From The Artists Studio
The opening reception is October 3, 1-3 p.m. In the words of the exhibition’s curator, Katherina Romanenko, “The show will exhibit powerful works of art addressing very difficult issues and yet the visitors will be able to enjoy the rich aesthetic quality of the presented work.”
As we mark a horrid and tragic anniversary; as we are faced daily with new and haunting images in the news; as we as individuals must soon make choices in our elections that will affect our futures, FRAME has profound significance to us all. Not just as an art show, but as a fiber in the fabric of our complex and confusing times. The images in FRAME are powerful and the questions raised, equally so.
FRAME is not meant to provide answers.
It does not take any point of view.
Its goal is “to stimulate a debate that will bring people to ask difficult questions and to confront difficult issues.”
The issues addressed are not just for our times, but for all times and are not found in just in one part of the world.
Rockaway Artists Alliance Test Your Art Knowledge Quiz answers:
For the first 5 questions, you were asked to name the particular school or movement associated with a certain list of artists.
1. Corot, Courbet, Daubigny, Millet and Théodore Rousseau – the Barbizon School. Barbizon is village forty miles outside of Paris on the edge of the Forest of Fontainebleau. In the early to mid 19th century many French artists, including the ones named above, went to this quiet, peaceful place to paint gentle landscapes and people working in the fields en plein aire. They studied the fleeting effects of light and the atmosphere. Some of the artists have faded from the knowledge of the public and many of their discoveries have been attributed to the later Impressionists.
2. Caillebotte, Morisot and Sisley were Impressionists, a name originally used by a critic denigrating the work of these artists and taken from a title of Monet’s – “Impression – Sunrise.”
3. Robert Henri, William Glackens, John Sloan, George Wesley Bellows were among a group of artists, known as the Ashcan School, that wished to capture the feel of turn-of-the-century New York by painting realistic, unglamorized scenes of everyday life.
4. Thomas Doughty, Asher B. Durand, Robert W. Weir. These are just a few of the American artists known as the Hudson River School, who, from about 1835 to about 1870, painted awesome Romantic images of this country’s wilderness in the Hudson River Valley and the West.
5. Pierre Bonnard, Maurice Denis, Edouard Vuillard. These were among the Nabis. They were French painters who, in the 1880’s were influenced by Gauguin’s work, to use broad surfaces of flat color or patterns. They also were known for their posters, prints, book illustrations, theater designs and textiles.
6. This answer in next week’s column.
7. Italian painter, Raphael, created “The School of Athens.” It is a fresco on the wall of one of the rooms in the Vatican Palace. Its subject is “the Athenian school of thought” – a group of famous Greek philosophers including Plato and Aristotle.
8. Jean-Francois Millet painted “The Sower” in 1850.
9. The same artist created “The Gleaners,” portraying three peasant women collecting what remains of the harvest after it has been reaped.
10. Pablo Picasso painted the great Cubist work. “Three Musicians.”
The next RAA general meeting is Monday, September 13 at 7:30 PM in Fort Tilden, buildingT-149. Bring your latest artwork.
All are welcome.
Stephen Yaeger will be the guest presenter. He will give a slide lecture on wildlife, art and science. Yaeger is well-versed on all these topics, having been a science teacher and a terrific wildlife artist in several mediums.