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First retrospective in Europe for over 50 years of Lee Krasner opens in London

Lee Krasner : Living Colour. Installation View with Another Storm, 1963. Barbican Art Gallery 30 May – 1 September 2019 © Tristan Fewings/Getty Images.

LONDON.- Barbican Art Gallery is staging the first retrospective in Europe for over 50 years of American artist Lee Krasner (1908 – 1984). One of the pioneers of Abstract Expressionism, Krasner made work reflecting the feeling of possibility and experiment in New York in the post-war period. Lee Krasner: Living Colour features nearly 100 works – many on show in the UK for the first time – from across her 50-year career, and tells the story of a formidable artist whose importance has often been eclipsed by her marriage to Jackson Pollock. The exhibition celebrates Krasner’s spirit for invention – including striking early self-portraits; a body of energetic charcoal life drawings; original photographs of her proposed department store window displays, designed during the war effort; and her acclaimed ‘Little Image’ paintings from the 1940s with their tightly controlled ... More

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Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac brings together 49 artists, some of whom have never been shown in the UK   World's most costly painting on Saudi prince's yacht: report   Exhibition is the first time that Picasso is exhibited in a dual dialogue with a female sculptor


Jean-Michel Basquiat, Self Portrait, 1983. Oil on paper and wood, 91.5 x 61 cm (36.0 x 24.0 in) (JMB 1018) Collection Thaddaeus Ropac.

LONDON.- Artists I Steal From is an exhibition about looking at art through the eyes of an artist. Artists have always borrowed from one another; however, few are as candid about their sources – about who they steal from and why – as the artist Alvaro Barrington (b. 1983, Caracas, Venezuela). The summer exhibition at Thaddaeus Ropac London brings together works by 49 artists, some of whom have never been shown in the UK before, some who are considered to be among the greatest artists of our time. All have directly influenced the way Barrington creates, thinks and sees, and all have perfected techniques or solutions that he has been inspired to ‘steal’. “Artists always look at how other artists have solved the problems they are wrestling with, or have achieved the results they aspire to. The artists in this exhibition are those I look to, and steal from. It’s the particular inventiveness of their ... More
 

Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), Salvator Mundi, c. 1500 Oil on walnut panel, 25 13/16 X 17 7/8 inches (65.6 X 45.4 cm) © 2011 Salvator Mundi llc. Photo: Robert Simon, Tim Nighswander.

WASHINGTON (AFP).- Since its sale for a record $450 million, the whereabouts of the "Salvator Mundi," said to be painted by Leonardo da Vinci, has become one of the art world's greatest mysteries. On Monday, London-based art dealer Kenny Schachter, writing for the website Artnews, offered answers: the painting now resides on the gargantuan yacht owned by powerful Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Since its record-setting sale at Christie's in 2017, the painting, in which Jesus Christ is depicted emerging from darkness blessing the world with one hand while holding a transparent globe in the other, has never been exhibited in public, triggering doubts about its ownership, whereabouts and authenticity. Many art experts are split over whether the painting is genuine, saying it was not painted by the Italian ... More
 

Pablo Picasso, La Famille, 1970. Oil on canvas, 116 x 89 cm / 45 5/8 x 35 in. Private collection © Succession Picasso / 2019, ProLitteris, Zurich. Photo: Zarko Vijatovic.

ZURICH.- Hauser & Wirth Zürich is presenting ‘Louise Bourgeois & Pablo Picasso: Anatomies of Desire’ which opened during Zurich Art Weekend on 8 June 2019. The exhibition is the first time that Picasso is exhibited in a dual dialogue with a female sculptor and brings together over 90 works including paintings, sculptures and works on paper from important public institutions and private collections such as the Fondation Beyeler (Riehen/Basel), Nasher Sculpture Center (Dallas), and Kunstmuseum Den Haag (The Hague). Curated by highly renowned specialist Marie-Laure Bernadac, former curator at the Louvre, Musée Picasso (Paris), and Centre Pompidou, the exhibition is organised in close collaboration with the Louise Bourgeois Studio. The aim of the exhibition is to foster a discourse on the work of Bourgeois and Picasso ... More


Tanya Bonakdar Gallery opens Living in a Lightbulb: A two-part exhibition in NY and LA   Exhibition at Sprüth Magers presents an overview of Senga Nengudi's work   Leonardo da Vinci's notebooks displayed together in the UK for the first time


Installation view of Living in a Lightbulb, curated by Jenny Jaskey and Mia Locks, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, June 6–July 26, 2019. Photo: Pierre Le Hors Courtesy of the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York / Los Angeles.

