American Botanical Art




Introduction

This section of the Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO) catalogue Topics in American Art is devoted to the topic "American Botanical 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:

2006-

A Return to the Desert, Celebrating the First 25 Years, A retrospective Celebrating Dyana Hesson (3/25/16)

Charles Brindley: Trees of Myth and Legend (3/9/15)

Flowers in Winter: Celia Thaxter's Island Garden (11/13/13)

Abundance of Color: California Flowers in Art (8/22/08)

Pressing Matters: 500 Years of Wine in Art from the Sterling Vineyards Print Portfolio (6/30/06)

2001-2005

Georgia O'Keeffe and Andy Warhol: Flowers of Distinction (5/18/05)

The Paintings of Pieter J. L. van Veen; essay by Allan J. Kollar (8/10/05)

Drawn from Nature: The Plant Lithographs of Ellsworth Kelly (6/23/05)

Martin Johnson Heade: The Enigmatic Self; essay by Barbara Novak (2/14/05)

Plant Portraits: The California Legacy of A. R. Valentien (2/8/05)

People of the River: Native Arts of the Oregon Territory (1/25/05)

Birds & Blossoms (1/30/04)

Life as Art: Paintings by Gregory Gillespie and Frances Cohen Gillespie (11/12/03)

Two Artists: Anthony Biladeau and Lucius Passavanti (7/9/03)

"Leaves have their time to fall": Reflections of Mourning in Nineteenth-Century Decorative Arts (6/24/03)

Flora: The Beauty of Botanicals in Art (5/20/03)

Spring in California (2/4/03)

William Merritt Chase: Four Paintings from the Lilly Endowment Collection (1/31/03)

A Walk in the Woods: The Art of John Elwood Bundy, by William H. Gerdts (10/30/02)

Sandra Principe: Flowers as Messengers (5/28/02)

Text from "Partners in Illusion - Alberta Binford and William J. McCloskey" by Nancy Dustin Wall Moure (7/31/01)

Carlton Nell (1/9/01)

1999-2000

Alexa Kleinbard: Talking Leaves (5/8/00

Flower Power: Botanical Art (4/17/00)

Art in Bloom (1/14/00)

Hood Museum of Art Acquires Rare Outdoor Still Life by Maria Oakey Dewing (11/1/99)

Martin Johnson Heade (10/2/99)

Nature's Palette: The Roger W. Dennis Impressionist Garden, by Patricia M. Shippee (9/19/99)

Ben Schonzeit: Flower Paintings (9/3/99)

WILDflowers (6/21/99)

The Lamps of Tiffany Opens at Knoxville Museum of Art (4/13/99)

Fruits and Flowers: Botanical Paintings by Geraldine King Tam (3/11/99)

Wildflowers of New Mexico: I9th Century Botanical Illustrations by Edward M. Skeats (2/8/99)

 

From other websites:

American Society of Botanical Artists Accessed 4/14

Burchfield Botanicals is a 2017 exhibit at the Huntsville Museum of Art which says: "Between the years 1908 and 1911, American artist Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967) created nearly 500 botanical sketches that illustrated the different wildflowers and plants he found in the forests and fields around his childhood home in Salem, Ohio. Using books from the local library, Burchfield identified and documented these plants along with the locations where he found them. The artist's fascination with plant life would remain strong throughout his career. Many of the wildflowers he recorded during those early years would show up again and again in paintings, and some would be included in the titles of works." To read more after exhibit closes, go to "Past Exhibitions" section of museum website. Accessed 6/17

A Decade of Paintings, 2000-2010: Selected Works by Michael M. Strueber, an exhibit held January 28 - June 11, 2011 at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art. Includes exbibit brochure. Accessed April, 2015.

Garden of Biotanical Delights: Diane Kempler is a 2017 exhibit at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at Appalachian State University which says: "Although Diane Kempler and Hieronymus Bosch work in different media and are, forgive the obvious, from vastly different cultural eras, there is something about Kempler's wildly gesturing ceramic forms that are reminiscent  of Bosch's passionately overpopulated paintings."  Accessed 11/17

Gathering Light: The Art of Stephen Hannock, an exhibit featuring artists depicting images of trees, held March 31 - July 8, 2012 at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center. Includes curator's essay. Accessed May, 2014

James Prosek: Un-Natural History, October 21, 2011 - January 27, 2012 from Bellarmine Museum of Art. Accessed 4/14

"The language of flowers and other floral symbolism used by Winslow Homer," from Magazine Antiques Nov, 1999 by Judith Walsh [Link expired as of 11/22/11 audit. Source may contain this content via a revised URL. We are saving this citation for your reference]

Natural Selections, an exhibit held at the Addison Gallery, Phillips Academy September 7, 2013 - March 16, 2014. Accessed 4/14

Robert Zakanitch: Garden of Ornament is a 2017 exhibit at the Hudson River Museum which says: "Though his imagery varies - from abstract decoration to birds, angels, even author Jane Austen - Zakanitch has turned, again and again, to the shape and color of flowers to project these painterly motivations." Also see artist's website   Accessed 8/17

Sam van Aken: Streuobstwiese is a 2017 exhibit at Lafayette College Galleries which says: "The exhibition includes fruit trees removed from soil, exposing branch and root structure; van Aken's botanical illustrations; herbariam specimens, sanded stone fruit tree stumps that show the transition at the juncture of graft and trunk; and peach "whips" suspended from the ceiling." Also see artist's website  Accessed 11/17

Virginia Poundstone - Flower Mutations was a 2015 exhibit at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, which says: "Virginia Poundstone's practice spans photography, sculpture, video, and installation, and is exclusively focused on the history and botany of the flower and its socio-economic and cultural significance. Her exhibition at The Aldrich is dedicated to two important sources of inspiration: Giacomo Balla's series of Futurist Flowers and traditional American flower-pattern quilts." Also see the exhibit brochure in Issuu. Accessed 11/16

A potential source of Resource Library articles and essays is the North Carolina Arboretum, located in Asheville, North Carolina. The Arboretum features rotating exhibitions at the Baker Exhibit Center, many featuring botanical artists. Accessed May, 2015.

 

(above: Baker Exhibit Center, North Carolina Arboretum, May, 2015. Photo © John Hazeltine)

 

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