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From Sèvres to Fifth Avenue: Exhibition of French porcelain opens at The Frick Collection

Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory (French), Three Potpourris Vases, ca. 1762. Soft-paste porcelain, 1918.9.10: 14 3/16 x 8 ½ x 7 ⅛ inches 1918.9.11 and 12: 11 x 6 ¾ x 5 ¼ inches. The Frick Collection, New York. Photo: Michael Bodycomb.

NEW YORK, NY.- When Henry Clay Frick set out to furnish his new residence at 1 East 70th Street, his intention was to replicate the grand houses of the greatest European collectors, who surrounded their Old Master paintings with exquisite furniture and decorative objects. With the assistance of the art dealer Sir Joseph Duveen, Frick quickly assembled an impressive collection of decorative arts, including vases, potpourris, jugs, and basins made at Sèvres, the preeminent eighteenth-century French porcelain manufactory. Many of these objects are featured in the upcoming exhibition From Sèvres to Fifth Avenue, which presents a new perspective on the collection by exploring the role Sèvres porcelain played in eighteenth-century France, as well as during the American Gilded Age. While some of these striking objects are regularly displayed in the grand context of the Fragonard and Boucher Rooms, others have come out of a long period of storage for this presentation. These finely painted examples will be s ... More

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Last of its kind Vickers Supermarine Spitfire to be auctioned at Christie's London   Doig, Twombly, Baselitz, Rauschenberg and Holler to be featured at the 2015 Venice Biennale   Masterpieces by Rubens, Rembrandt and other masters on view again at Alte Pinakothek

A restored Vickers Supermarine Spitfire Mk.1A – P9374/GMK1A. Estimate: £1,500,000-2,500,000. © 2011 John Dibbs.

LONDON.- This summer, Christie’s London will present a unique and remarkable piece of British history at auction – an authentic and immaculately restored Vickers Supermarine Spitfire Mk.1A – P9374/GMK1A (estimate: £1,500,000-2,500,000, illustrated above). As we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of France and the Battle of Britain, Christie’s is proud to mark this moment in history by offering Spitfire P9374 in The Exceptional Sale on 9 July 2015. Robert Copley, Deputy Chairman Christie’s UK and Head of The Exceptional Sale: “Christie’s is proud to be entrusted with the sale of this Spitfire; a truly iconic aircraft which is symbol of the bravery ‘of the few’ in the Battle of Britain. We look forward to seeing this extraordinary Mk.1 Spitfire reach new heights at ‘The Exceptional Sale’, which will be a unique moment in auction house history.” There are only two remaining ... More

Peter Doig, Untitled, 2014, Oil on paper, mounted on canvas, 23.5 x 16.5 inches.

VENICE.- An exhibition of new works by Peter Doig, a tribute to Robert Rauschenberg, a major exhibition of works by Cy Twombly, and young artists representing Ukraine in a specially created glass pavilion are among the projects being presented at this year’s Venice Biennale from 9 May – 22 November 2015 (Press Previews: 6-8 May 2015). An exhibition of new works by the British artist Peter Doig will go on show at the Palazetto Tito at Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa. The artist’s latest works will include large paintings and several intimately scaled works. The exhibition follows a line of prestigious solo shows at the Foundation dedicated to artists such as Sonia Delaunay, Yoko Ono, Alex Katz, Marlene Dumas. Peter Doig, 2004 Turner Prize nominee, and winner of the 2008 Wolfgang Hahn Prize of the Society for Modern Art, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, is considered one of the most gifted artists of his generation. The exhibition is curated ... More

Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, The Pastry Eaters, c. 1675/82 © Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, Alte Pinakothek Munich.

MUNICH.- Following the prelude last year, some 50 works of French, Spanish, Italian, Flemish, Dutch and German Baroque painting can now be seen as ‘new neighbours’ in dynamic constellations. Masterpieces by Rubens, Rembrandt and other Baroque masters are being made accessible to the general public once again in this way following the closure of several rooms in the Alte Pinakothek for renovation. The exhibition addresses four different themes through the juxtaposition of these masterpieces: ‘Nature and Mythology’, ‘Portraits’, ‘Art in Rome around 1600’ and ‘Caravaggism’. One element linking the topics is the pictorial mise-en-scène of the human figure. An additional common motif shared by the paintings in the first part of the exhibition is the landscape. Whether in the idealised Classical mood of Claude Lorrain or inspired by the pastoral Mediterranean way of life, ... More

