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Posted December 9th, 2013

Joseph McGurl Plein Air Magazine Award
The 2012/2013 ARC Salon Plein Air Magazine Award featuring Joseph McGurl was published in their November issue. The six page article is a full artist profile and McGurl was also given the honor of being featured on the cover.
About his work McGurl said “I’m interested in human reality, and how to express in my paintings our relationship to what we experience. That is, I want to understand how people relate to the natural world, how we perceive reality, whether we have a spiritual response to nature, and how the physics and topography of the natural world influence them. To me, the way to express all that in a painting is by selecting the materials and techniques that will bring my pictures as close as possible to that human reality. That objective makes it essential that I paint directly from the landscape and study the physical aspects of light, geography, and topography. Other artists might have different goals and ways of conveying their understanding of reality, and there is no right or wrong about one’s approach, only a measurement of how well an artist expresses his or her ideas.”
The Plein Air Magazine Award is being given out again in the 2013/2014 ARC Salon which we are accepting entries for now. To read the full prospectus, click here.
In addition, John Pence Gallery, located at 750 Post Street in San Francisco near Union Square, will open an exhibition of recent oil paintings, field studies and sketches by Joseph McGurl tonight. This will be his first show in seven years on the West Coast. This large and robust show will remain on view to the public through January 18, 2014.

Posted December 6th, 2013

Norman Rockwell Brings $46,000,000 at Auction
“Sotheby’s December 4th auction of American Art was an extraordinary success, achieving nearly $84 million, the third highest sale total ever in the category.

Leading the sale was Norman Rockwell’s 1951 masterpiece Saying Grace, shown here, which sold for $46 million, more than double the high estimate of $20 million, setting a new record for an American painting at auction. All told, the seven Rockwells offered from The Stuart Family Collection realized an exceptional $59.7 million.

A number of other works also sold well beyond their pre-sale estimates including Maxfield Parrish’s 1925 painting The Knave of Hearts: The Six Little Ingredients, which soared past its $250,000-350,000 estimate to realize $1.9 million, and Indian Hunter and His Dog by Paul Manship, which realized $1.56 million from an estimate of $300,000-500,000.”

Posted December 5th, 2013

Last chance to see David d’Angers: Making the Modern Monument
Lauded by Victor Hugo as the Michelangelo of Paris, French sculptor Pierre-Jean David d’Angers produced many of the most iconic portraits and ambitious public monuments of the Romantic era.

This exhibition – the first on the artist outside of his native France – assembles forty-eight works by David on paper and in wax, terracotta, marble, bronze, and plaster, as well as rare nineteenth-century reproductions of his work in photographs and engravings.

The show closes December 8, 2013

Frick Collection – 1 East 70th Street, New York NY 10021

To view more about this and other exhibitions, please click here.

Posted December 4th, 2013

Christie’s London Major Victorian & British Impressionist Sale
Thursday December 12th, Christie’s will be having its Victorian & British Impressionist Art sale at their King Street Location, London. The pre-sale opens the afternoon of December 8th and will remain on public view until noon on December 12th, being taken down directly before the afternoon sale. The auction consists of 104 lots and includes important works by John Atkinson Grimshaw, Edmund Blair Leighton, Arthur John Elsley, Sir Edward John Poynter, Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones and others.

To view the full catalogue, click here.

Viewing public auction presales is one of the best ways to see important works from a given period that are in private collections and are otherwise not on public view. Most if not all of these paintings are sold back into private collections and many are never put on public view again.

Posted December 3rd, 2013

2013/2014 ARC Salon Catalogues and Thanksgiving Print Sale
The much anticipated ARC Salon Catalogues have arrived. We will begin shipping out all pre-order this coming Monday.

With an approximate 2000 entries this year by over 850 artists, the competition was steeper than ever. Even with the additional category, expanding our finalist cut up to the top 600 entries, we still are only including the top 30% of works submitted. The Salon Catalogue ran 2014 pages and includes 600 full color images, winners receiving full page plates.

To order your copy now, click here.

