An afternoon at the Nasher

nasherSeveral small buildings are conjoined under a glass enclosure.

Henry Laurens Grand Maternitie MaternityHenry Laurens’  Grand Maternité (Maternity)

The Nasher Museum of Art is the art museum of Duke University Central in Durham. It is a small affair, with a very pleasant staff which collects their $5 at the door, as I forgot my NARM card! Generally, unless you are talking about the “big” universities like Princeton or Chicago, or Yale, smaller universities are pleasant galleries with some surprising artwork.

gallerySaint Agnes 14th  Italian Transenna panel 600-850AD 2Saint Agnes 14th century (left). Italian Transenna panel 600-850AD (right).

nasher bearded votaryBearded Votary on long term loan from the Met.

Alabaster Lintel from a Byzantine ChurchAlabaster lintel from a Byzantine Church

One of the best parts was the Peruvian pottery and weavings. Indigenous peoples predated and coexisted during the Inca period and the work they produced is varied and interesting, some wonderful pottery with slip design which is always so subtle. OMA has more in its collection, but–sh-no photo! The most extensive collection, of course, is in Lima, but I need a month to blog that one!


Chancay jar, brown and white slip c1000-1400 2Chancay Pot, c. 1000-1400 AD

nasca potter parrot and fisherman 200-300bc 2

Nasca Parrot and Fisherman, c. 200-400BC

nasca pottery 1pot weave 2textile desginPottery and weaving

Jacob Jordeans and Workshop Holy FamilyJacob Jordaens and Workshop Holy Family

Not a great example of Jordaens work, he was both a contemporary and sometime collaborator with Rubens. Workshop would signify it was done under his tutelage, but may have been a copy or a sketch for a larger work. What it lacks in drawing it makes up nicely in value and color.

Jasper Gerardi Still Life with Meat Pie 1650

They had him listed as Jasper Gerardi, Still Life with a Meat Pie

It is even hard to find something on this Flemish artist listed as Jasper Geeraerts (c. 1620 – 1652). It seems rather tragic that he died at such a young age. The Italian name threw me, as Italians almost never delve into that kind of tactility in two dimensional art.

William Johnson Uninhabited War SceneWilliam Johnson’s Uninhabited War Scene

Picasso Head of A womanPablo Picasso’s Head of a Woman

Mark Bradford s workMark BradfordMark Bradford exhibition

Richard Deacon Like a Bird and Rubell posterRichard Deacon’s Like a Bird and the Rubell poster for his collection exhibition.


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