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New Publication

Center 37: Record of Activities and Research Reports, June 2016–May 2017 (PDF 8.1 MB)

This year, in which the National Gallery of Art celebrated its seventy-fifth anniversary, the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts welcomed fellows from Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The topics of their research ranged from depicting emotion in Archaic and Classical Greek art to post-apartheid photography in South Africa, from artistic developments during Rome’s “long” Trecento to picturing science in Chinese painting, and from the Italian painter Correggio to postwar modernist architecture in the United States. Read more

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Upcoming Lecture

Wyeth Lecture in American Art
The Panorama and the Globe: Expanding the American Landscape in World War II
Cécile Whiting, University of California, Irvine
October 25, 2017, 4:30 p.m.
West Building Lecture Hall

Title: Portrait of Clarissa Strozzi at two years of age [Clarissa Strozzi im Alter von 2 Jahren]; Image ID: BERLIN_DB_10313748491

Upcoming Lecture

Sydney J. Freedberg Lecture on Italian Art
Sugar and Spice and All Things Nice? Titian's Portrait of Clarice Strozzi
Beverly Louise Brown, The Warburg Institute
November 19, 2017, 2:00 p.m.
East Building Auditorium

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Upcoming Symposium

Boundary Trouble: The Self-Taught Artist and American Avant-Gardes
February 16–17, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
East Building Auditorium

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Announcing the 67th Annual A. W. Mellon Lecturer in the Fine Arts

Hal Foster of Princeton University will give the 67th annual A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts in 2018. The lecture series, entitled Positive Barbarism: Brutal Aesthetics in the Postwar Period, will be held in the East Building Auditorium of the National Gallery of Art on April 8, 15, 22, and 29 and May 6 and 13 at 2:00 p.m. See the press release for more information.

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New Audio & Video

Wyeth Foundation for American Art Symposium
Artists Panel: The African American Art World in Twentieth-Century Washington, DC
March 17, 2017

Eight distinguished artists discuss their careers and relationships as members of the Washington, DC, art world. Panelists are Lilian Thomas Burwell, Floyd Coleman, David C. Driskell, Sam Gilliam, Keith A. Morrison, Martin Puryear, Sylvia Snowden, and Lou Stovall. Ruth Fine, former curator of special projects in modern art, National Gallery of Art, moderated the panel, which was part of a two-day symposium at the National Gallery of Art. The program was organized in collaboration with the Howard University Gallery of Art and was supported by the Wyeth Foundation for American Art.

Image: Alma Thomas, Red Rose Cantata, 1973. National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Vincent Melzac

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New Publication

The Cubism Seminars
Seminar Papers, Volume 3
Edited by Harry Cooper, 2017

The complex facets of Cubism remain relevant subjects in art history today, a century after Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque developed the revolutionary style. This collection of essays by international experts presents new lines of inquiry, including novel readings of individual objects or groups of works through close visual, material, and archival analysis; detailed studies of how Cubism related to intellectual and political movements of the early 20th century; and accounts of crucial moments in the reception of Cubism by curators, artists, and critics. Generous illustrations of paintings, drawings, and sculptures, some familiar but others virtually unknown, support this wide range of approaches to the pioneering works of Picasso, Braque, Fernand Léger, Juan Gris, and others. Published by the National Gallery of Art and distributed by Yale University Press.

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New Publication

Carlo Cesare Malvasia’s Felsina pittrice: Lives of the Bolognese Painters, vol. 2, pt. 2, Life of Marcantonio Raimondi and Critical Catalogue of Prints by or after Bolognese Masters, 2 vols.
Critical Edition by Lorenzo Pericolo; Introduction, Translation, and Notes by Naoko Takahatake with the Critical Edition of Roger de Piles's Annotations to Malvasia's Festina pittrice by Carlo Alberto Girotto; with the support of Mattia Biffis and Elizabeth Cropper, 2017

Volume 2, Part 2, technically dedicated to Marcantonio Raimondi, disengages surprisingly from the familiar biographical format.  It includes the most detailed catalogue of prints published in Europe before the eighteenth century. Following Malvasia’s descriptions, and hunting through many collections, Mattia Biffis and Naoko Takahatake have succeeded in identifying nearly 1000 prints by and after Bolognese artists, many of them little known and in rare states.  These are now reassembled in the volume of plates that accompanies Takahatake’s translation and notes, together with the critical edition by Lorenzo Pericolo and an essay on Roger De Piles by Carlo Alberto Girotto.

