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Dallas Museum of Art re-opens European Galleries after total reinstallation

Edvard Munch, Thuringian Forest, 1904, oil on canvas, Dallas Museum of Art, The Eugene and Margaret McDermott Art Fund, Inc.

DALLAS, TX.- The Dallas Museum of Art’s Second Floor European art galleries re-opened to the public on August 17 after closing earlier this summer for a total reinstallation. Visitors can look forward to a fresh interpretation of the Museum’s European collection, featuring works from the collection rarely previously shown that have been restored for exhibition, a new presentation of Old Master paintings and sculpture, and Impressionist and Modern masterworks gifted by Margaret and Eugene McDermott to benefit the DMA. The final bequest of 32 nineteenth- and early twentieth-century artworks to the Museum following Mrs. McDermott’s death last May prompted the reinstallation of the European art collection to integrate the McDermotts’ magnificent gift. Strengths of the McDermott Collection, such as works by Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Edvard Munch, Pablo Picasso, and Georges Braque, amongst many othe ... More

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Sotheby's to offer Chinese Art from the Metropolitan Museum of Art: The Florence & Herbert Irving Gift   Meadows Museum announces new acquisitions encompassing three centuries of Spanish art   Gianguan Auctions celebrates 17th Annual September Sale with Artistry of the Ages

A Finely Carved Large Spinach-Green Jade ‘Immortals’ Brushpot, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong Period. Estimate $500/700,000. Courtesy Sotheby's.

NEW YORK, NY.- Sotheby’s will offer 300+ Chinese works of art originally gifted by philanthropists and renowned Asian art collectors Florence and Herbert Irving to The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, as a highlight of their Asia Week sale series in September 2019. In March 2015, The Met announced the gift of 1,275 Asian works of art from Florence and Herbert Irving – a donation that fundamentally transformed the holdings of the museum’s Department of Asian Art, on the occasion of its centennial. At the time of their gift, the Irvings realized that a full assessment of their collection would take time, and that there would undoubtedly be many pieces that would unnecessarily duplicate works already in the collection. For that reason, they agreed that The Met could sell any of the works in their gift so long as the proceeds would go towards future acquisitions. The present sale is a fulfillment of that visionary goal. The full ... More

Salvador Dalí (Spanish, 1904–1989), Venus de Milo with Drawers, 1936 (cast 1971). White paint on bronze, 15 x 3 1/8 x 3 7/8 in. (38 x 8 x 10 cm). Meadows Museum, SMU, Dallas. Gift of Daniel Malingue, MM.2019.03. Photo by Kevin Todora.

DALLAS, TX.- The Meadows Museum, SMU, announced that it has acquired four works that reflect the richness and depth of Spanish art across period, style, and mode of production. Among the new acquisitions is Our Lady of Solitude (1769) by Manuel Ramírez de Arellano, which represents both a critical expansion of scholarly knowledge on the artist’s creative output and an important enhancement of the Meadow’s holdings of terracotta sculpture, building on other acquisitions in that medium over the last several years. Further, following the Meadows’s 2018 exhibition Dalí: Poetics of the Small, 1929–1936, which focused on Salvador Dalí’s small-scale paintings, the museum has been given Venus de Milo with Drawers (1936, cast 1971), the first sculptural work by Dalí to enter the museum’s collections. Also ... More

A fine gilt bronze luduan censer, incised and decorated with a tootie mask of coral, lapis, jade, malachite and glass. Lot 75.

NEW YORK, NY.- On September 9th, Gianguan Auctions will celebrate the 17th running of its annual fall sale. Dovetailing with Asian Art Week, the auction offers fine paintings, carved jades, ceramics, teapots and religious items rich in aesthetics and craftsmanship. This year, works by early 21st c. Chinese avant garde artists working the traditional manner will be included. Sale highlights begin with the cover lot, a fine gilt bronze censer in the form of ferocious luduan, incised and further decorated with a tootie mask of coral, lapis, jade, malachite and glass. A favorite of Qing emperors, luduan were said to detect truth. This fabulous animal has all the hallmarks of its station: sharp clawed hooves, bulging eyes, fanged teeth, a single horn. This lavish expression of royal protection is Lot 75, of the Qianlong period, and valued at more than $60,000. Symbolic imagery overflows onto a dragon encrusted, gilt-incised ... More

Poster House receives donation of rare and iconic posters from graphic design legend Paula Scher   "Photographing the Street" and "Fireworks (Archives)" on view at Oklahoma City Museum of Art   Six pioneering women photographers featured in summer exhibition at New-York Historical Society

Described as the “master conjurer of the instantly familiar,” Scher straddles the line between pop culture and fine art.

