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'Georgia O'Keeffe and American Modernism' opens at McNay Art Museum

Georgia O’Keeffe, From the Plains I, 1953. Oil on canvas. Collection of the McNay Art Museum, Gift of the Estate of Tom Slick, 1973.22. © Georgia O'Keeffe Museum/ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

SAN ANTONIO, TX.- Opening Friday, January 21, at the McNay Art Museum, Georgia O’Keeffe and American Modernism presents a wide-ranging view of the American Modernist movement through 65 diverse artworks from the McNay’s permanent collection, the Harmon and Harriet Kelley Foundation for the Arts, and rare loans from across the country. “At this time of great transformation in our country’s history, social norms and boundaries were challenged, and conventions on class, gender, religion, and race were increasingly blurred and redefined,” said Liz Paris, McNay Collections Manager and co-curator of the exhibition. “American artists were inspired by the diversity of immigrant cultures, and in many cases, their own experiences as first-generation American citizens.” Known as the “mother of American Modernism,” Georgia O’Keeffe emerged as a prominent artist in the movement through paintings and watercolors th ... More

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The Met announces gift of a rare painting by Nicolas Poussin from Jon and Barbara Landau   Annie Leibovitz & Sally Mann among February Photographs Auction highlights   Françoise Gilot: 'It girl' at 100

Nicolas Poussin (French, 1594–1665), Agony in the Garden. 1626–27, oil on copper. 24 1/8 in. x 23 1/8 in. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Jon and Barbara Landau in honor of Keith Christiansen.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced today that it has received a gift from Jon and Barbara Landau of an exceptional painting by Nicolas Poussin (1594–1665), a French artist who changed the course of European painting and set the terms for subsequent generations of artists. Agony in the Garden, created between 1626–27, is one of only two unanimously accepted works by Poussin executed in oil on copper rather than on canvas, which he used more typically. This important addition to the Department of European Paintings brings The Met's holdings of paintings by Poussin to seven, making it the largest and most comprehensive collection of the artist’s work outside Europe. “We are thrilled to add this remarkable painting to The Met’s collection,” said Max Hollein, Marina Kellen French Director of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. “Poussin has ... More

Annie Leibovitz, John Cleese, London, 1990. Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000.

CHICAGO, IL.- On February 1, Hindman Auctions will present its third auction dedicated to Photographs, which will be highlighted by a striking selection of Annie Leibovitz portraits. The sale will also offer a dazzling selection of celebrity photography, by artists such as Yousuf Karsh, Philippe Halsman, William John Kennedy, Imogen Cunningham, Edward Weston and Bruno Bernard (Bernard of Hollywood) that spotlight a range of luminaries from Hollywood to New York. A compelling group of Annie Leibovitz photographs will be offered, highlighted by Alice in Wonderland for Vogue, (Viktor and Rolf with Natalia, Paris) (lot 86; estimate: $3,000-5,000), an image from an iconic 2003 fashion shoot. Leibovitz collaborated with Grace Coddington, former Vogue Creative Director, on this highly praised shoot. Her recent book titled Annie Leibovitz: Wonderland (Phaidon), was released in 2021 to much acclaim. With two exhibitions at Hauser & Wirth in New York a ... More

The artist Francoise Gilot, former wife of Pablo Picasso, at her home in New York, Jan. 13, 2022. Landon Nordeman/The New York Times.

by Ruth La Ferla

NEW YORK, NY.- Seated bolt upright on a cream-colored sofa, Françoise Gilot was as grave as an oracle, an impression enhanced by her precision-tailored flame red suit. “I wear red as a kind of protection, an affirmation of character,” she said. “It allows me to show myself the way I want to be seen.” It was her expression — a blend of mischief, vulnerability and tentative warmth — that gave her away. “I am shy,” Gilot said more than once during a rare interview late last month on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, in the apartment that is also her studio. Never mind the stir she created with the 1964 publication of “Life With Picasso,” a blisteringly candid account of her 10-year relationship with the artist. (She was the only woman to have walked out on him.) Or her stature as an artist: Her works are exhibited in more than a dozen museums, ... More

Asia Week New York and The Winter Show present webinar on J.P. Morgan   Christie's New York announces sale of Outsider Art   Gagosian announces new gallery in Gstaad, Switzerland

Court School of Charles the Bald, Lindau Gospels, jeweled upper cover of the Lindau Gospels, Switzerland, Abbey of St. Gall, late 9th century, ca. 880, the Morgan Library, purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1901.

