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2018 A.W. Mellon Lectures, NGA: “The Forest: America…”

The Sixty-Sixth A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts

The Sixty-Sixth A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts
Alexander Nemerov, Stanford University

The A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts were established in 1949 to bring to the people of the United States the results of the best contemporary thought and scholarship bearing upon the subject of the fine arts

2018 dates

  • The Forest: America in the 1830s
    Herodotus among the Trees
    March 26 at 2:00
    East Building Auditorium

  • The Forest: America in the 1830s
    Herodotus among the Trees
    (screening of the A. W. Mellon Lecture of March 26)
    March 29 at 12:00
    East Building Small Auditorium

  • The Forest: America in the 1830s
    The Tavern to the Traveler: On the Appearance of John Quidor’s Art
    April 2 at 2:00
    East Building Auditorium

  • The Forest: America in the 1830s
    The Tavern to the Traveler: On the Appearance of John Quidor’s Ar
    (screening of the A. W. Mellon Lecture of April 2)
    April 5 at 12:00
    East Building Small Auditorium

  • The Forest: America in the 1830s
    The Aesthetics of Superstition
    April 9 at 2:00
    East Building Auditorium

  • The Forest: America in the 1830s
    The Aesthetics of Superstition
    (screening of the A. W. Mellon Lecture of April 9)
    April 12 at 12:00
    East Building Small Auditorium

  • The Forest: America in the 1830s
    Animals Are Where They Are
    April 23 at 2:00
    East Building Auditorium

    Immediately following the lecture Alexander Nemerov will be available in the atrium to sign copies of his recent books: Ralph Eugene Meatyard: American Mystic (2017), Soulmaker: The Times of Lewis Hine (2016), and Silent Dialogues: Diane Arbus & Howard Nemerov (2015).

  • The Forest: America in the 1830s
    Animals Are Where They Are
    (screening of the A. W. Mellon Lecture of April 23)
    April 26 at 12:00
    East Building Small Auditorium

  • The Forest: America in the 1830s
    Emerson, Raphael, and Light Filtering through the Woods
    April 30 at 2:00
    East Building Auditorium

  • The Forest: America in the 1830s
    Emerson, Raphael, and Light Filtering through the Woods
    (screening of the A. W. Mellon Lecture of April 30)
    May 3 at 12:00
    East Building Small Auditorium

  • The Forest: America in the 1830s
    The Forest of Thought: On the Roof with Robert Montgomery Bird
    May 7 at 2:00
    East Building Auditorium

  • The Forest: America in the 1830s
    The Forest of Thought: On the Roof with Robert Montgomery Bird
    (screening of the A. W. Mellon Lecture of May 7)
    May 10 at 12:00
    East Building Small Auditorium

LECTURE SCREENINGS

In anticipation of high attendance, the six lectures in this series will be video recorded. A screening of the recording will be shown the Wednesday after each lecture in the East Building Small Auditorium at 12:00 p.m.

 

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MidCity Artists Open Studio and Camp REBOTH heART Benefit

SONDRA N. ARKIN

SAVE THESE DATES
– September 9th & October 12th –
I’m working hard in the studio with two big exhibitions in the Fall. More information on those to come.

Meanwhile, look for my work here and there — Long View Gallery in DC and in Rehoboth Beach, I’m back at the Ward Ellinger Gallery in the same space. (What? Me retire? he says.)

Contact me anytime . . . follow me on instagram (@sondranarkin) and please share this information with your friends.

CAMP Rehoboth 12 x 12 HeART Benefit
May 6 – 27, 2017
CAMP Rehoboth | 37 Baltimore Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, DE
Closing
Reception – Saturday, May 27, 4-6pm

For the month of May, and in support of their arts programming, CAMP Rehoboth is running an online art auction of 12×12″ art. Works are exhibited in their gallery throughout the month with a closing final bid reception May 27th. I’m delighted to have a sweet piece included that I hope finds a good home. Bid on work here.

SNArkin-rain-forest-dusk1

Rain Forest Dusk, wax/shellac/ink on dibond, 12×12″

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Hillyer Art Space Events: May and June

 

Join International Arts & Artists (IA&A) for Art in Context: Italy, a discussion on how contemporary artists in Italy are changing perceptions of Italian art and culture, and the broader socio-economic conditions impacting creative work and partnerships.

May 24, 6-8 pm
FREE; $8 suggested donation
Space is limited, please REGISTER in advance.

