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In Rennes, Archaeologists discover a new vision of the history of death

Lead coffins containing skeletons discovered at the convent of the Jacobins, Rennes (Ille-et-Vilaine). These skeletons were fairly well preserved, practices of ritual embalming could be observed.

PARIS.- From 2011 to 2013, an Inrap team, under curation by the State (Drac Bretagne), conducted an integral preventive excavation of the Jacobin convent, the site of the future Rennes Métropole conference center. Constructed in 1369, this Dominican convent became one of the principal burial sites for the parliamentary aristocracy of Rennes. Approximately 900 burials were unearthed by the archaeologists, including that of Louise de Quengo, a 17th century Lady found mummified in her lead coffin. Today, Rozenn Colleter, an Inrap researcher affiliated with the Molecular Anthropology and Computer Generated Imagery laboratory (CNRS/Université Toulouse III – Paul Sabatier), and her colleagues, are revisiting the exhaustive study of 606 of these graves and refute the formerly accepted hypothesis that funeral practices were secularized from the Middle Ages to the Modern period. They present their findings in an article in PLOS ONE. ... More

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Regen Projects opens its first exhibition with Theaster Gates   Steven Kasher Gallery opens first major retrospective of Ming Smith's work   Exhibition offers a new and unusual approach to color in the work of abstract painter Josef Albers

Theaster Gates, Mountain Aura, 2017. Latex and acrylic on aluminum panel, 72 x 49 inches (182.9 x 124.5 cm) ©Theaster Gates, Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Regen Projects is presenting its first exhibition with Theaster Gates. Gates is internationally renowned for his cross-disciplinary practice that spans sculpture, painting, sound, and performance. Featuring all new works, many of which will be created on site, this exhibition marks the artist’s continued investigation into the relationship between visual politics, shamanism, and object making. The title of the exhibition refers to American sociologist and civil rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois’ seminal work The Souls of Black Folk. Comprised of 14 essays that portray the genius and humanity of the Black race, this publication is considered an important work in sociology and African American literary history. Inspired by Du Bois’ sociological studies on the advancements of Black Americans from the time of Emancipation to 1900, the exhibition will feature a series of response paintings in which the statistical data g ... More

Ming Smith, Cadillac Man, New York, NY, ca. 1986. Vintage gelatin silver print, printed ca. 1986, 10 x 8 in. Signed by photographer verso. Courtesy Steven Kasher Gallery, New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- Steven Kasher Gallery is presenting Ming Smith, the first major retrospective of the photographer’s work. The exhibition features over 75 vintage black and white prints which span her entire career, from early interiors and streetscapes of the 1970s to the ongoing large-scale Transcendence series. Today there is great momentum to correct deeply entrenched racial and gender imbalances within the photographic canon. Ming Smith is key among the photographers who are due belated recognition. Ming’s unique vision and surreal touch push back against reductive expectations of “black photography.” Her work challenges any limiting notion of what African-American photography should look like. It is personal and expressive without veering into sentimentality. As Holland Cotter wrote in his 2010 New York Times review, “It’s hard to think of another photographer who could set a misty head shot of the writer Jame ... More

Study for Homage to the Square, n.d. Oil and graphite on blotting paper, 12 x 8 1/8 inches (30.5 x 20.6 cm) © 2017 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy David Zwirner, New York/London.

LONDON.- In a new and unusual approach to color in the work of abstract painter Josef Albers, David Zwirner’s first London exhibition devoted to Albers focuses on one color that held a pervasive place in the artist’s oeuvre. Sunny Side Up, a trove of paintings in which yellow dominates, is drawn from five decades of the artist’s work and conveys the limitless expressive potential of color and light that characterizes Albers’s practice as a whole. If there was any single inspirer of Josef Albers’s embrace of color it was the German Romantic poet, Johann Wolfgang Goethe. As a young artist, Albers owned an early edition of Goethe’s Theory of Color (1810), in which the poet wrote “… a strong yellow on lustrous silk … has a magnificent and noble effect. We also experience a very warm and cozy impression with yellow. Thus, in painting, too, it belongs among the luminous and active ... More

TEFAF announces beneficiaries of Museum Restoration Fund   Sperone Westwater opens exhibition of new work by Emil Lukas   Piene, Richter, Vasarely starting at 1 Euro at Ketterer Kunst internet auction

Titian (1488-1576), Judith with the Head of Holofernes, c.1570.

