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Tate Modern opens a major exhibition of the work of visionary artist Nam June Paik

Internet Dream 1994. Install view, Tate Modern 2019. Ten 20-inch cathode-ray tube televisions, forty-two 13-inch cathode-ray tube televisions,custom-made video wall system, steel frame and three video channels, colour, sound, 2870 x 3800 x 800 mm. ZKM Centre for Art and Media, Karlsruhe.

LONDON.- Tate Modern presents a major exhibition of the work of visionary Korean-born artist Nam June Paik. Renowned for his innovative use of emerging technologies, Paik’s playfully entertaining work remains an inspiration for artists, musicians and performers across the globe. Over 200 artworks, photographs, films and archive objects are brought together in a mesmerising riot of light and sound, from rarely seen early experiments to large-scale immersive installations. Nam June Paik (1932-2006) developed a collaborative and interdisciplinary practice that foresaw the importance of mass media and new technologies, coining the phrase ‘electronic superhighway’ to predict the future of communication in an internet age. He has become synonymous with the electronic image through a prodigious output of manipulated TV sets, live performances, global television broadcasts, single-channel videos, and video installations. ... More

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Textiles designed with warp, woof and wit at MoMA   Trilobite fossils show conga line frozen for 480 million years   MoMA's art treasure, no longer buried


In an undated image provided by The Museum of Modern Art and Denis Doorly, an installation view of “Taking a Thread for a Walk” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The exhibition reveals the museum’s underappreciated collection of fiber art and industrial design. The Museum of Modern Art; Denis Doorly via The New York Times.

NEW YORK, NY (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- For every visitor impassioned by the new collection galleries at the Museum of Modern Art, someone else will lament the elimination of distinct realms for each department’s holdings — above all for architecture and design, the MoMA department with the strongest institutional character. This is the museum that, literally, defined the International Style in its first architecture exhibition in 1932. Let’s clear something up! MoMA no longer encloses a mini-design museum that you can enter and exit with blinders on. But architecture and design (like photography, like film) still have dedicated galleries within the collection floors, and the museum has also reopened with a bounteous exhibition of textiles, fiber art and industrial design that should impress both specialists and omnivores. Organized by Juliet Kinchin and Andrew Gardner, “Taking a Thread for a Walk” takes its title from a famous admonition by Paul Klee, the ... More
 

In an undated handout photo, a line of Ampyx priscus from the Moroccan Lower Ordovician Fezouata Shale. The orderly collection of ancient arthropods suggests that complex social behavior goes way back in the history of life on Earth. Jean Vannier, Laboratoire de Geologie de Lyon via The New York Times.

NEW YORK, NY (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- You probably don’t think twice when you queue up at the grocery store or join a conga line at a wedding. But this type of single-file organization is a sophisticated form of collective social behavior. And as suggested by the children’s song “The Ants Go Marching One-By-One,” humans are not the only animals that appreciate the value of orderly lines. But how far back in the history of living things on Earth does this behavior go? At least 480 million years, according to a study published Thursday in Scientific Reports. It points to evidence of fossilized marine animals called trilobites lining up one-by-one during a time when complex life was still coming of age on Earth. “Probably, collective behavior developed very early among various groups of arthropods,” said Jean Vannier, a paleontologist at the Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 in France, and the study’s lead author. Vannier and his colleagues examined specimens of Ampyx priscus found ... More
 

While still very much in progress, the Museum of Modern Art could be on its way to its second round of greatness, to judge by the new presentation of the core collection and, even more, a series of inaugural satellite shows drawn from the permanent collection along with five new commissions. Illustration by Jeff Hinchee/The New York Times.

NEW YORK, NY (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- The Museum of Modern Art, which opens on Oct. 21, is not what it used to be — and not yet what it may become. While still very much in progress, the museum could be on its way to its second round of greatness, to judge by the new presentation of the core collection and, even more, a series of inaugural satellite shows drawn from the permanent collection along with five new commissions. Together they underscore the vastness of the museum’s holdings, a sight that is staggering, possibly unprecedented and probably won’t recur until its next expansion. It now has a new building with a new wing added almost seamlessly to its 2004 Taniguchi expansion. This is the largest home it’s ever had — a place, like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where you can get lost. A psychological benefit is that the large (despised) Taniguchi atrium is de-emphasized. It doesn’t seem so big when you can get farther away from it. The new MoMA ... More


Dubliners seek to repatriate James Joyce's remains from Zurich   Exhibition examines the transformative influence of the culture of feasting on the visual arts of China   El Greco, Goya and Sorolla at the Meadows this fall


The sculpture depicting Irish author James Joyce is seen behind his grave in Fluntern cemetery in Zurich on October 17, 2019. According to the Guardian, a plan to repatriate the remains of James Joyce and his wife Nora Barnacle and finally observe their last wishes, has been proposed by Dublin city councillors more than 70 years after the author’s death. Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP.