In addition we are currently running a 15% discount off all fine art prints for Thanksgiving, valid now through December 2nd. Use coupon code: thanks13.

To view our most popular prints click here.

To view our most popular religious prints click here.

Posted November 22nd, 2013

John William Waterhouse on ARC
We are pleased to inform you that the Art Renewal Center has just finished updating the John William Waterhouse section of the ARC Museum. We have included 94 images of the artist’s work with a large number in high-resolution. Waterhouse has always been an important part of our online museum, but now his work can be appreciated even more with our new and improved images.

To view the Waterhouse Gallery on ARC, click here.

Posted November 20th, 2013

New ARC Living Artist™ Victoria Radionova
Victoria Radionova’s first and main teacher was her father, who was an architect-designer.

From the cradle she was surrounded by reproductions of paintings by great masters from the past.

A Little Shepherdess and a Fisherman
By Victoria Radinova
When she was 14, Victoria began serious preparations to enter art school and focused on the method of study that existed at Tsar’s Academy of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg during the 19th century. In this system, the focus was on perfection in drawing, composition and colour. After graduating from secondary school, she entered the Kharkiv State Academy of Arts and Design and studied interior design for a year. Then, Victoria was successfully trained at the College of Art in Simferopol (Crimea, Ukraine). After college, she entered the painting department at Kharkiv State Academy of Design and Arts where she studied for another year. For the next 17 years under the guidance of her father, Victoria was taught to draw and paint from a program modeled after one that existed at Tsar’s Academy of Fine Arts of St. Petersburg.

Her paintings are available in the collections in the United States, Spain, Germany, Ukraine and Russia. Also, her paintings are on view in the Ukrainian Orthodox churches in different cities in Ukraine.

To view her new gallery on ARC, click here.

Posted November 18th, 2013

Dahesh Museum Purchases Lord Leighton
The Dahesh Museum purchased Frederick Lord Leighton’s Star of Bethlehem on Friday, November 8, 2013, at the Sotheby’s auction of 19th-Century European art. The Museum owns three other paintings by the artist so a total of four artworks by Leighton are now owned by the collection. The subject matter fits so perfectly within the scope of the current exhibition, Sacred Visions: Nineteenth-Century Biblical Art from the Dahesh Museum Collection, on view until February 16, 2014 at the Museum of Biblical Art, that the work has been added to the current exhibition and is now on view.

To learn more about this and other exhibitions, click here.

Posted November 14th, 2013

Boston International Fine Art Show Starts Next Week
The Seventeenth Annual Boston International Fine Art Show (BIFAS), starts next week, Thursday – Sunday, November 21-24, 2013 at The Cyclorama at the Boston Center for The Arts, 539 Tremont Street in Boston’s hip and historic South End. Both traditional and contemporary galleries from the United States, Canada and Europe will offer more than 3,000 original works of art. The show opens with the Gala Preview on Thursday, November 21 from 5:30 to 8:30pm to benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children-Boston.
Lady Sassoon by John Singer Sargent
In addition to the works for sale, there are several educational events lined up including one of John Singer Sargent’s watercolors and his influence on today’s artists in conjunction with the exhibition opening in October at the MFA; a panel discussion on “Rediscovered masters”, with Peter Trippi as one of the panelists talking about rediscovered 19th century artists; and a program on the stained glass windows of John La Farge.

For more information on this and other events, please click here.

Posted November 13th, 2013

New ARC Associate Living Master™ Dario Campanile

Pears in Plastic
by Dario Campanile
Born April 21, 1948 in Rome, Italy. Dario started painting in oil at age 14. He spent time concentrating on painting in classical style influenced by Caravaraggio and other great Italian Masters. He decided to experiment and continue discovering his own techniques. At age 18 he met the Italian master of metaphysical art, Giorgio de Chirico. By age 19, Dario Campanile started showing his art in a gallery in Rome called Galleria Esedera.
In 1973 Dario Campanile decided to move to California after being invited for a one man show at the Acosta Gallery in Beverly Hills which was very successful. He experienced great success by accepting commissions for album and book covers for distinguished artists. In 1986, he was chosen to create the 75th Anniversary logo for Paramount Studios. His beautiful design of the famous mountain scene is seen in every Paramount publication today.

