We are excited to share these photos of two recently completed outdoor sculpture projects by Ann Gardner
By Robert Ayers
Saturday will be a sad day for the Seattle art scene — the last day of the last exhibition at Western Bridge.
Bill and Ruth True’s public space for contemporary art, Western Bridge has occupied a former warehouse just off Fourth Avenue in Sodo since May 2004, behind the family company, Gull Industries. From that somewhat unlikely location, it has presented a remarkable program of perennially provocative exhibitions, most drawn from the Trues’ personal collection.
There are some Seattleites who have seethed at the audacity of artists presenting a puddle of seawater or a couple of dogs as art. For most delighted visitors, though, works like these (by Emilie Halpern and Turner Prize winner Martin Creed, respectively) have taken on the single most important function of art — to challenge our preconceptions and change the ways we perceive the world around us.
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A painting by Leonardo da Vinci that was lost for centuries has been authenticated by distinguished scholars in the United States and Europe and will be exhibited at London’s National Gallery as part of a Leonardo show that opens November 9, ARTnews has learned.
The painting, Salvator Mundi, or “Savior of the World,” depicts Christ with his right hand raised in blessing and his left hand holding a globe. It is painted in oil on a wood panel and measures 26 by 18 1/2 inches in size.
“It’s up there with any artistic discovery of the last 100 years,” said one scholar.
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(CNN) — Pablo Picasso once said, “We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth, at least the truth that is given us to understand. The artist must know the manner whereby to convince others of the truthfulness of his lies.”
If we didn’t buy in to the “lie” of art, there would obviously be no galleries or exhibitions, no art history textbooks or curators; there would not have been cave paintings or Egyptian statues or Picasso himself. Yet, we seem to agree as a species that it’s possible to recognize familiar things in art and that art can be pleasing.
To explain why, look no further than the brain.
The human brain is wired in such a way that we can make sense of lines, colors and patterns on a flat canvas. Artists throughout human history have figured out ways to create illusions such as depth and brightness that aren’t actually there but make works of art seem somehow more real.
And while individual tastes are varied and have cultural influences, the brain also seems to respond especially strongly to certain artistic conventions that mimic what we see in nature.
By Associated Press, Published: September 5
NEW YORK — The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in New York is selling its collection of the artist’s works through Christie’s auction house to raise money for its endowment.
The foundation and the auction house announced the agreement on Wednesday.
Christie’s will hold a series of auctions, private sales and online events over the coming years. Christie’s CEO Steven Murphy says the sales will bring Warhol’s work to people “who never before imagined” they could own any.
The foundation says the money raised from the sales for its endowment will allow it to expand support of the visual arts, fulfilling Warhol’s purpose in establishing it. The foundation says it also will make donations to museums.
The collection includes items ranging from prints to photographs, some of which have not been seen by the public.
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