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Dutch Golden Age art wasn't all about white people. Here's the proof.

The show includes 56 paintings, prints and art objects from the Dutch Golden Age, including seven by Rembrandt.

by Nina Siegal

AMSTERDAM (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- Rembrandt’s 1661 painting, “Two African Men,” is one of the Dutch old master’s more inscrutable works. One man, dressed in a Roman-style costume and shawl, seems to be giving a speech, while another man leans attentively over his shoulder. The canvas was painted with thin layers of earth tones and looks unfinished, but it bears the artist’s signature. Why did Rembrandt paint it, and who were his subjects? These were some of the questions that came to mind for Stephanie Archangel in 2015 as she found herself lingering in front of the work at the Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery in The Hague. A sociologist by training, she had been searching in paintings “for black people in which I could recognized myself,” said Archangel, ... More

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Stone tools reveal humans survived a volcanic super-eruption   Judd Foundation announces new publication: Donald Judd Spaces   Plácido Domingo says he has the coronavirus

Previous claims stated that the eruption caused a ‘volcanic winter’ of around six years duration, resulting in a 1,000 year-long cooling of the Earth’s surface and the near extinction of our own species.

BRISBANE.- The recent discovery of stone tools in India has revealed that humans survived and coped with one of the largest volcanic events in human history. The intensity and impact of the historic Toba super-eruption in Indonesia sparked a long-running debate among researchers involving climatic, geological, archaeological and genetic evidence, until now. In a study released in Nature, findings suggest Homo sapiens actually survived this natural disaster 74,000 years ago. Lead author Professor Chris Clarkson from The University of Queensland said that populations at Dhaba in India were using stone tools that were similar to the toolkits being used by Homo sapiens in Africa at the same time. “These toolkits were present at Dhaba before and after the Toba super-eruption, indicating that populations survived the so-called catastrophe,” Professor Clarkson said. Previous claims stated that the eruption ... More

Donald Judd Spaces (Judd Foundation and DelMonico Books/Prestel, 2020). Kyle Knodell © 2020 Judd Foundation.

NEW YORK, NY.- Judd Foundation announced Donald Judd Spaces, the first visual survey of Judd Foundation spaces in New York and Texas. This publication includes newly commissioned and previously unpublished archival photographs alongside five essays by the artist. From 101 Spring Street in New York to Judd’s ranch in the mountains of West Texas, the book details the interiors, exteriors, and landscapes of Judd’s living and working spaces. Each space, thoroughly considered by Judd with attention to function and design, is presented in individual chapters and illustrated by photographs accompanied by building plans. Edited by Rainer Judd and Flavin Judd, this book includes images by more than thirty-five photographers, many from the Judd Foundation Archives. Donald Judd Spaces is the newest title from the set of publications by Judd Foundation with its publishing partners which includes: Donald Judd: Complete Writings 1959-1975 (Judd Fo ... More

Placido Domingo on stage at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Nov. 23, 2018. The opera singer, who is 79, disclosed on Sunday, March 22, that he tested positive for the coronavirus. Karsten Moran/The New York Times.

NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- Opera star Plácido Domingo disclosed Sunday that he tested positive for the coronavirus. Domingo, 79, who was in Mexico, shared the news in a post on Facebook. “I feel it is my moral duty to announce to you that I have tested positive for Covid-19, the Coronavirus,” he wrote. He said that he and his family were in self-isolation “for as long as it is deemed medically necessary.” He wrote that he decided to get tested because he had symptoms of a fever and cough. He also offered advice to the public as the coronavirus pandemic intensifies. “I beg everyone to be extremely careful, follow the basic guidelines by washing your hands frequently, keeping at least a 6 feet distance from others, doing everything you can to stop the virus from spreading and please above all stay home if you can!” he wrote. “Together we can fight this virus and stop t ... More

Regen Projects opens an exhibition by New York-based artist Lawrence Weiner   Tim Van Laere Gallery opens its first solo exhibition by Tal R   Carbon 12 opens an exhibition of works by André Butzer

Installation view of Lawrence Weiner ON VIEW at Regen Projects, Los Angeles February 27 – May 2, 2020. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen, Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Regen Projects is presenting by appointment only ON VIEW, an exhibition by New York-based artist Lawrence Weiner. This marks his tenth solo presentation at the gallery; his first, ASSUMING THE POSITION, was Regen Projects' inaugural show in 1989. Lawrence Weiner describes his exhibition as follows: IT’S ALL ABOUT THE THING ITSELF & HOW IT IS FIRST PERCEIVED & HOW IT IS USED A leading figure in the development of the Conceptual art movement in the 1960s, Lawrence Weiner’s seminal and singular practice uses language as the core material in his work – a distinct challenge that redefined expectations of what an artwork is and can be. Questioning the fundamentals of sculpture and art-making itself, Weiner shifted his practice from object-making to producing text-based work ... More

TAL R, Kanel, 2019 - 2020. Oil on canvas, 254 x 200 cm.

