2014-12-17

2122 - U.S.A. - BOCA RATON-FLORIDA - Theresa Bernstein: A Century in Art - 09.11.2014-11.01.2015

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Theresa Bernstein (American, 1890-2002), Polish Church: Easter Morning, 1916, oil on canvas, 40 x 50 inches. Martin and Edith Stein Collection

The American artist Theresa Ferber Bernstein (1890–2002) made and exhibited her work in every decade of the twentieth century–a truly awesome feat. Working in realist and expressionist styles, she treated the major subjects of her time, including the fight for women’s suffrage, the plight of immigrants, World War I, jazz, unemployment, racial discrimination and occasionally explicitly Jewish themes such as a synagogue interior or ritual objects such as a menorah. While her portrait subjects include Albert Einstein, Martha Graham, Judy Garland, Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday, yet it is her particular sensibility and empathy with those subjects that set her apart from her contemporaries. Theresa Bernstein: A Century in Art features a plethora of paintings along with interviews and related memorabilia spanning this great artist’s long and illustrious career.
Organized by Gail Levin, Distinguished Professor Baruch College and the Graduate Center, The City University of New York




Boca Raton Museum of Art    09.11.2014 - 11.01.2015



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2014-12-10

2121 - U.S.A. - WORCESTER-MASSACHUSETTS - Africa's Children of Arms - 19.11.2014-31.05.2015

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Untitled from the series The Rape of a Nation, ©Marcus Beasdale

Africa's Children of Arms

The Pulitzer Center is committed to telling the stories of vulnerable populations all over the world, and perhaps one of the most startling is that of child soldiers. Boys and girls from more than 20 countries are recruited or abducted into armies where they serve as messengers, spies, and combatants. All are subjected to the atrocities of wars that many are not old enough to understand. Their experiences in war and rehabilitation are diverse and haunting.

This project presents the work of three photographers, Marcus Bleasdale, Robin Hammond and Andre Lambertson, because of their deep understanding and sensitivity to these issues. Their images tell the stories of former child soldiers—of haunted pasts and of hope for the future.


 
Worcester Art Museum     19.11.2014 - 31.05.2015



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2014-12-03

2120 - U.S.A. - MINNEAPOLIS-MINNESOTA - Italian Style - Fashion since 1945 - 26.10.2014-04.01.2015

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Trace the evolution of Italian design, from Gucci and Prada to Missoni, Versace and more. A major retrospective of the fashion that has defined a nation—and a rare chance to see Milan’s finest in Minneapolis.



An MIA first, this groundbreaking exhibition examines the craftsmanship and entrepreneurial verve that catapulted Italy from the ashes of World War II to the style powerhouse it is today. Immerse yourself in impeccable design, rare ingenuity, and the head-turning glamour of celebrity style.



Minneapolis Institute of Arts     26.10.2014 - 04.01.2015



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2014-11-26

2118 - U.S.A - DETROIT-MICHIGAN - Ordinary People by Extraordinary Artists.- 19.09.2014-29.03.2015

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The “extraordinary artists” in this exhibition are a “who’s who” of late 19th-century figures who moved art from its traditional academic moorings into the modern era. Many of the DIA’s strongest holdings in works on paper are highlighted, including pastels, etchings, and lithographs. Edgar Degas’ bathers, dancers, and jockeys; Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s portraits of his family and celebrities; Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s stage performers; Paul Cézanne’s bathers; and Pierre Bonnard’s and Edouard Vuillard’s intimate interior and city life scenes are among the featured works. Other artists included are Edouard Manet, Paul Gauguin, Georges Seurat, Mary Cassatt, and Camille Pissarro.

These artists are well known for their colorful landscape paintings but prints and drawings of “ordinary people” in black and white and eventually in color are an equally prominent category of subject matter. In their search for themes from everyday life, they saw beyond villages, fields, and beaches for captivating scenes. Images of friends, family members, and folks in a variety of familiar poses— at ease, at play, in contemplation perhaps making art, reading, writing, or sewing— form a rich and interesting aspect of their scenes.Anonymous crowds enjoying public parks, taverns, cafés, theaters, and race tracks populate their views. By shunning topics based on grand historical, religious, or literary themes, these artists bucked the expected order of the art academies. Their sketchy styles which emphasized free brushwork in painting and broken, choppy lines in drawing and printmaking were considered inadequate for finished work ready for exhibition. The odd spatial settings, atypical perspectives, and emphasis on capturing fleeting moments of time and light were also once judged unacceptable.

When the label of “Impressionism” was first hung on Degas, Renoir and their colleagues in the 1870s, it was meant derisively. By the 1890s, it was the new normal and most progressive manner in which to create sparking a legacy that lasted for decades. What began as a break-away from the establishment by a group of young, relatively unknown and radical artists became one of the most influential art phenomenon in history. From ordinary, everyday aspirations of wanting nothing more than pursuing wider avenues for exhibiting their work, promoting their message and increasing their sales, these artists liberalized practices and attitudes toward art in an almost unprecedented manner.

Their popularity and fame only continue to increase.

This exhibition is organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts. Support has been provided by the DIA’s Woman’s Committee.


 
Detroit Institute of Arts       19.09.2014 -29.03.2015



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2014-11-19

2117- U.S.A. - WILMINGTOWN-DELAWARE - Avert, Escape, or Cope With - 01.11.2014-26.04.2015

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Hiro Sakaguchi

Hiro Sakaguchi's vibrant and complex paintings, drawings, sculpture, and videos reflect issues of environment, ecology, science, world history, peace, conflict, and popular culture. Sakaguchi describes how, "Models, toys, and games from childhood often appear in my works. They emerge out of my memory of this time in my life and give me the initial inspiration to make something. I would like to explore now what wasn't possible for me then. This innocent point of departure lets me get at the heart of more current topics and adult concerns of the greater populace."

