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Kunsthaus Bregenz opens Ed Atkins' largest solo presentation to date

Ed Atkins, Installation view ground floor, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Safe Conduct, 2016
. Photo: Markus Tretter. Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin, Cabinet Gallery, London, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York / Rom, and dépendance, Brüssel © Ed Atkins, Kunsthaus Bregenz.

BREGENZ.- Ed Atkins is one of the most distinctive and important artists of his generation. Following on from major exhibitions at The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Serpentine in London, Castello di Rivoli in Turin, and the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin, among others, Kunsthaus Bregenz presents Atkins’ first exhibition in Austria, and his largest solo presentation to date. Atkins is an artist who makes videos, writes and draws, developing a complex and deeply figured discourse around definition, wherein the impossibilities for sufficient representations of the physical, specifically corporeal, world — from computer generated imagery (CGI) to bathetic poetry — are hysterically rehearsed. Atkins’ works often centres on an unidentified figure, a kind of surrogate for the artist, who is animated by Atkins’ own performance. The figure is to be found in situations of everyday despair, anxiety, frustration and pitch comedy. Atkins’ works ... More

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Major exhibition of new photography by Hannah Starkey on view at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery   Egon Schiele's modernist vision of Trieste Fishing Boat set to appear at auction for first time   Sheldon Museum of Art opens "John Walker: Moments of Observation"

Hannah Starkey, 'Pussy power', Women's March, London 2017, 2017. C-print mounted to aluminum dibond in artist frame, 48 x 64 x 1 1/2 in. Edition of 5, 2 APs. Courtesy the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York / Los Angeles.

NEW YORK, NY.- Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, is presenting a major exhibition of new photography by Hannah Starkey. On view in the gallery’s second floor exhibition spaces from January 5 - February 9, 2019, this is the artist’s fourth solo presentation with the gallery. For more than 20 years, Starkey has dedicated her practice to representing the experiences of women in contemporary society. Blurring the lines between portraiture, documentary, and mediated reality, Starkey carefully reconstructs glimpses of interior lives capturing her subjects in moments of introspection amid ordinary urban spaces. Developing a new way to capture her gender, Starkey’s photographs defy the myopic identities in which women are traditionally portrayed in the thousands of images we see every day. ... More

Egon Schiele (1890 – 1918), Triestiner Fischerboot (Trieste Fishing Boat), oil and pencil on canvas, 75 by 75cm. 29˝ by 29˝in. Painted in 1912. Estimate Ł6,000,000-8,000,000. Courtesy Sotheby's.

LONDON.- As the art world takes stock following a series of centenary exhibitions honouring the life and art of Egon Schiele, whose untimely death at the tender age of 28 in 1918 left so much unsaid, Sotheby’s is set to celebrate Schiele’s extraordinary power this February when a fascinating work by the Austrian artist comes to auction for the first time. Painted in 1912, Triestiner Fischerboot (Trieste Fishing Boat) holds a unique position in Schiele’s oeuvre and was created in the aftermath of what was arguably the most tumultuous and life-changing experience for the artist. Recently released from a brief period of incarceration in Neulengbach in Austria, and rejected by the local community there, Schiele’s visit to Trieste in 1912 was prompted by a desire to escape the grim memories of his recent past, and relive fond memories ... More

John Walker (born Birmingham, England 1939), Untitled, 2011. Oil on bingo card, 7 1/4 × 5 1/2 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Alexandre Gallery, New York.

LINCOLN, NE.- The vicissitudes of land and sea have provided rich subject matter for John Walker’s paintings over the past fifteen years. Sheldon Museum of Art at the University of Nebraska presents “John Walker: Moments of Observation,” featuring both large- and small-scale works created by the artist in response to living much of this period on the coast of Maine. “John Walker has always been a keen observer,” noted Wally Mason, Sheldon’s director and chief curator. “He embraces the essence of all in his path, perceiving what most of us miss and scrutinizing it through dialog with paint and canvas. This exhibition offers us the opportunity to broaden our understanding of the rich tradition of painting by examining the achievement of such an innovative artist.” On March 5 at 6 p.m., Walker will give a public presentation at Sheldon in which he will discuss his creative process and fascination ... More

Solo exhibition of Jan Van Imschoot's work opens at Galerue Templon   Museum of Modern Art announces second iteration of The Future of Film is Female   'Rambo' producer Andy Vajna dies

Siberische sneeuwsnoek, 2018. Oil on canvas, 150 x 130 cm ; 59 x 51 1/8 in. Courtesy of Galerie Templon, Paris – Brussels.

