Friday, August 28, 2009

Park West Gallery Launches Marcus Glenn Website


Marcus Glenn Website, Park West Gallery
PARK WEST GALLERY recently launched a microsite for Michigan-based artist Marcus Glenn. The site features information about the artist, a virtual gallery of his artwork, and video footage of Glenn showcasing his work and talking about his inspiration.

Glenn is known for creating figures that are animated and mannerist in approach; they often stretch and twist into impossible yet highly expressive positions. He developed a distinctive style of combining painting with sculpture to create a bas-relief effect. He calls this approach 'Flat Life' and has been cultivating it for more than a decade.

Art novices and aficionados alike appreciate Marcus Glenn's artwork; his works have been acquired by collectors around the world and he has completed several high-profile commissions. To name a few, Glenn has created multiple artworks for Daimler Chrysler, painted a mural for renowned restaurateur Patrick Coleman, and was named an official artist for Super Bowl XL.

"Marcus Glenn is an exciting, young artist and we enjoy bringing his artwork to collectors all over the world," said Morris Shapiro, Park West's Gallery Director of 26 years. "This new website dedicated to the Park West Gallery Marcus Glenn Collection will allow even more people to become familiar with his work, and it will also give previous collectors of his artwork more insight into the works they have acquired."

Through this new site, Park West Gallery has made Marcus Glenn's fine artwork viewable worldwide and continues its mission of bringing fine art to people everywhere. Park West has created websites for numerous Old Masters and contemporary artists, and continues to develop additional artist sites.

Visit the Marcus Glenn website at http://www.parkwest-glenn.com/default.asp
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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Print Exhibition: Word and Image/Word as Image


The Park West Gallery artwork collection features rare art prints by Old Masters, including Albrecht Durer - best known for exquisite, intricate woodcuts, engravings and etchings - and Francisco de Goya - whose work uncompromisingly captured the horrors of war and the darker side of human nature. Discover more about your favorite Park West artists

Albrecht Durer, Portland Art Museum, Park West Gallery
PORTLAND, OREGON -- The Portland Art Museum presents Word and Image/Word as Image, an exhibition examining the relationship between word and image in prints over the course of more than 500 years, from the Renaissance to today.

Comprised of nearly 70 works, the show highlights artists like Albrecht Durer, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Francisco de Goya, Ed Ruscha, Georges Braque and Claes Oldenburg.

The exhibition focuses on four groups of works: prints of the late 15th and 16th century, 17th and 18th centuries, mid 20th century, and late 20th century to the present.

Word and Image/Word as Image is currently on view until November 29, 2009.
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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

An Interview with Celebrated Artist Peter Max


PARK WEST GALLERY has enjoyed a relationship with Peter Max since the 1970s, and is the artist’s largest and longest-running dealer in the world. To stay updated on the latest Peter Max news, visit our Park West Gallery art blog.

Peter Max, Park West Gallery
DENVER, COLORADO -- The Denver Egotist recently interviewed Pop icon, Peter Max, about his past, present and future as a legendary artist. Following is part of that interview:

How does New York, the home of your studio, influence your work?

Max: It probably does indirectly. Like living in any big city, with everything a minute away and access to everything. I have a beautiful studio right by Lincoln Center. Every morning, I can’t wait to get there, and at night I don’t want to leave. I have a gigantic painting room, there’s 18 TV monitors, a meeting room… it’s a very pleasant place, inductive to creativity. I go every day. I call up my buddies sometimes to open the studio on a Saturday. It’s like my playground. We have events there at least once a month. I’m very involved with animal protection and the Humane Society.

Most artists would kill to be able to make a living if only for a few years as a fine artist or commercial artist. You’ve been at it for 50 years. To what do you attribute your longevity in this business?

Max: I got out of art school in the late 60s and, like most kids, I was nervous and a little scared. Will I ever succeed, will I sell my paintings? Then it just suddenly exploded. My style and look was gravitated to. I never realized that my drawings had such an impact on the country. Suddenly I was on the Ed Sullivan Show, Johnny Carson… I was so young. Of course now, I am very comfortable with it. Sometimes I have to pinch myself.

What role did art play in successfully getting President Obama into office?

Max: It definitely had an impact. I painted 44 Obamas for the museum installation (since he’s the 44th president). For me, it was beyond my dreams when he won the election. I have done a few extras for some people who wanted one. It’s a very interesting time in our history for an African American man to become president.

In your mind, who are the most inspiring artists alive and working today?

