U.S.A. - RENO-NEVADA - August Sander - Face of Our Time


This exhibition features sixty black-and-white portraits taken by German photographer August Sander in the early part of the twentieth century that document a cross section of German society. This unique set of prints from Sander's series Antlitz der Zeit (Face of Our Time) has never been exhibited before, although the photographer did publish a volume of images by the same name.

The straight-ahead portraits depict German citizens, many of them surrounded by accouterments of their labor. In 1936, Nazi officials seized all copies of Sander’s books and ordered that his Face of Our Time photographs be destroyed. This was because the social and cultural range of people he photographed suggested diversity within the German nation, which was a threat to the Nazi doctrine of racial purity. Sander’s studio was destroyed in a World War II bombing raid in 1944.

Sander was born in 1876 in Herdorf, Germany, and died in Cologne, Germany in 1964

Nevada Museum of Art        17.12.2011 - 22.04.2012

Website  & source : Nevada Museum of Art
Website : City of Reno
FIC123.BE een website met info en cultuur.


U.S.A. - HOUSTON-TEXAS - Dutch and Flemish Masterworks from the Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Collection


Jan Davidsz. de Heem, Glass Vase with Flowers on a Stone Ledge,

 1655–60, oil on panel, the Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Collection.

One of the world's most spectacular private collections of 17th-century Dutch and Flemish paintings—including masterworks by Rembrandt, Gerrit Dou, Frans Hals, Willem (Claesz.) Heda, Jacob van Ruisdael, and Jan Steen—concludes a national tour at the MFAH. Dutch and Flemish Masterworks from the Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Collection presents more than 60 paintings that are exceptional for their quality, condition, and historical interest. As exemplars of the Dutch Golden Age, the works are distinguished not only for the glowing quality of light achieved by many of the most talented artists of the time, but also for playing a key role in an unsurpassed period of artistic, cultural, scientific, and commercial accomplishment in the Netherlands.

For quality and quantity of painting in the 17th century, no other nation matched the Netherlands. The Van Otterloo collection contains exquisite works by the leading artists of the age in every genre: portraits, still lifes, history paintings, biblical scenes, architectural interiors, city views, landscapes, and seascapes.

Originally from Belgium and the Netherlands, respectively, Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo met and married in the United States, where they developed deep ties with New England. The couple enjoys living with their collection, but they are also dedicated to sharing it with others, generously lending to institutions around the globe.

Museum of Fine Arts Houston          13.11.2011 - 12.02.2012

Website & source :MFAH

Website : City of Houston

FIC123.BE een website met info en cultuur.


U.S.A. - DALLAS-TEXAS -The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk

The first exhibition devoted to the designs of world-renowned French couturier Jean Paul Gaultier will make its U.S. debut at the Dallas Museum of Art in November 2011. Marking the first time that the DMA will present an exhibition dedicated to exploring the art of fashion, The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk provides an unprecedented look at the designer dubbed fashion’s “enfant terrible” from the time of his first runway shows in the 1970s and who has become one of the most important fashion designers of recent decades. Organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in collaboration with the Maison Jean Paul Gaultier, the exhibition premiered in Montreal on June 15, 2011, and will be on view at the Dallas Museum of Art from November 13, 2011, through February 12, 2012, before traveling to its final stop in the U.S. at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, de Young, in March 2012. The exhibition will be on view at the Fundación Mapfre – Instituto de Cultura in Madrid, Spain, from September 26 through November 18, 2012, and to Kunsthal Rotterdam, the Netherlands, from February 9, 2013 through May 12, 2013, and then travel to Arkitekturmuseet, Stockholm in June 2013.

The exhibition—organized along six different thematic sections tracing the influences, from the streets of Paris to the world of science fiction, that have marked the couturier’s creative development, “The Odyssey of Jean Paul Gaultier,” “The Boudoir,” “Skin Deep,” “Punk Cancan,” “Urban Jungle,” and “Metropolis” —features approximately 130 ensembles from the designer’s couture collections, as well as from his prêt-à-porter line, along with their accessories. Created between 1976 and 2010, the majority of these pieces have never been exhibited. Sketches, stage costumes, and excerpts from films, runway shows, concerts, dance performances, and televised interviews will all provide a look at the couturier’s world and will explore how his avant-garde fashions challenged societal and aesthetic codes in unexpected, and often humorous, ways. Fashion photography will also be a major focus of attention, thanks to loans of, in many cases, never-before-seen prints from renowned contemporary photographers and artists.

The many legendary artistic collaborations that have characterized Gaultier’s global vision are examined within the realm of popular music, in France (Yvette Horner and Mylène Farmer) and on the international scene (Madonna, who has graciously lent two iconic corsets from her 1990 Blond Ambition World Tour, and a costume from her 2006 Confessions Tour, and Kylie Minogue); film (Pedro Almodóvar, Peter Greenaway, Luc Besson, Marc Caro, and Jeanâ€ï¿½Pierre Jeunet); and contemporary dance (Angelin Preljocaj, Régine Chopinot, and Maurice Béjart).

Placed throughout the galleries, 30 animated, talking mannequins, including one of Gaultier, add an extra dimension to the lively atmosphere by surprising visitors with their lifelike presence and spontaneous commentary. The design and staging of this innovative audio-visual creation has been produced by Montreal-based Denis Marleau and Stéphanie Jasmin of UBU/Compagnie de création.

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has published, in French and in English, a major monograph on the occasion of this exhibition. Featuring over 550 illustrations and photographs, the 424-page catalogue includes over 50 exclusive interviews with Gaultier’s colleagues, mentors, and muses, as well as the artists he has worked with—among them Pedro Almodóvar, Catherine Deneuve, Helen Mirren, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Madonna, Martin Margiela, Pierre Cardin, and Dita Von Teese—and features many previously unpublished illustrations thanks to the collaboration of renowned fashion photographers and the Maison Jean Paul Gaultier. The catalogue also features an essay written by Suzy Menkes, Fashion Editor at the New York Times and the International Herald Tribune; an interview with Valerie Steele, fashion historian and Director of New York’s The Museum at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology), as well as a timeline of Gaultier’s career.

Dallas Museum of Art         23.11.2011 - 12.02.2012

Website & source : Dallas Museum of Art

Website : City of Dallas

FIC123.BE een website met info en cultuur.


U.S.A. - BOSTON-MASSACHUSETTS - Degas and the Nude


The Impressionist master’s ravishing look at the female form. Degas explores the beauty of unguarded moments.

The nude figure was critical to the art of Edgar Degas from the beginning of his career in the 1850s until the end of his working life, but the subject has never before been explored in a Museum exhibition. “Degas and the Nude,” co-organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, features paintings, pastels, drawings, prints, and sculpture, and calls attention to the evolution of the treatment of the nude from Degas’s early years, through his triumphant offerings from the 1880s and 1890s, to the last decades of his working career.

More than three years in the making, "Degas and the Nude" was conceived by George T. M. Shackelford, chair, Art of Europe and Arthur K. Solomon Curator of Modern Art at the MFA, who co-organized the exhibition with Xavier Rey, Curator of Paintings, Musée d’Orsay. "Our project explores how Degas exploited all of the body's expressive possibilities," says Shackelford. "It shows how his personal vision of the nude informed his notion of modernity, and how he abandoned the classical or historical form in favor of a figure seen in her own time and setting, whether engaged in shockingly carnal acts or just stepping out of an ordinary bath."

