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George Caleb Bingham's 'The Jolly Flatboatmen' acquired by the National Gallery of Art

George Caleb Bingham, American (1811 – 1879), The Jolly Flatboatmen, 1846 (detail). Oil on canvas, 96.8 x 123.2 cm (38 1/8 x 48 1/2 in.). National Gallery of Art, Washington. Patrons' Permanent Fund, 2015.18.1

WASHINGTON, DC.- George Caleb Bingham's masterpiece, The Jolly Flatboatmen (1846)—considered one of the greatest American genre paintings ever made—has entered the collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington. Known as "the Missouri artist," Bingham was fascinated with American frontier life and is particularly well known for his paintings of trappers and boatmen along the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. The purchase of the painting from the collection of the Richard and Jane Manoogian Foundation was made possible by the Gallery's Patrons' Permanent Fund. The Jolly Flatboatmen is currently on tour in the exhibition Navigating the West: George Caleb Bingham and the River, which began last October at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas. The exhibition closed at the Saint Louis Art Museum on May 17, and travels to the Metropolitan Museum ... More

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The Andy Warhol Museum opens 'Pearlstein, Warhol, Cantor: From Pittsburgh to New York'   China detains artist and photographer Dai Jianyong for mocking leader Xi Jinping   Stunning self-portrait by renowned Colourist acquired for Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Andy Warhol, View of Concert Hall, ca. 1940s, The Andy Warhol Museum, ©The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

PITTSBURGH, PA.- The Andy Warhol Museum announces its latest exhibition, Pearlstein, Warhol, Cantor: From Pittsburgh to New York, opening to the public May 30, 2015. This exhibition explores the work of Philip Pearlstein, Andy Warhol, and Dorothy Cantor as students at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie Mellon University), and as young, aspiring artists in New York City. This period of the late-1940s to early-1950s was one of close association between Warhol and Pearlstein as they were fellow students, roommates in New York, and enthusiastic artists working in commercial illustration. Cantor, one year behind them in school, was equally pursuing her work, but abandoned her practice to start a family with Pearlstein. This exhibition—co-curated by Jessica Beck, assistant curator of art, and Matt Wrbican, chief archivist—is the first to study this important early period for the three artists. “This exhibition sheds light on th ... More

The crinkled facial expression, which Dai himself uses in photographs, has been likened to an anus.

SHANGHAI (AFP).- Chinese police have detained an artist for creating an image of Communist leader Xi Jinping with a crinkled face and a moustache, according to a human rights group. Shanghai police held artist and photographer Dai Jianyong, who posted the image online, on Wednesday for "picking quarrels and provoking trouble", said Chinese Human Rights Defenders, a coalition of Chinese and international rights groups. The photo of Xi, which was re-posted on the organisation's website, showed the Chinese President and Communist Party chief with a moustache that some have compared to that of the leader of Nazi Germany, Adolf Hitler. The crinkled facial expression, which Dai himself uses in photographs, has been likened to an anus. Dai also posted online the image of Xi on a t-shirt, but it was unclear if Dai ever sold or distributed products with the photo. Shanghai police could not be reached for comment on Friday. Dai is being held under "administrative ... More

F C B Cadell (1883-1937), Self-portrait, c.1914. Purchased in 2015 with the assistance of the Art Fund and the Patrons of the National Galleries of Scotland.

LONDON.- A stunning self-portrait by the renowned Scottish Colourist painter F C B Cadell, has been acquired by the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, where it will go on public display for the first time since its acquisition this week. Painted in 1914, it was a highlight of the hugely successful retrospective exhibition of Cadell’s work held in 2011-12. The painting has been purchased with a very generous grant of £100,000 from the Art Fund and significant support from the Patrons of the National Galleries of Scotland. It will be hung in the Gallery’s Great Hall, to complement the current exhibition Collecting Now, which focuses on the Gallery’s growing collection. Like his fellow Colourists, J D Fergusson and S J Peploe, Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell (1883-1937) spent time living in Paris in the early years of the twentieth century and was influenced by direct contact with avant-garde artists working there. In the perio ... More

Exhibition of recent self-portraits by British painter Chantal Joffe on view at Cheim & Read   Exhibition of works from the Berlinische Galerie's collection marks the fortieth anniversary of the museum   Benefit auction to sell portrait by Rockwell for National Museum of American Illustration

