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Dangerous Women: Electrifying new exhibition opens at the Frost Art Museum FIU

Kimberly Dennis (Rollins College), Jordana Pomeroy (Frost Art Museum FIU), and Mary D. Garrard (American University). Photo by Andrew Stankus/World Red Eye.

MIAMI, FLA.- Courageous heroines and deceptive femmes fatales abound in the Old and New Testaments, these women — perceived as dangerous to society — they shaped biblical history. Their power to topple the strongest of male rulers made them “dangerous,” but their strength serves as an historical foundation for thinking about contemporary causes (including the “Me Too” movement): from Judith to Esther, Salome to Mary Magdalene, from Delilah to Lot's Daughters. The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU presents the world premiere of Dangerous Women, the timely new exhibition that explores shifting perceptions of these historic characters. While some of these famous women in biblical history were portrayed as saving their people and paragons of family goodness, others were depicted as harlots and hussies, purveyors of sin, deadly temptresses and seductresses. “Dangerous Women demonstrates how throughout histor ... More

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The Duchess of Cambridge selects Victorian photographs for National Portrait Gallery exhibition trail   Hauser & Wirth opens first Los Angeles solo exhibition devoted to works by Louise Bourgeois   Goya exhibition at the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum presents new discoveries

HRH The Duchess of Cambridge at the National Portrait Gallery by Noah Goodrich, 2017 © Noah Goodrich.

LONDON.- The Duchess of Cambridge is to select photographs from the National Portrait Gallery’s forthcoming exhibition Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography as part of a Patron’s trail, it was announced today, Friday 16 February 2018. The Duchess will visit the exhibition on the evening of Wednesday 28 February, prior to its opening on Thursday 1 March. As Patron of the National Portrait Gallery since 2012 and an enthusiastic, amateur photographer, The Duchess has written a foreword to the exhibition catalogue in which she discusses her interest in nineteenth-century photography, the subject of her undergraduate thesis while an art history student at the University of St Andrews. She also explains that photographs of children, which feature predominantly within the exhibition, are of particular interest to her. This is the first exhibition at the Gallery to include a Patron’s trail in which The Duchess ... More

Louise Bourgeois, The Red Sky (Detail), 2009. Watercolor, ink, gouache, pencil, colored pencil and etching on paper, 11 panels. © The Easton Foundation/VAGA, NY. Courtesy Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Ben Shiff.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Hauser & Wirth is presenting ‘Louise Bourgeois. The Red Sky,’ the gallery’s first Los Angeles solo exhibition devoted to the legendary French-American artist whose remarkable life yielded what she once described as ‘an exorcism in art.’ ‘The Red Sky’ is an intimate presentation of never before exhibited works on paper from the final years of the artist’s life: six multi-panel works on paper, created between 2007 and 2009, with words and images mining Bourgeois’s central themes of memory, trauma, nature, and the body. Shedding new light on Bourgeois’s creative process and the importance of working relationships to her practice in old age, the hybridized works on view combine printmaking, drawing, painting, and writing, but extend beyond the confines of each individual medium through the artist’s intensive and ... More

Francisco de Goya. Muchachos trepando a un árbol, 1791-1792 (cartón para tapiz destinado al despacho de Carlos IV en el Real Sitio de San Lorenzo del Escorial. Museo Nacional del Prado.

BILBAO.- Having studied in Italy, Francisco de Goya (Fuendetodos, Zaragoza, 1746 – Bordeaux, 1828) moved to Madrid in 1775 and was first employed at the court of Charles III to work on the production of tapestry cartoons on hunting themes for El Escorial. Goya achieved recognition some years later when he was first appointed painter to the King (1786) then First Court Painter (1799). Despite this success at court, Goya maintained his connections with his native Zaragoza and his correspondence with his childhood friend Martín Zapater, offers proof of this ongoing relationship with his circle of friends and relatives while also providing crucial information on the progress of his career. The Prado's exceptional loan of 13 original letters offers the documentary counterpoint to Goya as court painter and this is in fact the essential argument of thE exhibition, which moves between Goya's success at the ... More

Tate Britain announces major Van Gogh exhibition for 2019   Exhibition spotlights significant works by American Conceptual titan Sol LeWitt   A new Lucian Freud exhibition at IMMA curated by Irish artist Daphne Wright opens in Dublin

Vincent van Gogh L’Arlésienne 1890. Collection Museum de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand. Photo: João Musa.

