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Exhibition at Tate Liverpool features some of Lucian Freud's most iconic paintings

Installation view of Lucian Freud: Real Lives at Tate Liverpool 2021 © Gareth Jones.

LIVERPOOL.- This summer, Tate Liverpool stages a significant presentation of Lucian Freud (1922 - 2011) artworks, the first in the North West in over thirty years. Widely considered a master of modern portraiture, Freud was an artist who continued to expand his exploration of paint throughout his career. This focused exhibition features some of the artist’s most iconic paintings and etchings as well as photographs that provide an intimate glimpse into Freud’s life. Lucian Freud: Real Lives concentrates on the artist’s sitters who were often friends and family, creating clusters of portraits of those he captured over time, and thereby illuminating Freud’s technical virtuosity and stylistic development. Deeply private and guarded, it is through his work that we get to know Freud the man, and this exhibition tracks the personal and artistic changes he went through, revealing the different people that came in and out of his life ... More

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Pope.L's first solo show in London in more than a decade on view at Modern Art   At Paisley Park, Prince's 'aura of mystique' lives on   Amateur fossil hunters make rare find in U.K. using Google Earth

Pope.L, Oedipal Snowman Problem, 2019-20. Acrylic, charcoal, copy paper, push pins, PVA, painter's tape, wooden discs, post-it, collage, permanent marker and archival pigment prints on panel, 152.7 x 123.2 cm. © Pope.L. Courtesy: the artist, Modern Art, London and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York, USA. Photo: Robert Glowacki.

LONDON.- Modern Art is presenting a solo exhibition of work by Pope.L entitled Notations, Holes and Humour. This is Pope.L’s first exhibition with Modern Art, and his first solo show in London in more than a decade. Pope.L’s exhibition with Modern Art centres on his ongoing project, Skin Set, a constantly growing and shifting group of text-inflected works across many media that consider the construction of language, identity and stereotype as notation, hole and frequently absurdity and humour. The show, installed on both floors of the gallery, contains video, silkscreen, assemblage, floor pieces and paintings made between 2015 and 2021. On view are several medicine cabinets originally shown at the University of Chicago’s Neubauer Collegium earlier this year. Each cabinet contains a plexiglass-encased painting illuminated by LED light. The incongruity of the cabinets, their altar-like aspect and the frame-within-a-frame-within ... More

Prince's wardrobe on display at Paisley Park, Prince's home and studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota, on June 30, 2021. Kerem Yucel / AFP.

by Maggy Donaldson

CHANHASSEN (AFP).- To the uninformed eye Paisley Park, Prince's home and studio in suburban Minnesota, could be anything -- an abandoned mall, a government compound, a utilitarian office building. It's only the 11-foot purple love symbol statue, the unpronounceable glyph the artist famously went by during a dispute with his label, that gives the 65,000-square foot complex away as belonging to the artist beloved as Prince. Situated just off the highway leading southwest out of the Twin Cities in the municipality of Chanhassen, Paisley Park served as the virtuoso international pop star's creative and literal home, a sanctum where he spent nearly three decades before he collapsed in an elevator there, dying soon after of an accidental painkiller overdose. Sunlight streams in from the glass pyramid that crowns the complex, where white doves watch over the breezy atrium painted with blue skies and fluffy clouds. With four recording studios, a soundstage and a club, Paisley Park for years hosted artists includ ... More

Dr Lil Stevens, Collections Task Force Manager at the Museum, working at the quarry. She is scrubbing mud away from limestone in the hope of finding treasure inside.

by Aina J. Khan

LONDON (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- Millions of years before the Cotswolds, in western England, became a popular vacation destination, romanticized for its ancient woodlands, honey-colored stone villages and medieval abbeys, it was a shallow, warm sea, home to a Jurassic marine ecosystem. Over 167 million years later, two amateur paleontologists, Neville and Sally Hollingworth, uncovered fossils in a limestone quarry there, the largest find of Jurassic starfish and their relatives ever to be made in Britain. More than 1,000 scientifically significant specimens were unearthed at an undisclosed location during a three-day excavation in June, London’s Natural History Museum said in a statement this past week. The site is not being revealed for security reasons. The find by the Hollingworths, a husband-and-wife team, includes three new species and an entire ecosystem of echinoderms — a group of animals that includes starfish, brittle stars, feather stars, sea lilies, sea cucumbers and echinoids. ... More

