Friday, July 15, 2011

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Art Knowledge News - Keeping You in Touch with the World of Art...

* Danziger Projects Shows ³Africolor² Photography between Africa, Color, &
* Color Photography <#1>
* Jake and Dinos Chapman Open New Exhibition at White Cube, London <#2>
* The Hove Museum Fine Art Gallery Shows Paintings of the Five Senses <#3>
* Kunsthallen Brandt Museum Exhibits Valkyries Sculptures by Joana
* <#4>
* National Maritime Museum in London Opens New £35 Million Wing <#5>
* "Bronx Boys" With Photographs by Stephen Shames Is An Ebook Now <#6>
* Discovered Massive Statue Believed to Be of Roman Emperor Caligula <#7>
* Williams College Museum of Art Continues Its Reinstallation Project With
* "Expressions" <#8>
* Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza ~ A Jewel In The "Golden Triangle of Art" In
* <#9>
* Major Exhibition of the Work of Andreas Hofer at Sammlung Goetz in Munich
* <#10>
* Exhibition at Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts Presents "Dreamscapes"
* Cleveland Museum of Art Acquires Painting by Alice Neel at Sotheby's
* <#12>
* Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Focus is on Paul Klee <#13>
* Ordrupgaard Museum in Copenhagen to show Balke & Kirkeby "Distant
* <#14>
* ARKEN Museum of Contemporary Art presents Andreas Golder <#15>
* Musée du Quai Branly Explores the Myth of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan
* Christie's New York Photography Sales Highlight the Fall Auction Season
* <#17>
* The Morgan Library & Museum features Illuminated Pages From Its Renowned
* Collections <#18>
* LACMA Announces First Exhibition Devoted to Pierre-Auguste Renoir's Late
* Work <#19>
* Art Knowledge News Presents "This Week In Review" <#20>

NEW YORK, NY.- ³Africolor² - the exhibition - looks at the connections in
photography between Africa, color, and color photography. While Africa as a
subject has attracted and inspired photographers since the invention of
photography, because of the obvious financial and technical issues involved
­ photographing Africa in the 19th century was largely a European endeavor.
By the middle of the 20th century, however, photography both as a business
and a means of artistic expression was beginning to flourish across the
African continent. With the advent of color photography and in particular
with the acceptance of color photography into the mainstream of fine art in
the 1980s, the vivid colors and bright light of the continent seemed to
serve as inspiration for a wide range of photography from the indigenous to
the imagined and from documentary to staged. Celebrating the diversity of
color photographic expression, ³Africolor² presents groupings of work that
are a compelling (but by no means comprehensive) sampling. The exhibition
is on view at Danziger Projects until September 10th.

The exhibition begins with a room of recent photographs by the Italian
photojournalist Daniele Tamagni. In 2008, Tamagni traveled to the Atlantic
coast of Africa to document the little known sub-culture of the sapeurs or
La SAPE - a French acronym for La Societe des Ambianceurs et des Personnes
Elegantes. The sapeurs sport ostentatiously dapper suits and fedoras. They
have made fashion their religion, living an elegant lifestyle in direct
reference to the French colonialism that contributed to the poverty of the
Democratic Republic of the Congo. Sapeurism is a means of dealing with this
past, by appropriating western style. A code of conduct dictates to sapeurs
not to wear more than three colors in any outfit and to not only look but
also to behave in an elegant manner.

This work resulted in Tamagni's debut book, ³Gentlemen of Bacongo² which
became a seminal style volume. (The designer Paul Smith based an entire
collection around the book.) "My aim," said Tamagni, "was to produce a
portfolio which might generate a critical reflection about the identity of
these people who consider elegance their main reason for existence inside a
social reality so different and distant from our society." In 2010, Tamagni
received the ICP Infinity Award for Applied/Fashion photography for the

Samuel Fosso is another of Africa's most eminent photographers. Often
described as ³the African Cindy Sherman² for nearly 40 years Fosso has been
using the camera to experiment with self-portraiture and identity dressing
up (or down), posing in different guises, and recreating other famous
pictures. Fosso started taking self-portraits to send to his mother in
Nigeria, from whom he was separated as a refugee fleeing the Biafran war in
the late 1960s. Although his initial aim was to show he was alive and well,
his interest in exploring the genre grew steadily, and he continually
experimented with new techniques and poses. In 1994, he was discovered by
chance by the French curator and gallerist Jean Marc Patras who brought
Fosso's work to a wider audience and into the limelight of international
critical attention.

