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Largest overview presentation of Louise Bourgeois' Cell series opens at Haus der Kunst

Louise Bourgeois, Spider, 1997. Steel, tapestry, wood, glass, fabric, rubber, silver, gold and bone, 449.6 x 665.5 x 518.2 cm. Collection The Easton Foundation. Photo: Frédéric Delpech, © The Easton Foundation / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2015.

MUNICH.- Over her long career as an artist, Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010) developed concepts and formal inventions that later became key positions in contemporary art; these included the use of environmental installation and theatrical formats, and the engagement with psychoanalytic and feminist themes. Both her distinctive sculptural forms and her outstanding drawings and graphic works are second to none. Among the most innovative and sophisticated sculptural works in her extensive Œuvre are the Cells, a series of architectural spaces that deal with a range of emotions. Created over a span of two decades, the Cell series presents individual microcosms: each Cell is an enclosure that separates the internal world from the external world. In these unique spaces, the artist composes found objects, clothes, fabric, furniture and distinctive sculptures into emotionally charged, theatrical sets. If one includes the five precursor works to the Cells that first emerged in 1986 with "Articulated La ... More

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Sotheby's to offer complete set of Nicholas Nixon's Brown Sisters photographs   Leonard Nimoy, Spock on 'Star Trek' and accomplished photographer, dead at 83   Graffiti artist Banksy releases an online video; Leaves his mark in war-ravaged Gaza

Nicholas Nixon, Brown Sisters, 1978 (detail). Photo: Sotheby's.

NEW YORK, NY.- On 1 April 2015 Sotheby’s New York will offer a complete set of The Brown Sisters by Nicholas Nixon - one of the most remarkable continuing photographic series of the 20th and 21st centuries. Nixon shot the first portrait of his wife Bebe, then 25, Heather 23, Laurie 21, and Mimi 15 in 1975, and has subsequently recreated a version of the portrait every year since using an 8 x 10-inch view camera. The result is a highly detailed and captivating work of conceptual art documenting the four sisters’ evolution through the years. This body of work comes directly from the collection of Mrs. Mary Robinson who, along with her late husband David, is known not only as one of the West Coast’s most important art collectors but also benefactors, having donated a significant collection of 150 early photographs to the National Gallery of Art in 1995. The set of 40 photographs here are offered as a single lot and are estimated to fet ... More

Leonard Nimoy, played the role of Spock in the original Star Trek television series and was an accomplished photographer. AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN/FILES.

WASHINGTON (AFP).- Actor Leonard Nimoy, who won fans worldwide for his generations-spanning role as the pointy-eared half-human half-Vulcan Mr Spock in the "Star Trek" television and film franchise, died Friday at age 83. Nimoy, who suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, died at his home in Los Angeles. His granddaughter Dani announced the death on his Twitter account. "He was an extraordinary man, husband, grandfather, brother, actor, author -- the list goes on -- and friend. Thank you for the warm condolences. May you all LLAP. Dani," she wrote, using the acronym for one of Spock's most famous sayings -- "Live long and prosper." In his last tweet, posted Monday under his handle @TheRealNimoy, Nimoy himself said: "A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP" Tributes quickly poured in from ... More

A mural of a kitten, said to have been painted by British street artist Banksy. AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED ABED.

GAZA CITY (AFP).- World-renowned graffiti artist Banksy has caused a stir in the Gaza Strip, apparently secretly travelling to the Palestinian territory and painting murals on buildings ruined by the latest conflict. The artist, whose chooses to remain anonymous, released an online video entitled "Make this the year YOU discover a new destination", that purports to show him travelling to Gaza by commercial flight and then through smuggling tunnels -- possibly underneath the Egyptian border. Banksy's latest works were a damning critique of Israel's bombardment of Gaza in July and August as it fought against Islamist militants of Hamas, destroying or damaging more than 100,000 homes and killing nearly 2,200 Palestinians, most of them civilians. The murals include what appears to be Greek goddess Niobe, weeping in the doorway of a destroyed building, and a giant cat painted on the last remaining wall of a Gaza home playing ... More

Iconic artist Auguste Rodin comes to the James A. Michener Art Museum in Pennsylvania   Atlanta's High Museum of Art explores iconic design of Coca-Cola bottle in exhibition   Career-spanning exhibition of Richard Avedon's work opens at Gagosian Rome

Auguste Rodin, The Thinker, Modeled 1880, reduced in 1903, this example cast at a later date, bronze, 14 ¾ x 7 ⅞ x 11 ⅝ in., Gift of the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation in honor of Governor Michael F. Easley and Mary P. Easley.

