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Languages of Art

Selections from the Permanent Collection


Armand Fernandez Arman (American, born France, 1928-2005). Untitled, 1990. Acrylic and paint tubes on canvas, 59 3/4 x 84 1/4 x 3 3/4 inches. Artis—Naples, TheBaker Museum. 2016.1.01. Gift of Paul and Charlotte Corddry. © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.

Rufino Tamayo (Mexican, 1899-1991). Desnudo en Blanco (White Nude), 1950. Oil on canvas, 76 1/2 x 51 inches. Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum. 2002.2.065. Gift of Harry Pollak. Art © Tamayo Heirs/Mexico/ Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.

Olga Costa (Mexican, born Germany, 1913-1993). Naturaleza Muerta Con Objetos Mexicanos. (Still Life with Mexican Objects), 1944. Oil on canvas, 24 x 29 inches. Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum. 2002.2.017. Gift of Harry Pollak. © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SOMAAP, Mexico City.

Herman Maril (American, 1908-1986). Easel, 1971. Oil on canvas, 50 x 40 inches. Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum. 1995.4.031. Gift of Esta Maril. © Herman Maril. Courtesy of Herman Maril’s estate.

Hans Hofmann (American, born Germany, 1880-1966). Untitled, 1938. Oil on composition board mounted on plywood, 22 x 26 inches. Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum. 2016.6.1. Collection of Nancy Wood Woltz. With permission of the Renate, Hans & Maria Hofmann Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Stanton MacDonald-Wright (American, 1890-1973). L’Age d’Or: Ses Soleilles (The Golden Age: Its Suns), 1966-1967 (reworked 1967-70). Oil on three wood panels, 8 x 4 feet (8 x 12 feet overall). Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum. 2016.4.1. Gift of Charlie and Elise Brown. © Stanton MacDonald Wright. Courtesy of the Estate of Jean Macdonald-Wright and Peyton Wright Gallery, Inc, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

A current exhibition
at Artis—Naples

September 5, 2017 – July 22, 2018


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Art, like language, can express ideas in a multitude of ways. Throughout the history of art, artists have been inspired by their imagination and influenced by their surroundings; the images and objects they create reflect personal as well as social circumstances. This exhibition of works from the museum’s permanent collection explores the diverse visual languages artists employ to depict specific themes.

Through a selection of works by American, European and Mexican artists, each gallery examines how artists interpret and express an idea using a unique visual vocabulary that responds to their experience and speaks to the idiosyncrasies of their historical context. The Artist’s Studio explores how the intimate space of the atelier can be a place for reflection about the creative process. Domestic Space presents a group of paintings that addresses the concept of home and daily life by depicting interior and exterior views. In City and Industry, the urban landscape is exalted in views of its busy streets, technology and progress. While Nature emphasizes the beauty and nuance of the natural environment and the creatures that inhabit it.

The tradition of depicting arrangements of domestic, inanimate objects in an interior setting is considered in Still Life, which includes modern, abstract renditions of this art historical theme. Figure presents a selection of works representing the human body; from idealized images of female beauty to distorted and stylized figures, which invite a reflection on notions of beauty. A gallery devoted to Mythology and Mortality examines how artists respond to, and depict, faith, pain, and loss. Abstraction celebrates this modern artistic current by juxtaposing non-figurative works executed in very different styles.

To showcase the continued growth of our permanent collection, Languages of Art features recent acquisitions by Byron Browne, Sam Francis, Balcomb Greene, Hans Hofmann, and Stanton MacDonald Wright, among others.


Associated Events

  Lecture — Languages of Art
     January 10, 2018 • 10am

  Languages of Art:
     Artis—Naples’ theme for the 2017-18 season

     September 5, 2017 — July 22, 2018


This exhibition is organized by Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum, and is generously underwritten by Waterside Shops.

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