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Artwork of the Week: June 29Posted on Friday, June 29th, 2012
African American designer Art Smith frequently used symbols from West African tribal jewelry as elements in his own designs. The solid brass portion of this necklace, for example, resembles jewelry worn by members of the Asante court of Ghana. Smith’s elegant design with its curved forms emphasizes the relationship between body and jewelry.
Artwork of the Week: June 22Posted on Friday, June 22nd, 2012
In the 19th century, the wonders of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains (“America’s Alps”) and the Sierra Nevadas in California were largely known to Americans in the East only through travelers’ accounts and paintings by intrepid artists. Though not the first artist to paint these mountains, Bierstadt’s majestic paintings spurred tourism to the West and helped spark [...]
Artwork of the Week: June 15Posted on Friday, June 15th, 2012
Radio Light uses a specially designed radio transmitter to light the sculpture. The looping tubes of colored glass are filled with mercury and argon gas. The glass is placed on antenna plates that are connected to the radio transmitter by wires. Both the radio and glass need to be tuned to achieve the maximum frequency of [...]
Artwork of the Week: June 8Posted 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 1Posted 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 25Posted 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 18Posted 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 11Posted 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 4Posted 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 27Posted 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 [...]