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The Art of Rivalry

The Art of Rivalry

By Sebastian Smee

Profile Books, 2016

ISBN: 9781781251652

This thought-provoking book could best be called a micro-history of art.

In it, Sebastian Smee casts a forensic eye over four friendships between artists: Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon, Matisse and Picasso, Manet and Degas, and Pollock and de Kooning. 457 more words

Book Review

A Day at Pasadena’s Norton Simon Museum by da-AL

Great museums and art galleries abound in Los Angeles. to such an extent that we’ve become and art city to be internationally reckoned with.

New sites open all the time. 173 more words

the sun behind a wimpy leaf

your mother comes home

from a neighbours bar mitzvah

and you can smell the summer air

on her turtleneck.  you father comes


soused and happy, winking about… 40 more words

The Met 6.11.17

For a Sunday in June it wasn’t very crowded, and for reasons unknown to me, it stayed that way. There were no cameras resting just above my shoulders as stood and looked. 126 more words



…..a few weeks ago The National Ballet Co. came to our school and demonstrated the fundamentals of ballet and the preparation that takes place before a show… 130 more words



They, without words,
have agreed to model the sea,
to mimic its waves by air, blue
and heat, fasting symmetry
with intent to respire
and please.
John Biscello

Q: You use an impressive assortment of soft pastels to create your pastel paintings. Which are your favorite?

A:  My favorite brand of soft pastels is Henri Roché.  They offer subtle variations in color and hue since they make more colors than any other company. 135 more words

Creative Process