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Dec 7

Remember Dec. 7th!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010 12:40 PM

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Aug 4

U.S. Coast Guard Art Program

Wednesday, August 4, 2010 2:20 PM

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The Coast Guard Art Program has a corps of volunteer, professional artists who donate their talents to help tell the Coast Guard’s story.  The artists capture the daily missions the 41,500 men and women of the Coast Guard perform including homeland security, search and rescue, marine environmental protection, drug interdiction, military readiness, and natural resource management.  The collection also recounts the Coast Guard’s history from the early beginnings of our great nation into World War II, through the perils of Vietnam, Desert Storm, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Today, the collection contains some 1,850 works and is displayed prominently in other… Read the rest of this entry »

 
May 17

And now, a few nice words about our friends at the Naval Historical Foundation…

Monday, May 17, 2010 1:00 AM

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I love getting presents. This, of course, sounds very greedy, but most honest people will admit they like getting presents, too. Over the years, the Naval Historical Center/Naval History and Heritage Command has been greatly pampered with the support of the Naval Historical Foundation and in the Navy Art Collection, we feel we have been showered with presents and appreciative attention. To digress by way of background, as the story goes, many years ago Navy lawyers believed that the Navy could not accept gifts from private individuals and businesses. Thus, when someone had some nifty historic naval thing, they couldn’t… Read the rest of this entry »

 
May 10

Art is Personal, #1

Monday, May 10, 2010 1:00 AM

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Art is unique and personal. Everyone knows what they like, but not everyone can agree on what they like. Navy Art is the same way. Each staff member has their own personal favorite pieces in the collection and various reasons why those few pieces stand out. This week, I am going to share one of my personal favorites. I like submarines. The technology related to sinking a metal tube and bringing it back to surface is pretty amazing. Of course there is also the power behind them – from hand cranks, to diesel engines and now nuclear power… just remarkable…. Read the rest of this entry »

 
May 3

The Battle of the Coral Sea

Monday, May 3, 2010 1:00 AM

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Death of the Shoho, by Robert Benney, Oil on masonite, 1942, Navy Art Collection # 88-159-AI  The week marks the anniversary of the Battle of Coral Sea, the first major naval engagement in history fought without surface ships exchanging a shot. On 7 May 1942, aircraft from USS LEXINGTON and USS YORKTOWN were sent out in search of Japanese aircraft carriers. They found Japanese aircraft carrier SHOHO, along with 4 heavy cruisers. As seen in this painting, aflame from stem to quarter, SHOHO fell victim to the lethal combat tactics of Navy dive and torpedo bombers: the ship sank within… Read the rest of this entry »

 
Apr 26

Navy Art and the Space Program

Monday, April 26, 2010 1:00 AM

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Last year, the Navy Art Collection created an exhibit entitled “From Space to Sea: the Navy’s Role in Manned Space Flight” to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the first man to land on the moon. The exhibit highlights the Navy’s contribution to the space program. Some astronauts were naval officers, but the Navy also supplied ships and helicopter squadrons used in recovery of astronauts and equipment, and UDT frogmen who were the first to reach capsules after splashdown. This exhibition highlights all aspects of the Navy’s involvement of our national journey into manned space. Gemini 11 Spacecraft Recovery By Gene… Read the rest of this entry »

 
Apr 20

Navy Art Collection’s Traveling Exhibition Program

Tuesday, April 20, 2010 8:46 AM

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The Navy Art Collection has a vibrant and active traveling exhibitions program. Navy Art recognizes the continuing need for and significance of the patronage that comes from galleries and museums requesting the loan of artwork in public exhibits. Galleries, museums and public educational institutions that have a public trust are considered the most desirable for exhibit placement. Navy and Department of Defense policy excludes institutions that operate for profit. Institutions that charge a fee must have non-profit status, where the proceeds of admission go to the maintenance of facilities and services for the public. All exhibits must be open to… Read the rest of this entry »

 
Apr 12

“Misappropriated” Navy Art

Monday, April 12, 2010 1:00 AM

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This is a topic that really gets me on my soapbox and I’m not too likely to pull any punches when talking about some of the experiences we’ve had with chasing down “misappropriated” art and irresponsible borrowers. We might wish to call it “stolen” art, but we must make allowances for the possibility of a misunderstanding having occurred. “Windward Hill,” by Albert Murray, Oil on canvas, 1943, 88-195-AO The Internet and online auctions are useful things for museums looking for misappropriated art. This painting of camouflaged anti-aircraft batteries at Guantanamo Bay was the first missing painting I found on eBay… Read the rest of this entry »

 
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