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'Limitless! Five Women Reshape Contemporary Art' opens at McNay Art Museum

Sandy Skoglund, The Cocktail Party, 1992. Inkjet print. Collection of the McNay Art Museum, Given anonymously. © Sandy Skoglund.

SAN ANTONIO, TX.- Opening March 4, Limitless! Five Women Reshape Contemporary Art, presented by Bank of America, features the artwork of individuals who create without boundaries. The new exhibition offers trailblazing installations in diverse mediums by female artists Martine Gutierrez, Letitia Huckaby, Yayoi Kusama, Sandy Skoglund, and Jennifer Steinkamp. From floor-to-ceiling art and video installations to a fan-favorite Infinity Mirror Room, this multigenerational and multicultural group of artists demonstrates boundless creativity and serves as inspiration to their contemporaries and future generations. “The McNay is San Antonio’s place of beauty and belonging because of the vision of a woman artist,” said Richard Aste, McNay Director and CEO. ... More

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Louvre recovers 16th-century armour, four decades after theft   Boy Scouts will sell nearly 60 Norman Rockwell works to pay sex-abuse claims   The Louvre turns to merch

A ceremonial helmet during its official restitution by the French Central Directorate of the Judicial Police (DCPJ) to the Louvre Museum. Thomas SAMSON / AFP.

PARIS (AFP).- The Louvre museum in Paris said Wednesday that it had recovered a set of gold and silver-encrusted Renaissance-era armour nearly 40 years after it was stolen. A military antiques expert alerted police after being called in to give advice regarding an inheritance in Bordeaux in January and becoming suspicious about the luxurious helmet and body armour in the family's collection. Police later identified the items from a database of stolen artworks as having been taken from the Louvre on May 31, 1983, in circumstances that remain a mystery. Bordeaux prosecutors are now investigating how they ended up in the family's estate. The armour and helmet are thought to have been made in Milan between 1560 and 1580. They were donated to the Louvre in 1922 by the Rothschild family. "I was certain we would see them reappear one day because they are such singular objects. But I could never have imagined that it would work out so well -- that they would be in France and ... More

In a reorganization plan filed in federal bankruptcy court in Delaware this week, the Boy Scouts listed nearly 60 of pieces of art by Rockwell whose sale would help raise money for a settlement fund of at least $300 million for sexual abuse victims.

by Neil Vigdor

NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- The association between the Boy Scouts of America and Norman Rockwell spanned more than six decades, yielding dozens of commissioned coming-of-age portraits that evoke virtue, bravery and Americana. But now faced with tens of thousands of sex-abuse claims, the debt-saddled organization is poised to do the unthinkable: Sell its collection of Rockwell’s art. In a reorganization plan filed in federal bankruptcy court in Delaware this week, the Boy Scouts listed nearly 60 of pieces of art by Rockwell whose sale would help raise money for a settlement fund of at least $300 million for sexual abuse victims. The names of the paintings include “The Right Way,” “On My Honor” and “I Will Do My Best.” The years that they were completed range from 1916 to a lithograph in 1976, two years before Rockwell’s death in 1978. “The plan ... More

The “Mona Lisa” Uniqlo Tee is worn in front of Leonardo da Vinci's “Mona Lisa” painting at the Louvre Museum in Paris. Via Musée du Louvre via The New York Times.

by Elaine Sciolino

NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- Can face masks and T-shirts save the Louvre? Probably not, but maybe they can help keep the museum’s name alive while its doors stay shut. In normal times, the Louvre is one of the most visited museums in the world: 9.6 million people walked its halls in 2019. But the coronavirus has deprived it of foreign tourists and government decrees closed it down twice for nearly six months last year, a loss of 90 million euros (about $108 million) in revenue, according to the Louvre. Since last March, the museum, along with other French cultural institutions, has remained shut indefinitely. (It opened last year from early July to the end of October.) “We need to find new ways to make money,” said Adel Ziane, director of external relations for the Louvre. “The COVID crisis has made it more urgent than ever to diversify and make the most of the Louvre name.” One of his answers is retail. ... More

Nationalmuseum acquires a floral still life by Berjon   New technique reveals centuries of secrets in locked letters   White Cube opens an online exhibition of works by Gilbert & George

Antoine Berjon, Still Life with Flower Arrangement and Fruit Basket, circa 1800. Photo: Cecilia Heisser/Nationalmuseum.

