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SAP cofounder and art collector Hasso Plattner opens Barberini Museum in Potsdam

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) and Hasso Plattner, entrepreneur and patron, pose in front of a painting by Edvard Munch during the official opening of the Barberini Museum in Potsdam, near Berlin, on January 20, 2017. Plattner helped to establish the Museum Barberini, which from January 2017 on will exhibit Plattner’s collection of artworks. Bernd von Jutrczenka / POOL / AFP.

POTSDAM.- In the past three years a piece of cultural history has been reconstructed in the heart of Potsdam. On January 23, 2017, the Museum Barberini, Potsdam's new art museum, will open on Alter Markt, the historic center of the city. Under the direction of Dr. Ortrud Westheider, the museum shows exhibitions in international partnerships, presenting individual themes, artists and eras. The collection of Hasso Plattner is the point of departure for these presentations, which range from the Old Masters to works from the 21st century. The collection focuses on Impressionism, American Modern Art, Art from the former East Germany, and painting after 1989. The Museum Barberini is opening with the exhibitions Impressionism: The Art of Landscape, and Modern Art Classics: Liebermann, Munch, Nolde, Kandinsky. A total of over 170 works will be on display (Jan. 23 ... More

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Gagosian exhibits new paintings and sculpture by Katharina Grosse   Two giants of Post-War American painting will be featured in Christie's sale   Georgia Museum of Art shows artists of the New York School


Katharina Grosse, Untitled, 2016. Acrylic on canvas, 114 3/16 x 76 inches / 290 x 193 cm © Katharina Grosse und VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016. Photo by Jens Ziehe. Courtesy Gagosian.

NEW YORK, NY.- Gagosian is presenting new paintings and sculpture by Katharina Grosse. A prominent figure on the international art circuit, this is her first gallery exhibition in New York and at Gagosian, following a series of significant public commissions in the U.S. in recent years. Grosse approaches painting as an experience in immersive subjectivity. With a spray gun, she disconnects the artistic act from the hand, stylizing gesture as a propulsive mark. The resulting pictures are distinct, but never predetermined. Spatial tensions rise through shifts in chromatic temperature. Challenging boundaries, she reintroduces her body as an active agent within a vision of contemporary existence that is at once physically isolated and densely networked. Embracing the events and incidents that arise as she paints, Grosse opens up surfaces and spaces to the countless perceptual possibilities of the medium. While she is widely ... More
 

Mark Rothko, No. 1, oil on canvas, signed and dated ‘MARK ROTHKO/1949’ (on the reverse), 78.3 x 39.7 in. (198.8 x 100.8 cm.). Painted in 1949. Estimate on Request. © Christie’s Images Limited 2017.

LONDON.- Two giants of Post-War American painting will be united in Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction on 7 March 2017 in London. Mark Rothko’s groundbreaking No. 1 (1949, estimate on request), is one of the artist’s earliest examples of his mature artistic vocabulary, dating from the pioneering year of his practice and was first shown in 1950 as part of his historic solo exhibition at New York’s Betty Parsons Gallery. Robert Rauschenberg’s Transom (1963, estimate on request) comes to auction alongside a major retrospective of his work at London’s Tate Modern, and demonstrates the radical new visual language that went on to lead a generation of American artists towards global domination. Together these two masters of 20th-Century painting will lead the field of American talent that will take centre stage during 20th Century at Christie’s, a series of sales that takes place from 28 Feb ... More
 

Carl Holty (American, 1900–1973), Bathers, ca. 1948–50 (detail). Oil on Masonite, 56 x 48 inches. Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia; Gift of Helen and Harold G. Wescott, 1981. GMOA 1981.154 © Estate of the artist.

ATHENS, GA.- The Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia is showing the work of artists active in New York City in the 1950s and 1960s in the exhibition “Artists of the New York School” from January 14 to March 19, 2017. Organized by Sarah Kate Gillespie, the museum’s curator of American art, this exhibition features works from the museum’s collection and on loan from several private collections. It includes paintings, sculptures and works on paper and highlights what was known as the “New York School,” a group of artists working in the city who focused on making abstract work. Along with well-known male artists such as James Brooks, Frank Stella and Philip Guston, the exhibit features work by female artists Louise Nevelson, Michael (Corrine) West, Helen Frankenthaler and Anne Ryan. “Artists of the New York School” functions as a companion exhibition ... More


