Impressionism to Modernism: The Keithley Collection
Cleveland Museum of Art
The latest exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Art is called Impressionism to Modernism: The Keithley Collection.
This new exhibition runs from September 11, 2022 to January 8, 2023. It celebrates the extraordinary gift and promised gift of art made by Clevelanders Joseph P. and Nancy F. Keithley to the Cleveland Museum of Art. In March 2020, the Keithleys gave more than 100 works of art to the museum-the most significant gift since the bequest of Leonard C. Hanna Jr. in 1958.
It's not just a huge collection - it's very diverse and covers a lot of styles. The Keithleys' collection focuses on Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and modern European and American paintings.
Picasso from the Keithley Collection
You will see works by familiar names such as Picasso, Henri Matisse and Andrew Wyeth but if you are more of an amateur like me you will be exposed to some amazing works by new (to me) artists such as Maurice Denis, Georges Braque, Joan Mitchell and others. Plan on spending some time in each of the themed rooms.
Maurice Denis painting
Also included in the exhibition is a selection of European and American decorative arts. The Keithleys also collected Chinese and contemporary Japanese ceramics. In the exhibition, Asian ceramics are shown alongside Western paintings and drawings. That's how the Keithleys liked to display them.
Ancient Chinese Owl shaped jars
It wasn't all haphazard. Throughout two decades of collecting, the Keithleys selected works of art to complement and enrich the CMA's collection. At times, the Keithleys built upon a strength in the museum's collection; on other occasions, they acquired a work of art that would bring something entirely new to the collection.
Alberto Giacometti - Toward the Ultimate Figure - Cleveland Museum of Art
The latest exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Art is called Alberto Giacometti - Toward the Ultimate Figure.
The exhibition Alberto Giacometti: Toward the Ultimate Figure gathers an ensemble of masterpieces focusing on the artist's major achievements of the postwar years (1945-66). Combining all media-sculpture, painting, and drawing-the show of 60 works draws upon the deep resources of the artist's personal collection and examines a central, animating aspect of his oeuvre: his extraordinary, singular concern for the human figure. Co-organized by the Fondation Giacometti in Paris and the Cleveland Museum of Art, the exhibition will also be presented at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Seattle Art Museum; and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. So we are very fortunate to have it here in Cleveland and first.
If you are expecting typical sculptures of people that look just like them, you will be surprised. Giacometti is best known for the bronze sculptures of tall, thin human figures that often look emaciated. Giacometti once said that he was sculpting not the human figure but "the shadow that is cast".
Revealing Krishna:Journey to Cambodia's Sacred Mountain - Cleveland Museum of Art
The Cleveland Museum of Art's highly anticipated exhibition, Revealing Krishna: Journey to Cambodia's Sacred Mountain opened November 14, 2021. The groundbreaking exhibition incorporates mixed reality and reveals the CMA's newly restored Cambodian masterwork, Krishna Lifting Mount Govardhan, through an integration of art and experiential digital design.
The exhibition transports visitors to the dramatic floodplains of southern Cambodia and illustrates the history of the sculpture, spanning 1,500 years and three continents. The exhibition unveils Krishna alongside nine other related large-scale sculptures generously lent from the NMC, the Angkor Borei Museum and the Musée national des arts asiatiques-Guimet in Paris, through an integration of art, technology and experiential design.
Slovenian artist reuses and repurposes - February 2020
Brni Lavrisha will tell you that he is Slovenian on both sides so it is fitting that his work is being exhibited at the Slovenian Museum and Archives (SMA) in Cleveland Ohio.
Artist Brni Lavrisha
The SMA "are the privileged inheritors of a legacy, not only of precious pieces of rich, ethnic, artistic and linguistic works, but also of a compelling story of migrating and thriving in America and in our City of Cleveland."
Brni does both sculptures and paintings using materials that he finds and repurposed from a nearby creek.
This summer is Cleveland's inaugural FRONT International Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art. The Judy's Hand sculpture by Tony Tasset is located at Toby's Plaza at Case Western Reserve University and will remain as one of FRONT's lasting impacts on the community.
Eyewitness Views: Making History in Eighteenth-Century Europe
The latest exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Art is called Eyewitness Views: Making History in Eighteenth-Century Europe. It showcases outstanding masterworks by revered artists who recorded some of the most newsworthy events and impressive spectacles of eighteenth-century Europe.
It's an interesting concept. Nowadays we have many sources for our news - 24x7 cable news, Twitter, blogs, newspapers, radio, etc but in the 18th Century those were not available. So many got their "news" of an important event from a painting.
I think my favorite is The Fire at the Opera House of the Palais-Royal by Hubert Robert about 1781.
You can almost feel the heat coming off the canvas.
The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s is the first major museum exhibition to focus on American taste in art and design during the 1920s and early 1930s. Through a rich array of over 300 extraordinary works in jewelry, fashion, automobiles, paintings and decorative arts, featuring the events and people that punctuated the era, the exhibition explores the impact of European influences, American lifestyle, artistic movements and innovation during this exciting period.
The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s is co-organized by the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, and is on view in the Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation Hall from September 30, 2017 through January 14, 2018.
Brand-New & Terrific: Alex Katz in the 1950's is the largest museum exhibition to showcase Alex Katz's (b. 1927) innovative portraits, landscapes and still life form this pioneering period.
Organized by the Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville, Maine, in close collaboration with Katz, this presentation explores the first decade of the artist's career, a period characterized by fierce experimentation from which his signature brightly colored figurative paintings emerged.
Brand-New & Terrific: Alex Katz in the 1950's is on view in the Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation Hall at the Cleveland Museum of Art April 30 through August 6, 2017.