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Heaven on display: The Altenberg Altar and its imagery on view in Frankfurt

Exhibition view "Heaven on Display. The Altenberg Altar and Its Imagery" Photo: Städel Museum.

FRANKFURT.- The Städel Museum is devoting a concentrated presentation of choice objects to the art of the Middle Ages. The exhibition “Heaven on Display” features one of the most striking church choir ensembles that have come down to us from the late thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries, the Early Gothic Altenberg Altar, and its rich imagery. Apart from presenting the high altar retable – complete with a shrine cabinet, a statue of the Madonna and wings with painted depictions of the Passion and the Life of the Virgin – the show also reunites the ensemble of extremely precious objects once surrounding the altar of the former convent of the Premonstratensian Sisters in Altenberg an der Lahn. Works of panel painting and sculpture as well as textile art and goldsmithery bring a complex inter-referential system of imagery to life and impressively re-enact the interplay of various media in a specific choir ensemble of the early fourteenth c ... More

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Children's book illustrations and prints about childhood on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art   Exhibition of iPad drawings by David Hockney opens at Annely Juda Fine Art   Biggest exhibition ever organised in Europe on the representation of peace on view in San Sebastian


Seymour Joseph Guy (1824-1910). Story of Golden Locks, ca. 1870. Oil on canvas. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Daniel Wolf and Mathew Wolf, in memory of their sister, the Honorable Diane R. Wolf, 2013 (2013.604).

NEW YORK, NY.- Printed works for or about children are the focus of the installation Printing a Child's World, which opened May 27 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. More than two dozen works from the late 19th and early 20th centuries—primarily children's books, illustrations, and prints by artists including Randolph Caldecott (for whom the annual award for best children's illustration is named), George Bellows, Winslow Homer, and Thomas Nast—are being shown. They are rarely displayed because of their sensitivity to light. In addition to works from The Met collection, there are a dozen loans from a private collection and the New-York Historical Society. Among the highlights on view are nine original watercolors by Caldecott (1887) for the children's book The House That Jack Built; the familiar ... More
 

David Hockney, “Untitled No. 1” from “The Yosemite Suite” 2010. iPad drawing printed on paper, edition of 25, 94 x 71 cm.

LONDON.- Annely Juda Fine Art announces an exhibition of iPad drawings by David Hockney. Completed in 2010 and 2011, this series of prints depicts the dramatic landscape of Yosemite National Park, California and will be on view at the gallery from June 28th – August 19th 2016. The ‘Yosemite Suite’ continues Hockney’s ongoing engagement with the landscape and conveys the grandeur of this iconic Californian setting. Well-known spots including Bridlaveil Fall, the granite cliffs of ‘El Capitan’ and ‘Half Dome’ and the Ahwahnee Hotel appear in works that retain his distinctive use of line and bold colour. The series consists of twenty-four images at 94 x 71 cm along with five very large prints mounted on Dibond at 235 x 178 cm. Hockney has, for many years, been responding to new technological possibilities, whether it be the use of polaroid photography, the fax machine, ... More
 

Diego Velazquez (et atelier ?), L’Infante Marie-Thérèse, future reine de France, Paris, Musée du Louvre © RMN – Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / Michel Urtado.

BAYONNE.- As part of the Donostia - San Sebastian 2016 European Capital of Culture project, Bayonne is hosting Peace Treaty - The Ingenuity of Art: A depiction of peace in the history of art, a large-scale, double exhibition that runs from 3 June to 25 September 2016. On one side of the River Adour, the Bayonne History and Basque Museum presents 1660 - The Peace of the Pyrenees: Politics and Family, while on the other side, DIDAM is offering 1808 - Abdication in Bayonne: Ornament and Crime. Through a selection of masterpieces, paintings, engravings and drawings which have been loaned from the most prestigious museums in Europe from the Prado to the Louvre, as well as the Palace of Versailles Museum, the Museums of Fine Arts in Chartres, Le Mans, Orléans and Valencia, the San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts (Madrid), the National Library of ... More


Works by Hiroshi Sugimoto on view at Fundación MAPFRE   You can now sing 'Happy Birthday' free of charge   Remains of mammoth uncovered in Mexico


The exhibition is divided into five sections devoted to the artist’s major series.

