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Release Date: June 28, 2011

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  • Aug 2, 2021 3:37 PMNew Installation of Early American Furniture and Decorative Arts from the Kaufman Collection to be Unveiled October 7, 2012, at National Gallery of Art with American Paintings from the Gallery's Collection
    Washington, DC—The National Gallery of Art presents "Masterpieces of American Furniture from the Kaufman Collection, 1700–1830." When this installation opens on October 7, 2012, on the Ground Floor of the West Building, it will be a landmark moment for the nation's capital, which until this time has had no major presentation of early American furniture and related decorative arts on permanent public view. The installation follows the promised gift in October 2010 of one of the largest and most refined collections of early American furniture in private hands, acquired with great connoisseurship over five decades by George M. (1932–2001) and Linda H. Kaufman (b. 1938).

  • Apr 12, 2021 2:33 PMArcimboldo's Famous Paintings of Delightfully Bizarre Heads are on View Together for the First Time in the United States at the National Gallery of Art
    Washington, DC—The bizarre yet scientifically accurate composite heads painted by Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1526–1593) will be exhibited together for the first time in the United States, at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, from September 19, 2010 through January 9, 2011. "Arcimboldo, 1526-1593: Nature and Fantasy" includes 16 of the most spectacular of these paintings of heads composed of plants, animals, and other objects. They are joined by 32 additional works, such as drawings by Leonardo da Vinci and Albrecht Dürer, small bronzes, illustrated books and manuscripts, and ceramics, to provide a context for Arcimboldo’s inventions, revealing his debt to established traditions of physiognomic and nature studies.

  • Apr 12, 2021 2:29 PMAndrew Wyeth’s Window Paintings Showcased for the First Time; Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington
    Washington, DC—Andrew Wyeth's fascination with windows is explored for the first time in an exhibition on view at the National Gallery of Art, its sole venue, from May 4 through November 30, 2014. "Andrew Wyeth: Looking Out, Looking In" will present some 60 tempera paintings, watercolors, and drawings that stand out from among 300 or more works of art by Wyeth depicting windows in figureless compositions. Inspired by the gift of Wyeth's first and one of his most important paintings on the theme—"Wind from the Sea" (1947), donated to the Gallery in 2009— the exhibition will include several works from private collections that have never been on public view.

  • Apr 12, 2021 2:25 PM"Modern German Prints and Drawings from the Kainen Collection" Charts the Evolution of German Art, from the Late 18th Century to Contemporary Works of the 1970s
    Washington, DC—German expressionists created some of the most powerful art of the 20th century and are central to a new exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, on view from February 23 to June 29, 2014. Starting with a foundation of works from the 18th and 19th centuries and culminating with contemporary works from the 1960s and 1970s, "Modern German Prints and Drawings from the Kainen Collection" maps the development of modern German art.

  • Apr 12, 2021 2:23 PMConcept of Innovation Illuminates Meyerhoff Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art, on View in National Gallery of Art, East Building, October 1, 2009 through May 2, 2010
    Washington, DC—Ten themes—Scrape, Concentricity, Line, Gesture, Art on Art, Drip, Stripe to Zip, Figure or Ground, Monochrome, and Picture the Frame—reveal surprising juxtapositions among the 126 paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints selected from the famed collection of Robert and Jane Meyerhoff, amassed between 1958 and 2004, the year of Jane Meyerhoff's death. While six American masters—Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Brice Marden, Robert Rauschenberg, and Frank Stella—figure prominently, all of the leading abstract expressionists and several younger artists are also represented. "The Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Collection: Selected Works" will be on view in the East Building of the National Gallery of Art from October 1, 2009, through May 2, 2010

  • Apr 12, 2021 2:00 PMFirst Nam June Paik Exhibition at National Gallery of Art, Washington, Includes Most Ambitious Installation to Date of "One Candle, Candle Projection"
    Washington, DC—A new exhibition featuring 20 works by groundbreaking contemporary artist Nam June Paik (1932–2006) will be on view March 13 through October 2, 2011, in the East Building of the National Gallery of Art. "In the Tower: Nam June Paik" is the third in a series of shows installed in the Tower Gallery that centers on developments in art since midcentury. The Paik exhibition is presented in two galleries and includes closed-circuit video works, a variety of previously unseen works on paper, and a short film about the artist. The centerpiece of the show, "One Candle, Candle Projection" (1988-2000), receives its most ambitious installation ever, taking full advantage of the vaulting, self-contained space of the I.M. Pei-designed tower.

  • Apr 12, 2021 1:59 PMMost Comprehensive Show Ever of Art by Romare Bearden Premieres at National Gallery of Art, September 14, 2003–January 4, 2004; National Tour Includes Five U.S. Cities
    Washington, DC—"The Art of Romare Bearden," the most comprehensive retrospective ever assembled of the large and diverse body of work by one of America's preeminent 20th-century artists, will be presented by the National Gallery of Art in its East Building, September 14, 2003 - January 4, 2004. Approximately 130 works will explore the complexity and scope of the artist's evolution and will feature many rarely exhibited and/or never before reproduced works from private collections.

  • Apr 1, 2021 5:42 PMMel Bochner's Thesaurus Works on View at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, November 6, 2011–April 29, 2012
    Washington, DC—Mel Bochner's renowned innovations in conceptual art come to life in the words he paints on canvas. On view at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, from November 6, 2011, through April 29, 2012, "In the Tower: Mel Bochner" presents 43 thesaurus-inspired works from the last 45 years, including many new and unseen works from his studio. The exhibition provides a compelling view of Bochner's early and recent work—of the young as well as the mature artist.

  • Apr 1, 2021 5:40 PMNorthern Mannerist Prints from the Kainen Collection to be Presented at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, September 1, 2013–January 5, 2014
    Washington, DC—A spectacular selection of northern mannerist prints from the Kainen Collection will be showcased at the National Gallery of Art this fall. "Northern Mannerist Prints from the Kainen Collection" will be on view in the West Building’s Ground Floor galleries from September 1, 2013, to January 5, 2014. In 2012, the Gallery received 781 works as the bequest of Ruth Cole Kainen, including this school as one of its strengths. The exhibition includes every major artist of this extraordinary style and features many of their masterpieces, including Hendrick Goltzius’ early "Mars and Venus", Jacob Matham’s monumental "Table of Cebes", Jan Muller’s heroic plates of "Bellona and the Apotheosis of the Arts", and Aegidius Sadeler’s portrait of Bartholomaeus Spranger with his deceased wife Christina in both a rare, unfinished state and an impression of the completed print.

  • Apr 1, 2021 5:38 PMThe 54th Massachusetts Regiment is Honored in “Tell It with Pride” Exhibition to Mark the 150th Anniversary Year of the Battle of Fort Wagner, National Gallery of Art, September 15, 2013–January 20, 2014
    Washington, DC—Continuing its year-long celebration of African American history, art, music, and culture, the National Gallery of Art announces a major exhibition honoring one of the first regiments of African Americans formed during the Civil War. "Tell It with Pride: The 54th Massachusetts Regiment and Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ Shaw Memorial" will be on view in the American galleries on the West Building’s Main Floor from September 15, 2013, through January 20, 2014. The 54th Massachusetts fought in the Battle of Fort Wagner, South Carolina, on July 18, 1863, an event that has been documented and retold in many forms, including the popular movie Glory, released in 1989.

