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Being Edward Hopper

A felt fedora, chosen to imitate the one in Edward Hopper’s “Self-Portrait,” at the Whitney Museum store. It’s no longer enough to like our favorite artists’ works. — By putting on Hopper’s fedora, Picasso’s striped shirt, Warhol’s wig or Kahlo’s caliente couture, we want to become their avatars. (via Jens Mortensen via The New York Times)

by Blake Gopnik

NEW YORK, NY.- The Musée Picasso in Paris, home to a vast trove of its namesake’s masterworks, is offering a striped Breton shirt that makes it easy to adopt the great cubist’s signature look for a mere $70 or so. On a webpage for the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum, in Washington, you can buy high-top sneakers covered in the “infinity net” pattern that is an artistic trademark of Yayoi Kusama, the 93-year-old Japanese art star. They cost $360. The gift shop at New York City’s Whitney Museum of American Art displays a $118 Hopper hat, a felt fedora that’s an almost perfect match for the one in Edward Hopper’s most famous self-portrait, which the museum owns. If visitors are willing to spend that kind of money to dress up like a favorite artist, that’s because today’s art-loving public finds as much inspiration in creators’ personas as in the works they create. ... More

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The Museum of Nebraska Art launches reimagined brand   Art Paris: A powerful 25th anniversary edition under the sign of commitment   Rare British Thomas Martyn 1784 two-volume set appears at Roland Auctions NY

The new visual identity is designed by Daake Design.

KEARNEY, NE.- Timed to align with the recent transformation of the Museum, the new visual identity is designed by Daake Design in Omaha, Nebraska. According to Greg Drake, Principal and Creative Director, “We are grateful to have collaborated with many dedicated and passionate MONA stakeholders to create this new brand identity. The new logo is a dramatic change that evokes curiosity, innovation, and excitement. The logomark forms all four letters of MONA through a colorful, dynamic, analogous color palette. We feel the result is an enduring and suitable symbol that will serve the organization for decades." MONA is currently undergoing a significant expansion and renewal. In November 2020, the Museum closed for construction of a 23,000 square foot addition, as well as a restoration and renovation of its historic building. Projected to re-open in 2024, the reimagined Museum will embody the creative personality of the institution ... More

Caetano de Almeida, Festa do Divino II, 2017. Work on paper, 41 x 31 cm. Galerie Andres Thalmann.

PARIS.- Art Paris is celebrating its 25th anniversary with an edition that will bring together some 134 galleries from 25 different countries at the Grand Palais Éphémère from 30 March to 2 April 2023. Art Paris – which was founded in 1999 – has become in the space of 25 years a leading spring arts event, an innovative art fair that fosters discovery, setting out to explore in depth the world of modern and contemporary art. A regional, national, and cosmopolitan fair, Art Paris has put the spotlight on many countries or continent’s art scene. In parallel, Art Paris is committed to supporting the French scene. Since 2018, it has been asking an exhibition curator to turn a subjective, historical, and critical eye on a selection of specific projects by French artists from among the participating galleries. The Covid-19 pandemic marked a turning point in the fair’s history. Art Paris was the world’ ... More

Vintage Cartier 14k ladies compact with rubies inlaid into the clasp, in a leather Tiffany cover. Estimate: $4,000-$6,000.

GLEN COVE, NY.- An extremely rare two volume set of books by Thomas Martyn (1760-1816) titled "The Universal Conchologist” is making an appearance at Roland Auctions NY Saturday, February 4th Multi-Estates Auction. Begun in 1784, “The Universal Conchologist” the book took several years to produce and after one failed attempt a second edition was published to wide acclaim, mainly composed of hand-coloured engravings, it was intended to be a guide to all known shells. The book is rumored to have been in the possession of the legendary Captain Cook himself at one time. Also at Roland, pieces by Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels and Faberge are being offered. At their February 4th sale, Roland Auctions NY in Glen Cove, NY will additionally feature hundreds of lots of Fine Art, Decorative Arts, 20th Century Modern ... More

Desert X 2023 announces participating artists   Game-worn jerseys of greats highlight Heritage's Winter Platinum Night Sports Auction   'Archie 100: A Century of the Archibald Prize' on view at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery

Desert X installation view of Alicja Kwade, ParaPivot (sempiternal clouds). 2021. Photography by Lance Gerber. Courtesy the artist and Desert X.