Exhibition of three sculptures by Robert Therrien on view at Gagosian London   Saint Louis Art Museum exhibition tells the story of Hieronymus Bosch's afterlife in print   Elvis Presley's planes, The Lisa Marie and Hound Dog II, staying put at Graceland

Robert Therrien, No title (Disc cart, II), 2006 - 2008. Cart: stainless steel with plastic Discs: steel with enamel and silkscreen or graphite on each disc, 34 3/4 x 27 x 42 inches. © Robert Therrien. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery. Photo: Josh White/

LONDON.- Gagosian London presenting an exhibition of three sculptures by Robert Therrien. Therrien's work has clear links to the generation of Pop and Conceptual artists that preceded him, while attesting to his affinities for folk culture, cartoons, and American design. Working in two and three dimensions with great attention to the effects of scale, he transforms elements from the culture of everyday life into artworks that evoke classical archetypes. Given its evident concern with childhood narratives, his art invites psychological interpretation while remaining firmly objective due to its uncanny proximity to the real, and its relationship with the minimal. No title (table leg) (1993) was a significant breakthrough, marking a shift from less representational works. This was followed by Under the Table (1994), an enormous wooden kitchen table and chair set, which further defined this pivotal moment in his development. By recreating everyd ... More

Balthasar van den Bosch (b. ’s-Hertogenbosch, 1518–d. 1580, Antwerp) in the manner of Hieronymus Bosch; The Conjuror (or Charlatan), n.d.; engraving, only state; image and platemark: 9 11/16 × 12 9/16 inches; Private collection.

SAINT LOUIS, MO.- The Saint Louis Art Museum is presenting Beyond Bosch: The Afterlife of a Renaissance Master in Print, an exhibition exploring the significant role that prints inspired by Hieronymus Bosch played in establishing the Netherlandish master as a highly desirable brand in the growing print market of the 16th century. The free exhibition in Galleries 234 and 235 opened on April 17 and closes on July 19. Bosch (c. 1450−1516) became an international phenomenon with his paintings of hellfire and hybrid monsters that captured the imaginations not only of his Renaissance patrons but also of generations of artists who came after him. Bosch lived and worked in the town of ’s-Hertogenbosch, but it was in the nearby metropolis of Antwerp—at the time the epicenter of trade and culture in northern Europe, where prints inspired by the painter began appearing some 40 years after his death. Bosch made no ... More

The planes remain two of the most important pieces of Elvis Presley history and are presently displayed at Graceland.

WASHINGTON (AFP).- Elvis Presley's two personal jets are staying at Graceland, his estate said Monday, ending months of jitters among his legion of fans that they were about to be sold off. The Lisa Marie, a vintage Convair 880 airliner, and Hound Dog II, a Lockheed JetStar executive jet, have been on display at the late King of Rock 'n' Roll's estate in Memphis, Tennessee since 1984. But until now, their fate had been up in the air after they were put on sale by their owners, which exhibited them at Graceland in return for a share of ticket proceeds -- triggering an uproar among loyal Elvis fans worldwide. In a brief statement Monday, Graceland said "an agreement has been reached for Elvis' two airplanes ... to remain at Elvis Presley's Graceland in Memphis permanently." It did not elaborate, but Presley's daughter and sole heir Lisa Marie Presley hinted on her Twitter feed that Graceland had acquired the two aircraft, which are no longer in flying condition. "Exciting news! ... The planes will remai ... More

Exhibition of new work by Theaster Gates opens at White Cube Bermondsey   Diango Hernández to show three new bodies of work at Marlborough Contemporary   New York's Madison Ancient Tribal Arts Fair slated for May 14-17th at the Arader Galleries Mansion

Photo: Sara Pooley. © the artist and White Cube.

LONDON.- White Cube presents an exhibition of new work by Theaster Gates. Gates’ practice is wide-ranging and polysemous, attempting to bridge the gap between art and life and catalyse social and economic change through direct artistic agency. For this exhibition, entitled ‘Freedom of Assembly’, Gates explores the theme of assembly in its widest sense, enmeshing ideas of an autonomous art object with notions of individual freedom and the empowerment of place. In particular, Gates refers to the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, which protects freedom of speech, the right to peaceably assemble, and the free exercise of religion. ‘Freedom of Assembly’ includes several new series of sculptures, a large-scale presentation of tar paintings and a body of work that foregrounds, for the first time, Gates’ long-term involvement with clay production. Notions of assembly become evident in works that draw ... More

Diango Hernández, Floating Citron #6, "Affirmative", 2015. Acrylic on lemon, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist and Marlborough Contemporary. Photo: Anne Pöhlmann.

