Although considered part of the Harlem Renaissance movement, Motley never lived in Harlem. He was born in New Orleans and moved to Chicago where he studied art the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. This painting from early in his career shows his grandmother Emily Motley (a former slave) quietly mending socks surrounded by mementos and references to her life.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Jen Bekman's 20 x 200 is not up and running right now(I hope that is only temporary) but in the meantime check out Thumbtack Press for original art prints at a reasonable price and there is always Etsy.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Meredith Frampton was the son of a sculptor who created very detailed and finely finished paintings of a very modern style for the early 20th century. Some of his work, even veers toward the surreal in style. Frampton used a model for this work and dressed her in the latest austere fashions from Paris, making the work all the more modern in tone.
Saturday, March 09, 2013
Violette Heymann by Odilon Redon, 1910, The Cleveland Museum of Art
Symbolism is a genre that often is over-looked for Surrealism or Impressionism. It has roots in literature, the author Baudelaire is credited with its formation and being influenced by Poe. Many of the 19th century artists whose work is having a renaissance recently: Klimt, Moreau, Munch, to name a few, are considered to be part of the Symbolist category. Odilon Redon, is best known for his prints and pastels, and his work is full of symbolism and he is quoted as having said he wanted to "place the visible at the service of the invisible." This is a portrait, so much more straight forward than some of his other works, but the sitter seems to be surrounded by floating flowers, who make her seem dour in comparison.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
An exhibition entitled The Last Days of Pompeii: Decadence, Apocalypse, Resurrection opened on February 24th and runs through July 7, 2013 at the Cleveland Museum of Art. The exhibition features works inspired by the loss of the cities in 79 AD and their re-discovery in the early 18th century. It includes works by a wise range of artists from Piranesi and his detailed drawings of the site, to Rothko's abstract expressionist take on the murals from the Villa of the Mysteries.
Saturday, February 02, 2013
This weekend a new art venue opens on Cleveland's near west side. The Transformer Station is a project of the Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Foundation and a collaboration with The Cleveland Museum of Art that strives to being contemporary art to Cleveland's oft neglected west side. The opening exhibition is called Bridging Cleveland Photographs by Vaughn Wascovich also, Light of Day Photographs from the Collection of Fred and Laura Bidwell.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Conditions for Water by Karen Kunc, 2012.
Nebraska print maker Karen Kunc is featured at the Suite 200 Gallery (sponsored by Kokoon Arts Gallery) in the 78th Street Studios in Cleveland from January 18 - February 9, 2013. I first became acquainted with Kunc's work while a curatorial intern at the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha. Her work is beautiful, composed of color and shape and her printing technique of woodcut layers is masterful. I was also honored to work with her parents Ray and Ila Kunc when I ran the Joslyn Museum Shop, their jewelry combines excellent lapidary work with refined design.