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🍎 Fernando Botero (Columbian, b. 1932) Temptation of Santa Rita, 1970, oil on canvas 🍎 • Gift of Dr. George E.F. and Max...
02/28/2021

🍎 Fernando Botero (Columbian, b. 1932) Temptation of Santa Rita, 1970, oil on canvas 🍎
 
• Gift of Dr. George E.F. and Maxine L.R. Brewer •
 
Botero studied in Madrid and Florence and lives chiefly in Paris. By the early 1960s he had developed his unique style, characterized by the portly physique and viscous paint handling of his subjects. Many of his works parody Old Master paintings. The prototype for this work is unknown, however, Santa Rita is the patron saint of “impossible causes.” Temptation (the apple) and disaster (the volcano) are placed in diagonal counterpoint to Saint Rita. Despite his interpretations of works by European masters like Velasquez and Caravaggio, Botero has claimed a desire to make a uniquely “Columbian” art with roots in Latin American rather than European culture.

#thisisou #saintrita #botero #sundayvibes #donttemptme

📌Alex Katz (American, b.1927) Donald and Roy, c. 1967, oil on canvas, 31.75x 46.5”📌• Gift of Dr. George E.F. and Maxine ...
02/25/2021

📌Alex Katz (American, b.1927) Donald and Roy, c. 1967, oil on canvas, 31.75x 46.5”📌

• Gift of Dr. George E.F. and Maxine L.R. Brewer •

One of America’s greatest living figurative painters, Katz’s paintings resonate because of their enduring stylistically consistency, which so accurately conveys the economic precision of their narratives. The artist’s bleached dynamic style is timeless in its flattened, elegant, simplicity.

On view now • Recent Acquisitions & Selections from the OU Art Collection

#thisisou #donaldkuspit #roylichtenstein #alexkatz #ouag

⭐️ Gilda Snowden (American, 1954-2014) Fireworks, from the Bright Stars at Night Series, 2006, acrylic on canvas, 60”x 4...
02/17/2021

⭐️ Gilda Snowden (American, 1954-2014) Fireworks, from the Bright Stars at Night Series, 2006, acrylic on canvas, 60”x 48”⭐️

•Gift of the Gilda Snowden Estate•

Born in Detroit, Gilda Snowden received her MFA from Wayne State University. A professor of painting at the College for Creative Studies for 31 years, she ultimately became Chair of the Fine Arts department. As a teenager, her keen interest in designing and sewing her own clothes later influence her assemblage approach to artmaking. The juxtapositions in the found materials comprising her early work were integrated into the dynamic shifts in her future paintings. This angular works exemplifies Snowden's spontaneous painting practice which fuses abstraction and expressionistic brio with her signature color palette.

On a personal note: To know Gilda was to love her. We miss her spirit and celebrate the contributions she made to her students lives and community every day.

On view now • Recent Acquisitions & Selections from the OU Art Collection

#thisisou #thebestofus #detroitart #casscooridor #gildasnowden #ouag

Recent Acquisitions & Selections From the Oakland University Art Collection | 2-5 thru 3-4-2021Over 40 works acquired fr...
02/07/2021

Recent Acquisitions & Selections From the Oakland University Art Collection | 2-5 thru 3-4-2021

Over 40 works acquired from six decades of collecting explores the depth of the Oakland University Art Collection, providing the opportunity to preview our most recent acquisitions

Featured:
Jane Hammond | American, b.1950
Clown Suit
3D lithograph and silkscreen on handmade Chiri paper
55”x 39” x 10”

Michigan HHS Department @michiganhhs has enacted a three-week pause targeting indoor social gatherings & other group act...
11/16/2020

Michigan HHS Department @michiganhhs has enacted a three-week pause targeting indoor social gatherings & other group activities in an effort to curb rapidly rising #COVID19 infection rates. Therefore, gallery operations are temporarily suspended until further notice. Please stay safe and follow recommended protocols. #thisisou

✨Look!✨ OU has reinstalled Joseph Wesner’s “Motherwell” (1988) in front of OU’s Honor’s College. Remembered as a active ...
11/11/2020

✨Look!✨ OU has reinstalled Joseph Wesner’s “Motherwell” (1988) in front of OU’s Honor’s College.

