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Exhibition at MoMA celebrates Tarsila do Amaral's pioneering work and influence

Installation view of Tarsila do Amaral: Inventing Modern Art in Brazil, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, February 11–June 3, 2018. © 2018 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Robert Gerhardt.

NEW YORK, NY.- With Tarsila do Amaral: Inventing Modern Art in Brazil, The Museum of Modern Art presents the first monographic exhibition in the United States exclusively devoted to the pioneering work of Tarsila do Amaral (Brazilian, 1886–1973), a founding figure of Brazilian modernism. On view February 11 through June 3, 2018, the exhibition focuses on the artist’s production from the 1920s, tracing the path of her groundbreaking contributions through approximately 120 works, including paintings, drawings, sketchbooks, and photographs drawn from collections across the US, Latin America, and Europe. Tarsila do Amaral: Inventing Modern Art in Brazil is organized by The Museum of Modern Art and the Art Institute of Chicago, by Luis Pérez-Oramas, former Estrellita Brodsky Curator of Latin American Art, The Museum of Modern Art, and Stephanie D’Alessandro, former Gary C. and Frances Comer Curator of International Modern Art, the Art Instit ... More

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Fire hits Jokhang monastery, one of Tibet's most sacred   Exhibition tells the story of San Antonio's first century through 100 works of art   Stolen million-euro cello returned to French musician

This file photo taken on September 10, 2016 shows Chinese tourists on the roof of the Jokhang Temple in the regional capital Lhasa. JOHANNES EISELE / AFP.

BEIJING (AFP).- Streets around Lhasa's fire-hit Jokhang temple, one of the most sacred sites for Tibetan Buddhism, were reopened to pilgrims Sunday after a blaze broke out the night before, Chinese state media said, but the extent of damage remained unclear. The official Xinhua news agency said the fire had erupted Saturday evening in part of the more than 1,300-year-old Jokhang temple, but was soon put out. Images posted on social media of the blaze showed the eaved roof of a section of the building lit with roaring yellow flames and emitting a haze of smoke. "The fire was quickly extinguished, there were no casualties and order is normal in the area," said the state-run Tibet Daily, adding that Tibet's top Communist party official Wu Yingjie had rushed to the scene. Jokhang temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which lies at the heart of old Lhasa. The Barkhor -- a bustling, shop-lined area surrounding Jokhang whose streets and square constitute one of the mo ... More

José María Vásquez (New Spain, active 1790-1822), Don Juan Crisóstomo Domingo Martínez, 1800. Oil on canvas, h. 38 in. (96 cm); w. 29 ½ in. (75 cm). Museo Nacional del Virreinato, 10-54120, Secretaría de Cultura, INAH, MX. Tepotzotlán, México. Photography by Francisco Kochen.

SAN ANTONIO, TX.- The San Antonio Museum of Art is presenting San Antonio 1718: Art from Viceregal Mexico. The exhibition tells the story of San Antonio’s first century through 100 landscapes, portraits, narrative paintings, sculptures, and devotional and decorative objects. Throughout, the works pose identities that are in continuity and tension with mainland Spain, while revealing the lives and times of San Antonio’s earliest inhabitants. Three hundred years ago, San Antonio was founded as a strategic outpost of presidios and missions, both defending the colonial interests of northern New Spain and advancing Christian conversion. The city’s missions bear architectural witness to the time of their founding, but few have walked these sites without wondering who once lived there, what they saw, valued, and thought. ... More

This file photo taken on February 27, 2003 shows French cellist Ophelie Gaillard performing after being awarded the Victoire de la Musique Classique for best soloist. PIERRE VERDY / AFP.

