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Heong Gallery presents Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's first exhibition in Cambridge

Ai Weiwei, Trees.

CAMBRIDGE.- Ai Weiwei’s much-loved trees have been installed at The Heong Gallery at Downing College, Cambridge. Ai Weiwei: Cubes and Trees (17 June–9 October 2016), focusses on two popular series of works – cubes and trees – which are being shown alongside objects and videos not previously seen in the UK. The exhibition includes a film made this year on the island of Lesbos, where Ai has been working with refugees as they arrive in Europe. The exhibition extends beyond the building of The Heong Gallery to invite visitors further into the College grounds. Ai’s much-loved series of trees form an uplifting habitable circle in the main quadrangle alongside existing trees and the College Chapel. Inside the Gallery, his series of one-metre-cube sculptures quietly resonate with the scale and shape of the building, which is punctuated by square windows looking onto the surrounding gardens Rachel Rose Smith, Curator of The Heong Gallery, said: ‘Both groups of works attest ... More

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Oklahoma City Museum of Art is the exclusive North American venue for historic Matisse exhibition   International exhibition sheds new light on Jasper Johns's embrace of the art of Edvard Munch   Blanton Museum of Art organizes exhibition of prints and paintings by Francisco de Goya

Henri Matisse, L’Algérienne, 1909. Oil on canvas. Centre Pompidou, Paris. Musée national d’art moderne – Centre de création industrielle, AM 2009-214. © 2015 Succession H. Matisse/Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY.

OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLA.- The story of modern art in France during the first half of the 20th century is on view at The Oklahoma City Museum of Art in a blockbuster exhibition that opened Saturday, June 18. “Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris” includes 100 works of art, including more than 50 paintings, sculptures and works on paper by Henri Matisse, as well as masterworks by his contemporaries – Pablo Picasso, Juan Gris, Georges Braque, André Derain, Fernand Léger, Amedeo Modigliani, Joan Miró and Maurice de Vlaminck. Through a selection of works from the rich collection of the Centre Pompidou, along with a few exceptional loans, including four pieces from OKCMOA’s permanent collection, Matisse’s works is being presented in the context of the ... More

Edvard Munch, Self-Portrait between the Clock and the Bed, 1940-43, oil on canvas, 58 7/8 x 47 1/2 in. Munch Museum.

OSLO.- At a crossroads in the middle of his career, Jasper Johns (1930) found his way forward in part by looking to the work of Edvard Munch (1863–1944). Now a ground-breaking exhibition entitled Jasper Johns and Edvard Munch: Love, Loss, and the Cycle of Life examines how Johns, one of America’s preeminent artists, mined the work of the Norwegian Expressionist in the late 1970s and early 1980s as he moved away from a decade of abstract painting towards a more open expression of love, sex, loss and death. Organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) in partnership with the Munch Museum, Jasper Johns and Edvard Munch opened this weekend in Oslo on Saturday, June 18, 2016, and in Richmond on Saturday, November 19, 2016 (remaining on view in Richmond through February 20, 2017). The showing at VMFA is the sole U.S. venue. “The depth of the relationship between Johns and ... More

Portrait of the Matador Pedro Romero, c. 1795–98. Oil on canvas, 33 1/8 x 25 9/16 in. AP 1966.12 Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas.

AUSTIN, TX.- The Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin presents Goya: Mad Reason, an exhibition of nearly 150 prints and paintings by renowned Spanish court painter Francisco de Goya. The series of prints comprising the exhibition—borrowed from Yale University Art Gallery’s distinguished Arthur Ross Collection—illustrate the artist’s mastery of forms and concepts as he grappled with the changing political and intellectual landscape of his native Spain in the early nineteenth century. Yale chose the Blanton as a partner for its Ross Collection sharing initiative, and the Blanton in turn selected Yale’s superb and affecting Goya prints as a foundation for this exhibition. Select paintings on loan from the Kimbell Art Museum, the Meadows Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston further punctuate Goya: Mad Reason thematically and visually, offering new and insightful ways of ... More

"Venice, Jews and Europe 1516-2016" opens at Doge's Palace in Venice   Thousands flock to Christo work to walk on water   Artcurial to offer decorative arts from the collection of an Italian family

Vittore Carpaccio, Ritratto del doge Leonardo Loredan, 1501-1505. Olio e tempera su tavola, 67 x 51 cm. Venezia, Museo Correr © Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia, Archivio Fotografico.

