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What does it take to run a museum? The job description is changing.

Sean M. Decatur, president of Kenyon College, at his office in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, on Dec. 05, 2022. It’s not only about the art anymore: Today’s museum leaders must increasingly confront staff revolts and calls to return looted art while navigating labor unrest and social justice controversies. (Amber N. Ford/New York Times)

by Robin Pogrebin


NEW YORK, NY.- Art world luminaries gathered in the rotunda of the Guggenheim last month to nibble cauliflower shawarma, sip prosecco and bid farewell to Richard Armstrong, who this summer will conclude his 14-year tenure as the museum’s director. The Guggenheim, which is expected to announce his successor soon, is the latest in a series of major museums around the country undergoing leadership changes at a moment when modern cultural institutions are demanding increasingly complicated skill sets. It is no longer only about the art. “There is a generational shift that’s taking place at a moment of intense change in the field,” said András Szántó, a museum consultant whose book, “The Future of the Museum,” was published in 2020. “The traditional functions of the museum are being expanded very rapidly. In addition to collecting and preserving, now museums are expected to be community-facing, inclusive, engaged in the debates of our time.” While museum directors i ... More


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M Leuven acquires rare masterpiece by Michaelina Wautier   Lincoln Center, seeking new audiences, plans to remake its West Edge   Françoise Gilot, artist in the shadow of Picasso, is dead at 101


Michaelina Wautier, Study of a Head of a Bearded Man’, ca. 1655, oil op panel, ca. 76,5 x 26,5 x 5 cm, Collection M Leuven, source: artinflanders.be, photo: Cedric Verhelst.

LEUVEN .- M Leuven welcomes Study of a Head of a Bearded Man into its collection. It is a recently discovered painting from the oeuvre of Michaelina Wautier, who worked in Brussels in the seventeenth-century. This extremely rare study from c. 1655 was authenticated by Wautier expert, Katlijne Van der Stighelen (KU Leuven). The work will be presented in the new collection presentation at M in 2024. Through this display, the museum aims to further redress the balance between female and male artists and to highlight an underexposed area of art history. “The city’s purchase of Study of a Head of a Bearded Man is a huge boon for M Leuven”, says Bert Cornillie, Alderman for Culture and Chairman of M’s Board of Directors. “The city is investing more and more in the expansion of its art collection. Since the period before 2020, the annual budget for acquisitions and restoration work has increased by over €100,000. The ci ... More
 

Lincoln Center at West 65th and Amsterdam in New York on June 5, 2023. (Jeenah Moon/The New York Times)

by Javier C. Hernández


NEW YORK, NY.- Lincoln Center welcomes visitors at its main entrance facing Broadway with an elegant plaza, a majestic fountain and an array of travertine concert halls and theaters. But the view from the center’s western edge, along Amsterdam Avenue, is far less convivial: An imposing wall stretches across several blocks, giving the feel of a fortress. Now Lincoln Center, hoping to draw new audiences and promote closer ties with nearby public housing complexes, schools and community centers, is planning a major renovation of its western side, the organization’s leaders announced Tuesday. The project will likely entail tearing down parts of the wall, building an outdoor stage and renovating Damrosch Park, at the corner of Amsterdam and West 62nd Street. “As welcoming as we are to the east, we should be to the west,” Henry Timms, the president and CEO of Lincoln Center, said ... More
 

The artist Françoise Gilot in New York on June 11, 2018. (Jody Rogac/The New York Times)

by Alan Riding


NEW YORK, NY.- Françoise Gilot, an accomplished painter whose art was eclipsed by her long and stormy romantic relationship with a much older Pablo Picasso, and who alone among his many mistresses walked out on him, died Tuesday at a hospital in Manhattan. She was 101. The death was confirmed by her daughter Aurelia Engel, who said Gilot had recently been dealing with heart and lung ailments. “You imagine people will be interested in you?” Gilot quoted a surprised Picasso as saying after she told him that she was leaving him. “They won’t ever, really, just for yourself. Even if you think people like you, it will only be a kind of curiosity they will have about a person whose life touched mine so intimately.” But unlike his two wives and other mistresses, Gilot rebuilt her life after she ended the relationship, in 1953, almost a decade after it had begun despite an age difference of ... More



Six works by Fontana unseen for 50 years at Bonhams Single-Owner sale in London   Apollo Theater names new President   L.A. Louver begins the presentation of the exhibition 'The Flower Show'


Lucio Fontana (1899-1968), Concetto spaziale, Attese, 1960. Waterpaint on canvas, 91.2 by 64.5 cm. (35 7/8 by 25 3/8 in.). Estimate: £1,300,000-1,800,000. Photo: Bonhams.

