Category: surrealism

Chagall in High Falls – The Virginia Project

The Virginia Project

Famed Surrealist painter Marc Chagall, known for works such as I and the Village (1911), Paris through the Window (1913), and Green Violinist (1923), lived and worked in High Falls between 1946 and 1948, producing a significant number of works. At that time, Chagall was accompanied by his lover Virginia Haggard, an artist in her own right, her young daughter from a previous marriage, Jean McNeil, as well as their newly born son David.

Chagall spent six years in New York between 1942 and 1948, a productive time when he painted, but also designed costumes for the American Ballet Theatre and The Metropolitan Opera, murals for the Lincoln Center, and stained-glass windows for the United Nations headquarters.

In 1946 he moved to High Falls where he spent the next two years. Local author Tina Barry created a collaborative called The Virginia Project, pairing poems with visual works by 14 women artists to shed light and reignite interest in that time in Chagall’s life in the United States. Of particular interest to her were Virginia and her daughter Jean.

The show opens today, October 27 at 5 pm at Wired Gallery in High Falls, and will remain on view through November 25.

Read full article in Chronogram.

Weekend in the Catskills – 6/5/2015

This weekend in the Catskills:

  • A nature walk at the John Burroughs Memorial Site in Roxbury;
  • Clara and Robert Schumann Piano Demonstration in Hunter;
  • Robert Plant at the Mountain Jam Festival, also in Hunter;
  • Open Studios at the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild;
  • And, an Exquisite Corpse Surrealist-inspired art project at Catskill Art Society in Livingston Manor.

Read full article at Upstater.com.

Woodchuck Lodge in Roxbury, NY © Simona David

Weekend in the Catskills – 4/3/2015

This weekend in the Catskills: an exhibit from The Met, a letterpress printing workshop, a Pulitzer Prize winning play, and more.     

Fenimore Art Museum

What could Mozart, Fenimore Cooper, and Marc Chagall have in common? The Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, Otsego County, re-opened for the season this Wednesday, April 1 with an exhibition of Marc Chagall’s Magic Flute: Highlights from the Metropolitan Opera, displaying artifacts from the Met’s 1967 production of the Magic Flute. Cubist painter Marc Chagall (1887 – 1985) designed the costumes for that production, as well as the visuals for publicity, and other objects. The exhibit at the Fenimore, which runs through December 2015, includes six costumes and four masks from the production, as well as photographs and artifacts, all on loan from the Met. For more information about this exhibit, visit http://www.fenimoreartmuseum.org/chagall.

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Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown. © Simona David

The Farmers’ Museum

Still in Cooperstown, the Farmers’ Museum is hosting a Letterpress Printing Workshop, this Saturday, April 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a half hour lunch break. The workshop will give participants hands-on experience in the 19th century letterpress printing techniques; historic presses will be used to print the final products. For more information, visit http://www.farmersmuseum.org/programs/%5Bfield_program_type-raw%5D/workshop_letterpress_printing.

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, Sullivan County, is opening for the season this Saturday, April 4 with an exhibit Peace, Love, Unity, Respect curated by Daphne Carr. The exhibit focuses on the history, aesthetics and communities that gave rise to electronic dance music in America. For more information, visit http://www.bethelwoodscenter.org/events/detail/edm.

Shandaken Theatrical Society

Shandaken Theatrical Society (STS) presents Proof, a play about love, science, and the mysteries of both, opening night Friday, April 3 at 8 p.m. The play, written by David Auburn in 2000, won a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and a Tony Award for Best Play. Wallace Norman, who is the Producing Artistic Director of the Woodstock Fringe Festival, directs the performance. For more information, visit http://www.stsplayhouse.com/plays.html.

Phoenicia Wesleyan Church

Phoenicia Wesleyan Church is hosting an Easter Concert this Sunday, April 5 at 3:30 p.m. The Phoenicia Community Choir and the Woodstock Community Chorale along with soloists Alexandra Bailey, Tess Brewer, and Nancy Mastrocola will perform music by Fauré, Vivaldi, Bizet, and Puccini. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/452058971613084/.

Enjoy a fabulous Catskills weekend!

© 2015 artinthecatskills.com

Weekend in the Catskills – 12/26/14

The Catskills are cool! Christmas

Both Travel & Leisure magazine and Fodor listed the Catskills among the best places to travel to in 2015. Also, Condé Nast Traveler has recommended the region for its amazing ski opportunities and delicious food. And also this year Vogue magazine did a beautiful feature of Woodstock, put together a weekend guide to the Catskills, and recommended the region for its abundant arts and crafts fairs.

This weekend there is a lot to do.

Woodstock Artists Association and Museum  

Woodstock Artists Association and Museum presents Georges Malkine: Perfect Surrealist Behavior, an exhibit that opened in October and runs through early January. Twenty-five paintings are shown in this exhibition, as well as some drawings and archival work. Malkine had lived in Woodstock since 1953 until his death in 1970. He is the only artist named by André Breton in his Surrealist Manifesto in 1924 as a founding member of the movement. Malkine was also a writer, illustrator, and actor. For more information about this exhibit, visit http://www.woodstockart.org/.