LONDON.- Tate Britain today announced that it will open a major exhibition about Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) in March 2019. Van Gogh and Britain will be the first exhibition to take a new look at the artist through his relationship with Britain. It will explore how Van Gogh was inspired by British art, literature and culture throughout his career and how he in turn inspired British artists, from Walter Sickert to Francis Bacon. Bringing together the largest group of Van Gogh paintings shown in the UK for nearly a decade, Van Gogh and Britain will include over 40 works by the artist from public and private collections around the world. They include L'Arlésienne 1890 from Museu de Arte de São Paolo, Starry Night on the Rhône 1888 from the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, Shoes from the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, and the rarely loaned Sunflowers 1888 from the National Gallery, London. The exhibition will also feature late works including two painted ... More

Sol LeWitt, Yellow Grid, Circles and Arcs From Four Sides and Four Corners, 1972 (detail). Ink on paper, 18 5/8 x 18 9/16 x 1 5/16 inches. © 2018 The LeWitt Estate / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, New York and Vito Schnabel Gallery, St. Moritz. Photo: Steven Probert.

ST. MORITZ.- Vito Schnabel Gallery is presenting 1 + 1 = 1 Million, an exhibition organized by artist Tom Sachs to spotlight significant works by American Conceptual titan Sol LeWitt (1928 – 2007), with whom Sachs enjoyed a close friendship in the final years of the elder artist’s life. Through a large-scale wall drawing from 1978 and 19 luminous framed works on paper beginning from the 1970s, Sachs draws visitors into LeWitt’s career-long exploration of authorship and the means by which it can be defined. The exhibition focuses on three of the thirty-five statements from LeWitt’s 1969 Sentences on Conceptual Art,1 highlighting the ineffably poetic outcome of pursuing these ideas to their logical extreme. --Tom Sachs on Sol LeWitt January 2018 New York City The Greeks had it right. ... More

Minister Josepha Madigan T.D. previews The Ethics of Scrutiny, the second exhibition to be presented as part of the IMMA Collection: Freud Project, a five-year loan of 50 works by renowned artist Lucian Freud, opening in Dublin this week. Photo Justin Mac Innes.

DUBLIN.- Minister for Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan T.D., was in IMMA this past week to launch The Ethics of Scrutiny curated by Daphne Wright, the second exhibition to be presented as part of the ground-breaking IMMA Collection: Freud Project - a five-year loan of 52 works by renowned artist Lucian Freud (1922-2011); one of the greatest painters of the 20th-century. In 2016 IMMA secured the loan of 50 works on a five-year loan to the IMMA Collection from a number of private lenders. The IMMA Collection: Freud Project 2016 - 2021 presented all 50 works in the first year, 30 of the artist’s finest paintings alongside 20 works on paper, in a dedicated Freud Centre in IMMA’s Garden Galleries. For the second exhibition in this unique project IMMA invited visual artist Daphne Wright to ... More

Fashion photographer Demarchelier accused of harassment   Exhibition at Jack Shainman Gallery focuses on some of Gordon Parks' most celebrated and iconic imagery   Hollis Taggart Galleries exhibits works by William Scharf

File photo taken on February 12, 2012 shows Patrick Demarchelier. Dimitrios Kambouris / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP.

NEW YORK (AFP).- The Boston Globe published a bombshell expose on Friday accusing more than two dozen professionals in the fashion industry, among them legendary photographer Patrick Demarchelier, of sexual misconduct. The paper's Spotlight team, which in 2002 unveiled widespread sexual abuse by Catholic priests in Boston, said more than 50 models had detailed alleged misconduct they had experienced, from touching to assault. Collectively, they made credible claims against at least 25 photographers, agents, stylists, casting directors and other industry professionals, the Globe reported. They include Demarchelier, fellow photographer Greg Kadel, who has worked for Victoria's Secret and Vogue, and stylist Karl Templer, who has worked with Coach, Zara, and Tommy Hilfiger. The Globe said all of those accused had denied the allegations against them. Nevertheless, glossy magazine empire Conde Nast, whose company includes ... More

Gordon Parks, The Invisible Man, Harlem, New York,1952. Gelatin silver print, 40 x 30 inches (print) 2/7. Jack Shainman Gallery, NY.

NEW YORK, NY.- Jack Shainman Gallery is showing Gordon Parks: I Am You | Part 2. As a photographer, film director, composer, and writer, Gordon Parks (1912-2006) was a multi-disciplinary artist whose art and advocacy for social justice still resonates in contemporary culture. In collaboration with the Gordon Parks Foundation, this second half of a two-part exhibition focuses on some of Parks’ most celebrated and iconic imagery; demonstrating his abilities as a photographer and journalist who moved just as seamlessly documenting everyday life and injustice facing African American families across the country, framing his subjects with compassion amidst unvarnished reality. During the late 1940s through the 1960s, Parks produced some of his most renowned photographic essays on issues relating to civil rights. A stoic portrait of Red Jackson, from a 1948 series on the Harlem gang leader, reveals a man seemingly hemmed in by his options as he ... More

William Scharf (1927-2018), Untitled, circa 1970s. Acrylic on canvas, 12 x 15 3/8 inches. Inscribed on stretcher verso: "TOP".

