September Gallery and Museum Listings
Adelson Galleries, New York City
“Alternate Universe,” recent works by Andrew Stevovich, whose flat, stylized figures going about their mundane tasks have surprising gravitas. The painter’s experience as a printmaker and his admiration of Renaissance art are evident. September 29–October 29, 2010.
Allan Stone Gallery, New York City
“After Eden,” recent work by Derrick Guild, fictional botanical illustrations of impossible hybrids. These beautiful large-scale trompe l’oeil paintings carefully reproduce the weathered vellum surface of old prints. September 10–October 23, 2010.
Arcadia Fine Arts, New York City
Annual small works show, where no work exceeds twelve inches square, drawing on the gallery’s solid roster of contemporary realists. September 23–October 13, 2010.
Bernarducci Meisel Gallery, New York City
“Photorealism MMX,” including the urban scenes of Gus Heinze and Robert Gniewek, Roberto Bernardi’s dramatic Caravaggian still lifes and Bernardo Torrens’s superb figure paintings. September 2010.
D.C. Moore Gallery, New York City
“Charles Burchfield: Highlights 1915–1966,” complementing the retrospective at the Whitney Museum. Through September 25, 2010.
George Billis Gallery, New York City
New paintings by Ephraim Rubenstein, whose favorite subjects are stacks of old books, meticulously and lovingly depicted. The show also features his rich drawings (in pencil, ink, wax, charcoal and conte crayon) of ancient ruins. August 31–October 2, 2010.
Spanierman Gallery, New York City
“Summer Selections,” a rather miscellaneous gathering of nineteenth- and twentieth-century paintings, including two rural scenes by Thomas Hart Benton and appealing pictures by Eastman Johnson and Wolf Kahn. July 22–September 11, 2010.
Chase Young Gallery, Boston
A show of Treacy Ziegler’s colorful, folk-art-inspired still lifes and landscapes. The most interesting, in diptych or triptych form, play on the notion of metamorphosis. September 1–26, 2010.
Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences, Charleston, West Virginia
“Art, Nature and the American City, 1840–1955,” a fairly large show from Spanierman Gallery, with works mostly by lesser-known artists, although Blakelock, Kenyon Cox, Glackens and Twatchtman are represented. July 10–October 10, 2010.
John Pence Gallery, San Francisco
Recent paintings by Sarah Lamb, whose still lifes combine old master polish with lively brushwork. The hypnotic clarity she brings to a loaf of bread, a silver vase of flowers or a ship’s model is enriched by backgrounds of Spanish shadow. September 10–October 9, 2010.
Also new paintings by Greg Gandy, cityscapes in and around San Francisco. This young artist’s detailed urban vistas are given a sense of mystery through atmospheric light effects. September 10–October 9, 2010.
Meyer East Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Recent paintings by Jacob Pfeiffer, a clever trompe l’oeil artist with a penchant for visual puns. In most cases, the warmth and elegance of his painting keeps him from falling into gimmicry. August 27–September 30, 2010.
Principle Gallery, Alexandria, Virginia
A group show of drawings by twenty-five artists from a gallery with a strong roster of realists. September 17–October 15, 2010.
SoFA Gallery, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
“Personal Interiors,” paintings by Lani Irwin and Alan Feltus. Feltus uses an early Renaissance gestural idiom to explore contemporary anxieties, while Irwin’s strong women—acrobats, ballet dancers, oracles—play with a number of traditions. September 3–October 8, 2010.
Susan Powell Fine Art, Madison, Connecticut
A group show of marine paintings from the nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries. August 28–September 30, 2010.
Swan Coach House Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
“Through a Window of Paint: A Sampling of Southern Realistic Landscape Painters,” with works by seventeen artists, including the evocative Peter Polites. August 12–October 2, 2010.
Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut
“Rackstraw Downes: Under the Westside Highway,” focusing on one painting, a typical amalgam of natural elements with harsh, concrete utilitarian geometries, supplemented by drawings, oil sketches and journal entries. June 27, 2010–January 2, 2011.
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
“Looking after Louis Sullivan: Photographs, Drawings and Fragments,” documenting the lost buildings and decorative schemes of a great American architect. June 19–December 12, 2010.
