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Schiele artworks returned to heirs of owner killed by Nazis

In an undated image provided via the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, Egon Schiele’s “Girl Putting on Shoe”. Seven works by the Austrian Expressionist Egon Schiele will be handed over on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2023, to the heirs of the Viennese cabaret artist who had owned them before he was murdered by the Nazis. (via the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office via The New York Times)

by Tom Mashberg and Graham Bowley

NEW YORK, NY.- Seven works by Austrian expressionist Egon Schiele were handed over Wednesday to the heirs of the Viennese cabaret artist who had owned them before he was killed by the Nazis, marking a major turning point in one of the art world’s longest-running Holocaust restitution cases. The artworks were returned to the heirs of Fritz Grünbaum, who was killed in the Dachau concentration camp in 1941, in an emotional ceremony at the office of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, which investigated the case. “This is of huge importance in our world,” said one of the Grünbaum heirs, Timothy Reif, referring to the descendants of Holocaust victims seeking the return of looted property nearly 80 years after the end of World War II. “It sets the tone and the agenda for all future cases.” For more than a quarter-century, the Grünbaum heirs have sought the return of a number of different Schieles. Their claims, which prompted civil suits in state and federal courtrooms, have b ... More

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Years after racism outcry, Indianapolis Museum gets a director   Christie's 10th Shanghai Auction anniversary unveils auction debut for rare manuscript by Albert Einstein   ChatGPT can now generate images, too

Belinda Tate will join the reorganized leadership in Indianapolis after tumultuous times that exploded over an insensitive posting for the job.

by Sarah Bahr

NEW YORK, NY.- Nearly three years after the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields started a search for a director, Belinda Tate has been named to the job, the museum announced Wednesday. Tate, the executive director at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts in Kalamazoo, Michigan, will lead Indiana’s largest and most influential art institution starting Nov. 6. “I look forward to joining a team dedicated to serving the community,” Tate said in a statement, calling the Indianapolis museum an “evolving institution.” She was chosen from a pool of more than 200 applicants. The search, first articulated in an insensitive online posting for a director to help the museum diversify while maintaining its “traditional, core, white art audience,” ignited an outcry that led to the resignation of the Newfields president and CEO, Charles L. Venable, and an apology from the museum. The separate director position was created ... More

Albert Einstein, (1879-1955), Autograph Manuscript, signed (‘A. Einstein‘), ‘Altes und Neues zur Feld‐Theorie’, [Berlin, before 3 February 1929], 14 pages, 290 x 229mm. Estimate: CNY 7,000,000 – 10,000,000 / USD 980,000 – 1,400,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2022.

SHANGHAI.- Christie's will present an autograph manuscript by the renowned scientist Albert Einstein in the dynamically curated 10th Shanghai Auction Anniversary: 20th/21st Century Art Evening Sale, to be held on 23 September at the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai. This marks the auction debut for this rare manuscript at Christie's Asia and represents the Classic Art category's inaugural appearance in mainland China. This manuscript was first published in a special supplement to the New York Times on 3 February 1929. Due to immense public interest, Einstein had been commissioned to explain the development of his two most famous contributions to science: the theories of special relativity (1905) and general relativity (1915). The manuscript holds tremendous significance as it recounts the history behind the discovery of relativity, explains ... More

Sandhini Agarwal, an OpenAI researcher who focuses on safety and policy, at the company’s headquarters in San Francisco on March 10, 2023. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times)

by Cade Metz and Tiffany Hsu

SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- ChatGPT can now generate images — and they are shockingly detailed. On Wednesday, OpenAI, the San Francisco artificial intelligence startup, released a new version of its DALL-E image generator to a small group of testers and folded the technology into ChatGPT, its popular online chatbot. Called DALL-E 3, it can produce more convincing images than previous versions of the technology, showing a particular knack for images containing letters, numbers and human hands, the company said. “It is far better at understanding and representing what the user is asking for,” said Aditya Ramesh, an OpenAI researcher, adding that the technology was built to have a more precise grasp of the English language. By adding the latest version of DALL-E to ChatGPT, OpenAI is solidifying its chatbot as a hub for generative AI, which can produce text, images, sounds, ... More

Sabine Moritz to exhibit new large-scale paintings in Rome   The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago announces new exhibition 'Faith Ringgold: American People'   Ukraine diary: The show goes on in Zaporizhzhia

Sabine Moritz, © Albrecht Fuchs. Courtesy the artist and Gagosian.

