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Fondation Beyeler opens the first major solo exhibition in the German-speaking world of work by Wayne Thiebaud

Wayne Thiebaud, Wayne Thiebaud, Pie Rows, 1961. Oil on canvas, 55.9 x 71.1 cm. Collection of the Wayne Thiebaud Foundation Wayne Thiebaud Foundation/2022, ProLitteris, Zurich. Photo: Matthew Kroening.

BASEL.- This spring, the Fondation Beyeler presents the first major solo exhibition in the German-speaking world devoted to the remarkable American painter Wayne Thiebaud (1920–2021), until now virtually unknown in Europe. Thiebaud’s still lifes of everyday objects rendered in seductive pastel shades are powerful evocations of the promise and profusion of the “American way of life”. At the same time, his striking portraits, multi- perspective cityscapes and landscapes showcase the painter’s versatility and dazzling technique. Featuring 65 paintings and drawings on loan from mainly American public and private collections, the retrospective presents Thiebaud’s most important bodies of work and invites viewers to discover his unique painting style and his tactile handling of colour. Celebrated in the United States for his still lifes, Thiebaud explored the possibilities of painterly expression at the limit ... More

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Exhibition of new paintings and works on paper by Joel Mesler opens at Cheim & Read   Ancient Egyptian limestone relief of female musicians at risk of leaving UK   George Zimbel, photographer of Marilyn Monroe and JFK, dies at 93

Joel Mesler. Rabbi, 2022. Oil on canvas. 30 x 24 in. / 76.2 x 61 cm. Photography: Alex Yudzon / Cheim & Read, New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- Cheim & Read is presenting Joel Mesler: The Rabbis, an exhibition of new paintings and works on paper. The show opened on January 26, 2023, at the gallery’s Upper East Side location, 23 East 67th Street, and runs through March 25. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. With The Rabbis, Joel Mesler takes his autobiographical body of work into markedly different territory. Since 2018, Mesler’s paintings have featured flamboyantly embellished words and phrases (‘Bruised Fruit,” “Take It Easy,” “Mama,” “Burn Baby Burn”), prompting comparisons with Ed Ruscha and Christopher Wool, or gyrating compositions of Edenic fronds and serpents in the manner of a child’s alphabet book (C for Crossroads; Q for Quaaludes; W for Willy Wonka, Why, and Wasted). In a dramatic shift, the new works, all completed in 2022, pick up where Mesler’s earlier ... More

The relief depicts a group of female musicians asleep in the palace of the pharaoh Akhenaten.

LONDON.- A limestone relief that offers an insight into daily Egyptian life more than 3,300 years ago is at risk of leaving the UK unless a domestic buyer can be found. The artwork depicts a group of female musicians asleep in the palace of the ancient Egyptian pharaoh Akhenaten. It was created at some point during his 17-year reign from 1351 to 1334 BC. The relief could be very valuable to historians studying this period of history. It is highly unusual in depicting women as musicians and by making them the focus of attention, unlike other, more marginal, depictions. It also offers an insight into life in the palace at the time away from the king and queen. There are also very few reliefs from this period that have survived in such a large piece, with four figures depicted on the same fragment of stone. Arts and Heritage Minister Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay said: > This limestone relief offers a beguiling glimpse into daily life in the Amarna Period ... More

George S. Zimbel, Marilyn Monroe and Billy Wilder, “The Seven Year Itch,” New York, 1954, gelatin silver print, printed 1993, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum purchase funded by Jonathan and Cynthia King. George S. Zimbel.

by Richard Sandomir

NEW YORK, NY.- George Zimbel, a genial photographer who had empathy for ordinary people, but whose two best-known subjects were megastars, Marilyn Monroe and John F. Kennedy, died Jan. 9 in Montreal. He was 93. His son Andrew confirmed the death, in a care facility. Zimbel (rhymes with “thimble”) captured people in the act of living: A sailor reading in his lower bunk on a submarine. A small boy dwarfed by a Great Dane in Harlem. A little girl playing hopscotch in the street. A baby pulling on a doctor’s stethoscope. A boy pointing a toy gun at a friend. Musicians and exotic dancers in New Orleans nightclubs. In 1954, Zimbel entered an Irish dance hall in the Bronx and found a scene that he cast in noirish light: a young man, in the foreground ... More

Alfred Leslie, artist who turned away from Abstraction, dies at 95   Exhibition at Hauser & Wirth explores the evolution of Charles Gaines's complex practice   Face to Face: Portraits of Artists by Tacita Dean, Brigitte Lacombe and Catherine Opie opens at ICP

