Jumat, 11 Mei 2012

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The Kunsthalle of the Hypo Cultural Foundation Hosts First German Retrospective of Georgia O'Keeffe

Posted: 10 May 2012 08:27 PM PDT

artwork: Georgia O'Keeffe - "Black Mesa Landscape", 1930 - Oil on canvas - 61.6 x 92.1 cm. - Collection of the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. © Georgia O'Keeffe Museum/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2011.  -  On view at the Kunsthalle of the Hypo Cultural Foundation, Munich in"Georgia O'Keeffe: Life and Works" from February 3rd until May 13th.

Munich, Germany - The Kunsthalle of the Hypo Cultural Foundation is proud to host the first comprehensive retrospective of American artist Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986) in Germany. The exhibition "Georgia O'Keeffe: Life and Works" will be on view from February 3rd through May 13th, and features around 75 paintings, works on paper and sculptures providing an overview of her work. The exhibitions shows all phases of O'Keeffe's work, from her first abstract works of the 1910s, through the paintings of flowers and natural formations from the 1920s followed by the famous New York cityscapes and pictures of Lake George. The vast landscapes of New Mexico, with the typical local architecture and still life, animal skulls form a climax.


Georgia O'Keeffe's work, is generally unknown beyond American shores, a situation for which Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946) was primarily responsible. As America's first modernist photographer and its first advocate of modern art, he introduced O'Keeffe's art to the New York art community in 1916, and he became her dealer that year and her husband in 1924. As the most ardent promoter of her work, he made O'Keeffe's art accessible to New Yorkers with the annual exhibitions of it that he organized from 1923 until his death in 1946. By 1929, his promotional efforts had realized sales that made O'Keeffe a millionaire in today's money, which provided her complete financial security. In the beginning decades of the twentieth century, Stieglitz resented the fact that American art was not regarded with the same degree of importance as that of the Europeans. He became committed to the then revolutionary idea that American artists could create an art indigenous to America that would be valued with the same acclaim as that of the European masters. As a result, he refused to send the work of any of the artists he supported to exhibitions outside of the United States: Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley, John Marin, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Paul Strand, feeling that if people wanted to see American art, they should come to America. Thus, these artists works were and remain little known outside of the United States. O'Keeffe works are currently in several European collections as a result of recent gifts from The Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation, which dissolved in 2006. Also, in the last ten years, exhibitions of O'Keeffe's work have taken place in England, Spain, and Switzerland. But none has been presented in either Germany or Italy.  This retrospective exhibition will thus be the first to acquaint these European audiences with O'Keeffe's extraordinary works.

artwork: Georgia O'Keeffe - "Abstraction", 1946 (cast 1979-80) - Bronze, painted white - 91.4 x 91.4 x 11.4 cm. Collection of the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. © Georgia O'Keeffe Museum/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2011.

The exhibition will be made up primarily of work from the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum collection, which houses more than half of the artist's entire output, with a few works from other American and European collections.  Examples of O'Keefe's work in charcoal, watercolor, oil, and her sculptures will represent her creative efforts in each of these media. Moreover, selections of works from each decade in the seventy years she was active as an artist (1915-1984) will provide an overview of the kinds of subjects that interested her, from her abstractions of the 1910s, to her innovative and famous large-scale paintings of the 1920s, which include flowers, other natural forms, as well as New York city pictures. The show will also include works from the decades O'Keeffe worked in both New York and New Mexico, 1929 to 1949, when she made the area her permanent home), such as the many landscape and architectural forms she produced in both places, as well as her famous paintings of subjects specific to New Mexico: architecture, bones, skulls, and paintings of its highly colored and dramatic landscape configurations. In addition, the exhibition will include works she produced after moving to New Mexico in 1949 as well as those that were inspired by her travels beyond American shores that began in 1951. Indeed, she travelled extensively, making several trips around the world, until the early 1980s, when illness made it impossible for her to travel. The exhibition will also present photographs of O'Keeffe made by Stieglitz, who photographed her from 1917 until the mid-1930s, when he put his camera down. Other photographs of O'Keeffe that date from both before and after Stieglitz's death will be on view, such as images by Ansel Adams, Todd Webb, Andy Warhol, Don Worth, to name only a few. These photographs document two public images of O'Keeffe created through photography, a sexualized provocative O'Keeffe, which was the creation of Stieglitz beginning in the 1910s and the self-determined, serious, and uncompromising image that O'Keeffe created of herself from the 1920s to the end of her life.

artwork: Georgia O'Keeffe - "Days of Summer", 1936 - Oil on canvas - 91.4 x 76.2 cm. Collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art - © Georgia O'Keeffe Museum/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2011. On view at the Kunsthalle of the Hypo Cultural Foundation, in "Georgia O'Keeffe: Life and Works" until May 13th.

