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Suggest a thread to mention interesting exhibitions you mean to attend.   Philip Pearlstein's retrospective at Monclair Art Museum, till Feb 1, 2009.   will add more later

here too   definitely planning to go.  

The Wallace Gallery at Columbia U. has a small show of works by Edward Koren, one of the cartoonists at The New Yorker. Interesting to see his evolution - as a student at CU, Koren worked on the humo

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'The Art of China's Revolution' at Asia House.Yes the paintings are very Norman Rockwell,but some of the artists are damn good painters.The craftsmanship of the finished paintings and the preparatory studies blew me away.The show is up until mid January

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Right now in San Francisco:


Yves St. Laurent at the De Young

Treasures from Afghanistan at the Asian Art Museum

Martin Puryear at SFMoma


and the one I am anxious for early next year:

Artistic Luxury: Fabergé, Tiffany, Lalique at the Legion of Honor.


I saw the Puryear before I left for the East Coast and was really blown away. The monumental size of his works makes one feel like Alice in Wonderland as they let you walk very near the pieces and can practically touch them.


I'll be seeing the Afghanistan exhibit as part of a private docent tour that's been arranged through the NoCal Metal Arts Guild (we're gonna get to touch the jewelry!) That will be in January so I'll report back.



And as stated in a different thread, if any of you are near the National Gallery in D.C., the Jan Lievens exhibit is spectacular and worthy of a visit.

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I'll be seeing the Afghanistan exhibit as part of a private docent tour that's been arranged through the NoCal Metal Arts Guild (we're gonna get to touch the jewelry!) That will be in January so I'll report back.


I'm dying of Jealousy here! I saw photos of the pieces in the Smithsonian Magazine & wanted to jump on a plane to SF just to go see this exhibit! (darned economy!) Friends of mine from down there called after seeing it & said that it was indeed fab, but they've got nothing on your behind the scenes tour!


Much as I love Seattle otherwise, one of the things I miss most about SF is that we are not generally a stop for the big exhibits :(


That said I'm looking forward to our current exhibit at the SAM: "Edward Hopper's Women" and an upcoming one at the SAAM called Garden and Cosmos: The Royal Paintings of Jodhpur. We also have a tiny museum The Frye that gets in some good smaller exhibitions. Currently they have Napoleon on the Nile: Soldiers, Artists, and the Rediscovery of Egypt and in January they'll have an exhibit on the Munich Secession.


Oh and who could forget the Science Fiction Museum, which currently has an exhibit on Robots which the Husband will probably want to see :lol:

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So I don't know that it exactly falls into the "Visual Arts" category, but Bodies - The Exhibition is one of the most remarkable things I've ever seen in my entire life. (And God knows I've seen some remarkable things :blush: )


I'll never forget it.


Currently at various places around the country, including New York.


Utterly stunning.

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Not even sure where to begin, but I am finishing up my three-day marathon of exhibits here in Washington DC and my pedometer indicates that I have walked 22 MILES through 12 galleries and a handful of monuments...


En route to NY tomorrow, I'll jot down those images which are sticking with me and report back.

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Fritz Scholder: An Intimate Look

July 19, 2008 through June 7, 2009 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM


at the IAIA (Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe.




This exhibit was quite interesting and it was my first and long overdue visit to the IAIA (across from the cathedral). The museum's focus is contemporary Native American arts and culture. As a bonus, the museum gift shop has a small but choice selection of jewelry made by top notch Indian artists and also some other interesting contemporary Indian art media.

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And... two exhibits I am looking forward to at the Georgia O'Keefe Musuem are:


Modernists in New Mexico

Works from a Private Collector


February 13, 2009 - May 10, 2009


This exhibition from the collection of an anonymous New Mexico collector provides an excellent selection of American Modernist visions of New Mexico during the first half of the twentieth-century.


"In 1916, the painter Robert Henri left New York for the first of three visits to Santa Fe in search of new artistic inspiration. He did so at a pivotal moment in the early history of American Modernism, during the Great War and amid the aftermath of the sensational Armory Show in New York, when many of his compatriots were responding inventively to the aesthetic challenge posed by the European avant-garde. Captivated by the beautiful, unfamiliar western places and peoples of New Mexico, Henri encouraged two close friends and colleagues – George Bellows and John Sloan – to follow his lead. Before long, many American Modernists trekked to New Mexico as well, including Marsden Hartley, John Marin, Stuart Davis, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Edward Hopper. Some visited only once or stayed for just a short time while others (notably O’Keeffe and Sloan) became long-time residents; for all these American Modernists, though, visiting and picturing New Mexico became an artistic rite of passage of sorts – a catalyst for aesthetic reinvention.


This exhibition from the collection of an anonymous New Mexico collector provides an excellent selection of American Modernist visions of New Mexico during the first half of the twentieth-century. Since he moved to Santa Fe eleven years ago and saw one of John Marin’s New Mexico pictures at a local gallery, the owner of this collection has passionately pursued his love of American Modernism by collecting works that creatively engage the area’s distinctive environments, landmarks, and residents while also participating in an emerging international artistic movement. The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum is delighted to be able to exhibit this superb selection, which demonstrates the richly productive encounter between some of America’s most innovative twentieth-century painters and one of their favorite sources of inspiration."


