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Collectors’ Choice: Featured Collectors, David and Elaine Strickland

Aug

19

Written by Caitlyn Cooney, Curatorial Intern

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One of the best approaches to understanding historical events and time periods is to study the art from it. Art, through time, does not only stand as an object from a different era or a depiction of what the artistic tastes were at the time, but also collects a history of its own through the many relationships viewers create with it.

Thomas Moran, Entrance to the Grand Canal, Venice, 1915, Oil

The American Impressionist and Hudson River School movements of the late 19th century through the early 20th century capture a moment of inspiration, emotion, and creativity an individual in their sublime color palettes and impactful scenery. They simultaneously represent a moment for the artist and continue to create moments for the viewers. This collection of viewers’ reactions and relationships with the various pieces of art is the very reason why David and Elaine  Strickland collect. Elaine states, “When you look at these works, you can step back in time to see what the painter saw and felt in that moment.” Mr. Strickland, a history major in college, agrees, and says, “Many of these paintings are nearly 160 years old. They’ve been hanging on a lot of walls. There is a lot of history there. It is like an onion; you can peel back the layers as far as you want to go, and now, I just want to keep learning.”

Strickland Palazzo

John Singer Sargent, Palazzo Labia and San Geremia, Venice, 1907-1913, Watercolor

Many of the works in the Strickland’s collection are there not only because they value the relationship they have with the piece, but also because they value each moment they are able to view it. Mrs. Strickland goes on to say, “You get a peaceful feeling when you look at them. We’re so fortunate that we can stop, look, and enjoy them at our leisure.”    Their painting titled Palazzo Labia and San Geremia, Venice by John Singer Sargent exhibited within Collectors’ Choice is not only an example of their tastes, but also an ode to the artistic era in general. Sargent was a well-known painter of the period, having received strict academic training as an artist, yet was encouraged by his teachers to execute his work with immediacy and rapidity, disapproving of any re-working. His “in the moment” style reflects his emotional, sublime impression of the scene, featuring loose brushwork and a luminescent color palette.

Strickland Venice

Sanford Robinson Gifford, Venice, 1879, Oil

 

Mr. and Mrs. Strickland’s collection not only reflects their artistic tastes, but their overall philosophy about life. Mrs. Strickland states, “How often in today’s world do we get a chance to just stop and enjoy? We love to share that opportunity with people.”

 

 

 

The exhibition Collectors’ Choice: Inside the Hearts and Minds of Regional Collectors will be on view until September 14th, 2014.

For more information, please visit The Cummer’s website at  http://www.cummer.org/

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Collectors’ Choice: Featured Collectors – Mary Jane and Jack Uible

Aug

12

Written by Caitlyn Cooney, Curatorial Intern

Uible Virginia Gerson

William Merritt Chase, Portrait of Virginia Gerson, c. 1895, Oil on canvas

For collectors, art is a part of their everyday lives. They are surrounded by it in their homes and offices, at social events, museum fundraisers, and even in their personal lives. For many of those featured within Collectors’ Choice, their collection has become a part of their living spaces and transformed their houses into “homes.” Their most beloved pieces are present and shared throughout their everyday lives, serving as staple objects in what makes each of their spaces personal, livable, and enjoyable. For Mary Jane and Jack Uible, the need to fill the naked, white walls of their new home in the early 90′s was the very spark that lit the fire, urging them to continue collecting.

 

 

Uible Goldfish

Richard E. Miller, Goldfish, 1912, Oil on canvas

Upon meeting previous Cummer director, Robert Schlageter in 1991, the Uibles developed a passion for the American Impressionist era. As they began to fill their walls with some of the most notable artists of the early 20th century, their passion for collecting grew, as did their passion for the arts. Their interest surpassed that of creating a space in their home that was aesthetically pleasing and well decorated, and developed into a passion for art and its cultural history. Since the start of their collection in association with Schlageter, the Uibles have come “very close” to collecting at least one work by each of the top ten American Impressionists, while maintaining an emphasis on “landscapes and ladies,” says Mr. Uible. Some of the most notable artists of the movement are represented in their exhibited collection, including works by Richard E. Miller and William Merritt Chase.