BRUSSELS (PARIS).- Galerie Templon is holding the second solo exhibition of Jan Van Imschoot’s work in Brussels. The cinematic painter and selfproclaimed master of anarcho-baroque is back in Belgium with a brand new series influenced by Caravaggio. ‘I’m a child of painting and of cinema, a Flemish painter and a Latino-Belgian surrealist, with language and images as my partners. Thank you Rik Wouters, thank you René, thank you Marcel’ explains the artist, who constantly questions the potential of painting. In Amore Dormiente, Jan Van Imschoot tackles themes such as love, sexual desire, lust and vengeance with black backgrounds and flamboyant colours, naked bodies in motion and powerful gestures. Freed from the academic straitjacket ... More

Blame. 2018. USA. Directed by Quinn Shepherd. Courtesy Samuel Goldwyn Films.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Museum of Modern Art presents The Future of Film Is Female, Part 2, the second installment in a two-year, seasonal effort to champion contemporary films directed by women early in their careers. Organized with the funding initiative The Future of Film Is Female, a group dedicated to increased representation, equitable workplaces, and gender parity for women in cinema, the series at MoMA provides an opportunity for female directors to screen and discuss their new projects. The recurring series highlights films that reflect and respond to changes in filmmaking, financing, and exhibition, in addition to broader societal challenges. This winter’s The Future of Film Is Female series runs February 14–21, 2019, in The Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters ... More

Andy Vajna backed blockbusters such as "Rambo".

BUDAPEST (AFP).- US-Hungarian film producer Andy Vajna, who backed blockbusters such as "Rambo", "Die Hard", and "Terminator", has died at his home in Budapest, the Hungarian National Film Fund said Sunday. Andrew G. Vajna, born in the Hungarian capital on August 1, 1944, died after a long illness, a Fund statement said. He was 74. Vajna's family fled Hungary after a national insurrection was crushed by Soviet troops in 1956. He lived in Hong Kong and Canada before arriving in the United States, where he thrived in the film industry, founding the production company Carolco with partner Mario Kassar. The firm turned out a series of big-budget successes that also included "Basic Instinct", "Total Recall" and "Angel Heart". With around 40 productions under his belt, Vajna returned to Hungary early this century and became a ... More

Art Madrid'19 announces the participating galleries list   Galería Elvira González opens its second solo show of the Spanish artist Miquel Barceló   Mr.'s 'Melancholy Walk Around the Town' opens at Perrotin Paris

More than 40 galleries and almost 200 artists, including 10 first-time participating galleries, selected for the 14th edition of Art Madrid.

MADRID.- Art Madrid celebrates its 14th edition from February 27 to March 3, 2019, in the Crystal Gallery of CentroCentro Cibeles (c/ Montalbán,1), with the participation of more than 40 national and international galleries that will show the works of nearly 200 artists, both emerging and consolidated creators.. With an outstanding foreign presence, which this year reaches 40% and reaffirms the confidence placed in the fair by the international context, 26 national and 16 foreign exhibitors from 13 countries, from Spain to Germany, France, Portugal, Lithuania, Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, South Africa or Taiwan, and including the participating of 10 first-time participating galleries, have been selected for this edition. In this edition, as the Selection Committee assures, the proposals are highlighted because of the increasing quality, the more rigorous selection, the ... More

Installation view. Photo: Cuauhtli Gutiérrez. Courtesy Galería Elvira González.

MADRID.- Galería Elvira González opened its second solo show of the Spanish artist Miquel Barceló. The exhibition has 29 new works of which 15 are canvases, 12 are works on paper and 2 ceramics. All these works have been made in the past two years and are being shown to the public for the first time. Life of Octopus is the title chosen by Barceló and refers to his deep link with the sea, its nature and wildlife, and with the relationship between humans and the seas. A romantic and desolate vision. An unsettling stormy sea that seems to relate to the moment in which we live. Some boats with people and some empty ones lost in the sea. A large multicoloured octopus of two meters presides over one of the exhibition rooms. The exhibition shows other subjects in which Barceló has recently worked as drawings of Goethe’s book Faust, images of bullfighters and some classic stories and self-portraits. On the occasion of Life of Octop ... More

Untitled, 2018. Acrylic on canvas mounted on wood panel, h. 202 × L. 171 cm | h. 79 1/2 × l. 67 5/16 in. ©︎ 2018 Mr./Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy Perrotin.