Exhibition explores the work of legendary San Antonio painter Julian Onderdonk   De Hallen Haarlem opens new solo exhibitions: Kasper Bosmans, Richard Tuttle and Evelyn Taocheng Wang   Rare Maynard Dixon show opens at Nevada Museum of Art


Julian Onderdonk, Sunlight and Shadow, 1910 (detail), oil on canvas, h. 16 in. (40.6 cm); w. 24 in. (61 cm), the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, gift of the Houston Art League, the George M. Dickson Bequest. Image courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

SAN ANTONIO, TX.- Julian Onderdonk and the Texan Landscape, on view at the San Antonio Museum of Art, explores the work of legendary San Antonio painter Julian Onderdonk, from views of the Long Island landscape to sweeping impressions of the Hill Country and the iconic Texas bluebonnet. Born in San Antonio in 1882, Onderdonk trained first with his father, Robert Jenkins Onderdonk (1851–1917), one of the city’s most important early artists. Onderdonk further studied in New York under American Impressionist William Merritt Chase, whose mantra that an artist should work outdoors and paint what he or she saw forever marked Julian’s work. After returning to Texas in 1909, Onderdonk found his life’s calling. He portrayed the distinctive surroundings of his state at different times of day, in different atmospheric conditions, ... More
 

Richard Tuttle, Hello, The Roses 19, 2012. Wood, paint. Copyright the artist, courtesy Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London and Pace Gallery, New York.

HAARLEM.- From 21 January 2017, De Hallen Haarlem presents three solo exhibitions, by Kasper Bosmans, Richard Tuttle and Evelyn Taocheng Wang. Poetry, beauty and elegance seem to play an important role in their work – that is simultaneously drenched in history and permanent oscillations between ‘then’ and ‘now’, tradition and the present. Moreover, all three artists have a special interest in the expressive possibilities of specific materials, which endows their work with a great tactile sensitivity. Tuttle focuses on the unforeseen expressiveness of small gestures and simple materials, in a formal idiom that could be termed poetic-minimalist. In the work of Wang and Bosmans, both a penchant for the decadent as well as the more crafty expression of folk art is discernible. They intuitively combine information from diverse historical, literary and scientific sources and cultural traditions into idiosyncratic narratives. ... More
 

Tortolita Range, 1944 (detail). Oil on canvas board, 20 inches x 24 inches. Dr. Richard N. Paltenghi Collection.

RENO, NEV.- This January the Nevada Museum of Art welcomes paintings and rare drawings by Maynard Dixon, one of the premier artists working in the American West during the first half of the twentieth century. Drawn from the private collections of Bruce C. Paltenghi and Dr. Richard Paltenghi, this exhibition offers an intimate look at Dixon’s life and creative process, providing insight into the passionate way he traversed and interpreted the world. Maynard Dixon: The Paltenghi Collectionsopens January 21, 2017, and will remain on view through July 16, 2017, at the Nevada Museum of Art, Donald W. Reynolds Center for the Visual Arts, E. L. Wiegand Gallery located at 160 West Liberty Street in downtown Reno. A 96-page book by the same name, published by the Museum and authored by Bruce C. Paltenghi, accompanies the exhibition. For over five decades Dixon documented the landscapes and cultures of the American West with unparalleled ... More


Afghan female orchestra strikes closing note at Davos   Obelix is the star of new Asterix adventure   IS destruction at Syria's Palmyra a 'war crime'


Afghanistan's first all-female orchestra Zohra performs during the closing ceremony of the World Economic Forum on January 20, 2017 in Davos. FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP.

DAVOS (AFP).- Afghanistan's first all-female orchestra brought the curtain down on this year's World Economic Forum on Friday with a culture-crossing performance that overcame tradition and death threats in their homeland. Zohra, an ensemble of 35 young musicians aged 13 to 20, some orphans or from poor families, performed before a Davos audience more in tune with talk of deal-making than the strains of Afghan classical music. Some sat on the floor, barefoot and cross-legged, some on chairs, all in traditional dress with head-scarves, as they performed a mix of Western and South Asian instruments: stringed, wind and percussion. The programme itself fused the two musical traditions, and included a moving rendition of Beethoven's "Ode to Joy", the anthem of ... More
 

The story will be the 37th in the series that began in the Franco-Belgian comic Pilote in 1959.

