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Exhibition marks Pierre Cardin's first New York retrospective in 40 years

A dress is displayed at the Pierre Cardin's "Future Fashion" Exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum July 19, 2019. Pierre Cardin: Future Fashion is the first New York retrospective in forty years to focus on the legendary couturier. TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP PHOTO / AFP.

BROOKLYN, NY.- Pierre Cardin: Future Fashion traces the legendary career of one of the fashion world's most innovative designers, one whose futuristic designs and trailblazing efforts to democratize high fashion for the masses pushed the boundaries of the industry for more than seven decades. The retrospective exhibition features over 170 objects that date from the 1950s to the present, including haute couture and ready-to-wear garments, accessories, photographs, film, and other materials drawn primarily from the Pierre Cardin archive. Pierre Cardin: Future Fashion, curated by Matthew Yokobosky, Senior Curator of Fashion and Material Culture, Brooklyn Museum, will reveal how the designer's bold, futuristic aesthetic had a pervasive influence not only on fashion, but on other forms of design that extended beyond clothing to furniture, industrial design, and more. Pierre Cardin (French, b. 1922) is best known for his avant-garde Space Age desi ... More

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Exhibition celebrates the collecting eye of curator and scholar Gillett Griffin   Sotheby's "Moonwatch" auction reaches $1.2 million on eve of Apollo 11 anniversary   Exhibition presents afresh look at Georgia O'Keeffe's art, fashion and style

Gillett G. Griffin, Self -Portrait, ca. 1952–53. Oil on board. Rare Books and Special Collections, Graphic Arts Collection, Princeton University Library. © Estate of Gillett. G. Griffin.

PRINCETON, NJ.- Gillett G. Griffin (1928-2016) was not only a respected curator, scholar and collector but also a beloved teacher at Princeton University, where he taught and curated for 52 years. Legacy: Selections from the Gillett G. Griffin Collection celebrates Griffin’s eclectic tastes through a selection of artworks and artifacts from the thousands that he gave to the Museum (at his death, over 2,500 works joined the gifts of art Griffin, who held the title of emeritus curator of Pre-Columbian and Native American Art at the Museum, had made to the Museum in his lifetime). Among the 55 works in the exhibition are Greek, Roman, Egyptian, ancient Near Eastern, Islamic, African, Chinese, Japanese and Pre-Columbian antiquities; European and American prints, drawings and sculptures; and a handful of paintings and drawings that attest to Griffin’s own talents as an artist. The exhibition, organized by Curator ... More

Omega Speedmaster. Ref 2915-1 ‘Broad Arrow’. A Stainless Steel Chronograph Wristwatch with Bracelet. Made in 1958. Estimate $150/200,000. Sold for $250,000. Courtesy Sotheby's.

NEW YORK, NY.- In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first Omega watch landing on the moon in July 1969, Sotheby's dedicated auction of Omega Speedmasters totaled $1.2 million today, with a strong 87.8% of watches sold. Nate Borgelt, Head of Sale for Sotheby’s Watch Department in New York, said: “It has been exciting to put together this sale of Omega Speedmasters, commemorating the watch that Buzz Aldrin wore on the moon exactly 50 years ago. Today's results affirm the strength of the market for rare stainless-steel sports watches - from the Ref 2915-1 ‘Broad Arrow’, the first Speedmaster model ever created, to the Ref 145.012-67 ‘Ultraman’, named after its appearance in the Japanese television series, to the Alaska III Ref 145.022, made for NASA’s Space Shuttle program in 1978. We were particularly encouraged to see strong interest and participation this afternoon from first-time watch collectors.” ... More

Georgia O'Keeffe (American, 1887-1986). Dark Tree Trunks, 1946. Oil on canvas, 40 x 30in. (101.6 x 76.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Georgia O'Keeffe, 87.136.1. Photo: Brooklyn Museum.

RENO, NEV.- This July, the Nevada Museum of Art will offer a fresh look at the life, art, and style of renowned modernist artist Georgia O’Keeffe. Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern expands the common understanding of this icon in the context of her self-crafted public persona—including her clothing and the way she posed for the camera. The exhibition focuses on O’Keeffe’s wardrobe, shown for the first time alongside key paintings and photographs that confirm and explore her determination to control how the world understood her identity and artistic values. Organized by the Brooklyn Museum, Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern will be on view at the Nevada Museum of Art in downtown Reno, Nevada, July 20 through October 20, 2019. The Nevada Museum of Art is the only venue in the western United States to host the exhibition. Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern opens with an introduction that demonstrates ... More

The Royal Academy of Arts opens a survey exhibition of Finnish artist Helene Schjerfbeck   En Plein Air: Simon Lee Gallery opens a group exhibition   Apollo's legacy: A quiet corner of Alabama that is forever Germany

Helene Schjerfbeck, Self-portrait, 1884-85. Oil on canvas, 50 x 41 cm. Friends of Ateneum Collection. Finnish National Gallery / Ateneum Art Museum; photo: Hannu Aaltonen.

