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Artis-Naples, The Baker Museum opens 'Baseball Heroes: Works from the Jay H. Baker Collection'

Mickey Mantle’s Sultan of Swat crown, 1956. Jay H. Baker Collection.

NAPLES, FLA.- Baseball Heroes: Works from the Jay H. Baker Collection will grant museum visitors exclusive access to one of the most extraordinary collections of baseball memorabilia outside of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, in an immersive multimedia installation that celebrates baseball as an integral part of American life for nearly 200 years. This exhibition celebrates five of the sport’s greatest players: Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle and Derek Jeter. These players, who spent most or all of their careers with the New York Yankees, transcend partisan team passions and generate unparalleled adulation. Baseball Heroes examines these icons not only as baseball players, but as human beings who rose from humble or modest backgrounds and, through their talents and dedication, ascended to the pinnacle of achievement. The eminent cultural historian Jacques Barzun wrote, “Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball.” In many ways, ... More

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Sheldon Museum of Art announces artist Jill Nathanson and curator Karen Wilkin in conversation October 26   Mexico City replaces a statue of Columbus with one of an Indigenous woman   The Fundación Juan March Presents the First Ad Reinhardt Exhibition in Spain

Jill Nathanson’s “Cantabile” (2019) on view at Sheldon Museum of Art in “Point of Departure: Abstraction 1958–Present.”

LINCOLN, NEB.- Sheldon Museum of Art presents a conversation with artist Jill Nathanson and curator and critic Karen Wilkin on October 26 at 5:30 p.m. CDT on Zoom. Nathanson’s painting “Cantabile” is a new acquisition on view at Sheldon in “Point of Departure: Abstraction 1958–Present.” To register for the free event, visit This online event is part of the museum’s CollectionTalk series, which features live discussions about artwork and exhibitions with artists, curators, and historians. On November 11, the series continues with artist Odili Donald Odita in conversation with Tyler Green, host of the Modern Art Notes Podcast. For more information on Sheldon Museum of Art and its programming, visit Jill Nathanson ... More

View of a statue in honor of "Women who fight" placed by feminist collectives at the roundabout of Paseo de la Reforma Avenue, from where the effigy of Christopher Columbus had been removed, in Mexico City, on October 7, 2021. PEDRO PARDO / AFP.

MEXICO CITY.- Statues of Columbus are being toppled across the Americas, amid fierce debates over the region’s legacy of European conquest and colonialism. Few have been more contentious than the replacement of a monument at the heart of Mexico’s capital, touching on some of the most intense disputes in the country’s current politics, including not just race and history, but also sex. After prolonged debate, Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum announced Tuesday that the Columbus statue that once gazed down on Mexico City’s main boulevard will be replaced with a pre-colonial Indigenous figure — notably, a woman. Announced before Sheinbaum’s expected run for president in 2024, the new stat ... More

Ad Reinhardt, Untitled, c. 1950 (detail). Acuarela sobre papel, 57,2 × 78,1 cm (irregular). Whitney Museum of American Art. © Anna Reinhardt/Vegap, Madrid, 2021.

MADRID.- “There is something mysterious, even mystical, about Ad Reinhardt's 60 x 60-inch square black canvases. Conceived for contemplation, they reveal themselves over time,” writes Lynn Zelevansky, guest curator of the exhibition. Some of these famous black paintings, which are almost impossible to photograph and require the direct and slow presence of the viewer, are on display from October 15 to January 16 at the Madrid venue of the Fundación Juan March. They form part of the first monographic exhibition of Ad Reinhardt in Spain, and one of the most thorough retrospectives in the history of Europe. Ad Reinhardt (Buffalo, New York, 1913 – New York, 1967) devoted his artistic endeavor to an increasingly radical abstraction. In parallel to his pictorial vocation ... More

The Barnes Foundation opens the first exhibition dedicated to Suzanne Valadon at a major US arts institution   Christie's Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale is highlighted by strong results for rising stars   Antiquities dealer admits mass-producing fakes he sold for years

Suzanne Valadon. Self-Portrait, 1927. Collection of the City of Sannois, Val d’Oise, France, on temporary loan to the Musée de Montmartre, Paris. © 2021 Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York Image by Stéphane Pons.

