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The Barnes Foundation opens "Picasso: The Great War, Experimentation and Change"

Pierrot, Paris, 1918 (detail). Oil on canvas, 36 1/2 × 28 3/4 in. (92.7 × 73 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Sam A. Lewisohn Bequest. Digital Image © The Museum of Modern Art/Licensed by SCALA / Art Resource, NY © 2015 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

PHILADELPHIA, PA.- The Barnes Foundation, in partnership with the Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio, presents Picasso: The Great War, Experimentation and Change. On view February 21 through May 9, 2016, at the Barnes, the exhibition will travel to the Columbus Museum of Art in June. Curated by Simonetta Fraquelli, an independent curator and specialist in early 20th-century European art, the exhibition examines the dramatic fluctuations in Picasso’s style during the period surrounding the First World War, from 1912 to 1924. Inspired by the Columbus Museum’s Still Life with Compote and Glass (1914–1915) by Picasso and the Barnes’s extensive Picasso holdings, Picasso: The Great War, Experimentation and Change features some 50 works by Picasso drawn from major American and European museums and private collections. The show includes oil paintings, watercolors, drawings, and four costumes the artist designed for an avant-garde ballet ... More

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"Victor Vasarely: The Absolute Eye" opens at the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury   Installation of 70 pieces of flattened antique silver by Cornelia Parker on view at SCAD   National Gallery of Victoria announces major acquisition of highly-prized fashion collection


Deuton - MC, 1969 (detail). Serigraph, 60.5 X 60.2 cm.

WATERBURY, CT.- On Thursday, the Mattatuck Museum opened the acclaimed exhibition Victor Vasarely: The Absolute Eye. The exhibition of 60 serigraphs and objects is on loan from the Herakleidon Museum in Athens, Greece. This is the first time a selection from the museum’s extensive Vasarely collection - one of the largest serigraph collections of Victor Vasarely - is on view in the United States. Victor Vasarely is the world-renowned Father of the Op Art movement, and this exhibition examines the optical and geometric grounding of his illusionistic art of multi-dimensional, polychrome spaces. It is on view at the Mattatuck Museum from February 18 through April 10, 2016. This exhibition is sponsored in part by the Savings Bank of Danbury. Vasarely’s unprecedented use of perceptual abstraction and his early anticipation of the shift in human optics make him one of the most important artists of the 20th century. In his works, a flat ... More
 

Cornelia Parker, “Rorschach (Accidental IV)," 70 silver-plated objects crushed by 250-ton industrial press, metal wire, 2006. Photo courtesy of Frith Street Gallery, London, England.

SAVANNAH, GA.- The exhibition ‘Rorschach (Accidental IV)’ takes place as part of SCAD deFINE ART 2016, the seventh annual program of fine art exhibitions, lectures, performances and public events organized by Savannah College of Art and at SCAD locations in Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia and Hong Kong. “Rorschach (Accidental IV)” is an installation of 70 pieces of flattened antique silver, seeming to levitate just above the gallery floor by Cornelia Parker. Early in her career, the British sculptor avoided the familiar associations of representational objects by creating purely abstract works. In the “Rorschach” series Parker reverses the process and achieves abstraction by removing recognizable items from their fundamental usage or meanings. “Rorschach” was inspired by Hermann Rorschach, a Swiss psychiatrist who developed a technique of ... More
 

Developed over several decades by Parisian collector and former Givenchy couturier Dominique Sirop, the $1.4 million Dominique Sirop Collection was purchased and generously donated to the NGV.

MELBOURNE.- The National Gallery of Victoria today announced the acquisition of one of the world’s most sought-after fashion collections, which includes the most significant French haute couture ever to be acquired by an Australian museum, with works by Christian Dior, Coco Chanel, Vionnet and Jeanne Lanvin, and an outstanding fashion research archive including rare workbooks and photography by Yves Saint Laurent and Madame Grčs. Developed over several decades by Parisian collector and former Givenchy couturier Dominique Sirop, the $1.4 million Dominique Sirop Collection was purchased and generously donated to the NGV by major donor and NGV Foundation Board member Mrs Krystyna Campbell-Pretty in memory of Mr Harold Campbell-Pretty. The 130 works in the highly-coveted collection represent more than thirty different fashion designers from ... More


The Art Institute of Chicago announces a $10 million commitment from the Grainger Foundation   Frank Stella and Synagogues of Historic Poland opens at POLIN Museum in Warsaw   Exhibition at D. Wigmore Fine Art, Inc. features 12 canvases from 1956 to 1979 by Paul Jenkins


Department of Conservation. Courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago

CHICAGO, IL.- Retiring President and Eloise W. Martin Director Douglas Druick announced today that The Grainger Foundation has generously committed to the museum endowment funds of $10 million to realize the long-term vision and ambitions of the Art Institute’s Department of Conservation. Founded with a single conservator nearly 60 years ago, the Art Institute’s Department of Conservation has now grown to include specialists across all media who help to authenticate, identify, preserve, research, and store our collection, and conservation scientists who focus on materials research of unparalleled intellectual breadth. The department has assumed a central place in all of the museum’s activities, contributing to scholarship on our holdings and informing special exhibitions, publications, and education offerings. Druick explained the importance and impact of the commitment, "The Art Institute is known for a particular brand of ... More
 

Frank Stella, Lanckorona I, 1971. Mixed media on canvas (canvas, felt, paper, paint on cardboard), 108 x 90 inches (274.3 x 228.6 cm). Photo: Bill Orcutt. © 2016 Frank Stella / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

WARSAW.- Between 19 February and 20 June 2016, POLIN Museum is hosting an exhibition of works by Frank Stella who is regarded as one of the leading artists of the 20th century. Aside from admiring the New York-based artist’s extraordinary works, visitors will also have a chance to explore the fascinating history of their creation and to find out how Jewish sacral architecture - destroyed by the Nazis and no longer extant - inspired this modern American painter. A book devoted to wooden synagogues by Polish architects Kazimierz and Maria Piechotka which Frank Stella had once come across became the link between various eras and different cultures. In the early 1970s, fascinated by the beauty of Jewish synagogues, Stella began working on the Polish Village series. Each of his works received the name of a town where ... More
 

Paul Jenkins (1923-2012), Paris, 1957, 64 x 51 Ľ inches, oil and enamel on canvas. © 2016 Estate of Paul Jenkins

NEW YORK, NY.- D. Wigmore Fine Art, Inc. announces its exhibition Paul Jenkins: Color and Flow featuring 12 canvases from 1956 to 1979. The exhibition offers a refined selection of all-over compositions in oil and enamel of 1956-1958, monochromatic works in acrylic from 1962-1963, and vibrant veil paintings of the 1970s. Across these decades, Paul Jenkins’ singular use of color and flow create an individualistic style that remains distinctively his. The controlled flow of paint is fundamental to Jenkins’ technique. The balance of tension and timing essential to Jenkins’ work was something he first experienced working in a ceramics factory in high school. There Jenkins saw how the skilled ceramicists had to relinquish control to the heat of their kiln. As an artist, Jenkins replaced fire with the natural force of gravity, creating his imagery directly on the canvas during the act of pouring and manipulating the paint. As Albert El ... More


New works by Carrie Moyer explore and extend the legacy of American Abstraction   Thames & Hudson publishes spectacular, luxurious showcase of Museo Nacional del Prado collection   Show at Museum Ludwig aims to renegotiate the format of conventional museum exhibitions


Carrie Moyer, The Green Lantern, 2015. Acrylic and glitter on canvas, 72 x 60 inches. Courtesy of DC Moore Gallery, New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- Sirens marks Carrie Moyer’s first exhibition with DC Moore Gallery. Moyer’s sumptuous paintings on canvas explore and extend the legacy of American Abstraction while paying homage to many of its seminal female figures among them Helen Frankenthaler, Elizabeth Murray, and Georgia O’Keeffe. Rife with visual precedents, Moyer’s compositions reference Color Field, Pop Art and 1970s Feminist art - while proposing a new approach to fusing history, research and experimentation in painting. An exhibition catalogue, with a conversation between the artist and Katy Siegel, is available. Treating color more like a three dimensional substance, Moyer pushes its possibilities past the concrete, and the obvious towards a kind of “embodied” abstraction. In Moyer’s compositions color is the sole character, playing every role: energy, matter, ooze, architecture, the cosmic and the ... More
 

Based on the former Spanish Royal Collection, the Prado unquestionably holds the best single collection of Spanish art.

LONDON.- Velasquez’s ‘Las Meninas’, ‘The Garden of Earthly Delights’ by Hieronymous Bosch, ‘The Three Graces’ by Rubens and ‘The Family of Charles IV’ by Goya: These are some of the most famous and celebrated works in the history of art, and all are held by the Museo del Prado, one of the greatest collections of European art in the world. Now Thames & Hudson publishes The Prado Masterpieces, the first ever volume on this superb institution, written and compiled by the museum’s expert curators. Based on the former Spanish Royal Collection, the Prado unquestionably holds the best single collection of Spanish art including numerous works by Francisco de Goya, as well as by Diego Velázquez, El Greco and other iconic figures from The Spanish Golden Age. Titian, Peter Paul Rubens and Hieronymus Bosch are some of the other highlights of this extraordinary collection, which features work from ... More
 

Claes Oldenburg, Soft Washstand (Ghost Version), 1965 © Claes Oldenburg. Photo: Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln/Michael Albers.