Max: All the pop artists, they are all good friends of mine… Andy Warhol, Lichtenstein…. Every few decades there are always a few artists who make the scene, and museums pick them up. Artists get into galleries, and then collectors pick them up, then museums and auction houses. More and more artists are getting recognized in the media.

You love and thrive off painting to music. What’s your favorite music to paint to?

Max: I love all music. Led Zeppelin, Chris Cornell, jazz, rock, I like it all. There’s not a genre of music that I don’t love. Music is one of the greatest things on this Earth.

Do you ever tire of the Peter Max color palette and splashy style that has been prevalent in your work from the beginning? As an artist, do you ever want to work with a somber palette or do something tight and intricate?

Max: I’ll sometimes move in that direction. I can go somber, I can go colorful, loud or minimal… extreme in different directions. I love doing drawings in black and white. I like all of these things.

Once you hit on a successful technique do you ever want to try something else to see if it can become popular as well?

Max: The techniques and styles evolve on their own. I kind of inherit them. Something new will come about and I will gravitate toward it. I’ll stay with it until something else happens.

You say every painting is your favorite while you’re actually painting it. If all of your works were on a sinking ship and you could only save one, which would it be and why?

Max: (Laughs) I don’t know. It would be hard to say. I look at each and I can recognize the moment. If a father had 12 children, which one would he save, right? It’s hard. I have an emotional relationship to all of them. I’d want to save the ship itself!

Read the full interview >>
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Monday, August 24, 2009

Park West Foundation Participates in Peace Day


In honor of Weusi Olusola, over $3700 raised for the Pioneers for Peace Program

Weusi Olusola Peace DayThe first annual Weusi Olusola Peace Day was held at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan (RIM) on Monday, August 10, 2009. The Park West Foundation participated, sending members of its recently launched Blue Babies initiative to help out with the festivities. The Blue Babies participated in all of the events held throughout the day from distributing Peace buttons to serving free refreshments to attending a Peace Day Celebration.

Over $3700 was raised, not including the vacation days that some RIM employees generously donated. All of the donations will support RIM’s Pioneers for Peace program, which works to spread its message of peace throughout the community.

Peace Day was created to honor the memory of former President and Program Director of Pioneers for Peace, Weusi Olusola. Weusi passed away earlier this year after battling cancer. His life’s mission was to educate and reach out to the community in the hopes of ending violence.
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Blue Babies volunteering at the Weusi Olusola Peace Day.

Friday, August 21, 2009

The Holy Bible as seen by Salvador Dali


Cherub super limen domus (A cherub over the threshold of the Lord). Biblia Sacra image. Salvador Dali.
The Biblia Sacra watercolors were produced by Master Artist Salvador Dali as illustrations for a new edition of the Bible. Dr. Giuseppe Albaretto, a devout man and Dali’s friend and patron, had great faith and dedication to the Catholic Church. It was this faith and dedication that lead him, in 1963, to commission Salvador Dali to create the illustrations.

Dr. Albaretto knew that the project would require Dali to study the Bible, and he hoped this would bring his artist friend back to God. From this commission came the Biblia Sacra, as series of surreal depictions of key themes from the Bible. The Biblia Sacra suite consists of 105 color mixed-technique lithographs after 105 watercolor paintings created by Dali between 1963 and 1964.

Publishing and Printing of the Biblia Sacra
Ecce homo (Behold the man). Biblia Sacra image. Salvador Dali.Each Biblia Sacra was comprised of five volumes, bound in richly tooled leather, containing the text of the Bible along with the 105 lithographs. Dr. Albaretto arranged to have the work published by Rizzoli Editions of Mediolani, Italy, with himself as the editor.

Three editions were produced that resulted in a total of nearly 1800 sets of Biblia Sacra volumes, of which ninety-nine sets were personalized for prominent individuals and families. Additionally, there were some lithographs released by Rizzoli Editions as individual unbound images and as portfolios of six images without text.

Mixed Technique Graphic Works
The Biblia Sacra works are a combination of offset lithography, continuous tone lithography, serigraphy (silkscreening) with application of varnishes and metallic inks. The works were “printed” on a heavy stock designed specifically to hold up to the various techniques used.

Quality craftsmanship and artistry are evident in every Biblia Sacra work. The unique combination of multiple printing techniques gives these illustrations a richness and depth that resulted in works that are exceptionally true to the original paintings.
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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Free Hardcover Art Book Giveaway!


