Puerto Rican painter Francisco Oller (1833–1917) emerged from the small art world of San Juan in the1840s to become one of the most distinguished transatlantic painters of his day. Over the course of twenty years spent in Europe, Oller participated in pioneering movements such as Realism, Impressionism, and Naturalism. He carried the tenets and techniques of each style from Paris back to San Juan, revolutionizing the school of painting in his native Puerto Rico.
Organized by the Brooklyn Museum, Impressionism and the Caribbean celebrates Oller’s contributions to both the Paris avant-garde and the Puerto Rican school of painting. Placing his work within a larger artistic, geographic, and historical context, the exhibition also features paintings by Paul Cezanne, Winslow Homer, Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro and other Impressionist masters.
Impressionism and the Caribbean: Francisco Oller and his Transatlantic World is organized by the Brooklyn Museum and co-curated by Richard Aste, Curator of European Art, Brooklyn Museum, and Edward J. Sullivan, Helen Gould Sheppard Professor of the History of Art, New York University. Generous support for the exhibition is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Written between 1812 and 1857, the Grimm’s fairytales are known and loved by children the world over. What is less known is that these stories were originally intended for adults, with later editions expunged of their explicit sexuality and violence. Using the original, often graphic versions of these stories as a point of departure, artist Natalie Frank explores the intersection between body and mind, reality and fiction in forty gouache and chalk pastel drawings. Through Frank’s renderings, the stories’ eccentric symbols spring to life, challenging viewers’ imagination.
Natalie Frank: The Brothers Grimm is organized by the Drawing Center, New York.