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Record-setting 'Fairy Painting' exhibition, now closed at UI, goes to New York

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- "Victorian Fairy Painting," the record-setting exhibition that recently closed at the University of Iowa Museum of Art, will add one of the most distinguished exhibition spaces in New York City to its tour next fall, appearing Oct. 13-Jan. 17, 1999, at the Frick Collection, 1 East 70th Street in Manhattan.

"Victorian Fairy Painting" closed at the UI Sunday, May 24, with a total attendance of 25,169 over a period of 12 weeks. The previous attendance record at the Museum of Art was held by the exhibition "Plain Pictures: Images of the American Prairie," which was seen by 14,455 visitors over a similar period in the fall of 1996.

"Victorian Fairy Painting" was first shown during the winter at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, where it also broke attendance records. The exhibition was organized by Pamela White Trimpe, Curator of Painting and Sculpture and assistant director of the UI Museum of Art, working with members of the Royal Academy. The New York showing will feature a portion of the original exhibition, selected by Edgar Munhall, curator of the Frick Collection.

Having closed at the UI Museum of Art, the exhibition will now travel to the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, where it will be shown June 20-Sept. 13. The addition of the Frick Collection to the tour brings to four the number of museums where the exhibition will be seen.

The Frick Collection comprises an anthology of some of the most celebrated works of western art from the early Renaissance through the late 19th century, including masterpieces by Bellini, El Greco, Rembrandt, Titian, Turner, Vermeer, Whistler and many others. These paintings are complemented by one of the world's finest collections of Renaissance bronzes and by great French sculpture of the 18th century. These treasures are surrounded by outstanding decorative art works from the ateliers of Riesener, Lacroix, Boulle, Carlin, Gouthiere and Sevres.

Each year more than 250,000 visitors from New York, across America and around the world come to the collection's famed Fifth Avenue mansion, once the residence of Henry Clay Frick (1849-1919). Designed by Thomas Hastings of Carrere and Hastings, and constructed in 1913-1914, the building was changed after Mrs. Frick's death in 1931, with alterations and additions made by the architect John Russell Pope. The collection opened to the public in 1935.

The Frick Collection is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and from 1 to 6 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $7 ($5 for students and senior citizens). Children under 10 are not admitted to the collection, and those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

"Victorian Fairy Painting" and its companion book examine the portrayal of fairies in art and literature from the late 18th to the early 20th centuries. The exhibition includes paintings by both well and lesser known artists, including J.M.W. Turner, John Everett Millais, Richard Dadd, John Anster Fitzgerald, J. Edwin Landseer, Richard Doyle and Joseph Noel Paton.