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Prado opens exhibition dedicated to one of the most significant Renaissance masters

Photo of the exhibition galleries. © Museo Nacional del Prado.

MADRID.- The Museo del Prado is presenting ‘The Divine Morales’, an exhibition intended as a testament to the work and life of Luis de Morales the ‘Divine’ practically a century after the Prado hosted the first monographic exhibition devoted to the artist. Although Morales’s most representative creations were widely disseminated thanks to the existence of his own studio and through the versions produced by other painters and followers, this show brings together a careful selection solely of works that display the high quality standards of Morales’s extraordinary painting technique, including a sculpture by Alonso Berruguete from the Museo Nacional de Escultura in Valladolid which is closely linked to Morales’s Passion themes on account of the spirituality it conveys and the sculptural values found in this master’s painting. This selection of works by Morales, mostly small-format ... More

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Exhibition of modern German art in the Weimar Republic opens at Los Angeles County Museum of Art   Major exhibition of over 20 large-scale light-based works on view at the Sharjah Art Foundation   Exhibition of sculptures and paintings by Urs Fischer on view at Gagosian Beverly Hills

Otto Dix, Portait of the Lawyer Hugo Simons (Porträt des Rechtsanwalts Hugo Simons), 1925. Tempera and oil on plywood, 100.3 × 70.3 cm. Montreal Museum of Fine Arts © Otto Dix, by SIAE 2015.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- The Los Angeles County Museum of Art presents New Objectivity: Modern German Art in the Weimar Republic, 1919–1933, the first comprehensive show in the United States to explore the themes that characterize the dominant artistic trends of the Weimar Republic. Organized in association with the Museo Correr in Venice, Italy, this exhibition features nearly 200 paintings, photographs, drawings, and prints by more than 50 artists, many of whom are little known in the United States. Key figures—Otto Dix, George Grosz, Christian Schad, August Sander, and Max Beckmann— whose heterogeneous careers are essential to understanding 20th century German modernism, are presented together with lesser known artists, including Herbert Ploberger, Hans Finsler, Georg Schrimpf, Heinrich Maria Davringhausen, Carl Grossberg, and Aenne Biermann, among others. Special attention is devoted to the juxtaposition ... More

David Batchelor, Magic Hour, 2004/2007. Installation view, Light Show Hayward Gallery, 2013. © the artist 2015. Photo by Marcus J Leith.

SHARJAH.- Sharjah Art Foundation presents Light Show, a major exhibition of light-based works, organised by Hayward Gallery, London, in association with Sharjah Art Foundation. Light Show includes over 20 large-scale installations and sculptures by artists David Batchelor, Jim Campell, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Bill Culbert, Olafur Eliasson, Dan Flavin, Ceal Floyer, Nancy Holt, Jenny Holzer, Ann Veronica Janssens, Brigitte Kowanz, Anthony McCall, François Morellet, Iván Navarro, Katie Paterson, Conrad Shawcross, James Turrell, Leo Villareal and Cerith Wyn Evans. Curated by Dr Cliff Lauson, Curator, Hayward Gallery in association with Hoor Al Qasimi, Sharjah Art Foundation, this expansive exhibition is on view at SAF Art Spaces from 19 September through 5 December. Light Show explores the experiential and phenomenal aspects of light, bringing together sculptures and installations that use light to sculpt and shape space in different ways. The exhibiti ... More

Urs Fischer, TBD, 2015. Aluminum panel, aramid honeycomb, two-component polyurethane adhesive, two-component epoxy primer, galvanized steel rivet nuts, acrylic primer, gesso, acrylic ink, acrylic silkscreen medium, acrylic paint, 96 x 76 3/4 x 7/8 inches. ©Urs Fischer. Photography by Mats Nordman. Courtesy of the artist and Gagosian Gallery.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA.- Gagosian Beverly Hills is presenting an exhibition of sculptures and paintings by Urs Fischer. Constantly searching for new sculptural solutions, Fischer has an uncanny ability to envisage and produce objects undergoing psychic transformation in a bewildering range of materials. Compacting the real with the mimetic, order with disorder, he combines daring formal adventures in space, scale, and material with a mordant sense of humor. In recent years, Fischer has been exploring the genres of classical art history (still lifes, portraits, nudes, landscapes, and interiors) at the intersection with everyday life in cast sculptures and assemblages, paintings, digital montages, spatial installations, mutating or kinetic objects, and texts. As its title suggests, this ... More

Auction house Artcurial announces new annual Urban Art sale during the FIAC in Paris   Olafur Eliasson's first major museum presentation in Stockholm opens at Moderna Museet   "Colour Unleashed: Modern Art in the Low Countries 1885-1914" opens at Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

Love in the air, 2003, BANKSY, stencil and aerosol painting on card (estimate : 80 000 – 120 000 € / 88 000 – 132 000 $).