DOYLESTOWN, PA.- The James A. Michener Art Museum announces the highly-anticipated opening of Rodin: The Human Experience — Selections from the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Collections – on Saturday, February 28, 2015 in the Paton | Smith | Della Penna-Fernberger Galleries. The exhibition, comprised of 52 bronze sculptures by French artist Auguste Rodin, will run through Sunday, June 14, 2015. Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) was one of the greatest sculptors of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Rodin: The Human Experience not only includes a stunning installation of bronzes featuring work that spans the artist's long career, it is also especially rich in portraiture. Included are Rodin's famous depictions of writer Victor Hugo and Honoré de Balzac; the musician ... More

Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987), Three Coke Bottles, 1962, silkscreen, ink, and graphite on linen, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburg; Founding Collection, Contribution The Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts, Inc., 1998.1.20. © 2015 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists.

ATLANTA, GA.- An exhibition exploring the iconic design and creative legacy of the Coca-Cola bottle opens at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta this month. “The Coca-Cola Bottle: An American Icon at 100” features more than 100 objects, including more than 15 works of art by Andy Warhol and more than 40 photographs inspired by or featuring the bottle. Opening Feb. 28 and on view through Oct. 4, 2015, the exhibition provides visitors the opportunity to view original design illustrations, historical artifacts and a century of experimentation with the CocaCola bottle, which has become one of the world’s most recognized icons since its inception in 1915. “The High is honored to present this exhibition celebrating an iconic American design that has influenced ... More

Jacqueline Kennedy, socialite, New York, January 14, 1958.

ROME.- Gagosian Rome presents “Avedon: Beyond Beauty,” a career-spanning exhibition that includes nearly every editioned fashion photograph from Richard Avedon’s highly distinctive and influential oeuvre, as well as a number of his iconic portraits of female subjects. As a young photographer's assistant in the U.S. Merchant Marine during WWII, Avedon was given the job to make identity photographs. He commented "I must have taken pictures of one hundred thousand faces before it occurred to me I was becoming a photographer." Subsequently, from the outset of his professional career as a photographer, his command of composition, situation, and circumstance, and his erasure of the distinction between "art" and "commercial" photography resulted in a highly impactful body of work, whether celebrity portraiture, brand-defining commercial work, or gritty cultural and political documentary concerning race relations, ... More

The Bronx Museum of the Arts appoints José A. Ortiz as new Deputy Director   Reflective celebration of Lehmann Maupin's history offered in new exhibition   Catherine Futter named to new leadership position at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Mr. Ortiz comes with a wealth of experience in arts management, most recently as the Founding Director of Artisphere.

BRONX, NY.- The Bronx Museum of the Arts announced today that José A. Ortiz will become the organization’s new Deputy Director, partnering with Executive Director Holly Block in the management of the Museum’s staff and assisting in the implementation of the Strategic Plan in conjunction with the Museum’s anticipated programmatic, operational, and fiscal growth. Mr. Ortiz comes with a wealth of experience in arts management, most recently as the Founding Director of Artisphere—the D.C.-region’s newest visual and performing arts center—and previously as Deputy Director of the Harvard Art Museums, where he oversaw the daily operation of the university’s three art museums—the Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Busch-Reisinger Museum, and Fogg Museum. Ortiz’s extensive background also includes serving as the Deputy Director/Chief of Finance and Administration at the Smithsonian Institution’s Hirshhorn Mu ... More

Lee Bul, Untitled, 2014. Crystal, glass and acrylic beads, mirrors, stainless-steel, aluminum and black nickel rods, steel and bronze chains, stainless-steel, and aluminum armature, 78.74 x 74.8 x 59.06 in. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong.

NEW YORK, NY.- Lehmann Maupin presents Future Seasons Past, a reflective celebration of its history and a look forward to its future. The gallery has garnered a reputation for supporting international artists at various stages of their careers and presenting work that reaches across disciplines, bringing forward new and challenging forms of creative expression. Known for its long relationships with artists, Lehmann Maupin has had a lasting impact on individual careers as well as on contemporary art and culture. To commemorate the opening of the gallery’s new Chelsea location, Manuel E. Gonzalez has curated a group exhibition highlighting artists that have helped shape the gallery program throughout its nearly 20-year history, including Richard Artschwager, Kutlug Ataman, Kader Attia, Hernan Bas, Ashley Bickerton, Ross Bleckner, Billy Childish, ... More

In addition to her new role as head of a large curatorial division, Futter is currently steering the museum’s wider discussion of a cultural district. Photo: Mark McDonald.

