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IU Art Museum exhibits important recent acquisition of objects from Kenya

The exhibition includes objects from over a dozen ethnic groups in Kenya, but, reflecting the collection as a whole, it focuses on the arts of pastoral peoples, such as the Turkana and the Maasai as well as peoples less well known in the United States, such as the Pokot and the Boran.

BLOOMINGTON, IN.- Colorful jewelry, elegant yet simple containers, and masterfully crafted headrests, stools, walking sticks, and other personal items are just some of the objects featured in Arts of Kenya: Beauty in Traditional Forms on display in the Special Exhibitions Gallery and the Judi and Milt Stewart Hexagon Gallery from March 5 through May 8, 2016. Designed to introduce visitors to both the traditional visual arts of Kenya and to an important recent acquisition by the IU Art Museum, the exhibition is drawn from a collection of over 200 objects from Kenya acquired by the IU Art Museum in 2014. The exhibition includes objects from over a dozen ethnic groups in Kenya, but, reflecting the collection as a whole, it focuses on the arts of pastoral peoples, such as the Turkana and the Maasai as well as peoples less well known in the United States, such as the Pokot and the Boran. At least in former times, most of these peoples moved from place to place throughout the year to ensure food and water for ... More

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'Lost' unfinished nude by Francis Bacon to be reunited at Christie's South Kensington   Marian Goodman Gallery in New York presents exhibition of new work by Tacita Dean   Unique multimedia exhibition devoted to Marc Chagall on view at les Carrières de Lumières

Two early paintings by Irish artist Tony O’Malley which, when turned over and joined together, reveal a ‘lost’ unfinished nude by Francis Bacon. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2016.

LONDON.- The Modern British & Irish Art sale at Christie’s South Kensington on 17 March will include two early paintings by Irish artist Tony O’Malley which, when turned over and joined together, reveal a ‘lost’ unfinished nude by Francis Bacon. Bacon started Figure when working in St Ives, Cornwall in the late 1950s, but when the artist cut short his visit following an argument with this partner he abandoned the work, among many others. The work was divided into two by O’Malley who went on to paint two scenes on the opposite sides: Currach, Clare Island and Evening Landscape Tehidy Hospital. For years these works were separated, residing in the collections of two different owners. Now these paintings, and the lost Bacon study, will be reunited and viewed together for the first time in almost 60 years, when the public pre-sale viewing opens ... More

Tacita Dean, Yond' same black cloud, 2015. Spray chalk and white gouache on slate, 48 x 48 x 3/8 in.

NEW YORK, NY.- Marian Goodman Gallery is presenting an exhibition of new work by Tacita Dean, ….my English breath in foreign clouds, which is on view from March 2nd through April 23rd, and features new drawing works, a series of photo works, a new film, Portraits (2016) and two recent films, Buon Fresco (2014) and Event for a Stage (2015). On the Third Floor from March 2 – 26th, Event for a Stage (2015), a film made from a work for theater which was presented at the 19th Biennale of Sydney in 2014, is being shown every 90 minutes, from 11a.m. onwards. A British artist who works and resides in Berlin, Tacita Dean has for the last eighteen months been living in Los Angeles. Drawing on the daily experience of this changed milieu -- indicated by the title of the current exhibition – Dean was inspired by what she hadn’t expected, which caused her to jettison preconceived ideas of work she ... More

This new audio-visual show offers audiences a remarkable opportunity to discover the impressive oeuvre of Marc Chagall.

LES BAUX-DE-PROVENCE.- After welcoming over 513,000 visitors for Michelangelo, Leonardo de Vinci, Raphael: The Giants of the Renaissance which closed its doors on the 3 January, les Carrières de Lumières in Baux-de-Provence continue their innovative and ambitious artistic project with a unique multimedia exhibition devoted to Marc Chagall (1887 - 1985). Since their opening, Les Carrières de Lumières have attracted over 1.6 million visitors. Produced by Culturespaces with the assistance of the Comité Marc Chagall, and created by Gianfranco Iannuzzi, Renato Gatto and Massimiliano Siccardi with the musical collaboration of Luca Longobardi, this new audio-visual show offers audiences a remarkable opportunity to discover the impressive oeuvre of Marc Chagall, an artist of Russian origin who obtained French nationality in 1937. Most of the artist’s best- ... More

Fresh-to-market original paintings from artists' estates among highlights of Myers Fine Art's March 13 auction   Works by Morris Louis and Landon Metz on view at Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York   Christie's celebrates its 10th auction anniversary in Dubai with new and additional auction

Willard Leroy Metcalf (American, 1858-1925), oil-on-canvas titled Summer Night, est. $20,000-$30,000. Photo: Myers Fine Art.

