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First exhibition on French artist Hubert Robert presented by National Gallery of Art

A man looks at "Stair and Fountain in the Park of a Roman Villa" during a press preview of an exhibition of works by painter and draftsman Hubert Robert at the National Gallery of Art on June 21, 2016 in Washington, DC. MANDEL NGAN / AFP.

WASHINGTON, DC.- Celebrated for the fundamental role he played in promoting the architectural capriccio, Hubert Robert combined famous monuments of antiquity and modernity in unexpected ways to create strikingly new and imaginative city scenes and landscapes. On view at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, from June 26 through October 2, 2016, Hubert Robert, 1733–1808 is the first monographic exhibition in the United States on the artist as well as the first exhibition to survey his achievements as both a painter and a draftsman. More than 100 paintings and works on paper showcase his talents: he was a masterly landscape painter, a gifted and prolific draftsman, an engaging printmaker, and an acute chronicler of some of the major events of the day. The recipient of important royal and aristocratic commissions, including many from Russia, Robert was also the first Keeper of Paintings at the Musée du Louvre. Dubbed "Robert des ruines" by the great ... More

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Dallas Museum of Art and SFMOMA announce acquisition of sculpture and suite of works by Walter De Maria   Vitra Design Museum opens Schaudepot designed by architects Herzog & de Meuron   Three Irish paintings recovered in County Wicklow to be offered at Sotheby's London

Walter De Maria, Large Rod Series: Circle/Rectangle 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 1986, stainless steel, Dallas Museum of Art through the DMA/amfAR Benefit Auction Fund and Collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (Phyllis C. Wattis Fund for Major Acquisitions),© 2016 Estate of Walter De Maria.

DALLAS, TX.- The Dallas Museum of Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art announced today that they have jointly acquired a major sculpture by Walter De Maria. The work will receive its first museum presentation in three decades at the DMA this fall, followed by an SFMOMA installation in the spring of 2017. Large Rod Series: Circle/Rectangle, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13 (1986) is an important installment in De Maria’s Large Rod Series, a group of floor-based sculptures that were among the artist’s most notable contributions to the minimalist movement. The museums have also jointly acquired Pure Polygon Series, a suite of seven works on paper created by De Maria in 1975–76. The acquisition of these two works marks the first acquisition collaboration between ... More

Exhibition view of main hall. Photo © Vitra Design Museum, Mark Niedermann.

WEIL AM RHEIN.- On 3 June 2016, a new building opened on the Vitra Campus: the Vitra Schaudepot, designed by the Basel-based architects Herzog & de Meuron. The Schaudepot provides the Vitra Design Museum with a venue for presenting key objects from its extensive collection to the public, complemented by a new café and a shop. In this context, a second entry point has been created to the Vitra Campus, enhancing its connections to the cities of Basel and Weil am Rhein. The collection of the Vitra Design Museum ranks among the most important holdings of furniture design worldwide. It contains some 7000 pieces of furniture, a vast assemblage of lighting objects and numerous archives, as well as the estates of such designers as Charles & Ray Eames, Verner Panton and Alexander Girard. Although the main museum building by Frank Gehry from 1989 was originally conceived to house the collection, the museum utilises ... More

Paul Henry, Landscape with Cottage oil on board Dated, 1929-34 (detail) on stylistic grounds. Estimate £20,000-30,000. Photo: Sotheby's.

LONDON.- This September, Sotheby’s will offer at auction three Irish paintings recovered in County Wicklow in 2015. The works – Jack Butler Yeats’ The Fern in the Area, Paul Henry’s Landscape with Cottage, and Sir John Lavery’s Portrait de femme au chapeau – come to sale following their theft from a house in Wicklow in 2014 and the subsequent transferral of ownership of the paintings to insurance company Chubb on their recovery last year. With a combined estimated of £47,000-70,000, they will be offered in Sotheby’s Irish Art sale in London on 13 September 2016. Charlie Minter, Sotheby’s Irish Art Specialist, said: “The remarkable recovery of these paintings has ensured that their fate looks immeasurably brighter and we look forward to finding new homes for them. The Lavery and Henry passed through our doors fifteen years ago and we’re thrilled to be able to offer them at auction again.” ... More

Japanese prints from the Elise Wessels Collection on view at the Rijksmuseum   Art historian Philipp Demandt to be new director of Städel and Liebieghaus   Exhibition at National Gallery of Canada celebrates the work of Rufino Tamayo

PORTRAIT OF HAGIWARA SAKUTARŌ, Onchi Kōshirō (1891-1955). Kleurenhoutsnede op papier, 1949, P0109. Elise Wessels Collection – Nihon no hanga.

