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The Lille Palais des Beaux Arts Presents the First Retrospective of Louis Boilly

Posted: 04 Dec 2011 12:18 AM PST

artwork: Louis Boilly - "Entrance to the Turkish Garden" - Oil on canvas - 28 7/8" x 35 7/8" - Collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum. On view at the Lille Palais des Beaux Arts in "Louis Boilly (1761-1845)" until February 6th 2012.

Lille, France.- The Lille Palais des Beaux Arts is proud to present "Louis Boilly (1761-1845)", on view at the museum through February 6th 2012. Louis Boilly was one of the finest French painters of the 18th and 19th centuries. He was at the heart of the historic events which shook France and Europe, but his fame allowed him to play with the fluctuating conditions of his country, from the "Ancien Régime" to the French Revolution, from the Napoleonic era to the Bourbon monarchy Restoration. Boilly was 28 years old in 1789 and died three years before the 1848 revolution at the age of 84.

All through his career Boilly never ceased to use the changes in society as his preferred themes. Whoever thinks of pictures of everyday life or descriptions of the Parisian social customs sees paintings, drawings, and engravings by Boilly:  from "Marat's Triumph" (Lille Palais des beaux-arts) to the "Palais Royal Galleries" (Carnavalet Museum, Paris ; The Art Institute, Chicago), from "Boulevard Scenes" (National Gallery Washington) to "Politicians in the Tuileries Gardens" (The State Hermitage, Saint-Pétersbourg). Enjoying the advantages of undeniable popularity, Boilly's works were already appreciated during his lifetime. His exquisite painting was inspired by 17th century Dutch masters as well as by his admiration for David's art, and this style appealed to the collectors of his time. They sought smooth, clearly defined paintings, done with a skilful and illusionist technique, that were beautifully crafted.

artwork: Louis Boilly - "L'Effet du mélodrame (The Effect of Melodrama)", circa 1830 - Oil on canvas - 32 x 44 cm. Collection of the Musée Lambinet, Versailles. At the Lille Palais des Beaux Arts in "Louis Boilly (1761-1845)"

artwork: Louis Boilly - "Laughing Man (Original Title: Study for Le Libéral (Self-Portrait)", undated - Chalk, 23 x 17.4 cm. - Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.Today the most important international museums hunt for works of art by Boilly, and acquire them at auctions, often at extremely high prices. The Lille Palais des Beaux Arts exhibition, honoured with the mark "of national significance," will be the first large international retrospective devoted to Boilly. It is intended to celebrate the 250th anniversary of his birth in La Bassée, near Lille. The reference works by Henry Harrisse (1898), by Paul Marmottan (1913), and by Mabille de Poncheville (1931) gave the opening moves towards research on Boilly. The first exhibition, organized by the Friends of the Carnavalet Museum (1930), then those by other museums, the Marmottan (1984), Lille (1989), and Fort Worth in the United States (1996), put a spotlight on a number of chosen works. Presenting more than 170 paintings, drawings, lithographs, miniatures, and pieces of furniture from the most prestigious international museums, the Lille exhibition offers a new and complete view of Boilly's artistic production. In seven chronological and thematic sections following the painter's career, the event will bring together Boilly's great masterpieces kept in Paris and the Nord/Pas de Calais region, as well as those in England, the United States, Russia, Germany, and in numerous private collections.

Among the effervescent elements of Boilly's vast pictorial world are his feelings touched with romantic notes, close to the British temperament, his humanist and incisive observations, a reflection of his northern origin and of David's neoclassical spirit, and his technical interest in lithography and optics. The exhibition will naturally recall his brilliant portrait art, the most well-known aspect of his work. However, the show will especially reveal the wideranging talent of this remarkable painter. He was a mischievous commentator, constantly alert to the events of his time and how they affected his contemporaries. Boilly was never far from the delightful art of caricature. Witty, Boilly also liked to work on painting trompe-l'oeil, renewing this art with exceptional talent. He joyfully delved into the sardonic alteration of faces and bodies, heralding Daumier and the modern development of 19th century painting.

The Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille (Lille Palace of Fine Arts) is one of the largest museums in France, and the largest French museum outside of Paris. It was one of the first museums built in France, established under the instructions of Napoleon I at the beginning of the 19th century as part of the popularisation of art : Jean-Antoine Chaptal's decree of 1801 selected fifteen French cities (among which Lille) to receive the works seized from churches and from the territories occupied by the armies of Revolutionary France. The painters Louis Joseph Watteau and François Watteau, known as the "Watteau of Lille", were heavily involved in the museum's beginnings - in 1795 Louis Joseph Watteau made the first inventory of the paintings confiscated during the Revolution, whilst his son François was deputy curator of the museum from 1808 to 1823.

artwork: Louis Boilly - "L'Atelier de Houdon" - Oil on canvas - 85 x 104 cm. - Collection of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris.  - At the Lille Palais des Beaux Arts until February 6th 2012.

The museum opened in 1809 and was initially housed in a church confiscated from the Récollets before being transferred to the city's town hall. In 1866, the "musée Wicar", formed from the collection of Jean-Baptiste Wicar, was merged into the Palais des Beaux-Arts. Construction of the Palais's current Belle Époque-style building began in 1885 under the direction of Géry Legrand, mayor of Lille, and it was completed in 1892. The architects chosen to design the new building were Edouard Bérard (1843 - 1912) and Fernand Etienne-Charles Delmas (1852 - 1933) from Paris. The building is located on the place de la République, in the center of the city, facing the préfecture of Lille. It was renovated during the 1990s and reopened in 1997. This allowed the creation of a new 700 m² basement room for temporary exhibitions, as well as departments for the relief models and for 19th-century sculpture. Overall the museum covers 22000 m², the second largest collection in France after the Louvre. Its sculptures, paintings, drawings, ceramics and so on include works by Raphael, Donatello, Van Dyck, Tissot, Jordaens, Rembrandt, Goya, El Greco, David, Corot, Gustave Courbet, Toulouse-Lautrec, Delacroix, Rubens, Rodin, Claudel and Jean-Baptiste Chardin. Visit the museum's website at ...