PHILLADELPHIA, PA.- This fall, the Barnes Foundation presents Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel, the first exhibition dedicated to the French artist and model Suzanne Valadon at a major US arts institution. The first self-taught woman to exhibit at the Salon de la Sociéte Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Valadon challenged behavioral codes with her art and lifestyle, breaking new ground with her unapologetic portraits and nudes. On view in the Barnes’s Roberts Gallery from September 26, 2021, through January 9, 2022, this exhibition considers Valadon’s rich contribution to the early 20th-century art world and features representative works from all stages of her career. From a childhood marked by poverty and neglect to a career as a popular artist’s model, Suzanne Valadon (born Marie-Clementine Valadon, 1865–1938) defied the odds to become a successful painter. Passionate about art from an early age, she modele ... More

Flora Yukhnovich, Puits d'amour (Wells of Love), 2021, Price realised: £910,500 to benefit Rays of Sunshine. © Christie's Images Ltd 2021.

LONDON.- The Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale realised a total of £16,158,250, over two times the low estimate, selling 93% by lot and 94% by value, and was led by Yayoi Kusama's My Life (2014), which more than doubled its pre-sale estimate to sell for £1,222,500. The sale was highlighted by the rising stars of contemporary art, opening with spirited bidding, which delivered above estimate results for Hurvin Anderson's Girl in a Tree (record in the medium for a work on paper: £387,500), Amoako Boafo's Portrait (£181,250), Chantalle Joffe's Night Self-Portrait in a Red Dress (record: £75,000), Tunji Adeniyi-Jones, Red Twins II (£150,000), Claire Tabouret's Les Diadèmes (Rose et Bleu) (£112,500), Salman Toor's Untitled (Woman) (£237,500) and Caroline Walker's Dividing Lines (record: £81,250). Ewa Juszkiewicz's Grove (2014) sold for more than 12 times its high estimate, realising a new world auction record for the artist (£437,500). Artists, gallerists and collectors generously donated works ... More

The owner of a Manhattan gallery was charged with grand larceny and other crimes by prosecutors who say he mass-produced objects that he passed off as ancient artifacts. Manhattan District Attorney’s Office via The New York Times.

by Colin Moynihan

NEW YORK, NY.- For decades customers interested in all manner of rarities — ancient coins, sarcophagus masks, prehistoric fossils — went to Mehrdad Sadigh’s gallery near the Empire State Building in Manhattan. The items came with certificates of authenticity, and the gallery’s website was filled with accolades from customers who appreciated the gracious touch he brought to his business. “Everything I have acquired from you over the years has more than exceeded my expectations,” one testimonial read. But Sadigh acknowledged Tuesday during a hearing that much about his antiquities business was an elaborate scam. “Over the course of three decades I have sold thousands of fraudulent antiquities to countless unsuspecting collectors,” he said, according to the statement he read in state Supreme Court in Manhattan, adding, “I can only say that I was driven ... More

Victoria Miro opens an exhibition by Sarah Sze   Tate St Ives presents a major new installation by Petrit Halilaj   Maruani Mercier announces the European representation of Ghanaian artist Cornelius Annor

Sarah Sze, Imprint, 2021 (detail). Oil paint, acrylic paint, acrylic polymers, ink, aluminum, diabond and wood, 289.6 x 193.1 x 7.9 cm. 114 1/8 x 76 1/8 x 3 1/8 in © Sarah Sze. Courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro.

LONDON.- In Sarah Sze’s new paintings, scaled to Victoria Miro’s Gallery II space, the artist’s process of accumulation is adapted to two dimensions, incorporating a wealth of painted and collaged elements and traces of multiple image-making mediums, laying bare the narrative of the studio and the developmental arcs that occur within and between the works. Celebrated for her intricate multimedia installations, in recent years the American artist has returned to painting, the medium in which she first trained. These new wall-based works continue the artist’s decades-long exploration of the ways in which the proliferation of images – printed in magazines and newspapers, gleaned from the Web and television, intercepted from outer space, and ultimately imprinted on our conscio ... More

Petrit Halilaj. Photo: Angela B. Suarez.