Maiza Hixson, the DCCA's Gretchen Hupfel Curator of Contemporary Art and Acting Associate Director for Programs, explains that the title of Sakaguchi's exhibition references the artist's interest in Hollywood disaster films in which a protagonist must "avert, escape, or cope with" the calamity presented. Images of war, fire, volcanoes, hurricanes, vortexes, and explosions pervade his artworks, reflecting his association with images from the web and television broadcasting of recent natural and human-made disasters. In the painting Gazing Fire, houses, detached propellers, spacecraft, and other debris form the backdrop to a central blaze or bonfire that dominates the canvas. A discarded teddy bear appears off to the side, signifying childhood play interrupted by harmful natural forces.

According to Hixson, the theme of heat also surfaces in Sakaguchi's sculpture. Boat with Hibachi Engine features a copper stove installed in a miniature wooden vessel. Hibachi translates to "fire bowl" in Japanese; in North America, the term "hibachi" refers to a small cooking stove heated by charcoal or an iron hot plate. The combination of the Hibachi grill and Budweiser cans that litter the hull allude to the artist's Japanese heritage informed by several years of living in America and, by extension, its consumer culture.

The artist's Spool Tanks installation features enlarged versions of a familiar children's toy as ersatz battleships. In his video Unmanned Ground Vehicle, spool tanks appear in miniature. Continuing the play army and gender wars motifs, Sakaguchi and his collaborator and wife, artist Anne Canfield, perform in the video wearing blue and pink camouflage. The two sit across from each other rolling a tank at one another. The video cuts to an oversized version of the self-propelled spool tank set in motion. Wearing arm badges with symbols of peace and love, Sakaguchi and Canfield place flowers in the barrel of the spool tank gun, salute the camera, and march off the set.

Sakaguchi was born in Nagano, Japan and grew up in Chiba City, near Tokyo. He moved to the United States in the 1990s to study art at the University of the Arts (BFA) and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (MFA). He has had over 40 solo and group exhibitions at various venues, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Secession Museum in Austria, the Mori Museum in Tokyo, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma in Helsinki.

Sakaguchi has also exhibited at the PULSE Contemporary Art Fair in Miami and the Melbourne Art Fair in Australia, both with Tokyo's Mizuma Art Gallery. He is represented by Seraphin Gallery in Philadelphia and Galerie Heubner & Heubner in Frankfurt. Artworks by Sakaguchi can be found in both public and private collections internationally, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Woodmere Art Museum.


DCCA     01.11.2014 - 26.04.2015



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2014-11-12

2116 - U.S.A. - LOS ANGELES-CALIFORNIA - Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist - 19.10.2014-01.02.2015

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Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist presents a full-scale survey of one the most important artists of the Harlem Renaissance, featuring the painter's visual examination of African American culture during the Jazz Age. The exhibition covers Motley's entire career, including periods in Chicago, Paris, and Mexico. Motley received his formal training at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and went on to create strong and somewhat solemn portraits of his community, as well as vividly hued, lively scenes of crowded dancehalls that reflect the colorful spirit of the Harlem Renaissance. The exhibition features a number of paintings depicting the black communities of Chicago and Paris just before and after the Great Depression, and concludes with introspective moments of quotidian life in Mexico, made during the artist's travels during the 1950s


 
LACMA      19.10.2014 - 01.02.2015



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2014-11-05

2115 - U.S.A. - DENVER-COLORADO - First Glance/Second Look: Quilts from the Denver Art Museum Collection - 01.06.2014-22.03.2015

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Houses and Pine Trees Quilt, unknown artist, American, 1890s. Cotton. Denver Art Museum Neusteter Textile Collection: Gift of Guido Goldman.

A completely new exhibition in the textile art galleries features more than 20 quilts arranged in nine thematic groupings. Each section invites viewers to look closely at the different themes and variations. Visitors can discover common roots for motifs and patterns and creative differences in materials and techniques. More than half of the objects are recent acquisitions on view for the first time, while others, including The Matterhorn quilt (pictured below), are well-known treasures of the collection. Complementing the exhibition is Contemporary Takes on Traditional Patterns by 10 artists from Studio Art Quilts Associates whose quilts illustrate how traditions continue, evolve, and inspire.

While the overall graphic impact of each quilt is evident on first glance and even from a distance, a longer, closer, second look reveals details that provide insights about subtle creative choices in materials, construction, and ultimately, artistic concepts.


 
Denver Art Museum    01.06.2014 - 22.03.2015



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2014-10-29

2119 - U.S.A. - ELMHURST-ILLINOIS - Richard Koppe - 06.09.2014-11.01.2015

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This fall, in cooperation with the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), Elmhurst Art Museum presents the first museum exhibition of Richard Koppe's inventive work in more than forty years. Including 70 rarely seen paintings, prints and drawings, the exhibition highlights Koppe's signature canvases from the mid-20th century - from his earlier compositions of stylized fish and birds to his distinctive versions of abstract expressionism and hard-edge abstraction.
 
Combining aspects of cubism and surrealism, Koppe explored line, color, composition and space, producing works that are both playful and intricate. A special section including photographs, studies, textiles, tableware and related objects is dedicated to the artist's celebrated murals and designs for Chicago's famous Well of the Sea restaurant in 1948. Koppe's rigorous experimentation with form, mastery of diverse media and interest in design reflect his experience as a student of transplanted European modernists like László Moholy-Nagy and Alexander Archipenko at Chicago's New Bauhaus in the late 1930s. Koppe went on to promote the modernist program as Head of Visual Design and Fine Arts at the Institute of Design (ID) at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and later as Professor of Art at UIC.  
 
