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South Asia's leading art fair for modern and contemporary art opens in New Delhi

In this photograph taken on January 29, 2015 an Indian woman looks on during the India Art Fair in New Delhi. For years, it’s been India’s grand art festival but this year more than ever, India Art Fair is raking more eyes balls by bringing a gamut of modern and contemporary works from across the world to satiate the growing art appetite of the metropolis - Delhi. AFP PHOTO / CHANDAN KHANNA.

NEW DELHI (AFP).- With a giant stainless steel elephant, a graffiti mural and a dying tree branch, the Indian Art Fair opened Friday hoping to tap into the country's growing demand for contemporary art. Growing wealth has fuelled an interest in art collecting among India's super rich, but the New Delhi fair's organisers said a rapidly rising middle class has also played a role in recent years. "Delhi is the most promising and largest art centre in India and something that is growing exponentially," Neha Kirpal, fair founder and director, told AFP. "The rising middle class in Delhi and love for art is something that is enabling strong commercial interests," she said. Spread across pavilions over 20,000 square metres (215,000 square feet), the fair features more than 3,500 works from 1,200 artists from India and overseas. The event has been phenomenally successful since its first edition in 2008 ... More

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New Galleries of Post-War and Contemporary art unveiled at Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art   Yale University Art Gallery opens its first exhibition dedicated to James Abbott McNeill Whistler   Georgia O'Keeffe Museum opens new exhibition: 'Modernism Made in New Mexico'

Helen Frakenthaler (American, 1928–2011), Sea Picture with Black, 1959 (detail). Oil on canvas, 84 1/2 x 57 inches. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Gift of Susan Morse Hilles, 1961.7

HARTFORD, CONN.- The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art opened a bold, new installation of Post-War and Contemporary Art Jan. 31, 2015, in three dedicated galleries that have been completely refurbished as part of the museum’s five-year, $33 million renovation. The installation is the first complete rehanging of the museum’s Contemporary collection in nearly 20 years. Patricia Hickson, Emily Hall Tremaine Curator of Contemporary Art, organized the reinstallation. “We are delighted to welcome our visitors back to the Wadsworth Atheneum to experience our outstanding Post-War and Contemporary Art collections,” said Susan L. Talbott, Director and C.E.O. “We have been anticipating this moment for some time, and look forward to unveiling many new gifts and acquisitions that enhance our already distinguished legacy.” The installation covers artwork dating 1945 to the present, ... More

Mortimer Menpes, Whistler: Monocle Left Eye (Whistler No. 2), 1902–3. Etching and drypoint, 13 3/4 x 6 1/4 in. (34.9 x 15.9 cm). Yale University Art Gallery, Anonymous gift

NEW HAVEN, CONN.- Whistler in Paris, London, and Venice examines the life and artistic development of James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834–1903), one of the most celebrated artists of the 19th century, through the lens of three of his earliest and most innovative sets of etchings, the so-called French, Thames, and Venice Sets. The sets are representative of three important periods in Whistler’s life: as a student in Paris, absorbing the lessons of his Realist contemporaries and the Old Masters; as an emerging artist in London, forging a name for himself as an etcher; and as a well-known artist and teacher in Venice, trying to recover his reputation and fortune following a devastating bankruptcy. Over 100 objects from the Yale University Art Gallery’s permanent holdings, including etchings of Venice by Mortimer Menpes, one of Whistler’s most devoted pupils, and ... More

Georgia O’Keeffe, Black Hollyhock Blue Larkspur, 1930 (detail). Oil on canvas, 30 1/8 x 40 (76.5 x 101.6. Extended loan, private collection © Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.

SANTA FE, NM.- The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum presents “Modernism Made in New Mexico,” an exhibition organized by the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, which traces the work of fifteen pioneering artists who found inspiration in New Mexico’s stark landscape, distinct adobe architecture, and vibrant cultures. The artwork on view spans the first four decades of the twentieth century, from a scene of majestic beauty painted in 1902 by Thomas Moran to an abstract Modernist composition by Raymond Jonson from 1940. “This exhibition explores the unique creative efforts of some of America’s most important artists, leaders in the development of an unmistakably American style of Modernism, one made in New Mexico,” says Robert A. Kret, Director of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. “Though far from influential art centers like New York City, the sense of place found in this region dramatically changed the ... More

A million documents, some dating back to the 16th century, damaged in Russian library blaze   McCabe Fine Art brings together paintings from the 1990s through the 2000s by Christopher Wool   Sotheby's 2015 Masters Week Sales total an impressive $79 million in New York

Firefighters work to extinguish a fire at the library of the Academic Institute of Scientific Information on Social Sciences in Moscow. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER UTKIN.

