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First major exhibition to reposition the history of 18th-century Mexican painting opens

Installation photograph, Painted in Mexico, 1700–1790: Pinxit Mexici, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, November 19, 2017 - March 18, 2018, photo © Museum Associates/LACMA.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- The Los Angeles County Museum of Art presents Painted in Mexico, 1700–1790: Pinxit Mexici, the first major exhibition to reposition the history of 18th-century Mexican painting, a vibrant period marked by major stylistic changes and the invention of compelling new iconographies. Co-organized by LACMA and Fomento Cultural Banamex, A.C. in Mexico City, this exhibition foregrounds the connections between Mexican painting and transatlantic artistic trends while emphasizing Mexican painting’s internal developments and remarkable pictorial output. More than 100 paintings are presented in the exhibition, many on view for the first time and restored for this exhibition. Painted in Mexico, 1700–1790: Pinxit Mexici is curated by Ilona Katzew, curator and department head of Latin American art at LACMA, with guest co-curators Jaime Cuadriello, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, and Paula Mues Orts, Escuela Nacional de Conserv ... More

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Hollis Taggart Galleries opens "Clive Head: Zoetic Realism" show   Anne Truitt exhibition celebrates the career of leading minimal artist at National Gallery of Art   Museum Ludwig opens major exhibition of works by James Rosenquist

Clive Head is known for his complex compositions of human activities.

NEW YORK, NY.- Hollis Taggart, director of the eponymous Hollis Taggart Galleries in New York, has announced the opening of a comprehensive exhibition of the work of Clive Head, who is widely considered one of the leading realist painters of his generation. Titled Clive Head: Zoetic Realism, the show presents a selection of two dozen works on canvas and paper, and marks the official launch of the artist’s association with the gallery. U.K. born, Head is known for his complex compositions of human activities, which have an energized, zoetic, and highly engaging effect upon the observer. Unlike past Photorealists, Head does not reveal a single moment in time, instead he captures multiple concurrent timelines moving through time and space. These fragmented urban depictions, most often with figures, are in essence time-lapsed compilations, in which time seems to come to a kaleidoscopic halt on the canvases. Seen against Head’ ... More

Anne Truitt, Mary's Light, 1962. Acrylic on wood. Overall: 135.89 x 38.1 x 17.78 cm (53 1/2 x 15 x 7 in.). Angleton/Khalsa Family © Estate of Anne Truitt / Bridgeman Images / Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery.

WASHINGTON, DC.- The studio life of Anne Truitt (1921–2004) is explored in the focus exhibition In the Tower: Anne Truitt, on view in the East Building, Tower 3, from November 19, 2017, through April 1, 2018. The first major presentation of Truitt's work at the Gallery, the exhibition celebrates the museum's acquisition of several major artworks by Truitt in recent years, including seminal works from the collection of the Corcoran Gallery of Art as well as several outstanding loans. Bringing together nine sculptures, two paintings, and 12 works on paper representing the different media in which the artist worked, the exhibition traces Truitt's artistic development from 1961 to 2002. One of the most original and important sculptors to emerge in the United States during the 1960s, Truitt is unique in the field of minimal art. Whereas artists such as Donald ... More

James Rosenquist, The Meteor Hits Monet’s Garden, 1996–99. Oil on canvas with collage of Plexiglas, 274.3 × 243.8 cm. Private collection Art: © Estate of James Rosenquist/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2017. Photo: Todd-White Art Photography, London.

COLOGNE.- With the major exhibition on James Rosenquist (1933–2017), for the first time ever the Museum Ludwig presents the works of this important representative of American Pop Art in the context of their cultural, social, and political dimensions. Along with archive materials, some of which have not previously been exhibited, as well as collages designated by the artist as source materials and many of the original advertisements that he used from old issues of Life magazine, the show reveals a historical cosmos. After all, James Rosenquist’s compositions are to a large extent the result of his marked interest in the social and political events of his time. A good example is the impressive installation F-111, one of the icons of the Pop era. Rosenquist created it in 1964-65, ... More

MoMA opens the most comprehensive exhibition ever mounted of Stephen Shore's work   Tattoo exhibition spotlights Southern Californian artists at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County   Influence of laborers in the U.S. through art and social history is explored in Smithsonian exhibition