HELVOIRT.- The Executive Committee of The European Fine Art Foundation has awarded €54,000 to three distinct projects, two larger and one smaller, either side of the Atlantic. One is the restoration and reconstruction of the never before seen work by Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) entitled Absolution (c.1900) in the Musée Rodin collection, France. The second is the conservation of Judith with the Head of Holofernes (c.1570) by Titian (1488-1576), which has been on near constant display since entering the collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts, USA, in 1938. The final, smaller, project is the conservation of Der Blaue Reiter (1912), a journal edited by Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944) and Franz Marc (1880-1916). This 140-page journal includes 34 unnumbered plates (6 in colour and 28 in monochrome), 2 foldouts and 2 pages of musical scores. It was acquired jointly in 2015 by the RKD, Stedelijk Museum, Museum Boijmans van ... More

Installation view. Courtesy of Sperone Westwater.

NEW YORK, NY.- Sperone Westwater is presenting new work by Emil Lukas. His third exhibition at the gallery is comprised of four series, including Stacks, Thread Paintings, Bubble-Wrap Paintings, and Liquid Lens (2016), an aluminum sculpture that represents an exciting new direction for the artist. Many of these new pieces are shape-shifters, changing in appearance depending on light and vantage point, their physicality always in question. The Stacks are each comprised of dozens of individual works, layered one on top of the other to constitute body of the sculpture. Lukas’ most recent Bubble-Wrap Paintings bulge out from their physical frame, drawing the viewer’s eyes to the overall honeycomb pattern, building an awareness of the relationship between depth perception and color, an attribute similar to Lukas’s Thread Paintings. Liquid Lens (2016), crafted from welded and calibrated aluminum tubes, demands physical engagement ... More

Tom Wesselmann, Judy with black hat. 1997. Silkscreen in colors. 99.6 x 84.4 cm (39.2 x 33.2 in).

MUNICH.- Now where can you find that? On! High-quality art from Josef Albers and David Hockney to Tom Wesselmann will be auctioned here until 15 February 2017: All works from around 30 internationally acclaimed Post-War artists will be called up with starting prices of just 1 Euro. Comparable works have already grossed around € 80,000. The range of big names includes artists such as Josef Albers, Horst Antes, Georg Baselitz, Max Bill, Agostino Bonalumi, Jake and Dinos Chapman, George Condo, Peter Doig, Till Freiwald, Rupprecht Geiger, Gotthard Graubner, Barbara Hepworth, David Hockney, Heinz Mack, Henry Moore, A.R. Penck, Otto Piene, Gerhard Richter, William Scott, Jesús Raphael Soto, Piere Soulages, Gert und Uwe Tobias, Victor Vasarely, Stefan Wewerka and Peter Zimmermann. The select offer will go live on 15 January 2017 at 3 p. m., that's when art lovers can experience ... More

Heather James Fine Art celebrates 20 years; Gallery recognized for showcasing museum-grade art   Art Brussels 2017: Participating galleries and artistic project announced   Betty Cuningham Gallery opens exhibition featuring recent paintings by Chuck Webster.

Salvador Dali, Les Yeux Fleuris
, circa 1942. Oil on canvas
, 27 x 19 3/8 x 7/8 in.

PALM DESERT, CA.- Heather James Fine Art is celebrating its 20th anniversary and showcasing several distinguished exhibitions this season. While the original gallery opened as Heather James Art & Antiquities, it transitioned to Heather James Fine Art in 2008. The gallery today offers a rare look into art history’s past and present featuring a wide breadth of genres including Impressionist, Modern, Post-War, Contemporary, American, Latin American, and Old Master art. While husband and wife owners James Carona and Heather Sacre had studied art and held art degrees, neither were working in the field when they decided to open the original 1,500 square foot antiquities gallery on El Paseo. Sacre was an elementary school teacher and Carona was a former investment banker teaching Tae Kwon Do through his karate school. The two were well-versed travelers who had collected rare and exclusive artworks over the ... More

Art Brussels 2016, Sorry We're Closed booth. © David Plas.

