We’re posting a lightly edited rebroadcast of last year’s popular program on the American modernist painter, Marsden Hartley. Peter and Sheila are hosts, and take an excursion into discussions of Emerson and Transcedentalism.
We examine the practice of learning to draw, the advantages to non-professionals in learning to draw, and some tips.
Gregory Gillespie (1936-2000) was a major American painter. Sheila was a friend of his, beginning in art school in NYC. Sheila and Tom recollect his life and his art.
Sheila, Tom, and Peter discuss the use of photography by painters.
The Baltimore Museum of Art has just put up a show curated by the guards. The works repay long observation, as you might expect for the choices of the museum guards, who look at art for long periods of time. Tom, Sheila and Peter visit the exhibition, and discuss several interesting issues brought up on the task of curation.
Joan Mitchell at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Sheila, Tom, and Peter discuss Abstract Expressionism.
We visit the new exhibition at the Phillips Collection, in Washington DC: Picasso: Painting the Blue Period. We discuss the transition of Picasso, at the age of nineteen, from painting scenes of the Paris nightlife to the paintings known as the Blue Period, and then the Rose period. We explore our thesis that Picasso was developing his technique in presenting strong images of people with presence, a presence that melded into the room with gestures that capture our fascinated attention.
Tom, Sheila, and Peter discuss the dark side of Picasso’s life, and give an introduction to his innovations in art, and how the revelations of Picasso’s treatment of women might influence our understanding of his art. Along the way,we touch on Georges Braque, Jackson Pollock, and Willem de Kooning.
We discuss several major Black visual artists from before, during, and after the Harlem Renaissance (with a nod to philosopher Alain Locke): Henry Ossawa Tanner, Aaron Douglas, William H. Johnson, Lois Mailou Jones, Charles White, Kerry James Marshall, Kara Walker, and Amy Sherald. Poems by Nikki Giovanni and Langston Hughes.