Figuratively Speaking – Mira Dancy

7/3/18 This week I’m back to visiting some contemporary art and came across Mira Dancy. Dancy came to painting through the encouragement of some college professors while at Bard College. She later received her MFA from Columbia University. Growing up as one of 10 children she recalls her mother giving birth at home and by […]

16th Century Feminist – Artemisia Gentileschi

1/30/18 Women throughout history have often fought for their place in what’s historically been a male dominated world. Forms of abuse or suppression from full participation in life are apt motivators toward rebellion of all kinds. For Artemisia Gentileschi like many other women artists the story isn’t so different. Born in 1593 she was the […]

The Shaped Canvas – Elizabeth Murray

1/24/18 Grafitti Art, Pop Art? What is it? Elizabeth Murray is recorded as being part of the Neo-expressionist period. I’m not sure I totally agree with that as she seems to me a little less easy to define. Murray, set out to become an illustrator in the late 50’s. Her mother had wanted to be […]

Strength in Immediacy and Helen Frankenthaler

12/27/17 Helen Frankenthaler was an American icon in the era of Abstract Expressionism. She’s been credited with initiating the subsequent movement of Color Field Painting where simplified compositions using large masses of color became part of the canvas.   Her soak-stain technique was the pathway to this new form of abstraction and consisted of a […]

Clementine Hunter – A Folk Art Legend

10/20/17 Clementine Hunter is noted to be one of the most important folk artists of all time and was a self-taught artist. Having grown up on a plantation in the late 1800s her father was a sharecropper and tenant farmer. Life was hard and Ms. Hunter grew up illiterate working the fields.     Ms. […]

A Provocative Pumpkin – Yayoi Kusama

10/9/17 Provocative is a great word to describe Yayoi Kusama and her art. At 88 Ms. Kusama’s work is in the collections of museums around the world. Just last month The Yayoi Kusama Museum opened up in Tokyo,Japan. I was drawn to this piece because of the pumpkin motif and it being October where the […]

A Woman of Fiber and Light

9/8/17 I came across a series of contemporary pieces of art at the Philadelphia museum recently. Hanging threads of knotted plastic some with bright color some with more organic natural tones. I wanted to touch them and “understand”. While I could see the connection between the works they were also very different and I’ll say […]