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Auguste Rodin exhibition opens at Bowman Sculpture in London

Faces and Fables offers visitors a comprehensive journey through Rodin's artistic evolution.

LONDON.- ‘Faces and Fables: Rodin's Portraiture, Great Commissions, Mythology, and Sculptural Innovations’ at Bowman Sculpture in London is a captivating showcase that delve into the multifaceted world of Auguste Rodin, one of the most revered sculptors of all time. Faces and Fables offers visitors a comprehensive journey through Rodin's artistic evolution. The exhibition features a stunning array of 30 sculptures from his earliest works through to the final pieces of his career and will centre around themes of Rodin’s portraiture, his most famous monumental commissions, mythological sculptures, and his innovative use of assemblage techniques that epitomize his mastery of the medium and which pushed the boundaries of artistic expression long before such techniques gained widespread recognition in the art world. ... More

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Streets and Borders: Track 16 Gallery opens an exhibition of works by Lenny Silverberg   Thirst-quenching rarities underscored Morphy's $1.4M Soda Pop & Advertising Auction in Las Vegas   Rags to riches to rags

Leonard Silverberg, Crossing Broom Street, 1998. Watercolor, 12 x 9 inches.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Track 16 Gallery is pesenting Streets and Borders, the gallery's first solo exhibition by Bronx-based artist Lenny Silverberg. This exhibition is located in Suite 100, the first-floor gallery space in the Bendix Building. His distinctive, carefully composed ink washes on paper often poetically, subversively, and emotionally address pressing political issues, human rights, and mental health. The works in this show were completed over a ten-year period and depict displaced ... More

Completely original double-sided porcelain neon Pabst sign in brilliant primary colors and marked ‘ACME CHICAGO.’ Graded 9.5 on both sides. Size: 60in x 42in x 16in. Against a $2,000-$6,000 estimate, it was the top lot of the sale, achieving $27,060. Photo: Courtesy of Morphy Auctions.

LAS VEGAS, NEV.- On June 7-8 at their Las Vegas gallery, Morphy’s popped the cap off an effervescent selection of vintage soda pop signs and other colorful advertising pieces at a spirited auction that totaled $1.4 million. The 1,329-lot sale was led by a gorgeous all-original porcelain and neon ... More

Hendrik Pothoven (Amsterdam 1725/1728 – Amsterdam 1807), The Poet Johannes Nomsz and his wife Anna Maria Telghorst in their Siting Room, Amsterdam. Oil on canvas, 27 ¼ x 32 ¾ inches (69.2 x 83.2 cm.).

NEW YORK, NY.- Johannes Nomsz was a Dutch poet and playwright active during the 18th century. Born on March 17, 1738, in Amsterdam, he is known for his significant contributions to Dutch literature during the Enlightenment. Nomsz wrote various types of literary works, including poems, plays, and translations. His works often ... More

The Cleveland Museum of Art announces $25 million gift from The Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation   Kandinsky cut ties with Russia. So did this museum.   Who owns Alexander the Great? It's a diplomatic minefield.

eacock Table Lamp, c. 1902. Probably by Clara Wolcott Driscoll (American, 1861–1944), Tiffany Studios (America, New York, 1902–1932). The Cleveland Museum of Art, Bequest of Charles Maurer 2018.281.

CLEVELAND, OH.- The Cleveland Museum of Art announced a challenge gift of $25 million from CMA board chair Ellen Stirn Mavec through The Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation. Mavec’s Chair’s Challenge was developed to inspire continued philanthropic momentum for the museum and establish funding for key initiatives ... More

Wassily Kandinsky, Entassement réglé, 1938. Collectie Centre Pompidou. MNAM-CCI/Bertrand Prévost/Dist. RMN-GP.