PARIS.- The city is intoxicating, overwhelming. It bays, it roars for our attention. The city is all-encompassing. It envelops, engulfs all that comes into its path, inhaling the grotesque and the beautiful, exhaling the phantasmagorical and mundane alike. The city is transgressive, invasive, infringing upon our physical boundaries, permeating us visually and sonically, assailing our skin and our bodily defences. Mr.’s city, the city of Tokyo, the otaku neighbourhoods of Akihabara and Ikebukuro, is for him such a site. An interminable cacophony of words and images. A seductive fantasy of desire and dread. A space of street scribblings and graffiti, of conspicuous consumption and exhaustion. This is a land of the acerbically saccharine and the bitterly sweet, a land of rupture and flow, exuberance and estrangement. This is a terrain ... More

The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art opens exhibition of works by American light artist Phillip K. Smith III   Modern Art hosts exhibition of works by Charlotte Posenenske for Condo London 2019   Louis Stern Fine Arts exhibits intimate interior compositions by Helen Lundeberg

Phillip K. Smith III Portals, photo by Lance Gerber, courtesy Phillip K. Smith III Studio.

SONOMA, CA.- American light artist Phillip K. Smith III (b. Calif., 1972), noted for his large-scale installations and sublime works of art, presents Portals: A Space for Color, on view at Sonoma Valley Museum of Art from January 19 to April 7, 2019. For this exhibition, the artist’s first in Sonoma, Smith installed three “Portals,” creating an immersive environment within the museum’s galleries. Each artwork, originally part of a monumental 85-foot diameter light pavilion, investigates the relationship between light, form, surface, and perception—a theme rigorously and inventively explored throughout Smith’s ongoing Lightworks series, in which the artist paints a highly specific three-dimensional canvas with light over time. In Portals: A Space for Color, he crafts each color selection, location, and pace of change to evoke a sense of breath within the work. As the reflected light pushes across large, ... More

Charlotte Posenenske, Relief Serie B, 1967-2016, 3 elements, aluminium, sprayed standard RAL matte red, 100 x 50 x 14 cm, 39 3/8 x 19 3/4 x 5 1/2 ins. Photo: Robert Glowacki. Courtesy Estate of Charlotte Posenenske, Modern Art, London & Galerie Mehdi Chouakri, Berlin.

LONDON.- Modern Art is presenting an exhibition of works by Charlotte Posenenske for Condo London 2019 in association with Galerie Mehdi Chouakri, Berlin. Charlotte Posenenske (b. Wiesbaden, 1930, d. Frankfurt, 1985) made pioneering contributions to Minimalist and Conceptual art during her short-lived artistic career. Rediscovered only posthumously, her predominantly sculptural output has influenced younger generations of artists since the 1990s. The terms democratisation, variability, participation, and cooperation are crucial to an understanding of Posenenske’s work. Envisioning art as a social and participatory act that should be opened to wider public engagement, rather than a product ... More

Helen Lundeberg (1908-1999), Interior with Table, 1960. Oil on canvas, 36 x 30 inches; 91.4 x 76.2 centimeters.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Louis Stern Fine Arts is presenting “Helen Lundeberg: Interiors.” In this presentation of Lundeberg’s intimate interior compositions, the artist’s subtle lens renders familiar scenery and objects strange and mysterious. This exhibition, which spans multiple decades of Lundeberg’s career, reflects the notoriously reclusive artist’s powerful command of illusory perspective and fascination with interchangeable positive and negative space. Beginning with her Post-Surrealist work in the 1930s and continuing throughout her career, Lundeberg utilized ambiguous interior spaces to stage a series of images, carefully organized to evoke guided contemplation within the viewer. The unusual arrangement of ordinary objects, set within spaces just outside the realm of decipherable form, provokes a response of ... More

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5 Advantages of Education Abroad
Thinking of studying abroad? Most students, at some point, wonder what it would be like to study abroad. What would it be like? What would be the experience of studying thousands of miles away from home? What are the advantages of education abroad? Perhaps the last question is the most pertinent one for learners looking to enter into a foreign education system. What drives most people to study abroad is the chance of accessing opportunities and resources available in a new country. Those opportunities and resources are not typically available in their own countries and in that you have the first advantage of studying abroad. There are lots of other advantages, however. Here are some benefits of studying abroad that may not have crossed your mind. If you’re still on the fence about enrolling into a foreign college, these benefits might just nudge you in the right direction. ... More