DUBLIN (AFP).- A group of Dubliners are campaigning to bring home the remains of celebrated author James Joyce, whose grave in Zurich is far from the Irish capital chronicled in his modernist masterpieces. On Monday a Dublin council committee, covering the Rathgar neighbourhood where the novelist was born in 1882, backed a motion asking their lord mayor to petition Ireland's government to repatriate Joyce's remains from Switzerland. The aim is to "give official acknowledgement to somebody who we didn't acknowledge very well in the past", councillor Dermot Lacey, who brought the motion, told AFP. The Irish government, at the time gripped by the influence of the Catholic Church, denied Joyce repatriation after his death in January 1941 owing to his outspoken criticism of the institution. ... More
 

Chinese Tang dynasty, 618–907 Court Lady, 8th century Sancai ware; earthenware with mulcolored lead glazes and traces of pigment 35.9 × 14.6 × 13 cm. Asia Society, New York. Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collecon, 1979.113.

PRINCETON, NJ.- The feast has existed at the core of culture in China for thousands of years and remains a vital part of life in East Asia today. As an important social and ritual activity, feasts commemorated major life events, served as political theater and satisfied religious obligations. The Eternal Feast: Banqueting in Chinese Art from the 10th to the 14th Century traces the art of the feast through more than 50 exceptional objects from three transformative dynasties – the Liao, Song and Yuan. Focusing on a rare group of surviving paintings from the period – along with ceramic, lacquer, metal and stone objects as well as textiles – the exhibition reveals the singular influence China’s culture of feasting had on the formation of the artistic traditions of China. The Eternal Feast: Banqueting in Chinese Art from the 10th to the 14th Century is on view exclusively at the Princeton University Art Museum from Oct. 19, ... More
 

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746–1828), Portrait of Juan Antonio Meléndez Valdés, 1797. Oil on canvas. The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, County Durham, UK, B.M. 26.

DALLAS, TX.- This fall, the Meadows Museum, SMU, presents two new exhibitions that bring exemplary works by masters of Spanish painting to the US. The Meadows is presenting 11 paintings produced by some of Spain’s most celebrated artists, drawn from the collection of England’s The Bowes Museum. Curated by Amanda Dotseth, El Greco, Goya, and a Taste for Spain: Highlights from The Bowes Museum marks the first time that works from that museum traveled to the US. Then, on October 18, the Meadows opened Sorolla in the Studio: An Exceptional Loan from an Important Spanish Collection, which examines the development of Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida’s distinctive modern approach. The exhibition is anchored by the artist’s 1902 painting Female Nude, which is privately-owned and being brought to the US for the first time in more than 100 years. Curated by Meadows Curatorial Fellow Daniel Ralston, Sorolla in the Studio also includes ... More


James Cohan now represents Jordan Nassar   Exhibition presents characteristic examples from Jesús Rafael Soto's most important series   American gives his art collection to Scotland


Jordan Nassar, Tired of Forgiving, 2018, hand-embroidered cotton on cotton. 36 x 35 in. (91.4 x 88.9 cm). Framed: 37 x 35 3/4 in. Copyright Jordan Nassar 2019. Image courtesy the artist and James Cohan, New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- James Cohan announced its representation of New York-based artist Jordan Nassar. Nassar’s hand-embroidered works address intersecting fields of craft, ethnicity and the embedded notions of heritage and homeland. Treating traditional craft more as medium than topic, he examines conflicting issues of identity and cultural participation. Nasser uses geometric patterning adapted from symbols and motifs present in traditional Palestinian hand embroidery. The meticulously hand stitched compositions root his practice in a geopolitical field of play characterized by both conflict and unspoken harmony. Nassar uses geometric patterns characteristic of Palestinian cross-stitch—most often found on pillows, clothing, and other domestic arts—to hand-embroider pictures that he stretches and frames, bringing this embroidery practice into a dialogue with painting. He grew ... More
 

Jesús Rafael Soto, Sin título (Untitled) 1961. Wood, metal, paint, and nails, 75 x 18 x 25 cm. Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection © Jesús Rafael Soto, ADAGP, Paris / VEGAP, Bilbao, 2019.

