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June 5 Art Minute: Charles Demuth, “The Bay, Provincetown”

Posted on Monday, June 5th, 2017

A leading American Modernist painter of the early 20th century, Charles Demuth was considered a master of the watercolor. Born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, as a child Demuth was encouraged by his parents to pursue his interest in art. He studied in Philadelphia at the Drexel Institute and at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. While […]

May 29 Art Minute: Ernesto Perriet, Bracelet in “Archaeological Style”

Posted on Monday, May 29th, 2017

Although many revival styles characterize the nineteenth century, none was more enduring nor found more sumptuous expression than antiquity-inspired jewelers’ work created in Rome. At the time this bracelet was created, Italy was not yet unified and Rome was an embattled metropolis under Papal and French protectorate. Increasing Italian nationalism may have been the underlying […]

May 22 Art Minute: Stanton MacDonald–Wright, Synchromy Blue–Green

Posted on Monday, May 22nd, 2017

“I strive to divest my art of all anecdote and illustrations and to purify it so that the emotions of the spectator can become entirely ‘aesthetic,’ as in listening to music.” —Stanton MacDonald-Wright, 1916 Synchromy Blue-Green encapsulates Stanton MacDonald-Wright’s interest in color theory and pure abstraction. MacDonald-Wright and a fellow American artist, Morgan Russell, founded […]

May 15 Art Minute: Spencer Finch, In-Between Colors

Posted on Monday, May 15th, 2017

These glowing chromatic designs by Spencer Finch build upon the tradition of many earlier artists known for their celebration of the beauty and mystery of light and color (see, for example, nearby works by Josef Albers and Julian Stanczak). Each grid design of In-Between Colors consists of one of six colors from the spectrum, produced […]

May 8 Art Minute: Frank Stella, La Lacronge IV

Posted on Monday, May 8th, 2017

Abstract paintings must be as real as those created by the 16th–century Italians. In the summer of 1967 abstract painter Frank Stella taught a workshop at the University of Saskatchewan. His time there inspired a series of paintings named for places in the Canadian province, including Lac La Ronge, a scenic lake. Stella had already […]

May 1 Art Minute: Sterlé Jewelers, Flower Brooch

Posted on Monday, May 1st, 2017

Designed to be worn high on the shoulder, this brooch has a strong sense of naturalism, capturing the feeling of a living plant. Some of the mother-of-pearl petals are even shaped to look as if they have been broken. The center of individual gold chain stamens would have moved as the wearer walked, sometimes revealing […]

April 24 Art Minute: Francesco Mochi, ‘Cardinal Antonio Barberini, the Younger’

Posted on Monday, April 24th, 2017

Though ultimately based on classical Roman portrait sculpture, this marble bust of Cardinal Antonio Barberini (1608–1671) displays the dynamism typical of Baroque sculpture. The image is enlivened by the turning head and slightly opened mouth. The silky material of the short cardinal’s cloak ripples, and the hair seems to have a life of its own. […]

April 17 Art Minute: Helen Frankenthaler, ‘Blue Jay’

Posted on Monday, April 17th, 2017

Abstract Expressionist painter Helen Frankenthaler was a significant participant in the the postwar American art scene, rising to prominence in the 1950s. By the 1960s, Frankenthaler increasingly utilized a technique she referred to as “soak stain,” achieved by painting directly onto an unprimed canvas with turpentine–diluted oil paints. The effect of the soak stain technique […]

April 3 Art Minute: Giorgio Morandi, ‘Still Life with a Bottle’

Posted on Monday, April 3rd, 2017

“I do one picture, and then I see the possibility of a new development. And so I do another and another. What is more human than to paint things made by man?” Painting still lifes almost exclusively, in which he often repeated the same motifs over and over, Giorgio Morandi stood apart from the various […]

March 27 Art Minute: Maya Lin, ‘Silver Erie’

Posted on Monday, March 27th, 2017

In the age of Google Maps, we often take for granted our ability to see Earth’s features from a height of miles. Geographical mapping and topography play a large role in this sculpture by Maya Lin. For Silver Erie, Ohio native Lin removes the contours of Lake Erie and the Maumee River (the lake is about six […]