London Art Week Summer 2021 exhibitions draw delighted UK clients and visitors in person once again   Fundació Vila Casas Museum of Contemporary Sculpture opens "Miró, Gaudí, Gomis: The Magical Meaning of Art"   Exhibition of new works by the artist Genesis Tramaine on view at Almine Rech Aspen

Georgie, by Gluck (1895-1978), sold by Karen Taylor Fine Art.

LONDON.- “LAW is a beautifully produced platform, easy to navigate and provides an alternative experience to other online platforms and art fair viewing rooms. The ability for collectors to see the works online and then, if they wish, in each participants’ gallery space is very special and a good way of bringing visitors back to galleries, particularly after such a turbulent year.” The above quote from first-time participant Piano Nobile sums up the hybrid London Art Week Summer 2021, which took place online and in galleries from 2-16 July, and concurs with other exhibitors as to the warm response from clients to once again be able to view artworks in person. Many participants staged special themed shows created for London Art Week drawing good attendance particularly in the opening 10 days. With international travel still limited, visitors were on the whole from the UK as were curators, including from the Victoria & ... More

Joan Miró. Equilibrist, 1969.

PALAFRUGELL.- The exhibition Miró, Gaudí, Gomis: The Magical Meaning of Art, co-organised with Fundació Joan Miró based on its collection, and curated by Teresa Montaner and Ester Ramos, highlights the creative affinities between Joan Miró and Antoni Gaudí, as well as the artist’s admiration for the architect through the photographs by Joaquim Gomis, first president of the Miró institution and a major promoter of Gaudí’s work. The exhibition presents a selection of sculptures, ceramics and drawings by Joan Miró that enter into conversation with the photographs that Gomis took of Gaudí’s architecture, as well as an important series of etchings that, with the titles Sèrie Gaudí, Enrajolats and Gran rodona, Miró made in 1979 as a tribute to the architect. This is a project that connects two of the most universally recognised personalities that Catalan culture has ever offered, and does so hand in hand with photographer Joaquim Gomis, who through his images ... More

Genesis Tramaine, Jesus loves me: Anyway, 2021. Acrylic, oil sticks, oil pastels, gouache, acrylic ink, Spray Paint, Holy Spirit, 76.2 x 57.1 cm. 30 x 22 1/2 in. 32 7/8 x 24 3/4 x 1 1/2 in (framed) .

ASPEN, CO.- Almine Rech Aspen is presenting Worship Works, an exhibition of new works by the artist Genesis Tramaine. This is Tramaine's third solo exhibition with the gallery, on view from July 16 to August 1, 2021. WORSHIP WORKS! Inspired by my belief in Gods grace and Mercy! Is an affirmation series that informs my faith energy. I wanted to draw’ closer to God literally! So I spent a lot of time drawing... sketching... sometimes with my eyes closed, in hopes of giving further trust to God, a blind space. I allowed my self to be led, by the Holy Spirit! I dare not draw God but I can draw on Jesus and draw closer to his message of love. These worship works’ help me to be bold in my belief that God is for all Of us. God is bigger than our immediate and furthest understanding. I needed to rely on love to be used to birth these gospels, so ... More

Rescuing China's muzzled past, one footnote at a time   Blum & Poe exhibits a suite of twenty abstract paintings by artist Kenjirō Okazaki   The Salzburg Festival opens in search of elusive peace

The historian Yu Ruxin in Hong Kong, May 29, 2021. In a two-volume tome, Ruxin explains the crucial role of the military in Mao’s stormy Cultural Revolution. Lam Yik Fei/The New York Times.

