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Friday Photos: Mystery Artwork Series

September 9, 2011

Last Friday, I started off our Mystery Artwork Series with this rhyme and scrambled image:

His paintings reference color theory,
and his color palette is seldom dreary,
with three layers of squares,
this painting hangs across from a chair.

Are you ready for me to reveal the answer?  The painting is—Josef Alber’s “Homage to the Square: Straight.”   If you would like to find this work in the Museum, it is located on the second floor in the European Gallery. 

Josef Albers, "Homage to the Square:Straight," 1962, Bequest of Louise W. Kahn and Edmund J. Kahn.

If bright colored squares and layering is your thing, you might want to check out the upcoming Mark Bradford exhibition this fall.  Also, don’t miss out on a great teacher workshop in October—Layered Materials, Layered Meanings: Mark Bradford.

We will now commence the second round.  The next object in our Mystery Artwork Series is one of my favorite works in the DMA’s collection.  I will post an altered photograph of the mystery artwork and give you a clue in the form of a rhyme.  It is up to you to visit the Museum and search our galleries or practice your good research skills by searching on our online collections page. 

The cryptic artwork will be revealed the following Friday, with the presentation of a new mystery artwork.  Here is this week’s puzzler:

Press the button to turn on the light,
and you’ll see many birds in flight.
Woven checkers of red and black,
this textile once covered a man’s back.

Helpful hint: this object can be found on the 4th floor.

Happy hunting,

Loryn Leonard
Coordinator of Museum Visits

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