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Still lifes by Pissarro, Cézanne, Manet & friends on view at the Toledo Museum of Art

Paul Cézanne (French, 1839–1906), Still Life With Bread and Eggs. Oil on canvas, 1865. Cincinnati Art Museum, Gift of Mary E. Johnston, 1955.73.

TOLEDO, OH.- ONE EACH: Still Lifes by Pissarro, Cézanne, Manet & Friends opened Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Toledo Museum of Art. Organized in partnership with the Cincinnati Art Museum, the exhibition promises to be a focused but rewarding experience of a selection of richly evocative still lifes painted by French artists in the 1860s. ONE EACH: Still Lifes by Pissarro, Cézanne, Manet & Friends is on view through April 12, 2020. It will then travel to Cincinnati, where it can be seen from May 15 to Aug. 9, 2020. The exhibition is curated by TMA’s Lawrence W. Nichols, the William Hutton senior curator, European & American painting and sculpture before 1900, and Peter Jonathan Bell, Cincinnati’s associate curator of European paintings, sculpture and drawings. One Each invites a dialogue with the past, exploring the impact that the still lifes of the 1860s had on art movements in the 20th century, including, and perhaps most importantl ... More

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National Archives apologizes for altering image of 2017 Women's March   Forum Gallery opens an exhibition of works by Andrew Wyeth   Benin welcomes back 28 antique royal artefacts

The National Archives and Records Administration, which calls itself the country’s record keeper, has reportedly admitted to altering a photo of protesters at the 2017 Women’s March to blur out references critical of President Donald Trump. Leigh Vogel/The New York Times.

by Maria Cramer

NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE ).- The National Archives and Records Administration, which calls itself the country’s record keeper, apologized Saturday for altering a photo of protesters at the 2017 Women’s March that blurred out references critical of President Donald Trump. “We made a mistake,” began a statement the archives released Saturday. The photo of protesters holding signs was part of an exhibit, “Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote,” which examined the struggle of women to gain the right to vote. But signs critical of the president that appeared in the photo — including one that said “God Hates Trump” ... More

Installation view.

NEW YORK, NY.- Forum Gallery, New York, is presenting an exhibition of works by Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009), who set the standard for American figurative art in the second half of the Twentieth Century. Working in pencil, watercolor, egg tempera and his much-beloved personal medium of drybrush, Wyeth, throughout his life, was a resolute champion of the universal life force of each person he chose to paint, and of the unique, difficult, ever-changing rural American world in which he chose to live. His art was controversial as it was popular, and he remains one of very few living artists to be celebrated by important single-person exhibitions at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (1976) and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC (1987). Andrew Wyeth’s 1966-67 exhibition, at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art in Philadelphia, the Art Institute of Chicago and New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art, was one of the best-a ... More

Dominique Zinkpe, a Beninese contemporary artist and director of the Centre for arts and culture, pose for a portrait outside the the Petit Musée de la Récade. Prosper Dagnitche / AFP.

by Josué Mehouenou

ABOMEY-CALAVI (AFP).- Ambassadors from France and Japan mingled with presidential officials, royalty and schoolchildren as Benin celebrated the return of dozens of colonial-era antique artefacts looted by France more than a century ago. Guests clustered around a magnificent 19th-century sword decorated with animal figurines once wielded by one of the Amazons, the female warriors who served as royal bodyguards. Other items include royal sceptres in the shape of an axe or a crosier. But while France has agreed in recent years to return some of Benin's looted treasures, this collection came home thanks to a private initiative. Earlier this year, the Collective of Saint-Germain-des-Pres Antiquarians, a group of specialists based near Paris, managed to acquire them -- ... More

Unique 300 year old scientific drawings at risk of leaving the UK   Louvre reopens after being blocked by strikers   Masterworks from the collections of Marylou Whitney and J.E. Safra lead Sotheby's auction

From Mark Catesby, The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands (2 volumes) and William Bartram and others, A Commonplace Book.

LONDON.- An export bar has been placed on a group of 18th century albums containing what experts claim are amongst the finest examples of botanical drawing in existence. The works, ‘The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands’ and ‘A Commonplace Book’ are valued at £2,500,000 and were completed in the mid 1700s. They are at risk of being lost abroad unless a UK buyer can be found. The two volumes of Mark Catesby’s ‘The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands’ are a first edition set published in 1731 and 1743 . They were owned by Peter Collinson and contain printed text and hand-coloured etched plates, depicting indigenous plants, birds and animals. Unique to this edition, the high-quality illustrations include an additional frontispiece, illustrations and watercolours by William Bartram and Georg Ehret - the most renowned botanical watercolourist of his time. Catesby ... More

This picture shows a partial view of the ceilings of Apollon's Gallery on January 14, 2020 at the Louvre museum in Paris after the reopening of the Gallery following ten months of renovations. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP.

