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Copenhagen Contemporary: New centre for international installation art opens

Bruce Nauman: Hanging Carousel (George Skins a Fox), 1988. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Installation shot, Copenhagen Contemporary 2016. Photo: Anders Sune Berg.

COPENHAGEN.- Copenhagen Contemporary, Copenhagen’s new centre for international installation art, opened on Papirøen on 25 August 2016 with a Big Bang of an exhibition programme: the cult artist Bruce Nauman, the Icelandic art meteor Ragnar Kjartasson, the German artist and musician Carsten Nicolai, as well as Yoko Ono and Petterson & Hein. CC is an independent institution established to create a new, international exhibition space in Copenhagen for the big, technically demanding installations of contemporary art – art you can often walk into and sense with your whole body. Art that the existing institutions have difficulty accommodating. Copenhagen Contemporary's ambition is to create unique art experiences and present art in the best possible way to as many people as possible. CC wants to challenge and create space for reflection. Project Director Jens Erik Sørensen: “CC is to be a force field for people of all ages, A Gate to th ... More

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Photographer plans to reprint photos of Twin Towers that hung in Windows On The World and were lost on 9/11   New-York Historical Society presents vintage presidential campaign memorabilia   Smithsonian offering free timed-entry passes to visit new museum in Washington

Using his original chromes, Mr. Moretz, a visual artist and designer, is making plans to use modern technology to bring back the Windows On The World photos.

NEW YORK, NY.- Charles Moretz plans to reprint the photos that were on permanent display in the Windows On The World restaurant. His six photographic murals were among the artwork lost at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Titled Point Of Departure, the installation depicted the Twin Towers and was commissioned in 1982 by Guy Tozzoli, president of the World Trade Centers Association and the creator of the WTC for the Port Authority of NY & NJ specifically for the restaurant at the top of the North Tower. Now, using his original chromes, Mr. Moretz, a visual artist and designer, is making plans to use modern technology to bring back the Windows On The World photos as a large scale exhibit called Genius Loci - protectors of the spirit of the place. Genius Loci will offer the otherwise unobtainable experience of what it was like to sense and appreciate the iconic ... More

Mars of Asheville, North Carolina Nixon Presidential Campaign Paper Dress, 1968. The Museum of Democracy/Wright Family Collection.

NEW YORK, NY.- Coinciding with the 2016 presidential election, the New-York Historical Society explores campaign memorabilia and the ephemera of American politics through the shifting styles, rhetoric, and aesthetics of four presidential elections and other political contests in the 1960s and early 1970s. On view August 26 – November 27, 2016, Campaigning for the Presidency, 1960-1972: Selections from the Museum of Democracy showcases more than 120 objects from the planned Museum of Democracy/Wright Family Collection, considered one of the nation’s largest and most comprehensive collections of political campaign memorabilia. “With this year’s presidential election reaching a crescendo, we aim to remind New Yorkers what elections looked like before 24/7 news coverage and social media,” said Dr. Louise Mirrer, President and CEO of the New-York Historical Society. “As New York Mayor Ed Koch said, ... More

The Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture, October 23, 2015. Photo by Michael Barnes.

WASHINGTON, DC.- The dedication of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture will take place Saturday, Sept. 24, on the National Mall. Following the dedication ceremony, the museum will be open to the public Saturday, Sept. 24, 1 p.m.–6 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 25, 10 a.m.–midnight. Due to the size, nature and high level of interest in the dedication ceremony, the museum is distributing timed-entry passes to serve as many visitors as possible while maintaining a smooth flow of people into the museum. Timed passes are required for entrance into the museum and will continue indefinitely. Beginning Saturday, Aug. 27, at 9 a.m. EDT, timed passes are available through the museum’s website ( There will be no same-day walk-up passes available Sept. 24 or Sept. 25. The passes are timed at 15-minute intervals. There will be no limit on ... More

Broad Art Museum at MSU presents exhibition exploring changing role of women in Chinese culture   Flag of notorious female Civil War spy surfaces in Heritage Auctions' "Lincoln And His Times" event   V&A acquires the Tommy Cooper Collection celebrating the life and career of one of Britain's stars

Ju Ting, Untitled, 2016. Courtesy of the artist.

EAST LANSING, MICH.- The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University (Broad MSU) presents a group exhibition that investigates a wide range of themes surrounding the changing role of women in China, Fire Within: A New Generation of Chinese Women Artists. On view August 27, 2016–February 12, 2017, the exhibition features twenty-seven emerging artists working across media, including performances by Hu Jiayi and Lin Ran. The generation of artists born in China during the 1970s and 1980s witnessed significant changes throughout their society as the country opened up to foreign markets and international exchange. The artists featured in Fire Within confront ideological, cultural, and social topics throughout their work—including the changing perceptions of cultural and gender identity, social dynamics and status, and traditional values and belief systems. “Rooted in experiences ... More

Hand-made "First National" flag belonging to the legendary "Siren of the Shenandoah" Belle Boyd debuts Sept. 17 in joint auction.