PARK WEST GALLERY is giving away a FREE Hardcover Art Book! Participating in the Park West contest is so simple and quick, you've just got to enter! Here are the prize details and contest rules...

Prize Details and Contest Rules

THE PRIZE

THE SERIGRAPHS OF IGOR MEDVEDEV VOLUMES I AND II
Igor Medvedev, Park West Gallery"Art is my purpose of life; it's connected to my existence," Igor Medvedev has said. In the artworks of the acclaimed California artist Igor Medvedev, the viewer is drawn into a world dominated by serene beauty, balance and order. Strong clean forms and dramatic use of light and shadow are the hallmark of his warm, expressive style. His theme is ecology and the preservation of ancient cities. The light of the Mediterranean, its ambiance and the sense of history found there is what inspires him. “Art is a moment of balance," says the artist, "beauty is the quality of this moment." Read the poetry of Igor Medvedev

Dr. Anthony Janson, co-author of the most widely used art history textbook in the world, The History of Art has also written The Serigraphs of Igor Medvedev Volumes I and II, a 151 page full color, hardbound book which documents the entire oeuvre of the artist's amazing original serigraphs.

CONTEST RULES

  1. For one (1) contest entry: Leave a comment on the Park West Wordpress blog. Be sure to include your contact info (preferably email/Twitter name) so we can get in touch with you if you win!


  2. For two (2) contest entries: http://twitter.com/ParkWestGal, then tweet a message to your followers about this contest (your tweet must include @ParkWestGal and a link to this posting).


  3. For three (3) contest entries: Add a link to the Park West Gallery Wordpress blog http://parkwestgallery.wordpress.com/ to your blogroll or website. Leave a comment on the Wordpress blog with your contact information (preferably email/Twitter name) and a link to your site OR send a tweet to @ParkWestGal with a link to your site for our verification.


  4. Multiple entries are welcome via any of the methods above.


  5. The winner will be randomly selected when @ParkWestGal reaches 2,000 followers on Twitter – we’re really close, so it should be soon!
THANKS FOR ENTERING & GOOD LUCK TO ALL!
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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Norman Rockwell Themed Restaurants Coming Soon


Norman Rockwell. Freedom From Want. 1943. ©Curtis Publishing Company.
NEW YORK -- Norman Rockwell's warm and fuzzy portraits of Americana are widely admired, even though his visions may have been more dream than reality. Soon, Rockwell's paintings of an idyllic America will be popping up on Long Island, but not in an art gallery.

Bill Sukow, a Sayville restaurateur, plans to open the first of about eight Norman Rockwell-themed restaurants in Stony Brook in January. Sukow, has signed a deal with the Norman Rockwell Estate Licensing Co. in Niles, Ill., giving him the right to display copies of the Rockwell drawings and sell artifacts at the 3,500-square-foot, moderately priced restaurants. They will feature such American dishes as Southern fried chicken and apple pie.

Sukow got the idea after visiting a Rockwell museum in Stockbridge, Mass. The agreement he signed calls on him to open eight to ten such restaurants in the next five years. A total of four will be on Long Island. People, Sukow thinks, "are yearning for Americana."

Mary Seitz-Pagano, the Rockwell Estate's licensing director, said there are no such theme restaurants in the country. "I think this is a great idea," she said.

[August 6, 2009 Source: newsday.com]
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Monday, August 17, 2009

Work of Genius: the Art World Comes to Reality TV


Work of Genius, art reality television show on FOX
MIAMI, FLORIDA – This October, FOX will air a new reality television series, Work Of Genius, that will create, expose and push twelve of America's most talented, yet previously undiscovered creative artists, to live, create, and complete together for the chance of having their life and career transformed into the Hottest Contemporary Artist in America.

The 12 artists will live together in the Eden Roc Resort/Hotel in Miami where they will endure a series of grueling "Art Challenges," and "Artistic Tests" each week.

The American Public will vote every week on their favorite artist and the artist with the most votes at the end of the 12 weeks will be announced in front of a live audience during the final episode.

The Work of Genius "Top Artist" will receive a grand prize of $100,000, representation in a top gallery, a publisher for 1 year, and a new environmentally friendly car.

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Art Gallery of Ontario Presents Surreal Things


PARK WEST GALLERY maintains one of the most respected and thoroughly documented collections of Salvador Dali artwork in the world. Learn all about the artwork of the Spanish master at the Park West - Salvador Dali website.