AMSTERDAM.- For the first time ever, the Rijksmuseum is presenting 170 Japanese prints from the Elise Wessels Collection, picturing Japan’s rapid modernization during the opening decades of the twentieth century. Alongside prints, the exhibition features kimonos and lacquerware from the Jan Dees and René van der Star Collection and posters on loan from the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo. In the early 1900s, Japan was booming. Its modern urban centres offered a fertile climate for burgeoning industries and gave rise to new forms of leisure. As in Europe and America, women were pushing back old boundaries, forging a new model of the ‘modern girl’. Alongside optimism, there was also a prevailing sense of nostalgia, fed by feelings of uncertainty. In this era of vast change, the past was glorified as an ideal. With Japan in the midst of this whirlwind ... More

Philipp Demandt. Photo: Oliver Mark.

STADEL.- The search for a director for the Städel Museum and the Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung is over. The graduated art historian Dr. Philipp Demandt (45) will take charge of the two museums on 1 October 2016. Demandt has been the director of the Alte Nationalgalerie, a museum of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin – Preussischer Kulturbesitz, since January 2012 and is one of Germany’s most renowned art historians and exhibition curators. He has comprehensive experience with modern culture management. This decision was preceded by an intensive national and international search carried out by the Städel Museum administration under the chairmanship of Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Schweickart. Peter Feldmann, the mayor of Frankfurt and chairman of the supervisory board of the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Prof. Dr. Felix Semmelroth, the outgoing deputy mayor in charge of culture, and Dr. Ina Hartwig, the designated deputy mayor in charg ... More

Rufino Tamayo, Athlete 1930. Oil on canvas. Collection of the Museo de Arte Moderno / INBA / Mexico © D.R. Rufino Tamayo/Herederos/ México/2015/Fundación Olga y Rufino Tamayo, A.C / SODRAC (2016).

OTTAWA.- The National Gallery of Canada presents, from June 25 to October 10, 2016, Tamayo: A Solitary Mexican Modernist, an exhibition that celebrates the work of Rufino Tamayo, whose paintings, prints and sculptures brought international attention to 20th-century Mexican art. This is the first solo-exhibition dedicated to the artist ever presented in Canada. Tamayo is one of Mexico's most significant modernist artists, recognized for having achieved his own individual style despite the domination of his contemporaries, Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros and José Clemente Orozco, who were uncompromising in their allegiance to the social and political ideals that formed the basis of Mexico’s post-revolutionary art. Younger than they by ten years, Tamayo, looked to the future and the modern world, as well as finding ... More

Christo artwork a 'waste of public money': watchdog   Exhibition at CFA Berlin celebrates F.C. Gundlach's 90th birthday   Contemporary artist Tony Feher dies from cancer-related complications

Christo, Floating Piers (Project). Drawing 2014, 35.2 x 22.2 cm (13 7/8 x 8 3/4"). Pencil, charcoal and pastel. Photo: André Grossmann © 2014 Christo.

ROME (AFP).- An Italian consumer group said Saturday it suspected artist Christo's popular floating walkway on a lake had involved an unreasonable waste of public money. The organisation Codacons said it would be filing a complaint to the Lombardy region's spending watchdog on Monday. "The Floating Piers" has been a smash hit with the public with visitors flocking to experience the three-kilometre-long (1.9-mile) walkway of 200,000 floating cubes on Lake Iseo since it opened on June 18. But according to Codacons, the huge cost of cleaning up after tens of thousands of visitors and ensuring their safety made it questionable whether the art installation should have been authorised. "We want to know how much taxpayers' money has been spent on a project which, until now, seems to have generated enormous publicity for the artist without bringing direct benefits to local entities and citizens," the organisation said ... More

F.C. Gundlach, Karin, 1966. Gelatin silver print on baryte, vintage print, 55 x 43 cm / 22 x 17". FCG/P 78.16/00.

