FAMILY GUIDE VAN GOGH to POLLOCK MODERN REBELS
MASTERWORKS FROM THE ALBRIGHT-KNOX ART GALLERY
JUNE 18â€“SEPT 20, 2015
Van Gogh to Pollock: Modern Rebels, Masterworks from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery was initiated by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, and was organized by Albright-Knox Chief Curator Emeritus Douglas Dreishpoon. It is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Sponsored by
Additional support for the exhibition is provided by the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Contemporary Art Society, the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Friends of Art, and Christie’s. All artwork images courtesy of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY. The Family Guide is sponsored by Four-Four Foundation and an Anonymous Donor.
cover Joan Miró, Le Carnaval d'Arlequin (Carnival of Harlequin) (detail), 1924–25. Room of Contemporary Art Fund, 1940. © 2015 Successió Miró S.L. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris. Photograph by Tom Loonan. image right: Helen Frankenthaler, Tutti-Fruitti (detail), 1966. Gift of Seymour H. Knox, Jr.
WELCOME TO THE
VAN GOGH TO POLLOCK: MODERN REBELS EXHIBITION!
WHO ARE these modern rebels? Artists! Modern artists, that is. These artists used their creativity to rebel against art that came before and express themselves in new ways. WHAT IS modern art? It is many different styles and was made between the mid-nineteenth and mid-twentieth century. It is abstract images, bright colors, and unusual mark making. It is Cubism, Surrealism, Pop Art. In modern times, artists followed their own ideas. They experimented with new ways to look at the world and new methods to make art. They were inspired by the technology of the time, the human mind, and more!
FAMILY GUIDE HELPFUL HINT:
Work together as a family! (Itâ€™s OK to talk out loud in the Museum.)
Walk into the first gallery, and find the painting below by Vincent van Gogh. Van Gogh made this painting in Arles, which is in the south of France. The artist painted many scenes in this rural town, using visible marks that varied in length and direction. Van Gogh used these marks in his sketches, too.
TRY IT! Sketch the marks in the boxes below:
image: Vincent van Gogh, La Maison de la Crau (The Old Mill), 1888. Bequest of A. Conger Goodyear.
DID YOU KNOW? We know much about Van Gogh from his letters.
He wrote hundreds of letters in his lifetime, with several letters a week to his brother, Theo. He wrote about things he saw, what he was doing, and his paintings. Sometimes, he included sketches in the letters, too.
TRY IT! Write a letter to a friend, and include a sketch!
Dear , Today I visited the Milwaukee Art Museum with I enjoyed looking at Here is a quick sketch of something I saw :
MUSIC TO YOUR
Walk into the next gallery, using the passageway on the LEFT. Find the painting La Musique by Henri Matisse. The title of this painting is French for “the music.” Matisse is known for his unique compositions (the way he arranged his subject matter on the canvas), bright colors, and decorative patterns.
What are the women doing in this painting?
“CREATIVITY TAKES COURAGE.” —HENRI MATISSE
image: Henri Matisse, La Musique, 1939. Room of Contemporary Art Fund, 1940. © 2015 Succession H. Matisse, Paris / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photograph by Tom Loonan.
Next, find Self-Portrait with Monkey by Frida Kahlo. Here, she painted herself wearing a traditional blouse of her native Mexico, along with one of her pets—a spider monkey named Fulang-Chang. Kahlo had many pet animals, including monkeys, birds, dogs, and a deer, and made many self-portraits with animals.
Do you have a pet? (circle)
If so, what kind? DOG
TRY IT! Sketch a self-portrait with your pet or favorite animal. Draw yourself wearing something that is important to you.
“I PAINT MYSELF BECAUSE I’M SO OFTEN ALONE, AND BECAUSE I AM THE SUBJECT I KNOW BEST.” —FRIDA KAHLO
image: Frida Kahlo, Self-Portrait with Monkey, 1938. Bequest of A. Conger Goodyear, 1966. © 2015 Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F. / Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York.