NEW YORK, NY.- Poster House announced that legendary graphic designer and Pentagram partner Paula Scher will be donating 55 posters from her personal archive to the museum’s permanent collection. These posters include rare prints of Scher’s award-winning and hugely influential works for The Public Theater from the mid-1990s, along with a number of personal and other commercial projects. “These posters are a landmark addition to our permanent collection,” says Poster House Director Julia Knight. “Paula Scher is among the most renowned graphic designers in the world and we are honored to be housing such incredible examples of her innovative typography and unparalleled sense of design.” The first museum in the United States dedicated exclusively to the global history of posters, Poster House opened its doors for the first time this past June. Currently still on view are its two opening ... More

Ian Wallace, Untitled, 1986. Lithograph and chromogenic print. Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Gift of the Christian Keesee Collection © Ian Wallace. 20016.006.10

OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLA.- Visitors to OKCMOA’s second floor can experience the single gallery exhibition, “Photographing the Street,” and one of the Museum’s newest acquisitions, “Fireworks (Archives),” in addition to the Museum’s permanent collection exhibition, “From the Golden Age to the Moving Image: The Changing Face of the Permanent Collection.” The Museum acquired “Fireworks (Archives)” last year following the groundbreaking moving image exhibition, “Apichatpong Weerasethakul: The Serenity of Madness.” “As Weerasethakul’s most popular work in ‘The Serenity of Madness,’ ‘Fireworks (Archives)’ was a significant and exciting acquisition for us,” said Dr. Michael Anderson, director of curatorial affairs. “We have been waiting for the right moment to put it on view, and launching this immersive installation in conjunction with the opening ... More

Nina Leen, unpublished photograph from “American Woman’s Dilemma,” LIFE, June 16, 1947 © LIFE Picture Collection, Meredith Corporation.

NEW YORK, NY.- The New-York Historical Society is presenting the work of six prominent women photographers, whose iconic work for LIFE magazine helped create modern photojournalism as it depicted a quickly-evolving world. On view June 28–October 6, 2019, in the Center for Women’s History’s Joyce B. Cowin Women’s History Gallery, the exhibition features more than 70 images by Margaret Bourke-White, Marie Hansen, Martha Holmes, Lisa Larsen, Nina Leen, and Hansel Mieth, who were among the few women photographers employed by LIFE between the late 1930s and the early 1970s. The exhibition was developed in partnership with the LIFE Picture Collection at the Meredith Corporation, who also loaned more than 75 vintage prints and other archival materials for the show. “These pioneering women photographers captured events international and domestic, wide-ranging and intimate, serious ... More

Works from a period of upheaval and change are combined with new works in exhibition at Kunsthaus Graz   Kunstforeningen GL STRAND features works by the German artist Hans Purrmann   Latest exhibition at National Gallery Singapore explores the intersections between art and social activism in Asia

Fernand Léger, "Deux papillons jaunes sur une échelle", 1951. Courtesy Musée national Fernand Léger, Donation of Lutèce Foundation, 1978, Photo: © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais - © Jacques Faujour, © Bildrecht Wien, 2019.

GRAZ.- From the 1920s on, artists such as the architect and activist Charlotte Perriand, painter and filmmaker Fernand Léger and musician George Antheil created a vision that defined the century, imagining an artistic and social synthesis in which art would become an instrument for shaping society and furthering progress. Since the 1980s, Peter Kogler has worked as a media artist between computer graphics, film, collage and architecture. Within the context of the digital influences on our everyday life today, his systematic consideration of the technological and reproducible image and the powerful influence of the media make him a natural successor, interpreter and ideal interlocutor of the generation of visionaries. Time and again Kogler’s works have defined ... More


COPENHAGEN.- Colourful landscapes, still lifes executed with heavy brush strokes, azure-coloured walls and the relations between light, hue and colour in paintings of interior, harmonious colour contrasts, decorative nude studies and portraits are some of the works you will experience in the exhibition The Vitality of Colour featuring the German artist Hans Purrmann. The exhibition is on display in Kunstforeningen GL STRAND. It is the first time that the recognised German painter is being featured at an exhibition of this scale in Denmark. The exhibition is a retrospective of Purrmann’s works, connecting them with a selection of the artists he collaborated with or was inspired by – artists such as Max Liebermann, Henri Matisse, Mathilde Vollmoeller, Oskar and Marg Moll, Emy Roeder as well as the writer Hermann Hesse, all of whom may also be experienced in the exhibition. Today, Hans Purrmann ... More

Drama of the Nations by Renato Habulan. Image courtesy of Renato R. Habulan.

