At the bottom of this long page: 15-page (.pdf) lists of 2016-17 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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Upcoming events, near and far, offer art history experiences in the good company of companions with similar interests.
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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.
(Address: 3808 W. 35th Street, adjacent to Laguna Gloria at the western/dead end of 35th Street)
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 one Thursday and one Friday--specify your choice of dates when registering)
Please register for Thursday if you can!
21 & 22
25 & 26
10 & 11
21 & 22
Martha & Maxim Karolik (American Art @ MFA Boston)
06 & 12
Art Museums of Scotland -- BOTH DATES OPEN
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 . . .
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
Texas Museum Exhibition Recommendations and Special Events
NEILL-COCHRAN HOUSE MUSEUM 2310 San Gabriel (just south of the Womens Federation building on West Campus)
AN INVITATION to The last Sunday Funday of the season: 1pm to 4pm
Inside the house, we'll be thinking about how electricity changed our lives and what it might have been like to try to understand how electricity works as a 19th-century scientist. Bring a jar to build your experimental lightbulb or borrow one of ours while you're with us, try to understand the Wimhurst machine, and explore the museum by way of an electricity-themed scavenger hunt.
Outside on the lawn, we hope you'll bring your picnic lunch, pull up a chair under the shade of our 160-year old porch, and enjoy Old-Time music courtesy of The Barn Owls. We'll also have our much-beloved badminton set out in front as well as cold drinks to sip in the shade.
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 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)
Vermeer Suite: Music, Love, and Leisure in the Dutch Golden Age (through August 21, 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
HOUSTON . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS ♦ www.mfah.org Degas: A New Vision (Fall 2016) "the world first, Australian-led exhibition will bring together more than 200 works from 41 cities across 13 different countries.. . . will present the artist not only as a great painter, but also a master of drawing, printmaking, sculpture, and photography. The exhibition will be presented thematically, grouping together recurring subjects such as his famous ballet scenes, portraits, horse racing, Parisian nightlife, the nude, and woman at work and leisure." Slideshow: http://au.blouinartinfo.com/photo-galleries/degas-a-new-vision-at-ngv-international?image=2
THE PEARL [The Pearl Fincher MFA, Cypress Creek/Spring TX] ♦ www.pearlmfa.org The French Connection: Portraits from a Texas Collection (through May 14, 2016) Works by some big names in art history: Van Dyke, Largilliere,Copley, Gros, Winterhalter, Bouguereau
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 Made in Germany: Contemporary Art from the Rubell Family Collection (February 10 - April 24, 2016) For anyone interested in the contemporary German painter, Anselm Kiefer, a big work from 2006 is on view
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 • www.mfa.org/ William Merritt Chase (October 9, 2016 - January 16, 2017) 80 works from around the world survey this major American Impressionist
BREMEN Kunsthalle • www.kunsthalle-bremen.de CHICAGO Art Institute of Chicago • http://www.artic.edu/ Van Gogh's Bedrooms(February 14 - May 10, 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
Chagall Homecoming (March 10 - May 8, 2016) After two transsatlantic journeys and a historic meeting in Florence last fall, Marc Chagall's White Crucifixion returns to the AIC with a special installation celebrating its art historical significance, and its status as the Pope's favorite painting. Van Dyck, Rembrandt, and the Portrait Print (March 5 - August 7, 2016) Focus on Van Dyck's Iconography series, which changed the conventions of portraiture by depicting artists on par with the most powerful people of the day; 140 works from D¨¨rer, Van Dyck, and Rembrandt, through Degas, Kollwitz, and Close
America after the Fall: Painting in the 1930s(June 5 - September 18, 2016) Works by Georgia O'Keeffe, Edward Hopper, and Grant Wood, examining the landscape of the US after the Depression.
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).
Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist (June 2017)
Driehaus Museum • www.driehausmuseum.org Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times (through May 8, 2016) 35 costumes from the popular British television series "Downton Abbey
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 ...