DREAM ON Nearby, find this painting by Salvador Dalí. Dalí was a Surrealist artist. Surrealists were interested in dreams and the unconscious mind, and used elements of chance and surprise in their art. While the scene in this painting looks very real, it comes from the artist’s imagination.
What kinds of things can you find? (circle below) BOWL
WHAT ELSE? image: Salvador Dalí, The Transparent Simulacrum of the Feigned Image, 1938. Bequest of A. Conger Goodyear and Gift of George F. Goodyear, 1966. © 2015 Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photograph by Tom Loonan.
SURREALISTS LIKED USING GAMES TO DISCOVER NEW IDEAS. TRY IT! Make an “exquisite corpse” drawing with a partner, following the directions below: ARTIST 1
DRAW A HEAD Cover and pass to Artist 2
DRAW A BODY Cover and pass to Artist 1
DRAW LEGS Cover and pass to Artist 2
NAME YOUR CREATURE:
Walk into the next gallery, and find Convergence by Jackson Pollock.
CAN YOU IMAGINE? Jackson Pollock painted his
canvases on the floor. He walked all around them—pouring, dripping, flinging, splattering, and smearing paint from all four sides. This type of art making is called action painting.
Look carefully at this painting. What do you think Jackson Pollock was feeling when he made it?
“I WANT TO EXPRESS MY FEELINGS RATHER THAN ILLUSTRATE THEM.” —JACKSON POLLOCK
image: Jackson Pollock, Convergence, 1952. Gift of Seymour H. Knox, Jr., 1956. Â© 2015 Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society, New York. Photograph by Tom Loonan.
THICK AND THIN
Head into the next gallery, and find this painting by Clyfford Still.
What colors can you find?
“COLOR IS WHAT YOU CHOOSE TO MAKE IT.” —CLYFFORD STILL image: Clyfford Still, 1957-D No. 1, 1957. Gift of Seymour H. Knox, Jr., 1959. © 2015 The Estate of Clyfford Still and The Clyfford Still Museum, Denver, CO. Photograph by Tom Loonan.
Clyfford Still made his own paints and often changed how he applied them. He painted with both brushes and palette knives. Sometimes he made his paint thin; other times, thick and textural!
Stillâ€™s painting is totally abstract, that is, itâ€™s not meant to depict the natural world. Its subject matter are the lines, shapes, and colors.
TRY IT! Make a sketch of Stillâ€™s painting in the space below:
COLOR FIELD PAINTING Enter the next gallery, and find Tutti-Fruitti by Helen Frankenthaler. Frankenthaler is known for using what she called a “soak stain” method. She thinned her acrylic paints with water and poured them onto raw canvas—canvas that has not been treated with a primer, which prevents paint from penetrating the canvas. As such, the paints soaked into the fabric.
What’s in a title? Frankenthaler's Tutti-Fruitti is a slightly different spelling of "tutti frutti," a colorful ice cream with lots of flavors. Frankenthaler’s titles refer either to specific things, often landscapes, or are “Untitled.”
WHAT WOULD YOU TITLE THIS PAINTING?
image: Helen Frankenthaler, Tutti-Fruitti, 1966. Gift of Seymour H. Knox, Jr.
ART THAT GOES
Walk into the next gallery, and find Andy Warhol’s painting 100 Cans. Here, Warhol repeated the cans one hundred times! But, look carefully— even though the cans repeat, no two are alike!
What kinds of cans are these?
DID YOU KNOW?
Andy Warhol was a POP artist. Pop artists took inspiration from popular culture—things like everyday objects, cartoons, and advertisements.
image: Andy Warhol, 100 Cans, 1962. Gift of Seymour H. Knox, Jr., 1963, © 2015 The Andy Warhol Foundation of Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
READY FOR MORE FAMILY FUN? Visit the staff person at the ArtPack Station, who can point you to spaces and activities in the Museum just for families.
DID YOU KNOW? The Museum has a large collection of modern art paintings and sculptures. Check out the Mrs. Harry L. Bradley Collection online at collection.mam.org to see many of the works now. Then come back in late November to see them in personâ€”in their NEW galleries!
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