STOCKHOLM.- Nationalmuseum has acquired an exceptional floral still life by the French artist Antoine Berjon, who in 1800 was one of the true stars of the French art world. The painting complements Nationalmuseum’s collections, which until now had lacked examples of this type of flower painting, which was an immensely popular genre around the turn of the 19th century. Antoine Berjon (1754–1843) began his artistic career by drawing patterns for silk manufacturers in his hometown of Lyon. This activity required in-depth botanical knowledge and a skilled draughtsman’s hand to translate such expertise into an image. It was thus a natural step and no great leap for the artist to transition to oil painting. In 1794 Berjon settled in Paris, where flower painting experienced a renaissance after a number of Dutch artists who had moved there devoted themselves to it with new energy. The most important of these was ... More

The computer-generated unfolding sequence of a sealed letter. Unlocking History Research Group via The New York Times.

by William J. Broad

NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- In 1587, hours before her beheading, Mary, Queen of Scots, sent a letter to her brother-in-law Henry III, King of France. But she didn’t just sign it and send it off. She folded the paper repeatedly, cut out a piece of the page and left it dangling. She used that strand of paper to sew the letter tight with locking stitches. In an era before sealed envelopes, this technique, now called letterlocking, was as important for deterring snoops as encryption is to your email inbox today. Although this art form faded in the 1830s with the advent of mass-produced envelopes, it has recently attracted renewed attention from scholars. But they have faced a problem: How do you look at the contents of such locked letters without permanently damaging priceless bits of history? On Tuesday, a team of 11 scientists ... More

Gilbert George DIG FOR VICTORY 2020 (detail). 227 x 380 cm | 89 3/8 x 149 5/8 in. © Gilbert & George. Courtesy White Cube.

LONDON.- White Cube is presenting the NEW NORMAL PICTURES by Gilbert & George at Mason’s Yard. This exhibition brings together 26 pictures from a new series they have been working on for over two years. Since meeting as students in the late summer of 1967, Gilbert & George have been travelling together on a visionary and moral journey that they liken to John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress. Their journey is made on foot, along the endless streets of London; occasionally by bus to the city’s eastern edges. It encompasses new-build developments on reclaimed and reworked land; excursions into a not-too-distant future, as disquietingly mild as it is lowering. Gilbert & George’s NEW NORMAL PICTURES have the air, also, of temperate yet strangely intense days. In fact, the stages on a journey they seem to recount have a ‘post-everything’ air; as though they have just crossed through a fissure in time to a place t ... More

Toko Shinoda dies at 107; Fused calligraphy with abstract expressionism   Ruiz-Healy Art opens group exhibition "Plurality of Isolations"   Kunsthalle Basel opens an exhibition of works by Lydia Ourahmane

Toko Shinoda's work married the ancient serenity of calligraphy with the modernist urgency of Abstract Expressionism. Kiyoyuki Fukuda/The Tolman Collection of Tokyo via The New York Times.

by Margalit Fox

NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- Toko Shinoda, one of the foremost Japanese artists of the 20th century, whose work married the ancient serenity of calligraphy with the modernist urgency of abstract expressionism, died Monday at a hospital in Tokyo. She was 107. Her death was announced by Allison Tolman, her gallerist in the United States. A painter and printmaker, Shinoda attained international renown at midcentury and remained sought after by major museums and galleries worldwide for more than five decades. Her work has been exhibited at, among other places, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York; the Art Institute of Chicago; the British Museum; and the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo. Private collectors include the Japanese imperial family. Writing about a 1998 ... More

Jesse Amado, December 2020, 2020. Signed and dated on the reverse Le Corbusier acrylic and burnt flairs on canvas, 30 x 24.5 in. 76.2 x 62.2 cm.

SAN ANTONIO, TX.- Ruiz-Healy Art is presenting Plurality of Isolations featuring works by RF Alvarez, Jesse Amado, Jennifer Ling Datchuk, Jenelle Esparza, Barbara Miñarro, Cecilia Paredes, Ethel Shipton, and Carlos Rosales-Silva. Plurality of Isolations opened on Wednesday, February 24th, and will be on view until April 24th, 2021. The exhibition touches on the experiences shared by many during the COVID-19 pandemic, political distress, and fragile economic environment. The exhibition is an assemblage of the meditations of these artists who share common themes—separation, upheaval, unrest, and hope for better days to come. These periods of hardship indelibly cast a mark on art and shape the course of art history. Though the COVID-19 crisis has had a severe emotional and economic impact on the artistic community, artists are regrouping and reinventing themselves for this new normal as they have done in past catastrophes and ... More

Lydia Ourahmane during install of the exhibition Barzakh, Kunsthalle Basel, 2021. Photo: Dominik Asche / Kunsthalle Basel.

