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Exhibition of paintings on paper by Cleve Gray opens in New York

Cleve Gray, Conjunction II, 1980. Roman Walls Series. Mixed media on paper, 20 x 27 1/2 inches.

NEW YORK, NY.- Loretta Howard Gallery in collaboration with Anders Wahlstedt Fine Art announce an exhibition of Cleve Gray: Paintings on Paper from the Foundation. The works are on view at 521 West 26th Street in Chelsea and online from November 19th 2020 to January 16th 2021. They span from the Ceres Series in the 1960s to the Roman Walls of the 1970s and Calligraphic Abstractions of the 1980s. In this exhibition Cleve Gray’s dramatic body of works on paper trace over thirty years of production. These works touch upon the rigors of French modernism, the ethos of Abstract Expressionism and the meditative restraint of Chinese and Japanese scroll painting. Cleve Gray (1918- 2004) grew up in New York City. He attended the Ethical Culture School, Phillips Academy Andover and Princeton University. At Princeton, he wrote his senior honor thesis on ... More

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Discovered Constable oil of Dedham Vale to be sold at auction in East Anglia   Director of Mass MoCA, playground for artists, moves on   Nearly a third of U.S. museums remain closed by pandemic, survey shows

The 26.5 x 43.5cm (10½ x 17¼in) painting, Dedham Vale with Brantham mill and haystacks, c.1809-10, had hung in a London town house for many years.

LONDON.- Sworders’ have announced the discovery of a previously unrecorded oil sketch by John Constable (1776-1837). The view of Dedham Vale, that includes a windmill owned by his father, will be offered for sale on December 8-9 with a guide of £100,000-150,000. The 26.5 x 43.5cm (10½ x 17¼in) painting, Dedham Vale with Brantham mill and haystacks, c.1809-10, had hung in a London town house for many years. One of the big London auction houses had previously dismissed it as a copy without investigation and it was not until Sworders’ London office visited and saw the quality that the painting’s true identity was uncovered. Pictures specialist Sarah Flynn deemed it worthy of further research and took it to Anne Lyles, the world-renowned authority on the art of John Constable. She later declared it “an exciting new discovery”. The most famous representation by Constable of this particular panorama is the picture title ... More

Joseph C. Thompson, who has run the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams since he helped found it 33 years ago, in part of the museums expansion area, July 29, 2014. Nathaniel Brooks/The New York Times.

by Robin Pogrebin

NORTH ADAMS, MASS (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- On a recent overcast morning here in this former factory town, Joseph C. Thompson donned his cowboy hat, hopped on his bicycle and pedaled to the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art to give his final official tour of the institution he has run since he helped found it 33 years ago. While there is always more work to be done, this seemed to the 62-year-old director like as good a moment as any for moving on. He recently completed an expansion that brought the complex to 650,000 square feet — roughly the total area of the Louvre. He saw the museum through a pandemic-forced closing and reopening. And in January, the museum will open James Turrell’s light-manipulating Skyspace in a former water tower, a project the artist envisioned ... More

The San Diego Natural History Museum, which reopened briefly during the pandemic, is now one of the many museums across the country that are closed. Via San Diego Natural History Museum via The New York Times.

by Sarah Bahr

NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- At the San Diego Natural History Museum, and at institutions much like it across the country, the exhibition halls remain dark, the atriums empty, the front line employees furloughed. Judy Gradwohl, the president and CEO of the museum, decided in August to close for the remainder of the year — and she said in an interview on Tuesday that she believes she made the right call. “We’re finding great ways to channel our energy into online programming and making headway on a number of projects,” Gradwohl said, “as opposed to spending all our time trying to figure out how to stay open safely.” Now a survey by the American Alliance of Museums published Tuesday makes clear that nearly 1 in 3 museums in the United States remains closed because of the ... More

Let it go! Japan PM declares war on ink stamp 'hanko'   Galerie Karsten Greve opens a solo exhibition featuring ceramics and works on paper by Lucio Fontana   Sheldon H. Solow, Manhattan real estate mogul, dies at 92

This picture taken on October 9, 2020 shows traditional ink stamp-maker Takahiro Makino, 44, carving characters on a hanko at a studio in Tokyo. Philip FONG / AFP.

by Harumi Ozawa

TOKYO (AFP).- Japan's new prime minister is declaring war, but there's no danger of an international conflict: the target of his ire is the humble ink stamp known as hanko. It might seem paradoxical in a country often assumed to be a futuristic tech-savvy paradise, but Japan's business world and bureaucracy remain heavily dependent on paper documents, hand-stamped with approval. The drawbacks to hanko, which are used for everything from delivery receipts to marriage certificates have become increasing clear during coronavirus -- many Japanese were unable to work from home because they had to physically stamp documents in the office. Now Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga ... More

Installation view. Photo: Chris Franken.

