The National Gallery of Art will exhibit Gordon Parks: The New Tide, Early Work 1940–1950, November 4-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 will bring together 150 photographs and ephemera—including magazines, books, letters, and family pictures. The exhibition “will illustrate 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.
The National Gallery of Art is exhibiting Corot: Women, through December 30.The artist was a master of landscape painting in the 19th century, but his impressive figure paintings are less well known. Corot's use of color and his delicate touch produced “pictures of quiet majesty.” Mary Morton, who is curator and head of the department of French paintings, curated the exhibition.
Image below:Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot - French, 1796-1875 - Title – “Italian Girl” c. 1872 - oil on canvas - Gift of the Avalon Foundation
The National Gallery of Art is exhibiting works by contemporary British sculptor Rachel Whiteread, thru January 13, 2019.The comprehensive survey of her work brings together some 100 objects from the course her 30-year career, including drawings, photographs, architecture-scaled sculptures, archival materials, documentary materials on public projects, plus several new works. Whiteread’s works of all sizes in plaster, rubber, concrete, resin, and paper “memorialize everyday objects, domestic interiors, and public spaces.” The exhibition was co-organized with Tate Britain.
Image below: Rachel Whiteread, Untitled (Domestic), 2002, cast plaster on armatures, Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York. Owned jointly by Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; George B. and Jenny R. Matthews Fund and Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; The Henry L. Hillman Fund, 2006. Image courtesy the artist/Gagosian, London/Luhring Augustine, New York/Galleria Lorcan O'Neill Visit www.nga.gov
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.
The National Gallery of Art is presenting the first comprehensive exhibition of Chiaroscuro Woodcuts from the Italian Renaissance, thru January 20, 2019.The color prints were made from the successive printing of multiple blocks & “interpreted designs by leading masters such as Raphael, Parmigianino, and Titian, while boasting extraordinary craft and their own, often striking palette.” There were, and still are, questions about exactly how the chiaroscuros were created.The exhibition uses the most beautiful impressions in American and British collections, plus new research, and interpretations to understand the chiaroscuro woodcut “as an essential phenomenon, and one of the most beautiful, in the history of printmaking.” The exhibition is coordinated at the National Gallery of Art by Jonathan Bober, Andrew W. Mellon senior curator of prints and drawings.
Image below: Ugo da Carpi, after Parmigianino - Diogenes, c. 1527–1530 chiaroscuro woodcut from four blocks in light green, medium green, brown, and dark brown. National Gallery of Art, Pepita Milmore Memorial Fund
The National Gallery of Art is exhibiting Water, Wind, and Waves: Marine Paintings from the Dutch Golden Age, thru November 25. During the seventeenth century the Dutch became leaders in marine travel, transport, commerce, and security as their massive cargo carriers and warships traversed oceans and their small vessels and fishing boats navigated inland and coastal waterways. The exhibition “explores the deep, multifaceted relationship the Dutch had with the water, including their gratitude for the sea’s bounty and their fear of its sometimes destructive power.” Drawn largely from the Gallery’s own collection, the exhibition features nearly 50 paintings, prints, drawings, rare books, and ship models.”
Image below: Ludolf Backhuysen "Ships in Distress off a Rocky Coast" - 1667 Painting - Dutch, 1630 - 1708 - Oil on Canvas - Credit - Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund
The National Gallery of Art is exhibiting Sense of Humor, thru January 6, 2019.The exhibition explores the expression of humor in painting and sculpture in the Gallery’s collection through works including “Renaissance caricatures, biting English satires, and 20th-century comics.” The exhibition includes major works by Pieter Brueghel the Elder, Jacques Callot, William Hogarth, James Gillray, Francisco Goya, and Honoré Daumier, as well as later examples by Art Spiegelman, Richard Hamilton, Andy Warhol, John Baldessari, and the Guerrilla Girls.”
Image below: James Gillray, Midas, Transmuting All into Paper, 1797, etching with hand-coloring in watercolor on laid paper, Wright and Evans 1851, no. 168, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Purchased as an Anonymous Gift.
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