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For the first time in over 23 years, a new exhibition is showcasing over 40 works by a forgotten American modernist. Now premiering at the Phoenix Art Museum, Agnes Pelton: Desert Transcendentalist is the largest survey to date of works by the relatively unknown painter who was once a contemporary of Georgia O'Keeffe.
The date was March 11, 1944. Allied forces were to bomb Florence.

“Everything photographs so well!” is the first impression one could get after a first round of the 60 international exhibitors of the 19th edition of SCOPE New York, held at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan. The press preview allowed for close examinations of several booths, and one thing that can be said with utter confidence is that much of the art would translate well on social media.

Conservation experts with the Center for Research and Restoration of the Museums of France (C2RMF) at the Louvre have uncovered new evidence that a charcoal sketch long attributed to the workshop of Leonardo da Vinci may, in fact, have been created by the master himself.
Through May 12 at the Cincinnati Art Museum, Paris 1900: City of Entertainment introduces visitors to Paris during the Belle Époque (“Beautiful Era”) of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Few cities have the allure of Paris. Known as the City of Light, it has attracted tourists, artists and free thinkers for hundreds of years.
Later this year, the long-awaited Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will open its doors on Miracle Mile in Los Angeles. Situated next door to LACMA in a city that happens to be the number two tourist destination in the country, the new museum should draw plenty of traffic, but beyond a screening series and a few old props and posters under glass, the script has yet to be written on what a motion picture museum should be. 
Corrie & Nat break down Jean-Honoré Fragonard's "The Swing". The Babes discuss everything from the frilly pink dress to the clever details to the complicated story of the commission. Plus Corrie gets real into her feels about this cornerstone of the Rococo.
Moove over, Manhattan, cow coming through! And not just any cow, this one’s a molded plaster bovine sculpture drawn and painted by beloved children’s author/illustrator Maurice Sendak in the manner of his Caldecott Medal-winning book, Where the Wild Things Are.
There is much to celebrate about the life and work of Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, the famed Dutch master. Prolific and ground-breaking in drawing, printmaking and painting, Rembrandt was adept at any of the subjects he tackled, from portraits, to still lives, landscapes and Biblical scenes. The Dutch are especially proud of their countryman, who despite never having left the Netherlands in his lifetime, has had a global influence.
Opening this week at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago is the first major survey of acclaimed photographer Laurie Simmons. Laurie Simmons: Big Camera/Little Camera encompasses four decades of her work, including film and sculpture, in addition to her photographs. Known for her close-up images of the world of dolls, Simmons has long used her lens to critique gender roles and idealized visions of American prosperity and domesticity.