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Portraits of artists from Rubens to Freud on display at The Queen's Gallery in London

Assistant Curator of Paintings Lucy Peter admires Rembrandt's Self-Portrait in a Flat Cap, on display at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace in Portrait of the Artist. Royal Collection Trust / Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016.

LONDON.- Some of the finest portraits of artists, collected by monarchs since Charles I, are on display in an exhibition at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace. Portrait of the Artist explores the changing image of the creative genius from the 15th century to the present day through more than 150 works from the Royal Collection. It includes paintings and drawings by, and of, some of the world's greatest artists, including Rembrandt van Rijn, Sir Peter Paul Rubens and Leonardo da Vinci. For centuries images of artists have been a valuable commodity. Charles I was one of the first European monarchs to acquire them, including Artemisia Gentileschi's extraordinary Self-Portrait as the Allegory of Painting (La Pittura) (c.1638–9). Produced at the height of his fame, Rubens' self-portrait (1623) was given to Charles I by the artist as an apology for sending the King a work by studio assistants two years earlier. The painting h ... More

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Dia Art Foundation opens two new installations at Dia:Chelsea   British singer George Michael dies aged 53: publicist   Tragedy-hit Red Army Choir a fabled symbol of USSR and Russia

Kishio Suga, installation view, 541 West 22nd Street, New York City. Photo: Bill Jacobson Studio, New York. Courtesy Dia Art Foundation, New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- Dia Art Foundation is presenting two new installations at Dia:Chelsea. Kishio Suga is on view until April 2, 2017 and Hanne Darboven’s Kulturgeschichte 1880–1983 (Cultural History 1880–1983, 1980–83) is on view until July 30, 2017. These new programs continue to demonstrate Dia’s commitment to presenting artworks that invite sustained interest and contemplation from visitors, scholars, and artists alike. Additionally, they trace relationships, formal dialogues, and conceptual parallels among international artistic practices that are historically and intellectually linked to Dia’s focused collection of art from the 1960s and 1970s. Dia is presenting an exhibition of Kishio Suga’s work at Dia:Chelsea at 541 West 22nd Street in New York City. Suga is a founding member of Mono-ha ... More

This file photo taken on May 8, 2007 shows British pop star George Michael (L) arriving at Brent Magistrates Court in west London. CHRIS YOUNG / AFP.

LONDON (AFP).- British pop singer George Michael, who rose to fame with the band Wham! and sold more than 100 million albums in his career, has died aged 53, his publicist said on Sunday. "It is with great sadness that we can confirm our beloved son, brother and friend George passed away peacefully at home over the Christmas period," his publicist said in a statement. "The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage," the publicist said. Thames Valley Police said the ambulance service had attended a property in Goring in Oxfordshire, where the singer lived, at 1342 GMT on Sunday, the BBC reported. They said they were treating the death as unexplained but there were no suspicious ... More

This file photo taken on April 19, 2006 shows the Red Army Choir performing in Rabat at the Mohammed VI theatre. ABDELHAK SENNA / AFP.

MOSCOW (AFP).- The acclaimed Red Army Choir, which lost 64 members in a plane crash Sunday, has been a potent symbol for projecting Moscow's military and artistic prowess to millions across the globe. Founded in 1928, the military Alexandrov Ensemble, more widely known as the Red Army Choir, has for decades showcased its repertoire of famed Russian folksongs and spiritual music on the global stage. The booming baritones and melodies of the all-male choir -- performing in their pristine army uniforms -- presented a human face to many beyond the Iron Curtain of the Soviet Union's fearsome Red Army that swept across Europe as part of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. During the Cold War period, when the USSR and the West were locked in a nuclear standoff, the ... More

Gagosian Paris exhibits two floor sculptures and a set of related drawings by Walter De Maria   60 paintings, watercolors, and drawings by Hans Hofmann on view at Kunsthalle Bielefeld   Art Gallery of New South Wales exhibits nude art from the Tate Collection

Installation views Gagosian Le Bourget October 17, 2016 – February 11, 2017 The Estate of Walter De Maria. Courtesy Gagosian. Photo by Thomas Lannes.

PARIS.- Gagosian is presenting two floor sculptures and a set of related drawings by Walter De Maria. This is the first solo exhibition of De Maria’s work at Gagosian Paris, and it has been prepared in collaboration with the estate of Walter De Maria. A vanguard force within four major art historical movements—minimalism, conceptual art, land art, and installation art—De Maria’s oeuvre uses mathematical absolutes and elements of the sublime to push the boundaries of the traditional white cube. In the early 1990s, De Maria conceived of, and partially constructed, Truth / Beauty, a series of fourteen sculptures in seven pairs. Completed after De Maria’s death by the Estate according to his vision, the series expands upon his use of permutations of rods, polygons, and numerical sequences intended to be viewed in a counterclockwise progression. Each pair consists of two arrangements of four rods placed ... More

Hans Hofmann, Ecstasy, 1947. l auf Leinwand, 173,4 x 152,4 cm. University of California, Berkeley Art Museum und Pacific Film Archive. Schenkung von Hans Hofmann, 1963 JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., and Patricia A. Gallagher, Trustees of the Renate, Hans and Maria Hofmann Trust.

BIELEFELD .- The exhibition Creation in Form and Color: Hans Hofmann is a collaborative project by the Berkeley Art Museum, the Pacific Film Archive at the University of California (BAMPFA), and the Kunsthalle Bielefeld. It is based on a precise selection of approximately 60 paintings, watercolors, and drawings that span the artist’s entire career from the 1920s to the early 1960s. The show includes works on loan from the Berkeley Art Museum, as well as from prominent American and European museums and private collections. One of the exhibit’s particular goals is to examine Hans Hofmann before the backdrop of his European tradition in his role as an important artist and teacher of 20th century American modernism. Additionally, the show weighs his exploration ... More

Cindy Sherman (B 1954), Untitled 1982. Chromogenic colour print 114.3 x 76.2 cm Tate: Purchased 1983 Courtesy Cindy Sherman and Metro Pictures Image Tate, London 2016.

SYDNEY.- Nude: art from the Tate Collection at the Art Gallery of New South Wales tells the story of the nude through more than 100 powerful artworks spanning two centuries, as part of the Sydney International Art Series 2016-2017. The evolution of the nude in Western art is a story of beauty and desire, eroticism and tenderness as well as scandal. From the history paintings of the 19th century to the body politics of contemporary art, Nude: art from the Tate collection brings together the works of renowned artists who have depicted the naked body including JMW Turner, Sir Hamo Thornycroft, Auguste Rodin, Pierre Bonnard, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Louise Bourgeois, Barkley Hendricks, Rineke Dijkstra, John Currin, Sarah Lucas and Ron Mueck. Many of the works, loaned from the distinguished collection of Tate, London are being exhibited in Australia for ... More

Exhibition of works by Santiago Montoya on view in Washington   Lisson Gallery will bring the first major solo exhibition by Julian Opie to China   Cinthia Marcelle's first solo exhibition in New York on view at MoMA PS1

Latitude IV, Paper money on stainless steel, 2014, 150 cm x 206 cm x 6.5 cm – Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. (detail).

WASHINGTON, DC.- The Organization of American States (OAS) AMA | Art Museum of the Americas in collaboration with the Halcyon Gallery, London present The Great Swindle: Works by Santiago Montoya, an exhibition curated by Jos Luis Falconi as part of AMAs temporary exhibitions program showcasing contemporary artists of OAS member countries. AMA is part of the OASs Secretariat for Hemispheric Affair, and its work is based on the principle that the arts are transformative for individuals and communities, as visual components reflecting the four pillars of the OAS: democracy, human rights, security and development. Colombian artist Santiago Montoya (b. 1974) uses paper currency as the base for his work, re-contextualizing one of our most basic and intimate relationships: the relationship with money. Comprised of works that Montoya has made over the last ten years, The Great Swindle exhibition at ... More

Julian Opie, Julian, 2012. Mosaic tiles Julian Opie; Courtesy Julian Opie and Lisson Gallery London.

SHANGHAI.- Lisson Gallery, in collaboration with Fosun Foundation, brings the first major solo exhibition by British artist Julian Opie to China. Opening in March 2017, the exhibition will be the held at the new Fosun Foundation building, co-designed by Foster + Partners and Heatherwick Studio, located in the Bund Financial Center (BFC) in Shanghai. The exhibition covers two floors of the Fosun Foundation, featuring over 50 works, many made especially for the exhibition, including paintings, sculptures, mosaics, tapestries, wall drawings and LED and LCD films. With public commissions from Seoul to New York, Luxembourg to Zurich and an uninterrupted flow of large museum exhibitions internationally, the work of Julian Opie is known throughout the world. Opie's distinctive formal language is instantly recognisable and reflects his artistic preoccupation with the idea of representation, and the means by which images are perceived and understo ... More

Study for Education by Stone (Educao pela pedra) (detail). 2016. Chalk.

LONG ISLAND CITY, NY.- Projects 105: Education by Stone (Educao pela pedra, 2016), is a site-specific installation by Cinthia Marcelle (b. Brazil, 1974). It is the artist’s first solo exhibition in New York. Marcelle is known for her installations, performances, and videos, which stage forms of labor emptied of productivity. Through this engagement with everyday activities that constitute labor she examines the forms that work can take in a given economic system and its role in the process of producing art. To create the work presented in MoMA PS1's Duplex Gallery, Marcelle collaborated with a team of installers to lodge 20,000 sticks of chalk into the fissures in the grout of the towering brick walls of the gallery in the former school building. When brick and cement collide with chalk, a material once used to teach students, the result is a fragile and unstable composition that transforms the uneven openings on the gallery walls into allegories of th ... More

David 'Chim' Seymour's 'Children of Europe' series on display for the first time in the UK   Immersive installation by Nick Cave on view at MASS MoCA   North Carolina Museum of Art installs two sculptures by Mark di Suvero in Museum Park

Italy, 1948 David Seymour/Magnum Photos.

LONDON.- Vintage photographs from David ‘Chim’ Seymour’s ‘Children of Europe’ series are on display for the first time in the UK. Chim was commissioned by UNICEF following World War II to document the conflict’s impact on children and the resulting photographs drew attention to war’s most vulnerable victims. Also on show are rare vintage prints by Inge Morath, Henri Cartier-Bresson, David ‘Chim’ Seymour and Elliott Erwitt from the 1954 project ‘Children’s World’, displayed alongside caption sheets and magazine spreads from the project. Magnum Photos was founded to allow photographers the freedom to pursue their own interests and causes, but alongside this the agency has consistently explored innovative collaborative projects with a global reach. One such project was ‘Children’s world’ published in Holiday magazine in three parts in 1955 and 1956 examined the lives of children in Uganda, Lapland, France, Cuba, Italy, Engl ... More

View of Nick Cave, Until, MASS MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts, 2016. Photo: Douglas Mason.

NORTH ADAMS, MASS.- Nick Cave, the Chicago-based artist celebrated for his wearable sculptures called "Soundsuits," turns expectations inside out at MASS MoCA in a new immersive installation titled Until. Using MASS MoCA’s signature football field-sized gallery, Cave creates his largest, most complex, and politically poignant installation to date. “This is me putting you into the belly of a Soundsuit,” he told The New York Times. “It’s me grabbing you by the hand and saying, ‘Let’s jump into the Soundsuit.'” Often seen as celebrations of movement and material, Cave’s first Soundsuit, made out of twigs, was a direct response to the Rodney King beating, a visual image about social justice that was both brutal and empowering. Until—a play on the phrase “innocent until proven guilty,” or in this case “guilty until proven innocent”—addresses issues of gun ... More

Mark di Suvero, Ulalu, 2001, stainless steel, painted steel, 26' 7" h x 30' w x 15' d, 2016 Mark di Suvero. Photo courtesy of the North Carolina Museum of Art.

RALEIGH, NC.- “We’re thrilled to install not one but two of Mark di Suvero’s striking, vibrant, and imaginative sculptures at the NCMA,” says Linda Dougherty, the Museum’s chief curator and curator of contemporary art. “These sculptures—appearing to defy gravity with a tremendous sense of dynamism, energy, and movement—will be a perfect addition to the Park, engaging with both the landscape and our visitors.” Internationally renowned for the monumental steel sculptures he has created for over five decades, Di Suvero employs the industrial tools of cutting and welding torches and cranes to create massive, architectural works out of steel I-beams. The improbable angles and sharp lines of his constructions, like giant 3-D drawings, activate the landscapes they are placed in with enormous, forceful, sweeping gestures. Playing with ... More

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Joëlle Tuerlinckx's first major show at a museum on view at Kunstmuseum Basel
BASEL.- The Kunstmuseum Basel | Gegenwart is presenting a solo exhibition of work by Jolle Tuerlinckx. The artist, who was born in Brussels in 1958, has undertaken an extensive examination of the museum and the surrounding urban fabric, creating numerous new pieces that take up the entire ground-floor gallery. The display includes a series of circular assemblages made out of materials such as paper, fabric, plastics, paint, and acrylic glass; the disc-shaped constructs appear scattered across the gallery floor. The motifs derive from Tuerlinckx’s notes and integrate found objects gleaned in her day-to-day life: the gold-colored aluminum lamination of an ordinary cake board, for example, is transformed in the exhibition into a colorful circle measuring more than thirteen feet in diameter that invites the viewer to contemplate the meanings of gold, money, color, and value. ... More

Art market predictions for 2017 from the managing director of Sworders Fine art Auctioneers
STANSTED MOUNTFITCHE.- Politically, 2016 has been one of the most dramatic years of recent times, as it has also been for the art market. This follows on from a long period of increasing globalisation, largely thanks to the internet, with art market prices often outstripping other forms of investment. The more art has been seen as an alternative asset, the more scrutiny it has attracted from law enforcement and governments, especially those who believe there is a risk that the unscrupulous will use art to further their illegal aims, whether in the pursuit of money laundering, terrorism or the drugs trade. Fortunately, in many ways the market is thriving more than ever before, and it remains one of the most exciting and rewarding fields in which to operate. Unfortunately, plenty of people, many of them with little or no understanding of the art market and what it has to offer, ... More

The Graphic Design Festival: A new meeting point in Paris
PARIS.- Following the 3 previous Fte du graphisme , D’Days and Artevia are co-producing a new event – free for everyone – designed to showcase the diversity, richness and dynamism of this multi-faceted discipline and its eclectic actors. Beyond posters, books and printed materials, graphic design is everywhere in our daily lives: web, magazines, teaching, textiles, advertising, visual identity, signage, packaging… Graphic designers play an important role in shaping our social and intimate lives, across private and public space. The images and signs that they create inform the messages that we are constantly receiving. They are by nature constrained. Only a small margin for manœuvre. Not just constraints but many sorts of constraints, of a large variety. On this canvas, they work like madmen. Everyone has their own method. Everyone shouts they they live anyway. ... More

Mona exhibition explores the biology behind why we make art
HOBART.- The Museum of Old and New Art in Tasmania, Australia, presents On the Origin of Art: a new major exhibition that has invited four world-renowned scientists and evolutionary theorists to explore the universal human drivers behind why we make art. Running from 5 November 2016 - 17 April 2017, On the Origin of Art focuses on a central question: is art adaptive? In other words, has art helped humans to survive and to procreate in some way? Has the tendency to make and appreciate art been handed down, generation by generation, through evolutionary time? In this exhibition, Steven Pinker, Brian Boyd, Geoffrey Miller and Mark Changizi, have each applied their scientific methodology to answer this central question. Each worked with Mona to curate a segment of the exhibition according to their individual theory. The result is four very different explorations, ... More

Art Dealers Association of America announces The Art Show 2017 exhibitors
NEW YORK, NY.- The Art Dealers Association of America announced the exhibitors and highlights for its 29th annual edition of The Art Show, the nation’s most respected and longest-running fine art fair. Held annually in New York at the Park Avenue Armory, the 2017 edition will take place on March 1-5, 2017, with a Gala Preview on February 28, to benefit the Henry Street Settlement. Organized by the ADAA, a nonprofit membership organization of art dealers across the country, The Art Show offers collectors, art professionals, and the public the opportunity to engage with artworks of the highest quality through thoughtfully curated presentations that encourage close looking and active conversation with the nation’s leading art gallerists. Each year, ADAA members wishing to participate submit proposals that outline inventive curatorial concepts for single artist, ... More

Artists announced for Photo50 at London Art Fair 2017: 'Gravitas' curated by Christiane Monarchi
LONDON.- Thirteen photographic and lens-based artists have been selected for Photo50 at London Art Fair 2017. Entitled ‘Gravitas’, this year’s edition is curated by Christiane Monarchi, founding editor of the online magazine Photomonitor. The annual, guest-curated exhibition provides a critical showcase of some of the most innovative and distinctive elements of contemporary photographic practice. ‘Gravitas’ is inspired by the Latin word denoting ‘depth of character’ or ‘solemnity’, and associated with the transition of the ancient Roman youth from boyhood to adult life. The 50 works presented in Photo50 provide a window into the worlds of adults-in-waiting, framing fleeting moments in their development between childhood and maturity with lived experience and memory. Potential narratives encompass a vast range of themes including identity formation, play, mental health, ob ... More

World's largest rare book fair celebrates 50th anniversary
OAKLAND, CA.- The 50th California International Antiquarian Book Fair, recognized as one of the world's largest and most prestigious exhibitions of antiquarian books, returns to Northern California to celebrate its 50th Anniversary, Friday, February 10 through Sunday, February 12, 2017 at the Oakland Marriott City Center. Sponsored by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (ABAA) and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) and featuring the collections and rare treasures of nearly 200 booksellers from over 20 countries around the world, the three-day Fair gives visitors the opportunity to see, learn about and purchase the finest in rare and valuable books, manuscripts, maps, autographs, graphics, photographs, fine bindings; children's and illustrated books, and ephemera from many centuries and countries. This year’s Book ... More

Belvedere exhibits works by Kurt Hpfner and Hubert Scheibl
VIENNA.- The 21er Haus honors the lifetime achievement of Austrian artist Kurt Hpfner (born 1930 in Vienna) with his first solo exhibition at a museum. His works are on display until January 29, 2017 at the museum’s lower level. The exhibition presents a cross-section of key periods of the artist, who is still active to this day. The works shown include his graphic beginnings, his drawings, his distinctive assemblage works from the 1970s, as well as the small sculptures that characterize his work from the mid-1980s onward. Most of the works on display come from a generous donation to the Belvedere from a private collection. Starting out as a commercial artist and caricaturist in the early 1960s, Kurt Hpfner then developed a complex independent body of work. After an influential visit to the exhibition Pop etc. in 1964 at the former 20er Haus, his drawings, paintings, ... More

Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea exhibits Wael Shawky retrospective
RIVOLI.- The retrospective of Wael Shawky (Alexandria, Egypt, 1971), held at the Castello di Rivoli, presents a series of film works, sculptures, and new wooden high-reliefs inspired by the Crusades and narrated from an Arab rather than a European point of view. The artist transforms the space of the Manica Lunga, whose walls have been painted blue, into a spectacular stage design. The exhibition itinerary, unfolding across a construction of towers inside of which Cabaret Crusades: The Horror Show File (2010) is screened, leads visitors towards a hanging garden with twenty-six sculptures on display at the sides. Then there is another construction that calls to mind a minaret: inside, Cabaret Crusades: The Path to Cairo (2012) is shown. The exhibition continues with a series of photographs of marionettes and ends with the third video in the trilogy, The Secrets ... More

Pets of all types take over the National Portrait Gallery
CANBERRA.- It is not every day that a national gallery turns its walls over to the animal companions that bring unconditional love and joy to their owners but this summer the National Portrait Gallery has opened the doors to 15 contemporary artists with very different ways of depicting our furry, feathered and scaled pets. The Popular Pet Show features more than 160 portraits, many large scale paintings, of famous and obscure Australians and their pets by contemporary artists Nicholas Harding, Lucy Culliton, Darren McDonald, Anna Culliton, Fiona McMonagle, Ken Done, Noel McKenna, Graeme Drendel, Robyn Sweaney, Kristin Headlam, Shen Jiawei, Jude Rae, William Robinson, Janet Dawson and Davida Allen. Curator of the show Dr Sarah Engledow is excited to present an exhibition that everyone can enjoy. ‘My intention for the show is to bring together a collection of works ... More

Glitterati publishes Frozen in Time by Sarah C. Butler
NEW YORK, NY.- Frozen in Time by American fine art photographer Sarah C. Butler (Glitterati, January 2017) is an exquisite and deeply personal photographic narrative chronicling the turbulent relationship between Butler and her mother set in the serene surroundings of her mother's beautiful but dilapidated Maine home that had been abandoned for 25 years when she purchased it. At once stunning and heart-wrenching, Butler's luminous photographs tell a poignant story of coming to terms with her mother in a way that is both intimate and universally relatable. Drawn to reconnect with her mother after a long estrangement, Butler found that taking photographs of the partially restored Maine farmhouse where the older woman chose to live ultimately gave her the perspective to understand and respect her mother's choices. The images Butler made there are striking ... More

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On a day like today, French painter Maurice Utrillo was born
August 26, 1883. Maurice Utrillo (26 December 1883 - 5 November 1955), was a French painter who specialized in cityscapes. Born in the Montmartre quarter of Paris, France, Utrillo is one of the few famous painters of Montmartre who was born there. In this image: Maurice Utrillo, Ruelle des Gobelins Paris, 1921, oil on canvas, signed and dated lower right Maurice, Utrillo, V, Mars 1921, signed, dated and titled on the reverse Maurice Utrillo, V, Mars 1921, 65 x 92 cm.

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