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Fayum Mummy Portraits: The Oldest Modernist Paintings

Portrait of a young boy, early 3rd century, Antikensammlung Berlin.
Portrait of a young boy, early 3rd century, Antikensammlung Berlin.

W.M. Flinders Petrie, a British archaeologist has discovered the Fayum in the years between 1887 and 1889. Fayum is a sprawling oasis region 150 miles south of Alexandria wherein he excavated a vast cemetery from the first and second centuries A.D., when imperial Rome ruled Egypt, he found scores of exquisite portraits executed on wood panels by anonymous artists, each one associated with a mummified body. Petrie eventually uncovered 150.

Mummy portraits have been found across Egypt, but are most common in the Faiyum Basin, particularly from Hawara and Antinoopolis, hence the common name. “Faiyum Portraits” is generally thought of as a stylistic, rather than a geographic, description. While painted Cartonnage mummy cases date back to pharaonic times, the Faiyum mummy portraits were an innovation dating to the Coptic period on time of the Roman occupation of Egypt.

Most of the preserved mummy portraits were painted on boards or panels, made from different imported hardwoods, including oak, lime, sycamore, cedar, cypress, fig, and citrus. The wood was made smooth and cut into thin rectangular panels. The finished panels were set into layers of wrapping that enclosed the body, and were surrounded by bands of cloth giving the effect of a window-like opening through which the face of the deceased could be seen. Portraits were sometimes painted directly onto the canvas or rags of the mummy wrapping (cartonnage painting).

By now, nearly 1,000 Fayum paintings exist in collections in Egypt and at the Louvre, the British and Petrie museums in London, the Metropolitan and Brooklyn museums, the Getty in California and elsewhere.

Portrait of a man holding a plant, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Dijon.
Portrait of a man holding a plant, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Dijon.

For decades, the portraits lingered in a sort of classification limbo, considered Egyptian by Greco-Roman scholars and Greco-Roman by Egyptians. But scholars increasingly appreciate the startlingly penetrating works, and are even studying them with noninvasive high-tech tools.

At the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek museum in Copenhagen, scientists recently used luminescence digital imaging to analyze one portrait of a woman. They documented extensive use of Egyptian blue, a copper-containing synthetic pigment, around the eyes, nose and mouth, perhaps to create shading, and mixed with red elsewhere on the skin, perhaps to enhance the illusion of flesh.

Stephen Quirke, an Egyptologist at the Petrie museum and a contributor to the museum’s 2007 catalog Living Images, says the Fayum paintings may be equated with those of an old master—only they’re about 1,500 years older.

Doxiadis has a similar view, saying the works’ artistic merit suggests that “the greats of the Renaissance and post-Renaissance, such as Titian and Rembrandt, had great predecessors in the ancient world.”

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World’s Top Schools for Studying Arts

Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
Founded 1698, Vienna’s Academy of Fine Arts is divided into the Institute of Fine Arts (including the departments of abstract painting, art and digital media, art and photography, arts and research, conceptual art, contextual painting, expanded pictorial space, figurative painting, graphic arts and printmaking techniques, object sculpture, performative art-sculpture, video and video installation and textual sculpture), Institute for Art Theory and Cultural Studies, Institution for Conservation and Restoration, Institute for Natural Sciences and Technologies in Art, Institute for Secondary School Teaching Degrees (in craft, design and textiles) and the Institute for Art and Architecture.

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Yale School of Art
Yale School of Art is rated the best in the United States for its Master of Fine Arts program as of 2013. Established in 1869, the Yale School of Art is one of the 12 constituent schools of Yale University. It grants a Masters of Fine Arts degree to those who have completed their studies in graphic design, painting or printmaking, photography or sculpture. Yale offers courses in all of these four interrelated fields.

Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze, Italy
Located in Florence, Tuscany, the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze (“Academy of Fine Arts of Florence”) was founded by Cosimo I de’ Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, Michelangelo and Giorgio Vasari in 1563. Originally, the Academy’s members were the eminent artistic personalities of Cosimo Medici’s court, supervising artistic production in the area. In 1784, all the schools of drawing in Florence were combined into one single institution, known as the Accademia di Belle Arti from then onwards. Since 1783, the Accademia Gallery has housed the original David by Michelangelo.

