Art and Artifice
Archive 38 - Winter 2022
"Ryder Comes Home"
Albert Pinkham Ryder at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, Massachusetts.
Albert Pinkham Ryder - Flying Dutchman
Art Institute of Chicago fires all the volunteer Docents
Why were they fired?
Despite the lack of remuneration—they do this to be helpful and because they love art—their training to be docents is extremely rigorous. First, they have to have two training sessions per week for eighteen months, and then “five years of continual research and writing to meet the criteria of 13 museum content areas” (quote from the docents’ letter to the Director of the AIC). On top of that, there’s monthly and biweekly training on new exhibits. Then there are the tours themselves, with a docent giving up to two one-hour tours per day for 18 weeks of the year and a minimum of 24 one-hour tours with adults/families. Their average length of service: 15 years. There are other requirements listed by the Docents Council in the ChicagoNow column below (first screenshot). Many of the volunteers—though not all—are older white women...
Story at Chicago Tribune [Paywall]
And at Evolution is True
In the Sea by Arnold Bocklin, 1883
More about In The Sea - Arnold Bocklin
Chicago Art Institute has a page about the painting here
At the VMFA Museum
"Invisible sculpture" by Italian artist Salvatore Garau sells for $18K
It is literally invisible. Story at Protothema
Detail from A Light in the Sea, 1897. Winslow Homer, oil on canvas.
If you ever wanted to own a Da Vinci, here's your chance
July 8, 2021: Leonardo da Vinci's drawing of "Head of a Bear" will sell in London on Thursday.
Article about Da Vinci "Bear" – NBC News
Auction page at Christies
Classical Painting Atelier: A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Studio Practice - AMAZON Published by Watson-Guptill, 256 pages
Original Page January 25, 2022