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National Gallery of Canada opens first-ever exhibition devoted to portraits by Gauguin

Paul Gauguin, Portrait of Madame Roulin, 1888 (detail). Oil on canvas, 50.5 × 63.5 cm. Saint Louis Art Museum. Funds given by Mrs. Mark C. Steinberg (5:1959).

OTTAWA.- From May 24 to September 8, 2019, the National Gallery of Canada presents Gauguin: Portraits, offering the opportunity to see the work of French artist Paul Gauguin (1848 – 1903) from a unique perspective, bringing new insights into his vision of portraiture. Gauguin’s work has been the subject of many exhibitions, but Gauguin: Portraits is the first exhibition dedicated to his portraiture. One of the most important and fascinating artists of the nineteenth century, Gauguin expanded the traditional practice of portraiture in groundbreaking ways and had a fundamental influence on the art of the 20th and the 21st centuries. The exhibition highlights the way in which the artist used self-portraits and portraits of others to construct his own narrative, express himself and his ideas about art, and to pursue his ambitions as a leader of the avant-garde in Paris. Gauguin challenged the traditional functions of portraiture, giving ... More

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Dorit Margreiter transforms mumok exhibition space into an artistic installation   JR's large-scale digital mural capturing a portrait of San Francisco presented in museum's free public space   Gallery Wendi Norris opens 'Leonora Carrington: The Story of the Last Egg'

Dorit Margreiter Mirror Maze, 2019. 2-channel video installation. Color, silent, 10 min each, loop Videostill © Dorit Margreiter.

VIENNA.- Dorit Margreiter’s artistic interest is motivated by the correlations between visual systems and spatial structures as well as the consequences of these correlations in our daily social lives. At the heart of her explorations lie modern and contemporary architectures and various forms of media representation. For years, Dorit Margreiter has been investigating the relation between history and the present and that between reality, representation, and fiction. In so doing, she pays particular attention to gender roles and to popular and artistic displays. Film has a special place in this endeavor. For her solo exhibition at mumok, Dorit Margreiter transformed the entire exhibition space in an artistic installation involving display and architectural components, films, mobiles, and photographs. A central element of the installation is a new filmic work that was shot in a hall of mirrors ... More

JR and Roberto de Angelis at work in San Francisco, 2018; photo: Camille Pajot, courtesy

SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- TED Prize winner, Oscar nominee and one of Time’s 100 most influential people of 2018, French artist JR began tagging buildings in Paris as a teenager. Eventually shifting from graffiti to photo-based work after finding a camera in the Paris Metro, JR is known for creating large-scale portraits that he pastes on buildings, streets, rooftops, trains and trucks, in projects that have taken him around the world. The artist’s first major digital installation in California, an animated mural entitled The Chronicles of San Francisco opened at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art on May 23, 2019 in the museum’s free-to-visit Roberts Family Gallery. “For several years I have been contemplating how the work of a contemporary artist who started in the streets might be brought into our galleries,” said Neal Benezra, Helen and Charles Schwab Director of SFMOMA. “From 1930, when our founding director, Grace McCann ... More

Quería ser pájaro, 1960. Oil on canvas, 47 x 35 1/2 inches. © Estate of Leonora Carrington / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- In its first New York exhibition since changing its gallery model from a single location in San Francisco to mounting exhibitions all over the world, Gallery Wendi Norris presents Leonora Carrington: The Story of the Last Egg. At a time when art historians and the market are re-examining the role of women in the story of Modern art, this landmark exhibition invites a new, more contemporary examination of Leonora Carrington and her legacy. Assembling more than 20 paintings and six sculptures by the British-born Mexican-exile, Leonora Carrington: The Story of the Last Egg displays the artistic and literary imagination of one of Modern art’s most original voices. The exhibition includes paintings and sculpture from the 1940s to the 1970s, and culminates with a display of six masks she made for her unrealized play, Opus Siniestrus: The Story of the Last Egg. The magical tragi- ... More

Ethiopian multidisciplinary artist Elias Sime exhibits works at James Cohan   Galerie Nathalie Obadia opens Shahpour Pouyan's second solo exhibition in Paris   Sotheby's & RM Sotheby's exceed expectations with first online only collector car auction