  • Apr 1, 2021 5:36 PMNational Gallery of Art Presents "Yes, No, Maybe: Artists Working at Crown Point Press"
    Washington, DC—Featuring 125 working proofs and prints produced at Crown Point Press in San Francisco, one of the most influential printmaking studios of the last half century, "Yes, No, Maybe" goes beyond celebrating the flash of inspiration and the role of the imagination to examine the artistic process as a sequence of carefully considered decisions.

  • Apr 1, 2021 5:34 PMNational Gallery of Art, Roma Capitale, and the Embassy of Italy in Washington, DC Present "The Dying Gaul: An Ancient Roman Masterpiece from the Capitoline Museum, Rome" December 12, 2013–March 16, 2014
    Washington, DC—The National Gallery of Art, Roma Capitale, and the Embassy of Italy in Washington, DC, present one of the most famous works from antiquity, the Dying Gaul, an ancient Roman sculpture created during the first or second century AD, traveling outside of Italy for the first time in more than two centuries. On view from December 12, 2013, through March 16, 2014, "The Dying Gaul: An Ancient Roman Masterpiece from the Capitoline Museum, Rome" celebrates the marble masterwork and the cultural connections between Italy and the United States.

  • Apr 1, 2021 5:32 PMAmerican Photographer Garry Winogrand Retrospective on View at National Gallery of Art, Washington, March 2 Through June 8, 2014
    Washington, DC—The first retrospective in 25 years of work by artist Garry Winogrand—renowned photographer of New York City and postwar American life—will be on view at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, March 2 through June 8, 2014. Revealing the full breadth of his art for the first time, "Garry Winogrand" brings together some 190 of the artist's most iconic images—many never before exhibited or reproduced.

  • Apr 1, 2021 5:31 PMWashington's First Major Survey of Edward Hopper's Career and "Nighthawks" First Visit to DC; On View at the National Gallery of Art, September 16, 2007–January 21, 2008
    Washington, DC – "Edward Hopper" marks the first time in more than 25 years that a comprehensive exhibition of this great artist's work has been seen in American museums outside New York and is the most complete survey of his career ever presented in Washington. The exhibition of 96 paintings and works on paper focuses on the period of the artist's great achievements—from about 1925 to mid century—when he produced such iconic paintings as "Automat" (1927), "Drug Store" (1927), "Early Sunday Morning" (1930), "New York Movie" (1939), and "Nighthawks" (1942).

  • Apr 1, 2021 5:29 PMRoy Lichtenstein Retrospective On View at National Gallery of Art, Washington. October 14, 2012–January 13, 2013
    Washington, DC—Pop art was defined, refined, and ultimately blown wide open by American artist Roy Lichtenstein (1923–1997). In the first major exhibition since his death, "Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective" will include more than 100 of the artist's greatest paintings from all periods of his career, along with a selection of related drawings and sculptures. On view in the East Building of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, from October 14, 2012, through January 13, 2013, the exhibition presents Lichtenstein's expansive legacy, including the classic early pop paintings based on advertisements and comic-book treatments of war and romance, his versions of paintings by the modern masters, and series including Brushstrokes, Mirrors, Artist's Studios, Nudes, and Landscapes in a Chinese Style.

  • Apr 1, 2021 5:27 PM"Degas/Cassatt" Exhibition Reveals New Information About Relationship of Two Renowned Impressionists at National Gallery of Art, Washington, Sole Venue Worldwide,
    Washington, DC—Edgar Degas's (1834–1917) influence on fellow impressionist Mary Cassatt (1844–1926) is widely known, but her role in shaping his work and introducing him to American audiences is fully examined for the first time in "Degas/Cassatt". On view at the National Gallery of Art, Washington—the sole venue worldwide—from May 11 through October 5, 2014, the exhibition includes some 70 works in a variety of media. Groundbreaking technical analysis is presented by conservators and scientists who examined key works by both artists.

  • Mar 31, 2021 2:34 PMFirst Monographic Exhibition on Dutch Artist Willem van Aelst to Open at National Gallery of Art, Washington
    Washington, DC—The first monographic exhibition devoted to Dutch artist Willem van Aelst (1627–1683)—known for his skilled rendering of sumptuous fruits, luxurious fabrics, and spoils of the hunt—will be on view from June 24 through October 14, 2012, at the National Gallery of Art, Washington. "Elegance and Refinement: The Still-Life Paintings of Willem van Aelst" will feature works—including 28 paintings and his only known drawing—remarkable for their fine finish, carefully balanced composition, jewel-toned palette, and elegant subject matter.

  • Mar 31, 2021 2:31 PMExhibition of Drawings and Watercolors Spanning Five Centuries Celebrates the Extraordinary Collection of Joseph F. McCrindle
    Washington, DC—Paying tribute to the remarkable collector Joseph F. McCrindle (1923–2008), the National Gallery of Art presents "The McCrindle Gift: A Distinguished Collection of Drawings and Watercolors," on view in the West Building Ground Floor galleries from June 17 through November 25, 2012. The McCrindle exhibition highlights 71 of the nearly 300 old master and modern drawings that are part of McCrindle's extensive gift to the Gallery, documented in full in the accompanying catalogue. In addition to his gift of works on paper, he gave 12 outstanding paintings by Dutch, Flemish, and Italian artists, as well as one by John Singer Sargent.

  • Mar 31, 2021 2:29 PMBarnett Newman's Masterpiece "Stations of the Cross" is Focus of Fifth "In the Tower" Exhibition at National Gallery of Art, June 10, 2012–February 24, 2013
    Washington, DC—A new exhibition featuring 26 works by Barnett Newman (1905–1970), one of the great figures of the abstract expressionist movement, will be on view June 10, 2012, through February 24, 2013, in the East Building of the National Gallery of Art. "In the Tower: Barnett Newman" is the fifth show in a series installed in the Tower Gallery that focuses on developments in art since midcentury. The centerpiece of the exhibition, Newman's famed "Stations of the Cross" (1958–1966), is brought to new light in the vaulting, self-contained space of the I.M. Pei-designed tower.

  • Mar 31, 2021 2:17 PMDeacon Robert Peckham's Recently Attributed Hobby Horse is Celebrated with Focus Exhibition of Children's Portraits at the National Gallery of Art
    Washington, DC—One of the most intriguing and often-reproduced American paintings in the collection of the National Gallery of Art is the inspiration for "Deacon Peckham's 'Hobby Horse'"'—a focus exhibition on view on the Ground Floor of the East Building from May 27 through October 28, 2012.

  • Mar 31, 2021 2:15 PMJoan Miró's Work Examined in Landmark Exhibition, a First at the National Gallery of Art, Washington
    Washington, DC (updated April 16, 2012)—Celebrated as one of the greatest modern artists, Joan Miró (1893–1983) developed a visual language that reflected his vision and energy in a variety of styles across many media. On view at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, East Building, from May 6 to August 12, 2012, "Joan Miró: The Ladder of Escape" reveals the politically engaged side of Miró through some 120 paintings and works on paper that span his entire career. They reflect the artist's passionate response to one of the most turbulent periods in European history that included two world wars, the Spanish Civil War, and the decades-long dictatorship of Francisco Franco. Through it all, Miró maintained a fierce devotion to his native Catalonia, a region in northern Spain.

