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Provenance of a museum's Greek exhibit is questioned, fueling a debate

This exhibition, explores an expressive period of Greek art from 900 to 700 BCE that is characterized by balance, symmetry, and rhythm, all aimed at refining the concept of beauty down to its elemental core.

by Graham Bowley

NEW YORK, NY.- The Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, Florida, was riding high as “From Chaos to Order,” an exhibition of ancient Greek art, became its first major traveling show in years, making stops at museums in Florida and South Carolina before preparing to head west. “The idea was to look at the origins of Greek art in a new way,” said Michael Bennett, the former St. Petersburg curator who organized the show of works from the Geometric period, circa 900 to 700 B.C. “We felt it had something new to say about Greek art.” But earlier this year, when the exhibition was scheduled to travel to the Denver Art Museum, the staff there balked because many of the 57 artifacts lacked detailed provenances. None of the antiquities, on loan from businessperson and collector Sol Rabin, were known to have been looted, but some had been purchased from sellers who have been accused of handling stolen antiquities in the past, Denver museum officials noted. ... More

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The McNay announces new exhibition and commission by renowned artist Alice Aycock   Eskenazi Museum of Art announces exhibition of Jeffrey A. Wolin's Photography   German photographer Kathrin Linkersdorff's debut solo exhibition 'Faries' now open at Yossi Milo

Alice Aycock, "Devil Whirls," 2023. Powder-coated aluminum. Collection of the McNay Art Museum, Museum purchase with funds from the Russell Hill Rogers Fund for the Arts, 2023.109. © Alice Aycock.

SAN ANTONIO, TX.- In celebration of the recently commissioned monumental sculpture “Devil Whirls” by Alice Aycock, the McNay Art Museum explores five decades of work by the American sculptor and installation artist in the exhibition “Alice Aycock: Moving Through Time.” Currently on view, the exhibition showcases Aycock’s works on paper that complement and provide insight into the creative process behind the artist’s iconic installations. First receiving significant recognition in the 1970s, Aycock (b. 1946) and her innovative work garnered attention as part of the land art movement. Much of her work is rooted in science, using logic, imagination and engineering to capture the power of energy and motion in balance. “Devil Whirls,” Aycock’s powder-coated aluminum sculpture that stands over 20 feet tall, greets visitors as they arrive through the Museum’s North ... More

Jeffrey A. Wolin, Mišo Vogel, 1992. Photograph. From Written in Memory: Portraits of the Holocaust.

BLOOMINGTON.- The Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University opened the exhibition Measuring Time: The Photographs of Jeffrey A. Wolin, on view since September 7–December 17, 2023, in the Featured Exhibition Gallery. Jeffrey A. Wolin is a celebrated and influential photographic artist and former longtime head of Indiana University’s photography department. Featuring one hundred works, this retrospective exhibition covers Wolin’s entire career with key selections from all ten of his major series, including his earliest landscapes and portraits of stonecutters, Holocaust survivors, war veterans, and people experiencing homelessness. The sum of Wolin’s creative achievement will be a surprise and inspiration to nearly every viewer. His work is powerful and profoundly humane. Over the years, he has thought deeply about the issues of human history and memory, always attentive to the insights that come from ... More

Kathrin Linkersdorff, Fairies VII / 2, 2023. Archival Pigment Print on Hahnemuehle Photo Rag Ultra Smooth. © Kathrin Linkersdorff. Courtesy of the artist and Yossi Milo, New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- Yossi Milo has opened Fairies, German photographer Kathrin Linkersdorff's debut solo exhibition in the United States and first with the gallery. Since Friday, September 8 and on view through Saturday, October 21, the exhibition presents work from the artist's photographic series Fairies. The show also exhibits video installations showcasing the artist's process, offering a new perspective of how Linkersdorff's exquisite photographs are made. The artist's Fairies series uncovers the microcosmic vastness contained within flowers, and unearths worlds unknown to the naked eye. At the heart of Linkersdorff's practice is the concept of wabi-sabi: the view that ephemerality and imperfection are integral and even beautiful parts of life. The artist first encountered the principle during the 1990s upon relocating to Japan ... More

Sheida Soleimani's: Birds of Passage will be on view through first week in October at Denny Gallery   Catherine Opie 'Walls, Windows and Blood' at Thomas Dane Gallery in Naples   'Coming Home: The Transformative Gift of the Janet & William Ellery James Collection' at Cape Ann Museum

Sheida Soleimani, Panjereh, 2022. Archival pigment print, 60 x 44 in (152 x 112 cm), Edition: 3 + 2 AP.