The Corocran Gallery of Art Exhibits Australian Artists Claire Healy & Sean Cordeiro

Posted: 03 Dec 2011 11:31 PM PST

artwork: Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro - "Are We There Yet?" (detail),  2011 - Installation - Courtesy of the artists, Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney, and Frey Norris Contemporary & Modern, San Francisco Gallery. On view at the Corocran Gallery, Washington D.C. in "Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro: Are We There Yet?" from December 3rd until March 11th 2011.

Washington, D.C.- This winter, the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design will present "Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro: Are We There Yet?" the first exhibition in the United States of these Australian artists. Commissioned by and created especially for the Corcoran, the exhibition is the third in the  NOW at the Corcoran series, a program dedicated to showcasing the work of emerging and mid-career artists. The exhibition's highlight, a gallery-transforming installation on the Gallery's second floor, draws from American history, literature, pop culture, current affairs, and the architecture of the Corcoran to explore the symbolism of space exploration and the paradoxes of food consumption.  "Are We There Yet?" is on view at the gallery from December 3rd through March 11th 2011.

Galerie Barbara Thumm Shows Recent Works by Simon Cantemir Hausi

Posted: 03 Dec 2011 10:39 PM PST

Berlin.- The Barbara Thumm Gallery is proud to present "Simon Cantemir Hausì: Waiting for the Perfect Days", on view at the gallery through December 21st. This exhibition is the first solo show in Germany by Cluj based Romanian artist Simon Cantemir Hausì. The exhibition features selected works on paper and canvas from the years 2002 to date.Born in 1976, Hausì's family was highly politicized, subject to surveillance by Romania's communist regime and continually under the threat of interrogation. Hausì's work dwells on themes of uncertainty, and distrust of stability and ideologies. The wildy beautiful landscape of the Romanian countryside is one the artist continues to return to, both physically and via his imagination. Sometimes he reconjures scenes from his childhood: images of boys walking through a forest  at night, or playing in a field during the day. At other times Hausì uses the countryside that he is so familiar with as a ground for the figures and animals that come to his mind as he lives and works in Cluj. These works have a visionary quality: the figures often appearing bathed in an otherworldly light, and the animals portrayed in a fashion that reminds the viewer of scenes found in late Medieval and early Renaissance paintings.

Sotheby's Auctions of Russian Art Concluded This Week Bringing $95.5 million

Posted: 03 Dec 2011 10:22 PM PST

artwork: The New York Sale of Russian Art in November: was led by Natalia Goncharova's Street in Moscow, which sparked an intense competition between bidders that propelled the work to achieve $6,354,500,  more than four times its high estimate of $1.5 million, and the new highest price for a painting in any Russian Art sale at Sotheby's worldwide.

NEW YORK, N.Y.- Sotheby's global auctions of Russian Art in 2011 concluded this week realizing a combined worldwide total for Russian Art sold by the company of $95.5 million, an increase of 16% ($13.5 million) on our 2010 global total for sales in this field. This total of $95.5 million confirms Sotheby's position as global leader in the market for Russian Art, for the ninth consecutive year. Discussing the results of Sotheby's Russian Art Sales in 2011, Jo Vickery, Senior Director and Head of the Russian Art department in London, said: "Participation from serious collectors of Russian Art in Sotheby's global sales has remained resolutely steadfast for several years, and have also become increasingly selective. Collectors want the very best and this is driving prices up for museum-quality works or paintings with a solid provenance. This week's unprecedented 100% sold "white-glove" auction of paintings from the descendants of Alexander Benois demonstrates just how much competition is generated when unique saleroom opportunities come to market."

The Smithsonian American Art Museum Shows Prints by Major American Artists in "Multiplicity"

Posted: 03 Dec 2011 09:42 PM PST

Washington, D.C.- The Smithsonian American Art Museum is pleased to present the exhibition "Multiplicity" featuring contemporary prints from the permanent collection of the museum. The exhibition will be on view at the museum through March 11th 2012. The works featured embrace many styles, techniques and approaches with which artists have worked over the past several decades. The exhibition is organized by Joann Moser, senior curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and will travel following its presentation in Washington, D.C. In recent years, the Museum has focused on strengthening its contemporary art collection through acquisitions and by commissioning new artworks.

"Multiplicity implies abundance and variation," said Moser. "These prints are the result of collaboration between the artist and professional printers who help realize the artist's vision. This interaction alters the stereotype of the artist working alone in the studio and celebrates the power of collaboration." The exhibition features 83 works, created between 1972 and 2009, by contemporary artists such as John Baldessari, John Cage, Vija Celmins, Chuck Close, R. Luke DuBois, David Hockney, Sol LeWitt, Brice Marden, Julie Mehretu, Martin Puryear, Tim Rollins and K.O.S., Susan Rothenberg, Kiki Smith and Kara Walker.

artwork: David Hockney - "Views of Hotel Well III", 1984-85 Lithograph - Edition of 80 - 48 ½" x 38 ½" - Collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. © David Hockney/Tyler Graphics Ltd. Nearly half of the prints included in the exhibition are recent acquisitions, and 38 were acquired by the museum in the past five years. The exhibition is the first time the museum has shown the majority of these artworks. The concept of making multiple images from the same matrix has been integral to printmaking ever since the earliest prints were pulled from woodblocks and metal plates in the 15th century.

