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Art meets history in Belgian hommage to legendary art dealer Paul Rosenberg

A person attends the inauguration of the exhibition "21 Rue de la Boetie" on Paul Rosenberg (1881-1959) at the Musee de la Boverie on September 21, 2016 in Liege. Legendary French art dealer Paul Rosenberg, who championed names such as Matisse, Picasso and Braque before being forced to flee Paris during the Second World War, is honoured in a new exhibition in Belgium. JOHN THYS / AFP.

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LIEGE (AFP).- Legendary French art dealer Paul Rosenberg, who championed names such as Matisse, Picasso and Braque before being forced to flee Paris during the Second World War, is honoured in a new exhibition in Belgium. The exhibition is based on a book written by Rosenberg's grand daughter, the renowned French political journalist Anne Sinclair, telling the story of his gallery and the iconic artworks that passed through it. "My grandfather found himself at the crossroads of history," Sinclair told a press conference at the opening of the exhibition in the town of Liège on Wednesday. Rosenberg opened his gallery in Paris at 21 rue La Boetie in 1910. He was a great proponent of the avant-garde movement and signed exclusive contracts with many of the era's rising stars. ... More

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Nationalmuseum lends leading fin de siècle art to museum in France   Online catalog of objects from Stone Age to Han Dynasty launches   Chinese outrage over 'ugly' restoration of Great Wall

Hugo Salmson, Picking Flowers, 1882 (detail). Photo: Erik Cornelius/Nationalmuseum.

STOCKHOLM.- Light and stillness – Scandinavian art at the turn of the 20th century opens on Saturday 24 September at the Musée Toulouse-Lautrec in Albi. The exhibition comprises some of the best examples of Scandinavian painting from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, all on loan from Nationalmuseum. The extensive list of artists on display includes Carl Larsson, Anders Zorn, Hanna Pauli, Vilhelm Hammershøi and Fanny Brate. The exhibition, which contains around 50 works by Swedish, Danish and Norwegian artists, shows the impact of France on the Nordic artists, as well as their mutual exchange. But while the importance of French inspiration is undeniable, the works in the exhibition have features of their own that are considered characteristically Nordic. Foremost amongst these are the light and the sense of stillness and quiet. The light in the plein air paintings of the 1880s certainly reflected the ... More

One-tier tube (cong 琮) with masks, Liangzhu culture (ca. 3300-2250 BCE), Late Neolithic period, ca. 5000-1700 BCE,China, Lake Tai region,Jade (nephrite), Gift of Charles Lang Freer, Freer Gallery of Art F1916.118.

WASHINGTON, DC.- The Smithsonian's Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery will launch a digital catalog, "Jades for Life and Death," from its extensive collection of one of the finest holdings of Chinese jades in the world Oct. 6. The first release, in a series of five volumes, will include more than 250 outstanding jades produced during the Chinese Stone Age (ca. 5000-1700 B.C.) drawn from the Freer and Sackler's collections, ranging from the Chinese Stone Age to the end of the Han dynasty (206 B.C.-220 A.D.). The online publication will be bilingual and incorporate research from the fields of art history, archaeology, geology and materials science, and take advantage of the rapidly evolving understanding of ancient China. The jades included in the first release ... More

A villager standing on a paved-over section of the Great Wall of China at Suizhong, in China's northeast Liaoning province. STR / AFP.

BEIJING (AFP).- Chinese social media users were in an uproar Friday over restoration of a 700-year-old section of the Great Wall that has been covered in cement, turning it into a smooth, flat-topped path. Known as one of the most beautiful portions of the "wild", unrestored wall, the eight-kilometre (five-mile) Xiaohekou stretch in northeast Liaoning province was built in 1381 during the Ming Dynasty. Photos posted online showed that its uneven, crumbling steps, jagged walls and plant growth had been replaced as far as the eye could see with a white, concrete-like cap. "This looks like the work of a group of people who didn't even graduate from elementary school," said one user of China's Twitter-like Weibo platform. "If this is the result, you might as well have just blown it up." "Such brutal treatment of the monuments left behind by our ancestors! How is it that people with low levels of ... More

Sotheby's "Contemporary Curated" features works by leading artists of the Post War and Contemporary periods   Galerie Perrotin opens Takashi Murakami's 12th solo exhibition with the gallery   Museum of Modern Art presents Nástio Mosquito in his first solo exhibition at a U.S. museum

Lee Krasner, Untitled, signed with the artist's initials and dated '62, oil on paper mounted on linen, 30 1/2 by 22 3/4 in. 77.5 by 57.8 cm. Estimate $120/180,000. Photo: Sotheby's.

