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Kröller-Müller Museum sheds new light on the work of French artist Odilon Redon

Exhibition view Odilon Redon. La littérature et la musique. Photo: Marjon Gemmeke. © Kröller-Müller Museum.

OTTERLO.- In Odilon Redon. La littérature et la musique, the Kröller-Müller Museum sheds new light on the oeuvre of French artist Odilon Redon (Bordeaux 1840-Paris 1916). With a large number of paintings, pastels, drawings and lithographs, the exhibition shows the important role that literature and music play in Redon’s life and work. Redon is a painter, pastelist, draughtsman and lithographer, but he also learns to play violin and piano and acquires a love of literature at an early age. He has close friendships with writers and composers, is himself active as a writer and gives music recitals. For him, music, literary themes and visual art are inextricably linked. In his own time, he was already highly praised for his entirely unique way of combining these different expressive powers in his work. More than anyone, Redon thus embodies the popular late nineteenth-century concept of synaesthesia: the idea that a more intense experience c ... More

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American Storybook: The Speed Art Museum presents the Imaginary Travelogue of Thomas Chambers   Gianguan's fall sale strong on paintings and ceramics plus Chinese seals and Zisha teapots   Crowd-funded headstone marks lost grave of poet William Blake

Thomas Chambers, Rockaway Beach, New York, with the Wreck of the Ship "Bristol", ca. 1837–1840 (detail). Oil on canvas, 21 3/4 x 30 3/8 in. (55.2 x 77.2 cm) Morton and Marie Bradley Memorial Collection. Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University, 98.44.

LOUISVILLE, KY.- Join the Speed Art Museum in the adventure of a lifetime, with American Storybook: The Imaginary Travelogue of Thomas Chambers. Chambers (1808 – 1869), was the first artist working in America to make landscape painting accessible to a wider audience and broader socioeconomic class. During the mid-19th century, as the country faced the realities of urbanization, industrialization, and westward expansion, demand for paintings depicting the wonder of the untouched American landscape – and an interest the larger world - grew exponentially. Chambers was an entrepreneur at heart; over the course of his career, he set up studios in the major American cities of New York City, Boston, Albany, and Baltimore, catering to a new generation of ... More

Qing, Dark-Glazed Famille-Rose Gilt Painted Zisha Teapot with Twin-Dragons amidst Floral Scrolls.

NEW YORK, NY.- When Gianguan Auctions, New York’s premier independent Chinese Auction Gallery, opens its doors for the 15th annual running of its fall sale on September 8, international connoisseurs will find strong collections of Chinese paintings, porcelains and archaic bronzes as well as small collectibles such as stone seals, carved jades and snuff bottles. As is traditional, we begin with the headliners–the stars of design and craftsmanship whose values set the tone for more reachable items in each category. At first blush is a pair of Warring States ritual Dou that rise 19” inches tall from the backs of ferocious looking Bixie. Making them even more fantastical are Kui dragons that encircle the risers and dare clutch the horn of the stealthy Bixie below. All components are intricately inlaid with silver and gold in geometric patterns and scrolling and set flush with the bronze. Created several hundred years before the ... More

A new tombstone for William Blake lies on his grave at Bunhill Fields Burial Ground in London, on August 12, 2018. Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP.

LONDON (AFP).- The lost resting place of British poet and artist William Blake was finally marked Sunday with a gravestone, almost 200 years after he died. Despite his influence today, Blake died in obscurity in 1827 and was buried in an unmarked common grave in Bunhill Fields, a London cemetery. Only a plain memorial stone recorded that he was buried nearby, much to the dismay of two devotees who visited, and who decided to find his exact resting place. Luis and Carol Garrido had as their guide the original coordinates of his burial, which were based on a grid of graves but became confused when parts of the cemetery were converted into gardens. After two years of research and some painstaking work with a tape measure, they found it, and the Blake Society -- of which they were members -- began fundraising for a new memorial to mark the spot. The society raised £30,000 ... More

Nobel-winning writer V.S. Naipaul dies aged 85   The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia presents a major survey by bark painter John Mawurndjul   Romanian dressmakers revel in Dior folk coat vogue

This May 03, 1973 file photo shows Nobel prize-winning British author V.S. Naipaul, who has died at the age of 85, his family announced on Saturday, August 11, 2018. STF / LEHTIKUVA / AFP.

