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National Gallery Shows Upcoming in 2014

Modern American Prints and Drawings from the Kainen Collection
National Gallery of Art, Washington, September 1, 2014 – February 1, 2015

The final of three exhibitions featuring works from the bequest Ruth Cole Kainen (1922–2009), this show is an overview of the first 70 years of 20th-century American art. Key works include an evocative 1946 pictograph by Adolph Gottlieb; one of Jackson Pollock’s finest drip paintings on paper, created in 1951; a fluid black-ink drawing by David Smith from 1957; and two abstract expressionist works by Willem de Kooning—one a vividly colored gestural painting on newspaper from 1976.

Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington

Jackson Pollock, Untitled, 1951, ink on Japanese paper, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Ruth Cole Kainen

From Neoclassicism to Futurism: Italian Prints and Drawings, 1800-1925
National Gallery of Art, Washington, September 1, 2014 – February 1, 2015

Drawn from the Gallery’s extensive collection of works on paper, this exhibition spans Italy’s turbulent history from Napoleonic rule to its descent into fascism, a period that produced some of the most diverse, dynamic, and vital schools since the Renaissance. Some 80 works by 53 artists will be featured, including prints, drawings, watercolors, and illustrated books by the romanticist Mariano Fortuny Carbó, “Master of Swish” Giovanni Boldini, plein-airist Giovanni Fattori, and leading futurist Carlo Carrà.

Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington

Giovanni Fattori, Woman of the Gabbro (Donna al gabbro), 1886–1887, etching on wove paper, National Gallery of Art, Washington, The Ahmanson Foundation

From the Library: The Book Illustrations by Romeyn de Hooghe
National Gallery of Art, Washington, September 13, 2014–January 25, 2015

During his lifetime, Romeyn de Hooghe (1645–1708) produced a tremendous body of work, including etchings, decorative frontispieces, and illustrated books of political satire and commentary. Yet despite this, and his powerful connections with the House of Orange, De Hooghe was largely forgotten. Now, scholars are fully delving into his surviving work. This installation will feature a range of the genres to which De Hooghe contributed.

Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington

Romeyn de Hooghe, engraving in Govard Bidloo, Komste van Zyne Majesteit Willem III. Koning van Groot Britanje, enz. in Holland, The Hague, 1691, National Gallery of Art Library, David K. E. Bruce Fund

Captain Linnaeus Tripe: Photographer of India and Burma, 1852–1860
National Gallery of Art, Washington, September 21, 2014–January 4, 2015
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, February 18–May 25, 2015
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, June 24–October 11, 2015

Captain Linnaeus Tripe (1822–1902) created some of the first photographs of important cultural and geographic sites in India and Burma (now Myanmar). This first major exhibition of Tripe’s work presents his evolution from an amateur to a highly skilled professional. Some 60 photographs from the 1850s reveal the elements for his artistic success: military training and the ability to retouch his negatives convincingly to create compelling compositions.

Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Linnaeus Tripe, Madura: The Vygay River with Causeway, across to Madura, January–March 1858, salted paper print, National Gallery of Art, Washington, The Carolyn Brody Fund and Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation through Robert and Joyce Menschel

Degas’s Little Dancer
National Gallery of Art, Washington, October 5, 2014 – January 11, 2015

The Gallery’s Little Dancer Aged Fourteen (1878–1881) takes center stage in a focus exhibition presented in conjunction with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ world-premiere musical Little Dancer. The musical is inspired by the renowned original wax statuette of a young ballerina, which caused a sensation when it was first shown at the 1881 impressionist exhibition in Paris. It is also one of the most popular works of art in the Gallery’s collection.

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Edgar Degas, Little Dancer Aged Fourteen, 1878-1881, pigmented beeswax, clay, metal armature, rope, paintbrushes, human hair, silk and linen ribbon, cotton and silk tutu, linen slippers, on wooden base, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon

A Subtle Beauty: Platinum Photographs from the Collection
National Gallery of Art, Washington, October 5, 2014–January 4, 2015

With a velvety, matte surface and extraordinary tonal depth, the platinum print played an important role in establishing photography as a fine art during the last decades of the 19th century. This exhibition of some 25 photographs will showcase outstanding platinum prints from the period of the 1880s to the 1920s, including works by Peter Henry Emerson, Frederick H. Evans, Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, Alvin Langdon Coburn, Clarence White, Gertrude Käsebier, and other major figures.

Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington

Frederick H. Evans, York Minster, North Transept: “In Sure and Certain Hope,” 1902, platinum print, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Carolyn Brody Fund and Pepita Milmore Memorial Fund

El Greco in the National Gallery of Art and Washington-Area Collections: A 400th Anniversary Celebration
National Gallery of Art, Washington, November 2, 2014–February 16, 2015

Domenikos Theotokopoulos (1541–1614), now universally called El Greco, developed a style of painting that fused elements of Byzantine and Renaissance art with the heightened spirituality of the Counter Reformation. After his death his work fell into obscurity. Some 300 years later, early 20th-century American collectors became fascinated by him. For many, his expressive style seemed to anticipate the work of modern artists, which only added to his appeal. Now, on the 400th anniversary of El Greco’s death, the Gallery—home to seven paintings that comprise the largest holdings of the artist’s work in the United States—presents a commemorative exhibition that includes 11 paintings from the Gallery, Dumbarton Oaks, and the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, and Walters Art Museum, in Baltimore.

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El Greco, Saint Martin and the Beggar, 1597/1599, oil on canvas with wooden strip added at bottom, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Widener Collection
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Hirshhorn: Salvatore Scarpitta

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MFA: Strokes of Genius

Strokes of Genius: A Fine Art Painting Exhibition
National Juried Exhibition Open for Entry

Open Call for any original artwork created in any painting media including encaustic, ink, watercolor, oil, pastel, etc. Artists in the US, Canada and Puerto Rico are invited to enter.
Juror: Kim Lodier, painter and pastelist
Show Dates: Selected works will be on exhibit October 31 – November 22
MFA Circle Gallery, 18 State Circle, Annapolis, MD
An online sales gallery will be available on the MFA website during the show dates
For more information visit www.mdfedart.org
ENTRY DEADLINE: August 21
Awards: Cash awards total $1,000.
info@mdfedart.org                         |                        410-268-4566

 

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Femininity Beyond Archetypes

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Two NGA Exhibitions Begin September 1

From September 1, 2014 to February 1, 2015, the National Gallery of Art is presenting two exhibitions drawn from its expansive collection of prints, drawings, and illustrated books, totaling some 111,000 works.

Modern American Prints and Drawings from the Kainen Collection is the final in a trio of exhibitions celebrating the 2012 bequest of Ruth Cole Kainen (1922–2009), a passionate collector who enriched the National Gallery of Art’s holdings across a range of schools, including the first seven decades of 20th century American art. For more information and to order press images, visit: http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/press/exh/3826.html

From Neoclassicism to Futurism: Italian Prints and Drawings, 1800–1925 will introduce visitors to a period that is largely neglected by art history, yet produced extraordinarily varied, vital, and often stunningly beautiful art. Some 80 prints, drawings, and illustrated books by 53 artists will be featured, ranging from works inspired by the ancient past to magnificent set designs, poetic landscapes, and striking approaches to non-representational art. For more information and to order press images, visit: http://www.n

 

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VisArts’ Secret

We are the area’s best-kept secret
AND WE DON’T WANT TO BE!

As a non-profit organization that welcomed 26,000 individuals through our doors this past year, we rely on donors like you to help us…

Reach out to underserved art lovers (wounded veterans, seniors, individuals with disabilities, low income children) through VisArts’ philanthropic, inclusive initiatives;
Keep our art class fees affordable so that everyone can participate;

Offer vibrant, thought-provoking, contemporary art exhibits, all free to the general public; and,

Provide studio space to area artists at reasonable rates giving them a space to create and collaborate with other artists.

If we received just $10 from every individual receiving this e-mail, we could get the word out about all VisArts has to offer our community.

As our fiscal year comes to a close on June 30, please consider making a donation to VisArts today!

DONATE NOW

Make a $10 (or more) donation to VisArts….
Click on the link to our website
www.visartsatrockville.org

Have a great summer!

Alice Nappy
Executive Director

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Kathleen Ewing Gallery

Presenting an on-going series of fascinating photographs! 

