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New to the Collection: Anthony Cragg, ‘Spyrogyra’

Posted on Thursday, December 24th, 2015

Spyrogyra is named for a thread-like species of green algae, a type of thin seaweed with a spiral arrangement of the chloroplasts that populate its undulating structure. While the shape and structure of Tony Cragg’s sculpture also seems to reference French Dadaist Marcel Duchamp’s famous Bottle Rack from 1914, Cragg’s playful work draws inspiration from his […]

Toledo Museum of Art Acquires Extremely Rare Oceanic Mask, One of the Finest Examples

Posted on Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

A masterwork of Oceanic art has been added to the collection at the Toledo Museum of Art. Purchased at Christie’s in Paris on Dec. 3, 2015, the mask is one of four known distinguished examples from Saibai Island in the Torres Straits and has been heralded by scholars as the most notable. The Saibai Island […]

New to the Collection: Silvia Levenson, “Strange Little Girl #7 (Nena Cuervo)”

Posted on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

Born in Argentina, Silvia Levenson is of Russian–Jewish decent. Politically active already as a teenager, Levenson immigrated to Italy in 1981 with her husband and young children to escape the opprsive regime of military dictator Jorge Rafaél Videla (ruled 1976–1981), during which members of her family “disappeared.”Her experiences during this intense and frightening time continue […]

New to the Collection: Gajin Fujita, “Hood Rats”

Posted on Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Hailing from East Los Angeles, contemporary artist Gajin Fujita takes inspiration from traditional Japanese woodblock prints of the 18th and 19th centuries, urban street art, and popular culture. Merging these diverse influences, he has created a body of work unified by a remarkable visual vocabulary that is uniquely his own. He uses a stable of […]

New to the Collection: David Hockney, ‘A Bigger Card Players’

Posted on Friday, October 23rd, 2015

Though the cheap folding card table in David Hockney’s “photographic drawing” is far more utilitarian than its painted and gilded ancestors displayed below, it still serves to facilitate a competitive card game among friends—in this case, three men in the artist’s studio, eyes cast downward and intent on the game at hand. Hockney has long […]

Artwork of the Week: July 17

Posted on Friday, July 17th, 2015

Responding to 17th-century Dutch landscape paintings, Charles-François Daubigny embarked on a career as a landscape painter. He was interested in transitory light effects and developed his technique increasingly toward a spontaneous application of paint, resulting in one critic lambasting him for “heading up the school of the impression.” From 1860 Daubigny made his home at […]

Daubigny’s Auvers, Landscape with Plough Purchased by Toledo Museum of Art

Posted on Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Auvers, Landscape with Plough, an oil painting dating from 1877 by Charles-François Daubigny (French, 1817-1878) has been acquired by the Toledo Museum of Art. Daubigny lived northwest of Paris in Auvers-sur-Oise during his later years and painted the surrounding farmlands as early 1860. This landscape painting was finished during the last year of the artist’s […]

Artwork of the Week: June 5

Posted on Friday, June 5th, 2015

Korean-American artist Nam June Paik is often hailed as the father of new media art and is renowned for his early exploration into the overlap between music, video, performance, and emerging technology. Demonstrating Paik’s signature humor and playfulness, Beuys Voice is significant in two respects: it is an iconic example of Paik’s “robot portraits,” and […]

Toledo Museum of Art Acquires 19th-century French Still Life

Posted on Monday, May 11th, 2015

A little-known but rewarding 19th-century oil painting by French artist Antoine Berjon (1754–1843) has been acquired by the Toledo Museum of Art through the generosity of a local couple. Still Life with Grapes, Chestnuts, Melons, and a Marble Cube was purchased from an art dealer in Lyon, France, for the permanent collection with funds given […]

Artwork of the Week: April 3

Posted on Friday, April 3rd, 2015

This seemingly simple arrangement engages the eye in so many complex and subtle ways. The painting is composed of contrasts and comparisons: the artist juxtaposes small, smooth, red grapes with large, rough, ridged melons. Spiky chestnut pods contrast with the sheen of a pair of exposed chestnuts. Unexpectedly, amongst these fruits and nuts of the […]