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New Exhibition Celebrates Works of Saint Louis Artists Inspired by the Game of Chess

Deborah Douglas, Pawn King, 2017 (detail). Encaustic, collage, and oil on cradled panel, 16 x 20 in. (17 x 21 in with frame). Collection of the World Chess Hall of Fame. Photo: Michael De Filippo.

ST. LOUIS, MO.- The World Chess Hall of Fame (WCHOF) in Saint Louis debuted an innovative new exhibition, The Imagery of Chess: Saint Louis Artists, on Thursday, March 23. The exhibit will be on view through September 24, 2017. The Imagery of Chess: Saint Louis Artists features 20 leading local artists, writers, designers, musicians and composers whose commissioned artwork, compositions and performances celebrate the game of chess. The multi-media exhibit draws its inspiration from the groundbreaking 1944 exhibition The Imagery of Chess. This exhibit embodies the WCHOF’s mission to interpret the game of chess and its cultural and artistic significance and marks another significant event in the history of Saint Louis as the U.S. Capital of Chess. “It is a privilege to work with these 20 talented artists to help bring ... More

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Young Chinese jet set shop at Hong Kong's Art Basel   Grand Palais opens "Rodin: The Centennial Exhibition"   Barbican Art Gallery opens first major UK exhibition to focus on Japanese domestic architecture

In this picture taken on March 22, 2017, Chinese investment banker Huang Xiaoshuai, 26, and his wife Wei Mengyuan share a light moment as they stand in front of their newly acquired painting 'Fire' by Chinese artist Zeng Fangzhi. ANTHONY WALLACE / AFP.

Huang Xiaoshuai and his wife last year splashed out $70,000 for a large painting of fish by Oscar-winning actor Adrien Brody -- part of a growing clique of young, affluent Chinese art enthusiasts building their own high-end collections. The picture now hangs in their Shanghai home and the couple, along with other mainland collectors, have flown in to attend VIP events at this week's Art Basel in Hong Kong where they are hoping to indulge their taste for contemporary Asian and European art. Each year Huang and Wei Mengyuan set aside $1.5 million to spend on art -- half from Huang's salary and the rest from family funds. Huang, an investment banker, says he and his wife first got into collecting when they were deciding how to decorate their new home. "We have friends who deal art. They gave me some advice (on how) to buy some paintings or sculptures to put in our house," says Huang. ... More

French President Francois Hollande (L) and US philanthropist Iris Cantor, head of the Cantor Foundation, pose during the opening of an exhibition at the Grand Palais. CHRISTIAN HARTMANN / POOL / AFP.

PARIS.- To mark the centenary of his death, the Musée Rodin and Réunion des musées nationaux Grand Palais have joined forces to celebrate Auguste Rodin (1840-1917). The exhibition reveals Rodin’s creative universe, his relationship with his audience and the way in which sculptors have appropriated his style. Featuring over 200 of Rodin’s works, it also includes sculptures and drawings by Bourdelle, Brancusi, Picasso, Matisse, Giacometti, Beuys, Baselitz and Gormley, shedding new light on this giant of sculpture. Auguste Rodin, just like Monet and Picasso, was and remains a global phenomenon. He has fascinated the general public from generation to generation. Many artists have tried to equal his style, both through inspiration or in opposition. Rodin explored all facets of sculpture: from assemblage to partial figures and collage, practices inherited by Matisse and Picasso. His drawing technique pre-empted ... More

The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945. Portrait of architect Terunobu Fujimori Barbican Art Gallery, London 23 March – 25 June 2017. Photo by Miles Willis / Getty Images.

LONDON.- The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945 is the first major UK exhibition to focus on Japanese domestic architecture from the end of the Second World War to now, a field which has consistently produced some of the most influential and extraordinary examples of modern and contemporary design. The exhibition features over 40 architects, ranging from renowned 20th century masters and internationally celebrated contemporary architects such as Tadao Ando, Toyo Ito, Kazuyo Sejima (SANAA) and Kenzo Tange ; to exciting figures little known outside of Japan including Osamu Ishiyama, Kazunari Sakamoto and Kazuo Shinohara and young rising stars such as Hideyuki Nakayama and Chie Konno. The Japanese House presents some of the most ground-breaking architectural projects of the last 70 years, many of which have never before been exhibited in the UK. The exhibition also incorporates film and photography in order to cast a new ... More

Cleveland Museum of Art announces new acquisitions   Museum Ludwig showcases part of its photographs collection in special room   Contact lenses and condom wrappers shortlisted for €10,000 Rijksmuseum award

Detail of Alabama, 1960. Norman Lewis (American, 1909–1979). Oil on canvas; 122.2 x 184.5 cm. The Cleveland Museum of Art.

