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A Nick Cave survey with plenty of bells but no whistles

An installation view of “Nick Cave: Forothermore” at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, Nov. 17, 2022. A soundsuit from 2011 (second from right) illustrates how the suits evolved since their inception, into nearly autonomous beings. The artist’s fantastical soundsuits come to the Guggenheim in a retrospective that is haunting but sedate without his performing rumble and clatter. (Jeenah Moon/The New York Times)

by Max Lakin


NEW YORK, NY.- In 1992, when Nick Cave made his first soundsuit, the ornate, full-body garments for which he is best known, it was his response to the beating of Rodney King by police officers. Cave has described this genesis as “an inflammatory response,” a conduit of rage and helplessness channeled into something both theoretically wearable and visually striking. The first suit, with its prickly skin of twigs and branches, was a remedy both to racial profiling and bodily vulnerability — armor as protest. That the soundsuits’ relevance has sustained, 30 years on, represents both a triumph for the 63-year-old artist and an unyielding nightmare. Cave has created nearly 500 examples. A version from 2011, on view in “Forothermore,” an alternatingly beautiful and deeply mournful survey of Cave’s work at the Guggenheim, illustrates how the soundsuits evolved since, into nearly autonomous beings. A hulking exoskeleton of clipped twigs sheathed onto a metal armature, it ap ... More


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Rijksmuseum acquires monumental ebony cabinet inlaid with mother of pearl masterwork by Herman Doomer   A conversation with the women who curate New York's museums   Galerie Gmurzynska, New York presents "Marjorie Strider: Girls, Girls, Girls!"


Restauration Cabinet, Herman Doomer. Photo: Rijksmuseum/Kelly Schenk.

AMSTERDAM.- A rare cabinet by the Netherlands’ leading cabinetmaker of the 17th century was recently acquired by the Rijksmuseum and goes on display from tomorrow in the Gallery of Honour. Made in 1632, this ebony cupboard with mother-of-pearl inlay by Herman Doomer was in private hands for several centuries. It is believed to be Doomer’s first masterwork, and the only piece by him that can be accurately dated. This cabinet will be displayed alongside another by Doomer that has been in the Rijksmuseum collection since 1975. Both will remain on show in the Gallery of Honour until 14 March 2023. "This magnificent 17th-century ebony cabinet is a testament to how ahead of his time Herman Doomer was, and a monument to his abilities. We are most grateful to the players of the Friends Lottery and donors ... More
 

Ann Temkin of MoMA and Naomi Beckwith of the Guggenheim discuss how they’re rethinking business as usual — and why they have reason to be hopeful. (Tonje Thilesen/The New York Times)

NEW YORK, NY.- At a time when museums are facing numerous challenges — including the pandemic fallout and demands for greater diversity — leaders at those institutions find themselves grappling with how to chart a new future without completely jettisoning the past. The Black Lives Matter movement prompted a crisis of conscience at cultural institutions all over the country, forcing them to look hard at how they develop their exhibitions, boards, staff and audiences. Employees have felt newly emboldened to call out racism, as well as pay inequity, and to insist on meaningful, measurable reforms. More recently, climate protesters have taken to defacing historic works of art to bring attention to environmental causes. Almost no institution has escaped ... More
 

Marjorie Strider, Girl with Red Rose, 2014, acrylic and polyurethane on board.

NEW YORK, NY.- Galerie Gmurzynska, New York presents Marjorie Strider: Girls, girls, girls!, a solo retrospective with works spanning from 1963-2014 of Marjorie Strider’s most iconic motif – the female figure. “I’m basically a sculptor, interested in perception. My and other people’s perception of space. I began my artistic life as a painter, became dissatisfied with the flat plane of the canvas and started building out into the room,” Marjorie Strider, 1976. Marjorie Strider pushed the boundaries of painting - literally into further dimensions - with her three- dimensional reliefs of pin-up girls, a genre she invented and referred to as shaped canvas. Strider’s play with flatness and volume lambasts the minimalist ‘specific objects’ of Donald Judd and Ellsworth Kelly and establishes a new figurative possibility for painting and sculpture. Following the monumental ... More



Museo Reina Sofia opens the first monographic exhibition in Europe of Margarita Azurdia   National Museum of Antiquities of the Netherlands purchases world-class collection of cameos   The Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg (MFA) announces initiative to bring art to color blind visitors


Installation view.

