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Exhibition highlights a major body of paintings by Monet produced in Giverny

Claude Monet’s Secret Garden culminates in a phenomenal body of work produced in Giverny, a small village in northern France where Monet resided from 1883 to the end of his life in 1926.

VANCOUVER.- The Vancouver Art Gallery is presenting the most comprehensive exhibition of French painter Claude Monet’s work in Canada in two decades. Claude Monet’s Secret Garden presents thirty-eight paintings spanning the career of one of the most important figures in Western art. Claude Monet’s Secret Garden culminates in a phenomenal body of work produced in Giverny, a small village in northern France where Monet resided from 1883 to the end of his life in 1926. A creative endeavour in their own right, the gardens that Monet designed and cultivated in Giverny became the central inspiration of his art. Its waterlilies—populated with exotic strains from as far as South America and the Middle East—weeping willows and the famed Japanese bridge endure as some of the most iconic imagery in art. These audaciously expressive works represent the summation of Monet’s lifelong dialogue with nature that guided him ... More

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Exhibition focuses on artists who lived in Düsseldorf and worked together during the 1970s   Exhibition at Leopold Museum focuses on depictions of women as well as on works created by female artists   Exhibition presents a history of the Cobra movement


Memphis Schulze u. a. Hochzeitsbild, 1977 (detail). Kaseinfarbe, Sprühlack auf Papier auf Leinwand kaschiert, 230 x 280 cm © Nachlass Memphis Schulze, Düsseldorf; VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017.

DUSSELDORF.- The focus at this exhibition is on artists who lived in Düsseldorf and worked together during the 1970s: Michael Deistler, Bruno Demattio, Achim Duchow, Astrid Heibach, Candida Höfer, Christof Kohlhöfer, Ingrid Kohlhöfer, Klaus Mettig, Lutz Mommartz, Tony Morgan, Angelika Oehms, Sigmar Polke, Ulrike Rosenbach, Stephan Runge, Conrad Schnitzler, Emil Schult, Memphis Schulze, Katharina Sieverding, Klaus vom Bruch, Ilona & Wolfgang Weber. With these protagonists, we take a fresh look at how the arts began to set out along more differentiated paths in the post-war years, and at sproutings of subculture in German-speaking countries and around Europe; most of the works on display in Singular / Plural have never before been shown at an exhibition. A pivotal factor is that this loose-knit group of cosmopolitans developed their predilections and strategies ... More
 

Ferdinand Georg Waldmuller, Portrait of Mrs. Josefa Ernst, 1856 © Leopold Museum, Vienna.

VIENNA.- The series of themed presentations featuring the permanent collection continues with the exhibition Female Images – From Biedermeier to Early Modernism, which focuses on depictions of women as well as on works created by female artists from the 19th and early 20th century. In keeping with the emphasis of the Leopold Collection, the selected works hail from the period between 1830 and 1930. The first part of the presentation shines the spotlight on various themes, including female portraits, mother-and-child depictions and women as nude models. Female depictions can initially be found predominantly in the portrait genre. These portrayals of women are strongly informed by certain expectations of their commissioners, such as the demand for beauty, charm and grace. Along with portrait depictions, female images often show women assuming traditional roles, such as that of wife, mother and caregiver to the family. An importan ... More
 

Corneille, Tête Pensive (Pensive Head), 1980. Color lithograph NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale; Cobra Collection; gift of Golda and Meyer Marks, M-­659 © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA.- Cobra, the interdisciplinary and trans-national European avant-garde movement named after its home cities --- Copenhagen, Brussels and Amsterdam – caused a revolution in modern art during just three years of creative activity (1948-1951) that continues to influence artists working today. A new exhibition at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale examines Cobra artists’ innovative use of animal images and their expression of popular visual culture. Human Animals: The Art of Cobra is part of NSU Art Museum’s Regeneration series of exhibitions, and features works from the Museum’s celebrated Golda and Meyer Marks Cobra Collection, the largest Cobra art collection in America. The exhibition is on view from July 9 – October 8, 2017. “Cobra has undergone considerable reevaluation ... More


