The painting above is just a fraction of the panorama that is on the world’s longest painting, measuring 8 feet tall and a whopping quarter of a mile long, or 1320 feet! It was completed in 1848, and has been painstakingly restored by The New Bedford Whaling Museum of New Bedford, Massachusetts, a process which took over 10 years to complete. You can find out more by visiting their Facebook page here, or their website by clicking here.
They are in the process of digitizing the entire piece so it will be available online, and they are planning an exhibition of the piece later this year. The museum has been trying to find a place to host it, and as of last check I do not know if they have found a place or not. If you get a chance, this could be a great opportunity to see a huge masterpiece!
Did you catch the size of the painting above? A whopping 79″ x 59″! The Pastel Journal interviewed curator Emily Beeny, who states it is “Pieced together from over a dozen sheets of paper”. Wouldn’t you just love to see this one in person?!
The other exhibition is a celebration of one of the most important British artists of the twentieth century. It includes his photography, drawings, paintings, even iPad drawings spanning 65 years.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Martindale Artworks!
If you are an art lover, here are some movies, books and exhibitions you might be interested in. I have not seen/read all of these, so you may wish to check out the links for more information before attending. I am only passing these along as entertainment, not advertising for anyone or anything.
1. The younger set might like the animated movie ‘The Painting’ (2011), where the subjects and landscape of an unfinished painting come to life. You can read more at IMDB.
2. One of the newest films out is titled ‘Big Eyes’ (2014). It is the story of a husband who involves his wife and her paintings in one of the largest cases of art fraud and how she deals with it. You can check it out at IMDB too.
3. One of my favorite books, ‘The Rescue Artist’, is about the theft of Edvard Munch’s iconic painting, ‘The Scream’. It is written by Edward Dolnick and if you can’t find it at your local library, you can check it out at link above.
4. Other IMDB movies about art and artists can be found at the following link: art movies.
Kimball Art Museum, Ft. Worth, TX- through January 25, 2015: Faces of Impressionism: Portraits from the Musee d’Orsay
MoMA, New York, NY- through February 10, 2015: Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs
If you are in the Nashville area, you might want to check out the glass exhibit at the Frist Center for the Arts downtown on Broadway. It is an amazing display of blown glass by glass artist Dale Chihuly and his team. It will blow your mind what they can do with glass! It is on now through the end of the year. There is also another display at the Cheekwood Museum and Botanical Gardens (on the south/southwest side of Nashville) by the same artist from May 25 through October 31, 2010.
A few years ago, PBS did a documentary on Chihuly and his team and the work they do. It is truly amazing and very beautiful what they can do. Check it out if you get the chance!