Pittsburgh’s John Kane: The Life & Art of an American Workman
Heinz History Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
May 21, 2022– January 8, 2023
This summer Aspinwall by John Kane travelled to Heinz History Center to be part of their exhibition Pittsburgh’s John Kane: The Life & Art of an American Workman. Explore the gripping story of a Pittsburgh immigrant who endured poverty, tragedy, and other adversities to become one of the world’s most revered self-taught artists.
Grounded in new scholarship from Louise Lippincott and Maxwell King, authors of the new book “American Workman: The Life and Art of John Kane,” the History Center exhibition features 37 original works of art and dozens of artifacts that showcase the world of John Kane – a turn-of-the-century Scottish immigrant who achieved breakthrough success as a painter after toiling for more than 40 years as a laborer in industrial-age Pittsburgh.
Oil on canvas
Gift of Bartlett Arkell 1931
Unmasking Venice: American Artists and the City of Water
Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, New York
May 28 – September 5, 2022
This summer Venetian Lace Makers by Robert Blum travelled to Fenimore Art Museum to be part of the exhibition Unmasking Venice: American Artists and the City of Water
Unmasking Venice: American Artists and the City of Water features paintings, etchings and 3-dimensional objects that explore the two Venetian worlds depicted by American artists during the late 19th, early 20th and 21st centuries. The “picturesque” demonstrates the attraction to Venice felt by American tourists, while the “realistic” depicts the grittier realism of an everyday Venetian’s life. The exhibition includes work by a diverse group of artists, including Jane Peterson and Fred Wilson, and draws some interesting Venetian connections to the Thaw Collection of American Indian Art through the glass industry.
Robert Blum (1857-1903)
Venetian Lace Makers, 1885
Oil on canvas
Gift of Bartlett Arkell, 1936
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