Posts Tagged ‘modern art’

Ekphrastic Writing

 

Better known as “writing about art”, Ekphrastic writing dates back to ancient Greece yet the form we know today took hold in the late 18th century. Think of Keats’ 1819, Ode on a Grecian Urn and you get the picture… literally. Ekphrastic writing as an art form continues of course today, thanks in part to writers like Greensboro’s own Val Nieman who led a workshop on the genre at WAM last month. Here are a few examples of the poems and prose created that evening…Weatherspoon Art Museum

  • Paint, just paint

  • Bound, adhered, aligned
  • only to itself;
  • fretted hanging pigments
  • unsupported by
  • canvas, paper or panel

  • Like runes of pre-syllabic words,
  • inchoate prescience –
  • magical in anticipation, and

  • Bound toward meaning.

by Connie Ralston, based on the work, Fold #8: Baroquesy, by Linda Besemer, 1999.

(more…)

Tags: , , , |

 

Judy Pfaff exhibition installation in progress !

 

Judy Pfaff installation at the Weatherspoon Art Museum

Judy Pfaff installation at the Weatherspoon Art Museum in the Falk Gallery

Last Tuesday night (January 4), Judy Pfaff and her assistant Rob van Erve arrived from New York with a 26 ft. truck full of artwork. Wednesday morning, they and Weatherspoon staff got busy unloading the truck, which was chock-a-block with countless small and large pieces of metal, tree limbs, paper lanterns and other equipment and unidentifiable materials to be used in Judy Pfaff’s installation. Over the course of the past two days, these parts have been gradually evolving into a marvelous installation in the Weatherspoon’s Falk Gallery. Here are pics of what the space looked like as they started unloading the truck, and what it looked like this morning. In the coming days, the work will continue to progress and transform into a beautiful exhibition that opens next Thursday.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

 

mō-bəl mō-bēl

 
Alexander Calder, "Yellow Sail"

Alexander Calder, "Yellow Sail", 1950, painted metal and wire, 30 x 84 in. Museum purchase, 1951.

Our Alexander Calder mobile, Yellow Sail, 1950, recently returned from a loan to the exhibition Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art: Form, Balance, Joy held at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.

The exhibition included works by Alexander Calder as well as the work of seven contemporary artists who have been directly influenced by him. Yellow Sail was exhibited alongside Calders from other institutions including The Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

Before travelling to Chicago, the mobile was carefully packed by our preparators to ensure it would not be mobile in transit. Each element was wrapped in archival material to protect the vibrant paint and tied down with twill tape to prevent movement (pictured below).  Upon the return of the work, we were pleased to find our Calder had travelled well.

The work won’t be in storage long, though, before it makes an appearance in our upcoming exhibition Weatherspoon Art Museum: 70 Years of Collecting which celebrates the Museum’s 70th anniversary year and features 100 highlights from the permanent collection.

Photo of "Yellow Tail" unpacking for exhibition

Alexander Calder's "Yellow Sail" returning to the Weatherspoon

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

 

MacArthur Award Winner in Weatherspoon’s Permanent Collection

 
Elizabeth Turk

Artist Elizabeth Turk uses a variety of tools to mold 400-pound blocks of marble into beautiful sculptures. Courtesy of Lux Art Institute.

Those of you who closely follow the art circuit might have heard that contemporary artist Elizabeth Turk was recently awarded a MacArthur “genius” award: $500,000 over the course of five years.  This award is given each year by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to approximate 20 U.S. citizens “ working in any field who show exceptional merit and promise for continued and enhanced creative work.” The fellowship is not rewarded based on past accomplishment, but rather as “an investment in a person’s originality, insight, and potential.”

The Weatherspoon Art Museum owns an early work by Turk which was most recently on view in Odd Bodies: Selections from the Permanent Collection, January 24-April 18, 2010.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

 

New Weatherspoon Fall 2010 Newsletter now online.

 

View the upcoming Fall 2010 schedule at the Weatherspoon with this electronic flip-book formatted newsletter.

Fall 2010 Weatherspoon Art Museum ARTicles Newsletter

Fall 2010 Weatherspoon Art Museum ARTicles Newsletter

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

 
Next Page »« Previous Page