NEW YORK, NY.- William Scharf’s visual language is steeped in myth and mystery, equal parts surrealist, biomorphic, and something wholly his own. His darkly atmospheric canvases reveal jewel-toned or bone white forms that seem to float in a primordial ether or emerge from prehistoric darkness. Like many of his friends and contemporaries in post-war New York, Scharf tapped into universal ideas of mythology and symbolism to access foundational principles of visual experience. His organic forms bring to mind the actions of creation, destruction, and propagation -- actions common to all living things throughout history and yet uniquely shaded in mystery and wonder. Coming of age in the heyday of New York’s Surrealist and Abstract Expressionist movements, Scharf developed interests in the careful paint handling, rich color, and heady symbolic language that characterized much of the art of his time. A close friendship with Mark Rothko in particular solidified ... More

Exhibition explores the world of art and culture in Italy in the interwar years   Candida Höfer receives Outstanding Contribution to Photography prize   Exhibition of Frank Thiel's newest photographs on view at Sean Kelly

Exhibition view of “Post Zang Tumb Tuuum. Art Life Politics: Italia 1918-1943” Photo: Delfino Sisto Legnani and Marco Cappelletti,18 February - 25 June 2018. Fondazione Prada, Milano. Courtesy Fondazione Prada.

MILAN.- Fondazione Prada presents “Post Zang Tumb Tuuum. Art Life Politics: Italia 1918–1943,” at its Milan venue between 18 February and 25 June 2018. Conceived and curated by Germano Celant, the exhibition explores the world of art and culture in Italy in the interwar years. Based on documentary and photographic evidence of the time, it reconstructs the spatial, temporal, social and political contexts in which the works of art were created and exhibited, and the way in which they were interpreted and received by the public of the time. “Post Zang Tumb Tuuum. Art Life Politics: Italia 1918–1943” is presented with the patronage of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism. Between 1918 and 1943 Italy was marked by the crisis of the liberal state and the establishment ... More

Candida Hofer © Ralph Müller.

LONDON.- The World Photography Organisation announced celebrated contemporary artist Candida Höfer as the recipient of the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards’ prestigious Outstanding Contribution to Photography prize. The artist will be presented with her award at a ceremony held in London on Thursday April 19, 2018. A personal selection of Höfer’s works will be shown as part of the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, London from April 20 - May 6. German artist Candida Höfer (b. Eberswalde, 1944) is one of the world’s foremost contemporary photographers. Renowned for her precise methodology and technique, Höfer’s internationally recognized work often takes the form of large-format color photography. Her powerful portraits of vast, empty interiors are part of major collections around the world and are exhibited in leading museums worldwide. In celebration of Höfer’s contribution to ph ... More

Melany Linares Díaz, La Habana, Playa, Miramar, La Puntilla, 2015 framed chromogenic print mounted to Alu-Dibond paper: 90 15/16 x 68 5/16 inches (231 x 173.5 cm) framed: 92 1/2 x 69 7/8 x 2 3/16 inches (235 x 177.5 x 5.5 cm) edition of 5 with 2 APs © Frank Thiel / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

NEW YORK, NY.- Sean Kelly is presenting 15 [Quince], an exhibition of Frank Thiel’s newest photographs taken over a two-year period throughout the fifteen municipalities of Havana. In this body of work Thiel focuses on the first generation of millennials born in 2000 to celebrate their Quince, a ubiquitous rite of passage for young women in Latin American cultures. This is Thiel’s first solo exhibition in New York since 2014 and his sixth with the gallery. Across most Latin communities, the Quince tradition recognizes a Quinceañera’s transition from childhood to adulthood and is considered among life’s most important events. An essential element of the celebration is having professional photographs taken of the Quinceañera often in elaborate ... More

The reason for my painting large canvases is that I want to be intimate and human. Mark Rothko

