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He left a museum after women complained; His next job was bigger

In an undated image provided by "Articulate with Jim Cotter," Joshua Helmer, who became one of the country’s youngest museum directors when he took over the Erie Art Museum in 2018. Helmer landed the job after leaving the Philadelphia Museum of Art; at both posts, his relationships with female co-workers spawned multiple complaints. Articulate with Jim Cotter via The New York Times.

by Robin Pogrebin and Zachary Small

NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE ).- Gina Ciralli, an employee at the Philadelphia Museum of Art who dated Joshua Helmer, a young manager, said that he had made her feel as if he had the power to make or break her career — telling her she “wasn’t smart enough to work at a museum” but that he could help her have “a great trajectory.” Another woman, Alicia Parks, said he took her for drinks on her second day of work and told her that if she wanted to succeed she should “get to know him.” “I worked in the NFL for five years,” said Parks, a former Philadelphia Eagles cheerleader, “and no one spoke to me in a way that made me feel that uncomfortable.” Neither of those women worked directly for Helmer, but they were his subordinates in rank, and three employees who were familiar with their accounts said they reported their concerns to museum ... More

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Delaware Art Museum to display Schoonover painting featured on Antiques Roadshow   Hudson Yards promised a park. They didn't mention the giant wall   Travelers from an antique time

Frank Earle Schoonover (1877–1972), Claghorn at the Rail, 1923, Illustration for Privateers of ’76 by Ralph D. Paine, (Philadelphia: Penn Publishing Company, 1923). Oil on canvas, 36 x 30 inches. Private Collection, Native Son of Delaware.

WILMINGTON, DE.- On January 6, a Delaware native and his gorgeous painting by American illustrator Frank Schoonover were featured on PBS’s Antiques Roadshow, which was filmed at Winterthur last year. The painting, originally published with the caption “At a Hail from the Boat He Went to the Rail,” is an illustration from the 1923 book Privateers of ’76, a tale of Massachusetts boy Stephen Claghorn and his adventures at sea during the American Revolution. The painting pictures the moment toward the end of the story when Claghorn, alone and adrift aboard a derelict ship, is rescued, improbably, by his Salem schoolmaster. The Delaware Art Museum announced that it will display the painting in its American illustration gallery for the next six months. The owner’s family purchased the painting directly from the artist for $300 in June 1960. During the Antiques Roadshow segment, the owner described his father’s ... More

A view of Hudson Yards, the largest mixed-use private real estate venture in American history, in New York, Dec. 18, 2019. Mark Wickens/The New York Times.

by Michael Kimmelman

NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE ).- No real estate developer has profited more from the High Line than Related Cos., the global giant. Under its chairman, Stephen Ross, Related has, in recent years, become the biggest luxury developer in the neighborhood by a wide margin, erecting buildings designed by Zaha Hadid, Thomas Heatherwick and Robert A.M. Stern, among other marquee names, and last year completing the first phase of Hudson Yards, the largest mixed-use private real estate venture in American history. A blue-glass megadevelopment with a supersized shopping mall and trash-basket-shaped tourist attraction called the Vessel, by Heatherwick, Hudson Yards rose from a massive deck that Related built atop a dozen acres of working rail tracks where the High Line jogs west from 10th Avenue along West 30th Street toward the Hudson River. Now Related is undertaking the second phase of Hudson Yards, ... More

The artist Peter McGough in his Greenwich Village apartment in New York, Oct. 1, 2019. Vincent Tullo/The New York Times.

by Steven Kurutz

NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE ).- Once in the late 1970s, somebody insulted David McDermott’s mother at a party, so he went to Tiffany & Co. and had a note engraved: “Mr. David Walter McDermott is pleased to announce the elimination of _______ from his guest list.” The note, which was mailed out to the offender’s friends, now hangs on the wall of Peter McGough’s apartment in Greenwich Village. “Now, that’s pretty brilliant, to insult someone at such a high level,” he said, laughing at the memory. But it is now McGough’s turn to be disinvited. Half of the Victorian-inspired art duo McDermott & McGough, McGough has written a memoir about his partnership with McDermott, “I’ve Seen the Future and I’m Not Going,” in which he recounts their bizarre journey as time-traveling artists known as much for their retro lifestyle as for their pseudo-historical art. They dressed in Edwardian clothes, ... More

Exhibition of recent works by American artist Rashid Johnson on view at Hauser & Wirth   Record year for watches at Sotheby's   Exhibition of new work by British artist Rose Wylie opens at David Zwirner

Standing Broken Men, 2019. Ceramic tile, mirror tile, branded red oak flooring, spray enamel, oil stick, black soap, wax, 240.7 x 188.6 x 7.6 cm / 94 3/4 x 74 1/4 x 3 in. Photo: Martin Parsekian. © Rashid Johnson. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth.

