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Jonas Mekas, godfather of American experimental film, dies at 96

In this file photo taken on October 13, 2016 writer/film subject Jonas Mekas attends attends the "I Had Nowhere To Go" intro and Q&A during the 54th New York Film Festival at The Film Society of Lincoln Center, Walter Reade Theater in New York City. Lithuanian-born American director Jonas Mekas, one of the leading figures of avant-garde cinema in the United States, died January 23, 2019. He was 96 years old. "Jonas passed away quietly and peacefully early this morning," the New York-based Anthology Film Archives, which Mekas co-founded, posted on Instagram, saying he died at home with his family." He will be greatly missed but his light shines on." Born in 1922 in a northeastern Lithuanian village, Mekas was imprisoned in a labor camp in Germany during World War II. He later settled in New York in 1949, where he went on to become a pillar of independent film. Michael loccisano / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP.

NEW YORK (AFP).- Lithuanian-born American director Jonas Mekas, one of the leading figures of avant-garde cinema in the United States, died Wednesday. He was 96. "Jonas passed away quietly and peacefully early this morning," the New York-based Anthology Film Archives, which Mekas co-founded, posted on Instagram, saying he died at home with his family at his bedside. "He will be greatly missed but his light shines on." Born in 1922 in a northeastern Lithuanian village, Mekas was imprisoned in a labor camp in Germany during World War II. He settled in New York in 1949, where he went on to become a pillar of independent film. Mekas approached cinema from multiple angles -- as a filmmaker, but also ... More

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US university to cover Christopher Columbus murals   Gagosian opens an exhibition of over forty works on paper by Walter De Maria   Vancouver Art Gallery announces major gift toward new building and reveals final designs

The University of Notre Dame, one of the oldest and most prestigious US centers of higher learning, will cover murals depicting Christopher Columbus. Nova SAFO / AFP.

CHICAGO (AFP).- The University of Notre Dame, one of the oldest and most prestigious US centers of higher learning, will cover murals depicting Christopher Columbus out of concern that the art works depict a skewed history of colonial America. Painted on the walls of the Catholic institution's main building -- a grand structure with a golden dome built in 1879 in the Midwestern state of Indiana -- the 12 murals display various moments in the life and exploration of Columbus. Critics say the images celebrate outdated stereotypes of Native Americans while ignoring the devastating consequences of colonialism. The university's president Rev John Jenkins said in an open letter that the works, painted by Luigi Gregori in the 1880s, were intended to portray Catholic immigrants in a positive light at a time when they faced discrimination in America. However, he acknowledged that in recent ... More

Walter De Maria, Abstract Concept. Ink and colored pencil on paper, 8 1/2 x 11 in. © Estate of Walter De Maria. Courtesy Gagosian.

LONDON.- Gagosian presents Idea to Action to Object, an exhibition of over forty works on paper and several related sculptures by the late Walter De Maria. The drawings, sourced from the Estate of Walter De Maria, are on view for the first time, revealing various unrealized projects and philosophical explorations, and suggesting a tender humanity behind De Maria’s geometric precision. In De Maria’s wide-ranging oeuvre, objects emerge from a transitional zone between idea and action. Like sounds coming from an instrument, shapes appear, overlap, and repeat in infinite permutations—drawing attention to the limits of gallery spaces, prioritizing bodily awareness, and examining the relationship between the relative and the absolute. The title of this exhibition comes from a sketchbook page, Abstract Concept (c. 1960–61), in which De Maria mapped out a cyclical relationship between a work’s conception, ... More

The Vancouver Art Gallery also unveiled the final designs for its 300,000-square-foot building by world-renowned, Swiss-based architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron.

