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Spain court orders exhumation of Salvador Dali's remains in paternity claim

This file photo taken on November 21, 1958 shows Spanish artist Salvador Dali in Paris. Spain court orders on June 26, 2017 exhumation of Dali's remains in paternity claim. AFP.

by Laurence Boutreux


MADRID (AFP).- A Spanish court has ordered that the remains of Salvador Dali be exhumed after a woman who claims to be the daughter of the world-famous artist filed a paternity claim. If the woman, identified as Pilar Abel and reportedly a psychic, is confirmed as the only child of Dali, she could be entitled to part of the huge fortune and heritage of one of the most celebrated and prolific painters of the 20th century. The Madrid court said Monday the exhumation aimed "to get samples of his remains to determine whether he is the biological father of a woman from Girona (in northeastern Spain) who filed a claim to be recognised as the daughter of the artist." "The DNA study of the painter's corpse is necessary due to the lack of other biological or personal remains with which to perform the comparative study," it added. The Dali Foundation which manages the artist's estate said in a statement it would lodge an appeal against the exhumation "in the coming days," without giving further details. ... More

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A major retrospective of works by Magdalena Abakanowicz opens across the city of Wroclaw   Secret drawers on view for the first time in the Rijksmuseum   New museum boosts Paris claim to be modern art capital


Installation view of Effigies of Life: A Tribute to Magdalena Abakanowicz in Wroclaw, Poland. Image courtesy of the artist estate.

WROCLAW.- A major retrospective, Effigies of Life, A Tribute to Magdalena Abakanowicz (1930 – 2017), features the work of this leading Eastern-European avant-garde artist, notable for her use of textiles as a sculptural medium. The exhibition runs from 23rd June through 25th August across multiple venues and public spaces in the city of Wroclaw and is the first retrospective of the artist to be held in the city. The retrospective is organised by Bureau Wroclaw ECC 2016 and Dworcowa Gallery (the City’s Public Gallery at Dworzec Glowny PKP), All That Art Foundation, and The European ArtEast Foundation in cooperation with the Magdalena Abakanowicz Studio. Starting in the 1960s and 1970s, Magdalena Abakanowicz revolutionised the traditional language of tapestry by transforming it into forms meant to elicit complex visual and tactile experiences. With an emphasis on texture and surface, Abakanowicz’s works investigate ... More
 

Collector’s Cabinet with Miniature Apothecary’s Shop, anonymous, 1730.

AMSTERDAM.- In the last few years no fewer than 50 experts have been involved in conducting research on the only eighteenth-century miniature apothecary’s shop in the Netherlands. The Rijksmuseum is now presenting the results of this research and conservation project in an extensive publication, designed by Irma Boom and showing the miniature pharmacy and 56 secret drawers for the first time, at almost actual size. This rare collector's cabinet houses an abundance of curiosities including a fully fitted miniature apothecary’s shop containing more than three hundred Delftware pots, glass bottles, tiny wooden drawers, paintings and gilded ornaments. Concealed beside and behind the miniature pharmacy are no fewer than 56 secret drawers, all but five of which contain the collection of nearly 2000 varieties of naturalia, including seeds, flowers, roots, animal parts, rocks, minerals and fossils. The research has now been completed, ... More
 

French businessman Francois Pinault tours the former stock exchange building. PATRICK KOVARIK / AFP.

PARIS (AFP).- One of the world's biggest art collectors unveiled Monday his plans for a spectacular new museum in Paris, cementing the city's claim to be a modern art capital. French billionaire Francois Pinault will show his $1.4 billion (1.25 billion euro) collection of modern masters in the domed Bourse de Commerce, within a stone's throw of the Louvre, long the world's most visited museum. The new gallery, which he said would open in early 2019, is also within sight of the Pompidou Centre, which houses Europe's largest modern art collection. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo called the museum "an immense gift" to the French capital and told reporters that it would help put the city back at the top of the modern art tree. Pinault, 80, holds an enormous trove of abstract and contemporary masterpieces in a 3,500-piece collection that goes from Mark Rothko to Damien Hirst. He owns the auction house Christie's and built a fashion ... More



Rubens House presents David Bowie's Tintoretto   High Museum announces major Kara Walker acquisition   Mossgreen sets a new world record for a Russell Drysdale painting


Jacopo Tintoretto (1518-1594), Angel Foretelling the Martyrdom of Saint Catherine of Alexandria (1560-1570), photo KIK-IRPA.

