Formerly Current News - Archives (2016-2020)


5/5: Highlights from the permanent collection, Frick Madison (temporary home of the Frick Collection), 945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street, New York, Thursday--Sunday, 10:00 a.m.--6:00 p.m. Timed-entry tickets to this superb display of the art in stark gray-walled galleries must be reserved in advance. Through 2022.


12/30: Betsy James Wyeth: A Tribute, Brandywine River Museum of Art, Chadds Ford, Penn. The Museum, temporarily closed, will reopen for winter hours of operation on January 4, 2021. Exhibition closed January 31, 2021.

12/30: The Wyeths: Three Generations, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, Ariz. More than sixty paintings, drawings, and illustrations by N.C. Wyeth (1882-1945), one of America's greatest illustrators; his son Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009); and his grandson Jamie Wyeth (b.1946). Lecture: "An Evening with Victoria Browning Wyeth" (Andrew's granddaughter and Jamie's niece), January 19, 2021, 5:30 - 6:30 pm. Exhibition: January 2 - May 9.


12/15: Capturing the Artist: Contemporary and Historical Portraits from Life, Robert Simon Fine Art, New York City (near the Metropolitan Museum of Art). Best in show? There are other worthies, but our choices are The Artist Rubin Gabeau (2019) by Dale Zinkowski and Portrait of César Meza (2019) by Kevin Müller Cisneros. Robert Simon Fine Art specializes in European works of the Renaissance and Baroque periods (from about 1300 to 1800), but it occasionally shows "contemporary works that tie into the techniques or regions of Old Master paintings." (By "contemporary," the gallery, unlike the Met, does not mean "avant-garde" but what we refer to as "Classical Realist.") Closed December 20.

12/15: Augusta Savage: Renaissance Woman, Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, Tenn. This is the last of four stops of a traveling exhibition, on which see the 10/7 item on Savage below. The term "Renaissance" in the exhibition title refers to the Harlem Renaissance in New York City. Closed March 22, 2020.

10/7: “The Eye of the Needle: How R. H. Ives Gammell Preserved a Painting Tradition,” lecture by Elizabeth Ives Hunter, The Atelier, Minneapolis, Minn. (See also “R. H. Ives Gammell,” Aristos, May 1990.) October 19.

10/7: Augusta Savage: Renaissance Woman, Palmer Museum of Art, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Penn. (third venue of exhibition that will move to the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, Tenn., January 19 - March 22, 2020). Features 19 sculptures by the sadly neglected Savage (1892–1962), most of whose work is lost or was destroyed. (Includes sculptures and paintings by artists who studied or were otherwise associated with her, but the paintings do not reflect the classicism or stature of her work and are hardly worth viewing.) Closed December 8.

10/7: In Praise of Painting: Dutch Masterpieces at the Met, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Lots of worthwhile links. If you go in person, skip the intrusive Audio Guide, and enjoy the art on your own. Ongoing.

10/7: Visiting the Met: Pick up one of the bright red fold-out maps at the main information desk. Don’t miss the American Wing [map, Floor 1]. In the sculpture court [Gallery 700], see esp. The Vine, by Harriet Whitney Frishmuth. Superb paintings include The Writing Master [more], by Thomas Eakins [map, Floor 2, Gallery 764].

3/18: Bouguereau & America, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. [Scroll down for titles of the first four works displayed. Click on "Open Interactive Map" for images of all the works in the exhibition, and on each image for its title and provenance.] Closed May 12.


12/31: The Poetry of Nature: Edo Paintings . . . , Metropolitan Museum of Art. Scroll down to link to the more than 40 paintings and other objects worth discovering—such as this little gem of decorative art. Closed February 17, 2019.

12/31: Winslow Homer and the Camera: Photography and the Art of Painting, Brandywine River Museum of Art, Chadds Ford, Penn. Previously at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. As we noted in our February 13 Current News, Homer (1836-1910) did not copy--or base paintings on--photographs, as some scholars suggest. Such work would not be art. For more on the artist and the exhibition, see Notes & Comments. Closed February 17, 2019.

10/7: Wyeth, a documentary film on the life and work of Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009) in the PBS American Masters series. Among the numerous paintings in the documentary are all but two of the dozen portraits featured in Louis Torres's forthcoming article "Andrew Wyeth's Black Models: 'Close Friends' or 'Oppressed' Neighbors?."