NEW YORK, NY.- Asia Week New York, in partnership with The Winter Show, present J.P. Morgan: A Collector’s Legacy, an online webinar, featuring a distinguished panel of scholars and experts including Charlotte Eyerman, Jean Strouse, Colin B. Bailey, Linda H. Roth, and Steven Chait, each of whom will explore a specific point of interest about the larger-than-life financial tycoon and collector. The presentation will be held on Wednesday, January 26 at 5:00 p.m. EST. To register: click here. John Pierpont Morgan was not only one of the most powerful figures in finance with his name atop one of the world’s leading banking and investment firms, but also a prodigious collector, whose legacy resides in the masterpieces from his extraordinary collection that are now highlights of important museum and private collections throughout ... More

David Butler (1898-1997), Walking Stick with Figure, circa 1975. Estimate: $4,000-8,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2022.

NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s announced Outsider Art, a live sale taking place at Rockefeller Center on 3 February 2022. The auction presents masterpieces by the category’s leading artists including Henry Darger, Bill Traylor, and Martín Ramírez among others. The sale includes a fantastic selection of work from private collections sold for philanthropic initiatives; including property from the William Louis-Dreyfus Foundation, sold to benefit the Foundation and the Harlem Children’s Zone, and property from the Collection of William A. Fagaly, sold to benefit Prospect New Orleans’ William A. Fagaly Memorial Fund for Social Impact. Internationally recognized curator William Fagaly (1938-2021) dedicated his decades-long career at the New Orleans Museum of Art to bolstering the institution’s representation of African art, Outsider art, and contemporary ... More

The exterior of Gagosian’s new gallery at Promenade 79, Gstaad, Switzerland. Photo: Annik Wetter.

GSTAAD.- Gagosian announced the opening of a new gallery in Gstaad, Switzerland, this February. Located along the historic promenade in the heart of the village, the gallery will be inaugurated with an exhibition of works by Damien Hirst opening on February 14. Gagosian’s presence in the alpine location began in 2018, with a series of pop-up presentations in and around Gstaad, featuring the work of artists including Giuseppe Penone, Andreas Gursky, Marc Newson, and Ed Ruscha. Gagosian opened its first location in Switzerland more than a decade ago, and the new space joins an existing gallery in Basel, which was inaugurated in 2019. Millicent Wilner, a director of Gagosian since 2001, commented, “Switzerland has long enjoyed a rich history of collecting. Esteemed private collections evolved into institutions and foundations, and a new generation of individuals and families has continued the tradition of arts ... More

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Albright-Knox Art Gallery jointly acquire Infinity Mirrored Room by Yayoi Kusama   Sable Elyse Smith joins Regen Projects   The day New Queer Cinema said: Let's do this

Yayoi Kusama, “Infinity Mirrored Room—My Heart Is Dancing into the Universe,” 2018. Wood and glass mirrored room with paper lanterns, 119 5/8 x 245 1/8 x 245 1/8 in. (304 x 622.4 x 622.4 cm). Courtesy Ota Fine Arts and Victoria Miro, London/Venice. © YAYOI KUSAMA. Purchased jointly by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. (Joseph H. Hirshhorn Purchase Fund, 2020), and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, with funds from the George B. and Jenny R. Mathews Fund, by exchange.