NEW YORK, NY.- Hauser & Wirth is presenting ‘The Hikers,’ an exhibition of recent works by American artist Rashid Johnson. The exhibition brings together ceramic tile mosaics, collaged paintings, and a largescale sculpture that address Johnson’s recurring interest in currents of anxiety and escapism created by the political and social turmoil felt across the United States and around the globe. The exhibition borrows its title from Johnson’s latest film, a centerpiece of the exhibition, shot earlier this year on location in the mountains of Colorado. ‘The Hikers’ unfolds through five rooms on the gallery’s second floor, in a formal arrangement that echoes the fragmentation and accumulation of Johnson’s mosaics and collaged works on display. The viewer is first greeted by three monumental ... More

A possibly unique and previously unknown Cosmograph Daytona, reference 16528 in yellow gold with red dial and suspended logo, circa 1990 more than doubled the pre-sale low estimate to achieve US$ 541,200 in Hong Kong in October. Courtesy Sotheby's.

NEW YORK, NY.- “This has been an historic year for our team, reflective of the ever-growing fascination with watches around the world. Propelled by the sales of exceptional property, careful sourcing and fast-expanding online sales, these results prove that, for many collectors, watches transcend the pure function of timekeeping. The appearance of masterpieces by horological pioneers, such as George Daniels’ record-breaking “Space Traveller”, also has a spin-off effect on all levels of the market, bringing people to fully appreciate the vision, tradition, exceptional craftmanship and technical prowess that can be found in a watch. --Sam Hines, Worldwide Head of Sotheby’s Watches “A collection such as “Masterworks of Time” is a barometer for the market, showing a deepening ... More

Rose Wylie, Serena (Clay Court), 2019 © Rose Wylie. Courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner.

HONG KONG.- David Zwirner is presenting an exhibition of new work by British artist Rose Wylie—her first solo presentation in Hong Kong. painting a noun…includes several groups of related paintings and drawings that collectively underscore the importance of memory—as both a fixed and a shifting concept—within the artist’s practice. Drawing from such wide-ranging cultural arenas as film, fashion photography, literature, mythology, history, news images, and sports, Wylie paints colorful and exuberant compositions that are uniquely recognizable. Frequently using images as a prompt, the artist works primarily from memory, resulting in paintings and drawings that are replete with associative afterimages that remain only loosely tethered to their original referents, but tightly connected to the memories as they have developed over time. In this respect, drawing is an important aspect of Wylie’s practice—once she ... More

The PlayStation... by Nintendo? Only known surviving prototype of the never-released console goes to auction   World-leading artists donate artworks to support Whitechapel Gallery   Christie's 'Dressing the Table: Contemporary Fine Dining' - now open to view online

Nintendo Play Station Prototype - Sony and Nintendo c. 1990-92.

DALLAS, TX.- The only remaining "Play Station” prototype, developed by Nintendo and Sony during the 1990s, is expected to rock the gaming world March 5-7 when the console comes to auction for the first time at Heritage Auctions, "Most importantly, it works,” said Valarie McLeckie, Director of Video Games at Heritage Auctions. The prototype is believed to be the only surviving example of 200 pre-production consoles that spawned from a once promising partnership between Sony and Nintendo. These companies are now two of the biggest competitors in the modern home console video game market, which makes this console's existence a bit of a head-scratcher. At one time, this reportedly single-surviving unit was owned by Olaf Olaffson, the founder, first president, and chief executive officer of Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc., and eventually found its way into the hands of a private owner by pure chance. "Reportedly, ... More

Laure Prouvost, IDEALLY THIS POSTER WOULD SHOW YOU THE WAY, 2019, Acrylic and varnish on board , 57.1 x 37.2 cm, Unique. Courtesy the artist and Lisson Gallery.

LONDON.- Whitechapel Gallery announced the donation of 14 exceptional original artworks to the Gallery by world-leading artists Francis Alÿs, Yto Barrada (b. 1971), Alvaro Barrington (b. 1983), Gareth Cadwallader (b. 1979), Andrew Cranston (b. 1969), Ayan Farah (b. 1978), William Kentridge (b. 1955), Sadik Kwaish Alfraji (b. 1960), Cathy de Monchaux (b. 1960), Laure Prouvost (b. 1978), Michal Rovner (b. 1957), Alexis Teplin (b. 1976), Francis Upritchard (b. 1976) and Richard Wentworth (b. 1947). All donated artworks will be auctioned in support of Whitechapel Gallery’s education and community programmes, during a gala dinner on 21 January 2020, as part of the Gallery’s prestigious Art Icon award in partnership with Swarovski. This year the auction forms part of a major new fundraising initiative, ... More

Estimates start from £800 up to £18,000. Selected highlights from the sale will be on view at Christie’s Headquarters in London from 13 to 22 January. © Christie's Images Ltd 2020.

