Showstoppers: Next Week at The Butler

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The Butler Institute of American Art, the site of the Flora B. Giffuni pastels gallery, will be opening, on December 27, the “Pastel Society of America: Annual Members Show” featuring the award-winning work from the PSA’s annual exhibition, first seen in New York in the fall at the National Arts Club. What a wonderful opportunity for those of us in the Great Lakes area to get to see a show featuring extraordinary pastels by pastel luminarires like Jimmy Wright, Duane Wakeham, Lorenzo Chavez, Deborah Bays, and many others. The show runs through February 7. You can read more about the PSA’s annual awards event in the February 2010 issue of The Pastel Journal now on sale in our NorthLight shop.

And while you’re at The Butler, you can also check out its latest acquisition—Jackson Pollack’s painting, Silver and Black (1950; oil and metallic paint, 21.25 x 15.75 inches), valued at 2 million dollars, a gift from a western Pennsylvanian collector. The museum’s director, Dr. Louis Zona, said: “This is indeed a very
special holiday present, and I am still pinching myself about it. The
Butler can now boast that we have a very rare work of art by America’s
most renowned 20th century artist, a man who literally redefined world
art. Pollock was a troubled genius whose magnificent art has engaged
generations.” The work will be on view in the museum’s Beeghly-Schaff Gallery.

[pictured] Eclipse (31×25) by Jimmy Wright, winner of the Art Spirit Foundation/Dianne B. Bernhard Gold Medal

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