Museums This Week: Van Gogh's Self-Portrait & More

Gustave Moreau, Salome Dancing before Herod, 1874-76 | cropped image via The Hammer

Museums This Week is a guide to what's going on with exhibitions around Southern California. For recent openings, browse them here.

Openings
Norton Simon Museum
Tormented by mental illness, Vincent Van Gogh committed himself to an asylum in the South of France in 1889. Despite his suffering, he painted over 140 works in 13 months during his stay.
Van Gogh's "Self-Portrait," 1889, on Loan from the National Gallery of Art, Washington, is one such masterpiece.
December 07, 2012 - March 04, 2013

Closings
The Hammer
A Strange Magic: Gustave Moreau's Salome is dedicated entirely to the artist's piece titled Salome Dancing before Herod. The exhibition includes five other paintings by Moreau on the theme of Salome, as well as more than 40 drawings specifically related to the Hammer painting.
Ends December 9, 2012

University Art Museum at CSULB
There are a number of closings at UAM, with a focus on the abstract:

  • Patrick Wilson's Pull presents recent geometric abstract paintings by the artist.
  • Linda Day: Swimming in Paint highlights abstract paintings, collages, and drawings by the late artist.
  • From the Vault focuses on the evolution of abstraction in painting over the 20th Century, drawing from the museum's permanent collection.

  • Ends December 9, 2012

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