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Exhibition of Pierre-Auguste Renoir's paintings marks centenary of his death

Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French, 1841–1919), The Bathers, 1918–19. Oil on canvas, 43 5/16 x 63 in. Musée d’Orsay, Paris. Gift of the artist’s sons, 1923, RF 2795 Photo: Hervé Lewandowski © RMN-Grand Palais / Art Resource, NY.

WILLIAMSTOWN, MASS.- Over the course of his long career, Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French, 1841–1919) continually turned to the human figure for artistic inspiration. The body—particularly the nude—was the defining subject of Renoir’s practice, from his days as a student copying the old masters in the Musée du Louvre to the early twentieth century, when his revolutionary style of painting inspired the masters of modernism. In recognition of the centenary of Renoir’s death, the Clark Art Institute and the Kimbell Art Museum present Renoir: The Body, The Senses. This exhibition is the first major exploration of Renoir’s unceasing interest in the human form, and it reconsiders Renoir as a constantly evolving artist whose style moved from Realism into luminous Impressionism and culminated in the modern classicism of his last decades. Co-organized by Esther Bell, Robert and Martha Berman Lipp Chief Curator at the Clark, and George ... More

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Rehs Contemporary opens an exhibition of majestic landscapes by Ken Salaz   Monet: Impression Sunrise launches at the National Gallery of Australia   Andrew Jones Auctions to offer close to 400 lots in next auction to be held on June 16th

Detail of Ken Salaz's Moonrise over Sundial Peak, Utah. Oil on panel, 9 x 12 inches.

NEW YORK, NY.- Rehs Contemporary is presenting A Noble Pursuit: The Majestic Landscapes of Ken Salaz while celebrating the successful release of his book, Landscapes in Oil, a comprehensive guide to classical landscape painting. Salaz, author and painter, assembled a who’s who of today’s finest artists to accompany him on his mission to elevate the genre of contemporary landscape painting, while bringing awareness to a cause which has always been deeply engrained within him – the preservation of our environment. As a partial descendant of the Yaqui tribe, Salaz spent much of his childhood in the Southwestern United States and Mexico. His father’s Native American roots were wholly responsible for instilling a reverence for nature; exposing him to the mystical aspects of their culture while allowing him to realize, through direct experience, that everything is alive and pulsating with meanings and lessons. ... More

Claude Monet, Impression, sunrise [Impression, soleil levant] 1872 (detail). Oil on canvas, 50 x 65 cm. Gift of Victorine and Eugène Donop de Monchy 1940. Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris © Christian Baraja SLB.

CANBERRA.- For the first time ever, Australian audiences have the opportunity to see Claude Monet’s iconic masterpiece, Impression, sunrise – the highlight of the National Gallery of Australia’s 2019 winter exhibition and the painting that gave Impressionism its name. Impression, sunrise, painted in 1872, shows a young Monet in his pioneering development as an artist. From his hotel window, he captures a passing moment at the harbour in Le Havre – an impression of the rising sun over the working port. In time, it changed the way the world viewed art. With a desire to bring the surrounding landscape to life, Monet used quick brushstrokes and well-chosen colour to convey the changing atmosphere, which he believed gave “subjects their true value”. Visitors will experience a remarkable collection of paintings ... More

Vintage Mills 25-cent Golden Nugget slot machine with stand, circa 1950s, overall 59 ½ inches tall by 17 ½ inches wide (est. $800-$1,200).

