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Kunstmuseum Basel focuses on the figurative aspect of Jackson Pollock's work

“The Figurative Pollock” examines the different phases in Pollock’s early work: his training in his teacher Thomas Hart Benton’s Regionalism as well as his study of the monuments of art history—El Greco, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, and the masters of Italian Baroque.

BASEL.- “When you’re painting out of your unconscious, figures are bound to emerge,” Jackson Pollock said in a famous conversation with Seldon Rodman in 1956. Yet the American painter is actually best known for his abstract drip paintings. Far fewer people are familiar with Pollock’s extensive earlier figurative oeuvre and the figurative paintings that grew out of the dripping period. Reframing our perspective on the artist’s creative output, the grand special exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Basel focuses on the figurative aspect of his work in order to pioneer a new perspective on his oeuvre, which spans almost three decades. “The Figurative Pollock” examines the different phases in Pollock’s early work: his training in his teacher Thomas Hart Benton’s Regionalism as well as his study of the monuments of art history—El Greco, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, and the masters ... More

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Tate Exchange launches with Tim Etchells's "The Give and Take"   Flemish landscape paintings on view at Kunsthalle im Lipsiusbau   "Francis Bacon: From Picasso to Velázquez" opens in Bilbao

Tate Exchange launched on 28 September with artist Tim Etchells’s project The Give and Take. © Tim Etchells.

LONDON.- Tate launched Tate Exchange, a ground-breaking new programme which invites the public to come together with international artists and over fifty Associates annually to collaborate, test ideas and discover new perspectives on life, through art. This free programme takes place in the dedicated, spectacular spaces of Tate Exchange in the new Switch House at Tate Modern on Level 5 from 28 September 2016, and in the first floor galleries at Tate Liverpool from 26 November 2016. In the coming years, Tate Exchange will roll out at all four Tate galleries and will explore a different theme each year. Tate Exchange is supported by Freelands Foundation, Arts Council England and Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Tate Exchange launched on 28 September with artist Tim Etchells’s project, The Give and Take, which looks at the theme of exchange through money, magic, labour, love and friendship and involves the public in a provocative series of presentations, conversations and ... More

With 160 artworks, the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister (Old Masters Picture Gallery) in Dresden possesses one of the world’s most important collections of Flemish landscape paintings.

DRESDEN.- Dizzying vistas of river valleys and mountain peaks, the impenetrable thicket of a forest bustling with countless animals, the idyllic quiet of a lake in the evening light. What we now call landscapes weren’t always seen that way – and they certainly weren’t depicted that way either. In the special exhibition ‘Paradise on Earth: Flemish Landscape Painting from Bruegel to Rubens’, which opened on 1 October in the Kunsthalle im Lipsiusbau, nature takes over the surfaces of the paintings on display. Initially appearing as backgrounds and vistas, nature gradually spread over the panels and canvases, eventually taking centre stage in such a convincing manner that, for the first time, nature became a natural part of the artistic canon. Flanders, with its important trading ports in Antwerp and Brussels, is both the centre and the turning point of this dynamic, which began in the sixteenth century. ... More

Francis Bacon, Portrait of Michel Leiris, 1976. Oil on canvas, 34 x 29 cm. Centre Pompidou, Paris – Musée national d’art moderne. Centre de création industrielle, Donation Louise et Michel Leiris, 1984 © The Estate of Francis Bacon. All rights reserved. DACS/VEGAP, Bilbao, 2016. Photo © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Bertrand Prévost.

BILBAO.- The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao presents Francis Bacon: From Picasso to Velázquez, an exhibition of almost 80 works including some of the most important and yet least exhibited paintings by this British artist born in Ireland, alongside the works of the classic masters from French and Spanish culture who played a huge role in his career. Transgressive in both is life and his art, Bacon broke down many barriers that were deeply entrenched at the time, placing human beings in front of a mirror in which we could see ourselves in a raw, violent way. Francis Bacon was a fervent Francophile. He was an avid consumer of French literature by authors like Racine, Balzac, Baudelaire and Proust and passionate about the art of Picasso and Van Gogh, both of whom lived in France, ... More

Eli Wilner & Company announces a unique collaboration with Art Authority   Exhibition by American artist Roni Horn opens at Fondation Beyeler   Cindy Sherman and David Salle open Skarstedt's new London gallery

The importance of frames and their relevance to art history has often been overlooked.

