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The Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt presents the art of Jean-Michel Basquiat in Germany

Basquiat: Boom for Real, exhibition view, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2018, Photo: Norbert Miguletz, Artworks: © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2018 & The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Licensed by Artestar, New York.

FRANKFURT.- Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960–1988) is acknowledged today as one of the most significant artists of the 20th century. More than 30 years after his last solo exhibition in a public collection in Germany, the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt is presenting a major survey devoted to this American artist. Featuring more than 100 works, the exhibition is the first to focus on Basquiat’s relationship to music, text, film and television, placing his work within a broader cultural context. In the 1970s and 1980s, Basquiat teamed up with Al Diaz in New York to write graffiti statements across the city under the pseudonym SAMO©. Soon he was collaging baseball cards and postcards and painting on clothing, doors, furniture and on improvised canvases. Basquiat collaborated with many artists of his time, most famously Andy Warhol and Keith Haring. He starred in the film New York Beat with Blondie’s singer Debbie Harry and performed with his experimental ban ... More

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Rarely seen seventeenth-century painting makes its North American debut at the Yale Center for British Art   New report calls for increased investment in museums and their collections   Christie's to offer the Collection of Joan and Preston Robert Tisch


Unknown artist, Medusa cameo ring, ca. 1580, white agate set in gold and enamel, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Salting Bequest.

NEW HAVEN, CONN.- The Yale Center for British Art presents an exhibition featuring the enigmatic masterpiece The Paston Treasure (ca. 1663) in its North American debut. Organized in partnership with the Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, UK, and on view from February 15 through May 27, 2018, The Paston Treasure: Microcosm of the Known World explores the world of the Pastons—a landowning family of Norfolk famous for their medieval letters—through a display of nearly 140 objects from more than fifty international institutional and private lenders. This exhibition includes five treasures from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries that appear in the painting: a pair of silver-gilt flagons, a Strombus shell cup, two unique nautilus cups, and a perfume flask with a mother-of-pearl body, which are gathered together for the first time in more than three centuries. ... More
 

Why Collect Cover. © Art Fund.

LONDON.- Why Collect?, a report on museum collecting in the UK by historian Sir David Cannadine, was launched at Tate Modern today. The publication was commissioned by Art Fund and the Wolfson Foundation to mark 40 years of their collaboration in bringing art and objects into public collections. The report highlights the ever-widening gap between the spiralling prices of works on the international art market and the limited acquisition funds available to museums and galleries in the UK. It calls for increased investment in museums and their collections, as public spending on museums has decreased by 13% in real terms over the last decade. It is, writes Cannadine, a report that ‘instead of giving comfort and reassurance, expresses anxiety and concern.’ Cannadine’s analysis of museum and gallery collecting traces its history from the 1830s to the present day, and is accompanied by 11 case studies which explore various facets of the social and cultural impact of ... More
 

Willem de Kooning (1904–1997). Untitled XVIII, 1976. Estimate: $8,000,000 - 12,000,000 © 2018 The Willem de Kooning Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s have been entrusted with The Collection of Joan and Preston Robert Tisch, which will be offered as a central highlight of the Impressionist and Modern Art and Post-War and Contemporary Art during 20th Century Week this May. This remarkable group of works will serve as the foundation for Christie’s major New York Sales, seizing on the global excitement generated by the Collection of David and Peggy Rockefeller being sold over the previous week. Encompassing over 40 objects in total, The Collection of Joan and Preston Robert Tisch is expected to realize in excess of $80 million. Steadily acquired through personal erudition and connoisseurship, the collection includes works by some of the leading names of the recent art historical canon. From strikingly modern bronzes by Alberto ... More



Marc Straus opens a solo exhibition of Texas-based artist Otis Jones   Drawings and works on paper by preeminent minds of Minimalism and Conceptual art highlight Sotheby's sale   Lost portrait of Revolutionary War hero goes on display in DC


Otis Jones, Red with One Red and Two White Circles, 2018 (detail).