Fosso¹s work has been shown at The Guggenheim and in major museums around
the world, but his local community in Bangui, Central African Republic,
remains unaware of Fosso's success, a situation Fosso is keen to maintain.
He is happy to keep his costumes out of sight and continue his passport and
portrait photography business. His neighbors assume he travels to Europe to
take wedding photos.

The second room of the gallery presents a sampling of work by wonderful
photographers three African and three European ­ whose work connects to
Africa and color but differs in many of the ways the medium allows.

Malick Sidibe, the renowned Malian photographer, is noted for his pictures
of local Malians which he began taking in the 1950s. In 1958, he opened his
own studio (Studio Malick) in Bamako focusing in particular on the youth
culture of the Malian capital. A naturally gifted artist Sidibe¹s
reputation exploded when the first conferences on African photography were
held in Mali in 1994. Sidibe¹s work is now exhibited worldwide. In 2003, he
received the Hasselblad Award for photography, and in 2007, Sidibe was
awarded the Venice Biennale's Golden Lion lifetime achievement award - the
first time it had been presented to a photographer.

While known as a black and white photographer, Sidibe has often presented
his photographs in colorfully hand painted glass mounts and it is these
³decorated² works, reflecting a particular palette and form, that are being

The Dutch photographer Ruud van Empel¹s pictures are both a dream of Africa
and a meditation on the role of color in a racial as well as pictorial
sense. Van Empel is known for taking digital manipulation of photography to
a new level. He photographs professional child models in his studio along
with detailed images of leaves, flowers, plants and animals. The pictures
are then mixed and composed into Rousseau-like edenic settings using
Photoshop. Mixing truth and fiction, innocence and danger, van Empel¹s work
contains complex pictorial and political underpinnings while bursting with

Lolo Veleko, a 33 year old South African, came to attention in ICP's 2006
exhibition "Snap Judgments" - a show of contemporary African photography.
In Veleko's ongoing series "Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder" her
photographs capture the street fashion of today's Johannesburg youth in
small but vibrant full length portraits.

Veleko's portraits show her subjects to be highly individualized and
independent and suggest an implicit collaboration between artist and sitter.
There is nothing haphazard in the choices of dress or pose or in the
execution of the photographs which present a vivid counterpoint to the
traditional western photographic depiction of Africans and a reminder of
the freshness and quality of work coming entirely from the African cultural

Africa would seem to be a natural subject for Martin Parr. With his
trademark acid color palette and boundless energy, Martin Parr has come to
be seen as one of the freshest and most original voices in photography. Thus
a fashion story for Rebel Magazine commissioned in 2001 became an
opportunity for Parr to shoot high end clothing and accessories in the
streets and on the locals of Dakar. For Parr, an ironist and a humorist as
well as a colorist, fashion transcends geographic boundaries. In switching
his focus between the refined creations of haute couture and the real
world, Parr reminds us that no-one is immune from the influence of fashion
and globalization.

Mickalene Thomas is a New York artist best known for her elaborate
paintings composed of rhinestones, acrylic and enamel. Thomas was trained
as a photographer and returns frequently to the medium influenced by
sources as varied as the work of Seydou Keita and pinup posters. Thomas¹s
pieces in ³Africolor² were directly inspired by Nollywood, the Nigerian
film industry and continue her colorful exploratory mix of classical
portraiture and pop culture.

Considered one of the freshest voices of the contemporary art world
Mickalene Thomas has had exhibitions at Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts
Forum; The Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit; The Studio Museum in
Harlem; and P.S.1/MoMA. She is currently the artist in residence at The
Versailles Foundation Munn Artists Program in Giverny, France.

The show concludes with a large single piece by JR, the street artist who
has mounted his guerilla-style installations of photographs all over the
world. The piece we are showing records a project, ³Women Are Heroes²,
where JR photographed women living in Kenya¹s Kibera slum. He returned a
month later with enormous blow-ups of their faces printed on waterproof
vinyl material which was then applied to dilapidated railway trucks and
leaky tin roofs, ensuring that his art intervention had a practical

In 2011 JR received the TED prize - awarded in the past to figures like
Bill Clinton, Bono and the biologist E. O. Wilson. He is using the $100,000
to create a large-scale participatory art project where people are
encouraged to make black and white portraits and send them in to <> . The digitally uploaded
images are then made into posters and sent back to the creator to exhibit
in their own communities wherever and however they want. The installations
will then be documented, archived, and put on view on the web.

