You know you’re in a room full of museum geeks when you say “I saw Savage Beauty” and everyone instantly starts cursing your name
Paulus Potter (Dutch, 1625-1654), Frisian Horse (Le cheval de la Frise), 1652. Etching. Second state. Warburg Institute, University of London.
HMMMMMMM methinks I spot something different about this Fresian…
Figure of a horse, middle 8th century AD, from Astana Cemetery, China. Painted clay, wood, silk, and straw. Acquired by Aurel Stein on his expeditions to the Silk Road Repository, The British Museum.
From the British Museum website:
Astana was a cemetery site along the Northern Silk Route explored by Sir Aurel Stein during his third Central Asian expedition (1913-16). It is thought that residents of the walled city of Gaochang nearby were buried there. Until its destruction by Tibetans in AD 791, Gaochang was the administrative seat for the Western District (Xizhou) of the Tang Empire and the convergence point of roads from the north and south-west that ultimately led to the capital of Chang’an.
This figure formed part of the furnishings from a tomb, together with other figurines of horses and a camel. Although made from clay and wood, it was based on sancai-glazed ceramic examples placed in tombs of metropolitan China at this time. Painted markings on its body indicate that this is a bay-coated horse. There are petal-shaped pieces of silk on the body. Its wooden legs could be fixed to the floor of a niche in the tomb. The saddle-blanket is shown as magnificently embroidered and remnants of silk indicate where stirrups would have hung.
Documents recovered from these tombs indicate just how important horses were to daily life in the region. The whole network of communications relied largely on horses. Detailed registers were kept of the journeys horses made, penalties prescribed for injuries from neglect or overloading, and enquiries carried out when an animal had died en route.
I know little to nothing about Chinese art, especially of this age, but I do know one thing: this horse is gorgeous.
RIP Walter de Maria (October 1, 1935 - July 25, 2013): your majestic vision of art that transcends time and space will truly be missed.
Angelika Platen, portrait of the Walter de Maria
Earth Room, 1977
The 2000, 1992
One Sun, 2002
Triangle, Circle, Square, 1972
5-7-9 Series, 1992-96
Lightning Field, 1977
Portrait of the artist with Broken Kilometer, 1979
Cloud Music was in good form today! It’s hard to hear, especially with Superhighway in the background, but its electronically generated tones correlate to the movement of clouds across the sky (I seemed to always miss the most interesting parts when I was trying to record, but what can you do?). Since today was partly cloudy, it was quite spirited! This was the cutting edge of technology in the 1970s, and probably one of the first applications of computer technology to art. It’s still pretty awesome today.
David Behrman, Robert Watts and Bob Diamond;Cloud Music; 1974-79.
Romaine Brooks, Climbing One’s Wings, 1930. Photomechanical reproduction on paper. Smithsonian American Art Museum, gift of the artist.
These haunting images may date from 1930, but the emotions Brooks expresses in them are still as relevant today.
(All Romaine Brooks, 1930. Pencil on paper. Collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, gift of the artist)
2. Enemy Fat
3. Caught (Emprisonee)
Romaine Brooks, The Impeders (Les Empecheurs), 1930. Pencil on paper. Smithsonian American Art Museum, gift of the artist.
Romaine Brooks’ oeuvre (body of work) is a tour de force of restraint. She could use the barest of lines and the simplest of palettes to create a masterful picture. This one is one of my favorite of her drawings— a woman tries to escape with a winged horse, but two men are yanking at its tail, dragging it down. I can’t help but think it relates to her struggles as a woman and as a homosexual.
GUYS IMMA GONNA DO A ROMAINE BROOKS AWARENESS CAMPAIGN because the internet has been so sad recently and it needs some beautiful art done by an artist who just so happens to be a homosexual woman as well. I’ve already reblogged some stuff but I’m going to add some new content as well.
Romaine Brooks (right) with long time lover and companion, Natalie Barney
10 Facts You May Not Know About Artemisia Gentileschi
A self-portrait of Artemisia Gentileschi (1630s), and the artist’s most famous painting, “Judith…
"It is worth noting that up to her rediscovered in the late 20th century, many of her works had been attributed to her father or largely ignored by critics and art historians."
A fate shared by many historical female artists, unfortunately.
a sublime feeling.
A picture, no matter how beautiful and high resolution, will never do justice to standing in front of a Rothko in person. While viewers in a museum tend to look at a Rothko instinctively from some distance, Rothko actually believed viewers should be about six inches away from the canvas to get the most out of his work. Don’t actually do this; you’ll give a guard a heart attack. However, don’t be afraid to get (relatively, behind the tape!!) close to a Rothko and experience the ethereal layering of colors yourself. A Rothko doesn’t tell a story in the way representational art does, but instead is wholly driven by emotion, memory, and the personal experience of art. So do just that— take the time and let it be personal.
#this art psa is now done
Three Versions of Judith Beheading Holofernes:
Valentine de Boulogne (1591-1632)
Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1653)
SO WHO DID IT BETTER??