- The Albertina Opens "René Magritte ~ The Pleasure Principle"
- Metropolitan Museum of Art to show "American Stories: Paintings of Everyday Life, 1765-1915"
- The Lucca Center of Contemporary Art Shows Hidden Treasures from the Guggenheim Collection
- The World Famous Albertina Museum in Vienna Delights Our AKN Editor
- The Guggenheim Museum Shows Pop Objects & Icons From its Collection
- The Westmoreland Museum of American Art to Examine America's Oldest Continuous Art Colony
- Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Presents 110 Years of Sculpture
- Wolfgang Roth & Partners to Host A Graffiti and Street Art Camp
- The Jaguar E-Type ~ The World's Most Beautiful Car Celebrates it's 50th Birthday
- Frist Center to host American Modernism from The Lane Collection
- Paintings by Melanie Daniel at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art
- Toy Art Gallery Shows Francesco Molfetta's Pop Fiction Sculpture
- Servey Shutov Retrospective at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art
- Ben Frost's ~ 'Crapitalism'
- The Fahey/Kline Gallery Presents Two Unique Exhibitions of Rock 'n' Roll Photography
- This Week in Review in Art Knowledge News
Posted: 16 May 2012 09:01 PM PDT
Vienna.- The Albertina is proud to present "René Magritte: The Pleasure Principle" on view at the museum from November 9th through February 26th 2012. A selection of more than 100 works from around the world will cover every creative phase of the artist, retracing Magritte's artistic career. Conceived in collaboration with the Tate Liverpool, the exhibition addresses hitherto little-explored aspects of Magritte's life and artistic activity. It focuses on his use of patterns and recurring objects, the subject of covering and unveiling, visual breaks and eroticism in his oeuvre. On the basis of Magritte's most important works and early commercial pieces, the exhibition examines the connection between the artist's paintings and his work for the advertising industry as well as the influence of pop culture. Drawings and collages, rarely shown photographs and films will also be on display in the exhibition.
René Magritte was born in Lessines, in the province of Hainaut, in 1898, the eldest son of Léopold Magritte, who was a tailor and textile merchant, and Régina (née Bertinchamps), a milliner until her marriage. Little is known about Magritte's early life, but he began lessons in drawing in 1910. On 12 March 1912, his mother committed suicide by drowning herself in the River Sambre. This was not her first attempt; she had made many over a number of years, driving her husband Léopold to lock her into her bedroom. One day she escaped, and was missing for days. She was later discovered a mile or so down the nearby river, dead. According to a legend, 13-year-old Magritte was present when her body was retrieved from the water, but recent research has discredited this story, which may have originated with the family nurse. Supposedly, when his mother was found, her dress was covering her face, an image that has been suggested as the source of several of Magritte's paintings in 1927–1928 of people with cloth obscuring their faces, including Les Amants. Magritte's earliest paintings, which date from about 1915, were Impressionistic in style. From 1916 to 1918 he studied at the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, under Constant Montald, but found the instruction uninspiring.
The paintings he produced during the years 1918–1924 were influenced by Futurism and by the offshoot of Cubism practiced by Metzinger. Most of his works of this period are female nudes. In 1922 Magritte married Georgette Berger, whom he had met as a child in 1913. From December 1920 until September 1921, Magritte served in the Belgian infantry in the Flemish town of Beverlo near Leopoldsburg. In 1922–1923, he worked as a draughtsman in a wallpaper factory, and was a poster and advertisement designer until 1926, when a contract with Galerie le Centaure in Brussels made it possible for him to paint full-time. In 1926, Magritte produced his first surreal painting, "The Lost Jockey (Le jockey perdu)", and held his first exhibition in Brussels in 1927.
Critics heaped abuse on the exhibition. Depressed by the failure, he moved to Paris where he became friends with André Breton, and became involved in the surrealist group. Galerie la Centaure closed at the end of 1929, ending Magritte's contract income. Having made little impact in Paris, Magritte returned to Brussels in 1930 and resumed working in advertising. He and his brother, Paul, formed an agency which earned him a living wage. Surrealist patron Edward James allowed Magritte, in the early stages of his career, to stay rent free in his London home and paint. James is featured in two of Magritte's pieces, "Le Principe du Plaisir (The Pleasure Principle)" and "La Reproduction Interdite", a painting also known as "Not to be Reproduced". During the German occupation of Belgium in World War II he remained in Brussels, which led to a break with Breton. He briefly adopted a colorful, painterly style in 1943–44, an interlude known as his "Renoir Period", as a reaction to his feelings of alienation and abandonment that came with living in German-occupied Belgium. In 1946, renouncing the violence and pessimism of his earlier work, he joined several other Belgian artists in signing the manifesto 'Surrealism in Full Sunlight'. During 1947–48—Magritte's "Vache Period" — he painted in a provocative and crude Fauve style.
