Spotlight essay archive

The scholarly essays in the Kemper Art Museum's spotlight feature are meant to provide analysis and context to selected works in the Museum's permanent collection. See below for an archive of past spotlight essays (all in .pdf format).

2016

March 2016
Honoré Daumier
Europe, 1867

February 2016
Thomas Cole
Aqueduct near Rome, 1832

2015

March 2015
Antoine Pevsner
Bas-relief en creux (Sunken Bas-relief), 1926-27

April 2015
Thomas Ball
Freedom's Memorial, 1875

November 2015
Nicole Eisenman
Tea Party, 2012

December 2015
Odilon Redon
Une femme revetue du soleil (A Woman Clothed in Sunshine), 1899

2014

March 2014
Franz Seraph von Lenbach
Portrait of Prince Otto von Bismarck, 1884–90

April 2014
Yto Barrada
Landslip, Cromlech de Mzora, 2001
Tunnel—Disused Survey Site for a Morocco–Spain Connection, 2002

October 2014
Joan Miró
Peinture (Painting), 1933

December 2014
Pablo Picasso
La bouteille de Suze (Bottle of Suze), 1912

2013

March 2013
Eugene Berman
The Good Samaritan (Le bon Samaritain), 1930

April 2013
Robert Rauschenberg
Choke, 1964

October 2013
Hendrick Goltzius
The Great Hercules, 1589

December 2013
Sanford Robinson Gifford
Early October in the White Mountains, 1860
Rheinstein, 1872–74

2012

March 2012
Jackson Pollock
Sleeping Effort, 1953

April 2012
Paul Klee
Zeichensammlung Südlich (Collection of Southern Signs), 1924

October 2012
Thomas Wilmer Dewing
Brocart de Venise (Venetian Brocade), c. 1904–05

December 2012
Daniel Hopfer
The Peasant Feast (c. 1533–36)

2011

April 2011
Henri Matisse
Nature morte aux oranges (II) [Still Life with Oranges (II)], c.1899

May 2011
Frederic Edwin Church
Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, 1883

July 2011
Fernand Léger
Les Belles cyclistes, 1944

September 2011
Albrecht Dürer
Melencolia I, 1514

November 2011
Fumihiko Maki
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum building, 2006

2010

January 2010
Robert Motherwell
Interior with Pink Nude, 1951

March 2010
Unknown (Native North American, Mississippian, Dunklin County, Missouri, Woodlands, United States)
Wulffing Repoussé Plaques

April 2010
Max Beckmann
Day and Dream, 1946

August 2010
Allan McCollum
Pam Beale, 1971

September 2010
Alberto Burri
Gran Ferro M1, 1958, and Gran Ferro M3, 1959

October 2010
Philip Guston
If This Be Not I, 1945

November 2010
Barbara Kruger

Untitled, 1989–90

2009

January 2009
Christian Boltanski
Padre Mariano, 1994

February 2009
Lorna Simpson
Counting
, 1991

March 2009
Georges Braque

Nature morte et verre (Still Life with Glass), 1930
Still Life with Oysters, 1937

April 2009
Katharina Sieverding
Maton, 1969/1996

May 2009
Pierre Soulages
Peinture 200 x 265 cm, 20 mai 1959 (Painting 200 x 265 cm, 20 May 1959), 1959

August 2009
Howard Jones
Solo Two, 1966

September 2009
Wolfgang Tillmans
Portrait series

December 2009
Jean Dubuffet
Tête barbue (Bearded Head), 1959
Poches aux yeux (Bags under the Eyes), 1959

2008

January 2008
Ludwig Meidner
Selbstbildnis (Self-Portrait), 1912

February 2008
Joseph Jones
Landscape, 1932

March 2008
Max Ernst
L'oeil du silence (The Eye of Silence), 1943–44

April 2008
Willem de Kooning
Saturday Night, 1956

May 2008
George Wesley Bellows
Portrait of Geraldine Lee, No. 1, 1914

June 2008
Harriet Hosmer
Oenone, 1854-55

July 2008
Narcisse Virgile Diaz de la Peña
Wood Interior, 1867

August 2008
Alexander Calder
Five Rudders, 1964

September 2008
Hermonax Painter
Nolan Amphora, 475–465 B.C.

October 2008
Rembrandt van Rijn
The Three Crosses, 1660–61

November 2008
Joseph Stella
Man in the Elevated (Train), 1916

December 2008
Raphael Soyer

Girl Standing Semi-nude, c. 1940

2007

January 2007
Lucebert
The Menaced House, 1962

February 2007
Romare Bearden
Black Venus, 1968

March 2007
Cosima Von Bonin
Rockstars (Character Appropriation), 2003

April 2007
Josef Albers
Homage to the Square: Aurora, 1951–55

May 2007
Franz Ackermann
Condominium, 1994–2002

June 2007
Andrea Fraser
Little Frank and His Carp, 2001

July 2007
Max Beckmann
Les Artistes mit Gemüse (Artists with Vegetables), 1943

August 2007
Marsden Hartley
The Iron Cross, 1915

September 2007
John Baldessari
Two Compositions (Formal/Informal; Interior/Exterior), 1990

October 2007
Thomas Eakins
Portrait of Professor W. D. Marks, 1886

November 2007
Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot
Le chemin des vieux, Luzancy, Seine-et-Marne (The Path of the Old People), 1871–72

December 2007
Olafur Eliasson
Your Imploded View, 2001