Norton Simon exhibition Taking Shape: Degas as Sculptor tells a story of just one statue, Little Dancer, Aged Fourteen. Degas only showed one sculpture his whole life. This little piece became a huge controversy by using real materials: wig hair and silk for the point shoes. Degas had made countless other sculptures but only showed them to his friends. They never made it to the public eye until his death-one hundred years ago this year. Degas made over one hundred and fifty models and seventy four were well preserved. This exhibition focuses on the practice of this artist with a collection of modéles (the original works of art that were cast from the original plaster and wax statuettes). These are the one-of-a-kind dating before his numbered bronzes. These pieces show the touch of the artist with impressions of pliable wax or plaster over the wire armatures. These original works of art… read more →
Maven of Modernism: Galka Scheyer in California is the current exhibition at Norton Simon. It focuses on the life of Scheyer, the art dealer behind the “Blue Four” (Vasily Kandinsky, Lyonel Feininger, Paul Klee, and Alexei Jawlensky). During the Great Depression, the dealer organized lectures, publications, and art shows, to explore modernism from Europe. She also helped shape the modern art scene in California. Galka Scheyer was born in Germany in 1889. She studied painting and piano, but later found the work by Jawlensky to be an inspiration. This inspired her to become an art supporter. In 1925, she moved to the west coast and found the enthusiastic audience interested in modern work. She also had powerful friends that included: Edward Weston, Rivera, Frida Kahlo, and Imogen Cunningham. In 1930, she moved to Los Angeles where she met John Cage and other influential movers and shakers of the art world.… read more →
The artist Marcel Duchamp has been an influence over many artists especially in the Pop Art movement. In the year 1916, the artist started the coined phrase the ready made, which changed the art world forever. This introduced the notion that art could be anything which sparked the start of conceptual art. Bottlerack was the first of these readymades. He bought it in Paris in 1914 and wanted to show concept over form. This new way of creating art showed an irony and wit that shaped and coined the phrase, “popular culture.” Although pop art shows a slick visual surface and an abundance of color and expression, it also displayed items of mass media and advertising. So, Pop art and Duchamp explored identity representation through objects of everyday life. In Norton Simon’s exhibition, Duchamp to Pop; one can clearly see how Duchamp helped shape Pop Art. Olson Visual created this… read more →
The Norton Simon Museum is showcasing it’s collection of artwork from Fragonard and his first patron, Jean-Claude Richard de Saint-Non. Saint-Non was on a voyage from Italy and throughout Europe. In exchange, he asked Fragonard to give him copies of the drawings and paintings that they saw in the palazzi and churches. These works of art would later be published in Saint-Non’s travel book Voyage de Naples et de Sicille. Approximately sixty drawings document their journey from Bologna, Padua, Florence, and other places. Fragonard’s Enterprise highlights heir expedition and the history around the publication. Olson Visual was asked to create a large banner to go on the outside of the Norton Simon building. Fragonard’s Enterprise July 17, 2015 – January 04, 2016 Norton Simon Museum 411 W Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105 http://www.nortonsimon.org/
During July 08, 2011 to September 26, 2011, Johannes Vermeer’s Woman with a Lute, was on loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Vermeer was known for using expensive pigments like cornflower blue and his attention to great detail. His mastery of light gave his haunting domestic scenes a certain style that has made his imagery one of the most recognizable paintings in history.