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2013

December
An Urgent Letter to Readers - Louis Torres, Chairman, The Aristos Foundation
* Moonrise (The Rising Moon) [more ], 1865 (10 x 17 in.), by Frederic Edwin Church [other paintings] (American, 1826-1900). Collection: Olana Historical Site.
* NOTES & COMMENTS
"Madness at the Met" (on "multimedia installation" purchased for the collection) // "Our Pithy Posts on Facebook" (a sampling) // What Art Is cited as influential in book on American philosophers by respected critic // On reprint of chapter from What Art Is in major reference volume. // etc.
* The Aristos Awards
Philip Roth, novelist: For his send-up of the pretensions surrounding abstract painting, in American Pastoral
* Has the Artworld Been Kidding Itself about Abstract Art? by Michelle Marder Kamhi
Review of "Inventing Abstraction, 1910-1925" at the Museum of Modern Art--with telling remarks by Director Glen Lowry.
* Vermeer's Girl by the Editors
Review of "Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Hals . . ." at the Frick Collection. On Girl with a Pearl Earring (the painting, the novel, the movie) and much more.
* Barbara Branden: Boswellian Biographer of Ayn Rand by the Editors
In Memoriam: Barbara Branden (1929-2012), Rand's friend and protégé, and author of The Passion of Ayn Rand.
* BEST OF ARISTOS
[From the Print Archives]
Boswell's Johnson--Branden's Rand: The Passion of Ayn Rand in Historical Perspective (May 1987) by Louis Torres

March
* NOTES & COMMENTS
* Bubbles and Beyond: An Ongoing Musical Saga - Alexander Comitas (Eduard de Boer)
A traditionalist composer reflects on avant-garde bias in Holland's Performing Arts Fund--and on the clever musical hoax he cooked up to prove his point.
* Picasso and Matisse: A Contrarian Reappraisal - L.T.
On Picasso's trajectory from academic realism to inscrutable or grotesque Cubism; and on Matisse as a "color genius."
* EXHIBITION: Peerless Piero - M.M.K.
Review of a small exhibition (just seven paintings) at New York's Frick Collection, featuring work by the early Italian Renaissance master Piero della Francesca.
* BEST OF ARISTOS
[From the Print Archives]:
The Misreading of Literature (October 1986).
* WORTH LISTENING TO (AND VIEWING)
J. S. Bach, The Unaccompanied Cello Suites
Suite No.1, Prélude [audio/video]
Suites Nos.1-6 [complete: audio]
Yo-Yo Ma, Cello

2012

December
* NOTES & COMMENTS
* A Jacques Barzun Compendium: Select Links to Online References - L.T.
* IN BRIEF
Bias and Inanity in Arts Funding: A Tale of Two Composers
- M.M.K
* IN BRIEF: EXHIBITION
The Apotheosis of Andy Warhol - M.M.K
August
* INSIDE: Eisenhower Memorial Design Dishonors National Hero
See The Aristos Awards and NOTES & COMMENTS.
* NOTES & COMMENTS
The Aristos Awards [about] [National Civic Art Society, Andrew Ferguson (journalist)]
* Understanding Contemporary Art - M.M.K.
* IN BRIEF: ART EDUCATION
At Least He Spelled My Name Right: A Reply to Professsor Edward O. Stewart - M.M.K.
* IN BRIEF
What Is "Cave Art"? When Scientists Presume to Know - L.T.
* WORTH READING (AND VIEWING)
Alexandre Cabanel: The Tradition of Beauty (Stephen Gjertson, Stephen Gjertson Galleries, December 17, 2010). Scroll down to see images of diverse works by Cabanel (and others), among them: The Education of Saint Louis (1878), Portrait of a Young Girl (1886), and Love's Messenger (1883).
* WORTH LISTENING TO
Romeo and Juliet (1839), choral symphony, Hector Berlioz (1803-1869) - 1:45:43. The occasional subtitles are in Dutch, but no matter. Just listen! Alto solo from the symphony performed by Shirley Verrett (1931-2010) - 5:44. (See "Barzun and Berlioz" in Notes & Comments.)
June
* NOTES & COMMENTS
February
* NOTES & COMMENTS
* EXHIBITION REVIEW: Picturing the Individual (The Renaissance Portrait from Donatello to Bellini) - The Editors
* Portraiture or Not?--The Work of Chuck Close - The Editors
January
* NOTES & COMMENTS

