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First exhibition exploring the life and work of Lockwood Kipling on view in London

Installation image of Lockwood Kipling. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.


LONDON.- The Victoria and Albert Museum has collaborated with the Bard Graduate Center, New York, to present the first exhibition exploring the life and work of Lockwood Kipling (1837 – 1911), an artist, teacher, curator and influential figure in the Arts and Crafts movement. Lockwood Kipling was a social campaigner for the preservation of Indian crafts, a craftsman whose terracotta panels can still be seen on the exterior of the V&A and was an illustrator of books by his son, the renowned writer Rudyard Kipling. Lockwood Kipling: Arts and Crafts in the Punjab and London explores the history of the V&A’s collections through the life of Lockwood Kipling who played a significant role in shaping the foundation collection. Highlights include paintings of the Indian section of the Great Exhibition, Lockwood Kipling’s own sketches of Indian craftspeople observed during his time living in India, objects he selected in India for the V&A, ... More

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Christie's to offer collection of legendary figures of the late 19th and early 20th centuries   Exhibition dedicated to Cartier-Bresson’s publication Images à la Sauvette opens in Paris   Mayoral opens exhibition inspired by the Spanish Pavilion at the 1937 Paris Exposition


Jean-Baptiste Perronneau, Portrait d'homme. Est: €80.000-120.000. © Christie’s Images Limited 2017.

PARIS.- Christie’s France announces the sale of the collection Boni de Castellane & Anna Gould, la mémoire du Palais Rose on the 7 March 2017, continuing Christie’s long history of offering prestigious collections. Legendary figures of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Boni de Castellane and his wife Anna Gould decorated their famous Palais Rose with the most exquisite works of art, including old master paintings and drawings, furniture, porcelain and jewelry. Collectors and connoisseurs will have the opportunity to enjoy the pre-sale exhibition for a week, from 28 February to 6 March 2017. Lionel Gosset, Head of Collection sales, Christie’s France, comments: “We are honoured to be offering this important collection at auction, and have no doubt that collectors will recognise the rarity of the Palais Rose’s provenance and pay tribute to the incredible taste of those who have assembled and enriched it”. ... More
 

Henri Cartier-Bresson, Images a la Sauvette (Verve, 1952), couverture ® Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos.

PARIS.- From January 11 to April 23, 2017, the Foundation devotes an exhibition to Cartier-Bresson’s famous publication Images à la Sauvette. Initated by the French publisher Tériade, the project is finally achieved on October 1952 as a French-American co-edition, with the contribution of Matisse and the American publishers Simon and Schuster. The latter chose “The Decisive Moment” as the title of the American version, and unintentionally imposed the motto which would define Cartier-Bresson’s work. Since its publication in 1952, Images à la Sauvette has received an overwhelming success. It is considered as “a Bible for photographers” according to Robert Capa’s words. The innovative design of the publication stroke the art world with its refine format, the heliogravure quality and the strength of the image sequences. The publication reveals ... More
 

Pablo Picasso, Head of Women, 1953, Signed Picasso and dated 25 June 53 (upper right), Oil on canvas, 33 x 24 cm. Courtesy of Mayoral.

LONDON.- Mayoral presents an exhibition inspired by the Spanish Pavilion at the 1937 Paris Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne, commemorating 80 years since its inauguration. The original Pavilion marked a crucial moment during the Spanish Civil War (17 July 1936 – 1 April 1939), with the Spanish Republic using it as a platform to demonstrate to the rest of the world the atrocities that were taking place in Spain. Similarly to the original pavilion, this exhibition features paintings and sculptures by modernist masters including Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Alexander Calder and Julio González. This exhibition in London also brings together important archival material, such as rare propaganda posters from the original pavilion and a replica of Miró’s infamous work El Segador (The Reaper) which disappeared when the pavilion ... More


Exhibition at the Israel Museum presents a special encounter between Avant-Garde forerunners   MoMA presents major new performance commission by Alexandra Bachzetsis   Marlborough Gallery opens exhibition of work by Turkish artist Ahmet Güneştekin


Otto Freundlich, Composition, 1935. Gouache on paper on wood panel, 108 x 99 cm. Musée de Pontoise, France, Donation Freundlich. Inv. DOF.1968.1.18 – Wvz. 179 © Musée de Pontoise.

