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Scholten Japanese Art opens two exhibitions during Asia Week New York 2023

In dialogue with the Multiple Masters exhibition, the Ukiyo-e Woodblock Prints from the Shin Collection reverberates back to the source-code of floating world imagery.

NEW YORK, NY.- Scholten Japanese Art is suffering from an embarrassment of riches during this Asia Week. In addition to the gallery presentation, MULTIPLE MASTERS: Modern Prints & Paintings, a gathering of early modern works by masterful artists who produced paintings and prints, Scholten will also be offering Ukiyo-e Woodblock Prints from the Shin Collection, a simultaneous exhibition of ‘golden age’ figure prints of the late 18th century and magnificent 19th century landscapes. The MULTIPLE MASTERS exhibition presents a select group of works by major artists following the intertwined shin hanga (lit. ‘new print’) and sosaku hanga (lit. ‘creative print’) movements, both approaches seeking to revitalize Japanese printmaking in the modern era. Works by the painter and print artist Kitano Tsunetomi (1880-1947) include a complete set of four prints from the scarce 1918 series, Four Seasons of the Licensed ... More

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The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts opens 'Naline Malini: Crossing Boundries' today   These New Yorkers don't (heart) the 'We (Heart) NYC' logo   Joan Miro drawing out in front at La Belle Epoque Auction House reopening multi-estates auction

Nalini Malani, City of Desires – Global Parasites, Castello di Rivoli, 1992-2018. Wall drawing/erasure performance; ephemeral wall drawing, charcoal, ink. © Nalini Malani. Photo Ranabir Das.

MONTREAL.- The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts opens today Nalini Malani: Crossing Boundaries, the first-ever Canadian solo exhibition by one of India’s most important contemporary artists. The exhibition showcases the profound and powerfully engaged works of Malani, who has been addressing social inequalities and violence for more than 50 years, giving voice to the subjugated, marginalized, and oppressed, especially women. The exhibition, which runs from March 23 to August 20, 2023, consists of her critically acclaimed video installation Can You Hear Me? (2018-2020), the latest iteration of her Wall Drawing/Erasure Performance series, City of Desires—Crossing Boundaries (1992-2023), executed on site at the MMFA, and a brand new video projection, Ballad of a Woman (2023), commissioned for the MMFA’s Digital Canvas. Born in 1946 in Karachi (then undivided India and now Pakistan) Nalini Malani is one of the most critically acclaimed In ... More

An undated photo provided by the New York State Department of Economic Development of the new We ‘Heart’ NYC logo. Just a few hours after the logo was revealed on Monday, reaction on Twitter — and beyond — was not merely negative, but brutal. (New York State Department of Economic Development via The New York Times)

NEW YORK, NY.- “It’s bad!” one person wrote. “If there’s going to be a riot in NYC, it’ll be over this,” wrote another. Someone else posted, “This is literally the worst design I’ve ever, ever seen.” Just a few hours after the new “We (heart) NYC” logo was revealed Monday, reaction on Twitter — and beyond — was not merely negative, but brutal. The design is part of a campaign aiming to “cut through divisiveness and negativity” that accompanied the pandemic, according to Kathryn Wylde, the president and CEO of the Partnership for New York City. The logo draws on the “I (heart) NY” logo, designed by Milton Glaser for a 1977 campaign to promote tourism in New York state. At the time, the state was in the midst of an economic crisis, with high levels of unemployment. Commercials and print advertising in the “I (heart) ... More

Leading the way at the first new auction was an Attributed to Joan Miro (Spanish-Catalan, 1893-1983) Drawing of a Woman, Signed and dated Miro 1917 lower right. Approximate site size 7"H x 6.5"W. This piece was estimated at $700-$1000 but sold higher to a bidder in the room for $2,048.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Grand Reopening of La Belle Epoque Auction House in Manhattan kicked-off with their Multi-Estates Auction” on Saturday, March 18th, marking La Belle Epoque’s first auction since temporarily shutting down for 10 months of complete renovations in the Spring 2022, due to severe water damage in their 7,000 square-foot space at 71 8th Avenue on the border of the Meatpacking District and the West Village in New York City. Leading the way at the first new auction was an Attributed to Joan Miro (Spanish-Catalan, 1893-1983) Drawing of a Woman, Signed and dated Miro 1917 lower right. Approximate site size 7"H x 6.5"W. This piece was estimated at $700-$1000 but sold higher to a bidder in the room for $2,048. This theme of unusual finds at great prices carried out through the entire auction, which featured an impressive collection ... More

