From the beginning it was not the figure psychologically centered, but the figure in relation to a place or a situation or a scene with the objects. Not props, but rather plastic presences powerful in their own right." ~George Segal, born November 26, 1924
Henning, Edward B. and Tom E. Hinson. “The Red Light by George Segal.” The Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art , Vol. 63, No. 5 (1976): 148. Accessed November 20, 2013. http://www.jstor.org/stable/25152640.
Happy birthday to painter and sculptor George Segal! Segal (1924-2000) pioneered a new method of casting plaster sculptures by wrapping coated bandages around live models, removing the hardened forms, and then reassembling the parts into their final state. The artist debuted this work, Exit, at the New York Pop Art exhibition “New Realism.”
Learn more about this work HERE.
”Exit,” 1975, by George Segal (Philadelphia Museum of Art: Gift of the Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art)
This detailed and dramatic painting, “The Coat of Many Colors,” tells the tragic story of Joseph’s famous coat. Attributed to Rembrandt’s favorite student, Gerbrand van den Eeckhout, it is on view next to Vermeer’s famous “Young Woman Seated at a Virginal.” Make sure to see these incredible works, temporarily on view.
“The Coat of Many Colors,”Gerbrand van den Eeckhout, (1621-1674)
More Art Monday: Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is only a couple of days away! Are you ready to gobble-gobble on some turkey? What are you thankful for this year?
We’re thankful for ART 24/7, the program dedicated to bringing high-quality photographs of each object on our collection to the web.
- “Turkey," Date Unknown, James Castle
- Left: “Man Eating Sweet Potatoes," 18th Century, Ike Taiga, Japanese, Edo Period (1615-1868) Purchased with funds contributed by Mrs. John C. Atwood, Jr., 1969
- Right: "Marshmallow" Sofa Designed by George Nelson Associates, Designed 1956, Made by the Herman Miller Furniture Company
- “Merry Company," c. 1663-67, Attributed to Jan Steen
- Left: Dinner Service Platter “Wild Turkey,” From the state dinner and dessert service of Rutherford B. Hayes, c. 1882, Designed by Theodore Russell Davis
- Right:Wild Turkey, Male and Female, 1825-33, Alexander Lawson. After a drawing by Titian Ramsay Peale II.
- “Platter," 1980, Ralph Bacerra, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. B. Herbert Lee, 2007
- “The Celebrated Gargantua,” c. 1840, Artist/maker unknown
Fashion Friday: Check out these leopard-skin bootees by Elsa Schiaparelli in our newest exhibition, “The Surrealists: Works from the Collection.” Part of the designer’s personal wardrobe, the shoes are presented as a part of an ensemble of works by artists and designers associated with or influenced by Surrealism. They were one of Schiaparelli’s favorite pairs of shoes—she was even known to wear them bowling! #TheSurrealists
Woman’s Shoes, winter 1939–40, by Elsa Schiaparelli
The art of painting—that really should be called the art of resemblance—makes it possible to describe, through painting, a thought capable of becoming visible. This thought includes only figures that the world offers: people, curtains, weapons, stars, solids, inscriptions, etc. Resemblance spontaneously reunites these figures in an order that directly evokes mystery." ~Rene Magritte, Born November 21, 1898
#ThrowbackThursday Enjoy this image from “Shocking! The Art and Fashion of Elsa Schiaparelli." The 2003 exhibition was the first major retrospective of the Italian-born designer’s work, and touched upon Schiaparelli’s connections to surrealism. See a pair of leopard shoes by the designer as well as Man Ray’s "Fair Weather" (seen above) in "The Surrealists," on view now in the Perelman Building.
Happy birthday to Belgian Surrealist René Magritte, who created this painting at the end of a three-year stay in Paris. Currently on view in a Magritte exhibition at @ MoMA The Museum of Modern Art, this multi-paneled picture-within-a-picture exemplifies the artist’s ability to challenge the viewer to search beneath the surface of his flat and enigmatic paintings. What do you see?
Learn more about this work HERE
“The Six Elements,” 1929, by René Magritte. © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris