American 20th-21st Century Representational Art



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Articles and essays from Resource Library in chronological order:


2008 - 2010


2004 - July though December


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"While our art cannot, as we wish it could, save us from wars, privation, envy, greed, old age, or death, it can revitalize us amidst it all."

- Ray Bradbury in his Preface to Zen in the Art of Writing (1990). Quote is sourced from Wikipedia.


TFAO references:

A 11/29/13 search within TFAO's digital library retrieved 1,820 pages referencing " Representational"


From other websites:

Apple Pie: Symbols of Americana in MMoCA's Permanent Collection, an exhibit held January 23, 2010 to April 11, 2010 at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. The museum's website says: "Works of art in the exhibition function as a fulcrum for exploring America's archetypal symbols and for investigating the divide between the diverse experience of American life and the persistence of its core iconic images and themes." Accessed February, 2015

Awake in the Dream World: The Art of Audrey Niffenegger, an exhibit held June 21 - November 10, 2013 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Includes blog. Accessed August, 2015

Clayton Brothers: Inside Out, an exhibit held September 12, 2010 to January 2, 2011 at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. The museum's website says: "The Clayton Brothers construct complex narratives that introduce memorable characters and comment wryly on contemporary life." Accessed February, 2015

Curiosity: From the Faraway Nearby, an exhibit held Saturday, October 27, 2012 - Sunday, January 27, 2013 at the Harwood Museum of Art, University of New Mexico. Includes essay by Jina Brenneman, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions. Accessed January, 2015.

The Discerning Eye: Scintillating Paintings from Rodney Burlingame, an exhibit held at the Ashby-Hodge Gallery of American Art. Accessed April, 2015.

Ed Blackburn - Jumping Across (The River), an exhibit held February 5th ­ May 22nd, 2011 at the Old Jail Art Center. Includes 24:35 Artist's Gallery Talk, a February 19, 2011 online video. Artist combines images and text in his paintings. Accessed April, 2015.

Esmé Thompson: The Alchemy of Design, an exhibit held April 9 through May 29, 2011 at the Hood Museum of Art. Includes podcast interview and press release. Accessed January, 2015.

Excavating New Ground: American Art in the 1970s, an exhibit held February 11 - August 14, 2011 at The Fralin Museum of Art, University of Virginia. Materials include exhibit labels and portfolio. Accessed August, 2015

Experiments in Navigation: The Art of Charles Hobson, an exhibit held April 30 - July 6, 2008 at Cantor Arts Center and April 30 - August 17, 2008 at Peterson Gallery, Green Librar, Stanford University. Includes press release. Accessed August, 2015

Facing Home: Paintings and Drawings from Mississippi by James Madison Miller V, an exhibit held at the Ashby-Hodge Gallery of American Art. Accessed April, 2015.

Immanence and Revelation: The Art of Ben Frank Moss, an exhibit held September 13, 2008 - January 4, 2009 at the Hood Museum of Art. Includes essay and press release. Accessed January, 2015.

Janet Sullivan Turner: Retrieval and Rebirth, an exhibit held October 3, 2014 - January 18, 2015 at the Noyes Museum of Art. Accessed August, 2015

Jim Wagner: Trudy's House , an exhibit held Saturday, May 18 - Sunday, September 8, 2013 at the Harwood Museum of Art, University of New Mexico. Includes essay by Jina Brenneman, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions. Accessed January, 2015.

Joseph O'Sickey: Unifying Art, Life and Love, an exhibit held May 2 - July 21, 2013 at the Canton Museum of Art. Includes biography, catalog excerpts, gallery guide. Accessed August, 2015

Jules de Balincourt, an exhibit held Nov 15, 2014 - Jan 25, 2015 at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Accessed March, 2015.

Kim Abeles: Art and Activism, an exhibit held September 11 - November 21, 2010 at the Laband Art Gallery at Loyola Marymount University. Accessed February, 2015

Luscious: Paintings by Emily Eveleth, an exhibit held July 9 - October 24, 2010 at the Smith College Museum of Art. Accessed April, 2015.

Malcolm Morley: Painting, Paper, Process, an exhibit held November 10, 2012 to January 13, 2013 at the Parrish Art Museum, Accessed April, 2015.

Matthew Daub: In the Shadow of Industry, Watercolors and Drawings of Eastern Pennsylvania, an exhibit held 1/20/01 - 4/1/01 at the Reading Public Museum. Includes essay by Robert Metzger, Ph.D, Director, CEO, Chief Curator, Reading Public Museum. Accessed April, 2015.

The Paternal Suit: Heirlooms from the F. Scott Hess Family Foundation, an exhibit held August 24 - October 6, 2012 at the Halsey Institute. Includes press release and video. Accessed January, 2015.

People, Places and Things: Works by William DeBernardi, an exhibit held April 27 - August 12, 2012 at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art. Includes exbibit brochure. Accessed April, 2015.

Placing Pierre Daura, an exhibit heldMay 10, 2014 to September 28, 2014 at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon. Accessed February, 2015

Plein Air Paintings Representing 114 Counties in Missouri by Billyo O'Donnell, an exhibit held at the Ashby-Hodge Gallery of American Art. Accessed April, 2015.

