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Cartier in Denver

November 21, 2014  |  In Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century the Denver Art Museum has taken a seventy-five-year slice (1900-1975) from the illustrious firm's 160-plus-year history and illuminated a central paradox of great jewelry: greatness depends upon designs that capture a keen sense of the zeitgeist but do so with enough sheer awesomeness to stand far above it. And so, the exhibition's vitrines of precious jewelry, clocks, and luxurious accessories are set off by historic film clips, photographs, and period advertising materials. Two world wars, a worldwide depression, a wave of nihilism, and a new aristocracy of celebrities may have made their mark on Cartier's designs, but in the end, great jewelry just enduringly is, and therein lies much of its fascination.

Above: Crocodile necklace made by Cartier as a special order for Mexican film actress María Félix, 1975. Gold, dia­monds, emeralds, rubies. Nick Welsh photograph (c) Cartier.

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Suida-Manning Collection at the Blanton Museum

November 1, 2014  |  For art lovers, the most interesting thing in Austin, Texas, is not the LBJ Presidential Library or the grandiose State House--impressive as both of them are--but the Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art on the campus of the University of Texas. A fine example of a university or college museum, it has strong collections of American and Latin American art, as well modern and contemporary. But what raises the Blanton far above most good university museums is its collection of Old Master paintings. What is so special about these works is that they come almost entirely from a single source, the famed Suida-Manning Collection, which the university acquired nearly intact in 1998 and around which it built the stylish Blanton Museum, which opened its doors in 2004.

Above: Saint Cecilia by Simon Vouet, c. 1626. Oil on canvas. The Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas, the Suida-Manning Collection, 1999.

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George Caleb Bingham at the Amon Carter Museum

October 31, 2014  |  When Virginia-born George Caleb Bingham was seven, his father lost most of the family's fortune, and they moved to Missouri to build a new life, settling first in Franklin, on the banks of the Missouri River, and later on a farm in Saline County. Who knows what would have caught his imagination had Bingham stayed in Virginia, but there is no question that life on and near the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers as the nation moved westward brought him lasting fame as a painter, providing him with subject matter that satisfied both his artistic aims and his belief in de­mocracy. For the first time, Bingham's river pictures are being examined in depth in an exhibition organized by the Saint Louis Art Museum and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas, where it opens on October 2.

Above:  The Wood-Boat by George Caleb Bingham 91811 - 1879), 1850.  Saint Louis Art Museum. 

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Schoolgirl needlework at the Morven Museum

October 31, 2014  |  This year marks the 350th anniversary of NewJersey, a milestone celebrated across the state with events and pro­grams highlighting innova­tion, diversity, and liberty. The Morven Museum and Garden in Princeton is marking the occa­sion with an exhibition that in­troduces all three themes. Hail Specimen of Female Art! New Jersey Schoolgirl Needlework, 1726-1860 brings together 150 examples of needlework made in or by New Jersey schoolgirls and organizes them geograph­ically to illustrate connections between the elaborate artworks and utilitarian objects crafted by girls of diverse religious, family, and socioeconomic backgrounds, from the Quaker schools in Burlington County to a luxurious silk-on-silk memorial to George Washington made at the prestigious Folwell School in Philadelphia by a New Jersey native.

Above: Needlework by Kiziah Sharp, Burlington County, New Jersey, 1825. Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Diker.

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Events: Exhibitions, symposiums, and lectures through December

October 30, 2014  |  

ALABAMA

Montgomery Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts: "Alexander Archipenko: Dreizehn Steinzichnun­gen"; November 29 to January 18, 2015. "The Grand Tour: Prints from Rome, Florence, Venice, Paris, and London"; to November 23. "Imprint­ing the West: Manifest Destiny, Real and Imag­ined"; November 8 to January 4, 2015.

ARIZONA

Tucson Tucson Museum of Art: "La Vida Fantas­tica: Selections from the Latin American Folk Art Collection"; to June 30, 2015.

ARKANSAS

Bentonville Crystal Bridges Museum of Amer­ican Art: "Born of Fire: Ceramic Art from Re­gional Collections"; to March 2, 2015. "John James Audubon and the Artist as Naturalist"; to January 5, 2015.

CALIFORNIA

LosAngeles Autry National Center: "Floral Journey: Native North American Beadwork"; to April 26, 2015.* "Route 66: The Road and the Romance"; to January 4, 2015.

J. Paul Getty Center: "Drawing in the Age of Rubens"; to January 11, 2015. "World War I: War of Images, Images of War"; November 18 to April 19, 20…» More

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