Archive of Online Edition

Note: Items of particular interest are marked with an asterisk *. Boxed items pertain to the work of art featured on the homepage.

Archive of Print Edition (1982–1997)


Landscape with Rainbow, 1859, by Robert S. Duncanson (American, 1821–1872). Oil on canvas, 27 18 x 22 14 in. (68.9 x 56.5 cm.), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C. About the painting. See more paintings by Duncanson (one of the Hudson River School's "Notable artists") including the very different Vulture and Its Prey (1844), also in the Smithsonian's collection. As a self-taught biracial painter descended from freed slaves (his grandfather may have gained freedom through service in the revolutionary war), Duncanson nonetheless achieved great success and international recognition even before the Civil War. Although he had close ties with the abolitionists of his day, he did not focus on racially fraught subjects in his art. His vision instead was in harmony with nature. When urged by his son to deal with contemporary racial concerns in his work, he responded: "I have no color on the brain; all I have on the brain is paint."
"Celebrating the Hudson River School's African American Painter, Robert S. Duncanson," David Levine, Hudson Valley [Magazine], January 19, 2015.
"Robert S. Duncanson" SAAM (Smithsonian American Art Museum).
"Duncanson, Robert (1821-1872)," Johnson Collection, Spartanburg, SC.
Entry on Duncanson under Hudson River School in Grove Art Online [scroll down to Duncanson; to read his entire bio you must either have a paid account or sign in through your academic institution or public library].
Race and Racism in Nineteenth-Century Art: The Ascendency of Robert Duncanson, Edward Bannister, and Edmonia Lewis, by Naurice Frank Woods Jr. (University Press of Mississippi, 2021). - L.T.
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.


The Blizzard, by Joseph Farquharson (Scottish, 1846-1935). Oil on canvas, approx. 24 x 20 in. (61 x 51 cm), date and collection unknown. This solitary figure of a child appears again, trailing behind her mother and younger siblings, in another painting (title, date, dimensions, and collection unknown) by the artist. See numerous other works in "Joseph Farquharson: Victorian Landscape Painter." Note especially Dawn (1903), Farquharson's stunning image of an egret taking flight over a luminous body of water.
Notes & Comments
Betsy James Wyeth (1921-2020) // Lincoln's Love of Music // Review: The Weight of Ink (a novel) // Articles by M.M.K. in Academic Questions // M.M.K. interviews // and more
* Remembering Randall Dipert - The Editors
Worth Reading: "How Young America Came to Love Beethoven," Nora McGreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, December 16, 2020.
Worth Reading & Listening To: "A Great Deaf Bear," James Wood, London Review of Books, January 2021. Though mainly a British literary critic and scholar, Wood was educated at Durham Chorister School and Eton College on music scholarships, as noted in his Wikipedia bio. (For the "listening part" of "A Great Deaf Bear," scroll down to the video link of Daniel Barenboim at the piano.)
Worth Listening To: Beethoven, Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, op. 125 [Wikipedia], Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Riccardo Muti, Music Director, 2015 (be sure to click on the "Full screen" icon!). The thousands of comments, replies, and "likes" that follow the link attest to "Ludwig van B's" enduring worldwide popularity and relevance.
View at Lucerne, 1847, "Felix Mendelssohn" (German, 1809-1847). Watercolor, dimensions unknown, collection unknown. Pictured are Lake Lucerne, Switzerland, and the Church of St. Leodegar in the city of Lucerne.
"Mendelssohn the Artist," Mendelssohn in Scotland, n.d. As this article notes, Mendelssohn was "as near to being a 'Renaissance Man' as any figure from history, musical or otherwise."
"Felix Mendelssohn: Art Works" (article), Library of Congress, n.d. - "The development of Mendelssohn's musical and compositional skills parallels that of another aspect of his creativity: his skills in drawing and painting, which, like music, became a means of expression on which he relied throughout his life."
The Mendelssohn Project. Devoted to the life and work of Felix Mendelssohn and Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel (1805-1847) --- Felix's older sister, who was "one of the best, yet unknown, composers of the 19th century."
A Mendelssohn Music Sampler:
"Mendelssohn - A Beginners Guide," The Classic Review, November 7, 2018.
Violin Concerto in E Minor , Op. 64 [about] [more] - performed by Nathan Milstein (1903-1992), video, audio (with Bruno Walter and the New York Philharmonic); performed by Hilary Hahn (b. 1979), video (with Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra), audio (with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra).
* The Aristos Awards [About]: John Borstlap (Dutch Composer, Author)
Notes & Comments
Pandemic inspiration // New book by M.M.K. // Michelangelo's mind // Young classical musicians // Data visualization as "Art" // Musical genius // and more
* Books: Borstlap's Gauntlet: Challenging the Musical Avant-Garde (review of John Borstlap, The Classical Revolution: Thoughts on New Music in the 21st Century, rev. ed., 2017) - Frank Cooper
Worth Listening To:
Fanny, Felix, and Frank: Fanny Mendelssohn's 3 Songs Without Words, YouTube [16:35], Dmitry Ablogin, pianist, followed by illustrated commentary on Fanny & Felix by Frank Cooper (voice over, at 12:25)
"Maestro's Choice - Jaap van Zweden Discusses John Borstlap," YouTube [3:15]. Dutch conductor van Zweden [more] talks with Borstlap (at the piano) before the 2016 world premiere of the composer's "Solemn Night Music," by van Zweden with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
Joachim Raff, Piano Concerto in C Minor [YouTube, 33:04], Frank Cooper, pianist, Zsolt Deaky, conductor, Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra. [Raff: The Essential Reference/ List of compositions]


