U.S.A. - PITTSBURGH-PENNSYLVANIA - Deborah Kass, Before and Happily Ever After


Deborah Kass, Before and Happily Ever After, 1991

Deborah Kass:Before and Happily Ever After is a major mid-career retrospective of paintings, photographs and sculpture by New York artist Deborah Kass. The exhibition, featuring approximately 75 works, showcases Kass’ achievements over the course of her three-decade career. After a successful decade of showing landscapes and abstract paintings during the 1980s, Kass startled the art world by appropriating the work of Andy Warhol. Beginning in 1992, Kass presented this grouping of Warhol’s well-known celebrity paintings for a contingent of her own heroes, among them Gertrude Stein, Sandy Koufax, and Barbra Streisand (the subject of The Jewish Jackie series). Kass’ Warholesque paintings of Streisand in Yeshiva drag from the film Yentl, titled My Elvis, are an example of the artist’s genre-and gender-bending sensibility. This retrospective features Kass’ early landscapes, as well as her geometric abstractions. The Art History Paintings series presents playful quips on iconic artworks and pop culture. The exhibition concludes with the recent series, feel good paintings for feel bad times. Using nostalgia in a new way, these works incorporate lyrics borrowed from The Great American Songbook and some of the greatest hits of post war American painting. They address history, power, gender and ethnicity, which have been themes of her work for over 20 years.

The Warhol    27.10.2012 - 06.01.2013

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U.S.A. - MISSOULA-MONTANA - Selected Works from the Susan and Roy O'Connor Collection


Alfred Jensen

MAM is thrilled to host Selected Works from the Susan and Roy O'Connor Collection. This exhibition highlights a portion of the rich artistic expressions represented in this significant private collection. Susan and Roy O’Connor have graciously loaned MAM artworks from their collection for this exhibition.

The exhibition includes work by American artists Richard Diebenkorn, Robert Mapplethorpe, Robert Rauschenberg, Ed Ruscha, Philip Taaffe, Andy Warhol, and Terry Winters. It also includes sculptures by Louise Bourgeois, Ken Price, and Richard Long. The works created in the 1960-90’s fit well within the mission of the museum, “MAM strives to engage artists and audience in the creative exploration of contemporary art relevant to our community, state and region”. Viewers will discover that these artists are pioneers in the contemporary art scene in America and have had a far-reaching influence on contemporary artists throughout the region.

The O’Connors have spent a lifetime assembling this collection, but the willingness to share the works with MAM’s audience is a reflection of the confidence and power of the works. Susan O’Connor explains, “Both Roy and I lived in homes with art as children. Surrounded by impressionist paintings, African sculptures, music and rare books, we naturally were attuned to the art world wherever we lived–Hawaii; Cairns, Australia; Houston, TX; or Missoula, MT. We have made great friends with artists we have met along the way. We have become involved with art museums, served on boards, initiated and supported art projects, bought art in local galleries, visited collections and art museums and art festivals around the world. We put together a collection of paintings, drawings, and sculptures we admired, and spoke to us and were reflections of the natural world and the life of our time.

Most of the major pieces in our collection were bought in the eighties through our friends Fredericka Hunter and Ian Glennie of Texas Gallery when we lived in Houston. I had known Ian and Fredericka when we all worked at Richard Feigen Gallery in NYC in the late sixties. They introduced us to Robert Rauschenberg, Ed Ruscha, Robert Mapplethorpe, Chuck Arnoldi, Warhol and Basquiat. Rauschenberg came to my 40th birthday party and gave me a drawing of a lobster. Basquiat rented our house in Kipahulu. By getting to know these artists, we collected their newest work which had special meaning to us.”

MAM would be remiss not to acknowledge the contributions of the O’Connors in making this exhibition a reality and helping expand the audience for these important works. The exhibition includes a video interview with Susan O’Connor. Additional interpretive materials and Guide by Cell tours have been provided by Ian Glennie and Fredericka Hunter. Both Glennie and Hunter have first-hand experience in representing many of these artists and have helped in facilitating the growth of the O’Connor Collection.

Missoula Art Museum    07.09.2012 - 10.02.2013

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U.S.A. - ITHACA-NY - Mirror of the City: The Printed View in Italy and Beyond, 1450-1940


Giuseppe Vasi, Piazza della Rotonda, from the series Delle Magnificenze di Roma antica e moderna, hand-colored etching. Anonymous gift, 92.064.006.

Artists of the Western world have always gravitated toward cities as sources of inspiration, patronage, instruction, and fellowship. Yet it was only beginning in the seventeenth century that the city was widely explored as a subject in Western art, and in these explorations it was graphic artists who often led the way. This exhibition traces the history of the representation of cities in the graphic arts, from woodcuts and engravings of the late Middle Ages to photographs of the twentieth century. It reveals how generalized urban themes and motifs of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance evolved into more full-blown, detailed depictions of real cities, brought into focus as the artist’s true subject and no longer requiring the justification of religious or historical narrative.

By the latter seventeenth century in Italy, the urban veduta (or “view”) was emerging as an artistic genre, with recognized forms and codes, and would soon flourish in many parts of Europe, even crossing the Atlantic to the United States by the end of the eighteenth century. The encyclopedic treatment of cities in bound series of views began to privilege a booklike reading of the city and dictate specific itineraries and viewpoints for experiencing its sights. The nineteenth century brought to this realist topographical genre the aesthetic of Romanticism, with its stresses on individual genius and the unseen ideal. Photography added both a new challenge and a new opportunity, exploited in important ways in the latter nineteenth and twentieth centuries. By highlighting both the changes and the continuities in urban depiction over many centuries, we offer here a window into the larger history of Western culture, and into the history of technique and style in the graphic arts.

Johnson Museum of Art      11.08.2012 - 23.12.2012

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U.S.A. - ST. LOUIS-MISSOURI - Federico Barocci: Renaissance Master


This fall, the Museum will open the first exhibition in the United States devoted to Barocci's paintings and drawings. Barocci was one of the greatest colorists ever to set brush to canvas, and is considered an important precursor of such 17th-century masters as Peter Paul Rubens.

With more than 130 spellbinding works, Federico Barocci: Renaissance Master presents a trove of exceptionally beautiful paintings and studies, many never before seen in this country. Barocci was one of the most innovative Italian artists of the second half of the sixteenth century and was highly sought by both religious and secular patrons. A major influence on European masters from the 16th to 18th centuries, Barocci's art combines the beauty of the High Renaissance and the dynamism of the Baroque.

Saint Louis Art Museum   21.10.2012 - 20.01.2013

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