LONDON.- Six works by Lucio Fontana (1899-1968), unseen by the public for the past 50 years, are to be offered at auction for the very first time. The works form part of a sale 20th Century Masters : A Private Collection – Kandinsky and Fontana to Baselitz, which comes to Bonhams New Bond Street on Thursday 29 June 2023. The collection will also be on view in Paris on Friday 5th, Wednesday 10th, and Thursday 11th May. Leading the sale will be Concetto spaziale, Attese, 1959, an extremely rare early work by the artist featuring 14 cuts on a shaped white background. The work has an estimate of £1,600,000 - 2, 200,000. The sale will also feature Concetto spaziale, Attese, 1960, which features two large cuts on red – a style that is amongst the most recognisable and sought-after in Fontana’s oeuvre – which has an estimate of £1,300,000-1,800,000. Giacomo Balsamo, Bonhams International Director of Post-War & Contemporary Art, c ... More
 

Michelle Ebanks, who most recently served as the president of Essence Communications, will assume the role in July.

NEW YORK, NY.- Michelle Ebanks, who most recently served as the president of Essence Communications, the global media and communications company dedicated to Black women, will be the next president and CEO of the Apollo Theater in Harlem, the organization announced Tuesday. “I have a deep understanding of the value of cultural institutions and their profound impact on individual lives and society, and the Apollo Theater as one of the nation’s greatest cultural institutions,” Ebanks said in an interview Monday. Ebanks, 61, succeeds the theater’s longtime leader, Jonelle Procope, who announced last year that she planned to step down this summer after nearly 20 years steering the Harlem organization, which she transformed from a struggling nonprofit to the largest African American performing arts presenting organization in the country. The appointment comes at a critical time for the theater, which is wrapping up an $80 million capital fundraising campaign to fully renovate its 109-y ... More
 

Penelope Gottlieb, Colocasia esculenta, 2023. Acrylic and ink over a digital reproduction of an Audubon print. Paper: 60 x 40 in. (152.4 x 101.6 cm). Framed: 62 x 42 in. (157.5 x 106.7 cm)
© Penelope Gottlieb. Courtesy of the artist.


VENICE, CA.- L.A. Louver opened yesterday The Flower Show, an exhibition that celebrates the flower in art, which will continue through September 1st, 2023. The Flower Show includes over 50 artists who work from different perspectives and cultural origins, and who have embraced the floral motif for different ends. Works date from the early 19th century to now, with a focus on contemporary. A range of media is represented including painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, film and digital technology. Ever since the ancient Egyptians symbolized the sun and creation with a lotus, flowers have held a place in art. However, within the canon of Western art, until the later decades of the nineteenth century the depiction of the flower was largely relegated to a lower echelon of artistic endeavor: often assigned to the decorative and deemed “suitable” for female pursuit. Since the birth of modern art this has changed: the motif has given artists ... More


Yvonne Wells now exhibiting Play The Hand That's Dealt You at Fort Gansevoort   'In My Room' inspired by song by The Beach Boys now opening at Venus Over Manhattan   Joana Vasconcelos: Wedding Cake now opening at the Dairy at Waddesdon Manor


Yvonne Wells, Play The Hand That’s Dealt You, 2011. Assorted fabrics, 81.5 x 65 inches. ©Yvonne Wells. Courtesy of the artist and Fort Gansevoort, New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- Beginning June 8, 2023, Fort Gansevoort will present Play The Hand That’s Dealt You, the first New York solo exhibition of Alabama-based artist Yvonne Wells. Born in 1939 in Tuscaloosa, Wells is known for her intricate narrative quilts depicting American history subjects, pop culture figures, and religious subject matter. As a self- taught artist living and working in the same region as the enslaved female quilters from the rural Alabama community known as Gee’s Bend, Wells is aware of heritage techniques, yet cleaves to her own contemporary visual vernacular. Through a practice that illuminates the craft of quilt making as a form of fine art, in addition to its utilitarian function, she has developed a style that uniquely ... More
 

Karl Wirsum, Untitled, 1966. Ink on paper; 14 x 11 in (35.6 x 27.9 cm).