LONDON (AFP).- British author V.S. Naipaul, a famously outspoken Nobel laureate who wrote on the traumas of post-colonial change, has died at the age of 85. Naipaul, who was born in Trinidad and the son of an Indian civil servant, was best known for works including "A House for Mr Biswas" and his Man Booker Prize-winning "In A Free State". "He died surrounded by those he loved having lived a life which was full of wonderful creativity and endeavour," his wife Lady Nadira Naipaul said in a statement on Saturday. She described the outspoken author as a "giant in all that he achieved". Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul settled in England and studied English literature at Oxford University on a scholarship. But he spent much of his time travelling and despite becoming a pillar of Britain's cultural establishment, was also a symbol ... More

John Mawurndjul. Photo: Jacquie Manning.

SYDNEY.- The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia is presenting the first major survey of works by one of Australia’s leading contemporary artists – master bark painter John Mawurndjul from Friday 6 July until Sunday 23 September. Developed and co- presented by the MCA and Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA), in association with Maningrida Arts & Culture, this landmark exhibition includes over 160 works, spanning forty years of the artist’s practice. John Mawurndjul AM is celebrated for his mastery of rarrk (cross-hatching) and his depiction of djang (sacred sites), a tradition shared by generations of Kuninjku artists. Bark paintings and sculptures drawn from private and public collections across the world tell the stories of Kuninjku culture and the significant locations surrounding the artist’s home in central north Arnhem Land. Born in 1952, Mawurndjul lives and works in Milmilngkan in western Arnhem Land and Maning ... More

A woman working at the local museum shows a 100 years-old traditional outfit from the Bihor northwestern region of Romania in Beius, Romania on July 17, 2018. Daniel MIHAILESCU / AFP.

BEIUS (AFP).- They may feel aggrieved at not obtaining an official seal of approval, but traditional Romanian dressmakers are riding a wave of demand for their folk designs after a top fashion house inadvertently showcased their craft. Clothes makers from the northwestern Bihor region were more than a little bemused when they got wind of a 2017 Dior collection. Their jaws notably dropped when they saw an embroidered folk coat which looked strikingly similar to the "cojocel binsenesc" waistcoat their region has been producing for around a century. A Romanian version of the garment, historically worn on important occasions, sells at home and abroad for around 500 euros ($580) -- almost a month's salary in one of the European Union's poorest countries. The Dior coat did not go unnoticed among the wider ... More

Mika Tajima is now represented by Kayne Griffin Corcoran   Ballistic baked goods, belief and botany at new exhibition Human Non Human   Garvey Simon presents Select 3, the third annual exhibition of work by mid-career artists

Installation view of "Mika Tajima" at Kayne Griffin Corcoran, 2016.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Kayne Griffin Corcoran announced representation of New York based artist Mika Tajima. The gallery will be presenting a selection of new works by Tajima at the West Bund Art Fair in Shanghai, November 2018. The artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery is scheduled for November 2019. Born in Los Angeles in 1975, Tajima earned a BA in Fine Arts and East Asian Studies from Bryn Mawr College and an MFA from Columbia University, School of the Arts. Tajima’s work examines the bodily and psychic experience of power in contemporary life. Through a research-based practice, Tajima focuses on how the human body, actions, and emotions are shaped by ortho-architectonic and computational technology. In creating heightened sensorial and material experiences, her installation and objects underline the dynamics of control, performance, and freedom and the agency of being ... More

Ken Thaiday with Jason Christopher, Beizam Triple Hammer Head Shark, 2016. Cast aluminium, stainless steel, aluminium extrusion, steel, Perspex, rubber, electronic components, computer system, audio, 3500 x 2800 x 2800mm. Courtesy of the artists. Photograph: Jason Christopher.