MADRID.- Fundación MAPFRE is presenting an exhibition in its Madrid exhibition space in Paseo Recoletos 23 on the Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto, offering a survey of his work through his best-known series. The exhibition is divided into five sections devoted to the artist’s major series: Theaters (1976-present); Lightning Fields (2006-present); Dioramas (1976-2012); Portraits (1994-1999); and Seascapes (1980-present). On display are a total of 41 large-format works that offer a survey of the artist’s last forty years of artistic activity while also looking forward to future creations, given that some of these series are still ongoing. Born in Tokyo in 1948, Hiroshi Sugimoto moved to the USA in 1970 to study photography. A multi-disciplinary artist, he works in sculpture, architecture, installation and photography and in the latter field is considered one of the most important creative figures working today. Sugimoto’ ... More
 

Everyone who has a birthday can celebrate.

LOS ANGELES (AFP).- A US federal judge on Monday signed off on a settlement that puts the song "Happy Birthday" -- considered one of the most recognizable tunes in the English language -- in the public domain. The settlement approved by Los Angeles judge George King ended a long-running legal dispute challenging music publisher Warner/Chappell Music's claim that it owned the song's copyright. "This is a huge victory for the public and for the artists who want to use 'Happy Birthday to you' in their videos and music,'" attorney Daniel Schacht said. He represented plaintiffs in a class-action suit filed in 2013 after the producers of a low-budget documentary about the song's history balked at the $1,500 the publisher demanded for its use. "Everyone who has a birthday can celebrate," he said. King had ruled last year that the song does not belong to Warner/Chappell, which subsequently agreed to pay $14 million in a settlement that effectively put ... More
 

Mexican archaeologist Luis Cordoba shows a vertebra of a mammoth discovered in December 2015 in Tultepec, Mexico on 24 June 2016. HECTOR GUERRERO / AFP.

TULTEPEC (AFP).- Mexican experts are carefully digging up fossils of a Pleistocene-era mammoth believed to have been cut to pieces by ancient humans. Remains of the giant wooly mammal, believed to be some 14,000 years old, were discovered by chance in December near Mexico City while drainage pipes were being installed in the village of Tultepec. Archaeologists have been working at the site since April, and they hope to complete their work in the next few days. Luis Cordoba, an archaeologist with the National Institute of Anthropology and History, said the remains of more than fifty mammoths have been discovered in the area around the capital, where in pre-historic times there was a shallow saltwater lake where the heavy creatures often got stuck. The lake was also very good for preserving the remains. Other ... More


Group exhibition opens at Sprüth Magers in Los Angeles   Shapeshifters: A group exhibition opens at Luhring Augustine   Sculpture in the City: 6th edition of public art exhibition opens in London


Rosemarie Trockel, Sunday Prayer, 2015. Acrylic wool, 80 x 100 cm. 31 1/2 x 39 3/8 inches 82 x 102 x 5 cm 32 1/4 x 40 1/8 x 2 inches (framed) © Rosemarie Trockel / Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY, 2016. Courtesy Sprüth Magers.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- The group show Eau de Cologne at Sprüth Magers in Los Angeles features work from the late-1970s to 2016 by Jenny Holzer, Barbara Kruger, Louise Lawler, Cindy Sherman and Rosemarie Trockel. The exhibition at Sprüth Magers’ recently-opened Los Angeles gallery is a follow-up to its predecessor in Berlin last year. It sheds light on key topics in these artists’ works, but also the specific history of the gallery and its connection to these important female figures of an art that subtly addresses women’s roles in very different ways. All five artists in the exhibition showed with Monika Sprüth during the earliest years in Cologne and have maintained close ties to the gallery since the early 1980s. Besides the exhibiting artists, the three ... More
 

Jeff Elrod, Untitled, 2015. Acrylic and UV ink on canvas, 72 x 66 1/2 inches (182.9 x 168.9 cm) ©Jeff Elrod; Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- Luhring Augustine presents Shapeshifters, a group exhibition including works by Joe Bradley, Jeremy DePrez, Jeff Elrod, Ron Gorchov, Ralph Humphrey, Martin Kippenberger, Imi Knoebel, Robert Mangold, Jeremy Moon, Elizabeth Murray, Kenneth Noland, David Novros, Blinky Palermo, Steven Parrino, Joanna Pousette-Dart, Ruth Root, Frank Stella, Philip Taaffe, and Richard Tuttle. The exhibition takes its name from the mythological phenomenon known as “shapeshifting,” in which an object or being is capable of assuming another form. The works in this exhibition evoke this phenomenon by deviating from the standard rectilinear format of the frame and defying succinct categorization as paintings. In creating these works, the artists used various techniques including altering the outline of the canvas, building ... More
 

Jürgen Partenheimer, World Axis. Bronze, 710 x 65 x 65 cm. Courtesy of White Cube.