Still life masterpiece from private collection leads Bonhams Classics sale   Peta Smyth textiles triumph among impressive results at Bonhams Collections sale   Benton Museum of Art announces major gift of photography documenting Civil Rights Movement

Detail of Still life with a basket of fruit, seashells and a lizard by Jacob Marrel. Estimate: €30,000-50,000. Photo: Bonhams.

PARIS.- Still life with a basket of fruit, seashells and a lizard by the German master Jacob Marrel leads The Classics sale at Bonhams Cornette de Saint Cyr in Paris on Wednesday 19 April 2023. It is estimated at €30,000-50,000. Marell (1614-1681) was born in Germany but from 1632-1650, trained with the major still life painter Jan Davidszoon de Heem in the city of Utrecht. After two years back in Frankfurt, he returned to Utrecht in 1660 where he established a successful art dealership before settling in Germany permanently five years later. The painting forms part of a fine private European collection which also includes: • A pair of Louis-Philippe ormolu twelve-light sphinx candelabra, circa 1830-40, in the manner of Thomire & Cie. Although they are unsigned, these candelabra are very much in line with the later production of one of the most celebrated bronzier fondeur-ciseleur of the First French Empire, Pierre-Philippe Thomire ... More

A large leaf tapestry fragment from the southern Netherlands circa 1550. Sold for £63,300. Photo: Bonhams.

LONDON.- Tapestries from the collection of Peta Smyth took centre stage at Bonhams Collections sale in Knightsbridge yesterday (21 March 2023). The top lot of the sale was a large leaf tapestry fragment from the southern Netherlands, circa 1550, which achieved £63,300 against a pre-sale estimate of £12,000-18,000. The collection of Peta Smyth made a total of £431,670. The 400-lot sale, which also included the collection of Lord & Lady Flight and the Contents of Chequers’ Attics, made a total of £707,650 with 83% sold by lot and 99% sold by value. The Collection of Lord & Lady Flight made a total of £208,210, with ceramics making up £53,920 of the final total. The top lot of the collection was Portrait of William Petty, 2nd Earl of Shelburne and 1st Marquess of Lansdowne by Thomas Gainsborough, R.A. (Sudbury 1727-1788 London), which sold for £17,850. The portrait had, until recently, been on display in the House of Commons. ... More

Cecil Stoughton, President Lyndon B. Johnson is sworn in by Judge Sarah T. Hughes as his wife and Mrs. John F. Kennedy flank him in the cabin of Air Force One, November 22, 1963 (printed 1964). Vintage wire photograph on paper. 6 9/16 x 8 in. (16.67 x 20.32 cm). Gift of Michael Mattis and Judy Hochberg in honor of Myrlie Evers-Williams. P2021.9.70.

CLAREMONT, CA.- The Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College is thrilled to announce a major gift from donors Michael Mattis and Judy Hochberg of more than 1600 press photographs that document the civil rights movement. The gift was made in honor of Myrlie Evers-Williams, the civil rights pioneer and member of the class of 1968 at Pomona College. The Mattis-Hochberg photographs include wrenching scenes of resistance, inspiring acts of civil disobedience, and depictions of such civil rights leaders as Martin Luther King Jr., Cesar Chavez, James H. Meredith, and Myrlie Evers-Williams herself. “It is a pleasure to continue our multi-decade collaboration with the Benton, where we know from experience that these works will be accessible to students, faculty, ... More

Pedro Pedro's third solo show 'Table, Fruits, Flowers and Cakes' on view at The Hole   Praz-Delavallade opened Thought Forms, an exhibition of new paintings by Chris Hood   Bonhams Los Angeles to present four fine art sales in April

