American Athletic and Sporting Art
This section of the Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO) catalogue Topics in American Art is devoted to the topic "American Athletic and Sporting Art." Articles and essays specific to this topic published in TFAO's Resource Library are listed at the beginning of the section. Clicking on titles takes readers directly to these articles and essays. The date at the end of each title is the Resource Library publication date.
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From Resource Library in chronological order:
The Artist/Athlete George Bellows, Tennis, and Gustavus; essay by Steve Wilkinson and Donald Myers (12/15/09)
Roy M. Mason: Sporting Artist; article by Victoria Sandwick Schmitt (2/26/09)
Ogden Pleissner: On the Water (8/15/07)
Frank W. Benson Sportsman/Etcher (9/20/05)
Game Face: What Does a Female Athlete Look Like? (7/23/04)
Art at Home Plate: Philadelphia Baseball Legends on Canvas (1/16/04)
Ruben Ortiz Torres - The Texas Leaguer Turns Baseball on Its Bobble-Head at the Glassell School of Art (12/22/03)
Carl Rungius: Artist, Sportsman (5/31/03)
The Sporting View: American Sporting Art from the Collection of Robert B. Mayo (10/8/00)
The Sporting View: American Sporting Art from the Collection of Robert B. Mayo (10/8/00)
Capture the Wind: Racing Yachts & Westchester (8/14/00)
The Thrill of Excellence and Eleanor Iselin Wade: Artist and Horsewoman (8/14/00)
The Old Ball Game (5/31/00)
"All Stars: American Sporting Prints from the Collection of Reba and Dave Williams" and "Green Bay Replay" (2/22/00)
All-Stars: American Sporting Prints from the Collection of Reba and Dave Williams (9/6/99)
Photographs of America's Baseball Stadiums (7/13/99)
The Thoroughbred: Born to Run and Jump (5/12/99)
By Hook, Horse or Hound: Sporting Art at the Shelburne Museum (5/12/99)
An American Pulse: The Lithographs of George Wesley Bellows (1/99)
Spinning Spheres and Whirling Wheels: The Art of Play (9/22/98)
From other websites:
American Sport Art Museum and Archive. Accessed August, 2015.
The Art of Baseball was a 2015 exhibit from the Concord Museum, which says: "The Art of Baseball explored many ways that artists responded to America's national pastime. The exhibition considered baseball locally through both the major league tradition of the Boston Red Sox and through recreational leagues in communities like concord, where semi-pro games at Emerson Field once drew thousands of spectators." Accessed 10/16
Baseball: The All-American Game is a 2012 exhibit at the Craft and Folk Art Museum which says: "This exhibition will explore baseball's impact on American folk art made between the late-1800s to present day. Approximately 75 works of baseball-inspired folk art and memorabilia will be shown from the private collection of Gary Cypres, owner of one of the largest sports memorabilia collections in the world." Accessed 2/17
Charles McGill: Front Line, Back Nine is a 2016 exhibit at the Boca Raton Museum of Art which says: "The first major museum exhibition of artist Charles McGill explores his fascination with the subject and objects of golf and provides a thought provoking means for us to examine race and social differences in our community." See artist's website and exhibit brochure. Accessed 2/17
Cycleback's Online Museum of Early Baseball Memorabilia. Accessed August, 2015.
Decoy Carving from Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center. Accessed August, 2015.
George Sosnak's Striking Portraits from America's Pastime is a 2017 exhibit at the Chrysler Museum of Art which says: "Sosnak spent decades as a baseball umpire, and if you are living the baseball life, you have a lot of down time. While waiting to work a minor league game in Idaho in 1956, he was asked by a female fan if he could paint her favorite player on a baseball. The amateur painter said yes and the rest is history." Accessed 9/17
Mixed Signals: Artists Consider Masculinity in Sports, an exhibit held February 4-April 17, 2011 at the Middlebury College Museum of Art. Accessed February, 2015.
