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Happy Valentine’s Day!

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. 

[Kerry James Marshall. Study for Vignette. 2004. Crayon, gouache, and pencil on paper. The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection Gift. © 2017 Kerry James Marshall]

“Interno del Colosseo” by Giovanni Battista Altadonna

Italian, 1850s

albumen silver print from glass negative

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Happy birthday José-Guadalupe Posada

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

[José-Guadalupe Posada. Calavera of the Cyclists (Calavera las biciletas). c. 1889-1895. Relief engraving. Larry Aldrich Fund]

Happy first day of Spring!

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.

[Gary Hume. Spring Angel C from Spring Angels. 2000. One from a portfolio of eight screenprints. Gift of The Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art and the Jacqueline Brody Fund. © 2017 Gary Hume]

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.”

Watch the full episode at mo.ma/howtosee

In support of this year’s Art Party, Dreamlands artist Aidan Koch has designed a limited edition print exclusively for the Whitney. Learn more

[Aidan Koch (b. 1988), HELLO, 2016. Digital inkjet print, 15 × 9 in. (38.1 × 22.9 cm). Commissioned by the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York]

hey spanish / july 2016 / Karolina Koryl

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Mount Fuji has long been praised by poets and depicted by artists for its beautiful shape and sacred status. Japanese artist Utagawa Hiroshige (1797–1858) created numerous views of Mount Fuji over the course of his career, depicting the mountain in different seasons and from a variety of viewpoints.

Come and see a brand new FREE display of Hiroshige’s views of Mount Fuji, now open in Gallery 29.

The artworks, from the Ashmolean’s own collection, include views of Mount Fuji from several different Hiroshige series; some devoted entirely to Fuji and others in which Fuji appears in views of Edo, or is seen from the Tōkaidō Road, Japan’s major highway.

“Fragment from Balustrade of the Temple of Athena Nike, Acropolis, Athens” by William James Stillman

c. 1882

albumen silver print from glass negative

Gillman Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art