Display showcases the Heide Museum of Modern Art's rich collection of works by various members of the Boyd dynasty   Art and craft meet in experimental textiles by international artists   ICA Miami unveils inaugural program of its new permanent home, opening December 1, 2017


Arthur Boyd, Family Group c.1946. Oil on hardboard, 104.1 x 121.9 cm. Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne. Gift of Beverly Brown in memory of her father Dr Joseph Brown AO OBE 2014 © Courtesy Bundanon Trust

MELBOURNE.- The third exhibition in the Making History series, this display showcases the museum’s rich collection of paintings, works on paper and ceramic objects by various members of the acclaimed Boyd dynasty and their close collaborators. With a focus on the achievements of the 1940s and 50s, the exhibition’s highlights include elegant art nouveau-style pots by family patriarch Merric Boyd, Arthur Boyd’s masterful group portrait painted in 1946 and a vibrant array of domestic ware produced by artists working for the Arthur Merric Boyd Pottery in the postwar period. In 1913 potter Merric Boyd and his wife and artistic collaborator Doris Gough settled at Open Country, a property in Murrumbeena in Melbourne’s south-east. Over subsequent decades they established a pottery and studios and encouraged their five children ... More
 

Paulina Olowska, Oksza, 2014, Gobelin and polymid, 77 ½ x 44 x 10 inches. Courtesy of the artist at Metro Pictures. Photo: Jerry Birchfield. © MOCA Cleveland 2016.

KATONAH, NY.- This summer, the Katonah Museum of Art presents Wall to Wall: Carpets by Artists, an exhibition that studies some of the best contemporary art through the lens of craft: the woven carpet. Featuring seventeen artists from across the globe, the exhibition proves carpets to be a powerful agent of meaning today, one that cuts across subjects of design, art, décor, production, and geopolitics. The “artist carpet” is a form that bears a long and distinguished pedigree, from Raphael and Peter Paul Rubens to Pablo Picasso, Fernand Léger, and Joan Mirò. Unlike exhibitions that examine artist carpets through an ethnographic lens, Wall to Wall takes as its point of departure the history of art, focusing on the ways in which the medium advances relevant explorations in contemporary artistic practice. The exhibition examines the increasing prominence of carpets ... More
 

Preliminary rendering of the new ICA Miami in the Design District, designed by Aranguren & Gallegos.

MIAMI, FLA.- The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami opens the doors to its new permanent home in the Miami Design District on December 1, 2017, with a bold inaugural program that reflects the museum’s commitment to championing new narratives in contemporary art and to providing a platform for the exchange of art and ideas. With more than double the exhibition space in its new permanent home, ICA Miami presents its first thematic survey and most ambitious exhibition to date, bringing together the work of contemporary innovators with that of modern masters. The new building also enables the museum to expand its commitment to mounting monographic presentations that offer new insight on under-recognized artists and deepen scholarship in the field; and to commissioning boundary-pushing works of art through the debut of six new large-scale works, on view throughout the museum and its sculpture garden. Highlights of the inaugural ... More


'Faraway Focus Photographers Go Travelling' on view at the Berlinische Galeri   A new book celebrates the neglected work of 19th-century social realist painter Frederick Walker   Crossroads art fair relaunches in London the week before Frieze


Thomas Hoepker, Werbung für ein Mittel gegen Sodbrennen an einem Bus, New York, 1963 © Thomas Hoepker / Magnum Photos / Agentur Focus.

