programs & events

Upcoming Events

 

 

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Download our April - June 2017 calendar here! Or, send us an email to info@newportartmuseum.org and we'll mail one to you. 

 

 

Mystery at the Museum

7 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

"Spring Surprise"

It's 1925. Prohibition has brought gangsters to Newport and they are captivated by an old tale of buried treasure! Legend has it, that George Griswold struck it rich by finding the treasure of the pirate Thomas Tew. Tew visited Newport in April of 1694 and, according to locals, buried his treasure "on the hill, east of the old stone tower" where Mr. Griswold built his house. Now the gangsters are calling on you, their goons, to help discover the truth, and perhaps a fortune, hidden in the Griswold House. But, when a guest ends up dead... Don't call the cops! Solve it yourselves "Extreme problems often require extreme solutions."

 

Admission:

Adults $30
Seniors (65+) & Active Military $25
Youths (17 & under) & Students $15

 

Museum Members:

Adults $25
Seniors (65+) & Active Military $20
Youths (17 & under) & Students $10

Mystery at the Museum

7 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

"Vicious Victorians"

The summer season is in full swing, and the Victorian residents of Newport are hosting a talent show! Singers, ventriloquists, magicians and jugglers are competing to be named the first winner of "Newport's Got Talent". A panel of judges critiques the acts and you, the audience, get to decide who's moving to the next round, but, when someone's dreams are crushed... literally... the show stopping act is you becoming detectives! Search for clues - Question the suspects - and Vote for a Killer. Just don't become the next victim!

 

Admission:

Adults $30
Seniors (65+) & Active Military $25
Youths (17 & under) & Students $15

 

Museum Members:

Adults $25
Seniors (65+) & Active Military $20
Youths (17 & under) & Students $10

Art After Dark

5 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

It's decidedly spring, and the galleries will be filled with music this month, performed by the accomplished musicians and singers from the Portsmouth Abbey School. The Newport Art Museum is very pleased to host their Spring Concert, featuring performances by their choral, jazz and contemporary groups.  


Enjoy the Spring MuSE art exhibition, curated by the students and installed on the main floor of the Griswold House. This show marks the culmination of their efforts this year in our Museum Studies program for High School students. 


Art Making

What does a tiger jumping out of the gaping mouth of a leaping fish look like? Test your close-looking and communication skills with art-focused brain teasers in the Parlor Gallery led by LeeLee, one of our Museum Studies (MuSE) students. Perfect for all ages and skill levels, and giggles guaranteed!


Artist Talk & Sneak Peek

Join us at 6pm for a sneak peek and Curator-led gallery talk with photographer Jason Evans, on his exhibit the Boys of Summer: A Season with the Newport Gulls in the Studio Gallery.    
Jason Evans does not just make sports photographs. Rather he captures the feelings and unique, and beautiful, aspects of baseball. In the artist’s own words, “I have tried to capture action shots and portraits that show the determination of youth and the competitive athlete. The action images show not only the blur of the speed of the game but also the cinematic nature of the ‘show.’ I like to represent the dedication of the athletes, coaches, and support team. There is an art to sports photography beyond just proper technical aspects and timing. This is what I hope to share.”


Closing Soon in the Galleries

Enjoy a last look at Jay Lacouture's Looking Forward, Looking Back, which closes May 14.  
Cash bar and light refreshments will be served, so settle in!


Art After Dark is free for members, $10 suggested donation for non-members.
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Second Saturdays

10 am     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Take a trip through Jay Lacouture's current exhibit Looking Forward Looking Back for inspiration, and make your own miniature tea pot, cup and saucer (for decorative use only) with our Coleman Center for Creative Studies faculty. Jay Lacouture's "The Ubiquitous Teapot" features a collection of teapot forms made during his forty-year career. Stay for a pint sized Museum tea party! 

Each Second Saturday activity is free with paid Museum admission. Museum members and children under 5 are always free to visit the Museum. Please consider becoming a member of the Museum to receive this and many other benefits!

Preregister here: http://bit.ly/2o9pnjB

 

Mystery at the Museum

7 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

"Poison, Pens, & Poets"

The Beat Generation, those new bohemian hedonists who celebrate non-conformity and spontaneous creativity, have invaded Newport and the stuffy old guard don't know what to make of them! It's Ginsberg, Burroughs and Kerouac vs. Astor, Vanderbilt and Oelrichs and the only foreseeable winner will be YOU! Join this oil and water mix to witness as a peaceful sit-in turns murderous. Help solve the crime by searching through the museum for cryptic clues while trying to pry useful answers out of the suspects.