COLOGNE.- Galerie Karsten Greve is presenting a solo exhibition featuring ceramics and works on paper by Lucio Fontana in Cologne. Since 1977, Galerie Karsten Greve has represented the Italian artist, who spent his whole life focusing on sculpture and searching for a new dimension, and dedicate d comprehensive exhibitions and four catalogues to his work. Lucio Fontana Ceramics is the eighth one man show to open at Karsten Greve’s Cologne gallery. A total of about forty pieces are being shown in the context of Fontana’s avant garde oeuvre, including ceramic sculptures and so called Concetti spaziali (“spatial concepts”) as well as works on paper known as Ambienti spaziali. In Lucio Fontana’s early years, during various sessions in the famous ceramics workshops in Albisola in 1934 and 1936, the artist created remarkable sculptures inspired by natural forms such as Coccodrillo (and more a morphous ... More

Sheldon Solow, a Manhattan real estate mogul who built his empire from scratch, at his office in New York, Aug. 17, 2006. Shiho Fukada/The New York Times.

by Robert D. McFadden

NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- Sheldon H. Solow, a Manhattan real estate developer who built a commercial and residential empire from scratch over a half-century, but left his son to finish his crowning project, a line of towers down the East River from the United Nations complex, died Tuesday in Manhattan. He was 92. His wife, Mia Fonssagrives Solow, confirmed the death, at Weill Cornell Medical Center, but did not specify a cause. The son of a Brooklyn bricklayer, Solow, who embraced litigation with the passion of a sports fan, was a mercurial fighter with unshakable confidence in his own views. He built scores of high-end rental structures, including his signature Solow Building at 9 W. 57th St., a ... More

Gladstone Gallery presents new paintings from Carroll Dunham's ongoing wrestler series   AIPAD collaborates with Sotheby's: New online photography auction announced   Christie's Classic Week presents a rare Roman marble of Dionysus

Carroll Dunham, Big Men (1), 2019-2020. Urethane, acrylic and pencil on linen, 84 x 65 inches (213.4 x 165.1 cm) © Carroll Dunham. Courtesy the artist and Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels.

NEW YORK, NY.- Gladstone Gallery is presenting an exhibition by Carroll Dunham, featuring new paintings from his ongoing wrestler series. Dunham’s newest groups of wrestling matches are set amidst barren landscapes, deserted for all but one single tree, wherein the aggressive men are locked into differing moments of struggle. Employing formal techniques developed throughout his career, the works exemplify Dunham’s unique ability to continually recontextualize his distinct visual language through new and recurring modes of artmaking. The exhibition’s first group of paintings, the series Winners and Losers, is organized around an internally referential system, in which a definitive set of formal parameters informs how the figures move and interact with one another. Capturing the conclusion of their fights, these scenes depict the winners, mounted atop ... More

George Tice Esso Station, 1972. Estimate $20,000-30,000. Photo: Courtesy Nailya Alexander Gallery, New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Association of International Photography Art Dealers has announced a collaboration with Sotheby’s. A new online auction, Four Decades: In Celebration of AIPAD, will be presented by Sotheby’s from December 15 through 21, 2020. The unprecedented alliance will highlight work from 50 of the world’s leading fine art photography galleries and will feature a wide range of museum quality work including contemporary, modern, and 19th-century photographs. The auction will be accompanied by an online catalogue. Four Decades: In Celebration of AIPAD will feature photographs by established masters of the medium, including William Henry Fox Talbot, Edward Weston, Dorothea Lange, and Sigmar Polke, as well as works by artists making their debut at auction, such as Ervin Johnson, Adam Katseff, and Alejandro Chaskielberg. “We are honored to work with Sotheby’s in offering ... More

Previously Sold at Christie’s in 1930 from the Collection of the Marquess of Lansdowne. © Christie’s Images Limited 2020.

