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Three Flemish Baroque masters featured in a new exhibition at The Morgan

Jacob Jordaens (1593-1678), Mother and Child, ca. 1638-40 (detail), black, red, and white chalk, The Morgan Library & Museum, Thaw Collection, 2017.133. Photography by Steven H Crossot, 2014.

NEW YORK, NY.- In a letter from September 13, 1621, describing a large painting of a lion hunt that he had just completed, Peter Paul Rubens expressed what he believed to be essential to his art: it had to be powerful and graceful. A constant quest to achieve an equilibrium of these two qualities lay at the heart of his work. The same can be said of Anthony van Dyck and Jacob Jordaens, who studied with Rubens and whose lives and careers were entwined with—and influenced by—the senior artist. A new exhibition at the Morgan Library & Museum, Power and Grace: Drawings by Rubens, Van Dyck, and Jordaens, brings together an extraordinary selection of twenty-two works on paper by these three giants of Flemish Baroque art, demonstrating the crucial role the medium of drawing played in their individual practice and highlighting their graphic styles. The show, which includes work from the Morgan’s collection supplemented with a small number ... More

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Mitchell-Innes & Nash opens two concurrent exhibitions of new work by Eddie Martinez   Morocco probes dinosaur tail sold in Mexico auction   Christie's to offer the JF Chen Collection

Eddie Martinez, Yard Work #2 (Jester), 2017. Oil, spray paint, small insects and grass on canvas, 40 by 30 in. 101.6 by 76.2 cm. © Eddie Martinez; Courtesy of the artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, NY.

NEW YORK, NY.- Mitchell-Innes & Nash is presenting Love Letters and Yard Work, two concurrent exhibitions of new work by Eddie Martinez at the gallery’s Chelsea and Madison Avenue locations. These two shows mark the first time Martinez’s work has been exhibited in New York following the opening of his solo exhibitions at the Davis Museum at Wellesley College and at The Drawing Center, New York in Fall 2017. Love Letters and Yard Work is on view from Thursday, January 18 to Saturday, February 24. Love Letters is being exhibited at 534 West 26th Street and Yard Work at 1018 Madison Avenue. The Love Letter series expands upon Martinez’s recent practice of utilizing enlarged silkscreens of small Sharpie drawings as a starting point for works on canvas. Martinez’s daily drawing practice has long been a significant source of ... More

The four-metre-long (13-foot) fragment of an "Atlasaurus tail from the Jurassic period" was sold on Tuesday for 1.8 million pesos ($96,000).

RABAT (AFP).- Moroccan authorities have opened an inquiry into the origins of a dinosaur tail from the North African country sold at auction in Mexico, the culture ministry said Saturday. The four-metre-long (13-foot) fragment of an "Atlasaurus tail from the Jurassic period" was sold on Tuesday for 1.8 million pesos ($96,000), according to Mexican auctions website Morton. It said the fossil came from the Atlas mountains in Morocco after which the dinosaur is named. Abdellah Alaoui, the head of Morocco's cultural heritage department, said Rabat would seek to enforce international conventions against trafficking of items of cultural heritage. The skeleton of an Atlasaurus, a species which dates back 160 million years and is estimated to have measured 18 metres in length and 10 metres in height, is on display at the natural history museum in the Moroccan capital ... More

Joel Chen pictured in his Los Angeles gallery. Photo: © Yoshihiro Makino.

NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s will auction the JF Chen Collection to take place on February 13, 2018 in a dedicated auction at Christie’s Rockefeller Center with an online auction taking place from February 7-14. The selection offered presents over 300 lots spanning Asian art, decorative objects, and contemporary design, representative of Joel Chen’s unique style and discerning eye. Among the objects included in the sale are iconic pieces by mid-century and contemporary designers including Dan Johnson, Georges Jouve, Finn Juhl, Carlo Mollino, Ettore Sottsass, Hans Wegner, and emerging artist Michael Wilson, interspersed with traditional Asian art, spanning 18th-to-19th-century Chinese furniture, bronzes, hardstonecarvings, porcelains, and ceramics, as well as Japanese screens, inlaid objects, and bronzes. In business for 40 years, Joel Chen is renowned for refined taste, design intelligence, and innovation. As ... More

Exhibition at Friedman Benda offers an exploration into aporetic architectural furniture   Borzo Gallery opens exhibition of works by Jeroen Henneman   Exhibition showcases Bay Area multidisciplinary creative practice from 19th through 21st centuries

architecten de vylder vinck taillieu, Kamer Frank, 2017. Plywood, chipboard, color-coated MDF, DOKA, phenolic plywood Daybed 2: 48 x 63 x 58.5 inches, 122 x 160 x 149 cm Edition of 3, 3AP. Courtesy of Friedman Benda and Architecten de vylder vinck taillieu
Photography by Filip Dujardin.

NEW YORK, NY.- Friedman Benda presents No-Thing, an exhibition curated by Juan García Mosqueda, with newly commissioned works from nine emerging architectural practices. No-Thing runs from January 18 to February 17, 2018, in Friedman Benda’s project space. No-Thing examines the prevalence of authoritative domestic practices embedded in our collective unconscious that guides behavior towards our personal possessions. Some of these works are composed of a seemingly ordinary construction that relies on the user’s autonomous self for meaning through postulated use. The title alludes to a state of egalitarian “in-betweenness,” a term defined by R.D. Laing in The Politics of Experience—a reference to their makers’ non-dogmatic approach to object creation. “It ... More

Jeroen Henneman, Firth of forth IX, 1994. 70 x 60 cm.

AMSTERDAM.- Jeroen Henneman surveys his surroundings. He is probably taking note of an anecdote: a decorative and vivid figure hovering before his eyes that sometimes becomes a persistent chimera staying in his mind for days on end. But for a long time now such a carefree look around has been impossible. The artist no longer starts each work with a clean slate. Looking follows a trail of previous experiences: the other work produced over the years. He therefore knows, more or less, which anecdotes and themes are usable within the familiar method of formal manipulation and the techniques he uses to design them. This sometimes creates a formulation that is gratifyingly enigmatic and surprising; sometimes the theme is reformulated in a subsequent variation. Although over the course of time an oeuvre will achieve a universal openness, it also seems that most artists find their themes within a relatively small area. They remain in that area because they feel at home there; ... More

Daniel Higgs and Kyle Ranson: Morph Traits, 2007-2010; drawings on paper; dimensions variable; University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive; Museum purchase: Bequest of Phoebe Apperson Hearst, by exchange.

BERKELEY, CA.- The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive opens its 2018 exhibition program with a sweeping exploration of the creative energies that have emerged from the San Francisco Bay Area over the past 200 years. An innovatively organized exhibition of art and film, plus poetry, performance documentation, and archival materials, Way Bay features nearly 200 works that reveal the depth and diversity of artists’ engagement with the region’s geographic, social, and cultural landscape. The exhibition includes dozens of recent acquisitions, many of them never before exhibited in a museum setting. A second iteration of the exhibition featuring dozens of additional works runs June 13–September 2. The historical scope of Way Bay ranges from precolonial works by the Bay Area’s indigenous Ohlone culture, ... More

Meticulously rendered oil paintings depicting interiors by Patti Oleon on view at Edward Cella Art & Architecture   Sex, drugs, activism, and war take center stage in New York Public Library's new exhibition   Magasin III Museum & Foundation for Contemporary Art opens satellite space in Tel Aviv

Patti Oleon, Sideways, 2017, Oil on hardwood, 40 x 30 in.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Edward Cella Art & Architecture is presenting an exhibition of new paintings by Patti Oleon. This is the San Francisco-based artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery and includes meticulously rendered oil paintings depicting interiors. Upon receiving a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2013, Oleon traveled to Budapest, Prague, Venice, Berlin and Istanbul to photograph grand spaces rich in history, and devoid of human presence, such as theaters and museums. Working from multiple views of the same location, Oleon then re-constructs these places using Photoshop to alter light, transparency, color and focus. She then brings these composite images to the studio where she precisely translates the image in oil, counting Flemish painters and Germanic medieval works among her technical influences. Viewers are presented with environments that appear startling in their verisimilitude, ... More

Oracle City of Los Angeles 1, no. 5 (August 1967). NYPL, Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.

NEW YORK, NY.- History repeats itself at The New York Public Library. Timothy Leary’s first-hand account of an LSD trip; Tom Wolfe’s notes about Haight-Ashbury for his book The Electric Kool-aid Acid Test; Gloria Steinem’s letter to the New York Times’ Abe Rosenthal; John Updike’s opinion on the Vietnam War: The contemplative and divergent themes of the 1960s can be rediscovered through over 125 artifacts in The New York Public Library’s (NYPL) new exhibition, You Say You Want a Revolution: Remembering the 60s. Featuring material from three of the Library’s research centers – The Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the Library for the Performing Arts – the free exhibition is curated by Isaac Gewirtz of NYPL’s Berg Collection of English and American Literature. ... More

Installation view, Magasin III Jaffa. Courtesy Magasin III Jaffa, Photo Youval Hai.

