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Museums rename artworks and artists as Ukrainian, not Russian

“Red Sunset” (circa 1905-08) by Arkhyp Kuindzhi (Arkhip Ivanovich Kuindzhi) at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan on Thursday, March 16, 2023. The revised wall text reflects the complexity of the artist’s roots: his Ukrainian name now appears first, followed by his Russian name. (Jeenah Moon/The New York Times)

by Robin Pogrebin

NEW YORK, NY.- The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York changed the name of one of its Edgar Degas pastels Friday from “Russian Dancers” to “Dancers in Ukrainian Dress,” the second Degas it has reclassified since Russia invaded Ukraine. The National Gallery in London renamed one of its Degas pastels “Ukrainian Dancers” from “Russian Dancers” last year. And the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles updated an old item on its website to note that Degas’ dancers were Ukrainian, not Russian. The adjustments reflect a movement that is currently underway at museums all over the world, spurred by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Many are re-examining — and, in a growing number of cases, relabeling — artworks and artists from the former Russian Empire and the former Soviet Union to better reflect their Ukrainian origins. “Scholarly thinking is evolving quickly,” Max Hollein, the Met’s director, said in a statement, “because of the i ... More

The Best Photos of the Day

A noted photographer's personal collection to be offered at Heritage Auctions   Arthur Simms and the skin of disparate objects   These painters regret their dealings with scam artists

Harvey Edwards (American, 1946), Leg Warmers, 1978. Oversized dye bleach print, printed 1981, 36 x 29 inches. Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000.

DALLAS, TX.- When a successful artist collects other artists’ work, it pays to pay attention to what he collects. In the case of Dr. Paul Greenberg, a photographer whose work is in the permanent collections of some of the most renowned institutions that collect photography – including the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin – we have a bona fide artist gathering about him the work of the most iconic photographers of the last century, including Lee Friedlander, Berenice Abbott, Robert Frank, Henri Cartier-Bresson and more. Think of the phenomenon – artists collecting artists – as a confident insider endorsement of the inarguable talent and legacy of those who came before, a desire to honor the trailblazing instincts of one’s progenitors. Greenberg loved Friedlander’s work because game recognizes ... More

Arthur Simms at his studio in Staten Island, March 6, 2023. (George Etheredge/The New York Times)

by Yinka Elujoba

NEW YORK, NY.- When Arthur Simms was barely 4, in 1965, his mother left their home in Kingston, Jamaica, for the United States to support her family as an au pair. Arthur, his father and his three sisters trod on in Kingston until they could join her in New York a few years later. The in-between years of his childhood in the Caribbean were like a dream that Simms remembers fondly because they set the stage for what was to come. He was learning from Kingston’s artisans who, rather than buy carts to use in the market, fashioned ones from wheels and boxes. Simms began to make little objects out of found materials — wood, plastic, rope, metal — that he used as toys. “Jamaica might not be a wealthy country,” the artist, 61, said during a recent interview at his studio on Staten Island, where he lives and works. “But the people, man, they’ve got soul. They made things with their hands.” Now, ... More

The artist Zachary Ginsberg at 345 Gallery in Manhattan on Feb. 22, 2023. (Lila Barth/The New York Times)

by Zachary Small

NEW YORK, NY.- Many young artists survive their early careers with commissions from friends and family. Zachary Ginsberg was no different, participating in local fairs and selling his portraits to relatives for a couple of hundred dollars. Then his biggest score appeared out of nowhere. A stranger emailed through the painter’s website to inquire about a $3,400 purchase. It seemed too good to be true — and it was. What happened next followed a pattern seen in nearly a dozen attempts at defrauding artists of their paintings and money that were reviewed by The New York Times. In each case, young artists were offered an attractive price for artworks by “collectors” who sent them checks to cover the price of the work and the cost of shipping it. Each of them was then asked to forward the shipping fee by money order to a person who was ... More

David Zwirner presents a major installation by Austrian artist Franz West   National Gallery of Art acquires two images by Julie Blackmon   Gallery EXIT opens Korean artist Jeong Yun Kyung's solo exhibition 'Stone Planet'

Installation view, Franz West: Echolalia, David Zwirner, New York, March 9—April 15, 2023. Courtesy of David Zwirner.