KANSAS CITY, MO.- During opening week for two special exhibitions at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the museum has announced that Catherine L. Futter – responsible for both exhibitions – has been promoted to the Louis L. and Adelaide C. Ward Senior Curator of European Arts. The new title reflects a greatly expanded role for Futter as she heads a newly created division overseeing three existing departments: Arts of the Ancient World, European Paintings and Sculpture, and Architecture, Design and Decorative Arts, which includes American Decorative Arts. “Catherine has grown tremendously through the years, and I have seen how she has both the leadership skills and talent to take on new challenges,” said Julián Zugazagoitia, the Menefee D. and Mary Louise Blackwell CEO & Director of the Nelson-Atkins. “In this new role, she is responsible for an integrated curatorial division inspired by the origins of this museum. Our ... More

'Art Nouveau, Continental Design & Sculpture' on view at the Fine Art Society in London   Lyman Allyn Art Museum presents exhibition exploring the rich heritage of New England gardens   Exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia presents a selection of works by Bill Viola

Hector Guimard, Plaque for Paris Metro, 1899-1900, Cast iron, with original paint.

LONDON.- The Fine Art Society presents an important exhibition of Art Nouveau and Continental design, alongside sculpture from the late 19th and early 20th centuries from The John Scott Collection. The exhibition includes works by both British and European pioneers of the period including Hector Guimard, Emile Galle, Archibald Knox and Gustave Miklos. Highlighting the vitality and seductiveness of forms developed in decorative arts and sculpture during the epoch, the exhibition includes furniture, architectural pieces, glass, ceramics, metalwork and sculpture. Art Nouveau was a brief but highly significant movement in art and design at the turn of the 20th century. Characterised by sinuous lines and flowing organic shapes based on plant forms, this new visual language was brought about by a group of artists and designers who self-consciously sought to find a style appropriate to the modern age. ... More

Medford Garden, Courtesy of Historic New England.

NEW LONDON, CONN.- The Lyman Allyn Art Museum presents Lost Gardens of New England, an exhibition exploring the rich heritage of New England gardens, great and small. Lost Gardens of New England will be on view from March 1 through July 31, 2015. Featuring more than forty images of New England gardens from Historic New England’s extraordinary Library and Archives, Lost Gardens of New England is rich in evocative documentary evidence of major themes of American landscape history. The exhibition presents this material to depict several New England gardens, great and small, that no longer exist or only partially survive. The show includes watercolors, historic photographs, prints, stereo view cards, garden supply catalogues, and even a mid-nineteenth-century nurseryman’s bill with a list of plant materials. Landscape drawings provide insight into how these gardens were conceived and visualized by their creators, either amateur or ... More

Bill Viola, United States of America, born 1951, The Encounter, 2012, colour HD video on plasma display mounted on wall, 19.19 mins, Performers: Genevieve Anderson, Joan Chodorow. Photo: Kira Perov.

ADELAIDE.- The Art Gallery of South Australia is one of three venues to host the Adelaide Festival exhibition Bill Viola: Selected works –the broadest selection of Viola’s works ever curated in Australia. Bill Viola, a pioneer of video art in the 1970s, is now considered one of the great masters of the medium and is among the most significant contemporary artists of our time. His work is renowned for its atmospheric purity and haunting beauty. Visitors to the Gallery will experience themes of birth, death, transformation and transcendence and will have the opportunity to see four of Viola’s mesmerizing works said Curator of European and North American Art, Jane Messenger. Among the works to be exhibited is the celebrated installation The crossing, 1996, through which Viola brings together the two opposing forces of fire and water. On ... More

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Black Mountain College Museum completes first phase of renovation and expansion project
ASHEVILLE, NC.- Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, in Asheville, NC, completed the first phase of its expansion project with the renovation of its current facility led by artist and designer Randy Shull and BMCM+AC Board Chair J. Richard Gruber. The renovated gallery space reopened to the public on January 30, 2015, with an exhibition of work by Susan Weil, an alumnus of the profoundly influential Black Mountain College (BMC) (1933-57). The new Center for Black Mountain College Studies and redesigned orientation area are also open following the month-long renovation. Visitors to the just-completed facility at 56 Broadway in Asheville's vibrant arts district encounter elements of BMC at the front door. To enter, they walk over a photographic image of Josef Albers imbedded in the concrete threshold. The influential artist, who taught at BMC from its establishment through 1949, ... More

