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The Royal Academy of Arts opens a landmark exhibition of works by Jasper Johns

Jasper Johns, Regrets, 2013. Oil on canvas. 127 x 182.9 cm. Collection of Marguerite Steed Hoffman c Jasper Johns / VAGA, New York / DACS, London 2017. Photo: c Jerry L. Thompson.

LONDON.- The Royal Academy of Arts is presenting a landmark exhibition of the Honorary Royal Academician, Jasper Johns. This is the first comprehensive survey of the artist’s work to be held in the UK in 40 years. The exhibition comprises over 150 works including sculpture, drawings and prints, together with new work from the artist. Johns is recognised as one of the most significant and influential artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and the exhibition spans over 60 years from his early career, right up to the present time, bringing together artworks that rarely travel from international private and public collections. The title of the exhibition comes from a statement by Johns in 2006: ‘One hopes for something resembling truth, some sense of life, even of grace, to flicker, at least, in the work.’ Widely known for his iconic images of flags, targets, numbers, maps and light bulbs, Johns has occupied ... More

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Exhibition at Galerie Alexis Pentcheff looks at Maurice Utrillo's legacy   Exhibition at Kewenig brings together works by Jannis Kounellis, El Anatsui and Anish Kapoor   Exhibition at Hauser & Wirth presents works by three generations of Brazilian artists

Maurice Utrillo, Rue Saint-Vincent sous la neige, Montmartre, circa 1955, oil on cradled board, signed lower right Maurice, Utrillo, V, 38,10 x 42,60 cm.

MARSEILLE.- Galerie Alexis Pentcheff celebrates Maurice Utrillo’s prominent position within the School of Paris and announces his first retrospective in Marseille, from 22nd September to 04th November 2017. Since 2009, Galerie Alexis Pentcheff has been highly involved in Marseille’s cultural scene, showcasing the finest of Impressionist and Modern Art. Today, the gallery is honored to invite you to its forthcoming exhibition, "UTRILLO, URBAN SOLITUDE". From 22nd September to 04th November, the gallery will display an extremely rare collection of thirty-nine original works that will highlight Utrillo’s greatest achievements and influence on the 20th century art scene. All of the works come from private collections and will be available to buy. This new show will look at Utrillo’s legacy through the prism of a contemporary and novel interpretation, bringing into ... More

Jannis Kounellis, Senza titolo, 2007. Shells on canvas, wooden cross Dimensions variable: 430 x 240 cm | 169 3/10 x 94 1/2 in. Courtesy Kewenig Berlin | Palma Photo: Stefan Müller.

BERLIN.- Kewenig is presenting the unique exhibition “A Journey”, in which - for the first time - these three international artists with strong reputations are united together. In close collaboration with El Anatsui and Anish Kapoor, whom the gallery is showing for the first time, the exhibition is a composition in itself, and also a journey into the future. The show includes a large-scale installation by Jannis Kounellis, surrounded by four new sculptures by Anish Kapoor, and three ‘fabrics’ by El Anatsui. Ghanaian El Anatsui (*1944) has until now been an artist mainly shown in the context of so called ‘African Art’, although his work contains far more universal aspects. The shimmering metallic woven fabrics made of bottle tops, interrogate the history of colonialism and draw connections between consumption, waste, and the environment. But at the core ... More

Installation view, ‘Building Material: Process and Form in Brazilian Art’, Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles, 2017. Courtesy Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel, Lora Reynolds and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Mario de Lopez.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- In conjunction with the Participating Gallery Program of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles is presenting ‘Building Material. Process and Form in Brazilian Art.’ The exhibition presents works by three generations of artists, emphasizing affinities between the materials, processes, and forms they have embraced since the Concrete and Neo-Concrete movements of the 1950s and 1960s. ‘Building Material’ takes as its point of departure the work of pioneering artist, photographer, and industrial designer Geraldo de Barros (1923 – 1998), a central figure in the evolution of Brazilian art from mid-20th century onward. From his participation in the first Bienal de São Paulo in 1951, de Barros interpreted and reworked tenets of the European avant-garde to achieve a uniquely ... More

Contemporary African art conquering the continent   Julien's Auctions 'Icons & Idols' salutes world leaders and legends   Exhibition at Kings College London takes the writings of W.G. Sebald as a starting point

Exterior at dusk. Photo: Iwan Baan.

