The Docent at the Louvre
Collection Arlene and Alan Alda
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Masters in Pieces, my variations on art history, begins with two of the greatest. When I heard Vermeer's Girl With a Pearl Earring described as "The Mona Lisa of the North", I yearned to bring the two together. I imagined the Girl leading a group of Dutch tourists around the Louvre, pausing to admire her Italian ancestor. I can. of course, only evoke their appearance -- the ideal viewing distance for my work is 3000 miles from the originals.
The Docent Series. When I realized Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring looked like a museum docent eager to share something wonderful with us, I decided she would be the ideal guide on a tour of the world's museums.
The Art Lover Series. When I saw the disciple's astonishment at seeing the risen Christ in Caravaggio's Supper at Emmaus, I thought, "that's the kind of reaction I'd like to get to my art." So I decided to take him on a tour of contemporary art, including the art of cinema. He finds it all quite wonderful.
Masters in Pieces.
Famous paintings hang together in museums. What happens after midnight? Might characters come to life, stepping out of their frames to join their neighbors in a new, imaginary museum? I call them Masters in Pieces.
The Haunted Studio. This series is an homage to the extraordinary artists in whose intimidating shadow I work and play. Beginning with self-portraits of Rembrandt, Van Gogh and Cezanne, and others, it now expands to include familiar faces from famous paintings, saints, cardinals, popes, kings and just ordinary people.
The Critters. When I painted a little still-life of two stuffed animals apparently in conversation, friends began to present me with their children's cast-off critters. A series about new friends and tolerance for outsiders was born.
Russell Connor - a new video by Nitin Madan, for element6arts (8 min.)
" .. Magically, Connor
whisks away the artifice of art history to forge some deeper connections,
and makes us smile all the while." - Eric P. Nash, The New York Times (
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