Locust Grove Mansion

Samuel F. B. Morse, the inventor of the electrical telegraph, used to spend his summers at Locust Grove mansion in Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County. Locust Grove was built in 1851 in the Italianate style. The estate, overlooking the Hudson, includes a large park, and a flower and a vegetable garden, as well as the original ice house, a carriage house, and an art gallery. The Young family, who lived at Locust Grove after Morse’s death in 1872, had donated an extensive collection of art and decorative objects, now part of the museum. The collection includes European masters as well as exponents of the Hudson River School of Painting, exquisite furniture in the Chippendale, Federal and Empire styles, as well as European glass, and porcelain from around the world. Guided tours are offered year round. This time of year the mansion, decorated for the holidays, welcomes visitors daily from December 26 through 31. Twenty-five rooms are lavishly decorated, themed after famous Christmas carols. For more information about Locust Grove, visit http://www.lgny.org/.

Equis Art Gallery

For art and horse lovers, Equis Art Gallery in Red Hook, Dutchess County, offers some of the best equine paintings, photographs, and sculptures, both contemporary and vintage. During the holiday season all artwork is offered at a discounted price. To find more about Equis Art Gallery, visit http://www.equisart.com/. In 1980 the American Academy of Equine Art was founded to amass and exhibit the finest equine art in the country. For more information about this organization, visit http://www.aaea.net.

Bearsville Theater

Lindsey Webster Band will perform at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock this Friday, December 26 at 9 pm. A Woodstock native, Webster performs R&B, and other popular tunes. Bearsville Theater opened in 1989, and hosts many concerts and theatrical performances throughout the year. Celebrities who either live in Woodstock or come from afar perform on its stage. The theater is also home to WDST and Radio Woodstock. For more information, visit http://www.bearsvilletheater.com.

John Burroughs Association

If you have a little bit of time to write this weekend, it’s good to know that John Burroughs Association organizes an annual nature writing contest. The contest, launched in 1993, honors the legacy of the great Catskills’ naturalist. Submission deadline is January 23. Winners will be announced in early March. An Awards Ceremony will take place Monday, April 6 at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

John Burroughs is best known for his collections of nature essay such Wake Robin (1871), and Signs and Seasons (1886). The naturalist writer was friends with many luminaries including President Theodore Roosevelt, industrialist Henry Ford, inventor Thomas Edison, and poet Walt Whitman. Burroughs went to school with financier Jay Gould. Born in Roxbury on April 3, 1837, he died in 1921, five days before his 84th birthday.

For more information about the nature writing contest, visit http://www.johnburroughsassociation.org

Enjoy a great weekend in the Catskills!

© 2014 Simona David

Visit at Guggenheim

Re-posted from Short Compositions on Life, Art, PR and More (originally posted on 5.15.2009)

Situated on Fifth Avenue, nearby the Metropolitan Museum of Art and overlooking Central Park, Guggenheim Museum is one of the main attractions on the touristic map of New York City. The Museum is home to major 20th century art works by Picasso, Braque, Chagall, Miro, Magritte, Dali, Modigliani, Kandinsky, Brancusi as well as 19th century masterpieces by Manet, Monet, Renoir, Cezanne, Van Gogh and many more. The museum hosts a beautiful collection of impressionist, post-impressionist, expressionist and surrealist art, which ensures Guggenheim’s status as one of the most important museums of modern art in the world.

Philanthropist and art collector Solomon Guggenheim originally opened the museum in 1937, but as his collection continued to grow, he hired architect Frank Lloyd Wright to design a new building. The building designed by Wright, which opened in 1959, is a masterpiece in itself: the gallery is designed in the form of a helical spiral, starting at the ground level and going up to the top of the building. Art works are displayed along the walls of the spiral as well as in small annexes attached to the central exhibition space. A big skylight is placed at the center of the building.

I visited the museum for the first time a couple of years ago and did get to see an important part of its collection. To mention some of the most beautiful, “Woman with Yellow Hair” (Picasso, 1931), “Accordionist” (Picasso, 1911), “Green Violinist” (Chagall, 1923), “The Clarinet” (Braque, 1912) and “Composition 8” (Kandinsky, 1923).
Picasso’s and Braque’s paintings are a faithful reflection of their cubist and surrealist periods, whereas Kandinsky is the expressionist par excellence. As for Chagall, anytime I find myself in front of any of his paintings, I am under the impression that the artist was dreaming with open eyes when painting: houses upside down, planes interrupted and juxtaposed, people floating through space.

Picasso’s “Woman with Yellow Hair” depicts a curved profile of a woman with yellow hair and pink skin (the contrast of yellow and pink always being a striking one). The woman is taking a nap on a sofa, while somehow still in a vertical position. “Accordionist” is an expression of Picasso’s analytical cubism period. The object of this painting is deconstructed into small components, displayed in various geometric figures, on nuances of mainly brown, gray and beige.

Chagall’s “Green Violinist” is a cubist masterpiece as well, depicting a violinist in a position that resembles the shape of a violin. He plays violin in a dream-like scenery, wearing a purple coat with geometric figures, a purple hat and checkered pants with unmatched shoes.

“Composition 8” by Kandinsky is a mix of circles, semi-circles, triangles, quadrilaterals and lines, arranged in various forms and colors, representative for the abstract art of the 20th century. As a matter of fact, this year Kandinsky’s work will be subject to an ample retrospective, hosted by Guggenheim Museum as it celebrates its 50th anniversary.

If you are in the neighborhood this summer, you may want to visit.