Rene Magritte’s Surrealism: Meticulous, Witty Illusions

“Ceci n’est pas une pipe”. Who has not heard of the text on this very famous painting, ‘La Trahison des Images’? It was painted by the Belgium surrealist pioneer, René Magritte. La Trahison des Images Rene Magritte Exactly two years ago I was lucky to see a wonderful show at the Los Angeles County Museum […]

What’s New with Edvard Munch?

There are two exciting news items with respect to Norwegian expressionist Edvard Munch this November. First, Edvard Munch’s rare painting “Love and Pain” just sold for $34 million at the Sotheby’s auction in New York on November 3, 2008. The artwork depicts a pale red-headed woman leaning over and passionately clutching a man on her […]

Koons in Versailles 2008

Both enthralled and appalled by the Jeff Koons exhibition in Versailles, one of the world’s most refined palaces today, I needed a long but leisurely stroll in the extended gardens of this glorious monument of art and artifacts of French style of the highest quality caliber, to allow me to reflect on it all. Self-confessed, […]

The Complex Simplicity of Henri Rousseau’s Art

By Jessica Cander A few basic, descriptive words can define a person’s reputation in a mere brush stroke. Naïve, childlike, primitive – words like these have lived on long after the renowned French painter Henri Rousseau has left this world. Yet time and time again they are the tidbits of vocabulary, or the glaring labels […]

CARLO CARDAZZO: New Vision for Art

It is rare for a museum to hold an exhibition showcasing an art collector instead of an artist, but Peggy Guggenheim in Venice does it! This upcoming 1 November 2008 till 9 February 2009 it will hold an exhibition dedicated to Carlo Cardazzo (1908–63). The exhibition documents the variety of his interests as a patron […]

The Life of Francisco Goya

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes was born in Fuendetodos in 1740, a town close to Saragossa in the North east of Spain. Shortly after his family moved to nearby Saragossa and this is where he spent the early years of his life. At the age of 14 he was apprenticed to José Luzanan, an […]

No Name For Art Carnival #3

Welcome to the #3 edition of the no name for ART carnival. The sections to this carnival are: museum shows and gallery shows artwork and artist reviews art collecting how art is made other submitted articles on contemporary fine art museum shows | gallery shows Pooch by Oscar Oiwa The Museum of Contemporary Art in […]

Peggy Guggenheim Immortalized in Orsoni Mosaic to Commemorate 60th Anniversary of the Collection

The Angelo Orsoni mosaic atelier in Venice, Italy, has commemorated Peggy Guggenheim in a portrait created in the glass enamels and 24 k gold tesserae, hand crafted at the 19th century Venetian furnace. The mosaic, by Orsoni maestra Antonella Gallenda, will be presented to the museum on August 26 at the Danilo Rea/Umbria jazz concert, […]

Edgar Degas – Biography Of The French Artist Renowned For His Figure Painting

The career of Edgar Degas was a long one – about 60 years out of his total 83. And his style, unlike that of most famous artists who worked into their old age, never ceased developing, always seeking out new means of expression and technique.The art dealer Ambroise Vollard one day asked him why he […]

SCOPEBasel June 3-8 2008

Basel – SCOPE, the cutting-edge contemporary art fair, returns for the second year to Basel in a new venue, a 60,000 square foot glass pavilion situated on the Rhine. Within walking distance of Art Basel 39, SCOPE will present its most international fair yet, showcasing 85 galleries from all over the world. SCOPE Basel 2008 […]