Each impression is considered to be an original work of art. "Multiplicity" brings together a selection of prints by artists for whom the concept of multiplicity in its many forms provides a touchstone for their artistic expression. Many of the artists in the exhibition have expanded the idea of multiplicity beyond editions of identical impressions by creating series, sequences and images that comprise numerous parts. They explore repetition, pairing and variations on a theme as artistic strategies. Implicit in their exploration of multiplicity is a challenge to rarity and uniqueness as determinants of value. All of the prints in the exhibition are part of an edition, and each impression is considered to be an original work of art.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum, the nation's first collection of American art, is an unparalleled record of the American experience. The collection captures the aspirations, character and imagination of the American people throughout three centuries. The American Art Museum is the home to one of the largest and most inclusive collections of American art in the world. Its artworks reveal key aspects of America's rich artistic and cultural history from the colonial period to today. More than 7,000 artists are represented in the collection, including major masters, such as John Singleton Copley, Gilbert Stuart, Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Childe Hassam, Mary Cassatt, Georgia O'Keeffe, Edward Hopper, Jacob Lawrence, Helen Frankenthaler, Christo, David Hockney, Jenny Holzer, Lee Friedlander, Nam June Paik, Martin Puryear, and Robert Rauschenberg. The Museum has been a leader in identifying significant aspects of American visual culture and actively collecting and exhibiting works of art before many other major public collections. American Art has the largest collection of New Deal art and the finest collections of contemporary craft, American impressionist paintings, and masterpieces from the Gilded Age. Other pioneering collections include historic and contemporary folk art, work by African American and Latino artists, photography from its origins in the nineteenth century to contemporary works, images of western expansion, and realist art from the first half of the twentieth century.  Visit the museum's website at ...

The Kumu Art Museum Displays the Motif of Wine and Bread in Art

Posted: 03 Dec 2011 09:28 PM PST

artwork: Unknown German artist (After William Hogarth) - "A Midnight Modern Conversation", late 18th century - Oil on canvas - 78 x 105.5 cm. Collection of the Art Museum of Estonia – Mikkel Museum. On view in "Vinum & Panis" until March 11th 2012.

Tallinn, Estonia.- The Kumu Art Museum is pleased to present "Vinum & Panis: The Bread and Wine Motif in the Art of the 16th to 20 Centuries", on view at the museum through March 11th 2012. Produced in cooperation with several Estonian museums and the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church, the exhibition explores the different meanings of bread and wine throughout the last 500 years, as seen by the artists of the time. The exhibition explores the meanings of two of the most important Christian and pagan subjects – wine and bread – through works of applied and fine arts, manuscripts and books, ethnographic items and archaeological finds, as well as in historical photos.

The Fahey/Kline Gallery Presents Two Unique Exhibitions of Rock 'n' Roll Photography

Posted: 03 Dec 2011 08:37 PM PST

Los Angeles, CA - The Fahey/Klein Gallery is pleased to present two exhibitions of Rock 'n' Roll photographs, both on view from December 1st through January 14th 2012. "Backstage Pass: Faces in Music II" is a group exhibition that features over 80 Rock n' roll photographs from such image-makers as Harry Benson, Joel Brodsky, Danny Clinch, Henry Diltz, Barry Feinstein, Bobby Klein, Daniel Kramer, Annie Leibovitz, Gered Mankowitz, Jim Marshall, Herb Ritts, Ethan Russell, Norman Seeff, Frank Stefanko, Bruce Talamon, and Alfred Wertheimer. "Rock Seen" presents a selection of photographs from Bob Gruen's newly released monograph of the same name (Abrams, 2011).

Exhibition of Counter-culture in Switzerland at The Musée de l'Elysée

Posted: 03 Dec 2011 08:36 PM PST

artwork: Plonk & Replonk - "The colors of tomorrow. Plant operating at enriched Geranium", 2005 - © Plonk & Replonk - Courtesy Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne.

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND  - The Musée de l'Elysée offers an original exhibition on the theme of the counter-culture in Switzerland, expressed through photography and the visual arts from 1950 to the present day. The exhibition is a contextualization of the work of twenty-five photographers, artists, film and video makers. It shows the various aspects of the counter-culture in the 1960s and 1970s, and the photography critique that succeeded it. The counter-culture of the 1960s challenged the traditional values in private and public life; it redesigned cultural and political boundaries, from projects of empowerment to sexual liberation, from realism to utopia, from the possible to the impossible. After this long period dedicated to the conquest of freedom, notably artistic freedom, counter-culture disappeared during the 1980s, to be recycled by fashion, consumerism and the market economy. Society switched from patriarchal domination to an ideology of desire and consumerism. The global village of the 1980's has now become the environment for globalization.

The Japanese American National Museum Shows 30 Years of Patrick Nagatani

Posted: 03 Dec 2011 07:31 PM PST

artwork: Patrick Nagatani - "Japanese Children's Day Carp Banners, Paguate Village, Jackpile Mine Uranium Tailings, Laguna Pueblo Reservation, New Mexico", 1990  Chromogenic print - Courtesy of the artist. -  On view at the Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, in "Desire for Magic: Patrick Nagatani" until January 15th.

Los Angeles, California.- The Japanese American National Museum is proud to present "Desire for Magic: Patrick Nagatani " on view at the museum through January 15th. The exhibition presents 30 years of varied work by the artist Patrick Nagatani, including his collaborations, staged photographs, collages and multimedia pieces. Created by the University of New Mexico's University Art Museum and curator Michele Penhall in 2008, Desire for Magic represents Nagatani's wide range of themes including politics, popular culture, the post-nuclear world, and our fragile, ever-changing environment. In the three-decade period beginning in 1978, Nagatani, like his works, has defied convention and labels. As an artist, he uses staged photography with carefully crafted props to become "a storyteller with images." He has utilized masking tape as a form of tactile painting for a series Nagatani calls "Tape-estries."