LONDON.- White Cube presents a new exhibition by Jake and Dinos Chapman.
Jake and Dinos Chapman began their artistic collaboration after graduating
from the Royal College of Art in London in 1990 when they created We are
Artists. Since this self-defining anti-aesthetic manifesto was first
stencilled onto a mud-splattered wall at the ICA London in 1992 they have
developed their own shared discourse as Œsore-eyed scopophiliac oxymorons¹
with, as they put it at the time, Œa benevolent contingency of conceits¹.
Exhibition on view 15th July through 17th September.

Brighton, UK.- The Hove Museum Fine Art Gallery is pleased to present "The
Five Senses: Paintings from the Fine Art collection", on view through March
1st 2012. The Five Senses is a family-friendly display that explores the
variety of ways sensory experiences are portrayed in the visual arts. The
display is based on works from the Fine Art collection and is accompanied
by interactive materials. How would you paint the smell of roses? How does
an artist suggest the softness of a rabbit? Can we Œsee¹ the taste of
walnuts? This small family-friendly display explores the variety of ways
sensory experiences are portrayed in the visual arts.

Odense, Denmark - Metres tall and metres long, they conquer their space. At
the same time enticingly colourful and mysteriously gloomy. Embracing and
devouring. Two of Joana Vasconcelos¹ Valkyries sculptures in knit-work and
textiles have settled in the Kunsthallen Brandt Museum. With tentacles,
feelers, bulging bodies and eyes on stalk, one is more in the animal
kingdom than in a human world. Or perhaps somewhere in the land of the
gods: The valkyries served Odin. They selected the greatest among the
fallen warriors in the battle field and led them to Valhalla. Odin needed
the best men to fight by his side in the struggle at the end of the world:
Ragnarok. The valkyries in mythology also appear as servants, mistresses
and lovers. And they are pre-occupied with needle-work: They are the ones
who weave the fates of humans. Joana Vasconcelos continues to sow together
the many mythological stories about these powerful women, and she turns
them a modern saga, in an endeavour to supply the present-day fascination
with technology and industry with an otherwise repressed touch of magic.

LONDON.- This July the National Maritime Museum opens the Sammy Ofer Wing,
a transformative £35m capital project which sets a new strategic direction
for the Museum. Opening 14th, the £35m wing is the largest development in
the National Maritime Museum¹s history and a catalyst for the organisation
to change completely the way it presents its galleries, exhibitions and
events. This major new project has been made possible through a generous
donation of £20m from international shipping magnate and philanthropist
Sammy Ofer and an award of £5m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

NEW YORK, NY.- For over two decades (1977-2000), Stephen Shames photographed
a group of boys coming of age in the Bronx in a neighborhood ravaged by
drugs, violence and gangs. These young men allowed Shames extraordinary
access into their lives on the street and in their homes. Shames met the
"Bronx boys" as children, and tracked them growing up, falling in love, and
having children of their own. His work explores the interplay between good
and evil, violence and love, chaos and family. He captures the brutality of
the times - the fights, the shootings, the arrests, the drug deals - but
also revelatory moments of love and tenderness.

Rome - The Italian authorities unveiled a marble statue found in the
district of Ostia which experts believe depicts infamous Roman Emperor Gaius
Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, better known as Caligula.The 2.5-meters
tall statue made of rare Greek marble had been covered with soil for about
2,000 years in Ostia, near Lake Nemi, where Roman emperors, including
Caligula were believed to have summer villas and palaces. The statue which
was fragmented in several pieces was found last January by agents of the
Italian government at the time illegal excavators where about to load a
piece into a container to be transported abroad.

Williamstown, MA.­ The Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) is proud to
present "Expressions", the current installation in The Gallery of Crossed
Destinies from July 16th through Sunday, September 11th. Featured as one of
the centerpieces of the museum¹s Reflections on a Museum reinstallation
project, The Gallery of Crossed Destinies invites us to consider how our
perceptions of objects change in the museum setting. The museum invited
four guest curators &lsqauo; a florist, a group of high school students, a theater
festival director and an athletic coach &lsqauo; to create their own narratives
from a miniature ³collection² of 25 artworks. Each curator has responded to
the same objects to conceive a distinct exhibition, determining every
aspect of presentation from art placement to wall text. Each exhibition
explores how objects evoke stories and how these narratives change
depending on how they are presented and who presents them.