SYDNEY.- Art, science and speculation converge in Human non Human, an exhibition posing the question: what makes us human, and how might humans adapt in the future? Exclusive to the Powerhouse Museum from 7 August – 27 January 2019 and on view as part of the Sydney Science Festival, the exhibition is a riveting exploration of humanity’s entanglement with non-human agents. “We’re thrilled to unveil Human non Human, two years in the making,” said Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences Director of Curatorial, Collections and Exhibitions Peter Denham. “In exploring what it means to be human, the exhibition provides insights on the collective human experience, as intimate as it is vastly universal. The exhibition is a great reflection ... More

Jane Schiowitz, History, 2016, oil on canvas, 22h x 26w in.

NEW YORK, NY.- Garvey Simon is presenting Select 3, the third annual exhibition of work by mid-career artists chosen by director Elizabeth K. Garvey through the gallery’s innovative Review Program. This year’s artists are: Kathy Cantwell, Kate Doyle, Bob Erickson, Jeanne Heifetz, Eileen Murphy, Tim Nighswander, Steven Paddack, Jane Schiowitz, and Marilyn Turtz. The Review Program was established in order to open a dialogue between artists and galleries, a practice that has long been anathema to gallery orthodoxy. Neither the past practice of artists drowning galleries in heaps of slides, nor today’s avalanche of emails, is beneficial to gallery or artist. Garvey believes that artists “need to have a working platform to engage with dealers who otherwise might not see their work.” In the first phase of the multi-tiered program, artists must pay a nominal fee for their website to be reviewed. “We want artists to think ... More

Installation at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian takes its starting point from an enigmatic blue ceramic tiling   Exhibition at Blue Projects brings together the work of four Los Angeles based artists and designers   Ottocento Art Gallery to offer an elegant reader painted on canvas by Giovan Battista Crema

Praneet Soi, Third Factory.

LISBON.- An enigmatic blue ceramic tiling, situated upon the façade of the mausoleum of Miran Zain, the mother of the 8th Sultan of Kashmir Zain-Ul-Abedin (1420-1470) was the starting point for this solo installation. Situated on the banks of the river Jhelum in Srinagar, the mausoleum dates to 1430. Its architecture points to the links between Kashmir and central Asia—Miran Zain herself hailed from Turkmenistan. The tile itself, glazed in blue, had sculpted upon it a shape in bas-relief that Soi found difficult to interpret. This tile was replicated at the Bordallo Pinheiro Ceramic Factory, located in Caldas da Rainha. The period of fabrication, starting from the modelling of the tiles to their eventual placement in the kiln, provided Soi with an alibi for observing the workers and the industrial processes employed within. Documenting it allowed the dynamics of the factory to seep into the ensuing video narrative. These ... More

For Energy

LONDON.- Blue Projects announces Slip Covers, an exhibition bringing together the work of four Los Angeles based artists and designers. The works on show include paintings, coats, furniture and a film that explore the potential to create a concentrated experience. The intricacies of individual perception are at the core of the exhibition, offering meditations on the effects of colour and form, and how we take in information. Alex Olson’s oil paintings created for this exhibition are small and intimate in scale. They are produced as tools for the viewer, each one made for a different outcome, such as “for focus” or “for energy”. Specific combinations of colour and elemental brushstrokes act as sites of contemplation that engage the eye and brain towards these specific ends. Kristin Dickson-Okuda’s coats are made from dyed silk organza using natural ingredients known for their medicinal properties. The visitor ... More

Giovan Battista Crema (Ferrara 1883 – Rome 1964), The reader. Oil on canvas cm 58 x 58 signed (GB Crema) lower right. © Ottocento Art Gallery.

ROME.- Among latest acquisitions, Ottocento Art Gallery offers a masterpiece by Ferrara painter Giovan Battista Crema ( 1875 –1948 ) which embodied his high-quality divisionist technique. The effect of the luminous vibration, typical of the divisionist technique, is revealed in this painting, giving the viewer a soft light, coming from the deep source of the intimate. In this highly refined interior, “ideism” reigns, a conception of art as a psychological emanation of the artist, which in the specific case of Crema, is softened by his intent to faithfully bring back the inner reality of the depicted subject. On the other hand, the elegant reader seems immersed in a timeless fluid, in a suspended dimension, her enigmatic and absorbed figure evokes a symbolist sensibility. The delicacy of the pose, the naturalness of the description, the face inclined ... More