VENICE.- The area was defined by two gates which, as pointed out by the Senate on 29 March, 1516, would be opened in the morning to the sound of the “Marangona”(the bell in St. Mark’s belfry that established the city’s daily timetable) and closed at night at midnight by four Christian keepers, paid by the Jews and required to reside on site without their family in order to be better able to fulfil their supervisory duties. Moreover, two high walls were to have been built (but were never constructed) to enclose the area on the side of canals surrounding it, walling up all the banks on said canals. Two Council of Ten boats with guards paid by the new “castle-dwellers” would cruise along the canal around the island at night to ensure its security. On the following 1 April, the “grida” (“declaration”) was proclaimed ... More

Artist Christo Vladimirov Javacheff presents his monumental installation "The Floating Piers". Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP.

ISEO (AFP).- Thousands of people stepped out onto the latest work by renowned artist Christo Vladimirov Javacheff in northern Italy Saturday, seizing their chance to "walk on water". The most eager fans of Christo, as he is universally known, spent the night camped out to be the first to step onto a walkway of 200,000 floating cubes covered in orange fabric floating atop Lake Iseo. They create a three kilometre (1.9 mile)-long runway that connects the village of Sulzano to the small island of Monte Isola on the lake. "It's a very physical project, you need to go there (to understand it)," Christo said Thursday of the project called "The Floating Piers" which is open to the public from June 18 to July 3. "The Floating Piers" cost 15 million euros ($16.7 million) to create but will be open to the public for free day and night and is expected ... More

Secrétaire d'époque restauration ©Artcurial.

PARIS.- During its Furniture and Works of Art auction held in Paris on Tuesday 28th June, Artcurial will offer a vast panorama of 17th and 19th century European decorative artworks. The auction will begin with the sale of a collection of golden boxes and decorative objects and will then move on to the collection of an eminent Italian family which was gathered in the 1980s. Works in the style of David Roentgen will be placed alongside French furniture and art works from the baroque and neoclassic periods. An exceptional period writing desk entirely restored in bronze will be on offer and is estimated at 120 000 – 180 000 € / 132 000 – 198 000 $ (lot 81). Traditionally, the use of bronze was reserved for decorative purposes but was occasionally used for furniture bases, just like with those by Pierre-Philippe Thomire. Pieces of furniture which have been entirely restored in bronze are extremely rare. A lacquered ... More

Detroit Institute of Arts displays iconic work of American art "Gallery of the Louvre" by Samuel F. B. Morse   "Danny Lyon: Message to the Future" debuts at the Whitney Museum this Summer   Ed Vaizey places temporary export bar on table top so a buyer can be found to keep it in the UK

“Francis I, Study for "Gallery of the Louvre," Samuel F. B. Morse, between 1831-1832, oil on panel. Terra Foundation for American Art, Gift of Berry-Hill Galleries in honor of Daniel J. Terra, C1984.5

DETROIT, MICH.- Visitors to the Detroit Institute of Arts have the rare opportunity to see Samuel F. B. Morse’s masterwork painting “Gallery of the Louvre” (1829–31) from June 16 to Sept. 18. The exhibition “Samuel F. B. Morse’s ‘Gallery of the Louvre’ and the Art of Invention” is part of a national tour organized by the Terra Foundation for American Art and also includes Morse’s copy of Titian’s famous portrait of the French King Francis I made from the original at the Louvre. The exhibition is free with museum admission and free for Wayne, Oakland and Macomb county residents. Today Morse is mostly associated with his role in the invention of the telegraph and as co-developer of the Morse code, but prior to his career as an inventor he was a leading American artist. “People might be surprised to learn that Samuel Morse was a successful artist ... More

Danny Lyon, "Leslie, Downtown Knoxville," 1967. Vintage gelatin silver print. 28.7 x 19.1 cm (11 1/4 x 7 1/2 in.). Art Institute of Chicago, Gift of Mr. Danny Lyon. © Danny Lyon, courtesy Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- The most comprehensive retrospective of the work of American photographer, filmmaker, and writer Danny Lyon in twenty-five years debuted at the Whitney on June 17, 2016. The first major photography exhibition to be presented in the Museum’s downtown home, Danny Lyon: Message to the Future is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, where it will make its West Coast debut at the de Young Museum on November 5, 2016. The exhibition assembles approximately 175 photographs and is the first to assess the artist’s achievements as a filmmaker as well as a photographer. The presentation also includes many objects that have seldom or never been exhibited before and offers a rare look at works from Lyon’s archives, including vintage prints, ... More

Table Top Export Bar.