BRUSSELS.- Art Brussels announced the participants of its 35th edition in 2017, which brings together 144 galleries from 28 countries in three main sections. Art Brussels' International and Discovery Committees have selected a total of 34 newcomers. In line with the fair's ethos From Discovery to Rediscovery, the Committees play a significant role in developing Art Brussels' existing "discovery profile." Joining the Committees are two new members appointed by the fair, each with a curatorial background: Tania Doropoulos, Artistic Director at Timothy Taylor in London and New York; and Eva Birkenstock, Director of the Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf. PRIME will comprise 108 established galleries representing internationally known artists. Exciting newcomers to the section include Gallery Baton (Seoul), Pearl Lam Galleries (Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore), Proyectos ... More

Chuck Webster, City to Love, 2013- 2016. Oil on panel, 100 x 80 inches. Signed on verso.

NEW YORK, NY.- Betty Cuningham Gallery opened Look Around featuring recent paintings by Chuck Webster. The artist will be present for an opening reception on Saturday, January 28th and the exhibition will remain on view through Saturday, February 18, 2017. Webster can best be characterized as a visionary painter. His vocabulary is highly personal. Drawn from his imagination and from the world, the shapes in his paintings are abstract but oddly recognizable. Webster titles this exhibition Look Around revealing the dialogue he has with his painting as it moves towards completion. The current exhibition contains ten paintings, all oil on panel, ranging in size from 38 x 29 to 84 x 120 inches. Sharing a kinship to the late paintings of Philip Guston, Webster’s paintings play with scale. Whether in a large painting or a small painting, Webster’s figure typically dominates the work. The surfaces are further activated by heavy br ... More

Six leading galleries in Amsterdam organize an art project titled Where do we go from here?   Exhibition of five works on paper by Julia Fish on view at David Nolan Gallery   A parade of treasures are set to dazzle at the New York Ceramics and Glass Fair

David Jablonowski, Trade Alert (Zählt Nicht Uns, Zählt Eure Tage), 2015. Shown at Annet Gelink Gallery.

AMSTERDAM.- Amsterdam's cultural scene has been enriched with a new and special initiative: six leading galleries in the Jordaan - Annet Gelink Gallery, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Galerie Fons Welters, Stigter Van Doesburg, tegenboschvanvreden and Martin van Zomeren - are jointly organizing an art project titled Where do we go from here?. Curator Alessandro Vincentelli, has developed the concept for the exhibition. “Careless speech has rarely had such disturbing consequences. The recent US Presidential election, the British Brexit vote, the upcoming Dutch national elections - what better time to question the role of speech, Who speaks, Who acts? There is a significant sense that we simply don’t understand the direction of travel currently being followed. Now, at the beginning of 2017, there are many rallying cries to make this year different to the last. Where do we go from here? starts with this question” ... More

Julia Fish, First plan for floor [ floret ] — section one, 1998. Gouache on assembled, laser-printed paper, 23 1/4 x 23 1/4 in., 59.1 x 59.1 cm.

NEW YORK, NY.- David Nolan Gallery is presenting Julia Fish: floret, an exhibition of five works on paper that were conceived in conjunction with her site-specific installation: floor [ floret ], at Ten in One Gallery in 1998. Shown now for the first time – 18 years after the original installation – the varied studies serve not only as documents to the project but also offer a glimpse into the artist’s formative working process. Located near the intersection of North Damen and Milwaukee Avenues, Ten in One Gallery occupied a street-level storefront space in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago. Within the gallery, the hexagonal-tiled floor with stylized “floret” patterning – commonly found in commercial spaces – served as the foundation for Fish’s installation. Planned in exacting detail on an expanse of assembled laser-printed sheets, the artist devised a numerical algorithm ... More

Chun Red over Chun Blue vases. Porcelain, 2016, 12.5 x 6 x 6, 10.75 x 6 x 6. Courtesy of Cliff Lee/Lee Gallery & Studio

NEW YORK, NY.- When the New York Ceramics and Glass Fair throws open its doorway on January 19, collectors, curators and design aficionados will clap eyes on all manner of bottles, beakers, jewelry, jars, vases, virtu and a profusion of other beautiful but fragile things that span 500 years—from 16th-century Venice, Italy, to 21st-century Venice, California. Now celebrating its 18th anniversary, the New York Ceramics & Glass Fair is the only exposition of its sort in the United States, bringing together the best of the best in glass, ceramics, pottery, and enamel. For four days, starting on January 19 and through January 22, the Fair will fill up two floors of the Upper East Side’s Bohemian National Hall and feature choice selections offered by 28 top-tier vetted participants from England, Europe, and the United States. Here is a guide to many of the not-to- ... More

