Norton Museum Announces 2013-2014 Exhibition Season: Andy Warhol show is one of the highlights

Sep 30, 2013 - Dec 30, 2014

The Norton Museum of Art announces its 2013-2014 special exhibition season, which is highlighted by a Norton-organized Andy Warhol exhibition that focuses on the relationship and influence of his friend and muse, Palm Beach resident “Baby Jane” Holzer. The exhibition, To Jane, Love Andy: Warhol’s First Superstar, opens in February.

The season also includes the first museum retrospective of fabled ‘60s and ‘70s jewelry designer David Webb, whose clients included Jacqueline Kennedy, Doris Duke, and Diana Vreeland. The Norton-organized exhibition, David Webb: Society’s Jeweler, features 80 dazzling pieces from throughout the late designer’s career, and is in keeping with the Museum’s recent goal of presenting exhibitions highlighting design.

The Museum’s third RAW (Recognition of Art by Women) exhibition, features British artist Phyllida Barlow, who works on a huge scale using found material that most would often discard, turning it into mammoth sculptures. That exhibition, Phyllida Barlow: HOARD, opens in early December in conjunction with the annual international art fair, Art Basel - Miami Beach. This series is made possible by a grant from the Leonard and Sophie Davis/MLDauray Arts Initiative.

Other highly anticipated exhibitions include: A Masterpiece Rediscovered: Claude-Joseph Vernet’s “The Fishermen,”which focuses on the recent gift of the spectacular 267-year-old painting of an idyllic Roman campagna scene by the leading 18th-century French painter in Rome; The Polaroid Years: Instant Photography and Experimentation, organized by the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College,brings together ground-breaking Polaroid pictures by forty artists, including  Ansel Adams, Ellen Carey, Chuck Close, Walker Evans, David Hockney, Robert Mapplethorpe, Joyce Neimanas, Andy Warhol, and William Wegman; Industrial Sublime: Modernism and the Transformation of New York’s Rivers, 1900-1940, organized by the Hudson River Museum. The exhibition features paintings by leading artists like George Bellows, Robert Henri, John Marin, Reginald Marsh, Georgia O’Keeffe, and John Sloan, who used realism and modernism to depict the industrialism of New York’s waterways between 1900 and 1940.

This season, visitors will be greeted by a new artwork in the lobby by artist Mickalene Thomas. The 770-square-foot collage-based mural of Florida flora is titled faux real.It is the third site-specific project the Museum has commissioned to transform this space, the third done with the generous support of Vanessa and Anthony Beyer, and is one of the most notable changes undertaken to prepare for the newseason. Thomas returns in January for a public presentation.

The dates and details of the 2013-2014 special exhibition season are as follows:

 

Faux Real, lobby installation by Mickalene Thomas

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013 – Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014

Organized by the Norton Museum of Art

The third site specific artwork for the Norton Museum lobby will be created by Mickalene Thomas (b.1971, Camden, New Jersey). She is best known for her elaborate figurative paintings which expand ideas of beauty through compositions inspired by sources as varied as popular culture, 19th century French painting, and the collages of Romare Bearden. Following a residency at Monet’s home and garden in Giverny, she has continued to examine the elements and complexity of both domestic interiors and landscape through fractured perspectives signaled by patterning and seductive, decorative materials.  Thomas has consistently worked with deconstructing and reassembling photographic images in her own collages which often serve as reference for her paintings.  This will be the first mural-sized artwork Thomas has created outside of New York.  The installation is made possible by the generosity of Vanessa and Anthony Beyer.