LONDON.- A rare Italian table top decorated with the coat of arms of a noble family is at risk of being exported from the UK unless a buyer can be found to match the asking price of £3,509,000 (plus £701,800 VAT). Culture Minister Ed Vaizey has placed a temporary export bar on the table top so a buyer can be found to keep it in the UK. The table features the arms of the Grimani family, who were high profile traders, politicians and theatre owners in 15th and 16th century Venice. It contains a range of coloured stones framed in silver and inlaid in the pietre dure mosaic technique. Pietre dure tables were prized across Europe and often given as diplomatic gifts. The table top belonged to Patriach Antonio Grimani, who was a Vatican ambassador in Florence in 1608. It was brought to England in the 19th century by the 3rd Earl of Warwick, as part of his interior decoration of Warwick Castle. Culture Minister Ed Vaizey said: This rare table top is incredibly beautiful and ... More

Single-work installations by Teiji Furuhashi, Nan Goldin, and Tony Oursler on view at MoMA   ConAgra to donate expansive Currier & Ives collection to Omaha's Joslyn Art Museum   300 exquisitely crafted objects offer a rich and complex picture of cultures across Asia

Nan Goldin (American, born 1953). C.Z. and Max on the Beach, Truro, Massachusetts. 1976. Silver dye bleach print, printed 2006, 23 1/8 x 15 1/2″ (58.7 x 39.4 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Acquired through the generosity of Jon L. Stryker. © 2016 Nan Goldin

NEW YORK, NY.- Beginning in June 2016, The Museum of Modern Art has reinstalled its second-floor contemporary galleries with three large-scale, single-work installations by contemporary artists Teiji Furuhashi, Nan Goldin, and Tony Oursler. Presented in distinct galleries, the featured works on view are Furuhashi’s Lovers (1994), Goldin’s The Ballad of Sexual Dependency (1979-2004), and Oursler’s Imponderable (2015–16). Immersive in their construction and generous in size, the three large-scale galleries provide MoMA’s visitors with a unique opportunity to have deep encounters with these monumental works. The installations join a series of single-artist exhibitions of contemporary artists ... More

Through to the Pacific, Currier & Ives, 1870 (detail).

OMAHA, NE.- ConAgra Foods, Inc. announced today that it plans to donate its corporate collection of nearly 600 original Currier & Ives prints to the Joslyn Art Museum, in Omaha, Nebraska. The prints represent a remarkably expansive pictorial documentation of the post-Civil War republic before the widespread use of photography. “We’re excited to present ConAgra’s rare Currier & Ives collection to Omaha’s Joslyn Art Museum so that the entire community and visitors from all over the world can enjoy these historic works,” said Sean Connolly, president and chief executive officer, ConAgra Foods. “There is no better home for this artwork where it will be properly cared for and maintained in a professional, sustainable manner.” Connolly added, “This donation is just one of the ways that we will continue to support the Omaha community, home to more than 2,100 of our valued employees.” ConAgra ... More

Amulet Case (Gau) with Face of Glory (Kīrtimukha), mid-20th century. Nepal, Kathmandu Valley. Promised gift of Barbara and David Kipper.

CHICAGO, IL.- Prepare to immerse yourself in the rich cultures of some of Asia's most remote regions with this summer's exhibition Vanishing Beauty: Asian Jewelry and Ritual Objects from the Barbara and David Kipper Collection . Drawn from Art Institute of Chicago Trustee and accomplished photographer Barbara Levy Kipper's sweeping collection of Asian jewelry and ritual objects, the exhibition presents 300 exquisitely crafted works of art that present a panoramic view of the nomadic peoples and ethnic minorities of Asia whose cultures, history, and artistic production deeply inspired Kipper-and will continue to inspire and educate future generations, honoring Kipper's tremendous generosity and vision, when they join the Art Institute's permanent collection. Open from June 19 to August 21, 2016 in the Regenstein Galleries, Vanishing ... More