LONDON.- Welcoming the new year with fresh inspiration to reinvigorate tableware for 2020 – whatever the occasion – Christie’s new online sale Dressing the Table: Contemporary Fine Dining is now open to view online, ahead of opening for bidding on 22 until 29 January. Providing dynamic opportunities to mix prints, patterns and one-of-a-kind objects for a thoroughly modern table this year – be it for afternoon tea, an alfresco breakfast, dinner or a home bar - this curated selection of 55 lots ranges from Versace and Dior-designed plates and cutlery to Baccarat glass, Chinese Export porcelain and grand silver candelabra. Estimates start from £800 up to £18,000. Selected highlights from the sale will be on view at Christie’s Headquarters in London from 13 to 22 January, curated by homeware designer and style curator Petra Palumbo ... More

This Bond wears corduroy   CUE Art Foundation opens Steve Parker's first solo exhibition in New York City   Whipped cream and cherry sculpture to grace London square

Italian designer, Massimo Alba, in his Milan studio in Italy on Jan. 8, 2020. The super spy, James Bond, is getting a new look, corduroy, courtesy of Alba. Alessandro Grassani/The New York Times.

by Kerry Olsen

MILAN (NYT NEWS SERVICE ).- James Bond has an unexpected weapon in the forthcoming espionage flick, “No Time to Die.” Corduroy. What? The famously slick Tom Ford tuxedo-clad super spy invented by Ian Fleming now wearing the fuddy-duddy fabric most often associated with 1970s literature professors? Yes, if the trailer for the April release, directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga (“True Detective”) and with script tweaks by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (“Fleabag”), is anything to go by. But then, this cord is not exactly the look of the cord of yore. It comes courtesy of Italian designer Massimo Alba, and includes a two-button sand-tone suit, moss-hued coat and gray trousers. Opening scenes shot in the southern Italian town of Matera show Bond wearing the suit during a car chase with the mysterious ... More

Steve Parker, Ghost Box, 2018. Brass, wires, ink on paper, electronics, headphones, instrument case, 96 x 144 x 12 inches.

NEW YORK, NY.- CUE Art Foundation is presenting Futurist Listening, Steve Parker’s first solo exhibition in New York City, curated by Marcela Guerrero. This series of work takes the form of sonic headwear, acoustic sculptures built from brass instruments, and graphic scores, all of which build upon World War II audio tactics such as jamming signals, coded messages, and warning sirens, reimagining them in sculptural form as vehicles for present-day protest and deception. These systems are mapped out across the gallery with trumpet pipes welded into sprawling abstract lines, diagrammed and layered on paper scores, or compiled into looming brass speakers and noise intoners. In the piece ASMR Étude, Parker recreates wearable acoustic locators through which one can hear popular Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, or ASMR, recordings made to treat ... More

Heather Phillipson poses with "The End". Photo: © James O Jenkins.

LONDON (AFP).- A giant swirl of replica whipped cream, topped with a sculpted cherry, fly and drone, is to appear in London's Trafalgar Square for the next two years, the mayor's office said Tuesday. The artwork -- titled "The End" -- is the latest sculpture to be commissioned for the empty fourth plinth in the world-famous landmark. Created by British artist Heather Phillipson, who works in video, sculpture and drawing, the drone will also transmit a live feed of the square. It will be visible a dedicated website, "giving a sculpture's-eye perspective", curators said. "'The End' responds to Trafalgar Square as a site of mass gathering, celebration, protest and personal broadcast, shared with other forms of creaturely life," they added in a statement. Organisers described "The End" as "exuberant, uneasy and suggesting hubris and impending collapse", without elaborating on the inspiration for the symbolic disintegration. Its March 26 unveiling will come ... More

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Ryan Lee opens an exhibition of new work by the conceptual photographer Sandy Skoglund
NEW YORK, NY.- Ryan Lee opened Winter, an exhibition of new work by the conceptual photographer Sandy Skoglund. Winter—ten years in the making—is a multifaceted project that includes sculpture, installation, and photography. Portions of Skoglund’s immersive tableau are on view in the gallery, along with its final photographic iteration. Skoglund describes Winter as “a study in perseverance and persistence, an artificial landscape celebrating the beautiful and frightening qualities of the coldest season.” In the photographic image, a man, woman, and child punctuate an icy blue scene. They are inside of an iceberg, perhaps, surrounded by its craggy walls. Standing pensive with hands in the pockets of their winter coats, only the child, a red-headed girl, looks out toward the viewer. The trio is joined in this fantastical setting by a cluster of three ... More

