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President Obama opens Washington's new African American Museum

US President Barack Obama speaks during the opening ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture September 24, 2016 in Washington, D.C. ZACH GIBSON / AFP.

WASHINGTON (AFP).- President Barack Obama heralded Saturday the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, an institution dedicated to the many threads of black history and achievement. The first black president of the United States cut the ribbon to inaugurate the striking 400,000-square-foot (37,000-square-meter) bronze-clad edifice before thousands of spectators who had gathered in the nation's capital to witness the historic opening. "Beyond the majesty of the building, what makes this occasion so special is the larger story it contains," said Obama -- just a few months before he leaves office -- at the star-studded public ceremony that included the likes of Stevie Wonder and Oprah Winfrey. ... More

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Exhibition at Centre Pompidou offers a completely new approach to the work of the Belgian artist René Magritte   Christie's Hong Hong announces The Pavilion Sale including Chinese ceramics and works of art   The Metropolitan Museum of Art opens "Jerusalem 1000-1400: Every People Under Heaven"

René Magritte, Les vacances de Hegel, 1958. oil on canvas, 23¾ x 19¾ in.

PARIS.- The exhibition “Magritte: La trahison des images” offers a completely new approach to the work of the Belgian artist René Magritte. Featuring both well-known masterpieces and other less familiar works, all drawn from leading public and private collections, it offers a fresh look at one of the key figures of Modern art. The latest in the series of monographic exhibitions the Centre Pompidou has devoted to major figures in 20th-century art ¬– “Edward Munch: L’œil moderne”, “Matisse: Paires et séries” and “Duchamp: La peinture, même” – this exhibition brings together around one hundred paintings, drawings and documents offering a fresh approach to the painter. “Magritte: La trahison des images” explores the artist’s interest in philosophy, an interest that would culminate in the publication of Foucault’s Ceci n’est pas une pipe (1973), ... More

A Large Sancal-Glazed Jar Tang Dynasty (618-907). The interior is largely covered with an amber glaze. The foot rim and base are unglazed revealing the buff ware. 7⅜ in (19 cm.) high, box. HK$150,000-260,000 US$20,000-34,000. © Christie’s Images Limited 2016.

HONG KONG.- On 4 October, 2016, Christie’s Hong Kong will host The Pavilion Sale, a continuation of this successful series, first introduced in October 2014. The specially curated sale of 198 lots include highlights offered from several private collections such as The Dexinshuwu Collection and the collection of a German family, which features remarkable pieces of Tang sancai wares, Song ceramics, bronze censers, furniture and other works of art. Additionally the sale offers jade carvings from the Han to Ming dynasty, porcelain from the Ming and Qing dynasties, as well as other works. Ruben Lien, Vice President, Senior Specialist, commented, “With estimates ranging from HKD 15,000 to HKD 600,000, ... More

The Virgin and Apostle Capital Early 1170s. Limestone a. 24 7/16 × 28 3/8 × 13 3/8 in. (62 × 72 × 34 cm) b. 16 9/16 × 21 1/4 × 18 1/2 in., 355 lb. (42 × 54 × 47 cm, 161 kg) Terra Sancta Museum, Basilica of the Annunciation, Nazareth Image: © Marie-Armelle Beaulieu /Custodia Terræ Sanctæ.

NEW YORK, NY.- Beginning around the year 1000, Jerusalem attained unprecedented significance as a location, destination, and symbol to people of diverse faiths from Iceland to India. Multiple competitive and complementary religious traditions, fueled by an almost universal preoccupation with the city, gave rise to one of the most creative periods in its history. Opening at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 26, the landmark exhibition Jerusalem 1000–1400: Every People Under Heaven will demonstrate the key role that the Holy City, sacred to the three Abrahamic faiths, played in shaping the art of this period. In these centuries, ... More

Rosa Barba installs a film sculpture in the Rotunda of the Schirn Kunsthalle   Exhibition at D. Wigmore Fine Art focuses on 1960s American Op Art   Exhibition showcases Boston's hidden Renaissance manuscripts

Rosa Barba, Blind Volumes © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2016. Photo: Norbert Miguletz.

FRANKFURT.- The Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt is presenting Blind Volumes, an installation realized by Berlin based artist Rosa Barba (*1972), from September 23, 2016 until January 8, 2017. In this work created specifically for the Schirn, in which she responds to the openly accessible public setting of the rotunda, Barba combines the artistic media of film and sculpture. Inside the rotunda, she has erected an expansive, geometrically intricate steel construction consisting of some 80 serial framework elements. The work is twelve meters tall and nearly fills the entire lobby of the Schirn. The complex structure, which resembles a building skeleton and calls to mind the Constructivist visions of the early twentieth century, confronts visitors with a wealth of possible associations. Rosa Barba uses the installation as the stage for a dynamic choreography combining ... More

Francis Celentano, Alpha Reverse in Black and White, 1970 (detail), 35 x 48 inches, acrylic on canvas.

NEW YORK, NY.- The 1960s was a rich period for geometric art in America. The presence of Bauhaus trained teachers in American art schools, new understanding of how the brain perceives color, and post-war advancements in plastics and paint lay the foundation for Op art, which questioned how we perceive space and movement. Op artists used an investigative approach to create new models for depicting space using only color and line to achieve movement that projects and recedes. The viewer’s participation in an active visual dialogue with a painting was fundamental; the ultimate goal being heightened awareness of what it means to see. The Museum of Modern Art’s 1965 exhibition The Responsive Eye identified Op as an international style. Our exhibition focuses on the Americans in The Responsive Eye, including six painters and two ... More

Installation view.

BOSTON, MASS.- Rarely seen, exquisite Renaissance manuscripts and early printed books make this a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition. Beyond Words: Italian Renaissance Books showcases over 65 Renaissance paintings hidden between the covers of rare books in Boston’s libraries and museums. The works – remarkable for their beauty and jewel-like colors – are on view at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston from Sept. 22 through Jan. 16, 2017. At the heart of the show is a remarkable trove of illuminated manuscripts from celebrated Renaissance libraries. Written, illustrated, and bound by the hands of leading artists for popes, princes, and scions of Italian dynasties, they were produced as one-of-a-kind luxury items. Complementing the painted manuscripts are books from the dawn of printing including Isabella Stewart Gardner’s own rare, first Florentine edition of Dante’s Divine Comedy illustrated ... More

Albright-Knox Art Gallery announces historic gift   Cooper Hewitt presents exhibition on textile industry innovations   Sculptural performance by Fiona Banner opens at De La Warr Pavilion

The gift has galvanized the entire Buffalo community to rally in support of the project. Photo by Tom Loonan.

BUFFALO, NY.- Janne Sirén, the Peggy Pierce Elfvin Director of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, today announced that the museum’s once-in-a-lifetime expansion project, known as AK360, has taken a giant leap forward in record time with the pledge of the largest single private donation to a cultural institution in the history of Buffalo, New York. Financial visionary and prominent art collector Jeffrey Gundlach, a native of the Buffalo area who has maintained lifelong ties to the city and its world-renowned Albright-Knox, has made an innovative challenge gift to the institution of $42.5 million. The gift has galvanized the entire Buffalo community to rally in support of the project, with more than $40.5 million contributed from the private sector, including individuals, foundations and corporations, as well as expected government support of an estimated $20 million, including $15 million from ... More

Eungie skirt, 2008 collection. Designed by Christina Kim (American b. South Korea 1957), produced by dosa inc. (Los Angeles, California). © dosa inc.

