Recently acquired by the Woodson Art Museum, American artist Charles Burchfield’s large-scale watercolor, Brooding Bird, radiates the power of nature: calligraphic strokes describe vibrating, leafless trees at the horizon line.
Drawn in first by our visual instincts, what ultimately unfolds before our eyes is a microcosm of the story of American art, a brief history of the twentieth century in America contained on the wooden block. The exhibition’s artworks – at once precise, kinetic, gentle, and bold – capture the prevalent trends of American woodblock makers during a period spanning from 1910 to 1992.
It seems like only yesterday that I was immersed in art history classes as the calendar turned to December and the end of the semester loomed large. I knew that each professor – regardless of genre or period being taught – would wrap up his or her final class with a brilliant nativity scene. It was as if it were an art historian’s badge of honor to produce a vivid image accompanied by Merry Christmas greetings.
Last March, I blogged about the Woodson Art Museum’s Art History 101 program. It is designed to appeal to adults who wish to learn more about the broader subject of art. The program is presented in the evening on the first Thursday of every month and repeated over the lunch... Read More