April 19th, 2014


SPOTLIGHT: Rappers x Pre-16th Century Art

B4XVI is gathering a collection of comparisons between pre-16th century art and famous rappers.

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April 19th, 2014

No, that’s not an Instagram photo. It’s print known as a cyanotype, which involves a specialized chemical process that imparts the slightly surreal, cerulean blue tint. The procedure was first developed in 1842 by English scientist and astronomer Sir John Herschel.


Though the process was developed by Herschel, he considered it as mainly a means of reproducing notes and diagrams, as in blueprints. It was Anna Atkins who brought this to photography. She created a limited series of cyanotype books that documented ferns and other plant life from her extensive seaweed collection. Atkins placed specimens directly onto coated paper, allowing the action of light to create a silhouette effect. By using this photogram process, Anna Atkins is regarded as the first female photographer.

Click here to read more about different photographic processes. 


top: John DugdaleSmile For Your Lover Comes (Stone Ridge, New York, 2000)hand-coated cyanotype, 2000, Museum Purchase made possible by the Harry Denham Trust, 2003/1.379

bottom: Anna AtkinsEquisetum Sylvaticumcyanotype1853, Museum purchase, 1989/1.62

April 18th, 2014


We’re pretty darned excited as we count down the hours until senior thesis shows open. Hope you can join us tonight and this weekend- full schedule here!


1st image: Isabel Cohen’s thesis project, Intertextuality, began when she stumbled upon her mother’s old photographs of clothes she had designed and constructed when she was Isabel’s age.

I responded to those images by weaving, screen printing, dyeing, and sewing textiles that explore the ways my mother has shaped my creative process and sensibilities as an artist. The garments are vehicles that connect the two of us in different times, bringing her pieces back to life through my recreations and unique sensibilities.”

2nd image: Launch poster designed by Stamps senior, Nina Pagalos

3rd image: Interarts student Carisa Beldsoe’s solo performance about “chocolate, bras, and a girl who likes neither,” is on tonight at 6pm and 8pm. (There will be no SWAG, that’s just a sweater she got at Forever21 ;) )


Hooray. Hugs, Yippee.

April 17th, 2014

Matisse at Tate Modern

“An artist should never be a prisoner of himself, a prisoner of style, a prisoner of a reputation, a prisoner of success,” wrote Henri Matisse in his book Jazz (1947). It was with this book that the French painter, then already in his seventies, radically challenged his own practice

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April 16th, 2014

These photographs, inspired by 20th century abstract portraits, are the work of 20 year old artist Flóra Borsi, from Budapest, who says about her photos: “The essence of my photos is to visualize the physically impossible in a form of photo manipulation.”

1. “The Corn Poppy”, c.1919, Kees van Dongen;

2. “Woman with Green Hat”, 1939, Pablo Picasso;

3. “Portrait of a Polish Woman”, 1919, Amedeo Modigliani;

4. “Gelber Narrenhut”, 1955, Rudolf Hausner.

5. “Female Torso”, c.1933, Kazimir Malevich.

Click here to see more of Flóra Borsi’s work

INSPIRED? Recreate a self-portrait by a famous artist using yourself as the subject. You could stage a photograph, create a collage, drawing, or painting, or use any other media you like. Submit an image of your artwork to UMMA’s LOVE ART MORE project.

(Source: behance.net)

April 16th, 2014

Student Docents Reflect on Artworks in UMMA’s Collection

Embellished capitals, such as the one pictured, became increasingly commonplace in Western European churches starting in the early Romanesque period (ca. 7th c. CE). Since most architectural projects were under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Church, many capitals contained religious themes to promote further devotion and religiosity amongst those worshiping. Some capitals, however, such as the one pictured, were artistic pieces in and of themselves, featuring ornate vines, leaves, and rosettes.

Similar artistry would be found in contemporary illuminated manuscripts, usually featured on the margins and in capital letters as in UMMA’s manuscript page shown here. This kind of ornate stonework would become increasingly complex and decorative as the Romanesque grew into the Gothic starting with Abbot Suger’s innovations at Saint-Denis in the mid-12th c.