PARIS (AFP).- An 18th-century cello worth more than a million euros was returned to an award-winning French musician on Saturday after she was robbed at knifepoint in a Paris suburb earlier in the week. "I received an anonymous call late in the morning saying that my cello was inside a car in front of my house. I found it in the back seat," soloist Ophelie Gaillard told AFP. One of the car windows was broken and the musician said she quickly grabbed the instrument, which is "in good condition", before notifying police. An attacker had held her up at knifepoint outside her home on Thursday, forcing her to hand over the cello, as well as her mobile phone, before fleeing on foot in the northeastern suburb of Pantin. "The theft was very violent, I have not been able to sleep for two days. I am so relieved to have found it. I'm coming out of a two-day nightmare -- it's a miracle," she said. The police confirmed the cello had been found and a ... More

Westfälischer Kunstverein exhibits works by Berlin-based collective Slavs and Tatars   Julien's Auctions to offer Property from the Life And Career of Prince   French jazz violinist Didier Lockwood dies aged 62

Slavs and Tatars, "Saalbadereien / Bathhouse Quackeries“, 3 February - 15 April 2018. Installation view Westfälischer Kunstverein. Courtesy the artists and Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Berlin. Photo: Thorsten Arendt.

MÜNSTER.- Formed in 2006, the international, Berlin-based collective “Slavs and Tatars” combines three modes of expression within its overall artistic practice: publications, lecture performances and exhibitions, all of which draw upon the stylistic palette of popular culture, spiritual and esoteric traditions, oral histories, modern myths, as well as rigorous academic analysis. They have fixed their field of research geographically to the area “east of the Berlin wall and west of the Great Wall of China” – often left unspecified as an area, frequently neglected and yet so endless and diverse. Through their idiosyncratic eclecticism and undauntedly interdisciplinary approach, Slavs and Tatars have opened ... More

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LOS ANGELES, CA.- Coming off another record breaking season that witnessed achieving the world record for a guitar played by Prince sold at auction ($700,000), Julien’s Auctions has announced –– Property from the Life and Career of Prince. Julien’s will pay tribute to one of the greatest music legends of all time in this exclusive presentation of the titanic seven-time, Grammy-winning singer/songwriter’s personal collection of signature wardrobe, guitars, memorabilia and more items related to his iconography as part of their two day MUSIC ICONS auction taking place on May 18 with Prince and historical items by other music legends (to be announced later) on May 19 live in New York at the Hard Rock Cafe and online. Born Prince Rogers Nelson in 1958 in Minneapolis, Minnesota and known around the world by his first name and later only a symbol, the one and ... More

In this file photo taken on May 31, 2017 French composer and jazz violinist Didier Lockwood plays the violin as he poses during a photo session in Paris. JOEL SAGET / AFP.

PARIS.- Noted French jazz violinist Didier Lockwood, a disciple of the late Stephane Grappelli, died of a heart attack early Sunday, his agent said. Lockwood, who performed at Paris jazz venue Bal Blomet on Saturday, had turned 62 on February 11. "His wife, his three daughters, his family, his agent, his co-workers and his record label are sad to announce the sudden passing of Didier Lockwood," his agent said in a statement. Lockwood was playing at a jazz festival when he met Grappelli, who invited the then 20-year-old to join him on a European tour. "That was the start of my career, the launchpad that got me into the world of popular jazz," Lockwood told Radio France in 2008. Lockwood was committed to music education, setting up the Did ... More

Hauser & Wirth opens the first Los Angeles solo presentation devoted to Geta Brătescu   Rudolf Stingel's monumental mountain range to be offered at Sotheby's Contemporary Art Evening Sale   Award-winning Bosnian Roma actor dies penniless

Geta Brătescu, Earthcake, 1992. VHS video cassette transferred onto DVD, colour, stereo sound, 7.18 min. Camera: Alexandru Solomon. © Geta Brătescu. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- ‘Geta Brătescu. The Leaps of Aesop’ is the first Los Angeles solo presentation devoted to the 92-year-old forerunner in the field of Romanian Conceptualism. Her diverse oeuvre – comprising drawing, collage, engraving, textiles, and photography, as well as experimental film, video, and performance – mines themes of identity, gender, and dematerialization, often drawing from the stories of literary figures and addressing the symbiotic relationship between art making and working environments. Aesop, the ancient Greek fabulist, serves as a point of departure for this exhibition, which features more than fifty works that span Brătescu’s career. In many ways a fitting avatar for Brătescu, ... More

Rudolf Stingel, Untitled, 2009 (detail), oil on canvas, 335.2 by 459.7 cm. Estimate: £4-6 million. Courtesy Sotheby’s.

