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Exhibition presents compelling portraits from the final years of the Weimar Republic

Exhibition view "Lotte Laserstein. Face to Face".

FRANKFURT.- The Städel Museum in Frankfurt am Main presents a comprehensive solo exhibition with works by the painter Lotte Laserstein (1898–1993). Laserstein’s oeuvre is one of the great recent art historical rediscoveries and features sensitive and compelling portraits from the final years of the Weimar Republic. The exhibition builds upon works from the collection of the Städel Museum, which in the past few years was successful in acquiring important works by the artist, including the paintings Russian Girl with Compact from 1928 and Boy with Kasper Puppet (Wolfgang Karger) from 1933. With approximately forty paintings and drawings, the exhibition focusses on Laserstein’s artistic development. Emphasis is placed on works from the 1920s and 30s, which mark the peak of her artistic work. “Lotte Laserstein. Face to Face” is the artist’s first solo exhibition in Germany outside of Berlin. “The child portra ... More

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Sotheby's to present Lady Blue Eyes: Property of Barbara and Frank Sinatra   Richard Tuttle presents new series of work in response to works on paper from the Phillips's permanent collection   Christie's to offer a masterpiece by Sir Anthony van Dyck


Norman Rockwell, Sinatra An American Classic (Portrait of Frank Sinatra), 1973. Oil on canvas. Estimate $80/120,000. Courtesy Sotheby's.

NEW YORK, NY.- Sotheby’s announced that they will offer property from the estate of Barbara Sinatra across a series of auctions this December in New York. A reference to Barbara Sinatra’s best-selling memoir, Lady Blue Eyes: Property of Barbara and Frank Sinatra will offer a rare window into the personal lives of the famed couple, through hundreds of works that Barbara and Frank assembled and lived with together throughout their 22-year marriage. Drawn primarily from the Sinatras’ residences in Palm Springs, Los Angeles and Malibu, Sotheby’s sales will offer fine art, decorative art and furniture collected by the couple, as well as objects and memorabilia left to Barbara upon her husband’s passing – in addition to her dazzling personal collection of jewelry and accessories. Together, the auctions will illuminate the two worlds that the Sinatras’ occupied: the fashionable lifestyle of a beloved entertainer and p ... More
 

What I was doing, 2018 Mixed media 76 3/4 x 57 x 36 in. © Richard Tuttle, courtesy Pace Gallery. Photo: Tom Barratt, courtesy Pace Gallery.

WASHINGTON, DC.- The Phillips Collection is presenting a new series of work by prominent American artist Richard Tuttle (b. 1941), best known for his subtle and enigmatic abstract works. The exhibition, titled It Seems Like It’s Going To Be, is on view September 13–December 30, 2018 as part of the Phillips’s ongoing Intersections series, which invites contemporary artists to create work that engages the museum’s permanent collection and architecture, and explores the intersections of modern and contemporary art practices. The exhibition is the first to be housed in the newly re-opened historic Phillips House galleries following a year-long renovation project. It Seems Like It’s Going To Be is an elaborate installation that combines Tuttle’s poetry and artwork, which ranges from intimate drawings to mixed media paintings and large sculptural assemblages. Based on his 41-verse poem, Tuttle created 41 works, one ... More
 

Sir Anthony Van Dyck, Portrait of Princess Mary, daughter of King Charles I of England. estimate: £5,000,000-8,000,000. © Christie’s Images Limited 2018.

LONDON.- Portrait of Princess Mary (1631–1660), daughter of King Charles I of England, full-length, in a pink dress decorated with silver embroidery and ribbons by Sir Anthony van Dyck, 1641, will be offered from a Distinguished Private Collection in Christie’s Old Masters Evening Sale on 6 December, during Christie’s Classic Week (estimate: £5,000,000-8,000,000). Commissioned to celebrate the crucial alliance between the British crown and the House of Orange, this intimate ad vivum (from life) portrait of Princess Mary, the finest portrait of the type, is remarkable for its royal provenance, the superb quality of its draughtsmanship and its exceptional condition. It is one of the most important European Royal Portraits to come to auction for a generation. The painting will go on public view for the first time, ahead of the auction, at Christie’s Shanghai ... More



Exhibition offers a view of art made by Black artists during one of the most crucial periods in American history   One of the world's rarest and most important books expected to fetch $1.5m at auction   Flowers Gallery opens a retrospective exhibition by British artist John Loker


Barkley L. Hendricks, Blood (Donald Formey), 1975. Oil and acrylic on canvas, 72 x 50 ½ inches. Courtesy of Dr. Kenneth Montague I The Wedge Collection, Toronto. © Estate of Barkley L. Hendricks. Courtesy of the artist’s estate and Jack Shainman. Gallery, New York. Photo by Jonathan Dorado, Brooklyn Museum.