10/7: Delacroix drawings exhibition at the Met, closed November 12 (see CN archives). In his new paintings exhibition, the smaller works are especially worth viewing (e.g., Collision of Arab Horsemen [about the painting]). Closed January 6, 2019.

8/19: Wyeth, a documentary film on the life and work of Andrew Wyeth, is one of four programs in this season's PBS American Masters series entitled Artists Flight. Premiered Friday, September 7 (available to stream September 8 on pbs.org/americanmasters and on PBS apps). Among the paintings in the documentary are the portraits featured in Louis Torres's forthcoming article "Andrew Wyeth's Black Models: 'Close Friends' or 'Oppressed' Neighbors?".

8/19: Devotion to Drawing: The Karen B. Cohen Collection of Eugène Delacroix, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City. An illuminating exhibition, worth visiting online. Closed November 12. See our review, and this review by Milène Fernandez. Delacroix bio / works (258).

5/24: Canova's George Washington, Frick Collection, New York City. Antonio Canova's monumental marble statue of George Washington was tragically destroyed in a fire that razed the State House in Raleigh, N.C., in 1831, only a decade after its installation. The Frick exhibition features the sculptor's imposing full-sized plaster model (which conveys the sculptor's overall concept but lacks the marble's expressive nuances of detail), plus all his extant preparatory sketches and related engravings and drawings. Closed September 23.

5/24: The Unbroken Line: Old and New Masters, Robert Simon Fine Art, New York City. A rare opportunity to view contemporary paintings and drawings by Classical Realist instructors and recent graduates of the Grand Central Atelier alongside works by Old Masters. See review by Milène Fernandez, Epoch Times, May 19.

5/24: On Paper: An Exhibition of Drawings, Florence Academy of Art U.S., Jersey City, N.J. Drawings by Classical Realists from the Jersey City branch of the Florence Academy. See review by Milène Fernandez, Epoch Times, May 8, 2018. Closed June 22.

5/24: Public Parks, Private Gardens: Paris to Provence, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City. A delightful exhibition. View images of 114 select works. Among our favorites is Lydia Crocheting in the Garden at Marly (1880), by the American painter Mary Cassatt, for the psychological depth of Lydia's expression. Closed July 29.

2/13: Eye on Nature: Andrew Wyeth and John Ruskin, Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington. Previews: Art History News / ArtfixDaily. Art critic, watercolorist John Ruskin (1819-1900) [illus. bio / works (6)]. March 10-May 27.

2/13: Winslow Homer and the Camera: Photography and the Art of Painting, Bowdoin College Museum of Art [exhibit info.], Brunswick, Maine, June 23, 2018 - October 28, 2018 // Brandywine River Museum of Art [detailed exhibit info.], Chadds Ford, Penn., November 17, 2018 - February 17, 2019. [Note: As we understand it, Homer (1836-1910) did not copy, or base paintings on, photographs. Such work would not be art.]

2/13: Fifty Years Later: The Portrayal of the Negro in American Painting. A superb online recreation of this important 1964 Bowdoin College Museum of Art exhibition. Click on "GALLERY," then on "Artist Index," then on relevant alphabetical link (just under GALLERY heading), for paintings by Winslow Homer and Thomas Eakins (both of whom influenced Andrew Wyeth) and one by Wyeth himself (Granddaughter), whose great "black paintings" will be discussed in the forthcoming Wyeth issue.


10/14: Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect, Seattle Art Museum. (Previously at the Brandywine River Museum of Art, Chadds Ford, Penn.) Closed January 15.

9/22: Rodin at the Met, N.Y.C. 93 works by this modern French master (1840-1917). Click on each image on the exhibition page to enlarge, click again, then roll your mouse wheel on details to zoom in further! This excellent page rewards close, extended attention. [On Rodin in Aristos, search above for his name.] Closed January 15.

9/22: Sublime North: Romantic Painters Discover Norway, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Conn. Works by the leading figures of 19th-century Norwegian landscape painting: Peder Balke, Christian Dahl, Thomas Fearnley, and better-known contemporaries such as Thomas Cole, Corot, and J.M.W Turner. (See bios of all at Wikipedia.) Closed January 15.

8/14: World War I and the Visual Arts, Metropolitan Museum. 137 works. Highlights: John Singer Sargent [3 drawings, 2 watercolors] and Käthe Kollwitz [2 prints, including Killed in Action (1920)]. Closed January 7.