CLEVELAND, OH.- Significant recent acquisitions by the Cleveland Museum of Art include Alabama, an Abstract Expressionist masterpiece by African American artist Norman Lewis; a rare tempera painting of St. Matthew by William Blake; and a 16th-century drawing that served as a study for the altarpiece The Entombment, by Giovanni de’ Vecchi. Alabama represents a key contribution to Abstract Expressionism, the mid–20th-century movement devoted to communicating psychological and emotional impulses mostly through line, shape, color and texture. Produced during the 1960s, American painter Norman Lewis’s most original and admired works are the dozen or so canvases constituting his civil rights series, which provide a unique fusion of Abstract Expressionist aesthetics and social commentary. ... More

Henri Cartier-Bresson, Paris, 1932. Fotografie. Abzug: Pierre Gassmann, 1967. Photo: Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos / Agentur Focus.

COLOGNE.- The Museum Ludwig holds an outstanding collection of photographs encompassing some 70,000 works from the beginning of photography in the nineteenth century to the present. Now parts of the Photographic Collection are being showcased in a special Photography Room within the permanent collection of the Museum Ludwig in an effort to gradually present the collection. The room provides the Museum Ludwig with a permanent space dedicated to photography. Henri Cartier-Bresson and Heinz Held: People with Pictures is the title of the first presentation, which will be on view until August 20. The French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908–2004) and the Cologne-based photographer Heinz Held (1918–1990) met several times: In 1956, when ... More

Delft Blue Eyes + Nails, Francine LeClerq & Ali Soltani, USA.

AMSTERDAM.- The Rijksmuseum has today announced the Top 10 best entries for the 2017 Rijksstudio Award. In total, 2,600 people took part in the contest for the best design inspired by the Rijksmuseum collection and based on Rijksstudio. What is really striking are the number of nominees from abroad this year; the shortlisted entries derive from nine different countries. On 21 April, the international jury of experts will announce the winner during a celebratory gathering in the Rijksmuseum. Top 10 (in alphabetical order) • Pop Up Birds Book, Chiara Bianchini, Italy • Temple Guardian Dance Performance, Melodie Briere, England • Butter Dish, Rina Elman, Israel • Plantstudie Hats, Jessie Hall, England • Delft Blue Eyes + Nails, Francine LeClerq & Ali Soltani, USA • Masterpieces Never Sleep, Lesha Limonov, Belarus • Heron Lamp, Sergii Lysyi, Ukraine • Eden Condoms, Esther Pi & Timo ... More

Baltimore Museum of Art acquires significant contemporary works   First retrospective of the work of fashion designer Halston opens at Nassau County Museum of Art   DC Moore Gallery exhibits twenty-one vibrant collages from 1979 by Romare Bearden

Mark Bradford, Niagara, 2005 (detail). Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth.

BALTIMORE, MD.- The Baltimore Museum of Art today announced the acquisition of major works by Mark Bradford, Paul Chan, Norman Lewis, and Ellsworth Kelly. Spanning a range of media, the acquisitions complement the BMA’s holdings of contemporary art, from mid-20th-century American abstraction to the art of today, and demonstrate the museum’s commitment to expanding the narrative of art history through the representation of diverse artists. Marking the first works by the artist to enter the museum’s collection, the Mark Bradford acquisitions represent the historic collaboration between the BMA, co-organizer of the U.S. Pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennale, and Bradford, the representative for the U.S. in 2017. Bradford’s monumental painting My Grandmother Felt the Color, 2016, is currently on view at the BMA in a gallery dedicated to social abstraction, alongside other artists who have turned to abstract imagery ... More

Halston Original red dress with jacket, Spring 1975, Illustration by Joe Eula.

ROSLYN HARBOR, NY.- The first comprehensive retrospective of the work of the American fashion designer Halston will be presented at Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn Harbor, New York from Saturday, March 25 through Sunday, July 9, 2017. Sponsored by “H Halston exclusively at Lord & Taylor” and occupying the entire Museum, the exhibition Halston Style is organized by Guest Curator Lesley Frowick, Halston’s niece and confidant. Lesley Frowick is author of the deluxe Rizzoli publication Halston: Inventing American Fashion that serves as the exhibition catalogue. Focusing on the life and art of Roy Halston Frowick, better known as the self-crafted name of distinction, Halston, this exhibition includes many never-before-seen objects from the designer’s personal archives. Halston left these original materials to Lesley Frowick’s care, with the directive to use them to tell the story of the designer’s ... More

Bayou Fever, Untitled (The Hatchet Man), 1979 . Collage, acrylic, and pencil on fiberboard, 9 x 6 in. 10 of 21 works, offered only as a group.

