Annie McDee, thirty-one, lives in a shabby London flat, works as a chef, and is struggling to get by. Reeling from a sudden breakup, she’s taken on an unsuitable new lover and finds herself rummaging through a secondhand shop to buy him a birthday gift. A dusty, anonymous old painting catches her eye. After spending her meager savings on the artwork, Annie prepares an exquisite birthday dinner for two—only to be stood up.
The painting becomes hers, and Annie begins to suspect that it may be more valuable than she’d thought. Soon she finds herself pursued by parties who would do anything to possess her picture: an exiled Russian oligarch, an avaricious sheikha, an unscrupulous art dealer. In her search for the painting’s identity, Annie will unwittingly discover some of the darkest secrets of European history—and the possibility of falling in love again.
This stunning catalogue accompanies the eponymous exhibition at Phoenix Art Museum, complete with full-color images and essays by the curators. This catalogue includes essays that approach Latin American art from diverse perspectives, such as the art historical significance of a selection of collected works; the fundamentally pluralistic nature of art from Latin America, both historical and contemporary; the role of curatorial endeavors in the development of Latin American art history; and the history of the Halle collection. It also includes an interview with collector Diane Halle that illuminates the Halles'approach to collecting and their commitment to Latin American Art.
A sumptuous feast of a book, Frida allows the reader to enter this revered artist’s world, both literally and metaphorically. Through a series of consecutive die-cut pages, one is drawn in — passing through aspects of her life, art and creative process while exploring the themes that inspired her most.
Excerpts from Frida Kahlo’s personal diaries alternate with Sébastian Perez’s poetic musings to give fresh insight and emotional depth, while Benjamin Lacombe’s stunning artwork masterfully conveys the symbolism and surrealism of her art.
This gloriously illustrated volume is the first in-depth presentation of some 300 treasures from Phoenix Art Museum boasting splendid American and Western American, European, Modern and Contemporary, Latin American, Asian and Fashion Design collections. Monet's Flowering Arches, Giverny (an intimate view of the artist's favorite spot in his gardens for sitting and reflecting); Frida Kahlo's Suicide of Dorothy Hale; Shen Quan's Album of Birds and Animals; and Louise Nevelson's Royal Tide V are among the works featured. All are illuminated by new scholarship, and most have been specially photographed for this volume.
Softcover 352 pages
Harry N. Abrams, Inc., in association with Phoenix Art Museum, 2002.
Exhibition Catalogue for: PAST/FUTURE/PRESENT: Contemporary Brazilian Art From the Museum of Modern Art, Sᾶo Paulo
PAST/FUTURE/PRESENT presents a rare panorama of the most innovative art produced in Brazil from the 1990s to the 2010s. The exhibition is the first major presentation of artworks from the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, Sᾶo Paulo (MAM-SP) in the United States. The Exhibition features 70 artworks created by 59 artists in diverse media, including painting, sculpture, installation, photography, video, and performance.
The exhibition is organized around five disparate but interconnected themes: The Body/The Social Body; Shifting Identities; The Reinvention of the Monochrome; Landscape, Reimagined; and Impossible Objects.
The titlePast/Future/Presentalludes to the creative dialogues they maintain with past Brazilian artistic traditions while also looking toward the future with a wider, global perspective. This exhibition is a singular opportunity for American audiences to experience an in-depth look at the practice of Brazilian artists now recognized as the pioneers of their generation. The diversity of their proposal’s illustrate that contemporary Brazilian art cannot be defined by a single “ism” or contained within any one category. These artists enter into dialogues with the traditions of the past at the same time that they participate in current global artistic discussions. Their simultaneous engagement with the past and the future speaks to a singular creative present, and has made Brazil a serious contender on the international stage of contemporary art.
Because the São Paulo Museum of Modern Art houses one of the most important collections of Brazilian art in the world, this exhibition represents only one constellation of artworks among many others that could be imagined. It is not intended as a definitive survey of contemporary artistic production in Brazil, but rather to contribute to the ongoing conversation about what Brazilian art is and can be.
Phoenix Art Museum|Museu de Arte Moderna de Sao Paulo, 2017