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December 2019

Inness - Lake Nemi

Effect of Snow at Giverny (Effet de Neige à Giverny), 1893, Claude Monet (French, 1840-1926). Oil on canvas, 25 3/4 x 36 1/2 in. (65.4 x 92.7 cm.) Private collection.

*"Did You Know Monet Painted More than 100 Snow Scenes?" (scroll down for an "alcohol-optional" cocktail recipe [!] and more on Monet).

*"Monet in the Snow: Painting the Cold Season" (scroll down to end for closing comments).

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12/15: Capturing the Artist: Contemporary and Historical Portraits from Life, Robert Simon Fine Art, New York City (near the Metropolitan Museum of Art). Best in show? There are other worthies, but our choices are The Artist Rubin Gabeau (2019) by Dale Zinkowski and Portrait of César Meza (2019) by Kevin Müller Cisneros. Closes December 20.

Robert Simon Fine Art specializes in European works of the Renaissance and Baroque periods (from about 1300 to 1800), but it occasionally shows "contemporary works that tie into the techniques or regions of Old Master paintings." (By "contemporary," the gallery, unlike the Met, does not mean "avant-garde" but what we refer to as "Classical Realist.")

12/15: Augusta Savage: Renaissance Woman, Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, Tenn. This is the last of four stops of a traveling exhibition, on which see the 10/7 item on Savage in the Current News Archives. January 19 - March 22, 2020.

The term "Renaissance" in the exhibition title refers to the Harlem Renaissance in New York City. On Savage, see the first item in "Forthcoming," below.



* "Augusta Savage: An Annotated Compendium: Select Links to Online References," including critical and explanatory notes on many of the links. - Louis Torres

* "Richard F. Lack: A Compendium: Select Links to Online References," including an assessment of Richard F. Lack: Catalogue Raisonné: 1943-1998, 2016. In 1982, Lack (1928-2009) coined the term "Classical Realism" as it applies to contemporary painting. - L.T.

* "Classical Realism: A Compendium: Select Links to Online References," a compilation of citations of the term - L.T.

* "Borstlap's Gauntlet: Challenging the Musical Avant-Garde," a review of The Classical Revolution by John Borstlap - Frank Cooper


* "Andrew Wyeth's Black Models: 'Close Friends' or 'Oppressed' Neighbors?" - L.T.

* "Commemorating Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009)," a review of two centenary exhibitions - Michelle Marder Kamhi


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

What Art Is: The Esthetic Theory of Ayn Rand, by L.T. & M.M.K.(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
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After the Avant-Gardes: Reflections
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(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
* WebCommentary

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


* Stephen Gjertson Galleries
Paintings and essays by a pioneering Classical Realist artist, plus books, prints, and much to delight the eye and mind.

* Farr Publications
Music study materials for string teachers and students by cellist and master teacher Faith Farr. Worksheets and integrated theory, performing, and rhythm assignments.