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Leopold Museum presents select works by the main exponents of Viennese Jugendstil

Elisabeth Leopold, the widow of art collector and creator of the Leopold Museum Rudolf Leopold, poses in front of a painting titled "Lovers" by Austrian artist Koloman Moser during the presentation of the exhibition titled "Vienna 1900!" devoted to the key figures of the Viennese Modernism on January 18, 2018 at the Leopold Museum in Vienna. The museum will present select works by the main exponents of Viennese Jugendstil (art nouveau) Gustav Klimt and Koloman Moser, as well as by ground-breaking Expressionists Richard Gerstl and Oskar Kokoschka. ALEX HALADA / AFP.

by Philippe Schwab

VIENNA (AFP).- Vienna is marking 100 years since the death of a string of luminaries from its fin-de-siecle glory days with an avalanche of exhibitions of modernist art, design and architecture that still inspire and shock today. The year 1918 did not only mark defeat in World War I and the end of the Austro-Hungarian empire but also saw artists Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and Koloman Moser and architect Otto Wagner pass away. Klimt died from a stroke at 55, an infection claimed Wagner's life at 76 and cancer killed Moser aged 50. Schiele survived being conscripted into the war only to die in the Spanish flu pandemic, three days after his pregnant wife Edith. He was just 28. All were leading lights in the revolutions in art, literature, architecture, psychology, philosophy and music that made the imperial city on the Danube the buzzing intellectual hub of the world at the time. ... More

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Exhibition of American posters of the First World War opens at the Bruce Museum   Americana Week 2018 at Christie's totals $8.25 million, with 85% sold by lot   Stedelijk Museum cancels Ettore Sottsass retrospective

Henry Patrick Raleigh (American, 1880-1944) Must Children Die, 1918. Lithograph, 41 1/2 x 30 1/4 in. Gift of John and Beverly Watling, Bruce Museum Collection 2008.03.10.

GREENWICH, CONN.- Opening at the Bruce Museum on January 20, 2018, Patriotic Persuasion: American Posters of the First World War features a selection of works from the “Great War” donated to the museum by Beverly and John W. Watling III. The exhibition, which will be on view through June 10, 2018, commemorates the centennial of the entry of the United States into that epochal conflict. The United States’ involvement in World War I lasted only 20 months, from April 1917 to November 1918, but the nation’s military and propaganda strategies were of enormous consequence. In the era of radio and film’s infancy, posters were an essential medium; there were more than 20 million posters printed from about 2,500 designs. Many of the posters on display in Patriotic Persuasion were originally collected by Mr. Watling’s stepfather, Charles B. Warren, Jr., and his ... More

Rembrandt Peale After Charles Willson Peale, Portrait of George Washington as a Colonel of the Alexandria Militia, early 19th Century. Oil on canvas, 50 1/8 x 40 in. Price realised USD 852,500 © Christie’s Images Limited 2018.

NEW YORK, NY.- Americana Week sales totaled $8,255,750 with active in-room, phone, and online participation. The top lot of the week was Rembrandt Peale (1778-1860) After Charles Willson Peale (1741-1827), Portrait of George Washington as a Colonel of the Alexandria Militia, early 19th Century, which realized $852,500. Strong sell through rates were achieved across all auctions, with average 85% sold by lot. Notable results include The Hunter-Dunn Family Chippendale Plum Pudding Mahogany Block-and-Shell Tall-Case Clock, which sold for $612,500; a Rare and Important Silk-and Metal-on-Linen Needlework Pictorial, 1791, wrought by Mary Russell (B. 1779), which sold for $324,500; Henry Darger (1892-1973), 93 At Jennie Richee, are chaced for long distance by Glandelinians with blood hounds. ... More

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, as seen from the Van Baerlestraat. Photo: John Lewis Marshall.

AMSTERDAM.- The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam announced that the retrospective of Ettore Sottsass (1917-2007), which was planned for this spring, has been cancelled. With the show, which would have been the first major Dutch overview of the Italian designer, the museum had hoped to share Sottsass’s exceptionally varied oeuvre with a broad and varied audience. Conceived as a thematic exhibition, rather than the more usual chronological survey, the show would have presented designs from different decades and disciplines. This would have highlighted the themes that Sottsass explored in his oeuvre and to which he returned throughout his career. The museum also wished to highlight Sottsass’s influence on younger generations by, among other things, displaying work by other designers of the Memphis group, founded by Sottsass at the end of 1980. The preparations have been put on hold because – after lengthy contact in connection ... More

'A Year In Provence' author Peter Mayle dies aged 78   A selection of works from Channa Horwitz's Sonakinatography series on view at Lisson Gallery   IU Eskenazi Museum of Art announces partnership with Speed Art Museum

This file photo taken on September 09, 2006 shows British author Peter Mayle attending "A Good Year" press conference during the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto. Evan Agostini / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP.

