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Exhibition celebrates emerging and mid-career New Mexican women photographers

Abbey Hepner, Hanford Site 2, Hanford, Washington, 2014. Formatting. Archival pigment print from Uranotype, 9 x 13 in., 23 x 33 cm. 1 of 3 edition. Framed. Hanford Site 2, Hanford, Washington, Radioactive waste shipped to WIPP: 1,336,919 Gallons.

SANTA FE, NM.- HISTORY / HER STORY presents the work of Abbey Hepner, Jessamyn Lovell, Delilah Montoya, Cara Romero, Kali Spitzer and Laurie Tumer, six artists who take innovative approaches to their chosen mediums and engage with themes of ethnicity, identity, land use, and the environment. The exhibition includes more than 60 objects showcasing a range of early and new works by each artist selected by the New Mexico State Committee 20th Anniversary Committee and David Richard Gallery. The exhibition is on view June 23 through July 29, 2017 at David Richard Gallery. HISTORY / HER STORY is an opportunity to celebrate emerging and mid-career New Mexican women photographers,” said Eva Borins, President of the New Mexico State Committee. “We are delighted to showcase these six exceptional artists and to bring their works into the greater consciousness of New Mexico and the national stage.” ... More

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Aspects of Abstraction: Group exhibition at Lisson Gallery features the work of American painters   Brandywine River Museum of Art opens first career retrospective of Andrew Wyeth's work   The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, is the final venue for survey of Modern Mexican art


Leon Polk Smith, Constellation C, 1969. Paint on canvas, 95 x 95 inches (241.3 x 241.3 cm) © Leon Polk Smith Foundation; Courtesy Lisson Gallery.

NEW YORK, NY.- Lisson Gallery is presenting Aspects of Abstraction, a group exhibition which features the work of American painters Marina Adams, Paul Feeley, Joanna Pousette-Dart and Leon Polk Smith. On view are selections of paintings and drawings by the artists, each highlighting their innovative use of color and composition. While Adams and Feeley share an affinity for ancient architecture and appreciation of the pattern and hue in ceramic tile in the ornate Moorish style, and Pousette-Dart and Polk Smith take inspiration first in the curved forms—mountains, plateaus, canyons and basins—evocative of the Southwestern United States, all four artists prioritize light and hue in their work, articulating their interest in shape and rhythm through bold abstract form. In her paintings, Marina Adams creates a push and pull between color and form. While entirely abstract in their ... More
 

Andrew Wyeth circa 1935, Courtesy Wyeth Family Archives.

CHADDS FORD, PA.- On June 24, the Brandywine River Museum of Art opened Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect, the first career retrospective of the artist since his death in 2009. The exhibition features over 100 works, spanning the entirety of the artist’s career: from the early watercolors that established his reputation to his final painting, Goodbye, completed just a few months before his death. The show also includes many of Wyeth’s studies, which were rarely exhibited in the artist’s lifetime and offer new insights into his creative process and approach. Co-organized by the Brandywine and the Seattle Art Museum, Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect commemorates the centennial of the artist’s birth in July, and provides the most in-depth presentation of the renowned artist’s diverse and prolific practice to date. Wyeth’s life extended from World War I—a period that sparked the imagination of the artist as a young boy—to t ... More
 

Alfredo Ramos Martínez, Zapatistas, c. 1932, oil on canvas, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Albert M. Bender Collection, gift of Albert M. Bender. © The Alfredo Ramos Martínez Research Project, LLC.

HOUSTON, TX.- This summer, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, presents Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910–1950, an exhibition that charts the development of Modern art in Mexico and the social, political, and cultural forces that shaped it over the course of nearly half a century. Featuring some 175 works—including easel paintings, large-scale portable murals and mural fragments, prints, photographs, books, newspapers, and broadsheets—Paint the Revolution is unprecedented for its breadth and the variety of visual materials on display. Organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, the exhibition will be on view in Houston from June 25 to October 1, 2017, following presentations at each organizing venue. The most comprehensive exhibition of Modern ... More



Exhibition explores how The Empire State modernized America   Letters show Einstein's marriage formula was off beam   Scottish National Portrait Gallery exhibition looks at 500 years of men's fashion, image and identity


RCA Manufacturing Company, manufacturer. Alfred Weiland, designer. Portable Phonograph, RCA Victor Special, Model M, ca. 1935. Aluminum, chromium-plated steel, velvet, and plastic, Yale University Art Gallery, John C. Waddell Collection, Gift of John C. Waddell, B.A. 1959, 2010.158.2.