TEL AVIV.- Magasin III Museum & Foundation for Contemporary Art in Stockholm, presents zerubbabel by Haim Steinbach, the inaugural exhibition in its new satellite space in Jaffa, greater Tel Aviv. zerubbabel is the Israeli-born American artist’s first solo show in his home country, and it marks the launch of a diverse program at Magasin III Jaffa that will feature both international and local artists. Since the late 1970s, Steinbach’s practice has focused on selecting and arranging everyday objects from a spectrum of social and cultural contexts. Engaging them in the play of ‘display’, the objects are staged in their own right, emphasizing their identities, inherent meanings and associations. zerubbabel, curated by David Neuman, includes ten works by Steinbach from the last 5 years, ranging from recent wall paintings, which focus on the essence of text, imagery and color, to objects ... More

Drawing Room in Hamburg presents an exhibition by Maya Schweizer   New exhibition at Newcomb Art Museum features contemporary Mexican ceramicists   Solo exhibition of sculptures by Brian Tolle on view at C24 Gallery

Maya Schweizer, A Tall Tale. Installation view.

HAMBURG.- In recent years the artist Maya Schweizer (b. 1976), a resident of Berlin, has been dealing with questions such as perception and memory, identity and homelessness, narrative fiction and everyday life, and migration and integration in her multimedia works. In her films – hybrid mixtures between documentaries and staged accounts – the artist combines images, sound and text into subtle analyses of the present, which always have a historical level, or a concrete link to a collectively remembered location. In Schweizer’s film A Tall Tale, produced in 2017, various levels of time and narration coalesce into a collective memory. Initially, the camera explores the real setting of a green summer landscape, interspersed with the ruins of World War II bunkers. Suddenly the voice of Orson Welles resonates from off-camera, inviting the viewer into a “short story, straight from the haunted land of Ireland”, for, ... More

Installation view. Photo: Jeff Johnston.

NEW ORLEANS, LA.- Pulling from the heritage of the Newcomb Pottery enterprise, Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University is presenting two concurrent exhibitions examining the use of clay as medium. Running through March 25, 2018 Clay In Transit: Contemporary Mexican Ceramics and Clay in Place: Highlights from the Collection showcases works from a myriad of artists who use clay to examine notions of tradition, time, and locality. In the exhibition Clay In Transit: Contemporary Mexican Ceramics, presented in collaboration with the Consulate of Mexico and AMEXCID, the work of seven artists disrupt the viewer’s sense of time. With their return to an antediluvian medium, clay, these artists utilize contemporary techniques or approaches to make profound connections with the past. Works range from Ana Gómez’s tongue-in-cheek talavera fast food containers and María José de la Macorra’s frozen rain crafted from clay ... More

Brian Tolle, Jerusalem Ave., 2009. Plastic nativity set, metal shopping cart, platinum silicone rubber, 60 x 40 x 28in. (152.4 x 101.6 x 71.1cm). Photo: Courtesy C24 Gallery and the artist.

NEW YORK, NY.- C24 Gallery is presenting a solo exhibition of sculptures by Brian Tolle marking his inaugural exhibition with the gallery. The exhibition brings together Tolle’s iconic public work, Eureka, on view for the first time in the United States and in a gallery setting, paired with his Levittown sculptures. Bent ise on view through February 27, 2018 at 560 West 24th Street. A highlight of the exhibition is the monumental installation Eureka. At approximately 36 feet high, when standing, the sculpture is a 3D rendering of the façade of a 17th-century Flemish canal house as it might exist in wave form. Thus, it becomes an uncanny reflection of the kinetic water below it. Originally commissioned by curator Jan Hoet for his landmark exhibition Over the Edges (2000), as a site-specific public ... More

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Acclaimed artist Amy Sherald to join Baltimore Museum of Art Board of Trustees
BALTIMORE, MD.- The Baltimore Museum of Art announced that it has named celebrated contemporary artist and Baltimore resident Amy Sherald as a new trustee on the museum’s board. Sherald will officially take her board seat on February 20, joining Board Chair Clair Zamoiski Segal and Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director Christopher Bedford, as well as 39 other active trustees guiding the institution. This diverse group is comprised of regional and national leaders in art, philanthropy, and business, including another recently named artist trustee, Adam Pendleton, who joined the board last August. “As we develop a new strategic plan, it is important to have the voice of artists like Amy on the BMA’s Board of Trustees,” said Christopher Bedford. “Amy will bring a unique perspective to museum leadership, one that not only draws on her career as one of today’s most ... More