PARIS (AFP).- Up to now he has always been the simpleminded second fiddle to Asterix. But Obelix, the Gallic hero's sturdy sidekick, is finally to get a starring role in the French comic book series. The menhir delivery man who gained his superhuman strength by falling into a magic potion when he was a baby, takes the lead in the next story, its publishers confirmed Friday. Few details of the adventure -- which will hit the shelves in October -- have been released other than the story will take place outside France. Naturally, it will have to be set in a country with a healthy wild boar population, if Obelix isn't to starve. "After having stayed in Gaul for 'Asterix and the Missing Scroll' (2015), our heroes go beyond its frontiers to makes some gastronomic discoveries and meet the local celebrities," its authors, writer Jean-Yves Ferri and cartoonist Didier Conrad said. The pair have written the last two ... More
 

Photo taken in April 1974 shows the ancient Roman theater of Bosra of Palmyra. Xavier BARON / AFP.

PARIS (AFP).- The UN on Friday led condemnation of attacks by Islamic State jihadists on two sites in Syria's ancient city of Palmyra, calling the destruction a "war crime" and "cultural cleansing". In a statement, Irina Bokova, director general of the Paris-based UN cultural agency UNESCO, described the wrecking as "a new war crime and an immense loss for the Syrian people and for humanity." “This new blow against cultural heritage... shows that cultural cleansing led by violent extremists is seeking to destroy both human lives and historical monuments in order to deprive the Syrian people of its past and its future," Bokova said. IS recaptured Palmyra from government forces on December 11, nine months after being booted out of the UNESCO World Heritage site. The new devastation reportedly occurred earlier this month. Syria's antiquities chief Maamoun Abdulkarim ... More


A retrospective of the life and work of Jan and Helga Grove opens at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria   Edward Cella Art & Architecture opens exhibition of photographs from the estate of Pedro E. Guerrero   Logan Center Exhibitions presents Kapwani Kiwanga in first solo exhibition in the United States


Jan and Helga Grove in garden at Sooke Rd studio, c.1970. Photo by Karl Spreitz.

VICTORIA, BC.- The life’s work of two world renowned Victoria potters will be the focus of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria’s first exhibition of 2017. Life with Clay: Pottery and Sculpture by Jan and Helga Grove opens January 21, and is comprised of roughly 60 pieces of pottery and 40 sculptures with bright colours and matte glazes, often decorated with geometric and abstract designs. This retrospective by Victoria artists Jan and Helga Grove is guest curated by Allan Collier and runs through May 28 in the AGGV’s Pollard Gallery. Included in the exhibition will be several experimental pieces highlighting Jan's modernist forms and glazes and Helga's unique geometric and fable animal decorations. The often whimsical and thought-provoking exhibition will also consist of photographs, catalogues and other historical material documenting the work and lives of these extraordinary artists. “Selected by the Groves from hundreds of examples, ... More
 

Pedro E. Guerrero, Alexander Calder answers his mail, Sache, France, 1965 (detail). Silver gelatin print, 14 x 17 in.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Edward Cella Art & Architecture presents Guerrero: Calder & Nevelson, In Their Studios, an exhibition of captivating photographs from the estate of Pedro E. Guerrero. Best known for his images of the life and work of American architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, this exhibition highlights for the first-time, Guerrero’s intimate documentation of renowned sculptors Alexander Calder and Louise Nevelson in their homes and studios. The exhibition includes sculptures and collages by Calder and Nevelson that provide a direct context for the viewer. This presentation also serves to celebrate the centennial of Guerrero’s birth in 1917. Born in Casa Grande, Arizona, Guerrero describes his interest in art in connection to his Mexican-American heritage: “I was trying to escape the bigotry of my hometown, and I thought being an artist would be exotic.” After dropping out of the Art Center ... More
 

Kapwani Kiwanga, Ifa Organ. 2013
. Photo: Martin Argyroglo.

