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This post comes to us from Sara Cotter, Curatorial Intern.

A large detail of Sol LeWitt’s “Wall Drawing #1105 “Colored bands of arcs from four corners”” which resides on the Dakille Building on Columbus Blvd.

Today in downtown New Britain a newly-created and highly anticipated Sol LeWitt (1928-2007) wall mural will be unveiled. Wall Drawing #1105 “Colored bands of arcs from four corners” was painted on the exterior of the Dakille Building on Columbus Boulevard as part of Connecticut’s City Canvases Project, which aims to revive urban areas across the state by promoting the visual arts and the work of local artists. This initiative was funded by the Department of Economic and Community Development and the Connecticut Office of the Arts, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. The City of New Britain, in partnership with the NBMAA and the LeWitt Estate, was thrilled to have the opportunity to create a public mural that will not only enliven the downtown area and an already thriving local arts community, but also pay homage to Sol LeWitt, a longtime resident of New Britain and lifelong patron of the NBMAA. (more…)

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Horizontal Brushstrokes, 2003. Sol LeWitt (1928-2007). Gouache on paper, 60½ x 60½ in. New Britain Museum of American Art, Gift of the Artist, 2003.14.

Sol LeWitt, the internationally renowned conceptual and minimalist artist, was born in Hartford, Connecticut, but lived and was  educated in New Britain. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Syracuse University in 1949. Before settling in New York, LeWitt served in the Korean War. He attended the School of Visual Arts and worked as a graphic designer at the firm of architect I.M. Pei (b. 1917). His artistic inspiration was also enhanced by the entry-level job that he held at the Museum of Modern Art. Over his lifetime, he was given three exhibitions at the New Britain Museum of American Art to which he donated 1,800 examples of his work. (more…)

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The Elephant in the Room, 2010. Elana Herzog (b. 1954) Pencil, textile, metal staples, pushpins, etc. Collection of the artist

The current NEW/NOW exhibition features the unique installations and works on paper of Elana Herzog, a New York based installation artist. By attaching found textiles—often shredded bedspreads and other fabrics—to walls using thousands of judiciously placed metal staples, Elana Herzog creates patterns of color and form directly on the wall. She further dramatizes this process by ripping away some parts of the stapled textiles and leaving evidence of where the fasteners once were. Her work is part performance because the creative phase is punctuated by the ebb and flow of application and removal, addition and subtraction, creation and destruction. (more…)

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Elie Saab, Spring 2010 Couture (Credit: Style.com)

Spring 2010 couture is all about the surface design of the fabric. I’m not talking your run of the mill prints—no, this is in a whole new direction. This year, fabrics mimic paintings. Evoked through flowing watercolor-inspired chiffon and the layering of colors, this new style creates the appearance of brushstrokes. This trend appears in the Spring 2010 couture collections of Elie Saab, Anne Valerie Hash, Jean Paul Gaultier and Valentino. Coincidentally, the New Britain Museum of American Art is hosting the exhibition The Great American Watercolor opening April 24 and running until July 3rd. The ethos of this current trend can be seen readily throughout the breadth of style and technique in many of the pieces that will be on display.

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