Inspiration

Visiting museums always leads to some sort of inspiration for the work that I make. Using my iphone camera, I click click click and the ideas come home with me.

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Last weekend I visited the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum in downtown Hartford, Connecticut. It was founded by Daniel Wadsworth in 1842, and opened two years later with just seventy-nine paintings and three sculptures. Today the collection exceeds 50,000 works of art – acquisitions by patrons, directors, and curators continue to collect and support the work of living artists.

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Milton Avery

There is an American Decorative Arts collection that embodies the history of material culture in New England and America including Frank Lloyd Wright, Paul Revere and a bowl by Viktor Schreckengost/Cowan Pottery Studio. This was my favorite exhibit.

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Marblehead Pottery

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Dedham Pottery plate

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Jardiniere Vase 1901-2

It was here that I found a lot of ideas on frames, furniture and decorative surfaces.

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woodworking inlay leaves

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gilded pattern on frame

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floral pattern on chair

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Lattice on High Chest

The Wadsworth Atheneum Contemporary Art collection—features work from 1945 to the present. The Huntington Gallery includes mid-century abstract painting and sculpture by artists including Willem de Kooning and Alexander Calder.

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Detail: Chuck Close painting

 

New, large-scale gifts and acquisitions include important pieces by Chuck Close and Kara Walker. A permanent video gallery features James Nares’ STREET, a grand tour through the streets of Manhattan. I highly recommend touring the wonderful collections in this Connecticut Museum.

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shadows on the staircase

 

 

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