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Paris's Picasso museum finally reopens after controversial $71-million renovation

A visitor looks at a Picasso's 'Women in the bathroom' during the press day at the Picasso museum, on October 18, 2014 in Paris. The collection is displayed inside the Hotel Sale which was renovated to house the art and is located in the heart of the Marais district. AFP PHOTO/BERTRAND GUAY.

By: Helen Rowe


PARIS (AFP).- A top-level sacking, harsh words from the artist's son, delays and a huge budget overrun -- Paris's Picasso museum reopens its doors on Saturday amid the fallout from a fraught $71-million renovation. Just over five years after it closed for what was intended to be a two-year refurbishment, the museum -- housed in a 17th-century baroque mansion in Paris's historic Marais quarter -- has been extensively modernised and is more than twice its previous size. Costs, however, stand at 22 million euros ($27 million) over budget due to an increase in the scope of the works, a rift has opened up between Picasso's son Claude and the French government and the museum's director of nearly a decade, Anne Baldassari, no longer has her job. The gallery, which first opened in 1985, boasts one of the world's most extensive collections of Picasso's work with around 5,000 ... More

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Exhibition devoted to the painted work of Marcel Duchamp on view at Centre Pompidou   Looking at Monet: The great Impressionist and his influence on Austrian art examined at the Belvedere   Guggenheim presents first museum exhibition of Indian Modern painter Vasudeo Santu Gaitonde


Marchel Duchamp, À propos de jeune sœur 1911, huile sur toile, 73 x 60 cm Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York © The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation / Art Resource, NY, Dist. RMN - Grand Palais © succession Marcel Duchamp / ADAGP, Paris 2014.

PARIS.- Through a 100-odd works brought together for the first time, the Centre Pompidou is devoting a monograph exhibition to the painted work of Marcel Duchamp. With a completely new and knowingly paradoxical approach, the exhibition is designed to show the paintings of the man who, in common modernist opinion, killed painting. At the heart of this pictorial work and the discourse of the exhibition, visitors are invited to take a new look at the paintings and drawings that led Marcel Duchamp to create his masterpiece, known as Le Grand Verre, La mariée mise à nu par ses célibataires, même (The Bride Stripped Bare by her Suitors, Even (The Large Glass)), which was begun in 1910 and declared unfinished by the artist in 1923. To situate this work in the context of a long and complex creative process, Duchamp conscientiously gathered ... More
 

Claude Monet, Path in Monet’s Garden in Giverny, 1902 (detail). Oil on canvas, 89.5 x 92.3 cm© Belvedere, Vienna.

VIENNA.- From 24 October 2014 to 8 February 2015, the exhibition Looking at Monet in the Orangery of the Lower Belvedere will present icons of Impressionism within a survey unique across Europe, as well as their multiple impacts on domestic art production. Thanks to first-rate loans from around the globe, the exhibition will assemble key works by Claude Monet, some of which have never been on view in Austria. Eighteen years after its legendary Monet exhibition in 1996, the Belvedere will again be featuring the master of Impressionist painting with light in a spectacular temporary show. The exhibition's focus will be on Monet as a source of inspiration for contemporary artists who came to emulate his motifs and brushwork. Selected works by this pioneer of modernism will enter into a dialogue with those by Austrian artists who referred to Monet's works in their own production, having encountered them in a direct or indirect fashion. In the ... More
 

V. S. Gaitonde, Untitled, 1955. Oil on canvas, 30 x 22 inches (76.2 x 55.9 cm). Chowdhury Family Collection, Vienna-Mumbai. Photo: Florian Biber.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum presents the first museum exhibition dedicated to the work of celebrated Indian modern painter Vasudeo Santu Gaitonde (1924–2001) with V. S. Gaitonde: Painting as Process, Painting as Life from October 24, 2014, to February 11, 2015. The retrospective will comprise forty-five major paintings and works on paper drawn from thirty leading public institutions and private collections across Asia, Europe, and the United States, forming the most comprehensive overview of Gaitonde’s work to date. As current scholarship revisits traditions of mid-20th-century modern art outside of the Euro-American paradigm, Gaitonde’s work presents an unparalleled opportunity to explore the context of Indian modern art as it played out in the metropolitan centers of Bombay (now Mumbai) and New Delhi from the late 1940s through the end of the 20th century. Featuring many works ... More


Bonhams in New York breaks world record for most expensive Apple computer ever sold   Exhibition of recent works by Tom Otterness opens at Marlborough Gallery   'Vodou: Sacred Powers of Haiti' at the Field Museum looks beyond myths and manufactured images


The winning bid went to a smiling representative from the Henry Ford Museum. Photo: Courtesy of Bonhams.

