Thursday, November 23, 2017

Cincinnati Art Museum commemorates 500 years since the Reformation with Dürer exhibition

Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528), Germany, Adam and Eve, 1504, engraving, Bequest of Herbert Greer French, 1943.193.
CINCINNATI---Explore a 500-year-old revolution in printmaking technology at the Cincinnati Art Museum’s free special exhibition Albrecht Dürer: The Age of Reformation and Renaissance, on view November 17, 2017–February 11, 2018. The Cincinnati Art Museum is one of several local arts organizations who will commemorate 500 years since Martin Luther issued his 95 theses in 1517, which triggered enormous theological, political and cultural changes throughout Europe. The exhibition features an extensive display of works from Cincinnati Art Museum’s permanent collection, plus works on loan from other museums and collectors, totaling more than 140 pieces by Dürer and his contemporaries. [More]

Transgressive, honest, devastating: the Australian exhibition reframing the male gaze

By Steve Dow
Liam Benson’s The Terrorist – part of a triptych of self-portraits intended to feminise masculine religious extremism. Photograph: Liam Benson/Bathurst Regional Art Gallery
SYDNEY---The Sadness series is part of The Unflinching Gaze, curated by Perram and now showing at Bathurst Regional Gallery: an extraordinary assemblage of provocative photographs from Australia and overseas, interrogating and celebrating the male figure, and privileging the perspective of same-sex attraction. On the same wall, a triptych of self-portraits by Australia’s Liam Benson show the photo artist playing “crusader”, “executioner” and “terrorist”. In each photo, he wears a see-through, embroidered hood intended to feminise masculine religious extremism. There is a thematic connection between these clear examples of hate carried out under the guise of religion and state authoritarianism, and Yang’s Sadness series depicting a lover’s slow death from Aids-related causes. [More]

Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux's enduring admiration for Michelangelo

Pietà | Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux | The Met - The Metropolitan Museum of Art
NEW YORK---Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux's "Pietà" demonstrates an enduring admiration for the plangent heroism of Michelangelo, evinced earlier in the famous Ugolino and his Sons, conceived during his study years in Rome, of which the Metropolitan owns the marble finished in 1867. The government of Napoleon III kept Carpeaux busy with official projects, involving decorative sculpture and portraiture, but it is clear from the evidence of the private moments that he occasionally seized to sketch sacred subjects, as here, that he would have been one of the most powerful of all religious artists had he been freer to exercise this repertory. Mounding the clay pellets and pressing them into shape in mere seconds, his entire attention is on the Virgin Mary's maternal embrace, to the virtual exclusion of Christ's legs. On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 552 [More]

Happy Thanksgiving! Art by Joseph Griffith

Joseph Griffith's "The First Thanksgiving" (2013)
Virginia-based artist Joseph Griffith is consumed by the act of methodically blending the strange, the contemporary, and religious references into displays of visual delight. Drawing upon the influence of masters like Van Eyck, Trumbull, and Van der Helst, the inspired works of Joseph Griffith are also derived from his odd dreams. His work has been described as postmodern, surreal, and lowbrow. His painting "The First Thanksgiving" is dramatic contrast to traditionalist “The First Thanksgiving 1621,” by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris. We think you will agree that it's different from most all Thanksgiving paintings! His studio is lined with his original Nintendo collection, various fossils, arcade machines, and inspirational art from other artists.