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Joseph Stella, planned photo exhibitions for the Norton Museum | Pro Club Bd

The Norton Museum of Art will host the debut of a major new exhibition in October focusing on nature-related work by 20th-century American modernist Joseph Stella, the museum announced earlier this month.

Also planned for October is an exhibition of fashion and street photography from the holdings of Swiss collector Nicola Erni, who opened a private museum in Steinhausen, Switzerland, in 2013 to showcase the diverse artworks she has amassed over the past two decades.

A Personal Look at High Fashion and Street Style: Photographs from the Nicola Erni Collection, 1930s to the Present opens October 8th and runs through February 12th. Joseph Stella: Visionary Natureopens on October 15th and can be seen until January 15th.

Two Pink Water Lilies (1943) by Joseph Stella.

Norton CEO Ghislain d’Humières said in a prepared statement that the two fall exhibitions will provide “insights into the major artistic movements of the 20th century.

Stella (1877-1946), who emigrated to the United States from southern Italy as a teenager in 1896, is best known for his paintings of New York City, which were inspired by the Futurist movement in his native Italy. This intellectual movement glorified the power, power, and violence of the modern industrial age, and Stella’s colorful, dramatically lit paintings of Coney Island and the Brooklyn Bridge have become modernist visual icons.

Swans (Night) (ca. 1924-1930), by Joseph Stella.

But Stella was also very interested in flora and fauna and visionary nature has 90 paintings and works on paper, including depictions of water lilies, tropical flowers and swans, as well as works with religious themes such as Purissima (1927), a painting of the Virgin Mary reflecting early Christian art.

“The Stella exhibition is the first in-depth exploration of the artist’s fascination with the natural world,” said d’Humières. Curated by the High Museum of Art in Atlanta and the Brandywine River Museum of Art in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, the exhibition will travel to those two museums after its debut at the Norton.

Flip Family (1987), directed by Amy Arbus.

The Erni exhibition will feature nearly 300 works by more than 100 different artists, including eminent photographers such as Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, Cindy Sherman and Bill Cunningham. The show traces the history of fashion photography from the early 20th century to the 1980s, when photographers looked beyond traditional boundaries to explore changes in street fashion style. Erni began building her collection in the 1990s, initially focusing on photographs from the 1960s and 1970s that documented the jet-set celebrity culture of that era.

Some of the works in the exhibition are featured through thematic content, as the exhibition explores how the photos represent ideas of “fantasy, romance and provocation,” Norton officials said.

Fearless Lola and the Lion King, Miami (1999), directed by Esther Haase.

“The Nicola Erni Collection is a globally acclaimed collection that brings together the diverse worlds of fashion and street photography, exploring glamor and style through the lens of some of the greatest photographers of the last century,” said d’Humières.

There is also an exhibition by Moroccan photographer Lalla Essaydi this autumn. your show, Revealed, shows portraits of Arab women that the artist has decorated with henna calligraphy. (July 23 – Nov 6). Meanwhile, the African-American artist Henry Ossawa Tanner is the subject intimate images (August 20 – March 12), an exhibition of four works including Christ in the house of Mary (1937), recently acquired by Norton.

Romance: Christian Lacroix Haute Couture Atelier in Paris, for House & Garden (1988), by Arthur Elgort.

On view from September 10th to January 15th is AAutumn mountains and the light of the harvest moon, four paintings by Chinese artists offering their interpretations of the landscape tradition in Chinese art. The exhibition features two contemporary artists, as well as 18th-century artist Zhang Yuan and 19th-century painter Zhou Kai.

The Norton Museum of Art, located at 1450 S. Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach, is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The museum is closed on Wednesdays and public holidays. General admission is $18, $15 for seniors, and $5 for students with valid ID.

Call 561-832-5196 or visit for more information.

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