Dario continues to exhibit his art at various galleries within the United States and presently resides in Maui, Hawaii.

To view his new gallery on ARC, click here.

Posted November 12th, 2013

Fine Art Connoisseur ARC International Salon Article
The much anticipated article featuring the winners of the International 2012/2013 ARC Salon has recently been released in the November/December issue of Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine. The issue features Joseph Dolderer’s Second Place Figurative Category winning work on the cover. The article titled The Art Renewal Center Salon: Better than Ever, was written by Kelly Compton and is a five page spread.
FAC Cover Featuring Fumiko by Joseph Dolderer, 2nd place Figurative Category Winner and Purchase Award
“Fred Ross is delighted with the ‘cross-pollination of skills, methods, and ideas’ he has watched unfold over the past two decades, while his daughter Kara admires the ’21st-century feel’ of the winning works. ‘These images’, she explains, ‘cannot be confused with any other time period’, and indeed that openness to the present is one reason browsing the Salon pages of is such a pleasure. It will be fascinating to see who will rise to the surface through the next Salon, the results of which will be announced in 2014 and illustrated in Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine thereafter.”

To order a subscription or copy of this issue, click here.

To review the ARC Salon Prospectus, click here.

Posted November 11th, 2013

Godward Brings $1,300,000 Hammer at Sotheby’s NY Sale
John William Godward’s 14 1/4 x 29 in., oil on canvas, Dolce far Niente, sold today for over $1,500,000 when including buyers premiums. The 1906 painting is a solid work for the artist, but it far exceeded the $400,000 to $600,000 estimate. The results are especially impressive considering the painting sold for $290,000 at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers only six months ago.
About the work Dr. Vern Swanson, Godward authority, said the following:

“Without narrative implications, the viewer is left to linger in this timeless place, rich with luminous surfaces of veined marble and garnet colored, Classically-inspired fabrics softly draped over the body of the maiden, who rests against plush textures of a leopard pelt. With her dark brown hair spilling over the pearly stone, eyes dreamily unfocused, the model is completely relaxed; the long curving lines of her upturned arm, hips, and extended legs are echoed in the tops of the Ischian isles along the horizon line, further enhancing the sensual scene.”

Posted November 8th, 2013

Two Shows Closing November 17th
Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Painting from the Glasgow Museums

Oklahoma City Museum of Art – 415 Couch Drive, Oklahoma City, OK 73102

This exhibition examines the thematic and stylistic developments in Italian art—from the religious paintings of the late Middle Ages and Renaissance to the secular neoclassical and genre paintings of the nineteenth century. The remarkable regional and historical breadth of the exhibition will also showcase the outstanding quality of Glasgow Museums’ collection.

Jamie Wyeth, Rockwell Kent and Monhegan

Brandywine River Museum – U.S. Route 1, Chadds Ford, PA 19317

This exhibition examines the fascination that the island of Monhegan and its residents held for both Rockwell Kent and Jamie Wyeth. Although the two artists never met, their paintings, when viewed together, depict a century’s worth of Monhegan life and landmarks from vantage points most other artists never beheld.

Toilers of the Sea by Rockwell Kent
For more on this and other exhibitions, click here.

Posted November 7th, 2013

Michael John Angel Lecture
On Oct. 30th, Michael John Angel—ARC Living Master and Director of Studies at the Angel Academy of Art, Florence — gave a lecture at the historic Tornabuoni Palace in Florence. The lecture’s title was Annigoni and the Training of the 21st-century Realist Painter. Mr Angel studied under Annigoni in the 1960s. In his lecture, Mr. Angel stressed that the training of an artist in this newly renascent Realism is arduous.
At the Angel Academy of Art, Florence, the basic programme is a three-year one, and this is followed by one of two post-graduate options, each of a two-year duration: Pictorial Composition and Portrait Painting. Even three years is an expensive undertaking and one of the main thrusts of the lecture and presentation was to garner financial support for needy students. In the old days, Angel said, an apprenticeship in painting lasted at least seven years.

