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June 26 Art Minute: The Creusa Painter, Volute Krater (mixing vessel) with Ariadne Crowning Dionysos

Posted on Monday, June 26th, 2017

On this large vessel used to mix wine and water, a young warrior takes leave of his wife and returns from battle victorious. On the side pictured here, Ariadne crowns her husband Dionysos, god of wine, rebirth, and the theater, with a laurel wreath while in a cave. Around them, Pan, the god of the […]

Toledo Museum of Art presents Kara Walker’s graphic series Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated) June 17-Oct. 22, 2017

Posted on Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

The Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) has installed all 15 prints from the 2005 series Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated) by distinguished American artist Kara Walker. The portfolio, recently acquired in its entirety by TMA, features the artist’s signature silhouette figures in silkscreen layered over enlarged wood engravings of U.S. Civil War […]

June 19 Art Minute: Vik Muniz, Chuck from the series Pictures of Color

Posted on Monday, June 19th, 2017

There is exactly the point where creativity rubs with possibility that you get that heat, friction that enables you to make really amazing things. What do you see when you look at Chuck? A photograph? A clever illusion created by color chips? The color chips themselves? Or all of the above? Vik Muniz likes to […]

June 12 Art Minute: Greek, from Athens, “Skyphos (Drinking Cup)”

Posted on Monday, June 12th, 2017

Abhorred by his deformed foot, the goddess Hera, wife of Zeus, threw her son Hephaistos out of Olympus, home of the gods. Hephaistos, the metal-smith for the gods, sought revenge by making a trap for Hera in the form of a magnificent throne. When she sat in it, she was stuck and none of the […]

July 2017 Toledo Museum of Art Program Highlights

Posted on Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

Exhibition Opening The Berlin Painter and His World: Athenian Vase-Painting in the Early Fifth Century B.C. July 8-Oct. 1, 2017, Canaday Gallery This touring exhibition of ancient Athenian vase-painting, organized by the Princeton University Art Museum, focuses on the art and career of the anonymous artist known as the Berlin Painter. Eighty-four vessels and statuettes […]

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 […]

New to the TMA Library

Posted on Thursday, June 1st, 2017

In Taschen’s new David Hockney monograph, A Bigger Book, we see the British artists’s oeuvre unfurled across immersive, sumo-sized pages. A Bigger Grand Canyon, Bigger Trees Near Water, A Bigger Splash—even the Toledo Museum of Art’s own A Bigger Card Players—are all reproduced in splendid color alongside Hockney’s drawings, photo-composites, multi-perspective collages, stage designs, multi-camera video […]

Celebrating Ten

Posted on Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Glass Pavilion, artist and Assistant Glass Studio Manager Alan Iwamura designed a series of works known as the Glass Pavilion Architecture Series for sale in the Museum Store. Here, Iwamura takes us through the creation of one of these vessels, inspired by the building’s sleek curves. To purchase or […]

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 […]

App Enhances Gallery Experience

Posted on Saturday, May 27th, 2017

Our smartphones enhance our fitness, travel, and dining experiences—why not our artviewing ones, too? TMApp, the Museum’s recently-launched smartphone application, provides audio commentary, scavenger hunts, multimedia guides, and other tools to take visitors beyond a work of art’s label. Available for Apple and Android devices, one of TMApp’s special features is a series of poems […]