PALM SPRINGS, CA.- Desert X announced today the participating artists in its fourth edition of the site-specific, international art exhibition opening March 4–May 7, 2023 at sites across the Coachella Valley. Eleven artists from Europe, North America and South Asia will present poetic and immersive works that span sculpture, painting, writing, architecture, design, film, music, performance and choreography, education, and environmental activism in the exhibition curated by Artistic Director Neville Wakefield and Co-Curator Diana Campbell. “There’s a saying attributed to the Kwakwaka’wakw nation that a place is a story happening many times,” says Wakefield. “This idea of place as the multiplicity of stories flowing through it is central to Desert X. Artists are an essential part of this understanding and the ideas they bring to it irrigate our perception of place, nourishing the narratives ... More

1948 Joe DiMaggio Game Worn New York Yankees Jersey with Babe Ruth Memorial Armband, MEARS A9 & Photo Matched!

DALLAS, TX.- From Feb. 25-26, Heritage will hold its annual Winter Platinum Night Sports Auction – the All-Star Game of auctions, nearly every lot the stuff of legend or a story recounted so often its memory has become myth. This is an event overflowing with the jerseys, sneakers, caps and helmets worn and used by some of sports’ most towering titans – Michael Jordan, Mickey Mantle, Tom Brady, LeBron James, Willie Mays, Mario Lemieux, Larry Bird, James Harrison and Julius Erving, among many others. Yet only one item was once worn by one legend paying tribute to another. For the first time, Heritage Auctions is offering a photo-matched 1948 Joe DiMaggio road gray New York Yankees flannel with a black armband on its left sleeve – a tribute to Babe Ruth, who died on Aug. 16 that year after a battle with throat cancer. Ruth was 53 years old when he died, and just two months removed ... More

Tempe Manning, Self-portrait, 1939, Art Gallery of New South Wales, purchased with funds provided by the Art Gallery Society of NSW 2021 © Estate of Tempe Manning.

BATHURST.- The Art Gallery of New South Wales landmark exhibition Archie 100: A Century of the Archibald Prize was one of 2021’s most highly anticipated exhibitions, marking the 100th anniversary of Australia’s oldest and most-loved portrait award with an exploration of 100 works drawn from the prize’s history. Now there’s an opportunity for New South Wales audiences to experience this momentous exhibition during the Archie 100 tour to the Bathurst Regional Art Gallery in Bathurst NSW, open for two months from 26 January to 26 March 2023. Bathurst Mayor, Councillor Robert Taylor says, “We are delighted to be the exclusive NSW destination for the Archie 100 tour and invite visitors to come and see the show and to explore all that our region has to offer. “The local community are incredibly proud of Bathurst’ ... More

Mia end-of-year gifts include Navajo textiles, Chinese calligraphy, global contemporary artists   Eskenazi Museum of Art acquires Marks and DePrez Photography Collection   Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art receives $2 million grant from Art Bridges Foundation

Oskar Kokoschka (Austrian, 1886-1980), Girl with Boots, 1922. Watercolor on paper. Gift of Harriet and Walter Pratt, L2022.84.7

MINNEAPOLIS, MN.- The Minneapolis Institute of Art announced the 2022 end-of-year gifts to the museum’s collection that include a group of four 19th-century Navajo textiles; a collection of 130 works of Chinese calligraphy from the 16th to the 19th century; and an array of paintings, watercolors, drawings, and pastels by major American and European artists. The museum also stated that over the course of 2022, it received funds for art purchases and gifts of art valued at more than $9 million, supporting the acquisition of more than 500 works during the last year; the two largest areas of collecting were works by Asian or Asian American artists (267) and in the global contemporary category (160). “One of the most gratifying parts of leading a museum like Mia is seeing the commitment to this institution that is shared among donors and collectors with diverse interests,” said Katie Luber, Nivin and Duncan MacMillan Director ... More

Edward Burtynsky (Canadian, b. 1955). Rock of Ages, Section, E. L. Smith Quarry, Barre, VT #15, 1992. Edition 4 of 10. Chromogenic print, image: 30 x 40 in. Gift of Lee Marks and John C. DePrez Jr., Shelbyville, Indiana, Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University, 2022.264.