BERLIN.- Contemporary Fine Arts is presenting the exhibition “90 Jahre 90 Fotos” on the occasion of F.C. Gundlach’s 90th birthday. For his 90th birthday, F.C. Gundlach has selected exclusively for CFA his 90 most important, best, and favorite photographs from his substantial Oeuvre. Thematic fractures, frictions, and surprises are explicitly intended. Iconic classics from the legendary German fashion photographer are accompanied alongside free, experimental works: one of them a white, contour-less study; a propeller plane, the Super Constellation type, high above the clouds; a camel train striding across the desert; or the timeless portrait of model Karin Mossberg. Important milestones of European post-war fashion photography are highlighted throughout the sequence of the 90 images: Beginning with the journey through Berlin in the 1950s, to the Haute Couture shows of the great Parisian fashion ... More

Tony Feher. Copyright Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, courtesy Hiram Butler Gallery.

HOUSTON, TX.- Blaffer Art Museum joins the international art community and the family of Tony Feher in mourning the loss of a great artist and dear friend. "Tony's poignant and inimitable touch transformed materials and people in equally profound ways. I was fortunate to have worked with him and enjoyed his friendship for as long as I have," says Blaffer Art Museum Director and Chief Curator Claudia Schmuckli, who curated his 20-year survey in 2012. Tony Feher marked a pivotal moment in the artist's career and the museum's history as it celebrated the reopening of Blaffer after an 18-month renovation. It was our profound honor to share the beauty and power of Tony's seemingly fragile, yet tenacious work with our Houston community and with audiences in Iowa, Massachusetts, New York, and Ohio, where his retrospective traveled to great critical acclaim, celebrated by Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe art critic Sebastian Smee, the New York Ti ... More

Mid-career survey of artist Nari Ward features found-objects works and ground-breaking sculpture   Special collections of fine English ceramics lead Skinner's Auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts   Exhibition of new paintings by Berlin-based artist Daniel Richter opens at Regen Projects

‘Nari Ward: Sun Splashed, 2016. Photos by Jo Perez for the Barnes Foundation.

PHILADELPHIA, PA.- The Barnes Foundation presents Sun Splashed, a mid-career survey of the found-object assemblage art of Nari Ward, on view in the Roberts Gallery June 24 through August 22, 2016. Sun Splashed is the most significant exhibition of Ward’s work to date, bringing together over 30 works from the 1990s to the present. The exhibition offers a close look at the artist’s ongoing investigations, both material and intellectual, that have guided his practice for more than 20 years. Traveling from Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), where it was organized by Associate Curator Diana Nawi, the exhibition reveals the ambitious scale of Ward’s work and his continued experimentation with new materials. Animated by flânerie—the idle, detached observation of street life that 19th-century writers associated with the rise of modern cities, that was an important strategy of the French Impressionists—and making reference to Afr ... More

Wedgwood Numbered First Edition Copy of the Portland Vase, England, 18th century (Estimate $40,000-$60,000).

MARLBOROUGH, MASS.- Skinner, Inc. will present a summer auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts in its Marlborough Gallery on Friday, July 15 at 10AM. With over 750 lots on offer, the auction will feature Part II of the Troy Dawson Chappell Collection of 17th and 18th century English Pottery and Part I of the Paul Lauer Collection of Wedgwood, as well as an expansive selection of fine silver and European fine and decorative arts of the 16th through early 20th centuries. The standout lot of the auction is a Wedgwood numbered first edition copy of the Portland Vase from the Paul Lauer Collection (Lot 365, $40,000-$60,000). Wedgwood’s oven book records list forty-three of these “first edition” vases fired between 1791 and 1796. Eleven were broken during the process, and the numbers of additional faulty vases are not known. It’s generally believed that somewhere around thirty of these black jasper vases were of first quality. ... More

Installation view of Daniel Richter wild thing at Regen Projects, Los Angeles, June 25 - August 20, 2016. Photo: Brian Forrest, Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Regen Projects presents an exhibition of new paintings by Berlin-based artist Daniel Richter. Entitled wild thing, Richter brings together recent explorations in painting that present a radical shift in pictorial language from his previous works. The results are striking and colorful images that challenge and expand the possibilities of the medium. This is the artist’s third solo show at the gallery. Considered to be one of the most influential painters of his generation, Richter’s work continues the lineage of post-war German painting that includes artists such as Werner Büttner, Martin Kippenberger, and Albert Oehlen. In the 1990s he gained critical acclaim for his colorful abstract paintings and large-scale, psychedelic figurative works. Combining elements of pure formal abstraction with representational images culled from popular culture and the ... More