The Kunsthalle in Munich is the most important and best-known institution of the Hypo Cultural Foundation. The exhibition house is located in a pedestrian zone of the Theatinerstraße located in the center of downtown. Since opening in 1985 it has hosted over 80 exhibitions. In 2001 a major expansion, designed by renowned Swiss architects Herzog and de Meuron was built in the area of the "Five Houses". The Kunsthalle now has some 1,200 m² of exhibition space with modern museum technology. The exhibition program is famed for its high quality and diverse subjects. The spectrum ranges from the pre-and early history (5000 BC) to the immediate present. Broader areas of art, such as prehistoric, non-European and inter-disciplinary issues are regularly exhibited, most recently with "Royal Tombs of the Scythians". However, at the heart of the programme are the art exhibitions, ranging from old masters, such as "Venice - Paintings of the 18th Century", "Madame de Pompadour", "Italian Still Life" and "Frans Hals and Haarlem master of golden age", to the modern classics, including Marc Chagall, Paul Gauguin, Alberto Giacometti, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Rene Magritte, Claude Monet, Edvard Munch, Emile Nolde, Pablo Picasso and Mark Rothko. The most successful exhibition in recent years was "Claude Monet and Modernism" (with 237,000 visitors). The Kunsthalle has an average of more than 300,000 visitors a year, and nearly 7 million art lovers have visited since its opening in 1985. Visit the Kunsthalle's website at ... http://www.hypo-kunsthalle.de

"The Whimsical World of Pop Surrealism" hosted at the Art Gallery of Calgary

Posted: 10 May 2012 08:26 PM PDT

artwork: Heather Watts - "Tree of Life", 2011 - Acrylic on wood panel - 18" x 24" - Courtesy of the artist. On view at the Art Gallery of Calgary in "Down the Rabbit Hole: The Whimsical World of Pop Surrealism" until April 7th.

Calgary, Alberta.- The Art Gallery of Calgary is porud to present "Down the Rabbit Hole: The Whimsical World of Pop Surrealism", on view through April 7th. This contemporary group showing featuring artists Landon-Jon Ference, Eric Louie, Pilar Mehlis and Heather Watts. This exhibition explores a wide array of themes including: fairytales, fantacy and urban mythology, and is sure to spark curiosity and inspire a sense of wonder in audiences of all ages. At the artist talk and sneak preview on February 9 from 7 to 9pm the artists: Landon-Jon Ference, Eric Louie, Pilar Mehlis and Heather Watts will share their insights into fairytales, fantasy, dreams and biomorphism among the other otherworldly themes of Pop Surrealist Art. The exhibition features fanciful and bizarre images brimming with convoluted dreamlike qualities. Enmeshed somewhere between sleep and awake, the vague and indescribable scenes depicted in these artworks involuntarily blend to stimulate sensations of joy, amusement, fear, bewilderment, enchantment, sadness and excitement.


Cult Film 'The Third Man' Starring Orson Welles Lives on in Vienna Tours

Posted: 10 May 2012 08:25 PM PDT

artwork: Seeing the Vienna sewer during a guided tour. Six decades after "The Third Man" was premiered in London in September of 1949, tourists from around the world even slip into Vienna sewers, to see where the much-acclaimed motion picture was set. AP Photo/Lilli Strauss.

VIENNA (AP).- Sachertorte. Magnificent palaces. Splendid museums. When Phillip Kalantirsky had his fill of Vienna the Opulent, he stayed on for a taste of Vienna Noir — in a walking tour built around the cult film "The Third Man." "I'm obsessed with the movie," the 37-year-old lawyer from New York said on a recent afternoon as he and his wife waited for the tour to start. "Most old films are very dated, you don't buy into them. 'The Third Man' is different." Kalantirsky's fascination with the film — set and partly shot in postwar Vienna — is shared by many. Six decades after "The Third Man" premiered in London in September 1949, tourists from around the world pound the Austrian capital's pavements — and even slip into its sewers — to see where the much-acclaimed motion picture was set. Fans can choose from the walking tour or the underground tour, visit a museum devoted to the movie, or even watch it in a theater.

The Hyatt Regency in London Hosts an Exhibition of Sir Peter Blake's Prints

Posted: 10 May 2012 08:24 PM PDT

artwork: Sir Peter Blake - "Homage to Damien Hirst: The Butterfly Man, Hollywoodland", 2011 - Silkscreen print - 58 x 68 cm. - Edition of 100. © the artist. On view at the Hyatt Regency (Churchill) Hotel, London in  "Peter Blake – In Print", organised by Candlestar until September.