Monument to Freedom of Expression Foundation with exhibitions of the sculptures of athletes by Joseph Brown. [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]
Muhammad Ali, LeRoy Neiman, and the Art of Boxing is a 2016-17 exhibit at the New-York Historical Society which says: "LeRoy Neiman saw Muhammad Ali through the stroke of his pencil and the swipe of his paint brush, while another artist and friend of Ali's, George Kalinsky, captured many of the same explosive moments in Ali's career through the crispness of photography." Accessed 1/17
The National Art Museum of Sport in Indianapolis, IN. Accessed August, 2015.
Olympic Artists by Teta Collins, from AskArt.com. Accessed August, 2015.
Scrimmage: Football in American Art from the Civil War to the Present is a 2017 exhibit at the Figge Art Museum which says: "Rather than presenting a history of the sport, Scrimmage raises questions about sports, art, and their roles in our history and culture, revealing attitudes and transitions in American life over the past 150 years." Also see coverage at Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. Accessed 2/17
Wild Spaces, Open Seasons: Hunting and Fishing in American Art is a 2017 exhibit at the Joslyn Art Museum which says: "Wild Spaces...encompasses a wide variety of portraits, landscapes, still lifes, and genre scenes, including iconic works by Thomas Cole, Thomas Eakins, Paul Manship, and John Singer Sargent, as well as pictures by artists who specialized "in the field," such as Charles Deas, Alfred Jacob Miller, William T. Ranney, and Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait. The exhibition also sheds new light on modernist studies of sporting subjects by Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley, and Max Weber. Together, the 64 works in the exhibition illuminate changing ideas about community, environment, national identity, landscape, and wildlife, offering compelling insights into one of our most familiar shared adventures." Accessed 2/17
Wild Spaces, Open Seasons: Hunting and Fishing in American Art is a 2017 exhibit at the Shelburne Museum which says: "The exhibition encompasses a wide variety of portraits, landscapes, still lifes, and genre scenes, including iconic works by Thomas Cole, Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, Alfred Jacob Miller, and Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait. These representations of hunting and fishing do more than merely illustrate subsistence or diverting pastimes, they connect a dynamic and developing American nation to its past and its future." Also see press release Accessed 8/17
Wild Spaces, Open Seasons: Hunting and Fishing in American Art is a 2017 exhibit at the Amon
Carter Museum which says: "Wild Spaces, Open Seasons: Hunting
and Fishing in American Art is the first major exhibition to explore
the multifaceted meanings of such outdoor subjects in both painting and
sculpture from the early nineteenth century to World War II. These aesthetically
rich and culturally important works play an influential role in the history
of American art." Also see press
release Accessed 12/17
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The Paintings of Eldridge Hardie - Art of a Life in Sport by Eldridge Hardie and Nick Lyons (Stackpole Books: 2002). Amazon Books says: "Eldridge Hardie's artwork has for many years graced the pages of sporting literature such as Gray's Sporting Journal and Bill Tarrant's Pick of the Litter. His work has also appeared in Sporting Classics, Fly Fishing in Saltwaters, Double Gun Journal and numerous other magazines and books. Hardie has been honored with the first one-man retrospective show at the National Bird Dog Museum and has exhibited at the National Museum of Wildlife Art and the American Museum of Fly Fishing. He was the first Artist of the Year for Trout Unlimited."
The Artist at Ringside: The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio, March 29-May 10, 1992, The National Art Museum of Sport, Indianapolis, Indiana, June 1-August 2, 1992, by Steven L. Brezzo. The Institute, 1992 - 80 pages
Mixed Signals: Artists Consider Masculinity in Sports. Foreword by Judith O. Richards. Text by Christopher Bedford, Peggy Phelan, Julia Bryan-Wilson. Independent Curators International (2009)
Sportscape: The Evolution of Sports Photography, by Paul Wombell (2000)
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