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Bagatti Valsecchi Museum presents the restoration of the Marinoni Polyptych

The Marinoni were a dynasty of painters originally from Desenzano al Serio who were active for five generations, and who dominated artistic production around Bergamo, flooding the area with polyptychs, frescoes and altarpieces.

MILAN.- The Polyptych of St. John the Baptist returns home after a year being restored, and the Bagatti Valsecchi Museum celebrates it with a compact exhibit, curated by Chiara Paratico, who has analyzed this work, as intense as it remains mysterious. Realized in 1493 by Giovanni Marinoni together with his sons Bernardino and Antonio, the polyptych is the only signed and dated piece coming from their workshop that has reached us, today. On exhibit until October 2, the polyptych is accompanied by a touch screen with videos in English and Italian that allow the visitor to contextualize the altarpiece and to know the wide-ranging activities of the Marinoni in the territory of Bergamo, better. Afterwards, the piece will return to its original position in the Bagatti Valsecchi mansion. The Marinoni were a dynasty of painters originally from Desenzano al Serio who were active for five generations, and who dominated artistic producti ... More

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"O'Keeffe, New York, and Modernism" at the Portland Museum of Art   Vadehra Art Gallery mourns the passing of the Indian artist SH Raza   Cambridge University: Parasites hitch ride down Silk Road


Florine Stettheimer (American, 1871-1944), Spring Sale at Bendel’s, 1921, oil on canvas, 50 x 40 inches. Philadelphia Museum of Art, Gift of Miss Ettie Stettheimer, 1951.

PORTLAND, ME.- O’Keeffe, Stettheimer, Torr, Zorach: Women Modernists in New York examines the art and careers of four pioneering artists and their contributions to American modernism in parallel for the first time. Through this exhibition, the PMA invites visitors to explore works by some of the most significant modernists in American art history: Georgia O’Keeffe, Marguerite Thompson Zorach, Florine Stettheimer, and Helen Torr. In presenting works by these artists together and connecting their careers in New York City, this exhibition offers valuable perspectives on the meaning of modernism, the life of a working artist in New York in the early 20th century, and the shared and differing experiences of being women at a crucial moment in first-wave feminism. Throughout the early 20th century, artists were radically breaking with all traditions in art, inventing a new visual language ... More
 

Raza Saab’s demise is indeed the end of an era.

NEW DELHI.- We received the news of SH Raza’s passing away with great sorrow. An artist whom we deeply admire and who has been closely associated with the Vadehra Art Gallery for over two decades. Raza Saab’s demise is indeed the end of an era. His colour field paintings have been a deep source of inspiration to all of us as has been the artist himself who worked with steadfast commitment well into his 90s. The vibrant abstractions were distillations of everything he experienced in his long and amazing life – the references to nature and images of his childhood in the forest of Madhya Pradesh which he cherished so deeply, the early formative years spent in Bombay among the Progressive Artists Group and his subsequent move to France in 1950. Even as he settled there, marrying artist Janine Mongillat who remained his steady companion until her death in 2002, he never lost contact with India. His frequent visits back home starting from the 1960s contributed to a vast compilation of me ... More
 

2,000-year-old personal hygiene sticks with remains of cloth, excavated from the latrine at Xuanquanzhi. Photo: Hui-Yuan Yeh.

PARIS (AFP).- Merchants plying the ancient Silk Road between China and the Mediterranean moved more than gold, fabrics, spices and tea -- they also exported gut parasites, researchers said Friday. It has long been theorised that the Silk Road helped spread bubonic plague, leprosy, anthrax and other infectious diseases between East Asia, the Middle East and Europe -- though concrete archaeological evidence has been scant. But now analysis of the contents of an ancient latrine along the route has revealed evidence that traders 2,000 years ago did indeed spread disease. The team from Britain and China examined faeces preserved on wood and bamboo sticks wrapped in cloth -- the toilet paper of their day -- that were excavated in 1992 at the Xuanquanzhi pit stop in north-west China. Unearthed from a latrine dating back to 111 BC, during China's Han Dynasty, and which was still in use in 109 AD, seven ... More


Deutsche Bank KunstHalle in Berlin opens "Common Ground" exhibition   Sotheby's Paris to offer the Hunting Library of the Counts du Verne   Exhibition welcomes Democratic National Convention to Philadelphia


Tymek Borowski, COMMON AFFAIRS, 2016. Poster © Tymek Borowski.

