$100M Gift to Cleveland Museum Includes Matisse, Picasso


The Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) recently announced the gift of more than 100 Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and modern European and American paintings, drawings, and prints; Chinese and Japanese ceramics; and other works of art from the collection of Clevelanders Joseph P. and Nancy F. Keithley. Valued at more than $100 million, the gift is the largest to the CMA in 60 years.


The gift comprises five paintings by Pierre Bonnard; four each by Maurice Denis and Edouard Vuillard; two each by Milton Avery, Georges Braque, Gustave Caillebotte, Joan Mitchell, and Félix Valloton; and individual pictures of outstanding quality by Henri-Edmond Cross, Vilhelm Hammershøi, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Camille Pissarro, and Andrew Wyeth. Among the works on paper are six watercolors by John Marin, five drawings by Bonnard, and a spectacular pastel by Eugène Boudin.


“It would be difficult to overstate the impact of Joe and Nancy’s gift and promised gift,” said William Griswold, director. “It is nothing short of transformative, and it will permanently enrich our holdings—and the visitor’s experience—across the institution, from our galleries of Asian art to those dedicated to Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, and the 20th century in Europe and this country.”


The entire collection—all the Keithleys’ gifts and promised gifts—have been transferred to the museum, and beginning on Tuesday, March 17, a selection of the works will be on view in the CMA’s permanent collection galleries. A large-scale exhibition of the Keithley gift will take place in fall 2022 and be accompanied by a comprehensive publication.


Nancy and Joseph Keithley are longtime, generous supporters of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Mrs. Keithley became a trustee of the museum in 2001, and from 2006 to 2011 she was chair of its Accessions Advisory and Collections committees. She has also served as a member of the Finance Committee and is currently a member of the board’s Executive, Buildings and Grounds, and Collections committees. She is also a trustee of the Musical Arts Association, which oversees the Cleveland Orchestra.


In 2013, the Keithleys established the Keithley Institute for Art History, a collaborative program of the museum and Case Western Reserve University to train future curators, scholars, museum directors and academic leaders. The program emphasizes an “object-oriented” approach to the teaching of art history, integrating theory with the direct observation of works in the museum’s celebrated permanent collection. The Keithleys’ gift will facilitate this effort, bolstering the number and high caliber of works available for study.



source: clevelandart

Luxe Light & Home Celebrates with Kravet in Palm Springs


Luxe Light & Home had an incredible time this weekend in Palm Springs with our Kravet​ top seller winners from last year! This fabulous group of Kravet representatives won our nationwide contest for their remarkable sales achievements and were treated to an all-expenses paid weekend in Palm Springs with the Luxe team, where we dined on delicious dishes and marveled at the great design in one of our favorite cities! An extra special thanks to the amazing Michael Berman and David Rubin for opening up their beautiful home to us for a fabulous evening!









Napa Illuminated


Napa, California warmed up and dazzled visitors in January with their annual Napa Lighted Art Festival. The festival featured iconic architecture that became the canvas in a unique lighted art walk. Original artwork was created by local and international artists with installations at approximately 13 locations in Downtown Napa, the Oxbow District and other places within the City of Napa.


Artwork displayed included light art, video art, 3D video mapping projections, lighted sculptures and projects that used technology or interactivity. A celebration of creative arts, the Napa Lighted Art Festival supports innovative techniques using light and light technologies as a growing art medium.


Additionally, being in Napa, there was, of course, plenty of wine tasting, food consumption, and music enjoyment throughout the nine-day festival.





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Fashion Photographer Alberto Rizzo Celebrated


Phillips Auction House in New York City recently showcased an exhibition titled Silhouette: Fashion Photographs by Alberto Rizzo. In what marked the first solo show dedicated to him in over a decade, the award-winning artist’s groundbreaking work and enduring legacy in the field of fashion photography was on display with thirty-six carefully selected images. Throughout his illustrious career, Alberto Rizzo continued to redefine the standards for innovative fashion photography, always encouraging the public to challenge their expectations and embrace the avant-garde.