SUMMER TIME & THE LIVING IS EASY!

Best Wishes for a sunny and pleasant summer.

KATHLEEN EWING GALLERY

Offering a wide range of Vintage & Contemporary Photography
3615 Ordway Street, Washington, DC 20016
Hours: by appointment
Your visit to my home/gallery is most welcome. Just call 202-328-0955 to find a time convenient to our schedules.

 

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MFA: Open Call for Entry

American Landscapes:
Scenes from the Americas
National Juried Exhibition Open for Entry:

Open Call for any original 2-D or 3-D artwork depicting one of the Americas including North America, Hawaii, Central America, the Caribbean and South America.
Artists in the US, Canada and Puerto Rico are invited to enter.  Any original work in any media following exhibition guidelines will be considered by the juror. Juror: Peter Van Dyck, Professor Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art
Selected works will be on exhibit at MFA Circle Gallery, 18 State Circle, Annapolis, MD. An online sales gallery will be available on the MFA website during the show dates August 15 – September 14, 2014
For more information visit www.mdfedart.org

ENTRY DEADLINE: June 19
Awards: Cash awards total $1,000.
email: info@mdfedart.org              |             phone: 410-268-4566
18 State Circle | Annapolis, MD 21401 US
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Corcoran, GW, National Gallery of Art Sign Final Agreements

May 15, 2014―Leaders of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and Corcoran College of Art + Design, the National Gallery of Art, and the George Washington University (GW) today signed the final agreements for their historic collaboration. The agreements confirm and formalize the terms that were first announced in February 2014.

For details, click: http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/press/2014/collaboration1.html

 

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Arts in Foggy Bottom

WATERGATE GALLERY
will be participating
to present the

BIENNIAL

OUTDOOR SCULPTURE EXHIBIT

Sculpted: Histories Revealed

Thru October 25

Sixteeen contemporary sculptures placed in front
of homes in Foggy Bottom which begins at the corners
of I Street NW & New Hampshire Avenue NW

The exhi­bi­tion was selected by

cura­tor and pub­lic art expert 

Deirdre Ehlen MacWilliams 

in part­ner­ship
with Arts in Foggy Bot­tom
founders and co-directors Jackie Lemire, Jill Nevius and Mary Kay Shaw,
with sup­port from the
Arts in Foggy Bot­tom advi­sory committee.

Artists included:
Christian Benefiel
Greg Braun
Graham Caldwell
Joe Fish
Mary Frank
Elizabeth Graeber
Mariah Anne Johnson
Laurel Lukaszewski
Dalya Luttwak
Leigh Maddox
Rachel Schmidt
Paul Steinkoenig
Veronica Szalus
Richard Vosseller
Bill Wood 

 

 

There will be monthly artist-led tours

Saturday, June 14th  11:00am
Friday, July 11th  7:00pm

 

Saturday, August  15th  11:00am
Friday, September 12th  7:00pm

learn more at artsinfoggybottom.com

Watergate Gallery 

2552 Virginia Avenue NW

Washington DC  20037

202-338-4488

Hours: Mon – Fri  10-6,  Sat.  12-5  or by appointment

Location: The gallery is located in the Watergate complex which is on Virginia and New Hampshire Avenues NW in the Mall area below street level. Entrances from the parking garage located on New Hampshire Avenue or the escalator on Virginia Avenue next to the US Post Office or stairs by the entrance of Watergate East residences.

Metro: Blue line at Foggy Bottom/George Washington University

 

 

 

 

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(e)merge, October 2-5, 2014

Emerge Art Fair connect / collect
October 2-5, 2014
Washington, DC
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REMINDER: Gallery and Artist Application Deadline is May 30

GALLERY PLATFORM APPLICATION (CLICK HERE)

ARTIST PLATFORM APPLICATION (CLICK HERE)

More information about the GALLERY PLATFORM and the ARTIST PLATFORM can be found on our website.


(e)merge art fair 2013

The (e)merge art fair connects emerging-art professionals from around the globe with collectors, curators and cultural decision makers in Washington, DC. The relaxed environment of (e)merge creates a focused, authentic art experience for a new generation of art consumers in the capital region.