Posted November 6th, 2013

Edward Minoff Wins Free Ad in Fine Art Connoisseur
Due to the strong response to the special advertising section in Fine Art Connoisseur, for the upcoming November/December issue that will feature the 2012/2013 ARC Salon Winners, we would like to announce that they have agreed to award a HALF PAGE advertisement to be used any time in 2014. The award was given randomly to one of the ARC Salon Finalists! The names of all finalists were put in a hat and drawn at random.
Untamed by Edward Minoff
Congratulations to Edward Minoff who was a finalist in both the drawing and landscape categories.

Posted November 1st, 2013

Sotheby’s Major 19th Century European Painting Exhibition and Sale

Blessures D’Amour
by Bouguereau
Consisting of a total of 87 lots, this sale includes major works by William Bouguereau, John William Godward, Frederick Lord Leighton, Peder Monsted, Jean Beraud, Daniel Ridgway Knight, and many others.

Viewing public auction presales is one of the best ways to see important works from a given period that are in private collections and are otherwise not on public view. Most if not all of these paintings are sold back into private collections and many are never put on public view again.

Exhibition: November 1 – 7

Sale Date: November 8, 2013

To view the full online catalogue, click here.

Dolce Far Niente by Godward

Posted October 30th, 2013

Richard MacDonald Exhibition
ARC Living Master™ Richard MacDonald will be exhibiting a retrospective exploration of his figurative sculpture from November 1 – December 2, 2013.
A life long passion for dance led Richard MacDonald to create a significant body of work inspired by dancers, performers, and mimes. Works such as Nureyev and Doves draw on his love for classical ballet, while in 2001 he began working with performers from Cirque du Soleil, and an entirely new genre was born. The excitement and energy conveyed by MacDonald’s Cirque du Soleil inspired works quickly won admirers – including Guy Laliberte, the creator of Cirque du Soleil. Their mutual admiration developed into a partnership that brings the world Richard MacDonald’s experience of the theatrical wonders of Cirque du Soleil: sculptures that reflect the unique, 21st century art form that is Cirque du Soleil.
Blind Faith by Richard MacDonald
Dawson Cole Fine Art – 326 Glenneyre Street, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Opening Reception: November 9, 2013 8-10 p.m. and November 10, 2013 Noon to 3 p.m.

Posted October 29th, 2013

Igor Babailov Paints The Duke of York

HRH Prince Andrew The Duke of York
by Igor Babailov
SSMAC Club of New York honored HRH Prince Andrew, The Duke of York with his portrait painted by ARC Living Master™ and ARC Approved Atelier™ head, Igor Babailov, Hon. RAA. The portrait was officially unveiled at the 17th Annual Military Ball at the Hotel Pierre, in New York City.

To view more works by Igor Babailov, click here.

Posted October 28th, 2013

Congratulations to Mary Jane Q Cross
ARC Associate Living Master™, Mary Jane Q Cross, has recently won Best in Show in the IGOR Annual Exhibition for her painting titled “Gently Letting Go”.

Accompanying the 48 x 36 inch oil painting Cross wrote the following poem which was part of the experience in the enjoyment of the work:

What stone in this life can you not hold
Visions self serving as we grow old
Leaving us drained of meaningfulness
Hollowed out with emptiness

Soften, yield then gently let go
The troubling pebbles from which we sow
Burdensome presumption of ours alone
That weights the heart as heaviest stone

Give to God the open hand
Laying down encumbrances, to solemnly stand
He pours through your fingers, to full overflow
Fulfilling desires that you did not know

Until you let go of what you perceive
From Him the best you cannot receive
So…soften, yield then gently let go
That His perfect gifts may into your life flow

Gently Letting Go by Mary Jane Q Cross
Like ARC, IGOR was founded with promoting contemporary artists who paint realistically using traditional painting techniques.

To learn more about the International Guild of Realism and our Other ARC Allied Organizations™, click here.

To learn more about Mary Jane Q Cross, visit her gallery on ARC by clicking here.

Posted October 25th, 2013