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Reynolda House Museum of American Art presents 'Georgia O'Keeffe: Living Modern'

Collections staff at Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem, NC install the iconic Georgia O'Keeffe painting “Ram’s Head, White Hollyhock—Hills (Ram’s Head and White Hollyhock, New Mexico)” (1935). This painting features a special scalloped metal frame that has the appearance of leather—special braces were made to secure the frame to its custom crate.

WINSTON-SALEM, NC.- Reynolda House Museum of American Art will present Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern, a landmark exhibition organized by the Brooklyn Museum that examines the artist’s self-crafted persona through her art, her dress, and her progressive, independent lifestyle. More than 190 paintings, photographs, sculptures and personal objects will be on view August 18 – November 19, including jewelry, accessories, and garments from her wardrobe, some designed and made by the artist herself. The exhibition reveals the artist’s powerful ownership of her public and artistic identity and affirms that she embodied the same modern aesthetic in her self-fashioning as in her art. Reynolda House Museum of American Art is the only venue in the Southern U.S. for Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern. The exhibition features numerous portraits of the artist—many of them now iconic—taken by eminent photographers, including Alfred ... More

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LUMA Foundation exhibits photographs by Annie Leibovitz   Exhibition of contemporary Chinese photography and the Cultural Revolution opens in Berlin   "Symbolism in Art of the Baltic States" to be shown at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris in 2018

French President Emmanuel Macron (2ndL), escorted by prefect of the Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur region, Stephane Bouillon, looks at an exhibition of photographs by US photographer Annie Leibovitz. JEAN-PAUL PELISSIER / POOL / AFP.

ARLES.- Over the past six years, the LUMA Foundation has nurtured a series of ongoing collaborations with several artists, resulting in a Living Archive Program that integrates diverse forms of artistic production, including photography, design, literature, film, and dance, and makes these resources available to students, scholars, artists, and visitors. In anticipation of the completion of the building that will house this dynamic program, the LUMA Foundation announced the acquisition and inaugural exhibition of the archives of legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz (b. 1949), who has created iconic portraits for nearly 50 years. Intended as the first of several major projects dedicated to the study and reinterpretation of the artist’s living archives, Annie Leibovitz - The Early Years: 1970 - 1983. Archive Project #1 consists of ... More

Mo Yi, Red, 1985. C-Print (2017), 81,1 x 58,1 cm. © Mo Yi.

BERLIN.- Featuring historical works and pictures by contemporary artists, the exhibition Working on History. Contemporary Chinese Photography and the Cultural Revolution lifts the veil on one of the most fascinating and yet simultaneously little-explored chapters in the history of photography: the impact of the Cultural Revolution on current art and photography in China. Virtually no other event has had such a profound influence on the visual arts of the last half-century in China as the Cultural Revolution (1966–1976). It led to a radical departure from both traditional Chinese and Western cultural values, brought about through mass propaganda on an enormous scale. Posters and wall newspapers (big character posters) were instrumental in reaching the political goals, but equally instrumental were film and photography – and their aesthetics continue to characterize our understanding of the Cultural Revolution to this day. Most impregnated in the memory ... More

Janis Rozentāls (1866–1916). Death. 1897 (detail). Oil on canvas. Collection of the Latvian National Museum of Art. Photo: Normunds Brasliņš.

RIGA.- 2018 is an important time in the centenary celebrations, not just for Latvia, but for all three Baltic nations. In 2015, the Latvian National Museum of Art proposed an initiative – to create a joint project with its Baltic colleagues – and suggested this to French curator and symbolism researcher Rodolphe Rapetti to develop a unified art exhibition, which would be shown in the European cultural metropolis – Paris at the Musée d’Orsay. France has always held a special place among the Baltic States, because many Baltic artists have been closely connected with French culture. Since 2016 the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, the Latvia’s Centenary Bureau, the four national museums of the three Baltic countries, the Embassy of France and the French Institute in Latvia, as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia, and the Embassies of Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania in France have b ... More

Center for Women's History features Editta Sherman's photographs   A new book explores the influence of India on the work of British artist Howard Hodgkin   GOST Books publishes 'Pittsburgh 1950' by Elliott Erwitt

Editta Sherman (1912–2013), Joe DiMaggio, undated. Gavelux print. New-York Historical Society, Gift of Kenneth Sherman.

