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Inside the Outside

Inside the Outside

Five Self-Taught Artists from the William Louis-Dreyfus Foundation

The genre of self-taught art and its relationship to mainstream modern and contemporary art is a complex theme that has been widely discussed and debated. This exhibition brings together highlights from the extraordinary collection of William Louis-Dreyfus and features a focused look at the work of artists such as James Castle, Thornton Dial, Nellie Mae Rowe, Bill Traylor and Willie Young. These artists did not have access to a formal education; they embarked on their separate journeys resulting in astoundingly open and imaginative bodies of work. No single style or preoccupation ties their production together, but the visual impact of their work is thoroughly contemporary. September 5 – September 27, 2017

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Languages of Art

Languages of Art

Selections from the Permanent Collection

Art, like language, can express ideas in a multitude of ways. This exhibition of approximately 100 works from the museum’s permanent collection explores the diverse visual languages artists employ to depict specific themes. Organized thematically, the exhibition includes well-known works in various media as well as key pieces that have not been on display in recent years. Each section addresses themes in more depth, such as mythology, domestic space, the artist’s studio, abstraction, landscape and seascape, the city and industry and the figure, including portraits, group portraits and nudes. To showcase the continued growth of our permanent collection, Languages of Art features recent acquisitions, including work by Hans Hofmann and Stanton Macdonald-Wright, among others. September 5, 2017 – July 22, 2018

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Languages of Art

Arik Levy

Unnatural History

Unnatural History will showcase works by internationally renowned artist, designer, photographer and video artist Arik Levy (Israeli, b. 1963), who has gained global recognition with his sculptures and collectable creations. Levy’s innate scientific and poetic savvy, mixed with his interest in design innovation, simplicity and experimentation, allow him to translate concepts into sculpture, space and experiences. The exhibition will include examples of his Rock series, an ever-growing sequence of sculptures shaped like minerals and composed of reflective surfaces, such as polished stainless steel. Levy’s work has won dozens of design awards and is shown and collected in public and private collections all over the world. September 5, 2017 – January 7, 2018

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Dawns Forest

Dawn's Forest

The Sculpture of Louise Nevelson

One of the towering figures of 20th century American art, Louise Nevelson was known for her tightly woven compositions created often from scraps of wood and unified by monochromatic themes, mostly black and white. Dawn’s Forest is Nevelson’s largest work and incorporates pieces she created as early as the 1970s. The work, which weighs more than three tons and is nearly 25 feet tall at its highest point, will be arranged in segments throughout the Artis—Naples campus. September 5, 2016 – July 22, 2018

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Upcoming Exhibitions

Schrenk Student Photography Exhibition

The Schrenk Student Photography Institute is an intensive photography program aimed at highly motivated Collier County high school students. Each year, a class of up to 20 students is selected to participate. The program consists of four weekend-workshops during the academic year and a two-week seminar in June. The primary instructor for the photography institute is J. Tomas Lopez, M.F.A., professor and chair, department of art and art history, University of Miami. The institute is designed to give students broad experiences in various areas of photography, including the camera, lighting, composition, digital technology and portfolio preparation. September 5 – October 29, 2017

French Moderns

Monet to Matisse, 1850-1950

This exhibition of approximately 65 works of art from the Brooklyn Museum’s renowned European collection privileges France as the artistic center of international modernism from the mid-19th to mid-20th centuries. Ranging widely in scale, subject matter and style, these paintings, drawings and sculptures were intended for public display and for private collections and were produced by the era’s leading artists, those born in France as well as those who studied and showed there, including Pierre Bonnard; Gustave Caillebotte; Paul Cézanne; Marc Chagall; Edgar Degas; Jean-Léon Gérôme; Henri Matisse; Jean-François Millet; Claude Monet; Berthe Morisot; Odilon Redon; Pierre-Auguste Renoir; Auguste Rodin; Édouard Vuillard and others. October 20, 2017 – Jaunary 31, 2018


Matisse and Modern Art from the Permanent Collection

A complement to French Moderns: Monet to Matisse, 1850-1950, this exhibition features a selection of works by modern artists whose innovative styles helped define avant-garde art. Whether French by birth or by circumstances, these artists experimented with non-traditional techniques, ideas and themes, and many of them were influenced by the colorful works of Henri Matisse. Among the artists represented are Alexander Archipenko, Larry Rivers, Morgan Russell and Sonia Delaunay. This exhibition is organized by Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum. October 20, 2017 – Jaunary 31, 2018

To the Streets!