ROME.- Gagosian is opening August, an exhibition of new large-scale paintings and works on paper by Sabine Moritz at the gallery in Rome. This is the artist’s first exhibition with Gagosian and her first in Italy. Moritz’s body of paintings, drawings, and prints represents a succession of suspended moments, juxtaposing interpretations of the artist’s immediate surroundings and the natural world with, in her previous work, deconstructed documentary images, and, in more recent paintings, a narrative approach enhanced by the paintings’ broad horizontal format. Adapting and repurposing a catalogue of symbolic and abstract motifs, she ponders the mercurial dynamics of transience and decay. Her works enhance our sensitivity to the passage of time, locating personal experience within shared narratives. Since 2015, Moritz has worked increasingly in an abstract mode, producing improvised paintings and ... More

Faith Ringgold (b. 1930, New York, NY), Black Light Series #9: The American Spectrum, 1969. Oil on canvas; 18 × 72 in. (45.7 × 182.9 cm). JPMorgan Chase Art Collection, New York. © 2023 Faith Ringgold / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy ACA Galleries, New York.

CHICAGO, IL.- The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago announced Faith Ringgold: American People, a career-spanning survey of artist Faith Ringgold (b. 1930, Harlem, NY; lives and works in Englewood, New Jersey), opening in the Griffin Galleries of Contemporary Art on November 18, 2023, and running through February 25, 2024. This exhibition will be Ringgold’s first solo presentation in Chicago. With a career that spans six decades, artist, author, educator, and organizer Ringgold is one of the most influential cultural figures of her generation. This major retrospective presents a comprehensive assessment of the artist’s impactful vision, which bears witness to the complexity of the American experience. Originally organized by the New Museum, New York, the MCA adaptation ... More

A young girl reacts while watching a performance of the Zaporizhzhia State Circus in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine, on Aug. 6, 2023. (Diego Ibarra Sįnchez/The New York Times)

by Diego Ibarra Sanchez

ZAPORIZHZHIA.- Under the warm glow of yellow and blue lights, Maxim Herman, 15, and Lisa Gryazeva, 10, twirled through the air, accompanied by the soft acoustic strum of the song “Obiymy (Hug Me)” by the Ukrainian band Okean Elzy. On a Sunday morning in August, the music wrapped around the old Soviet building that serves as the home of the state circus in Zaporizhzhia, where life goes on for Ukrainians despite the looming threat of Russian attacks on the nearby Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant. This circus was once one of Zaporizhzhia’s most popular attractions. Before the invasion, nearly 1,000 spectators would take in a two-hour performance. On this day, however, no more than 200 people are in the audience. But for the performers, ... More

"Acts of Faith: Religion and the American West" presented by the New-York Historical Society   A Sotheby's sale of mug shots, ID badges and early Kodak prints   Château La Coste presenting exhibition by Domino Whisker

Charles Bird King (1785 - 1862), Sequoyah, 1836 - 1844. Paper. Patricia D. Klingenstein Library, New-York Historical Society.

NEW YORK, NY.- The New-York Historical Society presents Acts of Faith: Religion and the American West, a new exhibition that explores the interplay between religion and US expansion in the 19th-century West in order to illuminate how religion became such a vital and contested part of American life. Acts of Faith takes visitors beyond the mythologized “Wild West” of popular culture to present a fuller and surprising picture: a West populated by preachers, pilgrims, and visionaries and home to sacred grounds and cathedrals that kindled spiritual feeling from the woodlands of New York all the way to the valleys of California. The narrative highlights the experiences and traditions of people who, voluntarily or involuntarily, took part in this chaotic and transformative era—including diverse Native peoples, Protestant missionaries, Mormon settlers, Catholic communities, African American migrants, Jewish ... More

The auction house is offering an eclectic collection from Pier 24 Photography, including anonymous snapshots of Lucky Luciano and 1880s baseball players.