BLOOMINGTON, IN.- The Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University has received a significant donation of the photography collection of Amelia (Lee) Marks and John C. DePrez Jr., which features 116 works by 80 artists. Ranging in date from 1856 to 2017, the works represent a broad range of subjects by artists that include Berenice Abbott, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Andre Kertesz, Edward Steichen, and Alfred Stieglitz. Highlights of the gift include Robert Capa’s image The Falling Solider (1936), one of the most famous war photographs, which captures the devastation of the Spanish Civil War. A Civil War era image by Timothy O’Sullivan is the first such image by the photographer to enter the museum’s collection. Berenice Abbott’s Broadway to the Battery (1938) is a dynamic bird’s-eye ... More

Alexander Calder (American, 1898-1976), Untitled (Latch-Hooked Rug), c. 1965. Orange, yellow, blue, and black wool, 64 x 81 in. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT, Gift of Leslie and Rufus Stillman, 2002.29.1. © 2023 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

HARTFORD, CONN.- The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art will share works of art and material culture from its American collections with three partner museums in the American South through the Art Bridges Cohort Program, made possible by a $2 million grant from the Art Bridges Foundation. Over the next three years, colleagues from the Wadsworth Atheneum will curate collaboratively with Columbia Museum of Art (Columbia, SC), Mobile Museum of Art (Mobile, AL), and Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts (Montgomery, AL) to co-organize a series of traveling exhibitions. Together, the four institutions will be known as the American South Consortium. The American South Consortium is part of the Art Bridges Cohort Program, a national program committed to supporting ... More

William Agee, leading art curator and teacher, dies at 86   Robert Colescott's Miss Liberty headlines the Los Angeles Post-War & Contemporary Art sale   What the ancient bog bodies knew

William Agee, director of the Pasadena Art Museum, before a painting by Frank Stella, in Pasadena, Calif., on Aug. 10, 1971. William Ages's exhibitions and writings expanded the view of American Modernism, and his decades of teaching shaped future scholars and curators. Died on Dec. 24 in Middletown, Conn. He was 86. (D. Gorton/The New York Times)

NEW YORK, NY.- William C. Agee was annoyed that an abstract painter he admired, Sam Francis, was sometimes not given the weight he deserved because he worked in vivid colors rather than gloomy tones. “We have never learned how to read the language of color,” Agee told The Press-Enterprise of Riverside, California, in 1999, when he curated a Francis retrospective at the Geffen Contemporary at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. “We look at a colorful canvas and we think, ‘Oh, that’s nicely decorative canvas’ or ‘Oh, that’s so pretty.’ But we don’t take it seriously.” Francis, who died of cancer in 1994, had “been subjected to the criticism that what he is doing is vacuous, emotionally thin ... More

Miss Liberty (1980) by Robert Colescott (1925-2009), 84 x 72 in. Estimate upon request. Photo: Bonhams.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Bonhams will present the seminal work, Miss Liberty (1980), by American artist Robert Colescott (1925-2009), in its Post-War & Contemporary Art auction in Los Angeles on February 17. Colescott is celebrated for challenging the viewer to engage with their own perspectives, ideologies, and attitudes towards topics as incendiary as race, politics, money, and sex. This work, which has been held privately since shortly after it was created, presents the question of what it means to be American, and how race and beauty factor into this equation. Miss Liberty is the hopeful embodiment by the artist of racial equality, depicting an African American woman as the iconic symbol of American freedom; the Statue of Liberty. The artist’s first major museum retrospective, “Art & Race Matters: The Career of Robert Colescott”, organized by the Contemporary Arts Center Cincinnati in 2019, toured across the U.S. and concluded at the New ... More

A photo provided by the Moesgaard Museum shows Grauballe Man, a bog body that was uncovered in 1952 from a peat bog near the village of Grauballe, Denmark. Grauballe Man’s throat was slit in the third century B.C. (Moesgaard Museum via The New York Times)

by Franz Lidz

NEW YORK, NY.- When Roy van Beek was a teenager in the Netherlands in the early 1990s, he made a field trip to a local museum to see an exhibit of bog bodies: ancient human remains, both skeletal and naturally mummified, interred in the wetlands and spongy turf of northern Europe. He recalled one cadaver on display that was remarkably intact and oddly disorienting. The contorted body of a female about his age, roughly 4 feet 6 inches tall, who had lived in the first century A.D. “She had been left in a shallow mire south of the modern-day village of Yde,” said van Beek, now an archaeologist at Wageningen University & Research. Her skin had been tanned in the dark tea of the bog. The Yde Girl, as she became known, was unearthed in 1897 by peat diggers ... More

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Copenhagen Contemporary and the Glyptotek in unique collaboration
COPENHAGEN.- In a unique collaboration, two of the largest cultural institutions in Denmark are inviting their audiences to join them on a journey across time and space. Over the next three years, a series of exhibitions will help form new perspectives on the cultural heritage of the Middle East and its significance today. As cultural institutions, Copenhagen Contemporary (CC) and the 125-year-old Glyptotek could not be more different. However, now they have entered into a ground-breaking, untraditional collaboration. In the course of the next three years the two institutions will present three solo exhibitions, featuring work by three international artists who live either in the Middle East or in Middle Eastern diasporas. In addition, in collaboration with curators from both institutions, the artists will be granted access to the Glyptotek’s Middle Eastern antiquity collection ... More

