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Nude Study, 1938. Lee Krasner (1908-1984). Charcoal on paper, 25 x 18 7/8 in. New Britain Museum of American Art, Friends Purchase Fund, 1985.09.

Lee Krasner, a progressive female artist working hard throughout the Great Depression of the 1930s until the mid 1980s, has become known in larger circles as the wife of Jackson Pollock. Both artists worked for the government as part of the Works of Art Project’s (WPA) Federal Art Project (FAP) which was formulated by Franklin Delano Roosevelt during his four terms as US president, up until World War II. While Pollock may be a household name, Krasner is a celebrated artist in her own right. She was academically trained in drawing, painting, and other media. Yet it was the influence ofHans Hofmann that facilitated her Cubist-style detachments of forms in Nude Study. It was acquired by NBMAA in 1985, a year after her death. (more…)

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Rene Magritte's "The False Mirror"

The False Mirror, 1928. René Magritte (1898-1967). Oil on canvas, 21 1/4 x 31 7/8 in. The Museum of Modern Art. 133.1936

Following the First World War, Surrealist artists, such as Salvador Dalí (1904-1989), Yves Tanguy (1900-55) and René Magritte (1898-1967) employed in their imagery “meticulous detail, recognizable scenes and objects that are taken out of natural context, distorted and combined in fantastic ways as they might be in dreams.”1 Dreams have long fascinated human beings. Many a philosopher, physician and layperson have theorized their purposes and meanings, but perhaps none more so than the artist. One such contemporary artist working in the Surrealist tradition of dreams is Jon Rappleye, whose work will be featured in the upcoming exhibit NEW/NOW: Jon Rappleye: After Eden opening at the New Britain Museum of American Art on July 30th, 2010. (more…)

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Dancing with the Woman in Red, 2008. Kwabena Slaughter. Detail at inch 410. 35mm slide filmstrip on light-box. Collection of the artist.

The photography-based work of NEW/NOW artist Kwabena Slaughter is currently featured in the New Britain Museum of American Art’s Cheney Gallery from Jan. 29 to April 25, 2010.

Popular photographic images bear a strong visual similarity with western painting; Slaughter deconstructs this notion of photography, as well as the structure of the camera, by utilizing an entire roll of film to create one distorted and continuous photograph. He considers cameras and photographs cultural artifacts that reveal a great deal about the society. His work asks: “what would photography look like if it had grown out of a different aesthetic tradition?”

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Shaker Woodenware Sewing Baskets. Pine and Ash with Silk, Wax, and Poplar. 9 x 12.5 x 7 in. Miller Collection.

Inspired Innovations: A Celebration of Shaker Ingenuity is currently on view in the McKernan Gallery showcasing beautifully hand-crafted furniture, inventions and artifacts from the Shaker community.

Curated by West Hartford, Connecticut Shaker scholar and collector M.  Stephen Miller, Inspired Innovations seeks to raise awareness about the Shakers, who have successfully faced more than 220 years of challenges. Emphasis will be placed on the community that existed in Enfield, Connecticut from 1790 to 1917. (more…)

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Following a national competition for the honor, artist Lisa Hoke of New York City was commissioned to create a new installation for the NBMAA at the top of the LeWitt Staircase leading from the first to second floor of the Museum.

The Gravity of Color, New Britain, 2008. Lisa Hoke. Plastic and Paper cups, paint and hardware. Stephen B. Lawrence Fund and the Edwin Austin Abbey Mural Fund of the National Academy of Design.

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The exhibition includes approximately 20 paintings and drawings on loan from museums from across the country as well as the NBMAA’s own Haberle paintings. In addition to the works of art, the NBMAA has borrowed a myraid of Haberle’s personal effects and letters (many reproduced in the paintings themselves) from the Haberle Family. John Haberle: American Master of Illusion will travel to the Brandywine River Museum, in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, from April 17, 2010 through July 11, 2010 and the Portland Museum of Art in Portland, Maine from Sept. 18, 2010 through Dec. 12, 2010.

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The William Benton Museum of Art at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, has placed on long term loan to the New Britain Museum of American Art 30 masterpieces by American artists from the early 19th century to the present. These paintings, which are seldom seen at Storrs because of lack of gallery space, include such significant artists as Benjamin West, Rembrandt Peale, Dwight Tryon, Robert Henri, George Bellows, Walt Kuhn, Max Weber and Jimmy Ernst. Also included is a major triptych by the leading woman illustrator of the 20th century Violet Oakley.

Venus Admonishing Cupid, n.d. Benjamin West (1738-1820). Oil on Canvas, 37 ½ x 32 ¼ in. The William Benton Museum of Art, Gift of Helen Benton Boley, 1971.17.

The paintings are located in 10 galleries throughout the NBMAA and are identified by a “Best of the Benton” icon on their object labels. The Oakley for example is located in the Museum’s Low Illustration Gallery. An explanatory guide will be available to visitors at the front desk as well.

Over the next year, programs will be developed incorporating this significant loan in the public activities of the Museum. A reception will be held in honor of President Michael J. Hogan, Dean David G. Woods, School of Fine Arts and the director of the Benton Museum, Dr. Thomas Bruhn, date to be determined. (more…)

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