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News Archives - American Art | 2014

  • Self Taught Genius: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum begins its national tour

    Self-Taught Genius: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum will feature more than 100 works of art that celebrate the singular power of folk art and art by the self-taught. Whether whirligigs or quilts, drawings or paintings, carvings or constructions, the objects reveal highly personal narratives that reflect the challenges and triumphs of an emerging nation and its evolving national identity.

    The planned tour itinerary will include exhibitions at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa, the Mingei Art Museum in San Diego, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Forth Worth, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Saint Louis Art Museum, and the Tampa Museum of Art.

  • Louvre Database of American Art Available

    The Louvre Museum has developed the La Fayette Database of American Art, presenting a complete list and digitized reproductions of pre-1940 American artworks that are currently housed in French national collections. This fully bilingual online catalogue offers extensive information on more than 1,700 works, as well as scholarly surveys of the history of American artists in France. As the Louvre website states, the database “is intended to make the history of Franco-American artistic rapports better known to the American public, while reminding French audiences of the diversity of their national patrimony.” American Friends of the Louvre received two grants from the Luce Foundation, in 2006 and 2009, to support this project.

  • Three Luce-funded exhibitions receive national attention

    The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, NY, drew record crowds this summer with a 60-piece exhibition of works that painter Georgia O’Keeffe completed over the course of many summers in Lake George, a mere ten miles away from the museum. In a full-page review of the exhibition, The New York Times reporter Jesse McKinley examined how many of O’Keeffe’s most celebrated artistic traits first evolved during her summers in the Adirondacks. The exhibit, “Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keeffe and Lake George,” is now at the O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, and will move on in January to the de Young Museum in San Francisco.

    The New York Times also covered “Women, Art and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise,” a traveling exhibition from the Newcomb Art Gallery at Tulane University, which features over 250 decorative arts objects produced between 1895 and 1940 by female faculty and artists at Newcomb Art School. Though part of an academic institution, the Newcomb enterprise was a quasi-commercial program that trained Southern women as both artists and marketers of their work. Their pottery and other artworks were celebrated by noted turn-of-the-century collectors and remain sought-after today.

    On view in New York City through January 12th, The New Museum has devoted all five of its floors to Chris Burden’s first American solo museum exhibition since 1988. The works on display range from photographs and documentation of his early performance art from the 1970s, to massive sculptures that incorporate movement and ready-made materials, to political meditations on the destructive powers of war. The New York Times reporter Roberta Smith praised the exhibition, which is titled “Extreme Measures,” as a “superb survey.”



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