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Large-scale exhibition of Jean Michel Basquiat's work opens at Barbican Art Gallery

Basquiat: Boom For Real. Installation view Barbican Art Gallery 21 September 2017 – 28 January 2018 © Tristan Fewings / Getty Images Artwork: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Hollywood Africans, 1983 Courtesy Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. © The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat/ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ ADAGP, Paris. Licensed by Artestar, New York.

LONDON.- Basquiat: Boom for Real is the first large-scale exhibition in the UK of the work of American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960­-1988). One of the most significant painters of the 20th century, Basquiat came of age in the late 1970s in the post-punk underground art scene in downtown New York. By 1982, he had gained international recognition and was the youngest ever artist to participate in Documenta 7 in Kassel. His vibrant, raw imagery, abounding with fragments of bold capitalised text, offers insights into both his encyclopaedic interests and his experience as a young black artist with no formal training. Since his tragic death in 1988, Basquiat has had remarkably little exposure in the UK; not a single work of his is held in a public collection. Drawing from international museums and private collections, Basquiat: Boom for Real brings together an outstanding selection of more than 100 works, many never seen before in the UK, and on view now at More

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9 Lucio Fontana spatial environments reconstructed in full scale and presented together for the first time   Australian art comes to Tate Modern   Exhibition at Marian Goodman features the latest developments in Tony Cragg's sculptural oeuvre

Lucio Fontana in collaboration with Nanda Vigo, Ambiente spaziale: “Utopie”, nella XIII Triennale di Milano, 1964/2017, installation view at Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan, 2017. Courtesy Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan. ©Fondazione Lucio Fontana Photo: Agostino Osio.

MILAN.- Fontana’s “Spatial Environments” are considered the most innovative outcome of the theories about space that Lucio Fontana first expressed in his Manifiesto Blanco of 1946. Here and in later manifestos, he described a new form of visual representation linked to space and time, which would move past the classic materials of sculpture and painting and employ modern technology to create “artificial forms, rainbows of wonder, words written in light” (Lucio Fontana, Spaziali, 1947 in Lucio Fontana, Manifesti scritti interviste, edited by Angela Sanna, Milan, 2015). These ideas led to the birth of Spatialism, an artistic movement that emerged in Argentina and Italia in the late ’40s. Fontana, its founder and prime representative, applied them in famous works such as his Concetti Spaziali (Spatial Concepts, like his “Holes” and “Cuts”), but above ... More

Left to right: Alan Joyce (CEO of Qantas Group), Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE (Director of MCA) and Frances Morris (Director of Tate Modern) in front of Gordon Bennett’s Possession Island (Abstraction) at Tate Modern. Photo © Tate Photography.

LONDON.- Works by renowned Australian artists Gordon Bennett and Susan Norrie have gone on display at Tate Modern for the first time. They are among ten works of art which have now been jointly acquired by Tate and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) in Sydney. The partnership, launched in 2015, is made possible through a $2.75 million corporate gift from Qantas and enables both museums to expand their collections each year, bringing the work of Australian artists to new global audiences. Qantas Group’s CEO, Alan Joyce, and the MCA’s Director, Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE, travelled to London to help launch the new display yesterday, alongside artist Susan Norrie and Leanne Bennett, Gordon Bennett’s widow. They were welcomed by Tate Modern’s Director, Frances Morris and Tate’s Director of Collection for International Art, Gregor Muir. Frances Morris ... More

Installation view of Tony Cragg's exhibition at Marian Goodman in New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- Marian Goodman Gallery New York is presenting an exhibition of new sculpture by Tony Cragg on view through Saturday, October 14th, 2017. One of the world’s most distinguished contemporary sculptors, the past two years brought several important solo presentations of Cragg’s work to Europe including The Hermitage in St. Petersburg and a major career retrospective, Parts of the World at the Von der Heydt Museum in Germany, in 2016. A comprehensive exhibition was held at the Luxemburg Modern Art Museum, and A Rare Category of Objects, one of the most extensive outdoor exhibitions to date, was shown at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Yorkshire UK in 2017. The gallery exhibition features the latest developments in Tony Cragg’s sculptural oeuvre during the period of 2015-2017 as Cragg continues his pursuit of giving expression to the intrinsic and dynamic relationship between ourselves and our material surroundings and the ... More

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art opens exhibition of works by Dutch artist Rineke Dijkstra   Michael Werner Gallery, London opens exhibition of new works by Enrico David   Long-lost Faberge silver knives resurface in Poland

Rineke Dijkstra, Kolobrzeg, Poland, July 26, 1992. C-print, 168 x 141,5 cm. Courtesy the Artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, Paris and London; Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin and Paris and Jan Mot, Bruxelles.