NEW YORK, NY.- Tanya Bonakdar Gallery is presenting Living in a Lightbulb, curated by Jenny Jaskey and Mia Locks, a two-part exhibition in the gallery’s New York and Los Angeles locations. Artists in the exhibition make use of light and heat —the sensoria of summer — to emphasize the slow, dynamic process of our encounter with these phenomena. Some artists employ sunlight as raw material to make images. Others point to the way energy directs and regulates time and behavior. Orienting sight, even survival, within the vagaries of the cosmos, “living in a light bulb” is a precarious and fundamentally interdependent proposition. Works in the New York exhibition include a site-specific installation by Bill Jenkins that redirects daylight from the gallery’s front window to a back room. This sculpture of light ... More
 

Senga Nengudi, A.C.Q. III, 2016-2017 (detail). Refrigerator parts, nylon pantyhose 335,3 × 243,8 cm. 132 × 96 inches. © Senga Nengudi. Courtesy of the Artist, Sprüth Magers, Thomas Erben Gallery, and Lévy Gorvy.

LONDON.- The work of Senga Nengudi has been at the forefront of sculptural, performative, and photographic practices for over forty years. Using simple materials in innovative, unexpected ways, Nengudi’s compositions evoke a rich array of references, from subtle allusions to the body, to feminist considerations of space and movement, to the confluence of different cultural and religious rituals. With equal parts rigor and grace, they encourage us to rethink our relationship to the people and world around us. Monika Sprüth and Philomene Magers are presenting an overview of Nengudi’s work at Sprüth Magers, London, which has evolved from the artist's recent exhibition at Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, and highlights the scope of her wide-ranging, influential oeuvre. After ... More
 

Leonardo da Vinci: A Mind in Motion at the British Library.

LONDON.- Marking 500 years since his death, Leonardo da Vinci: A Mind in Motion at the British Library reveals how Leonardo believed motion to be the ‘cause of all life’. Leonardo da Vinci is known first and foremost as an artist but the British Library’s exhibition focuses on his notebooks and the unique and compelling insight they offer into the workings of his mind and his scientific investigations. Leonardo’s notebooks reveal his close observations, detailed recording and systematic analysis of natural phenomena, with a particular emphasis on water in motion. Leonardo believed motion was a fundamental key to understanding the natural world and that water was the driving force of nature. The exhibition also looks at how the scientific exploration of nature and motion found in his notebooks, which will help visitors to see his famous paintings with fresh eyes. ... More


VOLTA opens its 15th Basel fair   Birds of a feather flock to Rago Auctions   Hauser & Wirth announces worldwide representation of Annie Leibovitz


Mio Yamato, exhibiting artist with Cohju Contemporary Art (Kyoto), performs a live painting action during the opening preview. Yamato collaborated with Aesop in a site-specific intervention at the skincare brand’s Spalenberg Basel boutique.

BASEL.- VOLTA opened its 15th Basel fair on Monday with the mature triumvirate of quality: the artworks on view, the guests in attendance, and the sales recorded. Returning to Elsässerstrasse 215 for its second consecutive edition, near the Voltaplatz neighborhood and site of the inaugural VOLTAshow in 2005, VOLTA welcomed 1,800 visitors, retaining and reasserting its position as Basel’s destination for new international art. “I’m especially thrilled at this year's fair, for a number of reasons, the first of which is that making it to 15 with this stellar turnout is extremely gratifying. We're still here—against many predictions—and stronger than ever, even after the unfortunate events surrounding our New York edition, which simply affirms how much trust there is in our brand from our gallerists, artists, and ... More
 

Martin Brothers, 13.75" Tall Wally Bird Vessel. Est. $50,000 - 75,000.

LAMBERTVILLE, NJ.- On September 21, 2019 Rago will bring to auction a fabulous and finely curated single-owner collection of Martin Brothers pottery. The 27-piece grouping, which includes over 20 single, double, and triple bird-form humidors and vessels, represents one of the largest single-owner collections of Martin Brothers ever offered at auction and comes to Rago via UK-based dealer, AD Antiques. Martin Brothers (1873 – 1923) was a London-based pottery manufacturer owned and operated by four brothers, Wallace, Walter, Charles, and Edwin, whose productions bridged the gap between the Victorian design sensibilities of the late 19th century and the English studio pottery movement of the early 20th century. Martin Brothers produced stoneware pottery, broadly referred to as Martinware, including bowls, vessels, tiles and novelties that were often rendered in a whimsical yet highly skillful style. While all Martinware is highly ... More
 

Self portrait of Annie Leibovitz. © Annie Leibovitz. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth.