PARIS (AFP).- The Louvre in Paris, the world's most visited museum, reopened on Saturday after being shut down by workers striking over government plans to overhaul France's pension system. On Friday, hundreds of disappointed visitors had massed outside the Louvre, some hurling insults at strikers who had blocked the entrance. It was the first time since the strike began on December 5 that the museum had shut completely although it was forced to close some galleries last month. Union leaders are seeking to widen opposition to the pension reforms proposed by President Emmanuel Macron's government, which have triggered the longest transport strike in France in decades. The unions are looking for a second wind as the movement starts to flag, with the proportion of striking workers at national railway operator SNCF ... More

Jean-Léon Gérôme, The Grand White Eunuch. Oil on canvas, 24¾ by 19¾ in. 62.9 by 50.2 cm. Estimate $120/180,000. Courtesy Sotheby's.

NEW YORK, NY.- Sotheby’s will unveil highlights from the 19th Century European Art sale on 31 January in New York. Highlighted by a major group of paintings from the collection of J.E. Safra, the 95 paintings, drawings and sculpture on offer will open for public exhibition in Sotheby’s York Avenue galleries beginning 24 January, alongside Sotheby’s Masters Week auctions. Highlighting the auction is a series of exceptional paintings from the extraordinary private collection of J.E. Safra. The group is led by August Strindberg’s masterpiece, Översvämning vid Donau (Flood on the Danube) (estimate $600/800,000), in which the ancient Danube river overtakes the shoreline at right and the trees at center, which rise above the tempestuous water. The present work is a stunning display of abstracted color and light, a central focus of the paintings from Strindberg’s Austrian period. Översvämning vid Donau was in the collection of th ... More

Frida Kahlo could barely walk. In this ballet, she dances   New-York Historical Society offers new perspectives on commemorative traditions in two winter exhibitions   Exhibition surveys more than 30 years of Salvo's artistic practice

Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, a choreographer whose new work "Frida" is based on the life of Frida Kahlo, in Amsterdam, Dec. 20, 2019. Ilvy Njiokiktjien/The New York Times.

by Nina Siegal

NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE ).- Frida Kahlo’s vibrant art, turbulent life and tragic death at age 47 are certainly operatic. But the Mexican surrealist painter, who was left disabled by polio and a bus accident, might seem an unlikely subject for a ballet. But that’s the medium Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, a choreographer who has also worked in flamenco, hip-hop and contemporary dance, has for her newest work, “Frida,” which will have its world premiere at the Dutch National Ballet on Feb. 6. The ballet, which is based on the painter’s life — including her tempestuous relationship with her husband, Mexican muralist Diego Rivera — does not linger on Kahlo’s physical disability, Lopez Ochoa said in a recent interview. Instead, it will animate her emotional world and artistic legacy, using dance. “For me, it’s not a biopic ... More

William Bache (1771–1845), Alexander Hamilton (ca. 1755–1804), ca. 1800. Black ink with touches of white gouache on ivory paper. New-York Historical Society, Z.2459.

NEW YORK, NY.- This winter, the New-York Historical Society presents an exhibition and a special installation that take a fresh look at traditions of remembrance. The exhibition In Profile: A Look at Silhouettes (January 17 – April 5, 2020) traces the development of the late 18th- and 19th-century art form and how artists are reinventing the silhouette today. The special installation Life Cut Short: Hamilton’s Hair and the Art of Mourning Jewelry (December 20, 2019 – May 10, 2020) displays jewelry featuring human hair that was used as tokens of affection or memorials to lost loved ones. “New-York Historical is taking a deep dive into our expansive collection to explore 19th-century traditions of portraiture and remembrance,” said Dr. Louise Mirrer, president and CEO of the New-York Historical Society. “The art of silhouettes has long been popular, and this exhibition traces both its history and how gifted, contempo ... More

Salvo, Notte d'inverno, 1995. Oil on canvas, 39 3/8 x 31 1/2 inches (100 x 80 cm). © Archivio Salvo. Courtesy of Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels. Photo: David Regen.

