Thursday, June 11, 2009

More to Love at the High: Monet Water Lilies

Atlanta-area artists, art lovers and students are blessed to have the High Museum of Art. Even as museums around the globe have limited the scope of their exhibitions, the High continues to awe and inspire us.

Quintessentially, last weekend the High added two more new exhibits to its already stellar lineup.

In a collaboration with New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the High’s latest blockbuster features four masterpieces by the French impressionist Claude Monet, including the renowned “Reflections of Clouds on the Water-Lily Pond,” which, at 42-feet-wide, is the largest “Water Lilies” painting in the U.S.

Also new is “On the Beach,” an exhibition of 20 monumental photographs by Richard Misrach, a recognized pioneer of large-format color photography. Spanning four galleries, the show marks the largest collection of Misrach’s bird’s-eye images of the ocean, sunbathers and swimmers.

  • Monet Water Lilies from the Museum of Modern Art, through August 23.
  • Richard Misrach: On the Beach, through August 23
  • Louvre Atlanta: The Louvre and the Masterpiece, through Sept 12
  • Anthony Ames, Architect: Residential Landscapes, through August 23, 2009
  • Evolution: Five Decades of Printmaking by David C. Driskell, through August 2, 2009
  • Leonardo da Vinci: Hand of the Genius, in October 2009. The High will unveil for the first time outside of Florence, Italy, two sculptural works newly attributed to Leonardo da Vinci.
  • The Allure of the Automobile, in Spring 2010. The High premieres the first exhibition to consider the stylistic development of automobiles in the context of prominent design movements such as Art Moderne and Postwar Modernity.
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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The 4th Most Expensive Painting in the World

Vincent van Gogh painted four of the seven previous works on our bottom-to-top listing of the “10 most expensive paintings in the world.” A remarkable achievement by an artist who didn’t sell any paintings during his turbulent lifetime.

4. “Portrait of Dr. Gachet” by Vincent van Gogh, sold in 1990 for 82.5 million. Inflation-adjusted price $136.1 million.

Painted in June 1890 in Auyers-sur-Oise near Paris, the portrait depicts Doctor Paul Gachet who cared for Van Gogh during the artist's last months.

Just before painting it, van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo, “Ah! portraiture, portraiture with the thought, the soul of the model in it, that is what I think must come.

Dr. Gachet is shown sitting at a table and leaning his head onto his right arm. The oil painting measures 22 x 23 in. (67 × 56 cm).

Van Gogh did two portraits of Gachet, both with emphasis is on Gachet's melancholic disposition. In a letter to Theo, Van Gogh's first impression was that Gachet was “sicker than I am, I think, or shall we say just as much.”

Despite his recurrent bouts of mental illness, the Dutch painter was neither the raving lunatic nor isolated recluse that many imagine. Van Gogh was quite popular and active in art circles, and well regarded by other artists of his day. A pioneer of Post-Impressionism, Van Gogh’s work influenced Abstract Expressionism the 1950s, and today he continues to exert a noticeable impact on new generation of artists.

The painting of Dr. Gachet became shrouded in mystery soon after it sold for a record auction price at Christie’s in 1990. The Australian- born financier who acquired it in 1997 later sold it to parties as yet unknown. The second version of the painting is at Musee d’Orsay in Paris.

Previous Top-10 Listings:
5. “Moulin de la Galette“ by Pierre-Auguste Renior. Read more>
6. “Garçon à la Pipe” by Pablo Picasso. Read more>
7. “Irises” by Vincent van Gogh. Read more>
8. “Dora Maar au Chat” by Pablo Picasso. Read more>
9. “Portrait of Joseph Roulin” by Vincent van Gogh. Read more>
10. “Portrait de l’Artiste sans Barbe” by Vincent van Gogh. Read more>

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

This Week @ Binders - June 8-14


Monday, June 8:
Guided Open Studio with Kay Powell
Every Monday • 10:30am-2pm or 6:30-8:30pm • Fee: $15/session. No sign up needed. Please pay the instructor.

Tuesday, June 9:
Painting - Design and Technique with Charles Y. Walls
Tuesdays, 6 sessions, May 26-June 30 • 1-4pm or 6-8:30pm
Fee: $140 per 6 session series

Bookmaking with Anne Elser
Tuesdays, 6 sessions, May 26-June 30 • 6-8:30pm • Fee: $140

Wednesday, June 10:
Copperplate Calligraphy with Anne Elser
Wednesdays, 6 sessions, June 10-July 15 • 6-8:30pm • Fee: $140

Watercolor Landscape Painting with Susan Bradford
6-8:30pm, Wednesdays, 6 sessions • May 20 - June 24 • Fee: $120

Thursday, June 11:
Visual Liberation with Pastels with Ryan Doss
Every Thursday • 6-8:30pm • Fee: $25/session • Sign up now!

Friday, June 12:

No events planned.

Saturday & Sunday, June 13 and 14:
Beginning Adult Watercolors with Barry Sholder
Sat. 11am-4pm and Sun. 12am-5pm • Fee: $140 • Sign up now!

See all upcoming Art Classes and Workshops at BINDERS

Please note: Classes on this schedule are in our Atlanta store unless otherwise indicated. For more information please contact: Kristina Breneman at 404.237.6331 ext. 203.


Showing Through June 30:
Videre Art Show. The 5th annual art show featuring Dawn K Martin’s art students - a great opportunity to collect new work by Atlanta's rising artists!

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