PARIS.- On 27th of October 2015, at 8.00pm, Artcurial will, for the first time, be offering an Urban Art sale during the FIAC. This new annual auction aims to present a selection of works, still under represented at the FIAC, while major French and international collectors of contemporary art are in Paris. Entitled The Beautiful Winners, it follows the success of the Urban Art sale, held on 4th of February this year, which totalled almost 2 M€ / 2,25 M$ (+ 40 % compared 2014), with 86 % of lots sold and auction records for several artists. Arnaud Oliveux, director of Artcurial’s Urban Art department, explained: « For a long time sidelined, forgotten or ignored, contemporary urban artists have, over the last few years, gained in popularity, as much in the general market place as in international auctions. The Beautiful Winners, echoing the American travelling exhibition Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art and Street Culture ... More

Olafur Eliasson, Room for one colour, 1997 © 1997 Olafur Eliasson. Photo: Anders Sune Berg. Installation view, Moderna Museet/ArkDes, Stockholm 2015.

STOCKHOLM.- On 3 October, 2015, Moderna Museet and ArkDes, the Center of Architecture and Design opened their extensive exhibition on Olafur Eliasson, one of the most influential contemporary artists today. Although Eliasson’s work has been exhibited all over the world, this is the first time his oeuvre has been featured in a major museum presentation in Stockholm. Eliasson explores the spaces in which we dwell, with works ranging from unassuming sculptures to larger architectonic structures. Olafur Eliasson’s works are in dialogue with ecology, architecture and urban spaces, but also with philosophy and science. Thus, it is only natural for the neighbouring institutions Moderna Museet and ArkDes to present Eliasson’s unusually expansive artistic output, letting his installations fill both museum buildings. “I strongly believe that it isn’t necessary to polarise the fields of art and architecture. Rather, it’s ... More

Piet Mondriaan, Molen bij zonlicht, 1908, Olieverf op doek, 114 x 87 cm, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag.

THE HAGUE.- In the brief period between 1885 and the outbreak of war in 1914 painting in the Low countries experienced a modern Renaissance. Colour was liberated from the chains of visual reality. Suddenly, grass could be a cool blue, a face could be bright purple, and trees turned red. Colour had become an autonomous means of expression. This was one of the most important developments in modern art history. The inspiration came from the French Impressionists and Neo-Impressionists, but the artists of the Low Countries added their own flavour. Gemeentemuseum Den Haag brings these Dutch and Belgian masters together to reveal the interaction between the two countries, which included both pronounced differences and similarities. This unique exhibition has been made possible thanks partly to the current renovation of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp, as a result of which some of the top items in its collection can ... More

Thames & Hudson publishes powerful photographic portrait of Louise Bourgeois in the final years of her life   Comprehensive showcase of Joan Miró's work opens at Galerie Gmurzynska   Survey: Fourteen historical projects in focus at Art Basel's show in Miami Beach in December

As reflected in Van Gelder’s portraits, the art of Louise Bourgeois was confessional, psychological, fraught with ferocious and delicate passions.

LONDON.- Mumbling Beauty is an intimate, uncompromising portrait of Louise Bourgeois in the final years of her life. From 2008 to 2010 the artist allowed Alex Van Gelder into her private world – her studio and home – and indulged his lens while she worked, rested and waited, mischievous or lost in thought, weary of decrepitude, raging, defiant to the end. She fills the camera with her presence. As reflected in Van Gelder’s portraits, the art of Louise Bourgeois was confessional, psychological, fraught with ferocious and delicate passions. One of the last surviving artists of the high modernist era, her early work anticipated what would come in the late modern and postmodern eras, including minimalism, installation art and body art. However, she did not achieve fame until after her seventieth year, discovered and heralded by a new generation. Once discovered, her reputation grew in ... More

Joan Miro, Métamorphose (1936), courtesy Galerie Gmurzynska.