  • Mar 31, 2021 2:13 PMGiovanni Benedetto Castiglione Prints and Drawings On View January 29 to July 8, 2012, at the National Gallery of Art; First Exhibition to Explore the Italian Master's Inventions and Legacy
    Washington, DC—An exhibition at the National Gallery of Art will showcase its rich holdings of works on paper by the Italian baroque master Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione (1609–1664), as well as works by his contemporaries and followers. On view in the Gallery's West Building from January 29 to July 8, 2012, "The Baroque Genius of Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione" suggests, for the first time, the complex sources of his style such as Rembrandt van Rijn and Claude Lorrain, as well as its importance for later artists, from Giambattista Piranesi and the Tiepolo family to Antoine Watteau and François Boucher.

  • Mar 31, 2021 2:12 PMMajor Early Drawings by Pablo Picasso on View at the National Gallery of Art, Washington
    Washington, DC—Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) was the greatest draftsman of the 20th century, exploring every technique from a single line to explosions of color. Through some 60 works, "Picasso's Drawings, 1890–1921: Reinventing Tradition" presents the dazzling development of the artist as a draftsman during the first 30 years of his career, from the precocious academic exercises of his youth to his radical innovations of cubism and collage. On view at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, from January 29 through May 6, 2012, the exhibition includes many of Picasso's finest drawings, watercolors, and pastels, borrowed from American and European public and private collections—including the Fundación Almine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso para el Arte—and seven drawings from the Gallery's collection of 278 works by Picasso.

  • Mar 31, 2021 2:07 PMMark Rothko's Black Paintings Unveiled "In The Tower" At The National Gallery Of Art, Washington
    Washington, DC—A new exhibition featuring seven of the enigmatic black paintings made in 1964 by American artist Mark Rothko (1903–1970) is the second in a series of shows installed in the National Gallery of Art's Tower Gallery, East Building, that center on developments in art since mid-century. On view February 21, 2010 through January 9, 2011, "In the Tower: Mark Rothko" includes works drawn largely from the Gallery's own vast collection of Rothko's oeuvre and features a short film created for the exhibition. These austere paintings—each presenting a single black rectangle on a black or nearly black field—are among the most mysterious of Rothko's career.

  • Mar 30, 2021 10:55 AMMajor Exhibition of Paul Cézanne's Portraits at the National Gallery of Art
    Washington, DC—One of the most innovative Italian books of the early baroque period, the Descrizione del Sacro Monte della Vernia, published in 1612, illustrates the experiences of Saint Francis and the buildings of the Franciscan community at La Verna. Drawing from the Gallery's rich holdings of works with Franciscan imagery, Heavenly Earth: Images of Saint Francis at La Verna contextualizes this publication alongside some 30 traditional representations from the late 15th through the mid-18th century. Heavenly Earth will be on view on the ground floor of the West Building from February 25 through July 8, 2018.

  • Mar 30, 2021 10:54 AMExhibition Examines Modern Practice of Serial Portraiture through Photographs by Stieglitz, Strand, Bing, Friedlander, Woodman, Lee, and More
    Washington, DC—The National Gallery of Art explores how the practice of making multiple portraits of the same subjects produced some of the most revealing and provocative photographs of our time in "The Serial Portrait: Photography and Identity in the Last One Hundred Years," on view in the West Building's Ground Floor photography galleries from September 30 through December 31, 2012. Arranged both chronologically and thematically, the exhibition features 153 works by 20 artists who photographed the same subjects—friends, family, and themselves—numerous times over days, months, or years to create compelling portrait studies that investigate the many facets of personal and social identity.

  • Mar 30, 2021 10:48 AMNational Gallery of Art Presents First U.S. Exhibition to Explore Renaissance Augsburg's Rich Traditions and Innovations in Works on Paper
    Washington, DC—The National Gallery of Art presents the first exhibition in the United States to focus on Augsburg's artistic achievements in the late 15th and early 16th centuries. Imperial "Augsburg: Renaissance Prints and Drawings, 1475–1540" will be on view in the West Building Ground Floor galleries from September 30 through December 31, 2012. The last major exhibition on this subject was mounted more than three decades ago in Augsburg—one of Germany's oldest cities—whose Renaissance heritage has long been eclipsed in America by Albrecht Dürer's Nuremberg.

  • Mar 30, 2021 10:35 AM100-year history traced in "Shock of the News" On view at the National Gallery of Art, Washington
    Washington, DC—Since 1909, major artists from nearly every art movement have co-opted, mimicked, defused, undermined, memorialized, and rewritten newspapers. "Shock of the News" will examine the myriad manifestations of the "newspaper phenomenon" through 65 collages, paintings, drawings, sculptures, artists' newspapers, prints, and photographs by European and American artists, from F. T. Marinetti and Pablo Picasso to the Guerrilla Girls and Robert Gober. On view at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, East Building, from September 23, 2012, through January 27, 2013, the exhibition will also include the large-scale multimedia installation "To Mallarmé" (2003) by Mario Merz. With two exceptions, the 60 artists in the exhibition will each be represented by one exemplary work.

  • Mar 30, 2021 10:27 AMExhibition of Photographs by Frederick Sommer and Friends Examines Continuities and Connections within the Artist’s Work
    Washington, DC—The National Gallery of Art explores the continuities in Frederick Sommer’s varied body of work and demonstrates the influence of his friendships with fellow artists in the exhibition "A World of Bonds: Frederick Sommer’s Photography and Friendships," on view in the West Building from June 16 to August 4, 2013. Drawn from the Gallery’s significant holdings, which include a major 1995 gift from the artist himself, the exhibition showcases 27 works by Sommer, Edward Weston, Max Ernst, Man Ray, Aaron Siskind, and Charles Sheeler, including three pieces on loan from other museums and private collections.

  • Mar 30, 2021 10:25 AMNational Gallery of Art Pays 150th Birthday Tribute to Edvard Munch through Celebrated Works on Paper from the Collection
    Washington, DC—The National Gallery of Art marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Edvard Munch, Norway’s most famed painter and printmaker, with an exhibition of more than 20 renowned works from the Gallery’s collection. On view from May 19 through August 11, 2013, on the Ground Floor of the West Building, "Edvard Munch: A 150th Anniversary Tribute" includes "Geschrei (The Scream)" (1895), "The Madonna" (1895), and a unique series of six variant impressions, "Two Women on the Shore" (1898).

  • Mar 30, 2021 10:24 AM"Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections" Premieres at National Gallery of Art, Washington
    Washington, DC―In the first exhibition devoted to Byzantine art at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, some 170 rare and important works, drawn exclusively from Greek collections, will offer a fascinating glimpse of the soul and splendor of the mysterious Byzantine Empire. On view in the West Building from October 6, 2013, through March 2, 2014, "Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections" will trace the development of Byzantine visual culture from the fourth to the 15th century, beginning with the ancient pagan world of the late Roman Empire and continuing to the opulent and deeply spiritual world of the new Christian Byzantine Empire.