by Chris Buckley

NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- For decades, Yu Ruxin, a businessman turned independent historian, scoured used book stalls across China for frayed, yellowing documents about the Cultural Revolution, a decade of mass political upheaval unleashed by Mao Zedong. The fruit of his long quest was published in Hong Kong this month, a 1,354-page history that sheds new light on the central role of the military during the Cultural Revolution. The People’s Liberation Army is widely known to have been called in to impose order, but Yu also documents in meticulous detail how the military was also involved in purges and political persecution. “Through the Storm,” a two-volume Chinese-language book buttressed with 2,421 footnotes, stands out all the more these days, when Chinese authorities are determined to erase the darkest chapters of the party’s history. China’s ... More

Kenjiro Okazaki, Returning Chryseis / 揺れる眼差しはすでにヨコシマ, 2020. Acrylic on canvas, 9 5/8 x 7 x 1 1/2 inches framed © Kenjiro Okazaki, Courtesy of the artist and Blum & Poe, Los Angeles/New York/Tokyo.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Blum & Poe is presenting Tokyo-based artist Kenjirō Okazaki’s TOPICA PICTUS / La Cienega, a suite of twenty abstract paintings, each paired with a short essay and reference image(s), which function as key components to provide multi-layered experiences to audiences. This is Okazaki’s fourth presentation with the gallery and follows the recent announcement of his representation. In an ongoing series that now comprises over 150 works since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the works on view were made in response to the unprecedented condition of isolated co-existence, the suspension of time and space, and the perceived loss of tactile or concrete experience, which has significantly impacted our social reality. For the artist, this condition has provided the “possibility of going everywhere because we cannot go anywhere,” an opportunity to go on a solitary journey. In the process of making these paintings, ... More

Lithuanain singer Ausrine Stundyte and German singer Tanja Ariane Baumgartner perform during the photo rehearsal of the opera "Electra" at the Felsenreitschule in Salzburg, on July 23, 2021. BARBARA GINDL / APA / AFP.

SALZBURG (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- “What is peace?” a singer asks in Latin at the start of Klaus Huber’s “Quod Est Pax?” The orchestra responds with a wandering, spectral sound that underscores the question, as it is asked again and considered from different angles, until the instruments erupt in a disorderly mass as if to answer: Peace is not a pleasant tune. After all, peace — the theme of this year’s Ouverture Spirituelle, the concert series that opens the Salzburg Festival — is often more of an offstage character, spoken of through crisis and conflict. And it was particularly elusive as the performances of the past week were nearly thwarted by the world’s problems. In the first days of the festival, heavy rain brought the Salzach River here to dangerously high levels — a reminder of the deadly floods that had recently swept through parts of Germany and Belgium. Across the Atlantic, extreme heat broiled ... More

Harn Museum examines Black life in new "Shadow to Substance" exhibition   Major works of modern and contemporary art recently added to Honolulu Museum of Art's collection   Exhibition focusing on historic effort that saved thousands of young lives on view at American Swedish Institute

Sheila Pree Bright, The Rebirth of Us, 2020 (detail). Archival inkjet print. Courtesy of the artist. © Sheila Pree Bright.

GAINESVILLE, FLA.- The Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida collaborated with UF College of the Arts, Museum Studies Professor and UF Graduate Student in the Department of English to organize and present its newest exhibition Shadow to Substance on view from July 27, 2021 to February 27, 2022. The exhibition represents a chronological arc from the past to the present, and into the future by displaying historical photographs of Black lives and new work by Black photographers. Sixteen photographs by eleven photographic artists were recently purchased for the Harn Museum’s permanent collection and are the heart of Shadow to Substance. The exhibition is co-curated by Dr. Porchia Moore, University of Florida College of the Arts Department Head and Assistant Professor of Museum Studies; Kimberly Williams, University of Florida Graduate Student, Department ... More

Li Huayi, Pine Trees and Spring, 2008 (detail). Ink and color on paper, 97 x 188.