JERUSALEM.- In 1937 the Nazi regime held a major 'Decadent Art' exhibition in Munich, displaying avant-garde art, which they considered a danger to society. Not by accident did they choose a photo of Otto Freundlich's sculpture The New Man for the cover of the exhibition catalog. Freundlich, who was born to a Jewish family, aspired to what he called "cosmic communism", and developed an abstract method of conveying egalitarian political views. This was expressed in his work through separate forms that combined into a single unit, itself but a part of the larger whole. In this way his works are considered a political manifesto, expressed in color and form. The exhibition The Shadow of Color brings together - for the first time - the works of four path breaking abstract artists: Otto Freundlich, Len Lye, Lygia Clark and Blinky Palermo. Though working at different times and in different places, they developed a similar ... More
 

Alexandra Bachzetsis. Massacre: Variations on a Theme. 2016. Rehearsal image. © 2016 Alexandra Bachzetsis.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Museum of Modern Art presents Alexandra Bachzetsis’s Massacre: Variations on a Theme, a new performance commission consisting of a video installation on view during regular Museum hours, and four ticketed live performances, taking place on the evenings of January 24, 25, 27, and 28. Comprising choreography for three dancers and a musical composition for two pianos, Bachzetsis’s performance takes the form of a feverish interchange between violent physical movement and excessive mechanical repetition, with a physical and visual vocabulary drawn from a variety of sources: Tarantism, classic Northern Soul dancing, and Surrealist imagery. The work of Alexandra Bachzetsis (b. 1974) frequently brings together the tropes and gestures of popular culture with ancient rituals and the choreographic language of landmark figures in dance such as Trisha Brown. In Massacre—literally a “ballet mécanique,” with nods to the b ... More
 

Ahmet Gunestekin, Inconsolable Pain of Prometheus, 2014, oil on canvas, 59 x 59 in © Ahmet Güneştekin, courtesy Marlborough Gallery, New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- Marlborough Gallery announced the opening of an exhibition of work by Turkish artist Ahmet Güneştekin. The exhibition continues through February 4th. In this, the artist’s first solo exhibition at Marlborough Gallery since 2013, Güneştekin lends his signature detailed, combed brushwork, rich symbolism, graphic lines and intense color schemes to artwork in textiles, ceramics, and metal, in addition to oil on canvas works. In addition to paintings, ceramics and textile works, Ahmet Güneştekin: New Works, includes metal screens and 3-D wall-relief metal paintings, which are his own unique creations. These mixed-media works include concave mirror, metal and photographic elements which come together to evoke the sun, that arbiter of light and time passing. The amalgam of parallel lines, curves and circles, which often create a kinetic interplay use the effects of Op-Art to emphasize the presence of the sun. ... More


Alexander and Bonin opens four solo exhibitions   Rare important sculpture acquired by Ben Uri Gallery and Museum   Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art opens a solo exhibition by Tschabalala Self


Untitled (rooftop/water towers) ca. 1987. Acrylic and canvas on board, 10¼ x 13¼ in/26 x 33.5 cm. Photo: Joerg Lohse, © The Estate of George Paul Thek; courtesy Alexander and Bonin, New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- Alexander and Bonin announces the opening of four solo exhibitions of the work of Jorge Macchi, Rita McBride, Paul Thek, and Jonathas de Andrade. Jorge Macchi is considered one of Argentina’s leading artists. Although Macchi has worked in a wide range of mediums from installation, sculpture, and works on paper to video and performance art, he has recently directed his efforts to painting, the discipline in which he was initially trained. The exhibition at Alexander and Bonin includes ten oil paintings made over the past three years. Departing from the ordinary and coincidental, his paintings alter scale and context, employing a system of layered visual complications and interruptions that offers a sensorial, disconcerting, and contemplative experience. Macchi’s paintings have been termed “anti-iconic”1 by curator and art historian Cuauhtémoc Medina, in that they seek to escape an overcoded, predictable ... More
 

Moshe Oved (Edward Goodack, aka Edward Good, 1885 Poland –1958 London), Eastern European mystic Jew, bronze, 40cm h, n.d.