  • Mar 30, 2021 10:22 AMDiaghilev's Groundbreaking Ballets Russes to be Showcased at National Gallery of Art, Washington
    Washington, DC—The Ballets Russes—the most innovative dance company of the 20th century—propelled the performing arts to new heights through groundbreaking collaborations between artists, composers, choreographers, dancers, and fashion designers, with such familiar names as Picasso, Stravinsky, Balanchine, Nijinsky, and Chanel, among many others. On view from May 12 through September 2, 2013, at the National Gallery of Art, Washington—the sole US venue—"Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, 1909–1929: When Art Danced with Music" showcases some 135 original costumes, set designs, paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings, photographs, posters, and film clips in a theatrical multimedia installation in the East Building.

  • Mar 30, 2021 10:21 AMKerry James Marshall's First Solo Exhibition in Washington, DC, on View at the National Gallery of Art
    Washington, DC—The National Gallery of Art announced today plans to host the city's first solo exhibition of the work of American artist Kerry James Marshall. On view from June 28 through December 7, 2013, "In the Tower: Kerry James Marshall" will present some 30 works, including the Gallery's own "Great America" (1994), as well as provide a context for understanding this particular painting and its powerful imagery within the broader arc of the artist's career.

  • Mar 30, 2021 10:20 AMFirst U.S. Exhibition on French Photographer Charles Marville at National Gallery of Art, Washington
    Washington, DC—The first exhibition in the United States and the very first scholarly catalogue on the renowned 19th-century French photographer Charles Marville will present recently discovered, groundbreaking scholarship informing his art, including his identity, background, and family life. On view at the National Gallery of Art, Washington from September 29, 2013, through January 5, 2014, Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris will include some 100 photographs that represent the artist's entire career, from his city scenes and landscape and architectural studies of Europe in the early 1850s to his compelling photographs of Paris and its environs in the late 1870s.

  • Mar 30, 2021 10:19 AMFirst Major Exhibition on Pre-Raphaelite Art and Design in United States on View at National Gallery of Art, Washington February 17–May 19, 2013
    Washington, DC—Combining rebellion, scientific precision, beauty, and imagination, the Pre-Raphaelites created art that shocked 19th-century Britain. On view from February 17 through May 19, 2013, at the National Gallery of Art, Washington—the sole U.S. venue—"Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Art and Design, 1848–1900" is the first major survey of the art of the Pre-Raphaelites to be shown in the United States. The exhibition features some 130 paintings, sculptures, photography, works on paper, and decorative art objects that reflect the ideals of Britain's first modern art movement.

  • Mar 30, 2021 10:19 AMFirst Major Exhibition Devoted to History of Manipulated Photography through the 1980s Opens at National Gallery of Art February 17
    Washington, DC—The National Gallery of Art presents the first major exhibition devoted to the art of photographic manipulation before the advent of digital imagery. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography before Photoshop" will be on view in the West Building's Ground Floor galleries from February 17 through May 5, 2013, following its debut at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (from October 11, 2012, through January 27, 2013). In June it travels to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

  • Mar 30, 2021 10:17 AMLarge Group Portraits of the Dutch Golden Age Celebrate Civic Pride at the National Gallery of Art, Washington March 10, 2012, through March 11, 2017
    Washington, DC—The civic pride of the Dutch Golden Age will be celebrated in a special installation of two large-scale group portraits, on loan from Amsterdam to the National Gallery of Art, Washington. On view March 10, 2012, through March 11, 2017, in the Seventh Street Lobby of the West Building, "Civic Pride: Group Portraits from Amsterdam" will provide an extraordinary opportunity for visitors to enjoy a type of Dutch painting rarely seen outside the Netherlands. In these imposing works, two of Amsterdam's most important portraitists from the mid-17th century, Govert Flinck (1615–1660) and Bartholomeus van der Helst (1613–1670), have immortalized the civic pride of the men who governed the Kloveniersdoelen, the building where one of Amsterdam's three militia companies held its meetings.

  • Mar 30, 2021 10:14 AMEllsworth Kelly's Series of Colored Paper Images Featured in Exhibition at National Gallery of Art
    Washington, DC—The National Gallery of Art presents "Ellsworth Kelly: Colored Paper Images," a series that includes 23 paper-pulp works by the seminal American artist. Drawn entirely from the Gallery's collection, the exhibition will be on view on the Ground Level of the East Building from December 16, 2012, through December 1, 2013.

  • Mar 30, 2021 10:12 AM"Michelangelo's David-Apollo" Returns to the National Gallery of Art to Launch Yearlong Celebration of Italian Culture in the United States
    This morning at the National Gallery of Art, Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs Giulio Terzi di Sant'Agata opens "2013—The Year of Italian Culture" by unveiling "Michelangelo's David-Apollo," which will be on view in the West Building's Italian galleries from December 13, 2012, through March 6, 2013. First displayed at the Gallery in 1949, this rare marble statue from the Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence, is now among the renowned masterpieces—ranging from classical and Renaissance to baroque and contemporary—that Italy is bringing to some 70 U.S. museums and cultural institutions in 2013. The Gallery will also display "The Dying Gaul" (1st or 2nd century AD) from the Capitoline Museum, from October 2013 through February 2014, as part of The Dream of Rome, a project initiated by the mayor of Rome to exhibit timeless masterpieces in the United States from 2011 to 2014.

  • Jan 15, 2021 4:30 PMMedieval to Modern: Recent Acquisitions of Drawings, Prints, and Illustrated Books
    Washington, DC—Since 2003, the National Gallery of Art has acquired an exceptional group of drawings, prints, and rare illustrated books, which are the focus of the upcoming exhibition Medieval to Modern: Recent Acquisitions of Drawings, Prints, and Illustrated Books, on view May 4 through November 2, 2008, in the West Building Prints and Drawings Galleries.

  • Jan 14, 2021 12:12 PMCelebrating Van Gogh at the National Gallery of Art

  • Jan 14, 2021 12:07 PMDrawing in Tintoretto's Venice
    Washington, DC—The first exhibition in 40 years to focus specifically on Venetian Renaissance artist Jacopo Tintoretto's (1518/1519–1594) work as a draftsman, Drawing in Tintoretto's Venice offers new ideas about his artistic evolution, working procedure, and workshop practice. In celebration of the 500th anniversary of Tintoretto's birth, the exhibition presents approximately 80 of the finest examples from some two dozen public and private collections.

  • Jan 11, 2021 4:14 PMThe Eye of the Sun
    Washington, DC—When photography was introduced to the world in 1839, society and culture were poised to undergo profound change. 180 years after the French invention of the daguerreotype and the rival British photogenic drawing, the medium has undoubtedly created new ways of seeing, experiencing, and understanding the world. "The Eye of the Sun: Nineteenth-Century Photographs from the National Gallery of Art" explores the range of subjects that photographers embraced during the medium's first 50 years through a selection of some 140 photographs from the Gallery's rich holdings of 19th-century photographs, one of the finest collections in America. On view in the West Building of the National Gallery of Art from September 8 through December 1, 2019, the exhibition presents more than 80 recent acquisitions, many not previously on view, including a large group acquired from the collection of Charles Isaacs and Carol Nigro.