Panelists include:
  • Renato Miracco, Cultural Attaché, Embassy of Italy in Washington, DC.
  • Cianne Fragione, Artist, Educator, and second-generation Italian American.
  • Manuela Dimuccio Gonzalez, Youth-to-Youth (Y2Y) Steering Committee co-Chair at the World Bank Group and former Event Coordinator at the Italian Cultural Society of Washington, DC.
On view this month at IA&A’s Hillyer Art SpaceMARCO BAGNOLI, DOMENICO BIANCHI, REMO SALVADOR: From the Olnick Spanu Collection features work by three artists from the Olnick Spanu Collection who will also be part of the inaugural exhibition at Magazzino Italian Art, a new warehouse art space located in the Hudson Valley, NY. Dedicated to post-war and contemporary Italian art, Magazzino will open to the public by appointment on June 28, 2017. For the exhibition at Hillyer Art Space, Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu have selected Bagnoli, Bianchi, and Salvadori, whose work is imbued with the illustrious history of Italian art as well as a profound understanding of today’s world and man’s search for meaning. These artists represent the next generation, following the Arte Povera movement, who continue to explore the human condition and the greater cosmos, and are an example of the artistic talent flourishing in Italy today.
The Art in Context series is part of IA&A’s International Partnership Initiative, developed in 2013 to prioritize international work between U.S. arts institutions and their counterparts abroad by creating a forum for discussion and discovery among leaders in the arts, academic, diplomatic, and policy communities. Art in Context showcases artists and cultural organizations in the broader social, economic, and political context in which they exist.

Image: Continuo Infinito Presente by Remo Salvadori, from the Olnick Spanu Collection.

Thursday, June 8
Doors + Cocktails: 6pm
Demo + Workshop: 6:30-7:30pm
CLICK HERE for Tickets 

Hillyer Art Space present Chamber Dance Project: Ballet + Hip-hop Demo and Workshop.

Grab a cocktail on the way in and then join the incredible dancers and brass players of Chamber Dance Project for a interactive hip hop and ballet demo. Watch and learn excerpts from their hip-hop ballet from last season, Festival, which received standing (and dancing) ovations every night! With choreography by DC hip-hop dancer Victor Adebusola set to the to the music of Mosche Brass Band.

International Arts & Artists (IA&A) is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing cross-cultural understanding and exposure to the arts internationally. IA&A’s programs include Hillyer Art Space, aTraveling Exhibition ServiceCultural Exchange Programs, and our Design Studio, all of which provide services to artists, cultural institutions, and the public.

 

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NGA, Starting October 22, 2017: Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry

More than 20 years after the legendary exhibition Johannes Vermeer, the National Gallery of Art, Washington, will present Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry.

On view in the West Building from October 22, 2017, through January 21, 2018, the exhibition will examine the artistic exchanges among Dutch Golden Age painters from 1650 to 1675, when they reached the height of their technical ability and mastery at depicting domestic life.

Some 65 masterpieces by Johannes Vermeer and his contemporaries—including Gerard ter Borch, Gerrit Dou, Pieter de Hooch, Nicolas Maes, Eglon van der Neer, Caspar Netscher, and Jacob Ochtervelt—will be grouped by theme, composition, and technique, thereby demonstrating how these painters admired, challenged, and pushed each other to greater artistic achievement. The paintings also reflect how these masters responded to the changing artistic climate of the Dutch Republic in the third quarter of the 17th century, particularly in Amsterdam, Haarlem, Leiden, Deventer, Rotterdam, and Delft.

Since 1995 the Gallery’s curator of northern baroque paintings, Arthur K. Wheelock Jr., has mounted more than a dozen exhibitions on Dutch artists, including several featured in this exhibition. Among them are Johannes Vermeer (1995), Jan Steen (1996), Gerrit Dou (2000), Gerard ter Borch (2004–2005), Frans van Mieris (2006), and Gabriel Metsu (2011). As the culmination of these monographic exhibitions, Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting will reveal how these painters were artistically more connected than has previously been understood.

The exhibition is organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, and the Musée du Louvre, Paris. The exhibition will be on view at the National Gallery of Ireland from June 17 through September 17, 2017.

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Bethesda Fine Art: In Memoriam KENNETH VICTOR YOUNG

Kenneth Victor Young, Red Dance (1970), National Gallery of Art, 2016
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Kenneth Victor Young (1933-2017). Young had a far-reaching career as an artist, teacher and exhibit designer at the Smithsonian for 35 years. His early art education and teaching experience was in Louisville, Kentucky; Indiana University; and the University of Hawaii. He was an instructor at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC.
Young’s artistic philosophy was to bring order out of chaos. His studies in physics and the natural sciences at Indiana University informed a different imagery-a fusion of brilliant colors. His knowledge of form and matter gave his paintings a spatial intensity, and he infused this space with multiple orbs of color held together in molecular suspension. For more than 40 years his artworks have been shown in group and solo exhibitions in galleries and museums around the world, including a major solo show in 1973 at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington.
Young is in the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s permanent collection and was included in its 2015 traveling exhibition, African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era and Beyond. Young’s painting Red Dance is installed in the National Gallery of Art’s East Building. His painting Spring Rain is featured at the MGM Grand Resort & Casino at the National Harbor in Maryland. At the time of his passing, Ken had emerged as a pivotal force in African-American abstraction.
It has been an honor to represent Kenneth Victor Young at Bethesda Fine Art. We have had the unique opportunity to bring together his major paintings from the Washington Color School period of the ’60s and ’70s. We look forward to presenting Ken’s later body of work alongside his earlier paintings.