NEW YORK, NY.- DC Moore Gallery’s new exhibition, Romare Bearden: Bayou Fever and Related Works, features a series of twenty-one vibrant collages from 1979 that Bearden conceived for a ballet that invokes African American traditions and the African presence that is deeply rooted in the Louisiana bayou near New Orleans, and elsewhere in North America and the Caribbean. Never before shown in New York, the collages represent the main characters and settings of a performance that he hoped would be choreographed by Alvin Ailey. Bearden (1911-1988) had worked with Ailey before, most notably two years earlier when he created a scrim for the ballet, Ancestral Voices. He had been interested in dance for some time, as his wife had her own company, the Nanette Bearden Contemporary Dance Theater. While the Bayou Fever dance was never performed, the bold ... More

Cortesi Gallery presents a series of works from the last two years by Maurizio Donzelli   Chris Succo's second solo exhibition with Almine Rech Gallery on view in London   Secret Swiss 'castle find' collection to be offered at Bonhams Spa Classic sale

Maurizio Donzelli, MIRROR 2716, 2016. Mixed media, wooden box, 135,5×97×7,5cm.

LONDON.- The work of Maurizio Donzelli (b. Brescia, 1958) focuses on mark, drawing and ornament as hub around which all other tools of expression seem to gravitate. These characteristics are visible both in the realization of the work and in the ways in which the latter is exhibited. The first-ever solo exhibition in the UK dedicated to Donzelli’s oeuvre, which will be held at Cortesi Gallery, presents a series of works from the last two years of his artistic production, in particular, a selection of acrylic drawings and “Mirrors”. Whether Donzelli’s drawings take the form of watercolour on paper, acrylic on paper or acrylic on silk, they are above all a track, a tracing, a rhizome. If they can be compared to a path realised with the mark, this path is not prepared according to any pre-ordained scheme. If anything, is the point of departure that indicates the direction, because what interests ... More

Chris Succo, Sunset Magazine, 2017. Acrylic, lacquer and oil on linen, 170 x 127,5 cm. 66 7/8 x 50 1/4 inches. Photo: Achim Kukulies, Dusseldorf. Courtesy of the Artist and Almine Rech Gallery.

LONDON.- Almine Rech Gallery is presenting Skin N' Bones, the second solo exhibition by Chris Succo with the gallery. The show will comprise of new paintings and drawings by the artist that are based on scenes captured in the ever-growing archive of photographs and sketches Succo takes wherever he goes. Art follows historical imperatives, or at least it should. These are larger pressures that are exerted on the artist by any number of factors—cultural, political, social, etc.—and which find their expression, however obliquely, in the work through formal means: line, color, content, technique, etc. By necessity these shift with time, given that they are rooted in the ever-changing ferment of the conditions in which the artist finds him or herself in a given place and period. However, this ... More

1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster (€600,000-800,000). Photo: Bonhams.

STAVELOT.- Barn finds have long been considered the holy grail of motoring discoveries, but a ‘castle find’ is in an altogether different league. A collection of 12 classic motor cars has been unearthed in a Swiss schloss and will be offered, all without reserve, at Bonhams Spa Classic sale on 21 May at the legendary Francorchamps circuit in Belgium. Amongst the 12-strong collection are examples of some of the world’s most iconic classic models, including a 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster (€600,000-800,000). The model celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2017, and remains arguably one of the most influential post-war sports cars ever created. It was originally developed as a road-going version of Mercedes’ hugely successful W194 racing car. Losing the ‘gullwing’ doors allowed the roadster to develop in to a truly driveable ... More

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Hillwood mourns the death of chief curator Liana Paredes
WASHINGTON, DC.- The staff and community of Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens is sad to report the death of our colleague, Liana Paredes, chief curator and director of collections, who died on March 16 at her home in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Paredes, who is a highly esteemed expert on French decorative arts and interiors, as well as historic and 20th-century jewelry, worked at Hillwood for over 25 years, having grown tremendously as a professional in her field over the course of her career while nurturing the growing stature of Hillwood’s collection. “Liana’s death is a great loss, not only for Hillwood, but also for the field of European decorative art to which she contributed so much,” said Hillwood executive director Kate Markert. “The level of academic excellence and true passion she brought to the study of Hillwood’s collection cannot be overstated, nor ... More