 

Admission:

Adults $30
Seniors (65+) & Active Military $25
Youths (17 & under) & Students $15

 

Museum Members:

Adults $25
Seniors (65+) & Active Military $20
Youths (17 & under) & Students $10

Read / Eat / Chat

"Georgia: A Novel of Georgia O’Keeffe” by Dawn Tripp

noon     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Join art lovers and avid readers for the monthly meeting of the Museum's book club. Read "Georgia: A Novel of Georgia O’Keeffe” by Dawn Tripp , bring a lunch and discuss!

Members: Free | Non-members: $5

 

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

American artist Georgia O’Keeffe blazes across the pages in Tripp’s tour de force about this indomitable woman, whose life was both supported and stymied by the love of her life, photographer and art promoter Alfred Stieglitz.  [Readers] will feel the passion that infused her work and love life that emboldened her canvases.  The relationship between Stieglitz and O’Keeffe, and her metamorphosis from lover to wife to jilted partner, is poignantly drawn. Tripp has hit her stride here, bringing to life one of the most remarkable artists of the twentieth century with veracity, heart, and panache.

Watercolor Demonstration

with Kathleen Conover of the New England Watercolor Society

1 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

New England Watercolor Society artist Kathleen Conover will lead a drop-in watercolor technique demonstration in the Ilgenfritz Gallery.  

Learn more about the upcoming New England Watercolor Society Exhibition

Mystery at the Museum

7 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

"Vicious Victorians"

The summer season is in full swing, and the Victorian residents of Newport are hosting a talent show! Singers, ventriloquists, magicians and jugglers are competing to be named the first winner of "Newport's Got Talent". A panel of judges critiques the acts and you, the audience, get to decide who's moving to the next round, but, when someone's dreams are crushed... literally... the show stopping act is you becoming detectives! Search for clues - Question the suspects - and Vote for a Killer. Just don't become the next victim!

 

Admission:

Adults $30
Seniors (65+) & Active Military $25
Youths (17 & under) & Students $15

 

Museum Members:

Adults $25
Seniors (65+) & Active Military $20
Youths (17 & under) & Students $10

Mystery at the Museum

7 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

"Poison, Pens, & Poets"

The Beat Generation, those new bohemian hedonists who celebrate non-conformity and spontaneous creativity, have invaded Newport and the stuffy old guard don't know what to make of them! It's Ginsberg, Burroughs and Kerouac vs. Astor, Vanderbilt and Oelrichs and the only foreseeable winner will be YOU! Join this oil and water mix to witness as a peaceful sit-in turns murderous. Help solve the crime by searching through the museum for cryptic clues while trying to pry useful answers out of the suspects.

 

Admission:

Adults $30
Seniors (65+) & Active Military $25
Youths (17 & under) & Students $15

 

Museum Members:

Adults $25
Seniors (65+) & Active Military $20
Youths (17 & under) & Students $10

Annual Meeting of the Membership

5 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Meet fellow members of the Newport Art Museum.

Guest speaker Vin Di Bona, a Peabody and Emmy-award winning producer and RI native. Light refreshments to follow.

Members: Free, non-members: $5.

RSVP to Joanne Rodino at jrodino@newportartmuseum.org

Mystery at the Museum

7 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

"Vicious Victorians"

The summer season is in full swing, and the Victorian residents of Newport are hosting a talent show! Singers, ventriloquists, magicians and jugglers are competing to be named the first winner of "Newport's Got Talent". A panel of judges critiques the acts and you, the audience, get to decide who's moving to the next round, but, when someone's dreams are crushed... literally... the show stopping act is you becoming detectives! Search for clues - Question the suspects - and Vote for a Killer. Just don't become the next victim!

 

Admission:

Adults $30
Seniors (65+) & Active Military $25
Youths (17 & under) & Students $15

 

Museum Members:

Adults $25
Seniors (65+) & Active Military $20
Youths (17 & under) & Students $10

Mystery at the Museum

7 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

"Poison, Pens, & Poets"

The Beat Generation, those new bohemian hedonists who celebrate non-conformity and spontaneous creativity, have invaded Newport and the stuffy old guard don't know what to make of them! It's Ginsberg, Burroughs and Kerouac vs. Astor, Vanderbilt and Oelrichs and the only foreseeable winner will be YOU! Join this oil and water mix to witness as a peaceful sit-in turns murderous. Help solve the crime by searching through the museum for cryptic clues while trying to pry useful answers out of the suspects.