BROOKLYN, NY.- The Brooklyn Museum presents the critically acclaimed exhibition Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, an unprecedented look at a broad spectrum of work by African American artists from 1963 to 1983, one of the most politically, socially, and aesthetically revolutionary periods in American history. Soul of a Nation considers the varied ways that Black artists responded to the demands of an urgent moment and brings together for the first time the disparate and innovative practices of more than sixty artists from across the country, offering an unparalleled opportunity to see their significant works side by side. The Brooklyn Museum is the only East Coast venue for this exhibition, which was organized by Tate Modern in London and traveled to Crystal Bridges ... More
 

Compiled by Curtis from 1907-30, the 20 volumes of text, accompanied by 20 folios of large-format photogravures, document the lives and customs of the Native American tribes. Image courtesy of Swann Auction Galleries.

NEW YORK, NY.- The North American Indian, by Edward S Curtis, is as important a cultural icon in the American psyche as John James Audubon’s Birds of America – both at the peak of publishing in the history of the United States. The exquisite set is not just one of the great landmarks for bibliophiles, it is also a masterpiece of photography, ground-breaking social record of a vanishing race of people. Now Swann Auction Galleries has announced it will offer one of the earliest complete sets, in its original binding, at auction on October 18. The estimate is $1m to $1.5m. Compiled by Curtis from 1907-30, the 20 volumes of text, accompanied by 20 folios of large-format photogravures, document the lives and customs of the Native American tribes. Curtis explained his motives in the introduction to the first volume in 1907: “The ... More
 

John Loker, Crossover Sensitive Parts, 1991. Oil on canvas © John Loker, Courtesy of Flowers Gallery London and New York.

LONDON.- Flowers Gallery is presenting a retrospective exhibition by British artist John Loker, marking the occasion of the artist’s 80th birthday. The show coincides with a survey exhibition taking place at Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Bradford, and a new monograph written by Ben Lewis, published by Elephant. Described by Ben Lewis as “one of modern Britain’s most original, free-thinking and category-defying artists”, Loker has produced works of art across many different media in the past six decades. The exhibition explores Loker’s stylistically-varied approach to image-making, from minimal painting and photography in the 1970s to expressive gestural paintings from the 1990s to the present day, sculptural constructions, and works on paper from across his career. The exhibition begins with an example of Loker’s early semi-abstract paintings from the 1960s, fusing elements of Pop Art and the crisp shapes o ... More



Scientists hopeful of finding the Endeavour   Galería de Arte Mexicano opens exhibition of works by Eugenia Martinez   Arthur Mitchell, trail-blazing black American ballet dancer, dead at 84


A replica of Captain Cook's ship 'Endeavour' is seen at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney on September 19, 2018. The centuries-long hunt for the remains of famed ship the Endeavour -- the vessel used by James Cook on a voyage of discovery to Australia and New Zealand -- could be nearing an end. Saeed KHAN / AFP.

SYDNEY (AFP).- The centuries-long hunt for the remains of famed ship the Endeavour -- the vessel used by James Cook on a voyage of discovery to Australia and New Zealand -- could be nearing an end. A team of marine archaeologists from Australia and the United States said Wednesday they believe they may have found the site where the vessel was scuttled in 1778. "Early indications are that the team has narrowed the possible site for the wreck of HMB Endeavour to one site, which is very promising," said Kevin Sumption, head of the Australian National Maritime Museum. That site is in Newport Harbour in the US state of Rhode Island. "A lot more detailed work, analysis and research has to ... More
 

Her work is a testimony of social inequality.

MEXICO CITY.- On September 20th Galería de Arte Mexicano will be opening "Because You Are a Girl", within the framework of Gallery Weekend. For this exhibition Eugenia has developed a collective piece, produced by inviting women to share phrases about a series of posters that address gender as a main theme. Born in Monterrey and educated in economics and sociology, both decisive for her artistic practice, Eugenia Martínez has oriented her work to the Mexican portrait in the last fifteen years of her artistic career. Her project began by addressing the colonial era and social structures that prevail since that time. In the last six years she has used photography found at flea markets as a medium for his portraits, with the purpose of making a journey through the social fracture between the Mexican social groups public discourse and their true thoughts. Her work is a testimony of social inequality; his portraits are ... More
 

In this file photo honorees Cicely Tyson and Arthur Mitchell pose on the red carpet before the 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors on December 6, 2015 in Washington, DC. MOLLY RILEY / AFP.

