Monday, May 20, 2019

The Fifty States: Wyoming


Harem Garden, by the astonishingly versatile Wyoming artist Harry Jackson.
Wyoming!

Size: 253,600 km2 (10th)

2018 Population: 577,737 (50th)

Statehood: 1890 (44th)

American Human Development Index: 5.10 (25th)


Art Mecca:


When I enter "Wyoming museum" into the ol' search engine, it autofills withh "of military vehicles," which hints that we might be barking up the wrong tree if we're hoping to find the Louvre this month.  But, as there's a dusting of population across the least populous U.S. state, there's a dusting of art, too.  Several of the towns have arts centers, and some may sneak a little art into their local historical museums.

The National Museum of Wildlife Art, in a shambling faux castle in Jackson Hole, looks like fun.  I mean, paintings of animals, am I right?  They've got lots of the bigger names in American painting in their collection.  And yes, they have a Landseer.  I wondered too, so I checked.  

Do they have anything less... thematic?  Well, at the opposite corner of the state, in cosmopolitan Laramie, we've got the University of Wyoming Art Museum.  It shares a building with an archive and rare book library, and it couldn't really go head-to-head with the collection of your average New England liberal arts college, but it's clearly got some good stuff to look at.  It's got pieces by a handful of Tournament artists -- Thomas Hart Benton, Maillol, Rauschenberg, Signac -- and some interesting special collections, like Persian and Indian miniatures and 20th century Haitian art.  Hats off to 'em for not being all "Go Cowboys!" despite being in the heart of the Western Art Belt.

The UW Museum is free, y'all!  Free!  Whereas, Jackson Hole is tourist country and they are awake to the opportunity of generating revenue accordingly.  It's also child-friendly, obviously a bit of a drawback unless you are planning on bringing children.



Michael 5000's Wyoming

First Visited: May 2, 1992 (14th)
Most Recently Visited: August 6, 2013 (34th)

Run In: No
Raced In: No.
Have Admired the Visual Arts In: No.
Have Slept Overnight In: Yes, I'm pretty sure.

Counties Visited: 12/23 (37th)
% Complete: 52.2% (23rd)


Mrs. 5000's Counties Visited: 12/23 (34th)
% Complete: 52.2% (20th)
Mrs.5000 First Visited: Infancy (order unclear)
Mrs.5000 Most Recently Visited: July 20, 2014 (17th)



Atlas of All Roads Travelled



Plans and Aspirations

If I ever have the chance to take a slow drive across the country, which is not impossible, I might mosey down the central tier of Wyoming.  The Avatar enjoyed it a lot when he did it.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

The Ladder of Art -- Week #25


Cast your votes for up to four of these seven artists by Friday May 24.  For clarifications, consult the Ladder of Art FAQ.



Ooh, Ladder of Art! you exclaim -- Is it Wadsworth week or Daubigny week?  PLOT TWIST!  With Canaletto claiming the bye week, this time it's Wadsworth week AND Daubigny week!  Not only that, but both of our other veterans have had their moment in the top spot as well.  That will make it tough for the new guys!  Or will it?  Let's take a look!


Last Week's Results




This Week's Contest




Andrea del Castagno
1421 - 1457
Italian

Tournament Record: Tied for 443rd. Lost to Mary Cassatt and George Catlin. 8 votes for, 19 votes against (.296).






Alberto Burri
1915 - 1995
Italian

Tournament Record: Tied for 443rd. Lost to Edward Burra and Alexander Calder. 8 votes for, 19 votes against (.296).





Antoine Watteau
1684 - 1721
French

Tournament Record: Placed for 446th. Lost to Waterhouse, then beat Tom Wesselmann before falling to Whistler. 10 votes for, 24 votes against (.294).






Willem Kalf
1622 - 1693
Dutch

Tournament Record: Tied for 454th. Lost to Wassily Kandinsky and Richard Parkes Bonington. 7 votes for, 18 votes against (.280).
  • Tied for First in Week #22.
  • Placed Second in Week #24.






Bernardino Luini
c. 1481 - 1532
Milanese

Tournament Record: Tied for 461st. Lost to Mabuse, AKA Jan Gossaert, and to Aristide Maillol. 6 votes for, 17 votes against (.261).
  • Tied for First in Week #19. 
  • Tied for Third in Week #21. 
  • Placed Third in Week #22. 
  • Tied for Fourth in Week #23.
  • Placed Fourth in Week #24.





Edward Wadsworth
1889 - 1949
British

Tournament Record: Placed 490th. Lost to Édouard Vuillard and Alfred Wallis. 4 votes for, 16 votes against (.200).
  • Tied for Third in Ladder Week #6.
  • Tied for First in Ladder Week #7. 
  • Tied for First in Week #9. 
  • First Place, Week #11. 
  • In a three-way tie for First in Week #13. 
  • In a three-way tie for First in Week #15. 
  • Third Place in Week #17. 
  • Placed Second in Week #18. 
  • Tied for First in Week #19. 
  • Placed First in Week #21. 
  • Placed First in Week #23. 





