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Hossein Edalatkhah: Weaving New Narratives in Art through the Threads of Tradition and Rebellion

Hossein Edalatkhah, Dancing Shadows, 2018. 72 X 60 in (183 x 152 cm). Photo Credit Chelsea Art Projects.

NEW YORK, NY.- From the bustling streets of Tehran to the eclectic avenues of New York City, Hossein Edalatkhah’s (Hoss) journey as an artist has been as dynamic and nuanced as the artworks he creates. His story is one of resilience, innovation, and the relentless pursuit of expression in environments that range from restrictive to liberating. Today, Hoss is celebrated for his provocative works that boldly navigate themes of identity, tradition, and sexual politics through a lens that is both deeply personal and universally relatable. Hoss was born in 1979 in Tehran, a city where the artistic expressions are often closely monitored and censored. Despite these constraints, or perhaps because of them, Hoss's early fascinati ... More


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In a porridge box, an ancient treasure mysteriously arrives in Dublin   The Summer 2024 edition of White Cube Salon focuses on Isamu Noguchi's Untitled (Face), c.1960-61.   Lenbachhaus restitutes a painting from the former collection of Jacques Goudstikker


Two copper Bronze-age ax heads that were sent by an unknown party to the National Museum of Ireland. So began a mystery that has befuddled the museum and its staff, which received the archaeological treasures in late June and subsequently confirmed their authenticity. (National Museum of Ireland via The New York Times)

NEW YORK, NY.- They arrived in a Flahavan’s porridge box, their gnarled edges tightly wedged into rudimentary, makeshift foam packaging, shaky pen marks ... More
 

Isamu Noguchi, Untitled (Face), c.1960-61. © The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, New York / ARS, New York and DACS, London.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Summer 2024 edition of White Cube Salon features an elegant stone sculpture by Isamu Noguchi. Blending the abstract with the traditional sculptural approaches in dialogue with modern impulses, Untitled (Face) synthesises the diverse transnational influences that shaped Noguchi’s artistic practice. ‘[Stone] is a direct ... More
 

Hans Schöpfer d. Ä.: Achaz Busch, 1532. Photo: Lenbachhaus.

MUNICH.- Together with Lenbachhaus, the Munich Department of Arts and Culture is restituting a painting by the artist Hans Schöpfer the Elder from the museum's collection, returning it to Marei von Saher, the sole heir to the Dutch art dealer Jacques Goudstikker (1897–1940). Proactive research by Lenbachhaus found the work to have been confiscated in 1940 in an act ... More



Christie's and MoonPay launch AI-inspired art experience   RISD Museum announces significant gift from Jolie Stahl   Malamocco celebrates restoration of Giulia Lama's Virgin in Prayer


Art + Tech Summit 2024 Pillars. © Christie's Images Ltd 2024.

NEW YORK, NY.- Christie's and MoonPay announced a pioneering experience merging art, AI, and Web3 technology happening this summer at the Christie’s 8th Art + Tech Summit, taking place live in Rockefeller Center, New York on July 17 and July 18, 2024. With MoonPay technology, event attendees will have the opportunity to further immerse themselves into the worlds of technology ... More
 

Jolie Stahl, American (b. 1950), Portrait of Kiki Smith, 1983. Gift of Jolie Stahl. RISD Museum, Providence, RI.

PROVIDENCE, RI.- The RISD Museum announced a significant gift of 52 works of painting, sculpture, textiles, clothing, prints, drawings, and photographs from artist and collector Jolie Stahl. The gift expands the museum’s collections considerably and introduces works by John Ahearn, Rosemarie Beck, Edward Biberman, Lois Dodd, Mike Kelley, Louisa Matthíasdóttir, ... More
 

Giulia Lama's Virgin in Prayer after conservation. Photo: Matteo De Fina.

VENICE.- This year’s annual festival at Santa Maria Assunta in Malamocco on Venice’s Lido included the heartfelt celebration of the return of Giulia Lama’s enigmatic Virgin in Prayer following its transformative conservation funded by Save Venice. We gratefully thank lead corporate sponsor Lafayette 148 New York and additional supporters Alan & Sallymoon Bentz and Irina Tolstoy & John ... More


Lisson Gallery announces representation of Leiko Ikemura   This autumn, Eye Filmmuseum spotlights American avant-garde cinema of the 1960s   The sky-high battle for the best view of New York


Portrait of Leiko Ikemura, photography by Robert Schittko.

LONDON.- Lisson Gallery announced representation of Leiko Ikemura (イケムラレイコ, 池村 玲子, Ikemura Reiko, born in Tsu, Mie Prefecture, Japan) across all its locations globally. The internationally active artist, based in Berlin, seamlessly shifts between luminous, otherworldly and often monumental oil paintings, introspective drawings and watercolours, glazed terracotta sculptures, glass and ceramics. Ikemura will present a solo exhibition for Lisson Gallery’s ... More
 

Andy Warhol, Edie Sedgwick, 1964 (+ The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, a museum of Carnegie Institute. All rights reserved.