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Exhibition of contemporary art employs Victorian aesthetics as a lens to explore modern concerns
YONKERS, NY.- The Neo-Victorians: Contemporary Artists Revive Gilded-Age Glamour, on view at the Hudson River Museum from February 10 through May 13, 2018, explores a resurgence of interest over the last decade in ornamental lushness, with works of art that conceal pointed social commentary beneath seductive surface techniques. More than 20 contemporary artists whose work is inspired by the aesthetics of the 19th century have shaped, molded, and transformed these ideas to reflect today’s concerns, commenting on gender roles and societal tensions under the guise of the overt beauty. The Neo-Victorians will encourage audiences both familiar and unfamiliar with the Gilded Age to look at the growing group of contemporary artists imbued with a “Victorian aesthetic,” and to recognize how visual influences of the past continue to shape ... More

Freeman's Asian Arts Auction offers a collection of collections
PHILADELPHIA, PA.- Freeman’s Asian Arts auction, Friday March 16th, brings together nearly 600 lots representing Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Southeast Asian works of art, and is scheduled to coincide with Asia Week in New York City. With the world’s attention focused on South Korea, Freeman’s offers its own salute to the culture of Korea. A highlight of the sale is the group of Korean celadons, buncheong stonewares, and blue and white porcelains from a private Florida collection, representing seven centuries of Korean ceramic arts. Korean potters developed celadon-glazed wares in the 12th and 13th centuries, including unique pieces inlaid with black and white slip, which later developed into “buncheong” stonewares. The auction includes an unusual and appealing example of a celadon floriform bowl from the 12th century (Lot 133, estimate $1,000-1,500), ... More

Cincinnati Art Museum presents Marcel Duchamp: Boîte-en-valise
CINCINNATI, OH.- The Cincinnati Art Museum is presenting Marcel Duchamp: Boîte-en-valise on view to the public for the first time at the museum, now through May 6, 2018. This free special feature unveils the Art Museum’s acquisition of a rare “portable museum” containing 68 small-scale replicas and models of Marcel Duchamp’s works featuring paintings, drawings, objects and “ready-mades.” Duchamp was a French-American painter, sculptor, chess player and writer. By World War I, his goal was to “put painting once again in the service of the mind,” which meant abandoning the traditional tools and techniques of painting and questioning every previous assumption about the boundaries of visual art. From that time forward he deliberately worked in a diversity of media and methods without repeating himself. In 1935 Duchamp began a six-year ... More

PIASA's Scandinavian Design Sale totals more than €2.1 million
PARIS.- PIASA’s first auction of Scandinavian Design in 2018, on February 15, yielded a total of €2.1 million. This new sale devoted to the Nordic creativity, replete with big-name masterpieces, confirms PIASA as leaders on the Design market. Top price of €140,400 rewarded Finn Juhl’s icnonic Chieftan chair (lot 85, est. 90,000-100,000). In 1949 Finn Juhl (1912-89), the father of the Danish Modern style, created one of his most famous designs: the teak and leather Chieftain armchair, produced in collaboration with cabinet-maker Niels Vodder. The alluring curves and delicate handling of the natural materials are typical of Juhl’s work (est. €90,000-120,000). The Chieftain was described as follows when unveiled in Copenhagen in 1949: ‘The Chieftain chair is designed according to scientific principles to ensure optimum comfort, and is already this year’s clear winner… ... More

Phillips names Susan Abeles as Head of Jewelry for the Americas
NEW YORK, NY.- Phillips announced the appointment of Susan Abeles as the Head of Jewelry for the Americas and Senior International Specialist. She is based in the company’s New York headquarters. Ms. Abeles will design and implement a strategy for Phillips’ jewelry business in the Americas, one of the fastest-growing categories in the auction world. In her new role, she will be responsible for building a team in New York, working with new and existing clients on consignment opportunities, and creating cross-marketing opportunities within Phillips. The development of the Jewelry department is part of Phillips’ significant expansion of recent years, adding a complimentary category to the company’s fast-growing areas of focus in the 20th and 21st centuries. The company plans to hold its first New York jewelry auction under Ms. ... More

P•P•O•W opens its first solo exhibition with Chris Daze Ellis
NEW YORK, NY.- P·P·O·W is presenting the gallery’s first solo exhibition with Chris Daze Ellis. Daily Commute features paintings, drawings, and pastels that reflect Daze’s exploration of and reflection on New York City, a subject that has always permeated his work. Daze first gained notoriety as a teenager in the late 70’s and early 80’s for painting on subway trains and city streets, before transitioning to painting on canvas and showing at alternative and established art spaces around the world. Daily Commute features works in multiple mediums, including spray paint, oil, acrylic, and ground pumice, often all used within the context of a single painting. Daze’s works simultaneously capture the energy and spontaneity of the graffiti movement, while also revealing a more meditative process and technique, with works featuring thick brush strokes and a layered use of ... More