NEW YORK, NY.- Denny Gallery will be presenting Sheida Soleimani’s Birds of Passage for three more weeks at their gallery. In the newest installation of her series Ghostwriter, which opened at Providence College Galleries and Edel Assanti in London in 2022–23, and is currently on view at MFA Boston, Soleimani “ghostwrites” her parents’ lives: as pro- democratic dissidents targeted by the totalitarian regime in Iran after ’79; and as stateless refugees forced to seek asylum across Europe and in pre- and post-9/11 America. In these photographic assemblages, Soleimani creates palimpsests of memories as a way to reckon with the narratives that she herself has constructed throughout her life from her parents’ stories, drawings, notes, and artifacts of the seismic events that continue to shape their lives. Sheida Soleimani is known for photographic works that satirize media narratives of global politics, particular ... More

Catherine Opie, Untitled #8 (Windows), 2023. Pigment print, 101.6 x 67.6 cm. 40 x 26 1/2 in. © Catherine Opie. Courtesy the artist, Thomas Dane Gallery and Regen Projects, Los Angeles.

NAPLES.- Thomas Dane Gallery, Naples welcomed the premiere of Catherine Opie’s Walls, Windows and Blood, a new body of work initiated during the artist’s American Academy in Rome Residency in summer 2021 during a private viewing this past September 16th. ‘The idea of City’ was the theme of the Residency invitation and Opie conceived her research on the form, history and architecture of the Vatican City. Fascinated by the idea of this city within a city, with its own rule of law, Opie sought to explore the politics of this place, taking an unflinching look at the architecture of power and how we might make sense of Catholicism, its structures, reach and impact in an age when the ideologies and legacies of Colonialism are being questioned. In this way Walls, Windows and Blood is a continuation ... More

Jane Peterson’s Smith’s Cove, East Gloucester (c. 1920s). Oil on canvas, The James Collection, promised gift to the Cape Ann Museum by Janet & William Ellery James.

GLOUCESTER, MASS.- The Cape Ann Museum has announced the transformative commitment by Janet and William Ellery “Wilber” James of Palm Beach, Florida to gift their exceptional collection of Cape Ann American art - a donation that constitutes the largest single gift of works in the Cape Ann Museum’s 148-year history. This landmark donation of over 300 exemplary pieces of American art brings new genres and masterworks to the Museum’s holdings, including pivotal pieces by Winslow Homer, George Aarons, Cecilia Beaux, Stuart Davis, Adolph Gottlieb, Marsden Hartley, Eric Hudson, Anna Hyatt Huntington, Paul Manship and Jane Peterson amongst numerous others. “We are overjoyed by Janet and Wilber’s generosity and dedication to fuel the expansion of the Museum’s holdings,” said ... More

Fokus Gallery to present Hugo Simberg's photographs and art   Abstract expressionism, color field, and the natural environment sources of inspiration for Vivian Suter   'Shuvinai Ashoona: Looking Out, Looking In' being exhibited at Fort Gansevoort

Hugo Simberg: Self-Portrait, 1914. Finnish National Gallery / Ateneum Art Museum, Hallonblad collection. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Yehia Eweis.

HELSINKI.- Hugo Simberg (1873–1917) was a Finnish painter and graphic artist, but also a prolific photographer. The Fokus Gallery exhibition 'Photos and art by Hugo Simberg' shows the artist’s photographs, prints and paintings side by side. The exhibition, staged in a single gallery, celebrates Simberg, with the year 2023 marking the 150th anniversary of the artist’s birth. The camera as an artist’s aid: In the 1890s, the photographic camera became a popular aid for artists in Finland. Hugo Simberg’s photographs and his versatile way of using the camera as part of creating his art are in a class of their own. In addition to Simberg, the technique was used by Akseli Gallen-Kallela and Eero Järnefelt. Simberg documented his surroundings in photographs. In particular, he photographed the everyday life of his family at their Niemenlautta summer residence in Säkkijärvi near Viipuri (Vyborg), as well as his trips both in Finla ... More

Vivian Suter, Untitled, Undated. Mixed media on canvas, 67 x 64 1/2 inches (170.2 x 163.8 cm). Photo Courtesy of Gladstone Gallery. Copyright © 2023 Gladstone Gallery, All rights reserved.