LONDON.- Ben Uri announced the acquisition of a rare early bronze portrait by one of its founding fathers, Moshe Oved (Edward Good, 1885 Poland – 1958 London). Oved is most recognised for his jewellery designs which are greatly sought after. This sculpture, reflecting his classical approach prior to his experimental and more avant-garde period, is of a type seldom available in the open market. It therefore marks an important addition to the eleven works by Oved already in Ben Uri's collection of 1300 plus artworks - both for its powerful subject matter, depicting a pious Ost Jude (eastern Jew) with characteristic side locks and decorative brimmed hat, at a time when the gallery is focussing on identity and migration - and because of the significance of its maker. Oved/Good was one of the key founding figures of the Ben Uri Art Society, established in London's East End ghetto in July 1915 by Jewish émigré artisans who had escaped persecu ... More
 

Tschabalala Self, Bodega Run, 2015. Oil, pigment and Flashe® on canvas, 111.8 x 76.2 cm (44 x 30 in). Courtesy of Arthur Lewis and Hau Nguyen, Los Angeles. Photograph by Thomas Nelford.

LONDON.- Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art presents a solo exhibition by American artist Tschabalala Self. Showing for the first time in the United Kingdom it brings together works drawn from the first five years of her artistic career. Self’s expressive and dynamic works, which include painting, print, collage and sculpture, depict the human figure. The fluidity of movement and exaggerated form of her images are quick to capture the attention of viewers and elicit a vivid response. Primarily concerned with the concept of the Black female body within contemporary culture, Self examines the confluence of race, gender and sexuality through a variety of forms and narratives in which each subject – or as she prefers, character – expresses an individually powerful identity. In her bold, confident and vibrant paintings and works on paper, Self plays inventively with figuration, deconstructing and recreating the Black ... More


Paul M. Hertzmann, Inc. publishes its fourth e-catalogue   Photography and video of repression and black protest on view at Ryerson Image Centre   Russian protest artist flees to France


Cameron Macauley, It Really Is...It Certainly (detail). Vintage gelatin silver print, 1955.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- Paul M. Hertzmann, Inc. has published its fourth E-Catalogue, Photographs We Like: Photographers at the California School of Fine Arts, 1945-55. Between 1945 and 1955, a fortunate group of students at the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco studied under a faculty that included some of the great photographers of the age—Ansel Adams, Minor White, Edward Weston, Imogen Cunningham, Dorothea Lange, and Lisette Model. Many of the students went on to distinguished photographic careers themselves. Work by many of these accomplished photographers is now available for purchase through this fourth E-Catalogue (link). These promising newcomers to the art of photography created images finely observed and composed, psychologically perceptive, by turns lyrical or mordant. Their photographs are worthy of recognition - as well as a place in private and museum collections. A folder labeled “CSFA exchange ... More
 

Bob Schutz, Clenched fists at Attica State Prison, Attica, NY, USA, September 10, 1971. Courtesy of the Associated Press.

TORONTO.- In Winter 2017, the Ryerson Image Centre and Black Artist’s Network Dialogue team up to present a season of shows titled Power to the People: Photography and Video of Repression and Black Protest. These exhibitions explore the historical and ongoing struggle for justice between people of colour and police forces representing the state. On view from January 18 to April 9, 2017, the RIC presents Attica USA 1971: Images and Sounds of a Rebellion; Birmingham, Alabama, 1963: Dawoud Bey/Black Star; Adam Pendleton: My Education, A Portrait of David Hilliard; and From the Collection: Sister(s) in the Struggle. The season launches with a reception on Wednesday, January 18, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Following this, from February 2 to 26, 2017, BAND presents No ... More
 

Russian artist Piotr Pavlenski (L) and his wife Oksana Chaliguina (R) pose on January 16, 2017 in Paris. MARTIN BUREAU / AFP.

PARIS (AFP).- Russian artist Pyotr Pavlensky, famous for radical performances denouncing state power that have landed him in jail in the past, has fled to France, where he will seek asylum, he told AFP on Monday. In an interview in Paris, the artist who memorably once nailed his scrotum to Red Square, said he fled Russia after he and his partner Oksana Shalygina were accused of sexual assault -- allegations he denies. The couple arrived in the French capital on Saturday with their two children. "We intend to seek asylum in France," said the 32-year-old performer, who was detained and questioned for nine hours last month over the assault claims. "If we had stayed in Russia, Oksana and I would have been sent to a prison camp for up to 10 years," he said. Pavlensky has gained a reputation for ... More



