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We have a Super Bowl bet!

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This just in: The Milwaukee Art Museum and the Carnegie Museum of Art have agreed to a Super Bowl bet! Even better: The museums have put major works by major artists on the line. The bet continues an annual tradition begun  last year when MAN instigated a wager between the Indianapolis Museum of Art and the New Orleans Museum of Art.

Both museums are offering up significant impressionist paintings: The Carnegie Museum of Art has wagered Pierre Renoir’s playful, fleshy Bathers with a Crab (cicra 1890-99, above) on a Pittsburgh Steelers victory. The Milwaukee Art Museum has put on the line Gustave Caillebotte’s serene Boating on the Yerres (1877, below). (Coincidentally, the Caillebotte was one of the paintings I suggested here. I completely whiffed on the Renoir.) Milwaukee is the nearest city to Green Bay (pop. 100,000), which does not have an art museum.

The two museums have not yet determined the dates of the loan.

Either loan would provide something new to museum visitors in Wisconsin and western Pennsylvania: According to the Milwaukee Art Museum’s online collection site, the museum does not have a Renoir nude. (MAM’s only Renoir is this charming impressionist river scene.) While the Carnegie has a good impressionist collection, including significant works by Monet, Degas, Pissaro and Sisley, it does not have a Caillebotte.

MAM and CMOA were quick to express interest in the bet once MAN suggested it on Sunday night. MAM director Daniel Keegan is a Green Bay native and I’m told he was particularly eager to fly the Packers flag. “I’m confident that we will be enjoying the Renoir from Carnegie Museum of Art very soon. I look forward to displaying it where the public can enjoy it and be reminded of the superiority of the Green Bay Packers,” Keegan said in a press release.

CMOA director Lynn Zelevansky shot back at Keegan, also in the kind of press release that art museums only issue when they’re having fun. “In Pittsburgh, we believe trash talk is bad form,” she said. “We let the excellence of our football team, and our collection, speak for itself. It will be my great pleasure to see the Caillebotte from the Milwaukee Art Museum hang in our galleries.”

Last year the Indianapolis Museum of Art lost the Super Bowl bet and loaned a significant JMW Turner painting to the New Orleans Museum of Art after the Saints beat the Colts 31-17.

Coverage of the bet: The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s Mary Louise Schumacher on Art City. Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch calls this “the best Super Bowl bet.” Fox Sports. NYT. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Kottke.org. Boston Globe. Front page of the Milwaukee J-S. NPR’s “Morning Edition.”

(The Renoir is oil on canvas, 21 1/2 x 25 3/4 in. It was acquired through the generosity of Mrs. Alan M. Scaife and family. Photo: Tom Little. The Caillebotte is oil on canvas, 40 3/4 x 61 3/8 in., a gift of the Milwaukee Journal Company, in honor of Miss Faye McBeath. Photo: John R. Glembin.)

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  1. [...] Art Info… Both museums are offering up significant impressionist paintings: The Carnegie Museum of Art [...]

  2. [...] –And Super Bowl wagers go highbrow. [...]

  3. what? no ’sentimental blancmange’??? these guys need to step it up!!!!

  4. Loser should also have to put up a small exhibition of contemporary work by artists from the winning city.

  5. [...] reported that the wager will bring something new to each of the museums because the Milwaukee  museum has no Renoir nudes (it has a Renoir river scene) and Carnegie, [...]

  6. [...] ♥ The Carnegie and Milwaukee Art Museums are waging an art-loan bet on the Super Bowl. [...]

  7. [...] Super Bowl bet is set: For the second year in a row, MAN’s Tyler Green has convinced the directors of the art museums most closely aligned with this year’s Super Bowl contenders to wager a significant painting loan on the outcome of the game. The Carnegie Museum of Art has committed a Renoir to a Pittsburgh Steelers victory, while the Milwaukee Art Museum has ponied up with a Caillebotte on behalf of the Green Bay Packers. From MAM director and Green Bay native Daniel Keegan: “I’m confident that we will be enjoying the Renoir from Carnegie Museum of Art very soon. I look forward to displaying it where the public can enjoy it and be reminded of the superiority of the Green Bay Packers.” Pfft, like hell. Steelers all the way, baby. [...]

  8. [...] Football and art: Green Bay vs. Pittsburgh? How about Renoir vs. Caillebotte? [...]

  9. [...] NEW YORK— If we consider that football and art are like East and West and never a twain shall meet, afterwards we haven’t been profitable attention. Matthew Barney was a star quarterback who headed to Yale’s undergraduate art module on a sports scholarship. Cowboys Stadium in Arlington (the really place where this year’s Super Bowl showdown will occur) facilities a register of contemporary art installations by a likes of Olafur Eliasson, Daniel Buren, and Lawrence Weiner. And now a art-cum-football world’s biggest annual eventuality has rolled around again: Yes, ARTINFO blogger Tyler Green has thrown down a gauntlet once more, calling for a second book of his intrigue to rile adult a art world, his yearly Super Bowl bet. [...]

