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LACMA to re-open April 1st!

Now here is something worth toasting, in Cultural Cocktail fashion! In most welcome news for Angelenos who have been parched for the arts during the pandemic: LACMA will be reopening on April 1st with advanced online reservations required. For more information on how to reserve tickets and the required safety protocols, please visit: https://www.lacma.org Flashback Photo of Cultural Cocktail Hour’s Editor-in-Chief Leticia Marie Sanchez at “Urban Light” by Chris Burden, at the entrance of LACMA.  

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In the News: Klimt’s “Roses Under The Trees” will be returned from the Musée d’Orsay

In art news, Gustav Klimt’s “Rosiers sous les arbres” (“Roses Under the Trees”) will be returned from France’s Musée d’Orsay to the heirs of its Austrian Jewish owner who sold the painting to Nazi sympathizers “for next to nothing” before dying in the Holocaust. For the full story see: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/15/arts/design/france-klimt-painting-restitution.htm Below: Gustav Klimt’s “Rosiers sous les arbres” Painted Circa 1905. Musée d’Orsay, Paris  

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Pandemic Art

LA museums have been closed for the entire pandemic, so yesterday, I took my son on a walk to see some socially distant ladies. Vermeer’s “Girl With A Pearl Earring” was my favorite! Photography and text © 2021 Leticia Marie Sanchez Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered trademark

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Flasback to last summer- Color Factory in NYC’s Soho: “Kid-tested mother approved!”

  The Color Factory in NYC’s Soho- a treat for the senses! by Leticia Marie Sanchez Visting the Color Factory in NYC’s Soho was like stepping into the whimsical novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Even before entering the galleries we were greeted with savory Mochi and once inside treats galore: macaroons, vanilla blueberry gelato, and candies! Left: One of many sweet treats on our visit: Macaroons!     But the sweetest part of the day was the stimulating visual lesson on color!   At the entrance of the exhibit was 100 colors by Artist Emanuelle Moureax.         One of my son’s favorite rooms was “Balloon Wishes” with a welcoming placard, “When you wish upon a balloon/You find yourself in this Ombre Room.” Each balloon had a delightful wish bestowed by a student from 826 NYC.    

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Flashback to last summer- Painting à la Pollock, East Hampton, 2019

    Painting à la Pollock: Child’s Painting Class and Tour at Jackson Pollock’s Home,  East Hampton by Leticia Marie Sanchez Photography and text © 2019 Leticia Marie Sanchez Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered trademark Painting with my 4-year-old son underneath the sun dappled trees at Jackson Pollock’s home as we overlooked the abundant natural beauty of the Accabonac Creek proved one of the most treasured moments on my artistic foray to the Hamptons. My son and I participated in the wonderful Imagine That! Tour and art class led by engaging art educator Joyce Raimondo. The class commenced with a tour of Jackson Pollock’s studio, where the children searched for traces of the artist’s footprints in the vibrant floor covered by vestiges of his drip painting. The children then peered through a book showcasing Pollock masterpieces that currently hang at world

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Michelangelo’s Broken Nose

by Leticia Marie Sanchez  In light of the Getty Center‘s new exhibit, Michelangelo, Mind of the Master, an insight into the maestro that first appeared on Cultural Cocktail Hour a few years ago: As a teenager, Michelangelo Buonarroti suffered a blow at the hands of a green-eyed bully. Two different accounts of the story exist. In Vasari’s Lives of the Artists, Pietro Torrigiano, an artist studying with Michelangelo under the patronage of Lorenzo De ‘Medici, grew jealous of Michelangelo’s undeniable talent. Resentful of his former pal’s new status as teacher’s pet, Torrigiano delivered a blow that knocked the 15-year-old genius out cold. In the Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini, Torrigiano defended himself by saying that Michelangelo was teasing the other artists working in the Church of the Carmine. He admitted the viciousness of his attack: “I felt bone and cartilage go

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Michelangelo: Mind of the Master at the Getty Center – MUST SEE Exhibit

Review: Michelangelo: Mind of the Master-  Must SEE Exhibit February 25-June 7, 2020  Getty Center by Leticia Marie Sanchez What does it mean to be a genius? Artists throughout history have sought to mythologize their own personas, creating an aura of mystique around their identities as divinely inspired individuals. As part his self-created flamboyant persona, Salvador Dalí drove a cauliflower-stuffed Rolls Royce and showed up to a surrealistic exhibit dressed head-to-toe in scuba gear. In Michelangelo’s case, the Renaissance maestro tragically destroyed the majority of his 28,000 drawings so that the public would not realize that he had struggled for his art; Michelangelo preferred that people believed that his breathtaking masterpieces, like the frescoes on the Sistine Ceiling, were works that he created spontaneously. On several occasions, Michelangelo ordered his drawings to be burned. His biographer Giorgio Vasari noted that

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“A Winter Walk” by Henry David Thoreau

“A Winter Walk” by Henry David Thoreau “It is invigorating to breathe the cleansed air. Its greater fineness and purity are visible to the eye, and we would fain stay out long and late, that the gales may sigh through us, too, as through the leafless trees, and fit us for the winter,—as if we hoped so to borrow some pure and steadfast virtue, which will stead us in all seasons.” Photo:  © 2020 Leticia Marie Sanchez 

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In the News: Missing Klimt painting discovered in the wall of Italian art gallery

In the News: Missing Klimt painting discovered in the wall of Italian art gallery by Leticia Marie Sanchez The long-lost “Portrait of a Lady” by Austrian artist Gustav Klimt was found hidden in a wall of the Ricci Oddi Modern Art Gallery in Piacenza. The gallery announced that experts deemed the painting to be an authentic work by Klimt. Unbelievably, while gardeners were cleaning ivy off a wall, they discovered the Art Nouveau painting concealed by a trash bag. How the painting ended up in the wall remains a mystery. Presumed to have been stolen, the painting disappeared from the gallery during a building renovation in 1997. Adding to the mystery, the painting’s frame was discovered near the gallery’s skylight after the work vanished, leading some to believe that art thieves could have entered and left through the skylight. The

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Picasso and Monets– burnt to a crisp?

 Picasso and Monets—Burnt To a Crisp? by Leticia Marie Sanchez Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered Trademark Left:  Matisse, Reading Girl in White and Yellow(1919) Ed. Note: This article first appeared on Cultural Cocktail Hour in 2016 Will she ever see the light of day? Carmelized Monet. No, this is not a trendy Crème Brule whipped up by a chef obsessed with molecular gastronomy, but quite possibly one of the most heinous art crimes covered by Cultural Cocktail Hour. Olga Dogaru, mother of art thief Radu Dogaru, confessed to using her oven to set ablaze seven masterpieces valued at between 100 and 200 million Euros including works by Picasso, Matisse, Gaugin (and two by Monet) as if they were no more than slices of pizza. Dogaru’s son Radu was the ringleader of a group of six Romanian art thieves who broke into

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