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Jennifer Angus' largest insect art installation dazzles at the MFA, St. Petersburg

Large-scale, Victorian dollhouses covered in melted beeswax tower in this garden-like gallery designed to give the viewer an insect's perspective of the world in Jennifer Angus' new installation at the MFA, St. Petersburg.

ST. PETERSBURG, FLA.- When you think of insects, art may not be the first word that comes to mind. Where many see nuisance pests and recoil, artist Jennifer Angus looks deeper and embraces their natural beauty — the rainbow colors of their giant wings and exoskeleton, the wispiness of an antenna, the jagged design of their legs. In her eyes, insects are not to be feared, but celebrated. Angus, one of the top contemporary installation artists in the country, hopes her latest project at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg will rekindle a sense of discovery and respect for the importance and beauty of what she calls the “six-legged kingdom.” ‘The Grasshopper and the Ant’ and Other Stories, as told by Jennifer Angus, on view through January 5, 2020, creates a wondrous environment where thousands of exotic, brilliantly-colored insects reign in the nearly 7,000-square-foot gallery space within the MFA’s Hough Wing. ... More

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Christie's to offer monumental canvas by Yves Klein   Major exhibition at MoMA displays over 100 important works by Latin American artists   Artist Huang Yong Ping dies at the age of 65

Yves Klein, Barbara (ANT 113), 1960 (detail). Estimate: $12-18 million. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.

NEW YORK, NY.- Yves Klein’s monumental Barbara (ANT 113), 1960 (estimate: $12-18 million) will highlight Christie’s Evening Sale of Post-War and Contemporary Art on 13 November. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this work will benefit The Water Academy for Sustainable and Responsible Development Foundation. The Water Academy SRD is an international initiative whose mission is to create a new Culture of Water to address these challenges and the ones related to the Sustainable and Responsible Development. Founded in 2016 and based in Switzerland, their activities help facilitate the establishment, advancement and exchange of scientific and cultural information addressing the issue of water resource access and management, as well to foster Higher Education in this domain; and to play a vital role in establish and promoting a new Culture of Water. The organisation helps fund Integrated Scientific Research, Higher Education and sho ... More

Alejandro Otero (Venezuelan, 1921–1990). Tablón de Pampatar (Pampatar Board). 1954. Lacquer on wood, 10′ 6″ × 25 5/8″ × 1 1/16″ (320 × 65.1 × 2.7 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Promised gift of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros through the Latin American and Caribbean Fund in honor of Adriana Cisneros de Griffin and Nicholas Griffin. ©2018 / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / AUTORARTE, Venezuela.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Museum of Modern Art opened Sur moderno: Journeys of Abstraction―The Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Gift, a major exhibition drawn primarily from the paintings, sculptures, and works on paper donated to the Museum by the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros between 1997 and 2016. On view from October 21, 2019, through March 14, 2020, Sur moderno celebrates the arrival of the most important collection of abstract and concrete art from Latin America by dedicating an entire suite of galleries on the Museum’s third floor to the display of artists from Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina, and Uruguay. The exhibition highlights the work of Lygia Clark, Gego, Raúl Lozza, Hélio ... More

Huang Yong Ping has been recognized as a major figure of avant-garde art in China and world-wide.

PARIS.- French contemporary artist of Chinese origin, Huang Yong Ping, has died suddenly on October 19, 2019 at the age of 65. Born in 1954 in Xiamen, Fujian, China, he is recognized as a major figure of avant-garde art in China and world-wide. Huang Yong Ping has been represented by kamel mennour (Paris/London) since 2009. In the mid-1980's in China, the artist undertook a combative practice aiming to achieve a new correspondence between art, culture and political consciousness. He developed new forms that, beyond their amazing plastic qualities, showed a rare philosophical depth. His work, represented in the world's greatest museums, is admired for reflecting his thoughts on humanity, art, history, politics, the relationship between East and West and between art and life. After the Cultural Revolution, from 1978 to 1982, he studied at the Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts in Hangzhou. From 1985 to 1987, ... More

Ramsay Fairs add VOLTA to their portfolio of art fairs   Startled marmot and a fox lead the way at Wildlife Photography Awards   French architect Jean Nouvel workshop sues Paris concert hall

Victor Lope Arte Contemporaneo (Barcelona), with sculptures by Mario Dilitz and works on paper by Kepa Garraza.

