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Jitish Kallat returns to painting in new exhibition at Galerie Templon in Paris

Kallat’s newest works, titled Palindrome/ Anagram Paintings, draw upon insights from his varying artistic explorations, as well as his work from the mid-nineties, to produce a radical linguistic renewal accomodating a wide array of his recurring preoccupations.

PARIS.- Born in 1974, Jitish Kallat is one of the best known and respected artists from India on the international scene. For over 20 years his wide-ranging and deeply reflective work has drawn an imaginary map connecting the everyday to the cosmic. Phase Transition is Jitish Kallat’s third solo exhibition in Paris and marks the artist's return to painting after close to a five-year hiatus from the medium. For the past five years, Kallat’s long-standing engagement with the ideas of time, transience, sustenance and the cosmological took the form of large elemental drawings, and investigative animation videos, photo-works and sculptures. Kallat’s newest works, titled Palindrome/ Anagram Paintings, draw upon insights from his varying artistic explorations, as well as his work from the mid-nineties, to produce a radical linguistic renewal accomodating a wide array of his recurring preoccupations. A hand-drawn graph undergirds the paintings as well as the Untitled (Emergence) Drawings a suite of sm ... More

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French actress Deneuve to auction personal YSL clothing next week   Madre museo d'arte contemporanea presents exhibition of over 160 works by Robert Mapplethorpe   Christie's Americana Week totals $15,867,250

A picture taken on January 18, 2019 shows a creation by Yves Saint Laurent at the Christie's auction house in Paris during a presentation of Yves Saint Laurent's clothes that belonged to French actress Catherine Deneuve, and which will be sold on auction on next January 24. ALAIN JOCARD / AFP.

PARIS (AFP).- French screen legend Catherine Deneuve's personal clothing collection designed by her friend Yves Saint Laurent will be auctioned in Paris next week. Deneuve, 75, is auctioning her clothing by the late fashion icon after selling her country home in northern France where she kept a wardrobe full of Saint Laurent items. "These are the designs of such a talented man who designed only to make women more beautiful," Deneuve said in a message last October shared by the auction house Christie's, which is handling the sale. Hundreds of items, including coats, dresses and accessories -- some of them unique pieces designed for Deneuve -- will be auctioned in an open sale on January 24 and online. One of the highlights of the auction is a beaded evening dress from a 1969 collection which she wore when meeting ... More

Robert Mapplethorpe, Phillip Prioleau, 1982. © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission.

NAPLES.- Madre · museo d’arte contemporanea Donnaregina of Campania Region is presenting Robert Mapplethorpe. Choreography for an Exhibition,, curated by Laura Valente and Andrea Viliani in collaboration with the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. The exhibition coincides with the thirtieth anniversary of the traveling solo exhibition The Perfect Moment, opened in December 1988, just a few months before the artist's death on March 9, 1989, at the age of 43. More than 160 works, including those from the Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte and from Reggia di Caserta (Terrae motus collection), thanks to a virtuous collaboration among the institutions. An hypothetical dialogue between ancient times and modernity, between photography and dance, that at the Madre Museum goes on stage not only in the exhibition section, but also through a live performance program commissioned for the exhibition to some of t ... More

Ammi Phillips (1788-1865), Girl in a Red Dress with a Dog, painted circa 1830-1835. Estimate: $800,000 – 1,200,000. Price Realized: $1,692,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.

NEW YORK, NY.- The successful Outsider and Vernacular Art auction realized a total $4,261,625 selling 99% by lot and 98% by value. The auction achieved the highest sale total for the category. Henry Darger’s double sided work 148 At Jennie Richee During fury of storm are unsuccessfully attached [sic] by Glandelinians / 149 At Jennie Richee narrowly escape capture but Blengins come to rescue realized $684,500, the second highest auction price for a work by the artist and the top lot of the sale. Other impressive results were achieved for William Edmondson’s Lady, 1930s which realized $237,500 against a high estimate of $80,000 and Bill Traylor’s Woman Pointing at Man with Cane realized $396,500 against a high estimate of $60,000. Property from the William Louis-Dreyfus Foundation and family collections realized a total of $1,395,375. Important American Furniture, Folk Art, Silver and Prints achieved $7,926,500 selling ... More

Betty Cuningham Gallery opens an exhibition of 25 works by Bill Traylor   Nationalmuseum Sweden acquires two 18th century portrait drawings   After 600 years, night watchman still keeps vigil over Lausanne

Mexican Man ("He Just Come to Town"), c. 1939-1942. Pencil and Crayon on Cardboard, 10 1/4 x 7 5/16 in. (26.04 x 18.57 cm).

