January 13, 2013
Matisse and Picasso: A Friendship in Art (1992)
Author: Francoise Gilot
This book presents the artistic and personal friendship between Matisse and Picasso as seen from Picasso’s companion, Gilot, between the years of 1946-1954. Discussion guide available here.
February 10, 2013
The Quality Instinct: Seeing Art Through a
Museum Director's Eye (2012)
Author: Maxwell Anderson
How do we judge what is good in art? Or more to the controversial point, can we judge art? Acclaimed museum director Maxwell Anderson presents this part personal memoir, part thinking persons guide to the museum, with wit and humor, anecdotes and insights. Art Center Director, Jeff Fleming, will share his personal favorite artworks from the permanent collections at the beginning of this class. Discussion guide available here.
March 10, 2013 - Early meeting time, Noon-1:30pm
Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote
the History of Modern Art (2010)
Authors: Laney Salisbury and Aly Sujo
The astonishing narrative of one of the most far-reaching and elaborate cons in the history of art forgery is presented in this book. Infamous con man John Drewe and his accomplice, the affable artist John Myatt, exploited the archives of British art institutions to irrevocably legitimize the hundreds of pieces they forged, many of which are still considered genuine and hang in prominent museums and private collections today. Discussion guide available here.
April 14, 2013
The Art of Acquiring: A Portrait of Etta & Claribel Cone
Author: Mary Gabriel
Etta and Claribel Cone had an eye for art that was unparalleled at their time, and they left Baltimore what is perhaps the best gift the city has ever received: their collection. Discussion guide available here.
May 2013 - no meeting
June 9, 2013
Guernica: The Biography of a Twentieth-Century Icon
Author: Gijs van Hensbergen
Of all the great paintings in the world, the story of Pablo Picasso's Guernica may tell us more about the last century's history than any other. Guernica is a story of national struggle, political exile, and the power of art as a tool of protest and of healing. Discussion guide available here.