London.- The Hyatt Regency London (The Churchill) at 30 Portman Square will host an exhibition of prints by the Godfather of British Pop Art, Sir Peter Blake. Organised by Candlestar, the exhibition will run until September. "Peter Blake – In Print" is the sixth exhibition Candlestar has produced in partnership with the luxury five-star hotel Hyatt Regency London, the main hotel partner to Frieze Art Fair, and is the first time Candlestar has focussed on the work of a single artist during its Hyatt series. Sir Peter Blake is best known for his limited edition prints and the design of the sleeve for The Beatles album Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. This show is a series of snapshots of the prodigious body of print works that Sir Peter has made over a career that has spanned nearly six decades.


The Corey Helford Gallery Celebrates its Fifth Anniversary With a Major Group Show

Posted: 10 May 2012 08:22 PM PDT

artwork: Eric Joyner - "Jungle Trek", 2011 - Oil on wood panel - 48

Culver City, CA.- The Corey Helford Gallery is proud to present "Zero To Sixty" marking the fifth anniversary of the gallery opening its doors in Culver City, California. For the momentous event, more than fifty artists from around the globe were invited to create a special piece for the anniversary show. The exhibition will include new works by celebrated artists who have shown with the gallery since its inception: Natalia Fabia, Sylvia Ji, Buff Monster, Kukula, Lola, Korin Faught, Brandi Milne, Eric Joyner, and David Stoupakis. "Zero To Sixty" opens on July 1st and will remain on view through July 13th.


"'Zero To Sixty' is a show of what's best at Corey Helford Gallery and what's to come — new works from the artists who've shown with the gallery from the beginning and a host of works from artists we just love, like Joe Sorren, Todd Schorr, Greg Simkins, Kent Williams, Nick Walker, Sas and Colin Christian, and also some artists who have never shown with us before, like MEGGS and Kazuki Takamatsu," explains gallery owners Jan and Bruce Helford. Other participating artists include, Adam Wallacavage, Alex Pardee, Amy Sol, Anita Kunz, Annie Owens, Billy Norrby, Carlos Ramos, Chris Anthony, D*Face, EINE, Gary Baseman, Gary Taxali, HUSH, Jason Shawn Alexander, Joey Remmers, Josh Agle (Shag), Joshua Petker, Kinsey, Krista Huot, London Police, Luke Chueh, Mia Araujo, Michael Mararian, Natalie Shau, Nouar, Paul Frank, Ray Caesar, Robert Bellm, Ron English, Sarah Folkman, Scott Brooks, Stella Im Hultberg, Simone Legno (tokidoki), Tom Bagshaw, Van Arno and Word to Mother

Described as a paint-by-number on steroids, one of the show highlights will be a 53" x 40" painting created by San Francisco artist Eric Joyner. Internationally recognized for his paintings of robots and donuts, Joyner created the piece using digital technology to expand an original paint-by-number onto a giant giclee canvas. For the opening night reception, over half of the artists will be in attendance to discuss their works and celebrate with guests, and the gallery will unveil an innovative surprise during the evening where guests will have the opportunity to participate in an interactive installation. Jan and Bruce Helford note, "We try to make every show a special event, so the bar is raised pretty high for this one."

artwork: Brandi Milne - "And Such is Life", 2011 - Acrylic on wood - 40 " x 27". Courtesy Corey Helford Gallery, © the artist. - On View at the Corey Helford Gallery 5th anniversary group show until July 13th.

Since opening its doors in Culver City's Arts District in 2006, Corey Helford Gallery has emerged as a powerhouse in Los Angeles' art scene with its standout exhibitions that have gained worldwide fame. Corey Helford's first major group exhibition debuted in 2007 with "Charity By Numbers." Featuring an unparalleled line-up of works by more than 65 artists of the New Fine Art Movement, the group show attracted thousands of guests for the benefit exhibition and auction. Jan and Bruce Helford add "It made us realize the power and momentum of this art movement." Chris Anthony's 2007 photographic exhibition "Victims & Avengers" opened with a private musical recital by Zooey Deschanel who charmed guests with her delightful singing and ukulele performance. The "Chou-achella" of contemporary art, Gary Baseman's "La Noche De La Fusion" festival/exhibition extravaganza dazzled audiences in 2009.