LONDON.- Rudolf Stingel’s theatrical view of the Tyrolean Alps near Merano, Italy – the place of the artist’s childhood and upbringing - will be offered at Sotheby’s London on 7 March 2018. Estimated at £4-6 million, this is the first landscape painting by the artist to come to auction from the series unveiled at Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin in 2010 and last seen at Gagosian New York in 2014. The sale follows strong demand in international salerooms last year for both the artist’s work and contemporary landscape paintings. The top four highest auction prices for Stingel were all established in 2017, and a new record price was set at $10.55 million, more than double the previous benchmark. In March, Gerhard Richter’s frozen seascape, Eisberg from 1982, reached £17.7 million ($21.5 ... More

In this file photo taken on January 24, 2014 Bosnian Roma actor Nazif Mujic poses with his trophy outside a refugee center. JOHN MACDOUGALL / AFP.

SARAJEVO (AFP).- Bosnian Roma actor Nazif Mujic, who won a Silver Bear acting award at the Berlin Film Festival in 2013, has died aged 48, following a harrowing descent into extreme poverty despite his film success. "We were together yesterday, he was all right, and then this morning I received a call and I was told he was dead," the actor's brother, Suljo Mujic, told AFP on Sunday. The actor, who died in the impoverished hamlet of Svatovac, had been suffering from ill health in recent months. "He was very worried because of his financial situation. In January, he tried to find a way forward in Germany, but he came back," the grieving brother said. Mujic in January said he had sold his acting trophy because he could no longer afford to feed his family. He had been given a hero's ... More

Exhibition mixes Eastern and Western art traditions, woodblocks and 3D technology   Most extensive Ed van der Elsken retrospective ever presented in Spain on view at Fundacion MAPFRE   Rona Pondick Joins Marc Straus Gallery

Sun Xun, Chinese, born 1980; “Time Spy 08”, 2016 (detail); woodcut painting; panel: 36 x 71 3/4 inches; Courtesy the artist and Sean Kelly, New York; Photo by Jason Wyche © Sun Xun.

ST. LOUIS, MO.- The Saint Louis Art Museum is presenting present “Time Spy,” an animated 3D film that draws from Eastern and Western traditions of art, history, myth, and imagination. To create the work, Chinese artist Sun Xun merged a 1,000-year-old printmaking technique—the woodblock print—with modern film-making technologies. “Sun Xun: Time Spy” includes the 2016 film and a selection of the more than 10,000 carved woodblocks the artist used to create the animation. The free exhibition is on view in Galleries 234 and 235 from Feb. 16 through Aug. 12. Although trained as a woodcut artist, Sun never fully embraced that technique despite being an unusually proficient cutter of blocks. He began making animations in art school, and opened π Animation Studio in 2006, the year after he graduated. He works closely with a team of animators to produce a steady ... More

Ed van der Elsken Ata Kandó checks a print by a light bulb, Paris, 1953. Copia a la gelatina de plata, 35,8 x 23,8 cm. Nederlands Fotomuseum / © Ed van der Elsken / Collection Ed van der Elsken Estate.

MADRID.- Ed van der Elsken (Amsterdam, 1925–Edam, 1990) is a unique figure in Dutch photography and documentary cinema. His expressive, socially committed, experimental work captures the mood of the four decades following the Second World War. His personality shows through in his numerous self-portraits and in his relationship to his subjects. A street photographer, he worked in different cities around the world—Paris, Amsterdam, Tokyo—searching for what he called “his” people, authentic people who are often on the margins of society. The modernity of his images and their quasi cinematic quality cohered with the non-conformist lifestyles of the people whose everyday lives he shared. He sought an aesthetic form and visual authenticity that were devoid of artifice, a beauty that was sometimes openly sensual, at times even erotic. Books, films and slide shows form the ... More

Fox, 1998-99. Stainless steel. Edition of 6 + 1 AP, 14 1/2 x 8 x 38 in (36.83 x 20.32 x 96.52 cm).

