Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Wednesday potpourri: forgeries, Alice Neel's birthday and SF's own Monument's Man

Thomas Carr Howe Jr. (right) helps transport Michelangelo's sculpture "Madonna and Child." Photo: Smithsonian Archives Of American

As excitement builds for the release of the Sony film "The Monuments Men," The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art applauds six real-life Monuments Men who either worked in or closely with the museum. Monuments men and women, commissioned by Franklin D. Roosevelt during World War II, were tasked with the protection, recovery and preservation of millions of Europe’s masterpieces during the Nazi occupation. “The men and women involved in this selfless effort to keep art objects safe during a dangerous time in history showed immense courage,” said Juli├ín Zugazagoitia, CEO & Director of the Nelson-Atkins. “We are deeply in their debt for preserving these treasures for humanity.”

Program at the Legion: Friday at noon:

San Francisco has her own Monument's Man - a lovely piece by Stephen Winn: 

The Thomas Carr Foundation:

 An exhibition exploring the techniques and psychology behind the works of some of the world’s most famous forgers opened January 21 at the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum in Springfield, Massachusetts. Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World profiles five prolific forgers from the 20th century to the present day and sheds light onto the ways their infamous legacies beguiled the art world. Among the more than 55 works on display, Intent to Deceive features more than 15 original works by major artists, including Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani, Pablo Picasso and Paul Signac, among others, interspersed with the fakes and forgeries painted in the styles of these masters.

Mea Culpa - I missed celebrating Alice Neel's birthday (me bad). January 28, 1900. Alice Neel (January 28, 1900 ? October 13, 1984) was an American artist known for her oil on canvas portraits of friends, family, lovers, poets, artists and strangers. Her paintings are notable for their expressionistic use of line and color, psychological acumen, and emotional intensity. Neel was called "one of the greatest American painters of the 20th century" by Barry Walker, curator of modern and contemporary art at The Museum of Fine Arts of Houston, which organized a retrospective of her work in 2010.

 Alice Neel: Geoffrey Hendricks and Brian, 1978

I can't find out if there are any paintings by Alice Neel in any of our local museums. If anybody knows, drop me a line in the comments section. 

Addendum: Many thanks to DeWitt Chang who located this piece in SFMOMA's collection. I don't remember seeing it so it may not have been on display very often.
Powerful documentary:


A Cuban In London said...

One of my favourite current art programmes is one presented by an ex-forger who did time in prison for it! :-)

Greetings from London.

Namastenancy said...

HA! An ex-forger probably knows the art world better than most professionals!