Eight Days and Counting…..

…until this years Forgeries@Froggwell extravaganza.  I am almost (almost!) done with my painting, an egg tempera that is modeled on a portrait by Raphael.  I love the idea of trying to capture the style of another painter, but bring something of my own to the mix, while still keeping true to the artist you are copying.  Easier said than done.

copy of Degas' "Woman at a Window" by Anne Belov.  The Original hangs at the Coutauld Institute in London

copy of Degas’ “Woman at a Window” by Anne Belov. The original hangs at the Courtauld Institute in London

In that vein, I want to recommend a wonderful book that I read earlier this year on the subject of art forgeries, and art theft.  Everyone (well, at least everyone who follows fine art) knows of the art theft at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, MA in 1990.  To this day, these paintings have not been recovered.  B.A. Shapiro‘s novel, The Art Forger, uses this historical heist as a major plot point in her novel.  Because of a scandal the protagonist was involved in while in graduate school, she is an outcast in the art world, and so gets pulled into a scheme that involves one of the stolen paintings from the Gardner.  Unlike many books about artists and the Art World,  this one feels very accurate especially when relating the snarkiness of  those who have “made it” and the desperation of those who have not.

Meanwhile, back at the garden, Sharon Spencer, sculptor in bronze, stone, and mixed media materials is riffing on a Barbara Hepworth sculpture. Hepworth was a contemporary, competitor, and friend of Henry Moore. There is some dispute as to who put the “hole” in the sculpture first. (Sharon claims it was Hepworth, but no one is still around who can say definitively!)

Here is one of Sharon’s mixed media works:

Sharon Spencer // mixed media // all rights reserved //photo credit: Michael Stadler

Sharon Spencer // mixed media // all rights reserved //photo credit: Michael Stadler

Sharon has participated in several shows this year, both on Whidbey Island and in California, and has completed several public and private commissions.  We are happy to have her in the show again this year.

Study of Madame X after John Singer Sargent //Anne Belov. It was demanded that I do a version that did not have a panda in it.

Study of Madame X after John Singer Sargent //Anne Belov. It was demanded that I do a version that did not have a panda in it.

More to come….

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About Bob T Panda

I am just your average talking panda. I enjoy bamboo, sleeping... oh, did I say I enjoy bamboo? what about sleeping. And of course, don't forget the cuppycakes!
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