Friday, October 7, 2011

STILL(ED) LIFE the exhibition at the Taft Museum of Art


Katie and I are exhibiting ten porcelain busts of of Alphonso Taft, influenced by Hiram Powers, that tower over detailed sculptures based on the only 18th century Dutch still life painting housed in this museums unique collection. "The Baum-Longworth-Sinton-Taft House, a National Historic Landmark built about 1820 for Martin Baum, is the oldest domestic wooden structure in situ locally and is considered one of the finest examples of Federal architecture in the Palladian style in the country.
Today, the Tafts’ distinguished collections are displayed in the Federal villa, which stands as one of the finest small art museums in the nation."
"Inspired by the Taft's permanent collection, Parker and Davis' fanciful and ironic porcelains combine the idealized beauty of historical decorative arts with the realism of the naturalist's eye"
Images courtesy of the gentleman, scholar, and recent collaborator Jordan Tate.