The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Friday, August 22, 2014


Akron Art Museum Acquires Two New Artworks from Pattern ID Exhibition
Mickalene Thomas, Girlfriends and Lovers (detail), 2008, rhinestones, acrylic and enamel on wood panel, 108 x 144 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, The Mary S. and Louis S. Myers Endowment Fund for Painting and Sculpture 2010.1
AKRON, OH.- The Akron Art Museum added two of the artworks from the recently closed Pattern ID exhibition to its collection: Mickalene Thomas’ painting Girlfriends and Lovers and Yinka Shonibare’s photograph La Méduse.

Diverse cultural and art historical references are explored in Girlfriends and Lovers. Thomas’ richly patterned and rhinestone-studded work draws on everything from the group portraits of Picasso and the Dutch masters to 1970s interiors. In this piece, the artist addresses stereotypes of black femininity while also exploring how her women fit into art history. Thomas’ inspirations include Jet and Ebony magazine, her former fashion model mother, the music of the 1970s and trips to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

“We are thrilled to acquire such a major work from Pattern ID for the museum’s collection,” said Ellen Rudolph, curator of exhibitions at the museum. “This dazzling painting will undoubtedly delight our visitors and spark dialogue for years to come with its unique melding of art history, popular culture and the artist’s own biography, not to mention the luscious application of paint and sparkling rhinestones.”

Girlfriends and Lovers was formerly part of the Art in Embassies Program, through which it was recently displayed in the United States Ambassador to the United Nation’s residence. The work was purchased with funds from The Mary S. and Louis S. Myers Endowment Fund for Painting and Sculpture.

La Méduse pictures a model built by Shonibare of a battered frigate perilously afloat in a stormy sea. The title refers to the devastating wreck of the French ship Medusa, which carried the Europeans to Africa, off the coast of Senegal, in 1819. Shonibare uses Dutch wax cotton for the sails of the ship, a fabric whose complex history stands for the colonial relationship between Britain and Africa.

“The monumental scale, ornate gold frame and ambitious theme of La Méduse purposely recall the kind of grand 19th century history paintings that hang in the Louvre,” said Barbara Tannenbaum, director of curatorial affairs. “In his photographic ‘history painting,’ Shonibare addresses the colonial relationships between Britain and Africa, suggesting that those bonds were as tempestuous and potentially fatal as the journey of the storm-tossed Medusa. Shonibare adds to the photograph’s visual drama and underlines its questioning of national identity by making its sails from Dutch wax print cloth. This type of fabric, commonly thought to be African, was actually based on Indonesian designs, manufactured in England and sold to Africans.”

Shonibare is the 2009/10 recipient of the Knight Purchase Award for Photographic Media, an endowment fund for the purchase of works by living artists using photographically based media.

The Akron Art Museum | Ellen Rudolph | Mickalene Thomas |


Last Week News

May 16, 2010

Christian Boltanski Creates Monumental New Installation Filling Park Avenue Armory

Las Artes de México on View at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts

SMU's Meadows Museum has Art Nazis' Stolen in World War II

Cleveland Museum of Art's Renowned Antiquities Collections Return to View

Diana Al-Hadid's First One-Person Museum Exhibition Opens at the Hammer

Work by Edward Weston Amongst Highlights at Bonhams Sale

Smithsonian Develops Haitian Cultural Recovery Project

Works by Andy Warhol on View at the Seattle Art Museum

Liquid Graphite Works by Christopher Cook at Mary Ryan Gallery

Sotheby's Sales of African, Oceanic, and Pre-Columbian Art Bring $12 Million

American Academy in Rome Awards 2010 McKim Medal to Miuccia Prada

Industry Gallery Hosts First Solo U.S. Exhibition for Designer Chris Rucker

National Art Destination Conceals Its Public Art to Raise Funds

Costumbreros Preserve Prehispanic Rituals in Chiapas

Columbia Museum of Art Contemporaries Announce Award Winner Joshua Drews 2010 Contemporaries' Artist of the Year

Top Designers and Glassmakers Present Glass Design Performances on the Vitra Campus During Art Basel 2010

Center for Creative Photography Announces New Director

The Montclair Art Museum Receives Prestigious State Arts Award

Minneapolis Institute of Arts Acquires 18th-Century Vincennes Ewer

May 15, 2010

Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona Pays Tribute to Gallery Owner Konrad Fischer

