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Exhibits Nationwide - December 2017

Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, Delaware
"An American Journey: The Art of John Sloan"
Through January 28, 2018

American artist John Sloan (1871-1951) enjoyed a long career in New York City. But, he also became known as an important member of the Santa Fe art colony during summers. "An American Journey" is a major retrospective exhibition, including nearly 100 examples of Sloan's work, spanning the years between 1890 and 1946. Beginning with his early days as an illustrator in Philadelphia, the show moves chronologically and geographically, providing multiple examples of Sloan's work as a painter and etcher throughout his career. Artwork includes images from New York City, summer views of Gloucester, Massachusetts, and wonderful depictions of Santa Fe, New Mexico. The retrospective presents drawings, prints, paintings and a variety of archival studio materials.

The Delaware Art Museum holds the largest collection of work by John Sloan, as well as a rich trove of his archival materials. The exhibition is drawn from this important collection, donated to the museum by the artist's widow, Helen Farr Sloan.

Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas
"Wild Spaces, Open Seasons: Hunting and Fishing in American Art"
Through January 7, 2018

"Wild Spaces, Open Seasons" is an exhibit of some 60 paintings and sculptures depicting outdoor scenes--primarily hunting and fishing--dating from the early nineteenth century and into the twentieth century. According to the curator, the works on display comprise some of the finest examples of this genre, and show their influence on the history of American art. Indeed, the Amon Carter Museum has put together works by an illustrious roster of artists, many of whom are not usually associated with hunting scenes, such as Thomas Cole, Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, George Bellows and Marsden Hartley. But it also showcases those whose reputations were made in the genre, with key pictures by such favorites as Charles Deas, Alfred Jacob Miller, William T. Ranney, and Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait.

AND

"Caught on Paper"
Through February 11, 2018

CONTINUED: An accompanying exhibit, "Caught on Paper," highlights over thirty works on paper from the Amon Carter’s permanent collection. Showcasing watercolors and prints that also feature outdoor scenes with depictions of hunting and fishing, this exhibit includes works by Winslow Homer, Frederic Remington, Charles M. Russell, and Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait.

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
"Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting"
Through January 21, 2018

Now on view in the West Building,"Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry" is a survey of the artistic exchanges among Dutch Golden Age painters from 1650 to 1675. Many scholars agree that this was a high point for Dutch art, a period of supreme technical skill and mastery at depicting domestic life (genre painting).

The 65 paintings on view are presented according to theme, composition, and technique. The curator strives to show how the artists might have been inspired and challenged by the sense of competition at the time, heightening the output to a virtuosic level. In addition to Johannes Vermeer, the contemporaries included in this exhibit are Gerard ter Borch, Pieter de Hooch, Nicolas Maes, and Jacob Ochtervelt, among others.

Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon
"The Wyeths: Three Generations"
Through January 28, 2018

This is a wonderful exhibit of 74 paintings and drawings by three generations of the Wyeth family and was made possible through the Bank of America’s “Art in Our Communities” program. All the works on display are held in the Bank of America Collection. "The Wyeths: Three Generations" is described as a survey of artwork by artist/illustrator N.C. Wyeth, his son Andrew, and Andrew’s son Jamie, with additional works by Andrew’s daughter Henriette Wyeth and her husband, Peter Hurd.

Location is important to the legacy of the Wyeth family of artists. N.C. Wyeth first made his name as a versatile artist and illustrator. In the early 1900s, he moved to Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, where he built a house and studio. Later, he bought a sea captain’s house in Maine and added a studio to the property, which he subsequently shared with his family members. Andrew, known for his tempera and watercolor paintings in the American realist tradition, is closely associated with the rural, coastal Maine location. But his sister, painter Henriette Wyeth, and her husband Peter Hurd both carried on the realist tradition while focusing on different subject matter from their home and studio in southeast New Mexico.

Today, Andrew’s son Jamie Wyeth maintains both Wyeth studios of Pennsylvania and Maine. His paintings in oil and mixed media continue in the best of the Wyeth family’s traditions in realism, with a mix of his own personal wit.

Seattle Art Museum
"Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect"
Through January 15, 2018

This is a major traveling exhibition celebrating the 100th anniversary of the artist’s birth. We covered this exhibition in the last issue after it opened at the Brandywine River Museum. But, for those of our readers closer to the Northwest, we wanted you to know that it has now opened at the Seattle Art Museum.

Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, Washington
"The Dynamic American West: Highlights from the Haub Family Collection"
Through January 28, 2018

The Haub Family amassed one of the most important collections of Western art, with works representing a period of some two hundred years. A compilation of old and new art, the entire collection was recently donated to the Tacoma Art Museum. This exhibit offers a sampling of art from the Haub Family Collection that includes paintings, works on paper, and sculptures. The Dynamic American West: Highlights from the Haub Family Collection, features an interesting range of western scenes that mix early works by Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Moran, W.R. Leigh, and Charles Russell, with contemporary images by artists such as Bill Schenck, Ed Mell, Clyde Aspevig, and John Nieto. If you make it to the Tacoma Art Museum, it’s worthwhile to stop by to also see a complementary special exhibition, "Two Centuries of American Still-Life Painting."

