Art Buzz May 24, 2013: New European Paintings Galleries, 1250-1800, at the Metropolitan Museum of Fine Art

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New European Paintings Galleries, 1250-1800, at the Met

Source: NYT, 5-24-13

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Italian Baroque works in the Metropolitan Museum’s European paintings galleries, which have expanded by nearly a third and undergone a reinstallation.

When a monument wakes up, you notice. It’s been more than 40 years since the Metropolitan Museum of Art rethought what many considered its raison d’être, its galleries of European paintings….READ MORE

 A Fresh Home for Familiar Paintings

Source: NYT, 5-24-13

Photos from the new European galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art….READ MORE

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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 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 January 26, 2012: Fu Baoshi: History Unfolding on a Hand Scroll “Chinese Art in an Age of Revolution: Fu Baoshi (1904-1965)” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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History Unfolding on a Hand Scroll

Source: NYT, 1-26-12

“Chinese Art in an Age of Revolution: Fu Baoshi (1904-1965)” is at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through April 15.

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The painter Fu Baoshi was born in China in 1904, seven years before the Chinese Revolution brought 2,100 years of dynastic rule to an end. He died in 1965, months before China’s Communist regime unleashed the Cultural Revolution, which aggressively persecuted the country’s writers, artists and other intelligentsia, sometimes unto death….

His trajectory is the subject of an intriguing up-and-down survey at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It suggests that Fu, who came from very humble circumstances and was largely self-taught, was sustained by exceptional talent and a steely yet flexible dedication to his art. His skill and refinement, as well as his willingness to adapt, pervade this show, which is serene on the surface but less so beneath.

“Chinese Art in an Age of Revolution: Fu Baoshi (1904-1965)” contains nearly 90 paintings. Early examples depict Tang-style court ladies, scholars perusing paintings and a calligrapher monk imbibing wine before setting to work. In later works, a line of destroyers plows through waves, and steam shovels strip mine for coal. The most imposing works throughout are panoramic views of majestic mountains, rivers and forests, in which a range of robust textures and scratchy, dry-brush markings impart a vigorous, sometimes wild sense of modernity.

Organized by the Nanjing Museum in China and the Cleveland Museum of Art, this exhibition is a landmark: the first full-dress retrospective of a 20th-century Chinese artist to be seen at the Met. It occupies ground prepared by the excellent exhibitions of classic Chinese painting that Maxwell K. Hearn, a longtime curator at the Met and now head of its department of Asian art, has been staging there for more than three decades….READ MORE

“Chinese Art in an Age of Revolution: Fu Baoshi (1904-1965)” is at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through April 15; (212) 535-7710, metmuseum.org

Art Buzz January 14, 2012: New American Wing Galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Opening

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Art review: New American Wing Galleries at the Metropolitan

Source: NJ The Record, 1-14-12

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Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze's 'Washington Crossing the Delaware,' 1851, oil on canvas, restored and reframed.

Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze’s ‘Washington Crossing the Delaware,’ 1851, oil on canvas, restored and reframed.

NEW AMERICAN WING GALLERIES FOR PAINTINGS, SCULPTURE AND DECORATIVE ARTS

Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave. at 82nd Street; 212-535-7710 or metmuseum.org.

Permanent installation. Schedule: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday and Tuesday through Thursday, to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Recommended admission: $25, seniors $17, students $12.

You’re going to see a lot of George Washington in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s new galleries for painting and sculpture. And that’s as it should be, given that this third and final phase of a $100 million-plus renovation – opening Monday – aims to tell the story not only of American art, but of the country itself.

Trying to capture the sweep of American history through paintings is an ambitious undertaking, but the Met, as always, is up to the task. The museum might have been a little slow to recognize the accomplishments of its native-born painters – it took till 1980 for it to open its first large galleries dedicated to American art. Now the American Wing attracts more than a million visitors a year.

All collections have their gaps, but it’s hard to find a hole in this display, which takes you from Colonial portraits through Hudson River School landscapes through American impressionism and the canvases of individual geniuses such as Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Thomas Eakins and George Bellows….READ MORE

Art Buzz January 12, 2012: American historical art treasures shine again at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art’s renovated American Wing

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US historical art treasures shine again at New York museum

Source: AFP, 1-12-12

A woman looks at a painting in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s New American Wing Galleries (AFP, Timothy A. Clary)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York unveiled new galleries Thursday dedicated to the history of American painting, sculpture and design, some of which museum officials said displayed the country’s “crown jewels.”

The new galleries are part of a $100 million renovation of the museum.

“Today we celebrate 10 years since the beginning of the project to reimagine, reinvent and rebuild the American Wing,” said Morrison Heckscher, chairman on the “American Wing,” during a presentation to the news media. “This is a big moment for the Met and for the American Wing.”

Renovation of the galleries for American art from the 18th century to early 20th century began after Heckscher and his team concluded the previous galleries “were not doing justice to the collection display.”

The 26 classically-styled renovated rooms occupy about 2,800 square meters, representing a “total reconfiguration of the space” and creating “modern galleries with a very historic feel,” Heckscher said….READ MORE