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Exhibition at National Gallery marks the centenary of Edgar Degas’s death

Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas, The Rehearsal, about 1874. Oil on canvas, 58.4 × 83.8 cm. The Burrell Collection, Glasgow (35.246) © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection.

LONDON.- This autumn, visitors to the National Gallery have the rare opportunity to see a stunning group of artworks by Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas from the Burrell Collection in Glasgow. This is the first time that most of them are being seen outside Glasgow since they were acquired at the beginning of the 20th century. Marking the centenary of the artist’s death on 27 September 1917, Drawn in Colour: Degas from the Burrell is also a fitting tribute to one of the greatest creative figures of French art. Shipping magnate Sir William Burrell (1861–1958) amassed one of the finest collections of Degas pastels in the world; encompassing works from every period of his career and representative of some of his favourite subjects: the ballet, horse racing, and the private world of women at their toilette. They form part of the collection of 9,000 objects including tapestries, stained glass, sculpture, and paintings that Burrell ... More

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David Zwirner presents largest number of Ad Reinhardt's "blue" paintings ever shown together   A century on, royal family's letters return to Russia   Hidden no more: Clyfford Still Museum launches online collection and research database

Blue Painting, 1951-1953. Oil on canvas, 80 x 59 7/8 inches (203.2 x 152.1 cm). Private Collection, Europe © 2017 Estate of Ad Reinhardt/ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy David Zwirner, New York/London.

NEW YORK, NY.- Ad Reinhardt: Blue Paintings, organized by the Ad Reinhardt Foundation, presents the largest number of the artist’s “blue” paintings ever shown together. Drawn exclusively from museum and private collections, this is the first exhibition devoted entirely to this body of work since the artist’s 1965 solo show at the Stable Gallery, New York, over fifty years ago. This presentation focuses on works made between 1950 and 1953, in addition to related earlier canvases from the 1940s. The perceptual demands of these compelling works are intense and reward sustained looking: the blues in Reinhardt’s paintings appear to change before one’s eyes, influenced by subtle shifts in color within each canvas and in neighboring works. Reinhardt paired tones of blue that are so similar that it may take minutes to see they are ... More

A picture taken on September 4, 2017 shows an employee of a museum in Tsarskoye Selo displaying part of the collection of documents revealing the everyday life of the imperial Romanov family. Olga MALTSEVA / AFP.

SAINT PETERSBURG (AFP).- From telegrams about hunting parties to anguished letters over the Bolshevik takeover, a trove of documents detailing the private lives of Russia's Romanov family has returned home 100 years after the 1917 revolution. The archive, containing letters, photographs and drawings, was taken to Europe by members of the royal family who fled the chaos and persecutions of the revolution. In July, the state-owned Russian bank Sberbank bought the archive for 70,000 euros ($84,000) after its owner, who did not want to be identified, put them up for sale. Now, as the country marks the centenary of the end of royal rule, the collection has gone on display at a museum in Tsarskoye Selo, the former summer residence of the tsars on the outskirts of Saint Petersburg. "These letters and ... More

Clyfford Still, PH-950, 1950. Oil on canvas, 92 x 70 in. (233.7 x 177.8 cm) Photo: Ben Blackwell. Courtesy of the Clyfford Still Museum © City and County of Denver / ARS, NY.

DENVER, CO.- Home to the world’s most intact public collection of a major American artist, the Clyfford Still Museum launched two new online discovery tools today. More than 2,200 works of art—approximately 470 paintings and 1,750 works on paper by Still—are now available in high-resolution reproductions at More than 1,900 objects from the Clyfford Still Archives are also now public for the first time in the Museum’s new research database at The launch was first reported by the New York Times. “This occasion is especially momentous in light of the fact that Denver’s collection of Still’s work—one of the last great treasures of 20th century American art, donated directly from the estates of Clyfford and Patricia Still—was hidden from public and scholarly view for 60 ... More

Exhibition highlights the impact of Arte Povera on the work of British artists   Exhibition at Los Angeles County Museum of Art focuses on design in California and Mexico   Exhibition at Paul Kasmin celebrates the friendship between Sir Anthony Caro and Jules Olitski

Tony Cragg, Runner, 1985. Plastic Courtesy the artist.

