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Exhibition of works by Dutch master of landscape opens at Rijksmuseum

Couple in a Landscape, Adriaen van de Velde, 1667. Rijksmuseum Collection. On loan from Amsterdam City Council (A. van der Hoop bequest)

AMSTERDAM.- This summer the Rijksmuseum is staging the first ever major retrospective of work by Adriaen van de Velde (1636-1672), one of the greatest landscape painters of the Golden Age. The exhibition features sixty paintings, preliminary studies and drawings by the talented artist, who died tragically young. They come from private collections and from museums including the Louvre, the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister in Kassel, Museo Thyssen Bornemisza Madrid, the Mauritshuis and the British Museum. For much of his short life – he died when he was just thirty-five – he was regarded as one of the greatest artists of the seventeenth century. During his lifetime he was known as an outstanding painter of people and animals. His posthumous fame endured until the mid-twentieth century. Today, the public is barely aware of his name, and the Rijksmuseum ... More

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Jenny Saville record shattered at Sotheby's Contemporary Art Evening Sale   Artist Wayne Thiebaud donates major works of art to new UC Davis Museum   "Made in Japan: Kakiemon and 400 years of porcelain" on view at the British Museum


Sotheby’s European Chairman Oliver Barker fields bids at Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction in London on 28 June 2016. Photo: Sotheby's.

LONDON.- Sotheby’s evening achieves over high estimate £52,194,000 / $69,350,168 / €62,580,802 “It’s clear that the passion for collecting continues to override any broader concerns about the economy. The geographical spread of the artists in tonight’s sale was matched by the global mix of bidders - we saw Asian collectors bidding on Western artists, and Western collectors bidding on Asian artists. After tonight we can now look forward with real confidence.” - Alex Branczik, Sotheby’s Head of Contemporary Art Europe Last exhibited at the epoch-defining exhibition “Sensation: Young British Artists from the Saatchi Collection”, Shift merits its revered place in art history as the standout work of Saville’s prodigious career. Offered at auction for the first time tonight, the painting tripled the artist’s previous auction record of £2.1m ($3.5million) set in 2014. (Lot 25 ... More
 

Detail of Unfinished Portrait of Betty Jean, not dated, oil on linen with pastel and charcoal (gift of the Wayne Thiebaud Foundation)/UC Davis photo by Gregory Urquiaga

DAVIS, CA.- Wayne Thiebaud — the legendary painter known for his colorful paintings of landscapes, portraits and good-enough-to-eat desserts — presented to the University of California, Davis, some of his treasured paintings. The works delivered, each a major example within his painting oeuvre, are: • Unfinished Portrait of Betty Jean, not dated, oil on linen with pastel and charcoal (gift of the Wayne Thiebaud Foundation) • Yosemite, 1969-2010, oil on linen (gift of the Wayne Thiebaud Foundation) • Grey City, 2000-2010, oil on canvas (gift of the Wayne Thiebaud Foundation) • An additional promised gift of Three Treats, c. 1975-76, oil on panel (gift of Betty Jean and Wayne Thiebaud) The gifts put UC Davis’ new Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art well on its way to becoming a primary repository of the ... More
 

Boy on a Go Board, Kakiemon Kiln, later 17th century © The Trustees of the British Museum.

LONDON.- This Asahi Shimbun Display Made in Japan: Kakiemon and 400 years of porcelain celebrates fifteen generations of porcelain production in Arita by showcasing work by one of the most famous potting dynasties. This year is the 400th anniversary of the birth of porcelain in the town of Arita in Saga Prefecture and the show features, among other examples, a new work decorated with acorn branches by Sakaida Kakiemon XV (b.1968) representing his coming of age as an artist that he created specifically for the British Museum. Featured in the display is an original film made by the British Museum at the Kakiemon kiln, which allows viewers to see and feel through the actions of the potters how Kakiemon porcelain is actually created. The Kakiemon (pronounced 'ka-ki-e-mon') kiln is still modeled on the traditional Japanese early modern workshop system. Succession is based on the principle of iemoto or 'head of the ... More


Bonhams Scotland appoints new Chairman   Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center receives archive Donation from architect Hugh Kaptur   Founding member of the Fluxus international art movement Ben Patterson dies


Ray Entwistle is one of UK’s most respected bankers. Photo: Bonhams.

