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Grace Wales Bonner summons the spirit movers in her MoMA show

Installation view of Artist’s Choice: Grace Wales Bonner—Spirit Movers, on view at The Museum of Modern Art from November 18, 2023 through April 7, 2024. Photo: Emile Askey.

NEW YORK, NY.- Every few years, the Museum of Modern Art asks an artist to sift through its vast holdings and assemble a chamber-music-scale exhibition. Past guest curators have included Ellsworth Kelly, Elizabeth Murray and Amy Sillman. This year the invitation went to London-based designer Grace Wales Bonner, and what a fantastic work of poetic research she’s orchestrated in the show she calls “Spirit Movers.” The idea of sound embodied in material is her foundational theme. In 36 objects, she covers a wide modern-contemporary cultural field, which includes figures well-known and overlooked, several with links to the Afro-Atlantic world. The resulting harmonic convergence of these various objects unfurls with a welcoming anthem in the form of Terry Adkins’ monumental wind instrument ensemble, “Last Trumpet,” and with a glowing fanfare in Agnes Martin’s 1963 gold-leaf painting “Friendship.” There follows a full, subtle concert of sight-and-sound compositions: chorales (Ruth Bernhard’s 1938 photo of ... More


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Musée des Arts décoratifs presents 'Iris van Herpen: Sculpting the Senses'   Interval Two (Dream Pool), Ailbhe Ní Bhriain's first solo exhibition at Kerlin Gallery   Christie's announces 'Philip Hewat-Jaboor: An Eye for the Magnificent '


Installation view, Musée des Arts décoratifs, from November 29, 2023 to April 28, 2024, the exhibition Iris van Herpen: Sculpting the Senses.

PARIS.- Starting this winter at Musée des Arts décoratifs in Paris is presenting Iris van Herpen: Sculpting the Senses. Held at the Musée des Arts décoratifs, since November 29, 2023 to April 28, 2024, the exhibition Iris van Herpen: Sculpting the Senses pays tribute to one of the most forward-thinking fashion designers. A pioneer in the use of new technologies in her discipline, Iris van Herpen transgresses conventional clothing norms, while embracing both traditional Couture craftsmanship and innovative techniques. Ranging from micro to macro, the exhibition questions the place of the body in space, its relationship to clothing and its environment, and its future in a rapidly changing world. A selection of over one hundred haute couture pieces made by Iris van Herpen dialogue with works of contemporary art, by artists like the Collectif Mé, Wim Delvoye, Kate MccGwire, Damien Jalet, Kohei Nawa, Casey Curran, Rogan Brown, ... More
 

Ailbhe Ní Bhriain, Picture VII, 2022. Pigment print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag, in stained walnut frame with museum glass, edition 1 of 3 + 2AP, 142 x 90 cm _ 55.9 x 35.4 in framed.

DUBLIN.- Kerlin Gallery is now showing Interval Two (Dream Pool), Ailbhe Ní Bhriain’s first solo exhibition at Kerlin Gallery. The visual worlds created by Ní Bhriain are at once precise and enigmatic, drawing the familiar into a register of interruption and disorientation. Three large-scale Jacquard tapestries form the centre of this exhibition. In these intricately woven works, fragments of archival portraits merge with images of underground caves and architectural ruins. The resulting scenes of threshold and collapse are inhabited by thylacines, birds of prey and other unlikely creatures, threading an imagined line between contemporary threats of extinction and ancient narratives of the underworld. In an abstract counterpart, a series of framed pigment prints depicts the reverse side of early photographic documents. The material conditions of the objects hint here at their stories – revealing the absences of the archive ... More
 

A Roman marble bust of Bacchus, circa 2nd Century A.D. (estimate: £70,000-100,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2023.