COPENHAGEN.- The Dutch artist Rineke Dijkstra (b. 1959) gained international recognition more than 20 years ago with her Beach Portrait series. Her subject’s expressions are powerful, insistent and they leave a lasting and profound impression on the viewer. Dijkstra photographs people in their natural environment but at the same time the composition of the photograph isolates them from their surroundings. By concentrating on the subject’s posture, gaze and gestures, Dijkstra’s observations result in images that resonate between the posed and the natural. Also small details, which in normal life one would hardly notice, become important in the interpretation of the photograph, and the subjects seem to be lifted from reality. Dijkstra is always looking for the specificity and individuality of each person; the ... More

Enrico David, Untitled (Tonsils), 2017. Wool on canvas, 91 1/4 x 74 3/4 inches, 232 x 190 cm. Courtesy Michael Werner Gallery, New York and London.

LONDON.- Michael Werner Gallery, London is presenting an exhibition of new works by Enrico David. David’s work encompasses painting, sculpture, textiles and installation with the act of drawing being key to his exploration of form. Mining a space between figuration and abstraction, the artist consistently returns to the body as a point of departure, exploring the human figure as a metaphor for transformation. The sense of metamorphosis that pervades these forms through allusions to cocoons and germination lends these new works a close affinity with the natural world. This suggestion of continual change is further emphasised by David’s manipulation of materials, the final works often being the result of a sequence of modelling and casting processes that divert our understanding of their material truth. This exhibition is David’s second with Michael Werner in London. Major solo showings during the past decade include Fault Work ... More

This undated handout picture taken in Opole, southern Poland, shows knives by Faberge. They should have vanished a century ago after Russia's October Revolution, melted down with the rest of a solid silver tableware set by Faberge, Imperial Russia's legendary jeweller. Adam Szymanski / AFP.

WARSAW (AFP).- They should have vanished a century ago after Russia's October Revolution, melted down with the rest of a solid silver tableware set by Faberge, Imperial Russia's legendary jeweller. And yet, two knives from the collection have just resurfaced in Poland. After the 1917 revolution deposed Tsar Nicolas II, the Bolshevik-ruled Russia that emerged needed money to wage war and consolidate its power. To this end, the valuable possessions of pre-revolutionary elites, including the tsar, aristocratic and bourgeois families as well as the Russian Orthodox Church, were nationalised. Handcrafted gold and silverware, platters and goblets were melted down to obtain precious metals. More than 100 pieces of silverware, including plates, dishes and cutlery, made by Peter ... More

Tina Turner donates outfit to Tennessee State Museum   Freeman's to offer rare, early American atlas held in a private collection since 1880   Celebrations, discussions and unveilings: Demodernising the collection at Van Abbemuseum

The jacket and skirt were created by world renowned fashion designer Rifat Ozbek.

NASHVILLE, TENN.- The Tina Turner Museum at Flagg Grove School and the Tennessee State Museum announced the generous gift of apparel from the internationally-acclaimed entertainer Tina Turner. This iconic look selected for an album promo shoot will be added to the collection of the State Museum and exhibited in the new museum opening in the fall of 2018. In a ceremony held on September 19 at the Tina Turner Museum at Flagg Grove School in Brownsville, TN, officials from Tennessee State joined Tina Turner’s longtime friend and Executive Personal Assistant Rhonda Graam and Tina Turner Museum Executive Director Sonia Outlaw-Clark, to debut the ensemble which was personally selected by the Tennessee native and international music icon. “It is an honor for the Tennessee State Museum to receive this gift from Tina Turner for our museum’s collection,” says Tennessee State Museum Executive Director Ashley ... More

Charts of the Coast of America from Cape Breton to the Entrance of the Gulph of Mexico, published and sold by Matthew Clark and Osgood Carleton in Boston between 1789 and 1790.

PHILADELPHIA, PA.- On Thursday, September 28, Freeman’s will host its Fall 2017 Books, Maps & Manuscripts auction. Though encompassing notable material from a range of collecting genres, the sale is highlighted by a fresh-to-the-market example of what is generally considered to have been the first American atlas: Charts of the Coast of America from Cape Breton to the Entrance of the Gulph of Mexico, published and sold by Matthew Clark and Osgood Carleton in Boston between 1789 and 1790. Tradition holds that this particular copy, which is comprised of sixteen of the original eighteen charts available for subscription, has been kept in the same private collection since 1880. It is one of but few extant bound sets of Clark’s charts: individual sheets are rare in themselves, seldom appearing at auction, and most complete copies of the atlas are only to be found in university ... More

Pablo Picasso, Femme en vert, 1909. Collection Van Abbemuseum. Photo: Peter Cox.

