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2021-03-02 01:01:09

    Submitted by @geoffreystein:

    Janet Yellen

    Collage material from the New York Times Business Section and Wall Street Journal, acrylic, gesso and pencil on canvas, 30 x 30 inches, 2014

    Private collection, NYC

    A commissioned portrait of Janet Yellen from 2013, now the Secretary of Treasury under the Biden Administration. I used text from the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal for this portrait.  

    Inquire here about commissioning a similar work.

    Winslow Homer, who was born on this day in 1836, was one of the most popular and successful artists of the 1880s. Homer’s skill as a watercolor painter grew during his second long sojourn in Gloucester, Massachusetts, in the summer of 1880, when his work became breathtakingly fluid and impressionistic. Exploiting the texture of the paper and the range of transparency in his pigments, Homer used techniques like scraping to add highlights to his boldly simplified compositions.

    "Two Sailboats," 1880, Winslow Homer

    ❤️🧡💛 Color the Cosmos 💚💙💜

    📣 Attention, space explorers! Our Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope presents: two new coloring pages! Unleash your creativity to bring these celestial scenes to life.


    Nancy Grace Roman, NASA’s first chief astronomer, smiles out at us from our first coloring page. She’s considered the mother of our Hubble Space Telescope because she helped everyone understand why it was important to have observatories in space – not just on the ground. If it weren’t for her, Hubble may have never become a reality.

    The Roman Space Telescope is named after her to honor the legacy she left behind when she died in 2018. Thanks to Nancy Grace Roman, we’ve taken countless pictures of space from orbiting telescopes and learned so much more about the universe than we could have possibly known otherwise!


    The second coloring page illustrates some of the exciting science topics the Roman Space Telescope will explore. Set to launch in the mid-2020s, the mission will view the universe in infrared light, which is like using heat vision. We’ll be able to peer through clouds of dust and see things that are much farther away.

    We anticipate all kinds of discoveries from the edge of our solar system to the farthest reaches of space. This coloring page highlights a few of the things the Roman Space Telescope will help us learn more about. The mission will find thousands of planets beyond our solar system and hundreds of millions of galaxies. It will also help us unravel the mysteries of dark matter and dark energy, represented by the gray web-like pattern in the background. With so much exciting new data, who knows what else we may learn?

    Download the coloring pages here!

    Learn more about the Roman Space Telescope at: https://roman.gsfc.nasa.gov/

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    Sargent Claude Johnson was a ceramicist, painter, and lithographer based out of North Beach, San Francisco in the 1930s. Johnson, who was of Black and Cherokee heritage, is remembered for his soul-stirring sculptures and his commitment to creating self-affirming images of Black people. This graceful terracotta figure shows the influence of the Harlem Renaissance and the call for the celebration and integration of African ancestral traditions as expressed by Alain Locke. Johnson said he was “aiming to show the natural beauty and dignity” of African Americans, not to a white audience, but to themselves.“

    From 1937 to 1939 Johnson worked for the WPA/FAP (The Works Progress Administration/ Federal Art Project) which created work relief for artists during the Great Depression. He created large-scale artworks for the WPA such as the decorated interior of the San Francisco Maritime Museum, among others, some of which can still be seen today.

    Like many artists in the Bay Area art scene, Johnson and his contemporaries drew inspiration from non-European art such Indigenous arts of the Americas and the Pacific, in addition to African art. They also looked to artists such as  Diego Rivera, whose figurative techniques and illustration of social issues spoke to new ways of expressing the Black experience.

    Are you familiar with any artworks created by other Black artists for the WPA? Let us know in the replies!

    In honor of Black History Month, and in conjunction with the exhibition John Edmonds: A Sidelong Glance, we are highlighting contemporary artists in our collection whose work speaks to the complexity and beauty of Black American heritage.

    Sargent Claude Johnson (American, 1888-1967). Untitled (Standing Woman), ca. 1933-1935. Terracotta, paint, surface coating. Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Estate of Emil Fuchs and Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Steinhauer, by exchange, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund, and Mary Smith Dorward Fund, 2010.2

    Submitted by @susenka-art:

    “Bardo (Gold)” Mixed media on canvas.

    By Susenka, 2021

    Bardo is a concept in Buddhism; it’s an intermediate state between two incarnations. The moment right before conception, when the spirit is preparing to start its journey to the material world but hasn’t departed yet - what is to say is still in the bardo; that’s what inspired this painting.

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