Over 3,000 fans from around the world attended the absurdist art carnival, which included the premiere of Baseman's character ChouChou, fire performers, Brazilian samba dancers and drummers, and "Metamorphosis," a ritual finale to burn away fears and insecurities. In 2010, Corey Helford unveiled its largest and grandest exhibition to date, "Art From The New World." Curated by Jan Corey Helford, the trans-Atlantic collaboration with Bristol's City Museum & Art Gallery drew over 60,000 visitors in only three months and established the American New Fine Art Movement in the UK and Europe. The opening night gala made UK history with Dita Von Teese's titillating burlesque performance in an Edwardian-era British museum.

artwork: Kazuki Takamatsu - "Untitled" - Gouache on paper. Courtesy Corey Helford Gallery, © the artist.

Most recently, Corey Helford invited UK street artist D*Face for his first Los Angeles solo exhibition in April 2011, entitled "Going Nowhere Fast." One of the many highlights of epic aPOPcalyptic sold-out show was the "Cheat Death" tombstone that D*Face strategically placed on Charlie Sheen's Walk-of-Fame star in Hollywood. The year ahead will showcase the addition of major solo exhibitions by Ron English and Ray Caesar to Corey Helford Gallery's schedule, and the gallery has more special surprises planned for 2012. "Surprises. We really like surprises. When everyone is zigging, we like to zag," the Helfords add.

Located in the Culver City Art District, Corey Helford Gallery was established in April 2006 by Jan Corey Helford and her husband, television producer and creator, Bruce Helford (The Drew Carey Show, George Lopez, The Oblongs). Passionate art collectors, the Helfords are producers on the art documentary The Treasures of Long Gone John and have partnered to open their first gallery. Corey Helford Gallery presents a wide range of artists, from members of the new fine art movement, such as Ron English, Josh Agle (SHAG), Buff Monster, COOP, Natalia Fabia, Korin Faught, Sylvia Ji, Eric Joyner, Chloe Early, Ray Caesar, and award-winning photographer Chris Anthony, to early Modernist William S. Schwartz. In 2010, Corey Helford Gallery partnered with Bristol's City Museum & Art Gallery for the transatlantic collaboration "Art From The New World", a world-class United Kingdom museum exhibition showcasing work by a formidable group of 49 of the finest emerging and noted American artists. Corey Helford Gallery presents new exhibitions approximately every four weeks. Visit the gallery's website at ... http://www.coreyhelfordgallery.com

Sotheby's NY to Sell Rare and Deeply Personal Marc Chagall Sketchbook

Posted: 10 May 2012 08:20 PM PDT

artwork: Marc Chagall's 85-page personal book contains unpublished drawings in a variety of media, providing a virtual catalogue of Chagall's colorful and moving iconography. - Photo: Sotheby's.

NEW YORK, NY.-
A deeply personal sketchbook used by Marc Chagall for over twenty years will be one of the highlights of Sotheby's Books and Manuscripts sale in New York on 17 June 2011. The 85-page book contains unpublished drawings in a variety of media, providing a virtual catalogue of Chagall's colorful and moving iconography. The sketchbook originally belonged to the artist's wife, Bella Chagall, who filled the first eight pages with her Yiddish translations of French poetry. After her death in September 1944, Marc Chagall poured his grief into the sketchbook through drawings and watercolors, many of which depict him with Bella. None of these images have ever been seen by the public before. The sketchbook, which is estimated to sell for $600/900,000, will be shown at Sotheby's Paris on 16 and 17 May before returning to New York for exhibition beginning 11 June.

Florida Museum of Photographic Arts Displays Photography by Ansel Adams

Posted: 10 May 2012 08:18 PM PDT

artwork: Georgia O'Keeffe and Orville Cox, Canyon de Chelly National Park Monument, 1937. - Photograph by Ansel Adams ©2011 The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust.- Courtesy of the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts


TAMPA, FL.- More than 50 photographs by Ansel Adams are on exhibit at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts (FMOPA) in downtown Tampa on the corner of Ashley Drive and Jackson Street. They are on view through July 6. More than any one photographer, Ansel Adams (1902-1984) created images that capture the American spirit: the wide, unconquered spaces of the West, the endless skies that recall the limitless possibilities of the American dream and the rugged terrain that evokes this nation's can-do energy.

Valentino's Fifty Year Exhibition

Posted: 10 May 2012 08:14 PM PDT

artwork: Leave it to Valentino–a man who once said that "the modern woman, a girl like yourself, can be gorgeous and cultured and sophisticated and still dance on tables". At the end his reign with a bevy of beautiful women all applauding his many decades of success.  This was the finale at Valentino's last show at the Musée Rodin in Paris.

