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McNay Art Museum presents Immersed: Local to Global Art Sensations

Yayoi Kusama, Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity, 2009. Wood, metals, glass mirrors, plastic, acrylic paint, and LED lighting system. Edition 3/3. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum purchase funded by the Caroline Weiss Law Accessions Endowment Fund, 2016.34. Copyright Yayoi Kusama. Photography by Carrithers Studio / Courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

SAN ANTONIO, TX.- Immersed: Local to Global Art Sensations, opening at the McNay Art Museum on June 7 and continuing through September 2, transforms the Tobin Exhibition Galleries into a unique interactive environment — one that invites visitors to immerse themselves in the distinct visions of four highly original artists. Organized in conjunction with the San Antonio Tricentennial celebrations and the 50th anniversary of HemisFair ’68, the exhibition features installations by Yayoi Kusama and Philip Worthington, a film by Andy Warhol, and a new commission by San Antonio-based artist Chris Sauter. “Our founder, Marion Koogler McNay, was devoted to showcasing the art of her time right here in her home in San Antonio," says Richard Aste, Director of the McNay. “This summer, the McNay Art Museum very proudly upholds her commitment to both local and global contemporary art through Immersed, a special presentation of four mesmerizing ... More

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Dia reveals multi-year upgrade and expansion plan, plus relaunch of Dia:Soho   Archives of American Art announces major promised gift from the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation   Exhibition features over 20 rare vintage black and white prints by Sandra Weiner

Dia:Chelsea, 541 West 22nd Street, New York. Photo: Don Stahl. Courtesy Dia Art Foundation, New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- Jessica Morgan, the Nathalie de Gunzburg Director of Dia, today announced a comprehensive, multi-year campaign to advance Dia’s mission and program, including the upgrade, revitalization, and ongoing stewardship of its key programmatic spaces and artist sites. The plan encompasses the restoration, renovation, and expansion of Dia’s two principal gallery spaces in Chelsea and Beacon; the reactivation of one of its original programming spaces in Soho; the revitalization of two landmark installations by Walter De Maria, The New York Earth Room and The Broken Kilometer, which have been maintained by Dia since first installed in the 1970s; and the development of Dia’s endowment, supporting operations across all of its sites nationally and internationally. This comprehensive initiative to strengthen the non-profit institution’s programming, resources, and facilities is being supported by ... More

Photographs of Roy Lichtenstein in various studios, NY, circa 1949-1986. Photograph by Laurie Lambrecht © Roy Lichtenstein Foundation.

WASHINGTON, DC.- The Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art announced that it is the beneficiary of a major promised gift from the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation: the expansive Roy Lichtenstein Foundation records and Roy Lichtenstein papers comprising over 500 linear feet. The gift constitutes the most complete research resource anywhere on the art and life of the artist and his times, illuminating Lichtenstein’s wide-reaching influence and legacy. The foundation will support the digitization of the collection in collaboration with the Archives and will gift the papers in stages. Initial processing of these comprehensive records has begun, and access to the collection will be free and available on the Archives’ website. The material includes the artist’s voluminous studio records, approximately 300 oral-history interviews that have been transcribed, exhibition ... More

Man and children by the window

NEW YORK, NY.- Steven Kasher Gallery presents Sandra Weiner: New York Kids, 1940-1948. The exhibition features over 20 rare vintage black and white prints, many exhibited for the first time. Weiner’s photographs are celebrated for their perceptive depiction of everyday life in New York City's close-knit neighborhoods of the 1940s. Her photographs of children at play create a palpable sense of place. Weiner’s photographs reveal random moments of grace, transforming social documentation into a broadly humanist mode of street photography. Her sensitive and subtle renderings of neighborhood atmosphere make her photographs of New York heartwarming. Also on view is the exhibition Dan Weiner: Vintage New York, 1940-1959. This is the first time that exhibitions of the husband and wife photographers have been on view concurrently. Weiner focused on New York’s poorer children, possibly because she identified with them but more so b ... More

World Monuments Fund and Google launch online platform for threatened Iraqi heritage   Gagosian exhibits three large papier-mâché sculptures by Franz West   Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti stars Vincent Cassel as the famed French artist

Drone footage, 3D models bring dozens of cultural heritage sites at risk to your fingertips.

