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Artwork of the Week: November 21

Posted on Friday, November 21st, 2014

Mina’i pottery, which adapts Chinese techniques, shapes, and imagery, has been identified with Kashan, a city about 125 miles south of modern Tehran, Iran. Kashan remained an important ceramic center through the 17th century. Bowls from Kashan typically depict limited subject matter, such as hunters, musicians, and princes with attendants and animals in gardens—images of […]

Artwork of the Week: November 14

Posted on Friday, November 14th, 2014

Working in a late Gothic style around 1400, an unknown artist crafted these objects of gilded silver on the island of Sardinia in the Mediterranean, which at that time was part of the Spanish kingdom of Aragon. In the sacramental ritual of the Eucharist (also called Holy Communion), medieval Christians used lavish vessels like these […]

Artwork of the Week: November 7

Posted on Friday, November 7th, 2014

The art of “sampling” underpins much of hip hop and rap music and has had enormous impact on artist Kehinde Wiley. Sampling in music is the act of taking a segment of an original recording and incorporating it into a new recording. Wiley, a native of South Central Los Angeles who studied art at Yale […]

Artwork of the Week: October 31

Posted on Friday, October 31st, 2014

Haunting and evocative, Dress Impression with Train is also a technical tour-de-force. Karen LaMonte cast a model’s body in wax to make a mold for the interior of her sculpture. She then dressed the hollow mold in an evening gown and cast it in glass to create a ghostly, translucent, “empty” dress. LaMonte chose to […]

Artwork of the Week: October 24

Posted on Friday, October 24th, 2014

As leader of the Barbizon School of 19th-century landscape artists, Rousseau combined his inspiration from 17th-century Dutch landscapes with the school’s desire to paint outside in nature. This practice of working outside would later be used by the Impressionists as well. Rousseau also added his own personal experiences into works such as this by using […]

Artwork of the Week: October 17

Posted on Friday, October 17th, 2014

In 1943 Henri Matisse began working on paper cutouts for a book about the circus. Unable to get the color he was looking for in commercial paper, he painted white paper with gouache (opaque watercolor). He then cut out the shapes and pinned them up on the wall of his studio, rearranging them until he […]

Artwork of the Week: October 10

Posted on Friday, October 10th, 2014

The subject reflects the 19th-century revival of interest in romantic subjects from the Gothic age of chivalry and pageantry. Dressed in striped tights and belted velvet doublet, the youth ascends the marble stairs of a grand terrace while taunting a falcon, which flaps its wings and snaps its beak in response. Falconry was associated with […]

Artwork of the Week: October 3

Posted on Friday, October 3rd, 2014

In a glorious, earthy depiction of humanity and nature, peasants labor in the fields, relax with a picnic, and flirt in a vast, panoramic landscape of rolling fields that give way to a distant valley and, ultimately, the faraway sea. Possibly part of a series showing labors appropriate to the different months or seasons, A […]

Artwork of the Week: September 26

Posted on Friday, September 26th, 2014

Working to balance abstraction and content, fleeting gesture and solid mass, Lynda Benglis explores how to take the painterly gesture of the Abstract Expressionists and translate it into three dimensions. To create Migrating Pedmarks Benglis started with equal-sized rectangles of clay, which she twisted, pierced, and marked in a variety of ways. She then built […]

Artwork of the Week: September 19

Posted on Friday, September 19th, 2014

The brilliant blues, reds, and greens of this “ribbon glass” bowl imitate the colors of semiprecious stones such as lapis lazuli, carnelian, and emerald. Ribbon glass involves assembling sections of colored glass canes (flattened glass rods) and fusing them into a variety of forms. The craftsman created a striped mosaic pattern by laying canes of […]