COLOGNE.- The Museum Ludwig launched a new exhibition series that questions the approaches and conventions of the institution’s own work. HERE AND NOW at Museum Ludwig aims to renegotiate the format of conventional museum exhibitions. The concept of this exhibition series is based on cooperation with international contributors who do not necessarily come from the visual arts. A space for interdisciplinary experiments has been opened in which artistic modes of production such as design, music, and theater as well as archives, record labels, and publishers can participate. An additional variation in this series, which has been deliberately kept open, can include collaborations with visual artists in which, for example, the museum’s collection is reflected upon as a determining element of the institution. The exhibition series begins with the Austrian artist Heimo Zobernig, who is known for his diverse oeuvre. His experi- ... More



Centro de Arte Contemporáneo of Málaga presents a survey of Erwin Olaf's work from the last decade   Tomoko Sawada explores cultural identification and gendered societal norms in new exhibition   Award-winning Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi creates a new work for the Barbican's Curve


Erwin Olaf, 2014. Photo: Courtesy Erwin Olaf Studio.

MALAGA.- The Centro de Arte Contemporáneo of Málaga is presenting a survey of Erwin Olaf’s work from the last decade. In Cell of Emotions, the exhibition curated by Fernando Francés, visitors will be able to admire more than sixty pieces that document the Dutch artist’s output since 2005. Though known as one of the leading exponents of contemporary photography, he has also produced videos and installations. Olaf, who has shot several major advertising campaigns for well-known brands, uses a combination of photojournalism and studio photography to recreate situations that question the spectator’s feelings, characterised by a meticulous mise-en-scčne where reality mingles with fiction and a back-to-basics philosophy that dictates a sparing use of photo touch-ups. Unbridled consumerism and social isolation are among the recurring themes in his oeuvre. Erwin Olaf lives and works in Amsterdam. Speaking of his work, Erwin Olaf (b. H ... More
 

Facial Signature is available in sets of 3, 100, 200 and 300.

SANTA MONICA, CA.- ROSEGALLERY presents Facial Signature by renowned Japanese artist, Tomoko Sawada. This exhibition is on view from 20 February 2016 through 9 April 2016. As one of the leading contemporary artists in conceptual photography, Tomoko Sawada’s work explores cultural identification and gendered societal norms through self-created portraiture. While sponsored as an artist in residence by the state of New York from 2010 to 2013, Sawada began considering the “intuitive process by which people achieve cognition of true or false archetypes”. Living in one of the world’s most ethnically diverse urban environments, Sawada was often told she looked Korean, Chinese, Taiwanese or a number of other East Asian ethnicities. Inspired by this experience in New York City, Facial Signature addresses issues of identity, culture and universality. Facial Signature confronts ethnic archetypes, ... More
 

Imran Qureshi: Where the Shadows are so Deep 18 February – 10 July 2016 Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images. Courtesy Barbican Art Gallery.

LONDON.- Barbican has commissioned the award-winning Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi to create a new work for the Curve. For his first major London commission, Qureshi presents a series of exquisite miniature paintings, drawing upon the curve as a motif in this tradition. Beginning with gentle scenes of nature, the sequence of works gradually introduces darker elements, subtly implying the uncertainty of what lies around the bend. Hung at varying heights along the dramatic 90-metre span of the space, these delicate, jewel-like paintings lure the visitor in, demanding an altogether different kind of looking. Imran Qureshi: Where the Shadows are so Deep opened in the Curve gallery on Thursday 18 February 2016. Imran Qureshi said: “In my site-specific installations I always try to create a dialogue between the architecture of a site and my practice. I have been painting directly on the floor ... More



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Late Baroque bronze masterpiece by Soldani-Benzi is highlight at Tomasso Brothers Fine Art
LONDON.- Leading international dealers in the field of important European sculpture, Tomasso Brothers Fine Art will unveil a rare work by the Florentine master of the late Baroque era, Massimiliano Soldani-Benzi (1656-1740). Ganymede and the Eagle, circa 1714, depicts a poetic moment from classical mythology when Zeus, disguised as an eagle, captures Ganymede, in Homer’s words “the loveliest born of the race of mortals”, to become his cup-bearer. This dramatic composition is a wonderful example of Soldani-Benzi’s suave modelling of form, and the sumptuous finish of his bronzes. It is also an extremely rare model: the only other known version is held by the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. Soldani-Benzi is acknowledged as the finest bronze caster in late 17th and early 18th century Europe, and along with Foggini, is considered the most significant proponent of the Florentine ... More

