Putting Their Own Spin on the Classics

Last week preschool and kindergarten students from Tyler Elementary School took cues from the masters. In the art workshop, preschoolers experimented with different tools to make abstract expressionist paintings, just like Jackson Pollock. Later in the day kindergarteners drew their own versions of Arthur Dove’s Cows in Pasture (1935) and Georgia O’Keeffe’s Red Hills, Lake George (1927).

Natalie Mann, School, Outreach, and Family Programs Coordinator

Photos: Natalie Mann

 

The heat may be getting to us.

Arthur Dove‘s influence on 20th century animation?

(left) Arthur Dove, Coal Carrier, 1929 or 1930. Oil on canvas, Oil on canvas, 20 x 26 in. The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C. Acquired 1930. (left) Domo, mascot of NHK (Japanese Broadcasting Corporation).

(left) Arthur Dove, Coal Carrier, 1929 or 1930. Oil on canvas, Oil on canvas, 20 x 26 in. The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C. Acquired 1930. (left) Domo, mascot of NHK (Japanese Broadcasting Corporation).

(left) Arthur Dove, 1941, 1941. Wax emulsion on canvas, 25 x 35 in. The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C. Acquired 1942. (right) Looney Tunes' Marvin Martian (with Bugs Bunny).

(left) Arthur Dove, 1941, 1941. Wax emulsion on canvas, 25 x 35 in. The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C. Acquired 1942. (right) Looney Tunes' Marvin the Martian (with Bugs Bunny).

 

 

A Way to Look at Things

Stieglitz Presents Sever Americans... Arthur Dove poem

"A Way to Look at Things", a poem by Arthur G. Dove published in Alfred Stieglitz's catalog for his exhibition, "Seven Americans", 1925. From the Phillips Collection Library, Gift of the Robert and Dana Quittner Family Trust.

In 1925, Alfred Stieglitz organized a show called Seven Americans to commemorate the 20th anniversary of his gallery, “291″. To support the works selected for the exhibition, he published four writings in the brief catalog, one of which is the poem shown above by artist Arthur Dove. Ann Lee Morgan, in her definitive book Arthur Dove: Life and Work, cites Stieglitz’s response to the poem, which addresses abstraction in art, as “a classic.” Morgan says that Dove occasionally took up poetry but that the poem printed in Seven Americans is the “most successfully constructed.”