LONDON.- ‘Arte Povera’ is internationally recognised as the most famous and influential development in Italian art of the late twentieth century. It was introduced as a loose term in 1967 to describe the practices of a number of Italian artists. This exhibition highlights the impact of Arte Povera on the work of some of the British artists for whom it has been a source of inspiration. It shows work by the movement’s key artists, including Alighiero Boetti, Mario Merz, Giuseppe Penone and Giulio Paolini alongside that of British artists such as Tony Cragg, Ceal Floyer, Mona Hatoum, Gavin Turk and Richard Long. Poor Art | Arte Povera runs at the Estorick Collection from 20 September until 17 December 2017. Arte Povera emerged in the years following the rapid economic and technological growth that transformed Italian post-war society, when the economy began to slow and social tensions grew. ... More

Dora De Larios, Warrior, mid-1960s, Collection of the Gralnik Family, © Dora De Larios, photo by Robert Wedemeyer.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- The Los Angeles County Museum of Art presents Found in Translation: Design in California and Mexico, 1915–1985, the first exhibition to explore the full range of design and architecture dialogues between California and Mexico from 1915 to 1985. Found in Translation features more than 250 objects including furniture, metalwork, ceramics, costume, textiles, paintings, sculpture, architectural drawings and photographs, mural studies, posters, ephemera, and film by over 200 artists, architects, designers, and craftspeople. Found in Translation is one of five exhibitions presented by LACMA as part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative, and is organized by Wendy Kaplan, curator and head of the Decorative Arts and Design ... More

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NEW YORK, NY.- Paul Kasmin is presenting Caro & Olitski: 1965 – 1968, Painted Sculptures and The Bennington Sprays, an exhibition that celebrates the dialogue, exchange of ideas and lasting friendship between British sculptor, Sir Anthony Caro and American painter, Jules Olitski. The exhibition features painted steel sculptures by Caro and never-before exhibited Spray paintings by Olitski, paintings that art critic Clement Greenberg considered to be among the artist’s finest. Caro & Olitski is on view from September 7 through October 25 at 515 West 27th Street. Caro and Olitski’s decades-long friendship took root in 1963 when, after years of mutual admiration, both artists joined the faculty of the Art Department at Bennington College in Vermont, an area also home to David Smith and Kenneth Noland. During their time teaching in Bennington, the Fire Department ... More

American sculpture: Beyond Limits opens at Chatsworth House   Nasher Sculpture Center announces Theaster Gates as winner of the 2018 Nasher Prize   Metropolitan Museum named #1 museum in the world by TripAdvisor

This is the first prominent open-air exhibition devoted exclusively to American post-war sculpture in the United Kingdom. Courtesy Sotheby’s.

LONDON.- This year’s edition of Sotheby’s annual Beyond Limits show brings the searing abstract vision of post-war American art to the rolling hills of Derbyshire in a one-off American-themed exhibition. In one of the most iconic settings in Britain, monumental sculpture by some of the foremost post-War American artists have been brought together to celebrate a revolutionary moment where freedom of expression met with unprecedented scale and ambition. The first prominent open-air exhibition devoted exclusively to American post-war sculpture in the United Kingdom, the outdoor show will trace the ways in which leading artists have boldly experimented with new materials and techniques – from Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art to the rise of Minimalism and Conceptual Art. This follows on from the zenith of enthusiasm for ... More

Theaster Gates. Image courtesy of Sarah Poole.

DALLAS, TX.- The Nasher Sculpture Center announces American artist Theaster Gates as the recipient of the 2018 Nasher Prize. In its third year, the Nasher Prize is the most ambitious international award in sculpture, established to honor a living artist who elevates the understanding of sculpture and its possibilities. Theaster Gates maintains an artistic practice that incorporates sculpture, painting, music, performance, architecture, urban planning, and social engagement. His projects cull from the material history of a place—physical, political, or cultural—in order to manifest a work that speaks to both the artist's personal narrative and to the particular story of a building, a site, an object, or a people. As such, Gates' method of using architecture, music, extant archives, and human interaction as material for his work creates dynamic ecosystems wherein everything—from the objects that ... More

The Met welcomed 7 million visitors across its three locations.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Metropolitan Museum of Art has been named the world's #1 museum in the TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice® awards for an unprecedented third consecutive year, making it the only museum to receive the valued ranking for three years in a row. TripAdvisor highlights the top museums around the world based on the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings, gathered over a 12-month period. "We're incredibly honored to receive this recognition from our visitors," said Daniel H. Weiss, President and CEO of The Met. "We care deeply about the experience our visitors have at the Museum, and strive every day to present our collection, exhibitions, and programs in an exciting and engaging manner, and to provide amenities that make everyone feel at home here." "Everyone should go to The Met at least once in their lifetime, and travelers can take advantage of the insightful ... More