NEW YORK, NY.- Sotheby’s New York season of contemporary art auctions commences with Contemporary Curated, to be held on 29 September 2016. Carefully selected by tastemakers from the worlds of art, fashion and design, Contemporary Curated offers insight into the aspirations, affinities and creative processes of these curators. Led by the Robert Mangold masterpiece, Three Squares within a Triangle from 1975-1976 (estimate $800/1,200,000), works of varying mediums are offered at a range of price points, and from artists at different points in their career – works on paper by Willem de Kooning and Alexander Calder are bookended by impressive sculptures by Marisol Escobar and John Chamberlain. Other noteworthy artists represented in this sale include Ed Ruscha, Lee Krasner, Kenneth Noland, Gerhard Richter, John Currin, Damien Hirst and Anish Kapoor. The New York exhibition opens ... More

Takashi Murakami, "Ensō: At Our Side, Bending Space-time", 2015. Acrylic and platinum leaf on canvas mounted on aluminum frame, 66 15/16 x 56 15/16 inches / 170 x 144.7 cm © 2015 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy Galerie Perrotin.

PARIS.- Galerie Perrotin, Paris is presenting, from 10 September to 23 December, Takashi Murakami’s 12th solo exhibition with the Gallery over more than 20 years. Spanning across the 3 spaces in Paris at 76 rue de Turenne & 10 impasse Saint-Claude, more than 40 recent and heretofore never seen artworks have been gathered for this special occasion. Some of the works were displayed until recently at Murakami’s major solo retrospective “The 500 Arhats,” which was on view at Mori Art Museum in Tokyo from 2015 to early 2016. These include a monumental multi-panel painting entitled “A Picture of Lives Wriggling in the Forest at the Deep End of the Universe” (2015), conceived as an anthology of iconic themes of Murakami’s cosmology, from 727, Gerotan/Mr. Dob, Dragon, and Panda series to mythological animals, lion, elephant, ... More

Respectable Thief, 2016. Courtesy Nástio Mosquito © Live Performance at World Breakers (2016), Centrale Fies, Dro, photo by Alessandro Sala ©.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Museum of Modern Art presents Projects 104: Nástio Mosquito, the artist's first solo exhibition at a U.S. museum, from September 23 to October 30, 2016. Projects 104, part of the Elaine Dannheiser Projects series, features Mosquito’s new work, Respectable Thief, which comprises three elements: a live performance in the Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters; a single-channel video installation on view on the Museum’s third floor; and interventions into the digital display monitors in the Museum lobbies, the audio tour for kids, and the Museum’s social media outlets. Initiated by MoMA in 1971 as a platform for new and experimental art, the Elaine Dannheisser Projects Series, now staged at both The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1, provides a forum for the most urgent international voices in contemporary art. Projects 104: Nástio Mosquito is organized by Cara Manes, Assistant Curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture. Throug ... More

Annie Garnett's workshop, textiles and garden at Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House   Felix the Cat installations by Turner Prize-winning artist on show at the Walker Art Gallery   Kunstmuseum St. Gallen opens comprehensive retrospective of artist Loredana Sperini

Annie Garnett by an unknown artist, 1904.

BOWNESS-ON-WINDERMERE.- This autumn, Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House shows a new exhibition exploring the beautiful textiles and designs of Annie Garnett – a creative Arts and Crafts designer and entrepreneur who became a key figure in the revival of hand spinning and weaving in the Lake District. Annie Garnett (1864 - 1942) was a talented colourist, designer and keen businesswoman who established and managed the Spinnery at Bowness-on-Windermere, making beautiful textiles using traditional methods. Her work was influenced by the ideas of the writer, art critic and social reformer, John Ruskin. Her colours and designs were inspired by her beautiful garden in Windermere and the landscape and colours of the Lake District. Especially unique to The Spinnery, was the production of distinctive fabrics including rich wools, embroidered linens, and 'throwans' a mixture of flax and silk that changed ... More

Felix the Cat.

LIVERPOOL.- A huge, inflatable version of Felix the Cat is one of two installations by Turner Prize-winning artist Mark Leckey being displayed at the Walker Art Gallery as part of a new exhibition. ZOO LOGIC by Mark Leckey runnning until 26 February 2017. The Birkenhead-born artist is known for his long-standing interest in moving image and broadcast technology, and specifically in Felix the Cat; a Felix doll on a gramophone turntable was the first picture to be transmitted on TV in America in 1928. In addition to the ten-metre-high Inflatable Felix, the gallery display FEELINTHECAT, a 70th Anniversary Arts Council Collection commission. This major new installation invites visitors to enter a large dome, shaped to resemble Felix’s head. Inside the dome, two screens play a looped film which shows Mark Leckey ‘transforming into Felix’, inspired by a photograph of a Disneyland cast-member in a Mickey Mouse ... More

Installation view. Photo: Sebastian Stadler.