ANTWERP.- The Rubens House has unveiled David Bowie’s Tintoretto. The British rock star owned St Catherine by the Venetian painter Jacopo Tintoretto (1518–1594) for over 30 years. Following Bowie’s death in 2016, his exceptional art collection was auctioned on 10 November that same year at Sotheby’s in London. There was one noteworthy old master amongst the modern and contemporary works by the likes of Frank Auerbach, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Damien Hirst: Jacopo Tintoretto. Bowie, like Rubens, was an immense admirer of the Venetian artist. Rubens not only drew inspiration from Tintoretto for his own work, he also had seven of his fellow artist’s paintings in his own collection. The monumental St Catherine altarpiece, painted in the 1560s, was purchased by a private collector who announced to the world’s press within minutes of the sale that he would be loaning the painting long term to the Rubens ... More
 

Kara Walker (American, born 1969), “The Jubilant Martyrs of Obsolescence and Ruin,” 2015 (detail), cut paper on wall, 165 3/8 x 698 13/16 inches.

ATLANTA, GA.- The High Museum of Art in Atlanta today announced that it has acquired “The Jubilant Martyrs of Obsolescence and Ruin” (2015), a massive cut-paper work by contemporary artist Kara Walker (American, born 1969). This acquisition marks the first major work by Walker to enter the Museum’s collection. A former Georgia resident who studied at the Atlanta College of Art, Walker is renowned for her cut-paper silhouette installations that explore themes of race, gender, sexuality and violence. “The Jubilant Martyrs of Obsolescence and Ruin,” which is nearly 60 feet wide, is based on the Confederate Memorial Carving on the face of Georgia’s Stone Mountain. In the work, Walker uses caustic, satirical imagery to reconcile the history of oppression and injustice experienced by African-Americans in the South with the persistence of racial and gender stereotypes and ongoing efforts to advance ... More
 

Detail of ‘Grandma's Sunday Walk’ sells for AUD$2.976 million (£1.8M) painted by artist born in Bognor Regis in 1912

ADELAIDE.- Mossgreen, the leading Australian auction house, sold Russell Drysdale's painting Grandma's Sunday Walk 1972 for AUD$2.976 million (£1.8m) in Adelaide Sunday 25th June. This makes a new auction world record price for the artist and the fifth highest auction price ever for any Australian artwork. Paul Sumner, CEO of Mossgreen, says: ”Russell Drysdale’s Grandma’s Sunday Walk represents a truly iconic image of the Australian outback by one of Australia’s most important artist’s. While it was a relatively late work in the artist’s career, it had everything going for it with scale, quality and its composition that sums up the harshness of the Australian outback and celebrates the every-day heroes that Drysdale made his name with. It was also fresh to the market having not been on the market for over 30 years. Multiple bidders chased the work to its final selling price which was the fifth highest price ev ... More


Paddle8 announces sale of photography from the film set of Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket   Sculpture in the City returns to the Square Mile with contemporary works   MAXXI highlights Zaha Hadid's intensive and enduring relationship with Italy


Matthew Modine, Untitled, 1985, Chromogenic print on gelatin silver paper. Estimate $2,500.

NEW YORK, NY.- Today Paddle8 and the Purple Heart Foundation announce the auction of twelve original photographs taken by actor Matthew Modine from the set of Stanley Kubrick’s 1987 Vietnam War drama, Full Metal Jacket. Hosted by leading online auction house Paddle8, the sale will be live for bidding to collectors worldwide June 26 – July 11, coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the film’s release. A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Purple Heart Foundation. “Working with Stanley Kubrick on Full Metal Jacket was one of the most rewarding and foundational experiences of my early film career,” states Modine, who portrays the starring role of Pvt. Joker in the film. “The film resonates eternally on the complexities of war and the experience of soldiers on the front line. I’m thrilled to be offering photographs from the making of Full Metal Jacket to benefit our country’s ... More
 

Mhairi Vari, Support for a Cloud, 2016. Outdoor television aerial, wire coathangers, greenhouse/ poly-tunnel repair tape. 3 pieces, approx. 150 x 75 x 65cm each © Nick Turpin.

LONDON.- Sculpture in the City, the City of London’s annual public art programme set amongst iconic architectural landmarks has announced the 16 art works that make up this year’s outdoor sculpture park in the Square Mile. The initiative, which is a collaboration between the City of London Corporation and City businesses, launches on 27th June. The outdoor exhibition includes works from internationally renowned artists including Paul McCarthy, Ryan Gander and Martin Creed. Their work is being displayed amongst some of Britain’s most famous buildings, including The Leadenhall Building, also known as the ‘Cheesegrater’, and for the first time, the Lloyd’s building by Richard Rogers. For Sculpture in the City’s seventh edition, the art works are spread further than ever ... More
 

Generali Tower (Milano, Italy), 2004/2017 in costruzione. Photo Hufton + Crow, courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects.