NEW YORK (AFP).- Arthur Mitchell, a pioneering black American ballet dancer, died Wednesday at the age of 84, the Dance Theatre of Harlem troupe which he co-founded announced. Born and raised in New York's Harlem, Mitchell joined the New York City Ballet in 1955, after being spotted in the Truman Capote musical "House of Flowers." In an interview with the New York Times in January, he recalled the often hostile reactions from audiences when he was given his first starring role in the 1955-56 season. "There happened to be a bald-headed guy sitting right behind the conductor," he told local news channel Fox5 in a February interview. "He said: 'My god! They've got a nigger in the company!'" "By the end, I got a standing ovation," he said, smiling. "I danced myself into their hearts." ... More



Heather Gaudio Fine Art opens a solo exhibition featuring new work by Brian Rutenberg   Pirelli HangarBicocca opens the first major exhibition in Italy of the work of Leonor Antunes   Next Antique Arms Fair to take place on 29th September at Pillar Hall, Olympia London


Brian Rutenberg, Coral Bells 3, 2018 (detail), oil on linen 44 x 62 inches.

NEW CANAAN, CONN.- Heather Gaudio Fine Art is presenting “Top of the Hill: New Paintings,” a solo exhibition featuring new work by Brian Rutenberg. The show runs through October 27th. This new body of work by Rutenberg is entitled Top of the Hill, after a Frank Vincent DuMond painting. For Rutenberg, Connecticut has played a significant, subtle role in his education and development as an artist. As a student of art history, he has been guided by the Tonalism of John Henry Twachtman, J. Alden Weir and other Cos Cob painters, as well as the Grassy Hill landscapes of Old Lyme painter DuMond. Rutenberg has lived and worked in New York City for over thirty years and during that time has taken pleasure in enjoying the four seasons in the Nutmeg State. Such was the starting point of the work created for this exhibition: these are big paintings of small things -- of alder and willow, or iris and hot drops of rain. For Rutenberg, t ... More
 

Leonor Antunes, the last days in Galliate, exhibition view at Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan, 2018. Courtesy of the artist and Pirelli HangarBicocca. Photo: Nick Ash.

MILAN.- Pirelli HangarBicocca presents the last days in Galliate, the first major exhibition in Italy of the work of Leonor Antunes (Lisbon, 1972). The exhibition space has radically been redesigned as a single sculptural site, where the lighting and the works intersect with one another. A trajectory that pays tribute to Milan's Modernist tradition, and to the leading figures who contributed to its development and success, names like Franca Helg and Franco Albini. One of the most interesting artists on the contemporary art scene, with solo shows in the major international institutions—such as the Whitechapel Gallery, London, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, New Museum, New York, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, and Fundação de Serralves, Porto—through her sculptures Leonor Antunes reinterprets the history of art, design, and architecture of the twentieth century, and in particular the Modernist tradition, in its m ... More
 

An Indian mail shirt and large Kulah Zirah hood, Bijapur, 17th Century. Provenance: The Bikaner Armoury. Photo: Courtesy Runjeet Singh.


LONDON.- The next Antique Arms Fair at Pillar Hall, Olympia London, takes place this Autumn on 29th September 2018. This biannual event will continue to focus on maintaining the high quality of objects for sale as well as augmenting the visitor numbers with every fair. The fair has also been praised for its excellent organisation, a reputation it strives to retain. Dealers from the UK, Europe and America attending the fair will include Runjeet Singh, Patrick Mestdagh, Peter Finer Ltd, Rodney Akeroyd & Son, West Street Antiques, Morion Antiques and Magazin Royal. An accompanying guide will include essays by top academics from the world of Antique Arms and Armour, including Ian Eaves, MVO FSA, former Keeper of Armour at the Royal Armouries, Herbert G. Houze, Curator Emeritus, Buffalo Bill Center, Cody Firearms Museum, and Stuart W. Pyhrr, Distinguished Research ... More