NEW YORK, NY.- World Monuments Fund and Google Arts & Culture today announced the launch of an online platform via Google Arts & Culture that showcases the unique stories of Iraq’s endangered heritage sites and the extraordinary efforts to preserve them. The platform allows anyone, anywhere, the opportunity to experience a diverse range of sites, from the earliest settlements of ancient Mesopotamia, to the great 18th and 19th century cities of trade. In recent years, Iraq’s cultural heritage has been particularly impacted by conflict, from the US-led invasion in 2003, to the explosion of Mosul’s al-Nuri mosque by ISIS in 2017. Other factors including changing environmental conditions, neglect, and lack of resources have affected many of the country’s iconic sites. Because of Iraq’s long history of human habitation, its heritage uniquely reflects vast multicultural influences ... More

Franz West, Sisyphos V, 2002. Papier-mâché, Styrofoam, cardboard, lacquer and acrylic, 60 x 48 x 48 inches, 152.4 x 121.9 x 121.9 cm © Archiv Franz West. Photo by Rob McKeever. Courtesy Gagosian.

LONDON.- Gagosian presents three large papier-mâché sculptures by Franz West, from the Sisyphos series (2002). Throughout his career, West manipulated everyday materials and imagery in order to examine art’s relation to life and collective experience. From collages and interactive sculptures to tables, seating, and large abstract forms, his works focus on the tensions between public and private, considering the controlled behaviors and impulsive actions of the body. Despite their lighthearted ambiguity, West’s sculptures often flirt with philosophical archetypes, alluding to common myths, linguistic theories, and conceptual paradoxes. The Sisyphos sculptures are amorphous masses of papier-mâché, Styrofoam, and cardboard, expressively painted with lacquer ... More

In director Edouard Deluc’s Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti, acclaimed French actor Vincent Cassel (La Haine, Elizabeth, Irreversible, Black Swan, Jason Bourne) takes on the role of Gauguin in this lush, imaginative biopic, inspired by Gauguin’s own memoir Noa Noa.

NEW YORK, NY.- When he died in 1903 at the age of 54, all alone and living in French Polynesia, Paul Gauguin was an uncelebrated French artist with nary a franc to his name. But in the years following his death, thanks to well-funded exhibitions and a change in the cultural zeitgeist, Gauguin gained renown as one of the boldest and most illustrious painters of his or any other time. In 2014, the artist’s 1892 masterpiece Nafea Faa Ipoipo (When Will You Marry)? sold at auction for $210 million, placing it among the most expensive artworks in the world. In movies, Gauguin was portrayed by Anthony Quinn (opposite Kirk Douglas as Vincent Van Gogh) in the Van Gogh biopic Lust for Life (1956). Quinn only appeared onscreen for eight minutes but was so memorable ... More

Exhibition explores the relationship between studio photography and music in Burkina Faso   Tomma Abts opens her first solo exhibition in a UK public institution   Exhibition explores the photographer/printer collaboration

Ibrahima Sanlé Sory. Tiamodjan, the lead guitarist for Echo del Africa Nacional, 1965/75. The Art Institute of Chicago, promised gift of Ralph and Nancy Segall. © Ibrahima Sanlé Sory. Courtesy of Florent Mazzoleni.

CHICAGO, IL.- The Art Institute of Chicago is presenting an exhibition that explores the relationship between commercial studio photography and popular music in the former West African country of Upper Volta. Featuring the photography of Sanlé Sory and the music of Volta Jazz, this immersive installation brings the complex culture of Upper Volta to life through more than 100 of Sory’s photographs from the 1960s and ‘70s; objects from Volta Photo such as its signature backdrop, studio lights, and props; digitized music from the era; and 45-rpm record covers. Through this dynamic unification of image and sound, Volta Photo examines the postcolonial culture of an economically challenged but recently liberated country negotiating its identity on the world stage. Volta Photo presents photographs by Sanlé Sory (born 1943) who opened his studio, Volta Photo, in 1960 at the center ... More

Tomma Abts, Jeels, 2012. Acrylic & oil on canvas, 48 × 38 cm, 18 7/8” × 15”. Courtesy Collection of Sascha S. Bauer.