NEW YORK, NY.- Marc Straus is presenting a solo exhibition of Texas-based artist Otis Jones. The exhibition presents new works, with an opening reception on Friday February 16th from 6pm – 8pm and then remain on view until April 1st, 2018. The work of Otis Jones is hard to pin down. They are sculptural paintings where the process comes centerstage in each work. They are intensely physical, yet restrained; formal abstractions, but embracing intuition and uncertainty. Jones’ interests lie in the essentials: the relationship of shape, composition and color. Subtle nuances give his paintings marvelous character. “I’m interested in objects, patina, wear, and age. Each piece takes on its own geology. I don’t hide anything. It’s a very real object”, Jones once said. Roughly-cut canvases are tacked onto irregularly-shaped handmade thick wood panels, where the layered plywood edges and staples are deliberately left expo ... More
 

Ellsworth Kelly, Study for Curve II, partially titled and dated 1973; signed on the reverse graphite on paper, 33 3/4 by 33 3/4 in. 85.7 by 85.7 cm. Estimate $350/450,000. Courtesy Sotheby’s.

NEW YORK, NY.- Sotheby’s will present Another Kind of Language: Drawings by Sculptors from the Betsy Witten Collection as a highlight of the Contemporary Curated sale on 2 March in New York. Immediate, cerebral, and refined, the collection of Betsy Witten comprises drawings and works on paper by preeminent minimalist and conceptual artists, such as Ellsworth Kelly, Richard Serra, Eva Hesse and Agnes Martin, among others. Ranging from fascinating preparatory drawings that document some of the 20th century's most influential artistic ideas, to stand-alone works that serve as consummate examples of these formal concepts, the landmark collection of drawings embodies the uninhibited experimentation and intimate expression afforded by the medium. Works from the group will be on view in Sotheby’s York ... More
 

It is now on display at the headquarters of the American Revolution Institute in Washington, D.C. — the first time the painting has been on view in the United States in its two-hundred-year history.

WASHINGTON, DC.- A lost hero of the Siege of Yorktown has been found at last. The American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati in Washington, D.C., is pleased to announce the discovery of a unique portrait of a French general — Claude-Anne de Rouvroy, marquis de Saint-Simon-Montbléru — who was instrumental in winning the final great battle of the Revolutionary War. The Institute just acquired the painting from a family in Spain. It is now on display at the headquarters of the American Revolution Institute in Washington, D.C. — the first time the painting has been on view in the United States in its two-hundred-year history. In the fall of 1781, Saint-Simon commanded some 3,500 French soldiers. Arriving from the West Indies, they landed at Jamestown, Virginia, and joined the much smaller American army under ... More


New exhibition commemorates the 50th anniversary of transformative OKCMOA acquisition   Jack Shainman Gallery opens the first ever exhibition of works on paper by Barkley L. Hendricks   Garvey/Simon opens exhibition of paintings by Frederick Brosen


Robert Indiana, Coenties Slip, 1962. Oil on canvas, 60 x 48 inches. Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Museum purchase, Washington Gallery of Modern Art Collection, 1968.152. Photo: Joseph Mills.

OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLA.- In 1968, the Oklahoma Art Center (the predecessor to the Oklahoma City Museum of Art) purchased the 154-piece collection of the Washington Gallery of Modern Art, transforming Oklahoma City’s collection of contemporary art. Opening Saturday, Feb. 17 on OKCMOA’s first floor, “The New Art: A Milestone Collection Fifty Years Later,” will feature 52 works from this collection, including paintings, prints, sculptures and drawings. “The acquisition of this collection by the Oklahoma Art Center was both visionary and courageous,” said President and CEO E. Michael Whittington. “At the time, many of the artists represented here were at the beginning of their careers. Since then, these artists and their work have become the definitive examples of early Contemporary American art. This exhibition celebrates these important works of art and the ... More
 

Barkley L. Hendricks, No Title, c. 1979. Watercolor on paper, 22 3/8 x 29 7/8 inches. Jack Shainman Gallery, NY.

NEW YORK, NY.- Jack Shainman Gallery is presenting the first ever exhibition of works on paper, by Barkley L. Hendricks, Them Changes. With these newly discovered bodies of work, the exhibition highlights the fundamental features of Hendricks’s practice with a mode of representation that is so clearly distinct from his best known paintings. The following is an excerpt from a text written by Laila Pedro on the occasion of this exhibition: Paintings made by Barkley L. Hendricks are instantly recognizable. His figure’s presence resonates with Hendricks’s own confidence, certainty, and irreverent, abrasive honesty. These aspects come through in the qualities of line and color, and in the focus of intensity – the attentive, nearly scientific, probing way in which Hendricks focused on his subjects. While we associate these characteristics with portraiture because that is what we know of him, in fact, they are more ... More
 

Frederick Brosen, Soho Rooftops, 2017. Watercolor over graphite on paper.

