Boston Part 2

student watercolor s

My daughter and I went to see the exhibit about Black Mountain College at the Institute of Contemporary Art.  We both loved the watercolor above, but neglected to write down or remember the name of the artist.  It may have been a student’s work, as both students and teachers were on display.  And of course many of the students went on to lead productive and sometimes famous artistic lives.

anni albers s

It was a treat for me to see so many examples of Anni Albers’ weavings.  There was even a loom to examine.

loom 1s

Josef Albers was also well represented.  I particularly liked this painting.  At Black Mountain, he did a lot of painting on masonite, a surface I used and liked back in the day.

josef albers s

Willem de Kooning taught at Black Mountain College, and had some pieces in the show, but we really liked these colorful abstracts by his under-appreciated wife Elaine.  You can easily see the cross-fertilization in their work, which also occurs between Anni and Josef Albers.

elaine de kooning s

Robert Rauschenberg and Susan Weil, another couple, were students at Black Mountain College.  This very large photogram they did together is wonderful.

rauschenberg and weil photogram s

Ray Johnson was also a student.  He is most well known for his mail art, but he studied painting at Black Mountain, and produced this wonderful and detailed woven-inspired work.

ray johnson detail s

Ruth Asawa, another student, is a favorite textile artist of mine.

ruth asawa s

And the view of the harbor from the museum is wonderful too.

view of the harbor s

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13 responses to “Boston Part 2”

  1. Jodi says :

    Love that first watercolor and all of these beautiful works of art!

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  2. Sharon Mann says :

    Thank you for the stroll through the museum, I enjoyed the selection of art you chose to post. Thanks for posting today Kerfe, it did my artist heart good to see these original works of art.

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  3. kirkistan says :

    That is fun to see, Kerfe! I might have photographed each of those as well. All interesting.

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  4. Claudia McGill says :

    Elaine’s work catches my eye. I plan to try to add some appreciation and look her up. thanks for the info.

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  5. davisbrotherlylove says :

    I just got a book about de Kooning. Very interesting work. Apparently he was so vigorous with his brushwork that he poked holes in some of his canvases.

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  6. artandmoondreams says :

    Wonderful post…thank you for sharing the exhibit and the artists.

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  7. memadtwo says :

    Some of my favorite artists. So mad at myself that I didn’t make it to the Gardner…oh well, maybe next time. Great post.


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