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As you know, exhibition and collection catalogues published by museums make up a significant share of Worldwide's offerings. The American Alliance of Museums annually recognizes excellence in the design of these museum publications through the Museum Publications Design Competition. If your museum has recently issued a publication that may be eligible for entry, act now: the April 11th deadline for submissions for this year's competition is approaching fast.


Last year's winners in the category of exhibition catalogues were: Ori Gersht: History Repeating (Worldwide 34781); Aggie Zed: Keeper's Keep (Worldwide 76986); Colorful Realm: Japanese Bird-and-Flower Paintings by Itō Jakuchu (Worldwide 34482); and Drawing Surrealism (Worldwide 34822).


Winners in the category of books were: Return to the Sea: Saltworks by Motoi Yamamoto (Worldwide 77552); Protecting Wisdom: Tibetan Book Covers from the MacLean Collection (Worldwide 77317); Instituting Reform: The Social Museum of Harvard University,1903-1931 (Worldwide 75888); and The Architecture of the Barnes Foundation (Worldwide 77139).


Almost all of the publications that earned an honorable mention in either category are also available from Worldwide.


On an unrelated note, Worldwide would like to congratulate our Approval Plan Manager, David Fogel, who was elected mayor of Freeville, NY (pop. 520) last week. While assuming his new duties in the village, David will continue to administer Worldwide's approval-plan program, bringing his trademark dedication and energy to both offices. Be sure to congratulate David when you see him at our booth at the upcoming ARLIS/NA conference in D.C.!





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Recent Exhibitions

The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., holds an exquisite collection of small-scale Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings by such major figures as Manet, Cézanne, Renoir, Bonnard and Vuillard. A selection of these intimate works is now touring internationally: having opened at the Museo dell'Ara Pacis Augustae in Rome, the show is now on view at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco, and will travel in 2014 and 2015 to the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, the Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum in Tokyo and the Seattle Art Museum. (Worldwide 35739)


Last year, the Phoenix Art Museum showcased a new series of eight paintings by African American artist Kehinde Wiley (b. 1977), all portraits based on works by 15th-century Flemish master Hans Memling. In these portraits of contemporary urban youths, Wiley leaves behind the baroque, vividly hued style for which he is best known in favor of a more subdued and intimate approach. The paintings will also be on view at the Taft Museum of Art. (Worldwide 79136)


In the period immediately after World War II, such artists as Fontana, Melotti, Miró, Noguchi and Picasso developed a keen interest in working in clay, producing fired clay sculptures and utilitarian ceramic pieces that are often overlooked in their celebrated oeuvres. The Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas recently organized an exhibition that explored their work in this elemental medium. (Worldwide 35678)


Last summer, the Pasadena Museum of California Art dedicated an exhibition to renowned American Abstract Expressionist painter Sam Francis (1923-1994), who spent much of his career in the Los Angeles area. A selection of more than one hundred works spanning the artist's career were featured in the show, which is now on view at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento. (Worldwide 35669)


Until late July of this year, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art will be showing a monographic exhibition of the work of celebrated American artist Alexander Calder (1898-1976), a show centered around a large-scale sculpture and fountain commissioned by LACMA in 1964 for the opening of its Hancock Campus. Nearly 50 abstract sculptures by the artist (including mobiles, stabiles and maquettes for larger works) have been brought together to highlight Calder's central role in the development of modern abstract sculpture. (Worldwide 35644)


Currently on view at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia is "Magic Ladders," an exhibition featuring headless mannequins dressed in 18th- and 19th-century costumes created by prominent Nigerian-born British artist Yinka Shonibare (b. 1962). The show also includes a commission for which Shonibare sought inspiration from the correspondence and other writings of Dr. Albert C. Barnes, founder of the foundation. (Worldwide 79291)



Complementing an earlier publication that presented "a miniature version of a Biennale that might have been" (see Worldwide 34305), a catalogue documenting the 2011 Lyon Biennale was produced after the show closed. Focusing on the two parallel programs "Veduta" and "Resonance," the publication features the work of almost 80 international artists. (Worldwide 35594)