Stephen Shore. U.S. 93, Wikieup, Arizona, December 14, 1976. 1976 (detail). Chromogenic color print, printed 2013, 17 × 21 3/4″ (43.2 × 55.2 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Acquired through the generosity of Thomas and Susan Dunn. © 2017 Stephen Shore.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Museum of Modern Art presents the most comprehensive exhibition ever organized of photographer Stephen Shore’s work, on view from November 19, 2017, until May 28, 2018. The exhibition tracks the artist’s work chronologically, from the gelatin silver prints he made as a teenager to his current work with digital platforms. Stephen Shore establishes the artist’s full oeuvre in the context of his time— from his days at Andy Warhol’s Factory through the rise of American color photography and the transition to large-scale digital photography—and argues for his singular vision and uncompromising pursuit of photography’s possibilities. The exhibition includes hundreds of photographic works along with additional materials including books, ephemera, and objects. Stephen ... More

People attend the media preview for the travelling exhibition "Tattoo" at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles, California. FREDERIC J. BROWN / AFP.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County opened the traveling exhibition Tattoo to Southern California from November 19, 2017 to April 15, 2018. Created and developed by the Musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac in Paris, the NHMLA presentation of Tattoo concludes an international tour at stops including Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum and Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History. Tattoo explores more than 5,000 years of history, culture, and art connected to ink through specially commissioned, tattooed silicone forms; hand-drawn art; videos of tattoo ceremonies; interview footage of luminary practitioners; and the technology and tools of the trade—all while also spotlighting the vibrant tattoo scene in L.A. While tattooing tools may vary from artist to artist, tattooists have employed a common method: puncture the skin and deposit pigment. The exhibition explores the variety ... More

The Clock Maker by Jefferson David Chalfant. Oil on copper, 1899. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, California; gift of Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd.

WASHINGTON, DC.- The National Portrait Gallery’s exhibition “The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers” presents nearly 100 portrayals of laborers by some of the nation’s most influential artists. The multifaceted exhibition includes paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, media art and photographs that reveal how American workers have shaped and defined the United States over the course of its history—from the Colonial era to the present day. The exhibition examines the intersections between work, art and social history. The fully bilingual (English and Spanish) display is on view Nov. 3 through Sept. 3, 2018. “The Sweat of Their Face” includes portraits by Winslow Homer, Dorothea Lange, Elizabeth Catlett, Lewis Hine, Jacob Lawrence and other renowned American artists. “Power House Mechanic,” a photograph by Lewis Hine, and “The Riveter,” by Ben Shahn, are significant works in ... More

British Library launches bilingual website showcasing 1,300 Hebrew manuscript treasures   Exhibition at the Lower Belvedere presents a wide variety of approaches to the topic of aging   Galeria Nara Roesler opens exhibition of works by Carlito Carvalhosa, Artur Lescher, and Marco Maggi

Conservator Lea Havelock handling the longest scroll in the Hebrew collection (52.4m) - a 16th-century Pentateuch scroll made of leather.

LONDON.- The British Library has launched its first ever fully bilingual web resource, providing free access to its spectacular collection of Hebrew manuscripts to researchers worldwide. The Polonsky Foundation Catalogue of Digitised Hebrew Manuscripts presents scrolls, codices and charters digitised in full, along with explanatory articles, videos and digital tools, offering scholars and the wider public alike the opportunity to explore this world-class collection as never before. Generously funded by The Polonsky Foundation, the Hebrew Manuscripts Digitisation Project involves the photography, description and – where necessary – preservation of 1,300 items in the British Library’s collection of Hebrew manuscripts, ranging from illuminated service books to Torah scrolls, from ... More

Oskar Kokoschka, The painter Carl Moll, 1913 © Fondation Oskar Kokoschka/ Bildrecht, Vienna, 2017.

