OT: Sorolla and America

This exhibition has been organized by the Meadows Museum, SMU, The San Diego Museum of Art, and Fundación MAPFRE. The contributions of The Hispanic Society of America have been crucial to the success of this exhibition. A generous gift from The Meadows Foundation has made this project possible.

The Meadows Museum is organizing a comprehensive new exhibition, Sorolla and America, which will explore for the first time Joaquín Sorolla’s unique relationship with the United States in the early twentieth century. Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida (1863-1923) was the most internationally known Spanish artist until the arrival of Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), and his paintings are in many of the most important museums and private collections in the world. The exhibition will feature works that relate to his American connection and explain how this country affected the artist, as well as how Sorolla was received by American audiences. Addressed in the exhibition will be the repercussions of Sorolla’s blockbuster U.S. exhibitions in 1909 and 1911 from the artistic to the financial perspective. Through these various facets, the exhibition will allow visitors to gain an understanding of the significance and quality of this celebrated painter.

More than one hundred works will be presented, including paintings, oil sketches, and drawings. A complete range of the different subjects including social themes, landscapes, beach scenes, portraits, and historical matters, will provide an understanding of Sorolla’s work. The role of key collectors and supporters, such as Archer Huntington and Thomas Fortune Ryan, will also be featured.

The exhibition includes a significant number of works from The Hispanic Society of America, which has been a major supporter of the project and whose generosity has been critical to its success. Following the Dallas venue, the exhibition is scheduled to travel to The San Diego Museum of Art (May 30-August 26, 2014) and Fundación MAPFRE in Madrid (September 23, 2014-January 11, 2015).

Guest curator Blanca Pons-Sorolla is the great-granddaughter of the artist, the author of Joaquín Sorolla (London, 2005), and the world authority for Sorolla’s works. Fully illustrated English-and Spanish-language catalogues will accompany the exhibition, with essays by nineteenth-century art experts. The catalogue will include key archival materials relating to Sorolla’s reception in America. In addition, the Museum will present a symposium on the artist featuring an international panel of scholars and researchers.

(Information taken from The Meadows Museum)

Following my previous post Sorolla and The United States here, Begoña and I have had the opportunity to visit last Friday this exhibition at Fundación MAPFRE.

You can find more details here (including a virtual tour)

My Film Notes: Gone Girl (2014) directed by David Fincher

Esta entrada es bilingüe, para ver la versión en castellano desplazarse hacia abajo

Gone Girl is a 2014 American thriller directed by David Fincher and adapted by Gillian Flynn from her 2012 novel of the same name. It stars Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit, Carrie Coon and David Clennon. It was released in Spanish theatres on Friday 10 October 2014.

https://i0.wp.com/www.blackfilm.com/read/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Gone-Girl-poster-3-200x300.jpgSynopsis: Gone Girl unearths the secrets at the heart of a modern marriage. On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his beautiful wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick’s portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behaviour have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?

Begoña and I went to see Gone Girl earlier this week. I honestly believe that this is one of the most overrated films that have been released this year. Frankly I can’t understand all the fuss around it. Maybe the first part of the film is acceptable, but I think the second half lacks all credibility and the ending is totally ludicrous. In my view it’s not worth to go and see it. Besides, I’m not interested in reading the book.

Not rated.

Gone Girl review at The Hollywood Reporter

Official website

Perdida (titulada originalmente Gone Girl) es una película de misterio estadounidense, basada en la novela homónima publicada en el 2012 por Gillian Flynn. Dirigida por David Fincher, escrita por la propia Flynn y protagonizada por Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit, Carrie Coon and David Clennon. Fue estrenada en los cines españoles el viernes 10 octubre del 2014.

https://i0.wp.com/www.estrenosdecine.net/images/posters/p4018/pos4018_3.jpgSinopsis: Perdida narra la desaparición de la mujer de Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck). La presión policial y mediática hace que el retrato de la feliz unión de Nick empiece a tambalearse. Pronto sus engaños y extraño comportamiento llevarán a todo el mundo a preguntarse: ¿Es el responsable de la desaparición de su mujer?

Begoña y yo fuimos a ver Perdida a principios de semana. Sinceramente, creo que esta es una de las películas más sobrevaloradas que se han estrenado este año. Francamente no puedo entender todo el alboroto alrededor de ella. Tal vez la primera parte de la película es aceptable, pero creo que la segunda mitad carece de toda credibilidad y el final es totalmente absurdo. En mi opinión no vale la pena ir a verla. Además, no estoy interesado en leer el libro.

Sin calificar.

Una reseña mucho mas positiva se puede leer en Cinema 2000

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