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Great art has dreadful manners. The hushed reverence of the gallery can fool you into believing masterpieces are polite things, visions that soothe, charm and beguile, but actually they are thugs. Merciless and wily, the greatest paintings grab you in a headlock, rough up your composure and then proceed in short order to rearrange your sense of reality. (The Power of Art, Simon Schama)

Posts tagged with "exhibit"

Hide/Seek One Year Later

Hide/Seek:  Difference and Desire in American Portraiture is on view at the Brooklyn Museum through Feb. 12, 2012. 200 Eastern Pkwy., New York. 718-638-5000.

In Antico's bronzes at the National Gallery, statuettes are scaled down but heavy with import

Antico: The Golden Age of Renaissance Bronzes is on view at the National Gallery of Art through April 8. For more information, visit

Mel Bochner's colorful language

In the Tower: Mel Bochner is on view at the National Gallery of Art East Building until April 8, 2010. For more information, visit

Johns Hopkins's "Eureka! Rare Books in the History of Scientific Discovery"

Eureka! Rare Books in the History of Scientific Discovery through February 29 at the George Peabody Library (17 E. Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore 410.234.4943)

Modern, historic takes on city grids

Kermit Berg/Delna Dastur on view through Nov. 20 at Gallery plan b, 1530 14th St. Nw; 202.234.2711;

Moby: Destroyed on view through Saturday at Irvine Contemporary/Montserrat House, 2016 Ninth St. Now;;

The Loveliest Girl in the World on view through Nov. 13 at the Embassy of Finland, 3301 Massachusetts Ave. NW: 202.298.5821;;

Collection of labor images mixes art & politics

Celebrate Labor: Where Art and Politics Meet on view through September 20 at VisArts Kaplan Gallery, 155 Gibbs St., Rockville MD, 301.315.8200

Trawick Prize on view through September 30 at Artery Plaza Gallery, 7200 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda,

Japanese art exhibits in Washington in the Spring of 2012

Colorful Realm of Living Beings, 30 scrolls of paintings by Ito Jakuchu, on view March 20 through April 27, 2012, National Gallery of Art

Masters of Mercy: Buddha’s Amazing Disciples, selections from Kano Kazunobu’s 100-painting series, March 10 through July 8, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Hokusai: Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji by Katsushika Hokusai, will open March 24 at the Sackler. The exhibition will feature all 46 of Hokusai’s images [including The Great Wave of Kanagawa. This show will close June 17. 

The Steins Collect

The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde will be at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) until September 6, 2011

American expatriates in bohemian Paris when the 20th century was young, the Steins — writer Gertrude, her brothers Leo and Michael, and Michael’s wife, Sarah — were among the first to recognize the talents of avant-garde painters like Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. Through their friendship and patronage, they helped spark an artistic revolution. This landmark exhibition draws on collections around the world to reunite the Steins’ unparalleled holdings of modern art, bringing together, for the first time in a generation, dozens of works by Matisse, Picasso, Paul Cézanne, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and many others. Artworks on view include Matisse’s Blue Nude (Baltimore Museum of Art) and Self-Portrait (Statens Museum, Copenhagen), and Picasso’s famous portrait Gertrude Stein (Metropolitan Museum of Art).

Together with its accompanying mobile tour, The Steins Collect offers a rare, in-depth encounter with the artworks and the extraordinary people behind the birth of modern art.

‘September 11: Remembrance and Reflection’ at National Museum of American History

"September 11: Remembrance and Reflection" contains about 60 objects from the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon and Shanksville, PA.

September 11: Remembrance and Reflection 11AM to 3PM September 3 - 11 at the National Museum of American History, 14th Street at Constitution Avenue NW, or 202.633.1000

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