MADRID.- Margarita Azurdia. Margarita Rita Rica Dinamita is the first monographic exhibition in Europe of Margarita Azurdia (Antigua Guatemala, 1931 - Guatemala City, 1998), one of the key Central American artists of the 20th century. This exhibition surveys her career by way of an extensive body of work that includes painting, sculpture, and non-object art, as well as artist’s books made from drawings, collages, and poems. Taking a retrospective approach, the exhibition offers an insight into Guatemala’s modern and contemporary art landscape and invites us to explore Margarita Azurdia’s creative metamorphosis, as reflected in the many names under which she produced her works. Whether she was Margot Fanjul, Una Soledad, Margarita Rita Rica Dinamita, or Margarita Anastasia, her chameleonic nature caused her to be swallowed up in the Latin American art world, but it also allowed her to re-emerge later as one of the most interesting artists ... More
 

Hands inv.GS 2022 4.281 ©RMO.

LEIDEN.- The National Museum of Antiquities of the Netherlands (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, RMO) has purchased a unique collection of cameos. It consists of 444 miniature artworks of exceptional quality, ‘carved’ from colourful types of stone. The pieces date from Classical Antiquity through to the Middle Ages and the 17th century. They are from the private collection of Derek Content, an American of Dutch origin. With this acquisition, the RMO’s collection of ‘carved stones’ takes its place among the best collections in Europe. More than 300 of the cameos will henceforth be on display in the museum. The RMO bought almost the entire collection for over 5.4 million euros. Nearly the half of this sum was contributed by the Rembrandt Association, for the purchase of 42 masterpieces from the collection. Cameos are small stone ornaments decorated with a scene in relief, often in the finest detail. In ancient times, ... More
 

This initiative is one of many that demonstrates the MFA’s commitment to expanding accessibility for museum audiences.

ST. PETERSBURG, FLA.- The Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg (MFA) has announced its work with EnChroma, the creators of glasses for color blindness, to offer an enhanced art-viewing experience for visitors with Color Vision Deficiency (CVD). The MFA was the first museum in the Tampa Bay Area to prioritize color accessibility through this initiative, and EnChroma glasses have been available to all MFA visitors since March 2021. The MFA recently highlighted the technology during a free community event to promote International Color Blindness Awareness Month in September, offering free color blindness testing and welcoming participants to try the glasses and enter a giveaway to win their own free pair. EnChroma glasses at the museum are available in adult and children’s sizes, as well as in fit-over glasses for those ... More


Hannah Weisman will be Executive Director of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life   Belvedere 21 opens an exhibition of works by Gerwald Rockenschaub   Mahmoud Saïd masterpiece tops Bonhams Middle Eastern sale


Hannah Weisman recently appointed Executive Director of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life of the Magnes Collection. Photo Credit: Ryuji Suzuki

BERKELEY, CALIF.- The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (The Magnes) and the Division of the Arts & Humanities at UC Berkeley have announced the appointment of Hannah Weisman as its first Executive Director. Weisman’s appointment is the result of a landmark partnership between Taube Philanthropies, the Magnes Museum Foundation, and UC Berkeley. The first four years of the position are generously funded by a pledge from the Magnes Museum Foundation and Taube Philanthropies. Weisman is a museum professional who brings to The Magnes more than 20 years of experience in museum education and administration, including programming, fundraising, and inclusive community collaboration. She assumes the role on December 12, following outgoing Interim Faculty Director John Efron. ... More
 

© 2022 Gerwald Rockenschaub .

VIENNA.- Colorful surfaces, figures, and shapes flicker, jerk, and twitch in a dynamic but silent manner on the walls: at the Belvedere 21, Gerwald Rockenschaub has created a sensory overload that is both minimalist and complex and extremely precisely staged, requiring close observation. General Director Stella Rollig: “Rockenschaub’s animations and their presentation at the Belvedere 21 demonstrate all the characteristics of his artistic production, including geometric abstraction, laconic reduction, flawless surfaces, art-historical references, pop appeal, and the use of the latest technologies. In keeping with his vision, Rockenschaub explores new forms of expression that challenge our perception and offer a singular visual experience.” Gerwald Rockenschaub has been one of the most influential exponents of contemporary Austrian art for almost four decades. His multimedia work possesses a distinct style defined ... More
 

Mahmoud Saïd (Egyptian, 1897-1964), Paysage a Louxor. Sold for £453,900. Photo: Bonhams.

