- Our AKN Editor Visits The Unique Buchheim Museum In Germany ~ A Treasure Of Diversity
- Philip Pearlstein retrospective at The Montclair Art Museum
- Moderna Museet presents Selections From Its Collection
- Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Acquires Fischer Collection of German Expressionism
- Savannah College of Art showcases Famous Works on Paper
- The Fitzwilliam Museum will celebrate "Endless forms" ~ Charles Darwin Bicentenary
- Artist Stephen Wiltshire Draws NYC His Major Panorama from Memory
- Fondation Beyeler presents "Visual Encounters ~ Africa, Oceania and Modern Art"
- Pablo Picasso Ceramic Plates at Bonhams' First Ever Editions Sale
- Museo de Arte de Ponce. . Frida Kahlo's Worlds
- 20/21 British Art Fair ~ Where Art Lifts Your Spirits and Enhances Your Life
- David Schnell solos at Museo de Arte de Ponce (MAP)
- Salvador Dali Foundation Presents Recently Acquired Paintings Made in the 1920s
- New Book Tells The Intriguing Story of Muralist Pablo O'Higgins
- 'Floating Worlds' opens at Gallery 10G
- Art Knowledge News Presents "This Week In Review"
Posted: 16 Dec 2010 06:27 PM PST
The Buchheim Museum in Germany is located north of Bernried in Höhenried Park, directly on the banks of Lake Starnberg. The path from the visitors' parking area to the museum is lined with old trees, charming ponds, pagodas, as well as works fashioned out of wood and metal. For the collections of Lothar-Günther Buchheim – painter, photographer, publisher, author of art books and novels – architect Günter Behnisch has designed an open and multi-segmental structure that reflects the museum's extraordinary diversity. The legendary core of the collection, works of expressionism predominantly by the artists' group "Brücke" (1905–1913), are shown in spacious halls. The more intimate rooms of the "towers" are reserved for the collections of folk art and ethnological artistry, as well as for Buchheim's own work. A unique architectural feature is the deck that is suspended twelve-meters high over the lake, providing museum visitors with a view of the town of Starnberg and the Alps. For nearly 40 years, Buchheim has pursued a museum concept that reverses conventional divisions – a painting gallery, a graphic arts gallery, a European crafts collection and a museum for ethnological art – and seeks to mix and connect the individual, yet richly interrelated collection areas: a pan-cultural encounter and an exciting dialogue between the art of the Expressionists and their inspirational sources from Africa and the South Seas. Buchheim's collection, which was essentially compiled in the 1950's, encompasses an extraordinarily wide spectrum of outstanding expressionist art. At the heart of the collection are paintings, watercolors, drawings, woodcuts, etchings and lithographs by artists of the group "Brücke", which included the artists Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Erich Heckel and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, as well as Max Pechstein, Emil Nolde and Otto Mueller, who joined the group briefly. After an initial late-impressionistic approach, the artists developed an expressive visual language, which is characterized by simplified, daring forms, monumentality and vivid colors, and was inspired by African and South Sea art, as well as by the works of Gauguin, van Gogh, Munch, the "Fauves" and early woodcuts. Since the worldwide exhibition tour in the early 1980's, the Buchheim collection of Expressionist art has enjoyed international recognition. The holdings found in the Buchheim collection not only provide an impressive overview of "Brücke" art, which marks the beginning of modern art in Germany. Groups of works by Lovis Corinth, Max Beckmann and Oskar Kokoschka complement the "Brücke" art, as do works from the ensuing so-called second Expressionist generation. Water-colors and graphic arts by Otto Dix form a bridge to Veristic art. Interrelatedness and characteristic differences between the individual artists are highlighted, as is the link between drawings, woodcuts and paintings. Visit website:_ www.buchheimmuseum.de/
Full appreciation for Buchheim's "museum of art and curiosities" is best achieved through understanding Lothar-Günther Buchheim himself, since Buchheim – already as a young boy a gifted painter – is a visual person. What he visually perceives not only becomes subject matter for his paintings and photographs, but also for his novels. Observing provides him with the opportunity to experience and understand the world. With each new piece that finds its way into his collection, he conquers new territory. Buchheim does not collect, he discovers. He is not dependent on the need to classify art as "valuable" or "worthless", or to categorize it as "high" or "inferior". Nor does he restrict himself to specializing in only one or a few areas. Buchheim is open to the richness of life. And never ceases to be amazed by the variety of natural forms and unbounded inventiveness of mankind. A single visit to the museum reveals only a fraction of what it really has to offer. The holdings are so diverse and extensive, that the museum can continually exhibit new works from the areas of Expressionism, classic French modern art (Picasso, Braque, Léger, Chagall), "outsider art", as well as works of folk and ethnological art. Along with shows of works on paper in the Expressionist galleries, which rotate several times a year, there are wide-ranging special exhibitions, as well as first-rate gallery presentations. The kaleidoscope of folk art and ethnological artistry includes glass paintings, carousel animal figures, fêtes foraines, hundreds of glass paperweights; furniture, ceramics, textiles, glass and jewelry from Asia, South America and Europe; masks, sculptures and other cult objects from Africa and the South Seas; a vast amount of popular printed works and much, much more ...Along with Buchheim's "Circus Buffi" and Diethild Buchheim's "Ditti's menagerie of leaf pictures", there is "outsider art" with works by self-taught artists, such as the virtuoso wood sculptor Hans Schmitt, the folk artist Max Raffler, the ventriloquist Muskat and the Parisian naive artist Hector Trotin. Although it is difficult to find a common thread running through Buchheim's unique, all-embracing collection cosmos, his enthusiasm for direct, strongly expressive, vividly colorful and intricately crafted works suggests a possible path through this creative "chaos". That we also are circus aficionados the Lothar-Günther Buchheim has a current exhibition dedicated to the circus, of course by itself, because Buchheim has all this not only gathered. As a boy he produced linocuts with circus motifs, he also drew on the Circus grounds. And almost always when he visited Circus performances, he photographed. A selection of these beautiful photos, is now the first time to see .. on view through 3 April, 2011.
