Carl Robert Holty, Red Desert, 1955-56, oil on canvas, Gift of Mari and James A. Michener, 1968.
Working in Paris and New York immediately before World War II, American-born Holty painted in a variety of abstract styles: his work at this time was associated with cubism, biomorphism, and Abstraction-Création. Upon his return to the U.S., he became a founding member of American Abstract Artists, a group that sought to develop an American abstraction that differed from both European abstraction and the then-popular style of American regionalism. Red Desert, the painting included here, comes from later in his career, when the artist was exploring a more organic abstraction in which amorphous planes of color interact and overlap to create washy fields reminiscent of light as it plays off the land.
We’ve grown so used to assuming that technology of this kind should make things crisper, cleaner, and more efficient that it’s a pleasure, a relief, even, to find an experience that is all but effortless in actual life instead slowed down and warped, complicated by the digital realm.Alexandra Schwartz on Google’s initiative to take us on virtual trips through museums. (via newyorker)
Fernando Botero’s “Reclining Woman” will be featured in “La línea continua,” opening Saturday. #blantonmuseum #botero #museummonday #art #sculpture (at The Blanton Museum of Art)
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