Winter | Spring 2009 Feature Articles

Telling the American Story

Written By Todd Wilkinson      

HOWARD TERPNING, THE AMERICAN REALIST, DESCRIBES HIS OWN IDENTITY as: “First, last and     always, I am a storyteller.” At this moment, he is engulfed on four sides by wall-to-wall pictures that speak no words. Most are his own originals that one day may inhabit museums alongside the works of some of his heroes: Winslow Homer (1836-1910), Howard Pyle (1853-1911), N.C.…


Contemporary American Tonalism

TONALIST PAINTERS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN REBELS, choosing to convey intimate and personal responses to nature, rather than conventionally duplicating natural scenes. And like most art movements the style began as a reaction to accepted forms of the day. Though the Tonalist style began amidst the Industrial Revolution, it is as relevant today, in the thick of the computer age, as…


Swimming with Giants

EVERY AFTERNOON FOR 10 DAYS, John Banovich went to the banks of Botswana’s Khwai River, where families of elephants gathered to eat and drink and bathe. With 25 trips to Africa under his belt, he’d seen a lot of elephants but he wanted to see more, to learn more. Like the time he spotted a baby that had lost its…


Long Beach Revival

By Chase Reynolds Ewald      

ROLAND E. COATE SR., WAS A NOTED SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ARCHITECT of the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s whose work architect Kelly Sutherlin McLeod had admired in San Marino and Los Angeles. When she heard there was a Coate home in Long Beach, where McLeod and her husband had lived for 13 years, she was intrigued. “I didn’t know there was a Roland…


Natural Affinities

THE FOLLOWING EXCERPT IS FROM Georgia O'Keeffe and Ansel Adams: Natural Affinities, a stunning and insightful book recently published by Little Brown. The book, and a traveling exhibition of the same name, present — for the first time — the work of two of America’s best-known artists, and portrays the complex and often shifting relationship the artists had with one…