Outdoor Art

This has less to do with gardening and more about art. But with a moniker of Art of Gardening, I would be remiss to not inject some art occasionally.
Not that I need justification. I can post about aphid infestations, I can certainly post about more enlightening fare.

Emanuel Leutze, Washington Crossing the Delaware, 1851

This past Saturday was Art Alive, an art show sponsored by the Albright Knox Art Gallery encouraging groups to recreate works of art, by being the works of art. And with cash prizes! It was held on the lawn of the Albright Knox, so technically it's temporary lawn art, so I feel comfortable posting about it on a garden blog. Here's a few of what we saw.

Robert Motherwell, Elegy to the Spanish Republic No. 34, 1971. Collection of the Albright Knox.
Above, my favorite of the day.

Walter Haskell Hinton, Betsy Ross presenting the Old Glory, 1950.

Georges Seurat, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, 1884-6

Norman Rockwell, Girl at Mirror, 1954

Edward Hopper, Nighthawks (detail), c. 1942

Grant Wood, American Gothic, 1930
Above, the youngest participants of the day. No one can do dour like eight-year-olds.

Henri Matisse, La Musique (Music), 1939

Georges Seurat, Models (detail), 1887-8

Above and below, another Seurat, this one featuring my daughter–covering themselves with candy dots and dot stickers to bring home the pointillist aspect. They also handed out free candy. This may have contributed to them receiving the "People's Choice" award, for their category, for the day.

Georges Seurat, Models (detail)


  1. These are great. Great way to open more peoples eyes to art, especially kids.
    10 year olds do great dour too :)

  2. Hi Jim, how sweet! Free stuff always wins fans, not that they needed to buy votes or anything. :-) Dour is its own art form in our family.

  3. How fun! I love art, and this type of performance art is a riot. I think my favorite is American Gothic, but then I have an 8 yr. old.

  4. Great fun. Sorry I missed it.

  5. Oh, I think they won for cuteness and those crazy yellow glasses, not just the free sugar bombs.

    I like the Motherwell best too, so clever, although the Matisse (especially the blue-clad person of indeterminate gender) is pretty awesome too. YOu are truly giving us a new perspective on the city of Buffalo here!

  6. That is too funny. How wonderfully eventive of your daughter. And the other folks too!

  7. Hello Jim, I've always wanted to see the art recreation shows...Thanks for posting it. Love the Seurat; the models are adorable! gail

  8. What a great idea! I love that Motherwell, too! My best friend from college (who is a jeweler) made me a ring based that painting. Sounds a bit strange but if you saw it, you would clearly make the connection.


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