On this day in
1598 Gian Lorenzo Bernini
perhaps the greatest sculptor-architect of the 17th century was born
1863 Italian composer Pietro Mascagni was born
1985 Robert von Ranke Graves English poet, scholar, and novelist died.
For decades, critics have observed that Andy Warhol’s influence is dominant in contemporary art, but as of yet no exhibition has explored its full nature or extent. Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years at The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the first major exhibition to do so through approximately 45 works by Warhol alongside 100 works by some 60 other artists. This innovative presentation, structured in five thematic sections, juxtaposes prime examples of Warhol’s paintings, sculpture, and films with those by other artists who in key ways reinterpret, respond, or react to his groundbreaking work. The exhibition shows the dialogue and conversation between works of art and artists across generations.
Image: Francesco Vezzoli (Italian, born 1971) Liza Minnelli 1999 Cotton embroidery on canvas in artistís frame 14 x 12 3/8 in. (35.5 x 31.5 cm) overall Galleria Franco Noero, Torino, Italy © 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SIAE, Rome
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Eighteen early to mid-century American artists who forged distinctly modern styles are the subjects of American Legends: From Calder to O’Keeffe, opening December 22 at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Drawing from the Whitney’s permanent collection, the year-long show features iconic as well as lesser known works by Oscar Bluemner, Charles Burchfield, Paul Cadmus, Alexander Calder, Joseph Cornell, Ralston Crawford, Stuart Davis, Charles Demuth, Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley, Edward Hopper, Gaston Lachaise, Jacob Lawrence, John Marin, Reginald Marsh, Elie Nadelman, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Joseph Stella. Curator Barbara Haskell has organized the Museum’s holdings of each of these artists’ work into small-scale retrospectives. Many of the works included will be on view for the first time in years; others, such as Hopper’s A Woman in the Sun, Calder’s Circus, Jacob Lawrence’s War Series, and Georgia O’Keeffe’s Summer Days, are cornerstones of the Whitney’s collection. The show will run for a year in the Museum’s fifth-floor Leonard and Evelyn Lauder Galleries and both the Sondra Gilman Gallery and Howard and Jean Lipman Gallery on the fifth-floor mezzanine. To showcase the breadth and depth of the Museum’s impressive modern art collection, a rotation will occur in May 2013 in order that other artists and works can be installed.
Image: Charles Demuth, My Egypt, 1927. Oil on fiberboard, 35 3/4 ◊ 30 in. (90.8 ◊ 76.2 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney 31.172
This installation celebrates the 75th anniversary of the first one-person photography exhibition at MoMA, and the accompanying landmark publication that established the potential of the photographer’s book as an indivisible work of art. Together and separately, through these projects Walker Evans created a collective portrait of the Eastern United States during a decade of profound transformation—one that coincided with the flood of everyday images, both still and moving, from an expanding mass culture and the construction of a Modernist history of photography. Comprising approximately 60 prints from the MoMA collection that were included in the 1938 book or exhibition, the installation maintains the bipartite organization of the originals: the first section portrays American society through images of its individuals and social contexts, while the second consists of photographs of American cultural artifacts—the architecture of Main streets, factory towns, rural churches, and wooden houses. The pictures provide neither a coherent narrative nor a singular meaning, but rather create connections through the repetition and interplay of pictorial structures and subject matter. The exhibition's placement on the fourth floor of the Museum—between galleries featuring paintings by Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Jackson Pollock, and Andy Warhol—underscores the continuation of prewar avant-garde practices in America and the unique legacy of Evans’s explorations of signs and symbols, commercial culture and the vernacular.
Image: Walker Evans. Penny Picture Display, Savannah, Georgia. 1936. Gelatin silver print, 8 5/8 x 6 15/16″ (21.9 x 17.6 cm). Gift of Willard Van Dyke. © 2013 Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
MoMA The Museum of Modern Art
As part of the year-long celebration of its 75th anniversary, The Cloisters museum and gardens—The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s branch museum dedicated to the art and architecture of medieval Europe—will present The Forty Part Motet (2001), a sound installation by Janet Cardiff (Canadian, born 1957). Janet Cardiff: The Forty Part Motet, which represents the first time a work of contemporary art has been shown at The Cloisters, opens September 10. The installation is organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art from the collection of the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Jewish Museum in New York will present Chagall: Love, War, and Exile which, for the first time in the U.S., explores a significant but neglected period in the artist's career, from the rise of fascism in the 1930s through 1948, years spent in Paris and then in exile in New York. Marc Chagall (1887-1985), one of the foremost modernists of the 20th century, created his unique style by drawing on elements from richly colored folk art motifs, the Russian Christian icon tradition, Cubism, and Surrealism. Beginning with the evocative paintings from his years in France, Chagall: Love, War, and Exile illuminates an artist deeply responsive to the suffering inflicted by war and to his own personal losses and concerns. Although he never abandoned a poetic sensibility, his art of the 1930s and 1940s reflects the political reality of the time. Most unexpected is the recurring appearance of the figure of the crucified Jesus as a metaphor for war, Jewish suffering and persecution.
Image: Marc Chagall, Self-Portrait with Clock, 1947, oil on canvas, 33 ⅞ ◊ 27 ⅞ inches. Private collection. © 2013 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
The Jewish Museum