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Carnival artists, acrobats, aand clowns by Max Beckmann featured in new exhibition

Mayen Beckmann, granddaughter of Max Beckmann and Ortrud Westheider, director and curator of the exhibition, Museum Barberini at the press conference for the exhibition "Max Beckmann: The World as a Stage" Photo: Helge Mundt, Museum Barberini.

POTSDAM.- From the early 1920s the work of Max Beckmann (1884–1950) was characterized by motifs dealing with performers. For Beckmann, the world of vaudeville and fun fair acts, acrobats, clowns, and actors was an expression of a metaphorical concept of human relationships and world events. Max Beckmann: The World as a Stage is the first exhibition to focus on this central theme in the work of the painter, which is highly relevant to us today in light of current media developments. The show brings together 112 loans from museums and private collections in Germany and abroad, including masterpieces which have rarely been displayed in Europe. An extensive program of events with presentations and talks by well-known speakers, themed tours and children’s tours, films, concerts, and activities communicate Beckmann’s idea of the world as a stage and allow visitors to experience it in a challenging and hands-on manner. ... More

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Prints of La Verna explore Franciscan imagery at the National Gallery of Art   Exhibition from the British Museum makes exclusive North American stop at Frist Center   Exhibition of drawings explores relationship between Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele


Bernardo Strozzi, Saint Francis in Prayer, c. 1620/1630. Oil on canvas. Overall: 116.2 x 85.5 cm (45 3/4 x 33 11/16 in.). National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Joseph F. McCrindle.

WASHINGTON.- One of the most innovative Italian books of the early baroque period, the Descrizione del Sacro Monte della Vernia, published in 1612, illustrates the experiences of Saint Francis and the buildings of the Franciscan community at La Verna. Drawing from the National Gallery of Art's rich holdings of works with Franciscan imagery, Heavenly Earth: Images of Saint Francis at La Verna contextualizes this publication alongside some 30 traditional representations from the late 15th through the mid-18th century. Heavenly Earth is on view on the ground floor of the West Building from February 25 through July 8, 2018. "We are very fortunate to have two copies of the first edition of the Descrizione del Sacro Monte della Vernia," said Earl A. Powell III, director, National Gallery of Art. "This exhibition offers a special opportunity to share outstanding prints depicting Franciscan themes from the permanent collection as ... More
 

Funerary relief of a woman (Palmyra, Syria), 200–273 CE. Limestone, 21 x 16 7/8 x 9 1/2 in. The British Museum, 1885,0418.1. The Trustees of the British Museum.

NASHVILLE, TENN.- Rome: City and Empire brings to Nashville more than 200 of the British Museum’s most engaging and beautiful Roman objects to tell the dramatic story of how Rome grew from a cluster of small villages into a mighty empire. This marks the first time that art and artifacts from ancient Rome and its empire will be on display at the Frist Center, which is the sole North American venue on the tour. The British Museum’s exceptionally broad collections—world renowned for its classical antiquities—have enabled the creation of a truly inspiring experience. Visitors will explore how the empire was won and held and learn about the rich diversity of its population. The exhibition is an accessible introduction to the Roman imperial period, yet also provides a depth of material for those with an existing interest in Roman history. Portraits of emperors, military leaders, citizens, and mythological figures, as well as ... More
 

Gustav Klimt (Austrian, 1862–1918), Lady with Plumed Hat, 1908 (detail). Ink, graphite, colored pencil, and watercolor on Asian paper. Albertina, Vienna. Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

BOSTON, MASS.- Marking the centenary of the deaths of Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) and Egon Schiele (1890–1918), the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, presents a special exhibition of drawings on loan from the Albertina Museum in Vienna. Klimt and Schiele: Drawn, on view from February 25 through May 28, 2018 in the Lois B. and Michael K. Torf Gallery, examines the separate, yet parallel experiences of the acclaimed Austrian modernists, as well as the compelling ways in which their work relates—particularly in their provocative depictions of the human body. Organized thematically, the selection of 60 works on paper extends from the artists’ early draftsmanship to explore how each shifted away from traditional training to more incisive and unconventional explorations of humanity over the course of their careers. The MFA is one of three museums—and the only U.S. venue—hosting exhibitions of the Albertina’s rarely loaned drawings ... More



Drouot announces highlights from its series of auctions during the Salon du Dessin   Sotheby's to offer artworks designed to be lived with, seen & enjoyed   Gianguan Auctions March 10th sale is an exploration of connoisseurship


Charles de La Fosse (1636-1716), Nude Woman Playing Tambourine, Study for Terpsichore. Three pencils. €15,000 - 20,000 Villanfray & Associates, 30 March.