JOHANNESBURG (AFP).- Contemporary African art has long been beloved by collectors in Europe and North America. But now, such works are enjoying a renaissance among experts and the public on the continent itself. The opening of the largest museum of African contemporary art in the world in Cape Town on Friday is seen as a game-changer for the continent's arts scene. "Anything that is high profile and promotes really excellent contemporary African art is a really good idea and we'll all benefit from it," said Danda Jaroljmek, director of Nairobi's Circle Art gallery and founder of Art Auction East Africa. "It can only help all of us in what we're doing." Set in a 6,000 square metre former grain silo converted to premium gallery space at a cost of 31 million euros ($37 million), the Museum of Contemporary Art Africa's (MoCAA) collection will offer visitors a glimpse of hundreds of African pieces. The museum's opening also heralds the arrival of a much- ... More

Judy Garland’s gown in Meet Me in St. Louis.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Julien’s Auctions has announced its highly anticipated event Icons & Idols: Hollywood and More to take place on November 17, 2017 at their pop up auction gallery 805 North La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA and live online. This November’s event offers an unparalleled selection of pieces by leaders and legends, who commanded and transformed the worlds of arts, entertainment, science, politics and history, as well as a number of never-before-seen, auction firsts including the largest costume collection amassed of one of Hollywood’s greatest screen stars, a Nobel Prize medal, a Presidential rocking chair and a wedding cake souvenir from the 45th President of the United States. One of the most iconic and enduring entertainers of all time, Judy Garland‘s remarkable life and career during Hollywood’s Golden Age was marked by triumphs and tragedy. Loved by millions and generations of fans around the world, h ... More

Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528), Melencolia I. Engraving, 1514. British Museum.

LONDON.- Melancholia: A Sebald Variation, presented by Kings College London, takes the writings of W.G. Sebald (1944-2001) as a starting point for an exploration of melancholia in European art and culture. Curated by John-Paul Stonard and Lara Feigel, the exhibition opened this autumn at the Inigo Rooms at Somerset House East Wing. Inspired in particular by Sebald’s 1997 publication On The Natural History of Destruction – 20 years old this year – Melancholia sees works by international contemporary artists set alongside images documenting the destruction of Germany in the Second World War, as well as W.G. Sebald’s own manuscripts and peculiar photography collection. Tracing the theme back to the roots of European cultural identity, it opens with an impression of Albrecht Dürer's famous print Mel e ncolia I (1514), on loan from the British Museum. Highlights include: • Never before exhibited photographs ... More

New Art Centre opens exhibition of works by Toby Ziegler   Capitain Petzel opens solo exhibition of work by New York artist Amy Sillman   Exhibition showcases the magnificent food still lifes of the Golden Age

Toby Ziegler, installation view.

SALISBURY.- Toby Ziegler’s second exhibition at the New Art Centre continues his investigation into the ways in which objects both gather and shed narratives. The art historical motifs that Ziegler chooses to work with have complex layered histories of their own, but also have autobiographical significance for the artist. The new sculpture, painting and screen prints in this exhibition all overtly refer to the work of Henri Matisse. For Ziegler, Matisse is a complicated figure. While discovering painting as a child, Ziegler was drawn to him, though found the jubilant, decorative nature of Matisse’s work bizarre; given that it was made against the backdrop of two world wars. This exhibition’s title, Slave comes from one of the exhibited sculptures: a life-size standing figure with pronounced contrapposto, cast in aluminium. The sculpture is influenced by Matisse’s bronze ‘Madeleine I’ (1901), but both sculptures ... More

Amy Sillman, "ein Paar“, September 15 – November 11, 2017 © the artist, Courtesy Capitain Petzel, Berlin. Photo: Jens Ziehe.