Salvador Dali. The Ruby Lips Brooch. 1949.
TORONTO, CANADA - The Art Gallery of Ontario has announced an extension for its successful exhibition, Surreal Things. A Canadian exclusive, Surreal Things is the first exhibition to examine the influence of Surrealism on the world of design as expressed in theatre, interiors, fashion, film, architecture, and advertising. The show explores how some of the greatest artists of the 20th century engaged with Surrealism to create extraordinary objects.

Surreal Things showcases more than 200 items drawn from public and private collections worldwide, many of which have rarely been exhibited before. The exhibition highlights the work of Surrealist artists and designers who were productive after 1930, including Salvador Dalí, Giorgio de Chirico, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, René Magritte, Joan Miró, Meret Oppenheim, Man Ray, and Elsa Schiaparelli.

The exhibition is divided into five thematic sections: Protest: The Ballet; Surrealism and the Object; The Illusory Interior; Nature Made Strange; and Displaying the Body. The show incorporates a variety of medium such as painting, sculpture, architecture, works on paper, jewelry, ceramics, textiles, furniture, fashion, film, and photography.

Surrealism developed in the early 1920s in reaction to the Dada art movement. Inspired by the psychoanalytical theories of Sigmund Freud and led by French poet André Breton, the Surrealists were inspired by fantasy, the irrational and the marvelous to create objects that might be the manifestation of dreams, secret fantasies and fears.

The Surrealists employed such experimental techniques as spontaneous sketches, automatism, and collage and assemblage which involved the chance juxtaposition of objects to create symbolic meaning. During the 1930s, Surrealism evolved from an avant-garde art movement and filtered into the worlds of design, fashion, advertising, architecture, film and theatre.

Surreal Things is currently on view until September 13, 2009.

[Source: Art Gallery of Toronto]
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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Check Out the Latest Art News from Park West


Attention Park West Gallery Newsletter fans,
ISSUE 12: AUGUST 2009 is here!


Park West Gallery Art and Artist News
Issue 12 features include:

  • Park West Gallery Receives Best of Southfield Award

  • Park West Gallery Judges 2009 American Art Awards

  • Peter Nixon’s Goddesses of the Moon

  • Simon Bull Unveils Tribute to Michael Jackson

  • Dali and Disney: The Art and Animation of Destino
READ ISSUE 12: AUGUST 2009 >>

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Romero Britto Teams Up with the Miami Dolphins


Park West Gallery is pleased to share the news of Pop artist, Romero Britto's latest commission for Land Shark Stadium in Miami, Florida - a project that will help realize the artist's ambition of reaching the world with his optimistic artwork.

Be sure to ask the knowledgable Art Auctioneers about the Romero Britto artwork available for your collection next time you are with Park West at sea!
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Romero Britto, Park West Gallery, artistMIAMI, FLORIDA -- Miami Dolphins owner, Stephen Ross, announced that world-renowned artist Romero Britto will be bringing Land Shark Stadium alive through his iconic art. The stadium’s helixes and gate entrances will be adorned by Britto’s high-energy and vibrant art, adding life and a touch of South Florida to the venue.

In the coming weeks, in connection with the Dolphins celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, children from various community organizations under the Brazilian artist’s direction will help paint the helixes with Britto’s pulsating colors and pop themes.

“Britto is not only renowned throughout the world, he’s quintessential South Florida,” said Ross. “His vibrant art is unequaled and representative of our diverse region, which is why it’s a perfect fit for the stadium.”

“The Dolphins are going to have my art around the stadium, and this is like a dream come true for an artist to be able to share his art with so many people,” said Britto.

[Source: LandSharkStadium.com August 7, 2009]
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Monday, August 10, 2009

New Exhibit of Durer and Rembrandt Prints


BELL COUNTY, TEXAS -- The Bell County Museum is hosting an astonishing exhibition of prints, The Inspired Line: Selected Prints of Albrecht Durer and Rembrandt van Rijn. The collection consists of 40 prints and provides an opportunity to view the religious works of these great masters side by side and consider the historical contexts, religious backgrounds, and aesthetic approaches of each.

Albrecht Dürer. Saint Simon (detail). 1523.Rembrandt. The Stoning of St. Stephen. 1635.

Although Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528) and Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn (Dutch, 1601-1669) created their artwork a century apart, connections between their prints are significant, intriguing, and often remarkable.