LONDON.- Bonhams Scotland has announced that Ray Entwistle has been appointed as its new Chairman. Mr Entwistle, who takes up his post on 1 July, replaces Simon Miller who is standing down after a long association with the company. Ray Entwistle is one of UK’s most respected bankers and the founder of Scotland's newest bank, Hampden and Co, which he established in 2015 and of which he continues to be Chairman. Managing Director of Bonhams Scotland, Miranda Leslie, said, "We are delighted to welcome Ray Entwistle as our new chairman. Ray has a longstanding interest in the arts and his reputation in the business and financial world will bring a great deal to our team. Scotland remains an important location for discovering objects to sell internationally as well as here at home and Ray’s global perspective will be a great resource on which to draw." Ray Entwistle commented, “I’m honoured to have ... More
 

From left to right: Palm Springs Art Museum Archivist and Librarian. Frank Lopez and Architect Hugh Kaptur.

PALM SPRINGS, CA.- Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavilion announced it has received a generous donation from long-time local architect Hugh Kaptur, that includes a significant number of his original drawings, renderings, models, and slides. The collection will reside in The Lorraine Boccardo Archive Study Center at the A+D Center, now open for research by appointment on Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Located on the lower level, the archive study center features collections of drawings, photographs, models, and objects by renowned midcentury modern architects including those of Albert Frey, Donald Wexler, E. Stewart Williams, architectural historian Patrick McGrew, and interior designer Arthur Elrod Associates Inc./Harold Broderick. Kaptur’s donation to the archive study center includes 212 unique projects representing a total ... More
 

Ben Patterson, Los Angeles River Concrete Poem, 2006/2015, laminated digital photographs, text, cast concrete, wooden support, pump, reservoir, water, amplifier, 2 microphones, 3 plastic palm trees, overall dimensions variable, By this River, Weston Art Gallery, Cincinnati, summer 2015, courtesy SolwayJones, Los Angeles/Cincinnati.

CINCINNATI, OH.- Carl Solway Gallery announced the passing of their friend Ben Patterson, American musician, artist, and founding member of the Fluxus international art movement. Patterson's career began with a move in 1960 to Cologne, Germany, where he became active in the radical contemporary music scene, performing in festivals in Cologne, Paris, Venice, and elsewhere. During this pre-Fluxus period, Patterson created and performed some of his early seminal works: Paper Piece (1960), Lemons (1961), and Variations for Double Bass (1961). Late in 1961, Patterson moved to Paris, where he collaborated with Robert Filliou (Puzzle-Poems), and published his Method and ... More


"Rana Begum: The Space Between" opens at Parasol unit   Last words: language of China's emperors in peril   Site-specific artwork by Jorge Otero-Pailos presented at at Westminster Hall


Rana Begum, No. 480, 2013. Paint on powder-coated aluminium, 200 x 155 x 8cm (20 sections)/ 78¾ x 61 x 3¼ in. Courtesy of the artist. Photography by Philip White.

LONDON.- Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art presents an exhibition by Rana Begum, the Bangladeshi-British artist’s first solo presentation in a public institution in the United Kingdom, bringing together a selection of past and recent works. Drawing influences from constructivist and minimalist art, Begum’s two- and three-dimensional works and installations clearly reveal the sophistication of her spatial and visual awareness. Her works are so irresistibly engaging that viewers find their response to them is both emotional and intellectual. In one work, No. 531 , 2014, thirty parallel sections of industrially powder-coated aluminium bars hang vertically on the wall. Each front-facing surface is white, while the inner and outer sides are sprayed in bright hues of red and blue. Passing in front of the work, viewers discover dynamic shifts in its colour and form. Light is a vitally activating element in Begum’s ... More
 

Meng Xianren, 84 inside the house of his friend Ji Jinlu (not seen) in Sanjiazi village. NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP.

