Month: May 2016

Spotlight: Art World Videos

Above video by the author. Depicts Clock Prototype, A Million Times, 288 H (2013) by Humans Since 1982, now at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum.

In a recent post, we explored the various publications from whom I receive articles about art, via email, on a daily basis. Now I’d like to talk about informational videos, as there is a slew of creative content on the internet that is worth the watch.

First up, the new “Art Market in Four Parts” series by Artsy, which attempts to clarify through documentary footage and interviews how the art world functions. Episode 1 centers on Auctions, episode 2 on Galleries, episode 3 on Patrons, and episode 4, which will be released on June 13th, examines Art Fairs. Though they move quickly, each installment is thoughtful, satisfyingly straightforward, and generally fun. Another publication, the New York Times Magazine, concentrates on studio visits and installations in its own ‘Art&Design‘ videos. ArtNet News has some, too.

Then there’s the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Artist Project, which I previously mentioned  being a really wonderful resource and way of becoming familiar with both a remarkable collection and talented artists of today– some are big names, others less well-known, but all have something meaningful to share. There’s also The Met Collects programs and research symposiums that can be found online through MetMedia. Other institutions offer similar opportunities and most of their videos are short: MoMA has an amazing YouTube channel, as does the Guggenheim (includes features in Spanish and ASL)  and the Tate Modern in England.

The aforementioned Art21, which, paraphrasing from its website, “has established itself as the preeminent chronicler of contemporary art and artists through its Peabody Award-winning, PBS-broadcast television show, Art in the Twenty-First Century,” is another one of my favorites.

Next week I’ll hopefully have the chance to recommend some art-themed podcasts! In the meantime, follow me on twitter (@molapola).

Artist of the Month: Winslow Homer

Artist of the Month (May)

Winslow Homer

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The Cotton Pickers (1876) from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art collection. Copyright LACMA Museum Associates 2011.

Bio of Homer (by Artsy) below:

Winslow Homer is one of the best known painters of American scenes of outdoor life. After an apprenticeship in lithography, Homer began his career as an illustrator for Harper’s, drawing scenes of the Civil War battlefront. After the war, he traveled to Europe and then spent the summer of 1873 in Gloucester, Massachusetts, where he began to work in watercolor—what would eventually became his primary medium. Homer’s outdoor genre scenes painted a varied picture of Americana, from scenes of wilderness guides, to rural African American life in the post-Civil War era, to children at play. In 1881, he spent almost two years on the English coast depicting simple scenes of the local communities. As his career evolved, Homer turned more and more to the sea, and a move to a secluded spot in coastal Maine prompted the eternal struggle between man and nature to become a prominent theme in his work.

Any college art history textbook will tell you that Homer is internationally recognized as an iconic American artist. And the pastoral yet powerful aspects of his work seem to render it perfectly suited for the not yet spring-ish tone of the month. I am a huge fan of The Cotton Pickers, which is featured above. This piece of his can be viewed now on the first floor of the Met Breuer exhibition entitled Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible, continuing through September 4th. Stay tuned for a review of Unfinished and feel free to comment below with questions and/or ideas.