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McNay Art Museum highlights the Native American experience in new exhibition

We’re still Here: Native American Artists, Then and Now is on view through August 11, 2019.

SAN ANTONIO, TX.- One of the rarely seen highlights of the McNay’s collection is a group of more than 70 drawings by members of the Kiowa tribe in Oklahoma. A selection of these soulful works on paper are now on view in the Charles Butt Paperworks Gallery as part of the new exhibition, We’re Still Here: Native Americans Artists, Then and Now. The earliest of these drawings—dating to the 1880s—are by Silver Horn, perhaps the most famous of all the Kiowa artists. His art chronicles Kiowa life and culture on the Plains, particularly the population’s struggle for existence during famine and war. “It is rare that we have a chance to see one Silver Horn drawing, so this selection of nearly 20 is a great opportunity to see and appreciate these works that not only document Native American life on the plains but are also incredibly beautiful works of art,” said Lyle Williams, McNay Curator of Prints and Drawings. ... More

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Code-breaker Turing to appear on new UK bank note   As Bauhaus marks 100 years, Tel Aviv's White City stands tall   Renowned art dealer Ira Spanierman passes away at age 90

Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, speaks in front of the concept design for the new Bank of England fifty pound banknote, featuring mathematician and scientist Alan Turing, during the presentation at the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester. OLI SCARFF / AFP.

LONDON (AFP).- World War II code-breaker Alan Turing has been chosen to feature on Britain's new Ł50 note, the Bank of England announced Monday, decades after his tragic death following a conviction for homosexuality. Turing played a pivotal role in the development of early computers, but his career was cut short by his conviction in 1952 for gross indecency with a 19-year-old man. He did not go to prison but was chemically castrated and died of cyanide poisoning in an apparent suicide in 1954, aged 41. "Alan Turing was an outstanding mathematician whose work has had an enormous impact on how we live today," Bank of England governor Mark Carney said as he unveiled the note worth Ł50 ($63, 56 euros). "As the father of computer science and artificial intelligence, as well as war ... More

A picture taken on May 9, 2019 shows the Reisfeld House, a building built in 1935 by architect Pinchas Bijonsky. THOMAS COEX / AFP.

TEL AVIV (AFP).- While many in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv start the weekend at a sidewalk cafe, there is a small group of visitors walking the streets in search of Bauhaus buildings. Practitioners of the minimalist architectural movement, founded in Germany a century ago, were among European Jews who fled to British-ruled Palestine when the Nazis took power. Today Tel Aviv is a leading repository of the modernist style that celebrates its 100th year in 2019. Bauhaus and its variations are prominent among the 4,000 buildings which make up what is known as Tel Aviv's White City, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The name comes from the white-painted facades, which together with rounded balconies epitomise the Bauhaus style. The Bauhaus design school was founded in Weimar, Germany, by Walter Gropius in April 1919, exactly a decade after Tel Aviv was born as a small seaside village on sand dunes near the ancient Mediterranean port of Jaffa. ... More

Ira Spanierman was one of the most prominent and respected dealers in historical American art.

NEW YORK, NY.- Renowned art dealer, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, Ira Spanierman died on July 9, 2019, after a courageous battle with heart and lung illness. He was 90 years old. Ira is survived by his wife of sixty-two years, the former Helen Fraser, whom he married in 1958, and by their sons, David, born 1960 and Gavin, born 1965; his son, Jonathan, born in 1963 pre-deceased him in 1997. Ira attended the Hun School in Princeton, NJ, and studied for two years at Syracuse University. Ira was the son of Sam and Pauline Spanierman. In 1928 Sam founded the Savoy Auction Galleries, long located on 59th Street at Fifth Avenue. Ira began to work with his father in 1950, often serving as auctioneer] In 1961 he opened his own gallery at 1109 Lexington Avenue, specializing in American painting and sculpture especially of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The Gallery moved to larger quarters at 50 East 78th Street in 1966, and in 1994 ... More

Baltimore Museum of Art reinstalls contemporary collection galleries with new view   Hundreds of iconic guitars owned by Steely Dan's Walter Becker to be offered at Julien's Auctions   New exhibition showcases 150 pieces of Russia's most opulent art from the 18th and 19th centuries

Franklin A. White Jr. Motown 1970-1971 (detail). The Baltimore Museum of Art: Gift of Helen B. Stern, Washington, D.C. BMA 2008.59.