LONDON (AFP).- Peter Mayle, who wrote the best-selling memoir "A Year In Provence", has died at the age of 78, his publishers announced. Following a short illness, the British author died on Thursday in a hospital near his beloved home in southern France, publishing house Alfred A. Knopf said. "A Year In Provence", about Mayle's first 12 months after relocating to the south of France, was released in 1990 with an initial print run of 3,000. The witty tale of moving into a 200-year-old stone farmhouse in the lavender-scented, remote countryside, and adapting to the slower Provencal way of life, went on to sell six million copies in 40 languages. Its infectious warmth for the south of France and the local lifestyle and culture fired up the imaginations of thousands of Britons and others to seek the same romantic dream. Alfred A. Knopf announced on Twitter late Thursday ... More

Channa Horwitz, Sonakinatography Composition II, 2011. Ink and coloured pencil on graph paper, 27.9 x 20.3 cm, 11 x 8 inches © Channa Horwitz; Courtesy Lisson Gallery.

NEW YORK, NY.- Lisson Gallery presents a selection of works from Channa Horwitz’s Sonakinatography series, the first exhibition of her work since the gallery’s recent announcement of its New York representation of the estate. Sonakinatography (Sound, Motion, Notation) is one of the artist’s earliest bodies of work out of which a deepening inquiry and the others grew. In 1968, Channa Horwitz submitted a proposal called “Suspension of Vertical Beams Moving in Space” to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Art and Technology exhibition. The proposal was for a sculpture with eight moving beams, suspended in the air by magnetism and lit at varying intensities. Dismissed from working with industry because she was a woman, her sculpture was never fabricated. LACMA did publish her proposal in the catalogue, but she was the only artist left off of the cover of exclusively male artists. This and ... More

Ernst Barlach (German, 1870-1938). Singing Man, 1928. Bronze. 20 x 24 in. William Lowe Bryan Memorial, Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University, 57.36.

BLOOMINGTON, IN.- The Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University announced a new five-year partnership with the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, KY. While the Eskenazi Museum of Art is closed for renovations, a selection of works from its renowned collection will be on view at the Speed Art Museum during the second half of 2018. Drawn exclusively from the Eskenazi Museum of Art’s collection, the exhibition Picasso to Pollock: Modern Masterworks from the Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University will be on view from June 16, 2018 through January 13, 2019. The show will feature more than seventy paintings, sculptures, and works on paper, including highlights by Pablo Picasso, Diego Rivera, Henry Moore, and Jackson Pollock. A second exhibition featuring the work of nineteenth-century American landscape painter Thomas Chambers ... More

BIG's revised Smithsonian Campus Master Plan presented in DC   Exhibition of new paintings by Jules de Balincourt opens at Victoria Miro   Perrotin opens Izumi Kato's second solo exhibition in Hong Kong

The new proposal reflects the team’s commitment to preserving the intimate character of the treasured Haupt Garden. Image by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group + Brick.

WASHINGTON, DC.- BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group’s Founding Partner Bjarke Ingels presented a revised proposal for the Smithsonian Campus Master Plan in Washington, DC. The vision was first unveiled in 2014 and has since been redeveloped following years of public comment and close collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution. The new proposal reflects the team’s commitment to preserving the intimate character of the treasured Haupt Garden, while addressing existing and future needs, at one of the most historically significant areas and cultural institutions in the nation’s capital. Members of the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA), local decision makers, residents and garden enthusiasts listened intently when Bjarke Ingels and representatives of the Smithsonian Institution gave a detailed account of the revised plans for the $2 billion ... More

Jules de Balincourt, If Queens Ruled, 2017. Oil on panel, 61 x 50.8 cm 24 x 20 in © Jules de Balincourt. Courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro, London / Venice.