Boscobel House and Gardens, Garrison, New York
“Currier & Ives on the Hudson,” with thirty scenic landscape prints by the nineteenth-century firm. Through October 11, 2010.
Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania
“Reality Check: Contemporary Trompe l’Oeil Painting,” featuring twenty-two artists working in this perennial genre. September 11–November 18, 2010.
Butler Museum of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio
“Inspiring Figures: American Women in Figurative Art,” including historic artists such as Cecilia Beaux, along with contemporary women such as Ellen Eagle, Kate Sammons, Alexandra Tyng and Patricia Watwood. September 12–October 31, 2010.
Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston, Maine
A retrospective of sixty paintings and drawings by contemporary realist Joseph Nicoletti, whose paint-handling ranges from tight and seamless to loose and softly matte. June 12–September 25, 2010.
Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, Stanford, California
“William Trost Richards—True to Nature: Drawings, Watercolors and Oil Sketches at Stanford University,” with seventy-five works, including scenes of the Hudson River and Adirondacks, along with the costal views for which the artist is best known. June 23–September 26, 2010.
Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio
“Thomas Gainsborough and the Modern Woman,” twenty stylish portraits by an artist adept at depicting both fabric and faces with élan. September 18, 2010–January 2, 2011. Travels to the San Diego Museum of Art (January 25–May 1, 2011).
Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio
“Midwest Modern: The Color Woodcuts of Mabel Hewit,” seventy-six works by a printmaker influenced by art deco, Precisionism, Cubism and the landscapes of Mexico and the West Indies. June 26–October 24, 2010.
Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, Maine
“Collecting Winslow Homer,” sixteen paintings from the museum’s holdings. June 26–October 31, 2010.
Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York
“Drawings for American Stained Glass,” with sixteen drawings and a sixteen-foot cartoon reproduction, showing a range of styles from the art nouveau nature of La Farge through modern abstraction, with a 1909 Galahad from Judson Studios. May 17–December 31, 2010.
De Young Museum, San Francisco
“Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne and Beyond: Post-Impressionist Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay,” also featuring paintings by Seurat and Signac—a substantial show of 120 works. September 23, 2010–January 18, 2011.
Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, Delaware
“A Belief in the Power of Beauty: A Selection of Works by May Morris,” focusing on how May Morris (1862–1938) carried on the legacy of her father, William Morris. August 28, 2010–January 2, 2011.
Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan
“In Your Dreams: 500 Years of Imaginary Prints,” 120 works from the museum’s collection, including the Dürer Apocalypse and prints by Piranesi, Goya, Redon and Joan Miró. September 8, 2010–January 2, 2011.
Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, Maine
“N.C. Wyeth: Poems of American Patriotism,” illustrations commissioned for a 1922 anthology of poems by Whitman, Longfellow and Whittier, among others. Wyeth’s bold, colorful images are among the finest produced during a golden age of illustration art. Through September 26, 2010.
Fenimore Museum of Art, Cooperstown, New York
“John Singer Sargent: Portraits in Praise of Women,” with examples of the society portraits that made Sargent’s reputation, along with more causal studies of women from Venice and Capri, and drawings for Madame X. May 29–December 31, 2010.
Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, Indiana
The 2010 Contemporary Realism Biennial should be an interesting overview, given the quality of previous exhibitions. September 3–November 18, 2010.
Frye Art Museum, Seattle, Washington
“Northern Latitudes: The Frye and Alaska,” paintings of the wilderness, Mt. McKinley and northern light by Jules Dahlager and Theodore Richardson, among others. June 19–September 19, 2010.
Getty Center, Los Angeles
“From Line to Light: Renaissance Drawing in Florence and Venice,” with sheets by Mantegna, Pontormo, Raphael, Andrea del Sarto and Titian, among others, from the Getty’s collection. July 20–October 10, 2010.
“Illuminated Manuscripts from Belgium and the Netherlands,” works from the Getty’s collection, focusing on the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries in the art capitals of Bruges, Ghent, Antwerp and Utrecht. Book pages will be turned periodically. August 24, 2010–February 6, 2011.
Getty Villa, Los Angeles
“The Art of Ancient Greek Theater,” an international loan exhibition with artworks inspired by ancient plays and stagecraft. A performance of Sophocles’ Elektra is also scheduled. August 26, 2010–January 3, 2011.
Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
“Sojourner Dream Reliquaries,” twenty-two sculptures of travel trailers from the 1920s–50s, lit from within and featuring unusual materials, such as birchbark, snakeskin, color enamels and gold and silver. The artist, who also makes Shinto shrines, conjures up considerable magic from these miniatures. June 22, 2010–January 2, 2011.
Hispanic Society of America, New York City
The Sorolla Gallery, featuring epic paintings by a great Spanish artist (1863–1923), who combined history and humanism with glittering brushwork, reopened on May 8, 2010. Permanent installation.
Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, New York
“Paintbox Leaves: Autumnal Inspiration from Cole to Wyeth,” with sixty works by, among others, Cropsey, Church, the American Impressionists and some contemporary artists. September 25, 2010–January 16, 2011.
James A. Michener Museum, Doylestown, Pennsylvania
“Bucks County and the Philadelphia Sketch Club,” celebrating the 150th anniversary of the club, whose members included Eakins, Anshutz, N.C. Wyeth, Garber and Redfield, with watercolors and works on paper. August 21–November 21, 2010.
Legion of Honor, San Francisco
“Impressionist Paris: City of Light,” with 150 paintings, drawings, prints and photographs by, among others, Seurat, Degas and Cassatt. Through September 26, 2010.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles
“Manly Pursuits: The Sporting Images of Thomas Eakins,” including scenes of rowers, wrestlers and swimmers. July 25–October 17, 2010.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
“The Roman Mosaic from Lod, Israel,” an important mosaic featuring exotic animals and marine scenes, created c. 300 A.D. and rediscovered in 1996. September 28, 2010–April 3, 2011.
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota
“Beware Her Wiles: Woman as Temptress in the Renaissance Tradition,” images of Delilah, Bathsheba, Salome and Judith, mostly in Northern Renaissance prints but also including fin-de-siècle artists such as Alphonse Mucha. August 14–December 14, 2010.
Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, South Hadley, Massachusetts
“Wine and Spirit: Rituals, Remedies and Revelry,” art and artifacts illustrating the culture of wine, from ancient vessels and drinking scenes to seventeenth-century Dutch still lifes and Daumier prints. September 2–December 12, 2010.
Also “Reconstructing Antiquity,” documenting archeological and historical findings, with objects from Mount Holyoke and Yale. September 21, 2010–June 2, 2011.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts
“Millet and Rural France,” over forty works from the MFA’s collection, including paintings and works on paper, exploring Jean François Millet’s (1814–75) reverent view of peasants and the countryside. September 4, 2010–May 30, 2011.
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
“German Impressionist Landscape Painting: Libermann, Corith, Slevogt,” eighty paintings, from Cologne, of surprisingly sunny nature scenes. September 12–December 5, 2010.
Museum of Biblical Art, New York City
“The Glory of Ukraine: Sacred Images from the Eleventh to the Nineteenth Centuries,” icons from the oldest monastery in Ukraine, along with liturgical objects. June 18–September 12, 2010.
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
“German Master Drawings from the Wolfgang Ratjen Collection, 1580–1900.” Baroque, Rococo, Romantic and Realist works acquired by a collector with strong personal tastes, including sheets by Elsheimer, designs for Bavarian church ceilings, architectural watercolors by Schinkel, spirited drawings by Menzel and Friedrich’s landscape New Moon above the Riesengebirge (1810). May 16–November 28, 2010.
“Archimboldo, 1526–93: Nature and Fantasy,” a retrospective for a Renaissance master of the bizarre. His hybrid portraits—cobbled together from naturalistic depictions of fruits, vegetables and other unlikely still-life ingredients—were admired by the Surrealists. September 19, 2010–January 9, 2011.
National Museum of American Illustration, Newport, Rhode Island
“Norman Rockwell and His Mentor J.C. Leyendecker,” juxtaposing Leyendecker’s society people with Rockwell’s more populist America. July 29–November 8, 2010.
Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey
“Gustav Stickley and the American Arts and Crafts Movement,” with 100 works—furniture, textiles, lighting fixtures—from the workshops of this important tastemaker, focusing on 1900–13. September 15, 2010–January 2, 2011. Travels to the Dallas Museum of Art (February 13–May 8, 2011) and the San Diego Museum of Art (June 18–September 11, 2011).