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Exhibition of new work by New York artist Joseph Stashkevetch opens at Von Lintel Gallery
LOS ANGELES, CA.- Von Lintel Gallery presents new work by New York artist Joseph Stashkevetch. The exhibition marks the artist’s fifth with the gallery. Joseph Stashkevetch is known for his realistic and richly textured drawings rendered in conté crayon on rag paper. In a striking expansion, the artist's new compositions frequently disturb the two-dimensional plane, challenging our acceptance of flat, three-dimensional imagery and engaging the paper as an active participant in the unfolding drama. The sculptural works collage multiple drawings, the roiled surfaces obscuring and exposing images in counterpoint. In addition to using his own photographs and memories as source material, Stashkevetch notably appropriates wallpaper patterns of nature; referencing a fundamental need to connect to an environment from which we have become increasingly divorced. ... More

The Whitney Houston Collection realizes half a million dollars at Heritage Auctions in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES, CA.- Whitney Houston's pair of Nike Air Jordan Sneakers gifted to Whitney Houston by close friend Michael Jordan, circa 1990, which sold for $20,000 and her Whitney Houston Stage-Worn Dolce & Gabbana Multi-Colored Fur Coat which sold for $16,250 to take top lot honors as Heritage Auctions presented The Whitney Houston Collection, more than 100 pieces of memorabilia – including awards, stage-worn costumes, passports and gold records – at a public auction in Beverly Hills, June 24-25, 2016 as part of the company’s Entertainment & Music Signature® Auction. The hand-picked mementos from Ms. Houston’s life and career sold for a combined $525,390. The auction brought 78.5% above estimate and was 99% sold by value, with only 2 lots remaining available for direct purchase (first-come, first served). “The auction proves generations of fans are ... More

First exhibition to examine symbolic and conceptual portraiture in American art opens in Maine
BRUNSWICK, ME.- The Bowdoin College Museum of Art is presenting the first-ever exhibition to examine the emergence and evolution of symbolic, abstract, and conceptual portraiture in modern and contemporary American art. Titled This Is a Portrait If I Say So: Identity in American Art, 1912 to Today, the exhibition takes its name from Robert Rauschenberg´s renowned 1961 portrait of Iris Clert—a telegram that simply states, “This is a portrait of Iris Clert if I say so.” On view June 25-October 16, 2016, the show includes more than 60 non-figurative portraits that pose provocative questions about what a likeness is; how a person’s individuality might be expressed effectively by another; how much a portrait can be influenced by the artist’s, as opposed to the subject’s, personality; and the very conceptualization of personal identity. “We’re delighted to present this dynamic ... More

New exhibition celebrates picturesque views of summer from the past one hundred years
IRVINE, CA.- The Irvine Museum presents A Summer Idyll: Picturesque Views of California June 25 through October 6, 2016. The exhibition is a glorious celebration of summer in the Golden State that combines works by historic and contemporary California artists painted over the past one hundred years. Historic California impressionist artists featured in the exhibition include Joseph Kleitch (1882-1931), Emil Kosa (1903-1968), Guy Rose (1867-1925), Donna Schuster (1883-1953), George Gardner Symons (1863-1930), and Sam Hyde Harris (1889-1977), among other masters. A highlight of the exhibition is Kleitsch's Red and Green, which depicts the artist's wife and a friend strolling through the gardens of the Mission San Juan Capistrano. The painting is set in late afternoon with the golden glow of the sun casting a deep shadow in the immediate foreground. In addition, ... More

Vienna's Ringturm "Unburdened"
VIENNA.- On 24 June Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka inaugurated the artistic covering of the Ringturm, designed by Czech artist Ivan Exner. Thomas Drozda, Austrian Federal Minister for Arts and Culture, also attended the ceremony. As part of an initiative organised by Wiener Städtische Versicherungsverein, in summer 2016 the Ringturm will be transformed into a monumental art installation for the ninth time. Unburdened, the work of artist Ivan Exner, will adorn the building on the banks of the Danube Canal for the entire summer. The piece also marks the 25th anniversary of Czech Group company Kooperativa pojišťovna, a.s., Vienna Insurance Group. A special ceremony celebrating the completion of the giant canvas took place on Friday 24 June on the 20th floor of the Ringturm. Bohuslav Sobotka, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, opened this year’s artistic ... More

US bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley dies at 89
LOS ANGELES (AFP).- American bluegrass pioneer Ralph Stanley has died at the age of 89, according to his grandson, who said the singer and banjo player had been battling skin cancer. Part of the first generation of bluegrass musicians, Stanley came to mainstream attention through the 2000 Coen brothers movie "O Brother, Where Art Thou?," for which he provided a Grammy Award-winning a cappella rendition of traditional folk song "O Death." "He went peacefully in his sleep due to a long, horrible battle with skin cancer," musician Nathan Stanley announced on his website on Thursday. Stanley was born and raised in southwest Virginia, where he and his brother Carter were taught clawhammer style banjo by their mother, according to a biography released by his publicist Kurt Webster. The Stanley Brothers popularized "Man of Constant Sorrow," which was later ... More

Galerie Peter Kilchmann's first solo exhibition with Greek artist Vlassis Caniaris on view in Zurich
ZURICH.- Galerie Peter Kilchmann is presenting its first solo exhibition with Greek artist Vlassis Caniaris (1928-2011). The exhibition marks the artist’s first solo show in Switzerland and brings together works on paper, sculptures, assemblages and installations from the 1960’s, 1970’s and 1980’s. In his Greek homeland, Vlassis Caniaris ranks among the most widely known artists of his generation. In 1958, he presented the first exhibition of abstract paintings to be held there, and adopted a critical position on political and social issues in his work throughout the country’s military dictatorship. While he is known and appraised among international artists, he has been almost forgotten by the wider art world. On view in the first room is the installation “Urinals of History” that includes three human-scale plaster figures from 1980. The clothed scarecrow-like bodies ... More

Charles Jencks exhibition launches three-day festival
SANQUHAR.- An exhibition featuring new work by Charles Jencks and exploring the fundamental nature of the cosmos opened today (Saturday) as part of a three-day summer solstice festival. Landscape of Waves is a collaboration between Jencks, the world-renowned artist, landscape architect and designer, and Alex Rigg the Scottish-based multi-disciplinary artist and designer. Both have a deep fascination with the forces that drive the cosmos and the resilience and intensity of life. In part the exhibition reflects the evolution of Crawick Multiverse, a remarkable 55-acre visitor attraction created by Jencks, regenerating an open caste coal mine as an artland inspired by the themes of space, astronomy and cosmology. The opening of Landscape of Waves, at the Merz Gallery in Sanquhar on Friday, 24 June, marks the start of the Festival of the Solstice, a weekend of events, ... More

Drawing Conclusions: Group show opens at Walter Otero Contemporary Art
SAN JUAN, PR.- Walter Otero Contemporary Art is presenting the group show Drawing Conclusions on view in the contemporary art space located in #402 Ave. Constitución, San Juan, PR. With a number of significant technological advances at our disposal, the act of drawing remains a fundamental part of the creative process in art and many other practices, serving as a way to conceptualize and transcribe our ideas. As one of the most basic human expressions, drawing has allowed us to communicate and leave a mark that transcends. For the 10 artists exhibiting in this group show drawing represents a starting point to develop their work as well as a final product through which they express themselves. To consider drawing solely for its preparatory functions is to ignore its capacities as an autonomous medium. The artists that use it in such a way embraces the mediums ... More

Solo exhibition by sculptor and site-specific installation artist Patrick Marold on view in Denver
DENVER, CO.- Goodwin Fine Art is presentng the second solo exhibition by sculptor and site-specific installation artist Patrick Marold. The exhibition features a new body of work by the artist that includes large-scale drawings using charred sculptural elements as the tool or drawing implement to create them. Photograms taken direct from an existent glass sculpture, Lens are also included in this ground breaking exhibit where Marold has upended his conceptual process with the resulting former physical object or sculpture now the progenitor of the two-dimensional objects in the current show. The installation is comprised of the actual sculptural elements used to create the drawings, such as; Charred Core, a thirty-six inch diameter maple orb; Mantel a six-foot weathered and bleached log along with another five-foot charred log all placed and arranged in relationship ... More

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