LONDON.- Philip Hewat-Jaboor: An Eye for the Magnificent will be offered at Christie’s headquarters in London on 8 February 2024. A highly respected and passionate connoisseur, Phillip Hewat-Jaboor (1953-2022) was a revered art advisor and the chairman of Masterpiece Art Fair in London (2012-2022). Comprising approximately 200 lots, this erudite collection, which celebrates the beauty of hardstones and prestigious provenances, spans decorative arts from Antiquity to the contemporary. Hewat-Jaboor had a particular passion for porphyry, evident in the large and notable group of porphyry objects in the sale, led by a pair of early 19th century Neoclassical porphyry vases (estimate: £100,000-150,000). Other works of art reflect his deep admiration for, and affinity with, the legendary British patrons and collectors William Beckford (1760-1844) and Thomas Hope (1769-1831). The collection is expected to realise in excess of £1.5 million, w ... More



'The Three Josephines' exhibition of work by Paris-based American artist Barbara Chase-Riboud at Hauser & Wirth   Chazen Museum of Art draws parallels between 15th-century printmaking and modern-day branding   First institutional solo exhibition of the artist Tan Jing now on view at Rockbund Art Museum


Barbara Chase-Riboud, 'La Musica Josephine Red/Black' (2021). Black patina bronze with red cord, 59 x 51.18 x 74.8 in, 150 x 130 x 190 cm. © Barbara Chase-Riboud. Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Jo Underhill.

NEW YORK, NY.- Hauser & Wirth inaugurated its new space on Wooster Street in New York City’s historic SoHo-Cast Iron District with ‘The Three Josephines,’ an exhibition of exceptional new and recent works by celebrated Paris-based American artist, novelist and poet Barbara Chase-Riboud (b. 1939, Philadelphia). Internationally admired as one of the most visionary and innovative creators of her generation, Chase-Riboud will present sculptures and works on paper in her first exhibition with Hauser & Wirth since her representation by the gallery was announced earlier this year. ‘The Three Josephines’ will follow the landmark exhibition ‘The Encounter: Barbara Chase-Riboud/ Alberto Giacometti’ at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York. On view from 5 May through 9 October, the exhibition paired the work of two pioneering artists whose breakthroughs ... More
 

Israhel van Meckenem (German, 1440/1444-1503), "The Five Foxes." Engraving on ivory laid paper, 1485–1495. 16.8 × 11.8 cm (6 5/8 × 4 11/16 in.). Art Institute of Chicago, Clarence Buckingham Collection.


MADISON, WI.- Israhel van Meckenem produced more than 500 engravings during his lifetime. Many of those were close copies or adaptations of existing works. The artist and publisher was among the first creators to use his name as a trademark. The Chazen Museum of Art at the University of Wisconsin–Madison presents new research about the German printmaker’s groundbreaking practice and explores his role in developing printmaking as a fine art in “Art of Enterprise: Israhel van Meckenem’s 15th-Century Print Workshop." The exhibition of more than 60 objects presents Israhel Van Meckenem’s engravings with several images he copied from Master ES, Martin Schongauer, Albrecht Dürer and his other contemporaries. “Israhel van Meckenem was one of the most prolific and influential printmakers of the 15th century, and his work offers a broad look at ... More
 

Still from Tan Jing, Nook of a Hazy Dream, 2023. Image courtesy of the artist. (detail)

SHANGHAI.- Inlet of Arid Dreams is the first institutional solo exhibition of the artist Tan Jing, a native of Shenzhen, China, known for her experimentation with unconventional materials across the media of sculpture, installation, and moving images. Her work explores the multi-layered narratives between reality and fiction by combining elements of folklore, organic materials, and personal memoirs. For Inlet of Arid Dreams, presented on the museum's 2nd floor, Tan Jing presents major new works, including the four-channel video installation titled Nook of a Hazy Dream (2023) and the soft fabric scented sculpture The Souvenir (2023), both commissioned by the Rockbund Art Museum. Smell plays a distinctive role in Tan Jing's art. Olfactory memories, unlike verbal recollections, cannot be easily rewritten. She incorporates these sensory memories tied to identity and locality into her sculptural works. Whether it's the pungent aroma recalling Southeast Asian cuisine wafting from green tiles (Floor Til ... More


Rayanne Tabet exhibition to transform Mudam Luxembourg's I.M. Pei pavilion   The Estate of Arthur Okamura joins Paul Thiebaud Gallery   Paula Cooper Gallery announces representation of Cynthia Hawkins


Rayyane Tabet, Six Nights, 2023. Courtesy of the artist and Sfeir-Semler Gallery. Beirut/Hamburg. Photo: Walid Rashid.

