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Glass and oil

By spotogspindel | April 16, 2011

Yesterday´s exploration field-trip went to Tacoma, south of Seattle. We visited Museum of Glass, first stop was the hot-hut, where the glass-art was made.

The best part of the exhibition was named Kids Design Glass, the name should say it all. Like the funky “Shark Attack”  based on the drawing by Erica Hankins, age 8,below.

The sculptural vases below are much bigger than they seem, some over a meter high.

Detail of some of the outside art.

The glass-tunnel, over the highway, decorated with what seemed like underwater anemones.

Look at the cool close-up!

On the other side of the tunnel, we found Tacoma Art Museum, which just happened to have an exhibition with Norman Rockwell, one of the best American artists, of you ask me. His portraits and facial expressions are in class of their own. I thought he used water-color in his work, but it was all oil.

I love this, it´s the perfect picture of an artist´s fear of the “Blank canvas”. He said, “this isn´t a caricature of me, this is me, exactly what I look like”

He made loads of illustrations for the Saturday Evening Post, from the 1910s up until the 1960s. The illustration below is named “The runaway”.

The also made politically motivated paintings, like this one. “The Problem We All Live With”, based on the real-life story of Ruby Bridges, a six-year-old girl who, in 1960, became the first African-American child to attend an all-white school in New Orleans.

In the painting, a little black girl dressed in white is escorted on her first day to school by four faceless U.S. Marshals, the wall behind them defaced with the N-word and the messy red gush of a tomato that someone threw at her.

You can click on these pictures to see a bigger version with more details. But seeing them”live” was great. Seeing the strokes, the color-mix, and the details. Amazing!

Topics: inspiration, travel | 3 Comments »

3 Responses to “Glass and oil”

  1. Rubin Pingk Says:
    April 19th, 2011 at 04:22

    Wow. I didn’t know that was in Tacoma. I suddenly want to visit. I wonder how long Rockwell will be there.

    That glass shark is wicked rad.

    Rockwell is my favorite. I feel Alphonse Mucha, Norman Rockwell, Arthur Rackham and James Jean really know how to weave a line. Love love love.

  2. Jennevieve Says:
    April 21st, 2011 at 22:51

    ooh, I wish I had known you had been here since I live 2 miles from the glass museum! I taught in their kids art studio last year, it is such an awesome museum! Hope you had fun at ArtFest!

  3. collette Says:
    April 25th, 2011 at 01:16

    I love Norman Rockwell, I recently visited his original barn studio in the berkshires.loved it.
    That glass exhibit looks beautiful.