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Solo exhibition of works by video artist Burt Barr on view at Sikkema Jenkins & Co.
NEW YORK, NY.- Sikkema Jenkins & Co. is presenting a solo exhibition of works by video artist Burt Barr (November 12, 1938 – November 7, 2016) on view in the back galleries from January 13 through February 18, 2017. Burt Barr was known for his use of traditional cinematic techniques to create simple but humorous videos. Characterized by minimal process and presentation, Barr’s work is the antithesis of most other contemporary video art. The current exhibition presents two works, one presented on a monitor and another projected, selected from Barr’s 30-plus year career. While planned prior to his death, the exhibition serves as a memorial to this unique artist and beloved friend. Burt Barr was born in 1938 in Lewiston, Maine, and lived in New York. His early videos from the mid-1980s were shown at international film festivals in Montreal, Berlin, Toronto, San ... More

Bernhard Buhmann's third solo exhibition with Carbon 12 opens in Dubai
DUBAI.- Carbon 12 presents Bernhard Buhmann’s third one-man exhibition at the gallery. Modern Times is a new bench in the painterly development of the artist’s body of work since The Pretenders in 2014. Referencing Charlie Chaplin’s film of the same name, Bernhard Buhmann questions the effects of globalization and fragmentation on personal identities in his upcoming solo exhibition Modern Times. In the film, Chaplin’s character faces the consequences of industrialization during the 1930s. In this exhibition, Buhmann’s characters, which were first presented in his 2014 show The Pretenders, have responded to a shift from an illusionary homogenous society to the ubiquity of an extremely pluralistic society. Both Chaplin and Buhmann’s characters confront the question of how one shapes their identity within a changing societal landscape. In The Pretenders, ... More

Artemis Gallery revisits ancient cultures with auction of classical antiquities, Asian, and Pre-Columbian art
BOULDER, COLO.- On Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 18 and 19, Artemis Gallery of Boulder, Colorado, will auction 454 expertly curated lots of classical antiquities and Asian, Pre-Columbian and ethnographic art. Without exception, every item in this exciting auction event is unconditionally guaranteed to be authentic, as described in the catalog, and legal to acquire according to federal guidelines. A certificate of authenticity will accompany each purchase, and all goods will be packed in house by the gallery’s own staff to ensure an enjoyable and stress-free experience for all buyers. The Wednesday, Aug. 18 session, with its focus on classical antiquities and Asian art, will open with an outstanding selection of rarities from Ancient Egypt. One of the star lots is a Late Period (circa 715-330 BCE) painted-wood sarcophagus panel, 62 inches long, with the image of Nut (also Nunut/Nuit ... More

Rarely-exhibited works from the 1960s and 1970s by Brian O'Doherty on view in New York
NEW YORK, NY.- P! and Simone Subal Gallery are presenting their second solo exhibition by Brian O’Doherty (also known as Patrick Ireland). Featuring rarely-exhibited works from the 1960s and 1970s, the exhibition follows a strand of thinking that connects the artist’s synthesis of embodied and encoded language with abstract form. The show focuses on several distinct but related bodies of work. The exhibition’s centerpiece is a set of mirrored, colored sculptures that employ “Ogham,” an ancient linear Celtic code. Recurring in O’Doherty’s work, Ogham is resonant with embedded significance and legible to the instructed eye. Through their incised texts, painted surfaces, and focus on the viewer’s relationship to them, the sculptures evade easy classification among other minimal and conceptual works of the period. Several large unprimed canvasses from 1 ... More

I.D., Please!: Walter Maciel opens group exhibition
LOS ANGELES, CA.- Walter Maciel Gallery is presenting a group show entitled I.D., Please! Including works by eight artists who have developed studio practices based around notions of identity. Works by Hung Liu, John Bankston, Lezley Saar, John Jurayj, Maria E. Pińeres, Nike Schröder, Dana Weiser and Monica Lundy are being exhibited within the context of a diverse range of individual subjects and personal reflections. On January 20, 2017 the United States will be governed by a potentially dangerous leader who has shown signs of attack on people from distinct racial backgrounds and identities. Women, Muslims, African Americans, Latinos, LGBT and disabled persons are among these targets where it is clear that this new leadership promotes discrimination and intolerance not accepted by the majority of Americans. As a response to this impending ... More