ROME.- Considered to be one of the most influential and visionary architects of our time, Zaha Hadid redefined the architecture of the 21st century and captured the imagination of the entire world. A year after her sudden death, from 23 June 2017 to 14 January 2018 MAXXI is hosting Zaha Hadid in Italy, an exhibition curated by the director of MAXXI Architettura Margherita Guccione and Woody Yao, associate director at Zaha Hadid Design. Zaha Hadid in Italy, organized in collaboration with Zaha Hadid Design, Zaha Hadid Architects and the Zaha Hadid Foundation, main partner Eni, intends to highlight the architect's intensive and enduring relationship with the country. Giovanna Melandri, President of Fondazione MAXXI says: “This exhibition devoted to Zaha Hadid, a creative and innovative woman of great strength and courage, is a ... More


Exhibition of monumental sculptures by Helidon Xhixha opens at the Boboli Garden   Sotheby's to offer the collection of playwright Edward Albee   Heather Gaudio Fine Art opens a mixed media exhibition featuring works by Charlie Hewitt


In Ordine Sparso, Helidon Xhixha, Boboli Garden, Florence.

FLORENCE.- A new exhibition of monumental sculptures by award winning contemporary artist Helidon Xhixha opens at the Boboli Garden, Florence on the 27th of June 2017. In Ordine Sparso is curated by the Director of the Uffizi Galleries, Eike Schmidt and Diego Giolitti. The powerful new summer exhibition sees Helidon Xhixha explore the ideas of chaos and order through his extraordinary series of thirteen monumental sculptures and installations. The works pay homage to how this concept has been portrayed in philosophy and the arts (sacred geometry) and how it is interpreted in the natural world. Through their shapes and reflective surfaces, the thirteen breathtaking sculptural installations by Helidon Xhixha offer new perspectives on the intertwining of art and nature, promoted by the Medici family in 16th and 17th centuries. The exhibition features also several new works specially made by the artist on the occasion of this exhibition, along with other ... More
 

The sale will give a unique insight into one of the greatest creative minds of the 20th Century. Courtesy Sotheby’s.

NEW YORK, NY.- Sotheby’s announced that they will offer The Collection of Edward Albee in a dedicated auction this September in New York. The full proceeds of the sale will benefit The Edward F. Albee Foundation, which provides residencies for writers and visual artists in Montauk, Long Island. One of America’s most-treasured cultural figures, Edward Albee (1928–2016) was a keen observer of modern life in the United States whose piercing dialogue and constant experimentation helped reinvent and define post-war theater internationally. Beginning with The Zoo Story in 1958, the dozens of plays he wrote over the following five decades include such icons as Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1962), A Delicate Balance (1966), Three Tall Women (1991), and The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? (2000). For many, Sotheby’s September auction will offer a new window into Edward Albee’s life and creative ... More
 

Charlie Hewitt, Heart of Gold II. Acrylic and paper collage on canvas, 60 x 48 inches.

NEW CANAAN, CONN.- Heather Gaudio Fine Art is presenting Charlie Hewitt. Heart of Gold, a mixed media exhibition featuring paintings, works-on-paper, ceramics and sculpture. The show opened June 21th and will be on display through August 19th. Hewitt’s work channels the social upheaval of the 1960s, the laborers and mill-towns of his native Maine, and the gritty urban landscape of the Bowery in New York City. He expresses his life experiences through an abstraction rich with emotive content. These personal associations come through in colorful, energetic, at times scrappy and idiosyncratic mixed-media compositions on canvas, works-on-paper, prints, welded sculpture, and ceramics. Hewitt’s work is informed by the spontaneous automatism techniques and processes of the New York School artists. He is always inventing and creating, switching and revisiting mediums, even delving into film to express his ideas. In the case of his pro ... More


