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.

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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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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Halloween Costumes Inspired by Artists

Halloween is coming up this month and you may find yourself struggling on what to wear. Look no farther because this year you can impress your friends by wearing a unique costume based on your favorite artists! Read on to get inspired:

Van Gogh

If Van Gogh is your favorite artist a costume inspired by him can’t Gogh wrong (too cheesy?). With his creativity and moving imagery that everybody loves, you can bet that a costume related to Van Gogh will get you compliments all night long. You could be a painting such as Starry Night:

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This outfit is great because there’s already a lot of dresses/jackets out there that have already been made for you! All you need now is a little bit of makeup or paint to swirl around your body and your look is complete!

Or if you wanted to get dressed up with a friend you can always go as the artist and the artwork:

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Or you could always just go as Van Gogh himself:

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Gustav Klimt

Gustav Klimt has an extremely distinct style that would be extremely fun to play with as a costume. Cover yourself in rich colors and golden fabrics and draw designs and patterns on your body to emulate this artist’s most famous style of paintings. His most famous painting (The Kiss) is perfect if you’re looking for a great couples costume!

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Roy Lichtenstein

If make up is your forte than this pop art style would be more than fun to create a costume around. Amaze your friends with your creativity and inventive costume making skills and show off the Benday dot style that Lichtenstein is so famous for!

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Grant Wood

American Gothic is a classic costume that is perfect for couples and is recognizable to many. You’ll get props on your creativity for a relatively easy costume to pull off.

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Picasso

If you’re a person who loves color and getting really creative with your costumes than Picasso is the artist for you. You can paint your face in fun, cubist and abstract ways and allow yourself creative reign over your costume.

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Johannes Vermeer

The classic image of The Girl With the Pearl Earring is a painting that many people know and love. Bring this painting to life with a  fairly simple costume that will still get you creativity points amongst your friends!

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Banksy

A fairly easy but still inventive costume takes after the works of unknown street artist Banksy. This costume shouldn’t require anything that you might not already have around your house but you’ll still look more creative than all the people that showed up as cats to the Halloween party. tumblr_maynr9z5ae1qmf3rso1_1280 screen-shot-2016-10-07-at-12-25-33-pm 1c7f1dfd5c3c7391cdafb1b1c28149f3There are so many other costumes out there that can be inspired by your favorite artists/works of art so don’t be afraid to get creative with it and create a wholly unique costume that suits your personality! Let us know what your favorite costume ideas were and if you actually try them out, tag us on Instagram (@aarongallery_dc)!

3 Minute Art History Lesson: Yayoi Kusama

Dates: 1929-Present

Location: Japan

Medium: Avant-Garde Sculptor, Painter, and Novelist

“A polka-dot has the form of the sun, which is a symbol of the energy of the whole world and our living life, and also the form of the moon, which is calm. Round, soft, colorful, senseless and unknowing. Polka-dots become movement…Polka dots are a way to infinity.”

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Yayoi Kusama is an acclaimed contemporary artist who has worked in a variety of media such as painting, collage, sculpture, performance art, and environmental installations. Her thematic interests are in psychedelic colors, repetition and pattern. She is acknowledged as one of the most important living artists to come out of Japan and an important voice of the avant-garde.

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Fast Facts:

  • Kusama’s work is based in conceptual art and shows attributes of feminism, minimalism, surrealism, Art Brut, pop art and abstract expressionism. Her work is infused with autobiographical, psychological, and sexual content.
  • Kusama was a fixture of the New York avant-garde and had her works exhibited alongside the likes of Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg and George Segal during the early 60’s where she became associated with the pop art movement.
  • Polka dots are a trademark of her work. The vast fields of polka dots or “infinity nets”  were taken directly from her hallucinations.
  • Kusama was greatly involved in the New York art scene and staged many “happenings” in which she would gather people in conspicuous spots like Central Park and would often involve nudity to protest the Vietnam war.
  • She has complex installations of mirror/infinity rooms. These are purpose-built rooms lined with mirrors that often contains water and flickering lights. The viewer stands inside a small platform and light is repeatedly reflected off of the mirrors to create the illusion of a never-ending space. These rooms suggest a pattern of life and death.
  • In 1977 Kusama checked herself into the Seika Hospital for the Mentally Ill where she eventually took up permanent residence and is where she continues to reside. 1129861