BILBAO.- The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao presents Soto. The Fourth Dimension, a retrospective exhibition of the works of Jesús Rafael Soto (b. 1923, Ciudad Bolívar, Venezuela; d. 2005, Paris). Organized by the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in collaboration with the Atelier Soto in Paris, the show brings together over 60 works, including several of Soto’s large-scale participatory sculptures called Penetrables, some of his most iconic and important contributions to the recent history of art. In addition, the show includes a large number of historic paintings and mural works, which help to understand the fundamental role Soto played in the development of Kinetic Art from the early 1950s to the end of the 1960s, and to appreciate the development of his artistic practice up to the first decade of the 21st century. Soto. The Fourth Dimension also presents characteristic examples from his most important series, such as Virtual ... More
 

Phillip Bruno spent the majority of his illustrious career as co-director of the Staempfli Gallery, and later Marlborough Gallery, both important venues for contemporary art.

GLASGOW.- A new exhibition at The Hunterian, University of Glasgow, celebrates the gift of over 70 works from the collection of distinguished gallery director and art collector Phillip A. Bruno. A Gift to Glasgow from New York: The Phillip A. Bruno Collection opened at the Hunterian Art Gallery in October and coincides with Bruno’s 90th birthday. The exhibition presents a selection of works including paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints, formed in New York over a period of 70 years, and presented to The Hunterian, University of Glasgow in 2019. Phillip Bruno spent the majority of his illustrious career as co-director of the Staempfli Gallery, and later Marlborough Gallery, both important venues for contemporary art. He was born in Paris and studied art history and architecture at Columbia. His career took off quickly with visits to see Matisse, Brancusi and Giacometti in Paris, and a stay with the Van ... More


The Jewish Museum presents 'Edith Halpert and the Rise of American Art'   Hindman brings in major industry players to helm business development and fine jewelry   The Frick Pittsburgh presents 'Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage & Screen'


Henry Leach for Cushing & White Co., Liberty weathervane pattern, 1879, carved and painted wood. Shelburne Museum, Vermont, museum purchase, 1949, acquired from Edith Halpert, the Downtown Gallery.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Jewish Museum is presenting Edith Halpert and the Rise of American Art, the first exhibition to explore the remarkable career of Edith Gregor Halpert (1900-1970), the influential American art dealer and founder of the Downtown Gallery in New York City. A pioneer in the field and one of New York’s first female art dealers, Halpert propelled American art to the fore at a time when the European avant-garde still enthralled the world. The artists she supported — Stuart Davis, Jacob Lawrence, Georgia O'Keeffe, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Ben Shahn, and Charles Sheeler key among them — became icons of American modernism. Halpert also brought vital attention to overlooked nineteenth-century American artists, such as William Michael ... More
 

Alyssa Quinlan, Courtesy of Hindman LLC.

CHICAGO, IL.- Hindman today announced two key leadership appointments, adding to the auction house’s growing team of experts who are advancing the firm’s ambitious growth strategy. Alyssa Quinlan has been named Chief Business Development Officer and Kimberly Burt has been appointed as Director of the Fine Jewelry and Timepieces Department. This continued growth follows Hindman’s previously announced acquisition of Leslie Hindman Auctioneers (est.1982) and Cowan’s Auctions (est.1995), which together operate more US salerooms than any other auction house in the country. Alyssa Quinlan returns to Hindman following nearly two decades of experience in wealth management, art advising and appraisal with nationally renowned firms. Quinlan held the position of Director of Business Development and head of Trusts & Estates for Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in 2003. After joining the Chicago office of J.P. Morgan ... More
 

Katharine Hepburn, 1907–2003, received 12 Best Actress nominations from the Motion Picture Academy, taking four awards home for performances in Morning Glory, 1933, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, 1967, The Lion in Winter, 1968, and On Golden Pond, 1981.

PITTSBURGH, PA.- The Frick Pittsburgh will present Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage & Screen at The Frick Art Museum from October 19, 2019 through January 12, 2020. Drawn from the collection at the Kent State University Museum this exhibition presents an exciting look at a range of costumes and fashions that were instrumental in shaping some of the most memorable characters Hepburn portrayed over her long career. Included are costumes from the stage productions of The Philadelphia Story (1939), Without Love (1942), and Coco (1969), as well as the classic films Stage Door (1937), Adam’s Rib (1949), and Long Day’s Journey Into Night (1962), and television movies such as Love Among the Ruins (1975). ... More




