“What is the role of a 21st-century museum and how does it engage a public?” These are just two of the questions that led to the creation of a $15m, six-year pilot initiative, Terra-Art Bridges last year by the Chicago-based Terra Foundation for American Art with the collaboration and financial support of Art Bridges, Inc, a non-profit backed by the philanthropist and collector Alice Walton. Today (5 April), the Terra Foundation has announced that the first series of grants for the project, totalling over $2.4m, have been given to the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Read More
The Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, (the Archives) presents a new exhibition from its expansive collection showcasing material from every state and the District of Columbia. Open from December 8, 2017, Off the Beaten Track: A Road Trip through the Archives of American Art features video recordings, photographs, sketches, diaries, and correspondence dating from 1830 to 2006. Together they reveal how artists have shaped and are shaped by their surroundings, illuminating uniquely American narratives state by state. READ MORE
Daniil Belov walks us through the process of what it takes to make a beautiful work of art.
120 works by Raphael from international collections will go on show at the Ashmolean this summer in the once-in-a-lifetime exhibition, RAPHAEL: THE DRAWINGS.
Fifty works come from the Ashmolean’s own collection, the largest and most important group of Raphael drawings in the world. They arrived in 1845 following a public appeal to acquire them after the dispersal of the collection of the portrait painter Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769–1830), who had amassed an unrivalled collection of Old Master drawings. A further twenty-five works are on loan from the Albertina Museum, Vienna, which will show the exhibition in autumn 2017. The remaining drawings come from international collections and include The Head of a Muse (private collection) which broke the records when auctioned at Christies in 2009. READ MORE
The first exhibition to explore Edgar Degas’ fascination with high-fashion hats and the women who made them is accompanied by a scholarly, full-color catalogue. The groundbreaking exhibition—Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade—opened at the Saint Louis Art Museum on Feb. 12 and runs through May 7. READ MORE
Fifty-four superb paintings by Stuart Davis, Arthur Dove, Thomas Eakins, Marsden Hartley, Childe Hassam, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Jacob Lawrence, Georgia O’Keeffe, Horace Pippin, Maurice Prendergast, John Sloan, and many others that reflect the rich diversity of style and expression in American art created between 1870 and 1950 will be on view at the Brandywine River Museum of Art starting February 25, 2017. READ MORE
The Bruce Museum and the Hôtel de Caumont Centre d’Art in Aix-enProvence, France, are mounting a major monographic exhibition of the art of the French Impressionist Alfred Sisley (1839-1899). The first retrospective in more than 20 years of this purest of all the major Impressionists, Alfred Sisley (1839-1899): Impressionist Master spotlights about 50 of Sisley’s paintings, which come from private collections and major museums in Europe and North America. The Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut, will premiere the exhibition, January 21 to May 21, 2017, and is the only venue in the United States. The show will then travel to France, where it will be on exhibit from June through October 2017. READ MORE
The world auction record for Claude Monet was eclipsed after an epic 14-minute bidding battle in the Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale in New York. The saleroom burst into applause when Meule, one of the last of the artist’s great Grainstack series left in private hands, finally sold for $81,447,500 / £65,210,168 — just over $1 million more than the previous record, which was set at Christie’s London in 2008. READ MORE
An original work by famed illustrator Norman Rockwell will be offered among Amish-made food, quilts, and "awesome stuff" at a Pennsylvania charity auction this weekend.
A local donor gave the Rockwell painting, “Swords at Weehawken,” to the 32nd annual Hospice & Community Care's Labor Day Auction in Quarryville, Penn. to help raise funds. Bidding is on Monday and the oil-on-paperboard work bears an estimate of $75,000.
The work is captioned “Philip found himself involved in a humiliating contest with a small pig” and was originally published in November 1938 as an illustration for the story “Swords at Weehawken” by Leonard Falkner in American Magazine.