MOSCOW (AFP).- A fire that ripped through one of Russia's largest university libraries is believed to have damaged over one million historic documents, with some describing the fire as a cultural "Chernobyl." The blaze, which started Friday and was still not completely out on Saturday evening, ravaged 2,000 square metres (21,500 square feet) of the Institute of Scientific Information on Social Sciences (INION), which was created in 1918 and holds 10 million documents with some dating back to the 16th century. "It's a major loss for science. This is the largest collection of its kind in the world, probably equivalent to the (United States) Library of Congress," Vladimir Fortov, president of the Russian Academy of Sciences was quoted as saying by Russia press agencies. "One can find documents there that are impossible to find elsewhere, all ... More

Christopher Wool Selected Paintings at McCabe Fine Art, Stockholm.

STOCKHOLM.- Since the 1980s American artist Christopher Wool has made work that simultaneously critiques and supports painting: both as a practice and a medium. From his earliest abstract works made with enamel on aluminum to his more recent “word paintings” featuring stenciled block letters in bold black and white, Wool’s diverse oeuvre expands the possibilities of paint and painting by continually testing the medium's limits. The current exhibition at McCabe Fine Art brings together paintings from the 1990s through the 2000s. Featuring a select, but exemplary sample of work, this exhibition shows Wool reasserting the relevance of painting using a variety of techniques and styles. The works comprising this intimate show are indicative of Wool’s diverse painterly practice in which he uses spray paint and silkscreen techniques on aluminum and canvas supports. An untitled work from 1994 is an example of ... More

Lorenzo Veneziano, St. Catherine of Alexandria and St. Sigismund of Burgundy, circa 1368. Estimate: 600,000 — 800,000 USD. Lot sold: 1,325,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's.

NEW YORK, NY.- Sotheby’s annual Masters Week sales in New York have achieved the impressive total of $79,255,816. The auctions included Master Paintings: Part I, Selected Renaissance and Mannerist Works of Art Assembled by Fabrizio Moretti, Master Paintings & Sculpture: Part II, and Old Master Drawings. Auction records were set for artists across the category including Giovanni Paolo Panini, Vittore Carpaccio, Antoine Coypel, Willem van de Velde, Lorenzo Veneziano and Clodion. A total of 15 lots sold for more than $1 million. Christopher Apostle, Head of Sotheby’s Old Master Paintings commented, “We are thrilled with these results, which show incredible depth and vibrancy in this market driven overwhelmingly by private buyers. The recipe for success in this field is fresh material, estimated correctly and presented ... More

Dominique Lévy Gallery opens large-scale sculptural intervention in New York City   Exhibition of works from the first half of Nancy Graves' artistic career opens at Mitchell-Innes & Nash   Exhibition of works from two periods by the influential Cologne artist Walter Dahn opens at Sprüth Magers

Peter Regli, Reality Hacking No. 320 (SNOW MONSTERS), 2015. Marble, 12 sculptures, dimensions variable. Photo: Tom Powel Imaging. Courtesy of the artist and Dominique Lévy Gallery, New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- Dominique Lévy announces Snow Monsters, the latest installment in Peter Regli’s Reality Hacking initiative. Regli began Reality Hacking, an ongoing series of interventions in public space, in 1996 and has to date produced more than three hundred works staged on four continents. Reality Hacking No. 320 (Snow Monsters) debuted in the Flatiron Plaza on January 25, 2015. The work is presented by Dominique Lévy Gallery in conjunction with the New York City Department of Transportation Art Program and the Flatiron / 23rd Street Partnership. Regli’s public installation marks his first large-scale sculptural intervention in New York City. Snow Monsters will remain on view through March 13, 2015. Regli’s Reality Hacking interventions seek to subtly subvert our daily experience of the public realm around us, either by ... More

Nancy Graves, Evol, 1978. Watercolor on paper, 63 5/8 by 44 1/2 in.  161.6 by 113 cm. © 2014 Nancy Graves Foundation, Inc / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. 