Bethesda Fine Art
4931 Cordell Avenue, Bethesda, Maryland

For inquiries or to schedule an appointment:
gallery@bethesdafineart.com | 240.800.3628

 

 

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Organization of American States: Punctured Landscape

AMA | Art Museum of the Americas | 201 18th Street NW |
On view April 27 – July 30, 2017 |
Opening reception Thursday, April 27, 6-8pm | RSVP
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm | AMAmuseum.org

Programs

Wednesday, May 24 at 3:30pm
Panel discussion on the Evolution of Rights and Legal Protection of LBTI persons in Canada and the Americas

Wednesday, June 14 at 3:30pm
Panel discussion on Promoting and Protecting the Rights of Indigenous People in Canada

Washington, DC: The Organization of American States (OAS) AMA | Art Museum of the Americas in collaboration with the Permanent Mission of Canada to the OAS presents its largest exhibition by Canadian artists: Punctured Landscape organized by the Canada Council for the Arts.

The exhibition marks Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, presenting artworks that explore themes of democracy, human rights, sustainability, security and national historical narratives in Canada. These moments range from celebratory milestones to difficult moments in Canada’s history, with particular attention paid to Indigenous issues.

Punctured Landscape recognizes Canada as an inclusive, multicultural nation that welcomes migrants and refugees, but also grapples to reconcile its own relationship with its Indigenous peoples. This exhibition illustrates how physical and social landscapes can define a nation’s challenges and successes, while also creating a space for dialogue and exchange.

Curated by Winnipegian Kegan McFadden, Punctured Landscape is a meditation on the Canadian social landscape. These works, and the moments that they represent are to be understood as punctures, as cues for a discussion on living memory. The 17 artworks brought together in the exhibit ask the viewer to (re)consider their interpretation of history, legacy, and possible outcomes for the future.

The exhibition is part of AMA’s temporary exhibitions program showcasing contemporary artists of OAS member countries. AMA is part of the OAS’s Secretariat for Hemispheric Affairs, and its work is based on the principle that the arts are transformative for individuals and communities, as visual components reflecting the four pillars of the OAS: democracy, human rights, security and development. AMA promotes the core values of the OAS by providing a space for cultural expression, creativity, and learning AMA’s work advances the inter-American agenda, drawing on the arts to showcase a constructive vision of the future of the Americas via local and hemispheric cultural exchange. This is achieved by showcasing cutting-edge exhibits of artists whose output creatively combine aesthetics with topical social and political issues. This exhibition is made possible by the generous support of the Permanent Mission of Canada to the OAS, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Friends of the Art Museum of the Americas.

Accessibility: AMA’s first floor is wheelchair accessible by a ramp that our security officers install per use, at the back entrance to the museum. There is a gravel pathway leading to the back entrance. There is one half-step leading from the first room into the first-floor galleries. There is a flight of winding stairs leading to the museum’s second floor. Restrooms are located on the second floor. For more information on accessibility, please contact 202 370 0147 or artmus@oas.org

Canada Council for the Arts

The Canada Council for the Arts is Canada’s national public arts funder. It champions and invests in artistic excellence so that Canadians may enjoy and participate in a rich cultural life. In 2015-16 it allocated $157.4 million dollars towards artistic creation and innovation through grants, prizes and payments. It also conducts research, convenes activities and works with partners to advance the sector and help embed the arts more deeply in communities across the country. It is responsible for the Canadian Commission for UNESCO which promotes the values and programs of UNESCO to contribute to a more peaceful, equitable and sustainable future for Canadians. The Canada Council Art Bank operates art rental programs and helps further public engagement with contemporary arts.

Art Museum of the Americas 201 18th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20006

 

 


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FREE Dupont-Kalorama Museum Walk Weekend, June 3 & 4

Saturday, June 3, and Sunday, June 4

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Stretch your legs and your mind during the 34th Annual Dupont Kalorama Museum Walk (June 3 and 4, 2017). Five diverse museums will open their doors free of charge for this weekend long celebration in one of Washington, D.C.’s most beautiful neighborhoods.  Discover Anderson HouseDumbarton HouseNational Museum of American Jewish Military HistoryThe Phillips Collection, and the President Woodrow Wilson House free of charge.

In addition to a wide variety of exhibitions, all sites are offering special programming. Celebrate the grand re-opening of Dumbarton House with a new exhibit and some yoga; hear stories from WWII veterans as well as genealogy tips at the National Museum of American Jewish Military History. Get creative with Jazz n’ Family Fun Days at The Phillips Collection, make your own Remembrance Poppy at Wilson House and a tricorn hat or WWI overseas cap at Anderson House.   And be sure to post your walk weekend photos on Instagram with the hashtag #walkdkmc – the best image submitted during the weekend wins a prize! Additional information on programming at individual sites is available below and at www.dkmuseums.com.