ANTWERP.- Tim Van Laere Gallery is presenting its first solo exhibition by Tal R, entitled Home Alone. The exhibition includes a new series of paintings, gouaches and drawings. Tal R (°Tel Aviv, Israel. Lives and works in Copenhagen) transforms everything in his environment into art. His works are known for their daring colors and vivid imagery. Tal R works with a variety of techniques and media including painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, installation, print and furniture. Tal R is a keen observer, who takes inspiration from reality as well as his imagination. His work fits within the northern European tradition of Edvard Munch, Asger Jorn, Per Kirkeby and Georg Baselitz. Historical and art-historical references are abundant: threads of expressionism, fauvism and symbolism continue, as well as a nod to traditional Scandinavian art, art nouveau, outsider art and children's paintings. Tal R's enigmatic work offers intersections ... More

André Butzer, Untitled, 2019. Oil on canvas, 51 x 49 cm. Courtesy Carbon 12 © the artist, Photo: Anna Shtraus.

DUBAI.- Half of the world announced the 4th solo exhibition of acclaimed hobby painter André Butzer (born 1973) in Dubai, UAE. In his latest paintings Mr. Butzer made for Dubai, he is exploring the most beautiful color ranges, and produces an almost divine rhythm within the works, and within all the 9 or so works together being installed in the wonderful gallery space Kourosh and Nadine will open with their respective keys and mobile phones to their friends, and to the general audience. People will learn a lot about these works, nobody knows what exactly, because it's too early to say, and in general, it's not something about which you can say, rather you can experience as such and react to as a whole human being or leftover being. Butzer has always painted like that, so, nothing new. New is boring. This type of 22nd century Mondrianism that we are going to see now is instead, friendly, entertaining, groovy and reliable. Let's do ... More

Rijksmuseum appoints Friso Lammertse as Curator of 17th-Century Dutch Painting   Kendall Jenner embodies iconic artworks by Maurizio Cattelan for GARAGE Magazine cover   Franz Klainsek transforms a historic building into an immersive installation in the heart of Mexico City

Friso Lammertse.

AMSTERDAM.- Friso Lammertse started his new role as the Rijksmuseum’s Curator of 17th-Century Dutch Painting on 1 March 2020. He and Curator Jonathan Bikker are co-managing the museum’s 17th-century Dutch painting collection, the largest of its kind in the world. Lammertse will be involved in a variety of exhibitions as well as research projects such as Operation Night Watch. He succeeds Pieter Roelofs, who has been appointed as Head of Paintings and Sculpture at the Rijksmuseum in 2018. Taco Dibbits, director of the Rijksmuseum: We are delighted that Friso Lammertse is joining us at the Rijksmuseum. His many years of museum experience and his global network make him a key addition to the curatorial team. Lammertse, 57, studied Art History at the University of Amsterdam. From 1992 onwards he was Curator of Old Master Paintings and Sculpture at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, where he worked on numerous major exhibitions, ... More

In a new portfolio for the magazine’s 18th issue, Cattelan collaborates with photographer Campbell Addy to revisit some of the artist's most provocative works, starring Jenner.

NEW YORK, NY.- GARAGE Magazine recently revealed the cover of its eighteenth issue, featuring a collaboration between American model Kendall Jenner, Italian conceptual artist Maurizio Cattelan, and ascendent British-Ghanian fashion photographer Campbell Addy. Under the leadership of Editor-in-Chief Mark Guiducci, GARAGE’s latest issue continues its tradition of pairing the boldest names in contemporary culture, resulting in unique collaborations between artists, photographers, actors, models, musicians, dancers, writers, and thinkers. Known for his playful and confrontational provocations towards institutions of power, Cattelan’s oeuvre is a satirical commentary on the contradictions and absurdities of Western civilization. In the latest issue of GARAGE, the theme ... More

Franz Klainsek, Liberación. Copper Wall Sculpture.

