Cleveland, OH (November 9, 2018)— The Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) today announces the acquisition, at auction in London in July, of an exceptional pair of gilded candle stands (torchères), made by Thomas Chippendale, the most recognizable and important English eighteenth-century cabinetmaker. Of columnar form with finely carved acanthus leaves, swags, fluting, and oval masks depicting the Roman goddess Diana, these remarkable works exhibit Chippendale’s masterful understanding of neoclassical proportion, scale, and ornament.
This year, more than 200 Rajput and Pahari paintings from the prestigious Catherine Glynn Benkaim and Ralph Benkaim Collection have been divided between two public museums, the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA), making them both significant repositories of Indian court painting from the 1600s to 1800s.
Cleveland, OH (May 4, 2018) – The Cleveland Museum of Art announced today the opening of its redesigned Tiffany and Fabergé galleries. On display are the museum’s superb collections of works by American designer Louis Comfort Tiffany and his Russian counterpart, Peter Carl Fabergé. The galleries are named in honor of the Ruth and Charles Maurer Family and the Cara and Howard Stirn Family.
Cleveland, OH (March 14, 2018)—Recent acquisitions by the Cleveland Museum of Art include a magnificent portrait in oil on canvas by Carlo Maratti, the leading painter in Rome at the end of the 17th century; two key works by American photographer Edward Weston that indicate his transition from pictorialism to modernism; and two large-scale contemporary African sculptures by South African artist Kendell Geers and Cameroonian artist Hervé Youmbi.
Portrait of Francesca Gommi Maratti
Cleveland, OH (December 17, 2017)—Recent acquisitions by the Cleveland Museum of Art include a performance piece by Pierre Huyghe, a leader in the Relational Aesthetic genre and the first work of its kind to enter the museum’s collection; an oil painting on copper by Johann König, one of the most significant masters of German painting at the beginning of the 17th century; a generous bequest of several works from Frances P. Taft, a beloved Trustee of the Cleveland Museum of Art; and two groups of photos, gifted to the museum by The George Gund Foundation.
Cleveland, OH (September 27, 2017)—The Cleveland Museum of Art’s recent acquisitions include a portrait of Colonel Charles Heathcote by British artist Joseph Wright of Derby, a drawing by German Expressionist Oskar Kokoschka, a 14th-century Japanese hanging scroll featuring the Buddhist deity Aizen Myōō, Wisdom King of Passion, and a monumental oil painting on canvas by contemporary Chinese artist Liu Wei.
Portrait of Colonel Charles Heathcote
Cleveland, OH (March 2017) – The Cleveland Museum of Art’s newly installed S. Mueller Family Galleries of Contemporary Art feature an exciting mix of recent acquisitions, beloved masterworks from the collection, and selected loans. The complete reinstallation includes many works never before shown, or previously shown only as part of special exhibitions before entering the CMA’s permanent collection.
CLEVELAND (March 21, 2017) – Significant recent acquisitions by the Cleveland Museum of Art include Alabama, an Abstract Expressionist masterpiece by African American artist Norman Lewis; a rare tempera painting of St. Matthew by William Blake; and a 16th-century drawing that served as a study for the altarpiece The Entombment, by Giovanni de’ Vecchi.
Norman Lewis’s Masterpiece, Alabama
On view NOW in gallery 226A, check out four paintings by Georgia O’Keeffe, including three of her well-known flower paintings.
O'Keeffe is best known for close-up flower subjects whose magnified forms fill the entire space of each canvas. Likely inspired by similar compositions in modern photography, these images are not only celebrations of nature, but also striking essays in abstract design.
If you’re stocking up on rabbits’ feet and turning the other direction when you see a black cat today, you’re not alone. The reasons Friday the 13th in particular became such an inauspicious day have been lost to history, but both Friday and the number 13 have also been considered unlucky on their own for centuries. Logically, when the two come together on the calendar the misfortune only grows.