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First museum exhibition devoted to the portraits of William Eggleston opens

Untitled, c.1975 (Marcia Hare in Memphis, Tennessee) by William Eggleston. © Eggleston Artistic Trust.

LONDON.- A previously unseen image of The Clash frontman Joe Strummer and a never-before exhibited portrait of the actor and photographer Dennis Hopper are being displayed for the first time in the National Portrait Gallery this summer. They are included in the first museum exhibition devoted to the portraits of pioneering American photographer, William Eggleston. William Eggleston Portraits (21 July to 23 October) brings together over 100 works by the American photographer, renowned for his vivid, poetic and mysterious images of people in diners, petrol stations, phone booths and supermarkets. Widely credited with increasing recognition for colour photography, following his own experimental use of dye-transfer technique, Eggleston is being celebrated by a retrospective of his full career, including a selection of never-before seen vintage black and white photographs from the 1960s taken in and around the artist’s home in Memphis, Tenne ... More

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Museum of London opens exhibition to mark 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London   Exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum explores the camera as subject   Fonds Hélène & Édouard Leclerc pour la Culture exhibits works by Marc Chagall

Detail of oil painting of the Great Fire of London, seen from Ludgate. © Museum of London.

LONDON.- The Museum of London opened its most theatrical exhibition to date, Fire! Fire! The exhibition combines a variety of sights, sounds, smells, textures and interactive exhibits to immerse visitors in the events leading up to, during and after the Great Fire of London in 1666. The exhibition begins on an imagined Pudding Lane on the eve of the Great Fire, brought to life through theatrical timber set works inspired by 17th-century illustrations as well as silhouettes and sounds of Londoners going about their everyday lives. Entering Thomas Farriner’s bakery, visitors then witness the rapid progress of the Great Fire as it spreads across a map of London from 1666 projected on to a giant loaf of bread. Nestled amongst the remains of fire damaged houses, the Museum of London’s rich Great Fire collections include a variety of scarred and warped household objects such as pottery, plates, bricks, tiles, ceramics and glass ... More

Vernacular photograph, unknown, 1905-1950. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

LONDON.- This summer the V&A displays of over 120 photographs that explore the camera as subject. People are taking more photographs today than ever before, but as they increasingly rely on smartphones, the traditional device is disappearing from sight. The Camera Exposed showcases works by over 57 known artists as well as many unidentified amateur photographers. From formal portraits to casual snapshots, and from still-lifes to cityscapes, each work features at least one camera. Portraits of photographers such as Bill Brandt, Paul Strand and Weegee, posed with their cameras, are on display alongside self-portraits by Eve Arnold, Lee Friedlander and André Kertész, in which the camera appears as a reflection or a shadow. Other works depict cameras without their operators. In the earliest photograph included in the display, from 1853, Charles Thurston Thompson captures himself and his ... More

Le Bûcheron et Mercure, 1927. Gouache sur papier brun, 51,4 x 41,2 cm. Collection privée.

LANDERNEAU.- The exhibition, hosted by the Fonds Hélène & Édouard Leclerc pour la Culture, brings together his major works from international museums and private collections. These works illustrate the theme of the Bible and the events that marked the artist’s life, such as revolution, war and exile, and the essential texts from the past that provided inspiration for his great illustrated books such as Jean de La Fontaine and Gogol. Writers or poets who were Chagall’s close friends – Blaise Cendrars, Guillaume Apollinaire, André Malraux, and Louis Aragon – also bear testament to the other exceptional meetings of his life. Nearly three hundred works are presented at Landerneau and they encapsulate an extraordinary life that unfolded in parallel with the 20th century. Chagall’s body of work is present on every continent and conveys an infinite message of freedom. During his first stay in Paris, in ... More

Galerie Perrotin presents "Gelatin Gelitin Gelintin" by Austrian artist collective Gelitin   Artworks from Naples national archaeological museum to go on tour in the United States   Redwood Library and Athenæum presents drawings from the great age of American automobiles

“Untitled”, 2007. Plasticine on wood, 16 1/8 x 11 1/16 x 1 3/4 in / 41 x 28 x 4.5 cm. Photo ©Wolfgang Woessner. Courtesy of the Artists and Galerie Perrotin.

