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Phenoms for Philatelists

Posted on September 12, 2013 by admin

Although it’s not a sovereign state, the United Nations, to our surprise, issues stamps that can actually be used to send mail worldwide. Valid only if mailed from three locations (UN headquarters in NYC, Palais des Nations in Geneva, and Vienna International Centre), the stamps are are issued in denominations of U.S. dollars, Swiss francs, and euros, respectively.

On September 23rd, the UN Postal Administration will issue six stamps on the theme Break Barriers-Open Doors. For this stamp issue, UNPA selected artists from around the world with incredible stories that highlight the positive power of full and equal participation of people with disabilities. The stamps will commemorate a UN General Assembly meeting to raise awareness about the work of the UN in ensuring the equality and inclusion of persons with disabilities in all aspects of society and development.

Artists works depicted on the stamps include Chuck Close, Matt Sesow, Josephine King, Sargy Mann, Pete Eckert, and a group photo of the China Disabled People’s Performing Art Troupe.

Have moment? Watch the Chinese troupe perform Thousand Hand Dance.

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Fashion Follows Art

Posted on September 9, 2013 by admin

Art has been an inspiration to fashion designers for decades. In fact, you can outfit yourself down to a headband and earrings of Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring.

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Seurat in Edgewater, Colorado???

Posted on July 26, 2013 by admin

If you can’t make it out to The Art Institute of Chicago to see the real Seurat, there’s a remarkable copy of A Sunday on La Grande Jatte painted on a building that houses the Providence Tavern in Edgewater, Colorado.

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What’s Happening!

Posted on May 22, 2013 by admin

More than just art appreciation. Dive in!

UCLA Fowler Museum
Dance like a local next time you’re invited to a big fat Greek wedding at the UCLA Fowler Museum. Sunday, June 2.


Crocker Art Museum
While there won’t be any swilling at the Crocker’s SketchCrawl, you’ll be able to hone your artistic skills while strolling the Sacramento River Promenade. Thursday, June 6.


De Young Museum
Celebrate in clogs in the fog at the deYoung’s Orange Nights and experience why San Fran and Amsterdam were named the top two destinations by Lonely Planet. Friday, May 31.


Catch a flick at the Neue Galerie’s film series, inspired by the exhibition of Austrian artist, designer, and Wiener Werkstatte co-founder Koloman Moser. June 3 – July 8.

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Plastic Surgery 17 Century Style

Posted on May 6, 2013 by admin

Before photography, before Photoshop, and before plastic surgery, there was Frans Hals. The 17th century artist portrayed his subjects with an energy that other portrait artists could not match…much like the advantages of modern photography. And unlike the instantaneous capture of a camera and the era of “post-production”, the slower methodical process of painting allowed Hals to remove those pesky facial flaws, and other perceived imperfections to his clients liking.

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Thinking of a Summer Road Trip?

Posted on May 1, 2013 by admin

Each year, throngs of Americans pile their brood into the family car or motor home to embark on a pilgrimage to the natural and man-made wonders of the our great nation. For 30 years Roger Minick captured these sightseers in all their glory, reflecting back our shared experience and the “sense of being dropped into one place rather than a journey through a succession of places”. Read more.

The sold out banner Woman with Scarf at Inspiration Point, Yosemite National Park, CA shows a humorous but poignant juxtaposition of the natural beauty of the waterfall with the kitschy tourist interpretation of the falls depicted on the woman’s headscarf.

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Art Makes Strange Bedfellows

Posted on April 5, 2013 by admin

Outspoken British married duo Gilbert and George, known for their “shocking” art imagery of nudity, excrement, and bodily fluids, are staunch conservatives who admire Margaret Thatcher.


The New York Times Magazine tapped Maira Kalman, known for her idiosyncratic sense of humor, to cover the high couture scene of the 2000 Paris fashion shows.

Apple’s sleek, minimalist industrial design can be traced back to Harry Beck, a Brit who invented the modern day subway map by limiting drawn lines to multiples of 45 degrees and removing the streets and communities that lay above them.

Branded “degenerative” by the Nazis for his realistic, exacting technique and jarring, acerbic satire, Otto Dix began his career by painting placid landscapes of mountains and lakes.

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Fool Me Once

Posted on April 1, 2013 by admin

While filmmakers may take liberties when depicting the character of a famous artist, the art itself is another story. Copyright issues have often plauged these films to the point where directors have had to omit the artists’ images all together. When Director Gilles Bourdos made his film “Renior” he sought the services of convicted french art forger Guy Ribes. The very thing that landed Mr. Ribes in jail for 3 years–at age 62–is now a source of some legitimate income. Read more.

Left: Guy Ribes looking at a genuine Renoir at Musee d’Orsay.
Right: Michel Bouquet plays the Impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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Living Legacy

Posted on March 28, 2013 by admin

As part of their “green” initiative The National Gallery in London literally brought Van Gogh’s Painting “A Wheatfield with Cypresses” to life. In 2011, visitors to Trafalger Square were treated to a living re-creation of the masterpiece using 8000 plants of 24 different varieties. Read more.

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A Fresh View

Posted on March 26, 2013 by admin

It can be difficult to look past the Motor City’s economic struggles, but the Detroit Institute of Arts beautifies the city’s streets and parks with large reproductions of their collection. In its forth year, the Inside | Out program offers the public an inspiring reason to explore their communities.

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