The multimedia guide for the exhibition includes video of pastel and printmaking techniques, plus perspectives from a figure model, a pastel artist, and others. With extensive commentary by curator George Shackelford, the guide is narrated by Amanda Palmer, singer/songwriter and formerly of The Dresden Dolls.

Museum of Fine Arts Boston       9.10.2011 - 05.02.2012

Website & source :Museum of Fine Arts Boston
Website :City of Boston
FIC123.BE een website met info en cultuur.


U.S.A. - OKLAHOMA CITY-OKLAHAMA - Faded Elegance: Photographs of Havana by Michael Eastman


Faded Elegance: Photographs of Havana by Michael Eastman consists of twenty-nine, 6 x 7 1/2 ft. photographs taken by the artist between 1999 and 2010. Over the course of a decade, Eastman captured Havana’s changing cultural landscape in his images of the city’s architecture and lush interiors, ravaged by the effects of time. His large-scale photographs evoke the nostalgia and wealth of a bygone era, while shedding light on the harsh economic realities faced in present-day Cuba. While in Havana, Eastman photographed a number of subjects, from the interiors of homes along Embassy Row, to stairwells and music schools, to abstract patterns found on the exteriors of buildings. Eastman is known for his richly colored photographs, which he captures with his 4 x 5 camera. This exhibition will be the first to explore the depth and range of Eastman’s Havana photographs.

About the Artist
Michael Eastman has established himself as one of the world’s leading contemporary photographic artists. The self-taught photographer has spent four decades documenting interiors and facades in cities as diverse as Havana, Paris, Rome, and New Orleans, producing large-scale photographs unified by their visual precision, monumentality, and painterly use of color. Eastman is most recognized for his explorations of architectural form and the textures of decay, which create mysterious narratives about time and place. He continues to resist the digital movement, capturing his images on film and printing them himself.

Eastman’s photographs have appeared in Time, Life, and American Photographer, and they reside in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the International Center of Photography, The Art Institute of Chicago, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and other prestigious institutions. His books include Vanishing America (2008, Rizzoli) and Horses (2003, Knopf), which is now in its fifth edition. Eastman lives in St. Louis.

Oklahoma City Museum of Art     08.09.2011 - 31.12.2011

Website & source : OKCMOA

Website : City of Oklahoma

FIC123.BE een website met info en cultuur.


U.S.A. - CHICAGO-ILLINOIS - Contemporary Drawings from the Irving Stenn Jr. Collection


Mel Bochner. 8" Measurement, 1969. Promised gift of the Irving Stenn Jr. Drawings Collection. With permission of the artist.

In just a little over a decade, Chicagoan and Art Institute of Chicago trustee Irving Stenn Jr. has amassed a compelling collection of 170 drawings by at least 90 artists. Concentrating on works from the 1960s—a period that saw a fundamental change in the way works on paper were made, used, and appreciated—Stenn’s stunning collection features multiple works by Mel Bochner, Sol LeWitt, Brice Marden, and Fred Sandback, along with pieces by Agnes Denes, Eva Hesse, Jasper Johns, Donald Judd, and Ellsworth Kelly. This focused assembly of 130 works, 100 of which are promised gifts to the museum, not only showcases Stenn’s personal taste, vision, and passion as a collector but also offers a window into an era when artists reconsidered and reinvented the medium of drawing.

Stenn and his wife, Marcia, began collecting art—bold contemporary prints, paintings, and sculpture—in 1971. Yet it wasn’t until 1999, after his wife passed away, that Stenn gravitated to drawings, which appealed to him because they are the most intimate and raw visualization of an artist’s thought process. Their smaller scale also allows a greater number to remain on display at once—significant as Stenn lives with his entire collection. Most importantly, however, his collecting pursuit has afforded Stenn close personal relationships in the drawing community, such as his friendship with Mel Bochner, which in turn have provided him with a thorough education and awareness of the broader sweep of art history.

Though Stenn did not set out to create a specific narrative with his collection, he was drawn to artworks from the 1960s and enjoyed tracing influences to earlier pieces including those by Suprematist Kazimir Malevich and David Smith. His resulting assemblage highlights a definitive shift in artists’ approach to drawings. While continuing the early modern practice of making drawings as finite expressions in their own right, innovators of the 1960s also frequently employed drawing in ways not previously considered art—for example, as diagrams, instructions for fabrication, caprices suggesting movement in performance, markers of space and time, or notes made during lectures. Such works enabled spatial and tactile perception to be recorded or conceptual concerns of a larger project to be explored, and these ideas, evidenced in a focus on the grid, inform many of the drawings in Stenn’s collection.

The Art Institute of Chicago       19.11.2011 - 26.02.2012

Website & source : The Art Institute of Chicago

Website : City of Chicago

FIC123.BE een website met info en cultuur.


U.S.A. - LITTLE ROCK-ARKANSAS - Will Barnet at the Arkansas Arts Center: A Centennial Exhibition


Will Barnet

American (Beverly, Massachusetts, 1911 - ) active New York City
The Mirror, 1981
oil on vellum
Arkansas Arts Center Foundation Collection: Gift of Will and Elena Barnet, New York. 2001.025.061

A centenarian, Will Barnet has experienced and absorbed all the major art movements in American Modern art. Will Barnet was an influential artist in negotiating a transition from figural art to abstraction in the '40s and '50s. He was also a teacher at the Art Students League in New York, who influenced a number of America's most original modern artists such as Jasper Johns. The Arts Center will display more than 75 drawings given to the AAC by the artist in honor of his long-time friendship with former director Townsend Wolfe.
Arkansas Arts Center   7.10.2011 - 15.01.2012

Website & source :Arkansas Arts Center
Website : Little Rock
FIC123.BE een website met info en cultuur.


U.S.A. - JACKSONVILLE-FLORIDA - Shared Vision: The Sondra Gilman and Celso Gonzalez-Falla Collection of Photography


ADAM FUSS (British, b. 1961)

From the series My Ghost, 1999
Gelatin-silver print (photogram)

Selections from one of the world’s best private collections of photography will be on display this fall at the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, a cultural resource of the University of North Florida.

Curated from the collection of Sondra Gilman and Celso Gonzalez-Falla by MOCA Curator Ben Thompson and UNF assistant professor of photography Paul Karabinis, “Shared Vision” features 200 iconic images that reflect the rich and diverse nature of the past 100 years of photography. Street scenes, the human form and environment, unique viewpoints, children and spectacular landscapes represent just a portion of the amazing holdings amassed by two individuals that ARTnews ranks among the world’s top ten photo collectors. The exhibition features prominent photographers including Alfred Stieglitz, Walker Evans, Eugene Atget, Doug and Mike Starn, Robert Mapplethorpe, Sally Mann, Loretta Lux and Ansel Adams.

Gilman and Gonzalez-Falla’s collaboration hinges on a few underlying principles—mainly, to acquire works of major importance by leading photographers of their generation and to focus on vintage prints. Although each of the collectors brings a different point of view to the photography—Gonzalez-Falla analyzes color and form, while Gilman responds to images on a more visceral level—these distinct approaches merge into a single, shared vision and emanate from the same goal: to collect photographs that move and inspire them.

MOCA Jacksonville is a cultural resource of and funded in part by the University of North Florida with additional funding by the City of Jacksonville; Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville; the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and by the generous support of its members.