Wong Ping's first major institutional solo show premieres at Kunsthalle Basel
BASEL.- The world we live in is twisted. Sexist, ageist, consumerist, post-factual, warmongering, it is all of these things and more. Against this backdrop, we regularly and voyeuristically survey others while we let them watch us via Facebook. We Instagram. We Tinder. We Google. We reveal where we are at any moment, what weʼve eaten, what books we are reading, designating preferences with a thumbs up, with a heart, by swiping right. We scroll and consume ceaseless streams of images and information. Enter Wong Ping. The Hong Kong native came of age at the dawn of the internet. He didnʼt train as an artist, but studied design. He wrote for years, and then began drawing his stories as animations late at night after his day job at a local television studio. There he worked in post-production, editing recorded images for broadcast—digitally removing, for example, ... More

Exhibition takes an in-depth look at the history of Frankfurt in the years 1919 to 1933
FRANKFURT.- In honour of the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus, the Museum Angewandte Kunst is taking an in-depth look at the history of Frankfurt in the years 1919 to 1933. During that period, the city implemented an unparalleled programme of renewal in the areas of building construction, design and culture that went down in cultural history as Neues Frankfurt (New Frankfurt). After World War I, Frankfurt developed into an archetype of the modern metropolis that attracted interest far beyond city limits. Many regard the Bauhaus as the cradle of modernity in the twentieth century. Yet that famous art and design school was not the sole hotspot of innovative design in Germany and Europe. By the end of the 1920s, Frankfurt am Main had established itself as a world-famous centre of the avant-garde on a par with the Bauhaus. The aim of the exhibition Modernism ... More

Saudi music festival spotlights pre-Islamic heritage
AL-ULA (AFP).- Bathed in light, musicians belt out melodies among pre-Islamic desert ruins in northwestern Saudi Arabia, a heritage trove at the centre of efforts to put the reclusive kingdom on the tourism map. Hosted by the Al-Ula governorate -- where Nabatean tombs and art are chiseled into caramel-hued rock -- "Winter at Tantora" is the latest music carnival in the Islamic kingdom, where such events were unheard of just two years ago. Spread over eight weekends until February 9, the main events are hosted in an auditorium made of mirrored glass that has drawn international artists, from Lebanese singer Majida El Roumi to French classical violinist Renaud Capucon. And it shines a spotlight on a long-isolated area seen widely as an open-air museum. "Saudi Arabia is turning a new page," said Zainab al-Kadadi, a Riyadh-based banker. The ... More

Exhibition at NewArtCentre explores the sculptural potential of trees
SALISBURY.- NewArtCentre is working with The Kenneth Armitage Foundation on an exhibition of sculpture and works on paper by Kenneth Armitage which explores the sculptural potential of trees, specifically the ancient oaks he found in Richmond Park. The focal point of the show is the monumental bronze ‘Richmond Oak’ (1985) which is sited in the sculpture park at Roche Court. ‘Richmond Oak’ was originally commissioned by the Government Art Collection to stand in the garden of the British Embassy in Brasilia, one of several important large-scale works Armitage made during a long, illustrious career. Richmond Park was one of the notable primeval sites in Britain which fascinated Armitage, and John McEwen describes it as one of the “holy English places” that Armitage returned to often as a ritual: “what a sanctuary it was for him from life’s helter-skelter”. ... More

The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation opens the first in a two-year series of exhibitions
NEW YORK, NY.- The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation presents Revolution from Without…, the first in a two-year series of exhibitions under the larger title Revolutionary Cycles, at the Foundation’s exhibition space, The 8th Floor, in New York City. The six installments will be organized around a single theme, including labor, gender, the media, surveillance, and family. Through each exhibition, Revolutionary Cycles will focus on different modes of resistance, emphasizing how revolutionary gestures are manifest in the contexts of art and life. The inaugural exhibition Revolution from Without… features five artists and two collectives—Tania Bruguera, Tony Cokes, Chto Delat, Raqs Media Collective, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Dread Scott, and Mark Wallinger—whose practices engage structures of power that determine who is entitled to, and excluded from, ... More

Green Art Gallery opens an exhibition of works by Egyptian artist Samir Rafi
DUBAI.- Green Art Gallery is presenting an exhibition on the Egyptian artist Samir Rafi (b.1926, Cairo, d.2004, Paris). Rafi, who at the age of 13 found himself a student of the Egyptian watercolorist Shafiq Rizk, would later go on to study with masters such as Mohamed Nagi & Ragheb Ayad. At the age of 17, his career officially began in an exhibition organised by the artist and educator Hussein Youssef Amin. Unknowingly, Samir Rafi had joined the ranks of Fouad Kamel, Ramses Younan, and Kamel El Telmessany in the Surrealist group Art et Liberté, which would go on to influence generations of Egyptian artists. The spirit of those times, and the international current of Surrealism defined his perspective as an artist and left an indelible mark on his life’s work. By 1948 – the same year Rafi earned his Bachelors in Cairo – he had solidified his place as a member of the ... More

