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The Collection: Dutch Art Expanded

December 18, 2024 - ongoing Located in Ballinger Gallery

Highlighting the PhxArt European art collection alongside contemporary works by Arizona-based artists, The Collection: Dutch Art Expanded creates conversations across cultures and time periods.

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ABOUT THE INSTALLATION

From 1610 to 1670 (considered part of the Baroque era), Dutch art flourished in the Netherlands. Artists transformed previous genres of art by investigating how light reflects off different surfaces, revealing the enlivened and true character of their subjects.

(Above): Jan Steen, Theseus and Achelous, 1659-1660, oil on oak panel, Gift of Mr. Eugene Ferkauf. (Header): Balthasar Beschey, Holy Family with the Infant St. John the Baptist, 1730-1740, oil on panel, Museum purchase with funds from Friends of European Art.

The Collection: Dutch Art Expanded pairs landscape, portraiture, interior, and still life paintings with prints and decorative art objects made in the Netherlands to provide a lens into the period and the various areas of artistic production. Alongside these works, the installation showcases artworks by Arizona-based artists Rachel Bess and Alanna Airitam, whose practices are inspired by hidden histories and aesthetic concerns associated with the formidable period. In her Phoenix studio, Bess creates a sense of romantic drama through her intimate portraiture and still life vanitas paintings reminiscent of Dutch artists. In photography, Airitam celebrates Black beauty and recalls the sacrifices made by Black men and women during the Dutch Renaissance.

In placing these contemporary works in conversation with artworks from the era, Dutch Art Expanded offers fresh perspectives and challenges preconceived notions on the formerly so-called “Golden Age.”

Salomon Koninck, The Old Philosopher, 1645-1650, oil on oak panel, Gift of the E. W. Edwards Estate

EXHIBITION SPONSORS

The Collection: Dutch Art Expanded is organized by the Phoenix Art Museum and curated by Rachel Sadvary Zebro, associate curator of collection, with Destiny Montoya, association of art museum directors curatorial intern.

All exhibitions at Phoenix Art Museum are underwritten by the Phoenix Art Museum Exhibition Excellence Fund, founded by The Opatrny Family Foundation with additional major support provided by Joan Cremin.

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