The Maryland Institute College of Art opens an exhibition of environmental art and ecological crisis
BALTIMORE, MD.- The Maryland Institute College of Art opened "Land/Trust," an exhibition of six local, national and international contemporary artists exploring their relationships to the land and their positions as community activists, caretakers, investigators and researchers in an era of ecological crisis. In forging these intimate relationships, the participating artists illuminate systematically neglected spaces, question imposed political and social boundaries and facilitate conversations on issues of ownership and possession of the ground we travel on everyday. Accompanying the exhibition will be a panel discussion, artist talks, film screenings and a Toxic Tour led by Glenn Ross. Featured artists include Margaret Boozer, Demian DinéYazhi´, MICA's Rinehart School of Sculpture M.F.A. Director Maren Hassinger, Mary Mattingly, Nadia Myre and Glenn ... More

How a sculpture by Gustav Mahler's daughter came to auction at John Nicholson's in Fernhurst
FERNHURST.- A bronze sculpture by the daughter of Gustav Mahler, consigned from the estate of the composer’s great champion, is up for sale at John Nicholson’s of Fernhurst in Sussex on January 31. Anna Mahler (1904-88), the Vienna-born younger daughter of the composer, lost her father when she was just six years old. Her mother Alma married the German architect Walter Gropius, but also had a relationship with the artist Oskar Kokoschka, whose studio gave Anna her introduction to the world of fine art. Finally establishing herself as a sculptor, Anna won the Grand Prix in Paris in 1937, going on to sculpt the heads of leading figures in music, such as Arnold Schonberg. Married five times herself, she lived in Hampstead in London from 1939, moving to California after the war before returning to London in the mid 1960s and then spending the last ... More

Recent film and sculptural work by French artists Florian Pugnaire and David Raffini on view at l'étrangère
LONDON.- l’étrangère is presenting an exhibition of recent film and sculptural work by French artists Florian Pugnaire and David Raffini. Entitled Show Me it features Expanded Crash (Show Me) (2016), along with the award-winning film Dark Energy (2012). Pugnaire and Raffini’s collaborative practice has received international recognition with exhibitions at Palais de Tokyo, Paris, and Centre Pompidou, Paris, which holds their work in its collection. Expanded Crash (Show Me) is a film whose protagonist is the carcass of an Opel-GT that transforms itself into a sculpture. With the help of a device hidden in the passenger compartment, the racing car ‘performs’, comes to life, begins to ‘breath’ then gradually expands, stretches and tears its body. The action references the cult 1983 film by John Carpenter, Christine, in which a classic 1950s car, a Plymouth Fury, turns ... More

Yorkshire Sculpture Park presents Revolt & Revolutions, an exhibition from the Arts Council Collection
WAKEFIELD.- Creativity has long been associated with vanguard ideas. Art and music can give a voice to the unheard, empower the vulnerable and celebrate the human capacity for positive action, even in adversity. Revolt & Revolutions, drawn primarily from the Arts Council Collection, gives an insight into counterculture and anti-establishment movements, and shows the work of artists who seek to make a difference – helping to suggest ways that we might contribute to change on an individual, community and even global level. The exhibition is announced by Susan Philipsz’s tentative version of The Internationale (1999) broadcast across the landscape, drawing visitors into the Bothy Gallery. Inside, Ruth Ewan’s A Jukebox of People Trying to Change the World (2003) invites you to select from an ever-growing archive of protest songs, recently updated to include the ... More

Are you dead, yet? Thomas Erben Gallery opens a group exhibition
NEW YORK, NY.- Thomas Erben Gallery is presenting are you dead, yet?, a group exhibition of artists whose work fervently apprehends the world as a domain of powerful, intransigent, often fickle forces that threaten to destabilize our collective and individual economic, environmental, political and spiritual equilibriums. Encompassing painting, sculpture and photography, are you dead, yet? reveals Horst Ademeit, Jason Eberspeaker, Kahlil Robert Irving and Mira Schor to be nevertheless united by a resonant approach to art, all of them stirred into action by an irrepressible awareness that life is complex and needs to be confronted. Incorporating, embracing or absorbing the realities of our fraught contemporary moment, the works by these artists reflect the urgencies of living in a fateful, precarious time. Working in a variety of materials (e.g. porcelain, ... More