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Unit London teams up with fast-growing online art platform Avant Arte to stage an exhibition
LONDON.- In 2016 art insurers Hiscox reported that 48% of art buyers use Instagram, and predicted that by 2017 there will be more art purchases online than via galleries, auction houses and art fairs. January 2017 sees innovative young gallery Unit London team up with fast-growing online art platform Avant Arte to stage an exhibition of art popularised via Instagram. Co-curated by Unit London and Avant Arte, the exhibition offers Avant Arte’s 400,000 followers a rare opportunity to see the art they have discovered online on the walls and floors of the central London gallery. Artists for this special group show include Avant Arte’s Jason Seif (US) Lionel Smit (ZA) and Brian Willmont (US) and Unit London’s Ryan Hewett (ZA), Ivan Alifan (CA) and Massimo Agostinelli (IT). The exhibition follows Unit London’s Paintguide (2015/16), which showed art popularised solely ... More

Team (gallery, inc.) opens a group show
NEW YORK, NY.- Team (gallery, inc.) is presenting a group show of work by Zoe Barcza, Allison Branham, Brice Dellsperger, Jenny Holzer, Laura Hunt, Christian Jankowski, Hanna Liden, Alissa McKendrick, Sam Samore, Heji Shin and Georgia Wall. Entitled The Love Object, the exhibition is organized by Tommy Brewer, and runs from 12 January through 18 February 2017. Team Gallery is located at 83 Grand Street in New York. “He said my name. He said ‘Martha’, and once again I could feel it happening. My legs trembled under the big white cloth and my head became fuzzy, though I was not drunk. It’s how I fall in love. He sat opposite. The love object. Elderly. Blue eyes. Khaki hair. The hair was greying on the outside and he had spread the outer grey ribs across the width of his head as if to disguise the khaki, the way some men disguise a patch of baldness.” –Edna ... More

Exhibition of recent paintings, gouaches, and process drawings by Alan Cote on view at Fort Gansevoort
NEW YORK, NY.- Fort Gansevoort is presenting an exhibition of recent paintings, gouaches, and process drawings by Alan Cote, filling three floors of Fort Gansevoort’s exhibition space in the Meatpacking District, between January 11 - February 7, 2017. Having spent the early part of his career living and working in Tribeca, in the 1980s Alan Cote relocated his practice to a former tugboat factory two hours upstate in the Hudson River Valley. Today his studio occupies a repurposed brick high school gymnasium where he continues to develop a personal vocabulary within formal abstraction. New Work includes a selection of eight gouaches, two dimensional drawings, and six large-scale paintings. Cote’s formal investigation is anchored in the relationship established between the paired panels of each painting, which affect one another not only through harmony, opposition and ... More

McMaster Museum of Art exhibits works by Hamilton-based artist Paul Cvetich
HAMILTON, ON.- This exhibition presents a selection of recent sculptural works by Hamilton-based artist Paul Cvetich alongside woodblock prints from McMaster Museum of Art’s collection by Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese 1797 – 1861). It came about because of Cvetich’s interest in aspects of Kuniyoshi’s art, an interest which grew while he was teaching English in Korea and Japan twelve years ago. At that time, Cvetich purchased several Kuniyoshi prints for himself. Upon his return, he examined McMaster’s collection. For Cvetich, Kuniyoshi’s work is food for thought, to generate his creative action or enactment as he delves into the possible intersections of the respective visual languages and cultural distinctions over a 150 year period. Cvetich commented: I had found a strange sort of comfort in both Korean and Japanese calligraphy when walking the streets. I loved the ... More

David Lloyd George letters and photographs offered at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions
LONDON.- A remarkable collection of letters and photographs will be offered in the auction of Autographs and Memorabilia on 23rd March 2017 at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ London base: Bloomsbury House, 24 Maddox Street. The material in the collection relates to David Lloyd George (1863-1945) and his second wife, Frances Stevenson, and comes directly from the family of Jennifer Longford (1929-2012), the daughter of Lloyd George and Frances. The personal items in the sale this March give an insight into the hugely complicated but highly affectionate relationship between the former Prime Minister, his second wife, Frances and Jennifer, who for many years was not acknowledged as their daughter. The close bond between Lloyd George and Jennifer can perhaps be best demonstrated through several postcards, addressed to Jennifer from ‘Taid’, Welsh ... More