NEW YORK, NY.- Eli Wilner & Company will contribute historically ­appropriate picture frames to the latest edition of Art Authority's beautiful and educational digital gallery experience. Art Authority's platform provides users with access to images of a comprehensive collection of works by over 1,000 of the western world's most important artists, from ancient times to today. Detailed captioning is provided for each image, including in­ depth information about each period and artist. While previous versions of the Art Authority app have shown the paintings in frames, as well as a clever option to view “real size” with a silhouetted figure for scale, Art Authority president Alan Oppenheimer consulted renowned frame authority Eli Wilner to see if improvements could be made in how the paintings were digitally framed. Wilner curated a selection of nine exquisite frames that were then paired with the ... More

Installation view of the exhibition „Roni Horn“ in the Fondation Beyeler, Basel. Photo: Stefan Altenburger.

BASEL.- The exhibition by American artist Roni Horn (*1955 in New York) features outstanding groups of works and series she has created over the last twenty years. The photographic installations, works on paper, and sculptures made of cast glass displayed in the six rooms devoted to the show can be experienced as a coherent installation. The exhibition “Roni Horn” has been developed in close cooperation with the artist for the space at the Fondation Beyeler. Around half the works on show are new ones that are being exhibited for the first time. Roni Horn’s art focuses on the idea of identity and mutability, demonstrating that the essence of things can differ from their visual appearance. In her works, Horn succeeds in subtly exploring fixed attributions, and in conveying ephemerality and diversity. It is therefore no coincidence that she uses materials like glass and motifs like water and the weather, all of which ar ... More

Cindy Sherman, Untitled # 225 (detail), 1990, chromogenic colour print 48 1/8 x 33 1/8 in. (122 x 84 cm.), © Cindy Sherman.

LONDON.- Skarstedt announced the opening of a new London gallery at 8 Bennet Street, St James’s. A joint exhibition of Cindy Sherman’s History Portraits (1988 – 1990) and David Salle’s Tapestry Paintings (1989 – 1991) inaugurated the new space. Designed by Thomas Croft Architects, the new gallery benefits from 5,000 square feet in this historic quarter, enabling Skarstedt to continue its programme of historical exhibitions. Dominant figures in contemporary art, both Cindy Sherman and David Salle were key figures in the influential ‘Pictures Generation’ art movement of the mid 1970s and 80s in New York. Emerging onto the art scene during this media-dominated era, both Sherman and Salle, like many of their contemporaries, drew upon existing imagery as inspiration for their own richly layered work. First exhibited in London at Waddington Galleries in 1989, with ... More

Pirelli HangarBicocca presents a solo exhibition by Japanese sculptor and installation artist Kishio Suga   Anne Mosseri-Marlio Galerie exhibits works by Danish artist cooperative A Kassen   Exhibition at Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art, Ghent explores works by nine artists

Kishio Suga, Fieldology, 1974/2015 (detail). Rope. Variable dimensions. Courtesy of the artist and Blum & Poe, Los Angeles/New York/Tokyo. Photo: Genevieve Hanson.

MILAN.- Pirelli HangarBicocca presents “Situations” a solo exhibition by Kishio Suga, key figure in Japanese art from the 1960s to the present and pioneer of the Mono-ha movement Pirelli HangarBicocca presents “Situations,” the first European retrospective dedicated to Kishio Suga (b. 1944 in Morioka, Japan; based in Ito, Japan), curated by Yuko Hasegawa and Vicente Todolí. For the first time in the career of this pivotal figure in contemporary Japanese art, over twenty of his installations, dating from 1969 to the present, will be shown together in a single exhibition space. The exhibition is part of events celebrating the 150th anniversary of relations between Japan and Italy. Suga was among the prime movers of Mono-ha, a current that enriched the contemporary art scene from the late 1960s on. In 1978, he was ... More

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BASEL.- The Danish artist cooperative A Kassen (Christian Bretton-Meyer, Morten Steen Hebsgaard, Søren Petersen, Tommy Petersen) have created conceptual works together since forming A Kassen in 2004 during their studies at Copenhagen’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts. Pouring aluminium in water is the natural sucessor to the Aluminium Puddles and Bronze Pours created since 2014, yet the choice of material and shapes brings new opportunities. The Aluminium Pours are both indoor and outdoor sculpture pieces, elongated and amorphous – leaving the viewer to determine what is seen, how it was made, what it could be or might have been. The first presentation of this series of work takes place in Basel in their first exhibit with the gallery. Due to the nature of the project, the shapes are determined by the properties of the elements: water, aluminium and their respective temperatures. Molten aluminium disperses when poured into water. Pouring large amounts of molten ... More

Elizabeth Peyton, Sara, 1995. Private Collection. Courtesy neugerriemschneider, Berlin.

