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Apr 5

Navy Poster Art

Monday, April 5, 2010 1:00 AM

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The Navy Art Collection is fortunate to have a small collection of original recruiting poster artwork. Nowadays recruiting materials usually have photographic images, but in earlier eras, some well known artists did their “bit for the war effort” by creating fabulous art promoting recruiting and home front production. Don’t Read American History, Make It!, by James Montgomery Flagg, oil on canvas, 46-399-A. This well-known World War I poster image is by James Montgomery Flagg, the artist of the “I Want You” army poster. Two Naval Officers Shooting the Sun, by McClelland Barclay, oil on canvas, 1941, 48-31-D. This World War… Read the rest of this entry »

 
Mar 28

Abstract Navy Art

Sunday, March 28, 2010 12:01 AM

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Someone once asked me why there weren’t more abstract paintings in the Navy Art Collection. We have some abstract paintings in the collection, but 99.99% of the collection is realistic, or representative art. It’s not that the Navy doesn’t like or doesn’t understand abstract painting. I believe the dearth is related to the internal process of abstract painting and how it contrasts with the Navy Art Collection’s mission. Abstract painting is internally driven by the emotions, impressions, visions, etc., of the artist. In its strictest form, it has no representational (realistic) elements. In contrast, the Navy Art Collection collects, documents,… Read the rest of this entry »

 
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