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May 2021


Spring,* 1894, by Lawrence Alma-Tadema (Dutch, (1836-1912). Oil on canvas, 70 1/4 x 31 5/8 in. (178.4 x 80.3 cm), J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles. About the painting.
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5/5: Highlights from the permanent collection, Frick Madison (temporary home of the Frick Collection), 945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street, New York, Thursday--Sunday, 10:00 a.m.--6:00 p.m. Timed-entry tickets to this superb display of the art in stark gray-walled galleries must be reserved in advance. Through 2022.


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* A critique of the three essays in the exhibition catalogue Augusta Savage: Renaissance Woman (2018). Sculptor and teacher Savage (1892-1962) was a leading figure of the Harlem Renaissance.
* "Augusta Savage: A Compendium: Select Links to Online References" (including critical and explanatory notes). - L.T.


* "Andrew Wyeth's Black Models: 'Close Friends' or 'Oppressed' Neighbors?" - L.T.
* "Commemorating Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009)," a review of two centenary exhibitions. - M.M.K.


* "Richard F. Lack: A Compendium: Select Links to Online References," including an assessment of Richard F. Lack:Catalogue Raisonné: 1943-1998. - L.T.
* "Classical Realism: A Compendium: Select Links to Online References," a compilation of citations of the term. - L.T.

Richard F. Lack (1928-2009), a leading painter-teacher of the second half of the twentieth century, coined the term "Classical Realism" as it now pertains to painting.


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

Bucking the Artworld Tide: Reflections on Art, Pseudo Art, Art Education & Theory (2020), by M.M.K. - a collection of more than three decades of her essays and talks.

"Solidly argued . . . eloquent . . . thought-provoking."--Kirkus Reviews

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Who Says That's Art? A Commonsense View
of the Visual Arts
(2014), by M.M.K.

"Forceful and persuasive . . . impressive . . . accessible."--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 Award
* 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.