UTICA, NY.- During the 10 years that took America from glittering heights to the depths of economic devastation, New York State transformed the nation. The exhibition Roaring into the Future: New York 1925-35, on view June 18 through October 9 at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Museum of Art, is a pioneering exploration celebrating the Empire State as the driving force behind the creation of 20th-century modernism. From Buffalo to Brooklyn, artists, designers, and manufacturers generated avant-garde art, fashion, technology, and music that resulted in the century’s most important artistic revolution. Lori Zabar, based in New York City and working with the Museum of Art staff, is the curator of this exhibition, originated by MWPAI. Roaring into the Future features more than ... More
 

Albert Einstein, Autograph letter signed ('A.E.') to Michele Besso, [Princeton], 10 August 1954. In German, 2 2/3 pages, 278 x 215mm, the date alone added in typescript. Envelope. Partial transcription by Besso on a separate leaf. Provenance: by descent from Michele Besso. £100,000 - GBP 150,000. © Christie’s Images Limited 2017.

LONDON (AFP).- Albert Einstein may have been a genius when it came to the world of physics -- but the magic formula for marriage eluded him, according to letters up for auction at Christie's. The man behind the theory of relativity was on less solid ground when it came to relationships, according to a series of letters to his lifelong friend and collaborator Michele Besso. "What I admired most in him as a man was the manner in which he managed to live for so long peacefully but also durably with a spouse -- an enterprise in which I piteously failed twice," Einstein wrote to Besso's family on March 21, 1955, just after his friend's death, which preceded his own only by weeks. In an emotional final paragraph, Einstein wrote of Besso: "Now he has again preceded ... More
 

Lucian Freud (1922-2011), Self-portrait, 1963. Oil on canvas © The Lucian Freud Archive / Bridgeman Images.

EDINBURGH.- The evolution of men’s fashion, masculine identity and the male self-image over the last 500 years is the subject of a provocative and engrossing new exhibition which opened at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh this summer. While many investigations into the themes of beauty, image and fashion have focussed on women, Looking Good: The Male Gaze from Van Dyck to Lucian Freud explores the ways in which men have, to an equal degree, indulged their enthusiasm for fashionable clothes, careful grooming and elaborate hair styling, and in doing so, have projected seductive and impressive images of themselves to the world. Looking Good features portraits of ‘stylish’ men – from elaborately attired courtiers of the 16th- and 17th centuries to icons of our own image-saturated and celebrity-obsessed age, such as David Beckham and Tinie Tempah – whose carefully composed appearance ... More


Crocker Art Museum shows works by renowned San Francisco painter Raimonds Staprans   Milwaukee Art Museum exhibits new paintings and sculptures from Chicago-born artist Rashid Johnson   Groundbreaking exhibition of Memento Mori from the Renaissance opens at Bowdoin College Museum of Art


Raimonds Staprans, Road to Redondo Shores, 2010. Oil on canvas, 48 x 36 inches. From the Collection of Carol and Gerry Parker.

SACRAMENTO, CA.- This June, the Crocker Art Museum opens a vibrant exhibition of works by Raimonds Staprans, a Latvian-born painter of landscapes, architectural elements, and still lifes with ties to California’s Bay Area figurative movement and Pop art. With more than 55 paintings on view, Full Spectrum: Paintings by Raimonds Staprans affords many opportunities to appreciate Staprans’ bold color and richly layered technique. Born and raised in Riga, Latvia, Staprans created art at a young age, and was encouraged by his parents to develop his drawing skills in the hope that they might prove useful to a career in medicine. When Russia advanced on his homeland during World War II, his family fled. In Germany, Staprans entered the Esslingen Art School, and in 1947, he immigrated to the United States. A graduate of the University of Washington in Seattle, he studied ... More
 

Rashid Johnson, Falling Man, 2016. Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth.

