Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Iconic Canvases by Thomas Cole’s on View at the Chrysler Museum of Art

Thomas Cole (American, 1801–1848), The Angel Appearing to the Shepherds, 1833–34.
VIRGINIA---It’s the story of Everyman, beautifully told by one of the founding fathers of American art. The Chrysler Museum of Art presents Thomas Cole’s Voyage of Life, a special exhibition of some of the finest—and largest—works by our country’s greatest landscape painter. This show will be on view from October 21, 2014 through January 18, 2015. Admission is free. The centerpiece of this exhibition is the iconic series The Voyage of Life (1839–40), the most famous and beloved work of landscape master Thomas Cole (1801–1848). Spanning four monumental canvases, The Voyage of Life takes viewers on a journey through Childhood, Youth, Manhood, and Old Age, presenting each stage as the progress of an everyday voyager along a grand but treacherous river. [link]

Artist Resolves To Insert Trans Women Into The Canon Of Art History

By Priscilla Frank
Alice, oil on canvas, 37x29in, 2014
NEW YORK---The history of representation in Western art is unfortunately a pretty narrow one, consisting almost exclusively of white, cis men and women. Artists like Kehinde Wiley and Mickalene Thomas have retroactively inserted black bodies into the art historical lexicon, thereby widening the range of portraiture's scope. Queens-based artist Janet Bruesselbach is broadening the scope further, through a series of full-length oil portraits depicting trans women. The project, titled "Daughters of Mercury," aims to provide trans individuals with an artistic visibility they don't yet possess, through a series of loving portraits. [link]

40 Contemporary African Artists Take On Dante's 'Divine Comedy'

By Priscilla Frank
Aida Muluneh, 99 Series, 2013. Courtesy of the artist.
GEORGIA---Wangechi Mutu, Yinka Shonibare, Aida Muluneh, Dante Alighieri. These are some of the brilliant minds involved in "The Divine Comedy," a contemporary art exhibition at the the Savannah College of Art and Design Museum of Art. One of these names, as you may have keenly ascertained, is not like the other. Dante's Italian heritage and an approximately 700-year age gap certainly separate him from the other figures listed on the press release. But 40 contemporary African artists have assembled in his honor, each creating an artistic homage to his timeless depictions of heaven, purgatory and hell. [link]

Hindu Art that Spoke of Concern

By Esther Elias
Babu Xavier’s gigantic pink elephants, for instance, sold within the first few hours of opening
INDIA---The third edition of Art for Concern gave art lovers a chance to take home the works of great masters and lesser-known artists at affordable prices Forty artists, 75 pieces and works flying off the walls in the blink of an eye...the two days of the Chennai edition of Art for Concern at ITC Grand Chola had the cash registers ringing fast and quick for the cause of promoting art. One of the most striking, fresh names at the show was Punam A. Salecha, whose pieces Meditation 1 and 2 were studies in the sheer possibility of detailing. She draws only banyan trees, each leaf in explicit completion — you could stand before their small frames for hours, losing yourself to its depths. [link]

Mormon Temples Aren’t Getting Out of the Marriage Business

By Peg Fletcher
(Chris Detrick | Tribune file photo) Temple Square as seen on Friday November 29, 2013.
UTAH---It is a tad premature for Mormons to brace for a possible change in the LDS Church’s temple wedding policies, including Monday’s rampant Internet rumor that all members’ weddings would have take place first outside a Mormon temple. "Church leaders are well aware of the issues surrounding marriage and continue to examine them carefully," LDS Church spokesman Dale Jones said Monday in a statement, "but we are unaware of any meetings where changes to temple marriage policies have been discussed." The buzzed-about policy revision may have been embraced with great hope and enthusiasm by many because Mormon temple marriages can create tension in families. Only Mormons with current "temple recommends" — attesting to their adherence to LDS teachings and practices — are allowed to enter one of the faith’s 143 temples. The policy keeps out people of other faiths, no faith, even Latter-day Saints without recommends. [link]

Do Women Appreciate Art More than Men?

By Henri Neuendorf

A new marketing study published in the journal Psychology & Marketing has shown that men and women display stark differences in how they evaluate art, according to the Huffington Post. Researchers asked 518 people to look at two unfamiliar paintings by two fictional artists and to read corresponding fictional biographies. Some participants read a biography characterizing the artist as authentic and experienced; other participants read a biography characterizing the artist as ordinary and beginner. The results demonstrated that men are more likely to positively evaluate an artwork based on the artist's brand. On the other hand, whilst women also took the artists' brand into account, they based their evaluation more heavily on the artwork itself. [link]

New York’s Queens Museum Exhibiting Hindu Deities


NEW YORK---Queens Museum in New York is displaying various Hindu deities in its “Sacred Waters” exhibition, which is open till November two. It includes a collection of Hindu offerings from Jamaica Bay, with plaques informing the significance of the each deity. Museum is also celebrating Diwali, Hindu festival of lights, on October 18, which includes lighting of 3000 candles, mehndi, art exhibition, diya painting and cultural program. [link]