Front Room: Sterling Ruby
March 16 – June 15, 2014
The BMA presents an exhibition of provocative soft sculptures by acclaimed artist Sterling Ruby, deemed "one of the most interesting artists to emerge in this century" by The New York Times. Crafted from red, white, and blue fabric, Ruby's enormous pillow-like forms resemble the fanged mouths of vampires and create a visual metaphor that suggests a critical outlook on the current state of American culture and politics.
Curated by Curator of Contemporary Art Kristen Hileman.
More than 60 years after its theft from the BMA, Pierre-Auguste Renoir's On the Shore of the Seine (c. 1879) will return to public view. A special exhibition will reunite the 5 ˝ -by-9 inch painting with more than 20 other artworks bequeathed to the BMA by visionary Baltimore collector Saidie May.
One of the BMA's most generous donors, May purchased the Renoir in 1925, and gave the BMA masterworks by Juan Gris, Paul Klee, Joan Miró, and others that will be featured in the exhibition along with archival documents. Highlights of the two-gallery exhibition include masterworks such as Piet Mondrian's Composition V (1927), Paul Klee's Traveling Circus (1937), Joan Miró's Portrait No. 1 (1938), and André Masson's There Is No Finished World (1942), which demonstrate May's role as an early champion of pivotal 20th-century artists.
Curated by Senior Curator of European Painting & Sculpture Katy Rothkopf.
On Paper: Figure Drawings from the Benesch Collection
April 20 – September 14, 2014
A selection of 10 drawings from the 1960s and 70s by contemporary masters David Hockney, Willem de Kooning, Robert Rauschenberg, and others reveals there are as many approaches to the human figure as there are artists. This is the second exhibition from the Museum's Thomas E. Benesch Memorial Collection, a group of more than 140 outstanding drawings by international contemporary artists.
Curated by Ann Shafer, Associate Curator for Prints, Drawings & Photographs.