2011

December
* NOTES & COMMENTS
November
BONNE 104E ANNIVERSAIRE
JACQUES BARZUN!
30 Novembre 2011
* NOTES & COMMENTS
October
* NOTES & COMMENTS
September
* NOTES & COMMENTS
August
* NOTES & COMMENTS
February
Thank You! To each member of that small but loyal band of Aristos readers who responded to our December appeal for support, we extend our heartfelt thanks. All who read these pages for free are in your debt. - The Editors
* NOTES & COMMENTS
* The Aristos Awards [About] [Citations: Daniel Graves (Painter/Teacher), Gerrard Barnes (Ordinary Person)]
* Rattigan's Renaissance (On British playwright Sir Terence Rattigan [1911-1977]. Reprinted from the inaugural issue of Aristos, July 1982.) - Holly Hill
* Terence Rattigan Centenary (News & Information) - The Editors
* IN BRIEF: DENIS DUTTON (1944-2010), R.I.P.
Burying the Hatchet (On correspondence with the author of The Art Instinct, shortly before his untimely death) - L.T.
* IN BRIEF: ART EDUCATION
Engaging Future Art Teachers (On a virtual classroom discussion with graduate students at Nazareth College.) - M.M.K
* WebCommentary - L.T.
* WORTH READING:
Beethoven Visits Cleveland: In 1958, the Colossus Speaks to an
11-Year-Old Boy
(American Scholar, Spring 2010)
* WORTH LISTENING TO:
Two by J. S. Bach, as performed by violinist Nathan Milstein (1903-1992): Sonata No.1 (audio) and Sonata No.3 (audio/color video), from Milstein's last concert at age 82. See also In Portrait, a DVD featuring Milstein.
* WORTH VIEWING:
Portrait Profile of a Woman - Louise Camille Fenne [more]

2010

November
BONNE 103E ANNIVERSAIRE
JACQUES BARZUN!{JB103} 30 Novembre 2010
* NOTES & COMMENTS
* A Forum on Social Justice Art Education - M.M.K.
* The Great Divide in Art Education - M.M.K.
* The Ad Hom Instinct: A Reply to Denis Dutton (The Art Instinct) - L.T.
* IN BRIEF: "Hijacking" Article Stirs Debate - The Editors
* WebCommentary - L.T.
* The Definition of Art: Ch. 6 (full text, corrected) of What Art Is
* LETTERS:
Tracie Glazer, Visiting Instructor, Nazareth College, Rochester, N.Y.
Reply by Louis Torres to former NAEA president
* WORTH READING:
Chopin's Small Miracles (Wall Street Journal, 3/3/10) - On the Preludes.
Reading in a Digital Age (American Scholar, Spring 2010) - On the novel and the Internet.
* WORTH LISTENING TO:
Beethoven, Variations in F Major, Op. 34 (YouTube, 2/17/07) - Performed by Glenn Gould.
* WORTH VIEWING:
Five Brahms Waltzes in the Manner of Isadora Duncan (YouTube, 9/24/06) - Choreography by Frederick Ashton (1904-1988), danced by Tamara Rojo. Duncan (1877-1927) was a pioneer of modern dance. See also "Dance of a Goddess," Guardian, U.K. (2/21/04) - On Ashton and Duncan.
April
* NOTES & COMMENTS
* The Hijacking of Art Education - M.M.K.
* BOOKS: What Makes Art Art? Does Dennis Dutton Know? (on Dutton's The Art Instinct) - L.T.
* IN BRIEF (EXHIBITIONS): Art In an Intimate Setting (on Becoming and Artist: The Academy in 19th-Century France) - L.T.
* Free-Market Art, c. 1555 (on Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese: Rivals in Renaissance Venice) - Megan Sleeper
* WebCommentary - L.T.

2009

December
* NOTES & COMMENTS
* EXHIBITIONS: Vermeer's Milkmaid: More Than Meets the Eye? - M.M.K.
* The Curator Says It's About Sex - L.T. (on a controversial interpretation of Vermeer's Milkmaid)
* WebCommentary - L.T.
* THE BEST OF ARISTOS
[From the Print Archives]:
Ayn Rand's We the Living: New Life in a Restored Film Version (December 1988).
See Notes & Comments for information on the new two-disc Special Edition DVD.
* WORTH READING:
Is Classical Music Trying to Be Fashionable? (Financial Times, 5/29/09)
Goodbye, Mr. Keating (The Chronicle, 7/7/06)
August
* NOTES & COMMENTS
* WebCommentary [six new entries] - L.T.
* LETTERS:
John Silber, President Emeritus, Boston University
Shelbye J. Reese, Art teacher, Hart County (Ga.) H.S.
* WORTH READING:
First Impressions - What does the world's oldest art say about us? (The New Yorker, 6/23/08). See also "The Earliest Artists" in "Robert Payne: Uncommon Guide to the World of Art" (Aristos, 12/93).
Disputations: The Untouchables (New Republic, 7/14/09) - Why it's blasphemous to alter Shakespeare's words for a modern audience.
July
* NOTES & COMMENTS
* What Hope Is There for Art Education? - M.M.K.
* BOOKS: At His Father's Knee (review of Architecture of the Absurd: How "Genius" Disfigured a Practical Art, by John Silber) - L.T.
* WebCommentary - L.T.
* LETTERS: Samuel Knecht, Chairman, Hillsdale College Department of Art
* WORTH READING:
Thomas Jefferson, Musician (Wall Street Journal, 7/2/09)
Old Masters: Overlooked Women Artists (Joan Altabe, Gadfly Online, 1/14/02)

