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August 2018

Andrew Wyeth issue: forthcoming in September.


8/19: Wyeth, a documentary film on the life and work of Andrew Wyeth, is one of four programs in the forthcoming PBS American Masters series entitled Artists Flight. Premieres Friday, September 7 at 10 p.m. (available to stream September 8 on pbs.org/americanmasters and on PBS apps). Among the paintings in the documentary are the portraits featured in Louis Torres's "Andrew Wyeth's Black Models: 'Close Friends' or 'Oppressed' Neighbors?," forthcoming September.

8/19: Devotion to Drawing: The Karen B. Cohen Collection of Eugène Delacroix, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City. An illuminating exhibition, worth visiting in person if you can, or online. Closes November 12. See our review below, and this review by Milène Fernandez. Delacroix bio / works (258).


Keeping Cool
Homer - Beach Scene

Beach Scene, ca. 1869, by Winslow Homer (American, 1836-1910). Oil on canvas, 11.5 x 9.4 in. (29.3 cm x 24 cm), Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum [website], Madrid, Spain. The Athenaeum, 567 works.

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Not What Congress Envisioned for Arts Education
- Michelle Marder Kamhi

Lifelong Devotion to Drawing (brief review of Delacroix exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art) - M.M.K.

WORTH READING: Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907)
"Bringing Realism to the Heroic in 'The Sculpture of Augustus Saint-Gaudens,'" Cate McQuaid, Boston Globe, April 6, 2018. Saint-Gaudens bio (Wikipedia). Metropolitan Museum of Art: Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. Superb images of 17 works (The Athenaeum).

Richard F. Lack (1928-2009): A Compendium: Select Links to Online Sources - Louis Torres. On the life and work of this pioneering painter-teacher, who coined the term "Classical Realism."


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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
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

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