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Art Galleries Get Wise During the Busiest Time of the Year

Kathy Leonardo | Posted 11.07.2014 | Arts
Kathy Leonardo

Art patrons scramble trying to figure out which exhibition will have the best opening and art party. Yes, there are a few galleries that choose a later date to celebrate the opening of the next exhibition, but most have not strayed from this ritual.

Two Art World Pet Peeves Collide and Break My Writer's Block

Jane Chafin | Posted 04.27.2014 | Arts
Jane Chafin

Can we raise the bar an inch or two? This isn't even good artspeak (an oxymoron if ever there were one). It reminds me of trying to fake answers on essay questions when I didn't have a clue.

2012 Holiday Gift Guide for the Art Lover on Your List (PHOTOS)

Jane Chafin | Posted 12.13.2012 | Arts
Jane Chafin

2012-12-13-arts_holidays.jpgNot in the holiday spirit yet? Check out this stunning time-lapse video of one of the world's oldest Christmas markets.

Art. Books. Art Books. Book Art: An Embarrassment of Riches

Jane Chafin | Posted 12.23.2012 | Arts
Jane Chafin

I have lived most of my adult life near the intersection of two worlds -- as an artist, diarist, voracious reader, art-gallery/art-book-store director and blogger about art and books. You could say it is my happy place -- and for the last two weeks my proverbial cup runneth over!

A Film and a Book Shed Light on the Enigmatic Francesca Woodman

Jane Chafin | Posted 11.20.2012 | Arts
Jane Chafin

Was she a precocious prodigy who began shooting photographs at age 13 and within a year was working on a mature, masterful body of work? Or was she the main character in a gothic tragedy that has reached mythic proportions? Or perhaps both?

A Fun, Informative and Oh-So-Sexy Book on Erotic Art

Jane Chafin | Posted 08.29.2012 | Arts
Jane Chafin

That's all we need, I thought -- more dry, cerebral artspeak to take all the fun out of erotic art. So I was very pleased to discover that How to Read Erotic Art is written in straightforward prose that educates and enhances viewing pleasure.

A Book About Paris Has Its Way With Me

Jane Chafin | Posted 05.28.2012 | Arts
Jane Chafin

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Duchamp's Urinal? Maybe Not!

Jane Chafin | Posted 07.03.2012 | Arts
Jane Chafin

Forget the Hirst/Spalding spat! Who the heck was Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven? If what Julian Spalding claimed was true, why wasn't that the headline? I needed to dig deeper.

David Hockney's Bigger Message

Jane Chafin | Posted 06.26.2012 | Arts
Jane Chafin

Martin Gayford's A Bigger Message: Conversations with David Hockney chronicles discussions between the art critic and artist over a ten year period, giving the reader unique access to this inventive artist's process.

In Praise of the Intensely Visual: Fishes, Birds and Artists, Oh My!

Jane Chafin | Posted 04.19.2012 | Arts
Jane Chafin

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How to Conquer Your Creative Demons

Jane Chafin | Posted 06.05.2012 | Arts
Jane Chafin

Creative Block. We've all had it. I'm trying to work through it as I write this sentence -- negative thoughts, distractions, rationalizations, avoidance and procrastination all dance before me, trying to get me to do anything but write.

Strapless: The Scandal That Rocked the 19th-Century Art World

Jane Chafin | Posted 05.29.2012 | Arts
Jane Chafin

2012-03-29-20120329Madame_X.jpg John Singer Sargent's career would go on to survive the scandal, while Amélie Gautreau's reputation would never fully recover -- she was no longer the "it girl."

Short Takes: Animated Masterpieces

Jane Chafin | Posted 05.08.2012 | Arts
Jane Chafin

2012-03-08-Screenshot20120308at3.46.55PM.png What happens when heavy metal meets Hieronymus Bosch?

Remembering Aron Goldberg; Offramp's First Art Fair

Jane Chafin | Posted 11.06.2011 | Arts
Jane Chafin

What a blur of a two weeks it's been since I last blogged! Offramp Gallery participated in our first art fair, we prepared for an upcoming show at the gallery, and sadly, I lost a good friend, artist and former painting teacher, Aron Goldberg.

Charles Bukowski: Poet on the Edge at the Huntington Library

Jane Chafin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Jane Chafin

One of the best things about living in Pasadena is its proximity to the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, and weather that al...