MILWAUKEE, WIS.- Hail We Now Sing Joy, on view at the Milwaukee Art Museum June 23–September 17, shows new paintings and sculptures from Chicago-born artist Rashid Johnson. The exhibition features 14 large-scale works that fill the Museum’s entire feature exhibition space. Using his signature materials of white ceramic tile, red oak flooring, shea butter, black soap, and wax, Johnson examines themes of race, history, yearning, anxiety, and escape and investigates the relationship between art, society, and personal identity. “Rashid Johnson’s work is on everyone’s radar right now as he tackles contemporary issues, including the complexities of living as a black American, that are especially important in today’s political and cultural climate,” said Margaret Andera, the Museum’s curator of contemporary art. “Hail We Now Sing Joy gives visitors the unique opportunity to see a significant body of work from one of ... More
 

Portrait of a Surgeon, Netherlands, 1569, oil on wood. Theodore M. Davis Collection, Bequest of Theodore M. Davis, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

BRUNSWICK, ME.- The Bowdoin College Museum of Art opened a groundbreaking exhibition on the visual culture of mortality and morality in early Renaissance Europe. On view from June 24 to November 26, 2017, The Ivory Mirror: The Art of Mortality in Renaissance Europe reveals how, in an increasingly complex and uncertain world, Renaissance artists sought to address the critical human concern of acknowledging death while striving to create a personal legacy that might outlast it. Curated by Stephen Perkinson, Peter M. Small Associate Professor of Art History at Bowdoin College, The Ivory Mirror brings together exceptional examples of memento mori, a genre of artistic and literary imagery that emerged in the early Renaissance to remind viewers of their inevitable death, to question how art historians have conventionally interpreted these objects and ... More


New Orleans Museum of Art celebrates art collector and gallery owner Arthur Roger   High Museum of Art opens first major museum exhibition in the Southeast for Paul Graham   Winsor & Newton announces new creative partnership with Royal Academy of Arts


Willie Birch, An American Family, 1991. Papier-mache and mixed media, 68 x 26 ½ x 23 ½ inches. Gift of Howard and Judy Tullman in honor of Arthur Roger, EL.2016.123 © Willie Birch.

NEW ORLEANS, LA.- Pride of Place: The Making of Contemporary Art in New Orleans celebrates art collector and gallery owner Arthur Roger’s transformational gift of his entire personal art collection to the New Orleans Museum of Art. Spotlighting one of the city’s most groundbreaking contemporary art collections, the exhibition explores the rise of modern and contemporary art in New Orleans. Since its founding in 1978, the Arthur Roger Gallery has been one of New Orleans most exciting venues for contemporary art. Roger’s personal collection of more than eighty paintings, photographs and sculptures reflects the gallery’s storied forty-year history as well as Arthur’s skill and sophistication as an art collector. Bringing together artworks Roger has collected from the 1970s through today, Pride of Place unfolds as an evolving ... More
 

Paul Graham, Man walking with blue Bags, Augusta, American Night, 2002 (detail). © Paul Graham; courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York.

ATLANTA, GA.- The High Museum of Art presents “Paul Graham: The Whiteness of the Whale” (June 24 through Oct. 22, 2017), the first major museum exhibition in the Southeast for the British photographer. Organized by Pier 24 Photography in San Francisco, the exhibition brings together three of Graham’s most celebrated bodies of work, which he made in the United States over more than a decade: “American Night” (1998–2002), “a shimmer of possibility” (2004–2006) and “The Present” (2009–2011). The nearly 40 photographs in the exhibition are tied together by themes of racial and social inequality, the texture of everyday life in America and the nature of sight, perception and photography itself. The works range from singular, large-scale photographs to sequences of up to 15 images. Focusing on the people and built environments of the United States led Graham ... More
 

This film is part of the 2017 collaboration between Winsor & Newton and the Royal Academy of Arts.

LONDON.- Winsor & Newton, the world’s leading supplier of fine art materials and the Royal Academy of Arts have today announced a new creative and digital partnership for 2017. The collaboration will see two films created, which will illuminate the m​edium and materiality of paint, revealing the techniques of painting masters past and present and the contemporary practice of artists today. The first will be on Exploring Water colour and the second on History & Heritage. Ever since chemist, William Winsor, and artist, Henry Newton, formed their invaluable partnership in 1832, bringing together scientific knowledge and artistic prowess, Winsor & Newton has been dedicated to inventing the finest quality materials in direct response to the needs of artists. Sharing a desire to support artistic endeavour and excellence, the Royal Academy and Winsor & Newton will build on a long heritage of equipping artists with ... More