BERLIN.- Capitain Petzel is presenting the second solo exhibition of New York artist Amy Sillman at the gallery’s Berlin space. Entitled »ein Paar«, the exhibition is on view from September 15 to November 11, 2017. Drawing is the starting point and method for this exhibition, an expanded material investigation that moves from painting to animation. Compelled by the implications of the German phrase »ein Paar«, (a couple or a few), the artist has realized pairs and groups of works, including a large diptych on canvas, a series of works on paper utilizing both printmaking and gestural drawing, and a video animation combining digital and hand-made layers. Keenly attuned to language itself, Sillman is interested in generating mismatches, disjunctions, and parapraxis from the materiality of the calligraphic ... More

Jan Davidsz de Heem, Still Life with Moor and Parrot, 1641 (detail). Oil on Panel. Hotel de Ville (Broodhuis), Brussels.

HAARLEM.- A Global Table runs in the Frans Hals Museum and De Hallen Haarlem from 23 September 2017 to 7 January 2018. This unique exhibition featuring old and new art showcases the magnificent food still lifes of the Golden Age. It offers an alternative reading of these works as documents from an eventful history. What does the food we see tell us about the Netherlands’ colonial and trade relations in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries? Curatorial Fellow Abigail Winograd (Israel, 1983) initiates dialogues between some thirty exquisite still lifes and works by contemporary artists who are interested in world trade and the effects of colonialism. As quinoa and the avocado have changed European cooking over the last few decades, so, from the fifteenth century onwards, ‘new’ foodstuffs like coffee, sugar and ... More

The International Center of Photography opens 'Generation Wealth' by Lauren Greenfield   Parrasch Heijnen Gallery opens exhibition of works by legendary Los Angeles artist Billy Al Bengston   George Nakashima to lead Freeman's Design Auction

llona at home with her daughter, Michelle, 4, Moscow, 2012. © Lauren Greenfield.

NEW YORK, NY.- The International Center of Photography opened its fall exhibition, Generation Wealth by Lauren Greenfield. This exhibit—an extraordinary visual record and thematic investigation of wealth obsession—is on view at the ICP Museum (250 Bowery) from September 20, 2017 through January 7, 2018. Generation Wealth is a mixed media presentation composed of 25 years of work by photographer and documentary filmmaker Lauren Greenfield. The first major retrospective of Greenfield’s work, the exhibition features over 200 photographs, numerous first-person interviews, and documentary film footage. Weaving together stories about affluence, beauty, body image, competition, corruption, fantasy, and excess, Greenfield’s project questions the distance between value and commodity in a globalized consumerist culture. “ICP recognized early on that ... More

Billy Al Bengston, Fighting Kentuckian, 1966. Lacquer and polyester resin on aluminum, 28 x 27 inches.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Parrasch Heijnen Gallery presents Billy Al Bengston: Dentos, 1965 - 1970, the gallery's first solo exhibition of this legendary Los Angeles artist. Billy Al Bengston (b. 1934, Dodge City, KS) first began using automobile lacquers on dented and/or punctured aluminum in 1965 to challenge the limitations of painting. He initially called these works "Canto Indentos", which he later shortened to "Dentos". Channeling the "no rules, no rules" mantra of Bengston’s friend and mentor Peter Voulkos, the “Dentos” expanded the potential of the picture plane. It was in the late 1950s that Bengston originated his trademark inclusion of single, centralized icons in his work, primarily referencing three appropriated images: “Chevrons” (sergeant stripes haloed within an orb within a rectangle), “Draculas” (flowers illustrated on Iris brand sugar packets), and hearts (of the Valentine’s Day variety). In ... More

Freeman's Design auction features one of the most diverse collections of family-owned works by architect and master woodworker George Nakashima.

