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  • CHANOYU: CERAMICS OF THE JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY

    February 19th, 2015 · 10:54 am  →  Ancient Art Antiques Asian art Blog Ceramics

    The Japanese tea ceremony is a cultural activity that involves a traditional preparation of matcha, or powdered green tea. The term chanoyu, which translates to “hot water for tea”  in English, is the Japanese name for the tea ceremony ritual. (1)  The ritual is a long-standing cultural tradition in Japan that was influenced by the Chinese tea ceremonyRead the Rest…

    FEBRUARY 13TH: FRIDAY LINK ROUNDUP

    The daylight is getting longer, but the temperature is getting colder! Every Friday, we post a list of some of our favorite art-related news and articles from around the internet. Opening this Sunday, The Art Institute of Chicago, as the first of the newly inaugurated Modern Series, presents “Shatter, Rupture, Break.” This exhibit “unites diverse objects fromRead the Rest…

    ALFRED EISENSTAEDT AT HOME AND ABROAD

    February 10th, 2015 · 3:00 pm  →  20th Century art American history Appraisal Blog Historical Documents News Photography

    Alfred Eisenstaedt- called ‘Eisie’ by his friends- was one of the most prolific photographers of the 20th century and is often considered the father of American photojournalism. (8) As a staff photographer for LIFE magazine, he chronicled the intimate moments of celebrities and politicians, including Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren, the Kennedys and the Clintons. His mostRead the Rest…

    FEBRUARY 6TH: FRIDAY LINK ROUND-UP

    What a snowy and cold week! Supposedly this weekend is going to be warmer, but either way we have snow-related news below. Every Friday, we post a list of some of our favorite art-related news and articles from around the internet. This weekend is 2nd Floor Rear 2015! It is a 24 hour festival of alternativeRead the Rest…

    CANCELLED PRINTS: AFTERTHOUGHT OR WORK OF ART?

    February 2nd, 2015 · 2:30 pm  →  Appraisal Art History Blog Prints Works on Paper

    Fine art prints, including (but not limited to) etchings, lithographs, woodblock prints, and engravings, are most often produced in multiples. The printmaking process begins with the production of an image on a surface, or “matrix,” from which the image is reproduced on paper in a series of “impressions.” Images created from the same matrix formRead the Rest…

    JANUARY 30TH: FRIDAY LINK ROUND-UP

    Can you believe its the end of January already? Soon spring will be here for real! Every Friday, we post a list of some of our favorite art-related news and articles from around the internet. Tonight at Aspect/Ratio, a contemporary video art gallery focused on exhibiting video art by emerging and established artists, is the opening receptionRead the Rest…

    CATHOLIC CHALICES: ANATOMY AND CONSTRUCTION

    January 27th, 2015 · 3:00 pm  →  Antiques Appraisal Blog Religious Objects

    We work with quite a few religious organizations and with that we see many different types of liturgical objects – especially chalices. A chalice, by definition, is a footed cup that is designed to hold liquid. However, for Catholic and many other Christian ceremonies, a chalice is specifically created to hold the Blood of Christ during theRead the Rest…

    THE LIVING HISTORY OF CHICAGO’S BLACK RENAISSANCE

    January 22nd, 2015 · 2:00 pm  →  20th Century art American history Art History Blog Chicago

    The Harlem Renaissance in New York, NY, has loomed large as one of the most important eras and movements of African American contributions to art, music, and literature. The movement launched luminaries such as Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Jacob Lawrence, Billie Holiday, and Louis Armstrong into the annals of American culture and history. However,Read the Rest…

    THROUGH THE PHOTOGRAPHER’S LENS: MIR APPRAISAL’S ENCOUNTER WITH THE VIVIAN MAIER COLLECTION

    January 16th, 2015 · 10:12 am  →  Blog

    Although largely unrecognized as a photographer during her lifetime, Vivian Maier (American, 1926-2009) and her massive collection of street photographs have catapulted onto the international art scene in the years since the artist’s death. The near-encyclopedic breadth of Maier’s oeuvre, combined with her precise instinct for capturing dynamic compositions, reminiscent of legendary street photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson’s theory of the “decisiveRead the Rest…

    DECEMBER 19TH: FRIDAY LINK ROUND-UP

    This weekend is the last weekend before Christmas and the very last day of Hanukkah! Have you completed all your holiday shopping and baking? Every Friday, we post a list of some of our favorite art-related news and articles from around the internet. Join the City of Chicago for “Caroling at Cloud Gate” tonight at 6.00pm!Read the Rest…