Art & Beyond Magazine and Online Gallery November/December Issue Now Available

Posted: 03 Dec 2011 07:30 PM PST

artwork: Semproniu Iclozan - "Subsequent Door" - All rights reserved  -  © Semproniu Iclozan. - Courtesy of  Art & Beyond Magazine and Gallery Online.

Morton Grove, Illinois.- Art & Beyond Studio, Inc. is proud to present nationally and internationally known artists Paula M. Smiles, Semproniu Iclozan, Jacqui Morgan, Ione Citrin, Marlene Burns and Elisha Ben Yitzhak, all of whom are featured in latest edition of the the Online Art & Beyond Magazine and Online Gallery. Art & Beyond Publications combines both print and web to create the ultimate self-promotional tool for the artist. Art & Beyond Online Edition features both an Online Magazine and Artist Gallery showcasing various artists and their work.  Artists are featured in every issue of the Online Magazine and their work is always available for viewing, all materials are archived and available online and the gallery is updated upon request by artist for each issue.

Paula M. Smiles' interest in drawing started at a very young age, she then attended the Junior School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Under the guidance of Emanuel Jacobson she focused on life drawings. Most recently she has been doing a series of "Pin-Head People." The heads are "pin-head" in size and the body is stretched out as the form moves to the hands and feet. Paula holds a B.S. degree from Northwestern University and a MSW from University of Illinois. She resides in Skokie, Illinois where she works as a hospice social worker and continues to draw. She has participated in art shows and exhibited her work in the Chicago area including at The Figurative Art League of Evanston, Art and Beyond, She Art, and The Skokie Art Guild. Semproniu Iclozan is an intentionally known American artist, born in Romania. His work has been exhibited at more than 51 exhibitions in Europe and United States. Iclozan's art was published in many European books and catalogs around the world. Iclozan's work is in the permanent collections at the Chicago History Museum, National Museum of Art in Bucharest, Romania, Museum of Contemporary Art, Poland, Royal Art Collection in Stockholm, Sweden and many others. For almost two decades, Iclozan was exhibited as a solo artist in numerous galleries around the world including; Ambassador Gallery, NY, Portals Gallery and Hansen Gallery, Chicago, Fontanella Borghese Gallery, Rome, Italy, Accademia di Romania, Rome, Italy, Cralowa Museum of Art, Romania, Drottinnggatan 100 Gallery, Stockholm. Iclozan has also participated in numerous of Art Expos, including the Vancouver, Chicago and Miami International Exhibitions. Iclozan's artwork is also in many private art collections in United States, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, The Netherlands, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

artwork: Paula M Smiles - "City Scape" - Colored Pencil and Pen - All rights reserved © Paula M. Smiles. Courtesy of Art & Beyond Magazine and Gallery Online.

Elisha Ben Yitzhak was born in Israel in 1943. He studied art at the Bezalel Art Academy in Jerusalem and at the Avni Art Institute in Tel Aviv under the guidance of master artists. Elisha moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA, in 1985. His paintings have been exhibited in museums, galleries, art festivals and private art exhibits in numerous countries around the world, including a group exhibit at the famed Tate Gallery in London and at the Florence Biennale. Elisha's paintings have also appeared in numerous publications and electronic media. From a young age, painting and sculpture have always been a major part of his life. Elisha's paintings are about the essence and rhythm of life, all depicting symbols of life the way he sees it. He has always strived to reach the ultimate balance in composition and color.  Private art collectors, galleries and museums around the world have acquired many of his artworks.

Jacqui Morgan. When Jacqui Morgan received her BFA from Pratt, she entered a world without any female illustrators. She with Barbara Nessim and Lorraine Fox who passed away very young, were the first and only working female illustrators. During the heyday of the psychedelic, she designed and illustrated the iconic Electric Circus Poster and went on to create more iconic images for the American Optometric Association, Sansui, Scott Printing, Celanese, Exxon, and 7 UP Billboards. Unique covers for American Artist Magazine, Mac Millan Books, Print Magazine and Cosmopolitan along with album covers for RCA, ads for DeBeers diamonds and animated commercials for Burlington Mills and General Mills were among her achievements. She always loved science fiction and illustrated a few anthologies for young readers. After Morgan received her MA from Hunter College, CUNY, she studied realistic oil painting with Sharon Sprung a student of Harvey Dinnerstein and then applied these findings to watercolor. While far more difficult to handle than oils, watercolor is easier to control than dyes which stain the paper and cannot be lightened, only bleached.The comfort with dyes came when working for two years designing textile patterns right after Pratt graduation. Watercolor had the same seductive transparency. The first illustration of this no line, more painterly, approach was the poster for the Tap Dance Kid Broadway show.

Ione Citrin. Ione's art has shown nationally since 1998 when, after years of world travel, a successful television, radio, theatre and film career in the performing arts, she decided to focus her richly diverse talents on the visual arts. Ione's artistic expression, creativity, and passion for communication have resulted in numerous awards for her painting, sculpture, mixed media, and assemblage. Ione is an avant garde artist whose artistic expression takes fantastic shape through her diverse oil and watercolor paintings, bronze sculptures, found object collages and mixed media assemblages. Her contemporary paintings and sculptures range from abstract to realistic to impressionistic – all visionary interpretations from her imaginative soul. Ione uses only one name but a variety of styles to soothe her wild imagination. A native of Chicago, she is a former television star and commercial voice-over artist. Now she wins awards and sells her creativity through her hands instead of through her larynx. Her art is as original as she is – bold, colorful and highly decorative.

artwork: Ione Citrin - "First Frost" - Acrylic on canvas - 14" x 11" - All rights reserved © Ione Citrin. Courtesy of  Art & Beyond Magazine and Gallery Online.

