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The White House Acquires Noguchi’s Floor Frame

November 23rd, 2020

The White House has acquired Isamu Noguchi’s Floor Frame (1962), the first work by an Asian-American in the White House’s holdings. “Noguchi’s inclusion in the White House Collection is a worthy testament to his incredible life’s work and is a milestone in our efforts to ensure that Americans from all cultural backgrounds are represented,” Stewart McLaurin, president of the White House Historical Association.
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Alex Prager Opens Large-Scale Install at LACMA

November 23rd, 2020

Alex Prager has a new, large-scale installation on view at LACMA this month, re-creating the landscape and iconographies of the annual office Christmas party. “This is a very difficult time and there hasn’t been much humor in the world in the last nine months; it’s been a lot of hatred and a lot of polarization,” Prager says. “Humor is a way to shine light on something that’s not necessarily an easy thing to experience — we can’t have these parties right now, we can’t have any parties — and this allows us to laugh at ourselves.”
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London Artists Show Works in Front Windows as Lockdown Continues in City

November 23rd, 2020

Dealing with a second coronavirus lockdown, artists in London are showing works in the front windows of their apartments, turning the sidewalks of the city into a roving gallery. “It’s a great idea and affords people a different experience during their daily walks,” says artist Maureen Harrison. “It does mean that those who would be reluctant to set foot in a gallery can still view contemporary art, and others can get their fix.”
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Edgar Degas

Dancing Examination, (1874) via ExpoDegas

b. July 19, 1834 in Paris, France
d. september 27, 1917 in Paris France

Schools
Lycee Lious-le-Grand
Ecole des Beaux-Arts 

Edgar Degas is considered an Impressionists artist. He is considered one of the founders of Impressionist art by some though his style crossed many artistic boundaries. His paintings, pastels, drawings and sculptures showed his skilled draftsmanship. 

L’Absinthe (1875-6) via Tate

Degas’s subjects changed throughout his career. He started painting historical paintings and reproductions of grand masters to contemporary life.  He captured horses at the race track, and women at work. But his focus would soon turn to dancers backstage or in rehearsals.  

Little Dancer of Fourteen Years, was probably his most controversial piece, as some saw it as hideous and while others its potential. 

Little Dancer of Fourteen Years, (1880-1881) via the Clark

Towards the end of his life, Degas became blind, and turned to sculpting. He created many horse sculptures capture their movement as well as his ballerina and women bathing.