We’re throwing it back to 2006, when Richard Long’s “Summer Circle” used to live outside our building. #blantonmuseum #richardlong (at The Blanton Museum of Art)
More Art Monday: Vacation Destinations
We’re nearly halfway through the summer. If your vacation destination could be anywhere in the world, where would you go? Here are some of our favorite places from around the globe.
“The Sacred Mountain (Parahi Te Marae),” 1892, Paul Gauguin, French
“The Rialto, Venice,” 1911, John Singer Sargent, American (active London, Florence, and Paris)
“Hara: Fuji in the Morning (Hara; Asa no Fuji), No. 14 from the series 53 Stations of the Tokaido (Tōkaidō gojūsan tsugi),” 1832-33, Utagawa Hiroshige I, Japanese, 1797 - 1858. Published by Hōeidō
“Eiffel Tower,” c. 1909, Robert Delaunay, French
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If you would like to see Vermeer’s famous, beautiful Girl with a Pearl Earring, you’ll have to have to travel to the Netherlands, as it’s been banned from leaving the Mauritschuis Picture Gallery.
Happy Birthday to Alexander Calder! You probably know him for his mobiles, but he also made prints as well, including these two from our collection.
Alexander Calder, Poisson, 20th century, lithograph, Gift of Mrs. Alexandra Goodstadt and Kristina Goodstadt, 2010.
Alexander Calder, L’Aigle, 20th century, lithograph,Gift of Mrs. Alexandra Goodstadt and Kristina Goodstadt, 2010.
Hey—that’s in our collection!
Like a scientist observing objective data, Richard Anuszkiewicz regards his paintings as experiments, investigations, and studies of color. A student of Josef Albers, the leading professor of color theory in the United States, Anuszkiewicz has developed a compelling painting style that gives visual form to scientific principles.
Plus Reversed is a key example of what has been called Optical art or Op art in the United States—a painting whose color and pattern conjunctions cause involuntary perceptual effects in its viewer. Here the artist paired the complementary colors of red and green in repetitive patterns of plus-shaped signs, reminiscent of the voltage symbols on a battery. The juxtaposition of colors intensifies their vividness and induces a flickering retinal effect. The patterning creates a further reverberation of its own by changing colors as it expands outward, suggesting movement.
Plus Reversed is one of Anuszkiewicz’s most accomplished early works; shown in important exhibitions, it received wide critical review in the 1960s. It is also the first painting the artist ever sold: according to collector James Michener, who saw it displayed in a gallery window on Madison Avenue in New York, “It quite knocked me over and I bought it on the spot.”