‘A Real Van Gogh? An Unsolved Art World Mystery’ exhibition at the Nevada Museum of Art – Reno, NV

April 13th, 2013 by

Study by Candlylight, attributed to Vincent van Gogh, courtesy of the Nevada Museum of Art

April 13 – August 25, 2013

The Nevada Museum of Art is pleased to present the exhibition A Real Van Gogh? An Unsolved Art World Mystery. In 1948, William Goetz, the famed Hollywood producer, head of Universal Pictures, and legendary art collector, purchased a painting attributed to Vincent Van Gogh for $50,000. Although it was acquired from a reputable art dealer and deemed genuine by a prominent Van Gogh expert at the time, debate about the painting’s authenticity ignited an art world controversy that impacted U.S. foreign affairs.

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Van Gogh’s “Bedroom in Arles” on loan from Musée d’Orsay at the Detroit Institute of Arts – Detroit, MI

February 10th, 2013 by

Image: Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890). The Bedroom at ArIes. 1889. Oil on canvas, 57.5 x 74.0 cm. Inv. RFI959-2. Photo: Herve Lewandowski. Musee d’Orsay, Paris, France © RMN-Grand Palais I Art Resource, NY

February 19 – May 28, 2013

The Detroit Institute of Arts is bringing one of Vincent van Gogh’s most famous paintings from the Musée d’Orsay in Paris to its gallery walls. Van Gogh’s Bedroom in Arles will be on view from February 19 to May 28. It will be displayed in the Dutch galleries, where visitors saw the Vermeer painting last August, and will be installed along with three other Van Gogh paintings owned by the DIA.

Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48202
Tel.: 313-833-7900

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Van Gogh’s Portrait of a Peasant on loan from the Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena at The Frick Collection – New York City

October 22nd, 2012 by

Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890), Portrait of a Peasant (Patience Escalier), 1888, oil on canvas, Norton Simon Art Foundation, Pasadena, California; photo: Stacey Rain Strickler. Courtesy of the Frick Collection

October 30, 3012 – January 20, 2013

This fall The Frick Collection will present Vincent van Gogh’s Portrait of a Peasant (Patience Escalier). The painting has not left its home institution, the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California, in nearly forty years, making this a rare and exciting viewing opportunity for East Coast audiences. In conjunction with this presentation, the painting has undergone a comprehensive technical analysis at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. The modern masterpiece will be shown in the Frick’s Oval Room from October 30, 2012, through January 20, 2013. It will be accompanied by lectures, a seminar, and gallery talks.

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World exclusive “Becoming Van Gogh” exhibition at the Denver Art Museum – Denver, CO

October 16th, 2012 by

Van Gogh, Self-Portrait with Straw Hat, 1887. Oil on canvas. Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)

October 21, 2012 – January 20, 2013

The Denver Art Museum presents the world-exclusive exhibition Becoming Van Gogh, an in-depth exploration of Vincent van Gogh’s unconventional path to becoming one of the world’s most recognizable artists, Becoming Van Gogh examines critical steps in his artistic evolution.  Becoming Van Gogh brings together loans from more than 60 public and private collections throughout Europe and North America to tell the story of a number of key formative periods throughout the artist’s career. Denver is the only venue for this exhibition. Not only is Becoming Van Gogh a worldwide exclusive, it’s the first-ever exhibition of Van Gogh’s work in the Rocky Mountain region.

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Van Gogh

February 2nd, 2012 by

The New York TimesDate: February 2, 2012

Source: The New York Times, by Roberta Smith

News Item: In the eye of his storms

Quote: PHILADELPHIA — Vincent van Gogh was shaken but also calmed by nature. The natural landscape inspired some of his most implacably innovative paintings, roiled of surface, ablaze with color and steeped in feeling. They are blunt, irresistible instruments for seeing. Yet nature — and its tiniest details in particular — also sharpened his visual acuity and soothed and comforted his often unstable personality.

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“Van Gogh Up Close” exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art – Philadelphia, PA

February 1st, 2012 by

Almond Blossom. Photo: courtesy of Philadelphia Museum of Art.

