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Whitney Museum of American Art Director Adam Weinberg spoke with The Chronicle while visiting the Bay Area for the opening of "Legacy: The Emily Fisher Landau Collection," a major show at the San Jose Museum of Art of contemporary works on loan from the New York museum.

Like the Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Collection sampled in "Modernism from the National Gallery of Art" at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, the Landau Collection includes works by many names considered safe, if not already canonical: Andy Warhol, Cy Twombly, James Rosenquist, Willem de Kooning, Jasper Johns and Agnes Martin.

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While the National Gallery of Art’s East Building galleries are closed for renovations, the Modern masterpieces that usually reside within their walls have headed from Washington, D.C., to San Francisco. “Modernism from the National Gallery of Art: The Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Collection” is currently on view at the de Young Museum and presents 46 paintings and sculptures by postwar masters, including Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, and Frank Stella. The show marks the first time that the Meyerhoff Collection has been exhibited outside of the greater Washington, D.C., and Baltimore metro areas.

The exhibition is divided into three generational groupings, creating a sweeping view of American Modern art from the end of World War II through the close of the 20th century. Highlights from the show include Stella’s geometric canvas “Flin Flon IV” (1969), Johns’ haunting encaustic “Perilous Night” (1982), Lichtenstein’s Pop art gem “Painting with Statue of Liberty” (1983), and Barnett Newman’s “The Stations of a Cross” (1958-66), a series of paintings, widely considered to be the Abstract Expressionist artist’s most import work. The canvases will be displayed in their own intimate gallery so that they can be experienced as a single work, as the artist intended.

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The Vancouver Art Gallery announced that it has selected the Pritzker Prize-winning architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron to design its new building in downtown Vancouver. The 300,000-square-foot facility will provide more than double the space of the museum’s current home. It will be Herzog & de Meuron’s first project in Canada.

Based in Basel, Switzerland, Herzog & de Meuron’s previous projects include the Tate Modern in London, the Perez Art Museum in Miami, the de Young Museum in San Francisco, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. The firm was selected from a group of five finalists, including Diller Scofidio + Renfro (New York), KPMB Architects (Toronto), SANAA (Tokyo), and Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects (New York).

The Vancouver Art Gallery’s new building will include dedicated spaces for the museum’s growing collections, expanded indoor and outdoor exhibition spaces, and new educational facilities. The museum plans to release conceptual designs for the new building in early 2015.

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In an effort to expand its art collection’s global audience, Scotland will send a number of works on a tour of the United States. Pieces from the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art will travel to New York, San Francisco, and Fort Worth. The selected works will differ from city to city to best complement each museum’s permanent collection.

The tour will begin at the Frick Collection in New York on November 5, where 10 paintings will be exhibited, including Botticelli’s “The Virgin Adoring the Sleeping Christ Child,” John Singer Sargent’s “Portrait of Lady Agnew of Lochnaw,” and Diego Velázquez’s “An Old Woman Cooking Eggs.” Following its time at the Frick, an expanded version of the show, which will feature 55 paintings, will head to the De Young Museum in San Francisco. The exhibition will make its final appearance at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth.

The National Galleries of Scotland made a similar effort to expand their collection’s reach four years ago when they sent a prized Titian painting and other works to the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.

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The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are currently hosting the exhibition “Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keeffe and Lake George” at the de Young Museum. The show, which was organized by the Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, New York in association with the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is the first exhibition to explore Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings of Lake George.

Between 1918 and 1934, O’Keeffe would spend months at her husband Alfred Stieglitz’s family estate slightly north of Lake George Village in New York’s Adirondack Park. During this highly productive period, O’Keeffe created over 200 paintings depicting the bucolic, wooded setting, which differ greatly from her well-known renderings of the sparse Southwestern landscape.

“Modern Nature” features 53 works from public and private collections and includes botanical compositions of flowers and vegetables as well as still lifes and paintings of the trees that grew on the 36-acre estate. The exhibition also includes paintings of weathered barns and other structures as well as panoramic landscapes. Works have been loaned from a number of celebrated public institutions including the Seattle Art Museum, the Denver Art Museum, the High Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery of Art, and the Walker Art Center.

Colin B. Bailey, director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, said, “It is especially gratifying to host this pioneering and scholarly exhibition of Georgia O’Keeffe’s Lake George‒period works, as the artist’s ‘Petunias’ (1925), featured in the exhibition, is a highlight of our renowned collection of modernist works by artists associated with the Stieglitz circle.”

The de Young Museum is the only west coast venue for the exhibition. “Modern Nature” will remain on view through May 11, 2014.

