ARCHIBALD MOTLEY: JAZZ AGE MODERNIST

Archibald Motley "Self-Portrait (Myself at Work)" 1933 Oil on canvas

Archibald Motley “Self-Portrait (Myself at Work)” 1933 Oil on canvas

Archibald Motley was an African-American storyteller through painting of twentieth-century American life. He studied at School of the Art Chicago in 1910s and specialized in portraiture and saw it “as a means of affirming racial respect and race pride.” He is noted for his contributions to the Harlem Renaissance. His night and crowd scenes show the jazz culture influence and vivid, urban black culture. His work addressed the complexity of modern life. The exhibition “Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist” can be viewed at Whitney Museum of American Art through January 17, 2016.

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Archibald Motley “Portrait of a Cultured Lady” 1948 Oil on canvas

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Archibald Motley “Playground (Recess)” 1940 Oil on composition board

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Archibald Motley “Barbecue” 1934 Oil on canvas

 

Stanley Whitney: Dance the Orange

Dance the Orange  is the first solo Museum exhibition for Stanley Whitney in New York. His colorful abstractions gained attention in the mid-1990s and continue to amaze audiences with blocks of color amidst horizontal strips on a sharply square canvas. His work is influenced by inspirations he receives from the everyday, such as jazz, poetry and literature. The influence of jazz, poetry and literature can be seen within the title of the works in the main gallery space, such as My Name is Peaches from a line in a song by Nina Simone.  His newest works, in the alcove space, show his continued mastery of color with a new fluidity in the placement of the blocks of color, with some not even touching each other in line. Through October 25th, Dance the Orange is a must see show during the Summer months at The Studio Museum in Harlem.

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Stanley Whitney “Untitled” 2013 Oil on linen; Stanley Whitney “Untitled” 2015 Oil on linen; Stanley Whitney “Untitled” 2008 Oil on linen; Stanley Whitney “Untitled” 2013 Oil on linen;Stanley Whitney “Untitled” 2013 Oil on linen; Stanley Whitney “Untitled” 2012 Oil on linen; Stanley Whitney “Untitled” 2010 Oil on linen; Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015.

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Stanley Whitney “Untitled” 2015 Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015.

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Stanley Whitney “Untitled” 2015 Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015.

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Stanley Whitney “Hearts and Brains” 2012 Oil on linen; Stanley Whitney “Elephant Memory” 2014 Oil on linen; Stanley Whitney “My Name is Peaches” 2015 Oil on linen. Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015.

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Stanley Whitney “Hearts and Brains” 2012 Oil on linen Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015.

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Stanley Whitney “Elephant Memory” 2014 Oil on linen Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015.

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Stanley Whitney “My Name is Peaches” 2015 Oil on linen Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015.

Ralph Pucci: The Art of the Mannequin

Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015.

Ralph Pucci: The Art of the Mannequin, which explores the work of New York-based mannequin designer Ralph Pucci, is the first museum exhibition to focus on mannequins. His approach to the mannequin form is widely acknowledged for his innovation and creativity. Through October 25, 2015 you can view the exhibition and be inspired by Pucci’s work. Find more information  on the show by clicking here!

Below are a few highlights from my visit to Museum of Arts and Design, where the show is located:

Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015.

Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015.

Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015.

Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015.

Art Market Hamptons

 

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Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015.

On Saturday, July 11th I spent a wonderful afternoon at Market Art and Design in Bridgehampton, NY. The art fair was in a beautiful location by the water, yummy food trucks and full of interesting and dynamic art pieces.

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Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015.

The following are some images from my time at the fair:

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Damien A. Roman Fine Art Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015.

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Swoon “Neenee” Hand painted screenprint on found object, 2014. Damien A. Roman Fine Art Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015.

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Frank Judge “Untitled (Miss St. Louis)”, 1940s Oil on board. Bernard Goldberg Fine Arts, LLC. Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015.

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MMaterial by Fernando Mastrangelo Studio. Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015.