LONDON.- Marlborough Contemporary announces ‘The Book of Waves’, an exhibition of new works by Cuban artist Diango Hernández. Working in a range of media, Hernández engages with his national identity across his work, avowing that the theme is inescapable for Cuban artists, even in exile. ‘The Book of Waves’ will consist of three new bodies of work that investigate problematic external perceptions of the country as well as its internal representations. Since leaving Cuba, Düsseldorf-based Hernández has actively engaged with the country, frequently exploring the ways in which socialist ideology denies or promotes an aesthetic or spiritual experience. The theme of nature and the histories of socialism and art will be brought together by the three bodies of work in the exhibition. ... More

From the Marquesas Islands, an 18th c. carved wood stilt step made for a child. Image courtesy of Patrick Mestdagh.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Madison Ancient and Tribal Arts Fair May 14th—17th at the Arader Galleries townhouse at 1016 Madison Avenue is a singular opportunity to shop distinguished collections of the antique sculptural and figurative arts of Africa, Oceania and the ancient Americas. Wood sculptures and carvings, fiber works, masks, beadwork, and body objects created by remote cultures for use in daily life, sport and ritual will be on view. The MATA Fair is a vetted show, offering only authentic and museum quality items. Several of the dealers rarely show publicly, making the Fair unique. Exhibitors at the Arader Galleries townhouse include Bruce Frank (New York), Patrick Mestdagh (Brussels), Marc Assayag (Montreal), Wayne Heathcote (England), James Stephenson (New York), Michael Rhodes (New York), Kellim Brown (Brussels), Michael ... More

MAD foregrounds women's contribution to Postwar visual culture and explores their legacy   Retrospective show of Italian artist Giuseppe Uncini opens at Cardi Gallery   Espace Fondation EDF opens retrospective exhibition of the work of Pol Bury

Ruth Asawa, Ruth Holding a Form-Within-Form Sculpture, Imogen Cunningham, 1952 © 2015 Imogen Cunningham Trust. Photo by Imogen Cunningham.

NEW YORK, NY.- From April 28 to September 27, 2015, the Museum of Arts and Design presents Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft and Design, Midcentury and Today, an exhibition that considers the notable contributions of women to modernism in postwar visual culture. In the 1950s and 60s, an era when painting, sculpture, and architecture were dominated by men, women had extensive impact in alternative materials such as textiles, ceramics, and metals. Largely unexamined in major art historical surveys, either due to their gender or choice of materials, these pioneering women achieved success and international recognition, establishing a model of professional identity for future generations. Featuring more than 100 works, Pathmakers focuses ... More

Giuseppe Uncini, Architetture n. 211, 2006. Concrete and iron, 172 x 162 x 23 cm.

MILAN.- Cardi gallery presents from Tuesday, April 28th through Tuesday, September 15th 2015, at the same time of Expo Milano 2015, a retrospective show of the Great Italian artist Giuseppe Uncini (Fabriano 1929 – Trevi 2008) realized in collaboration with Archivio Giuseppe Uncini. The Show is curated by Annamaria Maggi and its aim is to propose to the audience a synthetic but thorough excursus of the work of the artist that can give an overview of the production of Uncini: from the early “Cementarmati” of the end of the 50s, to the last “Artifici” of 2007-2008, going through the “Ferrocementi”, the “Mattoni”, the “Ombre”, the “Dimore”, the “Muri d’ombra”, the “Spazi di ferro” and the “Architetture”. In Giuseppe Uncini’s artistic practice it is essential and decisive the idea of building. The elements that ... More

Multiplans, 1957, 10 lames métalliques et fond Isorel, peint à l’huile en bleu, bleu pâle, jaune, orange, rouge, vert, cadre et caisse métal noir, courrole, moteur 118 x 73,5 x 12,5 cm © Collection Letaillieur.