DALLAS, TX.- An early Confederate flag likely handmade by the notorious spy Belle Boyd will open at $50,000 during a special, joint auction event Sept 17 at Heritage Auctions, celebrating the 20th anniversary of The Rail Splitter, a respected publication for enthusiasts of Abraham Lincoln and related memorabilia. Titled "Lincoln and His Times", the auction features numerous unique items in addition to Boyd's 5-foot by 3-foot flag, which has survived under remarkable circumstances and was recently discovered after being locked away for more than a century in Switzerland following the U.S. Civil War. "Heritage has auctioned a number of significant Confederate flags over the years," said Tom Slater, Director of Americana Auctions, "but none more evocative than this one. The beautiful display conditional and thoroughly-docu- ... More

Statue of Tommy Cooper, near the castle, in Caerphilly. Photo: Darren Wyn Rees at Aberdare Blog /

LONDON.- The Victoria and Albert Museum announced the acquisition of the Tommy Cooper Collection – the largest collection of its kind tracing the life and legacy of the much-loved British comedian Tommy Cooper (1921 - 1984). The acquisition strengthens the Museum’s collections documenting key figures in British comedy from Ronnie Barker to Tony Hancock, Dame Edna Everage and Morecambe and Wise. It also joins the Museum’s holdings of the legendary Windmill Theatre, the scene of one of his earliest stage appearances. The Tommy Cooper Collection comprises over 116 boxes of archive material and 24 props and posters to chart the career of the outwardly shambolic magician and comedian known for his trademark fez, flustered face, bungling stage persona and razor-sharp comedy. From his early career in the army to the ... More

Art Weekend Sao Paulo debuts with programme of events in the city's leading art galleries   100 Years of the Kestner Gesellschaft: A benefit auction   Establishment of original Museum of the American Indian reaches centennial anniversary

Qualas 11, Ascânio MMM, Casa Triângulo.

SAO PAULO.- Latitude: Platform for Brazilian Art Galleries Abroad and SP-Arte will host the first Art Weekend São Paulo from 2–4 September 2016. Art Weekend will take place the weekend before the opening of the 32nd Bienal de São Paulo, and will bring together 36 art galleries for openings, talks and free events, taking advantage of São Paulo's rich cultural scene. The weekend will include exhibitions, talks with artists and curators, roundtable discussions, as well as gallery walks throughout the city. The walks will be split into four circuits and located in Centro/Barra Funda, Itaim, Jardins, Pinheiros/Vila Madalena. Each of the circuits can be explored on foot or with a free shuttle service that will cover a pre-established route, with pick-up and drop-off locations near the participating galleries. The participating art galleries from each neighbourhood include: • Centro/Barra Funda: Boatos Fine Arts, Galeria Fortes Vilaça ... More

Cecily Brown, Untitled (After Bruegel), 2015. Ink and pastel on paper, 144.8 x 108 cm.

HANOVER.- The Kestner Gesellschaft is celebrating its 100th anniversary with a benefit auction. Many of the artists who donated a work for the anniversary have previously exhibited at the Kestner Gesellschaft. These renowned artists signify the institution's prominence and reach, which extend far beyond Germany. On offer at the benefit auction are works by Cecily Brown, Jonas Burgert, Anton Corbijn, Marlene Dumas, Rachel Harrison, Candida Höfer, Andy Hope 1930, Kitty Kraus, Alicja Kwade, Dieter Roth, Thomas Ruff, Michael Sailstorfer, Wolfgang Tillmans, Gert & Uwe Tobias, Charline von Heyl, Franz Erhard Walther and Christopher Williams. Today the Kestner Gesellschaft can proudly look back on a great history in art, which has been characterized throughout by an unusual degree of involvement by private citizens. Furthermore, the Kestner Gesellschaft is one of ... More

The 155th Street side of the Museum of the American Indian/Heye Foundation building, seen from the southeast across Broadway, ca. 1922. Photo: National Museum of the American Indian / George Gustav Heye Center.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian will celebrate the centennial anniversary of the founding of its predecessor institution, the Museum of the American Indian, with a symposium, “Vistas and Dreams,” on museums, collectors and collecting, and relationships with Native Americans in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. A distinguished panel of scholars will explore how the stage was set for Museum of the American Indian founder George Gustav Heye’s personal collecting after 1897 and his establishment of a museum in New York City dedicated to Native peoples of the Americas in 1916. The symposium will take place at the museum’s George Gustav Heye Center in New York City Saturday, ... More

Cosmoscow announces dates, venue and programming for 2016 edition   Solo exhibition by Marcin Maciejowski to open at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac   Will Nature Make A Man Of Me Yet? Pi Artworks London opens new exhibition

The 2016 programme will be complimented by a number of satellite exhibition events.

