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New York City to keep Christopher Columbus statue after 'hate' review

This file photo taken on August 23, 2017 shows a 76-foot statue of explorer Christopher Columbus in Columbus circle in New York City. New York will keep its famed but controversial statue of Christopher Columbus following a review of "symbols of hate," as the United States debates tributes to figures whose legacies are increasingly questioned. Democratic Party Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered the 90-day review after deadly violence at a neo-Nazi rally in Virginia last August built nationwide momentum to remove symbols of the pro-slavery Civil War South. SPENCER PLATT / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP.

NEW YORK (AFP).- New York will keep its famed but controversial statue of Christopher Columbus following a review of "symbols of hate," as the United States debates tributes to figures whose legacies are increasingly questioned. Democratic Party Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered the 90-day review after deadly violence at a neo-Nazi rally in Virginia last August built nationwide momentum to remove symbols of the pro-slavery Civil War South. The commission recommended that just one of four statues on public land -- that of a gynecologist who experimented on enslaved black women without anesthesia -- be relocated from Central Park to a Brooklyn cemetery. A plaque dedicated to Philippe Petain, a World War I hero who later collaborated with the Nazis and lead Vichy France, would remain in place, the commission ... More

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New exhibition of major works celebrates William Blake's relationship with Sussex for the first time   Anthony McCall's first institutional exhibition in New York opens at Pioneer Works   Our responsibility to protect cultural heritage in conflict zones

Thomas Philips, Portrait of William Blake, 1807. Oil on canvas. National Portrait Gallery, London.

(PETWORTH).- Some of William Blake’s greatest works from poetry to painting are being displayed at Petworth in West Sussex this winter. The new exhibition is the first to bring together many of the works that were inspired by Blake’s experience of living in Sussex, including paintings commissioned by the Wyndham family, owners of Petworth, and rare hand-coloured relief etchings of Blake’s illustrated epic poem Milton. Sussex is the only area outside London that Blake ever lived, spending three years there from 1800 to 1803 with his wife Catherine, renting a cottage in Felpham that he described as ‘the sweetest spot on Earth’. Paintings on display include extraordinary works by Blake on loan from the British Museum, National Portrait Gallery and Tate, as well as three paintings by Blake from the Petworth collection and another on loan from the National Trust’s Arlington Court in Devon. Of the paintings to come ... More

Anthony McCall. Installation view, Hangar Bicocca, Milan, 2009. Photograph by Giulio Buono.

BROOKLYN, NY.- Pioneer Works is presenting Anthony McCall’s Solid Light Works. This exhibition marks the artist’s first institutional exhibition in New York and first time that his vertical installations are being shown alongside their horizontal variants. Requiring over thirty feet of clearance from floor to ceiling, very few New York venues can accommodate these six-colossal works. The epic vertical and horizontal installations fill Pioneer Works’ monumental main hall, which has been completely blacked out and immersed in haze. A seminal figure of Expanded Cinema, McCall is well known for his “solid-light works.” It was a series he began in 1973 with the 16mm film Line Describing a Cone, in which a volumetric form composed of a beam of projected light slowly evolves in real, three-dimensional space. McCall regards these works as occupying a place somewhere between sculpture, cinema, ... More

The first in a new series, the J. Paul Getty Trust Occasional Papers in Cultural Heritage Policy, is available now: Cultural Cleansing and Mass Atrocities: Protecting Cultural Heritage in Armed Conflict Zones from Getty Publications.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- On February 26, 2001, the Taliban leader Mullah Muhammad Omar called for the destruction of all statues and non-Islamic shrines in Afghanistan. “These statues have been and remain shrines of unbelievers,” he said, “and these unbelievers continue to worship and respect them. God Almighty is the only real shrine and fake idols should be destroyed.” A few days later, the sixth-century monumental statues, carved into a cliff in the Bamiyan Valley of central Afghanistan and testifying to the majesty of Buddhist art and its transmission from India into central and Eastern Asia, were hit by anti-aircraft and tank fire and then blown up with dynamite. The oasis town of Palmyra in Syria was even more dramatically damaged. Its most important shrine, a first-century ... More

Smithsonian commemorates 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s final crusade in "City of Hope" exhibition   Josh Sperling's first exhibition with Perrotin on view in Paris   Sculpture of a Bashkir horseman installed on the shores of River IJssel

Placard stating "HONOR KING: END RACISM" carried in 1968 Memphis March. Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Arthur J."Bud" Schmidt.