The current installation, "Expressions", is by Jenny Gersten, Artistic
Director of the Williamstown Theatre Festival (WTF). Gersten approached the
exhibition by connecting to the art through the medium of theater. She was
interested in how artworks express themselves and wanted to endeavor to give
the artworks a voice. Gersten reached out to theater artists, specifically
playwrights, and showed them particular images of art selected for the
exhibition and asked them if they would either write something for it, or
choose something already written that might accompany the work in some way.

The result will culminate with readings by actors from the WTF¹s non-Equity
company on Tuesday, July 19th at 2:00 p.m. Actor/director/MacArthur
Recipient Bill Irwin will direct the performance of works by Samuel Barclay
Beckett, Liz Flahive, Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros, Howard Korder, Donald
Margulies, Itamar Moses, and Bess Wohl. When asked about the connection
between the visual art and the written art Gersten responded, ³There are
very few chances to exercise one¹s imagination anymore. In the digital age
when we can look up anything at any moment, it can be very limited. This is
one of the great opportunities to exercise your imagination.² The Gallery
of Crossed Destinies is a project inspired by a text that Williams
Professor Mark Haxthausen assigned to his students to encourage critical
thinking about museum practice. In Italo Calvino's fantastical novel, The
Castle of Crossed Destinies, a group of travelers meet at an enchanted
castle where guests must communicate with only a set of tarot cards.
Continually shuffled, these cards&lsqauo;like the art objects in The Gallery of
Crossed Destinies&lsqauo;tell new stories with each sorting. The artwork presented
in The Gallery of Crossed Destinies features an eclectic mix of some of the
museum¹s finest treasures.

The collection includes such items as oil paintings by Edward Hopper and
George Inness, artifacts from ancient China and Egypt, and sculpture by
Louise Nevelson and Claes Oldenburg. The ongoing exhibitions are on view in
the Class of 1935 Gallery, where three large windows have been reopened
after having been covered for almost 20 years. This new, dramatic influx of
light has had a transformative effect on the gallery space. The windows act
as a metaphor for the project as a whole, visually connecting the museum
with the outside community. The previous projects of The Gallery of Crossed
Destinies were Light Affects by local florist Chad Therrien and The Art of
Emotion by 9th graders at Mt. Greylock Regional High School. Aaron Kelton,
the head football coach at Williams College, will curate the gallery this
coming fall.

Widely considered one of the finest college art museums in the country, the
Williams College Museum of Art is a department of Williams College. The
mission of the Williams College Museum of Art is ³to advance learning
through lively and innovative approaches to art for the students of
Williams College and communities beyond the campus.² The museum was
accredited by the American Association of Museums in 1993 and re-accredited
in 2004. WCMA houses nearly 13,000 works that span the history of art. The
museum encourages multidisciplinary teaching through encounters with art
objects that traverse time periods and cultures. An active, collecting
museum, its strengths are in modern and contemporary art, photography,
prints, and Indian painting. The museum is especially known for its stellar
collection of American art from the late 18th century to the present. With
the largest collection in the world of works by the brothers Charles and
Maurice Prendergast, the museum is a primary center for study of these
American artists in a transatlantic context of the 19th and early 20th
centuries. WCMA¹s signature exhibition style is to place art within a broad
cultural and historical context. Special exhibitions curated by museum
staff, faculty, students, and guest curators focus on new scholarship and
encourage multiple perspectives.

