Annie McDee, thirty-one, lives in a shabby London flat, works as a chef, and is struggling to get by. Reeling from a sudden breakup, she’s taken on an unsuitable new lover and finds herself rummaging through a secondhand shop to buy him a birthday gift. A dusty, anonymous old painting catches her eye. After spending her meager savings on the artwork, Annie prepares an exquisite birthday dinner for two—only to be stood up.
The painting becomes hers, and Annie begins to suspect that it may be more valuable than she’d thought. Soon she finds herself pursued by parties who would do anything to possess her picture: an exiled Russian oligarch, an avaricious sheikha, an unscrupulous art dealer. In her search for the painting’s identity, Annie will unwittingly discover some of the darkest secrets of European history—and the possibility of falling in love again.
This heavily illustrated book featuring the world's greatest painters is an excellent introduction for young readers to artists and their works.
Whether it's Leonardo da Vinci's mysterious Mona Lisa, Vermeer's vibrant depictions of light, Van Gogh's mesmerizing brush strokes, or Matisse's playful cutouts, the art featured here is introduced in a format and style that will appeal to children. The book proceeds chronologically, accompanied by a timeline to offer helpful historical context. Each artist's entry includes a concise biography, beautiful reproductions of major works, and lively texts that speak directly to young readers. Games, quizzes and other activities help readers learn about the significant contributions of each artist in a way that is both fun and inspiring. Additional information about museums, suggestions for further reading, and online resources will satisfy the most curious minds
Catalogue for the exhibition, "Ahmed Alsoudani: Redacted" on view at Phoenix Art Museum, March 13, 2013 - July 7, 2013. Iraqi-American painter Ahmed Alsoudani is known for his vibrant, large-scale fragmented compositions that combine charcoal drawing with acrylic paint to articulate the artist’s compelling vocabulary of violence and its repercussions. His work is rooted in his turbulent personal experiences but speaks to something larger. Look closely and we find no traces of culture or society. The anonymity of his images highlights the universality of his issues. At turns dark and funny, his painting is a powerful testament to his desire to create eloquent artworks that ask vital questions about our place in the world amid ever changing international circumstances.
Honored as one of "Arizona History Makers," Curtis and his meticulously crafted, charmingly enigmatic paintings have been too little known outside his region, a situation this finely produced retrospective volume seeks to rectify. Essays by five well-published curators provide a cultural and biographical context for Curtis' distinctive paintings. The surrealistic aspects of his work and the influence of such artists as Rene Magritte and Stuart Davis are noted, but the truth is, Curtis is an original. No one else has ever gazed out at the flat desert landscape of the American Southwest and envisioned it as a stage for the circus performers, musicians, and elegant figures right out of Victorian melodramas that pirouette within his dreamlike, eye-teasing tableaux.
Hudson Hills Press in association with Phoenix Art Museum, 1999
Catalogue to accompany the exhibition, "And the Land Grew Quiet: New Work by Matthew Moore.
" An Arizona-based artist and farmer, Matthew Moore (b. 1976) is the last of four generations to farm his family’s land. Through his art, using the legacy and scale of Land Art, Moore explores the loss of farmland to urban growth in the metropolitan Phoenix area, as well as contemporary consumers’ alienation from the basic principles of agriculture. And the Land Grew Quiet: New Work by Matthew Moore represents an innovative and new direction in Moore’s work, contrasting the cycles of development and speculation in our own time with those of the Great Depression by mixing technology and nature as well as fiction and history. It is conceived as a single project that maps urban growth on the land and nature’s resistance to the man-made within the sublime context of the harsh but awe-inspiring landscape and climate of central Arizona.