Exhibition of contemporary biblical collages by David Mach opens at Dadiani Fine Art
LONDON.- Dadiani Fine Art presents Alternative Facts, an exhibition of contemporary biblical collages by the celebrated Scottish artist David Mach. The exhibition features Mach’s interpretation of the King James Bible and comprises 10 monumental works from the artist’s Precious Light series, for which he was awarded the Bank of Scotland Herald Angel Award in 2011. The presentation at Dadiani Fine Art marks the first time the work will be shown in a London gallery. Mach’s collages are both visceral and thought-provoking, portraying traditional stories and imagery from the bible ranging from childhood tales like ‘Jonah and the Whale,’ to overarching religious concepts like ‘heaven’ and ‘hell,’ and setting them against a modern-day backdrop, often with a healthy twist of irony. The radical depictions reflect the title of the exhibition, Alternative Facts, in that they present a litany of semi- ... More

Christine Poggi appointed Director of the Institute of Fine Arts at NYU
NEW YORK, NY.- NYU President Andrew Hamilton and Provost Katherine Fleming have announced the appointment of Christine Poggi –¬ a respected art history scholar with expertise in modern and contemporary art; Italian studies; and gender, sexuality, and women’s studies – as the new Judy and Michael Steinhardt Director of the Institute of Fine Arts, effective September 1, 2017. Dr. Poggi is currently professor of Art History at the University of Pennsylvania, with a secondary appointment in Italian Studies in the Department of Romance Languages. As director, she will lead one of the most well respected graduate schools and research centers in art history, archaeology, and art conservation in the world. Housed in the landmarked Duke Mansion on 78th Street and 5th Avenue, the Institute of Fine Arts has produced many of the nation’s leading art historians, museum ... More

Syrian refugee tent finds life as dress with a past
DUBAI (AFP).- Once home to a family of Syrian refugees, a UN tent has found a new life as a dress still bearing the marks and stains of its past. "Dress for Our Time", the brainchild of fashion designer Helen Storey, has turned a discarded tent from the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan into a hooded dress featured on stage at the Glastonbury Festival and in the conference halls of Dubai. Now on display at the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Development Conference and Exhibition, the project aims to introduce the reality of refugee life to audiences who may be physically and politically removed from the conflict. "We're using fashion as sort of a Trojan horse, and from that you're able to talk about something that's more serious... a crisis that involves all of us," said Storey, professor of fashion and science at the University of the Arts, London. "It was important ... More

Smith College names first-ever Contemporary Art Curator
NORTHAMPTON, MASS.- Emma Imbrie Chubb has been named the inaugural Charlotte Feng Ford ’83 Curator of Contemporary Art at the Smith College Museum of Art. Her appointment is effective July 10, 2017. Chubb is a Ph.D. candidate and Presidential Fellow in the Department of Art History at Northwestern University. Her dissertation, “Migration Forms,” reflects her expertise in Moroccan video art, photography and site-specific sculpture, as well as her broader interest in migration, minority communities and cross-cultural exchange in contemporary art and visual culture. Jessica Nicoll, director and Louise Ines Doyle ’34 Chief Curator at the SCMA, said Chubb emerged as the search committee’s unanimous choice after a wide-ranging national search. “Contemporary art is an exciting and dynamic field,” she noted, “one that’s generating a great deal of attention ... More

Forgotten vintage timepieces from vault offered after 40 years
NEW YORK, NY.- Dormant in a forgotten vault at the Horological Society of New York for over 40 years, a trove of vintage wrist and pocket watches will be wound again and put into the auction spotlight by Heritage Auctions on April 3, with live bidding underway now for the Horological Society of New York Benefit Auction. Final bidding will be conducted live during the HSNY’s 151st annual Gala & Charity Auction, at the General Society Library, 20 West 44th Street, between Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue, New York, New York. The current board has re-discovered these treasures, and through deliberation has decided to use them to commence with a new annual charity auction tradition to begin and support the HSNY Endowment Fund. “It’s a remarkable find. These great watches by Patek, Audemars Piguet, Piaget and others were of modest value when donated ... More