Metropolitan Washington DC is home to one of the nation’s wealthiest, youngest and most highly educatedpopulations according to recent reports from Forbes, The Economist and The Washington Post. (e)merge delivers inside access to this rapidly expanding cultural market.

In 2013, 80 exhibitors, including Present Company, Brooklyn, NY; NOMAD Gallery, Brussels; and Cynthia Corbett Gallery, London, presented rising talent from all over the world at (e)merge. More than 5,500 art supporters engaged with painting, sculpture, digital media, performance and installation work by 150 artists from 30 countries in the fair’s Gallery and Artist Platforms. (e)merge’s exhibition program inspires a new echelon of art collectors and offers curatorial access to the latest movements in emerging art.

“Because (e)merge is committed to helping gallerists meet the challenges of today’s art market, we have expanded our Gallery Platform with new pricing and format options, offering exhibition spaces on the first three floors of the hotel, including second-floor guest rooms, main-level booths, and spaces in the garage.” – Jamie Smith, Director, (e)merge art fair

The (e)merge Artist Platform presents a vetted selection of works by independent artists displayed throughout the hotel’s public areas. (e)merge is the only art fair that gives free exhibition space to artists without gallery representation. The 2014 (e)merge Vetting Committee members are: AI WEIWEI, artist, Beijing; MIKA YOSHITAKE, assistant curator, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; and JEFFREEN M HAYES, director, Rebuild Foundation, Chicago, St. Louis & Omaha.

The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC, will present the second annual The Phillips Collection Emerging Artist Prize at the 2014 edition of (e)merge. Museum Director Dorothy Kosinski and Curators Klaus Ottmann and Vesela Sretenović will select the winner from works on display at the (e)merge art fair. The Phillips Collection Emerging Artist Prize is made possible by the generous support of Hank and Carol Brown Goldberg.

Please email info@emergeartfair.com for other inquiries.

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“Mother of Cities” Paintings by Oleg Tistol at Charles Krause Reporting Fine Art

Tistol’s paintings critique Russian influence in Ukraine; play with Soviet stereotypes, propaganda.

The artists’s ”Mother of Cities” series suggests the sterility and emptiness of Russia’s legacy.  Tistol’s paintings are well represented in CKRFA’s new exhibit

“IS IT PROPAGANDA? Or is it Political ART?”

While this weekend’s headlines chronicle Russia’s meddling and Ukraine’s now-almost-certain dismemberment, Tistol’s paintings provide another example of the value and importance of Political Art. His work is presented alongside other works of political art from Russia, Vietnam, China, Cuba and the United States now on display at

 

1300 13th Street NW (corner of N), Solo Piazza #105. Washington, DC 20005
202-638-3612
www.charleskrausereporting.com

Copyright © *2014 Charles Krause Reporting.
All rights reserved.

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Fresh Beginnings at The Textile Museum

This April, Textile Museum members experienced a special behind-the-scenes look
at our new conservation and collections resource center at the George Washington University’s Science and Technology Campus. Watch a short video, below, to preview
the 22,000-square-foot facility that will house the museum’s collections, conservation
lab, and exhibition workshop.
 

As The Textile Museum continues to transition to its new home at GW’s Foggy
Bottom Campus, visitors can continue to enjoy an array of events and programs
at our original S Street location and other nearby venues. Keep reading for details
on our May calendar—including this Thursday’s lecture by one of the world’s leading
makers of contemporary textiles (and a TM shop sale!) and an exclusive tour of the
Radical Elements contemporary art quilt exhibit—as well as the latest updates on
our new facilities at GW.

Video of new conservation and collections resource center

Coming up in May 

For the most up-to-date list of programs, visit our online calendar. To make a
reservation
for a program, please call (202) 667-0441, ext. 64 and leave a message.

Programs are being held at multiple locations as The Textile Museum transitions
to GW. Please see the program descriptions below for details.