Johnnie Winona Ross joins Brian Gross Fine Art
SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- Brian Gross Fine Art announced that New Mexico artist Johnnie Winona Ross has joined the gallery. Over a career of nearly five decades, Johnnie Winona Ross has pushed the boundaries of minimal painting into new territory. Working in the lineage of Mark Rothko and Agnes Martin, Ross creates painterly abstractions in which subtle variations in surface and underlying color interplay with the exquisite geometry of his compositions. Reductive only in appearance, Johnnie Winona Ross’ surfaces are built up through the addition of hundreds of layers of paint, which are then meticulously burnished flat and polished to a dull luster. Similarly, while appearing purely abstract, his layers of horizontal bands of whites over vertical seeps of muted color recall the feeling of the Southwest, where he has lived for nearly 20 years. Taken as a whole, Ross’ ... More

Visual art and storytelling collide in Shelburne Museum's exhibition, Puppets: World on a String
SHELBURNE, VT.- Shelburne Museum’s forthcoming exhibition, Puppets: World on a String, is on view in the Pizzagalli Center for Arts and Education’s Colgate Gallery from February 17, 2018 until June 3, 2018. This immersive exhibition transports visitors into magical realms where animals speak, shadows come alive, and politicians face their harshest critics. Storytelling and the visual arts collide in this exciting exhibition featuring multimedia works of art by local and national artists. From 19th century marionettes to contemporary digital installations, these works push the boundaries of our concepts of this age-old art form. Puppets: World on a String celebrates the wonder of puppets while investigating the ways that puppet theater mediates between worlds both real and imagined. The history of puppets is rich and varied, dating back 3000 years, spanning a multitude ... More

"I Never Said Umbrella" Itziar Okariz's new exhibition opens at Tabakalera
SAN SEBASTIÁN.- Tabakalera presents an exhibition by Itziar Okariz, entitled I Never Said Umbrella. The artist from San Sebastian is one of the great names in the field of performance with an important career and international recognition. The exhibition, curated by art historian Beatriz Herráez, is composed of works from earlier periods and new productions and can be visited until June 3. The title, I Never Said Umbrella, comes from a misunderstanding, a misreading of a chorus from the David Bowie song, New Killer Star. Both the title of the exhibition and its spatial development are hints that allow us to glimpse references to the world of music or cinema that somehow have a presence in the work of Okariz. Sources and references in these also include the importance of literature and feminist thinking. Itziar Okariz (Donostia/San Sebastián, 1965) is ... More

Grolier Club opens first Science Fiction book exhibition
NEW YORK, NY.- The Grolier Club looks back to the future in an exhibition of science fiction and the fantastic from the collection of author and antiquarian bookseller Henry Wessells. A Conversation larger than the Universe represents the Grolier’s first-ever presentation of speculative fiction, in a highly personal selection of 70 books (many signed or inscribed by their authors), magazines, manuscripts, letters, and works of art, dating from the mid-eighteenth century to the present, on view in the second floor gallery through March 10, 2018. From Gothic romances to classic fantasies to cyberpunk and frightening dystopian fiction, the works map out a universe of hopes, dreams – and nightmares. The exhibition A Conversation larger than the Universe traces the origins of science fiction to the eighteenth-century Gothic, with Thomas Leland’s Longsword ... More

Museum Voorlinden opens an exhibition of work by Shilpa Gupta
WASSENAAR.- Museum Voorlinden presents an exhibition of work by Shilpa Gupta (b. 1976). “Where do I begin”, on display from 17 February until 21 May, features a selection of works by the Mumbai-based multidisciplinary Indian artist, on show in and around the museum. Gupta is drawn to borderlines in the broadest sense of the word: from geographical and political frontiers to social divisions and the boundaries of the self. She is interested in human perception, the way we look at other people, how we see ourselves, and how we define our identities. One of her most iconic performances will be repeated during the exhibition period. First presented at the My East is Your West exhibition during the 2015 Venice Biennale, it involves a performer drawing lines on a cloth many hundred meters long, symbolizing the interlinked historical and cultural landscapes in South ... More

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On a day like today, Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi was born
February 19, 1876. Constantin Brancusi (February 19, 1876 - March 16, 1957) was a Romanian-born sculptor who made his career in France. As a child he displayed an aptitude for carving wooden farm tools. In this image: Three sculptures by Constantin Brancusi, "The Sorceress", left; "The Muse", center; and "King of Kings" are on display during a preview of the "From Picasso to Pollock: Classics of Modern Art" exhibit at New York's Guggenheim Museum Tuesday, July 1, 2003.

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