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Nomadic floating art project takes artists aboard sea vessels on creative explorations of waterways and coastlines surrounding South Florida.

MIAMI, FLA.- ArtCenter/South Florida has launched the maiden voyage of ARTSail, the nomadic floating art project taking artists aboard sea vessels for creative explorations along the coastlines and waterways surrounding Miami. This new maritime artist residency fosters solutions for environmental concerns, to engage the community in the discovery and preservation of South Florida’s fragile ecology. The resident artists selected for the ARTSail program “dock” back and forth between their sea vessel and their land-based hub at ArtCenter’s studio residencies located in Downtown Miami, creating new work and research inspired by their experiences of life on the water. ArtCenter/South Florida is partnering with the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science for this new initiative. This artist residency research program was awarded a $40,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as part of its 2015 Knight A ... More

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Tintin takes on Russians in new colour version of original epic   Rare British family portrait by John Singleton Copley gifted to Tate   Dazzling German concert hall takes its bow

Unlike the rest of his adventures, the book that launched the boy hero in 1930 only ever appeared in black and white.

PARIS (AFP).- Tintin has discovered his inner Rambo and is ready to give Russian bully boys a taste of their own medicine in a book which will go on sale in France Wednesday. But before Moscow condemns it as another piece of Western Russophobia, this has nothing to do with Vladimir Putin. "Tintin and the Soviets" is finally being published in colour more than eight decades after the comic book first appeared, at a time when Europe was also fretting about a rising Russian menace. Unlike the rest of his adventures, the book that launched the boy hero in 1930 only ever appeared in black and white. But to cries of sacrilege from the purists and even its late creator's secretary, Tintin's publishers Casterman are issuing a colour version of the story Wednesday in French where the young reporter gives a rogue's gallery of Russian baddies what for. For decades the viscerally anti-Communist story -- which first ... More

John Singleton Copley, The Fountaine Family, 1776 (detail). Tate.

LONDON.- John Singleton Copley’s The Fountaine Family 1776 has been accepted for the nation through Arts Council England’s Cultural Gift Scheme and allocated to Tate. Copley was considered to be the leading painter of his day, and this is the only conversation piece by the artist to enter a public collection in the UK. The group portrait, donated by David Posnett OBE, is a rare example of work from the beginning of the artist’s career in England. It is now on public display for the first time and is accompanied at Tate Britain by two preparatory drawings which feature the young boy in the painting, Andrew Fountaine. Copley was the greatest American artist of the eighteenth century. He was active as a portrait painter in Boston from 1753 to 1774, establishing himself in London in 1775 where he was elected a Royal Academician. The Fountaine Family shows how Copley adapted his style to the British market, emulating the work of Joh ... More

This picture shows the Elbphilharmonie concert hall in Hamburg, northern Germany. John MACDOUGALL / AFP.

HAMBURG.- Germany late Wednesday premiered a spectacular new concert house in Hamburg to the strains of Beethoven and Wagner that has been touted as a new global attraction, albeit after a cost explosion. Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Joachim Gauck joined 2,100 guests at the inaugural concert under tight security in the grand hall of the Elbphilharmonie, which has electrified critics with its audacious design and world-class acoustics. The three-hour-long programme met with a lengthy standing ovation. Billed as a cultural monument ready to rival the Sydney Opera House, the building came in more than six years overdue and at 10 times the initial budget, with a cost to the venerable northern port city of 789 million euros ($829 million). Gauck said he was "awed" by the "incredibly beautiful" architecture and its "wonderful sound" but acknowledged its turbulent beginnings. "The ... More

Springsteen archive to open near his New Jersey hometown   Fourteen works from 1965 to 1983 by Alighiero Boetti on view at Sprovieri   Heritage Auctions reports $850+ million year

Bruce Springsteen performing during a rally in suport of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. KENA BETANCUR / AFP.

NEW YORK (AFP).- A Bruce Springsteen archive will open at Monmouth University in New Jersey, a short distance from the working-class town where the rock legend grew up. The university near the Jersey Shore late Tuesday announced the creation of the archive, which will store written works, photographs and other artifacts for future research. Called the Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music, the institute will preserve the legacy of the "Born in the USA" star and also advance study on earlier US music icons such as Frank Sinatra and Woody Guthrie, the university said. The university is some 15 miles (25 kilometers) from Springsteen's hometown of Freehold, which inspired his classic song "Born to Run," and even closer to Asbury Park, the oceanfront city where he launched his music career. Monmouth University's president Paul Brown said in a statement that the archive's ... More

Alighiero Boetti, Alfabeto (scrittura a due mani), 1970. Pencil on graph paper, 66 x 48 cm. Courtesy Sprovieri, London.