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Andrew Jones Auctions next DTLA (Downtown Los Angeles) Collections & Estates auction on Sunday, June 16th, is packed with fun, quirky and out-of-the-ordinary accessories and furnishings, plus luxe décor and statement pieces for the home, loft, gallery and retail space. Buyers can re-design a room in an affordable and sustainable way. The sale will include nearly 400 lots of antiques, fine art, Asian works of art, fine estate jewelry, Modernist design, furnishings, rugs, vintage slot machines and other great finds, all from notable local private sources. Bidding will be available online and in the Andrew Jones gallery at 2221 Main Street in downtown Los Angeles. The auction will start promptly at 10:30 am Pacific time. “This sale offers a great mix of art, design, jewelry antiques and whimsey, with the accent on affordability, sustainability ... More

Tate Modern opens the UK's first ever retrospective of the Russian avant-garde artist Natalia Goncharova   An early 'Tintin' cover sells at auction for $1.1 million   Pace announces inaugural exhibition program for new flagship Chelsea gallery opening September 2019

Natalia Goncharova, Design with birds and flowers. Study for textile design for House of Myrbor 1925-1928. Gouache and graphite on embossed paper, 745 x 670 mm. State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow. Bequeathed by A.K. Larionova-Tomilina, Paris 1989 © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2019.

LONDON.- Tate Modern is presenting the UK’s first ever retrospective of the Russian avant-garde artist Natalia Goncharova. This exhibition is a sweeping survey of a pioneering and radical figure, celebrated during her lifetime as a leading modernist artist. Throughout her varied career she challenged the limits of artistic, social and gender conventions, from parading through the streets of Moscow displaying futurist body art and scandalising newspapers of the day, to creating internationally acclaimed designs for fashion and the theatre. Goncharova’s artistic output traces, influences and transcends the art movements of the 20th century. Born in 1881, she was inspired by the traditional customs and cultures of her native Central Russia – inspirations that pervade her life’s work. By the age of 32, she had already established herself as a leader of the Moscow avant- ... More

The Adventures of Tintin Vol. 1: Tintin in the Land of the Soviets. Original Cover Art. Ink on paper (With gouache corrections), 27 x 29,5 cm (paper).

WASHINGTON (AFP).- An original drawing used for the first published "Tintin" cover was sold at auction on Saturday in Dallas for $1.12 million, the Heritage Auctions house told AFP. The identities of seller and buyer have not been released. The illustration, by Tintin creator Herge (the pseudonym of Belgian cartoonist Georges Remi), shows the plucky young reporter sitting on a tree stump carving a makeshift propeller for his plane after the original was damaged in a rough landing somewhere in the Soviet Union. His faithful dog Snowy (Milou in the original French) sits and watches, bandaged from tail to nose. The beloved Tintin books have been translated into more than 70 languages, but in 1929, 22-year-old Herge was still telling the young journalist's story in the pages of Le Petit Vingtieme (The Little Twentieth), a kids' supplement to the Belgian daily Le Vingtieme Siecle (The Twentieth Century). The serialized Tintin stories proved so popular that soon Le Petit Vingtieme published them in 16-page ... More

Pace's new flagship gallery in New York City, located at 540 West 25th Street, opens to the public on September 14, 2019. Courtesy of Bonetti / Kozerski Architecture.

NEW YORK, NY.- Pace Gallery announced its inaugural season of programming for its new flagship gallery in New York City, located at 540 West 25th Street. After almost six decades of history in Manhattan, Pace will cement its commitment to Chelsea with a new global headquarters in the heart of the neighborhood. Open to the public on September 14, 2019, Pace will present a series of exhibitions throughout the new building, including: an exhibition dedicated to Alexander Calder occupying the first floor gallery; a show of new paintings by New York-based artist Loie Hollowell on the second floor; an installation of new work by David Hockney on the third floor; and a presentation charting the evolution of Fred Wilson’s chandelier sculptures installed on the seventh floor. The inaugural exhibition represents several firsts, including Loie Hollowell’s premiere exhibition with Pace in New York. Additional details on each exhibition, accompany ... More

Georg Baselitz donates 7 works to the Bavarian State Painting Collections   Color lithograph exhibition evokes fin de siècle Paris   Simon Lee Gallery presents the European premiere of Marilyn Minter's video work My Cuntry 'Tis of Thee

Portrait of Georg Baselitz, 2018 © Matthias Willi.

