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Wednesday, 28 October 2015 11:07

President Obama Brings Modern Art to the White House

In a visit with his daughters this past summer, President Obama spent nearly an hour at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the nation’s largest repository of paintings and sketches by Edward Hopper.

He also could have seen a few Hoppers at home.

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The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts has acquired a number of significant works by Hudson River School artists of the 19th century, as well as work by contemporary artists, including etchings by Sue Coe and David Lynch's first foray into a kind of filmmaking.

Funds for the acquisitions, which totaled more than $2 million, were drawn from a number of sources, said Harry Philbrick, director of PAFA's museum. Acquisition of the etchings by Coe and an oil painting by Katherine Bradford marked the first time the academy has used funds generated by the sale of Edward Hopper's East Wind Over Weehawken, which fetched $40.5 million at a 2013 auction.

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It’s a tidy fantasy that artists birth masterworks in a single assured gesture. It’s equally illusory to think that there are fixed ways for a museum to present an artist’s output. Three thematically related fall exhibitions at the Cantor Art Center explore the various spheres of influence and process in order to illuminate the complexities of making and appreciating art. “Edward Hopper: New York Corner,” “Richard Diebenkorn: The Sketchbooks Revealed,” and “Artists at Work” are autonomous shows that together open up inspiring new angles from which to view familiar artists.

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Edward Hopper seems to be popular on both sides of the political fence in his home state of New York. A bill recently passed in the state legislature to establish the Edward Hopper Citation of Merit, was sponsored in the Assembly by the Democrat Ellen Jaffee, who represents Hopper’s native Rockland County, and in the Senate by the Republican Barbara Little, who represents Warren County.

The $10,000 award will be presented biennially to “a distinguished New York visual artist who is making a significant contribution to the advancement of the arts in New York State”, according to the bill, and aims to both honor the late artist and support contemporary art.

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In 1913, Edward Hopper—then 30 years old—sold his first painting ever at the inaugural Armory Show in New York to Thomas F. Vietor, a merchant from New Jersey. The piece, titled Sailing, is now in the permanent collection of the Carnegie Museum of Art, along with 16 other Hopper paintings, drawings, and etchings.

For the first time, the Pittsburgh museum is displaying its Hopper collection in its entirety as part of the new exhibition “CMOA Collects Edward Hopper.”

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Even though it just opened July 25, “CMOA Collects Edward Hopper” is already the top exhibit worth seeing at the Carnegie Museum of Art.

Not since 1937 has the museum mounted an exhibition dedicated solely to the iconic American artist, known best for his painting “Nighthawks” (1942), which portrays people in a New York City diner late at night. It is Hopper's most famous work and is one of the most recognizable paintings in American art.

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The Cantor Arts Center has announced the major new acquisition of a painting by Edward Hopper, "New York Corner (Corner Saloon)," 1913. One of Hopper's early paintings, the oil on canvas was created when Hopper was just 31 and still struggling to establish himself, but it heralds the artist's influential career and prominence as one of America's great realist painters. When it was first exhibited in New York shortly after it was completed, the critics praised it as a "perfect visualization of a New York atmosphere" and for its "completeness of expression."

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On May 1, New York City will celebrate two momentous occasions: the public opening of the new Whitney Museum building at 99 Gansevoort Street and the 84th birthday of the Empire State Building. The two institutions have partnered to create an LED light show featuring twelve iconic artworks interpreted by Emmy-nominated production designer Marc Brickman (who has previously worked with the likes of Pink Floyd and Bruce Springsteen).

Tributes to pieces by Georgia O'Keeffe, Edward Hopper, Andy Warhol, Peter Halley, Elizabeth Murray, Mark Rothko, Barbara Kruger and others, will last 30 minutes each, with the light show beginning at 8 p.m. on May 1 and ending at 2 a.m. the following day.

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On May 21, as the star lot of its sale of American Art, Christie’s will offer "Two Puritans" by Edward Hopper (1882-1967). Painted in 1945 at the height of Hopper’s career, "Two Puritans," one of only three canvases by the artist of that year and the only one in private hands, is estimated to bring in excess of $20 million when it appears at auction for the first time this spring. The painting has been included in nearly every major exhibition and publication on the artist and, most recently was on view in Paris at the Grand Palais, where the Hopper exhibition broke attendance records, proving that the artist has arrived on an international stage.

Elizabeth Beaman, Head of American Art, states; “Edward Hopper's masterwork 'Two Puritans' can be considered at once an intimate and revealing portrait of the artist and his wife, as well as a testament to his dogged dedication to realism in the face of a changing visual world that increasingly championed abstraction.

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Thursday, 15 January 2015 10:42

The Whitney Expands Its Online Database

Last week, the Whitney Museum massively overhauled its online database. The museum of American art expanded its online collection from a paltry 700 works to around 21,000. The digital reserve now includes over 3,000 pieces by Edward Hopper, in addition to offerings from a wide swathe of art from the United States, including the likes of Mike Kelley and Martin Wong.

This virtual expansion comes on the heels of "Matisse," a cinematic rendering of the Matisse cut-out show on display at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) through February 10. The film, which includes footage from both the MoMA show and the earlier exhibition at the Tate Modern in London, is part of the “Exhibition on Screen” project, which “brings blockbuster art exhibitions from galleries around the world to a cinema near you,” according to the initiative’s website.

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