Elias Sime, Tightrope: Noiseless 16, 2019. Reclaimed electrical wires and components on panel, 100 x 77 in. © Elias Sime. Image courtesy the artist and James Cohan, New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- James Cohan is presenting NOISELESS, an exhibition of new work by Elias Sime, at the gallery’s Chelsea location from April 27 through June 29. NOISELESS is Sime’s third solo exhibition at James Cohan. Ethiopian multidisciplinary artist Elias Sime creates intricate, wall-mounted works on a monumental scale from discarded technological components—including salvaged motherboards and electrical wires—that have traveled from far-reaching locations across the globe to his hometown of Addis Ababa. Sime meticulously weaves, layers and assembles these found materials into abstract compositions. Sometimes his idea dictates the material, while other times the material dictates the idea. Sime titles this body of work “Tightropes,” in reference to the precision and discipline required to walk across a tightrope, as well as the tenuous balance ... More

Untitled, 2019. Glazed ceramic, phosphorescent pigment and cement, 101/4 x 51/8 x 423/32 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Nathalie Obadia Paris/Brussels Photo: Bertrand Huet/tutti image.

PARIS.- Galerie Nathalie Obadia is presenting After examining the logbook, the doctors assume they are dealing with the plague, Shahpour Pouyan’s second solo exhibition in Paris after the gallery’s first show dedicated to the artist in 2017. Considered as one of the most important Iranian artists in the contemporary scene, Shahpour Pouyan reflects on notions of power and domination in his multi-facetted and poetic oeuvre, articulating various influences from Persian culture, historical symbols and contemporary socio-political issues. Through an ensemble of recent miniatures and ceramics, Shahpour Pouyan proposes a dialogue between the mediums of painting and sculpture, poeticism and functionality, and the elements of water and light. In this project, the artist continues his practice of using history and tradition in conversation with the present ... More

The series kicked off on 10 May with a beautifully restored 1967 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III BJ8. Courtesy RM Sotheby's.

NEW YORK, NY.- Sotheby’s and RM Sotheby’s launched a new series of online-only, single-lot automobile auctions with the sale of a 1967 Austin-Healey 3000 MKIII BJ8 for a final $92,000 in the first Online Only collector car auction ending on 23 May. Offered without reserve, the Austin-Healey well-surpassed its pre-sale estimate of $60,000-$70,000. Offered through Sotheby's newly developed digital auction platform, the car drew strong global bidding activity from day one of the nearly two-week auction. Beautifully restored by marque specialists and fully sorted, the numbers-matching Austin-Healey joins its new owner presented in its original combination of Ivory White over black, true to the way it left the factory, save for a couple of tasteful modifications. Sotheby’s and RM Sotheby’s continue the Online Only collector car auction series with a 2005 Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet, now live at ... More

Blain│Southern opens first exhibition with Los Angeles-based artist, Enrique Martínez Celaya   Exhibition of black and white prints by British-based photographer Chris Simpson opens at Atlas Gallery   Former manager of Marvel's Stan Lee arrested for elder abuse

Enrique Martinez Celaya, The Second Sign, 2019 (detail). Courtesy the artist and Blain│Southern. Photo: Jeff McLane.

(LONDON).- Blain|Southern is presenting The Mariner’s Meadow, the gallery’s first exhibition with Los Angeles-based artist, Enrique Martínez Celaya. Here in sixteen new, previously unseen, paintings Martínez Celaya focusses on the sea, a recurring motif in his work, and its relation to the subconscious. Although the paintings betray Martínez Celaya’s island upbringing and his deep and lasting interest in literature, they elude any specific biographical or narrative interpretation. Despite leaving the Caribbean in 1982, the sea has remained with Martínez Celaya as a ‘stowaway’. ‘The sea’, he writes, ‘was the end of all paths and the edge of all comings and goings, the reference point for conversations, and the all-absorbing witness of a history of colonialism and longing.’ In this new body of work, Martínez Celaya considers the sea as an accomplice and judge of ... More

Chris Simpson, Allee des Baobabs - Madagascar, 1997 (detail).

LONDON.- Atlas Gallery is presenting a selection of black and white prints by British-based photographer Chris Simpson. The photographs, selected from his book, Carnet de Voyage, are works Simpson made during his years travelling the globe from 1987 to 2008. His images distil the visual essence of people and places in Australia, California, Mauritius, Cuba, Mali, England, Namibia, Madagascar, New Zealand, Argentina. With each photograph, the viewer is immersed in an exquisite landscape or comes face to face with the character of an individual in images of timeless freshness, grandeur and vitality. The pared back quality of Simpson’s photographs is the hallmark of his work. The strong lines, high contrast, clean cut almost austere compositions lend his subject matter a gravity that addresses the power of the natural landscape. Simpson’s ability to create compositional tension ... More

Fans leave tributes on Stan Lee's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame shortly after the news that the Marvel founder died aged 95 was made public on November 12, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images/AFP.