HONG KONG.- Galerie Perrotin Hong Kong is presenting “Gelatin Gelitin Gelintin”, a mega-mini-retrospective of Gelitin. Marking the most comprehensive presentation of their work in Asia to date, the exhibition surveys the collective’s prolific development over the last 20 years. Gelitin formed in the mid-nineties in Vienna, Austria consisting of the four artists Ali Janka, Florian Reither, Tobias Urban, and Wolfgang Gantner. Characterized by disparate yet unifying backgrounds, the artists perform their practice on the fragile territory of humour, spontaneity, child-like naiveté, and blatant sexuality that has given rise to their over-the-top performances and visually enticing work. Anticipating Relational Aesthetics, Gelitin plays with audience participation and collaboration, ... More

Statua di Caligola, I sec. d.C. marmo, h 215 cm.

NAPLES.- Naples national archaeological museum continues his international cultural policy by signing a cooperation agreement with the American company Exhibitions International. The project “Pompeii. The Exhibition” will bring the show on tour to the United States and the extraordinary richness and quality of the artworks stored in the museum’s deposits, will allow this project to reach a double goal: the museum will keep his permanent collection intact and at the same time it will be able to fulfill the huge demand, coming from all over the world, for its archaeological artifacts that tell the story of the Vesuvian cities. This strategy is going to strengthen and consolidate the image of the Museum overseas, with significant positive implications for international tourism in Naples. MANN’s visitors will find at the ground floor of the Museum a section dedicated ... More

GM Buick Interior Proposal, Electra, with Girl (detail).

NEWPORT, RI.- Postwar America’s optimism found one of its signal expressions in automotive design and illustration, a story of American artistic ascendance that parallels New York’s eclipse of Paris as the world’s artistic center. On view at the Redwood Library and Athenæum, and presented in collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Future Retro: Drawings from the Great Age of American Automobiles traces this rich graphic history with a selection of 53 drawings from the Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf Collection, now part of the holdings of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The exhibition surveys automotive art from the 1950s to the 1970s, providing a view onto what is now understood to be the ‘Great Age’ of American know-how in car design and excellence in automotive art. At the nexus of engineering, design, art and advertising, the show also offers intriguing ... More

Pinakothek der Moderne presents "World of Malls: Architectures of Consumption"   Exhibition from fashion historian Alexandre Vassiliev's collection on view in Riga   Museum of Architectural Drawing exhibits drawings from Japanese animation films

Schloss-Arkaden Braunschweig, Grazioli und Muthesius Architekten, 2005-2007, Braunschweig, Deutschland © Thomas Meyer.

MUNICH.- The exhibition »World of Malls« explores an architectural type that arose in the 20th century and radically influenced the character of many cities. The shopping mall, first developed around sixty years ago in the USA, quickly evolved into a global phenomenon with millions of users. Although its positive and negative influence has for decades been discussed by urban planners, sociologists, and psychologists, the architecture of the mall has for the most part been regarded as a peripheral issue. Using 23 international projects as case studies, this exhibition examines important stages in the architectural development of the shopping mall, as well as the future prospects of the building type. The original idea behind the shopping mall was to incorporate the model of European town centres with their rows of shops into the rapidly growing American suburbs. As malls ... More

The show comprises 100 costumes, never exhibited before, and more than 300 accessories.

