CHARLES POLLOCK: A RETROSPECTIVE
April 23 – September 14, 2015
Curated by Philip Rylands
Charles Pollock, Chapala 3, 1956, oil and tempera on canvas, 121.9 x 91.4 cm. Solomon R. Guggenheim, Venice. Gift, Charles Pollock Archives, courtesy American Contemporary Art Gallery, Munich 2009.36 [info]
The exhibition documents Charles Pollock’s full career, with most of the material (art and documents, some of it never before exhibited) being loaned by the Charles Pollock Archive, Paris, thanks to the Pollock family. Additional loans will come from members of the Pollock family, from the Archives of American Art/Smithsonian Institution, and other Institutions and private collections. Early letters, photos and sketches will document the relations between Charles and Jackson.
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JACKSON POLLOCK'S MURAL: ENERGY MADE VISIBLE
April 23 – November 16, 2015
Curated by David Anfam
Jackson Pollock, Mural, 1943, oil and casein on canvas, 242.9 x 603.9. Gift of Peggy Guggenheim, 1959.6. University of Iowa Museum of Art. Reproduced with permission from The University of Iowa
From April 23 through November 16, 2015 the Peggy Guggenheim Collection presents Jackson Pollock’s ‘Mural’: Energy Made Visible. The exhibition is curated by David Anfam, Senior Consulting Curator, Clyfford Still Museum, Denver, and a preeminent authority on Abstract Expressionism. This touring exhibition focuses on Jackson Pollock’s Mural (1943, University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City), following its 18-month campaign of conservation and cleaning at the Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles. The immensely dynamic Mural is the largest painting Pollock created and it has exerted a seismic impact on American art down to the present day. Commissioned in the summer of 1943 by Peggy Guggenheim for her New York townhouse, Mural established a new sense of scale and audacity for the Abstract Expressionist movement, anticipating the classic ‘poured’ abstractions that Pollock would begin four years later. Setting Mural into context, the selection includes Pollock’s newly-restored Alchemy, as well as works by the artist’s wife Lee Krasner, David Smith and Robert Motherwell. Crucially, it also sheds new light on Pollock’s relationship to such photographers of action and energy as Herbert Matter, Barbara Morgan, Aaron Siskind and Gjon Mili. The exhibition travels to the Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle, Berlin and then to the Museo Picasso, Málaga. Jackson Pollock’s ‘Mural’: Energy Made Visible is organized by The University of Iowa Museum of Art.
A fully-illustrated book by David Anfam, published by Thames & Hudson, accompanies the exhibition.
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V.S. GAITONDE: PAINTING AS PROCESS, PAINTING AS LIFE
October 3, 2015 - January 10, 2016
Curated by Sandhini Poddar
V.S. Gaitonde, Untitled, 1962, ink and watercolor on paper, 55.9 x 76.2 cm. Collection of Kiran Nadar, Nuova Delhi
Comprising 45 major paintings and works on paper drawn from 30 leading public institutions and private collections across Asia, Europe, and the United States, this is the first retrospective exhibition dedicated to the work of celebrated Indian modern painter Vasudeo Santu Gaitonde (1924–2001). As current scholarship revisits traditions of mid-20th-century modern art outside of the Euro-American paradigm, Gaitonde’s work presents an unparalleled opportunity to explore Indian modern art as it played out in the metropolitan centers of Bombay (now Mumbai) and New Delhi from the late 1940s through the end of the 20th century. Born in Nagpur, India, Gaitonde was an artist of singular stature, known to fellow artists and intellectuals, as well as to later generations of students and admirers, as a man of uncompromising artistic integrity of spirit and purpose. Gaitonde began developing a nonobjective style in the late 1950s, employing palette knives and paint rollers and often using torn pieces of newspaper to create floating, abstract forms. This move towards non-objectivity dovetails with the history of the Guggenheim Foundation and the global circulation of art and ideas.