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Exhibition at Pierogi presents multiple perspectives on this idea of reciprocal interaction
NEW YORK, NY.- In developing the concept for this exhibition we were interested in the experience of observation and perception. “Double Down” is a group show featuring fifteen artists whose included works deal with associations of reciprocal relationship, establishing intrinsic dialogues within one, or between multiple complementary and oppositional objects, putting the viewer in a different relationship to the work. Instead of an immediate reaction (dialogue) between the viewer and the artwork, here the viewer, in a sense, becomes witness or voyeur to the relationship. The reciprocal aspect of “Double Down” also references corresponding phenomena outside the show, such as the reality we experience today where everything seems highly polarized, in politics especially, where fake news or alternative facts can confuse reason and perception. This was, in part, ... More

The Grazer Kunstverein marks the launch of its summer season opening new exhibitions
GRAZ.- Inspired by Ernst Fischer’s 1959 publication titled ‘The Necessity of Art – A Marxist Approach’ the summer season of new commissions and artistic research at the Grazer Kunstverein is guided by Fischer’s claim that art is not only necessary in order to recognise and change the world, but that art is also necessary by virtue of the magic inherent within it. For Fischer this magic is located precisely in our ability to visualise potential, and to use this power to shape and control our natural world. Throughout summer, the Grazer Kunstverein is dedicated to exploring ideas around the transformative potential of art as inspired by our relationship to nature, by presenting three very different projects dealing with the influence of nature in ways that are physical, performative, poetic and metaphorical. Ruth E Lyons is developing WWWW a new line of alternative work- ... More

Chisenhale Gallery presents a major new commission and the first solo exhibition in the UK by Luke Willis
LONDON.- Chisenhale Gallery presents a major new commission and the first solo exhibition in the UK by Luke Willis Thompson. For his exhibition at Chisenhale Gallery, Thompson presents a portrait of Diamond Reynolds. In July 2016, Reynolds broadcast, via Facebook Live, the moments immediately after the fatal shooting of her partner Philando Castile by a police officer during a traffic-stop in Minnesota, United States. Reynolds’ video circulated widely online and amassed over six million views. In November 2016, with the assistance of Chisenhale Gallery, Thompson established a conversation with Reynolds, and her lawyer, and invited Reynolds to work with him on the production of an artwork. Thompson proposed to make an aesthetic response that could act as a ‘sister-image’ to Reynolds’ video broadcast. Thompson and Reynolds agreed to produce a film together, ... More

In Argentina, music cures the soul
BUENOS AIRES (AFP).- Picture a hospital: the bustle of harried doctors and nurses, time dragging for lonely patients, and the pervasive sadness of a place for the sick and dying. And suddenly, there's music -- live, classical music, the sounds of masters like Johannes Brahms and Giuseppe Verdi -- to make it all a bit more bearable. These unannounced flash concerts are staged by an organization called Music for the Soul, and on this particular day at Alvarez Hospital in Buenos Aires the artists are 70 musicians, a choir, two sopranos and a tenor. They perform for free, and most of the time with fellow musicians they meet for the first time right then and there. The network was created in Argentina five years ago and now operates in 10 countries across three continents. It is made up of professionals from prestigious orchestras who donate their time and passion to share the ... More

Fotomuseum provincie Antwerpen opens summer exhibitions
ANTWERP.- The photographic image is imbued with stillness. No movement, no sound, no time. But what happens if you add one of these missing elements? The exhibition The Still Point of the Turning World – Between Film and Photography focuses on that rare moment in which a photographer turns towards film or a video artist turns towards photography. What beauty can be found on the border between these two media? FOMU focuses on the concept of time in an exhibition of video installations and photographs spread across two of the museum’s galleries and featuring the work of 24 artists. In a world inundated with visual stimuli, the artworks invite you to pause at the imagination of everyday life. Many of the works are being shown in Belgium for the first time. With works by: Morten Barker (DK), Dirk Braeckman (BE), David Claerbout (BE), Manon de Boer (NL), Jason ... More

