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Henri Matisse: A Celebration of French Poets & Poetry

Henri Matisse, Oglethorpe University Museum of Art

ATLANTA, GA — “I don’t distinguish between the making of a book and a painting,” Henri Matisse once said. A new exhibit in Atlanta showcases works from two of the many illustrated books known as “livre d’artistes” (artist’s books), produced by the artist during his lifetime.

Oglethorpe University Museum of Art (OUMA) presents the first-ever North American exhibition tour of the Albert Skira Collection of Henri Matisse’s lithographs for his 1948 series Florilége des Amours de Ronsard, and his 1930-32 series of etchings of Stéphane Mallarmé’s Poésies. Florilège des Amours illustrates the love poems of 16th century French Renaissance poet Pierre de Ronsard; while Poésies illustrates selected mythologically inspired poems of 19th century French poet Stéphane Mallarmé.

On view through May 9, 2010, Henri Matisse: A Celebration of French Poets & Poetry focuses on Matisse’s love and devotion to books and poetry celebrating the works of two of France’s most revered poets from the Renaissance period to modern times. The exhibit includes 47 lithographs and 16 etchings.

For more information on this exhibit, please visit museum.oglethorpe.edu or visit Park West Gallery  at sales.parkwestgallery.com to view selections from our Matisse Collection online.

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Florida Gulf Coast University Presents a Romero Britto Retrospective

Romero Britto, Florida Gulf Coast UniversityFORT MYERS, FL — An exciting new exhibit featuring the artwork of Romero Britto opens Friday evening at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU). Through Feb. 5, Romero Britto: A Select Retrospective will present some of the Miami artist’s earlier works on newsprint and cardboard, as well as preparatory sketches for completed works; recent works will also be on view.

Romero Britto has come a long way since his days of painting on scraps of newspaper and cardboard as a poor youth growing up in Brazil; now he paints his signature style on anything and everything. In fact, in July 2009 Park West Gallery shared the story about Britto’s transformation of a Bentley car into a colorful work of art; and in October, the artist designed custom parking meters to help the homeless in South Florida.

Celebrities including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Clinton, Gloria Estefan, Elton John and Oprah Winfrey have all added Britto works to their personal art collections. “He seems to be on a rock star level,” Anica Sturdivant recently told The News-Press of Fort Myers. Sturdivant is one of the co-curators for the Britto exhibit at FGCU and said she certainly feels joy whenever she sees his work. “People always need something that just makes them smile,” Sturdivant said, “something that brightens up their world for a while.”

For more on this exhibit, please visit artgallery.fgcu.edu

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Rembrandt Etching Discovered in a University Bathroom

This etching by 17th century Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn was discovered in a bathroom in Nugent Hall at The Catholic University of America. [Credit: AP Photo/The Catholic University of America, Ed Pfuellera]

WASHINGTON D.C. — A fun part of collecting artwork from Park West Gallery (from anywhere really) is deciding where the piece should hang to best fit in with your decor. Art is created to be seen, displayed and enjoyed each and every day; not to be tucked away, lost or forgotten. So how did an original Rembrandt etching find its way into a bathroom cabinet at The Catholic University of America (CUA) and then for years remain hidden there, obscured from public view?

“I went into the restroom in Nugent Hall and opened a cabinet there,” explained CUA’s president Rev. David O’Connell, who found the Rembrandt print while searching for paper towels in a university bathroom. “I found the paper towels but as I was closing the cabinet door, I noticed on the bottom shelf under some junk, a picture frame jutting out. I bent down, pulled out the frame only to discover an etching that looked familiar to me. Why it was there or how it got there, I’ll never know.”

The small  4.5″x5″ etching of a bearded old man contains a handwritten inscription in French on the back of the work which reads: “The bust of an old man with a great beard seen about most of the face. His head a little perched gives him the attitude of a man who sleeps.”

CUA archivist Leslie Knoblauch says an appraiser has confirmed the authenticity of the Rembrandt, which is currently the centerpiece of a new exhibit at the university. “We saw his name twice on the piece, but we still couldn’t believe that’s what this was,” Knoblauch told The Washington Post. “Who finds a Rembrandt randomly in their home?”

Fine Lines: Discovering Rembrandt and Other Old Masters at Catholic University is on view through May 21, 2010 and features several other drawings, etchings, engravings and woodcut prints by American and European artists. 