NEW YORK, NY.- Hauser & Wirth today announced its exclusive worldwide representation of celebrated American photographer Annie Leibovitz. Following her early training at the San Francisco Art Institute, Leibovitz honed her talent into an acclaimed career in photojournalism and portraiture. Over the course of the past five decades, through a poetic body of far-reaching work Leibovitz has become an avatar of the changing cultural role of photography as an artistic medium. Her immense and varied output reveals a singular ability to merge the tactics of portraiture with profound humanism and sly wit. On the heels of a major survey of Leibovitz’s early photographs presented at Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles this spring, the gallery will celebrate its representation of the artist by presenting a 63-part work by Leibovitz on its stand at Art Basel, opening 13 June. At almost two meters wide and one meter tall, ‘Driving Series, ... More



Helmut Newton Foundation opens new exhibition   Superlative auction opening of Ketterer Kunst's anniversary year with Kandinsky record   Olana advances vision for the future by welcoming two new members to senior management team


George Holz, Madonna, Hollywood, 1983. © George Holz.

BERLIN.- A legendary photo book, a private photo collection, and three former assistants – these are the ingredients for the new exhibition at the Helmut Newton Foundation. Twenty years ago in 1999, TASCHEN published its first monumental art book: Helmut Newton’s SUMO. It came out on the market in the exceptionally large format of 70 x 50 cm, with a large print run, all personally signed by the photographer, and was delivered with a metal stand designed by Philippe Starck. Later, a copy of SUMO that had been signed by numerous celebrities at a charity auction would become the most expensive book of the 20th century. Ten years ago in 2009, the Helmut Newton Foundation staged an unusual yet compelling exhibition dedicated to this legendary publication: all 464 pages of the book hung framed on the wall, side by side, in three rows one above the other. Exhibition visitors were literally able to see everything at once. T ... More
 

Robert Ketterer realizes the new record of € 2.5 million for a work by Wassily Kandinsky sold in the German language region.

MUNICH.- The seven auctions that opened the 65th Anniversary Year of Ketterer Kunst yielded total proceeds of more than € 28 million. It is both the house‘s best result ever realized in a spring sale, as well as the best result of the German auction season by far. While the magic € 100,000 line was reached or crossed 44 times last spring, a total of 55 six-figure results were accomplished this time. The undisputed star of both the Evening Sale and the German Auction Season is Wassily Kandinsky. He and Andy Warhol provided the only two results in the millions for the first term of the auction year 2019 in Germany. After the two Auctions of 19th Century Art and Rare Books had already provided excellent proceeds of more than € 3.3 million a couple of days earlier, the Auctions of Art of the 20th/21st Century made for the brilliant finale of the first part of the Anniversary Year by ... More
 

Will Coleman comes to Olana from the Newark Museum.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Olana Partnership announced the appointment of William L. Coleman as Director of Collections & Exhibitions, and, earlier this month, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation announced the appointment of Amy Hausmann as Director of The Olana State Historic Site. TOP welcomes Amy and Will, as key members of Olana’s public-private senior management team. They will work to realize our shared vision to make Frederic Church’s OLANA the most widely recognized artist’s home and studio in the world, vibrant with the activity of visitors, students, scholars, and artists. Will Coleman comes to Olana from the Newark Museum, where he served as Associate Curator of American Art since 2017, with responsibility for that institution’s world-class collection of 19th-century American paintings and sculpture. Among other projects, he made major acquisitions through gift ... More




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Christie's London Handbags & Accessories Auction totals $4,264,564
LONDON.- Christie’s London Luxury Week Handbags & Accessories auction on 11 June 2019 totalled £3,365,875 / $4,264,564 / €3,763,048, with sell-through rates of 97% sold by value and 93% sold by lot. Rachel Koffsky, Head of Sale, Handbags & Accessories London: “We are delighted with the results of today’s Handbags & Accessories auction, which reflects the maturing market for handbags around the world. With a full saleroom, a packed phonebank, and bidding from across the globe, including 41 countries and across six continents, the auction demonstrates the international demand for collectable and rare handbags.” The top lot of the sale was an exceptional Hermès Matte White Himalaya Niloticus Crocodile Birkin 35 with Palladium Hardware, 2015 (estimate: £70,000-90,000), which sold for £162,500 / $205,888 / €181,675, alongside a ... More