WASHINGTON, DC.- The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture commemorates the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s final human rights crusade in a new exhibition on the “Poor People’s Campaign,” a multicultural coalition that began in 1968 to end poverty. The exhibition, “City of Hope: Resurrection City & the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign,” features rare archival film and new oral histories with people who helped organize the campaign including Marian Wright Edelman and Andrew Young. It also features wooden tent panels, lapel buttons, placards and murals created by and used by some of the nearly 8,000 people who occupied the National Mall in Washington, D.C., for nearly six weeks to call the nation’s attention to the crippling effects of poverty for minorities, children and the ... More

Lovey Dovey, 2017. Acrylic paint on canvas and plywood h. 96.5 x L. 86.4 cm | h. 38 x l. 34 in.

PARIS.- Perrotin Paris is presenting “Chasing Rainbows,” Josh Sperling’s first exhibition with the gallery. The exhibition brings together a number of new works by the New York-based artist: composites—or shaped canvases and plywood panels—a series of monochrome canvas reliefs, and a large-scale installation. Sperling’s dynamic clusters of brightly colored forms blur the lines between painting and sculpture, image and object. Though each shaped canvas is distinct, it relies on other forms in the field for compositional coherence and energy. Often asymmetrical and happily off-kilter, a cluster is always satisfying in its surprising arrangement. In Poppycock (2017), three ovals compete for prominence in the center of the composition, shuffling and re-shuffling before settling into a makeshift pile. A maroon arch buttresses them, cradling them into stillness. These snaking forms—“squiggles”—app ... More

'Bashkir Horseman’ by Alexander Taratynov, initiative Geelvinck Museum Museums, Veessen (Municipality of Heerde), Netherlands. Photo: Andrew Szkudelski.

ZUTPHEN.- Initiated by the Geelvinck Museum, on 11th January 2018, a life-size bronze sculpture of a Bashkir horseman by the Russian sculptor Alexander Taratynov was presented to the public in Veessen (Municipality of Heerde) on the shore of the River IJssel. The monument commemorates the 1st Bashkir Regiment, which in November 1813 placed a ship-bridge across the River IJssel near Veessen during the campaign in The Netherlands of the Sixth Coalition against Napoleon. The leader of the campaign was general Alexander Christophorovitsh count von Benckendorff (1763-1844), who gave orders to place the ship-bridge. After his unsuccessful attack on the city of Deventer, which was still occupied by the French, he had the city surrounded and located the bivouac of the 1e Bashkir Regiment in the neighbouring village of Wijhe (in between the cities of ... More

Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum launches new podcast   New exhibition by Japanese artist Tabaimo opens at James Cohan   The Royal Collection appoints a new Director

Destination Moon explores the extraordinary combination of motivations, resources, and technologies that made it possible for humans to go to the Moon. Walk around the Apollo 11 command module in this new gallery. Artist's rendering courtesy National Air and Space Museum.

WASHINGTON, DC.- Today the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum launched its first podcast, “AirSpace.” The museum contains the largest and most significant collection of air- and spacecraft in the world, and this new series aims to tell the human stories of achievement, failure and perseverance behind those famous machines. Each episode will demystify the world’s most popular museum, and explore why people are so fascinated with stories of exploration, innovation and discovery. The first episode, available today, examines Earthlings living on “Mars Time.” No human has ever set foot on Mars, but scientists have been working there for years. A day on the red planet is about 40 minutes longer than here on Earth, which wreaks havoc on humans’ work week. This episode will look at how scientists ... More