Charles-François Daubigny
1817 - 1878
French

Tournament Record: Placed 505th.  Lost to Salvador Dali and Aelbert Cuyp. 4 votes for, 26 votes against (.133).
  • Finished First in Ladder Week #2.
  • Finished First again in Week #4.
  • ...and again in Week #6.
  • ...and in Week #8.
  • ...and in Week #10. 
  • ...and in Week #12. 
  • ...and in Week #14. 
  • ...and in Week #16.
  • ...and in Week #18. 
  • ...and in Week #20. 
  • Tied for First, Week #22. 
  • Placed Third in Week #24.








Cast up to four votes in the comments by Friday morning!

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Left Bracket Seventh Round Elmination GRUDGE MATCH: Caillebotte v. Degas



Somehow I figured we were done with Grudge Matches, but then here we go reopening the question of Caillebotte v. Degas, which we all thought we'd resolved in March '18 when the French guy -- well, Degas -- took eight out of fourteen votes.  But then he lost to Bruegel before beating Homer in his most recent match.

Caillebotte, meanwhile, got back in the game with a run of three wins, against Bosch, Durer, and Varo.  And so, here they are again.  Let's look deep inside ourselves and decide whether we really truly think Degas is better, or have we changed our collective minds.  Degas takes a tie according to the Grudge Match rule.


Gustave Caillebotte
1848 - 1894
French
Impressionists such as... Gustave Caillebotte enthusiastically painted the renovated city, employing their new style to depict its wide boulevards, public gardens, and grand buildings.... Caillebotte’s 1877 Paris Street, Rainy Day exemplifies how these artists abandoned sentimental depictions and explicit narratives, adopting instead a detached, objective view that merely suggests what is going on. - The Met's Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History










Edgar Degas
1834 - 1917
French
Edgar Degas seems never to have reconciled himself to the label of “Impressionist,” preferring to call himself a “Realist” or “Independent.” Nevertheless, he was one of the group’s founders, an organizer of its exhibitions, and one of its most important core members. Like the Impressionists, he sought to capture fleeting moments in the flow of modern life, yet he showed little interest in painting plein-air landscapes, favoring scenes in theaters and cafés illuminated by artificial light, which he used to clarify the contours of his figures, adhering to his academic training. - The Met's Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
  • Whupped it up on sculptor Richard Deacon in Round 1.
  • Stomped on Eugène Delacroix in Round 2.
  • Crushed countryman Honoré Daumier in Round 3.
  • Bested Caravaggio in Round 4.
  • Beat Albrecht Dürer in a tough Round 5 match.
  • Beat Gustave Caillebotte in Round 6 by a two-vote swing. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!
  • Lost to Pieter Bruegel in the Elite Eight round. 
  • Beat Winslow Homer in the Left Bracket Seventh Round by a two-vote swing.  YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!







Saturday, May 11, 2019

The Ladder of Art -- Week #24


Cast your votes for up to four of these seven artists by Friday May 17.  For clarifications, consult the Ladder of Art FAQ.





Last Week's Results




This Week's Contest



Canaletto
1697 - 1768
Italian (Venetian); also worked in England

Tournament Record: Placed 447th. Beat Robert Campin, then lost to Caravaggio and Alexander Calder. 7 votes for, 17 votes against (.292).





Mario Merz
1925 - 2003
Italian

Tournament Record: Placed 448th. Lost to Gabriel Metsu and Gerard Dou. 7 votes for, 17 votes against (.292).






Francesco Zuccarelli
1702 - 1788
Florentine; worked in Venice and Britain

Tournament Record: Tied for 451st. Lost to Francisco de Zurbarán and Marcel Duchamp. 
6 votes for, 15 votes against (.286).
  • Placed Second in Week #23.






Willem Kalf
1622 - 1693
Dutch

Tournament Record: Tied for 454th. Lost to Wassily Kandinsky and Richard Parkes Bonington.
  • Tied for First in Week #22.





Sir Edwin Landseer
1802 - 1873
British

Tournament Record: Placed 457th. Beat Nicolas Lancret before losing to Georges de La Tour and Thomas Cole.  10 votes for, 26 votes against (.278).
  • Tied for Third, Week #21.
  • Placed Fourth, Week #22.
  • Tied for Fourth, Week #23.




Bernardino Luini
c. 1481 - 1532
Milanese

Tournament Record: Tied for 461st. Lost to Mabuse, AKA Jan Gossaert, and to Aristide Maillol. 6 votes for, 17 votes against (.261).
  • Tied for First in Week #19. 
  • Tied for Third in Week #21. 
  • Placed Third in Week #22. 
  • Tied for Fourth in Week #23.




Charles-François Daubigny
1817 - 1878
French

Tournament Record: Placed 505th.  Lost to Salvador Dali and Aelbert Cuyp. 4 votes for, 26 votes against (.133).
  • Finished First in Ladder Week #2.
  • Finished First again in Week #4.
  • ...and again in Week #6.
  • ...and in Week #8.
  • ...and in Week #10. 
  • ...and in Week #12. 
  • ...and in Week #14. 
  • ...and in Week #16.
  • ...and in Week #18. 
  • ...and in Week #20. 
  • Tied for First, Week #22.







Cast up to four votes in the comments by Friday morning!