Barrett Strong, whose 'Money' helped launch Motown, dies at 81
NEW YORK, NY.- Barrett Strong, whose 1959 hit, “Money (That’s What I Want),” gave a fledgling music entrepreneur named Berry Gordy Jr. the jump-start his business — soon to be known as Motown Records — needed, and who later teamed with Norman Whitfield to write hits for others, including “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” and “Ball of Confusion,” has died. He was 81. The Motown Museum announced his death on social media Sunday. It gave no further details. Strong, a pianist, was being managed by Gordy when, in a recording studio in Detroit, he began fiddling with a riff that was an imitation of one of his favorite artists. “We were doing another session, and I just happened to be sitting there playing the piano,” he told The New York Times in 2013. “I was playing ‘What’d I Say,’ by Ray Charles, and the groove spun off of that ... More

'Schoolhouse Rock!' at 50: Those are magic numbers
NEW YORK, NY.- When I was in second grade, my teacher held a contest: The first students to memorize their multiplication tables would get dinner at McDonald’s. I was one of them. I’d like to credit hard work or the motivation of those golden fries, but in truth it was easy. I learned it from “Schoolhouse Rock.” It was not the last time that watching too much TV would pay off for me, but it was perhaps the sweetest. If you were an American kid around when I was (nineteen-seventy-cough), you probably have “Schoolhouse Rock” hard-wired into your brain too. The musical shorts, which began airing on ABC in 1973, taught Generation X multiplication, grammar, history and, eventually, nostalgia. That last lesson stuck best. Winona Ryder and company crooned “Conjunction Junction” and “I’m Just a Bill” in the 1994 generational-statement film “Reality Bites ... More

A Lalique vase and a bronze sculpture by Tolla Inbar perform well at Ahlers & Ogletree auction
ATLANTA, GA.- A Lalique (French) ‘Anemones Grand’ vase and pedestal sold for $24,200, an artist proof’s bronze sculpture on a brass base by Tolla Inbar (German/Israeli) brought $20,570, and an oil on canvas painting by Robert Jessup (American, b. 1952) realized $18,150 at a sale of items from Atlanta entertainment attorney Joel A. Katz held January 12th by Ahlers & Ogletree. The 560-lot auction, conducted online and live in Ahlers & Ogletree’s Atlanta showroom, featured fine art, estate jewelry and watches, designer furniture, art glass, objets d'art, memorabilia, guitars and more. Mr. Katz is an icon in the entertainment field. He was named one of the music industry’s most powerful attorneys by Variety magazine in 2021. The limited-edition Lalique ‘Anemones Grand’ ovoid form vase and pedestal, executed in midnight blue crystal with white enamel accents ... More

Her culture was suppressed for centuries. Now it powers her bestseller.
NEW YORK, NY.- Two days after Christmas, Ann-Helén Laestadius found herself being gently pummeled by reindeer. Taking advantage of the bluish glow that passes for daylight in Sweden’s far north at that time of year, she had left her parents’ cozy kitchen and driven to the corral where her cousin keeps his herd during winter. She was there for a photo shoot, but first, she had to help feed the animals, extracting half-frozen tufts of lichen from a mesh sack as the reindeer jostled her impatiently. Even after a close brush with the pointy end of an antler, she looked on them indulgently. “For the Sámi,” Laestadius said, referring to the Indigenous group of which she is a member, “reindeer are not just animals. They are life.” That lesson is at the heart of her novel, “Stolen,” which comes out in English from Scribner on Tuesday ... More

'Asi Wind's Inner Circle' review: Pick a card, not just any card
NEW YORK, NY.- Magician Asi Wind makes no claims to supernatural ability or superhuman prowess. He is not a conceptualist, like Derek DelGaudio, or a storyteller, in the manner of Helder Guimarães, or a mentalist, like Derren Brown, or an endurance artist, in the style of his producer, David Blaine. His tasteful outfit layers black on black on black, he scorns flash and eyeliner. His sole prop, beyond a couple of paper envelopes, is a deck of cards. That deck has been created by the audience, with ushers handing ticket holders a card and a Sharpie and asking them to inscribe their names. But when Wind manipulates those cards — with the occasional ornate shuffle that speaks to thousands of hours of practice — he reveals himself as one of the finest practitioners of close-up magic, an intimate style that depends on the adroit manipulation of small objects, working today ... More