SINGAPORE.- One hundred pieces of exquisite haute couture designs by Italian maestro, Valentino Garavani, will be featured in a curated exhibition at Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) from 22 December 2010 to 13 February 2011. The seven-week long show promises to take visitors into a world of timeless glamour and elegance. The exhibition – 'Valentino, Retrospective: Past/Present/Future' – is developed by Paris' celebrated institution Les Arts Décoratifs, and it will feature haute couture looks from founder Valentino Garavani's early designs to present-day creations by current Creative Directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli.
Visitors will be able to see gowns that were once worn by celebrities such as Cate Blanchett, Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Elizabeth Taylor and others.

New Presentation of the Modern Collection at the Centre Pompidou

Posted: 10 May 2012 08:12 PM PDT

artwork: Jorge Pardo's "Back: Untitled #2" - Credit: Centre Pompidou Foundation, Paris. - Displayed at the museum's 5th floor the collection presents the movements involved in the emergence of Modern Art (Faubism, Cubism, Surrealism, Abstraction, etc) and selections from the museum's holdings.

PARIS.- The National Museum of Modern Art (Centre Pompidou) opened, on level 5, the new presentation of its collections from 1905 to 1960. The exhibition is entirely dedicated to artists, movements and themes of the founding history of modern art of the twentieth century. There are so many landmarks for visitors which illuminate the journey throughout a century of creation. Centre Pompidou has dedicated over 7000 m² to a thematic and chronological dialogue between works emblematic of all disciplines: visual arts, photography, architecture, design and film.

First Museum Exhibition in 50 Years Devoted to Ida Kar at the National Portrait Gallery

Posted: 10 May 2012 08:10 PM PDT

artwork: Ida Kar - Georges Braque In His Studio, 1960 - Photo courtesy of © National Portrait Gallery, London


LONDON.- A new exhibition of portraits by the twentieth-century pioneering photographer Ida Kar opened at the National Portrait Gallery Thursday 10 March. Ida Kar: Bohemian Photographer, 1908-74 highlights the crucial role played by this key woman photographer at the heart of the creative avant-garde. With striking portraits of artists such as Henry Moore, Georges Braque, Gino Severini and Bridget Riley, and writers such as Iris Murdoch and Jean-Paul Sartre, this exhibition offers a fascinating insight into the cultural life of post-war Britain and an opportunity to see iconic works, and others not previously exhibited. Material on display from the photographer's archive (acquired by the National Portrait Gallery, including over 800 of Kar's vintage prints and 10, 000 negatives) includes letters, a sitters' book and a portfolio book made in 1954 of her trip to the artists' studios of Paris.


The Portland Art Museum Displays Three Centuries of Japanese Prints

Posted: 10 May 2012 08:08 PM PDT

artwork: Utagawa Toyoharu - "Ukie nô kyôgen no zu (Perspective Picture of a Noh Performance)", circa 1770 - Color woodblock print - 9 13/16" x 14 15/16" Collection of the Portland Art Museum, Oregon. On view in "The Artist's Touch, The Craftsman's Hand: Three Centuries of Japanese Prints from the Portland Art Museum" until January 22nd 2012.

Portland, Oregon.-  The Portland Art Museum is proud to present "The Artist's Touch, The Craftsman's Hand: Three Centuries of Japanese Prints from the Portland Art Museum" on view through January 22nd 2012. The Portland Art Museum owns an extensive collection of over 2,500 Japanese prints dating from the late 17th century to the present. This fall through January, the museum will mount its first major exhibition of prints selected from the permanent collection. Some of the more historically important pieces in the exhibit were chosen from the Mary Andrews Ladd collection of 750 traditional woodblock prints which was gifted to the museum in 1932. The exhibit will also feature rare prints by iconic Ukiyo-e artists like Suzuki Harunobu, credited as the first to produce full-colour prints, and Katsushika Hokusai, known for his series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji. Other rare works include privately commissioned surimono prints that were used for special occasions. Quintessential images of Japanese beauties (bijin-ga) and 18th-century prints of actors are stellar examples from the collection.


Works from the 20th century include a series of emotional landscapes and devastated cityscapes showing the tragic aftermath of the Great Kanto- Earthquake of 1923. Examples of artistic styles from the Post-War period are reflected in prints like Kunihiro Amano's 1975 Op Art piece Lost Past #4. Japanese prints have been integral to the identity of the Portland Art Museum since 1932 when the Museum was given more than 750 traditional woodblock prints from the collection of Mary Andrews Ladd. Since then, the Museum's collection has grown to more than 2,500 works and spans from the late 17th century to the present day. This fall, after three years of intensive research, the Museum will present the first major exhibition to draw exclusively from this remarkable public resource.

artwork: Utagawa Toyohiro - "Parlor Puppets: Act VI of The Treasury of Loyal Retainers" circa 1803 -  Woodblock print -  Collection of the Portland Art Museum, Oregon.

