U.S.A. - Baltimore-Maryland - Matisse as Printmaker

Nadia, smiling face 1948

Henri Matisse may be best known as a painter and sculptor, but the artist had a profound commitment to making prints that continued throughout his career. This comprehensive exhibition of more than 150 prints brings printmaking out from the shadows of the artist’s work as a painter so that we can witness the French master’s process of creation.
Matisse as Printmaker brings together two extraordinary collections of Matisse prints—the BMA's extraordinary collection and the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation. From the artist’s earliest prints in 1900 to the last in 1951, the exhibition loosely follows the chronology of the artist’s career with examples of every printmaking technique used by Matisse—etchings, monotypes, lithographs, linocuts, aquatints, and color prints— and includes a selection of related paintings, sculpture, and drawings, as well as books such as Poésies de Stéphane Mallarmé and Jazz.
The exhibition culminates with several striking aquatints from 1948, images with velvety black tones that capture the character of Matisse’s portraits in just a few lines. Many of these vivid prints are from a promised gift to the BMA from the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation and are being shown for the first time.

Baltimore Museum of Art 25.10.2009 - 03.01.2010

Website : City of Baltimore

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U.S.A. - Oklahoma City- Oklahoma - The Dutch Italianates

The Dutch Italianates: 17th-century Masterpieces from Dulwich Picture Gallery, London features 39 paintings from the collection of Dulwich Picture Gallery, England’s oldest purpose-built public art gallery. The exhibition at OKCMOA is the rare and final opportunity to see these seventeenth-century masterpieces, which have never traveled as a group, in the United States. It presents Dutch artists, such as Cornelis van Poelenburch (1594/5-1667), Adam Pynacker (1620/1-1673), Nicolaes Berchem (1620-1683), Aelbert Cuyp (1620-1691), and others, who were contemporaries of Rembrandt Van Rijn (1606-1669) and Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) and chose to capture views of the Italian landscape of the seventeenth century as seen through their own eyes or imaginations.

Oklahoma City Museum of Art - 08.10.2009-03.01.2010

Website : Museum of Art


U.S.A. - New Orleans-Louisiana - Art of the Classic Fairy Tales from the Walt Disney Studio

The New Orleans Museum of Art will present Dreams Come True: Art of the Classic Fairy Tales from the Walt Disney Studio, a major exhibition featuring more than 600 original artworks that shaped legendary animated features including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast.
Dreams Come True: Art of the Classic Fairy Tales from the Walt Disney Studio also will include artwork from the upcoming Walt Disney Animation Studios musical, The Princess and The Frog, an animated comedy from the creators of The Little Mermaid and Aladdin, set in New Orleans and due for release at Christmas 2009.
"We are delighted to present this magical exhibition in New Orleans," said NOMA director E. John Bullard. "Children will love seeing their favorite Disney characters in a museum setting and adults will be taken by the technical skill and emotional depth reflected in these works. It was Disney animators who really led the way in the 20th century toward establishing animation as a serious art form."
Visitors to the exhibition will encounter themed rooms showcasing artwork related to specific animated features. Arranged chronologically by year of release, the rooms will feature, in order: Silly Symphonies, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and The Princess and the Frog. Film clips will accompany the artwork to demonstrate how individual sketches and paintings lead to a finished celluloid masterpiece. An adjacent Education Area will highlight Disney's long association with music and also will serve as a mini library for animation research and storytelling programs.

New Orleans Museum of Art - 15.11.2009 - 14.03.2010

Website : NOMA

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U.S.A. - New Haven-Connecticut - Mrs. Delany and her Circle

This exhibition will explore the life, world and work of Mary Delany, née Mary Granville (1700 – 1788). Though best known for her almost one thousand botanical "paper mosaics" now housed in the British Museum, which she began at the age of 72, Mrs. Delany used her craft activities to cement bonds of friendship and negotiate complex, interlinked social networks throughout a long life passed in artistic, aristocratic, and court circles in Georgian England and Ireland.
Through landscape drawings, paper cuts and collages, textiles, and manuscript materials, the exhibition will show the range and variety of Mrs. Delany's art. Among her most extraordinary efforts was a court dress embroidered with a cascade of naturalistic flowers, which united her interests in floriculture and fashion. Parts of this dress have recently been rediscovered and will form the center of a reconstruction of Mrs. Delany's world. Her art work will be shown in the context of natural history, which informed and underpinned her productions. Shells, corals, botanical drawings, and publications related to the collections of the 2nd Duchess of Portland, with whom Mrs. Delany lived and worked alongside, will also form part of the exhibition, allowing viewers to reattach the vital threads connecting female accomplishment and the pursuit of science in the eighteenth century.
Mrs. Delany and Her Circle has been co-organized by the Yale Center for British Art and Sir John Soane's Museum. It will be accompanied by a major publication that will serve as an exhibition catalogue, and will contain essays addressing many aspects of Mrs. Delany's life, craftwork, and letters in the wider context of eighteenth-century culture.
The Center is the only U.S. venue for this exhibition.

Yale Center for British Art - 24.09.2009-03.01.2010

Website : City of New Haven

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