LONDON.- Sculpture in the City, the City of London’s annual public art programme, launches tomorrow with the first ever screening of Petroc Sesti’s digital piece Solar | Relay – one of 17 works of art in the open-air sculpture take-over of the Square Mile, Sculpture in the City. The annual exhibition of contemporary works sites dynamic and exciting works within the City of London’s iconic architectural landmarks. Works in the 2016 exhibition range greatly in scale, from a seven-meter high, cast-iron head, by Jaume Plensa, to delicate led paper-chains, by Peruvian artist Lizi Sánchez. Sesti’s digital installation showcases 12 months of Solar activity in a unique LED installation: towering 35 square metre LED screens, relaying the artwork in 4K resolution for the viewer. The work features a dynamic representation of chaotic expression and raw energy as part of ongoing research ... More


Contemporary Fine Arts Berlin opens group exhibition   Artist James Brooks exhibits at Galerie Laurent Mueller   The Art & Antiques Fair, Olympia welcomes SOFA LONDON


Dana Schutz, "Devoured by the Bed", 2015. Monotype, water colour and pencil on Lanaquarelle, 152 x 115.5 cm / 59 3/4 x 45 1/2 in.

BERLIN.- Contemporary Fine Arts, in cooperation with Two Palms, is presenting the exhibition "Two Palms“ with works by Mel Bochner, Cecily Brown, Chuck Close, Peter Doig, Carroll Dunham, Ellen Gallagher, Chris Ofili, Elizabeth Peyton, Richard Prince, and Dana Shutz. Since the mid‐1990s, Two Palms has been upending codified notions of what a print could or should be, and how it could be made, expanding the roster of tools to include their massive hydraulic press, their laser cutters, giving paper an enhanced physicality, constantly embracing new technologies. Simultaneously they have also rededicated themselves to traditional techniques, ever expanding their expertise in intaglio and screenprint, and reviving nearly‐lost mediums, like the Woodburytype. The artworks ... More
 

Installation view. Photo: William Gaye.

PARIS.- Last spring, the artist James Brooks and I agreed that he would utilise the gallery for a short residency in Paris to allow him to develop his ideas and realise new work. Obviously I accepted as there is nothing better than to be able to support an artist’s work. Hence, James stayed, explored and worked at the gallery for a few weeks in the summer of 2015. After the successful solo exhibition Facts and Fictions in 2013, I am very happy that James is now showing work that he made in the gallery during this residency. James is a master at transforming one information in order to render it in the form of an abstract artwork or to encourage an alternate reading. This process of abstraction could be confused for being one of obstruction, whereas it is in reality a way to transmit James’ interests. He likes to explore how the current society has evolved from ancient civilisations, but also ... More
 

Hope or Glory Terracotta Army by Liu Fenghua – exhibited at Tanya Baxter Contemporary Art for a price of £5,800.

LONDON.- The Art & Antiques Fair, Olympia returned to Kensington, London from the 27th June until 3rd July. Now in its 44th year it is celebrated as the must-attend event in the global art and antiques calendar. 2016 is set to be another fantastic year especially with the introduction of the first European section of the Chicago-based show, SOFA CHICAGO a Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design Fair – (SOFA.) Dedicated to three-dimensional art and design, SOFA CHICAGO, critically acclaimed and continuously running since 1994, focuses on artworks that cross boundaries of fine art, decorative art and design. Set within a dedicated area at The Art & Antiques Fair, Olympia, SOFA LONDON provides a platform for an elite selection of global dealers presenting for sale, ... More