This exhibition is largely drawn from UIC's Campus Collection, to which Koppe's estate donated nearly one thousand of his works shortly after his death. Koppe's modernist practice and legacy are of particular interest to EAM as we continue to explore art, architecture and design of the mid-20th century. Inspired by the museum's McCormick House, designed in 1952 by Mies van der Rohe, our goal is to present and study artists of this era such as Koppe, ripe for rediscovery and new scholarship. Koppe's New Bauhaus training and tenure at IIT overlapped with Mies' tenure as Director of the School of Architecture; this connection provides a greater understanding of Mies' concurrent architectural practice and contextualizes the work of other mid-century designers often shown in the McCormick House.
 
 
 
 
Elmhurst Art Museum    06.09.2014 - 11.01.2015
 
 
 
 
 

2014-10-22

2114 - U.S.A. - COLUMBIA-SOUTH CAROLINA - Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera - 17.10.2014-18.01.2015

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The CMA presents a landmark exhibition of the most famous and beloved of American illustrators, Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera . This is the first exhibition to explore in-depth Rockwell's richly detailed study photographs, created by the artist as references for his iconic paintings. Rockwell is known for his depictions of everyday life created with humor, skill, and emotion. However, it is little known that he staged photographs to make his popular covers of The Saturday Evening Post. Norman Rockwell: Behind the Cameraay  includes 50 photographs that show the careful procedure Rockwell used to make his art, as well as 16 original paintings and drawings, and takes viewers behind the scenes in the creative process of one of America's great masters.

Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera brings together prints of Rockwell's study photographs and original paintings and drawings from the permanent collection of the Norman Rockwell Museum linked to the photographs on display. The result is a fascinating frame-by-frame view of the development of some of Rockwell's most indelible images. At the same time, the photographs themselves—painstakingly staged by Rockwell and involving an array of models, costumes, props, and settings—are fully realized works of art in their own right.

The CMA is the last venue in the national tour of the exhibition. It is a last chance to see the selection of photographs and paintings, and the creative process of an American master.


 
Columbia Museum of Art     17.10.2014 - 18.01.2015



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2014-10-15

2113 - U.S.A. - COLUMBUS-OHIO - Paul-Henri Bourguignon: A 50th-Anniversary Retrospective - 17.10.2014-18.01.2015

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In 1964, the Columbus Museum of Art held an exhibition of the work of Belgian artist Paul-Henri Bourguignon (1906 – 1988).  Fifty years later the museum celebrates the work of this talented visual artist, who was a prolific writer and journalist, a skillful photographer, and an avid observer of the human condition. One critic noted, “When Bourguignon concentrates on faces, the pathos of the human condition stands out.”

Bourguignon began his arts studies in Brussels’ Académie des Beaux Arts and then studied art history at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. His first solo exhibition was at the Galérie d’Egmont in Brussels at age 22.  He met his wife, Erika, in Haiti and they settled in Columbus, Ohio in 1950 after she joined the faculty of The Ohio State University.  Today, his widely collected works are found in American museums, and in public and private collections throughout the U.S. and Europe, including the Columbus Museum of Art.



Columbus Museum of Art     17.10.2014 - 18.01.2015



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2014-10-08

2112 - U.S.A. - COOPERSTOWN-NY - Dorothea Lange’s America - 18.09.2014-31.12.2014

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Dorothea Lange, Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California, 1936.

Lange’s empathetic images of migrant workers, suffering families, and tortured landscapes have seared the imagery of the Depression into America’s consciousness. Her most celebrated photographs of that era—Migrant Mother, White Angel Breadline, and Migratory Cotton Picker—have become icons in American cultural history.

The Great Depression was the catalyst for a tremendous outburst of creative energy in America's photographic community. The devastation wreaked upon the country inspired a host of socially conscious photographers to capture the painful stories of the time. This exhibition features the work of thirteen of these artists.
Pre-eminent among these was Dorothea Lange (1895-1965). Lange herself knew adversity early in life. Raised in Hoboken, New Jersey, at age seven she was stricken with polio, which left her with a lifetime limp. And at age twelve her father abandoned her family, leaving an impoverished household behind. Perhaps in defiance of the odds against her, Lange early and consistently displayed an independent streak. She played truant from school, preferring to wander the ethnic neighborhoods of lower Manhattan.
She rejected her mother's choice of a teaching career for her, declaring—even before she had ever touched a camera!—that she would be a photographer, then heading west to San Francisco to make a living in her chosen field. There she befriended the photographers Ansel Adams and Imogen Cunningham, and, through them, the celebrated Western painter Maynard Dixon, who became her first husband. Within a few months of her move she opened a thriving portrait studio that catered to San Francisco’s professional class and moneyed elite. But with the onset of the Depression she found her true calling as a peripatetic chronicler of the many faces of America, old and young, urban and rural, native-born and immigrant, as they dealt with unprecedented hardship, sometimes with resilience, often with despondence.
Lange's working method was gentle, open, and personal. She engaged her photographic subjects in conversation, winning their confidence and their consent to be photographed. Ironically, her limp, by marking her as someone who had suffered in her own way, helped her to disarm and bond with her subjects. Her pictures typically focus on a single figure, even amidst a crowd shot. And work—its presence or absence—is a constant theme, connected, perhaps, to a frequent emphasis on people's hands.
The importance of Lange’s Depression work was recognized almost immediately, and led to a long and fruitful collaboration with the New Deal's Farm Security Administration (FSA). After the War, she was the first woman photographer awarded a Guggenheim fellowship, helped found Aperture magazine, and was honored by the Museum of Modern Art with a career retrospective. Her most important achievement, however, is that her Depression-era work served in a real way to alleviate the suffering of the very people she chronicled: it raised public awareness of the dire need for federal assistance around the country, and helped convince Congress to provide it.
All works in this exhibit are drawn from the private collection of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg. The exhibit has been organized by art2art Circulating Exhibitions

