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Oct. 23 Art Minute: Hermine David, “Cressida”

Posted on Monday, October 23rd, 2017

Based loosely on a Trojan War character found in Homer’s Iliad (8th century BCE), Cressida’s modern-day persona stems from medieval and Renaissance retellings of her story as a love triangle. As popularized in works by Geoffrey Chaucer (1343–1500) and William Shakespeare (1564–1616), Cressida pledges her love to Trojan prince Troilus. After she is traded in […]

Oct. 16 Art Minute: Pablo Picasso, Les Metamorphoses

Posted on Monday, October 16th, 2017

Ancient Roman writer Ovid’s Metamorphoses, a collection of more than 250 separate myths loosely linked by the theme of transformation, provided Pablo Picasso his first opportunity in illustrated book form to engage with classical antiquity in a visually expressive, modern fashion. Though written in 8 CE in the grand style of classical poetry, Ovid’s epic […]

Oct. 9 Art Minute: Henri Laurens, Les Idylles (Idylls)

Posted on Monday, October 9th, 2017

One of the first sculptors to translate the innovations of Cubist painting in sculpture, Henri Laurens also collaborated on nine books over the course of his career. Les Idylles, a masterpiece of modern book illustration, represents the first of three collaborations with Tériade, one of the most influential and inventive publishers of livres d’artistes (artist-illustrated […]

Oct. 2 Art Minute: Henri Matisse, Pasiphaé: Chant de Minos (Les Crétois)

Posted on Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Pasiphaé: Chant de Minos (Les Crétois) is widely recognized as one of Henri Matisse’s most successful artist books. This 20th-century retelling of an ancient myth describes how Pasiphaé, the wife of King Minos of Crete, falls in love with a white bull sent by the sea god Poseidon. From their union, she gives birth to a bull-headed child known […]

Sept. 25 Art Minute: Dana Zámečníková, Theatre

Posted on Monday, September 25th, 2017

The mystery of the theatre serves as a metaphor for the universal mysteries of life in the art of Dana Zámečníková. She uses plate glass as a “canvas” for painted images, executed in oil rather than the more time-consuming and more traditional process of enameling. She overlays her enigmatic images to communicate complex layers of […]

Sept. 18 Art Minute: Sonja Blomdahl, Celadon/Scarlet

Posted on Monday, September 18th, 2017

Sonja Blomdahl states of her work, “As an artist, my focus has been with the vessel. In the vessel, I find the form to be of primary importance. It holds the space. Color is often the “joy” in making a piece. I want the colors to glow and react with each other. The clear band […]

Sept. 11 Art Minute: Mieke Groot, Vase

Posted on Monday, September 11th, 2017

Throughout her career, Mieke Groot’s work has been informed and inspired by her frequent travels. This is particularly clear from 1994, after the first of her many trips to Senegal. The form, colors, and surface of this vase can easily be traced back to the sources of their inspiration. The dryness of the African earth […]

Sept. 4 Art Minute: Věra Lišková, Echo

Posted on Monday, September 4th, 2017

In the 1960s Věra Lišková pioneered the use of flame-worked borosilicate glass to make abstract sculpture and sculptural animals. They were made by softening, inflating, and manipulating tubes of borosilicate glass (like Pyrex) with a torch. The individual parts were assembled by fusing. Though borosilicate glass is traditionally used to manufacture scientific apparatus like beakers […]

Aug. 28 Art Minute: Richard Parkes Bonington, Normandy Landscape Near Lillebonne

Posted on Monday, August 28th, 2017

Evoking a scene of pastoral serenity, Richard Parkes Bonington depicted a picturesque view in the north of France, complete with cattle, peasants, trees, cottages, and a church steeple. The gently rolling hills of the background fade into a vast, limitless sky and a misty hint of the English Channel. Although Bonington suffered an untimely death […]

Aug. 21 Art Minute: André Derain, Landscape

Posted on Monday, August 21st, 2017

“I am aware that the realist period in painting is over. We are about to embark on a new phase… I believe that lines and colors are intimately related and enjoy a parallel existence from the very start, and allow us to embark on a great independent and unbounded existence.” — André Derain, 1905 André […]