September 24, 2014 | Beeville, Texas, is not on everyone's bucket list, but a visit to the Beeville Art Museum this fall will provide a fascinating look at life in the lone star state in the last half of the nineteenth century. Made in Texas: Art, Life and Culture, 1845-1900 brings together Texas-made art and objects that reflect the lives of Texans from the state's admittance to the United States to the discovery of oil at Spindletop and the devastation of Galveston during the hurricane of 1900. Some think the history of Texas is all about cowboys, Native Americans, freedom fighters, and Texas Rangers, but the items on display in Made in Texas reflect the lives of other Texans too-immigrants, former slaves, students, parents and children, silversmiths and furniture makers, painters, and potters. The show is organized by the Beeville Art Museum in collaboration with the Bayou Bend Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and is drawn mainly from the private collections of William J. Hill (s…» More
September 24, 2014 | For more, visit our calendar.
On view at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in American Ballads: The Photographs of Marty Stuart" to November 2.
Montgomery Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts: "Grand Tour: Prints from Rome, Florence, Venice, Paris, and London"; September 27 to November 23.
Phoenix Phoenix Art Museum: "Antonio Berni: Juanito and Ramona"; to September 21.*
Tucson Tucson Museum of Art: "Trails to Rails: John Mix Stanley and the Pacific Railroad Survey of the 1850s"; to September 28.
Bentonville Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art: "Born of Fire: Ceramic Art in Regional Collections"; to March 2, 2015.
Los Angeles 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: "Chivalry in the Middle Ages"; to November 30. # "Rococo to…» More
September 18, 2014 | This year marks the centennial of the Great War and museums around the globe have been in a wartime fervor setting up exhibitions to commemorate the conflict.
The Great War: A Cinematic Legacy • Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY • to September 21 • moma.org
The Great War: A Cinematic Legacy is comprised of 50 movie screenings emphasizing the power of film in keeping the memory of an historical event alive. Selections represent the viewpoints of all the nations who fought in the war and range from contemporary films, including Steven Spielberg's War Horse, to period pictures starring Hollywood legends such as Greta Garbo and Gary Cooper.
Screenshot from The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse directed by Rex Ingram (1892-1950), 1921.
Victory is a Question of Stamina: Posters from the First World War • William Benton Museum of Art, Storrs, CT • to October 12 • thebenton.org
Victory is a Question of Stamina by Harvey Dunn (1884-1952), 1917; color lithograph. The William Bent…» More
September 8, 2014 | History of Design: Decorative Arts and Material Culture, 1400-2000, ed. Pat Kirkham and Susan Weber (Bard Graduate Center and Yale University Press). 698 pp., color and b/w illus.
Books about design history abound, but this one may be the first to embrace both Western and Eastern design over the course of six centuries. The discussions address virtually every expected subject: furniture, textiles and costume, glass and ceramics, metalwork, and product design. But the book goes beyond these to include interior design, landscape and garden design, and even stage and film design.
The work of twenty-seven contributors, the volume is cogently arranged in four chronological sections. Within each section separate chapters discuss the development of design in its major global regions: East Asia, India, the Islamic world, Africa, Europe, and the Americas. Literally hundreds of objects are depicted and examined within their historical and social context. We also witness the interpla…» More
August 25, 2014 | Last Friday I had the pleasure of attending one of the Frick Collection's "Summer Nights," a series that offers free after-hours admission and a number of activities centered on a single exhibition--lectures and live music among them. This particular evening was focused on Men in Armor: El Greco and Pulzone Face to Face, an exhibition with just two paintings. Jeongho Park, the show's guest curator, was on hand to give a gallery talk and take questions from the crowd. Also on the program, Celil Refik Kaya, a young guitarist from Mannes College of Music, wooed guests with music evocative of sixteenth-century Spain.
El Greco's Vincenzo Anastagi (Fig. 1) and Scipione Pulzone's Jacopo Boncompagni (Fig. 2) were contemporary works, the former dating to circa 1575 and the latter from 1574. Indeed, it is likely that El Greco saw the Boncompagni portrait whilst gathering inspiration for his own commission. Although it is not known whether El Greco and Pulzone were rivals, the exhibiti…» More
by Émile Jacques Ruhlmann (1879-1933), 1926. Macassar ebony, amaranth, and ivory. Metropolitan Museum of Art. By Cynthia Drayton» View All