Remembered as a active member of the Cass Corridor Artists and beloved Chair of CCS’s Sculpture Department, Wesner created large scale works made of industrial materials. “Motherswell” has recently been under conservation efforts and is now installed in front of OU’s Honors College.

From OUAG’s director, Dick Goody: “Good public sculpture allows us, but for a moment, to daydream beyond the constraints of daily life and help us transcend our difficulties.”

#thisisou #oaklanduniversity #ouhonorcollege #josephwesner #ccs #casscorridor

⚡️Flashback Friday⚡️ Posted @withregram • @lisawaudbotanicalartist HIBERNA FLORES // 2016 // botanical installation // p...
10/09/2020

⚡️Flashback Friday⚡️ Posted @withregram • @lisawaudbotanicalartist HIBERNA FLORES // 2016 // botanical installation // photographer: @laurietennent // gallery: @oaklanduniversityartgallery ⚡️#ouag #thisisou #flashbackfriday ⚡️

🌞🍂🌞🍂🌞 Posted @withregram • @oaklandu “Sunset Cube” by David Barr (1981) basking in the last moments of light for the day...
09/29/2020

🌞🍂🌞🍂🌞 Posted @withregram • @oaklandu “Sunset Cube” by David Barr (1981) basking in the last moments of light for the day on the eastern side of campus.
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Barr found his inspiration for the sculpture in the great megaliths of Europe and the play of sun and shadow in the sunset.
📷 @distinctivelydiane
#ThisIsOU #art

09/29/2020
MOVING FORWARD ARTIST: ⏩ Bruce Charlesworth's work encompasses installation, performance, photography and software inter...
09/27/2020

MOVING FORWARD ARTIST: ⏩ Bruce Charlesworth's work encompasses installation, performance, photography and software interactivity. His work has been shown internationally at institutions such as Art Moderne, the New Museum, Walker Art Center, the International Center of Photography, and galleries throughout the world.

Tooth and Nail is a hypothetical graphic novel fragment, limited to two pages. The characters are animals derived from Charlesworth's 2001/2004 video, The Happiness Effect.

This work was featured in Detroit Sequential, July 2020, published by The Detroit Novelty Press / @detroitnoveltypress created by OU faculty Ryan Standfest / @ryanstandfest 🍭Check out this week's issue featuring MOVING FORWARD artist and faculty member Cody Vanderkaay.🍭

Image detail:
Tooth and Nail - Page One
2020
Pencil Drawing with Digital Color

#thisisou #ouag #happinesseffect

On View Now: Moving Forward ⏩ feat work from full-time faculty of the @ouartandarthistory ⏩ We kick off autumn with Davi...
09/22/2020

On View Now: Moving Forward ⏩ feat work from full-time faculty of the @ouartandarthistory ⏩ We kick off autumn with David Lambert (Lecturer, Art and Photo + Media Lab Manager)
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Born and raised in Kentucky, he graduated from Cranbrook Academy of Art with an M.F.A in Photography. His work has been shown nationally and is held in the collection of Cranbrook Art Museum. He lives in Berkley, Michigan with his wife and two boys.
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Lambert tells us: “Snags tend to be misunderstood or overlooked, often seen simply as a dead tree. Snag is an ecology term for a standing dead tree or a submerged log. Their presence shows vitality and they provide shelter for fish and birds while aiding in bio-diversity.”
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#thisisou @oaklandu #cranbrookacademyofart #autumn #snags

Posted @withregram • @carlosrolon ✨Local barbershops are places not only to get hair care services but locations where p...
09/14/2020

Posted @withregram • @carlosrolon ✨Local barbershops are places not only to get hair care services but locations where people could be vulnerable and talk about issues of importance in the community. These are spaces where customers play games such as chess, cards, and dominoes, while having conversations about local gossip, politics, and community affairs.✨

