By Marcia Lee
Today marks the beginning of “ArtPrize season”, lasting until October 7th. Whether you are interested in volunteering for this event or just want to check out this year’s submissions the Artprize website has got all of the information you need to know! This is a city-wide event for which the majority of the pieces are located in downtown venues, for a list of locations click here. Get out & celebrate our community by taking part as a volunteer or spectator!
Interested in Art? Come on in to the GRCC Library today & explore an abundance of art related resources!
Bedroom in Arles, 1888
By Janelle Yahne
Library Circulation Associate
Today is Vincent Van Gogh’s 159th birthday. So much has been written (check out the references and links on Wikipedia) about the popular painter that I thought it best to share some of the more interesting resources available. Please take some time to check out a few links and videos listed below.
Visit ArtStor in our databases to find some beautiful, high quality images. You will need your RaiderCard to access these images.
Here is a list of all the Vincent Van Gogh items in our collection including books, videos, and electronic resources.
Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, 1907
By Marcia Lee
Library Serials Specialist
Today marks the 130th birthday of Pablo Picasso. To celebrate, here are 10 facts you don’t may not know about Picasso:
- His full name was Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso.
- After moving to Paris in 1900, Picasso was so poverty stricken that he burned many of his paintings just to keep himself warm.
- . In 1905, Picasso’s work began to pick up when Gertrude Stein exhibited his work in her apartment and it was there that he met Henri Matisse – who eventually became his friend & competitor.
- Picasso’s first art exhibit was at age 13, in the back of an umbrella store.
- Picasso made a cameo appearance in the movie Testament of Orpheus by Jean Cocteau.
- In 1944, Picasso joined the French Communist party & went on to receive the Lenin Peace Prize.
- Picasso’s varied influences motivated his different periods: blue, rose, African-influenced, Cubism, Surrealism and Classicism.
- Picasso died on April 8th 1973, at the age of 91, in his home in France while entertaining guests at dinner.
- Although Picasso’s paintings are probably the most widely known pieces of his, Pablo also dabbled in printmaking, sculpting, & ceramics.
- Picasso was a ladies man! He was married twice, had 4 children with 3 different women, & countless mistresses during his lifetime.
The library has tons of other resources on Picasso, Matisse and their contemporaries in the Cubist, Surrealist and Modernism art movements.