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).
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.
Spring: Kitchen Gardens, 1893, Alexei Kondratyevich Savrasov (Russian, 1830-1897). Oil on canvas (dimensions unknown), Perm State Art Gallery, Perm, Russia. View superb images of 252 paintings by Savrasov on The Athenaeum website. According to the online magazine, "Savrasov was one of the most important--arguably the most important--of all the 19th-century Russian landscape painters, considered the creator of the 'lyrical landscape style.'" From what we have seen online, he may be among the greatest of all landscape painters of that century.


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. 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]
Notes & Comments
Winslow Homer and photography // Andy Warhol redux // Upholding standards in art education
Autumn on the Seine at Argenteuil, 1873, by Claude Monet (French, 1840-1926). Oil on canvas, approx. 21 3/8 x 28 7/8 in. (54.36 x 73.15 cm), High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia [Autumn HMA page].
As is well known, Monet was one of the founders of Impressionism in painting. Think you know his work? You don't. Not, that is, until you have skimmed the 1,339 images of his paintings at the Athenaeum. He is said to have completed more than 2,500 in all--mostly oils, but also pastels and drawings (the exact number is unknown, as he destroyed some and others were lost).
Worth Reading:
On Delacroix, and Liberty Leading the People (his most famous and much-loved painting--which, regrettably, is not in the current exhibition):
HuffPost's light-hearted guide to pronouncing his name and other "pesky monikers" in art history.
"July 28. Liberty Leading the People [July 28, 1830]," cited in note 1 of the painting's Wikipedia article, provides an authoritative account of how Delacroix came to make the painting, as well as a detailed discussion of its content, including Liberty herself and key figures following her in battle.
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.
* Not What Congress Envisioned for Arts Education - M.M.K.
Exhibition: Lifelong Devotion to Drawing (brief review of Delacroix exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art) - M.M.K.
Worth Reading: 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).
Almond Blossom [about ] [more], 1890, by Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853-1890). Oil on canvas, 28.9 x 36 in. (73.5 x 92 cm), Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.
Notes & Comments
Landmark Michelangelo exhibition // Neglected female playwright // Maestro Toscanini // and more
* In Brief: Don't Mess with a Classic (on The Red Shoes ballet and film) - M.M.K. and L.T.
Adirondack Lake, by Winslow Homer (American, 1836-1910). Watercolor over graphite pencil on paper, 14 x 20 in. (35.6 x 50.8 cm), Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. As noted in "Andrew Wyeth Picks 20 Great American Watercolorists" (Maria Woodie, Artist Daily weblog, July 12, 2017), Winslow Homer--whose watercolors Wyeth first saw in his studio in Maine--was an early source of inspiration for him. The largest collection of Wyeth's watercolors is that of the Greenville County Museum of Art in Greenville, South Carolina. Superb images of 563 of Homer's paintings in various media, sorted by year completed, are on The Athenaeum website. See watercolors (scroll down). The section on oil paintings begins on page 4 (scroll down).