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Garment District unveils 'Urban Garden' with dedication of custom 'road tattoo'
NEW YORK, NY.- The Garment District Alliance held a ceremony to commemorate the official start of ‘Garment District Urban Garden,’ an expanded plazas program that converts two blocks of Broadway into public space featuring an array of amenities and activities for New Yorkers and visitors alike to enjoy this summer. The reception also celebrated the unveiling of Sew and Sew, an art installation composed of cultural designs on Broadway that honor the Garment District’s rich history and community. “’Garment District Urban Garden’ has enabled us to provide more summer activations than ever before, transforming the pedestrian experience along Broadway,” said Barbara A. Blair, president of the Garment District Alliance. “From the spectacular road tattoo mural created by the tremendously talented Steed Taylor, to the UrbanSpace Garment District food ... More

Jill Greenwood named Nord Family Curator of Education at the Allen Memorial Art Museum
OBERLIN, OH.- The Allen Memorial Art Museum has named Jill Greenwood as its Eric and Jane Nord Family Curator of Education, overseeing the museum’s public programs and community outreach, including K-12 education, leadership of a museum education course for Oberlin College students, social media, and oversight of tours at the Weltzheimer/Johnson House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. For the past two decades, Jill Greenwood has taught art history and museum studies at large state universities, liberal arts and community colleges, art institutes, and elementary schools. Since 2015, Greenwood has been a visiting assistant professor at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. “We are excited to have an educator and program manager of Jill’s caliber joining the AMAM staff,” said Andria Derstine, the AMAM’s John G. W. Cowles Director. “Her diversity of teaching ... More

Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal presents a new and original look at the great Expo 67
MONTREAL.- From June 21 – October 9, 2017, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal is presenting the exhibition In Search of Expo 67, a contemporary artistic exploration of a great moment in our history. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Montreal World’s Fair and In Search of Expo 67 brings a brand-new and original perspective to the big issues it addressed. The exhibition consists of 19 works by contemporary Quebec and Canadian artists, including 16 new works. Architecture, sound art, visual art, film and music are the poles around which this creative endeavour turns. Driven by committed artistic and archival research, the artworks highlight the exceptional creative liberty given to the artists, architects, filmmakers and designers who took part in the original exhibition, their experimentation with state-of-the-art technology and the diverse ... More

The Ashes of Snow: Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art opens an immersive installation by Carla Chan
COPENHAGEN.- A kinetic machine simulating snowing indoor in which pure white snowflakes descend and slowly change colour from white to black. At once strangely misplaced and intriguing, a subtle drama unfolds within the bittersweet beauty. Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art presents the work The Ashes of Snow, created specifically by the artist Carla Chan. Manipulated by temperature, the colour of the snow particles changes by means of thermocrome technology, a specialised type of ink that changes colour when subjected to heat. The minimalist expression refers to traditional Chinese ink painting, adding a poetic dimension to the work. The starting point for Chan’s practice is an extended fear of nature and its phenomena and ambiguities. Here, it is the phenomenon of snow that undergoes Chan’s artistic focus. Inspired by a photograph of a snowy ... More

Samuel Fosso's first UK solo display captures 666 different emotions
LONDON.- Striking photographs from a series of 666 self-portraits by the artist Samuel Fosso (b.1962) can be seen for the first time in a new display Samuel Fosso: Self-portraits just opened at the National Portrait Gallery. This ambitious self-portrait series of large format Polaroids called SIXSIXSIX, was created by the Cameroonian-born artist in 2015. Each shot was taken against the same red backdrop with Samuel Fosso adopting an identical head and shoulders pose. Photographed every day in October and November 2015, each work is intended to reflect Fosso’s particular mood at that moment. As part of his first solo display in the United Kingdom, Samuel Fosso’s new works are displayed alongside some of the earliest self-portraits that he made as a teenager in the 1970s working in Bangui, Central African Republic. In these works Fosso adopted personas to reflect ... More

Pace/MacGill Gallery opens exhibition of works by Richard Misrach and Guillermo Galindo
NEW YORK, NY.- Pace Gallery and Pace/MacGill Gallery are presenting Richard Misrach | Guillermo Galindo: Border Cantos, an artistic collaboration between American photographer Richard Misrach and Mexican-American experimental composer Guillermo Galindo. This multimedia installation of photographs, sculpture, found objects and sound examines the complex socio-political dialogue surrounding immigration across the U.S.-Mexico border and is the final showing in a multi-venue tour that included the San Jose Museum of Art; Amon Carter Museum of Art, Fort Worth; and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville. The exhibition will be on view at 510 West 25th Street from June 28 through August 18, 2017. Since the 1970s, Richard Misrach has photographed the dynamic landscape of the American West through an environmentally aware and politically ... More

