Thanks, Obama

Today is the 58th Presidential Inauguration and we say goodbye to the Obama family after 8 years. Here are some of our favorite art works from the past 8 years to commemorate his presidency.

Artist Rob Pruitt painted a painting every day of Obama’s presidency (nearly 3,000 works of art!).

We couldn’t leave out the influential artwork that was used as campaign posters for Obama, reminding us to believe in hope and change in the world.

This painting is by Maria Arango and reminds us that we all need to band together no matter the color of our skin.

This painting was created with used motor oil and recycled into art by David Macaluso.

This painting by Elizabeth Peyton reminds us that we are not only thanking Barack, but also his entire family.

The Aaron Gallery would like to say one final time: Thanks, Obama.

2016 Art Recap

Aaron Gallery’s Top Pick for 2016

 

Away – Okkervil River

New Words for Old Wounds – William Ryan Fritch

Red  – Grace Fechner

Wearing Thin  – Meranda Turbak

 

Pure, Beyond Reproach – Egyptrixx 

From the Aaron Gallery Collection:

Untitled – Carol Engles (reaction to the election)

Estrella (Star) – Hebert Sanchez

What to Do in D.C. (winter edition)

Washington Monument

Visit again at the DC’s most popular attractions, including the Lincoln, Jefferson, World War II and Vietnam Veterans memorials. The snow will give them a totally different look.


National Gallery of Art Ice Rink

The 2016–2017 ice-skating season begins November 18 and continues through March 12, weather permitting. Experience skating in the Sculpture Garden while surrounded by large-scale sculptures by contemporary artists including Louise Bourgeois, Sol LeWitt, Roy Lichtenstein, Roxy Paine, Tony Smith, and others.

The White House

The White House pulls out all the stops with twinkling trees and historically significant decorations. Self-guided holiday tours are available to the public during December. Visitors must submit a request no later than 21 days in advance through their member of Congress. The White House Visitor Center across the street also offers an insider’s glimpse into The White House.

Chinatown & the Downtown Holiday Market

Head to Chinatown for some shopping at the Downtown Holiday Market. With more than 150 exhibitors and artisans displaying everything from fine arts to fair trade, you can find great gifts for everyone on your list.

Union Station

The historic building decks the halls in December with a 30-foot tree donated from the Embassy of Norway as well as a Norwegian Holiday Market. Plus, Union Station’s holiday model train display delights as the locomotive winds its way through the snowy mountains and fjords of Norway.

Union Station Waiting Hall decorated for Christmas 2012.

From 5 Days of Winter Activities in Washington, DC

Artwork in Residence

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While art may not be essential to fulfill our basic needs, it does make our life more colorful. When we look at a perfect painting or poster we have chosen to hang on the living room wall. It is a great feeling. The sculpture or figurines on the kitchen windowsill we carefully select, put a smile on our face every time. These varieties of art forms that we are surrounded by all come together to create the atmosphere that we want to live in, which is personable to us. From the guests perspective, art is one of the best ways to express who you are, and reveal your fine taste, so be sure to showcase your favorite pieces.

However, choosing an artwork for home is not easy, and to display them in the right way is critical. Here are a few tips that can help for your next purchase or installation of the next piece of artwork:

 

1 – Select the most important and visible walls in your home.

2 – Mirror the size of the wall: If you have a long horizontal wall hang a long horizontal piece (or collection of pieces) on that wall.

3 – Fill the wall. Don’t be afraid to use the entire wall

4 – Color is important: Think about the feel of a color before placing it in your room. 

5 – Don’t let the architectural style of your home dictate the art that you have on your walls.

6 – Vary the texture of the pieces in your room.

7 – A frame can serve as a bridge between the artwork and the room.
When selecting a frame, it is important that it complement the furniture and architectural features of a room.

8 – Play with the lighting in the room: After placing the artwork, move your existing lighting around or think about adding new spots to illuminate the piece.

9 – Watch out for glare: When hanging art behind glass, stay away from walls directly across from windows as the light will create glare

 

From Choose Art for Your Home

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Thanksgiving Captured in Art

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and what better way to appreciate this traditional American holiday than looking at how artists have chosen to represent it through art. Keep reading to see some of our favorite paintings that are all about Turkey Day!