 

A Masterpiece Rediscovered: Claude-Joseph Vernet’s “The Fishermen”

Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 – Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013

Organized by the Norton Museum of Art

The exhibition will focus on the recent gift of The Fishermen (1746), a spectacularly beautiful painting of an idyllic Roman campagna scene by Claude-Joseph Vernet (1714-1789), the leading 18th-century French painter in Rome.  One of eight canvases specially commissioned in 1746 by the Marquis Pierre Charles de Villette, it is one of only two known to have survived to modern times. Key explanatory texts and detailed images will allow visitors to follow its progress from authentication through conservation.  A discussion of Vernet, Roman 18th-century painting, and the phenomenon called “The Grand Tour” will give visitors the opportunity to place The Fishermen in the broader context of European landscape painting. Artworks from the same period by French, Italian, and Flemish artists such as Giovanni Paolo Panini, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Bartolomeo Cavaceppi, Jan Frans van Bloeman and Jean-Baptiste Lallemand will put The Fishermen in context.

 

New Work/New Directions: Recent Acquisitions of Photography

Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 - Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014

During the past two years, the Norton’s holdings of photography have grown significantly. This exhibition will celebrate this growth, highlight some of the new additions, and offer  insight into new artists and areas of institutional interest. Through donations and purchases, more than 350 new works have entered the Photography Collection during the past 24 months. These recent acquisitions range from the 19th-century motion-studies of Eadweard Muybridge to recent large-scale narrative works by Canadian-based artists, The Sanchez Brothers. Contextualizing strong aspects of the collection, bolstering weaker areas, and forging new directions, the growth of the Collection includes significant works by artists such as Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Eileen Cowin, Holly Roberts, and Sam Taylor-Wood.

 

L.A. Stories: Videos from the West Coast

Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 - Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014

Organized by the Norton Museum of Art

Story-telling and narrative strategies have been staples in contemporary image making since the 1970s. Many of the artists who are working today using video have continued to explore this fertile genre. L. A. Stories brings together four artists whose work embraces and exploits the narrative potentials of video. Their works range from straight-forward storytelling to the isolation of evocative narrative-laden moments that string together. The projections and installations that comprise this exhibition tell tales that speak as much to the artists’ own experience as artists as to the broader experience of navigating and understanding contemporary life. Included in the exhibition are two artists, Eileen Cowin and Judy Fiskin, who have been mainstays in Southern California art scene for more than three decades. As working artists as well as educators (Cowin at California State University at Fullerton and Fiskin at the California Arts Institute), both began their practice in photography and naturally gravitated to video over the course of their careers. Joining these two are Mark Daybell who did his graduate work with Cowin in Fullerton, and Julie Orser who studied at Cal Arts.

 

The Four Princely Gentlemen: Plum Blossoms, Orchids, Bamboo, and Chrysanthemums

Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 - Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014

Organized by the Norton Museum of Art

This exhibition will feature the recently acquired album of ink painting of orchids and bamboo by the Qing dynasty scholar Qian Zai (1708-1793, image). Inspired by both the beauty and resilience of nature's flora, Chinese painters and poets have imbued particular plants with auspicious meaning, literary resonance, and scholarly virtue. Together plum blossoms, orchids, bamboo, and chrysanthemums collectively exemplify qualities of the ideal Confucian scholar: strong, humble, moral, and resilient. Qian Zai was such a man. After serving the emperor as Vice-Minister of the Board of Rites in Beijing, he returned to his hometown in Zhejiang province where he became renowned for his paintings of orchids and bamboo. This exhibition is made possible in part through the generosity of John and Heidi Niblack.

 

Phyllida Barlow: HOARD

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013- Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014

Organized by the Norton Museum of Art

Phyllida Barlow is the third artist selected for a Recognition of Art by Women (RAW) exhibition and is the first sculptor to be included. Barlow’s sculptural practice centers on her attention to, and experimentation with, materials that are easily overlooked and most often found in the urban environment in which she lives. Cardboard, fabric, plywood, polystyrene, wire netting, scrim, and cement are among favored elements she manipulates to create sculptures that defy simple description; but, are memorable for their presence. Barlow describes her work as “anti-monumental,” and defines the term as “seeing the monument as a kind of absurdity – because so often we don’t know what the monument is. We’ve lived through a decade where we’ve seen it literally topple in front of our eyes.”  Several new sculptures and others seen only in Europe comprise this exhibition.  Recognition of Art by Women is made possible by the Leonard and Sophie Davis/MLDauray Arts Initiative.

