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Toledo Museum of Art adds three Native American works of art to its collections

Posted on Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

Earlier this year the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) acquired three significant Native American works of art for its growing collection of Indigenous Art from around the world. The objects are on display together in an installation titled Collecting Now: Recent Acquisitions in the Museum’s Canaday Gallery through Dec. 31, 2017. TMA purchased the objects […]

Color Focus of New Show

Posted on Saturday, May 13th, 2017

The singular power of color and its astonishing ability to produce a range of psychological and perceptual effects is the focus of the exhibition Color Across the Spectrum, on view May 13 to July 30 in the Wolfe Gallery Mezzanine. The show is one of the first in a new initiative to display the Museum’s […]

Toledo Museum of Art Acquires Paula, A Sculpture by Spanish Artist Jaume Plensa

Posted on Thursday, January 12th, 2017

The Toledo Museum of Art has acquired a large-scale work by famed Spanish artist Jaume Plensa for its sculpture garden. Paula, which is on display adjacent to the Museum’s Monroe Street terrace, is a cast iron head created in 2014 that measures 276 11/16 inches high, 122 inches wide and 40 inches deep. It came […]

Dec. 30 Art Minute: Roman, ‘Bust of a Flavian Matron’

Posted on Friday, December 30th, 2016

This sculpted bust depicts an older woman, a matron, gazing off towards her right. The relatively advanced age of the woman is rare for this type of portrait, which can be dated on the basis of the hairstyle. Ornate, corkscrew curls were fashionable for women of the imperial court during the Flavian Dynasty (68–96 CE). […]

May 20 Art Minute: Rosemary Laing, “groundspeed, (Rose Petal) #17”

Posted on Friday, May 20th, 2016

At first look, this photograph by Australian artist Rosemary Laing appears to be a digital manipulation. But look closer—it is actually the result of a painstakingly staged installation. To create this scene, Laing laid down industrially produced carpet in a South Australian forest. The result, like all of the works in her groundspeed series, is […]

New to the Collection: Anthony Cragg, ‘Spyrogyra’

Posted on Thursday, December 24th, 2015

Spyrogyra is named for a thread-like species of green algae, a type of thin seaweed with a spiral arrangement of the chloroplasts that populate its undulating structure. While the shape and structure of Tony Cragg’s sculpture also seems to reference French Dadaist Marcel Duchamp’s famous Bottle Rack from 1914, Cragg’s playful work draws inspiration from his […]

Toledo Museum of Art Acquires Extremely Rare Oceanic Mask, One of the Finest Examples

Posted on Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

A masterwork of Oceanic art has been added to the collection at the Toledo Museum of Art. Purchased at Christie’s in Paris on Dec. 3, 2015, the mask is one of four known distinguished examples from Saibai Island in the Torres Straits and has been heralded by scholars as the most notable. The Saibai Island […]

New to the Collection: Silvia Levenson, “Strange Little Girl #7 (Nena Cuervo)”

Posted on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

Born in Argentina, Silvia Levenson is of Russian–Jewish decent. Politically active already as a teenager, Levenson immigrated to Italy in 1981 with her husband and young children to escape the oppressive regime of military dictator Jorge Rafaél Videla (ruled 1976–1981), during which members of her family “disappeared.”Her experiences during this intense and frightening time continue […]

New to the Collection: Gajin Fujita, “Hood Rats”

Posted on Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Hailing from East Los Angeles, contemporary artist Gajin Fujita takes inspiration from traditional Japanese woodblock prints of the 18th and 19th centuries, urban street art, and popular culture. Merging these diverse influences, he has created a body of work unified by a remarkable visual vocabulary that is uniquely his own. He uses a stable of […]

New to the Collection: David Hockney, ‘A Bigger Card Players’

Posted on Friday, October 23rd, 2015

Though the cheap folding card table in David Hockney’s “photographic drawing” is far more utilitarian than its painted and gilded ancestors displayed below, it still serves to facilitate a competitive card game among friends—in this case, three men in the artist’s studio, eyes cast downward and intent on the game at hand. Hockney has long […]