ST. PETERSBURG, FLA.- Only once in a blue moon does an auction come along that checks off all the boxes on an art collector’s wish list – a sale that contains fresh works by desirable artists not often seen in the marketplace, all with unimpeachable provenance and with very few having auction reserves. Such is the case with Myers Fine Art’s connoisseur’s selection to be auctioned on Sunday, March 13. Almost all of the recently discovered art will be making its first-ever public appearance in the 457-lot sale. Many of the original paintings and other artworks in the auction came directly from the estates of New York artists and writers, including the Sagaponack, N.Y., estate of novelist and 2008 National Book Award winner Peter Matthiessen. Among the premier paintings previously displayed in Matthiessen’s Long Island residence is a signed Willard Leroy Metcalf (American, 1858-1925) oil-on ... More

Landon Metz, Untitled (A1), 2016. Dye on canvas 74 1/4 x 59 1/4 inches 188.6 x 150.5 cm.

NEW YORK, NY.- Paul Kasmin Gallery announces Morris Louis/Landon Metz on view at 297 Tenth Avenue from March 3 – April 9, 2016. The exhibition features Tzadik, 1958, a monumental work from the Veil series by iconic Color Field painter Morris Louis, alongside new works by contemporary artist Landon Metz. Deeply influenced by the Color Field movement, Metz is known for his elegant stained-canvas paintings in which he plays with varying formal elements, degrees of transparency and opacity, and compositional arrangements. The exhibition is organized in collaboration with Alex Bacon. One of the founding members of the Washington Color School, Morris Louis’ innovations in staining unprimed canvas and integrating negative space into a composition have grown increasingly relevant to a current faction of young painters. In a piece about Louis’ process for Art International in 1960, Clement Greenberg asserted that “the suppre ... More

In this file photo a woman takes a picture of the painting 'Sunset on the Nile at Luxor' by Egyptian Mahmoud Said (1897-1964) sold for $902,500, well above its pre-sale estimate of $80,000 - 120,000.

DUBAI.- This March Christie’s celebrates its 10th auction anniversary in Dubai. By establishing and committing to providing a platform to promote nearly 700 Middle Eastern artists to a global audience, by offering over 2,650 works of art, Christie’s has played their part in nurturing this now well established market. Furthermore, they offered over the same period of time more than 2,000 watches and pieces of jewellery, attracting buyers from all over the world – buyers from up to 30 different countries are participating in their sales. Christie’s is holding a 70% market share for Middle Eastern Art and is leading the market since 10 years. Christie’s endeavor with the Middle East started back in May 2004, when the firm was invited to conduct the Gulf’s first art-meets-charity gala auction “Camel Caravan”. It was at this event that the Christie’s management team understood the ... More

First solo exhibition in Paris dedicated to the Swedish artist Jens Fänge on view at Galerie Perrotin   Hockney: A documentary about David Hockney's life & art opens April 22 in NYC & LA   Nasher Sculpture Center exhibits installation of Plegaria Muda, a major work by Doris Salcedo

Jens Fänge, "Within", 2015. Oil, vinyl and wood on panel, frame, 100 x 91.2 x 5 cm / 39 3/8 x 35 7/8 x 1 15/16 inches. Photo: Claire Dorn Courtesy Galerie Perrotin.

PARIS.- Galerie Perrotin presents the first solo exhibition in Paris dedicated to the Swedish artist Jens Fänge. When we study Jens Fänge’s new works for The Hours Before somehow Luigi Pirandello’s absurdist play from 1921, Six Characters in Search of an Author, comes to mind. I think this is because Fänge’s assemblages force onlookers to reconsider again and again what it is we are actually seeing – or maybe witnessing. There is a drama going on here, but which one? And what is it about? In Pirandello’s famous play the rehearsals are interrupted by six characters, who enter the scene claiming that they are the real characters, constantly criticizing the actors for failing to get a detail right. After trying to chase them away, the Director gives in, and attempts to integrate the Characters’ stories into the play – which, of course, fails ... More

David Hockney offers theories about art, the universe, and everything.