LONDON.- Paysage a Louxor, an important work by the father of Egyptian modern art, Mahmoud Saïd (Egypt, 1897-1964), sold for £453,900 at Bonhams’ Modern and Contemporary Middle Eastern Art sale in New Bond Street on 23 November 2022. Offered directly from the artist’s family, the work had been estimated at £160,000 - 200,000. The sale included the final instalment of The Baghdadiyat trilogy – a series of sales focussed on Iraqi works from prestigious private collections. All the 21 lots were sold making this section a ‘white glove’ sale. The sale overall made a total of £2,851,125. Paysage a Louxor embodied Saïd’s quest to find the “internal light”, which “imprisons” and “possesses” the viewer. His stylised rural scenes attempted to make plain the rich history embedded in Egypt’s terrain. The Nile, a river that has become a symbol of the country’s lineage, ... More


Major Gucci shake-up as designer steps down   SJ Auctioneers offers ideal gifts for the holidays in online-only auction, December 11th   Royal Scottish Academy has elected Gareth Fisher as President of the Royal Scottish Academy of Art and Architecture


Alessandro Michele, who became creative director at Gucci in 2015, in San Giorgio, Italy, Dec. 8, 2019. (Stephanie Gengotti/The New York Times)

by Elizabeth Paton and Vanessa Friedman


NEW YORK, NY.- In the largest creative shake-up of a fashion brand since the COVID-19 pandemic, Gucci announced Wednesday that Alessandro Michele, its creative director, was leaving the company. Michele, 49, a Rome-born designer who took over the top job in 2015, had been instrumental in transforming Gucci, seemingly overnight, from a fading symbol of noughties glamour into a purveyor of eccentric inclusivity that embodied the wider cultural conversation around gender, sexual identity and race. His new vision for the brand rippled through the fashion industry and made tens of billions of dollars for Kering, the French luxury conglomerate that also owns Saint Laurent and Balenciaga, among other brands. It was Gucci, however, that was responsible for the bulk of group profits, earning almost 10 billion euros ... More
 

Gorham jardiniere vase: Mixed metals Gorham sterling silver and copper jardiniere vase with 3-D strawberry plant and spider, 3 ½ inches tall, marked with 1882 date mark (est. $2,500-$5,000).


BROOKLYN, NY.- SJ Auctioneers will bid farewell to 2022 with an online-only auction that’s packed with 271 lots of rare jewelry, paperweights, glass art vases, scarce tin collectible toys and trains, stunning silverware, gorgeous natural gem trees, designer scarves and more – many of the items ideal for holiday gift-giving – on Sunday, December 11th, starting at 4 pm Eastern time. The list of artists, designers and silversmiths reads like a who’s who in the world of famous name brands: Cartier, Tiffany & Co., Dominick & Haff, Jose Hess, Emile Delaire, Gorham Movito, Reed & Barton, Watson, Wallace, WM B Kerr, Sackermann Hessenberg & Co., Italian Vetreria Murano, Lesney, Steuben, Baccarat, Edward Hald and Arte. Online bidding is via LiveAuctioneers.com and Bidsquare.com. A link to the catalog ... More
 

Professor Gareth Fisher PRSA: President of the Royal Scottish Academy of Art and Architecture.

EDINBURGH.- One of Scotland’s most acclaimed contemporary artists has been elected President of the Royal Scottish Academy of Art and Architecture. Professor Gareth Fisher PRSA takes up the Academy’s highest honorary position as it approaches its 200th anniversary. At an Assembly of Academicians Gareth Fisher PRSA was elected as President of the Royal Scottish Academy. Taking up office on 22 November 2022 as Joyce W. Cairns PPRSA completes her four-year presidency, Fisher comes to the RSA with a wealth of experience in the visual arts and art education. As an independent, membership-led organisation, the Royal Scottish Academy is governed by its 120 Academicians who are all preeminent in the disciplines of art and architecture. In 2026 the RSA will celebrate its 200th anniversary with an expansive programme of exhibitions and events highlighting both the historic and continued importance of the Academy ... More




