2168 - 20160117 - U.S.A. - WICHITA-KANSAS - Scenery, Story, Spirit: American Painting and Sculpture from the Santa Barbara Museum of Art - 26.09.2015-17.01.2016


Childe Hassam, The Manhattan Club, 1891. Oil on canvas, 18 1/4 x 22 1/8 inches. Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California, Gift of Mrs. Sterling Morton to the Preston Morton Collection
Santa Barbara is considered the American Riviera. The region attracts wealth and beauty--with stunning private art collections. Carefully developed over decades, Santa Barbara’s museum now holds a phenomenal American art collection, and its treasures will be featured in this special exhibition in Wichita this fall.
The show offers a compelling overview of 19th- and early 20th-century American art. It showcases 52 paintings and eight sculptures by some of America's greatest artists.
• landscapes by Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Cole, and Frederic Church,
• narrative paintings and street scenes by Winslow Homer, Childe Hassam, and George Bellows,
• portraits by William Merritt Chase and John Singer Sargent,
• and scenes from the frontier of the American West.
Wichita Art Museum - Scenery, Story, Spirit: American Painting and Sculpture from the Santa Barbara Museum of Art - 26.09.2015 - 17.01.2016


2167 - 20160117 - U.S.A. - WILLIAMSBURG - VIRGINIA - Twilight of a Golden Age: Florentine Painting After the Renaissance - 25.04.2015-17.01.2016


The exhibition features more than twenty important paintings and sculptures of the 17th & 18th centuries

"The opportunity to exhibit these extraordinary works allows us to continue the story of our groundbreaking Renaissance shows," said Aaron De Groft, Director of the Muscarelle Museum of Art. "Most of the artists active in Florence after Michelangelo’s death in 1564 are little known outside of Italy," De Groft continued. "The Haukohl Family has the most important collection of Florentine Baroque paintings and objects in the United States."

More than 35 years in the making, the Haukohl collection has lent generously to important museums and exhibitions both in America and abroad. The core of this magnificent collection is its unique holdings of paintings by three generations of the Dandini family, beginning with Cesare Dandini (1596-1657), a leading master of the early 17th Century. Dandini founded a dynasty of painters of classical themes personified by female figures, whose beauty was calculated to appeal to private collectors. Dandini’s younger brother, Vincenzo (1609-1675), is represented in the exhibition by impressive representations of St. Mark and the goddess Juno. The leader of the younger generations of the dynasty, which extended into the 18th century, was Pietro Dandini (1646-1712) whose large canvas, Esther Fainting Before King Ahasuerus, is a splendidly colorful presence in the show. After collaboration with his father Pietro, Ottaviano Dandini (1681-1740), enhanced the clarity of his style which is demonstrated wonderfully in Saint Phillip Neri and the Miracle on the Voyage to Naples.

A special section of the exhibition, "Artists, Writers, and Academies," is dedicated to the lively culture of Florence under the rule of the Medici grand dukes, when more than ten artistic, literary, and scientific societies were founded. This gallery will be dominated by four
painted stucco over-life-size portraits by Antonio Montauti (1683-1746), representing Michelangelo, Machiavelli, Galileo and Marsilio Ficino. The centerpiece will be a treasure of Florentine 18th century painting, a harlequin jester scene by Giovanni Domenico Ferretti (1692-1768), the most gifted Florentine artist of his century. This charming scene from the comic theater of that time is presented in an antique period frame decorated with figures of cupids holding symbols of music, the theater and other arts.