2008

June
* NOTES & COMMENTS
* What About the Other Face of Contemporary Art? - M.M.K. & L.T.
* EXHIBITIONS: Painting Landscapes, Then and Now (Jacob Collins at Hirschl & Adler Modern) - L.T.
* Museum Miseducation: Perpetuating the Duchamp Myth - M.M.K.
* LETTERS: Julian Spalding, former director, Glasgow Museums, Scotland (responding to review of his Eclipse of Art, 11/07)
* WORTH READING: The Myth of the Mozart Effect (from eSkeptic)

2007

November
* NOTES & COMMENTS
* The Intrepid Mrs. Sally James Farnham: An American Sculptor Rediscovered - Michael P. Reed
* Unveiling Sally James Farnham's Bolívar: A Youthful Memoir - Mariquita MacManus Mullan
* Reflections on "Classical Realism" - Jacob Collins
* Thought and Feeling in Art - M.M.K.
* BOOKS: Artworld Maverick (review of The Eclipse of Art, by Julian Spalding) - L.T.
* EXHIBITIONS:
Richard Serra's Fun House at MoMA - M.M.K
Night and Day at the Morgan - M.M.K.
* LETTERS: Jacob Collins, painter

2006

December
* NOTES & COMMENTS
* The Joys of Light Music - Jesse F. Knight
* The Legacy of Richard Lack - L.T.
* CRITIQUING THE CRITICS: Muddying the Waters of Classical Realism - L.T.
* EXHIBITIONS:
Painting the Nude (Jacob Collins: Figures) - L.T.
Slow Painting? (Slow Painting: A Deliberate Renaissance)
BOOKS: Why Teach Art? (on Art and Cognition, by Arthur Efland) - M.M.K.
* LETTERS: Kurt Leininger (on Edward Hopper vs. Andrew Wyeth)
* THE BEST OF ARISTOS
[From the Print Archives]:
Bouguereau's Legacy, September 1982 - Richard Lack.
On the nineteenth-century French academic painter (see also Letters regarding Bouguereau, below)
The New Dawn of Painting, March 1986 - L.T.
Review of Realism in Revolution: The Art of the Boston Painters (see Note on images).
On Responsible Arts Criticism, August 1984 - L.T.
Letters to New York Times regarding critical bias against Bouguereau, and the absence of letters to the editor in the "Arts and Leisure" section (see Note on image of Bouguereau painting) - L.T.
August
* NOTES & COMMENTS
* EXHIBITIONS: Interpreting Goya - M.M.K.
* CRITIQUING THE CRITICS: First Paragraphs - L.T.
June
* NOTES & COMMENTS
* He Felt Like Shooting Himself--A Postscript (more on the censure of a music critic and two composers) - L.T.
* EXHIBITIONS:
Girodet--A Long-Forgotten Romantic - M.M.K.
John James Audubon--Rara Avis - L.T.
* THE BEST OF ARISTOS
[From the Print Archives]:
The Child as Poet: An Insidious and Injurious Myth (on The Child as Poet: Myth or Reality? by Myra Cohen Livingston), January 1988 - L.T.
On "The Child as Poet: An Insidious and Injurious Myth (Letters by Jacques Barzun and others), December 1988
Robert Payne: Uncommon Guide to the World of Art (on his World of Art), December 1993 - M.M.K
January
* NOTES & COMMENTS
* The Other Face of "Contemporary Art"
* EXHIBITIONS: Van Gogh at His Eye-Opening Best - M.M.K.
* CRITIQUING THE CRITICS: "The Meaning of Life," "Life-Enhancing Ripples," and Other Inanities - L.T.
* BOOKS: Tom Wolfe's Epiphany (on The Painted Word)- L.T.
* LETTERS:
Ken Carpenter, President, Canadian Section, International Association of Art Critics
Currie McCullough, art gallery director
Michael Ome Untiedt, painter