LONDON.- Sprovieri presents Alighiero Boetti: Magie straordinarie, works on paper. Exhibiting fourteen works from 1965 to 1983, this exhibition explores Alighieri Boetti’s career, with early examples from several seminal series that have rarely been seen before. The exhibits are works on paper, mainly black and white, made with pencil, India ink and - in the case of the well known 'Lavori postali' - envelopes, which encapsulate with their simplicity of media the playful performative and participative quality of Boetti’s practice. In 1988 Boetti described his first twenty years of work: "I think I placed myself in a position of research, a state of attention and curiosity, which allows me to see many things and having fun with the world. In fact, behind its appearances there is extraordinary magic (magie straordinarie): magic of words, magic of numbers…as there is magic in the world of numbers, ... More

Frank Frazetta, At The Earth's Core Paperback Cover Painting Original Art (1974).

DALLAS, TX.- Heritage Auctions announced sales of more than $850 million for 2016, the firm’s third-best year ever, and nearly equal to its 2015 sales of $860 million. The results are a signal of the company’s continuing dominance in the collectibles realm while other major auction houses recorded significantly lower sales volume for the same period. Heritage’s fine art category recorded a 28 percent leap in 2016 — in stark contrast to sales at its two largest competitors, both of which saw sales decline by approximately 30 percent. “Through diversity, transparency and ardent attention to our clients, Heritage solidified and increased its commanding lead as the largest auction house founded in America,” said Heritage Co-Chairman James Halperin. “And we’re anticipating an even better 2017.” U.S. Coins remains Heritage's largest category, with 2016 auction totals exceeding $192 million, ... More

Lisson Gallery's first exhibition of Roy Colmer's work opens in New York   Luhring Augustine now represents the Estate of Jeremy Moon   Marlborough Gallery opens exhibition of works by Ricardo Maffei

Roy Colmer in his apartment on Walker Street in New York City, c. 1968-69. © The Estate of Roy Colmer, Courtesy Lisson Gallery.

NEW YORK, NY.- Lisson Gallery announced representation of The Estate of Roy Colmer and will open the gallery’s first exhibition of his work in January 2017 in New York. The exhibition will feature fifteen of the artist’s early spray-gun paintings, most of which have never been exhibited, and a selection of late photo collages. To accompany the presentation, Lisson Gallery will produce a new publication, featuring an essay by exhibition curator Alex Bacon, as well as previously unpublished archival material. Known primarily for his conceptual photography and film projects, Colmer began creating his experimental, colour-intensive paintings in the mid-1960s, upon moving to New York after graduation from the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Hamburg, Germany. Inspired by the shifting artistic landscape created by the introduction of electronic media, Colmer challenged the boundaries between painting ... More

Jeremy Moon, Out of Nowhere, 1965. Acrylic on canvas, 72 inches (183 cm). © Estate of Jeremy Moon; Courtesy Luhring Augustine, New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- Luhring Augustine announced representation of the Estate of Jeremy Moon with an exhibition marking the first US solo presentation of the artist’s work. Moon (1934–1973) is best known for his large-scale geometric paintings that explore form and space through unmodulated planes of color. He emerged onto the London scene in the early 1960s amidst the framework of Color Field and Hard-Edge Abstraction. Like many artists of this period, Moon sought a degree of wholeness within his compositions, creating works where painted geometries found affinities with the canvas’s overall shape. His use of the grid as a structural device was central to his working method; its rigid organization, yet flexible expandability, allowed him to bracket fields of color in a manner that was exploratory and effectual. Moon shrank, enlarged, skewed, and folded the grid across numerous works in his efforts to reveal ambiguity in pictoria ... More

