Modern Art in Brazil at AIC!

The Art Institute of Chicago / AIC highlights the work of Tarsila do Amaral (1886–1973) “a central figure in the development of Brazil’s modern art… Her paintings and drawings reflect her ambitions to synthesize the currents of avant-garde art and create an original modern art for her home country.”

“The exhibition celebrates Tarsila’s most daring works and her role in the founding of Antropofagía—an art movement that promoted the idea of devouring, digesting, and transforming European and other artistic influences in order to make something entirely new”

Tarsila do Amaral: Inventing Modern Art in Brazil

Until January 7, 2018

AIC / The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Il

 

***

Dutch Masters in DC!

Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry

“This landmark exhibition examines the artistic exchanges among Johannes Vermeer and his contemporaries from the mid-1650s to around 1680, when they reached the height of their technical ability and mastery of genre painting, or depictions of daily life…the exhibition explores how these artists inspired, rivaled, surpassed, and pushed each other to greater artistic achievement.”

On view are paintings by Vermeer and others including Gerard ter Borch, Gerrit Dou, Pieter de Hooch, Gabriel Metsu, Frans van Mieris, Caspar Netscher, and Jan Steen.

Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry

October 22 – January 21, 2018

National Gallery of Art

Btw 4th Street and 9th Street on Constitution Avenue, NW, DC

(Image: Johannes Vermeer, The Astronomer, 1668)

 

***

Andrew Wyeth, American Artist, (1917 – 2009)

“On the 100th anniversary of the artist’s birth, Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect examines the American master’s 75-year career.” The Seattle Museum of Art / SAM offers “his first major retrospective since the artist’s death challenges long-held critical notions of Wyeth as a realist and offers unexpected perspectives on his art, legacy, and influences.”

Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect

Until January 15, 2018

Seattle Art Museum – SAM
1300 First Avenue, Seattle, WA

***

African American History On View At The Smithsonian

African American History On View At The Smithsonian

 

The National Museum of African American History and Culture opened in September 2016. As expected, tickets have been hard to get, especially during the Summer. Fall might be the perfect time for a D.C. trip. There’s lots to see and experience. The museum’s 11 massive galleries contain more than 30,000 priceless artifacts collected from all over the country.

Founding director Lonnie Bunch says, “This is not (nor was it ever intended to be) the National Museum of Discrimination…For me, the African American experience is an experience not of tragedy, but of unbelievable belief — belief in themselves, belief in an America that often didn’t believe in them”.

National Museum of African American History and Culture

smithsonian-museum-african-american-2016

***

Special Exhibit At The Studio Museum in Harlem

“In honor of the centennial of the birth of Jacob Lawrence (1917–2000), Their Own Harlems examines the ways in which the urban landscape has influenced Lawrence’s artistic practice, as well as that of other artists.

He thought of Harlem in a broad sense, acknowledging the powerful and positive experiences people of African descent across the country could find in “their own Harlems.”

The exhibit also features the work of over fifteen artists including Dawoud Bey, Jacob Lawrence, Julie Mehretu, Wardell Milan, and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.”

“Their Own Harlems”  – Until Jan 7, 2018

The Studio Museum in Harlem, 144 West 125th Street, NYC

(Image: Breakfast East Harlem, 2010, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye )

P.S. Art 2017 at the MET is Almost Over!

“P.S. Art is an annual celebration of achievement in the arts in New York City public schools. This juried exhibition of the work of talented young artists showcases the creativity of 90 prekindergarten through grade 12 students from all five boroughs and includes paintings, prints, sculptures, photographs, mixed-media works, collages, and drawings. Each piece demonstrates personal expression, imaginative use of media, the results of close observation, and an understanding of artistic processes.”

P.S. Art 2017: Celebrating the Creative Spirit of New York City Kids

Until October 29, 2017

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
5th Ave and 86 Street, NYC

***

David Hockney at The MET

“This major retrospective—the exhibition’s only North American venue—will honor the artist in his 80th year by presenting his most iconic works and key moments of his career from 1960 to the present.”

“The exhibition will offer a grand overview of the artist’s achievements across all media, including painting, drawing, photography, and video.”

David Hockney at the MET

November 27, 2017–February 25, 2018

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
5th Ave and 86 Street, NYC

 

***

Oba at the Met

Oba at the Met

Isn’t this beautiful!

This 16th century brass piece is the head of a West African “Oba”, or king. Many such examples of royal sculpture, from the Benin Kingdom of Nigeria, Edo Empire (it flourished from 1440 to the late 1800’s), are included in the Met’s “Arts of Oceania, and the Americas” permanent exhibits.

I am so grateful that some of this former kingdom’s art has been preserved. Art can be such a history lesson sometimes. So often it represents what is most important to a people during specific periods of their time.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
5th Ave
and 86 Street, NYC

 

*Head of an Oba, 16th century (ca. 1550)
Nigeria; Edo, Court of Benin (Brass)

 

***

Portraits at DMA!

The Dallas Museum of Art offers the exhibit, Multiple Selves: Portraits in Print from Rembrandt to Rivera, which examines how the artist views him or herself as the subject of a work of art…it features artists such as Rembrandt van Rijn, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Diego Rivera, and Piet Mondrian…The works on view span from the 17th century through the 20th century…”

Multiple Selves: Portraits in Print from Rembrandt to Rivera

Dallas Museum of Art until November 5, 2017

1717 North Harwood Dallas, Texas

(Image: Kathe Schmidt Kollwitz, Self-portrait 1927)

 

***

African Art At Newark Museum!

“Present Tense: Arts of Contemporary Africa”

Newark Museum Contemporary African Art

“This presentation focuses on the art of the present day, including works by nine artists with wide-ranging approaches to “art-making” as well as equally varied subject matter and sources of inspiration. Artists include: Olu Amoda, Owusu Ankomah, Viyé Diba, Etiyé Dimma Poulsen, Lalla Essaydi, Atta Kwami, Nnenna Okore, Yinka Shonibare and Sue Williamson. Together, they provide a window into the ongoing artistic creativity of this dynamic continent…”

“Present Tense: Arts of Contemporary Africa”

The Newark Museum, 49 Washington Street, Newark, NJ

(Image: Atta Kwame, “Dzedodo” (Conversation), 1956)

 

***