Benrubi Gallery's first solo exhibition by Brooklyn-based artist Jude Broughan on view in New York
NEW YORK, NY.- Benrubi Gallery is presenting Athenree, the gallery’s first solo exhibition by Brooklyn-based artist, Jude Broughan. Athenree is a tiny beach town in the coastal Bay of Plenty, in the artist’s native New Zealand. It was named after the Northern Irish ‘townland’ that is home to the monolithic Athenree Portal Tomb. Revealing an interest in the process of traveling and the concomitant instability of ‘place,’ Broughan’s new works state their claim on the here and now while simultaneously questioning exactly where and when this might be. In assemblages, loose-hanging works, mixed-media panels, and photo collages, Broughan draws on the languages of painting and printmaking alongside those of photography and collage to play with space and form, line and color. Using colored vinyl, leather, denim, and polyester grounds, she alludes to her own physicality ... More

Charlie Smith London opens annual presentation of graduate and post graduate artists
LONDON.- Charlie Smith London is presenting the tenth edition of Young Gods. Curated by Zavier Ellis, Young Gods is an annual presentation of graduate and post graduate artists working in all media selected from London art schools. This year’s exhibition includes painting, installation, sculpture, video and work on paper by artists from Central St Martins, City & Guilds, Goldsmiths, the Slade, Royal Academy Schools and Wimbledon. Sara Berman (MA Fine Art, Slade School of Fine Art) is the singular painter in this exhibition. Her work depicts female figures integrated into domestic interiors. Stylised, contorted human forms correspond to furniture and objects, suggesting that one is becoming the other and are inseparable from each other. Patterning is used variously as foreground, background, underpainting or imprinting, signifying further fusion between figure and ... More

The Fundació Joan Miró presents the photography exhibition "Joaquim Gomis. Brossa at La Ricarda"
BARCELONA.- Around the 1950s, a group of Catalan people interested in the artistic movements of the moment including Josep Maria Mestres Quadreny, Joaquim Gomis and Joan Brossa, and spurred on by Joan Prats, launched Club 49, a project that sought to recapture the spirit of the artistic avantgarde that had flourished during the Republic and been cut short by the Civil War. In the absence of institutional support, Ricard Gomis turned his house in La Ricarda pine forest in El Prat de Llobregat into a site for artistic experimentation during the final 15 years of the Franco era. Under the title of "Open music", Club 49 presented a contemporary music programme consisting of three concerts at La Ricarda, two of which were captured by the lens of Joaquim Gomis, brother of the host and member of the group. 28 November 1964 saw the first performance of Concert ... More

Five artists announced for the UAE's exhibition at the 2017 Venice Biennale
ABU DHABI.- The National Pavilion United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced the five UAE-based contemporary artists who will be participating at the 57th International Art Exhibition at la Biennale di Venezia (Venice Biennale). Commissioned by the Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation and supported by the Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development, the exhibition will run from May 13th to November 26th, 2017, with a preview from 10th to 12th May, 2017. The exhibition, titled “Rock, Paper, Scissors: Positions in Play”, will present works by five artists who are nationals and long-term residents who call the UAE home: Nujoom Alghanem, Sara Al Haddad, Vikram Divecha, Lantian Xie and Dr. Mohamed Yousif. Curated by Hammad Nasar, this exhibition will explore a strand of artistic practice in the UAE through the analogy of play. Featuring existing works, ... More

Ukrainian-born artist Valentin Popov opens exhibition at the Long Beach Museum of Art
LONG BEACH, CA.- The Long Beach Museum of Art opened an exciting and extraordinary exhibition by Ukrainian-born artist Valentin Popov on January 12, 2017 through March 19, 2017. The exhibition features, for the first time, the modern painter’s work in a Southern California museum. Included in the exhibition are Popov’s Ironic Icon series, where he combines images of the American comic book superhero with traditional religious iconography from early Christianity. Also on display is Popov’s iconic large-scale painting Early Morning, based on the 1817 painting L’Amour et Psyché by the French artist François-Édouard Picot. The exhibition features 60 of the artist’s works which include traditional Russian icons with subjects such as St. Batman, St. Superman and St. Wonder Woman. Each work retains its original richly embossed and engraved sterling silver and 24kt ... More




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On a day like today, American painter Robert De Niro, Sr., was born
January 17, 1922. Robert Henry De Niro, Sr.(May 3, 1922 - May 3, 1993) was an American abstract expressionist painter and the father of actor Robert De Niro. In this photo released by Starpix, actor Robert De Niro, and his wife, Grace Hightower, stand next to a painting executed by his father, Robert De Niro Sr., Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010 in New York. At the private event hosted by the Tribeca Film Institute, Di Niro introduced the "Robert De Niro, Sr. Prize," a $25 thousand annual award aimed at mid-career American artists.



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