LONDON.- Introducing A Model, Rayyane Tabet (b. 1983, Ashqout, Lebanon) was invited to conceive a site-specific project for the Henry J. and Erna D. Leir Pavilion. An architect by training, the artist attaches great importance to the context in which his projects are embedded. His installations consider the historical framework of the architecture of the museum, revealing its particularities alongside its contradictions. Tabet’s body of work builds upon the analysis of sociocultural contexts, combining historical and subjective memory to offer an alternative reading to the official narrative of his object of study and open it up to new meanings. For the pavilion, the artist devised Trilogy, an installation that unfolds around pivotal moments of contemporary and Luxembourg history in dialogue with his personal memory. This installation includes Sanatorium Paimio (bedroom furniture), a central work of the Mudam Collection ... More
 

Arthur Okamura, Untitled (Orange and Pink Flowers), c. 1967, watercolor on paper, 18 x 14 15/16 inches. © 2023 Estate of Arthur Okamura.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- Paul Thiebaud Gallery announced its representation of the Estate of Arthur Okamura. Primarily known as a painter, Arthur Okamura (1932-2009) was an important Japanese American (Nisei) artist from the San Francisco Bay Area who also became known for his drawings, watercolors, printmaking, and illustrations for books of poetry. Over the course of nearly six decades, Arthur Okamura’s artworks evolved as he moved through several stylistic shifts. Okamura is best known for his expansive series of abstract expressionist paintings and watercolors, his first mature body of work. Created between 1956 and the early 1960s after he had moved his family to San Francisco, Okamura’s abstract paintings are infused with the principles of Zen Buddhist thought, exploring territory different from his contemporaries. As the 1960s progressed, Okamura explored the ... More
 

Cynthia Hawkins. Investigation into Green (Purple), 1986, oil on canvas, 72 x 24 in. (182.9 x 59.7 cm)

NEW YORK, NY.- Paula Cooper Gallery announced the representation of painter, curator, and historian Cynthia Hawkins (b. 1950). Since 1972, Hawkins has consistently painted abstractly and in series, exploring diverse literary, philosophical, and scientific influences within a delineated structure. Hawkins’s paintings utilize a highly developed vocabulary of symbols and signs to investigate color, movement, and light, and her work is dense with richly evocative meaning. Paula Cooper Gallery will include a selection of paintings from Hawkins’s 1986 series Investigations into Green at Art Basel Miami Beach in December 2023 as part of a presentation of work on the theme of nature. A one-person Cynthia Hawkins exhibition will open at the gallery in March 2025. STARS, Los Angeles, will continue to represent the artist. In the 1970s and 1980s Hawkins was an important member of the communities surrounding the Black-owned New York gall ... More


Cape Ann Museum celebrates local photojournalism on Cape Ann   'Alisa Sikelianos-Carter: In Space and Splendor: A Topography of Wildness' at San Luis Obispo Museum of Art   Monographic exhibition of work by Swedish artist Charlotte Johannesson on view at Kunsthalle Friart


Stan Rogers digs clams off Essex Avenue in a flat on the Annisquam River, 1982. Photograph by Jim Mahoney. Gloucester Daily Times Collection of the Cape Ann Museum Library & Archives, Gloucester, MA. Gift of The North of Boston Media Group, 2021. (detail)


GLOUCESTER, MASS.- The people of Cape Ann Museum have looked to the Gloucester Daily Times for over 135 years to get their news. Opening on Dec. 2, the Cape Ann Museum presents its special exhibition, Above the Fold: The Photographers of the “Gloucester Daily Times,” 1973-2005, featuring a selection of works by photographers shooting for the Times for over three decades. “The Gloucester Daily Times celebrates the vibrant community of Cape Ann,” says Oliver Barker, Director of the Cape Ann Museum. “With more than 30 years documented in this exhibition, it captures the emotions of the people in Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester-by-the-Sea, and Essex. The Museum is ... More
 

Artwork by Alisa Sikelianos-Carter.

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA.- The San Luis Obispo Museum of Art recently commenced In Space and Splendor: A Topography of Wildness, a solo exhibition by mixed media painter Alisa Sikelianos-Carter. On view in the Museum’s Gray Wing November the exhibition will explore unconditional, ancestral, and ancient Blackness, through large installations of works on paper and small sculptures. The queer poet Dinos Christianos, ostracized from the Greek literary community, famously penned the quote, “they buried us, but they didn’t know we were seeds.” This idea of resilience, infinitude, and creating a magical place where Black people exist fully in liberation is at the root of Sikelianos-Carter’s expansive practice. Sikelianos-Carter’s work responds directly to the violence against people of color, accessing new levels of survival, protection, and abundance. Committed to exploration, this new body of work presented at SLOMA builds on her recen ... More
 

Charlotte Johannesson, Braincell (detail), 2022-2023. Photo Guillaume Python. Courtesy of the artist and Hollybush Gardens, London.