BASEL.- What makes a home? Is it architecture: bricks and mortar, walls and doors? Is it the sum of the innumerable belongings brought to and held within that space: quotidian vessels of a life lived? Or is it the haunting memories arising in and about any or all of these together? And, about whose home do we speak, when it is occupied by a young, Algerianborn artist who returned to her native home- land only to end up living amongst not only her own things, but also the belongings of the deceased former occupant of her rental apartment? Moreover, is it (still) a home when you take these enmeshed contents— from photographs and dinnerware, furnish- ings and appliances, to chandeliers and doors—transport them 2,625 kilometers north to Kunsthalle Basel and reassemble them as an art installation? Indeed, what are we looking at when the realm of the private is rendered so radically public, when perfect strangers can riffle t ... More

IMMA opens an exhibition of the work of Chantal Joffe inspired by Lucian Freud's paintings of his mother   Miller & Miller announces Music Machines, Clocks & Canadiana auction   South Street Seaport Museum launches collections online portal featuring over 1,300 pieces on virtual display

Chantal Joffe, My Mother with Fern, 2017, Oil on canvas, 40.8 x 31.3 x 2 cm, © Chantal Joffe, Courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro.

DUBLIN.- IMMA launched The Artist’s Mother, the latest project in response to the IMMA Collection: Freud Project 2016-2021. Inspired by Lucian Freud’s paintings of his mother, Lucie, this is the first presentation which interweaves digital and physical elements. Central to the project is the work of artist Chantal Joffe who has portrayed her mother, Daryll, in an exceptional series of paintings and pastels. The exhibition The Artist’s Mother: Lucie and Daryll is the first time IMMA combines both a gallery display in the Freud Centre, alongside a digitally installed exhibition in a new virtual gallery space. In this series of 15 portraits, 6 in dialogue with Lucian Freud in the gallery and 13 in the virtual gallery space, with some of the portraits been shown in both spaces, Chantal Joffe provides insights into the unique bond between mother-subject and artist-child. At the centre of this conversation are two of Freud’s most o ... More

Regent two-sided porcelain service station sign from the 1950s, impressive at 60 inches in diameter, in fine shape except for a few pea-sized chips (est. CA$2,500-$3,500).

NEW HAMBURG.- A Wurlitzer Model 147 military band organ from 1916, rare and beautiful 18th century Dutch clocks and gorgeous painted pine furniture pieces made in Ontario, Canada in the mid-19th century are a few expected top lots in Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd.’s online-only Music Machines, Clocks & Canadiana auction slated for Saturday, March 20. The auction, starting promptly at 9 am Eastern time, features four outstanding collections: the Cathy and Gerry Koolen collection of music machines and clocks; the Robert Russell clock collection, the John Wine collection of Canadian furniture and the Ben Lennox collection of fresh-to-market and seldom-seen items ranging from early historic trade signs to rare seltzers. “We are pleased to be offering Cathy and Gerry Koolen’s outstanding collection of Dutch clocks, tower clocks and music machines,” ... More

Thomas W. Kennedy (ca. 1890-1915 active years), View of pier and lighter under the Brooklyn Bridge, ca. 1890-1915. South Street Seaport Museum 2016.3.1

NEW YORK, NY.- South Street Seaport Museum launched a Collections Online Portal featuring over 1,300 pieces on virtual display available now at, with more to be added on an on-going basis, allowing audiences to explore New York City’s past through the archives, artifacts, and photographs of the South Street Seaport Museum. “The Seaport Museum is a collecting institution; for decades we have gathered objects that reflect New York through the lens of its origins as a port city. The artifacts in the Museum's collection are a broad array of metaphorical jewels, illustrating the rise of New York through its myriad connections with the rest of the world, connections made possible by ships and the sea. Our city is a city on the sea; the collection, a small percentage of which is now available online is a magnificent illustration of that,” said Captain Jonathan Boul ... More