Violinist shines new spotlight on Australia nuclear tests
NEW YORK, NY.- The name Maralinga brings blank stares from most people, the melodic word hardly indicative of what happened in that isolated stretch of Australia -- secret nuclear tests by Britain. A leading violinist, Lara St. John, is trying to bring the episode further into the public eye with the piece "Maralinga," whose orchestral version will have its US premiere Tuesday in a free concert in New York's Central Park. Britain, seeking to become a nuclear power after World War II, carried out 12 major tests in Australia and hundreds more minor ones with the permission of prime minister Robert Menzies. Most tests took place in Maralinga in South Australia, whose aboriginal community was largely removed although remaining residents and servicepeople were exposed to dangerous levels of radiation. "Maralinga," the 11-minute piece written by Australian composer Matthew ... More

Galerie Fons Welters opens exhibition of works by Sven Kroner
AMSTERDAM.- Galerie Fons Welters opened Sven Kroner’s seventh solo exhibition in the gallery: In the Studio. Simultaneously natural and unreal are the compositions in Kroner's paintings. His characteristic landscapes have changed in recent years: through the open windows and colourful greenhouses, the painter has moved on to the interior landscape in which the studio has become the subject. Within a striking play of lines of window frames, floorboards, light surfaces and shadows, "wonderful mise-en-scènes, [..] remarkable images appear in the ambiguous idiom of realism, which is then not completely to be trusted. They are bizarre paintings.” writes Rudi Fuchs in Kroner's new monograph. In Sven Kroner's recent work, the landscape has entered the inner world: it grows from the floor and the walls of the studio onto the canvas. More explicitly - and not rarely ... More

Arkell Museum celebrates New York anniversaries with two new exhibitions
CANAJOHARIE, NY.- The Arkell Museum at Canajoharie opened two summer exhibitions, Mingling the Waters: 200 Years on the Erie Canal and'Truth is the Only Safe Ground to Stand Upon': Portraits of New York State Suffragists by Christine Heller on Saturday, June 24. Both exhibitions celebrate two significant New York anniversaries: the 200th Anniversary of groundbreaking for the Erie Canal, and the 100th Anniversary of New York State Women's Suffrage. These exhibitions will be on display through Sunday, September 3, 2017. Mingling the Waters: 200 Years on the Erie Canal features artwork and artifacts from the Arkell Museum's permanent collection. Scenes depicting life on and along the Canal from its construction through the early 20th Century are included, as well as many views of Canajoharie and the surrounding area. 'Truth is the Only Safe ... More

Places and Spaces: CMay Gallery opens three-person exhibition
LOS ANGELES, CA.- CMay Gallery presents Places and Spaces, a group exhibition featuring Eric Ernest Johnson, Hwang Seon Tae, and Manfred Menz, three artists who practice distinct methods of art making and yet have converging interests in exploring the concept of place as it intersects memory and time. The material and approaches used by these artists range from the painterly and effervescent work of Eric Ernest Johnson to Manfred Menz photo-based erasures of familiar landscapes to the cool schematic interiors of Hwang Seon Tae’s light boxes. Together they highlight the slippage between place as a physical reality and space as an experience, a site of memory making, a habitual presence, and ultimately a concept inseparable from imagined reality. The exhibition continues CMay Gallery’s ongoing commitment to curator-driven exhibition programming. ... More

Katja Novitskova transforms City Hall Park with new series of sculptures
NEW YORK, NY.- On June 22, as part of its 40th anniversary, Public Art Fund presented EARTH POTENTIAL, a new exhibition by emerging Estonian artist Katja Novitskova. Her first major institutional show and outdoor commission in the United States, the exhibition transforms Lower Manhattan’s City Hall Park into a surreal landscape with a new series of seven large, flat cut aluminum sculptures. Featuring online-sourced, digitally-printed imagery, the works layer alien-like, yet terrestrial animals and organisms over celestial bodies and planets. By creating images at once scientific and poetic, these dramatic, visual objects expose worlds unseen by the naked eye yet indispensable to human advancement. The flatness of the sculptures replicates the experience of viewing images online, while the imagery and its connotations – from science fiction to achievements in image ... More





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June 25, 1852. Antoni Plàcid Guillem Gaudí i Cornet, often referred to by the Spanish translation of his name, Antonio Gaudí -- was a Spanish Catalan architect who operated in the same time period as the Modernist style (Art Nouveau) movement but was famous for his unique and highly individualistic designs and thus is not categorized as such. In this image: The Casa Milà, in the Eixample, Barcelona.



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