NEW YORK, NY.- The History of Science auction at Bonhams New York ended with the sale of the Apple-1 computer, which sold for $905,000, almost twice its high estimate, making it the world’s most valuable relic from the computer age. The winning bid went to a smiling representative from the Henry Ford Museum who triumphantly raised the paddle after battling it out with another interested party on the phone. Cassandra Hatton, the senior specialist in charge of the auction comments on the success of the sale of the Apple-1, “The provenance on the Apple-1 is excellent and the condition is outstanding, so it was not surprising that it did so well. We are thrilled to have broken the world record for its sale, and are even more thrilled that it is going to a wonderful new home at the Henry Ford Museum.” In addition to the beautifully intact motherboard, this Apple-1 comes with a vintage keyboard with pre-7400 series military spec chips, a ... More
 

Tom Otterness, Kissing Cones, 2013. Bronze, 11 x 7 1/2 x 5 inches. Edition of 9. Photo: Courtesy of Marlborough Gallery.

NEW YORK, NY.- Marlborough Gallery announces an exhibition of recent works by Tom Otterness entitled Creation Myth which opened on Wednesday, October 22nd and will continue through November 25th of 2014. Creation Myth consists of over twenty sculptures in stainless-steel & limestone, bronze, and marble. The works range in scale from small to monumental. In this exhibition, Otterness alludes to Ovid’s canonical story in the Metamorphoses in which Pygmalion carves a sculpture of a woman in ivory so beautiful and idyllic that he becomes enchanted by her. Upon praying to goddess Aphrodite for a bride, Pygmalion’s sculpture, Galatea, comes to life. The works in Creation Myth, however, feature a woman carving a male figure. Otterness overturns this classical parable in his inimitable style, which allows him to offer what art historian Alan W. Moore describes as, “hard ... More
 

This sequin-covered figure represents a popular spirit named Erzulie Freda—the spirit of love, luxury, and worldly pleasures. She likes perfume, beautiful dresses, flirting, jewelry, and sparkling wine.© Canadian Museum of History, Marie-Louise Deruaz.

CHICAGO, IL.- A remarkable exhibition of over 300 authentic Vodou objects from Haiti will open at The Field Museum on Oct. 24, 2014 and run through April 26, 2015. Vodou: Sacred Powers of Haiti looks beyond myths and manufactured Hollywood images – exhibition visitors will see no dolls with pins stuck into them. Instead, the exhibition explores the underground history and true nature of a living religion, and reveals Vodou as a vital spiritual and social force that remains an important part of daily life in Haiti. In the exhibition, the story of Vodou is told from the viewpoints of people who practice the religion. Through text and videos, Vodouists express their points of view about various aspects of their symbols, rituals, and spiritual beliefs. This authenticity is reflected in the spelling Vodou (pronounced ... More


Sotheby's Hong Kong Gallery presents 'The Roots of Pleasure: The Paintings and Sculpture of Li Jin'   Three unique ways to experience American Modernism this fall at the Indianapolis Museum of Art   Asian Art Museum offers West Coast audiences a first look at recent archaeological discoveries


The Dance of Life, 2014 (detail), Ink and colour on paper, 180 x 98 cm. Photo: Sotheby's.

HONG KONG.- Sotheby’s Hong Kong Gallery presents a selling exhibition of paintings and sculptures by the internationally renowned artist Li Jin, titled The Roots of Pleasure: The Paintings and Sculpture of Li Jin, from 24 October to 5 November. Featuring twenty eight of the artist’s recent works, the exhibition includes his first sculptures in bronze and fibreglass along with his iconic ink paintings of everyday life, whimsy and revelations. Li Jin said: “I aspire to convey the positive energy of contemporary ink art to a global audience through the name-recognition and far-reaching influence of Sotheby’s Hong Kong in Chinese-speaking communities. I have created 28 works on this occasion to meet the high expectations and standards of Sotheby’s. Centered on the theme ‘Roots of Pleasure’, these pieces embody the vitality and artistic value of Chinese contemporary ink.” Katherine Don, ... More
 

Man Ray (American, 1890–1976), Mime, 1926, pochoir, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Emma Harter Sweetser Fund, 75.733.1. © Man Ray Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY / ADAGP, Paris 2014.

