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5.22.2009

Reader Request: The Book (Plus Art in the White House)

The UAB's Visual Arts Gallery is currently printing 300 copies of a 21-page, lushly illustrated book to accompany the Peach Tree Trail exhibition. It includes a good essay by curator Brett Levine, so if you want to try and nab one, contact the gallery next week at (205) 934-0815.

In the past few months there has been interesting speculation about the art that the Obamas might choose to borrow for the White House. (Remember this blog post about Alma Thomas?) Now much of the information is public thanks to an in-depth report from Amy Chozick and Kelly Crow of The Wall Street Journal. When you have time, be sure to read the whole piece and learn about the wish list drafted by Mrs. Obama and Michael Smith, as well as special loans of significant abstract art from the Hirshhorn and the National Gallery.

According to the WSJ, last week the first family installed a work by my January pick: less well-known African-American art educator and artist Ms. Thomas.

Shown second above, an example of Alma Thomas' work, a detail view of Red Rose Cantata, 1973, Gift of Vincent Melzac 1976.6.1. Courtesy the National Gallery

Learn more about Ms. Thomas at the NMWA.

Red Azaleas Singing and Dancing Rock and Roll Music, 1976, Alma Thomas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of the artist

Thomas' Grassy Melodic Chant, 1976, also via the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Thomas' Oriental Garden Concerto, 1976, the Hirshhorn collection


BTW: Thomas' first summers were spent on her grandfather's farm in Alabama. Learn more about her background at the Smithsonian. Last image of the artist is also via the Museum.

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