Preview the Artists of “Our America” – Luis Jiménez

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In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15) and in anticipation of the opening of Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art (October 16), the Arkansas Arts Center has pulled from their vaults works created by Latino artists and artists who inspired contemporary Latino art. Pablo Picasso (Spain), Diego Rivera (Mexico), Luis Jiménez (Mexico) and Carlos Jose Alfonzo (Cuba) are among several Latino and Hispanic artists currently featured throughout five galleries. … Read More

Conserve to Preserve

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Two beautiful views of 18th century Venice by Michele Marieschi have long been in the vaults of the Arkansas Arts Center, unable to be displayed because dirt and an old, darkened layer of the protective coating called varnish obscured the works’ colors and details. Chief Curator Brian J. Lang decided it was time to remedy the situation. He turned to the Arkansas art conservation firm Norton Arts to clean and repair the two oil paintings. … Read More

30 Americans: Purvis Young

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1 Day to 30 Americans(1943–2010) Self-taught artist Purvis Young made lurid and kinetic large-scale paintings and murals depicting the people of his hometown of Miami. He blended wild horses, jazz singers, and scenes from ancient battles, making poignant social commentaries on urban life. One of his most famous works is Goodbread Alley, his 1972 public mural located at the intersection of Northwest Third Avenue and 14th Street in the Overtown district in Miami. Learn more ... Read More

30 Americans: Kehinde Wiley

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2 Days to 30 Americans(born 1977) In the ten years since receiving his master of fine arts from Yale University, Kehinde Wiley has catapulted to the upper echelon of the contemporary art world. His super-realistic paintings of men of color in heroic, majestic, or bucolic settings deliberately reference works by the Old Masters. Learn more about the 30 Americans exhibition at http://arkansasartscenter.org/30-Americans. To view Wiley's work visit http://kehindewiley.com/. Video photo: Kehinde Wiley Share this Post

30 Americans: Carrie Mae Weems

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3 Days to 30 Americans(born 1953) For more than twenty-five years, Carrie Mae Weems has explored themes of race, gender relations, and family history in her installations. In 2010, the award-winning visual artist teamed up with the critically acclaimed jazz pianist Geri Allen on Flying toward the Sound, for which she produced images and videos to accompany Allen’s amazing piano excursions. Learn more about the 30 Americans exhibition at http://arkansasartscenter.org/30-Americans. Learn more about Weems at http://carriemaeweems.net/. Video ... Read More

30 Americans: Kara Walker

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4 Days to 30 Americans(born 1969) With a cursory glance, Kara Walker’s black cut-paper silhouettes look like benign nineteenth-century antebellum scenes or Walt Disney cartoon characters from such classic pieces as the 1946 film Song of the South. A closer, probing investigation reveals the underlying terror surrounding race, gender, and sexual identity politics in America. Learn more about the 30 Americans exhibition at http://arkansasartscenter.org/30-Americans. Learn more about Walker at http://www.art21.org/artists/kara-walker. photo: Sari Goodfriend, http://creativetime.org Share this Post

30 Americans: Mickalene Thomas

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5 Days to 30 Americans(born 1971) While exploring and challenging long-held notions of feminine beauty, Mickalene Thomas uses rhinestones, acrylic, and enamel to create stupendously textured paintings. Sometimes she pairs these paintings with video installations that juxtapose Blaxploitation film imagery with that of classic Western European portraiture. Thomas’s influences range from historical figures such as Henri Matisse and Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres to contemporary artists such as Carrie Mae Weems and Kara Walker. She also looks to 1970s Blaxploitation ... Read More