 

Admission:

Adults $30
Seniors (65+) & Active Military $25
Youths (17 & under) & Students $15

 

Museum Members:

Adults $25
Seniors (65+) & Active Military $20
Youths (17 & under) & Students $10

Read / Eat / Chat

“The Last Painting of Sara De Vos” by Dominic Smith

noon     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Join art lovers and avid readers for the monthly meeting of the Museum's book club. Read “The Last Painting of Sara De Vos” by Dominic Smith  , bring a lunch and discuss!

Members: Free | Non-members: $5

 

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Amsterdam, 1631: Sara de Vos becomes the first woman to be admitted as a master painter to the city's Guild of St. Luke. Though women do not paint landscapes (they are generally restricted to indoor subjects), a wintry outdoor scene haunts Sara: She cannot shake the image of a young girl from a nearby village, standing alone beside a silver birch at dusk, staring out at a group of skaters on the frozen river below. Defying the expectations of her time, she decides to paint it.


New York City, 1957: The only known surviving work of Sara de Vos, At the Edge of a Wood, hangs in the bedroom of a wealthy Manhattan lawyer, Marty de Groot, a descendant of the original owner. It is a beautiful but comfortless landscape. The lawyer's marriage is prominent but comfortless, too. When a struggling art history grad student, Ellie Shipley, agrees to forge the painting for a dubious art dealer, she finds herself entangled with its owner in ways no one could predict.


Sydney, 2000: Now a celebrated art historian and curator, Ellie Shipley is mounting an exhibition in her field of specialization: female painters of the Dutch Golden Age. When it becomes apparent that both the original At the Edge of a Wood and her forgery are en route to her museum, the life she has carefully constructed threatens to unravel entirely and irrevocably.

Mystery at the Museum

7 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

"Vicious Victorians"

The summer season is in full swing, and the Victorian residents of Newport are hosting a talent show! Singers, ventriloquists, magicians and jugglers are competing to be named the first winner of "Newport's Got Talent". A panel of judges critiques the acts and you, the audience, get to decide who's moving to the next round, but, when someone's dreams are crushed... literally... the show stopping act is you becoming detectives! Search for clues - Question the suspects - and Vote for a Killer. Just don't become the next victim!

 

Admission:

Adults $30
Seniors (65+) & Active Military $25
Youths (17 & under) & Students $15

 

Museum Members:

Adults $25
Seniors (65+) & Active Military $20
Youths (17 & under) & Students $10

Mystery at the Museum

7 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

"Poison, Pens, & Poets"

The Beat Generation, those new bohemian hedonists who celebrate non-conformity and spontaneous creativity, have invaded Newport and the stuffy old guard don't know what to make of them! It's Ginsberg, Burroughs and Kerouac vs. Astor, Vanderbilt and Oelrichs and the only foreseeable winner will be YOU! Join this oil and water mix to witness as a peaceful sit-in turns murderous. Help solve the crime by searching through the museum for cryptic clues while trying to pry useful answers out of the suspects.

 

Admission:

Adults $30
Seniors (65+) & Active Military $25
Youths (17 & under) & Students $15

 

Museum Members:

Adults $25
Seniors (65+) & Active Military $20
Youths (17 & under) & Students $10

Artists' Ball

6 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Gala co-chairs Elizabeth Ann Kahane, Molly de Ramel, and John Royall invite you to join us for a masked ball in support of the Newport Art Museum. This festive masked ball will benefit the Museum’s exhibitions, public programs, collections, and community outreach.

Guests will enjoy cocktails, dinner, silent & live Auctions, and dancing to the music of Alex Donner and his Orchestra

 

Honorees

This year’s gala honorees, Dodie Kazanjian and Calvin Tomkins, are two of the world’s most celebrated arts writers.

Since 1989, Dodie Kazanjian has covered the art world for Vogue, where she has identified and profiled many of the leading young artists of our time. She is also the founding director of Gallery Met, the contemporary art space at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. Her books include Icons, Dodie Goes Shopping, and Alex, a biography of the legendary Alexander Liberman, which she co-authored with Calvin Tomkins.