NEW YORK, NY.- Gladstone Gallery is pleased to present Vivian Suter: Tintin, Nina & Disco, an exhibition of exclusively mixed media paintings from the artist’s decades-long career. This presentation is emblematic of Suter’s singular style of installation, in which painted canvases flood the gallery space, welcoming viewers into the artist’s cosmos. Suter’s work draws inspiration from Abstract Expressionism, Color Field, and most significantly, the natural environment. Since the 1980’s, the artist’s home and studio has been based in the lush climate of the Guatemalan lowlands. Suter’s paintings abstractly recall the natural forms and environmental stimuli that surround her through gestural references of mountain peaks, water bodies, trees, wind, and the sun. Further embracing a physical embodiment of nature within her works, eroded soil, plant matter, rainwater, and signs of animal ... More

Shuvinai Ashoona, Polar bear sketching people, 2023, Colored pencil and ink on paper, 50.25 x 97.25 inches

NEW YORK, NY.- Starting today, Fort Gansevoort is presenting Looking Out, Looking In, the first New York solo exhibition by contemporary Inuk artist Shuvinai Ashoona. Hailing from the Canadian Arctic, Ashoona lives and works in Kinngait (formerly Cape Dorset), an Inuit hamlet at the southern tip of Baffin Island in the territory of Nunavut. Born in 1961, she is the youngest generation of a dynasty of celebrated female artists - her grandmother Pitseolak Ashoona, her mother Sorosilutu Ashoona, and her cousin, the late Annie Pootoogook - from whom she learned her craft. Ashoona began drawing detailed monochromatic landscapes in 1993, eventually transitioning to a colorful compositions replete with her distinct iconography comprising fantastical elements mingled with depictions of contemporary Inuit life, historical events, and the northern landscape. Ashoona works primarily in pen, ink, and colored pencil, constantly honing her draftsmanship t ... More

'Akumulatory' by Marcin Dudek at IKOB takes viewers on journey through chapters and sites of artist's past   Italian Arte Povera artist Jannis Kounellis now on view at Cardi Gallery Milan   Cui Xinming solo exhibition 'Just Arrived in This World' at Kiang Malingue

Marcin Dudek. Image credit: Damon De Backer Kopie.

BERLIN.- In this exhibition, now opening at IKOB, Marcin Dudek shows us the spaces that have transformed him and his generation. He invites the audience to join his reckoning with a troubled history, speaking to the universal human experience of wanting to belong, of searching for environments in which we can fashion our own selves and become somebody new. In his remarkable practice, we come to recognize the failure of supposedly contained entities that are meant to protect us: human bodies, institutions, nation–states. Dudek peels open the envelope of mass society and what emerges are not the clean, abstract lines of consumerism but waste, plastic, and toxins. Marcin Dudek (b. 1979, Kraków, PL) weaves together autobiographical memories of his youth as part of the Polish generation that came of age after the dissolution of the Eastern bloc with a critique of society’s dependence on spectacle, power, and aggression. Working across ... More

Jannis Kounellis, one of the most prominent voices of Italian Arte Povera.

MILAN.- Cardi Gallery has welcomed in its Milan premises an official solo exhibition of works by Jannis Kounellis, one of the most prominent voices of Italian Arte Povera. A central figure of international contemporary art, Kounellis’ oeuvre has been a critical reference point for generations of artists and is found in the permanent collections of major art museums worldwide. The exhibition brings together a series of seven wall-mounted iron panels the artist made in 1991, each dotted with coal elements arranged along regular horizontal lines, almost suggesting an archaic visual alphabet. The works, displayed on the gallery's ground floor in an austere yet impressive setting, exemplify the monumental nature of Kounellis' wall reliefs, perfectly capturing his fascination with raw, everyday media that fuelled his practice beginning in the 1960s. Since its earliest iterations in the late 1960s, Kounellis' work has ... More

Cui Xinming, Genre Painting Study (Treasure Seeking), 2019. Oil on board, 29.8 x 24.9 cm.