NEW YORK, NY.- Garvey|Simon is presenting Frederick Brosen: Flowers and Facades, an exhibition that juxtaposes the luminous watercolors of New York City with delicate paintings from the artist’s new floral series. In this show, the flower paintings are being exhibited publicly for the first time. The exhibition opened on Thursday, February 15 and closes on March 24th. A virtuoso watercolorist, Frederick Brosen is a native New Yorker who has an intimate connection with his subjects. He is best known for capturing the history, elegance and grit of the urban landscape from hidden perspectives. Despite their big-city subjects, Brosen’s watercolors emanate a profound stillness, something he seeks out as he bicycles Manhattan at dawn.­­ Brosen’s keen process of observation and his distinct familiarity with these subjects allow him to capture and enhance subtle domestic and architectural details. Although the work can appear photore ... More



Paula Cooper Gallery opens an exhibition of two recently restored films by Bruce Conner   First ever exhibition of photography by renowned writer Bill Hayes opens at Steven Kasher Gallery   Heather Gaudio Fine Art opens exhibition of works by Jeremy Holmes


Installation view, Bruce Conner, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, February 15 - March 24, 2018. © Conner Family Trust. Courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, New York. Photo: Steven Probert.

NEW YORK, NY.- Paula Cooper Gallery opened an exhibition of two films by Bruce Conner, REPORT (1963–1967) and MARILYN TIMES FIVE (1968–1973), both recently restored by the Conner Family Trust. The exhibition is on view at 534 West 21st Street from February 15 through March 24, 2018. On Tuesday, February 20 in Brooklyn, NY, Light Industry will present “The Smoker: A Brief History of the Stag Film”—a screening of early erotic films from the 1920s through the 1960s. Included will be “The Apple Knockers and the Coke” (1948), which provides the source material for Conner’s film MARILYN TIMES FIVE. Conner, a protean artist who worked across a range of media, is perhaps best known for his pioneering experimental films. Using found footage of ubiquitous or iconic imagery, his films challenge the viewer to reexamine cultural narratives ... More
 

Bill Hayes, Young Musician Boarding a Bus, 2017. Archival Pigment Print, 20 x 24 inches. Edition of 7 + 2 APs. Courtesy Steven Kasher Gallery, New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- Steven Kasher Gallery presents the first ever exhibition of photography by renowned writer Bill Hayes. A love letter to New York City, the exhibition How New York Breaks Your Heart features 24 black and white and color photographs. Hayes photographs ordinary New Yorkers at their most expressive and at their most fleeting, bringing the texture of the city to life. The exhibition launches the publication of a book of the same name, published by Bloomsbury, which features 150 photographs from the series woven through with Hayes’s lyric reflections. The exhibition also launches the paperback edition of Hayes’s widely celebrated memoir Insomniac City: New York, Oliver Sacks, and Me. Hayes cites Garry Winogrand, Peter Hujar and Diane Arbus as his artistic influences. Much like Arbus, Hayes photographs people on the streets of New York at close range with a straight on composition. But ... More
 

Site specific installation by Jeremy Holmes. It is made out of a single plank of wood that measures over 200 feet.

NEW CANAAN, CONN.- Heather Gaudio Fine Art is presenting “Jeremy Holmes: New Sculpture,” the first solo exhibition of the artist at the gallery. The show runs through March 17th. Holmes engages the viewer with beautiful abstract three-dimensional forms created out of natural wood. Using traditional wood-working techniques, he starts by soaking 12-foot long planks to make the naturally rigid material more malleable. Improvising as he works, Holmes bends, twists and coils the slabs into graceful sinewy forms, then joins them to become stunning free-standing or wall-mounted sculptures. He stains them with color or leaves them natural with a clear resin finish. On view will be new free-standing and wall-mounted sculptures in addition to a large site-specific installation. Made of white ash, this singular 200-foot structure will activate the gallery space as it hangs suspended from the ceiling and walls. Holmes has been ... More



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Exhibition at Frankfurter Kunstverein addresses adaptive algorithms and artificial intelligence
FRANKFURT.- The thematically organized group exhibition I am here to learn addresses adaptive algorithms and artificial intelligence (AI). The exhibition focuses on perception and interpretation as human qualities, which machines can acquire through learning procedures. The Frankfurter Kunstverein presents international artists, whose work thematizes the processes involved in machine perception and autonomous action. Artificial intelligence is all around us. Other and foreign, we nevertheless share a common environment: at work, on the Internet, or in the connected, private home. The rapid development of computer technology, progress in the field of robotics, and a new generation of self-teaching systems are currently in a position to change numerous areas of life. Algorithms optimize online-dating and make transactions in financial systems, robots ... More

