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5/23 - Discover Portsmouth (N.H.). Illuminating Tarbell [more: L.T. comments] [more]. Closes June 3. On Edmund Tarbell (1862-1938), a pioneer of the Boston School of Painting.

5/22 - Frick Collection, New York City. Outstanding exhibition: Van Dyck [1599-1641]: The Anatomy of Portraiture. Closes June 5. (Begin with Drawings - lower level. Paintings - first floor, Oval Room and East Gallery; Prints - first floor, Cabinet Gallery.)

5/22 - TV journalist and artworld gadfly Morley Safer died on May 19 at 84. See his retroactive Aristos Awards for "Yes, But Is It Art?" (1993) and its sequel (1997). May he rest in peace.

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Iris at Dawn (Iris)* [more], 1899, Maria Oakey Dewing (American, 1845-1927). Oil on canvas, 25 3/16 x 31 5/16 in. (63 x 79.5 cm). Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire. Bio (Wikipedia). Paintings (The Athenaeum). "From 1885 to 1903, Dewing and her painter husband, Thomas Wilmer Dewing, summered in Cornish [N.H.], where Maria merged her dual creative passions by painting flowers from her own garden. . . . Although Maria Dewing's career was eventually overshadowed by that of her husband, when the couple met she was by far the more highly trained and well-established artistic figure, at that time known for portraiture, still life, and figure painting" (quoted from "Hood Museum of Art Acquires Rare Outdoor Still Life by Maria Oakey Dewing." See also "The Exciting Brushwork of Maria Oakey Dewing (1845-1927)."

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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)

+Find Book in Libraries (Worldwide)

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" - Michelle Marder Kamhi
[based on "Art and Cognition"]

The Aristos Awards
Readings on Art Education

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


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