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At 83, Arne Glimcher indulges his inner curator

Arne Glimcher, the founder of Pace Gallery, at Gallery 125 Newbury, his new space in Manhattan’s TriBeCa neighborhood scheduled to open in September 2022. “I’m going back to my roots,” Glimcher said of the new place, which will be under the Pace umbrella but will be a sandbox of sorts for him. Luca Pioltelli, courtesy Pace Gallery via The New York Times.

by Ted Loos


NEW YORK, NY.- At 83, Arne Glimcher has already had unusual longevity as a top art dealer, with more than six decades in the business. But he is still expanding his reach. Glimcher, founder and chair of Pace Gallery, plans to establish a new space in Tribeca, to open in September, called Gallery 125 Newbury, named after the Boston address where he started Pace in 1960. “I’m going back to my roots,” Glimcher said of the new place, which will be under the Pace umbrella but will be a sandbox of sorts for him. “It’s a project space for me to do the thematic shows I want to do.” First up will be an exhibition about “futurism,” he said, not the early 20th-century movement but works by contemporary artists across cultures who are forward-looking. He wasn’t ready to name the artists yet. “I’m a curator at heart, I always have been,” Glimcher said in an interview. “I always wanted to be the director of MoMA. So this is my little modern art muse ... More


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Phoenix Art Museum selects Jeremy Mikolajczak to serve as museum's new director and CEO in national search   Picasso's Surrealist masterpiece 'La Fenêtre Ouverte' to be offered at auction for the first time   Meat Loaf, 'Bat Out of Hell' singer and actor, dies


Jeremy Mikolajczak currently serves as the Jon and Linda Ender Director and CEO of the Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block.

PHOENIX, AZ.- Phoenix Art Museum announced today that it has appointed Jeremy Mikolajczak to serve as the Museum’s Sybil Harrington Director and Chief Executive Officer. Mikolajczak, who currently serves as the Jon and Linda Ender Director and CEO of the Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block (TMA), will assume his role at PhxArt, the leading and largest art museum in the Southwestern United States, beginning in April 2022. Mikolajczak brings to the institution significant experience as a museum director and curator with a special focus on community engagement and education, having served previously as the executive director, chief curator, curatorial fellow, and faculty with learning institutions across the country. Mikolajczak was selected following a national search led by a diverse group of Trustees, community leaders, and Museum leadership. “We are honored to announce ... More
 

Pablo Picasso, La fenêtre ouverte, 1929. Estimate: £14,000,000-24,000,000). © Christie's Images Ltd 2022.

LONDON.- Presented at auction for the first time, La fenêtre ouverte (1929, estimate: £14,000,000-24,000,000) is a seminal work from Pablo Picasso’s Surrealist period. The painting will highlight Christie’s 21st edition of The Art of the Surreal Evening Sale, a key element of the 20/21 Shanghai to London series of auctions, which will take place on 1 March 2022. Impressively scaled and rendered with a bold colour palette and direct handling, La fenêtre ouverte is a work of striking visual power. Painted on 22 November 1929, this complex and compelling studio scene is one of a series of Atelier works that Picasso had begun around 1926, richly symbolic and radically constructed paintings that reveal the multi-faceted interests of the artist at this time. Other works from this series are housed in museums including The Museum of Modern Art, New York and Musée National d’Art Moderne, Le Centre Pompidou, ... More
 

Born Marvin Lee Aday, he sold millions of albums, won a Grammy and acted in films including “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” and “Fight Club.”

by Alex Marshall, Ben Sisario and Derrick Bryson Taylor


NEW YORK, NY.- Meat Loaf, the larger-than-life rocker whose 1977 debut, “Bat Out of Hell” — a campy amalgam of hard rock and Broadway-style bombast — became one of the bestselling albums of all time, died Thursday. He was 74. His death was confirmed by his manager, Michael Greene. The cause and location were not given. Meat Loaf, who was born Marvin Lee Aday and took his stage name from a childhood nickname, had a career that few could match. He was a trained Broadway belter and a multiplatinum-selling megastar whose biggest hits, like “Bat Out of Hell” and “Paradise by the Dashboard Light,” were radio staples — and barroom singalongs — for decades. Despite his success, he earned little respect from rock critics. “Nutrition-free audio lunch meat” was how Rolling Stone dismissed “Bat Out of Hell” — which would ... More



A dollhouse you could call home   New work by British artist Rose Wylie on view at David Zwirner   Christie's Americana Week totals $23,686,438


