Kaywin Feldman named Director of The National Gallery of Art
Kaywin Feldman has been elected by the Board of Trustees of the National Gallery of Art to be the next director of the Gallery effective March 11, 2019. She will succeed Earl A. Powell III, who has served as director since 1992.
The Board, assisted by the firm of Phillips Oppenheim, led an extensive search to identify the best person to lead the preeminent U.S. institution, which houses the nation's collection of fine art and receives more than 5.2 million visitors annually from around the world. Kaywin Feldman was named the Nivin and Duncan MacMillan Director and President of the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) in 2008.She has expanded the Mia's collection while also “opening the Institute’s doors to community dialogue, doubling attendance, and engaging with the defining social issues of our era.”
The National Gallery of Art and the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia - with the special cooperation of the Gallerie dell’Accademia - will exhibit Tintoretto: Artist of Renaissance Venice in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the birth of Jacopo Tintoretto (1518/1519–1594), March 10-July 7. The exhibition will be the first retrospective of the artist in North America, and will include many significant international loans traveling to the U.S. for the first time. The exhibition will feature nearly 50 paintings and more than a dozen works on paper spanning the artist’s entire career and ranging from regal portraits of Venetian aristocracy to religious and mythological narrative scenes. Image below:Artist Jacopo Tintoretto, Venetian, 1518 - 1594 - Portrait of a Venetian Senator - Painted dated c. 1570 - oil on canvas Credit Chester Dale Collection
The National Gallery of Art will exhibit Drawing in Tintoretto’s Venice, March 10-May 26.The exhibition will be the first to focus specifically on Tintoretto’s work as a draftsman, and will provide new ideas about his evolution as a draftsman, about the dating and function of the so-called sculpture drawings, and about Tintoretto’s place in the Venetian tradition. The exhibition begins with drawings by Tintoretto’s predecessors and contemporaries, to show his sources as well as his individuality. Tintoretto’s distinctive figure drawings include both preparatory drawings and a group of his studies after sculptures by Michelangelo and others. The exhibition also considers artists whose drawing styles were influenced by Tintoretto’s, particularly his son Domenico and Palma Giovane. A final section of the exhibition considers a group of drawings that has recently been proposed as the work of the young El Greco, dating from his time in Venice.
Image below: Dominico Tintoretto – Venetian, 1560-1635.“Venetian Ships Attacking Constantinople” 1598/1605.Wolfgang Ratien Collection, Purchased as the Gift of Alexandere M. and Judith W. Laughlin.
The National Gallery of Art will exhibit Venetian Prints in the Time of Tintoretto, March 10-May 26.The exhibition will present some 40 prints from the second half of the 16th century, ranging from the exquisite etchings of Parmigianino and his immediate followers in the Veneto, to the spectacular woodcuts of Giuseppe Scolari, most from the Gallery’s own collection. They will reveal a critical source for Tintoretto’s artistic formation, parallel developments toward a distinctively Venetian mannerism, and striking graphic responses to the dynamism and expressiveness of Tintoretto’s style.
Image below:Giuseppe Scolari - Venetian, active c. 1580 - active 1607 - Saint Jerome - 1590/1607 - woodcut print - Credit: Rosenwald Collectioni
The National Gallery of Art will exhibit Oliver Lee Jackson: Recent Paintings, March 24-September 2.The contemporary American painter, printmaker, and sculptor “has created a complex body of work which weaves together visual influences ranging from the Renaissance to modernism with principles of rhythm and improvisation drawn from his study of African cultures and American jazz.” The exhibition will present some 25 paintings created over the past 15 years, many of which will be shown publicly for the first time. Born in St. Louis, Jackson taught at California State University, Sacramento, for many years and now lives and works in Oakland, California.
The National Gallery of Art is exhibiting Gordon Parks: The New Tide, Early Work 1940–1950, thru February 18, 2019. Gordon Parks (1912–2006) grew from a self-taught photographer making portraits and documenting everyday life in Saint Paul and Chicago to a visionary professional shooting for Ebony, Vogue, Fortune, and Life. The exhibition brings together 150 photographs and ephemera—including magazines, books, letters, and family pictures. The exhibition “illustrates how Parks’s early experiences at the Farm Security Administration, Office of War Information, and Standard Oil (New Jersey) as well as his close relationships with Roy Stryker, Langston Hughes, Richard Wright, and Ralph Ellison, helped shape his groundbreaking style.” The exhibition is curated by Philip Brookman, consulting curator, department of photographs, National Gallery of Art.
Image below: Gordon Parks, Self-Portrait, 1941, gelatin silver print, Private Collection, Courtesy of and copyright The Gordon Parks Foundation
The National Gallery of Art is exhibiting Dawoud Bey: The Birmingham Projectthru March 24, 2019. The contemporary artist has portrayed American youth, especially African American youth, for more than 40 years. The exhibition celebrates the recent acquisition of four large-scale photographs and one video from Bey's most important series. The exhibition is curated by Kara Fiedorek, A. W. Mellon Curatorial Post-Doctoral Fellow in the department of photographs, National Gallery of Art.
Image below: Dawoud Bey with one of his photographs.