VANCOUVER.- The Vancouver Art Gallery is celebrating a major milestone toward the realization of a transformational new building with the announcement of a $40 million lead gift from the Chan Family. This unprecedented act of generosity by the Chan Family brings the Gallery’s capital campaign to $85 million in private sector funding toward the new purpose-built facility. In recognition of this extraordinary gift, the Vancouver Art Gallery’s new building will be named Chan Centre for the Visual Arts. “This is a historic time for the Vancouver Art Gallery in its 88th year! We are all inspired by the Chan Family’s extraordinary generosity, and their philanthropic passion for enriching our community,” said Kathleen S. Bartels, Director of the Vancouver Art Gallery. “With this unprecedented gift to the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Chans are demonstrating a profound investment in the ... More

Museum reveals time capsule from 1970 in major print series by Robert Rauschenberg   Over thirty sculptures by Claude and Francois-Xavier Lalanne on view at Kasmin   Zeit Contemporary Art opens the exhibition 'Minimal Means: Concrete Inventions in the US, Brazil and Spain'

Robert Rauschenberg, American, 1925–2008, No. 48, from Surface Series From Currents, 1970 (detail). Screenprint. Gift of Arthur A. Goldberg. Art © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation/Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (A RS), NY.

PRINCETON, NJ.- In a burst of activity in early 1970, groundbreaking American artist Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008) collaged newspaper clippings of the day, photographed the collages and ultimately silkscreened them to create three seminal print series. Considered Rauschenberg’s first expressly activist work of art, these extraordinary series powerfully evoke the escalating turbulence and concerns of the times – from violent social unrest and the ongoing war in Vietnam, to economic pessimism and political assassinations. One of these portfolios of 18 large-scale screenprints, Surface Series from Currents, is being shown in its entirety for the first time since 1970, affording a rare opportunity to reevaluate the work of one of the most important American artists of the past half century. The exhibition, Time Capsule 1970: Rauschenberg’s Currents, is on ... More

François-Xavier Lalanne, Babouin, 1984/1990, cast iron, 53 3/4 x 31 1/2 x 27 1/2 inches 136.5 x 80 x 69.9 cm, Edition of 8. Les Lalanne © 2018 Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York, NY/ ADAGP, Paris, France.

NEW YORK, NY.- Kasmin presents a new exhibition of work by French sculptors Les Lalanne, on view from January 24– March 9, 2019. Designed in a unique collaboration with world-renowned landscape architect Louis Benech, the presentation will kick off the year’s programming at Kasmin’s recently opened flagship gallery in Chelsea, New York. Over thirty sculptures by Claude and Francois-Xavier Lalanne, each hand-picked by Benech, transform the interior of Kasmin’s newest gallery space in an installation featuring passageways reminiscent of the artists’ studio garden in Ury, France. The exhibition includes one of Claude’s rare chandeliers, Structure Vegetale avec Singes (2012), as well as a Miroir (2010)—a work from a series famously collected by Yves Saint Laurent for his “room of mirrors” in Paris. Francois-Xavier’s iconic monkeys (including Babouin (1984/1990) and the large-scale bronze Singe Av ... More

José María Yturralde, Forma ritmo-espacio, 1966 (detail). Synthetic painting, oil and acrylic on wood, 43 1/3 x 41 3/4 x 1 in. (110 x 106 x 2.5 cm.) Courtesy of Zeit Contemporary Art, New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- Zeit Contemporary Art is presenting the exhibition Minimal Means: Concrete Inventions in the US, Brazil and Spain, on view at 111E 70th St, New York, NY, from January 24th through March 16th, 2019. Curated by Joan Robledo-Palop, Minimal Means is a conversation about space and the way people occupy and imagine that space in three parts of the world. The exhibit focuses on a group of artists whose creative careers began to evolve in the mid 1950s and 1960s in the United States, Brazil and Spain. The presentation showcases thirty works by seventeen artists who have never before been juxtaposed in an exhibition and explores seemingly simultaneous ideas and methodologies, which actually developed independently and organically. With common roots in the art of Kazimir Malevich, Piet Mondrian and the experience of the Bauhaus, the artists in this exhibition ... More

Research reveals new species are evolving fastest in Antarctica   From space travel to augmented reality, Crystal Bridges looks for new ways to innovate   Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art opens exhibition of works by Polly Apfelbaum

Dr.Tim O'Hara in Marine Vertebrate research laboratory holding a specimen jar containing Brittle Stars, Image courtesy of Museums Victoria.