PARIS.- Only a few steps away from the Palais Brongniart which welcomes the Salon du Dessin as a major yearly rendez-vous, Drouot will feature several events and a series of auctions around the Arts on Paper, standing as a key cultural actor in the art market scene. From 13 to 21 March, Drouot organises a curated exhibition titled OEuvres Choisies. The exhibition will include a ‘Drawing Cabinet’ that gathers highlights from the upcoming sales. The selection of works will offer a wide panel of drawings ranging from the 17th century to nowadays. Most of it will be offered at auction between the 21 and 26 March at Drouot, during six dedicated auctions and included in section among larger sales. This important retrospective will be a beautiful opportunity for collectors and connoisseurs to identify some of the greatest artists of their time, ... More
 

Winifred Nicholson, Kate at Alerta, est. 25,000-35,000. Courtesy Sotheby’s.


LONDON.- The 20th century in Britain was a period of great change, upheaval and innovation. ‘Made in Britain’ tells the story of how this energy reverberated throughout the art scene – capturing and celebrating the cutting-edge pieces that shaped the course of popular culture. Intertwining relationships between artists, makers and media run through the exhibition, with something for every collector to covet whatever their price point, and with estimates starting from only 100. The exhibition goes on view to the public on Friday 16 March – Monday 19 March, ahead of an auction on Tuesday 20 March. Born out of a collaboration between one of the world’s foremost contemporary dance companies and photographer Marcus Lyon, Rambert III – 4 Elements visualises a whole dance within a single frame. The final artwork draws heavily on a mix of the real and the imagined as the images weave patterns of movement ... More
 

White Hetian jade chariot drawn by two horses. Of the Qin Dynasty. Gianguan Auctions, Lot 133. Upwards of $50,000.

NEW YORK, NY.- Collectors of Chinese works of art will find Gianguan Auctions’, pre-Asia Week sale on Saturday, March 10th, an exploration in connoisseurship. The properties include rare examples of devotional art, historic calligraphy, traditional and modern paintings, ceramics and carved jades. Additionally, highly personal items such as Chinese stone seals, carved jades and Tibetan prayer beads are being offered. The marquee item is Zhao Mengfu’s "Script Calligraphy of a Poem by Liu Zongyuan, Journey to the East Gate”. The nearly one-hundred inch long calligraphy is signed Ziang. It has one artist seal, 10 Emperors Seals, and 19 Collector’s Seals. The frontispiece is by Gao Shiqi, with colophons by Pan Zhengwei and Wu Dacheng. Descended from the Song’s imperial family, Zhao Mengfu came to prominence during the Yuan Dyansty, which was under Mughul rule. Bidding on Lot 81 begins at $300,000 but is ... More


"Women Artists in the Age of Impressionism" opens at the Speed Art Museum   Reynolda House Museum of American Art only southern venue for 'Frederic Church: A Painter's Pilgrimage'   Tanya Bonakdar Gallery opens exhibition of new works by Liu Shiyuan


Mary Cassatt (American, 1844-1926), Children Playing on the Beach, 1884. Oil on canvas, 38 3/8 x 29 3/16 in. National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., Alisa Mellon Bruce Collection, 1970.17.19. Courtesy American Federation of Arts.