The Museum Walk event is held rain or shine. The National Museum of American Jewish Military History is open Sunday only.  A list of walking directions, bus routes, and bike rack locations will be available at each site and on our website. [Editors, please note:  NO shuttle service this year.]

For more information or images, visit www.dkmuseums.com or contact Sarah Andrews atsandrews@woodrowwilsonhouse.org

2017 Walk Weekend Activities

Post your walk weekend photos on Instagram with the hashtag #walkdkmc – the best image submitted during the weekend wins a prize! (Participants must post the photos that weekend. We will select our favorite as the winner.)

Anderson House – The American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati

2118 Massachusetts Ave., NW

202-785-2040 x421

www.societyofthecincinnati.org

Make your own Revolutionary War tricorn hat and World War I overseas cap to wear while exploring our exhibition The Great Crusade: World War I and the Legacy of the American Revolution.

Dumbarton House

2715 Q Street, NW

202-337-2288 x222

www.dumbartonhouse.org

Dumbarton House will celebrate its grand reopening after completing a major construction project this past winter. Visitors are invited to tour the newly reinterpreted museum and explore an exciting new exhibit, The Exchange featuring a rarely exhibited original printing of the Articles of Confederation (1777) and a 2nd edition of The Federalist [Papers] (1818). Visitors will look back at some of our nation’s early debates around establishing a democratic republic and then be asked to reflect on current democratic principles of America. Enjoy light refreshments throughout the weekend and participate in the democratic process by sending postcards to their elected officials in support of an issue they care about. Continue the celebration on Sunday, with the seasonal kick off of Sunday Serenity Yoga at 10am in the tranquil East Park.

National Museum of American Jewish Military History
1811 R Street, NW

202-265-6280

www.nmajmh.org

SUNDAY ONLY:  An expert from the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Washington will be here to answer your genealogy questions and Jewish War Veterans will be on hand to discuss

their own experiences in the military.

The Phillips Collection

1600 21st Street, NW

202-387-2151 x220

www.phillipscollection.org

Saturday, June 3, 10 am–5 pm

Sunday, June 4, noon–7 pm

In partnership with the Phillips, DC JazzFest celebrates the synergy between jazz and the visual arts with performances by more than a dozen regional artists and rising star ensembles at Jazz and Family Fun Days. This free, family-friendly weekend event features storytelling, unique meet-the-artist opportunities, an instrument petting zoo, hands-on art workshops, and more.

Check back for a detailed schedule of events at:  http://www.phillipscollection.org/events/2017-06-03-04-jazz-n-families-fun-days

The President Woodrow Wilson House

2340 S Street, NW

202-792-5807

www.woodrowwilsonhouse.org

Commemorate the US entry into WWI by making your own Remembrance Poppy and exploring our exhibition Images of the Great War: America Crosses the Atlantic, World War I Prints and Drawings from the Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection, Brown University Library.  Enjoy the tranquil period garden and take a self-guided tour of the last home of President Woodrow Wilson.

The President Woodrow Wilson House | 2340 S Street, NW , Washington DC 20008
Main: 202.387.4062 | Direct: 202.792.5807 |  Email: sandrews@woodrowwilsonhouse.org |

The President Woodrow Wilson House is a National Trust Historic Site.

Visit us at www.woodrowwilsonhouse.org

 

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At the Phillips in May

EXHIBITIONS
Admission: $12 for adults; $10 for students as well as visitors 62 and over; free for members and visitors 18 and under

 

May 27
through
September 3, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

Markus Lüpertz
The Phillips Collection presents a comprehensive survey of works by German artist Markus Lüpertz (b. 1941), who began painting in a postwar Germany dominated by American Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art. Comprised of nearly 50 selections, the exhibition will trace Lüpertz’s career from his most recent works back to the 1960s and 1970s. The exhibition includes important examples from his Donald Duck series, his “dithyrambic” pictures, and his provocative paintings of German motifs. The exhibition is curated by Phillips Director Dorothy Kosinski in close collaboration with the artist and Michael Werner. The exhibition coincides with the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden’s Markus Lüpertz: Threads of History (May 27–September 3), an in-depth exploration of the artist’s revealing early work. Together, the two presentations form Lüpertz’s first major U.S. museum retrospective.
Admission for all other art on view:

Weekends: $12 for adults, $10 for students as well as visitors 62 and over; free for members and visitors 18 and under; FREE weekdays, includes permanent collection

INTERSECTIONS

Contemporary art projects inspired by the art and spaces in The Phillips Collection

through

May 7, 2017

 

