Here is a preview of the upcoming January 2012 PavTALK at the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls. One of the featured speakers will be me–Kara Dirkson of Artísia Fine Art Services. More details to follow!
The drama and dynamism of extreme weather has been a source of inspiration for artists throughout history and across various cultures–from Paul Klee’s “Vor dem Blitz” to Alton’s “Flood Sufferings” and from Turner’s “Slave Ship” to Yoshitsuya’s “Lightning Bolt.” We’ll explore the portrayal of extreme weather in art, then discuss a fascinating project in which art and the science of weather collided when, in the 1960s, weather historian Franz Neuberger examined thousands of landscape paintings from 1400 to 1967 and used them to assemble a retrospective climatological history of Europe. His findings are quite amazing. Last–we’ll discuss the modern effects of weather and climate on artwork giving special attention to recent flooding in the Midwest and its implications on the market for fine art.