Exhibition at Seattle Art Museum presents radical reimagining of Andrew Wyeth's work

The Seattle Art Museum presents Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect (October 19, 2017–January 15, 2018), exploring groundbreaking perspectives on the art and legacy of the American painter’s 75-year career. Organized by the Seattle Art Museum with the Brandywine River Museum of Art for the 100th anniversary of the artist’s birth, the exhibition brings together 110 paintings and drawings ranging from the late 1930s to 2008, including rarely seen loans from the Wyeth family. In Retrospect reflects on Wyeth’s work through the historical lens of a century in which he deviated from the American art mainstream but continued to figure prominently in much of the country’s artistic discourse. In Retrospect opens with a gallery of significant works introducing the cast of characters from Wyeth’s world who feature in some of his most famous portraits, such as Christina Olson of Maine and Karl Kuerner, his neighbor

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Exhibition brings to light relationships between Vermeer and his contemporaries

More than 20 years after the legendary exhibition Johannes Vermeer, the National Gallery of Art, Washington, presents Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry. On view in the West Building from October 22, 2017, through January 21, 2018, the exhibition examines the artistic exchanges among Dutch Golden Age painters from 1650 to 1675, when they reached the height of their technical ability and mastery at depicting domestic life. Some 65 masterpieces by Johannes Vermeer and his contemporaries—including Gerard ter Borch, Gerrit Dou, Pieter de Hooch, Nicolas Maes, Eglon van der Neer, Caspar Netscher, and Jacob Ochtervelt—are grouped by theme, composition, and technique, thereby demonstrating how these painters admired, challenged, and pushed each other to greater artistic achievement. The paintings also reflect how these masters responded to the changing artistic climate of the Dutch Republic in the third quarter of

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Call for Data Thief Volunteers

Friday, October 20, 2017 – 09:15Arts Catalyst is calling for volunteers (aka Data Thieves) to support us with an exciting project by artist-led group Mission/Misplaced Memory.  Manifested through the imaginary lens of a science-fiction narrative, Dreamed Native Ancestry (DNA) critically addresses and re-thinks contemporary issues around race, migration, biopolitics and culture, drawing on Afrofuturist philosophies and anthropology,   //The Mission crew has travelled back from the future where the human population is dying out due to a quest for genetic homogeneity, which has led to a weakened and diseased human race. Cultural accumulation has ceased and humanity’s knowledge growth, technological advancement and story-making capabilities have come to a standstill. The Mission crew is tasked to travel through time, collecting samples, stories and knowledge from the cultural and genetic richness of humanity’s past – particularly at points of concentrated migration and cultural exchange – to deposit in a vast human memory vault that will re-seed the human race of the future. London – King’s Cross – 2017 has been identified as one key centre of migration and culture in human history//. Taking form as both an installation and programme, Arts Catalyst’s Centre is transformed into the ‘Mission Ship’ crewed by a team of data thieves whose task is to collect memories, experiences and traces related to migration and the circulation of knowledge and cultures that it entails.  Find out more about the exhibition here. YOUR ROLEDrawing on the character of the ‘data thief’ in the documentary The Last Angel of History (1996) by John Akomfrah, your role will be to operate between the present and the future. By joining the crew you will play a key role in gathering evidence and traces of diversity and multiculturalism from members of the King’s Cross community and exhibition visitors. You will collect and produce samples and data that will go on to be ‘re-mixed’ into Dubmorphology sound performances, which form an essential part of the installation. Your expected commitment is flexible, but we encourage you to engage with the project for around six sessions (lasting six hours each). For further information and to apply please contact us via associate@artscatalyst.org with an expression of interest (500 words max) by Monday 16 November.

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Chinese artist Zeng Fanzhi re-creates Van Gogh in stirring exhibition

It’s hard to imagine that any artist would take on the daunting task of re-inventing some of Vincent Van Gogh’s most iconic self-portraits and paintings. But in a new exhibition opening Friday in Amsterdam, one of China’s best known contemporary artists, Zeng Fanzhi, has done just that, and in a unique fusion presents a series of striking paintings that lend fresh energy and vibrancy to the Dutch artist’s works. “Many of the works by Vincent Van Gogh have become so iconic that you always feel that you know them, and we tend not really to look at them anymore,” said Axel Rueger, the director of the Van Gogh museum. “That an artist really dares to enter into that confrontation again, and look at Vincent’s work afresh, and … do his own thing with it. That is for us of course, really interesting and really inspiring,” he told AFP at a press preview on Thursday. For the exhibition “Zeng Fanzhi/Van Gogh” which runs until February 25, the Chinese artist has recreated six masterpieces b

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