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Phillips opens exhibition featuring works on paper by Inoue Yuichi and ceramics by Tsujimura Shiro
HONG KONG.- Phillips, specialist auctioneers in modern and contemporary art, opened a selling exhibition titled Yu-ichi & Shiro Tsujimura: Monochrome Beauty by Nukaga Gallery to their collectors in Asia, featuring 12 works on paper by Japanese post-war artist Inoue Yuichi and a curated selection of ceramics by Tsujimura Shiro. “‘Yu-ichi & Shiro Tsujimura: Monochrome Beauty by Nukaga Gallery’ will present an array of iconic works by Inoue Yuichi and Tsujimura Shiro,” said Miety Heiden, Deputy Chairman and Head of Private Sales. “Both of these artists had a life-long dedication to conveying fine examples of purity and individuality in various forms of artworks, demonstrating a lyrical movement of the medium in their creations with selective colors. We are pleased to bring their works to Asia, where the artists had ... More

Galerie Christian Lethert opens solo exhibitions of works by Rana Begum and Winston Roeth
COLOGNE.- Rana Begum‘s second exhibition at Galerie Christian Lethert showcases the London artist‘s most recent body of works. With a varied selection of pieces which blur the line between painting, sculpture and architecture, this exhibition demonstrates Begum’s keen ability to blend materiality and colour with subtle nuances of light and shadow. Folded steel sculptures are dispersed among three large works made from powder-coated aluminium box sections. These box works, painted in Begum’s trademark vibrant colours, entice the viewer, prompting closer inspection before revealing how light and colour blend to create a perfect gradient. These works draw inspiration not only from Minimalism but also from the stark, bold shapes of modernist architecture. Begum’s exploration into the relationship between colour, space, light and repetition ... More

Cadogan Contemporary opens an exhibition of new works by the acclaimed Irish artist Richard Hearns
LONDON.- Cadogan Contemporary, London, announces Journey, an exhibition of new works by the acclaimed Irish artist Richard Hearns. This is the artist’s first solo show in London and features a collection of abstract oil paintings that are concerned with the alchemy of painting, what Hearns describes as an ‘…internal vision, something inside coming out’. The paintings, many of which are life-size – literally the same height as the artist and spanning the width of his outstretched arms – are intensely physical acts, drawing inspiration from the discipline of martial arts, of which Hearns is a practitioner, and the rhythmic nature of Ballyvaughan, County Clare, Ireland, the rural idyll where he lives and works. Hearns observes of the paintings: ‘It’s as if you are in a boxing ring, standing ... More

Exhibition features sculpture created from wood indigenous to the United States and Mexico border
NEW YORK, NY.- Lisson Gallery is presenting an exhibition of new works by Texas-born, New York-based artist Hugh Hayden. This marks the artist’s first exhibition with the gallery and features sculpture created from wood indigenous to the United States and Mexico border. Hugh Hayden’s work investigates natural and artificial means of identification. From early works featuring hair, feathers, tree bark and clothing to recent sculptures created from salvaged Christmas trees, Hayden begins with objects which inherently carry significant associations with societal categorization: race, religion, ethnicity, education, sexuality and the like. Using a rigorous process of sawing, sanding and sculpting, he combines disparate types of wood to create new composite forms which address themes of assimilation and acceptance, and metaphorically disrupt traditional American ... More

Elliot Bostwick Davis named Director and CEO of Norton Museum of Art
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA.- The Board of Trustees of the Norton Museum of Art announced today that nationally recognized art historian and curator Elliot Bostwick Davis has been appointed Director and CEO to succeed Hope Alswang, who is retiring on March 1, 2019 after leading the institution for nine years. Davis comes to the Norton from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), where for the past 18 years she has spearheaded all aspects of one of the world’s premier collections of the art of the Americas. She will assume the directorship on March 2, 2019. Davis joins the Norton at a moment of singular transformation for the institution that includes a 59,000 square-foot expansion and new sculpture garden designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Lord Norman Foster of Foster + Partners. The breathtaking new wing and expanded museum, opening ... More

Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein opens Yuri Albert's first comprehensive solo exhibition outside of Russia
VADUZ.- Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein is devoting the first comprehensive solo exhibition outside of Russia to the Russian-born artist (*1959) who today lives in Cologne and Moscow. “Is it possible to make an absolutely incomprehensible artwork?” – Yuri Albert Yuri Albert is one of the most important exponents of the second generation of the Moscow Conceptualists. Excluded from the state culture industry in the 1970s and 1980s, from the official infrastructure of museums and galleries, but also from the discourses of aesthetics and art criticism, the artists themselves were forced to take on the task of presenting, commenting on and reflecting theoretically on their activities. Marked by the historical experience of selforganisation in the late Soviet milieu, Albert arrived at his critical and, at the same time, (self-)ironic reflections on the art system. The focus of the exhibition ... More