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Reflex Amsterdam presents 'Letting Go' by British artist Gavin Turk
AMSTERDAM.- British artist Gavin Turk’s fascination with waste is a reoccurring theme throughout his body of work, exploring its aesthetic, function and value. Opening on 19 October at Reflex Amsterdam, his new solo show features watercolours, painted bronze sculptures, and large silkscreen prints, which investigate the environmental consequences of human existence and consumer society. Letting Go is Turk’s first solo exhibition at Reflex Amsterdam and will be on view until 6 December. On occasion of the exhibition, the gallery is publishing a monograph in close collaboration with the artist. "Climate is increasingly becoming a vital subject for artists as they hold their mirrors up to society," says Turk who was arrested in 2018 for obstructing a public highway as part of the Extinction Rebellion climate change protest in London which saw thousands ... More

Salzburger Kunstverein opens an exhibition of works by Adrian Paci
SALZBURG.- Adrian Paci presents artworks that oscillate between experiences, history, fiction, poetry, and documentation; capturing the tensions between. His projects focus on what emerges after war, upheaval, flight or forced migration, often exploring themes of loss, displacement, and the struggle of identity to re-assert itself. Paci often works with displaced people, migrants and refugees. Collaborations recently conducted with refugees are combined in this exhibition with other works that examine and depict means of expression beyond language. While chronicling trauma and tragedy, his work altogether exerts a powerful, humanist empathy, exploring the limits of language, to bring about another level of expression and reflection. Adrian Paci was born in Shkodër, Albania, in 1969. In 1997 he left for Milan, escaping the violence of the armed uprising ... More

Kunsthaus Bregenz opens an exhibition of works by Raphaela Vogel
BREGENZ.- The lions, a symbol of power and masculinity, open their mouths as if in a piercing cry of pain. They each press powerfully down on a snake’s body with their paws, the serpents stretching their heads out. These are their last stirrings before being mortally clawed by the feline predators. Raphaela Vogel dangles two copies of this monumental sculpture from the ceiling, attaching the weighty bronzes with chains and straps. The colossi hang upside down as if falling, a grotesquely inverted trapeze act. “These strongest creatures in the animal kingdom are also present in front of the Berlin district court,” says Vogel. The two bronze sculptures were probably cast in 19th century Italy. Black spheres hang from their noses, which are, in fact, Audiorama loudspeakers manufactured by Grundig in the 1970s. The voice of Raphaela Vogel ... More

A titanic success? Belfast sees both sides of Brexit deal
BELFAST (AFP).- Belfast's Titanic Quarter is a hotspot of tourist development in the Northern Ireland capital, rising from the docks where the ill-fated ship of the same name was built and launched. The museum, penthouses and events centre that have sprung up in the shadow of canary yellow shipyard cranes are a clear sign that the city with a troubled past can spin gold from straw. It may also find an upside to Brexit -- which British Prime Minister Boris Johnson once promised to make a "titanic success" -- despite concerns about its impact locally. "I can be pretty cynical but with big things like that there's going to be winners and losers," said finance worker Michael McGrath after Johnson struck a deal with the European Union. "You do feel for the losers but some people pick themselves up as well," he told AFP. British MPs in London vote on the agreement ... More

Teresita Fernández's first mid-career survey opens at the Pérez Art Museum Miami
MIAMI, FLA.- Pérez Art Museum Miami is presenting the first mid-career survey of internationally-acclaimed visual artist Teresita Fernández. On view from October 17, 2019 through February 9, 2020, Teresita Fernández: Elemental, which is co-organized with Phoenix Art Museum, features more than 50 of the artist’s large-scale sculptures, installations, drawings, and wall works created over two decades. Teresita Fernández: Elemental offers visitors an unparalleled opportunity to experience numerous works by one of the nation’s leading contemporary artists. The exhibition tells the story of a creator who, through her practice, reflects and challenges perceptions of place, the natural world and the U.S. social order, and asks viewers to contemplate who they are as an extension of where they are. The retrospective introduces visitors to the artist’s large-scale ... More

Works by the Scottish Colourists on display at Abbot Hall Art Gallery in Cumbria
KENDAL.- Abbot Hall Art Gallery is presenting works by the Scottish Colourists in its last major exhibition before it closes for redevelopment. The Scottish Colourists were a group of four painters whose post-Impressionist work had far-reaching influence on contemporary British art and culture. This is believed to be the first ever exhibition showing the Colourists alongside those artists influenced by them. Colour and Light: The Art and Influence of the Scottish Colourists – Highlights from the Fleming Collection features masterpieces from the renowned collection of Scottish art. The exhibition, of 47 works, opened on 18 October 2019 and runs until 1 February 2020. Chelsea Eves, Abbot Hall curator said: “The exhibition explores not only the ground-breaking artistic achievements of the Scottish Colourists, but for the first time we are also addressing their ... More

