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Celebrating The Art of Ink

Posted on Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Hollywood Tattoo Artist and Toledo Native Paul Timman To Visit TMA Dec. 5 He’s inked everyone from Angelina Jolie to Tommy Lee, earning the nickname “Rembrandt of Sunset Strip” along the way. Now Toledo native and Hollywood tattoo artist Paul Timman will pause the needle to discuss the art of tattooing during his free Masters […]

Artwork of the Week: November 1

Posted on Friday, November 1st, 2013

Spending much of his childhood in Ohio after the age of 14, Hiram Powers became very familiar with the diverse collection of Cincinnati’s Western Museum (a forerunner to the Cincinnati Museum Center), eventually performing installation work for the museum before his career as a sculptor took off. In 1837 he moved to Florence, Italy, where […]

Artwork of the Week: October 25

Posted on Friday, October 25th, 2013

A well known and common image in Japanese art is depicted on this lacquered picnic box:  wooden planks placed among swampy ground surrounded by fields of irises.More specifically, this box shows one of the three most scenic gardens of the city of Okayama. This picnic set is complete with four food containers, a serving tray, […]

Veterans Glassblowing Day Planned Nov. 9 at TMA

Posted on Thursday, October 24th, 2013

On Saturday, Nov. 9 the Toledo Museum of Art will participate in national Veterans Glassblowing Day by providing active-duty members and veterans of the U.S. military a free opportunity to experience glassblowing. The program’s aim is to introduce soldiers and veterans to a potentially marketable skill, to enable them to enjoy artistic expression and to build the community. […]

Dates for 95th Toledo Area Artists Exhibition Announced

Posted on Thursday, October 24th, 2013

The 95th Annual Toledo Area Artists Exhibition will take place November 21, 2014-January 3, 2015. This juried exhibition features works of art by artists located in Northwest Ohio and the surrounding area. Applications will be accepted in Summer 2014. Additional details regarding the exhibition will be announced soon.

Artwork of the Week: October 18

Posted on Friday, October 18th, 2013

With the ruling authorities deeming them barbaric, tattoos were banned in Japan around 1868.  Subsequently, the depiction of tattoos in Japanese art disappeared.  It was not until 1948, when tattoos were again legalized, that they began to return as subject matter for graphic arts; today they are again popular. Scottish artist Paul Binnie, who works […]

Veterans Glassblowing Day is Nov. 9

Posted on Thursday, October 17th, 2013

On Saturday, Nov. 9 TMA will be participating in a national movement called Veterans Glassblowing Day whose mission is to provide US Veterans with a free opportunity to experience glassblowing.  The intention is to expose veterans to a potentially marketable skill, create joy through artistic expression, and build community. A limited number of free hands […]

Artwork of the Week: October 11

Posted on Friday, October 11th, 2013

Part of a recent gift from donor Richard Silverman, this netsuke would have served as a way to fasten a box for belongings to a man’s kimono sash. Shorter than two inches tall, this intricately-carved piece of ivory is a ryusa netsuke, which means that it is cut through to the other side to allow […]

Artwork of the Week: October 4

Posted on Friday, October 4th, 2013

Depicted here is the Kabuki onnagata, or female role specialist, Nakamura Jakuemon III (1875–1927) in the role of Oshichi. He is joined by two assistants called kurogo, barely visible hiding under their black robes and hoods (they were meant to blend into the background as they helped with costume and prop changes during a performance). […]

Newly Installed Netsuke Collection to Open October 4

Posted on Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

The Toledo Museum of Art’s netsuke collection, one of the largest in North America, is newly installed in its entirety in conjunction with the Fresh Impressions: Early Modern Japanese Prints exhibition. Netsuke were something of a sartorial necessity that grew into their own art form. While traditional Japanese garments like kimono were beautiful, they lacked one important utilitarian element: pockets. Rather than […]