Marlene Burns has been a professional artist for forty years. She earned two degrees from the University of Cincinnati, School of Design, Art and Architecture.Her career has included consultation, teaching, and a successful business creating art for clients while working in the design community. She has been represented in galleries from coast to coast. Judaism has always been her passion as well. Last year, Marlene began a Judaic series of paintings based on some of the Hebrew prayers she studies and shares with those she teaches. Painting in the style of 'sacred intention,' her series of 17 paintings so far, has become her most inspired work to date. She prepares for each painting by chanting or singing the specific prayer while her abstract expressionist process unfolds. Most of her symbols are hidden. The translations and explanations of her artistic process become part of her offerings as teachings.

Art & Beyond Magazine Online is the Online Publication that brings artists and their work to numerous Gallery Directors and Owners. Artists are given the extraordinary opportunity to be published in this bi-monthly online magazine and will be given a chance to present their work to a wider audience using the World Wide Web as a powerful tool to promote their work.  All artists featured in the online magazine are active members of Art & Beyond Publications. Visit the magazine's website at ...

Mauritshuis in The Hague to Display A Private Collection of Dutch Masters

Posted: 03 Dec 2011 07:18 PM PST

artwork: Aelbert Cuyp - Orpheus Charming the Animals, c. 1640 - Oil on canvas, 44 1/2 x 65 3/4 in. -  Collection of Eijk and Rose-Marie de Mol van Otterloo

A selection of highlights from the remarkable art collection of Eijk and Rose-Marie de Mol van Otterloo will be on display at the Mauritshuis in The Hague (The Netherlands) this autumn. The exhibition Made in Holland: Old Masters from a private collection in America features 44 masterpieces produced by Dutch masters during the Golden Age. Not only are these works of outstanding quality, their subject matter is often intriguing. The selection includes works by Rembrandt, Frans Hals, Jacob van Ruisdael, Jan Steen and Hendrick Avercamp. One floor of the Mauritshuis will be transformed into the home of Van Otterloos for a period of three months. This will offer a unique opportunity to view these works, which are rarely exhibited in public.

Made in Holland opens to the public on November 4, 2010 and will be on view until January 30, 2011 in The Hague. The Dutch showing of this exhibition has been made possible thanks to financial support from the Turing Foundation, NIBC and the Friends of the Mauritshuis.

artwork: Jan Steen (1626-1679) - "The Drawing Lesson", c.1660-1665 Panel, 24 x 21 cm. The Hague, Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis.History of a Collection
Dutch collectors Eijk and Rose-Marie de Mol van Otterloo, started collecting after their marriage in 1974, initially acquiring antique carriages and English sporting prints. Peter Sutton, current director of the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut, suggested that they collect works by seventeenth century Dutch masters. Simon Levie (advisor from 1995), former director of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, and Frits Duparc, former director of the Mauritshuis (who took over from Levie in 2009), were closely involved in shaping this exceptionally beautiful collection.

Paintings of extraordinarily high quality continue to be added, such as Rembrandt's Portrait of Aeltje Uylenburgh (1632) in 2005, which the couple themselves describe as 'the jewel in our collection's crown', and Gerrit Dou's Still Life with Sleeping Dog (1650): 'love at first sight'. Masterpieces by Aert van der Neer, Esaias van de Velde, Gabriel Metsu, Salomon de Bray and Pieter Claesz were acquired in 2008 and 2009.

All Genres Represented
A pretty, yet insolent young girl, a dog sleeping peacefully, winter landscapes or a summer scene with shepherds and picturesque mountains: the pictures in Made in Holland illustrate the versatility of seventeenth-century Dutch painting. In the exhibition, first-rate paintings will be grouped in ensembles, with an emphasis on still lifes, landscapes, genre paintings and portraits.

Among the still lifes, a number of rare works by painters from Middelburg, including Balthasar van der Ast, Ambrosius Bosschaert and Adrian Coorte, are of particular interest. These will be shown alongside works by famous still-life painters such as Jan Davidsz de Heem and Willem Heda. The Dutch landscape is well represented with, among others, three works by the leading landscape artist of the Golden Age, Jacob van Ruisdael. The work of Nicolaes Berchem, Jan Both, Karel du Jardin and Adam Pijnacker focuses on the Italian landscape.

Father and son Willem van de Velde the Elder and Willem van de Velde the Younger depict the Dutch Republic as a seafaring nation. Admirers of seascapes like this will also enjoy Jan van de Cappelle and Simon de Vlieger's beautiful paintings.

In the portraits section, masterpieces by Rembrandt and Frans Hals stand out, while everyday life takes centre stage in the work of painters such as Jan Steen, Nicolaes Maes, Adriaen van Ostade and Frans van Mieris the Elder. An unexpected highlight is the history painting Orpheus Charming the Animals (c. 1640), an early work by Aelbert Cuyp.

In 2011, the complete collection of paintings, together with a smaller collection of antique furniture and objets d'art, will go on display in the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. The exhibition will then move to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and finally to the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.

artwork: Aert van der Neer (1603/4-1677) - "Figures in a Snowstorm", c.1655-1660 Oil on canvas, 61 x 76 cm. The Hague, Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis.

Private Collectors and the Mauritshuis

Private collectors have always played an important role at the Mauritshuis. The core of the holdings is made up of the royal collections of the Princes of Orange-Nassau, Willem IV (1711-1751) and Willem V (1748-1806), but since 1822, a large part of the museum's collection -– has been acquired via gifts and bequests. Additionally, long and short-term loans made by individuals over the years have boosted the museum's permanent display. Loans from private individuals also form an essential part of many exhibitions at the Mauritshuis.

