The Museum of Art and Origins is celebrating Black History Month and MLB Spring Training with the Art of Lou Grant
Lou Grant's oil paintings and wood engravings of on-field action and idealized portraits of historic Negro Leagues baseball players are a remembrance of the spirit of another time. Grant is master of the tension between the ambient stillness in a ball park and the explosive kinetic effort that instantly follows. This is beautifully framed in the arrested motion of the athletes he portrays.
This combined sense of stillness and motion will remind the art connoisseur of the arrest and movement in ancient classical arts. Grant, who was interviewed on a PBS special on baseball, was a talented baseball player who first attended Negro League games as a child in the late 1930s and 1940s.
Lou Grant was born in Brooklyn in 1934. He got his formal art training at two of New York City's most prestigious art education venues, the High School of Art and Design and The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. He lives and works in New York City.
Kinetic Splendor will be on view through April 21, 2012.
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