Richard Segalman was born in Coney Island, New York in 1934, and the timeless American-ness of his iconic birthplace — think amusement parks and seaside relaxation — seems to echo the timelessness one feels when looking at his work in any medium.
A Sum of Its Parts: Chronology of the Permanent Collection provids a comprehensive overview of the collection through time and reflected the Museum’s collecting strengths.
It was a decade that began with the end of the Beatles and the introductions of All My Children and The Gremlin, survived the death of Elvis and the popularity of leisure suits and Charlie’s Angels, and continued through disco, the Walkman, and Space Invaders.
Outside of the world of academic art training, ordinary people pick up brush or clay and create artistic objects.
As the world around us seems to continue to speed up, one of the advantages of art is that it gives us an opportunity to consider things on our time rather than as they rush by us.
The Polk Museum of Art has amassed a fine collection of works by artists of Cuban ancestry, both those living still living in Cuba and those living in or born in the United States.
As national interest in the work of folk or “self-taught” artists has risen, work by these artists has begun to attract more attention at art museums.
Life as Art is an exhibition of artworks from the Museum’s permanent collection that are composed of wood or fiber materials. Included among the objects in this exhibition are contemporary works by Holly Hambrick, Margaret Steward, and Charles Parkhill, a set of Chinese nesting tables, Pre-Columbian textiles, and works from southern Africa.
The Pattern and Decoration Movement emerged in the 1970s.
Pre-Columbian figurines, 20th-century Japanese bowls and flower bottles, 7th-century Korean jars and warming stands, Zulu beer pots, French, German, Spanish, and Italian bowls and plates from the 16th-18th centuries, and contemporary American sculptures and vessels
The Museum’s growing photography collection includes great variety in artists, themes, and techniques. Artists represented in the exhibition include Jerry Uelsmann, Lee Friedlander, Richard Buswell, and Birney Imes.
Florida is home to some of this country’s most talented artists and the Polk Museum of Art has a rich collection of their work.