Georgia O’Keeffe, A Sunflower from Maggie, 1937, oil on canvas, 40.64 x 50.8 cm, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Source

The ‘Maggie’ referred to in the title of this O’Keeffe has been identified as Margaret Johnson, the artist’s friend and neighbour. She was married to the owner of the company Johnson & Johnson.

Shabti of Nubian Queen Maleteral. Shabtis were workers provided to assist the deceased with chores in their next life. In contrast with Egyptians, people of Nubia (Sudan) only placed shabtis in graves for a relatively brief period in history, 750-250 B.C. Excavated by George Reisner for the MFA-Harvard University joint expedition beginning in 1916.

In the ancient Nile valley, one’s success in the afterlife depended on objects. Burial offerings were thought to accompany a soul from one life into the next. Thousands of years later, many of these artifacts can be found within museum storerooms, often still grouped as they once were found. Revered and studied by audiences no one could have expected.

This image is part of my series, Hereafter, which explores artifacts in the storage rooms of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, whose Egyptian collection is one of the largest and most comprehensive in the world. These objects are some of the earliest acquired by the MFA Boston and they form a cornerstone upon which an encyclopedic museum was built.

Photography by Diana Zlatanovski.

Contributor Robyn Day reviews the Bruce Davidson exhibition now up at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston [continued at Big Red & Shiny…]

Untitled (Young Man Holding Baby in Luncheonette) from East 100th Street series Bruce Davidson (American, born 1933) 1966—68, printed 1969 Photograph, gelatin silver print
*Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Museum purchase with funds donated by Haluk and Elisa Soykan and the Ernest Wadsworth Longfellow Fund
*© Bruce Davidson /Magnum Photos
*Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

New Blue and White / Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

New Blue and White exhibition Museum of Fine Arts Boston, work by Harumi Nakashima

New Blue and White / Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
February 20, 2013 - July 14, 2013

New Blue and White at The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, showcases inventive works in blue and white by 40 international artists and designers.

Over the past millennium, blue-and-white ceramics have become an international phenomenon—familiar as Dutch Delftware, Ming vases, and Blue Willow china, among other forms. Today, the popular ceramic medium continues to offer inspiration, especially to the more than 40 international artists and designers whose works are presented in New Blue and White at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA).

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John Singer Sargent (American, 1856–1925)
Sketch for Chiron and Achilles
Oil and graphite on canvas, 1922–24
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts

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Exclusive First Looks: Mario Testino’s ‘In Your Face’ Exhibit

Photographer Mario Testino is best known for creating celebrity portraits that appear on the covers and pages of magazines likeVogueGQV magazine, and Vanity Fair. This weekend, the first-ever U.S. exhibit of his photographs opens at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Titled “In Your Face,” the retrospective will cover his 30-year career with 125 images chosen by Testino himself, ranging from his celebrity subjects like Jennifer Lopez and Gwyneth Paltrow to fashion spreads featuring Gisele Bundchen and Kate Moss. See a preview of the exhibit, including some exclusive images, in our slideshow.

For more information on the exhibit, which runs from October 21, 2012 to February 3, 2013, visit the Museum of Fine Arts Boston website

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