Royal Academy Schools, England
The Royal Academy Schools form the oldest art school in Britain and the only institution to offer a three-year post-graduate art course. They offer an unparalleled opportunity for students to develop their work over a three year postgraduate programme. The Academy provides free tuition to its students, contributed by Members of the Royal Academy. Disciplines such as painting, sculpture, print, installation, time-based media and digital media are taught.

École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, France
Founded in 1648 by Charles Le Brun, The École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts is is the distinguished National School of Fine Arts in Paris, France. Studies at the school include painting, installation, graphic arts, photography, sculpture, digital media and video. Additional theoretical courses are supported by technical training and access to technical facilitiesThe collection of the school includes around 450,000 items, containing artwork and historical books.

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Athens School of Fine Arts, Greece
Established in 1837, The Athens School of Fine Arts is Greece’s premier art school whose main objective is to develop the artistic talents of its students. As of 1840, the program for fine arts included painting, sculpture, architecture, lithography, woodcut, geometry and cartography. In 1910, the faculty was made independent of the National Technical University. This was also the year in which women were first allowed to study at the School of Fine Arts.

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Top 5 Art Podcasts Worth Following

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If you want to learn more about art, whether in techniques or managing an art business, try listening to podcasts. A podcast is a type of digital media consisting a series of audio files on lectures, interviews, discussions on a variety of subjects. To listen, you have to subscribe to a podcast and download it to your computer or any digital device.  Podcasts are in .mp3 format so you can play it in any media player.

A podcast is a great way of expanding your knowledge in art, know about famous artists, influential persons in the art industry, or simply just being productive even during your idle time since you can listen to a podcast wherever you are. When you’re preparing your canvas for your next project, tidying up your studio, or on your way to your shop, podcast can be a great companion. With lots of podcasts out there, here is a list of 5 art podcasts which you can subscribe to:

1. National Gallery of Art. Currently, this audio series offers more than 300 lectures about the arts and events at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. You can listen to one of the best museum lectures and talks of well-known artists and other personalities in the art world, and learn about the different art movements. Art students, art beginners, and art lovers will enjoy listening to lectures such as The Diamonstein-Spielvogel Lecture Series, Conversations with Artists Series, and Elson Lecture Series.

2. MoMA Talks: Conversations. This podcast is created by the Museum of Modern Art. There are more than a hundred of lectures from curators, scholars, and artists discussing modern and contemporary art. You can listen to readings, courses, and workshops that educate about contemporary art.

3. National Gallery Podcast. The National Gallery in London produces monthly podcasts that explore what happens behind the scenes in the Gallery. They announce upcoming art exhibitions and events, and interviews of people in the art scene. Currently, they have 80 episodes, the latest of which discusses the link between music and Dutch art.

4. SFMOMA Artcast. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is devoted to contemporary and modern art. Its podcast is called “artcast” which gives subscribes interviews with artists, curators, and visitors about the museum’s different exhibitions and collection of modern art. SFMOMA Artcast is produced on a monthly basis.

5.The MAN Podcast. The Modern Art Notes Podcast is a weekly podcast on artists, curators, art historians, and authors. Learn about art exhibitions and collections from contemporary artists including Kerry James Marshall, Joyce Pensato, and Kaz Oshiro.

There are many art podcasts available in the Internet. Listen to some and find what suits your style, interests, and needs.

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Top 10 Art Cities in the United States

Every city in the United States have their own character and vibe when it comes to art.  It is true that large cities and metros dominate in terms of sheer numbers of artists and museums but you’ll be surprised to know that even the smaller cities are moving up the list when it comes to being an artistic centers. Here are ten of the most artistic cities (random) in America.

1. New York City
The city is an art friendly city and known for its diverse contemporary art with regards to medium and styles of the artists. Aside from arts enthusiasts, other artists around the world travel to New York to experience visually stimulating work of art. The city is also the home of some of the major art institutions such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Arts & Design and The Museum of Modern Art.

Christus, Petrus (ca.1410-1475-6). A Goldsmith in His Shop, Possibly St. Eligius (1449), oil on oak panel, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Robert Lehman Collection
Christus, Petrus (ca.1410-1475-6). A Goldsmith in His Shop, Possibly St. Eligius (1449), oil on oak panel, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Robert Lehman Collection

2. Chicago, Illinois
With its eminent architecture, public arts and its arts institutions, Chicago continue to draw tourists in year after year. The art of Chicago is not confined inside their great museums but you can also find them in every street corner and you can’t walk down the sidewalk without encountering art. Major museums with permanent collections and special exhibitions include The Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Art.

3. Washington, DC
Known to be the land of the free museums, DC is the home of The Smithsonian Institution which offers open admission to all of its 19 museums and galleries, including the American Art Museum, the Portrait Gallery, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Gardens, and the Renwick Gallery, which focuses on decorative art and American craft. The National Gallery of Art and its Sculpture Garden are also a must-see in this perfect art destination.

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4. San Francisco, California
The city houses a variety of unique museum such as The de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park is the only museum in the world to host two exhibits of 200 Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. The Asian Art Museum boast a comprehensive collection of 6,000 years of art of Southeast Asian art and history. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art recently acquired more than 1,100 modern artworks by Lichtenstein, Warhol, Marden, and others.

5. Santa Fe, New Mexico
This small city houses more than 240 art galleries, at least 80 clustered on Canyon Road alone. The Museum of International Folk Art has the world’s biggest collection of folk art with more than 135,000 artworks, crafts, and textiles from over 100 countries. Others include the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, and the New Mexico History Museum. Annual markets also features works of Native American Artists.

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6. Dallas, Texas
Dallas is a must in any Art lover’s bucket list to visit because of its precious art collections. The Dallas Museum of Art features a mind-blowing collection of Renoir, Pissarro, Van Gogh, and Cezanne. A big 19th- and 20th-century European and American art collection ranging from Piet Mondrian to the Hudson River School, and Asian, African, and Pacific art. One of the biggest collections of Spanish art outside of Spain is found uptown at the Meadows Museum, spanning Cubism by Picasso and Miro, Goya and Velasquez royal portraits, and Renaissance altarpieces.

7. Houston, Texas
The Museum District is a cluster of 18 museums, most notably the Museum of Fine Arts, the biggest museum in the Southwest, where an astonishing gold jewelry and artifact collection from Africa, Indonesia, and Latin America is displayed, as well as Roman, Egyptian, and Greek antiquities. The Menil collection featuring a large surrealist collection, starring Magritte, Ernst, and Picasso. Other offbeat art includes the Orange show and the Car Art Museum.

8. Boston, Massachusetts
In a Venetian palazzo-style building with a lovely fountain-filled courtyard, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum displays Italian Renaissance, Old Masters, and Post-Impressionists like Degas and Matisse. The encyclopedic Museum of Fine Arts features the biggest Monet collection outside of France, plus outstanding Egyptian, Nubian, and American art collections. Edgy, innovative art is found in a striking waterfront building at Institute of Contemporary Art.

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9. San Antonio, Texas
San Antonio Museum of Art features Latin American art collection donated by Nelson Rockefeller. Considered North America’s biggest, the museum offers Mexican folk art to pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial art. The McNay Art Museum, former home of oil heiress Marion Koogler McNay, houses a captivating collection of Post-Impressionist, early 20th-century European and American, and Medieval art. The Blue Star Arts Complex are renovated warehouses that houses contemporary art galleries and artists’ lofts.

10. Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles houses 841 museums and art galleries and that is more museums per capita than any other city in the world. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art which is the largest art museum in the Western United States, the Getty Center (part of the larger J. Paul Getty Trust, the world’s wealthiest art institution), and the Museum of Contemporary Art are some of the sought after museums in this city. A Downtown Art Walk is being held on Gallery Row which is attended monthly by various artists and art enthusiasts.

Top 10 Art Exhibits in the United States for 2013

For artists and art enthusiasts, finding great new inspirations from artworks from various artists is a must. For 2013, here’s a list of the best exhibits that made admiring art into new dimentions.

1. Angles, Demons, and Savages: Pollock, Ossorio, Dubuffet
An exhibition of work by American artists Jackson Pollock and Alfonso Ossorio, as well as French painter Jean Dubuffet held in Phillips Collection, Washington, DC last February 9- May 12, 2013. The exhibit displayed around 53 paintings and drawings that show a visual friendship enjoyed by all three artists.