NEW YORK, NY.- Venus Over Manhattan is pleased to present In My Room, an exhibition showcasing works on paper and board by Ana Benaroya, Tom of Finland, and Karl Wirsum. This presentation comprises a series of seventeen new drawings by Ana Benaroya, alongside six pieces by Karl Wirsum from 1966-67, and three by Tom of Finland from the 1970s and 1980s. “In My Room,” the first exhibition to focus exclusively on Benaroya’s works on paper and to consider them in conversation with those of her forebears, explores questions of personal identity, queerness, and alternative art histories. The exhibition, accompanied by a publication featuring a new text by Emile Mausner, will open on Thursday, June 8, and remain on view at 55 Great Jones Street ... More
 

Lafite Opening, 2015 at Waddesdon Manor. © Mike Fear The National Trust.

LONDON.- Wedding Cake - a 12-metre-high sculptural pavilion in the form of a three-tiered wedding cake, clad entirely in ceramic tiles - is a major new work by celebrated Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos (b 1971) opening at Waddesdon. Almost five years in the making, Wedding Cake was commissioned by the Rothschild Foundation for Waddesdon, prompted by the relationship between visionary collector Lord Rothschild and Vasconcelos. Part sculpture, part architectural garden folly, Wedding Cake is an extraordinary, enormous, fully immersive sculpture which combines pâtisserie and architecture. Gleaming and icing-like outside and in, it offers an intricate and richly sensory experience – glazed in pale pinks, greens and blues, beset with sculptural ornament and complete ... More


Rare display of 100+ American watercolors at Harvard University   GALLERIA CONTINUA opens the group exhibition 'From the Ground Up'   Public Art Fund debuts Phyllida Barlow's large-scale freestanding sculptures in City Hall Park


John La Farge (New York, NY 1835–1910 Providence, RI) Chinese Pi-tong, 1879. Transparent and opaque watercolor over graphite on off-white wove paper 43.2 × 43.2 cm (17 × 17 in.). Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop, 1943.310. Image: Courtesy of the Harvard Art Museums.

CAMBRIDGE, MASS.- This summer, the Harvard Art Museums present over 100 years of dazzling and imaginative artistry through the medium of watercolor. American Watercolors, 1880–1990: Into the Light showcases more than 100 watercolors by over 50 well-known and historically underrepresented artists selected from the museums’ deep and diverse holdings—a rare opportunity because of the light-sensitive nature of these works. From Winslow Homer to Richard Foster Yarde, from stunning natural landscapes to delicate still lifes and bold abstractions, there is something for everyone. The exhibition is on display through August 13, 2023, in the three adjacent University Galleries located ... More
 

Loris Cecchini ‘Diagram bushes Here and There and Everywhere’ 2013. Welded steel modules, 135 x 75 x 75 cm. Photo: Veronica Tronnolone.

DUBAI.- GALLERIA CONTINUA / Dubai has opened the new exhibition From the Ground Up, continuing the series of group shows paying tribute to the heritage of the iconic Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, and providing contemporary response to the context of its opulent interior designs. The new exhibition, From the Ground Up, showcases works by GALLERIA CONTINUA represented artists, connected with the theme of earth - one of the four elements forming the visual aesthetics of the Burj Al Arab developed by Khuan Chew of KCA International. The exhibition From the Ground Up traces the roots of history through contemporary artistic practices, reflecting on the evolving landscape of Dubai and its timeless symbol - Burj Al Arab, grounded on a man-made island. The works presented in the exhibition immerse viewers in archaeological and spiritual ... More
 

Phyllida Barlow, PRANK: mimic; 2022/23, 2022–23. Corten steel, fiberglass, lacquer © Phyllida Barlow. Courtesy Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Filip Wolak, courtesy Public Art Fund, NY. Artwork a part of Phyllida Barlow: PRANK, presented by Public Art Fund in City Hall Park, New York City, June 6, 2023–November 26, 2023.

NEW YORK, NY.- Public Art Fund debuts PRANK, the late British artist Phyllida Barlow’s final series of large-scale freestanding sculptures. This exhibition of seven new steel and fiberglass sculptures in City Hall Park offers the opportunity to experience her rich artistic legacy in the public sphere. As Barlow’s first series of outdoor sculptures made from robust long-lasting materials, PRANK marks a notable departure from the artist’s typical use of materials suitable for indoor display, extending her highly influential practice into the realm of public art. The sculptures in PRANK adapt everyday forms such as domestic furniture stacked in unexpected, gravity-defying compositions. Each is ... More