The Artist's Touch, The Craftsman's Hand will feature a finely honed selection of some 250 of the most historically important and visually compelling Japanese prints in the collection. Visitors will encounter familiar artists such as Harunobu and Hokusai - icons in the history of Japanese printmaking — and the prints will be a revelation, as nearly half of the works in the exhibition are unique or extremely rare. Special strengths in the collection include 18th-century actor prints; surimono, deluxe prints that were privately commissioned; and painterly landscapes of the early 20th century, including a series that documents the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923. The exhibition will conclude with the new developments of the Post-War period, from Op Art and Abstract Expressionism to lyrical evocations of an imagined past.

artwork: Jôkata Kaiseki - "Mount Fuji in Autumn" from an untitled series of twelve views of Mount Fuji, 1929 - Color woodblock print - 10 3/4" x 14 1/16" - Collection of the Portland Art Museum,OR.

Founded in late 1892, the Portland Art Museum is the seventh oldest museum in the United States and the oldest in the Pacific Northwest. The Museum is internationally recognized for its permanent collection and ambitious special exhibitions, drawn from the Museum's holdings and the world's finest public and private collections. The Museum's collection of more than 42,000 objects, displayed in 112,000 square feet of galleries, reflects the history of art from ancient times to today. The collection is distinguished for its holdings of arts of the native peoples of North America, English silver, and the graphic arts. An active collecting institution, the Museum devotes 90 percent of its galleries to the permanent collection. Since its founding in 1892, the Museum has amassed a significant collection of American paintings and sculptures. Located on the second level of the Belluschi Building, the collection has grown primarily through gifts and key purchases of works by artists of national acclaim. Arranged chronologically, the American art collection provides an overview of the history of American art. Early portraits by Gilbert Stuart and Erastus Salisbury Field join acknowledged late 19th–century masterworks such as the magnificent Mount Hood by Albert Bierstadt, The Sculptor and the King by George de Forest Brush, and Thomas Moran's The Grand Canal, Venice. The collection also features paintings by the great 19th–century landscape painter, George Inness.

artwork: Katsushika Hokusai - "The Falling Mist Waterfall at Mount Kurokami in Shimotsuke Province", 1833/34 - Woodblock print - Collection of the Portland Art Museum, Oregon. The collection is rich in works by American Impressionists Childe Hassam and J. Alden Weir, including paintings created during their visits to Portland in the early 1900s and Weir's portrait of Museum founder C.E.S. Wood. Other works from the first half of the 20th century include paintings by artists ranging from Modernists Milton Avery and Marsden Hartley to John Sloan, George Lucks, and other members of the Eight, a group of American artists that united to oppose academism. From its earliest days, the Museum has closely followed and supported contemporary art. In 1908, the Museum acquired its first original painting, created by the American Impressionist Childe Hassam in the same year. In 1905 and 1913, exhibitions of avant-garde art were presented at the Museum, including Marcel Duchamp's Nude Descending a Staircase and other momentous works from the controversial 1913 Armory Show in New York.  The Museum began building a collection of 20th-century art in the late 1940s. A 1971 gift of funds in Evan H. Roberts' name allowed a series of sculpture purchases by artists such as Henry Moore and Mark Di Suvero. In 2000, the Museum acquired the Clement Greenberg Collection of 159 paintings, prints, drawings, and sculptures by some of the most important American artists of the mid-20th century. The acquisition, supported by Tom and Gretchen Holce, and Carol and John Hampton, along with a number of major gifts, resulted in a quantum leap in the collection. Today, the collection includes works that date back to World War I and originate from North and South America, Asia, and Europe. The Belluschi Building's Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Sculpture Court is dedicated to exhibiting large-scale works from the Museum's holdings. In 2005, the Museum introduced the Jubitz Center for Modern and Contemporary Art to accommodate the growing collection. Located on all six floors of the Mark Building, the 28,000-square-foot Center was created to present rotating exhibitions of more than 400 modern works from the collection, in addition to special contemporary art exhibitions. Established early in the Museum's history, the photography holdings then consisted of only a few works. With the addition of a permanent curator of photography in the early 1980s, the collection began to rapidly expand. Today, there are approximately 5,000 works in the collection, which is part of the Vivian and Gordon Gilkey Center for Graphic Arts. The majority of images were acquired as gifts, so in a very real sense the collection is a product of the Museum's community. These images reflect the varied photographic interests of hundreds of individuals whose efforts and gifts have helped shape the collection. One of the earliest acquisitions was a complete 20–volume set of Edward Sheriff Curtis's masterwork, The North American Indian. In 1942, the Works Progress