The Van Otterloos belong to this group of private lenders, which always supports exhibitions both at home and abroad, including those at the Mauritshuis, with great generosity. Since many of the works in the Van Otterloo's collection were intended for private homes, the exhibition Made in Holland lends itself perfectly to the intimate galleries of the Mauritshuis, itself built in the seventeenth century as a private residence for Count Johan Maurits of Nassau Siegen (1604-1679). Visit The Mauritshuis at :

Brazilian Artist Beatriz Milhazes 3rd Solo at Galerie Max Hetzler

Posted: 03 Dec 2011 07:17 PM PST

artwork: Beatriz Milhazes - "Spring Love", 2010. - Photo: Courtesy Galerie Max Hetzler.

BERLIN.- Galerie Max Hetzler presents the third solo exhibition of Beatriz Milhazes, featuring four large scale paintings and a mobile, which were the subject of her solo show at Fondation Beyeler in Basel earlier this year, as well as recent collages. Central to the exhibition are four monumental canvases of different sizes on the theme of the four seasons. They are composed of stylized, ornamental floral motifs and geometric forms which are symptomatic of Beatriz Milhazes' oeuvre, as is the transfer technique deriving from collage that she developed. Influenced by the tropical climate and vegetation of her home country Brazil, her work rhythmically constructed, features unique exuberant colours.

IVAM Celebrates Ramón Gaya's 100th Anniversary with Exhibition

Posted: 03 Dec 2011 07:16 PM PST

artwork: Ramón Gaya - Homenaje to Margarita Van Eyck and self-portrait, 1996 - Courtesy of IVAM

VALENCIA.- On the occasion of Ramón Gaya's hundredth anniversary IVAM exhibits "Homenaje a la pintura" [Homage to painting], which is co-organized by the State Society of Cultural Commemorations (SECC), in order to recall the love for painting expressed by Ramón Gaya through his tributes to past distinguished painters. It was during his exile in Mexico when, away from European museums but surrounded with painting reproductions he was fond of, he decided to pay tribute to the works he considered, more than historic witnesses, fully alive, as years after being created still impress those who gaze at them.

South Korea Turning Ex-Army Command into National Museum of Contemporary Art

Posted: 03 Dec 2011 07:15 PM PST

artwork: Performers wearing lion dance outfits perform in front of Defense Security Command building during the groundbreaking ceremony for a branch of the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul, South Korea. South Korea is trying to make peace with its painful past by turning the command building once allegedly used as a torture center into the museum. - AP Photo/ Lee Jin-man.

SEOUL, KOREA (AP).- For many, the stark structure built by the Japanese and then taken over by South Korea's military is a reminder of a painful colonial past and the torture allegedly overseen there later during decades of authoritarian governments. But rather than bulldozing the Defense Security Command building, South Korea's capital is trying to make peace with its difficult history by transforming the building into a branch of the National Museum of Contemporary Art. On Wednesday, the culture minister, Choung Byoung-gug, cut the tape at a groundbreaking ceremony for the museum just east of Gyeongbok Palace. Construction is slated to finish by the end of 2012.

The Art Gallery on the Portland Campus of the University of New England Shows "Critters"

Posted: 03 Dec 2011 07:14 PM PST

artwork: Dahlov Ipkar - "Sumatra Jungle", © the artist. - On View at the University of Maine (Portland campus) Art Gallery exhibition "Critters"

Portland, ME.- The Art Gallery on the Portland Campus of the University of New England in Portland, Maine presents "Critters", a mammoth show that fills all three floors of the gallery, the foyer and the grounds. It includes about 300 works by almost 100 artists. "Critters" represents three groups of work – wildlife, farm animals, and pets – in situations that may be heartwarming, entertaining, or even poignant for the viewer. The exhibition is on view through 20 July.

The show not only includes the "critters" we interact with every day, but also those that may have been forced from their habitats as our human territory expands, and others that may soon disappear forever. "Critters" features local artists from Maine beside works from artists from New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York, Wisconsin, Connecticut, and Florida.

The exhibition includes a broad selection of indoor and outdoor sculptures by Jeff Barrett, Lise Becu, Peter Beerits, Rush Brown, James Budish, Clara Cohan, Nantz Comyns, Squidge Davis, Donna Dodson, Dan Falt, Edwin Gamble, Eva Goetz, Don Gove, Craig Berube Gray, Carole Hanson, Charles Jenkins, Mark Kendschi, Nance Kahn,  Al Kronk, Bernard Langlais, Cheryl Lichwell, Steve Lindsay, Lin Lisburger, Cabot Lyford, Lou Mastro,  Andy Moerlin, Marjorie Moore, Bryce Muir, Jean Noon, Leo Osbourne, Elizabeth Ostrander, Patrick Plourde, Roger Prince, Riv Pyne, Andy Rosen, Merle Ruth, Sharon Townsend, Edith Tucker, Tacha Vosburgh, Kitty Wales, Sharon Wandell, Rebekah Raye, John Wilkinson and many more.

artwork: Andy Rosen - "Duster", © the artist. - On View at the University of Maine (Portland campus) Art Gallery exhibition "Critters"

The Art Gallery on the Portland Campus of the University of New England in Portland, Maine, sometimes called "the Little Jewel," was built in 1977. The Art Gallery mounts six exhibitions annually, ranging from contemporary fine art photography, international themes to works by women and Maine artists, in a variety of mediums. In addition, from June through October, an Annual Sculpture Garden Invitational is featured around the Gallery's exterior.  On occasion, exhibitions are arranged at other locations on both campuses, such as the current installation, "Into the Present," featuring works on long-term loan from Dr. Gary D. Astrachan in and around the Parker Pavilion. The Art Gallery also houses a permanent collection of paintings, drawings, photographs and sculpture by nationally and internationally known artists.  Selections are shown on a rotating basis on the Gallery's Lower Level as well as in special exhibitions every 3rd year. The University of New England's Art Gallery at the Portland Campus has a diverse and eclectic permanent collection of works of art. Acquired over the years by Westbrook College and, more recently, by the University, most of the collection has been the result of the generosity of artists, collectors and Westbrook College alumni who have donated these works to the College and University.

