Fakes and Forgeries

A virtual conversation
November 17, 2022

The WPI hosted Special Agent Christopher McKeogh from the Art Crime division of the FBI. SA McKeogh gave a presentation on some of the notable cases he’s seen in recent times, what to look out for, and what art world experts can do to fight back against these fraudulent activities.

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Photographers on Bearden

A virtual conversation Frank Stewart and Chester Higgins, Jr.
November 9, 2022 at 6:30 pm ET

In celebration of the launch of the Romare Bearden Papers on the Digital Archives, the WPI hosted a webinar featuring renowned photographers Frank Stewart and Chester Higgins, Jr., in a conversation moderated by Dalila Scruggs, Curator of Photography and Prints at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

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The Role of the Leo Castelli Gallery in the Advent of ‘Pop Art’

A Pop Places webinar
October 11, 2022

Leo Castelli established his gallery’s direction when it opened in the late 1950s by exhibiting the work of Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg. Their art marked a shift away from the prevailing mode of abstract expressionism by employing objects and signs from the everyday environment, popular culture, and the mass media. By the mid-1960s the Castelli Gallery was considered among the most influential “Pop Places,” exhibiting works by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and James Rosenquist along with that of Johns and Rauschenberg. Bernstein, who frequented the Castelli gallery after arriving in New York in 1966 as an art history graduate student examines the origins of the galley as center for the various directions of Pop, including her personal experiences.

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Two Men from Cincinnati: Tom Wesselmann’s 1962 Debut at The Green Gallery

A Pop Places webinar
October 4, 2022

Richard (Dick) Bellamy opened the Green Gallery on West 57th street in Fall 1960. The gallery’s first eighteen months experienced paltry sales. However, with the explosive arrival of Pop art in America, the gallery became a go-to-source for the “new” art. Tom Wesselmann’s gallery debut featured his Great American Nude and Still Life paintings that were swiftly snatched up by committed collectors as they vied for the artist’s latest artworks. This webinar draws on the author’s research for the forthcoming monograph devoted to the stylistic development and reception of Wesselmann’s most famous body of work, the Great American Nude series (1961–1969/73).

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