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John Michael Kohler Arts Center celebrates 50th anniversary with yearlong exhibition

“An Encounter with Presence: Emery Blagdon + Shannon Stratton” (gallery view) is one of 15 exhibitions featured in THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED series at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center throughout 2017.

SHEBOYGAN, WIS..- The Road Less Traveled, a yearlong series of 15 exhibitions at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wis., offers fresh perspectives on the unique field of art environments. This series presents a rare opportunity to experience the work of more than a dozen artist-environment builders from the Arts Center’s world-renowned collection. In addition, it incorporates new writing and works of art produced by scholars, curators, musicians, visual artists, and theorists from wide-ranging disciplines in response to art environments. Through connecting its collection with internationally respected thinkers, the Arts Center aims to expand the conversation surrounding of this compelling art form. Since the 1970s, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center has preserved, studied, and exhibited art environments. Today, with well over 20,000 individual works of art by 30 different art-environment builders in the collection, the Arts Center is ... More

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Modern art, Picasso pottery + Studio 54 celebrity-photo archive headline Palm Beach Modern auction   Bountiful and beautiful: Skinner's January Fine Art Auctions feature fresh-to-market works   Exhibition series devoted to contemporary photography and video art from Asia opens in New York

Richard P. Manning (American, 1941-2013) gelatin silver print of then-married Alana and Rod Stewart at Studio 54. Photo copyright Estate of Richard P. Manning/image to be sold without copyright. Est. $400-$800. All images courtesy of Palm Beach Modern Auctions.

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA.- While it would have been quite enough for co-owners Rico Baca and Wade Terwilliger to showcase their finest-ever selection of vetted art for Palm Beach Modern’s (PBMA) Feb. 4-5, 2017 auction, they didn’t stop there. To create an event that would spark interest worldwide, they also secured several spotlight collections that are headline-makers on their own. There’s a collection of 16 original T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings furnishings from a celebrated mid-century residence in California, the estate archive of uncensored Studio 54 gelatin silver prints taken by photographer Richard Manning, and eight exceptional pieces of Picasso pottery. A fascinating backstory accompanies 13 major Latin-American artworks in the ... More

Roy Lichtenstein, The Art Critic (Lot 88, $25,000-35,000).

BOSTON, MASS.- Skinner, Inc. presents an outstanding two-session auction on Friday, January 27 in its Boston gallery. Fine Prints & Photographs starts at 12PM, followed by Fine Paintings & Sculpture at 4PM. Previews will be held on Wednesday, January 25, 12 to 5PM; Thursday, January 26, 12 to 8PM; and Friday, January 27, 9 to 10AM. Robin S. R. Starr, Vice President and Director of American & European Works of Art, notes that in addition to a broad selection of pre-20th-century material, the auction offers an especially robust quantity of modern and contemporary work in all categories. “The market is hungry for this,” Robin says, and that hunger can be satisfied with selections that are affordable for beginning collectors, as well as masterworks for the advanced connoisseur. A considerable number of items are from private collections and fresh to market, including notable examples that have descended in the families of the ... More

Daido Moriyama, Untitled, from “a room,” 2015 Courtesy The Walther Collection.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Walther Collection inaugurated a yearlong exhibition series devoted to contemporary photography and video art from Asia, to be presented in thematic exhibitions in New York over the course of 2017. Stemming from the collection’s first acquisitions of Chinese and Japanese photography in the early 2000s, and highlighting important recent additions, this program features an expansive range of photographic and video work exploring notions of performance, social identity, sexuality, and urban transformation. The first exhibition, Acts of Intimacy: The Erotic Gaze in Japanese Photography opened on Thursday, January 19, 2017. It is organized by guest curator Christopher Phillips, with curatorial coordination and support from Daniela Baumann and Oluremi C. Onabanjo. Acts of Intimacy: The Erotic Gaze in Japanese Photography brings together three key photographic ... More

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac opens new exhibition by Swiss artist Not Vital   SFMOMA presents "diane arbus: in the beginning" in the new Pritzker Center for Photography   A selection of works by Gianfranco Pardi on view at Cortesi Gallery London

Exhibition view, POLES 2017. Courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London • Paris • Salzburg © Not Vital. Photo: Philippe Servent.