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2. William H. Johnson: An American Modern

An exhibition of the work of modern American artist William Henry Johnson, the self-described “primitive and cultural painter” held in Georgia Museum of Art last February 16- May 12, 2013. The exhibit included some of the artist’s famous artworks such as Twenty landscapes, still-lifes and portraits including the iconic “Blind Singer” and “Aunt Alice.”

3. Chagall: Beyond Color
A look at the paintings, sculpture, ceramics and collage of the Russian-French artist, Marc Chagall held in Dallas Museum of Art last February 17th – May 26th, 2013. The exhibit also includes a display of costumes made by Chagall in 1942 for the production of the ballet “Aleko,” choreographed by Léonide Massine with music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

 

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4. Kehinde Wiley: The Memling Series
Displays a new series of paintings by the New York artist Kehinde Wiley, who is known for his knack for re-envisioning classical styles of portraiture held in Phoenix Art Museum, N. Central Avenue Phoenix, AZ last February 20th – June 23rd, 2013. The exhibit includes eight paintings based on the work of Hans Memling, the Flemish master painter of the Northern Renaissance.

5. Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity
The exhibit displays survey of the fashion trends that appeared in the works of the Impressionists and their contemporaries held in The Metropolitan Museum of Art last February 26th – May 27th, 2013. Around eighty major figure paintings seen in conjunction with period costumes, accessories, fashion plates, photographs, and popular prints that also show the relationship between fashion and art at this time.

6. Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Masterpieces of Modern Mexico
An exhibition of works collected by Jacque and Natasha Gelman, Eastern European ex-pats who became Mexican citizens in 1942 and subsequently acquired art by Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Rufino Tamayo, David Alfaro and more. The exhibit is now being held in Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art started last May 25 all the way through August 18, 2013. There are more than 100 paintings, sculptures, photographs, and drawing in the exhibit.

7. Fernand Leger and the Modern City
Using Fernand Léger’s 1919 work, “The City,” as a jumping off point, the exhibit showcases the French artist’s array of paintings, all of which incorporate forms of cultural production central to modern cities, like graphic and advertising design, theater, film, and architecture. To be held in Philadelphia Museum of Art on October 2013 – January 2014. The exhibit will display over one hundred Leger works from collectors and institutions across Europe and the US.

8. Wayne Hollowell’s “Drama Queen”
This exhibit features a dazzling display of pop culture portraits just in time for NYC Pride held in Michael Mut Gallery, New York last June 26-30, 2013.

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9. Enrico David
An exhibition of Italian-born artist, Enrico David, known for his figurative multimedia works that reveals a dark underworld of surreal, craft-informed creatures held in Hammer Museum last January 12th – May 5th, 2013. The collection included paper mummies, hand-crafted tapestries and cavernous paintings.

10. The Artist and the Poet
Planned to coincide with the institute’s “Picasso and Chicago” exhibition, the array of prints and drawings reveal the collaborative relationship between artists like Pablo Picasso, Robert Motherwell and David Hockney and poets such as Max Jacob, Rafael Alberti and Wallace Steves, respectively. Held in The Art Institute Chicago last February 1st – June 2nd, 2013. The collection includes “Skin with O’Hara Poem” (1963–65), a print by Jasper Johns that was inspired by the poet Frank O’Hara.

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Top 10 Art Critics to Follow on Twitter

As an artist, opinions and observations of other people regarding your artwork is very important. To be noticed by an art critic is a privilege rather than a threat. A written critiques or review of your work will convey a perspective that a reader who doesn’t go to your gallery or online gallery may not be able to see. Art critics’ serves as consultants of art collectors and enthusiast offering a thoughtful take of the art work that they are eying to buy.
Here are the top 10 art critics that you can follow on twitter where you can have your daily dose of enhanced appreciation of the art they are viewing wherein you can pick up some tips and might eventually catch their attention to review your artwork.

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1. @BrianSherwinArt Brian Sherwin
Art critic, curator, and mastermind. Former Senior Editor for the social art site Myartspace and regular Contributing Writer for FineArtViews.

2. @HalFoster1 Hal Foster
Former Los Angeles Times journalist, professor, journalism consultant in the U.S., Japan, Ukraine, Kazakhstan.

3. @polarworld Dr Huw Lewis-Jones
Authors and nice folks. We are Huw Lewis-Jones and Kari Herbert of indie publisher Polarworld, down in Cornwall creating photography and exploration books.