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Exceptional collection of walking sticks to go under the hammer in London
LONDON.- A private collection of walking sticks spanning several centuries and in a range of exquisite designs, will be offered in a special two-part sale at Chiswick Auctions. The first of the sales will take place on June 21, 2016, with interest anticipated from around the globe. The collection was amassed by British private collector Roy Moore, who dedicated two years hunting down the very best examples of their kind, from Europe and the US. The result is an eye-catching collection of more than 400 walking sticks, each individual, each with a very special element; be it an exquisite porcelain design, or one that contains an extending tape measure for measuring a horse, or one that doubles as a working flute. Commenting on the sale, William Rouse, Managing Director of Chiswick Auctions said: “We are delighted to offer such a slice of history, so many styles and periods are ... More

TRAFO Center for Contemporary Art
SZCZECIN.- TRAFO Center for Contemporary Art announces a series of installations and commissions curated around the topic of sound to be presented between June and December 2016. The series opened on June 18 with the presentation of Canadian artist Janet Cardiff's work The Forty Part Motet. TRAFO Center for Contemporary Art presents The Forty Part Motet by Canadian artist Janet Cardiff for the first time in Poland. The work is held in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the National Gallery of Canada. The piece, consisting of 40 speakers placed in TRAFO's spacious main hall, is a contemporary reworking of the medieval composition Spem in Alium Nunquam Habui (I have never put my hope in any other) by the English composer Thomas Tallis (1556/1573). 40 separately recorded voices are played back through 40 ... More

Michael Jackson's red tunic worn at the American Music Awards to be auctioned
BOSTON, MASS.- Michael Jackson’s iconic red tunic worn during his appearance at the 8th American Music Awards on January 30, 1981 will be auctioned by Boston-based RR Auction. The elaborately designed and satin-lined top consists of a rhinestoned V-neck sweater with black bands on the upper sleeves and additional beadwork to the collar, cuffs, and waistband. A concealed zipper runs along a seam from below the left armpit to left waistband. Below the sweater is a rhinestoned white silk dickie with tuxedo collar and a black bow tie. Also includes Jackson’s custom-made gray silk pants with rhinestone stripes on outside legs, with a sewn-in label reading, “Michael.” Jackson ultimately decided to wear a pair of blue jeans to the event. The night proved to be a spectacular one for Jackson, whose debut solo album Off the Wall received accolades for Favorite ... More

Lucy Bell Gallery exhibits the work of photographer and cinematographer Wolfgang Suschitzky
ST LEONARDS ON SEA.- Wolfgang Suschitzky, a photographer and cinematographer whose career spans over 70 years, has had his photographic work exhibited internationally. Numerous books have been published on his work. Recently, his photographs of 1930’s and 1940’s London formed an exhibition at the Photographers Gallery in London. His credits for cinematography include ‘’Get Carter’’, ‘’Living Free’’, ‘’Ring of Bright Water’’ and ‘’The Bespoke Overcoat’’, after his having worked for the War Ministry’s Department of Information. His 70-year career has seen him capture many subjects, with a keen and sensitive eye, all with the same gentle concern. This is the first time, however, that his animal portraits have been exhibited. It is work that is close to his heart, shot between 1938 and 1990. Wolfgang’s life-long love of animals began at school in Vienna thanks to a “very ... More

Construction Site: McKenzie Fine Art opens summer group exhibition
NEW YORK, NY.- McKenzie Fine Art announce its summer group exhibition, Construction Site. Construction Site examines the influence of architecture and the built world on abstraction. The exhibition includes paintings, sculpture, photography and textile pieces by Cathryn Arcomano, Mel Bernstine, Samantha Bittman, Eric Brown, Kellyann Burns, Paul Corio, Alison Hall, Jason Karolak, Liv Mette Larsen, Noah Loesberg, Christian Maychack, Erin O’Keefe, Gary Stephan, Altoon Sultan, Don Voisine, Laura Watt and Will Yackulic. Gary Stephan’s painting references a wide variety of architectural forms, from cruciform floor plans, the structural decoration of a cross vaulted ceiling, to inverted volutes. While also exploiting a cruciform structure, Laura Watt executes an imaginary ceiling decoration in a kaleidoscopic pattern recalling tilework, as does Paul Corio’s optically charged ... More

Original YBA Nick Fudge gets first solo London show
LONDON.- The Fitzrovia Gallery is presenting the first solo exhibition in London of works by Nicholas Fudge. The show comprises original editions from Fudge's digital works series Drive, Reality Drive and Escape Velocity. This show marks works produced for over twenty-­five years. Fudge is seen by many as “the Missing YBA” as he studied painting at Goldsmiths and was at the heart of the group of Young British Artists who jump­started a cultural revolution in the British art world of the late 1980’s. In 1992, Fudge showed his work for the first and only time in a group show with other YBA artists Sarah Lucas and Mat Collishaw in a show curated by Michael Landy at Karsten Schubert after which he went completely underground and moved to America to make his work on the road and in solitude for over twenty­five years. During those years Fudge never showed his work to anyone ... More