Chantal Joffe, SELF-PORTRAIT IN A RED DRESS AND ORANGE CARDIGAN 2014. Oil on board, 83 7/8 x 60 1/4 x 2 3/8 in. Photo: Courtesy Cheim & Read, New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- Cheim & Read is presenting an exhibition of recent self-portraits by British painter Chantal Joffe. This is Joffe’s third show at the gallery. It is accompanied by a full-color catalogue with an essay by Louise Yelin. Using, Walls, Floors, and Ceilings: Chantal Joffe opened at the Jewish Museum on May 1 and be on view through October 18. Chantal Joffe is known for larger-than-life, boldly-colored oil paintings of often solitary women. Culled from fashion spreads and photographs, her subjects exude a sort of fearless exhibitionism while simultaneously conveying an intimacy and emotion expected from more familial sources. Fascinated by beauty and the female form, Joffe has commented on the “imaginative narrative” these images provoke, encouraged by the patterns, fabrics, and textures—as well as the ... More

Julie Wolfthorn, Flötenspielerin, um 1900, Berlinische Galerie – Zustiftung der Dr. Jörg Thiede-Stiftung.

BERLIN.- This presentation from the Berlinische Galerie's collection to mark the museum’s fortieth anniversary is a multi-facetted tour through the art of Berlin from 1880 to 1980. It ranges from paintings of the late 19th century, when the Kaiser reigned and tastes were largely determined by the moneyed classes, via Expressionism and the East European avant-garde to post-war modern architecture and the “wild” works of the Seventies. Reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of the collection, there is a lively dialogue between paintings, prints, sculpture, photography and architecture. The show illustrates a diversity of artistic styles and credos, but also tensions, polarisations and fresh departures, which remain hallmarks of Berlin as an artistic hub. As a city of the modern age that is attracting more young international artists than ever before, Berlin is still a centre of permanent new beginnings. The ... More

Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), Portrait of John F. Kennedy, 1963, oil on canvas, 22” x 18”, signed lower right, Saturday Evening Post, April 6, 1963 cover. Estimate: $4,000,000 - $6,000,000 (Opening Bid: $600,000.

NEWPORT, RI.- In an unprecedented fundraising auction, Norman Rockwell’s Portrait of John F. Kennedy will be auctioned at the National Museum of American Illustration’s 15th Anniversary Gala, on July 30th, 2015, at the Museum’s home, Vernon Court, in Newport, RI. The Kennedy portrait was featured on the April 6, 1963 cover of the Saturday Evening Post, Norman Rockwell’s most memorable and most valued commission. Alongside this monumentally important portrait, the Auction will feature art works by Maxfield Parrish, J.C. Leyendecker, Howard Chandler Christy, Ludwig Bemelmans, and other notable artist-illustrators from the Golden Age of American Illustration. Judy Goffman Cutler, NMAI’s Co-Founder and Director, reflects on Kennedy’s particular importance to Newport: “John ... More

Paris to break hearts with removal of a million 'love locks' from the Pont des Arts   Christie's celebrates 20 years of Modern & Contemporary Indian Art Sales   Exhibition at Bowman Sculpture reunites works by Helaine Blumenfeld and Henry Moore

People take pictures of padlocks hanging on the "Pont des Arts" on May 29, 2015 in Paris. AFP PHOTO / CHARLY TRIBALLEAU.

PARIS.- Too much love can be a bad thing: Paris city officials, exasperated with lovers sealing their passion by clipping padlocks all over the city, are set to remove 45 tonnes of the locks next week. Starry-eyed tourists from all over the world flock to the Pont des Arts bridge spanning the Seine River to attach a lock representing their eternal love, and throw the key into the river. But the now-iconic bridge is buckling under the weight of such devotion, and authorities are desperate to stop the craze. Last year police hurriedly ushered tourists off the Pont des Arts when a section of the footbridge collapsed under the weight of the locks covering the 155-metre-(509-foot-)long bridge. Plastic panels were put up in places to deter lovebirds and authorities launched a drive to get tourists to upload selfies instead of attaching a lock. But nothing stands in the way of true love, ... More

Vasudeo S. Gaitonde, Untitled, 1970 (detail). Oil on canvas, 59 7/8 x 34¾ in. Estimate: £600,000-800,000 / $945,000-1,260,000. © Christie’s Images Limited 2015.