NEW YORK, NY.- David Zwirner is presenting Echolalia, a major installation by Austrian artist Franz West from 2010, on view at the gallery’s 533 West 19th Street location in New York. The installation brings together several strands of inquiry that run throughout West’s decades-long career, integrating the viewer within an immersive, total environment. Not exhibited publicly in more than ten years, Echolalia represents the apotheosis of West’s commitment to sculpture as social space. Emerging in Vienna in the early 1970s, West developed a unique aesthetic that engaged equally high and low reference points and often privileged social interaction as an intrinsic component of his work. By playfully manipulating everyday materials and imagery through novel means, he created objects that served to redefine art as a social experience, calling attention to the ways ... More

Julie Blackmon, Flatboat, 2022. Inkjet print. Image: 101.6 x 124.46 cm (40 x 49 in.), sheet: 111.76 x 135.89 cm (44 x 53 1/2 in.) National Gallery of Art, Washington. Gift of Bill Haw, Jr. 2022.147.1

WASHINGTON, DC.- Julie Blackmon (b. 1966) explores domestic life and family dynamics in her richly detailed, orchestrated photographs. The National Gallery of Art has acquired two images by Blackmon, both from 2022: Flatboat, a gift from Bill Haw, Jr., and Paddleboard, a gift from the artist. The oldest of nine children and mother to three, Blackmon draws on art historical and popular culture motifs and combines them with her personal experience as part of a large family. Inspired by the photographs of Helen Levitt, Diane Arbus, and Sally Mann, whose works she first encountered in college, Blackmon began to picture the small pleasures, disappointments, and fleeting joys of childhood. Her subject is her sprawling family, including her many nieces and nephews, as well as friends and neighbors, who have become her “troupe ... More

JEONG Yun Kyung, Stone Planet, Installation.

HONG KONG.- Gallery EXIT is presenting Korean artist Jeong Yun Kyung’s solo exhibition ‘Stone Planet’, on show between 18 March and 22 April, 2023. Always personal and sensational, Jeong’s works, as a response to her immediate surroundings, embody her own intimate emotions and experiences. Rendered in a combination of bold colours, lines, and gestures, her paintings summon up the experience of witnessing or expecting the passing through of a meteoroid over a serene landscape before one’s eyes. With this latest series of paintings, the artist aims to capture the fleeting moment, a flash of time that one experiences, and express the sensations and memories evoked by such decisive moments. This new series is Jeong’s devoted and continued exploration of the visual language of abstract painting. Having studied and been inspired by traditional Eastern abstract painting, she is interested in the reinterpretation of thi ... More

Christie's Modern British and Irish Art Evening sale is live for browsing March 21   Harvard Art Museums present exhibition 'From the Andes to the Caribbean: American Art from the Spanish Empire'   Heather Gaudio Fine Art is now presenting exhibition by Mio Yamato

Henry Moore, Mother and Child with Apple (1956, estimate: £3,300,000-5,000,000). © Christie's Images Ltd 2023.

LONDON.- Nicholas Orchard, Head of Modern British and Irish Art, Christie’s: “The selection of works included in the Modern British and Irish Art Evening Sale represent the pioneering movements that shaped the 20th century across the UK and Ireland. One of the most dynamic periods of creativity, the sale includes the most comprehensive group of Vorticist works to appear on the market to date. Henry Moore’s Mother and Child with Apple will lead the auction and is featured alongside Barbara Hepworth’s exquisite sculpture Pierced Form (Toledo). A pioneer of the St Ives movement, Hepworth’s works are offered alongside examples of the movements ground-breaking painters. As the lead auction house for L.S. Lowry, Christie’s is delighted to offer a group of five works by the artist as a focal point.” - As Henry Moore often acknowledged, the archetypal subject of the ... More

Diego Antonio de Landaeta, Portrait of Petronila Méndez, 1763. Oil on panel, 6 1/2 × 7 1/16 in. Carl & Marilynn Thoma Collection, TL42430.26 Image: Courtesy of the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation; photo by Jamie Stukenberg.

