At the bottom of this long page: 15-page (.pdf) lists of 2016 exhibitions in the US and EUROPE: An excellent resource for planning and travel!
Caspar David Friedrich, Woman at the Window, 1822
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2016 Luncheon Series at Westwood Country Club: Great Collectors & Their Collections
Beautiful images, art history, food, and good company, in the Terrace Room (capacity: 80) at Westwood Country Club in west Austin.
10:30am coffee and conversation 11:00 illustrated program 12:00 seated luncheon (dietary restrictions accommodated with advance communication)
Cost per luncheon program in the 2016 series is $40 per person. "Series subscription" option: $300 for series of 8 programs Preregistration is expected; deadline for registration is the preceding Friday.
Your check is your reservation. Make checks payable to Karen Pope Art inSight and mail to: PO Box 5730 Austin TX 78763-5730
Please include your email address in order to receive a confirmation and other material.
Additional notes welcome on the check: exact date you are attending; VEG or GF lunch request
Schedule of Dates and Topics: (Each topic presented Thursday, repeated Friday--specify your choice of dates when registering)
Please register for Thursday if you can!
21 & 22
25 & 26
Duncan Phillips---Friday full; space available Thursday
10 & 11
21 & 22
Martha & Maxim Karolik
12 & 13
3 Glasgow Museums
14 & 15
13 & 14
10 & 11
J. Paul Getty
Hiroshige, Plum Tree Garden at Kameido, from 100 Famous Places in Edo (woodblock print series), 1858
Past series: 2015 Japan & the West 2014 9 Great Cities and Their Depiction by Artists 2013 Back to the Birthdays, Artists in Their Birthday Months 2012 The World's Great Buildings: Milestones in Architecture 2011 Women in Art/Art of Women 2010 Art of Nations: Survey of Art History, One Country at a Time 2009 Angels, Saints and Their Friends in Art History 2008 Time Capsules: A Survey of Seven Centuries 2007 Un-Birthday Parties (for great artists with inconvenient birthdates) 1995-2006 Birthday Parties for great artists, on their true birthdays
Potential themes for forthcoming series: Great Collectors and Their Collections, part 2 [too many for one series!] Perspectives on Movies about Great Artists A Year with Prints: Basics of the major printmaking processes, handling examples, studio and collection visits Art History Survey: Prehistory through the Present Great Works in each medium, one medium at a time, emphasis on process and effect (marble, etching, tempera, etc.)
Things to watch for . . .
Friday, February 26 @ UT: 7:00 pm, Art Building 1.110 Prof Nathan Elkins (Baylor University Art Department--my impressive young colleague, specialist in Roman coinage)
“The Visualization of Political Rhetoric in the Reign of Nerva, AD 96 – 98”
I'll be there!
Still from "Mr Turner," scene at an exhibition of the Royal Academy
Note from Karen: This movie did not meet my expectations (by a long shot) but the sets and the photography were splendid.
BETTER recent MOVIES about art and history:
“The Best Offer” (2013) Geoffrey Rush plays a master auctioneer (appraiser and collector--there's lots of art!) who becomes obsessed with an extremely reclusive heiress who collects fine art. Final scenes are set in Prague . . . "Woman in Gold" (2015) is outstanding! A compelling movie based on the real story of Gustav Klimt's Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer
HARRY RANSOM HUMANITIES RESEARCH CENTER at UT-AUSTIN ♦ http://www.hrc.utexas.edu NEILL-COCHRAN HOUSE MUSEUM ♦ www.nchmuseum.org The NCHM's major structural renovation is complete and, for the first time in 50 years, this Greek Revival mansion has bright paint, splendid wallpaper, and Cochran furnishings in new bedroom installations. A new exhibition explores the Museum's portrait collection and throughout 2014, the NCHM will celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of major early-Austin figure and Master Builder, Abner Cook.
DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART ♦ www.dallasmuseumofart.org Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots (through March 20, 2016) 70 works make up the largest survey of Pollock's black paintings ever assembled Modern Opulence in Vienna: The Wittgenstein Vitrine (through May 29, 2016) New perspectives on the period, artists and patronage of the Wiener Werkstätte (Viennese modernism c. 1900-1920)
CROW COLLECTION OF ASIAN ART ♦ www.crowcollection.org Time and Eternity: landscape Paintings by Bireswar Sen (January 23 - April 24, 2016)
MAC: McKINNEY AVENUE CONTEMPORARY ♦ www.the-mac.org MEADOWS MUSEUM @ SMU (Southern Methodist University) ♦ smu.edu/meadows/museum Between Paris and Texas: Marie Cronin, Portraitist of the Belle Epoque (February 14 - June 5, 2016) This first-ever monographic exhibition of Cronin’s (1867-1951) art will feature a focused selection of her paintings, including works shown in the salons of Paris, as well as official portraits of Texas statesmen that hang at the Texas State Capitol
FORT WORTH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AMON CARTER MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART ♦ www.cartermuseum.org Tales from the American West: The Rees-Jones Collection (through February 21, 2016)
One of the finest private collections of art of the American West, spanning the eighteenth century through the 1920s, including paintings, watercolors, sculpture, and photographs. The selection of the Rees-Jones Collection on view marks its debut showing in a museum. Texas Folk Art (through September 19, 2016)
American Epics: Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood (February 6 - May 1, 2016) After working briefly in the silent film industry, Benton became acutely aware of storytelling's shift toward motion pictures and developed a cinematic style of painting that melded European art historical traditions and modern movie production techniques. In paintings, murals, drawings, prints and illustrated books, Benton reinvented national narratives for 20th-century America and captivated the public with his visual storytelling.