Anita Leisz creates a new group of works for exhibition at mumok
VIENNA.- Anita Leisz (b. 1973 in Leoben, Austria) is the fourth recipient of the Kapsch Contemporary Art Prize, an award to support young artists who are based in Austria, following Anna-Sophie Berger, Julian Turner, and Ute Müller. Anita Leisz’s works seem minimalistic, abstract, and reduced at first glance. A more thorough second glance allows us to look behind the scenes, revealing Leisz’s love for detail. Her works create a tense relationship between interior and exterior space, between the flawless “white cube” and its structural “skeleton,” while she manages to direct the viewer’s eye not only to the spatial whole but especially to the works’ changing network of associations. Opening up a space for a variety of projections, she gives the viewer options that vary depending on the spatial situation. Her works influence the places in which they are presented ... More

Flesh And Blood: Italian Masterpieces from the Capodimonte Museum opens at Seattle Art Museum
SEATTLE, WA.- The Seattle Art Museum presents Flesh and Blood: Italian Masterpieces from the Capodimonte Museum (October 17, 2019–January 26, 2020), featuring 40 Renaissance and Baroque works of art (39 paintings and one sculpture) drawn from the collection of one of the largest museums in Italy. Traveling from the Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte in Naples, the exhibition offers a rare opportunity to see works by significant Italian, French, and Spanish artists who worked in Italy including Artemisia Gentileschi, El Greco, Parmigianino, Raphael, Guido Reni, Jusepe de Ribera Titian, and more. The Capodimonte Museum is a royal palace built in 1738 by Charles of Bourbon, King of Naples and Sicily (later King Charles III of Spain). The core of the collection is the illustrious Farnese collection of antiquities, painting, and sculpture, ... More

Exhibition examines how the concept of the icon unites sacred worship and the idea of transcendence
BREMEN.- The spectacular exhibition Icons. Worship and Adoration realises a radical concept: for the first time ever, the entire 4,500 square meter area of the Kunsthalle Bremen will play host to a single exhibition. A prominent work, ranging from a Russian icon to Jeff Koons, will be displayed on its own in each of the 60 rooms. The exhibition will examine how the concept of the icon unites sacred worship and the idea of transcendence, using exceptional works of art across nine centuries. This unique presentation will allow viewers to encounter and experience the spiritual power of art in a direct and concentrated manner. Originally, the term "icon" referred to an image used for religious veneration. According to Eastern Christian tradition, God is present in the icon, granting it a special aura. Icons are also said to work miracles. ... More

"From Alberto Pasini to Hans Richter: from Orientalist to Dada": An exhibition at Ponti Art Gallery
ROME.- Ponti Art Gallery is offering important masterpieces coming from several private collections gathered in the usual monthly exhibition aimed to the sale. The selection starts from an oil painting, made by Alberto Pasini, in which the painter's eye stops to observe a coffee in Beicos, historic district of Constantinople, reached by the painter in 1869 aboard the train that would later be named Orient Express. The colors, the light, the situations and the moments stopped on the canvas tell a wonderful and contradictory East, poor and rich, dirty and sparkling. And because of all this, true. Pasini has never betrayed him, never accepted to compromise, loving him and perceiving it as a homeland of choice, making it be reborn in his paintings. The further important artwork offered by Roman gallery is a painting depicted by Salvatore Balsamo. He trained ... More

Christie's announces the autumn series of The Collector Sales X Rita Konig
LONDON.- Christie’s Autumn edition of The Collector sales in London will collaborate with internationally renowned interior designer Rita Konig on 13 and 14 November, 2019. The series of two Collector sales comprises a wealth of 17th, 18th and 19th century decorative arts and furniture spanning: European and English Furniture, Ceramics, Portrait Miniatures & Works of Art (13 November) and Silver and 19th Century Furniture, Sculpture, Ceramics & Works of Art (14 November), with estimates ranging from Ł600 to Ł150,000. Rita styled the pre-sale photo shoot for the collaboration at Burghley House, the home of Christie’s UK Chairman Orlando Rock, juxtaposing characterful antique pieces from different periods to create inviting spaces which are both liveable and packed with personality. Collectors, enthusiasts and admirers can explore the in-situ room ... More




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On a day like today, Dutch painter Aelbert Cuyp was born
October 20, 1620. Aelbert Jacobsz Cuyp (October 20, 1620 – November 15, 1691) was one of the leading Dutch landscape painters of the Dutch Golden Age in the 17th century. The most famous of a family of painters, the pupil of his father Jacob Gerritsz. Cuyp (1594–1651/52), he is especially known for his large views of the Dutch countryside in early morning or late afternoon light. In this image: The Negro Page circa 1652, oil on canvas; Royal Collection.



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