NEW YORK, NY.- The New-York Historical Society celebrates the late photographer Editta Sherman (1912–2013) with a special exhibition of her celebrity portraits, to be shown in the Joyce B. Cowin Women’s History Gallery in the Museum’s new Center for Women’s History. On view from August 18 – October 15, 2017, The Duchess of Carnegie Hall: Photographs by Editta Sherman features portraits of 65 notable film stars, authors, musicians, and athletes dating from 1943 to 1965 and beyond. All works are drawn from the Editta Sherman archive, which was recently gifted to New-York Historical by Sherman’s children and grandchildren. A friend and muse to legendary photographer Bill Cunningham who dubbed her the “Duchess of Carnegie Hall,” Editta Sherman was renowned in her own right as one of the rare female portraitists of her era. Practically born in the dark room as the ... More

Howard Hodgkin Painting India features unpublished archival material.

LONDON.- Lund Humphries presents the first book to explore the influence of India on the work of renowned British artist Howard Hodgkin, accompanying at the Victoria Art Gallery in Bath. For popular British artist Howard Hodgkin (1932–2017), India was a source of inspiration from his first visit to the country in 1964. Although Hodgkin’s personal collection of Indian art has been featured in various publications, this will be the first to explore the influence of India on his own work. The first of Hodgkin’s paintings inspired by India, Indian Subject (Blue), 1965–1969, was also the first of his paintings to be painted on wood, rather than canvas. It began a long exploration of paint surface and support that became a key characteristic of his practice. The book’s illustrative journey begins with early works of the 1960s and includes paintings from throughout Ho ... More

Untitled Pittsburgh 1950 © Elliott Erwitt Courtesy: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

NEW YORK, NY.- In 1950, 22-year-old Elliott Erwitt was commissioned by the legendary Roy Stryker to document Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as it emerged from a notoriously polluted industrial city into a cleaner, more modern metropolis. Shooting for Stryker’s newly organised Pittsburgh Photographic Library, Erwitt’s photographs captured the humanity and spirit of the people of the city against the angular industrial architecture. Drafted into the army in Germany just four months after arriving in Pittsburgh, Erwitt was forced to abandon the project, leaving his negatives behind. For decades, the negatives were held at the Pennsylvania Department of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, and as a result, a majority of the photographs in this book have neither been published nor exhibited before. When Erwitt began to photograph Pittsburgh, it was heavily associated with the Steel Industry and was very much a city in flux. Rapid ... More

New Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design designed by Snøhetta to open in October   Tomasso Brothers to presents omaggio to Florentine art at the Biennale Internazionale dell'Antiquariato di Firenze   New display in Brighton explores Jane Austen's relationship with coastal towns

Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design. Photo: Bjarte Bjorkum.

BERGEN.- Internationally acclaimed Norwegian architects, Snøhetta, have designed the new Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design in the world heritage city of Bergen in Norway, opening in October 2017. As part of the University of Bergen, the building will house the departments of art and design, which will be brought together for the first time on one landmark site, overlooking the waterfront and surrounded by the seven mountains of Bergen. With a total floor area of 14,800 sq metres, it will be the second largest cultural building in Bergen after the Grieg Concert Hall. The building features state of the art facilities for the study of art and design including workshops for wood, ceramic, metal, paper, 3-D modelling, graphics, photo lab and foundries, materials library and café. In a major step to open up the work of the Faculty to the city, the new building features a spectacular ... More

Il Puligo (1492-1527), Madonna & Child, circa 1525.