NEW YORK, NY.- Bill Traylor, born a slave in 1853, is today revered as a major American artist and is currently the subject of an extensive solo exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Between Worlds: The Art of Bill Traylor (up through March 17, 2019). Betty Cuningham Gallery presents its second exhibition of the work of Bill Traylor, opening on Saturday, January 19th, 4 – 6 PM. On view will be 25 works, the majority of which are from the collection of The Charles E. and Eugenia C. Shannon Trust. In 1939, Charles Shannon, a young artist, encountered the 85-year-old Bill Traylor, seated in front of a blacksmith shop, with a pencil in his hand, on Monroe Street in Montgomery, AL. Intrigued, Shannon provided Traylor with encouragement and art supplies. He purchased approximately 1200 works from Traylor, for modest prices, and these preserved works have become the basis ... More

Louis-Jean-François Lagrenée, Self-Portrait, 1778. Photo: Cecilia Heisser / Nationalmuseum.

STOCKHOLM.- Nationalmuseum has acquired two 18th century portrait drawings. One is a self-portrait of Louis-Jean-François Lagrenée, while the other, by Johann-Ernst Heinsius, depicts an unknown woman. Both works are fully elaborated and demonstrate a technical virtuosity which captures both the personality and vitality of their subjects. Louis-Jean-François Lagrenée (1725–1805) studied under Carle van Loo (1705–1765) in Paris in the late 1740s. In 1749 he won the Royal French Academy of Art's travel scholarship for studies in Rome, and in the course of the ensuing years spent in Italy he was influenced by Guido Reni (1575–1642) and Francesco Albani (1578–1660), among others. For a period at the beginning of the 1760s, he was Court Painter in Saint Petersburg and also served as the Director of the Imperial Academy of Arts. Much later, between 1781 and 1787, Lagrenée returned to Rome as ... More

Marco Carrara, a replacement watchman, poses for a picture on the Lausanne Cathedral bell tower, on December 17, 2018 in Lausanne. Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP.

LAUSANNE (AFP).- Every evening, the night watchman clambers to the top of the Lausanne cathedral bell tower and gets to work: he shouts out the time each hour, keeping a six-century-old tradition alive. The night watchman, one of the last in Europe, no longer alerts this Swiss city to fires, but he does help residents to keep track of the time. "This is the watchman! The bell has tolled 10. The bell has tolled 10." On a cold night in December, Marco Carrara, who takes on the job on the permanent watchman's days off, repeats the message hourly, only changing the number of chimes that have rung. Cupping his hands around his mouth, he allows his voice to carry across the rooftops, just as his predecessors have done every evening since 1405. All year round, from 10:00 pm to 2:00 am, the night watchman, wearing a big black hat and carrying ... More

TOTAH opens an exhibition of works by Archie Rand   Petzel Gallery opens an exhibition of works from a new series by Adam McEwen   Exhibition at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria looks at Emily Carr and 20th century Canadian modernist painters

Archie Rand, 13A, 2005. Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 20 inches (61 x 51 cm). Image courtesy of TOTAH.

NEW YORK, NY.- TOTAH presents Misfits, an exhibition of works by Archie Rand, on view January 18 through February 17, 2019. This is the artist’s first exhibition with the gallery. The 36 works included in Misfits depict portraits and ambiguous scenarios in the midst of unfolding. Each painting reaches for something beyond what is visible to the naked eye—a world of empathic imagination, comprising wonderment and joy as much as confusion and melancholy. Rand’s vibrant paintings are visualizations of philosophical and spiritual questions. Inspired by Egyptian, Babylonian, and Talmudic interpretations of the number 36, every work on exhibit displays what’s most characteristic about a certain “misfit”—understood as a numinous being whose righteousness is craftily concealed by the foibles of everyday life. A playful mood is key to this awareness. These Misfits are marginalized figures; humbly righteous, they refuse ... More

Adam McEwen, Chest Freezer Tragedy, 2019 (detail). Archival pigment print on Lusterboard, graphite, 37.5 x 50 inches, 95.3 x 127 cm.