NEW YORK, NY.- Mitchell-Innes & Nash announces its second exhibition of the work of Nancy Graves from The Nancy Graves Foundation. On the 20th anniversary of her death, the show presents work from the first half of her artistic career, 1969 to 1982, and features painting, drawing, sculpture, and film. Nancy Graves is on view in the gallery’s Chelsea location (534 West 26th Street) from January 29 to March 7, 2015. Graves burst onto the international scene in 1969 with a solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, followed by her prominent inclusion in Documenta 5 (1972) and Documenta 6 (1977). Graves’s iconic early work used the form of a camel as a starting point from which to test the boundaries of art-making. The larger-than-life, mysterious sculptures are “realistic illusions,” or “natural fictions,” hovering between art and reality, abstraction and figuration. ... More

Walter Dahn, Immer Trinken, 1982. Acrylic on canvas, 150 x 150 cm., 59 x 59 inches. ©Walter Dahn. Courtesy Sprüth Magers.

BERLIN.- The majority of artistic careers are stories of ruptures and interruptions. Frequently it is only in hindsight that continuity becomes visible. “Walter Dahn 1980 - 83 / 2014: 2 Spaces”, the new exhibition at Sprüth Magers Berlin, focuses on works from two periods by the influential Cologne artist Walter Dahn, which may initially appear disparate. The gallery’s main space is hung with Dahn’s early painterly work, which emerged from the milieu of the “Mühlheimer Freiheit” artists’ group. Those paintings, which were also shown at documenta 7 in 1982, forged perceptions of a generation of artists who today are often identified as the “Neue Wilde”. In contrast Dahn’s screen prints from 2014 are on display on the upper floor of the gallery. In an almost tender manner, they engage the visual spaces of our everyday perceptions and our inner phantoms. Only under closer examination does i ... More

Exhibition of new work by German-born artist Esther Kläs opens at Xavier Hufkens   Exhibition of exquisite ornithological studies opens at Sheffield's Millenium Gallery   Exhibition of rarely shown large-scale works on view at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

Installation views of Esther Kläs' 'CHERE: Sculpture' at Xavier Hufkens 107 rue St-Georges, 1050 Brussels, Belgium. Photo: HV-studio, Brussels. Courtesy: the Artist and Xavier Hufkens, Brussels.

BRUSSELS.- Xavier Hufkens announces CHERE: Sculpture, an exhibition of new work by Esther Kläs. Over the past decade, German-born Esther Kläs has developed an idiosyncratic body of work that blurs the boundaries between painting, sculpture, and drawing. Following an intuitive logic, her work hovers between abstraction and figuration, object and space, movement and rest. Kläs’s sculpture, though abstract, evokes the body. Metaphor and symbolism are refused in favour of direct experience. Her objects are complete in themselves and displayed in dialogue with each other and the space they inhabit. Their placement and rearrangement follow both plan and accident. The residue of the sculptural process is evident in her eccentric forms. Kläs’s sensibility seems to be rooted in the interstices between Mimimalism and ... More

Ramphastos citreolaemus, John Gould, lithographed by Henry Constantine Richter

SHEFFIELD.- A remarkable collection of rarely-seen 18th and 19th century bird illustrations has taken flight as part of a new exhibition debuting at Sheffield’s Millennium Gallery. Opened on 31 January, The Illustrated Aviary showcases exquisite ornithological studies amassed by the Victorian naturalist Thomas Eyton, many of which have not been displayed for over 30 years. The historical works, which include engravings and hand-coloured lithographs by James John Audubon, Edward Lear, and John and Elizabeth Gould, have been complemented by a new large-scale installation from contemporary artist, Mister Finch. From the early 1700s to the late 1800s the marvels of scientific discovery captured the public imagination like never before, with expeditions across the globe revealing increasingly exotic species of birds and other wildlife. A number of naturalists saw the opportunity in the public’s interest ... More

Joan Mitchell, American, 1925 1992, Lyric, 1953 (detail), Oil on canvas, Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Gift of William Rubin, 1960.4.2.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY.- A new exhibition, XL: Large-Scale Paintings from the Permanent Collection, provides the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center a rare opportunity to showcase several large-scale paintings that are seldom on view. XL, an exhibition of 19 large works from Vassar’s holdings, is testament to the enduring visual power of mural-sized painting and the strength of the 20th century paintings collection at the Art Center. In addition, the exhibition, which covers a time span from 1948 to 2005, is an investigation of the ways in which artists have grappled with scale for the last half-century. With half of the works in the exhibition made by female painters, the exhibition also highlights Vassar’s strength in women’s art. Artists whose work is featured in this diverse and powerful exhibition are Kevin Appel, Milton Avery, Ross Bleckner, Joan Brown, Roger Brown, Nancy Graves, Grace Hartigan, ... More