Uible Swimming Pool

Louis Ritman, At the Swimming Pool, Date unknown, Oil on canvas

 

Louis Ritman’s At the Swimming Pool  is one of the most iconic in its impressionist style. Ritman’s loose brush strokes and use of pastels to render the soft, feminine form of the subject references that of many European Impressionists, such as Degas and Renoir. Yet, his more exact and detailed rendering of figural form denotes his American influence, characterizing many of the qualities of the American movement. Each of the artists represent this style in their clearly defined forms, use of color, and effortlessly suggestive brushstrokes, therefore setting apart the American artists from many of their European impressionist counterparts.

 

Uible Miss Ingram

Childe Hassam, Miss Ingram, 1923, Oil on canvas

 

The Uibles are passionate about the art they have collected, each piece being major part of their lives. Their efforts to share that passion with the community have allowed the Cummer to exhibit several distinguished artists from a great period in American art. They both agree, “We love sharing our collection with people. Art is something we enjoy, and want everyone else to enjoy it with us. We’ve been a part of The Cummer for a long time, and are thrilled to be included in this exhibition.”

 

Collectors’ Choice: Inside the Hearts and Minds of Regional Collectors will be on view from May 17th through September 14th, 2014.

For more information, please visit The Cummer’s website.

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Collectors’ Choice: Featured Collectors – Charles and Elli Zimmerman

Aug

05

Written by Caitlyn Cooney, Curatorial Intern

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Fashion photography is considered the middle ground between high art and advertising, the bourgeoisie and pop culture. Some of the most prolific fashion photographers have produced work in the last century that changed the way we looked at photography and editorial fashion. Charles and Elli Zimmerman are fortunate to have collected several of these photographers’ works since they were first married, having accumulated a “snapshot” of fashion culture and high art movements in 20th century America.

Though their collection is compiled of several notable pieces and numerous exciting stories of their acquisitions, their first purchase stands out in being particularly charming. A photograph by Horst P. Horst, famous for his classic, high fashion, black and white photographs, caught their eye, but at the time they didn’t have enough money to get it framed. They purchased it regardless, and it lived under their bed until they were able to give it a home on their wall. Today, the beloved photograph is one of the first things you see upon entering their home.

Zimmerman Girls in the Windows

Ormond Gigli, Girls at the Window, 1960, Chomogenic print mounted on dibond (Printed 2012)

Their featured piece in Collector’s Choice, a famous photograph by Ormond Gigli entitled Girls at the Window captures a fun, creative take on showcasing the fashionable trend of the era. Each model is compartmentalized into their own frame, featuring colorful dresses in innovative styles. The women standing on the street are set apart from the rest of the group in their high fashion garments and elegant poses. Many of his work features the same style, incorporating a Warhol-esque arrangement of figures, or a vibrant, Technicolor palette. Gigli’s featured photograph continues to be considered one of the most iconic fashion images from the 1960′s.

For the Zimmerman’s, collecting is about finding objects that excite them, that they absolutely cannot live without. “I couldn’t imagine my home without art. Every piece has its own personality,” says Mrs. Zimmerman. “I collect with my heart. I know it when I see it – I get a rush, and I know I’ll want to live with it every day. I still get just as excited every time I see things I love.” Her thrill lies in the immediate recognition of something she must have, something that speaks to her, an image that never grows old or boring. The photographs in her collection have inspired much of the American public just as much as they have for her and Mr. Zimmerman, and for that reason her collection will continue to inspire intrigue and admiration. “I can’t imagine a world without art or music,” says Mrs. Zimmerman. “It fills you with joy. It becomes part of your everyday life.”

 The exhibition Collectors’ Choice: Inside the Hearts and Minds of Regional Collectors will be on view until September 14th, 2014.

For more information, please visit The Cummer’s website at  http://www.cummer.org/

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Collectors’ Choice: Featured Collectors, Robert and Thelma Nied

Jul

29

Written by Caitlyn Cooney, Curatorial Intern

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Nied Alder Carr

John Joseph Cotman, The Alder Carr on the Norwich River, 1877, Watercolor

The personal connection between a collector and their artworks, be it a marker of a significant memory, a part of their relationships with people, or a reminder of their cultural history, is not only necessary, but serves as the core motivation for their collecting. For collectors Robert and Thelma Nied, that personal connection to a work stems from their relationship with the artist, or their knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the artistic process that went into the making of a work. Because of this connection and investigative passion for each and every work they have accumulated, the Nieds still have every piece they have ever bought, making for an impressive and well-rounded collection.