VIENNA.- Of all the stages in life, none has such controversial associations in our society as old age. While on the one hand the advertising industry coins new enticing labels for the growing market of over sixty-fives, such as woopies, “Best Agers,” or golden agers, on the other, people only in their fifties find themselves excluded from the job market. The movie industry shows us sprightly young-at-heart seniors; the cosmetics industry reinforces the prevailing cult of youth with a multitude of anti-aging products. In the discussion about old age, artists have often presented alternatives to the usual model. Aging Pride presents a wide variety of approaches to this topic in historical and contemporary art. This first cross-media exhibition about this highly topical subject can be seen at the Lower Belvedere from 17 November 2017 to 4 March 2018. Stella Rollig, CEO of the Belvedere, ... More

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NEW YORK, NY.- Galeria Nara Roesler New York is presenting Theory of the Inevitable Convergence, an exhibition of works by Carlito Carvalhosa, Artur Lescher, and Marco Maggi that highlights untapped points of convergence between the narratives of the three artists. In addition to formal artistic intersections, the chosen works evoke important questions that the three artists have recurrently posed to the public, including the ways in which their works relate to the surrounding space, be it through interference and disruption or through suggesting an unknown place, linked or not to the physical realm. The works thus invite the viewer to experience new circumstances and, perhaps, rethink their relationship to the world around them. Arthur Lescher presents Finials, small sculptures on pedestals meant to reference architectural structures: the apse of a church or temple, a corporate building, or—as the artist ironically puts it—the tip of ... More

Centre d'Art Contemporain Genève opens first comprehensive overview of Qiu Zhijie   HOCA Foundation opens largest show of Tintin in Hong Kong   Exhibition at David Nolan Gallery focuses on international artists who live and work primarily in Berlin

Qiu Zhijie, Rainbow 1, 1995 (detail). Photograph, 120 x 90 cm.

GENEVA.- The Centre d'Art Contemporain Genève is presenting Journeys without Arrivals , the first comprehensive overview of Qiu Zhijie, one of the most important Chinese artists of his generation. The wide spectrum of Qiu Zhijie’s artworks—ranging in media and entangling different temporalities and geographies—unveils an intimate portrait of the artist as a polymath, whose artistic work is an integral part of a larger, holistic approach to life. Embracing the concept of Total Art, he demonstrates the role of art as a powerful engine for coming to terms with globalization in China and across the world. Qiu Zhijie has experienced the rapid changes that Chinese society has undergone over the last decades as it has opened itself up to economic and cultural globalization. He draws on certain pictorial traditions, from calligraphy to handicraft techniques, and pushes them into the present, where, they are seen not as victims of a n ... More

The Wolrd of Tintin, Tintin Reporter. © Hergé-Moulinsart 2017.

HONG KONG.- HOCA Foundation is presenting a landmark exhibition exploring the adventures of global icon Tintin. The largest presentation in Hong Kong to date, it showcases 8 albums from the renowned “The Adventures of Tintin” series. The immersive experience, featuring vivid scenography, celebrates the imaginative world created by the Belgian illustrator and creator of Tintin, Hergé. Presented in collaboration with the Hergé Museum, “THE WORLD OF TINTIN,” runs from November 17 – December 26, 2017 at the new ArtisTree, venue sponsored by Swire Properties. Created in 1929, the Tintin adventures have been translated into over 100 languages and sold more than 230 million copies worldwide. Each thematic section of the exhibition has been designed by HOCA Foundation to bring the intrepid boy reporter to life. “THE WORLD OF TINTIN” traces Hergé’s path from his first stories to his ... More

Alicja Kwade, Trait Transference, 2015, coated mirror, corten steel, each: 63 x 31 1/2 in (160 x 80 cm), overall: 62 1/2 x 63 x 69 in (159 x 160 x 175 cm). Courtesy of the artist and 303 Gallery, New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- David Nolan Gallery is presenting Berlin Now, on view from November 9 through December 16, 2017. Focusing on eleven international artists who live and work primarily in Berlin, the exhibition examines the unique creative dynamic of a city frequently associated with artistic freedom and bold visual expression. The show presents works by John Bock, Monica Bonvicini, Adrian Ghenie, Anton Henning, Caroline Kryzecki, Alicja Kwade, Via Lewandowsky, Jonathan Meese, Daniel Richter, Sandra Vásquez de la Horra, and Jorinde Voigt. The heyday of Berlin began in the 1920s, as it became the largest industrial city in Europe. Individuals such as the architect Walter Gropius, physicist Albert Einstein, painter George Grosz and writer Bertolt Brecht made Berlin one of the major cultural centres of Europe. After the Second World ... More

