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Cleveland Art, November/December 2017

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  • Magazine Issue
Published: October 25, 2017

Articles in this issue: William Morris ; Beyond Angkor; Heritage; Ham and Eggs; Art Detective;  Winter Lights. 

COVER  Metal Gates from the Chanin Building, New York City by Rene Paul Chambellan

Designing an Earthly Paradise

In the spring of 1876 the energetic designer William Morris wrote to his friend Aglaia Coronio, “I am drawing patterns so fast that last night I dreamed I had to draw a sausage; somehow I had to eat it first, which made me anxious about my digestion: however I have just done quite a pretty pattern f...

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Beyond Angkor

At the end of the 1100s in the country now called Cambodia, a triumphant king named Jayavarman VII built a massive temple far to the northwest of Angkor, the centuries-old capital of the Khmer Empire. Known as Banteay Chhmar, the ruler’s “Second Citadel” covered about 1.7 square miles and served as...

Section on view in Cleveland Bas-Relief with Ten-Armed Lokeshvara, c. 1200. Northwestern Cambodia, Banteay Chhmar, reign of Jayavarman VII. Sandstone; 53 blocks; total section averaging 275 x 325 x 22 cm. National Museum of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, Ka.2859. Photo: © The Cleveland Museum of Art, Howard Agriesti

Creative Heritage

The work of Wadsworth and Jae Jarrell exists simultaneously within two spheres, serving as stunning visual objects and as vessels for communicating strong sociopolitical messages. In 1968 the newly wed Jae and Wadsworth founded the collective AfriCOBRA (African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists) with...

Frock You 1994. Jae Jarrell (American, b. 1935). Wool, wood, mixed media; 186.7 x 123.2 x 15.2 cm. Collection of the artist. © Jae Jarrell

Ham and Eggs

Breakfast, anyone? This wry composition by Ralph Steiner is currently on view in From Riches to Rags: American Photography in the Depression. A leading photographer of the era, Steiner was one of five modern masters featured in a photography exhibition organized by the museum in 1934. Renowned for h...

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Conserving for the Future

 During my last year of college when I was applying to graduate programs in psychology, I read an article about the conservation of a painting of the Crucifixion at a local museum. A conservator had removed darkened varnish and discovered the black sky was actually a deep blue. That was a revelation...