LOS ANGELES (AFP).- Late Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee's former manager was arrested in Arizona on Saturday in connection with allegations of elder abuse, fraud, theft and false imprisonment, Los Angeles police said. Keya Morgan "will go before a judge and eventually (be) extradited to Los Angeles to face charges," according to a statement released by the Los Angeles Police Department. Lee, who revolutionized pop culture as the co-creator of iconic superheroes such as Spider-Man and Black Panther, died last November at the age of 95 after suffering multiple illnesses over the years, and had been the victim in an elder abuse investigation that began in March 2018. His former attorney, Tom Lallas, last year sought a restraining ... More

Over the Influence opens Flagrant Foul: An exhibition of new works by Devin Troy Strother   Diop makes history as first black woman to win big at Cannes   Largest solo presentation of Ericka Beckman's work to date opens at the MIT List Visual Arts Center

Devin Troy Strother, Photo: Monica Nouwens.

HONG KONG.- Over the Influence is presenting Flagrant Foul, a major new exhibition of Los Angeles-based artist Devin Troy Strother in Hong Kong. Flagrant Foul opened on May 23 and runs until June 28, 2019. Southern California-native and multidisciplinary artist Devin Troy Strother hasn’t been able to avoid discussing race and its prominent role in American life. As a black kid growing up in a predominantly white neighborhood in the 1980s, Strother had a much different experience with his black identity than generations before him. Strother found that it was nearly impossible to be a black artist and not make work that was interpreted as being about the black experience; so he chose to celebrate black culture with comedy rather than take the more heavy-handed approach of some of the most well-known black American artists such as Kara Walker or Glen Ligon. Strother’s work acknowledges the foundation of "American Culture” in t ... More

French actress and film director Mati Diop poses during a photocall with her trophy after she won the Grand Prix for her film "Atlantics (Atlantique)" on May 25, 2019 during the closing ceremony of the 72nd edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. LOIC VENANCE / AFP.

CANNES (AFP).- The first black women director ever to compete for the top prize at Cannes in its 72-year history took its second prize Grand Prix Saturday for her haunting ghost story about African migrants. Mati Diop, 36, grew up in France and belongs to a Senegalese artistic dynasty that includes her uncle, acclaimed director Djibril Diop Mambety, and her father, musician Wasis Diop. She told AFP after the red-carpet premiere of "Atlantics" that it was while she was making a short film in Senegal a decade ago that she began to wrestle with the tragic push-and-pull factors leading Africans to flee the continent. "I was spending time in Dakar at the time and was struck by the complex and sensitive realities of the phenomenon we called at ... More

Ericka Beckman: Double Reverse opened at MIT List Visual Arts Center.

CAMBRIDGE, MASS.- The MIT List Visual Arts Center is presenting Ericka Beckman: Double Reverse, on view from May 24-July 28, 2019. With selected films spanning over thirty years of Beckman’s career, this is the largest solo presentation of the artist’s work to date at a US institution. Since the mid-1970s, Ericka Beckman (b. 1951, United States; lives and works in New York and Boston) has forged a signature visual language in film, video, installation, and photography. Often shot against black, spatially ambiguous backdrops, her moving image works are structured according to the logic of child’s play, games, folklore, or fairy tales, and populated by archetypical characters and toy-like props in bright, primary colors. Throughout her work, Beckman engages profound questions of gender, role-playing, competition, power, and control. The four films comprising this tightly focused survey underscore ... More

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SculptureCenter presents fourth artwork commissioned through its Public Process education initiative
LONG ISLAND CITY, NY.- For over a decade, Matt Keegan has worked to synthesize his interest in language, whether rooted in pedagogy and cognition or the vernacular and social. Relatedly, Keegan often incorporates familial narratives into his work to better understand how recorded histories are made up of individual perspectives. He works in sculpture, photography, and video, and for his SculptureCenter commission he integrates these various ways of working. Installed in Long Island City’s Court Square Park, what was & what is distills real estate development’s rhetorical and visual devices in an object that speaks the language of urban development while prompting opportunity for reflection on the fastest-growing neighborhood in New York City. what was & what is is an 8-foot-tall rectangular perimeter, a nearly empty room of ... More