BALTIMORE, MD.- The Baltimore Museum of Art announced a sweeping reinstallation of its contemporary collection galleries that focuses on the creativity of 20th- and 21st-century black artists. Titled Every Day: Selections from the Collection, the reinstallation features works by such visionary artists as David Hammons, Joyce J. Scott, Mickalene Thomas, Kara Walker, and Nari Ward, alongside those by Helen Frankenthaler, Ellsworth Kelly, and Andy Warhol, among others. Centering the works by black artists creates a multidimensional picture of contemporary art that also allows us to reimagine our collective past, revealing the vital role of artists and art in conversations about history and the future. On view July 14, 2019, through January 5, 2020, the Every Day revisioning of the galleries is part of the BMA’s broader vision to reshape art ... More

Walter Becker stage played Sadowsky Signature Model #1. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Julien’s Auctions has announced Property from the Estate of Walter Becker, a two-day celebration of the musical artistry of famed Steely Dan co-founder, co-songwriter, bassist, producer and guitarist to take place on Friday, October 18-Saturday, October 19 live at The Standard Oil Building in Beverly Hills and live online at Rocking the auction stage will be an exceptional and massive collection of the jazz rock legend’s stage-played and recorded guitars made by D’Angelico, Sadowsky, Gibson, Fender, Martin and others as well as amplifiers, speakers, recording gear and ephemera. Known for his sublime and immediate identifiable guitar tone, his intimate knowledge of the tools of studio and stage, and his unique, impeccable ear, Becker is heralded as one of the most potent forces in popular music of the last 50 years. "Julien’s Auctions is thrilled to offer this exceptional ... More

Attributed to Franz Krüger (Germany 1797 – 1857), Nicholas I, Emperor of Russia (1796 – 1855), c.1832, Russia, oil on canvas.

ADELAIDE.- A new exhibition, Triumph & Tragedy: Catherine, the Romanovs & Fabergé, showcases 150 pieces of some of Russia’s most opulent pieces of decorative art from the 18th and 19th Centuries, many of which have never been seen before. David Roche first visited Russia in the early 1990s and was enchanted by the country, its people and its art. He spent the last two decades of his life – with the assistance of Martyn Cook – assembling a collection of nearly 100 pieces of the best Russian art. This collection remains the most significant collection of its type in Australia said Robert Reason, Museum Director of The David Roche Foundation House Museum. For the first time, David’s items are on display together alongside some of the finest Russian pieces from other Australian collections, private and public. The exhibition covers the period from Catherine ... More

CNA Centre national de l'audiovisuel rediscovers the work of the photographer Mary Frey   The de Young opens the first museum retrospective for renowned tattoo icon Ed Hardy   Hyman Bloom exhibition at MFA Boston explores artist's search for inner truth through gripping images of life and death

The exhibition carries us away to a small town in the west of Massachusetts, to the America of the 1970s and 80s. © Mary Frey.

DUDELANGE .- An important oeuvre in the history of US American photography is currently being rediscovered. After being shown for the first time in Europe at the Forum für Fotografie in Cologne, the work of the photographer Mary Frey is now displayed at the Centre national de l‘audiovisuel in Dudelange. It carries us away to a small town in the west of Massachusetts, to the America of the 1970s and 80s. Even at first glance we can see how the pictures reflect Frey’s artistic debate with the trailblazers of American photography. In 1991, Peter Galassi curated an exhibition entitled "Pleasures and terrors of domestic comfort" at MoMA in New York. Today, the catalogue for the MoMA exhibition reads like a compendium of the New American Photography. All the photographers who took part are leading names of very high artistic standing. Philip-Lorca diCorcia, William Eggleston, Gregory Crewdson, Cindy Sherman, Nan Goldin, Tina Barney, Joel Sternfel ... More

Installation photography of "Ed Hardy: Deeper than Skin". Image Courtesy of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- Ed Hardy: Deeper than Skin is the first museum retrospective of Ed Hardy, the renowned tattoo artist known for fueling the late 20th-century boom in the practice of tattoo. Featuring more than 300 objects ranging from paintings and sketches (including drawings Hardy created as a 10-year-old) to prints and three-dimensional works, the exhibition tracks the evolution of tattooing from its “outsider” status through Hardy’s work and influence. Growing up in Southern California, Hardy was fascinated by the tattoos that he observed on the fathers of his neighborhood friends (mostly servicemen who had served in World War II). During this time Hardy haunted the tattoo parlors on Long Beach Pike, where he learned to draw tattoo designs for his “kiddie tattoo shop.” As a printmaking student at the San Francisco Art Institute in the mid-1960s, Hardy began to study the intricacies of prints by artists such as Dürer, Rembrandt, and Goya ... More

