Essays on Artists & Acquisitions (page 4)

September 14, 2017

Ansel Adams, “Winnowing Grain”

“Winnowing Grain, Taos Pueblo, New Mexico,” reflects photographer Ansel Adams’ interest in ancient cultures.

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April 25, 2017

Highlights of the Collection: Berenice Abbott, Murray Hill Hotel

Murray Hill Hotel’s composition seems indebted to modernist photography of the period.

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March 1, 2017

Highlights of the Collection: Marilyn Levine, F.M. Case

Ceramicist Marilyn Levine and stand-up comedian George Carlin both imbued their art with a working class humor.

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February 28, 2017

Highlights of the Collection: Ansel Adams, Winter Sunrise

Ansel Adams woke before dawn for five days in order to capture the key moment of sunrise over the Sierra.

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October 17, 2016

Highlights of the Collection: Hurrell’s Marlene Dietrich

Hurrell, the master of the glamor shot, worked with Dietrich to create a portrait that incorporates contributions from both.

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October 9, 2016

Highlights of the Collection: Martinez, La Virgin de San Juan

Artist Alfredo Ramos Martinez sought a miracle for his daughter, and this work embodies that search.

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October 2, 2016

Highlights of the Collection: House of Shango

Samella Lewis’s work often grapples with issues of race in the U.S., and The House of Shango is no exception.

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August 20, 2016

The Landscape of Injustice: Ansel Adams and Manzanar

Ansel Adams extended his vision of American identity to the interned Japanese-Americans, arguing that they were born free and equal.

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August 3, 2016

Highlights of the Collection: Vaea Marx, Plate

A member of the French Resistance in WWII and later a cowboy in Australia, Marx studied ceramics in Japan and had a significant impact on the mid-20th century movement to take clay into the arena of fine art.

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June 30, 2016

Highlights of the Collection: Paul Jacoulet, The Pearls

Jacoulet illustrates the Western interpretation of Eastern life. His style, though beautiful, bears orientalist undertones.

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