Art Festival on Walnut Street

Time: Sept 14-16 Place: Walnut Street, Pittsburgh, PA (between South Aiken Avenue and South Negley Avenue) The best feature of the 10th Annual Art Festival on Walnut Street is that it is a juried show, which command the artists to balance between unique artistic inspiration and pop-market demand. (Sadly, the two sometimes do not converge.) […]

The imperfect perfect painter

Eric Zafran gave an interesting lecture about William Bouguereau yesterday at Frick Art and Historical Center in Point Breeze. But in the end, when one of the audience asked the question why Bouguereau was so “tasteless” from modern perspective, Dr. Zafran, while pointing out Bouguereau negative role in Academy by blocking and suppressing new movements […]

Carnegie’s Dinosaur-Age Decision

(PHOTO: Butler Institute of American Art, one of many U.S. Museums with a free admission policy.)I remember a story told to me in California about some travelers from Pittsburgh wondering around Europe, in a museum looking at dinosaur bones. One commented to the tune of “there’s nothing like this back in Pittsburgh.” Just then the […]

Parthenon Paralells

Nashville may be a long way from Greece, but the city’s Centennial Park may be as close as you can come without leaving the United States. Also, until the Greek ministry completes its program of restoration and reconstruction of the original Parthenon, the Nashville replica may be the closest you can come to the building […]

Figure Drawing at Watercolors Gallery

It was the first time I went there for figure drawing. As the event coordinator Phil said, there was no model training in the pittsburgh area and the gallery is by his acknowledgement the only one in the metro area which both provide figure drawing session and model training at the same time. “The next […]

The Arts in 1923

Earlier this summer I picked up a stack of “The Arts” magazines at Wexford General Store, an antique mall on Old Route 19, north of Pittsburgh. I thought I was going for a quick diversion, and ended up in the 1920s New York art world. How wonderful antique shopping can be! I had not been […]


eBay Title: STUNNING FOREST VIEW, SENSATIONAL ATTRIBUTION! 1870’s Winning Bid: US $5,900.00 Number of Bids: 25eBay number: 190134710763 This seller sometimes relists items that have been sold, the amount of which is high enough to wonder what’s behind those “unsuccessful” transactions. From my memory, some of the paintings have been relisted more than twice. Each […]

Size Matters

The outcome result of Barridoff Auctioni on Aug 3 proves that there are plenty of money of investors and collectors, as long as there are quality of works in the market. Most of the paintings were sold within estimation, with only a few expections such as the first lot (a 19th century painting of Hong […]