 


Fenimore Art Museum    18.09.2014 - 31.12.2014


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2014-10-01

2111 - U.S.A. - DELAND-FLORIDA - Chen Chi: Watercolors - 12.09.2014-04.01.2015

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Chen Chi, High Noon New York, 1986, Watercolor on paper

Inspired by modern art training in Shanghai, Chen Chi (1912 – 2005) moved to New York City in 1947. His works merge traditional Chinese brushstrokes with Western techniques creating colorful, aesthetic, harmonious works.

Chen Chi was born in Wusih, a small community near Shanghai, China. Due to his father’s financial difficulties in the silk business, in 1926Chen Chi moved to Shanghai where he was employed in an oil pressing factory. The owner of the factory, having children the same age, allowed Chen Chi to attend their classes. In 1931he enrolled in an art school that emphasized western techniques rather than traditional Chinese painting. The establishment of the Chinese Republic, in 1912coupled with the opening of China to the West, which had begun in the nineteenth century, heightened his awareness of Western ideas and art trends. Chen Chi, recalling his early training stated, “We were wanting a more modern painting…. There was already this direction in the modern cultural movement. And with art, we did not want to go back to the Chinese traditional style, although we had such a strong tradition of it…. I belonged to the younger generation, and we wanted … the modern style.”‘


 
Museum of Art       12.09.2014 - 04.01.2014



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2014-09-24

2110 - U.S.A. - DALLAS-TEXAS - Käthe Kollwitz: A Social Activist in the Era of World War I - 03.05.2014-16.11.2014

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Bread!, 1924. lithograph, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred L. Bromberg; Käthe Kollwitz

Käthe Kollwitz: A Social Activist in the Era of World War I contemplates the life and work of the German artist Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945). For Germans born in the second half of the 19th century, life was in a constant state of chaos with the approach of World War I followed by the destruction of World War II. The impact of these grave events became the inspiration for Kollwitz’s artwork. This installation, drawn from the DMA’s collection, explores some of the artist’s works surrounding World War I, as well as her artistic reactions to World War II. Her lithographs, etchings, and woodblock prints are also accompanied by works by Ernst Barlach, Max Pechstein, and Max Pollak.



Dallas Museum of Arts       03.05.2014 - 16.11.2014



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2014-09-17

U.S.A. - CINCINNATI-OHIO - Paris Night & Day: Masterworks of Photography from Atget to Man Ray - 03.10.2014-11.01.2015

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Man Ray, Portrait of Dora Maar, 1936, photograph. Collection of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochbert
 
 
All works are from the collection of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg.

Some of the greatest names in photographic history appear inParis Night & Day. This exhibition features vintage prints by French nationals and international photographers who worked in Paris, including Eugène Atget, Jacques-Henri Lartigue, Brassaï, Ilse Bing, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Bill Brandt, André Kertész, and Man Ray. The exhibit comprises works ranging from the lingering realist perspective of the late 19th century, through modernist experiments in the early 20th, to the startling world of Surrealist photography in the 1930s. Lovers of photography will delight in the many iconic images to be seen. 


 
Taft Museum of Art   03.10.2014 - 11.01.2015



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2014-09-10

U.S.A. - CHICAGO-ILLINOIS - Earthly Delights - 28.06.2014-30.11.2014

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Lari Pittman
Untitled #14, 2003
Oil, lacquer and Cel-Vinyl on gessoed canvas over wood panel
76 x 102 in. (193 x 259.1 cm)
Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Joseph and Jory Shapiro Fund by exchange, 2003.25
© 2003 Lari Pittman
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago


Earthly Delights brings together the work of eight artists who share a belief in the critical power of beauty. Drawn primarily from the MCA’s permanent collection, and made between 1949 and 2006, the paintings, sculptures, and installations in this exhibition embrace the decorative in defiance of prevailing artistic trends. By reveling in pleasure, exploring private moments, and exuding sensuality, these works challenge the primacy of rationality and logic in modernism.

As they explore the connections among art, decoration, and design, the artists in Earthly Delights insist on the intrinsic value of beauty by engaging with social issues. Lynda Benglis’s and Carol Bove’s sculptures address the exclusion of women from the history of minimalism. Works by Nick Cave and Yinka Shonibare, MBE, delve into gender and racial politics and the legacy of colonialism, as well as the histories of performance, music, and dance. Paintings and installations by Balthus, Marc Camille Chaimowicz, and Lari Pittman question taboos related to sexuality.

Irreverent and playful, this eclectic group of artists subvert the conservatism of minimalism and other twentieth-century movements that eschewed making art in pursuit of pleasure. Earthly Delights reveals the way beauty can be used as a conceptual tool.

Earthly Delights includes works by Balthus, Lynda Benglis, Carol Bove, Nick Cave, Marc Camille Chaimowicz, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Lari Pittman, and Yinka Shonibare, MBE.

This exhibition is curated by Abigail Winograd, Marjorie Susman Curatorial Fellow.



Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago   28.06.2014 - 30.11.2014



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2014-09-04

U.S.A. - CLEVELAND-OHIO - The Netherlandish Miniature, 1260–1550 - 21.12.2013-07.12.2014

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Leaf Excised from a Breviary of Charles the Bold and Margaret of York: The Martyrdom of Saint Denis, c. 1467-1470
Simon Marmion (French, 1420s-1489)
tempera on vellum, Sheet - h:15.20 w:11.20 cm (h:5 15/16 w:4 3/8 inches) Framed - h:44.45 w:34.29 cm (h:17 1/2 w:13 1/2 inches) Matted - h:40.64 w:30.48 cm (h:16 w:12 inches). John L. Severance Fund 2005.55
 
 
Illuminated manuscripts were produced across Europe throughout the Middle Ages. They preserve the major portion of medieval painting and all the arts of calligraphy, bookbinding, and publishing. The Low Countries, the region occupied today by the Netherlands and Belgium, produced some of the most sumptuous and innovative miniatures, or pictures, to be found within illuminated books. Netherlandish manuscript painting forms one of the great artistic traditions of the Middle Ages and was divided into two distinct artistic cultures—the north, with its centers of illumination at Utrecht, Delft, and the Hague, and the South Netherlands dominated by Flanders and its centers of Bruges, Ghent, and Antwerp. These miniatures from illuminated books represent the culture of private devotion and monasticism that dominated life in the medieval Netherlands. While the scale of the paintings may be small, their power and refinement is often truly monumental.


 
The Cleveland Museum of Art      21.12.2013 - 07.12.2014



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2014-08-27

U.S.A. - CHAPELL HILL-NORTH CAROLINA - Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Collection of Carol and Jeffrey Horvitz - 14.04.2014-30.11.2014

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Installation view of ceramics by (l to r) Hideki Goto, Hiroshi Seto, and Kazu Yamada.




Working with Boston-based collectors Carol and Jeffrey Horvitz, the Ackland is presenting changing installations selected from their comprehensive holdings of recent and contemporary Japanese ceramics. Among the most innovative and experimental practitioners of contemporary Japanese art, these ceramicists have explored the wide and fascinating range of expressive possibilities offered by clay and glazes. Presented within the context of the Ackland’s important collection of historical Asian art, the installations offer the opportunity not only to see significant examples by major artists, but also to reflect on their dynamic relationship to tradition.




Ackland Art Museum       14.04.2014 - 30.11.2014




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2014-08-20

U.S.A. - BALTIMORE-MARYLAND -Seeing Music in Medieval Manuscripts - 28.06.2014-12.10.2014

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Medieval painters often filled their manuscripts with scenes of everyday life that included charming illuminations of people and animals playing musical instruments and dancing. Many of these images, however, functioned as sophisticated symbols that conveyed a complex understanding of man’s relationship with the order of the universe. Musical harmony and dissonance were thought to mirror the perfection of heaven as well as the disorder of evil. This exhibition, composed of approximately twenty manuscripts and objects, will explore music in its relationship with philosophy, religion, and the arts during the Middle Ages.




The Walters Art Museum     28.06.2014 - 12.10.2014




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2014-08-14

U.S.A. - BELLEVUE-WASHINGTON - Under Pressure: Contemporary Prints from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation - 03.07.2014-12.10.2014

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Sol LeWittColor Bands (from Wadsworth Portfolio), edition of 75, 2000Linocut. 29 X 29 in.



This exhibition traces printmaking's rise to prominence in postwar American art through works by renowned artists such as Chuck Close, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Kiki Smith, Kara Walker, and Andy Warhol. Informed by the central question "why printmaking?", it reveals the diverse ways artists have adopted, embraced, and transformed this versatile medium. Under Pressure considers major currents in contemporary art, including Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Photorealism, and Minimalism, as well as recent technological advancements that have reinvigorated the print's role in art production.

Under Pressure: Contemporary Prints from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation is organized by the Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE and curated by Karin Campbell. The local presentation of this exhibition is curated by Stefano Catalani.


 
Bellevue Arts Museum     03.07.2014 - 12.10.2014



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2014-08-06

U.S.A. - BENTONVILLE-ARKANSAS - Born of Fire: Ceramic Art in Regional Collections - 01.02.2014-02.03.2015

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Clay is one of humanity’s oldest building materials. A ball of humble clay, fashioned by human hands and hardened by fire, can be transformed into something as workaday as a terra cotta flower pot or as exalted as a bone china cup made of porcelain so thin as to be translucent. Today’s clay artists are constantly innovating with new techniques and expressions, but the process of crafting vessels of clay remains essentially unchanged over millennia.

Born of Fire is a year-long exhibition that explores some of the many incarnations of ceramic fabrication: from traditional Native American vessels to highly decorated 17th-century Japanese porcelain meant for European trade, to delicate, stylized contemporary works that explore the limits of the medium.  The works are on loan from three institutions in our region:  the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock; the Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO; and the Sequoyah National Research Center at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock. Born of Fire will be on display in Crystal Bridges’ Great Hall Corridor through March 2, 2015; there is no cost to view this exhibition.


 
 
Crystal Bridges Museum of American    01.02.2014 - 02.03.2015




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2014-07-30

U.S.A. - BRATTLEBORO-VERMONT - A World Transformed: The Art of Jessica Park - 27.06.2014-26.10.2014

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Jessica Park, "The Great Stained Glass Doors #9, in Summer Near Sunset" (1988), acrylic on paper



With a rainbow-colored palette, artist Jessica Park transforms her meticulously drawn architectural monuments into compositions of decorative brilliance. Lights of all sorts radiate from the atmospheric heavens surrounding her houses, bridges, and skyscrapers. Day-lit features and nighttime skies appear in the same painting. Intricate details highlighted by carefully applied hues mark her pictures. Park is an artist with an unusual ability. Her visionary world of imagination and creativity has emerged from a combination of artistry and her lifelong struggle with autism.
Jessica Hilary Park was born in 1958 in North Adams, Massachusetts, near Williamstown, where she currently resides. Although early manifestations of autism threatened to shut down her life, she was fortunate to have a family of resourceful parents and siblings determined to bring her into the world of thinking and acting.