INDIANAPOLIS, IND.- From the colorful pochoirs of Man Ray to the iconic flowers of Georgia O’Keeffe, the Indianapolis Museum of Art is celebrating American Modernism this fall with three new exhibitions reflecting the styles, influences and artists of this 20th century avant-garde movement. For a more personal look at the movement, visitors can explore the unconventional art collection of an Indiana native in The Onya La Tour Collection: Modernism in Indiana, in the IMA Alliance Gallery. The free exhibition showcases 30 works acquired by Onya La Tour, a Hoosier who befriended many artists while working for the Works Progress Administration in New York in the 1930s. When La Tour moved back to Indiana in 1940, she transformed her Brown County farmhouse into the Indiana ... More
 

Funerary mask, 1st century CE. Saudi Arabia; Thaj city, Tell al-Zayer site. Gold. Courtesy of National Museum of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh , 2061.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- In the shifting sands of Saudi Arabia outside the city of Thaj, archaeologists discovered the tomb of a young royal girl buried nearly 2,000 years ago, uncovering exquisite jewelry, a haunting gold mask and other objects—all made of gold. These funerary treasures are just a few of the surprising discoveries on display in the fascinating exhibition Roads of Arabia : Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia , opening Oct. 24, 2014 through Jan. 18, 2015 at the Asian Art Museum. The Asian Art Museum will offer West Coast audiences a first look at Roads of Arabia , a traveling exhibition originating from Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in 2012, featuring recent archaeological discoveries that have radically transformed our understanding of Saudi Arabia. The exhibition includes more than ... More


Terra Foundation announces national tour and published anthology of American masterpiece   New portraits by Grayson Perry from his Channel 4 series displayed at the National Portrait Gallery   The Chapman Brothers return to Hastings for major new exhibition at Jerwood Gallery


Gallery of the Louvre examined at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

CHICAGO, IL.- The Terra Foundation for American Art announced today that Samuel F. B. Morse’s monumental painting Gallery of the Louvre will embark on a multi-year national tour in January. Kicking off at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, in San Marino, CA (January 24–April 20, 2015), the tour will visit nine museums across the country, including venues in Fort Worth, TX; Bentonville, AR; Detroit, MI; Salem, MA; and Winston-Salem, NC. “Our founder, Daniel Terra, believed American art was a dynamic and powerful expression of the nation’s history and identity,” explained Terra Foundation President & CEO Elizabeth Glassman. “He also held that engagement with original works of art could be a transformative experience, and we’re thrilled to honor his legacy by sharing this masterwork from our collection with audiences across the country.” The exhibition, Samuel ... More
 

Grayson Perry Photo: Penguin Books. ©Jochen Braun.

LONDON.- Politician Chris Huhne, a young female-to-male transsexual, Northern Ireland Loyalist marchers, and X-Factor and Celebrity Big Brother contestant Rylan Clark are among the subjects of a new display by Grayson Perry, to open at the National Portrait Gallery this autumn, and to be featured on his new Channel 4 series. In Who Are You? (25 October 2014-15 March 2015) 14 portraits of individuals, families and groups will be placed within the Gallery’s nineteenth and twentieth-century Collection displays, including a self portrait and a major new tapestry. The portrait of Huhne, whom Perry visited on the day of his release from prison, will be seen alongside those of deaf parents, a Muslim convert and a couple living with Alzheimers in the display in a variety of media by the Turner Prize-winning artist and BAFTA Award-winning broadcaster. The new portraits have resulted from the artist’s new Channel 4 series, Who Are You?, t ... More
 

Jake and Dinos Chapman, Coloured Human Rainbow, 2014

HASTINGS.- Notorious contemporary art duo, Jake and Dinos Chapman, are returning to the town where they grew up for a major new show at the Jerwood Gallery. The exhibition, which has been crowd funded through the Art Fund’s new Art Happens platform, will feature previously unseen works plus pieces made exclusively for the exhibition. Jake and Dinos Chapman are known for their provocative and confrontational art. In the Realm of the Unmentionable will continue the brothers’ exploration of issues surrounding consumer culture, Western identity and human mortality that have been central to their work. Following their reworking of Goya etchings and Victorian paintings in their Family Portrait series, the brothers will be sourcing artworks from antique and junk shops in Hastings, which will then be ‘fixed’ for the exhibition. Jake Chapman says: “Working on someone else’s work ... More



