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Lucy Lacoste Gallery opens an exhibition of contemporary Asian American ceramics

Though separated by several decades of age, these two artists share the angst of being perceived as culturally different from most Americans, an effect amplified by their being of Chinese heritage at a time when China is in the news, not always positively.

CONCORD, MASS.- Lucy Lacoste Gallery is presenting Beth Lo and Jennifer Datchuk: In the Year of Uncertainty, March 20 to April 20, 2021 in Concord MA. Both artists use the lens of their cultural identity as first-generation daughters of Chinese parents magnified by this year of pandemic and political unrest. Though separated by several decades of age, these two artists share the angst of being perceived as culturally different from most Americans, an effect amplified by their being of Chinese heritage at a time when China is in the news, not always positively. Beth Lo, (b 1949, Lafayette, Indiana), is known for her figurative ceramic sculpture and pottery in which she blends her identity as first-generation Chinese (both parents born in China) with her experience of living in the US. Her work is centered around her interest in cultural diversity and the dual nature of her American Chinese heritage which she depicts with irony. Family is cen ... More

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Sotheby's unveils new details about NFT sale 'The Fungible' Collection by Pak   Suspect arrested over thefts of Van Gogh, Hals paintings   Christie's to offer Pablo Picasso's Femme assise près d'une fenêtre (Marie-Thérèse)

Fungible Open Edition, Single Cube. Courtesy Sotheby’s.

NEW YORK, NY.- Sotheby’s embarks on its debut NFT partnership with Pak, one of the foremost digital creators, to bring their novel works to collectors through a unique sale that will explore the possibilities of crypto technology through the lens of art. ‘The Fungible’ Collection by Pak will be released over a three day period taking place 12 – 14 April, in collaboration with Sotheby’s and exclusively on Nifty Gateway. Pak is an enigmatic creator at the forefront of digital art and crypto media. An anonymous designer, Pak has been active in the world of digital art for over two decades, leveraging evolving technology to create boundary-pushing artwork. Pak is the creator of Archillect, an AI built to discover and share stimulating visual media. In December of 2020, Pak became the first NFT artist to earn $1 million for their work. In the burgeoning NFT space, Pak has established themselves as a leader ... More

Vincent van Gogh’s “The Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring” (1884). Via Groninger Museum via The New York Times.

by Danny Kemp

THE HAGUE (AFP).- Dutch police arrested a 58-year-old man Tuesday on suspicion of stealing two paintings by Vincent van Gogh and Frans Hals from museums in the Netherlands last year. The man was held at his home in the central town of Baarn over the thefts of Van Gogh's "Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring" and Hals's "Two Laughing Boys". But police said they have not yet found either of the paintings -- the Van Gogh is valued at up to six million euros ($6.6 million). "For months, intensive investigations into the robbery of both paintings were conducted under the leadership of the public prosecution service," the Dutch police statement said. "This has led to the arrest of a 58-year-old suspect from Baarn. He was arrested at his home this morning. The man is suspected of stealing ... More

Pablo Picasso, Femme assise près d'une fenêtre (Marie-Thérèse), oil on canvas, 57 ½ x 44 ⅞ in. (146 x 114 cm.) Painted in Boisgeloup on 30 October 1932. © Christie's Images Ltd 2021.

NEW YORK, NY.- On 11 May, Christie’s newly introduced 20th Century Evening Sale in New York will be highlighted by Pablo Picasso’s Femme assise près d'une fenêtre (Marie-Thérèse), 30 October 1932 (estimate in the region of $55 million). One of the extraordinary series of iconic portraits that Picasso painted of his golden-haired muse during this landmark year, this monumental work is among the most stately and impressive depictions of Marie-Thérèse that the artist painted. Vanessa Fusco, Co-Head of the 20th Century Evening Sale, remarked: “From the defining series that introduced Marie-Thérèse to the public eye, Femme assise près d'une fenêtre (Marie-Thérèse) was painted during a seminal year in which Picasso crafted a new pictorial language to depict his muse and lover. This striking, monumental portrait was last seen ... More

Heritage Auctions to offer the entire estate of rock legend Trini Lopez   Vancouver Art Gallery announces two major gifts   Christie's Books, Manuscripts, Photographs: From the Middle Ages to the Moon - Online, 14 to 28 April

Trini Lopez Personally Owned and Played Deluxe Model Gibson Electric Guitar.