I am unable to make a servile copy of nature. Henri Matisse

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New leadership appointments at Christie's
NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s announced the appointment of Bonnie Brennan as President, Christie’s Americas. Bonnie brings more than 20 years of experience in the auction business, the past eight at Christie’s, where she serves as Chairman of Business Development in the Americas. As President, Bonnie will lead Christie’s efforts in strategic business development and client engagement in the Americas. She will work in close collaboration with Marc Porter, Chairman, Americas. Guillaume Cerutti, Chief Executive Officer, commented: “I am delighted to appoint Bonnie as President, Christie’s Americas. Bonnie is highly respected by her colleagues and she is appreciated by the clients she has worked with for decades. Her client focus and her passion to cement Christie’s as the leading auction house ideally position her to steer our business ... More

Ten important works by Edward Seago to go up for auction at Dreweatts
LONDON.- Sailing or history aficionados will be delighted to hear that a magnificent painting of the Cutty Sark, by the celebrated artist Edward Seago (1910-1974), is one of ten works by the artist to be offered at auction in March. The spectacular painting in oil on canvas is one of several that Seago painted of the clipper, in its dry dock at Greenwich, London, demonstrating his ongoing fascination of the river and shipping. It is estimated to fetch £5,000-8,000 when it goes under the hammer in Dreweatts Modern & Contemporary Art sale on March 18, 2021. The works (lots 106-115 in the sale), include drawings, watercolours and oil paintings, showcasing the full breadth and diversity of his oeuvre. From an early equestrian work inspired by his mentor, Sir Alfred Munnings, to his later quintessential views of the coastline of his beloved Norfolk, plus a range ... More

Ruth Noack named Executive Director and Curator of new cultural center The Corner At Whitman-Walker
WASHINGTON, DC.- Ruth Noack, former curator of documenta 12, has been appointed Executive Director and Curator of The Corner at Whitman-Walker, a new cultural center in Washington, D.C. Noack is charged to build an institution at the nexus between art, health and education, drawing on intersectional LGBTQ perspectives and the healthcare expertise of Whitman-Walker. Amongst Noack's seminal shows count the co-curated Things We Don’t Understand (2000), The Government (2000-2005) and documenta 12 (2007); recent exhibitions include Notes on Crisis, Currency and Consumption (2015) and Sleeping with a Vengeance, Dreaming of a Life, a series of exhibitions last shown at Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, 2019-20. Teaching internationally for two decades, she headed the Curating Contemporary Art Program at the RCA/London ... More

Nohra Haime Gallery opens an exhibition of works by Valerie Hird
NEW YORK, NY.- Valerie Hird’s newest exhibition, What Did Happen to Alice; My Avatar, highlights her award-winning video animation with its interactive stage sets and multi-media paintings. This series explores complex questions of identity as it follows Hird’s fictional avatar “Alice” through a landscape of personal and political influences and experiences from 1950s America all the way to the Middle East. The featured 12-minute video, using works by the artist, is digitally mastered into a soaring animation. It follows Alice, a white paper cutout representing her artist, creator, and real-life traveler Valerie Hird, as she embarks on a chaotic journey beginning with her naïve youth. Young Alice believes in the American movie fantasy of the Middle East, and we watch as her illusions meet reality among wildly patterned landscapes and the shifting winds ... More

Asya Geisberg Gallery opens Angelina Gualdoni's fifth solo exhibition with the gallery
NEW YORK, NY.- Asya Geisberg Gallery is presenting "The Physic Garden," Angelina Gualdoni's fifth solo exhibition with the gallery. Continuing on the themes of her previous body of work, Gualdoni plunges ever deeper into the synergy between the mysteries of herbalism, alchemy, and historical uses of plants, and the elusive painting process. Paintings of root systems, a healer or budding pharmacist, alembic distilling laboratories, and an eerily glowing apothecary cabinet round out the exhibition. An avid forager, Gualdoni embraces the search for edible mushrooms in the wild, finding a parallel to conjuring imagery out of poured paint. "When foraging, one learns to use soft eyes and different lenses - shifting between shape, pattern, texture, color, to see through thickets and briars, sometimes losing the forest for the trees. The sensual can ... More

Sargent's Daughters opens a solo exhibition of video, installation and works on paper by Abbey Williams
NEW YORK, NY.- Sargent’s Daughters is presenting Vignette, a solo exhibition of video, installation and works on paper by Brooklyn-based artist Abbey Williams. This will be Williams’ first solo show with the gallery, and her first solo show in New York since 2009. Primarily a video-artist, Williams works to address grief, race, sexuality, and the body through such familiar cinematic tropes as subtitles, credits, the intermission, the montage, and the black frame. In Vignette, Williams brings these subjects together through her own body, as well as the bodies inhabiting magazine pages, iconic painting and sculpture, vintage travel guides, and popular music. In two overlaid portraits, Venus and Origin, Williams inserts herself into iconic images as a kind of becoming; a historical re-write that examines longing, visibility, and how we view women’s bodies ... More