  • Nov 5, 2020 5:12 PMRaphael and His Circle
    Washington, DC—Raphael (1483–1520) was the first and greatest figure in the modern classical tradition of Western art. In celebration of the 500th anniversary of his death, the National Gallery of Art will present 26 prints and drawings from its own collection of works by Raphael's contemporaries as well as four drawings by the Renaissance master. "Raphael and His Circle" will convey the complexity, range, and immediate influence of his style and how it became the standard for aesthetic excellence in Western art. The exhibition will be on view from February 16 through June 14, 2020.

  • Nov 3, 2020 1:20 PMGauguin: Maker of Myth

  • Sep 22, 2020 11:50 PMAlonso Berruguete: First Sculptor of Renaissance Spain
    Washington, DC—Alonso Berruguete (c. 1488–1561) revolutionized the arts of Renaissance Spain with a dramatic style of sculpture that reflected the decade or more he spent in Italy while young. Although unfamiliar to most Americans, and rarely featured in traditional accounts of Renaissance art, Berruguete has been revered as an icon in Spain for centuries. Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and the Meadows Museum, SMU, Dallas, in collaboration with the Museo Nacional de Escultura, Valladolid, Spain, "Alonso Berruguete: First Sculptor of Renaissance Spain" is the first exhibition devoted to the artist held outside Spain. About 45 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper drawn mostly from international collections will be on view in the Gallery's West Building from October 13, 2019, through February 17, 2020.

  • Sep 21, 2020 12:42 PMPhilip Guston Now
    Washington, DC—One of America's greatest modern painters, Philip Guston (1913–1980) uniquely bridged the personal and the political, the abstract and the figurative, and the humorous and the tragic in paintings of lively touch and memorable impact. A major retrospective of the artist, Philip Guston Now, the first in more than 15 years, will present a balanced view of the artist's 50-year career. Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Tate Modern, London, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the exhibition will be on view in the Gallery's East Building from July 3 through October 3, 2021.

  • Jun 22, 2020 4:54 PMGordon Parks: The New Tide, Early Work 1940–1950
    Washington, DC—Within just a decade, Gordon Parks (1912–2006) grew from a self-taught portrait photographer and photojournalist in Saint Paul and Chicago to a visionary professional working in New York for Ebony and Glamour, before becoming the first African American photographer at Life magazine in 1949. For the first time this lesser-known yet incredibly formative period of Parks's long and illustrious career is the subject of an exhibition, Gordon Parks: The New Tide, Early Work 1940–1950. On view in the West Building of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, from November 4, 2018, through February 18, 2019, the traveling exhibition provides a detailed look at Parks's early evolution through some 150 photographs, as well as rare magazines, newspapers, pamphlets, and books. It also demonstrates how Parks influenced and was inspired by a network of creative and intellectual figures—including Charles White, Roy Stryker, Langston Hughes, Richard Wright, and Ralph Ellison. A fully illustrated catalog, produced and published by the Gordon Parks Foundation and Steidl in association with the Gallery, features extensive new research and many previously unpublished images.

  • Feb 6, 2020 10:54 AMRichard Mosse: Incoming
    Washington, DC—he immersive video Incoming (2014–2017) by Richard Mosse (b. 1980) presents viewers with the sights and sounds of mass migration. Seeking a new way to shed light on the refugee crisis, Mosse and cinematographer Trevor Tweeten capture fragments of events along two major pathways leading into Europe—one from Africa, the other from the Middle East—using a highly specialized surveillance camera. Originally designed for military use, the camera produces images by detecting thermal radiation, including the heat of a human body, from as far as 18 miles away. The effect allows Mosse to walk a tightrope, exposing the intimate stories of these refugees while providing a veil of privacy, isolating the plight of individuals while underscoring their interconnectedness with all humanity.

  • Jan 13, 2020 9:08 AMVerrocchio: Sculptor and Painter of Renaissance Florence
    Washington, DC—The National Gallery of Art is pleased to present "Verrocchio: Sculptor and Painter of Renaissance Florence," the first-ever monographic exhibition on Andrea del Verrocchio (c. 1435–1488), the innovative artist, painter, sculptor, and teacher whose pupils included Leonardo da Vinci, Pietro Perugino, and likely Sandro Botticelli as well. The exhibition examines the wealth and breadth of Verrocchio's extraordinary artistry by bringing together some 50 of his masterpieces in painting, sculpture, and drawing that allow viewers to appreciate how his work in each art form stimulated creativity in the others.

  • Jan 9, 2020 1:45 PMA Century of Lunar Photographs
    Washington, DC—The year 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20, 1969. From the moment photography was introduced in 1839, photographers dreamt about harnessing the potential of photography together with the telescope. While astronomers had earlier mapped many of the moon's visible features through the telescope, the first photographs revealing the lunar landscape were successfully achieved by the 1850s. Throughout the latter half of the 19th century and into the 20th, numerous photographers created uncannily beautiful lunar pictures that captured the public imagination. "By the Light of the Silvery Moon: A Century of Lunar Photographs" presents some 50 works, from the 19th century to the "space-age" 1960s, that merged art with science and transformed the way that we envision and comprehend the cosmos. The exhibition is on view at the National Gallery of Art from July 14, 2019 through January 5, 2020.

  • Jan 9, 2020 12:27 PMVenetian Prints in the Time of Tintoretto
    Washington, DC—The first exhibition in 40 years to focus specifically on Venetian Renaissance artist Jacopo Tintoretto's (1518/1519–1594) work as a draftsman, Drawing in Tintoretto's Venice offers new ideas about his artistic evolution, working procedure, and workshop practice. In celebration of the 500th anniversary of Tintoretto's birth, the exhibition presents approximately 80 of the finest examples from some two dozen public and private collections.

  • Jan 9, 2020 12:27 PMTintoretto: Artist of Renaissance Venice
    Washington, DC—Their classification may have varied—from folk and primitive to naïve and visionary—but intermittently throughout the history of modern art, gates have opened, boundaries have dissolved, and those creating art on the periphery have entered the art world.

  • Jan 9, 2020 12:25 PMThe Life of Animals in Japanese Art
    Washington, DC—Artworks representing animals—real or imaginary, religious or secular—span the full breadth and splendor of Japanese artistic production.

  • Jan 9, 2020 12:22 PMRachel Whiteread
    Washington, DC—For the past 30 years, acclaimed British artist Rachel Whiteread (b. 1963) has created a body of work that is wide-ranging in scale and medium, yet consistent in its process of casting the objects and spaces of everyday life. Whiteread deploys replication, reorientation, and repetition to trace a social past while bringing it into the present. On view at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, from September 16, 2018, through January 13, 2019, "Rachel Whiteread" is the first major survey of the artist's work.

  • Oct 21, 2019 2:46 PMSally Mann: A Thousand Crossings
    Washington, DC—For more than 40 years, Sally Mann (b. 1951) has made experimental, elegiac, and hauntingly beautiful photographs that explore the overarching themes of existence: memory, desire, death, the bonds of family, and nature's magisterial indifference to human endeavor. What unites this broad body of work—figure studies, landscapes, and architectural views—is that it is all bred of a place, the American South. Using her deep love of her homeland and her knowledge of its historically fraught heritage, Mann asks powerful, provocative questions—about history, identity, race, and religion—that reverberate across geographic and national boundaries.

