Collection Spotlight: Patti Smith, Robert Mapplethorpe

Title: Patti Smith Artist: Robert Mapplethorpe (1946–1989) Nationality: American Date: 1986 Medium: Gelatin Silver print Credit: Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, gift of Jeffrey H. Loria, 2015.7.3   Singer and poet Patti Smith was one of Robert Mapplethorpe’s earliest and most frequent photographic subjects, and over two decades he took many photographs of her. They […]

Collection Spotlight: Untitled (Chicago), Dawoud Bey

  Title: Untitled (Chicago)  Artist: Dawoud Bey Nationality: American, b. 1953 Date: 1993 Medium: Polaroid, 24 x 40 inches Credit: Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art Northwestern University, gift of Sari and James A. Klein in honor of Lisa Corrin and Peter Erickson, 2014.4.5a-b Chicago-based photographer and educator Dawoud Bey (b. 1953) was recently named a recipient […]

Collection Spotlight: Untitled (Angel, Boats, and Horse), Purvis Young

Artist: Purvis Young (America, 1943-2010) Title: Untitled (Angel, Boats and Horse) Date: ca.1988 Medium: Painting on found board Dimensions: 69 x 38 x 3.5 inches Credit Line: Gift of Selig and Angela Sacks,  2014.6.1 The first thing I noticed about Purvis Young’s Untitled (Angel, Boats, and Horses) (ca. 1988) was that it was huge. Even propped […]

Collection Spotlight: Berlin (traced and painted), First, Louise Lawler

Artist: Louise Lawler, American, born 1947 Title: Berlin (traced and painted), First Date: 2000/2013/2014 Medium: gouache on archival pigment print Dimensions: 8 ¾ x 9 ½ in Credit line: Gift of Bill and Sheila Lambert, 2016.10.5 Louise Lawler’s Berlin (traced and painted), First is a tracing of her photograph Berlin (2000) drawn by children’s book […]

Collection Spotlight: Death and the Artist (Tod und Künstler), Lovis Corinth

Title: Death and the Artist (Tod und Künstler), from the series Dance of Death (Totentanz) Artist: Lovis Corinth (1858-1925) Nationality: German Date: 1921, published 1922 Medium: Etching, soft-ground etching and drypoint Credit: Gift of James and Pamela Elesh, 1999.21.13 Lovis Corinth was one of the best-known artists working in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Germany. Born in Tapiau and educated in […]

Collection Spotlight: Project Diaspora, Omar Victor Diop

  Title: Juan de Pareja and Ayuba Suleiman Diallo from Project Diaspora Artist: 
Omar Victor Diop (b. 1980) Nationality: Senegalese Date: 2014 Medium or technique: Pigment inkjet prints on Harman By Hahnemuhle paper Image Credit: © Omar Victor Diop, Courtesy Galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris. The Block Museum acquired two photographs by the contemporary Senegalese photographer Omar […]

Collection Spotlight: Peace I: Life of Tolstoy, Komar & Melamid

Komar & Melamid (Vitaly Komar; Aleksander Melamid, (Russian, born 1943; Russian, born 1945) Peace I: Life of Tolstoy, 1986 Color lithograph and photolithograph Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, gift of Curated Prints, Ltd. 2011.15.4 As artists in the Soviet Union, Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid gained recognition for their ironic adaptation […]