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August 2017
(October Issue Forthcoming)

CURRENT NEWS - September / October

9/22: WEST COAST: Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect, Seattle Art Museum. WORTH TRAVELING TO! (Our review of this exhibition at the Brandywine River Museum of Art forthcoming.) October 19 -January 15.

9/22: Rodin at the Met, N.Y.C. 93 works by this modern French master (1840-1917). Click on each image on the exhibition page to enlarge, click again, then roll your mouse wheel on details to zoom in further! This excellent page rewards close, extended attention. DO NOT MISS. [On Rodin in Aristos, search above for his name.] Closes January 15.

9/22: Sublime North: Romantic Painters Discover Norway, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Conn. Works by the leading figures of 19th-century Norwegian landscape painting: Peder Balke, Christian Dahl, Thomas Fearnley, and better-known contemporaries such as Thomas Cole, Corot, and J.M.W Turner. (See bios of all at Wikipedia.) Closes January 15.

8/14: World War I and the Visual Arts, Metropolitan Museum. 137 works. Highlights: John Singer Sargent [3 drawings, 2 watercolors] and Käthe Kollwitz [2 prints, including Killed in Action (1920)]. Closes January 7.


Painting Norway
Hans Dahl - Summer Day

Summer Day, by Hans Dahl (Norwegian, 1849-1937). Date and dimensions unknown, private collection. The Athenaeum: 93 paintings, sorted by year completed in ascending order (some attributed to Dahl were actually made by his son, Hans Andreas Dahl [1881-1919], whose work was virtually indistinguishable from his own; whenever possible, note the signature).

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G. Washington portrait medals // An ivory gazelle // Disappointing Dunkirk film // Artworld icon Robert Rauschenberg Misconstrued // and more . . .


Art Education or Miseducation? From Koons to Herring - Michelle Marder Kamhi

IN BRIEF: George Anthony Morton: An Artist against All Odds - Louis Torres

EXHIBITION: The Art of Henry James: Kinship between Literature and Visual Art - Michelle Marder Kamhi

Revaluing the Liberal Arts," (Aristos, June 1994).With study of the liberal arts under increasing attack in academia (see "The Liberal Arts at War), it is worth recalling this brief article by us on the subject.

"Frank Capra's America and Ours," by John Marini, Imprimis, March 2015. On the legendary director of such classic films as Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), and Meet John Doe (1941).

Richard F. Lack: A Compendium: Select Links to Online Sources - Louis Torres. On the life and work of this pioneering painter-teacher, who coined the term "Classical Realism."


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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)

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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

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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
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Jack Schaefer (1907-1991), author of Shane


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