LONDON.- Victoria Miro opened an exhibition of new paintings by Jules de Balincourt. Quiet, reflective and mysterious, new paintings by Brooklyn-based artist Jules de Balincourt continue an intuitive approach to imagemaking, where the world we inhabit is filtered through the artist’s own psychological landscape. In Troubled Eden, 2017, a snaking river, encroached upon by signs of human activity, is worn like a shift dress by a figure with a sharp fringe and an assertive, red-carpet stance. In other works, de Balincourt paints nocturnal landscapes, figures seeking refuge, monsters that resemble monuments, glowing caves. Everywhere, dreamlike distortions and disconcerting shifts in scale create a sense of eeriness and imbalance. There is an unsettling atmosphere to these new paintings, suggestive of a world in flux. Yet, undeniable too, is a sense of optimism, a persistence of spirit, or a suggestion of how things might b ... More

Izumi Kato, Untitled”, 2017. Stone, wood, acrylic, iron, leather, pedestal, 106 x 20 x 20 cm ⏐ 41 3/4 x 7 7/8 x 7 7/8 in. Photo: Kei Okano ©2017 Izumi Kato Courtesy the Artist and Perrotin.

HONG KONG.- Following exhibitions in Hong Kong, Paris and New York, Perrotin presents Izumi Kato’s second solo exhibition in Hong Kong. Kato returns to the Asian hub with new works after four years during which the artist set up a coastal studio near a long strip of a reclaimed landfill laden with irregularly shaped granite pieces that inspired the artist. This exhibition consolidates almost two years of Kato’s artistic practice, with new materials incorporated into his creation. The latest Untitled series utilizes this type of common granite, selected from the shore by the artist, unaltered or unchiseled, and the artist then selects the most suitable shape and pattern before developing the color palette for the specific piece. This attempt is novel in the sense that it is the first time a type of material has been brought into the creation process not for its functional use, but rather, ... More

Exhibition debuts new paintings created over the past year by Dana Schutz   Ayyam Gallery Dubai opens a solo exhibition by Rashid Al Khalifa   New Executive Director named at Tacoma Art Museum

Conflict, 2017. Dana Schutz (American, born 1976). Oil on canvas; 94 x 82 inches. © Dana Schutz, courtesy of Petzel Gallery, New York and Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin.

CLEVELAND, OH.- This month Dana Schutz returns to Cleveland with a new exhibition, Eating Atom Bombs, featuring a group of 12 paintings and three drawings created primarily in the past year. Seven of these works have never been exhibited before. The exhibition’s title speaks to the precariousness of our current political and social moment. Eating Atom Bombs belongs to a number of museum programs that have recently featured contemporary artists who are from or who trained in Northeast Ohio, including Wadsworth and Jae Jarrell, Scott Olson, Jerry Birchfield, Liz Roberts and Henry Ross. Eating Atom Bombs will be on view at Transformer Station from January 20 through April 15, 2018. The exhibition is free and open to the public. “The work of Dana Schutz has had a presence in our contemporary art galleries since ... More

Untitled, Waves series, 2016. Matte enamel on aluminium, 120 x 120 cm.

DUBAI.- Ayyam Gallery Dubai (11 Alserkal Avenue) presents Hybrids, a solo exhibition by Rashid Al Khalifa. Hybrids presents a selection of wall-mounted installations from six different series from 2010 to 2017. Over the past four decades, Rashid Al Khalifa has continuously explored the nature of experientiality of art whilst asserting the importance of its context over art for art’s sake. Rashid has experimented with a multitude of painting styles, including Realism, Impressionism, and Individualism. Over the past decade, he has turned to Abstraction and Colour Field. In his recent works, Rashid maintains a focus on the aesthetics of what post-modernists identify as re- contextualisation of an art genre. Investigating varying articulations of seriality within his oeuvre, as well as geometry, surface, and colour, the artist creates simple yet deeply resonant works. Rashid’s installations are ‘hybrids’ of painting and ... More

Setford brings over 30 years of experience in museums and other arts organizations in the United States and the United Kingdom. © Daniel Quat Photography.

TACOMA, WA.- Tacoma Art Museum welcomes David Setford as its new Executive Director. Setford brings over 30 years of experience in museums and other arts organizations in the United States and the United Kingdom as a curator, director/administrator, and fundraiser. With an entrepreneurial and community-driven approach, Setford has also been instrumental in organizing exhibitions on a diverse array of iconic artists such as Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, Georgia O'Keeffe, Gordon Parks, Frida Kahlo, Andrew Wyeth, as well as Northwest artists Jacob Lawrence and Dale Chihuly. Setford’s original expertise was in 19th and 20th century European Art, and later he added a passion for 20th century American Art. “I’m so excited to be moving to Tacoma and the Pacific Northwest, and joining the Tacoma ... More