MEXICO CITY.- The public art project is a three level art piece composed of 7 rooms of sculpture, installation, painting, and performance work. The work is an experience created by Franz Klainsek to interact with the people of Mexico City in the neighborhood of La Roma. The 3-floor art building located at Álvaro Obregón 182 Roma Nte., Cuauhtémoc, 06700 Mexico City, CDMX will be destroyed in a final performance by Franz Klainsek. Each of the rooms are individually interactive and immersive pieces of art. Franz Klainsek takes us through a story of self-discovery, bravery, liberation and evolution using contrasting feelings and subliminal messages within his conceptual work. The installation as a whole represents a revolution of today - Liberación. His multidisciplinary artistic expression transforms the building into a piece that is focused on the liberation from limitations: limitations of the individual and of the society. “Huge element to be free from ... More

A composer finds the old in the new   Record-setting Pogue Collection sells $15.354 million in single session   Skoto Gallery opens an exhibition of recent paintings by Wosene Worke Kosrof

Jorg Widmann, a composer, in Berlin, March 5, 2020. Widmann has risen to the top of his field with complex yet engaging music. Mustafah Abdulaziz/The New York Times.

by David Allen

NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- One of the most performed orchestral works written this century is a piece by Jörg Widmann. Commissioned by Mariss Jansons and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and given its premiere in 2008, “Con Brio” has had over 200 performances. Before coronavirus-related cancellations, it was scheduled to be played 63 times by 28 orchestras this season alone. This is a surprise. “Con Brio” was written in a mad hurry, the score in such a state upon delivery that Jansons (who died last year) insisted that its composer, who had never before stood on a podium, conduct its first rehearsal. And the piece is hardly easy — so full of extended techniques that, just 12 minutes long, it comes with six ... More

1854-S Half Eagle, which sold for $1.92 million.

SANTA ANA, CA.- Against a backdrop of economic uncertainty and negative indicators, rare coins continued to shine tonight in California. Nearly three years after Part V of the D. Brent Pogue Collection hit the market, the most valuable coin collection ever sold cemented its grip on the record books with a white glove sale adding more than $15 million to the collection total. The two leading lots were among the most famous rarities in the whole realm of United States coinage. Leading all sales was the finest known example of the legendary 1854-S half eagle, the first $5 gold coin struck in the San Francisco Mint. The best example of the three confirmed to still exist, it realized $1.92 million. An example of the “King of American Coins,” the rare 1804 dollar, brought $1.44 million. Among other lots, a high-quality example of the rarest early American half cent, struck in 1796, brought $336,000. Rare gold coins included a historic 1841 quarter eagle ($2.50 gold coin ... More

Wosene Kosrof, Sea of Words IV, 2018, acrylic on linen, 52x48 inches. Courtesy Skoto Gallery

NEW YORK, NY.- Skoto Gallery is presenting Words Matter, Two, an exhibition of recent paintings by the Ethiopian-born artist Wosene Worke Kosrof. This is his seventh solo exhibition at the gallery. The exhibition can be viewed on the gallery's website. Wosene Worke Kosrof’s recent work continues his long-standing exploration of the interplay between language, identity, aesthetic beauty and material using the language symbols of Amharic – one of the few ancient written systems in Africa – as a core compositional element. His work is dense with visual complexity that reflects an awareness of a vast array of both formal and inherited traditions. He relieves words of conventional meanings and, instead, explores their aesthetic, sensual, and visual content to speak boldly and clearly to a universal audience. With Amharic calligraphy, Wosene explores the aesthetic dimensions of the script rather than producing ... More

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Celeste Ng, Ann Patchett, Min Jin Lee and others on the books that bring them comfort
NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- Authors are just like the rest of us — they like to soothe their anxieties by losing themselves in the pages of a beloved book. Here are some of the ones they turn to when times get tough. Celeste Ng ‘The Princess Bride,’ by William Goldman In 1987, my sister was halfway through reading me “The Princess Bride” when she went off to college. The day she left, I cried myself to sleep — and then, after I got my bearings again, I read the rest of the book on my own. So this has always been a comfort read for me: a fairy tale that acknowledges that life isn’t fair (“It’s just fairer than death, that’s all”) yet still manages to make you feel that the good guys might win, that justice will be served, that there’s a point to it all. If you only know the (fantastic) film, pick the book up, too — it’s just as much of a delight. — Celeste ... More

Biennale of Sydney moves to digital experience
SYDNEY.- For nearly 50 years, the Biennale of Sydney has presented some of the most dynamic contemporary art from around the globe in iconic venues across Sydney. This year’s exhibition, titled NIRIN and meaning ‘edge’ in Wiradjuri, is an artist- and First Nations-led biennale showcasing more than 700 artworks by 101 artists and collectives. A global platform for diverse cultures and perspectives, the Biennale unites people across the world, stimulating dialogue and inspiring change. The COVID-19 pandemic and potential impact on the safety of visitors, artists, staff and wider community remains the top priority. And so, in line with the latest advice from Government authorities, the Biennale of Sydney is closing its public exhibitions from Tuesday 24 March 2020 until further notice. The Biennale of Sydney will continue to adapt and innovate in the face ... More

