The Norman Rockwell Museum presents first exhibition to pair Norman Rockwell and Andy Warhol – Stockbridge, MASS – 10.06.2017-29.10.2017 – 12581

Bill Scovill, photo of Norman Rockwell in his Stockbridge studio, 1960. Norman Rockwell Museum Collection. ©Norman Rockwell Family Agency. All rights reserved.

This summer, the Norman Rockwell Museum presents the first exhibition to pair Rockwell (1894–1978) and Andy Warhol (1928–1987), examining their artistic and cultural influence during their lifetimes and their ongoing legacies. With 100 works of art, a selection of archival materials, and objects relating to their work and lives, Inventing America: Rockwell and Warhol shows how both of these internationally celebrated image-makers—among America’s most important visual communicators—created enduring icons, and opened new ways of seeing.
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New exhibition showcases recent acquisition of 62 works by 22 contemporary African American artists – San Fransisco – 03.06.2017-01.04.2018 – 12580

Joe Minter (b. 1943) , “Camel at the Water Hole,” 1995. Welded found metal, 56 x 47 x 51 in. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, museum purchase, American Art Trust Fund, and gift of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation from the William S. Arnett Collection. Artwork: © 2017 Joe Minter / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Image courtesy of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco present Revelations: Art from the African American South, an original exhibition celebrating the historic acquisition of 62 works of art by 22 contemporary African American artists. Works include paintings, sculptures, drawings, and quilts by acclaimed artists such as Thornton Dial (1928-2016), Ralph Griffin (1925-1992), Bessie Harvey (1929-1994), Lonnie Holley (b. 1950), Joe Light (1934-2005), Ronald Lockett (1965-1998), Joe Minter (b. 1943), Jessie T. Pettway (b. 1929), Mary T. Smith (1904-1995), Mose Tolliver (1919-2006), Annie Mae Young (1928-2012), and Purvis Young (1943-2010). These pieces join the Fine Arts Museums’ renowned collection of American art, adding an essential chapter.
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The Morgan presents most comprehensive exhibition ever devoted to Henry David Thoreau – New York – 02.06.2017-10.09.2017 – 12579

Henry D. Thoreau’s earliest surviving journal notebook, open to entries from November 1837. The Morgan Library & Museum; purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1909

Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862) occupies a lofty place in American cultural history. He spent two years in a cabin by Walden Pond and a single night in jail, and out of those experiences grew two of this country’s most influential works: his book Walden and the essay known as “Civil Disobedience.” But his lifelong journal—more voluminous by far than his published writings—reveals a fuller, more intimate picture of a man of wide-ranging interests and a profound commitment to living responsibly and passionately.
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Clark Art Institute exhibition features the work of Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema – Williamstown, MASS – 04.06.2017-04.09.2017 – 12578

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (British, born Netherlands, 1836–1912), designer; Johnstone, Norman & Co., London, manufacturers; Model D Pianoforte and Stools, 1884–87. Oak, cherry, ebony, boxwood, satinwood, cedar, holly, ivory, coral, mother-of-pearl, abalone, copper, brass, silver, parchment, and modern upholstery, piano: 40 3/16 x 104 3/4 x 59 13/16 in.; stools, each: 21 x 22 3/4 x 17 3/4 in. Clark Art Institute, 1997.8.
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Exhibition at the Georgia Museum of Art shows Martin Johnson Heade’s creative range of work – Athens, GA – 03.06.2017-10.09.2017 – 12577

Martin Johnson Heade (American, 1819–1904), “Passion Flowers and Hummingbirds,” about 1870–83. Oil on canvas, 15 1/2 x 21 5/8 inches. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Gift of Maxim Karolik for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Paintings, 1815–1865, 47.1138.

Dramatic landscapes, exotic subjects and vibrant colors all characterize the work of the once forgotten artist Martin Johnson Heade. Now recognized as one of the most important painters of the 19th century, Heade devoted equal time to landscape, marine and still-life subjects, but is best known for his studies of tropical birds and flowers.

The Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia is presenting the exhibition “The Genius of Martin Johnson Heade” from June 3 through September 10, 2017. Organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the exhibition shows Heade’s creative range of work, from an early folk portrait to a late magnolia still life. The Georgia Museum of Art does not have any works by Heade in its permanent collection.
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First U.S. retrospective of artist Marisa Merz at the Hammer Museum – Los Angeles – 04.06.2017-20.08.2017 – 12576

Marisa Merz, Living Sculpture, 1966. Aluminum and paint. 138 1/4 × 104 × 71 in. (351.2 × 264.2 × 180.3 cm). Art Institute Chicago; Acquisition purchased through prior gifts of Adeline Yates and Fowler McCormick; Wilson L. Mead fund.