Learn more about the Malvasia Research Project here.

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New Videos

The Sixty-Sixth A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts, 2017
The Forest: America in the 1830s

Alexander Nemerov, Stanford University

Watch or listen here.

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New Publication

Chinese Painting and Its Audiences
Bollingen Series XXXV: 61
Craig Clunas, 2017

What is Chinese painting? When did it begin? And what are the different associations of this term in China and the West? In Chinese Painting and Its Audiences, which is based on the 2012 A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts, leading art historian Craig Clunas draws from a wealth of artistic masterpieces and lesser-known pictures, some of them discussed here in English for the first time, to show how Chinese painting has been understood by a range of audiences over five centuries, from the Ming Dynasty to today. Richly illustrated, Chinese Painting and Its Audiences demonstrates that viewers in China and beyond have irrevocably shaped this great artistic tradition.

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New Publication

Bosch and Bruegel: From Enemy Painting to Everyday Life

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Joseph Leo Koerner, 2016

Joseph Koerner casts the paintings of Hieronymus Bosch and Pieter Bruegel in a completely new light, revealing how the painting of everyday life was born from what seems its polar opposite: the depiction of an enemy hell-bent on destroying us. Supreme virtuoso of the bizarre, diabolic, and outlandish, Bosch embodies the phantasmagorical force of painting, while Bruegel, through his true-to-life landscapes and frank depictions of peasants, is the artistic avatar of the familiar and ordinary. But despite their differences, the works of these two artists are closely intertwined. Elegantly written and abundantly illustrated, the book is based on Koerner’s 2008 A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts series Bosch and Bruegel: Parallel Worlds.

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From the Bulletin

American Old Masters: A New History of Art (PDF 2.2MB)

The A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts were established in 1949 to bring the results of the best contemporary thought and scholarship bearing upon the subject of the fine arts to the people of the United States. The sixty-sixth lecture series, presented this spring by Alexander Nemerov of Stanford University and entitled The Forest: America in the 1830s, was the first to be dedicated to the old masters of American art. An article by Dean Elizabeth Cropper in the spring 2017 Bulletin explores how these lectures build upon the National Gallery of Art’s enduring dedication to and role within the progression of scholarship in American art.

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New Endowment

$1 Million Received by the National Gallery of Art from the Edmond J. Safra Foundation to Endow the Edmond J. Safra Visiting Professorship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts

The National Gallery of Art announced a $1 million grant from the Edmond J. Safra Foundation to support the Edmond J. Safra Visiting Professorship at CASVA. This generous gift coincides with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's endowment challenge grant to the National Gallery of Art on the occasion of the Gallery's 75th anniversary. Matching funds will permit the professorship to be fully endowed. See the press release for more information.

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Recent Symposium

The African American Art World in Twentieth-Century Washington, DC
March 16–17, 2017

Speakers included Rhea L. Combs, Gwendolyn H. Everett, Paul Gardullo, Tuliza Fleming, Jacqueline Francis, Lauren Haynes, Amy Kirschke, Robert G. O'Meally, Richard J. Powell,  Jacquelyn D. Serwer, Elsa Smithgall, Jeffrey C. Stewart, John A. Tyson, and Tobias Wofford. Session moderators were Kinshasha Holman Conwill, Charles Brock, and Huey Copeland. The symposium also featured a panel of artists moderated by Ruth Fine including Lilian Thomas Burwell, Floyd Coleman, David C. Driskell, Sam Gilliam, Keith A. Morrison, Martin Puryear, Sylvia Snowden, and Lou Stovall. Program (PDF 433KB)

Image: Alma Thomas, Red Rose Cantata, 1973. National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Vincent Melzac

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New Publication

A Generous Vision II: Samuel H. Kress Professors, 1995–2016 (PDF 15MB)
Edited by Therese O'Malley, with an introduction by Elizabeth Cropper, 2016

Published on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the National Gallery of Art, this volume updates A Generous Vision: Samuel H. Kress Professors, 1965–1995 (PDF 9.4MB). This new record of achievement for the years 1995–2016 is intended to reflect the previous volume in spirit and structure, with a short reminiscence about each Kress Professor by someone who was in residence as a young scholar at CASVA during the professor's term.