EVENING LECTURE
“Do You Nuno?” The Story of Nuno Textiles
GW MARVIN CENTER AMPHITHEATER, 800 21ST STREET, NW
Thursday, May 1, 6 PM
Nuno Corporation of Japan creates innovative textiles that combine traditional
aesthetics with the latest computer and synthetic technologies. Join Nuno Corporation
co-founder Reiko Sudo as she discusses the thirty-year history of one of the world’s
leading makers of contemporary textiles. Fee: $20/members; $25/non-members.
Advance registration is required; spaces are still available. Call (202) 667-0441, ext. 64
to register. Asian Cultural CouncilThis program is made possible in part through grant support from the Asian Cultural Council and a partnership with the George Washington University’s Interior Architecture and Design program.

Textile Museum Shop Special Sale: The Textile Museum Shop will offer new merchandise from the Nuno Corporation of Japan for purchase at your arrival and immediately following the lecture. Merchandise will be available for one evening only and on a first-come, first-serve basis. TM members will receive 10% off their purchases.
All sales are final.

ASK A CURATOR, ASK A CONSERVATOR
THE TEXTILE MUSEUM, 2320 S STREET, NW
Friday, May 2, 10:30 AM–1 PM
This ongoing program, held the first Friday of every month, gives visitors the opportunity
to learn more about their own textiles from Textile Museum curatorial and conservation staff. While TM curators specialize in the textile arts of non-Western cultures, the conservation staff can answer questions about caring for textiles produced worldwide.
Fee: free/members; $5/non-members. No reservations required.

SPECIAL TOUR
Radical Elements: Art Quilts on the Periodic Table
THE MORRIS AND GWENDOLYN CAFRITZ FOUNDATION ART CENTER
930 KING STREET, SILVER SPRING, MD
Friday, May 9, 10:30 AM
Textile Museum members and friends are invited to an exclusive tour of Radical Elements, a contemporary art quilt exhibit at the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center. Sponsored by the Studio Art Quilt Associates, exhibit organizers invited each participating artist to create a quilt based on an element from the Periodic Table. The resulting artworks, each relating to the elements in unique and witty ways, take quilting beyond the usual materials of fabric and thread. B.J. Adams, a nationally recognized artist and participating quilter, will offer insight into the artists’ inspirations and techniques. Following the tour, enjoy a no-host lunch at a nearby restaurant in downtown Silver Spring. Fee: $20/members; $25/non-members (does not include transportation). Call (202) 667-0441, ext. 64 to register; space is limited. Directions and maps are available on the Montgomery College’swebsite. Sponsored by the New Horizons Committee, a volunteer group dedicated to expanding the community of Textile Museum members and supporters.

RUG & TEXTILE APPRECIATION MORNINGS
Mummies from Western China’s Silk Road
GW ALUMNI HOUSE, 1918 F STREET, NW
Saturday, May 10, 10:30 AM
Collector Jeff Krauss will describe his travels along the Silk Road in China, sharing stories and photos of its impressive sights, including Buddhist cave paintings, ancient cities, and ikat production. An illustrated discussion of the mummies and related textiles at the Urumqi Museum will follow. Seating is limited, so please arrive early. Free; no reservations required. Please note that this program will be held at GW’s Alumni House; the series will return to S Street in July.


Radical Elements artist B.J. Adams, Cadmium (detail), 2013.
Photo courtesy of the artist.

 

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OAS: Small Guide to Homeownership/Mexico

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Art Collect Iran

ART COLLECT GROUP

Address: 21, 6 floor, No 6, Khansari Alley, Somayeh St, Tehran, Iran

Tel: +98 21 88837241
Post code: 15718 37747
Art Collect Group Europe
SK -81107 Bratislava
Slovakia Republic
Reg Nr: 359 41 022
VAT Nr: SK2022031462
Mobile:+4369912242497
www.artcollect-iran.com

 

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At the Walters in Baltimore: American Artists Abroad

The Walters Art Museum announces its spring focus exhibition, American Artists Abroad, thru June 22. The show highlights a lesser-known but important area of the museum’s collection and includes rarely seen works on paper by John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt and John La Farge, among others. It also celebrates the completion of a grant-funded project, sponsored by the United States Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to catalogue and digitize more than 600 American paintings, drawings and portrait miniatures for the museum’s Works of Art website. Images of the American artworks are now available for download and public use at art.thewalters.org.