LOUISVILLE, KY.- The Speed Art Museum is presenting the acclaimed special exhibition, Women Artists in the Age of Impressionism, from February 17, 2018 through May 13, 2018. The exhibition is organized by the American Federation of the Arts, and is curated by Laurence Madeline, Chief Curator for French National Heritage. Women Artists in the Age of Impressionism celebrates the achievements of women artists working in late nineteenth century Paris, a vibrant cultural center where they found rich opportunities despite their restricted access to a male-dominated art world. “This exhibition examines an important chapter in art history when an international group of women artists overcame gender-based restrictions to build careers ... More
 

Visitors enjoying the exhibition.

WINSTON-SALEM, NC.- Reynolda House Museum of American Art is host to "Frederic Church: A Painter’s Pilgrimage" from Feb. 9 – May 13, 2018. The exhibition is the first to explore the American artist’s paintings inspired by his travels to ancient sites in the Middle East and the Mediterranean. More than 50 paintings, oil studies, and drawings from the late 1860s through the early 1880s are on view. The most popular artist in mid-19th-century America, Frederic Edwin Church (1826–1900) took landscape painting to new heights of grandeur and was best known for his large, visually stunning paintings of American scenes as well as views of South America, the North Atlantic, and the Caribbean. But from 1867 until the end of his life, many of Church’s most important paintings represented ancient cities or buildings that he saw during his 1867–69 trip to the Middle East, Rome, and Athens. While Church’s paintings of the New Wo ... More
 

Liu Shiyuan, Music Forbidden, 2018. Synthetic tiger-patterned fabric, fired clay, acrylic paint, found rubber animals, metallic thread, 55 x 43 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches; 139.7 x 110.5 x 3.8 cm. Courtesy the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- Tanya Bonakdar Gallery is presenting Isolated Above, Connected Down, a solo exhibition by Liu Shiyuan. This is the Chinese new media artist's first major solo exhibition in the United States. On view from February 22 through April 7, 2018, the exhibition introduces Liu's latest major works, including a large-scale video installation in the first floor gallery, a series of six photography works in the second floor main gallery and a felt-carpeted room installation in the project space. Together these pieces demonstrate Liu’s core visual vocabulary—which references that of the cyber and the vernacular—and embody her inquiry into the relationship between mass culture, language, identity, and particularly the misconception, ... More



Vivid exhibition bridges aspects of Corita Kent's life as a nun, artist, and activist   Visitors to the Gardiner Museum mend broken porcelain cups as part of Yoko Ono's interactive exhibition   Galerie Urs Meile opens the first solo exhibition in the west for young emerging Chinese artist Yang Mushi


Corita Kent, expanding #1, 1978. Serigraph, 22 x 16 1/2 in. Crocker Art Museum, Gift of the Collection of Ernest A. Long III, 2016.

SACRAMENTO, CA.- The Crocker Art Museum opened Power Up: Corita Kent’s Heavenly Pop. This exhibition of 29 prints chronicles the artist’s most productive period during the mid-1960s, when her forceful imagery and message — and her unexpected calling as a nun — led to her greatest popularity. All but two works featured in this exhibition are from the Crocker’s permanent collection. Said Lial Jones, the Museum's director and CEO, "We are delighted to have such remarkable depth of Corita Kent's work in our permanent collection, and to be able to show it in this exhibition. Her messages of peace and love are as timeless and vibrant as her art. We are proud to introduce new audiences to her work.” Corita Kent (1918–1986) was an extraordinary printmaker whose bold, graphic images signaled the new spirit of the 1960s. At a time of great change, the nun, artist, and activist developed a unique, spiritually uplifting vers ... More
 

Yoko Ono, Mend Piece (Galerie Lelong, New York 2015/2016), 1966 / 2015, Ceramic, glue, tape, scissors, and twine, Dimensions variable; Installation view: THE RIVERBED, Galerie Lelong, New York, December 11, 2015 - January 30, 2016 Yoko Ono, Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co., New York.

