Clay Surovek

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Winslow Homer: Eyewitness

2020-01-28T14:23:48-05:00 November 20th, 2019|

Ahead of his time, the first paintings of the sea that Homer exhibited in New York were panned by the critics. Writer and critic Henry James wrote that Homer's paintings were, “almost barbarously simple” with “no imagination.” Although James did add that “there is something one likes about him.” Homer's use of diffuse light and stark narrative was a sharp contrast to the emotional, bucolic work that was popular in the 1870s.

William Glackens: Advancing Art in America

2019-08-12T09:15:42-04:00 August 8th, 2019|

William Glackens was one of the best reporter-artist-illustrators of his time, rendering fast, accurate and compassionate drawings for the Philadelphia Record, and the New York Herald. When the half-tone printing process was finally successfully engineered, so that it was good enough for commercial use (around 1898), illustrators, like Glackens, were replaced by photographers.

The Legacy of Alexander Calder

2018-01-12T14:11:30-05:00 January 10th, 2018|

Calder was born in Philadelphia in 1898. Both his grandfather and father, A. Stirling Calder, were successful sculptors, who created large-scale public works. His mother, Nanette Lederer Calder, was an accomplished painter. Calder created small sculptures as a child, and studied engineering before deciding to pursue a career as an artist.

Pablo Picasso Originals: From the Côte d’Azur to Chicago

2017-09-08T17:05:56-04:00 September 4th, 2017|

Picasso continued to create pottery throughout his lifetime. He bought an estate in Mougins, just five miles north of the Madoura pottery, in 1961, where he lived and worked for the remainder of his life. After Jacqueline died, in 1986, the property was abandoned and sat empty for thirty years. It was restored a few years ago and will be auctioned by Christie’s real estate next moth. Bidding will start at 20.2 million euros ($24 million).

Joan Miro: Sensitive to the World

2021-03-18T17:24:04-04:00 August 29th, 2017|

“The artist does not live in bliss.” wrote Joan Miro. “He is sensitive to the world, to the pulsation of his time, to the events which compel him to act. This is bound to happen. This is not an intellectual attitude but a profound feeling, something like a cry of joy which delivers you from anguish.”

Norman Rockwell: Elusive Originals

2019-01-13T10:36:58-05:00 August 1st, 2017|

“No man with a conscience can just bat out illustrations.” Rockwell wrote, “He’s got to put all of his talent and all of his feelings into them. If illustration is not considered art, then that’s something that we have brought upon ourselves; not considering ourselves as artists. I believe illustrators should say, ‘I’m not just an illustrator. I’m an artist.”

The Power and Passion of Thomas Hart Benton Prints

2021-03-18T17:24:05-04:00 March 17th, 2017|

Looking at America He was larger than life, a brawler and a drinker, but Thomas Hart Benton’s prints, created during the Great Depression, spoke of hope and courage to the millions of Americans who had lost so much. While Benton’s public murals garnered him much acclaim, it was his prints that captured the quiet, melancholy, and sometimes, tragic [...]

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