Image I: installationview @moniquemeloche gallery 2016

Image II,III: installationview @oaklanduniversityartgallery 2016

Image IV: Detail: ‘Barber shop in Bayamon’ ©Jack Delano 1941

🎥 Film by good friend, filmmaker and artist Joey Garfield @joeyjoeygarfield
#barbershop #barbershoppolitics #community #carlosrolon #moniquemelochegallery #oaklanduniversityartgallery
#thisisou
#jackdelano

In response to a State of Michigan executive order, Oakland University has adopted a daily health screening process to p...
09/08/2020

In response to a State of Michigan executive order, Oakland University has adopted a daily health screening process to prevent faculty, staff, students and guests from coming to campus if they are experiencing symptoms consistent with a COVID-19 infection or have had contact with a person with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis.

It is required that ALL VISITORS to campus, including the art gallery, must answer self-screening questions online. The questions are designed to limit the spread of infection through a pledge to use facial coverings, maintain social distancing and practice other infection prevention behaviors.

>> https://www.oakland.edu/return-to-campus/daily-screening-forms/

"Moving Forward" opens September 11, 2020 and features the work of the full-time faculty of the Department of Art & Art ...
09/04/2020

"Moving Forward" opens September 11, 2020 and features the work of the full-time faculty of the Department of Art & Art History at Oakland University.

Participating artists include Aisha Badke, Claude Baillargeon, Bruce Charlesworth, Susan E. Evans, Setareh Ghoreishi, Dick Goody, David Lambert, Lindsey Larsen, Colleen Ludwig, Kimmie Parker, Sally Schluter Tardella, Maria Smith Bohannon, and Cody VanderKaay.

Image:
Claude Baillargeon
The Peaceful Atom and the Promethean Gap, 2020
Riverside Cafe, Prypiat | triptych, left panel
archival ink-jet print
16 x 24"

This exhibition runs through November 11, 2020.

As the Fall season kicks off, we begin welcoming visitors to the gallery next Friday at noon. OUAG cares about the healt...
09/03/2020

As the Fall season kicks off, we begin welcoming visitors to the gallery next Friday at noon. OUAG cares about the health and safety of our communities and has instituted protocol for in-person viewing of exhibitions as per The State of Michigan's guidelines. Please plan ahead for your next visit by checking out https://www.ouartgallery.org/

LECTURE SERIES | Please join us tomorrow, Tuesday, March 10th at Noon for Randall Wyatt presenting Shamelessly White: An...
03/09/2020

LECTURE SERIES | Please join us tomorrow, Tuesday, March 10th at Noon for Randall Wyatt presenting Shamelessly White: Antiblack representations in Popular Media. He will specifically analyze the hit Showtime drama “Shameless” as it relates to its casting of familiar stereotypes of the unseen. | Free & open to all | #thisisou @oaklandu #shameless

📚 + 💐 + 🌿💡 + 🧵 = ☮️ 💗 😇  .Francis Davis Millet (b.1836-d.1912, aboard the RMS Titanic).The Window Seat, 1883.American Pa...
02/27/2020

📚 + 💐 + 🌿💡 + 🧵 = ☮️ 💗 😇
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Francis Davis Millet (b.1836-d.1912, aboard the RMS Titanic)
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The Window Seat, 1883
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American Paintings from the Sean and Nancy Cotton Collection 1850-1940 | On view now thru April 4th
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#thisisou | #windowseat #americanpainting | @oaklandu

LECTURE SERIES | Please join us Wednesday, March 4th at Noon for Chris Dingwell: American Painting in the Age of Emancip...
02/26/2020

LECTURE SERIES | Please join us Wednesday, March 4th at Noon for Chris Dingwell: American Painting in the Age of Emancipation. Dingwell will discuss the era of American history represented in the Sean and Nancy Cotton Collection 1850-1940 (On view now) | “How can a painting illustrate historical change?” | Free & open to all | #thisisou @oaklandu #americanpainting

Thanks folks at WDET 101.9FM CultureShift for the incisive interview with Roy Finkenbine of University of Detroit Mercy ...
02/21/2020
New Exhibit Features Scenes of Indifferent Elite Amidst Turbulent American History

Thanks folks at WDET 101.9FM CultureShift for the incisive interview with Roy Finkenbine of University of Detroit Mercy on our current exhibition. Finkenbine's lecture yesterday was the first of five speakers in our series examining American history during the period presented in the exhibition. See our website for more information. The gallery and lectures are free & open to all!

