Inside the MFAH
“Inside the MFAH” provides perspectives, conversations, and opinions from insiders at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
Art Activity: Let’s Make Some Noise August 27, 2020
Compare color to music and create your own sound maker! This family-friendly art activity is inspired by the abstract paintings of Stanton Macdonald-Wright.
Symphonies of Color July 19, 2019
In 1913, a new mode of abstraction came on the scene. Synchromism, rooted in music, featured rhythmic, pulsating colors and forms.
Rothko in Reproduction: Dan Fischer’s Graphite Homage December 15, 2015Does this image look familiar? A photomural based on a photograph most likely taken by Regina Bogat—which shows Mark Rothko standing in front of his 1960 painting No. 7—greets visitors to the exhibition Mark Rothko: A Retrospective. The artwork you see here, however, is a graphite rendering by American artist Dan Fischer, who creates meticulously detailed drawings based on photographs of well- …
What is Abstract Expressionism? September 30, 2015“Abstract Expressionism” refers to the art movement that flourished in New York in the 1940s and 1950s. Its leading figures included Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still, Franz Kline, Willem de Kooning, and Jackson Pollock. Few artists in this loosely affiliated circle of painters, however, considered themselves “Abstract Expressionists,” “Action Painters,” or a “New York School”—terms …
Stains, Sprays, and Splendor Fill the Canvases of Color Field Painter Jules Olitski February 15, 2012Color Fieldpainter Jules Olitski didn’t stay in one place very long, artistically speaking. Unlike his contemporaries—Helen Frankenthaler, Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland—Olitski changed his artistic techniques frequently. “Olitski is unique among the Color Field painters in the rapidity of his evolution,” says Alison de Lima Greene, MFAH curator of contemporary art and special projects. Greene …