MOCA   17.09.2011 - 08.01.2012


U.S.A. - CLEVELAND-OHIO - Chinese Art in an Age of Revolution: Fu Baoshi (1904–1965)

Heaven and Earth Glowing Red (detail), 1964. Fu Baoshi (Chinese, 1904-1965). Horizontal scroll, ink and color on paper; 70.9 × 96.9 cm. Nanjing Museum

This international loan exhibition organized by the Cleveland Museum of Art features extraordinary works of art by the major modern Chinese master Fu Baoshi. It examines his artistic career through an overview of his work dating from the 1920s to 1965. By situating Fu Baoshi within the art-historical, social, political, and cultural contexts in which his art was created, a fascinating story is told of the artist’s struggle and political reconciliation in a time of war and revolution. It reveals the complexity of art and politics in China’s turbulent twentieth century. From traditional-style landscape and figure paintings to political artwork manifesting state ideology, a wide variety of work demonstrates the artist’s search for a unique artistic language that speaks for the self and the nation, providing an important insight into his use of native tradition to present modern Chinese art as distinct from Western and international socialist art. This exhibition is the first collaboration between the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Nanjing Museum, a venerable Chinese museum that currently houses the most significant and comprehensive collection of Fu Baoshi’s artwork donated by the Fu family.

The Cleveland Museum of Art  16.10.2011 - 08.01.2012

Website & source : The Cleveland Museum of Art

Website : City of Cleveland

FIC123.BE een website met info en cultuur.


U.S.A. - CHARLESTON-SOUTH CAROLINA - Breaking Down Barriers - 300 Years of Women in Art


Henriette Charlotte Chastaigner (Mrs. Nathaniel Broughton), 1711, by Henrietta de Beaulieu Dering Johnston (ca. 1674 - 1729), pastel on paper, gift of Victor A. Morawetz

Beginning with Henrietta Johnston, the first female professional artist in America, and continuing to the present, Breaking down Barriers examines the challenges faced by women artists over the past 300 years.

Drawn from the museum’s permanent collection, the exhibition highlights a number of extraordinary women working in a variety of media and artistic styles.

This exhibition is sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, The Gibbes Women’s Council, and Where Magazine.

Gibbs Museum of Art      28.10.2011 - 08.01.2012

Website : Gibbs Museum of Art

Website : Charleston

FIC123.BE een website met info en cultuur.


U.S.A. - MISSOULA-MONTANA - Ansel Adams: A Legacy


Missoula Art Museum is proud to host a definitive exhibition by one of America's most legendary photographers. The exhibition Ansel Adams: A Legacy consists of over 130 gelatin silver prints by the artist whom many consider an American master.

We cannot overstate Adams' role in the construction of a contemporary visual language to interpret nature.

Adams married his craft with an intense love for the environment and his deeply rooted expressions will not be lost on our Montana audience. As he once stated, "I make photographs for personal expression. If it is used for the cause -- why, I'm very happy."

The San Francisco born photographer was raised in a nurturing and cultured environment by parents who believed in the Transcendentalist ideas of individuality and the direct union with God in nature. Bored and disheartened by school as a boy, Adams instead found intellectual freedom in the liberal arts, his father arranging tutelage in studies including ancient Greek and the piano.

Adams fell in love with nature and his ability to capture its truest qualities on film when he first visited Yosemite National Park on a family vacation. It was in Yosemite Valley that he took his first photographs with his first camera, a Kodak Box Brownie. Adams life was devoted to his work, turning out meticulously produced images of the American West and its National Parks. Adams sought to express the spiritual connection between the earth and its inhabitants through his photographs in the hopes of convincing others of the necessity of preserving National Parks.

Adams' passion for photography and the American wilderness had a tremendous impact on the public perception of America's wild lands, and the art that allowed him to share its beautiful and inspirational landscapes with the world. Lobbying with his own photographs as motivators for environmental protection, Adams dedicated himself to the untouched landscape as a spiritually redemptive power. He believed human beings best understood their world and themselves if seeing themselves in proportion with, rather than in opposition to, nature.

A technical master, his revolutionary development of the zone system gave photographers more control over the resulting images than ever before and remains a staple of photography. As one of the first and most resolute believers that photography was a tool of fine art and not merely a means of documentary, he was hugely influential in the practice both in its technical advancement, and in its evolution into an established medium of fine art.

In addition to the large number of landscape photographs, this exhibit will also feature Adams' talents as a portrait artist, and includes candid portraits of Alfred Stieglitz, Dorothea Lange, Georgia O'Keefe, and others. Like his landscapes, his interest in portraiture transcended mere documentation and captured the essence of the sitter's character. Adams once said, "To photograph truthfully is to see beneath the surface and record the qualities of nature and humanity which live in all things." Regardless of landscape or portraiture, the exhibition elucidates an artist who is deliberate in his practice, with a clear vision and a deep appreciation of the natural world.

Adams died on April 22, 1984 at the age of 82, four years after receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the land. Six months after his death, Congress passed legislation designating more than 200,000 acres near Yosemite as the Ansel Adams Wilderness Area. A year later, an 11,760-foot mountain on the boundary of Yosemite National Park was named Mt. Ansel Adams.

This private collection of photographs is on loan courtesy of Lynn and Tommie Meredith. We are grateful for their faithful support, and applaud their advocacy of education and their commitment to continue to celebrate the legacy of this iconic photographer.

The exhibition will serve as the core for the Fifth Grade Art Experience, which is co-sponsored by the Art Associates of Missoula. In its 25th year, the Art Associates of Missoula have focused on artists providing guided tours of the exhibitions with a hands-on experience for every fifth grade classroom in the county of Missoula.

This exhibition is an educational opportunity for art appreciators of all ages and is supported by an extensive series of public programs including lectures by regional scholars, panel discussions, films, and free public tours by area artists. MAM would like to thank our Major Sponsor the Sierra Club and our Producing Sponsor First Security Bank. We would also like to thank the additional exhibition sponsors: the Montana Chapter of Sierra Club, Missoulian, Montana Radio Company, Lamar Advertising, Missoula Public Library, and Rocky Mountain School of Photography.

Missoula Art Museum     07.10.2011 - 15.04.2012

Website & source : Missoula Art Museum
Website : City of Missoula
FIC123.BE een website met info en cultuur.


U.S.A. - DETROIT-MICHIGAN - Gift of a Lifetime: The James Pearson Duffy Collection


The Detroit Institute of Arts recently received a generous bequest and rich art collection from James Pearson Duffy, one of Detroit’s most unorthodox collectors.

Gift of a Lifetime: The James Pearson Duffy Collection, on view Sept. 14, 2011–March 18, 2012, showcases this varied collection of drawings, paintings, prints, sculptures and photographs.

The exhibition is organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts and is free with museum admission.

For 40 years, Duffy was one of the great characters of the Detroit art scene, with a free-thinking approach to looking at and acquiring art. He was often guided by his intuition, and the collection that resulted represents a variety of interests—from contemporary photography to mixed-media work by Detroit’s Cass Corridor artists, to historical Chinese ceramics.

Throughout the exhibition, visitors will be encouraged to reflect on their own collections. In addition, the DIA has a Flickr page where the public can post photos and stories of items they collect. These can be anything from coins to figurines to ticket stubs. Select postings will become part of a slide show in the exhibition.

