Monday, March 2, 2015


JMW Turner, Fisherman on the Lagoon, Midnight, 1840
Hey kids, loyal reader Judi G. just tipped me off to a couple of fabulous-sounding San Francisco art exhibits.

What makes this news blog-worthy? Each of these shows celebrates art and/or artists featured in two of my favorite recent movies!

Fans of the Mike Leigh film Mr. Turner will rejoice to hear about the show J. M. W. Turner: Painting Set Free, coming this summer to the de Young. Organized by Tate Britain, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, it claims to be the first major exhibition to focus on the last 15 years of Turner's life (roughly, 1835-1850), when his technique was at its most experimental and his work most expressive.

Organizers promise more than sixty oil paintings and watercolors culled from collections around the world. Including—surprise!—a suite of figurative paintings depicting Dido and Aeneas. (Well, at least, figures can be spotted playing out their dramas amid the roiling landscapes.) These were the last of Turner's works to be shown in his lifetime.
Production still from Song of the Sea

The Turner exhibit will run from June 20 to September 20, 2015, so mark your datebook now.

Meanwhile, over at the Cartoon Art Museum, an exhibit just opened that couldn't be more timely. It's devoted to the Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon, the brain trust behind the eye-poppingly gorgeous animated feature Song of the Sea, as well as The Secret of Kells.

The show is called The Art of Song of the Sea and The Secret of Kells, and features original and digital concept art from both Oscar-nominated films—revealing how a movie's design evolves from concept sketches to finished artwork.

Me, I'm looking forward to gazing into some of those complex still images to drink in all the details!

This show went up on February 21 and continues to June 21, 2015.  Maybe I'll see you there!

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