NEW YORK, NY.- Petzel Gallery is presenting a show of works from a new series by the New York-based Adam McEwen. On view through February 16, this marks the artist’s first exhibition at the gallery’s Upper East Side location, and coincides with an installation of recent works at Lever House on Park Avenue, which runs January 30 through May 2019. The new series at Petzel represents an evolution for McEwen, expanding his practice into more prosaic, but also more challenging, territory. The works unpack and activate McEwen’s signature graphite sculptures, which are here mounted on rough plywood faced with aluminum and coated with an image of the subjects of the sculptures themselves. The objects present in McEwen’s assemblages are so ubiquitous one’s associations are likely to go beyond the physical or aesthetic. Banal, familiar, verging on the outdated ... More

Pegi Nicol MacLeod, The Peace Bird, c. 1946, oil on canvas, 119.7 x 101.5 cm.

VICTORIA, BC.- In their first exhibition of 2019, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria looks at Emily Carr and 20th century Canadian modernist painters through a new lens. Unformable Things: Emily Carr and Some Canadian Modernists opens with a by-donation Public Open House at the Gallery on Jan. 19, 2019. The exhibition, which runs in the AGGV’s Graham Gallery through Oct. 27, 2019, explores the emergence of an increasingly experimental approach to art-making in Canada, an approach that Emily Carr once described as the search for “essence,” or “the unformable things one wants to paint.” All of the works in the exhibition are drawn from the AGGV collection. “While recent AGGV exhibitions featuring the work of Carr have focused on the artist’s biography (Emily Carr: On the Edge of Nowhere and Emily Carr & the Young Generation) or her philosophical concerns (Picturing the Giants: ... More

1968 Grenoble Winter Olympics torch sold for more than $231,000 at auction   Heritage Numismatic Signature Auctions January 6-16 exceed $71 million   Ambitious new sound commission by the artist and musician Mark Fell on view at Focal Point Gallery

Rare and remarkable 1968 Grenoble torch, used by wrestler Daniel Robin to light the closing ceremony's cauldron.

BOSTON, MASS.- A 1968 Grenoble Winter Olympics torch sold for $231,287 according to Boston-based RR Auction. The torch, one of just 33 manufactured was used by French wrestler Daniel Robin to light the Olympic cauldron during the closing ceremonies in Grenoble's Le Stade de Glace on February 18, 1968. Months later, Daniel Robin would go on to win two silver medals at the 1968 Mexico Olympics, in both Greco-Roman and freestyle wrestling, becoming the first wrestler to win two silver medals at the same Games. While Robin considered his World Championship and Olympic medals to be his greatest achievements in wrestling, he looked upon his role as a Grenoble torchbearer as an enormous source of personal pride. “Any Grenoble torch would stand out as one of the rarest and most sought-after Olympic torches ever made, and their desirability has been heightened by the recent 50th ... More

1884 Trade Dollar, PR66. Only 10 Examples Known. Ex: Granberg-Brand-Eliasberg.

DALLAS, TX.- Heritage Auctions announced Friday its early January numismatic auctions surpassed $71 million for the fourth consecutive year. In just three short weeks, high-dollar bids for U.S. Coins, World & Ancient Coins and World Paper Money reached seven figures in some cases at auctions held during the Florida United Numismatic Convention (FUN) and the New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC). “We take great pride combining our market knowledge with our clients’ collecting strategies,” said Greg Rohan, President of Heritage Auctions. “This year shows our continued ability to find exceptional rarities to the auction block, despite an unpredictable economy.” The bombshell, a $3.96 million winning bid for the finest known 1885 Trade dollar, PR66 NGC, drew thunderous applause during Heritage’s FUN Platinum Night Auction. Perhaps the most enigmatic issue in all of American coinage sold to the floor as collecto ... More

Mark Fell, Intermetamorphosis, Performance installation at Serralves Porto, November 2017. Courtesy the artist.