Woodson Art Museum guitar exhibition strikes a chord
WAUSAU, WI.- An exhibition featuring forty iconic guitars – from an acoustic lute to electric guitars – opens Saturday, February 28, at the Woodson Art Museum where performances, aficionados’ insights, a hands-on Sound Lab, and luthier’s studio feature the instrument that rocks the world. Medieval to Metal: The Art & Evolution of the Guitar, a touring exhibition of The National Guitar Museum on view at the Woodson Art Museum through May 31, comprises design illustrations, guitars, and photographs of performers, bringing sound to life. Visitors are invited to riff, jam, and play guitars in the Woodson Art Museum’s Sound Lab and pluck oversized strings and design album covers in Art Park, the interactive family gallery. The exhibition and array of programs highlight how this ever-changing instrument packs a cultural punch. As the guitar’s ancestors evolved over centuries from the ... More

Former Beatle Paul McCartney's childhood home sold
LONDON (AFP).- The childhood home of former Beatle Paul McCartney sold for £150,000 ($231,000, 206,000 euros) at an auction on Thursday in Liverpool, hometown of the legendary 1960s rock band. The red brick terraced house in the south of the coastal city sold for £50,000 over its guide price to an anonymous bidder in Britain. The sale was held at the rebuilt Cavern Club, the venue where The Beatles often played in their early career. "We are delighted to have sold such an iconic piece of The Beatles and Liverpool's history," said Andrew Brown, manager of Countrywide Property Auctions. McCartney moved into the house aged four with his parents Jim and Mary in 1947, and the family was well known in the area of Speke due to his mother's job as a midwife. The family lived in the three-bedroom house for six years. ... More

Gross Domestic Product inventor Simon Kuznets' 1971 Nobel Prize sells for $390,848
LOS ANGELES, CA.- The 1971 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences awarded to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) inventor Simon Kuznets sold tonight for $390,848 at Nate D. Sanders Auctions. It was the first Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences to ever be auctioned and only the sixth Nobel Prize to ever go under the hammer. Interested bidders may participate in the auction online. Unlike other famous economists, Kuznets utilized demography and statistics to infer the effects of population growth on national productivity. He authored important studies that quantified economic activity and its relationship to population increases, and immigration and internal population shifts. During World War II, his research at the Bureau of Planning and Statistics, War Production Board was instrumental in providing realistic estimates of national productivity for the defense effort. Kuznets pioneered the Gross ... More

NEW/NOW: 'Karl Lund - Angry robots liquefied my brain' opens at the New Britain Museum of American Art
NEW BRITAIN, CONN.- The New Britain Museum of American Art welcomes the latest NEW/NOW artist, Karl Lund and his colorful and dynamic world in which robots seek revenge and destruction in post-apocalyptic landscapes. A melding of his stop-motion character design and sci-fi related themes, Lund’s paintings and sculpture tell intriguing, action-packed stories. They also invite the viewer to look closer, as the works’ small details hold interest and mystery. The exhibition will showcase a variety of Lund’s sci-fi related paintings of both large and small-scale including, I’ve Grown Tired of playing your Silly Stupid Games, 2011 and He was Programmed to Liquefy Anyone Who Got in His Way, 2012. Lund shares that his new, large-scale paintings zoom out to expose a bigger picture and has allowed him to explore the environment and creatures that inhabit it. When asked how he would ... More

The Neuberger Museum of Art presents exhibition 'Kuba Textiles: Geometry in Form, Space, and Time'
PURCHASE, NY.- The Kuba skirts and overskirts worn by men and women on special occasions such as festivals and funerals are among the most extraordinary of African textiles. Woven by men and embellished by women in the Kuba region in present-day Democratic Republic of the Congo, they are decorated with patterns and motifs that are bold and intricate, irregular and ordered, and may refer to the social status of the wearer. Notable not only for their beauty but also for their scale, “some garments reach nearly thirty feet in length,” notes Marie-Thérèse Brincard, curator of Kuba Textiles: Geometry in Form, Space, and Time, a historic exhibition, organized by the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, SUNY. Worn wrapped around and around the body several times, the textiles are distinctive and spectacular. The exhibition will be on view from March 1 through June 14, 2015. ... More