MELBOURNE.- New research, published in prestigious international journal of science Nature, overturns previous theories about how the stunning biodiversity of our oceans evolved, with important implications for conservation. The paper, titled 'Contrasting processes drive ophiuroid phylodiversity across shallow and deep seafloors', was lead-authored by Senior Curator of Marine Invertebrates at Museums Victoria, Dr. Tim O'Hara. Biologists have long speculated that evolution is "sped up" by relatively high tropical temperatures, with development being slower in cooler and deeper waters. However, this research finds that evolution does not follow one course, but rather depends on the geological, climatic and biological history of each ecosystem. Evolution proceeded differently in shallow and deep seas. Speciation was found to be highest in the coldest region: Antarctica. These waters appear to still be recovering ... More

Alejo Benedeitt and Shane Richey with recovered Untitled male figure, 2019 by Robert Pruitt.

BENTONVILLE, ARK.- Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art launched an artwork into space via a weather balloon at a public Art in Space event on Sunday, January 20 as a celebration of art, space, and the upcoming exhibition Men of Steel, Women of Wonder. “Sending art into space may seem a bit unusual, but in the context of our mission to provide access, education, and community engagement, it totally fits,” said Shane Richey, creative director of experimentation and development at Crystal Bridges. “While we show hundreds of artworks in our galleries and on our grounds, this was the first time Crystal Bridges has sent an artwork away from the earth, and we were excited to share the experience and learnings with the community, both on-site and through various new media platforms.” The inspiration to launch an artwork in to space came from the museum’s upcoming temporary exhibition, Men of Steel, Women of Wonder, which exam ... More

Polly Apfelbaum, Sun Targets, 2018, glazed ceramic, 12 x 12 inches (each). Courtesy of the artist, Alexander Gray Gallery, New York, Firth Street Gallery, London and Galerie Nächst St. Stephan, Vienna. Photo by Stuart Whipps.

KANSAS CITY, MO.- Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is presenting Polly Apfelbaum: Waiting for the UFOs (a space set between a landscape and a bunch of flowers). Debuting new works exhibited for the first time in the United States, this major exhibition by internationally-renowned New York-based artist Polly Apfelbaum (American, born 1955), features textiles, ceramics, and works on paper with Apfelbaum’s artistic practice branching out into broader social and historical contexts, situated in the legacy of post-war American art. “Apfelbaum is celebrated for her bold and vivid use of color, its vast signification, and the ability to engage space with objects that command the walls, floors, and spaces in between,” states Erin Dziedzic, director of curatorial affairs at Kemper Museum. “More recently, her large-scale woven rugs create ... More

Mexico celebrates as 'Roma' grabs 10 Oscar nominations   Exhibition at Fotohof offers an overview of Mark Steinmetz's work   Zimbabwean Afro-jazz legend 'Tuku' dies

Mexican actress Yalitza Aparicio speaks to the media outside her trailer near the US-Mexico border where she is taking part in a production, in Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico, on January 22, 2019. Guillermo Arias / AFP.

MEXICO CITY (AFP).- Mexicans celebrated Tuesday as "Roma" grabbed 10 Oscar nominations -- none more exuberantly than the film's breakout star, Yalitza Aparicio, who melted hearts and went viral with her ecstatic reaction to her best actress nomination. Aparicio, an indigenous schoolteacher with no acting experience who landed the part when she accompanied her sister to the audition, posted a video on Twitter of the moment she got the news. Watching the announcements on a laptop in what appeared to be her hotel room in Tijuana -- where she had traveled for a photo shoot at the US-Mexican border fence -- Aparicio let out a scream when her name popped up, then pressed her hands to her face, choking back tears, in a gesture of pure joy no actress could feign. The ... More

Mark Steinmetz, Knoxville, Tennessee, 1992.

