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Works by Daubigny, Monet, Van Gogh on view at Scottish National Gallery

Vincent Vaan Gogh (1853 –1890), Daubigny's Garden, 1890. Oil on canvas, 50 x 101.5 cm. Collection Rudolf Staechelin.

EDINBURGH.- Scottish National Gallery is the UK’s exclusive host of the first major international exhibition of the work of pioneering French landscape painter Charles-François Daubigny and his influence on the Impressionists. This summer the National Galleries of Scotland stages the first ever large-scale exhibition to examine the important relationship between the hugely successful landscape painter Charles-François Daubigny (1817-78) and the Impressionists, including two of the most celebrated and popular of all European artists, Claude Monet (1840–1926) and Vincent Van Gogh (1853-90). Inspiring Impressionism: Daubigny, Monet, Van Gogh is one of the highlights of the Galleries’ summer exhibition programme. The exhibition brings together 95 works from across the world in an unprecedented collaboration between the Scottish National Gallery, the Taft Museum of Art in Cincinnati, USA and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. ... More

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Master of street fashion photography Bill Cunningham dead at 87   Never before been seen collection exhibited in Lausanne   200,000 Rijksmuseum Works of Art to See via Google

Bill Cunningham at the 2016 NYSPCC Spring Luncheon in New York City. ROB KIM / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP.

NEW YORK (AFP).- Legendary New York Times fashion photographer Bill Cunningham died Saturday, according to the paper where he worked for nearly 40 years. He was 87. Cunningham, whose watchful eye brought images of New Yorkers -- from the well-heeled to unsuspecting trendsetters -- to the public, had been hospitalized recently after a stroke, the Times reported. Credited with creating the genre of street fashion photography, Cunningham held a passion for capturing a subject or trend's look, whatever it may be. He was, as the Times called him, an "unlikely cultural anthropologist." Cunningham, who plied New York in his trademark blue workman's jacket with a camera slung around his neck and traveled on his bicycle, had an uncanny talent in unearthing major, even avant-garde trends on the street, on the catwalk or at glittering parties. In a 2010 documentary about Cunningham, Anna Wintour -- the ... More

Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010), Sans Titre, 2003 (detail). Tissu, 28,2 x 37,4 cm. Collection privée. Photo Eric Frigière © The Easton Foundation / 2016, ProLitteris, Zurich.

LAUSANNE.- The major exhibition of summer 2016 at the Fondation de l’Hermitage is being devoted to one of Europe’s most prestigious private collections, shown exclusively in Lausanne. The display of around a hundred artworks, including paintings, sculptures and installations, offers visitors an unprecedented insight into western art of the 20th and 21st centuries. Since it first opened in 1984, the Fondation de l’Hermitage has developed strong relationships of trust with private collectors in Switzerland and abroad. Over the years this has enabled the Fondation de l’Hermitage to host important collections including those of Florence Gould (1985), Ian Woodner (1992), Rolf and Margit Weinberg (1997), Jean Planque (2001), Arthur and Hedy Hahnloser (2010) and Jean Bonna (2015). The collection shown in 2016 has never before been seen by the public. It has been put together ... More

Stroll through the museum with Google Street View and see five new online exhibitions about Vermeer, Rembrandt and other artists.

AMSTERDAM.- From today the masterpieces in the Rijksmuseum can be found on Google Arts & Culture, the Google Cultural Institute’s website (also available as an app for Android and iOS). The digital collection contains some 200,000 objects. This has made the Rijksmuseum the best represented museum in the Google Cultural Institute. A thousand international institutions are affiliated to the Google Cultural Institute. The website reaches more than forty million people each year. The Rijksmuseum’s own website attracts six million visitors annually. Taco Dibbits, Director of Collections at the Rijksmuseum, says ‘We are proud that the Rijksmuseum is the largest museum in the Google Cultural Institute. The collaboration perfectly reflects our view that the Rijksmuseum is owned by everyone and is for everyone. It means that even more people worldwide can enjoy the collection.’ From today everyone can wander through ... More

Center for Maine Contemporary Art opens new building in Rockland, Maine   Sheldon Museum of Art acquires recent paintings by Bordo, Grabner, and Whitney   Exhibition at Mart Rovereto illustrates the origins and development of Divisionism

Alex Katz: Small Paintings features the small-scale oil paintings that Katz produces at the start of all of his works.

