Saturday, May 18, 2013
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Artist Linda Hall, who teaches at Florida State University, creates other-worldly animals using old quilts and other materials. Her work will be on display in Atlanta beginning May 17 at the Barbara Archer Gallery group show "4 X 4: Benjamin Jones / Lydia Walls / Linda Hall / Joseph Kurhajec." In the short film Beasts by Hand, Hall talks about her "containers for the spirit," which take taxidermy to another level.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Friday, May 10, 2013
An 8-foot-wide painting at the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, Ga., done around 1868 by George Mooney, who served in the Georgia infantry during the Civil War. Surprise Attack Near Harper's Ferry shows Confederate bathers in the Potomac River scrambling as Union soldiers fire on them. One of those bathers was the 20-something Mooney.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Luster Willis (1913-1990) lived in Mississippi and was one of the artists in the famous show "Black Folk Art in America, 1930-1980," held at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington. The book from that exhibition includes a full-page color image similar to this painting called "Mummie of the Stone Age," done in the 1970s. The "Black Folk Art in America" book, by Jane Livingston and John Beardsley, says Willis "is an innately sophisticated draftsman whose command of his technical medium separates him decisively from many of the more blunt and direct styles associated with 'folk' art. Willis's major works are subtle and diverse in both their subject and execution as any painting by the most accomplished schooled artists." Willis is quoted in the book as saying, "I used to like to draw a lot of caskets and put imaginary figures in them. I think death is interesting because it's something that, sooner or later, we will all have to meet."
Sunday, May 5, 2013
"Sleeping Church, Busy World" was painted by Mother Hatchett in the late 1950s (President Eisenhower is shown). The painting seems to be critical of churches that are not trying to save souls in this sinful world. Mother Hatchett packed in some great images to make her point. She may have been the same Mother Hatchett who served on the Wiseman Board of the Universal Hagar's Spiritual Church and helped the church grow in Hackensack, N.J., and other places. The second to last photo shows a cutout photo of the artist.