BERLIN.- Common Affairs was conceived as a cooperation project between the Deutsche Bank KunstHalle in Berlin, the Polish Institute Berlin, and the Zachęta – National Gallery of Art in Warsaw. At the two Berlin venues, the exhibition presents a selection of artists who were nominated for the VIEWS Award from 2003 to the present. It touches on the history and impact of the award initiated by Deutsche Bank and the Zachęta, which has become the most important prize for contemporary Polish art. At the same time, the curators of the show, Julia Kurz (Leipzig) and Stanisław Welbel (Warsaw), together with the participating artists, explore the freedom, discourse, and exchange afforded by public and private sponsorship, and how art is used as an ideological instrument as a result. The word "common" can mean "ordinary" but also "joint" in the sense of shared. In connection with both ... More
 

The largest collection to appear on the market for the last thirty years. Photo: Sotheby's.

PARIS.- On 5 October 2016, Sotheby’s Paris will be dispersing a selection of books from the outstanding Hunting Library of the Counts du Verne: the largest collection to appear on the market for the last thirty years. The library was built up and enriched with fervent dedication over more than a century and a half by three generations of collectors: Joseph du Verne, then his son Pierre du Verne, who passed on his passion to his daughter Nicole du Verne-Bernis. Joseph du Verne began to collect hunting and hawking books in the late 19th century, attending the most prominent bibliophile auctions of the period, like Baron Jérôme Pichon's sale in 1894 and the dispersion of the Duchesse d’Uzès' hunting library in 1933. At his death, his son Pierre du Verne inherited his passion and consulted the leading specialists of his time, including the bookseller Jules Thiébaud, co- ... More
 

Roy Lichtenstein, I Love Liberty, 1982. Screenprint on paper, ed. 100/250, 34 1/2 x 23 1/8 in. (87.63 x 58.7375 cm.) Gift of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, 2015.27.3

PHILADELPHIA, PA.- The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is welcoming this summer's Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia with a special exhibition, Happiness, Liberty, Life?: American Art and Politics, on view June 30 - September 18, 2016. From the signing of the Declaration of Independence in the summer of 1776 to the arrival of the Democratic National Convention in July of 2016, the City of Brotherly Love has been at the epicenter of American politics. Featuring over 100 works, Happiness, Liberty, Life? explores themes of humor, protest, and portraiture in American art and politics from the 18th century to the present day. "The issues raised during this contentious election year connect to a long heritage of political discord and imagery," says David R. Brigham, PAFA President and CEO. "This exhibition ... More


Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego announces summer exhibitions at downtown location   M+ Pavilion dedication ceremony marks the first permanent venue for art exhibitions in WKCD   The New York Public Library names Joshua Chuang Associate Director for Arts, Prints and Photographs


Ruben Ochoa, watching, waiting, commiserating, 2010, rebar and wooden pallets, 17 x 70 x 15 ft. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Joint purchase, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego with proceeds from Art Auction 2010 and the Orange County Museum of Art with funds provided through the prior gift of the Helen Wilcoxen Memorial Fund.

SAN DIEGO, CA.- The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego presents four exhibitions at its Downtown location that highlight the Museum’s permanent collection and dedication to regional and binational artists in San Diego/Tijuana area. For DeLIMITations: A Survey of the 1821 United State-Mexico Border, artists Marcos Ramírez ERRE and David Taylor examined the historical 1821 border between the United States and Mexico; Papel Chicano Dos: Works on Paper from the Collection of Cheech Marin presents artworks by Chicano artists celebrating the art movements of Chicano culture; Ruben Ochoa: watching, waiting, commiserating displays a work from the Museum’s permanent ... More
 

M+ Pavilion Aerial view Courtesy of West Kowloon Cultural District Authority and M+, Hong Kong.