LONDON.- To mark the 20th anniversary of Indian Modern and Contemporary Art sales at Christie’s, the upcoming South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art sale will take place on 10 June in London. The sale will be led by the recently discovered self-portrait of Amrita Sher-Gil, painted by the artist at the age of 18, in 1931, while she was living in Paris. Further, the sale presents the most important artistic movements that took place in the subcontinent over the period of a century. The majority of the works offered in this auction derives from private collections and have not been seen in public for decades. The sale comprises 76 lots which will go on public view from 5 June until the sale, which takes place on 10 June at 2.30pm, following the Arts of India Sale, which will start at 11.00am. Maqbool Fida Husain (1913-2011), who has been called ... More

Helaine Blumenfeld, The Space Within.

LONDON.- 2015 marks the 30th anniversary of Henry Moore and Helaine Blumenfeld’s seminal joint exhibition, A British Dialogue: From Perry Green to Cambridge, at the Alex Rosenburg Gallery, New York. To celebrate, Bowman Sculpture in London presents a major new exhibition reuniting their work, Helaine Blumenfeld / Henry Moore: A Dialogue 1985-2015. The show includes previously unexhibited works by both artists from private collections, together with sculptures from the original 1985 exhibition and exciting new works by Helaine Blumenfeld OBE. The exhibition, which coincides with a new work by Blumenfeld being installed in London’s Berkeley Square, runs 22 May – 30 June 2015. Both Blumenfeld and Moore are radical pioneers in carving who have each evolved their own distinctive vocabularies of form. This exhibition takes a fresh look at the legacy of Moore as one of the greatest British artists as well as his influence on ... More

Major overview of work by American photographer Ryan McGinley opens at Kunsthal KAdE   Mead Art Museum at Amherst College announces David E. Little as new Director   Exhibition of new sculpture by artist Tony Matelli on view at Marlborough Gallery

Ryan McGinley, Starry Eyes, 2013, 228.6 x 152.4 cm. Matteo Ghisalberti Collection, Rome. Courtesy: Ryan McGinley/ Galerie Perrotin, Paris.

AMERSFOORT.- Kunsthal KAdE’s new summer exhibition is a major overview of work by American photographer Ryan McGinley (b. 1977, New Jersey, US). The show will include works from every series and period in the photographer’s career, from the gritty snapshots of his early life in the urban underworld of late-1990s Manhattan right through to his recent, highly aesthetic ‘road movie’ photographs of young nudes shot amid the untamed nature of the rural United States. Over the last 15 years, Ryan McGinley’s photographs have come to symbolise what is now known as the ‘hipster’ or ‘indie’ generation. Ryan McGinley came to adulthood in the late ’90s, in the then still unruly skateboard and graffiti culture of the Lower East Side area of New York’s Downtown Manhattan. He had his first encounter with a camera as a graphic design student in 1997 and ... More

David E. Little is curator and head of the Department of Photography and New Media at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

AMHERST, MASS.- Following a highly competitive national search, Amherst College’s Mead Art Museum has named a new director. David E. Little, curator and head of the Department of Photography and New Media at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA), will assume the helm of the Mead on Aug. 31. An experienced teacher and administrator, Little brings 25 years of knowledge and expertise to the position, said Catherine Epstein, dean of the faculty at Amherst. “He is a skilled curator and creator of successful exhibitions, has extensive experience using art collections for educational and curricular goals and has proven himself an adept administrator and fundraiser,” she said. “I am confident he will significantly increase the Mead’s value as a resource of art and education for our campus and community.” Geology professor and Beneski Museum of ... More

Tony Matelli, Installation View, 2015, Garden.

NEW YORK, NY.- Marlborough Chelsea is presenting Garden an exhibition of new sculpture by Tony Matelli in both their Chelsea and Lower East Side Locations. Comprising several distinct but interrelated bodies of work, the exhibition builds on the artist’s iconoclastic thematic and conceptual modes, as well as expanding his repertoire of material treatments. The astonishing craftsmanship required in producing Matelli’s hyper-realistic sculpture is met with an equally potent narrative cocktail of existential dread, a fatalistic sense of human limitations, and a contrarian’s dark humor. The centerpiece of the exhibition is a pair of inverted human figures in painted cast silicone. While the sculptures are inescapably evocative of Adam and Eve, the duo is clearly contemporary and the artist intends them as a more generic couple. Still, the piece reminds us that the expulsion from Paradise is a perpetual and universal state, and poi ... More

