Monday, August 1, 2011

CHAGALL & THE RUSSIAN AVANT-GARDE

I fell in love with Chagall during the many lecture tours I gave at the Chagall Museum on the Cote d'Azur. You will too. Humour, folklore, innocence and colour combined to create one of the most popular artists of the 20th century. Pablo Picasso said of Marc Chagall, “When Matisse dies, Chagall will be the only painter left who understands what colour really is." We will discuss the great Russian artists that matured alongside Chagall: Kandinsky, Goncharova, Rodchenko and Malevich. Culturally more eastern and exotic, the Russians coloured and refined the cosmopolitan approach to art that the artists of the French capital had dominatedduring the early years of the 20th century.
@ my studio
6 weeks
Tuesdays-11am to 1pm-Oct 25 to Nov 29
Tuesdays-7pm to 9pm- Oct 25  to Nov 29
Cost $280

GENIUS IN FOCUS: Black Looks

As most of you know, my main art historical concern these days is the imaging of non-Europeans in Western art. My research on Theodore Gericault's Raft of the Medusa and the Abolitionist Movement has opened some really interesting avenues to me, the result of which is Black Looks, a series of talks about six of the most intriguing paintings that feature Africans as their subject. As usual we will place these images historically, politically, socially, psychologically and culturally, and explain how they may have affected the psyches and the opinions of contemporary viewers. And we will discuss the work around the work with examples of Africans in political situations, or as entertainers, as artists and writers, in the sports world and in the work force. Don't miss this course, it's fascinating.
The paintings we will discuss are as follows:
Watson and The Shark, Copley, 1778
C[itizen] Belley,Ex-Representative of the Colonies, Girodet, 1797
Portrait of a Negress, Benoist, 1800
Mlle La La of The Cirque Fernando, Edgar Degas, 1879
The Gulf Stream, Winslow Homer, 1899
Both Members of This Club, George Bellows, 1909

@my studio
6 weeks

Date & Time TBA
E-mail me if you're interested in this course