SANJIAZI (AFP).- It was the language of China's last imperial dynasty which ruled a vast kingdom for nearly three centuries. But 71-year-old Ji Jinlu is among only a handful of native Manchu speakers left. Traders and farmers from what are now the borders of China and Korea, the Manchus took advantage of a crumbling Ming state and swept south in the 1600s to establish their own Qing Dynasty. Manchu became the court language, its angular, alphabetic script used in millions of documents produced by one of the world's preeminent powers. Now after centuries of decline followed by decades of repression, septuagenarian Ji is the youngest of some nine mother-tongue speakers left in Sanjiazi village, one of only two places in China where they can be found. "We mostly speak Chinese these days -- otherwise young people don't understand," he said, in his sparsely-furnished hut beside cornfields, before launching into a self-composed Manchu lullaby. Manchu is classed as "critically endangered" by ... More
 

The Ethics of Dust at Westminster Hall, by Jorge Otero-Pailos, 2016. An Artangel commission. Photo by Marcus J Leith.

LONDON.- Opening on June 29, The Ethics of Dust is a major temporary site-specific artwork commissioned and produced by Artangel for Westminster Hall, the oldest part of the Houses of Parliament, home of the UK’s House of Commons and House of Lords. Created by artist, architect and conservationist Jorge Otero-Pailos, the work is a 50 metre long translucent latex cast of the hall’s internal east wall, containing hundreds of years of surface pollution and dust. Suspended from Westminster Hall’s 28-metre high hammerbeam roof, the latex sheet contains innumerable particles of dust, soot and dirt gently lifted from the wall, the method for sensitively cleaning this UNESCO world heritage site. Artangel and Otero-Pailos have worked in parallel with Parliament’s restoration and stone cleaning project over a period of five years, culminating in the artist retrieving the latex used to clean the hall to create The Ethics of Dust. Previously, Otero-Pailos created ... More


Kunsthalle Bern opens exhibition of works by Vittorio Brodmann   Driscoll Babcock Galleries presents a selection of works by Don Nice   Robin Rice Gallery opens the annual Summertime Salon


Vittorio Brodmann, Separating Fact from Fiction, 2016, Installationsansicht, Kunsthalle Bern, 2016. © Gunnar Meier and Kunsthalle Bern.

BERN.- You are in a world, where else should you be? But are you actually in it? Or are you always already in the process of leaving it? And while walking out of it, you immediately move into it again. Vittorio Brodmann is a painter, although his practice also comprises drawings, performances, videos, and sculptures. His pictures have a soothing and relaxed effect, yet despite their lightness they are anything but innocent. Next to an occasionally almost childlike disposition and the attendant abysses, they inherently reflect upon the preconditions under which one can paint in the first place nowadays. Brodmann is informed by the knowledge of the concrete battles surrounding the question of whether and how one can paint today, but not with the skepticism of a meta-painter. His brushstrokes are not hesitating, and he doesn’t work with withdrawal, delay, and the promises of those ... More
 

Don Nice (b. 1932), PABST, 2015. Oil on canvas, 60 x 40 inches. © the Artist and courtesy of Driscoll | Babcock.

NEW YORK, NY.- Driscoll Babcock Galleries presents Don Nice: The Presence of Emblems, a selection of works from the master chronicler of American popular culture objects. Nice’s new single image paintings include images of beer cans, sneakers, Ray Bans and color crayons, exploring the impressive and noteworthy markers of our collective material culture. These works build on his early abstract expressionist brushwork and coloration, carefully cultivated to articulate his interest in quotidian elements of everyday life. In Nice’s paintings the everyday becomes monumental, the disposable becomes iconic and American consumer culture is served up for millennial eyes. Nice’s tongue-in-cheek approach turns Chuck Taylor sneakers into totems that reveal a narrative, and articulate the artist’s keen interest in the recognition of symbols and their compelling power. Beyond the surface, ... More
 

Silvia Lareo-Vazquez, Surf Club, 1989 (detail). Gelatin Silver Print.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Robin Rice Gallery presents the annual Summertime Salon, a photographic exhibition featuring the works of the gallery artists as well as a few newcomers. In the hazy, warm New York summer, little is more refreshing than reclining on the beach in the mist of the icy ocean waves or enjoying a family trip to the country house. Each summer, Rice curates her favorite show, the Summertime Salon, which reminds us of this exact seasonal sentiment. The two, long walls of the gallery become mosaicked, top to bottom, side to side, in photographs that evoke all the preeminent feelings and memories of summer. Each year, the Summertime Salon matures and Rice's annual masterpiece comes into fruition. This year is no exception. The show is a haven of what the Robin Rice Gallery stands for, a community of art and experience. As the largest annual exhibition, the Summertime Salon is carefully pieced together, the results ... More



