By Becky Brown
Janson---it made a better purse than an art history textbook
Back when I was in art school in the 1960s the standard art history text was Janson, a gray behemoth. Among my professors was Dr. Marilyn Stokstad, who did not point out that this survey of art with its 3,000 images mentioned absolutely NO women artists.
She must have noticed, however, as she wrote her own textbook in 1995.
A better textbook
When Eleanor Dickinson asked author Horst W. Janson about the lack of women in his survey of centuries of art he said they were unimportant. The men in the book represented "achievements of the imagination...that have one way or another changed the history of art..."
Gabriele Münter 1877-1962
The Catch is, of course, if you never see an artist's work she cannot change anything.
One artist who has been changing my view of how to paint lately is German Gabriele Münter.
Do a web search for her name. But ignore the text that she's important only because she had an affair with Kandinsky.
The right to be taken seriously as an artist: We still have a long way to go.
By Becky Brown
This week's block Art Square is a pattern from the Ladies' Art Company, the source of many clever names for patchwork patterns. Notice the name of this needlework company, which began selling embroidery and patchwork designs in the late 1880s. Münter received her education at the "Damen-Kunstschule" in Düsseldorf, the Ladies' Art School.
Ladies' Art...the concept fits into a nice box, which the center of this pattern can recall.
A - Cut 4 squares 2-1/2"
B - Cut 4 squares 2-7/8".
Cut each in half diagonally to make 2 triangles. You need 8 triangles.
C - Cut 1 square 6-1/8"
Becky says: "I would suggest cutting C as 6-3/16" (or a fat 6-1/8") a little bit can make a big difference in such a large piece."
By Georgann Eglinski
By Dustin Cecil
Dustin is doing his block in low contrast shades grouped by color.
He's going to arrange the colors in a medallion.
He's using a lot of dots.
He called my attention to artist Yayoi Kusama
Yayoi Kusama might have changed the history of art in 1967 if this piece done that year had received attention.
Do a web search for her work and ignore the text about her affair with Donald Judd. It's unimportant.