NEW YORK, NY.- It is with the utmost pleasure we announce our representation of Rona Pondick, one of the seminal artists of her generation. Over 30 years of friendship has brought Rona and me to this point: a wonderful opportunity to now speak for her work as her gallery. I first saw Rona’s work in 1986. Eccentric, hand-made, funny, challenging, and disruptive: naturally, I loved it immediately. Then came a memorable studio visit where on a table sat five 4-inch roundish pink blobs with yellow and brown rubber teeth in them. I recalled Rona said she had wanted to make 500 of these hilarious, menacing Pacmen creatures, meant to run across the floor in an assault action. This work, eventually titled “Little Bathers”, was realized and entered Livia and my collection. The bathers poured down two steps into our living room, confronting a large steel Richard Serra, a 14-foot Anselm Kiefer, Richard Artschwager, and Bruce Nauman. The Little Bathers defied these ... More

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Lunds Konsthall opens the first comprehensive overview of Qiu Zhijie
LUND.- Lunds konsthall is presenting Journeys without Arrivals, the first comprehensive overview of Qiu Zhijie, one of the most important Chinese artists of his generation. The wide spectrum of Qiu Zhijie’s artworks—ranging in media and encompassing different temporalities and geographies—reveals an intimate portrait of the artist as a polymath, whose artistic work is an integral part of a larger, holistic approach to life. Embracing the concept of Total Art, he demonstrates the role of art as a powerful engine for coming to terms with globalization in China and across the world. Qiu Zhijie has experienced the rapid changes that Chinese society has undergone over the last decades as it has opened itself up to economic and cultural globalization. He draws on ancient pictorial traditions, from calligraphy to handicraft techniques, and pushes them into the present. It ... More

Crocker Art Museum honors African American artists with show of new gifts, acquisitions
SACRAMENTO, CA.- The Crocker Art Museum brings together 31 works by 23 prominent African American artists in an exhibition that opened on Sunday, February 18, 2018. Titled Hopes Springing High: Gifts of Art by African American Artists, the exhibition takes its name from the poem “Still I Rise” by acclaimed poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou. All of the works in this exhibition have been recently acquired by or gifted to the Crocker, and will remain in the Museum’s permanent collection. “The Crocker Art Museum has had a long history of presenting the work of artists of color to the public,” said the Museum’s Executive Director and CEO, Lial Jones. “I’m delighted to continue this tradition with the works in this show and others.” One of the most dynamic movements in African American art, the Harlem Renaissance was a time of new freedoms ... More

High Museum of Art opens first museum survey for experimental Dutch designer Joris Laarman
ATLANTA, GA.- From furniture generated by algorithms to a “living” lampshade made of genetically modified cells, the work of pioneering Dutch designer Joris Laarman (born 1979) redefines the boundaries between art, science and technology. The High Museum of Art offers an in-depth look at his innovative oeuvre as the exclusive Southeast venue for “Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age.” The exhibition, on view Feb. 18 through May 13, 2018, features numerous designs from the High’s collection, which boasts the largest public holdings of the Dutch artist’s work outside of his home country. Organized by the Groninger Museum, the Netherlands, “Joris Laarman Lab” is the first museum survey to comprehensively explore Laarman’s creative prowess and curiosity through a range of works dating from 2004 to the present that blend emerging technologies with ... More

Jane Lombard Gallery opens a solo exhibition by Ghanaian artist Serge Attukwei Clottey
NEW YORK, NY.- Jane Lombard Gallery announces Differences between, a solo exhibition by Ghanaian artist Serge Attukwei Clottey. The exhibition centers on the artist’s assemblages made from used jerry cans, a part of his extensive work that includes performance, photography, painting, sculpture and social practice. Rooted in colonial, ideological and material exchanges, Attukwei Clottey fervently integrates evolving narratives of migration, consumption, and cultural coexistence in a movement he calls Afrogallonism. Afrogallonism originated after the artist’s decade-long work with the ubiquitous 20-25 liter yellow containers, most commonly referred to as Kufour gallons, in Ghana and West Africa. Imported from Europe containing oil they are endlessly reused to carry potable water by those struggling with the country’s shortages. Attukwei Clottey is attentive ... More

Anita Shapolsky Gallery opens a charming exhibit of small paintings
NEW YORK, NY.- “Focus on Abstract Gems” showcases 52 small paintings, sculptures, and paper pieces from 34 artists, each with its own distinct history. These smaller works delight the viewer, pulling them in to get a closer, more intimate look at the details that make each piece so special. Here is some information about a sample of the artists included in our show. Sonia Gechtoff, one of the most influential female Abstract Expressionists, died last week at the age of 91. Her work evolved into forms evoking flickering flames combining her tactile palette-based strokes into more contained compositions, as seen in Goya’s Ghost from 1998. She and Ethel Schwabacher were included in the 2016 "Women of Abstract Expressionism" exhibition at the Denver Art Museum which traveled to Mint Museum, Palm Springs Museum and White Chapel Museum. Originally represented ... More