HONG KONG.- The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority yesterday celebrated the completion of M+ Pavilion, the first permanent venue for exhibitions and arts events in the West Kowloon Cultural District, marking a significant milestone in the development of the art hub. At the dedication ceremony, Mrs Carrie Lam, Chairman of the WKCDA Board, was joined by Mr Duncan Pescod, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of WKCDA; Ms Suhanya Raffel, Executive Director of M+ designate; Mr Doryun Chong, Deputy Director, Chief Curator and Acting Director of M+, and Mr Vincent Pang, Managing Director of VPANG Architects Ltd., to cut the ribbon to commemorate this historic moment. Commending the project team for completing the facility on time and within budget, Mrs Lam said, "The M+ Pavilion is the first permanent facility to open in the West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD) since the Development Plan was approved in January 2013. Although this facility is modes ... More
 

Joshua Chuang—former Chief Curator of the University of Arizona’s Center for Creative Photography.

NEW YORK, NY.- The New York Public Library has named Joshua Chuang—former Chief Curator of the University of Arizona’s Center for Creative Photography (CCP)— the Miriam & Ira D. Wallach Associate Director for Art, Prints and Photographs, and The Robert B. Menschel Senior Curator of Photography. Established in 1987 with a gift from the Wallach family, The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs includes works of art as well as reference materials on painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, photography and the history of architecture from prehistoric times to the present. The Division includes: • The Print Collection: The most accessible print room in NYC, the collection encompasses over 250,000 prints along with a specialized reference collection of over 15,000 volumes on the history of prints and printmakers. Highlights include early Mary Cassatt prints and 18th-19th-century Japanese color woodcuts.  ... More


MACT/CACT Arte Contemporanea Ticino exhibits works from the Berla Collection   Exhibition of royal Hawaiian featherwork on view at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art   "In safe hands: The 250 year story of the heroic Liverpool Pilots" at the Merseyside Maritime Museum


Installation view with a work by José Davila (front). Photo: Pier Giorgio De Pinto © PRO LITTERIS Zürich.

BELLINZONA.- Perspectives 2. Artists in the Berla Collection is the second event to be devoted by the MACT/CACT to private collections: once again, this is a collection whose home is on the southern slopes of the Alps. The aim of the exhibition is to pay tribute to the collector by showing some of the works by Italian artists that he has collected over the years: Adriana Beretta, Andrea Crociani, José Davila, Luca Frei, Alex Hanimann, Jakob Kolbing and Ugo Rondinone. We have explored the dynamics of private collecting as one of the roots of modern museology on several occasions before today, unearthing not so much the sometimes disappointing market strategies to be found in the framework of what is supposed to be a real passion for art, as the authenticity of a work of art and of its collector. It is no coincidence that the end-of-year exhibition being hosted by the MACT/CACT also touches tangentially on a ... More
 

While featherwork dates back hundreds of years, this presentation of Nā hulu ali‘i —or royal featherwork—spans the late 18th to the late 19th centuries.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is presenting the exhibition Royal Hawaiian Featherwork: Nā Hulu Ali‘i (May 22– August 7, 2016), comprising nearly 70 featherwork objects in addition to photographs from the museum’s permanent collection. Objects in the exhibition include brilliantly colored cloaks and capes that were crafted from the feathers of hundreds of thousands of indigenous birds and carefully attached to woven fiber supports. Developed by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco in collaboration with the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, Honolulu, this exhibition presents the finest examples of these objects. “Royal Hawaiian Featherwork: Nā Hulu Ali‘i highlights LACMA’s expanding Art of the Pacific program and reflects the museum’s broad interests in the cultures of the Pacific rim,” said Nancy Thomas, Senior Deputy Director ... More
 

Joseph Witham, Follow the Leader oil painting, 1896 (detail). © National Museums Liverpool.