New book takes us through Antoni Gaudí's fantastical universe like never before
NEW YORK, NY.- The life of Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926) was full of complexity and contradictions. As a young man he joined the Catalonian nationalist movement and was critical of the church; toward the end of his life he devoted himself completely to the construction of one single spectacular church, La Sagrada Familia. In his youth, he courted a glamorous social life and the demeanor of a dandy. By the time of his death in a tram accident on the streets of Barcelona his clothes were so shabby passersby assumed he was a beggar. Gaudí’s incomparable architecture channels much of this multifaceted intricacy. From the shimmering textures and skeletal forms of Casa Batlló to the Hispano-Arabic matrix of Casa Vicens, his work merged the influences of Orientalism, natural forms, new materials, and religious faith into a unique Modernista ... More

Now you know: A critic's guide to Sondheim
NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- Stephen Sondheim has been the composer and lyricist of 15 stage musicals and the lyricist for three others. The chief theater critics for The New York Times weigh in on all of them, dated by the approximate year of their composition or first Broadway performance. The start of Sondheim’s Broadway career was inauspicious. In his early 20s he wrote the songs for a musical with a book by Julius Epstein about a bunch of date-starved Brooklyn bachelors hoping to make a killing in the stock market. Charming and small-scale, with no chorus or other signs of Golden Age grandeur, “Saturday Night” exemplified the changing texture of musical theater — or would have, had its lead producer not died. Although the show would not be staged in New York until 2000, two of its songs became cabaret standards in the meantime: ... More

Bruges Contemporary Art and Architecture Triennial announces its theme for 2021
BRUGES.- Following on from the highly successful 2015 and 2018 editions, the Belgian world heritage city once again becomes a backdrop for contemporary art and architecture. An enticing trail, studded with international installations, takes us to places that switch intriguingly between fantasy and reality, between delusion and actuality. TraumA will take place from May to September 2021. The 2021 Triennial builds on its two predecessors, whilst simultaneously taking us off in a different direction. The 2015 Triennial considered the hypothetical transformation of Bruges into a megalopolis, if the six million tourists who visit Bruges each year should suddenly decide to settle there permanently. The 2018 Triennial examined aspects of the "liquid society" and created welcoming public spaces that had a pronounced social and participatory character on or along ... More

Online catalogue 'Alternatives for Living. Blueprints for Haus Lange Haus Esters' launches
KREFELD.- With the launch of the online catalogue of the exhibition cycle Alternatives for Living. Blueprints for Haus Lange Haus Esters, an extraordinary experimental project finds an equally exceptional format. On the publication will remain freely accessible on a permanent basis. As Museum Director Katia Baudin underlines: “Throughout the year 2019, fourteen artists, designers and architects realized visionary site-specific works and installations. For all the participants as well as for the Kunstmuseen Krefeld, this project, which marked the centennial of the Bauhaus, was an outstanding and challenging experiment.” The crucial themes of utopia, mobility and dystopia along with the modern architecture by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe were reflected anew, reexamined and reinterpreted. ... More

Pérez Art Museum Miami receives $100,000 gift from American Airlines
MIAMI, FLA.- Pérez Art Museum Miami has received a $100,000 gift from American Airlines on behalf of John S. & James L. Knight Foundation Chairman and CEO Alberto Ibargüen. Ibargüen recently stepped down from the Board of Directors at American after 11 years, where he played a vital role in the merger between American and US Airways, enabling the airline to become the largest in the world. In appreciation of his dedicated service, American donated $100,000 in Ibargüen’s name to a charity of his choice. Ibargüen chose Pérez Art Museum Miami in honor of his wife Susana, who has been a devoted Trustee of the museum for over 20 years. Susana was President of the Board of Trustees from 2001 to 2003, and has also served as Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee and on the Programs Committee. “Culture is central ... More

While Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is closed Louisiana Channel hosts visitors from all over the world
HUMLEBAEK.- Since its launch in 2012, the English language Louisiana Channel has published almost 750 videos featuring some of today’s most celebrated names within art and culture. A good 16,000 times a day, users all over the world are watching a video produced in the small Danish town Humlebaek, north of Copenhagen. At a time when a large number of museums worldwide are closed to the public, Louisiana Channel and its audience are experiencing the value of the freely available videos – and they will keep on publishing two new ones every week. Recently, the channel’s YouTube site passed a magical 100,000 subscribers and the total screenings amount to a significant number of millions. Louisiana Channel has become an ever growing and important global platform presenting videos about art and culture. The editorial staff of Channel ... More

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On a day like today, English painter John Constable died
March 31, 1837. John Constable, RA (11 June 1776 - 31 March 1837) was an English Romantic painter. Born in Suffolk, he is known principally for his landscape paintings of Dedham Vale, the area surrounding his home -- now known as "Constable Country" -- which he invested with an intensity of affection. In this image: A Sea Beach - Brighton, Photo: Bonhams.

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