PARIS.- Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac presents POLES, a new exhibition by Swiss artist Not Vital in the Paris Pantin space. Bringing together monumental sculpture, painting, drawing and installation, this large-scale exhibition features a selection of Not Vital’s works from the last decade. Not Vital is a singular and unclassifiable artist. Born in 1948 in Sent, a small village located at the end of the Engadine valley in the Swiss Alps, he grew up surrounded by nature. As he says “It took me twenty years to realise that I could make a sculpture of the mountain in front of me. I have seen this mountain since I was born.” At the age of 18, he started a nomadic life, immersing himself in the cultures of the places where he settled successively: New York, India, Niger, Brazil, Patagonia, Philippines and China. Over the course of his travels, Not Vital has continuously reflected on the habitat, on the relationship between sculpture and ar ... More

Diane Arbus, Lady on a bus, N.Y.C., 1957; courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York / copyright © The Estate of Diane Arbus, LLC. All rights reserved/

SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art presents the West Coast debut of the acclaimed exhibition diane arbus: in the beginning, on view January 21 through April 30, 2017. Organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, diane arbus: in the beginning considers the first seven years of the photographer’s career, from 1956 to 1962. Bringing together over 100 photographs from this formative period, many on display for the first time, the exhibition offers fresh insights into the distinctive vision of this iconic American photographer. The exhibition is on view in the museum’s new Pritzker Center for Photography, made possible by the Lisa and John Pritzker Family Fund. SFMOMA is the only American venue other than The Metropolitan Museum of Art to present this exhibition. A lifelong New Yorker, Diane Arbus (1923–1971) found the city and its citizens an endlessly rich subject for her art. Working in Times Square, ... More

Diagonale, 1982. Acrylic on canvas, 125 × 100 cm. Photo by: Bruno Bani Courtesy: Cortesi Gallery, London – Lugano.

LONDON.- Cortesi Gallery London is presenting a selection of works by Gianfranco Pardi (Milan, 1933–2012), which marks the first-ever solo exhibition in the UK dedicated to this important Italian artist, whose works have been previously displayed in 1982 in a group show at Hayward Gallery, London (Arte italiana, 1960–1982). The exhibition features works from Pardi’s Giardino Pensile made in 1968 to his artistic production during the 1980s and complements a previous exhibition held at Cortesi Gallery in Lugano in early 2016 (Gianfranco Pardi. Opere 1968–1982. Architetture, Poeticamente, curated by Bruno Corà). Pardi’s artistic research, from its beginning to its very end, offers a continuous survey of space and its representation. By way of rigorous planning, Pardi integrates the techniques of painting, drawing and sculpture to reveal the dynamics and relationships of form and matter. This process was ... More

Albertina opens exhibition of works by Markus Prachensky   Gallery Wendi Norris' second solo exhibition for Vienna-based artist Eva Schlegel opens in San Francisco   Chrysler Museum hires Director of Communications

Markus Prachensky, Rot auf schwarz-Puglia, 1976. Acrylic on paper © Atelier Markus Prachensky.

VIENNA.- Markus Prachensky’s radiant, dynamic, and contrast-rich red brushstrokes virtually dance through his oeuvre. His individual works, at turns wild in their gestures and serene in their composition, are at once energetic and meditative. Prachensky, whose strong anchoring in Austria’s art scene dates back to the 1950s, is among today’s best-regarded Austrian artists internationally. And the Albertina, with its tribute on what would have been his 85th birthday, is bringing together prominent works from its own collection with hitherto unknown works from Prachensky’s extensive artistic estate. This exhibition also presents Prachensky’s generous gift to the Albertina of four important paintings—key works in his oeuvre—as well as a number of outstanding drawings. Markus Prachensky was born in Innsbruck in 1932 and began studying architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna in 1952. The ... More

Eva Schlegel, Untitled (225), 2015. Print on Hahnemühle Bütten, 74 1/2 x 53 inches, 202 x 134.7 cm ( ). Edition 3/3 + 1AP. Photo: Courtesy of the artist and Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- Gallery Wendi Norris is presenting Subverting Solidity, the gallery’s second solo exhibition for Vienna-based artist Eva Schlegel. Schlegel’s new large and mid-scaled photographs depict the abstraction of architectural space. Minimal and ethereal, set mostly in tones of white, gray and black, these 17 images float the eye through physical environments in ways impossible in real time and space. By denying the eye the hard line rationality of familiar architecture and the grounding effect of gravity, these photographs free the viewer from a building’s intended function, permit the imagination to roam and encourage the mind to reimagine the experience of place. This new body of work, part of the artist’s continuing series of blurred spaces, asks the viewer to reconsider the role that architecture ... More

