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American artist Romaine Brooks and the roaring twenties – Venice – Italy

Romaine Brooks, “Autoritratto”

Romaine Brooks, “Autoritratto”

Until March 13, 2016 – Venice, Palazzo Fortuny

Beatrice Romaine Goddard was one of the most representative figures of the artistic scene of the 1920s
Paintings, drawings, photographs _ With this exhibition, the first ever in Italy to be dedicated to the American artist Romaine Brooks, we discover the non-conformist, refined and cosmopolitan community that animated the most sophisticated cultural circles of the Belle Époque in Paris, Capri and Venice: Jean Cocteau, Paul Morand, Luisa Casati, Ida Rubinstein and Gabriele d’Annunzio are just some of the characters who were privileged to be immortalised by the artist, famous for her palette of moonlight tones.

Gabriele d'Annunzio

Romaine Brooks, “Gabriele d’Annunzio, il poeta in esilio”, 1912, Olio su tela, 116×95 cm, Paris, Centre Pompidou

Curated by Jérôme Merceron on the basis of a project by Daniela Ferretti, the exhibition arises from the felicitous meeting with Lucile Audouy, a passionate and feisty collector in Paris, who has generously loaned a very important group of works for the exhibition in Venice, many of which never before seen in public.

Romaine Brooks, “La marchesa Casati”, 1920 circa, Olio su tela, 248 x 120 cm, Collezione Lucile Audouy © Photo Thomas Hennocque

Romaine Brooks, “La marchesa Casati”, 1920 circa, Olio su tela, 248 x 120 cm, Collezione Lucile Audouy © Photo Thomas Hennocque

Born in Rome in 1874 to American parents and married to pianist John Ellington Brooks, Beatrice Romaine Goddard was one of the most interesting figures of the artistic scene of the Twenties. Romantically linked to the writer Nathalie Clifford Barney and, simultaneously, to the dancer Ida Rubinstein – her model for many paintings -– the American artist also had an intense relationship with d’Annunzio, whom she immortalised in two famous portraits. Initially influenced by the painting of Whistler, she soon found her unmistakable signature style, one marked by an infinite variety of greys and old pinks and an uncanny ability to capture the soul of her subjects.

However, it is the drawings that are the deepest mirror of her tragic and lonely soul. Charged with a suffering poetry, emotion and mystery, irony and pessimism, these elements blend in the taut line devoid of any decorative frills that almost cuts into the paper without hesitation or second thoughts; they accompany us with modesty and apparent detachment through the meanders of an inner world, constantly poised between light and darkness.

Palazzo Fortuny


Nancy Peach – Las Vegas – Nevada

Nancy Peach - Wet Peaches Three, Oil on Canvas, 36” x 24”

Nancy Peach – Wet Peaches Three, Oil on Canvas, 36” x 24”


From August 1 to September 16, 2013 – Sin City Gallery

Known for her larger than life paintings that burst off the walls with colors, she is often commissioned for private portraits.   With her paints, her brushes, and her enormous canvases (some as large as 15′ x 10′), Nancy tiakes you along for a wild ride of desire, attraction and passion.

Nancy Peach - Peter Berlin, Oil on Canvas, 48" x 24"

Nancy Peach – Peter Berlin, Oil on Canvas, 48″ x 24″


S
an Francisco artist Nancy Peach on August 1st at 8:00 P.M., will be giving an Artist Talk.   We have asked her to share her process, inspiration and her ability to create captivating portraits of her subjects.

Sin City Gallery


Debbie Lee Mostel – Palm Beach Gardens – Florida



From January 18, 2013 to February 22, 2013 – Palm Beach Gardens City Hall

One Woman Show: the works of Debbie Lee Mostel.  Her collection entitled “Technology Deconstructed/Nature Reconstructured is an exciting  exhibit of abstract mixed media.  It features among other surprises: integrated circuits, vintage globes, VCR Motors, mummified amphibians, tin wind up toys and hand-blown glass.

Formally trained as a Goldsmith & Glassblower, her years as jewelry design & manufacturer has enabled her to create intricate technical structures against dazzling abstract backgrounds.  Most pieces have an interactive aspect, which makes viewing always a different experience.