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THE W. H. STARK HOUSE♦http://www.whstarkhouse.org/ The 14,000 square-foot three-story house built in 1894 by William Henry Stark and his wife, Miriam M. Lutcher Stark, prominent philanthropists who occupied the home until 1936, was designed in the Queen Anne architectural style. It house features a distinctive turret, stained glass windows, and ornate woodwork in cypress and long leaf yellow pine.
As a historic house museum (National Register of Historic Places) it is interpreted to c. 1900 with fifteen rooms of original family furnishings, personal effects and decorative arts, including antique rugs, original textiles, silver, cut glass, and antique porcelain. Also featured are the Stark family’s impressive collections of American Brilliant Period cut glass, pressed and pattern glass, milk glass, porcelains, and other 18th and 19th century decorative accessories.
McNAY ART MUSEUM ♦ www.mcnayart.org Fait Accompli: Charles Dulac's Masterpieces Reunited (February 3 - April 10, 2016) Special display of the McNay's deluxe editions (including rare color proofs for each image) of two suites of lithographs from the 1890s, displaying Japoniste compositions coupled with Symbolist landscape subjects: "Suite de Paysages" (1893) and "Cantique des Créatures" (1894)
• For anyone interested in the contemporary German painter, Anselm Kiefer, a big work from 2006 will be on view in Made in Germany: Contemporary Art from teh Rubell Family Collection (February 10 - April 24, 2016)
SAN ANTONIO MUSEUM OF ART ♦ www.samuseum.org Rodin: The Human Experience (March 5 - May 29, 2016) Exhibition of 32 works from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collection in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the death of Auguste Rodin, "the first truly modern sculptor." Exhibition includes major achievements of Rodin’s career including Monumental Torso of the Walking Man and works derived from his masterpiece, The Gates of Hell.
The Ruiz House was the home of the city’s first schoolmaster
The Twohig House was built in 1841 by Irishman John Twohig
The Navarro House was built in 1835 by Jose Antonio Navarro
The Log Cabin was constructed in 1939 by 30 youths participating in President Roosevelt’s National Youth Administration program. The “dog trot” style cabin represents the type of cabin built by many Texas pioneers.
BARCELONA Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya • www.mnac.cat/ BENTONVILLE Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art • crystalbridges.org Picturing the Americas: Landscape Painting from Tierra del Fuego to the Arctic(November 7, 2015 - early 2016) Frank Lloyd Wright's Bachman-Wilson House (opening November 11, 2015) Museum visitors will be able to walk through the house, originally built along the Millstone River in New Jersey in 1954, restored several times, and, facilitated by its New Jersey architect-owners, acquired by Crystal Bridges in 2014 and moved to Bentonville to preserve an important building and enhance the Crystal Bridges mission to "connect visitors with the power of art and the beauty of nature." BOSTON Museum of Fine Arts Boston •P www.mfa.org/
Degas: At the Track, On the Stage (through late February 2016) Scene from the Steeplechase: The Fallen Jockey (National Gallery, Washington), and a beloved sculpture from a private Chicago collection, Little Dancer Aged Fourteen—join other loans and paintings, drawings, pastels, and sculpture from the Art Institute’s permanent collection to explore the artist’s career-long fascination with the figure in motion through the subjects of the racetrack and ballet.
Alfred Stieglitz and the 19th Century (through March 27, 2016) Examining how 19th-century photographs influenced Pictorialism, this exhibition ultimately shows Stieglitz and his circle in the context of a changing photographic history.
Van Gogh's Bedrooms (February 14 - May 8, 2016) Van Gogh made three depictions of the bedroom in the "Yellow House" in Arles where he lived for a year in 1888-89; perhaps this exhibition (so far, only mentioned in the AIC Magazine) will examine the relationships among the three versions and address the question of primacy among them
This focused installation in observance ofShakespeare 400 features three atmospheric engravings of fantastical Shakespearian scenes by artists emulating works by the renowned artist Henri Fuseli (c. 1800).
Daubigny, Monet, Van Gogh: Impressions of Landscape (February 20–May 29, 2016)
(then Scottish National Gallery; Van Gogh Museum) catalog is being advertised by Walmart for $26! ISBN: 1906270864
Once home to Charles and Anna Taft—President William Howard Taft’s half brother and his wife—the Taft Museum of Art is one of the finest small art museums in the U.S. The museum, which opened to the public in 1932, houses Charles and Anna Taft’srenowned collections of European old master and 19th-century paintings, American art, European sculpture and decorative arts, and Chinese porcelain in a downtown 1820 National Historic Landmark ...
