

+Amazon.com (Paperback/Kindle)

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 (GoogleBooks omits five pages and all endnotes)" - Louis Torres

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

The Aristos Awards
Readings on Art Education

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


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