The Unknown Blakelock


The Unknown Blakelock

Edited by Karen O. Janovy

80 pages
39 color Illus., 2 b-w Illus.


July 2008


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About the Book

The Unknown Blakelock offers new perspectives on Ralph A. Blakelock (1847–1919) by addressing the modernity of his accomplishments as reflected in the exhibition’s paintings. A self-taught artist, Blakelock digressed from habitual procedures into stylistic experiments that were considerably in advance of common practice of the time. Associated primarily with the two dominant themes of moonlight views and Indian encampments, Blakelock was already acknowledged as a colorist during his career, an aspect of his painting attesting to his receptivity to modernist developments but largely overlooked in critical discourse. The works featured in this exhibition also attest to a salient characteristic of our own time, namely, the artist’s growing autonomy. The Unknown Blakelock explores this ongoing impact of Blakelock’s work, which has previously been placed in the context of the exploration of his own—not our—contemporaries.

The Unknown Blakelock is a catalog of the exhibition of lesser-known works of Blakelock held at the Sheldon Museum of Art at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, from January 25 to August 24, 2008, and at the National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts in New York City, from September 25, 2008, to January 4, 2009.

Author Bio

Karen O. Janovy is curator of education at the Sheldon Museum of Art at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. She is editor of Sculpture from the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery (Nebraska 2007) and is coeditor (with Norman A. Geske) and compiler of The American Painting Collection of the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery (Nebraska 1988). In 2006 Janovy received a Governor's Arts Award for exemplary arts education throughout the state of Nebraska.

Table of Contents

List of Plates

Foreword and Acknowledgments-Janice Driesbach

Identifying the Unknown Blakelock-Norman A. Geske

Radical Color: Blakelock in Context, Mark D. Mitchell

R. A. Blakelock and Contemporary Painting: Curatorial Reflections-Daniel A. Siedell

Biographical Chronology

Selected Bibliography and Checklist