21AM: CCP to open new art museumTo mark the year-long celebration of Cultural Center of the Philippines’ (CCP) 50th anniversary this year, it has initiated a new museum that will be developed and built over a period of a few years. The new museum is named 21AM — a 21st century art museum. Greenlighted as a contemporary art museum, 21AM — among other important tasks — addresses the relationship of 21st century artistic idioms and traditional Philippine art. Both physical and intellectual infrastructures for such a concept will be built.It will first reside on the CCP 4th floor space, which housed CCP’s Museo ng Kalinangang Pilipino (MKP) since the latter was established in 1987. Scheduled for inauguration in May 2020, the concept and initial exhibitions of 21AM will replace the MKP.Two exhibits of the MKP were dismantled this month: the exhibit of guardian rocks or pinaing of the Tingguian people in Peñarrubia town, Abra province and the exhibit of … [Read more...] about 21AM: CCP to open new art museum
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First stage opens Sunday, second stage open June 2, runs through May 3, 2020, Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway, Denver, $8-$13, free members and 18 and younger; 720-913-0130, denverartmuseum.org.Light isn’t only about illumination.It can be used metaphorically, spiritually and sometimes as a divine representation.The Denver Art Museum will explore all shades of light in the exhibit “The Light Show.” Its first stage opens Sunday, and the second will open June 2. It runs through May 3, 2020.“It’s more on the spiritual aspects of light, faith, enlightenment, knowledge, but also darkness,” said Jorge Rivas Pérez, DAM’s Frederick and Jan Mayer curator of Spanish colonial art.Most of DAM’s permanent galleries are closed due to construction, so the director wanted to show off some of the museum’s 70,000-piece collection in an original exhibit. Pérez and his colleague, Rebecca Hart, the Vicki and Kent Logan curator of … [Read more...] about Showcasing light, dark in new Denver Art Museum exhibit
Historians like to describe the last two centuries of painting as less of an act and more of a reaction. Impressionism, modernism, surrealism, the whole of abstraction — they’re all a rejection and reinterpretation of the art that came before them; art that embraced formalism and natural beauty, that ennobled the upper classes and exalted sacred icons, that valued composition above all else. In that way, the 60 objects in “Treasures of British Art” are important not just for what they are, but also for what they wrought. They stand as confident “before” shots of Eurocentric art prior to its takeover by folks like Monet, Renoir, Cassatt and, later, Matisse, Picasso, Duchamp, as well as an evolving — and more diverse — list of trailblazers who morphed traditional painting and sculpture into the democratic, anything-goes styles of art that pack museums today.To be sure, the “Treasures” here are not monolithic in nature. They date … [Read more...] about What do royalty, dogs, God and the sea have in common? Denver Art Museum’s newest show, of course.
Elijah is pink and Ato is gold. Jiréh is a minty green and Galen a deep emerald. Fallou’s brother, whose name we don’t learn in Jordan Casteel’s set of paintings now at the Denver Art Museum, is a chalky blue. And, of course, they’re all black, like nearly every subject Casteel captures in her attention-getting museum debut. African-Americans, Africans in America, people with various backgrounds whose skin color makes them different in white America.Casteel elevates them in that particular way the art world defines uplift, by painting their portraits. Queens and kings get their portraits painted, so do saints, martyrs and the heroes of every revolution. Jesus Christ, Mona Lisa, George Washington: They all get their immortal clout from the fact that an artist froze their gaze for eternity. Casteel keeps the stare, but jettisons the artifice that empowers traditional portraits. There are no halos around her subjects or crowns on their heads; they’re not … [Read more...] about A homecoming, a debut and a revelation for Jordan Casteel at Denver Art Museum
A contemporary art museum containing more than 3,000 pieces will have a new home in two industrial warehouse buildings in Fishtown, slated to be the permanent destination for the West Collection. The buildings take up 1115-27 Frankford Ave., Curbed reported, with permits revealing plans to add a five-story addition to the property. Developers will include commercial space on the first floor, a library and culture space on the third and fifth floors, and offices on the second and fourth floors.The West Collection comprises about 3,100 pieces, from more than 700 artists, that have been curated by billionaire Alfred P. West, the chairman and CEO of SEI Investments Company, and his daughter Angela Paige West. The collection includes well-known, international, contemporary artists while also supporting local and emerging artists. PlanPhilly reported that the West Collection also is planning a temporary art installation at an I-95 overpass near the properties on Frankford … [Read more...] about Historic Fishtown warehouse buildings to become five-story contemporary art gallery, library