2013-10-29

U.S.A. - COLUMBIA-SOUTH CAROLINA - Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage - 04.10.2013-05.01.2014

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Annie Leibovitz, Plano, Illinois, 2011, © Annie Leibovitz



Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage charts a new direction for one of America’s best-known living artists. Unlike her staged and carefully lit portraits made on assignment for magazines and advertising clients, these photographs were taken simply because Leibovitz was moved by the subject. The exhibition includes 78 photographs taken between April 2009 and May 2011 while on a personal journey landing her in the homes of iconic figures, including Eleanor Roosevelt, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Louisa May Alcott, Pete Seeger and Elvis Presley and at places such as Niagara Falls, Gettysburg and the Yosemite Valley. She let her instincts and intuitions guide her to related subjects—hence the title Pilgrimage.
Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage took Leibovitz to places she could explore with no agenda. She wasn't on assignment. She chose the subjects simply because they meant something to her. The first place was Emily Dickinson's house in Amherst, Massachusetts, which Leibovitz visited with a small digital camera. A few months later, she went with her three young children to Niagara Falls. “That's when I started making lists,” Leibovitz said. She added the houses of Virginia Woolf and Darwin in the English countryside and Freud's final home, in London, but most of the places on the lists were American. The work became more ambitious as Leibovitz discovered that she wanted to photograph objects as well as rooms and landscapes.

"From the beginning, when I was watching my children stand mesmerized over Niagara Falls, this project was an exercise in renewal," Leibovitz said. “It taught me to see again." The pictures, although there are no people in them, are portraits of subjects that have shaped Leibovitz’s distinctly American view of her cultural inheritance.
"These pictures may surprise even those who know Leibovitz’s photography well. They are more intimate, personal and self-reflective than her widely published work, combining the emotional power of her recent black-and-white portraits of her family with an awareness of her own cultural legacy. All photographs are in a sense intimations of mortality, but the pictures of Pilgrimage make this connection explicit."


 
Columbia Museum of Art   04.10.2013 - 05.01.2014




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2013-10-22

U.S.A. - COLUMBUS-OHIO - George Bellows and the American Experience - 23.08.2013-04.01.2014

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The Columbus Museum of Art celebrates one of the city’s best loved native sons with George Bellows and the American Experience, on view August 23, 2013 – January 4, 2014. The exhibition highlights the importance of CMA’s Bellows collection, widely recognized as the best in the world, and showcases the artist’s vibrant, groundbreaking works. Bellows and the American Experience brings together more than 35 of his most stunning works from museums and private collections throughout the United States. The world of his paintings comes to life through period photographs, descriptions by his friends, thoughts from his own record book, as well as caricatures and conservation studies.
“For the past year our Bellows paintings have traveled the world as part of a major retrospective that drew crowds to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Royal Academy in London,” said CMA Curator of American Art Melissa Wolfe.  “We’re excited to welcome them home and to be able to celebrate the profound impact George Bellows had, and continues to have, on the art world.”
George Wesley Bellows, one of the country’s most celebrated 20th-century artists, is especially known for his controversial boxing images and evocative urban scenes. His career, although brief, was dazzling. An avid athlete, Bellows played shortstop for the Buckeyes before leaving Columbus in 1904 to study art in New York City. Within five years the young artist had taken the American art world by storm, winning every major award and rising from art student to acclaimed luminary.
He was a college dropout at 22, a member of the prestigious National Academy at 27, the country’s most important lithographer at 35, and tragically dead from a ruptured appendix at 43. In these 21 years of professional life, Bellows created an enormous body of work that conveyed his lively sense of humor, his seemingly effortless talent, and his political and social sensibilities. Bellows captured the essence of his subjects and delivered it to his viewers with perception, compassion, and, occasionally outrage.


 
Columbus Museum of Art      23.08.2013 - 04.01.2014



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2013-10-15

U.S.A. - ABINGDON- VIRGINIA - European Modern: Master Artists from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts - 23.08.2013-05.01.2014

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Hand-selected works from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts will travel to Abingdon for this extraordinary exhibition. Visitors will have the opportunity to delight in the drawn and painterly techniques that span generations of important European artists as they journeyed away from the defined edges of Neoclassicism and toward the uninhibited marks of the Modern Era. Artists on view include Neoclassicists, English Painters, and German Expressionists. Become acquainted with works by the famous French Impressionists such as Degas, Cezanne, Toulouse Lautrec, Van Gogh, and many other memorable names from art history.


 
William King Museum    23.08.2013 - 05.01.2014



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2013-10-08

U.S.A. - CINCINNATIC-OHIO - Telling Tales: Stories and Legends in 19th-Century American Art - 20.09.2013-12.01.2014

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William Sidney Mount (1807–1868), Farmers Bargaining (later known as Bargaining for a Horse), 1835. Oil on canvas. New-York Historical Society, Gift of the New-York Gallery of the Fine Arts, 1858.59



As an institution that has often been the site of the convergence of history, art, and politics, the Taft is an ideal place to see  an exhibition that traces the development of the emerging American spirit and its separation from European traditions. Before television and movies, art offered up riveting narratives from history, literature, daily life, and current events. Spanning from the colonial period through the Civil War, 46 paintings and 7 sculptures highlight the American fascination with narrative art. From the collection of the New-York Historical Society, the exhibition includes paintings by such giants of early 19th-century American art as Benjamin West, William Sidney Mount, and Eastman Johnson as well as others being shown for the first time in decades.

This exhibition was organized by the New-York Historical Society. The show and its accompanying publication originally appeared as Making American Taste: Narrative Art for a New Democracy.

Generous support was received from Michael Reslan, the National Endowment for the Arts through the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act, the Walter and Lucille Rubin Foundation, Richard Gilder and Lois Chiles, the Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation for the Arts, the New York Community Trust Joanne Witty and Eugene Keilin Fund, Larry K. Clark, and the Barrie A. and Deedee Wigmore Foundation.




The Taft Museum of Art     20.09.2013 - 12.01.2014



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2013-10-01

U.S.A. - CLEVELAND-OHIO - Sicily: Art and Invention Between Greece and Rome - 29.09.2013-05.01.2014

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Statue of a Youth (The Mozia Charioteer) (detail), 470–460 BC. Sikeliote (Sicilian Greek). Marble; 181 x 40 cm. Courtesy of the Servizio Parco archeologico e ambientale presso le isole dello Stagnone e delle aree archeologiche di Marsala e dei Comuni limitrofi–Museo Archeologico Baglio Anselmi. By permission of the Regione Siciliana, Assessorato dei Beni Culturali e dell’Identit√† Siciliana. Dipartimento dei Beni Culturali e dell’Identit√† Siciliana. Unauthorized reproduction prohibited.


Sicily: Art and Invention Between Greece and Rome presents masterpieces of art from ancient Sicily, an island crossroads that forged a distinctive Hellenic identity. Occupying a pivotal position in Mediterranean history, former Greek colonies such as Syracuse, Gela, Akragas, and Selinos emerged as wealthy city-states, where innovation and experimentation flourished. This exhibition celebrates Sicilian culture of the fifth to third centuries BC, when its art, architecture, theater, poetry, philosophy, and science left an original and enduring stamp on both mainland Greece and Rome. Over 150 objects bear witness to the military and athletic victories, religious and civic rituals, opulent lifestyles, and intellectual attainments that shaped the western Greek world.


 
Cleveland Museum of Art    29.09.2013 - 05.01.2014



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