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American Modern Art: History, Diversity & Independence
We've all been riveted to the events taking place in the United States recently, so what better time to look at the current myriad of art exhibitions in the US, many of which are rather timely reflections on the subjects of history, independence, diversity and women's art.
The Orange County Museum of Art is now showing American Mosaic: Picturing Modern Art through the Eye of Duncan Phillips, a collection of American art from the late 1800s through to the mid 1900s. The exhibition provides an insight into the genius of its visionary founder, Duncan Phillips, focuses on the development of modern art in the United States, and reflects a culture of independence, diversity, and experimentation. It includes pieces by important American modernist artists such as Richard Diebenkorn, Arthur Dove, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper and Georgia O’Keeffe, to name just a few. The exhibition is on view from 6 August - 4 December 2016.
Arthur Dove (1880-1946) Red Sun, 1935. Oil on canvas, 20 1/4 x 28 inches.
The Titan of the West exhibition at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis features a spectacular collection of Western paintings and Native American artifacts once owned by the former NFL Tennessee Titans owner Kenneth S. “Bud” Adams. The multi-million dollar collection was bequeathed by Adams to the Eiteljorg Museum when he died in 2013 at age 90. Visitors will see striking paintings by Frederic Remington, Charles Russell, Thomas Moran and other artists who shaped the image of the Old West. They also will see fascinating Native American artifacts, including brilliant beaded and quilled clothing from Plains tribes, Cherokee basketry and a wide variety of horse gear, smoking pipes and moccasins. The Titan of the West special exhibition opened on 12 November 2016 and will continue until 5 February 2017.
Thomas Moran, Grand Canyon
On Such a Night as This: A Celebration of African American Art opened at New York's ACA Galleries on 10 November 2016. The exhibition celebrates the range of styles and content in paintings, drawings and sculptures by African American artists from the C19th to the present day. Highlights of the exhibition include paintings by Edward Mitchell Bannister (1828-1901), a Canadian-American artist known for his landscapes and the first African American artist to receive a national award for his work; Charles Ethan Porter (c. 1847-1923), an American still life painter, known also for being one of few C19th and C20th African American artists to work full time as an artist and one of the first African American artists to exhibit at the National Academy of Design in New York City; and the self-taught Robert Scott Duncanson (1821-1872) whose ability and technique drew the attention of wealthy patrons who commissioned him to create murals and portraits, earning him the moniker of "best landscape painter in the West" by the American press in the 1860's. Works by Romare Bearden, Camille Billops, Robert Colescott, Faith Ringgold, Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson, Henry O. Tanner and Hale Woodruff and many others will also be on show. On Such a Night as This: A Celebration of African American Art is open from 10 November until 22 December 2016.
Romare Bearden, On Such a Night as This, 1975
The Anita Shapolsky Gallery recently showcased Women! Women! (of the ‘50s), a collection of works by women abstract expressionists who exhibited in the 1950s. The fifteen women in this exhibition were pioneers, carving their own space in a male-dominated art world. The artworks exhibited remain relevant and modern, more than sixty years after the emergence of the Abstract Expression movement, falsely considered a "man's movement". Two of the artists in the exhibition, Ethel Schwabacher and Sonia Gechtoff, are featured at the Denver Art Museum's 'Women of Abstract Expressionism' show, and all of the women represented are in major museum collections. Despite their drive and artistic abilities, these women were often overshadowed by their male contemporaries, so the Anita Shapolsky Gallery was delighted to provide a spotlight and well-deserved exposure for these artists who were disregarded and dismissed for being women.
Ethel Schwabacher, Ode X, 1951, Oil on Canvas, 24" x 20"
An exhibition of the work of artist William Everitte Pedrick will open at New Jersey's Ellarslie Mansion on 27 November 2016. Trained at the National Academy of Design in New York and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, William Everitte Pedrick created caricatures of local politicians and personalities in his home city of Trenton, New Jersey. He was also a well-accomplished landscape artist, specialising in scenes depicting the role Trenton played during the American Revolution. His paintings hung in the State Capitol, City Hall, the Courthouse, and other public buildings as well as regimental armories, colleges, museums, and courtrooms in other cities. As a founder of the Trenton Arts Society and the Trenton Art Alliance, he worked hard to make an art museum possible and took part in many activities with the goal of making Trenton a place of recognition in the world of art. He was tragically killed in an automobile accident at the age of 59, leaving behind a huge body of work celebrating the people and events of his city. The exhibition runs from 27 November 2016 until 15 January 2017 at the Ellarslie.
William E. Pedrick painting
Good Taste – A private Collection comprises almost 50 select works of post-war and contemporary art, which will shortly go to auction at Ketterer Kunst. The collection is characterised by a clear avant-gard motif, with highlights among the acclaimed objects including “Study for Homage to the Square: Two Yellows with Silvergray“ by Josef Albers, a 1960 oil painting, estimated at € 180,000-240,000, "Pure Freude 84", an acrylic work on aluminum by Imi Knoebel estimated at €60,000-€80,000, two works from the 1990s by Gerhard Richter, displaying his passion for the manipulative act, and a 1976/77 sculpture by the London artist Anthony Caro, estimated at €35,000-€45,000. The collection is owned by a Southern German architect, who counted many of the featured artists amongst his circle of friends. As a result, many of the pieces were acquired from the artists directly. Also featured in the catalogue are exciting contemporary artists such as Ulrich Erben, Roland Fischer, Günther Förg, Herbert Hamak, Wilhelm Mundt, Gerwald Rockenschaub, Benjamin Vautier and Peter Zimmermann. The artworks from "Good Taste – A private Collection" will be sold at auction at Ketterer Kunst in Munich from 8-10 December 2016.
Josef Albers, Study for Homage to the Square: Two Yellows with Silvergray. Oil on fiberboard, 1960 61 x 61 cm (24 x 24 in) Estimate: €180,000-€240,000.