Category Archives: Art in a Minute

Morton Broffman, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. arrives in Montgomery, Alabama on March 25th 1965 at the culmination of the Selma to Montgomery March, 1965, silver gelatin print. Morton Broffman, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. arrives in Montgomery, Alabama on March 25th 1965 at the culmination of the Selma to Montgomery March, 1965, silver gelatin print.

One Step at a Time

When I write about photographs, I typically discuss the work of art, or the object, but today I want to write about an image. This is an image of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. leading thousands of demonstrators from Selma, … Continue reading

Grace Hartigan, Grand Street Brides, 1954, oil on canvas, 73” x 102”, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Grace Hartigan, Grand Street Brides, 1954, oil on canvas, 73” x 102”, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

They Called Her George

Grace Hartigan exhibited under the name George Hartigan, following in the footsteps of female writers George Eliot and George Sand, so that she would be taken seriously as an artist. She was from the second generation of Abstract Expressionist artists, … Continue reading

Agnes Martin, Aspiration, 1960, ink on paper, 11 ¾” x 9 ⅜”, Photo by J R via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License. Agnes Martin, Aspiration, 1960, ink on paper, 11 ¾” x 9 ⅜”, Photo by J R via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License.

Make the Time: Agnes Martin at the Guggenheim

Tomorrow a major retrospective of artwork by Agnes Martin (1912-2004) will open in the famous rotunda at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. It is a brilliant space to enjoy the subtle variations in her minimalist and expressive … Continue reading

Caravaggio, Judith Beheading Holofernes, 1598-99, oil on canvas, 57" x 77", Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica, Rome, Photo in the Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons Caravaggio, Judith Beheading Holofernes, 1598-99, oil on canvas, 57

Happy Birthday Caravaggio

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio would have been 545 years old today. He actually only lived to be 38 years old, which is somewhat miraculous considering his tumultuous life. We know more about him from law books than anything else. He was brought to … Continue reading

Zhang Daqian (1899-1983), ALISHAN IN OBLIQUE SUNRISE, 1980, 24.25” x 52.25”, Zhang Daqian (1899-1983), ALISHAN IN OBLIQUE SUNRISE, 1980, 24.25” x 52.25”

Who is Zhang Daqian?

In April, a painting by Chinese artist Zhang Daqian that was estimated to sell at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong for $8 million sold for $35 million to Chinese billionaire Liu Yiqian, who just announced he will build a third art museum in … Continue reading

Umberto Boccioni, Unique Forms of Continuity in Space, 1913, bronze, 3' 8" x 2' 11", Museum of Modern Art, New York, Artwork in the Public Domain, Photo via Wikimedia Commons. Umberto Boccioni, Unique Forms of Continuity in Space, 1913, bronze, 3' 8

What is Futurism?

Futurism is an artistic movement that originated in Italy in 1909 to become the “caffeine of Europe.” Futurism was inspired by Analytic Cubism, but with a focus on technology and “progress.” In the Futurist Manifesto, written by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti and published in … Continue reading

Xu Bing, Book from the Sky, 1987-1991, Ink on Paper, Photo by Sally Whitman Coleman. Xu Bing, Book from the Sky, 1987-1991, Ink on Paper, Photo by Sally Whitman Coleman.

Make the Time: Xu Bing at the Blanton

Contemporary Chinese artist Xu Bing’s groundbreaking work of art, Book from the Sky, currently is on view at the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, TX. Belonging to a group of artists who emerged from the Cultural Revolution with an … Continue reading

Etel Adnan, artist, Photo by P. K. via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License. Etel Adnan, artist, Photo by P. K. via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License.

Etel Adnan, Renaissance Woman

Etel Adnan did not make a splash in the art world until she was 87 years old, and that’s just fine with her. She has been busy. The Lebanese-American poet, essayist, and visual artist is recognized in academic circles to … Continue reading

André Derain, 1906, Charing Cross Bridge, London, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, artwork in the Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons. André Derain, 1906, Charing Cross Bridge, London, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, artwork in the Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Happy Birthday André Derain

André Derain, the co-founder of Fauvism with Henri Matisse, was born on June 10, 1880 near Paris. In 1905, Derain and Matisse exhibited their groundbreaking art in the Salon d’Automne when one critic declaired that their boldly-colored work looked like … Continue reading

James McNeill Whistler, Arrangement in Grey and Black, 1871, oil on canvas, 56.8” x 63.9”, Musée d'Orsay, Paris, Artwork in the Public Domain, Photo from Wikipedia James McNeill Whistler, Arrangement in Grey and Black, 1871, oil on canvas, 56.8” x 63.9”, Musée d'Orsay, Paris, Artwork in the Public Domain, Photo from Wikipedia.

Whistler’s Mother

This old gal still holds a fascination for viewers 145 years after James McNeill Whistler painted her. The American expatriate artist gave the painting the title, Arrangement in Grey and Black because his primary interest was to create a balanced … Continue reading