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This summer in the Rijksmuseum Gardens: Giant sculptures by Eduardo Chillida

Eduardo Chillida, Homenaje a Calder, 1979. Placido Arango Collection. Photo Kelly Schenk.

AMSTERDAM.- This summer’s exhibition in the Rijksmuseum Gardens features nine giant sculptures by the Spanish Basque artist Eduardo Chillida (1924-2002). Chillida is considered to be one of the most important post-war innovators in sculpture. He became famous chiefly for his huge sculptures in steel. For the first time, nine of Chillida’s monumental outdoor sculptures are being exhibited together in the Netherlands. The works are on loan from the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA), the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, the Eduardo Chillida-Pilar Belzunce Foundation in Hernani, Ordovas in London and a private collection. Alfred Pacquement, former director of the Centre Pompidou and guest curator: Eduardo Chillida made a significant contribution to the renewal of sculpture in the 20th century and is one of the major figures of his generation. His work combines modern abstraction with traditional artisanal techniqu ... More

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Rare map collection and new endowments coming to USM in transformative gift from Osher family   Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art unveils newly-installed Modern Art Galleries   Victoria Beckham X Old Master paintings: A collaborative exhibition with Sotheby's London

Lucas Brandis’s 1475 map of the Holy Land is regarded as the first modern printed map.

PORTLAND, ME.- University of Southern Maine President Glenn Cummings and Dr. Harold Osher announced an extraordinary gift — one of the world’s finest private collections of rare and historic maps and a new significant endowment — combining to become the largest gift in USM’s history and the largest ever to the University of Maine System. The announcement is part of a transformative partnership to support the one-of-a-kind Osher Map Library at USM and maintain it as a dynamic and innovative educational resource for the people of Portland and all of Maine. The endowment will be combined with funds currently held by the USM Foundation on behalf of Harold and Peggy Osher. "The University of Southern Maine and the Osher family have enjoyed a longstanding, deep partnership in stewarding the growth and sustenance of this important and invaluable collection. Today, we are taking that partnership to a new level. ... More

Stuart Davis, Still Life with Flowers, 1930. Oil on canvas, 40 x 32 in. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. Photo courtesy of the Saint Louis Art Museum.

BENTONVILLE, ARK.- Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art announces the opening of the newly designed Modern Art Galleries. The two enclosed spaces are situated on the north bridge and feature a variety of Modern works from Crystal Bridges’ permanent collection as well as the Alfred Stieglitz Collection. Both galleries will be ready for viewing on June 23. Following the opening of the newly designed Early American Galleries in March, the Modern Art Galleries have been reinstalled to incorporate a range of artworks and perspectives. The galleries showcase paintings, sculptures, photographs, and works on paper from the 1910s through the 1940s by artists such as Thomas Hart Benton, Jacob Lawrence, Stuart Davis, Edward Hopper, Florine Stettheimer, Marsden Hartley, Paul Cadmus, Suzy Frelinghuysen, ... More

Victoria Beckham X Old Master Paintings. Photo: Chris Floyd.

LONDON.- Today, Sotheby’s and Victoria Beckham opened a first of its kind collaborative exhibition in which highlights from Sotheby’s Old Master Paintings sale will be presented in the contemporary setting of Victoria Beckham’s Dover Street store in Mayfair. Featuring 16 portraits selected by Victoria, the exhibition juxtaposes the classical appeal of Old Masters with the modern aesthetic of the Dover Street boutique, showcasing this long-established genre of art in a new light. Presenting exceptional examples by renowned artists, including Sir Peter Paul Rubens and Lucas Cranach the Elder, the exhibition celebrates the innate beauty of Old Master Paintings and the enduring appeal of portraiture in art. The exhibition is on display in Dover Street until 27th June, ahead of Sotheby’s Old Master Evening sale on 4th July 2018. Speaking about the collaboration, Victoria Beckham said, “It was my first visit to the Frick ... More

Asian Arts Society in the Netherlands and Rijksmuseum co-acquire Chinese masterpiece   Rare timepiece depicted in enigmatic painting solves mystery of Burrell wall clock   Dayton Art Institute opens exhibition 'Yousuf Karsh: American Portraits'

Ye Shuangshi, 'Zilverfazanten onder lentebloesems', ca. 1500. Gezamenlijke aankoop met de Vereniging van Vrienden der Aziatische Kunst, mede mogelijk gemaakt door een bijdrage uit het legaat B.J. Peiser.

