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Mark Cohen: Strange Evidence

Working primarily in and around the small Pennsylvania cities of Wilkes-Barre and Scranton, American street photographer Mark Cohen (b. 1943) photographs people and places encountered at random. In the 1970s he distinguished himself from older peers such as Garry Winogrand and Lee Friedlander by pushing aspects of street photography to extremes, producing pictures with little evident meaning and jarring compositions, such as faces or bodies only partly included in the picture frame. This exhibition of nearly 70 black-and-white and color photographs made during the past 40 years rev… more »

Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris

*Charles Marville, French, 1813 – 1879 Hôtel de la Marine, c. 1872-1876 albumen print National Gallery of Art, Washington Diana and Mallory Walker Fund * The first exhibition in the United States and the very first scholarly catalogue on the renowned 19th-century French photographer Charles Marville will present recently discovered, groundbreaking scholarship informing his art, including his identity, background, and family life. On view at the National Gallery of Art, Washington in October 2013, *Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris* will include some 100 photographs that repre… more »

American Art – New Auctions at Christie’s and Sotheby’s: Nov. 2012

American art auctions at Christie’s and Sotheby’s during the last week of November had generally outstanding results, albeit not without some disappointments. The top lot at Christie’s was Edward Hopper’s *October on Cape Cod* (1946), which went for $9.6 million; Martin John Heade’s *Hummingbird Perched on the Orchid Plant *(1901), brought $1,802,500; Charles Burchfield’s *Golden Dream *(1959), brought $1,202,500; and Stuart Davis’ *City Snow Scene *(1911), also went for $1,202,500. Georgia O’Keeffe had the top two lots at Sotheby’s; both plant paintings, *Autumn … more »

Examining the Ghent Altarpiece by Hubert and Jan van Eyck

*The Ghent Altarpiece (Open), completed 1432. Hubert and Jan van Eyck. Saint Bavo Cathedral © Lukas -Art in Flanders vzw * This year it became possible to zoom into the intricate, breathtaking details of one of the most important works of art in the world, thanks to a newly completed website focused on the Ghent Altarpiece. A stunning and highly complex painting composed of separate oak panels, *The Mystic Lamb *of 1432 by Hubert and Jan van Eyck, known as the *Ghent Altarpiece*, underwent much-needed emergency conservation within the Villa Chapel in St. Bavo Cathedral in Ghent… more »

Five Spanish Masterpieces, Goya, El Greco, Dali, Picasso

The Detroit Institute of Arts exhibited *Five Spanish Masterpieces*, on view June 21–August 19 2012, The exhibition comprised *Portrait of the Matador Pedro Romero, by Francisco de Goya, Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas; The Holy Family with St. Anne and the Infant St. John the Baptist, by El Greco, Museo del Prado, Madrid; Soft Construction with Boiled Beans, by Salvador Dalí, Philadelphia Museum of Art; Portrait of a Man, by Diego Velázquez, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and Melancholy Woman, by Pablo Picasso, Detroit Institute of Arts. * *Portrait of the Mata… more »

Paolo Veronese: A Master and His Workshop in Renaissance Venice

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art presents the first comprehensive art exhibition in America in more than two decades devoted to Paolo Veronese (1528–1588), one of the giants of Venetian Renaissance painting. Titled *Paolo Veronese: A Master and His Workshop in Renaissance Venice *the exhibition brings together many of his finest paintings and drawings from North American collections, well as a group of prints after major works. The exhibition runs Dec. 6, 2012 through April 14, 2013 in the Ulla R. and Arthur F. Searing Wing of the Ringling Museum of Art. Not since the last … more »

The Warren J. and Margot Coville Photography Collection exhibition at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

The Warren J. and Margot Coville Photography Collection exhibition at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art explores iconic moments through the lens of many renowned photographers, including Berenice Abbott, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Barbara Morgan and Andre Kertesz. The show is a continuum of the Ringling’s Art of Our Time which focuses on leading contemporary artists. It comprises more than 75 images spanning the twentieth century and early twenty-first century. Among the stunning imagery on view is the 1888 construction of the Eiffel Tower and the 2001 atta… more »

Paris in Transition: Photographs from the National Gallery of Art

*Charles Nègre (1820 – 1880) Tuileries Statue: Boreas Abducting Orithyia, 1859 albumen print from collodion negative National Gallery of Art, Washington, Patrons’ Permanent Fund, 1995.36.109* * Paris in Transition: Photographs from the National Gallery of Art* on view in the Washington, DC gallery from February 11 through May 6, 2007, presented 61 of the Gallery’s photographs revealing the transformation of the French capital city and the art of photography from the mid-19th to early 20th century. The exhibition included photographs by Eugène Atget, André Kertész, Brassaï, Alfred… more »

Picasso: Themes and Variations

The Museum of Modern Art presented *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 featured approximately 100 works from the Museum’s superlative collection of the artist’s prints. The exhibition was 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 d… more »

Gabriel Orozco

The Museum of Modern Art presented the first major museum retrospective of the artist Gabriel Orozco (Mexican, b. 1962), who since the early 1990s has forged a career marked by continuing innovation and has become one of the leading artists of his generation. On view from December 13, 2009, through March 1, 2010, this midcareer retrospective examined two decades of Orozco’s career in an exhibition of some 80 works, revealing how the artist roams freely and fluently among drawing, photography, sculpture, installation, and painting to create a heterogeneous body of objects that resis… more »

Pieter Claesz: Master of Haarlem Still Life

*Pieter Claesz Tabletop Still Life with Mince Pie and Basket of Grapes, 1625 oil on panel, Private collection * *Pieter Claesz: Master of Haarlem Still Life* was the first international exhibition dedicated to the work of one of the most important 17th-century Dutch still-life painters. The exhibition was on view at the National Gallery of Art—the only U.S. venue— from September 18 through December 31, 2005. Pieter Claesz featured 28 still lifes by Claesz (1596/1597–1660) from all phases of his career. It included more than 20 works by his predecessors and contemporaries, as well… more »