Hyman Bloom (American (born in Lithuania, now Latvia), 1913–2009), Female Corpse, Back View (detail), 1947. Oil on canvas. Gift of William H. and Saundra B. Lane and Museum purchase. Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

BOSTON, MASS.- Widely admired in his day but too often overlooked since, Boston-based artist Hyman Bloom (1913–2009) combined the physical and spiritual on canvas. Committed to figurative painting at a moment when abstraction was on the rise, he layered thick paint in jewel-like tones to make bold compositions that directly confront the cyclical nature of life. Bloom’s gripping depictions of the human form, especially those of autopsies and cadavers, are among the bravest statements of his career, at once beautiful and harrowing, captivating and repellent. Hyman Bloom: Matters of Life and Death, the first solo presentation of the artist’s work at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), considers his unsparing explorations of the body within the context of his career, his philosophical beliefs and his search for deeper meaning. The exhibition features approximately ... More

Peabody Essex Museum details opening of its new $125M wing   Celebrated Los Angeles artist Helen Pashgian debuts new works at Vito Schnabel Gallery St. Mortiz   Kohler Arts Center taps Shannon Stratton as interim curator

Stern detail of Bassett-Lowke LTD, Model of RMS Queen Elizabeth, 1947– 1948. White mahogany, gunmetal, brass. Peabody Essex Museum, Gift of Cunard Line Ltd.. © Peabody Essex Museum. Photography by Bob Packert.

SALEM, MASS.- The Peabody Essex Museum—one of the oldest and fastest growing museums in the country—announces several opportunities to experience its new 40,000-square-foot wing designed by Ennead Architects. The $125M expansion, a component of the museum’s $650M Connect Campaign, features 15,000-square-feet of new gallery space, a light-filled atrium, an entry for school and group tours, linkages to existing galleries and a 5,000-square-foot garden designed by Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects. The new wing and adjacent renovated galleries will feature fresh installations of the museum’s superlative collections and exciting new commissioned work by contemporary artists. When the new wing opens, Salem, Massachusetts ... More

Helen Pashgian, Untitled, 2018. Cast epoxy with formed acrylic elements, 6 inches (15.2 cm) in diameter. © Helen Pashgian; Photo by Joshua White. Courtesy the artist and Vito Schnabel Gallery.

ST. MORTIZ.- Beginning July 16, 2019, Vito Schnabel Gallery will present Helen Pashgian: New Lenses and Spheres, the gallery’s first exhibition devoted to the West Coast artist, a pioneer and preeminent figure of the vaunted Light and Space movement that emerged in and around Los Angeles in the late 1960s. This is Pashgian’s first solo exhibition in Switzerland. The exhibition presents eight new sculptures, extending Pashgian’s exploration of her earliest forms—her signature discs and spheres—and revealing the artist at the height of her technical prowess as a true innovator in the development of the industrial plastic arts. Manifesting a tension between the material and immaterial, illusion and perception, Pashgian creates objects that dissolve their own physicality as they materialize the subtly shifting, luminous, and translucent ... More

A nationwide search for a new senior curator is underway.

SHEBOYGAN, WI.- The John Michael Kohler Arts Center announced today that Shannon R. Stratton has been contracted as interim lead curator following the departure of Senior Curator Karen Patterson in June. A nationwide search for a new senior curator is underway. Stratton will be supported in her Arts Center role by a curatorial fellow. Applications for the fellowship are being accepted at "Shannon brings the right mix of skills and experience to ensure a successful transition to our bringing a new senior curator on board. She is a seasoned professional, and in her past work with the Arts Center she has revealed the collaborative and innovative sensibility that is so much a part of what we do,” said Sam Gappmayer, Arts Center director. As interim lead curator, Stratton will curate the Arts Center’s main gallery exhibition running April–October, 2020, title to be announced. She will also act as consultant for all ... More

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"Shine A Light" exhibition debuts at Descanso Gardens
LA CAŃADA FLINTRIDGE, CA.- For almost a year, interdisciplinary artist Carole Kim has been working in Descanso Gardens as its first artist-in-residence. The results of her work are on display in a new exhibition at the Sturt Haaga Gallery called Shine a Light from July 15 – October 27, 2019. The exhibition includes a diverse array of work including digital metal prints, micro video projections, window treatments and a multimedia installation in the larger gallery. Over the course of the exhibition, she will present site-specific installations in different locations within the Gardens, featuring video projection onto landscape, live music and dance. “I’ve devoted the last 20 years to pulling the moving image off the cinematic screen and having it take on spatial and sculptural form,” said Kim. “In my more recent work, I have turned directly to nature and landscape as ... More

