We've talked about this year being the 100th anniversary of the Armory Show, but this Sunday, March 24, marks the exact day that this landmark exhibition opened at the Art Institute a century ago. We've alsotalkedabout the exhibition Picasso and Chicago, which celebrates the artist's connection with our fair city, beginning with the Armory Show. And so for our work of the week, I thought an object that was in both the 1913 and 2013 shows would be most appropriate.
Picasso created this Cubist sculpture of his mistress, Fernande Olivier, in the fall of 1909, during which time Fernande served frequently as a subject for the artist. Cubism—as conceived by Picasso and fellow artist George Braque—presents an object from several perspectives simultaneously. Here we see faceted forms that give us a sense of both the inside and outside of Fernande's head, illustrated as repeating convex shapes.
At the time of the Armory Show, the sculpture was owned by photographer, collector, and gallery owner Alfred Stieglitz. After Stieglitz's death, it came to the Art Institute as a gift, along with many other works, including the drawing for the sculpture seen adjacent to it in the exhibition.
41 min 50 sec ago The Art Institute of Chicago Happy birthday to William Adolphe Bouguereau.
Though largely forgotten today, Bouguereau was once one of the most popular painters in Europe. His realistic depictions of classical subjects made him a bastion of academic painting and also a central target of the young Impressionists who regarded his work as overly polished and conservative.
Since the rise of Modernism, Bouguereau's name has largely gone unmentioned in the canons of art history while the reputation of the Impressionists has grown immensely.
See The Bathers in Gallery 223.
6 hours 16 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago The holidays have officially arrived at the Art Institute!
Our lions are adorned with traditional evergreen wreaths. We’ve decked the tiny halls of the Holiday Thorne Rooms. And the Neapolitan crèche—our intricate 18th-century nativity scene—is back on view.
And with a holiday calendar brimming with events the whole family can enjoy, there’s a reason to visit every day this season.