The Hammer Museum presents Marisa Merz: The Sky Is a Great Space, the first U.S. retrospective of the Italian painter, sculptor, and installation artist Marisa Merz (b. 1926, Turin, Italy). Bringing together five decades of the artist’s work, the exhibition includes Merz’s early Arte Povera experiments with non-traditional materials and processes; the enigmatic heads and faces she created in the 1980s and 1990s; and her installations that balance intimacy with impressive scale. Organized by the Hammer Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Marisa Merz: The Sky Is a Great Space is on view from June 4 through August 20, 2017 and is accompanied by Merz’s first monograph to be published in English.
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Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens exhibits treasures from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston – Jacksonville, FLA – 19.05.2017-03.09.2017 – 12575

Bowl with peacock (Iran, possibly Khurasan), 10th–early 11th century, earthenware with dark brown decoration on buff slip under transparent glaze, 3 ¾ x 12 ½ in., Keith McLeod Fund, 65.1277. Photograph © 2016 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is presenting Ink, Silk, and Gold: Islamic Treasures from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, on view May 19 through September 3, 2017. Ink, Silk, and Gold is an exhibition illuminating Islamic and Middle Eastern history, culture, religious beliefs, and their contributions to global society. Exceptional objects from the Islamic art collection belonging to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston make a final stop in Jacksonville before returning to their home institution.
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Exhibition brings together paintings and sculptures from one of Jamaica’s most important historical artists – Miami, FLA – 26.05.2017-14.01.2018 – 12574

John Dunkley. Diamond Wedding, 1940. Mixed media on canvas, 16 x 20 inches. National Gallery of Jamaica. © John Dunkley Estate. Image courtesy of National Gallery of Jamaica. Photo: Franz Marzouca.

Pérez Art Museum Miami presents John Dunkley: Neither Day nor Night, on view May 26, 2017 – January 14, 2018. The exhibition, on view in the museum’s Rose Ellen Meyerhoff Greene and Gerald Greene Gallery, presents the work of John Dunkley (b. 1891, Savanna-la-Mar, Jamaica; d. 1947, Kingston), widely considered to be one of Jamaica’s most important historical artists. Neither Day nor Night includes paintings from the 1930s and ‘40s alongside a smaller selection of carved-wood and stone sculptures. Dunkley’s paintings are defined by their distinctive dark palette, detailed imagery—often landscapes––and psychologically suggestive underpinnings. His intimate sculptures reflect more figurative elements—people and animals—and offer insights into his unique iconography. His oeuvre spans little more than a decade, and only approximately 50 paintings are known to exist today, alongside a small number of sculptures. Although his work is well represented in the collection of the National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, as well as in international private collections, Dunkley has not been the focus of a solo exhibition since the 1970s, and never before outside Jamaica.
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Frist Center presents Nashville artist Vadis Turner’s first monographic museum exhibition – Nashville, TENN – 26.05.2017-10.09.2017 – 12573

Vadis Turner. Storm System, 2016. Fabric, ribbon, and mixed media, 60 x 84 x 4 in. (152.4 x 213.4 x 10.2 cm). Courtesy of the artist and Geary Contemporary, New York. © 2016 Vadis Turner.

The Frist Center for the Visual Arts presents Nashville-born artist Vadis Turner’s first monographic museum exhibition, Vadis Turner: Tempest, on view in the Gordon Contemporary Artists Project Gallery from May 26 through September 10, 2017. Turner’s practice revolves around transforming everyday materials—typically those associated with women and their work, such as ribbons and bedding—into bold, textured assemblages that assert value on female experiences, especially rites of passage, and question traditional gender roles. Tempest is being presented alongside State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now, a large survey of contemporary art on view in the Ingram Gallery.
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CAFAM opens group presentation of experimental fiber installations and sculptures by eleven artists – 28.05.2017-04.09.2017 – 12572

Christy Matson, Birds of Paradise, 2016. Paper, alpaca, cashmere, wool, linen, cotton. Courtesy of the artist.