MOSCOW.- Cosmoscow, the only international contemporary art fair in Russia and the CIS will take place from 9-11 September 2016 at Gostiny Dvor, Moscow. This year’s fair is supported by strategic partner Credit Suisse and jewelry partner Carrera y Carrera. Last year's fair was also held at the XVIII century Gostiny Dvor and attracted 34 international and Russian art galleries representing works by more than 130 contemporary artists. Over 14,000 people visited the fair in 2015 with 2,500 attending the collector’s preview. Credit Suisse remains as the strategic partner of Cosmoscow demonstrating their support for long standing cultural initiatives. Joining them as the new partner of the fair will be jewelry brand Carrera y Carrera. The 2016 advisory board of the fair is led by the owners of The Ekaterina Cultural Foundation Ekaterina and Vladimir Semenikhin, who will work with long-standing ... More

Marcin Maciejowski, Dimmed Colours (based on the movie with Kirsten Dunst), 2016
Oil on Canvas, 160 x 130 cm.

SALZBURG.- Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac presents its third solo exhibition by Polish artist Marcin Maciejowski – his first exhibition in the Salzburg premises. Maciejowski is a brilliant observer of modern life. He converts apparently unremarkable everyday scenes, photographs forgotten in archives and historical publications, into realistic paintings. Fleeting photographic pictorial worlds are decelerated through the analogue process of painting. In his typical virtuosic act of simplification and reduction, he combines a sometimes brash, comic-strip effect with a smooth, meticulous style, pastose in places, almost reminiscent of the Old Masters. In the early 16th century, the writer Baldassare Castiglione (1478-1529) established the term sprezzatura to describe the ability to carry out arduous tasks without apparent effort. Art historian Werner Busch once used ... More

Victoria Sin, How To Make An Entrance, 2016, Performance.

LONDON.- Pi Artworks London announces Will Nature Make A Man Of Me Yet? , the fourth exhibition to come out of the gallery’s ongoing collaboration with the Curating department at Goldsmiths, University of London. Each year Goldsmiths, University of London’s MFA Curating students are invited to propose exhibitions to take place at Pi Artworks London and the curator with the most exciting proposal is invited to realise the exhibition as part of the gallery’s summer season. Through painting, video, collage, sculpture, performance and installation by huber. huber, Manuel Mathieu, Rachel McRae, Mark Salvatus, Victoria Sin, Omer Even-Paz, and a lecture-performance by Alex Anikina, Will Nature Make A Man Of Me Yet? asks how do humans and their creations adapt to uncontrollable environmental changes after centuries of ecocide? The exhibition presents a pan-global perspective on the issue of the Anthropocene, a term ... More

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Auburn University art museum opens its first exhibition dedicated to video art
AUBURN, IND.- The work of eight new media artists from around the world is on view at Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Auburn University in the exhibition, "Camera Lucida," Aug. 27 through Jan. 7 in the Bill L. Harbert Gallery and Gallery C. “In the same way artists in previous eras used oil paint, printing and other media, artists today claim video for new visual and conceptual purposes,” said curator of collections and exhibitions Dennis Harper of Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. While the technology is rooted in the 1920s, video art dates back 50 years, ranging from documentary formats to game-playing interactions. “This exhibition highlights how age-old intentions find new purpose in new applications,” Harper said. Before the modern photographic camera, an ancient device known as the camera obscura captured images of the outside world and projected ... More

Group exhibition "Asylum" opens at Bielefelder Kunstverein
BIELEFELD.- From August 27 to October 30, the Bielefelder Kunstverein is presenting the group exhibition Asylum with contributions by Halil Altındere, Vera Drebusch, Manaf Halbouni, Charles Heller & Lorenzo Pezzani (Forensic Oceanography), Thomas Kilpper, Marina Naprushkina (Refugees' Library and Neue Nachbarschaft//Moabit), Kateřina Šedá, Mounira Al Solh, Anna Witt and Tobias Zielony. Furthermore, a public conference and an extensive education program accompanies the presentation. Migration and displacement seem to mark our times like no other topic. The media frequently carry reports of a refugee and migration crisis. In all this, we are not dealing with a transitory event, as the permanent state of exception and the uncertain situation of refugees has meanwhile become the rule. Migration has become a seismograph for our times and defines ... More