Sperone Westwater presents eight new paintings and six works on paper by Susan Rothenberg
NEW YORK, NY.- Sperone Westwater is presenting eight new paintings and six works on paper by Susan Rothenberg for the artist’s twelfth solo show at the gallery. Inspired by the artist’s surroundings in New Mexico, the animals and birds in these new works—pack rats, doves and ravens—are caught in intense, fleeting moments. Rothenberg’s brushstrokes convey urgency and movement while building images that not only charge abstraction with representation but also confound figure and ground. These new works signal that she continues to be an independent figure, reimagining painting at a time when a new generation of artists is vitally taking up the question. Susan Rothenberg’s first New York solo in 1975 took place at 112 Greene Street, an alternative space in SoHo. It consisted of three large paintings of horses. Almost 20 years later Peter Schjeldahl, ... More

Stephen Jones commissioned to create original hats on the occasion of "Madame d'Ora" retrospective
NEW YORK, NY.- Milliner Stephen Jones, considered one of the world's most important and radical hat designers, will create several original works for the Neue Galerie Design Shop. Jones will interpret works by legendary milliners of the mid-20th century. These couture hats will be available in connection with the exhibition "Madame D'Ora," opening at the Neue Galerie on February 20, 2020. This will be the largest museum, retrospective on the Viennese photographer ever presented in the United States. Dora Kallmus (1881-1963), who came to be known as Madame d'Ora, enjoyed an illustrious 50-year career, from 1907 until 1957. Known today primarily for her work as a portrait photographer of the artistic and social elite of Europe, she also worked in other genres, in particular fashion. Over the course of her lifetime, d'Ora turned her lens on many artists, ... More

Pace Gallery presents Adam Pendleton's first solo show in Korea
SEOUL.- Pace Gallery is presenting Adam Pendleton: These Elements of Me, the artist’s first solo show in Korea and his sixth with Pace. The exhibition comprises a single large-scale work: a 46-panel grid of compositions silkscreened with black ink on clear sheets of Mylar. Derived from Pendleton’s collages, the titular work is part of an ongoing series that incorporates the artist’s own writings and drawings as well as found materials, such as historical photographs and pages from books in his personal library. In These Elements of Me, a play of repetitive, incomplete, and unresolved propositions—“I AM NOT THE”…“BUT NOW I AM”…“BUT NOW WE”…“THE NOW I AM”…“BUT WAS THE”—unfolds in uncanny dialogue with shapes, marks, hatching, and reproduced images. These visual forms intrude into the compositional space of the words, at times disrupting their leg ... More

Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates to host large Americana and bottle auction
MT. CRAWFORD, VA.- The Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates Winter Americana Auction contains a true diversity of material and will include everything from rare bottles and flasks to advertising and political memorabilia. The large auction will take place over two days, Friday, February 28, 2020 and Saturday, February 29, 2020 with absentee, phone, internet, and in-house bidding available. Friday’s session, beginning at 9:30 am, promises to be a landmark event and features the important bottle and flask collection of the late Russell and Doris Evitt, Jackson, CA. Offerings consist of rare historical flasks, California and other bitters and whiskies, Willington and other pickles, pitkins and globes, snuffs, figurals, &c.; plus the sarsaparilla collection of the late Charles Timothy “Tim” Moore, Troy, NC. Highlights from the Evitt Collection include a rare 8.75-inch yellow- ... More

'Dominic Hawgood: Casting Out the Self v3.1' opens at TJ Boulting
LONDON.- TJ Boulting presents an exhibition of recent works by Dominic Hawgood from Casting Out the Self, a shape-shifting project, dispersed across a number of platforms, reflecting the rapidly evolving landscape of digital imaging. The ritualistic and digital collide, in a site-specific installation that brings together the world of psychedelics with the mechanics of visual computing. When it comes right down to it, do you know how a digital image works? Could you explain to a child how an image captured from the world can be digitally heightened or altered? Or how a computer-generated image is produced? Of course, you do not need to know. For all its advantages, the digital age has alienated us from the inner workings of everyday machines, devices and processes. Constructed digital images have come to look ordinary to us now, "the ... More

