Exhibition: Drawings at the Art Institute

Posted in books, catalogues, exhibitions by Editor on November 13, 2010

The current exhibition of drawings at the Art Institute includes works by Charles de la Fosse, Charles-Antoine Coypel, Panini, Canaletto, Tiepolo, Guardi, Gaetano Gandolfi, Fragonard, Jean-Baptiste Isabey, David, and Ingres. From the museum’s website:

Gray Collection: Seven Centuries of Art
The Art Institute of Chicago, 25 September 2010 — 2 January 2011

Curated by Suzanne Folds McCullagh

One of America’s foremost art dealers, Richard Gray, and his wife, art historian and author Mary Lackritz Gray, have gathered an unparalleled collection of paintings, drawings, and sculpture spanning the 15th century to the present. This exhibition features more than 120 of the couple’s most dynamic and important works on paper, including Renaissance- and Baroque-era treasures by Guercino, Tiepolo, and Rubens; 19th-century works by masters such as Delacroix, Degas, and Seurat; and stellar examples by acclaimed 20th-century artists Picasso, Matisse, and Miró.

Lifelong Chicagoans deeply involved in the cultural life of city, the Grays have devoted more than half a century—both privately and professionally—to pursuits associated with the visual arts. Their first work on paper was a Paul Klee lithograph received as a wedding present in 1953; ten years later, Richard founded the Richard Gray Gallery, exposing the couple to a much more encyclopedic view of art as he helped major museums and private individuals form collections of real substance and quality. At the same time, the Grays acquired works for their own collection without any specific program, discovering the various pleasures of looking at and living with drawings. This highly personal collection has been shaped by Richard’s informed eye as a dealer—his intuitive sense, willingness to take risks and respond to opportunities—and Mary’s historical and contextual approach enriched by her graduate degree in art history. As the reach of their collecting interests in more recent years extended back in time from the modern and contemporary masters they knew so well, the art of drawing has offered a quality of instantaneity, a means to maintain contact with artistic genius across the centuries. The varied, individually important works collectively combine to create a rich and resonant survey of some of the most accomplished draftsmen of the ages. (more…)

Call for Papers: Art et sociabilité (1715-1815)

Posted in Calls for Papers by jfmit18th on November 13, 2010

A colleague of mine here in Paris, Jessica Fripp from the University of Michigan, is organizing an international conference on art and sociability during the eighteenth century. The call for papers is listed below, and I hope many of you out there will be inspired to submit some ideas for this promising event. – JF.

Art et sociabilité au XVIIIe siècle (1715-1815)
Institut national d’histoire de l’art, Paris, 23-25 June 2011

Proposals due by 31 December 2010

Over the past two decades, sociabilité has become a useful and hotly debated concept for discussing the social, political, and cultural changes during the eighteenth century. The works of Daniel Roche, Dena Goodman, Daniel Gordon, Antoine Lilti, and others have demonstrated that sociabilité can be fruitfully approached from the perspectives of sociology, philosophy and anthropology. In the eighteenth century, the Encyclopédie defined the term as “this inclination we have to do to others all the good that we can, to reconcile our happiness with that of others, and always to subordinate our personal advantage to the overall and communal advantage” (Louis de Jaucourt, 1751-1765) – that is, it was an abstract concept that explained the desire humankind had to participate in society. At the time, it was intricately linked to the social practice of commerce, broadly defined as any reciprocal communication or exchange. The emerging public sphere of the period, constituted by spaces such as academies, literary salons, and Masonic lodges, was the stage on which such exchanges were enacted.

Since the publication of Thomas Crow’s Painters and Public Life in Eighteenth-Century Paris, art historians have taken an interest in the role of artists in the public sphere. These studies tend to take a monographic approach that is more interested in reconstructing the history of an individual artist, salonnière, or collector rather than the role that artworks played in larger systems of practice and exchange. This symposium will examine sociabilité in the eighteenth-century art world through the theme of social practice. By investigating the social practices of artists, amateurs, critics, salonniers, and others we seek to uncover the larger networks of social exchange created by the commerce of material objects through collection practices, the art market and the display of art, and by the commerce of ideas through writing and conversation. To what extent did social practices in the public sphere influence artistic production and the material, economic, and verbal exchanges that took place around that production?

This symposium will take place at the Institut national d’histoire de l’art in Paris, June 23-25, 2011. We welcome papers from a wide range of humanities disciplines such as: history of art, history, anthropology, philosophy, and literature, as well as sociology and cultural studies, as we are interested in bringing together different disciplinary approaches to these topics and exploring connections between them. Please send an abstract of no more than one page, in French or English, and C.V. to colloque.sociabilite@gmail.com before December 31, 2010.

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