PHILADELPHIA, PA.- Reflecting market confidence in George Nakashima as a seminal figure in the history of American Studio Craft and emphasizing the importance of Pennsylvania Craft and Design, Freeman's sale is anchored by a large collection of over 20 Nakashima pieces assembled by Arnold and Corinne Roth. While notable works in this private collection include a pair of Conoid cushion chairs with cantilevered seats (Lot 27) and a rare pair of special-order small bookcases with two shelves (Lot 39), the undoubted highlight is the Conoid bench (Lot 28), one of the finest examples of the form, featuring an unusually large and spectacularly grained slab of American black walnut. Arnold and Corinne Roth favored modern design and sought to furnish their Brooklyn, New York and then Livingston, New Jersey homes in that fashion, particularly with the warmth ... More

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BAMPFA mounts first exhibition in more than two decades of work by painter Martin Wong
BERKELEY, CA.- A major exhibition of work by Martin Wong opened at the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive this fall, marking the acclaimed Chinese American artist’s first comprehensive retrospective since his untimely death in 1999. Martin Wong: Human Instamatic features more than 100 works by Wong, whose singular aesthetic captures the rhythms of life in the multicultural urban communities he inhabited. BAMPFA’s exclusive West Coast presentation of the internationally touring retrospective features an expanded roster of work that highlights the artist’s formative emergence in the Northern California art scene of the 1970s. On view from September 20 through December 10, Martin Wong: Human Instamatic surveys the large and eclectic body of work the artist produced over the course of a prolific thirty-year career that was tragically ... More

Solo exhibition by Lebanese artist Pascal Hachem on view at The Mosaic Rooms
LONDON.- The Mosaic Rooms presents a solo exhibition by Lebanese artist Pascal Hachem. In this new body of work, displayed for the first time, the artist interrogates experiences of his home city of Beirut. Facing life in a city of both daily instability and overwhelming fragmentation how does an individual or society remember their past? The search for traces is recurrent in these works, as Hachem questions the meaning of what we remember and why. This exhibition offers timely reflections widely applicable to contemporary situations of political and social unease. These preoccupations are explored in a series of installations. In the manner of ready-mades, Hachem combines or alters ordinary domestic items and displaces them into the art gallery or public spaces to unexpected effect. Hachem activates these passive objects to become subjects, resonant with the ... More

New Pablo Bronstein show unveiled at Royal Institute of British Architects
LONDON.- The RIBA is presenting Pablo Bronstein: Conservatism, or The Long Reign of Pseudo Georgian Architecture, which opened on 21 September 2017 - the third in a series of special commissioned exhibitions with artists. Fifty new drawings by the British-Argentinian artist Pablo Bronstein, are framed alongside a selection of rarely-seen historical Georgian and Neo-Georgian material from the RIBA Collections; the exhibition focusses on buildings constructed during the second half of the twentieth century in an ostensibly ‘Georgian’ style. Chosen by the artist, the archival material maps and situates Bronstein’s drawings in the context of architectural practise through time, revealing long-cherished ideals about social aspiration, urban fabric, identity and representation. From the RIBA Collections, renowned architectural figures such as Colin Campbell ... More

Exhibition celebrates 125th anniversary of prominent Latvian artist Aleksandra Beļcova
RIGA.- Celebrating 125th anniversary of prominent Latvian artist Aleksandra Beļcova, the exhibition of master’s pastel paintings is on view at the Romans Suta and Aleksandra Beļcova Museum in Riga (Elizabetes iela 57a, Apt. 26) from 12 September to 9 December 2017. The 125th anniversary of Aleksandra Beļcova’s (Александра Бельцова, 1892–1981) birth is being commemorated in 2017, and the R. Suta and A. Beļcova Museum is celebrating the jubilee with three exhibitions that allow visitors to learn more about the artist’s work. This exhibition is the second part of the programme of events offering audiences a chance to look at an essential segment of the artist’s creative heritage – pastel paintings. Pastel paintings are elegant, ... More