LONDON.- The Royal Academy of Arts will present a survey of the long and productive career of Finnish artist Helene Schjerfbeck (1862 – 1946). This will be the first solo exhibition of Schjerfbeck’s works to be held in the UK. Celebrated as one of the most famous and highly regarded artists in Finland, it will be a rare opportunity to see Schjerfbeck’s paintings together. The exhibition will feature around 65 portraits, landscapes and still lifes, charting the development of Schjerfbeck’s work from a naturalistic style inspired by French Salon painters in the early 1880s, to a radically abstracted and modern approach from the turn of the twentieth century onwards. Throughout her career, Schjerfbeck exhibited internationally and was particularly successful in the Nordic countries and across mainland Europe; however, she has remained largely undiscovered in the UK. The exhibition will be organised in five sections ... More

Joćo Penalva, Looking up in Osaka Minamisemba 1 cho-me, 2005-2006 (Printed 2012). Unique Archival pigment print on Innova. Smooth Cotton High White 315 gsm paper, dry-mounted on Alu Reynobond, acrylic glass, oak frame 202.7 x 152.7 x 5.7 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Simon Lee Gallery.

LONDON.- Simon Lee Gallery, London, is presenting En Plein Air, bringing together works by artists who seek to reinterpret the artistic tradition of painting outdoors for a contemporary audience. The plein air approach has been prevalent since the mid-19th century, although it gained traction in the 1860's as a practice essential to the development of the Impressionist movement. While artists had long painted from observation to create preparatory sketches or studies, during this period the plein air method led to a naturalistic style that threw out the academic rule book in the pursuit of formal and compositional spontaneity. The artists included in En Plein Air are united by a desire to refresh the audience’s interpretation of outdoor painting, whether via landscapes or portraits, photography or painting, figuration ... More

Jeff Delmas, director of the Swanson Observatory at the Von Braun Astronomical Society, demonstrates the controls of a Swanson 21-inch telescope at the observatory on July 16, 2019, in Huntsville, Alabama. Loren ELLIOTT / AFP.

HUNTSVILLE (AFP).- It's not hard to find schnitzel, a quintessential German dish of breaded cutlets, in Huntsville Alabama, the heart of America's Deep South. Every fall, the local military base hosts an Oktoberfest. On Thursdays, the space museum organizes a Biergarten. And on Tuesday evening, at a dinner celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to the Moon, guests at the Space & Rocket Center munched on bratwurst and Bavarian pretzels. Klaus Heimburg, Hans Hoelzer and Peter Grau didn't get tickets and so held their own party at a nearby hotel with dozens of other "second generation Germans": the children of the engineers and scientists who, after developing V-2 rockets for the Nazis, invented those that took Americans to the Moon. Their fathers, led by the legendary Wernher von Braun, surrendered themselves to the Americans at the end of the ... More

'Fly Me to the Moon: The Lunar Landing, 50 Years Later' opens at Museum der Moderne Salzburg   Exhibition at rosenfeld porcini features the work of 17 international artists   SFMOMA announces five summer exhibitions

Vladimir Dubossarsky & Alexander Vinogradov, Cosmonaut No. 1, 2006. Oil on canvas. Courtesy Vladimir Dobrovolski.

SALZBURG.- Fly Me to the Moon. The Lunar Landing, 50 Years Later will whisk the Museum der Moderne Salzburg’s visitors off on a fantastic voyage into the rich history of creative engagements with the moon. The show’s narrative arc is anchored by the titular lunar landing half a century ago, the first time a human set foot on the moon, framed by excursions into the histories of science and art and an examination of the wide-ranging consequences of this watershed event. Around 280 exhibits, from copperplate prints and paintings to photographs, works of video art, and multimedia installations, reflect the diverse—scientific, artistic, philosophical, and utopian—meanings that the moon has held for humans. The majority of the works date from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries; many come from the outstanding collection of our cooperation partner the Kunsthaus ... More

Artur Lescher, Diamantado, 2015, Aluminum, 220 x 12 x 12 cm.