NEW YORK, NY.- Gladstone Gallery is presenting an exhibition of paintings by Salvo (1947 – 2015). Focusing on the artist’s compositions of landscapes and cities, this show surveys more than 30 years of Salvo’s artistic practice and highlights his early conceptual art and his astounding aptitude for portraying the complexities of light and the passage of time. Organized in collaboration with Archivio Salvo, the works in this show solidify Salvo’s singular and ever explorative approach to artmaking and his lasting impact on Italian modernism. Salvo, whose given name was Salvatore Mangione, was born in Leonforte, Sicily, in 1947. After permanently relocating to his adoptive city of Turin in 1968, he quickly became involved in the blossoming Arte Povera movement, which was born as a response to the social and political unrest in Italy throughout the 1960s. During this period, Salvo shared a studio with ... More

Newcomb Art Museum opens solo exhibition of work by Brandan "Bmike" Odums   Exhibition of new sculptures by Erwin Wurm opens at Lehmann Maupin   She's your guide to the sound world of Fluxus

Brandan "Bmike" Odums, Black Joy.

NEW ORLEANS, LA.- Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University announced its exhibition, NOT Supposed 2-Be Here, the first solo show in a museum setting by artist Brandan “BMike” Odums. The exhibition runs through May 23, 2019. Widely known and celebrated for his post-Katrina art interventions that disrupt public spaces with messages of resiliance and resistance, over the past 15 years Odums’ practice has resulted in video art, painting, design, murals, and sculptures that strategically challenge the status quo, using crowdsourced creativity to bring attention to legacies of urban blight, civil rights, family and racial dynamics. Engaging narratives of unsung heroes, fantasy and parody, the New Orleans’ native’s work skates a line at the edge of pedagogy, street art, and pop-culture. NOT Supposed 2-Be Here, which features brand new site-specific installations, as well as past work, is part retrospective ... More

Erwin Wurm, One Minute Forever (hands/fruits), 2019. Concrete, 15.35 x 7.87 x 5.91 inches. 39 x 20 x 15 cm. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, and Seoul.

NEW YORK, NY.- Lehmann Maupin is presenting Yes Biological, an exhibition of new sculptures by Erwin Wurm. For the last two decades, the Austrian artist has redefined the ways we understand and look at absurdity in his sculptural, performative, and engaging works. For this exhibition, Wurm combines biological effects to create a new series that pushes the boundaries of sculpture even further. Featured in the exhibition is a work from Wurm’s now-iconic One Minute Sculpture series, which highlights the artist’s interest in the absurdity that can be found in mundane scenarios of daily life―a theme that was the focus of Wurm’s presentation for the Austrian Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale. For a full minute, audience members actively become a part of the work, as choreographed ... More

Gelsey Bell, who has starred on Broadway as well as in conceptual operas, at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Jan. 16, 2020. Nathan Bajar/The New York Times.

by Seth Colter Walls

NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE ).- On a recent afternoon in the newly reopened and reconceptualized Museum of Modern Art, about a dozen visitors gathered around a table to listen to an old tape recording with singer, composer and scholar Gelsey Bell. The recording documented a 1959 concert of works by students of John Cage at the New School. Students in that class would go on to become important members of Fluxus, an interdisciplinary collective of artists who — inspired by Cage to focus on open-ended instruction-based text works and the music of everyday objects — created influential drawings, publications and compositions in the 1960s. While visual artifacts from ... More

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Claire Oliver Gallery opens new space in Harlem
NEW YORK, NY.- Claire Oliver Gallery opened a new gallery space in Harlem on January 18, 2020 with an inaugural exhibition of artworks by Judith Schaechter. A 17-year veteran of Chelsea, Oliver acquired a historically significant four-story brownstone in Central Harlem in 2018 and has sensitively renovated the building to include a glass storefront and open floorplans to best showcase artwork in both large-scale and intimate spaces throughout the building. Situated across the ground floor of the gallery, Schaechter’s exhibition Almost Better Angels features seven new large-scale stained-glass works mounted on lightboxes and will mark her seventh solo exhibition with the gallery. The exhibition is on view to the public January 18 – February 22. “I’m thrilled to open our new space in Harlem with Almost Better Angels as we opened our Chelsea location ... More

Peter Larkin, stage designer with a funky asterisk, dies at 93
NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE ).- When Parliament-Funkadelic, George Clinton’s sartorially adventurous music collective, played arena shows in the 1970s, the boisterous crowds would reach a fever pitch midway through the concert when a fire-spitting flying saucer descended from the rafters, landing onstage amid smoke and blaring horns. Most of those fans probably didn’t know that the prop — the Mothership, it was called, one of the most outlandish stage effects in a decade full of rock spectacles — was the work of a noted Broadway lighting designer, Jules Fisher, and a four-time Tony Award-winning set designer, Peter Larkin. “When it landed,” Fisher recalled in a telephone interview, “a door opened and George Clinton came out.” At the show’s end, it blasted off and disappeared skyward. The Mothership’s co-designer, Larkin, died Dec. 16 at his home ... More