Summer Day, by Hans Dahl (Norwegian, 1849-1937). Date and dimensions unknown, private collection. The Athenaeum: 93 paintings, sorted by year completed in ascending order (some attributed to Dahl were actually made by his son, Hans Andreas Dahl [1881-1919], whose work was virtually indistinguishable from his own; whenever possible, note the signature).
Notes & Comments
G. Washington portrait medals // An ivory gazelle // Disappointing Dunkirk film // Artworld icon Robert Rauschenberg Misconstrued // and more
* Art Education or Miseducation? From Koons to Herring - M.M.K.
* In Brief: George Anthony Morton: An Artist against All Odds - L.T.
* Exhibition: The Art of Henry James: Kinship between Literature and Visual Art - M.M.K.
The Best of Aristos [From the Print Archives]: "Revaluing the Liberal Arts," (Aristos, June 1994).With study of the liberal arts under increasing attack in academia (see "The Liberal Arts at War"), it is worth recalling this brief article by us on the subject.
Worth Reading: "Frank Capra's America and Ours," by John Marini, Imprimis, March 2015. On the legendary director of such classic films as Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), and Meet John Doe (1941).
The Swamp [enlarged], 1885, Konstantin Kryzhitsky (Ukrainian-born Russian, 1858-1911). Oil on canvas. Nikolaev Art Museum [scroll down] [more], Ukraine. Weblog post (with images of some two dozen paintings), including a touching reference to Kryzhitsky's tragic death by suicide. The Athenaeum: 65 works, sorted by year completed, in ascending order.
Notes & Comments
Kamhi's Who Says That's Art? recommended by art educators // Da Vinci Initiative promotes classic art skills in K-12 education // Epoch Times's favorable coverage of Classical Realist art // Sculptor Camille Claudel emerges from Rodin's shadow // Botticelli and contemporary self-portrait exhibitions // and more
* A Cognitive Theory that Challenges Institutional Definitions of Art - M.M.K. and Emmanuel Antwi
* Why Discarding the Concept of "Fine Art" Has Been a Grave Error - M.M.K.
- Response to British Journal of Aesthetics
- Response to Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism
Letters - About our note on Julian Onderdonk (1882-1922), American Impressionist painter - Dan Karlan
The Magpie (La Pie) [enlarged ] [the bird] [about] [photo: a magpie], 1869, Claude Monet (French, 1840-1926). Oil on canvas, 35 in. x 51 in. (89 cm x 130 cm). Musée d'Orsay, Paris. [The Athenaeum: 1,290 works by Monet]. Impression, Sunrise (1872) [about].
Notes & Comments
Marivaux at the Frick // Julian Onderdonk (1882-1922), American Impressionist
* Exhibition: Charlotte Brontë in Word and Image at the Morgan - M.M.K.
Worth Reading & Listening To
On Stradivarius Violins
"The Brilliance of a Stradivari Violin Might Rest Within Its Wood," Steph Yin, New York Times, December 20, 2016. "For hundreds of years, the best violin players have almost unanimously said they prefer a Stradivari or a Guarneri instrument. Why nobody has been able to replicate that sound remains one of the most enduring mysteries of instrument building."
Antonio Stradivari, 1644-1737; Guarneri, family name: 17th and 18th centuries.
"Who Are the Musicians Playing a Stradivarius?" See and hear them play on instruments that they exclusively use (one is Yo-Yo Ma, on cello). A few explain why. Cmuse, August 5, 2015.


Washington Crossing the Delaware [enlarged image: click on details to zoom in], 1851, Emanuel Leutze (German American, 1816-1868). Oil on canvas, approx. 12 ft. x 21 ft. (378.5 cm × 647.7 cm). Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gallery 760. Smaller version*[more], approx. 3 ft. x 6 ft., Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Winona, Minn.
The Aristos Awards: Kate Davis (New York City)
Notes & Comments
Who Says That's Art at annual art ed conference // Update on forthcoming Torres book Trust Betrayed // Richard F. Lack: Catalogue Raisonné // and much more . . .
* The Interminable Monopoly of the Avant-Garde - L.T.
Chapter 9 of After the Avant-Gardes: Reflections on the Future of the Fine Arts, edited by Elizabeth Millán (Open Court, 2016). [See introductory note at bottom of page 215 before reading essay. Suggestion: print notes.]
* Ayn Rand's Theory of Art: "Original" and "Inspiring" Says Academic Philosopher - L.T. and M.M.K.
Rand's Romantic Manifesto on "What Is Art?" reading list published by American Society for Aesthetics.
Washington Crossing the Delaware: Select Links to Online Sources - L.T.
On Emanuel Leutze's monumental painting and the event that inspired it.
In Brief: Misusing Art for Political (and Financial) Ends - M.M.K.
The Pearl Theatre Company's exploitation of Ionesco's play Rhinoceros.
Ice Floes, 1893, Claude Monet (French, 1840-1926). Oil on canvas, 26 x 39 1/2 in. (66 x 100.3 cm.), Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City. "The prolonged freeze and heavy snowfalls in the winter of 1892-93 inspired Monet to capture their effects on the Seine in a series of paintings" [more]. See also Break-up of the Ice on the Seine, near Bennecourt, 1893. Illustrated bio of Monet.
Notes & Comments
Hudson River School redux // The Athenaeum website // Photography as "art" // Vigée Le Brun, superb woman artist in revolutionary France // and more
* Harriet Whitney Frishmuth: A Compendium - compiled by L.T.
* Exhibition: Picasso's Sculpture: Much Ado about Very Little - M.M.K.
* The Best of Aristos [From the Print Archives]: "Harriet Whitney Frishmuth: Lyric Sculptor" (June 1984) - Beatrice Gilman Proske
Worth Reading & Viewing: Exhibition catalogue [full text] for The Boston School Tradition: Truth, Beauty and Timeless Craft, Vose Galleries, June 6 - July 18, 2015 (including "The Bostonians and Their Boston School," an essay by independent scholar and curator, Trevor J. Fairbrother).
Notes & Comments
The Essential Vermeer website // Hellenistic bronzes // Dance in art //Art inspired by winter // and more
Worth Reading: "Vermeer as Scientist," Claudia Swan, Times Literary Supplement, January 6, 2016 (review of Eye of the Beholder: Johannes Vermeer, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, and the Reinvention of Seeing, by Laura J. Snyder). Related: Our review of the Essential Vermeer website in Notes & Comments.


