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It's time to wise up to academic art

Jul 24, 2014

It's time to wise up to academic art

by C.B. Liddell

For too long the fine academic art of the 19th-century has lingered in the shadow of the Impressionist movement. The French Academy, with its rules and standards, has often been cast as the villain in the story of the period, standing in opposition to ...

Balthus' renaissance of Realism

Jul 24, 2014

Balthus' renaissance of Realism

by Matthew Larking

Paris-born Balthus Klossowski de Rola (1908-2001) is considered by some to be comparable to Picasso, though it was Picasso who said that Balthus was the "last great painter of the 20th century." From Picasso's Cubism onward, painting no longer needed to mirror the world ...

Contemporary art is not lost in space

Jul 18, 2014

Contemporary art is not lost in space

by John L. Tran

While space art is a relatively small field — in which works that have actually been created in space is an even smaller subset — it can only become more commonplace as costs fall and the private sector promises to open up space travel ...

To perceive is to see Felix Vallotton's genius at work

Jul 17, 2014

To perceive is to see Felix Vallotton's genius at work

by C.B. Liddell

The art of the Swiss painter Felix Vallotton is both deceptive and loaded with revelation. On the surface it has the knowing sophistication and social references of other fin-de-siècle art — Vallotton was active from the 1880s until his death in 1925 — but ...

Nao Tsuda takes us beyond the straight and narrow

Jul 17, 2014

Nao Tsuda takes us beyond the straight and narrow

by Stuart Munro

The walkways, ravines and peaks of the Himalayas, Tibet and Swiss Alps form the backdrop for “On the Mountain Path,” the latest photographic exhibition by Nao Tsuda at Gallery 916. Tsuda’s sizeable photographs show one man’s appreciation for landscapes’ resilience to inconstant climate and ...

Kids' stuff that adults need to see

Jun 25, 2014

Kids' stuff that adults need to see

by John L. Tran

Perhaps in the wake of this attack on seriousness, many artists have since taken refuge in childishness, whimsy or playfulness, though these values have been carefully rationed in "Go-Betweens: The World Seen through Children," with the emphasis being more on showing childhood as a ...

The evolution of Seiki Kuroda

Jun 25, 2014

The evolution of Seiki Kuroda

by Matthew Larking

In all too-common sophomoric slight to artists is: "A child could have done that." Seiki Kuroda (1866-1924), the most significant Western-style painter in Japan's early modern history, however, shows that even some young adults can not accomplish what takes years to hone.