  • Sep 16, 2019 9:45 AMThe American Pre-Raphaelites: Radical Realists
    Washington, DC—In celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of John Ruskin (1819–1900), the most influential art critic of the Victorian era, the National Gallery of Art will present more than 80 paintings, watercolors, drawings, and photographs created by American artists who were profoundly influenced by the renowned critic. Ruskin's call for a revolutionary change in the practice of art found a sympathetic audience in America among a group of like-minded artists, architects, scientists, critics, and collectors who organized the Association for the Advancement of Truth in Art. New research reveals that the members of the Association sought reform not only in the practice of art, but also in the broader political arena during the Civil War era. "The American Pre-Raphaelites: Radical Realists", including several recently discovered works never exhibited publicly, will be on view at the National Gallery of Art from April 14 through July 21, 2019.

  • Sep 16, 2019 9:41 AMOliver Lee Jackson: Recent Paintings
    Washington, DC—A distinguished painter, printmaker, and sculptor, Oliver Lee Jackson (b. 1935) has created a complex and original body of work that remains rooted in the human figure while drawing on all the resources of modernist abstraction and expression. Jackson's paintings, often large in scale, defy categorization. Figurative elements captivate the eye, while the dynamic compositions, vibrant colors, and vigorously worked surfaces in a variety of materials capture the viewer's attention. On view in the East Building of the National Gallery of Art from April 14 through September 15, 2019, "Oliver Lee Jackson: Recent Paintings" presents some 20 paintings created over the past 15 years, many of which are being shown publicly for the first time.

  • Apr 23, 2019 8:24 AMDawoud Bey: The Birmingham Project
    Washington, DC—For more than 40 years photographer Dawoud Bey (b. 1953) has portrayed American youth and those from marginalized communities with an unusual degree of sensitivity and complexity. Dawoud Bey: The Birmingham Project celebrates the National Gallery of Art's recent acquisition of four large-scale photographs and one video from Bey's most important series, "The Birmingham Project," a deeply felt and conceptually rich monument to the victims of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama, on September 15, 1963. Coinciding with the 55th anniversary of this tragedy, the exhibition focuses on Bey's representation of the past through the lens of the present, pushing the boundaries of portraiture and engaging ongoing national issues of racism, violence against African Americans, and terrorism in churches. Dawoud Bey: The Birmingham Project will be on view at the National Gallery of Art from September 12, 2018, through March 17, 2019.

  • Apr 9, 2019 2:21 PMColor, Line, Light: French Drawings, Watercolors, and Pastels from Delacroix to Signac
    Washington, DC—For the art of drawing, 19th-century France was a remarkably creative period of richness, diversity, experimentation, and inventiveness. On view at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, from January 27 through May 26, 2013, Color, Line, Light: French Drawings, Watercolors, and Pastels from Delacroix to Signac presents 100 outstanding works that showcase the broad development of modern draftsmanship during this period. The works are from the collection of James T. Dyke, including sheets he and his wife, Helen L. Porter, have given to the Gallery, as well as others acquired by the Gallery with funds they donated.

  • Apr 9, 2019 2:20 PMAlbrecht Dürer: Master Drawings, Watercolors, and Prints from the Albertina
    Washington, DC—Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528) is widely considered the greatest German artist. From March 24 through June 9, 2013, the Albertina Museum in Vienna, Austria, will lend to the National Gallery of Art 118 works on paper by Dürer for a magnificent exhibition that will be on view only in Washington. Albrecht Dürer: Master Drawings, Watercolors, and Prints from the Albertina features nearly all of Dürer's finest watercolors and drawings from the collection of the Albertina, Vienna, as well as 27 of the museum's related engravings and woodcuts. The exhibition also includes 19 drawings and prints from the Gallery's own collection.

  • Feb 13, 2019 1:04 PMSense of Humor
    Washington, DC—Prints and drawings have consistently served as popular media for humor in art. Prints, which can be widely replicated and distributed, are ideal for institutional mockery and social criticism, while drawings, unmediated and private, allow for free rein of the imagination. Sense of Humor will celebrate the rich yet often overlooked tradition of humor in works on paper, ranging from the 15th to 20th century. On view in the West Building of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, from July 15, 2018, through January 6, 2019, the exhibition is organized broadly chronologically, tracing the variety of forms that comical prints and drawings have taken over time, from Renaissance caricature to British satire in the 18th century and counterculture comics of the late 1960s. Drawn entirely from the Gallery's collection, works are by artists including Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Jacques Callot, William Hogarth, Francisco de Goya, Honoré Daumier, Art Spiegelman, Hans Haacke, George Herriman, Roger Brown, and the Guerrilla Girls. Many works will be shown for the first time.

  • Jan 28, 2019 9:16 AMThe Chiaroscuro Woodcut in Renaissance Italy
    Washington, DC—Chiaroscuro woodcuts are among the rarest and most beautiful prints that flourished throughout Renaissance Italy. This exhibition, with its accompanying catalog, addresses all aspects of this remarkable art form, from attribution and chronology to materials and processes, intention and reception. The first comprehensive study devoted to the Italian chiaroscuro woodcut, the exhibition is based on new art-historical and technical research carried out over the last decade. Presenting some 100 of the finest impressions from American and British collections, "The Chiaroscuro Woodcut in Renaissance Italy" will be on view at the National Gallery of Art from October 14, 2018, through January 20, 2019.

  • Jan 2, 2019 4:34 PMCorot: Women
    Washington, DC—Dressed in rustic Italian costume or nude on a grassy plain, rendered with a sophisticated use of color and a deft, delicate touch, Corot's women convey a mysterious sense of their inner lives. "Corot: Women" features 44 paintings created between the 1840s and the early 1870s: nudes, individual figures in costumes, and an allegorical series of the model in the studio. The National Gallery of Art is the only venue for "Corot: Women", on view from September 9 through December 31, 2018.

  • Dec 4, 2018 5:12 PMJackson Pollock's "Mural"
    Washington, DC—Stretching nearly 20 feet wide by 8 feet tall, "Mural" (1943) is the largest work by Jackson Pollock (1912-1956). Beyond its monumental proportions and the many myths that surround its creation, the painting stands as one of the artist's greatest achievements.

  • Dec 4, 2018 5:11 PMFragonard: The Fantasy Figures
    Washington, DC—Combining art, fashion, science, and conservation, the revelatory exhibition 'Fragonard: The Fantasy Figures' brings together—for the first time—a newly discovered drawing by Jean Honoré Fragonard (1732–1806) and some 14 of his paintings that have been identified with it including the Gallery's own 'Young Girl Reading' (c. 1769).

  • Dec 4, 2018 9:55 AMWater, Wind, and Waves: Marine Paintings from the Dutch Golden Age
    Washington, DC—For more than 40 years, Sally Mann (b. 1951) has made experimental, elegiac, and hauntingly beautiful photographs that explore the overarching themes of existence: memory, desire, death, the bonds of family, and nature's magisterial indifference to human endeavor. What unites this broad body of work—figure studies, landscapes, and architectural views—is that it is all bred of a place, the American South. Using her deep love of her homeland and her knowledge of its historically fraught heritage, Mann asks powerful, provocative questions—about history, identity, race, and religion—that reverberate across geographic and national boundaries.

