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Exhibition honors the life and career of iconic San Antonio artist Chuck Ramirez

Chuck Ramirez, 1964-2010. Escoba anaranjada vieja from Brooms, 2007. Digital print. © Estate of Chuck Ramirez, Courtesy Ruiz-Healy Art, San Antonio, Texas.

SAN ANTONIO, TX.- Chuck Ramirez’s large-scale photographs of everyday objects offer a humorous yet poignant perspective on our culture of consumption and waste, and the reality of fleeting life and mortality. Ramirez was inspired by opposing themes—life/death and humor/despair—and by his work as a graphic designer at Texas supermarket giant H-E-B. Chuck Ramirez: All This and Heaven Too opened at the McNay on September 14 and runs through January 14, 2018. Ramirez’s art explores a personal narrative including his San Antonio upbringing, Mexican-American heritage, and HIV+ status, making the project relevant to Texas and the broader arena of contemporary art and photography. Ramirez’s photographs were created as several themed series explored over the course of his career. For example, Santos presents images of the bottoms of religious sculptures most often used for private devotion. This dichotomy of celebration and irreverence appears ... More

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Exhibition at Lévy Gorvy London features early charcoal-on-paper 'sculptures' by Gilbert & George   Banksy honours Basquiat with new London murals   Degas's Drinker: Portraits by Marcellin Desboutin on view at the Fitzwilliam Museum

The Singing Sculpture. Sonnabend Gallery, New York, 1991 © 2017 Gilbert & George.

LONDON.- Comprised of twenty-three monumental, multi-panel pieces, The General Jungle or Carrying on Sculpting is one of the earliest manifestations of Gilbert & George’s ‘Art for All’ philosophy, reinforcing their reputation as ‘living sculptures’—an identity and belief maintained by the artists since they met at St Martin’s School of Art, London, fifty years ago this September. On view at Lévy Gorvy London through 18 November, The General Jungle or Carrying on Sculpting features early charcoal-on-paper ‘sculptures’ by the renowned artist duo, on view in its Old Bond Street location. This is the first exhibition in the United Kingdom to feature this seminal body of work, which was first presented at the Sonnabend Gallery, New York, in 1971, as the atmospheric backdrop to one of their most celebrated works, The Singing Sculpture. ‘We are thrilled to bring this important ... More

The murals appeared over the weekend near the Barbican Centre, which will open its exhibition on the American graffiti artist on Thursday.

LONDON (AFP).- Two new murals by street artist Banksy have appeared in central London in tribute to Jean-Michel Basquiat ahead of a new exhibition celebrating the US artist's work. One of the artworks shows a scarecrow figure, similar to Basquiat's 1982 piece "Boy and Dog in a Johnnypump", being searched by two police officers. A picture of the mural appears on Banksy's Instagram feed with the caption: "Portrait of Basquiat being welcomed by the Metropolitan Police -- an (unofficial) contribution with the new Basquiat show". The second shows people queueing up to ride a Ferris wheel with crown-shaped gondolas. The murals appeared over the weekend near the Barbican Centre, which will open its exhibition on the American graffiti artist on Thursday. Banksy said on Instagram: "Major new Basquiat show opens at the Barbican -- a ... More

Marcellin Desboutin (1823-1902), Edgar Degas, 1878. Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

CAMBRIDGE.- For the first time, in conjunction with its major Degas exhibition opening in October 2017, the Fitzwilliam Museum will exhibit its holdings of prints by his friend and fellow artist, Marcellin Desboutin (1823-1902). Degas's Drinker: portraits by Marcellin Desboutin forms part of a season of events at the Fitzwilliam celebrating the art and times of Edgar Degas in the centenary of his death, complementing the major exhibition Degas: a passion for perfection. Desboutin was the embodiment of the pipe-smoking bohemian artist in fin-de-siècle Paris, and he appears as a down-and-out drinker in Degas’s famous painting of the café scene from 1876, L’Absinthe . The exhibition sheds light on this lesser known yet active member of the artistic and literary circles that met in the so-called Impressionist cafés: initially the Guerbois and later the Nouvelle Athènes. ... More

Simon Lee Gallery opens first solo exhibition in America of Japanese artist Ryuji Tanaka   Martin Puryear opens first London solo exhibition at Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art   Exhibition at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery features three new bodies of work by Lisa Oppenheim