BERLIN.- Travelling has been a major theme in photography for over a hundred years. As a genre, travel photography emerged around the same time as mass tourism in the late 19th century, when it reinforced expectations of foreign parts as somehow exotic. Only since the 1920s has travel inspired photographers to respond artistically to cultural, political and social conditions in other countries. These pictures might be spontaneous reactions to the unknown or else prompted by a preconceived plan. The exhibition presents over 180 works by 17 photographers and reflects the history of 20thcentury art photography. The different approaches illustrate changes in visual idiom and perceptions from early travel photography down to our globalised world. Max Baumann (*1961), Kurt Buchwald (*1953), Marianne Breslauer (1909–2001), Tim Gidal (1909–1996), Thomas Hoepker ... More
 

This is the first book in over a century to examine the important work of the watercolour artist and illustrator Frederick Walker.

LONDON.- Lund Humphries presents the first comprehensive survey of the neglected work of 19th-century watercolour artist Frederick Walker and his Idyllist contemporaries. This is the first book in over a century to examine the important work of the watercolour artist and illustrator Frederick Walker (1840–1875) and his closest artistic allies. He was greatly admired (and collected) by Vincent van Gogh and was described by Millais as ‘the greatest artist of the century’ and yet his premature death at the age of 35 cut short his promising career. Walker, together with his close friends George John Pinwell (1842–1875), John William North (1842–1924) and friends sought unexpected beauty and charm in the everyday world of Victorian Britain. This aim was marked by a strong sympathy for the downtrodden and those on the margins of society, a sentiment which characterised their often ... More
 

Liv Vaisberg, 2017. Photo by Pablo Cepeda.

LONDON.- Crossroads announces a new artistic direction, returning to London from 30 September to 4 October at Victoria House Basement. The art fair is being transformed by new director Liv Vaisberg, who brings a vision for a curated fair to show emerging and mid-market galleries in the best possible conditions. Vaisberg comes to Crossroads having previously co-directed Independent Brussels and co-founding Poppositions in Brussels, which was conceived as an experimental counterpoint to mainstream art fairs. She states: “The decision to turn Crossroads into something completely new came from a desire to make it more relevant to London. I strongly believe there is a role for a small and focused fair that will gear all of its efforts towards the emerging and mid-sector galleries, where some of the most exciting artists’ works are to be found. So far, the support for this initiative has been incredible.” Alejandro Zaia, founder and former director of Crossroads, ... More



Experience the Norse mythology story of Ragnarök at the Fine Arts Center   Racine Art Museum expanding the definition of what a vessel could be   In 2018, Art Paris Art Fair will bring together 140 galleries from some twenty different countries


De Lane Bredvik, Sudden Aspen Decline.

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO.- The Fine Arts Center announces a site-specific art installation Wendy Mike and De Lane Bredvik: Ragnarӧk Anthropocene, on view July 15, 2017-Jan 7, 2018. Hailing from the Pikes Peak region, visual artists Wendy Mike and De Lane Bredvik prove that art is inherently powerful and transformational. The installation is inspired by Ragnarök, a series of future events in Norse mythology in which the death of major figures, various natural disasters, and the complete submersion of the world in fire and water ultimately result in a fertile rebirth, reconciliation of the gods, and re-population of the human race. Given the destructive wildfires and floods that have wreaked havoc on the region in recent years, Ragnarök serves as a cautionary tale, asking us to consider our sacred and practical responsibilities to the earth, to think of our family as something far beyond our kin, and to envision a more holistic world ... More
 

Giles Bettison, Vista Series #54, 2000. Glass, 8 ½ x 6 ½ x 1 7/8 inches. Racine Art Museum, Gift of Holly Hotchner and Franklin Silverstone. Photo: Jon Bolton, Racine.

RACINE, WI.- In Racine Art Museum’s extensive holdings of contemporary craft, a variety of approaches to the idea of a “vessel” are represented. Open July 16, 2017 – January 21, 2018, Variations on a Theme: Vessels from RAM’s Collection is the second in a series of museum exhibitions surveying the landscape of craft through theory, design, and history. As evidenced by the more than 50 examples on display in this exhibition, there are many ways contemporary artists interpret or investigate what a vessel could or should look like. Since the mid-twentieth century, many craft artists have purposefully made objects that challenge the idea of function. The works they created could be functional in an expected way, functional but not seeming to be, or wholly sculptural and not meant to function ... More
 

View of the main entrance. © Photo: Emmanuel Nguyen Ngoc.