4. @Daichendt G. James Daichendt
Author of the books: Artist-Teacher, Artist Scholar and Stay Up! Los Angeles Street Art.

5. @cmonstah Carolina A. Miranda
She’s smart, she’s funny, and she manages to take the piss out of art world pomp-and-circumstance while maintaining her enthusiasm for art and artists.

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6. @lindsaypollock Lindsay Pollock
Arts market journalist who reports for Bloomberg, The Art Newspaper, and others. She’s got the inside track not just on the art market, but the media covering the market. Her recent live-Tweet of the Ai Weiwei panel at the Paley Center on digital activism is topical and dishy.

7. @artfagcity Paddy Johnson
founder and writer of Art Fag City. Johnson’s an instigator, which makes for entertaining reading. Snark aside, she’s ever-present and well informed, mixing in art reviews from her blog and The L magazine with gossipy asides and up-to-the-minute reporting.

8. @TylerGreenDC Tyler Green
Writer and critic on Modern Art Notes. Based in DC, manages to be almost omniscient in the sphere of art media, mired in everything from reporting on endangered land art to scrapping with Jerry Saltz to creating a bracket for The Greatest Living American Abstract Painter.

9. @ARTnewsmag Robin Cembalest
Executive editor at ARTNews. Tweets are a good indicator of where the magazine’s interests lie.

10. @escapeintolife Lethe Bashar
Editor of Escape into Life online journal. Incorporates poetry, essays, and video into the publication’s visually compelling portfolios. For the most part, Bashar keeps his Twitter feed simple and to the point, with a host of links to featured artists.

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Top 25 Inspiring Artists to Follow on Twitter

gemstars1. Gemstars : @gemstars
An artist from Canada who enjoys painting, weaver of ideas, and more. Check out her paintings on her twitter profile.

2. Dianne Hendrix : @AlaskaArtist
This artist and photographer is based in Alaska. Lists include art, writing, travel, and more.

3. Rob Sheridan : @rob_sheridan
He is an artist, designer, and photographer from Los Angeles. He is also the Creative Director for alternative band Nine Inch Nails.

4. Tenacious Artist : @tenaciousartist
Artist, music lover, teacher, Cesar Millan Fan, Polio survivor. Cathy F. is from Texas and runs Deutsch Friesenhahn Fin Art. Check in to hear her inspiring words on life, art, and more.

5. Lissa Rankin : @Lissarankin
This artist is an OBGYN and NY Times bestselling author of Mind Over Medicine, physician, founder of the Whole Health Medicine Institute.

6. Labedzki Art : @Labedzki_Art
This Canadian artist focuses on the abstract. Get links to work, auctions, and more. Canadian abstract artist specializing in figurative painting.

7. Natasha : @natasha
She is a painter of whimsical landscapes from Los Angeles. Responses and tips are found on this Twitter stream. Award-winning Artist & Illustrator, writer, speaker and entrepreneur.

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8. Matthew Tubbesing : @matubbesing
Everything from abstract to the Blues are discussed in his twitter account.

9. Adelaide Damoah : @Adelaidedamoah
From the U.K., she is an oil painter and a self-described “hermit and social butterfly.” See what she is up to from her tweets.

10. Dan Byl : @danbyl
This painter actually uses eBay to sell his art. Latest works are often featured on twitter. Paints huge colorful fun paintings.

11. Estria : @estria
He strives to have graffiti recognized as a legitimate art form. See his work, along with the works of others by following. USA’s leading promoter of Graffiti ART FORM. Head of national Estria Battle. Art & inspiration from the streets.

12. Mark E. Wade : @MarkEWade
He is a creative thinker form Connecticut. Get inspired by random thought and musings through tweets.

13. Adrianasimo : @Adrianasimo
This Twitter user’s son has autism and doesn’t let it stop him from creating art. See what they are both up to by following tweets.

14. Dr. Paula Hudson : @DrPaulaHudson
Are you an artist who wants to get in touch with the art loving community? Then follow Paula who specifically began the Twitter account to meet artists.

15. Jaime Lyerly : @jaimelyerly
Tweets are often art focused. Visionary Artist, Shamanic Reiki Energy Healer & Play leader @ Expressive Goddess. Tips for Inspired Living.

