The Whitney Museum Shines a Light on Jeff Koons

Jeff Koons, Aqui Bacardi, 1986. Oil inks on canvas; 45 x 60 in. (114.3 x 152.4 cm). Ostrow Family Collection. ©Jeff Koons.
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I Have Seen the Future: Norman Bel Geddes Designs America

Bel Geddes designing the Macy's Christmas Parade Punch and Judy float, 1926.
Photograph by unidentified photographer.
Image courtesy of the Edith Lutyens and Norman Bel Geddes Foundation / Harry Ransom
Center
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Porsche by Design: Seducing Speed

Porsche Type 356 Speedster 1600 Super, 1958,
Collection of Chad McQueen, Photograph © 2013
Peter Harholdt
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Perceiving Light: James Turrell’s Aten Reign at the Guggenheim Museum

James Turrell, Aten Reign, 2013
Daylight and LED light, dimensions variable © James Turrell Installation view: James Turrell, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, June 21–September 25, 2013
Photo: David Heald © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York
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Spotlight on “Soundings: A Contemporary Score” at the Museum of Modern Art

Installation view of the exhibition Soundings: A Contemporary Score. August 10–November 3, 2013. © 2013 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photograph: Jonathan Muzikar
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Making Art, Making History: Winslow Homer at The Clark

An October Day, 1889, Watercolor over graphite, with scraping, on cream wove paper, 35.7 x 50.2 cm, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 1955.770
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Sculpture on the Wall: Ellsworth Kelly at the Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia

Ellsworth Kelly (American, born 1923), Red Curve. 1986. Painted aluminum, 120" x 204" x 1/2" (304.8 x 518.2 x 1.3 cm). ©Ellsworth Kelly
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Vacheron Constantin Mirrors Matisse Aesthetic

From Vacheron Constantin's Metiers D'Art Les Univers Infinis collection. The pieces in this collection are inspired by the work of artist M.C. Escher and his tessellations concept. The Fish watch pictured employs all four of watchmaking's Metiers: enameling, engraving, gemsetting, and guillochage. The movement is also fully decorated, in accordance with the Hallmark of Geneva criteria.
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The Imagination of Henri Matisse (1869-1954)

Henri Matisse, The Gulf of Saint-Tropez, 1904, oil on canvas, 25 5/8 x 19 7/8 in. Kunstsammlung Nordrhein Westfalen, Düsseldorf ©2012 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
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Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Claude Monet (French, 1840–1926), Camille, 1866, Oil on canvas, 90 15/16 x 59 1/2 in. (231 x 151 cm), Kunsthalle Bremen, Der Kunstverein in Bremen
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The Watercolors of John Singer Sargent

John Singer Sargent, Santa Maria della Salute, 1904, translucent and opaque watercolor and graphite with graphite underdrawing, 18 3/16 x 23 in., Brooklyn Museum.
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German Expressionism 1900-1930: Masterpieces from the Neue Galerie Collection

Max Pechstein, Young Woman with Red Fan, ca. 1910.
This work is part of the collection of Estée Lauder and was made available through the generosity of Estée Lauder
© 2013 Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York/Pechstein Hamburg/Toekendorf/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
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Monet at the New York Botanical Garden

Monet’s Garden, Based on a black-and-white photo, 1922.
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Mantegna to Matisse: Master Drawings from The Courtauld Gallery

Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519)
Studies for Saint Mary Magdalene, c. 1480–82
Pen and brown ink
5.4 x 3.1 inches
© The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London
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Van Gogh's Deep Immersion Into Nature

Field with Flowers near Arles, 1888. Vincent Willem van Gogh, oil on canvas, 21 1/4 x 25 9/16 inches. Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.
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Metropolitan Museum of Art's New American Wing Galleries for Paintings, Sculpture, and Decorative Arts

George Caleb Bingham - Fur Traders Descending the Missouri, 1845

The Metropolitan Museum’s collection of American art, one of the finest and most comprehensive in the world, returns to view in expanded, reconceived, and dramatic new galleries on January 16, 2012, when the Museum inaugurates the New American Wing Galleries for Paintings, Sculpture, and Decorative Arts. The new installation will provide visitors with a rich and captivating experience of the history of American art from the 18th through the early 20th century. The suite of elegant new galleries encompasses 30,000 square feet for the display of the Museum’s superb collection.

