Posts for September, 2023

September 2023


Published on September 29, 2023

This exhibition examines the close and sometimes tumultuous relationship between Édouard Manet and Edgar Degas. Born only two years apart, Manet and Degas were friends, rivals, and, at times, antagonists who worked to define modern painting in France. By examining their careers in parallel and presenting their work side by side, this exhibition investigates how their artistic objectives and approaches both overlapped and diverged.

Through more than 150 paintings and works on paper, Manet/Degas takes a fresh look at the interactions of these two artists in the context of the family relationships, friendships, and intellectual circles that influenced their artistic and professional choices, deepening our understanding of a key moment in nineteenth-century French painting.

The exhibition takes place at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028 from September 24, 2023 – January 7, 2024.

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Between Paris and Prague: Drawings of Czech Parisians

Published on September 28, 2023

The Graphic Arts Cabinet presents drawings by Czech artists who, in the second half of the 19th and the early 20th centuries, spent time in Paris, the contemporary Mecca of the Arts. The artists captured not only the city’s quaint places, but its pulsating life, rich in boulevards, cafés, exhibitions and theaters.

The exhibition is being held at the Trade Fair Palace, 47 Dukelských Hrdinu, 170 00, Czech Republic from July 31 – November 5, 2023.

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In Love with Laura: A Mystery in Marble

Published on September 27, 2023

This exhibition focusses on a central work of European sculpture, Francesco Laurana’s “Female Bust”.  It is one of the few Renaissance marble busts with coloring. The work is one of the most significant creations of fifteenth century portrait sculpture. This small but prestigiously appointed exhibition is set to rekindle public interest in the exceptional importance of this object, which has been largely forgotten in the last decades. The exhibition will be the first to showcase a thesis formulated some time ago that this is a portrait of the mysterious Laura who was so deeply but unhappily beloved by the Italian Renaissance poet Petrarch, who wrote over three hundred poems for her in the 14th century.

Next to masterpieces from the Kunsthistorisches Museum like Giorgione’s painting Laura, the exhibition will feature international loans from the Frick Collection in New York and the Biblioteca Laurenziana in Florence.

The exhibition runs from June 20- October 23, 2023 at the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, Maria-Theresien-Platz, Wien, 1010 Austria.

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Kazuya Ushioda News

Published on September 20, 2023

Congratulations to ARC Associate Living Master Kazuya Ushioda for winning First Prize for his painting “Grimoire” in the Figurativas 2023 Competition! 

“His ability to capture the human essence with precise brushstrokes and his mastery of color have left an indelible mark on the jury. His brushwork represents advanced technical skills and a mastery of form and composition. The ability to accurately capture details, light, and shadows and create a faithful representation of reality requires skill and practice, which has earned him this award...”

The award-winning creations can be admired at the MEAM museum in Barcelona, Spain From October 6, 2023 - January 14, 2024.

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The Artist’s Mother: Whistler and Philadelphia

Published on September 20, 2023

When James McNeill Whistler’s portrait of his mother, Anna Matilda McNeill Whistler, was exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1881, few could have predicted that it would one day be an iconic American painting. To celebrate this exceptional loan to the museum—the first time in 142 years that the painting will be seen in the city—the exhibition will explore the circumstances surrounding the portrait’s creation and its legacy in Philadelphia.

Just as Whistler was inspired by Rembrandt’s etchings of his own mother, so too were local artists spurred by Whistler and their own ambitions to make depictions of their mothers. Some would respond directly to Whistler’s Mother while others took an entirely different approach. The installation will bring Whistler’s iconic portrait into dialogue with paintings, drawings, and etchings by artists associated with Philadelphia—Cecilia Beaux, Henry Ossawa Tanner, and others—and invite consideration of the individual women represented and the relationship between artist and sitter; child and parent. 

The exhibition runs until October 29, 2023 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130.

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Eduardo Rosales in the Prado Museum

Published on September 19, 2023

2023 commemorates the 150th anniversary of the death of Eduardo Rosales, who was one of the most influential Spanish painters who worked in the third quarter of the 19th century. 

The exhibition will display several newly restored works along with drawings and paintings in the Prado's collection that are not usually on public view. Also, two historical paintings whose whereabouts were unknown for a long time will be on display. 

The exhibition runs from July 3, 2023 to January 29, 2024 at the Prado, Paseo del Prado s/n, 28014 Madrid, Spain.

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Strong Women in Renaissance Italy

Published on September 18, 2023

Through more than 100 works from the 14th to the early 17th century, this exhibition explores the lives and experiences of women in Renaissance Italy and offers new perspectives on female creativity, power, and agency. Works by Sofonisba Anguissola, Artemisia Gentileschi and Lavinia Fontana will be on display, as well as several works commissioned by powerful women patrons such as Isabella d'Este and Gracia Nasi.

