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Romantic Traditions in Britain: Samuel Palmer, J.M.W. Turner, William Blake, Dante Gabriel Rossetti

* The Artist’s Vision: Romantic Traditions in Britain,* was on view a the National Gallery of Art, Washington,from November 19 through March 18, 2007. The exhibition featured approximately 70 works from the late 18th century through the early 20th century including artworks by Samuel Palmer, J.M.W. Turner, William Blake, and more. Created against a backdrop of political and social upheaval, British romantic art exemplified a revival of interest in medieval art and subject matter, a rebellion against conventional ideas and academic styles, and an assertion of the importance of emotio… more »


After presentations in Paris and London, *Max Beckmann *opened in its only U.S. venue at MoMA QNS on June 26, 2003 and remained on view through September 29. This is the first comprehensive exhibition of the artist’s work to be seen in New York since MoMA’s 1964 retrospective, and the first in the United States since 1984. Max Beckmann (German, 1884–1950) was a leading modernist painter whose prolific and notably individualistic career spanned the first half of the twentieth century. Comprising 132 works, the exhibition focuses primarily on painting—including four large-scale trip… more »

Masterworks of German Expressionism: Max Beckmann, Käthe Kollwitz, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, and Max Pechstein

The Museum of Modern Art presented four major acquisitions as part of the exhibition *Masterworks of German Expressionism.* The new acquisitions, by the artists Max Pechstein, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Käthe Kollwitz, and Max Beckmann, are shown alongside 13 important works from MoMA’s renowned collection of German Expressionist prints. These dramatic woodcuts and lithographs, including many in strong, vibrant color, often center on the contrast between urban life and nature, with subjects ranging from the cabaret to nudes in the landscape. Spanning the first quarter of the twentiet… more »

Sotheby’s Surrealist Art Sale: 5th February 2013 – Salvador Dalí, René Magritte, Joan Miró Tuesday 5th February 2013

Sotheby’s London Surrealist Art Evening Sale on Tuesday 5th February 2013 will present exceptional works including one of Salvador Dalí’s most accomplished portraits, Portrait of Mrs Harrison Williams (est. £1.5-2 million), René Magritte’s arresting painting Les Belles Relations (est. £2- 3 million) and Joan Miró’s Le fermier et son épouse (est. £5.5-7.5 million), among others. Highlighting the sale is Le fermier et son épouse (est. £5.5-7.5 million), an intense and brilliantly coloured painting by Joan Miró. The work was executed in 1936, a time when the artist was reaching wide-… more »

Christie’s: The Art of The Surreal 6 February 2013: Joan Miro,Yves Tanguy, Max Ernst, Paul Delvaux, René Magritte, Max Ernst

Joan Miró’s rare work L’Echelle de l’évasion, (The ‘Ladder of Escape’) – which comes to the market for the first time in almost 60 years and has not been seen in public for over half a century – leads Christie’s *The Art of The Surreal* 6 February 2013. , which presents landmark works by the leading names of the Surrealist movement, from René Magritte and Max Ernst to Paul Delvaux and Óscar Domínguez. Painted in December 1939, L’Echelle de l’évasion (The ‘Ladder of Escape’) by Joan Miró (1893-1983) is one of two pivotal works with this title which he executed at this significant … more »

Georges Seurat: The Drawings

Georges Seurat (French, 1859–91), one of the most influential painters of the nineteenth century, was a prolific draftsman who, despite a brief career, created an extraordinary body of work on paper. *Georges Seurat: The Drawings* was the first exhibition in almost 25 years to focus exclusively on the artist’s luminous drawings. These drawings played a crucial role in Seurat’s career and are often seen as touchstones for the art of the twentieth century and forerunners of abstraction. This comprehensive exhibition surveyed his entire oeuvre, with over 135 works, primarily the arti… more »

Constable’s Great Landscapes: The Six-Foot Paintings,

John Constable’s (1776–1837) seminal six-foot landscapes — among the best-known and beloved images in British art — were reunited with their groundbreaking full-size sketches for the first time since the artist’s death in *Constable’s Great Landscapes: The Six-Foot Paintings,* at the National Gallery of Art, East Building, October 1 through December 31, 2006. Fifty-five works include oils and drawings that are related to the large landscapes, an early pencil portrait, and a series in varied media brought together for the first time, illustrating areas along the Stour River in Suff… more »

Christie’s Photographs: Man Ray, Edward Steichen, Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Weston.

On April 4, 2013, Christie’s will commence its spring Photographs sales in New York with the deLIGHTed eye: Modernist Masterworks from a Private Collection. This extraordinary collection of 70 vintage prints executed mainly between 1900 and 1925 was formed by a private collector based in South America with his advisor, Jill Rose, who later became Vice President of the International Center of Photography. In building the collection, it was their intent to focus on photographers who had been keenly influenced by the artistic revolution in Western Europe at the turn of the century, an… more »

Archaeology News Report:

Tel Megiddo has a lot more to tell us

Complete article * Excavations at the site of Tel Megiddo, one of Israel’s oldest and largest archaeological excavations, have yielded finds that have added greatly to ancient Levantine archaeological history and established standards for exploration of early Bronze Age settlements in present-day Israel for decades. There, one of the Levant’s largest Canaanite temple complexes was discovered and systematically uncovered, and current excavations under the auspices of Tel Aviv University and the directorship of Israel Finkelstein and David Ussishkin have recently uncovered much more,… more »

Archaic Native Americans built massive Louisiana mound in less than 90 days

Nominated early this year for recognition on the UNESCO World Heritage List, which includes such famous cultural sites as the Taj Mahal, Machu Picchu and Stonehenge, the earthen works at Poverty Point, La., have been described as one of the world’s greatest feats of construction by an archaic civilization of hunters and gatherers. Now, new research in the current issue of the journal Geoarchaeology, offers compelling evidence that one of the massive earthen mounds at Poverty Point was constructed in less than 90 days, and perhaps as quickly as 30 days — an incredible accomplishment … more »