EINDHOVEN.- To officially open its new collection displays and to launch its three-year programme of exploration and transformation, the Van Abbemuseum is holding three days of activities, workshops and celebrations from 21 to 23 September 2017. Together with L'Internationale, a confederation of six modern and contemporary art institutions, the Van Abbemuseum is working to demodernise the museum, rearrange its permanent collections and alter the course of the museological canon. It announced the launch of its three-year programme of exploration and transformation with the official opening of its new collection display during three days of activities, symposia and celebration. As one of the first public museums for contemporary art to be established in Europe, the Van Abbemuseum has been looking at how the relationship of the museum with the public can invite different forms of exchange and representation that better reflect current soc ... More

Sotheby's photographs sale features important daguerreotypes from the Stanley B. Burns Collecction   Show of new and recent works by Michael Craig-Martin opens at Gallery Hyundai, Seoul   Christie's announces a new concept auction to showcase great achievements

Philip Haas, John Quincy Adams Estimate $150/250,000. Courtesy Sotheby’s.

NEW YORK, NY.- Sotheby’s fall auction of Photographs on 5 October in New York will offer a variety of exceptional works from the 19th century to today. Of special note are masterpieces by Robert Frank, Edward Weston, Eugène Atget, Gustave Le Gray and William Eggleston among many others. This carefully curated, encyclopedic sale will feature 200 works with estimates ranging from $1,000 to $300,000. The New York exhibition will be open to the public from 30 September through 4 October. Leading the sale is Philip Haas’s remarkable portrait of John Quincy Adams (estimate $150/250,000). Taken in the spring of 1843, this commanding daguerreotype of President, Secretary of State, Senator, Congressman and diplomat John Quincy Adams (1767–1848) is a landmark in both photographic and American history. When he posed for this portrait, Adams had completed his term as the sixth American president (1825–29) but was still serving ... More

Michael Craig-Martin, Untitled (tennis racket fragment yellow), 2017, Acrylic on aluminium, 61 x 61 cm. © Michael Craig-Martin. Courtesy Gagosian. Photo: Mike Bruce.

SEOUL.- Gallery Hyundai is presenting All in All, an exhibition of new and recent paintings by Michael Craig-Martin. Featuring acrylic on aluminium works, this is the second solo show for the Irish-British artist at the gallery. Minimalism, Pop Art and Conceptual Art became significant influences upon Craig-Martin during his time studying at Yale University School of Art and Architecture in the early 1960s. He returned to London and had his first major solo exhibition there at Rowan Gallery in 1969. His early work explicitly questions the nature of art and representation through a variety of objects and materials. A seminal piece of this period is An Oak Tree, 1973, a glass of water on a shelf with text declaring that the glass is, in fact, an oak tree. In the late 1970s, the artist began to make line drawings of ordinary everyday objects, characterised by their boldly outlined ... More

Gilbert & George, Red Morning (Hell) (1977, estimate: £800,000 – £1,200,000) and Marc Newson, A Lockheed Lounge (Designed 1985-1988, this example executed before 1993, estimate: £1,000,000 – £1,500,000). © Christie’s Images Limited 2017.

LONDON.- Christie’s Frieze Week season will launch on 3 October 2017, including, for the first time, an evening auction that showcases two complementary collecting categories: Masterpieces of Design and Photography. The auction will showcase masterworks of the 20th and 21st centuries and tell the story of the extraordinary expansion of creativity in both design and photography from 1865 to the present day. Featuring major names including Diane Arbus, Gilbert & George, Andreas Gursky, Allen Jones, Finn Juhl, Robert Mapplethorpe, Carlo Mollino, Marc Newson, Helmut Newton, Irving Penn, Gio Ponti, Jean Prouvé, Gerrit Rietveld and Thomas Struth, the auction will provide an opportunity for both established and younger collectors. On view at Christie’s, King Street from 26 September to 3 October. Francis Outred, Chairman ... More

