Art Buzz September 15, 2013: Marc Chagall: Love, War, and Exile at the Jewish Museum

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Jewish Museum Focuses on Chagall’s War Years

Source: NYT, 9-12-13

At the risk of sounding like a crank: Love is the problem with “Chagall: Love, War, and Exile” at the Jewish Museum….READ MORE

Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2013 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris

Chagall’s “Calvary,” a 1912 oil foreshadowing his wartime Crucifixion paintings evoking the horrors of the Holocaust.

Chagall: Love, War, and Exile

September 15, 2013 – February 2, 2014

Marc Chagall, The Juggler, 1943,oil on canvas, 43 ¼ × 31 ⅛ inches. Private collection. © 2013 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris./Marc Chagall, Self-Portrait with Clock, 1947, oil on canvas, 33 ⅞ × 27 ⅞ inches. Private collection. © 2013 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris./Marc Chagall, Time is a River without Banks, 1930–1939, oil on canvas, 39 ¼ × 32 inches. Collection of Kathleen Kapnick, New York. © 2013 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.

Chagall: Love, War, and Exile, for the first time in the U.S., explores a significant but neglected period in the artist’s career from the rise of fascism in the 1930s through 1948, years spent in Paris and then in exile to New York. Marc Chagall (1887–1985), one of the foremost modernists of the 20th century, created his unique style by drawing on elements from richly colored folk art motifs, the Russian Christian icon tradition, Cubism, and Surrealism….READ MORE
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Art Buzz August 6, 2013: 8 Lost Masterpieces of Art

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8 Lost Masterpieces of Art

Source: History, 8-6-13

Despite the best efforts of museums and art collectors, many of the world’s most important paintings and sculptures no longer exist….READ MORE

Art Buzz July 22, 2013: Hoover Library and Archives brings out its art to illustrate history

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Hoover Library and Archives brings out its art to illustrate history

Source: Stanford University News, 7-22-13

Hoover Library and Archives brings out its art to illustrate history. The archives of the Hoover Institution has amassed quite a collection over 90 years….READ MORE

Art Buzz May 26, 2013: Montreal Museums Day: Free entry into 34 institutions

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Montreal Museums Day: Free entry into 34 institutions

Source: Montreal Gazette, 5-26-13

Sunday is the 27th Montreal Museums Day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m, and 34 of them will be offering free entry to the public so they can try them out.

For more information, go to museesmontreal.org….READ MORE

Art Buzz May 23, 2013: Massimiliano Gioni, Venice Biennale Curator: New Guide in Venice

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New Guide in Venice

Source: NYT, 5-23-13

Massimiliano Gioni, 40, the 2013 Venice Biennale curator is also the associate director and director of exhibitions for the New Museum.
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Massimiliano Gioni, 40, the 2013 Venice Biennale curator is also the associate director and director of exhibitions for the New Museum.

Massimiliano Gioni’s ambitious Venice Biennale art extravaganza opens this week…..READ MORE

Art Buzz May 5, 2013: Burst of Light: Caravaggio and His Legacy Exhibition at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford

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Caravaggio, and Some of His Admirers

Source: NYT, 5-5-13

An exhibition featuring the works of the great artist and 21 “Caravaggisti” is on view through June 16 at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford….READ MORE

Burst of Light: Caravaggio and His Legacy


March 6 – June 16, 2013

Art Buzz March 28, 2013: Canterbury Cathedral’s Stained-Glass Windows at the Getty Museum

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Canterbury’s Windows at the Getty Museum

Source: NYT, 3-28-13

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One of the stained glass panels from the Canterbury Cathedral that will be on display at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

Two rare examples of English medieval art — stained-glass panels from the Canterbury Cathedral in Kent and the illuminated book of psalms known as the St. Albans Psalter — will be exhibited together at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles….READ MORE

Art Buzz March 22, 2013: Albrecht Dürer: Master Drawings, Watercolors, and Prints From the Albertina Exhbition at the National Gallery of Art The Renaissance Followed Him North

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The Renaissance Followed Him North

Source: NYT, 3-22-13

Albertina, Vienna

Albrecht Dürer This exhibition at the National Gallery of Art includes “An Elderly Man of 93 Years,” from 1521.

