Library U - ART TALKS! with Gary Faigin

Sat, Apr. 29, 2017 10:00am — 11:30am | Add this to Calendar

Kitsap Regional Library’s LIBRARY U and Bainbridge Island Museum of Art present:


with Gary Faigin

BIMA is pleased to partner with Kitsap Regional Library on its popular LIBRARY U program with three presentations in the BIMA Auditorium by Gary Faigin. Gary is the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Gage Academy of Art, an artist, instructor educator, and author of “The Artist’s Complete Guide to Facial Expression.”

Saturdays, 10-11:30am | FREE

April 15: The Art-Lover's Bucket List – 10 European Art Masterworks That Everyone Should See Before They Die

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Join Seattle artist, art educator, tour leader, and art critic Gary Faigin for a lively hour exploring 10 not-to-be-missed art experiences in Europe, culled from his many years of leading art tours to capitols like Rome, Paris, Madrid, and Berlin. Faigin will share both the images and the stories of one-of-a-kind masterworks like Bosch’s terminally bizarre Garden of Earthly Delights, or Frans Hals colossal, livelier-than-life portraits of partying militia men in Golden Age Holland. While some of the pieces will be familiar, others are almost unknown and rarely visited, like the by-appointment-only Vasari Corridor in Florence. More than simply a “best-of” list, this talk is a quick tour through some of the most compelling artist personalities and stories of Western Art…a rewarding morning even for the armchair traveler. 


April 22: The Bad Boy Who Rewrote Art History – The Art of Caravaggio

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Sublime master of realism inside the studio, incorrigible delinquent on the outside, the Baroque artist Caravaggio embodied contradiction. His spectacular paintings changed art history, but his violent personal life brought his career to an untimely end. Artist, critic and educator Gary Faigin will discuss why the art of Caravaggio had such an explosive impact on painters of his time, and how his familiarity with the violent world of the Roman street made his canvases so dramatic and so real.

April 29: The Greatest Show on Earth – A Look at the Universal Language of the Human Face

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The 36 square inches of the human face that contains the eyes, nose, and mouth, has an ability to communicate emotion that is unparalleled in the animal kingdom. Gary Faigin, author of the classic reference book "The Artist’s Complete Guide to Facial Expression," takes us on a guided tour of this fascinating landscape, demonstrating how slight changes in brows, mouths, and eyelids encode and display emotion. Faigin employs numerous examples from great art and photojournalism to highlight and explain vivid faces and dramatic feelings. The new art of computer animation has given artists one more–very powerful-tool to put facial expression front and center, and we’ll look at some of their recent successes. You won’t look at faces quite the same again.


May 13: Bad Paintings By Great Artists 


Nobody’s perfect! While the skill and judgement of artists who have survived the test of time is unquestionable, even the greatest artists can have an off day, or take on a project that is ill-suited for their talents. We’ll look at ten less-than-stellar productions by painters like Tintore, Manet, and Sargent, and talk about where they seem to have gone off course, and why. Perhaps we can even learn a lesson or two to apply to our own undertakings, as to the pitfalls than can sabotage even the best of us.

Note: Not everyone agrees as to what a bad painting is! We’ll talk about that too.



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