December 4, 2013 | Shows across the country featuring photography, painting, sculpture, textiles, and more
Camille Pissarro, Piette's House at Montfoucault, 1874, oil on canvas, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts. Image © The Clark. On view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, beginning December 22.
"Steichen in the 1920s and 1930s: A Recent Acquisition"; Whitney Museum of Art, New York, NY
"Off the Wall: Sculpture from the Permanent Collection"; Heckscher Museum, Huntington, NY
"Sorolla and America"; Meadows Museum, Dallas, TX
"Decisive Moments: Photographs from the Collection of Cheyre R. and James F. Pierce"; Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, HI
"The American West in Bronze, 1850-1925"; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
"‘Workt by Hand': Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts"; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.
"The Netherlandish Miniature,…» More
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The American Art Fair, New York, NY theamericanartfair.com
Greenwich Winter Antiques Show, Greenwich, CT barnstar.com
November 13, 2013 | by Carolin C. Young |Three Unknown Elizabethan Children, artist unknown, c. 1580. Oil on panel. Private collection, on view at the National Portrait Gallery, London.
London’s National Portrait Gallery invites visitors to have a firsthand look at the personalities who inhabited Elizabeth I’s realm. Including portraits of the queen and many of her most renowned subjects, such as Bess of Hardwick, William Cecil, the explorer Francis Drake, and poet John Donne, the exhibition also features images of lesser-known lawyers, butchers, calligraphers, and merchants as it explores how portraiture expanded from the elite into the middle class. The star of the show is a portrait of three unidentified but elegantly clad Elizabethan children aged, according to the painting’s inscriptions, six, seven, and five, and painted about 1580 by an unknown artist who nevertheless betrays familiarity with Netherlandish techniques. What makes the picture a standout is the small guinea pig nestled …» More
November 13, 2013 | by Carolin C. Young | Anthropomorphic bat pectoral, 900–1600. Gold. © El Museo del Oro del Banco de la Republica, Bogotá, Colombia, on view at the British Museum, London.
The British Museum this season proves that gold has more to it than mere sparkle in a major exhibition devoted to the metal’s uses and meanings in pre-Hispanic Colombia. Including more than three hundred objects from both the Museo del Oro in Bogotá and the British Museum’s own permanent collection, the show explodes Europe’s centuries-old myth that El Dorado was a lost city of gold. It starts off by correcting this misconception with an exploration of the ceremony through which the elected chief of the Muisca people was consecrated into his new role by diving into Lake Guatavita covered in powdered gold and rising out of it as “the Golden One”—El Dorado. This particular case study introduces a far wider reaching investigation into the meanings and uses of gold from 1600 bc to ad 1700 in the region …» More
November 13, 2013 | by Carolin C. Young | Lovers in the Upstairs Room of a Teahouse from Utamakaura (Poem of the Pillow) by Kitagawa Utamaro, c. 1788. Sheet from a color wood block-printed album. © Trustees of the British Museum.
Those seeking salacious content, accompanied by illuminating explanations, can explore the sexually explicit Shunga art of Japan in an exhibition also hosted by the British Museum, which carries a prominent warning that “parental guidance is advised for visitors under sixteen years.” Contrasting the social context of the genre with what would be considered pornography in Western culture, the show explores Shunga as a forum for humor and political commentary as well as for titillation with examples by masters such as Utamaro and Hokusai. Although Shunga was created by and for men, the exhibition examines the ways in which this art depicts and appealed to women. Organized under the auspices of Japan 400, a nationwide series of events celebrating four hundred years of Ja…» More
[Compiled by Brian J. Lang, Chief Curator and Curator of Contemporary Craft at the Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock. Originially published in "Curat» View All