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Montclair Art Museum and African American Cultural Committee announce Debra Cartwright as first AACC Founders Fellow
MONTCLAIR, NJ.- The Montclair Art Museum and the African American Cultural Committee (AACC) have announced that Debra Cartwright is the recipient of the inaugural AACC Founders Fellowship. The fellowship will be in effect from September 2023 to June 2024, during which time Ms. Cartwright will actively engage with the Museum's audience, staff, and artist community in collaboration with the AACC. The AACC, established in the 1980s, aims to sustain and maintain the legacy of artists from the African diaspora. To honor the founding members of the AACC, the Founders Fellowship is bestowed upon a recent African American graduate of master's or doctoral programs in the visual arts and/or art history. The fellowship ... More

The male form performed brilliantly at Bonhams auction n Paris
PARIS.- Vid dörren (At the Door) by the Swedish artist Eugene Jansson (1862-1915) sold for €91,840 at Bonhams Cornette de Saint Cyr Male Form Sale in Paris yesterday (Thursday 1 June). It tripled its pre-sale estimate of €25,000-35,000. Bubbles Shower by Pierre et Gilles, a signed, dated and titled hand-painted photograph mounted on aluminium, commissioned in 1997 for Statements magazine sold for €82,950 (estimate: €35,000-45,000). Following successful previous auctions on the same theme held in London and New York, this sale offered a fine selection of paintings, drawings and sculpture celebrating the male form and sale made a total of €649,248. Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest and most renowned auctioneers, offering fine art and collectables, collectors’ cars and a luxury division, which includes jewellery, ... More

Holabird announces Four-Day High-Grade Auction, June 15th-18t
RENO, NEV.- After conducting a pair of smaller “specialty” auctions over the last few months, Holabird Western Americana Collections will burst into summer with a huge, four-day High-Grade Auction, June 15th thru 18th, with nearly 2,000 lots of mining collectibles, railroadiana, numismatics, Native and general Americana, philatelic, bottles, stocks, bonds, sports and art. The premier live auction, which starts each day at 8 am Pacific time, will be held live in the Holabird gallery, located at 3555 Airway Drive (Suite #308) in Reno, as well as online, via iCollector.com, LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com and Auctionzip.com. Color catalogs are available by calling 1-844-492-2766 or 775-851-1859. Phone and absentee bids will be accepted. “We chose the name ‘high-grade’ for this auction for two reasons,” said Fred Holabird, president and owner ... More

'Wet Brain' review: A vodka-spiked horror show
NEW YORK, NY.- In the escalating series of calamities that constitute Joe’s misadventures with alcohol, his middle child, Ricky, has missed a lot. It’s been six gruesome years since Ricky last traveled back to Arizona for a family visit, after his father’s second arrest for driving drunk, and Joe has careened downhill in the interim. When he goes in search of vodka these days he goes on foot, but his sodden brain is shot: dementia, hallucinations, the kind of aphasia that means he can’t talk anymore. He grunts and lurches, vomits a lot, uses a corner of the TV room as a urinal. Ricky has kept a determined distance from it all. When he does show up one summer night — threatened into it by his exhausted sister, Angelina, their father’s live-in caretaker — the recriminations start immediately. “I can’t fly across the country every single time his organs start shutting down,” Ricky ... More

French-Lebanese Paris-based architect Lina Ghotmeh designs 22nd Pavilion project
LONDON.- Serpentine is opening the 22nd Pavilion, designed by French-Lebanese Paris-based architect Lina Ghotmeh, at Serpentine South on Friday 9 June 2023 with Goldman Sachs supporting the annual project for the 9th consecutive year. Inspired by the architect’s Mediterranean heritage and fervent discussions around the table over current affairs, politics, personal lives, and dreams, the Pavilion is titled À table – a French call to sit down together at a table to engage and participate in dialogue while sharing a meal. As such, the interior of the Pavilion features a concentric table along the perimeter, inviting us to convene, sit down, think, share and celebrate exchanges that enable new relationships to form. Considering food as an expression of care, the Pavilion’s design is a space for grounding and reflection on our relationship to land, nature and environment. B ... More

Mazzoleni Post-War Italian and contemporary art gallery openes new exhibition by artist Mazzoleni
LONDON.- Following the great success of Nunzio’s first solo exhibition in London The Shock of Objectivity in 2019, Mazzoleni is now offering the presentation of Nunzio. Drawings, a selection of new and unseen works on paper by the artist, which will be on view for the first time at the London gallery from Thursday, 8 June to Sunday, 17 September 2023. In his research, Nunzio establishes a dialectical and profound relationship with materials, where the sign is the initial manifestation of form and reveals the process, the origin of vision. It is as if this original and structural presence were the first indication of an encounter between being and imagination, the trace of the imperceptible border between shadow and appearance, the thickening of the space around the existence of the artwork. In the artworks on display the dualisms and dialogues that recur ... More