  • Aug 8, 2018 9:40 AMSharing Images: Renaissance Prints into Maiolica and Bronze
    Washington, DC—The first exhibition of its kind in the United States, "Sharing Images: Renaissance Prints into Maiolica and Bronze", brings together some 90 objects to highlight the impact of Renaissance prints on maiolica and bronze plaquettes. Accompanied by a publication that provides a comprehensive introduction to different aspects of the phenomenon—from the role of 15th-century prints and the rediscovery of classical art to the importance of illustrated books and the artistic exchanges between Italy and northern Europe—"Sharing Images" will be on view on the ground floor of the West Building from April 1 through August 5, 2018.

  • Aug 2, 2018 1:09 PMSmall Wonders: Dutch Still Lifes by Adriaen Coorte

  • Aug 2, 2018 12:53 PMRenaissance Bronzes from the Robert H. Smith Collection on View at the National Gallery of Art, September 29, 2002, Through February 17, 2003
    Washington, DC—An installation of more than 50 small European bronze sculptures mostly dating from the mid-16th to the mid-17th century and lent by Robert H. Smith, president, National Gallery of Art, will be on view in the West Building of the National Gallery of Art from September 29, 2002, through February 17, 2003. One of the most important collections of bronze sculpture in private hands, the Robert H. Smith Collection comprises exceptionally fine examples of works by major contemporaries and successors of Michelangelo. These bronzes have been integrated with works from the National Gallery as part of the opening of a new suite of ground floor sculpture galleries.

  • Aug 2, 2018 12:53 PMBronze and Boxwood: Renaissance Masterpieces from the Robert H. Smith Collection
    Washington, DC – An outstanding collection of Renaissance statuettes will go on view at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, in Bronze and Boxwood: Renaissance Masterpieces from the Robert H. Smith Collection, January 27 through May 4, 2008 in the West Building, main floor galleries 74 and 75. In addition to 46 beautiful bronze sculptures, this exhibition will include eight exceptional objects carved out of boxwood and ivory, which are similar in size to the bronzes and may be closely related to them.

  • Aug 2, 2018 12:06 PMTwentieth-Century American Art: The Ebsworth Collection

  • Jul 13, 2018 9:54 AMIn the Tower: Anne Truitt
    Washington, DC—The studio life of Anne Truitt (1921–2004) is explored in the focus exhibition In the Tower: Anne Truitt, on view in the East Building, Tower 3, from November 19, 2017, through April 1, 2018.

  • Jul 13, 2018 9:53 AMHeavenly Earth: Images of Saint Francis at La Verna
    Washington, DC—One of the most innovative Italian books of the early baroque period, the Descrizione del Sacro Monte della Vernia, published in 1612, illustrates the experiences of Saint Francis and the buildings of the Franciscan community at La Verna. Drawing from the Gallery's rich holdings of works with Franciscan imagery, Heavenly Earth: Images of Saint Francis at La Verna contextualizes this publication alongside some 30 traditional representations from the late 15th through the mid-18th century. Heavenly Earth will be on view on the ground floor of the West Building from February 25 through July 8, 2018.

  • May 30, 2018 12:22 PMParis in Transition
    Washington, DC—Paris in Transition: Photographs from the National Gallery of Art presents 61 of the Gallery’s photographs revealing the transformation of the French capital city and the art of photography from the mid-19th to early 20th century. The exhibition, organized from the perspective of a flâneur—an aimless wanderer, will be on view in the ground floor photographs galleries of the West Building from February 11 through May 6, 2007. It includes photographs by Eugène Atget, André Kertész, Brassaï, Alfred Stieglitz and others.

  • May 14, 2018 9:49 AMOutliers and American Vanguard Art
    Washington, DC—Their classification may have varied—from folk and primitive to naïve and visionary—but intermittently throughout the history of modern art, gates have opened, boundaries have dissolved, and those creating art on the periphery have entered the art world.

  • May 14, 2018 9:48 AMMichel Sittow: Estonian Painter at the Courts of Renaissance Europe
    Washington, DC—Considered Estonia's greatest Renaissance artist, Michel Sittow (c. 1469–1525) was sought after by the renowned European courts of his day, including those of King Ferdinand of Aragón and Queen Isabella of Castile, Philip the Handsome, Margaret of Austria, and Christian II of Denmark. In celebration of the centennial of the establishment of the Republic of Estonia, Michel Sittow: Estonian Painter at the Courts of Renaissance Europe provides an exceptional opportunity to examine the rare and masterful works attributed to Sittow.

  • Apr 12, 2018 10:10 AMCaptain Linnaeus Tripe: Photographer of India and Burma, 1852-1860
    Washington, DC—Innovative British photographer Captain Linnaeus Tripe (1822–1902) captured some of the earliest photographs of India and Burma (now Myanmar). In the first major traveling exhibition of his work, Captain Linnaeus Tripe: Photographer of India and Burma, 1852–1860—on view at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, from September 21, 2014, through January 4, 2015—approximately 60 photographs taken between 1854 and 1860 document the dramatic landscapes and the architecture of celebrated religious and secular sites in India and Burma, several of which are now destroyed.

  • Apr 12, 2018 10:10 AMGustave Caillebotte: The Painter’s Eye

  • Apr 11, 2018 5:04 PMPleasure and Piety: The Art of Joachim Wtewael (1566–1638)
    Washington, DC—The brilliantly colored and highly sensual works by Utrecht master Joachim Wtewael will be showcased in the artist's first monographic exhibition, from June 28 through October 4, 2015, at the National Gallery of Art, Washington. Pleasure and Piety: The Art of Joachim Wtewael (1566–1638) includes nearly 50 of his finest paintings on canvas, copper, and panel, as well as selected drawings. Ranging from portraits and moralizing biblical scenes to witty mythological compositions, these works underscore the artist's reputation as a remarkable storyteller.

  • Apr 11, 2018 4:55 PMThe Serial Impulse at Gemini G.E.L.

  • Apr 11, 2018 4:52 PMCelebrating Photography at the National Gallery of Art: Recent Gifts

  • Apr 11, 2018 4:50 PMThree Centuries of American Prints from the National Gallery of Art
    Washington, DC— A new international traveling exhibition will explore major events and movements in American art through some 150 outstanding prints from the Colonial era to the present. On view in Washington from April 3 through July 24, 2016, "Three Centuries of American Prints from the National Gallery of Art" is the first major museum survey of American prints in more than 30 years. The exhibition will travel to the National Gallery in Prague from October 4, 2016 through January 5, 2017, followed by Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso from February 7 through April 30, 2017.

  • Apr 11, 2018 4:48 PM"Intersections" Explores Connections Between Newly Joined Photography Collections from National Gallery of Art and Corcoran Gallery of Art
    Washington, DC—"Intersections: Photographs and Videos from the National Gallery of Art and the Corcoran Gallery of Art" explores the connections between the two newly joined photography collections. On view from May 29, 2016, through January 2, 2017, the exhibition is organized around themes found in the work of the two pioneers of each collection: Eadweard Muybridge (1830–1904) and Alfred Stieglitz (1864–1946). Inspired by these two seminal artists, Intersections brings together more than 100 highlights of the recently merged collections by a range of artists from the 1870s to today.

