Sunday, March 28, 2010

"Swimming Dogs" - Silent Auction on Facebook

NOW in progress -

The third online Silent Auction of a Marie Mason painting began Friday, March 26 at 8:00 a.m. CST. You can enter your bid as a Comment.

Bidding will end Friday, April 2 at 6 p.m. CST. Winner will be contacted via Facebook about payment and delivery (FedEx shipping charge of $20.00 will be added at time of payment).

Half the proceeds from the winning bid will be donated to the Nebraska Humane Society, Omaha, NE.

You will need to be a Facebook member to participate. The address is

Type: Causes - Fundraiser for the Nebraska Humane Society
Start Time: Friday, March 26, 2010 at 8:00am
End Time: Friday, April 2, 2010 at 6:00pm
Location: Bella Company Facebook Page


"Swimming Dogs" © 2009;
acrylic on 100% cotton rag paper;
approx. size: 25" h. x 32" w.
Retail value: $450.00
Bidding begins: Friday, March 26, 2010 at 8:00 a.m. CST
Required opening bid: $100.00
Bid increment minimum: $10.00
Bidding ends: Friday, April 2, 2010 at 6:00 p.m CST

This information was brought to my attention by Joan Papineau who says Marie Mason's work is great and can be viewed at her shop in Weston, Missouri.

"New Lights On Picasso"

Carolyn Benton Cockefair Chair – Pierson Auditorium

Mark your calendar.

Kansas City, MO     Art historians John Richardson and Giljs Van Hensenberg will present "New Lights on Picasso" on April 28, 2010, in the UMKC University Center’s Pierson Auditorium, 5000 Holmes Rd., Kansas City, Mo.

Instructor Carolyn Benton Cockefair believed that everyone – not just traditional college-age students – should continue learning. In honor of this sentiment, the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) is hosting its 44th annual Carolyn Benton Cockefair Continuing Education Series. As part of this year’s series, “New Lights on Picasso” will be the keynote speech.

The public is invited and admission is free. Reservations are needed and may be made after April 1 at or by calling (816) 235-6222.

Born in London, Richardson has worked as an industrial designer, art and ballet critic and head of art auctioneer Christie’s U.S. operations. He became a close friend of Pablo Picasso in 1950s France, where he established a private museum of Cubism near Avignon. He has since become the preeminent Picasso biographer. His four-volume biography, “A Life of Picasso,” has garnered wide acclaim, including England’s prestigious Whitbread Prize, and critics hailed the third volume as the best life of an artist ever written. He has also published a memoir, “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” a collection of essays titled “Sacred Monsters, Sacred Masters” and books on Manet and Braque.

An art historian and author, van Hensbergen has written for The Wall Street Journal and Burlington Magazine and has appeared on BBC Radio and the Discovery Channel. In addition to his collaboration with Richardson on the fourth volume of the Picasso biography, van Hensbergen wrote the critically-acclaimed “Antoni Gaudi: The Biography" and "Guernica: The Biography of a 20th Century Icon.”

Throughout her 17 years at the University, Cockefair drew a following from students and non-credited students who were attracted to her Socratic style of teaching and her ability to link history to current events.

The series, formed in 1966 by Cockefair’s former students, has brought such intellectuals as Tess Gallagher, James Michener, Jeane Kirkpatrick, John Updike and Tom Wolfe to Kansas City. Its purpose is to continue what Cockefair started when she first came to the then University of Kansas City in 1947.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience.

This information is available to people with speech or hearing impairments by calling Relay Missouri at (800) 735-2966 (TT) or (800) 735-2466 (voice).
This information was provided by
Laura Byerley
(816) 235-1592;

Thanks, Laura

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Expressions of Brush and Ink: Literati and Chan (Zen) Painting in China and Japan

A new Rotation at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art features work of seminal historical importance to Chinese painting, now through August 8.

A rare Chinese scroll by Qiao Zhongchang is part of the current rotation of Chinese and Japanese paintings at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri: Expressions of Brush and Ink: Literati and Chan (Zen) Painting in China and Japan.

The exhibition offers 23 paintings including Qiao Zhongchang’s Illustration to the Second Prose Poem on the Red Cliff, considered of seminal importance in the history of Chinese painting.