The museum¹s catalogues are consistent with this mode of presentation, in
that they typically include writings from a range of scholars, and it is
characteristic to find art historians and artists writing alongside
historians and political scientists. WCMA actively publishes catalogues to
accompany our self-organized loan exhibitions, many of which travel
nationally and internationally. Some of these exhibitions include:
Introjection: Tony Oursler, mid-career survey, 1976­1999 (1999); Carrie Mae
Weems: The Hampton Project (2000); Prelude to a Nightmare: Art, Politics,
and Hitler¹s Early Years in Vienna, 1906­1913 (2002); Kara Walker:
Narratives of a Negress (2003); Moving Pictures: American Art and Early
Film, 1890­1910 (2005); Jackson Pollock at Williams College: A Tribute to
Kirk Varnedoe ¹67 (2006); Beautiful Suffering: Photography and the Traffic
in Pain (2006); Drawing on Hopper: Gregory Crewdson/ Edward Hopper (2006);
Making It New: The Art and Style of Sara and Gerald Murphy (2007); Liu
Zheng: The Chinese (2008), and Prendergast in Italy (2009). WCMA has
received recognition from the International Association of Art Critics for
the following four exhibitions: Introjection: Tony Oursler, mid-career
survey, 1976­1999; Prelude to a Nightmare: Art, Politics, and Hitler¹s
Early Years in Vienna, 1906­1913; Moving Pictures: American Art and Early
Film, 1890­1910; Making It New: The Art and Style of Sara and Gerald Murphy,
and Prendergast in Italy. The year 2011 saw the reinstallation of ten of
the museum¹s galleries with Reflections on a Museum, an ambitious project
that stresses the importance of the museum¹s collection as the heart of
this teaching museum.