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MMaterial by Fernando Mastrangelo Studio. Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015.

Volta NY 2015

This past week was a huge and insanely busy weekend in the art world. One of my favorite stops was at Volta NY 2015 and wanted to share some of what I saw in the booths:

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Rudy Shepherd “Portraits” 2007-2015 Watercolor on paper Each 12 x 9 Mixed Greens, New York. Photo by Erin K. Hylton

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Dustin Yellin Glass, acrylic and collage Richard Heller Gallery, Los Angeles. Photo by Erin K. Hylton

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Dustin Yellin Glass, acrylic and collage Richard Heller Gallery, Los Angeles. Photo by Erin K. Hylton

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Dustin Yellin. detal. Glass, acrylic and collage Richard Heller Gallery, Los Angeles. Photo by Erin K. Hylton

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Dustin Yellin Glass, acrylic and collage Richard Heller Gallery, Los Angeles. Photo by Erin K. Hylton

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Travis Somerville “Well Division” 2009 Acrylic on vintage porcelain drinking fountains and panels, automotive paint on metal drinking fountain, copper pipes, running water Beta Pictoris/Maus Contemporary, Birmingham, Alabama. Photo by Erin K. Hylton

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Detail of the Black water fountain from: Travis Somerville “Well Division” 2009 Acrylic on vintage porcelain drinking fountains and panels, automotive paint on metal drinking fountain, copper pipes, running water Beta Pictoris/Maus Contemporary, Birmingham, Alabama. Photo by Erin K. Hylton

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Detail of the Latino water fountain from: Travis Somerville “Well Division” 2009 Acrylic on vintage porcelain drinking fountains and panels, automotive paint on metal drinking fountain, copper pipes, running water Beta Pictoris/Maus Contemporary, Birmingham, Alabama. Photo by Erin K. Hylton

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Detail of the Native American water fountain from: Travis Somerville “Well Division” 2009 Acrylic on vintage porcelain drinking fountains and panels, automotive paint on metal drinking fountain, copper pipes, running water Beta Pictoris/Maus Contemporary, Birmingham, Alabama. Photo by Erin K. Hylton

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We Are All Imperfect (www.imperfectarticles.com) Trenton Doyle Hancock at Volta NY. Photo by Erin K. Hylton

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Peterson Kamwathi “Untitled (Positions Series Part II, VII) Signed titled and dated 2015 on the reverse Charcoal, stencil, pastel, spray paint, watercolor, ink and collage on paper. Executed in 2015. ARTLabAfrica, Nairobi. Photo by Erin K. Hylton

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Peterson Kamwathi “Untitled (Positions Series Part II, IX) Signed titled and dated 2015 on the reverse Charcoal, stencil, pastel, spray paint, watercolor, ink and collage on paper. Executed in 2015. ARTLabAfrica, Nairobi. Photo by Erin K. Hylton

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Yashua Klos killing it at #Volta2015. Photo by Erin K. Hylton

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Yashua Klos. Photo by Erin K. Hylton

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Kenyatta Hinkle. Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco/New York. Photo by Erin K. Hylton

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Kenyatta Hinkle. Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco/New York. Photo by Erin K. Hylton

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Kenyatta Hinkle. Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco/New York. Photo by Erin K. Hylton

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Kenyatta Hinkle. Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco/New York. Photo by Erin K. Hylton

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Kenyatta Hinkle. Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco/New York. Photo by Erin K. Hylton

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Kenyatta Hinkle “The Transfiguration” 2015 gouache, India ink and acrylic on wood panel. Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco/New York. Photo by Erin K. Hylton

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Kenyatta Hinkle “The Seer” 2015 India ink, polyfilm, acrylic paint on wood panel. Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco/New York. Photo by Erin K. Hylton

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Kenyatta Hinkle “The Sower” 2015 India ink, acrylic paint and polyfilm on wood panel. Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco/New York. Photo by Erin K. Hylton