GHENT.- These Strangers… Painting and People presents the human figure in the Western painting of the last forty years. The exhibition is not a survey, but explores the oeuvres of nine artists who so far have had little or no work shown in Belgian museums. Each of these artists, who are of different generations, starts out from the tradition of the portrait and goes in great depth into viewing the model and into the look he or she returns. This results in portraits that are embedded in the personal, societal, political and cultural environment and the period in which the artists live and work. The title of the exhibition is taken from These Strangers in a Foreign World, a poem by Emily Dickinson (1830-86), and accentuates the relationship with the Other: These Strangers, in a Foreign World, Protection asked of me – Befriend them, lest Yourself in Heaven Be found a Refugee – In the course of art history, painting has ... More

Major Sarah Oppenheimer sculptural intervention debuts at Pérez Art Museum Miami   Block Museum presents first major retrospective of artist Tseng Kwong Chi   Snap Galleries exhibits John d Green's photographs from his legendary book "Birds of Britain"

Sarah Oppenheimer, 33-D, 2014. Aluminum, glass, and architecture Dimensions variable. Installation view: Kunsthaus Baselland. Courtesy of the artist and von Bartha. Photo by Serge Hasenböhler.

MIAMI, FLA.- Pérez Art Museum Miami debuted S281913, a major new work by Sarah Oppenheimer on view until April 30, 2017. Bridging art, architecture, and engineering, Oppenheimer’s intensive spatial modifications generate astonishing effects that both scramble and clarify our understanding of the buildings we inhabit, providing not only new ways of looking, but a new set of philosophical considerations with which to approach the built environment. For her new project, commissioned by PAMM, Oppenheimer reorients the array of staggered exhibition spaces on the museum’s second floor. S-281913 consists of two architectural “switches”: rotating glass elements that alternate in transparency and reflectivity in relation to lighting conditions and ... More

Tseng Kwong Chi, Andy Warhol (New York), c. 1986 (detail), from the Portraits of the Artists series. C-print, printed 2015, 30 x 30 in. Courtesy © Muna Tseng Dance Projects, Inc., New York, and Eric Firestone Gallery, East Hampton, New York.

Born in Hong Kong, educated in Vancouver and Paris, and later based in New York City, Tseng Kwong Chi (1950–1990) produced a large body of witty, playful, performance-based photography that both captured the pivotal downtown Manhattan art and club scenes of the 1980s and reflected the increasingly globalized movement of people across nations and continents. Tseng called himself an "inquisitive traveler, a witness of my time and an ambiguous ambassador." His works alternately function as witness to his life and community and as wry social commentary, raising critical questions about identity and culture. Tseng Kwong Chi: Performing for the Camera, on view at Northwestern University Block Museum of Art from September ... More

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LONDON.- John d Green’s photographs from his legendary book Birds of Britain, published in 1967 and long out of print, are the subject of a major new exhibition. For the first time anywhere in the world, fifty years after John’s original photo-sessions for the book, Snap Galleries are hosting an exhibition of photographs from his Birds of Britain archive at their central London gallery. The gallery exhibition features a selection of images from the original book, alongside a number of previously unpublished photographs. John d Green has never before offered collectors the opportunity to own limited edition photographs from his Birds of Britain archives – until now. John’s signed limited editions are available to purchase in a range of physical sizes to suit every wall space, and edition sizes are small. You can see them here, along with some information on The Big Book of Birds of Britain, the new ultra-large-forma ... More

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Tyler Museum of Art spotlights Christo and Jeanne-Claude
TYLER, YX.- The Tyler Museum of Art spotlights the process behind 35 years of massive environmental projects throughout the world with its next major exhibition, Christo and Jeanne-Claude: The Tom Golden Collection. Featuring more than 50 collages, photographs, drawings and objects spotlighting the couple’s legendary career, the exhibition opened to the public on Sunday, Oct. 2 and continues through Jan. 8, 2017 at the TMA, 1300 S. Mahon Ave. on the Tyler Junior College main campus. Organized by the Sonoma County Museum in Santa Rosa, Calif., the exhibition surveys the career of Christo and his late wife Jeanne-Claude through small-scale pieces made between 1962 and 2000 that have functioned both as plans for large-scale outdoor installations and as sale items to fund their major projects. The collection features design sketches for several projects that still ... More