Arlene Shechet: From Here On Now
New York-based sculptor Arlene Shechet is known for glazed ceramic sculptures that are off-kilter yet hang in a balance between stable and unstable, teetering between the restraint of intellect and the insistence of instinct. Her sculptures encourage circumambulation, often drawing upon Buddhist iconography for inspiration. For this installation, Shechet’s sculptures in ceramic, porcelain, and paper are exhibited with works she selected from the permanent collection.
ALSO ON VIEW
through
June 25, 2017
George Condo: The Way I Think
An extraordinarily prolific painter and highly imaginative artist, George Condo (b. 1957) is best known for his existential humor and unhinged pictorial inventions. His works synthesize disparate stylistic elements ranging from 17th century Venetian and Dutch painting through 20th-century Cubism, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, and Pop Art into singular works of art—a practice he called “Artificial Realism” and later “Psychological Cubism.” The Way I Think explores Condo’s artistic progression spanning three decades with approximately 200 drawings, sketches, and sketchbooks, along with several “Drawing Paintings” that allow visitors to glean unprecedented insights into the artist’s mind and creative process.
PERMANENT COLLECTION
Ongoing One of the world’s finest collections of modern and contemporary American and European art, the museum is home to Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s iconic Luncheon of the Boating Party, Jacob Lawrence’s epic Migration Series, and a chapel-like Rothko Room, as well as innovative new work by artists of today, including a wax room by Wolfgang Laib. Installations change frequently and are not chronological, sparking conversations across time and place.
PHILLIPS AFTER 5–May 4

Reservations strongly recommended as this popular event tends to sell out in advance: www.phillipscollection.org/events. $12; $10 for visitors 62 and over and students. Members always admitted free, no reservation needed.

5–8:30 pm Maifest
Guten tag! Enjoy Maifest, the German tradition celebrating the arrival of spring. Gather your friends to fashion your own flower crowns and explore German artists and artworks in the galleries with a German-themed scavenger hunt.
Gallery Talk

6, 6:30, 7,

& 7:30 pm

15-minute focused discussions about works in the museum’s permanent collection

 

EVENTS
Special Event
May 19
8:30 pm–1 am
2017 Contemporaries Bash: Berlin Underground
The Phillips Collection’s 2017 Contemporaries Bash is inspired by Berlin’s pulsing underground nightlife. Attracting the city’s most dynamic young professionals, the Bash connects the museum’s community of art-lovers, creative thinkers, and philanthropists in a sensational night of cocktails, music, food, fashion, and dancing. Proceeds benefit the museum’s award-winning education programs. $175; $125 for members. Tickets now on sale: www.phillipscollection.org/bash2017
Artist & Curator Dialogue
May 25
6:30 pm
George Condo
Best known for his existential humor and unhinged pictorial inventions, artist George Condo discusses the 200 drawings, sketches, and “Drawing Paintings” on view in his exhibition The Way I Think with Deputy Director for Curatorial and Academic Affairs Klaus Ottmann. A catalogue signing follows. $12; free for members and students. Includes special exhibition admission. Reservations recommended: www.phillipscollection.org/events
TOURS
Saturdays
noon
Introduction to The Phillips Collection
Highlights from one of the finest collections of Impressionist and Modern American and European art. Included in museum admission; free for members.
Sundays
1 pm
Introduction to The Phillips Collection
Highlights from one of the finest collections of Impressionist and Modern American and European art. Included in museum admission; free for members.
SPOTLIGHT TALKS
Tuesdays–Fridays
noon
Spotlight Talks
Focused discussion about works of art from the permanent collection or special exhibition.Included in museum admission; free for members.
May 11, 18, & 25
6 & 7 pm
Spotlight: Permanent Collection
Focused discussion about works of art from the permanent collection. Included in museum admission; free for members.
MUSIC
SUNDAY CONCERTS
Concerts are held in the Music Room at 4 pm. $40, $20 for members and students with ID (unless otherwise noted); includes museum admission for the day of the concert. Reservations strongly recommended: www.phillipscollection.org/music
May 7 Maxim Rysanov and Alexander Kobrin
Grammy-nominated Ukrainian-British violist and conductor Maxim Rysanov makes his DC debut with pianist Alexander Kobrin. The concert includes works by Franz Schubert, Leonid Desyatnikov, Sergey Akhunov, and Dmitri Shostakovich.
GENERAL INFORMATION
Location: 1600 21st Street, NW (at Q Street)

Metro Red Line, Dupont Circle Station (Q Street exit), and via several bus lines,www.wmata.com

Information: 202.387.2151 or www.phillipscollection.org
Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 10 am–5 pm;
Thursday, 10 am–8:30 pm; Sunday, noon–7 pm
Café: Tryst at the Phillips: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 10 am–4 pm; Thursday, 10 am–4 pm and 10 am–8 pm (during Phillips after 5 only); Sunday, noon–6 pm

 

Closed Mondays, New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

 

On the first Thursday of every month, daytime admittance ends at 5 pm due to the regularly scheduled Phillips after 5 events. Admission after 5 pm is restricted to members and Phillips after 5 ticket holders.