SINGAPORE.- The period between the 1960s and 1990s was characterised by ideological confrontations, a rise in nationalism, rapid modernisation, and a wave of democratic movements across Asia. Significantly, it also gave birth to a multitude of experimental art practices as artists and the wider public were awakened to the emancipatory power of art to shape and assert their identities. Spotlighting this critical turning point is the latest exhibition at National Gallery Singapore, Awakenings: Art in Society in Asia 1960s-1990s, which is making its Southeast Asian premiere, following successful showings in Japan and Korea. Featuring 142 provocative artworks by more than 100 artists from 12 countries in Asia, the exhibition is jointly co-organised by the Gallery, Museum of Modern Art Tokyo (MOMAT), Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Korea (MMCA) and the Japan Foundation Asia Center. It chronicles one of the ... More

The Forbidden Image: PinchukArtCentre presents a two-chapter project   BIG's MÉCA folds three arts institutions into one cultural loop for Bordeaux   Large-scale exhibition of artist Dan Mills' work on view at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art

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KIEV.- The PinchukArtCentre is presenting “The Forbidden Image”, a two-chapter project in the framework of the PinchukArtCentre’s Research Platform. The first chapter presents a solo exhibition by Boris Mikhailov, while the second entitled “Crossing Lines” is dedicated to the Kharkiv School of Photography and the continuation of its attitude and thinking with emerging artists. Both exhibitions draw upon three major themes that challenge the notion of The Forbidden Image: an image that lies beyond the boundaries (The nude, The performative), a “life-drunk” image of society (New humanism), and an intimate image that “flutters at night” (Personal romantics). The exhibition by Boris Mikhailov is a homecoming show offering a view on his oeuvre, from photography to conceptual art and performativity. Mikhailov’s work moves along the edges of political and social ... More

Centrally located between the River Garonne and Saint-Jean train station, the new 18,000 m2 Maison de l’Économie Créative et de la Culture en Aquitaine, MÉCA, brings together three regional arts agencies. Image by Laurian Ghinitoiu.

BORDEAUX.- Designed by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group and FREAKS freearchitects, MÉCA creates a frame for the celebration of contemporary art, film and performances, giving Bordeaux the gift of art-filled public space from the waterfront to the city’s new urban room. Centrally located between the River Garonne and Saint-Jean train station, the new 18,000 m2 Maison de l’Économie Créative et de la Culture en Aquitaine, MÉCA, brings together three regional arts agencies – FRAC for contemporary art, ALCA for cinema, literature and audiovisuals, and OARA for performing arts – into a loop, cementing the UNESCO-listed city as the epicenter for culture. BIG and FREAKS were selected ... More

Dan Mills, What's in a Name? Maine (with the number of major geographic features named after indigenous people & words marked with red), 2018, acrylic and ink on printed map laid down on paper, 15 1/2 x 10 3/4 inches.

ROCKLAND, ME.- The Center for Maine Contemporary Art is presenting a large-scale exhibition of artist Dan Mills’ work on view through October 13, 2019. The exhibition, Dan Mills | Human Topographies, is the first solo show of the artist’s work in Maine since he moved to the state in 2010. Dan Mills makes work that is full of observations about historic and current events. He conducts extensive research on topics such as current wars and conflicts, colonialism, and life expectancy by state, and creates paintings and works on paper that visualize data and information on these subjects. Mills frequently uses maps as the space to explore his ideas. He began incorporating maps into his work ... More

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Pallant House Gallery commissions photographer Simon Roberts to create landscape studies
CHICHESTER.- Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, has commissioned artist-photographer Simon Roberts to create a new series of landscape studies, inspired by modern British painter Ivon Hitchens. Accompanying the largest exhibition on Hitchens in 30 years, Roberts’ series ‘Inscapes’ acts as a photographic meditation on what it means to capture the essence of a place. Through a series of photographic, video- and sound-based landscape studies, Roberts explores how we experience landscapes that are familiar to us, travelling on foot through those locations where Hitchens loved to paint. Following his re-treat to Sussex at the outset of the Second World War Hitchens painted repeatedly at his home near Petworth, and in surrounding locations in the South Downs – Heyshott, Duncton, Didling, Woolbeding and Iping Common, in particular. “For this ... More

