Category: Art from the Collection

Monday, February 6, 2017

Work of the Week – “Caja #1” by Ralph Nelson

by Matt Gorga One glance at Ralph Nelson’s Caja #1 takes you beyond the confines of reality into an expressive and philosophically charged dream-state, pushing the boundaries of artistic limits in a way that inspires thought and reflection. Perhaps the painting’s box-shaped figures inspired the title, which translates from Spanish to “box.” Given Nelson’s surrealist… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, August 15, 2016

Work of the Week — Ronald Robertson

by Jason T. Perry Ronald Robertson created his painting Studies Building at Black Mountain College in 1951, and it fits perfectly into the Museum’s new exhibit Geometric Vistas: Landscapes by Artists of Black Mountain College. This piece is special because it’s not just a geometrical landscape by a Black Mountain College artist; it is a… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, August 1, 2016

Work of the Week – “Christine: Figure and Light Study” by Stephen Dell

by Jason T. Perry Elegance is what I saw the first time I viewed Stephen Dell’s photograph Christine: Figure and Light Study. I hold my breath every time I study it because, although I know the image is forever frozen in time, I am still afraid it will go away. Dell photographed this image in… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Friday, July 29, 2016

Black Mountain College Artist – John Urbain

by Parker Louise Bobbitt The Geometric Vistas: Landscapes by Artists of Black Mountain College exhibition opens August 6 at the Asheville Art Museum and we’re taking the opportunity to take a closer look at some of the geometric landscapes in the Museum’s Collection. Today, we’re focusing on John Urbain’s monochromatic etching titled Houses, which will… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Work of the Week – “Writing on the Pharaoh’s Wall” by Gabriel Shaffer

by Parker Louise Bobbitt This week’s Work of the Week is The Writing on the Pharaoh’s Wall by folk artist Gabriel Shaffer. In the past, few accepted graffiti as an equal to more traditional art forms. While still controversial, it has finally found its rightful place as a generally accepted medium in the art world.… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Friday, July 22, 2016

Black Mountain College Exhibition Artist – W. “Pete” Jennerjahn

by Jason T. Perry The Asheville Art Museum is preparing for its latest exhibition Geometric Vistas: Landscapes by Artists of Black Mountain College, which will open on August 6. Two works are by former BMC student and professor, Warren “Pete” Jennerjahn. Based on the title, Through Studio Windows (Paris) seems to be Jennerjahn’s view of… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, July 18, 2016

Work of the Week – “June” by Charles F. Quest

by Jason T. Perry This week’s Work of the Week is June by artist Charles F. Quest. June portrays that universal mid-range shot that is standard to portrait works. But a close look at Charles F. Quest’s June shows that it is anything but standard. The work is a woodcut on paper, and the buildup… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Friday, July 15, 2016

Black Mountain College – A History

by Jason T. Perry A mid-20th century photograph by Hazel Larsen Archer of a building on the campus of Black Mountain College. Some are surprised to learn that Western North Carolina was home to one of the most influential cultural hubs of the 20th century. In 1933 an experimental college was built near the small… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, July 11, 2016

Work of the Week: Untitled (S.372) by Ruth Asawa

by Parker Louise Bobbitt Passion, patience and perseverance were the qualities that my high school art teacher once told me were necessary in the making of art. While these characteristics can be applicable to work in any field, Ruth Asawa’s life and wire sculptures clearly embody each of these elements. Untitled (S.372) is a hanging… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Intern Spotlight – Jason Perry

by Parker Louise Bobbitt This week’s Intern Spotlight is Communication’s intern Jason Perry. Age: 20 Hometown: Patrick County, Virginia Favorite Color: UNCA Blue Favorite Art Piece: Jim Dine’s The Heart and the Wall Jason Perry is a summer intern at the Asheville Art Museum who is passionate about pursuing his career in Mass Communications. As… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Work of the Week – “Mirrored Flag” by James Rosenquist

by Jason T. Perry This week’s Work of the Week is Mirrored Flag by American artist, James Rosenquist. The American flag has been an iconic symbol for over 200 years. Soldiers look and see the men and women who have died for the flag. Leaders might see their political stance inside of it. To some,… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, June 27, 2016

