Across the Atlantic: American Impressionism through the French Lens

This extraordinary exhibition, drawn entirely from the collection of the Reading Public Museum, explores the path to Impressionism through the nineteenth century, and the complex relationship between French Impressionism of the 1870s and 80s, and the American interpretation of the style in the decades that followed. Paintings and works on paper help tell the story […]

Painted Pages: Illuminated Manuscripts

Painted Pages: Illuminated Manuscripts explores the golden age of handmade books, some of which employed elaborate gold leaf decoration and intricate ornament. The show includes examples from medieval European Bibles, prayer books, psalters, books of hours, choir books, missals, breviaries, and lectionaries. Examples of the materials—gold leaf, parchment, vellum, and minerals which were ground into […]

Inside the Masters’ Studios: Richard Haas Dioramas

Although best known as a master of trompe l’oeil, illusionistic painting, Richard Haas, a Wisconsin-born painter who now resides in New York City, also began creating diorama boxes in the 1960s as a means of exploring in intimate, three-dimensional scale the inner worlds of the great masters of art history.  An unusually personal show, Inside the […]

SUN + LIGHT

SUN + LIGHT is a collection of works from the series Everyone Loves the Sunshine by contemporary visual artist Charles Williams. Captured through emotionally charged and compelling imagery, works featured in this exhibition juxtapose Williams’ own personal encounters, past and present, with the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s. In doing so, he attempts to strike a […]

Degas: The Private Impressionist

Edgar Degas (1834-1917) is one of the most revered artists of all time, a French Impressionist renowned for his paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings that take the viewer deep into the world of late 19th century Paris. Interested in the psychology and everyday lives of his subjects, Degas is famous for a number of recurring […]

Exile: 50 years of Cuban-American Art

The early exiles were largely middle and upper-middle class, so they were not as motivated by improved economic prospects to be found in the United States as were those exiles who came at a later date. Indeed, the later generation of artists who came to Miami in the 1990’s were very much looking for more […]

The Art of Romaine Brooks

This exhibition The Art of Romaine Brooks, on loan from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, brings together 18 paintings and 32 drawings by the American expatriate artist Romaine Brooks (1874-1970), a number of which have not been seen for decades. An extraordinarily independent woman, Brooks crafted an androgynous appearance and a unique artistic voice that challenged […]

Chagall: Stories into Dreams

This extraordinary show of Marc Chagall’s work is the only one of its kind in Florida and the only one in the country that pairs his Fables of La Fontaine etchings (1952) with his Story of Exodus lithographs (1966). Marc Chagall (1887-1985) was born into a poor Jewish family in Russia and began studying painting […]

Conversing with Reality

Conversing with Reality celebrates the most recent paintings of contemporary visual artist John Jacopelle. Devoid of preconceived ideas and direction, Jacopelle’s work takes a stream-of-consciousness approach, where the “act of doing” or process is equally important to the finished piece. Rendered in ambiguity yet painted with clear definitiveness, organic shapes, rhythmic lines, and glyphic marks […]

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