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Tramway presents twelve large scale multi-media collages by Steven Campbell
GLASGOW.- Love is an exhibition of twelve large scale multi-media collages by celebrated artist Steven Campbell (1953 – 2007) created on his return to Scotland in 1987 following a five year period of living and working in New York. Campbell is widely known for his vivid, figurative paintings, however this unique and rarely seen body of work reflects on a lesser known, experimental area of Campbell’s practice which also includes clay, plaster and papier mache sculpture, drawing, printmaking and textile design. While Campbell’s paintings were often executed with terrific speed; a canvas he claimed could be completed in five days, these large scale, predominantly two dimensional collages were each made over a period of weeks. Completed over a 3 year period between 1988 and 1991 Campbell worked on the images intensively, in part because of the laborious way in ... More

Trashy literature? No such thing for Turkish refuse collectors
ANKARA (AFP).- Many would prefer probably not to dwell on what becomes of books thrown into the rubbish bin when their onetime reader declutters their shelves. In the Turkish capital Ankara, however, discarded books need not necessarily end up heading for a papery oblivion. Instead, a surprising life after death is now in store for them thanks to a rather unconventional library. A group of the city's rubbish collectors has set up the library boasting thousands of works that would otherwise have been swallowed up by landfill. The books had been left out on residential streets together with other refuse for collection, sparking the idea to recycle them for a whole new readership. Opened more than seven months ago by one district's garbage collectors and their manager, the library is housed in a disused brick factory that was already serving as a base for the workers. ... More

Indian textiles and the politics of global consumerism explored in new exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery
LIVERPOOL.- A new exhibition Slaves of Fashion: New Works by The Singh Twins, explores how the history of Indian textiles is a global story of Empire, conflict, enslavement and luxury lifestyle which has contemporary relevance - connecting to ethical trade and consumerism in the world today. It will run at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool from 19 January until 20 May 2018. In particular, the exhibition focuses on the relationship between Britain and India to uncover hidden details of Europe’s colonial past and its legacies. The exhibition comprises almost 20 new artworks by internationally-renowned artists The Singh Twins, whose Indian heritage has played a significant role in influencing their work, inspired by the ancient tradition of Indian miniature painting. The Twins’ art always tells a story and is rich in symbolism. Combining Eastern and Western traditions, their style uses artistic language from ... More

FOTOHOF opens exhibition of Werner Schnelle's unique negatives
SALZBURG.- Salzburg fine art photographer Werner Schnelle has devoted his work to reflecting on the process of analogue photography. The focal point of his interest is not on the photographed motifs or on an epistemological understanding of the world gained through documentary photography. Rather, in his photographs, he explores the way in which the photographic moment of image capture and recording itself proceeds. This approach encompasses photographs taken with all sorts of cameras, such as Polaroid photography, and the use of extra large-format studio cameras; also, photographic techniques that dispense with cameras altogether, producing images on photo paper simply through exposure in the darkroom, i.e. photograms and chemigrams. He even experiments with photographic methods that only use photo paper and light, in other words without ... More

WIELS opens the first exhibition ever dedicated to the Belgian artist Sophie Podolski
BRUSSELS.- WIELS presents the first exhibition ever dedicated to the Belgian artist Sophie Podolski. Her work is emblematic of a time marked by sexual liberation, anti-psychiatry and a youth counterculture. In the brief period between 1968 and 1974 – when she took her own life at the age of 21 – she produced a remarkable body of graphic works, and one book titled Le pays où tout est permis [The Country Where Everything Is Permitted]. While writing and drawing were inextricably intertwined for Podolski, during her lifetime she was mostly seen as a poet. The exhibition at WIELS places an emphasis on her visual practice and highly personal iconography, bringing this compelling work out of obscurity. The exhibition consists of over 100 works on paper, including those made with ink, pastels or coloured pencil, as well as the etchings that are among her earliest works ... More

Survey exhibition explores the contradictory nature of society's relationship to the rural
LONDON.- Hauser & Wirth Somerset announces ‘The Land We Live In – The Land We Left Behind’, curated by Adam Sutherland. This ambitious survey exhibition explores the contradictory nature of society’s relationship to the rural. The presentation features over 50 international artists and creatives, as well as works on loan, by artists working from the 1500s to the present day, including Paul McCarthy, Beatrix Potter, Carsten Höller, Laure Prouvost, William Holman Hunt, Samuel Palmer, Frank Lloyd Wright, Marcus Coates, Fernando García-Dory, Mark Dion, Roni Horn, Aaron Angell and Mark Wallinger. With protagonists ranging from 10th-century anchorites to 21st-century urban ruralists, ‘The Land We Live In – The Land We Left Behind’ tells the story of humanity’s evolving connection to the land, our perception of, and reliance upon it. Viewers will have the opportunity ... More