HONOLULU.- Over the past six months, over a half dozen major works of contemporary art have been added to the Honolulu Museum of Art’s permanent collection in addition to a significant gift of 127 Japanese modern works. Many of these recent contemporary acquisitions are currently on view at the museum: pioneering digital media artist Jennifer Steinkamp's Judy Crook 9, 2017, an almost ten-foot-high animated projection of a tree, contemporary Chinese artist Li Huayi's Pine Trees and Spring, 2008, an intricate landscape painting, American photographer Richard Misrach's Untitled (July 20, 2013 2:02 pm), 2013, a large-scale photograph from his On the Beach series begun while he was visiting Honolulu in 2001, and American artist Viola Frey's Fire Suit with Large Yellow Hands, 1983, a towering ceramic sculpture. The recent acquisitions also include a rare signed print of an iconic photograph by Diane ... More

Kindertransport – Rescuing Children on the Brink of War

MINNEAPOLIS, MN.- Kindertransport – Rescuing Children on the Brink of War, a major exhibition on view July 22–October 31, 2021, at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, illuminates the story of the Kindertransport (German for “Children’s Transport”). This astonishingly successful rescue effort brought about 10,000 Jewish children from Nazi Germany to Great Britain and other countries, including Sweden, between 1938 and 1939. The exhibition explores the children’s difficult and often heartbreaking journeys through original artifacts, audio testimonies and moving personal stories. The regional debut of this exhibition is accompanied by The Story is Here, developed by ASI, which features the experiences of Midwest families impacted by the Kindertransport. Kindertransport– Rescuing Children on the Brink of War is brought to life by objects that the children took with them, such as a necklace and letters ... More

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Jack Shainman Gallery exhibits eight new weavings by Diedrick Brackens
NEW YORK, NY.- Jack Shainman Gallery is presenting diedrick brackens’ rhyming positions at the 513 West 20th Street location. The artist’s second exhibition with the gallery, these eight new weavings continue the explorations of narrative, allegory, and intimacy so fundamental to Brackens’ practice. In several tableaux situated in nature, Brackens plays with the idea of creating home in a wild space, honoring the outdoors as a place in which queerness lives. This is a nod to the history of queer and femme folks who have gathered in nature, creating safe spaces for ritual and communion. This notion of commune is present in summer syllables, in which two figures stretch in lyrical movement, seemingly fashioning loops out of their own bodies, as if flowing one into the other within a vast, yellow landscape. In soft, dark, demigod, a figure bends ... More

Gost Books to publish 'Campesino Cuba' with photographs by Richard Sharum
NEW YORK, NY.- Photographer Richard Sharum travelled across Cuba to document the lives of isolated farmers, or ‘Campesinos,’ and their wider communities at a time of national transition. The histories of these communities have formed the backbone of Cuba, and yet they are rarely depicted in photographic representations of the country. Sharum began researching Campesino communities in late 2015 and his resulting black and white photographs depict the intertwined relationship of people and the land they depend on. During the course of several journeys between January 2016 and November 2019, Sharum travelled from the northern to the southern shorelines, across to the western provinces, and to the eastern villages deep in the Sierra Maestra region of Cuba to complete his project. Over one hundred photographs ... More

G Editions announces the publication of The White Album of the Hamptons" by Christophe von Hohenberg
NEW YORK, NY.- Award-winning photographer and bestselling author, Christophe von Hohenberg, began taking photos at the young age of fourteen. He was inspired by his stepfather, the photographer Wendy Hilty, who presented Christophe with his first camera, a Rolleiflex Twin Lens 2.8. These days, Von Hohenberg is widely known for his photographs at Andy Warhol’s memorial service in 1987; in the forthcoming The White Album of the Hamptons (released May 25, 2021), he sets his sights on capturing the magic of a storied New York coastline. In these pages, Von Hohenberg’s black-and-white photographs of The Hamptons give the impression of squinting against the glaring summer sun—bleached-out details blur and faint gestures carve out the presence of painterly human figures against a vast expanse of ocean and sky. By allowing ... More