Administration of the Federal Art Projects placed a large collection of Minor White's photographs of Portland on permanent loan. Over the past 20 years, the Museum has also accepted gifts from various donors of more than 50 postwar photographs by White. The Museum has placed particular emphasis on the acquisition of images that chronicle photography in Oregon and the West, adding to work by Group f/64 organizers Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, and Imogen Cunningham, and tracing a decade-by–decade profile of photographic accomplishments by both acknowledged masters and the under–recognized. Of particular note are in–depth holdings of work by Myra Wiggins, Lily White, and Sarah Ladd, associate members of Alfred Stieglitz's Photo–Secession Movement, who lived and worked in Salem and Portland at the turn of the 20th century, as well as a rich selection of images reflecting the life work of Al Monner and Todd Walker. The collection also includes works by noted contemporary photographers, including Cindy Sherman, Lorna Simpson, and Carrie Mae Weems, Robert Adams, Elliot Erwitt, Dianne Kornberg, and Joel Sternfeld. The museum also hosts major collections of Asian and Native American art as well as a collection of more than 100 pieces of silver, ranging from a 15th-century drinking bowl to a spectacular Rococo cup and cover with maker's marks of Lewis Herne and Francis Butty. Visit the museum's website at ... http://www.portlandartmuseum.org

SFMOMA Celebrates 75th Anniversary with Anniversary Exhibition

Posted: 10 May 2012 08:06 PM PDT

artwork: Jeff Koons - "Michael Jackson and Bubbles", 1988 - Porcelain, 42 x 70 1/2 x 32 1/2 inches. Collection SFMOMA. Purchased through the Marian and Bernard Messenger Fund and restricted funds. © Jeff Koons.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- Celebrating the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)'s impact on modern and contemporary art, the exhibition "The Anniversary Show" traces the art and individuals that have made SFMOMA the institution it is today. Throughout the anniversary year, SFMOMA will present a series of exhibitions under the heading "75 Years of Looking Forward" illustrating the story of the artists, collectors, cultural mavericks, and San Francisco leaders who founded, built, and have animated the museum.

Pure Sixties, Pure Bailey, a Selling Exhibition at Bonhams in London

Posted: 10 May 2012 08:04 PM PDT

artwork: To celebrate 50 years since the start of the swinging sixties (and 50 years since David Bailey started work at Vogue. Bonhams has asked Bailey to put together a selection of his finest images from the decade  Left : Jean Shrimpton, photographed by Bailey in British Vogue; Right: Mick Jagger gelatin silver print, edition 110. Photo: Bonhams.

LONDON.- A selling exhibition of David Bailey's iconic images of the 1960s - the 50th anniversary of a decade that changed our cultural history - will be hosted by Bonhams in New Bond Street. The 'Pure Sixties. Pure Bailey.' exhibition will be on view at Bonhams, 101 New Bond Street, from 7th March – 7th April, 2010. David Bailey's name is an integral part of the 1960s, that dynamic period which created a melting pot of talent drawn from music, fashion, literature, design and cinema. He captured images which remain a pictorial reminder of all that was best about it – new, edgy, exciting, & beautiful.

U. of Maine Museum of Art to feature Paintings by Megan Chase

Posted: 10 May 2012 08:03 PM PDT

artwork: Megan Chase (American, born 1975) - Untitled, 1998 - Oil on canvas, 84 x 108" - Courtesy of the artist On exhibition at University of Maine Museum of Art

Bangor, ME - Megan Chase, a painter based in Belfast, Maine, exhibits a series of expressionistic landscapes in which color is paramount. The artist states that, "color builds the images and space and is implicit in the development of meaning." Inspiration for Chase's paintings is derived from travel and from witnessing the play of light, color and pattern during her daily work on the family farm. In the large-scale work Untitled , 1999, golden hues dominate the composition, strong diagonals define the garden rows, and a faint figure carrying baskets of produce emerges from an array of brushstrokes; dabs of blue, olive green, and bright red punctuate the landscape. On view 15 January through 3 April, 2010 at UMMA.