CAMBRIDGE, MASS.- This spring, the Harvard Art Museums invite visitors to discover a more expanded story of American art through an unparalleled collection of Spanish colonial paintings. From the Andes to the Caribbean: American Art from the Spanish Empire presents 26 works from the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation—the premier U.S. private collection of 17th- to 19th-century paintings from South America and the Caribbean—together with works from the Harvard Art Museums and other Harvard University collections. The presentation marks the museums’ first ever exhibition combining religious and secular art of the Spanish Americas. The exhibition has been organized for the Harvard Art Museums by Horace D. Ballard, the Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr. Associate Curator of American Art, ... More

Red Dot (Bio), 2020, at the Hotel Anteroom Naha in Okinawa.

NEW CANAAN, CT.- Heather Gaudio Fine Art recently opened 'Mio Yamato: 呼吸する星 / The Breathing Star', marking the Japanese artist’s first solo gallery exhibition in the United States. The show, which features newly created works along with a site-specific installation, opened March 18th, and will continue through April 29, 2023. Mio Yamato has gained international attention in recent year for her signature marks -- copious amounts of tiny, pearl-like dots painted with oil or ink on canvases, wooden panels, walls, or large swaths of fabric. These are finely applied and arranged to articulate formations seen in nature, such as mountainous ranges, geological strata, constellations in the sky, and the like. As a child, Yamato spent hours in her grandfather’s orchid greenhouse, observing and keeping notations and sketches of the plants as they grew and blossomed. She learned to understand how blooms ... More

Danziger Gallery Los Angeles opens an exhibition of photographs by Christopher Anderson   Derek Eller Gallery presents an exhibition of recent sculpture by Alyson Shotz   Met Opera ordered to pay Anna Netrebko $200,000 for canceled performances

Christopher Anderson, From the series "Approximate Joy" Untitled, 2017-2018. 30 x 20 inch archival pigment print. Edition of 9.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Danziger Gallery (Los Angeles) is presenting “Approximate Joy” by Christopher Anderson. Following in the honored photographic tradition of Walker Evans’ “Subway Series” and Harry Callahan’s “Women Lost in Thought” the primary element these series have in common is that the subjects of the photographs are unaware of being photographed. While this is a common occurrence in photography, it asks moral and ethical questions of the photographer, the viewer, and the curator and requires decisions on what to photograph, what to view, and what to show. As the owner and director of the gallery, where one draws the line is of great importance and for me Anderson’s work is respectful, insightful, humanistic, and beautifully modern. As with Arne Svenson’s “The Neighbors” photographs with which “Approximate Joy” is presented, the photographs are telephoto enabled ob ... More

Alyson Shotz, Alloys of Moonlight #7, 2023, paint on hand folded aluminum, 52 x 44 x 30 inches.

NEW YORK, NY.- Derek Eller Gallery is presenting Alloys of Moonlight, an exhibition of recent sculpture by Alyson Shotz. Featuring a monumental polychromatic steel sculpture and luminescent three-dimensional aluminum wall works, Alloys of Moonlight delves further into questions that Shotz has been exploring throughout her nearly 30-year career: how do we grasp the mysterious forces that shape the universe, and how do we reconcile observable reality with the noumenal reality of environmental phenomena? This new body of work explores the dialectic between these axes, as Shotz refines a sculptural language to visualize the unseen and the sublime forces that frame the natural world. The works in Alloys of Moonlight act as instruments by which to measure and reflect the ineffable forces of nature. In the center of the gallery is Aphelion, a looped steel sculpture that turns and twists in ways that seem to defy nature, leading the eye in an endless se ... More

Anna Netrebko performs in "Tosca" for the Metropolitan Opera's New Year's Eve gala, in New York, Dec. 31, 2019. (Caitlin Ochs/The New York Times)

by Javier C. Hernández

NEW YORK, NY.- The Metropolitan Opera has been ordered by an arbitrator to pay Russian soprano Anna Netrebko more than $200,000 for performances it canceled last year after she declined to denounce Russian President Vladimir Putin following the invasion of Ukraine. The arbitrator, in a decision issued last month that has not been previously reported, ruled that the Met should compensate Netrebko for 13 canceled performances — including appearances in “Don Carlo” this season and “La Forza del Destino” and “Andrea Chénier” next season — because of a contractual agreement known as “pay or play,” which requires institutions to pay performers even if they later decide not to engage them. The Met had argued that Netrebko, one of opera’s biggest stars, was not entitled to payment ... More

