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 Renoir to Remington: Impressionism to the American West
September 21, 2014 – February 1, 2015
Woody and Gayle Hunt Family Gallery
 
 Organized by the El Paso Museum of Art in partnership with
Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, Washington
 

Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French,1841-1919)
Heads of Two Young Girls
[Têtes de deux jeunes filles]
, 1890
Oil on canvas
12 3/4 x 16 1/4 inches
Tacoma Art Museum,
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. W. Hilding Lindberg, 1983.1.35
 

Frederic Remington (1861-1909)
The Mystery [A Sign of Friendship] (1909)
oil on canvas, 27 1/8 x 40 1/8"
El Paso Museum of Art,
Gift of El Paso Art
Museum Association Members` Guild
1969.28.1
 

Camille Jacob Pissarro (French, 1830-1903)
Darse de peche, Dieppe, matin, temps gris
[The Fishing Port, Dieppe, Morning, Overcast Sky]
, 1902
Oil on canvas, 25 5/8 x 32 inches.
Tacoma Art Museum,
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. W. Hilding Lindberg, 1983.1.29
 
In fall 2014 the El Paso Museum of Art presents Renoir to Remington: Impressionism to the American West, the first comprehensive exhibition investigating the impact of French Impressionism on the direction of art of the American West and Southwest. Bringing together over one hundred works, the exhibition juxtaposes French Impressionist, pre-Impressionist, and related works from the Tacoma Art Museum in Washington state with Western American examples from the El Paso Museum of Art, the collection of Jack and Carroll Maxon, and four other local collections. Renoir to Remington includes artists such as Frederic Remington who pictured diverse regions of the American West, but the primary focus is Southwestern artists working through the course of the twentieth century. Exploring how many artists of the American Southwest have responded to Impressionism, the exhibition outlines the multiple forms and degrees of Impressionist influence on these artists as they sought and found the means to translate the distinct atmosphere, light, and color of the Southwest’s unique landscape, life, and culture.
 
Artists represented from Tacoma include the French Impressionist masters Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, and Edgar Degas; leading pre-Impressionists Eugène Boudin, Camille Corot, and Johan Barthold Jongkind; and American Impressionists like John Singer Sargent and Ernest Lawson. Southwest works include pictures by the early masters Julian Onderdonk and his father, Robert Jenkins Onderdonk, along with later practitioners such as Fremont Ellis and the celebrated “Texas bluebonnet painter” Porfirio Salinas. Two notable groups represented include several members of the Taos Society of Artists founded in 1915, and many early and later El Paso area artists, including Elmer L. Boone, Fern and Eugene Thurston, Earline Barnes, and Tom Lea.
 
As the works in the exhibition reveal, some Southwest painters embrace both the high-keyed palette and broad sketchy brushwork of classic Impressionism, while others combine a more finished style with the brighter colors initiated by the Impressionists. Still others investigate Impressionism alongside other approaches, or move toward styles that evolved from or responded to Impressionism, such as Neo-Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. The exhibition includes sculptural comparisons between the dancers of Degas and the cowboys and horses of sculptors like Harry Jackson. Inspired by the light, atmosphere, and action of the Southwest, the artists of this region discovered in Impressionism diverse elements of color, handling, and naturalism that aided them in their desire to represent the special light, atmosphere, landscape, and figures of the Southwest. Ultimately, Renoir to Remington enriches our understanding of Southwestern art by situating it within a broader context, and brings new relief to the lasting appeal and influence of the revolutionary movement Impressionism.
 
Admission 
EPMA Members
FREE
Non-member adults age 12+
$5
Children age 11 and under
FREE
Active Military Personnel and their families with ID
FREE
  
 

 
Modern Masters Series: Highlights from the
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
 October 3, 2014  – October 2, 2016
Peter and Margaret de Wetter Gallery
 
 Organized by The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation
 


Paul Cézanne 
Still Life: Plate of Peaches(Assiette de pêches), 1879–80
Oil on canvas, 23 1/2 × 28 7/8 inches (59.7 × 73.3 cm)
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Thannhauser Collection, Gift, Justin K. Thannhauser
1978, 78.2514.4
 

 
Robert Delaunay
Circular Forms (Formes circulaires), 1930
Oil on canvas, 50 ¾ x 76 ¾ inches (128.9 x 194.9 cm)
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Founding Collection
49.1184

 
 
Franz Marc
White Bull (Der Stier), 1911
Oil on canvas, 39 3/8 x 53 ¼ inches (100 x 135.2 cm)
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
51.1312
 
The El Paso Museum of Art is pleased to announce the Modern Masters Series: Highlights from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum organized by The Solomon R. Guggenheim at the El Paso Museum of Art opening October 5, 2014 and closing on October 2, 2016 in the Peter and Margaret de Wetter Gallery.  Ten masterpieces by seven artists will be shown in a consecutive series of six presentations organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation.  The series includes: Birth of Cubism featuring two stunning icons by Pablo Picasso and Paul Cézanne; Expressionism and Der Blau Reiter featuring two masterpieces by Vasily Kandinsky and Franz Marc; Orphism and the School of Paris features the genius of Robert Delaunay and Albert Gleizes; the fourth installment is a monumental work by Marc Chagall, The Green Violinist; Kandinsky and the Bauhaus features two masterworks by Vasily Kandinsky; and closing out the series is Pablo Picasso’s epic still life Pitcher and Bowl of Fruit.  All works on exhibit are canvases painted between 1879 and 1931 and are universally recognized as classic works by these world-renowned artists.
 
