Advance Exhibitions Schedule, January 2014–February 2015

Advance Exhibitions Schedule, January 2014–February 2015

Please note: this program schedule is current as of September 26, 2013. Updates and images can be downloaded at


Yinka Shonibare MBE:  Magic Ladders
January 24–April 21, 2014

Image: Yinka Shonibare MBE. Planets in My Head, Philosophy, 2011. 

A British artist of Nigerian descent, Yinka Shonibare MBE (b. 1962) creates work that cites the art historical tradition and intellectual history of Europe while exploring history, race, slavery, authenticity, and commerce. His sculptures—life-sized mannequins clothed in the colorful Dutch wax fabrics produced in Europe but most closely associated with Africa—offer a provocative examination of European colonialism and European and African identities. Nominated for a Turner Prize in 2004, Shonibare has shown his work extensively in the United States and Europe. At the invitation of the Barnes, he will create a sculpture especially for the exhibition titled Magic Ladders, in addition to presenting approximately 15 additional works across nearly every medium of his oeuvre, including sculpture, painting, photography, and installation.

Curator: Judith F. Dolkart, deputy director of art and archival collections and Gund Family Chief Curator
For additional information see Yinka Shonibare MBE: Magic Ladders press release


The World Is an Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne
June 22–September 22, 2014

Image: Paul Cézanne. Still Life with Apples and a Glass of Wine, 1877-79

Premiering at the Barnes Foundation, this tightly curated exhibition charts a thematic and chronological sweep of Cézanne’s still life painting, showing how the ‘Master of Aix’ recast the genre and set it on a new course.   Traversing the breadth of his still life production—from early paintings engaging with past masters to very late works unique to him, and treating the range of themes, including apples, flowers and skulls—this select gathering of paintings offers viewers a brief reappraisal of Cézanne’s monumental achievement in this genre.
Cézanne’s art remains central to enduring concerns of art making, touching on materiality and representation, as well as on the interpretive foundations of art history itself. Comprised of more than 15 Cézanne masterpieces, in addition to a clutch of works by related artists, The World is An Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne seeks to render succinctly the richness and novelty of still lifes created by an artist of rare intuition and unerring aesthetic sensibility.
Curator: Benedict Leca, Director for Curatorial Affairs, Art Gallery of Hamilton

Coordinating Curator for the Barnes Foundation: Judith F. Dolkart, deputy director of art and archival collections and Gund Family Chief Curator

Additional Venue: Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, November 1, 2014 – January 31, 2015

The Barnes Foundation’s permanent art collection contains 69 works by Cézanne including 16 still lifes, all of which will be on display during the exhibition, along with related programming and lectures to be announced.

Funding for this exhibition has been provided by Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation.

William Glackens
November 8, 2014–February 2, 2015


Image: William J. Glackens. Cape Cod Pier, 1908

The first comprehensive survey of William Glackens in nearly half a century, this exhibition will bring together 45 paintings and 20–25 works on paper from public and private collections throughout the United States. Glackens’s influential career spanned five decades and this exhibition will show a new generation the breadth of his oeuvre, displaying key works from each decade of his career and revealing his enchanting zest for life, as well as his arsenal of sophisticated techniques. Several important canvases and works on paper will be on public view for the first time.

The exhibition is highly selective, concentrating on the most pivotal, adventurous, accomplished, and distinctive works, including the magisterial At Mouquin’s(1905)and The Soda Fountain (1935). Several works in the collection of the Barnes Foundation are included in the exhibition. A joyous and pure painter, Glackens also served as an advocate for the development of avant-garde art in America through his participation in the landmark exhibitions of The Eight (1908), the Armory Show (1913), and the Society of Independent Artists (1917).

Albert C. Barnes and William Glackens attended Philadelphia’s prestigious Central High School together. When they renewed their friendship in 1911, Glackens encouraged Barnes’s appreciation of modern French painting. Glackens went to Paris in 1912 on a buying trip, sending back works by Paul Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and others. The men remained close, and Barnes became his most important patron and acknowledged his friend’s importance to his collecting endeavors: “The most valuable single educational factor to me has been my frequent association with a life-long friend who combines greatness as an artist with a big man’s mind.” 

Curator:  Avis Berman, independent writer and art historian
Coordinating Curator for the Barnes Foundation: Judith F. Dolkart, deputy director of art and archival collections and Gund Family Chief Curator

Additional Venues
Nova Southeastern University’s Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, February 23–June 1, 2014
Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, New York, July 20–October 13, 2014

William Glackens is generously sponsored by Wilmington Trust.

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The Barnes Foundation ( was established by Albert C. Barnes in 1922 to “promote the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts and horticulture.” The Barnes holds one of the finest collections of Post-Impressionist and early Modern paintings, with extensive works by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Henri Rousseau, Amedeo Modigliani, Chaim Soutine and Giorgio de Chirico, as well as American masters Charles Demuth, William Glackens, Horace Pippin and Maurice Prendergast, Old Master paintings, important examples of African sculpture and Native American ceramics, jewelry and textiles, American paintings and decorative arts and antiquities from the Mediterranean region and Asia. The Barnes Foundation’s Art and Aesthetics programs engage a diverse array of audiences. These programs, occurring at the Philadelphia campus, online, and in Philadelphia communities, advance the mission through progressive, experimental and interdisciplinary teaching and learning.
The Barnes Arboretum, located at the Merion campus, contains more than 2,000 species/varieties of trees and woody plants, many of them rare. Founded in the 1880s by Joseph Lapsley Wilson and subsequently added to under the direction of Mrs. Laura L. Barnes, the collection includes a fern-leaf beech (Fagus sylvatica ‘Laciniata’), a dove tree (Davidia involucrata), a monkey-puzzle tree (Araucaria araucana), and a redwood (Sequoia sempervirens). Other important plant collections include Lilacs, Peonies, Stewartias and Magnolias. The Horticulture school at the Barnes Foundation in Merion has offered a comprehensive, three year certificate course of study in the botanical sciences, horticultural practices, garden aesthetics, and design through a well-grounded, scientific learning experience since its inception in 1940 by Mrs. Barnes.


For more information
Jan Rothschild, Senior Vice President for Communications
Andrew Stewart, Director of Public Relations

Image captions:
Yinka Shonibare. Planets in My Head, Philosophy, 2011. Mannequin, Dutch wax printed cotton, leather, and fiberglass, 16 x 16 x 45 inches (40.6 x 40.6 x 114.3 cm). Collection of Charlotte and Herbert Wagner, Boston, Massachusetts. © Yinka Shonibare MBE. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2013 Courtesy James Cohan Gallery, New York/Shanghai and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London. Photography: Stephen White

Paul Cézanne. Still Life with Apples and a Glass of Wine, 1877-79. Oil on canvas, 10 1/2 x 12 7/8 inches (26.7 x 32.7 cm). Philadelphia Museum of Art: The Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection, 1950

William J. Glackens (American, 1870–1938). Cape Cod Pier, 1908. Oil on canvas, 26 x 32 inches (66 x 81.3 cm). Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, Nova Southeastern University; Gift of an Anonymous Donor, 85.74

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