Laurence Calmels joins Phillips as Regional Director for France
PARIS.- Phillips announced the appointment of Laurence Calmels as a Regional Director for France, based in Paris. As a key member of Phillips’ Business Development team, Ms. Calmels will work with Phillips art specialists and business-getters across all departmental categories to support the auction house’s business development efforts by cultivating networks of collectors, art dealers and devotees. She will work especially closely with Maria Cifuentes Caruncho, our Specialist in Paris, to increase Phillips’ presence in France. Phillips is in the midst of a major international expansion: Along with establishing its Hong Kong office, the company added regional directors or specialists in Rio de Janeiro, Los Angeles, Seattle, Mexico City, Cologne, Tokyo, Seoul and Taipei in the past year. “Paris has always been one of the world’s most important cultural capitals and ... More

LUMAS presents new work by Olaf Hajek, Isabelle Menin and René Twigge
LONDON.- Still life embodies the Dutch Golden Age, brought about by huge wealth from empire and trade. Floral still lifes displayed this cornucopia and abundance, but the genre’s vanitas paintings also highlight the existential crisis created by excessive material wealth. This timeless genre, with its inexhaustible potential, is still a source of inspiration for artists. With the Forget Me Not exhibition, LUMAS London explores how contemporary photographers, painters and illustrators interpret nature through still life in order to create new narratives for the 21st century. Although the city still seems firmly in Winter’s grip, from 24th March 2017 LUMAS London presents an ode to Spring. Artists Olaf Hajek, Isabelle Menin, René Twigge, and Heiko Hellwig all interpret nature and still life in vastly different ways. René Twigge’s works represent the thoroughly modern meeting ... More

Art Bahrain Across Borders International Fair opened to the public today
MANAMA.- Bahrain’s second contemporary art fair, Art Bahrain Across Borders (ArtBAB 2017) is being held at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Conference Centre from 22-26 March under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka Bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa. The fair hosts acclaimed artists and galleries from all corners of the world and has been designed to embrace and highlight excellence in the local arts sector, whilst uniting the local and global art communities and providing a stage for learning, engagement and the exchange of ideas. ArtBAB 2017 features 60 participants and 10 galleries from across Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa and the USA. Ten galleries exhibiting at the fair, in the dedicated ‘Gallery Pavilion’ includes: leading London gallery ‘Maddox Gallery’ (UK); Ukraine’s biggest art gallery ‘Tsekh Gallery’ which has expanded ... More

Roman rings to dazzling diamonds in Dix Noonan Webb's Spring Jewellery sale
LONDON.- A wide selection of jewellery styles and eras, ranging from a late Roman garnet ring through to a Harry Winston signature diamond ring, will be auctioned by Dix Noonan Webb, the international coins, medals and jewellery specialists, in London on 11 April 2017. “We are delighted to offer a broad range of high quality pieces, to suit everyone’s taste and pocket,” says Frances Noble, head of the Jewellery Department at DNW. Highlights of the sale of Jewellery, Watches and Objects of Vertu will include a pair of diamond drop pendent earrings with two principal diamonds weighing 2.51 and 2.31 carats expected to fetch £12,000 to £15,000, an impressive 18 carat gold mounted emerald and diamond collar necklace, centred with a large 55 carat sugar loaf emerald, estimated at £8,000 to £10,000 and a fine diamond line bracelet at £10,000-15,000. ... More

Elizabeth Jaeger presents a series of truncated reclining nudes at Jack Hanley Gallery
NEW YORK, NY.- In the artist’s second solo show at the gallery, Elizabeth Jaeger presents a series of truncated reclining nudes. This new set of work confronts the “traditional” elegance and fragility of female form with a subtle violence: the torsos are sheared, immobilized, and propped on steel. The ceramic sculptures are active conflations, just as they are stark reductions, of various modes of seeing and forming the body – as object, as tool, as desire, as servant – multiple meanings across indistinguishable forms. Through tactics of reduction, replication and an acute awareness of display, the artist offers a unique vision of classical form suffused with the violence of mass reproduction, questioning and reconfiguring Modernist methodology. Jaeger’s unglazed ceramic sculptures present subtle variation across hollow torsos, draped on custom-built steel display stands. ... More

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On a day like today, American photographer Edward Weston was born
March 24, 1886. Edward Henry Weston (March 24, 1886 - January 1, 1958) was a 20th century American photographer. He has been called one of the most innovative and influential American photographers In this image: The 1937 gelatin silver print of a ranch along the San Simeon Highway in California, left, taken by Edward Weston is one of many viewed by Bruce Polonsky, standing, and Betsy McCutchen at the Portland Art Musuem in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2004. Weston's use of crisp resolution, negative space and light patterns can be seen in each of the artist's photos currently on exhibit at the Museum in the show, "Edward Weston: A Photographer's Love of Life", through Nov. 28.

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