Sleigh Ride, c. 1890, Winslow Homer (American, 1836-1910). Oil on canvas, 14.1 x 20.1 in. (35.7 x 51 cm.), Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Mass. Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1944. According to the Clark, "This small, unsigned canvas remained in Homer's studio until his death and was perhaps never intended to be exhibited in public" [emphasis ours; more]. Winslow Homer: Bio / Paintings (540!)
Notes & Comments
Oliver Sacks, R.I.P. // James Gardner on painter Thomas Hart Benton // Essays by Aristos co-editors in new book // New film of MacBeth // On P.D.Q., "the last and least offspring" of J.S. Bach // and much more
* Wyeth Country: Past, Present, and Future - M.M.K. — about a visit to Chadds Ford, Pa., home to three generations of Wyeths--with a caveat regarding avant-garde intrusions abetted by the related Brandywine River Museum of Art. For Further Reading and Viewing - L.T.
Exhibition: John Singer Sargent: Previously Unplumbed Depths - M.M.K.
On Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends at the Met.
+ For Further Reading and Viewing - L.T.
* In Brief: On Catesby Leigh's Objections to the 9/11 Memorial - L.T. — letter to First Things praising Leigh's assessment (see "Worth Reading" below), while noting a surprising omission.
In Brief: The Classical Tradition, Alive and Well in Long Island City - The Editors — on a modest off-the-beaten track gallery, devoted to Classical Realist art.
Worth Reading: "A Memorial to Forget" by Catesby Leigh (First Things, November 2014). A provocative essay on the 9/11 Memorial by one of America's foremost architecture and art critics. See "In Brief" item above.
Young Student Drawing, c. 1738, Jean-Baptiste Siméon Chardin [pronunciation]. Oil on panel, 8 1/4 x 6 3/4 in., Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas
Carnation, Lily. Lily, Rose, 1885-1886, John Singer Sargent (1856-1925). Oil on canvas, 68.5 x 60.51 in. (174 x 153.7 cm). Tate Britain. (Click on the girls' faces and other details to enlarge.)
May Pastoral, 1907. Willard Leroy Metcalf (1858-1925). Oil on canvas, 36 x 39 in. (91.44 x 99.06 cm). Private collection. [The Athenaeum - for viewing images of Metcalf's other work, enlarged and without annotations, preferably on Firefox].
The Black Brook (also known as The Brook), c. 1908. John Singer Sargent (1856-1925). Oil on canvas, 21-3/4 x 27-1/2 in. (55.25 x 69.85 cm.) Tate Britain. [The Athenaeum - best for viewing images of Sargent's work, enlarged and without annotations, preferably on Firefox.] [JSS Virtual Gallery - very informative and broad in scope, often from a personal perspective.]
Notes & Comments
Winslow Homer's Birthday // Overblown praise for Mr. Turner film // Scrutinizing cubism // Gardner Museum director's shameful legacy // What a noted choreographer is reading may surprise you // Inept theatrical updating of the Bard // and more
The Aristos Awards: George F. Will, Columnist, Washington Post
Worth Reading: "Lonely Teardrops," Stephen Akey, The Smart Set (from Drexel University), February 4, 2015.
Hudson Valley in Winter from Olana, ca. 1870-1871. Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900). Oil on academy board, 11-3/4 x 18-1/4 in. Olana State Historic Site, New York.
Notes & Comments
Mr. Turner movie // Kamhi website and weblog // Don't ask Wikipedia! // What makes a poem a poem? // and more
The Aristos Awards: A.C. Douglas, Independent Music/Culture Weblogger
* Anna Hyatt Huntington: A Compendium - L.T. — on the life and work of this important twentieth-century sculptor.
Poetry: "A Belief in Alchemy" - Richard H. Behm — by a contemporary American poet.
Worth Reading: "In Praise of Dead White Men," Lindsay Johns, Prospect, September 23, 2010.


May Day, 1960, Watercolor, Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009). Private Collection. Other version: May Day, 1960, dry brush on white paper, 12 3/4 x 29 inches. See catalogue entry in Andrew Wyeth: Dry Brush and Pencil Drawings, a loan exhibition organized by the Fogg Art Museum (Harvard University), 1963. See also Aristos Facebook post of May 1, 2014.
Portrait of Anna Vaughn Hyatt [Anna Hyatt Huntington], 1915, Marion Boyd Allen (1862-1941). Collection Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College, Lynchburg, Virginia. The sculptor is depicted working on a model of her Joan of Arc. Huntington's Joan of Arc in Riverside Park, New York City.
Spring Blossoms, Montclair, New Jersey [enlarged ], ca. 1891, by George Inness (1825-1894). Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art [about the painting]. Other works.


