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Artwork of the Week: June 8

Posted on Friday, June 8th, 2012

Of the “found art” elements of her sculpture, Louise Nevelson said, “I began to see things, almost anything along the street as art…That’s why I pick up old wood that had a life, that cars have gone over and the nails have been crushed…All [my] objects are retranslated—that’s the magic.” See how many “retranslated” discarded […]

Artwork of the Week: June 1

Posted on Friday, June 1st, 2012

Evening is one of five paintings commissioned from Claude-Joseph Vernet by Ralph Howard, later 1st Viscount Wicklow of Dublin, while he was on the Grand Tour of Europe in 1751–52. It is one of a set of four idealized marine paintings depicting different times of day, a favorite theme of Vernet’s.

Artwork of the Week: May 25

Posted on Friday, May 25th, 2012

For more than a decade beginning in 1891, William Merritt Chase ran a school in Shinnecock Hills on the shore of eastern Long Island for the instruction of painting out-of-doors. Here Chase has included his wife and two daughters in a vista of the brilliantly illuminated coast, with the shimmering sea in the distance.

Artwork of the Week: May 18

Posted on Friday, May 18th, 2012

Dr. John T. Biggers was a gifted, narrative artist widely acclaimed for his complex, symbolic compositions based on African American and African cultural themes. Featured in an exhibition curated by University of Toledo students, this brightly colored print uses West African symbolism to play on the metaphor of four African American women who, almost literally, […]

Artwork of the Week: May 11

Posted on Friday, May 11th, 2012

In honor of Mother’s Day, we highlight this portrait of 30-year-old Mrs. Mary Cholmondeley (pronounced in the British style as “Chumley”) and her young, adoring son—one of five children she would have with the prominent Reverend Robert Cholmondeley. Though born into a humble Irish family, Mary commanded social attention in London, where it was said […]

Artwork of the Week: May 4

Posted on Friday, May 4th, 2012

Celebrate May and the approach of summer with this charming painting of six children seated in a field making flower garlands. Not normally on view in the Museum’s galleries, it has been installed in Gallery 33 for the month of May. The Museum’s founder, Edward Drummond Libbey, gave the painting to TMA in 1912.  Evert […]

Artwork of the Week: April 27

Posted on Friday, April 27th, 2012

Ansel Adams wrote of capturing this iconic image: “I was stunned by the vision of Mount McKinley …  It is a vast, magnificent mountain, presenting complex challenges to the photographer.  At about 1:30 a.m. as the sun rose, the clouds lifted and the mountain glowed an incredible shade of pink.  Laid out in front of […]

Artwork of the Week: April 20

Posted on Friday, April 20th, 2012

For his remarkable Birds of America (1827–1838), John James Audubon produced life-size images of nearly 500 species. Standing at nearly 5 feet tall, the Whooping Crane was a challenge to fit onto the page. Audubon shows the bird feeding on baby alligators, its long neck bent to the ground. Even so, parts of the bird […]

Artwork of the Week: April 13

Posted on Friday, April 13th, 2012

The Classic Court has been closed since January for an exciting re-installation of the Museum’s choice collection of ancient art—but now it is open again to the public! This serene Egyptian portrait from a tomb wall is one of the hundreds of works of ancient art once again on view. Though no name survives with […]

Artwork of the Week: March 30

Posted on Friday, March 30th, 2012

2 Circle IV is one of a series of sculptures in which David Smith, considered perhaps the greatest American sculptor of the 20th century, explored the interaction between shape, color, and gesture. Smith worked as a welder and riveter in a Studebaker factory in 1925 before studying to be a painter. When he turned to […]