LONDON.- rosenfeld porcini is presenting Materia, the gallery’s second themed exhibition this year. Featuring the work of 17 international artists, Materia reflects on the idea of a hierarchy of materials, historically a cornerstone, yet today made obsolete by the radical ‘democratisation’ of media that took places across the last century. Attempting to offer a glimpse on the ever more blurred line of demarcation between art and design, the exhibition juxtaposes practices based on the use of traditional materials with works which have only recently achieved the status of contemporary art. Historically, the value and prestige of a sculpture was determined both by the artist’s celebrity but also by his or hers choice of material. Numerous artists during the Renaissance and Pre-Renaissance made extensive use of terracotta (which was often painted) however, the so-called ‘noble’ materials of marble and bronze ... More

Cristina de Middel, MIWITU from the series The Afronauts, 2012; © Cristina De Middel.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- In addition to its major presentations of Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again, JR: The Chronicles of San Francisco and Suzanne Lacy: We Are Here, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art announces an exciting schedule of architecture and design, contemporary and photography exhibitions opening at the museum this summer. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Far Out: Suits, Habs, and Labs for Outer Space will include a wide range of visionary designs in pursuit of outer space ventures. SFMOMA’s New Work series will highlight recent sculptures and photographic works by multimedia artist Erin Shirreff. SFMOMA’s Pritzker Center for Photography, the largest space dedicated to the medium in any art museum in the United States, will present three new shows this summer. In the New to the Collection gallery, a recently acquired archive of previously ... More

Getty Foundation announces 2019 Keeping It Modern architectural conservation grants   Rossi & Rossi opens solo exhibition of Tibetan artist Tenzing Rigdol   Kayne Griffin Corcoran opens an exhibition of a new body of work by Anthony Hernandez

Side view of Buzludzha Monument. © Dylan Thuras.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- The Getty Foundation today announced more than $1.6 million in architectural conservation grants dedicated to 10 significant buildings of the 20th century as part of its Keeping It Modern initiative. The 2019 grants stretch across four continents and extend Keeping It Modern’s geographic reach into several new countries: Argentina, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Mozambique, Spain, and Uganda. The types of buildings represented range from a Soviet-era monument to a beloved church, and from a soaring exhibition hall to an inventive railway station. Since its inception in 2014, Keeping It Modern has supported 64 national and international model conservation projects that emphasize research and planning. The initiative has also created new networks of professionals involved in the conservation of modern buildings. To solidify this impact, the Getty Foundation will offer one more year of direct project support in 2020 and ... More

Tenzing Rigdol, In Exile, in Storm, 2019. Acrylic on paper, 33 x 30.5 cm.

HONG KONG.- Rossi & Rossi is presenting Dialogue, an exhibition showcasing drawings and paintings by Tibetan diasporic artist Tenzing Rigdol (b. 1982). This presentation marks Rigdol’s fourth solo exhibition with Rossi & Rossi. Dramatic diagonal lines and sharp angles – referencing the gridlines and guidelines used in traditional Buddhist paintings to ensure accurate representations of sacred figures and diagrams – disrupt the forms depicted in the artist’s latest works. However, whilst such marks are never shown in traditional Buddhist art, they form an essential component of Rigdol’s practice. Instead of hiding them, he uses these lines to deconstruct and dismantle the deities and figures he depicts, creating tension between the lines and the coloured forms. The gridlines featured so prominently in Rigdol’s work also draw inspiration from his family life. ... More

Anthony Hernandez, Screened Pictures #6, 2017/2018. Inkjet Print. Edition 1 of 5, 44 1/2 x 44 1/2 inches framed. Courtesy the artist and Kayne Griffin Corcoran. Photo: Flying Studio, Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Kayne Griffin Corcoran is presenting Screened Pictures, an exhibition of a new body of work by Anthony Hernandez being shown together for the first time. This is the first exhibition of the artist with the gallery and his first solo exhibition in his hometown of Los Angeles in over a decade. Screened Pictures consists of portraits of Los Angeles as seen through the metal mesh of the various different bus stops throughout the city. The scenes are abstracted and offer a different perspective of the city than his earlier works—giving off a digital appearance even though they are all taken on film and have not been digitally manipulated. Screened Pictures brings forth a shift back to figures in Hernandez’s photographs as well. Different from his earlier series, his figures are now blurred ... More