Richard Armstrong, Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, said, “The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is very pleased to embark on this collaboration with the El Paso Museum of Art. While the Guggenheim welcomes over a million visitors a year to the museum in New York and reaches an increasingly diverse audience of over 6 million visitors through its website, it is particularly gratifying to bring some of the most iconic works in the Guggenheim’s collection to El Paso and the Southwest.” 
 
Mr. Armstrong continued, “I’d like to thank the El Paso Museum of Art Director Michael A. Tomor for this promising collaboration and for the opportunity to share some of the Guggenheim’s most beloved treasures with the people of El Paso and the region.”
 
The collaboration between the El Paso Museum of Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation addresses the particular interests of the communities served in El Paso.  It is of special significance to the El Paso community to be introduced to some of the most noteworthy artworks by European Modernists found in the world`s most admired permanent collections.  To that end, and in the spirit of educating the public with masterpieces held in great esteem by scholars across the globe, the El Paso Museum of Art has been given this exceptional opportunity to work with the Guggenheim Museum.  In turn, the Guggenheim Museum has an opportunity to reach directly beyond its audiences in New York City, Venice, and Bilbao by building a program for a community clearly dedicated to extremely high quality-of-life programs.
 
Michael Tomor, Director of the El Paso Museum of Art, shared, “The El Paso Museum of Art is honored to collaborate with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation to launch its first masterpiece program.  Richard Armstrong is to be seen as a shining example of reaching across the profession and the United States to better serve a mission of excellence in art and arts programming in communities more geographically isolated from major metropolitan regions of the eastern seaboard.  The citizens of El Paso and Juárez have never had an opportunity to experience in their own community original canvases by Picasso, Kandinsky, Delaunay, Gleizes, or Marc, or to see iconic paintings by Chagall or Cézanne.  The Guggenheim has afforded this opportunity to El Paso and we are forever grateful to their staff and board.”
 
The individual masterpiece installation or exhibition is gaining momentum across the United States and Europe.  As exhibition leasing, shipping, and insurance fees continue to increase and the public and the museum profession tire of the sensationalism of the “blockbuster” exhibition, directors and curators are revisiting the mission of education and excellence in programming; the unique or multiple masterpiece exhibition provides an alternative.  The El Paso Museum of Art is projecting 24 months of consecutive exhibition programs and 54 unique education programs, not including the creation of new art classes dedicated to the featured artists’ style, iconography, and choice of subject.   The Museum is in the midst of discussions with nine performing arts and academic community partners to offer additional programs related to the cultural context out of which these artists emerged. 
 
Other recent examples of the Masterpiece Series include the December 6, 2013 opening of the three-month installation of the New York Frick Collection portrait by Francisco de Goya y Lucientes at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena.  The Prado at the Meadows was the result of a three-year collaboration between the Prado Museum of Madrid and the Meadows Museum of Southern Methodist University in Dallas to bring El Greco, Ribera, and Velázquez to the Dallas-Fort Worth communities.  That series ran from 2011 through 2013.   And in May of 2011, the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky, exhibited Caravaggio’s The Fortune Teller on loan from the Capitoline Museums in Rome.
 
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
Carafe, Jug and Fruit Bowl, (Carafon, pot et compotier)
   Horta de Ebro, summer 1909
Oil on canvas, 28 ¼ x 25 3/8 inches (71.8 x 64.6 cm)
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation Collection, By gift 37.536
© 2014 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
 
 
Modern Masters Series: Highlights from the
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
 October 3, 2014 - October 2, 2016
Peter and Margaret de Wetter Gallery 
 
Organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation
 
The exhibition of Paul Cézanne and Pablo Picasso: Birth of Cubism marks the beginning of the Modern Masters Series: Highlights from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, a project made possible by a two-year-long collaboration between the EPMA and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation. The series includes ten masterpieces by seven artists to be featured in a consecutive series of six installations in the EPMA’s Peter and Margaret de Wetter Gallery. This exceptional presentation offers the citizens of El Paso and Juárez an opportunity to explore iconic European works by   modern masters, while allowing the Guggenheim Foundation to reach beyond its audiences in New York, Venice, and Bilbao, displaying collection works in El Paso and the Southwest. Each “masterpiece-in-focus” installation presents the modernist works in their art historical and cultural contexts and is accompanied by a wide array of related lectures, musical and other performances, educational programs, and community partnerships designed to bring the art to life and to engage as many visitors as possible.
 