LONDON.- Tomasso Brothers Fine Art returns to the International Antiques Biennial (BIAF) in Florence with a display paying homage to Florentine art. The Fair, to be held from 23 September to 1 October 2017 in the magnificent Palazzo Corsini, is one of the world’s greatest showcases for Italian art. Tomasso Brothers Fine Art, renowned specialist in important European sculpture, will focus exclusively on the art of Florence, with all works being either by Florentine artists, or created in Florence. Amongst the highlights is a pair of heavenly terracotta angels as candle-bearers by the exquisitely accomplished Master of the Unruly Children, a distinctive voice within Florentine Cinquecento Renaissance sculpture. Recent analysis of documentary sources has strengthened this sculptor’s identification with Sandro di Lorenzo di Smeraldo, who is recorded in Anton Francesco Doni’s I Marmi (1552-1553) as an artist specialisi ... More

George IVs copy of Emma - Royal Collection Trust © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017.

BRIGHTON.- A new display at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton explores Jane Austen’s relationship with coastal towns, and life in Brighton during her time, to mark the bicentenary of her death. Jane Austen by the Sea looks at the seaside context of Austen’s plots and paint a picture of the leading resort of Brighton in the early 1800s, when it was a fashionable ‘watering place’ featured in novels like Pride and Prejudice. Although there is no clear evidence that Austen visited Brighton she included it in several of her works, alongside other resorts on England’s south coast. The display reassesses her relationship with the town in the light of a long-term misunderstanding, arising from a hand-written letter of 8 January 1799. Curator Dr Alexandra Loske said: “For many years, Austen has been quoted as having written: 'I assure you that I dread the idea of going to Brighton ... More

Exhibition of works by Michael Golz on view at the Collection de l'Art Brut   BOZAR shines the spotlight on a great post-war Belgian designer: Ado Chale   Frederick Hammersley's creative process revealed in fall exhibition

Michael Golz's universe, which continues to develop and expand day by day, consists of both pictorial creations and a language enriched by a wealth of neologisms.

LAUSANNE.- "Athosland" is an imaginary country that Michael Golz (born in 1957) has invented totally from scratch. The work is a lifetime project on which this German creator, together with his brother Wulf, has been applying himself without a break since his childhood years (1960s). The resulting imaginary world is full of mountains, hills and lush green valleys through which rivers flow; these real-life elements coexist with the strange and marvelous. Wide-spreading highway and railroad grids criss-cross a country whose towns and villages possess an infrastructure that amply fulfills the needs of everyday life: stores, cafés, movie houses abound, as do post offices and banks. At the same time, the land's inhabitants suffer no constraints: they are wholeheartedly at liberty! Those who not wish to work, for instance, can take as much time off as they want; they can ... More

Ado Chale in front of a Lunaire tray-table in cast aluminium enhanced with spheres-sculptures in bronze. Photo: Didier Delmas.

BRUSSELS.- Aldo Chale, 89 years old, is a Brussels artist. He is an educated mineralogist and blacksmith, who uses precious and semi-precious stones and metals, crystals or petrified wood in his works of art, and approaches making furniture like a craftsman rather than as a designer. This very first retrospective outlines the career and the world of Ado Chale from 1966 to 2015, through carefully selected pieces of furniture and objects, such as his famous Goutte d’eau bronze table, inspired by pre-Columbian art. "It exists in several hundred copies, but its cooling process is random, and each cast, each casting of molten metal, each polishing makes it a unique piece, with its traces, ribs, scars and soul. " (Ado Chale) Chale also transfigured less noble, organic, vegetable materials, such as pepper grain, mother-of-pearl or his bone button mosaics, which have made him world famous. To name a few: his schist ... More

Frederick Hammersley, Like unlike, #6, 1959. Oil on linen, 49 x 40 in. Private collection. © Frederick Hammersley Foundation.