AMSTERDAM.- The Rijksmuseum and the Asian Arts Society in the Netherlands (VVAK) have joined forces to acquire a rare 15th-century painting by the Chinese artist Ye Shuangshi. Silver Pheasants under Spring Blossoms represents the very pinnacle of Chinese painting, and its acquisition is the highlight of this year’s centenary celebrations for the VVAK, whose collection is housed in the Rijksmuseum. To mark the 100th anniversary of the VVAK’s foundation, an exhibition will be held in the Rijksmuseum’s Asian Pavilion featuring the most outstanding objects in its collection. On 23 June the VVAK will hold a symposium on the art of collecting. Register for the symposium at Silver Pheasants under Spring Blossoms is an extremely rare 15th century ... More

Pendulum wall clock, Burrell Collection. © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection.

NORWICH.- A major exhibition at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, organised in partnership with the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, USA, opens this weekend. The exhibition, The Paston Treasure: Riches and Rarities of the Known World reunites, for the first time in three centuries, rare 17th century works of art and objects originally featured in a large mysterious painting The Paston Treasure. Painted by an unknown Dutch school artist, circa 1663, the painting’s unique and cryptic subject continues to mesmerize and puzzle art scholars and historians. Featuring an array of exotic treasures from around the world, the painting chronicles a fraction of what was once one of the greatest private art collections of 17th century England, amassed by Norfolk’s Paston family, famed for their medieval letters. One piece, a pendulum wall clock, is so accurately depicted in the painting, ... More

Grace Kelly by Yousuf Karsh, Gelatin silver print, 1956, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Estrellita Karsh in memory of Yousuf Karsh © Estate of Yousuf Karsh.

DAYTON, OH.- Spend the summer with some of the 20th century’s biggest icons and idols, when The Dayton Art Institute presents the special exhibition Yousuf Karsh: American Portraits, on view June 23–September 16. From Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, Jackie Robinson and Albert Einstein, to Grace Kelly, Andy Warhol, Walt Disney, and even Colonel Sanders–these are just a few of the featured celebrities, creatives, inventors, business people, and politicians who played pivotal roles in the history and identity of America in the 20th century. The exhibition presents 48 black-and-white photographs by acclaimed photographer Yousuf Karsh, from the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. “Photographing numerous, important figures of the 20th century, Karsh was also a ... More

Exhibition at The Laing Art Gallery explores the garden as a "stage" for the extraordinary   Thames & Hudson publishes "Modernists & Mavericks: Bacon, Freud, Hockney & the London Painters" by Martin Gayford   Fitzwilliam prevents the export of bust of Queen Victoria

Simeon Solomon (1840-1905), Sappho and Erinna in a Garden at Myteline, 1864 (detail) Watercolour on paper, 330 x 381mm © Tate, London 2018.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE.- The Laing Art Gallery’s new exhibition, The Enchanted Garden, explores the garden as a ‘stage’ for the extraordinary, the magical, the atmospheric and the nostalgic and casts new light on the work of the our best-loved artists. From the Pre-Raphaelites and French Impressionists to the Bloomsbury Group and 20th century abstraction, artists have taken inspiration directly from the gardens around them - whether small or large, manicured or wild. These secret, enveloping and sometimes mysterious spaces are seen through windows, in panoramas and often repeated in different lights and seasons - a less constrained space to set human dramas. The Enchanted Garden features 90 paintings, works on paper and books; highlights from the Laing’s own collection can be seen alongside loans from across the UK, including The ... More

A masterfully narrated account of painting in London from the Second World War to the 1970s, illustrated throughout with documentary photographs and works of art.

LONDON.- The development of painting in London from the Second World War to the 1970s is the story of interlinking friendships, shared experiences, rivalries, and artistic concerns among a number of acclaimed artists, including Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Frank Auerbach, David Hockney, Victor Pasmore, Bridget Riley, Gillian Ayres, Patrick Heron, Richard Hamilton, Prunella Clough, Peter Blake, Allen Jones, Frank Bowling and Howard Hodgkin. Drawing on extensive first-hand interviews over 30 years with important witnesses and participants, many previously unpublished, the art critic Martin Gayford teases out the thread connecting these individual lives. His compelling narrative explores how painting thrived in London against the postwar backdrop of Soho bohemia in the 1940s and 1950s and ... More

Sir Alfred Gilbert, R.A., Queen Victoria, 1887-1889, marble © Sotheby's.