The Contemporary Jewish Museum presents a new installation by Daria Martin
SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- The Contemporary Jewish Museum presents Daria Martin: Tonight the World, a new installation co-commissioned with Barbican, London, by Bay Area-born artist and 2018 Jarman Award-winner Daria Martin. Daria Martin: Tonight the World uses both computer gaming technology and film to explore the dreams and memories of Martin’s paternal grandmother, Susi Stiassni, who, at the age of 16, fled the former Czechoslovakia with her family from the imminent threat of the Nazi occupation in 1938. An immersive and atmospheric environment, Daria Martin: Tonight the World operates simultaneously as a portrait of Martin’s ancestor, a self-portrait, and an exploration of intergenerational trauma, intolerance, migration, and resilience. The installation stages a series of intimate encounters with Stiassni’s memories, culled from ... More

Aspen Art Museum presents a new site-specific sculptural installation by Oscar Tuazon
ASPEN, CO.- The Aspen Art Museum announces the presentation of Fire Worship, a new site-specific sculptural installation by Los Angeles–based contemporary artist Oscar Tuazon. Titled after Nathaniel Hawthorne’s written work of the mid-1840s, Fire Worship is the latest of the artist’s temporary, concrete-cast works. These pieces represent his interest in minimalist exterior structures that invite communal interactions and establish responsive dialogues with their surrounding environments, both natural and manmade. Fire Worship is on view in the AAM’s Level 3 Roof Deck Sculpture Garden through Sunday, December 1, 2019. With roots in minimalism and conceptualism, Tuazon’s artistic practice occupies a position between visual art, architecture, and activism. He often deploys industrial materials—such as wood, glass, steel, and piping—to construct ... More

Peyton Wright Gallery opens an exhibition of drawings by Denver-based artist Matthew Pendleton
SANTA FE, NM.- Peyton Wright Gallery is presenting an exhibition of drawings by Matthew Pendleton. The exhibition is on view through August 31. In his inaugural exhibition, Matthew Pendleton challenges judgement; a pencil in his hand becomes a sorcerer’s wand, conjuring a meditation on the first known manual of Japanese gardening, the Sakuteiki (“records of garden-making”) or a never-ending dream-time journal from the Kimberley region of western Australia. Compellingly precise, ripe with unfolding metaphysical lineage, the visual promise of Matthew Pendleton's work is profound. Born in 1980 in Woodward Oklahoma, Pendleton grew up around the multidisciplinary practices of his older brothers; and with no formal education in the arts, Pendleton makes his way and defines his process with focus, commitment, and an ... More

BVLGARI, the story, the dream exhibition is now on view in Rome
ROME.- The exhibition project is the work of Polo Museale del Lazio, directed by Edith Gabrielli, in collaboration with BVLGARI, with contents selected by a scientific advisory board of distinguished academics such as Francesco Benigno (Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa), Chiara Ottaviano (sociologist and historian of mass communication), Daniela Luigia Caglioti (Federico II University in Naples), Emanuela Scarpellini (Milan University). The themes relating to Bvlgari’s style and creativity have been developed by Lucia Boscaini, Bvlgari’s Brand and Heritage Curator. Curated by Chiara Ottaviano, the exhibition follows BVLGARI’s history as an example of the success of an Italian company in the transition from being a small, family-run firm to a global luxury brand. Bvlgari stories and anecdotes are included in a broader study of the decisive factors in securing ... More

Russell Tovey to curate an ambitious arts festival across Margate to mark Turner Prize 2019
MARGATE.- Margate NOW, an ambitious and dynamic festival of art, events and performances will be held across Margate from 28 September to 13 October 2019 to celebrate Turner Prize coming to Turner Contemporary for its 2019 edition. Developed by a consortium of partners and artists, the town-wide programme will be bigger than ever before and will place art works in unexpected places. This follows a successful bid to the Arts Council for £219,000 of National Lottery funding as well as further contributions from Kent County Council, Thanet District Council and Dreamland Margate. As part of an open call, led by Margate Festival, artists were invited to respond to the theme ‘NOW’. 500 artists and performers will produce 60 events and have been selected to be part of the programme guest curated by Russell Tovey. There will be music, dance, exhibitions ... More

