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Sarasota, FL
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Being Seen: Recent Acquisitions from The Ringling Photography Collection
Through Jan 3, 2021

Curated from The Ringling’s photography collection, this exhibition features works by photographers who examine the complexities of identity and the staging of selfhood. Consisting primarily of self-portraits and portraits of empowered subjects, these works explore personal agency at the intersection of politics and the female body. Many of the artists in the exhibition are recognized as leading voices in contemporary art and offer diverse perspectives on issues surrounding power, sexuality, and self-representation. Each photograph presents a unique invitation to renew the dialogue on the authority of the gaze in the twentieth-first century.

Being Seen also includes numerous works by significant women photographers from the twentieth century, added to the collection in recent years. This exhibition offers visitors a rare opportunity to explore themes of agency, visibility, and gender through the lens of a broader historical context.

Howie Tsui: Retainers of Anarchy
Through Jun 14, 2020
Monda Galler

Vancouver-based artist Howie Tsui’s solo exhibition, Retainers of Anarchy (2017), is an amalgamation of martial arts characters and techniques woven together with threads of social and political realities of present-day Hong Kong. Presented as a non-linear counter narrative in the form of a twenty-five metre hand-drawn animation, Retainers of Anarchy offers an opportunity to reflect on notions of identity and nationhood using Hong Kong’s past and more recent surge of political unrest.

This exhibition is organized and circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada.

Support for this exhibition has been provided, in part, by the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation Ringling Museum Endowment.

Paid for in part by Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax Revenues and the Community Foundation of Sarasota County.

Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax

Sponsor support was provided by Gulf Coast Community Foundation and Herald Tribune Media Group.

Suffragists and Circus
Through June 12, 2020
Circus Museum

Discover the story of the women of circus who fought for their right to vote.

Syd Solomon: Concealed and Revealed
Dec 15, 2019 – Apr 26, 2020

Syd Solomon: Concealed and Revealed offers an unique selection of paintings by the artist, along with numerous objects from the Solomon Archive on view for the first time. Syd Solomon (American, 1917-2004) described himself as an “Abstract Impressionist” alluding to the fact that his work infused impressionism into the processes, scale and concepts of Abstract Expressionism. Solomon moved to Sarasota in 1946 with his wife Annie. His was the first work of contemporary art to be collected by The Ringling in 1962. His paintings were greatly influenced by climatic factors and reveal a fascination and concern for Florida’s aquatic environment. Solomon incorporated his experience as a camouflage designer during World War II into his painting. It is not well-known that he was also an accomplished graphic artist, who in his early years designed commercial signage for prominent hotels and businesses in Sarasota. Like his work in camouflage, Solomon’s calligraphic skill was essential to the development of his later gestural abstraction.

Syd Solomon: Concealed and Revealed is presented in partnership with the Estate of Syd Solomon and is accompanied by a 96-page publication with essays by former curator at The Ringling Michael Auping, George S. Bolge, Dr. Gail Levin, and Mike Solomon. The exhibition will include artworks from private collections and The Ringling’s permanent collection.

Support for this exhibition has been provided, in part, by the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation Ringling Museum Endowment.

Paid for in part by Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax Revenues and the Community Foundation of Sarasota County.

Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax

Sponsor support was provided by Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Community Foundation of Sarasota County, and Herald Tribune Media Group.

Remaking the World: Abstraction from the Permanent Collection
Through May 2, 2021
Searing Galleries

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is pleased to present an exhibition of Abstract Expressionism, on view from Nov. 10, 2019, through Aug. 2, 2021. Drawing on the Museum’s permanent collection of modern and contemporary art, the exhibition titled Remaking the World: Abstraction from the Permanent Collection assembles more than 20 paintings and sculptures by European and American artists associated with Abstract Expressionism.

The exhibition will feature recent bequests to the museum from the collection of Mandell L. and Madeleine H. Berman: paintings by Joan Mitchell (American, 1925-1992) and Robert Motherwell (American, 1915-1991), as well as a monumental painting by Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, b. 1929), a promised gift from Keith D. and Linda L. Monda.