“Rather than simply reacting to what they saw, American artists often successfully reinvented themselves through their time abroad without losing sight of their connection to home,” said Jo Briggs, assistant curator, 18th and 19thcentury art. “This exhibition showcases beautiful works collected over more than a century, and now, consistent with the Walters’ continuing mission of access and outreach, they are available online for everyone to enjoy.”

William T. Walters (1819-1894) was a collector of contemporary art. He commissioned works from living American artists including Alfred Jacob Miller, Asher B. Durand, John Frederick Kensett, Frederic Church, Erastus, Dow Palmer and William Henry Rinehart. Walters’ albums of American drawings, assembled to be ready for his holiday visitors in 1859, are still in the museum’s possession. Compiled in close collaboration with the New York based art dealer and collector Samuel P. Avery, the album contained works by the most prominent American artists of the moment, among them Henry Inman, Albert Bierstadt and Church.

Henry Walters (1848-1931) later added to his father’s holdings, notably acquiring oils by Eastman Johnson, Childe Hassam and Edwin Lord Weeks, as well as a pastel by Mary Cassatt. The collection of American art has been enhanced over the past 80 years through numerous gifts and acquisitions. Most recently, the museum has made purchases of works by African-American artists, Edward Mitchell Bannister, Robert Seldon Duncanson, Edmonia Lewis and Henry Ossawa Tanner, with funds provided by the Eddie and Sylvia Brown Challenge Grant and matching funds.

The IMLS grant also supported the 2013 exhibition New Eyes on America: The Genius of Richard Caton Woodvilleand related programming. American Artists Abroad has been generously supported by Nanci and Ned Feltham.

About the Walters Museum

The Walters Art Museum is located in downtown Baltimore’s historic Mount Vernon Cultural District at North Charles and Centre Streets. At the time of his death in 1931, museum founder Henry Walters left his entire collection of art–including more than 22,000 works of art–to the city of Baltimore. Its permanent collection includes ancient art, medieval art and manuscripts, decorative objects, Asian art, Old Master and 19th-century paintings. The Museum Store, located next to Café Q, offers distinctive gifts, jewelry and books based on the museum’s collections. Wyndham Baltimore Peabody Court is the official hotel of the Walters Art Museum.

 

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Hillyer Art Space/Annual Call for Proposals

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German Expressionists at NGA

Emil Nolde, Dancer, 1913 color lithograph on wove paper sheet: 70.7 57.3 cm (27 13/16 22 9/16 in.) National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Ruth Cole Kainen © Nolde Stiftung Seebüell

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Five Tarts (Fünf Kokotten), 1914 woodcut on blotting paper plate: 48.5 x 37 cm (19 1/8 x 14 9/16 in.) sheet: 52 x 39 cm (20 1/2 x 15 3/8 in.) National Gallery of Art, Washington, Ruth and Jacob Kainen Collection

The German expressionists created some of the most powerful art of the 20th century and are central to a new exhibition that is on view to June 29, 2014. Starting with a foundation of works from the 18th and 19th centuries and culminating with contemporary works from the 1960s and 1970s, Modern German Prints and Drawings from the Kainen Collection explores themes of human life and passion, the place of man in nature, and the urbanization of society.

Vivid works by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880–1938) fill two galleries and a kaleidoscopic array of images by his Die Brücke colleagues follow. Also featured are prints and drawings by classic expressionists, more abstract work of the Bauhaus, and the later “Art Informel” movement.

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Made in the USA on view at Phillips

MAJOR NEW EXHIBITION CELEBRATES
AMERICAN IDENTITY, INGENUITY, AND SPIRIT

Made in the USA is the most comprehensive presentation of the museum’s American art in nearly 40 years

After winning acclaim and record attendance on a four-year tour, The Phillips Collection’s renowned collection of American masterworks returns to the museum in a landmark exhibition.

Made in the USA is on view at the Phillips through August 31, 2014.

The most comprehensive presentation of the museum’s American art collection undertaken in nearly 40 years, Made in the USA showcases more than 200 masterpieces—from romantic seascapes and jazzy city scenes to abstract canvases and boldly colored portraits—by more than 125 artists whose new visual language made American art an international sensation.

