The exhibition American Encounters: The Simple Pleasures of Still Life, on view at the Musée du Louvre through April 27, explores nineteenth-century American still life painting, a genre of surprising range that plays with pictorial conventions and teases our sensory perception. Using works in the exhibitions as a springboard, distinguished art historians Patricia Falguières and Wendy Bellion draw upon their expertise in trompe l’oeil painting, cabinets of curiosity, and the history of collecting to animate a discussion touching upon the nature of objects in still life while reflecting upon the return to the object and materiality in art historical scholarship. This exhibition marks the conclusion of the four-year American Encounters series, co-organized by the Terra Foundation for American Art, the Musée du Louvre, the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.
- Patricia Falguières, chevalier dans l’ordre national du mérite, professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, and currently president of the board of the Centre National des Arts Plastiques, is an art historian and art critic. Her research, with a double focus on the cultural history of the Renaissance and analysis of contemporary art, covers art historiography, the history of museums, and relationships between art and technique. Among her numerous publications are La chambre des merveilles (2003), Le manièrisme. Une avant-garde au XVIe siècle (2004), and an annotated French translation of Brian O’Doherty’s Inside the White Cube: The Ideology of the Gallery Space (2008). In 2006 she co-founded the seminar “Something You Should Know: artistes et producteurs aujourd’hui,” a forum for exchange with cutting-edge artists, curators, and critics.
- Wendy Bellion, professor of art history at the University of Delaware, takes an interdisciplinary approach to the visual and material culture of the United States, exploring American art within the cultural geographies of the British Atlantic world and early modern Americas. Her publications include Citizen Spectator: Art, Illusion, and Visual Perception in Early National America (2011) and “Objects in Motion: Art and Material Culture across Colonial North America,” a special issue of Winterthur Portfolio (co-edited with Mónica Domínguez Torres, 2011). She has contributed to exhibitions at the National Gallery of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts. She is currently working on a book about iconoclasm.
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