SAINT IVES.- This autumn, Tate St Ives presents Very volcanic over this green feather, a major new installation by Petrit Halilaj (b.1986 in Kostërrc, Kosovo) for his first solo exhibition in the UK. Halilaj is internationally recognised for his expansive artworks, often using his own biography as point of departure to reflect on private and collective histories in constant transformation. Deeply connected to Kosovo’s recent history, he frequently incorporates materials from his native country and re-elaborates them through installation, performance, textiles, drawing and video. Halilaj’s work explores issues related to individual memory and cultural identity. This exhibition at Tate St Ives stems from Halilaj’s own personal story, while also bringing forward the collective trauma of the Kosovar Albanian people and other survivors of conflict. Displaced by the Kosovo War (1998–9) as a thirteen-year-old, Halilaj and his family ... More

Cornelius Annor, Sir Johns, 2021. Acrylic and fabric transfer on canvas, 150 x 119 cm, 59 1/8 x 46 7/8 in.

BRUSSELS.- Depicting everyday Ghanaian sceneries, the emerging artist Cornelius Annor combines acrylic paint with fabric and fabric transfers to create large figurative paintings. The artist’s research revolves around family history, through family photo albums, as such exploring moments in time, from pre-colonial Ghana and Post-independent Ghana to our contemporary era. The characters in his paintings are old and young, male and female, sharing different emotions, often in a context of gathering. Incorporating objects and clothes from different periods, Annor plays with memory, history and temporality. "For me archiving as a form has the potential to open up discussions on lost and forgotten histories and its politics. And I intend to bring into presence these past histories through my works as a way of creating a room of memory which can migrate my audience ... More

Russians return to Earth after filming first movie in space   'The Settlements' by Ken Taranto to be published by GOST Books in November   Producer Kevin Burns' world-famous Munsters collection makes its electrifying auction debut in November

Russian actress Yulia Peresild poses during an interview with AFP in Moscow. DIMITAR DILKOFF / AFP.

by Evan Gershkovich

MOSCOW.- A Russian actress and a film director returned to Earth Sunday after spending 12 days on the International Space Station (ISS) shooting scenes for the first movie in orbit. Yulia Peresild, 37, and Klim Shipenko, 38, landed as scheduled on Kazakhstan's steppe at 0436 GMT, according to footage broadcast live by Russia's Roscosmos space agency. Shipenko appeared distressed but smiling as he exited the capsule, waving his hand to cameras before being carried off by medical workers for an examination. Peresild, who plays the film's starring role and was selected from some 3,000 applicants, was extracted from the capsule to applause and a bouquet of flowers. The actress said she is "sad" to have left the ISS. "It seemed that 12 days was a lot, but when it was all over, I didn't want to leave," she told Russian television. "This is a one-time experience." The team was ferried back to terra ... More

The Settlements By Ken Taranto. Published November 2021. £35/ €45/ $50 pre-order here.

LONDON.- The Settlements is a topographical portrait of the architecture and landscape of the Jewish settlements in the West Bank. Taken over a period of four years, these black and white photographs reveal the genesis and evolution of the greater settlement project. Focused on the sharp contrast between the medium view from within the settlements and the broader view from their perimeters, the images belie the tense proximity of two peoples living on the same land. This project, by photographer Ken Taranto, developed out of a curiosity. He was not satisfied with the images of the settlements portrayed in the news. He wanted to know if the settlements were all alike. Were they indistinguishable or unique? And what did it feel like to stand on disputed ground? ‘For years I read stories in the news about the Jewish settlements in the West Bank. Photographs in those stories always seemed to show tract housing on hilltops, an image emblazoned in my mind. The settlement ... More

Butch Patrick "Eddie Munster" signature costume and extra coat from The Munsters (CBS, 1964-1966).

DALLAS, TX.- "The Munsters continue to haunt me," producer Kevin Burns told the Los Angeles Times in 2002, explaining his lifelong love affair with the spooky '60s sitcom that lasted but two seasons. At the time, the newspaper wondered why the Emmy Award-winning Burns, best known for producing History Channel's Ancient Aliens and Netflix's Lost in Space reboot, had amassed the world's largest collection of Munsters props, memorabilia and merchandise. To which he responded with a simple, sincere answer: "It's important to get back to being a child every once in a while." Burns, who died last year of cardiac arrest at 65, amassed a collection that ranged from the astonishing to the downright fantastic, and included everything from Grandpa Munster's electric chair to Lily Munster's gown to Eddie Munster's suits to every available copy of every bit of Munsters merch ever manufactured, from comic books to board games to bubblegum cards. If something appeared on the set or ... More