HONG KONG.- Kiang Malingue is presenting on the twelfth floor of its Tin Wan studio space “Just Arrived in This World”, an exhibition of new paintings by Cui Xinming. The painter's fourth solo exhibition with the gallery features more than a dozen oil paintings on wood board and canvas, expanding themes and series developed in the exhibition “Differentiation” in 2018. The artist's sincere yet surreal depictions of everyday scenes with absurd elements respond to the profound impact on life by recent global and local crises. Cui Xinming's early painting practice revolved around theatrical narratives by highlighting the contrast between thematic, fiery elements in crimson or faded red and glooming backgrounds that were frigid and sombre. Long-term series such as Black Hole of Memories from 2011 and Sleepwalker from 2013 are exemplary of the artist's intent to reflect psychological tension by building highly detailed archit ... More

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A arte Invernizzi gallery welcomes opening of 'Orizzontaleverticale' by Nelio Sonego
MILAN.- Today at 6 p.m., the A arte Invernizzi gallery opens a solo exhibition of works by Nelio Sonego. The show retraces his artistic research in the “Orizzontaleverticale” series. Sonego’s first works with this title, which translates as “Horizontalvertical”, appeared in 2003 and were the start of a creative cycle that is still evolving today, the latest of which can be seen in this exhibition. The ultimate origin of this series, however, dates back to the early days of his career. This was in the 1980s, when works in pastel appeared with rectangular modules multiplied in a cumulative process. It was here that the open rectangle made its initial appearance. It already displayed the interweaving lines that Sonego returned to in 2003, after two decades of work to distil the artistic form into its most elemental essence. The exhibition starts with ... More

Treasures from the Adolphe & Stocklet Collectons will be auctioned in October at Bonhams
BRUSSELS.- Bonhams Cornette de Saint Cyr announces the auction of treasures from the Adolphe and Philippe R. Stoclet’s collections on Monday 23 October 2023 in Brussels. The Palais Stoclet is considered a pearl of Viennese Art Nouveau in Brussels. A work of art in itself, it was built in Brussels by architect Josef Hoffmann, and embodies the peak of the Vienna Secession, an art movement founded by Gustav Klimt. Designed in 1905, it was completed in 1911 for the Stoclet family, who then occupied it as their private residence. Adolphe Stoclet, Société Générale’s director, rail and coal magnate, art lover and patron, turned to Vienna when he decided to build his own private mansion and commissioned the architect Josef Hoffmann, the main driving force behind the Wiener Werkstätte. The mansion was located on Avenue de Tervueren, ... More

Story of Alexander McQueen's Taxi Driver collection told in Design Museum exhibition
LONDON.- Lee Alexander McQueen’s first fashion collection was lost soon after being debuted in London in 1993. Now thirty years later, the Design Museum reveals this iconic story — and its enduring legacy — as part of a landmark fashion exhibition opening to the public on Saturday. REBEL: 30 Years of London Fashion features nearly 100 innovative fashion looks from ground-breaking debut and early collections from the NEWGEN alumni. Many of these creations have entered pop-culture history — and launched global design careers. Lee McQueen’s first collection was titled Taxi Driver in reference to the famous 1976 Martin Scorsese film. Lee created it while living in a council house in Tooting Bec, South London with his friend and collaborator, the print designer Simon Ungless. It was unveiled to buyers and reporters ... More

The notion of the individual within a collective experience explored by Gerasimos Floratos at Mitchell-Innes & Nash
NEW YORK, NY.- Mitchell-Innes & Nash is currently showing X-ing, an exhibition of new work by Gerasimos Floratos (b. 1986, New York) that explores the notion of the individual within a collective experience. On view since September 7 through October 21, 2023, X-ing features approximately 10 new paintings in Floratos’s expansive gestural style, which draws inspiration from diverse subjects ranging from the act of drawing, psychogeography, the phenomenon of synesthesia and art history. A lifelong New Yorker, living and working in Times Square, Floratos uses vignettes from his daily life to engage with the enduring questions of painting: the interplay between representation and abstraction, and the dynamic relationship ... More

'Sacred and Profane Geometries' by Ai Weiwei and Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian at Haines Gallery
SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- Haines Gallery is hosting Sacred and Profane Geometries, two solo exhibitions by artists Ai Weiwei and Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian. The opening reception for Sacred and Profane Geometries will take place on Wednesday, September 20 from 5pm to 8pm, in tandem with Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture’s fall Art Walk. Shaped by experiences of diaspora and exile and informed by exposure to New York’s art scene early in their creative development, both Ai and Monir are well-known for fusing the traditional methods and materials of their native countries— China and Iran, respectively—with the impulses of abstraction and conceptual art. Marking the first time the works of these important artists have been placed in dialogue, these tandem exhibitions bring together cultural references specific ... More