NEW YORK, NY.- Featuring creative and alternative approaches to confronting textile industry waste, “Scraps: Fashion, Textiles and Creative Reuse,” on view Sept. 23–April 16, 2017, presents the work of three designers who put sustainability at the heart of the design process. Highlighting contemporary design that embraces the tradition of using handcraft to give new life to scraps and cast-offs, the exhibition showcases work by Luisa Cevese, founder of Milan-based design studio Riedizioni; Christina Kim, founder of Los Angeles-based brand dosa; and Reiko Sudo, cofounder of Toyko textile design firm Nuno. “Telling the inspiring and empowering stories of three women designers and entrepreneurs who hail from three continents, ‘Scraps’ brings critical focus to the human and environmental costs of fashion consumption while ... More

Fiona Banner, Buoys Boys, 2016. Full Stop inflatables.

BEXHILL ON SEA.- The De La Warr Pavilion presents Buoys Boys, an exhibition incorporating a new site-specific sculptural performance by leading British artist Fiona Banner. Inspired by the Pavilion’s situation overlooking the sea, the immersive installation takes place both inside and outside the gallery, and is a play on digital versus material experiences, whilst continuing the artist’s ongoing interest in conflict and language. In Buoys Boys, Banner references the limitations of language through a series of full stop sculptures or “anti-texts”. The artist has previously rendered full stops in 3D; here they are massively blown up, in scale but also literally, as they take the form of helium-filled inflatables. Their mammoth forms, in a variety of typefaces, Capitalist, Courier, Bookman etc, float from the roof of the Pavilion in two happenings, for the opening of Buoys Boys, and for the closing of Hasting’s ... More

Largest and most comprehensive exhibition of Peter Cain's work to date on view at Matthew Marks Gallery   Martin Kline's first solo exhibition at Heather Gaudio Fine Art opens in New Canaan   Show based on conceptual instructions provided by artists on view at the Montclair Art Museum

Peter Cain, Coward, 1993. Oil on linen, 83 x 63 inches; 211 x 160 cm. © Peter Cain, Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery.

NEW YORK, NY.- Matthew Marks is presenting Peter Cain at 522 and 526 West 22nd Street. The largest and most comprehensive exhibition of Cain’s work to date, it features paintings, drawings, and collages made between the late 1980s and 1997, when the artist died suddenly of a cerebral hemorrhage at the age of thirty-seven. Peter Cain first became known for his paintings of automobiles. Painted with care and precision, their gleaming surfaces intensify the seductiveness of the advertising images on which they were based. (Klaus Kertess called them “literal and figurative icons of autoeroticism.”) The exhibition includes the full scope of these paintings, from classic muscle cars to late-model sedans. Prelude #3 (1990), for example, depicts a Honda sports coupe that the artist has distilled down to a ... More

Tintoretto, 2014, Encaustic on panel, 48 x 48 x 4 1/2 inches.

NEW CANAAN, CONN.- Heather Gaudio Fine Art announces its exhibition “Martin Kline: Painting and Sculpture” featuring a selection Kline’s new series of white paintings along with other encaustic work and sculpture. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition at the gallery which runs from September 17th to November 12th. Classically trained, Kline’s practice went from the figurative to abstraction, evoking natural and man-made motifs infusing cultural and historical notions. As Kline developed his ideas he began to explore with encaustic -- mixing pigment with beeswax. With this malleable material, his paintings were able to take on an exaggerated three-dimensionality not normally found in painting. His earlier works in the show are vibrant feasts of color that make for visually engaging paintings referencing nature. They are so heavily textured they become sculptural and tease the viewer’s senses with thei ... More

Uri Aran, Doodle, 2012. do it installation photo, Kunsthal Rotterdam, 2015. Courtesy ICI.

MONTCLAIR, NJ.- Montclair Art Museum presents do it, an exhibition unlike any other the Museum has hosted. Rather than an exhibition of objects created by artists, do it is a collection of conceptual instructions provided by renowned artists. A highly participatory contemporary art exhibition, it has brought together the community and Montclair-area organizations to implement these written instructions. Curated by Hans-Ulrich Obrist, do it began as a conversation between Obrist and the artists Christian Boltanski and Bertrand Lavier. Obrist was concerned with how exhibition formats could be rendered more flexible and open-ended. This discussion led to the question of whether a show could take a similar form to musical “scores,” or written instructions by artists as a point of departure, each of which could be interpreted anew every time they were enacted. To mark ... More