New photographs and sculpture by Roe Ethridge on view at Gagosian   'Bharti Kher: Sketchbooks and Diaries' debuts in the Gardner Museum's Fenway Gallery   Crawford Alexander Mann III is new Prints and Drawings Curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Roe Ethridge, Deer, 2017. Dye-sublimation print, 49 1/2 × 33 inches (125.7 × 83.8 cm) © Roe Ethridge. Courtesy Gagosian.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- Gagosian is presenting “Innocence II,” new photographs and sculpture by Roe Ethridge. This is his first solo exhibition in San Francisco. In Ethridge’s photographs the real is used to suggest, or disrupt, the ideal. Through commercial images of fashion models, products, and advertisements as well as intimate moments from his own daily life, he reveals the fine line between the generic and the personal, merging art-historical genres with the image culture of today. “Innocence II” includes a new series of large-scale, layered photographs printed on brass. Multiple exposures and transparencies synthesize on the gleaming metallic surface, producing near-alchemical effects, as if each detail were made of light itself. Thus Ethridge echoes the very mechanics of photography, enhancing the medium’s ability to evoke the passing of time. Seven of the brass works feature photographs of model ... More

Bharti Kher, Untitled, 2013, mixed media on paper, 42cm x 30cm.

BOSTON, MASS.- While living at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum as an Artist-in-Residence, Bharti Kher spent time wandering the galleries, contemplating the works of art, feeling enriched and recharged, and, in response, created a portfolio of drawings which is now on view in the Fenway Gallery. For the exhibition called “Bharti Kher: Sketchbooks and Diaries,” Kher has installed a series of drawings taken from her 42cm x 30cm sketchbook as well as notebooks, writings, and reflections created during her month-long residency in 2013. Featured are 11 framed drawings and one framed mixed media work on paper as well as four unframed drawings, various notebooks, and photographs presented in a long case. “Kher seems to have had just the right amount of affection and irony for the objects she was looking at in the galleries,” said Pieranna Cavalchini, the Tom and Lisa Blumenthal Curator of Contemporary Art ... More

Before joining the museum staff, Mann was the Joan and Macon Brock Curator of American Art at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Va.

WASHINGTON, DC.- Crawford Alexander Mann III has joined the curatorial staff at the Smithsonian American Art Museum as the curator of prints and drawings. He began work April 3. Mann joins 12 curators currently on staff for contemporary art, photography, sculpture, contemporary craft, folk and self-taught art, Latino art, 19th-century painting, a chief curator who specializes in 20th-century art and a curator of contemporary interpretation. Mann’s responsibilities include research, exhibitions and acquisitions related to the museum’s collection of prints, drawings and watercolors dating from the 18th century to the present. His research interests include Italian American artistic exchange on the Grand Tour, artists of the American South, the impact of East Asian watercolor and printmaking traditions on American art and the evolving visual constructions of masculinity, femininity and gender. “Alex brings a global ... More

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The Davis Museum opens artist's first U.S. solo exhibition
WELLESLEY, MASS.- The Davis Museum at Wellesley College presents Eddie Martinez: Ants at a Picknic, the contemporary abstract artist’s first solo museum exhibition. The installation includes a suite of seven new large-scale mandala paintings, accompanied by a group of 17 tabletop painted bronze sculptures and large framed drawings on paper, all presented for the first time. The exhibition, on view in the Camilla Chandler and Dorothy Buffum Chandler Gallery and Marjorie and Gerald Bronfman Gallery, runs from September 19 through December 17, 2017. The exhibition marks a triumphant return of sorts, as Martinez’s exhibition history began in Boston in 2005. He has since shown around the world, with exhibitions across the United States, Europe, and Asia. Although Davis Museum Director Lisa Fischman had previously purchased two of his monoprints ... More