 

Connect: Blog: blog.phillipscollection.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/phillipscollection

Twitter: www.twitter.com/PhillipsMuseum

Instagram: instagram.com/phillipscollection

Free App: www.phillipscollection.org/apple or www.phillipscollection.org/android

The Phillips Collection | 1600 21st Street, NW | Washington, DC 20009 |

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Impressionist Edgar Degas Explored in Conservation Journal “Facture”

 

Facture: Conservation, Science, Art History, Volume 3: Degas, edited by Daphne Barbour, senior object conservator and Suzanne Quillen Lomax, senior conservator scientist at the National Gallery of Art, Washington

Facture: Conservation, Science, Art History, Volume 3: Degas, edited by Daphne Barbour, senior object conservator and Suzanne Quillen Lomax, senior conservator scientist at the National Gallery of Art, Washington

Dedicated to Edgar Degas (1834–1917) in the centennial year of his death, the newest issue of the conservation division’s biennial journal Facture focuses on the tremendous wealth of works by Degas in the National Gallery of Art’s collection. The first to feature the work of a single artist, this issue includes essays by conservators, scientists, and curators. It presents insights into Degas’s working methods in painting, sculpture in wax and bronze, and works on paper, as well as a sonnet he wrote to his “little dancer.”

The National Gallery of Art has the third largest collection in the world of work by Degas, comprising 21 paintings, 65 sculptures, 34 drawings, 40 prints, 2 copper plates, and one volume of soft-ground etchings. Its extensive Degas holdings and conservation resources have inspired not only groundbreaking Gallery exhibitions—such as Degas, the Dancers (1984), Degas at the Races (1998), Degas’s Little Dancer (2014), and Degas/Cassatt (2014)—but also exhibitions around the world. Edgar Degas Sculpture (2010), the Gallery’s systematic catalog by Suzanne Glover Lindsay, Daphne S. Barbour, and Shelley G. Sturman (and also the first in that series to focus on a single artist), documents the Gallery’s superb collection of sculpture by Degas through art and science.

Previous issues of Facture brought together recent discoveries by conservators, scientists, and curators on the Gallery’s staff. The inaugural issue centered on Renaissance masterworks in the Gallery collection, from painting and drawing to sculpture and tapestry. Another volume considered “art in context,” focusing on works from the Renaissance as well as the 20th century, from Giotto’s Madonna and Child and Riccio’s Entombment to paintings by Mark Rothko, sculptures by Auguste Rodin, and watercolors by John Marin. Through meticulous technical and analytical study, placed in a broader historic context, the essays provide new perspectives on well-known works of art.

Facture is available for purchase in the Gallery shops. To order: shop.nga.gov; (800) 697-9650 or (202) 842-6002; fax (202) 789-3047; mailorder@nga.gov. For more information: www.nga.gov/facture

Essays

Degas and Difficulty
Richard Kendall, renowned independent Degas scholar and the only outside contributor to this volume, discusses some of the issues raised by technical examination of the artist’s work and introduces the other essays in the context of Degas scholarship. Kendall explores Degas’s artistic practice of seeking out difficulty, pushing himself as a painter, sculptor, printmaker, and poet.

The Question of Finish in the Work of Edgar Degas
An essay by Ann Hoenigswald, senior conservator of paintings, and Kimberly A. Jones, curator of 19th-century paintings, combines insights into Degas’s compulsive working sessions and his inability to “finish” a work of art. They describe various surfaces—often found in the same work—used by Degas, who valued flexibility and potential over preservation and closure.

Edgar Degas’s Wax Sculptures: Characterization and Comparison with Contemporary Practice
Degas used wax modeling to explore particular poses and gestures of female figures and horses moving through space. Based on earlier research performed for the systematic catalog on Degas (2010), Suzanne Quillen Lomax, senior conservation scientist, Barbara H. Berrie, head of the scientific research department, and conservation scientist Michael Palmer, have more precisely distinguished them from posthumous repairs and interventions.

Casting Degas’s Sculpture into Bronze: A Closer Look
Daphne Barbour, senior object conservator, and Shelley Sturman, head of objects conservation, analyzed approximately 200 bronze sculptures by Degas from museum collections around the world. Building on their earlier work for the 2010 Degas systematic catalog, the authors here focus on the complex topic of the posthumously cast bronzes and summarize their discoveries in historical and technical contexts.

Technical Exploration of Edgar Degas’s Ballet Scene: A Late Pastel on Tracing Paper
Michelle Facini, paper conservator, Kathryn A. Dooley, research scientist, John K. Delaney, senior imaging scientist, together with Lomax and Palmer performed an intensive study of Degas’s late pastel Ballet Scene (c. 1907) that revealed his innovative use of tracing paper, charcoal, pastel, and fixative to create original effects.

