Monday, April 30, 2012

The Bold Five

I Saw the Figure Five in Gold by Charles Demuth, 1928, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The subject of this painting is the poet William Carlos Williams whose poem The Red Wheelbarrow is a favorite among literature students because it is short and sweet. Demuth created a series of abstract portraits of friends including Williams which he called Poster Portraits.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Art Done Outside

Matthew Airent's Angel by Reverend Howard Finster, 1987, Private Collection.

Reverend Howard Finster is categorized as an "Outsider Artist," which means that he was basically self-taught and that he created his art out of a inherent need to express himself. His art took many forms including his home Paradise Gardens, located in Summerville, GA. The city hosts a festival every year in his honor (it is May 5 & 6 this year).

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