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Eclectic exhibition of new work by seven artists opens in San Marino
SAN MARINO, CA.- An exhibition on view at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens presents a fresh, vibrant group of new works by seven artists responding to research they conducted in The Huntington’s vast collections over the past year. The exhibition “Collection/s: WCCW/five at The Huntington,” on view in the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art from Nov. 18, 2017, through Feb. 12, 2018, is part of an initiative called “/five.” The installation features paintings, sculpture, textiles, video, and writings by artists Olivia Chumacero, Sarita Dougherty, Jheanelle Garriques, Zya S. Levy, Kiki Loveday (née kerrie welsh), Soyoung Shin, and Juliana Wisdom, who were selected in collaboration with the Los Angeles-based Women’s Center for Creative Work (WCCW). Objects in the exhibition include an archive of Sappho-inspired love letters ... More

Palmistry readings for Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt may bring $20,000+ at Heritage Auctions
DALLAS, TX.- A peculiar piece of Presidential history that show President Franklin and Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt invited a palm reader into the White House in 1937 may sell for as much as $20,000 at auction Dec. 2. A trove of signed handprints and documents of the two in addition to members of their political inner circle and the First Family cross the block in Heritage Auctions' Americana & Political Auction. The visit was supposed to be a secret. It was Eleanor herself who invited renowned palm reader and author, Nellie Simmons Meier, to the White House. According to documents in the archive, the Meier was surprised to obtain an audience with the President himself. The meeting resulted in full and detailed character sketches of FDR and the first family. The collection also includes a series of letters between Meier and Eleanor, which centered on a good ... More

Ayyam Gallery Beirut opens a solo exhibition by painter, theorist, and critic Asaad Arabi
BEIRUT.- A Collective Memory: 2007 to 2017 highlights Arabi’s seminal works from 2007-2017, including both figurative and abstract works, as well as a selection of his newest paintings. Throughout his six-decade artistic career, Asaad Arabi has continuously attempted to reach an intuitive equilibrium between what is remembered and what is taken as its symbolic significance as a result of being forgotten. Each artwork moves between two points of attraction, expressionism – with all its sufferings, and abstraction. For both, the artist finds significance of lines and intense colour as they fall into what he describes as a musical rhythm, as he finds that shapes are created as a result of an audio-visual binary that is in perfect harmony with the duality of remembering and forgetting. Remembering allows the artist to portray the realism of what he is painting, ... More

Retrospective exhibition of one of Britain's leading ceramic artists opens at York Art Gallery
YORK.- The first major retrospective exhibition of one of Britain’s leading ceramic artists is taking place at York Art Gallery this November. More than 50 works by Sara Radstone are being featured in the exhibition which looks at how her work has changed and developed over the course of a career spanning nearly 40 years. Radstone’s work has been shown all over the world and constantly tests and challenges many of the preconceptions of what ceramic art should be. The exhibition, which takes place in the gallery’s Centre of Ceramic Art (CoCA), also includes new work created by Radstone especially for the show. Helen Walsh, curator of ceramics, said: “Sara is one of the most respected ceramic artists of her generation. Her work is always looking to push the boundaries of the genre of ceramic art, using highly personal themes to explore memory, history and ... More

Country music legend Mel Tillis dead at 85: Publicist
WASHINGTON (AFP).- Country Music Hall of Famer Mel Tillis, known for songs such as "I Ain't Never" and "Coca-Cola Cowboy," died early on Sunday aged 85, his publicist said. The country legend died of suspected respiratory failure at the Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Florida, publicist Don Murry Grubbs said in a statement. "Tillis battled intestinal issues since early 2016 and never fully recovered," he said. Tillis, a father of six whose stammer and self-deprecating charm endeared him to fans, recorded more than 60 albums, scored 35 top 10 singles, and saw 600 of his songs recorded by major artists during a career spanning six decades. The former Air Force baker -- who had his heyday in the 1970s -- also dipped into film and television, appearing on shows such as "Hee Haw" and movies including "Smokey and the Bandit II" (1980) ... More

Five contemporary film and video installations on view at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
WASHINGTON, DC.- This fall, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden presents “The Message: New Media Works,” a new exhibition of five contemporary film and video installations that resonate with the voices of music, film and pop culture, on view Nov. 18–April 22, 2018. The first exhibition organized by Mark Beasley, the Hirshhorn’s inaugural Robert and Arlene Kogod Secretarial Scholar, Curator of Media and Performance Art, “The Message” marks the Washington debut of leading international video artists Camille Henrot, C.T. Jasper, Joanna Malinowska, Frances Stark, Hito Steyerl and Arthur Jafa, whose seminal Kanye West-backed “Love Is The Message, The Message Is Death” inspired the exhibition’s title. Each video appropriates a common method of communication in today’s media-saturated world—the sermon, the web lecture, the concert, the ... More

