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Mary Cassatt and the Feminine Ideal in 19th-Century Paris

The Cleveland Museum of Art presents *Mary Cassatt and the Feminine Ideal in 19th-Century Paris*, an exhibition that explores Cassatt’s images of women with those of her contemporaries such as Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, Berthe Morisot, Auguste Renoir and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Organized thematically and primarily drawn from the museum’s permanent collection, the exhibition contains over 50 works on paper, depicting visions of femininity ranging from the bourgeois wife and mother to peasant women of the countryside to urban women at work in the ballet and the brothel. *Mary … more »

Encounters with the 1930s

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain presents Encounters with the 1930s, on view 2 October 2012–7 January 2013. Encounters with the 1930s is the Museum’s contribution to the commemorations marking the 75th anniversary of the creation of Guernica (1937), Pablo Picasso’s emblematic art work. Max Beckmann, *Paris Society*, 1931. Oil on canvas, 109,2 x 175,6 cm., Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. The show, jointly organized by the Museum’s Departments of Collections and Exhibitions, will occupy a surface of more than 2,000 square meters divided into two … more »

The Age of Picasso and Matisse: Modern Masters from The Art Institute of Chicago

Some of the most celebrated works of modern art are coming to the Kimbell Art Museum in the fall of 2013. The Art Institute of Chicago holds one of the greatest collections of modern European art in the world. In the largest loan of its kind from the Art Institute, nearly 100 works from this collection will be traveling to the Kimbell Art Museum. The only venue for the exhibition, the Kimbell will present *The Age of Picasso and Matisse: Modern Masters from the Art Institute of Chicago* from October 6, 2013, through February 16, 2014. “The Kimbell is proud to showcase Chicago’s tr… more »


DOMENIKOS THEOTOKOPOULOS, CALLED EL GRECO CANDIA (HERAKLEION), CRETE CIRCA 1541 – 1614 TOLEDO THE ENTOMBMENT OF CHRIST Estimate: 1,000,000 – 1,500,000 USD Sotheby’s Auction Property from the Estate of Giancarlo Baroni New York | 29 – 30 January 2013 | N08857 This touching early panel by El Greco has until now remained largely unknown by the general public and unseen by art historians. It was in private hands until 1974, when it was sold as part of the Estate of Mme. Gegette Broglio and appeared in only a single public exhibition, in Venice, in 1981. Alvarez Lopez included it as an… more »

Portrait of Spain: Masterpieces from the Prado

Jonathan Kantrowitz at Art History News – 2 days ago

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, has announced that more than 100 masterworks from one of the world’s most renowned collections of European painting will be presented at the MFAH beginning December 16, 2012, in *Portrait of Spain: Masterpieces from the Prado*. The exhibition—on exclusive U.S. loan in Houston as part of a new initiative by the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid to broaden access to its holdings—tells the story of the evolution of painting in Spain from the 16th through 19th centuries and explores how artists reflected the sweeping changes in society, culture, polit… more »

Picasso and the Avant-Garde in Paris

One of the most innovative and influential artists of the 20th century, Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973) was at his most inventive between 1905 and 1945. The Philadelphia Museum of Art presented *Picasso and the Avant-Garde in Paris *(February 24 – April 25, 2010) surveying Picasso’s remarkable output during these years, from the pioneering role he played in the development of Cubism to his dialogue with Surrealism and other important art movements in the 1920s and 1930s. The exhibition also explored the pivotal role that the city of Paris played in the history of modern art, wh… more »

Brueghel: The fascinating world of Flemish art

From 18 December 2012 to 2 June 2013 the Chiostro del Bramante is hosting Brueghel. The Fascinating World of Flemish Art, the largest exhibition devoted to the famous artistic dynasty ever to be held in Rome. The exhibition represents a unique opportunity to admire the masterpieces produced by an entire dynasty of exceptional talent active between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and trace the 150-year timeline of this family and artistic history. Featuring more than 100 pieces, the exhibition offers an extraordinary opportunity to see these marvellous works of art from m… more »

Becoming Picasso: Paris 1901

The Courtauld Gallery’s exhibition *Becoming Picasso: Paris 1901*, on view February 14 to May 26, 2013, tells the remarkable story of Pablo Picasso’s breakthrough year as an artist – 1901. It was the year that the highly ambitious nineteen-year-old first launched his career in Paris at a debut summer exhibition with the influential dealer Ambroise Vollard. Refusing to rest on the success of this show, Picasso (1881-1973) charted new artistic directions in the second half of the year, heralding the beginning of his now famous Blue period. Becoming Picasso focuses on the figure paint… more »

Gerard ter Borch

Gerard ter Borch, one of the finest of all Dutch 17th-century painters, was shown in his full splendor in this magnificent exhibition, the first ever devoted to his work in the United States. *Gerard ter Borch* presented over 50 of the artist’s exquisite portraits and genre scenes from public and private collections in the United States and Europe. On view at the Nation… more »

“Modern Art in America” Forever® stamp collection

Modern art will become the latest Forever® stamp collection offered by the United States Postal Services. “Modern Art in America” is the 2013 collection picked to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the groundbreaking 1913 Armory Show in New York, the first exhibition to introduce modern art to American audiences on a large scale. Twelve works, dating from 1913 to 1931, will be reproduced on a sheet of adhesive Forever stamps which are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate. The collection will be available in early 2013. The dozen masterpieces rep… more »

Masters of American Photography

Dramatic black and white photographs taken by 20 of the nation’s most important and influential photographers were featured on new commemorative postage stamps issued June 13, 2002 by the United States Postal Service. The Masters of American Photography stamps were available in a pane of 20 stamps that includes examples of portrait, documentary, landscape and fine art photography. Many of the major themes and events in U.S. history, including immigration, the Great Depression and World War II, are captured in these compelling images. Arranged in chronological order, the stamps also offe… more »

Modernizing America: Artists of the Armory Show

The Heckscher Museum of Art presents *Modernizing America: Artists of the Armory Show*. On view from December 8 through April 14, 2013 this Museum Permanent Collection exhibition celebrates the centennial of the Armory Show featuring works by American artists who participated in the legendary exhibition that introduced modernist art to America. In 1913, the American public was introduced to avant-garde European art styles at the International Exhibition of Modern Art, held at the Lexington Avenue Armory and known as the Armory Show. Organized by the Association of American Painters… more »

George Catlin: American Indian Portraits

The National Portrait Gallery in London announces its spring 2013 exhibition of iconic American Indian portraits by the American artist George Catlin (1796-1872). George Catlin: American Indian Portraits will open on 7 March 2013 and will include major loans from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington. *Stu-Mick-o-Sucks, Buffalo Bill’s Back Fat, Head Chief, Blood Tribe, Blackfoot/Kainai by George Catlin, 1832 © Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr* Catlin was an artist, writer and showman who documented Native American peoples and their cultu… more »