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  • Bernard Lorjou’s “L’Offrande”

    September 28th, 2009 · 2:50 pm  →  Blog

    Shown in the image above are Lorjou’s Expressionistic and painterly flowers illustrated as an offering from what appears to be a white-gloved lady—a modern study of grace from the mid-twentieth century. One eye, bordered by yellow, orange, blue and black seems to look pacifically upon the earthly, the present; her other eye, beneath striated, pinkRead the Rest…

    Mazzolino Painting Discovered During Appraisal

    September 23rd, 2009 · 2:10 pm  →  Blog

    A Ludovico Mazzolino painting created in 1522 was discovered recently in an English home by pure accident, proving that appraisals can bring not only guaranteed benefits in documenting one’s wealth but also an occasional surprise. The homeowner originally called his local personal property appraiser out to his home in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire UK to look atRead the Rest…

    Emmanuel Viviano Chicago Pilgrimage (Part II)

    September 21st, 2009 · 9:30 am  →  Blog

    Dear Readers, Last Sunday, I attempted an “Emmanuel Viviano/ WPA Field Trip” all about Chicago—I wanted to scout out the Viviano public art in our city and report back to you. Sadly, I couldn’t locate any of his works… from the Carroll Playground in Oak Park (which once featured a statue and fountain of Alice),Read the Rest…

    Chicago’s 19th Century Homes and their Decor

    September 18th, 2009 · 1:06 pm  →  Blog

    Gilded ChicagoThe city of Chicago was once rife with opulent 19th century mansions built by wealthy manufacturers engaged in the bustling trade of the day. Economic slumps, increases in population and changes of taste have dictated that many of these fortress-like structures have disappeared, replaced by more space saving buildings. This unfortunate turn of eventsRead the Rest…

    J.M.W Turner Prints from “Picturesque Views in England and Wales”

    September 16th, 2009 · 10:03 am  →  Blog

    With a homemade watercolor set—a hollowed-out almanac with small paint cakes glued inside—and little drawing books rolled up into his pockets, J.M.W. Turner set out on painting-voyages which became the rough material for his epic series Picturesque Views in England and Wales. This work, executed from 1824 to the mid-1830’s, by “Overturner”—a nickname given toRead the Rest…

    Antique Carved Wood Santos Figures

    September 14th, 2009 · 12:51 pm  →  Blog

    Carved wood Santos figures are some of the most fascinating artifacts to spring from the Spanish presence in Central and South America, signifying as a testament to a burgeoning faith and a need to visually represent highly regarded figures of the Catholic tradition. These small, hand carved wooden sculptures of saints and holy figures areRead the Rest…

    Emmanuel Viviano: Rare Works from a Chicago Master Sculptor

    September 10th, 2009 · 10:57 am  →  Blog

    A self-made artist who received very little academic training, Emmanuel Viviano, in his boyhood, used old files and piston rods as his tools, old tree trunks, pieces of old tombstones, and native clay as his materials. From this organic education, Viviano developed his own particular “classical-primitive” style, mostly focusing on animal symbology and allegory. VivianoRead the Rest…

    Cy Twombly and Takarai Kikaku: Fruitful Convergence of Forms

    September 4th, 2009 · 10:23 am  →  Blog

    The exhibition Cy Twombly: The Natural World, Selected Works 2000-2007, curated by James Rondeau, is currently in progress in the brilliant Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago through October 11th, 2009. Twombly’s “gestural abstraction” and fastidious symbolism were born out of diverse influences—from his cohorts at Black Mountain College—Motherwell, Rauschenberg, and Cage, toRead the Rest…

    Herman Miller: Approachable Art & Design

    September 2nd, 2009 · 12:34 pm  →  Blog

    Expand to Wisconsin Factory Herman Miller Inc., the company responsible for a plethora of mid-century furniture design standards, will have another Midwestern factory within the next two years. The Michigan based company in Zeeland has recently acquired a number of defunct furnishing plants, including Seattle-based Brandrud and Sheboygan based Nemschoff Inc. The company now plansRead the Rest…