Moonrise (The Rising Moon) [more ], 1865 (10 x 17 in.), by Frederic Edwin Church [other paintings] (American, 1826-1900). Collection: Olana Historical Site.
Notes & Comments
Multimedia installation at the Met // Our pithy Facebook posts // What Art Is notably cited // and more
The Aristos Awards: Philip Roth, novelist: For his send-up of the pretensions surrounding abstract painting, in American Pastoral
* Has the Artworld Been Kidding Itself about Abstract Art? - M.M.K. — review of Inventing Abstraction, 1910-1925 at the Museum of Modern Art--with telling remarks by Director Glen Lowry.
Vermeer's Girl - The Editors
Review of Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Hals at the Frick Collection. On Girl with a Pearl Earring (the painting, the novel, the movie) and much more.
Barbara Branden: Boswellian Biographer of Ayn Rand - The Editors
In Memoriam: Barbara Branden (1929-2012), Rand's friend and protégé, and author of The Passion of Ayn Rand.
* The Best of Aristos [From the Print Archives]: Boswell's Johnson--Branden's Rand: The Passion of Ayn Rand in Historical Perspective (May 1987) - L.T.
Notes & Comments
Orientalist Art // Figure Painting in America // Musical Ode // Jesuit scholar's praise of Ayn Rand's esthetic theory // Jacques Barzun Compendium // and more
* Bubbles and Beyond: An Ongoing Musical Saga - Alexander Comitas (Eduard de Boer) — a traditionalist composer reflects on avant-garde bias in Holland's Performing Arts Fund--and on the clever musical hoax he cooked up to prove his point.
* Picasso and Matisse: A Contrarian Reappraisal - L.T. — on Picasso's trajectory from academic realism to inscrutable or grotesque Cubism; and on Matisse as a "color genius."
Exhibition: Peerless Piero - M.M.K. — review of a small exhibition (just seven paintings) at New York's Frick Collection, featuring work by the early Italian Renaissance master Piero della Francesca.
* The Best of Aristos [From the Print Archives]: The Misreading of Literature (October 1986).
Worth Listening To & Viewing: J. S. Bach, The Unaccompanied Cello Suites; Suite No.1, Prélude [audio/video]; Suites Nos.1-6 [complete: audio] Yo-Yo Ma, Cello


Notes & Comments
Bernini's clay sculpting // Dutch Arts "Experts" Hoodwinked by Musical Hoax // A Royal Affair, outstanding historical film // New Yorker art critic Schjeldahl on Andy Warhol // Terry Teachout's defense of abstract art // and much more
* A Jacques Barzun Compendium: Select Links to Online References - L.T.
In Brief: Bias and Inanity in Arts Funding: A Tale of Two Composers - M.M.K.
* In Brief (Exhibition): The Apotheosis of Andy Warhol - M.M.K.
Notes & Comments
Barzun and Berlioz // The Eisenhower Memorial // Monet and abstract art // Confessions of a Critic // and more
The Aristos Awards [about] National Civic Art Society and Andrew Ferguson (journalist)
* Understanding Contemporary Art - M.M.K.
* In Brief (Art Education): At Least He Spelled My Name Right: A Reply to Professor Edward O. Stewart - M.M.K.
In Brief: What Is "Cave Art"? When Scientists Presume to Know - L.T.
Worth Reading & Viewing: Alexandre Cabanel: The Tradition of Beauty (Stephen Gjertson, Stephen Gjertson Galleries, December 17, 2010). Scroll down to see images of diverse works by Cabanel (and others), among them: The Education of Saint Louis (1878), Portrait of a Young Girl (1886), and Love's Messenger (1883).
Worth Listening To: Romeo and Juliet (1839), choral symphony, Hector Berlioz (1803-1869) - 1:45:43. The occasional subtitles are in Dutch, but no matter. Just listen! Alto solo from the symphony performed by Shirley Verrett (1931-2010) - 5:44. (See "Barzun and Berlioz" in Notes & Comments.)
Notes & Comments
Classical music at the click of a mouse
Notes & Comments
Master illustrator Howard Pyle
Exhibition: Picturing the Individual (The Renaissance Portrait from Donatello to Bellini) - The Editors
* Portraiture or Not?--The Work of Chuck Close - The Editors
Notes & Comments
Abstract Expressionist Helen Frankenthaler


Notes & Comments
Pseudo scholarship at the Smithsonian
Notes & Comments
Barzun on great books // Terence Rattigan // Kamhi talk on art education
Notes & Comments
Opera // Who cares about Anthony Caro?
Notes & Comments
Wyeth exhibitions // Clark Art Institute // Thomas Eakins
Notes & Comments
Delightful play by Winnie-the-Pooh's author // Mint Theater revivals of forgotten gems // Pearl Theatre Company honored // Contemporary play worth noting: David Davalos's Wittenberg // Frans Hals at the Met // Richard Serra's "drawings" // and more
Notes & Comments
Drawings from the Dahesh Museum // Western music in Iraq // Landscape painter Laura Woodward // Torres WebCommentary // and more
The Aristos Awards [About] [Citations: Daniel Graves (Painter/Teacher), Gerrard Barnes (Ordinary Person)]
* Rattigan's Renaissance (On British playwright Sir Terence Rattigan [1911-1977]. Reprinted from the inaugural issue of Aristos, July 1982.) - Holly Hill
Terence Rattigan Centenary (News & Information) - The Editors
* In Brief: Denis Dutton (1944-2010), R.I.P. — Burying the Hatchet (on correspondence with the author of The Art Instinct, shortly before his untimely death) - L.T.
In Brief (Art Education): Engaging Future Art Teachers (On a virtual classroom discussion with graduate students at Nazareth College.) - M.M.K.
WebCommentary - L.T.
Worth Reading: Beethoven Visits Cleveland: In 1958, the Colossus Speaks to an 11-Year-Old Boy (American Scholar, Spring 2010)
Worth Listening To: Two by J. S. Bach, as performed by violinist Nathan Milstein (1903-1992): Sonata No.1 (audio) and Sonata No.3 (audio/color video), from Milstein's last concert at age 82. See also In Portrait, a DVD featuring Milstein.
Worth Viewing: Portrait Profile of a Woman - Louise Camille Fenne [more ]