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Parrish Art Museum announces the appointment of Chris Siefert as Deputy Director
WATER MILL, NY.- Parrish Art Museum Director Terrie Sultan and the Board of Trustees have announced the appointment of Chris Siefert as Deputy Director of the Museum, effective July 1, 2016. Siefert brings to the Parrish more than 20 years of professional museum experience spanning operations and administration, capital projects, public art, landscape architecture, and teaching with an emphasis on organizational systems, community engagement, and cultural programs. “As the Museum approaches a new benchmark with our five-year anniversary in 2017, having Chris’s level of experience and expertise will be key not only to our daily operations, but also to our strategic planning and vision for the future,” Director Terrie Sultan said. “Chris brings new ideas and fresh vision to the Parrish, and I am looking forward to working with him to ensure that the Museum grows ... More

Empirical Intuitive Absorption: Group exhibition opens at Andrea Rosen Gallery
NEW YORK, NY.- Andrea Rosen Gallery presents Empirical Intuitive Absorption, an exhibition organized by Matthew Ronay featuring significant and rarely seen works by Serge Charchoune, Fernand Léger, Graham Marks and Terry Riley, as well as new works by Ronay. This exhibition, inspired by a conversation with Ronay following his lecture at the Perez Art Museum Miami this spring, exemplifies the intention, exploration and potential behind the gallery’s historical program in shaping contemporary dialogues to illuminate new facets of past and present. Curator’s Statement An ongoing interest in the origin of creativity has led me in many directions, with each interpretation I come across supporting its unknowable nature. The Science of the Dogon: Decoding the African Mystery Tradition by Laird Scranton, a book of guerilla scholarship, proposes that the Dogon ... More

Maurizio Cannavacciuolo: A Lecture on Martian History on the Anne H. Fitzpatrick façade
BOSTON, MASS.- Italian artist Maurizio Cannavacciuolo is the eighth Artist-in-Residence at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum to create a temporary site-specific work for the Museum’s façade. Drawing on his interest and experience of living and traveling through Asia, particularly India and Thailand, Cannavacciuolo explores the many ways cultural influences overlap and diverge in contemporary society. His installation, “A Lecture on Martian History,” will be on view from June 28 through Jan. 9, 2017. His installation is a fictional narrative about the colonization of the Earth by Martians told generations later by a many-armed teacher, who is the product of human-Martian interbreeding. In the early years of the invasion, when the Martians enter the empty human houses, they discover flickering television sets. They are fascinated by the hypnotic, repetitive images, ... More

Australia's great crossover indigenous artist comes to London for a one-man show at Messum's
LONDON.- He has been dubbed possibly the most important indigenous artist in south east Australia, he was an active campaigner on Aboriginal issues and he represents the point at which indigenous Australian art meets the Western tradition. Now the works of Lin Onus (1948-96) are coming to London for the first in a series of exhibitions in the UK and Australia as his star rises among non-Australian collectors. From June 27 to July 3, Messum’s of Cork Street is displaying 15 works ranging in price from $35,000 to $380,000 in a show titled Yinya Wala (Light/Water), with Frances Lindsay AM, one of Australia’s leading art museum professionals, championing Onus’s talent in the process. She notes how Onus “bridged both Australian Indigenous and the Western visual systems”, a reflection of his mixed parentage, with an indigenous father and part Scottish mother. “Lin Onus ... More

Spaghetti western film star Bud Spencer dies
ROME (AFP).- Italian actor Bud Spencer, who starred in a string of spaghetti westerns, died on Monday in Rome aged 86, his family confirmed. "With our deepest regrets, we have to tell you that Bud is flying to his next journey," his family said on Spencer's Twitter account in English. Spencer, born Carlo Pedersoli in Italy in 1929, played in 16 films alongside Terence Hill, whose real name was Mario Girotti. Spencer died in hospital in Rome, La Repubblica daily reported. The news of his death prompted a flood of online. "Ciao #BudSpencer We loved you so much," Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi tweeted. Italian Culture Minister Dario Franceschini hailed Spencer as "a great actor of our cinema industry, who over the course of his long career entertained whole generations". "RIP Bud Spencer... My heart goes out ... More