TORONTO.- The Gardiner Museum is presenting a three-part installation by Yoko Ono entitled THE RIVERBED. Yoko Ono is a forerunner of Conceptual art, frequently involving collaboration, audience participation, and social activism in her artwork. The exhibition runs from February 22 to June 3, 2018. Consisting of three parts—Stone Piece, Line Piece, and Mend Piece—visitors are encouraged to shape the installation through collaboration with the artist, the museum, and each other. Since the 1950s, audience participation has been a key aspect of Ono’s practice, and is at the heart of THE RIVERBED, conceived, in a sense, as a temporary village; a repository of hopes and dreams for individuals and for the world. Stone Piece features river stones that have been honed and shaped by water over time. ... More
 

Yang Mushi, Sharpening - Block, 2017 (No. 2). Wooden pallet, density board, lacquer, 245 123 18 cm. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing-Lucerne.

LUCERNE.- Galerie Urs Meile announced the opening of Compulsory Execution, the first solo exhibition in the west for young emerging Chinese artist Yang Mushi (*1989). The exhibition follows his first solo show, Illegitimate Production, held in Beijing in 2016. While creating his works, Yang Mushi enters a state of introspection that borders on self-torture. He submits himself to a rigorous daily routine, diligently working on his sculptural materials in vigorous acts of cutting, grinding and sharpening. As a final step, the surface is polished and covered with black lacquer, thus reducing the objects to dark shapes of strict aesthetics and a martial kind of beauty. The exhibition in 2016 presented a group of works questioning the legitimacy of the industrial mass production and extreme urban development of China. The artist sees this body of works as a result of blindness, impulsivity and instinct, while ... More


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Locks Gallery exhibits works by Philadelphia-based artist Neysa Grassi
PHILADELPHIA, PA.- Locks Gallery is presenting The Beginning of Everything , marking the ninth solo exhibition at the gallery by Philadelphia-based artist and teacher Neysa Grassi. With an enigmatic color palette, the gallery debuts a selection of 15 new oil paintings which continue to defy expectations of abstraction and offer the artist’s impressions of interacting light, water, and atmosphere. Like the ebb and flow of tides, Grassi’s multi-layered, additive and subtractive painting process emulates surface-level ripples and currents arising from an unknown disruption. Continuing to suggest sources flowing, weather patterns, and emanating light, Grassi’s paintings fixate on unnamable colors and imagery. Recently rediscovered in a studio drawer, Grassi’s collection of small, turn-of-the-century handpainted photo cards from National Parks depict waterfalls, lakes and ... More

Bollywood superstar Sridevi dies aged 54
MUMBAI.- Bollywood superstar Sridevi Kapoor, one of the biggest names in Hindi cinema, has died aged 54 after suffering a heart attack in Dubai, her former manager said Sunday. The death of Sridevi, reportedly while attending her nephew's wedding in the emirate late Saturday, prompted an outpouring of grief from fans and fellow actors as well as condolences from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "I have no words. Condolences to everyone who loved Sridevi. A dark day. RIP," tweeted actress Priyanka Chopra. Sridevi, born Shree Amma Yanger Ayappan in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, made her acting debut at the age of four and her career spanned more than four decades. She worked in India's regional Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam-language films before making her Bollywood debut in 1979. "It is shocking and sad," her former manager Punkej Kharbanda told AFP. ... More

Riccardo Guarneri has his first solo exhibition in the UK at rosenfeld porcini
LONDON.- Rosenfeld Porcini is presenting Slowing Time, Riccardo Guarneri and his relationship to Giorgio Morandi and Fausto Melotti. Following on from being one of the stand out artists in Christine Macel’s curated exhibition Viva Arte Viva at last year’s Venice Biennale, the 84 year old Florentine Riccardo Guarneri is having his first solo exhibition in the UK at rosenfeld porcini. Slowing Time showcases Natura Morta by Giorgio Morandi and Ironia by Fausto Melotti. These illustrate how, notwithstanding Morandi is a figurative painter and Melotti a sculptor, their poetic sensibilities and artistic objectives are similar to Guarneri’s abstraction. The three artists’ works present a conscious absence of emphasis and a lengthy meditation is necessary to absorb their unique qualities. The main body of the exhibition, however, features a selection of iconic paintings ... More

