What Does 80 Million Look Like?

Edvard Munch’s Scream goes on the auction block at Sotheby’s May 2 and is expected to fetch 80 Million or more.  Munch created four different versions of this famous painting. Three are  in Norwegian museum collections, making the fourth the only privately owned version. Now this rare work  is ready to find a new home.

The owner of the drawing (pastel on board) is Petter Olsen, who inherited it from his father, Thomas Olsen, a neighbor, friend and patron of Munch.  The work still has its original frame, and comes with a poem written by the artist himself, explaining how this masterpiece was born.

According to Simon Shaw, senior vice president and head of Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art department in New York, this is “One of the most important works of art in private hands”.   

Other works to be sold at the event include a self portrait by Munch and his famous Madonna. Scream however remains one of the most iconic and instantly recognizable works of art. Many believe the only painting more identifiable is Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.

NYC: For all its aristocratic past and enduring grandeur, the Morgan Library & Museum also has some of the most imaginative and lively exhibitions in the country. Yet there’s none of the circus atmosphere of some of blockbusters its peer museums generate. The Morgan’s enchanting “In the Company of Animals: Art, Literature, and Music,” recently opened and  not to be missed. 
It’s so literate and gracious one doesn’t immediately realize just how startling its objects are and haunting the theme is, examining how artists, writers and composers “used animals to think and create.”  It’s one of those exhibitions words don’t do justice to~only your own eyes and senses.

If your idea of animals in the arts is mostly a matter of Audubon prints, get ready for everything from Peter Paul Rubens to Blake, Rembrandt, the musings of Poets and anthropologists, Orwell, Virginia Woolf  and some Sergei Prokofiev thrown in.  Every creature of the world,  is like a book and a picture, to us and a mirror. (Alan of Lille, 12th Century). Through May 20, 2012.
For a change of pace head downtown to the newly renovated South Street Seaport Museum, which now includes sixteen new galleries and some fantastic restaurants.

There’s a lively interweaving of city and sea through photography, video, historic artifacts and contemporary design. Great views, Art, historic ship models,  exhibits, shopping and more. You’ll enjoy it all.

Closer to home…Got Hope?  Volunteer For Smilow Cancer Center’s Art Expression Program!

The most valuable thing one can give another is hope. Hull’s supports over 40 community and local organizations throughout the year;  NH Arts Workshop, Art Space, Clifford Beers, NH Paint and Clay Club, Dwight Hall @Yale, Hole in The Wall Gang among  others.  Now we’re developing a special relationship with The Smilow Cancer Center’s Art Expression Program, which features a guest artist (could be YOU),  who volunteers their time and talent by instructing a workshop at Smilow Cancer Hospital.

The artist  leads a small group of patients and caregivers once a month through the exploration of various mediums, including watercolors, charcoal, pencil or whatever they specialize in or choose. Art supplies are provided by Hull’s and the hospital.

For more information or to apply please email victoria@hullsnewhaven.com, or download from their website.  You may also contact Complementary Services at 203.200.6129.   It’s a wonderful opportunity and service Hull’s is proud to be a part of.

 We make art and read! This year Hull’s will take part in World Book Night…

along with over 50,000 volunteers and businesses around the world.  Hull’s has a small but unique book selection but when the opportunity arose to be a distributor (neither nearby Atticus or Book Trader signed up to participate) we figured, why not?  We loves us some good reads and our community was in need. 

World Book Night is an ambitious campaign to give away a million free books across America all on one day — April 23, 2012 — by enlisting volunteer book lovers to help promote reading by going into their communities and distributing free copies of a book they especially enjoy. April 23 was chose as it’s also the anniversary of Cervantes’ death, as well as Shakespeare’s birth and death.

Hundreds of distribution points, such as Hull’s and the famous Shakespeare & Co.(pictured)in Paris are participating.

Book givers will reach out to new or light readers,  in nursing homes, schools, hospitals and poor neighborhoods, but also in public gathering places. The event  was so successful in the UK last  year, that the U.S. and Germany joined the effort, which is supported by American publishers, bookstores and local businesses nationwide.  Its honorary chairperson, is Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author Anna Quindlen.  See the books chosen by jury. Quite a list!