Val McDermid, Audrey Grant and Norman McBeath open new exhibition at the Portrait Gallery
EDINBURGH.- The private world of portrait making is revealed in a beguiling new exhibition opening this spring at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. The Long Look – The Making of a Portrait explores the creative collaboration that grew between Edinburgh-based artists Audrey Grant (b.1964) and Norman McBeath (b.1952), and the award winning crime-writer Val McDermid (b.1955), when Audrey asked Norman and Val to sit for portraits. Audrey Grant began to draw photographer and printmaker Norman McBeath in charcoal at her studio in the Stockbridge area of Edinburgh in December 2015. Audrey would create a portrait drawing of Norman over many sittings – the process could take weeks, months or even years, because at the end of each sitting Audrey would erase her work. This fascinating long-term aspect of Audrey’s practice allows her ... More

Museum de Fundatie presents paintings and works on paper by Michael Triegel
ZWOLLE.- The paintings of Michael Triegel (b. 1968) catapult us back in time. His body of work looks like it was created in the early European Renaissance, but on closer inspection it really is contemporary. It is a celebration of pure figurative painting, with classic religious and profane motifs, but Triegel also gives it an entirely new look. From 25 May to 1 September 2019 Museum de Fundatie is showing paintings and works on paper by Michael Triegel in Discordia Concors (harmony in discord). From 1990 to 1997 Michael Triegel studied at the renowned Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst (Academy of Fine Arts) in Leipzig, where he was taught by Arno Rink and Ulrich Hachulla. The academy is closely associated with the Neue Leipziger Schule (New Leipzig School), a movement in German art that arose following the fall of the Berlin Wall, of which ... More

Kröller-Müller Museum opens first museum solo exhibition of Charlotte Posenenske's work
OTTERLO.- Kröller-Müller Museum is presenting Charlotte Posenenske. Lexicon of Infinite Movement. The first museum solo exhibition of Charlotte Posenenske (b. Wiesbaden, 1930-d. Frankfurt am Main, 1985) in the Netherlands includes commissioned artworks by Ruth Buchanan (New Plymouth, 1980) and Yeb Wiersma (Groningen, 1973). Charlotte Posenenske is one of the most important German minimalists. Posenenske has a clear artistic vision for society—one that she believes must be rational, concrete, accessible, and economical. Her factory-produced sculptural works consist of series in an unlimited edition, made of inexpensive and readily available materials like cardboard and sheet metal. According to several rules, a lexicon for communication, anyone can assemble and install Posenenske’s modular systems and her works can be made over and ... More

KP Projects opens a solo exhibition of works by Greg "CRAOLA" Simkins
LOS ANGELES, CA.- KP Projects is presenting Greg “CRAOLA” Simkins’ 8th solo show with the gallery: Let The Outside In. Today, we live in a world of dizzying speed, exponential complexity, and ruthless competition. As adults, our imagination is intact, but boundaries prevent us from going beyond our rational minds. We set parameters, which if stepped over, would let us recapture the freedom and wonder of childhood creativity. In Craola’s newest exhibition, the artist invites ‘The Outside’ world into the inner world of his imagination, where every character represents a new possibility, and every adventure inspires a rediscovery of innocence and possibility. Familiar characters alongside creatures of the air, land, and sea, mix with newly emboldened “Starry Knights” and “Squires” that make their debut in the form of monochromatic studies. Star bats spread their ... More

Bong and Song: the double act behind S. Korea's Cannes victory
CANNES (AFP).- To give you some idea how good an actor South Korea's Song Kang-ho is, one of the first things director Bong Joon-ho did Saturday after he won the top prize at the Cannes was to drop to his knee and offer the Palme d'Or to his friend. An actor who has become something of a national treasure, Song has starred in several of the divided country's greatest movies. He also shines at the heart of "Parasite" as the head of a family of penniless scammers in the darkly comic drama that brought Bong his historic Cannes victory. Song, 52, has made four films with Bong including the 2006 monster flick "The Host" and Bong's first English-language film "Snowpiercer", both of which were box office and critical smashes. "I rely on Song a lot," the director told a recent press conference in Seoul. "Working with him has allowed me to be more brave as a filmmaker, ... More

