Courses / Art, Music, Dance and Film / ARTISTS & THEIR WORK

Coordinators: Linda Downs, Lynnel Garabedian, Bob Reiss

This semester’s theme is spirituality in modern art, a subject that was originally thought to have vanished from art in the Western World after WW I. Four artists will be presented on this theme: Salvador Dali, Vassily Kandinsky, Andy Goldsworthy and Edward Hopper. In addition, two presentations from last Spring (on the artists Alice Schille and Paul Klee) will be given as well.

B WEEK / TUESDAY / 10:30am to 12:00pm

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Tuesday, September 15, 10:30 – 12:00

Salvador Dali

Presenter: Lynnel Garabedian

Salvador Dali (1904 – 1989) was a Spanish artist who produced art works in many different genres over the course of a long career, but became famous at an early age for his surrealist paintings.  He was imaginative and daring in the subjects of his artistic output and renowned for his skilled painting virtuosity and for his development of new artistic techniques.

Tuesday, September 29, 10:30 – 12:00

Wassily Kandinsky

Presenter: Bob Reiss

Wassily Kandinsky’s (1866 – 1944) creation of abstract work followed a long period of development and maturation of intense thought based on his artistic experiences. He called this devotion to inner beauty, fervor of spirit, and spiritual desire, inner necessity; it was a central aspect of his art.

Tuesday, October 13, 10:30 – 12:00

Alice Schille

Presenter: Roy Clary

Alice Schille (1869-1955) was born in Columbus, Ohio. Primarily a watercolorist, her painting style revealed a growing confidence with modernist principles of formal abstraction and experimentation including flattened decorative pictorial design animated with vibrant color.

Tuesday, October 27, 10:30 – 12:00

Paul Klee

Presenter: Sol Makon

Throughout his life, the artist Paul Klee (1879 – 1940) blended diverse characteristics of successive 20th Century art movements, to create his own distinctive signature style of painting and drawing. Klee’s growth as an artist is explored, and through the use of short film clips, dedicated Paul Klee art critics analyze, in detail, paintings realized at different stages of his career.

Tuesday, November 10, 10:30 – 12:00

Andy Goldsworthy

Presenter: Ann Goerdt

Andy Goldsworthy (1956 – ) uses natural materials such as leaves, stones, or ice to remind us of creation, passage of time, and decay. He touches nature to create new patterns, or sculptures, some more fragile than others, and then leaves them all to the forces of nature.

Tuesday, December 8, 10:30 – 12:00

Edward Hopper

Presenter: Ellen Shapiro

Edward Hopper (1882-1967), a poet in paint of solitude, is the painter for today’s pandemic times. As years passed, he honed down all non-essential details to create iconic paintings and etchings that evoke moods. By painting unnoticed spaces–lobbies, offices, coffee shops–he captured both the momentary and the eternal.


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