ZURICH.- Galerie Gmurzynska commences the fall season with a comprehensive showcase by one of the unequaled frontrunners of the historical avant-garde: Joan Miró. The focus of this unique survey is the multifaceted body of work Miró created in Paris in the circle of surrealist mastermind André Breton as well as in Barcelona; in the artist’s beloved native Catalan countryside; and on the island of Majorca, spanning several periods from the mid-1920s all the way to the late yet continuously explorative works in a staggering breadth of media from the 1970s. The exhibition comprises early, radically abstract-surrealist museum-works such as the 1925 “Circus Horse” or the beautifully-hued 1927 “Peinture” – paintings that form one of the foremost series of Miró’s oneiric oeuvre, exemplars of which today are held in major collections in Europe and the US. The exhibition further includes rarely seen ... More

Charles Burchfield, Tile Roof, 1930-43 (detail). Courtesy of DC Moore Gallery, New York.

MIAMI FLA.- Following its successful debut last year, Survey will return with 14 exhibitions of work made before 2000 brought by leading galleries from Brazil, China, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. The sector will include works by Charles Burchfield, Peter Campus, Gianni Colombo, Roy DeCarava, Rosalyn Drexler, Dorothy Iannone, Wang Jinsong, Heinz Mack, Roberto Burle Marx, Shinjiro Okamoto, Miguel Ángel Rojas, Peter Saul, Keith Sonnier and Ettore Spalletti. The 14th edition of Art Basel's Miami Beach show, whose Lead Partner is UBS, will take place at the Miami Beach Convention Center from December 3 to December 6, 2015. Nine of the 14 international galleries in Survey this year will be entirely new to the show. Castelli Gallery will mark its debut at Art Basel in Miami Beach with a selection of iconic sculptural works by the Post-Minimal American artist Keith Sonnier (b. 1941, ... More

Orlando Museum of Art announces new goals, vision for its future in Central Florida   Large-scale survey of work by the late Moustafa Fathi opens at Ayyam Gallery Dubai   Major exhibition of the work of Puerto Rican painter Francisco Oller opens at the Brooklyn Museum

OMA looks to develop a new museum to serve the community.

ORLANDO, FLA.- The Orlando Museum of Art has announced the completion of a one-year strategic planning process that examined the Museum’s history, its present standing, and where it should aspire to go as a 21st century cultural institution in service to the Central Florida community, Director and CEO Glen Gentele said at a press conference today [Tuesday, September 29]. As such, the Forward to 100 report formally adopted by the Orlando Museum of Art’s Board of Trustees two weeks ago suggest that OMA look to develop a new museum to serve the community, and that the target location of such an institution be in the urban core of Orlando. To do so and understand the potential for such an initiative, the Orlando Museum of Art has entered into a development agreement with Tavistock Development Company. Tavistock will assist OMA with their technical and ... More

Untitled, 2005, Mixed media on paper, 112 x 75 cm.

DUBAI.- Ayyam Gallery Dubai (Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz) presents Towards the Absolute of Nature, a large-scale survey of work by the late Moustafa Fathi. Organised under Ayyam Gallery’s custodianship, the exhibition serves as the first posthumous retrospective of the pioneering Syrian painter. Featuring a diverse selection of paintings and works on paper, Towards the Absolute of Nature highlights Fathi’s theoretical treatment of abstraction through several periods of his oeuvre. Archival materials and the artist’s tools are also on display, including examples of the intricate ‘stamps’ he used in later works. During the second half of his career, Fathi developed a painting style based on a system of signs that he adapted from a variety of sources, such as the motifs of Bedouin textiles. Beginning in 1987, the artist researched traditional folk art throughout Syria then produced a series of carved woodblocks based ... More

Francisco Oller (Puerto Rican, 1833–1917). Colonel Francisco Enrique Contreras, 1880. Oil on canvas, 59 5/8 x 41 1/2 x 1 3/8 in. (151.4 x 105.4 x 3.5 cm). Museo de Arte de Ponce, The Luis A. Ferré Foundation, Inc., Ponce, Puerto Rico.

