Make the Time: 82nd & Fifth

Arhat (Luohan), Liao Dynasty, c. 1000, glazed stoneware, 41¼” h., New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photo by Eric Parker via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic License. Arhat (Luohan), Liao Dynasty, c. 1000, glazed stoneware, 41¼” h., New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photo by Eric Parker via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic License.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is running a series of short videos called “82nd & Fifth” that feature a curator talking about a work of art in the museum.  The videos are beautifully produced with incredible photographic details of the … Continue reading

Francisco Goya’s Cannibalistic Nightmare

Francisco Goya, Saturn Devouring One of His Children, 1819 and 1823, plaster mounted on canvas, 57.5” x  32.7”, Prado Museum, Madrid, Francisco Goya [Public Domain], via Wikimedia Commons. Francisco Goya, Saturn Devouring One of His Children, 1819 and 1823, plaster mounted on canvas, 57.5” x 32.7”, Prado Museum, Madrid, Francisco Goya [Public Domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

In one of the most terrifying images from the history of art, Spanish artist Francisco Goya rendered the titan Saturn devouring yet another one of his sons for fear the child will usurp him, as it was prophesized.  (Saturn’s wife … Continue reading

In Their Own Words: Anish Kapoor

Anish Kapoor, C Curve, 2007, Exhibited in Brighton in 2009, Photo by Dominic Alves via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License. Anish Kapoor, C Curve, 2007, Exhibited in Brighton in 2009, Photo by Dominic Alves via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License.

“I think I understand something about space. I think the job of a sculptor is spatial as much as it is to do with form.” Anish Kapoor 

Just a Second: Floating Perspective

Guo Xi , Early Spring, 1072, ink on silk, 62.3” × 42.6”, National Palace Museum, Taipei City, Taiwan, Photo in the Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons. Guo Xi , Early Spring, 1072, ink on silk, 62.3” × 42.6”, National Palace Museum, Taipei City, Taiwan, Photo in the Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Floating Perspective (noun) Floating Perspective is the name for the type of perspective sometimes used in Chinese art where there is not a single view of a subject but rather several shown at the same time, shifting from near to … Continue reading

Robert Capa Got Close Enough

Robert Capa, D-Day: June 6, 1944: Allied Invasion of Normandy, Photo by Templar1307 via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic License. Robert Capa, D-Day: June 6, 1944: Allied Invasion of Normandy, Photo by Templar1307 via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic License.

In the early morning of D-Day, Robert Capa arrived at Omaha Beach on a landing craft to photograph Company E as it attacked the German troops that were firing machine guns from somewhere amid clouds of smoke on the French … Continue reading

In Their own Words: Edward Hopper

Edward Hopper, Gas, 1940, oil on canvas, 26 1/4 x 40 1/4", Museum of Modern Art, New York, Photo by David Churbuck via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic License. Edward Hopper, Gas, 1940, oil on canvas, 26 1/4 x 40 1/4", Museum of Modern Art, New York, Photo by David Churbuck via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic License.

“If you could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.” Edward Hopper 

Bloodletting with Lady Xoc: A Woman’s Work is Never Done

Bloodletting Ritual of Lady Xoc, Lintel 24 of Structure 23, Maya site of Yaxchilan, Chiapas, Mexico, Photo by Michel wal via Wikimedia Commons, GNU Free Documentation License. Bloodletting Ritual of Lady Xoc, Lintel 24 of Structure 23, Maya site of Yaxchilan, Chiapas, Mexico, Photo by Michel wal via Wikimedia Commons, GNU Free Documentation License.

One of the things that come with the job of being a Mayan queen is the pain and blood loss associated with conjuring up royal ancestors.  It was required of her office so that the Gods would continue to allow, … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Robert Indiana

Robert Indiana, Love, original 1970, Shinjuku I-LAND Tower in Nishi-Shinjuku office district in Tokyo, Japan, Photo by TYO via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic License. Robert Indiana, Love, original 1970, Shinjuku I-LAND Tower in Nishi-Shinjuku office district in Tokyo, Japan, Photo by TYO via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic License.

Robert Indiana Pop Artist Robert Clark was born on September 13, 1928 in New Castle, Indiana.  He was adopted as an infant and moved frequently throughout Indiana during his childhood.  Today, the artist lives on the island of Vinalhaven off … Continue reading

Meet Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, At the Moulin Rouge, 1892/95, oil on canvas, 48 7/16” x 55 ½”, Art institute of Chicago, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, At the Moulin Rouge, 1892/95, oil on canvas, 48 7/16” x 55 ½”, Art institute of Chicago, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Henri Marie Raymond de Toulouse-Lautrec-Monfa, also known as Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, was an aristocrat living the life of a bohemian artist in the lively Montmartre section of Paris in the late 19th century.  When the Moulin Rouge, a cabaret, opened … Continue reading

In Their Own Words: Luis Barragán

Luis Barragán, San Cristóbal Stables, Mexico City, 1968, Photo by Steve Silvermas via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic License. Luis Barragán, San Cristóbal Stables, Mexico City, 1968, Photo by Steve Silvermas via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic License.

“I don’t divide architecture, landscape and gardening; to me they are one.” Luis Barragán

George Inness’ Parallel Universe

George Inness, Sunny Autumn Day, 1892, oil on canvas, 31 7/8” x 41 11/16”, Cleveland Museum of Art, Photo by pirano Bob R via Fickr, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic License. George Inness, Sunny Autumn Day, 1892, oil on canvas, 31 7/8” x 41 11/16”, Cleveland Museum of Art, Photo by pirano Bob R via Fickr, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic License.

George Inness, the American landscape painter, was at different points in his career associated with the American Hudson River School and the French Barbizon School of landscape painting; yet, it’s the work he did at the end of his career … Continue reading