A detail of the Stettheimer Dollhouse, on exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York. Brad Farwell, Museum of the City of New York, via The New York Times.

by Will Heinrich


NEW YORK, NY.- Last week I took my daughter to the Museum of the City of New York to see the Stettheimer Dollhouse and the breadbox-sized art show installed within. The dollhouse and its art show both have been at the museum since 1945, but only in the past year have they been given a room of their own. And while my daughter was a little distracted by a sighting of Oscar the Grouch, down the hall in “Puppets of New York,” I was completely entranced. Commissioned in 1916 by Carrie Stettheimer — a wealthy New Yorker who ran fashionable salons with her mother, Rosetta, and her sisters Ettie, an author, and Florine, a well-known painter — the house is a 28-inch-tall, two-story, 12-room mansion, complete with bathrooms and an elevator, modeled on André Brook, the Tarrytown estate ... More
 

Rose Wylie, Red Girl (no face) 2020. Painted aluminium © Rose Wylie. Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner.

LONDON.- David Zwirner is presenting new work by British artist Rose Wylie (b. 1934) in The Upper Room at the gallery’s London location. The exhibition features both two- and three-dimensional works, emphasising the interchange between painting and sculpture in the artist’s practice and highlighting the way in which her move into sculpture in recent years has enabled her to explore new perspectives on recurrent motifs. Wylie has become known for her uniquely recognisable, colourful, and exuberant compositions that at first glance appear aesthetically simplistic, not seeming to align with any discernible style or movement, but on closer inspection are revealed to be wittily observed and subtly sophisticated meditations on the nature of visual representation itself. While sculpture is a relatively new innovation in the artist’s body of work, introduced within the last five years, Wylie has long been interested in ... More
 

Ammi Phillips (1788-1865), Woman with Pink Ribbons. Painted circa 1833. Oil on canvas, 31¾ x 27 in. Sold for: $3,870,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2022.

NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s week of Americana sales totaled $23,686,438 and established 8 auction records. The week of sales was led by Ammi Phillips’ Woman with Pink Ribbons, a masterpiece of American Folk Portraiture from The Collection of Peter and Barbara Goodman which sold for $3,870,000 and established a world auction record for the artist. Important Americana totaled $7,866,188 and was 90% sold by lot and 139% hammer sold above low estimate. Gilbert Stuart’s Atheneaum-type portrait of George Washington was the top lot of the sale, totaling $930,000, and far surpassing its estimate of $200,000-300,000. Other portraits of America’s first President also exceeded their estimates including works by Charles Peale Polk ($562,500) and James Sharples ($625,000), which also established a new auction record for the artist. The top work of furniture was a magnificent Philadelphia Queen Anne carved walnut armchair which realized $750, ... More


Regen Projects opens an exhibition of new works by Rachel Harrison   Renato Leotta's first exhibition at Sprovieri opens in London   Verisart announces its inaugural curated NFT auction on Artsy


Installation view of Rachel Harrison, Caution Kneeling Bus at Regen Projects, Los Angeles January 15 – February 20, 2022. Photo: Evan Bedford, Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Regen Projects is presenting an exhibition of new works by Rachel Harrison. Over the last thirty years, Harrison has pioneered an approach to art-making that melds formal invention with the artifacts of popular culture. Wryly assimilating readymade objects into otherwise handmade, abstract forms, her citational impulse draws freely on both the history of art and the dregs of our political landscape. This solo show follows her major mid-career survey Rachel Harrison Life Hack at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2019–20. As Maggie Nelson has written, “many elements of Harrison’s practice are incommunicable, save in concert”—and even then, nothing’s assured. The artist’s impulse both to catalog and to estrange the world around her has always run on a number of tracks, which ... More
 

Renato Leotta, Riccio, 2021.

LONDON.- Sprovieri is presenting Linea, Punto., Renato Leotta’s first exhibition at the gallery, in collaboration with Galleria Fonti, Naples. Leotta’s artistic practice is closely connected to the observation of the land and sea sceneries of the Mediterranean. Cooperating with nature, Leotta mediates with the universal phenomena that make up a fragmented territory: the phases of the moon and tides, the volcanic rains, the bioluminescence of plankton, the waves, the microlith, combining through his works a minimalist vocabulary and poetry with ease. The exhibition consists of a group of works made of fabric, “Orizzonti”, obtained by immersion into the sea and then left to dry naturally in the sun. The physical phenomenon of the crystallisation creates, through the line, a visual division on the fabrics, tracing an ideal horizon that tells the movement of the tides related to the phases of the moon and describes the them ... More
 

Vince Fraser, Champion of Change (still), 2021, NFT.