ST. GALLEN.- From 24 September 2016 to 8 January 2017, the Kunstmuseum St. Gallen will present a comprehensive retrospective of the St. Gallen artist Loredana Sperini (*1970 in Wattwil). The exhibition was conceived in close collaboration with the artist and will offer an indepth look at her multilayered oeuvre for the first time ever. The solo exhibition in St. Gallen brings together works by the artist from recent years as well as works created especially for the exhibition, including large-scale installations and multipart sculptures. Loredana Sperini’s working processes are experimental and technically sophisticated in their implementation, and the result has a special, aesthetic appeal. Her works, which oscillate between abstraction and figuration and occasionally call to mind grotesque, anthropomorphic figures, touch on essential themes of art such as physicality and transience and thus open up a ... More

Symbols of migrant plight to go on display in Germany   Kunsthaus Zürich presents 'Images of Architecture'   'Virtual orchestra' hits high notes in London

Bonn's Haus der Geschichte (House of History)'s conservator Betinna Klatt holds the wall painting made in 2015 by the Syrian refugee, W. Bordany, with the figure of the dead Syrian refugee child Aylan Kurdi. Arno Burgi / dpa / AFP.

BERLIN (AFP).- A people smugglers' car, a dinghy and a life jacket are among items related to Europe's migration crisis due to go on display at a German museum. One of the most powerful features of the forthcoming exhibition, according to Dietmar Preissler, head of collections at Bonn's Haus der Geschichte (House of History), will be a mural reproducing the most widely used image of the crisis -- the body of Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi after the little boy was washed up on a Turkish beach. The mural was painted by a Syrian refugee in a former supermarket converted into a hostel for asylum-seekers. The photograph, which went viral in September 2015, brought home the horrors of the migrant crisis to the world. The museum, which is now collecting items for the exhibition, said one refugee family ... More

Francesco Guardi, Capriccio. Old House on the Lagoon, 1781. Oil on panel, 20.5 x 16.2 cm. Kunsthaus Zürich, The Betty and David Koetser Foundation.

ZURICH.- From 23 September to 11 December 2016 the Kunsthaus Zürich presents an exhibition on architecture as a subject for art. It comprises more than 20 works – from small ‘vedute’ to magnificent paintings, photographs and sculptures by Max Ernst, Bernardo Bellotto, Francesco Guardi, Vincent van Gogh, Nicolas de Staël, Thomas Struth and many others. The latest in the ‘Picture Ballot!’ series, in which works from the collection are chosen by members as the focus for an exhibition, the presentation begins by looking at classic cityscapes, which document the appearance of a place but can also evolve into an object of memory and longing for the viewer. It goes on to reveal how the construction of architecture in the image becomes a playground for utopias and visions. Over the centuries, artists have navigated between these twin poles of natu- ... More

A visitor adjusts a virtual-reality headsets at the Southbank Centre in London. JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP.

LONDON (AFP).- Music fans will be able to immerse themselves into the world of an orchestra thanks to a virtual reality experience launched in London on Friday. Visitors to the Virtual Orchestra at the Southbank Centre can don virtual reality headsets and experience how it feels to be among the performers as Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra in Sibelius's Fifth Symphony. With the headsets they are transported backstage at London's Royal Festival Hall and then into the centre of an orchestral performance conducted by the Finnish maestro. "You are sitting in the front row of the orchestra with the principal conductor Salonen conducting you," Luke Ritchie, the Philharmonia Orchestra's head of digital, told AFP. "We wanted you to hear what it's like to sit in the viola section in the front of an orchestra, (for) people to get an insight of the dynamics." Gillian Moore, director of music at the Southbank Centre ... More

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Edward Cella Art & Architecture opens first solo exhibition of sculpture and painting by Jun Kaneko
LOS ANGELES, CA.- Edward Cella Art & Architecture is presenting its first solo exhibition of sculpture and painting by internationally acclaimed artist Jun Kaneko. Born in Nagoya, Japan, and come of age in Southern California at the height of the 60s Contemporary Ceramics Movement, he is known for his experimental large-scale ceramic works and public sculptural installations, though his artistic facility extends beyond any one medium. He combines the monumentality of the monolith with the subtlety of abstract motifs, seamlessly integrating sculptural and painterly vocabularies. With an interest in the relational impact of scale and surface, Kaneko's primary objective is to engage the viewer in an immersive spatial and experiential encounter with his work. Kaneko studied painting throughout his youth and adolescence under Japanese master painter Satoshi ... More