LONDON.- Christie’s Classic Week Antiquities sale on 16 December 2020, will be led by a rare Roman marble terminal figure of Dionysus (estimate £700,000-1,000,000), a rare example of the highest artistic quality with prestigious provenance, dating back to the 18th century. Sourced in Rome by the Scottish painter Gavin Hamilton (1730-97) for Lord Shelburne (1737–1805); the sculpture formed part of one of the most celebrated art collections of the period, until it was offered for sale at Christie's London in 1930 and entered the Bergsten Collection in Stockholm. Discovered in 1775 by Gavin Hamilton at Hadrian's Villa, Rome, the figure takes the form of a herm, a stone column topped by the head of the god Dionysus, the God of Wine & Festivity. It was then acquired by the statesman William Petty, 2nd Earl of Shelburne and 1st Marquess of Lansdowne for Lansdowne House, Berkley Square, London. The magnificent building was ... More

Exhibition at Museum Voorlinden offers a visual journey of discovery through 'Listen to Your Eyes'   Yesomi Umolu appointed as Director of Curatorial Affairs and Public Practice at The Serpentine   Galerie Guido W. Baudach opens an exhibition of new paintings by Thomas Helbig

Installation view of Listen to Your Eyes at Museum Voorlinden. Photo: Antoine van Kaam.

WASSENAAR.- From 19 November, Museum Voorlinden will present Listen to Your Eyes. For this collection presentation, art collector and museum founder Joop van Caldenborgh (1940) was given the nearly impossible task of selecting his favourites from among the modern and contemporary works he has spent the past six decades collecting. The result is a visual journey of discovery that offers you a glimpse inside the mind of the collector. Listen to Your Eyes is about free association, telling stories and the cycle of life and death, but most of all, it is about the pleasure to be found in looking. Joop van Caldenborgh is celebrating his birthday by sharing works that touch and fascinate the viewer by means of their aesthetic qualities, narrative or craftsmanship. This selection of over forty pieces is presented not in chronological order, but in a way that invites visitors to look, compare, explore and create a story of their own. Joop van Caldenbor ... More

Yesomi Umolu is currently Director and Curator, Logan Center Exhibitions at the University of Chicago, where she leads an ambitious programme of international contemporary art. Photo: © Nicolette Nunez.

LONDON.- The Serpentine announced the appointment of Yesomi Umolu as Director of Curatorial Affairs and Public Practice. Umolu will oversee the Serpentine’s curatorial, interpretation and editorial activities across all programmes. The creation of this new position is at the head of the Serpentine’s efforts to centre audience experience and civic engagement in its curatorial mission. Under Umolu’s direction, the Serpentine will develop editorial and educational content for exhibitions, events and other curatorial initiatives, aimed at making Serpentine programmes more inclusive and accessible to all audiences, both physical and digital. She will take up the role in January 2021. Yesomi Umolu is currently Director and Curator, Logan Center Exhibitions at the University of Chicago, where she leads an ambitious ... More

Thomas Helbig, Der Duft, 2020. Oil on canvas, artist’s frame, 152 x 131,5 cm. Courtesy the artist & Galerie Guido W. Baudach. Photo: Roman März.

BERLIN.- Galerie Guido W. Baudach is presenting an exhibition of new paintings by Thomas Helbig under the title Die Zukunft der Heiligen (The Future of the Saints). It is the eighth solo exhibition of the Berlin-based painter and sculptor with the gallery since 2001. In his painterly practice over the last twenty years, Thomas Helbig has repeatedly explored the boundaries of the genre. He has worked with a wide variety of materials, using the most diverse painting grounds and media. With the paintings for the exhibition Die Zukunft der Heiligen he is now returning to the technique he originally used. The works are all executed in oil on canvas. Helbig also draws on formative elements from his own early work in terms of pictorial language. What emerges, however, is something completely new. Helbig combines symbolic references to the classical avant-garde with abstract motifs ... More