Calvin Tomkins has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1960. His profile subjects have included everyone from Marcel Duchamp and Buckminster Fuller to Damien Hirst and Frank Gehry. His many books include Living Well is the Best Revenge, Off the Wall: A Portrait of Robert Rauschenberg, The Bride and the Bachelors, and the seminal Duchamp: A Biography.

 

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Mystery at the Museum

7 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

"Vicious Victorians"

The summer season is in full swing, and the Victorian residents of Newport are hosting a talent show! Singers, ventriloquists, magicians and jugglers are competing to be named the first winner of "Newport's Got Talent". A panel of judges critiques the acts and you, the audience, get to decide who's moving to the next round, but, when someone's dreams are crushed... literally... the show stopping act is you becoming detectives! Search for clues - Question the suspects - and Vote for a Killer. Just don't become the next victim!

 

Admission:

Adults $30
Seniors (65+) & Active Military $25
Youths (17 & under) & Students $15

 

Museum Members:

Adults $25
Seniors (65+) & Active Military $20
Youths (17 & under) & Students $10

Mystery at the Museum

7 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

"Poison, Pens, & Poets"

The Beat Generation, those new bohemian hedonists who celebrate non-conformity and spontaneous creativity, have invaded Newport and the stuffy old guard don't know what to make of them! It's Ginsberg, Burroughs and Kerouac vs. Astor, Vanderbilt and Oelrichs and the only foreseeable winner will be YOU! Join this oil and water mix to witness as a peaceful sit-in turns murderous. Help solve the crime by searching through the museum for cryptic clues while trying to pry useful answers out of the suspects.

 

Admission:

Adults $30
Seniors (65+) & Active Military $25
Youths (17 & under) & Students $15

 

Museum Members:

Adults $25
Seniors (65+) & Active Military $20
Youths (17 & under) & Students $10

Read / Eat / Chat

"The Red Man’s Bones: George Catlin” by Benita Eisler

noon     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Join art lovers and avid readers for the monthly meeting of the Museum's book club. Read "The Red Man’s Bones: George Catlin” by Benita Eisler, bring a lunch and discuss!

Members: Free | Non-members: $5

 

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

George Catlin has been called the “first artist of the West,” as none before him lived among and painted the Native American tribes of the Northern Plains. After a false start as a painter of miniatures, Catlin found his calling: to fix the image of a “vanishing race” before their “extermination”?his word?by a government greedy for their lands. In the first six years of the 1830s, he created over six hundred portraits?unforgettable likenesses of individual chiefs, warriors, braves, squaws, and children belonging to more than thirty tribes living along the upper Missouri River.

Political forces thwarted Catlin’s ambition to sell what he called his “Indian Gallery” as a national collection, and in 1840 the artist began three decades of self-imposed exile abroad. For a time, his exhibitions and writings made him the most celebrated American expatriate in London and Paris. He was toasted by Queen Victoria and breakfasted with King Louis-Philippe, who created a special gallery in the Louvre to show his pictures. But when he started to tour “live” troupes of Ojibbewa and Iowa, Catlin and his fortunes declined: He changed from artist to showman, and from advocate to exploiter of his native performers. Tragedy and loss engulfed both.

Mystery at the Museum

7 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

"Vicious Victorians"

The summer season is in full swing, and the Victorian residents of Newport are hosting a talent show! Singers, ventriloquists, magicians and jugglers are competing to be named the first winner of "Newport's Got Talent". A panel of judges critiques the acts and you, the audience, get to decide who's moving to the next round, but, when someone's dreams are crushed... literally... the show stopping act is you becoming detectives! Search for clues - Question the suspects - and Vote for a Killer. Just don't become the next victim!

 

Admission:

Adults $30
Seniors (65+) & Active Military $25
Youths (17 & under) & Students $15

 

Museum Members:

Adults $25
Seniors (65+) & Active Military $20
Youths (17 & under) & Students $10

Mystery at the Museum

7 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

"Poison, Pens, & Poets"

The Beat Generation, those new bohemian hedonists who celebrate non-conformity and spontaneous creativity, have invaded Newport and the stuffy old guard don't know what to make of them! It's Ginsberg, Burroughs and Kerouac vs. Astor, Vanderbilt and Oelrichs and the only foreseeable winner will be YOU! Join this oil and water mix to witness as a peaceful sit-in turns murderous. Help solve the crime by searching through the museum for cryptic clues while trying to pry useful answers out of the suspects.