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Exhibition of photographic monochromes and works on paper by Phil Chang opens at Praz-Delavallade
PARIS.- Praz-Delavallade announces Pictures, Chromogenic and Pigment, #2, an exhibition of photographic monochromes and works on paper by Phil Chang. This will be the artist's first show with the gallery and his first solo exhibition in Europe. Like the recent exhibitions of his artwork and the group shows that he has organized, Pictures, Chromogenic and Pigment, #2 continues Chang's interest in using forms of production and materiality that allow his photographic work to function only in the context of contemporary art. Chang's interest is in eschewing the plurality that is specific to photography in order to occupy a plurality specific to art itself, namely art's ability to function as decor, as an object of discussion, as an artifact, and as a commodity. This exhibition is the second iteration following an exhibition from 2014 at M+B and is the first to pair a series of purple monochromes with black ... More

Exhibition presents works by artists who question humankind's relation to the animal world
ZURICH.- Representations of animals are ubiquitous in our culture, from advertising hoardings, to newspapers and television, to hundreds of thousands of images uploaded every day to the internet. Human beings, it seems, are obsessed by the image of the animal. Animals are also consistently subjects of public controversy, whether in relation to animal rights, agro-industrialisation, conservation or genetic engineering. Recently, an expanding field of animal studies has sought to question humankind’s relation to the animal world, challenging long-held humanist assumptions about the animal’s external relation to man. In the writings of Derrida, Deleuze and other post-Heideggerians, the animal has become a potent figure of speculative inquiry, offering radically new conceptions of ethics and agency for all species. Since the 1970s, artists, too, have engaged with the animal, rethinking ... More

First solo exhibition of young French artist Noémie Goudal opens at FOAM
AMSTERDAM.- Foam presents the first solo exhibition of young French artist Noémie Goudal (b. Paris, 1984). Her portfolio was previously published in the 2012 annual Talent issue of Foam Magazine, and Foam has been closely following her robust and consistent development ever since. Typical of Goudal’s work are layered photos of quiet, mysterious landscapes which she combines with elements of modernist architecture appearing to have an archaic quality. The landscape becomes a theatrical setting distinguished by an intriguing aesthetic. The photographic series are the result of spatial interventions and physical constructions which examine the two- and three-dimensional relationships in the image. The interventions are exclusively carried out at the location where the photographic work is created. Although the sharply focused, nearly surreal images are reminiscent of digital ... More

Exhibition at OHWOW Gallery presents two-dimensional works by Luis Gispert
LOS ANGELES, CA.- OHWOW Gallery announces Aqua Regia, Luis Gispert’s second solo exhibition at the gallery, presenting a series of two-dimensional works, each comprised of quasi-asphalt slabs embedded with varied strands of gold chain. Concepts surrounding American culture and the fetishization of value have inspired the artist’s work over the years, and those interests continue to serve as the basis from which all his ideas evolve. Regardless of the visual vehicle used to interpret his acumen, Gispert’s sensibility is always palpable. The work presented in Aqua Regia translates through visual and tactile methods. Densely black planks appear interrupted by channels of delicately metallic line in a nonobjective abstract manner. Arriving at a closer proximity, these works of expressionistic gesture disclose to the viewer: they confess not to be minimalist paintings, as Gispert’s panels reveal ... More

1998 Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Roadster offered at Bonhams Festival of Speed
LONDON.- Bonhams Festival of Speed sale will offer the very first example of the Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Roadster ever built, estimated at £1,400,000-1,800,000. James Knight, Bonhams Group Motoring Director, said: “The car was retained by the Mercedes-Benz company until 2014 when it was acquired by the current owner. It is effectively a new car with just eight kilometres on the odometer, and it is the only one of the six roadsters to be finished in black. We rarely see a car with these credentials come to market.” An open topped variant of the already super-exclusive CLK GTR Coupe – only 25 road going cars were ever produced – the Roadster was made in a very limited edition indeed. The company had the simple but effective idea of removing the roof and installing two roll-over bars and additional strengthening, plus the Roadster engine boasted an engine increased to 640bhp ... More