SAN MARINO, CA.- A fall exhibition at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens on the American abstract artist Frederick Hammersley (1919-2009) showcases his sketchbooks, notebooks, inventories, and vibrant color swatches to illuminate the painstaking process the artist used to create his hard-edge geometric paintings. “Frederick Hammersley: To Paint without Thinking” is on view in the Susan and Stephen Chandler Wing of The Huntington’s Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art from Oct. 21, 2017 to Jan. 22, 2018. To accompany the exhibition, The Huntington is publishing a fully illustrated catalog with several scholarly essays revealing new research on the topic. “Frederick Hammersley: To Paint without Thinking” features about 50 objects pairing items from Hammersley’s archives (a recent gift to the Getty Research Institute) with five paintings, including The ... More

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FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art announces artist list
CLEVELAND, OH.- FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art announces its first group of participating artists, artists-in-residence, and presenting partners for its first edition, titled An American City: Eleven Cultural Exercises, running July 14, 2018, through September 30, 2018. Conceived of by FRONT’s Artistic Directors Michelle Grabner and Jens Hoffmann, this multipart presentation of interconnected “cultural exercises” will investigate the significance and meaning of staging a large-scale international triennial in the contemporary context. Bringing together more than 55 local, national and international artists across mediums and disciplines, FRONT will partner with sites throughout the city of Cleveland and beyond to explore artistic collaborations, intellectual exchanges and curatorial dialogues connecting the city and the Great Lakes ... More

Lafayette Anticipations will open in March 2018 in the heart of Paris
PARIS.- Lafayette Anticipations – Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette announced its opening to the public in March 2018 at the 9 rue du Plâtre, in Paris. The Fondation was created in October 2013 by the Galeries Lafayette Group and at the initiative of Guillaume Houzé, who serves as its President. This general interest foundation offers international artists, from the fields of contemporary art, design and fashion, tailor-made resources to produce, experiment and exhibit new pieces. Infused with this mission and its unique identity, the Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette is the first multidisciplinary centre of this kind in France. The Fondation is housed in a 19th century industrial building located in the heart of the Marais, in Paris. Rem Koolhaas and his agency, OMA, are renovating the site. The architect has conceived the 2, 000m2 space ... More

Brown Arts Initiative and Performa to launch new collaboration with co-commission of work by Kelly Nipper
NEW YORK, NY.- The Brown Arts Initiative at Brown University and New York City-based Performa announced today a new three-year collaboration. The inaugural component is the co-commission of a new work by artist Kelly Nipper with MIT's Self-Assembly Lab to be developed during an artists' residency at the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts at Brown University in summer 2017. The work will be presented as a highlight of Performa 17, November 1-19, 2017, the seventh edition of the celebrated international biennial of contemporary visual art performance that takes place in venues across New York City. For her Performa commission, Nipper is collaborating with the Self-Assembly Lab and a team of Brown students this summer to create a new body of work and a live performance for the Biennial. Developed with dancer Marissa Ruazol, a Laban Movement Analyst, ... More

Hayoun Kwon presents an original work using virtual reality at Palais de Tokyo
PARIS.- For her solo exhibition at Palais de Tokyo, Hayoun Kwon is presenting an original work using virtual reality, so as to offer an individual and immersive experience. This adventure invites us to enter the heart of a story, which Daniel, a now retired drawing teacher, told the artist concerning a brief but striking encounter which occurred in Paris, in 1967. When an asset manager asked him to draw up a plan of a 15th-century building in the heart of Paris, he went into the flat of an enthusiastic collector of birds, nicknamed “l’Oiseleuse” or “The Bird Lady”. Her home was an exotic enchantment of birds either flying around freely or in refined cages. The more Daniel explored it, the less he felt that he was in Paris. Between memories, fantasies and reported speech, both the narrator and 3D animation lead us little by little towards an imaginary, unreal, even impossible world. ... More

Ismail Bahri's first major exhibition on view at Jeu de Paume
PARIS.- The Jeu de Paume opens its doors to Ismaïl Bahri for his first major exhibition. Born in Tunis in 1978, the artist lives and works between Paris and Tunis. He works mainly with video although he continues to make drawings, photographs and installations. Ismaïl Bahri’s work is often produced from a series of operations featuring basic elements of everyday life, with the action stemming from the interaction between them: a drop of water, for example, placed on someone’s skin and reacting to arterial pulsations; a thread being wound in; or the fibres in a sheet of paper becoming permeated with ink. With his attentive eye, his sense of detail and his taste for the enigmatic, the artist creates micro-events while at the same time questioning the conditions for their visibility. Instruments, the exhibition at the Jeu de Paume, presents a selection of his principal works along with two ... More