The Craft & Folk Art Museum presents Material as Metaphor, a group exhibition of thirty-one large-scale, abstract works by eleven contemporary West Coast artists who experiment with the intersections of fiber art and sculpture. Using materials such as vinyl, industrial felt, wire, cotton canvas, and nylon stockings, each presented work reveals the artist’s intimacy and intentionality with their medium and process. The exhibition title is taken from a 1982 essay by Bauhaus artist and teacher Anni Albers, who said “What I am trying to get across is that material is a means of communication,” urging artists to learn the language of their chosen materials. The exhibition features site-specific installations by Lloyd Hamrol and Lisa Soto, as well as wall works and standalone sculptures by Joel Allen, Miyoshi Barosh, Phyllis Green, Mary Little, Christy Matson, Victoria May, Senga Nengudi, Kay Whitney, and May Wilson. Material as Metaphor is on view from May 28 through September 4, 2017.
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Edward Hopper House opens solo exhibition of works by artist Mercedes Helnwein – Nyack, NY – 26.05.2017-06.08.2017- 12571

Mercedes Helnwein, “Street” 2014, Oil pastel on paper, 49 x 75 in.

Mercedes Helnwein is presenting oil pastels from her series Chaos Theory at the Edward Hopper House May 26 – August 6, 2017. Focusing on suburban American adolescence and family life, Helnwein sources her imagery from anonymous photographs or from characters posed in living room sets she creates in her studio. The original scenes are replicated in oil pastel (a medium the artist feels lends itself to “amplifying the disquiet of the seemingly innocuous moments”), laying bare the angst and tension with which family rituals and youthful endeavors are often fraught. From trick-or-treating and family gatherings to school dances and class pictures, she returns to subjects of quotidian adolescent and familial routines over and over to capture the accidental emotions and inherent dramas that she believes these isolated moments betray.
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18th-century French paintings from across America on view at National Gallery of Art – Washington, DC – 21.05.2017-20.08.2017 – 12570

François Hubert Drouais, Les Portraits de MM. de Béthune jouant avec un chien (Children of the Marquis de Béthune Playing with a Dog), 1761. Oil on canvas, unframed: 97.2 x 130.2 cm (38 1/4 x 51 1/4 in.) framed: 127 x 243.84 x 12.07 cm (50 x 96 x 4 3/4 in.) Collection of the Birmingham Museum of Art; Eugenia Woodward Hitt Collection.

When Joseph Bonaparte, elder brother of Napoleon I, fled to America in 1815, he packed his collection of 18th-century French painting. In an effort to spread his native country’s culture across the United States, he put his works on public display, causing a sensation and inspiring a new American fascination with French art. From then on, such works made their way into museums and private collections from coast to coast. America Collects Eighteenth-Century French Painting, on view in the West Building of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, from May 21 through August 20, 2017, is the first survey of American taste for French painting of the period. Presenting 68 of the finest examples found in American museums today, the exhibition tells the story of the collectors, curators, museum directors, and dealers responsible for bringing the paintings across the Atlantic and into the collections they now call home.
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Jade burial suit on view in new exhibition at China Institute – New York – 25.05.2017-12.11.2017 – 12569

Jade embedded pillow with bronze panlong (coiling dragon) frame. Western Han (206 BCE – 8 CE). L. 37.1 cm (14 5/8 inches), W. 16 cm (6 5/16 inches), H. 11.4 cm (4 1/2 inches). Excavated from No.1 Han tomb at Houloushan, Xuzhou, in 1991

A rare shroud of precious stones designed to protect and glorify a king in the afterlife will be on view at China Institute Gallery’s new exhibition, Dreams of the Kings: A Jade Suit for Eternity, Treasures of the Han Dynasty from Xuzhou from May 25 – November 12, 2017. More than 76 objects originating from royal tombs dating from the Western Han Dynasty (206 BCE – 8 CE) will be exhibited in the U.S. for the first time. Ranging from terracotta performers to carved stone animal sculptures, the objects are extraordinary testimony to customs and beliefs surrounding life and death during the Western Han Dynasty, one of China’s golden eras. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated bilingual catalogue.
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Forbidden City ceramic ware and works by Christopher Wilmarth featured in exhibitions – Cambridge, MASS – 20.05.2017-13.08.2017 – 12568

Christopher Wilmarth, When Winter on Forgotten Woods Moves Somber, from Sixteen Working Proofs for Seven Poems by Stéphane Mallarmé, 1981. Etching. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of the Estate of Susan Wilmarth, 2014.73. © Estate of Christopher Wilmarth/Susan Wilmarth-Rabineau. Photo: Harvard Art Museums; © President and Fellows of Harvard College.

The Harvard Art Museums hold the largest and finest collection in the West of a rare and strikingly beautiful type of ceramic ware used in the private quarters of the Forbidden City, the Chinese imperial palace in Beijing. These numbered Jun wares—so named because each is marked on its base with a single Chinese numeral—have long been admired for their fine potting, distinctive shapes, and radiant purple and blue glazes. Opinions on these vessels’ dates of origin vary widely, and given the scarcity of numbered Jun in most museum collections, a comprehensive study of this unusual ware has never been undertaken outside the imperial collections in China and Taiwan.
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Art of Construction at Hunterdon Art Museum – Clinton, NJ – 14.05.2017- 03.09.2017 – 12567

Carol Boram Hays, Temptation.