Work of the Week – Night Scene by Neil Welliver

by Parker Louise Bobbitt This week’s Work of the Week is Night Scene by American landscape artist, Neil Welliver. Some things are more complex than they may first appear. While Welliver’s Night Scene appears to be a simple landscape, the intricacies in the process and finished wor are clear with deeper exploration. Just as you… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Friday, June 24, 2016

Intern Spotlight – Parker Louise Bobbitt

by Jason T. Perry This week’s Intern Spotlight is Communications Intern Parker Louise Bobbitt.  Age: 20 Hometown: Asheville, NC Favorite Color: Indigo Blue Favorite Art Piece: Sol LeWitt Wall Drawing #618 Parker worked as a Gallery Attendant for over a year and a half before becoming an intern for the Asheville Art Museum. While working… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Sharing the Permanent Collection: The Past, The Present, The Future

by Parker Louise Bobbitt The Asheville Art Museum’s Permanent Collection includes thousands of works encompassing a range of era, place and media. As the only resource of its kind in WNC, the Museum’s mission is to “engage, enlighten and inspire individuals and enrich community through dynamic experiences in art.” Reaching its region in the Southeastern… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, June 20, 2016

Work of the Week – Sigmund Abeles Collection

by Jason T. Perry This week’s Work of the Week contains pieces from artist Sigmund Abeles, which include: Crouched, Space Issue #2: Northwood, New Hampshire, and Fisherman’s Shack, Myrtle Beach. Abeles wanted to be an artist ever since he was 14. He used to try to draw the people who rented rooms from his house.… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, June 13, 2016

Work of the Week – From the Lowgrounds by Maud Gatewood

by Parker Louise Bobbitt This week’s Work of the Week is From the Lowgrounds by North Carolina artist Maud Gatewood. Because of differing experiences, understanding a perspective that contrasts with our own can be challenging at times. Art can allow us to see the world through another’s eyes. Maud Gatewood’s From the Lowgrounds is a… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, June 6, 2016

Work of the Week – The Heart and the Wall (on 4 Sheets)

by Jason T. Perry This week’s Work of the Week is The Heart and the Wall (on 4 Sheets) by Jim Dine. The heart is a universal symbol that is easily recognized, yet it can contain a mixture meanings: love, hope, pain and sadness. It all seems to be present in Jim Dine’s The Heart… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Work of the Week – Grande Galerie de l’Evolution, Paris by Matthew Pillsbury

by Parker Louise Bobbitt This week’s Work of the Week is Grande Galerie de l’Evolution, Paris by Matthew Pillsbury. Everyday items and places are often made to be used or viewed in a particular way whether this be a television, a piece of furniture or a museum exhibition. In Grande Galerie de l’Evolution, Paris, along… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, May 16, 2016

Work of the Week – Composition 1967 by Louise Nevelson

by Parker Louise Bobbitt This week’s Work of the Week is Composition 1967, a photograph by Louise Nevelson. The meaning of the phrase “seeing the world through rose-colored glasses” is understood as seeing the world idealistically because of the connotations we have with the color “rose.” In Louise Nevelson’s work, we see the world in… Click to read the rest of the blog post
Monday, May 9, 2016

Work of the Week – Carioles by Lorrie Goulet

by Parker Louise Bobbitt This week’s Work of the Week is Carioles by American sculptor Lorrie Goulet. Throughout history, art has been used to express and connect with the spiritual. In 4000 BCE, the Sumerians created sculptures for the worship of gods and nature and in 1910, Wassily Kandinsky published ‘Concerning the Spiritual in Art,’… Click to read the rest of the blog post