First interested in the arts at 16 and still painting nearly every day at 93 years old, Anne Lyman Powers has had a prolific artistic career – to put it mildly. Born in Boston and educated at institutions such as Vassar, Columbia and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Powers devoted any free time she had growing up to studying, painting and sculpture. An early influence on her work was politics, reinforced by her experience traveling in pre-WWII Europe. In 1937, at 15 years old, Powers got a firsthand glimpse of Nazi Germany and its propaganda campaign against contemporary art, branding the work of modernists and expressionists as “Degenerate.” Powers herself would explore expressionist work in her painting, and back home in Boston, aligned herself with the Boston Expressionists. Later, changes in her personal life also meant changes in her art. Once married, Powers turned to her everyday life to mine it for subject matter – capturing vacation spots, social gatherings, and her family. However, her eye for political satire didn’t remain dormant for long, and she continues to explore political themes in her work to this day.
At 23, Phaedra Brucato is one precocious artist-in-training. She’s made a home, if a temporary one, at the School of Museum of Fine Arts, and in the Q&A that follows Brucato not only elucidates her love of abstractionism, but also opens up about being a West Coast transplant, her Catholic school upbringing, the myriad stresses of finishing her graduate exhibition (currently showing at the SMFA), and her post-graduation plans to get the hell out of dodge. Or, in this case, Boston…
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As yet another school year comes to a close, the School of Museum of Fine Arts is hosting its fourth annual Senior Thesis Show, featuring the works of 46 artists, at 230 Fenway, Boston, MA 02115. The exhibition is open to the public for viewing from now until May 31, 2011, Mon-Sat 12-7pm. For more information, visit http://www.smfa.edu, or call 617-267-6100.
I must admit: while Boston may be known for its superlative and reigning academic culture, it is not what I generally consider an ‘artsy’ city. But the ever-growing population of talented, young artists, working in a unique range of media, is challenging me to reconsider that position…
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