Her passion for Marine Biology and 2nd career as a landscape designer has also contributed to the underlying theme of “We are all united in the universe—the string theory” viewpoint.


Jason Shawn Alexander – New Paintings and Graphic Works – Los Angeles – California

Larger in Life – detail


From October 13 to November 26, 2012 – 101 exhibit – West Hollywood

Jason Shawn Alexander (B. 1975) Painter and draftsman from Tennessee, currently resides and works in Los Angeles, California. Though modern in its subject matter, Alexander’s work pulls, still, from the vulnerability, fear, and underlying strength that come from his rural upbringing. Much like good Delta Blues, his work maintains a sense of pain and passion which steers Alexander away from the standard “isms” that, in his words, “tend to muddy up what’s really important”. The result is something heartbreakingly genuine.

Larger in Life | 106×70 inches, mixed media, collage, inks, oils and paper on two canvases, 2012


“It’s
probably not a coincidence that Jason Shawn Alexander, in his bio, mentions the Blues, and that when I first saw his paintings I immediately got a Muddy Waters song in my head. Alexander’s work just looks like it hums along a sweaty slide guitar chord, singing its pain and prosperity through a haze of smoke. You can tell that something bad is happening to or around his subjects, but also that they’re just people so it can’t be bad forever. His gritty, drippy, and dark style lends an ominous air, like a fresh grave, and the subject’s poses humanize the whole thing. This is the whole package.” (Brad Martin)

101 exhibit


The Tate Modern opens up its basement – London – UK

Anthony McCall, Line Describing a Cone 1973 © Anthony McCall, courtesy Sean Kelly Gallery, New York - Sunday 22 July A rare poportunity to see all four 1974 cone films by Anthony McCal


The Tanks: Art in Action  – A fifteen-week festival from 18 July – 28 October 2012 – Tate Modern

What already impressed everyone about the Tate Modern when it was inaugurated was its huge size. His former electric plant has been able to offer contemporary art absolutely spectacular spaces that have ensured the public’s passion as we can see in the installations presented in the hall of the Turbines over the last ten years. While waiting for the extension carried out by Herzog and de Meuron to be concluded by 2016 (which will add 21,000 square metres i.e. 60% additional space), the museum has decided to recuperate other areas: the reservoirs where the oil used to run the plant was installed. These underground rooms with vast dimensions (30 metres long, 7 metres tall) will be inaugurated on 18 July 2012, with an original theme: they will host one of the largest concentrations in Europe of living art, happenings and performances. The list of artists includes Korean Sung Hwan Kim as well as Cuban artist Tania Bruguera or Flemish Anne Teresa de Keersmaecker.

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker - Photo: Herman Sorgeloos - Thursday 19 – Friday 20 July One of the most important choreographers of the 20th century performs widely acclaimed Fase: Four movements to the music of Steve Reich


A
n excellent opening to the Cultural Olympiad and to the London Festival 2012.

Tate Modern


Kirchner, Heckel, Nolde: The Werner Collection – Vienna – Austria

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner - Frauenbildnis mit Hut, 1911-1912 - Wachskreiden auf Papier - Albertina, Wien - Dauerleihgabe der Sammlung Werner


From June 1, 2012 to August 26, 2012 – Albertina

Presented in this exhibition is the exceptional collection of a woman whose career following the Second World War started as a simple secretary and led to becoming the right hand woman of the renowned art dealer Wilhelm Grosshennig in Dusseldorf, and a passionate art collector after 1960.

Erich Heckel - Frau vor Bäumen, 1925 - Schwarze Kreide und Aquarell - Albertina, Wien - Dauerleihgabe der Sammlung Werner


T
he selection includes around 90 works with a focus on German Expressionism. In addition to outstanding work groups from Erich Heckel, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Emil Nolde, works from a considerable ensemble of German art from the 19th century and Western European greats like Picasso, Matisse and Modigliani will also be shown.

Emil Nolde - Zwei Dampfer, um 1915 - Aquarell auf Japanpapier - Albertina, Wien - Dauerleihgabe der Sammlung Werner


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