By Christopher Hunt


top: Anonymous French Artist, Engaged capital with vine rinceau, palmette leaves, and rosettes, 1100-1125, Sandstone. Languedoc, France. Museum Purchase, 1982/1.273

bottom: Anonymous French (Normandy), Priest Celebrating a Mass (Leaf from the Tarleton Hours), French, ca. 1430, ink, tempera and gold on thin parchment. Museum Purchase, 1968/2.43

April 16th, 2014

The Psychedelic Works of Fabian Ciraolo


Artist Fab Ciraolo illustrates photos of pop icons with a contemporary twist. In Fab’s world, Julie Andrews has a tiger tattoo and Salvador Dali is a Vampire Weekend fan: www.fabciraolo.com

April 16th, 2014

"I admire Ai Weiwei for his art and his activism. His art is beautiful in form, and in function embodies the principles of populism and social consciousness I aspire to in my own practice. This poster is a tribute to Ai Weiwei’s art, his courage to be outspoken, and in support of his ongoing political struggle with the Chinese government. I hope the image will help raise awareness and advance dialogue that might lead to permission for Ai Weiwei to travel freely and continue to express himself.”—Shepard Fairey

Reblogged from Artsy
April 16th, 2014

No-Touching Zone: An Exhibition by Chris Hyndman at U-M Institute for the Humanities

Exhibition runs April 10 - May 17, gallery hours: 9am-5pm
Institute for the Humanities, 202 S. Thayer

Chris Hyndman’s installation No-Touching Zone presents exciting new paintings that prompt us to think about the active surface of images in an age of digital saturation. These highly inventive textured and patterned pictorial surfaces explore the way we see things, from the inside and outside of paintings. They also allude to Hyndman’s hard to extrapolate personal experience of being a Canadian living in the United States. read more
Click here to view the exhibition brochure.

April 14th, 2014


Sophomore Nicholas Williams manages to fuse photography, printmaking, sculpture and performance art into one hot project at UMMA last week. Nice.



Performance at the University of Michigan Museum of Art

Achromatic photo lithographs printed on muslin, hand sewn into amorphous dolls, and prepared for sale hung like sausages inside a trench coat. Inside the institution guests are approached and engaged in conversations about names, the value of art, and notions of the sacredness of the art object. The conversation devolves into the performer eventually hawking his wares, almost always unsuccessfully, for 5$. He explains the object will act as a bond, pay today, wait, reap the benefits later on the open market. The conversation ends when a sale is reached or the audience is alienated. 

April 8th, 2014

Unraveling Cover Chemistry with Lauren Harroun


Interview with Lauren Harroun: UMMA’s Education Program Coordinator badass in residence, with the bass guitar skills to prove it. By Caroline Buse

—a part of Unraveling Cover Chemistry blog series by The Annex—

Lauren: In thinking of my favorite album cover art, the one that popped into my head, which I feel is totally cliché, but also completely true, is The Velvet Underground & Nico, from 1967.


Lauren: It is obvious for me because The Velvet Underground is one of my all-time favorite bands, and I love Nico and Andy Warhol.  And being the big art nerd that I am, it seems super obvious that I would choose an album that would also be a work of art by Andy Warhol. I mean, I have a tattoo of two dance diagrams that he did in the 60s. That’s why it’s even more cliché.


          Lauren’s tattoo: “Sorry you had to find out this way, Mom.”

Lauren: Warhol served as the manager and patron saint of the band when they were starting out, and so he made that banana for their first album cover.

Caroline: Right, it’s the one Andy Warhol that everyone can own without dropping millions. If you have the vinyl, like you do, it’s kind of like owning a Warhol lithograph.

Lauren: And it’s so indicative of that time in music, in American culture, and art. I really have this affinity for the 60s. I love a lot of the music that was being made in the 60s, especially psychedelic rock; Michael Yonkers, and bands like the 13th Floor Elevators and The Seeds, and others on Nuggets (a compilation album of the first era of psychedelic rock.)

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