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Roald Dahl Museum features drawings by artist and illustrator Nancy Ekholm Burkert
GREAT MISSENDEN.- Most of us associate the drawings of Sir Quentin Blake with Roald Dahl – however his very first book for children, James and the Giant Peach (1961) featured illustrations by renowned American artist and illustrator Nancy Ekholm Burkert. This summer the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre will be stepping back almost 60 years with a multi-sensory exhibition that explores, for the very first time, how these two creative minds worked together to create a classic. Now 86-years old, Nancy has collaborated with the Museum to curate the exhibition. Central to the display are fifteen original images, including full colour and black and white illustrations, along with a number of unpublished, early sketches (from the Museum archive and Harvard’s Houghton Library). James and the Giant Peach (first published in the USA in 1961, ... More

'An attack on all of us': anime fans reel after deadly Japan fire
TOKYO (AFP).- A devastating apparent arson attack on a renowned Japanese animation firm has left anime fans and insiders heartbroken, with many likening the fire to a terror attack on their community. The inferno that ripped through Kyoto Animation on Thursday killed 34 people and wounded dozens more at a firm that has delighted fans across the world with its animations of popular manga works. "Kyoto Animation is home to some of the world's most talented animators and dreamers," Apple CEO Tim Cook tweeted after the attack. "KyoAni artists spread joy all over the world and across generations with their masterpieces." Founded in 1981, Kyoto Animation might lack the name recognition of Japan's Studio Ghibli, but to anime fans it is a household name, responsible for beloved television series including "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya" ... More

MFA Boston celebrates Danish illustrator Kay Nielsen with exhibition of nearly 50 rarely seen, original works
BOSTON, MASS.- More than a century ago, Danish illustrator Kay Nielsen (1886–1957) created exquisite interpretations of classic fairy tales that remain some of the most memorable visions of enchantment and fantasy ever to appear in print. The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, is celebrating the artist with Kay Nielsen’s Enchanted Vision: The Kendra and Allan Daniel Collection, featuring nearly 50 of his luminous and often haunting watercolors and drawings—including many of his remarkable illustrations for East of the Sun and West of the Moon, Old Tales from the North. The exhibition marks the first time that such a large group of Nielsen’s original works, both published and unpublished, has been on public display in the U.S. in more than six decades. These highlights of Nielsen’s career—promised gifts to the MFA from collectors Kendra and Allan Daniel— ... More

Portikus opens an exhibition by the Kuwaiti-Puerto Rican artist Alia Farid
FRANKFURT.- Portikus is presenting In Lieu of What Was, an exhibition by the Kuwaiti-Puerto Rican artist Alia Farid (b.1985). Visitors to the space will encounter a series of sculptures cast from molds used to fabricate the public drinking fountains that have become a distinctive aspect of the urban landscape of the Arabian Gulf. The fountains (and, in turn, Farid’s sculptures) follow the forms of various vessels that have been used to carry and store water, from a traditional clay pot to the now-ubiquitous plastic bottle. The vessels were chosen by the artist in thinking about one’s relationship to water in the desert, and the shifting ideas surrounding its scarcity that have accompanied the development of the oil-centered industry. The exhibition is the starting point of a long-term investigation between Portikus and Staedelschule that examines life in the Anthropocene ... More

Golden Ticket from 1971 film sells for £15,808 at Catherine Southon Auctioneers and Valuers
LONDON.- An iconic Golden Ticket and Wonka Bar from the 1971 film Willy Wonka & the
Chocolate Factory fetched £15,808 when it was sold by Catherine Southon Auctioneers and Valuers today (Wednesday, July 17, 2019) at Farleigh Court Golf Club, Selsdon in Surrey. It was bought by a bidder on the internet and was expected to fetch £8,000 - £12,000. The Golden Ticket and Wonka Bar were formerly the property of actress Julie Dawn Cole, who played Veruca Salt in the famous 1971 film staring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka. The gold-coloured foiled printed ticket reads 'WONKA'S GOLDEN TICKET/GREETINGS TO YOU, THE LUCKY FINDER OF THIS GOLDEN TICKET, FROM MR. WILLY WONKA...'. It had scalloped detail to the edge, while the Wonka 'chocolate' bar was constructed of board with coloured ... More

