LaToya Ruby Frazier has a piece in the NYT this week, showcasing new work and talking about her critical approach towards American culture. “I am showing these dark things about America because I love my country and countrymen,” she says. “When you love somebody, you tell them the truth. Even if it hurts.”
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Dancing Examination, (1874) via ExpoDegas
b. July 19, 1834 in Paris, France
d. september 27, 1917 in Paris France
Ecole des Beaux-Arts
Edgar Degas is considered an Impressionists artist. He is considered one of the founders of Impressionist art by some though his style crossed many artistic boundaries. His paintings, pastels, drawings and sculptures showed his skilled draftsmanship.
L’Absinthe (1875-6) via Tate
Degas’s subjects changed throughout his career. He started painting historical paintings and reproductions of grand masters to contemporary life. He captured horses at the race track, and women at work. But his focus would soon turn to dancers backstage or in rehearsals.
Little Dancer of Fourteen Years, was probably his most controversial piece, as some saw it as hideous and while others its potential.
Little Dancer of Fourteen Years, (1880-1881) via the Clark
Towards the end of his life, Degas became blind, and turned to sculpting. He created many horse sculptures capture their movement as well as his ballerina and women bathing.