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

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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

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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

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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

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