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Exhibition of works from Clay Dragon Studios opens at Fuller Craft Museum
BROCKTON, MASS.- From 1976 – 1984, ten ceramic artists operated out of a dynamic gallery and cooperative workspace in the historic A. H. Davenport building in East Cambridge, Massachusetts. Named Clay Dragon Studios, this collaborative became a springboard for creativity and an influential foundation for numerous artists in contemporary ceramics. Now 30 years later, this retrospective exhibition showcases the rich range of mature styles, diverse materials, and new developments of former Clay Dragon Studios members. This exhibition is curated by Ellen Schön, with Judith Motzkin and is dedicated to the memories of Shellie Zimmerman Brooks and Elee Koplow. The following artists are featured in the exhibition: Shellie Z. Brooks (post), Ellen Grenadier, Abby Huntoon, David Judelson, Elee Koplow (post), Jod Lourie, Judith Motzkin, Ritvaliisa Ojanen, Ellen Schön, Richard ... More

Major exhibition of new works by Chantal Joffe opens at Jerwood Gallery
HASTINGS.- Jerwood Gallery announces a major exhibition of new works by Chantal Joffe, whose powerful portraits of women and children combine insight, integrity and wit. This exhibition celebrates Joffe's strong connections with Hastings and St Leonards. Hastings beach, in particular, is featured in the background of many of her paintings. The show features a number of new and unseen works painted specifically for the exhibition along with a selection of works spanning the past 13 years. Joffe has long-standing links with Hastings and regularly visits family who live in the town. The coastal landscape is an intoxicating inspiration for Joffe and she spends a great deal of time sitting on the beach, drawing. Possessing a humorous eye for everyday awkwardness and an enlivening facility with paint, Joffe brings a combination of intuition and honesty to the genre of figurative art. She paints with ... More

CAT scan of nearby supernova remnant reveals frothy interior
CAMBRIDGE, MASS.- Cassiopeia A, or Cas A for short, is one of the most well studied supernova remnants in our galaxy. But it still holds major surprises. Harvard-Smithsonian and Dartmouth College astronomers have generated a new 3-D map of its interior using the astronomical equivalent of a CAT scan. They found that the Cas A supernova remnant is composed of a collection of about a half dozen massive cavities - or “bubbles.” “Our three-dimensional map is a rare look at the insides of an exploded star,” says Dan Milisavljevic of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. This research is being published in the Jan. 30 issue of the journal Science. About 340 years ago a massive star exploded in the constellation Cassiopeia. As the star blew itself apart, extremely hot and radioactive matter rapidly streamed outward from the star’s core, mixing and churning outer debris. The complex ... More

The Knoxville Museum of Art announces two contemporary art exhibitions
KNOXVILLE, TENN.- The Knoxville Museum of Art announces two new exhibitions: LIFT: Contemporary Printmaking in the Third Dimension and Contemporary Focus 2015. Both exhibitions run January 30-April 19, 2015. LIFT: Contemporary Printmaking in the Third Dimension examines the work of international contemporary artists who use a variety of strategies to bring a sculptural dimension to printmaking. Featured artists include Enrique Chagoya, Lesley Dill, Olafur Eliasson, Robert Gober, Red Grooms, Jane Hammond, Hideki Kimura, Nicola Lopez, Leslie Mutchler, Oscar Munoz, Marilene Oliver, Dieter Roth, Graciela Sacco, and Jonathan Stanish. LIFT is organized by the KMA and presented in conjunction with the Printmaking Program, School of Art, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and the 2015 Southern Graphics Council International Conference. Presenting sponsors include ... More

Santa Paula Museum of Art opens two person show
SANTA PAULA, CA.- Buenos Aires born artist Carlos Grasso is part of a two person show Dos del Sur (Two from the South) now on view at the Santa Paula Museum of Art. An artist of many talents, Grasso studied graphic arts, painting and music in Buenos Aires, Paris and Los Angeles. His apprenticeship started with still-life and portraiture under the guidance of master painter David A. Leffel. Later on, his artwork evolved towards pure abstraction. He defines himself as a visually insatiable experimental artist. Art critic Shana Nys Dambrot writes about his work, “Carlos Grasso was one kind of painter for a long time, and then he became another. He once pursued a staunch Old Master style in the uber-classical tradition of Rembrandt and Vermeer. Then five or six years ago, Grasso had an epiphany. “The neurons just started firing differently one day, and I had a new style.” Which at first was actually every ... More