Over £94,000-worth of contemporary art sold on behalf of Kettle's Yard House and Gallery
CAMBRIDGE.- East Anglian-based auctioneer, Cheffins, sold £94,470-worth of contemporary art on behalf of Kettle’s Yard House and Gallery, at the firm’s triannual Art & Design Sale on 25th February. The 35 works on offer came from two private collections which were bequeathed to Kettle’s Yard. The John Ady collection comprised of 29 pieces including pictures, bronzes and ceramics and raised a total of £89,800. John Ady, a Cambridge-based landscape architect and long-term friend of Jim Ede, creator of Kettle’s Yard, left his comprehensive collection to the gallery following his death in 2019. Having been a collector of abstract modern art throughout his life, John Ady enjoyed close friendships with numerous artists including the painter John Blackburn, who is represented by seven works in the collection. Highlights of the John Ady collection ... More

Karl Lagerfeld's mirror leads Bonhams Modern Design │ Art auction
LOS ANGELES, CA.- On March 25th Bonhams Los Angeles will hold a two-part Modern Design | Art auction featuring an extensive offering of exceptional works, with a rare, monumental mirror previously owned by Karl Lagerfeld leading the sale. Created by renowned French designer and metalworker Gilbert Poillerat in 1948, this mirror has a provenance as unique as the object itself. Following its time in Lagerfeld’s Paris studio, it was later acquired by the Pruskin Gallery and subsequently entered a private collection in California. Stylistically, the mirror is a wrought-iron masterpiece, framed with gold drapery and curvaceous branch details, spiked with a golden sun. It is estimated at $30,000 to 50,000. In addition to the mirror, the sale is filled with a richly curated collection of art and design objects representing the key movements in modern ... More

Sex tape satire at Berlin fest tackles pandemic-era 'hypocrisy'
BERLIN (AFP).- One of Eastern Europe's most acclaimed directors argues corruption, hypocrisy and racism are far more obscene than pornography in a Berlin film festival contender about a teacher whose sex tape winds up on the internet. "Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn" by Romania's Radu Jude is perhaps the most daring of the 15 movies vying for the Golden Bear's top prize on Friday at the Berlinale, which has gone all-virtual due to the pandemic. Opening with an extremely real-looking hardcore porn video, it tells the story of Emi, a junior high school history teacher in Bucharest. The clip is taken from an amateur movie she shot with her husband that makes its way from PornHub to the mobile phones of her colleagues, students and their parents. With disputes over social distancing and mask wearing already jacking up tensions and exposing ... More

Margaret Maron, acclaimed mystery writer, dies at 82
NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- Margaret Maron, whose crime fiction, much of it set in her native North Carolina, racked up mystery-writing awards and a devoted army of fans, died Feb. 23 in hospice care in Raleigh, North Carolina. She was 82. Vicky Bijur, her longtime agent, said the cause was stroke-related illness. Maron was known for two series featuring strong female characters. The first, introduced in “One Coffee With” in 1981, was Sigrid Harald, a New York City police detective, who solved crimes and dealt with the obstacles of being a woman in what was at the time a largely male profession. Then, in 1992, came Deborah Knott, who in the initial novel, “Bootlegger’s Daughter,” was a legal aid lawyer running for a judgeship in North Carolina. By the second book she had become a judge, and as the series, which ultimately stretched ... More

New York to allow limited live performances to resume in April
NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- Plays, concerts and other performances can resume in New York starting next month — but with sharply reduced capacity limits — Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday. Cuomo, speaking at a news conference in Albany, said that arts, entertainment and events venues can reopen April 2 at 33% capacity, with a limit of 100 people indoors or 200 people outdoors, and a requirement that all attendees wear masks and be socially distanced. Those limits would be increased — to 150 people indoors or 500 people outdoors — if all attendees test negative before entering. A handful of venues immediately said they would begin holding live performances, which, with a handful of exceptions, have not taken place in New York since Broadway shut down last March 12. Producers Scott Rudin and Jane Rosenthal said they expected ... More

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March 04, 1916. Franz Marc (8 February, 1880 - 4 March, 1916) was a German painter and printmaker, one of the key figures of the German Expressionist movement. He was a founding member of Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider), a journal whose name later became synonymous with the circle of artists collaborating in it.

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