Wednesday, June 8, 2011 | Categories: Episodes
Part Two of The Current
Prodigy Art - Angela Di Bello
The artwork that has people fawning at the Agora Gallery in Chelsea, New York is by
Aelita Andre... a notable new talent ... someone who has been making waves in the art world for a couple of years now. First in her native Australia and now in North America. She travels with her parents.
Aelita Andre is four years old. And this is her first solo exhibit in New York City.
We aired a clip from her describing one of her paintings. Aelita's parents, Michael Andre and Nikka Kalashnikova are also artists and have encouraged her since she was two.
For more on how Aelita Andre's paintings are being received we were joined by Angela Di Bello. She is the director of Agora Gallery in New York City where we reached her.
Prodigy Art - Lydia Panart
Here's what Jackson Pollock had to say about his work:
It's only when I lose contact with the painting that the result is a mess. Otherwise there is pure harmony, an easy give and take, and the painting comes out well.
Whatever you may think of his work, that suggests an intellectual engagement, and emotional contact with the piece that's likely beyond the reach of even the most precocious four-year-old. So is Aelita Andre really a great painter? Is she an artist?
Lydia Panart is an architect and artist originally from Argentina. She studied abstract art with the artist Kenneth Kemble. And since 2001, she's taught art to both toddlers and adults at the Avenue Road Art School in Toronto. Lydia Panart was in our Toronto studio.
Prodigy Art - Elizabeth Smith
Picasso said, It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child. Aelita has also been painting like a child all her life. But does she really paint like an abstract expressionist?
A major exhibit of that movement is on right now at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Filled with icons of the movement, Rothkos, De Koonings and Pollocks. Elizabeth Smith is the Executive Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Gallery and was in our Toronto studio.
Other segments from today's show: