Beginning in the 1960s, New York couple Dorothy and Herbert Vogel spent 45 years collecting contemporary art including paintings, sculpture, and works in many other media. Over that time, their collection grew to nearly 5,000 works, and reflected the Vogel's close relationships with the artists whose work they acquired. In 1992, the Vogels pledged more than 2,000 works to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Staff at the National Gallery then worked with them to make plans for the further dissemination of their collection. In 2008, the Fifty Works for Fifty States initiative was announced, giving 50 works of art to one institution in each of the 50 states. The Birmingham Museum of Art received the gift for Alabama, owing to its "importance as an educational and cultural institution in our region." This exhibition features all 50 of the donated works by an international roster of well- and lesser-known artists. This is a great opportunity to see the work of a number of contemporary artists whose work has never before been exhibited in the Southeast.

Birmingham Museum of Art 14.03.2010 - 06.06.2010

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Website : City of Birmingham

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For John and Joyce Price, collecting art is a passion, a unique personal way of entering into a rich and meaningful life experience. Eyes for Glass features three different areas of their collecting interests, the majority of which are contemporary works in glass. As a nine year old child John saw the 1952 film Moulin Rouge, featuring the life of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and as a result decided that, when an adult, he would collect the art of Lautrec.
In the mid 1970’s, while continuing to acquire Lautrec’s art and memorabilia, the Prices discovered the world of contemporary Inuit artists, some of whom utilized similar printing techniques as Lautrec. The Inuit and other Northwest tribal art became a great passion as reflected in the pieces by such leading figures as Kenojuak Ashevak, Joe David and Preston Singletary, among others. The Native American artwork presented in the collection is alive with relationships among generations, individuals and cultures. Each work enunciates the power of cultural heritage and the many ways in which these artists are shaping a new language of American art.
By the late 1970's, John learned of the existence of Western Washington’s famed Pilchuck Glass School. Impressed by the ever increasing innovations and beauty of national and international contemporary studio glass artists studying and teaching there, the Prices avidly began collecting glass art - whether it be blown, cast, cold-worked, sand-cast, engraved, fused, slumped, carved, lamp-worked, painted or in combination with non-glass materials. Artists included, but not limited to, are Chihuly, Fritz Dreisbach, Kyohei Fujita, Walt Lieberman, Dante Marioni, William Morris, Cappy Thompson and Dick Weiss. More than the art, it is the individual artists or teams who make the art and the galleries, museums and organizations who supporting their efforts, that have become so important to the Prices. The act of collecting has allowed them to establish not only a dialogue with artists, but also to grow into lifelong friendships. At a time when the world is fragmented and chaotic, the Prices have sought to share the objects from their collection that speak of balance, beauty and harmony.
Artists included in Eyes for Glass are: Sean Albert, Kenojuak Ashevak, Jane Beebe, Lisbeth Biger, Sonja Blomdahl, Curtiss Brock, Frederick Carder, Dale Chihuly, Joe David, Einar and Jamex de la Torre, Laura de Santillana, Steven DeVries, Fritz Dreisbach, Tom Farbanish, Gisele et Regis Fievet, Fabio Fornasier, Kyohei Fujita, Saburo Funakoshi, Lewis Tamihana Gardiner, Ann Gardner, Mitchell Gaudet, Katherine Gray, Gregory Grenon, Susan Holland Reed, James Houston, Clarissa Rizal, Ulrica Hydman-Vallien, Ryosuke Kinoshita, Joey Kirkpatrick, Sabrina Knowles, David Leight, Walter Lieberman, Flora Mace, Joanna Manousis, Dante Marioni, Paul Marioni, Massimo Micheluzzi, Ohotaq Mikkigak, Yasuko Miyazaki, Tobias Mohl, Benjamin Moore, William Morris, Mel Munsen, Felice Nittolo, Marvin Oliver, Allan Packer, Jackie Pancari, Danny Perkins, Shaun Peterson, Susan Point, Annie Pootoogook, Jill Reynolds, Richard Royal, Ginny Ruffner, Judith Schaechter, Preston Singletary, David Schwartz, Therman Statom, Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend, Lino Tagliapietra, Cappy Thompson, Cesare Toffolo Rossit, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Veruska Vagen, Bertil Vallien, Laura Ward, Dick Weiss, Sally Worcester, William Worcester, Hiroshi Yamano, Mark Zirpel and Toots Zynsky.

Bellevue Arts Museum 18.03.2010 - 08.08.2010

Website : City of Bellevue

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Presenting 18 of the world's rarest and most brilliantly conceived cars that combine state-of-the-art engineering, meticulous craftsmanship and groundbreaking design to create works of "rolling sculpture," including masterpieces from Bugatti, Duesenberg, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Ferrari.

High Museum 21.03.2010 - 20.06.2010

Website : Atlanta

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The exhibition compares the 19th century origins of journalistic caricature with its transformation in the digital age comes to the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University from Feb. 4 through May 16, 2010.
"Lines of Attack: Conflicts in Caricature" juxtaposes political cartoons from the past, such as works featuring French King Louis-Philippe (1830-1848) by Honoré Daumier and his contemporaries, with work produced more recently during the tenures of U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush (1993-2009).
Artists in the show include Garry Trudeau of the syndicated cartoon "Doonsbury," Steve Bell of the Guardian, Duane Powell of The (Raleigh) News and Observer, Gerald Scarfe of London's Sunday Times and such seasoned political cartoonists as Steve Brodner, Jeff Danziger and Pat Oliphant.
The exhibition will highlight the development of graphic satire as a significant journalistic medium and explore its strengths and limitations as a catalyst for political debate. The exhibit also will investigate caricature's prospective place within emerging Web-based media, as traditional print journalism adapts to new technological forms.
The exhibition has been organized by the Nasher Museum, with guest curator Neil McWilliam, Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Art & Art History in Duke's Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies. Anne Schroder is the Nasher Museum's coordinating curator for the exhibition.
"We've seen unprecedented upheaval in the newspaper and magazine industry that calls into question the long-term role that political cartooning can play in the print news media," McWilliam said. "With this exhibition, we take stock and ask what function caricature can still fill as a critical voice in society."
Seven students assisted McWilliam in the organization of the exhibition: Duke graduate students Alexis Clark and Katherine de Vos Devine, Duke undergraduates Corina Apostol and Ruthie Chen, and graduate students Alison Hafera Cox, Kate Arpen and Mara West from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Nasher Museum 04.02.2010 - 16.05.2010

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Website : Durham