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Art and Music from the Permanent Collection

A.E. Gallatin (American, 1881-1952). Composition Number 40, 1946-47. Oil on canvas. 24 x 20 1/4 inches. Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum. 2000.15.101. Museum purchase.

Esphyr Slobodkina (Russian American, 1908-2002). Color Rhapsodies, 1939. Oil on board. 13 1/4 x 33 1/4 inches. Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum. 2000.15.212. Museum purchase.

Guy Pène du Bois (American, 1884-1958). Russian Singer, n.d. Oil on canvas. 29 7/8 x 25 inches. Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum. 2000.15.166. Museum purchase.

An upcoming exhibition
at Artis—Naples

September 2018 – January 2019

Since ancient times, music has had symbolic significance in the visual arts. Whether in representations of the prowess of deities in Greek mythology, as attributes of moral virtue in Christian art or as personifications during the Renaissance and Baroque, pictorial depictions of music in the history of art convey the expression of diverse human emotions. These images are metaphors for love; religious devotion; harmony; the passage of time; death and immortality.

This exhibition of work from the permanent collection explores the representation of music through an in-depth look at a group of paintings, sculptures, prints and objects by 20th-century artists. The selection shows a wide range of approaches to the theme. A painting by Jonathan Greene shows singer Etta James performing and accompanied by backup singers, while a photograph by Margaret Bourke-White captures Pablo Casals conducting at the Bach Music
Festival in France in 1950. Works by A.E. Gallatin, Esphyr Slobodkina, Claude Lawrence and Irene Victoria Rousseau explore music conceptually by titling abstract images with musical terms. In addition, pieces by contemporary artists Max Neuhaus, Takashi Murakami, Christian Marclay and Terry Allen are the result of experimental explorations of sound and non-traditional formats. Other important works by José Clemente Orozco, Armando Amaya and Juan Soriano address dance in various media. Intermission: Art and Music from the Permanent Collection celebrates Artis—Naples’ mission through the visual and performing arts.

This exhibition is organized by Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum.


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