Art Museums

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Elegance and Refinement: The Still-Life Paintings of Willem van Aelst, The National Gallery, Washington, D.C., June 24 – October 14, 2012

[Source: Philip Kennicott, The Washington Post]  As far as we know, Willem van Aelst never painted a landscape, portrait or history scene. He focused on still life, meticulous pictures of flowers, fish, armor and dead game, often arrayed on a table or marble slab, with drapery or cloth slightly pulled or rumpled in such a … Continue reading

Edward Hopper at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid, June 6-September 18, 2012

[Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza] The American painter Edward Hopper (Nyack, 1882 – New York, 1967) was one of the foremost exponents of twentieth-century Realism. Although he did not attract the attention of critics or the public for much of his life and was forced to work as an illustrator to earn a living, his works are now icons of … Continue reading

Joan Miró: “The Ladder of Escape,” The National Gallery of Art, May 6 – August 12, 2012

[examiner.com] Joan Miró (1893-1983), one of the world’s greatest and most influential 20th century artists, who used his “free and violent” works to protest fascism in his beloved Spain, is celebrated in an exhibit that opened May 6 at DC’s National Gallery, the only US venue. . . “Joan Miró: The Ladder of Escape“, with some … Continue reading

Britain Rescues Two of its Treasures from the Dustbin of Art History!

Two great paintings which had long languished in the shadows have now been restored to full autograph status, thanks to research and a conservator’s careful hand. . The National Gallery’s Titian . . London’s National Gallery, had, since the 1920’s, believed one of its holdings to be a 16th-century copy created ‘after Titian’, both chronologically … Continue reading

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Acknowledges Gertrude Stein’s Collaboration with the Nazis

In early March, we published an entry extolling the magnificent exhibition of the Stein collection currently on display at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art (“The Steins Collect”). One glaring omission in the Met’s curating of the exhibition was how the collection managed to survive the Nazis’ decimation of Europe’s art collections, particularly those belonging … Continue reading

UPDATE TO OUR EARLIER ENTRY: France’s Leading Painting Conservator Now Says da Vinci’s Original Work Was Mistakenly Removed During Restoration of “Virgin & Child with St Anne”

French art expert says Louvre’s Leonardo was overcleaned La Vierge, l’Enfant Jésus et Sainte Anne by Leonardo da Vinci. Photograph: Jean-Pierre Muller/AFP [theguardian]  One of France’s most eminent art experts has criticised the Louvre Museum’s cleaning of a 500-year-old Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece, The Virgin and Child With Saint Anne. Ségolène Bergeon Langle, former director of conservation … Continue reading

“Women of Achievement in the Early Republic”: National Portrait Gallery, through September 13, 2013

In keeping with our goal of highlighting exhibitions featuring women and women artists who created lasting legacies in eras when all odds were against that ever happening, we feature this exhibition currently on view at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.  Entitled “A Will of Their Own: Judith Sargent Murray and Women of … Continue reading

Van Gogh’s “Portrait of a Peasant” On View In New York After 40 Years

[www.frick.org]  This fall The Frick Collection will present Vincent van Gogh‘s Portrait of a Peasant (Patience Escalier). The painting has not left its home institution, the Norton Simon Museum, in Pasadena, CA, in nearly forty years, making this a particularly rare and exciting viewing opportunity for East Coast audiences. This modern masterpiece will be shown in the … Continue reading

National Museum of Women in the Arts Presents Women Artists from French National Collections

National Museum of Women in the Arts: “Royalists to Romantics: Women Artists from the Louvre, Versailles, and Other French National Collections” on view through July 29, 2012. In keeping with its mission to rediscover and celebrate women artists of the past and demonstrate their continued relevance, NMWA presents Royalists to Romantics: Women Artists from the Louvre, Versailles, … Continue reading

Henri Matisse’s The Thousand and One Nights, On View at The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, through July 15, 2012

[Source, WSJ]  The 1940s were not kind to Henri Matisse. During World War II, Gestapo agents brutally tortured his daughter, and complications from an intestinal operation weakened him and left him permanently wheelchair-bound. As painting became more difficult, he focused intently on the sleek, stylized paper cutouts he had first started experimenting with in the … Continue reading

The Great Rembrandt Self-Portrait from Kenwood House now on View at The Metropolitan Museum

Source: Metropolitan Museum.  By special arrangement, Rembrandt’s great “Portrait of the Artist” (ca. 1665), which has never before traveled outside Europe, will be on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art from early April through late May, 2012. Kenwood House, the London museum that owns the painting, will close in April 2012 for renovations. This … Continue reading

After 240 years, Titian’s First Masterpiece Leaves Russia for London Show

National Gallery borrows The Flight Into Egypt, not seen outside Russia since it was bought by Catherine the Great in 1768 . [guardian.co.uk]  Catherine the Great bought Titian‘s The Flight Into Egypt in 1768. Since then the large painting, described by the 16th-century art historian Giorgio Vasari as Titian’s first masterpiece, has not been seen outside Russia – until Tuesday. … Continue reading

Turkey Demands the Return of More “Looted” Artifacts from American Museums

After demanding that New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art return 18 objects of art including several highlights of the Met’s collection that are currently on display in the museum’s Ancient Near East Galleries, the Turkish government has now contacted the Getty, the Cleveland Museum of Art and Harvard University’s Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection to present evidence … Continue reading

Retrospective of the Work of Berthe Morisot at the Musée Marmottan Monet, through July 1, 2012

[Press Release, Musée Marmottan Monet, February 2012]  From 8 March to 1 July 2012, the Musée Marmottan presents the first major retrospective of the work of Berthe Morisot (1841-1895) to be held in Paris for almost half a century. One hundred and fifty paintings, pastels, watercolours and drawings in red chalk and charcoal, from museums and … Continue reading

Museum Acquisition Funds: How the Major Players Continue to Grow Their Collections in Lean Times

Cultural journalist Judith H. Dobrzynski recently reported in The New York Times on the shocking state of the acquisition funds of America’s major museums: Although acquiring art is a core mission, private collectors donate 80 to 90 percent of what is on view in American art museums. Fewer than two dozen museums have sizable nest eggs … Continue reading