May

23

Was Marsden Hartley Really a Great Painter?

Walker analyzes not just how Hartley’s movement and travel around the world influenced his style, but also how the art world changed its perceptions of Marsden Hartley as an innovator, imitator, experimentalist, or influencer. Perhaps Hartley’s life and changing artistic legacy tell us more about history-making and public memory than they do about his work.

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Apr

09

How to Talk about Diego Rivera and Mexican Art

Werner dissects the complex relationship that existed between Diego Rivera and Mexico itself, writing, “Not before setting foot in Mexico last summer did I feel that I had arrived at a real understanding of Diego Rivera’s work.” In this description, the reader can come to understand Werner’s experience of Mexico — that it exists as a palpable character and live influence upon Rivera’s work.

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Mar

18

Power in the Painting: Faith Ringgold and Her Story Quilts

Through a didactic retelling of history, Ringgold uses her quilts to reframe the past, freeing buried voices while offering new, stronger voices to future generations.

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