 

Admission:

Adults $30
Seniors (65+) & Active Military $25
Youths (17 & under) & Students $15

 

Museum Members:

Adults $25
Seniors (65+) & Active Military $20
Youths (17 & under) & Students $10

Mystery at the Museum

7 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

"Vicious Victorians"

The summer season is in full swing, and the Victorian residents of Newport are hosting a talent show! Singers, ventriloquists, magicians and jugglers are competing to be named the first winner of "Newport's Got Talent". A panel of judges critiques the acts and you, the audience, get to decide who's moving to the next round, but, when someone's dreams are crushed... literally... the show stopping act is you becoming detectives! Search for clues - Question the suspects - and Vote for a Killer. Just don't become the next victim!

 

Admission:

Adults $30
Seniors (65+) & Active Military $25
Youths (17 & under) & Students $15

 

Museum Members:

Adults $25
Seniors (65+) & Active Military $20
Youths (17 & under) & Students $10

Wet Paint

8 am     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

This year marks the 24th annual Wet Paint at the Newport Art Museum! 

Wet Paint has become a marquee event in Newport. The weekend-long community art-fest draws visitors from across New England for a celebration of regional artists, culminating in a lively benefit auction. On the morning of Saturday, August 12, participating artists convene at the Museum to have their canvasses stamped. They explore the town and coastline in search of their favorite subjects  and views, and bring their completed works, still wet, back to the Museum to be installed in the Ilgenfritz Gallery late Saturday afternoon. In 2015 our 500 participating artists ranged in age from 5 months to spry nonagenarians!

 

Stay tuned for more information.

Read / Eat / Chat

“The Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of E. Curtis” by Timothy Egan

noon     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Join art lovers and avid readers for the monthly meeting of the Museum's book club. Read “The Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of E. Curtis” by Timothy Egan, bring a lunch and discuss!

Members: Free | Non-members: $5

 

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Edward Curtis was charismatic, handsome, a passionate mountaineer, and a famous portrait photographer, the Annie Leibovitz of his time. He moved in rarefied circles, a friend to presidents, vaudeville stars, leading thinkers. But when he was thirty-two years old, in 1900, he gave it all up to pursue his Great Idea: to capture on film the continent’s original inhabitants before the old ways disappeared.

Curtis spent the next three decades documenting the stories and rituals of more than eighty North American tribes. It took tremendous perseverance — ten years alone to persuade the Hopi to allow him to observe their Snake Dance ceremony. And the undertaking changed him profoundly, from detached observer to outraged advocate. Curtis would amass more than 40,000 photographs and 10,000 audio recordings, and he is credited with making the first narrative documentary film. In the process, the charming rogue with the grade school education created the most definitive archive of the American Indian.

Mystery at the Museum

7 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

"Poison, Pens, & Poets"

The Beat Generation, those new bohemian hedonists who celebrate non-conformity and spontaneous creativity, have invaded Newport and the stuffy old guard don't know what to make of them! It's Ginsberg, Burroughs and Kerouac vs. Astor, Vanderbilt and Oelrichs and the only foreseeable winner will be YOU! Join this oil and water mix to witness as a peaceful sit-in turns murderous. Help solve the crime by searching through the museum for cryptic clues while trying to pry useful answers out of the suspects.

 

Admission:

Adults $30
Seniors (65+) & Active Military $25
Youths (17 & under) & Students $15

 

Museum Members:

Adults $25
Seniors (65+) & Active Military $20
Youths (17 & under) & Students $10

Mystery at the Museum

7 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

"Vicious Victorians"

The summer season is in full swing, and the Victorian residents of Newport are hosting a talent show! Singers, ventriloquists, magicians and jugglers are competing to be named the first winner of "Newport's Got Talent". A panel of judges critiques the acts and you, the audience, get to decide who's moving to the next round, but, when someone's dreams are crushed... literally... the show stopping act is you becoming detectives! Search for clues - Question the suspects - and Vote for a Killer. Just don't become the next victim!