DALLAS, TX.- Trini Lopez first appeared in the pages of his hometown newspaper on Feb. 13, 1953, his name listed among those scheduled to perform during the fourth anniversary celebration for the Spanish Club of Dallas. At the time, Trinidad Lopez III was 15 years old, a student about to drop out of Crozier Technical High School. He was not yet a protégéeof Buddy Holly and Frank Sinatra's, a topper of pop charts, a friend of the Beatles or Elvis Presley, a performer on The Ed Sullivan Show, a guest on What's My Line?, a cover boy for Time, a member of The Dirty Dozen, a pen pal with presidents and friends with other pop-culture immortals. In time, his stardom afforded him a home in Palm Springs, Calif., where he lived for decades and filled the sunbaked space with a lifetime of memories — all of which, including the guitars he designed for Gibson and his annotated The Dirty Dozen script and the famous photo taken with the Beatles and his awards and his extraordinary collections of corresponden ... More

Gordon Smith, Untitled, 1996 (detail). Acrylic on canvas, Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver Art Gallery Acquisition Fund.

VANCOUVER.- The Vancouver Art Gallery received a bequest of $1 million from artist Gordon Smith, together with a generous matching donation of an additional $1 million from Stephen and Gail Jarislowsky and The Jarislowsky Foundation. With this new endowment fund, the Vancouver Art Gallery announced the creation of a new curatorial position: Curator of Canadian Art. The Gallery believes this to be an unprecedented bequest from an individual artist to a Canadian art museum. The late Gordon Appelbe Smith (1919-2020) was a generous, long-time supporter of the Vancouver Art Gallery. Smith gave his time and his art prodigiously, donating works to the Gallery's permanent collection and for many fundraising events. He believed passionately in the Vancouver Art Gallery's educational role to expand people's creative horizons. Although an immigrant himself, he was proud to have been known as a Canadian artist, representing the region ... More

A jewelled binding set with garnets and turquoise on a manuscript on vellum, written, illuminated and bound by Francis Sangorski and George Sutcliffe, Estimate £10,000-15,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2021.

LONDON.- From 14 to 28 April, Christie’s presents Books, Manuscripts, Photographs: From the Middle Ages to the Moon, a wide-ranging online auction encompassing works from the 12th to the 21st century. This sale features a diversity of categories including medieval manuscripts, autograph letters, incunabula and early printing, travel and cartography, fine bindings, important scientific books and manuscripts, and NASA photographs. The auction also includes charming original artworks by Sir Quentin Blake, which will be sold to benefit Comic Relief. A selection of important medical works will be presented including a first edition, journal issue, containing the first announcement of Ignaz Semmelweis’s epoch-making treatise on the importance of hand-washing in medical practice (estimate: £12,000-18,000). In 1847, Semmelweis, a house officer of the First Obstetrical ... More

Final curtain for Italian film censorship   MoMA appoints Leah Dickerman as Director of Research Programs   A pandemic opportunity: Geffen Hall's overhaul accelerates

In this file photo taken on March 05, 1972, US actor Marlon Brando is directed by Italian writer-director Bernardo Bertolucci (R) during the filming of "Last Tango in Paris" in Paris. AFP.

by Kelly Velasquez

ROME (AFP).- Born in 1914 at the dawn of cinema, Italy's censorship law felled some giants of the silver screen including "Last Tango in Paris" -- but now faces its own curtain call. "Film censorship has been abolished," announced Culture Minister Dario Franceschini in a statement late Monday. "And the system of controls and interventions that still allow the state to intervene in the freedom of artists has been definitively ended." As a result, it will now no longer be possible to block the release of a new film or demand edits on moral or religious reasons. Instead, filmmakers will classify their own movies based on the age of the audience. Their decisions will be verified by a new commission made up of 49 members chosen from the film industry, but also experts in education and animal rights."It's a form of self-regulation. We are mature ... More

Ms. Dickerman is well-known to MoMA audiences as a respected writer, editor, scholar, and organizer of many acclaimed exhibitions.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Museum of Modern Art announced the appointment of Leah Dickerman as the first Director of Research Programs. In this new position, Ms. Dickerman will create an integrated strategy to reimagine MoMA’s Studies in Modern Art publication series as a platform for new thinking and research about modern and contemporary art generated by the Museum’s programs, curators, fellows and other researchers engaged with the collection. She will continue to oversee the Mellon-Marron Research Consortium (MRC) partnership between MoMA and five regional graduate art history programs—Columbia University; The Graduate Center, City University of New York; the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University; Princeton University; and Yale University—supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and by Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron, a program she initiated and has directed since 2013. Along with the MRC, she will be charged with creating ... More