Detroit Institute of Arts    14.09.2011 - 18.03.2012


U.S.A. - CITY OF NEW YORK-NEW YORK - de Kooning: A Retrospective


Willem de Kooning. Pink Angels. c. 1945. Oil and charcoal on canvas, 52 x 40" (132.1 x 101.6 cm). Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Los Angeles. © 2011 The Willem de Kooning Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

This is the first major museum exhibition devoted to the full scope of the career of Willem de Kooning, widely considered to be among the most important and prolific artists of the 20th century. The exhibition, which will only be seen at MoMA, presents an unparalleled opportunity to study the artist’s development over nearly seven decades, beginning with his early academic works, made in Holland before he moved to the United States in 1926, and concluding with his final, sparely abstract paintings of the late 1980s. Bringing together nearly 200 works from public and private collections, the exhibition will occupy the Museum’s entire sixth-floor gallery space, totaling approximately 17,000 square feet.

Representing nearly every type of work de Kooning made, in both technique and subject matter, this retrospective includes paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints. Among these are the artist’s most famous, landmark paintings—among them Pink Angels (1945), Excavation (1950), and the celebrated third Woman series (1950–53)—plus in-depth presentations of all his most important series, ranging from his figurative paintings of the early 1940s to the breakthrough black-and-white compositions of 1948–49, and from the urban abstractions of the mid 1950s to the artist’s return to figuration in the 1960s, and the large gestural abstractions of the following decade. Also included is de Kooning’s famous yet largely unseen theatrical backdrop, the 17-foot-square Labyrinth (1946).

MoMA    18.09.2011 - 9.01.2012


U.S.A. - VALPARAISO-INDIANA - The Art of the Newel: The Jay W. Christopher Collection


Newel post, 1880s – 1890s,

Aesthetic / Eastlake /
Renaissance Revival, walnut,
composite, applied ornament,
refinished, height: 57.5 inches

Curated by Erika Lusthoff, Christopher Collection Curator, and Rolf Achilles, Adjunct Associate Professor of Art History at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Curator of the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows, Chicago

In this fascinating exhibition that relates to architecture, decorative arts, and interior design, the Brauer Museum of Art presents selections from Jay W. Christopher's collection of antique newel posts, originally part of historic twentieth-century homes and beautifully restored. The exhibition and its accompanying brochure are firsts in terms of their in-depth presentation and study of these fixtures from historic homes.

Brauer Museum of Art    23.08.2011 - 18.11.2011

Website & source : Brauer Museum of Art
Website : Valparaiso
FIC123.BE een website met info en cultuur.


U.S.A. - SHELBURNE-VERMONT - Paperwork in 3D

Paperwork in 3D features the work of 23 contemporary artists who transform flat sheets of paper into amazing three-dimensional art.

On exhibit at several galleries throughout the grounds, Paperwork in 3D explores a variety of themes and techniques including: the Japanese art of origami, cut paper, pop-up books and graphic novels, the mathematics of paper engineering, sculpture, and fashion (cross-referencing the exhibit In Fashion in Webb Gallery). Site specific installations include lighted sculpture in the Round Barn silo by Vermont artist Riki Moss, and rain forest animal and plant sculpture in Kalkin House, created by Emma Hardy from Colorado.

From mid-June to mid-August daily scheduled activities in Kalkin House help visitors explore many of the artistic techniques used by the artists in the exhibition.

Featured Artists:

Book Arts: Tom Allen, Doug Beube, Brian Dettmer, Sam Ita, Matthew Reinhart, Jacqueline Rush Lee, Robert The.

Sculptural/Dimensional Arts: Lauren Clay, Emma Hardy, Matt Hawkins, Nava Lubelski, Riki Moss, Matt Shlian, Michael Velliquette.

Origami: Brian Chan, Joel Cooper, Robert Lang, Chris Palmer, Jacob Zimet and Family.

Cut Paper: Beatrice Coron, Bovey Lee, Karen O’Leary, Jared Andrew Schorr, Hunter Stabler, Nami Yamamoto.

Shelburne Museum        15.05.2011 - 30.10.2011

Website & source :Shelburne Museum
Website : Shelburne
FIC123.BE een website met info en cultuur


U.S.A. - SEATTLE-WASHINGTON - Seattle as Collector: Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs Turns 40

Eight Builders, Jacob Lawrence, 1982

SAM hosts an exhibition featuring highlights from the City of Seattle’s art collection, specifically from the portable works collection. This retrospective exhibition marks the office’s 40th anniversary, and includes works by Northwest luminaries such as Jacob Lawrence and Guy Anderson and contemporary artists such as Margie Livingston and Marie Watt. Also on view will be photographs, artist drawings and proposals for dozens of public artworks in the city’s collection of nearly 400 permanent artworks.

In 1971, city leaders created the Seattle Arts Commission, including creating staff positions. The office name was changed to Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs in 2002, and the Arts Commission (now volunteer positions) partners with the office to support the arts community. In 1973, Seattle was among the first cities in the country to adopt a percent-for-art ordinance, which helped build the city’s rotating collection of more than 2,800 artworks.

SAM     11.05.2011 - 23.10.2011

Website & source : Seattle Art Museum

Website : Seattle.gov

FIC123.BE een website met info en cultuur.


U.S.A. - SANTA MONICA-CALIFORNIA - Beatrice Wood: Career Woman - Drawings, Paintings, Vessels, and Objects

Beatrice Wood, Mr. and Mrs. Teapot, 1980, 15 x 13 inches

Beatrice Wood: Career Woman—Drawings, Paintings, Vessels, and Objects will offer a comprehensive survey and a new assessment of this emblematic California artist—a scholarly, commemorative evaluation of Wood, whose extraordinary life and career traversed and contributed to the cultural and artistic highlights of the entire 20th century. SMMoA Executive Director Elsa Longhauser and Deputy Director Lisa Melandri are co-curators for the exhibition.

Beatrice Wood: Career Woman will include over 100 works of art. The exhibition will begin with Wood’s early Dada work, which includes drawings, paintings, posters, prints, and illustrated albums and travelogues. Wood first encountered Dada—a primary creative and personal influence—in New York, arising from her intimate friendships with Marcel Duchamp and the collectors Walter and Louise Arensberg. It was Dada that first inspired Wood to become an artist, and it shaped her creative thinking for the rest of her life. The exhibition will then go on to feature prominent examples of Wood’s ceramics created from the 1940s until her death in 1998. Wood was exceptionally prolific, even given her remarkable longevity. She repeatedly investigated and revisited a number of subjects, forms, and materials over a 60- to 70-year period.

Though Wood did not turn to ceramics until 1933 at the age of 40, she became an accomplished clay artist and went on to produce some of her most notable works well into her 90s. Her experimentation with ceramic glazing and firing was extraordinary, a compendium of clay technique. She first began to experiment with clay pieces that took the form of tiles or plates. By the 1980s, Wood was creating objects on a much larger scale, such as colossal goblets more than a foot tall and wide. The exhibition will survey the full range of her ceramics—from the miniature to the large-scale, from the utilitarian to the decorative, and from the vessel to figures, scenes, and tableaux.

Santa Monica Museum of Art   10.09.2011 - 03.03.2012

Website & source : Santa Monica Museum of Art
Website : City of Santa Monica
FIC123.BE een website met info en cultuur.


U.S.A. - CHICAGO-ILLINOIS - Fujinuma Noboru: Master of Bamboo

Fujinuma Noboru. Spring Tide, c. 2000. Gift of Fujinuma Noboru.

Renowned today as an innovator of contemporary basket artistry, Fujinuma Noboru did not begin his study of traditional Japanese crafts until 1974. His career as a bamboo artist took off in 1992 when one of his pieces won a top prize at the Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition and was subsequently purchased by the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo.