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Toledo Museum of Art welcomes Diane Wright as Curator of Glass
TOLEDO, OH.- The Toledo Museum of Art announces that Diane C. Wright has been appointed as curator of glass. Wright begins her appointment at TMA on Nov. 13, 2017. In this role Wright will be responsible for overseeing TMA’s world-renowned and growing glass and decorative arts collection, including acquisitions, research, exhibitions and publications. Since 2014 Wright has served as the Carolyn and Richard Barry Curator of Glass at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia. She is a recognized scholar of the windows and mosaics of Louis Comfort Tiffany and his studio.TMA is a leader in the glass art field. The Museum’s 74,000-square-foot Glass Pavilion, designed by SANAA, which opened in 2006 to wide acclaim, houses more than 5,000 works of art from antiquity to the 21st century and presents an array of special exhibitions, artist demonstrations ... More

Gallery FUMI opens a solo show by French designer Thomas Lemut
LONDON.- Gallery FUMI is presenting Glass.Mekano, a solo show by Thomas Lemut. In this new body of work, his first in glass, Lemut challenges the restraints of working with this material to produce functional pieces that reflect his distinct design approach and aesthetic language. The key to Lemut’s practice is the celebration of a chosen material; be it in wood, metal and now glass. Cut into strips, each element is then assembled using mechanical fixings as opposed to the traditional method of welding or gluing. Of all materials the French designer has been working with to date, glass has been by far the most challenging: finding a balance between hand and mechanical assemblage using strips of tempered glass is extremely difficult. Driven by curiosity and a desire to further explore the potential of the material, Lemut worked closely with Yvon Goude from Goude Glass, ... More

Magnum Print Room features photographs that span a crucial 50-year period of the 20th century
LONDON.- This new exhibition is named after the influential photobook and exhibition, In Our Time: The World as Seen by Magnum Photographers (1989) and brings together key photographs from the Magnum Photos archive over a crucial 50-year period of the 20th century. The prints in this exhibition are drawn both from the 1989 Hayward Gallery exhibition of In Our Time, and vintage and period prints used in production of the book. Collectively, these images document a range of human experience through both war and peacetime, and demonstrate the continued resonance and relevance of the work of the legendary agency over the past 70 years. ‘This stirring volume of extraordinary photographs, presenting our times in all their elegance, squalor, courage, hope, betrayal, agony, sacrifice, heroism and majesty, is as unsparing of its audience as it ... More

Gasworks presents a major new commission by London-based artist Zach Blas
LONDON.- Gasworks presents Contra-Internet, a major new commission and the first institutional solo exhibition by London-based artist Zach Blas. The exhibition is commissioned by Gasworks; Art in General, New York; and MU, Eindhoven, and produced by Gasworks. Contra-Internet at Gasworks marks the premiere of Jubilee 2033, a queer science fiction film installation that includes live action, CGI animation, blown glass sculptures and a single edition publication titled The End of the Internet (As We Knew It). Framed by existing works in animation, moving image and vinyl text, the exhibition confronts the growing hegemony of the internet. A ‘neutral’ network during the 1980s and 90s, the internet is fast becoming the principle instrument of accelerated capitalism, surveillance and control: an infrastructure that it is increasingly difficult to imagine an outside ... More

MIT Museum opens two exhibitions of rare and never-before-seen photographs by György Kepes
CAMBRIDGE, MASS.- The MIT Museum honors Professor György Kepes (1906-2001), one of the most influential art practitioners, educators and writers of the twentieth century, through two exhibitions featuring rare and never-before-seen photographs that span more than four decades of his creative practice. Many of the photographs have been printed from original negatives that are not known to have been printed by the photographer. Many other images are vintage prints made by Kepes himself that have not been previously exhibited or published. Providing a rare opportunity to explore the breadth of his career, György Kepes Photographs: From Berlin to Chicago, 1930-1946 (September 21, 2017 – March 5, 2018) focuses on his time in Europe and Chicago; and György Kepes Photographs: The MIT Years, 1946-1974 (March 16 – August ... More

Michaan's announces highlights from its October 7 Gallery Auction
ALAMEDA, CA.- Michaan's October 7 Gallery Auction is a study in exciting contrasts. In Asian Art, figures of Buddha gaze serenely over worldly relics of dynastic splendor. Provocative and reflective works of Fine Art hang side by side. In Jewelry, intricate period designs alternate with bold contemporary statement pieces. Furniture spans centuries of design history from Italian Renaissance Revival to Danish Modern. Asian art has been a core business at Michaan's since the gallery's inception, and October's auction holds new discoveries for even the most seasoned collectors. A prime example is the embellished panel ($12,000-$16,000) of prized zitan wood from the late Qing dynasty, inlaid with carved images of China's most valued collectible art objects, known as the "hundred antiques" and including vases, censers, brush pots and many more. ... More