Tabaimo, Two, 2016. Single channel projection with audio. Courtesy of the artist and James Cohan, New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- James Cohan is presenting, Clue to Utsushi, a new exhibition by Japanese artist Tabaimo. The exhibition features four works previously presented in her 2016 show Utsutsushi Utsushi at the Seattle Art Museum and a new work, Shinju Trail, created for this show. Clue to Utsushi is the fourth exhibition of Tabaimo’s work at James Cohan. The show is on view from Saturday, January 13 to Sunday, February 25. Tabaimo creates complex video works and spatial interventions that observe and incisively critique contemporary Japanese society. Her works are aesthetic feats, but a distinctly sinister ambience lurks under the technical polish of her videos. By conjuring this ominous mood, Tabaimo captures the tension between appearance and reality, revealing the imperfection of human perception. Clue to Utsushi further examines the idiosyncrasies of perception through the uniquely Japanese idea of utsushi – an artistic concept that ... More

Tim Knox has been Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge since April 2013. © The Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge.

LONDON.- Her Majesty The Queen has appointed Mr Tim Knox to succeed Mr Jonathan Marsden as Director of the Royal Collection. As Director, Mr Knox will be responsible for the care of the Royal Collection and its presentation to the public, and for the management of the public opening of the official residences of The Queen. Tim Knox has been Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge since April 2013. An eminent architectural historian and curator of country houses, he was previously Director of Sir John Soane’s Museum and Head Curator at the National Trust. A graduate of the Courtauld Institute of Art, Tim's early career was spent at the Royal Institute of British Architects, before he joined the National Trust in 1995. He will take up the Royal Collection directorship in March 2018. Tim Knox said, 'It is a great honour to be asked to be the next Director of the Royal Collection. I look forward to building upon the tr ... More

Smithsonian names Julissa Marenco Assistant Secretary for Communications and External Affairs   Exhibition at the Hyde Collection includes more than seventy works by Alphonse Mucha   'Lisson Presents... Speech Act' on view at Lisson Gallery London

Julissa Marenco has been named the Smithsonian’s Assistant Secretary for Communications and External Affairs, effective Feb 12. She will oversee the Institution’s Offices of Public Affairs, Government Relations, Visitor Services, and Special Events and Protocol. Photo courtesy Hamilton Photography.

WASHINGTON, DC.- The Smithsonian announced today that Julissa Marenco has been named its Assistant Secretary for Communications and External Affairs. Marenco will oversee the Institution’s Offices of Public Affairs, Government Relations, Visitor Services, and Special Events and Protocol. Her first day will be Monday, Feb. 12. Most recently, Marenco served as the chief external affairs officer and senior advisor at the Federal Communications Commission where she directed outreach, education and external affairs in the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau. She was responsible for establishing strategic partnerships and developing outreach efforts to consumers, stakeholders and public and ... More

Alphonse Mucha (Czech, 1860-1939), Flirt Biscuits Lefevre-Utile, 1899 (detail), color lithograph on paper, 25 1/4 x 11 3/4 in., Courtesy of the Dhawan Collection.

GLENS FALLS, NY.- An exhibition featuring the works of the artist credited with inspiring the Art Nouveau movement opens Sunday, January 14, at The Hyde Collection. Alphonse Mucha: Master of Art Nouveau includes more than seventy works drawn from the Dhawan Collection of Los Angeles, California, one of the most significant private collections of Mucha’s work in the United States. The exhibition examines how Mucha’s work helped shape the aesthetics of French Art Nouveau at the turn of the century. Art Nouveau, or New Art, describes a style in architecture, and visual and decorative arts that flourished from the 1890s through 1910. It emphasized the beauty of natural forms in everyday life. Art Nouveau featured a sinuous or “whiplash” line, flattened space, and botanical shapes and patterns. “Mucha’s early work is centered on the epitome of beauty,” said Jonathan Canning, ... More

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LONDON.- ‘Lisson Presents… Speech Act’ offers insight into the way in which the construction of image and text populate the political imaginary through the work of Allora & Calzadilla, Susan Hiller and LaureProuvost. Though different in their aesthetic and political register, each of the works presented in the presentation reflect on the relationship between language and its delivery apparatus, highlighting the coercive potential of such coalescence in the public domain. Either as subversive stratagem or as a critique of the pervasiveness of the statements, messages and signs that bombard us daily, language is held accountable and simultaneously offered as a subterfuge to question the political rhetoric and the homogenisation of its visual delivery in our current moment. Allora & Calzadilla’s film titled Amphibious (Login-Logout) (2005) occurs on the Pearl River Delta region in the People’s Republic of China and follows a group of turtles that have been placed on top of ... More