An entire gallery transformed into a fun Playspace to ensure children are seen and heard this summer
CORK.- Astronauts, sculpture making, finger puppets, fun and games. It’s all happening at the Crawford Art Gallery this summer for young and old and it’s free! To accompany the summer exhibition at Crawford Art Gallery, about how children are made visible in Ireland today, an entire gallery space has been devoted to play. As part of the associated Crawford Art Gallery Learn and Explore Programme Seen, and Heard is a unique Playspace on the first floor, harmoniously complementing the main exhibition Seen, not Heard downstairs. The events are free and until October, the Playspace will provide the perfect chance for young imaginations to run wild and discover hidden talents in a safe and supportive atmosphere. Younger visitors will most definitely be seen and heard here; inspired by kids and for kids as a fun and immersive experience. The Seen, and Heard ... More

Vancouver 2010 Olympic gold medal sells for $68,750 at auction
BOSTON, MASS.- The Olympic gold medal belonging to Alexei Grishin aerial skiing champion sold for $68,750 according to Boston-based RR Auction. The winning bidder, who wishes to remain anonymous, is a collector from Belarus. Grishin is a Belarusian freestyle skier who competed at five consecutive Olympics from 1998 to 2014. In 2010, he won the first-ever winter Olympic gold medal for his country. Among the most beautiful and innovative of all Olympic medals, those created for the Vancouver 2010 Games feature Canadian aboriginal art and a unique undulating form, the first Olympic medal to have such a design. The medal is among the heaviest in Olympic history; each struck nine times as part of an exhaustive 30-step fabrication process. Additionally, each of the 615 medals created for the Vancouver Games features a hand-cropped ... More

bo.lee gallery opens a group exhibition of selected works to celebrate its tenth anniversary
LONDON.- bo.lee gallery is presenting The Clearing, a group exhibition of selected works by Sue Arrowsmith, Paul Fry, Philippa Lawrence and David Nash in celebration of the gallery’s ten year anniversary. Since opening in Bath in 2009, bo.lee has championed emerging and mid career artists alongside established names. At its core has always been an exploration of its relationship to the natural world, exhibiting artists that work with natural material and life cycles, with an appreciation for a sense of craft and of giving over to nature. The exhibition alludes to the experience of chancing upon an open clearing while walking through a forest, presenting the opportunity to take stock of the journey thus far. The gallery would like to thank all of those who have supported the gallery along the way, from its foundation in Bath their move to the current ... More

An immersive and experiential three-month art installation pays tribute to Apollo 11
HOUSTON, TX.- As part of #SpaceCityMonth, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing, River Oaks District – Houston’s premier shopping, dining and entertainment destination – has partnered with the internationally renowned Contemporary Arts Museum Houston to create Skywaves. Formally debuting on July 20, the majestic art installation will traverse the air space above the mixed-use development’s streetscape for three months. The public piece will offer a reflective, multi-layered sculptural element, constantly changing in its interaction with air and light. “We saw this as an opportunity to blend the many parallels in the art and fashion worlds with human exploration,” explained Rosalind Shurgin, CEO of Festival Companies, which manages River Oaks District. She added, “Witnessing the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston’s ability to transfer ... More

John McInnis Auctioneers to offer the contents of the Murray House in Boothbay, Maine
EAST BOOTHBAY, ME.- A two-day Americana auction event featuring the contents of a stately 18th century Colonial home in East Boothbay known as The Murray House will be held July 27th and 28th by John McInnis Auctioneers, based in Amesbury, Mass. The sale will be held under a large tent on the grounds of the home, on Murray Hill Road, at 11 am Eastern both days. The Saturday, July 27th session will have online bidding, courtesy of The Sunday, July 28th session will be an uncatalogued and old-fashioned discovery auction, with no Internet bidding. In all, more than 700 lots will come up for bid over the course of the two days. Previews will be held on-site Thursday and Friday, July 25th-26th, from noon to 6 pm each day. “Join us in East Boothbay, Maine, at the site of this historic homestead that was featured in ... More

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On a day like today, Italian painter Giorgio Morandi was born
July 20, 1890. Giorgio Morandi (July 20, 1890 - June 18, 1964) was an Italian painter and printmaker who specialized in still life. His paintings are noted for their tonal subtlety in depicting apparently simple subjects, which were limited mainly to vases, bottles, bowls, flowers and landscapes. In this image: Giorgio Morandi, Natura morta (Still Life), 1949. Oil on canvas, 12 x 17 15/16 inches (30.5 x 45.5 cm), 19 3/16 x 25 3/16 x 2 3/8 inches (48.7 x 63.9 x 6 cm) (framed) © 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/SIAE, Rome.

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