France is the country of food, fashion, and culture. You may already know the musée du Louvre, the Centre Pompidou, or the musée d’Orsay, but did you know that France has over 10,000 museums?
Here, you’ll find the essential French art vocabulary that will give you a little je ne sais quoi. We also added a list of museums to visit when you go to France!
Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity
The Paris fashion scene didn’t simply inspire beautiful designer collections—it also influenced several impressionist artists in the late 1800s.
Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s new exhibit, which opens today, explores the extent to which artists such as Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir responded to the dictates of fashion from the 1860s to the 1880s, when Paris emerged as the fashion capital of the world.
Alongside beautiful costumes, a full complement of period photographs and illustrations will afford a sense of the late 19th-century Parisian milieu that inspired, provoked, and nurtured the talents of the painters of modern life.
Brush up on Impressionist and Modern Art.
Who would like to attend an exclusive private tour of the Sinister Pop exhibition at New York’s Whitney Museum on Wednesday, February 13?
A light lunch will be served at noon, prior to the tour, at Caravaggio, 23 E. 74th Street, New York, NY.
Please RSVP to Ashilee Schreiber at ASchreiber@artnet.com by February 11. Space is limited!
Although Pop Art often calls to mind a celebration of postwar consumer culture, this exhibition focuses on Pop’s darker side, as it distorts and critiques the American dream. Themes of exaggerated consumption, film noir, the depiction of women in art, the dystopic American landscape, and the intersection of popular culture and politics, are explored through works by acknowledged masters such as Jasper Johns, Claes Oldenburg, Ed Ruscha, and Andy Warhol.
“We thought about it, and decided it would be a good idea to have a special nude viewing open to the public,” a spokesperson for Vienna’s Leopold Museum said about welcoming nudists to experience the galleries au naturel after public hours.
The Nackte Männer (Nude Men) exhibition explores artworks portraying nude men through the ages, from the 19th century to the present day.
According to the museum, one is welcome to attend the Nude Tours with clothes on, but, since they don’t want voyeurs, “it’s better not to be clothed.”
“My only goal is to confront people and see them as they really are.” - Liu Xiaodong
Liu Xiaodong was born in Liaoning Province, and is now one of China’s most celebrated Contemporary artists. Liu is primarily a Figurative painter, capturing snapshots of time with his richly-colored works and interesting use of framing and perspective. His subjects are typically people at the margins of society, and he often uses his art to allude to social problems he seeks to highlight.
Last May, Liu Xiaodong and a team of assistants traveled to Hotan, a town in the Xinjiang region of China, where he painted monumental portraits of local Uyghur jade miners while a documentarian filmed the entire process. The project is debuting at the Today Art Museum in Beijing this Saturday, February 12, 2013.
Today Art Museum
Beijing: Yesterday, we were out visiting China’s first and largest leading private art museum, the Today Art Museum in Beijing. The museum aims to promote Chinese contemporary art based on an internationalized vision and a contemporary ideology. As the first non-for-profit, non-governmental run art museum in China, it is dedicated to explore an appropriate development strategy for museums of its kind within a Chinese context.
We were accompanied by the museum’s director, Ms. Xie Suzhen, who gave us tour of the impressive space.
Browse the broad spectrum of Asian Art.
There are only a few days left to explore the rich interactions between pictorial and garden arts in China across more than a thousand years, courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum.
In the densely populated urban centers of China, enclosed gardens have long been an integral part of residential and palace architecture, serving as an extension of the living quarters.
Artists were called upon not only to design gardens but also, as gardens came to be identified with the tastes and personalities of their residents, to create idealized paintings of gardens that served as symbolic portraits reflective of the character of the owner.
Chinese Gardens: Pavilions, Studios, Retreats ends on January 6, 2013.
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New York-based artist Mickalene Thomas is best known for her elaborate rhinestone-adorned paintings and her use of colorful acrylic paints, heavily influenced by pop culture as well as Pop Art.
Don’t missThomas’s first solo museum exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, which highlights recent bodies of work that examine interior and exterior environments in relation to the female figure. Origin of the Universe is on view until January 20, 2013.
Additionally, the artist is having her third solo show at New York’s Lehmann Maupin Gallery. How to Organize a Room Around A Striking Piece of Art, a two-gallery exhibition, runs through January 5, 2013.
All proceeds benefit the exhibitions and programs of the SMMoA, which fosters diversity, innovation, and discovery in Contemporary Art. The museum strives to expand boundaries, explore individual differences, enhance the public knowledge of art, and broaden one’s art experience.
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Wasily Kandinsky, Frantisek Kupka, Francis Picabia, Robert Delaunay and many more are celebrated in Inventing Abstraction, 1910–1925 at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, marking the centennial of this bold new type of artwork.
The exhibition brings together many of the most influential works in abstraction’s early history and covers a wide range of artistic production, making it a must-see show in the new year!
Mike Kelly in Amsterdam
On Friday, the largest exhibition of Mike Kelly’s work ever organized—and the first comprehensive survey attempted since 1993—opened at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.
The presentation of Mike Kelley brings together over 200 works, allowing visitors to understand and appreciate the full scope of his achievements.
If you can’t make it to the Netherlands, fear not: the show will subsequently travel to the Centre Pompidou, Paris, MoMA PS1, New York, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, LA!
According to Vienna’s Leopold Museum, a man took the concept of life imitating art a little too seriously when he stripped in their exhibition of artworks portraying nude men through the ages.
After taking his clothes off, the man calmly browsed the Nackte Männer exhibition; according to a museum spokesperson, other visitors did not appear to be disturbed!
The man dressed again only after a security guard asked him to do so.
Middle Eastern Photography
Modern photography from the Middle East is some of the most innovative and exciting in the world; you’ll see why in the fascinating exhibition at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum.
Over 90 photographs are featured in Light Of The Middle East, illustrating the intriguing ways in which local photographers have responded to social challenges and political upheavals in the Middle East.
Browse the broad spectrum of Middle Eastern Art.
At The Louvre
We’re out in Paris and took the opportunity to have a look at the Louvre’s new, expansive, US$130 million Islamic Art wing.
An architectural, cultural, and artistic offering, the galleries provide a permanent home for the museum’s unrivaled Collection of Islamic Art.