Have you ever taken a long look at a piece of art and wonder.."Why is this art? What makes this special? What does it mean..?"
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There are several different kinds of sculpture:
Who knows the difference between two-dimensional art and three-dimensional art?
Two-dimensional art is art that you paint or draw on a sheet of paper and it lays flat, not taking up room in the world other than that one sheet of paper. Three-dimensional art is art that you build or sculpt. These sculptures are not flat, and most of them allow the viewer to walk completely around it to see it from all sides.
Have you heard of the Italian artist named Giuseppe Arcimboldo?
Giuseppe was born in Milan, Italy, in 1527. Almost 500 years ago! Take a look at this painting he created, it is called Vegetables in a Bowl. What do you see in this painting? I see all sorts veggies in a black bowl. Let's see what we can find. Check off the veggies as you find them, then try to add to the list:
What else can you find?
This artist is famous for his portraits (images of people) made up of vegetables, fruit, flowers, and all sorts of other things. Does this painting look like a portrait to you? What if we flip it upside down?
Aurora Borealis: A Painting by Frederic Edwin Church
Looking at America and Painting How I Want, What I Want and How I See It
Welcome back friends! I want to tell you about a special artist..
Dean Mitchell lives and works in Tampa, Fla. His focus is on figurative works (portraits of people), landscapes (paintings of nature with land and sky) and still lifes (every day, still objects). At the Albany Museum of Art, Mitchells exhibition, Looking at America and Painting How I Want, What I Want and How I See It, is currently on display.
"I'm looking for freedom regardless of painting styles and labels imposed on artists in regards to race and ethnic origins,” Mitchell says, “total freedom to explore my full potential as an artist."
Mitchell went to college at Columbus College of Art & Design in Columbus, Ohio. His degree is called an MFA (Masters in Fine Arts) He maintains a deep connection with Quincy, Fla., a small industrial city where he was raised and inspired by his grandmother. His grandmother pushed him to not give up his dream of becoming an artist, encouraging him to attend his art studies. His work has been collected by many prestigious museums and has received numerous accolades, included meeting President Barack Obama and his family, and being considered as a portrait artist for the 44th president. A small snapshot of Mitchell at the White House hangs on the wall at his Quincy location—aptly named after his grandmother—the Marie Brooks Gallery.
Artist Maya Lin’s (b. 1959) sculpture Silver Upper White River (recycled silver, 2015) is on display at Crystal Bridges. Many readers may already be familiar with Lin; it was she who, while still an undergraduate architecture major, gained fame for her winning design for the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial in Washington, DC. Today, her art focuses on humanity’s interaction with nature, emphasizing our collective responsibility to protect and preserve the world around us.
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Let's take a long look at this work of art by Kalina Wińska.
It is entitled ATMOSPHERIC GAZE # 6. It is made with graphite, colored pencils, and gesso on Yupo.
Discuss this work with a friend or a parent!
What is going on in this work?
What makes you say that?
What else can you find?
Great job! Now let's hear from the artist herself...
"In my recent works, I explore various ways of observing and visually comprehending the weather through direct (human sight) and indirect means (e.g. satellite imagery.) Ultimately, in the process of making these works, issues such as our ambivalent relationship to climate change, concepts of weather modification, and the human drive to control natural phenomena resurfaced and provided more focused direction to my formal manipulations with materials and tools. The artworks are mostly mixed media drawings on paper or panel that formally explore indexical shapes of clouds in combination with meticulously layered symbolic signs of targets or molecular formulas of greenhouse gases. Furthermore, the variety of color shapes, as well as the symbolic and expressive marks and lines, are inspired by surface weather analysis data codes. I think of them as abstracted snapshots of cloudscapes visibly marked with human activity."
Social distancing is on everyone's mind. Classes have been canceled, schools are out for weeks, and your children might be feeling a little bored. The Albany Museum of Art is here to help with daily resources, lessons, and art activities to keep you and your kiddos inspired!
Social distancing is on everyone's mind. Classes have been canceled, schools are out for weeks, and your children might be feeling a little bored. The Albany Museum Kids Blog is here to help with daily resources, lessons, and art activities to keep you and your kiddos inspired!
These links above have a TON of amazing resources… take a virtual tour, download an art history book, and explore high resolution images from museums around the world! Plus, find fun videos to entertain and educate your young artists.