Close on the heels of the 2011 Lyon catalogue comes the catalogue of the 2013 Lyon Biennale, which showcased narrative works by contemporary artists who use art to experiment with storytelling. Participating artists include Matthew Barney, Erró, Jeff Koons, Yoko Ono, Tom Sachs and Yang Fudong, among many others. (Worldwide 35577)


 "More light!" Exploring this theme, the 2013 Moscow Biennale brought together a diverse array of international artists in whose work light plays a prominent role, featuring installations, videos, sculptures, architectural projects and other works by such figures as Mona Hatoum, Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Panamarenko and Yona Friedman. (Worldwide 35585) 


In the wake of the 2011 earthquake that devastated coastal Japan, the second edition of the Aichi Triennale features recent art that draws attention to social shifts taking place both in Japan and globally. More than 70 artists and collaborative teams (among them Thomas Hirschhorn, Alfredo Jaar, Yoshitomo Nara and Walid Raad) will display their work at the Aichi Arts Center, the Nagoya City Art Museum and several other locations in Nagoya and Okazaki. (Worldwide 35571)



Thematic Selections 


War and Remembrance


After volunteering for the German army at the age of 23, renowned German artist Otto Dix (1891-1969) would spend more than three years in the bloody trenches of World War I. Upon returning home, he distilled his horrific wartime experiences into Der Krieg, a portfolio of 50 etchings first published in 1924. This magisterial body of work was recently included in a three-part exhibition titled "14-18: La guerre vu par Otto Dix, George Grosz, Dirk Braeckman," and was displayed at the Maison de la Culture de la Province de Namur. (Worldwide 35686)


A second catalogue documents drawings, watercolors and prints by German artist George Grosz (1893-1959), works that, like Dix's, expressed passionate condemnation of war. This part of the exhibition was presented at the Musée Félicien Rops in Namur. (Worldwide 35694)


At the same venue, the third part of the show featured previously unpublished images by Belgian photographer Dirk Braeckman (b. 1958), who made prints from found negatives of photographs taken by an unknown amateur soldier/photographer during the First World War. (Worldwide 79112) 



Textiles and Art


At Die Neue Sammlung-The International Design Museum, Munich, an important collection of carpets made by Moroccan nomads can be seen until May 1. The Islamic prohibition of depictions of the human form led to the development of an innovative style of abstraction in the design of these carpets, which became a source of inspiration for Klee, Le Corbusier and other figures of the European avant-garde, whose works are juxtaposed with the Maghreb rugs in the catalogue of the show. (Worldwide 35766)


In a group exhibition that explores innovative approaches to the fiber arts, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney brings together more than 20 Aboriginal artists who work with textiles. (Worldwide 78307)


An exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York examined three centuries of textile design in Europe, Asia, Africa and North America. In addition to tapestries, costumes and other textile pieces, the show included furniture, paintings and drawings illustrating the ways in which regional textile-design traditions were influenced by worldwide trading patterns from the 16th to the 19th century. (Worldwide 35440)




Noted British artist Grayson Perry (b. 1960) created a monumental series of six tapestries titled "The Vanity of Small Differences," depicting fictionalized scenes of social mobility in present-day Britain. An exhibition of the works organized by the Southbank Centre in London is currently touring the United Kingdom. (Worldwide 78476)


Israeli weaver Gali Cnaani (b. 1968) has adopted the practice of deconstructing second-hand garments by removing stitches and unraveling fabrics, then reassembling the resulting pieces into innovative textile collages, works that won her the Andy Prize for Contemporary Crafts awarded by the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. (Worldwide 79306)


An interdisciplinary exhibition exploring the use of fabric in modern art since the early 20th century recently closed at the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg. Featuring some 200 diverse works, the show included traditional fabrics from Africa, Asia, the Americas and the Middle East; paintings and videos depicting textiles and fashion; and textile-based works by such contemporary artists as Joseph Beuys, Rosemarie Trockel, Mona Hatoum and Ghada Amer. (Worldwide 35782)
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