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Signs of the times: Works by Warhol, Banksy and Hirst reflect cultural turmoil
LONDON.- Bonhams leads the Post-War and Contemporary Art season with a spectacular Andy Warhol painting of Chairman Mao, estimated at £580,000-780,000, to be offered at New Bond Street on 29 June 2016. In addition to Andy Warhol’s Mao (est £580,000-780,000) – said to be the finest version of the subject he ever executed – the sale also features Banksy’s SWAT Van (est £200,000-300,000) – a spray-painted van (in working order), one of his most important and arresting pieces – and a key work by Damien Hirst. The stunning, densely-textured painting of Chairman Mao by Andy Warhol (est £580,000-780,000) comes fresh to the market having originally been handled by the artist’s legendary dealer Leo Castelli in the 1970s. The distinctive coloration and clarity of composition makes this arguably the finest of the series ever to appear at auction. This particular piece ... More

Embracing the contemporary: The Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Collection on view in Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA, PA.- The Philadelphia Museum of Art is opening a major exhibition entitled Embracing the Contemporary: The Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Collection. The exhibition presents one of this country’s finest collections of contemporary art, which includes outstanding works by some of the most influential European and American artists since the mid-twentieth century, including Jasper Johns, Howard Hodgkin, Ellsworth Kelly, Jeff Koons, Brice Marden, Bruce Nauman, Gabriel Orozco, Charles Ray, and Cy Twombly. Many of these works have either been donated to the Museum or pledged as promised gifts. Timothy Rub, The George D. Widener Director and Chief Executive Officer, stated: “We are delighted to present the collection assembled with a spirit of adventure and intelligence by Keith and Kathy Sachs over the course of more than four decades. They are ... More

New series of works by Brett Amory on view at Lazarides
LONDON.- Lazarides is presenting Internal Dialogue, a new series of works by American contemporary artist and BP Portrait Award 2016 exhibiting artist Brett Amory. Corresponding with his critically acclaimed ‘Waiting’ series, the works in Internal Dialogue are concerned with everyday life, places, and people, yet this new body of work explores the time in which we live and how we make sense of the information that surrounds us. Internal Dialogue explores the disjointed snapshots that make up our everyday life, and how our unconscious mind assembles these abstract, nonlinear events to attempt to fuse together a logical, linear explanation of our surroundings. This new series of works is also concerned with the human habit of viewing the world through screens. People in today’s society are attached to their devices; we view the world through our phones, our TVs, our computers, ... More

National Portrait Gallery unveils newly commissioned portrait of Dame Sally Davies
LONDON.- A newly commissioned portrait of Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer for England, by artist Daphne Todd has been unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery, London, it was announced today, Monday 27 June 2016. The commission is supported by BP. The painting, which is in oil and on raised wooden panels, shows Dame Sally in her office with a view of her team in the background. Multiple sets of spectacles represent Dame Sally’s different expressions throughout the sittings. The box that carries Dame Sally’s official papers is placed next to her on the chair. To the right of the portrait is a pair of Dame Sally’s trainers and to the left is her lunch, a bag of vegetables (raw peppers and tomatoes). In making the portrait, Todd reacted to the experience of painting in Dame Sally’s office in Whitehall, surrounded by the incidental objects of her working day. The painting ... More

Glasgow Museums takes delivery of rare Honda Insight MK 1 Hybrid car; The blueprint for green cars
GLASGOW.- Glasgow Museums has taken delivery of the youngest car in its collection, a rare Honda Insight Mk1 from 2000. It is one of only 239 Mk1s sold in the UK and the first hybrid car to be acquired for the city’s renowned transport and travel collection. Described as ‘the blueprint for contemporary hybrids’ the Honda Insight enables Glasgow Museums to tell the story of the emergence of electric vehicles and environmentally friendly transport. The car was donated by Charles Collins from Braco near Dunblane, who purchased the red, two-seater coupe in 2009. Charles was commuting 120 miles per day, which led him to search out a fuel efficient car with a small engine. He found it in the Honda Insight, which offered 83.1 miles per gallon in combined urban/ extra urban driving conditions. Charles Collins recalls his first experience of the car: “I felt like I was in some ... More

Ketterer strikes a balance: Spring auctions with very stable results
MUNICH.- Around € 21 million, that is the strong result of the auctions at Ketterer Kunst in the first half of 2016. The departments of Modern and Contemporary Art alone provided a remarkable figure above € 17 million*. Accordingly, the top seller makes the first place once again in this section in Germany. The department of Rare Books with the best spring result in the history of Ketterer Kunst, as well as the department of 19th Century Art with an average increase of more than 100% per sold lot delivered excellent figures, too. “The demand for high-class objects is constant. Our great results deliver proof thereof and make for perfect conditions for the autumn auction season“, says auctioneer and company owner Robert Ketterer. He sums up: ”Our concept of offering good quality at attractive estimates pays off.” The fact that good quality and moderate estimate prices lead to excellent ... More