CHICAGO, IL.- Logan Center Exhibitions presents a selection of newly commissioned work by Kapwani Kiwanga in her first solo exhibition in the United States: Kapwani Kiwanga: The sum and its parts, on view at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, January 20–March 12, 2017. The exhibition features a site-specific installation, video, and prints that draw on the artist’s research into the design of institutional spaces, including materials found in the University of Chicago’s Special Collections Library. Across the elements of Kapwani Kiwanga: The sum and its parts, Kiwanga deconstructs the physical and psychological qualities of different built environments including schools, prisons, hospitals, and mental health facilities. In the main gallery, Kiwanga brings together architectural elements from historical and contemporary versions of these spaces including wall sections, lighting fixtures, and surface treatments creating ... More


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"Kate Gilmore & Heather Rowe: Only in Your Way" opens at DiverseWorks
HOUSTON, TX.- DiverseWorks announced the opening of Kate Gilmore & Heather Rowe: Only in Your Way, on view in the gallery at 3400 Main Street, January 21 – March 19, 2017. Only in Your Way is the first collaborative two-person exhibition between New York-based artists Kate Gilmore and Heather Rowe. The exhibition includes newly commissioned, sitespecific sculptural works, installation, and a live durational performance. Only in Your Way features distinct new works by each artist, conceived to be in conversation with each other utilizing the gallery space and considering ideas about sculptural objects and architecture in relation to the female body. Gilmore, a performance, video, and installationbased artist, explores issues related to identity, gender, power, and endurance in her work. Rowe’s work lies at the intersection of sculpture, architecture and installation, ... More

Brafa 2017: Inexhaustible source of inspiration
BRUSSELS.- Citius, Altius, Fortius… This famous Olympic motto, devised by Pierre de Coubertin, could apply perfectly to Brafa as well, in its aspiration to surpass itself, offer the best it has and renew itself for each edition. To meet this challenge, 132 antiquarians and gallerists from 16 countries have responded to the organisers’ invitation to offer the most beautiful, rarest or most refined of their respective specialities. Archaeology, painting, furniture, sculpture, tribal art, silverware, jewellery, design, contemporary art: all the multimillennial diversity of artistic creation is gathered together and offered to the curiosity of collectors and art lovers from the four corners of Europe and beyond. From 21 to 29 January, the artistic heart beats in Brussels! As the first international art fair of the year, Brafa traditionally opens the calendar of major artistic events. Hence it is no exaggeration ... More

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth presents "FOCUS: Stanley Whitney"
FORT WORTH, TX.- Since the mid-1970s, Stanley Whitney has investigated the intricate possibilities of color and form in the realm of abstract painting. Whitney's signature style features multicolored, irregular grids on square canvases. Taking the essentialist grid of minimalism as his cue, his configurations are loose, uneven geometric lattices comprised of vibrant stacked color blocks that vary in hue, shape, and the handling of the paint. Whitney also utilizes color as subject, and his paintings often refer to literature, music, places, and other artists, connections that are bolstered in his titles. Working without preparatory materials, Whitney combines balance and intuition in his approach to painting, as each color block is painted sequentially in relation to the ongoing arrangement. This process is expressive, improvisational, and can be linked to jazz, which ... More

KMAC presents works by acclaimed Chicago artist William J. O'Brien
LOUISVILLE, KY.- KMAC Museum presents a new exhibition, William J. O'Brien | Oscillates Wildly, curated by Joey Yates, on view January 21-April 9,2017. This is KMAC's first solo exhibition following a full renovation completed in July 2016. KMAC will host an artist talk during which O'Brien will speak about his career and process on Saturday, January 21 at 3:30pm. William J. O'Brien shifts effortlessly from creating ceramic and steel sculptures to working with textiles, drawing, and painting. This dynamism is evident in the nearly 90 works featured in the exhibition, which fill the second floor gallery of the museum. Central to his varied practice, and equally to the province of craft itself, is a dexterous manipulation of multiple materials and forms venerating handmade labor and other meaningful connections with the physical world. "In our modern lexicon of creative activity, ... More

Renaissance masterworks by Albrecht Dürer take center stage at the Reading Public Museum
READING, PA.- The Reading Public Museum is presenting an engaging exhibition, Albrecht Dürer: Master Prints, featuring more than thirty woodblock prints and engravings by (or after) the German Renaissance master printmaker Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528), on view from January 14 through May 7, 2017 in The Museum’s Works on Paper Gallery located on the Ground Floor. Dürer was an extraordinary innovator who revolutionized the medium of printmaking in the late fifteenth and early sixteenth century. Trained as a goldsmith, the painter, etcher and draftsman was praised for the remarkable compositional complexity and high level of naturalism he brought to his works. Dürer established an international reputation for his remarkable skills in printmaking (woodblock prints and engravings), which he had single-handedly elevated to an independent art form. Scott Schweigert, ... More

