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Two renovated museums offer a peek at spy secrets - at least for some

An exhibition on the 1962 Cuban missile crisis at the recently renovated museum at CIA headquarters in Langley, Va. on Sept. 24, 2022. In time for its 75th anniversary this year, the Central Intelligence Agency has overhauled and refurbished its museum of secrets — a site that is not open to the general public. Doug Mills/The New York Times.

by Julian E. Barnes

WASHINGTON, DC.- Two of the United States’ intelligence agencies have completely renovated their museums of spycraft, displaying dramatic stories of notable U.S. spies and informants, as well as paraphernalia from intelligence work. But one of the museums will remain off limits to the public. In time for its 75th anniversary this year, the Central Intelligence Agency has overhauled and refurbished its museum of secrets. It features spy gadgets both successful (a Tabasco sauce-covered dead rat in which to hide messages) and not (a pigeon-mounted camera and a mini spy drone designed to look like a dragonfly). It has fascinating, beautifully arranged artifacts from significant espionage operations. However, the CIA Museum is on the agency’s heavily protected campus in Langley, Virginia, a location that is not open to members of the public — unless they find themselves summoned to its headquarters. The CIA opened the renovated museum to family of personnel one weekend and to members of the n ... More

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Tanya Bonakdar opens a solo exhibition of new work by Martin Boyce   Runners and cyclists use GPS mapping to make art   Roxanne Lowit, fashion photographer with a backstage view, dies at 80

Martin Boyce, Installation view, Long Distance, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, Los Angeles, September 17 – October 29, 2022. Photo by Jeff McLane. Courtesy the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York / Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Tanya Bonakdar Gallery is presenting Long Distance, a solo exhibition of new work by Martin Boyce, on view in Los Angeles from September 17 - October 29, 2022. This is Boyce’s fifth solo exhibition with Tanya Bonakdar; his first at the Los Angeles gallery. Martin Boyce’s sculptures, photographs and installations poetically investigate the intersections between art, architecture, design, and nature. Since the beginning of his career, he has incorporated a palette of shapes and forms that frequently recall familiar structures from the built environment – a phone booth, a chain-linked fence, a ventilation grill, to name a few – yet presents them in a way that is entirely new. Collapsing distinctions between past, present, and future, Boyce’s works seem to exist in their own autonomous world, untethered to any fixed time or place. In Long ... More

Mr. Maughan’s Instagram with a collection of his GPS art. Photo: Lenny Maughan.

by Claire Fahy

NEW YORK, NY.- In 1665, Johannes Vermeer dabbed the last drop of paint onto a canvas in his Dutch studio, completing his masterpiece “Girl With a Pearl Earring.” On an April day 357 years later, Janine Strong slowed her bike to stop, paused her fitness app, and watched as the snaking line of her cycling route drew the shape of Vermeer’s masterpiece over the streets of Brooklyn, New York. Strong creates what has come to be known as “GPS art” — a practice that uses the Global Positioning System mapping capabilities of modern phone apps such as Strava to create digital drawings using an athlete’s route across the landscape. Instead of biking on a straight path or in circles around a park, Strong plans her rides in the shapes of birthday cakes, stars, birds, lions — and the occasional Vermeer. The hobby has grown with the widespread availability of satellite tracking for use by ordinary people, in fitness ... More

Kate Moss, Paris, 1994. ©Roxanne Lowit, courtesy Steven Kasher Gallery, New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- Roxanne Lowit, an omnipresent fashion photographer whose candid shots of top designers and models frolicking backstage at the world’s fashion shows revealed that the spectacle behind the curtain often rivaled the main event on the catwalk, died Sept. 13 in Valhalla, New York. She was 80. Her daughter, Vanessa Salle, said her death, in a hospital, was the result of complications of a stroke after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease. With her exuberant fashion-week dispatches, party shots and editorial portraits for magazines such as Vogue, Allure and GQ, Lowit captured the biggest names in the industry dropping their guard. Covering the insiders of fashion, she became one herself, along the way gaining access to the stars of art (Andy Warhol, Salvador Dalí), music (Madonna, David Bowie) and film (Robert De Niro, Mickey Rourke). Seemingly everywhere at once over a four-decade career, she chronicled an evolution in fashion, and fashion photography, from ... More

Shepard Fairey opens first-ever solo museum exhibition in Texas   Matthew Bamber and Ivy Kalungi at Castlefield Gallery   Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2022 launches in Hull with a new generation of emerging artists

Shepard Fairey, AR-15 lily, 2021. courtesy of the artist.