The National Gallery’s new exhibition of works by Albrecht Dürer “Albrecht Dürer: Master Drawings, Watercolors, and Prints From the Albertina,” covers his career from beginning to end….READ MORE

Art Buzz February 22, 2013: The Cross-Dressing of Art and Couture Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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The Cross-Dressing of Art and Couture ‘Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity,’ at the Met

Source: NYT, 2-22-13

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Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity Monet’s “Luncheon on the Grass” and a white cotton piqué day dress in this exhibition at the Met. More Photos »

The Met’s exhibition “Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity” brings together great paintings, lavish garments and accessories to detail the entwined rise of modern painting, modern fashion and modern (upper middle-class) life in the 19th century….READ MORE

Art Buzz February 15, 2013: Piero della Francesca: At the Altar of Renaissance Tuscany at the Frick Collection

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At the Altar of Renaissance Tuscany

Source: NYT, 2-15-13

Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts

Piero della Francesca in America , at the Frick Collection, shows six altarpiece panels by Piero, including “Virgin and Child Enthroned with Four Angels.”

“Piero della Francesca in America,” at the Frick Collection, reunites six panels from a single altarpiece, painted by Piero in the mid-to-late 15th century….READ MORE

Art Buzz February 1, 2013: Metropolitan Museum of Art: ‘Buddhism Along the Silk Road’: ‘5th-8th Century’

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‘Buddhism Along the Silk Road’: ‘5th-8th Century’

Source: NYT, 2-1-13

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A bust from “Buddhism Along the Silk Road,” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

“Buddhism Along the Silk Road: 5th-8th Century,” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, tells a story of the transmission and transfer of art….READ MORE

Art Buzz January 25, 2013: The Path of Nature at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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The Great Outdoors

Source: NYT, 1-25-13

The Path of Nature  Paul Flandrin’s “View of the Villa Torlonia, Frascati, at Dusk,” in this show at the Met.
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The Path of Nature Paul Flandrin’s “View of the Villa Torlonia, Frascati, at Dusk,” in this show at the Met.

A new Met exhibition includes 50 French paintings from the years between neo-Classicism and Romanticism, with a particular love for gleaming oil sketches that were done outdoors….READ MORE

Art Buzz June 21, 2012: Exhibition Review: “Gauguin, Cezanne, Matisse: Visions of Arcadia” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

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Erotic Nudes, Satyrs Frolic in Philadelphia Exhibit

Source: Bloomberg, 6-21-12

The mythic Greek valley Arcadia, a harmonic realm balancing dignity with desire, is an enduring source for artists and the subject of a pleasurable exhibition, “Gauguin, Cezanne, Matisse: Visions of Arcadia,” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

At the entrance to the show, which opened yesterday, is a long, narrow, light-green hallway that functions like an intimate, shaded glen.

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Paul Gauguin

Paul Gauguin

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“Where Do We Come From? What Are We Doing? Where Are We Going?” (1897-98) by Paul Gauguin. To create this mural-sized piece of paradise, Gauguin fled his family and France, going all the way to Polynesia.

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Henri Rousseau

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“The Dream” (1910) by Henri Rousseau. The large dreamscape, a peaceable kingdom in which lions share space with a reclining nude, is among a room full of masterworks in “Visions of Arcadia.”

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Paul Cezanne

Paul Cezanne

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“The Large Bathers” (1900-06) by Paul Cezanne. The monumental masterpiece, in the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s permanent collection, is among approximately 60 works by 25 artists in a show that explores the dream of Arcadia, a mythic Greek valley of beauty and repose, dignity and desire.

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Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse

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“Bathers by a River” (1910-17) by Henri Matisse. Matisse’s large oil painting is part of a once-in-a-lifetime grouping of masterpieces by Poussin, Gauguin, Cezanne, Rousseau, Derain and Picasso. Source: Philadelphia Museum of Art via Bloomberg

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Robert Delaunay

Robert Delaunay

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“The City of Paris” (1910-12) by Robert Delaunay. In this mural-sized painting, Delaunay, inventing Modernist abstraction, looked to the past, fusing his contemporary view of Paris with his vision of Arcadia.

An erotic reverie of poetry and flesh, the passageway is rich with illustrated verse by Stephane Mallarme and Virgil as well as a bounty of small works — frolicking nudes, gods, goddesses, bathers, nymphs and satyrs.