The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum (Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Spanish), is one
of the three Madrid museums that make up the "Golden Triangle of Art", which
also includes the Prado and the Reina Sofia (modern and contemporary)
galleries. The collections¹s roots lie in the privately owned
Thyssen-Bonremisza collection, once the second largest private art
collection in the world (after the British Royal Collection). The collection
started in the 1920s as a private collection by Heinrich, Baron
Thyssen-Bornemisza de Kászon (1875­1947). In a reversal of the movement of
European paintings to the United States during this period, one of the
Baron's sources was the collections of American millionaires coping with the
Great Depression and inheritance taxes, from which he acquired such
exquisite old master paintings as Ghirlandaio's ŒPortrait of Giovanna
Tornabuoni¹ (once in the Morgan Library) and Carpaccio's ŒKnight¹ (from the
collection of Otto Kahn). The collection was later expanded by Heinrich's
son Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza (1921­2002), who re-assembled
most of the works from his relatives' collections (distributed after his
father¹s death) and proceeded to acquire large numbers of new works. In
1985, the Baron married Carmen Cervera (a former Miss Spain 1961) and
introduced her to art-collecting. Carmen's influence was decisive in
persuading the Baron to decide on the future of his collection and cede the
collection to Spain. When Baron Thyssen decided to open his collection to
the public, he initially tried to have his museum in the Villa Favorita in
Switzerland expanded, when this proved impossible, a Europe-wide search for
a new was home started. The competition was won in 1986 when the Spanish
government came to an agreement to provide a home for the collection (the
19th century Villahermosa Palace close to the Prado in Madrid) and fund the
museum in return for the loan of the collection for a minimum of nine and a
half years. Pritzker prize winning Spanish architect, Rafael Moneo was
employed to redesign and extend the building and the museum opened in 1992.
However, so impressed were the Thyssen-Bornemiszas with the building and
Spain¹s commitment to the collection, that even before it opened, they were
negotiating with the Spanish government to make the museum permanent. In
1993, the Spanish government agreed to buy the collection (valued at up to
1.5 billion dollars) for $350 million and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum
became a permanent fixture in Madrid. The museum currently houses two
collections from the Thyssen-Bornemiszas, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection,
acquired by the Spanish government from Baron Hans Heinrich
Thyssen-Bornemisza on permanent display since the museum opened in 1992 and
the Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, owned by the baron¹s widow and
held by the museum since 2004 on loan. These two collections comprise over
one thousand works of art (mostly paintings), with which the museum offers a
stroll through the history of European painting, from its beginning in the
13th century to the close of the 20th century. The Baroness remains involved
with the museum, deciding the salmon pink tone of the interior and in May
2006 campaigning against plans to redevelop the Paseo del Prado as she
thought the works and traffic would damage the collection and the museum's
appearance. A collection of works from the museum is housed in Barcelona in
the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya. Visit the museum¹s website at Š
One of the key characteristics of the Thyssen-Bonemisza Museum is that it
complements the Prado¹s collection of old paintings and the modern art
housed at the Reina Sofía Museum, featuring movements and styles such as the
Italian and Dutch primitives, German Renaissance art, 17th century Dutch
painting, Impressionism, German Expressionism, Russian Constructivism,
Geometric Abstraction and Pop Art. And, setting it apart, its singular
display of 19th century North American painting (practically unknown in any
other European museum), which occupies two halls of the museum. With the
museum¹s own acquisitions, it now contains over 1,600 paintings and
sculptures, which are laid out in chronological order. One of the focal
points is in early European painting, with a major collection of trecento
and quattrocento (i.e. 14th and 15th century) Italian paintings by Duccio,
and his contemporaries. Among the highlights are paintings by Luca di Tomme,
Benozzo Gozzoli , Piero della Francesca, Paolo Uccello (³Crucifixion among
saints²), Cosimo Tura, Ercole de'Roberti, Bramantino (³Christ Risen²),
Antonello da Messina and ³The Young Knight² by Vittore Carpaccio, generally
considered the first full-length portrait painted in Europe. Works of the
early Flemish and Dutch painters include masterpieces by Jan Van Eyck,
Albrecht Dürer, and Hans Holbein. Later Renaissance and Baroque works
include significant paintings by Italian, Dutch and Flemish masters such as
Titian, Sebastiano del Piombo, Caravaggio, Rubens, Tintoretto, El Greco, Van
Dyck, Jan Brueghel the Elder, Claude Lorrain, Murillo, Rembrandt and Frans
Hals as well as wonderful portraits by Domenico Ghirlandaio and Vittore
Carpaccio. The artistic shift from rococo through to realism and romanticism
is reflected in works of European artists including Watteau, Boucher (³The
Toilet²), Nicolas Lancret, Fragonard, Hubert Robert, Jean-Marc Nattier,
Chardin (³Still Life with Cat and Stripe²), Giambattista Tiepolo (³Death of
Jacinto²), Canaletto, Bernardo Bellotto and Pietro Longhi (³Tickle²),
English paintings by Thomas Gainsborough, Thomas Lawrence and Johann Zoffany
and the works of Goya, Delacroix (³The Arab Horseman²), Géricault, Courbet
and Caspar David Friedrich marking the transition to realism and
romanticism. In line with museum policy, from 1960 onwards different parts
of the collection began to travel all over the world and a major programme
of loans to other galleries was put in practice, meaning that the
Thyssen-Bornemisza collection was nearly always present, in some form or
another, in the big collective exhibitions.
The collection of nineteenth century artworks includes all the masters,
Manet, Renoir, Monet, Degas (³Green Dancer² and others), Pissarro, Bonnard,
Berthe Morisot, Gaughuin, Toulouse-Lautrec (³Redhead with White Blouse²) and
important works by Van Gogh. American nineteenth century art includes
examples by Gilbert Stuart, John Singleton Copley, Winslow Homer and John
Singer Sargent. The twentieth century section has a significant role in the
Thyssen Museum, and includes Fauvist works by Henri Matisse (³Yellow
Flowers²) and André Derain, but it is in Cubism, Russian Constructivism and
German Expressionism where the collection is concentrated. Of note is the
abundant collection of works such as Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (³Alley With
Woman in Red²), Emil Nolde, Max, Franz Marc, Ludwig Meidner and Erich Heckel
among others. The jewel is possibly ³Metropolis², a masterpiece by George
Grosz. The ground floor is devoted entirely to twentieth century art, from
Cubism to Pop Art. Examples of analytic cubism include noteworthy pieces by
Pablo Picasso (³Man With Clarinet²), Georges Braque (³Woman With Mandolin²)
and Juan Gris. ³Harlequin Mirror² and ³Bullfight² are highlights from
Picasso¹s blue period. Surrealism is well represented, including a number of
important works by Salvador Dali. Highlights from the 1960s and 1970s
include ³Moon Over Alabama² by Richard Lindner, works by David Hockney , Tom
Wesselmann (³Large Nude # 1²) and Roy Lichtenstein (³Women in the
Bathroom²). A ³Portrait of Baron Thyssen² painted by Lucian Freud in the
early 1980s is the latest work, and one of three Freud¹s in the collection.
Other important artists amongst the incredible collection of 20th century
artistic trends include, Edvard Munch, James Ensor, Paul Klee, Kandinsky,
Oskar Kokoschka, Egon Schiele, Lyonel Feininger, August Macke, Otto Dix,
Albert Gleizes, Frantisek Kupka, Gino Severini, Fernand Léger, Rodin, Liubov
Popova, El Lissitzky, Francis Picabia, Yves Tanguy, Piet Mondrian, Theo van
Doesburg, Max Ernst, Marc Chagall, Edward Hopper, Joan Miró, Kurt
Schwitters, Balthus, Paul Delvaux, Magritte, Clyfford Still, Mark Rothko,
Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, Ronald Kitaj, Alberto Giacometti, Lucio
Fontana, Francis Bacon, Roberto Matta, Richard Estes and Robert
Rauschenberg, representing almost every artistic movement from impressionism
to hyper-realism. Temporary exhibitions, educational activities,
conferences, publications, voluntary, corporate and promotional programmes,
are just some of the initiatives that have been put in practice over these
years, aimed at progressively increasing the cultural services on offer to
promote the collection, as well as to involve an ever broader section of
society in the life of the museum.
Two major temporary exhibitions can currently be viewed at the Museo
Thyssen-Bornemisza. Until 22 May 2011, ³Jean­Léon Gérôme (1824-1904)²
provides an in-depth retrospective of this controversial French artist.
Jean-Léon Gérôme was one of the most famous French painters of his day, but
in the course of his long career, he was the subject of controversy and
bitter criticism, in particular for defending the conventions of the waning
genre of Academic painting. However, as this exhibition shows, Gérôme was
not so much heir to that tradition as he was the creator of totally new
pictorial worlds, often based on a strange iconography. This exhibition, the
first retrospective of this artist¹s works to be held in Spain, sheds light
on the most noteworthy features of his painting and sculpture from his early
career in the 1840s up to his last works. ³Heroines² from 8th March to 05th
June 2011 is a joint exhibition, hosted between the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza
and the Fundación Caja (both in Madrid). The history of Western art is full
of images of seductive, indulgent, submissive, defeated and enslaved women.
But the women whom this exhibition centers on are strong women. The focus is
on active, independent, defiant, inspired, creative, domineering and
triumphant women as depicted in art. Following a non-chronological but
thematic order, the exhibition explores the backgrounds and aspirations of
heroines, through the iconography of solitude, work, delirium, sport, war,
magic, religion, reading and painting (the first 5 at the Museo
Thyssen-Bornemisza, the latter 4 at the Fundación Caja). In each ³chapter²
artworks from different periods, languages and artistic environments are
juxtaposed, providing food for thought on what has changed and what has
remained the same over time. And in each chapter, one or several voices of
women artists, particularly contemporary women, respond to images created by
their male counterparts. From June 28th until 25th September 2011 the Museo
Thyssen-Bornemisza will be holding a comprehensive exhibition of the work of
the Spanish artist Antonio López (born Tomelloso, 1936). It will feature oil
paintings, drawings and sculptures of some of his most typical subjects such
as the interior of houses, the human figure, landscapes and urban views
(principally of Madrid), as well as his still life depictions of fruit and
other subjects. In the reality that surrounds him López looks for everyday
aspects that he can reproduce in his work, using a slow, highly meditated
creative process that aims to capture the essence of the object or