This exhibition presents for the first time bamboo baskets that were part of a gift to the Art Institute from the artist’s personal collection. Most of the works are flower baskets, but the group includes an array of shapes and techniques. Some baskets are in the morikago or tray shape, while others are cylindrical or globular in form. The works’ color palette ranges from undyed bamboo to the deep russet color of farmhouse rafters, and techniques encompass ara-ami, meaning “rough” or “coarse” plaiting, as well as meticulous fine plaiting.

This beautiful and varied assemblage represents a tremendous leap forward for the museum’s collection of contemporary Japanese art and bamboo baskets in general. The Art Institute now has the largest collection of Fujinuma’s work in the United States, incredibly significant, as he is one of the great living masters of this important craft.

The Art Institute of Chicago      28.05.2011 - 13.11.2011

Website & source : The Art Institute of Chicago

Website : City of Chicago

FIC123.BE een website met info en cultuur.


U.S.A. - DAYTON-OHIO - From Romance to Rifles: Winslow Homer's Illustrations of 19th-Century America

Winslow Homer is best known as a great American painter; but he was also a prolific and expert wood engraver. Most of Homer's engravings were published inHarper's Weekly where Homer worked as a freelance illustrator between 1857 and 1876 before his career as a painter was fully launched. According to Philip C. Beam, noted Homer scholar; Homer was the "leading designer of wood engravings of his day, and that many of the engravings are now loved and admired as masterpieces of their kind" and that "At their best they rank with his watercolors and oils for style and beauty."

The Army of the Potomac -- A Sharp Shooter on Picket Duty, 1862, is typical of Homer's extraordinary sense of design. Here, he captures the drama of a moment during the Civil War; while at the same time he creates a design of intense movement and clarity. With his ability to convey emotion as well as information, Homer was an artist who routinely made illustration and art indistinguishable pursuits.

The Dayton Art Institute is proud to present a broad selection of Homer wood engravings from a private collection in Dayton. These images show how Homer had his finger on the pulse of American life and his eye on the American scene in an unexcelled fashion during a vibrant and important time in our national life, the years just before and after the Civil War. The show features more than 50 engravings, and it gives delightful and entertaining insights into what people felt and did on street corners, in parks, and on the battlefields. For a fresh, intimate and thoroughly enjoyable glimpse into 19th-century America, there are few better sources of our visible history.

The Dayton Art Institute     25.06.11 - 02.10.2011

Website & source : The Dayton Art Institute

Website : City of Dayton

FIC123.BE een website met info en cultuur.


U.S.A. - AKRON-OHIO - The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Ohio

Charles Clough, Muniment,1988-1994, enamel on fiberboard, 18 1/2 in. x 22 1/8 in., Gift of The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States, a joint initiative of the Trustees of the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection and the National Gallery of Art, with generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Institute of Museum and Library Services

The remarkable story of Dorothy and Herbert Vogel has become the stuff of lore. A Manhattan postal clerk and a reference librarian at the Brooklyn Public Library, the couple began collecting art shortly after marrying in 1962. Together they purchased thousands of artworks, cramming their one-bedroom Manhattan apartment floor to ceiling with art. These unlikely collectors concentrated their acquisitions on emerging art forms, works from a wide range of genres including minimal and conceptual art as well as expressionistic . Because the Vogels only purchased art that would fit in their apartment, most of the works are intimate in scale.

In 1992, the Vogels decided to gift most of their collection to the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. The sheer size of the gift, which included 2,500 drawings, paintings, objects, prints and photographs by 177 artists, led to the development of a program in which the National Gallery would distribute 50 works from the collection to one institution in each of the fifty states. The Akron Art Museum is thrilled to be the Ohio recipient of The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States gift.

Akron’s Vogel collection includes paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture by 26 artists. Many including Nam June Paik, Richard Tuttle, Lynda Benglis and Edda Renouf, have achieved international acclaim since the Vogels began collecting their work. The intimate scale of many of the artworks invites close looking. Twelve of Richard Tuttle’s subtle but poetic and lyrical watercolor paintings on sheets of notebook paper will be among the many captivating works on view.

This exhibition is organized by the Akron Art Museum and sponsored by a generous gift from The Welty Family Foundation and the Kenneth L. Calhoun Charitable Trust, Key Bank, Trustee.

Akron Art Museum         18.06.2011 - 16.10.2011

Website & source :Akron Art Museum
Website :City of Akron
FIC123.BE een website met info en cultuur.


U.S.A. - SAN DIEGO-CALIFORNIA - Gustav Stickley and the American Arts and Crafts Movement

Electric lamp

The San Diego Museum of Art is proud to present Gustav Stickley and the American Arts and Crafts Movement. Organized by the Dallas Museum of Art, this is the first nationally touring exhibition to focus on the career of Stickley (1858–1942), one of the leading figures of the American Arts and Crafts movement. The exhibition will examine Stickley’s contributions to the history of American design and architecture during his most productive and creative period, from 1900 to 1913, and will provide new insights into the artistic, commercial, and social context of Stickley’s work. From The Craftsman magazine to his own stores in New York, Washington and Boston, Stickley offered customers a complete lifestyle based on his philosophy of simple design and quality materials. Ranging from furniture to metalware and embroidered textiles to architectural designs, the majority of the more than 100 objects in the exhibition are from private collections and have never been seen before by the public.

One of the exhibition’s highlights will be the re-creation of the dining room first displayed in the 1903 Arts and Crafts Exhibition organized by Stickley and exhibited in his Syracuse Craftsman Building. Other highlights include an armoire, ca. 1907-1912, which Stickley kept for his private use in the decades after he sold his business, and works showcasing his experimentation with different varnishes, which can still be seen as a patchwork of colors on the undersides of the drawers. Also on view will be a rare armchair, c. 1903, with copper and wood inlay reflecting Stickley's brief foray into decorated Arts and Crafts furniture influenced by the work of progressive British and Scottish designers.

The exhibition finds a particularly appropriate venue in San Diego, which has a rich heritage of Arts and Crafts architecture and decorative art. Communities such as North Park and Mission Hills are well known for their historic homes from this era. Marston House, at the edge of Balboa Park, was designed by local architects William Sterling Hebbard and Irving John Gill and is one of California's finest examples of the Arts and Crafts movement. San Diego also saw the production of Arts and Crafts pottery, tiles, and metal work.

The San Diego Museum of Art  Through september 11, 2011

Website & source  : The San Diego Museum of Art

Website : City of San Diego

FIC123.BE een website met info en cultuur.


U.S.A. - COLUMBIA-SOUTH CAROLINA - Michael Kenna: Venezia

Michael Kenna
Ferro da Gondola
Venice - 2006

“Kenna has long taken advantage of the gifts that the late hours offer a photographer. Here he deploys the long exposure and the resulting spectrum of amazing blacks and grays to show the otherworldly, romantic appeal of night.” – The New York Times

Michael Kenna’s work has often been described as enigmatic, graceful and hauntingly beautiful. The exhibition features 53 black and white images that demonstrate a skilled photographer’s ability to capture on film what we cannot see with our eyes, such as the movement of time and the presence of atmosphere. Kenna has captured the essence of Venice, its romance, its miraculous existence and its crumbling beauty. Kenna’s long exposures, sometimes lasting several hours during the darkest hours of the night, smooth over the surfaces of the canals, further emphasizing their street-like function in this floating city. With typically meticulous prints, Kenna distills Venice to its iconic, elemental characteristics of water and light.

