A Portrait of the Artist, 1525-1825
Prints from the Collection of the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation
January 30 - June 7, 2015
[Curated by MFAH] Organizing curator at The Fralin Museum by Bruce Boucher, Director
Before the 16th century, images of artists were rare in European art, but from that time onward, they became increasingly common. The impact of biography, a quintessentially Renaissance phenomenon, coincided with an interest in the representation of the individual. Such images included: portraits of artists; self-portraits; scenes depicting artists at work or with their family, friends, models, or patrons; allegories of art; and depictions of the viewing public. This proliferation of portrayals of artists signaled changing perceptions about both artists and art itself. Artists’ work came to be seen less as manual labor and more as an intellectual and creative enterprise, and the social status of artists rose and expanded. Artists represented themselves and their colleagues as gentlemen, craftsmen, scholars, and outsiders. Among the artists featured in this exhibition are Baccio Bandinelli, Van Dyck, Poussin, Rembrandt, Hogarth, and Goya. The selection of prints will be complemented by three painted self-portraits by Dutch artists, which will be on loan from The Leiden Collection in New York.
January 16 - April 19, 2015
In the spring of 2015, the Fralin Museum of Art will present an exhibition of Lucian Freud's etchings. Freud, one of the most respected artists of the postwar period, was widely celebrated for the powerful and moving portraits he made throughout his career of over seven decades. Created in an era dominated by abstraction and more conceptual practices, Freud's masterful depictions of the human form expanded and challenged ideas of what realist art, in particular portraiture, could be. The grandson of Sigmund Freud, Lucian Freud was perhaps best known for his work with oil paint, a material few artists in the postwar period engaged. Yet this exhibition will show that Freud also produced an important body of prints, thus showing the critical place printmaking—etching in particular—held for him throughout his career. In addition to highlighting Freud’s achievements in printmaking, the exhibition will also examine the artist’s powerful and detailed depictions of the human form and the psychological conditions that characterized his oeuvre.
Figures for the Soul
January 16 - April 12, 2015
June 19 - August 9, 2015
Curated by Elizabeth Dwyer, Barringer-Lindner Fellow
Eighteenth-century philosopher Johann Gottfried von Herder marveled over Albrecht Dürer, whose figures “…remain in the soul.” Today the inestimable skill of Dürer secures him as the father of German art and the premier artist of the Northern Renaissance. Of his numerous contributions, the greatest rests in the field of graphic arts. His innovative technique elevated the print from craft to art form, an achievement that profoundly inspired future printmakers. Drawing from the Fralin Museum of Art and the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, Figures for the Soul presents a two-part series on the old master prints of Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528) and his celebrated successor, Hendrick Goltzius (1558-1617).
On the Fly
October 19, 2013 – present
Organized by Jennifer Farrell, Curator of Exhibitions and Contemporary Art, with Project Management by AnaMarie Liddell, Exhibitions Coordinator
In October 2013, Patrick Dougherty, world-renowned for his larger-than-life, site-specific sculptures made of locally harvested twigs and saplings, created a unique work of art in front of the Ruth Caplin Theatre and the Arts Commons, the latest additions to the Betsy and John Casteen Arts Grounds. Constructed with the help of U.Va. and community volunteers, the sculpture responded to and reflected its physical environment and the process of its own creation. More >
Jean Arp’s Oriforme, on long-term loan from the National Gallery of Art, exemplifies the approach to abstraction with which the artist is most closely associated; the sculpture will be on view on The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation Entrance Plaza in front of The Fralin beginning March 25, 2013. More >
Object Study Gallery
The Object Study Gallery has approximately 140 objects on view, including Chinese bronzes, ceramics and sculpture; ancient Mediterranean coins, glass and marble sculpture; pre-Columbian ceramics; and African masks and figures. More >