MUNICH.- Sammlung Goetz will present a major exhibition of the work of
Andreas Hofer. More than 70 individual and multi-part works from the years
1995 to 2009 are being shown throughout the museum and in the BASE. As in
other recent shows at Sammlung Goetz, the exhibition is curated by the
artist himself, based on works already in the collection. These range from
large-scale installations to paintings, drawings, collages and sculptures.
Andreas Hofer has pulled together some of the groups of works in the
collection in order to create situations that echo the mood of concentration
that informed the exhibitions in which these works were originally
displayed. He creates new atmospheres and self-contained spaces within the
architectural framework of the museum. On view 23 November through 1 April,

ST. LOUIS, MO.- The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts presents
"Dreamscapes", on view February 11­August 13, 2011. This exhibition incites
questions about the act of dreaming&lsqauo;a succession of thoughts, images,
sounds or emotions, which the mind experiences during sleep. The artworks
on view and their juxtaposition with Tadao Ando's architecture offer new
ways to think about the content and purpose of dreams on numerous levels:
physiological, psychological, cultural and spiritual. The concept behind
the exhibition began with the Pulitzer¹s Watercourt. Its meditative
reflecting pool and hewed boulder - Scott Burton¹s Rock Settee (1988-89) -
create an insular dreamscape in the middle of our city. A glass wall
divides the Watercourt from the rest of the Pulitzer building.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) today announced the
acquisition of "Jackie Curtis and Rita Red" (Oil on canvas, 1970) by Alice
Neel (American, 1900-1984). Purchased from the collection of Mary Schiller
Myers and Louis S. Myers at Sotheby¹s in New York on November 11, "Jackie
Curtis and Rita Red" is widely recognized as a superb example of Neel¹s work
during the most fertile years of her career as well as one of her most
moving pieces. CMA temporarily borrowed "Jackie Curtis and Rita Red" from
the Myers for the inaugural opening of the East Wing this past summer in
order to more fully represent the work of Neel and women artists of the
20th-century among the museum¹s contemporary collection.