NEW YORK, NY.- Ramsay Fairs, owners of PULSE Art Fair and Affordable Art Fair, is delighted to announce that VOLTA will join their portfolio with immediate effect. Ramsay Fairs has purchased VOLTA from Merchandise Mart Properties Inc (MMPI). MMPI acquired VOLTA in 2007 from the Founders: Amanda Coulson, Uli Voges, Friedrich Loock, and Kavi Gupta. VOLTA, the contemporary art fair known for its eclectic and dynamic presentations, celebrated its 15th anniversary in Basel this past June. Established originally to secure a platform for international galleries beyond young art fair Liste and market heavyweight Art Basel, VOLTA attracts serious collectors, and strong sales are reported year after year. Will Ramsay, CEO and Founder of Ramsay Fairs, explains: “As a regular visitor to VOLTA, I have always been impressed by the mix of dealers, the ascent of artists shown and ... More

Detail of The moment by Yongqing Bao, China. Joint Winner 2019, Behaviour: Mammals.

LONDON (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- Titled “The Moment,” the picture shows a Tibetan fox about to pounce on an almost comically startled-looking marmot. The image earned Chinese photographer Yongqing Bao the wildlife photographer of the year award at the Natural History Museum in London. One of 19 photographs honored by the museum, the picture spread widely online after the awards were announced Tuesday. But while the image may have granted the marmot its 15 minutes of fame, the rodent did not survive its encounter with the fox, according to the BBC. The museum described the picture as “a powerful frame of both humor and horror” that “captures the drama and intensity of nature.” “This compelling picture captures nature’s ultimate challenge — its battle for survival,” Michael Dixon, the director of the Natural History Museum, said in a statement announcing the winners. “Photographically, it is ... More

Jean Nouvel is responsible for the design of over 200 buildings the world over.

PARIS (AFP).- Top architect Jean Nouvel is suing one of his former clients, the Philharmonie concert hall in Paris, in a dispute over the cost of building the venue, which opened in 2015. In a complaint filed in the Paris court on October 14, his company Ateliers Jean Nouvel counters a 170-million-euro ($190-million) claim lodged by the Philharmonie de Paris against his company. The concert hall argues the architect's firm owes them the money because of budget overruns during the building of the hall, sources told AFP Monday. But the counter-claim filed by the architect's studio describes that demand as "exorbitant" and "unjustified", according to documents seen by AFP. The cost of the building rose from 173 million euros when the project was announced in 2006 to 386 million euros by the time it opened on January 14, 2015. Each side blames the other for having mismanaged the project. In April 2017, the body ... More

The Cleveland Museum of Art announces stellar group of new acquisitions   Kasmin opens 'James Rosenquist: Two Paintings'   Chisenhale Gallery Director Polly Staple appointed Director of Collection, British Art at Tate

Holy Family with the Mystic Marriage of Saint Catherine, c. 1560. Tommaso Manzuoli, called Maso da San Friano (Italian, 1531–1571). Oil on panel; 148 x 103 cm. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 2019.168.

CLEVELAND, OH.- Recent acquisitions by the Cleveland Museum of Art include a monumental 18th-century Chinese landscape painting; a 16th-century Mannerist painting by Maso da San Friano; 38 photographs of the Indian Rebellion; a selection of works on paper by influential Latin American artists; and a contemporary sculpture by celebrated artist Simone Leigh. Created by artist Yuan Yao, Cantilevered Road to Shu is among the largest and most successful landscape paintings produced by the Yuan studios in 18th-century Yangzhou. It’s a pivotal and important work that represents China’s last flourishing period in the arts before the modern era. Few other works by the Yuan masters present an equally monumental and continuous composition of such scale. Cantilevered Road to Shu depicts the trade of goods over long distances and through mountainous terrain. Travelers lead heavily loaded mules over ... More

James Rosenquist in his studio with Joystick (2002), Aripeka, Florida, circa 2002. Artwork © 2019 Estate of James Rosenquist / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

NEW YORK, NY.- Kasmin in cooperation with the Estate of James Rosenquist and Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac (London, Paris, Salzburg), announces an exhibition of two important paintings by James Rosenquist. On view at the gallery’s flagship 509 West 27th Street location, both works—Joystick (2002) and The Geometry of Fire (2011)—reflect Rosenquist’s lifelong fascination with space, real and imagined, and his turn in the last two decades of his career to a new kind of abstraction. Measuring 46 feet across and spanning the length of the gallery’s wall, the monumental Joystick is an ode to Rosenquist’s love of flying. Based on reflections from a mirrored cylinder, packed with gyrating forms that move at incredible speed, the space of Joystick is invented, abstract, and wholly optical. “The priority for me is visual invention and, really, content is secondary,” Rosenquist told the late art historian Robert Rosen ... More

Staple will succeed Ann Gallagher in leading the development of the world’s greatest collection of British art, managing the research and acquisition of works from 1500 to the present day. Photo: Mark Blower.