Almine Rech Gallery opens exhibition of new paintings by Erik Lindman
NEW YORK, NY.- Almine Rech Gallery New York announces an exhibition of new paintings by Erik Lindman. His first solo exhibition in the city where he lives and works, the show will feature a group of large-scale vertical paintings as well as several smaller works, all of which exemplify his openended curiosity about how painting functions at this moment in time. Though his work is notable for its subtlety and its exploration of painting's constituent parts (including its material supports, pigments, and mediums), Lindman also poses broad questions about why paintings get made and why viewers return to look at them again and again, simultaneously focusing attention on their cultural ramifications and the plain facts of their existence. The majority of the works on view feature a central, often monumental form isolated on a monochromatic field. If this figure-ground ... More

Guy Tillim wins the 2017 HCB Award
PARIS.- On June 20, following the deliberations held at the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson in Paris, the jury of the 2017 HCB Award selected South African photographer Guy Tillim for his Museum of the Revolution project. His nomination was presented by Federica Angelucci, Stevenson Gallery, Capetown and Johannesburg. Presented by the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, the HCB Award of 35 000 euros supports the creation of a photography project which could not be achieved without this help. It is intended for a photographer who has already completed a significant body of work, close to the documentary approach. • Lorenza Bravetta, adviser to the Minister Franceschini for the enhancement of the national photographic heritage, Turin • Clément Chéroux, senior curator of Photography, SFMOMA San Francisco • Pierre-Alexis Dumas, artistic director of Hermès, ... More

Juan Miguel Palacios opens exhibition at Lazarides
LONDON.- Lazarides is presenting ‘Wounded’, Juan Miguel Palacios’ first solo London exhibition. “I have always been fascinated by the human face and it’s gestural language because of its communicative character and beauty. A face can transmit so many different emotions with only a small modification of the facial features and this is what I want to explore through the featured works. A common denominator of the big cities we live in, such as New York or London, is the racial and cultural diversity. Dynamic cities, full of life that attract and welcome millions of different people. Fascinating cities, offering all kinds of comforts, luxuries, and pleasures which at the same time can be extremely individualist and solitary where very few people manage to realise their dreams. An amalgam of apparently happy and blissful faces that after a closer inspection reveal an expression ... More

Exhibition at Omer Tiroche Gallery focuses on the renowned Surrealist show Surrealisme en 1947
LONDON.- Omer Tiroche Gallery is presenting the exhibition Prière de Toucher – Homage to Maeght. The exhibition focuses on the renowned Surrealist show Surrealisme en 1947, which took place in Paris at the Galerie Maeght in 1947. Along with Aimé Maeght, Andre Breton and Marcel Duchamp formed and curated this first post-war Surrealist exhibition. Galerie Maeght first opened its doors in Paris in 1945 and saw instant success. Pioneering patrons of Modern Art, Aimé and Marguerite Maeght ran galleries in Europe as well as the revered Foundation Maeght in the South of France. The charismatic pair created a welcoming environment that cultivated and nurtured the artists, poets and writers who would gather around them. At the beginning of 1947 whilst visiting New York, Aimé suggested to André Breton – who had emigrated to the United States during the War – ... More

Exhibition at ADAM - Brussels Design Museum presents a history of modern design in Belgium
BRUSSELS.- Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Modernism..since the early developments of design, Belgium has a long tradition, sometimes little known, of innovation and pioneering. For the first time at ADAM, the most emblematic Belgian creations and their creators are displayed and explained to the public. From 23 June 2017, come and discover this exhibition dedicated to design in Belgium from the end of the 19th century to the present day. Panorama. A history of Modern Design in Belgium brings an overview of a hundred years of modern design in Belgium. Starting with the world-famous Art nouveau style at the turn of the nineteenth century, it covers the social aspirations of the interwar avant-garde movement, the pedagogical experiments at the La Cambre school, the postwar design craze, the promotion of modernist Belgian design by the Brussels Design Centre and the impact ... More





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On a day like today, American painter and academic Philip Guston was born
June 27, 1913. Philip Guston, born Phillip Goldstein (June 27, 1913 - June 7, 1980), was a painter and printmaker in the New York School, an art movement that included many abstract expressionists like Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning. In the late 1960s Guston helped to lead a transition from abstract expressionism to neo-expressionism in painting, abandoning so-called "pure abstraction" in favor of more representational, cartoonish renderings of various personal situations, symbols and objects. In this image: Philip Guston,Painter's Forms, 1972. Oil on panel, 190.5 x 274.3 cm / 75 x 108 in © The Estate of Philip Guston. Private Collection. Photo: Christopher Burke.



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