During this time, Magritte supported himself through the production of faked works purporting to be by Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque and Giorgio de Chirico - a fraudulent repertoire he was later to expand into the printing of forged banknotes during the lean postwar period. This venture was undertaken alongside his brother Paul Magritte and fellow Surrealist and 'surrogate son' Marcel Mariën, to whom had fallen the task of selling the forgeries. At the end of 1948, he returned to the style and themes of his prewar surrealistic art. His work was exhibited in the United States in New York in 1936 and again in that city in two retrospective exhibitions, one at the Museum of Modern Art in 1965, and the other at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1992. Magritte died of pancreatic cancer on 15 August 1967 in his own bed, and was interred in Schaerbeek Cemetery, Evere, Brussels. Popular interest in Magritte's work rose considerably in the 1960s, and his imagery has influenced pop, minimalist and conceptual art. In 2005 he came 9th in the Walloon version of De Grootste Belg (The Greatest Belgian); in the Flemish version he was 18th.
The Albertina is a museum in the Innere Stadt (First District) of Vienna, Austria. It houses one of the largest and most important print rooms in the world with approximately 65,000 drawings and approximately 1 million old master prints, as well as more modern graphic works, photographs and architectural drawings. Apart from the graphics collection the museum has recently acquired on permanent loan two significant collections of Impressionist and early 20th century art, some of which will be on permanent display. The museum also houses temporary exhibitions. Vienna's Albertina was erected on one of the last remaining sections of the fortifications of Vienna, the Augustian Bastion. In 1745, it was refurbished by the director of the Hofbauamt, Emanuel Teles Count Silva-Tarouca, to become his palace. The building was later taken over by Duke Albert of Saxen-Teschen. He used it as his residence and later brought his graphics collection there from Brussels, where he had acted as the governor of the Habsburg Netherlands. For that purpose, he had the building extended by Louis Montoyer. Since then, the palace has immediately bordered the Hofburg. The collection was expanded by Albert's successors. The collection was created by Duke Albert with the Genoese count Giacomo Durazzo (Austrian ambassador in Venice). In 1776 the count presented nearly 1,000 pieces of art to Duke Albert and his wife Maria Christina (Maria Theresia's daughter). Count Giacomo Durazzo – brother of Marcello Durazzo (Doge of Genoa) – "wanted to create a collection for posterity that served higher purposes than all others: education and the power of morality should distinguish his collection...." In the 1820s Archduke Charles, the foster son of Duke Albert and Maria Christina, initiated further modifications of the building by Joseph Kornhäusel, which affected mostly the interior decoration. After Archduke Charles, his son Archduke Albrecht and then Albrecht's nephew Archduke Friedrich, Duke of Teschen lived in the building. In early 1919, the building and the collection passed from the Habsburgs into the ownership of the Republic of Austria. In 1920, the collection of prints and drawings was unified with the collection of the former imperial court library. The name Albertina was established in 1921. In March 1945, the Albertina was heavily damaged by bomb attacks. The Albertina was completely refurbished and modernized from 1998 to 2003, but the graphics collection did not reopen until 2008. Visit the museum's website at ... http://www.albertina.at
Posted: 16 May 2012 08:56 PM PDT
NEW YORK, NY.- From the decade before the Revolutionary War to the eve of World War I, many of America's most revered artists captured the temperament of their respective eras on canvas. They recorded and defined in their finest paintings the emerging character of Americans as individuals, citizens, and members of ever-widening communities. Opening at The Metropolitan Museum of Art this fall, American Stories: Paintings of Everyday Life, 1765–1915 will bring together for the first time more than 100 of these iconic works that tell compelling stories of life's tasks and pleasures. The first overview of the subject in more than 35 years, the exhibition includes loans from leading museums and private lenders—and many paintings from the Metropolitan's own distinguished collection. On view 12 October through 24 January, 2010.