Protest Posters from the Atelier Populaire de l’Ecole des Beaux Arts

From Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum’s permanent collection, this exhibition features a portfolio created by anonymous artists, activists and students for the massive protests in Paris in May of 1968. Made to be distributed on the streets, pasted on handheld signs and on building façades, these ephemeral pieces of political history remind us of the power of images in moments of social upheaval. This exhibition is organized by Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum. November 14, 2017 – Jaunary 14, 2018

Florida Contemporary

This exhibition presents a select group of contemporary artists practicing in Florida whose work shows the diversity of approaches to personal, local and global themes. Featuring a wide-range of styles, techniques and ideas, this edition of Florida Contemporary invites visitors to celebrate the artistic diversity in our state in the context of contemporary art trends. This exhibition is organized by Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum. November 14, 2017 – January 14, 2018

The Outwin

American Portraiture Today

Every three years, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery invites artists across the US to investigate the art of portrayal through its Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. Established in 2006, it is the premier national competition to celebrate excellence and innovation in portraiture. Drawing submissions from emerging, mid-career and established artists, the competition has included such acclaimed artists as Bo Bartlett, Philip Grausman and Beverly McIver. The exhibition reveals in our media age — where the “selfie” is part of our visual landscape — that the art of portraiture is not only universal, it is thriving and evolving. January 31 – May 6, 2018


The Multifaceted Art of John Carroll Long

This exhibition will include selections of work in a variety of media by polymath artist John Carroll Long. Prolific, imaginative and revealing an incessant aptitude for charting different bodies of work, Long is something of an enfant terrible whose works address the human condition. January 31 – April 22, 2018

Revelation: Jean-Denis Cruchet

This retrospective exhibition will include selections from the enduring and impressive artistic production of Jean-Denis Cruchet (Swiss-American, b. 1939), a prolific and virtuosic sculptor and master of form who works in stone, bronze, painting and collage. His unique artistic sensibilities translate into muscular and well-balanced architectonic sculptures as well as modernist paintings, collages and works on paper, which amplify his three-dimensional intelligence. January 31 – April 22, 2018

Word Art: A Poetry of Shape

From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation

Word Art will offer a concentrated perspective on the important subject of the use of words in visual art. Including examples by some 30 artists, the exhibition will comprise works that feature a word or series of words with strong connotation and visual impact. By using words that convey a multiplicity of meaning, these artists encourage the viewer to consider all the subconscious nuances of the word(s), which can range from punchy, comedic and subversive to iconic and poetic. The exhibition is co-organized by Frank Verpoorten, director and chief curator of Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum and Michael McKenzie, founder of American Image. The exhibition includes such artists as John Baldessari, Banksy, Louise Bourgeois and Crash, among many others. February 16 – July 22, 2018

Marcus Jansen: DECADE

Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum is proud to present the first US museum retrospective of Marcus Jansen, an American mid-career abstract artist who has been called a pioneer in redefining urban landscape painting for the last two decades. A former soldier who lives and works in Fort Myers, Jansen was first influenced by the emerging and rebellious graffiti art movement in New York City in the mid-`80s before establishing himself as a painter with a large following in Southwest Florida, New York and Europe alike. His work, which explores the contemporary human condition, is included in the collections of the U.S. Department of State, Art in Embassies Program, UNESCO in Paris, France, and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. May 19 – July 22, 2018

Tenth Annual Student Exhibition

The Tenth Annual Student Exhibition includes approximately 500 works by Collier County public and private school students, grades pre-K through 12. A diverse array of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, textiles and photography, will be displayed. May 5 – July 22, 2018


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