Hamilton, Ont, Canada - Curated by Tobi Bruce, Senior Curator; Patrick Shaw Cable, Curator of European Art; and Sara Knelman, Curator of Contemporary Art. The Art Gallery of Hamilton banner exhibition is on view until May 13, 2007, FRAMED: The Art of the Portrait looks at the innovative transformations of the age-old artistic genre of portraiture. Embracing photography, painting, sculpture, prints, drawings and other media, the exhibition highlights the breadth of the AGH’s portrait holdings, complemented by select loans from other institutions and individuals.
LONDON - Prunella Clough is regarded as one of the most interesting and significant British painters of the post-war period. Tate Britain’s exhibition, which focuses on the relationship between the artist’s early and later works opened on 24 March. Displayed across two rooms, Prunella Clough is one of an ongoing series of mid-scale exhibitions that aim to examine particular themes or periods within the work of important British artists. Prunella Clough (1919-99) devoted her career to finding beauty in unconsidered aspects of the urban and industrial landscape. She scrutinized the surfaces and textures of the contemporary environment, transforming subjects such as lorries and factory yards, the detritus of street and gutter, and the bright colors of plastics into images of compelling mystery and beauty. On exhibition through 27 August, 2007.
Pontiac, MI - The Museum of New Art (MONA) will present Changing Cities: Chicago, on view from April 14 - May 12. Sister cities in America’s Midwest, both historically and culturally, Chicago and Detroit are suddenly swapping artists. Why not! In the last several decades, Detroit has suffered a growing loss of cultural history, and, so, any real sense of place. The city’s art institutions have been debilitated by short-term memory and lack of local interest. Artists have quickly been lost to time, either through death or diaspora.
San Francisco, CA - Mark Wolfe Contemporary Art is pleased to present new work by two Bay Area artists, Ajna Lichau and Jessica Pezalla. Ajna Lichau uses video, photography, and mixed-media to create atmospheric installations that treat the body’s relationship with its environment. Her most recent work, centered on the cameo, explore issues of physicality, sexuality, and sensuality. Jessica Pezalla employs simple materials (paper, felt, coated wire) to build sculptures and installations that function as waterless aquariums, “[connecting] the natural world to the domestic.” On exhibition until 23 May, 2007.
Brussels, Belgium - For the first time, Views on Europe presents the whole spectrum of 19th-century German painting. At its core is the way German artists saw other European countries. Via some 150 masterpieces from the state museums of Berlin, Dresden, and Munich and from other major German collections this exhibition explores the roots of European culture. In an unprecedented cooperative undertaking by the three greatest state collections of 19th-century painting (the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, and the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen), supplemented by important loans from other German museums and galleries, the exhibition looks at German art of the 19th century from a variety of perspectives. In doing so, it pays particular attention to its many international connections. Major European countries and regions are linked with particular themes. Countless stimuli from 19th-century Europe's art, its past, and its present were reflected in German art. These interactions can be clearly seen in the exhibition.
Houston, TX - The Temptations of Flora: Jan van Huysum (1682-1749), the first large- scale exhibition devoted to Jan van Huysum’s work, opened at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston on Sunday, February 18. Van Huysum is renowned for the tremendous realism with which he painted elaborate floral and fruit arrangements, and was said to be the most highly paid Dutch artist of all time. The exhibition is organized by the Stedelijk Museum Het Prinsenhof, Delft, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and is on view at the MFAH’s Audrey Jones Beck Building, 5601 Main Street, through May 20, 2007.
Chattanooga, TN – Alan Shuptrine Fine Art is pleased to announce Hubert Shuptrine ~ Early Works, an exhibition of early watercolors, oils, and acrylics by the late Hubert Shuptrine, the nationally renowned American realist. The Chattanooga native is well known for his two books: Jericho: The South Beheld (Oxmoor House, 1974), which he created with the late poet, James Dickey; and Home to Jericho (Oxmoor House, 1984). Both books comprised collections of his most beloved watercolors that focused on the vanishing South. On exhibition until 3 May, 2007.
DETROIT, MI -- A federal district court judge in Detroit has ruled in favor of the Detroit Institute of Arts’ (DIA) assertion that a restitution claim to a Van Gogh painting in the museum’s collection should be dismissed. In January 2006, the DIA filed a declaratory action asking the court to confirm the museum’s rightful ownership of the painting, following claims by the heirs of the painting’s World War II-era owner. This order dismisses, with prejudice, the heirs’ counterclaims to the DIA action. In the decision, which is subject to appeal, Judge Denise Page Hood cited the timing of the heirs’ claims as having been filed well after the expiration of Michigan’s statute of limitations.
London - The Members of the Royal Watercolour Society are deeply influenced by the places that they have lived and worked, the people in their lives and the cultures in which they are surrounded. Painting wrests out of life an essence of experience, memory, thought, and feeling. An unpredictable and unique medium, watercolour lends itself to all kinds of interesting effects that represent the many different inspirations of the Societies Members. On exhibition until 15 April, 2007.
Coral Gables, FL - Superb talents and finely honed techniques unite the widely varied personal statements featured in “Panorama Latinoamericano,” the new exhibition of paintings and sculpture at ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Galleries in Coral Gables. Fourteen Master, Mid-Career Artists are shown. Two paintings by the Mexican master Francisco Toledo are in the exhibition, along with works by thirteen mid-career artists from Argentina, Colombia, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela. On exhibition until May 28th, 2007.