Born in Italy in 1931, Rizzo studied painting, design, and graphic arts at the famed Accademia delle Belle Arti di Brera, Milan. By 1961, Rizzo began his career as a photographer, moving to New York City in 1965. Once in New York, he established himself as an avant garde fashion photographer and began his creative relationship with prominent art director, Bea Feitler at Harper’s Bazaar. This collaboration with Feitler resulted in Rizzo working extensively with the world’s most important fashion publications. His editorial work was published in: Harper’s Bazaar, Italian Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Italian Vogue, L’Uomo Vogue, French Vogue, Japanese Vogue, Vanity Fair, Mademoiselle, Glamour, GQ, Linea Italia, Playboy, and many more. Commercial clients included: Bloomingdale’s, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, Armani, Chanel, Revlon, Clinique, Max Factor, Seiko, and Tiffany.


Rizzo’s pioneering photography received many distinguished awards throughout the late 1960s and early 1970s. In the late 1980s, Rizzo began experimenting with photoprinting on different surfaces and in 1994 he filed a patent for photoprinting on Metal and Similar Substrates with the United States Patent Office.


Alberto Rizzo moved to Florida near the end of his life and died in Miami, FL in 2004. In recent years, Rizzo’s photographs have been accepted into the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Victoria and Albert Museum, and The J. Paul Getty Museum.







Whistler’s Peacock Room Reimagined


London’s Victoria & Albert Museum is now exhibiting Filthy Lucre: Whistler’s Peacock Room Reimagined. It is an immersive installation by contemporary American artist Darren Waterston, presenting a detailed reimagining of James Abbott McNeill Whistler’s famed Peacock Room – the sumptuous 19th-century dining room which is now installed at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Waterston has faithfully recreated each of the room’s individual elements with a twist, with the installation revealing a magnificent ruin crumbling under the weight of material decadence and the egos of those involved in its creation.


Darren Waterston’s Filthy Lucre presents a dystopian response to the celebrated Peacock Room of 1876, designed by the architect Thomas Jeckyll and made infamous by the controversial painter James Abbott MacNeill Whistler. Whistler’s lavish palette of vivid blues and iridescent green-golds, sumptuous treatments that covered every surface from window shutters to ceiling, and gilded peacock motifs, inspired the title of his decorative masterpiece: Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room. The title of Waterston’s work – Filthy Lucre – conversely reflects the underbelly of the Aesthetic Movement, the tension between art and commerce, patronage and artistic ego. This was demonstrated by the deteriorating relationship between Whistler and his patron Frederick Richard Leyland and culminated in Whistler’s satiric portrait of Leyland known as The Golden Scab: Eruption in Frilthy Lucre, which played on Leyland’s predilection not only for frilly shirts but also his role as a captain of industry, and inspired Waterson’s rendition.


Replicating almost every detail of Whistler’s masterpiece, Waterston transforms the room into an uneasy experience of destruction and twisted excess, drawing parallels between the economic inequality of the Victorian era and today. Created through extensive collaboration, Filthy Lucre demonstrates master craftsmanship to reimagine the luxurious wood paneling, ornate lighting pendants and stunning ceramics collection, as well as decorative wall art and a captivating central portrait that draws viewers into the room. A soundscape by New York-based rockers BETTY also enhances the installation experience, filling the space with muffled gossiping voices and a mournful cello.


Victoria & Albert Museum’s exhibition runs through May 3.





sources: darrenwaterston, vam

Designing Deco to Debut in Denver


Denver’s Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art debuts Designing Deco on April 30th. Curated by Deputy Curator Christopher Herron, Designing Deco, with over 100 objects on view in Temporary Exhibition Gallery 12, will explore four themes: vanity, speed, vice and jazz. “While many connect the Deco era in America with a flashy and glamorous flapper drinking her way through the Roaring 20s, this is only one part of the story. This 20-year period (1920–1940) between World War I and World War II was a time of great economic and social change,” says Herron.