MUNICH.- The donation is the expression of a decades-long bond between the internationally recognized German artist, one of his earliest collectors and long-time supporter, and the museum staff. Thanks to the donation, the Bavarian State Painting Collections now has an ensemble of 31 key works by the artist. Established in 1972, the collection of Baselitz works in the museum holdings exemplifies the artist’s development from the early 1960s to the present day. This emphasis on Baselitz is anchored in the collection in the context of extensive holdings of Joseph Beuys, Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, Anselm Kiefer, Sigmar Polke, Arnulf Rainer, and Andy Warhol, which are regularly presented in the exhibition spaces. The origins of today’s Baselitz collection, which is now crowned by the donation, date back around half a century and begin in 1972 with the museum’s acquisition of the painting ‘Seeschwalbe’ ... More

Alphonse Mucha, Zodiac, 1896, color lithograph on silk, Photograph by John Faier, © 2015, The Richard H. Driehaus Museum.

CINCINNATI, OH.- As the 19th century was coming to a close, vivid, visually seductive artwork began appearing on the streets of Paris in the form of commercial posters – affiches – promoting everything from goods and services to events and entertainment. This new art-as-advertising hybrid was catalyzed by the expansion of France’s laws governing freedom of speech coinciding with advances in color lithography. The result was a colorful, dramatic artform that epitomized La Belle Epoque. Parisians were captivated by the posters, and collecting them became all the rage. Nearly 140 years later, a collection of some of the best examples of the form are on exhibit in L’Affichomania: The Passion for French Posters, debuting at the Taft Museum of Art June 8 through Sept. 15. The exhibition is curated by Jeannine Falino, ... More

Marilyn Minter, My Cuntry ‘Tis of Thee, 2018. Film still. HD Digital Video. Duration 9:46. Courtesy the artist and Simon Lee Gallery, London / Hong Kong and Salon 94, New York.

LONDON.- Simon Lee Gallery is presenting the European premiere of New York-based artist Marilyn Minter’s video work My Cuntry ’Tis of Thee (2018). This is the artist’s debut exhibition with the gallery and her first solo presentation in the UK in thirty years. For nearly four decades, Minter’s provocative practice has dismantled the hierarchies of glamour, power, desire, beauty and sexuality that dominate contemporary consumer culture. Feminism and sexual politics provide the context for a body of work that encompasses painting, photography and video, amongst other visual and political tactics, in the creation of alluring images that unpack strategies of seduction appropriated from the media. Minter’s hyperrealist paintings of magnified body parts in high-gloss enamel ... More

MLF │ Marie-Laure Fleisch exhibits work by Claire Milbrath, Tessa Perutz, Anna Torma, and Joana Vasconcelos   Lévy Gorvy with Rumbler open inaugural exhibition during Zurich Art Weekend   Almine Rech Paris opens Leelee Kimmel's first exhibition with the gallery

Tessa Perutz, Belgian Landscape with Lavendar Moon and Cream Reflection, 2019. Oil on canvas, 60 x 48 x 3 cm.

BRUSSELS.- For the exhibition Imagined Realities, MLF | Marie-Laure Fleisch is presenting work by Claire Milbrath, Tessa Perutz, Anna Torma, and Joana Vasconcelos. With practices spanning painting, sculpture and textile, these four artists have each carved out a unique vocabulary in their field. Their work is, however, related by their desire to envision a world beyond their own physical realities, taking elements of real life and pushing them to the point of fantasy or dream. Their work attests to the fact that art does not only allow us to investigate the world around us, but also to explore a world which we could only wish existed. Beyond being a space of creation, the artist’s studio is a place of reflection, imagination and creativity. Things that are not possible in the outside world become tangible, and that which is invisible takes on material forms. This is a space in which the artist can be free to explore ideas that are beyo ... More

Terry Adkins, Barchiel, 2012. Nylon, rooster feathers, wood, and microphone stand, 90 x 10 x 10 inches (228.6 x 25.4 x 25.4 cm) © Terry Adkins. Courtesy of the Estate of Terry Adkins.

