--Dan Cummins (Board President)
The Gallery Is Open

Recently there have been articles in the press that have debated whether art museums and exhibits as we have known them are going the way of the dinosaur.   Certainly today's technology has changed the accessibility of artworks and has enabled exploration of art in unimaginable ways.   New genres of digital art are engaging younger generations that view a trip to an art museum as something for older generations.  But why can't both exist?  

Google Arts and Culture's hosting of "Klimt vs. Klimt: The Man of Contradictions" demonstrates the power of a digital exhibition.  It combines artworks from around the world with fascinating stories and perspectives.  

And yet there are few things more enjoyable than wandering through a gallery and experiencing an artist's work.  It seems to me that an in-person visit to a gallery uniquely allows us to get our faces within inches of a painting to examine the brushwork, or somehow allows us to feel with all of our senses the emotion that is captured in a sculpture.

So The ArtiFactory invites you to experience Deanne Wortman's Hot Stamped Foil Imagery through our Art in the Afternoon program this Sunday November 21 at 1 PM, or by visiting our gallery.  Open weekends 1-3 PM through December 19.   And read below for links to digital art that is only a click away.
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Deanne Wortman became very interested in, one might say addicted to, hot stamped foiling after her first workshop with Professor Virginia Myers. She became one of her studio assistants at 10 Acre Studios. Upon Professor Myers’ retirement, Deanne began teaching her University of Iowa Foil Imaging classes. Deanne will talk about her work and the Hot Stamped Foil Imaging workshop from the week before. The results of the workshop will be on display in the gallery.

This event will be in the Gallery at the ArtiFactory November 21 at 1pm in the Wesley House lower level 120 N. Dubuque St., Iowa City, Iowa. Masks are required inside and social distancing is encouraged. There will also be an online presentation.
Life Drawing at the ArtiFactory
Life Drawing at the ArtiFactory
Register for upcoming sessions:

Phil Dorothy Drawing Studio
Nov. 18 - 6:30 am - 8:30 pm

Long Pose Studio Group
Nov. 21 - 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Life Drawing will not be held Nov 25 or 28.
Have a happy Thanksgiving.
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--Beppie Weiss | beppie.net

Dear Art Friends,

Speed BumpWell, sadly it’s the time of year where we artists all move indoors and get more productive in our studios. The great outdoors is unpredictable and uninviting. But at least we’re safe and warm painting indoors.

There are a few things I want to share with you. One of our drawing friends got me on to a story of a new exhibit on line, "Klimt vs Klimt." You know, the guy who painted “The Kiss.”  It is an exhibit of work and life and of his paintings destroyed in a fire in 1945. Nothing remains but black and white photographs. New technology has allowed gray tones to be read into color and we can now see for the first time the works as they originally appeared. Really miraculous. There is lots more to this exhibit curated by the Neue Galerie, New York, NY.  Go to: arts and culture.google.com.
The next story made me really think about what reasons  we have to make art. Julie Green, artist and art teacher at Oregon State, died at the age of 60. In 1999 she painted the first in over a thousand death row “Last Suppers” when she painted in cobalt blue on a white plate, “Six Tacos, Six Glazed Doughnuts and a Cherry Coke.” This started a life long series. Look up this story on nytimes.com. There is a fabulous picture of her standing in front of a wall of hundreds of plates looking like a plate herself.

Around town, there are some things of interest. In our own gallery is an exhibit of artwork created by class members of Deanne Wortman’s foil printing workshop and work of her own. This technique was invented by Virginia Myers, a former U of I printmaking professor. ...more
TAAG Studios
Taag Gallery on the east side of town has a show written up in Iowa Source, and showing some recent works of our newsletter co-writer John McGlinn.  To view this show one needs to secure a private viewing.
Small Works Show

The Small Works show at Art Domestique in Washington is ongoing until the end of December. Check the gallery web site for hours.

Last, but not least, keep your eye out for news of the Eastside Artists annual holiday show and sale. I don’t have any details yet, but will send them when they are available. Last year it went totally virtual. Maybe this year will be different.

I wish you all a happy holiday season.
Remember, the winter solstice is December 21st and all will be getting lighter and warmer after that. Do you have a community art event to share? Please send me a note by clicking here.