DALLAS, TX.- For over three decades, American artist Shepard Fairey has been challenging the establishment through the creation and dissemination of iconic imagery with resounding impact. the power of Shepard’s art is in the combination of the compelling narratives inherent in the pictures he creates and his ability to adapt to a continuously changing society. he has established a long-standing career as a master storyteller who uses images to help us navigate the complicated world we inhabit. Thematically, his exhibition at dallas contemporary – the artist’s first-ever solo museum exhibition in Texas – highlights the evolution of Fairey’s career from the confrontational D.I.Y. style of defiant youth to a narrative of hope, equality and shared humanity. in terms of material, Shepard’s medium of choice for public art changed in 2010 from modular wheat pasted paper murals to more durable painted murals  ... More

Ivy Kalungi, Untitled (2021). Image © Jules Lister.

MANCHESTER.- Castlefield Gallery is presenting new work by Matthew Bamber and Ivy Kalungi, two artists who explore how images, objects and bodies hold memories of both personal and social histories. The exhibition includes large scale sculptural works interacting with the gallery’s unique architecture alongside video work and digital collage. In order to make her sculptures Kalungi employs an assortment of techniques and materials that vary from combining plaster, rope, cement, wood, and metal with more ephemeral materials. Her works often include potent cultural iconographies such as raffia. For Kalungi these material combinations reflect the personal and psychological triggers held within cultural identity. The duality of Kalungi’s Ugandan and Irish heritage informs how she experiences the diasporic condition. She sees the relationship between migration and identity construction as a constant oscillation between cultur ... More

Bloomberg New Contemporaries, installation view. Photo: Neil Holmes.

HULL.- Launched in Hull across both Humber Street Gallery and Ferens Art Gallery, Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2022 exhibition features 47 of the UK’s most exciting artists emerging from art schools and alternative peer-to-peer learning programmes. This year’s New Contemporaries cohort were selected by internationally renowned artists James Richards, Veronica Ryan and Zadie Xa. From an open call submission of over 1,500 entries, the two-stage selection process was chaired by independent curator and writer and Chair of New Contemporaries Board, Fatoş Üstek. The resulting exhibition demonstrates a rich diversity of voices and approaches to making. Selected artists for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2022 are: Lou Baker, Ashton Blyth, Adam Boyd, Tom Bull, Velvet Butler Carroll/Rudi Blu, Danying Chen, Josh Clague, Eugenia Cuellar, bill daggs, ... More

Exhibition of works by Meng Huang opens at Kang Contemporary   Christie's Asia Week New York live auction total: $35,378,754   Galleries announce joint global representation of Acaye Kerunen

Installation View, MENG HUANG, Striking Distance, Kang Contemporary, Berlin.

BERLIN.- Kang Contemporary Gallery would like to draw your attention to their current exhibition "Striking Distance" by Meng Huang. Meng Huang is an artist living in Berlin and Shanghai, who is especially known for his impactful, large-scale paintings, as well as a socially critical artist. The works on display at Kang Contemporary include large-scale landscapes painted by Meng Huang in China and Northern Europe, as well as his signature water landscapes. To avoid painting turning into a safe, repetitive activity, Meng Huang paints outdoors on three to four-meter-high canvases attached to scaffolding. In the past, the artist painted exclusively landscapes in China, but this year marks an imminent change in Meng Huang's artistic output. For the first time, he no longer paints exclusively Chinese landscapes, but now also German and Austrian sceneries. While the lower level of the gallery shows Meng Huang's journey to overcome the men ... More

The Japanese and Korean Art sale was led by a Nagasone Katana from the property from the Kaisendo Museum Collection, which realized $239,400. © Christie's Images Ltd 2022.

NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s Asian Art Week achieved a total of $35,378,754 with almost 80% sold by lot and 117% hammer above low estimate. There was global participation with bidders from almost 40 nations across five continents. The top lot of the week came in the Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art sale. A Very Rare Pair of Huanghuali Drum Stools, dating from the 17th century, realized $1,500,000, more than 12 times its low estimate of $120,000. Other notable results from the Chinese sale included the top lot in a group of 60 Chinese Jades From the Collection of T. Eugene Worrell, A Superb Yellow Jade Figure Of A Recumbent Mythical Beast, dating from the Ming Dynasty, which brought $441,000, more than four times its low estimate of $100,000. The South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art sale saw ... More

Acaye Kerunen, Banange, 2021, mixed media, 270 x 170 cm (106 ¼ x 66 7/8 in.) © Acaye Kerunen Studio.

