2002-12-14 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

By Susan Hartenstein

Rockaway Artists Alliance

Were you "schvitzing" out those answers from last week's quiz? I hope so. I love to stimulate the body and mind, simultaneously. Stress no more! Here are the absolutely correct answers to "The I Love You All I Can't Believe Thanksgiving and Chanukah Fell at the Same Time Matisse/Picasso Rockaway Artists Alliance Test Your Art Knowledge Quiz."

  1. "Les Fauves" (wild beasts) was the appellation (I can be sooo pretentious with sooo little effort) used by the critics for the group of artists of which Matisse was a leading member. Others in this early 20th century short-lived group included Andre Derain and Maurice de Vlaminck.

  2. Their paintings were marked by intense, pure colors, distorted forms and bold, dynamic brushstrokes, thus effectively "shaking up" the art world.

  3. The masks and sculpture of Africa heavily influenced the work of both Matisse and Picasso.

  4. This influence can clearly be seen in Picasso's "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon." In this groundbreaking painting the lines and planes of the mask-like faces and the bodies of the five female nudes are aggressively broken up and distorted.

  5. The beginnings of Cubism, a style pioneered by Picasso and Georges Braque, are thus evident.

  6. Oops! Gave away the answer to #6 a little early.

  7. Some of Matisse's most interesting works are his large decorative pieces made of cut paper, done in the latter part of his life.

  8. In the early 1900's Picasso passed through two periods named for colors that frequently dominated his paintings of those periods. The paintings of his Blue Period elicited feelings of sadness and loneliness. In his Rose Period the mood and colors were warmer and more optimistic.

Hope you did well and learned something at the same time.

The wine and cheese opening reception for "Sparkle," RAA's holiday member exhibition, is Sunday, December 15, 1-3 p.m. at sTudio 6 Gallery, Fort Tilden. Admission is free. Meet the artists and join RAA for what may prove to be one of the more "fun" shows of this very successful exhibition year. The theme is "anything that sparkles," and we're letting the artists define that in a very broad and imaginative way.

What a pleasure it was for RAA to have welcomed more than a dozen seniors from the Neponsit Day Care Center last week. The involved and enthusiastic group was escorted through the "Russians Are Here" exhibition that just closed at sTudio 6 Gallery. They were given a talk by RAA members, which provided insight into the artistic processes behind the artwork. The seniors responded with questions and comments that were as interesting as the work. Perhaps most delightful about the day was the fact that the talk was conducted in four languages (English, Spanish, Russian and Yiddish), reflecting the diversity of the seniors and of RAA. Thanks to Beth Gutman of the Neponsit Day Care Center for reaching out to RAA to arrange this terrific afternoon. We look forward to more in the future.

See you at the Fort.

A quilt hanging by Maryann McEvoy, one of the pieces of artwork in RAA's "Sparkle." Opening reception Sunday, December 15, 1-3pm, sTudio6 Gallery, Ft. Tilden.

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