Exhibition of works by Nico Vascellari to open at the Whitworth in Manchester
MANCHESTER.- Cultural anthropology is the framework for Nico Vascellari's artwork which combines performance, sculpture, drawings, collages, videos and sonic extravaganzas. Folklore, nature and the alternative underground scene contribute to the artist's unusual analysis of contemporary visual culture. Vascellari, himself a singer in the punk band With Love, and duo Ninos du Brasil, operates using rebellious artistic gestures that originate in tribal rituals of an archaic world. Being both musician and artist, Nico Vascellari combines his sculptural installations with sound performances. Through his performances he investigates the relationship between the viewer, the space and the action. He is drawn to cult figures connected to the music scene with whom he collaborates or to which he reacts in his work. Inspired by his fascination with rituals, spiritualism and cult, he ... More

Refugees documentary 'Fire at Sea' wins Berlin fest top prize
BERLIN (AFP).- The Berlin film festival wraps up Sunday after "Fire at Sea", a harrowing documentary about Europe's refugee crisis, clinched its Golden Bear top prize from a jury led by Meryl Streep. As Europe grapples with its biggest migrant influx since World War II, the picture by Italian director Gianfranco Rosi offers an unflinching look at life on the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa, where thousands of asylum seekers from Africa and the Middle East have arrived trying to reach the European Union over the last two decades. Thousands more have perished on the dangerous journey in rickety, overcrowded boats. The Eritrean-born Rosi, who spent several months on Italy's Lampedusa making the film, dedicated the prize to its residents "who open their hearts to other peoples". "I hope to bring awareness," he said as he accepted the trophy from Streep. "It ... More

Film: Art Basel announces 2016 program for Hong Kong
HONG KONG.- From March 21 to March 26, 2016, Art Basel will present its ambitious Film program of over 70 films by and about artists, in Hong Kong. Alongside the selection of short films, the program will also include for the first time five feature-length films: the premiere of ‘Zeng Fanzhi: YOU Art Project’ (2014 – 2015), the Asian premiere of ‘The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg’ (2016), Takashi Murakami’s ‘Jellyfish Eyes’ (2013), William Kentridge's renowned ‘10 Drawings for Projection’ (1989 – 2011), and ‘Poet on a Business Trip’ (2014) by Beijing-based underground filmmaker Ju Anqi. The Short Film Program consists of a total of 67 short films exploring six diverse themes, curated once again by Beijing and Zurich-based multi-media artist and producer Li Zhenhua. The program features works by artists Adel Abidin, John Akomfrah, Tony Albert, Martha Atienza, Breda Beba ... More

Solo exhibition of mixed media installations by Cai Dongdong on view at Klein Sun Gallery
NEW YORK, NY.- Klein Sun Gallery is presenting “Fountain 泉,” a solo exhibition of mixed media installations by Beijing-based artist Cai Dongdong, on view from February 18 through March 19, 2016. Outsider artist Cai Dongdong first discovered photography not in the confines of a studio, but out of the rigid environment of military service. Cai joined China’s People Liberation Army at a young age – he was handed a camera and given the instruction to use it, and quickly found himself in the role of a military portrait photographer. Thus, Cai’s first subjects were the soft, youthful faces of soldiers, the haunting visual remnants of which can be found even in his recent work. A strange dissociative experience exists in the works that make up “Fountain 泉.” In these photo sculpture works – manipulated silver gelatin prints from which objects, like a tap or an arrow, protrude – memories of ... More

The MIT List Visual Arts Center opens Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige: I Must First Apologize...
CAMBRIDGE, MASS.- The MIT List Visual Arts Center is presenting the culmination of a major project by Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, I Must First Apologize…, an exhibit featuring an extensive body of work in film, sculpture, photography, and installation looking at the history of online spam and scamming. The artists have collected and archived more than 4,000 scams, a certain kind of spam e-mail since 1999. Written in the first person and structured like monologues, the scam messages often usurp famous individuals' identities, with the writers posing as the children or wives of politicians, or as notorious dictators claiming to possess a large sum of money they need to transfer urgently. These scams are based on a plausible reality, rooted in news or real events, often referring to present-time conflicts and with the aim to exploit people's gullibility. Based on historical ... More