RIGA.- From 14 July to 16 October 2016, the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design in Riga (10/20 Skārņu Street) hosts the exhibition Tamed Nature based on the collection of the internationally renowned fashion historian Alexandre Vassiliev. The show offers its viewers a rare opportunity to enjoy a nature-inspired selection of numerous gowns and accessories dating from the 18th to the 21st centuries. The current exhibition Tamed Nature is already the eighth running project organized by the Latvian National Museum of Art in cooperation with ABLV Bank and Alexandre Vassiliev Foundation. It is dedicated to the everlasting symbiosis of nature and fashion that has found reflection in a surprisingly wide range of combinations, experienced through three centuries – from the 18th century to the present day. The current exhibition in Riga is a world premiere, since Alexandre Vassiliev has never selected and arranged the ... More

Detail of layout for Ghost in the Shell (1995), cut 335. Pencil and coloured pencil on printed paper, 240 × 370 mm. Illustrator: Atsushi Takeuchi © 1995 Shirow Masamune / KODANSHA · BANDAI VISUAL · MANGA ENTERTAINMENT Ltd.

BERLIN.- The new temporary exhibition at the Museum of Architectural Drawing in Berlin shows original drawings from renowned Japanese animation films. Since the films Akira (1988) and Ghost in the Shell (1995), Japanese anime has secured its place in international pop culture, attracting a growing public in Germany. The show focuses on a selection of superb renderings of urban architecture made for the screen. In drawings for the films Patlabor (1989), Ghost in the Shell (1995) and Ghost in the Shell 2 - Innocence (2004), the megalopolis skyline is seen to be crushing in on what remains of traditional wooden housing. Industrial sites with endless labyrinths of cables and piping and utopian science-fiction constructions form backdrops for the dynamic film plots. The ... More

Rebecca Warren RA unveils new sculpture at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds   Mother daughter journey featured in exhibit of sculpture at Worcester Center for Crafts   New exhibition combines science and arts to explore graphene and the wonders of 2D materials

Rebecca Warren, Man and the dark, 2016. Bronze on steel painted plinth. Courtesy of the artist and Maureen Paley Gallery.

LEEDS.- A new sculpture by Rebecca Warren RA, co-commissioned by the Henry Moore Institute and 14-18 NOW, has been unveiled. The work coincides with the opening of a major exhibition exploring artists’ continued fascination with prosthetics, and the extension and augmentation of the human figure. Rebecca Warren’s striking bronze sculpture Man and the dark is located directly outside the Henry Moore Institute on one of the busiest thoroughfares in Leeds as part of the Institute’s summer exhibition The Body Extended: Sculpture and Prosthetics (21 July – 23 October 2016). Rebecca Warren has described her sculpture as “weighty, raw bronze, mainly legs made of extreme convexities of muscle”. Presenting over seventy artworks, objects and images spanning the late nineteenth century to the present day, The Body Extended: Sculpture and Prosthetics features some of ... More

There are 15 works by each artist in the show. Rosalie Olds, in her late eighties, is showing work from many periods of her life; Claudia Olds Goldie is showing more recent work.

WORCESTER, MASS.- The journey of a mother and daughter can be filled with rebellion and many roadbumps along the way as well as overflowing with love and admiration. The latter is what we see in an exhibition on view at the Worcester Center for Crafts’ Krikorian Gallery. Two artists, who happen to be mother and daughter, are featured: Rosalie Olds and Claudia Olds Goldie. The exhibition A Mother Daughter Journey: Rosalie Olds & Claudia Olds Goldie will be on view through September 10, 2016. Both artists make ceramic sculpture and figures dominate their work. There are 15 works by each artist in the show. Rosalie Olds, in her late eighties, is showing work from many periods of her life; Claudia Olds Goldie is showing more recent work. “I found the Worcester Center for Craft and it changed my life,” said Rosalie. “I had always ... More

Wonder Materials, glittering graphene, Angela Moore for Museum of Science and Industry.