Edition Lammerhuber publishes 'Architecture of An Existential Threat' by Adam Reynolds
NEW YORK, NY.- From its creation in 1948, Israel has felt isolated and under threat from enemies. This collective siege mentality manifests itself with over one million public and private bomb shelters, found on either side of the Green Line, throughout Israel and the Occupied Territories. Israeli law stipulates that every citizen must have access to a shelter that can be sealed in case of an attack with unconventional weapons. In recent years, attempts have been made to give these shelters that are part of the country's visual vernacular a more "normalized" appearance reflecting modern Israeli identity. Architecture of An Existential Threat (Edition Lammerhuber, August 11, 2017) by American photographer Adam Reynolds is the first photo book to offer a broad cultural and geographical survey of bomb shelters in Israel today. From 2013 to 2015, Reynolds traveled the ... More

The Contemporary Jewish Museum opens exhibition of work by Kutiman
SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- The Contemporary Jewish Museum’s soaring Stephen & Maribelle Leavitt Yud Gallery is home for the next year to offgrid, a 38-minute-long, Internet-sourced audio visual surround sound meditation on the psychedelic jazz of the 1950s and 60s by one of Israel’s most celebrated artists. Kutiman (born Ofir Kutiel in Jerusalem in 1982) is a master of YouTube mash-ups, subtly and intricately knitting together snippets of everything from instructional music videos to amateur drum solos that others have uploaded. Many of the videos in his Thru You series have received millions of views and have earned him a devoted following and even a spot on Time magazine’s “Fifty Best Inventions of 2009” list. offgrid is the final installment in the Thru You series and was developed for the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and shown there in 2016 (curator: Tal Lanir). The ... More

Bristol showcase for 200 emerging artist filmmakers
BRISTOL.- From 18-28 August, Arnolfini welcomes touring exhibition Playback, a dynamic display of over 200 short films made by up and coming artist filmmakers from all across England, many from Bristol. Presenting films that cover a wide variety of subjects and art forms, Playback reflects the concerns and vision of a diverse pool of young people working with film today. From narrative films about drag queens, super-heroes, job centres and zombies to animated stories that feature talking goldfish and radioactive snails. Hand-drawn animations tell the story of Syrian refugees rescued by Greek fishermen whilst explorations of cities like Manchester, London and Birmingham are seen alongside imagined futures and digital worlds. Poetry and spoken word features in films about feminism, age, identity, the prison system and the shipyards of the North East. Powerful ... More

Descanso Gardens marks time with new elemental show
LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE, CA.- For some art media and techniques, time is an essential component. There are time-based art forms such as performance, images moving in film or digital, and music that act only through an unfolding. As we engage with these artworks, time is being marked off much in the same way a garden grows in cycles, and it is only over the course of time that one sees this evolution and the artwork is completed. Descanso Gardens’ new exhibition "ELEMENTAL | Marking Time" at the Sturt Haaga Gallery invites visitors to consider the moment-by-moment, step-by-step process that marks the passage of time, whether in the life cycles of the Gardens or in the process of art making. The show runs from August 14 – December 3, 2017. "Marking Time" is part of the "ELEMENTAL" series of exhibitions in which the Sturt Haaga Gallery has been looking ... More

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On a day like today, French painter Gustave Caillebotte was born
August 18, 1848. Gustave Caillebotte (19 August 1848 - 21 February 1894) was a French painter, member and patron of the group of artists known as Impressionists, though he painted in a much more realistic manner than many other artists in the group. Caillebotte was noted for his early interest in photography as an art form. In this image: An employee looks at a painting 'Oarsmen' of 1877 of French Impressionist Gustave Caillebotte (1848-1894) in the Kunsthalle Bremen, Germany, Thursday, June 26, 2008.

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