Exhibition examines the era when "Vandy woke up"
NASHVILLE, TENN.- This fall, the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery presents Race, Sports, and Vanderbilt: 1966 – 1970, which showcases photographs, front pages from The Tennessean, and related artifacts from this time period. The exhibition is curated by Martin Rapisarda, associate dean of the College of Arts and Science, and is the gallery’s fifth consecutive linkage to the Ingram Commons reading, which in 2016 is Strong Inside: Perry Wallace and the Collision of Race and Sports in the South by Andrew Maraniss. The exhibition will be on view through December 8, 2016. Race, Sports, and Vanderbilt: 1966 – 1970 seeks to answer the question, “How does today’s Vanderbilt differ from the Vanderbilt of fifty years ago, and in what ways is it the same?” with a specific focus on race and sports. The exhibition helps visitors explore this question in order to illuminate this turb ... More

ICA Miami launches new educational initiative and research department
MIAMI, FLA.- The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (ICA Miami) announced today the launch of its Art + Research Center (A+RC), the museum’s new research department and educational initiative dedicated to exploring topical social and environmental issues in relation to contemporary art. The A+RC’s program will feature application-based, graduate-level workshops and public presentations by leading thinkers and theorists in the humanities and social sciences, exploring themes such as climate change and social justice that impact the conditions from which contemporary art emerges. Developed by ICA Miami’s Curator of Programs, Gean Moreno, the Art + Research Center is the first museum-based research department in South Florida focused on theoretical inquiry. A major component of the A+RC will be the production of print publications and e-books that expand ... More

Exhibition by Lucia Nogueira opens at Annely Juda Fine Art
LONDON.- Annely Juda Fine Art announces an exhibition by Lucia Nogueira. Nogueira was an artist of Brazilian heritage who relocated to London in 1975 staying until her untimely death in 1998. Nogueira’s body of work comprises installation, sculpture, video and drawing. The material and psychological relationships in the interplay of objects, space and language is at the core of her artistic practice. Many of her works incorporate detritus found discarded on the streets of London, or acquired in army surplus, medical and second-hand shops. Nogueira had an extraordinary eye for the potential of the apparently least promising discovery and her ability to place objects in significant conversation with spaces was uncanny. A fascination with the structure of language infiltrated her titles but also expressed the particular force of her bilingual ambivalence. Nogueira’s art eludes ... More

Blaffer Art Museum presents first major museum exhibition for Analia Saban
HOUSTON, TX.- This exhibition, the first major museum presentation of Argentinian artist Analia Saban, surveys her last decade of practice through 30 works that explore everyday objects through unconventional usage of materials. Surveying art history as if it were a ‘murder scene,’ she peels back (researches, deconstructs, reconstructs) layers of material histories and subject matters in search of new directions and possibilities. Saban’s initial project included tracing and annotating paint strokes of existing paintings in an analytical process that culminated in literally stripping pictures of their material substance and iconography, and culminated into a rolled up ball of colored strips of painted fabric from a plethora of unraveled paintings. Stripe Hand Towel, Bag with Canvas, and Fitted Bed Sheet, all 2011, chart her experiments with acrylic paint cast into viscerally affecting simulations ... More

"Her Crowd: New Art by Women from Our Neighbors' Private Collections" opens at the Bruce Museum
GREENWICH, CONN.- Only yesterday, it seems, one was hard-pressed to name more than a handful of successful women artists; now the list would be extensive, and the choices rich and varied. Although numerous recent exhibitions have featured women’s art, the collecting of art created by women has received scant attention. In fact, private collections are in the process of being dramatically transformed, shifting to focus on contemporary artists, women in particular. On September 24, 2016, the Bruce Museum will open Her Crowd: New Art by Women from Our Neighbors’ Private Collections. Greenwich and the nearby communities in Fairfield and Westchester counties are home to a number of the finest contemporary collections, and thus to some of the most exciting art by women being made today. Her Crowd will offer the rare opportunity to see what some of America’s ... More