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Heart-warming images of weddings by Paul Breuker on view at Kunsthal Rotterdam
ROTTERDAM.- Wedding photographers capture for eternity the ‘most beautiful day’ in a couple’s life. For almost twenty-five years, Paul Breuker has been photographing the most special and intimate moments of weddings, both in front of and behind the scenes, from putting on the dress and the nerves beforehand, to the couple’s going away. The photography exhibition ‘Love & Marriage’, which can be seen at the Kunsthal Rotterdam, presents heart-warming images of these personal moments. This year’s ode to photography is devoted to the theme ‘Look! My Happiness.’ Paul Breuker is a true people’s photographer. He loves the characters he photographs and can tell an entire story with just a single image. The bridegroom who decides to put on a different pair of trousers on the way to the wedding, the bride and groom that are so hungry that they stop on the way to get chips, and the baby ... More

Marc Riboud's first New York exhibition in over 25 years chronicles the artist's expeditions across Asia
NEW YORK, NY.- This October, the Rubin Museum of Art opened Witness at a Crossroads: Photographer Marc Riboud in Asia, a photography exhibition that chronicles the French artist’s journeys across Asia, with particular focus on his travels from 1955 through 1958. The first New York museum exhibition of Riboud’s work in over 25 years, Witness at a Crossroads illustrates the artist’s perspective on the confluence of tradition and modern culture in mid-century Asia. On view from October 16, 2014 through March 23, 2015, Witness at a Crossroads features approximately 100 black-and-white photographs from the mid-to-late 1950s, as well as images from Riboud’s pioneering visit to China in the 1960s. The exhibition also presents ephemeral objects including press cards, contact sheets, and international magazines where photographs of Riboud’s travels were published. Organized in ... More

Academy of Things in Dresden: Mark Dion opens his first project in Dresden
DRESDEN.- In 2014 the Academy of Fine Arts in Dresden (HfBK) is celebrating the 250th anniversary of its foundation. To mark the occasion Mark Dion, the artist of international renown, is carrying out his first project in Dresden, at the invitation of the Art Academy. For his biggest personal show in Germany to date, Mark Dion (*1961, USA) has drawn his inspiration from things hidden away in the collections of the Dresden Art Academy and Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden. The broad oeuvre of this documenta artist ranges from drawings and prints via videos, photographic essays, sculpture, installations and dioramas to full-blown expeditions. Mark Dion works with museums and collections all over the world, using his artistic practice to challenge the claim these authorities make to sole sovereignty in the interpretation of knowledge. In Dresden too, Dion has trawled the depots and archives of illustrious ... More

With more than 100 select galleries, Art Toronto celebrates its 15th anniversary
TORONTO.- Art Toronto celebrates its 15th anniversary this October 24 to 27 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, with more than 100 select galleries and an ambitious curatorial series including large-scale installations by prominent Canadian artists including BGL, Marman & Borins and Thrush Holmes. This will be the first time several of these pieces will be shown in Canada, thanks to the combined efforts of Art Toronto, artists, galleries, and sponsors. Art Toronto announced the inclusion of a major work by the Québec-based collective BGL (Jasmin Bilodeau, Sébastien Giguère and Nicolas Laverdière), who are Canada's representatives to the upcoming 56th Venice Biennale. Canada de Fantaisie/Canada Fancy is an urban carousel made from steel security fences suspended from a lamp post at this year's fair, which explores the concepts of control and freedom while inviting ... More

Nasher Sculpture Center presents first U.S. museum exhibition of Anna-Bella Papp's work
DALLAS, TX.- The Nasher Sculpture Center announces Sightings: Anna- Bella Papp from October 25, 2014 through January 18, 2015. Sightings: Anna-Bella Papp continues the Nasher’s Sightings series of exhibitions and installations by emerging and established contemporary artists. “We look forward to presenting Anna-Bella’s first museum show in the United States. Her work quietly and articulately challenges the traditional uses of clay while also making subtle inroads between sculptural modes of expression, from the ancient method of relief to the discreet, minimal object,” said Director Jeremy Strick. “The architectural references within these objects will also play off the clean lines and nuances of the Nasher’s architecture, making for a wonderful dialogue between the artwork and its habitat within the museum.” Anna-Bella Papp makes exquisitely restrained ... More