  • Apr 11, 2018 4:47 PMHubert Robert, 1733-1808
    Washingtom, DC—Celebrated for the fundamental role he played in promoting the architectural capriccio, Hubert Robert combined famous monuments of antiquity and modernity in unexpected ways to create strikingly new and imaginative city scenes and landscapes. On view at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, from June 26 through October 2, 2016, "Hubert Robert, 1733–1808" is the first monographic exhibition in the United States on the artist as well as the first exhibition to survey his achievements as both a painter and a draftsman.

  • Apr 11, 2018 4:45 PMRecent Acquisitions of Dutch and Flemish Drawings
    Washington, DC—Over the last decade, the National Gallery of Art has acquired an exquisite selection of mid-15th-to early 20th-century Dutch and Flemish drawings. Some 20 works—many on view for the first time—cover a range of genres and incorporate a variety of media. "Recent Acquisitions of Dutch and Flemish Drawings" will be on view in the West Building from July 3, 2016 through January 2, 2017. Highlights include a page from a 15th-century manuscript (c. 1442) with illustrations by Barthélemy van Eyck (active c. 1435–1470); a vibrant, full-color miniature of "The Adoration of the Magi" (mid-1520s) by Simon Bening (1483/1484– 1561); a unique large portrait drawing by Michael Sweerts (1618–1664); and two rare compositional studies by Gerrit van Honthorst (1590–1656).

  • Apr 11, 2018 4:44 PMIn the Tower: Barbara Kruger
    Washington, DC—The striking works of Barbara Kruger (American, b. 1945) will be featured in a focused exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, timed to celebrate the newly renovated East Building galleries. On view September 30, 2016 through January 22, 2017, 'In the Tower: Barbara Kruger' is the first exhibition in the Tower Gallery in three years, renewing the series devoted to the presentation of works by leading contemporary artists. The exhibition presents fourteen of Kruger's profile works — images of the figure in profile over which the artist has layered her attention-grabbing phrases and figures of speech — from the early 1980s to the present, varying in scale from magazine-size to monumental.

  • Apr 11, 2018 4:43 PMDamien Hirst: The Last Supper
    Washington, DC—The Last Supper (1990), a series of 13 monumental prints by British artist Damien Hirst, was acquired by the National Gallery of Art from the Corcoran Gallery of Art in 2015. Hirst was among the most prominent of the Young British Artists—or YBAs, as they are known—who revitalized the British art scene in the 1990s. In The Last Supper, he wittily explores the role of faith, viewing it in relation to art, medicine, and religion. Never before shown in Washington in its entirety, the visually arresting Last Supper series will be installed in the West Building Concourse Gallery from August 13 through November 27, 2016.

  • Apr 11, 2018 4:42 PMLos Angeles to New York: Dwan Gallery, 1959–1971,

  • Apr 11, 2018 4:41 PMPhotography Reinvented: The Collection of Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker
    Washington, DC—In celebration of a remarkable promised gift of 34 important contemporary photographs from the collection of Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker, a special exhibition will be presented in the reopened East Building galleries at the National Gallery of Art. On view September 30, 2016, through March 5, 2017, "Photography Reinvented: The Collection of Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker" presents seminal works by 18 artists, including Thomas Demand, Thomas Struth, Hiroshi Sugimoto, and Jeff Wall, who in the last two decades have created pictures that expand our understanding of the nature of photography and greatly enhance the Gallery's holdings of contemporary photography.

  • Apr 11, 2018 4:40 PMDrawings for Paintings in the Age of Rembrandt
    Washington, DC—With their vivid details and realistic nature, 17th-century Dutch landscapes, still lifes, and genre scenes seem to have been painted from life. In fact, most artists based their paintings on preliminary drawings. Drawings for Paintings in the Age of Rembrandt, on view in the West Building from October 4, 2016, through January 2, 2017, will shed light on the varied ways in which renowned artists of the Dutch golden age—including Rembrandt van Rijn, Aelbert Cuyp, Jacob van Ruisdael, and Pieter Jansz Saenredam—used drawings as part of the painting process.

  • Apr 11, 2018 4:40 PMThe Urban Scene: 1920-1950
    Washington, DC—American artists of the early 20th century sought to interpret the beauty, power, and anxiety of the modern age in diverse ways. Through depictions of bustling city crowds and breathtaking metropolitan vistas, 25 black-and-white prints on view in 'The Urban Scene: 1920–1950' will explore the spectacle of urban modernity. Prints by recognized artists such as Louis Lozowick (1892–1973) and Reginald Marsh (1898–1954), as well as lesser-known artists including Mabel Dwight (1875–1955), Gerald Geerlings (1897–1998), Victoria Hutson Huntley (1900–1971), Martin Lewis (1881–1962), and Stow Wengenroth (1906–1978), are included in this exhibition. 'The Urban Scene' will be on view in the West Building from February 26 through August 6, 2017.

  • Apr 11, 2018 4:38 PMEdvard Munch: Color in Context
    Washington, DC—In the second half of the 19th century, advances in physics, electromagnetic radiation theory, and the optical sciences provoked new thought about the physical as well as the spiritual world.

  • Apr 11, 2018 4:36 PMVermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry
    Washington, DC—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.

  • Mar 7, 2018 2:39 PMTitian's Danaë

  • Feb 20, 2018 11:24 AMPosing for the Camera: Gifts from Robert B. Menschel
    Washington, DC—"Posing for the Camera: Gifts from Robert B. Menschel" explores posing in photography and examines how photographers have both drawn on artistic conventions and exploited the collaborative nature of the medium to create probing portraits of their subjects.

  • Feb 15, 2018 1:05 PMVermeer's "Woman in Blue Reading a Letter" from the Rijksmuseum
    Washington, DC—The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam has lent one of its great treasures—'Johannes Vermeer's Woman in Blue Reading a Letter' (c. 1663)—to the National Gallery of Art in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the landmark 'Johannes Vermeer' exhibition, which opened here in November 1995 before traveling to the Royal Cabinet of Paintings Mauritshuis, The Hague, in March 1996.

  • Jan 31, 2018 12:20 AMEast of the Mississippi
    Washington, DC—Before venturing west to capture America's frontier in paintings and photographs, 19th-century artists explored the eastern landscape, which served as a powerful source of mythmaking for a nation finding its identity in the nineteenth century. However, with the exception of images from the Civil War, photography of the East during the period has never before been the exclusive focus of an exhibition or catalog. As the first of its kind, "East of the Mississippi: Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Photography" will explore this fundamental chapter in America's photographic history through 175 photographs, including daguerreotypes, salted paper prints, albumen prints, stereo cards, and albums. On view at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, West Building from March 12 through July 16, 2017, the exhibition showcases photographers who documented the nation's transition over the course of the century, exploring the untouched wilderness, the devastation of the Civil War, and the dramatic transformations of industrialization.

  • Jan 17, 2018 12:04 PMBosch to Bloemaert
    Washington, DC—Rotterdam's historic Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen holds one of the finest collections of Netherlandish master drawings. In a special presentation of this collection at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, some 100 works explore the many functions of drawings, from preparatory studies for paintings and designs for prints to finished works of art.

  • Sep 28, 2017 2:22 PMPiero di Cosimo: The Poetry of Painting in Renaissance Florence

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