LONDON.- Polly Staple has been appointed Director of Collection, British Art, Tate. Taking up the post in January 2020, Staple will succeed Ann Gallagher in leading the development of the world’s greatest collection of British art, managing the research and acquisition of works from 1500 to the present day. She will work with the curatorial team at Tate Britain, led by the gallery’s Director, Alex Farquharson, and will work alongside her counterpart for Tate’s international collection, Gregor Muir. Staple has been Director of Chisenhale Gallery in London since 2008. She was formerly Director of Frieze Projects (2002-06) and Editor at Large of frieze magazine (2003-08). Her extensive experience in contemporary art has seen her commission projects and curate exhibitions with a wide range of artists, as well as developing new partnerships and award-winning audience engagement programmes. At ... More

In Dijon, where mustard rules, you can also meet an ancient goddess   When Mary met Edgar: Exploring Cassatt and Degas   Blue-chip gallery shows and art fairs hit New York for October Art Week

Musée des Beaux-Arts de Dijon. © Musée des Beaux-Arts de Dijon/François Jay.

DIJON (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- Say “Dijon,” and it is likely that the word mustard will spring to mind. You can enjoy free tastings and buy just about any flavor of mustard (from cassis to horseradish) in the pedestrian medieval center of this sleepy city in Burgundy wine country. But few know that most of the mustard seed now used in making Dijon mustard comes from Canada (the seed that grows here is mostly used to produce Moutarde de Bourgogne — mustard of Burgundy). What you will find in Dijon is a little-visited archaeological museum with rare treasures from the Celtic and Gallo-Roman world. The Musée Archéologique is housed in the main wing of what was once the St.-Bénigne Benedictine abbey, set in a garden next door to the St.-Bénigne Cathedral, the tallest building in the city. The museum is worth a visit just to see the grand stone hall with two rows of columns and high Gothic arches that once served as the abbey’s dormitory. The museum itself, which I encountered as I ... More

Christopher Ward’s “The Independents,” which began performances Thursday at the Jerry Orbach Theater in Manhattan, explores the artists’ relationship in the late 1870s.

NEW YORK, NY (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- There are love stories about kindred spirits. There are others about far-off admirers. This is a story of both. In 2014, Christopher Ward visited an art exhibit that explored the relationship between French Impressionist Edgar Degas and American artist Mary Cassatt. The two were inseparable in the late 1870s. They kept studios blocks from each other in Paris and met frequently when in town. Ward, a playwright, was captivated by the pair. “I looked at my wife and said, ‘This is a play,’” he recently recalled. Ward’s “The Independents,” which began performances Thursday at the Jerry Orbach Theater in Manhattan, explores the artists’ relationship in the late 1870s. “I’ve always loved Mary Cassatt,” Ward said. Like writers before him, Ward was curious about the dynamic between the Cassatt and Degas. Cassatt, a single woman who moved to Paris in ... More

Jacques-Emile Blanche, Paris 1861-1942, Offranville, Autoportrait de l'artiste au salon de musique au Manoir du Tot, Offranville, oil on canvas, 42 x 34 cm. Courtesy: Richard L. Feigen & Co.,with W.M. Brady & Co.

NEW YORK, NY.- When 15 Upper East Side galleries open their doors on the evening of October 30 to celebrate October Art Week, art lovers of all stripes will be treated to an eye-dazzling array of fine art and jewelry. Organized to coincide with TEFAF New York FALL, Christie's Classic Art Week of auctions and selling exhibitions, and the AADLA Fine Art & Antiques Show, these pre-eminent fine art dealers add to the week's exciting round of activities by curating and hosting special exhibitions-all within walking distance of one another and open to the public from 5 to 9 p.m. Here are some of the prime highlights that deserve special attention: Didier Aaron, Inc., showcases The Grotto of Neptune in Tivoli by François-Marius Granet, executed in 1810.With the Grotto of Neptune as his subject, Granet positioned himself below the waterfalls of Tivoli, and used all his talent to transmit the atmosphere of the setting. 32 ... More

