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Fantasy and Reality in Natatorium Undine

Fantasy and Reality in Natatorium Undine

Today’s post comes from Kamaria Mion, class of 2014 and Art Center Student Docent. Florine Stettheimer is one of the best examples of an artist whose life informs her work.  Born into a wealthy New York family, her works chronicle the life of luxury that she was accustomed to.  I was drawn to Stettheimer because although...
A Recently Acquired Alice Neel Lithograph

A Recently Acquired Alice Neel Lithograph

Today’s post comes from Noble Ingram, class of 2016 and Art Center Student Docent. In 2011, the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center acquired a lithograph by artist Alice Neel from Drs. Lenore Levine Weseley and Alvin C. Weseley. The work is a portrait titled Judith Solodkin and was printed and published in 1978. Alice Neel (1900–1984) was an American...
Stoking the connection between thought and emotion

Stoking the connection between thought and emotion

Today’s post comes from Calvin Lamothe, class of 2017 and Art Center Student Docent. A group of local fifth graders had just finished their tour of the museum and were drawing in the galleries when one of their teachers approached me and asked what was up with the “alien” painting. I was confused, but then she...
“Exactitude is not truth”: Henri Matisse’s Roses de Noel et Saxifrage

“Exactitude is not truth”: Henri Matisse’s Roses de Noel et Saxifrage

Today’s post comes from Angela Brown, class of 2016 and Art Center Student Docent. For Henri Matisse, the most true and pure function of the painter was to show the essentials. He bought a small Cézanne painting titled Three Bathers which he kept in his studio, admiring Cézanne’s ability to present animate and inanimate objects as...
Ship Masts and Telephone Poles: Sándor Bernáth’s Gloucester, Mass.

Ship Masts and Telephone Poles: Sándor Bernáth’s Gloucester, Mass.

Today’s post comes from Natasha Mandell, class of 2016 and Art Center Student Docent.   The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center’s Spring 2013 exhibition, Recent Acquisitions: Works on Paper, showcased some of the new additions to the Art Center’s collections. The exhibition covered a wide variety of time periods, movements, and media, including sixteenth- to twenty-first-century prints...
Seas, Trees, and Sawdust: The Artful Dodger with Peter Stillman

Seas, Trees, and Sawdust: The Artful Dodger with Peter Stillman

Today’s post comes from Deborah Steinberg, class of 2014 and Art Center Student Docent. On February 22, Professor Peter Stillman kicked off our Artful Dodger series this spring with a discussion of two photographs that expanded upon the course he taught last semester around the Sawdust Mountain exhibition at the Art Center. Richard Misrach’s Salton Sea (T.V. Antennae) and Althea...
Winter Thoughts on a Truitt Summer

Winter Thoughts on a Truitt Summer

Today’s post comes from Deb Steinberg, class of 2014 and Art Center Docent. Anne Truitt’s Sorcerer’s Summer (1991) is an abstract, modern sculpture that develops a visual intensity through its bold planes of color and precise rectilinear form. From across the gallery, the wooden sculpture appears very simple and solid, characterized by its crisp right angles...
Munch in Paris

Munch in Paris

Today’s post comes from Erin Gallagher, class of 2013 and Art Center Student Docent.   Permeated by the dusky blue palette of nighttime Paris and an overriding sense of lonely isolation, the subtle scene of The Seine at St. Cloud evokes a melancholic sentiment from the back wall of the nineteenth century gallery in the Frances Lehman...
Idealized Reality in Ancient Rome

Idealized Reality in Ancient Rome

Today’s post comes from Stephanie Muir, class of 2015. One of many classical works in the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center’s collection, the Funerary Relief of Attia Rufilla reveals much about both artistic traditions and societal ideals prevalent within Ancient Rome. The head and neck, sculpted in extremely high relief, reflect the subject’s physical likeness and...
Stella in the Sculpture Garden

Stella in the Sculpture Garden

Today’s post comes from Erin Gallagher, class of 2013 and Art Center Student Docent. The stainless steel sculpture Etang d’ambach by Frank Stella is one of many compelling works now on display in the Art Center’s newly re-designed Sculpture Garden. In this 1992 sculpture, Stella—known for his bold, anti-illusionistic paintings—moves away from the minimalist aesthetic, departing...
Rivera and Tamayo at Hofstra

Rivera and Tamayo at Hofstra

Today’s post comes from Simone Levine, class of 2013 and Art Center Student Docent. Currently on view at Hofstra University Museum is a retrospective exhibition featuring artist, poet, and professor emeritus Yonia Fain.  The exhibition includes Fain’s works from 1959 to the present, as well as works by artists who influenced Fain, such as Diego Rivera...
Reading the Open Missal

Reading the Open Missal

Today’s post comes from Joe Brichacek, Class of 2012 and Art Center Student Docent. The Open Missal has long been a favorite in the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center’s collection. It is both stunningly realistic and highly symbolic. Indeed, the more time you spend with the work, the more details you find, and the more insight...

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