When it comes to ethnicity, the largest group of people in Virginia—about 20% -- trace their ancestry back to Africa, but kids in our schools learn relatively little about African history, arts and culture. Now, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts will offer a lively supplement to the curriculum -- taking children on a virtual trip to Mali, Ghana and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Some big names are gracing the University of Virginia’s art museum this month.
Lucian Freud was the grandson of Sigmund Freud, who encouraged him to become an artist. The younger Freud left Germany with his family when Hitler came to power and settled in England, where he painted a diverse group of people; from the civil servant he called Big Sue to Mick Jagger’s fashionable wife.
“He had a fascination for pregnant women, and he painted Jerry Hall and Kate Moss, who were best known as tall, sleek models, in the third trimester of their pregnancy.”
It’s been seven years since Richmond artist Noah Scalin launched a project that would bring him international fame. The mission: to draw, paint or sculpt a skull a day. Now, those works are collected in a new book that illustrates how one idea can jump start a career.
Some artists discover their true nature late in life. At 42, Richmond resident Noah Scalin says he’s always known art was his calling. After all, both of his parents were artists.
This week, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts will paint the town red, opening a massive new show from China. The Forbidden City offers a look inside the palace that two dozen Chinese emperors called home.
Chinese music, paintings, sculptures and calligraphy will take center stage at the Richmond museum when The Forbidden City show opens Saturday, October 18. Director Alex Nyerges has been to the real thing many times to marvel at 1.8 million works of art on its walls and grounds.