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Jason Mecier

What better way to start off this blog post than with a portrait of Sarah Hale, created out of traditional Thanksgiving foods? Sarah Hale is credited with the founding of Thanksgiving when she talked Abe Lincoln into this delicious holiday!

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Roy Lichtenstein, “Still Life” 1961

American artist Roy Lichtenstein captured the main dish of every Thanksgiving meal, the turkey, in his classic pop art style.

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John Currin, “Thanksgiving” 2003

This painting by John Currin recalls the tradition of northern European Renaissance painting and seems to be an allegory of his wife’s pregnancy.

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“First Supper (After a Major Riot)”, 1974

This photograph by Harry Gamboa, Jr. documented a work by the performance group Asco that shows what Thanksgiving is all about-sharing with loved ones, even in odd places.

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Norman Rockwell, “Freedom From Want” 1941-1943

I’m finishing off this post with what is probably the most classic Thanksgiving painting by Norman Rockwell. This is the quintessential family portrait of an American family sharing a Thanksgiving meal together.

3 Minute Art History Lessons: Jackson Pollock

Dates:1912-1956

Location:America

Medium:Painter, Drawer, Sculptor

Periods: Modern Art, Abstract Expressionism

“The painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through.”-Jackson Pollock

Autumn Rhythm, 1950

Autumn Rhythm, 1950

Jackson Pollock developed one of the most radical abstract styles in the history of modern art and found new ways to define pictorial space.

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Fast Facts:

  • Pollock was born in Wyoming and grew up in Arizona and California. He grew up observing Native American culture on survey trips with his father and may have been influenced by Native American art.
  • In 1929 Pollock studied at the Students’ League in New York. He was working in the Regionalist style and was heavily influence by Mexican muralist painters and Surrealism.
  • After World War II radical new directions in art emerged. The aftermath of the war began the movement known as Abstract Expressionism.
  • In the mid 1940s Pollock introduced his now famous style of “drip paintings” which represented one of the most original bodies of work of the time and forever inspired American art.
  • These new art forms can suggest the life-force in nature and can evoke man’s body, anxious mind and the new modern world.
  • He produced most of these paintings by setting his canvases on the floor or paid out against a wall instead of fixing it to an easel.
  • He would create images by allowing paint to drip and would add depth to his paintings by using knives, trowels, or sticks.
  • The All-over method of painting is also attributed to Pollock in which the art form avoids any clear and distinct points of emphasis or any identifiable parts within the canvas.
  • He achieved fame and notoriety in his lifetime, however there was often speculation over his radical methods and growing reputation.
  • He suffered in his personal life with alcoholism.
  • He died prematurely when he was killed in a car crash at age 44 due to driving under the influence of alcohol. Edith Metzger, one of his passengers, was also killed. The other passenger Ruth Kligman, an artist and Pollock’s mistress, survived the crash.
Pollock painting Alchemy, 1947.

Pollock painting Alchemy, 1947.

Jackson Pollock took risks and creative approaches that led future artist to create with passion instead of being trapped by set boundaries or guidelines.

Convergence, 1952. Image property of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY.

Convergence, 1952. Image property of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY.

Untitled, c. 1950

Untitled, c. 1950

Number 1, 1950 (Lavender Mist),1950

Number 1, 1950 (Lavender Mist),1950

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Pablo Picasso’s Herb Soup

Try this secret recipe created by the famous abstract painter Pablo Picasso at home! Enjoy the soup and start painting.

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2 bunches radishes

2 handfuls chervil

1 bunch sorrel

2 cloves garlic

2 soupspoons olive oil

1 egg yolk

6 slices toast (optional)

Salt and freshly ground pepper

Remove the green from the radishes and wash them with the chervil and sorrel leaves, draining off the liquid. Put the radishes aside to serve them with salt later. After having reserved 20 chervil stalks, chop finely all the greens. Peel the garlic cloves.

Heat the oil over very slow heat in a  stewing pan to reduce the garlic cloves, and then the greens, stirring with a wooden spoon. Add 2.5 litres of water, salt and pepper. Let it simmer uncovered for 35 minutes. Taste the soup, season if necessary, and pour in a mixer, then put it through a sieve.

In the soup tureen, beat the egg yolk and pour over it the soup, still beating. Scatter the chervil over it, and serve with the toast.

 

–from “The Modern Art Cookbook