Following the initial Birth of Cubism installation of “Two Masterpieces – One Exhibition”, subsequent shows in the Modern Masters Series: Highlights from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, feature major modernists and their seminal styles. These presentations focus on works by Vasily Kandinsky and Franz Marc, the visionaries involved with The Blue Rider (Der Blaue Reiter) and German Expressionism; Robert Delaunay, an artists associated with the origins of Orphism in Paris in 1912; and Marc Chagall, the painter who forged his own remarkable style by melding Cubist forms and Orphic colors with his inherent lyricism, love of Paris, and nostalgia for his native town of Vitebsk, Russia.
  
 
Paul Cézanne and Pablo Picasso: Birth of Cubism
October 3, 2014 – February 1, 2015
Peter and Margaret de Wetter Gallery
Admission is Free
 
“Two Masterpieces – One Exhibition”
 
Modern Masters Series: Highlights from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation
 
As the first installation in the series, Birth of Cubism highlights a pair of powerful works by Paul Cézanne and Pablo Picasso. Both artists have frequently been described as crucial figures in the development of modern art due to their own innovations as well as their influence on the art of others throughout the twentieth century. 
 
Cubism began in France at the end of the first decade with the works of Spanish genius Picasso in tandem with French painter Georges Braque. Through a close study of Cézanne’s Still Life: Plate of Peaches (Assiette de pêches, 1879–80) and Picasso’s Carafe, Jug, and Fruit Bowl (Carafon, pot et compotier, 1909) we are able to learn more about the creational and cultural context of the two works.  Additionally, these works allow us to better understand the transition from atmospheric Impressionism of the 1870s to Cézanne’s more structural, color-constructed Post-Impressionism to Picasso’s first ventures into Cubism that break down the pictorial composition.
 
Sponsors
BBVA Compass Bank
City of El Paso
El Paso Museum of Art Foundation
Mrs. Robert M. Graham, Sr.
Travis and Annabelle Johnson
Kirk and Judy Robison
Shari and Stuart R. Schwartz
Robert and Sara Shiloff
Texas Commission on the Arts
United Bank of El Paso del Norte
WestStar Bank
 
Marketing Sponsors
Mithoff Burton Parners
Susan Eisen Fine Jewelry and Watches
 
 

 
Saint Francis of Assisi and Saint Francis of Paola
 May 11, 2014  – November 2, 2014
Dorrance and Olga Roderick Gallery: Retablo Niche 
 
Anonymous (Mexico, 19th Century)
Saint Francis of Paola, 19th Century
Oil on tin, 14” x 10”
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Dorrance D. Roderick
Collection of El Paso Museum of Art
 
The latest in the series of themed exhibitions from the Museum’s growing collection of retablos is Saint Francis of Assisi and Saint Francis of Paola.  The retablos of these two saints are being shown together not only because of their shared name and religious order, but also because their depiction had much in common as did their mutual concern for all living creatures.
 
In Mexican retablos, Saint Francis of Assisi (1181-1226), the founder of the Franciscan order, is represented as a young man in typical Franciscan attire often in an outdoor setting.  Saint Francis of Paola (1416-1507), named after Saint Francis of Assisi, was the founder of the Foundation of Hermits of Saint Francis of Assisi. In contrast to Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Francis of Paola is usually shown in Mexican retablos as an older man with the hood of his robe up and a staff in one hand. Both have been frequently portrayed throughout Mexican devotional art of the 19th century, although here only three show Saint Francis of Assisi, fifteen Saint Francis of Paola.  Interestingly, one retablo, 2007.5.20, presents Saint Francis of Paola in the typical manner for this saint; however in this case he is also shown holding a crucifix, one of the attributes of Saint Francis of Assisi.
 
Today Saint Francis of Assisi is considered the saint of environmentalism and animals. Saint Francis of Paola is known as the saint of vegans, of sailors and of young girls looking for a husband. Although the retablos in this exhibition vary in style, size, and specific details, they all illustrate the strong influence of Franciscan evangelization in New Spain.
 

 
 Aleksander Titovets` Past and Present 
 September 5, 2014 - December 7, 2014 
Dede Rogers Special Events Gallery
 

Aleksander Titovets (Russian, b. 1960)
Charleston. Evening, 2012-2014
Oil on board, 30” x 30”
Courtesy of the artist
 
Consisting of past and recent work the upcoming exhibition of paintings by Aleksander Titovets will include landscapes and cityscapes as well as portraits. The exhibition will also investigate Titovet’s artistic practice and its relationship to Impressionism and Realism as seen through a Russian and American Southwest lens.
 
Born and raised in Siberia Titovets received his Masters in Fine Arts from St. Petersburg University College of Fine Arts. In the early 1990s he and his wife Lyuba relocated to El Paso, Texas, where they have lived and worked with much success since.  Titovets’ work while mostly representational is noted for its unique blend of thick impasto belying the artist’s zest for his medium as well as a recurrent hint of melancholy attributable to a longing for his homeland.
 
Aleksander Titovets has been in many group and solo exhibitions, won numerous competitions, and his work is included in public and private collections. In 2007, he was chosen by First Lady Laura Bush to paint her portrait for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery.
 
 

 

 

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