Craft in America is an excellent resource for anyone interested in the history, techniques, and preservation of American arts and design. The organization is dedicated to educating students of all ages about historical and contemporary craft.
Giuseppe Arcimboldi was a renowned Italian artist who first began painting while working for his father, artist Biagio Arcimboldo, in the mid 16th century.
After working in several cathedrals, Arcimboldi became a painter of the royal court. The images seen here show some of his most noted works, which involved creating portraits out of various objects that pertained to each subject. These series include depictions of the four seasons, the elements, and more. The humorous and clever nature of his works served as an inspiration to several well-known writers of the 16th century, as well as to the works of future artists. If you would like to see more works by Arcimboldi, click on an image to be taken directly to ARTstor. For more information about the artist, please visit Grove Art Online.
John Baldessari is an American artist, born in 1931. He is a contemporary conceptual artist who has worked in almost every possible medium. The variety of subjects used in his art is perhaps one of the most intriguing qualities. His works range from simple, stark photographs, to plain printed text, to elaborate collages. Each piece serves as a way to communicate a larger idea, and does so in a unique and visually appealing way.
While the image shown here is just one example of his earlier work, pieces made as late as 2006 are available on ARTstor. If you would like to see more works by Baldessari, click on the image to be taken directly to ARTstor. For more information about the artist, please visit Grove Art Online.
The Society for Animation Studies is an international group focused on scholarship about animation history and theory. It was founded in 1987 by Dr. Harvey Derenhoff, a prolific author of animation blogs, articles and books who teaches animation at the Savannah College of Art and Design’s Atlanta campus. The Society’s website and Derenhoff’s personal website are great resources for anyone interested in animation.
The Society publishes an open access, scholarly e-journal called Animation Studies. They also have an Animation Bibliography which is constantly updated with links and citations to scholarly sources.
Want to watch some animation? Check out two freely available sets of iTunes podcasts. One is the Origins of American Animation from the Library of Congress. The films are from 1900 to 1921. Also see Pixar: 20 Years of Animation, available from MoMA. You can watch selections from movies such as Cars, Toy Story, and Monsters, Inc.
Eva Hesse Drawing is a book I pick up when I need a bit of inspiration. It is the catalogue to an exhibition curated by Catherine de Zegher and Elisabeth Sussman at The Drawing Center in New York in May of 2006. The exhibition explored the crossover between Hesse’s sculptures and drawings. Her drawings, in my opinion, are just as magnificent as her sculpture. In fact, on occasion, I prefer her drawings because I can see her hand in them. Her thoughts are often crawling along the margins, always reminding me to stop worrying and let the pencil, pen, paint, etc. fall where it needs. Additionally, this volume is full of insightful essays and many quotations by Hesse, which provide useful background and context for the beautifully printed images. If her drawings intrigue you, be sure to take a look at some of the other titles about Eva Hesse and her work.
The 19th installment of Chris Ware’s ACME Novelty Library continues his ongoing comic Rusty Brown, focusing on Rusty’s father William this time around. Ware shows us a glimpse into William’s past as a newspaper clerk in 1950’s Omaha as he deals with an awkward love affair. This in turn runs parallel with a science fiction story set on Mars. While the comparison may be jarring, Ware is a skilled enough storyteller to highlight the similarities and differences between the stories, and to have it all point to a man filled with regret in the middle of his life. Ware mixes comedy and pathos in this story, and as always it stands on the cusp of tragedy, but the smooth and cartooned style helps to the soften the blow.
Georg Baselitz, born in 1938, is a German artist. Baselitz was educated in art and began exhibiting work in 1961. Over the course of his career, his works and methods have lead to a heavy influence on German Neo-Expressionist art.
Intent on rebelling against the mainstream, Baselitz has drawn inspiration from various sources such as psychotic art and the art brut movement, enabling him to create very expressive and deeply symbolic works that were sometimes viewed as immoral or obscene. He has continued to evolve over the many years he has given to his craft, and in more recent years he has directed his efforts toward sculpture.
His work remains intense and powerful. If you would like to see more works by Baselitz, click on an image to be taken directly to ARTstor. For more information about the artist, please visit Grove Art Online.
The Tate Collection is comprised of the National Collection of British Art, the National Archive of British Art, and international modern art. With four physical locations in England, the Tate provides a wonderful website for exploring its collection from anywhere.
Tate Papers is an online journal of scholarly articles about artists, museum studies, and visual culture. Each essay has selected terms and artists’ names hyperlinked to online images of example artwork. They also include bibliographies. Read the current issue or browse by category. There are papers on artists such as Richard Serra and topics like The Sublime Object.
The Tate also publishes books and the University Libraries has many of them. Search by author for Tate Gallery or Tate Modern (Gallery) to see a variety of excellent books on artists and art movements.