Their history with the Cummer Museum has been a strong one, as their collecting career really set off upon their moving to Jacksonville and meeting former Cummer director, Robert Schlageter. Though they had collected various smaller pieces before their involvement with the museum, their collection grew exponentially after the fact. In 1981, they bought their first major painting from a Cummer Fundraiser, a landscape by Reynolds Beal. They then expanded their collection and their connections to the Cummer, frequenting events and fundraisers, eventually focusing their efforts on supporting local Jacksonville artists. With this, their personal connections to the pieces they acquired grew, as well as their level of community involvement. Mrs. Nied states, “I think it adds another dimension when you know the artist. You know their stories.”

Nied St. Augustine

Reynolds Beal, Matanzas River, St. Augustine, Florida, 1919, Oil

Their interest and passion for the arts grew thereafter as Mr. Nied enrolled at Florida State College at Jacksonville and the University of North Florida upon retiring. There, he immersed himself into his artistic passion, studying both Art History and Art Processes. Mr. Nied stated, “I’m not good at art, but I enjoy it, I can see an image that I appreciate, and I can appreciate what the artist did to create it, and it adds to my enjoyment.” This passion for collecting and supporting the local arts community and understanding the value in supporting and collecting fine art is evident in many of the works exhibited in Collector’s Choice. Their painting by Reynold’s Beal entitled Matanzas River, St. Augustine, Florida (1919) captures the local culture in its vibrant use of color and landscape subject matter. The Impressionistic style lends itself to the Floridian scenery, characterizing the waterways and unique boats St. Augustine is known for.

Nied Castle

Thomas Miles Richardson, Pembroke Castle, Date unknown, Pencil and Watercolor

The artistic culture of Jacksonville is something the Nieds have become a part of, woven into the creative fabric that makes Jacksonville the city that it is. The Nieds plan to leave works to the Cummer, as well as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, and Florida State College at Jacksonville. “We’ve been fortunate,” says Mr. Nied. Mrs. Nied added, “It is really important to support the arts. If you want to live in a wonderful city, you have to have culture.” It is collectors like those featured that allow our culture to thrive, and our community to grow.

 

The exhibition Collectors’ Choice: Inside the Hearts and Minds of Regional Collectors will be on view from May 17th to September 14th, 2014.

For more information, please visit the Cummer’s website at  http://www.cummer.org/

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Collectors’ Choice: Featured Collector, Cullen Hammond

Jul

22

Written by Caitlyn Cooney, Curatorial Intern

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Hammond Painting In the Woods

Philip Evergood, Painting in the Woods, 1952, Pencil on Paper

Part of the thrill of collecting is the process of finding a piece: negotiating prices, working with dealers, going to auctions, and hunting for the treasure. A collector falls in love with a piece, an artist, a movement, and embarks on the adventure to find such works. Cullen Hammond has acquired his nearly 60 pieces within his collection by exploring and hunting through galleries and auction houses throughout the South, many of which sparked his interest in early to mid-20th century American art.

Hammond’s interest in art began immediately upon his graduation from Law School after he was amazed at the results of a restoration done on a family member’s artwork. For the past 40 years, his passion for collecting has only grown stronger. His strive to find treasures in various auction houses and galleries hasn’t stopped at the object, but rather inspired him to dig deeper, and learn about the artworks, artists, and movements associated with them. This research led him to understand and appreciate the works with his collection, three of which are currently on view within the exhibition.

 

Hammond Interior

Fairfield Porter, Interior with Christmas Tree, 1971, Lithograph

The range of pieces in Hammond’s collection speaks to the renaissance seen in American art at the turn of the century, as alternate media from fine oil paintings or bronze sculptures were becoming more widely accepted. Each of Hammond’s featured works represent a different stylistic moment within American Modern art. His Fairfield Porter lithograph entitled Interior with Christmas Tree (1971) embodies the craze for printmaking and experimentation by many artists with lithography seen in the 1960s and 70s.

