Thoughts on a Chinese Artist Studying a Western Old Master [Jin Shangyi at Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing]
Jin Shangyi, a major Socialist Realist artist of the People’s Republic of China, explores the Classical realist tradition in three paintings based on masterpieces by Vermeer that are the centerpiece of his retrospective at the Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum in Beijing in 2011.
Should bullfighting be banned in Spain? Activists recently protested at the Guggenheim Bilbao, while in Navarre a bull leapt into the crowd injuring spectators – an episode similar to one portrayed by Goya in his 1815-16 etching series “The Art of Bullfighting.”
U.S. Marine Corps’ last “combat artist” is the subject of an article in The New York Times, which brings to mind great war artists like Goya, Dix, Wilfred Owen and John Singer Sargent.