AMSTERDAM.- The exhibition and extensive accompanying programme feature screenings of both iconic and lesser-known films, highlighting the explosion of formal experimentation in artistic filmmaking of the period. On show are works by key figures of avant-garde cinema, including Jonas Mekas and Stan Brakhage, and by makers from the art world, among them Shirley Clarke, Bruce Conner, Maya Deren, Yoko ... More
 

Visitors participate in the City Climb experience at Edge in New York, June 28, 2024. (Todd Heisler/The New York Times)

NEW YORK, NY.- The emergence of several new observation decks in New York City in recent years has set off a dizzying competition for visitors’ attention and dollars. Each deck seemingly tries to one-up the others with enhanced and immersive experiences, almost turning them into amusement parks in the sky. Donning my thrill-seeker cap, I took multiple ear-popping journeys to the tops of buildings in midtown Manhattan this year ... More


Civil Art x Christie's present Night Market   UCCA Dune opens 'Max Hooper Schneider: Carnival of Gestation'   Works by Evelyn Statsinger on view at GRAY Chicago


Yuria Yuan, Prelude. © Christie's Images Ltd 2024.

NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s will present Night Market, an initiative taking place this summer in partnership with Civil Art. Supported by Christie’s ED&I Committee, Night Market is a philanthropic project aiming to shine a light on the rich culture of the API and POC communities woven into the framework of New York City. The project consists of a charitable auction, open for bidding online on Christie’s website from July ... More
 

Guided tour. Courtesy UCCA Center for Contemporary Art.

BEIDAIHE.- From July 14 to October 13, 2024, UCCA Dune presents “Max Hooper Schneider: Carnival of Gestation.” This marks the artist’s first institutional solo exhibition in China, showcasing nearly 30 sculptures, installations, and video works created since 2014 across various media, including six new large-scale pieces commissioned by UCCA. By constructing or simulating ... More
 

Evelyn Statsinger, Shell Masks, 1975.

CHICAGO, IL.- GRAY is presenting a selection of Evelyn Statsinger's work from the 1940s to the 1980s. Evelyn Statsinger (1927-2016) worked across a range of media creating complex compositions that balance abstraction, representation, and fantasy. She was born in Brooklyn and relocated to Chicago in the 1940s to attend the School of the Art Institute. Her early drawings, characterized by their depiction of whimsical ... More




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Eight landscape architecture and design firms reimagine the lands and waters of Birrarung in new NGV exhibition
MELBOURNE.- Reimagining Birrarung: Design Concepts for 2070 invites eight leading Australian landscape architecture and design firms to reimagine the lands and waters of Birrarung (the Yarra River) and create an exciting vision for how communities can better access, engage with and care for this important living ecosystem. Presented by the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) in association with the Birrarung Council and guided through consultation with Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Elders, the exhibition showcases provocative and innovative design proposals by: Aspect Studios, Bush Projects, McGregor Coxall, Office, Openwork, Realm Studios, SBLA and TCL. Through a thought-provoking and visually- ... More

National Museum of Asian Art names inaugural Korea Foundation Curator of Korean Art and Culture
WASHINGTON, DC.- The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art has named Sunwoo Hwang its inaugural Korea Foundation Curator of Korean Art and Culture. Following an international search, Hwang was selected for this role in April 2024. The endowed position is made possible by a matching gift from the Korea Foundation to deepen and make accessible people’s understanding of Korean art and culture; the museum will match the amount to establish a fund for the curatorship. This gift from the Korea Foundation builds upon its long history of support for the museum. As the museum begins its second century, Hwang will provide the sustained leadership necessary to grow its Korean program and collection and serve as a national and international leader in the study and presentation of Korean art and culture. Since ... More

Tolarno Galleries opens an exhibition of works by Raymond Tan
MELBOURNE.- Breaking away from the conventional notion of cakes as purely edible treats, this exhibition pushes the boundaries of creativity and challenges the traditional definition of sculpture. Displaying daring cakes designed not to be devoured but to be viewed (and collected) as magical, innovative works of art. Raymond Tan’s story begins in Selangor, where he spent his formative years before relocating to Australia in 2006 to pursue higher education. While completing a Master’s degree in Accounting, Tan discovered baking as a creative outlet. His inventive bakes, including whimsical cake pops, intricately decorated fortune cookies, and stunning celebration cakes, quickly gained attention on Instagram. Tan’s cake pops, featuring designs such as cacti, drippy watermelon, iconic landmarks and figures such as Anna Wintour ... More

Major exhibition, 'Versailles: Science and Splendour', to open at Science Museum
LONDON.- Exploring how the French monarchy harnessed scientific knowledge as a tool of power, Versailles: Science and Splendour will open at the Science Museum this December. The seat of royal power in France in the 17th and 18th centuries was renowned for its opulent palace and gardens, but it was also a cradle of scientific spirit. Developed with support from our expert advisor, the Palace of Versailles, the exhibition will reveal the meeting of art and science in the court as it showcases more than 100 fascinating objects, from the extravagant to the everyday, many of which have never been displayed in the UK before. Versailles: Science and Splendour will explore how the monarchs Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI encouraged scientific pursuit and readily drew on technological advances of their times. It will show how scientific ... More

