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February 2016

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Winter Thaw

Ice Floes, 1893, Claude Monet (French, 1840-1926). Oil on canvas, 26 x 39 1/2 in. (66 x 100.3 cm.), Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City. "The prolonged freeze and heavy snowfalls in the winter of 1892-93 inspired Monet to capture their effects on the Seine in a series of paintings" [more]. See also Break-up of the Ice on the Seine, near Bennecourt, 1893. Illustrated bio of Monet.

Exhibition: Paintings by Lauren Sansaricq and Erik Koeppel, two young artists inspired by the Hudson River School // Best Sites: The Athenaeum, for viewing art // Is photography art? // M.M.K on the "Mattress Girl as "artist" // L.T. on a young "artist" who made it big // Vigée Le Brun (1755-1842), a little-known but brilliant painter // and more. . .

Harriet Whitney Frishmuth: A Compendium -
Louis Torres, ed.

Picasso's Sculpture: Much Ado about Very Little - Michelle Marder Kamhi

"Harriet Whitney Frishmuth: Lyric Sculptor" (June 1984) - Beatrice Gilman Proske

Exhibition catalogue [full text] for The Boston School Tradition: Truth, Beauty and Timeless Craft, Vose Galleries, June 6 - July 18, 2015 (including "The Bostonians and Their Boston School," an essay by independent scholar and curator, Trevor J. Fairbrother).

January 2016

Best Sites: Essential Vermeer--all that is known, and then some // Exhibitions galore: on Hellenistic bronzes; on Dance in art; on Art inspired by winter . . . and more.

"Vermeer as Scientist," Claudia Swan, Times Literary Supplement, January 6, 2016 (review of Eye of the Beholder: Johannes Vermeer, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, and the Reinvention of Seeing, by Laura J. Snyder). Related: Our review of the Essential Vermeer website in Notes & Comments.

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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" - 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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