BROOKLYN, NY.- Eighty-four paintings and works on paper by Oller, his predecessors, and his contemporaries in the Caribbean, Europe, and the United States are on view from October 2, 2015. through January 3, 2016, at the Brooklyn Museum. This exhibition brings together masterpieces from the Museum’s collection and paintings from private collectors and museums in Paris, Puerto Rico, Miami, Washington, D.C., and the New York City area. The exhibition examines the exchange between Europe and the Caribbean in the eighteenth century and presents the Caribbean as a region of intense creativity (where local artists intermingled with those from abroad) from the eighteenth to the twentieth century. The European and North American ... More

The spectacle of the sky overwhelms me. Joan Miró

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Nathan Coley's first exhibition at the New Art Centre opens in Salisbury
SALISBURY.- This outdoor work by Nathan Coley proclaims in illuminated text on a scaffolding support some seven metres high that ‘You Create What You Will’. Coley’s series of similar public announcements have been shown around the world to great acclaim, however ‘You Create What You Will’ has never been shown in the UK before. The text originates from Bernard Shaw’s play ‘In the Beginning: B.C. 4004’ (published as part of a collection of 5 plays in ‘Back to Methuselah’) and is an allegorical tale of Adam and Eve, as avatars for aboriginal humanity, set at the dawn of creation. For this, Nathan Coley’s first exhibition at the New Art Centre, it forms an appropriate gateway to the sculpture park at Roche Court as it is a unique place of imagination, creation and will. He shows further new and recent works in the gallery. Emanating from a re-envisioning of an Old Testament text, ‘You ... More

"Moving Image Art Across the Arab World" opens at Malmö Konsthall
MALMO.- Malmö Konsthall highlights five international emerging artists whose works reflect on and contribute to artistic and political discourses in the Arab world and its diaspora. Organized in cooperation with the MAFF, Malmö Arab Film Festival, the exhibition explores a range of methodological and aesthetic approaches, and at the same time, examines how artists engage with a variety of contemporary geographic and political realities. Rather than suggesting trends or similarities among artists working in the Middle East and North Africa, this exhibition presents a multitude of concerns and reflections, mirroring the difficulty of classifying an “Arab World” in the first place. What these artists share is an outward-looking view, pulling from local and global histories to process concerns of today, and aesthetic inventions that have led them to be recognized across the globe. The exhibition ... More

In Lisa Wright's "The Unversed" new works speak for their subjects
LONDON.- Threadneedle Prize winner Lisa Wright’s latest paintings are being exhibited in her solo show with curatorial duo, Coates and Scarry, from Thursday 1st to Sunday 18th October at Gallery 8, Duke Street St James, London. For The Unversed, over 30 paintings and drawings by Wright are being displayed across the two-floor gallery space. Wright’s distinctive imagery is being shown; a combination of motifs from historical paintings and modern-day concerns, which act to move the viewer through different periods of time at once. The figures in Wright’s paintings are caught on the brink of adulthood. They have soft, childish faces and newly rounded bodies and their predominantly naked figures are adorned with decorative, adult clothing consisting of ribbons, Tudor ruffs and silk sleeves. The figures adopt semi-formal portrait poses that enhance the juxtaposition ... More

First solo exhibition with Fridman Gallery by Tamar Ettun on view in New York
NEW YORK, NY.- Fridman Gallery is presenting Alula In Blue, the first solo exhibition with the gallery by Tamar Ettun, incorporating sculpture, performative installation and video. This new body of work centers on expressing primal empathy, a bodily impulse beyond or before intellectualization. Ettun’s sculptures and performances reflect her vision of movement and stillness, temporality and permanence. Working to invert this duality, Ettun creates durational performances that incorporate stillness, and sculptures that capture gestural movements. Each gesture is suspended. Each object performs a task: an immense inflatable bubble is squashed between the gallery’s columns; a series of limbs grip found objects, creating horizontal totems. The duality present in Ettun’s practice – movement/stillness, functionality/abstractness – applies to relationships between ... More

New from Princeton Architectural Press: "Martin Boyce: When Now is Night"
NEW YORK, NY.- Though known for his sculptures and installations, Scottish architect Martin Boyce has worked across a range of media including photography, wall paintings, and fictional text. The core of his work explores the impact modernist art, architecture, and design has had on contemporary culture and our understanding of design objects. For admirers of Boyce’s work, Martin Boyce: When Now is Night (Princeton Architectural Press, Oct. 6, $30) provides a visual overview of Boyce’s career. Production images and sketches are featured throughout alongside installations and photographs of his individual works including A Thousand Future Skies (2014), A Breeze in the Branches (2013), Broken Branches and Flyovers (2007), and When Now is Night (2002). Also included is an inside look into his creative development with a section dedicated to his source material ... More