Fred Tomaselli "Woodpecker" Painting Purchased by Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Posted: 10 May 2012 08:01 PM PDT

artwork: Fred Tomaselli's "Woodpecker" is a 2008 painting in acrylic, gouache, photo collage, and resin on wood panel measuring 6 by 6 feet. /  Photo by Katherine Wetzel, © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

RICHMOND, VA.-Two contemporary works, a painting by Fred Tomaselli and a photograph by William Wiley, have been added to theVirginia Museum of Fine Artscollection.The Tomaselli painting, "Woodpecker," is a 2008 work in acrylic, gouache, photo collage, and resin on wood panel measuring 6 by 6 feet. Born in Los Angeles in 1956, Tomaselli credits growing up near Disneyland for his lifelong interest in artifice and visual excess. His work embraces both high and low culture and combines intricate, ornate and exquisitely rendered images with what he calls "artificial, immersive, theme-park reality."

Frist Center for the Visual Arts hosts Photography from George Eastman House Collection

Posted: 10 May 2012 07:59 PM PDT

artwork: Dr. Harold E. Edgerton (American 1903-1990) - Shooting the Apple, 1964 - [.30 Bullet Piercing an Apple. A Microsecond Exposure of a Bullet Traveling 2800 Feet per Second] - Color print, dye transfer process. - Copyright Harold and Esther Edgerton Foundation, Courtesy George Eastman House, Rochester, NY

NASHVILLE, TN.— The Frist Center for the Visual Arts will open The Best of Photography and Film from the George Eastman House Collection Friday, Oct. 10, 2008. The exhibition will feature more than 200 iconic photographs, films and film-related materials selected from the world-renowned collection of George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film in Rochester, New York. The Best of Photography and Film will be on view through Jan. 25, 2009.

artwork:  Edward Weston Pepper No. 30 - 1930 Since its inception, photography has developed its potential as both a documentary and fine arts medium. The Best of Photography and Film includes works that range from the aesthetic images of Julia Margaret Cameron (1815–1879) and Edward Weston (1886–1958) to the gripping documents of Dorothea Lange (1895–1965) and Robert Frank (b. 1924). The exhibition also features works by photographers who have pushed the technical boundaries of the medium. Examples of early motion pictures highlight the achievements of a continually developing technology and the evolving creativity of their makers—two aspects that have made film one of the most popular mediums of our times.

Early highlights of the photographs selected from the Eastman House collection include several daguerreotypes; Mathew Brady's Portrait of Abraham Lincoln (1860); the first photograph of lightning by William Jennings and a salted paper print by William Henry Fox Talbot. In addition, later iconic images such as Alfred Stieglitz's The Steerage (1907), Edward Weston's Pepper No. 30 (1930) and Ansel Adams's Moonrise Hernandez (1941) are featured.

"This exhibition truly is a 'greatest hits' of photography's nearly 170-year history. While the Frist Center has presented many monographic photography shows in our Gordon Contemporary Artists Project gallery and more narrowly focused exhibitions such as Reflections in Black and The Pulitzer Prize Photographs, this is the first time the Frist Center has presented a broad overview of the medium," says Katie Delmez, curator at the Frist Center. "The exhibition should appeal to a wide audience because both photography and film are very accessible and familiar to most people. And, interestingly, photography is such a pervasive art form largely because of Mr. George Eastman—the father of popular photography—and his inventions."

artwork: Dorothea Lange (American, 1895-1965) Migrant Mother, 1933 Gelatin silver print Courtesy George Eastman HouseThe Best of Photography and Film is organized into numerous sections including the early years of the medium, portraiture, photography and war, photography as fine art, social commentary, Modernism and more. 

Film clips from the George Eastman House archives, many of which were restored by Eastman House, include Peter Pan (1924), The Lost World (1925), The Phantom of the Opera (1925) and The Fall of the House of Usher (1928). Other motion picture items on view will include publicity stills, posters and many celebrity portraits of greats such as Greta Garbo, Elizabeth Taylor, Spencer Tracy and James Stewart.


The exhibition showcases variations of several well-known works, such as Lewis Wickes Hine's Power House Mechanic (1920) alongside the other "runners up" who posed for Hine in the same set-up, but were not the final choice; Edward Steichen's famous portrait of Paul Robeson, in which the subject appears stern, alongside an image from the same shoot where Robeson is laughing; and two photographs of Dorothea Lange's Migrant Mother (1936), as evidence that edits were made by the photographer to her most celebrated image.

George Eastman House is the world's oldest and largest photography and film museum, founded in 1947 and housed on the 12-acre estate of Kodak founder, George Eastman. The museum holds in its archives 400,000 photographs representing 14,000 photographers; 16,000 pieces of camera technology, including the world's largest collection of American cameras; 25,000 film titles, making it one of the four largest film archives in the United States and more than 3 million motion picture artifacts, including publicity stills, scripts, scores and posters. The Best of Photography and Film from the George Eastman House Collection was organized by George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film.

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Posted: 10 May 2012 07:58 PM PDT

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