Sotheby's to Sell Rediscovered Antiquity from The Collection of Lorenzo de' Medici

National Design Triennial at the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt Museum

Morgan Library's McKim Building to Undergo Restoration

Michigan's ArtPrize 2010 Announces Additional Juried Awards

MoMA Acquires Matthew Barney's "Drawing Restraint" Series

Royal Air Force Museum Unveils The Battle Of Britain Beacon

Peter Blum Gallery Opens Group Exhibition "Reflection"

Sotheby's to Exhibit in Moscow Highlights from Its London Sales

Laurel Gitlen Presents Joseph Montgomery's First Solo Show in New York

Halsey Minor and Contemporary Art Sale at Phillips de Pury Totals $37,901,000

AIA NY Chapter Announces Winner of Its Biennial Design Competition

Basquiat & Contemporary Middle Eastern Art Bring Strong Results at Bonhams

DeCordova First-Ever to Host Barbara Norfleet's Landscape of War Series

Once in a Lifetime Jade Collection Sells for 2.3 Million Pounds at Bonhams

"A Vernacular of Violence", a Group Exhibition at Invisible-Exports

Two Video Installations by Willie Doherty on View at Alexander and Bonin

Five Museums Win Share of 75,000 Pound Contemporary Craft Funding Pot

Prestigious Art and Antique Galleries Host Madison Avenue Gallery Walk

May 14, 2010

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Presents Han Van Meegeren's Fake Vermeers

Important Works by Russian Masters and Fabergé to Be Offered at Christie's

Bice Curiger Appointed Director of the 54th International Art Exhibition for 2011

New Commissioned Works by Julie Mehretu on View at the Guggenheim

Seattle Art Museum Exhibition Explores the Life and Work of Kurt Cobain

British/Japanese Artist Simon Fujiwara Wins The Cartier Award 2010

Contemporary Art Fair of Athens Opens with 58 Galleries from 11 Countries

Rare Roman Marble Relief Leads Christie's Auction of Antiquities

De La Warr Pavilion Opens Antony Gormley's Critical Mass

John Grade's Newest Site Specific Sculpture at Cynthia Reeves

Carolyn Hill, Former Executive Director of the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Dies

Hajek-Halke Vintage Photographs to Spearhead Sotheby's Photographs Sale

Joan Waltemath Named Director of MICA's Hoffberger School of Painting

Series of Works from the Past Seven Years by Sven Johne at Frankfurter Kunstverein

Tonina is One of the Greatest Mesoamerican Cities

Bonhams to Sell Silver Spice-Box Given to Daughter of Chester's Mayor by Duke of Monmouth, Illegitimate Son of Charles I

20th Century Giants of Modern Taste at Bonhams Wiener Werkstatte Collection for Sale

The Center for Architecture Hosts an Exhibition that Explores the Fusion of Solar Technology and Industrial Design

Ex-Raider Edelman Fights Back over Giacometti Loan

May 13, 2010

American Sculptor Richard Serra Wins Spain's Prestigious Prince of Asturias Award

International Center of Photography Acquires Roman Vishniac Archive

Andy Warhol's Self Portrait from 1986 Sells for a Record $32.6 Million

Italian Old Master Drawings on View at Metropolitan Museum

Huntington Acquires Newly Identified Portrait by Major French Artist

Art 41 Basel Announces Art Projects in the Public Space

Contemporary Art Sale in New York Sees More Big Prices

Jeff Bailey Gallery Presents "All This and Not Ordinary" a Group Exhibition

Legendary Los Angeles Artist Ed Moses Exhibits at Greenfield Sacks Gallery

T. J. Wilcox Introduces Three New Films at Metro Pictures

Niki Ciccotelli Named Director of Education at Crystal Bridges Museum

The Potosí Principle: How Shall We Sing the Lord's Song in a Strange Land?

