Robert Motherwell (1915 - 1991) was never expected to become an artist. The son of a well-to-do and conservative bank chairman, Motherwell was expected to follow in his father's footsteps. But a trip to Mexico in 1941 with Surrealist painter Roberto Matta would change all of that.
I am extremely proud to offer these contemporary vessels by glass artist Ben Johnson. Johnson’s glass vases and sculptures stem from his interest in color theory and texture. Their bold colors and richly-textured surfaces are created via an extremely labor intensive process that often includes sandblasting and acid etching. It’s a process that has earned him the distinction as a Rising Star at the Museum of American Glass.
Robert Indiana (born Robert Clark in New Castle, Indiana in 1928) would become one of the central figures of the Pop Art movement. Indiana takes his inspiration from commercial signs, claiming: “There are more signs than trees in America. There are more signs than leaves. So I think of myself as a painter of American landscape.”
The term ‘Op Art’ (or Optical Art) was first coined by Time Magazine in 1964 in response to the exhibition Optical Paintings at the Martha Jackson Gallery. The term became synonymous with abstract art that uses optical illusions. It was an exhibition at MOMA in 1965 called The Responsive Eye that solidified Op Arts place in Art History.