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Space Lace, stars' No. 1 choice for vintage designer fashion, to host Dec. 4 online auction
SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- From Courtney Love to Lenny Kravitz, Tilda Swinton to Kendall Jenner, fashion-minded stars of stage, screen and runway all know the name “Space Lace.” The San Francisco atelier is the largest and most talked-about West Coast source for vintage high fashion, jewelry, accessories and even home furnishings. Previously, the only way to shop from the super-chic establishment was either in person at their 10,000-square-foot private archival warehouse, or via private consultation with Senior Fashion Director John Zakour Hadeed – usually in preparation for a movie role or concert tour. But since the recent launch of their auction division, Space Lace is accessible to fashionistas everywhere, via the Internet. The fully illustrated catalog for their December 4 auction of fabulous vintage couture, ready-to-wear and street fashion ... More

What did Europe smell like centuries ago? Historians set out to re-create lost smells.
LONDON (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- For hundreds of years, through plagues and other pandemics, people used to believe that disease was spread not through droplets or flea bites, but through the inhalation of unpleasant odors. To purify the air around them, they would burn rosemary and hot tar. These scents, wafting through winding streets of London, were so common during the Great Plague of the 17th century that they became synonymous with the plague itself, historians said. Now, as the world confronts another widespread outbreak, a team of historians and scientists from six European countries is seeking to identify and categorize the most common scents of daily life across Europe from the 16th century to the early 20th century and to study what changes in scents over time reveal about society. The $3.3 million “Odeuropa” project, which was announced ... More

The 12th edition of Abu Dhabi Art opens as a virtual fair
ABU DHABI.- Held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Office, the 12th edition of Abu Dhabi Art will open on Thursday 19th November as a virtual fair, featuring 68 galleries and more than 200 artists from around the globe. Collaborating with the largest number of curators to date, Abu Dhabi Art, which is organised by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), will run for an extended period, from 19th to 26th November 2020, with a series of commercial exhibitions dedicated to Contemporary art from South Korea, Africa, India, and the UAE alongside regular Modern and Contemporary booths, a dedicated performance art sector and the Beyond: Emerging Artists platform. This year’s ... More

Jill Paton Walsh, multigenerational writer, dies at 83
NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- Jill Paton Walsh was greeted with acclaim in the 1960s when she began writing young adult books that challenged her readers in both plotting and messaging. There was “Fireweed” (1970), a story of two British adolescents who set up housekeeping in a bombed-out building during World War II. There was “Goldengrove” (1972), about two youths who navigate the transition from childhood to adulthood during an eventful summer. But in 1994 Paton Walsh achieved a whole different level of acclaim, by an unlikely route, with a book for adults, “Knowledge of Angels,” a genre-defying medieval fable about an atheist and a girl raised by wolves. Here she delved into themes of faith and reason and more. Yet despite her success with books for young readers, “Knowledge of Angels” struggled to assert itself: No ... More

JD Malat Gallery presents a new body of work from Swiss artist Conrad Jon Godly
LONDON.- JD Malat Gallery is presenting Nevertheless, a solo exhibition bringing together a new body of work from Swiss artist Conrad Jon Godly. Born in Davos, Switzerland, Godly is always seeking to capture the essence of his surrounding environment. In line with government guidelines, JD Malat Gallery is opening Nevertheless across its online platforms from 18 November 2020 until 9 January 2021. JD Malat Gallery also looks forward to opening its doors to the public as soon as they are able to. The exhibition represents a return to Godly’s favourite subject matter: the awe, terror, beauty, and suspense of the mountains. Godly has titled this exhibition in defiance of those who seek to pigeonhole him; yes, he has painted many mountains before, nevertheless, not one is the same, and this show presents a refined and powerful rendition of these phenomenal ... More

Artpace San Antonio keeps the residency program going strong with new exhibitions
SAN ANTONIO, TX.- Artpace San Antonio opens three new exhibitions featuring its Fall 2020 International Artists-in-Residence, Letitia Huckaby (Fort Worth, TX), Elana Mann (Los Angeles, CA), and Alisa Yang (New York, USA/Los Angeles, USA/Helsinki, Finland). Selected by curator Dr. Lauren Cross, the resident artists have spent the last several weeks living and creating new work in San Antonio. The exhibitions open virtually on Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 4pm CST. Each exhibition responds to the uncertain socio-political climate in which the world has found itself amid the COVID-19 pandemic and in the United States amid continued calls for equality for black and indigenous lives and people of color. Letitia Huckaby's exhibition, And Thy Neighb(our), derives inspiration from a passage in Luke 10:27 of the King James Bible: “And ... More