Ricardo Maffei, Construccion Amarillo Azul Blanco, 2016, pastel on paper. © Ricardo Maffei, courtesy Marlborough Gallery, New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- Marlborough Gallery announces Ricardo Maffei’s solo exhibition. It will remain on view through February 4th. Maffei is renowned for his reductive compositions of exquisite verisimilitude. This is the artist’s sixth solo exhibition with Marlborough Gallery, and features eleven recent still lifes in pastel. The objects depicted in the works of Ricardo Maffei are often detached from their original purpose, and always convey their true essence. In these works, Maffei ennobles each object through a cultivated sense of austerity. By working in natural light, the artist achieves a luminosity derived from the subtle variations of light that are manifest through the day. This will be the first exhibition to feature Maffei’s still lifes with metal wire, such as Construcción de alambre (2016), which appear as gestural drawings of light within the confined space of the composition. Ricardo Maffei was ... More

Hong Kong anger over China museum project   Lehmann Maupin opens an exhibition of new work by Lee Bul   Ivan Morley's second exhibition at Bortolami opens in New York

People pass by placards left by members of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China. ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP.

HONG KONG (AFP).- Plans to boost Hong Kong's cultural credentials by building a new branch of China's most famous museum in the city have sparked protests against what critics say is cultural brainwashing and kowtowing to Beijing. The backlash comes at a time of heightened sensitivity in the semi-autonomous city where there is increasing concern that Chinese authorities are tightening their hold. With its collection of ceramics, calligraphy, paintings, jades, timepieces and other items from multiple Chinese dynasties, Beijing's Palace Museum is the most visited in the world, with more than 14 million people coming through its doors each year. Project organisers say a locally managed and curated Hong Kong branch, displaying artifacts on long-term loan from Beijing, would be a stellar attraction for the city. But opponents argue the public should have been consulted before the green light was given to a project they feel has ... More

Lee Bul, Untitled (Willing To Be Vulnerable - Beige leather #1), 2016. Mother of pearl, crystal, acrylic paint, PET film, PVC panel dried flower, and pigmented ink on leather 70.87 x 51.18 x 1.18 inches 180 x 130 x 3 cm 73.03 x 53.46 x 4.33 inches (framed) 185.5 x 135.8 x 11 cm Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong.

NEW YORK, NY.- Lehmann Maupin announces an exhibition of new work by Lee Bul, who is considered to be one of the leading Korean artists of her generation. For her fifth exhibition with the gallery, Lee Bul will present a series of recent mixed media works and immersive installations. Though varied in media and content, these series are united in their exploration of structural systems—from the individual body to larger architectural frameworks that encompass cities and utopian societies—which have become a hallmark of Lee Bul’s oeuvre. Lee Bul was born in the 1960s in South Korea, a period of social and economic upheaval marked by the transition from military dictatorship to a democratic state. The era had a lasting impact on ... More

Ivan Morley, A True Tale, 2016. Thread on canvas, 50 x 43 in / 127 x 109.2cm. Courtesy of the artist and Bortolami, New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- Bortolami announces Ivan Morley’s second exhibition at the gallery. The exhibition will present his new works as well as a selection of earlier paintings, providing an overview of the Los Angeles-based artist’s distinct bodies of works. Morley’s embroideries, paintings, and works on glass are uniquely American. They come from a tradition of West Coast American painting that developed a distinct visual language of its own, generated as a countercurrent to European traditions. Like Jim Shaw, Mike Kelley, and Paul McCarthy, Morley’s oeuvre is fueled by Americana. These artists draw from a wide range of sources: comic book culture, punk and altrock music, and 1970s psychedelia. These references, piled atop each other, take part in so-called “clusterfuck aesthetics,” juxtaposing pop imagery with emblems of varied American subcultures. Rat Fink, Kustom Kulture, African masks as tourist tchotchkes, Indone ... More

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Frieze New York's sixth edition to bring world's leading galleries to Randall's Island Park from May 5-7
NEW YORK, NY.- The sixth edition of Frieze New York will be presented at Randall’s Island Park from May 5–7, 2017, with an invitation-only preview on Thursday May 4. Convening more than 190 galleries from 30 countries, the fair showcases an unparalleled program of ambitious presentations by today’s most significant international artists, ranging from emerging contemporary talents to iconic and rediscovered 20th-century masters. Frieze New York is supported by global lead partner Deutsche Bank for the sixth consecutive year, continuing a shared commitment to discovery and artistic excellence. Frieze New York provides vital insight into artistic practice worldwide, with galleries joining from six continents, including first-time exhibitors from Brazil, Guatemala, Japan and Poland. With museum-quality presentations, curated sections for modern ... More

