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

 

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Sheldon Museum of Art Sculpture Garden

The art at the Sheldon Museum of Art is not only contained in the beautiful Philip Johnson building. In fact, one of the wonderful features of the Sheldon Museum is the sculpture garden. Across the campus you will find amazing pieces of sculpture and public works. I thoroughly enjoyed my walk across the beautiful campus to find all the artwork I have attached to this post!

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Yinka Shonibare MBE “Wind Sculpture III” (Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015)

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Yinka Shonibare MBE “Wind Sculpture III” (Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015)

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Detail of Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen “Torn Notebook” 1992 (fabricated 1996) painted aluminum, stainless steel armature (Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015)

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Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen “Torn Notebook” 1992 (fabricated 1996) painted aluminum, stainless steel armature (Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015)

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Fletcher Benton (Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015)

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Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015.

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Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015.

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Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015.

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Robert Murray “Nanticoke” 1980 (Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015.)

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Michael Todd “Daimaru XV (Great Circle) 1981 (Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015.)

Artist on the Edge: Sophia Dawson

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Credit: Sophia Dawson

Sophia Dawson is a dynamic and innovative artist whose artwork and vision continues to inspire me. Below you will find snippets of a conversation with the artist and images from her repertoire:

  1. What inspires you?
  • God the Creator
  • I went from discovering my talent and not knowing I had it
  • Some of my pieces come in visions
  • In my studio late at night I pray over my pieces and work
  • I am a co-creator with God.
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Credit: Sophia Dawson

  1. Why are you making work?
  • To serve
  • People in my paintings have gone through some sort of injustice, struggle, difficulty so I make the pieces known to everyday so that these individuals and their stories become known as well.
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Credit: Sophia Dawson

  1. Tell me about your process.
  • Lots of playing
  • I use documentaries and books as research to get to know who these people are and to learn  how they have overcome  and it moves me to action.
  • Documentaries I remember distinctly inspiring me to act include “Central Park 5” and “Every Mother’s Son”
  • Lots of work comes from stills from documentaries.
  • For practice I draw and paint people from life.
  • My work involves layers, which involves projection, a photograph, having people sit and painting
  • In my practice I have the freedom to switch up what is or is not working so my style often varies and the viewer may or may not be able to tell that it is the same artist.
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Credit: Sophia Dawson

  • Acrylic and oil paint used almost interchangeably on a canvas and a new technique I am using called canvas collage.
  • Inspired by the work of AFRICOBRA in creating a space inspired by many creative art forms. My space, Wet Paint, will be a space where creative minds come together.
  • I didn’t know I could paint until I was 16. I can do things really quickly, such as in 24 or 48 hours. Experimenting within my practice keeps it fun.
  • I also include the individuals in each painting in the process.  Whether that means sitting down with them, a phone call, a visit to a prison institution etc.
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Credit: Sophia Dawson

  1. Advice or wisdom for young people.
  • If you want to be an artist, you have to do the work. You have to keep creating. Encourage yourself and be inspired. There is no perfect moment to create art. You have to keep moving and create 100%.
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Credit: Sophia Dawson

Website: ilovewetpaint.com

Instagram: @iamwetpaint

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Credit: Sophia Dawson

Intergalactic Soul

Jason Woodberry’s “Dark Matter”

Intergalactic Soul is an art exhibition that brings science fiction and social awareness together as one. The artwork explores a cosmic sci-fi theme that’s driven by social, political and cultural undertones. Imagination meets consciousness to create a show with a message for all to ponder, discuss and enjoy.

Marcus Kiser’s “Lasers Not Losers”

Intergalactic Soul art exhibition  is at the Harvey B. Gantt center of African-American Art in Charlotte, NC through Sept 27, 2015.

Intergalactic Soul is the visual work of artist Marcus Kiser & Jason Woodberry. Quentin Tally is the performance artist and narrator.

Marcus Kiser’s “Kosmic Kulture Krunch”

Marcus Kiser’s “Kosmic Kulture Krunch”

Sheldon Museum of Art

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Dennis Kuronen “Untitled” 1974 Stainless steel (Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015)

The permanent collection exhibition at the Sheldon Museum of Art, located on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, was a highlight of my recent trip to the region. The artists within their permanent collection exhibition are varied and show the range and breadth of their collecting practices over the last 125 years of existence Sheldon Art Association. For more information on the Museum click here.

Enjoy some highlights from my visit:

Dan Flavin "Untitled" 1964 (Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015.)

Dan Flavin “Untitled” 1964 (Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015.)

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Kara Walker “The Means to an End…A Shadow Drama in Five Acts” 1995 (Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015)

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Carrie Mae Weems “Kitchen Table Series” 1990 (printed 2003) (Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015)

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Detail from Carrie Mae Weems “Kitchen Table Series” 1990 (printed 2003) (Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015)

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Detail from Carrie Mae Weems “Kitchen Table Series” 1990 (printed 2003) (Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015)

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Detail from Carrie Mae Weems “Kitchen Table Series” 1990 (printed 2003) (Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015)

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Detail from Carrie Mae Weems “Kitchen Table Series” 1990 (printed 2003) (Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015)

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Detail from Carrie Mae Weems “Kitchen Table Series” 1990 (printed 2003) (Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015)

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Detail from Carrie Mae Weems “Kitchen Table Series” 1990 (printed 2003) (Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015)

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Detail from Carrie Mae Weems “Kitchen Table Series” 1990 (printed 2003) (Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015)