NEW YORK, NY.- Pier 24 Photography made its debut in 2010 on the San Francisco waterfront, the creation of former investment banker Andrew Pilara. Since then, the exhibition space has staged highly regarded photography shows, mostly drawn from the founder’s wide-ranging collection. But early this year, unhappy that the San Francisco Port Commission had tripled the rent, Pilara, 81, announced that Pier 24 will close in July 2025. While he will give the majority of its holdings to museums, a sizable portion will be sold to support medical research, education and the arts, through a foundation that he and his wife, Mary Pilara, oversee. Although the collection is known for its in-depth representation of prominent artists, a significant part of Pilara’s collection was created by anonymous photographers. Sotheby’s will offer up many of these images that Christopher ... More

Installation View. Chāteau La Coste, Bastide Gallery; Domino Whisker: Stay Awhile; September 17th, 2023 - November 2023.

LE PUY-SAINTE-RÉPARADE.- Chāteau La Coste is currently presenting an exhibition of new tapestries, embroideries and paintings by Irish artist Domino Whisker titled ‘Stay Awhile’, her first major solo show outside of Ireland. These works reflect the beauty that the artist has found in her journey through grief and the resulting shift in her being. At a first glance, intricately embroidered birds ‘in flight and fright’ and tapestries depicting seascapes and stormy skies may seem dark, yet, if the viewer were to ‘stay awhile’, glimpses of hope and light shine through. Based in Dublin, self-taught Domino Whisker took up embroidery a decade ago, seeking a creative outlet for emotional release whilst caring for her father who was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s Disease. Initially serving as a means of catharsis and processing this challenging personal experience, Whisker's exhibition at Chāteau La Coste signifies ... More

Extraordinary Manhattan Project atomic bomb book signed by Einstein, Oppenheimer, up for auction   Audain Art Museum presents an innovative and cinematic experience   Antoni Tápies retrospective at Bozar celebrates centenary of his birth

Manhattan Project: Atomic Bomb Signed Book with Einstein, Oppenheimer, Bohr, Enola Gay Crew, Nobel Prize Winners, and Nuclear Researchers.

BOSTON, MA.- A unique piece of 20th-century history is set to go under the hammer. Boston-based RR Auction has unveiled a treasure trove of autographs and artifacts for its annual Remarkable Rarities sale. One item, in particular, stands out among the one hundred extraordinary lots - a signed book that serves as a testament to the dawn of the atomic age, featuring the signatures of luminaries like Albert Einstein, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Niels Bohr, and a host of other Nobel Prize winners and nuclear researchers. The "Atomic Energy in the Coming Era" by David Dietz, a sixth printing edition published in 1949 by Dodd, Mead & Company. The book, a hardcover with its original dust jacket, spans 184 pages and represents the intellectual and scientific revolution that shaped history. However, what truly makes this volume a priceless artifact is that it is adorned with the signatures of 49 visionaries, representing the who's who of 20th-century physics ... More

Karin Bubaš, Woman with Hollowed Tree (detail), 2016. Archival pigment print. Collection of Ross & Melissa Bonetti.

WHISTLER.- Opening on September 23, 2023, Karin Bubaš: Garden of Shadows features over 25 works dating from 2006 to 2023. This Special Exhibition curated by Dr. Curtis Collins, the Audain Art Museum’s Director & Chief Curator, features a collection of Bubaš’ paper toles and images from her ongoing series, Studies in Landscapes and Wardrobe, including Woman with Hollowed Tree (2016) and a specially commissioned work by the AAM entitled Winter Scene at Alexander Falls (2022). Bubaš is renowned for her diverse artistic practice that seamlessly interweaves natural and built environments. From the ordinary to the sublime, Bubaš has explored a wide spectrum of subjects throughout her career. In 2006, her creative focus transitioned from interiors to landscapes, giving rise to her ongoing series Studies in Landscapes and Wardrobe. This series of photographic works features meticulously styled, solitary female figu ... More

Antoni Tąpies, Figure on burnt wood 1947. Mixed media on panel. © Fundació Antoni Tąpies, Barcelona / SABAM. Photo: © FotoGasull.

