Visual Art Re: Impressionist Fact of the Day
posted by June 25 at 14:08 PMon
Commenter Suzi (an arts journalist in Oregon) responded to my IFOD:
The UO’s museum (Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art) is opening a show called “Faster, High, Farther: The Spirit of Track-and-Field Sports,” and I don’t think there’s a single book or piece of information about running or javelin-ing that I want to convey to the overwhelmed-with-Olympic-Trials-trivia Eugene public. But if you know of any good sporty art history books, I guess I could give it a try. (And when the J-Schnitz’s “Cuba Avant-Garde” hits the boards, watch out for the Revolutionary Fact of the Day.)
I do not, in fact, know of any good sporty art history books, but they have to be out there. Anybody who can help Suzi on this one?
As for the track-and-field crowd, an pictogram-ish painting of a larger-than-life russki-lady who looks as though she’s just thrown a discus straight at your face springs exuberantly to mind. ! She’s from early 20th-century Russian propaganda—but I can’t remember the artist, and I can’t find it online.
So I bring you this execration instead (Dali’s Cosmic Athletes, from 1943), with apologies in advance: