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Exhibition chronicles art during the decade following the Wall Street Crash of 1929

For the very first time, Grant Wood’s iconic painting American Gothic, 1930 (Art Institute of Chicago), is being exhibited outside North America.

LONDON.- The Royal Academy of Arts presents America after the Fall: Painting in the 1930s, an exhibition chronicling the turbulent economic, political and aesthetic climate that dominated the decade following the Wall Street Crash of 1929. Drawn from collections across the USA, America after the Fall showcases forty-five seminal paintings by some of the foremost artists of the era. For the very first time, Grant Wood’s iconic painting American Gothic, 1930 (Art Institute of Chicago), is being exhibited outside North America. The exhibition also features works by Thomas Hart Benton, Georgia O’Keefe, Philip Guston, Edward Hopper, Alice Neel and Jackson Pollock. The devastating impact of the Great Depression, brought about by the Wall Street Crash and followed by the Dust Bowl, caused America to enter the 1930s in flux. Over the next decade, the consequences of economic insecurity and social hardship, fuelled by mass urbanisat ... More

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First exhibition dedicated to the work of Pablo Picasso and Alberto Giacometti opens in Doha   Tampa Museum of Art opens 'Alex Katz: Black and White'   Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris exhibits works by Karel Appel

Alberto Giacometti, Self-portrait, circa 1923 (detail). Kunsthaus Zürich

DOHA.- Qatar Museums in collaboration with the Musée National Picasso and the Fondation Giacometti, present the first exhibition dedicated to the work of two of the most important artists of the twentieth century, Pablo Picasso and Alberto Giacometti, at the Fire Station Artist in Residence in Doha, Qatar. The exhibition, which is the first to show these artists in the Middle East, runs from 22 February – 21 May 2017. This major exhibition, curated by Catherine Grenier, Director of the Fondation Giacometti, with Associate Curators, Serena Bucalo-Mussely and Virginie Perdrisot, brings together more than 80 works by these two artists drawn from the collections of the Musée National Picasso and the Fondation Giacometti in Paris, as well as exceptional loans from French and other international collections, covering paintings, sculptures and drawings. The exhibition reflects two years of research undertaken by the Fondation ... More

Alex Katz (American, b. 1927), Christine, 2013. Photoengraving and aquatint. Edition HC 1 of 2. Courtesy of Lococo Fine Art Publisher Art .© Alex Katz/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.

TAMPA, FLA.- The Tampa Museum of Art is presenting a survey of black and white works by the legendary artist Alex Katz (American, b. 1927). This exhibition features Katz’s signature portraits of family and friends, renderings of Maine’s countryside, and ephemeral still lifes. The stark contrasts in light and shadow, as well as the emphasis on line and form, illustrate the beauty of Katz’s reductive black and white landscapes and figurative work. A select group of color works illustrate the relationship between Katz’s vibrant palette and the graphic quality of his black and white prints. Joanna Robotham, Curator of contemporary and Modern Art, stated, “I am thrilled the Tampa Museum of Art will present this important survey of Alex Katz’s black and white works. One of today’s most revered artists, Katz continues to create iconic portraits ... More

Effroi dans l’herbe, 1947. Huile sur toile, 95  70 cm. Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris © Karel Appel Foundation / ADAGP, Paris 2017.

PARIS.- Taking as its starting point a remarkable group of twenty-one paintings and sculptures donated by the Karel Appel Foundation in Amsterdam, the Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris is presenting an exhibition covering the artist's entire career, from the CoBrA years to his death in 2006. The cosmopolitan Dutch artist Karel Appel is known as one of the founding members of the CoBrA group, created in Paris in 1948 and self-dissolved in 1951. With members including Asger Jorn and Pierre Alechinsky, CoBrA set out to eclipse such contemporary academic forms as abstract art, which they saw as too rigid and rational. They proposed instead a spontaneous, experimental art that included various practices inspired by Primitivism. They were especially drawn to children's drawings and the art of the mentally disturbed, and held fast to the international aspirations ... More

From Tokyo to USA: Kusama's eternal love of polka dots   Steven Kasher Gallery presents works by three masters of erotic photography   The Schirn Kunsthalle opens first retrospective of Richard Gerstl's work in Germany

Yayoi Kusama, Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity, 2009. Wood, mirror, plastic, acrylic, LED, black glass, and aluminum. Collection of the artist. Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore; Victoria Miro, London; David Zwirner, New York. © Yayoi Kusama.

WASHINGTON (AFP).- She has two major exhibitions opening simultaneously in Japan and the United States at the venerable age of 87 -- but Yayoi Kusama is nowhere near her last hurrah. Living and creating are inseparable for the red-wigged avant-garde Japanese artist, as she explained to reporters in Tokyo on the eve of her show opening at the National Art Center. "I'm grappling with creating art from morning to night every day," Kusama said, sitting in a wheelchair wearing a kimono with one of her trademark yellow and black polka dot patterns. "I want to create with a serious mind as long as my life continues." Kusama has authored no less than 520 pieces as part of her ongoing "My Eternal Soul" painting and sculpture series that began in 2009. And that's only one of many projects in this ... More

Sam Haskins, Untitled (from Cowboy Kate series), ca. 1963 (detail). Vintage gelatin silver print, printed ca. 1963. 9 7/8 x 12 1/8 in.

NEW YORK, NY.- Steven Kasher Gallery is presenting Three Masters of Erotic Photography, a survey of black and white nudes from the 1960s, by celebrated photographers Sam Haskins, Francis Giacobetti, and Kishin Shinoyama. The show reunites three artists featured in the controversial exhibition and book Vier Meister der Erotischen Fotografie (Four Masters of Erotic Photography), which debuted at Cologne’s Photokina in 1970. It includes over 50 vintage photographic prints collected and published by the late Walther H. Schünemann and rediscovered by his son after five decades in storage. The prints in this exhibition include the most revolutionary and most iconic work of each of the three photographers: the Cowboy Kate series of Haskins, the Birth, Death Valley and Twin series of Shinoyama, and the Jane Birkin portraits of Giacobetti. Haskins, ... More

Richard Gerstl Retrospective exhibition view © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2017, Photo: Norbert Miguletz.

FRANKFURT.- He is the “first Austrian Expressionist,” and for many still an insiders’ tip: the painter Richard Gerstl (1883–1908). He only lived to be 25 years old and yet he is mentioned in the same breath as the great masters of Viennese Modernism: Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, and Oskar Kokoschka. During his brief life Gerstl created an exciting and unusual, though relatively limited oeuvre with impressive highlights and pioneering innovations. From February 24 to May 14, 2017, the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt is presenting the first retrospective of Richard Gerstl’s work in Germany. His painting reflects his concern with the contradictions of modern art. He was a rebel whose paintings opposed the Vienna Secession in terms of both style and content; he rejected their concept of beauty and committed himself to an aesthetic of ugliness. Gerstl loved to provoke and painted against the traditional ... More

Exhibition centers on gender and feminist politics in the age of trans-identity   Jerusalem art show turns 'home' inside out   Rare Japanese woodblock prints on display in Poland

Andrea Bowers, Throwing Bricks (Johanna Saavedra), 2016. Archival pigment print. Image: 77 1/2 x 57 in (196.9 x 144.8 cm); frame: 78 3/4 x 58 3/4 x 2 1/4 in (200 x 149.2 x 5.7 cm). Image courtesy of the Artist and Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation announces The Intersectional Self, an exhibition centered on gender and feminist politics in the age of trans-identity, on view from February 9 through May 19, 2017. Featuring the work of Janine Antoni, Andrea Bowers, Patty Chang, Abigail deVille, Ana Mendieta, Catherine Opie, Adrian Piper, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Cindy Sherman, and Martha Wilson, The Intersectional Self questions how notions of femininity (and alternately, masculinity) have shifted in the context of newly defined gender identities, and how family structures have been reimagined and reshaped through relatively recent advances in reproductive medicine and evolving gender roles. Ultimately, The Intersectional Self examines how feminism in its many forms has changed the world as we know it. Sculpture and video works by Abigail DeVille and Andrea Bowers highlight ... More

A visitor looks at the "Untitled (Lipstick urinals)" installation by artist Rachel Lachowicz. MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP.

JERUSALEM (AFP).- A giant kitchen grater with menacing blades, an ironing board festooned with penises and Marcel Duchamp's repurposed urinal greet visitors to the Israel Museum's new show "No Place Like Home". The exhibition focuses on the reinterpretation of household objects in art, and takes Duchamp's jokey 1917 "Fountain" as its starting point. The 120 quirky and sometimes creepy exhibits are laid out in stark white spaces, identified as rooms of a home and labelled as entrance, living room, bathroom and others. It evokes the layout and "home" settings of furniture superstores such as Ikea, one of the event's sponsors. "It's the first time that the subject has been treated in this way, from the time of Duchamp up to today," said exhibition curator Adina Kamien-Kazhdan. "Domestic objects transformed by the artists in many ways are gathered in a quasi-house, a strange sort of house within the Israel Museum," she said. It also marks the centenary of Duchamp's piece of sanitary ware, considered an earl ... More

Shugo Asano, a Japanese specialist in the field of ukiyo-e painting and woodblock prints, watches one of the exhibits. Janek SKARZYNSKI / AFP.

WARSAW (AFP).- Polish-French art enthusiast Jerzy Leskowicz is obsessed with first-edition Japanese woodblock prints, and Katsushika Hokusai's iconic 19th-century "The Great Wave Off Kanagawa" is only one of many in his collection. Part of that collection goes on display this weekend in Poland at the National Museum in Warsaw, where visitors can also admire Utagawa Hiroshige's "A Sudden Shower over the Ohashi Bridge and Atake", a favourite of celebrated 19th Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh. "Virtually all of Van Gogh's landscapes were inspired by Hiroshige," said the 71-year-old Leskowicz, who sports a white moustache and made his fortune in real-estate. "Van Gogh copied Japanese prints and he even tried to reproduce the signatures on them," added exhibition curator Anna Katarzyna Maleszko, as Japanese flute music played in the background. Leskowicz is particularly proud of owning first edition prints of the entire series "The Sixty-Nine Stations of Kisokaido" by Hiroshige and Keisai Eisen. ... More

Bush to unveil portraits of 'war on terror' US veterans   In besieged Gaza, first English library to open window to world   In Mosul, a long-term battle to repair Iraq's heritage

This file photo taken on April 3, 2014 shows paintings by former US President George W. Bush. Stewart F. House / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP.

WASHINGTON (AFP).- Former US president George W. Bush has kept a low profile since leaving the White House in 2009. But he is set to reveal some of the fruits of his second career on Tuesday in a book called "Portraits of Courage." A collection of paintings of military veterans subtitled "A Commander in Chief's Tribute to America's Warriors," it features 66 portraits of wounded or traumatized personnel he has met who served in the US Army in Iraq or Afghanistan following the attacks on September 11, 2001. Although the 43rd president has never voiced regret over launching the US-led wars in Afghanistan (in 2001) and Iraq (in 2003), which caused hundreds of thousands of civilian casualties, his book showcases his efforts to help some of the "remarkable men and women who were injured carrying out my orders," as he wrote on his Instagram account. "I think about them on #VeteransDay and every day," he added in the post showing a photo of him painting ... More

Mossab Abo Toha (L) and his friend Shafi Salem, who is helping Abu Toha set up the "Library and Bookshop for Gaza" project pose for a photo. MOHAMMED ABED / AFP.

GAZA CITY (AFP).- Mossab Abu Toha has never actually left Gaza, instead devouring books as an escape. Now he is struggling to open the first English-language library in the beleaguered Palestinian territory. "Send us books in English, new or used," says the 24-year-old reading enthusiast on his Facebook page. Abu Toha, like so many Gazans effectively trapped in the Palestinian enclave by Israeli and Egyptian restrictions, dreams of travelling. "Freedom begins when one frees one's mind," said the young graduate in English literature from the Islamic University of Gaza, who shares his passion by teaching Shakespeare at a United Nations school. "I have read dozens of books in English, and with them I can travel to every country in the world and through all periods. I feel like I am in another world." Israel has maintained a blockade on Gaza for a decade, while the border with Egypt is also largely closed. ... More

This file photo taken on November 15, 2016 shows destruction caused by the Islamic State (IS) group at the archaeological site of Nimrud, some 30 kilometres south of Mosul in the Nineveh province. SAFIN HAMED / AFP.

PARIS (AFP).- The city of Mosul is intertwined with human history, tracing its roots to 4,400 years ago when civilisation rose in fabled, fertile Mesopotamia. Today, as Iraqi forces backed by an international coalition inch forward in their fight to recover Mosul from the Islamic State (IS) group, historians are looking at how to save, repair or retrieve precious heritage after the jihadists' three-year reign. At a meeting in Paris last week, Iraqi officials and dozens of experts from around the world agreed to coordinate efforts to restore Iraq's cultural treasure. But, they admitted, the road ahead will be hard and long. "The main challenge is for Iraqis to deal with this task by themselves. It is important to empower the people," said Stefan Simon, director of global cultural heritage initiatives at Yale university. "It is a heart-breaking situation," he added. "(...) Rehabilitation will take a very ... More

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Orange is the new splat: Fruit battle in Italian town
IVREA (AFP).- Thousands of people poured onto the cobblestone streets of a northern Italian town Sunday to throw oranges at a makeshift monarchy, a tradition dating back more than 150 years. The juicy battle in Ivrea is part of the town's yearly carnival, which recreates a centuries-old revolt by commoners against the monarchy. The three-day carnival kicked off Sunday and ends the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent in the Christian calendar. "It's madness ... really madness," local resident Francesca told AFP. "Some may think these people are crazy, but for us in Ivrea, this is something we have in our DNA. Children are born with this madness." According to the battle's official website, the orange fight has existed in one form or another since 1858. Huge crowds flock to the event annually, though the legend behind the actual insurrection is a bit murky. ... More

9/11 Memorial Commemorates 1993 WTC Bombing
NEW YORK, NY.- The National September 11 Memorial & Museum and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey today remembered the lives of the innocent victims of the 1993 World Trade Center terror bombing on the 24th anniversary of the attack. A moment of silence was observed at 12:18 p.m., the time of the terror strike that killed John DiGiovanni, Robert Kirkpatrick, Stephen Knapp, William Macko, Wilfredo Mercado and Monica Rodriguez Smith and her unborn child. Each victim’s name was read aloud by family members during the annual ceremony attended by victims’ relatives, survivors, friends, Port Authority officials including Executive Director Pat Foye and others. Ceremony attendees placed roses on the victims’ names that are inscribed together on the Memorial’s North Pool, not far from One World Trade Center. The six names are alongside ... More

Meller Merceux Ltd. offers an exceptionally rare Pre-Raphaelite school artwork
OXFORD.- This is one of the finest, most dazzling, and unusual Pre-Raphaelite depictions of Mary you are likely to see. Resplendent in blue, jewels encasing her cloak and crown - Mary, the Mother of God, sits, calmly reading, flanked by celebratory verses and blooming lilies. The mixed media use of paint, embroidery, jewels, metalwork and wooden panelling combine together to make this a fine, and extremely rare item. If you think you vaguely recognise her pose, you are on the right track. This mixed media triptych on wooden panel, painted in the Pre-Raphaelite style, is based on Jan van Eyck’s The Virgin Mary, in the masterful Ghent Altarpiece. The 15th Century Flemish Ghent Altarpiece has had a lasting impact on the course of art history and is a world treasure. Art history continues to develop and evolve, and it is very exciting to see the British Pre-Raphaelite ... More

World-traveling fashionista arrives in New York City's Garment District
NEW YORK, NY.- The Garment District Alliance unveiled the latest in its ongoing series of public art exhibits, showcasing watercolor and digital fashion works titled Metropolitan Fashion, created by New York-based illustrator Nina Edwards. Located in a street-level window on 215 West 39th Street, the free exhibit is accessible to the public through March 24th. Edwards’ artwork is part of the Garment District Space for Public Art program, which showcases artists in unusual locations throughout the year and has produced more than 175 installations, exhibits and performances. “The Garment District is known for fashion, design and creativity, and Metropolitan Fashion’s depiction of a chic fashionista in the city truly embodies the spirit of this neighborhood,” said Barbara A. Blair, president of the Garment District Alliance. “Nina Edwards is a tremendously talented artist, and we ... More

James Marshall's first solo show at Peters Projects opens in Santa Fe
SANTA FE, NM.- Peters Projects announces a solo exhibition by local Santa Fe artist James Marshall titled BLACK INTERFUSION. This is Marshall’s first solo show at Peters Projects and opened Friday, February 24. The exhibition will be on view through May 6th. For nearly two decades Marshall has explored what he calls “The Liminal Object,” fueled by minimalist aesthetics and the potential for an ordinary object to shift dimensions and space. Marshall has had an intense period of working within limited parameters and putting them through the process of constant refinement and reduction. Exploring new surfaces on his monolithic sculptures, the exhibition will be exclusively works in black on sculptures that are the artists’ signature forms. These new works exhibit an additional element, that of interfusion. This is revealed on his surfaces with two matte glazes, ... More

Helene Appel opens solo exhibition of new paintings at The Approach
LONDON.- Helene Appel applies a forensic gaze to familiar objects from an aerial view: the full-to-the-brim kitchen sink, uncooked pasta, a puddle of spilled water, a pollock fillet. The discarded, the incidental and the domestic are represented objectively and yet, the very act of painting these motifs admits tender attention. The German artist’s solo exhibition of new paintings at The Approach attest to her precision and diligence, and asserts a quiet defiance to the cliché of the ‘intuitive’ gesture of the genius painter. Appel’s new series of seashore paintings differ to the discrete objects that she places on a table in her studio to paint at actual size. The paintings of the shoreline bear a relationship to photography in their cropped composition, which does not aim to represent the vista or the landscape from a panoptical position. Instead, the one-to-one scale and perspective of looking ... More

The June Kelly Gallery exhibits recent expressionist paintings by Frances Hynes
NEW YORK, NY.- The June Kelly Gallery presents recent expressionist paintings by Frances Hynes, an artist whose lyrical abstractions reflect a radical redefinition of painterly space. The exhibition, entitled Layers of Time, opened at the June Kelly Gallery, 166 Mercer Street, on Friday, February 24 and will remain on view through March 28. Hynes, inspired by wooded landscapes and rugged seacoasts continues to work from the pleasant memories she holds of sojourns in New England or along the coast of Maine. With remarkable competence and ease she marries representation and abstraction in the same composition, allowing her to convey the feel of a place, rather than the actual look of it. With deft blurring of line between abstraction and representation in response to changes in light and weather, as they play off the foliage of the woods ... More

'Apollo 13' star Bill Paxton dies at 61
LOS ANGELES (AFP).- Hollywood actor Bill Paxton, best known for his roles in such blockbusters as "Apollo 13" and "Titanic," has died at the age of 61, a family representative said Sunday. The versatile Texas-born actor was a familiar face on US movie screens, with a string of memorable credits. "It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery," a statement from a family representative said. "Bill began his career in Hollywood working on films in the art department and went on to have an illustrious career spanning four decades as a beloved and prolific actor and filmmaker." Although the statement did not indicate the time of death, Rolling Stone magazine said he died Saturday. One of Paxton's earliest character roles was as a thug in the 1984 film "The Terminator," and he left his mark as the ill-fated Private ... More

African cinema crosses 'Borders' at Burkina fest
OUAGADOUGOU (AFP).- An African road movie about four women wowed its audience Sunday as it kicked off the Panafrican cinema and television festival (Fespaco), a showcase for the continent's burgeoning film industry. "Borders" ("Frontieres") directed by Apolline Traore, a Fespaco laureate in 2013, sweeps across Africa as its protagonists journey through Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso and Benin on their way to Nigeria. Along the way the women -- Ivorian, Senegalese, Burkinabe and Nigerian actresses -- are spared nothing as they are beset by customs officers, thieves, murderers and rapists. The film -- the first feature-length film to show at the festival -- deals with "the bravery of women," Traore told AFP at the festival in the Burkinabe capital Ouagadougou. "There is a tendency to portray women, particularly African women, as housewives, sweet gentle women. But ... More

mother's tankstation opens exhibition of works by Alasdair McLuckie
DUBLIN.- Despite the fact that the extraordinary bead paintings of Melbourne-based artist, Alasdair McLuckie are essentially hybridic forms, simultaneously exotic and familiar, they stand as acts of pure creativity and a welcome antidote to a malevolent and destructive cynicism pervasive throughout popularist imaginings and contemporary ‘postmodern’ politics1. Complex and nuanced times conspire to make works of art that ordinarily could not be less political, assume a mantle of obstinate, structured protest, a disturbation as Danto described it, by a counterpoint quietly but firmly standing in assertion of the sanity of natural processes, the raising of an immovable force that demands a response2: McLuckie’s work seeks and finds the rhythms of the natural world, breathing, sleeping, waking, walking, standing still, thinking, doing… one thing living creatively, with ... More

Play pinball on vintage machines surrounded by art inspired by it
ELMHURST, IL.- Elmhurst Art Museum presents the World Premiere of Kings and Queens: Pinball, Imagists and Chicago, an examination of the intertwined history of two of Chicago’s greatest exports: pinball and imagist painting. Curated by New York’s Dan Nadel, this interactive exhibition invites guests to play pinball on Chicago-built pinball machines from the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s—including machines produced by Elmhurst's Gottlieb family —alongside paintings, sculptures and prints inspired by them, including works by Roger Brown, Ed Flood, Gladys Nilsson, Jim Nutt, Ed Paschke, Christina Ramberg, Suellen Rocca, Barbara Rossi, Karl Wirsum and Ray Yoshida. The exhibition is on display from February 25 – May 7, 2017. Most of the world’s finest pinball machines were made in Chicago's North Side factories, and many of those were produced by Elmhurst ... More

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On a day like today, Spanish painter Joaquín Sorolla was born
February 27, 1863. Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida (27 February 1863 - 10 August 1923) was a Valencian Spanish painter. Sorolla excelled in the painting of portraits, landscapes, and monumental works of social and historical themes. His most typical works are characterized by a dexterous representation of the people and landscape under the sunlight of his native land. In this image: A technician adjusts 'The Bathing Hour' a painting by Spanish artist Joaquin Sorolla on display at Sotheby's auction rooms in London, Friday, May 29, 2009.

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