Archive for October, 2008

By Emily Waldorf Have you ever confused beauty with virtue?  One of Marcel Proust’s characters, Swann, in his famous work, In Search of Lost Time, falls in love with a debaucherous courtesan, Odette, when he is overcome by her similarity to a Venus-like character in a Botticelli fresco.  Eric Eichman, in his article in The […]


By Emily Waldorf Wouldn’t it be wonderful to buy a piece of original art, knowing that it would not only look gorgeous in your house but also help someone in a meaningful and concrete way?  Piece by Piece is a nonprofit organization that sponsors mosaic arts workshops free of charge for very low income and […]


By Laura Gatewood Resisting the pull of the tortured soul cliché, painter Edgar Arceneaux has managed to attain both artistic and commercial prominence while also taking up the mantle of community service as director of the Watts House Project in South Central Los Angeles.  His often conceptual artwork explores themes of memory, perception, and how […]


By Lauren Dickinson If you live in California, the leaves may not be changing but the produce in your local farmer’s market is, and there are many great things to take advantage of right now, like pumpkins, persimmons, and pomegranates.  Sugar pumpkins are the sweetest and perfect for eating roasted or pureed and mixed in […]


By Steven Siegman I was thrilled when I heard about the Bernini and Baroque Portraiture exhibition at the Getty. I consider myself an admirer; in my mind, what Michelangelo is to painting, Bernini is to sculpture.  About 3/4 of the collection is comprised of “Portrait Sculpture” or busts. There are also a few paintings and […]


By Emily Waldorf Interested in giving Junior a head start as a future art world connoisseur?  Pick up art philanthropist Yana Peel’s newly released Art For Baby book published by Templar Publishing in conjunction with OUTSET Contemporary Art Fund.  The book includes all black and white images that were donated to the project by artists […]


By Emily Waldorf If you happen to be in London for the Frieze Art Fair, you should schedule a visit to The National Portrait Gallery’s concurrent exhibition: Annie Leibovitz:  A Photographers Life 1990-2005.  Organized by the Brooklyn Museum, the exhibition features over 150 of Leibovitz’ photographs, including her well-known images of celebrities, politicians, and the […]