Major commissioned public outdoor exhibition by Erwin Redl opens in New York
NEW YORK, NY.- Madison Square Park Conservancy announced its thirty-fifth exhibition, Whiteout by artist Erwin Redl. The project features a luminous white carpet of LED lights across Madison Square Park's central Oval Lawn, on view from November 16, 2017 through March 25, 2018. Whiteout, a newly commissioned public art project by artist Erwin Redl (Austrian, b. 1963, lives and works in Ohio and New York City) is comprised of hundreds of transparent white spheres, each embedded with a discrete, white LED light and suspended from a square grid of steel poles and cabling. The orbs are opportunistic, gently swaying with the wind currents from their positions of one foot above the ground plane. Redl created a computer-generated undulating wave pattern across the work, slowly forming from north to south and south to north. The sequence of light is an ... More

American artist R. H. Quaytman opens exhibition at Vienna's Secession
VIENNA.- In the Secession’s main gallery, the American artist R. H. Quaytman has developed a frieze comprising twenty-two paintings on wood panels titled An Evening. Chapter 32. These paintings are placed on two walls that form a forty-five-degree angle. The combined measurements of the two walls equal the length of Klimt’s Beethoven Frieze, which the artist references in various ways for this chapter. Like the architectural plans for several previous exhibitions, this configuration is based on the figure of the open book and reinforces one-point perspective. In addition to referencing the site of the Secession, Quaytman used two paintings by the Flemish Artist Otto van Veen (1556–1629) as points of departure – The Persian Women and Amazons and Scythians, both in the collections of Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum. After viewing these unusual ... More

Museum seeks to convince Indians that toilets are not dirty
NEW DELHI (AFP).- A throne with a built-in commode for a French monarch takes pride of place at a New Delhi museum trying to break taboos surrounding toilets in a country where such convenience remains a sensitive issue. The replica of the wooden throne used by King Louis XIV is among a treasure trove at the Sulabh International Museum of Toilets, tucked away in a bustling suburb of the Indian capital. The French king is believed to have struggled with constipation and held audiences while defecating to save time, say the museum curators. Scores of curious visitors stop by daily to see the centuries-old commodes, chamber pots and bidets as well as a 21st century machine that turns human waste into ash in seconds. More were expected for Sunday's UN World Toilet Day which has events around the globe. "It is quite an unusual museum and I believe it's the only one ... More

Exhibition of over seventy drawings by Nayland Blake on view at Matthew Marks
NEW YORK, NY.- Matthew Marks is presenting Nayland Blake #IDrawEveryDay, a new exhibition in his gallery at 526 West 22nd Street, featuring one sculpture and over seventy drawings in graphite and colored pencil. On January 1, 2015, Nayland Blake initiated an assignment to make at least one drawing every day. Drawing had been part of Blake’s artistic practice for decades, often in tandem with sculpture, but these daily drawings would become the artist’s most diaristic body of work to date. Within a consistent format of twelve by nine inches, the drawings capture a range of moods and themes, but their central concern is gender presentation. Blake has harnessed the medium to create a fantasy body whose changeability is matched by the fluidity of the drawn line, which can exist as words, patterns, imagery, or all three ... More

Galerie Richard presents computer-robotic assisted paintings by Joseph Nechvatal
NEW YORK, NY.- From November 8th to December 10th, 2017, Galerie Richard presents the the work of American artist Joseph Nechvatal in a mini-retrospective called Computer Virus 1.0 and the Return of Lazarus. This exhibition consists of 9 computer-robotic assisted paintings: 4 historic 1993 paintings from Nechvatal’s HyperCard Computer Virus Project (1992-93) that dealt with the AIDS virus epidemic placed in conjunction with computer viruses, 2 small 1988 paintings from his Informed Man series (1986-89), and 3 new 2017 paintings on velour entitled The Return of Lazarus. These 3 new paintings are based on recovered digital files of Nechvatal’s 1986 maquettes of un-realized computer-robotic assisted paintings from his Informed Manseries that featured an information-saturated Lazarus returning from the dead. The entirety of the show stresses ... More

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