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
14 & 15
10 & 11
J. Paul Getty: both dates open
Vilhelm Hammershøi, c. 1900, represented in the Ordrupgaard collection
AHEAD— 2017 SERIES: More Great Collectors & Their Collections
Isabella Stewart Gardner (Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston) . . . January 5-6
Henry Clay Frick (Frick Museum, New York City) . . . February 23-24
Samuel Courtauld (The Courtauld Institute, London) . . . March 9-10
Albert Barnes (Barnes Collection, Philadelphia) . . . April 6-7
Norton Simon (Norton Simon Collection, Pasadena) . . . May 11-12
Wilhelm Hansen (Ordrupgaard, Charlottenlund, Denmark) . . . June 8-9
Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza (Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, Madrid) . . . October 5-6
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: 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 . . .
ALLBRITTON ART INSTITUTE ANNUAL LECTURE (on the Baylor campus)
Dr Paul Hayes Tucker, Leading Authority on Claude Monet: "The Sacred, Secular and Monet"
6:00pm on the Baylor campus Mabee Theatre (overflow in nearby auditorium Fine Arts 149)
(easy access and parking near the venue: IH-35 north, exit 335B onto University Parks Drive, follow to campus entrance across from Mayborn Museum; Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center is just inside this campus entrance)
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.
Expert talks (partial listing; more on NCHM website):
October 30, 2:00pm: "The Red Scare" (1st program in 2016-17 Modern Times Lecture Series*) Speaker: Don Carleton, Executive Director of the UT-Austin Dolph Briscoe Center for American History RSVP: Andrea Perry: 512-478-2335 or firstname.lastname@example.org FREE to Friends of the NCHM; small admission to others -- JOIN the FRIENDS and be in the loop!
UMLAUF SCULPTURE GARDEN ♦ www.umlaufsculpture.org "Studio in the Museum: An Interactive Recreation of Charles Umlauf's Studio (through October 16, 2016)
Public talk: UT Art History Prof. Tom Motley, "A Sculptor's Eye: The Drawings of Charles Umlauf" Wednesday, September 28, 6PM (RSVP on website)
HOUSTON . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS ♦ www.mfah.org Degas: A New Vision (Fall 2016) October 16, 2016 - January 8, 2017) -- ONLY US VENUE "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
Julian Onderdonk and the Texan Landscape (October 2, 2016 - January 2, 2017) A small "select" exhibition of about 25 works, coniciding with the release of the first catalogue raisonné of the artist (produced by long-time San Antonio dealer, Harry Halff)
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.
SAN ANGELO MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS ♦ www.samfa.org The Art of Frank Reaugh, A Texas Master (September 15 - November 27, 2016) A selection of pastel landscapes from Panhandle Plains Historical Museum by "the painter of the longhorns."
McNAY ART MUSEUM ♦ www.mcnayart.org French Moderns: Monet to Matisse, 1850-1950 (February 22 - May 21, 2017) 60 works from the Brooklyn Museum explore themes: landscape, still life, portraits/models, and the nude
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.
Kimono Furisode 1912-1989, Taisho (1912-1926) or Showa (1926-1989). Japan. Gift of Mrs. D.M. Cheston, Baltimore 1990.113
BALTIMORE Baltimore Museum of Art • https://artbma.org/ Kimono & Obi: Romantic Echoes from Japan's Golden Age (July 10, 2016 - January 15, 2017)
BARCELONA Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya • www.mnac.cat/ BENTONVILLE Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art • crystalbridges.org 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
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).
Moholy-Nagy: Future Present (October 2, 2016 - January 3, 2017) "The first comprehensive retrospective of Moholy-Nagy’s work in the United States in nearly 50 years, brings together more than 300 works to survey the career of a multimedia artist who was always ahead of his time. Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist (June 2017)
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 LONDON British Museum • http://www.britishmuseum.org Leighton House Museum • https://www.rbkc.gov.uk/subsites/museums/leightonhousemuseum1.aspx Alma-Tadema--At Home in Antiquity (July 7 - October 29, 2017) Major international exhibition of one of the most popular and successful painters of the late 19th century, staged in the Persian-villa-studio-home of one of his good friends, the Royal Academy president and exceptionally successful painter, Frederic Lord Leighton.
National Gallery • www.nationalgallery.org.uk Beyond Caravaggio (through January 15, 2017) looks at artists like Orazio Gentileschi and Jusepe de Ribera through 49 works borrowed mostly from UK and Irish institutions, private collections and churches. The show opens hot on the heels of art historian Michael Fried's new book, After Caravaggio (Yale University Press)
NASHVILLE Frist Center for the Visual Arts • fristcenter.org Women, Art, and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery (July 29 - November 6, 2016)
NEW YORK CITY Dahesh Museum of Art • www.daheshmuseum.org Salon Thursdays: October 13th, 2016—Dr Petra Chu, Seton Hall University "Lawrence Alma-Tadema and a Love of Music" The Anglo-Dutch painter Lawrence Alma-Tadema, whose work is currently shown in a major three-venue exhibition in Europe, was fond of music and musicians. Once he had achieved success in England in the 1880s, he organized weekly musical soirees in his studio-home, which featured some of the most famous performers of the day: Enrico Caruso, Ignacy Paderewski, Clara Schumann, and Peter Ilyich Tchaikowsky. Join Dr. Petra Chu, the distinguished 19th-century scholar, as she relates Alma-Tadema’s interest to a number of factors, including the aesthetic movement’s conviction that "all art constantly aspires towards the condition of music" (Walter Pater); an interest in the rise of musical stardom, which became a model for Alma-Tadema’s own self-promotion; and an instinctive understanding of music’s power to create social connections and cultural cohesion. Born in the Netherlands, Alma-Tadema studied at the Antwerp Academy in Belgium and settled in London where he became the pre-eminent painter of genre scenes depicting the ancient world. He also found great success in America, counting among his patrons the millionaire Henry Gurdon Marquand, an art collector, philanthropist, businessman, banker, and one of the founders and presidents of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Alma-Tadema designed all the furniture and decorations for the music room in Marquand’s Manhattan mansion in Greco-Roman style, including the spectacular grand piano—on which he had asked his fellow artist, Edward Poynter to paint the inside lid (The Clark Museum). Alma-Tadema also painted two works to be hung in the music room, including A Reading of Homer (1885, Philadelphia Museum of Art), one of the artist’s most famous artworks that was sold for the highest price at auction in 1903, fetching $30,000. One of the numerous studies, Alma-Tadema made for this painting is in the Dahesh Museum collection, with an inscription on the reverse of the drawing dated 1902 by Charles Deschamps—one of Marquand’s European art dealers— stating that it was “One of the ideas … submitted to Mr. H [enry] Marquand … who subsequently commissioned Tadema to paint him a picture of the subject, but of which the composition was quite different.”
Agnes Martin, Untitled, 1977. Watercolor and graphite on paper, image: 9 x 9 inches;
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)
Phillips Collection • www.phillipscollection.org 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 Hubert Robert, 1733-1808 (June 26 - October 2, 2016) 100 works in the first moographic exhibition o Robert's work chart his development in Rome, accomplishments after his return to Paris, and his lasting contribution to French visual culture, including his promotion of the architectural capriccio.
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
samu Noguchi, Grey Sun, 1967, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist
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