Notes & Comments
Barzun on teaching the arts // Heroes in ancient Greek Art // Mindless Lichtenstein drawings at the Morgan // Abstract Expressionism // Norman Rockwell // and more
A Forum on Social Justice Art Education
* The Great Divide in Art Education - M.M.K.
* The Ad Hom Instinct: A Reply to Denis Dutton (The Art Instinct) - L.T.
* In Brief: "Hijacking" Article Stirs Debate - The Editors
WebCommentary - L.T.
The Definition of Art: Ch. 6 (full text, corrected) of What Art Is
* Letters: Tracie Glazer, Visiting Instructor, Nazareth College, Rochester, N.Y.; Reply by L.T. to former NAEA president
Worth Reading:
Chopin's Small Miracles (Wall Street Journal, 3/3/10) - On the Preludes.
Reading in a Digital Age (American Scholar, Spring 2010) - On the novel and the Internet.
Worth Listening To: Beethoven, Variations in F Major, Op. 34 (YouTube, 2/17/07) - Performed by Glenn Gould.
Worth Viewing: Five Brahms Waltzes in the Manner of Isadora Duncan (YouTube, 9/24/06) - Choreography by Frederick Ashton (1904-1988), danced by Tamara Rojo. Duncan (1877-1927) was a pioneer of modern dance. See also "Dance of a Goddess," Guardian, U.K. (2/21/04) - On Ashton and Duncan.
Notes & Comments
Convict overcome by Bach // Great European paintings from Dulwich Gallery// Sara Mearns shines in Swan Lake // Masterpieces of manuscript illumination // and more
* The Hijacking of Art Education - M.M.K.
* Books: What Makes Art Art? Does Dennis Dutton Know? (on Dutton's The Art Instinct) - L.T.
In Brief (Exhibitions): Art in an Intimate Setting (on Becoming an Artist: The Academy in 19th-Century France) - L.T.
Free-Market Art, c. 1555 (on Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese: Rivals in Renaissance Venice) - Megan Sleeper
WebCommentary - L.T.


Notes & Comments
The private André Watts // Classical music for the very young // American paintings of everyday life // Scintillating Shaw // Paul Taylor's Esplanade // and much more
* Vermeer's Milkmaid: More Than Meets the Eye? - M.M.K.
* The Curator Says It's About Sex (on a controversial interpretation of Vermeer's Milkmaid) - L.T.
WebCommentary - L.T.
* The Best of Aristos [From the Print Archives]: Ayn Rand's We the Living: New Life in a Restored Film Version (December 1988). See "Notes & Comments" for information on the new two-disc Special Edition DVD.
Worth Reading:
Is Classical Music Trying to Be Fashionable? (Financial Times, 5/29/09)
Goodbye, Mr. Keating (The Chronicle, 7/7/06)
Notes & Comments
Heroic architects? // Viva Vivaldi! // Early art // Venice Biennale // and more
WebCommentary [six new entries] - L.T.
* John Silber, President Emeritus, Boston University
* Shelbye J. Reese, Art teacher, Hart County (Ga.) H.S.
Worth Reading
First Impressions - What does the world's oldest art say about us? (The New Yorker, 6/23/08). See also "The Earliest Artists" in "Robert Payne: Uncommon Guide to the World of Art" (Aristos, 12/93).
Disputations: The Untouchables (New Republic, 7/14/09) - Why it's blasphemous to alter Shakespeare's words for a modern audience.
Notes & Comments
Non-Art at the White House // Artworld chic // Oliver Sacks on music // Medieval draftsmen // Michelangelo's first painting // and more
* What Hope Is There for Art Education? - M.M.K.
* Books: At His Father's Knee (review of Architecture of the Absurd: How "Genius" Disfigured a Practical Art, by John Silber) - L.T.
WebCommentary - L.T.
Letters: Samuel Knecht, Chairman, Hillsdale College Department of Art
Worth Reading
Thomas Jefferson, Musician (Wall Street Journal, 7/2/09)
Old Masters: Overlooked Women Artists (Joan Altabe, Gadfly Online, 1/14/02)


Notes & Comments
Pickled shark at the Met // "Contemporary art" in art education // "Photo sculpture"? // New York City Ballet's Nutcracker // Poussin's landscapes // Warhol's non-portraits // and much more
* What About the Other Face of Contemporary Art? - M.M.K. and L.T.
Exhibitions: Painting Landscapes, Then and Now (Jacob Collins at Hirschl & Adler Modern) - L.T.
* Museum Miseducation: Perpetuating the Duchamp Myth - M.M.K.
* Letters: Julian Spalding, former director, Glasgow Museums, Scotland (responding to review of his Eclipse of Art, 11/07)
Worth Reading: The Myth of the Mozart Effect (from eSkeptic)