Major solo exhibition by the Czech artist Krištof Kintera opens at Kunsthal Rotterdam
ROTTERDAM.- For the first time in the Netherlands, the Kunsthal Rotterdam is presenting a major solo exhibition by the Czech artist Krištof Kintera. Kintera addresses politically charged issues with his evocative installations full of ironic, almost slapstick-like and sometimes dark humour. His work is staggeringly imaginative and powerful and subtly provides food for thought. Kintera's sculptures and installations are lifelike, can move and communicate, are dysfunctional and sometimes completely absurd. Visitors to the exhibition become immersed in Kintera's world. It is remarkable experience and an absolute must see! Everyday life and a sense of wonder regarding world issues both great and small are never far removed from Krištof Kintera's work. His provocative, melancholy and poetic work explores the boundaries of contemporary sculpture, examining issues ranging from the crisis, mass ... More

Exhibition of works by Bradley Hart opens at Anna Zorina Gallery
NEW YORK, NY.- Anna Zorina Gallery presents Descendants featuring the artwork of Bradley Hart. The artist invented an elaborate sustainable system of creation that allows for the natural derivation of new work from the prior level of achievement. Stylistically varied, the works share an inherent procedural and conceptual lineage. Overarching ideas and resourceful capability connect Hart’s family of works into a dynamic legacy. The Injection pieces act as progenitors for each further scion. The artist chooses the unlikely support of bubble wrap, meticulously filling each bubble with acrylic paint. This results in seemingly pixelated images that allude to Impressionistic pointillism from a digital age perspective. Hart deliberately injects an excess amount of paint to guarantee that each color will drip down the reverse side of the bubble wrap. This resulting layer is carefully peeled ... More

Mat Collishaw announces Tate Sensorium as the winner of IK Prize 2015
LONDON.- The winner of IK Prize 2015, an annual prize presented by Tate celebrating creative talent in the digital industry, was announced today by artist, Mat Collishaw. The winner is Flying Object (Tom Pursey, Peter Law and Tim Partridge) for Tate Sensorium. The project will use the latest innovations in technology, including binaural sound and ultrasonic touchless haptics in an immersive installation, to create sensory experiences that relate to specific works of art. Tate Sensorium was chosen by a panel of industry experts from a shortlist of four proposals. Flying Object, a London based creative agency, will receive £10,000 and a £60,000 production budget to turn their idea into a reality. The winning project, Tate Sensorium, will be unveiled at Tate Britain in late summer. Flying Object will create bespoke applications of technology to bring Tate Sensorium to life, with help from ... More

Didier Claes to show the collection of African masks of Dr. Alex Rafaeli at TEFAF
MAASTRICHT.- For their second participation in The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) (13-22 March), Didier Claes will help us discover three masks from the famous collection of Dr. Alex Rafaeli: one previously unshown mask by the "Master of Bouaflé", a Kwélé mask from Gabon along with a Yaouré mask from Ivory Coast. Here History is written with a capital H: The mask of the "Master of Bouaflé" in fact belonged to one of the greatest figures of modern art: Paul Guillaume (1891-1934), whose dealings included works by Soutine, Modigliani, Derain, Picasso, Matisse and Van Dongen, and who was also a pioneer in the discovery of African art in the West. As a preview, and exclusively, Didier Claes shows us three masterpieces: Alex Rafaeli had an extraordinary life, which is the least one can say... Born in Riga (capital of present - day Latvia) in 1910, he experienced both the last years of the ... More

Martha Araújo's first solo exhibition at Galeria Jaqueline Martins on view in Sao Paulo
SAO PAULO.- Galeria Jaqueline Martins is presenting the first solo exhibition at the gallery by Martha Araújo, an artist from the state of Alagoas, northeast of Brazil. The exhibition, entitled Para um corpo pleno de vazios [“For a body fulfilled by voids“], which takes place between 10th February and 21st March 2015, from 6pm to 10pm, rescues an artistic production permeated with intense research which unfolds around exercises, expressions and relations of the body since the 1970s. Martha Araújo’s oeuvre presents the body as a mode of thinking in the world. Questioning how the body is intimately entwined with the world, how the “I” negotiates terms of relations, and the implicit social contracts existing amongst ourselves by which we make love or peace, are among Araújo’s main explorations. Her unique poetical language combines bodies, materials and forces projecting relationships ... More

Islamic State destroys ancient idols in Mosul Museum



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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