A girl sitting against a wall? Very normal. But what if her world is totally still, totally white, and ends abruptly in the middle of a gallery? Very unusual. In making his sculptures, George Segal thrived on this mix of everyday familiarity and unexpected strangeness. Segal used living models to create his sculptures. He wrapped them in plaster-soaked bandages and let the materials harden. He then cut the plaster away from the models’ bodies and reassembled the hollow forms. The result: Segal’s white figures seem
Totally Radical: Art and Politics in the 1980s By Jeff Katzin, Curatorial Fellow When I started to pull together a list of artworks from the Akron Art Museum’s permanent collection for a show about art and American politics in the 1980s, I was amazed at what I found. A wide variety of our objects are directly connected to some of the decade’s biggest issues—the AIDS crisis, the intensifying feminist movement, ongoing calls for racial justice, struggles between corporations and labor unions, environmental preservation, and the
A mustachioed man enters this scene from a shadowy door in the background. A puzzled look comes across his face as he realizes he is the only man in the room. The man is Raphael Gleitsmann, one of Akron’s most beloved artists. Gleitsmann is shown here in a drawing by his close friend and fellow artist Virginia W. Gore. Through quick linework and sketchy washes of ink, Gore suggests an environment of commotion in Gleitsmann’s studio, with the painter looking on helplessly as the women
Celebrity as Muse Spend a few minutes exploring artworks from the collection related to this month’s topic. By looking closely, you’ll discover surprising details and have a restful moment of learning during your Friday lunch break.
Dwight Tryon was a born New Englander who painted the region with knowing confidence. In this picture of Rhode Island Sound, he included a lone boater sailing out to sea, perhaps to start a day of fishing. The tiny figure is dwarfed by nature, yielding a contemplative, melancholy mood. Tryon rarely painted in watercolor, yet he put impressive finesse into this work. He used a limited number of marks and colors—just a few whites, grays, and blues, plus the light brown of the paper itself—but
Making Your Mark Explore the regional artist installation in Corbin, O’Neill, and the Lobby. Works range in media including lithographs, screenprints, and collaged works.
“There are days when one walks around without getting a single photograph, without running into anything. …But there are other times when things are offered to me, like gifts. …But in order to seize that gift, one has to be prepared. If I am, and if my camera is there at the right moment, click, all I have to do is accept it.” —Édouard Boubat When this photo was taken in 1956 in the rural village of Sotoserrano, Spain, the country was still under the
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April Showers Bring on the rain. Explore five works in the collection that bring to mind spring showers. You’ll see paint and glazes imitate driving rain, gentle sprinkles, and splashing puddles.