Rhythm and Roots: Dance in American Art explores the influences, evolution, and distinct traditions of dance in America. The traveling exhibition portrays dances throughout America's diverse community, from the sacred dances of indigenous North Americans, to Irish jigs, and Spanish flamencos. About 90 paintings, photographs, sculptures, and costumes relating to American dance from 1830 to 1960 will be on view. READ MORE
If you’ve always thought the line about “four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie” was a bit of nonsense children’s verse, an exhibition now at the J. Paul Getty Museum will set you straight. In “The Edible Monument: The Art of Food for Festivals,” you’ll learn not only that such pies existed — with live birds encased — but also how to make pastry for them.“That was a spectacle pie,” said Marcia Reed, chief curator of the Getty Research Institute, who organized the exhibition. “There were pies that blew up, too. It was table entertainment.”
Not far away, in another Getty gallery, there are different surprises in “Eat, Drink, and Be Merry: Food in the Middle Ages and Renaissance,” including what Christine Sciacca, the assistant curator who put together the exhibition, said she believed might be the earliest image of a pretzel in art. Dated 1030-40, it appears in a Last Supper, along with the bread, the wine and a fish, in an illuminated-manuscript page from Regensburg, Germany. READ MORE
After a two-year renovation and expansion project tied to a $38 million capital and endowment fundraising campaign, The Westmoreland Museum of American Art marks its reopening in Greensburg, Penn., this weekend with special events and the debut of exhibitions showcasing the transformational gifts of two major private collections. READ MORE
Japan’s opening to international trade in the 1850s after centuries of self-imposed isolation set off a craze for all things Japanese among European and North American collectors, artists and designers. The phenomenon, dubbed japonisme by French writers, radically altered the course of Western art in the modern era. San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum delves into this sweeping development in the traveling exhibition Looking East: How Japan Inspired Monet, Van Gogh, and Other Western Artists. Read More
While the rest of the economy remains unstable, art is still one of the best investment options—and the Old Masters market in particular is seeing a renaissance. On Tuesday, October 20, Austria–based auction house Dorotheum will put forth for sale a collection of Old Master paintings including everything from some of the Brueghel Family’s greatest hits to new discoveries from Titian’s studio. Read More
Early in 1903, illustrator Howard Pyle (1853-1911) began work on a set of nine wall-sized for the drawing room of his home at 907 Delaware Avenue in Wilmington, Delaware. The Delware Art Museum has announced that all nine panels are now on view in their entirety for the first time in 75 years. They have been semi-permanently installed in the Museum’s second floor Vinton Illustration Galleries. READ MORE
The Smithsonian American Art Museum has on view, through August 30, 2015, a major exhibition about Yasuo Kuniyoshi (1889-1953), a preeminent 20th century modernist whose talents and contributions rivaled those of his contemporaries including Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe and Stuart Davis. READ MORE
This is the first major exhibition on Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975) in more than 25 years and the first to explore important connections between Benton's art and the movies. After working briefly in the silent film industry, Benton became acutely aware of storytelling's shift toward motion pictures and developed a cinematic style of painting that melded European art historical traditions and modern movie production techniques. In paintings, murals, drawings, prints and illustrated books, Benton reinvented national narratives for 20th-century America and captivated the public with his visual storytelling.
Organized by the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, in collaboration with the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri, and Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Forth Worth, Texas.
The exhibition was made possible in part by Bank of America and a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence. The National Endowment for the Arts and Carolyn and Peter S. Lynch and The Lynch Foundation provided generous support. Christie's provided in-kind support. The East India Marine Associates of the Peabody Essex Museum also provided support.
A record-setting Paul Gauguin painting sold by a Swiss family foundation to a group of state museums in Qatar was unveiled at Madrid's Museo Reina Sofia last week.
The 1892 double portrait, “Nafea Faa Ipoipo (When Will You Marry?),” depicting two Tahitian girls, fetched nearly $300 million in February 2015, making it the most expensive single artwork ever sold. READ MORE