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April 2017


4/20: American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent, Philadelphia Museum of Art. Closes May 14.

4/20: Self-Portrait, Eleventh Street Arts, Long Island City, N.Y. [see Notes & Comments]. Works by leading Classical Realists. Closes June 20.

4/20: A World of Emotions: Ancient Greece, 700 BC - 200 AD. Onassis Cultural Center, New York. Closes June 24.

4/20: Botticelli and the Search for the Divine [24 paintings]. [Bio / Works (141)], Museum of Fine Arts, Boston [see Notes & Comments]. Closes July 9. RARE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE THIS RENAISSANCE MASTER.

4/20: Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect, Brandywine River Museum of Art, Chadds Ford, Penn., June 24 - September 17, 2017. The exhibition will include more than 100 works. MUST-SEE FOR WYETH ADMIRERS.

2/19: Turner's Modern and Ancient Ports: Passages through Time, Frick Collection. (Bio.) [Turner in Aristos.] Closes May 14.


Bird in Flight
Kryzhitsky - The Swamp

The Swamp [enlarged], 1885, Konstantin Kryzhitsky (Ukrainian-born Russian, 1858-1911). Oil on canvas. Nikolaev Art Museum [scroll down] [more ], Ukraine. Weblog post (with images of some two dozen paintings), including a touching reference to Kryzhitsky's tragic death by suicide. The Athenaeum: 65 works, sorted by year completed, in ascending order.

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Kamhi's Who Says That's Art? recommended by art educators // Da Vinci Initiative promotes classic art skills in K-12 education // Epoch Times's favorable coverage of Classical Realist art // Sculptor Camille Claudel emerges from Rodin's shadow // Botticelli and contemporary self-portrait exhibitions (see CURRENT NEWS) // And more. . . .


A Cognitive Theory that Challenges Institutional Definitions of Art - Michelle Marder Kamhi and Emmanuel Antwi

Why Discarding the Concept of "Fine Art" Has Been a Grave Error - M. M. Kamhi
* Response to British Journal of Aesthetics
* Response to Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism

About our note on Julian Onderdonk (1882-1922), American Impressionist painter - Dan Karlan


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Aristos (1982-1997)
About, sample articles, reviews, back issues. . .

What Art Is: The Esthetic Theory of Ayn Rand (Open Court, 2000). Chapter Summaries, Reviews/Responses. . .

The Definition of Art (Ch. 6)

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What Art Is Online (2000-2003)
Supplement to What Art Is--articles and excerpts

Who Says That's Art?
A Commonsense View of the Visual Arts
(Pro Arte Books, 2014). Contents, Introduction, Reviews, Image links

"Forceful and persuasive."--Kirkus Reviews

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After the Avant-Gardes: Reflections
on the Future of the Fine Arts
(Open Court, 2016).

Includes essays by the Aristos editors:

* "The Interminable Monopoly of the Avant-Garde" - Louis Torres

* "Mimesis versus the Avant-Garde: Art and Cognition" [based on "Art and Cognition"] - Michelle Marder Kamhi

The Aristos Awards
Readings on Art Education

Terence Rattigan (1911-1977), British playwright
Jack Schaefer (1907-1991), author of Shane


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