…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.
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 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.
More to come….