Galerie Peter Kilchmann now represents Uwe Wittwer
ZURICH.- Galerie Peter Kilchmann announced its collaboration with Swiss artist Uwe Wittwer. Wittwer was born in Zurich in 1954, where he lives and works. Since the beginning of his career in the middle of the eighties Wittwer’s multifaceted oeuvre has been dealing with the question of the truth content of images. His paintings and watercolors take the viewer to poetic, dream-like and unfamiliar pictorial worlds that challenge one’s viewing habits. In search of motifs for his compositions Wittwer conducts an intensive research and delves into certain topics by means of literature, (art-) history publications and the study of old masters. He collects images from the Internet that he then uses as templates for his paintings and drawings. These are carefully selected and transferred to the canvas and paper with complex methods that modify the original. Wittwer’s ... More

Roger Dean artworks featured at ArtPalmBeach 2018
PALM BEACH, FLA.- At this year’s 21st edition of ArtPalmBeach, Trading Boundaries Fine Art Gallery is showcasing a stunning collection of Roger Dean’s works for fairgoers to be captivated by. The collection features paintings, drawings, watercolors, sketches, and prints by the artist, many of which can be seen and available for purchase by the American public for the very first time. Fair attendees can experience the Trading Boundaries exclusive at booth #420 at the Palm Beach fair. This highly anticipated exhibition will leave attendees in awe as they are treated to a look inside Dean’s wildly surreal perspective and get a first look at the artist’s buzzworthy collection of works. Roger Dean is available for book and print signings on Jan. 20th and 21st at 3-4 pm. Whatever the level of your artistic literacy, you’ve more than likely seen works by the revered Roger ... More

The 26th edition of the Outsider Art Fair opens with strong sales & record breaking attendance
NEW YORK, NY.- Last night, over 2,500 fair-goers attended the opening day of the 26th edition of the Outsider Art Fair in New York City, an all-time record for the fair that specializing in showcasing the works of self-taught artists from around the world and additional proof that outsider art has changed the shape of modern and contemporary art and developed a thriving art market of its own. A select group of tastemakers from the art, culture, fashion, and entertainment fields attended an early preview held at the The Metropolitan Pavilion, located at 125 West 18th Street in New York City. They included artists Maurizio Cattelan, Hugo Guinness, Peter McGough, Brian Donnelly - KAWS - and Josh Smith; collectors Marty & Rebecca Eisenberg, Adam Lindemann, Bob Greenberg and Eric Eisner as well as Curator Massimiliano Gioni, among others. "The energy ... More

Lake Placid 1980 Winter Olympics Torch sold for more than $40k at auction
BOSTON, MASS.- A Lake Placid 1980 Winter Olympics Torch sold for $40,706 according to Boston-based RR Auction. The torch is comprised of bronze-colored leather and metal, designed by Don McFarland and manufactured by Cleanweld Turner. The torch design and materials symbolized a blend of modern technology and a reference to Ancient Greece. After the flame was lit in Olympia on January 30, the flame traveled by air to Athens and then to Langley, Virginia, in the United States. The American leg of the relay was 1,600 km and designed to retrace the American Revolution Bicentennial Trail. Only 52 torchbearers participated, including one from every state plus Washington, DC, and Lake Placid. The Olympic cauldron was lit at Lake Placid on February 8th. 140 torches were manufactured for the Lake Placid Winter Olympics, one of the smallest production ... More

A remarkable man: The art and legacy of David Brown explored in exhibition at Winchester Discovery Centre
WINCHESTER.- Through the words of those who knew David Brown and his exceptional contribution to the arts, this exhibition is the intriguing story of a remarkable man, collector and curator. David Brown was born in Romsey, Hampshire, in 1925. During World War II, he worked in the Cornish tin mines as a Bevin Boy, before studying to be a vet and working in Africa. Following the tragic death of his beloved partner in 1967, Brown returned to England, resigning from his veterinary career and finding solace in his passion for art. After formally retraining in art history, he took a position with the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and in rapid succession became Assistant Keeper of the Modern Collection at Tate. Brown amassed a substantial personal art collection, one that championed artists who were, at the time he purchased their works, up and coming. He died ... More

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On a day like today, French painter Jean-François Millet died
January 20, 2018. Jean-François Millet (French: [mile]; October 4, 1814 - January 20, 1875) was a French painter and one of the founders of the Barbizon school in rural France. Millet is noted for his scenes of peasant farmers; he can be categorized as part of the Realism art movement. In this image: The Angelus by Jean Francois Millet.

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