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Latrobe Regional Gallery opens a survey exhibition of Richard Kelly Tipping's work
MORWELL,.- Richard Tipping: Art Word is a survey exhibition of Richard Kelly Tipping’s dynamic integration of art and words. His artworks engage with philosophical questions and are often wryly political, bringing the lyrical intensity and resonant depth of poetic language into the visual domain. Tipping is internationally known for both his manipulated and invented signs, using the templates of public signage to create pointed ‘idea-things’. Richard Tipping: Art Word includes a new large-scale sign installation, ‘In Advance of China‘; the first showing of frottage street-drawings from San Francisco, New York, London, Berlin and Morwell; as well as ‘typograph’ sculptures featuring concrete poetry in both granite sheet and natural stone. Tipping describes himself as a poet working in the artworld, and the interplay of text and material is central to his practice. Tipping’s ... More

Morphosis selected to design masterplan for Museum of Texas Tech University
LUBBOCK, TX.- Global architecture and design firm Morphosis has been selected by Texas Tech University and the Museum of Texas Tech University to develop the planning and design of a visionary expansion to the current museum that would create a new model for university-community engagement. The vision for the multidisciplinary university museum is to span natural history, the STEM disciplines, health sciences, humanities, and the arts. Reflecting the next stage in the evolution of university museum design, and the scope of research and creativity that it will encompass, Texas Tech is calling the new project the Universiteum of Texas Tech, a name which reflects a universal disciplinary scope of research and creativity at the university in order to advance knowledge, student education, and community engagement. The Universiteum of Texas Tech will create ... More

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Gavin Gardiner Ltd announces highlights from its auction of Modern & Vintage Sporting Guns
LONDON.- Gavin Gardiner Ltd’s auction of Modern & Vintage Sporting Guns at the prestigious Gleneagles Hotel, Auchterarder, Perthshire on Monday, August 27, 2018 at 5pm will include the wonderful "Phoenix” Gun, which was completed in 2012 by world-renowned Scottish engraver Malcolm Appleby MBE. The 12-bore side lock ejector gun has an estimate upon request. Gavin Gardiner said: ”I am delighted to be offering this gun by Malcolm Appleby, who is so highly respected by the gun trade. Many people will remember the “Crocodile” gun, which was a magnificent Malcolm Appleby-engraved 12-bore round-action ejector gun by David McKay Brown, that sold for £48,000 in my auction at Gleneagles in 2009.” Highly acclaimed Goldsmith and foremost Gun Engraver Malcolm Appleby (b. 1946). Appleby, who lives in Perthshire - just 40 miles from Gleneagles has ... More

The Arab British Centre announces the fourth edition of the SAFAR Film Festival
LONDON.- The SAFAR Film Festival announces the fourth edition of this biennial event from The Arab British Centre, returning to London 13-18 September. SAFAR is the only festival in the UK solely focused on programming Arab Cinema and this year’s theme examines the enduring and symbiotic relationship of literature and film, presenting a rich and diverse programme spanning more than 50 years, showcasing pioneering, classic films rarely seen outside the region alongside the best in contemporary storytelling. The relationship between literature and cinema in the Arab world is deeply embedded in and greatly significant to the broader culture following World War II. Adaptations from literature were extremely popular with film audiences and the wealth of home-grown stories, taken from page to screen, helped individual nations form their own cinematic authorship, ... More

K-Gold Temporary Gallery opens 'How to Fall with Grace' curated by Nicolas Vamvouklis
LESVOS.- K-Gold Temporary Gallery presents the anniversary exhibition “How to Fall with Grace”, curated by Nicolas Vamvouklis, on the occasion of its fifth continuous year of activities in Lesvos. The functions of celebrating constitute the core of the exhibition and are examined as a complex field of balance and conflict on an individual as well as a collective level. The selected artworks, as components of a party’s narration, are showcased like a stage set based on the preparation, the event itself and its aftermath. They explore the notions of expectation, collective consumption, offering, entertainment, exaggeration and release. Octavio Paz argues that “our poverty can be measured by the number and grandiosity of our folk celebrations”. The moment of climax upends order and leads to overstepping the limits by carelessly eating and drinking ... More

