Fall brings Corot, Courbet, Seymour exhibits

September 17, 2006|By Glenn Mcnatt

Here are selected highlights of the fall visual arts season:

Painter Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot's affectionate landscape A View Towards Paris is one of the jewels of the Baltimore Museum of Art collection; it's a highlight of the show of 19th-century French art (opening Oct. 1). The exhibit also marks the first time in nearly 25 years that the museum (10 Art Museum Drive) can be visited for free.

On Dec. 12, Meditations on African Art: Light, the first of three themed exhibitions, opens with more than 40 works that explore light, color and pattern in the museum's African collection. (443-573-1700 or artbma.org)

Gustave Courbet's luscious atmospheric views of the French countryside in the 1860s go on display Oct. 15 at the Walters Art Museum, 500 N. Charles St. Courbet and the Modern Landscape presents the artist as radical innovator, master of the dramatic brush stroke and an inspiration to the Impressionists who followed a decade later. (410-547-9000, ext. 295 or thewalters.org.)

Magnum photojournalist David Seymour was renowned for his compassionate portraits of innocent victims of war. Reflections From the Heart: Photographs by David Seymour is a retrospective tribute to a 20th-century giant of humanistic photography, through Dec. 10 at University of Maryland, Baltimore County's Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Catonsville. (410-455-2270 or aok.lib.umbc.edu/gallery/#anchor38877.)

Duncan Phillips of Washington helped bring modern art to America in the early 20th century with purchases of such avant-garde artists as Constantin Brancusi, Max Ernst, Washy Kandinsky and Pieta Mondrian. They're on display starting Oct. 14 in The Societe Anonyme: Modernism for America, at Washington's Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street, N.W. (202- 387-2151 or phillipscollection.org.)

Tree trunks, Styrofoam swimming noodles, plastic flowers, umbrellas, candles and air freshener -- all are putty in the hands of the contemporary artists included in The Uncertainty of Objects; Recent Sculpture. The show of works made with non-traditional materials is at Washington's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 7th Street at Independence, S.W. (202-633-1000 or hirshhorn.si.edu.)

Master Maryland landscape painter Eugene Leake's vigorous renderings of field and farm around his beloved Monkton home are a highlight of local gallery shows. The first retrospective since the artist's death last year at 93 is on view at C. Grimaldis Gallery, 523 N. Charles St. (410-539-1080 or www.cgrimaldis gallery.com.)

For extensive listings of arts events of all sorts, visit baltimoresun.com/artsguide

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