Posted: 16 May 2012 08:48 PM PDT
Lucca, Tuscany.- The Lucca Center of Centemporary Art is proud to be showing "Revealing Papers: The Hidden treasures of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection", on view at the museum until January 15th. Peggy Guggenheim's career, as patron and collector, was driven by her readiness to support, both financially and morally, the intellectual vanguard, whether literary or artistic, and her desire to communicate to others her own enthusiasm for the art of her time. Her vision went beyond the mere acquisition of works of contemporary art to the creation of a comprehensive collection of museum standard. Peggy worked to bring about the acceptance of the avant-garde not only in the United States, but also in Europe and in particular in Italy. This exhibition presents a selection of seldom seen works on paper from the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice.
Posted: 16 May 2012 08:45 PM PDT
The Albertina is one of the most visited museums in Austria and a highlight for Vienna-travelers. The name Albertina was established in 1921. In March 1945, the Albertina was heavily damaged by bomb attacks. The Albertina was completely refurbished and modernized from 1998 to 2003, but the graphics collection did not reopen until 2008. The Albertina is a museum in the Innere Stadt (First District) of Vienna, Austria. It houses one of the largest and most important print rooms in the world with approximately 68,000 drawings and approximately 1 million old master prints, as well as more modern graphic works, photographs and architectural drawings. Apart from the graphics collection the museum has recently acquired on permanent loan two significant collections of Impressionist and early 20th century art, some of which will be on permanent display. The museum also houses temporary exhibitions.The Albertina in Vienna is one of the most important art collections in the world. Since 1805 it has been founded in one of the most magnificent neoclassical palaces in Europe: the Palais Albertina. To safeguard the unity of their distinguished collection in perpetuity, the Batliners set up the Herbert and Rita Batliner Art Foundation, which transferred the artworks to the Albertina as a permanent loan. Together with works from the Swiss collection of Eva and Mathias Forberg, which is also on permanent loan to the Albertina, around 100 works from the Batliner Collection are on display at the Albertina in a permanent new exhibition that traces the development from Impressionism to modern art. Since May 2009, the Albertina has been presenting a permanent exhibition from its own holdings. This has become possible through the transfer of the Batliner Collection to the Albertina in 2007. Outstanding works by Paul Klee from the Carl Djerassi Collection and major works from the collection of Eva and Mathias Forberg complete the new presentation, which is additionally rounded off by exhibits from other collections handed over to the Albertina. The permanent exhibition spans the most fascinating chapters from more than 130 years of art history, from Impressionism to the most recent present. Paintings by Monet, Renoir, Cézanne, Matisse, Miró, Klee, Kandinsky, Chagall, and other masters offer a survey of French Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, the Fauves, Expressionism, and the Russian avant-garde. With late works by Picasso and exhibits by Rothko and Bacon, the exhibition leads over to the second half of the twentieth century, before it ends with works by contemporary artists such as Anselm Kiefer and Gerhard Richter. Although the Albertina is a state museum, it is particularly fortunate because it gets a larger proportion of its budget from the private sector than other museums in Austria. The museum's original collection was started during the 18th century by duke Albert of Saxen-Teschen (after whom the museum has been named), together with Genoan count Giacomo Durazzo, who was at the time the Venetian ambassador to Austria. In Giacomo Durazzo's words, the purpose of the museum is to "gather a collection for later generations that serves a higher meaning than any other purpose: education and the strength of morality, distinguishing this collection from all others". The Albertina is a must see for any art lover visiting Vienna. View website at : http://www.albertina.at
Posted: 16 May 2012 08:41 PM PDT
New York City.- The Guggenheim Museum is pleased to present "Pop Objects and Icons From the Guggenheim Collection" on view at the museum until February 8th 2012. Pioneered in Europe in the late 1950s, the American Pop art movement took off after finding support from critics such as Guggenheim curator Lawrence Alloway. Encouraged by the economic vitality and consumerist culture following World War II, artists including Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, and Andy Warhol explored the image world of popular culture and took inspiration from advertisements, pulp magazines, billboards, movies, television, and comic strips. This focused exhibition demonstrates various artists' engagement with Pop art and the Guggenheim's ongoing interest in the legacy of the style.
Posted: 16 May 2012 08:34 PM PDT
Greensburg, Pennsylvania.- The Westmoreland Museum of American Art is proud to host "The Tides of Provincetown: Pivotal Years in America's Oldest Continuous Art Colony (1899-2011)" on view at the museum from October 29th through January 22nd 2012. Organized by the New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, Connecticut, this exhibition is the first comprehensive survey of America's oldest continuous arts colony from its start to the present day. Provincetown art and artists have played a pivotal role in the development of American art, most notably Modernism, and this exhibition highlights over 100 works of art created by artists associated with Provincetown, Massachusetts over the past 112 years. Artists from Charles Webster Hawthorne to Hans Hofmann found solace and inspiration in the art colony "at the end of the world" and this exhibition examines Provincetown's lasting legacy and impact.