SALZBURG.- With the exhibition Mark Steinmetz united states the Fotohof gallery presents one of the most remarkable contemporary US-American photographers who, through his 40 years of consistent and stoic work, has become an influential personality for many photographers − also in Europe − yet this overview of Steinmetz's work is the first solo exhibition in Austria. Excerpts from the most important work cycles of the last three decades, and a collection of all sixteen of his to-date published photo books, illustrate the discreetness and poetic vigor that shape his works. Steinmetz fascinates as mindful chronicler. In his pictures, he characterizes discreetly deliberate states of an American everyday life. Many of his explorations are located in the sweaty Dixie, the hard-bitten southern States with their ramshackled elegance. The encounters, which Steinmetz shares with us, are characterised by curiosity, respect and restraint. His s ... More

The lanky self-taught guitarist was a legend in the vibrant cross-genre music of Afro-jazz, with 66 albums under his belt in a career that spanned 45 years.

HARARE.- Zimbabwean musician Oliver "Tuku" Mtukudzi, a star of Afro-jazz who won a following across the continent and beyond, died on Wednesday at the age of 66, his agent told AFP. He passed away in hospital in Harare, succumbing to diabetes complications, according to various local media. The lanky self-taught guitarist was a legend in the vibrant cross-genre music of Afro-jazz, with 66 albums under his belt in a career that spanned 45 years. "Today we said goodbye to a true patriot. Oliver Mtukudzi, your voice has given us comfort during difficult times, and will remain with us for posterity," said President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Twitter. "We've lost an icon," Zimbabwean lawmaker Temba Mliswa added, also on Twitter, leading the call for him to be declared "a national hero for his national contribution to the music, arts and culture industry". Mtukudzi's work -- ... More

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Elephant presents a new collaboration between Anna Liber Lewis and Kieran Hebden
LONDON.- Elephant announced a new collaboration between painter, Anna Liber Lewis, and musician, Kieran Hebden, AKA Four Tet. The pair have known each other almost all their lives; they grew up together in London and ran in overlapping social circles. Both became part of the music scene as they and their friends came of age. For the first time, Elephant West presents a newly commissioned body of work by Liber Lewis and Hebden in the form of painting and music, created in tandem and responding to each other. In line with the ambition of Elephant West to be known as a space for experimentation and interdisciplinary practice, these two artists have created a new experiential installation that activates the senses of sight and sound. Muscle Memory runs from 18 January to 17 March 2019 at Elephant West, the innovative new art space launched in the autumn of last year. ... More

The Contemporary Austin presents an exhibition by artists Janine Antoni and Anna Halprin
AUSTIN, TX.- The Contemporary Austin—led by Executive Director and CEO Louis Grachos—presents an exhibition by artists Janine Antoni and Anna Halprin at its downtown Austin venue, the Jones Center at 700 Congress Avenue. On view January 23 through March 17, 2019, Janine Antoni and Anna Halprin: Paper Dance is a retrospective of work from the past thirty years by New York–based artist Janine Antoni (Bahamian, born 1964 in Freeport, Grand Bahama), including sculptures and photographs. The exhibition also includes a solo dance performance by Antoni developed collaboratively with the pioneering dancer and choreographer Anna Halprin (American, born 1920 in Wilmette, Illinois). On view on the second floor of the Jones Center, Janine Antoni and Anna Halprin: Paper Dance invites visitors to experience an immersive, evolving ... More