LONDON.- The contemporary art world celebrates the breadth of creativity in the NFT space with Artsy x Verisart: 22 for 2022, an NFT auction featuring 22 artists for 2022 across the contemporary, digital and street art market. Curated by Verisart, the NFT minting and verification platform, and organized in partnership with Artsy, the world's largest online art marketplace, the auction will offer newly commissioned works and bids will be accepted in Ethereum (ETH). “A year ago, this new digital format had barely scratched the surface in the art world but after a spectacular, whirlwind year, NFTs no longer require an introduction. If 2021 was the year the art world woke up to NFTs, 2022 is the year that relationship is cemented. The 22 participating artists in this inaugural Verisart x Artsy curated NFT auction reflect the widespread engagement with NFTs throughout the art market and across all disciplines, styles and generations,” said Robert Norton, CEO & co-founder of Verisart. Artsy ... More



Clare Lilley appointed new Director of Yorkshire Sculpture Park   Historic, contemporary, and never-before-displayed works pose timeless questions   Lawsuit says faculty at a top arts school preyed on students for decades


Clare Lilley. Photo © Jonty Wilde.

WAKEFIELD.- Yorkshire Sculpture Park announced that Clare Lilley has been appointed to take up the role of Director in March 2022, as Founding Director Sir Peter Murray CBE retires. Over the years Clare has made an enormous contribution to YSP as it has developed into the leading international cultural organisation it is today. As Director of Programme, she has taken responsibility for exhibitions and projects, the collection, learning and engagement at YSP which in 2014 was named the UK Art Fund Museum of the Year. Clare has been integral to a number of YSP’s buildings, including The Weston, which in 2019 was shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize. Combining art historical and contemporary knowledge, together with a passion for art outdoors and for enabling access to art for all people, Clare has expertise in developing and siting sculpture in the public realm. Her curated work with artists includes Ai Weiwei, Fiona Banner, Damien Hirst, Ama ... More
 

Satyavati and Shalya (Satyawati and Salya), approx. 1936–1940, by Ida Bagus Putu Taman (Indonesian, 1873–1953). Sandalwood. Asian Art Museum, Vicki Baum Bali Collection; Gift of Wolfgang Lert and Ruth Clark Lert, 1992.43. Photo: © Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- Fluid, rigid, subversive, transformative. Gender expression spans culture, time, and place. Exclusively at the Asian Art Museum, Seeing Gender invites visitors to journey across the spectrum of gender in Asian art, from the ancient to the contemporary, from the divine to the sensual. Four emerging curators have placed artworks from diverse cultures and periods side by side in the museum’s first cross-cultural exhibition to survey our vast collection through the lens of gender. The exhibition includes 17 artworks of varying scales and media, ranging from a 1,000-year-old Indian sandstone sculpture to a 21st-century version of traditional Korean shoes crafted from stiff mulberry paper. This original exhibition reveals long- ... More
 

In an image provided by David Hillegas, The University of North Carolina School of the Arts campus. David Hillegas via The New York Times.

by Matt Stevens


NEW YORK, NY.- The breadth of the 236-page complaint is as stunning as its details are disturbing. Fifty-six former arts students say dozens of teachers and administrators participated in, or allowed, their sexual, physical and emotional abuse when they were in school. Overall, the misconduct spanned more than 40 years, beginning in the late 1960s, according to the lawsuit, and included assaults in classrooms, private homes off campus, a motel room off a highway and a tour bus rumbling through Italy. Respected figures in the dance and performing arts world who worked at the school are said to have participated. The lawsuit, filed late last year, accuses faculty at the prestigious University of North Carolina School of the Arts of a range of abuses including rape. Court papers ... More




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Award winning Iranian artist Mohammad Barrangi transforms Edinburgh Printmakers for first solo exhibition in Scotland
EDINBURGH.- Edinburgh Printmakers opened the first solo exhibition in Scotland by award winning artist and illustrator Mohammad Barrangi. Titled Anything is Possible the exhibition welcomes visitors to Barrangi’s fantastical world inspired by ancient Persian storytelling. Using a unique printmaking process on paper Barrangi’s works range between small scale pieces and large murals and for the first time he takes some of his characters from the walls and represent them as free standing structures in the gallery space. Another first for Barrangi is creating artworks on a poppy roll, a heavy fabric scroll Similar to the old versions of papyrus used in Egypt printed at the Centre for Advanced Textiles at Glasgow School ... More