artwork: Kitty Wales - "Sweater Dogs", 2006 - Steel and Sweaters - 24" x 16" x 36" each. © the artist. - On View at the University of Maine (Portland campus) Art Gallery

The collection ranges from a pair of primitives, circa 1840 of unknown origin, and two nineteenth century Franklin Stanwood oils to contemporary work by artists Maggie Foskett and Louise Peabody. The collection also includes works from the mid-twentieth century by such Maine artists as Thomas Crotty, George deLyra, Stephen Etnier, Vincent Hartgen, Dahlov Ipcar, John Muench and Laurence Sisson. There are bronze plaques by William Zorach, paintings by Alexander Bower and Maurice Utrillo, and works on paper by Hans Hofmann, Paul Klee, Kaethe Kollwitz, Leonardo Lasansky, Leo Meissner, and James McNeill Whistler. The Art Gallery also has a fine photography collection with works by Berenice Abbott, Todd Webb, Verner Reed, Lotte Jacobi, Lisette Model, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Arthur Rothstein, Lewis Hine, and Eugene Atget, among many others, including a number of contemporary Maine fine arts photographers. Visit the university gallery's website at ...

The Alte Pinakothek to Honor Austrian Painter Arnulf Rainer

Posted: 03 Dec 2011 07:13 PM PST

artwork: Arnulf Rainer - "Frau aus Flamen", 2010 - Black Pencil and Acrylic on Laserprint, 42 x 29,7 cm. © ARNULF RAINER "The Overpainter" A retrospective in the Alte Pinakothek to celebrate the artist's 80th birthday.

MUNICH - Following the display of Cy Twombly's most recent sculptures in 2006, the Pinakothek der Moderne is once again devoting an exhibition in the Alte Pinakothek to a major contemporary artist whose seeks to enter a dialogue with traditional art. To celebrate his 80th birthday in December 2009, the exhibition will provide a compact overview from the oeuvre of the Austrian painter Arnulf Rainer, showcasing key works, some of which have never been exhibited before.  On exhibition through 5 September, 2010.

British Artist Damien Hirst Presents New Paintings at the Wallace Collection

Posted: 03 Dec 2011 07:12 PM PST

artwork: British artist Damien Hirst poses for photographers in front of his painting "White Roses and Butterflies," 2008, in London. Photo: Reuters/Kieran Doherty (Britain Entertainment Society)

LONDON (REUTERS).- British artist Damien Hirst has made a reputation, and sizeable fortune, from suspending animals in formaldehyde and filling medicine cabinets with pills. Now one of the world's most successful living artists has returned to more traditional territory of painting, and this time, unlike his mass-produced canvases covered in colored spots, the 44-year-old actually executed them himself. Hirst has displayed 25 new paintings, mostly featuring white skulls on blue-black backgrounds, at London's Wallace Collection, a family collection of old masters housed in gilded, silk-walled opulence. The exhibition runs from October 14 to January 24, 2010.

The Museum of Modern Art presents Picasso: Themes and Variations

Posted: 03 Dec 2011 07:11 PM PST

artwork: Pablo Picasso - 'Minotauromachy', 1935 - Etching and engraving, Plate: 19 1/2 x 27 3/8" (49.6 x 69.6 cm.) Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Fund. © 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Museum of Modern Art presents Picasso: Themes and Variations, an exhibition exploring Pablo Picasso's creative process through the medium of printmaking, from March 28 to August 30, 2010. It features approximately 100 works from the Museum's superlative collection of the artist's prints. The exhibition is organized by Deborah Wye, The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Chief Curator of Prints and Illustrated Books, The Museum of Modern Art. Pablo Picasso's insatiable curiosity and tireless urge to create art often led him to mediums beyond painting. He fully explored sculpture and drawing, as well as printmaking and ceramics. This exhibition looks at Picasso's engagement with printmaking over the course of his long career, and the ways it fostered his creativity by encouraging a thematic approach to his subjects and by allowing for constant experimentation.

Haus der Kunst to feature William Eggleston's Retrospective of Photographs & Video

Posted: 03 Dec 2011 07:10 PM PST

artwork: William Eggleston, Untitled, 1980 - Dye transfer print 40.8 x 50.8 cm. - Private Collection - © Eggleston Artistic Trust Published by Gallery/Graphics International, Washington, D.C.

Munich, Germany - William Eggleston's early photographs were black and white. In the 1960s he began to photograph in colour and - almost single-handedly - heralded in the era of fine art colour photography. A solo show at the MoMA in 1976 made him famous. Eggleston's snapshot aesthetic and his psychologising use of colour was still unusual at the time; in an annual review, the MoMA show was even called, "The most hated show of the year." Today Eggleston enjoys a cult status among younger generations of photographers and film directors. On exhibition at the Haus der Kunst from 20 February through 17 May, 2009.