WASHINGTON, DC.- In a landmark collaboration between two leading U.S. modern and contemporary art museums, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden announced today the joint acquisition of an important immersive artwork by Yayoi Kusama. “Infinity Mirrored Room—My Heart Is Dancing into the Universe” (2018) will receive its East Coast debut when “One with Eternity: Yayoi Kusama in the Hirshhorn Collection” opens at the Hirshhorn this spring; dates to be announced. The artwork will go on display in Buffalo, NY, in the years following the completion of the Albright-Knox’s campus expansion and ... More

Sable Elyse Smith, Riot I, 2019. Stainless steel with 2k painted finish, 56 x 56 x 56 inches © Sable Elyse Smith, Courtesy Regen Projects and JTT, New York.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Regen Projects announced representation of Sable Elyse Smith. Working in video, sculpture, photography, and text-based artworks, Smith draws attention to American systems of inequity. Her work focuses on the largely unseen personal, political, and quotidian impact that state-funded penal, educational, and economic structures have on culture at large. Smith makes this visible by recontextualizing materials, symbols, forms, and value systems from these bureaucratic programs to make new meaning. Taking the form of appropriations of ready-made objects, images, video, or text, Smith’s practice adopts that which can be presumed to be neutral or banal—realigning it with issues surrounding memory, violence, trauma, and systemic inequality. Her work Riot I, 2019, is composed of a group of standard-issue stools designed for prison visiting rooms. Joined together at the center, the round seats jut outward ... More

In a photo from Sandria Miller for Sundance Institute, images from the Barbed-Wire Kisses panel at the 1992 Sundance Film Festival. Sandria Miller for Sundance Institute via The New York Times.

by Erik Piepenburg

NEW YORK, NY.- On Jan. 25, 1992, the Sundance Film Festival convened a panel on contemporary lesbian and gay cinema and “the significance of this movement,” according to the program. It was a bold declaration that drew nine speakers to a dais at noon, even though they were probably hung over from the big party the night before, where Brad Pitt showed up. Sharing a name with an album by the Jesus and Mary Chain, the Barbed-Wire Kisses panel was a turning point for queer film. Not just because of the activist-driven, identity-cinema particulars it covered — there was talk of “having to rethink history according to our terms,” as director Todd Haynes said during the discussion, and debate over protests regarding transgender representation in “The Silence of the Lambs.” What happened that day was a flash point in the genesis of New ... More

Art Basel Hong Kong 2022 exhibitor list announced   47 Canal opens a group exhibition featuring works by Michele Abeles, Josh Kline, and Stewart Uoo   The Philadelphia Show announces 60th anniversary on museum grounds

Asia Art Center © Art Basel.

HONG KONG.- The 2022 edition of Art Basel Hong Kong will feature a strong line-up of 137 leading galleries from Hong Kong, Asia, and overseas – a notable increase from 104 last year – despite continuing pandemic-related challenges and Hong Kong travel and quarantine restrictions. The show welcomes 16 newcomers, including Galería Cayón from Madrid, Lucie Chang Fine Arts and Mine Project from Hong Kong, Mizoe Art Gallery with spaces in Tokyo and Fukuoka, rin art association with spaces in Takasaki, Gallery Vazieux from Paris, Misako & Rosen with spaces in Tokyo and Brussels, Jason Haam from Seoul, Vin Gallery from Ho Chi Minh City, Galerie Forsblom from Helsinki, Catinca Tabacaru from Bucharest, Galerie Mitterrand from Paris, Jahn und Jahn from Munich, Jan Kaps from Cologne, Maia Contemporary from Mexico City, and Kendall Koppe from Glasgow. Given ongoing international travel restrictions, Art Basel will again offer galleries ... More

Stewart Uoo, Window Grill X, 2014.