At a young age, Dürer was trained as a metalworker by his father in Nuremberg, Germany. Later, Dürer applied the same exacting methods to his woodcuts and engravings. His strong admiration for Leonardo da Vinci and the Italian Renaissance led him to become the father of the Northern European Renaissance. Though Dürer was Catholic, he was encouraged by an enthusiastic patron to befriend chief figures of the Protestant Reformation, an act that involved him in religious controversy until his death.

Rembrandt, who began his career as a scholar, imbued his portraits with psychological depth and masterly light and shadow. At the height of his career, he was the most successful artist of the Baroque era on Holland, a time of great prosperity. A lifelong member of the Dutch Reformed Church in a predominately Protestant country, Rembrandt received no church commissions; rather, his patronage came from the thriving middle class. He was a highly accomplished etcher who created unique, profound interpretations of biblical stories.

Both artists rendered multiple scenes of Jesus' life and other New Testament stories, and prints of these biblical themes are especially strong in this collection. Viewed together, the works illustrate the differences in aesthetic movements and religious influences of their times, yet by sharing a subject matter, they are ideal counterpoint images.

The Inspired Line: Selected Prints of Albrecht Durer and Rembrandt van Rijn is currently on view through August 18, 2009.

[Source: www.bellcountytx.com/Museum]
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Friday, August 7, 2009

Authentic Rembrandt Painting Discovered


Rembrandt. Eleazar Swalmius (detail). 1637.
ANTWERP, BELGIUM -- "The painting has been there since 1886, but it is only now that the Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Antwerp is 100% sure: the portrait of Eleazar Swalmius is an authentic Rembrandt." So leads De Morgen's culture page.

The painting of the preacher, which had been part of a collection belonging to Louis XIV's brother, the Duke of Orléans, was bought by the museum for 200,000 francs (the equivalent of 5,000 euros). For many years it was attributed to Govert Flinck, another painter of the period, and at one point was even placed in storage.

An anonymous Dutch businessman financed the recent restoration, which removed several layers of yellowed varnish to reveal "a magnificent and dazzling work." Fresh evidence from x-rays, and more research on the signature and the threads used in the canvas have left no doubt about its authenticity.

Dutch art historian and Rembrandt expert Ernst van de Wetering explains that "the freedom in the structuring of the image, the manner of painting and the temperament are typically Rembrandt."

[Source: presseurop]

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Romero Britto to Judge Kids Art Contest


Henkel Helps Create! Kids' Art Contest
PRNewswire -- The search for fun, innovative activities for kids during the dog days of summer is over! Henkel, a Fortune Global 500 company dedicated to making people's lives easier, better and more beautiful with its brands and technologies, just announced the launch of the Henkel Helps Create! Kids' Art Contest.

Children ages 2-18 are invited to dig into their crayon boxes, watercolor palettes and art supplies to depict their unique visions for creating a better world, and to upload their creations into the virtual art gallery at http://www.henkelhelps.com/Public/Main.aspx for a chance to win travel awards and cash prizes.

Artistic submissions will be judged by online visitors and the Henkel Celebrity Judges, who include contemporary artist Romero Britto, Fancy Nancy author Jane O'Connor, Sotheby's Auction House Print Specialist Courtney Booth and Anelle Miller, Director of the Society of Illustrators.

Submissions will be accepted now through September 13, 2009. Winners will be announced on the contest website on October 8, 2009.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Dali Sculpture Workshop Opens to the Public


Salvador Dalí’s house in Port Lligat. Photo: EFE/Robin Townsend.
CADAQUES, SPAIN -- The Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation has opened a new space that visitors can see when they go to Salvador Dalí’s house in Port Lligat (Cadaqués), which is situated in the zone of Olivareda. It is a circular construction that the artist used as an additional workshop, a special room to make sculptures and performances. The crystal skylight allowed Dalí to paint feet, just like the ones on view at the Palacio del Viento (Sala Noble in the Figueres Theatre-Museum).

In the exterior part of the tower the artist put some ceramic containers with holes so that they would sound when the wind blew. In the interior one can see a piano that Dalí had used during some of his performances and two screens have been placed to show audiovisual material about the painters which were made during the 60s and 70s having the artists and the house as the protagonists.

According to the master of Surrealism, "Port Lligat is a place for accomplishments. It is the perfect place for my work. Everything comes together: time passes slowly and every hour has its right dimension. There is a geologic tranquility: it is a unique planetary case."

