Jeliza Patterson

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medievalpoc:

bilt2tumble:

medievalpoc:

Studio of Francis Harwood (in Italy)

Portrait Bust of a Black Man

England, Italy (1758)

Black Stone and Yellow Siena Marble, 2 ft. 3 1/2 in. x 1 ft. 7 3/4 in. x 10 1/2 in.

Info via Getty Museum:

With noble bearing, this man proudly holds his chin high above his powerful chest. Sculptor Francis Harwood chose a black stone to reproduce the sitter’s skin tone. Harwood also chose an unusual antique format for the bust, terminating it in a wide arc below the man’s pectoral muscles. Harwood was familiar with antique sculptures from time spent in Florence reproducing and copying them. He may have deliberately used this elegant, rounded termination, which includes the entire, unclothed chest and shoulders, to evoke associations with ancient busts of notable men. Although the identity of the sitter is unknown, the scar on his face suggests that this is a portrait of a specific individual. This work may be one of the earliest sculpted portraits of a Black individual by a European.*

* I think we should all know by now that this is definitely untrue.

PDF with information for educators from the Getty Museum

…And the fact that the last line (struck out above) was included AT ALL is telling. Details folks. DETAILS.

Nearly every work featuring a “Black individual” in European art has the same claim written by the museum writer/curator. 

I hope this post clears up any confusion about that.

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asylum-art:

Soo Sunny Park::Boundary Conditions 2014

Stainless steel, Plexi glass, paint.
Via: aima007.blogspot.fr

The New Britain Museum of American Art announced the a shining, site-specific installation by Soo Sunny Park, titled Boundary Conditions. The light-responsive piece evolves on the museum’s LeWitt Staircase by adding interlocking, stainless steel grids, woven with various types of Plexiglas, that cast refracted light onto the dark gray walls of the building.

According to the press release, “The installation blurs the line between painting with pigment and painting with light. Depending on the season and time of day, the installation changes from refulgent and prismatic to subdued and shimmering.” It’s a geometric stunner, and arguably one of the most flattering designs towards that oft-desired Cinderella-style debut. 

Park added, “As a whole, the installation is neither the central form nor its shadows, but the structured space between them. Light, in this piece, does more than allow us to look at things. It reveals the rich structure of the liminal space we inhabit.” 

The installation will be in place for two years, offering art fanatics plenty of time to check out the liminal, undulating structure. Park has already proved herself adept at imbuing spaces with light-bending, mathematical, and awe-striking installations

 Watch the video,  time-lapse: installation process

Boundary Conditions - Soo Sunny Park from Soo Sunny Park on Vimeo.

(via asylum-art)

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loves,

there is a wonderful new free literary app entitled ‘WeReadToo’ in the apple store. browse over 300 titles by authors of color featuring characters of color. currently, they are featuring children and young adult books, but they are adding genres, and there is a suggestion box on the app for users/readers to offer their favorite writers/books to be added !

here’s the link :)

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/we-read-too/id908782619?mt=8

xoxo nayyirah :)))

(Source: nayyirahwaheed, via blue-author)

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ohscience:

I’m an artist with a molecular biology degree from the University of Washington, and I’ve been working on making science infographics for several months now. 
This week I made an animated identification chart of North American butterflies. You can check out the full sized GIF here or pick up a poster for your room here :)

ohscience:

I’m an artist with a molecular biology degree from the University of Washington, and I’ve been working on making science infographics for several months now. 

This week I made an animated identification chart of North American butterflies. You can check out the full sized GIF here or pick up a poster for your room here :)

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