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Modern Art Monday Presents: Charles Sheeler, Incantation

incantation by charles sheeler photo by gail worley
Photo By Gail

Charles Sheeler (18831965) saw the modern equivalent of the imposing religious architecture of the past in the expansive, streamlined masses of factory buildings and refineries. Incantation (1946), whose very title sounds like a spiritual evocation, is a fragmentary view of a continuous-flow oil production plant. Here, Sheeler reduced the architectural forms to a more two-dimensional design in which shadows play as weighty a role as the metal tanks and pipes. The lack of a human presents suggest the degree to which these vast plants had come to be viewed as nearly autonomous forces.

Photographed in the Brooklyn Museum.

Yes, It Exists: President William McKinley as Napoleon

mckinley as napoleon phot by gail worley
Photos By Gail

This jug depicts President William McKinley dressed as Napoleon as a political satire of his policy shift towards American imperialism in the Philippines. Continue reading Yes, It Exists: President William McKinley as Napoleon

Eye On Design: Thierry Mugler, La Chimère Gown

thierry mugler la chimere gown photo by gail worley
Installation View from Thierry Mugler: Couturissme at The Brooklyn Museum (All Photos By Gail)

Designer Thierry Mugler (19482022) believed that beauty and seduction are instinctual. His most imaginative designs took inspiration from the natural world, including a host of birds, butterflies, insects, undersea creatures, and reptiles.

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Modern Art Monday Presents: Mazaruni River By Alexis Rockman

mazaruni river photo by gail worley
Photo By Gail

Alexis Rockman’s Mazaruni River (1994) plunges the viewer into the watery world polluted by large-scale gold dredging in Guyana. The hyper-realistic scene is simultaneously seductive and terrifying, as sunny skies and tropical green foliage belie the river’s toxicity. Continue reading Modern Art Monday Presents: Mazaruni River By Alexis Rockman

Modern Art Monday Presents: Andy Warhol, Julia Warhola (with Self Portrait)

julia warhola photo by gail worley
Photo By Gail

For almost two decades, beginning in 1952, Julia Warhola managed her son Andy Warhol’s New York home, cooking and cleaning, making donations to churches, and contributing to his commercial work with her award-winning penmanship. By 1971, in poor health, Julia returned to  Pittsburgh, where she passed away the following year. Continue reading Modern Art Monday Presents: Andy Warhol, Julia Warhola (with Self Portrait)