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Nine Years of Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

8.15.2011

Fresh Tones


[Unless otherwise noted, photos my own.]

From Whistler's Peacock Room to aspiring art students to historical paint, I have some quick updates. First, a local art supply drive.  If you plan to be in Atlanta this Saturday, August 20 and are thinking of stopping by the Westside Art Walk, don't forget the red bins. Throughout the summer, The Creatives Project has been gathering supplies for arts programs offered to at-risk youth; Saturday is the final wrap-up.



This year organizers are concentrating on two-dimensional art work. Most desired supplies include tools for drawing, painting, printmaking, and photography along with random essentials like scissors, rulers, matt boards, tape, and glue.


Meanwhile, in D.C., Freer Gallery of Art curators are flinging open the Peacock Room shutters for the first time in 25 years. Beginning this week on August 18 from noon to 5:30 p.m., the public will be able to see Whistler's controversial, richly colored space filled with natural light. But just on the third Thursday of each month. The idea is to give visitors a chance to really appreciate Whistler's range of tonal subtleties -- not to mention the beautiful and tactile glazed surfaces of Charles Lang Freer's vast collection of ceramics now displayed in the room -- yet still protect the interior from sun damage. (The museum installed ultraviolet- and visible-light-filtering film on the windows.)


[Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room James McNeill Whistler, 1834–1903. Oil paint and gold leaf on canvas, leather, and wood. Gift of Charles Lang Freer Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution.]

From the museum:

...the ghostly presence of the embossed patterns of the room's leather wall hangings, which were part of the design created by the room's architect, Thomas Jeckyll, and later covered in Prussian blue paint by Whistler, is discernable.

Click here for a related past post.


[1807 paint color cards courtesy Patrick Baty.]

As a follow up to my recent piece about color historian Patrick Baty, Enfilade has posted additional resources for historical paint enthusiasts here and here. Drawn to black-painted houses? Here's an intriguing related blog post written by Patrick last year.

 [Image courtesy Patrick Baty.]

4 comments:

Lisa said...

I adore the Freer. Was just there a few weeks ago and stopped into the Peacock Room not realizing that they had installed the ceramics. What a lovely shock! I will have to plan for a day off on a third Thursday so I can visit with the shutters open.

Style Court said...

Lisa --

Let us know what you think next time you're able to visit!

Elizabeth said...

Wow! I love the ceramics and the room. I must check this put on my next trip to the area.

Thank you for the information on the historic colors.

Style Court said...

Elizabeth --

Glad to help spread the word!