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Photo of the Week: Playoffs!

Since everyone seems focused on a certain local team, here are some nearly 100-year-old glass plate negatives depicting another local team, shot by "cowboy photographer" Erwin E. Smith (1886-1947). All three images show the Bonham Blues baseball team in action, ca. 1911-1915.


Bequest of Mary Alice Pettis


Bequest of Mary Alice Pettis


Erwin E. Smith Collection of the Library of Congress on Deposit at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas

It Works on Paper: Antler & Claw

Getting in the spirit of things, I could show you pictures of old-timey baseball players, but right now we're focusing on the ANTLER:

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Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait (1819-1905), The Life of a Hunter. "Catching a Tartar"., lithograph with applied watercolor, 1861

and THE CLAW:

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John James Audubon (1785-1851), The Bird of Washington, or Great American Sea Eagle. Falco washingtoniensis Male, engraving and aquatint with applied watercolor, 1827

And those old-timey baseball players? The subject of our next post.

It Works on Paper: 291

Among the thousands of works on paper we've digitized with help from our two-year NEA grant is the Carter's complete set of the 291 magazine. Published in 1915-1916, the magazine started as publicity for Alfred Stieglitz's "291" gallery, but has become an important piece of art history itself.

The full run of 291 is pretty amazing, but the August 1915 issue is one of my favorite objects in the entire collection. This particular issue contains several so-called portraits mécaniques of the 291 creators drawn by French artist Francis Picabia (1879-1953) in his pre-Dada and pre-Surrealist days. Hard to believe these "portraits" are nearly 100 years old!

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Photo of the Week: Picnic Time

The past few weeks have been perfect for eating outdoors - whether a picnic in the park or on a restaurant's patio. Here are three photographs from the Carter's collection documenting meals enjoyed outside.

Eliot Porter, Aline, Eliot, Jr. and Tony at Breakfast, gelatin silver print
Eliot Porter (1901-1990), Aline, Eliot, Jr. and Tony at Breakfast, 1937, gelatin silver print, Bequest of the artist, ©1990 Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Marion Post Wolcott, Winter Visitor Being Served Brunch in a Private Club, Palm Beach, Fla., 1940, gelatin silver print
Marion Post Wolcott (1910-1990), Winter Visitor Being Served Brunch in a Private Club, Palm Beach, Fla., 1940, gelatin silver print, 1980, Gift of Dr. John Wolcott

Russell Lee, Barbecue for Humble Employees, Humble Camp, McCamey, Texas. West Texas, 1947, gelatin silver print
Russell Lee (1903-1986), Barbecue for Humble Employees, Humble Camp, McCamey, Texas. West Texas, 1947, gelatin silver print, Gift of Texas Monthly, Inc., printed from a negative in the Standard Oil of New Jersey Collection, University of Louisville Photographic Archives, © Standard Oil Company

It Works on Paper: NEA Turns 45

In honor of the National Endowment for the Arts turning 45 this week, here are several prints from the Carter's collection created in 1965, the same year NEA was established.

And if you're wondering what the NEA actually does, keep reading. Last year, the Carter was awarded a large grant from the NEA to digitize its collection of prints, drawings, and watercolors. The images you see here (and in all "It Works on Paper" blog posts) have been created as part of this grant. Anytime you see a digital or printed reproduction of one of our prints, drawings, or watercolors on our website, used in an educational program, or a museum publication, know that the NEA helped make it possible!

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Nicholas Krushenick (1929-1999), Untitled, lithograph, 1965, Gift of Ruth Carter Stevenson, © Julia Krushenick

Garo Antreasian, Ojo, lithograph, 1965
Garo Antreasian (b. 1922), Ojo, lithograph, 1965, © Garo Z. Antreasian

Paul Brach, Silver Series, lithograph, 1965
Paul Brach (1924-2007), Silver Series, lithograph, 1965, © Miriam Schapiro

Best in Fort Worth!

Thanks to our friends over at the FW Weekly for naming the Carter's blog Best in Fort Worth for 2010! It is a big honor, and admittedly a relief not to be voted best candidate for alien abduction or cryogenic freezing.