Concrete, drywall, PVC pipes, wire, milk crates.

You’d fully expect to see these and similar materials at a construction site but not in an art museum. But the Hunterdon Art Museum’s latest exhibition The Art of Construction encourages viewers to see how common building materials can be bent, twisted and shaped to create intriguing works of art.

Lovina Purple is curating this show. The foundation for this exhibition was first laid when, as a youngster growing up in a developing neighborhood, Purple and her sister would wander through unfinished homes, imagining what they would be like when finished.
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Racine Art Museum showcases commissioned works by 36 of the world’s top fiber artists – Racine, WI – 21.05.2017-27.08.2017 – 12566

Naomi Kobayashi, Cosmos, 2005. Gampi paper, sumi ink, and paper thread, 15 x 15 1/4 x 2 7/8 inches. Cotsen Collection. Photography: Bruce M. White © Lloyd Cotsen, 2016.

Racine Art Museum is presenting The Box Project: Uncommon Threads showcasing commissioned works by 36 of the world’s top fiber artists. These artists, many of whom work on a large scale, were challenged to create an original piece within the confines of a small box. Organized by the Cotsen Foundation for Academic Research (CFAR) with RAM, this traveling exhibition presents works commissioned by Lloyd Cotsen between 2004 and 2013 together with 22 large-scale fiber art pieces on loan. Open May 21 – August 27, 2017, RAM is the only Midwestern venue for this show before its final stop in Washington, D.C.
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Summer-long exhibition of photographs by Robert Graham at The Erie Canal Museum – Syracuse, NY – 10.05.2017-01.09.2017 – 12565

Graham took the photographs with abstract imagery in mind while on a 2015 trip along the Erie Canal.

The Erie Canal Museum announces the opening of a summer-long exhibition of photographs by Commodore Robert Graham of Rochester, New York. Erie Canal Abstract: Pictures at an Expedition opened on Wednesday, May 10 at the Erie Canal Museum, 318 Erie Boulevard East, Syracuse, New York.

Graham took the photographs with abstract imagery in mind while on a 2015 trip along the Erie Canal. The works, from a book by the same name, are on display in the Museum’s Link Gallery through August, 2017. Graham is the author of several other books of photography, including Three Generations on the Erie Canal, whose works were exhibited at the Museum several years ago. Both books are in the library of the museum.
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Bechtler Museum of Modern Art presents “Celebrating Jean Tinguely and Santana” – Charlotte, NC – 12.05.2017-10.09.2017 – 12564

Jean Tinguely, Albatros, 1991. © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.

The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is presenting Celebrating Jean Tinguely and Santana from May 12 through September 10 in the fourth floor gallery. This exhibition is a survey of over 150 artworks spanning the forty-year career of this revolutionary Swiss kinetic artist and his contemporaries.
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“Outlooks: Heather Hart,” An interactive sculptural environment at Storm King – Mountainville, NY – 13.05.2017-26.11.2017 – 12563

Heather Hart, American, b. 1975. Oracle of Lacuna, 2017. Wood, shingles, building materials, iPad, speakers. Courtesy the artist © Heather Hart. Photo by Jerry L. Thompson.

Storm King Art Center presents Outlooks: Heather Hart, on view from May 13 to November 26, 2017. The interactive sculptural environment takes the form of a domestic rooftop, and will be activated by performances, discussions, and other events. Hart’s work spans social and participatory sculpture, drawing, and printmaking, and deals with issues of perception, liminality, history, and spirituality. Hart is the first Outlooks artist to create a work at Storm King that is activated by programming and public participation. Storm King has responded to the work by expanding its artist-driven programming and further engaging the surrounding community.
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The Baltimore Museum of Art presents the works of Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind, and Minor White – 17.05.2017-01.10.2017 – 12562

Minor White. Windowsill Daydreaming (72 N. Union Street, Rochester). 1958, printed 1960–1966. The Baltimore Museum of Art: The William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund, and Roger M. Dalsheimer Photograph Acquisitions Endowment, BMA 2012.174.2. Reproduced with permission of the Minor White Archive, Princeton University Art Museum. © Trustees of Princeton University

The Baltimore Museum of Art explores abstraction through more than 40 photographs by three of the most important and influential American photographers of the 20th century: Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind, and Minor White. Black, White & Abstract: Callahan, Siskind, White, on view May 17-October 1, 2017, is drawn from the museum’s Prints, Drawings & Photographs collection, considered one of the most significant holdings of works on paper in the country. Acquired in 2012, Minor White’s nine-part sequence The Sound of One Hand Clapping, Sequence 14 has never before been on view at the museum.
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Between the Frames: The Frye Art Museum exhibits works from its collection after 1952 – Seattle, WA – 29.04.2017-23.07.2017 – 12561

Arthur Bowen Davies. Hills of the Sierras, ca. 1909–10. Oil on canvas. Frye Art Museum, 1962.003.