Comprehensive Virtual Reality exhibition opens at Copenhagen Contemporary
COPENHAGEN.- Copenhagen Contemporary is presenting a comprehensive Virtual Reality exhibition under the title CC LAB. Virtual Reality (VR) is one of the biggest emerging trends in the arts, and CC LAB introduces a range of Danish and international artists whose work in this new medium pushes the limits of what the experiential dimension of art can be. CC LAB occupies two of the huge halls on Papirøen. In Hall 1 the Danish studio Makropol presents the total installation, ANTHROPIA (2017): A VR performance in which visitors are sent on a voyage through the virtual worlds of five different artists. In Hall 2 works by a number of internationally acclaimed contemporary artists are on show – each presenting their individual interpretation of how VR can be used in the arts. The artists normally work in a wide variety of media: painting, sculpture, installation ... More

MAGMA gallery opens Jan Kaláb's first exhibition in Italy
BOLOGNA.- MAGMA gallery opened ZOOOM, the first solo show of Jan Kaláb in Italy. Jan Kaláb is one of the most important artists of international geometric and urban abstractionism. Among the exhibitions are mentioned the solo shows in France, Colombia, Argentina, United Kingdom, Germany and United States. In 2011, after taking part to the first "Biennal de Graffiti Fine Art" at the MUBE Museum in Sao Paulo, Brazil, he exhibited at the MASP Museum in the same city and in 2014 he participated at the first Street Art Biennale in Moscow, Russia, "Artmossphere", along with a selection of the best international artists. In 2015, he exhibited at the MAXXI museum in Rome, Italy, participating in the group show "Et Cetera", dedicated to the contemporary Czechoslovak art in communist post-regime period. This year in Krakow, Poland, his works are exhibited ... More

Figure/Ground exhibition kicks off gallery season at Montserrat College of Art
BEVERLY, MASS.- The Montserrat Gallery presents Figure/Ground, an exhibition of figurative work by eight artists from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New York. Contemporary figurative painting is more relevant than ever as artists portray people engaged with the salient issues of our time—including race, sexuality, violence, migration, and privacy. What does it mean to be human as our relationship to our bodies, to nature, and to society evolves? Miguel Aragón, Matt Bollinger, Justin Kim, Susan Lichtman, Kirk Lorenzo, Azita Moradkhani, Simonette Quamina, and Leslie Schomp work in the figurative tradition, exploring the body from a wide range of angles and in an array of mediums—including printmaking, painting, animation, photography, collage, sculpture and drawing. Their work engages with the history of figurative art and also sheds light ... More

Photo ceramics by Xiomáro on exhibit at Weir Farm National Historic Site
WILTON, CONN.- Connecticut’s Weir Farm National Historic Site presents the debut exhibition “Photo Ceramics by Xiomáro: An Homage to J. Alden Weir and the Tile Club,” a collection of photographs fused on black ceramic tiles by the park’s Visiting Artist, Xiomáro. The collection of 22 photo ceramics is on view at its Visitor Center and Museum Store until October 31, 2017, Wednesday through Sunday, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Admission is free. Weir Farm is Connecticut’s first national park unit and features the wildly eccentric home and studio of J. Alden Weir (1852-1919), the father of American Impressionist painting. In 1877, Weir formed the Tile Club with Winslow Homer, William Merritt Chase and other iconic artists for the camaraderie of creating hand-crafted decorative tiles – a Gilded Era craze sparked by displays at the 1876 Centennial celebration in ... More