Art was a way for Park to connect, and her mother, Clara Claiborne Park—whose two books about her remarkable daughter are considered seminal biographies on a life with autism—began to draw with her when she was very young. Jessica, who did not speak until age eight, responded well to drawing, easily recognizing shapes and colors. As her drawing evolved, stick figures and elementary scenes comprising short narratives became a means for her to acquire language, through labeling and storytelling.

As Park became more adept at language, she attended school and continued to draw. In high school (which she entered at age twelve), given the opportunity to further explore the rudiments of drawing and color, she focused her keen observational skills by creating accurate, lively line compositions.

After Park graduated, in 1979, her art career took off, initially with colorful renderings of her favorite household objects, such as heaters and blanket controls. Introduced by her mother to receptive audiences, these pictures were greatly appreciated and sold well. Over the next several years, Park completed a series of paintings featuring doors, railroad crossings, and houses, which were sought after by clients who commissioned her work. She began loading the skies in her works with astronomical objects, fireworks, and inventions of her own, such as “horizontal” rainbows. By age thirty Park was an accomplished artist. But continuing her evolution, she introduced a creative mix of her signature buildings, skyscrapers, and bridges rendered with surprising originality.

Largely self-taught, Park has an exceptional ability to articulate balance, volume, and depth through meticulous application of color combinations in finely detailed patterns. She has combined the drafting skills honed during her high school years and the acrylic paints that became her chosen medium with her “enthusiasms” and carefully developed principles of order to become an accomplished artist.

In 1995, at the urging of patron/client and Williams College professor of art history S. Lane Faison, Park’s work was recognized with a retrospective exhibition at the Williams College Museum of Art. Her work has been in individual and group shows at western Massachusetts galleries and is in the permanent collection of the Bennington Museum in southwestern Vermont. Park received an honorary doctorate in fine arts from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) in 2003. In 2008 the Jessica Park Project at MCLA created a traveling show of her work accompanied by a catalog, Exploring Nirvana: The Art of Jessica Park, with a foreword by the distinguished neurologist and writer Oliver Sacks, who made a documentary video about the artist titled Rage for Order. This exhibit, A World Transformed, draws its title from an art biography on Park by Tony Gengarelly, published in February 2014.

In Jessica Park, autism has found art. Through the imagination of the artist, both have become engines of transformation, bringing to life an unprecedented world of visionary beauty. Ultimately, Park’s singular life suggests a new way to approach and appreciate difference and diversity. Her extraordinary art, and that of other artists on the autism spectrum, invites altered perceptions toward those with so-called disabilities. Their work is a profound witness to another way of seeing art, and it awakens our sense of value for the lives it represents so compellingly.

Tony Gengarelly, PhD, Curator




 Brattleboro Museum & Art Center      27.06.2014 - 26.10.2014  




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2014-07-23

U.S.A. - BRUNSWICK-MAINE - Richard Tuttle: A Print Retrospective - 28.06.2014-19.10.2014

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"When Pressure Exceeds Weight VI," 2012 by Richard Tuttle. Paper elements with embossment in 3 colors. © Richard Tuttle/Universal Limited Art Editions
 
 
 
Offering new insight into his artistic practice, and organized in close collaboration with the artist, Richard Tuttle: A Print Retrospective is the first-ever comprehensive examination of the prints of Richard Tuttle. In exploiting the unique possibilities of multiple printmaking processes, Tuttle reveals his deep interest in the relationship between medium, tools, actions, and collaboration. Through a selection of more than 100 works from the 1970s to today, many of which have never been exhibited by a museum, the exhibition demonstrates how Tuttle reinvents printmaking with his experimental approach, raising intriguing questions about technique, materiality, and the nature of art itself.
Bowdoin College Students will give tours of the exhibition through August 15 on Tuesday through Friday at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Free and open to the public.
Major support for this exhibition has been provided by the Devonwood Foundation, Eric ’85 and Svetlana Silverman, The Cowles Charitable Trust, Coco Kim and Richard Schetman P’13, halley k. harrisburg ’90 and Michael Rosenfeld, Thomas A. McKinley ’06, and the Elizabeth B. G. Hamlin Fund at Bowdoin College. Additional support has been provided by Agnes Gund, Mary G. O’Connell ’76 and Peter J. Grua ’76, an anonymous donor, and the membership of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

The publication has been generously supported by Annemarie Verna Galerie, Zurich; C. G. Boerner LLC, New York/Düsseldorf; Crown Point Press, San Francisco, CA; Furthermore: a program of the J. M. Kaplan Fund; Gemini G.E.L. LLC, Los Angeles, CA; Pace Gallery, New York; Universal Limited Art Editions, Bay Shore, NY; as well as by private collectors and supporters, in particular Barbara Egli and Ursula Hodel.



 
Bowdoin College Museum of Art       28.06.2014 - 19.10.2014
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

2014-07-16

U.S.A. - BUFFALO-NEW YORK - Anselm Kiefer: Beyond Landscape - 17.11.2013-05.10.2014

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Anselm Kiefer (German, born 1945). Der Morgenthau Plan (The Morgenthau Plan), 2012. Emulsion and acrylic on photograph on canvas, 110 x 224 inches (279.4 x 569 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Pending Acquisition Funds, 2013, and Courtesy Gagosian Gallery. Image courtesy the Gagosian Gallery. Photograph by Charles Duprat.