INDIANAPOLIS Indianapolis Museum of Art • www.imamuseum.org Indiana University Art Museum • www.artmuseum.iu.edu Gustave Baumann, German Craftsman, American Artist (October 25, 2015 - February 14, 2016) Gustave Baumann (1881–1971) was the most devoted American color woodblock printmaker of the 20th century. By combining the craftsmanship of a woodcarver and the sensitivity of a painter, he created an unparalleled body of color woodblock prints over the course of his 65-year career. Aside from printmaking and painting, Baumann also made furniture, fabricated toys and marionettes, designed interiors, illustrated books, and sculpted. To each of these endeavors, as attested by his personal mark, this uncommonly industrious and original artist gave both his hand and his heart. This exhibition features prints, sketches, watercolors, marionettes, toys and gourd sculptures that Baumann created during the course of his long career. Interpretive tools, including videos and photos of the artist, interactive iPads, a touch table, and more help visitors to learn about the artist's life, his influences and artistic processes.
Tradition Reborn: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics (July 31 2015 - July 17, 2016) LONDON Leighton House Museum • https://www.rbkc.gov.uk/subsites/museums/leightonhousemuseum1.aspx Pre-Raphaelites on Paper: Victorian Drawings from the Lanigan Collection (February 12 - May 29, 2016) This outstanding collection, brought together over a 30-year period by Canadian Dr. Dennis T. Lanigan, comprises works by over 60 of the most prominent artists of the period, like Edward Burne-Jones, John Everett Millais, William Holman Hunt, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Poynter and Frederic Leighton himself. Leighton is represented by five drawings including a study for Clytie, his last work, which was acquired by Leighton House in 2008. Also featured are works by Rossetti’s wife Lizzie Siddal and a study by William Morris for his only known easel painting La Belle Iseult (c.1857). In recent years much of the Lanigan Collection has been generously given or promised to the National Gallery of Canada.
Agnes Martin (October 2016 - January 2017) This exhibition traces the career of Agnes Martin (1912–2004), one of the preeminent American painters of the twentieth century, from her early experiments of the 1950s through her mature oeuvre and final paintings, making it the first comprehensive survey of the artist’s work since her death in 2004.
OSLO National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design • http://www.nasjonalmuseet.no/en/ Japanomania in the North: The Influence of Japan on Nordic Art and Design 1875-1918 (June 17 - Oct 16, 2016)
First-ever exhibition showing the wide-ranging influence of Japanese art on Nordic art and design around 1900. Works by Gerhard Munthe, Thorvald Bindesböll, Bruno Liljefors and Helene Schjerfbeck are presented along with works by pioneers such as Monet, Gauguin and van Gogh. The exhibition consists of two complementary parts, showing concurrently at the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design and the National Gallery. Beautiful, comprehensive catalog (Yale University Press) will be available June 2016
EXHIBITION WILL APPEAR ALSO: Ateneum Art Museum, Helsinki (February 17 - May 15, 2016) National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen (January 19 - April 23, 2017)
SAN FRANCISCO De Young/Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco • http://deyoung.famsf.org
Asian Art Museum • http://www.asianart.org How Japan Inspired Monet, van Gogh, and Other Western Artists (October 30, 2015 - February 7, 2016)
More than 170 objects, including decorative arts, paintings, prints, drawings and textiles; drawn from and organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, America's largest collection of Japanese art and one of the world's major collections of Impressionism and related participants in Japonisme.
National Gallery of Art •www.nga.gov Monuments Men and the National Gallery of Art: Behind the History (on view indefinitely) "An exhibition that explores, via archival display, the Gallery's seminal role in the creation of the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives program in the military, the Roberts Commission, and the experiences of monuments officers assigned to duty abroad."
Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World (through March 20, 2016) "A landmark exhibition about the unique role of bronze as a medium of prestige and artistic innovation," 50 works including the Medici Riccardi Horse, fragment of an ancient statue owned by Lorenzo the Magnificent and displaced in the gardens of the Medici palace in Florence.
Smithsonian American Art Museum • http://americanart.si.edu/ Measured Perfection: Hiram Powers' Greek Slave (through February 19, 2017) "This one-gallery exhibition reveals the inner workings of the studio of Hiram Powers (1805–1873), who was among the most innovative sculptors of the nineteenth century, eagerly adapting long-standing sculpture traditions to new technologies of his age.The display draws from an extensive collection acquired by the Smithsonian American Art Museum directly from Powers’ studio in Florence, Italy, in 1968."
YERRES, FRANCE--new museum: La Propriété Caillebotte à Yerres • http://proprietecaillebotte.com/en/ Part of a nice long day SE of Paris: Yerres, Barbizon, Moret-sur-Loing, Vaux-le-Vicomte, Fontainebleau
Akseli Gallen-Kallela, WIld Angelica, NMAAD, Oslo
Lalla Essaydi, Les Femmes du Maroc Revisited #7, 2010 (60 x 48" laminated chromogenic print)
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