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NEW YORK, NY.- Simon Lee Gallery New York is presenting the first solo exhibition in America of Japanese artist Ryuji Tanaka. A recognized member of two avant-garde groups that are synonymous with post-war Japanese art: the Pan-real Art Association and Gutai Art Association, Tanaka’s legacy lies in his desire to evolve a unique artistic style that is at once experimental, and yet deeply rooted in the traditional Japanese-style painting - nihon-ga. Spanning work made between the 1960s and 1990s, this concise survey traces the evolution of Tanaka’s style from his dark and intense early paintings, which demonstrate abstract experiments with nihon-ga materials, to the refinement of his later works that display a fresh and profound lyricism through the use of color. Like many artists of the time, Tanaka studied nihon-ga painting at the Kyoto Municipal School of Painting where he became deeply committed to traditional ... More

Martin Puryear, Shackled, 2014. Iron, 70 x 78 x 21.3 cm (27½ x 30⅝ × 8⅜ in). Collection of the artist. Photograph by Ron Amstutz. © Martin Puryear, courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery.

LONDON.- Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art announces a solo exhibition of works by the distinguished American artist Martin Puryear. Showing in London for the first time in a public institution, this solo exhibition spans almost 40 years of the artist’s career and presents over thirty works, including sculpture and works on paper. Martin Puryear’s abstract sculptures are extraordinary. His reductive forms have a unique aesthetic and are loaded with a poignant sense of cultural history. Puryear explores human identity and politics with such intriguing subtlety that viewers cannot help but be enthralled by them. Meticulously constructed from a diverse range of materials, usually wood, most of his sculptures are hand-made by the artist himself using traditional techniques. Puryear’s ... More

Lisa Oppenheim, Jacquard Weave (Flower), 2017. Jacquard woven cotton, mohair and linen textile in wood frame, 23 1/8 x 18 1/2 inches; 58.7 x 47 cm (framed) 22 1/4 x 17 3/4 inches; 56.5 x 45.1 cm (unframed) Edition of 1; 1 AP. Courtesy the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- Tanya Bonakdar Gallery is presenting Lisa Oppenheim: A Durable Web, the artist’s second solo presentation with the gallery. On view September 7– October 21, 2017, the exhibition features three new bodies of work that explore themes related to the body and labor within the history of photography and American textile manufacturing. In her new exhibition, Oppenheim investigates this particular material history as it relates specifically to women’s work. As textile production shifted to factories and mills from domestic spaces in the 19th century, the relationship of object to labor became more abstract and less directly connected to the body of the maker. Recalling Marxist ... More

Group exhibition featuring paintings by three artists on view at Heather Gaudio Fine Art   lnstitut français brings the eclectic and visionary French artist Höel Duret to Milan   First important European art pottery sale from the collection of Jason Jacques offered at Heritage Auctions

Charles Arnoldi, Byline, 2009. Acrylic on Canvas, 36 3/4 x 34 inches.

NEW CANAAN, CONN.- Heather Gaudio Fine Art is presenting “Paradigm Shifts,” a group exhibition featuring paintings by Charles Arnoldi, Ricardo Mazal and Manuel Mérida. The show opened on September 14th and will run through November 25th. The artists in this exhibition explore the potential of painting as a medium, challenging its normative paint application and structure. Whether selecting pigments in their primordial form, applying them with non-traditional tools, or presenting irregular supports, these artists break with convention all-the-while maintaining an aesthetic foothold in modernism. Charles Arnoldi has had a decades-long distinguished career as an artist investigating the formal aspects of paintings and sculpture. Shapes, color, and proportion are motifs he continually revisits in his work, suggesting architectural elements or forms seen in nature, ... More

Hoël Duret, La Vie Heroique de B.S. Acte II. Le dilemme de l'oeuf. Extrait video © Hoël Duret, 2014.

MILAN.- Following the first special spring edition in May 2017, “La Grande Occasione” comes back to Milan from 4th to 10th October. It comes to a Special Edition of Video Sound Art, festival and contemporary art production centre that promotes ground-breaking languages and contamination ex-periences, promoting research and new technologies in the arts. Supported by Comune di Milano, Regione Lombardia, Fondazione Nuovi Mecenati, and a special partnership with lnstitut français Milano, the festival will enliven the gallery space of Institut français. After hosting Yuri Ancarani, Ugo La Pietra and Bibi Yamamoto, VSA Special Edition curated by Laura Lamonea, brings the eclectic and visionary French artist Hӧel Duret to Milan. Born in 1988, Hӧel Duret has exhibited his work in the most eminent cultural centres in the world, such as: Centre Pompidou, ... More

Edmond Lachenel, Bamboo Embrace.

