Braque’s paintings speak of self-containment, of a quietly impassioned, ongoing dedication to the task at hand.
The Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rouen’s display of artists living and working independently, but together, reinforces the modernist commitment to internationalist values.
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — The Art Books of Henri Matisse at Charlotte’s Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is a travelling exhibition with a new twist.
Gagosian has done it again: produced another museum-quality show, this one devoted to images of artists’ studios, as recorded in photographs (on view at its uptown gallery) and in paintings (installed at West 21st Street).
“To a new world of gods and monsters” is the promethean pledge from one mad scientist to another in James Whale’s classic Bride of Frankenstein (1935), but it’s easy to imagine the same toast echoing from a Montmartre studio in 1909 as Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque raise a glass to the fractured new reality they’d uncovered.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced that Leonard A. Lauder has made a major donation of Cubist art that will transform New York’s largest museum into a major center for Cubist art. The pledged gift is comprised of 78 works, including 33 works by Pablo Picasso, 17 by Georges Braque, 14 by Juan Gris, and 14 by Fernand Léger.
Thirty-pound bags of flour, giant TV sets, and giant boxes of diapers are a few of the things you might find at the bulk discount store Costco. Oh yeah, and original art by Pierre Bonnard, George Rouault, Henri Matisse, and Andy Warhol. The big-box store has started selling fine art — and they’ve sold out all of their stock.
Among the surprises at the Statens Museum for Kunst, National Gallery of Denmark, is an exquisite room of early Matisses that will blow your mind.
Prague itself is like a museum, where contemporary architectural gems are situated next to old landmarks. It’s an embarrassment of riches. One day we walked through Prague’s 10th century castle district, then went down the hill a couple of blocks to find a Frank Gehry-designed office complex, and continued throughout the city to see Baroque, Gothic, Art Nouveau, and Cubist buildings. But if you had to visit just one Prague museum, it would have to be the Veletrzni Palac (Fair Trade Palace), a truly massive collection of Czech and European work originally built in 1925 for trade fairs.