PARIS.- From April 5th - 8th 2018, Art Paris Art Fair will bring together 140 galleries from some twenty different countries at the Grand Palais. Diversity and discovery are the key words of this leading springtime event for modern and contemporary art in Paris that combines a region-by-region exploration of European art from the post-war years to the present day and a cosmopolitan perspective on emerging scenes from around the world. In 2018, Art Paris Art Fair will be celebrating its 20th anniversary. True to its original vocation to support the French art scene, the fair will be juxtaposing the subjective, historical and critical perspective of an exhibition curator, with a selection of specific projects focussing on artists in France who, both in the past and today, have managed to preserve their independence from dominant trends, or were situated on the margin of ... More


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Customs House Museum opens 'Women Painting Women' traveling exhibition
CLARKSVILLE, TENN.- Women Painting Women began as an online blog in 2009, highlighting women artists working in the figurative tradition, started at a time when the founders, Alia El-Bermani, Diane Feissel and Sadie Valeri, felt there was little support for those working in that genre. Since then the site has featured the work of hundreds of women painters from around the world. The main focus of Women Painting Women is to gain recognition for contemporary living artists. In 2015, Women Painting Women began being referred to as a movement. Since then, there have been several exhibitions in galleries and museums world-wide based on the theme. Women Painting Women: in Earnest is a traveling exhibition based on the original artists represented from the blog. It was organized by two of the blog founders, Alia El-Bermani and Diane Feissel. This is the sixth ... More

Annual celebration of the River Thames returns with a creative and diverse programme
LONDON.- The River Thames travels over 210 miles, starting as a small trickle in the Cotswolds, right into the centre of London and out into the North Sea. And yet, many Londoners have never engaged with the river. Through Totally Thames’ annual season of over 150 events on, beneath and beside the River Thames, Londoners can take part in an exciting programme of arts, cultural, archaeological and active river events including concerts, film screenings, exhibitions, installations, performances, walks, a boat party and even a wild swim! This year’s programme is curated around the timely issue of plastic pollution in our rivers and oceans, Handel’s 300th Anniversary of Water Music, and stories of the river. This timely, global environmental issue affects the Thames, waterways and oceans. The World Economic Forum has predicted there will be more plastic than fish ... More

Vienna Art Week to be held between 13 and 19 November
VIENNA.- Vienna will be back in the art world limelight between 13 and 19 November 2017 when, once again, Vienna Art Week offers a comprehensive look at the Viennese art scene, bringing together some 200 high-caliber events from 70 program partners. Headed by the motto Transforming Technology, this year’s VIENNA ART WEEK takes rapid technological developments and their aesthetic analysis and processing as its theme. New technologies have always had a visible impact on art as well: “Art can seismographically measure and critically reflect on the latest technological developments, push ‘analogue’ counter-movements such as the revival of craftsmanship and material-aesthetic tendencies, and ultimately recognize and articulate quality in a broad field of randomness,” says Robert Punkenhofer, Artistic Director of Vienna Art Week 2017. Successfully ... More

Artists participating in Estonian Photographic Art Fair 2017
TALLINN.- International selection committee has announced the artists, galleries and project spaces participating in Estonian Photographic Art Fair 2017, which will take place in Telliskivi Creative City from 29th of September to 1st of October. This year’s fair introduces the works of 41 artists, five galleries and five project spaces. Members of the selection committee were Tiina Rauhala, curator of Finnish Museum of Photography, Sonata Baliuckaité, art project manager of Art Vilnius 2017, Marten Esko, director and curator of Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia, Kadri Laas, project manager of The Estonian Contemporary Art Development Center, and Estonian artist Taavi Talve. Artists exhibited at the gallery section of Estonian Photographic Art Fair 2017 are Peeter Laurits (Vaal), Giulia Marchi (IT) (Matèria), Arne Maasik (Haus), Diana Tamane (KOGO) and Alan ... More