Through these themes, Kirkland Museum will increase awareness of the societal influences and advances in technology that shaped the design of useful objects made for consumers. In addition, each first Sunday of the month (May–August), Kirkland Museum will host exciting conversations and demonstrations with local experts and curatorial staff surrounding the four themes. Guided tours exploring the collection and the Art Deco movement will be offered each Saturday throughout the exhibition’s duration, which ends August 30.


Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, in Denver, Colorado, allows visitors to time travel through about 150 years of art. The evolving collections contain over 30,000 works by more than 1,500 artists and designers, with about 4,400 works on view.

source: kirklandmuseum


4th Annual Toronto Light Festival


The 4th annual Toronto Light Festival has kicked off a visual journey throughout the walking streets of The Distillery District. Local and international artists illuminate together inside the city’s historic neighborhood. This year’s festival brings giant inflatable mushrooms, a field of fireflies and multiple cloud swings.


The festival creators wanted to create something special – a happening that would lift the collective spirit of the city. In a world with so many dark and ominous messages, their goal is to create a positive, magical urban oasis where people of all ages and backgrounds can and will enjoy together. They intend to help transform a moment of consciousness, from the cold and the dark into the warmth of the light (even if it can reach -20 C). The festival covers 13 acres and 44 buildings over a 45 day time period. The magical lights continue through March.






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Edward Hoppers Landscapes


Switzerland’s The Fondation Beyeler’s 2020 spring exhibition will show works by Edward Hopper (1882–1967), one of the 20th century’s most important American painters. The exhibition will focus on Hopper’s iconic representations of the infinite expanse of American landscapes and cityscapes. To date, this aspect has rarely been highlighted in exhibitions devoted to Edward Hopper, yet it is key to understanding his work and its reception. With watercolors and oil paintings dating from the 1910s to the 1960s, the exhibition will provide an extensive and exciting overview of the multifaceted nature of Edward Hopper’s oeuvre.


Hopper was born in Nyack, New York. After training as an illustrator, he studied painting at the New York School of Art until 1906. Next to German, French and Russian literature, the young artist found key reference points in painters such as Diego Velázquez, Francisco de Goya, Gustave Courbet and Édouard Manet.


Organized by the Fondation Beyeler in cooperation with the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, the major repository of Hopper’s work. This will also be the first time Hopper’s works are shown in an exhibition in German-speaking Switzerland. The show runs from January 26 to May 17, 2020.





sources: fondationbeyeler, wikipedia

Luxe on Full Display at High Point Market


Cheers! Toast! Bravo! This past Fall, Luxe Light & Home made our biannual trek to the renowned High Point Market where our entire collection of exclusive lighting was on full display during the Kravet showroom party. From the mid-century elegance of the Gramercy pendant to the classic silhouette of Gloria, our latest release, the Luxe fixtures shimmered and shined throughout Kravet’s gorgeous showroom. Many thanks to the Kravet team for such a great weekend!









The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China


The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is currently presenting The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China bringing together 35 works from the past four decades, in which conscious material choice has become a symbol of the artists’ expression. The Allure of Matter features 21 of the most important and influential Chinese artists working today, including Ai Weiwei, Cai Guo-Qiang, Lin Tianmiao, Song Dong, Xu Bing, Yin Xiuzhen, Zhan Wang, Zhang Huan, and more.


The Allure of Matter is organized by Wu Hung, Adjunct Curator at the Smart Museum of Art and Harrie A. Vanderstappen Distinguished Service Professor of Art History at the University of Chicago, with Orianna Cacchione, Curator of Global Contemporary Art, Smart Museum of Art; the presentation at LACMA is co-curated by Stephen Little, Florence & Harry Sloan Curator of Chinese Art and Head of Chinese, Korean, and South and Southeast Asian Art Departments and Susanna Ferrell, Curatorial Assistant, Chinese and Korean Art.


After LACMA (June 2, 2019–January 5, 2020), the exhibition will travel to exhibition co-organizers the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago and Wrightwood 659, Chicago, Illinois (February 4–May 3, 2020); the Seattle Art Museum, Washington (June 25–September 13, 2020); and the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts (November 14, 2020–February 21, 2021).








source: lacma