9/1: Wyeth Dynasty, Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, S.C. We recently visited and will review this outstanding Andrew Wyeth centennial show (watercolors, as well as temperas and drawings) in a future issue. Closed September 10. Wyeth judged GCMA's holdings "the very best collection of my watercolors in any public museum in this country." Select works by him are always on view, making the museum a worthwhile year-round stop.

9/1: Victoria Wyeth: My Andy, GCMA, Greenville, S.C. Intimate photographs and reminiscences of Andrew Wyeth (1927-2009) by his only grandchild, who often lectures on his work. Closes October 22.

8/14: Visions of Land and Sea, 2017, Susan Powell Fine Art, Madison, Conn. 90 paintings. Closed September 9.

8/14: The Pursuit of Immortality: Masterpieces from the Scher Collection of Portrait Medals [more], Frick Collection, NYC. Images. Review. Closed September 10.

4/20: Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect, Brandywine River Museum of Art, Chadds Ford, Penn. Includes more than 100 works. Closed September 17.

8/14: Divine Encounter: Rembrandt's 'Abraham and the Angels' (image), Frick Collection, NYC. Closed August 20.

4/20: American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent, Philadelphia Museum of Art. Closed May 14.

4/20: Self-Portrait, Eleventh Street Arts, Long Island City, N.Y. [see Notes & Comments]. Works by leading Classical Realists. Closed June 20.

4/20: A World of Emotions: Ancient Greece, 700 BC - 200 AD. Onassis Cultural Center, New York. Closed June 24.

4/20: Botticelli and the Search for the Divine [24 paintings]. [Bio / Works (141)], Museum of Fine Arts, Boston [see Notes & Comments]. Closed July 9.

2/19: Turner's Modern and Ancient Ports: Passages through Time, Frick Collection. (Bio.) [Turner in Aristos.] Closed May 14.

2/19: Small Paintings Show, Susan Powell Fine Art, Madison, Conn. More than 100 works on view. Closed February 25.

2/19: Maine Temperas and Watercolors and The Dory, Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, Maine. Two exhibitions of paintings by Andrew Wyeth. Closed March 5 and March 9.

2/19: Velázquez Portraits: Truth in Painting (seven works), Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City. Closed March 12.

2/19: Julian Onderdonk and the Texan Landscape, San Antonio Museum of Art, Texas. Closed April 23.

2/19: New Terrains: American Paintings from the Richard M. Scaife Bequest, Brandywine River Museum of Art, Chadds Ford, Penn. Over 25 late-nineteenth and early twentieth-century works by Hudson River School painters, including Albert Bierstadt, and by American Impressionists, among them, William Merritt Chase and J. Alden Weir. Closed May 30.

1/17: Crosscurrents: The Colonies, Clubs & Schools that Established Impressionism in America, Vose Galleries, Boston, Mass. More than 100 works. Closed January 28.

1/17: Off the Beaten Path, Vose Galleries, Boston, Mass. Fifteen paintings by Aldro T. Hibbard (1886-1972). Landscapes in snow---"place[s] for solace and contemplation," in the words of his daughter. Closed February 18.


12/28: William Merritt Chase, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. See 8/16 below for further information and links. Closed January 16.

10/7: Capturing the Cosmos: Frederic Church Painting Humboldt's Vision of Nature, Olana (home and studio of Hudson River School painter Frederic Edwin Church), Hudson, N.Y. Explores the influence on Church of the great German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt. See also "Turning Science Into Art" by Andrea Wulf, Wall Street Journal, May 16, 2016 (search for "Turning Science Into Art" at Google and click on first result); about Wulf. Closed October 30.

10/7: Hudson River School Art Trail. Hike in the footsteps of Hudson River School painters Thomas Cole, Frederick Church, and others. Locations: Hudson River Valley (N. Y. - 17 trails), Connecticut River (Conn. - 1 trail), White Mountains (N. H. - 2 trails), and coming soon, Yellowstone Park (Wyo.). [Bookmark this site!] Throughout the year.

10/7: Still Life: An Invitational Group Show, John Pence Gallery, San Francisco. Closed November 12.

9/18: BOOK: After the Avant-Gardes: Reflections on the Future of the Fine Arts (2016). At Amazon for just $10.19 (save 80%)! Includes essays by Aristos editors.

9/18: Lecture on Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836-1912) [paintings ], Dahesh Museum of Art [see links below], New York City, Salon Thursdays. October 13

9/18: The Essential Line: Drawings from the Dahesh Museum of Art, Mitchell Gallery, St. John's College, Annapolis, Md. On "the benefits of observation and constant drawing as the foundation for art making." 40 nineteenth-century drawings by Lawrence Alma-Tadema and other artists from the Dahesh Museum of Art [Mission] [History]. Closed October 16.