21,39 Jeddah Arts: Participating artists announced
JEDDAH.- The seventh edition of 21,39 Jeddah Arts (28 January - 18 April 2020) is a call to action in response to the environmental emergency from the specificity of a local context. As Saudi Arabia imagines and plans a new future, 60 local and international artists, architects, designers and thinkers will pose questions around environmental sustainability and explore alternative and symbiotic ways to inhabit our planet through a city-wide programme of exhibitions, commissions, talks and debates, and an extensive public education program. 21,39 Jeddah Arts is presented by the Saudi Art Council, an independent initiative aimed at cultivating the local Saudi art scene and building bridges with the international art world. Curated by Maya El Khalil, the program’s central exhibition, I Love You, Urgently contends with the global climate emergency ... More

Thomas Erben Gallery opens an exhibition featuring works by Czech and Slovak artists
NEW YORK, NY.- Thomas Erben Gallery is presenting Middle European Mysticism, an exhibition featuring Czech and Slovak artists Juraj Bartusz, Jiří David, Viktoria Langer, Štefan Papčo and Jitka Válová, whose work is on view at the gallery for the first time. Art production out of Eastern Europe had its moment after the fall of the Berlin Wall, when Western audiences flocked to Prague and other gateway points of the former Soviet Empire, hoping to experience the world behind the Iron Curtain before its inevitable adaption to the prevailing political system. Art from the region was shown widely at international exhibitions, providing a breath of fresh air while being displayed as newly discovered and captured trophies. Now, thirty years later, contemporary art practices originating in the former East are gaining new confidence and empowerment. ... More

Exhibition of new work by New York-based artist Nick Moss opens at Leila Heller Gallery
NEW YORK, NY.- Leila Heller opened Steel Shapes, an exhibition of new work by New York–based artist Nick Moss. On view January 10, through February 15, 2020, the exhibition marks the artist’s second solo show at Leila Heller New York. Moss’s new body of work marks a significant transition from figuration to abstraction while still employing the artist’s signature cut-steel canvases and industrial tools to explore materiality and color. At the center of this exhibition is his series Steel Shapes, in which Moss uses a blowtorch and unique patinas to test the limits of color on various shaped steel canvases welded together, recalling modernist tropes such as color-field painting, hard-edge abstraction, and assemblage. In these works, traditional linen and wood have been replaced with steel, the brush with a torch, and paint with patina. In addition to the ... More

John Rothchild, 74, dies; Wrote about personal finance with wit
NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE ).- John Rothchild, a prolific journalist who used humor to turn books about personal finance into engaging reads, including several in collaboration with successful investor Peter Lynch and one titled “A Fool and His Money,” died on Dec. 27 at a care facility in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He was 74. His daughter Sascha Rothchild said the cause was complications of Alzheimer’s disease. Rothchild began his journalism career in the 1970s as a political editor at Washington Monthly before becoming a freelance writer for outlets like Time, GQ and Outside. He wrote about Florida, where he was raised, as well as mountain climbing and cycling, hobbies he adopted later in life, and personal finance. He picked up the personal finance bug in the 1980s. One of his best-known books, “A Fool and His Money” (1988), subtitled “The ... More

Exhibition offers a survey of some of the finest photographs that Calum Colvin has produced
EDINBURGH.- Calum Colvin RSA is internationally renowned as a artist who has challenged the boundaries of photographic media. In recognition of this achievement Tom Normand HRSA has completed a study of Colvin’s photography titled The Constructed Worlds of Calum Colvin: Symbol, Allegory, Myth. This book is a thematic exploration of Colvin’s photography; recognising its complexity, intrigue, erudition and humour. In appreciation of this occasion the Royal Scottish Academy of Art and Architecture is presenting this exhibition of Calum Colvin’s art. In part a selected retrospective, in part a review of highlights from his oeuvre, this exhibition offers a survey of some of the finest photographs that Colvin has produced. These works reflect upon the conditions of culture in Scotland, the tangled character of contemporary society, ... More

This Pendant is Britain's Oldest Piece of Iron Age Art

On a day like today, French painter Paul Cézanne was born
January 19, 1839. Paul Cézanne (19 January 1839 - 22 October 1906) was a French artist and Post-Impressionist painter whose work laid the foundations of the transition from the 19th-century conception of artistic endeavor to a new and radically different world of art in the 20th century. In this image: Paul Cézanne (French, 1839 - 1906). Recto: The Chaîne de l'Etoile Mountains (La Chaîne de l'Etoile avec le Pilon du Roi), 1885 - 1886. Watercolor and graphite on wove paper; Verso: Unfinished Landscape, undated. Watercolor and graphite on wove paper, Sheet: 12 3/8 x 19 1/8 in. (31.4 x 48.6 cm). BF650. Photo © 2015 The Barnes Foundation.

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