Openings & Closings: Exhibitions, Shows, Fairs 10/15/19–10/21/19

Jenamarie Boots Exhibitions

Peony Table Lamp, probably by Clara Wolcott Driscoll (1861–1944), Tiffany Studios, c. 1901–10. Leaded glass, bronze, 80 cm by 55 cm. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Bequest of Charles Maurer.

The Western Sublime: Majestic Landscapes of the American West at the Tucson Museum of Art, October 19 to February 9, 2020

Paintings, drawings, photography, prints, textiles, and basketry are all on view in this exhibition, and share a theme of the sublime: an awe- or fear-inspiring aesthetic ideal with a spiritual bent. Older works are complemented by contemporary pieces to inspire conversation around the shifting interpretations of the landscape of the American west.

True Grit: American Prints and Photographs from 1900 to 1940 at the Getty Center, J. Paul Getty Museum, October 15 to January 19

Complementary collections of prints and photographs that examine the American response to a modernizing landscape. Subways taking people to dance halls, skyscrapers shading tenement apartments, boxing rings around the corner from public parks are but some of the subjects explored.

Fig. 1. Girl with Mirror by Walt Kuhn (1880–1949), 1928. Signed and dated “Walt Kuhn/ 1928” at lower right. Oil on canvas, 24 by 20 ⅛ inches. Phillips Collection, Washington, DC.

What Now: Collecting for the Library in the 21st Century, Part 1 at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, October 19 to February 17, 2020

This exhibition explores unexpected affinities between such diverse works as 15th-century Middle English manuscripts and contemporary large-scale inkjet botanical prints. These are among the juxtapositions on display in a show of 50 works recently acquired by the Huntington Library. Together, the items are a celebration of the library’s rich diversity and continuing mission to preserve cultural treasures.

Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature at the Denver Art Museum, October 21 to February 2

Billed as the most comprehensive US exhibition of Monet paintings in more than two decades, this exhibition will present 120 paintings that span the entirety of Monet’s artistic practice. Particular attention is paid to his depictions of nature, and the many and varied landscapes he chose to paint.

Oracle, London, ca. 1790. Fan, hand-colored engraving and wood. The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino.

L’Affichomania: The Passion for French Posters at the Vero Beach Museum of Art, October 19 to January 12, 2020

More than 60 bright, bold, and brilliant Belle Époque compositions come together in this exhibition. Featured are works by the most celebrated artists of the medium: Jules Chéret, Eugène Grasset, Alphonse Mucha, Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again at the Art Institute of Chicago, October 20 to January 26, 2020

Over 400 works from the prolific (and prophetic) artist are on display, making an opportunity to appreciate the breadth of Warhol’s body of work in media that range from paintings, sculpture, drawings, and prints to films and installations.

Dining By Design: Silver 1925–2000 at Newfields, to October 20

Silver of the art deco era to space-age modernist pieces come together on the second floor of the landmark Lilly House, giving a domestic context to the exhibition’s discussion of American relationships to silverware.

Cabildo, St. Louis Cathedral, and Presbytère by Gaston de Pontalba, between October 1848 and February 1849. Pencil and watercolor on paper. Historic New Orleans Collection, courtesy of Baron de Pontalba.

The New Orleans Drawings of Gaston de Pontalba, 1848–1851 at the Historic New Orleans Collection, October 20 to February 2, 2020

Recently rediscovered and on loan from the Pontalba mansion, Mont-l’Évêque, these 120 drawings, watercolors, and prints of New Orleans and the surrounding region are a beautiful retelling of the family’s story. Gaston’s illustrations capture the rich architectural history of New Orleans as it unfolded in real time between 1848 and 1850.

Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern at the Nevada Museum of Art, to October 20

Clothing makes the man, supposedly, but does it make the woman? With her wardrobe as the primary focus, this exhibition explores O’Keeffe as an icon as well as an artist. Along with her own paintings, the show includes photographs by Alfred Stieglitz, Ansel Adams, Philippe Halsman, Yousuf Karsh, Cecil Beaton, Andy Warhol, Bruce Weber, Todd Webb, among others.

The Interpreter Ellis Island by Lewis W. Hine (1874–1940), 1926. Gelatin silver print. George Eastman Museum, gift of the Photo League Lewis Hine Memorial Committee.

A History of Photography at the George Eastman Museum, to October 20

Vexing socio-political issues such as racism and sexism are examined through the lens of Barbara Norfleet, Mary Ellen Mark, Patrick Nagatani, Dawoud Bey, Larry McNeil, and Lim Young Kyun, and several unidentified photographers.

Edith Halpert and the Rise of American Art at the Jewish Museum, October 18 to February 9, 2020

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Manet: Three Paintings from the Norton Simon Museum at the Frick Collection, October 16 to January 5, 2020

Still Life with Fish and Shrimp, The Ragpicker, and Madame Manet are on view; for the first time together outside the Norton Simon since being acquired.

Glow of the City (detail) by Martin Lewis, 1929. Drypoint on ivory laid paper. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Purchased with funds from Russel I. and Hannah S. Kully. © Estate of Martin Lewis

Tiffany in Bloom: Stained Glass Lamps by Louis Comfort Tiffany at the Cleveland Museum of Art, October 20 to June 14, 2020

The enduring charm of Tiffany’s stained glass – designed to bring the colors of nature into the home – is on display. The exhibition includes rare examples of Tiffany’s work; among them, WisteriaPeacockBamboo, and Peony lamps that illustrate the broad range of influences on the firm’s designers.

Andy Warhol: Revelation at the Andy Warhol Museum, October 20 to February 16, 2020

Warhol was raised a Catholic, and his religious sensibility is examined through 100 works, including his iconic portraits of celebrities, appropriated Renaissance masterpieces, plus archival materials, drawings, paintings, prints, and films.

Monticello: Observation tower, recto, Thomas Jefferson, ca. 1771. Pen and Ink with gray wash. Coolidge Collection of Thomas Jefferson Manuscripts, Massachusetts Historical Society.

Thomas Jefferson, Architect: Palladian Models, Democratic Principles, and the Conflict of Ideals at the Chrysler Museum of Art, October 19 to January 19, 2020

Liberty and democracy – the inspiration for Jefferson’s monuments – were always to be at odds with the slave labor used to construct them. Some 130 objects, ranging from models, rare books, paintings, drawings, early photographs and architectural elements, are presented as illustrations of the inherent conflict between Jefferson’s architectural ideas and the “peculiar institution.”

World Wide Antique and Vintage Show, October 18-20

Now in its 44th year, the Denver show feature nearly one hundred antique and vintage design dealers from around the United States offering works from a surprisingly broad range of collecting fields.

Semi-Annual Petersham Antique and Vintage Holiday Collectibles Marketplace, October 19

Two floors of vendors gather in central Massachusetts and offer high-quality vintage ornaments and decorations for Christmas, Halloween, Valentine’s Day, Easter, and other holidays.

Fox Valley Antiques Show, October 19-20

Celebrating its 44th year, the Fox Valley Antiques Show in suburban Chicago features Americana, 18th and 19th and early 20th century furniture, textiles, jewelry, stoneware, folk art and more.

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