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Artwork of the Week: November 1

Posted on Friday, November 1st, 2013

Spending much of his childhood in Ohio after the age of 14, Hiram Powers became very familiar with the diverse collection of Cincinnati’s Western Museum (a forerunner to the Cincinnati Museum Center), eventually performing installation work for the museum before his career as a sculptor took off. In 1837 he moved to Florence, Italy, where […]

Artwork of the Week: October 25

Posted on Friday, October 25th, 2013

A well known and common image in Japanese art is depicted on this lacquered picnic box:  wooden planks placed among swampy ground surrounded by fields of irises.More specifically, this box shows one of the three most scenic gardens of the city of Okayama. This picnic set is complete with four food containers, a serving tray, […]

Artwork of the Week: October 18

Posted on Friday, October 18th, 2013

With the ruling authorities deeming them barbaric, tattoos were banned in Japan around 1868.  Subsequently, the depiction of tattoos in Japanese art disappeared.  It was not until 1948, when tattoos were again legalized, that they began to return as subject matter for graphic arts; today they are again popular. Scottish artist Paul Binnie, who works […]

Artwork of the Week: October 11

Posted on Friday, October 11th, 2013

Part of a recent gift from donor Richard Silverman, this netsuke would have served as a way to fasten a box for belongings to a man’s kimono sash. Shorter than two inches tall, this intricately-carved piece of ivory is a ryusa netsuke, which means that it is cut through to the other side to allow […]

Artwork of the Week: October 4

Posted on Friday, October 4th, 2013

Depicted here is the Kabuki onnagata, or female role specialist, Nakamura Jakuemon III (1875–1927) in the role of Oshichi. He is joined by two assistants called kurogo, barely visible hiding under their black robes and hoods (they were meant to blend into the background as they helped with costume and prop changes during a performance). […]

Artwork of the Week: September 27

Posted on Friday, September 27th, 2013

A decanter such as this was created to serve as a centerpiece or presentation piece; it articulated the skill of the maker over functionality with its difficult-to-use bellow shape. Made by John Liddell for Mt. Washington Glass Works, this decanter has an unusual topper despite probably never actually being used to store liquid. The glass […]

Artwork of the Week: September 20

Posted on Friday, September 20th, 2013

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: September 13

Posted on Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Mary Sibande lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa. In her art, she often explores the identity of black women in postcolonial South African society. Here her alter-ego Sophie, a domestic maid that makes her final appearance in this particular work, defies gender stereotypes by wearing rubber-soled shoes and khaki fabric typically worn by male […]

Artwork of the Week: September 6

Posted on Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Odilon Redon found himself drawn to Gustave Flaubert’s classic The Temptation of Saint Anthony in 1882 because the peculiar imagery of the book was not unlike his own surreal imagination. Here we see an example of the creatures that tempted Saint Anthony away from his holy calling during a hallucination. One of more than 1,400 […]

Artwork of the Week: August 30

Posted on Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Fritz Dreisbach has had an all-encompassing knowledge and history of glass in his career as an artist, glass technician, lecturer, and one of the founders of the Glass Art Society. He studied glass at the University of Wisconsin with Dale Chihuly under the direction of Harvey Littleton, a founder of the studio glass movement and […]