Posted: 16 May 2012 08:26 PM PDT
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - A major new exhibition, which uses the extraordinary collection at Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art to explore the development of sculpture over the last 110 years, opened in Edinburgh this week. The Sculpture Show highlights the enormous diversity of sculptural practice in this period, bringing together some 150 works, by artists such as Auguste Rodin, Edgar Degas, Barbara Hepworth and Damien Hirst. This fascinating overview of Modern and Contemporary sculpture also includes key loans from private and public collections, and brings the story right up to date, with works by this year's Turner Prize winner Martin Boyce and nominee Karla Black. A series of exquisite photographs by Turner Prize winner Martin Boyce, which give the viewer an insight into the artists' research and inspirations, are also on display. These images are being shown in conjunction with Untitled (After Rietveld), a haunting fluorescent light work by Boyce which was recently gifted to the galleries.
Posted: 16 May 2012 08:23 PM PDT
MIAMI, FL - Our Graffiti and Street Art Camp, held at Wolfgang Roth & Partners Fine Art will host an exciting new program. A wide variety of materials will be used and we have one teacher and two assistants for our 15 campers, providing personalized attention to the needs and interests of each student. We will have guest artists and video presentations. Artists such as Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, and other local artists will serve as inspiration for some of the activities.
Posted: 16 May 2012 08:21 PM PDT
London.- The Jaguar E-Type (UK) or Jaguar XK-E (US) celebrates it's fiftieth birthday this year. Launched on the American market in March 1961, British buyers had to wait until July, before it was made available in right-hand drive for the domestic market. A great success for Jaguar, more than 70,000 E-Types were sold during its lifespan. In March 2008, the Jaguar E-Type ranked first in the Daily Telegraph list of the "100 most beautiful cars" of all time. In 2004, Sports Car International magazine placed the E-Type at number one on their list of Top Sports Cars of the 1960s. The Museum of Modern Art in New York recognized the significance of the E-Type's design in 1996 by adding a blue roadster to its permanent design collection, one of only two automobiles to receive the distinction.
Posted: 16 May 2012 08:18 PM PDT
NASHVILLE, TN.- The Frist Center for the Visual Arts closes the 2009 exhibition year and welcomes the new with Georgia O'Keeffe and Her Times: American Modernism from the Lane Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston on view in the Ingram Gallery from Oct. 2, 2009 through January 31, 2010. Featuring 45 paintings and eight photographs by such American masters as Georgia O'Keeffe, Charles Sheeler, Arthur G. Dove, Stuart Davis, Marsden Hartley, and Ansel Adams, the Lane Collection is considered by many to be one of the greatest museum collections of American Modernism.
William H. Lane (1914–1995), owner of a small Massachusetts manufacturing plant, formed this pioneering collection in the early 1950s when these artists were little appreciated, though today they are considered to be among the most important American artists of the early twentieth century.
"Like the exhibitions we had from the Phillips Collection and the Cone Collection from Baltimore, Georgia O'Keeffe and Her Times reflects the passions of a collector who was guided by his deep love for art, friendships with artists, and desire to introduce audiences around the country to these wonderful expressions of the modern spirit," according to Frist Center Chief Curator Mark Scala.
Included in the Lane Collection are paintings such as O'Keeffe's Deer's Skull with Pedernal, Sheeler's Ore into Iron, and Dove's That Red One, which rank among the most significant and appealing works that these artists ever produced.
Section 1: Abstraction and Nature
During the first half of the twentieth century, modern artists in the United States embraced new images and styles that they felt captured the spirit of their times. Artists such as O'Keeffe, Dove, Marsden Hartley, and John Marin strove to convey the essence of nature through the distillation of its images and forms into works that balanced abstraction and realism. This section of the exhibition will include an entire gallery dedicated to the works of O'Keeffe, with subsequent galleries featuring major paintings by Dove and other modern artists who sought to infuse the essence of nature with their own emotions.
