Mystic North: Burchfield, Sibelius & Nature, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo, NYOn view through January 30, 2016Charles E. Burchfield’s journals and record album collection reveal the monumental significance that music, as well as sounds from nature and industry, had on his aesthetic. Music often conjured fantastic visions and evocative memories. The audiophile was astutely attuned to his surroundings, which led him to draw and paint in visual patterns what he heard from cascading ravine waterfalls, fierce blizzard winds, insect cadences, bird songs, vibrating telegraph wires, and train whistles—to name just a few. Research has revealed the strong possibility that Burchfield was synesthetic; that is, he simultaneously saw visual patterns and colors when he heard sounds. Burchfield’s special ability to connect sight and sound imbues his art with surreal qualities. Click here to continue reading.
Horst P. Horst: Color at Robert Klein Gallery, Boston, MA On View: January 8-February 20, 2016
Horst P. Horst was born Horst Paul Albert Bohrmann in 1906 in the German town of Weissenfels-an-der-Salle. Growing up in a middle-class family, Horst vacationed with his in Weimar, where he became acquainted with students of the Bauhaus School. After a yearlong bout with lung disease in the late 1920s and a half-hearted attempt at a clerical job and the study of Chinese, Horst took up a career in carpentry and furniture-making while at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Hamburg. Horst soon excelled at these trades and in 1930 moved to Paris to work with esteemed architect Le Corbusier. Several years later, disillusioned with the monetary aspect of the architecture and the impersonal nature of creating for “the masses,” Horst began assisting celebrated Vogue photographer Baron George Hoyningen-Huene in his studio. Click here to continue reading.
Hiro Photographs, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MAOn view through August 14, 2016Hiro (born in 1930) is known for his distinctively conceived and precisely realized images across a range of subjects including fashion, portraiture, and still life. Born Yasuhiro Wakabayashi in Shanghai to Japanese parents, he grew up in China and spent the years following WWII in Japan before coming to the US in 1954. Early in his career, Hiro worked as an assistant for the celebrated photographer Richard Avedon who, upon recognizing Hiro’s talents, introduced him to Alexey Brodovitch, the legendary art director of Harper’s Bazaar. By the early 1960s Hiro had become a widely admired figure in the field. Click here to continue reading.
Washington Winter Antiques Show, Washington, D.C.January 8-10, 2016Launched in 1955, the Washington Winter Show is the second oldest charitable antiques show in the United States. The renowned event, which has raised over eight million dollars for a slew of local charities since its inception, continues to attract leading dealers and patrons from the Washington metropolitan area and beyond. The 2016 Washington Winter Show will kick off at American University’s Katzen Arts Center – a graceful and modern venue – with a Preview Night reception on Thursday, January 7. The opening event will include a champagne reception for benefactors, sponsors and designers. Click here to continue reading.
Drawn from Courtly India: The Conley Harris and Howard Truelove Collection, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PAOn view through March 27, 2016This exhibition presents masterful drawings from the royal courts of northern India. Lovingly amassed by artist Conley Harris and architectural designer Howard Truelove, the collection features practice sketches, preparatory drawings, subtly modeled scenes, and lightly colored compositions created between the 1500s and 1800s. With images at different stages of completion, the collection allows for a fascinating look at Indian workshop practice. Click here to continue reading.
New Arrivals: Prints & Drawings, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MDOn view through July 3, 2016Approximately 20 prints and drawings demonstrate the continuing legacy of the BMA’s relationship with the Matisse family. Etta and Claribel Cone’s dedication to collecting the art of Henri Matisse established at the BMA one of the most comprehensive collections of the artist’s work. The close personal relationship between the artist and the Cone sisters provided the opportunity to acquire key works from the late 20s and early 30s while encouraging Etta Cone to collect all aspects of the artist’s work—painting, sculpture, and graphic arts. Recognizing the unique character of the BMA’s Matisse collection, recent gifts from the family have now established the BMA’s holdings as the most comprehensive collection of Matisse prints in North America. The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation in New York made a promised gift of an impressive group of prints from the artist’s later years. A major gift from the collection of Marguerite Matisse Duthuit included prints as well as remarkable drawings related to a masterwork from the Cone Collection, The Yellow Dress. Click here to continue reading.
Heroism in Paint: A Master Series by Jacob Lawrence, Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati, OHOn view through January 17, 2016Jacob Lawrence’s paintings often tell epic stories from African American history. This exhibition offers the rare opportunity to see one of his most important series in its entirety. The dramatic story of Toussaint L’Ouverture, revered as the founding father of Haiti, is recounted through 41 tempera paintings. Lawrence’s signature style of geometric shapes and expressive colors lends an emotional edge to this sweeping tale. Although it illustrates the horrors of slavery and battle, the series is also a testament to the endurance of the human spirit. Click here to continue reading.
Surrealism: The Conjured Life, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, ILOn view through June 5, 2016Surrealism: The Conjured Life presents more than 100 paintings, sculptures, drawings, and photographs that demonstrate the deep currents that Surrealism sent through the international art world—and especially through Chicago—since its emergence in the first half of the twentieth century. A global movement that encompassed a wide number of art forms, including film, theater, poetry, and literature, Surrealism came of age with poet André Breton’s formal declaration in 1924. Click here to continue reading.
Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GAOn view through May 15, 2016Iris van Herpen works at the nexus of fashion, design, technology, and science. With a dynamic and path-breaking body of work, she is widely heralded as a pioneering new voice in fashion. Fashion is about quick deadlines, international platforms, and a voracious need for the next new thing. It is a discipline that requires tremendous creative energy to constantly produce and perform. Van Herpen is known for her willingness to experiment—exploring new fabrics created by blending steel with silk or iron filings with resin, incorporating unexpected materials ranging from umbrella tines to magnets, and pushing the boundaries of technologies such as 3-D printing. Van Herpen has created a body of work that continues to defy expectation, evolving and forging new ideas and inspirations based both in nature and in visions of the contemporary world. Click here to continue reading.
New Territories: Laboratories for Design, Craft and Art in Latin America, Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NMJanuary 9, 2016The exhibition includes art, design, and craft in several distinct cities throughout Latin America, where some of the most pertinent new directions in arts and design are emerging today. The featured collaborations between small manufacturing operations and craftspersons, artists, and designers, demonstrate not only the issues of commodification and production, but also of urbanization, displacement and sustainability. Click here to continue reading.
Mayfair Antiques & Fine Art Fair, The London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square, LondonJanuary 7-10, 2016For the fourth year in succession, The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited presents its flagship event, The Mayfair Antiques & Fine Art Fair at the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square, London W1K 6JP. Taking place over four days, from Thursday 7 until Sunday 10 January 2016, in association with Mayfair property specialist Wetherell, this boutique event comprises some 44 specialist dealers, exhibiting a superb and diverse array including many unique and rare items. Ingrid Nilson, director of The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited, said, “We are fortunate that the first three fairs have been extremely well received by an international audience, members of the trade, interior designers, the media and other discerning people, since we launched in January 2013. Click here to continue reading.