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* "At last I have read What Art Is from end to end. . . . You have done a splendid piece of work." - Jacques Barzun (1907-2012)

October 2019

“One of my very best” - George Inness
Inness - Lake Nemi

Lake Nemi (near Rome), 1872, by George Inness, American, 1825–1894, one of our finest landscape painters. Oil on canvas, 29 3/4 x 44 7/8 in. (75.56 x 113.98 cm.), Museum of Fine Arts, Boston [about the painting]. Metropolitan Museum of Art biographical essay and images/information on works by Inness in the Met’s collection. View superb images of 342 of his works at The Athenaeum.

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10/7: “The Eye of the Needle: How R. H. Ives Gammell Preserved a Painting Tradition,” lecture by Elizabeth Ives Hunter, The Atelier, Minneapolis, Minn. (See also “R. H. Ives Gammell,” Aristos, May 1990.) October 19.

10/7: Augusta Savage: Renaissance Woman, Palmer Museum of Art, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Penn. (third venue of exhibition that will move to the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, Tenn., January 19 - March 22, 2020). Features 19 sculptures by the sadly neglected Savage (1892–1962), most of whose work is lost or was destroyed. (Includes sculptures and paintings by artists who studied or were otherwise associated with her, but the paintings do not reflect the classicism or stature of her work and are hardly worth viewing.) Closes December 8.

10/7: In Praise of Painting: Dutch Masterpieces at the Met, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Lots of worthwhile links. If you go in person, skip the intrusive Audio Guide, and enjoy the art on your own. Ongoing.

10/7: Visiting the Met: Pick up one of the bright red fold-out maps at the main information desk. Don’t miss the American Wing [map, Floor 1]. In the sculpture court [Gallery 700], see esp. The Vine, by Harriet Whitney Frishmuth. Superb paintings include The Writing Master [more], by Thomas Eakins [map, Floor 2, Gallery 764].



* "Augusta Savage: A Compendium: Select Links to Online References" - 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
, by M.M.K. (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
* 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.

* Achilles International
An inspiring organization founded in 1983, dedicated to enabling people with disabilities to participate in long-distance-running events.