Front Runners: September in Chicago with Georges

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Sunday in the Park with George, the 1985 Pulitzer Prize–winning Broadway musical by Stephen Sondheim, told the story of Parisian artist Georges-Pierre Seurat as he painted his most famous work, A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, which showcases the dots, dabs, lines, and dashes of color for which he is known. Now the Art Institute of Chicago (312.443.3600, www.artic.edu), the painting’s owner since 1926, is showing Seurat and the Making of La Grande Jatte. The exhibit details Seurat’s artistic odyssey through color and light theory during his work on the canvas, which was completed in three stages over the course of five years. Museum researchers have also constructed a full-size digital version of La Grande Jatte as it was probably first seen when unveiled in May 1886—before unstable paint colors had faded. The exhibit, which will run through September 19, will include some 130 other paintings and works by Seurat and by Impressionists Signac, Camille and Lucien Pissarro, Monet, and Renoir, all of whom influenced, or were influenced by, Seurat.  

This circa-1900 pink-swirl marble is in what Dan Morphy calls “wet mint condition,” or as pristine...
Photo by Bob Tursack
Maya Angelou’s art collection focused on works by African-American masters...
When the air had cleared after the frenzy of New York’s spring art auctions, players and spectators...
The display is part of a hotel-wide renovation that will be completed by the end of the year...
Heritage Auctions will also offer Mickey Mantle’s rookie card and Mike Ditka’s Super Bowl playbook…
Photo by Cordero Studios⁄corderostudios.com
Charles and Judy Tate assembled a world-class collection of Latin American art—and then gave it all...
Photo by The Strong, Rochester, N.Y.
The American game culture is almost as old as the country itself...
Photograph by Ron Pierson, courtesy of Guernsey's
The bounty from the sunken ship includes 40 tons of silver and gold valued at $450 million…
Photo by Michael Richter
Visitors trekked to Maastricht, the Netherlands, for the March opening day of the European Fine Art...
The 13 new portraits include images of Douglas Cramer, Judy Garland, and Ernesto Esposito…