2110 - U.S.A. - DALLAS-TEXAS - Käthe Kollwitz: A Social Activist in the Era of World War I - 03.05.2014-16.11.2014


Bread!, 1924. lithograph, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred L. Bromberg; Käthe Kollwitz

Käthe Kollwitz: A Social Activist in the Era of World War I contemplates the life and work of the German artist Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945). For Germans born in the second half of the 19th century, life was in a constant state of chaos with the approach of World War I followed by the destruction of World War II. The impact of these grave events became the inspiration for Kollwitz’s artwork. This installation, drawn from the DMA’s collection, explores some of the artist’s works surrounding World War I, as well as her artistic reactions to World War II. Her lithographs, etchings, and woodblock prints are also accompanied by works by Ernst Barlach, Max Pechstein, and Max Pollak.

Dallas Museum of Arts       03.05.2014 - 16.11.2014

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U.S.A. - CINCINNATI-OHIO - Paris Night & Day: Masterworks of Photography from Atget to Man Ray - 03.10.2014-11.01.2015

Man Ray, Portrait of Dora Maar, 1936, photograph. Collection of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochbert
All works are from the collection of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg.

Some of the greatest names in photographic history appear inParis Night & Day. This exhibition features vintage prints by French nationals and international photographers who worked in Paris, including Eugène Atget, Jacques-Henri Lartigue, Brassaï, Ilse Bing, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Bill Brandt, André Kertész, and Man Ray. The exhibit comprises works ranging from the lingering realist perspective of the late 19th century, through modernist experiments in the early 20th, to the startling world of Surrealist photography in the 1930s. Lovers of photography will delight in the many iconic images to be seen. 

Taft Museum of Art   03.10.2014 - 11.01.2015

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U.S.A. - CHICAGO-ILLINOIS - Earthly Delights - 28.06.2014-30.11.2014


Lari Pittman
Untitled #14, 2003
Oil, lacquer and Cel-Vinyl on gessoed canvas over wood panel
76 x 102 in. (193 x 259.1 cm)
Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Joseph and Jory Shapiro Fund by exchange, 2003.25
© 2003 Lari Pittman
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago

Earthly Delights brings together the work of eight artists who share a belief in the critical power of beauty. Drawn primarily from the MCA’s permanent collection, and made between 1949 and 2006, the paintings, sculptures, and installations in this exhibition embrace the decorative in defiance of prevailing artistic trends. By reveling in pleasure, exploring private moments, and exuding sensuality, these works challenge the primacy of rationality and logic in modernism.

As they explore the connections among art, decoration, and design, the artists in Earthly Delights insist on the intrinsic value of beauty by engaging with social issues. Lynda Benglis’s and Carol Bove’s sculptures address the exclusion of women from the history of minimalism. Works by Nick Cave and Yinka Shonibare, MBE, delve into gender and racial politics and the legacy of colonialism, as well as the histories of performance, music, and dance. Paintings and installations by Balthus, Marc Camille Chaimowicz, and Lari Pittman question taboos related to sexuality.

Irreverent and playful, this eclectic group of artists subvert the conservatism of minimalism and other twentieth-century movements that eschewed making art in pursuit of pleasure. Earthly Delights reveals the way beauty can be used as a conceptual tool.

Earthly Delights includes works by Balthus, Lynda Benglis, Carol Bove, Nick Cave, Marc Camille Chaimowicz, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Lari Pittman, and Yinka Shonibare, MBE.

This exhibition is curated by Abigail Winograd, Marjorie Susman Curatorial Fellow.

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago   28.06.2014 - 30.11.2014

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U.S.A. - CLEVELAND-OHIO - The Netherlandish Miniature, 1260–1550 - 21.12.2013-07.12.2014


Leaf Excised from a Breviary of Charles the Bold and Margaret of York: The Martyrdom of Saint Denis, c. 1467-1470
Simon Marmion (French, 1420s-1489)
tempera on vellum, Sheet - h:15.20 w:11.20 cm (h:5 15/16 w:4 3/8 inches) Framed - h:44.45 w:34.29 cm (h:17 1/2 w:13 1/2 inches) Matted - h:40.64 w:30.48 cm (h:16 w:12 inches). John L. Severance Fund 2005.55
Illuminated manuscripts were produced across Europe throughout the Middle Ages. They preserve the major portion of medieval painting and all the arts of calligraphy, bookbinding, and publishing. The Low Countries, the region occupied today by the Netherlands and Belgium, produced some of the most sumptuous and innovative miniatures, or pictures, to be found within illuminated books. Netherlandish manuscript painting forms one of the great artistic traditions of the Middle Ages and was divided into two distinct artistic cultures—the north, with its centers of illumination at Utrecht, Delft, and the Hague, and the South Netherlands dominated by Flanders and its centers of Bruges, Ghent, and Antwerp. These miniatures from illuminated books represent the culture of private devotion and monasticism that dominated life in the medieval Netherlands. While the scale of the paintings may be small, their power and refinement is often truly monumental.

The Cleveland Museum of Art      21.12.2013 - 07.12.2014

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