Rare sledge from heroic Antarctic exploration offered at Bonhams
LONDON.- A sledge from the first expedition to the Antarctic led by Ernest Shackleton is the top lot in Bonhams Travel and Exploration Sale in London on Wednesday 6 February 2019. It is estimated at £60,000-100,000. The sledge was used on the 1907-9 British Antarctic (Nimrod) Expedition by Eric Marshall – one of the four men, with Shackleton, Jameson Adams, and Frank Wild, to undertake the sledge march to the South Pole. Although they had to abandon the attempt, they reached within 100 geographical miles of the Pole – at the time, the furthest south ever travelled. In preparation for the trip, Shackleton commissioned sledges in various sizes. The example in the sale is one of eighteen eleven-foot sledges – a size favoured for its manoeuvrability – that he purchased for the expedition. The four men of the Southern Party were accompanied ... More

Exhibition takes a groundbreaking approach to net art history from 1985 to today
NEW YORK, NY.- Rhizome presents “The Art Happens Here: Net Art’s Archival Poetics,” curated by Michael Connor, Artistic Director, Rhizome, with Aria Dean, Assistant Curator, and on view from January 22 to May 26, 2019, in the New Museum’s Lobby Gallery. Presenting sixteen artworks selected from “Net Art Anthology” —Rhizome’s major online exhibition of one hundred works from throughout net art history, which proposes a possible canon for net art—the exhibition culminates this two-year research and preservation initiative, leveraging Rhizome’s unique expertise in the history of network culture and the display of borndigital art. Dating from 1985 to the present, the works in “The Art Happens Here” make use of a wide range of mediums—including websites, software, sculpture, graphics, books, and merchandise— and represent a historical perspective on the breadth of net art pr ... More

The Felicia Michalski Collection of Decorative Arts goes up for bid at Turner Auctions + Appraisals
SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to present the Felicia Michalski Collection of Decorative Arts on Sunday, February 10, 2019, at 10:30 am PST. Offering over 350 lots acquired over five decades, the sale features a wide array of decorative arts from America, Europe and Asia. Among the single items and groupings are bronze sculptures and marble busts; oil and watercolor paintings; art glass and pottery, including Lalique, Gallé, Rookwood, Weller and Roseville; porcelain and metal figures; brass letter openers; pitchers and jugs including Royal Doulton and Ridgway; scent and perfume bottles including Lalique; porcelain and enamel boxes; cigarette cases; mirrors and dresser brushes; framed portraits, plaques and portrait miniatures; several lamps and clocks; candleholders; bookends; inkwells; antique photographs with fine ... More

The Wattis Institute opens solo exhibitions of works by Diamond Stingily and Rosha Yaghmai
SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts opened two parallel solo exhibitions: Diamond Stingily: Doing The Best I Can and Rosha Yaghmai: Miraclegrow. As CCA Wattis celebrates 20 years of contemporary art in the Bay Area, these exhibitions continue the institution’s commitment to providing emerging artists space to experiment and expand their practice. Stingily, who has begun to capture the art world’s attention with her politically charged installations, presents a new body of work at the Wattis and dive more deeply into the theme of athleticism. Yaghmai, who has garnered acclaim for her visionary work in sculpture, has a platform for her first institutional solo exhibition. “For two decades, Wattis has been a place for artists to advance their ideas and where audiences can experience something new, challenging, and thought- ... More

All shook up: How Elvis keeps Aussie outback town alive
PARKES (AFP).- Once a year Parkes, a sleepy mining town in rural Australia, explodes into colour and song -- a veritable Graceland in the outback hosting a five-day extravaganza to celebrate 'the King'. Die-hard fans don their polyester jumpsuits, thick black wigs and gold-coloured necklaces, hopping on the "Elvis Express" and "Blue Suede Express" trains to the event, now billed as the southern hemisphere's biggest tribute to the superstar. The town's transformation extends beyond the superficial -- organisers estimate this year's Parkes Elvis Festival generated Aus$13 million (US$9.3 million) for the local economy as more than 27,000 people visited attending some 200 themed events. "It's just crazy," said North Parkes Motel owner Andrew Porter of the frenzied growth in tourists. "It's just gotten busier and busier over the years. It's helped the whole ... More