Charcuterie on Cutting Board with Knives, 2022, textile paint on linen, 36 x 42 inches, 91 x 106 cm.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- The Hole has announced the forthcoming exhibition of paintings and drawings by Pedro Pedro: Table, Fruits, Flowers and Cakes. For his third solo show with The Hole, LA-based artist Pedro Pedro (b. 1986) includes a variety of his signature imagery, creating indulgent and delicious paintings awaiting consumption. While the paintings are bountiful— charcuterie and cheese, stacks of seafood, soft and sugary cakes, citrus stacked to the ceiling—there is a lingering restraint, with just a slice or two taken from each. Where are the people to feast on the fruit, scarf the seafood, smoke the strewn cigarettes or to paint with the plentiful pots of paint on Pedro’s tables? With fourteen paintings and nine paintings on paper, we are treated to an abbondanza of works, the most he has shown at one time. ... More

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LOS ANGELES, CA.- 'Thought Forms', which opened on March 18th, and is the artist’s second solo exhibition with Praz-Delavallade will end on April 22nd, 2023. Chris Hood’s most recent body of work features pop culture iconography both familiar and banal. Fragmented surrealist clichés of melting clocks and burning candles commingle with cartoonish, disembodied hands and faces. These playful elements drift aimlessly across a vivid, shifting color field, often serially repeating across the composition like a fading echo. Their dynamic background is the bleeding through of paint applied to the reverse side of the canvas, a distinct approach central to the artist’s practice in which the canvas consequently functions as a veil—a thin partition between the conscious and subconscious, the mundane and the uncanny, the immediate and the profound. ... More

Traditional Dancer II, 1990, by John Nieto, estimated at $20,000 - 40,000. Photo: Bonhams.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Bonhams’ Los Angeles saleroom will present four fine art sales in April which range from innovative works by contemporary artists to breathtaking landscapes depicting the American West. The first sale of the month is Modern Native American Art featuring several works by Jaune Quick-to-See-Smith including a drawing titled Kalispell Series. Next the Made in California: Contemporary Art sale will highlight contemporary works of art created in California including Three Bathers, 1960, a monumental canvas by Elmer Bischoff. At the end of the month, St. Tropez by E. Charlton Fortune will highlight the California Art sale. The next day Western Art will feature incredible landscapes highlighted by Abandoned House, Contra Costa County, Cal. by Maynard Dixon. On April 5, several works by Jaune ... More

Everything, Everywhere is going to change all at once   What awaits in the Philharmonic's new season   Puppetry so lifelike, even their deaths look real

Everything Everywhere All at Once poster.

NEW YORK, NY.- I had a most remarkable but unsettling experience last week. Craig Mundie, the former chief of research and strategy officer for Microsoft, was giving me a demonstration of GPT-4, the most advanced version of the artificial intelligence chatbot ChatGPT, developed by OpenAI and launched in November. Craig was preparing to brief the board of my wife’s museum, Planet Word, of which he is a member, about the effect ChatGPT will have on words, language and innovation. “You need to understand,” Craig warned me before he started his demo, “this is going to change everything about how we do everything. I think that it represents mankind’s greatest invention to date. It is qualitatively different — and it will be transformational.” Large language modules like ChatGPT will steadily increase in their capabilities, Craig added, and take us “toward a form of artificial general intelligence,” delivering efficiencies in operations, ideas, discoveries and i ... More

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla conducts the Metropolitan Opera’s orchestra in Tchaikovsky's "Symphony No. 4" at Carnegie Hall in New York, May 18, 2018. The lively Lithuanian conductor, a possible successor to Gustavo Dudamel in Los Angeles, will make her debut with New York Philharmonic this October. (Hiroyuki Ito/The New York Times)

NEW YORK, NY.- In his final season as music director of the New York Philharmonic, Jaap van Zweden will lead a host of premieres, performances of Mozart’s Requiem and Mahler’s Second Symphony, and a residency in China, the orchestra announced Tuesday. Gary Ginstling, the Philharmonic’s incoming president and CEO, said the season would showcase van Zweden’s devotion to new music and traditional works. “This is an opportunity,” Ginstling said in an interview, “to really celebrate all the elements that Jaap brought to the New York Philharmonic.” Van Zweden will make his first appearance on Sept. 27, with a gala featuring cellist Yo-Yo Ma as the soloist in Dvorak’s Cello Concerto. ... More