In Focus: Edgar and Mary Cassatt: A Comparison of Drawings for Soft-Ground Etchings
Kimberly Schenck, head of paper conservation, studied work by Degas and Mary Cassatt (1845–1926) for the unrealized journal of etchings Le Jour et la nuit (Day and Night) and discusses the tools and methods each artist used. Focusing on the prints related to Degas’s Mary Cassatt at the Louvre: The Etruscan Gallery (c. 1879), Schenck traces the artist’s development of related images across media.

In Focus: The Little Dancer in Wax and Words: Reading a Sonnet by Edgar Degas
Alison Luchs, curator of early European sculpture and deputy head of sculpture and decorative arts, explores the ideas and emotions behind Degas’s sonnet, Little Dancer (1889; revised and published 1914), addressed to a young ballerina whom he hoped would ascend the heights of her art. Luchs’s analysis of verbal clues in the sonnet sheds light on changes Degas made in the course of modeling Little Dancer Aged Fourteen (1878–1881).

Edgar Degas (1834–1917)

The eldest son of a Parisian banker, Degas complemented his brief academic art training at the École des Beaux-Arts by copying old master paintings both in Italy, where he spent three years (1856–1859), and at the Louvre. Degas early on developed a rigorous drawing style and a respect for line that he would maintain throughout his career. His first independent works were portraits and history paintings, but in the early 1860s he began to paint scenes from modern life. He started with the world of horse racing and by the end of the 1860s had also turned his attention to the theater and ballet.

In 1873 Degas banded together with other artists interested in organizing independent exhibitions without juries. He became a founding member of the group that soon would be known as the impressionists, participating in six impressionist exhibitions between 1874 and 1886.

Despite his long and fruitful association with the impressionists, Degas considered himself a realist. His focus on urban subjects, artificial light, and careful drawing distinguished him from other impressionists, who worked outdoors, painting directly from their subjects. A steely observer of everyday scenes, Degas tirelessly analyzed positions, gestures, and movement.

Degas developed distinctive compositional techniques, viewing scenes from unexpected angles and framing them unconventionally. He experimented with a variety of media, including pastels, photography, and monotypes, and he used novel combinations of materials in his works on paper and canvas and in his sculptures.

Degas was often criticized for depicting unattractive models from Paris’ working class, but a few writers, like realist novelist Edmond de Goncourt, championed Degas as “the one who has been able to capture the soul of modern life.” By the late 1880s, Degas was recognized as a major figure in the Paris art world. Financially secure, he could be selective about exhibiting and selling his work. He also bought ancient and modern works for his own collection, including paintings by El Greco, Édouard Manet, and Paul Gauguin. Depressed by the limitations of his failing eyesight, he created nothing after 1912; when he died in 1917, he was hailed as a French national treasure. After his death, deteriorating sculptures whose existence had been unknown to all but his closest associates were found in his studio: 74 of them were cast in bronze over the next decades, and of the 70 that survived the process 52 came to the National Gallery of Art as gifts of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, including Little Dancer Aged Fourteen.

 

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New Acquisitions: Bethesda Fine Art

Sam Gilliam, Kenneth Young, Jacob Kainen, Howard Mehring, Paul Reed

SAM GILLIAM
For the Fog series, 1996
mixed media, app. 45″ x 29″
KENNETH YOUNG
Dance, c. 1970
acrylic on canvas, 40″ x 41″

JACOB KAINEN

Loomings II, 1991
acrylic on canvas, 50″ x 60″

HOWARD MEHRING

Untitled, 1967
acrylic on canvas, 57″ x 48″

HOWARD MEHRING

Double, 1977-1978
acrylic on canvas, 68″ x 66″

PAUL REED

#5 A, 1965
acrylic on canvas, 57½” x 44″
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Jazz in the Garden concert series at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden begins May 19

The widely popular Jazz in the Garden concert series at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden begins its 17th season on May 19, 2017, with weekly performances on Fridays through August 25, 2017. The free concerts feature locally and nationally acclaimed musicians performing a wide variety of musical genres—Brazilian bluegrass, Dixieland, Czech jazz, Steel Pan Caribbean jazz, blues fusion, Brazilian jazz, soul, and more.

Concerts take place every Friday evening from 5:00 to 8:30 in the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, located between 7th and 9th Streets NW, along Constitution Avenue. For more information and to see the full schedule, visithttp://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/press/jazz.html.

 

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Impressionist Frederic Bazille at the NGA

In celebration of the 175th anniversary of the artist’s birth, Frédéric Bazille and the Birth of Impressionism brings together some 75 paintings that examine Bazille as a central figure of impressionism and is the most comprehensive retrospective of Bazille’s career, featuring nearly three-quarters of his artistic output. Organized thematically, this exhibition juxtaposes works by Bazille with important works by the predecessors who inspired him—Théodore Rousseau, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, and Gustave Courbet—and by contemporaries such as Édouard Manet and Claude Monet with whom he was closely associated. The National Gallery of Art, which holds the largest group of Bazille’s works outside of France, as well as important related impressionist paintings of the 1860s, is the sole American venue for the exhibition. The first major presentation of Bazille’s work in America in 25 years, the exhibition is on view in the East Building through July 9, 2017.