LIVERPOOL.- Merseyside Maritime Museum is displaying a brand new exhibition, focusing on the Liverpool Pilotage Service; the second oldest institution in Liverpool, the oldest being the Town Corporation (now City Council). It runs from 22 July 2016 until 4 June 2017. Telling the story of the Liverpool pilots and their vital role in navigating ships in and out of the Port of Liverpool, In Safe Hands: The Story of the Liverpool Pilots will explore 250 years of maritime history, and shed light on the vital role that the pilots play, bringing in ships to the port. The museum is joining with the Spirit of Falmouth, which will be berthed outside Merseyside Maritime Museum on the opening day of the exhibition, to celebrate 250 years of the Pilotage Service. Liverpool waters are some of the toughest in the world to navigate. Ships entering Liverpool Bay and the River Mersey face serious hazards and rely on the skills and knowledge o ... More


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64 sets of art pieces show Hung Hoi's artistic journey over 3 decades on view at the Sun Museum
HONG KONG.- Sun Museum is presenting “Envisioned Landscape: The Art of Hung Hoi”, an exhibition on Hung Hoi, which opened on 21st July and runs through 27th August 2016. It is the first solo exhibition organized by Sun Museum. It features Hung’s landscape paintings in various media such as baimiao, sketch in ink and colour as well as acrylic. As the largest solo exhibition on Hung, it offers a comprehensive survey into his artistic career through 64 sets of paintings created from 1987 to 2016. They demonstrate how Hung deploys traditional method to illustrate landscapes in his mind and opens up a new pathway of ink painting. Hung was born in 1957 and resided in Hong Kong since 1978. He studied painting under Yang Shanshen. , “I learn tradition with the view of innovating and making transformation on the basis of traditional painting methods. The purpose ... More

Open-air sculpture exhibition featuring 28 works by Turkish and International artists on view in Istanbul
ISTANBUL.- The Elgiz Museum’s 8th Terrace Exhibition invites us to reconsider our routine experiences with light and its fluctuations. Fugitive Shadow is an outdoor sculpture exhibition, showcasing 28 works by Turkish and International artists. The theme of this year’s exhibition, Fugitive Shadow, is based on Plato’s Allegory of the Cave from his seminal 5th century work, The Republic. The Allegory of the Cave is a dialogue surrounding the nature of reality with the shadows being a metaphor for the illusory world. The museum and its terrace, located in the heart of the Maslak business district of Istanbul is encircled by high rise towers and sky scrapers which gives rise to changing light conditions. The progression of daylight and its ensuing shadows across the terrace were observed by the museum executive during the early days of the terrace exhibitions which ... More

TENT and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen present "The Back Room: Arie de Groot"
ROTTERDAM.- TENT and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen jointly present The Back Room, a four-part solo exhibition of underexposed yet iconic Rotterdam artists. Curator Noor Mertens, of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, presents work by an older generation of artists in the context of TENT's current programme. This summer, TENT focuses on the work of artist Arie de Groot. Arie de Groot Arie de Groot (1937 – 2016) developed a unique idiom and worked mostly out of the public eye. His oeuvre mainly consists of works on paper that incorporate vulnerable materials such as cardboard and aluminium foil. De Groot was as much influenced by artists – such as Paul Klee and John Cage –poems and music as by ethnographic and traditional folk art. His work is subdued rather than spectacular and sits in stark contrast to many of his contemporaries. His practice articulates ... More

North Carolina Museum of Art to renovate East Building Gallery, education spaces
RALEIGH, NC.- The North Carolina Museum of Art announced a plan to renovate its East Building gallery and education spaces. It will include improvements and additions to the NCMA’s education studios, the creation of a new media and photography gallery space, and the reinstallation and expansion of the Museum’s African collection. The phased project, which begins this month, is funded by a $500,000 grant from the William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust. The major phases and components of the renovation project include: • New Media and Photography Gallery: The NCMA will move its photography gallery from Level A to Level B, combining it with the current video gallery to create a new media and photography exhibition space. The gallery will host two to three video and photography exhibitions per year, starting with the video exhibition William Noland: Dream ... More

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts opens "Renée Stout: Tales of the Conjure Woman"
KALAMAZOO, MI.- The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts opened a new exhibition July 23: Renée Stout: Tales of the Conjure Woman. "Tales of the Conjure Woman offers a peek into a world ruled by superstition and ancestral wisdom," says Karla Niehus, Associate Curator of Exhibitions. "Stout's work explores African cultural and spiritual traditions with humor and affection, through her alter-ego Fatima Mayfield--a New Orleans herbalist and fortuneteller. Visitors will step into the illusion of another time and place to enjoy 'artifacts' of conjuring and hoodoo practices. Stout explores an underground system of African-derived folk beliefs, transmitted from slavery to the present, which have morphed and adapted to cultural conditions including plantation life, Christianity, and the modern urban existence. Through found objects, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, glassblowing, installation, ... More