Winslow Homer engravings exhibition opens at the Butler Institute of American Art
YOUNGSTOWN, OH.- An exhibition of two-hundred thirty celebrated prints by American icon Winslow Homer at the Butler Institute’s Trumbull location opening Sunday, January 22, 2017. Winslow Homer, arguably the most popular artist and illustrator of nineteenth century America, and one of the most important American artists of all time comes to the Butler Institute of American Art. Winslow Homer From Poetry to Fiction, includes 230 wood engravings on loan from Contemporary and Modern Print Exhibitions, Laguna Niguel, California, has been in the planning for more than twenty years beginning in1995 when curator Reilly Rhodes, then director of the National Art Museum of Sport took notice of the immense range of material that was available to museums and collectors through searching the inventory of rare book and print shops in New York, Philadelphia, ... More

Special collaborative exhibition opens at Galerie Ron Mandos
AMSTERDAM.- Galerie Ron Mandos presents the special collaborative exhibition Jan ♥ Boris with works by Jan Hoek and Diary by Boris Mikhailov, curated by Paul Kooiker. The top ten photographs shot between 2011 and 2016 by Hoek, as chosen by Kooiker, will be shown alongside a selection of photos from Mikhailov’s captivating books Diary and Look at Me I Look at Water; presenting a glimpse into the artist’s personal view on his complete oeuvre. Jan Hoek was born in the Netherlands in 1984, and completed his studies in Image and Language at the Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam. He was motivated by his mentor Kooiker to delve into photography. His inspiration during his studies, and in fact one of the subjects of his dissertation was Boris Mikhailov. Hoek pushes the boundaries of conventional ethics surrounding photography, and captures groups or individuals ... More

Exhibition of paintings by Canadian artist Louise Belcourt on view at Locks Gallery
PHILADELPHIA, PA.- Locks Gallery is presenting an exhibition of paintings by Canadian artist Louise Belcourt (b. 1961). Belcourt’s paintings explore the intersections between the built and natural world. For her first show at Locks, the artist presents new oil paintings of architectural “mounds” in shifting spatial planes—what she calls “paintings of sculptures of landscapes.” Using bold colors, radiant light, and dynamic perspectives, Belcourt’s images of tectonic landforms—stacked, occluded, and cascading into foreground and background—meld nature and man-made forms, reflecting an ecological awareness and heightened sensitivity to the world around us. “The impetus for my work comes from the outdoors,” the artist has said. “In paintings I mingle architecture and natural forms—things that are in my daily periphery.” Throughout her career, Belcourt has explored the liminal sp ... More

Wadsworth Atheneum appoints Brandy S. Culp as Richard Koopman Curator of American Decorative Arts
HARTFORD, CONN.- The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art announced this week the appointment of Brandy S. Culp to the position of Richard Koopman Curator of American Decorative Arts. After a multi-year, national search, museum leadership cited Culp's passion for objects, proven track record of collaborative projects and dynamic programmatic vision as the qualities that defined her emergence as the chosen candidate. Culp will begin work at the museum in late February. "Joining the team at America's oldest continuously-operating art museum is an opportunity one dreams about as a curator," said Culp. "The Atheneum's collection of native decorative arts is wildly charismatic, telling the story of New England and America like no other museum can do. With myriad objects ranging from Colonial cabinetry by Eliphalet Chapin to modern metal jewelry by ... More

Important and rare photography achieves strong prices at Clars January 2017 sale
OAKLAND, CA.- Clars Auction Gallery’s January 14 and 15, 2017 was highlighted by the exceptional prices achieved on the significant collection of photography offered, a new world auction record was set for Chiura Obata and a Chinese painting of a censer soars to an unbelievable sale price of over $20,000. An extensive and unique compilation of photography was offered on January 15th and the market responded strongly. Approximately 100 works were offered achieving a total sale price of over $55,000. A highly anticipated collection of 37 rare works by Jan Saudek (Czech, b. 1935) from the Seattle Art Museum was offered. All 37 works sold for an impressive total of over $33,000 with most exceeding their estimates. Among the other rare photography works offered were several from Edward Sheriff Curtis (American, 1868-1952). The top seller overall ... More





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