With a couple posed in a loving embrace, encircled by large pink hearts, a reference to the frivolity that characterizes French Rococo painting, Kerry James Marshall’s Study for Vignette meditates on beauty, love, romance, and harmony in the black experience. Learn more about the work.
José-Guadalupe Posada was born on this day in 1852. Posada used images of skeletons and #calaveras, or skulls, in his satirical cartoons. He once said, “La muerte es democrática, ya que a fin de cuentas, güera, morena, rica o pobre, toda la gente acaba siendo calavera,“ or, “Death is democratic, because when it comes down to it – fair or dark, rich or poor – everyone winds up a skeleton.” See more of Posada’s work at mo.ma/2k00bNd
Today is the feast day of Saint David, the patron saint of Wales. Traditionally daffodils (a symbol of Wales) and leeks (a symbol of Saint David) are worn.
This is a hand-coloured lithograph of daffodils, printed by Day & Haghe in the 1840s. The original drawing was by Jane Webb Loudon (1807-1858), and it featured in her book ‘The ladies’ flower garden of ornamental bulbous plants’ with 57 other botanical prints.
Spring Angel C is one of eight screenprints from Gary Hume’s Spring Angels series, in which imagery is based on the artist’s photographs of concrete angels on the ceiling of the Catholic Cathedral in Brasilia. The spring color palette is based on leaves and cuttings he brought into his print workshop from the countryside.
Senior curator Roxana Marcoci discusses the Russian painter Lyubov Popova, whose work is part of A Revolutionary Impulse: Rise of the Russian Avant-Garde, in our latest episode of “How to see the Russian Avant-Garde.”
“Matter, color and sound in motion are the phenomena whose simultaneous development makes up the new art.”
Lucio Fontana was born on this day in 1899. He is the father of the Italian postwar movement Spazialismo, which aimed to bring art and science together. Portrait of Antonin Artaud is on view in our 4th floor Collection Galleries. It is an “illustration” for a book by Otto Hahn, for which Fontana created punctured sheets of steel, brass, and plexiglass and kept them in a sculptural container.