Openings & Closings: Exhibitions, Shows, Fairs 11/27/19–12/03/19

Jenamarie Boots Exhibitions

Zilphia Horton by Edward Weston, 1941. Gelatin silver print. Center for Creative Photography, Edward Weston Archive © 1981 Arizona Board of Regents.

Edward Weston’s Leaves of Grass at the Center for Creative Photography, to November 30

The product of a cross-country road-trip, this collection of photographs was made to accompany a luxury edition of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass. Weston channeled Whitman’s spirit and sought to capture the same poetic energy in his own last major body of work.

Hommage à l’Hexagone by Victor Vasarely, 1969. Screenprint. University of Arizona Museum of Art.

A New Unity: The Life and Afterlife of Bauhaus at the University of Arizona Museum of Art, to December 1

Features work from Bauhaus masters including Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klée and Josef Albers, as well as other Bauhaus-inspired works from the op art, constructivist and minimalist art movements.

Detail, The Lute by Thomas Wilmer Dewing, 1904. Oil on panel. Freer|Sackler.

Dewing’s Poetic World at the Freer|Sackler, November 27 to November 2020

Though he was part of a vibrant social circle of artists and collectors, the tonalist Thomas Wilmer Dewing is best known for his paintings of women in isolated and desolate settings. The juxtaposition of his artistic life and output is at the heart of this show. The frames of his paintings, designed by the architect Stanford White, are also examined.

The Eye of the Sun: Nineteenth-Century Photographs from the National Gallery of Art at the National Gallery of Art, to December 1

The work of Anna Atkins, Édouard Baldus, Gustave Le Gray, Charles Marville, Roger Fenton, Francis Frith, Eadweard Muybridge, Augustus Washington, E. Carleton Watkins, Julia Margaret Cameron, Oscar Gustave Rejlander, Lewis Carroll, and many, many more is on view in this comprehensive survey of early photography, which also includes over eighty of the NGA’s newest acquisitions.

Before the War: Photographs of Syria by Peter Aaron at the Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia, to December 1

In Venice, the stones of Syria
Originally on view in the Palazzo Mora as an adjunct to the Venice Biennale. “In these images, ancient stoneworks laid by Romans, Byzantines, Mamluks, and a handful of other civilizations of the remote past blend in with the dusty ground as if produced by the desert itself,” writes our senior editor, Sammy Dalati, “Aaron learned a few tricks from his mentor, architectural photographer Ezra Stoller, and his use of infrared film increases the stone’s apparent albedo, giving many of the gleaming buildings, especially those that rose from the sand at sites like Palmyra, a haunted aspect.”

Homer at the Beach: A Marine Painter’s Journey, 1869–1880 at the Cape Ann Museum, to December 1

Throughout his artistic career, Winslow Homer was drawn to the seaside. He frequently visited Cape Ann in Massachusetts, and rendered its shores in paintings, drawings and even ceramics. His depictions of the area are displayed together for the first time in this exhibition.

Window from Resurrection by Louis C. Tiffany, 1899. Stained glass window. Photo © Diane Rousseau / Worcester Art Museum, gift of Mount Vernon Congregational Church.

Radiance Rediscovered: Stained Glass by Tiffany and La Farge at the Worcester Art Museum, to December 1

Commerce and religion came together in the stained-glass windows of Louis Comfort Tiffany and John La Farge. Two stunning sets of c. 1890 memorial windows from a Boston church, newly restored, are the centerpieces of this show. The exhibition also features works that highlight the artists’ creative visions, techniques, and aesthetic influences, which include paintings, works on paper, and Favrile glass.

Joseph Hidley: Folk Artist at the Albany Institute of History and Art, to December 1

A rural, self-taught artist best known for his townscapes, Hidley also painted religious scenes, still lifes, imaginary American and European landscapes based on published prints. The exhibition features examples of each, in addition to family photographs that help illuminate the life of this regional artist.

Catskill Creek, May 21, 2019 by Shi Guorui (1964– ), 2019. Unique camera obscura gelatin silver print, 45 ¼ by 68 7/8 inches. Courtesy of the artist and the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Catskill, New York.

Shi Guorui: Ab/Sense-Pre/Sense at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, to December 1

“Thomas Cole used a small camera obscura to frame the landscape and define the composition of his paintings,” writes Eleanor Gustafson, our consulting editor, “Contemporary Chinese photographer Shi Guorui uses this ancient optical device to create monumental landscape panoramas.”

Fred W. McDarrah, “Outside the Caffe Borgia, at MacDougal and Bleecker Streets,” 1966. Museum of the City of New York, photo © Estate of Fred W. McDarrah.

The Voice of the Village: Fred W. McDarrah Photographs at the Museum of the City of New York, to December 1

McDarrah’s lens captured the life of the city for The Village Voice from the days of the Beat Generation to the Watergate era. This exhibition presents his documentary images of the rights movements and anti-war demonstrations of the tumultuous 1960s alongside his portraits of then-emerging cultural icons such as Allen Ginsberg and Bob Dylan.

Jenamarie Boots