Shelley Reed, Hitched (After Desportes and Hondecoeter, 2013, oil on canvas,          Courtesy of the artist and Danese Corey Gallery, New York

Wild Kingdom

November 17, 2018 – March 3, 2019

For the sheer fun of it, nothing beats the theme of animals in art. For this show, guest curators Franklin Hill Perrell and Debbie Wells assembled a circus parade of the wild and the woolly, from the big cats (lions, tigers, leopards and others) to sheep and bunnies. The roll call of major talents represented in the show whose paintings, drawings, and sculpture have immortalized the wild kingdom includes many of the top dogs in art history, including Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, JohnJames Audubon and Jeff Koons among many others. As a special treat, a lavishly colorful installation by the world-renowned artist and designer Hunt Slonem transformed the elegant rooms of the mansion into a dream-like sanctuary for parrots, rabbits and butterflies, his signature motifs. This show within a show, titled Eden Never Ends, includes not just a dazzling array of paintings but an unforgettable installation of fabrics and extravagant furniture designed by Hunt Slonem, created expressly for this exhibition.

 

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