Dennis Miller, Helen Keller, Bunker

Art

The solemn nothings that  fill our everyday life blossom suddenly into bright possibilities  —Helen Keller  Life is such an actual thing —Dennis Miller Bunker Fig. 1. Wild Asters by Dennis Miller Bunker (1861–1890), 1889. Signed and dated “D. M. BUNKER/1889” at lower right. Oil on canvas, 25 by 30 inches. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas.  Is it just …

Thomas Cole’s Hat

Editorial Staff Magazine

Thomas Cole’s hat, on view at Cedar Grove, the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, in Catskill, New York, prompts a deceptively simple question. What is it to be an artist? The more we think of that question the more difficult and maybe unanswerable it becomes.  Thomas Cole’s hat and carrying case, nineteenth century. Labeled “WATKINS, 128 FULTON STREET, Sun Building, …

The glitter of Night Hauling: Andrew Wyeth in the 1940s

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from The Magazine ANTIQUES, May/June 2012 | How do we account for the strangeness of Andrew Wyeth’s art of the 1940s? How, that is, beyond discerning the surrealist undertones, finding the magic realist affinities, or seeing that Wyeth followed in a Brandywine tradition whose oddity was firmly established by Howard Pyle-lone pirates on desolate shores; magicians and curly-shoed dwarves; Revolutionary …