Notes & Comments
Barzun centenary // Jack Schaefer, author of Shane // Dutch paintings at the Met // Profile of painter Jacob Collins // Met's new Greek and Roman galleries// Federico da Montefeltro and his library // The healing influence of art // and much more
* The Intrepid Mrs. Sally James Farnham: An American Sculptor Rediscovered - Michael P. Reed
Unveiling Sally James Farnham's Bolívar: A Youthful Memoir - Mariquita MacManus Mullan
* Reflections on "Classical Realism" - Jacob Collins
* Thought and Feeling in Art - M.M.K.
* Books: Artworld Maverick (review of The Eclipse of Art, by Julian Spalding) - L.T.
Richard Serra's Fun House at MoMA - M.M.K.
* Night and Day at the Morgan - M.M.K.
* Letters: Jacob Collins, painter


Notes & Comments
Shaw lives at the Pearl // Three American Painters catalogue // Fine Art Connoisseur magazine // Classical realism's overdue recognition // Should art museums charge admission? // and more
The Joys of Light Music - Jesse F. Knight
* The Legacy of Richard Lack - L.T.
* Critiquing the Critics: Muddying the Waters of Classical Realism - L.T.
Painting the Nude (Jacob Collins: Figures) - L.T.
Slow Painting? (Slow Painting: A Deliberate Renaissance) - L.T. & M.M.K.
* Books: Why Teach Art? (on Art and Cognition, by Arthur Efland) - M.M.K.
Letters: Kurt Leininger (on Edward Hopper vs. Andrew Wyeth)
The Best of Aristos [From the Print Archives]
* Bouguereau's Legacy, September 1982 - Richard Lack — on the nineteenth-century French academic painter (see also Letters regarding Bouguereau, below)
* The New Dawn of Painting, March 1986 - L.T. — review of Realism in Revolution: The Art of the Boston Painters
On Responsible Arts Criticism, August 1984 - L.T. — letters to New York Times regarding critical bias against Bouguereau, and the absence of letters to the editor in the "Arts and Leisure" section (see Note on image of Bouguereau painting) - L.T.
Notes & Comments
CowParade "public art" // Marian Anderson sculpture// Edward Hopper // Whitney Museum of American Art // and more
* Exhibitions: Interpreting Goya - M.M.K.
* Critiquing the Critics: First Paragraphs - L.T.
* Notes & Comments
Andrew Wyeth retrospective // Capuletti watercolors // Ives Gammell's Twilight of Painting // Choreographer Agnes de Mille // Pulitzer Prize-winning criticism // Egyptian art // and more
* He Felt Like Shooting Himself--A Postscript (more on the censure of a music critic and two composers) - L.T.
* Girodet--A Long-Forgotten Romantic - M.M.K.
John James Audubon--Rara Avis - L.T.
The Best of Aristos [From the Print Archives]
* The Child as Poet: An Insidious and Injurious Myth (on The Child as Poet: Myth or Reality? by Myra Cohen Livingston), January 1988 - L.T.
* On "The Child as Poet: An Insidious and Injurious Myth" (Letters by Jacques Barzun and others), December 1988
* Robert Payne: Uncommon Guide to the World of Art (on his World of Art), December 1993 - M.M.K.
Notes & Comments
Interpreting classic plays "on the playwright's terms" // The Little Prince opera // Who Gets to Call It Art? documentary // Memling's portraits // Marble relief by Houdon // and more
* The Other Face of "Contemporary Art"
* Exhibitions: Van Gogh at His Eye-Opening Best - M.M.K.
Critiquing the Critics: "The Meaning of Life," "Life-Enhancing Ripples," and Other Inanities - L.T.
* Books: Tom Wolfe's Epiphany (on The Painted Word) - L.T.
* Letters: Ken Carpenter, President, Canadian Section, International Association of Art Critics; Currie McCullough, art gallery director; Michael Ome Untiedt, painter


Notes & Comments
Agnes de Mille centenary // Unreadable "classic" about nothing // New forms of art // Buzzwords the critics love // "The Arts" at the New York Times // and more
* Dance: Mark Morris--a Postmodern Traditionalist - M.M.K.
* Critiquing the Critics: Santiago Calatrava: An Architect Who Makes . . . Sculpture? - L.T.
Letters: Philippe Faraut, sculptor; Tom Lauerman
Notes & Comments
Matisse at the Met // Augustus Saint-Gaudens // Working-class autodidacts // Kamhi article required reading // and much more
* Music: He Felt Like Shooting Himself (censure of a music critic and two composers) - L.T.
* Modernism, Postmodernism, or Neither?--A Fresh Look at "Fine Art" - M.M.K.
Theater: Doubtful Pulitzers - M.M.K.
* The National Portrait Gallery: Captive to Postmodernism - L.T.
Notes & Comments
George Stubbs, the "Leonardo of Liverpool" // Sculptor Bessie Potter Vonnoh // Post Mortem on The Gates // More Artspeak // Why Ayn Rand matters // South African Ballet Academy // and much more
The Boston Museum of Fine Arts? - M.M.K.
Critiquing the Critics: Art's Porous Borders - L.T.
* Exhibitions: A Window onto the Glory of the Italian Renaissance (From Filippo Lippi to Piero della Francesca: Fra Carnevale and the Making of a Renaissance Master) - M.M.K. and L.T.
* [Special Issue on Christo's 'Gates']
Aristos News: Aristos Editors Dub 'Gates' "Bogus Art"
Related Links: a, b, and c
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Central Park Website
From Aristos: "The Sculpture of Central Park," August 2003