Newport Art Museum, Newport, Rhode Island
“The Japan Craze: Art and Craft in Rhode Island after 1854,” focusing on japonisme in American painting and decoration. June 12–October 17, 2010.
New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, Connecticut
“American Reflections: The Collection of Dr. Timothy McLaughlin,” with forty works by Kensett, Durand and Hassam, along with paintings by contemporary artists such as Graydon Parrish. September 10–October 24, 2010.
Oglethorpe University Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia
“French Nineteenth-Century Master Drawings and Sculpture from the Schlossberg Collection,” with works by Ingres, Degas, Gauguin and Seurat, among others. September 26–December 12, 2010.
Palmer Museum of Art, Penn State University, University Park, Pennsylvania
“Taxing Visions: Financial Episodes in Late Nineteenth-Century American Art,” exploring still-topical issues such as economic troubles and inequity, through works by Harnett, Inness, Eastman Johnson and (surprisingly) Whistler. September 28–December 19, 2010. Travels to the Huntington Library in California in Spring 2011.
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
“An Eakins Masterpiece Restored: Seeing The Gross Clinic Anew,” with the cleaned and conserved painting recently saved for the city. July 24, 2010–January 9, 2011.
Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.
“Side by Side: Oberlin’s Masterpieces at the Phillips,” twenty-five works from Oberlin College in Ohio, including paintings by Turner, Cézanne and Rubens, juxtaposed with Phillips Collection works. September 11, 2010–January 16, 2011.
Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, New Jersey
“Gauguin’s Paradise Remembered: The Noa Noa Prints,” woodcuts made in Paris (1893–94), after the artist’s first Tahitian voyage. September 25, 2010–January 2, 1011.
Reynolda House Museum of American Art, Winston Salem, North Carolina
“Virtue, Vice, Wisdom and Folly: The Moralizing Tradition in American Art,” an exhibition of nineteenth-century genre paintings by, among others, William Sidney Mount, Winslow Homer and Eastman Johnson. September 11–December 31, 2010.
Also “Thomas Cole’s “Voyage of Life Series: Prints from the Reynolda Collection.” September 18–December 31, 2010.
Rosenbach Museum and Library, Philadelphia
“Dreadful Things Happen: The Brothers Grimm and Maurice Sendak,” a survey of the contemporary master’s illustrations, supplemented by books and George Cruikshank’s 1820s images. Through November 7, 2010.
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island
“From Dover to Penzance: Watercolor Views of the English Channel,” with weather effects and dramatic topography—the White Cliffs of Dover, the coast of Cornwall—captured by artists such as David Cox and Copley Fielding. September 3, 2010–June 5, 2011.
Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts
“Luscious: Paintings by Emily Eveleth,” dramatically lit hyper-realist images of jam-filled Berliner or Bismarck doughnuts, some monumental in scale. July 9–October 24, 2010.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.
“Telling Stories: Norman Rockwell from the Collections of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg,” with more than fifty paintings and drawings. The show should provide insights into the link between American anecdotal illustration and popular filmmaking. July 2, 2010–January 2, 2011.
Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, Virginia
James Grashow’s Corrugated Fountain, a witty, large-scale sculpture in cardboard, usually considered a perishable medium, based on the iconography of Rome’s Bernini fountains. June 11, 2010–February 20, 2011.
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia
“Corot to Cézanne: French Drawings from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon,” seventy-five sheets, Boudin. Degas, Pissaro and van Gogh are among the other artists represented. September 11, 2010–January 2, 2011.
Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland
“Checkmate! Medieval People at Play,” with scenes from Books of Hours and other manuscripts depicting medieval pastimes. July 17–October 10, 2010.
“Great Illustrations: Drawings and Books from the Walters Collection,” featuring the Doré Bible and nineteenth-century illustrations of Shakespeare and Dickens, among others. July 31–October 10, 2010.
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City
“Heat Waves in a Swamp: The Paintings of Charles Burchfield,” a touring retrospective of an important American pantheistic landscape painter. June 24–October 17, 2010.
Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut
“Seeing Double: Portraits, Copies and Exhibitions in 1820s London,” a close examination of John Scarlett Davis’s Interior of the British Institution (1829), illuminating the taste and installation style of the period. June 24–September 19, 2010.