"Catherine Opie: 700 Nimes Road" opens at the George Eastman Museum
ROCHESTER, NY.- Catherine Opie: 700 Nimes Road is on view at the George Eastman Museum from October 1, 2016 through January 8, 2017. The exhibition presents recent work by Los Angeles–based artist Catherine Opie, one of the essential figures in contemporary photography. Opie’s photographs of the rooms, closets, shoes, clothing, and jewelry of Elizabeth Taylor (1932–2011) create an indirect yet intimate portrait of a life defined by wealth and fame. Taken over the course of six months at the Bel Air, California, residence of screen star and cultural icon Elizabeth Taylor, the photographs in the exhibition are selected from two of Opie’s series, Closets and Jewels and 700 Nimes Road. Inspired by William Eggleston’s images of Elvis Presley’s Memphis estate, Graceland, Opie creates a portrait of Taylor from her personal space and mementos. “As one of the preeminent ... More

Latest collection of new work by South African painter Ryan Hewett on view at Unit London
LONDON.- Unit London presents the latest collection of new work by South African painter Ryan Hewett. Following two sell-out solo shows at the innovative Soho gallery, Hewett’s vivid and visceral new direction looks set to further his reputation as one of South Africa’s most exciting and dynamic young artists. Untitled (2015) saw Hewett create semi-abstract representations of famous and infamous figures, ranging from Abraham Lincoln and Nelson Mandela to Osama Bin Laden and Adolf Hitler. Thick layers of paint would be applied before being scraped and smeared to reveal vestigial images of the iconic figures beneath. One of the key works in Hewett’s 2016 Satellite exhibition (Samuel, below left), saw flat, monotone colour punctuated by bold strokes of paint, suggesting a bold new direction. With an instinctive interest in mark-making, Hewett’s continued fixation ... More

Kunsthal Rotterdam throws new light on contemporary African design
ROTTERDAM.- This autumn the Kunsthal Rotterdam throws new light on contemporary African design. With work by more than 120 artists and designers, ‘Making Africa’ shows how design is related to the economic and political changes of the African continent and even contributes to these changes. The exhibition focuses on a new generation of creative minds whose experimental approach and fluency in using new media introduce the world to a new vision of Africa. The artists often work at the same time in different disciplines and welcome the opportunity to break with existing conventions. ‘Making Africa’ provides a surprising, amusing and lively picture of design in the widest sense of the word. The eyewear sculptures by the Kenyan Cyrus Kabiru are made from objects he found in the street, from sponges to screws. His ‘Cstunners’show us that our view of the world ... More

Galerie Dukan exhibits works by Miriam Vlaming
PARIS.- Galerie Dukan is presenting Miriam Vlaming’s (1971) first solo show «Eden». Miriam Vlaming, one of the most important representatives of the “Neue Leipziger Schule”, was born in 1971 in Hilden, close to Düsseldorf. In 1991 she started studying Educational Science, Psychology and Sociology at the Heinrich-Heine-University in Düsseldorf. However, in the course of time Miriam got more and more attracted to art and therefore, she decided to transfer to the University of Graphic and Book Arts in Leipzig. She was even lectured by Arno Rink, one of the great masters of the “Neue Leipziger Schule”. In 1999 Miriam graduates with distinction and becomes Rink’s master student for two years. Owing to her training and figurative adjusted work she gets ascribed to the “Neue Leipziger Schule”, just as Neo Rauch and Matthias Weischer for instance. However, ... More

Indianapolis Museum of Art showcases powerful video by artist Mariam Ghani
INDIANAPOLIS, IN.- A powerful work by video artist Mariam Ghani is now on display at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Created in response to the social unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014, The City & The City acts as an arresting commentary on the critical issues of our time. Narrated from the perspective of a murdered character, the video uses the environment of St. Louis to explore the themes of China Miéville’s noir novel of the same name. The novel portrays a city so fractured that it is effectively perceived and experienced by its residents as two separate cities. Ghani’s video, The City & The City (2015), serves as a modern allegory for the way many racially and economically divided cities often function. Repeated imagery of broken mirrors and abandoned buildings is used to symbolize the social divisions, inequalities and violence plaguing many modern American cities, ... More