AMSTERDAM.- When the Hermitage Amsterdam cut ties with the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg in 2022, after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, it could have seemed like the Dutch museum was turning away from Russian culture, or even Russian artists. After all, the Dutch museum had spent 15 years showcasing masterpieces from the Russian institution, with ... More

Slavica Babamova, the director of the Archaeological Museum of Macedonia, in Skopje, North Macedonia, on May 9, 2024. (Byron Smith/The New York Times)

SKOPJE.- The center of Skopje, the capital of North Macedonia, a Balkan country born just 33 years ago as an independent state, is awash in history. A statue of Alexander the Great looms over the central square. One of his father, Philip II of Macedon, towers above a nearby piazza atop an oversize pedestal. The city is also littered with tributes in bronze, stone and plaster to generations ... More

23rd Serpentine Pavilion by Minsuk Cho opens in London   Exhibition of works by Hildigunnur Birgisdóttir opens at Mokka Kaffi   Strasbourg for book lovers

Serpentine Pavilion 2024, Archipelagic Void, designed by Minsuk Cho, Mass Studies © Mass Studies Photo: Iwan Baan Courtesy: Serpentine.

LONDON.- Serpentine opened the 23rd Pavilion Archipelagic Void, designed by Seoul-based Korean architect Minsuk Cho and his firm Mass Studies on Friday 7 June 2024. Comprised of five ‘islands’, each structure of Archipelagic Void is unique in size, form, name and purpose, providing a dedicated platform for Serpentine’s live programme from June onwards. Archipelagic Void is composed of a unique void in the centre ... More

Hildigunnur Birgisdóttir, Greeting Card (detail/1:1), 2024, watercolour on paper, 51 x 35 cm - (i, ii, iii, iv, v).

REYKJAVÍK.- i8 Gallery announced Hildigunnur Birgisdóttir's exhibition of new works at Mokka in Reykjavík. The exhibition, titled Wishing you the best on your birthday, will be on view from 20 June to 14 August 2024 and featuring multiple small-scale watercolour paintings recently made by the artist. Birgisdóttir is known for her nuanced artistic practice, which looks critically at the global systems of production and distribution and the strange lives of the products ... More

Inside the library at the Strasbourg Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Strasbourg, France, in May 2024. (Clara Tuma/The New York Times)

NEW YORK, NY.- Attention, bibliophiles: Put Strasbourg, the largest city in eastern France, on your radar. Once home to the godfather of publishing — the 15th-century printing-press pioneer Johannes Gutenberg — the city is the UNESCO World Book Capital for 2024. Through next April, more than 200 events and activities will take place in and around Strasbourg, a polyglot city on the German border whose half-timbered ... More

Can AI hit the right notes with music industry?   Group of Austrians picks 77 charities to receive heiress' fortune   Now you can read the classics with AI-powered expert guides

The move has prompted conversations of what role AI can and should play in music and other creative industries.

SUNDERLAND.- The use of artificial intelligence (AI) has exploded in the past year, especially in the creative industries – now, a University of Sunderland academic is bringing musicians together to explore how they could use this technology to positively enhance their practice. The next chart topper might not have to be composed by a human musician. Using AI, musicians and songwriters ... More

Marlene Engelhorn, a descendant of the founder of one of the world’s largest chemical companies, in Amsterdam on Aug. 31, 2022. (Mashid Mohadjerin/The New York Times).

LONDON.- After six weekends of deliberating, a group of Austrian citizens this week decided how to divvy up the riches of heiress Marlene Engelhorn, who is donating the bulk of her inheritance to charity in an attempt to challenge a system that allowed her to accumulate millions of euros. The Guter Rat für Rückverteilung (“good council ... More

John Kaag, left, and Clancy Martin in Boston on May 29, 2024. (Zhidong Zhang/The New York Times)

NEW YORK, NY.- For the past year, two philosophy professors have been calling around to prominent authors and public intellectuals with an unusual, perhaps heretical, proposal. They have been asking these thinkers if, for a handsome fee, they wouldn’t mind turning themselves into artificial intelligence chatbots. John Kaag, one of the academics, is a professor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He is ... More

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Emmanuelle Luciani appointed director of the Artists' Residencies programme of the Fondation d'entreprise Hermès
PARIS.- In 2024, the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès is continuing its Artists’ Residencies programme under the artistic direction of Emmanuelle Luciani, who succeeds Gaël Charbau. This spring, two artists are invited to Hermès workshops to develop a project each: Jenna Kaës at the Maroquinerie de la Tardoire (Charente) and Mounir Ayache at the Holding Textile Hermès (Rhône). Committed to support contemporary creation, the Foundation has been developing an Artist’s residency programme within Hermès’ workshops since 2010. Working alongside craftspeople who introduce them to their gestures and guide them in the application of their know-how of excellence, guest artists create original works in exceptional ... More