The Halsey Institute's new exhibition spotlights Native women
CHARLESTON, SC.- The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston presents an exhibition of work by Sičáŋǧu Lakota visual artist and independent curator Dyani White Hawk entitled Hear Her. The exhibition is on view from January 14 to February 26, 2022 at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art’s galleries. Dyani White Hawk’s work illuminates society’s consistent ignorance of Native people. With her video, photography, and works in other media, she aims to use the language of visual art to bring light to the deep chasm between our understanding of history and the truth. Her work weaves together forms from the canon of Western art along with the visual languages and traditions of Native people. In doing so, her work spotlights Native women, whose strength and fortitude over centuries have helped their peoples’ ... More

75 years after Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier, a major auction of moments and memories
DALLAS, TX.- The tale of Jackie Robinson's first meeting with Brooklyn Dodgers President Branch Rickey, on Aug. 28, 1945, has been recounted and reshaped so many times it long ago slipped from memory to mythology. Each retelling, in print and on film, is a little different; each detail, slightly tweaked. Yet there is no changing the outcome: Robinson's ascension from Negro Leaguer to the first Black ballplayer in the minors and majors. There is little dispute, too, that Robinson asked Rickey if he wanted a man who was afraid to fight back against fans, opponents, umpires, newspapermen and even teammates who would deny him and degrade him. There is no arguing, either, that Rickey told his recruit he wanted a man with guts enough not to. "It is testament to Rickey's sophistication and foresight that he chose a ballplayer who would become a symbol of strength ... More

Elza Soares, who pushed the boundaries of Brazilian music, dies at 91
NEW YORK, NY.- Elza Soares, the samba singer whose meteoric rise from the favela to stardom was later eclipsed by a scandalous affair with one of Brazil’s most famous soccer stars, died Thursday at her home in Rio de Janeiro. She was 91. Her death was announced in a statement on her official Instagram account, which added that she “sang until the end.” With fine features that led to comparisons with Eartha Kitt and a rough voice that was reminiscent of Louis Armstrong, Soares became one of the few Black women singers in Brazil to be featured in films in the 1960s and on television in the ’70s. Her first album, “Se Acaso Você Chegasse” (“If You Happen to Stop By”), released in 1960, introduced scat singing into samba. Her second, “A Bossa Negra” (1961), was conspicuously lacking in bossa nova. Instead, it featured the kind of samba ... More

Everett Lee, who broke color barriers on the conductor's podium, dies at 105
NEW YORK, NY.- Everett Lee, a conductor who broke down racial barriers but then fled the prejudice that Black classical musicians faced in the United States to make a significant career in Europe, died on Jan. 12 at a hospital near his home in Malmo, Sweden. He was 105. Lee’s daughter, Eve, confirmed the death. Already a concertmaster leading white theater orchestras by 1943, Lee made a significant breakthrough on Broadway when he was appointed music director of Leonard Bernstein’s “On the Town” in September 1945. The Chicago Defender called him the first Black conductor “to wave the baton over a white orchestra in a Broadway production.” In 1953, Lee conducted the Louisville Orchestra in Kentucky, a nerve-shredding afternoon for him because of little rehearsal time and the pressure of history. United Press reported that Lee’s ... More

Hardy Kruger, German-born Hollywood star, is dead at 93
NEW YORK, NY.- Hardy Kruger, the first German actor to become a Hollywood star after World War II, died Wednesday in Palm Springs, California. He was 93. His agent, Peter Kaefferlein, confirmed the death. For much of the 1960s and ’70s, Kruger — tall, blond and ruddy-cheeked — was the most visible German-born actor on American screens. He appeared in dozens of movies, among them “Flight of the Phoenix” (1965), with James Stewart; “Barry Lyndon” (1975), with Ryan O’Neal; “The Wild Geese” (1978), with Richard Burton and Roger Moore; and “A Bridge Too Far” (1977), with an all-star cast that included Sean Connery, Robert Redford and Laurence Olivier. But his screen presence had significance beyond the box office. Kruger, who was nearly shot for cowardice as a teenage soldier in Nazi Germany’s army, had left his war-ravaged ... More