 

The Polaroid Years: Instant Photography and Experimentation

Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013- Sunday, March 23, 2014

Organized by the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College                                                     

This survey exhibition brings together ground breaking Polaroid pictures by forty artists spanning the period from the initial release of the SX-70 camera in 1972 until the present. The exhibition centers on experimentation and examines how the invention of instant photography—in particular Polaroid, a brand known for its innovation and responsiveness to artistic endeavors—has influenced and inspired amateurs and professionals for nearly forty years. By juxtaposing early experimental work with more recent forays into the possibilities of the medium, the exhibition tells a more complete story of instant photography than has yet been chronicled. The photographs included represent a wide range of approaches and sensibilities and upend established parameters of photography in various ways. Artists represented include such pioneers of instant photography as Ansel Adams, Ellen Carey, Chuck Close, Walker Evans, David Hockney, Robert Mapplethorpe, Joyce Neimanas, Andy Warhol, and William Wegman as well as a new generation of artists including Anne Collier, Bryan Graf, and Grant Worth.  Local presentation of this exhibition is made possible in part by Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert C. Maurer.

 

David Webb: Society’s Jeweler

Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 – Sunday, April 13, 2014

Organized by the Norton Museum of Art

This exhibition will explore Webb as a jewelry designer whose work was realized with technical mastery and who was viewed as a high-society figure whose clientele included Jacqueline Kennedy, Doris Duke, and Diana Vreeland. The exhibition will bring together some 80 extraordinary examples of Webb jewelry: necklaces, rings, and other pieces rendered in hammered gold, jade, coral, enamel, and precious stones. In addition, the exhibition will feature preparatory drawings and special displays that will offer behind-the-scenes perspectives on the making of Webb jewelry. Artworks, photographs, publications, and advertisements also will situate Webb within the visual culture of the 1960s. This exhibition is made possible in part through the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Frederic A. Sharf and Richters of Palm Beach.

 

To Jane, Love Andy: Warhol’s First Superstar

Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014 - Sunday, May 25, 2014

Organized by the Norton Museum of Art

As Andy Warhol’s first and most glamorous superstar, as well as a lifelong intimate, Jane Holzer holds a singular role in the understanding of Warhol as a prescient artist, media star, and focus of the 1960s cult of personality. An independent woman, Holzer survived Warhol’s Factory as his circle spiraled into a dangerous zone, culminating in the 1968 shooting of the artist. Yet, she and Warhol became confidants, developing a deep friendship until his tragic death in 1987. This exhibition explores the rise of “Baby Jane” as an internationally known model and reveals the evolution of his first superstar and their enduring friendship.  Fashions from Holzer’s career as a model, photographs by David Bailey, Nat Finkelstein, Billy Name, and Irving Penn, among others, as well as Warhol’s painting, sculpture, prints, and films featuring “Baby Jane” comprise the exhibition, along with rarely seen material from Warhol’s Time Capsules celebrating the intersection of their lives. This exhibition is made possible through the generosity of Muriel and Ralph Saltzman. Exclusive corporate sponsor provided by Wilmington Trust. With additional support by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

Qing Chic: Chinese Textiles from the 19th to early 20th Century

Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 - Sunday, May 4, 2014

Organized by the Norton Museum of Art

This pendant exhibition to David Webb’s jewelry designs features a robe, embroidered silk panels, purses, and shoes that share Webb’s love of natural forms, especially flowers and animals. The dragon robe from the  last half of the 19th century was probably made for the  Empress Dowager Cixi – the powerful and charismatic woman who unofficially, but effectively controlled China for 47 years, from 1861 to her death in 1908.  This robe, worn for court ceremonies, is woven as tapestry with brightly colored threads worked around vertical warp threads to produce all the details. The diagonal lines at the hem depict the cosmic sea, and the stylized blade-like forms in the center and at the side seams are mountains. Together, they represent the world ruled by the emperor, who is symbolized by the flying dragons. Among the many decorative motifs are cranes and bats, which are signs of long life and good fortune, respectively. This exhibition is made possible in part through the generosity of John and Heidi Niblack.

