Online art medals of the 20th Century
I finally got around to browsing through
the art medal sites that I've linked on the right.
The Belgian and French sites disappointed me.
Yes, the work is neatly done
except for the above piece,
by an artist who turns out to be the most
famous name on the site,
and perhaps the best medal sculptor
in this post.
But I really liked the American site
Does this mean I'm ethno-centric ?
I suppose it does -
but I still think there's a joy
and excitement in the American work
that has evaded their more staid
And, of course, I've aways been partial
to our local Chicago boy, Laredo Taft,
and this medal that shows the fountain
he put in front of the Art Institute.
Isn't that a fine, gentle young woman
he shows above ?
His female figures all look like co-eds
who are majoring in early childhood education.
Maybe a little bombastic,
maybe a little dull,
but at least it's upbeat
and seems to belong in the
of a midwestern state university.
Maybe a little cartoonish,
but at least it doesn't seem
to take itself very seriously
I like the New York
heavy-figure school of the 30's
(and, of course,
like to imagine myself in a pool
with naked women)
This coin feels precious
( which is how coins should feel, no ? )
(O.K. - it's not great sculpture,
it's just fun)
Not the best design,
but how could an embracing nude couple
be more tastefully done ?
I wish I could find more of her work on the internet,
I like her sense of beauty.
A nice dramatic scene
unfolds in a very small space
James Earle Fraser
boyish cartoon stuff
(but wouldn't John Ford
deserve a medal like this ?)
I like the floral still-life on the right
This very busy monumental sculptor
has a nice, simple touch with coins
(but was he a communist ?)
Anthony Di Francisci
Any better ideas
for depicting the creation of the universe
on a coin ?
Such dramatic animals.
How can the viewer not smile ?
A bit staid and blockish,
but he was my father's advisor
at the University of Michigan,
so I couldn't just ignore him.
Donald De Lue
The background is so flat,
and the foreground is so voluptuous.
It's silly - and majestic
at the same time
From what I've see,
I think Flanagan's talent
was more apparent in these medals
than it was in his free standing sculpture.
A worthy successor to