CAMBRIDGE.- Sir Alfred Gilbert's little known masterpiece – a virtuoso monumental white marble bust of Queen Victoria as an ageing monarch – has been saved for the nation after the Fitzwilliam Museum raised the necessary £1,077,607 to prevent it being exported to a museum in New York. This majestic marble monolith is arguably the most impressive and sensitive portrait ever made of the iconic and oft-portrayed Queen-Empress, without doubt one of the most important women in British history. It is a pivotal work in the development of British sculpture at the end of the nineteenth century and is entirely carved by Gilbert; the most talented and idiosyncratic sculptor of Victorian Britain. It is the only surviving marble by Gilbert in the UK. The Fitzwilliam devoted the recent Hartley-Johnson Bequest to this acquisition of international significance along with gifts from individual benefactors. The shortfall was generously met by ... More

Ulterior Gallery opens an exhibition of works by Camel Collective   27 rare vintage and lifetime prints from the personal collection of Shirley Baker on view in London   US designer Spade mourned at hometown funeral

198C/1805C, 2018. Enamel, dye, steel, and oak on MDF with UV print on aluminum, 24 ½ x 18 ½ inches / 62.2 x 46.99 cm.

NEW YORK, NY.- Ulterior Gallery is presenting Grip, an exhibition by Camel Collective, the artistic partnership of Anthony Graves and Carla Herrera-Prats. Sculpture, drawings, and a sound piece together explore the idea of labor as it relates to the artists’ practice. The exhibition opened on June 16 and remains on view through July 15. Works in Grip signal aspects of behind-the-scenes labor that are ubiquitous in the artistic sphere, gesturing at an erotics of touch and feeling that constitute our primary motivation for labor—a motivation sadly truncated and distorted by the work we are often coerced into for money, gain, or sheer survival. Anchoring the exhibition is a lead and steel sculpture, As seamless as possible, that foregrounds the physical labor that is often subsumed, forgotten, and rendered invisible beneath the patina of a “finished product.” The sculpture ... More

Shirley Baker, Manchester, 1966 © Estate of Shirley Baker, Courtesy of The Photographers’ Gallery.

LONDON.- The Print Sales Gallery presents 27 rare vintage and lifetime prints from the personal collection of pioneering British photographer Shirley Baker (1932- 2014). The exhibition features both increasingly rare signature images and new and unseen works. Thought to be the only woman practicing street photography in Britain during the post-war era, Shirley Baker’s humanist documentary work traced communities in the North West of England throughout the 1950s, 60s and into the 80s. Baker’s passion for photography is perhaps best epitomised by her depictions of the daily life of the working class terraced streets in Salford and Manchester, which despite receiving little attention at the time, still remain important and empathetic documents of the urban clearance programmes and the resilience of communities under siege. This twenty-year period saw her evolve her ideas of documentary form and subject matter.  ... More

In this file photo taken on April 22, 2004, Kate Spade and Michael Kors pose in Queens, New York. Zack Seckler / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP.

CHICAGO (AFP).- Friends and loved ones said goodbye Thursday to American fashion designer Kate Spade at a funeral in Kansas City, Missouri, birthplace of the 55-year-old who committed suicide two weeks ago. Spade was one of the biggest names in American fashion, known especially for her sleek handbags. An additional tragedy befell the family hours before the late-afternoon service, as Spade's "heartbroken" 89-year-old father died at his home in the Midwestern US city. The family said Earl Brosnahan had been in failing health. Mourners gathered at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish Redemptorist Church on a rainy, dark afternoon, but The Kansas City Star reported that some of Spade's school friends carried signature handbags of the designer whose use of bright colors and prints proved a hit with career women. "She was incredibly kind and had a very memorable laugh," ... More

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Architects appointed to Abbot Hall redevelopment
KENDAL.- Lakeland Arts - one of the most significant arts and heritage organisations in the North - has appointed architects to the major £7.1m redevelopment of Abbot Hall. Today (Friday 22 June) Lakeland Arts announced multi-award-winning MUMA (McInnes Usher McKnight Architects) as lead architects. Martin Ainscough, Lakeland Arts’ Chair of Trustees, added: “The redevelopment of Abbot Hall and surrounding estate will create a world-class cultural destination for visitors in the heart of Kendal, we are thrilled to be working with MUMA on the scheme. “We see this important project as integral to the delivery of wider local and regional strategies within Cumbria and look forward to working closely with our community partners and audiences over the coming months as we develop the scheme.” Gordon Watson, Lakeland Arts’ Chief Executive, said: “Since opening ... More

