Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Coming of Age

This past February I had the opportunity to to see an exhibition entitled Coming of Age: American Art, 1850s to 1950s at the Meadows Museum on Southern Methodist University's campus. The exhibition, put together by the Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover, MA, sets out to document and display the maturation of a distinct, American style of art between the mid-19th and mid-20th centuries. Here are some American artists, on display in this traveling exhibition, worth checking out. In the opinion of the Addison Gallery, these artist were key in establishing the United States as the artistic center of the world. These pictures do not do justice to the actual artwork. For example, in Moonlight, Wolf, the stars as well as the wolf's eyes are an incredibly bright, beautiful yellow, which look brilliant in contrast to the rest of the painting. It's hard to see that from a computer screen. Similar observations can be made about each of the paintings below.

- Joel

The West Wind - Winslow Homer

Moonlight, Wolf - Frederick Remington

Phosphorescence - Jackson Pollock

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