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Ketterer Kunst announces anniversary auction in Munich - 19th Century Art
MUNICH.- Carl Spitzweg‘s small panorama truly is an atmospheric masterpiece. The oil painting “Blick ins Tal (Zwei Mädchen auf einer Alpe)“ is one of the highlights in the auction of 19th Century Art. The auction on November 22 in Munich will open the second auction term of the anniversary year that celebrates the 65th birthday of Ketterer Kunst. Carl Spitzweg‘s extraordinary characters are world-famous. They illustrate his pictorial narrations of fateful situations in the lives of common people, depict emotional states at both odd and tragic moments or capture, as it is the case in this work offered here, timeless views of romantic landscapes. The two girls on the mountain peak and the cat as their faithful companion admire the spectacular view and witness a magical moment estimated at € 50,000-70,000. Intensive landscape studies are also at the core of the ... More

"Enigma Pinocchio. From Giacometti to LaChapelle" opens today at Villa Bardini, Florence
FLORENCE.- Pinocchio, the character whose Adventures are among the world’s most well-known and translated books, is the protagonist of the exhibition entitled Enigma Pinocchio. From Giacometti to LaChapelle – A Great Italian Story on view at Villa Bardini in Florence from October 22nd 2019 through March 22nd 2020. Generali Valore Cultura in collaboration with Fondazione CR Firenze, and Fondazione Parchi Monumentali Bardini e Peyron celebrate a great Italian story, perhaps one among the world’s most widely known and translated, with an exhibit that - also thanks to the Venturino Venturi Archive - brings together, for the first time in Florence, over 50 contemporary art masterpieces hailing from all over the world. This show has been developed with the collaboration of important cultural institutions such as GNAM – Galleria di Arte Moderna ... More

East Hampton Historical Society presents 'Thomas Moran Discovers the American West'
EAST HAMPTON VILLAGE, NY.- The East Hampton Historical Society, stewards of the Thomas & Mary Nimmo Moran Studio, encourage the public to experience “Thomas Moran Discovers the American West”, an illustrated journey of the 1871 exhibition by Moran to Wyoming. Moran’s adventures inspired both the art world and the National Parks Service. “Treasures from Yellowstone” Curated by Richard Barons, the East Hampton Historical Society’s Chief Curator, this artful and historically curated exhibition, took over two years to assemble. Over 70 items – many on temporary loan – details Moran’s adventurous participation in the 1871 Hayden Expedition to Wyoming, told through oil paintings, watercolors, period maps, stereographic cards, wood engravings, photographs, late 19th century publications and Moran’s personal items. During these final ... More

Exhibition explores connections between post-war Italian art and design
PARIS.- The architect Charles Zana and Tornabuoni Art are presenting ‘Utopia’, an exhibition that explores connections between post-war Italian art and design, from 18 October to 21 December. This exhibition, designed and conceived by the architect Charles Zana in collaboration with Tornabuoni Art Paris, is based on the idea of dialogue, like previous exhibitions designed by the architect. This dialogue unfolds room by room in the exhibition, whose name is inspired by the ‘Utopia’ lamp created by the pioneering female architect Nanda Vigo in 1970. This iconic lamp – shaped like a frame ­transforms the empty space at its heart into a picture made of light. Charles Zana, architect and curator, comments: In ‘Utopia’ I want to show how the different Italian avant-garde movements disrupted the history of art and design in the 20th century. This incredible creative effervescence of artists and architects in ... More

Istanbul Research Institute opens "Memories of Humankind: Stories from the Ottoman Manuscripts"
ISTANBUL.- İstanbul Research Institute invites visitors on a journey among texts, objects, and periods through Ottoman manuscripts. Exhibition “Memories of Humankind: Stories from the Ottoman Manuscripts” brings up the Ottoman manuscript culture and opens up a discussion around the dynamics of this multilayered cultural heritage, 90 years after the adoption of the Latin script, 100 years after the collapse of the empire, and almost 200 years after the spread of the printing press. The exhibition is on view until 25 July 2020. İstanbul Research Institute’s new exhibition “Memories of Humankind: Stories from the Ottoman Manuscripts” brings up the Ottoman manuscript culture which gradually lost its importance as the printing press became widespread in the 19th century; it ceased to be a source of information, stories, or spirituality for the masses in the ... More

Nelson-Atkins exhibition features latest technological breakthroughs in accessible design
KANSAS CITY, MO.- The exhibition Access+Ability, on view at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, features research and designs developed over the past decade with and by people who span a range of physical, cognitive, and sensory abilities. Visitors can view innovative tools that allow people to connect with each other and the world around them, including foldable wheelchair wheels, glasses for colorblindness, and even a robotic dog used as a therapeutic device. Access+Ability was organized by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City and runs through February 2020. Advances in research and technology fueled the objects and experiences in the exhibition, which were selected based on input from users, designers, caregivers, activists, researchers, occupational therapists, and neuroscientists. “Many ... More