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Michel Rein exhibits works by Luca Vitone
BRUSSELS.- As Sigmund Freud wrote, directly in English, in Character and Anal Eroticism, « Dirt is matter in the wrong place ». Quoted by Yve-Alain Bois in reference to Robert Rauschenberg’s Dirt Painting (1953), we could say the same for Luca Vitone’s seven dust monochrome pictures. Matter, organic matter, « éminence grise » (Fabio Coccetti), invisible and anonymous – yet still active – force… dust has a never-ending life of its own. Though we may sweep it away, it always returns, the same as before and to the same places. But discreetly, settling on things without ever becoming one of them. Vitone transforms the shapeless background of the monochrome picture into a repository for dust. Bound by nature to wind and air, to a constant airflow without a steady support, dust (the « anti-pigment par excellence ») meets with a destiny alien to its own nature. A ... More

Exhibition brings together paintings and drawings by Allan D'Arcangelo
LONDON.- Waddington Custot announced that the gallery now represents the Estate of Allan D’Arcangelo (1930–1998) and is presenting the artist’s first UK solo exhibition, Pi in the Sky. The exhibition brings together paintings and drawings from the late sixties to early eighties, all shown in London for the first time. The selection of works focuses on the artist’s landscape painting which, utilising the monuments of the road, is rooted in a collective American experience. D’Arcangelo painted contemporary landscapes from his memory. A road, a pylon or the sky glimpsed through an overpass are his subjects and the Sublime root of landscape paintings, with its intrinsic links to nature, is not of concern. The paintings from this period tend to depict scenes of post-industrialisation, ... More

A Collection of Wine from a Secret Grotto in Northern Europe opens Sotheby's 2018 London wine season
LONDON.- Sotheby’s will open its 2018 London wine auctions on 24 January with an extraordinary single-owner collection which has been stored in a secret grotto hewn by hand from the base of a rock face, located in a particularly beautiful part of Northern Europe. The resulting storage conditions of the cellar were consistently and evenly cool, with good natural humidity – ideal for the health of the wine. The 388-lot auction is estimated to bring a combined total in the region of £825,000. Serena Sutcliffe, MW, Honorary Chairman, Sotheby’s Wine, said: “In the dark days of winter, it takes a treasure trove of truly joyous wines to bring a smile to the face. This collection puts the greatest vinous gems of France under the spotlight. It is clear that the wines were chosen by someone with remarkable gastronomic and wine knowledge, who had access to the best châteaux ... More

Art Cologne announces Top-flight line-up of international galleries
COLOGNE.- 200 top international galleries and high-calibre newcomers from 31 countries: the 52th edition of Art Cologne (19–22 April 2018) will host a line-up of exhibitors unmatched in the German art market. In the “GALLERIES” sector, renown galleries will be presenting an exceptional range of high-quality modern masters and work by post-war and contemporary artists. With NEUMARKT, Art Cologne presents a critical insight into the practices and interests of the newest generation of galleries. Particularly worthy of mention in the contemporary section are international heavy weights such as David Zwirner, Gagosian, Hauser + Wirth, Lisson, Thaddaeus Ropac, White Cube, Kamel Mennour, Pearl Lam, nächst St. Stephan and Gio Marconi as well as leading galleries of Germany such as Sprüth Magers, Michael Werner, Gisela Capitain, Karsten Greve, Daniel Buchholz, ... More

Boise Art Museum opens "Jo Hamilton: Knots in Time"
BOISE, ID.- Fiber artist Jo Hamilton moved to Portland after graduating from the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. Educated as a painter, she eventually began to explore the representational possibilities of crochet. She depicts the urban fabric of Portland and its people, using traditional materials such as yarn, as well as alternative materials, such as plastic and parachute cord. Hamilton learned to crochet from her grandmother, and the link between craft and human relationships pervades her work. Her portraits and cityscapes stem as much from the traditional handicrafts passed down to her by her grandmother as from her training in fine arts. By combining the traditions of crochet and academic painting, Hamilton’s work draws viewers into a world in which looking, knowing, and making are bound together. Rather than working from patterns, Hamilton achieves her likenesses ... More