NEW YORK, NY.- Pace Gallery, Blum & Poe, and Galerie Kandlhofer announced joint global representation of Acaye Kerunen, a pioneering installation artist whose work is included in the 59th Venice Biennale in Uganda’s first-ever national pavilion. A multidisciplinary figure, Kerunen has cultivated a practice that spans visual art, curation, activism, acting, poetry, writing, and performance. She will have her inaugural presentation with Pace at Frieze London 2022, where the gallery’s booth will feature a new installation by the artist. She will debut with Blum & Poe at Art Basel Miami Beach 2022, along with a solo exhibition in Los Angeles in 2023. Galerie Kandlhofer will host a solo exhibition devoted to Kerunen in Spring 2023. Kerunen’s installations are forged from natural materials locally grown, harvested, dyed, and woven in Uganda, including banana fiber, raffia, reeds, and palm leaves. Through her work, she seeks to dismantl ... More

Sabrina Amrani announces the incorporation of Carlos Aires to the gallery's roster of artists   Exhibition commemorates the 50th anniversary of Diane Arbus's momentous 1972 posthumous retrospective   Heritage Auctions' October event spans centuries of Black American history

Carlos Aires (Spain, 1974) is a multidisciplinary artist internationally recognised for his critical vision of today's society and for his research into the representations of power.

MADRID.- Sabrina Amrani announced the incorporation of Carlos Aires to the gallery’s roster of artists. Carlos Aires (Spain, 1974) is a multidisciplinary artist internationally recognised for his critical vision of today's society and for his research into the representations of power. Approaching his work means opening ourselves to the possibility of a language where antagonistic elements coexist; perversion, passion, catastrophe, party, violence, desire, suffering and death; a playful and tragic space where there is a notorious and unexpected equivalence between pain and pleasure. Although inspired by personal experiences and obsessions, he pays special attention to the shock effect produced by contradictory and/or absurd truths that make up the conceptual fabric of our ... More

Diane Arbus, A very young baby, N.Y.C. [Anderson Hays Cooper] 1968 © The Estate of Diane Arbus.

NEW YORK, NY.- David Zwirner and Fraenkel Gallery announce Cataclysm: The 1972 Diane Arbus Retrospective Revisited, on view at David Zwirner’s 537 West 20th Street location in New York and opening in September. Organized by both galleries to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the artist’s momentous 1972 posthumous retrospective at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Cataclysm re-creates the iconic exhibition’s checklist of 113 photographs, underscoring the subversive poignancy of Arbus’s work even today while highlighting the popular and critical upheaval the original exhibition precipitated. In the fall of 1971, in the aftermath of Arbus’s death in July, her friend, colleague, and fellow artist Marvin Israel approached John Szarkowski, the legendary director of photography at The Museum of Modern Art, about the prospect of a retrospective ... More

Huey P. Newton Happy Birthday Poster. 23" x 35" (sight), [California]; 1969.

DALLAS, TX.- From abolition to revolution: On Oct. 19, Heritage Auctions will present an event spanning centuries' worth of Black American history, ranging from Samuel Wood's 1807 antislavery tract The Mirror of Misery; or Tyranny Exposed and the third edition of 1845's Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slaveto a 1950 letter written and signed by Malcolm X while in the Norfolk Prison Colony, where he joined its legendary debate society and discovered the Nation of Islam. Here, in a single auction, is the first edition of 1773's Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral by the enslaved Phillis Wheatley, a tintype studio portrait of a Black Union officer and a screen-printed poster celebrating the 27th birthday of Black Panther Party founder Huey P. Newton. The breadth of this auction is extraordinary, especially as it pays special attention to Black ... More