Grant S. Smith to lead development, revitalize fundraising initiatives at Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
HARTFORD, CONN.- The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art announced this week the appointment of Grant S. Smith to the position of Director of Development. Following a national search that engaged leading philanthropy professionals who then nominated an exceptional group of candidates, Smith was selected for his strength in leadership and proven strategic direction in the areas of individual giving, corporate and foundation support, membership and events. Smith's first day on the job is Sept. 26. "I am excited to join the next generation of leadership at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art," said Smith. "The museum's renewed sense of energy is palpable. From the recent announcement of free admission for Hartford residents to its rich and varied upcoming exhibition schedule, it is clear that the Atheneum is on the move. I am thrilled to be a part of the ... More

First museum exhibition of Japanese artist Meiro Koizumi in the Netherlands opens at De Hallen Haarlem
HAARLEM.- This autumn the Frans Hals Museum | De Hallen Haarlem is presenting the first museum exhibition of Japanese artist Meiro Koizumi in the Netherlands. Koizumi is one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary art in Japan, who in his performances and video installations links critical engagement and historical awareness with a refined interplay between the viewer’s expectations and emotions. With his work, he unfailingly manages to address sore points, including taboos from Japanese collective memory. In his exhibition, he presents an ensemble of new works. The work of Koizumi (1976, Gunma, Japan) is often confrontational: in his videos strong emotions are slowly and carefully orchestrated up to breaking point, as a result of subtle psychological manipulation by the artist. This provocative way of working, in which the artist exacerbates the ... More

Holocaust historian 'will quit US' if Trump is elected
PARIS (AFP).- Pulitzer prize-winning historian Saul Friedlander, a world authority on the Holocaust, said Friday he would leave the United States if Donald Trump was elected president. The 83-year-old Israeli-American writer, who escaped the Nazis by being hidden in a Catholic boarding school in France, described Trump as a "dangerous crazy". He said the controversial Republican candidate could win November's election because of Hillary Clinton's "tendency to lie and to hide things". "One cannot exclude Donald Trump winning even though he is a dangerous crazy," he told AFP. "He says whatever comes into his mind." Friedlander's magisterial two-volume history of Nazi Germany and the Jews charts Adolf Hitler's rise to power in a period where populism was rising across the world as it is today. "We don't know what (Trump) thinks," said the writer, whose parents ... More

Phoenix Art Museum names adjunct curator of American Art
PHOENIX, AZ.- Phoenix Art Museum announces the appointment of Dr. Betsy Fahlman, PhD, to the role of adjunct curator of American art. Dr. Fahlman will officially begin her role overseeing the care and scholarship of the Museum’s historical American art collection in the fall of 2016 and will divide her time between Phoenix Art Museum and Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, where she has served as a professor of art history for more than 28 years. “Dr. Fahlman’s reputation as a scholar of American art distinguishes her as the ideal candidate to lead the Museum’s efforts in this key area,” said Amada Cruz, the Sybil Harrington Director. “The adjunct curator model deepens our partnerships with our university communities, creating a symbiotic relationship that provides scholars with access to objects, while enriching the Museum with invaluable ... More

George Daniels' Anniversary model sets world record at Bonhams Robert White Sale
LONDON.- The single-owner collection of entrepreneur and businessman, the late Robert White, saw a rare, handmade British watch from bespoke horologist, George Daniels, soar to more than twice its estimate, achieving £224,500 – a world record price for the model. The 35th Anniversary George Daniels watch took three years to design in conjunction with Roger Smith, and is one in an edition of just 35 ever made. “This is one of the most outstanding watches I have ever had the privilege to handle,” said Jonathan Darracott, Bonhams’ Global Head of Watches. “The appearance at auction of a George Daniels’ watch is always an event, and it wasn’t surprising that we fielded bids for this exquisite piece from all around the world. We are delighted with the result.” In total, the Robert White Collection Sale achieved an outstanding £3 million. Proceeds will be used to build new cancer ... More

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On a day like today, Australian portrait artist Sir William Dobell was born
September 24, 1899. Sir William Dobell, OBE (24 September 1899 - 13 May 1970) was an Australian artist (sculptor and painter). The electoral Division of Dobell is named after him. Dobell's style is unique in being able to adapt to suit the character of his subject. This was best described by James Gleeson; "One of the astonishing things about Dobell's portraiture is his ability to adjust his style to the nature of the personality he is portraying ... If the character of his sitter is broad and generous, he paints broadly and generously. If the character is contained and inward looking, he uses brushstrokes that convey this fact. In his later portraits one has only to look at a few square inches of a painted sleeve to know what sort of person is wearing it." In this image: Newcastle in 1947.

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