The Marsden Hartley exhibit last year at the O'Keefe was really wonderful.






Art and Art Materials


May 22, 2009 - September 13, 2009


Explore the artwork, the artifacts, and the materials that inspired this legendary artist.


"In creating her extraordinary body of pictures, Georgia O’Keeffe developed an intimate knowledge of the artistic materials, objects, and places that informed her work on a daily basis. “O’Keeffiana: Art and Art Materials” will explore O’Keeffe’s material world through a rich selection of her works in various media – watercolor, charcoal, graphite, and oil – along with a sampling of the objects and artistic materials that she used and lived with.


The exhibition will shed new light on O’Keeffe’s imaginative and technical processes by showing how she studied the abstract properties of objects she admired, developing favorite visual motifs while investigating the unique qualities of her respective media. An artist keenly attuned to her tools, techniques, and surroundings, O’Keeffe demonstrated unusual knowledge of her materials and the wider world around her. As the artist said in 1945, “One paints what is around.” Elaborating on that point in 1976, O’Keeffe observed “I have picked flowers where I found them, have picked up sea shells and rocks and pieces of wood where there were sea shells and rocks and pieces of wood that I liked. When I found the beautiful white bones on the desert I picked them up and took them home too. I have used these things to say what is to me the wideness and wonder of the world as I live in it.” The exhibition will invite viewers to experience that sense of wideness and wonder by displaying some of the very rocks, bones, and other found objects that O’Keeffe considered beautiful in relation to her pictures of the places from which they came.


Organized by the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum’s Associate Curator, Alan Braddock, and drawing upon familiar works by the artist as well as many that have rarely been exhibited, “O’Keeffiana: Art and Art Materials” promises to delight and illuminate both enthusiasts of the artist and newcomers to her achievement – an achievement that grew directly out of her material environment. In a world that seems increasingly virtual, or marked by indirect experience, O’Keeffe’s art provides a vivid reminder of the value of intimate knowledge about “what is around,” about “the wideness and wonder of the world” we live in."

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I am looking forward to some upcoming shows at The Gilcrease Museum. I have seen the Cheyenne ledger art exhibit and was in awe.

The Cheyenne and Arapaho Scouts of Fort Reno created at least five ledger books from 1885 to 1895, and Gilcrease Museum is fortunate to count two among its collection. One is inscribed Made by the Indian Scouts, and it was presented in 1887 to Neal W. Evans. Evans and his brother, John, established the first trading store at Fort Reno in 1876, shortly after the fort’s creation. Over time, the small trading store grew to considerable size and touted “the largest and best assorted stock of goods in the West.” It quickly became a gathering point for Natives and non-Natives alike, including scouts.


With 140 drawings, this Gilcrease ledger book presents an accurate and detailed record of Cheyenne life during both the Pre-Reservation and Reservation Eras. As was common in Plains ledger books, the drawings represent the work of several artists. Twenty-four names are identified in the Evans book, and of those, twenty are found on the 1887 roster of Cheyenne and Arapaho Scouts. In some instances the name indicated the artist of the drawing, and at other times the subject of the drawing. One of the most prolific and talented artists of the book was 33-year-old Red Eagle, a Northern Cheyenne who elected to remain with his Southern brethren in Oklahoma. Most of his work depicted coup scenes on various Cheyenne enemies, notably Pawnees and Crows, who are identified by their clothing and hairstyles.


Transcending Vision: American Impressionism 1870-1940 is drawn from the Bank of America holdings and i will check it out.


The one upcoming exhibit I am looking forward to is Willard Stone - Storyteller in Wood. His wood carvings are amazing, at least to my eye.

Willard Stone was transformed by his love of wood and his desire to shape it. A shy and quiet man, he found his artistic voice in the medium. His sculptures represent fertility, birth, regeneration and the seasons, reflecting a deep understanding of the balance of nature. His masterful use of grain is an integral element in his carvings and demonstrates his thoughtfulness in the planning stages of the artistic process.
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MFA in Boston, opening this weekend:



Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese: Rivals in Renaissance Venice



The show is about three such personalities: Tiziano Vecellio, or Titian; Jacopo Robusti, known as Tintoretto; and Paolo Caliari, called Veronese. All three shot off sparks as they reforged painting as a medium. And all three had feverishly competitive overlapping careers.


These masters of 16th-century Venetian painting were no Holy Trinity. They were a discordant ménage-a-trois bound together by envy, talent, circumstances and some strange version of love.


This is the story the exhibition tells through 56 grand to celestial paintings — no filler here, not an ounce of fat — sorted into broad categories (religious images, portraits, belle donne) and arranged in compare-and-contrast couplings and triplings to indicate who was looking at whom, and why, and when.


NY Times

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