February 1, 2012 – May 6, 2012

Van Gogh Up Close, a major exhibition organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Canada, presents a group of the artist’s most daring and innovative works that broke with the past and dramatically altered the course of modern painting. Made between 1886 and 1890 in Paris, Arles, Saint – Rémy, and Auvers, the works in the exhibition concentrate on an important and previously overlooked aspect of van Gogh’s work: “close-ups” that bring familiar subjects such as landscape elements, still-lifes, and flowers into the extreme foreground of the composition or focus on them in ways that are entirely unexpected and without precedent. These landscapes and still-lifes have not previously been seen together or identified before as critical to our understanding of van Gogh’s artistic achievement.

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"Valetudo: Art and Healing in Provence" at the School of Visual Arts – New York City

August 31st, 2010 by

Artist: Cathy Doucet, courtesy the artist and SVA

August 31 – September 18, 2010
Reception: Monday, September 13, 6-8pm

Valetudo: Art and Healing in Provence

The MPS Art Therapy Department at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) presents "Valetudo: Art and Healing in Provence," an exhibition of works made by psychiatric patients at the Maison de Santé Saint-Paul in the famed southern French town of Saint-Rémy. Curated by Dr. Jean-Marc Boulon, chief psychiatrist and director of the institution, along with Laurence Minard-Amalou, a private licensed tour guide in Provence.

Saint-Rémy has near-mythical status among artists and art historians as the place where Vincent Van Gogh spent a highly productive year from 1889 – 90 following his voluntary internment at the Saint-Paul-de-Mausole mental hospital. It is here that the artist made renowned paintings like Irises and The Starry Night, just two of more than 150 paintings produced during his stay.

Artist: Josaine Bernard, courtesy the artist and SVA

"Valetudo" features recent paintings made in a studio setting by psychiatric patients at the women’s clinic of the Maison de Santé Saint-Paul, as the hospital in Saint-Rémy is now known, along with their written testimonials and photographic documentation of their community. The exhibition documents the unique capacity of art as a language for expressing emotions, and the enduring role of creative expression in the healing process of artists and non-artists alike. In the words of Violaine Longomazino, one patient represented here, "My pain is equal / To the silhouettes that slowly / Concentrate on me. / Their shapes reduce themselves / To better invade me. / I become their city / I am their capital."

Artist: Lucie Marion, courtesy the artist and SVA

For the art therapy and mental health community, the exhibition also offers a reminder of the role of culture in practitioners’ training and methodologies. Deborah Farber, chair of the MPS Art Therapy Department, explains, "Art therapists must recognize that there are significant differences across cultures and be fully cognizant of how these impact the therapeutic encounter. The ways in which theory and practice are understood is a reflection of the norms of a particular society, but does not fit those of all societies."

Artist: Mireille Reynaud, courtesy the artist and SVA

The exhibition takes it title from the Valetudo Association, which was established at the Maison de Santé Saint-Paul in 1995. Named for the Roman goddess of health, Valetudo aims to promote cultural enrichment and wellness among Saint-Paul’s patients through workshops in painting and music, in addition to exhibitions and sales of their artwork. Dr. Boulon, the organization’s president, has published and lectured internationally on Van Gogh’s legacy.

Artist: Roselyne Petit, courtesy the artist and SVA

The MPS Art Therapy Department provides students with a strong clinical foundation, which includes training in studio art, art therapy theory and the nature of creativity. Fundamental to the program is the concept that the art therapist and client work together and can affect each other’s growth.

School of Visual Arts
Westside Gallery

133/141 West 21 Street

New York, NY 10011

Tel.: 212-592-2145


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2009 MoMA audience numbers in via Arts News Paper – New York City

April 7th, 2010 by

April 7, 2010

We just received The Arts News Paper, and were amazed by the following numbers for shows at MoMA last year:

Van Gogh and the Colours of the Night, September 21, 2008 – January 5, 2009: 436,343 visitors;

Marlene Dumas, December 14, 2008 – February 16, 2009: 266,821 visitors;

Aernout Mik, May 6 – July 27, 2009: 323,132 visitors;

In and Out of Amsterdam, July 19 – October 5, 2009: 261.869 visitors.

That totals close to 1,3 million visitors. Well done to MoMA! The exhibitions were fantastic, and we’re glad to see that many others came as well.


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