MANCHESTER.- A major new exhibition, Wonder Materials: Graphene and Beyond, made its world premiere at the Museum of Science and Industry this month and tells the story of graphene, the world’s first two-dimensional material, which was isolated by scientists in Manchester. It is a flagship event of Manchester’s programme as European City of Science 2016. This ground-breaking show combines science, art and history to reveal the inspiring story of this amazing material. Made from a single, one-atom layer of carbon, graphene is invisible to the naked eye but is one of the strongest, lightest and most conductive known materials and has the potential to change the world in a host of areas from energy and electronics to healthcare and mobile phones. Wonder Materials features new specially commissioned art commissions by art collective Random International and acclaimed post Lemn Sissay MBE as well as ... More

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Queensland artist Judy Watson announced for major public work
BRISBANE.- Queensland Indigenous artist Judy Watson has been selected to create a major public artwork to be positioned adjacent to the entry of Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art. QAGOMA Director Chris Saines, cnzm said the Queensland Indigenous Artist Public Art Commission was a highlight in the program celebrating GOMA’s 10th anniversary in 2016. ‘The proposed artwork will make a significant addition to the memorable public works already situated in Brisbane’s Cultural Precinct, and be a potent reminder of the ongoing role that Queensland’s Indigenous artists play in telling their own stories and in the greater cultural life of this country,’ Mr Saines said. ‘The Gallery received expressions of interest from Indigenous artists in urban, regional and remote areas around Queensland who were interested in undertaking the commission. ‘We received submissions from ... More

World Trade Center's centerpiece sculpture to return
NEW YORK (AFP).- The sculpture "The Sphere Plaza Fountain," which stood in front of New York's World Trade Center before the September 11, 2001 attacks, is set to return to the site. Unveiled in 1971, even before the completion of the Twin Towers two years later, the 25-foot (eight-meter) centerpiece by the German artist Fritz Koenig was only partly damaged during the buildings' collapse. Removed from the site, it was installed in several places before ending up in Battery Park at Manhattan's southern tip for the past 14 years. The "Sphere" is now set to be installed in Liberty Park, a new elevated garden at the World Trade Center opened last month, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said in a statement on Thursday. With the sculpture's original location in the middle of what is now a newly restored street, the 23-tonne bronze artwork will overlook the memorial to ... More

On Paper: A solo exhibition of works on paper by Jesse Chun on view at Spencer Brownstone Gallery
NEW YORK, NY.- For their SUMMER/16 show, SBG is presenting On Paper, a solo exhibition of works on paper by Jesse Chun. Chun's work explores the visual rhetoric involved in travel, migration, and immigration. Starting with a research based process, she collects various passports and immigration forms from her own archives, as well as from her friends and family. Employing the role of the artist as editor, she appropriates, redacts and recontextualizes the found documents into landscapes, abstractions, and poetry. In Landscapes, the watermarked imagery of various passport pages are transformed through methods of rephotography and digital manipulation. In this process, the intricate backgrounds that exist to prevent identity theft and aestheticize national iconography, become large-scale foregrounds of ubiquitous and unbound nature. Chun reconfigures various ... More

For New York's new festival, an immersion in art
NEW YORK (AFP).- The latest entrant to the fast-growing global festival calendar is moving beyond crowd-pleasing rock acts, offering a New York audience an immersion in art and technology. Panorama -- put together by the promoters of Coachella, the California festival that is among the world's most lucrative music events -- opened Friday in Randalls Island off the city's East River for a three-day run. The inaugural day featured high-energy electronic act Major Lazer, a festival favorite among young fans, as well as FKA twigs, who turned her set into a riveting contemporary dance piece. Alabama Shakes, the bluesy rockers driven by Brittany Howard's thundering voice, also played the opening night which culminated with indie rockers Arcade Fire leading a New Orleans-style brass procession through the crowd of songs by their mentor David Bowie. Yet with the number ... More