King's Cross appoints curatorial team
LONDON.- The King’s Cross development partnership today announces the appointment of Tamsin Dillon and Rebecca Heald as its new curators, working in a three year scope, to head up The King’s Cross Project, an ambitious plan for art commissions across the 67 acre neighbourhood. The King’s Cross Project is a programme of art commissions for both the buildings and the public spaces of King’s Cross. With over 5.5 million visitors enjoying the area, and a growing residential and business population, King’s Cross is a hub, not only at the heart of London, but also a route to the North and East of the UK, to Europe and beyond. Tamsin Dillon is a renowned curator, committed to innovative and challenging curatorial practice and developing opportunities for artists to create new work for audiences beyond the confines of the museum and gallery. She is perhaps best known ... More

49 Nord 6 Est: Frac Lorraine opens new exhibition
METZ.- In an age when geo-location, interactive maps, or just a simple click can transport you across space, what has happened to our cartographic sensibility? 49 Nord 6 Est covers up the tracks and takes you on a springtime walk... of the mind. Against the grain of every cartographic grammar, the 19 featured artists make a point of deconstructing the Western mappa mundi, and invite you to step into an imagined or forgotten elsewhere. Bringing together over 30 works (belonging mainly to the 49 Nord 6 Est collection), these "sensitive zones" are deconstructed (M. Vatamanu & F. Tudor), decentered (K. Ströbel), recited (B. Heidsieck), reordered (K. Pieroth), and renamed (D. Renaud), tactile (J. Kaeppelin, J. Discrit), epidermic (J. Blau), and imaginary (Y. Ono), in order to remind us that any cartographic representation is but a subjective projection in the form of an image, ... More

Curators announced for Lofoten International Art Festival
LOFOTEN ISLANDS.- Lofoten International Art Festival announced that Heidi Ballet and Milena Hoegsberg will curate the 2017 edition of this unique art biennial festival, which takes place in Norway’s remote Lofoten Islands; an archipelago in the Arctic Circle. Helga-Marie Nordby, Chair, LIAF Artistic Advisory Board says: “We are extremely happy that Heidi Ballet and Milena Hoegsberg will curate LIAF 2017. Both have a solid background in developing visually strong and discursive projects. We really look forward to welcoming the world to Lofoten next year!” Curators Heidi Ballet and Milena Hoegsberg say: “We are very excited to curate the 2017 edition of LIAF. The exhibition will propose a speculation about the near and distant future of the Lofoten archipelago, based on its position next to the Arctic and considering the fact that this is a territory of growing geopolitical importance. ... More

Walters Art Museum launches new mobile guide
BALTIMORE, MD.- The Walters Art Museum is launching a new, free Mobile Guide featuring behind-the-scenes stories about the family that founded the museum, the art they collected, the artists they supported and their lives in Baltimore. Designed to be used during a visit to the museum with a smartphone or tablet, the Mobile Guide answers some of visitors’ most burning questions – “Who was the Walters family? Why did they collect this artwork? What was their connection to Baltimore?” The Mobile Guide is generously supported by PNC Bank. Through photographs, letters and historic material from the museum’s archives, the guide introduces visitors to members of the Walters family—father William, wife Ellen, son Henry and their daughter Jennie. Mobile Guide users can read stories created around the themes of family, food, travel and collecting, while looking at important works of art in the ... More

Mead Carney pops up in Porto Montenegro once more
LONDON.- Mead Carney is popping up in Porto Montenegro once more this summer with a signature blend of highly acclaimed photography artworks. Open from late June until mid-September 2015, the 'Summer Group Show 2015' brings together some of the Mayfair gallery's most recent photography exhibitions. 'Wonderland' is a project created over the course of five years as an homage to the artist's mother who tragically passed away in 2008. Having worked in fashion for a number of years, Kirsty Mitchell understood the constructed and filmic nature of the photographic image. Building on this, she incorporated childlike whim through the creation of her favorite fairytales that her mother read to her as a child. With minimal support and finances, she built what can be likened to a film set in order to stage each frame. The tailor-made dresses and make-up add an element of high fashion ... More





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