Two weeks until the Brussels Gallery Weekend
BRUSSELS.- Positioning itself in line with other high profile international events, Brussels Art Days has been renamed more appropriately as the Brussels Gallery Weekend. For the 9th year in a row, this event launches the gallery season with a dynamic program of exhibitions, panel discussions and tours of the city’s leading contemporary art galleries and institutional art venues. The New York Times recently highlighted how Art Brussels week makes the European capital a “serious destination for collectors of contemporary art,” and this 4-day event places a spotlight on the quality, diversity and vision that have built Brussels’ reputation as a trend setting city. In addition to the main program, a strong buzz of satellite activities is expected as the energy spreads around town in September. Brussels Gallery Weekend shows not only why Brussels is a serious destination for ... More

Ciara Phillips' Dazzle Ship to remain in Leith into 2017
EDINBURGH.- Following the extraordinarily positive response to Ciara Phillips' Dazzle Ship Scotland at Prince of Wales Dock, Leith, co-commissioned with 14-18 NOW, the UK's arts programme for the First World War centenary, Edinburgh Art Festival announced that the work will remain at the docks into 2017. The extension of the exhibition dates has been in partnership with The Royal Yacht Britannia Trust. For the past three months the ship has proven to be an incredibly popular attraction, becoming a much-loved part of the Leith landscape and the surrounding community. EAF has worked with, amongst others, pupils from Wardie Primary and Trinity Academy, a reminiscence project with women from Port of Leith Housing Association and a group of adults from Upward Mobility. Sorcha Carey, Director of Edinburgh Art Festival, said: 'Every Woman is a great example ... More

Hundreds bid farewell to Belgian jazz legend Thielemans
LA HULPE (AFP).- Hundreds of people turned out Saturday to pay their respects at the funeral of Belgian jazz legend "Toots" Thielemans, who died last week after a glittering career spanning seven decades. Jean-Baptiste Frederic Isidore Thielemans, known affectionately as "Toots" and widely acknowledged as the king of jazz harmonica, died in Brussels on Monday aged 94. Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel was among the mourners at the church in La Hulpe, near Brussels, where Thielemans lived. A giant screen was set up to relay the service to the crowds outside. American pianist Kenny Werner read a short message from President Barack Obama addressed to Thielemans's widow. Over the years, Thielemans performed with some of the greatest names in jazz, including Ella Fitzgerald, Bill Evans, Ray Charles as well as legendary singer Frank Sinatra. ... More

RaebervonStenglin exhibits the work of Ivan Seal
ZURICH.- Alternating between slick illusion and impasto pigment, Ivan Seal's semi-abstract canvases posit an alternate world whose hallucinatory juxtapositions and queasy lighting reflect on and skew our own. In 'Chevette in dub', Seal's third solo exhibition at RaebervonStenglin, the artist lets memory and invention collide and multiply in a series of paintings that investigates the nature of both. The exhibition's starting point is the gallery's past life as a garage. In imagining the ghost of the machine that may once have been parked in the space, Seal summoned from his subconsciousness the car of his childhood years, the lemon yellow Vauxhall Chevette his parents drove; which in becoming his paintings' protagonist, becomes also a vehicle for recalling a specific moment in time. The strangulating culture of suburban Manchester in the early 1980s, personified by a pervasive ... More

Exhibition at Galerie Urs Meile presents a selection of paintings and works on paper by Christian Schoeler
LUCERNE.- The Galerie Urs Meile is presenting a selection of paintings and works on paper by the German artist Christian Schoeler (1978 – 2015) under the title Rembrandt as a Boy. In his paintings Schoeler devoted himself to re-interpreting the traditional genres of portrait, still life, and landscape. The fragility of his works of art owes much to the artist’s painterly treatment of light, as well as to the translation of his own physical experiences onto the surface of the canvas. In the last two years it was no longer possible for Schoeler to paint, as a severe illness hindered him from continuing his intensive exploration of painting. The artist, who died in December 2015, left behind a rich oeuvre. The first exhibition after his death features exemplary paintings from his body of work. Christian Schoeler (born 1978 in Hagen, Germany – December 28, 2015) was a contemporary ... More

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts unveils redesigned family gallery
KALAMAZOO, MICH.- The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts announced the opening of the revitalized Upjohn Mason Grandchildren Gallery after a comprehensive redesign. The gallery was unveiled August 25 as part of the KIA's Back to School Block Party. Located on the museum's lower level, the space is filled with hands-on opportunities for children two and older visiting with their parents. "So often, we have to say 'please don't touch' at the museum," says Candie Waterloo, Assistant Curator of Youth and Family Programs, and lead designer of the gallery. "But here, we invite children and families to enjoy a larger-than-life drawing wall, a glow-in-the-dark nook, and lots more. I think we've created something to entice imaginations of all ages." The gallery originated in 1994, with funds donated by Betty Upjohn Mason in honor of her grandchildren. "Betty has been a visionary ... More

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