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Alexander Berggruen now representing Freya Douglas-Morris
NEW YORK, NY.- Alexander Berggruen announced their representation of Freya Douglas-Morris. Alexander Berggruen will be bringing new paintings by Douglas-Morris to the Dallas Art Fair in April 2023 and will present a solo show with the artist in Fall 2023. Freya Douglas-Morris (b. 1980, London, United Kingdom) depicts jewel-toned environments, inspired by remembered and imagined spaces. Through varying brushstrokes and painting applications, the artist depicts landscapes that appear to vibrate and shimmer with a radiant luminescence as an exploration of light’s rhythmic nature and the fragility of life. Alexander Berggruen has shown Freya Douglas-Morris's paintings in the gallery's group shows The Natural World: Part II (March 9-April 13, 2022) and Freya Douglas-Morris, Tom Howse, Talia Levitt (July 20-August 31, 2022). ... More

Frank Miller's Daredevil, George Herriman's Krazy Kat set records at Heritage Auctions
DALLAS, TX.- The Man Without Fear, a timeless teen adventurer named Tintin and a Krazy Kat made history over the weekend as they set new auction records during Heritage's completely sold-out March 10-12 International Original Art & Anime Signature ® Auction. More than 3,150 bidders worldwide participated in the highly curated three-day event, which realized $3,155,731 with just 814 lots. None was more popular than Frank Miller's iconic cover for 1982's Daredevil No. 185, which, not surprisingly, sparked one of the most ferocious bidding wars of the weekend to realize $225,000. That cover is now the most valuable Miller work outside of his storied run on Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. Before Miller's star-making turn on The Dark Knight Returns, the writer-artist rescued Daredevil from Marvel's margins — and the brink of cancellation — with ... More

Two hundred years of Royal souvenirs at the Museum of Brands in London's Notting Hill 6-8 May 2023
LONDON.- As we head towards the first coronation in the UK in 70 years, millions of people across the country are invited to celebrate a weekend of activities from 6 to 8 May at the Museum of Brands in Notting Hill. The Royal family is arguably one of Britain’s strongest brands and in the past, commemorative mugs, tins, magazines, flags, and plenty of bunting has been produced in their honour. A fascinating picture emerges, creating a visually stimulating and thought-provoking experience, and for many an emotional and nostalgic reunion with their past. By the time of the Coronations of King George VI in 1937 and Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, special celebratory chocolate bars from Frys, KitKat, Aero, Nestle and Bournville were available. Indeed, there ... More

New exhibition uncovers and explores new perspectives on what family is and can be
LONDON.- One word, with many meanings: ‘family’ lies at the heart of all our lives and is considered one of the most important units of society. Uncover and explore new perspectives on what family is and can be, through this original, insightful exhibition – if you think you know what family means, think again. The Foundling Museum announces Finding Family, an exhibition that questions the idea of family through art from the 17th Century to the present day, running from 17 March to 27 August 2023. Involving participants of Tracing Our Tales, the Museum’s award-winning programme for young care leavers, Finding Family presents their creative responses to works of art and the exhibition’s themes, from the context of their own lived experience, with challenging, moving and surprising results. Is it Blood? Is it Connection? Is it Love? ... More

First solo exhibition of Terence Nance on View at ICA in Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA, PA.- This spring, BlackStar Projects and Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania (ICA) present Terence Nance: Swarm, the first solo museum exhibition dedicated to the genre-defying and innovative practice of Terence Nance. Curated by Maori Karmael Holmes and on view from March 10 through July 9, 2023, Terence Nance: Swarm highlights Nance’s experimentation in film, television, sound, and performance through the presentation of six large-scale, multi-channel videos and installations that the artist has reimagined specifically for the exhibition. As a filmmaker, writer, actor, and musician, Nance brings an interdisciplinary approach to his practice, offering unexpected and alternative paths for creating work that layer video, sound, printed matter, and live performance in contemporary environments. ... More