To learn more about the exhibit, please visit www.cua.edu

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Rembrandt Invades SoCal…and the Internet

A handful of notable museums in Southern California have created a unique collaborative online exhibition focused on the seventeenth-century Dutch master, Rembrandt van Rijn.  

The Rembrandt in Southern California website offers a virtual exhibition of 14 paintings by the artist, with each work of art accompanied by an audio discussion from museum curators and directors. If you can’t travel to sunny California, the online guided tour is an exceptional way to learn about the paintings, and with your own virtual docent no less.

Southern California is home to the third-largest assemblage of Rembrandt paintings in the United States. By comparison, the Park West Gallery Rembrandt Collection isn’t quite as extensive, but we can certainly attest that launching a website is a really great way to educate the public about art. (You can visit the Park West Gallery Rembrandt website here.) 

In addition to coordinating the Rembrandt in Southern California website, the five area museums – the Hammer Museum, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in Los Angeles; the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena; and the Timken Museum of Art in San Diego – are also offering tours, lectures and exhibits centered around Rembrandt and his peers.

For a full schedule of events and exhibitions, visit www.rembrandtinsocal.org

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Dali Dali Featuring Francesco Vezzoli

The Park West Gallery Dali Collection is one of the most thoroughly documented and authenticated collections of Salvador Dali artwork in the world. Learn more at Park West Gallery’s website dedicated to the master of Surrealism, Salvador Dali.

Salvador Dali, “A Couple with their Heads Full of Clouds” (1937).
© Salvador Dalí, Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation/BUS, Stockholm 2009.

STOCKHOLM — The Moderna Museet (Museum of Modern Art) in Stockholm, Sweden presents Dalí Dalí Featuring Francesco Vezzoli. The exhibition brings together two artists, Salvador Dalí (1904-1989) and Francesco Vezzoli (b.1971), with the idea of putting Dalí’s oeuvre in a contemporary context and looking at Vezzoli from a historical perspective. The exhibition highlights the artist role that Salvador Dalí assumed. It also experiments with the exhibition phenomenon itself, by juxtaposing a historical artist with a contemporary artist, Francesco Vezzoli.

The exhibition is divided into two rooms, separated by three doors. One set of doors is locked, as a metaphor for the unattainable. In the first room, works by Dalí from the 1930s are shown in a traditional museum setting. This period has long been considered to be the best in Dalí’s oeuvre. The second room presents Salvador Dalí the Universal Artist, who experimented in a wide range of genres.

Salvador Dalí the phenomenon is highly interesting today, particularly his use of the mass media. It is hard to distinguish between Dalí the man, and Dalí the celebrity. The rear wall presents Francesco Vezzoli’s work, which focuses on the celebrity cult. Using famous people in the way a painter would use colors on a palette, he parodies a social climate in which the announcement of an event has become more essential than the event itself.

Dalí Dalí Featuring Francesco Vezzoli is currently on view through January 17, 2010.

For more information, please visit www.modernamuseet.se/en/Stockholm

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Portrait Prints by Rembrandt at the Norton Simon Museum

For over 40 years, Park West Gallery has been a world-wide source for collectors of original etchings by Rembrandt Van Rijn, the artist viewed by so many as the greatest etcher of all time. Learn all about Rembrandt and the art of etching at the Park West Gallery/Rembrandt Website >>

PASADENA, Calif. — The Norton Simon Museum presents The Familiar Face: Portrait Prints by Rembrandt, an exhibition of 15 etchings by Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn (1606–1669). Rembrandt’s prominence as a painter of portraits, particularly those of the merchants and burghers of Amsterdam, is well known. But the artist’s etched prints also have a place and purpose in recording the visages of his contemporaries. A skilled, innovative printmaker, Rembrandt embraced etching as a means of expression and experimentation. The artworks in The Familiar Face illustrate the artist’s keen power of observation as well as his gift for drama and humor.

Culled from the Norton Simon’s extensive collection of Rembrandt prints, the artworks on view offer a window to some of the personalities of Rembrandt’s age. Although 17th-century Holland had an active trade in the portraits of politicians, heroes and renowned scholars, the majority of portrait prints made by Rembrandt were not intended for such a market. We know this because his prints do not bear the characteristic etched captions identifying the name and public role of the subject.

Together, the 15 works presented in The Familiar Face shed light on Rembrandt’s world and introduce us to some of his friends, family members and contemporaries. The exhibition addresses the function of these portrait prints, whether they were commissioned, created at the artist’s initiative, or perhaps done as a meditation on the visage of a loved one.

