Friday, August 15, 2008

A Bug's Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

Tiffany by Design ~ Works from The Neustadt Collection
Frist Center for the Visual Arts--Nashville, TN
May 9–August 24, 2008
"The exhibition examines every aspect of the lamps—from the beautifully crafted bronze bases and finials to the radiant colors of the leaded glass shades—to reveal what makes these designs so extraordinary. Visitors will learn how to recognize the hallmarks of a Tiffany lamp, including the deep rich color, the elegant design and motifs and the superior craftsmanship..."

Imperishable Beauty: Art Nouveau Jewelry
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
July 23, 2008-November 9, 2008
"Don't worry if jewelry is not your thing. The Museum of Fine Arts' small but dazzling 'Imperishable Beauty: Art Nouveau Jewelry' is a show you should see regardless. Anyone who responds to technical virtuosity of the highest order, anyone turned on by seeing an aesthetic sensibility taken right to the limit, and anyone even remotely susceptible to color is bound to fall under its spell." —Sebastian Smee, Boston Globe

Jessica Palmer, biologist & artist
Washington, DC
"On some inarticulate level, I meant to become a Victorian-style naturalist with an extensive library of classics, who sits in the sun drawing insects and leaves, and perhaps writing the occasional sonnet. Unfortunately, I’m also a reductionist with the urge to dissect cellular mechanisms down to genes and proteins."

Wunderkammer: A Century of Curiosities
Museum of Modern Art--New York
July 30–November 10, 2008
"This exhibition presents a contemporary interpretation of the traditional cabinet of curiosities, bringing together a diverse selection of works by twentieth- and twenty-first-century artists who have likewise felt the pull of unusual and extraordinary objects and phenomena. The works on display include prints, books, multiples, drawings, and photographs, with subjects ranging from architectural marvels and blueprints for impossible machines to oddities from the animal, vegetable, and mineral worlds. Featured artists include Hans Bellmer, Peter Blake, Louise Bourgeois, Max Ernst, Nicolas Lampert..."



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