U.S.A. - DAYTON-OHIO - Andy Warhol: Athletes & The Art of Sport


This summer, The Dayton Art Institute will present a pair of sports-themed exhibitions, Andy Warhol: Athletes and The Art of Sport: Highlights from the Collection of the Dayton Art Institute, both on view June 22 – September 1.

Andy Warhol: Athletes
It was the mid-1970s, and Studio 54 was in full swing when art collector Richard Weisman commissioned his friend Andy Warhol to paint the portraits of several top athletes of the day. At first Warhol was unfamiliar with the sports stars but characteristic of his obsession with fame he recalled: “I really got to love the athletes because they are the really big stars.” The resulting group of ten silk-screen paintings from 1978 present some of the most influential sports stars of the era, including boxer Muhammad Ali, football’s O.J. Simpson, ice skater Dorothy Hamill, basketball’s Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, golfer Jack Nicklaus, ice hockey’s Rod Gilbert, tennis’ Chris Evert, horse racer Willie Shoemaker, baseball’s Tom Seaver and soccer’s Pelé.

The Art of Sport: Highlights from the Collection of the Dayton Art Institute
The theme of sports is ubiquitous in art, and has occupied artists from ancient times to the present. This exhibition features more than 100 examples of how that theme is manifest in some of the Dayton Art Institute’s finest treasures. The objects on display represent a wide-range of media including painting, sculpture, photography, and mixed media, and the exhibition is sure to delight sports, and art lovers of all ages.

Both exhibitions are curated by Aimee Marcereau DeGalan, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at The Dayton Art Institute.

Dayton Art Institute     22.06.2013 - 01.09.2013

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U.S.A. - HOUSTON-TEXAS - Forrest Bess: Seeing Things Invisible


Forrest Bess, Untitled, 1947. Oil on canvas. The Menil Collection, Houston, gift of the artist
Photo: Paul Hester

Self-described “visionary” artist Forrest Bess (1911–77) is a unique figure in the history of American art. For most of his career, Bess lived an isolated existence in a fishing camp outside of Bay City, Texas, eking out a meager living by selling bait and fishing. By night and during the off-season, however, he read, wrote, and painted prolifically, creating an extraordinary body of mostly small-scale canvases rich with enigmatic symbolism. Despite his isolation, Bess was known to a number of other artists, and in 1949 he met the prominent artist and dealer Betty Parsons. Between 1949 and 1967, Parsons organized six solo exhibitions of his work at her gallery in New York, the undisputed center of the art world at the time.
Bess taught himself to paint by copying the still-lives and landscapes of artists he admired, such as Vincent van Gogh and Albert Pinkham Ryder. Beginning in early childhood, Bess experienced intense hallucinations that both frightened and intrigued him; in 1946, he began to incorporate images from these visions into his paintings. After discovering Carl Jung’s theory of the collective unconscious, Bess began to understand painting not as an end in itself, but rather as a means to an end. By meticulously recording and studying the dream symbols captured in his artwork, Bess hoped to uncover their universal meaning.
To aid in his search, Bess looked to a variety of fields—medicine, psychology, anthropology,
philosophy—combing their literature for clues. He eventually formulated a theory, which he
referred to as his “thesis,” that the unification of male and female within one’s body could
produce immortality. He so sincerely believed in his idea that he not only sent written copies of
the thesis (now lost) to prominent researchers, but used his own body as a testing ground,
performing several operations on his own genitals in an effort to produce a hermaphroditic state.
Forrest Bess: Seeing Things Invisible will present a selection of approximately forty paintings,
along with rare works on paper and selected letters by this important but under-recognized
artist. The exhibition will also include The Man That Got Away by contemporary American
sculptor Robert Gober, originally created for the 2012 Whitney Biennial. In this room-size
installation, Gober compiles a selection of Bess’s paintings and writings, and photographs of the artist as a way to fulfill Bess’s long-held desire to present his artwork alongside his thesis.
Organized by Assistant Curator Clare Elliott and accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue,
Forrest Bess: Seeing Things Invisible is the first museum exhibition to focus on Bess’s work in over twenty years.

The Menil Collection   19.040.2013 - 18.08.2013

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U.S.A. - DOYLESTOWN-PENNSYLVANIA - Infinite Mirror: Images of American Identity


Sungho Choi, Model for "My America," 1993. Mixed media on wood. © D.James Dee.

This exhibition features more than 60 multi-media works including: paintings, works on paper, photographs and video by culturally-diverse artists from across the United States. Infinite Mirror is realized through the collective efforts of Artrain, Inc. and a group of independent curators selecting works of art by established and emerging American artists.

The central theme is the use of portraiture and figuration as symbols for emotional and social ideas. Artwork in the exhibition uses portraiture to depict circumstances and experiences of multicultural populations in present-day America. The artwork is personal, reflective, autobiographical and of a high technical quality, creating an exhibition that is both visually beautiful as well as socially relevant. The exhibition includes the work of first generation Americans and emerging new immigrant artists that examines issues and themes of race, gender, religion, history, politics and family. Included are such internationally renowned artists as Luis Jimenez, Tomie Arai, Faith Ringgold and the late Elizabeth Catlett.

Michener Art Museum   13.04.2013 - 07.07.2013

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U.S.A. - NEW YORK-NY - A Different Kind of Order: The ICP Triennial


Mikhael Subotzky / Patrick Waterhouse, Windows, Ponte City, 2008–2010 (detail). Courtesy the artists and the Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg.

Every three years, ICP's curators round up some of the most interesting contemporary photography and video works from around the world. The 2013 Triennial, A Different Kind of Order, focuses on artworks created in our current moment of widespread economic, social, and political instability. The exhibition will include 28 international artists who employ photography, film, video, and interactive media. Many of their works reflect the growing importance of new paradigms associated with digital image making and network culture. A Different Kind of Order is organized by Kristen Lubben, Christopher Phillips, Carol Squiers, and Joanna Lehan.

Triennial Artists
Roy Arden
Huma Bhabha
Nayland Blake
A.K. Burns
Aleksandra Domanović
Nir Evron
Sam Falls
Lucas Foglia
Jim Goldberg
Mishka Henner
Thomas Hirschhorn
Elliott Hundley
Oliver Laric
Andrea Longacre-White
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer
Gideon Mendel
Luis Molina-Pantin
Rabih Mroué
Wangechi Mutu
Sohei Nishino
Lisa Oppenheim
Trevor Paglen
Walid Raad
Nica Ross
Michael Schmelling
Hito Steyerl
Mikhael Subotzky /
Patrick Waterhouse
Shimpei Takeda

International Center of Photography  17.05.2013 - 08.09.2013

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U.S.A. - JACKSON- MISSISSIPPI - Old Masters to Monet


Claude Monet (1840–1926), The Beach at Trouville, 1870. oil on canvas. 22 x 25 5/8 in. Collection of Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT. The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, 1948.116.

Old Masters to Monet features fifty masterpieces from the collection of the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut. The outstanding artworks provide a history of French painting, ranging from the 17th through the 19th centuries and into the beginning of the 20th century and include religious and mythological subjects, portraits, landscapes, still lifes, and genre scenes. Théodore Géricault, Eugène Delacroix, Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and Claude Monet are among the masters represented.

This exhibition was organized by the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT, and is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. The Mississippi Museum of Art and its programs are sponsored in part by the city of Jackson and the Jackson Convention & Visitors Bureau. Support is also provided in part by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, and in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
Old Masters to Monet is made possible through the generous support of the Robert M. Hearin Support Foundation.
Mississippi Museum of Art    23.03.2013 - 08.09.2013