MKM Museum Küppersmühle of Modern Art opens Till Brönner's most comprehensive exhibition to date
DUISBURG.- Till Brönner, highly-acclaimed musician and photo-artist, has embarked upon an unusual mission, deep into the heart of the Ruhr region. Over a period of 12 months, Germany’s No.1 jazz musician travelled across one of Germany’s most diverse and ambivalent regions, photographing people and places to fashion a highly personal view of the faces, industrial architecture, natural and cultural landscapes, transportation infrastructure and urban environments, and of the vibrant co-existence of the diverse nationalities, cultures and religions making up Germany’s largest conurbation: the Ruhr metropolis. Featuring strongly is the region’s rapidly disappearing coal mining industry. It not only lends its name to the title of the exhibition, but also left an indelible impression on Brönner by virtue of its pervasive legacy and symbolism: “Throughout ... More

Timeless classics among films featured in Heritage Auctions' Vintage Posters Auction
DALLAS, TX.- A rare title lobby card from the first true sound horror film that had long-lasting significance in the Universal Horror series is expected to be among the top draws in Heritage Auctions’ Movie Posters Auction July 27-28 in Dallas, Texas. “This auction includes very rare paper, some of which comes from some of the most popular films of all time, like Dracula, Casablanca and Gone with the Wind,” Heritage Auctions Vintage Posters Director Grey Smith said. “This is an auction with appealing options for many collectors, because of the diversity of the lots offered.” Dracula (Universal, 1931) Title Lobby Card (estimate: $40,000-80,000) captures a dramatic image from Bram Stoker’s gothic thriller that is the definitive vampire film. Despite the financial challenges faced during the Depression, Carl Laemmle, Jr., bought the rights to the novel and the Broadway ... More

Exhibition explores sculpture and self in the age of computer generated imagery
TEL AVIV.- CCA – Center for Contemporary Art Tel Aviv is presenting “Stumbling Through the Uncanny Valley: Sculpture and Self in the Age of Computer Generated Imagery” a group exhibition spanning the entire building and including contributions by Cory Arcangel, Aleksandra Domanović, Carmi Dror, Adi Fluman, Santa France, Nimrod Gershuni, Nir Harel, Jakub Jansa and Karolína Juříková, Haviv Kaptzon, Ronnie Karfiol, Christopher Kulendran Thomas, Daniel Landau in collaboration with Maya Magnat, Oliver Laric, Alicia Mersy, nabbteeri, Katja Novitskova, Pakui Hardware, Eva Papamargariti, Ruth Patir, Andrea Pekárková, Heather Phillipson, Seth Price, Jon Rafman, Elinor Salomon, Jacolby Satterwhite, Miri Segal, Timur Si-Qin, Jasmin Vardi, Andrew Norman Wilson, and Lu Yang. The starting point of the exhibition is the fact that today we spend so ... More

Greater Reston Arts Center opens a group exhibition featuring nine artists
RESTON, VA.- Greater Reston Arts Center is presenting Overlooked, a group exhibition featuring nine artists who are seeking to bring awareness to issues that are often unnoticed, ignored, or otherwise not part of “polite conversation,” on view July 13–August 31, 2019 at the gallery located at the Reston Town Center. The exhibition is curated by GRACE Associate Curator and Festival Director Erica Harrison and Executive Director and Curator Lily Siegel. The participating artists are Leila Abdelrazaq, Lorenzo Cardim, Larry W. Cook, Leigh Davis, Helina Metaferia, Matt Storm, Julie Wolfe, Homie House Press, and Red Sand Project. These artists are not necessarily proposing solutions to society’s ills but are alternatively offering an opportunity for the viewer to engage in compassion, empathy, critical reflection, and even healing. Instead of offering a comprehensive ... More

New exhibition at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts explores sound as an artistic medium
OMAHA, NEB.- Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts invites the public to Inner Ear Vision: Sound as Medium. The exhibition will be on view through September 14, 2019. Inner Ear Vision: Sound as Medium explores sound as an artistic medium beyond the aural and assembles works throughout Bemis Center’s three galleries by multidisciplinary artists providing a variation on the theme. A reference to the multi-sensory nature of the ear—which affects not only our sense of sound, but also those of vision, space and even cognition—the work in Inner Ear Vision challenges the limits by which both “music” and “sound art” have been defined. Inner Ear Vision proposes that the conversation around the notion of ephemeral versus tangible need not be a conversation at all. The exhibition includes variations of “musical instruments” by Tarek Atoui, Nadia Botello, ... More

