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Exhibition Review: “Fiery Pool: The Maya and the Mythic Sea” at the Kimbell Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas

It is difficult to assess critically the work of the Maya in the exhibition at the Kimbell Art Museum entitled, “Fiery Pool: The Maya and the Mythic Sea.” I say this because my critical evaluation of their work will never be received or used to enhance the work that was created thousands of centuries ago; … Continue reading

Articles Worth Reading: “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema” by Laura Mulvey

In this essay, Laura Mulvey discusses how popular films and film makers, like Hitchcock and von Sternberg, have perpetuated patriarchal ideologies in their own films. Taking a Freudian approach to her examination of American cinema, Mulvey finds that films are specifically made with a male audience in mind. The function of the female character in … Continue reading

Exhibition Review: “K-Mart Conceptualism” by Vernon Fischer at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

On view: September 25, 2010 – January 2, 2011 When I first went to the exhibit, I wasn’t exactly sure what I was going to encounter. I went into the the experience blind, specifically with the intention of seeing what I could pull from Fischer’s art on display from my own personal experiences and knowledge … Continue reading

Articles Worth Reading: “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” by Linda Nochlin

In this essay, Linda Nochlin highlights and elaborates upon the reasons ‘why there have been no great women artists.’ Overall, I have always found Nochlin’s argument truthful and straightforward, as she attempts to answer the question she poses. What I have always enjoyed about her argument is that she openly states to the audience, from … Continue reading

Article Worth Reading: “Second Sight” (2010)

In my attempt to avoid doing any real work this morning, I found this article. It’s inspiring and worth a read. Just knowing that one can over come the obstacles in front of them and do what they love to do… no matter what… is worth knowing and sharing. Here is an excerpt from the … Continue reading

Formal Analysis: J.M.W. Turner’s “Glaucus and Scylla” (1841)

Typically recognized for his amazing renditions of the natural landscape, Joseph Mallord William Turner’s Glaucus and Scylla (1841), currently hanging in the permanent collection of the Kimbell Art Museum, takes a different approach to the landscape. Surrounded by other famous landscape painters of the 19th century including, Friedrich, Corot, and Bonington, Turner’s painting appears to … Continue reading

Articles Worth Reading: ‘Art and Culture’ by Clement Greenberg

The champion of Abstract Expressionism, Clement Greenberg, explains in his essay the misconception about Abstract art and why, in reality (or his reality) it is not that much different from representational art, the traditionally favored form of painting and sculpture. One of the major points Greenberg made was that ‘Art is a matter strictly of … Continue reading

Article Worth Reading: “Reconfiguring Pop” by Saul Ostrow

When we think of Pop Art names that usually come to mind include, Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Claes Oldenburg, and many other male artists of the decade that changed and shaped what we consider Pop Art today. What about those female artists that were also involved and active during the typical “Pop Age” … Continue reading

Article Worth Reading: “Rumor, Contagion, and Colonization in Gros’s Plague Stricken of Jaffa (1804)”

Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby sets out to rectify the misconception that Antoine-Jean Gros’s painting Bonaparte visitant les pestiférés de Jaffa was designed for state propaganda in “Rumor, Contagion, and Colonization in Gros’s Plague-Stricken of Jaffa (1804)”. For Grigsby, Gros’s painting is more complex and open to interpretation than previous cursory readings. In her reexamination, Grigsby hypothesizes … Continue reading

Georgia O’Keeffe: The Revolutionary Abstractionist

Georgia O’Keeffe’s painting Series I, No. I, from 1918, found at the Amon Carter Museum, was made during a pivotal point in the artist’s early professional career. The label that accompanies this painting somewhat addresses this fact, but fails to recognize anyone else’s influence on her art, except for Arthur Dow. Although he was a major influence on her, the museum label marginalizes the other modernists who contributed to her personal style. The catalyst to O’Keeffe’s abstract style was one of her first art teachers, Alon Bement, who introduced her to other innovators of modern art, including, Wassily Kandinsky, James McNeill Whistler, and Alfred Stieglitz. Dow instilled his principles of painting in her as a student, and she continued to paint by those same principles throughout her career. Although Dow’s influence is apparent in Series I, No. I, the painting is actually a culmination of his and other modernists influence on O’Keeffe during the early stages of her professional career, as a close examination of her early professional career and the painting will prove.