Exhibition reflects on the experience of living and working in a new place
ROTTERDAM.- Optic Mountaineering opened at TENT on Thursday 21 July. This group exhibition features work by thirteen artists as part of a long-term cultural exchange between Basel and Rotterdam. For fifteen years, Atelier Mondial in Basel and Kaus Australis artists’ initiative in Rotterdam have jointly organised residencies for talented artists. Independent curator Annina Zimmermann, who was also the exchange’s first resident, curates the exhibition. Optic Mountaineering reflects on the experience of living and working in a new place, free from one's usual habits and duties. Residing in a new environment abroad provides artists with a sharpened awareness of the city, nature, and culture. Residences are not holidays but a period in which one gives consideration to their artistry, enabling new ideas and work to emerge. What impact does the different perspective ... More

Indianapolis Museum of Art receives highest national recognition
INDIANAPOLIS, IND.- The Indianapolis Museum of Art has achieved reaccreditation by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM)—the highest national recognition afforded the nation’s museums. Accreditation signifies excellence to the museum community, governments, funders, outside agencies and the museum-going public. Museums belonging to AAM must undergo a reaccreditation review at least every 10 years to maintain accredited status. The IMA was first accredited in 1972. “Accredited museums are a community of institutions that have chosen to hold themselves publicly accountable to excellence,” said Laura L. Lott, Alliance president and CEO. “Accreditation is clearly a significant achievement, of which both the institutions and the communities they serve can be extremely proud.” Alliance Accreditation brings national recognition to a museum ... More

Indiana's oldest Latino graffiti art crew exhibit at State Museum
INDIANAPOLIS, IN.- The Indiana State Museum, in partnership with Crazy Indiana Style Artists (CISA) of Lake County, Ind., is presenting Still Crazy: 30th Anniversary of CISA, an art exhibition featuring more than 30 two- and three-dimensional works of original art by CISA chronicling their 30-year history. The exhibit, on view July 2 through September 5, 2016, is a part of the museum’s bicentennial exhibition 200 Years of Indiana Art: A Cultural Legacy on view March 19 through October 2. “The artists in this show represent some of Indiana’s most intriguing modern and contemporary pieces, which help to illustrate the more edgy side of visual arts development in Indiana,” said Mark Ruschman, chief curator of fine art at the State Museum. “This group, under the direction of graffiti installation artist ISH Muhammad, showcases the immense talent and diversity associated ... More

Houston Art Fair to feature over 45 galleries, unique works of art, special exhibitions
HOUSTON, TX.- Houston Art Fair, one of the country’s most compelling contemporary art fairs featuring galleries from around the world exhibiting modern and contemporary art in a variety of media, returns to Houston with an exciting new direction and location at Silver Street Event Space, a recently-renovated 20,000 square-foot venue located in the heart of the Washington Avenue Arts District, which is home to the largest concentration of working artist studios in the country. Houston Art Fair takes place Thursday, September 29 through Sunday, October 2 with a special Opening Night Preview benefiting Fotofest. Tickets sale now at Houston Art Now presented by Urban Expositions, producers of the renowned SOFA CHICAGO, the Houston Art Fair will feature a prestigious roster of art galleries and private dealers exhibiting contemporary and modern art in all ... More

New artworks celebrate 30 years of the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail
COLEFORD.- The Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail celebrates 30 years of commissioning contemporary artworks this July, and marks the occasion with two new permanent commissions by artists Henry Castle and Pomona Zipser. In Coal Measure Giants, rising British star Henry Castle brings to the surface aspects of what lies hidden beneath the Forest’s surface. Exploring the geological, industrial and sociological aspects of the Forest’s history, visitors will be able to touch the fossilized remains of 300 million year old trees and see the form of the mine shaft sets that provided a livelihood for generations of local freeminers. Meanwhile, Yaşasin by established Romanian artist Pomona Zipser creates a space and a structure from which to contemplate and observe the ever-changing forest. Berlin-based Zipser’s sculpture has been handcrafted from sweet chestnut ... More


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