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.

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.

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  • 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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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

The Personal Recipes of Pablo Picasso

Food, much like painting, is a form of art. There is time, dedication, and pride that go into the making of an exquisite meal that is not lost on famous artists. Pablo Picasso has released some of his personal recipes in an interview with Vouge. He is one of many artists that have a knack for cooking, among Jackson Pollock, Salvador Dali, Marcel Duchamp, etc. While Dali and Pollock have released their own cookbooks, Picasso’s recipes went into the Modern Art Cookbook which features recipes of the famous artists of the 2oth century.

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The Modern Cookbook by Mary Ann Caws

Once, Picasso had lunch with Alice B. Toklas who decided to serve a dish that included her dressing up a bass with cream, herbs, and a red mayonnaise sauce. She decorated the serving platter with her boiled eggs, a tomato paste, and truffles in a way that she believed would impress Picasso. Upon seeing the platter, Picasso remarked in the beauty of the dish. This was not the only time that the look of the dish presented to him was complimented. Another time his wife, Jaqueline, made him an eel stew and impressed by its beauty Picasso decided to paint it rather than eat it.

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Pichet et Coupe de Fruits, Pablo Picasso, 1931

Picasso sees beauty in everything, even the seemingly random. He manipulates what he is looking at so that he is proud of his work and it fits into his personal style. By believing that you should have a sense of pride in all that you do, Pablo Picasso mastered a few of his own recipes in that he enjoyed serving to others as well as eating himself. Feeling confident about his art was carried over into his work in the kitchen and to his palate when savoring a meal. He would never serve something that he wasn’t satisfied with.

Some of Picasso’s famous recipes include:

Picasso’s Omelette Tortilla Niçoise

6 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion
4 peppers, red and green
3 tomatoes
2 tablespoons wine vinegar
8 eggs
Salt and pepper

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Polychrome Bird, Pablo Picasso,1947

Picasso’s Eel Stew

6 tablespoons olive oil
6 tablespoons butter
12 small white onions
1 teaspoon sugar
2 yellow onions, chopped
12 mushrooms
⅓ pound salt pork, cubed
2 shallots, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 eels of about 1 pound each, cut into four- to five-inch sections
1 bottle of good red wine
1 tablespoon flour
Salt, pepper, cayenne pepper
Bouquet garni: thyme, bay leaf, parsley, fennel, and a small branch of celery

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Poisson de Chine, Pablo Picasso, 1952

Picasso’s Herb Soup

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

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Visage dans un carré, Pablo Picasso, 1956

 

 

12 Studios of Famous 20th Century Artists

A studio is meant to be not only to be a place of work, but a place of inspiration, a sacred space. These artists studios, their creative spaces, are almost like physical and spacial representations of their creativity.

Looking at these studios, you almost feel like you were there when some of the greatest works of the 20th century were being made! If you find this interesting, head over to Bored Panda  for an extensive list of artists and their studios.

Tell us what you think!

What does your creative space look like? Share in the Comments!

 

April Gallery Openings to Look Forward To In DC

Spring time is the best time to take a day and go gallery hopping! Even better is attending a gallery opening with refreshments, people, and the potential to meet the artist. We have a list of gallery openings happening throughout the month of April that are dying to be checked out!

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Friday, April 1st

Arts Club of Washington

Featured Exhibition(ers): Jack Hannula and Sandra Gobar; 6:30-8:30pm; 2017 I street NW, Downtown

Hillyer Art Space

Featured Exhibition(ers): Sascha Hughes- Caley, Christina Shmigel, Heloisa Escudero; 6-9pm; 9 Hillyer ct. NW; Dupont Circle

Studio Gallery 

Featured Exhibition(ers): Eleanor Kotlarik Wang; 6-8pm; 2108 R St. NW, Dupont Circle

Touchstone Gallery

Featured Exhibition(ers): The Bloom is On, Rob Goebel, Rosemary Luckett; 6-8:30pm; 901 New York Ave NW, Downtown

 

Saturday, April 2nd

Foundry Gallery

Featured Exhibition(ers): Lindsay Mullen, Visual Meditations; 5-8pm; 2118 8th Street, NW, Downtown

Washington Printmakers Gallery

Featured Exhibition(ers): Alex Keto; 3-5pm; 1641 Wisconsin Avenue NW; Georgetown

 

Friday, April 8th

Susan Calloway Fine Arts 

Featured Exhibition(ers): Dean Fisher; 6-8pm; 1643 Wisconsin Ave; Georgetown

 

Saturday, April 9th

Studio Gallery

Featured Exhibition(ers): Eleanor Kotlarik Wang; 4-6pm; 2108 R St. NW, Dupont Circle

 

Have any other recommendations for April Exhibitions? Let us know in the comments!