2001-12-22 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Artists Alliance
By Susan Hartenstein

…If you are traveling north this holiday season, consider Boston as a destination and specifically that city’s Museum of Fine Arts. Boston has much to offer in the arts and culture. (Perhaps you will even be lucky enough to be there during a Currier and Ives snowfall as was I, 2 weeks ago.) The museum presents many fascinating exhibits, lectures, films and concerts. Among the special exhibitions is "The Look: Images of Glamour and Style," running through January 6. It features the photographs of Horst P.Horst (1906-1999) and George Hoyningen-Huene (1900-1968) and includes many of Steichen, Man Ray, Beaton, Karsh, Penn, Avedon, Ritts.

Not only does "The Look" present the luminously artistic works by these photographers. It recreates the sense of a bygone era, in which elegance and glamour were the ideal. Models, figures from the worlds of fashion, film, theater, literature, art and society inhabit these photographs. Huene and Horst, though from very different backgrounds, moved in this world, in Europe and the United States, of sophistication, art and celebrity. Their fashion and celebrity photographs, which became the staple of magazines like "Vogue" and "Vanity Fair," are breathtaking for their style, composition, creativity and exquisite lighting – even more incredible when one learns that they were done without a light meter. These images remind one of the films of that era, with the likes of Astaire and Rogers, that set the standard of "the look" to be emulated by the masses. One can see the influence of the arts and styles, both preceding and contemporary, including Greek sculpture, Surrealism, Cubism and jazz.

Horst and Huene created varied backgrounds that were subtle, muted, posed, real and abstract. One sees the softness of fabric and the female form played off the strict geometry of a sculpture. Painterly textures, dramatic lighting, backgrounds used in vivid contrast to or as echoes of foreground. A dazzling array of imaginative techniques and artistry are to be seen in the works of all the photographers in "The Look."

Joan Doblin Vogel, who moved to Pennsylvania recently, is doing just fine thank you and continuing to paint brilliantly. One of her paintings has won the People’s Choice Award at the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Winter Garden. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Water Color Society and the South Hills Art League. "Twilight," which accompanies this column, is an acrylic painting that is also available in giclee prints. Anyone interested in more information, contact RAA. Go Joan! We love you.

Come see "Winter Light" at sTudio 6. Have a peaceful Christmas filled with the warmth of family and friends.

"Twilight", an Acrylic painting by Joan Doblin Vogel, is also available in giclee prints.

George Hoyningen Huene "Dress by Augustabernard, worn by Toto Koopman," 1934. Gelatin silver print courtesy of The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library.

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