Hiran Abeysekera, left and puppeteers with Richard Parker, the large-scale puppet of a Royal Bengal tiger, in “Life of Pi,” at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater in New York, March 8, 2023. (Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times)

by Laura Collins-Hughes

NEW YORK, NY.- Fair warning: This article is riddled with spoilers about puppet deaths in “Life of Pi,” the stage adaptation of Yann Martel’s bestselling novel about a shipwrecked teenager adrift on the Pacific Ocean. He shares his lifeboat first with a menagerie of animals from his family’s zoo in India — large-scale puppets all, requiring a gaggle of puppeteers — and eventually just with a magnificent, ravenous Royal Bengal tiger named Richard Parker that takes three puppeteers to operate. Now in previews on Broadway, where it is slated to open March 30 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater, the play picked up five Olivier Awards in London last year. Puppetry ... More

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Jane Schulak and David Stark Tastemakers for inaugural international edition of The Collector online
LONDON.- Christie’s is collaborating with the renowned designers and event producers Jane Schulak and David Stark as the Tastemakers for the inaugural international edition of The Collector online, in London, New York and Paris in April. A celebration of the Decorative Arts, these sales are the first of a new bi-annual auction series selling concurrently across locations. This innovative evolution of The Collector unifies the auction calendar, reflecting the global nature of demand and providing new and existing collectors, dealers and decorators with an enhanced buying experience spanning the full breadth and depth of works offered. The sales will open for bidding on 4 April, closing sequentially on 18, 19 and 20 April in London, New York and Paris, respectively. Pre-sale highlights exhibitions designed by the Tastemakers will be on view to the public ... More

New Aalto2 Museum Centre to fulfil Alvar Aalto's wish
JYVÄSKYLÄ.- “Nothing that is old can be reborn. But nor will it disappear entirely. And that which once was, always returns in some new form.” Alvar Aalto, 1921. The new Aalto2 Museum Centre, to open in the Ruusupuisto park in Jyväskylä on 27 May 2023, will draw on Alvar Aalto’s architecture and design and the cultural heritage of Central Finland to form a new whole. The wide range of exhibitions, events and services at Aalto2 will fulfil Alvar Aalto’s wish of creating a forum to bring together a variety of art forms. The Aalto2 Museum Centre consists of two buildings designed by Alvar Aalto – the Alvar Aalto Museum (1971–73, 2023) and the Museum of Central Finland (1956–61, 1991, 2019) – and a new extension, which is being built to connect them (2023). Together, these comprise just over 5,000 square metres, forming the ... More

Solo exhibition 'From Past to Present' by artist Jack Martin Rogers now on view at Anita Rogers Gallery
NEW YORK, NY.- Anita Rogers Gallery recently opened Peregrination: From Past to Present, a solo exhibition of paintings and works on paper by British artist Jack Martin Rogers (1943-2001). The exhibition began March 22 and will continue through April 22, 2023, at 494 Greenwich Street, GFL, New York, NY 10013. The gallery hosted an opening reception on Wednesday, March 22 in its honor. Peregrination takes the viewer on a journey through the artist’s lifetime and his travels through Britain, Turkey, Italy, and the Greek islands. Through paintings, sketches, and watercolor studies spanning over forty years, the exhibition offers insight into the mind of a painter, musician, and philosopher. Birds of prey play a prominent role in Greek mythology and ancient Greek texts; indeed, Homer often uses them as omens or signs from the gods, and Calchas, ... More

Following a folk tale through the Himalayas
NEW YORK, NY.- In a high hamlet, a two-hour trek up a verdant slope beneath ice-clad Himalayan peaks, an argument erupted over a folk tale. Two brothers, Pralad Singh Dariyal, 60, and Hira Singh Dariyal, 77, heatedly debated which nearby village in the Johar Valley was once the home of the story’s heroine. Eventually agreeing on a few possible locations, Hira said that the story, which is sung as a ballad and which he remembered from childhood, was virtually unknown today among the area’s young people. “They’re the YouTube generation,” he explained with a shrug. “No one even knows how to sing it anymore,” Pralad added. The voice of Pralad’s wife, Sundari Devi, rang out from the kitchen into the courtyard, where I sat with the brothers and a couple of other people in front of clothing drying on a line and pieces of a butchered sheep ... More