London 2012 Summer Olympic Gold Medal sold for $55,831 at auction
BOSTON, MASS.- A winner’s medal issued for the London 2012 Summer Olympics sold for $55,831 according to Boston-based RR Auction. The medal is Gilt silver, 85 mm, 433 gm, designed by British artist David Watkins. The front of the medal features text across the top, “XXX Olympiad London 2012,” above the winged Nike over Panathinaikon Stadium with the Acropolis in the background; the reverse features the emblem of the London Games against an abstract linear background. The purple ribbon is present but detached at the seam, with “London 2012” and the Olympic rings embroidered in white. The event, which is inscribed along the bottom edge of the medal, will be disclosed to the winning bidder—a collector from the UK who wishes to remain anonymous. “Any winner’s medals from more recent Olympic Games are extremely scarce and this is one ... More

Kunsthalle Bielefeld opens "Anohni—My Truth"
BIELEFELD .- From July 23 to October 16, 2016, the Kunsthalle Bielefeld presents the exhibition Anohni—My Truth. Anohni is the new, feminine name of Antony Hegarty, who is probably best known as a musician in the band Antony & the Johnsons. Following the spectacular success of her new album, Hopelessness, which was released on May 6, 2016, Anohni presents an entirely new side of her artistic oeuvre in the Kunsthalle Bielefeld. For about ten years Anohni has been creating a body of visual work, some of which has appeared on her album covers. Like her music, her visual art is characterized by a combination of melancholy, violence, and poetry. Through it she advances her profoundly humanitarian mission: creating awareness for the destruction of our environment—specifically, climate change and each individual's responsibility for this world. "I am presenting My Truth at the ... More

Union Gallery hosts photographer Giacomo Cosua's "I'm not afraid"
LONDON.- When obliged to flounder in the dense wasteland of post-internet media the Youth of today struggle for a vision of a positive future. I’m not afraid portrays humanity acting in defiance towards this incessant barrage of disconcerting audio-visual pollution in the attempt to grapple for a hold on their future. In the midst of fearmongering headlines, political intimidation and social corruption, random actions that propagate human emotion triumph over these subduing forces of society. Swimming in a freezing ocean, a stranger’s kiss, winning a video-game – or losing it – is only a fraction of what constitutes humanity, here, presented as conquests against undesirable and often unconscionable social systems of hegemony. Giacomo finds himself, often deliberately, in difficult and perilous situations documenting the consternation that is innately heralded by the media. Working ... More

Roman Djuranovic's realist, pop artworks on view at Taglialatella Galleries in New York
NEW YORK, NY.- As the inaugural exhibition of Nikola Mihajlovic’s Eastern European Artists program, Taglialatella Galleries welcomes Roman’s realist, Pop artworks to their New York City gallery for the summer season. The show will run through August 11th in Taglialatella Galleries’ Chelsea Viewing Room. A portion of all proceeds from the exhibition will benefit the Eastern European Artists promotional program, instituted by Taglialatella Galleries’ Director of Eastern Operations, Nikola Mihajlovic, and designed in an effort to foster and encourage Pop Art in the global art market. Roman produces monumental, colorful paintings that portray the ‘scenic’ events of ordinary life, and use figurative archetypes to explore social convention. His purposeful compositions and subtle contours speak to his exceeding talent as a painter; and his work elevates the every day to visual symbols ... More





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On a day like today, Czech artist Alfons Mucha was born
July 24, 1860. Alfons Maria Mucha (24 July 1860 - 14 July 1939), known in English as Alphonse Mucha, was a Czech Art Nouveau painter and decorative artist, known best for his distinct style. He produced many paintings, illustrations, advertisements, postcards, and designs. In this image: The "Slav Epic", a cycle of 20 allegories tracing the history of the Slavic people and inspired in part by mythology, by Art Nouveau Czech artist Alfons Mucha, at the National Gallery in Prague."The Slav Epic" by Alfons Mucha, a Czech Art Nouveau gem, went on display in Prague, fulfilling the wish of the artist who spent 18 years on the series of paintings from 1910 to 1928.






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