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Seven Centuries from the Woodner Collections Celebrated at National Gallery of Art

The Woodner Collections: Master Drawings from Seven Centuries brings together for the first time the best of Ian Woodner’s collection with some of the works given and promised by his daughters, Dian and Andrea Woodner.

More than 100 drawings dating from the 14th to the 20th century executed by outstanding draftsmen such as Leonardo da Vinci, Albrecht Dürer, Raphael, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Edgar Degas, and Pablo Picasso will be on view in the West Building of the National Gallery of Art through July 16, 2017.

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Through August 6: American Prints of Urban Life Celebrated at the National Gallery of Art

American artists of the early 20th century sought to interpret the beauty, power, and anxiety of the modern age in diverse ways. Through depictions of bustling city crowds and breathtaking metropolitan vistas, 25 black-and-white prints on view in The Urban Scene: 1920–1950 will explore the spectacle of urban modernity. Prints by recognized artists such as Louis Lozowick (1892–1973) and Reginald Marsh (1898–1954), as well as lesser-known artists including Mabel Dwight (1875–1955), Gerald Geerlings (1897–1998), Victoria Hutson Huntley (1900–1971), Martin Lewis (1881–1962), and Stow Wengenroth (1906–1978), are included in this exhibition. The Urban Scene will be on view in the West Building from through August 6, 2017.

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National Gallery 2017-8

The National Gallery of Art, Washington announces a diverse lineup of exhibitions for 2017 and 2018 ranging from a new body of work by Theaster Gates to the first major American exhibition of Frédéric Bazille in almost 25 years.

Della Robbia: Sculpting with Color in Renaissance Florence (February 5 –June 4, 2017) will present 40 glazed terracotta works by the Florentine family and fellow renaissance sculptors in the first major exhibition in the US dedicated to Della Robbia sculptures.

For In the Tower: Theaster Gates (March 5 –September 4, 2017)—the second exhibition in the reopened East Building Tower 3 galleries—contemporary American artist Theaster Gates will present a new body of work featuring several pieces created for the Gallery.

With 175 works, East of the Mississippi: Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Photography (March 12 –July 16, 2017) will be the first exhibition to focus exclusively on early photography of the eastern half of the United States.

The Gallery, which houses the largest collection of works by Frédéric Bazille outside of France, will present the first major American exhibition in 25 years of the relatively unknown contemporary of Monet and Renoir. Frédéric Bazille and the Birth of Impressionism (April 9 –July 9, 2017) will bring light to the artist’s role in the movement.

America Collects Eighteenth-Century French Painting (May 21 –August 20, 2017) will bring together 70 18th-century French paintings from a range of public collections across the country in an exhibition that explores how Americans developed a taste for the French rococo and neoclassical styles.

Finally, Gordon Parks: The New Tide, 1940-1950 (November 11, 2018 –February 18, 2019) will focus on the most formative decade of legendary photographer Gordon Parks’ career. 120 photographs and ephemera will showcase his iconic photographs from his time at the Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information.

 

 

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NGA: Mark Rothko: The Works on Paper, online resource

The National Gallery of Art maintains the largest public collection of art by the American artist Mark Rothko (1903–1970). Following the publication in 1998 of its landmark catalogue raisonné of Rothko’s works on canvas, the Gallery embarked on research into Rothko’s works on paper. The culmination of this effort will be an online resource compiling the drawings, watercolors, and paintings on paper. Expected to be launched to the public in phases between 2016 and 2018, the online resource will be followed in 2020 by a two-volume catalogue raisonné print publication.

Mark Rothko: The Works on Paper will document and illustrate some 2,600 works by Rothko located in public and private collections worldwide. Demonstrating the range of the artist’s creative achievements, the online and print publications will be the definitive scholarly references for Rothko’s works on paper, an oeuvre largely unknown to art specialists and the public alike. The Gallery continues to seek information about drawings, watercolors, and paintings on paper to be considered for inclusion in the catalogue raisonné.

Anyone with information regarding works on paper by Rothko should contact Laili Nasr by e-mail at l-nasr@nga.gov or by phone at (202) 842-6779.

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National Gallery of Art Library

Artists’ materials ranging from art instruction manuals to trade catalogs enable scholars and conservators to better understand the physical attributes of the artworks they study and preserve. In the Library: The Intersection of Commerce and Instruction in Art presents approximately 50 examples of trade literature, from handwritten and early printed manuals containing formulas for various dyes, varnishes, and inks to illustrated trade catalogs and instruction manuals on techniques. Organized by the National Gallery of Art Library, this exhibition is on view from February 22 June 3, 2016, in the East Building, Ground Floor, Study Center.

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