Galerie Richard presents works by Antón Lamazares and Nicolai
NEW YORK, NY.- Galerie Richard is presenting, for the first time in the USA, the works by Antón Lamazares and Nicolai from September 3 to September 30, 2017. Antón Lamazares was born in 1954 in Maceira, in the village of Lalín in Pontevedra, Spain. There, he studied in the Franciscan convent of San Antonio de Herbón, an experience that left an indelible impression upon the mystical and poetic process of his work. Self-taught, the Spanish artist has created an autonomous universe that evolves from expressionism and abstraction to the essentialism of his latest series, wherein there is always a dialogue of soul and memory, of sensuality and spirituality, and of dreams and poetry. Nicolai, who works under the mononym derived from his last name, was born in Reykjavik, Iceland, in 1964, where his artistic stylings were formed in the studio of the painter Oddur ... More

The Connie Francis Collection, America's first female pop star, presented by Heritage Auctions
DALLAS, TX.- The personal property of Connie Francis — America's first female pop icon — will be offered in a special auction at Heritage Auctions Oct. 1 in Beverly Hills, California. For the first time, Francis is opening her treasure trove of hundreds of iconic gowns, awards, and even personal love letters between her and famed singer/songwriter Bobby Darin (est. $8,000) to fans all over the world. Known for her chart topping hits "Who's Sorry Now," "Where The Boys Are" and "Everybody's Somebody's Fool," Francis' fame through the 1950s and 1960s is a quintessential American success story and a fixture of music history. A Certificate of Authenticity signed by Francis herself will accompany all items. "I want to share these special mementos with my fans all over the world," Francis said. "These are deeply personal items and I can't think of anyone else who would ... More

Surrealism in Mexican photography is focus of new exhibition at Throckmorton Fine Art
NEW YORK, NY.- Throckmorton Fine Art is presenting the exhibit, Surrealismo Ojos de Mexico (Surrealism in Mexican Photography) featuring forty photographs by celebrated artists—foreign and national—which, according to gallery founder Spencer Throckmorton, “Demonstrate the enduring influence of Surrealism on photography in Mexico. The photographers whose work we will show include Rosa Covarrubias, Tina Modotti, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Lola Álvarez Bravo, Kati Horna, Héctor García, Graciela Iturbide, and Flor Garduño. Each expressed a distinctive point of view dealing with often irrational and unexpected life experiences.” Surrealismo Ojos de Mexico is on view at Throckmorton Fine Art in New York from September 21 – December 2, 2017. Throckmorton Executive Director Kraige Block makes the point that while Surrealism emerged as ... More

Early printed books on cookery, mathematics & adventure offered at Swann Auction Galleries
NEW YORK, NY.- Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books come to Swann Galleries on Tuesday, October 17. The wide-ranging auction of some 300 lots covers a plethora of topics and periods. Setting the sale apart is a prodigious selection of early books relating to food and wine, with highlights including L’Humore Dialogo, Milan, 1564, a treatise by Bartolomeo Taegio on viticulture, valued at $4,000 to $6,000, as well as the first edition of Domenico Romoli’s La Singolare Dottrina…dell’Ufficio dello Scalco, Venice, 1560, a guidebook for hoteliers and chefs with a year’s worth of menus ($2,000 to $3,000). Also available is a first edition of the oldest known Spanish-language book on carving, a Latin translation of a third century work describing imaginary banquets full of scholarly conversation, and various cookbooks and instruction manuals. The sale ... More

Richard Saltoun Gallery opens first exhibition in London of the pioneering American artist Eleanor Antin
LONDON.- Richard Saltoun Gallery presents Eleanor Antin: Romans & Kings, the first exhibition in London of the pioneering American Feminist filmmaker, performance and conceptual artist. A key figure of conceptual art movements of the 1970s; Eleanor Antin’s ground-breaking practice spans five decades and has covered themes surrounding identity, gender, autobiography, class and social structures. Antin’s multi-disciplinary approach includes installation, painting, drawing, writing and most notably photography and performance. Rearticulating historical narratives, both real and fictitious, she explores the tropes of feminist and conceptual art. Today as an octogenarian artist, she remains one of the world’s leading Feminist artists. The debut exhibition at Richard Saltoun Gallery consists of recent and historical works from two of Antin’s most iconic bodies ... More

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On a day like today, Italian painter Alessandro Allori died
September 22, 1607. Alessandro di Cristofano di Lorenzo del Bronzino Allori (31 May 1535 - 22 September 1607) was an Italian portrait painter of the late Mannerist Florentine school. In this image: Portrait of Grand Duchess Bianca Capello de Medici, by Allori, Dallas Museum of Art.

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