NEW YORK, NY.- Film Movement announced the US Theatrical release of Hockney, a documentary film by Randall Wright (Lucian Freud: A Painted Life). After screening at Outfest, London, Vancouver, Palm Springs film festivals among others, the film will open at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and at Metrograph in New York, and at Laemmle Royal, Playhouse 7 and Noho 7 in Los Angeles on April 22, 2016. A national release will follow. Hockney is the definitive exploration of one of the most significant artists of his generation. For the first time, David Hockney has given access to his personal archive of photographs and film, resulting in an unparalleled visual diary of his life. The film chronicles Hockney’s vast career, from his early life in working-class Bradford, where his love for pictures was developed through his admiration for cinema, to his relocation to Hollywood where his life long struggle to escape labels (‘queer’,  ... More

Plegaria Muda (detail) 2008-10. CAM, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, November 12, 2011 – January 22, 2012. Photo: Patrizia Tocci.

DALLAS, TX.- In honor of Doris Salcedo’s designation as the inaugural Nasher Prize Laureate, the Nasher Sculpture Center presents an installation of her 2008–10 work Plegaria Muda which is on view from February 27–April 17, 2016. Plegaria Muda (in loose translation, “silent prayer”) consists of long, narrow wooden tables that have been covered with a thick layer of earth held in place by a table of the same size and type turned atop it. In places, bright green blades of grass push their way through the overturned tabletop, into the light. These objects—some thirty in the Nasher’s installation—are arrayed by the artist in an irregular, mazelike grid, the narrow spaces of which the viewer traverses to experience the work as a whole. The size and proportion of the tables approximate the human body; their wooden forms remind one inescapably of coffins, and the earth ... More

Kunstmuseum Luzern devotes exhibition to the phenomenon of public and private collecting   Asian Art Museum exhibits rare maps showcasing early encounters between China and the West   Bonhams returns to Stuttgart with a mighty million euro Mercedez-Benz Model K

Albrecht Schnider, ohne titel (Rohren), 99 x 70 cm.

LUCERNE.- ‘The collector is closest to the artist; because he has the same motivation for his work. We have been on a lifelong quest for intimacy,’ the Central Swiss artist Alois Lichtsteiner writes in the publication accompanying this year’s presentation of the collection. To mark the extensive gift from two Geneva art collectors it is devoted to the phenomenon of public and private collecting. The couple have specialised in Swiss contemporary art for decades, and assembled a collection closely related to that of the Kunstmuseum Luzern. Based on the holdings that entered the collection in the time of Jean-Christophe Ammann, the Kunstmuseum Luzern collection focuses on Swiss art from the 1970s, which was extended by the gift of the Toni Gerber collection in 2009. Since in times of scarce public funds museums on their own are increasingly unable to fulfil their task of assembling collections represen- ... More

A Complete Map of the World , (detail) 1674, by Ferdinand Verbiest (Flemish, 1623–1688). China; Beijing. Ink on paper. Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress, Washington D.C. , G3200 1674.V4.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- This spring, the Asian Art Museum brings together for the first time two extremely rare 400-year-old maps that are the product of early interactions between European and Chinese scholars. In the late sixteenth century, Jesuit missionaries traveled to China, where they learned about Chinese culture and shared scientific knowledge with their hosts. China at the Center presents two maps that were the result of this cross-cultural exchange: Matteo Ricci’s 1602 A Complete Map of the Ten Thousand Countries of the World and Ferdinand Verbiest’s 1674 A Complete Map of the World. These massive woodblock-printed maps are physical representations of the joint scholarship of two very different cultures and show the ... More

With its superb Saoutchik transformable coachwork, it is estimated at €800,000-1,200,000. Photo: Bonhams.

STUTTGART.- Bonhams’ return to Stuttgart for the annual single-marque Mercedes-Benz sale will be led by the magnificent 1928 Mercedes-Benz Model K 6,240cc Supercharged Torpedo Transformable. With its superb Saoutchik transformable coachwork, it is estimated at €800,000-1,200,000. With the merger of Daimler and Benz in 1926, two of the motoring world’s most significant motor manufacturing dynasties pooled skills and resources to produce a mighty force in the relatively infant motor industry. The technical genius of Dr. Ferdinand Porsche, who had joined Daimler in 1923, brought significant influence to the mighty supercharged cars catering for the driver who demanded outstanding touring luxury, combined with top performance. Mercedes-Benz advertising boasted of ‘the fastest sports car in the world’ and referred unashamedly to ‘the ... More