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Recognition, at last, after decades decolonizing art
LONDON.- British-Indian artist Sutapa Biswas has always found herself playing a confrontational role in the British art world, forcing conversations about empire and its legacies that the establishment preferred to evade. But it seems that may be changing. This year Biswas, 59, is the subject of two major British shows, running concurrently: at the BALTIC Center for Contemporary Art in Gateshead and at Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge. The BALTIC show, which runs through March 20, focuses mainly on Biswas’ work with the moving image; the Kettle’s Yard exhibition, which opened Saturday and runs through Jan. 30, will take in the whole arc of her career. Emma Dean, curator of the BALTIC exhibition, said that both shows suggest that if Biswas’ work has not gained the kind of visibility it deserves, it may be because ... More

Dancing cheek to cheek again: New York's tango scene rebounds
NEW YORK, NY.- The concept of social distancing simply does not exist in tango. This dance born in the working-class neighborhoods of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Montevideo, Uruguay, is about intimacy, touch and the closeness of the abrazo, or embrace. There is no distance between bodies; partners lean into each other, faces and chests touching, an arm wrapped around the other’s back, communicating through fingertips and subtle shifts in weight. This closeness — and the melancholy lilt of the music — is the draw. For many, tango dancing creates an instant connection between two people, no matter how fleeting. “When I went to my first tango evening, I noticed that while people were dancing, they looked happy and alive — the only sad one there was me,” Hector Rubinstein, an Argentine-born c ... More

Fall for dance review: Splats, blue moods and go-go grooves
NEW YORK, NY.- The happy crowd attending opening night of New York City Center’s Fall for Dance festival Wednesday snaked around the block. The cause of the bottleneck was the inspection of vaccination records at the door — one of very few differences between this incarnation of the popular event and the many that came before the pandemic. As in previous years, the festival gives value and variety: cheap tickets and five mixed-nuts programs stocked with stars and premieres, although this year each program has been streamlined down to three acts, with pauses but no intermissions. The big change from the 2020 version, which was virtual, is the return of the festival’s most distinctive feature — that happy crowd, buzzing, boisterous, eager to love everything. U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., bogged do ... More

Jailed Turkish philanthropist awaits his fate under Erdogan's wrath
ISTANBUL.- Jailed without a conviction since 2017, Turkish philanthropist Osman Kavala says he feels like a tool in President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's attempts to blame a foreign plot for domestic dissent against his mercurial rule. A gaunt and bearded intellectual who once patronised culture and the arts, the 64-year-old Kavala makes a striking foil for Erdogan, a promoter of political Islam who has governed Turkey with an increasingly iron fist since 2003. While tens of thousands have been jailed or stripped of their jobs on tenuous charges since Erdogan survived a coup attempt in 2016, it is Parisian-born Kavala whose fate is creating particular tensions in Turkey's frayed ties with the West. The Council of Europe, a human rights body Turkey joined in 1950, has warned it could launch the first ... More

The story of American art, from its wild frontiers to its wild things, unfolds at Heritage Auctions
DALLAS, TX.- Three weeks before Thanksgiving, Norman Rockwell's Home for Thanksgiving serves as the centerpiece of Heritage Auctions' Nov. 5 American Art Signature® Auction. But the mother and her son peeling potatoes in the iconic illustration sit among myriad major works that make up the season's most significant auction of American masters, ranging from Golden Age illustrators to Hudson River School landscape painters to the makers of beloved children's stories to the leader of the progressive Ashcan School, Cincinnati-born Robert Henri, whose 1926 portrait Sarah Burke is one of his masterful love letters to Ireland. "I want to tell the complete story of American art," says Aviva Lehmann, Heritage Auctions' Director of American Art. "Our catalog tells an extraordinary story. We have important ma ... More

Draft 'Asterix' story revealed by author's daughter
BERLIN.- The daughter of Rene Goscinny, one of the duo behind indomitable French comic-book star Asterix, has revealed that her father left a draft story featuring the Roman-bashing Gaulish warrior unfinished. "I often think about it, it's 20 pages, half a comic book," Anne Goscinny told German weekly Der Spiegel in a weekend interview. Typewritten by Rene Goscinny, the script titled "Asterix at the Circus" was found in the family archives, looked after by Anne. But she said that completing the story without her father would be a "very complicated" task. "We'd have to get a lot of people around the table, immerse ourselves in the story and find (Rene's) voice again," she said, adding, "it's as if there were a hole in a painting by Goya". "One day we'll give it a try, it would be an extraordinary adventure," Anne adde ... More