PIASA announces auction devoted to collaborations between 20th century and contemporary designers
PARIS.- On November 22, PIASA is organizing a second auction devoted to prestigious collaborations between 20th century and contemporary designers and the influented Venetian glassworks: Venini. The auction offers a selection of international top names like Ettore Sottsass, Alessandro Mendini, Fulvio Bianconi, Fernando & Humberto Campana or Napoleone Martinuzi. In 2015, PIASA staged a successful one-of-a-kind auction with the Museo Venini. The eighty prototypes and unique pieces choose for Venini in progress II illustrate decades of incredible creativity and the technical skill unique to Murano. A strong section of the sale will be devoted to prototypes by Ettore Sottsass (1917-2007), who first worked with Venini in 1988, designing many colourful pieces with geometric forms – epitomized here by Sole Basso, Luna d'Estate, Buco Nero and ... More

Exhibition showcases arresting images by Gianni Berengo Gardin
LONDON.- Prahlad Bubbar presenting a selection of works by Gianni Berengo Gardin, Italy’s most celebrated living photographer. Berengo Gardin is best known for his iconic images of Italy, in particular of Venice in the 1950s and 1960s, although he has also travelled widely taking photographs throughout Europe, America and the East. All works presented are vintage prints drawn from Berengo Gardin’s personal archive and showcase some of the most arresting images he has made in the last 50 years. Featured are intimately shot portraits of 20thcentury Italy that brilliantly capture the psyche of its people at work and leisure, and a country on the brink of transformation from an agricultural based economy into one of the world's most industrialised nations. Henri Cartier Bresson’s favourite shot by the artist, Vaporetto (1960), is also presented. This, considered to be Berengo ... More

The Vienna Secession opens exhibition of works by Los Angeles-based artist Chadwick Rantanen
VIENNA.- Utilizing commercial and industrial products in his works, Chadwick Rantanen considers these items as public proposals for an intended use. The exploration of these proposals manifests in specific products through an intersectional map of context, aesthetics, and function. A product’s common use and its ability to be used otherwise form a call and response. Thus, when embedded in a sculpture the product’s original purpose is extended, while remaining functionally intact, albeit in a slightly disturbed manner. Rantanen has created sculptures, installations, and site-specific interventions with neon tubes, tennis balls, plastic buckets, cups, and cuckoo clocks, among other things, which often evoke a shift in one’s perception of a space or context. In his exhibition Ward at the Vienna Secession, Rantanen presents a new body of work that derives from his interest ... More

Haus der Kunst opens fourth edition of its Capsule exhibitions with works by Oscar Murillo and Polina Kanis
MUNICH.- Haus der Kunst is presenting the fourth edition of its Capsule exhibitions. With this series, Haus der Kunst presents insights into current artistic productions and methods. It provides young, international artists with a distinct conceptional vision the opportunity to develop and exhibit a new work. This autumn, the London-based artist Oscar Murillo (*1986) and the Russian artist, Polina Kanis (*1985), currently living in Amsterdam, have been invited to participate. In just a few years Oscar Murillo has developed one of the most exciting positions in contemporary art. Originally focused on painting, he breaks free of the medium’s restrictions by integrating videos, drawings, printing techniques, sculpture as well as installation and performative elements into his presentations. His installation “signaling devices in now bastard territory” at the 56th Venice Biennial (2015) drew ... More

Major exhibition is rare insight into the career of celebrated Scottish painter Steven Campbell
LONDON.- Marlborough Fine Art is presenting a retrospective of celebrated Scottish painter Steven Campbell (1953-2007). The show consists of a selection of works made between 1983 and his untimely death in 2007. This major exhibition is rare insight into the career of an artist who is considered to have pioneered the renaissance of Scottish art in the 1980s. It is the first major exhibition in London since his solo show at Marlborough Fine Art in 2009. Campbell, by the consensus of his peers and critics, was considered one of the most influential artists to emerge from the Scottish art scene, and this exhibition highlights the relevance and importance of his work today to a new generation of artists and critics. Best known for his monumental figurative paintings, Campbell’s unique works emerged from an array of personal and literary inspirations to create ... More

The MFAH appoints Bradley Bailey as Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Curator of Asian Art
HOUSTON, TX.- Gary Tinterow, Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, today announced the appointment of Bradley Bailey as Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao curator of Asian art. Currently associate curator of Asian art at the Ackland Art Museum at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dr. Bailey will be the first to hold the newly sponsored curatorial position at the Museum. The position has been sponsored by Anne and Albert Chao and the Chao family, through the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Foundation, which has provided significant generous support to the Asian art department and MFAH for many years. The Chao family’s leadership and philanthropy can be seen across the Houston community. “I am delighted that Bradley Bailey has joined our staff,” said Tinterow in announcing the appointment. “His credentials, imagination, curatorial ... More

Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum Director announces retirement
WASHINGTON, DC.- Gen. J.R. “Jack” Dailey, the John and Adrienne Mars Director of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, will retire in January 2018. With 18 years as head of the museum, he is its longest-serving director. Dailey, a retired U.S. Marine Corps four-star general and pilot, assumed the duties of director in January 2000. As head of the museum, Dailey has led efforts to expand its size and scope, maintaining its status among the most visited museums in the world. “Gen. Dailey has served the Smithsonian and the nation with honor, distinction and enthusiasm,” said Smithsonian Secretary David Skorton. “He has led the National Air and Space Museum through an ambitious multiyear expansion while advancing its visibility, strengthening its world-class collection and advancing both onsite and online programs.” Under his leadership, the museum ... More

Greatest American political memorabilia collection ever assembled debuts at Heritage Auctions
DALLAS, TX.- The landmark political memorabilia collection of David and Janice Frent – widely regarded as the largest and most comprehensive collection of its kind ever assembled – will debut Oct. 21 at Heritage Auctions. This is the first of eight auctions dedicated to the collection with items spanning everything from buttons to banners, from George Washington up through recent elections. The collection has never been displayed publicly, but a number of items can be seen illustrating the important two-volume reference work Running for President, The Candidates and Their Images, edited by eminent historian Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. and published by Simon & Schuster in 1994. “Presenting this monumental collection at auction will be quite a challenge,” Heritage Director of Americana Auctions Tom Slater said. “I have presided over the auction sale of some ... More

Conservation begins on Alexander Hamilton and DeWitt Clinton statues
NEW YORK, NY.- The Museum of the City of New York announces a conservation project decades in the making with a two-and-a-half minute documentary film that explores the historical significance of two legendary New Yorkers, statues of whom have adorned the landmark Museum’s Fifth Avenue façade since 1941. The elegant bronze statues of Alexander Hamilton and DeWitt Clinton, designed by noted American sculptor Adolph A. Weinman, are currently being conserved for the first time in their 75-year history. The video provides historical context through interviews with Museum staff, showcases the dramatic removal of the statues from their Fifth Avenue perches, and is the first in a series of short films that will chronicle the conservation efforts carried out by Conservation Solutions, Inc. as well as the reinstallation of the statues, expected later this fall. Watch ... More

Hammer Museum opens 'Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985'
LOS ANGELES, CA.- The Hammer Museum presents Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985, a groundbreaking exhibition that constitutes the first history of experimental art practices in Latin America by women artists and their influence internationally. Addressing an art historical vacuum, Radical Women gives visibility to the artistic practices of women artists working in Latin America and US-born Chicanas and Latinas between 1960 and 1985—a key period in Latin American history and in the development of contemporary art. Fifteen countries are being represented in the exhibition by 120 artists, with more than 280 works in photography, video, and other experimental mediums. Among the women included are emblematic figures such as Lygia Pape, Ana Mendieta, and Marta Minujín alongside lesser-known names such as the ... More

Sotheby's to offer property from the Jerome & Ellen Stern Collection
NEW YORK, NY.- Sotheby’s will present To Live with Art: Property from the Jerome & Ellen Stern Collection. Compiled over 60 years from auctions, artists and galleries, the Stern’s collection reflects passion, curiosity, knowledge, a sense of humor and love of art. The unique collection comprises over 250 lots of Modern, Surrealist, Contemporary, Israeli and African Art, and 20th Century Design, which will be offered in a series of auctions beginning in November 2017 and continuing through March 2018. Amy Cappellazzo, Chairman of Sotheby’s Fine Art Division, commented: “Driven by the thrill of the hunt and gifted with a discerning eye, Jerome and Ellen Stern collected with passion, disregarding geographical and categorical divisions. The resulting curation, which spans hundreds of years and dozens of countries, mirrors their delight in participating at every level ... More

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On a day like today, Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan was born
September 21, 1960. Maurizio Cattelan (born 21 September 1960, Padua, Italy) is an Italian artist. He is known for his satirical sculptures, particularly La Nona Ora (1999) (The Ninth Hour, depicting Pope John Paul II struck down by a meteorite), Him (2001), and Love Lasts Forever (1997). In this image: The sculpture middle finger by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan during the inauguration in front of the Stock Exchange building in Milan, Italy.

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