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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 […]

Toledo Museum of Art remembers philanthropist Rita Kern

Posted on Thursday, April 27th, 2017

The Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) and the entire Toledo community are mourning the loss of TMA supporter and donor Rita Barbour Kern of Perrysburg, Ohio. Mrs. Kern (born in 1925), whose husband, Dr. Edward A. Kern, passed away in 1987, was an active member of the Museum for nearly half a century. “We are […]

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 […]

March 20 Art Minute: Mary Sibande, ‘Rubber Soul, Monument of Aspiration’

Posted on Monday, March 20th, 2017

[My] work addresses ideas of binary opposites of ‘power and weakness,’ ‘effort and the lack thereof,’ but also complicated by ways of representing this conundrum. In her work Mary Sibande investigates issues of race, class, and power in post–Apartheid South Africa. Rubber Soul is the last in a series depicting Sibande’s semi-autobiographical character Sophie, a […]

March 13 Art Minute: Judith Reigl, “Art of the Fugue (Art de la Fugue)”

Posted on Monday, March 13th, 2017

I paint where I live and my implement is my body. After escaping her native Hungary from behind the Iron Curtain in 1950, Judit Reigl settled in Paris where she could exercise her artistic freedom. Her development as an artist progressed from surrealist imagery to the figurative form. Ultimately, she found herself drawn to the […]

Mar. 6 Art Minute: Magdalene Odundo, “Untitled”

Posted on Monday, March 6th, 2017

Art is intuitive; it is the essence of being human. Kenyan–born artist Magdalene Odundo’s style is very much influenced by African metalwork and American Southwest ceramics. This work from 1988 was created after several trips to Kenya and Nigeria as well to New Mexico, where she saw Puebloan black wares being created. Odundo hand-built this […]

TMA’s Brian Kennedy Hosts March 9 Panel Discussion on Art Education

Posted on Monday, February 27th, 2017

Two national leaders in art education will join the director of the Toledo Museum of Art to discuss challenges facing their art museums and the future of art education during “Director Dialogue: In Conversation with Brian Kennedy” on March 9 at the Museum. TMA’s Brian Kennedy, a well-known proponent of visual literacy, will be joined […]