Frida Baranek

View of the museum from outside showing the Neoclassical building from one corner. The building is a tan-colored stone with an arched doorway, long vertical windows, and detailed molding around the roof.

Director’s Desk: Built to Order

Posted: January 29, 2020
Category: Frida Baranek
The artists in NMWA's “Built to Order” gallery investigate human intervention in the natural world, considering the impact of structures, cities, and societies.
Eery photograph in blue tones of a concrete silo at night.

More than Meets the Eye: Surprising Materials

Posted: October 27, 2017
Category: Frida Baranek
Several of the artists featured in NMWA’s collection galleries create works that seem to be at odds with their materials. In creating a paradox between subject and material, these artists...
Large, abstract sculpture, fabricated of rusted iron wires, conveys an organic form. At center is a mass of thin, tangled wires shaped into a thick disc, sitting on edge. From either side of the center disc a mass of slightly bent, thicker wires juts straight out.

Purposeful Pathmakers

Posted: November 2, 2015
Category: Frida Baranek
Learn more about Ruth Asawa's hanging sculpture, Untitled (S.407) (ca. 1952), which is on view in the NMWA exhibition Pathmakers through February 28, 2016.
A black-and-white photograph of Ruth Asawa holding one of her large, wire crochet sculptures, draped over her shoulder and in both hands. She is a light-skinned, Asian, adult woman with black hair and blunt bangs.

The Wings of Spring: Avian Imagery at NMWA

Posted: March 20, 2013
Category: Frida Baranek
A chorus of birds hails the first day of spring, prompting a look at avian imagery in NMWA’s collection.
Rendered in loose, impressionistic brushstrokes in muted pastel tones, the still life painting depicts a brass birdcage with two small birds cuddled next to each other on a perch. The cage sits adjacent to and partially obscures a bowl of lush red, yellow, and white flowers.