Biennale Gherdëina announces Lucia Pietroiusti and Filipa Ramos as curators of 8th edition of the festival
ORTISEI .- Biennale Gherdëina - located in the unique setting of the Unesco World Heritage Centre of the Dolomites - are pleased to announce the curators and the theme for the 8th (2022) edition of the festival, which takes place from May 20th to September 25 2022, in Ortisei Urtijëi St. Ulrich, and the surrounding landscape of Val Gardena Gherdëina Gröden, South Tyrol. Persons Persone Personen will be co-curated by Lucia Pietroiusti and Filipa Ramos. Persons Persone Personen will move along two lines. One considers forms of personhood in wildlife and landscapes, legal and other, asking how artistic expressions can contribute to this recognition of Earth’s rights and to the dilution of divides. The other attends to the ancient and future memories of pathways of people, animals, plants and matter across systems of migration, seasonal displacement ... More

France's 'king of lighthouses' wins UNESCO heritage listing
LE VERDON-SUR-MER (AFP).- Battered by the wind and swell for 400 years and nicknamed the "king of lighthouses", France's Cordouan beacon on Saturday won recognition from UNESCO. The lighthouse, which will be added to UNESCO's World Heritage List, is the last to be inhabited in France and only the second after Spain's La Coruna to win the plaudit from the world heritage body. Cordouan was built at the very end of the 16th century and stands in the Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of the Gironde estuary in southwestern France in a "highly exposed and hostile environment", according to UNESCO's World Heritage Committee which announced its decision on Saturday. The lighthouse was designed by engineer Louis de Foix, and was later remodelled by engineer Joseph Teulere in the late 18th century. Describing it as a "masterpiece of maritime ... More

A vogue legend, still enlarging circles of pleasure
NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- When Archie Burnett walks onto a dance floor, he tends to take it over. That’s partly because he’s a big guy, 6-foot-4 and full of muscle. Especially in the 1980s and ’90s, when he was a mainstay of New York City’s underground clubs, his body was, as he recently put it, “banging.” A body like that commands attention, but any chance of fading into the background truly disappears when he starts to move. Then he’s a kaleidoscope of long lines and sharp angles. Every moment, he’s ready for a camera to click; every moment, he’s on beat. His dancing is also knowledge in action. Vogue and waacking — which are resurgent in popular culture — may be new to some, but not to Burnett. He’s a father of the House of Ninja, a collective of dancers instrumental in the spread of vogueing from ballrooms to videos and fashion ... More

With first posthumous album, Prince pierces the American condition
NEW YORK (AFP).- Prince's estate will soon issue a completed record from the mercurial artist's storied music vault, the first never-before-heard album released since the musician's shock death five years ago. "Welcome 2 America" -- a 12-track album finished in 2010, but shelved for reasons unknown in the famous vault at Prince's Paisley Park compound near Minneapolis -- offers a prophetic window into social struggles at today's forefront, delving into racism, political division, technology and disinformation. Melding urgent lyricism with languorous funk, the pop shapeshifter Prince sings of America as the "land of the free / home of the slave." The artist, who died at 57 on April 21, 2016 following an accidental fentanyl overdose, could not have known that in the years following his death his beloved home city would explode in furor and protest ... More

Festival-goers revel in return of live music at London's Kaleidoscope
LONDON (AFP).- Nearly 10,000 music fans savoured new-found freedoms at London's Kaleidoscope Festival on Saturday. "I'm really excited to be here, I haven't done anything like this in two years", said Leonie Louis, one of the festival-goers, who decorated with sequins and flower crowns, braved the stormy weather to invade the grounds of north London's Alexandra Palace, a legendary music venue that has previously hosted Pink Floyd, the Rolling Stones and Jay Z. "It's really nice to just see everybody out and drinking and just enjoying themselves," Louis told AFP from the comfort of a deckchair in the palace gardens. Kaleidoscope, which featured bands including Groove Armada and The Coral along with renowned comedians and writers, is one of the largest live events to have taken place in England since the country lifted its last coronavirus ... More

