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The Voting is in - Art Everywhere US Picks
The voting is in for the top fifty picks for artwork that the public wants displayed in America during August 2014. I will discuss some of the 100 works of American art that were the finalists.
Art Everywhere US.org describes the contest for art selected by the public as a "Very Very Big Art Show." Applicants registered online and they were able to vote for their top 10 choices daily.
Final selections will be announced on June 20, 2014. The winning fifty works of art will appear on: billboards, subway posters, and bus stops around the country -- through the month of August.
After examining the choices, these are my picks for the winning paintings and why:
"The Peaceable Kingdom" (1846-47)
by Edward Hicks is actually one of 100+ versions of this famous painting which shows animals and humans living amicably together. Worcester Art Museum, MA owns an 1833 version.
"Nighthawks" (1942) and "Early Sunday Morning" (1930)
by Edward Hopper are paintings that most people can relate to in relation to empty spaces and solitude.
My favorite author John Updike described Hopper’s work as, "silent, stoic, luminous, and classic."
"White Center" (1957)
by Mark Rothko is also known as "Yellow, Pink, and Lavender on Rose."
The 1950 version of this abstract painting, by the same name, was sold in 2007 to the Royal family of Qatar for 72.84 million USD.
"The Skater" (Portrait of William Grant) (1782)
by Gilbert Stuart was painted while the artist apprenticed with Benjamin West in London.
This was his first attempt at full length portraiture. Stuart may be best known for his portraits of George Washington.
"American Gothic" (1930)
by Grant Wood is iconic, representing the Midwest of America -- possibly the most recognized painting by an American artist.
"Giant Magnolias on Blue Velvet Cloth" (1890)
by Martin Johnson Heade is a wonderful still life.
Heade’s "Magnolias on Gold Velvet Cloth" was owned by a man in Indiana who only learned of its identity through a board game about art. He sold the painting to an American museum for 1.25 million USD.
"Three Flags" (1958) by Jasper Johns is an all-American work of art, painted by Johns before Alaska and Hawaii became states.
If you didn't get a chance to vote for your favorite paintings by American aritsts, please support the arts.
You can own a giclee print of Edward Hopper's iconic painting "Nighthawks."
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