Exploring a Malaysian jewel box packed with color and spice
NEW YORK, NY.- “Try this way,” says Zainal Abidin, an affable manager at the Prestige in George Town, Malaysia, cocking his head to one side. Zainal is showing me around the hotel, which is named after the 2006 Christopher Nolan film about two rival magicians. I’m supposed to see an illusion in which the corridor entrance transforms into a mirror, but it’s not coming. “Or this way,” he says, bending his head to the left, then back again. I follow suit — we must look like a couple of nodding dashboard dogs — and abruptly the mirror appears. I take a step back. Zainal laughs, and I venture that this effect must be confusing for guests returning late from one of George Town’s many bars. But Zainal shakes his head: “Guests love it. The corridors are actually very popular for Instagram shoots,” he says. Most travelers know Malaysia for the beaches of Langkawi, ... More

Patrick French, unsparing bographer of V.S. Naipaul, dies at 56
NEW YORK, NY.- Patrick French, a historian and biographer whose books include acclaimed accounts of India’s march toward independence and the life of writer V.S. Naipaul, “The World Is What It Is,” died Thursday in London. He was 56. His wife, Meru Gokhale, said the cause was cancer. French made an impression with his first book, published when he was still in his 20s. Titled “Younghusband: The Last Great Imperial Adventurer” (1994), it examined the life of Francis Edward Younghusband, the British adventurer who explored Tibet and other areas in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. “His life seemed to reflect the West’s fascination with the East, conquest and wonder dancing hand in hand,” French wrote. To re-create that life, he did more than just dive into archives; he retraced Younghusband’s treks to hard-to-reach Himalayan ... More

Reconstructing Kyiv, one synth wave at a time
KYIV.- It’s disorienting: Again and again these past few weeks, I’ve been walking through New York and thinking I’m somewhere else. I’ll be strolling through Central Park, but the sounds I hear come from a park nine time zones away. In line at my local Whole Foods, I’ll hear the cash registers of an Eastern European grocery store. Last week I was riding the subway to Harlem and the announcer called out the wrong line. “Next stop, Maidan Nezalezhnosti …” In my headphones, I’ve had an album on loop: “Kyiv Eternal,” a ravishing audioscape of the Ukrainian capital by composer and electronic musician Heinali. Amid ambient washes of sound, Heinali, whose real name is Oleh Shpudeiko, integrates field recordings from across Kyiv: the horns of minibuses that ferry workers in from the suburbs, or the crowds in Landscape Alley, the open- ... More

'Shucked': A Broadway musical that doubles down on the corn
NEW YORK, NY.- Shane McAnally’s boffo songwriting career got off to a slow start, but by 2013 he and his frequent writing partner Brandy Clark were finally having success. The Band Perry’s “Better Dig Two” and Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart,” both cowritten by McAnally and Clark, reached No. 1 and No. 2 on the Billboard country chart. The songs were hits, sure, but they were also unique, especially in the vivid imagery of their lyrics, which found new ways to describe jealousy and heartache. People in Nashville, Tennessee, took notice, including singer Jake Owen, who offered his opinion of “Better Dig Two” and “Mama’s Broken Heart.” “He said to me, ‘Those sound like songs from musicals,’” McAnally recalled recently, sitting in a second-floor room of the Nederlander Theatre in Manhattan. He viewed the comment as a backhanded ... More

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On a day like today, Spanish painter and sculptor Juan Gris was born
March 23, 1887. José Victoriano (Carmelo Carlos) González-Pérez (March 23, 1887 - May 11, 1927), better known as Juan Gris, was a Spanish painter and sculptor born in Madrid who lived and worked in France most of his life. Closely connected to the innovative artistic genre Cubism, his works are among the movement's most distinctive. In a file picture taken on January 30, 2014 a gallery assistant looks at Juan Gris's "Nature mort a la nappe a carreaux" (1915) during a press call for the "Impressionist, Modern and Surrealist Art" sale at Christie's auction house in London. Juan Gris's Cubist still life "Nature Morte a la Nappe a Carreaux" sold for 34.8 million GBP at a London sale on February 4, smashing the auction record for the Spanish artist. AFP PHOTO/Leon NEAL.

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