Between the Frames explores the evolution of the Frye Art Museum’s collection, presenting forty works contextualized on a historical timeline, representing sixty-five years of acquisitions in chronological sequence. The exhibition charts the Museum’s transformation from a personal selection of late-nineteenth and early-twentieth-century art, cultivated by First Hill residents Charles and Emma Frye, to a museum of the twenty-first century dedicated to regional and international creative practice in its myriad forms. The exhibition is organized by the Frye Art Museum and curated by Sarah Margolis-Pineo, Assistant Curator of the Frye Art Museum.
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New exhibition at Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum celebrates American Folk portraits – Williamsburg, VA – 06.05.2017-30.12.2017 – 12560

Jefferson Gauntt, Portrait of the Jennison Family, Brooklyn, New York, 1837. Oil on canvas, 2016-118, Gift of John Newsome Jr.

Before there were photographs, people in the late 18th-century to the middle 19th-century who wanted images of themselves and their family members commissioned portraits from a broad range of artists, many of whom had little or no academic training. Today, we characterize these types of paintings that fall outside of academic tradition as folk portraiture. These often naïve depictions of individuals, children, families and couples are beloved for their charming characterizations. The world-class assemblage of these portrayals in the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, one of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, is among the most popular with visitors. The museum celebrates its diamond anniversary in 2017 with We the People: American Folk Portraits, a long-term exhibition of more than 30 portraits which opened on May 6, 2017. The show highlights new accessions on view for the first time.
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute presents Rei Kawakubo exhibition – New York – 04.05.2017-04.09.2017 – 12559

Rei Kawakubo (Japanese, born 1942) for Comme des Garçons (Japanese, founded 1969); Courtesy of Comme des Garçons. Photograph by © Paolo Roversi; Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute spring 2017 exhibition, Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between, on view from May 4 through September 4, examines Kawakubo’s fascination with interstitiality, or the space between boundaries. In Kawakubo’s work, this in-between space is revealed as an aesthetic sensibility, establishing an unsettling zone of oscillating visual ambiguity that challenges conventional notions of beauty, good taste, and fashionability. A thematic exhibition, rather than a traditional retrospective, this is The Costume Institute’s first monographic show on a living designer since the Yves Saint Laurent exhibition in 1983.
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The J. Paul Getty Museum presents “The Lure of Italy: Artists’ Views” – Los Angeles – 09.05.2017-30.07.2017 – 12558

Claude-Joseph Vernet (French, 1714 – 1789), The Entrance to the Grotto at Posillipo, about 1750. Pen and brown ink, with brown and gray wash, over black chalk, 34.4 × 48.9 cm (13 9/16 × 19 1/4 in.) Accession No. 97.GG.53. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.

For centuries, Italy has fascinated travelers and artists alike. From the crumbling ruins of ancient Rome to the crystal-clear light of Venice, artists have found inspiration not only in the cities but also in the countryside and in Italy’s rich history and culture. The Lure of Italy: Artists’ Views, on view May 9 through July 30, 2017, explores the numerous ways Italy’s topography, history, and culture have motivated artists to create works of extraordinary beauty and resonance. The exhibition, selected from the Getty Museum’s permanent collection of drawings and watercolors, includes several important recent acquisitions, including works by Francesco Guardi and Richard Parkes Bonington.
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Parrish Art Museum presents John Graham’s first comprehensive retrospective in 30 years – Water Mill, NY – 07.02.2017-30.07.2017 – 12557

Still Life with Saw, 1925. Oil on canvas, 14-1/8 x 17. Collection Joseph P. Carroll and Dr. Roberta Carroll, courtesy of Forum Gallery, New York.

The Parrish Art Museum is presenting John Graham: Maverick Modernist—the first comprehensive retrospective in 30 years of the provocative artist’s work, on view May 7 through July 30, 2017. Featuring 60 paintings and a selection of important works on paper from Graham’s influential four-decade career, the exhibition explores how Graham became a significant figure in the development of a distinctly American approach to art-making in the first half of the twentieth century and in what ways his continuous self-reinvention mirrored the attempts of American artists to define a new direction.
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