Exquisite Works at the Frick Illuminate Historic View of Our Country

Southampton City Art Gallery Opens Sea Fever: From Turner to Today

American Academy in Rome Opens Exhibition by Influential Michigan Artist Collective/Band Destroy All Monsters

West 8 Chosen by Longwood Gardens to Design 40-Year Master Plan

Suit of Japanese Armour Sells for 120,000 Pounds at Bonhams

Louis Vuitton Young Arts Project: A Cultural Collaboration for the Future of London

Picasso Plates Served Up at Bonhams New London Auction

May 12, 2010

Flag Flies at Christie's Sale - Record for Jasper Johns Whose Flag Sells for $28.6 Million

Exceptional Works to Be Offered at Sotheby's Latin American Sale

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Announces Finalists for Design

Claudia Schiffer Poses Nude in a Pose Very Similar to Demi Moore's

Swiss Art Sale Features a Group of Paintings from a Swiss Private Collection

The New York Photo Festival 2010 to Take Place May 12-16

Tate Modern is 10: Tate Reaches Across the World with Works Acquired

artnet Auctions Launches Modern and Contemporary Sale

Frieze Art Fair 2010 Announces More Galleries than Ever

Madridfoto 2010: Contemporary Photography Takes Over Madrid

Noguchi Museum Celebrates 25th Anniversary with Annual Benefit

Lanskoy, Bulatov, Weisberg, Aivakovsky Lead Russian Sale at Bonhams

The Mint Museum Announces Inaugural Exhibitions for New Facility

The San Diego Museum of Art Earns Major Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

Faggionato Fine Art Opens Group Exhibition by Renowned International Artists

New Body of Work by British Artist Marc Quinn at White Cube

Sound and Video-Installation with Sophie Whettnall's Latest Self-Portrait at Fundació Joan Miró

Picture by Pakistan's 'Picasso', who Illustrated Camus Novel, in Bonhams Middle East & South Asian Sale

Berlin's Jewish Museum Expanding

Exhibition of New Painting and Sculpture by Konstantin Bessmertny at Rossi & Rossi

Swedish Artist Attacked During Free-Speech Lecture

May 11, 2010

At New Pompidou Center-Metz Designed by Shigeru Ban, the Building Steals the Show

Vintage World Cup Posters on Offer at Christie's South Kensington

Impressionist Masterpiece by Manet to Be Auctioned by Sotheby's

Christie's Latin American Evening Sale Offers Rare Masterworks

Iconic Yves Klein Work a Spring Auction Highlight this Week

Kate Gilmore's Walk the Walk Presented in the Midtown Oasis of Bryant Park

Two Cities, 20 Designers, and 90 Days to Complete an Exercise in Creativity

Iconic WW II Images by Dmitri Baltermants at Nailya Alexander Gallery

Provocative Elton John Art Deco Piece for Sale at Bonhams

Mesoamerican Ballgame Exhibition Opens in South Africa Before the World Cup

The Bowes Museum Celebrates Summer with British Sporting Art Exhibition

How Many Lightbulbs Does it Take to Change a Painting?

Asia's Premier Annual Art Fair to Present a Unique Combination of Art and Antiques

'Barn Find' James Bond Car for Auction at Bonhams

Contents of 'Time Lord' Severin Wunderman's Cote D'Azur Home to Sell at Bonhams

Westchester Artist to Exhibit at Historical Muscoot Farm

South African-Based Photographer Roger Ballen Exhibits at Stills Gallery

Aaron Johnson and Barnaby Whitfield at Irvine Contemporary

Fantasy Artist Frank Frazetta, 82, Dies in Florida

Jorge Pardo's Newest Installation Transforms Friedrich Petzel Gallery into a Labyrinth

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Mystery over massive Alexander the Great-era tomb unearthed in northern Greece

2.- An ancient money box containing a large rare hoard of coins found in Israel

3.- Robin Williams' portrait installed today at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington

4.- The Baltimore Museum of Art announces three new contemporary exhibitions in fall

5.- New Aspen Art Museum designed by architect Shigeru Ban opens to the public

6.- New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art launches 82nd & Fifth app in 12 languages

7.- MoMA online-only publication features new research on Pablo Picasso and Cubism

8.- Volunteers needed for massive Smithsonian digitization project

9.- Tate Britain welcomes home John Everett Millais's Ophelia and Rossetti’s The Beloved

10.- Bogart estate: Hollywood golden age icon Lauren Bacall dead at 89 in New York

Related Stories



Akron Art Museum Names Jon T. Trainor New Director of Development



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Rmz. - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site