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Hancock Shaker Village announces architect selection for Visitor Center Project
HANCOCK, MASS.- Hancock Shaker Village Chair Diane Eshleman announced today that TSKP x IKD architects have been selected to reimagine the current Visitor Center, for the first time providing climate-controlled collection storage, for the 62-year old museum, as well as year-round accessibility to both treasures of the collection, and key exhibitions. With plans that include a vault, library, reading room, digital media room, and other spaces to accommodate the museum’s commitment to increased programming, the building will serve visitors in a new era. The new layout will address a more diverse constituency with broader year-round accessibility, multi-lingual films, and signage. The Visitor Center, at the western entrance of the 750-acre campus, serves as the primary public entrance to the historic site, which has been a National Historic ... More

Rhona Hoffman Gallery opens 'Brian Maguire: North and South of the Border'
CHICAGO, IL.- Rhona Hoffman Gallery is presenting North and South of the Border, an exhibition of new and recent paintings by Irish painter and social activist Brian Maguire. The exhibition is comprised of a selection of portraits and landscapes from three different bodies of work: Missing and Murdered Indigenous People (M&MIP), Montana; The Remains, Arizona; and The Aleppo Paintings, Syria. Spanning depictions of scenes and individuals from Montana, Mexico, Central America, Arizona, and Aleppo, Syria, Maguire’s paintings represent the voices of marginalized groups whose stories are not widely disseminated. The M&MIP painted portraits, the most recent body of work in the exhibition, was created while Maguire participated in a residency at the Missoula Art Museum in Montana. Missoula is a city near both the Flathead Reservation and the Blackfeet Reservation ... More

Garment District Space for Public Art presents "Masks in Rave" by Brooklyn-based artist Ambrus Gero
NEW YORK, NY.- The Garment District Alliance announced the latest in its ongoing series of public art exhibits, featuring 12 paintings titled Masks in Rave by artist Ambrus Gero. Located inside the Kaufman Arcade building on 139 W 35th Street, the free exhibit is accessible to the public through November 23rd. Masks in Rave is part of the Garment District Space for Public Art program, which showcases artists in unusual locations throughout the year and over 17 years it has produced more than 200 installations, exhibits and performances. “Gero’s paintings are both imaginative and thought-provoking,” said Barbara A. Blair, President of the Garment District Alliance. “We are thrilled to highlight this local New York City artist as a part of our series of public exhibitions and we encourage everyone to stop by and see his works this fall ... More

Katsina doll expert Alan Kessler strikes again with his extraordinary personal collection at Heritage Auctions
DALLAS, TX.- In 1997, the hammer came down at $265,000 at a New York auction for a Hopi kachina doll, by far the highest price paid for this type of traditional hand-carved figure. Up to that point, the highest price at auction for a kachina (alt. katsina) doll was $20,000. The man who consigned that valuable doll was Alan Kessler, and it would be fair to say that with that sale, the veteran collector "made the market" in kachina figures. The 1997 auction was the first time Kessler brought a notable selection of his collection to market. But Kessler has never stopped collecting, and selling, and his name is associated worldwide with great expertise and appreciation of American Indian art. Kessler will, for the third time, offer extraordinary pieces from his collection to the auction market, this time at Heritage Auctions' Alan Kessler Collection Ethnographic ... More

Catalina Museum for Art & History presents 'Cossing Waters: Contemporary Tongva Artists Carrying Pimugna'
AVALON, CA.- Catalina Museum for Art & History is presenting the exhibition Crossing Waters: Contemporary Tongva Artists Carrying Pimugna, featuring a collection of works created by three contemporary Tongva artists, Weshoyot Alvitre, Mercedes Dorame, and River Garza. Crossing Waters marks the inaugural partnership between the museum and the Tongva Community, recognizing the Tongva people as the first islanders of Santa Catalina. Pimugna, often shortened to Pimu, is the Tongva name for the island now commonly known as Catalina Island. It was once an integral part of greater Tonvaangar—the Tongva world. Through their individual practices, the three presenting artists explore their relationship ... More

The Leiden Collection announces departure of its Curator, Dr. Lara Yeager-Crasselt
NEW YORK, NY.- The Leiden Collection, amongst the largest and most important collections of seventeenth-century Dutch art in private hands, today announced the departure of its curator, Dr. Lara Yeager-Crasselt, who concludes nearly six years of service this September. Yeager-Crasselt joined the collection in 2017 and during the course of her tenure co-curated perceptive exhibitions, made new research widely available through the Collection’s online catalogue, and facilitated collaborations with institutions nationally and internationally. Yeager-Crasselt will assume the role of Curator of European Painting and Sculpture and Department Head at the Baltimore Museum of Art at the end of the month. “On behalf of my family ... More

