March 10, 2014 | King by Alice Neel (1900-1988), c. 1954. India ink on paper, 13.33 by 11 inches. The Estate of Alice Neel, Courtesy Aurel Scheibler, Berlin.
The modern section of the Armory Show on Pier 92 (March 6-9) opened with a significant surprise: an installation curated by Susan Harris, Venus Drawn Out: 20th Century Works by Great Woman Artists. Pier 92 had never done a curatorial project before so encountering one hung salon style amidst the intensely commercial hubbub of the show was the first surprise...but not the last. When she was initially asked to do an exhibition culled from the galleries that would be exhibiting on the pier, Harris began by thinking about drawings, something she loves but not something that is at the red hot center of a market where paintings rule, surprise number two. As she was making a list of twentieth-century artists whose drawings she admired she realized that they were all by women, another unexpected development. Thus Venus Drawn Out whose organic, a…» More
March 10, 2014 | The photographs by Charles Marville in this issue and on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art strike me as an important early chapter in the story of our modern lives. Marville's job was to photograph Paris before and after Baron Haussmann erased its centuries old densely wound streets, replacing them with the broad new avenues and alluring vistas that seduce us with life's limitless possibilities. Marville's street scenes are mostly absent of humanity, in part because capturing people during the long exposures required of early photography made populous scenes unlikely. But the photographer does seem to have intuited-or else I am making this up-that the freedom promised by modernity would come at a certain cost and that we might not always be at home on the vast boulevards of the future. To my eye these vistas (both before and after Haussmann) look a little like crime scenes; they hint at how life will feel when people have to struggle with a world of constant upheaval, so…» More
February 24, 2014 | February 28 - March 2 Maryland Antiques Show, Towson, Maryland marylandantiquesshow.org
March 6 - 9 The Armory Show New York thearmoryshow.com
March 7 - April 20 Biggs Museum of American Art: Delaware Sampler Symposium: "'Wrought with Careful Hand': Ties of Kinship on Delaware Samplers", Dover, Delaware
March 11 - June 29 Metropolitan Museum of Art: "Carpets of the East in Paintings from the West", NewYork City
March 12 - 16 Charleston Art and Antiques Forum, Charleston, SC charlestonantiquesforum.org
March 13 - June 30 Neue Galerie: "Degenerate Art: The Attack on Modern Art in Nazi Germany, 1937 "'New York City
March 14 - 22 Asia Week New York asiaweekny.com
March 14 - 23 TEFAF Maastricht, Maastricht, Netherlands tefaf.com
March 15 - 18 Asia Art Fair New York theasiaartfair.com
March 16 - July 6 St. Louis Art Museum: "Impressionist France: Visions of Nation from Le Gray to Monet", St. Louis, Missouri
February 23, 2014 | Yale University Art Gallery: "Byobu: The Grandeur of Japanese Screens"; to July 6 (New Haven, Connecticut)
Delaware Art Museum: "'Bessed are thePeacemakers': Violet Oakley's The Angel of Victory (1941)"; to May 25 (Wilmington, Delaware)
Nova Southeastern University's Museum of Art: "William Glackens"; to June 1 (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)
Ballet Dancer Seated on a Stool by Henri Matisse, French (1869-1954), 1927. Oil on canvas, 32 1/8 by 23 7/8 inches. The Baltimore Museum of Art: The Cone Collection, formed by Dr. Claribel Cone and Miss Etta Cone of Baltimore, Maryland; photograph by Mitro Hood.
Minneapolis Institute of Arts: "Matisse: Masterworks from the Baltimore Museum of Art"; to May 18.
Toledo Museum of Art: "The Art of the Louvre's Tuileries Garden"; to May 11 (Toledo, Ohio)
Portland Art Museum: "Venice: The Golden Age of Art and Music"; to May 11 (Portland, Maine)
February 15, 2014 | It's been more than half a century since the groundbreaking Loan Exhibition of Southern Furniture 1640-1820 held at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in 1952, and much has happened since then, not just in the study of southern furniture but of the decorative arts of the region as a whole. It is time, indeed, to revisit the subject on a grand scale, and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is doing so with A Rich and Varied Culture: The Material World of the Early South, a new long-term exhibition that opens on February 15 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. It will include some 350 objects drawn from Colonial Williamsburg's collection as well as from fourteen private collectors and ten other institutions, chief among them the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, with which CWF recently inaugurated an innovative five-year partnership. The furniture, paintings, silver and pewter, ceramics, and architectural elements-to nam…» More
[Compiled by Bill Stern, Executive Director at the Museum of California Design, Los Angeles. Originally published in "Curator's Eye" in Modern Magazi» View All