Glackens: Many Miles of Inspiration

I’m in the process of writing a feature length screenplay, and recently took a trip to Ft. Lauderdale to get the synapses firing.  Here are some things I saw from a special trip to the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale:


The Indigo Room or Is Memory Water Soluble


Being impressed with Artist in Resident Edouard Duval-Carrié, creator of The Indigo Room and its ceiling.


Snapshot and close-up of Anselm Kiefer’s expansive post-World War II exhibit. 

A note on the Kiefer: That’s oil paint, among other things, on canvas, also among other things, which floored me!  How long did this take to dry?  How are these so huge and amazing? Who thinks to put a glob of color there and totally transform the piece? Ah!

My true reason for trekking to The NSU Art Museum was to see the largest collection of William J. Glackens, who has quickly become my favorite artist after finding him here:


The Barnes Foundation, Phildelphia, PA.  February 2016.

Glackens was not only a superb American artist and illustrator, but as Barnes’ artsy friend, he was sent overseas to buy art for Albert C. Barnes, who ended up being one of the most iconic art collectors.  That’s like Chanel sending you away to buy her some new earrings before she hit it big.

After seeing his work and personally finding it outshining the Renoirs, I marched to the Barnes’ gift shop and slammed a small fortune down for a priceless coffee table book of his work, as irrationally inspired people do.


The book: WILLIAM GLACKENS, by Avis Berman.  This is an engaging introduction to Glacken’s work and life.  (Accidentally and conveniently featuring my notebook)

The NSU Art Museum provided immense work and research for this book.  As luck would have it, that was a road trip away, so shortly thereafter, I was nose to canvas with the same painting featured on the cover:


William J. Glackens, Cape Cod Pier, 1908.

I leave the rest of the Glackens discovery to you, whether that’s exploring the interwebs, or planning your own pilgrimage to the intimate gems that display his work.




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