The hand scroll, which dates from the 11th to early 12th century, has not been on view at the Museum for 10 years. Its acquisition was announced at the beginning of the Museum’s 50th anniversary in 1983. The Museum is currently celebrating its 75th Anniversary with a capstone exhibition of gifts of art, Magnificent Gifts for the 75th.

Sixteen of the paintings in the Chinese and Japanese painting exhibition were acquired during the 39-year Museum career of Marc F. Wilson, who became the Menefee D. and Mary Louise Blackwell Director/CEO in 1982.

When the 1983 acquisition of the Red Cliff scroll was announced, Wilson said of the work: “If I acquired no other Chinese painting in my entire career, I could still be happy that I acquired this.” Today, he stands by the statement and reflects: “The Red Cliff is not easy to understand immediately in visual terms, but the payoff when you finally do get it is mind boggling. It is an exceptional work of art that is conceptually so beyond anything else of its kind that it is beyond classification concepts of ‘good, better, best.’”

Red Cliff was the site of a decisive battle in 208/9 at the end of the Han dynasty prior to the beginning of the Three Kingdoms. It has become a major tourist attraction southwest of present day Wuhan on the Yangtze River in southern China. The battle was the subject of a two-part movie, "Red Cliff," released in 2008 and 2009. The Nelson-Atkins’ 18-foot-long scroll depicts the story of the poet Su Shih entertaining friends in the area some 900 years after that battle.

The Museum’s Red Cliff hand scroll is the earliest and finest surviving example of a new and revolutionary approach to painting. It encapsulates the provocative idea promoted by a group of highly educated painters during the late 11th and early 12th centuries that painting was no longer exclusively or even primarily about realism, but should consciously express the intellectual beliefs and artistic personality of the painter. This notion not only changed the course of Chinese painting and art criticism, but was also the first time in the history of art that artistic personality was so explicitly emphasized.

The exhibition Expressions of Brush and Ink, which explores the use of brushwork in Chinese and Japanese ink paintings, was curated by Ling-en Lu, Assistant Curator of Chinese Art, with assistance from Colin MacKenzie, Senior Curator of Chinese Art.

“Brushwork was much more than a descriptive device for these artists. It was a vehicle by which painters expressed their artistic personality,” Lu said. “The exhibition contains many examples of varied styles of brushwork and their artistic effects.”

Taigu Yimin’s Traveling Among Streams and Mountains was painted in the 13th century when North China was under foreign domination and suggests a nostalgic vision of a harmonious never-never land in which the artist could find a spiritual sanctuary.

Hon’ami Koetsu’s Nine poems from the Shui wakashu uses a graceful cursive calligraphy that evokes the court style of the time in Japan: soft, pliant and flowing ink brushstrokes written on a paper printed with opulent floral designs.

Gong Xian’s 30-foot long Landscape in the Manner of Dong Yuan, painted in the 17th century, anticipates the pointillist style of French impressionists in its use of layered strokes
and dots to construct forms, but brushed purely in shades of monochromatic ink, produces a much more somber and melancholic vision of the world.

A gift from Wilson and his wife, Elizabeth, is also on view, Chan (Zen) Wisdom by Jian Zhaoshen who was a former vice-director at the National Palace Museum in Taiwan and modern literati painter. It consists of two Chinese characters: Chan and Hui, meaning wisdom of Chan (Zen).

The Rotation will be available for view through Aug. 8, 2010.

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
The Nelson-Atkins in Kansas City is recognized nationally and internationally as one of America’s finest art museums. The Nelson-Atkins serves the community by providing access and insight into its renowned collection of more than 33,500 art objects and is best known for its Asian art, European and American paintings, photography and modern sculpture. Housing a major art research library and the Ford Learning Center, the Museum is a key educational resource for the region.
The institution-wide transformation of the Nelson-Atkins has included the 165,000-square-foot Bloch Building expansion, renovation of the original 1933 Nelson-Atkins Building, and re-installation of the European, American and American Indian art galleries. It continues with installation of new Egyptian galleries and renovation of Chinese galleries.

The Nelson-Atkins is located at 45th and Oak Streets, Kansas City, MO. Hours are Wednesday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; Thursday/Friday, 10 a.m.–9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sunday, Noon–5 p.m. Admission to the Museum is free to everyone. For Museum information, phone 816.751.1ART (1278) or visit