BRUSSELS.- As part of the Spanish Presidency of the Council of the EU and on the occasion of the centenary of the birth of Antoni Tąpies (1923-2012), Bozar presents the most important Tąpies retrospective in almost 20 years. The exhibition, organised by the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofķa, Madrid, in collaboration with Bozar and the Fundació Antoni Tąpies, offers a comprehensive overview of Tąpies' work, comprising more than 120 paintings, drawings and sculptures. After his self-portraits and works influenced by Surrealism and Dadaism, the exhibition displays Tąpies' first “matierist” paintings, produced in the 1950s, which incorporate raw materials, marks and signs. But beyond the artist’s experimentation with form and material, which continued throughout his career, the visitor can also penetrate the mystical, philosophical and political dimensions of the Tąpies universe. Manuel Borja-Villel is the curator of this first ... More

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Ithell Colouhoun triumphs at Bonhams Sale of Modern British Women Artists
LONDON.- A work by Ithell Colquhoun (1906-1988), who was influenced by Surrealism and the occult, triumphed at Bonhams Blazing A Trail: Modern British Women sale at Bonhams New Bond Street on Wednesday 20 September 2023. Sunflower, from 1936, one of four works by the artist offered in the sale, sold for £79,140, almost four times its pre-sale estimate. The 78-lot sale made £789,774 with 85% sold by lot and 99% sold by value. Ithell Colquhoun’s other works also achieved high prices with Nativity, painted in 1929, selling for £63,900, over 10 times its pre-sale estimate and Oil on a Wet Road,1963 selling for £28,160, whilst Dryad: Vine from 1971 sold for £4,864. A world record for Ithell Colquhoun was created at Bonhams last year when her work, Anthurium was sold for £258,699 against an estimate of £8,000-12,000. Janet ... More

As City Ballet celebrates its 75th, dancers (hundreds) take a bow
NEW YORK, NY.- George Balanchine, by his own admission, always admired jewels, a quality he attributed to his Georgian roots. “I like the color of gems, the beauty of stones,” he wrote in “101 Stories of the Great Ballets.” When, in 1967, the curtain rose at New York City Ballet on his opulent triptych, known as the first full-length plotless ballet, it had no unifying title. But there was a unifying idea: precious stones. “Emeralds” possesses the fragrant earthiness and secrecy of nature; “Rubies” is heat and playfulness, with the games and posturing of a summerscape in New York City; and “Diamonds” casts a dazzling spell of cool refinement that wavers between soft and hard. “Jewels,” as it came to be called, is an occasion as well as a ballet. On Tuesday, it opened City Ballet’s 75th anniversary at Lincoln Center, which included ... More

Trajal Harrell's dance card is full
GENEVA.- American choreographer Trajal Harrell has a rule. Though he lives between Switzerland and Greece, he tries to make it home to Douglas, Georgia, to visit his mother every three months. Not this summer, however. “I really had to decompress,” Harrell said recently in Geneva, where he had just resumed touring with his company, the Schauspielhaus Zurich Dance Ensemble. Call it the price of success: His schedule for 2023 lists 46 engagements across Europe and the United States. In July, Harrell took on France’s biggest stage, the open-air Cour d’Honneur of the Avignon Festival. A debut at the Brooklyn Academy of Music will follow in November, with his 2021 work “The Köln Concert,” set to Keith Jarrett’s landmark 1975 performance and a selection of Joni Mitchell songs. And in the meantime, the Festival d’Automne ą Paris, ... More

Carole Rothman to end 45-year tenure at Second Stage Theater
NEW YORK, NY.- Carole Rothman, the president and artistic director of Second Stage Theater, will step down next spring after 45 years with the organization. The move is a major development in the world of New York’s large nonprofit theaters, several of which have leaders who have been in their jobs for three to five decades. Nationally, the field has experienced a much higher level of turnover. Second Stage, which Rothman co-founded in 1979, is a singular institution in New York’s theatrical ecosystem. Established, as its name suggests, to stage revivals, it has long since added new plays to the mix, and focuses exclusively on work by living American writers. “No Brits. No Chekhov translations. No classics,” Rothman said in 2017. Second Stage is one of four nonprofits that operate theaters on Broadway: In 2015, the organization acquired the Helen Hayes Theater ... More

