Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Nebamun’s cattle , fragment of a scene,Thebes, Egypt Late 18th Dynasty, around 1350 BC, The British Museum.
The Egyptians considered cows an essential element of life and survival. As the once fertile area of Northern Africa became a desert, the domesticated cow brought life and nourishment. The goddess Hathor was also frequently depicted as a cow's, or at least with the horns of cows as part of her crown.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
At first glance it may seem that by entitling this piece Maman (Mother in French) that Louise Bourgeois was not fond of her mother, but that is not the case. The spider she created is protecting her sack of eggs and Bourgeois saw her as a nurturing yet formidable figure, just like her own mother.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
Friday, January 08, 2010
Wednesday, January 06, 2010
Winter Sun by Alex Colville, 2005
Tuesday, January 05, 2010
There is a contest taking place until February 15th where artists, designers, graphic artists, etc. are invited to create a poster in the WPA style to help promote Michigan.
The DIA currently has an exhibition of WPA works.
"The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) and Let's Save Michigan have issued an open call to artists, illustrators, and graphic designers for original posters to inspire Michiganders to revive their state. The new posters should be a call to action, and serve as part of a campaign to rally citizens to do the hard work that's necessary to position Michigan as a state that will thrive in the future. Ultimately, the posters should aim to be forward-looking, inspirational, and must include the phrase "Let's Save Michigan" in the design.
The hope is to highlight the actions and assets that are critical to moving the cities forward, whether that is renovating historic homes, planting community gardens, extensive public transportation and bike lines, public art, or whatever the artist believes will carry Michigan through the 21st century—and beyond"
Sunday, January 03, 2010
Diego Rivera was an active and outspoken Communist who painted these murals (featuring the world of the Aztec people) after the Mexican Revolution as a way to give the Mexican people a sense of identity and pride in their history.