>Rich Pickings

>For those in or visiting the Nation’s Capital this autumn, here are a few shows I plan to attend and review for the blog:

Georgia O’Keeffe and Ansel Adams: Natural Affinities
American Art Museum
September 26, 2008 – January 4, 2009

From the web listing:

Sunlight deserts, Taos churches, and Western skies are captured in the remarkable work of two iconic American artists. Georgia O’Keeffe and Ansel Adams: Natural Affinities examines the friendship of two artists who were attracted to the distinct landscape of the American southwest and were committed to depicting its essence with modernist sensibilities. This exhibition, the first to pair these artists, celebrates their mutual appreciation of the natural world and reveals the visual connections between O’Keeffe’s paintings and Adams’ photographs.The exhibition includes forty-two paintings from public and private collections and fifty-four photographs borrowed primarily from the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Arizona, which holds the largest single collection of Adams’ work. Independent scholar Anne Hammond selected the artworks for the exhibition. Eleanor Harvey, chief curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, is the coordinating curator with Toby Jurovics, the museum’s curator of photography.

In The LOOP: Selections from the Barcelona LOOP Fair 2008
Hirshhorn Museum
October 2, 2008

From The LOOP site:

LOOP Fair is an unmissable meeting point for professionals and anyone who is interested in video art. It brings together gallery owners, collectors, critics, museum directors and video art enthusiasts in a space that is ideal for exchanging experiences and impressions on experimental and independent video. The Fair offers galleries the opportunity to present new videos by emerging and acclaimed artists in the rooms of a hotel. The invitation committee for LOOP’08 Fair is made up by London-based French collector Jean-Conrad Lemaitre, German gallery owner Anita Beckers, Los Angeles gallery owner Christopher Grimes, and the collector Manel de Santaren, who lives in Boston.

Pompeii and The Roman Villa: Art and Culture Around the Bay of Naples
National Gallery of Art
October 19, 2008 to March 22, 2009

From the NGA press release:

In the first century BC, the picturesque Bay of Naples became a favorite retreat for vacationing emperors, senators, and other prominent Romans. They built lavish seaside villas in the shadow of Mt. Vesuvius where they could indulge in absolute leisure, read and write, exercise, enjoy their gardens and the views, and entertain friends. The artists who flocked to the region to adorn the villas also created paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts for the residents of Pompeii and nearby towns. Pompeii and the Roman Villa presents some 150 works of sculpture, painting, mosaic, and luxury arts, including recent discoveries on view in the U.S. for the first time and celebrated finds from earlier excavations. Exquisite objects from the richly decorated villas reveal the breadth and richness of cultural and artistic life, as well as the influence of classical Greece on Roman art and culture in this region.

Mary Cassatt: Friends & Family
National Museum of Women in the Arts
November 21, 2008 – January 25, 2009

From the preview:

Mary Cassatt: Friends and Family is a new exhibition exploring the theme of friendship in Mary Cassatt’s art, and focuses in particular on the artist’s relationships with artists and collectors including Edgar Degas, Louisine Havemeyer, and Electra Havemeyer Webb. The show is organized by the Shelburne Museum, Vermont, which was founded by Electra Havemeyer Webb. Featured in the exhibition are works from the Shelburne’s collection by Cassatt that Louisine Havemeyer collected. The exhibition builds around the theme of friendship and family with loans of paintings, prints, and pastels which explore specific friendships that influenced Cassatt’s career and illuminate how the subject of friendship permeates the painter’s art.

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