“Alphonse Mucha: Master of Art Nouveau,” an exhibition that includes more than 70 original works by the artist many consider the creator of the Art Nouveau style, opened Saturday and is running through Jan. 3 at the Reading Public Museum.
From 1895 to 1910, Mucha (1860–1939) was one of the most significant artists in all of Europe. His work became synonymous with the international Art Nouveau style, popularly called “le style Mucha” in Paris at the turn of the century.
With a focus on the works created during the 1890s, this exhibition shows a creative man exploring possibilities when the emphasis was on defining a new art, fit for the new century.
Mucha’s designs for posters, calendars, books and advertising labels circulated widely throughout Europe and America, and his Art Nouveau style dominated visual culture and graphic design for years.
Highlights of the exhibition include four versions of a monumental poster Mucha created in 1894 for actress Sarah Bernhardt’s play “Gismonda” and two posters advertising Job cigarette papers (1896 and 1898).
Also included are vintage lithographs, original drawings, paintings, books and advertising ephemera. Works and objects in this exhibition are drawn from the holdings of the Dhawan Collection, Los Angeles, one of the largest and finest collections of Mucha’s work in the United States.
The museum, which is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., is following all CDC recommendations including masks required inside for all adults and recommended for children. For more information, see www.readingpublicmuseum.org.
Clay on Main gallery in Oley is hosting a socially distanced retrospective exhibition of Constance McBride’s art titled “Between Two Worlds.” The show runs through Oct. 24 and can be viewed by appointment during select studio hours.
McBride’s attention to detail is evident on the faces of her “Lonely Girls” series, ceramic busts of residents of her mother’s assisted living facility, as well as in her room encompassing installation “From the Hearts of Stars.” Both series are carefully created in clay and natural materials. Balancing out the three-dimensional work is a series of hung pastels entitled “Timescapes,” depicting female forms in all their grandeur, with scars, folds and evidence of a life well-lived.
McBride is a native of Philadelphia. Her work addresses the human condition. While residing in the Southwest, observations of the desert made a transformative impact on her practice. Now living and working in Chester County, she is involved with art communities in the Delaware Valley. McBride earned a bachelor of arts degree from Arcadia University, Glenside, Montgomery County.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, four visitors will be allowed at a time during 30 minute scheduled appointments to allow for proper social distancing. Visitors are also asked to wear a mask while inside the gallery. Groups are encouraged to contact the studio if more than four persons would like to attend. More information can be found at www.clayonmain.org/on-exhibit-now.