ZURICH.- Terry Adkins once described his method of repurposing found materials as “potential disclosure,” a process in which the strategic arrangement of objects revealed latent historical or metaphorical associations. Experimenting with Materiality considers the ways that such gestures of recontextualization manifest in the multimedia work of Adkins, Sonia Gomes, Senga Nengudi, and Carol Rama—artists who, despite working in disparate contexts, found resonant approaches to materiality. Using quotidian objects as their primary media, each artist cultivated a historically-charged practice examining ongoing dialogues pertaining to race, gender, and industry. Engaging parallel assemblage techniques, each artist’s work is rooted in deep spiritualism that allowed them to pursue an art that elevates the base substance of their media through its incorporation into ... More

Leelee Kimmel, Pinkilicious, 2018. Acrylic on canvas, 292,1 x 222,3 x 3,8 cm. 115 x 87 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches © Leelee Kimmel. Photo: Maris Hutchinson Courtesy of the Artist and Almine Rech.

PARIS.- Almine Rech Paris is presenting Nuwar, Leelee Kimmel’s first exhibition with the gallery. "Stirring up a mass of dull grey plankton, again there came the shock of sheer color — like a blow to the body, or a crashing chord to the ear. I know of no other sensation which quite equals the effect on the eye — or the brain behind the eye — as that of a great, glowing, living, rich-scarlet-red shrimp, cold as ice, just raised through a half mile of water. No flower I have ever seen in any setting could vie with it for a moment. It is worth recalling that for countless ages this shrimp and its ancestors had been merely the blackest of beings in a jet-black world, and only for the past few minutes had its blazing color existed. This may partly explain its exciting quality, like the unused rods and cones inour own retina, when we stand on our heads and look out at the world." [1] “I am nature”, Jackson Pollock ... More

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Ellen Gallagher's first solo exhibition in Paris on view at Gagosian
PARIS.- Gagosian is presenting Ellen Gallagher’s first solo exhibition in Paris. Through processes of accretion, erasure, and extraction, Gallagher has invented a densely saturated visual language in which overlapping patterns, motifs, and materials pulse with life. By fusing narrative modes including poetry, film, music, and collage, she recalibrates the tensions between reality and fantasy—unsettling designations of race and nation, art and artifact, and allowing the familiar and the arcane to converge.
In the intricately tessellated Ecstatic Draught of Fishes (2019), Gallagher subverts an art historical lineage that begins with The Miraculous Draught of Fishes (1618–19)—Peter Paul Rubens’s depiction of one of Christ’s miracles—which later served as compositional inspiration for Théodore Géricault’s Raft of the Medusa (1819), showing ... More

The Academy of Fine Arts of Venice presents an installation by Peter Halley
VENICE.- The Academy of Fine Arts of Venice, and Flash Art magazine are presenting Heterotopia Ⅰ, an installation by Peter Halley on the occasion of the 2019 Venice Biennale. The installation is being held in the Academy of Fine Art’s exhibition space located in one of Venice’s historic salt warehouses, Magazzini del Sale, no. 3, at Dorsoduro 264, Zattere. The exhibition is curated by Gea Politi, director of Flash Art, and will run through August 10. Using the forty-meter-long exhibition space, Halley has assembled a sequence of eight interconnected rooms that employ digitally-printed wall murals, a varying palette of artificial lighting, and three-dimensional objects to create a hermetic, coded heterotopia – a term borrowed from Michel Foucault, who defined heterotopia as a differentiated, bordered space created for a special purpose that both ... More