16. Annie Strack : @AnnieStrack
In addition to being a writer for “Art Calendar Magazine,” she is also a professional maritime artist. Tweets are often on daily life. Artist Workshops Instructor, Official Authorized USCG Artist, Author, Art Business Consultant

17. Arthur Rau : @arthurra
From Dublin, Ohio. He tweets on modern and contemporary art, theory, design, and more. Tweets are usually on random items.

18. Donna Bernstein : @DonnaB_Art
This artist enjoys using horses as her subjects. She also works in paintings, sculptures, and more.

19. BJ Katz : @BJKatzART
This artist has a wide variety of interests including healthcare, hospitality, spirit, and others.

20. Swarez Art : @SwarezArt
This contemporary artist paints abstract and modern works of art. Tweets are often on random thoughts.

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21. Alison Jardine: @alisonjardine
A professional artist in Dallas, originally from England. Currently in a project with Sony & Flavorpill to photograph life in the Dallas arts.

22. Carmen Renieri: @RenieriArts
Freelance visual artist, art collector & entrepreneur. Always looking for new ventures and opportunities.

23. KathyOstman-Magnusen: @KathysArt
Painting, Poetry, Sculpture, Figurative Artist, Goddess, Erotica, Fairies, Mermaids, Politics, Obama fan.

24. Stacy Alexander: @ARTISTstacy P
Professional writer/Visual Artist

25. Teresa Freed: @TeresaFreed
Artist, Website Designer and Marketing Coach. I work in Pastels, primarily landscapes and some portraits.

Upcoming Exhibitions at the National Gallery of Art

The National Gallery of Art showcases world-class collections in painting, sculpture, and graphic arts. It houses an extensive selection of the finest works from the Middle Ages to the present. The Museum serves the country by preserving, collecting, exhibiting, and fostering understanding of works of art at the highest standards. It offers different programs, tours, free lectures, and resources to educate the public about art history, art appreciation, and more.

The National Gallery of Art will be opening its doors to several exhibitions in the coming months. Try to visit the Museum for these upcoming events. Passes are not required for these exhibits.

A World of Bonds: Frederick Sommer’s Photography and Friendships
June 16 – August 4, 2013
West Building Ground Floor

This is a one-room exhibition showing 27 photos, prints, collages, and drawings of Frederick Sommer (1905-1999). Sommer explored a wide range of subjects such as surreal arrangements of objects, disorienting landscapes, and virtual abstractions. The exhibition will let the public be able to take a peek inside how Sommers shared ideas with his friends such as Edward Weston, Max Ernst, Man Ray, Charles Sheeler, and Aaron Siskind.

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In the Tower: Kerry James Marshall
June 28 – December 7, 2013
East Building Tower

Kerry James Marshall is one of the most celebrated painters known for large-scale paintings. His pieces reflect African American life and history. This exhibition will showcase 10 paintings and 20 works on paper; and it is the sixth in a series of Tower installations showing the developments in art since midcentury.

Yes, No, Maybe: Artists Working at Crown Point Press
September 1, 2013 – January 5, 2014
West Building Ground Floor

Yes, No, Maybe looks at the artist’s creative process by placing side by side fully resolved prints and other working proofs produced at the Crown Point Press from 1972-2010. The exhibition features some 80 prints by a range of artists including the illustrious Richard Diebenkorn, John Cage, and Chuck Close. It will also display prints from the more recently acclaimed artists Mamma Andersson, Julie Mehretu, and Chris Ofili.

Tell It with Pride: The 54th Massachusetts Regiment and Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ Shaw Memorial
September 15, 2013 – January 19, 2014
West Building Main Floor

The National Gallery of Art commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Fort Wagner by opening an exhibit which celebrates the “Shaw Memorial” by Augustus Saint-Gaudens. The monument honors Colonel Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. The exhibit features daguerreotype, tintype, and carte de visite portraits of the soldiers, the people who enlisted them, and the nurses. The are also letters, recruitment poster, and works by 20th-century artists including Lewis Hine, Richard Benson, and Carrie Mae Weems.

Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris
September 29, 2013 – January 05, 2014
West Building Ground Floor

This exhibit presents a scholarly catalogue on the celebrated 19th-century French photographer Charles Marville (1813-1879). It shows Marville’s art and biography, his true identity and background. There will be around 100 photographs covering Marville’s luminous career, from landscapes, architecture, to photographs of Paris.