This final phase of the American Wing renovation project is comprised of 25 renovated and enlarged galleries on the second floor. The new architectural design is a contemporary interpretation of 19th-century Beaux-Arts galleries, including coved ceilings and natural light flowing through new skylights. The redesign, which has added 3,300 square feet of gallery space, also allows for a chronological installation of the American paintings and sculpture, and improved pathways connecting to adjacent areas of the Museum.

Twenty-one of the new galleries—including the 18 sky-lit Joan Whitney Payson Galleries—have been created for the display the American Wing’s extraordinary collection of paintings. Its origins date back to the 1870s, thanks to the strong support of founding Trustee-painters Frederic Edwin Church and John Frederick Kensett. For the first time, the paintings collection will be shown on a single floor, enhancing accessibility and coherence of the display. The Museum’s holdings are particularly rich in the works of the great masters, including John Singleton Copley (Daniel Crommelin Verplanck), Gilbert Stuart (George Washington), Thomas Cole (The Oxbow), Church (The Heart of the Andes), Winslow Homer (Prisoners from the Front), Thomas Eakins (Max Schmitt in a Single Scull), and John Singer Sargent (Madame X).

Emanuel Leutze's Washington Crossing the Delaware

The centerpiece of the new installation is one of the best-known works in all of American art, Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze’s 1851 painting Washington Crossing the Delaware. For the re-hanging of this magnificent work, a large and stately gilded frame has been painstakingly recreated by Eli Wilner & Company from a recently discovered photograph of the painting from 1864. The renovated galleries will afford a dramatic vista toward this monumental canvas, which will hang in the Peter Jay Sharp Foundation Gallery. This double-sized gallery will showcase Leutze’s iconic work alongside two other masterpieces—Church’s Heart of the Andes and Albert Bierstadt’s Rocky Mountains—just as they were displayed at the famous 1864 Metropolitan Sanitary Fair. These three paintings have been beautifully restored as part of the renovation project.

The Museum’s encyclopedic collection will offer visitors the broad sweep of American history as told through great works of art. The aforementioned central gallery focuses on the themes of freedom, exploration, and expansion that pervaded America during the mid-19th century. Other subjects, themes, and periods presented in the new galleries include: Colonial Portraiture, the American Revolution, the Young Republic, the Civil War Era, Art in the Folk Tradition, the Hudson River School, the West, the Cosmopolitan Spirit, and American Impressionism.

Interspersed among the pictures will be the American Wing’s sculpture collection, which is equally distinguished and especially strong in Neoclassical and Beaux-Arts works. Artists represented include Erastus Dow Palmer, John Quincy Adams WardAugustus Saint-Gaudens, Daniel Chester French, Frederic Remington, and Frederick William MacMonnies.

Oil on canvas, 1892, At the Seaside by William Merritt Chase

The new suite of galleries will also encompass the Anthony W. and Lulu C. Wang Galleries of Eighteenth-Century American Art, featuring four rooms dedicated to the display of American decorative arts, principally treasures of colonial furniture and silver. Selected highlights of the Museum’s extraordinary collection of early American silver include works by John Hull and Robert Sanderson, Myer Myers, and Paul Revere. The furniture gallery will have masterpieces of late colonial case furniture by John Townsend of Newport and Thomas Affleck of Philadelphia, complemented by imposing architectural elements. In addition, the galleries will include the grand prerevolutionary entrance hall of the Van Rensselaer Manor House, Albany, New York.

The new galleries also will be featured on the Museum’s website at www.metmuseum.org.

For information on becoming a member of the Met visit the.metmuseum.org/join/amwing.

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