Sunday, January 14, 2018

RELIGIOUS ART | NEWS OF WEEK

ALPHA OMEGA ARTS
By Gregory & Ernest Disney-Britton
Detail from "Aetherium, Mountain of God" by Karen Fitzgerald, oil with 21k moon gold on patterned, prepared paper, 18”x14”
On the last night of his life on April 3, 1968, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke to an audience in Memphis, Tennessee about using imagination to replace our fear of self-preservation with concern for others. He said, "Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over. And I've seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land!" This past week, as our U.S. President startled us with words of fear and darkness, our path was lighted by the imaginative works of artists like Karen Fitzgerald, our Inspire Me! Artist of the Month.

NEWS OF WEEK from across the USA, and around the world, see below:
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Buddhist Art of Week: "Hell in Japanese Art" is a massive book, totaling 592 pages of illustrations and related texts by researchers Kajitani Ryoji and Nishida Naoki, printed in both English and Japan.
Christian Art of Week: "Michel Sittow: Estonian Painter at the Courts of Renaissance Europe" at Smithsonian's National Gallery of Art (January 28 – May 13, 2018)
Islamic Art of Week: Nabil Mousa with his painting “Burka #16.” Mr. Mousa took what he saw as a symbol of women’s oppression and applied it to himself as a gay artist
Jewish Art of Week: “Shabbat Candles” by Rabbi Yitzchok Moully
Hindu Art of Week: The young Pritpal Singh brings in clay modeling and animation influences to sculpting child-like figurines on his porcelain bowls.