ROCKLAND, ME.- The Center for Maine Contemporary Art opened its new building, designed by internationally acclaimed architect Toshiko Mori, on Sunday, June 26, 2016. The public opening celebration began with a ribboncutting ceremony, with CMCA board chair Charlotte Dixon and director Suzette McAvoy officiating. CMCA’s new building, constructed by Cold Mountain Builders (Belfast, Maine), provides more than 5,500 square feet of exceptional exhibition space for the presentation of work by contemporary artists. The 11,500-square-foot building includes three exhibition galleries (one of which doubles as a lecture hall/performance space), a gift shop, an ArtLab classroom, and a 2,200-squarefoot courtyard. The glass-enclosed space, with its emphasis on Maine’s legendary light, is unlike any other building in the state. It is designed to be accessible and inviting, with ... More

An untitled tondo by Michelle Grabner acquired by Sheldon Museum of Art, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, gift of Roy Boyd, H. Lee and Carol Gendler Fund, and Olga N. Sheldon Acquisition Trust, U-6522.2016. Image courtesy of the artist and James Cohan, New York.

LINCOLN, NEB.- Sheldon Museum of Art announces the acquisition of recent works by Robert Bordo, Michelle Grabner, and Stanley Whitney from its current invitational exhibition “It was Never Linear: Recent Painting,” on view through July 31. Continuing a Sheldon tradition dating back to the 1880s of mounting regular survey exhibitions of recent contemporary art from around the country, “It Was Never Linear” features selected works by twelve contemporary artists whose production demonstrates a primacy of the act of painting—gestural mark making and attention to surface material—over any true representation of form or figure. Wally Mason, Sheldon’s director and chief curator, and his co-curator for “It Was Never Linear,” Aaron Holz, ... More

Giacomo Balla, Il pianeta Mercurio passa davanti al sole, 1914, Centre Pompidou, Paris.

ROVERETO .- After its great success in Madrid, Painters of light. From Divisionism to Futurism comes to the Mart Museum in Rovereto, from June 25 to October 9, 2016. The exhibition, which includes masterpieces from the collections of the Mart and prestigious public and private loans, illustrates the origins and development of Divisionism, which played a key role in the Italian artistic renewal between the end of the 19th and early 20th century, eventually being incorporated in the avant-garde Futurist movement. Divisionism established itself in 1891 at the Triennale di Brera, with the first "public" showing of a group of young painters—Segantini, Pellizza da Volpedo, Morbelli and Longoni—supported by Vittore Grubicy de Dragon. Basing themselves on a visual revolution arising from scientific discoveries concerning the composition of colours and focusing on the expressive power of light, they also changed the ... More

Lan Zhenghui brings new meaning to "east-meets-west" for 2016   Rocky future for Somalia's ancient cave art   Dreamers and Realists: Group exhibition opens at Ruiz-Healy Art

Lan Zhenghui demonstrates his ink painting technique.

NEW YORK, NY.- “I want a front-row seat to personally witness this historic confrontation of ideas, politics and culture happening in the United States,” said Lan Zhenghui, one of China’s leading contemporary artists. "A time when society is hungry for more authenticity." “The new artwork I create while living in America during this time will reflect the spirit of my art ̶ which has always been about the collision of old traditions and new ideas.” Strategically scheduling his visit to the U.S. from September through January, Lan Zhenghui will create new artwork during a six-month studio residency at Mana Contemporary. The artist is also presenting a series of lectures throughout the U.S. that has included invitations to speak at the Rubell Family Collection, Florida International University's College of Architecture + The Arts, and the Maryland Institute College ... More

This file photo taken on May 17, 2016 shows a soldier walking near the entrance of a primitive rock painting. MOHAMED ABDIWAHAB / AFP.

LAAS GEEL (AFP).- Centuries have passed since Neolithic artists swirled red and white colour on the cliffs of northern Somalia, painting antelopes, cattle, giraffes and hunters carrying bows and arrows. Today, the paintings at Laas Geel in the self-declared state of Somaliland retain their fresh brilliance, providing vivid depictions of a pastoralist history dating back some 5,000 years or more. "These paintings are unique. This style cannot be found anywhere in Africa," said Abdisalam Shabelleh, the site manager from Somaliland's Ministry of Tourism. Then he points to a corner, where the paint fades and peels off the rocks. "If nothing is done now, in 20 years it could all have disappeared," he added. The site is in dire need of protection. "We don't have the knowledge, the experience or the financial resources. We need support," ... More

Andres Ferrandis, Sulki #2 (detail).