Local Exhibits and Events - December 2017

SANTA FE

A Centennial Celebration

November 2017 marks the 100th birthday of the New Mexico Museum of Art. After closing its doors for several months for a refreshing renovation, the museum has reopened with all new exhibits.

To commemorate its inauguration on November 25, 1917, the museum hosted an all-day birthday celebration. On that day, the museum welcomed visitors to special events, various performances, and even a birthday cake at the nearby Santa Fe Plaza.

The museum also presented Conversations with Curators, where people could hear the curators talk about artwork in the museum's collections, its recent acquisitions, and new exhibitions. The curators and their exhibits are:

Christian Waguespack, Curator of 20th Century Art
Horizons: "People & Place in Twentieth Century New Mexican Art"
Merry Scully, Head of Curatorial Affairs and Curator of Contemporary Art
"Contact: Local to Global"
Katherine Ware, Curator of Photography
"Shifting Light"

These exhibits are now open to the public and we encourage you to stop in to see them.  

ALBUQUERQUE

Albuquerque Art Museum
"When Modern Was Contemporary"
Selections from the Roy R. Neuberger Collection
Closing December 31, 2017

Roy R. Neuberger (1903–2010) was an avid art collector with an astute eye. During his long career as a money manager (founding partner of Neuberger Berman) in New York, he befriended and purchased works by a remarkable number of artists recognized today as masters of modern art, including Alexander Calder, Stuart Davis, Willem de Kooning, Marsden Hartley, Jacob Lawrence, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, and numerous others. By 1950, New York was at the center of the avant-garde art world and the collection that Neuberger developed had become one of the most important collections of modern art in the country.

"When Modern Was Contemporary" features some fifty paintings and sculptures and was organized by the American Federation of Arts and the Neuberger Museum of Art of Purchase College, SUNY.

CONTINUED: TAOS

Taos Art Museum at Fechin House
“The Art of Walt Gonske: A Retrospective”
Through January 7, 2018
 
V. Susan Fisher, the Taos Art Museum’s Executive Director and Curator wrote: “As the next in our annual series of special exhibitions of the work of living Taos artists, this show will trace the evolution of an important artist’s work, as well as his path through the landscapes of the Southwest.” This retrospective exhibition presents 40 paintings spanning 4 decades, from 1974 to the present day. Walt Gonske began his career as an illustrator in the East, not unlike several of the members of the Taos Society of Artists. Since he moved to Taos, he has followed in the illustrious footsteps of his predecessors, vigorously exploring and painting the region’s spectacular landscapes.

SANTA FE - SPECIAL EVENTS

Las Posadas, a Santa Fe Christmas Tradition
New Mexico History Museum
105 West Palace Ave.
December 10, 2017
5:30 to 7 p.m.

Las Posadas is a walk that begins at the Palace of the Governors. Participants follow the holy couple, Mary and Joseph, in procession starting on the north side of the Plaza. Once they find refuge at the Palace of the Governor’s courtyard, people are invited to stay for hot cider and sing carols with musicians.

GLOW — “Bridging Time”
Opening Night at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden
December 15, 2017
5 to 8 p.m.
Runs through December 31, 2017

This year’s GLOW winter light event is called, “Bridging Time.” The Botanical Garden has begun its own holiday tradition in creating one of the most unique lighting shows in all of Santa Fe. GLOW features thousands of lights in fantastical formations throughout the Botanical Garden situated on Museum Hill.

SWAIA Winter Indian Market
December 16 and 17, 2017
Sat. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sun.10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The winter Indian Market will be held at La Fonda on the Plaza. Planned as an all-around festive occasion, this year’s winter market will feature more than 130 artists who will be showing and selling excellent examples of jewelry, pottery, paintings, and weavings. There will also be a special silent auction event. For more information, call 505.983.5220.

THIRTY YEARS, AND BEFORE; May/June 2017

 

Thirty years ago, Mark Zaplin and Richard Lampert founded Zaplin Lampert Gallery. Opening the doors on June 15, 1987, they welcomed guests, friends, and family to a celebration in their gallery on Santa Fe's historical Canyon Road. But this wasn't their first partnership--not by a long shot. For those of you who don't know the extraordinary history and personal story of friendship that underlies Zaplin Lampert Gallery, we offer it here.
 
Beginning with their earliest recollections, Richard Lampert and the late Mark Zaplin (1952-2014) could share memories of each other. Having been born twelve days apart and growing up separated by only one block in Newton, Massachusetts, you could say they had been together from the start. 




Mark Zaplin and Richard Lampert, kindergarten class photo

 

As friends, a knack for salesmanship developed at an early age. What began as typical kid stuff, selling lemonade and popcorn, later became an opportunity to hone their skills by switching to other inventory, including insurance and The Great Books of the Western World.