NEW YORK, NY.- For the first time, Jason Jacques announces that selections from his renowned collection of European Art Pottery will be available to collectors in the Heritage Auctions’ Design sale on October 24th in Dallas. The New York Preview takes place September 20 through September 29 at the auction house’s satellite office, located at 455 Park Avenue. For more than 25 years, Jason Jacques has been the preeminent purveyor of late 19th- and early 20th-century European ceramics through his New York City gallery, presenting seminal exhibitions and publications on the subject. “This is our first auction and we’re delighted that the Jason Jacques Collection will be offered at Heritage,” says Jason Jacques. Jacques’ collection includes a selection of approximately 200 works by many of the masters of the period, including rare works by Taxile Doat, Ernest Chaplet and Emile DeCoeur. Curated by Jacques ... More

Exhibition of contemporary art from the United Arab Emirates opens at me Collectors Room   Exhibition of recent and significant historic work by Mary Corse on view at Lehmann Maupin   Remote Scottish Postboxes by Martin Parr to be published by RRB Photobooks

Khalid Al Banna, Kreislauf des Wandels (Detail), Cycle of change (detail), 2016.

BERLIN.- The exhibition Portrait of a Nation offers a glimpse into the creative practices of 50 contemporary artists from the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Visitors are invited to explore the country through the individual perspectives of the participating artists who call it home. The exhibition is divided into seven themed rooms: Nation & Unity, Geography & Nature, Architecture & Urbanism, Portraiture & Identity, Religion & Spirituality, Language & Calligraphy, and Tradition & Heritage. Founded in 1971 the UAE is today home to some 200 nationalities. The exhibition offers a rare glimpse into its little-known history and diversity while considering significant contemporary questions of heritage and identity. Against a backdrop of rapid development and globalisation, the works explore complex ideas of modern nationhood, visiting urban and rural landscapes and examining major issues of unity, spirituality, and language. Tracing the nation’s shifting identity, the exhibition includes 20 spec ... More

Mary Corse, Untitled, 2017 acrylic squares and glass microspheres in acrylic on canvas 90 x 90 inches 228.6 x 228.6 cm (LM25113) Photo: Matthew Herrmann. Courtesy the artist, Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong, and Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles.

NEW YORK, NY.- Lehmann Maupin is presenting an exhibition of recent and significant historic work by Mary Corse. The Los Angeles-based artist’s third solo exhibition with the gallery is influenced by her Black Light Painting from 1975. Corse returns to the materials introduced in this earlier series with a prodigious 19-foot painting, Untitled (DNA Series) (2017) and an additional 10 new corresponding paintings to form a continued examination of the technical and theoretical framework she has honed over the past 50 years. These bold black-and-white works highlight Corse’s proficiency for varied surface treatments, including matte paint, gestural brushstrokes, and light-reflecting particles. These works encapsulate Corse’s longstanding investigation into the interaction ... More

Tiree, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, 2006 © Martin Parr / Magnum Photos. Remote Scottish Postboxes by Martin Parr is published by RRB PhotoBooks on 30 October 2017.

LONDON.- Remote Scottish Postboxes is Martin Parr’s first major contribution to landscape photography. Published here for the first time, the photographs in this new book were taken between 2004 – 2010 on the Scottish mainland and outlying islands of Orkney, Shetland, Barra, Lewis and Islay. On a number of occasions, Parr and his wife, Susie, holidayed in Scotland stopping frequently during their travels to photograph the local Royal Mail postboxes. Often, they would revisit remote outposts, going miles out of their way, so that Parr could capture the postboxes at a particular time of day to take advantage of the best light. Through Parr’s photographs, these isolated, red outposts of civilisation each take on a character and personality of their own, against the lonely yet beautiful Scottish backdrop. “When you are in the middle of nowhere, in a b ... More

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Meijer Gardens' fall exhibition celebrates Rodin and the contemporary figurative tradition
GRAND RAPIDS, MICH.- Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is hosting 17 contemporary figurative sculptors in an exhibition titled Rodin and the Contemporary Figurative Tradition. Auguste Rodin (1840 – 1917) was among the most revolutionary figurative artists in history, and his vast influence continues today. Timed to coincide with the hundredth anniversary of Rodin’s death and his universal recognition as the most avant-garde sculptor of his age, this exhibition examines his relevance and vibrancy among Contemporary figurative sculptors. Central to this exhibition are loans of several of the master’s most compelling works from the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Snite Museum of Art and the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Works on loan include Age of Bronze, Head of Balzac, Man with Broken Nose, The Martyr #5 and The Vulcan’s ... More

