||The BAKER MUSEUM
5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard Naples
Gods and Heroes:
Masterpieces from the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris
February 19 May 17
More than 100 works by such masters as François Boucher, Jacques-Louis David and Jean-Honoré Fragonard chronicle one of historys most celebrated art academies and its pivitol role in influencing so much of the history, content and style of 17th-, 18th- and 19th-century European art. The exhibit is organized around several epic themes, such as courage, sacrifice and death.
BOCA RATON MUSEUM OF ART
Mizner Park 501 Plaza Real Boca Raton
Elliott Erwitt Photography
thru January 11
An exhibition of more than 80 images selected by Erwitt himself, a renowned documentary photographer. Born in France, he fled with his family at the onset of World War II. Erwitt's images, known for their sense of humor, helped define the mid-20th century with iconic photographs of JFK and Che Guevara as well as the famous photograph of Marilyn Monroe standing over a New York City subway grate.
CORNELL MUSEUM OF ART & AMERICAN CULTURE
Delray Beach Center for the Arts
Old School Square 51 N. Swinton Avenue
thru March 8
The Cornell Museum of Art has created an exhibit that explores emotional, social, political and personal themes through the infusion of text in the image. The exhibit, which features three pieces by world-fanous pop-art painter, Robert Indiana, is anchored by Trey Speegle's large-scale works, and also features the work of Mary Coyle, Michael Dinges, Reed Dixon, Kathy Halper, Meryl Pataky, Johnny Romeo, Matthew Rose and Annie Vought.
The DALI MUSEUM
One Dali Boulevard St. Petersburg
thru February 16
Arguably the two most influential 20th century Spanish artists, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí, come together in this landmark exhibition at The Dalí Museum, organized by The Dalí and the Museu Picasso in Barcelona. The exhibition features more than 80 works, many rarely loaned from more than 20 international museums and collectors worldwide, including paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture and archival documents such as postcards from Dalí to Picasso. The exhibit sheds light on the more than 30-year relationship and interactions between these two Spanish-born artists, and highlights the similarities in their artistic evolution.
FOOSANER ART MUSEUM
Florida Institute of Technology
1463 Highland Avenue Melbourne
Pop Art in America
May 30 August 30
Pop Art was a term first coined in 1955 as a new art movement, often characterized by imagery borrowed from pop culture, packaging and the media, that emerged in London. By the late 1950s the movement was sweeping New York City and by the late 1960s became the dominant avant-garde style. At once a celebration and satire of post-war consumerism. This exhibition features works by the most acclaimed and popular artists of the Pop Art movement: Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosenquist, Larry Rivers, Jim Dine, and Robert Indiana.
Through the Lens of Nicholas Muray
January 10 March 22
The exhibition includes approximately 50 photographic portraits of the Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo, dating from 1937-1946, taken by Frida's friend, lover and confidant. Muray was a pioneering portrait photographer, with work regularly featured in Harper's Bazaar, Vanity Fair, McCall's, and Ladies Home Journal. The exhibit also includes reproductions of correspondences between Kahlo and Muray.
NAPLES DEPOT MUSEUM
1051 Fifth Avenue S. Naples
Images from the Land of the Descending Dragon
by Paul Arsenault
Paul Arsenault traveled throughout Vietnam in 1995 and 1998, painting from the Mekong Delta and Saigon to Halong Bay and Sapa to Hanoi and small villages along Highway 1. Arsenault's paintings offer a unique perspective of Vietman shortly after the American boycott was lifted and before the country became a popular destination for tourists, 40 years after the end of the Vietnam War.
NORTON MUSEUM OF ART
1451 S. Olive Avenue West Palm Beach
Coming into Fashion:
A Century of Photography at Condé Nast
thru February 15
Featuring some 150 images created by 80 of the worlds most famous fashion photographers, the exhibition showcases nearly 100 years of fashion imagery from the renowned publishing groups titles, including Vogue, Glamour nd W. The exhibition features a selection of the work of Baron Adolph de Meyer, considered the first fashion photographer, and illustrates how fashion photography has evolved since, both in terms of subject matter and technique, including the work of Edward Steichen, Irving Penn, Helmut Newton, Peter Lindbergh, and Steven Meisel, among others.
POLK MUSEUM OF ART
800 East Palmetto Street Lakeland
Her Self: Portraits by Kathy Sosa
thru March 14
Inspired by contemporary folk art and the American Southwest, Kathy Sosa's artistic style is characterized by prismatic color combinations and an emphasis on graphic patterns. Although she creates literal portraits of women from various backgrounds, Sosa also includes her painted interpretations of their cognitive and spiritual existences presenting painted portraits that portray their thoughts, dreams and aspirations.
African American Art Since 1950:
Perspectives from the David C. Driskell Center
March 21 June 27
African American Art Since 1950 featuring works by renowned artists such as Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett and Sam Gilliam as well as exciting new artists, including Chakaia Booker, Lorna Simpson and Kara Walker. The relationships and contrasts between these artists and works reflects the growing prominence and complexity of African American art over the last 60 years. 'African American Art Since 1950' honors the legacy of the 1976 landmark exhibition, 'Two Centuries of Black American Art: 1750-1950' and explores the next pivotal chapter of African American art.
The John and Mabel
RINGLING MUSEUM OF ART
5401 Bay Shore Road Sarasota
February 13 May 17
The exhibition includes some 20 works by 10 artists, from established artists such as El Anatsui and Nick Cave to emerging and mid-career artists such as Jill Sigman and Mac Premo. 'Re:Purposed' presents works exploring three themes: Identity, Index and Environment, as well as several of the trends, from Marcel Duchamps early 20th century development of the 'readymade' to the continuing traditions of assemblage using cast-off or disposed materials, who 'repurpose' garbage or junk in creating new artworks.
RUTH FUNK CENTER FOR TEXTILE ARTS
Florida Institute of Technology
150 W. University Boulevard Melbourne
Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art
January 31 April 25
An exhibition exploring the innovative shape bamboo art has taken since the mid-20th century, 'Modern Twist' brings together 38 works by 17 artists from the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture, including rare wall-hung installations and pieces never before seen in the United States. The exhibition celebrates these artists who have helped to redefine a traditional craft as a modern genre, inventing unexpected new forms and pushing the medium to groundbreaking levels of conceptual, technical, and artistic ingenuity.
TAMPA MUSEUM OF ART
120 Gasparilla Plaza Tampa
The Art of Norman Rockwell
March 7 May 31
For nearly seven decades, while history was in the making all around him, Norman Rockwell chronicled our changing society in the small details and nuanced scenes of ordinary people in everyday life, providing a personalized interpretation of American identity. Created for the covers and pages of our nations periodicals rather than for the walls of galleries and museums, Rockwells contributions to our visual legacy, many of them now icons of American culture, have found a permanent place in our national psyche. 'American Chronicles' traces the evolution of Rockwells art and iconography throughout his career.
The Naples Art Association
THE VON LIEBIG ART CENTER
585 Park Street Naples
Viva la France!
April 30 May 29
The exhibition spotlights the art of the French artist, Bernard Villemot, who became famous for the successful advertising posters he created for leading French firms such as Air France, Pierre, Orangina and the French National Railway Company. Examples of posters by other artists are included in the exhibition to demonstrate the importance of art posters in the history of modern French culture, including works by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Leonetto Cappiello and A.M. Cassandre.