Daily Savings on Your Essentials

20% Off Watercolors, Acrylics & Oils

25% Off Paintbrushes

  50% Off Winsor & Newtown Canvas

Introducing An Old Friend:  Winsor Newton Oilbars  Now 20% Off

What are Oilbars or “paint sticks”?  Paint sticks are oil paint without the brush.  They have similar basic ingredients: Pigment, wax & drying oil. But with paint sticks, the artist can apply paint with the gestural freedom of drawing – no brush or palette needed.   Winsor and Newton paint sticks use only the finest pigments & oils to ensure consistent color mixing & permanence.

Winsor Newton Oilbars have a newly expanded range of 50 colors, all of which have been reformulated for even smoother application. Experience the improved blendability & immediacy of these softer sticks. The new oilbars also feature a heftier 50ml stick – over 20% larger than other brands.

  They can be used on their own or mixed with oil paint, according to each artist’s technique & desired result.   In a word, they are AWESOME.  Discover the cool things you can do with Winsor Newtown’s Oilbar here.

Frame Your Parents, Hang Your Children, During Hull’s Half Price Frame Sale!  Ends April 15

Frame and Hang Your Family, Photography And Art Now ~ During Our Half Price Ready-Made Frame Sale.  Frames are somewhere between furniture and memorials.   50% Off finely crafted, ready made frames produced exclusively for Hull’s. Hundreds of styles and sizes to choose from; classic wood and metal, modern clip, acrylic and poster frames.*

There’s nothing like referencing a classic design to dignify a beloved subject. The longevity and design of the materials are a proxy for the longevity of the memoriesand our knowledgable staff will help you find the perfect fit.

A painting or photograph just isn’t the same without its frame.

Hot New Product:  Delightful, Collectible Fine Art Sticker Books.  A treat!

Just arrived! We love these these Fine Art Sticker books. They’re wonderful to collect, gift, decorate, use on stationery–and only $1.50!  The 16 stickers included are beautiful, exquisite quality. Made with Acid-free inks, paper and adhesives and look as crisp and clear as the original artwork. Each sticker is about 3x the size of a large postage stamp, with the title of the painting and the name written at the bottom. Perfect for gift bags or anyone you want to see smile.  Over 20 artists from which to choose. Just a few…

Blake: 16 Art StickersBotticelli: 16 Art StickersChagall: 16 Art StickersClassic Nudes : 16 Art StickersCézanne: 16 Art StickersDali: 16 Art Stickers

Artist Spotlight: Shoreline Artist Eileen Eder’s Picturesque Oil Paintings 

Guilford Artist and longtime Hull’s shopper Eileen Eder, who recently won first place in The Artist’s Magazine’s 28th  Annual Art Competition and was  featured in Best of America, Oil Artists Volume III invites one to look closer.  When we do we discover something: The magic of change and movement in a solid composition.

Eileen finds both still life and plein-air  “exciting and challenging”, painting the changing light and color of a location. “I am mindful of a strong abstract composition while  capturing the atmosphere of a location as well as weather, time of day, and season,” she says. “My ultimate goal is to develop visually interesting paintings with a sense of poetry where the viewer will be enticed to enter, linger, and reflect.”  Indeed in many of Eileen’s works we see this fully realized.  You can read and view more on her website.

She loves Windsor Newton’s Artist’s Oil brushes (natural hog bristles) . The hand-dressed brushes, which feature  hog bristles and contoured birch handles that offer a comfortable, balanced grip.  They are perfect for “close-in” work as well as easel painting.  “The flats often leave square shapes formed by the shape of the brush…I like that as a component in my paintings,  and consider brush marks a very important of the composition…it leaves a painterly look and reveals the spiritual essence or passion driving it. “

Another local favorite, BIP leaves his mark at Hull’s…

The Graffiti artist known as Believe in People (BiP)  has turned our dank alley into a canal of color and positivity. Naturally we decided to keep and not cover the work up.  The message is uplifting and color bold. We’re an art supply store after all. Visible from Chapel Street, the Yale Daily has written about BIP extensively.  Walk by and peek in–you’ll see.

We close this post and welcome Spring with the amazing and timeless David Hockney:

Panels from his spectacular current exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts:

The Road Across the Wolds, 1997, oil on canvas
The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate, drawing printed on paper

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