Art blooms in gritty Dakar neighbourhood
DAKAR (AFP).- Mamadou Boye Diallo, an art curator with a penchant for heart-shaped glasses, calls Dakar's working-class Medina neighbourhood an open-air museum. Flitting on rollerblades between colourful murals in this part of the West African metropolis, Diallo, who is also a guide to the area, points to works by artists from all over the world. He heads an association which aims to use murals to save fading colonial-era buildings from destruction and to make art accessible to all -- not just "guys in suits and ties". The result is beautiful, if jarring. Swirling tableaux of geometrical or animal motifs enliven the walls in the otherwise nondescript cityscape. One mural features a fist raised against a hypnotic-blue background, for example. Underneath it, carpenters work steadily at wood pallets. Another mural has two mysterious women set against ... More

Carnegie Museum of Art appoints four new department heads
PITTSBURGH, PA.- Carnegie Museum of Art announced four new additions to the museum's senior leadership team: Chris Fry as Director of Finance. Stefanie Mohr as Director of Marketing & Engagement, Clarissa Morales as Director of Collections & Exhibitions Management, and Jason Segreti as Director of Visitor Services. These four appointments underscore a pivotal time for the museum, as it prepares to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh later this year and produce the next iteration of the Carnegie International, the oldest exhibition of international contemporary art in North America, in 2022. "It's an exciting time to have Chris, Stefanie, Clarissa, and Jason join our senior leadership team at the museum," explains Eric Crosby, The Henry J. Heinz II Acting Director and Richard Armstrong Senior Curator of Modern ... More

Ketterer Kunst appoints new Head of Contemporary Art
MUNICH.- At the beginning of 2020 all signs continue to point to expansion at Ketterer Kunst. Introducing Lena Winter as Head of Contemporary Art, Germany‘s leading art auctioneer adds more weight to this department. “I am particularly happy that we are able to increase our focus on Contemporary Art with such an experienced expert and that our clients will benefit from an even better and more personal service“, says company owner Robert Ketterer. Lena Winter studied art history in Cologne and Zurich. During this time she already gained experience in a contemporary art gallery in Cologne. Following her diploma in Switzerland she was active for a Cologne based auction house. Relocating to Berlin one year later she worked for a private collection before she returned to the fine art auction business in 2011. She excelled at an auction house in Germany’s capital ... More

Kunsthalle Basel opens an exhibition of works by Camille Blatrix
BASEL.- At the center of the exhibition, its diminutive size dwarfed by the grandeur of the space, is a wooden children’s activity table. It is not brand new, marked as it is by a child’s tactile affection. A readymade, it is the one item in the exhibition not crafted by Camille Blatrix, who insists on hand-making much of his art. Comprising the exhibition are devices of various sizes, some featuring hooks or chains, some twinkling and pulsing, and all fabricated with such care that you might easily fail to notice that very care—such is the nature of technical perfection. Two of these, which have seemingly rolled themselves out of the exhibition space, greet you at the top of the stairs even before you enter; one boasts tiny double cylinders suggesting hydraulic pumps; another has wheels and a frosted yellow covering with a moon-shaped cutout, causing the details ... More

Exhibition of recent mixed-media works by Liberia-born artist Trokon Nagbe opens at Skoto Gallery
NEW YORK, NY.- Skoto Gallery is presenting The World Gives Life, an exhibition of recent mixed-media works by Liberia-born artist Trokon Nagbe. This is his first solo exhibition at the gallery. Trokon Nagbe’s work draws on themes of memory, migration, history and the passage of time through the filter of personal experience. Firmly rooted in a framework of references that reflect his African heritage, he strives to push the bounds of his aesthetic while exploring intricate, and often paradoxical, relationship between the material and the spiritual, collective and the individual identity as well as the interior and the exterior. Despite the fact that he does not avoid the significance of content, they still manage to convey to the viewer the mental and physical engagement of the artist with his work. The visual resonance in his work is undeniable attesting to his ability ... More