How to make thrilling theater about climate change negotiations
NEW YORK, NY.- When playwrights Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson were looking for ideas for a new production, they stumbled upon a radio show about the negotiations that led to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. Some parts of the show, Robertson recalled in a recent interview, made the culmination of those discussions about lowering global carbon emissions sound “like a thriller,” with politicians holding talks in locked rooms and exhausted negotiators falling asleep beneath their desks. The pair thought that the landmark climate agreement could be the basis for another impactful stage production, similar to “The Jungle,” their hit about a refugee encampment in northern France. The problem was that the negotiations had dragged on for years before the agreement was reached in Kyoto in December 1997 — and that process was at times ... More

Review: In 'Dark Noon,' American history is a shoot-'em-up Western
NEW YORK, NY.- The building boom in Dumbo, Brooklyn, may be waning, but onstage at St. Ann’s Warehouse it flourishes. There, the hardworking seven-person cast of “Dark Noon,” which opened Monday, spends much of the production’s 105 minutes assembling the edifices of westward-creeping American civilization, from home to brothel to church to jail. By the end, the playing space, like the once pristine frontier, is so overbuilt you can see little else. The same holds for the play, written by Tue Biering for the Copenhagen-based company fit+foxy. Directed by Biering and Nhlanhla Mahlangu, “Dark Noon,” which has been touring Europe to great reviews since 2021, has a lot on its mind: the plight of migrants, the brutality of expansion, the slaughter of Native people, the culture of violence that shaped modern life. But in the end, it is ... More

Hozier was never a one-hit wonder. But now he has a second smash.
NEW YORK, NY.- A decade ago, Irish singer-songwriter Andrew Hozier-Byrne, who performs as Hozier, scored a surprise global hit with his debut single, “Take Me to Church,” thanks in large part to its black-and-white music video depicting an intimate relationship between two gay men, one of whom is attacked by a masked mob. The soulful, octave-hopping track, written as a rebuke to the Catholic Church’s stance on homosexuality, established Hozier as a serious, socially conscious artist. It peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and earned a Grammy nomination for song of the year. Although Hozier hardly disappeared — his second album, “Wasteland, Baby!” from 2019, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, and its 2023 follow-up, the concept record “Unreal Unearth,” became his first U.K. No. 1 — for years afterward, ... More

2024 Sobey Art Award shortlist announced
OTTAWA.- The six artists shortlisted for the 2024 Sobey Art Award, Canada's preeminent prize for contemporary visual artists, were announced today by the National Gallery of Canada (NGC) and the Sobey Art Foundation (SAF). Works by the six finalists will be on view at the NGC from October 4, 2024, to March 16, 2025. The winner will be announced at a celebration event on November 9, 2024. For the first year ever, the independent jury overseeing the longlist selection process and shortlist deliberations is made up of six Canadian artists, all former Sobey Art Award recipients or finalists, with representation from each of the regions, as well as an international juror. This year, Circumpolar has been added as a sixth region, increasing representation from across the country. Prize money now totals $465,000. The 2024 Sobey Art Award finalists are: ... More

Emma D'Arcy, master of 'dragon'
LONDON.- On a recent morning in London, British actor Emma D’Arcy was dealing with “an emergency.” D’Arcy was in a studio, rerecording voice-over as Rhaenyra Targaryen for the second season of HBO’s hit “Game of Thrones” prequel, “House of the Dragon.” It was the fourth time the actor, who uses they and them pronouns, had recorded this particular bit of dialogue, and each time they were confronted by an enormous screen showing their face, surrounded by unfinished special effects. It was like a rather brutal “Groundhog Day,” they said, adding wryly that “the process of repression happens very quickly when you’ve got a job to do.” As the breakout star of “House of the Dragon,” which returned for its second season Sunday, D’Arcy, 31, has had to adjust to seeing their image blown up. “Emma is literally the face on the poster,” ... More

The sisters who turned a Sondheim flop into a Tony winner
NEW YORK, NY.- The Friedman sisters have been making art together since they were little girls. Their London childhood was chaotic — they were often left to their own devices — but the family’s four children found solace in storytelling. Now Sonia, 59, is one of the most successful theater producers in the English-speaking world. Maria, 64, is a celebrated actress and singer. Their sister is a scientist, and their brother, who died last year, was a violinist. Sonia and Maria have occasionally worked together over the years, but rarely with as much emotional investment as on the current Broadway revival of “Merrily We Roll Along,” which Maria is directing and Sonia is producing. The revival has been transformative for the show, which, despite much-loved songs by Stephen Sondheim, was a famous flop when it first ran in 1981, and is now one of the hottest tickets in town. On Sunday night the ... More