The life and career of Christopher Lee to be celebrated at Spink
LONDON.- Spink have been instructed to offer approximately 50 medals and awards presented and bestowed to the late Sir Christopher Lee, C.B.E., C.St.J.. The group charts the life and career of the legendary actor, from active service as a young RAF officer in the Second World War through to his British Film Institute (B.F.I.) Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013. The evening auction will take place at Spink’s London headquarters on 1 November 2017. The catalogue will include an introduction by Dame Harriet Walter, D.B.E., Sir Christopher’s niece. Lady Lee: ‘Christopher was greatly appreciative of the recognition of his fans and his peers, and these honours and awards adorned our apartment for many years, bringing him great pleasure. It’s fitting that now a wider audience might have the opportunity to enjoy them, and to celebrate so many highpoints ... More

INVISIBLE-EXPORTS opens a two-person show featuring Louise Nevelson and Vaginal Davis
NEW YORK, NY.- INVISIBLE-EXPORTS is presenting, Chimera, a two-person show featuring two grandstanding, iconoclastic, and spectacular women. Louise Nevelson needs no introduction: the legendary eccentric émigré sculptor of monumental and famously monochromatic wood structures who upended midcentury sculpture and thumbed a nose at fashionable abstract expressionism. Un-intimidated, she redefined the visual language of feminism through her pioneering assemblages and public art (it was considered shocking, at the time, that she eschewed the favored welded metal for wood, a material that came to define her as an artist.) She also painted, and printed, and treated her own public persona as a kind of sculpture: “The dandy of American art is a woman,” Robert Hughes wrote in 1977. Forty-two years old before she had her first solo exhibition, and nearing ... More

Exhibition at the Davis Museum focuses on the uncertainty of refugee journeys
WELLESLEY, MASS.- The Davis Museum at Wellesley College is present, Hrair Sarkissian: Horizon, a two-channel video installation that charts one of the shortest and most common refugee routes from Kaş on the southwestern Turkish shore, across the Mycale Strait, to the island of Megisti on the edge of southeastern Greece. The exhibition, which opened on September 19, and runs through December 17, 2017, is on view in the Joan Levine Freedman ’57 and Richard I. Freedman Gallery. “Sarkissian’s installation powerfully evokes the uncertainty of the refugee experience across a perilous route,” said Lisa Fischman, Ruth Gordon Shapiro ’37 Director of the Davis Museum and curator of the exhibition. “It is a great honor to present Sarkissian’s beautiful and moving piece, and to introduce the artist’s work for the first time in New England. It also demonstrates ... More

Another £33,000 paid out for the man who collected knives and forks
LONDON.- The latest part of the Bill Brown collection of cutlery has taken more than £30,000 at auction, with just three lots scooping £7,300. The bids at Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers bring the total raised by sales from the collection so far to well over the £500,000 mark. Most notable has been the £485,000 paid to secure Brown’s massive historical archive for Museums Sheffield, thanks to Heritage Lottery and Art Fund grants. While he scoured auctions, galleries and markets for more than 50 years in his quest to investigate the history of cutlery, Bill Brown also found riches by getting up to his elbows and knees in the Thames mud. The 1000 pieces in Museums Sheffield comprise just part of his collection, which spans the history of British cutlery and flatware as well as foreign pieces that had influenced British design. Now, more than 60 years after spending ... More

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On a day like today, Australian portrait artist Sir William Dobell was born
September 24, 1899. Sir William Dobell, OBE (24 September 1899 - 13 May 1970) was an Australian artist (sculptor and painter). The electoral Division of Dobell is named after him. Dobell's style is unique in being able to adapt to suit the character of his subject. This was best described by James Gleeson; "One of the astonishing things about Dobell's portraiture is his ability to adjust his style to the nature of the personality he is portraying ... If the character of his sitter is broad and generous, he paints broadly and generously. If the character is contained and inward looking, he uses brushstrokes that convey this fact. In his later portraits one has only to look at a few square inches of a painted sleeve to know what sort of person is wearing it." In this image: Newcastle in 1947.

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