LONDON.- This summer, the Serpentine presents the work of Tomma Abts (b. 1967, Kiel, Germany) in the artist’s first solo exhibition in a UK public institution. One of the most significant artists of her generation and the winner of the 2006 Turner Prize, Abts is known for her acrylic and oil paintings whose extraordinary magnetism belies their modest scale. Her methodical process and use of the 48cm x 38cm format have remained more or less constant for the past twenty years. Yet within these self-imposed parameters Abts finds endless possibilities for experimentation. This survey at the Serpentine – the largest exhibition of her work to date – includes paintings and casts, mostly produced over the last 10 years. Beginning with no source material and no preconceived notion of the final composition, Abts is guided by a series of intuitive decisions that enable the internal logic of each work to gradually unfold. Shap ... More

Peter Hujar, Will, 1985, printed 1987. Gelatin silver print. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Schneider/Erdman Printer’s Proof Collection, partial gift, and partial purchase through the Margaret Fisher Fund, 2016.176. © Peter Hujar Archive. Image © President and Fellows of Harvard College.

CAMBRIDGE, MASS.- Analog Culture: Printer’s Proofs from the Schneider/Erdman Photography Lab, 1981–2001 is now on display at the Harvard Art Museums, running through August 12, 2018. The exhibition takes an unprecedented look at the dynamic collaboration between photographer and printer, through the lens of the museums’ recently acquired Schneider/Erdman Printer’s Proof Collection, a remarkable group of nearly 450 photographs printed over three decades by Gary Schneider in his Manhattan-based photography lab. As co-owners of Schneider/Erdman, Inc., Schneider and his partner, John Erdman, adopted the practice of retaining a “printer’s proof”: a print given to them by the artists with whom they worked, often in partial exchange for their ... More

New book on Suriname completes Rijksmuseum's Country Series   Hollis Taggart Galleries opens exhibition of works by Andrew Balkin   Albertinum opens largest exhibition of Slavs and Tatars collective's works in Germany to date

Rijksmuseum Country Series: Shackles and Bonds: Suriname and the Netherlands from 1600. Author: Eveline Sint Nicolaas. Design: Irma Boom. ISBN 978 94 6004 349 9, hardback, 20 x 25 cm, richly illustrated in colour, 268 pages | € 24,50

AMSTERDAM.- On Friday June 1, the Rijksmuseum launched the final volume of a series of eight books about trading and colonial relations between the Netherlands and eight other countries. The Country Series concludes with a volume that explores the shared history of Suriname and the Netherlands since 1600, illustrated with objects from the Rijksmuseum collection. Shackles and Bonds: Suriname and the Netherlands from 1600 was written by Eveline Sint Nicolaas, curator at the History Department. Objects in the Rijksmuseum collection that testify to historical relations between the two countries include paintings of sugar and coffee plantations, maps of Suriname that chart conquests ... More

Andrew Balkin (b. 1947), Spatial Construct, Series III, No. 5, 2016. Mixed media on stenciled and embossed paper, 30 x 22 inches.

NEW YORK, NY.- Hollis Taggart Galleries is presenting Andrew Balkin: Spatial Constructs. Andrew Balkin constructs dynamic dialectics between the “void” and meticulously drawn geometric spaces. His images come from a blank slate, a ‘Tabula Rasa’ that Balkin constructs and deconstructs intuitively to create space with new objects from positive lines and tones. He does this painstakingly, evolving his personal content-images, until he develops a supra-structure that defines a new visionary geometric realm. Balkin has embraced the traditions of non-objective art with roots in the Russian Suprematists, Latin American Constructionists, and American Geometric Abstractionists. From his early in-depth studies of 18th, 19th, and 20th Century philosophies, Balkin’s drawings and ... More

Slavs and Tatars, Love Letters No1.

DRESDEN.- Dschingis Kahn? Dschebel? Dschunk food? Dschin and tonic? The Slavs and Tatars collective takes the idea of art as translation absolutely literal. In their Dresden survey exhibition “Slavs & Tatars. Made in Dschermany” the artists focus on language and its ambiguity, examining, among other things, the tetragraph “dsch” which, in German, is mainly used to represent the “j” sound in foreign words. Just like this foreign sequence of letters is added to the word “Dschermany”, visitors are invited to explore the individual in the foreign and the foreign in the individual, to open their minds and engage with the Slavs and Tatars way of thinking. The Albertinum, run by Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, is presenting the largest exhibition of the artist collective’s works in Germany to date. Large-format installations, works of sound, sculpture, videos and wall hangings all ... More

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Pavilion of The Republic of Kosovo presents the house as a substitute for the city
VENICE.- Eliza Hoxha’s curatorial concept for the Pavilion of the Republic of Kosovo at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, presents the house as a substitute for the city. In curating the Pavilion, Hoxha revisits the ‘90s, a time during which Kosovo Albanians were expelled from all state—run institutions and thereby removed from public life. As Yugoslavia began to fall apart, the Milošević’s regime revoked Kosovo’s autonomy. In reply, Kosovo Albanians created a parallel system of public institutions in their private houses in the periphery of the city. The Pavilion of the Republic of Kosovo titled The City Is Everywhere, is a house always in the making; unfinished because it always acquires new public functions. The private and public become one and the same. Hoxha, time and again, draws from the experience that Kosovo Albanians had in the ‘90s, a time when ... More

Kerstin Brätsch opens exhibition at Rome's Fondazione Memmo
ROME.- Fondazione Memmo presents: Kerstin Brätsch_Ruine / KAYA_KOVO in the Scuderie at Palazzo Ruspoli. The exhibition curated by Francesco Stocchi is open to the public from 4 May to 11 November 2018. As suggested by the split title, the exhibition consists of two distinct parts: the Casa and the Stalla. In the Casa, the main gallery space, _Ruine showcases the artist’s solo practice. _KOVO occupies the smaller Stalla space and is comprised of offerings by KAYA – the sustained collaborative project of Brätsch and artist Debo Eilers. Titled with the German word Ruine – ruin in English, rovina in Italian – this exhibition continues Brätsch’s longstanding interest in destabilizing and expanding the language of painting. One tactic of this methodology involves ongoing collaborations with artisans to interrogate and provoke the notions of subjectivity historically ... More

The Brooklyn Museum opens a site-specific activation by Rob Wynne
BROOKLYN, NY.- The Brooklyn Museum is presenting Rob Wynne: FLOAT, a site-specific activation putting the artist’s signature glass installations in dialogue with works in the American Art galleries. The presentation features sixteen works, mostly made from hand-poured, mirrored glass—some composed of over a thousand individual pieces—juxtaposed with selections from the Museum’s collection of historical American art. The installation creates unexpected encounters and conceptual resonances between the works on view. New York–based Rob Wynne (born 1950) works in a wide range of mediums, including painting, drawing, sculpture, and photography, as well as experimentation with glass. Inspired by a chance encounter two decades ago, he began using hand-poured and mirrored glass in a series of large-scale works. In a labor-intensive, multistep process, each ... More

Koopman Rare Art announces works to be offered at Masterpiece London
LONDON.- Koopman Rare Art, internationally renowned London antique silver dealer is once again exhibiting at Masterpiece London, London’s premier art fair, which opens on June 28 in the grounds of the historic Royal Hospital Chelsea (Stand C29). Lewis Smith, Director of Koopman Rare Art, said: “Driven by the recent high demand for top quality antique silver we have managed to secure several great pieces for the upcoming season. A number are fresh to the market including some superlative Regency examples by Paul Storr and Benjamin Smith. We are delighted to be showing these at Masterpiece London together with a wide variety of exceptional historic silver ranging in date from 1600 through to 1950.” Taking pride of place on Koopman Rare Art’s stand is a highly important silver-gilt tray made in London in 1814 by renowned English silversmith Paul ... More

First Northwest overview of work by R.B. Kitaj opens in Portland
PORTLAND, OR.- Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education presents the first Northwest overview of work by renowned artist R.B. Kitaj Organized by OJMCHE and curated by Bruce Guenther, R.B. Kitaj: A Jew Etc., Etc. provides the first Northwest overview of one of the most important post-1960 contemporary artists, R.B. Kitaj. The exhibition presents a survey of 16 oil paintings and four drawings, focusing on works created between 1990 and the artist’s death in 2007, which reflect the artist’s deep exploration of a rich complexity of ideas and references to art history and Judaism. R. B. Kitaj (1932-2007) is one of the twentieth century’s most significant and thought-provoking artists, who, throughout his life and his art, tussled with the conditions of “Jewishness”. Kitaj’s sometimes controversial work has long challenged audiences to explore ... More

Alison Brooks Architects unveils a major immersive installation 'ReCasting' in Venice
VENICE.- Alison Brooks Architects have been invited by the Curators 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara to respond to this year’s theme of ‘Freespace’ by addressing the subject of housing and urban dwelling. The Biennale theme ‘Freespace’ celebrates architecture’s capacity to find additional and unexpected generosity in each project – the spaces, textures and moments of human experience in architecture that can be freely enjoyed. Alison Brooks Architects has created a large-scale, site specific installation that simulates the critical freespaces of their work in housing as four inhabitable ‘totems’: Threshold, Inhabited Edge, Passage, and Roofspace. The totems invite exploration, emerging from a unifying plinth to frame an amphitheatre and collective gathering space. Each totem offers ... More

