Thursday, September 30, 2010


Take note of the updates to "Other Gems" and "Egypt."

Roxy Paine

Here are images from Roxy Paine's public exhibition "Conjoined," from Madison Square Park in New York City (2007).  I stumbled into the park quite by accident, trying to find places to explore while waiting for my younger brother to finish up his video game class so we could head home to NJ.  Spent a lot of time in museums/parks in those two weeks.  Imagine my surprise in finding these towering welded stainless steel trees.

Didn't discover the artist's name until seeing his exhibit on the roof of the MET in September of 2009 ("Roxy Paine on the Roof: Maelstrom").  More photos of that at a later date.  In the meantime, check out info on the expired MET exhibit HERE.  (Roxy is the dude with the sweet muttonchops).

Other Gems of the Brooklyn Museum

Also circa summer 2007 BM visit.

Auguste Rodin (Francois-Auguste-Rene Rodin, 1840-1917)

In my opinion, Rodin is one of the most incredible sculptors I have seen.  Much of his figurative work is heavily textured, which I find very evocative, especially since it is predominantly bronze.  Here are several crap-tastic photos taken with the crap-tastic phone I had at the time.

This will not be the last we see of Odin's work.  But until more of his work resurfaces, much of it can be found on the "Rodin Museum" website HERE.  The MET also has several Rodin sculptures.

P.S. This is what Rodin looked like.  Sweet beard.

Addendum (September 2008):
An additional Rodin sculpture from BM...the same sculpture from profile view in fact.  All of these are part of the permanent collection and reside in the museum atrium near the entrance on Eastern Parkway.

Tribal Art from the Northwest Coast Indians (Alaska, etc)

Here are several gorgeous hand-carved and painted wood sculptures from the Indians of the Northwest Coast.  (Also photographed from my crap-tastic cellular device.)

Orca whale.
Judging by the nose, I would say this is a bear but I could be wrong.
The head of a raven.

Top left working downward: eagle, beaver.  Top right: bear.

Last summer I visited Alaska and saw tons of beautiful carvings similar to these.  Perhaps I will have a totem poles post sometime soon.  Art from two Northwest tribes worth looking at are the Haida and Tlingit tribes.  Very geometric and expressive animal imagery.

Addendum (September 2008):
A wooden tribal figure.  Not Northwest Coast but still really cool.  West Indian, possibly.

Egyptian Art @ Brooklyn Museum

The Brooklyn Museum has the largest collection of Egyptian art in the country, even larger than that at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  They always have additional Egyptian exhibits as well.  For example, right now they have an exhibit on mummies.  I got to see it before I left for school...very interesting (and also a bit creepy).  

Below is my very favorite Egyptian painting of all time, "Inner Cartonnage of Gautseshenu" (circa 700-650 B.C. from Thebes).  It is part of the permanent Egyptian collection at the Brooklyn Museum.  I first discovered this piece during my freshman year at Pratt, so I try to look at it every time I visit the museum (These images are from summer 2007).  

Egyptian mythology is incredible.  Centered on the chest of this sarcophagus is a scarab beetle with the head of the hawk god Horus, along with falcon wings.

Other incredible Egyptian art from their permanent collection:
A broad collar necklace.  Definitely has a strong influence on fashion.
A votive statue of the jackal god Anubis, god of the dead.  One of his many duties is to weigh the hearts of the newly dead, to determine if they are worthy of entrance to the Underworld.
An ibis statue, representative of the god Thoth, who is known for his wisdom.
He can also be seen in the following sarcophagus painting, along with Horus, hawk god of the sky.

To learn more about the Brooklyn Museum click HERE.  (Keep in mind that all Pratt students get in for free with their school ID.)

There will be a fair amount of posting images from past exhibits I have seen over the past few years in addition to new work I have discovered, or rediscovered.  If I ever add to these posts at a later date, I will make a note of it so that viewers are free to check out the updates.

Addendum (September 2008):
Additional images from the Egyptian section of the museum.
A fertility goddess votive, possibly portraying the mother goddess Isis.

Return of the camera phone.  Hieroglyphic imagery with the gods Anubis, Horus, and possibly Osiris.

Bits of broken hieroglypics.

Bastet, goddess of cats.

Horus votive

Gautseshenu revisited.

Just a slice of Egypt from the MET:
(Fall 2009)

Bastet, Cat Goddess

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Greetings, lovers of art and the world!

As a visual artist, I am constantly discovering incredible artists, whose work I admire.  This blog is named "ArtSourced" as a representation of my attempt to have a space for the "outsourced" (as in, non-digital) art experiences and observations I have had and collect them in one place.  I invite anyone interested to use this blog as a resource for images, inspiration, or just for fun.  And please feel free to share or suggest artists that you think are worth looking at.

Happy discovering,

:) Leah