Expressionism In Germany And France: From Van Gogh to Kandinsky

Expressionism In Germany And France: From Van Gogh to Kandinsky

“Warning!  A collection of paintings by the obscure painter Paul Gaugin is advancing slowly towards Berlin.  Following on the idiot Van Gogh comes now Gaugin.”  Thus wrote an art critic for the magazine Die Kunst-Halle in 1905, not presciently, to say the least.  So much for critics!  But, if you are going to listen to them, we prefer the comments of another German observer:  “Van Gogh struck modern art like lightning.” Indeed, lightning will surely…

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Heaven And Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections

Heaven And Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections

At the Getty Villa: “Heaven and Earth” Exhibit is “Heaven on Earth” for the Viewer “Heaven and Earth,” at the Getty Villa in Malibu, is a truly remarkable exhibition exploring artistic and cultural aspects of the Byzantine Empire, based on objects accumulated from Greek collections.  This, however, is more than an exhibit — it is an exultation! On display for the viewer are close to 170 artworks, among which are mosaics, icons, frescoes, sculptures, manuscripts,…

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Kimberly Moore: A Heart as Big as Santa Claus

Kimberly Moore: A Heart as Big as Santa Claus

Here once again we at FVM Global follow Baroness Kimberly Moore, known as Mrs. Claus, on her journey of philanthropic endeavors through her Kimberly Moore Foundation and Adopt A Letter. Ms. Moore has been very busy preparing for Christmas, partnering with Edu Powered Media, winning the Women Image Network Award, and celebrating the charitable life with Carlos Slim, Robert De Niro, and Larry King. The Kimberly Moore Foundation was established as an umbrella organization for…

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Chandon Wines: Heavenly Abode, Bedazzled

Chandon Wines: Heavenly Abode, Bedazzled

The world’s biggest champagne house, Moët Hennessy had a mesmerizing launch party for their two locally made sparkling wines, Chandon Brut and Chandon Brut Rosé. As you enter through the mystical garden set with maze of mirrors and giant Chandon displays, you are greeted by garcons serving Chandon Brut and Chandon Brut Rosé. A typical French themed garden decorated with creepers, flowers, trees and shrubs flowing fluidly from the ceiling with a white decor as…

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The Magnificent Universe of Alexander Calder

The Magnificent Universe of Alexander Calder

The simplest forms in the universe are the sphere and the circle.  I represent them by discs and then I vary them.  My whole theory about art is the disparity that exists between form, mass, and movement. – Alexander Calder On November 20, 2013 we were invited with other members of the press to a preview of the new Alexander Calder exhibit “From Avant-Garde To Iconic” at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Alexander…

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Roy Lichtenstein Retrospective at the Pompidou in Paris: Magnifico!

Roy Lichtenstein Retrospective at the Pompidou in Paris: Magnifico!

In an awe-inspiring retrospective of the works of Roy Lichtenstein, which reveals the creativity, mastery of technique, range, and depth of this truly great artist, the Pompidou Museum in Paris has simply outdone itself. To grasp the true greatness of an artist, one must view as large a sampling of the artist’s oeuvre as possible and study in detail the events, influences, and forces which molded the artist.  I have been fortunate in my life…

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Michael Soyer: A Life of Passion and Compassion

Michael Soyer: A Life of Passion and Compassion

On a splendid afternoon I sit in the fashionable Esplanade Café in Paris with the bon vivant Michel Soyer, and we talk about a tasteful way to live and how to incorporate that philosophy into my stay in Paris. He suggests dinning at George’s inside the Centre Pompidou. He also suggests a Parisian drink that is the fad at the moment, the “Swimming Pool,” which is champagne flowing over ice.  If there is one thing…

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Ai Weiwei: According to What?

Ai Weiwei: According to What?

During my trip to Toronto, I caught wind of the Ai Weiwei exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario, and boy was I lucky!  Having lived in Toronto before moving to Los Angeles, I never visited the AGO, and Ai Weiwei’s exhibit was the perfect introduction. Ai Weiwei was born 28 August 1957 in Bejing China, and most notably renowned for his political activism, expressed through his art, against the Chinese Government and its stance on…

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Urs Fischer Takes Art History to New Heights

Urs Fischer Takes Art History to New Heights

THE RECONSTRUCTION AND DECONSTRUCTION OF ART Urs Fischer will certainly go down in the annals of art history as a visionary and revolutionary.  Take the commonplace, immerse it in a little Fischer, and the result is a startling confluence of reality and imagination. Works of the Swiss-born artist are currently on display in Los Angeles at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA until August 19, 2013, with Jessica Morgan of the Tate…

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Caravaggio, Caravaggio!

Caravaggio, Caravaggio!

Let there be light and then let there be darkness!  This is perhaps the story of Caravaggio, who was not just one of the greatest painters ever to have lived but also a true revolutionary in both spirit and technique.  Eight of his paintings are currently on display at LACMA as part of a massive homage to him and the many, many painters he influenced – fifty of their works are part of the exhibit…

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