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The San Diego Arts & Culture Weekly Review

Throughout history, societies and communities that embraced the arts often found themselves at the forefront of social and political change – decades ahead of those that have discouraged or diminished the role of the arts in their societies.  Our rich history of social and political progress is due in no small part to the active and courageous artistic community that calls Southern California home. We hope that by highlighting the rising stars of our local art community on a weekly basis, we can help increase our community’s engagement with local art and the artists that devote their life to moving society forward.

 

Gouache sketch “Luey the Surf” tribute to Rick Griffin .

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“Theater Box” is one of three Degas pastels in our collection. Particularly noteworthy about this work is that, contrary to common expectation, Degas produced few studies of the spectators at the Opéra. This particular work skillfully captures the contrast between the artificial lights onstage and the dim lighting that covers the viewer. The upper half of the painting offers magical effects of color and movement—dancers in mid-performance crowd the stage in vividly colored tutus. In contrast, the bottom half of the work is sparser but no less riveting. Significantly darker than the stage in the background, the woman in the theater box contains an enigma: is she alone, or whose arm appears to her left? Could it be a female companion holding a monocular or a glove in her hand just the same way our main spectator holds one of these two objects in her right hand? Do we dare fathom that Degas has miscalculated his perspective, or has he wryly included two perspectives the way Édouard Manet had done three years earlier in “A Bar at the Folies-Bergère” from 1882? • Born #onthisday in 1834: Edgar Degas, “Theater Box,” 1885. Pastel. 23 7/16 x 17 3/8 in. (59.5 x 44.1 cm). The Armand Hammer Collection, Gift of the Armand Hammer Foundation. Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. #Degas #DegasBallerinas

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Some portrait sketching from today but even more scraping… 😏

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Legend, oil on cardboard, 12 x 16 #sandiegoart #figurativepainting #faces

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2 Comments

  1. Wade Koniakowsky

    March 16, 2018 at 11:54 pm

    Thanks for including us!

  2. Durba Sen

    June 30, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    Thank you for the feature!

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