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This fall, the Nelson-Atkins will be exhibiting the “Amistad Mutiny” murals from Talladega College and significant works by Hale Woodruff, most painted in the late 1930s.  Woodruff was born in Illinois, went to school at Herron School of Art in Indianapolis and the Art Institute of Chicago.  Woodruff died in 1980.  The murals are currently on exhibit at the National Museum of American History.  Roberta Smith wrote about the exhibit when it was on view at NYU.  Looking forward to this one!

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Another new acquisition–another triumph in their collection of 20th C. American art–at the Nelson Atkins, Charles White’s “Goodnight Irene”, 1952, oil on canvas, 47″x24″. More Charles White.

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Newly on view at the Nelson Atkins.

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A medium-sized Baroque painting, “The Allegory of Vanity” by Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione (aka Il Grechetto) from the collection of the Nelson-Atkins Museum in KC.  The strangely sinister and sadly overlooked painting is an uncommon mash-up of idyll, allegory and still-life.  Castiglione, who may have studied with van Dyck, Rubens and Strozzi, is capable of some beautiful tonalities and the inventive ways he finds for depicting form share an affinity with more recent artists like Charles Hawthorne or Edwin Dickinson.  On top of that–for all huge array of figures, objects, spaces depicted–every inch of this canvas is painted with wit and with care.  There’s none of that “Man I don’t wanna paint this lute now…shouldn’t I see what’s up on facebook?”  Below are a few details. (more…)

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Francois Boucher, Jupiter, in the Disguise of Diana, and the Nymph Callisto, 1759, oil on canvas, approx. 30″x26″

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 Dispersion

Really digging on a page at the Nelson-Atkins Museum’s website.  You zoom in on Julie Mehretu’s Dispersion (above) and drag the viewer window around to check out all the sweet details.  No jpeg is ever going to really reveal Mehretu’s layered and mysterious surfaces, but it’s neat nonetheless–a video game for painting nerds.  Mehretu’s apparently working in East Lansing, Michigan right now, away from the hustle and bustle of Brooklyn or Paris or wherever she was before.  Still, we know she’s not really of the Midwest anymore.  She can’t be…she belongs to the world (cue strings, or Wilco…).  Here’s that link.

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