 

Admission:

Adults $30
Seniors (65+) & Active Military $25
Youths (17 & under) & Students $15

 

Museum Members:

Adults $25
Seniors (65+) & Active Military $20
Youths (17 & under) & Students $10

Mystery at the Museum

7 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

"Poison, Pens, & Poets"

The Beat Generation, those new bohemian hedonists who celebrate non-conformity and spontaneous creativity, have invaded Newport and the stuffy old guard don't know what to make of them! It's Ginsberg, Burroughs and Kerouac vs. Astor, Vanderbilt and Oelrichs and the only foreseeable winner will be YOU! Join this oil and water mix to witness as a peaceful sit-in turns murderous. Help solve the crime by searching through the museum for cryptic clues while trying to pry useful answers out of the suspects.

 

Admission:

Adults $30
Seniors (65+) & Active Military $25
Youths (17 & under) & Students $15

 

Museum Members:

Adults $25
Seniors (65+) & Active Military $20
Youths (17 & under) & Students $10

Read / Eat / Chat

”Grant Wood: A Life” by R. Tripp Evans

noon     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Join art lovers and avid readers for the monthly meeting of the Museum's book club. Read ”Grant Wood: A Life” by R. Tripp Evans, bring a lunch and discuss!

Members: Free | Non-members: $5

 

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Wood claimed to be “the plainest kind of fellow you can find. There isn’t a single thing I’ve done, or experienced, that’s been even the least bit exciting.” He was one of America’s most famous regionalist painters; to love his work was the equivalent of loving America itself. In his time, he was an “almost mythical figure,” recognized most supremely for his hard-boiled farm scene, American Gothic, a painting that has come to reflect the essence of America’s traditional values-a simple, decent, homespun tribute to our lost agrarian age.  

 

Read / Eat / Chat

“The Devil and Dr. Barnes: Portrait of and American Art Collector” by Howard Greenfeld

noon     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Join art lovers and avid readers for the monthly meeting of the Museum's book club. Read “The Devil and Dr. Barnes: Portrait of and American Art Collector” by Howard Greenfeld, bring a lunch and discuss!

Members: Free | Non-members: $5

 

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Albert Coombs Barnes, one of the most eccentric, controversial figures of the early twentieth-century art world, springs vividly from the pages of  this biography. The Devil and Dr. Barnes traces the near-mythical journey of a man who was born into poverty, amassed a fortune through the promotion of a popular medicine, and acquired the premier private collection of works by such masters as Renoir, Matisse, Cézanne, and Picasso.

Ostentatiously turning his back on the art establishment, Barnes challenged the aesthetic sensibilities of an uninitiated, often resistant and scoffing, American audience. In particular, he championed Matisse, Soutine, and Modigliani when they were obscure or in difficult straits. Analyzing what he saw as the formal relationships underlying all art, linking the old and the new, Barnes applied these principles in a rigorous course of study offered at his Merion foundation.

Barnes's own mordant words, culled from the copious printed record, animate the narrative throughout, as do accounts of his associations with notables of the era--Gertrude and Leo Stein, Bertrand Russell, and John Dewey among them--many of whom he alienated with his appetite for passionate, public feuds. In this rounded portrait, Albert Barnes emerges as a complex, flawed man, who--blessed with an astute eye for greatness--has left us an incomparable treasure, gathered in one place and unforgettable to all who have seen it.

Read / Eat / Chat

“The Art of the Con: The Most Notorious Fakes, Frauds, and Forgeries in the Art World" by Anthony M. Amore

noon     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Join art lovers and avid readers for the monthly meeting of the Museum's book club. Read “The Art of the Con: The Most Notorious Fakes, Frauds, and Forgeries in the Art World" by Anthony M. Amore, bring a lunch and discuss!

Members: Free | Non-members: $5

 

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Art scams are today so numerous that the specter of a lawsuit arising from a mistaken attribution has scared a number of experts away from the business of authentication and forgery, and with good reason. Art scams are increasingly convincing and involve incredible sums of money. The cons perpetrated by unscrupulous art dealers and their accomplices are proportionately elaborate.

Anthony M. Amore's The Art of the Con tells the stories of some of history's most notorious yet untold cons. They involve stolen art hidden for decades; elaborate ruses that involve the Nazis and allegedly plundered art; the theft of a conceptual prototype from a well-known artist by his assistant to be used later to create copies; the use of online and television auction sites to scam buyers out of millions; and other confidence scams incredible not only for their boldness but more so because they actually worked. Using interviews and newly released court documents, The Art of the Con will also take the reader into the investigations that led to the capture of the con men, who oftentimes return back to the world of crime. For some, it's an irresistible urge because their innocent dupes all share something in common: they want to believe.