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December 2018

The Wyeth Issue
Our apologies for further delay in the publication of our long-promised issue on Andrew Wyeth, featuring Louis Torres's "Andrew Wyeth's Black Models: 'Close Friends' or 'Oppressed' Neighbors?."


12/31: The Poetry of Nature: Edo Paintings . . . , Metropolitan Museum of Art. Scroll down to link to the more than 40 paintings and other objects worth discovering—such as this little gem of decorative art. Closes February 17, 2019.

12/31: Winslow Homer and the Camera: Photography and the Art of Painting, Brandywine River Museum of Art, Chadds Ford, Penn. Previously at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. As we noted in our February 13 Current News, Homer (1836-1910) did not copy--or base paintings on--photographs, as some scholars suggest. Such work would not be art. For more on the artist and the exhibition, see Notes & Comments. Closes February 17, 2019.


A Wintry Vision
Monet - Autumn on the

Winter Landscape with Church, c. 1811, by Caspar David Friedrich (German, 1774-1840). Oil on canvas, 12.8 x 17.72 in. (32.5 x 45 cm), National Gallery (U.K.). View superb images of 196 paintings by Friedrich at The Athenaeum.

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Friedrich combined landscape motifs with religious symbolism, and this picture represents the hope of salvation through the Christian faith. In the foreground a crippled man has abandoned his crutches and sits against a rock with his hands raised in prayer before a crucifix. The rocks and evergreen trees may be interpreted as symbols of faith, and the visionary Gothic cathedral emerging from the mist evokes the promise of life after death. -- National Gallery [further information]


Winslow Homer and photography // Andy Warhol redux // Upholding standards in art education


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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
, by M.M.K. (Pro Arte Books, 2014). Contents, Introduction, Reviews, Image links

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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
* WebCommentary

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