Posted: 16 Dec 2010 05:59 PM PST
Montclair, NJ - This exhibition, featuring 40 works by artist Philip Pearlstein, is the first retrospective in 25 years, since his 1983 survey at the Milwaukee Art Museum. The Montclair Art Museum's exhibition includes paintings, watercolors, drawings, and prints that cover Pearlstein's art from 1940 through 2008. On exhibition through February 1, 2009.
Posted: 16 Dec 2010 05:56 PM PST
Stockholm - Moderna Museet has one of the world's best collections of art, spanning from 1900 to the present day. The photographic collection comprises works from the 1840's onwards. The art collection includes key works by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Henri Matisse and Robert Rauschenberg, as well as new acquisitions by contemporary artists. Swedish art is largely integrated with the international works, presenting Swedish artists such as Vera Nilsson and Siri Derkert parallel with Oskar Kokoschka and Georges Braque. The contemporary section is rehung frequently, and it includes a presentation of contemporary film and video art in The Video Corridor. Selections from the collection on view through 31 January, 2010.
Posted: 16 Dec 2010 05:52 PM PST
RICHMOND, VA.- One of the finest remaining refugee collections of German Expressionist art has a new home – at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The Ludwig and Rosy Fischer Collection includes works assembled by the couple in Frankfurt, Germany, between 1905 and 1925, the most creative years of German Expressionism. No state funds were spent by the museum. VMFA used donor funds restricted to the purchase of art for the commonwealth.
Posted: 16 Dec 2010 05:50 PM PST
SAVANNAH, GA - World-class works on paper by Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Salvador Dalí, Henri Matisse and Joan Miro will be on display and available for purchase at the Savannah College of Art and Design during the "Modern Masters" exhibition, held Sept. 2nd through 22nd at Red Gallery, 201 E. Broughton St., Savannah. An opening reception and printmaking demonstration will be held in the gallery Sept. 4, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Posted: 16 Dec 2010 05:48 PM PST
Cambridge, UK - The fascinating interchange between the revolutionary theories of Charles Darwin (1809–1882) and art of the late nineteenth century is explored in a ground-breaking interdisciplinary exhibition opening at The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge in Summer 2009. Organised by The Fitzwilliam Museum in association with the Yale Center for British Art—two of the world's leading university art museums — "Endless forms" will coincide with the global celebration of the bicentenary of the birth of naturalist Charles Darwin and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his book, On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection (1859). The exhibition will show at the Yale Center for British Art from 12 February – 3 May 2009, and at The Fitzwilliam Museum from 16 June to 4 October 2009.
Posted: 16 Dec 2010 05:46 PM PST
NEW YORK, NY.- Following a 45-minute helicopter ride over this iconic city, Stephen will spend a week at Pratt Institute, the world-famous college of art, design and architecture, where he will draw an 18 ft-long image from memory. Stephen shot to fame in 1987 when his talent was featured on a BBC program and he was introduced by former president of the UK's Royal Academy of Art Sir Hugh Casson as 'the best child artist in Britain.' Since then, Stephen has continued to draw and paint prolifically, travelling all over the world to create his work and achieve worldwide fame. He has twice been featured in the list of the 100 most influential black people in Britain and in 2006 was awarded an MBE for services to the art world. He will be based in the main gallery of Pratt's Juliana Curran Terian Design Center, and the public will be able to visit him while he works from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Monday, October 26 to Friday, October 30.