Bronx Museum announces new Deputy Director Klaudio Rodriguez
BRONX, NY.- The Bronx Museum of the Arts announced today that Klaudio Rodriguez will become the Museum’s new Deputy Director, assisting in the management of staff and the implementation of the Museum’s groundbreaking exhibitions and public programming. Rodriguez was most recently the curator at the Frost Art Museum at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, where he worked closely with the Museum’s director and development officer to build membership, develop new revenue sources, actively fundraise, and steward donors. During his tenure, he also developed a broad program of exhibitions and catalogues, including surveys of art from Uruguay, South American geometric abstraction, and video works by women artists, as well as his most recent show, Narciso Rodriguez: An Exercise in Minimalism, a couture exhibition of the Cuban American ... More

The Davis Museum poses universal questions about social culture in new exhibition
WELLESLEY, MASS.- The Davis Museum at Wellesley College will present Life on Paper: Contemporary Prints from South Africa, an exhibition that investigates existential questions raised by diverse artists through works on paper including drypoints, lithographs, screenprints, woodcuts, and more. The exhibition, which honors recent gifts to the collection by the Artist Proof Studio (APS) in Johannesburg, APS Director and University of Johannesburg Associate Professor Kim Berman, APS Manager of Educational Programs Lucas Nkgweng, and Dr. Pamela Allara, Brandeis University Associate Professor Emerita of Contemporary Art, will be on view in the Robert and Claire Freedman Lober Viewing Alcove from September 19 through December 17, 2017. “Taught in both academic institutions and community education centers, printmaking has long held a prominent place ... More

Eiffel Tower starts work on anti-terror upgrade
PARIS (AFP).- Works began Monday to boost security at the Eiffel Tower as an anti-terrorism measure, city hall said, with bulletproof glass walls set to go up around the world's most visited monument. The changes come after a string of jihadist attacks in the French capital over the past two years in which more than 200 people have died. A bulletproof glass wall will be installed around the monument's gardens under the 30-million-euro ($36-million), nine-month works, the city's tourism chief, Jean-Francois Martins, told AFP. Visited by six to seven million people each year, the landmark already has a permanent police patrol. But Paris councillors voted unanimously in March to boost its security due to the "particularly high terrorist threat". Last month a 19-year-old former psychiatric patient leapt over a security barrier at the tower wielding a knife, saying he wanted to attack a soldier. ... More

Exhibition explores sound as a material and its unique power to shape experience and environment
NEW YORK, NY.- From September 14, 2017, to February 25, 2018, MAD presents Sonic Arcade: Shaping Space with Sound, a multi-component exhibition featuring interactive installations, immersive environments, and performing objects that explore how the ephemeral and abstract nature of sound is made material. Bringing together over twenty artists, Sonic Arcade explores sound as substance, framing it as an interdependent material that is physically crafted and transmitted through electronic circuits and signals, radio waves, and resonant bodies that create encounters that are not only heard, but felt. “Sonic Arcade assembles artists, designers, and performers who utilize sound as a material, activating its potential to shape space and environment, while drawing out the ability of the auditory to provide a fresh perspective on how surroundings, and the body, are ... More

Reflex Gallery in Amsterdam exhibits works by Chinese artist Chen Nong
AMSTERDAM.- Reflex Gallery in Amsterdam is presenting an exhibition of Chen Nong. The Chinese artist became internationally recognized with his hand-painted photographs depicting events from the rich Chinese history. The gallery presents two new series: 'Silk Road' and 'Scenes of Reflections'. The exhibition runs from 16 September until 11 November. With his series about the Silk Road Chen Nong conjures up images of fabulous cities and exotic regions of long gone empires and great conquerors. Against the backdrop of ruins from the period of the Silk Road in the western Chinese province of Xinjiang, Chen Nong illustrates the decoration of his imaginative and colourful stories. Apart from his wondrous images about the Silk Road, Chen Nong shows at Reflex Gallery also artistic works of his series 'Scenes of Reflections'. With this impressive series Chen Nong refers ... More

