U.S.A. - NEW HAVEN-CONNECTICUT - Collection on View - 29.05.2013-01.01.2015


Presented to the university by Paul Mellon (Class of 1929), the Center houses the largest collection of British art outside the United Kingdom. The vast collection of paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, and rare books explore British art, life, and thought from the Elizabethan period onward. On view are works by John Constable, J.M.W. Turner, Sir Joshua Reynolds, and William Blake, as well as major figures from Europe and America who lived and worked in Britain. Resources include a Reference Library, Photograph Archive, and Study Room for examining works on paper. A searchable database with images and details about the Center's collections is also available online. 

Yale Center for British Art    29.05.2013 - 01.01.2015

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U.S.A. - ANN ARBOR-MICHIGAN - An Eye on the Empire: Photographs of Colonial India and Egypt - 22.03.2014-29.06.2014


Francis Frith
Musjid, Boorhaupore - From Frith Series
albumen print
UMMA, Gift of Howard and Margaret Bond

The zenith of the British Empire in the later nineteenth century coincided with a unique convergence of cultural, technological, and economic forces. Interest in the diverse lands under British influence led to numerous expeditions to explore and map new regions of the Empire.  At the same time, a rising tourism industry began to package trips to well-heeled Victorians hoping to visit societies quite different from their own. Photography, with its ability to capture in precise detail the geography, peoples, and culture of far-flung lands, brought this exotic world home to an eager audience in England, and its commercial potential sent numerous professional photographers to both India and Egypt. Serving as part record of famous monuments and part ethnographic survey, these photographs constituted a vast body of images that shaped colonial conceptions of these lands, while today they preserve an evocative record of Egypt and India from an earlier time. This exhibition includes a selection of works by leading photographers of the era such as Francis Frith and Samuel Bourne.

This exhibition is offered in conjunction with the University of Michigan's theme semester, India in the World.

Lead support for this exhibition is provided by the University of Michigan Health System.

UMMA     22.03.2014 - 29.06.2014

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U.S.A. - DOYLESTOWN-PENNSYLVANIA - True Grit: The Poetic Eye of Barbara Schaff - 26.04.2014-24.07.2014


Barbara Schaff born 1941, "Electric Garden", 20X20, acrylic, carand'ache on paper, Collection of Phillip Smith
Philadelphia painter Barbara Schaff has spent most of her adult life in a passionate and disciplined search for the poetic image. Both her drawings and her large-scale canvases have the spontaneous elegance of Chinese watercolor and calligraphy as well as the emotional directness of such poetic painters as Turner and Corot. To Schaff, the search for poetry is not about hiding behind a veil of secrecy and illusion. Poetic images drill down through the gentle topsoil of life into the gritty realities, the bedrock. Poetry is, above all, true-to the complexities of the human heart, and the eternal-and fleeting-mysteries of the universe.
James A. Michener Art Museum      26.04.2014 - 24.07.2014



U.S.A. - NEW YORK - Ai Weiwei: According to What? - 18.04.2014-10.08.2014


Ai Weiwei (Chinese, b. 1957). He Xie, 2010. 3,200 porcelain crabs, dimensions variable. Installation at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C., 2012. Courtesy of Ai Weiwei Studio. Photo by Cathy Carver

Ai Weiwei is one of China’s most prolific and provocative contemporary artists. Featuring over thirty works spanning more than twenty years, Ai Weiwei: According to What? explores universal topics of culture, history, politics, and tradition, showcasing the artist’s remarkably interdisciplinary career as a photographer, sculptor, architect, and activist.

These works spotlight issues of freedom of expression, as well as individual and human rights both in China and globally. Many use minimal forms and methods, while others manipulate traditional furniture, ancient pottery, and daily objects in ways that question cultural values and challenge political authority.

Ai is best known for projects such as his collaboration with Herzog & de Meuron on the 2008 Beijing Olympic National Stadium, as well as his embrace of the Internet and social media as a platform for his activism. Despite his arrest and eighty-one-day detention in 2011, Ai has continued to create art that transcends dualities between East and West.

Ai Weiwei: According to What? is organized by the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo. It is curated by Mami Kataoka, Mori Art Museum Chief Curator, and the Brooklyn presentation is organized by Sharon Matt Atkins, Managing Curator of Exhibitions, Brooklyn Museum.

This exhibition in Brooklyn has been made possible by  Lisson Gallery, Mary Boone Gallery, the Andrew J. and Christine C. Hall Foundation, the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Galerie Urs Meile, and the Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Exhibition Fund. Additional support is provided by the American Chai Trust for education and public programs.

Brooklyn Museum    18.04.2014 - 10.08.2014

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U.S.A.- HUNTINGTON-WEST VERGINIA - The Daywood Collection - 15.03.2014-02.11.2014


Between the years 1916 and 1965, Philippi, West Virginia, natives Arthur Spencer Dayton (1887-1948) and Ruth Woods Dayton (1894-1978) carefully selected a superb collection of  American and European paintings, prints, sculpture and decorative arts that speak to their personal philosophy of beauty in art. During their years in Charleston (1923-1948), the couple began seriously building their collection. They bought what they liked and what they could afford. They purchased works from art galleries, and over the years built a special relationship with MacBeth Gallery in New York City. They also bought directly from auctions, from prestigious exhibitions such as the Carnegie International, and purchased works directly from the studios of artists whom they admired – both in the United States and abroad. The Daytons kept a detailed and valuable record of where and when objects were acquired.

They were well read on the history of art, especially 19thand 20th century American artists, sharing a penchant for landscapes. The strength of their collection lies in academically trained artists working in the various schools of realism and American impressionism, including masterworks by Childe Hassam, J. Alden Weir, Emil Carlsen, John Twachtman, Willard Metcalf, Frank Benson, Charles Davis and works by “The Eight.” The ideals and works by early American modernists were of little interest.

In 1929, Ruth purchased from MacBeth Gallery an etching titled Calvary Church in Snow by Childe Hassam, and gave it to Arthur as a Christmas gift. Thus began a collection of engravings, etchings and lithographs by a literal “who’s who” of American and European printmakers. The Daytons also had a penchant for small bronzes, especially by women artists working in the late 19thand early 20th centuries, including Grace Helen Talbot, Harriet Frishmuth, Anna Hyatt Huntington, and Edith Parsons. A small collection of Lacy period glass was also part of the collection.

Arthur Dayton died suddenly at the age of sixty-one in May, 1948. With the goal of sharing the collection with the public, Ruth Dayton turned a building on the property adjacent to their home in Lewisburg, West Virginia, into a museum. She called it The Daywood Gallery, combining Arthur’s surname (Dayton) and her maiden name (Woods). The collection continued to grow through purchases and donations. The Daywood Gallery remained in operation from 1951 into 1966. The following year The Daywood Collection was donated to the

Huntington Museum of Art     15.03.2014 - 02.11.2014

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