Rooms by the Sea, 1951 by Edward Hopper
Feb27

Rooms by the Sea, 1951 by Edward Hopper

Hopper first began painting the effects of sunlight as a young art student in Paris, and this interest continued throughout his career. As a mature artist, he lived and worked in New York City and spent most of his summers on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He designed and built a sunny, secluded studio at Truro on the bluff overlooking the ocean. This painting is based on the view out the back door of the studio. Titled in his record book “Rooms by the Sea. Alias The Jumping Off Place,” Hopper noted that the second title was perceived by some to have “malign overtones” and he thus deleted it. While the view from the studio suggested the composition of Rooms by the Sea, the image is more an evocative metaphor of silence and solitude than the transcription of an actual scene. Hopper had a way of communicating his inner life…feelings of despair and desolation, as well as his sense of beauty…finding them in the buildings and objects he painted. He filled empty rooms with the mystery of existence and his own spirit. In essence, he, like Van Gogh, was painting not just the objects themselves, but turning them literally into self-portraits. Source: Edward...

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People are rediscovering a great American artist from World War I
Feb24

People are rediscovering a great American artist from World War I

Claggett Wilson isn’t exactly a household name, but his battlefield watercolors are getting buzz at a big new exhibition of World War I and American Art. “[Wilson’s] watercolors of exploding shells and mad-eyed soldiers are standouts in an exhibition rich in intensely original work,” Holland Cotter wrote in the New York Times. “I was most moved … by an artist I had never heard of: Claggett Wilson,” Thomas Hine wrote in the Philadelphia Inquirer. “The works vary a good deal in style … [but] what they share is immediacy and intense emotion.” “These are incredible,” Slate’s Amanda Katz tweeted in response to a series of Wilson works tweeted by her colleague Rebecca Onion. The exhibition, which includes Wilson works not publicly exhibited since the 1920s, is at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts through April 9 before moving to New York and Nashville.   Source: People are rediscovering a great American artist from World War...

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An Oregon painter who once rocked New York City
Feb16

An Oregon painter who once rocked New York City

Walk into the luscious new Louis Bunce retrospective at Willamette University’s Hallie Ford Museum of Art in Salem, and you’re immediately confronted with a 1932 self-portrait of the artist. Wearing a banded fedora and sporting a 20-something’s raffish sneer, Bunce — whose career as an Oregon painter spanned the mid 20th century — glances forward through the decades as if to challenge the 21st century museum-goer: “You’ll never meet another artist quite like me,” he seems to say. All the portrait needs is a cigarette dangling from the lips under that pencil-thin mustache to bring it fully to life. Source:...

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Abertillery artist nominated for £15,000 art award
Feb13

Abertillery artist nominated for £15,000 art award

Peter Archer, of Six Bells, who has been painting for the past 55 years, is one of 80 nominees for the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize, which recognises contemporary British artists working in painting and drawing. The 70-year-old has been nominated for his oil painting Cliff Life, depicting a misty scene of white cliffs, and will be exhibited as part of the competition at the Mall galleries in London next month. Mr Archer, who has previously been nominated for the prize three times in a row and twice been awarded a runner’s up prize, said his recent artworks were all of landscapes from his imagination. Source: Abertillery artist nominated for £15,000 art...

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Vermeer: the artist who taught the world to see ordinary beauty
Feb09

Vermeer: the artist who taught the world to see ordinary beauty

  Johannes Vermeer is such a quiet and introspective artist that it took hundreds of years for anyone to notice he was a genius. Today he is so revered that it is hard to grasp how unknown he once was. A major Vermeer exhibition opens this month at the Louvre in Paris, whose permanent collection includes his great painting of a woman absorbed in close, visually demanding work, The Lacemaker (about 1669-70). Her eyes are concentrated downward on the tiny stuff her steady hands are making, while our eyes in turn take in precise and glistening details: bright red threads against blue cloth, silvery beads, the grain of a table covering, her finely curled ringlets. Like other paintings by Vermeer, this image haunts modern culture. It gave its title to a classic French film starring Isabelle Huppert. That modern cultural fascination with this 17th-century artist runs from Tracy Chevalier to Marcel Proust, who put Vermeer’s View of Delft into The Remembrance of Things Past. Source:  Art and design | The...

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Modern Paintings by a Gender-Bending 1920s Artist
Feb03

Modern Paintings by a Gender-Bending 1920s Artist

As a young woman, the artist Gluck rejected her family name, along with the dress and confines of her gender. With short hair and sharply cut suits, she cut a dash through the London art world of the 1920s and ’30s. This week, the London gallery that mounted her first exhibition in 1926 draws together works from across Gluck’s career and explores her legacy in the 21st century. Pippa Stockdale, the managing director of London’s Fine Art Society, was inspired to theme a show around Gluck after spotting Diana Souhami’s spirited and insightful biography of the artist in a charity-shop display. Stockdale recalled that Gluck had shown with the Society and decided to mount a retrospective, alongside contemporary works inspired by her life and work. This shared history could be used to engage with a new generation: “The next day,” she explains, “we bought 20 copies of the book and sent them out to female artists we admired.” Source: Stunningly Modern...

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