Racine Art Museum opens exhibition of Japanese studio craft
RACINE, WI.- Open February 18 – June 10, 2018 at the Racine Art Museum, Japanese Studio Craft at RAM is an exploration of small-scale craft—art jewelry, ceramics, baskets, fiber, glass, and wood—from artists of Japanese heritage with a focus on how tradition can impact contemporary makers. What is Japanese studio craft? Studio craft is most simply distinguished from the traditional version by intention. Where craft has historically been used for necessity or ceremony, studio craft has emphasized artistic investigation or aesthetic contemplation. Significantly, studio craft may or may not be functional or intended for practical use. Since the later twentieth century, Japan––steeped in strong historical traditions that include woodworking, metalworking, fibers, lacquer ware, and more––has seen a greater focus on craft-oriented studio practices that emphasize ... More

Burkina filmmaker Ouedraogo dead at 64
OUAGADOUGOU.- Burkinabe filmmaker Idrissa Ouedraogo, a towering figure in African cinema, died Sunday at the age of 64, the national film makers guild announced in a statement. Ouedraogo produced or directed some 40 films from the 1980s to the 2000s, set in Africa and often exploring the strains between modern urban and traditional rural lifestyles. In 1990, he won the Grand Prix award at the Cannes Film Festival for "Tilai", an African version of a Greek tragedy about family dishonour, which is set in a village and is probably his best-known work internationally. "Burkina Faso has lost a filmmaker of immense talent," President Roch Marc Christian Kabore said in a statement. Ouedraogo "worked hard to raise the profile of Burkinabe and African cinema outside our borders," he added. He died at 0530 GMT of an unspecified illness in a hospital in the capital ... More

Exhibition at Foam presents the activist photography of Jacob Riis
AMSTERDAM.- In 1870, the Danish immigrant Jacob Riis (1849-1914) arrived in New York City, aged twenty-one and penniless. This background stimulated his concern for the poor living conditions of inhabitants of the city’s Lower East Side. In time, his concern propelled him to become an important journalist and social reformer. In addition, he is now viewed as one of the founders of documentary photography. Riis used the camera as a means to help improve the living conditions of the city's destitute. He was eager to apply the latest developments in the still young medium of photography. After reading about the German invention of flash powder, he realised that this would enable him to capture what he saw at night on his way home: decrepit tenement buildings, cheap gambling halls and opium dens in China Town. Thanks to the new technology, he was also able to ... More

Long Beach Museum of Art welcomes new exhibitions
LONG BEACH, CA.- The Long Beach Museum of Art will welcomes three new exhibitions to its Hartman Pavilion and galleries, including CARTOMANCY: The Seni Horoscope Re-imagined by Shay Bredimus, Time and Space: Abstractions from the Long Beach Museum of Art Permanent Collection, and Christy Matson: Rock, Paper, Scissors. This exhibition of unique works by figurative painter and notable tattoo artist, Shay Bredimus showcases the largest single body of work by the artist to date. Nearly two years in the making, the full series of CARTOMANCY: The Seni Horoscope Re-imagined will debut at the Long Beach Museum of Art which bridges tattoo graphic art with that of traditional fine art. CARTOMANCY: The Seni Horoscope Re-imagined is inspired by the 17th century German fortune-telling system created by Italian oracle Giovanni Battista Seni – a ... More

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On a day like today, Romanian-French artist Constantin Brâncusi was born
February 19, 2018. Constantin Brâncusi (February 19, 1876 - March 16, 1957) was a Romanian sculptor, painter and photographer who made his career in France. Considered a pioneer of modernism, one of the most influential sculptors of the 20th-century, In this image: The 1911 gilded bronze sculpture "Prometheus" by Constantin Brancusi is displayed during a preview of "Brancusi Serra" at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao October 7, 2011. Curator Oliver Wick described the third element of the interaction between the two sculptors as Frank Gehry, architect of the museum.

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