Nancy Shaver – The Inspiration in Challenge

10/21/18 Contemporary art tends to raise a lot of questions in my mind. Sometimes I’m not sure if it stretches my perceptions and understanding of art. With that being said I seem to keep coming back! I came across Nancy Shaver in a list of artists from a show Dime-Store Alchemy at the FLAG Art […]

Ghada Amer – Embroidery and Paint

9/5/18 Ghada Amer is a contemporary artist who emmigrated to the United States from France in 1995 at the age of 32. Her abstract portrayals convey a sense of subtle revolt that incite emotion. Amer was born in Cairo, Egypt and lived there until the age of 11 when her family moved to France. Amer’s […]

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. […]