Cristin Tierney Gallery opens exhibition of new video works by peter campus
NEW YORK, NY.- Cristin Tierney Gallery is presenting peter campus: pause. This exhibition of new video works is the next in the gallery's annual black box programming that highlights the moving image. pause opened on Thursday, January 11th and closes on Saturday, February 17th. In pause, new video works present images of life in harbor and seaside areas around eastern Long Island, Massachusetts, and the Atlantic coast of France. A two-screen work, ebb and flow, was made in Montauk harbor, Shinnecock inlet, and the famous New Bedford harbor. The dual projections portray fishing boats moored to docks or churning through water, creating powerful juxtapositions of form, perspective, and color. At times the images seem nearly mirrored, but small differences reveal themselves upon close observation. A boat turning is seen simultaneously from the side and ... More

Gavin Brown's enterprise opens LaToya Ruby Frazier's largest exhibition in New York to date
NEW YORK, NY.- On January 14, Gavin Brown’s enterprise will open its debut solo exhibition by the artist and photographer, LaToya Ruby Frazier, her largest exhibition in New York to date. A recipient of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 2015, LaToya Ruby Frazier’s artistic practice spans a range of media that incorporates photography, video and performance and centers on the nexus of social justice, cultural change and commentary on the American experience. This exhibition features three distinct recent bodies of work: Flint is Family, The Notion of Family, and A Pilgrimage to Noah Purifoy's Desert Art Museum whose themes address Frazier's deeply rooted and long held concerns exploring the legacies of racism, inequality, economic decline, access to healthcare and environmental justice. Flint is Family ... More

Lois Lambert Gallery opens exhibition of new works by the Brazilian painter and mural artist Rodrigo Branco
SANTA MONICA, CA.- Lois Lambert Gallery is presenting new works by the Brazilian painter and mural artist Rodrigo Branco in his first solo exhibition in the Los Angeles area, titled “Moldando Pedra Dura”. Rodrigo Branco has gained a reputation throughout Brazil for the eclectic and colorful compositions of his murals. The paintings in this exhibit will continue that aesthetic. In this series of paintings, Rodrigo explores his own life’s narrative through the discovery of a box of family photographs which his father had saved throughout his lifetime. Branco uses the images as inspiration by painting small fragments of them and layering the images with abstractions, patterns and colors. Through this visual retelling of his family’s narrative, Branco creates a new vision for the future while still honoring his origins. According to Rodrigo: “they are fragments of the past that speak about the future”. As a child, ... More

Susan Eley Fine Art opens Jason Noushin's first solo exhibition in New York
NEW YORK, NY.- Susan Eley Fine Art announces the opening of All Her Number’d Stars: Paintings, Drawings and Sculptures by Jason Noushin. This is the first solo exhibition for the artist in New York City, following the success of his participation in SEFA’s group exhibition: Beyond the Ban: Contemporary Iranian Art, held last summer to benefit the Center for Human Rights in Iran, a non-profit based in Brooklyn, NY. Jason Noushin was born in England and raised in Iran. He lived in London before moving to the US in 1997, where he has since lived in Connecticut. Living a life seeped in multi-cultures informs his work, which reflects a play between the Middle East and the West and explores the intersection of seemingly disparate elements. Returning to the language of his childhood home, Noushin incorporates Persian calligraphy in many of his paintings and sculptures. ... More

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On a day like today, German photographer Andreas Gursky was born
January 15, 1955. Andreas Gursky (born 15 January 1955) is a German photographer and professor at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany. He is known for his large format architecture and landscape colour photographs, often employing a high point of view. In this image: Andreas Gursky, Tokyo Stock Exchange 1990. C-Print 205.0 x 260.0 x 6.2 cm © Andreas Gursky /VG Bild-Kunst. Licensed by VISCOPY, Australia. Courtesy: Monika Sprüth / Philomene Magers, Berlin London.

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