Mennello Museum presents the work of Korean-American artist Jiha Moon
ORLANDO, FLA.- The Mennello Museum of American Art is presenting the work of multi-media Korean-American artist Jiha Moon in an upcoming solo exhibition, Jiha Moon: Double Welcome, Most Everyone’s Mad Here. The exhibition is on view from June 22 through August 12, 2018, with an Artist Talk and Opening Reception on June 29. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Moon harvests cultural elements native to Korea, Japan, and China and then unites them with Western elements to investigate the multi‐faceted nature of our current global identity as influenced by popular culture, technology, racial perceptions, and folklore. Featuring over 50 works, Moon blurs the lines between Western and Eastern identified iconography such as the characters from the online game Angry Birds© and smart phone Emojis which float alongside Asian tigers and Indian gods, in compositions ... More

Exhibition at Museo d'Arte Moderna di Bologna focuses on the newest generation of artists in Italy
BOLOGNA.- MAMbo – Museo d'Arte Moderna di Bologna opens its new season in the main venue - Sala delle Ciminiere - under the artistic direction of Lorenzo Balbi, with That’s IT! On the newest generation of artists in Italy and one meter eighty from the border, an exhibition that showcases works by 56 artists and collectives born in 1980 or later, in a exploratory journey throught different media and languages. Clearly generational in tone, the exhibition explores the latest developments of art in Italy, consistently with the specific position that MAMbo decided to take on the Italian and international scene by giving each one of its venues a distinct scientific identity. In this scenario, the Museum owns and expands the bent that has traditionally made it one of the ‘go-to’ places, and, for the exhibitions in the Sala delle Ciminiere, it gives priority to research into the ... More

Lagos street kids dance their way to fame with viral hit
LAGOS (AFP).- A group of Nigerian street children have been transformed into celebrities thanks to a viral dance video that attracted the attention of singer Rihanna and supermodel Naomi Campbell. The "Dream Catchers" were seen in a video earlier this year dancing like double-jointed puppets in front of a battered red bus on wasteground. Not long ago, the six boys and six girls aged six to 16 had no idea about choreography. Now they're dancing in the video of Nigerian singer Amada's hommage to the country's Super Eagles, who are playing in the World Cup football finals in Russia. "What we've done this year is huge. We have gone very, very far," said Seyi Oluyole, 26, the group's dance teacher and tutor. In early March, she posted the latest video of her smiling prodigies on the Dream Catchers' Instagram page, wiggling along to an Afrobeat tune from popstar Wizkid. ... More

Kahmann Gallery opens Renato D'Agostin's first solo exhibition in the Netherlands
AMSTERDAM.- Kahmann Gallery announced the opening of the first solo exhibition in the Netherlands of the renowned Italian photographer Renato D’Agostin (1983). For this exhibition, works from several of his well-known series have been brought together under the theme Metropolis, showcasing his explorations of modern life in cities, as well as the way he captures how people relate to their environment and their intimate relationship with the space they inhabit. D’Agostin started his photography career in his hometown Venice, Italy in 2001. The atmosphere of city life nourished his curiosity to capture life situations with the camera. This inspired him to journey through the capitals of Western Europe, capturing their nuances, the cities all acting as his muse. After a period at Milan’s Italian Institute of Photography and moving overseas to New York three years later, ... More

Japan House London revitalises an Art Deco building to become a creative crossroads for Japan and the UK
LONDON.- Japan House opened to the public on 22 June 2018. It is the new, London home for Japanese creativity and innovation. Japan House London provides authentic and surprising encounters with the very best in art, design, gastronomy, innovation and technology, allowing visitors a deeper appreciation of Japanese culture. Through a wide-ranging programme, Japan House London will shine a spotlight on the artisans, craftsmen, designers, performers, musicians and other creatives who are making waves in Japan and around the world – from internationally renowned individuals to emerging artists who are excelling in their field. Almost every aspect of Japan House London is derived “from source” in Japan; from its interior design features, such as hand-made kawara floor tiles from Japan’s Awaji Island, to the exhibitions and events, and authentic ... More