The Familiar Face: Portrait Prints by Rembrandt is now on view through March 22, 2010.

For more information, please visit www.nortonsimon.org

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Albrecht Durer: Virtuoso Printmaker

Famed German draftsman, painter and writer, Albrecht Dürer, is best known for his exquisite, intricate woodcuts and engravings. Dürer’s name is included among art history’s Old Masters, and he continues to earn renown for his innovative, skillfully-executed works. Visit www.parkwestgallery.com to learn more about the Park West Gallery – Old Masters Collection.
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BOSTON, MA — The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston presents Albrecht Durer: Virtuoso Printmaker. Albrecht Dürer was the pivotal figure of Late Gothic and High Renaissance German art. He remains, after 500 years — like Rembrandt, Goya, and Picasso — one of the supreme masters of printmaking. His engravings and woodcuts are a dazzling combination of observation, imagination, and technical virtuosity.

Albrecht Durer: Virtuoso Printmaker is a choice selection of some 45 works from the MFA’s outstanding collection including iconic prints, such as the engravings Adam and Eve (1504), Knight, Death, and the Devil (1513), and the woodcut of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1497-98). Lesser-known but equally compelling engravings, such as The Prodigal Son amid the Swine (1496) and the Coat of Arms of Death (1503), document Dürer’s remarkable powers of observation as well as his vivid imagination. A newly acquired early impression of the rare woodcut The Beheading of St. Catherine (1498) joins a lineup of great impressions of the artist’s single-sheet woodcuts from the 1490s.

The exhibition also features selections from Dürer’s celebrated woodcut series, including The Large Passion and The Life of the Virgin, his innovative experiments with new media, including the etching of the Landscape with the Cannon (1518) and the drypoint of St. Jerome by the Pollard Willow (1512), and books he authored and illustrated on human proportion, drawing devices, and fortification.

Albrecht Durer: Virtuoso Printmaker is now on view through July 3, 2010.

For more information, please visit www.mfa.org

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Cafe and Cabaret: Toulouse-Lautrec’s Paris

French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec is considered one of the great masters of Post-Impressionism. Although exhibitions of Toulouse-Lautrec’s work were not well received in his lifetime, he is now one of the world’s most popular artists, represented in most major museums of France and the United States. Learn More at Park West Gallery Artist Biographies >>
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BOSTON, MA — More than 30 bold and subtle posters, prints, and paintings representative of the bohemian nightlife of late 19th-century Paris are presented in Café and Cabaret: Toulouse-Lautrec’s Paris at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA). The French aristocrat Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901), one of the most famous artists of the Post-Impressionist period, is known for his striking images of performers in the centers of Parisian entertainment in the 1880s and 1890s, specifically the café-concerts and cabaret nightclubs in the neighborhood of Montmartre. Toulouse-Lautrec spent most of his time in this lively section of the city — where women danced the Cancan at places such as the Moulin Rouge — and chronicled in his canvases and lithographs the extravagant nightlife of Parisian dance halls and nightclubs.

Despite his short life, Toulouse-Lautrec was enormously productive and succeeded in developing a style uniquely suited to the celebrity culture of the raffish district of Montmartre, where he and other privileged sophisticates went “slumming” in the late 1800s. He had a genius for caricature that captured the signature features and body language of his subjects, who included his friends, the singers and dancers May Milton, Jane Avril, and La Goulue (“the glutton”). He accomplished this with the radical use of broad flat colors, strong silhouettes, and unusual points of view. Toulouse-Lautrec was heavily influenced by the Japanese prints discovered during this time and incorporated Japanese design elements in works.

Toulouse-Lautrec incorporated into his own highly individual vision stylistic elements from various contemporary artists, including the French painter Edgar Degas. Toulouse-Lautrec inserted himself into his images of nightclubs and hung his work in the cabaret Le Mirliton, one of his many haunts. He also designed advertising posters for his good friend the singer, comedian, and showman Aristide Bruant.

In addition to works by Toulouse-Lautrec, Café and Cabaret highlights evocative images of Parisian nightlight by several other celebrated artists of the period, including Pablo Picasso’s painting Stuffed Shirts (Les Plastrons) (1900), Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen’s poster Collection of the Chat Noir (1898), and Pierre Bonnard’s lithograph At the Theater (1895).

Café and Cabaret: Toulouse-Lautrec’s Paris is now on view through August 8, 2010.

For more information, please visit www.mfa.org

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