Sharjah Art Foundation presents strong lineup of fall exhibitions
SHARJAH.- Sharjah Art Foundation presents a strong lineup of exhibitions in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, throughout Fall 2016, including solo shows by Arnulf Rainer, Kamal Youssef, Enrico David, Robert Breer, Yayoi Kusama, Kamala Ishaq and Amir Nour. Also on view is a major exhibition in Cairo titled When Arts Become Liberty: The Egyptian Surrealists (1938-1965), organised by Sharjah Art Foundation and the Ministry of Culture in Egypt. Building upon a 2015 international conference organised by Sharjah Art Foundation in collaboration with the Institute for Comparative Modernities at Cornell University and the Visual Cultures Program at the American University in Cairo, this exhibition includes more than 150 works selected from important public and private collections both in Egypt and abroad. Vantage Point Sharjah 4 (VPS4), the fourth iteration of SAF’s annual ... More

Lars Bohman Gallery presents new works by Barbara Probst
STOCKHOLM.- Lars Bohman Gallery is presenting new works by Barbara Probst. The exhibition 12 Moments is the artist’s third solo exhibition at the gallery. Throughout her artistry Probst has examined photography as a medium and as a practice. She introduces a space where the use of imagery creates a sense of familiarity, while simultaneously persisted as elusive. The works give rise to a diverse set of associations extending across surveillance film, fashion photography and street photography. There are also references to the French New Wave and Italian neorealism throughout her work. In some sense it is at this intersection, between the films moving picture and the static photograph that her images activate. She charges from the photographs inherent limitations in a deconstructive examination of the medium and its truth claims. Probst moves back and forth between ... More

Lock-up to library: France reinvents its decrepit prisons
RENNES (AFP).- The ad on the French finance ministry website is deadpan and succinct: "For sale: late 19th century prison in the centre of Grasse, 1,277.42 square metres (13,750 square feet). No garage or parking space. Needs renovating." Prospective buyers of the site in southeast France are required to lodge a deposit of 50,000 euros ($56,000). There are around 10 such notices for defunct prisons on the website, testament to a growing trend that has seen many urban jails turned into social housing or concert halls. Since many are protected buildings they cannot be demolished. But this means those that find no buyer are left to rot. Reprimanded at the European level for its overpopulated and dilapidated jails, over the past 15 years France has been busy modernising its prison stock. This process has been given added urgency by growing fears about the spread ... More

Works by Lydia Okumura and Rodney McMillan on view at The UB Art Galleries
BUFFALO, NY.- The UB Art Galleries announces its fall exhibitions Lydia Okumura: Situations and SCREEN PROJECTS: Rodney McMillan. Lydia Okumura: Situations is the first solo museum exhibition of the Brazilian-born artist. Spanning both the UB Art Gallery, Center for the Arts and the UB Anderson Gallery, this exhibition showcases work dating from 1972 through today. The exhibition is a survey of Okumura’s career, showcasing her dynamic installations, indoor and outdoor sculptures and works on paper. Known widely in Brazil for her spatially engaging work, Okumura remains underrecognized in her adopted country of the United States. She actively challenges viewers to question their perception of space through sculptures, installations and works on paper that blur the line between two and three-dimensions. Utilizing simple materials such as string, glass and paint, her work ... More

Lin Emery's kinetic sculptures on view at Georgia Museum of Art
ATHENS, GA.- The Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia hosts the exhibition “Driving Forces: Sculpture by Lin Emery” from October 1, 2016, to April 2, 2017. Four of Emery’s large kinetic sculptures can be seen outside in the Jane and Harry Willson Sculpture Garden, and five smaller sculptures are inside in the Alonzo and Vallye Dudley Gallery. Emery uses polished or brushed aluminum in her sculptures, which she designs to move gently in the wind. She takes inspiration from music, dance and natural forms, especially flowers and trees. Her work can be found throughout the city of New Orleans, her home for many years. Annelies Mondi, the museum’s deputy director of the museum and curator of the exhibition, came upon Emery’s work while in New Orleans. Mondi said, “It was incredible. She really is a big part of the city, and that intrigued me.” Playwright ... More

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On a day like today, French painter Pierre Bonnard was born
August 03, 1867. Pierre Bonnard (3 October 1867 - 23 January 1947) was a French painter and printmaker, as well as a founding member of the Post-Impressionist group of avant-garde painters Les Nabis. Bonnard preferred to work from memory, using drawings as a reference, and his paintings are often characterized by a dreamlike quality. The intimate domestic scenes, for which he is perhaps best known, often include his wife Marthe de Meligny. In this image: Pierre Bonnard, "Dancers," 1896. Oil on cardboard. 28 x 36 cm. Musée d'Orsay © 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.

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