Anselm Kiefer: Beyond Landscape explores the interplay of history, identity, and landscape in the work of one of the most important artists of our time. Several major works by Kiefer (German, born 1945) form the core of the exhibition. These include the Albright-Knox’s newly acquired der Morgenthau Plan (The Morgenthau Plan), 2012, a monumental panorama inundated with wildflowers that proliferate in the landscape surrounding the artist’s studio complex in Barjac, France; die Milchstrasse (The Milky Way), 1985­–87, an iconic depiction of a desolate, barren field; and Von der Maas bis an die Memel, von der Etsch bis an den Belt (From the Maas to the Memel, from the Etsch to the Belt), 2011–12, a seascape of epic proportions on loan to the museum. These works, in their layered and complex iconographies, exemplify the artist’s career-long explorations of nationalism, identity, and cultural memory. As an ensemble, they invoke the politics of landscape—the precarious relationship between nature, history, and aesthetics.

Complementing Kiefer’s works is an installation of paintings and works on paper from the Albright-Knox’s Collection that likewise feature landscape as a means of exploring a multiplicity of subjects and significations. The works in this section of the exhibition, by Bernd and Hilla Becher, Jean-Marc Bustamante, Sandra Cinto, Gustave Courbet, Willie Doherty, George Inness, Emil Nolde, Sophie Ristelhueber, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Vincent van Gogh, and others, provide a context for exploring two salient themes in Kiefer’s practice that also reflect the modern landscape tradition: The Romantic's Landscape and The Political Landscape.

The museum invites the community to play an important role in the exhibition by participating in a dual forum for expression and exchange that will result in an accompanying book scheduled for publication in 2014. Content for the book is being developed in two ways: online, the Beyond Landscape blog offers audiences a means of sharing observations, questions, and ruminations in text, image, video, and audio formats. Within the exhibition, a room dedicated to further learning, contemplation, and expression is equipped with reading materials, drawing and writing supplies, and computers to provide visitors with immediate access to the Beyond Landscape blog as well as video and audio content about the artist and his subject matter. Albright-Knox staff members are reviewing on-site and online responses and will continue to share selected submissions on the blog throughout the run of the exhibition. All submissions through February 14, 2014, will be considered for possible inclusion in the book.

This exhibition is conceived and initiated by Director Janne Sirén and organized by Chief Curator Douglas Dreishpoon and Curator for the Collection Holly E. Hughes.
This exhibition has been made possible, in part, through the generous support of The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation and M&T Bank.




Albright-Knox Art Gallery       17.11.2013 - 05.10.2014




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2014-07-09

U.S.A. - BERKELEY- CALIFORNIA - Forrest Bess: Seeing Things Invisible - 11.06.2014-14.09.2014

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Forrest Bess: Untitled (The Spider), 1970; oil on canvas, 13 ¾ x 16 1/8 in.; collection of Christian Zacharias.


Forrest Bess (1911–1977) described himself as a visionary artist. His small but powerful abstract paintings, with their thick paint and handmade rough-hewn frames, are deeply personal. They draw on a vocabulary of simple biomorphic shapes and symbols the artist developed over the course of years from his recurring visions; when he awoke each morning, he would sketch the shapes he had seen on the inside of his eyelids in the twilight between sleep and wakefulness. While resonant with Modernist abstraction, Bess’s beautiful and mysterious pictures suggest a spirituality akin to indigenous religious icons.

For most of his career, Bess lived an isolated existence in a fishing camp outside of Bay City, Texas. He made a meager living fishing and selling bait. However, by night and during the off-season, Bess read, wrote, and painted prolifically. He taught himself to paint by copying the still lifes and landscapes of artists he admired, including Vincent van Gogh and Albert Pinkham Ryder. He was also interested in Symbolism, the exploration of universal truths, and particularly the writings of Carl Jung. Despite his isolation, Bess developed an underground following and was known to a number of other artists and art historians, including Meyer Schapiro, who collected his work. In 1949, he traveled to New York and met the prominent dealer Betty Parsons, who between 1950 and 1967 organized several solo exhibitions of his work at her gallery in New York, one of the most avant-garde of its time.

Forrest Bess: Seeing Things Invisible pairs Bess’s paintings, dating from 1946 to 1970, with an installation of archival materials curated by sculptor Robert Gober, titled The Man That Got Away, which illuminates Bess’s art and life. The exhibition of this piece at the 2012 Whitney Biennial renewed interest in the magnetic, compelling paintings of Forrest Bess, whose reputation had waned, along with his health, in the 1970s. 

Forrest Bess: Seeing Things Invisible is organized by the Menil Collection, Houston, curated by Assistant Curator Clare Elliott, and coordinated at BAM/PFA by Lucinda Barnes, chief curator and director of programs and collections. At the Menil Collection, this exhibition was realized through the generous support of The John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation; The Eleanor and Frank Freed Foundation; Ann and Henry Hamman; Bérengère Primat; Michael Zilkha; Baker Botts LLP; Bank of America; Peter J. Fluor/K.C. Weiner; Christy and Lou Cushman; and the City of Houston. Support for the BAM/PFA presentation is provided in part by Rena Bransten; Kate and Adam Clammer; Patricia W. Fitzpatrick; Beth Rudin DeWoody and the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc.; Charles Kremer; Tecoah and Tom Bruce; the Robert Lehman Foundation; and Laura and David Perry.




