Reconfiguring the Body in American Art, 1820–2009 — A Slideshow

For me, an exhibition of human figures from one of the leading American Art museums is a must-see, even though their website shows few of the more than 150 paintings nor there exists a catalogue. After years of abstract modernism and hybrid installation taking over New York art scenes, the most fundamental and enduring, yet the most challenging art form: human figures and portraits spanning almost two century are a recollection of humanity which pushes us to examine people as posed sitters, subject in actions or self reflection. The rest is a slideshow which is intended to bring some of the pictures to those who are curious about this exceptional show, something that is not available through books or official website. No picture can do justice to real artworks, and I would hope those Guggenheim goers may find the neighboring smaller yet older museum has much if not more to say, with the t benefit of being surround by artwork, not visitors. [Read More…]

The American Expansiveness — American Waters Exhibition at National Academy Museum

There are eight works by William Trost Richards. It is unusual to see an artist with such a caliber of mastering colors (as shown in his painting “Coastal Scene” in 1862) depicted aquatic scenery with an almost puritanical restrain. In his marvelous watercolor works such as crushing waves or white masts under stormy clouds, nothing would be associated with romanticism like those done by Thomas Moran. The simplicity and clarity in his marine works has a factual tendency, which I found is very enchanting. If Charles Temple Dix found the beauty of seas from the excitement of traveling, then Richards praised rocks and waves that he owned and lived with with unassuming sincerity. [Read More…]