Safarkhan opens exhibition of works by Mohamed Abla
CAIRO.- Safarkhan announced the second exhibition for esteemed contemporary international talent Mohammed Abla from 23 January to 14 February. Abla has garnered international acclaim for his ethereal and original style and his reverence for using his own special painting techniques. Since graduating from the Faculty of Fine Arts of Alexandria in 1977, he has received recognition at home and abroad for his various showings in Europe, in places such as Holland Germany. Abla has also taught art as a profession in Europe in Sweden and Austria before he served in the same capacity in his native Egypt at the AUC. Abla has been a consistent feature within his homeland for over two decades across a variety of platforms, and this exhibition promises to be another resounding chapter in Abla’s accomplished artistic voyage, this time with an altogether different ... More

Gasworks presents Quantum Ghost, the first UK solo exhibition and a major commission by Libita Clayton
LONDON.- Gasworks presents Quantum Ghost, the first UK solo exhibition and a major commission by Bristol-based artist Libita Clayton. Comprising of an immersive sound installation, a series of large-scale photograms and a programme of live performances, Quantum Ghost maps a journey through archives and territories related to the artist’s heritage. Clayton digs deep into personal documents and oral histories tracing her family tree across different mining regions and colonial geographies of extraction. She reconstructs the paper trail left by her late father, a member of SWAPO (South West Africa People’s Organisation, the political mass movement that fought for Namibia’s liberation from Apartheid South Africa) who went into exile in the 1980’s and studied mining engineering in Cornwall. Grounded in these sites of memory and testimony, Clayton’s ... More

Pérez Art Museum Miami welcomes four new members to its Board of Trustees
MIAMI, FLA.- Pérez Art Museum Miami announced today the appointment of four new members elected to the museum’s board of trustees: Sylvia Benito, Sebastian Echavarria, Eric Johnson, and Simon Levine. This announcement comes as the museum celebrates 35 years this month of unique history as a collecting institution with an ongoing commitment to diversity, presenting art from Latin America, the U.S. Latinx experience and the Caribbean, while looking toward the African diaspora. “Five years from the opening of our magnificent building, we continue to prioritize the growth of our collection and annual fund, while providing an educational and civic forum for residents and visitors of Miami,” said PAMM Director Franklin Sirmans. “I am excited to welcome Sylvia, Sebastian, Eric, and Simon to the PAMM board, a dynamic and diverse group ... More

Gray's Auctioneers sale features African sculptures, masks and jazz recordings
CLEVELAND, OH.- A mid-week auction featuring an exciting decorative collection of African sculptures and masks, followed by a single-owner collection of jazz recordings, and finishing with an impressive collection of 19th & 20th Century American coins will be held Wednesday, February 20th, at 10 am Eastern time by Gray’s Auctioneers, online and live in Gray’s gallery. The full catalog is up and pre-bidding is open at Bidding is also available on and Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted. In-person previews will be held Thursday thru Wednesday, Feb. 14-20, from 10-5; and Saturday, February 16th, from noon-4 pm. Gray’s gallery, for previews and auction, is at 10717 Detroit Avenue in Cleveland. “This auction is an eclectic grouping of subjects,” commented Serena Harragin of Gray’s ... More

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On a day like today, American painter Robert Motherwell was born
August 24, 1915. Robert Motherwell (January 24, 1915 - July 16, 1991) was an American painter, printmaker, and editor. He was one of the youngest of the New York School (a phrase he coined), which also included Philip Guston, Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, and Mark Rothko. In this image: Robert Motherwell, The Hotel Corridor, 1950. Oil on masonite, 44 x 55 inches, 111.8 x 139.7 cm. © Dedalus Foundation, Inc./ Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.

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