Prinseps to host auction with first edition rare books from the Indian Nationalist Movement
MUMBAI.- Prinseps are set to host their first ever No Reserve auction, with a selection of meticulously acquired books, newsletters and documents by luminaries of the Indian freedom struggle, which defined the history of the subcontinent in the first half of the 20th century. The auction highlights include important texts such as Jawaharlal Nehru’s autobiography ​Towards Freedom ​ and his memoirs ​The Discovery of India (pub. 1946) written when he was imprisoned during the Indian National Movement and the complete volumes of Mahatma Gandhi’s weekly newsletter ​Harijan Sevak . The auction will also carry the first edition of the 70 volume series titled ​Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi. In keeping with the auction house's commitment to detailed research, the auction has been put together through consignments with strong provenances and historical significance, ... More

Norma Tanega, who sang about a cat named Dog, dies at 80
NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE ).- In 1966, when Norma Tanega released her first single, rock fans were becoming used to unusual lyrics. But as it turned out, that song, “Walkin’ My Cat Named Dog,” wasn’t as quirky as the title suggested: The song was inspired by her cat, whose name was indeed Dog. “I had always wanted a dog, but because of my living situation, I could only have a cat,” she said on her website. “I named my cat Dog and wrote a song about my dilemma.” She turned that situation into a lilting song about freedom, “perpetual dreamin’” and “walkin’ high against the fog” around town with Dog (whom in real life she really did walk). Accompanying herself on guitar and also playing harmonica, she sang, in a low voice: “Dog is a good old cat/People what you think of that?/That’s where I’m at, that’s where I’m at.” The song reached No. 22 on the Billboard ... More

Galerie Guido W. Baudach exhibits works which make use of the color black
BERLIN.- No light without shadow. Nothing visible without darkness. Only against the black of the night is the brightness of the stars apparent. Thus is the ideal background for bright things and ideas accordingly dark – not least in art. Since the Renaissance, the light-against-dark contrast of chiaroscuro has made colors appear more intense, spaces and figures more multidimensional. What’s more, the black of darkness has its own semantics in art, representing the spiritual, the immaterial, and the mysterious. More than a hundred years ago, Kazimir Malevich made reference to such metaphors in his Black Square, setting the absolute zero point of a modernism freed from objective representational constraints. The exhibition Dark Matter brings together individual works from a variety of contemporary artists, ranging from photography, collage, and painting to sculpture, ... More

Exhibition seeks to examine the real-world impact of computer vision
CHICAGO, IL.- The Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago is presenting In Real Life from January 16 – March 29, 2019. As the powerful technology behind artificial intelligence grows more sophisticated, machines have developed the capacity to not only capture images but to “see” them as well. In Real Life is an exhibition seeking to examine the real-world impact of computer vision—from the murky ethics of data collection and surveillance to the racial and gender biases that abound in facial recognition technology. Highlights from the exhibition include pieces by Stephanie Dinkins, whose work grapples with the intersection of artificial intelligence and race. In Conversations with Bina48 (2015), Dinkins converses with the social robot prototype Bina48, who responds to her questions about life, social equity, and racism. Her other ... More

Pax Romana brings ancient times to life with Feb. 1 auction of antiquities, jewellery, coins & weapons
LONDON.- Pax Romana, a British gallery and auction house known for its expertly vetted antiquities and discerning international clientele, will conduct a Saturday, February 1 no-reserve auction of antiquities, and ancient jewellery, weaponry and coins. The carefully curated selection allows all collectors, whether novice or advanced, to bid on beautiful, authentic ancient objects backed by trusted provenance and scholarship. Each lot will convey to its new owner with a professional Certificate of Authenticity signed by Pax Romana’s owner/director, Dr Ivan Bonchev (PhD, University of Oxford). The auction catalogue is divided into five main categories of interest: Ancient Jewellery, Classical Antiquities, Ancient Weaponry, Asian Antiquities and Ancient Coins. Within the stellar lineup chosen for this sale are: a superb collection of ancient wearable jewellery ... More

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On a day like today, French painter Paul Cézanne was born
January 19, 1839. Paul Cézanne (19 January 1839 - 22 October 1906) was a French artist and Post-Impressionist painter whose work laid the foundations of the transition from the 19th-century conception of artistic endeavor to a new and radically different world of art in the 20th century. In this image: Paul Cézanne (French, 1839 - 1906). Recto: The Chaîne de l'Etoile Mountains (La Chaîne de l'Etoile avec le Pilon du Roi), 1885 - 1886. Watercolor and graphite on wove paper; Verso: Unfinished Landscape, undated. Watercolor and graphite on wove paper, Sheet: 12 3/8 x 19 1/8 in. (31.4 x 48.6 cm). BF650. Photo © 2015 The Barnes Foundation.

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