Notes & Comments
Gilbert Stuart portraits // Prehistoric flute // The first artists // New book on Shakespeare // Barbara Cook's Broadway // and more
Editors' Note (on "Why We Need a Definition of Art")
* Why We Need a Definition of Art - Kenneth M. Lansing
Notes & Comments
"Rising to the level of art" // Holbein's portraits of the mind // Broadway musicals, past and present // Arts Education Policy Review reprints Kamhi's "Rescuing Art" article // Abu Ghraib photographs as art? // Andy Goldsworthy's "sculptures" // and much more
* When Journalistic Misfeasance Becomes Felony ("The Arts" at the New York Times) - L.T.
Notes & Comments
Aerial reconnaissance artist? // Late Gauguin // Kant was no formalist // Painting treasures from Northern Italy // Leonardo's grotesques // and much more
* Sitting on Furniture and Other 'Visual Art' Experiences - L.T.
Notes & Comments
The "mind's construction in the face" // Turner exhibition // Remembering Elia Kazan // and more
* A Tale of Three Operas - M.M.K.
Aeschylus's Persians--Lessons for Today? - M.M.K.
Notes & Comments
David Cohen's mystifying criticism // Dysfunctional furniture as art // Rembrandt exhibition // "Minimalist artist" Dan Flavin's work in the National Gallery // and more
* Exhibitions: Messages from the Heart (Love Letters: Dutch Genre Paintings in the Age of Vermeer) - L.T.
Notes & Comments
Childhood in ancient Greek art // Arshile Gorky--"one of the great draftsmen of all time"? // Responses to symposium on Ayn Rand's esthetics // Ad Reinhardt's cartoons // Remembering Black Orpheus // and more
Clueless Critics (& Moderator) - M.M.K.and L.T.
* Scholarly Engagement: When It Is Pleasurable, and When It Is Not (from Journal of Ayn Rand Studies) - L.T.
Notes & Comments
Dia Beacon--an artworld highlight? // Shoddy scholarship on Thomas Eakins // Hudson River School landscapes // Jasper Johns's "profound" drawing // and more
* Rescuing Art from 'Visual Culture Studies' (based on a talk given at the National Art Education Association) - M.M.K.
* Letters: Gerald Ackerman, Professor, Emeritus, Art History, Pomona College (on homoerotic aspects in Thomas Eakins's painting Swimming)


Notes & Comments
Who was Charles Bargue? // Review of What Art Is in new book by Roger Kimball // Barzun on education // Our Dutch connection // and much more
The Dahesh Museum: Reclaiming Academic Art (French Artists in Rome: Ingres to Degas, 1803-1873) - L.T.
Birds, Birds, Birds (Wings of Hope, Wings of Peace) - L.T.
* What "Rand's Aesthetics" Is, and Why It Matters (from Journal of Ayn Rand Studies) - M.M.K.
* Books: Not Smart about Art (The Annotated Mona Lisa) - L.T.
Film: Three Cheers for Seabiscuit! - M.M.K.
Notes & Comments
Octogenarian sculptor EvAngelos Frudakis inspires // Sculpture reconceived // Kenneth MacMillan's Romeo and Juliet ballet // Frederick Law Olmsted--"artist" or "designer"? // and much more
* Exhibitions: Thomas Eakins: Painting Pure Thought (Thomas Eakins) - L.T.
Virtual Tour: The Sculpture of Central Park
* Letters: William Conger, abstract painter and Professor, Art Theory & Practice, Northwestern University
Notes & Comments
Kamhi debates abstract painter in ArtsJournal // Martha Graham's legacy // Lee Miller's beauty as Picasso's perturbation // Molière's Tartuffe well served // New York magazine abandons dance criticism // Arts Education Policy Review reprints article from What Art Is Online // and much more
* Hilton Kramer's Misreading of Abstract Art - M.M.K.
* Books: Judging a Book by Its Cover (review of But Is It Art? by Cynthia Freeland) - L.T.
Exhibitions: Bill Viola's Passions--No Kinship to Rubens - M.M.K.
The Academic Scene:
Barnard College: Art Succumbs to Visual Culture - M.M.K.
Columbia University: The Future of the Art World - L.T.
Letters From the Editors
Worth Reading:
Avant Garde Against Humanity: The Rise and Fall of Anti-Social Architecture (American Enterprise, 1-2/02) - On the pretensions and failures of contemporary architecture
A Reader's Manifesto (Atlantic Monthly, 7-8/01) - An exposé of the "growing pretentiousness of American literary prose."
* Editors' Note: Aristos Re-born Online
* Art and Cognition: Mimesis vs. the Avant Garde - M.M.K.
Film: Monte Walsh (TNT premiere) - L.T.

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