NEW YORK, NY.- “blue monday” is a group exhibition featuring works by Michele Abeles, Josh Kline, and Stewart Uoo. Time is pulled tightly into focus in Michele Abeles’s series of street photography, titled Watches (2014). Closely fixed on the glint of wrist watches of figures in motion– women who are out shopping, maybe returning from a smoke break––the large compositions read almost like adverts through the contradictory nature of their messages. They remind you that time is for sale, but timelessness is what you actually desire. Moving out from the studio and onto the street, Abeles still renders her special type of temporal and spacial dislocation in the flatness of her arrangements. Here, the images are cropped so closely on their subjects that they seem to suspend or float through the streets of any generic city. There exists a seemingly exhaustive familiarity of unbreakable archetype that’s repeated and tethered between this life and the next. Stewart Uoo&# ... More

Jamie Wyeth, Study of Rudolf Nureyev (Study #91), 1977, Courtesy of Somerville Manning Gallery.

PHILADELPHIA, PA.- The Philadelphia Show – one of the nation’s leading art and design fairs, known for the exceptional quality and integrity of its exhibitors – is pleased to announce its 60th Anniversary Edition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art from April 29 – May 1, 2022. This year’s event will feature forty of the most outstanding exhibitors in the US, specializing in fine art, design, antiques, Americana, folk art, ceramics, porcelain, silver, jewelry, textiles, and decorative arts. The Philadelphia Show boasts a diverse group of exhibitors showcasing works spanning from the 16th to the 21st centuries, with a core DNA rooted in American art further bolstered by international influences that include important European and Asian works. Firmly established as the premier destination for antiques, The Philadelphia Show has more recently made a commitment to amplify its modern and contemporary design offerings, welc ... More

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Fred Parris, creator of a doo-wop classic, dies at 85
NEW YORK, NY.- Fred Parris, who was a lovestruck 19-year-old missing his fiancee while serving in the Army when he wrote one of pop music’s most enduring songs, the wistful doo-wop ballad commonly known as “In the Still of the Night,” and recorded it with his group The Five Satins in 1956, died Jan. 13 in New Haven, Connecticut. He was 85. His current group, Fred Parris and The Five Satins, posted news of his death on its Facebook page, saying only that he died after a short illness. Over the years Parris varied the story of his signature song a bit, but this was the gist of it: He had met the “girl of my dreams,” as he put it, at the Savin Rock amusement park in West Haven, Connecticut, in 1954, and by the next year they were engaged. On the train ride back to his Army base in Philadelphia after a particularly nice visit with her, he reminisced about their first night ... More

Erin Lee Antonak appointed Multidisciplinary Arts Curator at the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS, LA.- The Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans is pleased to announce the appointment of Erin Lee Antonak as Multidisciplinary Arts Curator. Antonak joins the CAC to develop its multidisciplinary, visual and performing arts program. With more than 20 years of curatorial and exhibition design experience, Antonak, also an exhibiting sculptor, has organized and curated shows in Europe, Asia, North America, South America and Africa. Antonak started her career in New Orleans at the CAC with Curator David Rubin and at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, working under Curator David Houston. She went on to work at the Acadiana Center for the Arts in Lafayette, Delaware Museum of Art, and most recently Curator at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi, Mississippi. Antonak has a BA from Bard College and an MFA from State ... More

Minerals from revered Rock Currier to shimmer in Heritage Auctions Nature & Science Event
DALLAS, TX.- Collectors of the world's finest minerals know what comes from Rock. A trove of 270 spectacular items from the personal collection of Rock H. Currier, a legend among mineral collectors, will come to auction for the first time February 7 in Heritage Auctions' Nature & Science Signature® Auction. The event will be the second installment of minerals from Currier's collection offered through Heritage. The first Rock H. Currier Collection of Fine Minerals Auction topped $3.4 million in sales in August 2019. A preview will be taking place at La Fuente de Piedras (1735 N. Oracle Road, Tucson, Arizona 85795) during the world-renowned Tucson Gem & Mineral Show. The auction will be streamed from Dallas to Tucson at 12 p.m. (Mountain Time) on February 7 to also accommodate live bidders via Internet at the Tucson preview. ... More

