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Artwork of the Week: July 13Posted on Friday, July 13th, 2012
Imagine a warrior’s eyes peering out at you through this Corinthian-style helmet. No doubt that daunting sight often prevented observers from noticing the helmet’s streamlined design or the “Egyptian” shape of its eye-holes that imitated the dark kohl outline used to protect the eyes from harsh glare. After being used in battle, such helmets may […]
Artwork of the Week: July 6Posted on Friday, July 6th, 2012
Ohara Koson was a master of the kachoga print—images of the natural world, but particularly of birds and flowers. Over his career he produced more than 450 designs of birds. One of Koson’s favorite subjects, the jungle crow was revered in Japanese folklore as a messenger of the gods. Koson’s keen sense of design is […]
Doodle Your Way Into an ExhibitionPosted on Friday, June 29th, 2012
If you like to doodle, TMA invites you to doodle your way into an exhibition. Visitors can now create their own doodle art for possible inclusion in a Community Gallery exhibition opening July 27. Museum-goers are encouraged to be inspired by TMA’s world-class collection or to express their own originality. Sketches must be drawn on […]
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 […]
Glass Art Society Public EventsPosted on Monday, June 4th, 2012
In conjunction with the GAS conference held in Toledo on June 13–16 this year, the public can enjoy a variety of glass-related events. Join along on the Day of Glass (13), Gallery Hop (15), Goblet Grab (15), technical display (15 & 16), and live and silent auctions (15 & 16). Download details here.
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.