Video works of artist Sarkisian exhibited at Cole Art Center
NACOGDOCHES, TX.- “Peter Sarkisian: Video Works” opened at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, Stephen F. Austin State University’s downtown art gallery. The exhibition, which features video projections on sculpture, will show through April 21 in Reavley Gallery. Sarkisian is an American new-media artist whose work combines video projection and sculpture to create a hybrid form of multi-media installation, according to John Handley, director of galleries for the SFA School of Art. “I first saw Peter’s work at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art many years ago,” Handley said. “I saw his work again at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in Oregon a few years back and contacted the artist after that.” Sarkisian’s work is “grounded in the idea that video, in it’s ubiquitous and most popular form, is an experientially void medium, and that by depriving ... More

Seattle Art Fair appoints Nato Thompson Artistic Director of its fourth edition
SEATTLE, WA.- Seattle Art Fair announced Nato Thompson as the Artistic Director for the fourth edition of the fair, this August 2-5, 2018. Thompson is currently the Artistic Director of Philadelphia Contemporary and has a robust curatorial background that includes a decade-long tenure overseeing iconic projects at Creative Time, from Kara Walker’s A Subtlety (2014) to Pedro Reyes’s Doomocracy (2016). “The Pacific Northwest has long been an incubator for fascinating cultural projects,” said Nato Thompson, Artistic Director of Seattle Art Fair. “I’m excited to collaborate with the Seattle Art Fair to curate interdisciplinary and engaging on-site projects that speak not only to an art audience, but the wider community in which they’re situated.” Thompson will be in charge of curating site-specific installations by world-renowned artists, and tapping leading cultural figures ... More

Solo exhibition by Humphrey Ocean opens at Sims Reed Gallery
LONDON.- Sims Reed Gallery announces the first exhibition of their 2018 programme - I’ve no idea either. The solo exhibition by British contemporary artist Humphrey Ocean RA takes place from 16 February – 16 March 2018. Though best known as a painter, Ocean discovered printmaking in recent years, in which he depicts everyday life in a witty and elegant way using his distinctive graphic style. The exhibition presents new editions as well as a selection of his early prints from 2004. Ocean’s encounter and collaboration with Maurice Payne - the master printer who worked with David Hockney during the '60s and 70s - led the artist to discover etching and aquatint in 2004. His natural flair and sensitivity to the medium is evident, even though he says it is “the least easy, most labour intensive way to produce something indelible”. In choosing ordinary subject matter ... More

SculptureCenter appoints Sohrab Mohebbi as Curator
LONG ISLAND CITY, NY.- SculptureCenter announced the appointment of Sohrab Mohebbi to the position of Curator effective April 1, 2018. As Curator, Mohebbi will be responsible for organizing exhibitions, public programs, and publications. Mohebbi joins SculptureCenter, an institution leading the conversation on contemporary art and respected for its independent vision, intellectual rigor, and dedication to commissioning new work by emerging and established artists. Mohebbi joins SculptureCenter after four years as Associate Curator at REDCAT gallery in Los Angeles. He succeeds Ruba Katrib who is now Curator at MoMA/PS1. “Sohrab brings great energy, intellect, and passion to his work with art and artists.” said Executive Director and Chief Curator Mary Ceruti of his appointment. “His creative yet rigorous approach to exhibition-making, coupled ... More

Early printed books on chess, astronomy, medicine & more at Swann March 8
NEW YORK, NY.- Swann Galleries will offer an auction of Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books on Thursday, March 8, featuring an extensive selection of early Spanish books on a variety of subjects, as well as important Medieval astronomical treatises dating to a period when studying the stars was as mythical as it was scientific. One of the many “stellar” highlights is the first illustrated edition of Poeticon Astronomicon, 1482, by Caius Julius Hyginus, containing the earliest printed depictions of the constellations. The work boasts 47 woodcuts of zodiac figures and allegorical depictions of planets, and relays starry myths dating to the first century AD; it is valued at $15,000 to $20,000. Also available is the first illustrated edition of the most popular European textbook of astronomy from the thirteenth century to the early modern era, Johannes Sacrobosco’s ... More

