David d'Angers (1788-1856): Making the Modern Monument at Frick Collection
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Lauded by Victor Hugo as the Michelangelo of Paris, Pierre-Jean David d'Angers (1788-1856) was one of the most important sculptors of the nineteenth century. An ardent Republican, experimental writer, respected teacher, and confidant to innumerable artists and intellectuals (from Balzac and Paganini to Goethe and Delacroix), he was both celebrated and controversial during his lifetime.
Although today he is little known, David produced some of the most iconic portraits and ambitious public monuments of the Romantic era. The Frick's presentation -- the first major exhibition devoted to the artist outside his native France -- assembles forty-eight works on paper and in wax, terracotta, plaster, marble, and bronze, as well as rare nineteenth-century books of photographs and engravings; many of these have never before been exhibited. Together, they reveal the artist's quest to redefine the notion of a monument in a period marked by both intense historicism and the ever-accelerating rhythms of modernity.
The exhibition is organized by Emerson Bowyer, Guest Curator and former Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow, The Frick Collection. Support is generously provided by Antonio Weiss and Susannah Hunnewell, Margot and Jerry Bogert, and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Bowyer comments, "In many ways, the sculptural achievements of David d'Angers parallel those of Géricault and Delacroix in painting. His theoretical and aesthetic innovations greatly contributed to our modern obsessions with memory and celebrity, and provide a timely reminder of the possibilities for politically-engaged artistic practice in the twenty-first century."
Venue Description: The Frick Collection is one of New York City's most beloved cultural treasures; with the extraordinary works of Western European art from the Renaissance right up to the end of the 19th century, industrialist Henry Clay Frick charitably bequeathed his collection to the public. The Frick family's former Fifth Avenue mansion and the unique ambience of an art connoisseur's private home has been preserved in the Frick Collection. Remarkable paintings, sculptures, and decorative art objects are presented in public programs, such as free lectures and concerts. The Frick Art Reference Library is esteemed worldwide by scholars and students, and is also open to the public. The Frick Collection's sixty-seventh concert season presents a number of exciting debuts of European artists. It is also the first time that a concert and preconcert lecture will be offered in conjunction with a special exhibition.
The Frick Collection is located at 1 East 70th Street (between Madison and Fifth Avenues) and is open six days a week: Tuesday through Saturday 10am-6pm and Sundays 11am-5pm. The Collection is closed on Mondays and public holidays. The museum is fully accessible to the disabled. Admission into the Frick Collection is $15 for adults; $10 for senior citizens (62 and over); and $5 for students with valid identification. On Sundays, pay what you wish from 11am-1pm. The price of admission includes the ArtPhone audio guide. Lectures are open to the public without charge 30 minutes before the event. Group visits are by appointment only. Lecturing in the galleries is prohibited. Free coat checking is provided in the coat room. Coats (if not worn), packages, umbrellas, and large handbags must be left there. Unfortunately, luggage is not accepted. The Frick Art Reference library is located just around the corner from The Frick Collection at 10 East 71st Street (between Madison and Fifth Avenues) and is open Monday through Friday 10am-5pm, Saturdays 9:30am-1pm, and is closed Sundays, holiday weekends, Saturdays in June and July, and during the month of August. First-time researchers must bring a photo ID and arrive before 3pm on weekdays or 11am on Saturdays. The Library is open to all adult researchers free of charge.