 

Industrial Sublime: Modernism and the Transformation of New York’s Rivers, 1900-1940

Thursday, March 20, 2014- Sunday, June 22, 2014

Organized by the Hudson River Museum                                                                                 

Featuring paintings by leading artists such as George Bellows, Robert Henri, John Marin, Reginald Marsh, Georgia O’Keeffe, and John Sloan, this exhibition examines the shift to urban views of New York’s waterways between 1900 and 1940 as Realists and Modernists conceived a new pictorial language to treat American industrialism. Having jettisoned the romantic ideals of forebears -- such as the Hudson River School -- who had ignored the industrialization of the region, these artists celebrated the changing way of life along the city’s waterfront. Instead of majestic mountains, they painted the modern waterways’ bridges, cranes, and ocean liners, using an increasingly sharp focus and borrowing ideals from the Machine Age. Twentieth-century artists took the elements of the Sublime, combined them with Modernism’s interest in structure and form, and applied them to humankind’s industry, thereby creating a new visual vocabulary for the modern era: the Industrial Sublime. This exhibition is made possible in part through the generosity of Mrs. Anne Berkley Smith.

 

Masterpiece of the Month  

May 2014 – October 2014  

Organized by the Norton Museum of Art                                                                                                 

Beginning in May 2014,the Norton will once again spotlight major works by iconic artists in its Masterpiece of the Month series. Each exceptional work being showcased will be selected from a private collection by a Norton curator and will correspond to the five curatorial divisions of the Norton’s collection: American Art, European Art, Contemporary Art, Chinese Art, and Photography.  These pieces, which have rarely been exhibited publicly, will each be on view consecutively for approximately one month. Artists that were showcased during the series’ premiere included Lucian Freud, Mary Cassatt, and Salvador Dali. A series of curator-led gallery talks will accompany the monthly installations to explore the significance and context of each work. The curators are in the process of selecting the works to include in the 2014 Masterpiece of the Month series. 

About the Norton Museum

Since its founding in 1941 by Chicago industrialist Ralph Norton, the Norton Museum of Art has evolved to become one of Florida's most significant cultural institutions. The Norton is recognized for its distinguished holdings in American, European, and Chinese art, and a continually expanding presence for Photography, and Contemporary art.  Its masterpieces of 19th century and 20th century European painting and sculpture include works by Brancusi, Gauguin, Matisse, and Picasso, and American works by Stuart Davis, Hopper, O'Keeffe, Pollock, and Sheeler.

The Norton presents special exhibitions, lectures, tours, and programs for adults and children throughout the year.  In 2011, the Norton launched RAW (Recognition of Art by Women).  Funded by the Leonard and Sophie Davis Fund/ML Dauray Arts Initiative the Raw grant will allow the Norton to organize one special exhibition annually through 2016, featuring the work of a female painter or sculptor.  In 2012, the Norton established the biennial international Rudin Prize for Emerging Photographers. 

The Norton is located at 1451 S. Olive Ave. in West Palm Beach, FL., and  is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Closed on Mondays and major Holidays). General admission is $12 for adults, $5 for students with a valid ID, and free for Members and children ages 12 and under.  Thursdays are half-price for everyone. Special group rates are available. West Palm Beach residents receive free admission every Saturday with proof of residency. Palm Beach County residents receive free admission the first Saturday of each month with proof of residency.

 For additional information, please call (561) 832-5196, or visit www.norton

 


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