Renovations take place at David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center in New York, April 3, 2021. Vincent Tullo/The New York Times.

by Zachary Woolfe

NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- The coronavirus pandemic has dealt a devastating blow to performing arts institutions nationwide, closing their theaters and robbing them of ticket revenue. But for the New York Philharmonic and Lincoln Center, it has also offered a silver lining: the opportunity to accelerate the long-delayed renovation of David Geffen Hall. With concerts in the hall canceled since March 2020, construction began in earnest over the past few months. Work is expected to continue for the next 1 1/2 years, with a reopening planned for fall 2022, the orchestra and center announced Monday. That is 1 1/2 years ahead of schedule, although it comes with the trade-off that the Philharmonic will not be at Geffen for the wave of triumphant cultural homecomings expected around the country this fall, assuming the pandemic ebbs. The orchestra will spend much of its coming season at Lincoln ... More

How Weeksville, a center of Black history, fought to survive   Christie's Paris announces Impressionist & Modern Art & Works on Paper sale   Getty and City of Los Angeles launch African American Historic Places Project

Raymond Codrington, the chief executive officer of Weeksville Heritage Center, outside the center in Brooklyn, March 31, 2021. Simbarashe Cha/The New York Times.

by Julia Jacobs

NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- Two years ago, Weeksville Heritage Center in Brooklyn, which is dedicated to preserving the remnants of a thriving village established by Black New Yorkers in the years after the state abolished slavery in 1827, was at risk of disappearing. Facing a severe budget shortfall, the center was able to raise more than $350,000 through a crowdfunding campaign, but local politicians knew that a temporary influx of cash wouldn’t save it in the long term. So they turned to the city. Through their efforts, Weeksville recently became the first organization in a generation to be added to the city’s Cultural Institutions Group — a collection of nearly three dozen cultural organizations, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lincoln Center and Carnegie ... More

Odilon Redion, Géraniums et fleurs des champs, 1905. 44 x 36 cm. Estimate: €120,000 - 180,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2021.

PARIS.- The highly anticipated event next month in Christie's Paris Impressionist & Modern Art department is the upcoming sale to be held on Wednesday 14 April 2021. Comprising around 170 lots, the sale will begin with a section of Modern Works on Paper, which will be immediately followed by a section dedicated to Impressionist and Modern paintings and sculptures. Prices range from €700 to €500,000 and the overall low estimate is close to €8.5m. The sale will be led by a rare watercolour by Robert Delaunay, Manège de cochons, embodying the Orphism advocated by the latter, and will bring together the major figures of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Three prestigious private collections are at the heart of the two sections of this sale, each highlighting a refined and singular taste for Impressionist and Modern art. Antoine Lebouteiller, Director of the Impressionist and Modern Art department, and ... More

St. Elmo Village, est. 1969, Mid-City. Photo: Elizabeth Daniels, © J. Paul Getty Trust. St. Elmo Village, an artists’ enclave occupying a compound of ten small Craftsman bungalows in a colorful garden setting, was founded in 1969 by artists Roderick and Rozell Sykes as a place where children and adults could explore their creativity.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Getty and the City of Los Angeles announced today the Los Angeles African American Historic Places Project, an ambitious project to identify, protect and celebrate African American heritage within the city. Historic preservation can be a powerful force in addressing social justice by empowering local communities to effect positive change. Despite comprehensive efforts over the years to record Los Angeles’ historic places, the city’s historic designation programs do not yet reflect the depth and breadth of African American history. Just over three percent of the city’s 1,200 designated local landmarks are linked to African American heritage. Over the next three years, the project will work with local communities ... More

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Thames & Hudson to publish 'The Flowering The Autobiography of Judy Chicago'
NEW YORK, NY.- In this provocative and resonant autobiography, celebrated artist and activist Judy Chicago reflects on her extraordinary life and career, sharing her vision for making art that matters. Judy Chicago is America’s most dynamic living artist. Her works across a dizzying array of media range from performance and installation—including the monumental, multi media table laid for thirty-nine iconic women in The Dinner Party (permanently housed in the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at Brooklyn Museum)— to fiber arts in the groundbreaking Birth Project, painting and stained-glass work in the meticulously researched Holocaust Project, porcelain, glass, and bronze in the contemplative The End, and her latest genre-defying pyrotechnic Smoke SculpturesTM captured on an app. Chicago is also an author, teacher, feminist, ... More