The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art announces departure of founding Director Bernice Chu
ST. PETERSBURG, FLA.- The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art, announced that Founding Director Bernice Chu will be departing to pursue new business opportunities effective August 2, 2019. Chu was instrumental in the design, launch and opening of The James Museum in April of 2018. With expert vision and leadership, Chu built a strong foundation for the museum, laying the groundwork for its growth into a valuable community resource and world-class arts destination. “I have an exciting opportunity to help establish a new museum, the International African American Museum, in Charleston, South Carolina,” Chu said. “As thrilled as I am to work on this historic project, I am equally sad to leave The James Museum and St. Petersburg Community.” Commenting on the announcement, the museum’s co-founder, Tom James, stated “Mary and I would like ... More

Lois Lambert opens an exhibition of works by Pablo Bordón
LOS ANGELES, CA.- Pablo Bordón is a photographer that works with both analog and digital film typically using a monochromatic palette. His photographic series, “Ludo” and “HDRs”, question objective reality by deconstructing and creating other realities. These new realities are founded on the transformation of identity as well as abstracted and hyper realistic urban landscapes. The “HDRs” series is about the deconstruction of an urban landscape. Pablo first finds the environment he wants to photograph and then digitally enhances it in order to create an abstract hyper-reality. The result is a barrage of layered information representing the hectic movement of cities. The “Ludo” series is inspired by Neue Sachlichkeit or “New Objectivity” of the 1920’s and 1930’s photography. Pablo exposes the objective truth of the reality depicted in his ... More

Climate change threatens Greenland's archeological sites: study
COPENHAGEN (AFP).- In Greenland, climate change isn't just a danger to ecosystems but also a threat to history, as global warming is affecting archeological remains, according to a study published Thursday. There are more than 180,000 archaeological sites across the Arctic, some dating back thousands of years, and previously these were protected by the characteristics of the soil. "Because the degradation rate is directly controlled by the soil temperature and moisture content, rising air temperatures and changes in precipitation during the frost-free season may lead to a loss of organic key elements such as archaeological wood, bone and ancient DNA," the report, published in the scientific journal Nature, stated. The team behind the study, led by Jorgen Hollesen, has been examining seven different sites around the vast Arctic territory's capital Nuuk, since ... More

P·P·O·W to represent Hilary Harkness
NEW YORK, NY.- P·P·O·W announced it will now represent Hilary Harkness, an artist known for her detailed and meticulously crafted paintings. Harkness, an important mid-career painter, is an exciting addition to the P·P·O·W roster which has platformed figurative painting since its founding in 1983. Harkness creates paintings that ingeniously fuse Old Master tactics with a distinctly contemporary sensibility, exploring power dynamics, war, and gender through an intersectional lens. Her works depict complex narratives that comment on the sociocultural forces at play in our current landscape, often drawing on her own personal and familial history for inspiration. The gallery will exhibit a series of new paintings by Harkness at Art Basel Miami Beach in 2019 and will present a solo exhibition by the artist in 2021. “We are very excited to add Hilary Harkness ... More

Public Art Fund continues ambitious growth
NEW YORK, NY.- Public Art Fund announced two promotions: Kellie Honeycutt has been appointed to the new role of Deputy Director and Daniel S. Palmer to Curator. As Deputy Director, Honeycutt will advance Public Art Fund’s strategic vision and further its impact and visibility, overseeing fundraising, communications, marketing, and administration. Having curated seven major exhibitions since joining Public Art Fund in 2016, Palmer will continue to work with Director & Chief Curator, Nicholas Baume to develop an innovative and compelling exhibition program that emphasizes engagement with a broad and varied public. With Baume at the helm of Public Art Fund since September 2009, the organization has significantly expanded its programming, budget, staff, and board. The number of annual exhibitions has doubled, while the organization budget ... More

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On a day like today, English painter Joshua Reynolds was born
July 16, 1723. Sir Joshua Reynolds RA FRS FRSA (16 July 1723 - 23 February 1792) was an English painter, specialising in portraits. John Russell said he was one of the major European painters of the 18th Century. He promoted the "Grand Style" in painting which depended on idealization of the imperfect. In this image: Portrait of Dr John Ash' by Sir Joshua Reynolds (1788) Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.

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