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Featured Exhibition: ‘Art and Empire: The Golden Age of Spain’, The San Diego Museum of Art, CA, until 2 September 2019

The neo-plateresque façade of the museum, begun in 1924 and designed by William Templeton Johnson and Robert W. Snyder, with sculptures by Chris Muelle

This new exhibition features a diverse selection of more than 100 outstanding works produced by leading artists from Spain and its global territories.

Spain’s Golden Age may be defined as the extraordinary moment when the visual arts, architecture, literature, and music all reached unprecedented heights.

Art & Empire: The Golden Age of Spain is the first exhibition in the United States to expand the notion of “Golden Age” to include the Hispanic world beyond the shores of the Iberian Peninsula. Such far-flung Spanish-controlled centers as Antwerp, Naples, Mexico, Lima, and the Philippines are represented by paintings, sculpture and decorative arts of astounding quality and variety from the pivotal years of about 1660 to 1750.

Artists featured in the exhibition include Diego Velázquez, Peter Paul Rubens, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Francisco de Zurbarán, Jusepe de Ribera, El Greco, Juan de Valdés Leal, Juan Sánchez Cotán, and many more. This exhibition also marks the first time in the Museum’s history that all five of the Spanish masters represented on the Museum’s building façade —Velázquez, Murillo, Zurbarán, Ribera and El Greco— will be shown together at the Museum.

Also on display is a contemporary response to Art and Empire: The Golden Age of Spain, featuring a group of 12 encaustic-on-canvas “portraits” of Christ’s disciples by contemporary Spanish artist José-María Cano.

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Opens Today: Raúl de Nieves: Fina, Cleveland Museum of Art @ Transformer Station, Cleveland, until 28 April 2018

stacks-image-f3e15d7Raúl de Nieves: Fina, the first solo museum exhibition by Raúl de Nieves (b. 1983, Michoacán, Mexico), will feature new work in a site-specific installation developed for the Cleveland Museum of Art at the Transformer Station. Narrative facets of the installation will be informed by de Nieves’s experience of Mexican cultural traditions, considered through the lens of this moment in history. These will unfold in relation to the particular architecture of the Transformer Station. As a whole, the installation will be characterized by the artist’s ongoing interest in transforming humble materials into spectacular objects that alter the spaces around them.

De Nieves, who lives in New York, traces his artistic practice back to his childhood in Mexico: at school and alongside family members, he learned traditional Latin American sewing and beadwork that now permeate his art in multiple ways. At the age of nine de Nieves migrated to San Diego with his mother and two brothers. Later he moved to San Francisco and finally to New York, where his multimedia practice, including painting, sculpture, and performance, has taken shape. De Nieves has presented solo projects and performances at The Kitchen and the Watermill Center, New York (both 2017), and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2016). He has participated in major contemporary art surveys, including Documenta 14 (2018), the 2017 Whitney Biennial, and Greater New York at MoMA/PS1 (2015). His work is part of the Swiss Institute for Contemporary Art’s inaugural exhibition in its new building that opened in New York in summer 2018.

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Sorolla, Dallas, San Diego and Madrid

2014-05-SorollaAndAmericaSorolla and America, Meadows Museum, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, 13 December 2013 – 19 April 2014; touring to San Diego Museum of Art, 30 May – 26 August and finally Fundación MAPFRE, Madrid, 23 September 2014 – 11 January 2015. Exhibition curated by the artist’s great-grandaughter Blanca Pons-Sorolla , presenting over 100 paintings, oil sketches and drawings, by Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida (1863-1923) covering his early socially realistic themes as well as his better known landscapes and beach scenes. Exhibition focuses on key American collectors Archer Huntington and Thomas Fortune Ryan and the impact on the artist and American cultural society of the exhibitions he held in the States in 1909 and 1911. Accompanied by bilingual English/Spanish editions of the catalogue.
The exhibition and its catalogue (by the artist’s great granddaughter and Mark Roglan, Director of the Dallas Museum) have received an enthusiastic and thoughtful review by Richard Brettell in April’s edition of The Burlington Magazine (pp 267-269), which makes interesting comparisons with other recent Sorolla exhibitions over the last decade.

Robert Henri, San Diego

2014-05-roberthenri_1914.002_newSpanish Sojourns: Robert Henri (1865-1929) and the Spirit of Spain, San Diego Museum of Art, California, 29 March – 9 September 2014; and touring to Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, 2014-2015.
The first exhibition devoted to the Spanish paintings by Henri, one of America’s ‘Ashcan School’ of artists, who travelled around Spain seven times between 1900 and 1926. Exhibition of 40 paintings, mainly portraits ranging from celebrated bullfighters and dancers to gipsy women and peasants.
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue in hardback, which presents new scholarship on Henri and places his Spanish work in the context of other American artists, architects and writers inspired by Spain at the beginning of the early twentieth century.