 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive    11.06.2014 - 14.09.2014




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2014-07-02

U.S.A. - ATHENS-GEORGIA - Women, Art and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise - 17.05.2014-31.08.2014

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George-Ann and Boone Knox I, Rachel Cosby Conway, Alfred Heber Holbrook, Charles B. Presley Family and Lamar Dodd Galleries

Organized by the Newcomb Art Gallery and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, "Women, Art and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise" is the largest presentation of Newcomb arts and crafts in more than 25 years. Works from various periods examine the role that the enterprise played in promoting art for the betterment of women, and in turn, New Orleans’ business and cultural communities, still struggling from the effects of the Civil War. The exhibition features significant examples of the iconic pottery, including a daffodil motif vase by Harriet Joor, as well as lesser known textiles, metalwork, jewelry, bookbinding and historical artifacts. The exhibition offers new insights into the Newcomb community—the philosophy, the friendships, the craftsmanship, and the women who made an enduring mark on American art and industry.

Produced by one of the most significant American art potteries of the 20th century, Newcomb works are a graceful union of form and decoration inspired by the flora and fauna of the Gulf South. Each piece is one of a kind—and collectively they create a distinctive southern art form. In 1895, the H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College, Tulane University’s women’s coordinate college, established the Newcomb Pottery in New Orleans, and conceived it as part artist collective, part social experiment and part business enterprise initiative under the auspices of an educational program. The art school faculty incorporated the philosophies and tenets of the English Arts and Crafts movement into their curriculum to teach southern women self-reliance by way of an education and gain financial independence through the sale of their wares. The Pottery thrived until 1940.

Today these remarkable, distinctive art objects continue to be critically acclaimed and highly sought-after, and the Newcomb program is a rich mine for academic research. "Women, Art and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise" showcases a striking collection of Newcomb pottery, metalwork, bookbinding and textiles with text that draws from new scholarship to explore the history of the Pottery and its importance as a social and artistic experiment.

Dale L. Couch, curator of decorative arts, and Annelies Mondi, deputy director



Georgia Museum of Art       17.05.2014 - 31.08.2014



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2014-06-25

U.S.A. - BOSTON-MASSACHUSETTS - Truth and Beauty / Pictorialist Photography - 17.04.2014-22.02.2015

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F. Holland Day, The Seven Last Words (detail), 1898. Photographs, seven platinum prints in original frame. Barbara M. Marshall Fund, Frank B. Bemis Fund, Otis Norcross Fund, William E. Nickerson Fund, Lucy Dalbiac Luard Fund, and funds by exchange from a Gift of James Lawrence, Dorothy Mackenzie and John E. Lawrence, and funds donated by Michael and Elizabeth Marcus, Charles W. Millard III, and Scott Nathan and Laura DeBonis.



Photographers known as the Pictorialists, who worked around 1900, were part of the first international movement in the history of the medium. Their mission was to prove the artistic merit of photography by strengthening its connections with the fine arts. To this end they made images that sought to represent truth and beauty; that were atmospheric; that had poetic, literary, or spiritual value; and that emphasized the role of the photographer as a craftsman. Figures such as Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, Frederick H. Evans, Alvin Langdon Coburn, Gertrude Käsebier, and Clarence H. White made spectacular images influenced by current art trends, including Impressionism, Symbolism, and the Arts and Crafts movement.The Pictorialists primarily utilized two printing processes: platinum, with its extraordinary tonal richness, and gum bichromate, a labor-intensive process that involved hand coating papers with carefully prepared emulsions and pigments. They often presented their images by mounting them on papers that were specially lined or colored, like fine art drawings, and they sometimes showed them in specially designed frames.
 
This exhibition celebrates the MFA’s recent acquisition of four major works related to the Boston leader of the movement, F. Holland Day. His The Seven Last Words (1898), purchased in 2013, is a centerpiece of the show and was recently called “an important touchstone of Modernist photography,” by The New York Times. Day daringly styled himself in this series as Christ wearing a crown of thorns. The other three photographs—portraits of Day by Edward Steichen, James Craig Annan, and Clarence H. White—are also included. A small number of significant loans from private collections are also on view.
 
 
 
 
Museum of Fine Arts     17.04.2014 - 22.02.2015  
 
 
 
 
 
 

2014-06-18

U.S.A. - BENTONVILLE-ARKANSAS -American Encounters: Anglo-American Portraiture in an Era of Revolution - 17.05.2014-15.09.2014

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Gilbert Stuart, George Washington [The Constable-Hamilton Portrait] (detail), 1797, oil on canvas. Photo courtesy of The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.


Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Musée du Louvre, the High Museum of Art and the Terra Foundation for American Art have announced the third installation in their four-year collaboration focusing on the history of American art. American Encounters: Anglo-American Portraiture in an Era of Revolution provides a close look at five paintings that demonstrate how portraiture evolved in the late 18th and early 19th centuries as American and European painters were influenced by one another. The installation’s five works have never been displayed together previously.

Following its inaugural presentation at the Louvre (Feb. 1–April 28, 2014), the installation will travel to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (May 17–Sept. 15, 2014), and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Ga. (Sept. 28, 2014–Jan. 18, 2015).

Three of the portraits in the exhibition depict George Washington, and the others show Hugh Percy, Second Duke of Northumberland; and Lieutenant Robert Hay of Spott—both of whom were soldiers who may have fought against Washington in the Revolutionary War. The relationship between these works indicates that Britain and the U.S. were as connected through art during the period of the Revolutionary War as they were through commerce and politics.
Exhibited in the museum’s permanent collection galleries, there is no cost to view American Encounters.

This exhibition is sponsored locally by the Crystal Bridges Global Initiative Fund: Chuck and Terri Erwin, Reed and Mary Ann Greenwood, Warren and Harriet Stephens, Stella Boyle Smith Trust and Stout Executive Search.



 
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art     17.05.2014 -15.09.2014




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