Here, lovers entwine and tussle, fauns eat grapes and prance, and a Matisse woman’s dangling hair spreads like tentacles. Narcissus listens to the laments of Echo in a 19th- century bronze copy of an ancient Roman original….READ MORE

Art Buzz April 13, 2012: ‘Offering of the Angels: Treasures from the Uffizi Gallery,’ Florence, Italy Exhibition at Michener Art Museum in Doylestown

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Angelic host of paintings from Italy bound for Doylestown display

Source: Newsworks.org, 4-13-12
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Ufizi gallery art at the Michener Museum
  

Bruce Katsiff, director of the Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, is pleased to be bringing a Botticelli to Bucks County with “Offering of the Angels,” a selection of paintings and tapestries from the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy. (Emma Lee/for NewsWorks)

The Italians are coming to Doylestown.

Masterworks of the Italian Renaissance will be on view the Michener Museum in Doylestown for a limited run.

Forty-two paintings from the Uffizi Gallery in Florence — a museum with one of the largest and finest collections of Renaissance art in the world — have been culled for a traveling show. The James A. Michener Museum is one of four institutions in America to host the show, beginning April 21.

All the paintings in “Offering of the Angels: Treasures from the Uffizi,” as well as two tapestries and an illuminated manuscript, are from the 14th through 17th centuries. They depict events in the life of Jesus Christ.

“The association between art and the religious was very much the dominant relationship,” said Michener director Bruce Katsiff. “It’s only in the 18th, 19th, 20th centuries that there’s been a division between artists and religion. So much of art has been about service to religion.”

Just two years ago, the Michener Museum expanded its gallery space to handle large, traveling shows like this one. The Uffizi exhibition allows the Michener to prove itself on the international stage.

“These paintings are the mother’s milk of art history,” said Katsiff. “To have works of this caliber — we’re just a country museum. We aspire to behave as the best institutions in the country. It’s an important moment for the Michener.”

Many of the paintings have never been to America before; some have never been shown publicly, even in Italy.

Art Buzz February 10, 2012: Harlem Fine Arts Show Celebrates Black History Month

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Harlem art fest

Source: NY Post, 2-10-12

While Fashion Week is all the rage on the Upper West Side right now, Black History Month is being celebrated in style a bit farther uptown with the third annual Harlem Fine Arts Show today and tomorrow at Riverside Church.

Work by more than 100 artists from all over the world is on display — from Haiti, Brazil, Jamaica, Ghana, France and elsewhere.

“We went from 2,000 people [attending] to 10,000 people last year, and we’re expecting 20,000 this year,” says the show’s founder, Dion Clarke.

Saying the exhibition represents “a new Harlem Renaissance,” Clarke adds that the art show puts young people in Harlem in touch with African-American history by mixing works by up-and-coming artists and pieces by established ones.

HAITIAN PAINTER HEROLD ALVARES’ “DANCING COUPLE” ADDS A BURST OF COLOR TO THE ART SHOWCASE HONORING BLACK HISTORY MONTH.

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HAITIAN PAINTER HEROLD ALVARES’ “DANCING COUPLE” ADDS A BURST OF COLOR TO THE ART SHOWCASE HONORING BLACK HISTORY MONTH.

“That’s what we call cultural nutrition,” he says.

While far-flung artists are represented, it’s Harlem’s own James Van Der Zee, the late photographer, whose work is one of the highlights. His widow, Donna Van Der Zee, says celebs such as Spike Lee and Bill Cosby are fans of her husband’s work, which documents the first Harlem Renaissance and includes portraits of historical figures ranging from Marcus Garvey to Muhammad Ali to America’s first black female millionaire, Madam C.J. Walker.

Van Der Zee was shy, says his widow. “He’d call himself Bashful Jim,” and he didn’t like crowds, she recalls.

But he’d probably be happy with the Harlem crowd appreciating his work and that of other artists.

“As the kids say, it’s going to be a funky time,” says Clarke.

Harlem Fine Arts Show: $20 admission (free for uniformed armed forces members); today, 10 a.m to 8 p.m, tomorrow, 12:30 to 7 p.m., at Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive, at 120th Street; 914-980-4427, hfas.org