The exhibition traces Eggleston's artistic production from his early black and white photographs and his pioneering shift to colour photography to the present. Included among the 160 exhibition pieces are rarely published and exhibited works, as well as some that have never been on view:

  • early black and white photographs from 1961-68
  • 25 original dye-transfer prints from "William Eggleston's Guide" from 1969-72
  • the video diary "Stranded in Canton" (1973-74, video, b/w, sound, 77 min) about Eggleston's legendary nocturnal excursions
  • 15 exhibition prints from "The Democratic Forest" created in the 1990s
  • 12 digital prints from 1999-2001 (premiere)
  • 20 exhibition prints from "Election Eve" from 1976 (premiere)

William Eggleston still lives in Memphis, where he was born in 1939. He spent his childhood in Sumner in Mississippi. His family was well off thanks to the cotton plantations they owned. William Eggleston never had to earn his own living and was thus able to devote his time to his own interests: music and photography, film and sound technology. He did not conform to social norms, and, although fashion in his day was becoming more and more informal, he usually wore a suit. His serious appearance, however, contradicted his unconventional behaviour. His work clearly reflects the fact that he was a free thinker who acted independently - "a rebel who looked like a silent film actor, who was partial to alcohol, drugs and beautiful women" (Thomas Weski).

artwork: William Eggleston - Untitled, from William Eggleston's Graceland, Dye transfer print 61 x 50.8 cm. Collection of Marcia Dunn & Jonathan Sobel , 1984 © Eggleston Artistic TrustEggleston's earliest images are raw, sketch-like black and white photographs of scenes in Sumner, Mississippi. They give the viewer the feeling that Eggleston simply casually selected the scene and accepted everything that took place in the defined framework. The result is photographs that integrate the incalculable in their composition, thus accepting coincidence. The belief that the uncontrollable quality of the moment enriches the fixed image was one that Eggleston shared with Henri Cartier-Bresson. In 1959 Eggleston discovered the Cartier-Bresson's monograph "The Decisive Moment", published in 1952; the book became Eggleston's photographic point of reference in the years that followed.

Eggleston's central theme is found in the everyday life that surrounds him: supermarkets, which were built in urban outskirts; sidewalks, driveways, terraces, polished automobiles, set dinner tables, gas stations; middleclass homes and southern interiors; bars and their regulars. Everything that takes place in front of the camera is essentially worthy of being photographed, regardless of how irrelevant or trite it may seem. A stuffed freezer or shoes underneath a bed - Eggleston directs his 'democratic' gaze towards everything and treats it all with the same attention. His focus is on places in his hometown, in Memphis, New Orleans and the Mississippi Delta; he also, however, travels around the globe for commissioned works.

With his focus on everyday life, Eggleston set himself clearly apart from the elevated motifs of the master photographers of the time who had to work very slowly and carefully because their plate cameras could only be used with a tripod. The works of the leading photographers of the period, such as Ansel Adams and Edward Weston, were characterized by severe composition, brilliant handling of photographic techniques and the treatment of classical subject matter - majestic landscapes, idealized portraits and nudes. William Eggleston, by contrast, used various types of cameras, from small and mid-sized formats to large ones. Following his shift to colour photography, he also experimented with different methods of production, from drugstore and C-prints to dye transfer printing.

His discovery of dye transfer printing became decisive for his artistic course. This was a technique developed by Kodak in the 1940s in which the motif was transferred onto a paper surface from three successive negatives. The result was a relatively permanent colour print in which the individual colours could be altered or intensified without influencing the complimentary colours. Eggleston was thus able to orchestrate the individual elements of the colour scheme; above all, he could also influence the emotional content and the psychological effect of his images. In this way, the warm afternoon light lent the portrait of a supermarket employee a conciliatory touch while it simultaneously cast a sobering glance on the American dream.

The photographs are often taken from unusual perspectives. Lying on the ground, Eggleston photographed a tricycle, thereby citing a child's still unrestrained, free gaze on an object that can develop several different meanings through play. The image conveys this openness with regard to interpretation and takes the viewer back to his own childhood. The monochrome shot of a red ceiling became an icon: a blood-red sky, photographed from a housefly's perspective. Many of the artist's most powerful images display a similar suggestive effect. With alarming strength, they surpass themselves and can invade the subconscious to such an extent, that the actual object is only perceived as a motif defined by the artist.

artwork: William Eggleston, Untitled, 1975 Dye transfer print 40.6 x 50.8 cm. Cheim & Read, New York © Eggleston Artistic Trust.As familiar as the motifs are to the viewer, Eggleston's series of everyday scenes resist a quick and clear interpretation. With their unconventional perspectives, the selected scenes and the subjective use of colour, the images free the way for additional associations and meanings. Through the abundance, or over-abundance, of the range of items for sale spread out before customers and consumers, atmospheric images are created that certainly make a point about the symptoms of a mass society and the state of mind of the individuals in it. Loss, estrangement, loneliness and desire are exposed as contemporary phenomena in many of his photographs.

"Stranded in Canton" is a portrait of a dazed subculture in which Eggleston was both a participant and observer. Eggleston made films with infrared material - usually at night and using only the existing lighting - on streets, in bars and apartments and at concerts. Without editing, he filmed monologues of friends and strange actions. He exposed the entire length of the video tape when doing this. Many of the protagonists - musicians, male chauvinists, a transvestite - were drunk or on drugs. The photographer also filmed his own children early in the morning when they were in that spaced out condition between sleep and waking. The camera work was both confrontational and evasive: it literally scanned its objects only to then retreat and to grasp and circle them in endlessly long shots. The black and white video material was created in 1973-74 in Memphis, New Orleans and other areas in the South. It was recently rediscovered and compiled into a narrative format by Robert Gordon. Until then the films had remained fragments that had only been shown a few times at festivals.

The retrospective is developed in close cooperation with the artist and is a coproduction with the Whitney Museum of Art, where it opened on November 7, 2008; the show is curated by Elisabeth Sussman of the Whitney Museum and Thomas Weski of the Haus der Kunst. The presentation in the Haus der Kunst is the show's only European station. It will then return to the United States and be on view at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Visit Haus der Kunst at :

Art Knowledge News Presents "This Week In Review"

Posted: 03 Dec 2011 07:09 PM PST

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