Port Lligat Museum-House, exterior.The Port Lligat Museum-House was Salvador Dalí’s only fixed abode, the place in which he usually lived and worked up till 1982 when, upon Gala’s death, he took up residence at Púbol Castle.

Salvador Dalí moved to Port Lligat in 1930, into a small fisherman’s hut, attracted by the landscape, the light and the isolation of the place. Taking that initial construction as a basis, he created his house little by little over the course of forty years. He himself described it “like a true biological structure... Each new pulse in our life has its own new cell, a room."

The resulting form is the present labyrinthine structure which, from one point of departure, the Bear Lobby, spreads out and winds around in a succession of zones linked by narrow corridors, slight changes of level and blind passageways. Packed out with a multitude of objects and mementoes of Dalí, these zones are decorated with features that make them particularly warm: carpets, whitewash, dried flowers, velvet upholstery, antique furniture, stuffed animals, etc. Furthermore, all the rooms have windows of different shapes and proportions framing the same landscape that is a constant point of reference in Dalí’s work: the Port Lligat bay.

Three different areas can be distinguished in the house: the part where the couple’s more private life was lived, on the ground floor and rooms 7 to 12; the studio, rooms 5 and 6, with numerous objects related with artistic activity; and the outside areas, room 13 and courtyards 14 and 15, designed to live a public life. [Source: Artdaily.org]

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Goya Exhibit at the University of Michigan


Francisco Goya. The sleep of reason produces monsters (detail), 1799.
ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN -- The University of Michigan Museum of Art recently added to its collections a complete first edition (80 etchings) of Francisco Goya y Lucientes’s (1746–1828) famous set of prints Los Caprichos, which offers cutting social commentary on religion, prostitution, and the professional class.

Although a number of the nightmarish and idiosyncratic images from the Caprichosmay may be familiar to visitors, it is rare to experience a complete set and even more exceptional to view a first edition in pristine condition, recently gifted to the Museum by the late Kurt Delbanco in honor of Nicholas Delbanco. This exhibition presents some of Goya’s most iconic — and disturbing — imagery with a delicacy and beauty that is rarely encountered.

Francisco Goya: Los Caprichos is currently on view through August 30, 2009.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Maeght Foundation Displays Joan Miro Exhibit


Maeght Foundation, Joan Miró
SAINT-PAUL, FRANCE -- Through November 8, 2009, Miró en Son Jardin (Miró in His Garden) will be on display at the Maeght Foundation in Saint-Paul-de-Vence. The exhibit — which includes 250 works by Joan Miró, ranging from major paintings and sculptures to several never-seen-by-the-public pieces — occupies the entire museum and gardens, illustrating the profound relationship between the Maeght family and this artist.

Miró, the revered giant of 20th century art, was close friends with the Maeght family, and was deeply involved in the creation of the Maeght Foundation. The space was formerly a holiday home, a haven for him to meet people and to think—and above all, his open air studio. This exhibit offers a unique opportunity to meet Miró in His Garden and to discover the secret behind his creations.

Joan Miró and Aimé Maeght met when Miró joined Braque in Varengeville. In 1948, after the war, Miró went to Paris and Maeght looked after him while he was working on a series of lithographs.

As a token of his esteem, affection, and gratitude to the Maeght family and the Foundation at St. Paul, Miró made an exceptional donation of his works, including sculptures, maquettes, ceramics, and paintings both on canvas and on paper. In 1979, an exhibition directed by Miró enabled him at last to present his works and research in the way he wished.

In the 1960’s, Joan Miró was given the opportunity to create a gigantic sculpture in the gardens of the Marguerite and Aimé Maeght Foundation. This was the Labyrinth. For the first time, Miró’s sculpture was deliberately put together with architecture and nature, ever his source of inspiration. The artist thus created a sculpture garden especially for the Maeght Foundation, consisting of enormous sculptures and ceramic works, a labyrinth inhabited by creations of the artist’s dream world, reminding us that he was far more than a painter.

In 1964, at the opening of the Maeght Foundation, the public discovered stone walls weaving amongst the ceramics and sculptures. The artist painted a white line along the walls to guide the visitor through the sculpture garden. Here, the genius from Catalonia explored different materials: the Grand Arche is made of concrete, using a pneumatic drill. L’Oiseau lunaire and L’Oiseau solaire are made of Carrara marble. La Fourche, the symbol of a peasant’s raised fist during the Spanish Civil War, is made from iron and bronze. The ceramic Lézard climbs up the patio walls while gargoyles above the ponds spew water into the depths Miró decorated.

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