The Lázaro Galdiano Museum announces 'Witches', an exhibition by Mexican artist Denise De La Rue
MADRID.- Witches, an exhibition by Mexican artist Denise De La Rue, curated by Carmen Espinosa and Flavia Hohenlohe at the Lázaro Galdiano Museum in Madrid, is the second component of her series “Angels and Witches” Goya, Metamorphose, a study of Francisco de Goya’s paintings through a reinterpretation of the old master’s work. De La Rue has created a series of photographs juxtaposing iconic Spanish actresses with the painter’s work, analysing the dichotomies and similarities between these characters whilst engaging with historical and relevant sites such as the Museum. Taking elements of the actor profession that coincide with the characteristics of angels and witches such as mysticism, magic, life, death and the power of creation, transformation and destruction, De La Rue has created a dialogue between the actresses and Goya’s paintings. The ... More

Exhibition at the Crow Collection exhibition displays art from the Edo period
DALLAS, TX.- Regal courtiers, lively townspeople, tragic heroines and virtuous deities in Japanese art are showcased in exquisite form in Styled with Poise: Figures in Japanese Painting and Prints, presented by ORIX Americas Miyauchi Charitable Foundation at the Crow Collection of Asian Art in Downtown Dallas. On view Saturday, July 8, 2017, through Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, this exhibition displays art from the Edo period (1603–1868), when a wide range of painting styles and significant developments in woodblock printmaking made visual art accessible to many in Japan. "The development of woodblock prints allowed for more people to own pictures – of their favorite kabuki actors or even of places people had visited - there was a surge in domestic travel, especially by the nineteenth century,” said Midori Oka, guest curator of Styled with Poise. “Depending on the ... More

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art announces summer 2017 exhibitions
ROCKLAND, ME.- The Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockland is celebrating its one-year anniversary in its stunning new building, designed by internationally acclaimed architect Toshiko Mori, with an exciting and diverse lineup of exhibitions and events. On view from June 10 through October 22, 2017, is the exhibition William Wegman: Reel to Real featuring videos and drawings from 1970-1978. An important pioneer in video art, William Wegman created hundreds of short performance-oriented videos between 1970 and 1978, which are now considered classics in the field. He began experimenting with the new medium in earnest in 1970, while living in Southern California, where he taught for a year at California State College, Long Beach. Working concurrently with other early West Coast video artists as Bruce Nauman and John Baldessari, Wegman ... More

"No to the Invasion: Breakdowns and Side Effects" presented by the Center for Curatorial Studies
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, NY.- This summer, the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College in collaboration with the Barjeel Art Foundation presents No to the Invasion: Breakdowns and Side Effects, an exhibition held at the CCS Bard Galleries from 24 June to 29 October 2017. The exhibition showcases work drawn from the Barjeel Art Foundation Collection, dating from 1990 to 2016, referencing significant histories and conflicts across the Arabic-speaking world. No to the Invasion: Breakdowns and Side Effects explores the ways in which art extends across and operates within volatile social structures, political regimes, and economic systems. Featuring works dating from 1990 to 2016, the exhibition invokes socio-political and economic histories that intersect a shared geo-political space: the Arabicspeaking world—a geographic region that ... More





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On a day like today, Italian painter Francesco Albani was born
August 17, 1578. Francesco Albani or Albano (17 March or 17 August 1578 - 4 October 1660) was an Italian Baroque painter. Albani never acquired the monumentality or tenebrism that was quaking the contemporary world of painters, and in fact, is derided often for his lyric, cherubim-filled sweetness, which often has not yet shaken the mannerist elegance. While Albani's thematic would have appealed to Poussin, he lacked the Frenchman's muscular drama. His style sometimes appears to befit the decorative Rococo more than of his time. In this image: Baptism of Christ ca 1640 (State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg.



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