The exhibition is on view from September 9, 2023 – January 7, 2024 at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115.

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For more events and exhibitions, please visit the ARC Calendar.

Among Friends and Rivals: Caravaggio in Rome

Published on September 15, 2023

Two rarely loaned paintings by Caravaggio join works by his devoted followers in this intimate exhibition highlighting both the grand spectacle and intense influence of Caravaggio’s extraordinary work. 

Born in Milan in 1571, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio entered the Roman art scene around 1592 and over the next 14 years, developed an original and captivating painting style that attracted numerous patrons and followers. Caravaggio’s followers, known as the Caravaggisti, embraced the painter’s dynamic compositions, dramatic lighting and naturalistic details.

This focused installation is a rare opportunity to see Caravaggio’s works in person, next to artists he influenced such as Baglione, Buoneri, and Manfredi.

The exhibition runs from September 8 – December 31, 2023 at the Art Institute of Chicago, 11 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60602.

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2023 New England Regional Juried Exhibition

Published on September 13, 2023

The Guild of Boston Artists, an ARC Allied organization, presents this year's New England Regional Juried Exhibition. Each year, the exhibition provides a significant opportunity for talented New England artists working in the realist tradition to exhibit their work and compete for prestigious awards. Bringing together the work of promising students, emerging and early career artists, as well as pieces from established professionals, the show is a celebration of the wealth of skill and breadth of vision in representational art across the region.

The exhibition runs from September 2 – 30, 2023 at 162 Newbury Street, Boston MA 02116.

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The 23rd ARC Scholarship Competition Results

Published on September 7, 2023

The Art Renewal Center is proud to announce the winners of the 23rd annual ARC Scholarship Competition.  $27,500 in direct scholarships to aid students at ARC Approved® art academy and atelier schools has been awarded to 14 talented students, including a generous $5,000 award, donated by the AAPL.

To view the results, click here


Image shown:  Portrait of Niccolo by Giuseppe De Palma
- Brian Yoder Memorial Scholarship Winner
  23rd ARC Scholarship Competition

Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize 2023 Finalists

Published on September 8, 2023

ARC Associate Living Master Narelle Zeller has been selected as a finalist in the 6th Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize.

The Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize is an annual non-acquisitive international art prize that celebrates diversity and excellence in the representational visual arts.  The Prize seeks to inspire creatives from around the world to pursue a life and career in the arts, and to help careers grow through funding and increased exposure of their work to galleries, collectors and media globally.

People's choice voting is currently running and awards will be announced in the week of 11th September!

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Louis Janmot - The Poem of the Soul

Published on September 7, 2023

Begun in Rome in 1835 and completed in 1881, The Poem of the Soul is the crowning achievement of the Lyonese artist Louis Janmot, a pictorial and literary work all in one. In 34 compositions (18 paintings and 16 large-format drawings) accompanied by a long poem, it illustrates a soul’s initiatory journey on Earth.

The exhibition will enable viewers to discover The Poem of the Soul in its entirety. Although the first cycle is exhibited as part of the Lyon Museum of Fine Arts’ permanent itinerary, the second, more fragile cycle is very rarely shown. Like the Poem of the Soul’s protagonists, the public will be led to explore the mysteries these images harbor, as they make their way, step by step, on their own initiatory journey through these works. The exhibition will present the two modes of expression, visual and textual alongside each other. Visitors will be able to hear the poem while contemplating the pictures.

The exhibition runs from September 12, 2023 - January 7, 2024 at the Musee d’Orsay, 1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, Paris 75007, France.

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Richard Lack Video

Published on September 7, 2023

Emilio Longo, Founder and Director of Skill-Based Art: A Learning Resource for Art Students & Artist-Teachers (SBA) has recently published a video which documents father of the contemporary atelier movement, Richard Lack, receiving the first Founder’s Award from the American Society of Portrait Artists (ASOPA).

The event took place in Mr. Lack’s Minnesota home and studio during 1990.

The video documents several of Mr. Lack’s paintings while former student of Lack’s, Stephen Gjertson, provides facts about Lack’s life and work. At the end of the video, Mr. Gjertson can be seen handing the ASOPA award to Mr. Lack.

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High Quality Plaster Casts For Sale

Published on September 1, 2023

Brooklyn-based sculptor Justin Ryan Kendall has an expansive collection of plaster casts available for art schools, students, artists, and collectors. These high quality reproductions are cast by hand and made to order to fill your home or studio. Surround yourself with and study from art history’s most iconic sculptors. Use promo code ARC for 10% off at or DM @fountainheadgipsoteca on Instagram.

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