PARIS.- On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the death of Belgian sculptor, Pol Bury (1922-2005), the Espace Fondation EDF is hosting a retrospective of the artist’s work, his first in Paris since 1982. From 28 April to 23 August 2015, the exhibition Pol Bury – Instants donnés (a title in homage to Marcel Duchamp) brings together some 80 works representative of the unusually inventive career of one of the fathers of kinetic art and international sculpture. On display is half a century of creation: sculptures, installations, fountains, jewellery, maquettes, photographs, archival films, etc. Over the course of his artistic career, Bury perpetually renewed his perspectives, experimenting with epochs and ... More

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Piet Jonker announces exclusive auction of antique garden sculpture and ornaments
LONDON.- On 27 May 2015, after a three-year absence, there will be another auction of The Piet Jonker Collection – Garden Ornaments, Architectural Fittings and Interior Decoration. Because of the international buyers market the actual auction will take place at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions in London, but can be followed via live-stream at the Lindenhoff country estate in Baambrugge, the Netherlands, where real-time bidding will also be possible. A revolutionary method of auction, rooted in the cooperation between Piet Jonker and this highly reputable English auction house, whose history goes back to 1759. The beautiful ambiance of the Lindenhoff estate will certainly contribute to making this auction of approximately three hundred lots of antique garden sculpture and exclusive, architectural ornaments a unique experience. The event will also be webcast live, enabling worldwide bidding. ... More

The Ringling Museum of Art debuts Greenfield Prize commissioned works by Trenton Doyle Hancock
SARASOTA, FLA.- An intricate world from the bountiful imagination of the artist Trenton Doyle Hancock has sprung forth for visitors to explore at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art this month. “EMIT: What the Bringback Brought,” an exhibition of Hancock’s Greenfield Prize commissioned work, is on display at The Ringling through September 13. Among other objects, the exhibition features character figures, sketches and, in a first for the artist, a film, which explores how Hancock’s lifelong love of the science fiction and horror films from the 70s and 80s has affected his perspective and identity. “EMIT: What the Bringback Brought” is organized by Matthew McLendon, curator of modern and contemporary art at The Ringling, and exemplifies the Museum’s commitment to exhibiting the innovative practices of artists working today. The presentation offers The Ringling’s ... More

Japanese photography responds to 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in MFA exhibition
BOSTON, MASS.- On March 11, 2011, an earthquake and enormous wave of water swept through the Tōhoku (Northeast) region of Japan, destroying virtually everything in its path and irrevocably damaging the Fukushima nuclear power plant. This disaster was of such epic proportion that it became a defining moment for Japan. Today, the earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima failure have collectively become known as the “Triple Disaster” or “3/11,” after the date of the first events. Four years later, In the Wake: Japanese Photographers Respond to 3/11 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, is the first exhibition to explore the photography created in reaction to these tragic events. On view April 5—July 12, 2015 in the MFA’s Henry and Lois Foster Gallery, the exhibition is divided into two sections––one focused on the earthquake and tsunami and the other on the Fukushima disaster. On view are ... More

From Tate Modern to Hastings: Ibrahim El-Salahi to exhibit at the Jerwood Gallery
HASTINGS.- Following on from his major retrospective at Tate Modern in 2013, Ibrahim El-Salahi will present an exhibition of his Tree works at the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings from the 28 April - 31 May 2015. This is the first Limelight show at Jerwood Gallery; a new series of month long exhibitions, many of which will bring an international flavour to the gallery. The eight pen and ink works which will be on display all reflect El-Salahi’s fascination with the Haraza tree – which is indigenous to his homeland Sudan – and which has peculiar and inspirational characteristics. This series is an ongoing investigation of the tree / body metaphor, a link between heaven and earth, creator and created; controlled meditations with the emphasis on the spiritual. He says “I am very much obsessed with my work. I am a painter and have no other profession. I go to bed dreaming of figures, forms, and colours and ... More

Artist Clare Charnley encourages lambs to play at Yorkshire Sculpture Park
WAKEFIELD.- This spring, Yorkshire Sculpture Park welcomes artist Clare Charnley who is encouraging lambs to play in the Spring Lamb Project. Working in YSP’s Country Park, over five days – 8, 16 and 30 May and 13 and 20 June 2015 – Charnley will create temporary play structures for lambs, altering and rebuilding them in response to the lambs’ reactions. YSP visitors are invited to watch the artist at work and to suggest different forms the sculptures, which will remain on display for the duration of the project, could take. Lambs often climb onto their mothers’ backs or other high objects and can regularly be seen charging around in small groups, springing into the air, jostling each other or jumping off small mounds, one after the other. The world to them is understood in terms of social interaction and through pitting the body against material items – in short, through play. Charnley draws an analogy ... More

