Friday, June 16, 2017

Friday Fish Wrap. Anderson Collection, Arts & Culture misses, Tyler Green & British Museum

from the Anderson Collection
Not everybody is on Facebook these days and there are some great posts. You have to wade through a mountain of trivia to find them, but it ofen depends on who you follow and who you seek out.

New additions to the Anderson Collection at Stanford: The new acquisitions are in keeping with the original collection of 121 works of post-World War II modern and contemporary American art by 86 artists given to Stanford by Harry W. “Hunk” and Mary Margaret “Moo” Anderson and their daughter, Mary Patricia “Putter” Anderson Pence, the Bay Area family which has been collecting art for over 50 years.

by Robin Wander

From John Seed: Here are three "Arts and Culture" headlines I came across this morning on the web (from the LA Times, Huffpost and Is anyone else getting depressed about the realities of art and culture coverage on the net?

Two of the comments: Call me old-fashioned, but when it comes to art criticism, I want to read/hear art historically-informed voices of authority and experience - not post grad school critical theorizing, or multi-syllabic subjective gobbledy-gook....And And I will not and do not accept the way things are now in the art world. I'll do my part to point out the emperors new clothes. I'm not alone. Perhaps you feel you don't have a right to openly dislike conceptual art, performance art, and art videos. I feel I have that right and they're in my world. (If you are on Facebook, check out the discussion. Art may not matter to a lot of people but it matters to these people and their comments are passionate and informed).

The Modern Art Notes Podcast: MoMA's Leah Dickerman discusses the Robert Rauschenberg retro she co-curated, then Ken Ashton on his new photobook on Portsmouth, Ohio.

Not Kermit the Frog. What the experts at the British Museum think that ancient painting looked like.
British Museum: We’re used to seeing sculptures in white marble or bronze, but the ancient world was in fact full of colour – from ancient Egypt to classical Greece and Rome. In this article, British Museum Scientist Joanne Dyer talks about how conservation, analysis and reconstruction can help paint a picture of the polychrome past.

My comment: We have known for some time that the old sculptures were painted but those clumsy, garish colors do not do justice to the skill of the ancient artists. We have frescoes, mosaics, the Fayum portraits to show us how the ancients used colors and it wasn't that g-awful slathering of ugly colors.

From Mary Beard, Professor of Classics at Cambridge: "Were the sculptures painted? The short answer is ‘yes’. Much of the pure, gleaming white marble sculpture that we now admire was certainly coloured in some way. The question is how was it coloured: a delicate wash, or bright, glaring hues?" ...

"It’s a great, garish multi-colour spectacular. My question is quite how far you believe the details. Does the colouring of ancient statuary really mean this kind of bright, in-your-face, dazzle"….As always, the comments on her page are thoughtful and erudite.

1 comment:

Carla Ives said...

Interesting array of viewpoints and featured artwork. I like Rauschenberg's goat.

As for the colors of ancient sculpture, many may have been painted but I doubt it would have been in loud garish colors. When I was in Italy as a child, I was privileged to see Michelangelo's David, Pieta and other works. I love sculpture because, to me, bringing someone to life out of a block of marble is nothing short of a miracle. Most of those sculptures had a faint sheen to them, in a pale color, like a wash. I thought it was the natural color of the marble block. Maybe it was; maybe it wasn't. But who knows exactly what the original colors were? I think it makes for interesting speculation, but nobody knows for sure.