Terra Foundation for American Art awards Dorsky Museum $71,000 exhibition grant
NEW PALTZ, NY.- The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz is the recipient of a $71,000 exhibitions grant from the Terra Foundation for American Art, which will support a spring 2024 exhibition focusing on four diverse, early-20th century artists: Miguel Covarrubias, Isami Doi, Aaron Douglas, and Winold Reiss. The Dorsky Museum exhibition, tentatively titled “Global Connections: Four Artists in New York in the 1920s,” is one of 57 projects supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art through its latest round of grant funding. The exhibition, guest curated by Bard College Professor of Art History Tom Wolf, is a temporary loan exhibition based on extensive original research into histories of cross-cultural inspiration and influence among the diverse artists Covarrubias, Doi, Douglas and Reiss ... More

Bruno Catalano presents an immersive exhibition at Galeries Bartoux
PARIS.- Galeries Bartoux presents the first solo exhibition devoted to the sculptor Bruno Catalano. An artistic journey coupled with an interactive and sensory experience, "MATIÈRES" looks back on 30 years of sculpture. This retrospective reveals the artist's creative process behind the scenes through a faithful reconstruction of his studio and a selection of previously unseen works. Immerse yourself in an immersive experience thanks to an innovative projection technique created on the gallery's floors and walls in collaboration with EBB. Global. "MATIÈRES" is a visual and sound opera inviting the public to explore the world of the sculptor and the models of his flagship series : the "Voyageurs". This educational journey is conceived as an interactive stroll accompanying the visitors in a discovery of the different inspirations ... More

How three 'Rocky' videotapes became the centerpieces of Heritage's February VHS event
DALLAS, TX.- The man eventually known as “Bubba” Kroeger was born on Christmas Day 1982 in Indianapolis. Shortly after the blessed event, Bubba’s father, James, bought a small gift for his newborn son: Life magazine’s annual “The Year in Pictures” issue so his boy could one day see all the events that had transpired during the year of his birth. If nothing else, James says now, “I thought it would be a nice memento.” It turned out to be the snowball that became an avalanche. In the days following his boy’s birth, James asked friends to name a common thing in 1982 that “would seem archaic or unique in the year 2022.” He intended to assemble a time capsule Bubba could open 40 years later. Into a large steamer trunk, James piled everything he could think of: copies of newspapers, magazines, catalogs, almanacs, road maps, a program for the Kentucky Derby ... More

Major new exhibition by artist Zina Sara-Wiwa and anthropologist David Pratten opens at Pitt Rivers Museum
OXFORD.- UNMASKED spirit in the city is a radical new exhibition and installation that explores the personal stories behind modern masquerade in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria, challenging traditional museology to unmask not just the costumed dancers but also their emotional universes and economic realities. Masquerade is a public spectacle based on disguise. It conceals and resists knowledge. In many ways it is unknowable. In ethnographic museums such as the Pitt Rivers Museum, masks are presented as if they reveal the mysteries of a culture and its cosmology. Museums pin them down in glass vitrines and furnish them with explanatory labels. As a result, African masks are often presented as static symbols of the identity and material culture of rural communities from a bygone era. But masking has always been current ... More

Saatchi Yates open new gallery in St James with solo show by Lebanese painter Omar El Lahib
LONDON.- Saatchi Yates unveiled its brand new 10,000 sqft gallery space at the heart of St James with a solo exhibition of new paintings by Lebanese artist Omar El Lahib who lives and works in Cologne. The Bury Street gallery offers a large ground floor lateral exhibition space dedicated to showcasing breakthrough artists and dramatic private rooms for secondary market presentations. Since opening in 2020, Saatchi Yates has gained a strong reputation for its successful solo exhibitions of international artists in the London gallery, as well as shows in France, Italy and the United States. The gallery intends to continue its core focus of hosting large scale exhibitions of radically innovative artists in the new St James space. Bringing together over 18 large-scale paintings, El Lahib’s solo exhibition sets itself in the nocturnal world - where darkness reigns ... More

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On a day like today, Japanese painter and sculptor Takashi Murakami was born
February 01, 1962. Takashi Murakami (born February 1, 1962) is a Japanese contemporary artist. He works in fine arts media (such as painting and sculpture) as well as commercial media (such as fashion, merchandise, and animation) and is known for blurring the line between high and low arts. In this image: Installation view, Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats its Own Leg, MCA Chicago, June 6 – September 24, 2017. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA.

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