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NORFOLK, VA.- The Chrysler Museum of Art announced the appointment of Meredith Gray as Director of Communications. She will lead the Museum’s marketing and communications efforts and work with teams across the Museum to engage the local community and continue to expand the Chrysler’s reach. “The Chrysler is more than a museum; it is a multifaceted experience. It is an anchor to the fast-growing NEON district and creative community in Norfolk, Va., which is such a draw to our region,” says Gray. “I look forward to sharing the Chrysler’s mission and playing a role in broadening access to art through the various programs the Chrysler has to offer.” Chrysler Director Erik Neil says Gray brings valuable experience in strategic marketing and communications including website development and social media management, ... More

Vleeshal Markt opens exhibition on the work of choreographer, theorist and textile artist Noa Eshkol   One of the largest collections of Alice in Wonderland books and memorabilia goes on sale   Jennifer Rubell's first New York solo exhibition on view at Sargent's Daughters

Noa Eshkol, Coconut Trees, 1979 (detail). Courtesy Galerie neugerriemschneider.

MIDDELBURG.- I Look at the Moon and Think about my Daughter-in-Law is an exhibition in two parts on the work of influential choreographer, theorist and textile artist Noa Eshkol (Israel, 1924-2007). Disappointed with the existing notation systems for dance (Rudolf von Laban’s Labanotation for example), Noa Eshkol set out to develop a new notation system for movement. She wanted her system to provide the means for the most accurate description of “transitions” (as opposed to notating fixed poses and taking the transition from one pose to another for granted). In collaboration with architect Abraham Wachman, she succeeded in developing a unified method of writing and recording: the Eshkol-Wachman Movement Notation (EWMN) system. It uses numbers and a minimal alphabet of symbols in a grid format, offering dancers and choreographers a systematised tool to compose and notate dance - and all other forms of movement. The conceptual ... More

A silk covered folder titled An Easter Greeting to Every Child who Loves Alice, together with two examples of The Wonderland Postage-Stamp-Case with a leaflet titled Eight or Nine Wise Words About Letter Wring by Lewis Carroll.

OXFORD.- A remarkable collection of Alice in Wonderland books and memorabilia, among the largest in the world, goes on sale with Mallams auctioneers in Oxford next month. The ‘Oxford Authors Sale’ at Mallams on February 8 includes more than 3,000 Alice items acquired across a 25-year collecting odyssey by the late Thomas Schuster and his wife Greta. Thomas E Schuster, who died in 2013, aged 76, was an international antiquarian books and prints dealer based in Maddox Street in Mayfair, London. His interest in English children’s literature was first ignited by a client in Japan and he became a recognised expert in the works of Kate Greenaway, Beatrix Potter and the Enid Blyton character ‘Noddy’. He published the Kate Greenaway catalogue raisonne in 1986. But it was the Victorian writer, photographer and mathematician ... More

Jennifer Rubell, Vessel, 2017. Resin, food-safe paint, oatmeal chocolate chip cookies (from Hillary Clinton's recipe) 65 x 36 x 36 inches.

NEW YORK, NY.- Sargent’s Daughters is presenting Housewife, Jennifer Rubell’s first New York solo exhibition. The show includes new participatory sculptures and interactive paintings. Housewife is on view through February 26, 2017. The works in Housewife engage the public through temptation, humor and physical suggestion. The traditional viewer/artwork relationship is reconfigured to place the viewer and object in positions of equal power. Interaction is Rubell’s core medium, which she uses to explore a tricky question of female self-definition: the role of others in feminine identity. The second-wave feminism of Rubell’s formative years instilled in the artist the courage to define herself however she pleased, with one glaring exception. “I always had all the skills of a housewife,” says Rubell, “I thought about other people almost all the time, I liked home life, I loved ... More

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Beetle Mania invades the Reading Public Museum
READING, PA.- Explore the extraordinary world of sculptor Joan Danziger whose creations—creepy, crawly specimens with six legs and wings—take center stage in the new exhibition Beetle Mania: The Art of Joan Danziger, on view in the Reading Public Museum’s Meinig Family Gallery from January 14 through September 3, 2017. More than fifty six-legged creatures are included in the exhibition, which is locally sponsored by Ehrlich Pest Control. Enter the world of Coleoptera, the largest and most diverse order of insects commonly known as beetles. Danziger’s colorful works cling to the walls throughout the gallery, and are paired with some of The Museum’s scientific collection of beetles, as well as some cultural artifacts from ancient Egypt and South America, decorated with the insects. The artist enlists metal wire, iridescent glass, celluclay, and paint to create her much- ... More