Solo exhibition by Los Angeles based painter Tahnee Lonsdale opens at De Buck Gallery
NEW YORK, NY.- De Buck Gallery announces a solo-exhibition by Los Angeles based painter Tahnee Lonsdale, entitled Pipe Dreams and Rabbit Holes. The exhibition will be on view from June 29 – August 26, 2016 and marks Lonsdale’s debut exhibition at the gallery. Vibrant and mysterious, Tahnee Lonsdale’s paintings invite her viewers into a world of fantastical escapism. The narrative elements to be gleaned from her semi-abstract landscapes bring us into a world where it seems that anything goes. The title of the exhibition makes reference to a pronounced escapism in the works, metaphorical opportunities to be taken through outlets such as pipes or rabbit holes, and to the literal pipes and rabbits (in reference to Alice in Wonderland and Donnie Darko) that recur constantly in Lonsdale’s visual vocabulary. Abstracted figures and objects come together in Technicolor ... More

The City & The City at Denny Gallery East Broadway
NEW YORK, NY.- Denny Gallery announces The City & The City a group exhibition of Trudy Benson, John Dante Bianchi, Michael Flomen, Ghost of a Dream, Nicolas Grenier, Justine Hill, Erin O’Keefe, Caris Reid, Jordan Tate, Russell Tyler, and Amanda Valdez. The exhibition will be in thrir summer popup location at 150 East Broadway, on view from June 29th to August 19th, 2016. The City & The City is a 2009 novel by China Miéville in which two cities occupy the same geographic space but are deliberately perceived by their denizens as separate. Besźel and Ul Qoma, the two cities, exist on top of each other and around each other, but the occupants have been socialized to “unsee” the other population and exist in their own respective cities. This plot has contemporary relevance in a society where political, economic, and racial divides can make it feel as though ... More

Two-part summer group exhibition on view at gallery nine 5
NEW YORK, NY.- gallery nine 5 announces We may be through with the past…, a two-part summer group exhibition that features works by contemporary artists exploring themes of time, distorted realities, and everything in between. Using a mix of traditional and sometimes unconventional mediums, the works push the viewer to consider the fact that as much as we try to look forward, looking to the past is inevitable. We may be through with the past… features works by Rory Donaldson, Nanette Carter, Nate Lewis, Ryan Roa, Steve Ellis, Tatyana Murray, John Gordon Gauld, and Ben Butler. Each artist works in various mediums to create work that is groundbreaking while paying homage to the great masters of the past. Rory Donaldson is a Scottish-born artist living and working in New York City. His most recent series, which he calls the “RDX series”, focuses on breaking down the photographic ... More

First retrospective in Argentina of Yoko Ono's work on view at MALBA
BUENOS AIRES.- MALBA presents Yoko Ono. Dream Come True, the first retrospective of Yoko Ono (Tokyo, 1933) ever held in Argentina. Ono is an essential and pioneering figure in conceptual and participatory contemporary art. The show curated by Gunnar B. Kvaran and Agustín Pérez Rubio includes over 80 works, among them texts, objects, videos, films, installations, and sound recordings produced from the early 1950s to the present. The cornerstone of the show are the "Instruction Pieces," which Ono has been working on for over 60 years. The title of the show can be read as a metaphor for Ono's artistic career, but also as a commentary on the current global situation which, in Ono's view, can be improved by group participation and creative exchange. Ono is associated with conceptual and performance art, as well as the neo-avant-garde Fluxus movement and ... More

Jean Shin unveils new major public artwork in Seattle
SEATTLE, WA.- New York artist Jean Shin is working with Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) and its design team to incorporate art at new facilities at the transfer station during Phase II of the project. By referencing the topography of the site before 1966 when the North Transfer Station was built. The work - titled, RECLAIMED - brings the memory of the former landscape to the new Transfer Station plaza. The artwork expresses these natural forms through the use of industrial materials—10,000 linear feet of rebar that will be reclaimed from the site during the upcoming demolition of the current NTS building. Liberated from the architectural structure, the recycled rebar will form the organic, colorful linear contours of the previously existing landscape into sculptural forms. Additionally colored pathways will cut through the landmasses to create topography through the plaza. Enlivening the new plaza, ... More




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