"Baggage Claims" and "Virtual Views: Digital Art from the Thoma Foundation" open in Orlando
ORLANDO, FLA.- This fall, the Orlando Museum of Art unveiled two contemporary art exhibitions. Baggage Claims highlights the work of 18 international artists who use suitcases, trunks and crates to create works of art that express provocative ideas about the mobility of global culture. Virtual Views: Digital Art from the Thoma Foundation examines the growing importance of electronic media in art. This exhibition presents the work of an international group of 18 artists who explore the impact of the vast scale of population mobility. While baggage has always symbolized migration and freedom, in the context of the current global atmosphere it has become an emblem of uncertainty, fear, and change. On an intimate level, baggage transports and holds personal belongings, and by implication is a rich metaphor for individual and family histories. The term ... More

Maddox Gallery opens its third London gallery space with a solo exhibition of works by David Yarrow
LONDON.- Maddox Gallery opened its new Westbourne Grove gallery space with an inaugural exhibition dedicated to the work of the world’s leading wildlife photographer, David Yarrow. The exhibition, The Untouchables, at the new 4,000 square foot Maddox Gallery, Westbourne Grove, opened to the public from 15 September for a three week run until 5 October. David Yarrow has built a world-class reputation for producing images of the planet’s most remote landscapes, cultures and endangered animals. His methods for enticing dangerous animals near enough to his lens for the best photograph include researching which animal is most attracted to which scent and then coating his camera in it as he lays in wait. In August 2017 Yarrow travelled to North Korea in his relentless pursuit to photograph some of the world’s most uncharted territory. Travelling to the hinterlands ... More

First U.S. retrospective of artist and designer Nathalie Du Pasquier on view in Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA, PA.- The Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia is presenting Nathalie Du Pasquier: BIG OBJECTS NOT ALWAYS SILENT, a retrospective exploring the prolific creative practice of artist and designer Nathalie Du Pasquier. A founding member of the Italian design collective Memphis, Du Pasquier’s work across painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, and design demonstrates a unique and considered interpretation of space and objects. The exhibition at ICA is co-curated by Alex Klein, the Dorothy and Stephen R. Weber (CHE ’60) Curator at ICA; and Luca Lo Pinto, curator at Kunsthalle Wien in Austria, where the first iteration of the retrospective was initially conceived and presented by Lo Pinto last fall. Featuring more than 100 works spanning from the early 1980s to the present, including a number of new ... More

Susan Inglett Gallery exhibit a room size fabric and ceramic installation by Beverly Semmes
NEW YORK, NY.- Susan Inglett Gallery opened the season with “Bow,” a room size fabric and ceramic installation by Beverly Semmes. The exhibition runs from 13 September to 21 October 2017. On Saturday, October 14 at 5 pm, the Gallery will debut the CarWash label, a collaboration between Semmes and fashion designer Jennifer Minniti. CarWash Collective considers the deeper dynamics of fashion and politics as Minniti designs clothing incorporating imagery culled from Semmes FRP (Feminist Responsibility Project) series. The gallery and street level window will become runway for a capsule collection of limited editions. The event is open to the public. Ethereal blue tulle dresses line the gallery walls shoulder to shoulder. Bent or bowed at the waist, attenuated sleeves sweeping the floor, the forms suggest a deflation of breath and anticipated inhalation. Gently disturbed ... More

The work of Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub on view at Akademie der Künste
BERLIN.- The Akademie der Künste is dedicating an extensive two-month programme cycle to the oeuvre of Danièle Huillet (1936-2006) and Jean-Marie Straub (*1933). Tell It to the Stones - The Work of Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub opens up new perspectives on the cinematic work of both filmmakers by placing the films in an interdisciplinary context: The two-month exhibition highlights their working method, relating it to current artistic positions. To talk about and debate the films had always been an integral part of the practice of Huillet/Straub. During the exhibition, multi-day Rencontres will invite the public to take up diverse ways of speaking and forms of debate. The second week of October highlights the references to the composer Arnold Schönberg which are of central importance for several films. The programme is rounded off and accompanied ... More

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On a day like today, Danish painter Michael Peter Ancher died
September 19, 1927. Michael Peter Ancher (9 June 1849 - 19 September 1927) was a Danish impressionist artist. He is most associated with his paintings of fishermen and other scenes from the Danish port of Skagen. His paintings are classics and he is probably one of Denmark's most popular artists. In this image: A Christening, Michael Ancher (1888).

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