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May 22 Art Minute: Stanton MacDonald–Wright, Synchromy Blue–Green

Posted on Monday, May 22nd, 2017

“I strive to divest my art of all anecdote and illustrations and to purify it so that the emotions of the spectator can become entirely ‘aesthetic,’ as in listening to music.” —Stanton MacDonald-Wright, 1916 Synchromy Blue-Green encapsulates Stanton MacDonald-Wright’s interest in color theory and pure abstraction. MacDonald-Wright and a fellow American artist, Morgan Russell, founded […]

2,500 Years Later, an Anonymous Artist Gets His Due

Posted on Saturday, May 20th, 2017

Though we can’t be certain of the details, he probably spent his days caked in clay. Maybe he talked about politics, or Persians, or his partner with the other men in the workshop. Wiped the sweat off his brow from the heat of the kiln and the long hours of labor. Stood, crouched, or sat—depending on […]

May 15 Art Minute: Spencer Finch, In-Between Colors

Posted on Monday, May 15th, 2017

These glowing chromatic designs by Spencer Finch build upon the tradition of many earlier artists known for their celebration of the beauty and mystery of light and color (see, for example, nearby works by Josef Albers and Julian Stanczak). Each grid design of In-Between Colors consists of one of six colors from the spectrum, produced […]

Color Focus of New Show

Posted on Saturday, May 13th, 2017

The singular power of color and its astonishing ability to produce a range of psychological and perceptual effects is the focus of the exhibition Color Across the Spectrum, on view May 13 to July 30 in the Wolfe Gallery Mezzanine. The show is one of the first in a new initiative to display the Museum’s […]

Toledo Museum of Art presents The Berlin Painter and His World: Athenian Vase-Painting in the Early Fifth Century B.C. July 8-Oct. 1, 2017

Posted on Thursday, May 11th, 2017

The first major museum exhibition focused on the art and career of the influential ancient Mediterranean artist known as the Berlin Painter will visit the Toledo Museum of Art July 8 through Oct. 1, 2017. Eighty-four vessels and statuettes of bronze and terracotta from the early fifth century B.C. will be shown – including dozens […]

May 8 Art Minute: Frank Stella, La Lacronge IV

Posted on Monday, May 8th, 2017

Abstract paintings must be as real as those created by the 16th–century Italians. In the summer of 1967 abstract painter Frank Stella taught a workshop at the University of Saskatchewan. His time there inspired a series of paintings named for places in the Canadian province, including Lac La Ronge, a scenic lake. Stella had already […]

TMA’s Annual Block Party Takes Over Campus July 8

Posted on Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

For the Toledo Museum of Art’s fourth annual Block Party—which draws together the area’s entertainment, food, and music purveyors for a celebration of summer—you are invited to join thousands of party-goers to enjoy the 36-acre campus on Saturday, July 8 from 6 to 10 p.m. The festivities are spread out across Monroe Street, which will […]

May 2017 Toledo Museum of Art Program Highlights

Posted on Monday, May 1st, 2017

Exhibition Opening Color Across the Spectrum May 13-July 30, 2017, Wolfe Mezzanine Pioneering artists since the 19th century have explored the singular power of color and its astonishing ability to produce a range of psychological and perceptual optical effects. This exhibition looks at color through a selection of modern and contemporary graphic portfolios drawn from […]

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 […]