Founder Duncan Phillips was a lifelong champion of the nation’s cultural diversity. His commitment to collecting works by America’s living artists who showed great promise—whether they were native or foreign-born, artists of color, self-taught or academically trained, male or female—was decidedly against the grain between the wars and propelled The Phillips Collection to be a leader in American art.

“It was this ‘fusion of various sensitivities’ and ‘unification of differences,’ as Phillips described it, that was something to celebrate,” said Susan Behrends Frank, Associate Curator at The Phillips Collection. “The Phillips’s American collection is more than just an assemblage of great names; its strength lies in its rich diversity and multiplicity of American voices that Duncan Phillips brought together over a lifetime.”

Organized chronologically as a thematic narrative about American art from the late 19th century through the postwar years, the exhibition aims to demonstrate how artists with fresh vision and independent spirit captured modern American life.

“Not since 1976 has The Phillips Collection presented such a mesmerizing showcase of Duncan Phillips’s treasures. Made in the USA presents a rare opportunity to view our permanent collection displayed in what could best be described as a story with many chapters. The 12 themes, from ‘Realism and Romanticism’ to ‘The City’ to ‘Memory and Identity,’ serve as a walk through time, and echo a compelling narrative about our country’s history and cultural development,” said Dorothy Kosinski, director of The Phillips Collection.

The exhibition explores a diverse array of subjects and periods through painting, drawing, and etching. Highlights include Rockwell Kent’s The Road Roller; Horace Pippin’s Domino Players; Allen Tucker’s The Rise; Edward Hopper’s Sunday; Stefan Hirsch’s New York, Lower Manhattan; John Marin’s Pertaining to Fifth Avenue and Forty-Second Street; Arthur Dove’s Red Sun; and Willem De Kooning’s Asheville.

CATALOGUE

Made in the USA: American Art from The Phillips Collection, 1850–1970

Edited by Susan Behrends Frank; with an essay by Eliza E. Rathbone

276 pages

Available this spring for $29.95 in the museum shop and online CATALOG at shop.phillipscollection.org.

ABOUT THE PHILLIPS COLLECTION

The Phillips Collection is one of the world’s most distinguished collections of Impressionist and Modern American and European art. Stressing the continuity between art of the past and present, it offers a strikingly original and experimental approach to Modern art by combining works of different nationalities and periods in displays that change frequently. The setting is similarly unconventional, featuring small rooms, a domestic scale, and a personal atmosphere. Artists represented in the collection include Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Vincent van Gogh, Edgar Degas, Henri Matisse, Pierre Bonnard, Paul Cézanne, Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, Claude Monet, Honoré Daumier, Georgia O’Keeffe, Arthur Dove, Mark Rothko, Milton Avery, Jacob Lawrence, and Richard Diebenkorn, among others. The Phillips Collection, America’s first museum of modern art, has an active collecting program and regularly organizes acclaimed special exhibitions, many of which travel internationally. The Intersections series features projects by contemporary artists, responding to art and spaces in the museum. The Phillips also produces award-winning education programs for K–12 teachers and students, as well as for adults. The museum’s Center for the Study of Modern Art explores new ways of thinking about art and the nature of creativity, through artist visits and lectures, and provides a forum for scholars through courses, postdoctoral fellowships, and internships. Since 1941, the museum has hosted Sunday Concerts in its wood-paneled Music Room. The Phillips Collection is a private, non-government museum, supported primarily by donations.

 

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Degas/Cassatt at NGA

Edgar Degas’s (1834–1917) influence on fellow impressionist Mary Cassatt (1844–1926) is widely known, but her role in shaping his work and introducing him to American audiences is fully examined for the first time in Degas/Cassatt.

On view at the National Gallery of Art, Washington—the sole venue worldwide—through October 5, 2014, the exhibition includes some 70 works in a variety of media.

Groundbreaking technical analysis is presented by conservators and scientists who examined key works by both artists.

“Despite differences of gender and nationality, Degas and Cassatt forged a deep friendship founded on respect and admiration, and we are delighted to share the results of this relationship with our visitors. The Gallery is particularly well suited to the exploration of this subject because of the exceptional works donated by discerning collectors, such as Paul Mellon, Chester Dale, and Lessing J. Rosenwald,” said Earl A. Powell III, director, National Gallery of Art, Washington.

 

 

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