Nye & Company Auctioneers announces a two-day, online-only Chic and Antique Estate Treasures auction
BLOOMFIELD, NJ.- Nye & Company Auctioneers’ two-day, online Chic and Antique Estate Treasures auction, April 21st and 22nd, caters to its international audience, be they interested in contemporary design or more traditional collecting categories. Included is a large selection of modern furniture, rugs and lighting from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Long Island, while simultaneously bringing a strong selection of noted, blue chip artists’ names to market. Start times both days are 10 am Eastern time. Of the roughly 600 lots, included will be Part II of the refined collection of Cornelia and Simon Michael Bessie of Lyme, Conn. Both are well-known and respected in the literary publishing world. Mr. Bessie was one of the co-founders of Atheneum Books (N.Y.) in 1959. A year later, Cornelia joined the firm in an editorial capacity. Cornelia ... More

Sabrina Amrani opens 'Superposición' by Paloma Polo
MADRID.- Sabrina Amrani is presenting Superposición, Paloma Polo‘s first exhibition at the gallery. Reality and fiction become analogous spheres whenever one casts a critical eye over history —and even science. They operate as parallel dimensions of a symbolic constellation that affects the production of knowledge grounded on specific sociopolitical contexts. Thoroughly invested in an endeavor of both speculation and historic rigueur, the present exhibition is the result of an “unequal accumulation of time” (Milton Santos). Overlapping layers of history and nature, scientific matter and symbolic culture, a variety of data sedimented on glass, photography, paper and celluloid contest and critically inquire into the all-so-many worlds that separate humankind from nature, nature from culture, and reality from fiction, thus setting aside diverse cultures ... More

Nigeria's 'social satirist' fights injustice with art
LAGOS (AFP).- When in 2019 Nigerian painter Julius Agbaje depicted President Muhammadu Buhari as the Joker, he never imagined that a year later his portrait would become a symbol of youth protest. His image, "Joke's on You," showing Buhari with a red nose, white makeup and a terrifying smile, was the emblem of demonstrations against police brutality that rocked the country last October. "At first it was a joke, just a provocation," the 28-year-old artist said in his tiny studio in a rundown district of Lagos. "Months after, this piece went viral, and resonated with a lot of youth." Even before the Joker image, Agbaje had already earned a place on Nigeria's vibrant cultural scene. He is also one of its most committed artists. "I always dare to challenge things, especially wherever there is injustice. I love to be provocative, and art gives me a channel ... More

Katie Stout debuts new "Lady Lamp" sculptures at Venus Over Manhattan
NEW YORK, NY.- Venus Over Manhattan is presenting Verdant Malformations, an exhibition of new works by Katie Stout. Throughout her career, Stout has continually redrawn conventional boundaries between art and design, using function as the starting point for exquisitely crafted sculptural works. For her first exhibition at Venus Over Manhattan, Stout has developed a new group of her iconic “Lady Lamps.” In this new iteration, these intricately sculpted works are rendered in glass, ceramic, and bronze, elements introduced into the series for the first time. Stout’s sculptures, referencing the excessive detail of Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s still-life portraits and the dystopian visions of Hieronymus Bosch, evoke states of material decay, and regeneration. Her over-ripe, perishing natural forms serve as memento mori, but also as a reminders of life’s ... More

Partrick, Simpson Collections highlight CSNS event at Heritage Auctions April 22-25
DALLAS, TX.- More than 2,500 lots from 14 single-owner collections and from clients around the world highlight Heritage Auctions' U.S. Coins Signature Auction, April 22-25 on The event represents the official auctions scheduled during the Central States Numismatic Society (CSNS) annual convention, which was cancelled. Public lot viewing will be available by appointment only and the firm is also offering its virtual lot consultation to bidders, following its popularity among clients. A trio of high-value, high-energy Platinum Night auctions headline the event. The auctions present an important selection of early American coins, one of which has never before offered at auction: one of the four existing 1792 Judd-13 Eagle-on-Globe quarter dollar patterns, in white metal, Pollock-15, High R.7, AU58, NGC, from the New-York ... More

