Tuesday, November 12, 2013

2013-10-21 - Monday - Savannah museums

Monday I visited the Telfair Museums of Art.  The Telfair Academy is a classical art museum in the original Telfair mansion.  One of the most striking paintings is The Black Prince at Crecy by Julian Story.  It's a 13' x 17' oil painting from 1888.  Another very moving painting is Relics of the Brave by Arthur Hacker.  There are many extraordinary paintings in there but since no photography is allowed you'll have to take my word for it.

Next I went to the Jepson Center, a museum housing some more modern art along with a near-east exhibit that featured dishes and bottles, some from as far back as 10 B.C.

There was an Andy Warhol exhibit mounted that concentrated on his screen prints inspired by JFK's assassination.  It was one of the first times that images had been lifted from the news media and used in repetitive sequences.  Quite moving, along with a monitor showing the Zapbruder film on a continuous loop.  It still gives me shivers to see that loop.

Another current exhibit was an extensive collection of oil paintings by Robert Henri.  The collection focused on his Spanish Sojourns where he painted dancers, picadors, gypsies, and peasants.  Apparently Henri was a leader of the Ashcan School of American Realism, forsaking his earlier interest in impressionism.  He was an organizer of landmark show, The Eight and was included in The Armory Show which I just learned about on NPR recently.  A lot of history and a lot of very beautiful paintings.  I was so taken with them that I purchased a small poster commemorating the show.

On the way back to the hotel I snapped some interesting photos.


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