Under the many years curatorship of Sir Mark Fehrs Haukohl, the Haukohl family has the largest private collection of Florentine Baroque art in the United States. Resident in Houston, Texas, Sir Mark Fehrs Haukohl was born into a family of art collectors, who have always been patrons of the arts. All the paintings and sculptures in Twilight of a Golden Age: Florentine Painting

Muscarelle Museum of Art - Twilight of a Golden Age: Florentine Painting After the Renaissance - 25.04.2015-17.01.2016



2166 - 20160117 - U.S.A. - WILMINGTON - DELAWARE - The Golden Touch - Patrizio Travagli - 04.09.2015-17.01.2016


Acclaimed Florentine artist Patrizio Travagli uses the ancient technique of gilding to transform the value and appeal of personal objects. Fascinated by the interaction of light and metallic leaf, Travagli draws upon the act of memorializing inherent in the gilding process and its finished product.
he Golden Touch features gilded objects made during several adult workshops at the DCCA. Participants were invited to gild a meaningful or emotionally relevant object from their homes, thereby willingly surrendering their connection to its original appearance and physicality. The gilding of each item both elevates and solidifies its integral role in the participant’s life, transforming the objects into trophies or small devotional statues. In this way, Travagli facilitates a shift in perception for each participant, differentiating her or his repeated experience of the memento and its original function from the present moment. Each newly gilded object boasts an enthralling relationship with light, riveting our senses and establishing a distant yet reverential proximity to the object.

Offering an additional layer of perception, Travagli includes his own gilded paintings of each object’s silhouette in seductive, radiant works on paper. These two-dimensional works act as scans of physical elements that may hold particular feeling or memory, perhaps featuring concentrations of pain or joy held within the curves and crevices of each object. The artist also includes representative imagery of the United States, tying the act of gilding these particular objects to a geographic location. Within the context of Travagli’s exhibition, his golden map of the U.S. reminds us of the passage of time, the possibility of travel, and our potential movement from place to place, original memories and experiences intact.

Travagli writes, “In the act of covering the object, you are also revealing it. Like a mirror, it becomes a reflection, your own personal reflection.” The Golden Touch is a collection of objects that personify these histories and form relationships with one another when viewed side by side. In a gesture of both high celebration and final release, viewers can partake in the admiration of each object, their gazes reinforcing the preservation of the owner’s private and prolonged attachment.

Patrizio Travagli graduated from the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze in 1993 and began teaching painting and sculpture in various art institutes soon after. Travagli is the founder and current Director of the Accademia D’Arte Ad’A in Firenze, Italy. He has exhibited his work internationally, including the 2011 Venice Biennale and has work in various private and corporate collections.

Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts - The Golden Touch - Patrizio Travagli - 04.09.2015 - 17.01.2016



2165 - 20160103 - U.S.A. - WINSTON-SALEM - NORTH CAROLINA - The Artist's Garden : American Impressionism and the Garden - Movement, 1887-1920 - 03.10.2015-03.01.2016


Richard Emil (or Edward) Miller (1875-1943), The Pool, c. 1910

The Artist’s Garden will tell the story of American Impressionist artists and the growing popularity of gardening as a leisure pursuit at the turn of the 20th century. Focusing on the American Garden Movement of 1887-1920, the exhibition will consider such themes as American artists’ visits to European gardens; the enthusiasm for gardening among women; the urban garden, the artist’s garden, and the garden in winter. Organized by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, the exhibition and its accompanying catalogue will include representations of gardens across the United States and Europe.

Among the artists whose work will be included are some of the most beloved artists in the Reynolda House collection such as William Merritt Chase and Childe Hassam, along with other major American artists not represented at Reynolda, including Cecilia Beaux, Maria Oakey Dewing, Frederick Carl Frieseke, John Twachtman, and J. Alden Weir.

Katharine Smith Reynolds’s creation of the Reynolda estate, with its formal gardens and carefully landscaped grounds, coincides with and reflects the American Garden Movement. Reynolda architect Charles Barton Keen and landscape architect Thomas Sears were both from Philadelphia, the center of the movement. Katharine Reynolds, a woman always up to date, subscribed to a number of influential periodicals that helped spread information about gardening, including Country Life in America and Garden magazine. Her library also contained important gardening books. A complementary exhibition on the gardens and landscape at Reynolda, Reynolda at 100: Reynolda Gardens, will be on view at the same time in the historic house.

Reynolda House - Museum of American Art -The Artist's Garden : American Impressionism and the Garden - Movement, 1887-1920 - 03.10.2015 - 03.01.2016