Cleveland Art, January/February 2017

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  • Member Magazine
Published: December 22, 2016

In this issue of the members magazine: Basquiat Notebooks; Opulent Fashion; Upcoming Exhibitions; A Korean Painting; Clarissa von Spee Interview; Cyra Levenson Interview; Performance; Gallery Game.

COVER a painting, Untitled (Baum 57), by Albert Oehlen

Basquiat’s Notebooks

A pen glides across the surface of a piece of paper. Lines can form letters, which in turn, when arranged in a sequence, become words. They are signs that can be randomly combined but only result in meaning when they follow certain rules of language. And yet Jean-Michel Basquiat interrupts the flow...

Jean-Michel Basquiat in His Great Jones Street Studio, New York, 1987. Tseng Kwong Chi (Chinese-Canadian-American, born Hong Kong, 1950–1990). Chromogenic print; 127 x 127 cm. Muna Tseng Dance Projects, New York & Eric Firestone Gallery, East Hampton, New York. © 1987 Muna Tseng Dance Projects, Inc., New York.

Opulent Fashion in the Church

The most significant contributor to the new Cleveland Museum of Art was financier and philanthropist Jeptha Homer Wade II (1857–1926), who had been named for his grandfather, one of the founders of the Western Union Telegraph Company. In 1913 Jeptha II co-founded the museum, and served as its presid...

Exhibitions 2017

The year 2017 begins with the groundbreaking Albert Oehlen: Woods near Oehle,  on view through March 12, and continues with a diverse assortment of new exhibitions, from American icons to African carvers to Asian painters. Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks, January 22 to April 23, is the first-ever su...

Featured in The Jazz Age: Muse with Violin Screen (detail), c. 1930. Rose Iron Works, Inc. (American, Cleveland, est. 1904). Paul Fehér (Hungarian, 1898–1990), designer. Wrought iron, brass; silver and gold plating; 156.2 x 156.2 cm. The Cleveland Museum of Art, On Loan from the Rose Iron Works Collections, LLC, 352.1996. © Rose Iron Works Collections, LLC

Dwelling by a Mountain Stream

The museum’s collection of Korean art was quietly but dramatically enhanced in 2015 through the acquisition of four Korean Joseon dynasty paintings as part of the George Gund III bequest. The jewel in the crown is Dwelling by a Mountain Stream, a painting first on view at the museum in 2000 in Ink P...

Interview: Clarissa von Spee

Interview December 2016

Clarissa von Spee, the museum’s curator of Chinese art and head of the department of Asian art, arrived here in October after eight years at the British Museum as curator of the Chinese and Central Asian collections. A prolific author, the German native studied at Heidelberg U...

Interview: Cyra Levenson

December 2016

Last August, the museum welcomed Cyra Levenson as the new director of education and academic affairs. She previously held positions at the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, Connecticut, the Rubin Museum of Art and the Heritage School in New York City, and the Seattle Art Museum....