Symbol of rebirth at Iraq's historic Al-Nuri mosque
MOSUL.- To the sound of drums, religious chants resounded on Sunday evening for the first ceremony of its kind at Iraq's historic Al-Nuri mosque, which is being rebuilt after damage by jihadists. The city of Mosul's 12th-century mosque, known for its leaning minaret, was severely damaged in 2017. Iraq's army accused the Islamic State group of blowing it up. It is now being rebuilt under a project from the United Nations cultural agency, UNESCO. "For me it's an extraordinary day. I am joyful," said Marwan Muafak, 45, a teaching administrator. "This celebration symbolises the return of the chant of the muezzin and prayer in this place," he added. "The residents of Mosul want to get their old lives back." Several hundred people gathered at the site to mark the birthday of the Prophet Mohammed, in a courtyard decorated with m ... More

Haile Gerima is having a Hollywood moment. It's left him conflicted.
NEW YORK, NY.- Haile Gerima doesn’t hold back when it comes to his thoughts on Hollywood. The power games of movie producers and distributors are “anti-cinema,” he put it recently. The three-act structure is akin to “fascism” — it “numbs, makes stories toothless.” And Hollywood cinema is like the “hydrogen bomb.” For decades, Gerima, a 75-year-old Ethiopian filmmaker, has blazed a trail outside the Hollywood system, building a legacy that looms large over American and African independent cinema. But as he spoke with me recently on a video call from his studio in Washington, D.C., Gerima found himself at an unexpected juncture: He was about to travel to Los Angeles, where he would receive the inaugural Vantage Award at the opening gala of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which is also scre ... More

Olympia Auctions to offer large collection of Renaissance plaquettes and medallions
LONDON.- The largest single owner collection to come onto the art market since 2008 is to be offered at Olympia Auctions on November 24, 2021. This one-of-kind single owner collection started in 1911 and comprises more than 200 Renaissance and later bronze plaquettes and medallions. Estimates range from £200-£3,000 and the collection is being sold without reserve. A large part of this collection belonged to Mr Alfred Spero, a leading dealer in Works of Art during the first half of the 20th century, who collected the pieces over many years, but principally starting before the First World War in 1911 until 1936. Primary sources of the collection include the Melleket collection, the Henry Oppenheimer collection sold at Christies in 1936, Dr Walter Hildburgh - a great benefactor of the V&A, Sir Thomas Barlow - a post war col ... More

Drawing Room Hamburg opens an exhibition of works by Claus Böhmler
HAMBURG.- Claus Böhmler, by his own account, was a “low-tech media artist”. During his in-depth investigations and observations he repeatedly explored not only current technological standards, but also those of the art establishment. Even early on as a student at the Düsseldorfer Akademie, he scrutinized his domestic and urban environment just as intensely as he did the accomplishments and world of ideas he encountered in the diverse and innovative art scene of the 1960s. Yet he quickly realized that even if one wanted to disrupt tradition and time-worn notions of art, one would encounter the pursuit of higher ideals, which Böhmler – acting a bit like a jester or trickster – brought back down to the earth of everyday life. This can also be seen in the typograms he produced in 1968, in which he co ... More

Richard L. Feigen: A Collector in Dealer's Clothes

On a day like today, Flemish painter Jacob Jordaens died
October 18, 1678. Jacob Jordaens (19 May 1593 - 18 October 1678) was one of three Flemish Baroque painters, along with Peter Paul Rubens and Anthony van Dyck, to bring prestige to the Antwerp school of painting. Unlike those contemporaries he never traveled abroad to study Italian painting, and his career is marked by an indifference to their intellectual and courtly aspirations. In fact, except for a few short trips to locations in the Low Countries, he remained in Antwerp his entire life. As well as being a successful painter, he was a prominent designer of tapestries. Like Rubens, Jordaens painted altarpieces, mythological, and allegorical scenes, and after 1640---the year Rubens died---he was the most important painter in Antwerp for large-scale commissions and the status of his patrons increased in general.

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