From The Artists Studio
By Susan Hartenstein
Just in time for the holidays…(drum roll, please)…the Rockaway Artists Alliance 9th (or is it 10th) Test Your Art (and Other Stuff) Knowledge Quiz. So sit up, clear your desk and let’s grind those little brain cells.
- This American artist, born in Nyack, was obsessed with sunlight. The people in his paintings are usually lonely and withdrawn. The Whitney Museum has an extensive collection of his work. Name him.
- Rene Magritte was influenced early in his career by Giorgio de Chirico. His paintings use disturbing, fantastic and dream-like images such as a sky whose clouds are loaves of French bread. Name the school of art with which he is associated.
- Name the country in which Magritte was born.
- This famous Spanish artist of the 20th century was a Surrealist. His paintings depict the role of the unconscious and the idea of absurdity. "Sleep" is the title of one of his paintings. Name him.
- Name the two filmmakers with whom the above artist collaborated in designs for their films. One is English, though most of his films were done in Hollywood, the other is Spanish.
- Mexican artist Diego Rivera was famous for creating a particular form of public art. What was it?
- Who was Rivera’s wife, also a famous artist?
- What actress stars in a new film about her life?
- Name another Mexican artist who specialized in Rivera’s art form.
- How many candles does a menorah hold? (See – I said there would be other stuff on the quiz.)
The answers to this quiz will appear in next week’s column.
Those RAA 2002 calendars I told you about last week will be available during the week at The Wave office and at the holiday sale of Pottery by Susan on December 8 and 15 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on the 3rd floor of The Wave building. Thank you, Susan. They can also be found in the RAA office, 260 Beach 116th Street, and at sTudio 6, Fort Tilden at weekend gallery hours. They are available for an $8 donation, $3 of which goes to the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce Memorial Fund.
Have a great week and, to those who celebrate it, a happy Hanukah.
The "Snowy Egret in Snow," a photo by Denis Macrea can be found in the RAA’s 2002 calendar, now on sale at a number of venues.