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Oklahoma City Museum of Art's 2014 exhibits to showcase Ansel Adams, Brett Weston, Allan Houser, young Chinese artists, famous forgers and more

by Brandy McDonnell and Oklahoma City Museum of Art Published: January 21, 2014
"Brett Weston: Land, Sea, and Sky" opens March 15 at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.
"Brett Weston: Land, Sea, and Sky" opens March 15 at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art has announced the 2014-15 special exhibition season – with art ranging from photographs from two well know American photographers, masterpieces from the original school of fine arts in Paris, France, a look at emerging young artists in China, and an examination of notorious art forgers from the 20th century.

“This exciting season continues the museum’s strong tradition of exciting exhibitions of outstanding artistic merit,” President and CEO E. Michael Whittington said in a news release. “Our visitors will experience masterworks from Europe, provocative new works from China, icons of American photography, sculpture from one of Oklahoma’s most beloved artists and a tantalizing look at deception in the art world.”

“Ansel Adams: An American Perspective”

March 15- June 1, 2014

Organized by the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, this exhibition will feature nearly 60 photographs by the iconic American photographer Ansel Adams. As one of the founding members of Group f/64, Adams helped bring a new West Coast vision of “straight” photography to national attention and influence. He was the first photographer to successfully “brand” himself by developing name/image recognition. Through his photographs, books, and workshops, he advanced the medium of photography so that people expanded not only their own knowledge of photography, but also their appreciation and concern for nature. “Ansel Adams” will explore the energy, intelligence, and risks Adams took in order to succeed as an artist and conservationist, bringing together his most celebrated images alongside introducing lesser-known aspects of his work.

“Brett Weston: Land, Sea, and Sky: Recent Gifts from the Christian Keesee Collection”

March 15 – June 1, 2014

In celebration of a recent gift of 150 photographs by Brett Weston, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art is organizing “Brett Weston: Land, Sea, and Sky, Recent Gifts from the Christian Keesee Collection.” Between 2004 and 2011, Christian Keesee donated 360 photographs to the Museum – now a major repository of the photographer’s work. This exhibition will include examples from 1940 to 1985, and consist predominantly of mud, rock, and ice abstractions, in addition to examples highlighting Brett’s travels to Baja California, Michigan, Florida, Alaska, Mexico, and Japan. Brett’s work often incorporates the use of close-ups and abstracted details, displaying a preference for high-contrast imagery, which reduces his subjects to pure form. Throughout his career, he has repeatedly photographed subjects including tangled kelp, plant leaves, and knotted roots and has made numerous photography trips to Europe, Baja California, Oregon, Alaska, and Hawaii, among other locations.

“Allan Houser: On the Roof”

May 1-July 27, 2014

Organized by the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, “Allan Houser: On the Roof” will celebrate the centennial of the noted Oklahoma Apache sculptor Allan Houser (1914-1994). Throughout 2014, Oklahoma museums and cultural institutions have joined with the Oklahoma Museums Association to present “Celebrating Allan Houser: An Oklahoma Perspective.” Allan Houser: On the Roof will feature six abstract bronze sculptures created by the artist between 1980 and 1993. The works will be exhibited on the Museum’s Roof Terrace. Find out more about the Allan Houser centennial at

 ”Gods and Heroes: Masterpieces from the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris”

June 21, – Sept 14, 2014

“Gods and Heroes” will be a rich overview of masterpieces from the École des Beaux-Arts, the original school of fine arts in Paris, France, and a repository for work by Europe’s most renowned artists since the seventeenth century. The exhibition will include approximately 140 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper dating from the seventeenth through the nineteenth centuries. The focus will be on epic themes such as courage, sacrifice, and death, as well as the ways that changing political and philosophical systems affected the choice and execution of these subjects. The exhibition will feature artists such as Jacques-Louis David, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, François Boucher, Nicolas Poussin, Albrecht Dürer, and Rembrandt van Rijn. “Gods and Heroes” will offer unique insight into the development of an aesthetic ideology that fostered some of western art’s most magnificent achievements. The exhibition is organized by the American Federation of Arts and the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris.

“My Generation: Young Chinese Artists”

Oct 24, 2014 – Jan 18, 2015

“My Generation: Young Chinese Artists” is an extended look at the new generation of artists continuing to emerge in mainland China since 2000, the year that China first opened its doors to international artists and that Chinese artists began to command attention in the global arena. All of the artists in this exhibition were born after 1976-the end of the Cultural Revolution. Almost all of the participating artists are products of China’s one-child policy and have grown up in a country with a high-powered market economy. All of them, whether educated in the West or not, have been exposed to global art movements through the internet and, increasingly, liberalized education at China’s art academies. They are ambitious, determined, and technically sophisticated with much to say about their homeland-positive and negative-and are able to navigate around the restrictions of censorship and cultural differences.

In this exhibition, there are painters, video artists, installation artists, photographers, and artist collectives, addressing issues of alienation, self-definition, cynicism, and rebellion as they examine their lives and their homeland from a global perspective. Some ruminate over how their roles in a society have changed so much since their birth, but have not yet changes sufficiently to give the artists total freedom. Others proceed exuberantly, without fear of reprisals or criticism.This exhibition has been organized by the Tampa Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg and curated by Barbara Pollack.

“Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World”

Feb. 13- May 10, 2015

This groundbreaking exhibition spotlights more than 60 works by some of the world’s most notorious con artists, illuminating their dubious legacies and examining how their talents, charm, and audacity beguiled the art world of the twentieth century through the present day. Several ingenious forgers during this time are profiled in this exhibition representing some of the most infamous scandals of our times. The exploits of Han van Meegeren, Elmyr de Hory, and Eric Hebborn shook the art world, garnering each of them worldwide notoriety. More recently, John Myatt and Mark Landis have been in the news for their prolific and stylistically diverse art frauds, landing one in jail. Included in each forger’s profile are their original works, personal effects and ephemera, photographs, film clips, and representations of the material and techniques used to create these convincing artworks. Also included are original works of art by modern masters such as Charles Courtney Curran, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani, Paul Signac, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and others, shown alongside several of the world’s most accomplished art forgers to test perceptions of authenticity. This exhibition is curated by Colette Loll and organized for tour by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC.


by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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