American 20th-21st Century Still Life Painting



This section of the Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO) catalogue Topics in American Art is devoted to the topic "American 20th-21st Century Still Life Painting." Articles and essays specific to this topic published in TFAO's Resource Library are listed at the beginning of the section. Clicking on titles takes readers directly to these articles and essays. The date at the end of each title is the Resource Library publication date.

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Articles and essays from Resource Library in chronological order:

Robert Douglas Hunter, Two Views; article by Elizabeth Ives Hunter (7/18/16)

American Still Lifes (3/11/14)

Dan Helsel: Creating Joy (2/10/14)

Common Ground: The Still Life Paintings of William Shepherd (b.1943) and The Dutch Renaissance (1600-1800); essay by Christine C. Brindza (1/16/14)

Common Elegance: The Still Life Paintings of William Shepherd (11/21/13)

A Decade of Paintings 2000-2010: Selected Works by Michael M. Strueber; essay by V. Scott Dimond (3/10/11)

The Art of Janet Fish (11/17/09)

Tradition and Innovation: The Still Lifes of Guy Diehl; essay by Susan Landauer (11/6/08)

Laura Coombs Hills: A Retrospective; essay by Sandra Lepore (12/705)

Mary Ann Currier: A Retrospective (10/31/05)

Georgia O'Keeffe and Andy Warhol: Flowers of Distinction (5/18/05)

Bert Carpenter: Persistence of Realism; essay by Sam Yates (5/9/05)

Leo Dee (1931-2004); essay by David B. Dearinger (4/11/05)

Plant Portraits: The California Legacy of A. R. Valentien (2/8/05)

Claude Raguet Hirst: Transforming the American Still Life (12/6/04)

The Not-So-Still Life: A Century of California Painting and Sculpture (2/23/04)

The Not-So-Still Life: A Century of California Painting and Sculpture (10/29/03)

Jackie Stubblefield at The Art Studio (9/26/03)

Out of the Shadows: Helen Torr, A Retrospective (7/14/03)

Food Matters: Explorations in Contemporary Art (7/8/03)

Flora: The Beauty of Botanicals in Art (5/20/03)

Georgia O'Keeffe and the Calla Lily in America Art, 1860- 1940 (5/19/03)

Trompe l'oeil Exhibitions at Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum (4/22/03)

Claes Oldenburg/Coosje van Bruggen Drawings (5/30/02)

Sandra Principe: Flowers as Messengers (5/28/02)

Janet Rickus: Still Lifes 1993-2001 (5/8/01)

Stephen R. Simons: Still Lifes (2/12/01)

Click here for more articles and essays on this subject published in 1998-2000.

Also see Still Life Art: 18-19th Century, 19-20th Century


From other wesbites:

Beautiful Decay was a 2016 exhibit at the Danforth Museum of Art, which says: "More than a bowl of fruit or a vase of flowers, a still life conveys ideas that go beyond the arrangement of objects and the temporal moment that is captured. Still life compositions represent our thoughts on mortality, the passage of time, our organic nature, or connections to ourselves, family, and the world around us. A still life is actually rather "unstill" in that its subject is often constantly changing.... Through paintings, drawings, photographs, and mixed media installation, the exhibition invites viewers to expand their definition to explore both the traditional and untraditional still life." Accessed 11/16 Also see "Danforth's 'Beautiful Decay' takes a close look at the natural world" By Keith Powers in 5/8/16. Accessed 11/16

Beth Van Hoesen: Still Life is a 2018 exhibit at the Monterey Museum of Art which says: "Beth Van Hoesen: Still Life features prints and drawings by the late Bay Area artist. This exhibition will feature enigmatic works focused on figures, still lifes, and highly patterned domestic scenes. Many of these works have not previously been displayed, and most were generously given to the MMA by the E. Mark Adams and Beth Van Hoesen Adams Trust in 2013."  Also see biography from FAMSF, biography in Wikipedia, 5/8/09 article in The Oregonian. Accessed 5/18

George Mauersberger: Pastel Drawings 1991- 2016 is a 2017 exhibit at the Butler Institute of American Art which says: "One of Cleveland's best in capturing details of every day still life's, George Mauersberger has been exploring genres using pastels since 1991 during his fourth year of teaching drawing at Cleveland State University." Also see artist's website. Accessed 4/17

Isabella Kirkland: Stilled Life, an exhibit held February 22 2014 - May 18 2014 at the Dayton Art Institute. Includes brochure and links to video and articles. Accessed August, 2015.

Poetical Fire: Three Centuries of Still Lifes was a 2011 exhibit at the Sheldon Museum of Art. Viewers may download the exhibition catalog. Accessed 1/17

Suitable Subjects, Contemporary Still Lifes, an exhibit held May 21 - August 16, 2013 at the Grace Museum. Includes exhibit brochure. Accessed August, 2015.

Wayne Thiebaud: American Memories, an exhibit held February 23-June 1, 2014 at the Laguna Art Museum. Includes gallery photos. Accessed February, 2015.

DVD/VHS videos:

Important Information Inside: John F. Peto and the Idea of Still-Life Painting is a 28 minute National Gallery of Art video which "Explores Peto's art in the context of his native Philadelphia and The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where he trained. Live footage shows the artist's home and studio in Island Heights, New Jersey. Peto's studio is much the same today as during the artist's life; it expresses the artist's temperament in its design and in his collections of objects--the very forms found in his paintings." This program is available in the DVD collection: American Art, 1785­1926: Seven Artist Profiles.This DVD is lent free of charge through the National Gallery of Art's Division of Education (go to NGA Loan Materials) Description source: Amon Carter Museum Teacher Resource Center

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