Timeline:

  • 1957-Came to the United States and showed large paintings, soft sculptures and environmental sculptures using mirrors and electric lights
  • Late  1960s-Staged many happenings such as body painting festivals, fashion shows, and anti-war demonstrations
  • 1968-The Film “Kusama’s Self-Obliteration” which Kusama produced and starred in won various awards.
  • 1973-Returned to Japan where she continued to produce art but she also issued a number of novels and anthologies, one of which won a literary award.
  • 1986-Held solo exhibitions at the Musee Municipal, Dole, and the Musee des Beaus Arts de Calais
  • 1994-Began to create open-air sculptures.
  • 1996-Began to show works mainly at galleries in New York
  • 1998-1999-A major retrospective of Kusama’s work was shown first at LACMA and traveled around the world
  • 2004-Her solo exhibition “Kusamatrix” drew a total of 520,000 people.
  • 2006-Received a Women’s Caucus for Art Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • 2008-Her Documentary film “Yayoi Kusama, I adore myself” released in Japan and screened at international film festivals and museums.
  • 2015-Artsy named Kusama one of the Top Living Artists of 2015.

yayoi_kusama_jamie_green_victoria_miro_pumpkinsssWhere can I see her works?

  • The Broad, Los Angeles “Infinity Mirrored Room” Permanent collection
  • The Museum of Modern Art, New York “From the Collection: 1960-1969” March 26, 2016-March 12, 2017
  • The Glass House, New Canaan, Connecticut “Narcissus Garden” May 1-November 30, 2016
  • Long Museum, Shanghai “She: International Women Artists Exhibition” July 23-October 30, 2016
  • Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston “First Light:  A Decade of Collecting at the ICA” August 17, 2016-January 16, 2017
  • Sharjah Art Foundation, United Arab Emirates “Dots Obsession” October 1, 2016-January 9, 2017
  • Helsinki Art Museum “In Infinity” October 7, 2016-January 22, 2017
  • Upcoming traveling exhibition: Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC “Infinity Mirrors” February 23-May 14, 2017
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Infinity Mirrored Room

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DOTermination 2

Chandelier of Grief

Chandelier of Grief

Why Art Matters in the Office

The average hours worked for employees, each week at the office is 47 hours. That is 47 hours that are spent under fluorescent lighting and focusing only on the project in front of you and the people you work with. Introducing art into the work place sets a well established tone that not only reflects visually, but also leads to positive productivity for the employees, making their busy weeks more enjoyable.

Running a private art gallery, Aaron Gallery, has given us the chance to incorporate beautiful artwork around the office. Everyday people comment on how positive it is to be surrounded by art in a work environment. We have been told that, “having art in the work place is like having a window, it gives you something to look at when you need more inspiration to continue working.”

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Javier Cabada’s “Abstract Shadows”, Acrylic on Canvas, 84 x 60 in

We have asked the opinions of the employees as well as people who have visited the gallery to see how they feel about the art and how it has effected the place in which they work:

“You walk into Aaron Gallery and are surrounded by beauty, expression, and the most wonderful bouquet of colors. Javier Cabada‘s work is energizing, in a class by itself. The only thing better than enjoying the art in the Gallery is enjoying the art in your own home!”
– Shelia G

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Duane Cregger’s “Suncycle I”, Acrylic on Canvas, 48 x 60 in

“Annette and her team are as wonderful as the art curated by Aaron Gallery. Not only are the pieces beautiful, timeless, and expertly crafted, but Annette continues to carry on her family’s legacy providing personalized service to each of her clients. A mainstay of the DC Art scene with 40 years of experience, it is a pleasure to work with Annette and her staff in Suite 800 at 2101 L Street NW. If you’re looking for brilliant pieces to add to your collection Aaron Gallery is the place to visit!”

– Jennifer

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Javier Cabada’s “Changing Prisms” Acrylic on Canvas 48 x 60 in.

“Every day at work I’m greeted by the bold, bright paintings placed by Aaron Gallery in my office space. The high quality art is seen throughout the hallways, providing a burst of energy whenever I move through the public spaces. Visitors never spend time here without commenting on how much character and sophistication this art brings to the office.”

– Holly C

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Duane Cregger’s “Borealis”, Acrylic on Canvas, 48 x 72 in