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  • >Artist Profile: From Norway to Chicago, Svend Svendsen’s take on the American Landscape

    April 29th, 2010 · 11:19 am  →  Blog

    > Svend Rasmussen Svendsen was a master artist in capturing elements in nature which would coexist perfectly with one another. The term seeing through the eyes of an artist is a statement that perfectly describes ones thoughts while looking at a painting by Svend Svendsen. Born in Norway in 1864, Svendsen studied with the veryRead the Rest…

    >Edouard Cortes: Master Parisian Streetscape Painter

    April 23rd, 2010 · 9:35 am  →  Blog

    >Few artists could paint such a compelling Parisian street scent as Edouard Cortes. Painting from the turn of the century well into the mid 20th century, Cortes witnessed great changes in Paris through the Belle Epoque, the Great War, the international depression, the Second World War and beyond. Much of what Monet did with haystacks,Read the Rest…

    >Christine Tarkowski’s Monument to the Harrowing State of the Liminal

    April 20th, 2010 · 2:33 pm  →  Blog

    > A few weeks past, I attended an eloquent artist’s talk by sculptor Christine Tarkowski centered about her striking exhibit at the Chicago Cultural Center— Last Things Will Be First and First Things Will Be Last. It brought to mind a favorite poem, “The Monument” by Elizabeth Bishop: * * * An ancient promontory anRead the Rest…

    >The Avant-Garde and Modernism at the Art Institute of Chicago

    April 13th, 2010 · 10:11 am  →  Blog

    > A few weeks past, I attended an event in Fullerton Hall at the Art Institute of Chicago—mainstage actors Barbara Robertson and Larry Yando from the Goodman Theatre, in conjunction with the Poetry Foundation, performed excerpts of prose, plays and poetry by modernist, avant-garde writers, as part of the “500 Ways of Looking at Modern”Read the Rest…

    CHICAGO ARTIST PROFILE PART I: WALTER AND HARRIET KRAWIEC

    April 9th, 2010 · 10:08 am  →  Blog

    The greater Chicago area has fostered the artistic growth of countless architects, authors and artists known the world over. Once the United State’s second largest city, Chicago’s rich artistic history is obvious even before art admirers pass through the doors of the city’s multitude of public museums and opulent homes. MIR Appraisal Services works withRead the Rest…

    >William Eggleston’s “Democratic Camera”

    April 6th, 2010 · 9:21 am  →  Blog

    > “The world is in color. And there is nothing we can do about that.” –William Eggleston William Eggleston, a native of Sumner, Mississippi, has remarked, and I think not cagily, “I don’t see my works as ‘Southern works’” (Knape 15). For me, one of Texas’ native daughters (currently residing in my beloved Chicago), IRead the Rest…

    >Celebrating Early Springtime with Andy: A Colorful March of Warhol

    April 2nd, 2010 · 3:40 pm  →  Blog

    > PART FIVE: IMAGES AT A REMOVE, A GRAVE, MYSTERY BUS! The Factory Marilyn IMAGES AT A REMOVE The texture of the story of the original Warhol silkscreen painting, currently undergoing appraisal in our office, feels surreal and lovely like, I imagine, the shock of red velvet in a booth made for Andy Warhol andRead the Rest…