Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The Buzz......

Artist makes art history with the Artist Creations Cookbook

Artist makes art history with the Artist Creations Cookbook
“The Artist Creations Cookbook projects are the collaborative efforts of renowned contemporary artists with commentary support from a few politicians and art business owners. Our collective goal is to celebrate, uplift and support the visual arts communities wherever they may be. My personal mission is to ensure art is an essential part of every child's life, especially those who live in underserved communities.”  -- Arthur L. Dawson
Orlando, FL -- Arthur L. Dawson is a self-taught artist who grew up just south of Tallahassee in Wakulla, Florida. He developed an interest in art at the age of seven, when he created a comic book with himself as the superhero vanquishing evildoers. As an adult, he became well known in law enforcement for his highly praised reconstructive and aging techniques for identifying missing persons and deceased individuals of unknown identity. Later, because of the influence of Lois Mailou Jones, Arthur decided to move away from forensic art and devote his talents full-time to the fine art he always longed to do. In 1991, Arthur founded Ethnic Visions, an art publishing distribution company, to sell and promote his artworks. His latest projects include the Youth Art Program created in 2006 and Contemporary Masters, Inc., created in 2012.
The Artist Creations Cookbook Collector’s Edition vol. I is an 86-page hardcover, perfect bound, art and cookbook with full color pages throughout and dust jacket. It features beautiful art and tasty recipes of 27 nationally renowned contemporary artists from the U.S., Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, Haiti, and Jamaica! Retail price is $60.00.
Arthur’s Artist Creations Cookbook is truly a unique art project. There are art picture books, books about artists, and there are cookbooks, but there has never been a book containing all three. In addition to all the beautiful food related art and yummy recipes, you will also find an artist Remarque page. For an additional fee, you can get a removable (8 x 10) original work of art.
Projects like the Artist Creations Cookbook and its benefactor, Youth Art Program (YAP) are shining examples of humble efforts to engage, educate, inspire, and motivate African American youth and adults about the visual arts. The Artist Creations Cookbook presents an epic opportunity to showcase cultural cuisine and the artwork of national and internationally renowned artist to art and food lovers across the country and around the world.
        What is the “Artist Creations Cookbook”?
It’s history……….The first book to ever feature recipes with fine art
It’s an 86 page artist reference book……….Connect with the 48 renowned artists
It’s an art book……….View the masterful works of art
It’s a cookbook……….Try some of the artist yummy recipes
It’s a fine art collectible……….Get a Remarque = Artist drawing/painting inside the book (detachable)
It’s a limited edition……….The Artist Creations Cookbook Collection Collector’s Edition
It’s entertainment………..Listen to mellow tunes by national recording artists on the cookbook (Cooking Companion) music CD  
It’s a keepsake……….Add your own favorite Family recipes to the blank pages provided and pass it down for generations to come.
Volume I of the Artist Creations Cookbook Collector’s Edition (art and the favorite recipes of artist) was released 2014. Volume II, the (art and healthy recipes of artist) with special guest celebrity chef Marvin Woods from (Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” is set for release March 2016.

Monday, January 4, 2016

The Obama's Art

Art News• Anika D.
Barack Obama white house art collection

Barack Obama white house art collection
Well, we all know that abstract art has made a big comeback on the art market, but how many of you know that abstractionism is also the favorite style of the presidential couple Barack and Michelle Obama? Unlike his forbearers, Barack Obama seems to be tired of looking at all those boring landscapes and stuffy portraits and that is why he decided to bring some excitement into the White House collection. Ever since he entered the office, Obama has been slowly adding abstract pieces to the residence, and although some traditionalists may be against his choice, we have to admit that there is nothing more American than the art of modernism or abstract expressionism. Even CIA would approve.

Barack Obama white house art collection
Barack Obama white house art collection
Alma Thomas, Resurrection and Early Bloomer by Robert Rauschenberg at the White House Family Dining Room. Photo via

Revamping the White House Walls
Even before Obamas moved to Washington their art interest was focused on contemporary art. One of their first dates was at the Art Institute of Chicago, how romantic is that? Nevertheless, the Obama couple love story isn’t on our daily schedule and we need to focus on their art collection. Before Obamas moved to the White House, the collection comprised of more traditional American paintings, but the presidential couple decided to bridge the gap between tradition and modernity, introducing some modern American pieces, but keeping the sense of formality. Over the years, Obamas have borrowed dozens of works from various Washington museums and galleries including pieces made by Robert Rauschenberg, Mark Rothko, and Jasper Jones among others.

Barack Obama white house art collection
Barack Obama white house art collection
Was it a good choice to place the Edward Ruscha’s piece about indecisiveness in the White House? I Think I’ll …, detail. Photo via

Obama Art Collection: A Special Focus on African-American Art
When it comes to the choice of the artworks Obamas wanted to display at the White House, the decision was motivated by their goal to diversify the collection, introducing artists from various backgrounds. The new collection is extended to include artworks created by African-American, Asian, Hispanic and female artists, focusing on the cultural diversity of the US art and history. Along with the modern masters, the collection is now richer for the works of African-American painter Alma Thomas and contemporary artist Glenn Ligon who has personally praised Obama’s decision to use art as a way of opening a dialogue between the races.

Barack Obama white house art collection
 Barack Obama white house art collection
Glenn Ligon, one of Obama’s favorite contemporary artists. Photo via

Goodbye Dwight D. Eisenhower
Although White House curator’s office is responsible for the selection of the pieces which will be on display at public and private spaces of the building, the president and his family have the full authority when it comes to the final choice. How else would George W. Bush be allowed to display the awful racing cowboy painting in the Oval Office? Fortunately, the art taste of George W. Bush has left the building, along with his political idols. One of the first things Obama did when he became president is to replace the portrait of Dwight D. Eisenhower, one of Bush’s favorites, with the portrait of his own role model – president Harry S. Truman. The revamping of the White House continues, and what will the next president bring to the residence is to be seen next year. One thing is certain, however. If Trump is to be the next president, all those cultural diversity efforts of the Obama couple will definitely vanish from the collection.