Blanton Museum to open exhibition of Charles White works
AUSTIN, TX.- The Blanton Museum of Art and the Art Galleries at Black Studies (AGBS) at The University of Texas at Austin will present two exhibitions featuring works by Charles White. In 2014, Drs. Susan G. and Edmund W. Gordon gifted their collection of White’s works to the university; the collection is stewarded by the units of Black Studies and the Blanton. The Gordons’ gifts and select acquisitions make UT home to one of the most significant collections of works by Charles White, with 23 drawings and prints, as well as a rare large-scale painting. The AGBS exhibition Charles White and the Legacy of the Figure: Celebrating the Gordon Gift will be on view in the Christian-Green Gallery from August 28 to November 30, 2019. The Blanton’s exhibition Charles White: Celebrating the Gordon Gift will be on view in the museum’s Paper Vault from September ... More

David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University announces appointment of Kate Kraczon as Curator
PROVIDENCE, RI.- The David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University announced the appointment of Kate Kraczon as curator. Kraczon, who assumed her new post August 1, most recently held the position of Laporte Associate Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), University of Pennsylvania, where she organized over thirty exhibitions. In her role as curator, she will be responsible for the conceptualization and implementation of the Bell Gallery’s exhibition and educational programs and managing the care and growth of Brown’s permanent collection. This year, the Bell Gallery officially joined the Brown Arts Initiative (BAI), a consortium of six arts departments, the Bell Gallery and Rites and Reason Theatre at Brown comprising the performing, literary and visual arts. Anne Bergeron, BAI managing director, said, “While we have been collaborating ... More

James Dean crash site photographs sold for $22,498 auction
BOSTON, MASS.- A collection of 30 original glossy photos, many unpublished, which vividly document the fatal car crash site of Hollywood actor James Dean sold for $22,498 according to Boston-based RR Auction. Dean was tragically killed at the age of 24 when his 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder, coined the "Little Bastard," collided with a 1950 Ford Custom driven by Donald Turnupseed on September 30, 1955; the accident occurred when the actor was driving westbound on U.S. Route 466 en route to a racing event at the Salinas, California Municipal Airport. The collection consists of 12 overhead views of the junction of Route 466 and Route 41, which lay a fascinating visual groundwork of the surrounding landscape route. Also featured is a total of 18 'ground-level' photos, with nine showing Routes 466 and 41 in up-close detail—replete with telephone poles, ... More

Moody Center for the Arts announces appointment of two new Associate Curators
HOUSTON, TX.- The Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University announced today the appointment of two Associate Curators, Ylinka Barotto and Frauke V. Josenhans. Both curators will be responsible for developing, organizing and executing visual art exhibitions and projects for the Moody and Rice Public Art. “We are delighted to welcome Ylinka Barotto and Frauke Josenhans to our dynamic team” said Alison Weaver, the Suzanne Deal Booth Executive Director of the Moody Center for the Arts. “We’re looking forward to the creative contributions these two talented women will make in support of the Moody’s mission to foster interdisciplinary conversation through the arts. Through projects that engage both the Moody and Rice Public Art, we have the opportunity to broaden the conversation across fields of research and to engage diverse communities, ... More

Numerous records shattered in Glynn and Suzanne Crain Science Fiction Collection Auction
DALLAS, TX.- Multiple auction records were shattered in The Glynn and Suzanne Crain Science Fiction Collection Auction at Heritage Auctions Aug. 13-14 in Dallas, Texas. The White Glove auction totaled $2,407,620, exceeding the pre-auction estimate by more than $1 million, and boasted a sparkling 100% sell-through rate by value and by lots sold. “We knew beforehand that some of the lots were very rare, or even unique items that were traded privately before making their auction debut in this sale,” Heritage Auctions Vice President Todd Hignite said. “To post a sell-through rate of 100% is spectacular, and only reinforces what we already knew: that the Crain collection is one of the finest ever brought to auction. We saw scores of new bidders, confirming our belief that this great material has huge appeal outside of the ... More

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On a day like today, Finnish architect Eero Saarinen was born
August 20, 1910. Eero Saarinen (August 20, 1910 - September 1, 1961) was a Finnish American architect and industrial designer of the 20th century famous for varying his style according to the demands of the project: simple, sweeping, arching structural curves or machine-like rationalism. In this image: Eero Saarinen (1910 - 61) was one of the most prolific, unorthodox, and controversial masters of twentieth-century architecture.

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