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  11. Is this painting responsible for Matisse’s “Bather’s with a Turtle”? Looking at the Renoir it seems Mattisse could very well have felt as I do that this wonderful painting suffered a stylistic mishap and could easily be put back on track.

    It’s interesting and valiant in how Renoir tried to recover the grand tradition of figure painting from the direction that Impressionism took.

    Cezanne, Gauguin and Van Gogh took on the same direction, Van Gogh dying before his Grand result.

    Then Picasso’s Demoiselle and Matisse’s Joy of Life . The “turtle” continues this vein.

    My post I guess is a result of wondering at the Modern’s Matisse show last year what the “turtle was about”!

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  13. [...] And the Super Bowl bets are on: This year it’s the Milwaukee Art Museum versus the Carnegie Museum of Art. Up for grabs: French impressionist paintings. [...]

  14. [...] The wager: If the Green Bay Packers win the Super Bowl, the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh will loan its Renoir “Bathers with Crab” to the Milwaukee Art Museum. If the Steelers win, the Milwaukee Art Museum will loan its Caillebotte “Boating on the Yerres” to Carnegie for a few months. It’s French Impressionist v. French Impressionist for the Lombardi Trophy and bragging rights …. [...]

  15. [...] keywords. Above, you can quickly find our losing Super Bowl bet from last year. (Be sure to follow this year’s bet as well). Three major exhibition sites created within IMAmuseum.org in the last [...]

  16. [...] WITH MASTERPIECES. As described here, the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh have made a bet on the [...]

  17. “…Milwaukee is the nearest city to Green Bay…”
    There are a lot of cities closer to Green Bay than Milwaukee, and many of them have art museums!

  18. [...] than some of the wagers tossed out this week between Pittsburgh and Green Bay, ranging from works of art to an adult film actress who has promised to make a select group of her fans very happy should the [...]

  19. [...] now, I’m sure you’ve seen the coverage, which began on art critic Tyler Green’s Modern Art Notes blog, but here’s a quick overview of the situation. Last year, Green egged on the directors of the [...]

  20. [...] health/look-at-art day here at MAN. See you Monday. Best of luck to Wisconsin and Pittsburgh in this year’s Super Bowl bet! « Egypt and 3rd of May Blog Home Uncategorized Tweet window.fbAsyncInit = [...]

  21. This Ravens fan says….Milwaukee Art Museum..make room on the wall…steelers are goin down…

  22. [...] Superbowl bet is on between Milwaukee Art Museum and Carnegie Museum of Art, and they’ve put some major works on [...]

  23. [...] This sort of makes me want to actually watch the Super Bowl: The Milwaukee Art Museum and the Carnegie Museum of Art have agreed to a Super Bowl bet! Even better: The museums have put major works by major artists on the line. The bet continues an annual tradition begun  last year when MAN instigated a wager between the Indianapolis Museum of Art and the New Orleans Museum of Art. [...]

  24. by Not a Football Fan

    This is the best article I have read about the Super Bowl!
    Brining art to the forefront of football frenzie broadens the interest field!

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  26. [...] After receiving a suggestion from blogger, Tyler Green of Modern Art Notes, on Twitter, Anderson promptly bet famous works of art on the 2010 Superbowl… through his personal Twitter account. The initiative displays the importance of listening to an online audience, acting quickly, and well… just being cool. Unfortunately, the Colts lost the Superbowl, but the IMA held up their end of the bargain: they lent Turner’s The Fifth Plague of Egypt, 1800 to the New Orleans Museum of Art for three months. We’ve all looked to this as a great example of online engagement and local community cultivation ever since. And now these bets are becoming tradition. [...]

  27. [...] Phooey on all that. It’s time for the third annual Modern Art Notes Super Bowl Bet, in which the art museums in the two Super Bowl cities wager loans of major artworks on the outcome of the game. In Year One, then-Indianapolis Museum of Art director Max Anderson disparaged an artwork New Orleans Museum of Art director John Bullard proposed to bet as “sentimental blancmange,” which was immediately recognized as one of the great insults in Super Bowl history. NOMA ended up with one of Indianapolis’s best JMW Turners. Last year the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Milwaukee Art Museum played their paintings close to the vest and handled the whole thing via quiet, polite press releases. It was much less fun, but Milwaukee still got a CMOA Renoir. [...]

  28. [...] started back in 2010, when the Indianapolis Museum of Art and the New Orleans Museum of Art put their art on the line [...]

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