Exhibition presents partially newly developed works by 11 international artists
DUSSELDORF.- On occasion of the tenth anniversary of the KAI 10 | Arthena Foundation, the exhibition Listen to the Image, Look at the Sound presents partially newly developed works by 11 international artists with a unique approach to the interplay between sound and the visual arts. According to the Canadian composer and musicologist R. Murray Schafer, every visual projection of tones is haphazard and fictive. Yet how images can become tones or sounds become images has always fascinated artists. For a long time and even well into the beginning of 20th century, what had priority in this context was the search for possible synesthetic correspondences – the existence of which Schafer radically calls into question. Whereas in today’s art one seems to have come to terms with his “insight” and given up the search for intrinsic correlations. Images, objects, music, ... More

Steel sculpture finds a new home in the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden
AKRON, OH.- After 15 years in storage, an iconic artwork in the Akron Art Museum collection will get a new home. A prominent fixture of the museum’s former courtyard, Mark di Suvero’s Eagle Wheel is being conserved, repainted and readied for installation in the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden. The unforgettable steel sculpture will be installed in the garden’s Art Oasis—adjacent to South Broadway Street—in time for the June 27 launch of Downtown@Dusk, the museum’s summer concert series. John S. Knight Director and CEO Mark Masuoka said, “We are excited for the return of this sculpture. Its presence as a public artwork continues the museum’s process of adding additional artworks to the garden both temporarily and permanently. Our past continues to feed our future, and I cannot think of a better opportunity to pave the way to the museum’s centennial ... More

Crack Up - Crack Down, the 33rd Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts opens
LJUBLJANA.- The Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts announced the opening of its 33rd edition, entitled Crack Up - Crack Down, on the 7th June in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Marking the curatorial debut of art collective Slavs and Tatars, Crack Up – Crack Down celebrates the legacy built since the Biennial’s formation in 1955 by exploring the work of both internationally recognised and emerging contemporary artists across nine different venues within the city. Crack Up – Crack Down takes an expansive view of the genre of satire; curators Slavs and Tatars propose to consider ‘the graphic’ not as a medium, but as an agency, particularly how graphic language engenders a form of infra-politics such as irony or ridicule, as a particularly resilient and contemporary form of critique. As well as major works by renowned international artists such as Nicole Wermers and ... More

Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum presents "Apollo at the Park"
WASHINGTON, DC.- The National Air and Space Museum has announced Apollo at the Park, an exciting program that displays full-sized statues of Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 spacesuit in 15 Major League ballparks across the country, as part of the museum’s nationwide celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. Apollo at the Park celebrates the energy Americans felt when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon,” said Ellen Stofan, John and Adrienne Mars Director of the museum. “Baseball ballparks are the perfect venues for new generations to learn more about that summer night July 20, 1969, and they allow us to celebrate Apollo’s 50th across the country.” Armstrong’s spacesuit was conserved and digitized thanks to funding from a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2015 and will go back on display for the first time in 13 ... More

Maddox Gallery opens a group exhibition of text-based works
LONDON.- Maddox Gallery is presenting Between the Lines, a group exhibition of text-based works by the likes of Tracey Emin, Christopher Wool, Ed Ruscha, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Harland Miller, The Connor Brothers and Richard Prince. Exploring the symbiotic relationship between the written word and visual world, Between the Lines celebrates the beauty of language and its aesthetic importance as portrayed by some of the greatest contemporary artists of our time. Featuring over 40 evocative works, all of which carry a depth of meaning that go far beyond their appearance, the exhibition highlights the interplay between language and image and the power of words in modern society. With the onset of the digital age and the emergence of a new language reliant on abbreviations or constrained to 140 characters, the revival of the written word has become ... More

Galerie Urs Meile opens the first solo exhibition of Chinese artist Zhang Xuerui at the Lucerne gallery
LUCERNE.- Galerie Urs Meile opened The Everyday as Ontology, the first solo exhibition of Chinese artist Zhang Xuerui (*1979, lives and works in Beijing) at the Lucerne gallery. The exhibition presents Zhang Xuerui’s most recent paintings and her textile installations. Her paintings are often quick categorized as “abstract painting”. It seems like a simple task to understand her works. An experienced viewer could be able to discern her methodologies quickly, which is to strictly divide the canvas into an orderly grid, and to fill the units in that grid with gradually shifting colors. People often classify her works as part of one of the various art trends of Western contemporary art, such as post-painterly abstraction, hard edge abstraction, minimalism, however, it would be a too cursory decision. If abstraction in Western art has clear conceptual pursuits within the art ... More