Kunsthall Trondheim presents Francine (was a machine) by Marte Aas
TRONDHEIM.- “I want to tell a story”—that’s how Marte Aas’ new film starts. The story that she is relating to is the one about René Descartes’ mechanical daughter, a fable about a man of rationality and science creating a human-looking machine in the place of his dead daughter Francine. During a travel through a storm at sea, the seamen discovered the doll in Descartes’ cabin and horrified threw it into the ocean. Francine was a machine, an automaton, an early cousin to today’s Sophias, soon becoming normal parts of everyday life-like the fridge, maybe already quite intelligent and greeting us with a stiff smile, if we care to notice it? In Aas’ works the everyday is animated with a gaze that presents us with something that is familiar but undefined—in a way that is reminiscent of of the naive gaze of a stranger encountering a new place, or that confused ... More

Monumental HBO-commissioned Game of Thrones textile art to be auctioned
STANSTED MOUNTFICHET.- A unique, once in a lifetime, monumental needlework embroidery depicting a defining scene from HBO’s fantasy epic Game of Thrones is to go under the hammer at Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers in Stansted Mountfitchet, England, on February 12, 2019. The unique souvenir, commissioned by HBO’s UK representatives to promote the hit show in 2016, took more than 30,000 artisan hours to make. The larger-than-life needlework, known as the “Hardhome Embroidery,” was produced by members of the Embroiderers' Guild, the UK’s leading educational charity promoting embroidery, as a backdrop to the DVD and Blu-ray launch of the fifth season of Game of Thrones. HBO’s eighth and final season of the smash series begins in April. The scene chosen by HBO for this amazing piece of textile art was the battle between ... More

Thomas Dane Gallery in Naples celebrates its first anniversary with exhibition of works by Caragh Thuring
NAPLES.- On the first anniversary of Thomas Dane Gallery in Naples and the fourth exhibition in the space, the gaallery opened a solo presentation of new works by Caragh Thuring (b. 1972, Brussels). Utilising various fabrics as canvas, including sailcloth, Neapolitan tartan and woven images of her own previous works, Thuring constructs fragments of submarines, coins, plants, figures, textiles and volcanoes into compositions that explore the spatial depth and vocabulary of painting. The exhibition is accompanied by an artist's book focused purely on Thuring's depictions of volcanoes created over the last fifteen years. In these new works Thuring has returned frequently to the motif of tartan, both as a woven fabric and as depicted in paint. The tartan geometry acts as a two-dimensional plane and referential grid on which the syntactical elements of the painting are ... More

The Studio Museum's 'Black Refractions' begins its tour in San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- The Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco is the inaugural venue for Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem, a major traveling exhibition created by the American Federation of Arts (AFA) in collaboration with The Studio Museum in Harlem. Black Refractions surveys close to a century of creative achievements by artists of African descent and is the first traveling exhibition in twenty-five years to reveal the breadth and expansive growth of the Studio Museum’s permanent collection. MoAD’s showing of the exhibition includes sixty-four works by over fifty artists across all media dating from the 1920s to the present. “The Studio Museum in Harlem is a sanctuary, foundation, and steward for artists of African descent around the world,” said Emily Kuhlmann, Director of Exhibitions and Curatorial Affairs ... More

Exhibition at LE BAL celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Iranian revolution
PARIS.- On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Iranian revolution, LE BAL is presenting the original collection of photographic and political books by Iranian artist Hannah Darabi. Gathering works published between 1979 and 1983, years corresponding to the short period when freedom of speech prevailed at the end of the Shah’s regime and the beginning of the Islamic government, Hannah Darabi takes us to the heart of an intense artistic and cultural period specifically for documentary photography in Iranian history. This period, fundamental to understand the country’s history during the 21st century, is decrypted by Chowra Makaremi, tenured researcher and a member of the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris. To suggest another reading of this collection, Hannah Darabi engages in a dialogue between her ... More

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On a day like today, French painter Nicolas Lancret was born
January 22, 1690. Nicolas Lancret (22 January 1690 - 14 September 1743), French painter, was born in Paris, and became a brilliant depicter of light comedy which reflected the tastes and manners of French society under the regent Orleans.

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