Category Archives: Notes on Art History

Diebenkorn

My wife and I are standing in San Francisco’s de Young Museum about to enter an art exhibit. The man looking out at us from the short film we are watching is Richard Diebenkorn. I want you to think of … Continue reading

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Ancient Art

I was recently sent an article about the discovery of 5,000 pieces of rock art located in 11 locations in Mexico. Said to predate Spanish rule, they would appear to be somewhere between 600-1,000 years old. Usually I’m intrigued by … Continue reading

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The Amazing Mr. Turner

JMW Turner  (1775-1851)  Self-portrait (1799)  Once some years ago, when I was roaming the stacks at the University of Georgia library, I was struck by the titles of two books shelved side by side. One was entitled The Pre-Raphaelite Tragedy; its … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day

When I was younger I thought that big ideas could only be found in big works —symphonies, operas, murals, large paintings, and so on. Foolish, of course, but in those days I was much enamored of ‘grand’ things. With time … Continue reading

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“The Seine, Outside Paris” — Frank Boggs

The Seine, Outside Paris by Frank Boggs caught my eye on my first visit to the Hunter Museum about fifteen years ago. Since then, I go see it on most of my visits, and, like an old friend who never fails to charm, … Continue reading

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“The Arrest” — Jack Levine

We are living in a time of increasing friction between law enforcement agencies and the citizens they serve. Violent confrontations between the police and members of minority communities have been recorded by bystanders. The resulting videos have quickly captured a national … Continue reading

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“The Circus is in Town” — Edith Cockcroft

Edith Cockcroft, though not well known today, was an established and successful artist in her time. “The Circus is in Town”, part of the Hunter Museum of American Art’s permanent collection, is one of her paintings from 1912, done when she … Continue reading

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