Sundance liked her documentary on terrorism, until Muslim critics didn't
NEW YORK, NY.- Meg Smaker felt exhilarated last November. After 16 months filming inside a Saudi rehabilitation center for accused terrorists, she learned that her documentary “Jihad Rehab” was invited to the 2022 Sundance Festival, one of the most prestigious showcases in the world. Her documentary centered on four former Guantánamo detainees sent to a rehab center in Saudi Arabia who had opened their lives to her, speaking of youthful attraction to al-Qaida and the Taliban, of torture endured, and of regrets. Film critics warned that conservatives might bridle at these human portraits, but reviews after the festival’s screening were strong. “The absence of absolutes is what’s most enriching,” The Guardian stated, adding, “This is a movie for intelligent people looking to have their preconceived notions challenged.” Variety wrote ... More

Group exhibition features Li Hongbo, Liu Bolin, Miaz Brothers, Erwin Olaf and Yang Yongliang
SHANGHAI.- Danysz Shanghai - The Bund is presenting "Art History", the group exhibition featuring Li Hongbo, Liu Bolin, Miaz Brothers, Erwin Olaf and Yang Yongliang, from September 24 to October 30, 2022. "Art History" invites us to discover the history of art from a modern and playful perspective through contemporary artworks that all have in common their inspiration from artistic movements of the past. From the Lascaux caves to New York's MomA, through civilizations such as ancient Greece, the Zhou Dynasty, and the Renaissance, art has always been a constantly evolving language. Studying the roots and evolution of painting, drawing, sculpture, architecture, ceramics, calligraphy, and other practices from different cultures around the world and throughout history, helps us understand not only the evolution of visual expression but also that of cultures. ... More

Pharoah Sanders, whose saxophone was a force of nature, dies at 81
NEW YORK, NY.- Pharoah Sanders, a saxophonist and composer celebrated for music that was at once spiritual and visceral, purposeful and ecstatic, died on Saturday in Los Angeles. He was 81. His death was announced in a statement by Luaka Bop, the company for whom he had made his most recent album, “Promises.” The statement did not specify the cause. The sound Sanders drew from his tenor saxophone was a force of nature: burly, throbbing and encompassing, steeped in deep blues and drawing on extended techniques to create shrieking harmonics and imposing multiphonics. He could sound fierce or anguished; he could also sound kindly and welcoming. (He also played soprano saxophone.) He first gained wide recognition as a member of John Coltrane’s groups from 1965 to 1967. He then went on to a fertile, prolific career, with dozens ... More

Troy Hill Art Houses announces a new permanent whole-house art installation
PITTSBURGH, PA.- Troy Hill Art Houses announced Darkhouse Lighthouse, a permanent art installation and garden by Pittsburgh-based artists Lenka Clayton and Phillip Andrew Lewis. Darkhouse Lighthouse becomes the third house in the neighborhood transformed into a permanent artwork commissioned by Troy Hill Art Houses. Lenka Clayton and Phillip Andrew Lewis, together spent four years designing the work, collaborating with architects, engineers, and builders to complete the ambitious project. Visitors (15 years and older) will be able to fully access the installation to experience the unlikely juxtaposition of an empty dilapidated home and a fully realized lighthouse. Highlights for visitors will include climbing the spiraling concrete stairs up the tower, glimpsing domestic weather events through tiny arched windows, considering ... More

Dean Fleming's paintings from 1964 to 65 inaugurate David Richard Gallery's 2nd location in Chelsea
NEW YORK, NY.- David Richard Gallery is presenting Fourth Dimension, a solo exhibition by Dean Fleming (born 1933, Santa Monica, California) focused primarily on seminal paintings from 1965 that evoked myriad changes in not only the artist’s approach to painting, including the scale, compositions, and pallets, but also where he produced and exhibited these works in the late 1960s and throughout his career. This is the first presentation of these important paintings in over fifty years, all sourced from the artist’s studio. Artworks from the prior year, 1964, are presented as a reference and contrast to emphasize the aesthetic and conceptual shift in Fleming’s studio practice by 1965. The transformative change in Fleming’s aesthetic during 1964 and 1965 is best characterized as a move from rigorously geometric tessellations and colorful patterning ... More

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