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Art Antwerp announces the content of its 2nd edition
ANTWERP.- Art Brussels launches the second edition of Art Antwerp, with 68 participants from 11 different countries presenting 12 solo and 8 duo shows, as well as a mix of almost 300 newly emerging and established artists. With a strong international programme, 15 of these 68 galleries are based in Antwerp, and half of the galleries come from abroad, keeping the DNA of the fair international as well as strongly locally rooted. Art Antwerp is set to be an ambitious small-sized contemporary art fair and a new major player in the city of Antwerp known for its creativity and avant- gardism. Art Antwerp is proud to announce that the fair can count on the collaboration with two new main partners, Delen Private Bank and Bank Van Breda. Both banking institutions will also jointly act as main sponsors of Art Brussels. Participating galleries are invited by the hosting committee based on the gallery's profile. ... More

Ketterer Kunst Auction with icons Of German Expressionism from the Hermann Gerlinger Collection
MUNICH.- It truly is an array of museum-quality art that is going to be called up in what probably will be the most spectacular auction at Ketterer Kunst with works from the 19th to the 21st century in Munich on December 9/10. Germany’s number one auctioneer for art from after 1900 presents select gems along with scores of contemporary documents from the renowned collection of the entrepreneur and expert of Expressionism, professor Hermann Gerlinger, who will donate the total proceeds to charity. “The Hermann Gerlinger Collection is at least as fascinating as the collector himself. The passion, the keen eye and the spirit with which professor Gerlinger committed himself to the Brücke artists is just as remarkable as his ability to adapt and his consistency“, says Robert Ketterer, auctioneer and owner of Ketterer Kunst. He explains: “When Gerlinger realized that his heart's desire to present ... More

5 classical music albums you can listen to right now
NEW YORK, NY.- These recordings of Schumann’s four symphonies, made last year, are a glorious testament to the qualities that have made Daniel Barenboim, sadly now ailing, such an important, unique conductor for so long. All the old Barenboim trademarks are present and correct in this, his third Schumann survey: an heirloom sound, the dark veins audible in the Staatskapelle Berlin’s chestnut strings; characterful playing, but only as far as is necessary to drive the symphonic argument; whole movements cast as single arcs, yet with such a natural ebb and flow within them; a sense of harmonic progress so sure that it is as if the conductor is lecturing you on the structure of the piece even as he gives it life. And, in three of the symphonies, there is also the inconsistency that is the unfortunate, inevitable corollary of the conductor’s thirst for spontaneity, although far less dramatically ... More

The soaring legacy of Pablo Milanés
NEW YORK, NY.- Pablo Milanés, who died in Madrid this week at 79, left behind a body of work that was deeply personal even as he navigated one of the 20th century’s most tumultuous political experiments, the Cuban Revolution. His career was an open dialogue with the revolutionary government that had once disciplined him, then propped him up as one of its most powerful ideological icons. More recently Milanés, who moved to Spain several years ago to seek cancer treatment, resumed his critical stance toward the Cuban government. But he never renounced his artistic labor, that of the singer with a story to tell about loves lost and won, a towering voice with a guitar and a sense of poetry and swing. While some may define Milanés’ career as a product of a Cuban reality, long estranged from the United States, his art and its appeal had broad international repercussions. Having begun ... More

Graham Budd Art's timed auction supports emerging & young artists, sale includes almost 30 works by L.S. Lowry
LONDON.- A fascinating group of items relating to iconic artist L S Lowry, including a signed train ticket are among the highlights of Graham Budd Auctions’ timed auction devoted to Art for all Walls of Life which is running from now on www.grahambuddauctions.co.uk until the evening of Sunday, December 11, 2022. Almost 30 works relating to Laurence Stephen Lowry RBA RA (1887-1976) are on offer. One of the more unusual pieces is a signed page & train ticket stub dated 18th May 1951 that was given by the artist to a fellow traveller travelling from Salford is estimated at £4,000-5,000 and being sold by a private individual, while a collectors vase designed depicting Lowry’s famous sketch The Football Match ... More

