Saturday, May 19, 2012

Early Academic Drawings from the Permanent Collection of The Art Students League of New York

Here is a beautiful show of figure drawings that I got to see recently.  Pardon the reflections on each piece since they were all behind glass.

Early Academic Drawings from the Permanent Collection of The Art Students League of New York
Library, April 26, 2012 - May 13, 2012

Drawings of nudes were the building blocks of an artist’s education at one time. Male and female models stood for 20-minute poses as students sought to capture light on flesh, muscle beneath skin and the proportions of human form.  These skills were essential for careers in fine art painting, mural design and literary illustration. In pursuit of such abilities, aspiring artists produced dozens of charcoal “life drawings.”
While life drawing is no longer an inevitable aspect of art school curricula, the Art Students League of New York has offered it as a course of study since its founding in 1875.  The works in this exhibition of early life drawings from the League’s permanent collection were restored from hundreds in the League’s collection on the basis of their excellence and historic significance.
The drawings on display date from 1888 to 1924 and came into the collection in exchange for scholarships and awards given to their creators.  In this manner the League formed a permanent collection to record its accomplishments and furnish its students with fine work to emulate. Students fortunate enough to study in Europe were asked to send back life drawings that had merited approval by French or German instructors.

by Bridgeman

I think that these drawings were my favorite.  Isn't it great how the artist didn't even finish, just whatever was finished was drawn really well.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Blooming Arts Festival

CALL FOR ENTRIES FOR UPTOWN VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTISTS! The Second Annual Blooming Arts Festival is hosting three awesome events this June as part of the Uptown Arts Stroll: a visual arts exhibition, an evening of performing arts, and a day of arts workshops open to the community. Artists of all ages and art forms are invited to submit! Deadline for submissions is May 31. Check out our website for sumission details and more information!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Our Illustrious Heritage, Salmagundi and American Illustration

Here are some paintings from the show.

by Norman Rockwell

 These two paintings were in other parts of the gallery, but aren't they lovely?