Istanbul's musical ferry can be a soulful experience
ISTANBUL (AFP).- It's already one of the world's most original commutes -- the ferry trip between Istanbul's European and Asian sides gives a daily quarter of a million passengers unforgettable views on their way to work. Now the Turkish city is offering music to offset the seascapes, and for the amateur musicians providing it, it's a chance to make some crucial money in difficult economic times. The musicians work hard to ensure their music reflects Istanbul's unique position as a city straddling East and West. "We travel back and forth between the two continents and we try to express emotions sparked by the two cultures: a kind of fusion, a synthesis," Oguzhan Erdem, one of the ferry musicians, told AFP. Until recently, ferry musicians played without authorisation, but city authorities realised they were missing an opportunity and launched a project to make them ... More

Historic items from 1904 St. Louis World's Fair offered at auction
DANBURY, CONN.- The largest collection of postal items mailed from the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition/St. Louis World’s Fair will be among the historic items offered by Daniel F. Kelleher Auctions in a series of public auctions online and live in Danbury, Connecticut. The first auction from the MLG Collection will be held on June 25, 2019. The auction includes many other rare items mailed on the first day, immediately before and during that expo and other significant events. Among the many highlights are a pair of envelopes (covers) used before the official first day of the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois and two panes of 100 postage stamps autographed by President Calvin Coolidge on opening day at the 1925 Norse-American Centennial in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The first sale also offers an impressive assortment of the famous Graf ... More

Rare southern and American historical material to highlight sale
MT. CRAWFORD, VA.- Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates announced its 36th Semi-Annual Americana and Fine Antiques Auction to be held June 21-22, 2019. The two-day event features historic property from estates and collections in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, Kentucky, Georgia, Illinois, and Wisconsin, including important objects from “Woodlands”, the Clopper-Hutton family home in Montgomery Co., Maryland; plus several museum deaccessions, including Colonial Williamsburg and the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association. Session I, beginning at 9:30 am EST on Friday, June 21, 2019 will be devoted exclusively to the Americana collection of Jack and Tommie Marsh, Columbia, South Carolina. The colorful group of material to be offered on Friday includes country painted furniture, folk art, cast-iron doorstops, candy containers, hooked rugs, toys, ship models, ... More

Tim Youd retypes Arizona with MOCA Tucson
TUCSON.- Cristin Tierney Gallery announced Retyping Arizona--a cycle of performances by artist Tim Youd with MOCA Tucson. Over the coming eighteen months, Youd will be retyping five novels that relate to Arizona's rich literary tradition. To begin, from Tuesday, May 21, 2019 through Thursday, May 30, 2019, Youd is retyping in its entirety Cormac McCarthy's novel Blood Meridian, at the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area. This retyping performance of Blood Meridian is the 62nd novel Youd has retyped in his larger multi-year 100 Novels Project. He retypes each novel on the same make/model typewriter used by the author, and in a location related to the novel and/or author. In the instance of Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian, the story's bloody climax takes place at the Yuma Crossing's Pivot Point, the historic location of the 1800's rope ferry that ... More

Denny Dimin Gallery announces representation and inaugural exhibition of artist Jeremy Couillard
NEW YORK, NY.- Denny Dimin Gallery announced representation and inaugural exhibition of new media artist Jeremy Couillard. The exhibition, running from May 23rd to June 30th, is the premier of Couillard’s newest work, Sometimes to Deal With the Difficulty of Being Alive I Need to Believe There Is a Possibility That Life Is Not Real, a networked simulation play two years in the making. Educated as a painter, Couillard is a self-taught new media artist who has made numerous well-received and internationally exhibited video, virtual reality, and video game works, accompanied by installations, paintings, and ephemera. His works often deploy humorous narratives about future dystopias to explore what motivates us as humans to work, live, and create. Sometimes to Deal With the Difficulty of Being Alive I Need to Believe ... More

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On a day like today, French painter Georges Rouault was born
May 27, 1871. Georges Henri Rouault (27 May 1871, Paris - 13 February 1958) was a French painter, draughtsman, and printer, whose work is often associated with Fauvism and Expressionism. In this image: Georges Rouault (French 1871-1958), Tristes Os, 1934. Color etching and aquatint wove paper, 12 1/4" x 7 7/8". SUAC 1975.22.08

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