Exhibition of works by Sven 't Jolle opens at WIELS
BRUSSELS.- Sven ’t Jolle’s work can be read as an impassioned critique of capitalism, mixing poetry and humour with social engagement. This exhibition features new productions and existing works, referencing topical subjects such as current immigration policies, the fall-out of the banking crisis and the politics of austerity. These works also reveal how ’t Jolle fuses historical references with citations from everyday life to create eloquent constellations of images, forms and ideas. His visual idiom is informed by both art history and popular culture, for example by the Belgian cartoons of his youth, masterpieces of twentieth-century painting or archaeological artefacts. He also plays with language, mixing catchphrases and proverbs as he moves between different languages and registers. With a keen eye and a sharp ear, ’t Jolle is equally likely to gather his ideas from art historical ... More

Winterthur announces endowment for the Elizabeth Terry Seaks Furniture Conservator
WINTERTHUR, DE.- Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library announces a new bequest commitment in furniture conservation. The newly endowed position is named the Elizabeth Terry Seaks Furniture Conservator, in honor of the late mother of Dr. Terry G. Seaks, a respected collector and economist who made the position possible. Mark Anderson, Senior Furniture Conservator at Winterthur and an affiliated Assistant Professor in the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation, will assume the endowed position immediately. "Winterthur is deeply grateful to Dr. Terry G. Seaks for this generous planned gift and continuing annual donations, which make possible the endowed Elizabeth Terry Seaks Furniture Conservator," said Winterthur Director David P. Roselle. "Through Mervin Martin, Winterthur Furniture Conservator from 1968 until 1979, Terry became ... More

Your chance to own a piece of Olympic history
BOSTON, MASS.- RR Auction presents a vast array of Olympic Memorabilia in its third offering devoted exclusively to the beloved international sporting event this January 12-19. Representing over a century of competition, this online auction maps the modern Olympic pathway with a diverse, in-demand selection of the rare and remarkable items. Highlights from the Olympic Winners Medals section include: A massive 1936 Garmisch bronze winner’s medal. Designed by Richard Klein and struck by Deschler and Sohn of Munich, Germany. The front features a female holding a victory wreath and riding a triga on arch above winter sports equipment, with raised text, “Garmisch–Partenkirchen”; the reverse shows the Olympic rings encircled with raised text, “IV Olympische, Winterspiele 1936.” Only 755 athletes competed in these games, with a total of 36 gold, ... More

Nancy Margolis Gallery opens painter Jeff Depner's second solo exhibition
NEW YORK, NY.- Nancy Margolis Gallery announced the opening of painter Jeff Depner’s second solo exhibition, titled Vague Affinities, on view January 12 through February 18, 2017. Experiencing Depner’s earlier work from his last show in 2013 allows for the opportunity to look back and examine the striking differences between his new work and the hard edge geometric abstract forms shown previously. In the new work it is clear that the artist made decisive changes as to concept, structure, composition, and technique, maintaining some of the earlier ideas and letting go of others. In both series the technique of layering color is used but the application and effect are totally dissimilar. In the earlier series Depner used thick paint and a knobby texture with the exacting straight edge geometric patterns. This is in decided contrast to the minimalist composition, thinned layers ... More

First solo exhibition in the United States by German artist Mike Dargas opens at C24 Gallery
NEW YORK, NY.- C24 Gallery is proud to present Transformation, the first solo exhibition in the United States by German artist Mike Dargas. On view will be large scale oil on canvas paintings produced in the artist’s signature style of realism. Transformation will be on view January 12 – February 25, 2017. In Transformation, Mike Dargas explores the process of change – a fundamental and inevitable circumstance of life. Having gone through recent major changes in his own life, the artist examines the moment of personal transformation: the struggle, the hope, and the fear. This new body of work aims to visually capture a feeling that is difficult to explain, but universally felt. This exhibition presents oversized, hyper-realistic portraits of people that challenge the viewer to consider the artist’s rigorous technique. Upon first glance, Dargas’ masterly use of color shading and ... More

