May
12
2010

I Agree with Nobody by Kim Ellery

I recently read a blog on The Splatter by TMNK (The Me
Nobody Knows).

It was called "Jerry's Knows the Average Joe." It was a story of
gratitude and friendship between TMNK and Ira Goldstein.



The story has touched me, and I wanted to see if anyone else has
any "Jerry's" stories out there! So, I decided to share my story!



Do you all get the Jerry's catalog and mailings? About four
years back I received the mailing about the Art of Carolinas. I went
out for breakfast with my family and dreamily read through the Artists
Workshops and all the incredible deals on supplies for those who enter
the golden gates of the Art of The Carolinas! I looked up to my
husband with stars in my eyes and declared that I would just DIE if I
could go to such an amazing event! ... To my amazement, his response was
"Well, how much is it?" ... That, to me, meant PACK YOUR BAGS BABY!! ...IT
WAS AMAZING!



A couple of years later, I planned another trip back to the AOC.
This year was Jerry Goldstein's 80th Birthday! There were pictures of
him everywhere wishing him a Happy Birthday. Poor Jerry! I WAS THERE…
and now I knew what he looked like! SO when I saw him approaching me,
I waited! I had to meet THE Jerry of Jerry's Artarama! WELL, I just
HAD to hug him! I mean, come on!! Here is the man who supplies me with
my addiction! Jerry just let me hug him. He patiently waited for me to
finish my ramblings about how he has changed my life by supplying me
with a store filled with toys and people who were always there to
help me decide which paint tube I should buy next, and the same people
(HI Cheryl and Ida in the Providence Store!) who would welcome me
back next week knowing they would have to endure another 20 minute
decision over which color to choose next.


Anyway, Jerry Goldstein, as it turns out, is one of the sweetest,
kindest men who REALLY LOVES being an art supplier! Jerry and I talked
about lots of things that weekend, including his wonderful
granddaughter, Heather, who had become my Facebook friend just before I
left for the AOC. I told Jerry how much I was enjoying the provoking
conversations Heather would inspire on the Jerry's Facebook site. I met
Heather in person later on that weekend and we have continued to be
great friends! (A story for another blog!) I left the AOC last year
with some great new ideas to try in/on my artwork. AND I left feeling
even more in love with the Jerry's Artarama Art Supply Store and the
fabulous family that runs it!

So in closing, here is my reason for writing this blog:

How many of you have similar feelings about our friendly, family run
(THIRD GENERATION!), fine art supply store JERRY'S ARTARAMA? I would
encourage you to write your own blog and share it with Heather (heather@jerrysartarama.com) to post
for us all to see! Nobody started this, can Everybody continue??

I can't wait to read YOUR STORY ABOUT JERRY'S!

kim ellery
kimellery@mac.com

www.kimellery.com

May
12
2010

Venus to Olympia: An Art Timeline by Heather Goldstein

 

Titian. Venus of Urbino. C. 1538 Oil on Canvas

One of the most highly acclaimed Italian painters of the Renaissance, Titian, is well known for his beautiful portrait of a reclining nude, Venus, for the duke of Urbino. Titians mastery of color and ability to please his patrons gave him great success in his practice as an artist. This particular painting has been a hot topic of discussion among art historians for many years and continues to have numerous interpretations. Aside from the title, there are a number of clues in this painting that suggest it is a portrait of Venus. The maids in the background and bedroom setting suggest high status and domestication. The red flowers in her hand represent love. The white sheet she lays on represents purity. And the dog curled up at the foot of the bed represents fidelity.

However, there is more to this painting than a beautiful image of Venus. Images such as this were popular in the Renaissance's sophisticated court circles where men could enjoy these images under the guise of appreciating classical mythology. Venus of Urbino lends itself to this interpretation through its sexualized and provocative nature, not usually associated with Venus. For one, her relaxed, seductive pose and coy tilting of the head is inviting to the viewer. There is also a dark curtain behind her dividing the canvas and leading the eye to her hand, which is strategically placed to cover herself.

This is one interpretation of this work and as we study we always learn more.


Edouard Manet. Olympia. 1863. Oil on Canvas

The French painter, Manet, sometimes referred to as the father of modernism, was definitely ahead of his time and liked to stir things up in the art world. Titian's Venus of Urbino inspired one of his most famous paintings, Olympia. However, the interpretation of this image caused quite a stir when it was presented at the 1865 Salon. For one, the technique used was extremely avant-garde for the traditional smoothly modeled taste of the academic French Salons. Olympia is painted mostly as an outline with very abrupt changes in color and a more raw, unfinished, preliminary appearance.

More shocking at the time, however, was the implication that Olympia was a prostitute. Unlike Titian's Venus coy look, Olympia stares confidently with confrontation at the viewer. Instead of a loyal dog at her feet, there is a cat with its back arched. There is also an African-Caribbean woman with flowers instead of the maids. At that time, painting black women was another sexualized reference. But of course, Manet took the compositional cues from Titian as well, such as the curtain leading to her hand that covers her, but in a more assertive way than Venus' relaxed pose.

Olympia was displayed in the last gallery over the door. After awful reviews from art critics, people attended to see this "offensive" piece of art.

Some effects on contemporary art...

Wafaa Bilal. Midwest Olympia. 2005 Photography.

This is the artist's interpretation of Olympia as a woman of today.

Yasumasa Morimura. Olympia. 1999. Photography.

Morimura is known for his appropriated images of Western art. He uses himself and costume, painting, cosmetics, and computer manipulation.
May
12
2010

Go Green with Lil' Jerry!

 

Here at Jerry's, we are very aware of our impact on this amazing planet that we live on and we want to make it easier for you to do your part as we will do ours! As you shop our Eco Friendly Art Supplies, you will notice our "earth friendly" Lil Jerry logo next to green products. These items have been chosen based on the following criteria:
- Items that are environmentally and socially friendly because of the way they are formulated, manufactured, or packaged
- Less wasteful and less toxic than mainstream products
- Safe to humans, animals, and the environment
- use materials, which are relatively benign in their 'extraction' phase, such as: reused, recycled, renewable, organic, etc.

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