Ludwig Museum in Budapest hosts Rafael Y. Herman's first solo exhibition in Hungary
BUDAPEST.- The exhibition presents recent works by Rafael Yossef Herman known for creating his work with the hidden existence of the night’s darkness. By observing this large scale photographic installation, the Israel-born artist’s representation of the nocturnal world may look like daylight to the viewer. The works chosen for this exhibition at the Ludwig Museum mainly show pathways or clearings in forests and open fields with flowers. As we walk through the differently lit rooms there is a confrontation between the forest images placed in an intensely dark environment with those capturing flower fields and large spring-like open spaces of nature placed in an overlit room. Forests are usually perceived as dark and shady even on a sunny day while open fields considered light and sunny at all times. By creating this supporting environment the viewer is confronted ... More

Kunsthaus Zürich presents the first solo exhibition by Abraham Cruzvillegas
ZURICH.- Art as expression and mirror of society – that is the theme of ‘Autorreconstrucción: Social Tissue’, a project by the Mexican artist Abraham Cruzvillegas who receives his first museum exhibition in Switzerland from 16 February to 25 March 2018 at the Kunsthaus Zürich. This short presentation will be a ‘happening’, with the artist creating new works live before the audience, assisted by local people. The Mexican artist Abraham Cruzvillegas (b. 1968) is receiving his first exhibition in Switzerland. In his works and space-filling installations, he investigates sculpture as the expression of social conditions. His artistic practise is imbued with a sense of constant becoming. Improvisation, working with found materials and interacting with local people play a key role. Cruzvillegas will be transforming the 1,000-square-metre presentation space into a workshop, in which ... More

Quinn's to pay tribute to Black History Month with auction of African-American art, memorabilia collection
FALLS CHURCH, VA.- On Thursday, Feb. 22, Quinn’s Auction Galleries will pay tribute to Black History Month with a two-part auction that incorporates historical material, early photographs and memorabilia from its associated company, Waverly Rare Books. The seamless, consecutive sessions will start at 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time with a boutique selection of 65 portraits and paintings by Harlem Spiral Collective artist Merton D. Simpson (1928-1913) and continues with the Johnson Family Collection of Black Americana and Ephemera. All forms of bidding will be available for the entire auction, including absentee and live via the Internet. The opening portion of the sale, titled “Faces of Merton Simpson,” focuses on images of celebrated Black Americans and other celebrities painted by Simpson, an acclaimed ... More

Sara Kay Gallery exhibits works by Victoria Manganiello
NEW YORK, NY.- Sara Kay Gallery announced In The Studio, Process and Presentation, Victoria Manganiello. As part of Sara Kay Gallery’s continued commitment to the support of women artists, Manganiello has been selected as the recipient of the Gallery’s first working residency. The contents of Manganiello’s studio, which include a loom, raw materials, fibers and dyes, tools used by the artist to manipulate her forms, sewn drawings and studies have been installed throughout the space. In addition they have been hand-spun, hand-woven and hand-dyed installations, paintings, and sculptures; some complete, others in progress. With an interest in the interplay of the natural and synthetic material and the expanded use of the loom, the artist transforms her raw materials to create complex woven paintings and sculptures that challenge the historical ... More

Marlborough Contemporary opens exhibition of paintings by Michael Alvarez
NEW YORK, NY.- Marlborough Contemporary presents We’re Out Here, paintings by Michael Alvarez. This is the artist’s first exhibition in New York. Taking inspiration from his immediate surroundings in the domestic sphere, at work in alternative education high schools and Juvenile Detention Centers, and the city at large, Alvarez creates a compound narrative of life as lived in the complex sprawl of his native Los Angeles. From the glitz and dashed hopes of Hollywood Boulevard to the backyard barbeque we begin to see through carefully constructed surfaces, revealing a tender humanity. Also depicted are more marginal and thornier hybrid sites. Concrete drainage ditches, that double as skateboarding spots and broad canvasses for graffiti murals, are also host to homeless encampments, presenting a friction between an ascendant and hopeful lawlessness ... More




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On a day like today, American painter and sculptor Kenneth Price was born
February 16, 1935. Kenneth Price (February 16, 1935 - February 24, 2012) was an American artist who uncovered the surprising possibilities of ceramics as sculpture. He is best known for his abstract shapes constructed from fired clay. Typically, they are not glazed, but intricately painted with multiple layers of bright acrylic paint and then sanded down to reveal the colors beneath. In this image: Ken Price, Bubbles, 1995. Acrylic on fired ceramic, 55.9 x 74.9 x 55.9 cm / 22 x 29 1/2 x 22 in. © Estate of Ken Price, Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen.



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