U.S.A. - ALLENTOWN-PENNSYLVANIA - Paul Harryn: Essence of Nature - 19.01.2014-18.05.2014


Winter Module No. 2 (2012)

For the past decade, artist Paul Harryn has lived and created at “Arcadia,” his rural studio near the Delaware River between Upper Bucks County and the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. Here, surrounded by nature, he has been able to focus on the development of his art: paintings, drawings, writings, films, and original music scores. His interests are wide ranging and regularly lead him across disciplinary divisions to parallel territories in philosophy, psychology, history, politics, chemistry, and theology.

Harryn’s career has spanned more than three decades. In addition to Arcadia, Harryn also creates art from studios in Venice and Santa Monica, California, and onsite in the Mojave Desert. He has been drawing inspiration from the desert since the late 1980s. There, in the undistracted beauty, his work takes its cues directly from nature. Likewise, in a documentary being produced by Michael Barnard, the teaser Zuma Light (2011) reveals Harryn’s process of painting at the Pacific Ocean in Malibu. By painting in partnership with the sea, Harryn is able to create a layering of color and patterns inspired and imbued with elements of nature.

Essence of Nature will be a collection of Harryn’s works made over the past few decades, most of which have not been seen outside of private collections.These abstract works are a visual record of the artist’s highly individualized exploration of syntax and causality within the context of natural environments. His technique reveals a mastery of materials, involving a complex process of selective layering in which up to fifty stratums of paint are sequentially applied, with only the most significant “events” of each layer preserved. The result synthesizes the best elements from the “life” of the painting, with portions of each generation coexisting simultaneously and seamlessly as a unified surface, yielding a seasoned and deeply harmonious work.

Harryn’s in-depth understanding of contemporary philosophical and aesthetic ideas allows him to pioneer new discoveries while bridging them with conventional idioms. This exhibition will be a multimedia experience, in tune with the multidimensional lives most of us live. Essence of Nature will include Harryn’s small-scale Seasons work, along with drawings, sculpture, and the much larger 10-by-10-foot canvases from his Pacificus series in California, as well as original music compositions.

“My paintings are improvisational,” Harryn has said, “a collage of visual phrases informed by nature and responding to the ever-changing conditions of its life force. They are symphonies of compressed time.”

Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley    19.01.2014 -18.05.2014

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U.S.A. - NEW YORK - The Passions of Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux - 10.03.2014-26.05.2014


About 160 works, including sculptures, paintings, and drawings, will be organized around the major projects that Carpeaux undertook during his brief and stormy career. His genius for portraiture will shine particularly, and there will be groupings of drawings and models to trace the evolution of such masterpieces in marble as the Musée d'Orsay's Prince Impérial with the Dog Nero and the Metropolitan Museum's own Ugolino and His Sons.

The exhibition is made possible by the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation.

Additional support is provided by the Gail and Parker Gilbert Fund and the Diane W.
and James E. Burke Fund.

The exhibition was organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Musée d'Orsay.

The catalogue is made possible by the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation and the
Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, Inc.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art     10.03.2014 - 26.05.2014

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U.S.A. - CHICAGO-ILLINOIS - MCA DNA: Alexander Calder - 12.10.2013-17.08.2014


Alexander Calder
Chat-mobile (Cat Mobile), 1966
Painted sheet metal and steel wire
20 x 26 x 26 in. (50.8 x 66 x 66 cm)
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Leonard and Ruth Horwich Family Loan, EL1995.10
© 2013 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
MCA DNA: Alexander Calder traces the development of the artist’s ideas over a fifty-year career, in particular, his exploration of how art can move in response to its physical environment. The exhibition presents examples of Alexander Calder’s (American, 1898–1976), mobiles, stabiles, and works on paper dating from the 1920s to the 1970s—a selection of the museum’s in-depth holdings of the seminal artist’s work. The core of this collection comes from the Ruth and Leonard Horwich Family Loan, which Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago has housed, cared for, and displayed since 1995. The Horwich family were, and remain, preeminent collectors of surrealist and Chicago Imagist art; and, as some of the founders and earliest supporters of MCA Chicago, helped to build the museum’s collection.

Trained as an engineer, Calder applied his knowledge of mechanics to colorful abstract shapes. Activated by air currents, his dynamic mobiles are ever-changing compositions. Marcel Duchamp invented the word mobile to describe Calder’s revolutionary work. Even Calder’s Flamingo (1973)—located in Chicago’s Loop—and his other static sculptures, dubbed stabiles by Jean Arp, evoke movement as they invite viewers to contemplate them from every angle.

The city of Chicago was important to Calder. In 1935, the Renaissance Society and the Arts Club of Chicago hosted one of his early solo exhibitions in the United States. The Horwich family amassed a significant Calder collection, befriending the artist and ultimately acquiring more than two dozen of his artworks. In 1974, as part of the inaugural ceremonies for Flamingo, then-Mayor Richard J. Daley declared a “Calder Day,” and Calder was carried to the sculpture’s dedication by a circus-themed parade on State Street. As part of these festivities, the MCA mounted a major Calder exhibition, and his art has been a steady presence in the museum’s galleries ever since.
MCA DNA: Alexander Calder is part of an ongoing exhibition series featuring iconic works from the MCA Collection and is organized by Michael Darling, James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.
 Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago     12.10.2013 -17.08.2014


U.S.A. - WORCESTER-MASSACHUSETTS - Art Since the Mid-20th Century


Alex Katz, Ada with Sunglasses, 1969, oil on canvas, Gift of Sidney and Rosalie Rose, 1983.62

A new installation of the Museum's collection of art since the mid-20th century features approximately fifty works of art displayed in renovated galleries, and presented in three thematic installations: The Persistence of Abstraction, Revivals of Figuration and Portraiture, and Cultural Signs.

This presentation chronicles the past seven decades as still-evolving chapters which illustrate how artists across disciplines, generations, and geographies respond to the experiences of their time by revising the visual languages and genres they have inherited. The integration of all media offers an encounter that foregrounds how materials are often signifiers of meaning, demonstrating how an artist's choice of medium can be a critical conceptual strategy in the art-making process.

Examples from mid-century through the 1970s, including iconic works by Grace Hartigan, Alex Katz, Ellsworth Kelly, Franz Kline, Robert Matta, Joan Mitchell, Louise Nevelson, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, and Tom Wesselmann provide visitors with landmarks from which to explore more recent contributions by artists including Louise Bourgeois, Chuck Close, Tony Feher, Annette Lemieux, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Beatriz Milhazes, Elizabeth Murray, Nam June Paik, Sigmar Polke, Doris Salcedo, Cindy Sherman, Yinka Shonibare, and Kiki Smith.

In conjunction with this focus on the Museum's holdings from the late 20th century, a major stripe painting from 1967 by Kenneth Noland, one of the central figures of Color Field painting, is on view in the Museum's library. Also in the collection, Bill Viola's Union, a color video diptych from 2000, will remain on view in the Medieval gallery.

Worcester Art Museum  - now on view

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