October is a month of art in New Orleans. Between Art for Arts Sake and the plethora of cultural events – much less the feel of fall in the air (finally!) that encourages us to put on our new fashions – art is all around us and it’s time to embrace it!
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This signed, 28-by-25 inch, oil on canvas Norman Rockwell painting, titled “Excuse Me,” was inspired by Rupert Hughes’ 1911 play of the same name. The piece, painted c. 1911, embodies the pastoral, family-oriented imagery for which Rockwell became so famous in the early 20th century. The asking price for this piece of Americana is over $1 million. M.S. Rau Antiques, 630 Royal St., 523-5660, (800) 544-9440;www.rauantiques.com. What's Hot: Art
Fashionistas the world over will attest that some of the world’s finest art is worn on the woman rather than the wall. This black and white Lace Wallpaper Fender handbag by Littlearth features a 21-inch recycled rubber strap, recycled aluminum, a velvet interior lining and pocket, as well as the brand’s signature use of license plates. New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, 658-4100,www.noma.org. What's Hot: Art
“Le Cavalier Amoureux,” or “Rider in love,” c.1970, is a signed Marc Chagall original gouache, watercolor and pastel on paper. This 24-by-20 inch piece has been authenticated by the Comité Chagall, the artist’s estate, and depicts Chagall’s swirling vision of love in the silent world of the unconscious mind. This painting can be purchased, price upon request. Martin Lawrence Gallery, 433 Royal St., 299-9055, 800-675-3932,www.martinlawrence.com. What's Hot: Art
Two boats rock gently in lapping waves in this nautical scene by acclaimed artist Frank Janca. This piece is part of a special exhibit, on display October 30-January 11, 2009, of 30 new works at the Walter Anderson Museum of Art. Pieces will be sold, with proceeds benefiting the museum. Walter Anderson Museum of Art, 510 Washington Ave., Ocean Springs, Miss., (228) 872-3164.
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Even if you missed the Ogden’s recent retrospective of artist Robert Tannen’s multimedia works, it’s not too late to bring one of the artist’s bold creations home. This black and white “Shotgun” silkscreen print, signed and numbered, is one in a series of the artist’s silkscreen prints. This and other designs are available at the museum’s Center for Southern Craft and Design. Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St., New Orleans; 539-9600;www.ogdenmuseum.org. What's Hot: Art
Alberta Kinsey was a founding member of New Orleans’ early-1900s art community, credited by Jean Bragg as the inventor of the French Quarter courtyard scene. This work, “Corner of Pere Antoine’s Garden, behind St. Louis Cathedral,” is oil on board and is 15-by-12 inches in size. Jean Bragg Gallery of Southern Art, 600 Julia St., 895-7375,www.jeanbragg.com.