Columbia Museum of Art      16.07.2011 - 23.10.2011

Website & source : Columbia Museum of Art

Website : City of Columbia

FIC123.BE een website met info en cultuur.


U.S.A. - BROOKINGS-SOUTH DAKOTA - Illustrations from Star Boy - Paul Goble

Goble was born in England in 1933 and realized his love for Native American culture as a child. He moved to the Black Hills of South Dakota in 1977 where he drew inspiration from the stories and traditions of the Plains Indians. His books retell ancient cultural stories and his accompanying illustrations depict vivid, colorful scenes with accurate images. Goble has written over twenty books that have won praise from the American Library Association, the National Council of Social Studies, the International Reading Association and the Children's Book Council amongst others. Goble's artwork resides in several museums and institutions, including the Library of Congress though his entire collection of original illustrations was gifted to the South Dakota Art Museum in 1977.

South Dakota Art Museum    04.05.2011 - 06.11.2011

Website & source : South Dakota Art Museum
Website : City of Brookings
FIC123.BE  een website met info en cultuur.


U.S.A. - COOPERSTOWN-NEW YORK - Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray

Nickolas Muray, 1892-1965 
American (b. Hungary) Frida on White Bench, New York 1939, Carbon process print

Photographer Nickolas Muray (1892-1965) came to America in 1913 from Hungary. During Muray’s forty-five year career as a New York photographer, he developed a growing reputation that began during the decade of the Twenties when he photographed everybody who was anybody. At the time of his death, most Americans had seen, at one time or another, Muray’s portraits of celebrities, Presidents, or advertisements.

Between 1920 and 1940, Nickolas Muray made over 10,000 portraits. He began photographing Frida Kahlo in color in the winter of 1938-1939, while Kahlo adjourned in New York, attending her exhibition at the Julien Levy Gallery; and he continued to do so until 1948. Muray photographed Frida more often than any other single person.

Muray and Kahlo were at the height of an on-again, off-again ten-year love affair when he began photographing her using the Carbro technique.

Carbro prints of Muray’s portraits of Frida Kahlo are in the permanent collection of the Frida Kahlo Museum, The George Eastman House, The National Portrait Gallery/ Smithsonian, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

This exhibition is part of a national tour over a two and a half year period containing forty-six photographic prints reproduced from the original negatives. The tour was developed and managed by Smith Kramer Fine Art Services, an exhibition tour development company in Kansas City, Missouri.

Fenimore Art Museum   01.04.2011 - 05.09.2011

Website : Fenimore Art Museum

Website : Cooperstown

FIC123.BE een website met info en cultuur.


U.S.A. - CHICAGO-ILLINOIS - Eiko & Koma: Time is Not Even, Space is Not Empty

Influential and venerated Japanese-born choreographers and dance artists Eiko & Koma have been making collaborative works for more than 40 years.

Their stark, elemental works use precision and stillness to create slowly evolving images that have placed their bodies in landscapes, rivers, and graveyards.

This exhibition is part of an ongoing three-year retrospective created by Eiko & Koma in creative collaboration with various organizations, including the MCA. The exhibition features photographic and video documentation of their past performance works, set and prop pieces, and a large-scale installation of the work, Naked, featuring a massive nest that will be inhabited by the artists several times throughout the run of the exhibition.

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago     24.06.2011 - 13.11.2011

Website : Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Website : City of Chicago

FIC123.BE een website met info en cultuur.


U.S.A. - BOSTON-MASSACHUSETTS - The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl

The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl, organized by the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, is the first museum exhibition to explore the culture of vinyl records within the history of contemporary art. Bringing together artists from around the world who have worked with records as their subject or medium, this groundbreaking exhibition examines the record's transformative power from the 1960s to the present.

Through sculpture, installation, drawing, painting, photography, sound work, video and performance, The Record combines contemporary art with outsider art, audio with visual, and fine art with popular culture.

The exhibition features 99 works by 41 artists, including rising stars in the contemporary art world (William Cordova, Robin Rhode, Dario Robleto), outsider artists (Mingering Mike), well-established artists (Jasper Johns, Ed Ruscha, Carrie Mae Weems) and artists whose work will be shown in a U.S. museum for the first time (Kevin Ei-ichi deForest, Jeroen Diepenmaat, Taiyo Kimura, Lyota Yagi).

The Record includes a broad range of works, such as a hybrid violin and record player, Viophonograph, a seminal work by Laurie Anderson; David Byrne's original life-sized Polaroid photomontage used for the cover of the 1978 Talking Heads album More Songs About Buildings and Food; a monumental column of vinyl records by Cordova; and an important early work by Robleto, who transformed Billie Holiday records in an alchemic process to create hand-painted buttons. Works by Christian Marclay, who has made art with records for 30 years, include his early and rarely seen Recycled Records as well as his most recent record video, Looking for Love.

Two of the works on view at the ICA were commissioned specifically for the exhibition by The Nasher Museum. Berlin-based artist Satch Hoyt created a 16-foot canoe made of red 45-rpm records with an original soundscape during a 2009 artist residency at Duke. New York artist Xaviera Simmons created photographs of the North Carolina landscape and solicited musical responses from musicians such as Mac McCaughan of Superchunk, Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio and Jim James of My Morning Jacket. The original songs will be pressed onto a 12-inch record and played with her installation.

ICA Boston    15.04.2011 - 05.09.2011

Website  & source : ICA
Website : City of Boston
FIC123.BE een website met info en cultuur.


U.S.A. - BOISE-IDAHO - The Perfect Fit: Shoes Tell Stories

Inspiring, vibrant and fun, this exhibition explores the meanings of shoes, presenting 120 playful, imaginative and provocative objects. Shoes speak to style, fashion and individuality, yet they also tell stories, expressing more than their role as footwear. Shoes reflect the time and place of their creation, providing unique insights into human history and identity. The 100 contemporary artists whose shoe-inspired artworks are presented in The Perfect Fit are motivated by these themes, creating objects of wit, whimsy and visual pizzazz

The Perfect Fit: Shoes Tell Stories was organized by
the Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, Massachusetts.

Boise Art Museum  01.05.2011 - 31.07.2011

Website & Source : Boise Art Museum

Website : City of Boise

FIC123.BE een website met info en cultuur


U.S.A - BIRMINGHAM-ALABAMA - Faces of India : sculptures from the Callahan Collection

The Birmingham Museum of Art present the first showing of Indian sculpture from the collection of the Callahan family. Over twenty sculptures in stone and bronze depict a variety of Hindu and Buddhist deities that date from the second through the eighteenth centuries. These include a rare third century image of Hariti, the Buddhist protector of children, to an elegant sixteenth century image of The Dancing Shiva (Shiva Nataraja). The Callahan family collection shows the great diversity of Indian iconography and the brilliance of Indian craftsmen.

       Birmingham Museum of Art     12.06.2011 - 02.10.2011

Website & Source : Birmingham Museum of Art

Website : City of Birmingham

FIC123.BE een website met info en cultuur.


U.S.A. - AUSTIN-TEXAS - Good Design: Stories by Herman Miller

Good Design: Stories by Herman Miller explores the collaborative problem-solving design process employed at the world-renowned and West Michigan-based furniture company, Herman Miller, Inc. This exhibit uses drawings, models, prototypes, photographs, oral histories, and original designed objects to showcase the creation and evolution of many masterpieces of 20th and 21st century design by such artists as Gilbert Rohde, Ray & Charles Eames, George Nelson, Alexander Girard, Robert Propst, Steve Frykholm, Bill Stumpf and Don Chadwick, and others.

