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Wednesday, 08 July 2015 11:00

The Royal Academy Explores Monet’s Garden

A new garden-themed art exhibition will tell the intriguing story about Claude Monet and the famous water lily pond that inspired his best-known works.

Monet's later years saw him obsessively paint the lilies in his garden at Giverny, in northern France.

But his artistic legacy could have looked very different had Monet's rural neighbors had their way.

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Contrary to popular opinion, James Abbott McNeill Whistler's famous 1871 painting "Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1," better known as "Portrait of the Artist's Mother," is not a harsh and puritanical portrayal of a matriarch. It's a homage to the rich and tender relationship shared by a mother and her loving son, says Norton Simon Museum associate curator Emily Beeny.

The painting, made in London while the artist's mother, Anna, was living with him at Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, was the last Whistler would submit to the Royal Academy of Art.

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The Royal Academy of Arts presents the first major retrospective of Anselm Kiefer’s work to be held in the UK. Considered to be one of the most important artists of his generation, the exhibition spans over forty years from Kiefer’s early career to the present time, bringing together artwork from international private and public collections. The exhibition has been arranged chronologically, presenting the epic scale of his artwork and the breadth of media he has used throughout his career, including painting, sculpture, photography and installation. Kiefer has also created a number of works conceived specifically for the Royal Academy’s Main Galleries, showcasing his continued interest in seeking new challenges and producing ever more ambitious artwork.

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Wednesday, 14 November 2012 17:10

George Bellows Retrospective Opens Tomorrow at the Met

An expansive survey of works by the American realist artist, George Bellows, will open November 15 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The exhibition features 120 works including the paintings of boxing matches and gritty New York tenements that Bellows is best known for. The artist also painted cityscapes, seascapes, war scenes, portraits, and made illustrations and lithographs over the course of a varied career that was cut short when Bellows passed away at 42.

Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Bellows moved to New York City in 1904 to study with the influential artist and teacher, Robert Henri, and soon became the youngest member of the Ashcan School. Dedicated to chronicling the realities of day-to-day life, Bellows made a name as the boldest of the Ashcan artists. The Met acquired Bellows’ Up the Hudson (1808), the institution’s first Ashcan painting, in 1911.

Organized by the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. in association with the Met and London’s Royal Academy of Art, the retrospective is the most comprehensive presentation of Bellows work in nearly fifty years. The exhibition will be on view through February 18, 2013.

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