FRIBOURG.- Kunsthalle Friart presents Charlotte Johannesson’s (b. 1943, Sweden) first exhibition in Switzerland, dedicating the entirety of its space to the artist. This exhibition follows her recent retrospectives at the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid and at Nottingham Contemporary, as well her participation at the 2022 Venice Biennale. It marks the rediscovery of a self-taught artist whose career took place mainly on official art system’s fringes. Charlotte Johannesson lives and works in Skanör, Sweden. Her work explores the affinities between the craft technology of the loom and the digital technolo- gy of computer programming. Af- ter finishing her studies in applied textiles crafts, she developed her textile artistic practice in the 1970s within Malmö’s counterculture scene. In 1981, with her partner Sture Johannesson, she created an experimental digital arts ... More




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Handan Börüteçene's exhibition 'In the Realm of Three Inland Seas' opened at Salt Beyoğlu
ISTANBUL.- Founded by Garanti BBVA, Salt Beyoğlu's upcoming exhibition In the Realm of Three Inland Seas is the most comprehensive exhibition of Handan Börüteçene, whose practice has firmly focused on archeology, history, and nature for over forty years. The title points to a geography that has inspired the artist with its land and seas as well as cultural heritage and myths: Anatolia and Thrace. The exhibition, presented at Salt Beyoğlu highlights various works, including Börüteçene’s early pieces, her award-winning installation Kır/Gör [Break/See] (1985), the terracotta series displayed in the Urart Art Gallery in 1987, and her large-scale public sculptures. Tracing an artistic practice that challenges amnesia, the selection opens up the artist’s desires, issues that she has persistently tackled, recurring motifs, and new directions in her ... More

Finest 1815 B-1 Quarter, designed by John Reich grabs spotlight at Heritage's US Coins Auction
DALLAS, TX.- When numismatists speak of “history that can fit in your pocket,” consider for a moment John Reich, a German-born designer of American coins, and Edward Howland Robinson Green, the Englishman who was among this country’s most prominent early collectors. Reich came to the United States shortly after the Revolutionary War, wowed Thomas Jefferson with his medal-making prowess and ultimately landed at the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia, where he came to design and engrave the Capped Bust design that defined American coinage for decades. Historians don’t know what Reich looked like – there exist no images of the Bavarian-born coin-maker – but his output at the Philadelphia Mint is inescapable in numerous denominations, from the large cent to dime to the half dollars to the $5 gold piece coveted by collectors. ... More

Emma Stone and Yorgos Lanthimos have nothing and everything in common
NEW YORK, NY.- It’s one thing to cry while performing. Emma Stone can do that. What she doesn’t want to do, and what she found herself doing anyway, is to cry in the middle of an interview. “I’m such an actor, what is wrong with me?” she said, her eyes welling up with tears. It was mid-November in Los Angeles and we were out to lunch with Yorgos Lanthimos, the Greek director with whom Stone has made the cockeyed comedies “The Favourite” and now “Poor Things,” which won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in September and is tipped to be a major Oscar contender when it’s released Dec. 8. Based on the novel by Alasdair Gray, “Poor Things” casts Stone as Bella Baxter, who may have the cinematic year’s most outrageous origin story: Trapped in an unhappy marriage, she throws herself off a bridge and is resurrected ... More

'Friendship 7' model made By Spacecraft's official manufacturer touches down in Heritage's Space Exploration Auction
DALLAS, TX.- The then-Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1 in October 1957, an event that served as a metaphoric launching pad for the start of the space race. The United States scrambled to catch up, approving Project Mercury the following year. The mission of the project was to pull the American space program even — or boost it beyond — its Russian counterpart, but that required the construction of a serviceable spacecraft. NASA quickly began conducting tests and working with assorted contractors to create one, ultimately landing on McDonnell Aircraft Corporation as its chosen vendor. The only known Full-Scale McDonnell Aircraft Corporation Manufactured Friendship 7 Mercury Spacecraft Exhibition ... More

