…And with spring, comes anticipation for this year’s offering from The Froggwell Cultural Institute.
For those of you familiar with the workings and doings at Froggwell Garden, you will know that on even numbered years, The Froggwell Biennale holds court the first weekend in August. On the odd numbered years, we like to present what we call, Forgeries at Froggwell. In 2011, we celebrated the 98th anniversary of the 1913 New York Armory Show, with recreations of some of the paintings that appeared in the 1913 show. As our valiant director general of the Institute remarked, “Any idiot can have a 100th anniversary show. It takes a special kind of idiot to hold a 98th anniversary show.”
In that very spirit of having fun with the history of art, we proudly announce this year’s 2013 exhibition, which we are calling, “…From the School of: Works Attributed to the Great Artists of Art History.” To explain, I offer this illustration:
This painting was discovered in a small, dark, out of the way gallery in London. According to sources, who wished not to be named, this painting resulted from a “disagreement” Whistler had with his mother, after she declined to “loan” him the money he needed to travel to Venice, after his lawsuit with Ruskin only netted him 1 pound in damages. He later relented and painted a more accurate portrait of her, but some of his more “satirically minded friends,” thought this version the more flattering.
New This Year:
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Also from the Cultural Institute, a special exhibition of paintings from the permanent collection is on display for the month of March, 2013 at the Freeland Branch of the Sno-Isle Library. For hours and location, see here. The portion of the collection that is on exhibit this month are works that celebrate flowers. Just the thing we need after a long, dark, wet, dismal…OK! we get the idea, winter.
See you there!