Convergent Parallel: Casemore Kirkeby exhibits works by Deanna Templeton and Ed Templeton
SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- In science the ​convergent parallel ​design occurs when researchers collect two sets of data independently and then later combine them for cross reference and analysis. This title is perfect for the way Deanna and I work separately and independently although often in close proximity, sometimes even shoot the same events and people, but come up with different results. This exhibition represents the convergence of our parallel practices where we mix our work together on the walls in a semi-chaotic style for further analysis. We thought combining hundreds of examples of our work, culled from our archives and our various projects over the years both seen and unseen, framed and unframed, fine and work prints would create this immersive and overwhelming environment that will attempt to match that electricity. -Ed Templeton. Deanna Templeton​ ... More

Exhibition at Bronx River Art Center seeks to expand interest in Bronx artists
BRONX, NY.- BRONX NOW, on view July 14 to September 8, 2018, explores the community of Bronx-based artists creating remarkable work outside of traditional spheres. Curated by Laura James and Eileen Walsh, who work under the name BXNYCreative, BRONX NOW seeks to expand interest in Bronx artists. The overarching narrative of the exhibition is the interplay of work from myriad origins together outlining the tenacious, unflinching, intrinsically motivated personality that the Bronx has come to be known for. On the precipice of the Bronx's shifting demographics, BRONX NOW creates an expositional bridge between community and artist. Featured artists explore the visual agency amongst art, community, and social justice. Organized by independent curators Laura James and Eileen Walsh, who work under the name BXNYCreative, ... More

LOOP Barcelona 2018 announces participants and highlights
BARCELONA.- For its 16th edition, LOOP centres its focus on production and the relations between producers and products. The fair will exhibit 42 artists presented by a selected group of invited galleries and will host a compelling program of talks to address the current debates of video production and reception. This year’s festival will reach more than 60 locations throughout the city, transforming Barcelona in a vibrant community of video art lovers. Variously conjugated as manufacture, fabrication, assembly, staging and performance, the word production hints at a myriad of scenarios that, to different extents, all imply an active process of creation and a co-dependent relationship between the producer and the product. Departing from the intrinsic meaning of the word’s etymology (from the Latin "producēre," or "to bring forth"), this year’s edition of LOOP will revolve ... More

Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen exhibits works by Studio for Propositional Cinema
ST. GALLEN .- Studio for Propositional Cinema has attracted much attention in recent years due to their innovative exhibition formats and polemic poetics. Their work draws directly on the tradition of conceptual art and deals with the use of language as a means of creation, interpretation and communication. This practice frequently manifests itself in the exhibition space as text installations but also as performative moments. Studio for Propositional Cinema often attempts to stretch the formal and temporal conditions of given cultural forms (exhibitions, publications, cinema, theater and now opera) beyond traditional consumable formats, expanding them to unfold in fragments and iterations over geographical distances and expanded time periods. Interwoven with these tactics are the voices and materials of the exhibition format itself: exhibition design and architecture, ... More

Museum Voorlinden presents new collection exhibition: Rhapsody in Blue
WASSENAAR.- Like an epic poem in various shades of blue, dozens of works from the Voorlinden collection are brought together in the cabinets of the museum. The title Rhapsody in Blue refers to the piece of music by the American composer George Gershwin (1898-1937) from 1924. A musical kaleidoscope, in which he combines rhythms and melodies of jazz with elements from classical music. Neglecting the existing categories of movements, periods, styles and media these galleries show a selection from the modern and contemporary art collection that has been arranged based on their hues of blue. In this way, the presentation offers a new perspective of looking at these individual works. Rhapsody in Blue shows works by: Charles Avery (1973), Vanessa Beecroft (1969), Alain Biltereyst (1965), Bram Bogart (1921 – 2012), Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010), Willie ... More

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On a day like today, French painter Eugène Delacroix died
August 13, 1863. Ferdinand Victor Eugène Delacroix (26 April 1798 - 13 August 1863) was a French Romantic artist regarded from the outset of his career as the leader of the French Romantic school. In this image: A man looks at the painting "Jeune tigre jouant avec sa mere" during a press visit of the exhibition "Delacroix (1798-1863)" at the Louvre Museum in Paris on March 27, 2018. The exhibition on French artist Eugene Delacroix will run from March 29 to July 23. PATRICK KOVARIK / AFP.

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