First monographic exhibition dedicated to Martial Raysse on view at Palazzo Grassi
VENICE.- This major show dedicated to Raysse, one of the most important living French painters and winner of the 2014 Praemium Imperiale, has taken over the atrium and both floors of Palazzo Grassi. It is the first monographic exhibition dedicated to the artist outside of France since 1965 and is the perfect opportunity to discover or rediscover France’s hidden master and to explore the dedication and proximity between a collector and an artist. Curated by Caroline Bourgeois in close collaboration with the artist, the exhibition brings together more than 300 works from 1958 to the present day - paintings, sculptures, videos and neon works - almost half of which have never been shown to the public (some are works in progress displayed for the first time at Palazzo Grassi). The course of the exhibition, which is non-chronological, offers a new point of view on the work of Martial Raysse by ... More

Finnish artist Risto-Pekka Blom opens exhibition in the Hirshhorn's Black Box space
WASHINGTON, DC.- Media artist Risto-Pekka Blom (Finnish, b. 1970, Mikkeli; lives and works in Tampere) is featured in the newest exhibition in the Black Box space at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. The exhibition consists of a single work, “Kurdrjavka [Little Ball of Fur]” (2013). It is the first U.S. museum presentation of the artist’s work. On the surface, Blom’s video is a slyly unassuming homage to Laika (aka Kurdrjavka), who in November 1957, as the canine passenger of the Soviet spacecraft Sputnik 2, became the first animal to orbit the Earth. Although never intended to survive the voyage, the animal perished prematurely, a day or two into the flight, a fact that was suppressed for decades. The short work focuses on a collage of archival footage shot in 1957, much of it from Finnish state holdings. Opening, closing and cityscape footage was shot by the ... More

Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones: Mel Ziegler exhibits at Galerie Perrotin
PARIS.- Galerie Perrotin, Paris is presenting “Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones,” the first solo exhibition of Mel Ziegler in France, presenting a selection of new and recent works by the American artist. The show also includes works from his influential collaboration with Kate Ericson, beginning in the late 70s and continuing until Ericson’s premature death in 1995. Synthesizing conceptual, Land art, and interventionist strategies, Ericson and Ziegler developed a distinctly American community-based art outside the orbit of New York. Working directly with local iconography, sites, and communities across America, the pair staged interventions with and for these communities, and produced works, largely sculptural, from these interventions. Throughout their collaboration, the couples’ work was exhibited by numerous galleries and museums, and was the subject of the traveling retrospective ... More

Russia jails three for WWII memorial 'twerk'
MOSCOW (AFP).- A Russian court has sentenced three young women to up to 15 days imprisonment after they performed a dance with "twerk" moves in front of a war memorial and posted a video online, prosecutors said on Sunday. A district court in the southern city of Novorossiisk on Saturday sentenced two of the dancers to 10 days and one to 15 days for petty hooliganism. Two others were fined. Prosecutors launched a check after the group of six dancers, one of whom was a minor and was not jailed or fined, posted a video on YouTube of the dance in front of a World War II memorial complex. Prosecutors said the women were performing "an erotic and sexual twerk dance," a dance craze made famous by pop artists such as Beyonce and Miley Cyrus. "This incident of disrespect for the memory of war history is unacceptable and any attempts to desecrate sites of military glory will be stopped ... More

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On a day like today, Expo 67 opened to the public in Montreal
May 28, 1967. MONTREAL.- The 1967 International and Universal Exposition, or Expo 67 as it was commonly known, was the general exhibition, category one World's Fair held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada from April 28 to October 29, 1967. It was considered to be the most successful World's Fair of the 20th century, with over 50 million visitors and 62 nations participating. It also set the single-day attendance record for a world's fair with 569,000 visitors on its third day. Expo 67 was Canada's main celebration during its centennial year. The fair was originally intended to be held in Moscow, to help the Soviet Union celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Russian Revolution but, for various reasons, the Soviets decided to cancel, and Canada was awarded it in the fall of 1962. In this image: Habitat 67, a housing complex built for Expo 67.

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