SOUTHEND-ON-SEA.- Focal Point Gallery announces an ambitious new sound commission by the artist and musician Mark Fell. Using sound synthesis and pattern generating systems, A Stitch Outside Time is presented in the form of an app that has been designed to uniquely complement journeys on the London to Southend c2c train line, which traverses the towns of Barking, Basildon, Pitsea and Benfleet through to Shoeburyness. In conjunction with its launch, Focal Point Gallery will stage a major solo exhibition by Fell, ‘The Concept of Time is Intrinsically Incoherent’, opening 19 January 2019. A Stitch Outside Time explores how we perceive and experience time through a ceaselessly evolving sound composition. c2c passengers will be able to listen to Fell’s ever-changing sound work as it employs generative music technology to respond to the train’s movement and exact location, never hearing the same ... More

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Experience life through the eyes of artist Bernard Arnest at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO.- The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College presents the special exhibition Scenes from Life: Drawings by Bernard Arnest, on view Jan. 19-June 2, 2019. The most ambitious project of his career, Scenes from Life, is a series of 51 large drawings that encapsulated his reactions to a world that he has decided was essentially tragic. The subject matter can be challenging, depicting human strife and conflict, but the images are beautifully rendered. Scenes from Life is Bernard Arnest’s “Goldberg Variations,” distilling a lifetime of experience into a few harrowing images that are regrettably as relevant today as they were in 1975. This series, presented in its entirety, is a 2017 gift from the widow and children of the artist. Bernard Arnest studied under Boardman Robinson and Henry Varnum Poor at the Fine ... More

Hayward Gallery appoints Dr. Zoé Whitley as Senior Curator
LONDON.- Dr. Zoé Whitley has been appointed Senior Curator, Hayward Gallery at Southbank Centre. Whitley will assume the position on 8 April 2019 working alongside current Senior Curator Cliff Lauson and under Hayward Gallery Director Ralph Rugoff, on the gallery’s dynamic programme of work that showcases the world’s most adventurous and innovative artists. Whitley joins from Tate Modern where she held the position of Curator, International Art from April 2017 and 2019 will see Whitley curate the British Pavilion presentation of Cathy Wilkes at the 58th Venice Biennale. Whitley studied at University of Central Lancashire where she obtained her PhD supervised by artist Professor Lubaina Himid. Whitley’s recent exhibitions include ARTIST ROOMS: Jenny Holzer (July 2018 – July 2019) at Tate Modern and co-curating the acclaimed Tate exhibition Soul ... More

Grace Wales Bonner presents the first in a new series of unique projects at the Serpentine Galleries
LONDON.- This is the first Serpentine exhibition created by a fashion designer in a new series of annual short duration projects which bring collective and interdisciplinary practice into the gallery spaces. It expands the Serpentine’s commitment to presenting work across art, architecture, design, fashion and digital and follows the Gallery’s fashion-focused exhibition of Atelier E.B and Park Nights performance by TELFAR in 2018. Grace Wales Bonner is a cultural polymath, who sees fashion as a means to explore ideas of identity and self-expression. She is recognised as one of the most innovative designers of her generation, who is changing the ways in which we understand this discipline. Through her research, she has developed a design process that involves a rich cross-pollination of sources, bringing together literary, musical and visual references. Key to her practice ... More

Hampshire Cultural Trust offers a chance to explore Dame Elizabeth's broad and fascinating oeuvre
WINCHESTER.- Dame Elizabeth Blackadder is not a person who has ever courted celebrity, but she is undoubtedly one of Britain’s greatest living artists. Aged 87, Blackadder’s long and distinguished career began in the mid 1950’s and has continued undimmed into the 21st century. Now, in a special exhibition spanning all six decades of her career, Hampshire Cultural Trust is affording art lovers a chance to familiarise themselves with Dame Elizabeth’s broad and fascinating oeuvre. Over 30 works are on display at The Gallery, Winchester Discovery Centre through to 20 March 2019. “We are receiving works from Elizabeth’s own archive and studio, plus a tapestry kindly loaned to us from the Fleming-Wyfold Art Foundation in London, as well as loans from Glasgow Print Studio. The works are from across her entire career, covering all periods and all mediums. This will be a fant ... More