New York City - The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) launches Focus, a new series
of special collection displays highlighting noteworthy aspects of the
Museum's extensive collections. The Focus series provides an opportunity
for in-depth and cross-disciplinary presentations that will variously
concentrate on a single artist's achievement, on broader artistic
manifestations, on particular historical moments, or on significant
groupings of works. This initiative aims to animate the larger history set
forth in the Painting and Sculpture galleries, ensuring that a greater
number of familiar and unfamiliar works in the collection are rotated on and
off view.

COPENHAGEN.- Ordrupgaard Museum will present the exhibition ²Balke &
Kirkeby. Distant horizons² from March 5 to June 21 2009, showing paintings
by the Norwegian romantic landscape painter, Peder Balke, together with
works by the Danish contemporary artist, Per Kirkeby. The exhibition will
for the first time confront the Danish artist with one of the spiritual
affinities he values the most. Both artists have each in their own time
reached for the sublime, whether it was for the grand dramas of geology or
for the landscapes of distant and desolate areas.

ARKEN Museum of Contemporary Art presents Andreas Golder
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Copenhagen, DK - The ARKEN- Museum of Contemporary Art opened the exhibit
Andreas Golder: "It Has My Name On It " through May 18. In recent years
Golder has become the object of attention with his personal painting which
in a humorous and elegant fashion renews painting¹s potential ­ conceptually
as well as regarding form and content.

PARIS.- Tarzan was a literary phenomenon from the very first book published
in 1912, and soon appeared in comic strips, radio programmes, television
series and films. The character, who features in many media such as posters,
figurines, CDs and even games, continues to fascinate and fuel our vision of
an imaginary, fantasy Africa. In the exhibition Tarzan! or Rousseau and the
Waziri, the Musée du Quai Branly, in collaboration with the Centre
International de la Bande Dessinée et de l¹Image (International Centre for
Comic Books and Image), explores the myth embodied by this popular icon. On
exhibition from 16 June through 27 September, 2009 at Musée du Quai Branly.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Christie¹s line-up for the Photographs season this
October 7 & 8 will include four major sales showcasing the very finest in
the medium, from historical 19th century works through to contemporary
prints. The four sales are: The American Landscape: Color Photographs from
the Bruce and Nancy Berman Collection, Photographs by Sally Mann from a
Private Collection, Washington, D.C., The Miller-Plummer Collection of
Photographs, and the traditional Various Owners Photographs sale. All four
sales will be preceded by a museum-quality exhibition at the Christie's
Galleries at Rockefeller Center beginning October 3. The four auctions in
their entirety are expected to realize in the range of $6-9 million.

NEW YORK, NY - Famous for its medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, The
Morgan Library & Museum also holds a notable collection of single
illuminated pages. Extracted from full texts, these works were acquired
because they include some of the most spectacular examples of medieval
painting, often with intricate designs brightened by burnished gold. From
June 19 through September 13, 2009, in an exhibition entitled Pages of Gold:
Medieval Illuminations from the Morgan, fifty of the Morgan¹s finest single
leaves&lsqauo;many of which were acquired by Pierpont Morgan and twelve of which
are being displayed for the first time&lsqauo;are on view.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) presents
Renoir in the 20th Century, an exhibition focusing on the last three decades
of Pierre-Auguste Renoir¹s career, until his death in 1919. The exhibition
presents approximately 80 paintings, sculptures, and drawings by Renoir,
interspersed with select works by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Aristide
Maillol, and Pierre Bonnard, to illustrate the developing avantgarde¹s debt
to the older master. Curated by LACMA curator Claudia Einecke and Chief
Curator of European Art J.Patrice Marandel, the show offers an unprecedented
look at Renoir through the lens of modernism, bridging the perceived divide
between the art of the late nineteenth and the early twentieth centuries.
Co-organized by the Réunion des Musées Nationaux, the Musée d¹Orsay, and
LACMA, in collaboration with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the exhibition
will be on view from February 14 to May 9, 2010.

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