Karen Sherry joins Worcester Art Museum as Curator of American Art
WORCESTER, MASS.- The Worcester Art Museum (WAM) announced today the appointment of Karen Sherry as WAM’s new Curator of American Art. Sherry will be joining the Museum from her current role as Senior Curator at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture (formerly Virginia Historical Society), where she has led a number of projects that, in particular, have reimagined and reinterpreted the institution’s American art collections. This work is directly relevant to one of Sherry’s first priorities for WAM: reconceiving the Museum’s galleries of American art from the 17th to the 19th centuries—drawing on its exceptional collection—to develop a more holistic and inclusive presentation of art and artmaking in the United States during this period. Prior to her role at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture, Sherry served as the Curator ... More

Dave Loggins, who wrote hits for himself and others, dies at 76
NEW YORK, NY.- Dave Loggins, a chart-topping Nashville songwriter for the likes of Kenny Rogers and the Oak Ridge Boys who also notched his own Top 10 pop hit with the wistful “Please Come to Boston” and wrote the enduring theme for the Masters golf tournament, died July 10 in Nashville, Tennessee. He was 76. His death, in a hospice facility, was confirmed by his son, Kyle, who did not specify the cause. Loggins, a second cousin of pop star Kenny Loggins, released five albums as a solo artist in the 1970s, but he scored only one hit single himself. “Please Come to Boston,” a soft-rock weeper about a rambling man trying to woo a lover to follow him as he chases his dreams in one city after another, climbed to No. 1 on Billboard’s easy listening chart and No. 5 on the magazine’s Hot 100 in 1974. It was nominated for a Grammy Award for ... More

Fall exhibitions at the University Art Museum announced
ALBANY, NY.- The University Art Museum presents Job Security: Voices and Views from the American Security Industry in its main galleries, and Sky Hopinka’s film Dislocation Blues in the Nancy Hyatt Liddle Gallery. The exhibition Job Security: Voices and Views from the American Security Industry explores the contours of the ever-expanding American security industry—its people, places, and ideologies. The exhibition makes visible an eight-year collaborative research project by artist Danny Goodwin and writer Edward Schwarzschild and features Goodwin’s black-and-white portraits, large-scale color photographs, and new video installations, alongside framed facsimiles of Schwarzschild’s redacted notebooks and interview transcripts with security personnel. The personal impetus for their research was their experiences of growing up with fathers who worked in security. ... More

Beaverbrook Art Gallery opening four new exhibitions
FREDERICTON, NB.- Join the Beaverbrook Art Gallery on Thursday, July 18th, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM for an exciting evening as they unveil four new captivating exhibitions. This special event will feature the opening of the following exhibitions: • Michael Smith: Sea of Change. Montreal-based painter Michael Smith is known for his fluid and impasto surfaces as well as his ability to strike a poetic balance between representation and abstraction. His Sea of Change series includes massive canvases exploding with colour and energy, as well as smaller studies on paper. These were inspired by a serendipitous encounter with a 19th-century painting of the Arctic expedition ship H.M.S. Terror during his time as artist- in-residence at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in 2018. Layering texture and colour, the familiar with the unfamiliar, ... More

Leadership changes at NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore
SINGAPORE.- NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (NTU CCA) announces a change in leadership effective July 1, 2024, when the Centre’s Founding Director, curator and educator Prof Ute Meta Bauer (Germany/Singapore) stepped down after more than 10 years at its helm. Bauer will continue pursuing her large-scale Ministry of Education’s research projects as Principal Investigator of Climate Crisis and Cultural Loss and as Senior Principal Investigator for the Climate Transformation Programme headed by Lead PI, Professor Benjamin P. Horton, Director of the Earth Observatory Singapore at NTU. Bauer will also continue teaching in the MA Museum Studies and Curatorial Practices at NTU’s School of Art, Design, and Media (ADM). Founded with a threefold mandate: exhibitions, residencies, and academic research, ... More


Explore Isamu Noguchi's Untitled (Face), c.1960-61, with Associate Director Louisa Sprinz



Flashback
On a day like today, Italian artist Caravaggio died
July 18, 1610. Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (29 September 1571 - 18 July 1610) was an Italian artist active in Rome, Naples, Malta, and Sicily between 1593 and 1610. His paintings, which combine a realistic observation of the human state, both physical and emotional, with a dramatic use of lighting, had a formative influence on the Baroque school of painting. In this image: A photographer and a cameraman take a picture of Caravaggio's painting "The calling of Saints Peter and Andrew" in Rome, Monday, Nov. 20, 2006. The painting, owned by Queen Elizabeth II, languished for years in a dusty storeroom before being identified as the work of Italian master Caravaggio, on show at the Gate Termini Art Gallery in Rome.



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