U.S.A. - BENTONVILLE-ARKANSAS - American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell


One of the most popular American artists of the past century, Norman Rockwell (1894-1978) was a keen observer of human nature and a gifted storyteller. This traveling exhibition features 50 original paintings and 323 Saturday Evening Post covers that document Rockwell's engagement in American life in all its glory and tragedy over five decades. The exhibition also includes materials from the Museum's archives demonstrating how Rockwell worked: proceeding from preliminary sketches, photographs, color studies, and detailed drawings to the finished painting. Timed, reserved tickets will be required to view this exhibition.
Audio Tour:
Guests visiting American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell may be interested in the accompanying audio tour. Two different tours are available on each iPod Touch device – a 45-minute general tour, and a 30-minute tour that’s great for families and children. Guests holding tickets for this special exhibition can pick up an audio tour at the gallery entrance at no charge.
Ask Me Tours:
Crystal Bridges’ Gallery Guides are available to enrich your experience of the temporary exhibition American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell. On weekends, the Museum’s trained Guides will be stationed throughout the exhibition to answer your questions and provide additional information. Look for Guides wearing colorful “Ask Me” buttons in the exhibition.

American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell was organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, Massachusetts. This exhibition is made possible with the generous support from National Endowment for the Arts, American Masterpieces Program; the Henry Luce Foundation; Curtis Publishing Company; Norman Rockwell Family Agency; and the Stockman Family Foundation.
Sponsored at Crystal Bridges by the Bob Bogle Family, Cadillac of Bentonville, the Paul and June Carter Family, ConAgra Foods, Hallmark Cards, Inc.,
NWA Media/Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Harriet and Warren Stephens, Stephens Inc.
Publication support has been provided by the Henry Luce Foundation.
Media sponsorship has been provided by the Curtis Publishing Company and by the Norman Rockwell Family Agency.
Conservation support has been provided by the Stockman Family Foundation.

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art     09.03.2013 - 27.05.2013

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U.S.A. - BELLEVUE-WASHINGTON - Maneki Neko: Japan's Beckoning Cats – From Talisman to Pop Icon


Maneki Neko(Japan)
Painted ceramic
13 in.
Gift of Billie Moffitt
Collection of Mingei International Museum

Photo: Anthony Scoggins

Since the Edo period (1603 - 1868) a fabricated cat with a paw upraised in the Japanese gesture of beckoning has been considered a good luck charm, drawing good fortune to individuals and businesses. This exhibition highlights a unique selection of more than 150 cats collected by maneki neko aficionado Billie Moffitt, as well as interpretations of this tradition by renowned contemporary artists. Whether carved in wood or stone, sculpted in clay or formed in papier mâché, these alluring and enigmatically artful felines express aspects both of historic Japanese lore and contemporary pop culture.
To celebrate the exhibition, Bellevue Arts Museum has invited several contemporary Northwest artists to create their own interpretations of this Japanese tradition. Participating artists include: Diem Chau, Joey Chiarello, Jeffry Mitchell, Saya Moriyasu, Moxie, Yuki Nakamura, George Rodriguez, Maki Tamura, Jason Walker, and Patti Warashina.
Bellevue Arts Museum    22.02.2013 - 04.08.2013


U.S.A. - BALTIMORE-MARYLAND - Max Weber: Bringing Paris to New York


Max Weber. The Bathers. 1909. The Baltimore Museum of Art: The Cone Collection, formed by Dr. Claribel Cone and Miss Etta Cone of Baltimore, Maryland, BMA 1950.309. © Estate of Max Weber

The BMA presents the first exhibition to extensively explore American artist Max Weber's formative years in Paris from fall 1905 to December 1908, when he transformed his painting style from classical representations of figures to bold interpretations of cubism and futurism. More than 30 paintings, prints, and drawings-many of them loaned by the Estate of Max Weber and other public and private collections-showcase the artist as one of the most important American modernist painters. The exhibition features several Weber paintings from 1909 to 1915 from the BMA's collection, as well as works from Weber's personal collection by his teacher Henri Matisse and his friends Pablo Picasso and Henri Rousseau.

Baltimore Museum of Art    01.03.2013 - 23.06.2013

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U.S.A. - AUSTIN-TEXAS - New Works: Jessica Halonen


Jessica Halonen, Target 17 (detail), 2012, Gouache on canvas, 19 1/2 x 17 1/2 inches.

Jessica Halonen’s curiosity about the relationship between nature and science informs her abstract paintings and sculptures. In the Driscoll Villa hang a pair of gouache paintings representing stylized portraits of plants used in cancer-fighting drugs. The artist’s research into the long and fascinating history of botanical-based pharmaceuticals led to her ongoing Rx Garden project.

Halonen’s art raises questions about what is natural and artificial, what is healthy and toxic. The radiating, colorful, paired lines that comprise Halonen’s Target paintings suggest diagrams of chromosomes and genomes. The artist’s chalky and “flesh tone” pastel color palette takes a cue from a medicine chest. Painted trompe l’oeil elements and tangled lines introduce chaos into the natural order of her geometric compositions.

The ethically complex genetic modification of plants, and even animals, for contemporary medical purposes also inspires the artist’s sculptures. Her installation includes sculptures made from natural, modified, prefabricated, and industrial materials. The artist’s shredded and compressed medical records comprise a cube sculpture on a wooden stand. Another work made from a looped ball of twigs reveals a variety of tree branches meticulously spliced together with colorful epoxy at the joints. Even the stacked layers of the base suggest a tradition of botany: gathering and pressing flora specimens. Slowly absorbing the forms, materials, and style she incorporates for this exhibition encourages consideration of the science and ethics related to DNA modification for modern medicines.

New Works presents cutting-edge art by emerging Texas artists taking their work in new directions. New Works: Jessica Halonen is organized by AMOA-Arthouse and curated by Andrea Mellard, curator of exhibitions and public programs.

AMoA - Gatehouse Gallery - Laguna Gloria - 02.03.2013 - 26.05.2013

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U.S.A. - AUGUSTA-GEORGIA - Romantic Spirits: Nineteenth Century Paintings of the South from the Johnson Collection


Thomas Satterwhite Noble, Forgiven, ca. 1872.
Oil on canvas. The Johnson Collection.

This exhibition, the handsome publication that accompanies it, and the Johnson Collection as a whole enrich our perspective by increasing our understanding of the lives and art of the extraordinary painters whose work, though rooted in a specific time and place, is an integral part of American culture.

Morris Museum of Art     02.03.2013 - 26.05.2013

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