Japanomania in the Nordic Countries 1875-1918 (through May 15, 2016) After Helsinki, the exhibition will go to the national galleries of Norway and Denmark
Amedeo Modigliani (October 28, 2016 - February 5, 2017) Retrospective exhibition of nearly 200 works
INDIANAPOLIS Indianapolis Museum of Art • www.imamuseum.org A Land Enchanted: The Golden Age of Indiana Art, 1877-1902 (through May 14, 2017)
Tiffany, Gorham, and the Height of American Silver, 1840-1930 (through October 23, 2016) Indiana University Art Museum • www.artmuseum.iu.edu 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.
National Gallery • www.nationalgallery.org.uk Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art (through May 22, 2016) Dutch Flowers (through August 29, 2016) Explores Dutch flower painting from its beginnings in the early 17th century to its peak in the late 18th century; the first display of its kind in 20 years Tate Britain • www.tate.org.uk
LOS ANGELES The Getty Center • www.getty.edu Unruly Nature: The Landscapes of Theodore Rousseau (June 21 - September 11, 2016) International exhibition of paintings and drawings by one of the giants of French landscape in the generation preceding Impressionism
NASHVILLE Frist Center for the Visual Arts • fristcenter.org Women, Art, and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery (July 29 - November 6, 2016)
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.
Celebrating the Arts of Japan: The Mary Griggs Burke Collection (through July 31, 2016) Includes what is regarded as the finest woodblock prints version of The Tale of Genji, the work of Japanese literature that is most celebrated in Japanese painting and printmaking
Whitney Museum of American Art •www.whitney.org/ Stuart Davis: In Full Swing (June 10 - September 25, 2016) Major exhibition of 100 works with focus on mature work and creative process
OKLAHOMA CITY Oklahoma City Museum of Art • www.okcmoa.com Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris (June 18 - September 18, 2016) Only venue in the US, this exhibition "offers the full scope of Matisse’s extraordinary career through nearly fifty of his paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints, dating from the late nineteenth century to after World War II.. . . . Matisse in His Time features fifty additional major works by many of the most celebrated artists of the twentieth century, including works by Picasso, Renoir, André Derain, Georges Braque, Joan Miró, and Amedeo Modigliani."
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)
PALO ALTO Stanford University: Cantor Arts Center • museum.stanford.edu Richard Diebenkorn, The Sketchbooks Revealed (through August 22, 2016) 29 sketchbooks--1000+ drawings spanning 50 years--given to Stanford by Diebenkorn's widow
Intimate Frontiers: The Male Gaze in Fin-de-Siècle Vienna (through August 8, 2016) Photographs, sketches, and decorative objects from fin-de-siècle Vienna; student-curated exhibition
Into the Forest: Landscape as Subject and Studio in 19th-Century France (through August 8, 2016) Prints, drawings, photographs exploring plein-air landscape of Barbizon and Impressionism; includes photographs by Tissot, a cliché-verre by Corot, and prints by Pissarro.
People on the Move: Beauty and Struggle in Jacob Lawrence's Migration Series (October 8, 2016 - January 8, 2017) Lawrence's key work, 60 panels in a bold, flat style, address the northern migration of African Americans after Emancipation
National Gallery of Art •www.nga.gov In Celebration of Paul Mellon (May 8 - September 18, 2016)
Hubert Robert, 1733-1808 (June 26 - October 2, 2016)
Stuart Davis: In Full Swing (November 20, 2016 - March 5, 2017)
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."
Isamu Noguchi, Archaic/Modern (November 11, 2016 - March 19, 2017)
Gene Davis: Hot Beat (November 17, 2016 - April 2, 2017) Prominent painter in so-called "Color Field" movement of the mid-20th century
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
Eric O. W. Ehrström: Cluster of Rowanberries with Snow, 1908
Henri Matisse. L’Algérienne, 1909. Oil on canvas. Collection Centre Pompidou, Paris.
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