SAN ANTONIO, TX.- Ruiz-Healy Art is presenting Dreamers and Realists, a group exhibition featuring Jesse Amado, Andrés Ferrandis, Cisco Jímenez, Nicole Franchy, and guest artists Kaela Puente and Alejandro Augustine Padilla curated by Jesse Amado. Amado is known for art that is conceptually based and highly formal. Well respected for his artistic practice and situated within the main stable of Ruiz-Healy Art’s roster, Dreamers and Realists situates Amado in a new role at RHA as guest curator expanding on his mediums to encompass the dialogue that curating conjures for the audience. Amado, however, does not call it curating, rather he prefers the term "tailoring." Amado states: "I set out to assemble a group of artists who address reality as a dreamer. The title should read as artists who are both dreamers and realists, and not either / or. The work is tailored to this notion.. it is clear, bright and detailed. It was ... More

Three glass exhibitions open this summer at the Crocker   New exhibition by British artist Richard Woods on view at Friedman Benda   Santa Cruz Museum in Toledo exhibits works by Miguel Herrero

Sarah Perkins (born 1953), Seeded Container, 2003. Enamel on copper, silver, 4 1/2 x 3 x 3 in. Collection of the Enamel Arts Foundation.

SACRAMENTO, CA.- World-renowned glass sculptor Dale Chihuly’s “Golden Teal Chandelier” has been installed in the entryway of the Crocker Art Museum’s Teel Family Pavilion, setting the tone for the museum’s Summer of Glass, featuring three exhibitions highlighting glass from the ancient to the present. “Little Dreams in Glass and Metal: Enameling in America, 1920 to the Present,” which runs June 19 through Sept. 11, is the first nationally traveling exhibition to survey the art of enameling in more than 50 years. Organized by the Los Angeles-based Enamel Arts Foundation, the exhibition includes 121 works by 90 artists, including the late Sacramentan Fred Uhl Ball, considered a pioneer in the field. Objects range from jewelry and vessels to large enamel-on-steel wall panels. “Glass for the New Millennium: Masterworks from the ... More

Richard Woods, (British, b. 1966), Outdoor Eating (MA), 2016. Painted wood, 48 x 35.75 inches 122 x 91 cm.

NEW YORK, NY.- Friedman Benda is presenting Work Tables, a new exhibition by British artist Richard Woods. Woods is best known for his spirited woodblock-printed furniture and installations that play with proportions and turn trompe l’oeil on its head. Flattening three-dimensions into two, his array of pattern draws from traditional building materials such as woodgrain, brick, and stone, which he scales and repeats in bold graphics on simple and familiar forms. The exaggerated exuberance of Woods’ patterns renders the host structures unrecognizable as the quotidian becomes unbridled. For Work Tables, 20 woodblock tabletops are installed in the gallery’s project space side by side, forming a storyboard as the viewer navigates through the field of color and composition. The magnified proportions and iteration of Woods’ motifs that are central to his design practice are ... More

Desnudo Femenino II, 1989. 112 x 76 cm. Técnica mixta sobre papel.

TOLEDO.- Miguel Herrero is one of the most important European artists of the second half of 20th century and a key figure in the promotion of the Spanish culture. During his art career, he held a number of varied and diverse art exhibitions with Picasso, Dalí and Miró in the 1950s & 1960s in a variety of places including his native Spain as well as South Africa. His friendship with Dalí was one of most important, visiting his house in Port-Lligat and he also met Picasso during his last years at Vallauris. The link between Dali, Picasso and Herrero was the “Tauromaquie” (Bull-Fighting). Miguel Herrero mainly developed his artistic work via his painting but he was also an established film director and poet. The famous Spanish writer, Francisco Umbral described Miguel Herrero as “The Leonardo of the Sixties”. Throughout his career, Miguel Herrero’s art works have had a very significant international following; ... More

