Marco Sanges at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts USA

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Marco Sanges at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts USA
Curated by: John B. Ravenal

200 N. Boulevard
23220-4007 Richmond
February 15th, 2012 - February 15th, 2012
Opening: February 15th, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

United States
Sat-Wed 10-5; Thu-Fri 10-9
photography, surrealism, figurative


Marco Sanges at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Marco's portrait series 12 n'3 became part of the permanent collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.


"We are delighted that Marco Sanges's Portrait Series, 12 n' 3 (2005; gelatin silver print ) has become part of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts's acclaimed permanent collection during our 75th year."
Alex Nyerges, Director VMFA

"This is the first work by Sanges in VMFA’s collection. Sanges began his career as a fashion photographer working for magazines such as Vogue Italia. Now based in London, he has begun to garner increased recognition for his highly cinematic approach. He frequently imbues his images with the strongly lit, dramatic effects of the silent film era of the 1920s. While many of Sanges’ black-and-white photographs from his Portrait Series feature the amplified gestures of actors, 12 n’3 offers only the fleshy back of a man’s head. Although it stands in stark contrast to other works in the series, it effectively demonstrates the way in which Sanges’ stylistic techniques develop a character out of an economy of means."
John B. Ravenal, Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, VMFA

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Organizational Profile
Incorporation. VMFA was founded in 1934 by Virginia’s General Assembly and opened in 1936. It is overseen by a governor-appointed Board of Trustees. In 2010, an expanded and renovated VMFA opened its new James W. and Frances G. McGlothlin Wing, which doubles the gallery space and increases visitor amenities on a redesigned campus. The expansion project was the most comprehensive in VMFA’s history. The new 165,000-square-foot wing, 3.5-acre sculpture garden, art education center, and renovations to the original building inspired a complete rethinking of the overall collection display and special exhibitions and resulted in the redesign and reinstallation of all major galleries.
Mission. VMFA is a state agency and a privately endowed educational institution created for the citizens of Virginia. Its purpose is to collect, preserve, exhibit, and interpret the art of world cultures from all periods of history, to encourage the study of the arts, and to enrich lives.
Overview. VMFA is the nation’s oldest statewide art system, serving the greater Richmond area and 200 Virginia arts organizations. The collection of world art consists of 24,000 objects, spans 5,500 years, and is recognized for its cultural diversity, breadth, and aesthetic quality. Collections include the 21st-Century Art; the Sydney and Frances Lewis Collections of Late 20th-Century Art and Decorative Arts (one of the most significant holdings of Art Nouveau and Art Deco outside France); the Paul Mellon Collection (British Sporting, French Impressionist, and American art); one of the nation’s foremost collections of South Asian art; Chinese, Japanese, and Korean art; ancient American art; the largest public collection of Fabergé Imperial Eggs outside Russia; the Rita and Jerome Gans collection of English silver (one of the best outside the U. K.); and strong collections of ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Roman art; African, American, and European art.
Community, region, and statewide audiences: After reopening May 1, 2010, attendance topped 600,000 and membership stands at 41,000 households. VMFA’s statewide program attendance numbered more than 500,000, bringing the total of people served to more than 1 million people each year. VMFA has reached 88,176 families, teachers, and students across the state through educational programs and exhibitions, and the website has been redesigned for easier access. Each year VMFA provides guided tours for school groups, college groups, and adults, with nearly 11,000 students and teachers and 10,000 adult and college students participating. An additional 76,000 individuals took advantage of VMFA classes, events, talks, family days, and other educational programs.
Special efforts. Teacher and College Advisory Committees. Family activities, senior-citizen tours, programs for people with dementia and Alzheimer’s, pre-school through college programs, teachers-kits; public library with online automated catalogue; wi-fi for internet use in public areas. Investment in Picasso, Masterpieces from the Musée National, Paris, a banner exhibition that ran February through May, 2011, was seen by more than 230,000 visitors and had a $30 million impact on Richmond and the state of Virginia.

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is a state agency and a privately endowed educational institution created for the benefit of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Its purpose is to collect, preserve, exhibit, and interpret art, to encourage the study of the arts, and thus to enrich the lives of all. The art belongs to the citizens of the Commonwealth, the facilities are state-owned.

24,000 objects spanning 5,500 years of world history: African; American; South and East Asian; European; Fabergé; Gans English Silver; Lewis Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Modern and Contemporary; Mellon French Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, and British Sporting Art.

VMFA has undergone its fifth expansion since opening in 1936, adding 165,000 sq. ft., including 135,000 sq. ft. of exhibition space, for a total of 600,000 interior sq. ft. The historic redesign features the new McGlothlin Wing, a 50% increase in gallery space, the Cochrane Atrium, the Robins Sculpture Garden, and the Parking Deck on VMFA’s 14-acre campus.

Educational programs
50 traveling exhibitions to statewide partners; 1,500 media resources for the classroom; Virginia’s SOL-based lessons on the art of world cultures; teacher institutes, workshops and lectures; Pre-school–12 and college events.

Public served
More than 1 million at the museum, around the state, and on the web. More than 104,000 youth, family, and teachers, and 200 art partners served in Virginia.

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
200 N. Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220-4007
Telephone: 804.340.1400
Free Admission 


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