Brooklyn based artist Reed Anderson opens exhibition at Gallery 16 in San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- Gallery 16 announces its first show with Brooklyn based artist Reed Anderson. Having been long time admirers of Reed’s work, the gallery couldn’t be happier to be representing his work. This is the first west coast show of the artists work in four years. Gallery 16 will present a major installation synthesising two recent series. The show will contain over 40 large scale works. He will present his exuberant cut paintings on paper and his on-going “Papa Object” project. He begins the cut paintings by screen-printing or wood block printing patches or bands of color onto the base paper before cutting oval and circular shaped holes, then folding the paper and further applying paint through the cut holes, he then collages additional elements onto the work. Anderson prefers to allow the evidence of the making of the works – both the hand and the process – to remain. Reed ... More

Milan Image Art and Design Fair kicks off its first international edition in Singapore
SINGAPORE.- Milan Image Art Fair is ready to open its first international edition entitled MIA&D Fair, which will be the first art fair of its kind that showcases a wealth of contemporary art in the form of photography, video and design in Singapore. The fair will be held at Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre from 24th to 26th October 2014. Conceived in 2011 by Italian collector Fabio Castelli, MIA&D Fair is set to bring art and design collectors, artists, curators, along with photography enthusiasts from around the world. The fair, which is held under the patronage of EXPO Milano 2015, the Embassy of Italy in Singapore and the Italian Institute of Culture, will be a platform for new encounters and cultural exchanges on photography, video and design between Asian and Western countries. A new element of MIA&D Fair Singapore will be the Design section, which will showcase a curated ... More

Exhibition of new and recent works by Tracey Moffett at Queensland's Gallery of Modern Art
BRISBANE.- Leading Australian artist Tracey Moffatt will explore how we inhabit places and are inhabited by them in an exhibition of new and recent works at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) from 25 October 2014 – 8 February 2015. Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) Director Chris Saines said ‘Tracey Moffatt: Spirited’ would feature works completed since the artist’s recent return to Australia from New York after 12 years. This exhibition premieres Moffatt’s major new video work Art Calls 2014, in which the artist plays TV talk show host, and includes ‘Spirit landscapes’ 2013, a body of work that is comprised of five photographic series and a digital photoframe,’ Mr Saines said. ‘Throughout her career, Moffatt has retained an irrepressible connection to her origins and a deep interest in ideas of place and memory, all of which resonates and informs her latest b ... More

Everson announces new Executive Director
SYRACUSE, NY.- The Everson Museum of Art announced that Elizabeth Dunbar will be assuming the position of Executive Director by January 1, 2015. Dunbar was selected after an eight-month long search led by Gary Grossman, Everson Museum of Art Board President, and a committee of Everson Trustees. Dunbar has nearly 15 years’ museum senior management experience. Most recently, she served as Executive Director of DiverseWorks in Houston, Texas, where she led an institutional turnaround by articulating a new vision, stabilizing and enhancing finances, and galvanizing community support. Prior to her position at DiverseWorks, Dunbar served as the Associate Director of Arthouse (now the Contemporary Austin) in Austin, Texas. Dunbar has also held curatorial positions at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Missouri, Los Angeles ... More

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts presents Landscape: the virtual, the actual, the possible?
SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- Landscape: the virtual, the actual, the possible? considers how the intersection of nature and technology shapes our current understanding and experience of landscape and gardens. By examining two very distinct geographic and cultural environments—the utopian frontier of California, home to both Silicon Valley and a vast variety of natural wildernesses, and the Pearl River Delta region in China, primary producer of the world’s electronic products which faces massive urbanization and land struggles—the exhibition questions whether human activities have altered the geological ecology so extensively that a new form of nature is being created, both physically and metaphorically. The show consists of 26 works by 21 artists, with the majority on loan from the Kadist Art Foundation plus the addition of 5 Chinese artists, three of whom were commissioned to ... More

Three young artists in small scale exhibitions on view at Haus der Kunst
MUNICH.- In autumn 2014, Haus der Kunst presents three young artists in small scale exhibitions, and introduces a new format, the Capsule exhibitions. "Everything happened just as it should have; at night, unofficially, only that then - in the sunshine - they blackened out there on that sandbar, and burst open. One could see they were full of worms and they continued to stink, and the smells that crawled back into the city, hot and heavy, were named 'Zephir'". This passage appears in a short story in the exhibition catalogue. Its author, the Romanian Alexandru Monciu-Sudinski, describes how five great whales cause a medieval city - simultaneously plagued by German swastika-bearers - to tremble with fear. Both the subject matter and the color palette of Man's work are thus established. His paintings are dominated by the darkness of black, gray, and green tones, which ... More



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