Jason Engelund's first solo presentation with Kopeikin Gallery opens in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES, CA.- Kopeikin Gallery presents Meta-Landscapes and Visual Ambient Drones by Jason Engelund. This exhibition marks Engelund’s first solo presentation with Kopeikin Gallery. Jason Engelund’s artworks encompass both the psychological and physical landscapes, together making the meta-landscape. Through these images he explores visual perception and its role in how we make meaning of memory and experience. These artworks draw from his early studies in painting bringing both his reconstructive techniques and material based approach to making composition. Engelund’s artwork was described in the photography publication 3200k as a “performative, and gestural abstraction of photography” creating new imagery of documenting experience and landscape. A. Will Brown in his article on the artist’s work notes "Engelund is distinctly aware ... More

Metalpoint paintings by Susan Schwalb on view at the Elma and Milton A. Gilbert Pavilion Gallery
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The Henry Luce Foundation awards $282,000 to the Harn Museum
GAINESVILLE, FLA.- The Henry Luce Foundation recently awarded more than $13 million in grants that will advance the Foundation’s commitments to the development of intellectual leaders and public dissemination of knowledge. The Harn Museum of Art was one of seven institutions to receive an award from the Asia Program which is dedicated to fostering cultural and intellectual exchanges between the United States and the countries of East and Southeast Asia. The Harn Museum of Art will receive $282,000 for creating scholarly and public resources for improved understanding of Asia in the United States. The Henry Luce Foundation funding will support the Harn Museum of Art’s David A. Cofrin Manuscript Series over the next four years. Four peer-reviewed volumes have already been produced between 2012 and 2015 which include “Collectors, Collections, ... More

Two person exhibition featuring Ye Funa and Liang Ban on view at Klein Sun Gallery
NEW YORK, NY.- Klein Sun Gallery is presenting Self-Created Universe, a two person exhibition featuring Ye Funa and Liang Ban, on view from January 12 through February 25, 2017. Curated by Beili Wang, the exhibition showcases a body of comical and unique multimedia works by the two artists. Collectively, they speak to our increasingly image-saturated world through producing and fabricating visual materials drawn from mass media, pop culture, and everyday life. Reflecting upon the theme of “self-creating,” Ye Funa presents the “Goddess” series in which she masquerades as thirteen female figures who were prominent or controversial in history, fashion, literature, and art. In the artist’s three-channel video, Legend of the Wellknowns (2015), one of the characters she personifies is Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. The mysteriously smiled sitter reveals herself ... More

Driscoll Babcock Galleries opens exhibition of works by Warren MacKenzie
NEW YORK, NY.- Driscoll Babcock Galleries presents Warren MacKenzie: A Master’s Hand. At age 93, and revered around the world, Warren MacKenzie is perhaps America’s most-collected 20th century ceramic artist. Throughout the past 65 years MacKenzie has been America’s greatest exponent of the art of the studio potter. His work has earned iconic stature through its quiet and sustained power manifest in the subtle innovations of shape, surface, and form of his articulate hands. MacKenzie’s work is venerable. His choice, however, is for his work to be venerated through daily, practical, simple use. His bowls are to be eaten from, his jars to store and his teapots to pour. Pottery is perhaps the most ancient of all the world’s expressive traditions. It has always been a direct expression of the physical body of maker and beholder – a connection with another ... More

The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum exhibits views of Tinker Mountain by Ron Boehmer
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On a day like today, American photographer Francesco Scavullo, was born
January 16, 1921. Francesco Scavullo (January 16, 1921 - January 6, 2004) was an American fashion photographer best known for his work on the covers of Cosmopolitan and his celebrity portraits. In this image: Takouhy Wise displays a photo by fashion photographer Francesco Scavullo of model Gia Carangi at the Staley-Wise Gallery in New York, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2004. Scavullo, who shot covers for Cosmopolitan magazine for more than 30 years, died Jan. 6, 2004, of sudden heart failure.

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