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Kahmann Gallery opens Young Talents 2015 exhibition
AMSTERDAM.- Kahmann Gallery is presenting their newest and exciting talents: Laura Hospes (1994) - Rogier Houwen (1992) - Bastiaan Woudt (1987). The photographic journey of Bastiaan Woudt (1987) started the way it does for most photographers: by capturing his loved ones. His passion for the medium made him expand his horizon, and by immersing himself into the world of photobooks and exhibitions, he developed from his early Pictorialist style into something wholly more abstract yet sharp, and with a strong focus for detail. His portraits and nudes transform the subject into from mere humans into unreal (and ideal). Woudt experiments heavily with new methods and cameras to keep on evolving as a photographer and to move towards a complete and unique signature style. He was named one of the biggest talents working today by the prestigious magazine The ... More

Metro Pictures opens exhibition of works by Bas Jan Ader
NEW YORK, NY.- Metro Pictures opened an exhibition of photographs, films, and installation works by the renowned Dutch / Los Angeles artist Bas Jan Ader on Tuesday, June 21. Included are complete sets of the original photographs Ader made for his book “Fall I and II,” which were subsequently shown in his first exhibitions. Exhibited for the first time are photographic studies for other important works made in the early 1970s. Ader’s well-documented story is so compelling that his poignant art is fused into the narrative of his history. In 1963 Ader moved from Amsterdam to Los Angeles where he was associated with a group of artists whose work would define an important strain of conceptual art distinct to the West Coast. There he produced a small but extraordinarily affecting body of artworks prior to 1975, when he disappeared at sea while sailing the Atlantic alone as the second ... More

Prince guitar, Bowie's hair sold for more than $150k
LOS ANGELES (AFP).- Bidders paid a combined total of more than $150,000 for a lock of David Bowie's hair and Prince's iconic "Yellow Cloud" guitar Saturday at a Beverly Hills auction. Heritage Auctions, which prompted legal action by offering Whitney Houston's Emmy Award as part of a separate sale, said the snippet of Bowie's pale blond hair went for $18,750. It came from a former employee of the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in London who was tasked with recreating the music icon's 1983-era hairdo for his wax figure. Prince's instrument of choice during the late 1980s attracted a winning bid of $137,500, with unconfirmed reports saying it had gone to Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay. The auctioneer was forced to abandon plans to sell Houston's Emmy as part of a separate auction of her dresses and other belongings after the US Television Academy ... More

Shaker Museum / Mount Lebanon awarded major grant to make collection available online
NEW LEBANON, NY.- Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon has been awarded a $750,000 Responsive Grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to create a publicly accessible electronic catalog for its preeminent collection documenting Shaker art and design, and to photograph a portion of the collection. The two and a half year project, which begins July 1, 2016, will result in catalog records for an estimated 17,000 artifacts and 16,000 supporting archive and library materials. This project is the largest effort of its kind to bring images and artifacts of Shaker life into view, on a digital platform, with enormous impact for the research community, for teachers and students, for artists and craftspeople employing Shaker design, and for the general public. The object records and accompanying images will be made freely accessible to everyone online at "This ... More

Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions announces sale of Fine Jewellery, Watches, Silver and Objects of Vertu
NEWBURY.- Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions will host a sale of Fine Jewellery, Watches, Silver and Objects of Vertu at their Donnington Priory base in Newbury, Berkshire on Thursday 14th July (10am). The sale is a carefully curated selection of precious objects dating from the 17th century to the late 20th century, to appeal to the connoisseur. A silver tankard in chinoiserie style is a highly important and exceptionally rare piece of silver that is possibly thought to be the only known example in existence. Chinoiserie was a decorative style that was inspired by the art and design of China, Japan and other Asian countries which was at the height of fashion in the 18th century and hugely popular with British designers and craftsmen. This exquisite tankard, circa 1685 and unmarked apart from an 1814-1893 Dutch tax/census stamp, forms part of a small known group of silver ... More

FACT announces technology leader Rachel Higham as new Chair
LIVERPOOL.- The UK’s leading media arts centre FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), based in Liverpool, is delighted to announce technology leader Rachel Higham as new Chair of the Board, taking over from Sarah Fisher. As Chair, Rachel will contribute to the strategic direction and governance of FACT, provide sector leadership and advice from local, national and international perspectives together with the Board, and support the development and implementation of FACT’s Capital Investment Plan, details of which are expected to be announced during 2018 - the year of the 10th anniversary of Liverpool Capital of Culture and the 15th anniversary of the opening of FACT. Rachel has worked in the IT industry for 21 years, and has held a series of technology leadership roles in the financial services and telecoms sectors. She is now Managing ... More