An exhibit of American paintings on display at Oakland University shows life during some of the country's most turbulent events, but seeing evidence of that turbulence takes a discerning eye.

✨TOMORROW at NOON✨LECTURE SERIES | Roy Finkenbine: What’s Missing from the Picture | Free & open to all | Vincent Jannel...
02/19/2020

✨TOMORROW at NOON✨LECTURE SERIES | Roy Finkenbine: What’s Missing from the Picture | Free & open to all | Vincent Jannelli (b. 1882-d.1962), Cityscape, 1936, oil on canvas | Courtesy of the Sean and Nancy Cotton Collection 1850-1940 | @oaklandu @detmercy #thisisou #americanpainting #cityscape

LECTURE SERIES | Please join us Thursday, Feb 20th at Noon for Roy Finkenbine (University of Detroit Mercy): What’s Miss...
02/17/2020

LECTURE SERIES | Please join us Thursday, Feb 20th at Noon for Roy Finkenbine (University of Detroit Mercy): What’s Missing from the Picture. Finkenbine will discuss the era of American history represented in the Sean and Nancy Cotton Collection 1850-1940 (On view now). Notably absent are people of people of color, immigrants, the Civil War, and the dark side of a rising industrial America. | Free & open to all | #thisisou #americanpainting #universityofdetroitmercy

Escape the cold with us today at OUAG!On view now: American Paintings from the Nancy and Sean Cotton Collection, 1850-19...
02/07/2020

Escape the cold with us today at OUAG!

On view now: American Paintings from the Nancy and Sean Cotton Collection, 1850-1940. This exhibition is one in a series of American art exhibitions created through a multi-year, multi-institutional partnership formed by the Detroit Institute of Arts as part of the Art Bridges + Terra Foundation Initiative.

George Henry Hall (b. 1825-d.1913)
Snow Flurry, circa 1858
oil on canvas

#thisisou ❄️ #americanpainting ❄️
#cozy ❄️

"Thinking about difficult topics helps us focus our attention on historical accuracy, how we record it, and the manner i...
01/31/2020

"Thinking about difficult topics helps us focus our attention on historical accuracy, how we record it, and the manner in which we represent the truth of the constituencies of our own diverse communities that comprise 21st century America." This exhibition at OUAG focuses on what is portrayed, what unseen.

Thomas Moran, American, born England, 1837–1926
A New World, 1864
oil on canvas

"This painting advances the myth Christopher Columbus discovered the “New World” in 1492. In fact, indigenous people were living on the land for millennia and scholars know Columbus was not even the first European to explore the Americas. Columbus’ presence wrought catastrophic consequences, including the introduction of pandemics, serial genocides, and the total colonialist subjugation of the two American continents for the next 400 years."

On view now through April 4th, American Paintings from the Nancy and Sean Cotton Collection, 1850-1940.

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#thisisou #americanpainting #christophercolumbus

“In 1850, America had been in existence for a little less than 75 years. Paintings in this exhibition convey the ambitio...
01/28/2020

“In 1850, America had been in existence for a little less than 75 years. Paintings in this exhibition convey the ambitions of a nation forging an identity separate from its colonial beginnings while largely remaining steeped in past traditions, beliefs, and attitudes.” • Frederick Rondel (b. Paris, France, 1826-d. 1892), Statue of Liberty Celebration, c. 1886 • On view now American Paintings from the Nancy and Scott Cotton Collection, 1850-1940, through April 5th • #thisisou #americanpainting #liberty

Born in Tuskegee, Alabama in 1847 (d. 1928), Fredric Arthur Bridgmen’s “American Circus in Brittany, 1869/70” showcases ...
01/23/2020

