Openings and Closings: July 21 to July 27

Elizabeth Lanza Art, Exhibitions

Blue Madonna by Bob Thompson (1937–1966), 1961. Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan; courtesy of the Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, Maine © Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York.

Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, Maine

Yesterday, the Colby College Museum of Art debuted a brand-new exhibition to the public entitled Bob Thompson: This House Is Mine. The exhibition highlights the work of late American artist Bob Thompson, who was known for his experiments in color and his synthesis of Baroque and Renaissance styles. The artist’s renown lay in his ability to create a new visual language drawing from elements of Old Masters composition. As the first exhibition devoted to Thompson in more than two decades, this exhibition is an absolute must-see. Make sure to check here to plan your trip in advance.

Watch with Hexagonal Design by James Cox (1723–1800), c. 1750–1775. Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati, Ohio; courtesy of the Cincinnati Museum Center, Ohio.

Cincinnati Museum Center, Ohio

As the Taft Museum of Art temporarily closes its doors to give their 200-year-old home some TLC, new and loyal visitors need not fret. Opening on July 23 at the Cincinnati Museum Center is an exhibition entitled Borrowed Gems from the Taft Museum of Art. The exhibition will act as a temporary home for more than 40 works of art from the Taft’s collection. A diverse collection of works from portrait and landscape paintings to decorative art, Borrowed Gems will tell visitors the story of Charles Phelps Taft and Anna Sinton Taft’s collection and influence on the Cincinnati community. Visitors will have the next eight months to check out this exhibition but, why wait? Look here to plan your visit now.

Woman with a Crushed Velvet Hat by Adolph Menzel (1815–1905), 1894. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Department of Drawings and Prints is home to an astounding trove of over one million drawings, prints, and illustrated books spanning six-hundred-year period. Due to the vast size of the collection as well as the delicacy of many of the works, the Met organizes four rotating exhibitions a year. This year’s fourth installation presents prints and drawings that demonstrate the broad range of materials and techniques used by European and American artists for works on paper. Selections from the Department of Drawings and Prints: Materials and Techniques features in-depth information about artistic mediums, technical facilities, and innovations. Check here before you visit .

Yamashiro Province: The Togetsu Bridge in Mount Arashi (Yamashiro, Arashiyama Togetsukyo), from the series Famous Places in the Sixty-Odd Provinces (Rokujuyoshu meisho zue) by Utagawa Hiroshige (1797–1858), 1853. Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois; Clarence Buckingham Collection.

Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois

Nineteenth-century Japanese printmaking saw the rise of two trends: the intensified use of color, and the heightened popularity of landscapes. As two of the most successful print designers of this era, Katsushika Hokusai and Utagawa Hiroshige are being celebrated in an exhibition entitled Fantastic Landscapes: Hokusai and Hiroshige, on view at the Art Institute of Chicago through early October. Drawing from the museum’s collection, the works presented in Fantastic Landscapes exemplify a brilliant moment in the history of Japanese printmaking. This exhibition should not be missed, so make sure to check here to plan your trip ahead of time.

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