Based in tiny Zeeland, Michigan, the company gave the world some of the most iconic objects of the century: Charles and Ray Eames’s molded plywood Lounge Chair, George Nelson’s Marshmallow Sofa and Bill Stumpf and Don Chadwick’s Aeron Chair. Those works – and dozens of others – are at the heart of this exhibit. For these legendary designers, it wasn’t enough for furniture to be beautiful. It had to be practical. It had to make the workplace a better place.

Austin Museum of Art     04.06.2011 - 11.09.2011

Website & Source : Austin Museum of Art

Website : City of Austin

FIC123.BE een website met info en cultuur.


U.S.A. - ATHENS-GEORGIA - The Art of Disegno: Italian Prints and Drawings from the Georgia Museum of Art

"The Art of Disegno: Italian Prints and Drawings from the Georgia Museum of Art" will be on view at the Georgia Museum of Art from May 14 to Aug. 7. The exhibition features 53 works on paper produced in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.

Guest curators Babette Bohn, professor of art history at Texas Christian University, and Robert Randolf Coleman, associate professor of art history at the University of Notre Dame, chose these prints and drawings from the collections of GMOA and Giuliano Ceseri because they provide rare insight into the training, working habits and creative process of artists. For Italian artists of this era, the art of drawing was regarded as an intellectual as well as a practical activity, and the images found in this exhibition, according to Bohn and Coleman, represent examples of the most fertile and inspired artistic creations found on paper during this period.

“Beginning in the 14th century and increasing in the following centuries, as paper became more widely available, drawings became critical tools of the design process for artists,” said Bohn.

Drawings also enjoyed a close relationship with prints during this period. For example, Coleman’s entry on Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s prints in the accompanying exhibition catalogue discusses how they reveal a fantastical and visionary imagination. Piranesi’s works create an aura of mystery, not only because of the dramatic chiaroscuro, but also because of disappearing staircases, leaning ladders to nowhere and architectural elements that appear to have no real function.

“Prints enabled artists to replicate the designs created in drawings through a technology that provided the possibility of creating multiple works of art and facilitated the spread of the artists’ reputation around the world,” said Bohn.

The exhibition includes prints by Italian printmakers such as Parmigianino and Marcantonio Raimondi, and examples by figures such as Pietro Testa and Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione.

The in-house curator for this exhibition is Lynn Boland, GMOA’s Pierre Daura Curator of European Art.

Georgia Museum of Art     14.05.2011 - 07.08.2011

Website & source : Georgia Museum of Art

Website : Athens

FIC123.BE een website met info en cultuur.


U.S.A. - ASPEN-COLORADO - The Anxiety of Photography

Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Madeline, 2009. Courtesy of Thom Collins and Matthew Goodrich.

The Anxiety of Photography artist Mario Garcia Torres discusses his work and the important role photographic processes play in his practice.

Photography can be thought of as a medium, a tool, an object, a practice, or, more often than not, some combination thereof. Through approximately 40 works, some of them created for the exhibition and some shown for the first time, The Anxiety of Photography examines the growing number of artists who embrace photography’s plasticity and ability to exist, sometimes uneasily, in multiple contexts.

The fluidity of photography as a medium can produce fundamental anxieties for both artist and viewer. The pervasive use of photography within conceptual art practices of the 1960s—and a generation later by artists of the so-called pictures generation—effectively ended the debate about photography’s status as art. However, the status of the medium itself remains unresolved. Many of the works in this exhibition reflect powerfully on the changing nature of our relationship to the materiality of images, as artists produce photographic prints from hand-painted negatives, violently collide framed pictures, arrange photographs and objects in uncanny still lives, or otherwise destabilize the photographic object.

Many of the artists included in The Anxiety of Photography—some of whom self-identify as photographers, others for whom photography is central to their work—employ an expanded collage aesthetic and have fully digested notions of appropriation. Throughout the exhibition, both the “objecthood” and connectedness of images is felt strongly, whether expressed in front of the camera or in the presentation of the work itself. These investigations of the medium are furthered by a pervasive reinvestment in studio practice and an interweaving of personal content within the work.

The Anxiety of Photography includes work by Colby Bird, Miriam Böhm, Liz Deschenes, Roe Ethridge, Brendan Fowler, Mario Garcia Torres, Leslie Hewitt, Matt Keegan, Annette Kelm, Elad Lassry, Anthony Pearson, Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Matt Saunders, David Benjamin Sherry, Erin Shirreff, Dirk Stewen, Sara VanDerBeek, and Mark Wyse. On the occasion of the exhibition, an extensively illustrated catalogue will be produced, featuring newly commissioned contributions by Anne Ellegood, senior curator at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, and Jenelle Porter, senior curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston.

Aspen Art Museum     13.05.2011 - 17.07.2011

Website & source : Aspen Art Museum

Website : Aspen

FIC123.BE een website met info en cultuur.


U.S.A. - AMARILLO-TEXAS - Ciria - Rorschach Heads

The Amarillo Museum of Art is pleased to present the recent work of the extraordinary Spanish painter José Manuel Ciria in a profoundly stirring, provocative, and consciousness-expanding exhibition, titled Ciria-Rorschach Heads. Following a tradition in contemporary Spanish painting that includes Antoni Tàpies or Antonio Saura; the young Ciria came to attention in the early 1990s with a series of fiercely lyrical abstract paintings that surprised artists and critics alike. Over the pas two decades, Ciria's mammoth painterly inventiveness has propelled him into the echelons as a leading painter among others in his generation.

This is Ciria's first exhibition of work in a museum in the United States in which the artist has vigorously turned his attention toward the Rorschach Heads, a merging and blending of abstraction and figuration. The Heads are powerful and complex, strong in color and size. Ciria in the manner of a conductor in an orchestra uses his brushes like a baton conducting and orchestrating the surface with fierce brushstrokes filling the canvas with the colors of red, black, grey, orange and white and finally his signature spattering of paint.

Ciria invites us to create a narrative about his emotionally charged paintings. The inner meaning we bring away as viewers is often dictated by our own emotional associations that the paintings trigger. Powerful and stirring, they make us uncomfortable and yet we return again and again to confront the visual story Ciria brings to us. Ciria bares his soul to us if we are brave enough to take the time to look, to see and therefore to comprehend.

Born in Manchester in 1960, Spanish painter José Manuel Ciria has exhibited extensively in Europe, Latin America and North America. Some of his recent solo exhibitions include: the Círculo de Bellas Artes, (Madrid), Christopher Cutts Gallery, (Toronto), Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, (Tel Aviv), National Museum of Fine Arts (Buenos Aires), Museum of Contemporary Art, (Santiago de Chile), Couteron Gallery, (Paris), Museum of Modern Art, (Santo Domingo), and the Pasquart Art Center, (Biel, Switzerland). Ciria recently had a major exhibition in New York in the Stefan Stux Gallery, February-April 2011. He has an up-coming exhibition in Valencia Spain at IVAM Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno, September 13, 2011.

He is the recipient of numerous international prizes and scholarships such as the Extraordinary Prize Queen Sofía, Madrid, 1999, grants from the Ministry of Culture and Science of Israel, Tel Aviv, 2001, and the Gonzalo Parrado Foundation Scholarship, Madrid, 2008 and 2009.

