Ruth Bernhard: Body and Form
Bernhard, a black-and-white photographer of the mid-20th century who associated with Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams and Edward Weston, her mentor, saw abstract beauty in the bodies of women. An FMoPA exhibition affirms her legacy—Bernhard died in 2006 in San Francisco at the age of 101 — and highlights a little-known connection to Tampa, where, according to FMoPA interim director Zora Carrier, Bernhard traveled periodically to visit friends. Photographs drawn from FMoPA’s collection and loans introduce viewers to Bernhard’s consummate treatment of the female nude and shadow, light and shape, in works such as “In the Box, Horizontal” (1962). Sept. 6-Nov. 30, Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, 400 N. Ashley Drive, Cube 200, Tampa, 813-221-2222, fmopa.org.
Jamie Wyeth’s Portraits of Rudolf Nureyev Nureyev
, the Soviet-born ballet icon legendary for his sex appeal and virtuosic dancing, is the subject of 19 portraits by Wyeth, a realist painter and son of Andrew Wyeth (“Christina’s World”). It took Wyeth several years to convince Nureyev, who surged to international fame after defecting from the Soviet Union in 1961, to sit for a portrait. After they met in the late 1970s, in a studio loaned to Wyeth by Andy Warhol, Nureyev became one of Wyeth’s most cherished subjects, inspiring more than 40 drawings and paintings. (Some that won’t be coming to St. Pete are part of a Wyeth retrospective at Boston’s MFA that has been drawing mixed reviews.) The exhibition also includes five of Nureyev’s costumes. A tie-in with American Stage Theatre Company brings the two-person play Nureyev’s Eyes by David Rush to town in October. Oct. 11-Jan. 18, 2015, Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive N.E., St. Petersburg, fine-arts.org.
On the heels of its attendance record-breaking Warhol exhibition, the Dalí Museum is counting on another blockbuster with an exhibition exploring connections between Salvador Dalí and Pablo Picasso. The two artists met in 1926 when 22-year-old Dalí visited the Paris studio of Picasso, who was already renowned for his cubist paintings; afterwards, Dalí’s painting changed overnight, says Dalí Museum director Hank Hine. Paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures by both artists illuminate shared interests in cubism, surrealism and the Spanish American War, which inspired Picasso’s famed masterwork, “Guernica.” The Dalí Museum and the Museu Picasso in Barcelona, where the exhibition will travel in March 2015, jointly organized the show. Nov. 8-Feb. 16, 2015, The Dalí Museum, One Dalí Blvd, St. Petersburg, 727-823-3767, thedali.org.
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For this juried exhibition, artists were invited to respond to the word “dry,” broadly defined (e.g., lacking moisture, non-alcoholic, ironic). See what materialized during First Fridays Seminole Heights. Sept. 5-Oct. 4, Tempus Projects, 4636 N. Florida Ave., Tampa, 813-340-9056, tempus-projects.com.
Four contemporary artists imagine otherworldly places through painting, drawing and printmaking: Edgar Sanchez Cumbas, Lise Drost, Shane McAdams and William Walmsley. Sept. 12-Dec. 23, Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin, 727-298-3322, dfac.org.
EyeSplice Collective: Spatial Disruption
The 12 artists of EyeSplice — all women, working in a range of media from video and installation to painting and performance — test the boundaries of public and private space. Sept. 13-Oct. 26, Morean Arts Center, 719 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, 727-822-7872, dfac.org.
Workspace, the 300-square-foot gallery in Seminole Heights, celebrates its 1-year anniversary with 40 works created by 40 artists using 13-by-13-inch handcrafted wooden boxes. Sat., Sept. 13, 6-11 p.m., Workspace, 4501 N. Florida Ave., Tampa, 813-453-0492, tampaworkspace.com.
Renoir to Chagall: Paris and the Allure of Color
A traveling exhibition from the Dixon Gallery and Gardens in Memphis brings French giants of Impressionism and early 20th-century painting including Monet, Renoir, Degas, Matisse and Chagall. Oct. 11-Jan. 11, 2015, Tampa Museum of Art, 120 W. Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, 813-274-8130, tampamuseum.org.
The plaza outside the Mahaffey Theater is transformed into an outlandish automotive showroom for vehicles adorned with eye-popping art by Sebastian Coolidge, James Oleson, Stephen Palladino and others. A $5 suggested donation benefits Creative Pinellas and Class Acts Performance Series, a children’s education program at the Mahaffey Theatre. Sat., Sept. 27, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Duke Energy Center for the Arts Plaza, 500 Bay Shore Drive S.E., St. Petersburg, carmadafl.com.
Uncertain Landscapes: Victoria Block and Alain Salesse
Block’s straightforward landscape paintings serve as a foil for Salesse’s strange, egg-shaped ceramic sculptures. Oct. 12-Jan. 4, 2015, Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, 600 E Klosterman Rd, St. Petersburg College, Tarpon Springs, 727-712-5762, spcollege.edu/museum.
The Three Deaths
Tampa-based artists Bill and Jennifer Renninger collaborate to stage color photographs inspired by the afterlife and its mysteries. Nov. 10-Dec. 11, HCC Dale Mabry Gallery 221, 4001 W. Tampa Bay Blvd., Tampa, 813-253-7386, hccfl.edu/gallery221.