Bowdoin Museum opens first exhibition examining Winslow Homer's use of photography
BRUNSWICK, ME.- This summer the Bowdoin College Museum of Art will present Winslow Homer and the Camera: Photography and the Art of Painting, the first exhibition to look at the role of photography in Homer’s artistic practice. On view June 23 through October 28, 2018, Winslow Homer and the Camera brings together over 130 objects by the artist across all media, ranging from master paintings to oil studies, drawings, prints, and photographs created in the United States and during his travels to Europe and the Caribbean. This comprehensive survey was inspired by the BCMA’s 2013 acquisition of a camera once owned by Homer and presents new research drawn in part from the museum’s extensive collection of works by the artist. Curated by co-director Frank H. Goodyear III and Bowdoin art history professor Dana E. Byrd, the exhibition will present a full picture ... More

Art Institute of Chicago presents rare and canonical works of Jensen Silver
CHICAGO, IL.- From June 22 through September 9, 2018, the Art Institute of Chicago presents an exhibition on renowned design company Georg Jensen and its contributions to changing ideals for modern living across the 20th century. Known for its singular approach to materials and craftsmanship, Georg Jensen silver tableware and objects for the home kept pace with the era’s shifting culture and lifestyles, balancing design and function in its diverse product lines. With its dual embrace of exceptional and everyday objects, the firm appealed to a wide range of customers and contributed to the meteoric rise of Scandinavian design in the United States and around the world. Presenting over 100 spectacular and rare works in silver, this exhibition celebrates the company’s evolving vision for the modern home, which came to include inventive and accessible designs ... More

Freeman's announces highlights from The Collector's Sale
PHILADELPHIA, PA.- Beginning July 10, Freeman’s will host The Collector’s Sale. Now a staple of the house’s summer sale schedule, the Collector’s Sale was first introduced in August of 2017. Aimed primarily at emerging, young collectors, July’s auction will feature close to 1,200 lots, and will span three consecutive sale days, with each auction focusing on a different collecting area: Ocean Liner Memorabilia, Objects & Curiosities, and culminating with Furniture & Fine Art on July 12.With the majority of the lots carrying pre-sale estimates below $1,000, the sale offers the millennial and modern consumer an interesting buying experience and a more cost-effective alternative to high-end retail. A selection of Ocean Liner memorabilia will kick-off the week’s proceedings. Around the first quarter of the 20th century, big shipping companies began replacing older, ... More

Shortlist announced for John Moores Painting Prize 2018
LIVERPOOL.- The Walker Art Gallery has announced the five paintings shortlisted for the John Moores Painting Prize 2018, marking 60 years of the UK’s longest-established painting prize. One of the shortlisted paintings, selected from more than 2,700 entries, will be chosen as the overall winner of the £25,000 first prize. The shortlisted works are among the 60 paintings to be exhibited in the John Moores Painting Prize 2018, a free exhibition that will be held at the Walker from 14 July to 18 November. The Prize is showing as part of Liverpool Biennial 2018, the largest festival of contemporary art in the UK. The five shortlisted paintings are: Quilt by Billy Crosby; King and Queen of Wands by Jacqui Hallum; The Thunderous Silence of Your Presence by Tom Howse; GIANTS by Joseph O’Rourke and The Divide, Beyond Reasoning by Shanti Panchal. The paintings ... More

Saatchi Gallery opens a selling exhibition of paintings by the British artist Berenice Sydney
LONDON.- SALON, in collaboration with Mallett and Dreweatts 1759, announces Dancing with Colour, a selling exhibition of paintings by the British artist Berenice Sydney (1944 – 1983). This show, remarkably the first presentation of her work staged at a major public art gallery in over thirty years, is comprised of a selection of oil paintings and works on paper that reflect Berenice’s – as she was professionally known – signature lyrical and highly animated graphic style. Her paintings, notable for their fluency of form and movement, are inscribed with her passion for music and dance – she studied classical ballet, guitar and flamenco – as well as the sense of liberation and freedom of expression which prevailed in Britain during the 1960s. Paintings such as Untitled (1966), and Lady Enjoying the Sun (On the Beach) (1966) (illustrated right), both of which are featured ... More

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On a day like today, American painter Clyfford Still died
June 23, 1980. Clyfford Still (November 30, 1904 - June 23, 1980) was an American painter, and one of the leading figures in the first generation of Abstract Expressionists, who developed a new, powerful approach to painting in the years immediately following World War II. In this image: Designed by Brad Cloepfil of Allied Works Architecture, the new building reflects the Clyfford Still.Museum's mission to preserve, present, and celebrate the work of the artist.

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