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Field of Blooms by Erin Hanson: A Brush with Expressionism
LOS ANGELES, CA.- Erin Hanson is best known for her unsuppressed utilization of color and chunky yet precise brush strokes; her focus is typically of rolling hills, craggy rocks and patchwork skies. Her style and subject matter may be transitioning into something a touch more expressionistic with abstract liberties taken, as with this zoomed-in floral piece. A Los Angeles native, Hanson can be found exploring the National Parks and California Coast when not holed up in her gallery and studio just north of Downtown LA, close enough to find excellent food, yet far enough to avoid the extreme bustle and traffic. Field of Blooms is the pillar of her most recent Romance in Bloom collection. It measures 13-feet wide and when viewed in person leaves most slack-jawed. Hanson’s use of color pits striking purples against apple greens and swirls of cherry reds; nary a color ... More

City centre cafe by award-winning artist David Shearing brings the weather indoors
LEEDS.- Situated in Leeds city centre from 1 - 20 March 2016, THE WEATHER CAFÉ introduces a distinct design world into the public realm by creating natural phenomena — water, mist, light and fog — in an unexpected setting. Audiences are invited to reflect on their place within the city in this immersive installation that responds to the changing weather of the moment. Inside, the shifting environment evolves as the wind blows, the rain falls and a thick cloud rolls underneath in an ever-changing orchestration of sound and imagery. THE WEATHER CAFÉ acts as a barometer to reflect the emotional climate of the city. Created by artist David Shearing, THE WEATHER CAFÉ presents the voices of over 100 people living and connected to Leeds. Working together with composer James Bulley and creative technologist Daniel Jones, this multimedia artwork brings the weather ... More

Palais de Tokyo exhibits the work of Sara Favriau
PARIS.- Winner of the Prix Découverte des Amis du Palais de Tokyo in 2014, Sara Favriau (born in 1983, lives in Paris) deploys a monumental, poetic sculpture, made of cleats of sculpted wood, assembled into cabincontainers, in which several artists have been invited to exhibit. Sara Favriau is attached to the idea of prolongation, creating bridges between form and content. She appropriates classic production techniques and extends them: moulding transforms blisters into anthropomorphic bas-reliefs, a sculpture of manufactured cleats sketches out the structure of the cabins, the marquetry of layers of plywood generates the pattern of a Mashrabiya. "What causes the work to exist is this open door, freeing it from any description, wavering between form and meaning." 3 Recently, the artist has begun a sculptural work using wooden cleats taken from the construction industry. ... More

"Digital Flows" opens at MACT/CACT Contemporary Art in Canton Ticino
TICINO.- DIGITAL FLOWS is the exhibition that opens the 2016 season. Curated by Visualcontainer Milano, the exhibition also pays tribute to the tireless labour of love conducted by this video archive, which – by virtue of the quality of its commitment and in parallel with the off space [.Box] – penetrates into the sometimes sterile recesses of the more accredited museum institutions. Established in 2008 in the heart of Milan, Visualcontainer has become something of a showcase, primarily for archiving and presenting the idiom of the artist video, a language that is still very liquid and in the throes of vigorous evolution. Its directors’ international approach and global vision have raised its status to that of a privileged location, something along the lines of a German-style Archiv und Kunsthalle of the language of video, set down in the very heart of Italy’s business capital ... More

Sotheby's New York announces the third annual Designer Showhouse & Auction
NEW YORK, NY.- This April, Sotheby’s will present At Home, their third annual Designer Showhouse & Auction in New York as part of Decorative Arts Week. Twelve interior designers and design firms from the tri-state area and the West Coast will each create one room of a home constructed within the fifth-floor exhibition space of Sotheby’s Manhattan headquarters. Sotheby’s has invited emerging and established members of the design community with a broad range of artistic approaches and experience to participate in At Home: Sotheby’s Designer Showhouse & Auction. Selecting works from an array of Sotheby’s departments, including 20th Century Design, English & Continental Furniture, Ceramics, Fine Arts, Prints, Silver, and Photographs, the designers will juxtapose the contemporary and the traditional to create diverse out-of-the-box spaces that embody the ... More

French tattoo 'king' struggles for recognition of his art
PARIS.- The undisputed "king" of French tattoo artists says his industry is struggling to win recognition as an art form on a par with painting or music. "Everything proves that we are artists according to the UNESCO definition," said Tin-Tin, whose clients have included fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier, the rapper Joey Starr and tennis legend Yannick Noah. The main organiser of a world-class tattoo expo that wrapped up on Sunday, he quotes the UNESCO definition of an artist verbatim -- "any person who creates... and who considers his artistic creation to be an essential part of his life, who contributes in this way to the development of art and culture." In France, those designated as artists -- painters, as well as photographers, writers and composers -- are able to charge greatly reduced VAT rates to their customers. "For now, (the government is) killing us, considering us ... More

