Art Buzz March 27, 2013: Colin B. Bailey: New Director Selected for Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

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New Director Selected for Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Source: NYT, 3-27-13

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco have announced the selection of a new director, Colin B. Bailey, who is now deputy director of the Frick Collection in New York….READ MORE

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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 March 19, 2013: American gets back art taken by Nazis during World War II

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American gets back art taken by Nazis during WWII

Source: AP, 3-19-13

American Thomas Selldorff, speaks during a ceremony at the Culture Ministry in Paris, France, Tuesday, March 19, 2013, to return seven paintings taken from their Jewish owners during World War II, as part of ongoing efforts to give back hundreds of looted artworks that still hang in the Louvre and other French museums. Selldorff reclaimed six German and Italian paintings that his grandfather, Richard Neumann, was forced to sell during World War II to flee Nazi occupation, and one other painting was returned to other recipients. In the background painting left, Sebastiano Ricci, (Belluno, 1659 - Venice, 1734), Abraham and the three angels, painting right, Gaspare Diziani(Belluno, 1689 - Venice, 1767), Allegory of Venice. Sign in front reads: ceremony of return of seven paintings spoils from the Nazi regime. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

View PhotoAssociated Press/Michel Euler – American Thomas Selldorff, speaks during a ceremony at the Culture Ministry in Paris, France, Tuesday, March 19, 2013, to return seven paintings taken from their Jewish owners …more  during World War II, as part of ongoing efforts to give back hundreds of looted artworks that still hang in the Louvre and other French museums. Selldorff reclaimed six German and Italian paintings that his grandfather, Richard Neumann, was forced to sell during World War II to flee Nazi occupation, and one other painting was returned to other recipients. In the background painting left, Sebastiano Ricci, (Belluno, 1659 – Venice, 1734), Abraham and the three angels, painting right, Gaspare Diziani (Belluno, 1689 – Venice, 1767), Allegory of Venice. Sign in front reads: ceremony of return of seven paintings spoils from the Nazi regime. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Tom Selldorff was 6 years old when he saw his grandfather’s prized art collection for the last time in 1930s Vienna, before it fell into Nazi hands.

Now, he’s 84 — and in a ceremony in Paris on Tuesday, the American was finally given back a piece of his late grandfather’s memory: France has returned six of his stolen family masterpieces….READ MORE

Art Buzz March 19, 2013: A New Effort in Boston to Catch 1990 Art Heist Thieves

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A New Effort in Boston to Catch 1990 Art Thieves

Source: NYT, 3-19-13

“La Sortie de Pesage,” by Degas, was one of the paintings taken from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, which provided the image of the stolen work.

The bureau said it believed it had figured out who pulled off a famous theft of 13 works of art, valued at up to $500 million, from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum….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: Louvre museum returns Nazi-looted artwork stolen from Jewish owners

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Louvre museum returns Nazi-looted artwork

Source: BBC, 2-15-13 

Portrait of Bartolomeo Ferracina by Pietro Longhi and The Temptation of St Anthony by Sebastiano Ricci

Portrait of Bartolomeo Ferracina by Pietro Longhi and The Temptation of St Anthony by Sebastiano Ricci are among the four paintings held by the Louvre

The Miracle of Saint Eloi by Gaetano Gandolfi and Saint Francis of Paola by Francesco Fontebasso

The Miracle of Saint Eloi by Gaetano Gandolfi and Saint Francis of Paola by Francesco Fontebasso are among the four paintings held by the Louvre

Seven paintings taken from their Jewish owners in the 1930s are being returned to their surviving relatives as part of an ongoing French effort to give back looted, stolen or appropriated art.

The works include four paintings that currently hang in the Louvre in Paris.

Six of the pieces were owned by Richard Neumann, an Austrian Jew who sold off his collection at a fraction of its value in order to leave France.

The seventh was stolen in Prague from Josef Wiener, a Jewish banker….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 8, 2013: Eugene Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People defaced at Len’s Louvre gallery

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Eugene Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People defaced at Len’s Louvre gallery

Source: Guardian UK, 2-8-13

The Louvre’s Lens branch closed two galleries on Friday after a woman defaced its main attraction, Eugene Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People.

Vincent Pomarede, Director of the paintings department at the Louvre Museum, poses front of Eugene Delacroix 's painting,

Vincent Pomarede, Director of the paintings department at the Louvre Museum, poses front of Eugene Delacroix ‘s painting, “Liberty Leading the People (28 July 1830) (La Liberte guidant le peuple) in “La Galerie du Temps”  Photo: REUTERS

The 28-year-old woman scribbled “AE911” on a foot long section at the bottom of the painting.

She was immediately seized by a guard and another visitor, and is being questioned by police.

“AE911” is a shortened form of “Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth”, a group whose website says they are seeking to establish the truth behind the suicide attacks that destroyed the Twin Towers on 11 September 2001.

Liberty Leading the People is Delacroix’s most famous work, and it was chosen as the emblem of the Louvre-Lens at its opening last December….READ MORE

Art Buzz February 7, 2013: David Joselit: Interview: After Busan Biennale, Yale Art Historian Urges Art World to Think Local

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Interview: After Busan Biennale, Yale Art Historian Urges Art World to Think Local

Source: Asia Society (blog), 2-7-13

Asia Blog recently interviewed the art historian and critic David Joselit, Carnegie Professor of the History of Art at Yale University, to ask him about his recent trip to Busan, Korea to cover the 2012 Busan Biennale….READ MORE

Art Buzz February 5, 2013: Kim Sajet: New Director Named for National Portrait Gallery in Washington

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New Director Named for National Portrait Gallery

Source: NYT, 2-5-13

Kim Sajet, the current president and chief executive of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, will be the new director of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington….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 October 16, 2012: A Picasso and a Gauguin Are Among 7 Works Stolen From Kunsthal Museum

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A Picasso and a Gauguin Are Among 7 Works Stolen From a Dutch Museum

Source: NYT, 10-16-12

Art thieves made off overnight with seven paintings, including a Picasso, a Matisse, a Gauguin and two Monets, from the Kunsthal museum in Rotterdam….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.

Enlarge image Paul Gauguin

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.

Enlarge image Henri Rousseau

Henri Rousseau

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.”

Enlarge image Paul Cezanne

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.

Enlarge image Henri Matisse

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 June 20, 2012: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art closing in June 2013 for expansion

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art closing for expansion

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Growth: The museum’s expansion, designed to add new entrances and galleries to engage the public, will take more than three years and $555 million to complete.

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is working to make its collection more accessible to members of the public, but art lovers throughout San Francisco are going to have to wait a few years to enjoy it.

SFMOMA announced Tuesday that it will shut its doors in June 2013 to make way for a major expansion project expected to be completed in early 2016….READ MORE