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--John McGlinn | artshowjourney.com
Surrealism Beyond Borders Virtual Opening at Met in NY
Magritte “Time Transfixed”
Magritte “Time Transfixed”

   “Incredible collection and presentation. Kudos to all involved, informing and educating with simple-credible dialog that prompts ideals and values. This was a gift, thank you.”
   What do I need to add! With history and many interspersed surrealist images, it is worth it to watch, skip forward, watch some more, repeat. “Opened” at the end of October this year.

26.5 minutes long
Surrealism at Met
Maurice Utrillo and Scenes of Paris by Artvirtual Gallery
Maurice Utrillo and Scenes of Paris
   There is just something about Utrillo’s work that I like very much. How many amateur and professional painters have painted scenes of Paris? I do not know nor care because he is the only one whose work I always admire and gaze at. Structure, variety of chosen details, implied textures, oh, and color are all at work to move the scenes out of the pretty tourist mode into fine art.
   If you are not familiar with Utrillo then a look-see should delight. Repeat exposure is sure to make you a fan!

15:05 but the video actually ends right after 12 minutes
Utrillo and Paris
CAI Contemporary Figurative Painting: The Ultimate 150 Best Painters Today
Contemporary Figurative Painting
Njideka Akunyili Crosby

   An interesting compilation of figurative works… with some hyperbole IMHO. Many artists I have never heard of but so what? If I like what I see, then I have a new recipient of my admiration. Since we are not often offered a survey this wide-ranging, it’s worth scanning for the figurative imagists/fans and others who want to see this outfit’s view of the contemporary figurative scene!

37:55 minutes
CAI Contemporary Issue
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--Phil Beck
November is the birth month of the 18th century English painter-engraver-satirist William Hogarth (born Nov.10, 1697), who chronicled his Age with indelible images of social folly and decay that still resonate today. A sharp-eyed critic as well as an artist, Hogarth recorded the miseries and absurdities of English urban life with biting wit and cynical detachment.

Though an accomplished painter, he is best remembered for his series of engravings on “moral subjects” such as A Harlot’s Progress, A Rake’s Progress, and Marriage-A-la-Mode. These engravings were based on his paintings, some of which no longer exist. The engravings proved more popular anyway, making Hogarth the most famous and successful artist of his era. In effect, he created best-selling “graphic novels.” A Harlot’s Progress, for instance, depicts in a series of six scenes the gruesome stages in the decline of an innocent country girl corrupted by London life—her descent from mistress to prostitute to pauper to premature corpse ravaged by venereal disease. Bawdy, morbid, and acerbic, Hogarth’s cautionary tales put him on equal footing with contemporary satirical novelists--and personal friends--Henry Fielding (Tom Jones) and Laurence Sterne (Tristram Shandy).

A 2006 film for British television, A Harlot’s Progress, is a fictionalized version of Hogarth’s creation of his first successful series about innocence corrupted by the evils of city life. Infatuated with a London courtesan, Hogarth (Toby Jones) follows her descent into degradation, nearly sacrificing his career and marriage in the process, but drawing inspiration for the paintings that will make his name from the horrors that befall her. I haven’t seen it yet, but it’s free on IMDb TV so it won’t be long before I do. And anything with the estimable British actor Jones (Infamous, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) is bound to be worth watching.

American audiences, especially lovers of classic cinema, might be more familiar with Bedlam (1946), one of a famous series of B horror films produced at RKO in the 1940s by Val Lewton (including the original Cat People and I Walked with a Zombie). More shocker than horror pic, Bedlam is a chillingly sadistic slice of 18th century life set in the infamous London insane asylum Bethlem or Bethlehem Royal Hospital (Bedlam for short). Starring Borish Karloff as the diabolical asylum director, this little gem boasts black-and-white cinematography so sharp-edged it’s like watching etchings move. No other film comes as close to reproducing Hogarth’s pictorial style. In fact, it was directly inspired by the eighth and final panel of his series A Rake’s Progress, in which the young ne’er-do-well of the title comes to grief in Bedlam, having lost his mind from wasting his entire fortune drinking, gambling, and whoring in seedy London dens of iniquity. Hogarth’s influence on the film was so strong, the producers even gave him a story credit!

Hogarth on Film:
Seen any of these films?  Tell us what you think of them, or suggest others not covered in the newsletter. Email us at “Artists in the Movies.”
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