Charles Sheeler’s Chartres Cathedral  (1946) reinterprets the traditional European depictions of cathedrals in the impressionistic style. Sheeler’s loose brushstrokes speak to that movement, yet revive it in his use of watercolor instead of oil. Thus, Sheeler presents a reinterpretation of a traditional European subject and style within a Modern American culture.

Hammond Chartres

Charles Sheeler, Chartres Cathedral, 1946, Watercolor

As evident from the featured pieces, his collection includes many works on paper. “Oil paintings tend to be more expensive” he states, “and I have a budget!” As a collector, Hammond’s goal is not so much to collect the most expensive, prominent artists, but rather to find pieces, or “treasures,” that mean something to him. Each of these pieces speak to an aspect of the golden years in American Modern art, and it is Hammond’s passion to have discovered each one. It is his ambition to keep discovering and to keep learning in the future.

 

 

The exhibition Collectors’ Choice: Inside the Hearts and Minds of Regional Collectors will be on view from May 17th to September 14th, 2014.

For more information, please visit the Cummer’s website at  http://www.cummer.org/

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Collectors’ Choice: Featured Collector, Dr. Diane DeMell Jacobsen

Jul

15

Written by Caitlyn Cooney, Curatorial Intern

Alexander Krisosheiw, First Kiss, 2013, Mirror Polished Bronze

As cultural institutions, Museums exist based on the premise that they are responsible for the exhibition and preservation of our visual history. The collection of objects and motivation for exhibiting select artworks lies in significance of art in its representation of a culture, a history, and a visual framework for our world. Diane Jacobsen values artwork for this very reason, proactively collecting pieces in order to understand, preserve, and display our cultural history. For Jacobsen, art is something that outlives generations, lifetimes, cultures, and eras, standing as a valuable form of creative documentation. She states, “Hippocrates, the Greek physician who lived circa 460 BC-375 BC, explained in succinct terms the importance and enduring quality of art. His quote was: ‘Ars Longa, Vita Brevis,’ which translates ‘Art is Long, Life is Short.’ I collect art and share it with the broader community because I value art, and my hope is that by showing others, they will appreciate it too. While art represents a snapshot of our visual culture and helps us all to better understand the economic, political, cultural, and social phenomenon of our times, it also transcends them. Art endures and has a civilizing effect on societies, representing the cherished past and hopes for the future. Thus, ‘Art is Long.’”

Seymour Joseph Guy, A Bedtime Story, 1878, oil on canvas

Jacobsen’s collection ranges from the late 19th century to present day, including both sculptures and works on canvas. Collectors’ Choice features several of her most prominent American masterpieces, representing the quintessential aspects of their respective artistic eras. Not to mention, her pieces serve as some of the most captivating, magnetic pieces throughout the entirety of the show, speaking not only to her taste and passions as a collector, but also to the movements and cultural history represented in each piece.

Jacobsen Summer Morning

Edward Moran, Summer Morning, New York Bay, 1872-3, O

Edward Moran’s Summer Morning, New York Bay (1872-73) is a prime example of Jacobsen’s efforts as a collector to feature key pieces of a historic moment. The painting features the essential stylistic aspects of American landscape painting at the time, incorporating inspiration from the Hudson River School and tonalism in his precise rendering of light and form.  Moran became famous for capturing the Maritime history of the United States, and for this reason, he stands out as a shining example of Jacobsen’s strive for historical and cultural preservation.

Jacobsen Vase

Edward Lycett, Aesthetic Movement Covered Vase, c. 1886-92, Ceramic, Enamel and Guilding

Jacobsen states, “Preserving our art treasures, and for me specifically our American art masterpieces, is important so that our future generations can appreciate the richness of our great cultural heritage. We are all here for such a brief moment in time, but art endures.” Though she has comprised her inspiring collection of some of the most aesthetically impressive pieces and noteworthy artists of the last  century or so, her main impact on our community is that of her efforts to preserve and showcase our history, both in the represented artistic movements and artists, as well as in the subjects some depict. As a collector, her efforts encourage our society to value the art of their cultural history as well as support their artistic community every day. She serves as an inspiration for cultural preservation and the appreciation for art in general.

 

 

 The exhibition Collectors’ Choice: Inside the Hearts and Minds of Regional Collectors will be on view until September 14th, 2014.

For more information, please visit The Cummer’s website at  http://www.cummer.org/

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