At The Art Museum: Part 3

Sleeping Children 1870  by William Rhinehart is my absolute all time favorite exhibit in this museum.  Yes, I do get excited  seeing the Picasso, the Hopper, the O’Keefe, and the Whistler.  I do love Thomas Cole’s, “Voyage of Life” series, and I am always awestruck by the tiny self portrait  line drawing of Rembrandt himself, but these sleeping babies capture my whole mommy heart every time!  (Note:  disappointingly both the O’Keefe and the Rembrandt were out on loan when we visited.  So no pictures.)

*This sweet marble sculpture seems so  full of life that it’s hard and sad to believe it was created to be a gravestone!  The artist captured the true essence of babies’ bodies from their precious little ears to their chubby little cheeks right down to their pudgy little dimpled toes!  You half expect this pair of sweet little cherubs  to wake up with outstretched arms, wanting to be rescued from their nap!*

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The Spherical Expansion of Light, 1914 by Gino Severini. Oil on canvas.
Severini lived in Paris for a time and painted images inspired by the lights, colors, and sounds of the city’s dynamic night life.  The cabaret dancer was his symbol of modern life’s kaleidoscope.  Before the summer of 1913 his dancer was recognizable, but by 1914 Severini dissolved form into a prism of two abstract, contrasting movements of light:  one converging to the center, the other rotating in circular forms toward the periphery.  (museum plaque)
You can view different examples of Severini’s work at the Moma Collection

*I love the bright colors and stippled look of this piece.*

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Ivy Covered Wall, 2011 by Gail Strout. Art Quilt. Cotton cloth.

*I thought this piece was lovely, but when I think of ivy I think “green”.*
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Ebb and Flow 2012 by D. Leslie First. Stoneware and slag.
“In my sculptures I probe the dialogue between the organic world and architecturally constructed forms of utility. I explore primal and essential relationships of abstract form- tactility, intimacy, and monumentality.” (museum plaque)

*I just can’t help but wonder if this sculpture is supposed to remind me of barnacles!*
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Dream Boat 2011, by Lin Price. Oil and Wax on cradled panels, tryptich.
This painting is part of an ongoing series which often features ans “everyman” character and the difficulties of his everyday existence, his dreams below the surface, and his hidden eccentricities. I believe that this is something that many people in our times can identify with. This series is a collection of idiosyncratic paintings, and I attempt to execute them with empathy and a sense of humor, sometimes using intense color for areas of respite, or as a nod to the color field artists.” (museum plaque)

*Again, I love bright colors in art.  I want artwork to cheer me up and take me away from my woes and worries, not depress me!  I must admit though,  I don’t really understand or see the need for the red and yellow panels which are meant to provide a respite from the subject of the painting. Although they do make the subject stand out and demand your attention!*
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This lovely vase is, “Woman in the Garden”, 2012 by Erik Halvorson. He fused glass and photographic sand blasting to produce a glass image.

“From its esoteric associations to its physical properties, glass contains a plethora of meaning. Glass is a fluid metaphor that takes its impulse to form from beyond itself then moves towards the physical manifestations of ideas and questions. I try to use the crossover of metaphor and physical properties to extend the human connection with my work.

I begin to work with, not the common material of glass that we use day to day, but with the primary potential contained within it. Technique and shape create the utilitarian form, but he light is what gives life. To emphasize this phenomenom, I contrast how light, shape, and form come together. The light (life) within the material celebrates the light (life) that is the utility. ” Erik Halvorson.

*The bright colors and the way it looks lit up are what attracted me to this piece.  The way the artist describes the light as giving the piece life makes me think of Jesus and the way His light gives us eternal life!*
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5 thoughts on “At The Art Museum: Part 3

  1. The Sleeping Children are my favorite! Although, I wouldn’t mind having the Severini’s either. Truth be told, I have always loved Art. In fact, I just added Art History to my children’s schooling. ( http://www.time4learning.com/art_lessons_online.shtml )
    Anyways, I am glad I came across your Blog! I am going to let the kids see your post to help them learn more about Art :)

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