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From February 15 through May 11, The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco will present ‘Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keeffe and Lake George’ at the de Young Museum. The exhibition, which has been organized by the Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, NY in association with the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, NM, is the first exhibition to explore Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings of Lake George. Between 1918 and 1934, O’Keeffe would spend months at her husband Alfred Stieglitz’s family estate slightly north of Lake George Village. O’Keeffe’s paintings of the wooded, bucolic setting differ greatly from her well-known renderings of the sparse Southwestern landscape.

‘Modern Nature’ presents the artist’s full swath of works created during her time at Lake George. The exhibition features 53 works from public and private collections and includes botanical compositions of flowers and vegetables as well as still lifes and paintings of the trees that grew on the 36-acre estate. The exhibition also includes paintings of weathered barns and other structures as well as panoramic landscapes.

'Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keeffe and Lake George’ went on view at the Hyde Collection last year and was so well-received that the museum extended its hours of operation during the show’s final days.

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The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco announced that they will hold two exhibitions presenting works from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art, which will be held at the Legion of Honor, will feature the works of pioneering 19th century painters such as Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Modernism from the National Gallery of Art: The Robert & Jane Meyerhoff Collection, which will go on view at the de Young Museum, will highlight postwar masters such as Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, and Frank Stella. The National Gallery of Art is currently renovating its East Building galleries, making these exhibitions possible.

Intimate Impressionism, which features works from the private collections formed by Ailsa Mellon Bruce and Paul Mellon, the two children of National Gallery founder Andrew Mellon, will be on view from March 9, 2014 through August 3, 2014.

The de Young is the exclusive venue for Modernism from the National Gallery of Art, which will mark the first time that the Meyerhoff Collection has been seen outside the greater Washington, D.C. and Baltimore metro area. The exhibition will be on view from June 7, 2014 through October 12, 2014. 

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The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, NY will extend the hours of the exhibition Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keeffe and Lake George from 10AM to 6PM on Saturday, September 14 and Sunday, September 15 – the show’s final days. The exhibition, which was organized in association with Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, NM, explores the artist’s paintings of Lake George. O’Keeffe would spend months at her husband Alfred Stieglitz’s family estate slightly north of Lake George village between 1918 and the mid-1930s. Her paintings from this time period, which feature wooded, bucolic settings, differ greatly from her well-known renderings of the sparse New Mexican landscape.

Modern Nature presents 58 paintings from public and private collections and includes botanical compositions of flowers and vegetables as well as still lifes. The exhibition also includes paintings of weathered barns and other structures as well as panoramic landscapes of the lake.

Modern Nature will travel to the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum (October 4, 2013 – January 6, 2014) and then to San Francisco’s de Young Museum (February 8, 2014 – May 11, 2014) following its time at the Hyde Collection.

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The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, NY, in association with the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, NM, has organized the first exhibition to explore Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings of Lake George. Between 1918 and the mid-1930s, O’Keeffe would spend months at her husband Alfred Stieglitz’s family estate slightly north of Lake George village. O’Keeffe’s paintings of the wooded, bucolic setting differ greatly from her well-known renderings of the sparse New Mexican landscape.

Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keeffe and Lake George presents the artist’s full swath of works created during her time at Lake George. The exhibition features 58 paintings from public and private collections and includes botanical compositions of flowers and vegetables as well as still lifes. O’Keeffe also painted a series of arboreal portraits that highlighted the variety of trees such a birches and poplars that grew in abundance around Lake George. In addition, the exhibition includes paintings of weathered barns and other structures as well as panoramic landscapes of the lake.

Modern Nature will be on view at the Hyde Collection through September 15, 2013. It will then travel to the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum (October 4, 2013 – January 6, 2014) and then to San Francisco’s de Young Museum (February 8, 2014 – May 11, 2014).

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Johannes Vermeer’s (1632-1675) iconic and entrancing Girl with a Pearl Earring is currently on view at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta as part of the exhibition Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis. The show, which includes works by other Dutch Golden Age masters such as Rembrandt (1606-1669), Frans Hals (1580-1666) and Jan Steen (1629-1679), marks the first time the painting has been on view in the Southeastern United States. The exhibition’s 35 works are on loan from The Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis in The Hague.

Girl with a Pearl Earring is one of only about three-dozen paintings attributed to Vermeer. The last time the painting visited the U.S. was during a retrospective of the artist’s work at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. in 1996. Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis debuted at the de Young Fine Arts Museum in San Francisco earlier this year and later traveled to the Frick Collection in New York. The High Museum has allotted Vermeer’s masterpiece its own gallery.

Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis will be on view at the High Museum of Art through September 29, 2013.

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