Author Archives: Sally Whitman Coleman, PhD

Sally Whitman Coleman has been teaching art history for more than 15 years, at University of Texas at Austin, Baylor University and Southwestern University. She is a specialist in Renaissance art and was the recipient of a Fulbright grant to conduct research in Belgium. She earned her doctorate at the University of Texas at Austin and her undergraduate degree at Skidmore College.
Attributed to Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Landscape with the Fall of Icarus, c. 1655, oil on panel, 2' 5" x 3' 8", Royal Museum of Fine Arts Belgium, Brussels, Image in the Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons. Attributed to Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Landscape with the Fall of Icarus, c. 1655, oil on panel, 2' 5

Bruegel, Williams and Hubris

Landscape with the Fall of Icarus by William Carlos Williams (1962)   According to Brueghel when Icarus fell it was spring a farmer was ploughing his field the whole pageantry of the year was awake tingling near the edge of … Continue reading

Edward Hopper, Automat, 1927, oil on canvas, 28” x 36”, Des Moines Art Center, IA, Artwork in the Public Domain via Wikipedia. Edward Hopper, Automat, 1927, oil on canvas, 28” x 36”, Des Moines Art Center, IA, Artwork in the Public Domain via Wikipedia.

Happy Birthday Edward Hopper

American artist Edward Hopper was born on this day in 1882. His easily recognizable style did not change for most of his long career that began in 1895 and continued until his death in 1963. Hopper mostly painted scenes that … Continue reading

Camille Claudel, The Waltz, conceived in 1889 and cast in 1905, bronze, Musée Camille Claudel, Nogent-sur-Seine, France, Photo by Scott Lanphere via Wikipedia, artwork and photograph in the Public Domain. Camille Claudel, The Waltz, conceived in 1889 and cast in 1905, bronze, Musée Camille Claudel, Nogent-sur-Seine, France, Photo by Scott Lanphere via Wikipedia, artwork and photograph in the Public Domain.

Make the Time: Musée Camille Claudel

If you are fortunate enough to travel to France, make the time to visit the new Musée Camille Claudel in Nogent-sur-Seine, which is about an hour’s drive from Paris. Best known as Auguste Rodin’s lover and muse, the immensely talented … Continue reading

Ai Weiwei, Forever Bicycles, 2015, Waller Creek Delta on Lady Bird Lake, Austin, TX, Photo by Rachel Zein for The Daily Texan. Ai Weiwei, Forever Bicycles, 2015, Waller Creek Delta on Lady Bird Lake, Austin, TX, Photo by Rachel Zein for The Daily Texan.

Make the Time: Ai Weiwei in Austin

Next time you are out on Butler Trail in Austin, TX, make your way over to the Waller Creek Delta to see Chinese political activist artist Ai Weiwei’s public art installation, Forever Bicycles. The dramatic assemblage of over 1,200 bicycles … Continue reading

Sharin Neshat, Video still from Rapture, 1999, Photo via Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY. Sharin Neshat, Video still from Rapture, 1999, Photo via Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY.

An Open Invitation from Shirin Neshat

Born in Qazvin in Iran and educated in Berkeley, CA, Sharin Neshat creates images of the strong contrasts between Western and Islamic society as an invitation to open a dialog between the cultures. Neshat left Iran in 1975 to attend school and didn’t return … Continue reading

Sandro Botticelli, Detail of Venus, c. 1490, Oil on canvas, Galleria Sabauda, Photo via Wikimedia Commons Sandro Botticelli, Detail of Venus, c. 1490, Oil on canvas, Galleria Sabauda, Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Make the Time: Botticelli in Boston

If you are in Boston anytime before July 9th, make the time to see the exhibition, “Botticelli and the Search for the Divine” at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Sandro Botticelli is today, as he was during his lifetime, … Continue reading

Aeolic column Aeolic capital, Archaeological Museum of Mytilene in Mytilene, Lesvos, Greece

Just a Second: Aeolic Order

The Aeolic order is a style of ancient Greek architecture thought to be the prototype of the Ionic order. The Aeolic style, which appears in the 6th century BCE, probably originated with the Phoenicians because there are similarities between the Aeolic column capitals and … Continue reading

Nina Katchadourian, Photograph from “Lavatory Self-Portraits in the Flemish Style,” from Seat Assignments, 2010 and ongoing, Photo by Sally Coleman. Nina Katchadourian, Photograph from “Lavatory Self-Portraits in the Flemish Style,” from Seat Assignments, 2010 and ongoing, Photo by Sally Coleman.

Make the Time: Nina Katchadourian at the Blanton

If you are in Austin, TX anytime before June 11th, I highly recommend you visit the exhibition, Nina Katchadourian: Curiouser at the Blanton Museum of Art. Expertly curated by Veronica Roberts, the show allows you to view the world as … Continue reading

Alfred Stieglitz, Photograph of Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain, 1917, Image in the Public Domain via Wikipedia. Alfred Stieglitz, Photograph of Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain, 1917, Image in the Public Domain via Wikipedia.

100 Years of Alienation

If you feel somewhat alienated by art, or if you find a lot of modern and contemporary art hard to understand, you are not alone. People have been feeling this way for 100 years now, and we all can blame … Continue reading

Paul Fehér, Muse with Violin Screen (detail), 1930, wrought iron, brass; silver and gold plating, The Cleveland Museum of Art, on Loan from the Rose Iron Works Collections. Paul Fehér, Muse with Violin Screen (detail), 1930, wrought iron, brass; silver and gold plating, The Cleveland Museum of Art, on Loan from the Rose Iron Works Collections.

And Now for Something a Little Different

Today the exhibition, “The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s” opened at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City. This is an opportunity to discover how all areas of design reflected the excitement of rapid modernization. … Continue reading

Sonia Delaunay, Prismes électriques (Electric Prisms), 1914, oil on canvas, 98.4” x 98.4”, Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris, Public Domain via Google Images. Sonia Delaunay, Prismes électriques (Electric Prisms), 1914, oil on canvas, 98.4” x 98.4”, Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris, Public Domain via Google Images.

What is Orphism?

Pioneered by the couple Sonia and Robert Delaunay, Orphism was an art movement in Paris that was influenced both by Cubism and color theory. These artists used abstract form and color alone to indicate the subject and sensations. Borrowing from scientific … Continue reading