Spotlight Artist: Daniel Chester French

Daniel Chester French Abraham Lincoln - Lincoln Memorial, installed 1920 Gallery Political Art Topic : Political Stagecraft: Monuments and Memorials Synopsis The nineteen-foot tall statue of Abraham Lincoln emerged from the design of Massachusetts sculptor Daniel Chester French whose attention to detail, accuracy, and composition created a masterpiece. French devoted considerable effort toward depicting Lincoln during the midst of war. He viewed photographs, read eyewitness descriptions, and studied Leonard Volk’s 1860 castings of Lincoln’s hands, then sculpted several models until he rendered a perfected final product. As visitors climb the marble steps, pass marble columns, and enter the

Spotlight Artist: Japan - Takashi Murakami

Takashi Murakami"Tan Tan Bo Puking - a.k.a. Gero Tan" by Takashi Murakami (2002). Acrylic on canvas mounted on board. Private Collection, courtesy of Galerie Perrotin. Art Code: "Creativity is not a limited resource." Synopsis A Japanese contemporary artist, Murakami works in fine arts media (such as painting and sculpture) as well as commercial media (such as fashion, merchandise, and animation) and is known for blurring the line between "high and low" arts. He coined the term "superflat", which describes both the aesthetic characteristics of the Japanese artistic tradition and the nature of post-war Japanese culture and society, and is also used for Murakami's own artistic style and that o

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