Contemporary artists draw upon Asian traditions
OBERLIN, OH.- An exhibition at the Allen Memorial Art Museum juxtaposes works by artists from China, Japan, Korea, the United States, Vietnam, and Canada. Through June 12, 2017, “Conversations: Past and Present in Asia and America” bridges wide temporal and cultural distances as contemporary artists relate to earlier times, traditions, events, and techniques. Asian-American artist Roger Shimomura draws upon the graphic sensibilities of the Pop Art movement and Japanese 19th century ukiyo-e prints in his two 2014 works, Liz and Marilyn, which are shown alongside Andy Warhol’s iconic silkscreen works of the 1960s, Liz Taylor and Marilyn Monroe. Shimomura, however, presents images of Japanese women, rendered in an ukiyo-e style, looking into mirrors—the celebrities reflected back at them— raising questions of otherness, self-perception, and identity. Masami ... More

Painted distaffs come to Georgia Museum of Art
ATHENS, GA.- The Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia presents the exhibition “To Spin a Yarn: Distaffs, Folk Art and Material Culture” from January 21 through April 16, 2017. Organized by the Stephen F. Austin State University Galleries, this exhibition consists of about 40 decorated wooden distaffs, or spinning implements, from the collection of Michael T. Ricker. Originally simple sticks, they evolved into highly decorated objects with intense cultural significance, more important for their meanings than for their function. Dating from the 19th and 20th centuries, the distaffs come from regions across Europe (in Russia, Lithuania, Finland, Sweden, France, Germany, Albania, Greece, Serbia and Bosnia), each of which has its own style. Distaffs hold unspun wool or fiber during the spinning process. They could be used with or without a spinning wheel to create ... More

EYE Filmmuseum opens the first ever exhibition by the Hungarian filmmaker Béla Tarr
AMSTERDAM.- EYE is presentong the first ever exhibition by the Hungarian filmmaker Béla Tarr (Pécs, Hungary, 1955). Béla Tarr is widely regarded as one of the most important and influential film authors of the past three decades. He is the master of the long take, the master of wonderfully shot, languid, melancholic films about the human condition. After making his international breakthrough with Damnation (1988), he enhanced his reputation and standing with the more than seven-hour Satantango (1994), Werckmeister Harmonies (2000) and The Turin Horse (2011). Tarr considers The Turin Horse to be his very last film, the one in which he has said all he wanted to say as a filmmaker. For Tarr views filmmaking, not as a profession, but as an urgency. If there is no need to say something, better to remain silent. In recent years, however, Europe has been confronted ... More

DAM Gallery presents a selection of works from different periods of Vera Molnar's career
BERLIN.- Vera Molnar, who turned ninety-three early in January, has never really been eager to gain acceptance on the art market. I remember when visiting her in 2014 to inform her that she had won a lifetime award, she was more than surprised. Molnar was already in her sixties when she started selling her work regularly. Despite her artist friends like Francois Morellet, Victor Vaserely and Max Bill, she perceived her art mainly as experimental research. It developed into a dialogue between the computer and her oeuvre, which continues to the present. The more conceptual series, which lead to deconstruction or dissolution of forms, were mainly created in the 1970s to the 1990s. After that installations and paintings again gained importance. Over all this years she kept a sketch book which contains a wide range of unrealized treasures to which we can look forward. ... More

'Inside Outside' show explores the 20th century work of a doctor and psychoanalyst
CLEVELAND, OH.- The show, running from Jan. 20 through March 17, coincides with the Cleveland Print Room’s Fifth Anniversary. Sometimes, fine art doesn’t start out that way. In the early 20th century, Dr. Smith Ely Jelliffe, a physician, professor, and author, was one of the earliest proponents of psychoanalysis in the United States. Working in New York, Dr. Jelliffe created a series of glass “magic lantern” slides for use in his lectures about mental health, neurology, and psychiatry. Among Smith’s images are photographs of hospitals, patients, x-rays, diagrams, and artwork by patients. What better way to mark the Cleveland Print Room’s fifth anniversary than an in-depth look at early 20th century photographic images that challenge the boundaries between art and documentation? The “Inside Outside” show explores the historic use of photography from an ... More