Christie's France announces 'Oceania Now: Contemporary Art from the Pacific' sale
PARIS.- Christie's will present Oceania Now: Contemporary Art from Pacific, curated by Christie’s African and Oceanic Art and Post-War & Contemporary Art departments in Paris. This exciting exhibition, which will take place from 11th to 26th February, will be followed by Christie’s first dedicated online auction of contemporary artists from the Pacific. Running from 11 February to 1 March, this online auction represents a unique opportunity for the French and international market to engage with some of the most important emerging and established artists in the region today. Christie’s is delighted to collaborate on this project with Alison Bartley and John Gow, two of the most influential and established gallerists in New Zealand. The exhibition will be free and open to the public and coincide with the online sale catalogue publishing on, for ... More

Exhibition at Casey Kaplan celebrates the life and work of Marlo Pascual
NEW YORK, NY.- Casey Kaplan announces Marlo Pascual, Remembering. This exhibition celebrates the life and work of the artist, who lost her battle with ovarian cancer in 2020. Organized by the Estate of Marlo Pascual with her friend, Wade Guyton, Remembering features significant artworks shown throughout her career, installed in her elegantly sparse style. Pascual’s work incorporates reimagined found images and evocative interactions between objects and photographs, making it both enigmatic and cinematic. She approached her exhibitions with the comprehensiveness of an auteur, deeply considering each element from idea to process to the mood set for the viewer’s reception. Remembering honors Pascual’s extraordinary vision and trajectory as an artist. A fully illustrated book published by the gallery and designed by Joseph Logan ... More

Christie's announces Shanghai to London sales series
SHANGHAI.- Launching the 20/21 Marquee Sale Weeks in 2022, Christie’s March season will establish a dialogue between the cities of London and Shanghai. The 20/21 Shanghai to London series of auctions will take place on 1 March 2022, beginning with the 20th / 21st Century: Shanghai Evening Sale before moving to the 20th / 21st Century: London Evening Sale and concluding with The Art of the Surreal Evening Sale. This initiative continues Christie’s pioneering commitment to Shanghai with the auction inaugurating the new office and gallery spaces at BUND ONE, No. 1 East Zhongshan Road. Christie’s remains the only international auction house to be authorised to hold sales in Mainland China and this will mark our first in the city since the pandemic began. The 20/21 Shanghai to London series of sales will also be live and livestreamed to our ... More

Art Fund New Collecting Awards will expand UK's collections
LONDON.- Today Art Fund announced that four ambitious UK curators will receive funding to expand their museums’ holdings through new avenues of collecting. This year’s New Collecting Awards - the seventh round of grants in the scheme - will enable the Museum of the Home to collect objects that reflect the true diversity of London and tell stories of migration, build the holdings of films at the Pier Arts Centre in Stromness, raise the visibility of trans identities through the acquisition of new works for the V&A’s collection and expand the British Library’s Arabic collection through the acquisition of contemporary graphic novels, zines and other objects. The scheme has awarded 39 curators a share of over £1.8 million over the past seven years. A total of £149,725 was awarded in this round, providing each curator with a budget for acquisitions alongside ... More

Gaspard Ulliel, French actor and 'Moon Knight' star, dies at 37
NEW YORK, NY.- Gaspard Ulliel, a star of French cinema best known outside his native country for portraying the young Hannibal Lecter in “Hannibal Rising” and fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent in “Saint Laurent,” died Wednesday, the day after a skiing accident in France. He was 37. Ulliel’s family confirmed his death in a statement to Agence France-Presse, the French news service. His death, from a head injury, according to the French press, came just weeks before Ulliel is to appear in Marvel’s “Moon Knight” series for Disney+, scheduled to debut March 30. Roselyne Bachelot, France’s culture minister, was among the many French political and cultural figures to pay tribute to him. “His sensitivity and the intensity of his acting made Gaspard Ulliel an exceptional actor,” she said on Twitter. “Cinema today loses an immense talent. ... More