Section 2: Expressionism in American Art
In the early to mid-20th century, many American painters were influenced by expressionistic styles from Europe that employed strong colors, visible brushstrokes, and distorted forms to create psychologically compelling images. A frequent subject was the human figure, which was often painted with raw, agitated brushstrokes that suggested the dissipation of the body by equating its carnal substance to heavy pigment. Lane collected very few figurative paintings. Many of those he acquired dealt with difficult themes of suffering or martyrdom, such as Hyman Bloom's Female Corpse, Back View and Karl Zerbe's self-portrait as the Biblical Job.
The theme of the still life is also well represented in this section. Many American artists used modern styles to translate everyday objects into dynamic relationships among shapes, colors, patterns, and textures. The intense colors and expressive brushstrokes associated with Fauvism and Expressionism appear most notably in Hans Hofmann's Green Bottle and Max Weber's The Red Poppies.
Section 3: Defining Modern America
For some artists, America's combination of democratic idealism and technological innovation epitomized the promise of progress in the 20th century. This was conveyed by paintings by Stuart Davis and Patrick Henry Bruce that depicted manufactured materials in geometric still lifes, as well as landscapes defined by the functional geometry of modern architecture. While inspired by Cubism and other European art movements that transcribed the world into a language of pure form, works by such artists as Charles Sheeler and Ralston Crawford portrayed American subject matter using a clean, sharp-edged style to convey the fresh and optimistic spirit of the early 1900s.
Visit The Frist Center for the Visual Arts at : www.fristcenter.org/
Posted: 16 May 2012 08:13 PM PDT
TEL AVIV,ISRAEL - Evergreen, the new series of paintings by Melanie Daniel, reveals the culmination of the artist's interest in how people assimilate and camouflage themselves in their environments, combining a sense of strangeness with a sense of belonging. Daniel began painting after immigrating to Israel in 1995. For her photographic series Pleasantvale (2003), which links her early works with her current interest in the painting medium, Daniel returned to her hometown, Kelowna in British Columbia, to photograph a seniors' neighborhood built in the late 1950's and early 1960's. Its pastel-colored houses with manicured gardens, today standing in the heart of a rapidly sprawling city, look like the setting of an antiquated television show where time and modern worries stand still.
Posted: 16 May 2012 07:52 PM PDT
Hollywood, California.- Toy Art Gallery is proud to present "Pop Fiction" by Francesco Molfetta on view until November 4th. Francesco's sculpture is meticulous and calculating, blending together familiar pop cultural icons and important political and historical figures to create an amalgam of childishness and controversy. Free of spite or bile and filled with appropriations of beloved things from youth, Francesco intertwines hope and happiness with critique and irony.
Posted: 16 May 2012 07:44 PM PDT
Moscow, Russia - Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA) presents «Unavoidable and Unnecessary» – an immense personal retrospective exhibition of works by Servey Shutov. During more than 30 years of his creative career, Sergey Shutov (born in 1955, Potsdam) – painter, sculptor, graphic artist, photographer and author of installations – became famous in all areas of mainstream and underground art of Soviet times and today's Russia. On exhibition through 18 January, 2009.
Posted: 16 May 2012 07:40 PM PDT
LONDON - Controversial Post Pop Artist Ben Frost will be showing in London in a sensational solo show of new works presented by No Walls. No Walls, the primary source of Ben Frost's work in Europe, are thrilled to present their inaugural exhibition with a body of new works by the internationally acclaimed Spam Warrior, Ben Frost. The renowned Australian artist explores the darker side of consumerism in his apocalyptic hyper–pop approach. Manipulating the tricks and techniques of the advertising world, Ben Frost creates provocative images that challenge the persuasive messages of the propaganda industry.
Posted: 16 May 2012 07:37 PM PDT
Los Angeles, CA - The Fahey/Klein Gallery is pleased to present two exhibitions of Rock 'n' Roll photographs, both on view from December 1st through January 14th 2012. "Backstage Pass: Faces in Music II" is a group exhibition that features over 80 Rock n' roll photographs from such image-makers as Harry Benson, Joel Brodsky, Danny Clinch, Henry Diltz, Barry Feinstein, Bobby Klein, Daniel Kramer, Annie Leibovitz, Gered Mankowitz, Jim Marshall, Herb Ritts, Ethan Russell, Norman Seeff, Frank Stefanko, Bruce Talamon, and Alfred Wertheimer. "Rock Seen" presents a selection of photographs from Bob Gruen's newly released monograph of the same name (Abrams, 2011).
Posted: 16 May 2012 07:36 PM PDT
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