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Nicholas Galanin: Layers and Splits

Nicolas Galanin, “Ism #1,” 2013. 19″ x 32″, digital photographic print. Image courtesy of the artist At the end of last month, I heard Dr. Christopher Green give a presentation that included some works of art by Nicolas Galanin,...
From: Alberti's Window on 11 May 2021

A Violin and the Mechanisms of Peace and Reconciliation

A violin constructed by Giuseppe Guarneri, an eighteenth-century violin maker from Cremona known as del Gesù (of Jesus), has become the center of a controversy over the legacies of Nazi coercion and looting of artworks belonging to Jewish victims...

John Currin’s “Thanksgiving” and Stretched Figures

Forget Norman Rockwell’s “Thanksgiving” as the iconic image for your 2020 holiday season. This uniquely terrible year needs a different painting and aesthetic, and I think John Currin’s “Thanksgiving” (2003) better...
From: Alberti's Window on 26 Nov 2020

Josiah McElheny’s “From an Historical Anecdote About Fashion”

I haven’t been blogging on here this summer, but that is not to say that I haven’t been busy or thinking about art. The pandemic has forced me to spend the summer prepping online material for the three classes that I will be teaching this...
From: Alberti's Window on 4 Sep 2020

A Recent Addition to “The World Stage: Brazil”

Kehinde Wiley, “Indio Cuauhtemoc: The World Stage, Brazil,” 2017. Oil on canvas. Last month I visited the Portland Art Museum and saw a painting by Kehinde Wiley that I hadn’t seen before. This painting is currently on display as a loan...
From: Alberti's Window on 9 Sep 2019

Wiley and Morris at the St Louis Art Museum

The radio silence on my blog has been deafening for me, but luckily I’ve been able to do some writing over the past few months. The William Morris Society in the United States contacted me a few months ago, after reading my 2016 post on Kehinde...
From: Alberti's Window on 19 Dec 2018

Flora Forager and Iconic Images

Flora Forager, “Van Gogh’s ‘The Starry Night,'” 2016. Billy buttons, blueberry, chrysanthemum, hydrangea, lavender, sunflower Last week I had the opportunity to interview Bridget Beth Collins, a Seattle-based artist who creates...
From: Alberti's Window on 14 Oct 2017

Fragonard’s “The Swing” and “Portrait of a Lady”

Fragonard, “The Swing,” 1767. Oil on canvas. Wallace Collection Tonight I am feeling very sheepish. About three or four months ago, I student mentioned to me that Fragonard’s The Swing served as a point of inspiration for “Portrait...
From: Alberti's Window on 14 Jun 2017

Kehinde Wiley and William Morris

My different art experiences are colliding this week in an unusual way. This past weekend I went and saw the exhibition Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic at the Seattle Art Museum. And then, just today I taught my students about some of the designs that...
From: Alberti's Window on 25 Feb 2016

Art in the City: Piercing the Veil, Simmons & Simmons

Above the door to this City law firm’s auditorium hangs a pink neon sign: ‘Trust Me’. It’s far from your average bit of corporate art; it’s a Tracey Emin piece bought by Simmons & Simmons several years ago. Emin is nothing...
From: Parthenissa on 13 Feb 2016

Cai Guo-Qiang’s “Inopportune: Stage One”

Cai Guo-Qiang, “Inopportune: Stage One” (2004). Current display at Seattle Art Museum Last Friday, when I heard about the terrorist attacks in Paris, I couldn’t help but think of Cai Guo-Qiang’s Inopportune: Stage One (2004)...
From: Alberti's Window on 19 Nov 2015

Chuck Close and Jackson Pollock

Jackson Pollock, “Sea Change,” 1947. Artist and commercial oil paint, with gravel, on canvas, 57 7/8 x 44 1/8 in. (147 x 112.1 cm). Seattle Art Museum Tonight I learned an interesting connection between Chuck Close, Jackson Pollock, and the...
From: Alberti's Window on 4 Oct 2015

Wayne Thiebaud and Jim Gaffigan

Wayne Thiebaud, “Three Donuts,” 1994. Oil on canvas, 11 x 24 in. (27.9 x 35.6 cm.) I’ve been thinking about Wayne Thiebaud’s paintings today, mostly because I have eaten way too many chocolate donuts over the past few days. Thiebaud...
From: Alberti's Window on 21 Jun 2015

Tapestries and Social Metaphors

About two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to hear the contemporary artist Ann Hamilton give a public lecture. This lecture was absolutely fantastic, and I have been thinking about it ever since. Hamilton’s work is very compelling to me, since her...
From: Alberti's Window on 11 Apr 2015

Massacre of Journalists at Charlie Hebdo in Paris

Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical publication in Paris, was attacked by terrorists this morning. Two gunmen reportedly entered the offices of Charlie Hebdo and opened fire, killing ten people and wounding more. The gunmen then exited the building and...

Pregnancy in Western Art

Earlier this week, I was researching something on Barbara Kruger when I happened upon some posters that she made in 1991 for bus shelters, as part of a project created through the Public Arts Fund. These posters, which had the word “HELP!”...
From: Alberti's Window on 20 Jan 2014

Vik Muniz and Perspective

Muniz, "Action Photo after Hans Namuth" (1997). Photograph of image created with chocloate syrup Vik Muniz is a contemporary Brazilian artist who is based in New York. He is particularly interested in referencing images from pop culture or fine art, but...
From: Alberti’s Window on 2 Jul 2013

French Art History in Chicago

Chicago has become a real center for French art history. Chicago-based art historians have made a mark with their research on French art and culture. Rebecca Zorach, Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Chicago, has become one of the...

Technology and Triumphal Arch Parallels: Dürer and Debombourg

Baptiste Debombourg, Triumphal Arch, 2001. Cardboard boxes, glue, strings, scotch tape. Height 5.3 m (approx 17.38 feet) This morning one of my students shared with me a Tumblr page with images of Debombourg’s Triumphal Arch, which is largely comprised...
From: Alberti’s Window on 19 Dec 2012

Joan Miró Exhibit at the National Gallery

A new exhibition on Joan Miró, entitled “Joan Miró: The Ladder of Escape,” has opened at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. I have not yet been able to see this exhibit, but having just visited the Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona...

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