Italian artist Francesco Arena opens first exhibition with Sprovieri
LONDON.- Sprovieri presents Autumn Lines the inaugural exhibition with the gallery by Italian artist Francesco Arena. Numbers that take on form. If one were to compress a large part of Francesco Arena's work into a simple, direct formula, this could certainly be it. From a linguistic point of view his work can be read as a development, a personal “derivation” of sculptural processes that arise from the geometric shapes of Minimal art and from the more archetypal ones of Arte Povera, from a thematic point of view his pieces are often the translation of formulae and numbers linked to those facts or histories from which they originate. The artist's research often moves along two tracks – that of collective history, chiefly national, and that of personal history – forming two lines that touch, overlap, cross. In his performances, installations and sculptures, the narrative “in-forms” the objects, ... More

Two exciting new finds of Roman treasure go on public display for the first time at the Museum of Liverpool
LIVERPOOL.- Roman Treasures of Cheshire presents the Cheshire Hoards; the collective name of the two remarkable groups of Roman artefacts, discovered in recent years by local metal detectorists. The treasure hoards, which were probably buried for safekeeping, give us an extraordinary insight into Roman life: • The Knutsford Hoard found in 2012 by detectorist, Alan Bates includes jewellery items, notably three fine examples of gilt 'trumpet’ brooches, so named after their open circular ends. These objects were sometimes associated with the Roman army. The Knutsford Hoard also includes two finger rings, made from cast silver with decorative stone settings, possibly used as a letter sealers. They are small enough to belong to a woman or may have been worn on the lower knuckle of a man's hand. More than 100 coins which were issued between 32BC to the late 2nd ... More

Major group exhibition opens at Moderna Museet in Stockholm this spring
STOCKHOLM.- What does life consist of? This question is at the heart of Moderna Museet’s major group exhibition this spring. Despite countless attempts of scientists and philosophers, no one seems to have come up with a satisfactory definition, not even with the aid of today’s advanced theories on complex systems. On the contrary, the astounding potential of synthetic biology has, if anything, added to the sense of uncertainty. The exhibition Life Itself is an attempt to approach this question through art – if only to confront our inability to find satisfactory answers. Anyone undertaking a study of the concept of ‘life’ in our culture will soon find that life has no definition, writes the Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben in L’aperto. L’uomo e l’animale (The Open: Man and Animal, 2002). Instead, this indeterminate thing – life itself – has been articulated and divided over and over again, ... More

Craft of land, sea and air head to Bonhams Goodwood Members' Meeting Sale
CHICHESTER.- Craft of land, sea and air are offered at Bonhams Goodwood Members’ Meeting Sale, with two aeroplanes, a boat, and rare collectors’ motor cars going under the hammer on 20 March. From the skies, the only remaining airworthy Canberra PR9 - XH134 is offered, estimated at Ł50,000-70,000, in addition to a Hawker Hunter - XK600, estimated at Ł8,000-12,000 and offered at no reserve. The Canberra was a jet-powered medium bomber aeroplane manufactured in Britain throughout the 1950s. It could fly at a higher altitude than any other bomber at the time, and set a world altitude record of 70,310 ft (21,430 m) in 1957. Due to its ability to evade the early jet interceptors and its significant performance advancement over contemporary piston-engined bombers, the Canberra was a popular export and served with air forces of many nations. On land, more ... More

First solo show in France of Simon Evans opens at Palais de Tokyo
PARIS.- Palais de Tokyo is presenting the first solo show in France of Simon Evans, the duo of artists who won the 2014 Canson® Prize. With works on paper mingling art and life, these artists invite us to enter a space which recreates the maze of their minds. Simon Evans is a duo of self-taught artists, bringing together Simon Evans (born in 1972 in London, lives and works in New York) and Sarah Lannan (born in 1984 in the USA, lives and works in New York). They misappropriate various typically rationalistic tools (lists, maps, diagrams) so as to compose radically subjective work. Embodying forms of dialogue between their interiorities and the world, their pieces act as much as a research for the meaning to allot to individual experience, as a permanent exercise in the re-appropriation of the everyday. "When I was a kid, I would make adventurer maps, burning the edges with a ... More







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On a day like today, French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy was born
August 21, 1927. Count Hubert James Marcel Taffin de Givenchy (born 21 February 1927) is a French fashion designer who founded The House of Givenchy in 1952. He is famous for having designed much of the personal and professional wardrobe of Audrey Hepburn, as well as clothing for clients such as Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. In this image: French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy poses at the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague, on November 23, 2016 during a retrospective of the designer's work at the exhibition To Audrey With Love. Bart Maat / ANP / AFP.



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