Tiwani Contemporary opens group exhibition
LONDON.- Field Work gathers the work of eight contemporary artists who have anchored their practice in a deep examination of the mechanics of history. Through their work, they find themselves looking back, both at their own past and at 'the past' in general, engaging in storytelling, or perhaps more specifically, in history-telling. The works selected for this exhibition often rely on retrospective, historiographical strategies, acts of excavation, collection or preservation, and a manifest interest in archaeological methodologies. Through the recovery and analysis of material effects such as the archive and the document, and immaterial effects such as the testimony, Field Work will present a chronicle of the artists' own readings. Theo Eshetu's The Mystery of History and My Story in His Story (2015) takes as its starting point the photographic archive of former President of Yugoslavia Josip Broz Tito, found in the Museum of Yugoslav ... More

ICP announces 2017 Infinity Awards
NEW YORK, NY.- The International Center of Photography, the world’s leading institution dedicated to photography and visual culture, today announced the 2017 honorees of its annual Infinity Awards, widely considered the leading honor for excellence in the field. The 33rd annual ICP Infinity Awards will be held in New York City on the evening of Monday, April 24. “Throughout our history, the International Center of Photography has been dedicated to the idea that images are powerful tools for communication and understanding, and a force for social change. And, every year, we present the Infinity Awards to acknowledge the significant talents of those using photography and visual arts to shed light on and make an impact on an ever-changing world,” said ICP Executive Director Mark Lubell. “We look forward to this April’s event—always a very special night—when we ... More

Exhibition of works by Frederick Weygold on view at the Speed Art Museum
LOUISVILLE, KY.- The Speed Art Museum’s latest major exhibition, Picturing American Indian Cultures: The Art of Kentucky’s Frederick Weygold, opened to the public Saturday, January 7 at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville. This unique exhibition features over 180 paintings, drawings, and photographs by Louisville artist and ethnographer Frederick Weygold (1870-1941), as well as highlights from the Speed’s American Indian collection. “Although Weygold’s work as an illustrator, photographer, and collector of American Indian art is highly regarded in Europe, he remains virtually unknown in the United States,” said Kim Spence, Speed Art Museum Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs. This exhibition offers for the first time a comprehensive account of this remarkable man and his ... More

On Stellar Rays exhibits works by Kate Gilmore & Karen Heagle
NEW YORK, NY.- The practice of Kate Gilmore spans video, sculpture, photography, performance, and installation, exploring female identity and the physical constraints of material. The artist and her performers are protagonists, attempting to conquer self-constructed obstacles—an embodiment of the emotion, fury, and frustration born of an unsettling political moment. Kate Gilmore received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York in 2002, and her BFA from Bates College, Lewiston, ME in 1997. She has participated in the Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (2010); the Moscow Biennial, Moscow, Russia (2011); Greater New York, MoMA/PS1, New York, NY (2010/2005); in addition to solo exhibitions at the Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY (2016); the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT (2014); Museum ... More

McMaster Museum of Art presents significant works of art from the 1980s by eleven artists
HAMILTON, ON.- A new exhibition at the McMaster Museum of Art presents significant works of art from the 1980s by eleven, foundational contemporary Indigenous artists—Carl Beam, Bob Boyer, Robert Houle, Gerald McMaster, Shelley Niro, Ron Noganosh, Jane Ash Poitras, Edward Poitras, Pierre Sioui, Jeff Thomas and Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun—and acknowledges their critical role in paving the way for Indigenous artists and curators today. During the 80s, these artists declared that the lack of Indigenous representation in major arts institutions across Canada was symptomatic of a broader historical and ongoing indifference to Indigenous peoples. “They—and many others of their generation—were provocateurs,” says exhibition curator, Rhéanne Chartrand. “They weren’t afraid to talk about the issues and realities of life as a contemporary ... More

Sam Taylor-Johnson, Sigh (2008) in Museum Voorlinden

On a day like today, French painter Jean-François Millet, died
January 20, 1875. Jean-François Millet (October 4, 1814 - January 20, 1875) was a French painter and one of the founders of the Barbizon school in rural France. Millet is noted for his scenes of peasant farmers; he can be categorized as part of the naturalism and realism movements. In this image: "The Gleaners" by famed French painter Jean-Francois Millet during a media event to announce a special exhibition of the works of Jean-Francois Millet and other famed French painters on loan from Paris, Tuesday, May 27, 2008, in Taipei, Taiwan.

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