H&H Classics to offer two Italian classics: Alfa Romeo and Lancia
LONDON.- This fabulously rare 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint Speciale is believed to be one of only 25 RHD versions built. This is a true sleeping beauty with only 42,000 miles on the clock, has been in the same family since 1972 and in storage for three decades. It will be sold by H&H Classics with an estimate of £30,000 to £40,000 at Duxford Imperial War Museum on June 19th. Made even more collectable as it is a matching numbers car it comes with its original leather interior. This charming car has recently emerged from its long-term storage and appears to be totally original and unmodified and retains its original engine and interior. It was put into storage in 1987 due to a bereavement and not a mechanical issue and has remained unused since. Upon inspection it was found to have a coating of wax on the underside and in the boot floor which explains ... More

Sikkema Jenkins & Co. opens a solo exhibition of new works by Terry Haggerty
NEW YORK, NY.- Sikkema Jenkins & Co. is presenting a solo exhibition of new works by Terry Haggerty, on view May 30 through July 12, 2019. This is Haggerty’s third solo show with Sikkema Jenkins & Co. Terry Haggerty’s paintings reveal the multi-dimensional possibilities within painting – bold color is used to enliven and give volume and depth to positive and negative space. A series of monochrome lines, corners, and edges fold around one another, activating gaps between geometric planes of color. Haggerty’s works embrace the tension between two-dimensional outline and three-dimensional form, creating images characterized as “half object, half painting.” The paint is meticulously applied on flat, shaped wooden panels, layered with a non-reflective varnish which removes any trace of the artist’s hand. What remains is an image of machine-like precision. ... More

Solo exhibition of new paintings by British artist Graham Little on view at Alison Jacques Gallery
LONDON.- Alison Jacques Gallery is presenting a solo exhibition of new paintings by British artist Graham Little made between 2016 and 2019. To mark this exhibition, Alison Jacques Gallery will publish a monograph on Graham Little, including an essay by writer and author Martin Herbert and an introduction by Whitechapel Gallery Curator Laura Smith. Graham Little’s process is time-consuming and meticulous, each work taking months to complete. This exhibition, five years in the making, brings together for the first time, male figures alongside his more familiar female figurative imagery and marks a further transition with a focus on still life. It examines Little’s investigations into figurative painting, constructing interior and exterior tableaus referencing histories of visual representation from a range of archival source imagery. The paintings combine elements ... More

Sotheby's celebrates the Apollo 11 moon landing With an auction of Omega Speedmaster watches
NEW YORK, NY.- In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first Omega watch landing on the moon in July 1969, Sotheby's will hold a dedicated auction of Omega Speedmaster watches this summer in New York. The 19 July 2019 auction Omega Speedmaster: To the Moon and Back will celebrate one of the most iconic sports watches ever to come to market, which was a leading choice of astronauts for more than five decades. All of the “Moonwatches” on offer – which will have the additional distinction of being vetted by Omega themselves – will be open for public exhibition in Sotheby’s New York galleries beginning 15 July, alongside Sotheby’s Space Exploration auction. Before sending any objects into space, NASA performs extensive testing to ensure that anything aboard a space flight will withstand the rigors of unpredictable environments. ... More

Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt opens an exhibition of works by John M Armleder
FRANKFURT.- John M Armleder is regarded as one of the most important concept, performance and object artists of the present day. From June 7 until September 1, 2019 the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt is presenting new, expansive installations that he develops specially for the exhibition and which are shown both in- and outside. Armleder’s art combines coincidence and planning, high culture and everyday life, profundity and triviality to create an ambivalent and unique experience. Based on the formal repertoire of Modernism – Constructivism, Op-Art, Pop, gestural and abstract painting as well as design – he finds poetic and ironic commentaries on our current reality and the status of art. The artist actively explores the respective exhibition space; many of his works are created directly in situ. He often uses set pieces from earlier works and combines ... More

