Featured Member: shanina dionna – American Art Therapy Association

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn The American Art Therapy Association represents a diversity of professionals, students, and organizations across the nation. We recognize and celebrate the work of our members at all levels through our Featured Member series. August 25, 2022 “I never sought out to be an advocate let alone a therapist when I started this … Read more

The Iranian Poet Who Became an American Action Painter

How did the Iranian-born artist Manoucher Yektai — a narrative poet and still-life painter who died in 2019 at the age of 98 — end up lumped in with American Abstract Expressionism and its subspecies, famously termed “action painting”? Answers to this question emerges in the biographical and critical essays in Manoucher Yektai (Karma Publications, … Read more

American Painter Dies – ARTnews.com

Duncan Hannah, an American painter known for his depictions of idyllic landscapes and portraits inspired by adventure stories and classic films, has died, according to the Paris Reviewwhich has published his work. An outlier among his peers, Hannah focused on figurative painting during a time when the New York art scene was embracing alternative mediums … Read more

50 Years of Contemporary Native Art at Santa Fe’s Institute of American Indian Arts

SANTA FE, NM — In 1962, the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) was founded in Santa Fe, marking a pivotal year for contemporary Indigenous arts on Turtle Island. IAIA was and is a revolutionary educational space with a core philosophy of celebrating difference, which was developed by the organization’s first art director Lloyd Kiva … Read more

American Museum of Natural History Workers Vote to Unionize

Workers at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) elected to unionize by an 85% margin, votes tallied yesterday confirmed. They will join the Local 1559 chapter of DC 37, New York’s largest union representing public employees. That chapter already represents some 78 positions at the museum, but advertising leaders estimate that the latest vote … Read more

A Bicultural Jesus Celebrates Asian American Identity

Tyrus Wong, “Chinese Jesus” (photo by Mark Gibson, courtesy the Walt Disney Family Museum) SAN FRANCISCO — “It’s a knockout!” gasped Stanford University art historian and Museum of Art curator Marci Kwon, as the cardboard cover was moved aside to reveal Tyrus Wong’s “Chinese Jesus” painting. The six-foot-tall image of Christ with both Chinese and … Read more

I Will Be A Witness: Bessie Harvey and Alternative Legacies in American Feminist Art

All artwork photographs shared with the permission of Bessie Harvey’s children. Bessie Harvey was a 20th-century sculptor working with found materials to create multi-media assemblages. The complexity of her portfolio offers a challenge to the preconceived notions of what a vernacular artist from the Black American South is, as she confronted prevailing art culture and … Read more

Remembering Japanese American Incarceration Through Abstraction

On February 19, the United States observed the 80th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, the catastrophic decree that led to the eviction and incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans. The White House issued a presidential proclamation to mark the occasion, reaffirming its apology to those affected. “I have always believed that great nations do not ignore … Read more

Smithsonian American Art Museum Acquires More than 200 Artworks – ARTnews.com

As the country’s preeminent institution dedicated to the cultivation and study of American art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) carries the unique curatorial responsibility of capturing the expansive and multifaceted nature of the nation’s culture in its displays. During a complex and often fraught period in United States history marked by social and political … Read more

Three Men Indicted for Selling Faked Works by American Modernists – ARTnews.com

The US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois unsealed an indictment last week that charged three men for fraud as part of a scheme to create and sell fake paintings, including those by American modernists Ralston Crawford, George Ault, and Gertrude Abercrombie. The three men identified in the complaint are two Michigan brothers, … Read more