Art Renaissance Lectures

Thursday, June 14, 2018 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.

What is Modern Art?

A conversation on an impossible subject

                             Picasso, Bust of Woman, 1965

At the turn of the 20th century, a number of young artists, including Picasso, Matisse, Braque, Duchamp and others, built on the legacy of the two previous generations (Turner, Monet, Renoir, Degas, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne, etc.) to break away even further from accepted conventions. With Stravinsky’s music, Matisse’s “fauvism” and then Picasso “cubist” period, what we call “Modern Art” was born. The important change was the statement — soon to become the Surrealist “manifesto” — that artists, listening to their inner feelings and using whatever esoteric language they deemed appropriate, were the only ones qualified to decide what art was. The meaning of art and its interaction with society drifted into abstract notions or were rejected altogether. Humorist Art Buchwald wrote: “If it sells, it’s art” — recognizing that the monetary value of art, easily manipulated by the media and shrewd speculation, had become the only valid criteria of appreciation. Hence a disconnect with the public that lingers to this day.

Presentation & Slide Show by Michel Sarda

Please call to reserve your seat.  A $10 contribution is requested to attend the presentation and enjoy the beverages and hors d’oeuvres provided.

Shemer Art Center

5005 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix 85018

(602) 262-4727

About Art Renaissance

The Art Renaissance Foundation (also known as the Art Renaissance Initiative) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) out of Phoenix Arizona. It was established July 1992 as a non-profit promotional vehicle for the large work of music, entitled An American Requiem, that ARI commissioned to ASU composer Dr. James DeMars. This work received subsequent dedications from President Clinton and three Nobel Peace Prize laureates.  With an all volunteer board and executive committee, the foundation has accomplished several cultural innovations over the years such as producing the first Arizona Vivaldi Festival in 1998, and teaching French as a second language to adults through 2000. The foundation currently focuses on lectures and exhibitions of French authors and artists, and has been nominated for the Governor’s Arts Awards in 2003, 2004 and 2005.

ARI keeps in touch with its supporters and friends by hosting a monthly luncheon where guests can meet prominent artists and community members, and by publishing a monthly newsletter, “Renaissance” that develops art-related topics and provides a calendar of upcoming events. To sign up for the monthly newsletter, please e-mail Michel Sarda at