Sylvia Palacios Whitman: To Draw a Line with the Body, first solo exhibition and career survey
NEW YORK, NY.- Art at Americas Society has announced Sylvia Palacios Whitman: To Draw a Line with the Body, the first solo exhibition and career survey of the Chilean artist in New York. The exhibition will be on view from June 7 to July 22. Sylvia Palacios Whitman (b. Osorno, Chile, 1941) is a visual and performance artist, who has been experimenting with movement and contemporary dance since her move to New York in the early 1960s. She became an integral figure of the experimental downtown arts scene in 1970s New York, having collaborated with many American and international artists. In her solo and group performances, Palacios Whitman developed her own choreographic language, which privileged the participation of untrained performers, embraced humor and unexpected elements, and incorporated found objects and ephemeral props. ... More

Solo exhibition by Sam Falls now on view at 303 Gallery
NEW YORK, NY.- Since June 3rd 303 Gallery is presenting their third solo exhibition by Sam Falls. On view will be a new body of work incorporating painting, ceramics, photography, and video installation. “…and he felt a loneliness he'd not known since he was a child and he felt wholly alien to the world although he loved it still. He thought that in the beauty of the world were hid a secret. He thought that the world’s heart beat at some terrible cost and that the world’s pain and its beauty moved in a relationship of diverging equity and that in this headlong deficit the blood of multitudes might ultimately be exacted for the vision of a single flower.” Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses― In a passage cited by Falls as personally significant from Cormac McCarthy’s All the Pretty Horses, the novel’s protagonist John Grady Cole hunts a deer for survival in the wilderness on ... More

The face of Federico Da Montefeltro drawn by Leonardo Da Vinci at Li Madou Palace
ARCONA.- Great success for the International Conference Leonardo The Immortal Light, the highly anticipated event that took place in Ancona at Palazzo Li Madou, one of the offices of the Marche Region was a heart-pounding event in which a research of a study conducted on Leonardo da Vinci's red chalk drawing, and kept in the Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana in Milan, from which it would emerge that the great mind of Leonardo da Vinci represented in a sketch the characteristic features of a man, this was the captain general and gonfalonier of the Pope the Duke of Urbino Federico da Montefeltro. The research was presented in the Leonardo The Immortal Light event, which has now reached its 30th edition with the collaboration of the International Committee Leonardo da Vinci, the Club for UNESCO of Florence with the patronage of the Italian Representation ... More

Geffen and Gustavo: Mixed boons for the New York Philharmonic
NEW YORK, NY.- David Geffen Hall, the New York Philharmonic’s gut-renovated home at Lincoln Center, isn’t perfect. The decorating tends cheesy and clashing — even if seating that wraps around the stage has done wonders for intimacy. And the sound, for all its improvements on the old acoustics, leans coolly antiseptic. But for the orchestra, which ends its first season in what is essentially a new hall this weekend, Geffen has been a kind of talisman. Last fall, when performing arts groups around the country were blindsided by theaters half-full (and worse), the excitement of the hall’s reopening insulated the Philharmonic from a similar fate. Sales have been robust all season. In February, another talisman appeared: star conductor Gustavo Dudamel, who was named the orchestra’s next music director. Though Dudamel won’t raise his ... More

The Mayor Gallery announces exhibition of work by leading Op-Art artist Julian Stańczak
LONDON.- A leading artist of Op Art, Julian Stańczak (b. 1928 Borownica, Poland – d. 2017 Ohio, United States) created from the 1960s a dynamic and joyous oeuvre. The term Op Art itself was coined by Time magazine after his first major show, Julian Stańczak: Optical Paintings, held at the Martha Jackson Gallery in New York in 1964 where his paintings, full of colour and optimism, gave nothing of his traumatic childhood. In 1940 Stańczak and his family were forced into a Siberian labour camp, where he permanently lost the use of his right arm. In 1942, aged thirteen, Stańczak escaped to join the Polish army-in-exile in Persia. After deserting from the army, he spent his teenage years in a Polish refugee camp in Uganda. It was there, in Africa, that he learned to write and paint with his left-hand, he was profoundly affected by the African light, the intensely ... More




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On a day like today, English painter John Everett Millais was born
June 08, 1829. Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Baronet, PRA (8 June 1829 - 13 August 1896) was an English painter and illustrator who was one of the founders of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.He was a child prodigy who, aged eleven, became the youngest student to enter the Royal Academy Schools. The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood was founded at his family home in London, at 83 Gower Street (now number 7). In this image: Afternoon Tea (or The Gossips). The Winnipeg Art Gallery.



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