Posts Tagged ‘Cranbrook Academy of Art’

Artist of the moment…….Jay Rosenblum

 

 

 

Jay Rosenblum was an American Abstract painter. Jay Rosenblum was born in New York City in the year 1933.

Rosenblum attended the Pratt Institute for two years before finishing college and earning a B.A. from Bard College located in Annandale-On-Hudson, New York. The artist went on to earn a M.F.A. from the Cranbrook Academy of Art located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

The artist taught in New York City at the School of Visual Arts.

Jay Rosenblum was killed in 1989. He was riding a bicycle and was hit by a bus. The artist was 55 years of age.

The artist worked in acrylics, oils, and was also a print maker.

In addition to painting Rosenblum enjoyed playing the violin.

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Artist of the moment…..James Surls

 

James Surls is a wonderful American artist renowned for his sculpture work with bronze and wood. His subject matter is often abstract or items from nature such as floral or botanical subjects. James Surls was born in the year 1943.

Surls attended Sam Houston State located in Houstonville, Texas earning a bachelor of fine arts degree. The artist went on to earn a masters of fine art degree from the Cranbrook Academy of Art located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

The artist is included in many public and private collections including the Guggenheim of New York City, and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum located in Washington D.C.

Some works of the artist are as large as 9 feet tall.

In this clip we view a large sculpture work of a flower:

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I enjoy looking at the flowers that are so tall. A nine foot flower that is highly Surrealistic and whimsical.

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Artist of the moment………Harvey Littleton

Harvey Littleton was a great ceramic and glass artist born in Corning, New York in 1922. His father worked for the Corning Glassworks company as a lead researcher and is credited with inventing a glassware still used today called Pyrex.

For his artistic education Littleton attended the University of Michigan where he studied physics for three semesters. The artist quit school and attended the Cranbrook Academy of Art located in Blooming Hills, Michigan. The artist would eventually study industrial design. Whilst a student he was able to learn from two master sculptors Marshall Fredericks and Carl Milles.

Littleton went on to earn a bachelors degree from Michigan and a masters degree of fine art from the Crannbrook Academy. His career started as a ceramist working with simple forms including vases and basic cylinders.

Littleton was key in bringing glass ware from an industrial setting to a more studio setting where studio artists could easily work with his favorite material, glass. The artist gave the first studio glass blowing seminar in 1962 at the Toledo Museum of Art.

The artist served in the Army for three years.

A short clip and brief biography about Harvey Littleton:

In this video we visit Littleton at his workshop:

A student of Littleton that went on to have tremendous respect in the field is the master glass artist Dale Chihuly already profiled here.

Littleton retired from teaching in 1976 to concentrate on his own art.

Harvey Kline Littleton passed away in 2013 at the age of 91 years old.

What wonderful contributions this artist made to the world of glass. Its also interesting to see how a great scientist (his father) was a key element in his appreciation of glass. Where his dad saw industry, the son saw art!

Awesome!

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Harvey Littleton is part of many public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Art located in New York City.

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