"Fire in the City: Artists in the Blitz" pop-up exhibition in Sir Christopher Wren's Square Mile Churches
LONDON.- The children’s rhyme ‘London’s Burning’ may be associated with the Great Fire of 1666 but the calls to ‘fetch the engine’ and ‘pour on water’ would certainly have had a particular resonance with people during and after the Blitz of World War Two. In 1940-41, fire again raged throughout the Capital, with 13 of Sir Christopher Wren’s churches destroyed and the night of 29 December 1940 becoming known as the ‘Second Great Fire of London’. As part of Wren 300, which marks the 300th anniversary of the death of Sir Christopher Wren (1632-1723), the London Fire Brigade Museum, in association with the Square Mile Churches, has created Fire in the City: Artists in the Blitz, a series of pop-up displays featuring high-quality reproductions of paintings by firefighter artists, along with contemporary photographs from the London ... More

Jann Wenner removed from Rock Hall board after interview
NEW YORK, NY.- Jann Wenner, co-founder of Rolling Stone magazine, has been removed from the board of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, which he helped found, one day after an interview with him was published in The New York Times in which he made comments that were widely criticized as sexist and racist. The foundation — which inducts artists into the hall of fame and was the organization behind the creation of its affiliated museum in Cleveland — made the announcement in a brief statement released Saturday. “Jann Wenner has been removed from the board of directors of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation,” the statement said. Joel Peresman, president and CEO of the foundation, declined to comment further when reached by phone. But the dismissal of Wenner comes after an interview with the Times, published Friday ... More

A theater troupe that's also a support network for exiles
WARSAW.- When the two founders of the renowned Belarus Free Theater claimed political asylum in Britain in 2011, they found themselves homeless, with few possessions and facing a bureaucratic labyrinth before they could work. It was only with help from British theater makers that the pair found places to stay and were able to restart their company from exile, using Skype to conduct rehearsals with actors in Minsk, Belarus’ capital. Twelve years later, the company’s founders, Natalia Kaliada and Nicolai Khalezin, are using that experience to help other artists fleeing political repression. Belarus — an East European country of about 9 million people that borders Russia and Ukraine — has been ruled since 1994 by President Alexander Lukashenko, a dictator and ally to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Belarus Free Theater’s ... More

Monique Meloche Gallery presents 'Sanford Biggers: Back to the Stars'
CHICAGO, IL.- Monique Meloche Gallery opened yesterday Sanford Biggers: Back to the Stars, the artist’s fourth solo presentation with the gallery. The exhibition showcases new artworks from his ever-evolving Chimera and Codex series, which juxtaposes figurative marble sculptures and quilt compositions. Biggers' practice brings aesthetic, poetic, and social insights to the intertwining stories embedded in material culture. His creative processes recognize and conflate syncretic impulses between aesthetic expressions from seemingly disparate societies and histories, transforming them into rigorously formal and conceptual artworks. Biggers’ Chimera sculptures combine various African and European masks, busts, and figures that explore historical depictions of the body and their subsequent myths, narratives, archetypes, ... More

The Garment District Alliance partners with The Milliners Guild to present 'The Rose of Versailles'
NEW YORK, NY.- The Garment District Alliance announced the latest in its ongoing series of public art exhibits, showcasing The Rose of Versailles, a collection of fanciful hats and headpieces in partnership with the Milliners Guild in celebration of New York Textile Month. Located in a street-level window at 215 West 38th Street, the exhibit is free and accessible to the public through October 12th. The installation is part of the Garment District Space for Public Art program, which showcases artists in unusual locations and over 18 years has produced more than 200 installations, exhibits and performances. “We are proud to partner with the Milliners Guild to showcase these well-crafted, whimsical accessories, which reflect the Garment District’s storied history and deep connection to the fashion industry,” said Barbara A. Blair, ... More

When Women Ruled China: Empress Cixi's Power in Porcelain

On a day like today, Danish painter Michael Peter Ancher died
September 19, 1927. Michael Peter Ancher (9 June 1849 - 19 September 1927) was a Danish impressionist artist. He is most associated with his paintings of fishermen and other scenes from the Danish port of Skagen. His paintings are classics and he is probably one of Denmark's most popular artists. In this image: A Christening, Michael Ancher (1888).

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