Duende Art Projects opens Sibusiso Ngwazi's first solo exhibition in Europe
ANTWERP.- Duende Art Projects is presenting Sibusiso Ngwazi’s first solo exhibition in Europe: “Blindside”. Born in KwaZulu-Natal in 1999, Ngwazi is a self-taught South-African artist renowned for his nonfigurative paintings. His practice reflects his desire to break free from the constraints of traditional representational art and explores the limitless possibilities of abstraction. Ngwazi’s work is characterized by bold, vibrant colors and fluid lines that create a sense of movement and energy. His sweeping brushstrokes and the use of non-representational shapes are layered to create complex, multi- dimensional compositions. A master of texture, his variety of techniques and paints results in rich and tactile surfaces. Notwithstanding the complexity of his works, Ngwazi always imbues them with harmony and balance. Revealing his devotion to intuition ... More

Leila Heller Gallery opens Beijing- and New York-based conceptual artist Jingjing
DUBAI.- During the pandemic, Lin began a new series of multimedia paintings which show men and women gazing out the windows as U.F.O.s make contact with the Earth. These distinctive artworks alternate between the dystopian and the utopian. “Are these aliens here to destroy us or save us?”, the artist seems to ask. This new series of works emerged from Lin’s past two and a half years of thinking about the society and world at large. The pandemic and global happenings forced her to stop and contemplate about the situation we were living in. Through her work, Lin has been examining the effects of technology on the society. During unprecedented times like the pandemic, our real world felt quite unreal. The paradox between the digital and real-life and the overlap between the two, spoke to her. ‘Elsewhere’ is a collection of mixed ... More

U.S. directors renew operas in Europe
NEW YORK, NY.- Last summer, American directors headlined three of Europe’s most prestigious opera festivals. In Aix-en-Provence, France, you could see New York-born Ted Huffman’s take on “L’Incoronazione di Poppea”; Connecticut native Lydia Steier’s spin on “Die Zauberflöte” at the Salzburg Festival in Austria; or “Lohengrin” at the Bayreuth Festival in Germany, staged by Yuval Sharon, the visionary leader of the Detroit Opera who hails from a suburb of Chicago. This would have been unimaginable even a decade ago. Until recently, there were few recognizable American directors working on Europe’s major stages. It was a short list that included avant-garde directors Robert Wilson, 81, and Peter Sellars, 65, and the Alden brothers, David and Christopher, both 73. Now, younger American directors are gaining a foothold on the continent ... More

A life of sifting through facts and fables
ORANGE, VA.- Jeannette Walls could have had a life of leisure after the big success of her 2005 memoir, “The Glass Castle,” but she has too much energy for that. She walks fast and talks fast. Her laugh can be as loud as a gunshot. She worked as a journalist in New York for nearly three decades and gave it up only when her book had spent months on bestseller lists. But even after more than 15 years in rural Virginia as a novelist who can send drafts to her editor more or less on her own schedule, she still seems like a reporter on deadline. On a chilly gray afternoon at the end of February, she was behind the wheel of an all-terrain vehicle, driving down a rough path on the 320-acre property she owns with her husband, nonfiction author John Taylor. She said she was going to show me the prize chestnut trees in the woods and the place where ... More

Polito Vega, salsa 'king' of New York radio, dies at 84
NEW YORK, NY.- Polito Vega, an exuberant announcer with a booming bass voice and a finely attuned ear whose Spanish-language shows popularized salsa music in New York in the mid-1960s, died March 9 in North Bergen, New Jersey. He was 84. His death was announced by his family. No cause was given. After abandoning his dreams of becoming a singer, Vega began his broadcasting career in 1960, shortly after transplanting himself from Puerto Rico to New York. He quickly distinguished himself on air with his signature voice, his perky epigrams like “Andando, andando, andando” (“Keep going”) and his adventurous playlists. He also distinguished himself in person, at concerts and dances, with his ubiquitous New York Yankees cap, starched white guayabera shirt, white goatee and fuzzy sideburns. DJ and recording artist Alex Sensation ... More

Richard Tuttle, Village V, 2023, Modern Art, SW1

On a day like today, British painter Patrick Heron died
March 20, 1999. Patrick Heron CBE (30 January 1920 - 20 March 1999) was a British abstract and figurative artist, writer, and polemicist, who lived in Zennor, Cornwall. In this image: Patrick Heron's painting "Nude in Wicker".

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