SMU's Pollock Gallery presents 'Soak Stain Bleed Bloom, Works by Kristen Cochran'
DALLAS, TX.- The Pollock Gallery of the Division of Art at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts presents the exhibition soak stain bleed bloom from January 31 through March 21, 2015. This exhibition by Meadows School alumna Kristen Cochran (M.F.A. ’10) features a series of lush mixed media drawings on paper and a site-specific soft sculptural intervention. The installation includes physical traces of a fluid studio process, and Cochran considers its symbolic implications. For instance, actions such as soaking, staining, bleeding and blooming were a part of the process that produced the art objects included in the exhibition, but these actions also imply bodies, objects or architecture in a state of abjection. “Kristen has been producing some really powerful work since she graduated from SMU. She has this amazing ability to push a material and a site to its limits to reveal strange and ... More

Mississippi Museum of Art presents Civil War drawings from the Becker Collection
JACKSON, MISS.- The Mississippi Museum of Art presents Civil War Drawings from the Becker Collection, on view January 31 - April 19, 2015. The exhibition provides an opportunity for visitors to view important works recently documented as those of Joseph Becker and his fellow artists who were employed by Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper in the 19th Century. The Museum’s presentation of these important works commemorates the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, emancipation, and the steps toward reunification of the nation. The first-hand drawings selected for this exhibition, most of which have never been published, document in lively and specific ways key developments in the history of America as it struggled to establish its national identity. The exhibition contains more than 85 original drawings, many made on battlefields and in the barracks of locations like Shiloh, ... More

Exhibition of new work by Betty Woodman opens at David Kordansky Gallery
LOS ANGELES, CA.- David Kordansky Gallery announces Illusions of Domesticity, an exhibition of new work by Betty Woodman. The exhibition opened on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 5130 W. Edgewood Place and will continue on view through March 21, 2015. Legendary artist Betty Woodman is widely celebrated for her exuberant and vivid ceramic works that defy categorization as painting, sculpture, or pottery. Her singular experimentation with the vase form, as a contemplative and pictorial, as well as functional object, spans over fifty years—from producing utilitarian pots in the 1950s, to collaborations with the Pattern and Decoration movement in the late 1970s and 1980s, to her 2006 exhibition at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, the institution’s first (and only) for a living artist working in ceramics, and its first (and only) retrospective for a living woman artist. In her recent ... More

French tourists in nude Cambodia photo scandal to be deported
BANGKOK (AFP).- Three French tourists will be deported from Cambodia after they pleaded guilty to taking nude pictures of each other inside the country's famed Angkor temple complex, a prosecutor said Saturday. The male tourists were arrested on Thursday after they were discovered taking naked photos inside the Banteay Kdei temple at the world heritage site in northwestern Siem Reap province. The three men, who are all in their early twenties, received a suspended six-month prison sentence and will be banned from re-entering Cambodia for four years. "They confessed to making a mistake and asked for the Cambodian people to forgive them for their actions," prosecutor Koeut Sovannareth told AFP. The arrests caused deep anger among Cambodian officials, who said taking nude photos at such a sacred site was deeply offensive. "They will be deported from Cambodia very soon," Sovannareth ... More

'Move on...! 100 Years of Animation Art' opens at Kunsthal KAdE
AMERSFOORT.- In Move on..! 100 Years of Animation Art, Kunsthal KAdE immerses itself in the unique world of animation. Film animators and visual artists using animation tend to live in two separate worlds, although each influences the other, directly and otherwise. This exhibition at KAdE includes work from both sides of the divide: a historical overview of major animation films produced in the last 100 years and a selection of work by visual artists who use animation as a fundamental means of expression. Added to this, there is work by students and – in partnership with the Holland Animation Film Festival – solo presentations by international animators. Meanwhile, in the education area a display of sketches, storyboards and other production materials will help visitors understand the process of creation from initial concept to final product. All these materials relate to the latest films ... More

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On a day like today, American visual artist Dorothea Tanning, died
February 31, 2012. Dorothea Margaret Tanning (August 25, 1910 - January 31, 2012) was an American painter, printmaker, sculptor and writer. She also designed sets and costumes for ballet and theatre. Surrealist artist Max Ernst, 71, and his wife, Dorothea Tanning, attend a reception for Ernst's exhibition at the Tate Gallery in London, England, Sept. 5, 1961.

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