Georgia O’Keeffe: A True Inspiration

Georgia O’Keeffe is often called the “mother of American modernism” and she decidedly deserves that title. Born in 1887, she is famous for her paintings of flowers and her New Mexico inspired landscapes and skulls against dark desert skies.

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Judy Mandolf – From Court Reporter to Professional Artist

A comforting, quiet feeling emanates from much of Judy Mandolf’s work. Soft tulips spill from their vase and dance with light and shadows from a nearby window. Windy grass-covered dunes blow on the beach with sand and seaside spray under a tower of fast-moving clouds. Intricate shell patterns jump out against a background of wrinkled sand, beckoning closer inspection.

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Eric Pfeiffer – Graffiti, Street Art and Richmond, VA

The once coveted secrecy of graffiti artists has shifted to a public area in recent times due to the popularity of artists from Keith Haring, Banksy or Shepard Fairey. However, a debate looms regarding the ideals of graffiti being skewed when the artwork appears on the walls of galleries instead of the within the nooks and crannies of a city. Does street art hold the same appeal and rebellious nature within the gallery or museum cube?

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Reflection (Self-Portrait), 1985

Lucian Freud – Naked Truth

Growing up as the grandson of Sigmund Freud must have been an interesting psychology journey to say the least. Born in Berlin, Lucian Freud fled to London in 1933, and developed a distinct portraiture style that established him as the leading artist of his time.  During his lifetime, Freud transfigured the traditional and favored European portrait with confrontational and often critical portrayals of the sitter.  His stark interpretation and particular technique influenced many of the contemporary British artists today.

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F/A-18 "Hornet" breaks sound barrier

Sonic Boom Photo

Navy Ensign John Gay captured this photo of an F/A-18 Hornet breaking the sound barrier. The picture won first prize in Science and Technology in the World Press Photo 2000 contest. Gay snapped the photo from the USS Constellation aircraft carrier. The pilot is Lieutenant Ron Candiloro.

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Damaged Child, 1984

Sally Mann Photos – Intimate, Visceral

In her memoir, released in May, 2015, Sally Mann reveals an intimate, visceral, and beautiful family history, steeped in the gritty landscape of the American South. Combining startling photographs with narrative prose, the author captivates readers by piecing together artifacts from her ancestors and their surroundings. Hold Still: A Memoir With Photographs was a National Book Award finalist and named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and others.

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Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn, 1995

Ai Weiwei – Giving the Finger to Authoritarian Governments Everywhere

The internationally renowned Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has received an equal amount of attention for his political activism as his artwork.  Ai Weiwei works in multiple mediums creating pieces in photography, film, and occasionally as a consultant for large projects such as the Beijing National Stadium.  He is known for his firm and often highly critical stance on the Chinese Government’s lack of democracy and protection of human rights.  In 2011, Ai Weiwei was arrested in Beijing and held for over two months without any official charges resulting in an outpour of support from the international art community.

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