The National Gallery of Art’s Evenings at the Edge program will continue with events on March 8, and May 10 in the I. M. Pei-designed East Building. The 19-degree knife-edge angle of the East Building was the inspiration for the program's title. This popular event offers guests a vibrant mix of art and entertainment. In addition to an opportunity to explore the Gallery's collection and exhibitions after hours, the Edge events allow visitors to enjoy free live music, theatrical performances, films, discussions, pop-up talks, tours, and a chance to spend a leisurely evening with friends, family, and colleagues. Light fare and beverages, including beer and wine, will be available for purchase; guests must be 21 to purchase alcoholic beverages. Admission to Evenings at the Edge is free, but registration is required.To register and find out more, visit nga.gov/evenings
Image below: The National Gallery of Art East Building.
The National Gallery of Art East Building
The National Gallery of Art will exhibit Sharing Images: Renaissance Prints Into Maiolica and Bronze, April 1-August 5.The exhibition was inspired by the Gallery’s acquisition of the important William A. Clark maiolica (glazed Italian ceramics) collection from the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Some 90 objects highlight the impact of Renaissance prints on maiolica and bronze plaquettes - the two media most dramatically influenced by the new technology of image replication.The exhibition “tells the story of how printed images were transmitted, transformed, and translated onto ceramics and small bronze reliefs, creating a shared visual canon across artistic media and geographical boundaries.” The focus of the exhibition is on designs by major artists such as Andrea Mantegna, Antonio del Pollaiuolo, Raphael, Michelangelo, Parmigianino, and Albrecht Dürer. Image below:Artist: Painter of the Milan Marsyas - Italian, active 1500/1550 – Title:Charger with Marcus Curtius Plunging into the Chasm – Dated c. 1525/1530 - tin-glazed earthenware (maiolica)- Corcoran Collection (William A. Clark Collection)
The Smithsonian American Art Museum will present Diane Arbus, April 6-September 30.An American photographer, Diane Arbus (1923-1971) was known for her focus on people who were often seen by the public as unattractive. This is the first exhibition to focus exclusively on a box of ten photographs by Arbus, using an eleventh print set that Arbus assembled specially for Bea Feitler. It was acquired by the Smithsonian American Art Museum in 1986, and is the only one of the portfolios completed and sold by Arbus that is publicly held.
The National Gallery of Art is presenting an exhibition titled Michel Sittow: Estonian Painter at the Courts of Renaissance Europe in the West Building, thru May 13. Sittow (c.1469-1525)was trained in the tradition of Early Netherlandish painting & painted in Spain & the Netherlands.He was considered one of the most important Flemish painters of the era. Sittow worked at the courts of renowned European royals such as King Ferdinand of Aragon and Queen Isabella of Castile. The exhibition features some 20 of his works & offers an opportunity to examine his art in a broader context as it marks the centennial of the Estonian Republic in 2018.
Image below:Michel Sittow - Portrait of Diego de Guevara (?) Dated c. 1515/1518 – Netherlandish - oil on panel – Credit Andrew W. Mellon Collection.
The National Gallery of Art is exhibiting Outliers and American Vanguard Art, thru May 13 in the East Building, Concourse Galleries.Some 250 works explore three distinct periods in American history when mainstream and outlier artists intersected. The exhibition “aligns work by such diverse artists as Charles Sheeler, Christina Ramberg, and Matt Mullican with both historic folk art and works by self-taught artists ranging from Horace Pippin to Janet Sobel and Joseph Yoakum. It also examines a recent influx of radically expressive work. The exhibition is curated by Lynne Cooke, senior curator, special projects in modern art, National Gallery of Art.
The National Gallery of Art is exhibiting Heavenly Earth: Images of Saint Francis at La Verna, thru July 8. The volume titled Descrizione del Sacro Monte della Vernia (1612) depicts the monastery and dramatic rocky terrain of La Verna, the site where Saint Francis received the stigmata. The exhibition was curated by Ginger Hammer, assistant curator, department of old master prints, National Gallery of Art.
Image below: Artist Lino Moroni - Italian, 1547-1627 – “Chapel of the Blessed John of La Verna (Cappella del beato Giovanni della Verna)" – Dated 1612 – Medium - 1 engraved illustration – Print – Credit: Acquisition funded by a grant from The B.H. Breslauer Foundation, 2013
The National Gallery of Art is exhibitingIn the Tower: Anne Truitt, thru April 1, 2018. The studio life of Anne Truitt (1921–2004) is being explored in the first major presentation of her work at the Gallery. The exhibition celebrates the museum’s acquisition of several major artworks by Truitt in recent years, including seminal works from the Corcoran Collection and several outstanding loans. The exhibition features nine sculptures, two paintings, and 12 works on paper representing the different media in which the artist worked. An accompanying brochure features excerpts of an interview with Truitt by James Meyer.
Image below: Anne Truitt Knight's Heritage, 1963 acrylic on wood - National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of the Collectors Committee
The National Gallery of Art is exhibiting a special installation of Jackson Pollock’s Mural (1943)thru October 28, 2018. The mural is on loan from the University of Iowa Museum of Art. Originally commissioned by Peggy Guggenheim for her New York City townhouse, the painting is Pollock’s largest work at nearly 20 feet long, and represents a major turning point in the artist’s career and style. Also on view are paintings and works on paper by Pollock from the Gallery’s collection.
Image below: Jackson Pollock Mural, 1943 oil and casein on canvas - University of Iowa Museum of Art, Gift of Peggy Guggenheim, 1959.6
The National Gallery of Art will exhibit Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings in the West Building, March 4-May 28.The contemporary artist from Lexington, Virginia makes "experimental, elegiac, and hauntingly beautiful photographs that span a broad body of work including figure studies, still lifes, and landscapes." The exhibition "will explore how her relationship with the South has shaped her work."Some 115 photographs will be organized into five sections:Family, The Land, Last Measure, Abide with Me, & What Remains. To read more about Sally Mann, visit http://sallymann.com/about
The National Gallery of Art will exhibit Cézanne Portraits, March 25-July 1 in the West Building. Some 60 of the artist’s portraits will be drawn from collections around the world in what will be the first exhibition devoted to the famed post-impressionist’s portraits. The exhibition will provide the first full visual account of Cézanne’s portrait practice.Some of the works to be displayed have never before been exhibited in the U.S.
Image below: Paul Cézanne - French 1839-1906 - Bust of Madame Cézanne (verso) 1884/1885 – Graphite Drawing – Collection of Mr. & Mrs. Paul Mellon