Turkey says UNESCO criticism of Hagia Sophia conversion 'biased'
ISTANBUL (AFP).- Turkey on Saturday rejected the UN cultural agency's criticism of the conversion of a revered Istanbul cathedral-turned-museum into a mosque as "biased and political". Last year, Turkey turned the Byzantine-era Hagia Sophia cathedral into a mosque for the first time since 1934, sparking global outrage. Shortly after that, it ordered another ancient Orthodox church, The Holy Saviour in Chora, into a mosque. UNESCO's World Heritage Committee asked Turkey on Friday to submit by early next year a report about the state of conservation of the Hagia Sophia, expressing "grave concern" over the consequences of its conversion into a mosque. It said it "deeply regrets the lack of dialogue and information" over the change in status of the two shrines. The Turkish foreign ministry said it "rejects the relevant ... More

Gayle Garner Roski exhibition celebrates life in the wake of her battle with ALS
SANTA ANA, CA.- The Gift of Los Angeles: Memories in Watercolor by Gayle Garner Roski features over a hundred watercolors by the LA based artist, with a spotlight on the series Los Angeles Millennium 2000-2020: a celebration of her experiences growing up and living in the City of Angels and larger SoCal region. This celebration of life was a labor of love for the artist, who completed the project while battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), the rare neurodegenerative disease also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Her death in October of 2020 was an immeasurable loss to those who knew and loved her but is softened by the wonderful legacy that she leaves behind in her paintings. In her own words, Gayle explained “I titled this series The Gift of Los Angeles because creating these works of everything that the city has to offer has been a gift. It has been a gift to live the life that I have. It has been ... More

H&H Classics offers stalled 1958 AC ACECA Bristol project
LONDON.- Supplied new to America and thought to have been raced over there, this stalled 1958 AC ACECA Bristol project was imported to the UK by the vendor in 2016. With much work already done it now needs some serious hours and lots of love. H&H are indebted to the vendor for the following information: The car left AC's Thames Ditton factory in LHD configuration on 12th April 1958 with engine number 100D786. It was consigned to Procter Cars U.S.A and originally finished in White with Red upholstery. Early ownership is not recorded although the Aceca is believed to have been raced. In 1976 the Coupe was in the care of a Mr T.A. Brown of Tyler, Texas and its last U.S. keeper was Glenn Barnett from Houston. Purchased in 2016 by the vendor from the States less engine and gearbox as a project, a Bristol 100D engine was obtained together with a correct gearbox and both units totally refurbished albeit the engine awaits reassembly. A stainless exhaust was acquired together ... More

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July 26, 2019. Ignacio Villarreal Junco (December 20, 1941 - July 26, 2019) Journalist, graphic designer and publicist between the 1960s and 1990s, creator of concepts, images, slogans, logos, campaigns and founder of The First Art Newspaper on the Net. As editor he published the magazines: Gala (1965), Creatividad (1972-1977), Espacio (1983-1984), Museos (1995-1996). For ten years he made the Agenda del Arte (1987-1997). He made the serigraphic editions titled: 1976-Calendario Gráfico, 1977-Alfabeto Gráfico. He also edited serigraphs with the visual artists: José Luís Cuevas, Juan Soriano, Juan Genovés. Corporate Identities: 1968 - Hylsa, 1970 - Universidad de Monterrey, 1974 - Banpaís, 1978 - Akra, 1985 - Ábaco, 1990 - Club de Fútbol Monterrey, 1991 - Socrates Rizo Campaign, 1992 - Confía, 1993 - Mexlub, 1993 - Rogelio Montemayor Campaign, 1996 - Monterrey400 (Fourth centenary of the city), 2002 - UANL Tigres Soccer Club. As a publicist, he received 18 national awards: Teponaxtlis de Malinalco and as founding editor of ArtDaily, an art newspaper that has received 51 awards or distinctions.

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