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Stephen Daiter Gallery opens exhibition of large scale color photographs by Dawoud Bey
CHICAGO, IL.- Harlem Redux marks photographer Dawoud Bey’s return to the community that was the site of his first completed project Harlem, USA (1975-1979). Before he was born, Bey’s parents met and lived in Harlem – this family history served as the inspiration for this work. Some forty years later, the artist returned to photograph the neighborhood, a response to a sense that its unique character and identity are in flux. In these new images Bey shows Harlem in transition, once vibrant and celebrated, giving way to a more gentrified and homogenized present. Intent on depicting this change as it takes place, Harlem Redux seeks to answer the question – What does a community look like while undergoing such a dramatic transformation? “I returned to visualize a Harlem in the midst of profound change. Due to increasing gentrification, demographic shifts are permanently altering ... More

Ben Uri acquires Tam Joseph's 'Handmade Map of the World'
LONDON.- Ben Uri announced the acquisition of British-Caribbean artist Tam Joseph’s The Hand Made Map of the World (2013), made possible through the generosity of the artist and Collection Patrons. An immediately arresting and thought-provoking work, The Hand Made Map of the World examines the arbitrary nature of borders and territories, underlying issues of nationhood and the fact that where we are born is merely an accident of fate. By playfully reordering conventional geographies, blurring boundaries and suggesting new and unexpected possibilities, Tam Joseph has created what has been called a picture of an ‘alternative reality’. Yet the painting also reflects his interest in the natural world and a love of map-making which can be traced back to his school days. The painting was recently exhibited in the Edinburgh Arts Festival (2014) and in two Ben Uri exhibitions, ... More

Ikon Gallery opens solo exhibition of work by New York based Lithuanian artist Žilvinas Kempinas
BIRMINGHAM.- Ikon, in collaboration with Galerija Vartai, presents a solo exhibition of work by New York based Lithuanian artist Žilvinas Kempinas (23 September – 27 November 2016). Comprising a number of installations it is characteristically elemental, representing and embodying natural phenomena such as light and the circulation of air, with an emphasis on movement made by both visitors and kinetic works in the exhibition. Kempinas’ work involves unprecious everyday objects and materials, and he is most renowned for using unwound videotape. It appeals to him not only as an “abstraction” of moving imagery, but also because of its distinct physical qualities: “[it is …] super light, thin enough to visually disappear if looked at from one side, an easily recognisable material, flexible and durable. Videotape is also inexpensive. It’s a container of visual information, a data ... More

Nelson-Atkins surveillance exhibition explores sneaky side of photography
KANSAS CITY, MO.- Surveillance cameras in the 21st century are practically everywhere–on street corners, in shops, in public buildings, silently recording our every movement. Yet this is not a construct of modern times. As soon as cameras were introduced in the 1880s, anyone could be unknowingly photographed at any time. It was an unfortunate fact of life. The exhibition Surveillance opened at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City September 16, examining the role of surreptitious photography from the mid-19th century to the present day. “This body of work represents a sign of our times,” said Julián Zugazagoitia, Menefee D. and Mary Louise Blackwell CEO & Director of the Nelson-Atkins. “Cameras have been recording our movements, many times secretly, since photography began. But it was the tragedy of 9/11 that increased our awareness of this constant presence ... More

Exhibition explores how artists used photography in new ways in 1970s San Diego
SAN DIEGO, CA.- The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego presents The Uses of Photography: Art, Politics, and the Reinvention of a Medium at its La Jolla location from September 24, 2016 through January 2, 2017. The exhibition highlights a network of artists in Southern California who sought artistic media and formats adequate to address their turbulent era and its pressing questions. The Uses of Photography examines a constellation of artists who were active in San Diego between the late 1960s and mid-1980s and whose experiments with photography opened the medium to a profusion of new strategies and subjects. These artists introduced urgent social issues and themes of everyday life into the seemingly neutral territory of conceptual art, with photographic works that took on hybrid forms, from books and postcards to video and textand-image ... More

