Thursday, December 13, 2007

Upcoming Show: Chiura Obata

While perusing the Smithsonian Museum of American Art website to find out exactly where Ross’s painting demo will be, I came across the following on an upcoming exhibition.
Obata's Yosemite
Feb. 22 through June 1, 2008
In 1927, Chiura Obata (1885–1975) visited Yosemite National Park and the Sierra Nevada, where he made approximately 100 drawings in pencil, watercolor and sumi ink. Between 1928 and 1932, while Obata was in Tokyo, he transformed these California landscape watercolors and sketches into a limited-edition portfolio titled "World Landscape Series." "Obata's Yosemite" features 27 prints and watercolors and a series of approximately 21 progressive proofs. This display is the first time the artist's prints have been publicly exhibited on the East Coast. Joann Moser, senior curator for graphic arts, is the curator of the exhibition.

Curious, I googled the painter Chiura Obata and came across this terrific website: Obata’s work includes terrific block prints, water colors, and sumi-e.

Ross Merrill Lecture on and Demonstration of Durand Style

Asher B. Durand was one of the Husdon School painters. A show of his work is currently up at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. See below for info on Ross's lecture and demo.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Painting Demonstration, Kogod Courtyard
12:00 PM
Smithsonian American Art Museum

Ross Merrill, painter and chief of conservation at the National Gallery of Art, demonstrates plein air painting and discusses challenges artists face in working outdoors. Merrill, who was inspired by Asher B. Durand’s sketches on view in SAAM’s third floor special exhibition galleries, explores Durand’s palette and painting method as part of this demonstration.