Major exhibition of work by Santiago Calatrava debuts in Prague
PRAGUE.- The first comprehensive exhibition of work by renowned architect, engineer, and artist Santiago Calatrava will be on display at the Stone Bell House in Prague from June 7 to September 16, 2018. The show, Santiago Calatrava: Art and Architecture, will provide unprecedented insight into the work and creative process of the acclaimed Spanish-born architect. “This exhibition provides an exceptional glimpse of Calatrava’s singularity, his constant search for an individual artistic path and how he has established his own architectural vocabulary, far from all the conventions of his time, with a completely new internal logic, and in a way, through sculpture,” said exhibition curator Cristina Carrillo de Albornoz. Santiago Calatrava: Art and Architecture will showcase Calatrava’s unparalleled poetic architectural style, characterized by a sense of movement and tension ... More

Solo exhibition of painter Mouteea Murad opens at Ayyam Gallery Beirut
BEIRUT.- Ayyam Gallery Beirut presents Thresholds 3.0, the solo exhibition of painter Mouteea Murad. The third presentation of Mouteea Murad’s latest body of work, Thresholds 3.0, highlights a selection of paintings from the artist’s 2016 solo exhibition Thresholds presented at Ayyam Gallery Dubai. In this series Murad experiments with the use of mathematics in geometric abstraction, an approach to non-objective art that he developed over the course of a decade. Presenting a select number of large-scale paintings in a different setting allows the viewer to furtherexplore Murad’s emphasis on space and dimension, which he masters by both drawing on the formalism of Op art and using the Fibonacci number sequence as a starting point for his compositions. The artist’s use of the numerical sequence and mathematical functions results ... More

Excavation: Peter Blum Gallery opens a group exhibition
NEW YORK, NY.- Peter Blum Gallery announces Excavation, featuring works by: Zahoor ul Akhlaq, N. Dash, Josephine Halvorson, Corin Hewitt, Erik Lindman, and Stanley Rosen, on view at 176 Grand Street, New York. There will be an opening reception on Thursday, June 7 from 6-8 pm. The exhibition runs through July 27. Zahoor ul Akhlaq (1941–1999, Lahore, Pakistan) was a pioneering artist from Pakistan whose works combine Southeast Asian traditional aesthetic values with Western modernism, pop art, and color-field painting. Akhlaq's paintings incorporate motifs from Mughal Miniatures, calligraphy, and vernacular architecture, among a wide range of other influences from around the world. Most of Akhlaq’s career was spent in post-colonial Pakistan during a time of social and political instability. The ... More

Philadelphia Collection achieves 'white-glove' sale at Freeman's
PHILADELPHIA, PA.- The Sunday June 3 American Art & Pennsylvania Impressionists auction featured over 140 works of art by renowned American painters John Frederick Kensett (1816-1872), Charles Harold Davis (1856-1933), Childe Hassam (1859-1935), Thomas Eakins (1844-1916) and Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009), as well as Pennsylvania artists Fern Isabel Coppedge (1883-1951) and Edward Willis Redfield (1869-1965). The sale totaled nearly $1,675,000, and achieved an 87 percent sell-through rate. Ten percent of the day’s buyers were new. More than a dozen works by Arthur Beecher Carles (1882-1952) came from the collection of June and Perry Ottenberg, Philadelphia patrons of many of the city’s most important fine artists, such as Elizabeth Osborne and Jane Piper. Paintings by Carles achieved a 100 percent sell-through rate, with Lot 95, “Autumn ... More

Lyons Wier Gallery opens exhibition of works by Mark Zimmermann
NEW YORK, NY.- Lyons Wier Gallery announces the exhibition, Meditations by Mark Zimmermann. Mark Zimmermann's work is based on the fusion of meditative fields, architectonic structures and an organic gestural line that is one-part intentional and one-part accidental. Zimmermann clearly demonstrates his deftness of hand through labored bands of color, building and editing one band upon other, until the editing process renders compositions that combine both hard-edge and action-painting abstraction. His process begins by layering an initial ground laid down with palette knives and trowels. From there, the initial drawing gives shape to the composition to come. Over time, the elements are pushed back with repeated layers of a viscous wash and then brought back into play via sanding and then the process begins anew. By way of intent and incident, the true ... More

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On a day like today, American painter Robert Motherwell was born
January 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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