Monday, March 30, 2015

Happy Birthday to Vincent van Gogh

Happy birthday to Vincent van Gogh, born on this day in 1853. View a slideshow of works:

Eight things you didn't know: "I dream my painting, and then I paint my dream." ~~ Vincent van Gogh (Dutch artist. 1853-1890)

How he found his purpose:

Saturday, March 28, 2015

'José Clemente Orozco: Figure Studies' at the San Jose Museum of Art

 “Orozco is best known for his legendary public murals and his strong stance against social injustice,” said Susan Krane, Oshman Executive Director of SJMA. “Yet throughout his life, he was also an avid draftsman who masterfully conveyed emotion through the anatomy of the human figure. These drawings on paper reveal the intimate side of Orozco’s artistic vision and demonstrate the importance of figure drawing to his creative process.”

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Met launches a new online video series, 'The Artist Project'

Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, announced today the launch of a new online video series, The Artist Project, in which 100 artists respond to works from The Met’s vast collection, which spans more than five millennia and cultures throughout the world. Beginning March 2015, for one year, the Met will invite 100 artists—local, national, and global—to choose individual works of art or galleries that spark their imaginations. In this online series, artists reflect on what art is, what inspires them from across 5,000 years of art, and in so doing, they reveal the power of a museum and The Met. Their unique and passionate ways of seeing and experiencing art encourage all museum visitors to look in a personal way.

Trailer here:

Over the course of five seasons, The Artist Project  will share the perspectives of one hundred artists with the public, telling us what they see when they look at The Met.

Or the SF version of art online:

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Lu Chuntao and 'Mind Traveling' at the Chinese Culture Center

For 50 years, the Chinese Culture Center has been building bridges between East and West, mostly through the medium of art. Tucked into a corner of of the Chinatown Hilton, their physical space is small but their ideas and influence are enormous, To celebrate their 50th anniversary, the Center is presenting new work by Lu Chuntao, one of China's new generation of painters who use traditional means to create art that pushes the boundaries of ink, brush and paper.

Lu Chuntao was born in Shanghai and started as a traditional Chinese painter. He went through several stages as an artist before arriving at his current series of “Lotus Ponds.” The lotus is a far more powerful symbol in Chinese art than it is in Western paintings - a symbol of purity, enlightenment, a wish for offspring and one of the Eight Buddhist symbols of good fortune. More at...

Saturday, March 21, 2015

La Primavera - The First Day of Spring

La Primavera, also known as Allegory of Spring, is a tempera panel painting by Italian Renaissance artist Sandro Botticelli. Painted ca. 1482, the painting is described in Culture & Values (2009) as "[o]ne of the most popular paintings in Western art”.  It is also, according to Botticelli, Primavera (1998), "one of the most written about, and most controversial paintings in the world."

How the nymph became a goddess:

Wonderful discussion here along with a details of each panel in the painting. :

The complete works:

Friday, March 20, 2015


9thC Carolingian enamel of Luna, the moon deity, riding in a chariot holding a torch

That's how an eclipse works. Gossouin of Metz, Image du monde. @MedievalMss W199