Stitched into neighborhoods, dance studios battle to stay open
NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- “Good morning, dancers! Let’s get creative today,” Dwana Smallwood, with a bright and reassuring smile, told her students in a video posted to Instagram on March 20. Her dance studio, in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, had just closed for what she thought might be a few weeks. While her students were stuck at home, she was helping them stay active, inviting them to make their own 30-second dances with everyday objects like pillows and chairs. “Make sure you get up and use your bodies,” she said in the video. “Use the skills you have. Remember what I say: If you don’t use it, you lose it.” Eight months later, Smallwood, a former star of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, still has not returned to teaching in person. After planning an online fall semester, she canceled it when only 20 ... More

Why do we care so much about Diana's dresses?
NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- And so, once again, to Princess Diana. Like Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, she has become a sort of cultural Rosetta Stone we return to over and over, seeking to discover answers to our own choices in her limpid blue stare and cacophonous, attention-grabbing wardrobe. This time around the re-examination comes courtesy of “The Crown,” Season 4, aka the Diana Season. The scrutiny has been building since the 20th anniversary of the princess’s death in 2017, when Virgil Abloh declared Diana his Off-White muse and Kensington Palace held an exhibition devoted to her outfits. And though it got a boost last year with a new musical (with costumes by William Ivey Long and a featured song titled “The Dress”) that was supposed to be headed to Broadway, the chatter reached a fresh apogee this weekend ... More

Don't poo-poo it! Indian dung festival celebrates end to Diwali
GUMATAPURA (AFP).- Dozens of exuberant villagers scooped up handfuls of cow dung to mould and toss at each other like snowballs this week for the Gorehabba festival, a local conclusion to India's most important festival, Diwali. Similar to Spain's "La Tomatina" -- an eccentric tomato-hurling celebration of the local fruit -- residents of Gumatapura village instead fling something more earthy at each other: cow dung. The festival is unique to a village where locals believe their god -- Beereshwara Swamy -- was born in cow excrement. Some Hindus believe cows and everything they produce is sacred and purifying. Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi has pushed for greater protection of the beasts, and many Indian states have long banned their slaughter for meat. "People from neighbouring villages and districts come to participate ... More

Kandinsky and Chagall triumph in Bonhams New York Impressionist and Modern Art sale
NEW YORK, NY.- Einige Spitzen (Several Points) by the Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky sold for $3,270,313 at Bonhams Impressionist and Modern Art Sale in New York on Tuesday 17 November. It had an estimate of $1,800,000-2,500,000. At the same sale, a stage curtain designed, created, and painted by Marc Chagall for the Metropolitan Opera’s 1967 production of Mozart's 'The Magic Flute' sold for $990,313 against an estimate of $250,000-450,000. Bonhams Director, Impressionist & Modern Art, US, Molly Ott Ambler said: “Einige Spitzen is an outstanding example of Kandinsky’s hallmark amalgam of science, mathematics, spirituality, and sentiment, while Chagall’s curtain for the Finale of The Magic Flute radiates with the most well-known of his iconography – trumpeting angels, fantastical animals playing instruments, floating violins, cellos, ... More

Two Indian Mutiny Victoria Crosses sell for £360,000 at auction
LONDON.- Two important Victoria Cross medals, awarded during the Indian Mutiny of 1857-1858, were sold by specialist auctioneers Morton & Eden in London today (Wednesday 18 November 2020) for a combined total of £360,000, having fetched £174,000 and £186,000 respectively. The first of the two VC medals to come under the hammer was awarded to Captain George Forrest for ‘gallant conduct in the defence of the Delhi Magazine, on the 11 May 1857’, placing it amongst the earliest VCs to be awarded in the Indian Mutiny. It sold above estimate for £174,000 (lot 770). The second of the two Indian Mutiny VCs was the ‘Kashmir Gate’ VC awarded to Ensign John Smith of Royal Bengal Engineers. In broad daylight and under heavy musket fire Smith demonstrated ‘conspicuous gallantry’ during the storming and destruction of the Kashmir ... More

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On a day like today, American clothing designer Calvin Klein was born
November 19, 1942. Calvin Richard Klein (born November 19, 1942) is an American fashion designer of Hungarian origin who launched the company that would later become Calvin Klein Inc., in 1968. In addition to clothing, Klein has also given his name to a range of perfumes, watches, and jewelry. In this image: Fashion designer Calvin Klein is seen in New York, June 28, 1983.

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