Solo exhibition by celebrated Indonesian artist Entang Wiharso opens at Mizuma Gallery
SINGAPORE.- Mizuma Gallery announces Hybrid Brain, a solo exhibition by celebrated Indonesian artist, Entang Wiharso. Entang Wiharso is one of Indonesia’s most acclaimed contemporary artists and is known for creating provocative works loaded with bold visuals and distinctive imageries. Since 1997, Entang, his American wife, and two children have shuttled between Yogyakarta, where his Indonesian studio is located, and his studio in Rhode Island, U.S., progressively belonging and un-belonging to his land of origin. These two vastly different countries have become important parts of his identity, and this dichotomy of cultures, personal opinions, and experiences are reflected in his works. In this exhibition, Entang explores the issues of identity, belonging, and otherness in an increasingly mobile society where acceptance and integration are rare privileges ... More

The Armory Show announces 2019 curatorial team
NEW YORK, NY.- The Armory Show announced today that Sally Tallant, Lauren Haynes, and Dan Byers have been selected to curate The Armory Show’s 2019 edition, marking the fair’s 25th Anniversary Year since its founding in 1994. The Armory Show will open with a VIP Preview Day on Wednesday, March 6; the fair will be open to the public March 7–10, 2019. Led by Nicole Berry, Executive Director, The Armory Show’s 2019 edition will once again convene a selection of top international galleries in Midtown Manhattan, presenting artworks that range from historical masterpieces to the latest contemporary projects by established and emerging artists. This year’s international curatorial team reflects The Armory Show’s core identity as a place for presenting new artists and strong curatorial viewpoints. “We are thrilled to be working with these internationally ... More

Jill Maney named Director of Development at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Insitute
UTICA, NY.- Jill Maney, Ph.D, of Cooperstown, has been named Director of Development for Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Insitute. Dr. Maney was previously Individual Giving Manager at Bassett Healthcare Network, Cooperstown, where she secured more than $1 million in grant and foundation support and developed portfolio of major donors, generating multiple individual gifts of $10,000-$25,000. MWPAI president and CEO Anna D’Ambrosio said Dr. Maney was selected after a national search. "We are delighted to have Jill join the MWPAI staff,” she said. “Her years of development and business experience, combined with her community engagement, makes her a perfect fit for the Institute." Dr. Maney said moving from healthcare to art is a natural transition for her. Growing up in Boston, she and her family frequently visited art museums. “Art ... More

Rose Art Museum opens fall exhibitions
WALTHAM, MASS.- The Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University opened its fall exhibitions–Tuesday Smillie: To build another world and Passage, an exhibition of highlights spanning seven decades of the museum’s permanent collection–on view September 7 through December 2, 2018. Remaining on view will be Tony Lewis’ site-specific mural Plunder (2017), and Mark Dion’s permanent installation The Undisciplined Collector (2015). Building on a history of protest signage, Brooklyn-based artist Tuesday Smillie (b. 1981, Boston, MA) delves into transgender activism and identity politics, questioning the address of language and the imprint of the past on the present in a multimedia practice that includes watercolor, collage, and textile-based work. Curated by Assistant Curator Caitlin Julia Rubin, To build another world is the artist’s first solo museum exhibition. Spanning ... More

CUE Art Foundation explores the relationship between language and violence
NEW YORK, NY.- CUE Art Foundation announced Original Language, a group exhibition presenting the work of six artists who are invested in the relationship between language and violence. The work maps a range of responses to the paradoxical fact that while it is urgent and necessary to use language in protest, language is also routinely the very site of structural violence. ARE YOU THE GOODS? (‘Les Biennes’) is a paper bag installation by Wilder Alison. The mural-scale work is comprised of approximately thirty silkscreened paper bags hung open on the back wall of the gallery, which is also painted with a color field background. The text is the narrative of a dream Wilder once had, which encompassed a word-play between French and English: les biens translate to the goods, while lesbians means the same thing in both languages. The Central Park Five are five ... More




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On a day like today, American sculptor Dale Chihuly was born
September 20, 1941. Dale Chihuly (born September 20, 1941) is an American glass sculptor and entrepreneur. His works are considered to possess outstanding artistic merit in the field of blown glass, "moving it into the realm of large-scale sculpture." The technical difficulties of working with glass forms are considerable, yet Chihuly uses it as the primary medium for installations and environmental artwork. In this image: Joey Kirkpatrick, Flora C. Mace and Dale Chihuly. Courtesy of Chihuly Studio.



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