Art across America
What's up...on the walls of arts museums all over the map
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
Gauguin's 'Nirvana': Painters at Le Pouldu, 1889-90
Jan. 27 - April 29
The small village of Le Pouldu on the western coast of France suited the reclusive nature of Paul Gauguin before he retired to Tahiti. A small coterie of painters joined Gauguin at Le Pouldu, and this one-time exhibition collects the best works of this period by the famous impressionist and fellow artists.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
The Phillips Collection
Wayne Thiebaud: A Paintings Retrospective
Feb. 10 - April 29
Thiebaud's Pop Art from the '60s secured his reputation as one of the great modern American artists. In addition to his famous portraits of framed cakes and pies, the Californian is also known for his watercolors and oils of landscapes and cityscapes.
The National Gallery of Art
Modern Art and America: Alfred Stieglitz and His New York Galleries
Jan. 28 - April 22
Stieglitz's indelible influence on modern art in America is illustrated by these seminal works from his collections, gathered together into one exhibition. Artists on display include Cezanne, Matisse, Picasso, Rodin, and O'Keeffe.
WEST PALM BEACH
Norton Museum of Art
The Triumph of French Painting: Masterpieces from Ingres to Matisse
Through Mar. 11
Loans from two art galleries in Baltimore have yielded a rich exhibition of Gallic paintings from several periods between the 19th and 20th centuries. The impressionists are well represented by Monet, Renoir, and Cezanne, as are their artistic predecessors, Corot, Millet, Ingres, and Delacroix. Non-French painters Van Gogh and Picasso are also represented by works that they completed during time spent in France.
An American in Europe: The Photography Collection of Baroness Jeane von Oppenheim from the Norton Museum of Art
Feb. 24 - April 29
A selection of 132 prints from the Baroness's collection capture impressions of Europe shot through many American lenses prior to World War I through the present day.
High Museum of Art Folk Art and Photography Galleries
The Art of William Edmondson
Feb. 24 - May 19
Edmondson's sculpting ability developed as a result of experimentation while he was a tombstone carver during the Great Depression. This is the first tour of the African-American's work in 19 years, and it is accompanied by an exhibition of photographs showing Edmondson at work.
The Farnsworth Art Museum
The Maine Influence: Selected Works By N.C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, and James Wyeth
Through May 6
Three generations of the Wyeth family have captured Maine's gorgeous landscapes over the past century. The exhibition traces the influence that N.C. Wyeth had on both his son and grandson, and each of the painters provide a vivid masterclass in the use of watercolor.
The Walters Gallery
Manet: The Still-Life Paintings
Jan. 28 - April 22
The Musee d'Orsay first hosted this display devoted to Manet's still-life portraits. The Walters Gallery is the only American venue for these 55 works, which include drawings on the pages of private correspondence as well as some of the bouquets of flowers that Manet painted while confined to his room before he died.
The Baltimore Museum of Art
Feb. 18 - May 27
Nine contemporary artists intend for visitors to use all five senses to experience their creations. They include a 24-ft. beaded curtain, a full-scale replica of a Korean home, and a large replica of a newspaper page, which has a reflective surface appearing to bear the image of anyone gazing at it.
The Peabody Museum
Frank W. Benson: American Impressionist
Through Feb. 18
It's fitting that the Peabody Museum profiles one of Salem's own. Though he grew up in the Massachusetts town, Frank W. Benson had an apprenticeship in Paris toward the end of the 19th century that influenced his style. The impressionist always strove to capture the different effects of light and shadow on his subjects, which included still lifes, outdoor wildlife scenes, and New Englanders interacting with nature.
Hancock Shaker Village
Seen and Received: The Shakers' Private Art
Through April 2
You've probably never seen religious art quite like this. Though the Shakers frowned on art, many women in their community expressed their faith through intricately rendered ink and watercolor drawings. Many of these "gift drawings" were destroyed and only about 200 of them survive today. This is the first display of these works in a decade.
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Berenice Abbott: An American Photographer
Feb. 3 - June 17
Berenice Abbott (1898-1991) proved to be a formative influence on the art of American photography. Drawn from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts' permanent collection, this exhibition shows a wide range of her work, spanning her well-known photographs of New York and her lesser-known scientific photographs and portraits of important artists.
Saint Louis Art Museum
Vincent Van Gogh and the Painters of the Petit Boulevard
Feb. 17 - May 13
The museum promises that this exhibition will "present a Van Gogh who's a far cry from the 'mad genius' of films and popular spin." The focus of the exhibition is on the first stirrings of the neo-impressionists and it includes works by Gauguin, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Pissarro.
National Hispanic Cultural Center of New Mexico
La Luz: Contemporary Latino Art in the United States
Through May 27
The first exhibition of the $55 million center collects a wide variety of art celebrating Latino culture and experiences, many of them social, political, and personal. The displays include video, painting, photography, sculpture, and craft.
COOPER-HEWITT, NATIONAL DESIGN MUSEUM
The Opulent Eye of Alexander Girard
Through March 18
The Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt presents the first major retrospective of Girard's textiles, tableware, furnishings, and sketches. The designer and architect's work will be put in context by a collection of photographs, film, and art that influenced these designs.
KIMBELL ART MUSEUM
From Renoir to Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musee de l'Orangerie
Through Feb. 25
With the l'Orangerie museum in Paris under renovation, many of its treasures have been loaned to the Kimbell. It's an enviable collection including Matisse, Rousseau, Derain, Monet, and Modigliani.
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