Month: July 2016

Confronting the Canvas: Women of Abstraction

Episode 42: The current state of abstraction of the female artist working in New York.  The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville presents Confronting the Canvas: Women of Abstraction, an exhibition that features over thirty works by six contemporary artists and that will run until September 4, 2016.  Brooke talked with Assistant Curator Jaime DeSimone about how Confronting the Canvas not only showcases women at the forefront of today’s New York art scene, but also provides insight into the work of women from previous periods, whose art was often overshadowed by that of their male counterparts.


leading, 2015.
Oil on canvas, 84 x 84 inches.
Courtesy of the artist.

don’t back down, 2015.
Oil on canvas, 66 x 66 inches.
Courtesy of the artist


Brass Instrument, 2015.
Acrylic and polymers on panel, 60 x 60 inches.
Courtesy of Berry Campbell Gallery.

Profile (Yellow Yuskavage), 2015.
Oil and mica on linen, 106 x 79 inches. John and Sally Van Doren.
Featured Image:
Abstraction Repulsion, 2014.
Oil and acrylic on canvas, 78 x 40 inches. Hort Family Collection.
Photo courtesy of CANADA. Photo by Jason Mandella.


Town & Country

Episode 40: Second careers and bringing fine art to new audiences.  Brooke goes to the Elder Gallery in Charlotte, North Carolina, to talk with founder Larry Elder. After launching three successful dot-coms, Elder took a leap of faith in order to pursue his passion for fine art.  The Elder Gallery is celebrating 15 years of serving experienced art buyers, art novices, and artists at all stages of their careers.

Kathy Craig, Belted Swiss,  The cow picture we were talking about.


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A Feeling for Form

Episode 41 : Taking visual art beyond the visual experience. For over three decades the Museum of Fine Arts Boston has been committed to giving the blind and the visually impaired access to the museum’s full collection through audio tours, tactile art cards, audio-tactile books, and self-contained tours.  In addition the MFA Boston offers its guests A Feeling for Form, a program in which trained volunteers lead blind and visually impaired guests through tactile exploration of selected sculpture and furniture, and use audio descriptions and tactile materials for other works of art.  Brooke talks with Manager of Accessibility, Hannah Goodwin, and Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, Jen Mergel, about the program and how experiencing visual art in this way not only grants the blind access but also gives the sighted guest, curator and artist a new perspective on the work.

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Modernization in Meiji Japan 1868-1912

Episode 39 :  Barry Till, a curator at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (Canada), gives Brooke a history lesson on the Meiji (pronounced MAY-gee) period in Japan. During this tumultuous forty-five year span the island nation was transformed from a nineteenth-century insular feudal society into a twentieth-century global industrial and military power.
The Art Gallery is home to one of the most comprehensive collections of Japanese art in Canada. It is currently hosting Modernization in Meiji Japan (1868-1912) Changing Images of Architecture, Transportation and War. The exhibition features contemporaneous wood block prints which illustrate Japanese life during this period. The prints not only serve as works of accessible popular art, but also provide historical insight into those fascinating and influential times. The exhibition will continue until August 28, 2016.

The Tsukiji Hotel, the First Western Style Hotel Built in Tokyo, and the Paddle Steamer City of Edo, 1870 | Original Hiroshige III (1843 – 1894) | Japanese Woodblock Print – See more at:

Meiji woodblock prints are fascinating in that they reveal to us a country in total transition. During the short period of Emperor Meiji’s reign (1868-1912) of nearly 45 years, Japan made an astonishingly swift metamorphosis from a feudal state into a modern industrial nation and major military power. Meiji Japan was recognized as the great nation-building “success story” of the modern non-Western world. What had taken the Western powers centuries to accomplish, Japan achieved in a few short decades. The prints of the period clearly show how Japan enthusiastically threw itself into changing and modernizing the nation by adopting just about anything Western.  It was truly amazing how every facet of life in Japan would experience an intense social and economic upheaval.  This exhibition will focus on three main aspects of their modernization: architecture, transportation and wars. The Gallery has one of the largest and finest collections of Meiji prints in North America.

Featured Image (at top of page):  City Scene with Horse-drawn Streetcars | Original Meiji era Japanese Woodblock Print

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Works Well With Others

Episode 36: Fine art is more often than not the product of a singular vision. American artist John C Gonzalez turns this paradigm on its head by producing works that showcase the vision and talents of others.
Brooke talks with Ian Alden Russell of Brown University’s David Winton Bell Gallery about the Works Well With Others exhibition that ran from May 7 to June 12, 2016. Russell explained how the gallery was able to feature Gonzalez, a native of Providence, Rhode Island, as part of the gallery’s regional focus.


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