9/18: Ramiro / Sanchez, Grenning Gallery, Sag Harbor, N.Y. Paintings by Angel Ramiro Sanchez and Melissa Franklin Sanchez. Images 1-8, her paintings; 9-19, his. (Ramiro : bio, more paintings. Melissa: bio, more paintings, and her website. Double Portrait, of and by the artists.) Closed September 25.

9/18: Contemporary: At Home & Afield, Vose Galleries, Boston, Mass. Notable especially for its landscapes and seascapes. Closed September 24.

8/16: William Merritt Chase: A Modern Master (1849-1916), Phillips Collection, Washington, D. C. An Impressionist Boston School painter (bio). Paintings (647!). See Judith Dobrzynski's weblog post (+ L.T. comment) and her Wall Street Journal review (+ L.T.). [To access full review, search at Google for "Between Old and New Chase" (no quotes), then click on the review title.] Closed September 11 (travels to MFA, Boston in October).

8/5: "What Unfinished Masterpieces Say to Living Artists," Epoch Times, August 4, 2016. Commentary by Jacob Collins and other Classical Realist painters from the Grand Central Atelier (which he founded) and the Florence Academy of Art [U.S.]. Recorded and photographed while they visited this exhibition's third floor, devoted to great art from the past. (For more on both Collins and the Academy, search above.) Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible, at the Met Breuer (the avant-garde branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art). Closed September 4.

8/3: Aristides, Valeri, Zanzinger, John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, Calif. Nudes, figures, and still lifes by noted Classical Realist painter, teacher, and author Juliette Aristides and work by two of her former students. Closed August 20.

8/1: N. C. Wyeth's Men of Concord [review] Concord Museum, Concord, Mass. The twelve original panels N.C. Wyeth (father/teacher of Andrew) painted for the book, Men of Concord and Some Others, as Portrayed in the Journal of Henry David Thoreau (1936). Fine little essay on Wyeth and Thoreau. A dream exhibition. Closed September 18.

7/22: Turner's Whaling Pictures [more], Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, Four masterpieces by the great J.M.W. Turner. A unique viewing opportunity. Closed August 7.

7/22: A Realist Showcase, Haynes Galleries, Nashville, Tenn. What makes this exhibition most worth traveling to is the sculpture, especially select portrait busts by Alicia Ponzio [more], including her Self Portrait in Progress [see slides 1-3]. Ponzio attended the Florence Academy of Art [her sculpture page] then taught there for three years. Her studio is located in San Francisco, Calif. The exhibition closed July 30.

6/17: Important Maritime Paintings, Cavalier Galleries, Nantucket, Mass. Forty superb works, mostly of sailing ships. A good number were made this year, some of them breathtaking, such as Evening Sail, Eccleciastes 4:6, by Thomas Kegler. Closed September 5.

6/17: Adagio for Strings for Orlando Victims. Samuel Barber's sublime Adagio was performed in Central Park on June 15 by the New York Philharmonic under the direction of Alan Gilbert.

6/8: Landscape, An Invitational Group Exhibition, John Pence Gallery, San Francisco. An impressive collection of nearly 80 works by leading contemporary academic realist painters. Closed July 9.

6/8: Signs of Spring, Vose Galleries, Boston, Mass. 16 paintings invoking the season. Closed July 9.

6/8: Insights on Collecting, Vose Galleries, Boston, Mass. Of interest, even if you are not a collector. PDF of catalogue. 60 paintings (sea and landscapes, figures, and still lifes), including The Blue Jar (1913) by William McGregor Paxton (1869 -1941). Closed July 9.

6/8: The Poetry of Nature: A Golden Age of American Landscape Painting, Brandywine River Museum of Art, Chadds Ford, Penn. (See the work of N.C. and Andrew Wyeth if you visit.) Closed June 12.

6/1: Classical Values Tours III: June 11. The View from the White House (buildings and statues in the immediate area, including Lafayette Square [aerial view] [Major General Rochambeau: close-up / about the statue / about him] [Lafayette: about the statue / about him]). National Civic Art Society [other tours - 6/25 and 7/9], Washington, D.C.

5/21: TV journalist and artworld gadfly Morley Safer died on May 19 at 84. See his retroactive Aristos Awards for "Yes, But Is It Art" (1993) and its sequel (1997). May he rest in peace.