Amarillo Museum of  Art      20.05.2011 - 31.07.2011

Website & source : AMoA

Website : City of Amarillo

FIC123.BE een website met info en cultuur.


U.S.A. - ABINGDON-VIRGINIA - Goya, Dali, & Warhol: Masterpieces of World Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

In partnership with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and a statewide celebration of their 75 Years of Collecting in Virginia, William King Museum is honored to host this exhibition of works from nearly every continent and time period. Works by the signature artists include some of Francisco Goya’s prints, such as The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters, Salvador Dali’s The God of the Bay of Roses, and one of Andy Warhol’s Marilyn silkscreens. Well-known artists such as George Catlin, John Constable, Utagawa Hiroshige, and Jim Dine will also be represented. Other highlights include ancient Greek vessels, Indian textiles, African sculpture, and Peruvian jewelry.

William King Museum       08.04.2011 - 10.07.2011

Website & source : William King Museum

Website : Abingdon

FIC123.BE een website met info en cultuur.


U.S.A. - CITY OF NEW YORK-NEW YORK - German Expressionism: The Graphic Impulse

From E. L. Kirchner to Max Beckmann, artists associated with German Expressionism in the early decades of the twentieth century took up printmaking with a collective dedication and fervor virtually unparalleled in the history of art. The woodcut, with its coarse gouges and jagged lines, is known as the preeminent Expressionist medium, but the Expressionists also revolutionized the mediums of etching and lithography to alternately vibrant and stark effect.

This exhibition, featuring approximately 250 works by some thirty artists, is drawn from MoMA’s outstanding holdings of German Expressionist prints, enhanced by selected drawings, paintings, and sculptures from the collection. The graphic impulse is traced from the formation of the Brücke artists group in 1905, through the war years of the 1910s, and extending into the 1920s, when individual artists continued to produce compelling work even as the movement was winding down.

The exhibition takes a broad view of Expressionism, highlighting a diverse array of individuals—from Oskar Kokoschka and Vasily Kandinsky to Erich Heckel and Emil Nolde—who nonetheless shared visual and thematic concerns. Their works reflect a period of intense social and aesthetic transformation, and several themes of continuing resonance emerge. These include a focus on urban experience, an uncompromising approach to the body and sexuality, and an abiding preoccupation with nature, religion, and spirituality. Most pivotal for these years, however, was the experience of World War I. The war and its aftermath are the subject of works by a range of artists, including Otto Dix, whose series of fifty searing etchings, The War,Hell (1919), confronts the violence and decadence in Berlin during the immediate postwar period. was based on his own service in the trenches; Käthe Kollwitz, in a portfolio of seven woodcuts focusing on the devastation felt by the families left behind; and Max Beckmann, whose lithographic series,Hell(1919), confronts the violence and decadence in Berlin during the immediate postwar period.

In addition to a publication and a major website on German Expressionism, the exhibition will mark the culmination of a major four-year grant from The Annenberg Foundation to digitize, catalogue, and conserve all of the approximately three thousand Expressionist works on paper in the Museum’s collection.

MoMA   27.03.2011 - 11.07.2011


U.S.A. - ORLANDO-FLORIDA -- Life Stories: American Portraits Past and Present

Robert Henri, Rosaleen, 1928, oil on canvas, 28 x 20 in., On long-term loan from Martin Andersen-Gracia Andersen Foundation, Inc.

The artist’s task in creating an exceptional portrait must be more than rendering an accurate likeness of the subject. The artist must find a story to tell about the subject and make that story compelling. Formal portraits typically focus on the public aspects of an individual’s life, such as their position in a family or society or their celebrated accomplishments and honors. Portraits can also be informal, revealing aspects of the sitter’s private interests, friendships and emotional life. Life Stories: American Portraits Past and Present features paintings, photographs and sculpture spanning a period of over two hundred years. The exhibition explores how styles and purposes of portraiture have changed over time, reflecting changing social values and the shift of emphasis from formal to casual representations of the individual. Early American paintings by Benjamin West, Rembrandt Peale and William Hubard include formal portraits of distinguished individuals, families and military heroes and reveal much about the history and social values of the period. From the late 19th and early 20th centuries are portraits by John Singer Sargent, Childe Hassam and Robert Henri. These artists are represented with portraits of friends and acquaintances that are painted with engaging warmth that expresses the bond between artist and subject. Cindy Sherman, Elizabeth Peyton and Anneè Olofsson are among the contemporary artists represented in the exhibition. These important artists have used portraiture to explore issues of identity, psychology and spirituality that go beyond individual character. For these artists, portraiture is an opportunity to make broader statements about culture and society. These contemporary artists demonstrate that portraiture remains a vital tradition still open to new and creative possibilities.

Orlando Museum of Art     07.01.2010 - 30.06.2011


U.S.A. - MADISON-WISCONSIN - Shinique Smith: Menagerie

Shinique Smith, Bale Variant No. 0017, 2009. Clothing, fabric, ink, twine, ribbon and wood, 72 x 52 x 52 inches. Private collection.

In her first large-scale museum exhibition, multi-media artist Shinique Smith presents site-specific installations, as well as two- and three-dimensional works created over the last decade. Shinique Smith: Menagerie presents almost fifty installations, paintings, photographs, sculptures, and works on paper, as well as two videos. The exhibition will be on view in MMoCA’s main galleries from January 22 through May 8, 2011.
Works included in Shinique Smith: Menagerie combine complex social and cultural references. They also demonstrate diverse art historical associations and techniques, including Abstract Expressionism, colorfield painting, minimalist sculpture, and Japanese calligraphy. Smith’s sculptures and installations are composed of found objects and second-hand clothing tied together in a variety of forms, including bales, totems, and reclining figures. Clothing and objects from friends and family also appear in her two-dimensional mixed-media works, imbuing them, like her sculptures, with personal meaning.
Smith, who grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, and now lives in Brooklyn, New York, finds inspiration in the world around her. She riffs on objects, phrases and references from music, literature, and popular culture. For example, her drawing titled Take My Apples, sketch (2005) shows a group of red tied-cloth bundles nesting together, surrounded by curly, calligraphic black lines. Smith uses both Western and Eastern techniques of drawing and writing in this poignant reference to Shel Silverstein’s famous children’s book The Giving Tree.
Addressing the theme of consumer excess head-on, Smith created Bale Variant No. 0017 (2009), a large block of black, grey, and white cloth. Smith and friends have written personal notations—partially hidden—on some of the garments. Using contemplative and enigmatic associations, Smith thus probes our culture’s contradictory underpinnings and focuses the viewer’s attention on aesthetics, style, and meaning.
Trained as an art educator as well as a visual artist, Smith will work with students from the Malcolm Shabazz City High School in Madison and the Middleton Alternative Senior High School to install No dust, no stain (2006) at MMoCA. This complex work, which includes sculptural and two-dimensional elements, is reconfigured for each new installation and demonstrates Smith’s ability to dissolve the line between the object and the surrounding architecture.
Writing in the exhibition catalogue, the artist describes the works on view in Shinique Smith: Menagerie as “meditations on writing, tying, ritualism, mythology, love, and human nature, on cleanliness as a spiritual concept, on what we create, consume, and hold dear, on my childhood, on my place in the world, and my romance with art and life.”

 Madison Museum of Contemporary Art    22.01.2011 - 08.05.2011