Ray Kass celebrated with exhibitions across the Virginia Tech campus
BLACKSBURG, VA.- Kass has an extensive record of national and international exhibitions. His work, which has influenced generations of artists, is being featured in exhibitions at the Moss Arts Center, Perspective Gallery, and Armory Gallery. Recognized nationally and internationally for his evocative abstract landscapes and unique approach to materials and techniques, prominent Virginia-based artist Ray Kass is celebrated with a university-wide series of exhibitions that showcase work from his exemplary career. The art featured in the exhibitions range from examples of his early foundational works, silk collages, and signature polyptych, multipanel works, to his most recent still life paintings. Together, these works on view represent highlights from what has been a prolific, ever-evolving, and accomplished career. Kass, professor emeritus of art in ... More

Rago, Wright, Todd Merrill and James D. Julia lead January auctions on Bidsquare
NEW YORK, NY.- The new year is looking shiny and bright on the square. Rare design, decorative and modern art glistens in steel, print and solid gold. Highlights include a Wendell Castle Steinway piano; a selection of Albert Paley’s archived metalwork sculptures; an iconic solid gold freedom box and more. Wright's Art and Design sale is perfectly curated with a bow on top. Jeff Koons' Pink Bow will bring a pop to any room. Wright's sale on January 18 brings together compelling designs and original works of art, prints and photography. Rago has a full lineup of auctions this January including Mid-Mod, Early 20th C. Design, Modern Ceramics + Glass, the Collection of Seymour Stein, Founder, Sire Records and more. Rago brings a Wendell Castle and Steinway & Sons piano to auction in its Modern Design sale. Beautiful music was made when these two great makers ... More

Foam exhibits works by the recipient of the Outset / Unseen Exhibition Fund: Theo Simpson
AMSTERDAM.- During Unseen Amsterdam 2017, Theo Simpson (b. 1986, UK) was selected by an international jury as the recipient of the Outset | Unseen Exhibition Fund. Foam presents his solo exhibition Part and Whole at Foam 3h. Theo Simpson’s work stands out for its unique visual language, which combines photography with alternate forms of material expression such as sculpture and site-specific work. Simpson uses his own local landscape of Northern England as the starting point for an exploration of the dynamic interactions between ideologies, economies, industries and environments. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the economy of England was dominated by heavy industry spurred on by technological advancements and innovative engineering. International competition, economic stagnation and political influence caused a disastrous decline in these ... More

First U.S. exhibition of artworks by Stéphane Zagdanski opens at Modernism in San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- Modernism is presenting the first U.S. exhibition of artworks by Stéphane Zagdanski. Jouissance du temps (Enjoyment of Time) is a series of twelve recent paintings and drawings composed by Stéphane Zagdanski in 2016 and 2017. Each painting is an abstract calligraphic work comprised of the exact text of a short story from a collection that Zagdanski wrote in 2005, published in Paris by Éditions Fayard under the title of the opening short story: Jouissance du temps. The words are handwritten in such a way that the initial short story cannot be read. Zagdanski’s purpose consists of dissolving the frontier between literature and art through what he calls “Word Mandalas,” which are inspired by Tibetan sand mandalas that are erased and dissolved as soon as they are composed. For twenty-five years, Stéphane Zagdanski has pursued ... More

Rodolphe Janssen opens exhibition of works by Betty Tompkins
BRUSSELS.- Betty Tompkins (born in 1945 in Washington D.C. USA) is presenting her forth solo project with the gallery in Rodolphe Janssen's space at 32 rue de Livourne. Since the late 1960’s, Betty Tompkins has been painting her Fuck, Cunt or Kiss Paintings, studying different mediums going from airbrush to stamps, graphite powder or fingerprints. Beside the feminist content of her work, her intention from the start was to have two distinct elements which would allow the abstract and the sexual content to coexists equally in the work. She imposes a distance with her explicit subjects, or as she says : « I see something intimate made monumental - we see a visual we don’t usually see in a medium we don’t expect. » After some group shows in the early 1970’s, and a few episodes of censorship, her work remained widely overlooked by the critics and art market ... More

Mysterious René Magritte painting offered at BRAFA Art Fair 2018



On a day like today, Fahion designer Christian Dior wa born
January 21, 1905. Christian Dior (21 January 1905 - 24 October 1957) was a French fashion designer, best known as the founder of one of the world's top fashion houses, also called Christian Dior, which is now owned by Groupe Arnault. His fashion houses are now all around the world. This file picture taken on July 3, 2017 shows a man adjusting a dress prior to the opening of the Dior exhibition that celebrates the seventieth anniversary of the Christian Dior fashion house, at the Museum of Decorative Arts (Musee des Arts Decoratifs) in Paris. 708 000 people visited the exhibition dedicated to Christian Dior from July 5, 2017 to January 7, 2018 in Paris. ALAIN JOCARD / AFP.

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