Rock 'n' Roll Gods and Indonesian Insights kick off Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre's 25th anniversary year
SYDNEY.- Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre kicks off their massive 25th anniversary year with a FREE launch day unveiling four spectacular new exhibitions on Saturday 19 January, 2019. Launching will be What a Life! Rock Photography by Tony Mott (12 Jan. – 24 Feb.), a striking showcase of the veteran Australian photographer’s work over the past thirty years; and a series of exhibitions offering Perspectives on Indonesia: looking here looking north (12 Jan. – 10 Feb.) and Jumaadi (12 Jan. – 10 Feb.) The perspectives will be complimented by Landscape of the Soul, which runs until 3 February. Complementary canapes will be served up by in-house bistro Bellbird Dining + Bar, using hyperlocal seasonal produce to craft mouth-watering culinary creations, alongside wines by the Southern Highlands’ Artemis Wines. “From Big Day Out to Bowie and Bjork, Tony’s ... More

Jerwood Gallery brings internationally-acclaimed artist Nigel Cooke to Hastings
HASTINGS.- Jerwood Gallery will premiere previously unseen and new works by critically acclaimed artist Nigel Cooke in an exhibition entitled Painter’s Beach Club. The Jerwood Gallery show is something of a homecoming for Cooke - who mixes music, the weather and memories of growing up in Manchester to create his work - as Hastings is where he first had his paintings shown as a professional artist. Cooke says: “Coming back to Hastings after many adventures - in painting and the art world in general - to mount a show, has the feel of an odyssey. That’s the thing about painting; no matter how far you think you travel, you always end up back at the beginning.” He adds: “A lot of my work has the shoreline as its location and, because Jerwood Gallery is by the sea, I wanted to focus on this aspect. ... More

Michael C. Carlos Museum opens an exhibition of works by Atlanta-based artist Dr. Fahamu Pecou
ATLANTA, GA.- The Michael C. Carlos Museum presents DO or DIE: Affect, Ritual, and Resistance by Dr. Fahamu Pecou, an Atlanta-based artist and Emory University alumnus who earned his PhD in 2018. The exhibition will be on view from January 19 through April 28, 2019. DO or DIE: Affect, Ritual, Resistance explores the intersections between African-based spiritual traditions and the political and societal violence against black male bodies in the US. Pecou positions these bodies within Ifá, a diasporic religion of the Yoruba of southwest Nigeria; here, where spirits are infinite, a healing alternative exists for slain black men—Martin, Medgar, Emmitt, Trayvon, and Michael among them—and their communities. DO or DIE, notes Pecou, “considers affective power of art as a space of resistance. These works examine and incorporate the power of creative ... More

Thomas Erben presents a video installation by Mithu Sen
NEW YORK, NY.- Thomas Erben is presenting multi-media artist Mithu Sen’s video installation I have only one language; it is not mine (2014, 29 min). This is a project in collaboration with Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai. I have only one language; it is not mine converts a portion of the gallery into a lushly immersive, potent installation incorporating video, red-colored carpeting, tropical plants, drawings, and mixed-media sculptural objects previously used in performances by the artist. Installed in the path of the video projection and animated by a fan, these elements cast lively shadows, adding to the video’s vibrant visual language. Commissioned for the 2014 Kochi-Muziris Biennale, the installation wades into what Sen has called “a fantasy film on a reality set… an experience of intimacy and trust, producing physical and emotional behavior, making all involved believe ... More

The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston opens exhibition devoted to Cheryl Donegan's paintings
HOUSTON, TX.- The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston announces the opening of the exhibition Cheryl Donegan: GRLZ + VEILS. Organized in collaboration with Aspen Art Museum, Colorado, the exhibition marks the artist’s first solo exhibition devoted predominantly to her paintings. Over the last decade, Cheryl Donegan has made paintings that are as irreverent and subversive as her widely-acclaimed political, feminist approaches to video. Similar in content to the performative work she created in the 1990s—which, today, is included in standard art history textbooks—her painterly practice is infused with an ironic eroticism, often time-based, and pointedly references the male-dominated history of Abstract Expressionism and action painting. Donegan’s newest highly conceptual painted and printed works continue her investigations ... More

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On a day like today, American painter Robert Motherwell was born
January 24, 1915. Robert Motherwell (January 24, 1915 - July 16, 1991) was an American painter, printmaker, and editor. He was one of the youngest of the New York School (a phrase he coined), which also included Philip Guston, Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, and Mark Rothko. In this image: Robert Motherwell, The Hotel Corridor, 1950. Oil on masonite, 44 x 55 inches, 111.8 x 139.7 cm. © Dedalus Foundation, Inc./ Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.

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