'Blindness' Review: Listening to the Sound of Theater Again
NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- As I sat down in the dark of the Daryl Roth Theatre in my oversized high school sweatpants, Slytherin T-shirt and mercilessly beaten down pair of Chuck Taylors, one arm freshly numb from a Pfizer shot and an N95 mask desperately clinging to me like a facehugger, I had a single thought: This is not how I imagined my grand return to theater. No matter what, I knew that after this pandemic year, the experience of watching an indoor show would be one of a kind. And when this show began, it was — in that sense and in many others. “Blindness,” adapted by Simon Stephens from José Saramago’s acclaimed novel, is a beautifully executed immersive audio play. While it inevitably falls short of the novel’s depth, the show, which premiered in London at the Donmar Warehouse, is a stimulating ... More

Israel Museum, Jerusalem appoints Chief Curators of Fine Arts and Jewish Arts & Life
JERUSALEM.- The Israel Museum, Jerusalem has announced the appointment of Tamar Manor-Friedman, a prominent scholar in the fields of modern art, Israeli art, and Jewish history, to Chief Curator of the Fine Arts Wing and the promotion of Dr. Rachel Sarfati, the current Senior Curator in the Wing for Jewish Art and Life, to Chief Curator of the Wing for Jewish Art and Life. Sarfati replaces Daisy Raccah-Djivre, who is retiring after 40 years of service at the Museum, and Manor-Friedman replaces Dr. Silvia Rozenberg, who acted as Chief Curator of Fine Arts in the past year. They will both assume their roles on May 1, 2021. “We are thrilled to welcome Tami to spearhead the excellent curatorial team of the Museum’s Fine Arts wing. Her rich curatorial experience, allied with her deep knowledge of the Museum and its professional staff, will ... More

National Portrait Gallery announces new Director of Curatorial Affairs
WASHINGTON, DC.- The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery has announced Rhea L. Combs as its new director of curatorial affairs, effective May 10. Combs comes to the Portrait Gallery from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, where she has served as curator of film and photography and head of the museum’s Earl W. and Amanda Stafford Center for African American Media Arts. At the Portrait Gallery, Combs will work with the museum’s Curatorial, History, Conservation and Audience Engagement departments to draw connections between portraiture, biography and identity. “We are delighted to welcome Rhea Combs to the National Portrait Gallery as the museum’s new director of curatorial affairs,” said Kim Sajet, director of the National Portrait Gallery. “Her impressive career has focused on the potential ... More

Exhibition of new ceramic sculptures by artist Ahrong Kim on view at Kristen Lorello
NEW YORK, NY.- The gallery is presenting a solo exhibition of new ceramic sculptures by Brooklyn-based artist Ahrong Kim. This is Kim’s first exhibition at the gallery. It includes pedestal-based sculptures and an accompanying wall installation made of multiple parts. Kim's works explore the expressive female through a style that embraces maximalism and various technical approaches to the craft of ceramics. In each sculpture, portions of the female head and body combine with other representational elements to create the suggestion of a loose narrative or overall feeling. Various juxtapositions of body and object relate surreal scenes. In Bittersweet, 2020 the upper part of a woman's face sits between a gilded stand and a billowing cloud-like form into which various types of drug store candy and a pair of upturned legs enter. Amorphous forms and porcelain ... More

Mitchell Fine Art exhibits works by a dynamic artistic sister trio
BRISBANE.- Soft pastel hues and multiple layers of colourings form the common thread in an Aboriginal art exhibition by a dynamic artistic sister trio showing at Mitchell Fine Art in Fortitude Valley. Utopia is the traditional land of the Alyawarre and Anmatyerre Aboriginal people, located 230kms north east of Alice Springs in Central Australia. This region has been and still is home to some of Australia’s most distinguished female artistic talents. Such is the case with the Ngale sisters – Polly, Kathleen and Angelina. Living and creating in the remote landscape of Australia’s central desert, their paintings share knowledge as they portray depictions of country and important flora and fauna. Each of the paintings evoke a sense of country, its importance, and the artists intimate knowledge of the natural and cultural elements of traditional Aboriginal ... More

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On a day like today, Italian-French painter Gino Severini was born
April 07, 1883. Gino Severini (7 April 1883 - 26 February 1966) was an Italian painter and a leading member of the Futurist movement. For much of his life he divided his time between Paris and Rome. He was associated with neo-classicism and the "return to order" in the decade after the First World War. In this image: A visitor looks at paintings, 'Femme a la Mandoline' (L) and 'Les joueurs de Cartes' (R) by Italian futurist and neo-classic artist Gino Severini,1883-1966, at the Orangerie Museum in Paris.

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