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GIRARD? GIRARD WHO?

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Master of Mud (aka artist) and former Center for Creative Studies (CCS), Detroit,  professor of art, Bill (William J.) Girard Jr., passed away in 2011. The website created to honor him is found at  https://girardsvasari.com/ Note: Most images are clickable. ------------------------------------------------------- Left to Right: Bill Girard, Father Nicholas Maestrini and collector, Bernice Kent. 1968. Behind  Kent, Girard's painting: Of Rumbling Wooden Wheels Going Through A Dusty Night The burglar  paid no attention at all to our collection of Girard paintings and sculpture. It was very depressing. My naturopath subsequently instructed me to treat this and all life issues with the balm of gratitude. She would surely be pleased to know that the burglary has taught me to be grateful for boors. Happily, at least one of the two investigating police officers could scarcely drag his eyes away from the large Girard painting, Fauvel. This made me feel much

REN-CEN GUY SAYS BILL GIRARD IS "EMINENT" AMERICAN ARTIST

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Renaissance man, Michael Curtis, has published a noteworthy - probably important - essay about my friend, the artist Bill (William J.) Girard and his work.   WORKS OF THE EMINENT, CLASSIVE AMERICAN ARTISTS: NO. 2,  WILLIAM GIRARD   Girard is the second artist in Curtis's personal list of "classive" artists worthy of such an essay!  These are artists whose work is inspired... to say the least. Read the essay yourself to glean it's scope and significance. I can scarcely do it justice here.  Adam and Eve. Detail) Artist: Bill (William J.) Girard 1940 - 2011     Artist Bill (William J.) Girard at home  Curtis's own accomplishments are tremendously impressive. For a full summary, see his online resume.  His LinkedIn profile includes the following summation: Michael Curtis Sculptor, architectural designer, historian, painter and poet, Michael Curtis has taught and lectured at universities, colleges, and museums, including, The Institute of Classical Architecture, The C

GIRARD'S DAVID: A SMALL MIRACLE IN TERRA COTTA

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  Master of Mud (aka artist) and former Center for Creative Studies (CCS), Detroit,  professor of art, Bill (William J.) Girard Jr., passed away in 2011. The website created to honor him is found at  https://girardsvasari.com/ ------------------------------------------------------- If  you wonder where this is going, think about one of the most famous pieces of sculpture in the western world:  Michelangelo's sculpture,  David .  Actually, that's misleading. That's just where it starts. Maybe. Maybe it starts with Genesis 2:7. “Then the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life…”  Loosely translated, this passage is a recipe for terra cotta: Take clay and make something so amazing that it takes on a life of its own. It's a tremendous challenge. Point is, everyone knows about that  David . So if you're a certain type of artist Ambitious Interested in tackling one of the more popular themes in art and biblical hist

GIRARD'S U of M ART EXHIBIT FIASCO (1981): JUDY IN THE STARS

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  Master of Mud (aka artist) and former Center for Creative Studies (CCS), Detroit,  professor of art, Bill (William J.) Girard Jr., passed away in 2011. The website created to honor him is found at  https://girardsvasari.com/ ------------------------------------------------------- Bummer, man. Just a real bummer. At the beginning of 1981, California conservative and former actor, Ronald Reagan, had assumed the presidency of the country. Around mid-year, the dread disease that would come to be known as AIDS was first identified in the US. And just before Christmas, our hero, artist and professor of art, Bill Girard, was forced to remove two of his paintings from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) Power Center exhibit in which he was one of the three featured artists.  One of the two paintings was MARS. The other was JUDY IN THE STARS. Article : WOE TO ‘MARS’ AND ‘JUDY IN THE STARS’  Hand dated: 12-13-1981 By Jeff  Mortimer News Staff Reporter Ann Arbor News What happened?  Well, th

GIRARD PAINTING "RIMA" HITS MARKET

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Master of Mud (aka artist) and former Center for Creative Studies (CCS), Detroit,  professor of art, Bill (William J.) Girard Jr., passed away in 2011. The website created to honor him is found at  https://girardsvasari.com/ ------------------------------------------------------- Previously unreported Girard painting hits art market - and sells! RIMA, signed and dated Girard 1995, recently turned up in an online search courtesy of 1stDibs.com . Her past is a mystery. (RIMA doesn't seem to have been part of the Allen Abramson estate collection.) But her current status looks good as a happy Girard collector has reported reeling her in!   According to the the website: In "Rima" Girard has captured a beautiful red-headed female in a dreamy pose of closed-eyed contemplation. The figure appears to be completely self-absorbed without being closed-off to interior monologue and the decorative element about her head suggests the intensity of those thoughts. The green vine that drap

BILL GIRARD: THE PODCAST!

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Master of Mud (aka artist) and former Center for Creative Studies (CCS), Detroit,  professor of art, Bill (William J.) Girard Jr., passed away in 2011. The website created to honor him is found at  https://girardsvasari.com/ ------------------------------------------------------- Every artist has a story. This is a little bit of Bill Girard's ( Podcast Part 1 ).  A homosexual when homo was a dirty word. A sin! Oh, and criminal.  A marvelous representational artist when making art with "people in it" was, like, so out-of-touch with the universe. Right? ( Podcast Part 2 ) An expert in his craft - self-taught, thank you very much - when few cared to learn traditional techniques. Loved by his students and a few, obviously out-of-touch Detroit-area collectors; ignored by tastemakers. Meet the (invisible) Motor City Master (of  Mud), Bill Girard. Thanks to River West Radio for the podcast opportunity!     Other Posts   GIRARD? GIRARD WHO? BILL GIRARD: THE PODCAST GIRARD PAINTIN