April Gornik's landscapes are purely imaginative, though they portray natural scenes. What message is the artist sending in this tumultuous, stormy lithographic?
There are works of art filled to the brim with busy detail, while there are others so simple that you almost pass them by. At first glance, "Penelope" falls into the latter of these two camps. Look at a work that encompasses the idea of "less is more".
The sensationalist title of this post sounds like tabloid fiction, but it’s straight out of the life story of an artist whose work we recently added to our permanent collection. When the museum acquires new works for the collection, one part of the accessioning and cataloguing process is collecting the biographical information of the artist. It’s always interesting to add new artists to the collection and to learn about their lives and work. And, often, these stories are colorful, fascinating, and moving. Here’s one well worth sharing.
The holiday season is upon us once again, bringing traditions, comfort food, and, most of all, family. This week’s treasure, Carmen Lomas Garza’s lithograph Tamalada (Making Tamales), brings all of these elements together in one scene.
A regional artist, Andrea Peterson's work is intimately connected with nature on multiple levels, both in her subject and her choice of medium. Sachi Yanari-Rizzo details the natural elements of Peterson's work in this "Treasures from the Vault" post.
Katja Oxman’s work shows us that a self-portrait doesn’t need to contain an actual representation of a face. Discover how one artist gives viewers a glimpse into her life via her treasured items in this Treasures from the Vault.
Claudia Bernardi’s experience growing up in Argentina influences the way she melds her interests in art, education, and anthropology. Creating art informed by her forensic work in areas of violence, Bernardi's featured etching and aquatint acts as a visual tool that is both beautiful and informative.
Today’s treasure presents us with a bit of a mystery. Not only is the title of this watercolor Unknown, we also know little about its maker Louis-Robert de Cuvillon. So, what must we do to start picking apart this unknown piece? With works like this we have to combine what knowledge we do know with our most important tool: our eyes. Read on to see how art historians use visual clues to deduce a painting's meaning.
Recently on view in our Year of Making Meaning exhibition, Elizabeth Kilmer discusses a French favorite of hers: Manet. These treasures, etchings of the artists friends Charles Baudelaire and Berthe Morisot, tell us more about the artist than many of his other more famous works. Read on to learn how!
Curator of Prints & Drawings Sachi Yanari-Rizzo spotlights Japanese-American artist Roger Shimomura because of a shared connection as third-generation Japanese Americans whose family members were interned during World War II. Read on to see how Shimomura's family history inspires and impacts his art today.