Photo of the Week: Fun & Games

A hot Friday afternoon calls for some levity, so this week's photos are all about playing games.

Erwin E. Smith, Game of Seven-up, Turkey Track Ranch, Texas, 1906
Erwin E. Smith (1886-1947), Charley Thompson (left) and Ed Bomar (right) Having a Game of Seven-up, Turkey Track Ranch, Texas , gelatin silver print, 1906, Erwin E. Smith Collection of the Library of Congress on Deposit at the Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas

Clara Sipprell, Education, gelatin silver print, ca. 1929
Clara Sipprell (1885-1975), Education, gelatin silver print, ca. 1929

Berenice Abbott, East Side Portrait, gelatin silver print, 1938
Berenice Abbott (1898-1991), East Side Portrait, 1938, gelatin silver print, 1978-1979, Gift of P/K Associates, New York, New York, © Commerce Graphics Ltd, Inc.

Wendy Watriss, Saturday Night, gelatin silver print, 1984
Wendy Watriss (b. 1943), Saturday Night, gelatin silver print, 1984, Gift of the Texas Historical Foundation with support from a major grant from the DuPont Company and Conoco, its energy subsidiary, and assistance from the Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, © 1984 Wendy V. Watriss

It Works on Paper: Fashion Week

Amid all the political news this week, we also caught a glimpse of next spring's styles featured at New York Fashion Week. Here are three prints from the Carter's works on paper collection that all make their own statement about fashion.

J.J. Grandville, La Revanche, ou les français au Missouri. [The Revenge, or The French in Missouri], lithograph with applied watercolor, 1830
J.J. Grandville (1803-1847), La Revanche, ou les français au Missouri. [The Revenge, or The French in Missouri] from La Silhouette, lithograph with applied watercolor, 1830, Gift of The Old Print Gallery, Inc.

Mabel Dwight, Hat Sale - $1.98, lithograph, 1928
Mabel Dwight (1876-1955), Hat Sale - $1.98, lithograph, 1928

Peggy Bacon, Vanity, lithograph, 1929
Peggy Bacon (1895-1987), Vanity, lithograph, 1929, © Estate of Peggy Bacon courtesy of Kraushaar Galleries

Photo of the Week: Masterworks

D Magazine's Fall Visual Arts Preview highlights the Carter's three concurrent photography exhibitions this season: American Modern: Abbott, Evans, Bourke-White, Ansel Adams: Eloquent Light, and Masterworks of American Photography, an exhibition of various American photographers from the Carter's permanent collection.

Check out my three personal favorite photographs from the Carter's Masterworks show, and then go check out D's fall art preview.

Alexandre Jonson, Untitled, dye imbibition print, ca. 1948
Alexandre Jonson, Untitled, dye imbibition print, ca. 1948, Gift of Douglas Hill

Ed Ruscha, Flying A, Kingman, Arizona, from Twentysix Gasoline Stations, gelatin silver print, 1962
Ed Ruscha (b. 1937), Flying A, Kingman, Arizona, from Twentysix Gasoline Stations, gelatin silver print, 1962, ©1962 Ed Ruscha

Paul A. Greenberg, Swimmer, New York, gelatin silver print, 1982
Paul A. Greenberg (b. 1935), Swimmer, New York, gelatin silver print, 1982, ©1982 Paul A. Greenberg, Gift of Paul Brauchle, Dallas, Texas

It Works on Paper: At the Shore

Today's post features four modern views of the coast from the Carter's collection of works on paper.

Arthur Wesley Dow, The Derelict, woodcut, 1916
Arthur Wesley Dow (1857-1922), The Derelict, woodcut, 1916

Abraham Walkowitz, Coney Island, monotype, 1908
Abraham Walkowitz (1878-1965), Coney Island, monotype, 1908

Henry J. Billings, Marine Elements, screen print, 1937
Henry J. Billings (1901-1985), Marine Elements, screen print, 1937

Ralston Crawford, Overseas Highway, lithograph, 1940
Ralston Crawford (1906-1978), Overseas Highway, lithograph, 1940, © Neelon Crawford