Rockwell Museum unveils surprise acquisition, "Tree of 40 Fruit #87"
CORNING, NY.- The Rockwell Museum unveiled a surprise acquisition at a members-only event Thursday morning. The piece is highly unusual in that it is the first living acquisition ever to be a part of the Museum’s collection. Sam Van Aken’s “Tree of 40 Fruit #87” is on permanent display in the Thomas Buechner Park, across the street from The Rockwell on Denison Parkway. True to its name, the tree – which was actually planted somewhat in secret in October 2018 and has been cared for diligently ever since – will ultimately bear 40 different types of fruit. It currently has the ability to produce: · Three types of apricots · Two types of cherries · A nectarine · Two types of peaches · A pluto · Three Asian plums · Five European plums Van Aken created the living installation by grafting different varieties of stone fruit upon a single trunk to create a specific aesthetic ... More

The François Schneider Foundation opens an exhibition of works by Céleste Boursier-Mougenot
WATTWILLER .- A major figure of the French and international art scene, Céleste Boursier-Mougenot was given free rein by the François Schneider Foundation. In response, the representative for France at the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015 took a poetic knife to the entire Art Centre, recreating in situ a set of visual and sound installations whose aim is to disorient the visitor. The usual downwards trajectory is inverted to create a route that goes from the building’s deepest point up to its peak. The materials flow, escape, spread out. Glass, water and minerals spread from the edges of the foundation to its viscera. At once both minimal and sophisticated, Céleste Boursier-Mougenot's work is a clever fusion of science and fiction. A visionary for improbable encounters between the living things and manufactured objects that populate our world, to which ... More

Italian pavilion at the Venice Biennale features works by Enrico David, Chiara Fumai, and Liliana Moro
VENICE.- Neither Nor: The challenge to the Labyrinth is the title of the exhibition, curated by Milovan Farronato for the Italian Pavilion at the 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia in which three Italian artists are taking part, presenting completely new works along with ones from the past: Enrico David (Ancona, 1966), Chiara Fumai (Rome, 1978 – Bari, 2017) and Liliana Moro (Milan, 1961). The subtitle of the project alludes to “La sfida al labirinto” (“The Challenge to the Labyrinth”) a seminal essay written by Italo Calvino in 1962 that has been the inspiration for Neither Nor. In this text the author proposes a cultural work open to all possible languages and that feels itself co-responsible in the construction of a world which, having lost its traditional points of reference, no longer asks to be merely represented. To visualize the intricate ... More

Gondoleering goddesses teach ancient art to the masses
VENICE (AFP).- "Big wave incoming, use your legs!" shouts Gabriella Lazzari, as her laughing students try out their new gondoleering skills in the sunshine of Venice's lagoon. Lazzari is one of some 20 women who teach tourists from around the world how to row standing up, Venetian style, in "Batela coda di gambero", shrimp-tailed wooden boats. "We take them out to the lagoon so they can do the gondoleering part without crashing into everybody," quips Jane Caporal, who founded the Row Venice organisation more than eight years ago in a bid to save the "voga alla veneta" style of rowing. "Obviously Venice is motorised now, so people don't row around in their little boats anymore," she said. "The idea is to save the tradition. Not just the actual rowing, everything: the boat building, the oar making, the forcola (oar rowlock) making, crafts ... More

The Most Expensive Art in Casinos All Around the World
There is beauty in playing at a casino online, you are given a wide variety of games and many perks, but gambling online doesn’t give you the same beauty that art does. There are land based casinos all around the world, ones which house some of the most compelling art and also the most expensive. Here are some of the most notorious ones to be more appealing for their wall décor than their video slots machines. ... More

Irish teenagers play slots freely
This week, the Irish Health Research Council released a report on the prevalence of gambling, which covers the 2014-2018 period. According to experts, this indicates that the government is not in a hurry to adopt new gambling legislation. In the course of the study, 7005 Irish residents aged 15 years and older were interviewed in the period from August 2014 to August 2018. The definition of “gambling” in this context includes everything from lottery tickets, casinos, free slots games online, betting terminals and races to playing bingo and card games with family or friends. ... 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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