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Between the Lines: Coloring Books Can Help Adults Ease Stress, Anxiety, Depression, and More.

Coloring books work like other mindfulness techniques such as yoga and meditation, says Craig Sawchuk, a clinical psychologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Such approaches work "almost like a volume knob to turn down the sympathetic nervous system, the stress response." Coloring can help slow down heart rate and respiration, loosen muscles and stimulate the brain, he says. Coloring has a "grounding effect" he says, a benefit that can be amplified with deliberate focus on the process — "the gentle pressing of the crayon or pencil on the page, the texture of the paper across your hand, and the soft sounds of the coloring instrument moving back and forth in a rhythmic fashion," he says. Read More


Disney and Dali: Architects of Imagination
January 23rd – June 12th 2016
The Dali Museum,
St. Petersburg, FL

This immersive and enriching multi-media exhibition tells the story of the unlikely alliance between two of the most renowned artists of the twentieth century: brilliantly eccentric Spanish Surrealist Salvador Dali and American entertainment innovator Walt Disney.

Presented through a multimedia wonderland of original paintings, story sketches, conceptual artwork, objects, correspondences, archival film, photographs, and audio – this comprehensive exhibition showcases two vastly different icons who were drawn to each other through their unique personalities, their enduring friendship, and their collaboration on the animated short Destino.

Born three years and half a world apart, both Disney and Dali bore boyhood imaginations grounded in their upbringing in the 1900s, encouraging their lives, careers, and legacies to be paralleled on a profound level. A deeper look into the lives and artistic prominence of the Surrealist and the dreamer—highlighted by hand-written letters and alongside filmed dramatizations and audio re-creations—will show just how alike these two innovators were in blurring the lines between reality and dreams.

" Disney and Dali heralds a new era in art exhibitions, " said Dali Museum Executive Director, Hank Hine. " Visitors can expect a multi-sensory environment of moving image, soundscapes, and the transformative aura of exquisite individual paintings. Disney and Dali broke new ground as artists—the Walt Disney Family Museum and The Dali will deliver a brave new world of experience." Read more

Graphic Masters: Dürer, Rembrandt, Hogarth, Goya, Picasso, R. Crumb
Thu Jun 9 – Sun Aug 28 2016
Seattle Art Museum,
Seattle, WA

Graphic Masters: Dürer, Rembrandt, Hogarth, Goya, Picasso, R. Crumb features groundbreaking and timeless artists who worked in the medium of printmaking over its 500-year history, including a masterwork by one of the seminal graphic artists of our time.

With over 400 works included, it will be the Seattle Art Museum’s first large-scale exhibition devoted to the graphic arts.

Albrecht Dürer, Francisco Goya, and Pablo Picasso are among the artists who considered printmaking a primary form of expression and experimentation. Dürer’s ambitious Large Woodcut Passion (1497/1510) was one of the first projects to emancipate printmaking from book production and create a market for a new level of collector. Goya’s renowned Caprichos (1799) combined word and image to satirize injustices and corruption in 18th-century Spanish society. In the Vollard Suite (1930–37), Picasso exploited the versatility of the etching medium to create extensive variations on the theme of artist and model.

Visitors can also explore other milestone print series including William Hogarth’s The Harlot’s Progress (1733) and The Rake’s Progress (1735), as well as individual print masterpieces by Rembrandt van Rijn.

The final works in the exhibition are over 200 drawings of The Book of Genesis by celebrated graphic artist R. Crumb. This ambitious contemporary take on the historical tradition of printed book illustrations offers a fresh and original reading of well-known stories and shows how his graphic language goes back to the woodcuts that begin the exhibition. Read more

February 26th until June 12, 2016
Frankfurt, Germany

Joan Miró (1893–1983) once famously declared that he wanted to assas­si­nate painting. Today he is recog­nized as one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. With a focused solo exhi­bi­tion, the SCHIRN presents a previ­ously little-discussed aspect of the Catalan artist’s work: Miró's pref­er­ence for large-scale formats and his fasci­na­tion with the wall. From early on, the wall was the starting point for his painting – the wall as an object to be depicted, and which at the same time would deter­mine the phys­ical and tactile quality of his painting. Miró distanced himself from the simple repro­duc­tion of reality and equated the picture plane with the wall. By using different colored grounds, coarse burlap, Masonite (hard­board), sand­paper and tarpaper, he created unique visual worlds of monu­mental dimen­sions and outstanding mate­ri­ality. The exhi­bi­tion covers over half a century of Miró’s oeuvre, begin­ning with his emblem­atic painting "The Farm" (1921/22), and contin­uing with his iconic dream paint­ings of the 1920s, his key work "Painting (The Magic of Color)" from 1930, his works and frieze formats painted on uncon­ven­tional grounds in the 1940s and 1950s, to the bril­liant late works such as the monu­mental trip­tych "Blue I–III" (1961) and the extra­or­di­nary "Paint­ings I–III" (1973). With this exhi­bi­tion, which includes around 50 works of art from promi­nent museums world­wide, such as the National Gallery of Art, Wash­ington DC, the Solomon R. Guggen­heim Museum, New York, the Museo Reina Sofía Madrid and the Centre Pompidou, Paris as well as impor­tant private collec­tions, the SCHIRN opens up an entirely new approach to Miró's art. Read more

Warhol: Portraits
March 13 – June 19th, 2016
Crocker Art Museum,
Sacremento, CA

Andy Warhol’s lifelong fascination with celebrity and the art of portraiture is examined in this exhibition featuring 168 drawings, fashion sketches and paintings, photo-booth film strips, Polaroids, photographs, personal memorabilia and portrait paintings. From early fashion sketches to Warhol’s revolutionary use of media images, the power of the Warhol portrait is traced, revealing how the artist transformed this genre into the status symbol of an era.

Andy Warhol: Portraits includes examples of Warhol’s self-portraits, in addition to a broad sampling of the 20th–century luminaries who eagerly sat for him. Among the diversity featured here are the fashion scion Yves Saint Laurent, playwright Tennessee Williams, Pulitzer-prize winner Truman Capote, artists Keith Haring, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Jean-Michel Basquiat, and actors Judy Garland, Jane Fonda, and Sylvester Stallone. Evoking the experience of Warhol’s Factory, an exhibition interactive allows visitors to make their own Screen Test, bringing to life and making personal a related aspect of Warhol’s portraiture.


Andy Warhol: Portraits was organized by The Andy Warhol Museum, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. Read more

Art Quote of the Week:
" The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance. "
- Aristotle

American Fine Art is pleased to announce that we have been honored with the prestigious "Best of Scottsdale" Art Galleries award again this year.

We welcome you to visit our showroom gallery often, as we always have something new and exciting to offer and we thank you for your patronage.

The Hollywood Collection of Frederick Mellinger,

a catalogue raisonné is now available in Deluxe Limited Edition, accompanied by a limited edition lithograph, or Regular Edition.

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