Ian McKellen is in 'good spirits; After falling off the stage during a play
LONDON.- Actor Ian McKellen was hospitalized but expected to recover quickly after falling off the stage during a performance of “Player Kings” at a theater in the West End in London on Monday night, the producers of the play said. After a scan, doctors at Britain’s National Health Service said that McKellen would “make a speedy and full recovery, and Ian is in good spirits,” according to a statement by the producers. In a statement provided by his publicist Tuesday, McKellen thanked the NHS professionals who treated him. “To them, of course, I am hugely indebted. They have assured me that my recovery will be complete and speedy, and I am looking forward to returning to work,” he said. McKellen, 85, who has been nominated for two Academy Awards and has won a Tony, a Golden Globe and multiple Olivier Awards ... More

Elinor Fuchs, leading scholar of experimental theater, dies at 91
NEW YORK, NY.- Elinor Fuchs, whose impassioned insights into contemporary theater — first as a critic prowling the avant-garde scene in New York, and later as a professor at Yale — made her one of the leading scholars of the modern American stage, died May 28 at her home in the West Village of Manhattan. She was 91. Her daughter Katherine Eban said the cause was complications of Lewy body dementia. Fuchs specialized in dramaturgy, or the construction of a play, including its dramatic structure, its characters’ motivations and technical issues about set design and lighting. In conventional times, dramaturgy can seem to be an arcane, even slightly stuffy field. But in Fuchs’ hands, it became a vital tool for examining the revolutionary new forms of theater emerging in the 1960s and ’70s, forms that complicated ... More

With the help of whales, a choreographer falls into an abyss
NEW YORK, NY.- Whales, Black bodies, the ocean, climate change, protest movements — over the past few years, they have all made their way into work by Mayfield Brooks, a choreographer, dancer and vocalist. The latest setting for Brooks’ ever-evolving dance project is a majestic one: the Tall Ship Wavertree, the last iron-hulled, three-masted cargo ship in the world. Built in 1885 and docked at New York City’s Pier 16, the Wavertree extends about the length of a football field. This week, as part of the River to River Festival, Brooks (who uses they/them pronouns) finishes their whale journey with two works: “Whale Fall Abyss,” a dance performance on the ship, which is part of the South Street Seaport Museum; and “Whale Fall Reckoning,” a companion installation at a gallery — a former munitions room storage space — on Governors ... More

Paul Bille on Operation Earnest Voice: Crafting a Visual Counter-Narrative in the Brexit Debate
NEW YORK, NY.- In an era where visual communication transcends borders and languages, a graphic identity is not just about aesthetics; it's about engaging with your wider audience. This is central to the work of Paul Bille, a graphic designer who, alongside artist Jonas Lund, embarked on an ambitious project to define the artistic identity of a community with a distinctive view of Brexit. The duo’s mission was to create a visual narrative for Operation Earnest Voice, not merely as a design challenge, but as a means to communicate and persuade. The initiative took its name from the real-life Operation Earnest Voice, a U.S. military communications program known for its covert psychological operations and dissemination of misinformation. However, Lund aimed to invert this concept—to use visual art as a tool for clarity and truth, rather than deceit. Lund and Bille’s collaboration sought to give voice to those opposing Brexit by crafting an identity that resonated with their convictions and values. ... More

Tadáskía's monumental wall drawing in progress

On a day like today, German painter Kurt Schwitters was born
June 20, 1887. Kurt Hermann Eduard Karl Julius Schwitters (20 June 1887 - 8 January 1948) was a German artist who was born in Hanover, Germany. Schwitters worked in several genres and media, including dadaism, constructivism, surrealism, poetry, sound, painting, sculpture, graphic design, typography, and what came to be known as installation art. He is most famous for his collages, called Merz Pictures. In this image: Kurt Schwitters, Mz 302, Linden, 1921. Collage on paper, 7 1/8 x 5 5/8 in. Private collection. © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.

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