Major new cultural centre to open in heart of Northampton
NORTHAMPTON.- NN Contemporary Art, in partnership with West Northamptonshire Council, today reveals plans for a major new cultural centre at 24 Guildhall Road, in the heart of Northampton’s cultural quarter. The £4.7 million project, which is about to enter its second stage of works, will see the five-storey redundant heritage building transformed into a vibrant creative community, with a contemporary art gallery, affordable creative studios and public spaces. With a phased opening planned from late 2023 / early 2024, the 2000 sq. metre Georgian building will become the new home of lead tenant and founding partner, NN Contemporary Art (NNCA), who will take over the lower three floors, opening a free public gallery space that will showcase the very best of international contemporary art. With a focus on nurturing the town’s creative ecosystem, the floors will also encompass 20 affordable ... More

Pablo Eisenberg, fierce critic of aloof philanthropies, dies at 90
NEW YORK, NY.- Pablo Eisenberg was only 7 years old in 1939 when he boarded an American-bound liner with his parents and younger sister in Bordeaux as the Nazis were poised to invade France. But as young as he was, their nail-biting escape nevertheless instilled in him a lifelong commitment to powerless people left behind. That was manifested in 1973, after he had spent years in government and the nonprofit sector working on behalf of the underprivileged, when he wrote an article for a philanthropic journal that would alter his professional trajectory and jolt the world of charitable giving. In the article, published in Grantsmanship Center News, Eisenberg, who died at 90 on Oct. 18, called on major foundations, individual donors, corporate charities and philanthropies in general to be more socially responsible, transparent, accountable and equitable in determining who received their largesse. ... More

Sporting art doyenne Lindsey Knapp to sells her collection at Halls Fine Art
LONDON.- One of the great figures of sporting art today, the gallerist Lindsey Knapp, is selling her collection at Halls after deciding to retire after 22 years through ill health. The star of the December 7 sale will be a signed bronze sculpture by Joseph Edgar Boehm of a Suffolk Punch and Groom (c.1869), which is expected to make more than £10,000. The doyenne of the Victoria Gallery, in Cholmondeley, Cheshire, Lindsey has specialised in sporting art and memorabilia from the mid-Victorian era to the present day and has a reputation for fine taste and a remarkable eye for quality. The Victoria Gallery was the first port of call for anyone seeking beautiful and individual sporting gifts, where Lindsey would share her enthusiasm and knowledge of the art of horse, dog and hound. Specialising in original art, etchings, bronze sculptures, Swaine & Adeney whips, hunting horns and books, all of which ... More

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts acquires extensive photography book collection
RICHMOND, VA.- The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts announced the gift of a significant library of more than 2,000 American and European photography books, donated by Barry and Gretchen Singer. “This collection is a transformative donation and has greatly increased our holdings in the subject areas of American and European photography,” said Alex Nyerges, VMFA’s Director and CEO. “These books are already proving invaluable to exhibitions developed by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and this gift further supports the museum's future photography galleries that are being planned as part of our current expansion project.” Barry Singer has been one of the country’s leading photography gallerists with a prominent gallery in Petaluma, California, specializing in 19th- and 20th-century photography. “A 2019 conversation with Alex at Paris Photo about the future of my large library ... More

Black can be even more beautiful
NEW YORK, NY.- To say “Black is beautiful” now, in certain areas of the country, is to state the obvious. In other places it may sound like a deliberately provocative political statement. Both responses are part of the legacy of the “Black Is Beautiful” movement, which was founded in the early 1960s and still deeply reverberates throughout American visual popular culture. The event that sparked the movement was a fashion show titled “Naturally ’62,” held at Harlem’s Purple Manor nightclub on Jan. 28 of that year. It was organized by the African Jazz-Art Society & Studios (AJASS), a group of artists and activists who had formed in 1956 and included Kwame Brathwaite, a photographer, and his brother Elombe Brath, a graphic artist (who had changed his family name). The aim of the movement was to support and empower Black people to recognize that our naturally inherited African ... More




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Flashback
On a day like today, French painter Maurice Denis was born
November 25, 1870. Maurice Denis (25 November 1870 - 13 November 1943) was a French painter, decorative artist and writer, who was an important figure in the transitional period between impressionism and modern art. He was associated with Les Nabis then the Symbolist movement, and then with a return to neo-classicism. His theories contributed to the foundations of cubism, fauvism, and abstract art. Following the First World War, he founded the Ateliers d'Art Sacré (Workshops of Sacred Art), decorated the interiors of churches, and worked for a revival of religious art. In this image: Triple Portrait of Marthe (1892)



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