Supercars owned by Sir Paul McCartney, Rod Stewart and Nick Mason to rock Bonhams Goodwood sale
LONDON.- Three motor cars with star-studded histories will be offered at Bonhams Goodwood Members’ Meeting Sale on Sunday 18 March. The first is a 1967 Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2 (400,000-500,000) which was originally owned by Beatles legend, Sir Paul McCartney. The stylish touring car was one of only 250 created, and one of only 4 said to have been imported in to the UK. It is capable of an impressive 167mph, thanks to its punchy V12 engine. McCartney acquired the car in February 1968, when The Beatles were at the height of their popularity and working on projects such as their celebrated animated film, Yellow Submarine. The second rock star’s supercar is a 1991 Lamborghini Diablo (120,000-140,000) which was originally owned by Rod Stewart. Stewart is one of the best-selling musical artists of all time, having sold more than 100M records worldwide, ... More

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art focuses on African-print fashion during Spring 2018 exhibition
MEMPHIS, TENN.- Visitors to the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art are being introduced to the dynamic traditions of African dress featuring colorful, boldly patterned printed cloth, through an inspiring and mesmerizing traveling exhibition making a stop in the Mid-South. African-Print Fashion Now! A Story of Taste, Globalization, and Style highlights the interplay between regional preferences and cosmopolitanism that has long flourished on the continent, while highlighting the expansiveness of 21st-century African-print fashion. “As a world art museum, the Brooks is proud to feature these works that demonstrate the vital role that African-print has played in the expression of beauty, fashion, and heritage, while creating transcultural connections across Africa and into the larger world,” said Emily Ballew Neff, Ph.D., Brooks Executive Director. From formal portraiture to visual ... More

John Copeland solo exhibition presented at Newport Street Gallery
LONDON.- Newport Street Gallery is presenting an exhibition of work by American artist John Copeland (b.1976). This is Copeland’s first UK solo exhibition. The exhibition – ‘Your Heaven Looks Just Like My Hell’ – features twenty-five paintings, dating from 2009 to 2017, taken from the Murderme collection. Veering between representation and abstraction, Copeland’s paintings feature tactile, impasto surfaces, rendered in oil and acrylic paint. Professing an interest in ‘any arrangement that involves interaction between the figures’, Copeland often situates his subjects in social settings – around a table, playfully balanced on one another’s shoulders, or surveying a painting as a group. The figures remain, however, deeply ambiguous, and are set against abstract backgrounds populated by curious, amorphous shapes. The unnerving quality of the ... More

Portland Art Museum opens a survey of work by the critically acclaimed photographer Fazal Sheikh
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PDNB opens exhibition of photographs by Peter Brown
DALLAS, TX.- When Texas was admitted to the Union, as journalist Joe Holley recounts, Congress authorized it to form “new States of convenient size, not exceeding four in number and in addition to the said State of Texas.” PDNB Gallery artist, Peter Brown, and Joe Holley, a journalist known for his column, Native Texan, in the Houston Chronicle, recently collaborated on a book released last fall, Hometown Texas. Texas is perfect subject matter for both photographer and journalist. The book explores the land and people of this vast state of Texas: East, West, North, South and Central. They illustrate through stories and pictures, the place that shapes a person that defines them as Texans. Peter Brown has spent his career photographing the Great Plains that encompass Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Utah, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. ... More

New mixed reality installation by Perry Hoberman on view at Postmasters
NEW YORK, NY.- Postmasters is presenting Suspensions, a new mixed reality installation by Perry Hoberman. For his ninth solo show with the gallery, Hoberman draws upon his time spent in the Desert Heights neighborhood of Twentynine Palms, California, in the high desert near Joshua Tree National Park, combining found object constructions, two-sided prints, and virtual reality in an immersive environment. Now sparsely populated, Deserts Heights was mostly developed through the Small Tract Act of 1938. The homesteading law granted WWI, and later WWII, veterans a five-acre parcel of land if they built a house and lived there for at least three years. Most are long since abandoned, littering the desert landscape with neglected shacks and their strewn contents, collected and 3D scanned by Hoberman. Suspensions is made up of a selection of these items: ... More





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