Chinese painting and calligraphy sale fetches a remarkable total of US$1.4 million
HONG KONG.- Poly Auction (Hong Kong) Limited presented Delightful Pleasure—Chinese Painting and Calligraphy (I) in Poly Gallery Hong Kong on Thursday 28 May, with a total sales of HK$10.97 million/ US$1.4 million recorded. With an emphasis on delicateness and elegance, artworks from different schools of art, such as Jingjin, Jinling and Lingnan, are featured in this auction, including masterpieces like Bird and Tree by Qi Baishi and Boating in the Autumn by Huang Binhong, attracting numerous connoisseurs and art lovers to attend. After an intense bidding session by both connoisseurs in the gallery and telephone bidders, the masterpiece Various Subjects by Qi Baishi was sold at HK$3.54 million, six times over the pre-sale low estimate, and Landscape by Lan Meng was sold at HK$448,400. The auction also featured lots from the private collections of Wang Aiyun and ... More

Sarah Cain's second one-person exhibition at Honor Fraser Gallery opens in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES, CA .- Honor Fraser Gallery presents Sarah Cain's second one-person exhibition at the gallery. Using the conventional ideas, means, and materials of painting, Sarah Cain has spent the last decade challenging these same conventions. Cutting, collaging, and expanding paintings beyond their boundaries, she pushes at what painting is and can be, opening spaces for us as viewers to follow her into new territories of abstraction. Exploring color, depth, scale, and emotion, Cain makes paintings on paper, canvas, objects, and walls. Though the scale of her work is at times architectural, Cain incorporates small found objects amid drawn and painted gestures. As a result, the visual experience of her work is immersive and is amplified by close looking. Cain describes her paintings as being like extensions of her body. In a symmetrical relationship, the viewer's experience ... More

Exhibition presents a collection of visual stories about contemporary life in Iran and the Arab world
PITTSBURGH, PA.- The exhibition, opening May 30 at Carnegie Museum of Art, introduces the pioneering work of 12 leading women photographers who have tackled the very notion of representation with passion and power, questioning tradition and challenging perceptions of Middle Eastern identity. Their provocative work provides insights into questions of personal identity and the complex political and social landscapes of their home regions in images of great sophistication, expressiveness, and beauty. She Who Tells a Story is an invitation not only to discover new photography, but to shift perspectives and open a cultural dialogue that begins with art. Organized into two main sections, “Constructing Identities,” and “New Documentary,” The exhibition reveals the individuality of each artist’s work, while allowing glimpses into these regions from a largely overlooked perspective: ... More

Thousands gather for opening of World Trade Center deck
NEW YORK (AFP).- Thousands gathered Friday to take in the New York skyline as the observation deck of the new World Trade Center -- viewed by many as a symbol of the city's resilience -- opened to the public. The gleaming glass tower, constructed on the site where the Twin Towers stood before being destroyed in the September 11 attacks of 2001, is the tallest building in the Western hemisphere. Following an early morning ribbon cutting, visitors thronged the observatory, which offers spectacular views of the city from the tower's 100th, 101st and 102nd floors. Operators expect between three and four million visitors a year, who will be able to take in the 360-degree panorama from a dizzying 1,250 feet (380 meters). The World Trade Center, also known as Freedom Tower, welcomed its first tenants last year, but the general public was only allowed its first in-person glimpse following the ... More

Pérez Art Museum Miami acquires Sheila Hicks tapestry
MIAMI, FLA.- Pérez Art Museum Miami announces the acquisition of Tapestry, a linen and cotton weaving by American artist Sheila Hicks. Created in 1977, Tapestry is the latest addition to the Museum’s permanent collection. The work was acquired under the leadership of Craig Robins, a member of PAMM’s board of trustees since 2002 and chair of the PAMM Collectors Council since October 2014. Tapestry is Robins’ second acquisition since he accepted the position, the first being Ai Weiwei’s Jade Handcuffs from 2012. Robins, chief executive officer and president of the real estate development company Dacra, is known for his dedication to the cultivation of creative communities. He has spearheaded some of the most successful and transformative commercial, residential, and mixed-use projects in Miami’s history. He is an avid collector and a principal of the leading international design ... More

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On a day like today, Westminster's Big Ben rang for the first time in London
June 30, 1859. LONDON.- Big Ben is the nickname for the great bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London, and is often extended to refer to the clock or the clock tower as well. Big Ben is the largest four-faced chiming clock and the third-tallest free-standing clock tower in the world. It celebrated its 150th anniversary in May 2009 (the clock itself first ticking on 31 May 1859), during which celebratory events took place.

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