The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston announces a trio of exhibitions scheduled for spring 2014. Exhibitions include works by artists Georges Baraque and John Singer Sargent. Also on view will be decorative arts from the Leatrice S. and Melvin B. Eagle Collection. The exhibitions begin in late February and early March 2014.
Georges Braque: A Retrospective
February 13–May 11, 2014
Georges Braque (1882–1963) has been characterized as the most celebrated and least understood artist of the 20th century. Although Braque’s late paintings and Cubist compositions have come under fresh scholarly scrutiny in recent years, Georges Braque: A Retrospective is the first museum exhibition since 1988 to present the full arc of the artist’s career, from his first Fauve paintings of 1906 to 1907, to his final monumental canvases of the 1960s. The exhibition also reunites more than 25 of the artist’s greatest Cubist paintings and collages created during his years of intense dialogue with Pablo Picasso. Georges Braque: A Retrospective debuted at the Grand Palais, Paris, in September 2013. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, is the second and final venue, and the only opportunity to see this superb exhibition in the United States.
Beyond Craft: Decorative Arts from the Leatrice S. and Melvin B. Eagle Collection
February 23–May 26, 2014
Based in Potomac, Maryland, Lee and Mel Eagle have been collecting decorative arts since the 1960s, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, acquired this outstanding collection in 2010. The couple’s early focus was on contemporary ceramics; today the collection also encompasses fiber art, furniture, glass, jewelry and works on paper dating from the 1940s to the present. This exhibition looks at the major figures and aesthetic movements in contemporary craft and beyond, from the mid-1960s to the early 1990s.
John Singer Sargent: The Watercolors
March 2–May 26, 2014
John Singer Sargent: The Watercolors explores this bravura painter’s practice of working in watercolor, a medium that has traditionally been viewed as tangential to his art making. Nearly 100 of these works—painted between 1902 and 1911—provide a once-in-a-generation opportunity to view a broad range of the artist’s finest production in the medium. New discoveries based on scientific study of his pigments, drawing techniques and paper preparation are featured in a special section that emphasizes the complex process of Sargent (1856–1925). This landmark exhibition brings together the Sargent holdings from the Brooklyn Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. It makes its final stop in Houston, home to the largest collection of Sargents held in private hands outside of Boston.