Posted: 16 Dec 2010 05:45 PM PST
Basel, Switzerland - For the first time, works of art from Africa and Oceania occupy the center of a Fondation Beyeler exhibition. The presentation is based on the small but exquisite group of sculptures brought together by Ernst Beyeler for his museum collection. These are supplemented by about 180 outstanding loans from 50 public and private collections. Each of the 13 exhibition spaces is devoted to an African or Oceanic culture, lending each ensemble a quite unique character. These extra-European works, of the highest quality and significance for world art, confront selected paintings of classical modernism from the Fondation Beyeler collection. On view January 25 through May 24, 2009.
Posted: 16 Dec 2010 05:43 PM PST
LONDON.- Bonhams will hold their first ever Picasso Editions Sale featuring ceramics, silver and prints by the most celebrated artist of the 20th century, in Knightsbridge on Thursday 23rd September. The sale offers buyers the opportunity to lay their table with over £100,000 worth of plates, jugs and dishes decorated with vibrant and joyful designs by one of the 20th century's most inventive artists. "[these are] compositions whose themes express the joyous, life-loving side of Picasso's work."
Posted: 16 Dec 2010 05:35 PM PST
PONCE, PUERTO RICO.- The Museo de Arte de Ponce (MAP) exhibits Frida Kahlo and her Worlds. This exhibition presents a unique approach to the art of one of the most significant artists of the XX century. With more than 250 objects – paintings, sculptures, engravings, customs and ceramic, among others – the exhibition examines Kahlo's work in the light of the influences of popular art, XIX and early XX paintings, photography and pre-hispanic art. Furthermore, Frida Kahlo and her Worlds places the artist in the background of the artistic renaissance of post-revolutionary Mexico, establishing the relationship with her contemporaries and students.
Posted: 16 Dec 2010 05:32 PM PST
LONDON.- The 20/21 British Art Fair is the only fair specialising exclusively in modern and contemporary British art. It will take place again this year at the Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London SW7, from 16th to 20th September, 2009. The Royal College of Art can justly be called the spiritual home of British art and, as such, provides an ideal setting for the fair which attracts some 60 of our leading dealers showing works by the great names of the 20th century: Bacon, Farthing,Freud, Frink, Frost, Hepworth, Hockney, Hodgson, Lanyon, Lowry, Moore, Nash, Piper, Riley, Scott, Spencer and Sutherland to name a few.
Posted: 16 Dec 2010 05:28 PM PST
Ponce, Puerto Rico - In collaboration with the Mönchehaus Museum für Moderne Kunst in Goslar, Germany, Museo de Arte de Ponce (MAP) opened the first solo exhibition in the American continent of contemporary German painter David Schnell. By the name Hover, the show presents nineteen recent works in which Schnell explores the crossings between culture and nature.
Posted: 16 Dec 2010 05:26 PM PST
FIGUERES, SPAIN - The Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí has presented its latest acquisition, an oil painted on both sides titled "Figure from Behind" (front) and "Nymphs and Young Ladies in a Garden Fountain" (back). The provenance of the painting is from a private collector and since 1925, with the exception of the Retrospective during the Year of Dalí, had not been seen in public. In the painter's view, we cannot forget the work of Ismael Smith, Marià Andreu or Néstor Martín-Fernández de la Torre, all of them friends of Salvador Dalí, with whom he had a relationship, especially with the latter, also a friend of Federico García Lorca.
Posted: 16 Dec 2010 05:24 PM PST
SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- "Becoming Pablo O'Higgins" tells the intriguing story of how a blond-haired, blue-eyed Presbyterian from Salt Lake City, Utah, became a celebrated Mexican muralist. Born Paul Higgins in 1904 into a conservative Republican family of Mayflower English and Protestant Scots-Irish ancestry, O'Higgins, at age 20, boldly traveled to Mexico City at a time when Mexico was still reeling from its violent 10-year revolution. He went to see the mural renaissance involving Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, and David Alfaro Siqueiros, and he soon became an assistant to Diego Rivera. O'Higgins worked with Rivera on three of his most important murals and became a life-long friend. Rivera said if he ever had a son, he'd want him to be like O'Higgins.
Posted: 16 Dec 2010 05:20 PM PST
New York City - Floating Worlds is a 2-person show of works by female emerging Asian artists. Kanako Sasaki is a young Japanese photographer and Fay Ku is a young Chinese painter and draughtsman. This show demonstrates how two artists working in different mediums can evoke the same type of playful energy associated with dream-like and childhood worlds. Ironically, both artists have a common bond of feeling a sense of displacement from their families' culture and history, whether it be Japan or China, and therefore they use their art as a way of establishing connections to their pasts. Opening at Gallery 10G : Thursday, September 6th, 7-9 pm.
Posted: 16 Dec 2010 05:19 PM PST
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