Wang Tong's first solo exhibition in a gallery in Europe opens at [dip] contemporary art
LUGANO.- [dip] contemporary art invites Chinese artist Wang Tong, chief photography editor of Chinese National Geography magazine as well as one of China’s most talented photographers, for its second exhibition in Lugano, Switzerland. This is Wang Tong’s first solo exhibition in a gallery in Europe. The exhibition is a project jointly organized with Beijing-based independent art critic and curator Manuela Lietti. Wang Tong (b. 1967 in Jilin, China, lives and works in Beijing) explores photography with the accuracy of a philologist, while continuously expanding the scope of a genre which, for him, is a meta-language for investigating the complex liaison between the microcosm and the macrocosm, the real and the ideal, the historical and the daily. As an author of documentary images rooted in the keen observation of past history and contemporary reality as well as the tension ... More

Sir Peter Blake creates bespoke collage for Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park
LONDON.- Sir Peter Blake, a leading figure in the art world, and often referred to as the ‘Godfather of British Pop Art’, has been commissioned by Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group to create a collage which covers Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London’s iconic façade during part of the hotel’s comprehensive phased renovation. The immense collage entitled Our Fans, has been created to provide an eye-catching diversion along Knightsbridge. Our Fans, the largest artwork Sir Peter Blake has ever created, is a collage of 100 prominent faces, from Morgan Freeman and Helen Mirren to Joanna Lumley and Jenny Packham. All are regular guests at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London as well as fans of the Group’s hotels around the world. “Some of my first works were collages of crowds of people; this piece is in the spirit of The Beatles 1967 Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts ... More

National Gallery of Modern Art opens most comprehensive exhibition of Jitish Kallat's works to date
NEW DELHI.- Here After Here brings together over 100 works by Jitish Kallat encompassing a time frame of almost 25 years, exploring the many processes, themes and ideas that reappear throughout his artistic practice. The most comprehensive exhibition of Kallatʼs works to date, it is spread across two buildings of the National Gallery of Modern Art - Jaipur House, originally built in 1936 as the residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur, and the museum's new wing, constructed in 2009. Spanning painting, photography, drawing, video and sculptural installations, the works, presented here collectively for the first time, reveal the artistʼs continual engagement with ideas of time, sustenance, recursion and historical recall, and his recurrent deliberations on the cosmopolis and the distant cosmos. Kallatʼs oeuvre traverses varying focal lengths and time-scales ... More

Chemould Prescott Road opens exhibition of works by Sonia Khurana
MUMBAI.- The exhibition of Delhi-based artist Sonia Khurana, Fold/Unfold, explores the tensions between our impossible need for flight and the existential truths of our groundedness. While well-known internationally for over a decade, with shows and interventions all over the world, this is Khurana’s first solo in Bombay. Khurana’s video installations, text-based, and performative works “fold” and “unfold” – as the philosopher Gilles Deleuze might have described it – into multiple permutations of form, subjectivity, and embodied experience. They fold themselves into dialogical, metaphorical “origami” inhabited by the restless spirits of profound questions of the human condition: from alienation and displacement to longing and embodiment, from desire to refusal. In acts of mimetic doubling and redoubling, twinning and mirroring, inverting and subverting, the works ... More

The FLAG Art Foundation opens exhibition of works by Cynthia Daignault
NEW YORK, NY.- The FLAG Art Foundation presents Cynthia Daignault: There is nothing I could say that I haven’t thought before, on its 10th floor gallery from January 19 – May 13, 2017. Daignault’s new series of paintings – part solo exhibition, virtual group show, and curatorial project – is a collaboration with 36 artists exploring ideas of agency, appropriation, and the traces we leave behind. Daignault has experimented with collaboration throughout her career, often asking artists, curators, and volunteers to share in the creation of her work. In that spirit, she initiated this exhibition at FLAG, inviting artists who explore themes of appropriation, readymades, and display to participate in a group show, where she would make and exhibit painted copies of their works in lieu of the actual objects. As it is now more common to encounter a digital surrogate than ... More

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On a day like today, French painter Édouard Manet was born
August 23, 1832. Édouard Manet (23 January 1832 - 30 April 1883) was a French painter. He was one of the first 19th-century artists to paint modern life, and a pivotal figure in the transition from Realism to Impressionism. In this image: Edouard Manet (1832-1883), Le Printemps oil on canvas, 29 1/8 x 20 1/4 in. (74 x 51.5 cm.), painted in 1881 Estimate: $25-35 million. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2014.

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