Mo Kong turns gallery into an immersive installation exploring a not-so-distant future
NEW YORK, NY.- CUE Art Foundation is presenting Making A Stationary Rain On The North Pacific Ocean, a solo exhibition by Mo Kong, curated by Steffani Jemison. Blurring fact and fiction, art and science, truth and near-truth, the artist turns the gallery into an immersive installation exploring a not-so-distant future in which China and the United States are in the midst of a political Cold War, echoed externally by an atmospheric antagonism rendered by climate change that has turned China and the U.S. into the hot and cold centers of the world. Kong’s visual exploration of his own scientific and journalistic research uses climate change as a lens into contemporary geopolitics, neo-nationalism, human migration, human rights, and censorship, among other topics. Central to and grounding the exhibition, Kong has carefully gridded out the gallery with blue painter’s tape, ... More

UTA appoints Arthur Lewis as Creative Director of UTA Fine Arts and UTA Artist Space
LOS ANGELES, CA.- United Talent Agency (UTA), one of the world’s leading talent and entertainment companies, today announced the appointment of Arthur Lewis as Creative Director of UTA Fine Arts and UTA Artist Space. In overseeing these two UTA programs, Lewis will help guide the careers of artists represented in UTA’s Fine Arts group and oversee exhibitions, programming, and partnerships with the LA and national art communities through UTA Artist Space in Beverly Hills. A patron of the arts and a significant collector of both emerging artists and Contemporary African American Art, Lewis – who is member of the boards of The Hammer Museum at UCLA, The Underground Museum, and is a global council member at The Studio Museum of Harlem – is a well-known and distinguished figure in the art world. He joins UTA after serving ... More

University of California, Irvine computer scientists breathe life into Venice Biennale installations
IRVINE, CA.- Computer scientists from the University of California, Irvine are making a splash in the art world this year through their participation in Italy’s Venice Biennale, one of the oldest and most prestigious cultural festivals. The team – led by Alexandru Nicolau, UCI Distinguished Professor and chair of computer science, and Alexander Veidenbaum, UCI professor of computer science – collaborated with Israeli-Romanian artist Belu-Simion Fainaru to create three art installations for the event. One is on display at the Romanian Pavilion in the Giardini della Biennale, and the other two are at the Romanian Institute of Culture and Humanistic Research in Venice. Under the banner “Unfinished Conversations on the Weight of Absence,” all three works are examples of posthumanist art that combines computer-generated imagery and speech, ... More

New species of fossil crocodile named for long-time volunteer is a 'little nipper' of a big discovery
ARLINGTON, TX.- In the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth region, paleontologists have partnered with a dedicated team of local volunteers and fossil enthusiasts to excavate a treasure trove of fossils dating from 96 million years ago, during the last period of the Age of Dinosaurs. Now, a new species discovered at the site is being named in honor of one of these citizen scientists, Arthur Sahlstein. “The AAS wouldn’t be the success it is if it weren’t for the small army of dedicated volunteers donating their time, energy, expertise, and resources,” says Dr. Christopher Noto, lead author and Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Wisconsin–Parkside. “It is only fitting that we honor one of our most valuable and prolific members.” Sahlstein co-discovered the Arlington Archosaur Site in 2003 and brought it to the attention of paleontologists. He has ... More

Why Is Tobacco Legal And Marijuana Is Not
This is the question that has been asked by so many people all across the world. The purpose of legalizing tobacco while strictly stopping one from using cannabis, or what is commonly called hemp or marijuana, is still a mystery for many. On average, four hundred million people die annually owing to the tobacco usage. Mostly, the people who use tobacco in more concentrated forms like Cheyenne Cigars and others such are likely to die. However, no deaths have been reported yet resulting from cannabis usage. This and many other factors lead people to question the monopoly that has legalized one substance while abandoning the usage of the other, closely similar and seemingly less poisonous than tobacco. ... More

4 reasons art means business
Art and business have an uneasy but rich relationship. For instance, both rely on creativity, innovation and risk taking in order to thrive. With that in mind, here are four reasons why art means business. Art is a discipline that has well and truly stood the test of time, but why? The answer’s simple – people love it and it enriches their lives. And likewise, business is all about providing people with the things they want and need. Just look at American artist Jeff Koon’s rabbit sculpture which was recently auctioned off for a whopping $91.1 million – a record price for a living artist. There’s clearly a consumer appetite for art and this goes to show that a creative field can still be highly profitable. ... More




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On a day like today, Dutch illustrator M. C. Escher was born
June 17, 1898. Maurits Cornelis Escher (17 June 1898 - 27 March 1972) was a Dutch graphic artist who made mathematically-inspired woodcuts, lithographs, and mezzotints. In this image: Installation view, ESCHER. The Exhibition & Experience at Industry City, June 8, 2018 - February 3, 2019. Photo by Adam Reich. Courtesy Arthemisia.



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