Mark Moore Gallery opens solo show of recent works by New York based artist Ben Charles Weiner
CULVER CITY, CA.- Mark Moore Gallery is presenting Textures of You, a solo show of recent works by New York based artist Ben Charles Weiner. For this exhibition, Weiner has taken inspiration from synthetic body enhancement products such as hair gel and silicone, to create vivid paintings that reflect a cultural obsession with resisting our physical and mortal limits. Within these lush yet uneasy works, Weiner explores painting as a precision performance. His attempt to create flawless images using traditional realist techniques is mirrored by the body-enhancing function of the products he depicts. Although Weiner employs a hyperrealist style, the resulting compositions verge on the unrecognizable; rich, swirling colors and tactile forms heighten the senses. While the works seduce, they also disorient, reflecting upon our alienation within a consumer culture that abstracts bodily ... More

Fridman Gallery opens first solo gallery exhibition by cross-discliplinary artist Matana Roberts
NEW YORK, NY.- Fridman Gallery presents the first solo gallery exhibition by the renowned cross-discliplinary artist and experimental composer Matana Roberts. Roberts spent most of 2015 in a residency at the Whitney Museum of American Art, creating both visual work and musical compositions, responding to the Whitney’s new building and its inaugural exhibition America is Hard to See. The residency culminated in a one-night installation and orchestral performance on December 31, aptly titled red, white and blues, which questioned, in Roberts’s words, “the perplexities of what it means to be American in the twenty-first century.” The present exhibition offers an expanded version of the Whitney exploration. The visual work consists of several large-scale videos and tapestries, enwrapping the gallery in a kind of multi-media quilt. In conjunction with the exhibition ... More

Janaina Tschäpe's sixth exhibition in Sao Paulo on view at Galeria Fortes Vilaça
SAO PAULO.- Fortes Vilaça presents Pássaro que me engoliu [Bird That Swallowed Me], Janaina Tschäpe’s sixth exhibition in São Paulo, which will simultaneously occupy the exhibition spaces of the Galeria and the Galpão. The German-Brazilian artist, based in New York for the last 18 years, is presenting a new body of work that encompasses paintings, photographs and works on paper. The featured works are imprinted with the hallmarks of her research, such as the intense gestural repertoire of her painting process and the recurring sculptural composition of the forms that inhabit her photographs. The result is the emergence of a special mythology that intersperses the presence of fantastical characters with a richly pictorial atmospheric ambience of an inner nature. Tschäpe’s oeuvre forges original narratives as it concertedly evokes formal references to art history. The seven ... More

Don Presley auction July 9-10 features single-owner art collection
SANTA ANA, CA.- Approximately 600 pieces of art from a longtime collector and 15 works deaccessioned by Bowers Museum in Santa Ana will be featured on the first day of Don Presley Auction Co.’s sale July 9-10. Charles Reincke of Orange County, Calif., is a widely known dealer in the West who specializes in antique stereo view cards. His personal collection, however, consists of modern and contemporary art – oils, watercolors, etchings, prints, lithographs, serigraphs, engravings, mixed media and animation cels. “For over a quarter of a century Charles Reincke has been quietly amassing art by many of the world’s leading artists,” said Don Presley. “He is now 83 years old and feels it is time to sell.” Presley considers an original oil painting by New York-born artist Eyvind Earle (1916-2000) as the best work in the collection. Horse Country, which has a presale estimate ... More

Exhibition at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art features an array of talented circus personalities
SARASOTA, FLA.- Organized by The Ringling, Circus Celebrities showcases posters that include exceptional portraits of an array of talented circus personalities. Much like celebrities today, center ring stars of the American circus depended on the wide distribution of their images to build audiences and enthusiasm. Commercially printed lithographs were printed by the thousands to influence potential audiences and advertise the quality and excitement of the show that was coming to their town. During the last decades of the 19th century, commercial lithography achieved an unparalleled level of excellence. Technological advancements allowed for printing multiple colors with rich details at reasonable costs. Without the instant gratification of radio, television, or internet, circuses depended heavily on posters to draw audiences to their big tops. As the commercial printing ... More

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