Austrian conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt dies at 86
VIENNA (AF).- Celebrated Austrian conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt, considered to be the "pope" of the Baroque music revival, died Saturday aged 86, three months after announcing his retirement, his family announced. "Nikolaus Harnoncourt took his last breath peacefully surrounded by family," said the short announcement carried by the Austrian news agency APA. In December Harnoncourt had announced his retirement, citing health reasons, in a farewell letter to the audience of the Wiener Musikverein, home to the Vienna Philharmonic orchestra. "My physical capacities mean that I have to cancel all my upcoming projects," he wrote in an open letter to disappointed fans with tickets to a concert by the baroque ensemble he founded, the Concentus Musicus Wien, the weekend of his 86th birthday at the start of December. "An era is over," the Musikverein's director Thomas ... More

Swiss Institute explores the role that art plays in narrative film and television
NEW YORK, NY.- Recasting the gallery as a set for dramatic scenes, FADE IN: INT. ART GALLERY – DAY explores the role that art plays in narrative film and television. FADE IN features the work of 25 artists and considers a history of art as seen in classic movies, soap operas, science fiction, pornography and musicals. These works have been sourced, reproduced and created in response to artworks that have been made to appear on-screen, whether as props, set dressings, plot devices, or character cues. The nature of the exhibition is such that sculptures, paintings and installations transition from prop to image to art object, staging an enquiry into whether these fictional depictions in mass media ultimately have greater influence in defining a collective understanding of art than art itself does. Certain preoccupations with artworks are established early on in cinematic history: the ... More

New Indianapolis Museum of Art exhibit showcases animated paintings by Dutch artist Jacco Olivier
INDIANAPOLIS, IN.- Colorful paintings transform into mesmerizing video animations in the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s exhibition, Jacco Olivier: Liquid Painting, Liquid Time, now on display in the June M. McCormack Forefront Galleries. Liquid Painting, Liquid Time is Olivier’s first solo exhibition in a major U.S. art museum. Although he works in the medium of video, Olivier views himself first and foremost as a painter. His unique artistic process combines the two mediums. The artist creates enthralling pieces that merge traditional painting techniques with photography and video animation. These painterly videos present a variety of subjects, from intimate scenes of daily life to captivating landscapes and abstract visions. Liquid Painting, Liquid Time showcases nine of Olivier’s vibrant video animations, with some works featuring everyday sounds and musical accompaniment. ... More

The Eccentrics: SculptureCenter presents a group exhibition
LONG ISLAND CITY, NY.- Evoking the figure of the “eccentric,” a term for Russian circus performers, Walter Benjamin alludes to clowns, magicians, and acrobats as the forerunners to the comic actors who later inhabited the newly created space of film in his influential 1936 text, The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction. The arena of the circus—where ancient rituals are passed through the ages into the present day—conjures laughter and wonder, disbelief, and fear. This is a space where assumed natural orders can be reversed and undone as demonstrated through displays of mastery over wild animals and fire, in moments where the rules of physics are seemingly defied, and in acts where the body and identity are truly malleable. While the artists in this exhibition work from 21st century perspectives, they similarly explore the significance of special effects created ... More

rosenfeld porcini exhibits works by French painter Emmanuel Barcilon
LONDON.- rosenfeld porcini presents French painter Emmanuel Barcilon’s exhibition ‘On the Edge of Visibility’. This follows his participation at the gallery’s second themed group exhibition ‘The Continuation of Romance: Painting – An Interrupted Discourse’ (2013), which gathered fourteen international artists working with painting; a first inaugural UK solo show ‘Penetrating Stillness’ (2014) at rosenfeld porcini and his recent exhibition ‘A Turbulent Silence’ (2015) presented as a collateral event during the Venice Biennale. The show features new paintings by the artist. The kernel of Emmanuel Barcilon’s practice is concerned with an exploration of the possibilities of painting. Since his inaugural exhibition ‘Penetrating Stillness’, his approach has become far more single-minded. Previously the artist’s works could be divided into two distinct categorie ... More

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On a day like today, Dutch-American painter Piet Mondrian was born
August 07, 1872. Pieter Cornelis "Piet" Mondriaan, after 1906 Mondrian (7 March 1872 - 1 February 1944), was a Dutch painter and theoretician who is regarded as one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. He is known for being one of the pioneers of 20th century abstract art, as he changed his artistic direction from figurative painting to an increasingly abstract style, until he reached a point where his artistic vocabulary was reduced to simple geometric elements. In this image: Mondrian restoration project team with Sea after sunset (1909) Photo: Alice de Groot.

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