The Architecture Drawing Prize 2021 Exhibition opens at Sir John Soane's Museum
LONDON.- Created as a collaboration between Sir John Soane's Museum with Make Architects and the World Architecture Festival, The Architecture Drawing Prize is now in its fifth year. It attracts entries from around the world and displays the best and most innovative architectural drawings of today. The extent to which the drawing makes a proposition about the possibilities of architecture is an important criterion in the judging process as are technical skill and originality of approach. As part of The Prize programme, finalists and winners are exhibited at Sir John Soane's Museum. This year there are two exhibitions. Sir John Soane's Museum is hosting the 2021 Prize exhibition and has also curated a virtual exhibition with Make Architects, a Five Year Retrospective of the Architecture Drawing Prize. Both celebrate how communicating ... More

Taylor Mac's 'Fever Dream': Exploring the philosophy of the hang
NEW YORK, NY.- What kind of a party do you throw when you’re about to die? It’s an especially morbid question these days. But in “The Hang,” a new opera from performer Taylor Mac, the answer involves equal parts philosophy and décor. The show, written with composer Matt Ray, is about the death of Socrates, who, after being convicted of corrupting the youth of Athens and sentenced to death by hemlock, spent his final hours talking about virtue with his friends. And a few songs into a recent run-through of the production at the HERE Arts Center in downtown Manhattan, Mac — in a purple tulle robe and appropriately Socratic pandemic beard — started dragging out giant beanbag chairs while a bar took shape in the corner of the stage. “Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh,” Mac sang, as the eight-piece band leaned into a groove, “I’m in it for the hang.” That’s ... More

Exhibition of new collage, ceramic and audio work by Sam Keogh opens at Kerlin Gallery
DUBLIN.- Kerlin Gallery is presenting ‘Sated Soldier, Sated Peasant, Sated Scribe’, an exhibition of new collage, ceramic and audio work by Sam Keogh. A series of large red rectangular surfaces are clustered at one end of the gallery, festooned with drawings of flowers and hands as well as a giant inhaler, a life size anthropomorphic hotdog and a pig with a knife in its side. Ceramic sculptures act as paper weights for some of them - a roast duck, a boiled egg with feet, as well as bits of reclining bodies piled on top of each other. Elsewhere in the gallery, a lone figure lays on its side, its back to the viewer. His hip and shoulder seem sunk into the polished concrete floor. As you walk around his form, you see that his eyes are open, but pupiless and vacant. A man’s voice reverberates throughout the space. It’s telling a story which links these ... More

Brooklyn Public Library opens first ever Lenape-curated exhibition in New York
NEW YORK, NY.- Brooklyn Public Library and The Lenape Center opened Lenapehoking, the first-ever Lenape-curated exhibition in New York featuring masterworks by Lenape artists past and present. The new exhibition, on view through April 30 at Greenpoint Library and Environmental Education Center, includes never-before-seen beaded bandolier bags from the 1800s, a newly created turkey feather cape, culinary tapestries from a seed rematriation project in the Hudson Valley, and more. In addition to the exhibition, BPL and The Lenape Center will present a number of educational programs and lectures throughout the winter and spring including a panel conversation with Gloria Steinem on the crisis of missing Indigenous persons; a series of original music by Brent Michael Davids; poetry readings by Rebecca Haff Lowry; insights into Lenape ... More

After being stuck in Russia, a director touches down in Germany
HAMBURG.- At first glance, a recent rehearsal at the Thalia Theater here looked much like any other. Onstage, the actors ran through the final scene of a play called “The Black Monk,” trying to get the flow just right. “Stop, stop, stop,” the director, Kirill Serebrennikov, cried from the middle of the auditorium. He wasn’t happy with the projections beamed onto moons suspended above the performers, and started to troubleshoot. It was business as usual in theater, but for Serebrennikov — one of Russia’s most prominent directors, whose stage work is produced across Europe — the chance to oversee the production in person was a surprise. It was the first time in more than four years that he had been able to set foot outside his home country. Serebrennikov’s provocative stage work, which often deals with topics considered taboo in Russia, ... More




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On a day like today, French painter Nicolas Lancret was born
January 22, 1690. Nicolas Lancret (22 January 1690 - 14 September 1743), French painter, was born in Paris, and became a brilliant depicter of light comedy which reflected the tastes and manners of French society under the regent Orleans.



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