Art Rotterdam 2024 Anniversary Edition: With a brand-new section and spectacular outdoor artwork
ROTTERDAM.- Art Rotterdam is celebrating its 25th edition from Thursday 1 February to Sunday 4 February at the iconic Van Nelle Factory in Rotterdam for the last time - but no less topical and innovative. The 12th edition of Prospects will be showcasing work by 86 talented up-and-coming artists, there will be a spectacular collection of large-scale outdoor work and last but not least, there will be a brand-new section entitled Artistic Matter, made possible by Lakeside Capital Partners and presented by Stichting Galerie Weisbard and Annemarie Fine Art. From 2025, Art Rotterdam will be held at Rotterdam Ahoy. Artistic Matter will be holding a prominent place at Art Rotterdam. On entering the main entrance to the old tobacco Factory, it is the first thing that visitors encounter. This section is all about the unique use of materials. Most ... More

Modern Art Oxford announces major redesign for 2024
OXFORD.- Modern Art Oxford is working with RIBA award-winning David Kohn Architects on a £1.2 million redesign of its ground and lower-ground floor spaces. The redesign will take place next summer when the gallery closes to the public, reopening in autumn 2024. A redesigned ground floor layout, including a new entrance to the main exhibition spaces, a welcome desk and shop, expanded learning spaces and an artist-designed café will vastly improve navigation, accessibility and environmental performance in the building. The Modern Art Oxford café returns to the lower-ground floor and will be based on a celebratory concept created by British artist, Emma Hart. Club Together will celebrate raves and spaces where people come together for enjoyment and self-expression. Hart’s furniture in the café is inspired by dancing “hands ... More

M.C. Escher's work is in new hands: Giudiceandrea and Iaquinta acquire the Dutch artist's copyright
BRESSANONE.- The intellectual property of Maurits Cornelis Escher (1898-1972) is in new hands: collectors Federico Giudiceandrea (Bressanone, Italy), and Salvatore Iaquinta (San Rafael, California, USA) have acquired the rights to M.C. Escher's artwork as well as ownership of the M.C. Escher Company in The Netherlands. In continuity with the previous management, the new owners aim to make M.C. Escher's work accessible to an ever-wider public, also using new technologies and in collaboration with museums and cultural institutions all over the world. A large exhibition is currently being held in Rome, another in Vero Beach, Florida, and others are being prepared worldwide. Escher is widely recognized for his impossible buildings and his tessellations, tilings of perfectly interlocked animals. Initially, Escher was appreciated ... More

Tel Aviv Museum of Art reopens to the public today
TEL AVIV.- Tel Aviv Museum of Art reopened to the public on Thursday, November 30, 2023, free of charge and will hold a variety of free activities. On October 7, when the entire State of Israel was struck dumb an unimaginable reality, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art suddenly closed its doors. Exhibitions that opened a few days before, remained empty and silent over the past seven weeks and now, with the reopening of the museum, they are loaded with additional layers of meanings. We have been changed by the trauma, and we now observe through different eyes. Director Tania Coen-Uzzielli: "Art has a unique power to reflect complexities and to arouse critical awareness even in times of crisis. Sometimes, it even has a prophetic power. The entrance to the Museum, through the plaza that became the "Square of the Abducted and Missing" ... More

Frances Sternhagen, actress who thrived in mature roles, dies at 93
NEW YORK, NY.- Frances Sternhagen, the Tony Award-winning actress who played leading roles in stage productions of “Driving Miss Daisy” and “On Golden Pond” as formidable older women, when she was so young that she had to wear aging makeup, died Monday at her home in New Rochelle, New York. She was 93. Her son Tony Carlin confirmed the death. Sternhagen won Tonys as featured actress in a play for her performances in two very different productions. In a 1995 Broadway revival of “The Heiress,” based on Henry James’ novel “Washington Square,” she was Cherry Jones’ well-meaning, matchmaking Aunt Lavinia. In “The Good Doctor,” Neil Simon’s 1973 take on Anton Chekhov, she played multiple roles in comedy sketches. Sternhagen came into her own in mature off-Broadway roles: as the strong-willed 70-something- ... More




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On a day like today, French sculptor Etienne-Maurice Falconet was born
December 01, 1716. Étienne Maurice Falconet (December 1, 1716 - January 4, 1791) is counted among the first rank of French Rococo sculptors, whose patron was Mme de Pompadour. In this image: A Russian groom jumps to his wife during a wedding ceremony near the statue of Peter the Great, the Bronze Horseman monument, by Etienne Maurice Falconet in St Petersburg, Russia, 26 June 2010.



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