Sufjan Stevens says he lost ability to walk from Guillain-Barré Syndrome
NEW YORK, NY.- Sufjan Stevens, an indie-rock singer-songwriter, said in a statement on his website Wednesday that he was in recovery from a rare neurological condition called Guillain-Barré syndrome that had taken away his ability to walk, saying he had been hospitalized for several weeks but was expected to recover. “Last month I woke up one morning and couldn’t walk,” Stevens said on his website. “My hands, arms and legs were numb and tingling and I had no strength, no feeling, no mobility.” The musician said that his brother drove him to an emergency room and that neurologists diagnosed him with the autoimmune disorder, which can cause muscle weakness and paralysis. He was treated with immunoglobulin infusions, which he said were effective, and was eventually transferred to rehab for intensive physical therapy, noting ... More

Sean Combs doesn't need to ask anyone for anything
LOS ANGELES, CA.- If you want to get to the studio at Sean Combs’ house, pass the purple Anish Kapoor sculpture, then saunter into the living room, stopping to marvel at Kerry James Marshall’s “Past Times,” a startling painting reckoning with Blackness, wealth and leisure that Combs bought at auction in 2018 for $21.1 million. Next, glide through a conspicuously undisturbed dining room, where Jeanneret chairs are lined up like sentries on either side of a long table, step out into the backyard and head left, past the generous pool, into one of the secondary structures on the property. Upstairs there one Tuesday afternoon last month, Combs was pacing a tasteful, lounge-like room and chatting on speakerphone to FunkFlex, the long-standing master of ceremonies for New York’s Hot 97 radio station, spreading the good word ... More

The Hill Art Foundation presents a project by Sarah Crowner
NEW YORK, NY.- The Hill Art Foundation welcoming The Sea, the Sky, a Window, a project by Sarah Crowner opening today. The exhibition will place site-specific works by Crowner in dialogue with sculptures and paintings from the Hill Collection, as well as key loaned works. The centerpiece of the exhibition will be three site-specific paintings created by Crowner in direct response to sculptures by Cy Twombly, an artist whose sculptural output consisted of intimate, corporeally scaled works. The Twombly/Crowner couplings modulate between spectator and subject, foreground and background, addressing each other across medium and time. In conversation with Levi Prombaum for the accompanying catalogue, Crowner elaborates: “These blue monochromes might be staged as backdrops, but they are more than backgrounds. They ... More

Swedish artist Lisa Larsson featured in solo exhibition 'What I Eat In A Day'
NEW YORK, NY.- Alchemy Gallery is hosting What I Eat In A Day, a solo exhibition with Lisa Larsson. The luscious exhibition of hyper-real, still life oil paintings opened Friday, September 15th and will through October 21st at Alchemy Gallery. Lisa Larsson (b.1991 Gothenburg, Sweden) studied Fine Arts at Parsons the New School in New York, where she worked on her art for 8 years, before returning back home and settling in the Swedish capital, Stockholm. Larsson’s colorful works manifest a form of escapism that invites a blissful experience: a passion for life. The exhibition is a feast for the eyes. Large scale canvases showcase a menu of incredibly detailed and rich oil paintings that feature plates of pasta on messy table clothes with half drunk glasses of wine, perfectly baked loaves of sourdough, and lust-worthy cheese platters, all washed ... More

Debut solo exhibition by Austin Martin White, 'Lost in the Space' on view at Derek Eller Gallery
NEW YORK, NY.- Derek Eller Gallery is showing Lost in the Sauce, an exhibition of new paintings by artist Austin Martin White. The show marks White’s debut solo exhibition with the gallery and is on view at the gallery’s 300 Broome Street location. In collaboration with Derek Eller Gallery, Petzel is simultaneously showing an exhibition of White’s work, titled Familiar Dysphoria, running since September 13 to November 4, 2023 at Petzel’s parlor floor Upper East Side location at 35 East 67th Street. In eighteenth-century colonial Mexico, the ruling class of generational Spanish settlers sought to order identities in a way that reflected their interests and channeled the reality of mestizaje, or race mixing. They desired a hierarchy that organized Spaniards in a position over, first, mixed mestizos, then the Indigenous—who had ... More

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On a day like today, Italian painter Alessandro Allori died
September 22, 1607. Alessandro di Cristofano di Lorenzo del Bronzino Allori (31 May 1535 - 22 September 1607) was an Italian portrait painter of the late Mannerist Florentine school. In this image: Portrait of Grand Duchess Bianca Capello de Medici, by Allori, Dallas Museum of Art.

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