2005

December
* NOTES & COMMENTS
* DANCE: Mark Morris--a Postmodern Traditionalist - M.M.K.
* CRITIQUING THE CRITICS: Santiago Calatrava: An Architect Who Makes . . . Sculpture? - L.T.
* LETTERS:
Philippe Faraut, sculptor
Tom Lauerman
August
* NOTES & COMMENTS
* MUSIC: He Felt Like Shooting Himself (censure of a music critic and two composers) - L.T.
Modernism, Postmodernism, or Neither?--A Fresh Look at "Fine Art" - M.M.K.
* THEATER: Doubtful Pulitzers - M.M.K.
The National Portrait Gallery: Captive to Postmodernism - L.T.
April
* NOTES & COMMENTS
* The Boston Museum of Fine Arts? - M.M.K.
* CRITIQUING THE CRITICS: Art's Porous Borders - L.T.
* EXHIBITIONS: A Window onto the Glory of the Italian Renaissance (from Filippo Lippi to Piero della Francesca) - The Editors
February
[Special Issue on Christo's 'Gates']
* ARISTOS NEWS: Aristos Editors Dub 'Gates' "Bogus Art"
* RELATED LINKS: a, b, and c
* Metropolitan Museum of Art
* Central Park Website
* FROM ARISTOS: "The Sculpture of Central Park," August 2003

2004

December
* NOTES & COMMENTS
* Editors' Note (on "Why We Need a Definition of Art")
* Why We Need a Definition of Art by Kenneth M. Lansing
November
* NOTES & COMMENTS
* When Journalistic Misfeasance Becomes Felony ("The Arts" at the New York Times) - L.T.
May
* NOTES & COMMENTS
* Sitting on Furniture and Other 'Visual Art' Experiences - L.T.
April
* NOTES & COMMENTS
* A Tale of Three Operas - M.M.K.
* Aeschylus's Persians--Lessons for Today? - M.M.K.
March
* NOTES & COMMENTS
* EXHIBITIONS: Messages from the Heart (Love Letters: Dutch Genre Paintings in the Age of Vermeer) - L.T.
February
* NOTES & COMMENTS
* Clueless Critics (& Moderator) - L.T. and M.M.K.
* Scholarly Engagement: When It Is Pleasurable, and When It Is Not (from Journal of Ayn Rand Studies) - L.T.
January
* NOTES & COMMENTS
* Rescuing Art from 'Visual Culture Studies' (based on a talk given at the National Art Education Association) - M.M.K.
* LETTERS: Gerald Ackerman, Professor, Emeritus, Art History, Pomona College (on homoerotic aspects in Thomas Eakins's painting Swimming)

2003

December
* NOTES & COMMENTS
* EXHIBITIONS:
The Dahesh Museum: Reclaiming Academic Art (French Artists in Rome: Ingres to Degas, 1803-1873) - L.T.
Birds, Birds, Birds (Wings of Hope, Wings of Peace) - L.T.
What "Rand's Aesthetics" Is, and Why It Matters (from Journal of Ayn Rand Studies) - M.M.K.
* BOOKS: Not Smart about Art (The Annotated Mona Lisa) - L.T.
* FILM: Three Cheers for Seabiscuit! - M.M.K.
August
* NOTES & COMMENTS
* EXHIBITIONS: Thomas Eakins: Painting Pure Thought (Thomas Eakins) - L.T.
* VIRTUAL TOUR: The Sculpture of Central Park
* LETTERS: William Conger, abstract painter and Professor, Art Theory & Practice, Northwestern University
May
* NOTES & COMMENTS
* Hilton Kramer's Misreading of Abstract Art - M.M.K.
* BOOKS: Judging a Book by Its Cover (review of But Is It Art? by Cynthia Freeland) - L.T.
* EXHIBITIONS: Bill Viola's Passions--No Kinship to Rubens - M.M.K.
* THE ACADEMIC SCENE:
Barnard College: Art Succumbs to Visual Culture - M.M.K.
Columbia University: The Future of the Art World - L.T.
LETTERS FROM THE EDITORS
* WORTH READING:
Avant Garde Against Humanity: The Rise and Fall of Anti-Social Architecture (American Enterprise, 1-2/02) - On the pretensions and failures of contemporary architecture.
A Reader's Manifesto (Atlantic Monthly, 7-8/01) - An exposé of the "growing pretentiousness of American literary prose."
January
* EDITORS' NOTE: Aristos Re-born Online
* Art and Cognition: Mimesis vs. the Avant Garde - M.M.K.
* FILM: Monte Walsh (TNT premiere) - L.T.