Born in Tuskegee, Alabama in 1847 (d. 1928), Fredric Arthur Bridgmen’s “American Circus in Brittany, 1869/70” showcases the artist masterful painting technique, highly influenced by his teacher, French academic painter, Jean-Léon Gérôme. • On view now American Paintings from the Nancy and Scott Cotton Collection, 1850-1940, through April 5th • #thisisou #americanpainting #circus #brittany

“If Art is a mirror of its time, what do these forty paintings say about the ninety years between 1850 and 1940? What is...
01/15/2020

“If Art is a mirror of its time, what do these forty paintings say about the ninety years between 1850 and 1940? What is portrayed, what unseen?” -Gallery Statement • Trompe l’oeil painting by De Scott Evans (1847-98), “Something New, Try One, c. 1890” oil on canvas •

On view now American Paintings from the Nancy and Sean Cotton Collection, 1850-1940 | through April 5th

#thisisou #oaklanduniversity #ouag #americanpainting

American Paintings from Nancy and Sean Cotton Collection, 1850–1940• January 10 – April 5, 2020 •Opening Reception: Frid...
01/03/2020

American Paintings from Nancy and Sean Cotton Collection, 1850–1940

• January 10 – April 5, 2020 •

Opening Reception: Friday, January 10, 2020, 5-7pm

This significant collection of American paintings, drawn from a turbulent epoch, presents a fascinating historical snapshot. Its merit and the skill of the artists is palpable. As with all historical painting, we now have the benefit of seeing these works afresh, through a contemporary lens, so different from that of the painters that made them. In opening our minds, we see how history measures them. If art is a mirror of its time, what do these forty paintings say about the ninety-years between 1850 and 1940?

✨What is portrayed, what unseen?✨

American Paintings from Nancy and Sean Cotton Collection, 1850–1940 is organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts and made possible by the Nancy and Sean Cotton Collection. This is one in a series of American art exhibitions created through a multi-year, multi-institutional partnership formed by the Detroit Institute of Arts as part of the Art Bridges + Terra Foundation Initiative. Generous support is provided by the Richard and Jane Manoogian Foundation.

Image: Seymour Joseph Guy, American, 1824-1910, Interior with Children, 1883, oil on canvas
#thisisou • #americanpainting • #oaklanduniversity •

OUAG is closed for installation of our next exhibition. We give #thanks to the participating artists, students, & specia...
11/27/2019

OUAG is closed for installation of our next exhibition. We give #thanks to the participating artists, students, & special visitors to YOUR VERY OWN PARADISE. • “Everything She Said Was Hilarious” by Maira Kalman • gouache on paper • Courtesy of Julie Saul Gallery, New York • #oaklanduniversity #thisisou #mairakalman #juliesaulprojects

OUAG is closed for installation of our next exhibition. We give #thanks to the participating artists, students, & specia...
11/27/2019

OUAG is closed for installation of our next exhibition. We give #thanks to the participating artists, students, & special visitors to YOUR VERY OWN PARADISE. • “Everything She Said Was Hilarious” by Maira Kalman • gouache on paper • Courtesy of Julie Saul Gallery, New York • #oaklanduniversity #thisisou #mairakalman #juliesaulprojects

• THOMAS TROSCH • “I had the whole idea from the start: suntanned beach bum in the studio with the surfboard and then I ...
11/22/2019

• THOMAS TROSCH • “I had the whole idea from the start: suntanned beach bum in the studio with the surfboard and then I brought in this lady, who was some sort of collector, who’s interested in it. She’s got on a gold dress... It’s usually about the collector and the artist. This surfer guy, he’s who I would have like to have been when I was young... He’s hot. His works are selling and he’s taking a call from the collector.”• A Call from the Coast, 2017 • oil on canvas • Couryesy of the artist and Fredericks and Freiser, New York • 🌊🏄🏼‍♂️ LAST WEEKEND ON VIEW 🌊🏄🏼‍♂️ • #oaklanduniversity #thisisou #paradise • @fredericksandfreiser

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