A Retrospective in Memoriam: Robert MacDonald Graham, Jr., an exhibit held at the Ashby-Hodge Gallery of American Art. Accessed April, 2015.

Ripped: The Allure of Collage, an exhibit held October 29, 2011 - January 8, 2012 at the Heckscher Museum of Art. Includes exhibit resource guide and activity page. Accessed January, 2015

Rob Evans: Mystery and Metaphor - Four Decades of Work, an exhibit held 9/27/14 - 12/7/14 at the Reading Public Museum. Includes online audio. Accessed April, 2015.

Rural Advocate: The Paintings of Nora Othic Plus Portraitures from the Permanent Collection, an exhibit held at the Ashby-Hodge Gallery of American Art. Accessed April, 2015.

A SEA OF POSSIBILITIES:Paintings by Merion Estes 1971 to 2006, an exhibit held September 10 - October 29, 2006 at the Pomona College Museum of Art. Essay by Rebecca McGrew, Curator. Accessed April, 2015.

Selections from the Mary and Michael J. Tatalovich Collection an exhibit held June 6 - August 5, 2012 at the Haggerty Museum of Art. Includes exhibit catalogue. Accessed August, 2015

Something Wicked This Way Comes, an exhibit held January 24, 2009 to April 11, 2009 at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. The museum's website says: "A major new exhibition of works from the permanent collection of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art explores the various ways that artists have represented evil in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries." Accessed February, 2015

Summer Breeze: Paintings & Drawings by Alice Dalton Brown, an exhibit held May 18, 2013 - August 18, 2013 at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art. Includes gallery guide. Accessed January, 2015.

Swept Away: Translucence, Transparence,Transcendence, in Contemporary Encaustic, an exhibit held May 18 - June 23, 2014 at the Cape Cod Museum of Art. [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]

Thenceforward, and Forever Free an exhibit held August 22 - December 22, 2012 at the Haggerty Museum of Art. Includes exhibit catalogue. Accessed Accessed August, 2015

Thomas Woodruff: Freak Parade, an exhibit held Jan. 27 - April 18, 2010 at the Haggerty Museum of Art. Accessed August, 2015.

TL Solien: Myths & Monsters, an exhibit held May 17, 2008 to August 17, 2008 at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. The museum's website says: "Throughout his prolific career, TL Solien has created works that interweave literal and metaphorical layers in an effort to convey complex thoughts and emotions. An influential figure in the Midwest for decades, Solien is also known nationally for canvases that explore personal experience with a dense visual lexicon of created and appropriated images. TL Solien: Myths & Monsters will feature works from the 1980s, as the artist explored life as a new father, to current works that employ literary figures as repositories for his thoughts and fears." Accessed February, 2015

A Tumultuous Assembly: Collage, Assemblage, and the Found Object, an exhibit held May 17, 2014 to July 27, 2014 at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. The museum's website says: "Drawn from MMoCA's permanent collection, A Tumultuous Assembly presents contemporary interpretations of collage and assemblage, created during the second half of the twentieth century, by such artists as Don Baum, Henry Botkin, Louise Nevelson, Robert Rauschenberg, and Ray Yoshida, among others" Accessed February, 2015

Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties, an exhibit held 3/4/12 - 5//27/12 at Dallas Museum of Art. Includes gallery photos. Accessed August, 2015.

Visiting...With Huell Howser - LINT ART is an archived 28-minute television broadcast presented online by KCET. "Huell visits his artist friend Slater Barron to witness the beauty of art made from lint. Yes, lint." Text courtesy of KCET. Accessed January, 2015.

PBS provides a variety of streaming video sources for American art. PBS's two-season television series Art-21, Art in the Twenty-First Century. PBS explains that the series is "the only series on television to focus exclusively on contemporary visual art and artists in the United States, and it uses the medium of television to provide an experience of the visual arts that goes far beyond a gallery visit. Fascinating and intimate footage allows the viewer to observe the artists at work, watch their process as they transform inspiration into art, and hear their thoughts as they grapple with the physical and visual challenges of achieving their artistic visions." The Art-21 website contains video clips relating to each of the many featured artists including Laurie Anderson, Margaret Kilgallen, Sally Mann, Bruce Nauman, Raymond Pettibon, Martin Puryear, Susan Rothenberg, Collier Schorr, Kiki Smith, William Wegman and Fred Wilson. The Art:21 series and its companion materials answer the following questions: who are today's artists?; what are they thinking about?; how do they describe their work? and why do they do what they do? The Season One and Two home videos are two sets with four hours each. Viewers meet "a diverse group of contemporary artists through revealing profiles that take viewers behind the scenes-into artists' studios, homes, and communities -- to provide an intimate view of their lives, work, sources of inspiration, and creative processes." Representational as well as abstract artists are featured in the videos. Accessed May, 2015.

Philocetes Center presents a discussion with Chuck Close, Vincent Katz, and Matthew von Unwerth about the film "Chuck Close," directed by Marion Cajori. [32:40] Accessed May, 2015.


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