As early as the 1940s, artists from this critical modern art movement sought to transform New York’s art scene with revolutionary approaches to the canvas: splattering, spilling, dabbing, washing and dripping paint. These innovative techniques rooted in deliberate yet spontaneous gestures of a brush or palette knife, along with emphasis on individuality and the subconscious as subject matter, affirmed and politicized the role art played in the evolution of postwar American society.

A local connection evolved as a number of artists working in abstraction traveled south to enjoy the warm climate and pursue various teaching and art residency opportunities. Sarasota and the Tampa Bay area became a second home to artists David Budd, John Chamberlain, Jimmy Ernst, Gabriel Kohn, Conrad Marca-Relli and Syd Solomon, all of whom were instrumental in establishing a vital art scene in the area while often opting to teach in the local community.

Ola Wlusek, the Keith D. and Linda L. Monda Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, said: “Abstraction was a rebuttal to the representational and narrative art favored by directors, curators, critics and gallerists of the time. Today, the artists in the exhibition are celebrated for giving shape to a new art for a world emerging from war. The abstract expressionists’ considerable ingenuity and perseverance forged a path for generations of artists to follow.”

Sun Xun: Time Spy
Through Oct 4, 2020
Pavilion Gallery

Time Spy (2016) is a mesmerizing 3D animated film by Chinese artist Sun Xun (b.1980). A superb painter and draughtsman, Sun Xun incorporates traditional techniques including ink painting, charcoal drawing, and woodblock printing into his films. His masterful use of analog and digital technologies to explore pressing concerns of our time makes him one of the most compelling artists working in new media.

Based in Beijing, Sun Xun was born in Fuxin, northeast China. He studied printmaking at the China Academy of Fine Arts, and founded Pi animation studio in 2006. Growing up in the aftermath of the Cultural Revolution, he has long been interested in how history is constructed for official purposes, as opposed to how it is lived and experienced by ordinary people. He has been the subject of solo and group exhibitions at major museums worldwide, and has received numerous honors.

Time Spy was conceived as part of a project called Reconstruction of the Universe, a multimedia installation Sun Xun made for the second edition of the Audemars Piguet Art Commission, a prestigious program that supports artists in the creation of works of “exceptional complexity, precision, and experiential impact.” A shortened version was screened at midnight at Times Square in July 2017.

Sun Xun’s Time Spy is on view in the Pavilion Gallery, Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Center for Asian Art, August 11, 2019–February 16, 2020.Time Spy comes to The Ringling Museum of Art courtesy of the artist and Sean Kelly, New York.

Support for this exhibition has been provided by the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Ringling Museum Endowment, and the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation Ringling Museum Endowment.

Remaking the World: Abstraction from the Permanent Collection
Through May 2, 2021
Searing Galleries

Drawing from the Museum’s permanent collection of modern and contemporary art, the exhibition Remaking the World: Abstraction from the Permanent Collection assembles more than twenty paintings and sculptures by European and American artists associated with Abstract Expressionism. The exhibition features an immensely significant bequest of paintings by Joan Mitchell and Robert Motherwell from the collection of Mandell L. and Madeleine H. Berman; the first additions to the collection by these prominent artists. It also offers the opportunity to extend on view a monumental painting by Yayoi Kusama, a promised gift from Keith D. and Linda L. Monda.

This exhibition will include significant artworks by artists who made important contributions to the development of abstraction in New York in the 1940s and onwards, including artists instrumental in establishing a vital art scene in Sarasota.

Support for this exhibition has been provided, in part, by the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation Ringling Museum Endowment.

Paid for in part by Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax Revenues.

Tour du Monde: Tour Du Monde Poster Exhibition
Through Oct 18, 2020
Circus Museum: Tibbals Learning Center

Circuses, expositions, and other forms of popular entertainment enchanted Western audiences with exotic peoples from faraway places in the nineteenth century. These entertainments had a profound impact on the way Westerners perceived the peoples of other parts of the world. This exhibition features a selection of the posters produced to advertise these living attractions. The posters reveal the different lenses through which their subjects were viewed by the public in Europe and America. Some are suggestive of an ethnological approach, while others clearly emphasize spectacle.

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