FrontRunners: John Singer Sargent

  • Photo courtesy Curtis Galleries, Minneapolis, MN
    John Singer Sargent’s Atlantic Storm is part of Sargent and the Sea, an exhibit that will travel to Houston in February and to London in July. Photo courtesy Curtis Galleries, Minneapolis, MN

    The roundly talented Italian-born American painter John Singer Sargent (1856–1925) is perhaps best known for Madame X, a portrait of Madame Gautreau in which the artist emphasized the Parisian beauty’s alabaster skin and black décolleté dress. The painting made waves at Paris’ Salon of 1884, where critics considered it strange and sexually charged.

    This year Sargent’s art is making waves of a different nature, as the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., sends Sargent and the Sea (www.corcoran.org) to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (February 14 to May 23), and to London’s Royal Academy of Arts (July 10 to September 26). The exhibition, which commenced in September, unites more than 80 of Sargent’s lesser-known paintings, watercolors, and drawings—all of which were influenced by his coastal and transatlantic travels as a young man.

    From Around the Web...
    To honor the show’s semicentennial, we present a phaser rifle, Kirk’s captain’s chair, and more…
    The collection of 350 drawing tools is almost as colorful as the personality that inspired them…
    The backless, rhinestone-covered evening gown will be auctioned in Los Angeles…
    Photography by Jean-François Jaussaud
    Art dealer Victor Gastou furnishes a 19th-cenutry property with modern decorative art…
    Manhattan’s new Twenty First gallery shines a spotlight on artist Emmanuel Babled…
    Photo by Mike Bruce
    London’s Louis Guinness Gallery will offer notable necklaces by Alexander Calder…
    Photo by Benjamin Benschneider
    The Seattle-based architect turns art lovers’ homes into living museums…
    Posters for acts like Hendrix, Dylan, and Cash are crossing the auction block for the first time…
    The contents of Tut’s tomb paint a decadent picture of Egypt’s famous boy pharaoh…
    Items include a gold medal won by Jesse Owens and a jersey worn in hockey’s “Miracle on Ice” match…