Audain Art Museum unveils Lord Beaverbrook's art collection
VANCOUVER.- On Saturday, June 18, the Audain Art Museum launched the public opening of Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. This exhibition which runs for 12 weeks features works by important international and Canadian artists collected by Lord Beaverbrook (media magnate and Winston Churchill confidant) and now residing in Fredericton’s Beaverbrook Art Gallery. Originally known as Max Aitken, Britain’s most formidable press baron, Lord Beaverbrook was appointed by Churchill to build the aircraft which won the Battle of Britain in World War II, and subsequently run the United Kingdom’s entire wartime economy. Until Lord Beaverbrook built an art gallery late in his life in his native New Brunswick, to which he donated his magnificent art collection, most people had forgotten that this man of small stature, yet towering personality, was by birth a Canadian. ... More

Torrance Art Museum opens three new exhibitions
TORRANCE, CA.- The Torrance Art Museum presents Grafforists, an exhibition of painting that seeks to address the issues of presence, meaning and mortality through mark making. The show’s title “Grafforists" references archaeological graffito: deliberate marks scrawled, scratched or engraved on a public surfaces such as a walls and rocks. The graffito reveals itself within the public space and stands in for the artist, acting as a evidence of the artist's thoughts, presence and existence. It is a physical, literal remnant of the artist's "mark on the world." Taking such archaeological reference as a starting point, Grafforists engages the act of painting itself as a performative, existential activity. Painting is not only a process of art production but an artifact of being in the world. The painted mark reflects all that is left of thoughts and dreams, hopes and concerns, memories, ... More

Rare historic 1948 Connaught L2 for sale at H/H Classics
LONDON.- The Connaught name is not part of every automotive enthusiast’s lexicon, yet few companies did more to put Britain’s post-war motorsport industry on the map. H&H Classics are selling the Connaught L2 on July 10th at its Chateau Impney sale for an estimate of £80,000 to £120,000. It is the first of its kind made and was registered to Kenneth McAlpine, of the McAlpine construction firm. Presented in traditional British Racing Green and trimmed in black leather, this hugely significant historic racing car comes complete with a metal chest brim-full of race results, correspondence, invoices, copies of old registration documents, MOT certificates and more. Of undisputed provenance, the Connaught would automatically qualify for all major historic motorsport events. By far the marque’s biggest claim to fame was Tony Brooks’ victory in the 1955 Syracuse GP aboard ... More

Ludwig Museum presents monumental site-specific installation by Julius Popp
BUDAPEST.- A monumental site-specific installation by Julius Popp is on view at Ludwig Museum, Budapest. Julius Popp is an artist with wide international reputation, who investigates in his works the borderlines between Art and Science. His work Bit.Fall, which had already been on display during the Olympic Games in London and was shown in an exhibition at MoMA, New York, is, actually an 8 meters wide, spectacular water-curtain: falling water drops create continuously changing “liquid” words generated and selected by a computer-based algorithm fed by content occurring most frequently on Hungarian news portals. The artwork is installed on the square in front of Ludwig Museum and can be visited until the end of July. Julius Popp develops interdisciplinary works in which art and science converge – ‘test set-ups’ that are as simple in structure and perceivable to the ... More

"The Inferno – AMA’s Solo Exhibition" opens in Hong Kong
HONG KONG.- The K11 Art Foundation is presenting The Inferno – AMA’s Solo Exhibition from 16th June to 19th July 2016, showcasing AMA’s self-exploration and personal journey through darkness. The Inferno – AMA’s Solo Exhibition is the first exhibition of As Far As Near, the latest KAF project to promote emerging Hong Kong artists and curators. The project consists of four exhibitions, all of which will be presented in chi art space from mid-June to December, and aims to increase local audience’s recognition of, and interest in, Hong Kong’s local talents, arts and culture. AMA’s The Inferno exhibition was inspired by the 14th century Italian Dante Alighieri’s poetic trilogy the Divine Comedy: Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso. Referencing the scenery depicted in Dante’s Inferno, the exhibition venue is designed as a Dantesque metaphoric dark forest and represents AMA’s ... More

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