Manifesta 11 takes shape
ZURICH.- In the summer of 2016, the City of Zurich will host the eleventh edition of the Manifesta Biennial. It is the first time in the history of Manifesta that an artist, Christian Jankowski, has been named as curator. Under the title “What People Do For Money: Some Joint Ventures“ artists will be brought together with a range of representatives from various Zurich-based professions. The result will be about 35 new productions, which will be shown from June 2016 over 100 days at various locations, some of them very unusual, and at the respective workplaces. At the same time, the Löwenbräukunst-Areal (Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, LUMA Westbau / POOL etc. and Kunsthalle Zürich), the Cabaret Voltaire and the Helmhaus will function as central exhibition venues. The core of the exhibition is the “Pavilion of Reflections”, a floating platform on Lake Zurich, which was ... More

Anthea Hamilton's first solo museum exhibition in the United States on view at SculptureCenter
LONG ISLAND CITY, NY.- SculptureCenter announces Anthea Hamilton featuring new and existing works for her first solo museum exhibition in the United States. Investigating cultural appropriation and pop culture, Hamilton mines countercultures in music, fashion, and design (such as disco in the 1970s) and their entrance into the mainstream. Hamilton questions the representation of cultural phenomena through popular media in her sculptures and videos. A centerpiece of her exhibition at SculptureCenter, Project for door, is a new commission inspired by a model made by Italian designer Gaetano Pesce in 1972. Originally intended to be a doorway for a Manhattan skyscraper, the work was never realized. Composed of a man’s naked bottom, people would pass between his legs, which framed a doorway. In Hamilton’s version, she has reinterpreted the model, ... More

Christine Kane joins The Olana Partnership as Vice President for Development
HUDSON, NY.- Christine Kane recently joined the staff of The Olana Partnership as Vice President for Development. She is responsible for the planning and implementation of all fundraising, marketing and outreach efforts for TOP, the non-profit partner of New York State’s Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Sean Sawyer, the Washburn & Susan Oberwager President of TOP, said: “I am thrilled to welcome Christine Kane as a senior member of our team at Olana. She brings a passion for our educational and environmental work and a depth of knowledge and experience in the region.” Before joining TOP, Kane most recently served as Director of the Office of Institutional Advancement at Dutchess Community College and Executive Director of the DCC Foundation. Immediately prior to that she served as Vice President at Community Foundations of the Hudson ... More

Shadow Curriculum: Exhibition of works by Heather and Ivan Morison opens at South London Gallery
LONDON.- Heather and Ivan Morison’s exhibition documents their 2013-15 project Shadow Curriculum, initiated as part of SLG Local. Over the two year period the artists worked in close partnership with teachers and students at Highshore School, a mixed needs special secondary school in south London, to transform a Douglas fir tree into a permanent work for the school’s new premises, which opened in June 2014. The central preoccupations of Heather and Ivan Morison’s practice are how we navigate catastrophe and the essential struggle with change, from a wider social view to how individuals transcend moments of personal calamity. The period of transition for Highshore School presented the opportunity for the artists to investigate ideas around rootedness and transformation further, as well as to engage explicitly in a dialogue about redefining the limitations ... More

"William Joyce: Guardian of Childhood" opens at the Arkell Museum
CANAJOHARIE, NY.- The Arkell Museum at Canajoharie is presenting the exhibition William Joyce: Guardian of Childhood from September 26, 2015 – January 3, 2016. This exhibition, developed by the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, Abilene, Texas, includes pencil sketches, crayon drawings, lithographs, and paintings in oil and acrylic created by William Joyce for his books, television shows and films. The wide ranging subjects include dinosaurs, ships, gnomes, Santa and a painted egg. Most of the sketches are well known images and story boards from his popular books and films, but there is also the opportunity in this exhibition to see a drawing that was never published. William Joyce has achieved world-wide recognition as an author, illustrator, filmmaker and pioneer in the animation industry. Simon & Schuster has published many of his books including; The ... More

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On a day like today, German painter Lucas Cranach the Younger was born
October 04, 1515. Lucas Cranach the Younger (October 4, 1515 - January 25, 1586) was a German Renaissance artist, known for his woodcuts and paintings.He was the youngest son of Lucas Cranach the Elder and Barbara Brengebier, and began his career as an apprentice in his father's workshop alongside his brother Hans. Henceforth, his own reputation and fame grew. After his father's death, he assumed control over the workshop. They lived in the city of Kronach, in Franconia (in Germany). In this image: Christ and the Woman Taken in Adultery. Hermitage Museum, Russia

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