Moscow Museum of Modern Art presents works from its collection in Dusseldorf
DUSSELDORF.- The Moscow Museum of Modern Art in partnership with the exhibition hall of the Dusseldorf Kunsthalle Kunst Im Tunnel presents the exhibition of Moscow artists “… Following the Glamour” exploring the phenomenon of glamour as a response to changes in the society, economy and culture of Russia in the 2000-s, which in their turn caused further alterations in the system of values in today’s Russia. The participants of the exhibition are artists who have long accomplishments in the space of contemporary art: Elena Berg, Victor Kirillov-Dubinsky, Valentin Nilin, Vadim Guschin, Konstantin Latyshev, Andrey Kuzkin, Leonid Sokhransky, Rostan Tavasiev, Evgenia Chuikova, Anna Zhelud. For the last 20 years all of them have worked together with Russian and international galleries and actively participated in prestigious exhibition projects and international competitions. ... More

Crystal Bridges announces first recipient of the Don Tyson Prize: Archives of American Art
BENTONVILLE, ARK.- Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art announces that the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, has been selected as the first recipient of the Don Tyson Prize, a $200,000 award for outstanding achievement in American art. The prize, originally established as a part of the Tyson Scholars of American Art program created by the Tyson family and Tyson Foods, is an unprecedented award recognizing significant achievements in the field of American art. A national jury of respected museum and academic art historians empaneled by Crystal Bridges selected the Archives of American Art for recognition, lauding the institution for advancing knowledge in the field of American art since its establishment in 1954. “With more than 20 million items in its continually growing collections, the ... More

Christie's to offer ensemble of 20th century works of art and design from the collection of Gordon Watson
LONDON.- Christie’s will present a stunning ensemble of 20th century works of art and design from the collection of renowned antique dealer and TV personality, Gordon Watson, which will be offered in South Kensington on 13 October. A passionate and ever acquisitive collector, Gordon Watson has entrusted Christie’s with the sale of the collection in order to make room for new works of art. Driven by expertise and passion, Watson spent several years gathering fascinating and innovative works of art and design. The collection comprises Indian, Japanese, English and European Furniture, European ceramics, 20th century design and Contemporary works of art produced by artists such as Sarah Lucas, Wolfgang Tillmans and Walead Beshty. With 196 lots, the offering promises to provide bidding opportunities for collectors at every level, with estimates for individual ... More

Kunsthalle Bern opens exhibition of works by Juliette Blightman
BERN.- One can experience events in a public space that appear intimate. More and more private things are being taken out of the protected space of the home and put on display. People expose themselves in ways that until recently were deemed awkward, but now appear normal to some. The border between the spheres is apparently becoming more fluid. The political slogan that the private is political has been overtaken by a reality that can hardly be grasped by the distinction between private and public anymore. Yet the two spheres still exist, albeit in a form that is almost inextricably connected. Life is passing through a fundamental, almost unavoidable transformation of the notions of individual and society. To withdraw from these changes merely through defense and retreat may at times give rise to a place of longing, but it usually leads to excluding oneself from public ... More

Parafin opens first solo exhibition with Lithuanian artist Indrė Šerpytytė
LONDON.- Parafin announces its first solo exhibition with Lithuanian artist Indrė Šerpytytė. This follows Šerpytytė’s inclusion in the Museum of Modern Art’s important biannual survey of new photography, Ocean of Images: New Photography 2015. At Parafin Šerpytytė shows a new body of work, Pedestal, for the first time in London. Working primarily with photography, but also employing archives, sculpture, film, audio and choreography, Indrė Šerpytytė explores issues of history and trauma. Much of her work has addressed the recent past of Lithuania, in particular the years of the Second World War, the Cold War, the decades of Soviet control and the so-called ‘war after the war’. Yet despite dealing with very specific historical circumstances Šerpytytė achieves a remarkable openness in the work. Her themes are universal: the ways in which the past affects the pre ... More

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