Not sure where to start when talking about art? Pick two pieces and juxtapose them! Do they share media, time period, subject, or even artist name or nationality? What can we learn about the artist and their work by answering those questions?
April Gornik's landscapes are purely imaginative, though they portray natural scenes. What message is the artist sending in this tumultuous, stormy lithographic?
Happy April Fools' Day! To celebrate, examine this Norman Rockwell lithograph. Does anything seem odd? See how many curiosities you can find! Hint: there are 56.
Decipher the works of Warrington Colescott: witty, crowded, and full of current and historical references, all the while poking fun at fads, vices, politics, and even art history!
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.
Sometimes a work of art comes along that makes you say, “What in the world am I looking at?” John Doyle’s lithograph, Sharpshooters 76: Sony War, was one such piece for Elizabeth Goings. Read on to learn why this work had her scratching her head!
Generally speaking, from the Renaissance to the early 20th century art was realistic and detailed. This changed with the invention of the camera. Learn how one artist implemented the camera as a tool to make his work even more realistic.
Printmaking making your head spin? Delve deeper into four printmaking processes through one print: Brett de Palma's "Four Corners of the World".
The last time Willie Cole’s work was out on view in the Print & Drawing Study Center, a high school student walked in and stood transfixed in front of "Man Spirit Mask". He whispered, “Wakanda”. See how Cole, and the creators of "Black Panther", used motifs and forms from different African cultures to make their art--whether through a print or a film.
Communication is an art. In this "Treasures from the Vault" we highlight artist Lesley Dill, who works at the intersection of art and language to explore communication.