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

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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

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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