Joy Labinjo opens her first major institutional solo presentation at BALTIC
GATESHEAD.- BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead is presenting a new exhibition by Joy Labinjo; an artist trained in Newcastle upon Tyne who now works from her studio in London. Labinjo’s paintings feature portraits of relatives, friends and people discovered in family photograph albums. For her first major institutional solo presentation at BALTIC, the artist has made a new body of work specially for the exhibition including large-scale oil on canvas paintings and works on paper. Taking over BALTIC’s Ground Floor gallery, Our histories cling to us features work which draws on Labinjo’s personal experiences of growing up Black, British and Nigerian in the UK. Exploring memory and ideas of belonging, her paintings depict intimate scenes of contemporary family life, encouraging us to reflect on our own histories and traditions. Formal occasions ... More

Exhibition explores the rich history of food photography
LONDON.- Feast for the Eyes is a major exhibition at The Photographers’ Gallery, exploring the rich history of food photography through some of the leading figures and movements within the genre. Encompassing fine-art and vernacular photography, commercial and scientific images, photojournalism and fashion, the exhibition looks at the development of this form and the artistic, social and political contexts that have informed it. Food has always been a much-photographed and consumed subject, offering a test ground for artistic experimentation and a way for artists to hone their skills. But even the most representative images of food have rarely been straightforward or objective. Food as subject matter is rich in symbolic meaning and across the history of art, has operated as a vessel for artists to explore a particular emotion, viewpoint or theme ... More

High Museum of Art awarded Bank of America Art Conservation Project grant for Thornton Dial works
ATLANTA, GA.- The High Museum of Art has been selected as a 2019 Bank of America Art Conservation Project grant recipient for a project to conserve artwork by renowned contemporary artist Thornton Dial (American, 1928–2016). The High holds the largest public collection of Dial’s work, including paintings and assemblages spanning his entire 30-year career, which represents a cornerstone of the Museum’s unparalleled folk and self-taught art department. Dial used a wide range of media, including metals, wood, textiles and plastics. Due to the interactions between these materials, as well as the fact that most are repurposed from previous use, his works require analysis and treatment to improve their condition. In addition, as a master of complexly layered surfaces, Dial created works that are always in danger of loose parts. With the grant ... More

Important works by Nathan Oliveira and the Robin Leach Collection fuel Clars sale
OAKLAND, CA.- Clars Auction Gallery hosted their most successful October sale in the company’s history with $1,025,000 in total sales (up 10% from 2018). After recently being purchased by a private investment group in August of this year, Clars new CEO and President, Rick Unruh commented, “Since the acquisition, the new Clars has come out of the gate very strong with two successful auctions. I believe we will continue to see record growth going forward as our market share in the West Coast and beyond increases with the exceptional property we will be offering.” A collection of works by Nathan Oliveira (American, 1928–2010), one of the premier members of San Francisco’s Bay Area Figurative School, was the highlight of Clars October 13th Auction garnering an impressive evening total of $128,535 for the combined seven lots ... More

University Archives auction will include items pertaining to the Beatles, Apollo 11, Paul Gauguin
WESTPORT, CONN.- A scarce first pressing of the 1963 album With the Beatles, signed by all four members of the group, a two-page letter written around 1895 by French artist Paul Gauguin, an Apollo 11 lunar color photo signed by all three astronauts on the mission, an 1833 copperplate engraving of the Declaration of Independence and a Walt Disney-signed animation cel depicting Mickey Mouse as an Argentine gaucho will all come up for bid on Tuesday, November 5th. They’re just a few of the expected top lots in a stellar collection of manuscripts, rare books and Apollo-related items to be sold in an online-only auction by University Archives, at 10:30 am Eastern time. Categories include aviation and space, art, music, Americana, science, foreign leaders and royalty, business and finance and more. In all, 264 premier lots will come up for bid. The catalog ... More

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On a day like today, American artist Robert Rauschenberg was born
October 22, 1925. Robert Rauschenberg (October 22, 1925 - May 12, 2008) was an American painter and graphic artist whose early works anticipated the pop art movement. Rauschenberg is well known for his "Combines" of the 1950s, in which non-traditional materials and objects were employed in innovative combinations. Rauschenberg was both a painter and a sculptor and the Combines are a combination of both, but he also worked with photography, printmaking, papermaking, and performance. He was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1993. In this image: Actress and singer Liza Minnelli poses with artist Robert Rauschenberg at the opening of Rauschenberg's silkscreen paintings at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 1990.

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