BOB ROSS, HE’S NOT: If you are headed out to Gerald Peters Gallery to take in “Tony Foster: Searching for a Bigger Subject,” you owe it to yourself to read this recent feature on the artist in The Wall Street Journal. The story talks with the English painter about the daring adventures he endures in order to capture some of the world’s natural wonders in watercolors.
While painting on location, he’s been saved by sherpas on Mount Everest, nearly died from dehydration in Death Valley and been swarmed by wild pigs in Costa Rica. The results of this Indiana Jones-style thrill-seeking are actually serene, majestic watercolor paintings that the artist has compiled into the book Painting at the Edge of the World (University of Washington Press, $75). You can see examples of his work here.
The show at Gerald Peters runs through Feb. 14.
HOW’D THEY GET THAT?: Jana H. over on the Amon Carter Museum blog points us to a post on the Brooklyn Museum’s blog (still with me?) about how art enters that museum’s collection. Jana says the process is very similar to the way things work at Amon Carter, so if you have ever been curious about museums acquire their collections, be sure to check it out. It’s a good behind-the-scenes look.
Among the interesting nuggets is the admission that the museum can’t accept a piece from a donor unless the donor is also willing to foot the bill to have it installed. I suppose that’s fair enough. Otherwise, it’d be like giving your kids tickets to circus but telling them they’ve got to find their own way there.