Irish Museum of Modern Art presents a stunning new immersive installation by Aoife Dunne
DUBLIN.- Winter at IMMA is presenting DREAMSPHERE a stunning new immersive installation devised by IMMA artist-in-residence Aoife Dunne. Hypnotically staged in the IMMA Courtyard, DREAMSPHERE engulfs spectators in a site-specific, multi-sensorial mindscape, creating a memorising and powerful experience not to be missed. This is the fourth artist commission in a series of outdoor commissions to celebrate IMMA’s 30th Birthday. Exploring the notion of consciousness as a physical shared space in which to roam and reside, audiences are encircled by arresting sounds and screens. Viewers are sent on a surreal trip through the tumultuous mind; teasing prospects of shared consciousness whilst exploiting technology to stretch the psychological parameters of human experience. Dunne’s long-standing penchant for blending physical and digital disciplines ... More

What to wear in the metaverse
NEW YORK, NY.- Late in October, when Mark Zuckerberg unveiled the rebranding of Facebook as Meta, he did so in an immersive video designed to reveal his vision of the future in which virtual he, Mark Z., gave a virtual tour of all of the exciting things we will able to do in the new virtual world otherwise known as the metaverse. There was experiential art. There was a meeting where attendees floated around a table as if in a spaceship. Yet there was our host himself, as a cartoon representation, in black jeans, white sneaks and a long-sleeve navy T-shirt, looking very familiar, only a little more fit. “Really, Zuck, you could have worn ANYTHING, and you chose this?” tweeted one observer. It was a fair point. If the upside of the coming future is, as Zuckerberg said in his presentation, to “be able to do almost anything you can imagine,” and “express ... More

France's colonial conflict, filmed from both sides
NEW YORK, NY.- Shot in Algeria on the eve of independence, “The Olive Trees of Justice” is the only fiction film by American documentarian James Blue and, based on a novel by French Algerian writer Jean Pélégri, one that acknowledges colonial oppression as well as post-colonial displacement. Blue’s movie, which had its U.S. premiere in 1963 as part of the first New York Film Festival, has been revived at Metrograph, newly restored and still resonant. Unsurprisingly, “Olive Trees” has a strong neorealist component. A pre-credit statement announces it as a movie without professional actors. The protagonist Jean (Pierre Prothon) is a young pied-noir — a settler of European descent — who has returned to Algiers from France to be with his dying father (played by Pélégri, who also wrote the screenplay). Some of the strongest scenes ... More

Stanford appoints Deborah Cullinan vice president for the arts
STANFORD, CA.- After a national search, Deborah Cullinan, chief executive officer of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, has been appointed vice president for the arts at Stanford University, where she will collaborate across professional, academic and public communities to bring forward a comprehensive, future-facing vision and plan for the arts at the university. Reporting to President Marc Tessier-Lavigne, Cullinan will be responsible for representing the arts at the highest levels of the administration. She will oversee a central arts office and the non-departmental and public-facing arts programs, including the Anderson Collection at Stanford University, the Cantor Arts Center, the Institute for Diversity in the Arts, the Stanford Arts Institute and Stanford Live. In her new role, Cullinan will champion the arts as fundamental ... More

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On a day like today, fashion designer Christian Dior was born
January 21, 1905. Christian Dior (21 January 1905 - 24 October 1957) was a French fashion designer, best known as the founder of one of the world's top fashion houses, also called Christian Dior, which is now owned by Groupe Arnault. His fashion houses are now all around the world. This file picture taken on July 3, 2017 shows a man adjusting a dress prior to the opening of the Dior exhibition that celebrates the seventieth anniversary of the Christian Dior fashion house, at the Museum of Decorative Arts (Musee des Arts Decoratifs) in Paris. 708 000 people visited the exhibition dedicated to Christian Dior from July 5, 2017 to January 7, 2018 in Paris. ALAIN JOCARD / AFP.

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