Artist Alfred Leslie in front of prints of some of his works at his studio in Manhattan, Sept. 4, 2018. (Stephen Speranza/The New York Times)

by William Grimes

NEW YORK, NY.- Alfred Leslie, a second-generation abstract expressionist and filmmaker who turned his back on nonrepresentational art in the early 1960s to lead a revival of figurative painting, died Friday in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. He was 95. His son Anthony said the cause of his death, at a hospital, was complications of a COVID infection. In the early 1950s, Leslie was part of a rising generation of New York abstract painters that included Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell and Milton Resnick. Inspired by the aggressive paintings of Willem de Kooning, he employed a frantic style disciplined by geometric planes. Painter and critic Fairfield Porter, reviewing Leslie’s first solo show, at the Tibor de Nagy Gallery in Manhattan in 1952, praised the “fresh, romantic, reckless expressionism” of his work. It made the competition, he wrote ... More

Charles Gaines, Pecan Trees: Set 5 (Detail), 2022 (detail). Photograph, watercolor, ink on paper, 3 sheets. Overall: 70.8 x 187 x 5.1 cm / 27 7/8 x 73 5/8 x 2 in. Charles Gaines. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen.

NEW YORK, NY.- Hauser & Wirth presents ‘Southern Trees,’ the gallery’s first New York exhibition with distinguished American artist Charles Gaines and his first in the city since 2018. One of the most important conceptual artists working today, the show explores the evolution of Gaines’s complex practice, demonstrating how he has continued to forge new paths within the innovative framework of two of his most acclaimed series, Numbers and Trees and Walnut Tree Orchard. The exhibition’s title, ‘Southern Trees,’ alludes directly to the 150-year-old pecan trees pictured in the new works, and symbolically to the opening lyrics of ‘Strange Fruit,’ Billie Holiday’s haunting protest anthem from the 1930s. The image of the tree has been central to Gaines’s practice since he first began the Walnut Tree Orchard series in the 1970s ... More

Brigitte Lacombe, Patti Smith, New York, NY, 2014. Brigitte Lacombe.

NEW YORK, NY.- Organized by renowned writer and curator Helen Molesworth, Face to Face: Portraits of Artists by Tacita Dean, Brigitte Lacombe and Catherine Opie presents portraits of luminaries in the arts by three of the most prominent portraitists of our time. Face to Face is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue published by ICP and MACK, London, with essays by Molesworth and writer and curator Jarrett Earnest. Creating an atmosphere of conversations held just beyond the frame of the images, this exhibition features more than 50 photographs by Brigitte Lacombe and Catherine Opie, and two films by Tacita Dean, with bracing, intimate, and resonant portraits of compelling cultural figures including Maya Angelou, Richard Avedon, Louise Bourgeois, Joan Didion, David Hockney, Miranda July, Rick Owens, Martin Scorsese, Patti Smith, Mickalene Thomas, Kara Walker, and John Waters, among others. The exhibition presents some of the often-overlapping ... More

Simon C. Dickinson Ltd. announces Milo Dickinson will join the company as Managing Director   Galerie Ron Mandos opens an exhibition of works by Marcos Kueh   Berggruen Gallery opens an exhibition of recent paintings and works on paper by Anna Kunz

Milo Dickinson joins the company as Managing Director. Photographs courtesy of: Simon C. Dickinson Ltd

LONDON.- Echoing the career of his father, who founded Simon C. Dickinson Ltd. in 1993, Milo is joining from Christie’s where he has worked for over a decade in several leading roles in both the Old Master Paintings and European Sculpture departments. Milo joined Christie’s in 2011 and first became a Specialist and then Head of Department in European Sculpture. He was then hired by the Old Master Paintings department as a Specialist and subsequently Head of Private Sales in London. A widely respected art expert and enthusiast, Milo is on the Steering Committee for the National Gallery Young Ambassadors and on the Board of the Friends of the Bargello Museum.
Following Milo’s arrival, Dickinson will immediately expand into selling Old Master Sculpture, and the gallery will present Impressionist, Modern British Art and Old Masters alongside each other ... More

Marcos Kueh, Woven Talisman #03 (The Birthday Boy), 2023. Polyester, 8 colors, 225 x 170 cm.

AMSTERDAM.- In Marcos Kueh’s textile installation 福禄寿: Three Contemporary Prosperities, we encounter an animated conversation of color, pattern, and symbol. The installation encompasses eight tapestries of varying sizes, carefully arranged by the artist to afford a view of both the front and reverse sides. Kueh encourages us to move between perspectives on observing, to create multiple encounters while we meditate on the meaning of “prosperity” in modern times. Kueh’s study of prosperity is driven by an urge to deepen his understanding of his Chinese-Malaysian cultural background. He has become fascinated with the three popular Chinese gods of fortune: the F L Shu (福禄寿). Each of these three gods embodies a different form of fortune. F (福) stands for prosperity or wealth; L (禄) for reputation or nobility, and Shu (寿) for longevity or eternity. Kueh weaves these attributes into his works through written text ... More

Installation view. Photography by Impart Photography / Glen Cheriton. Courtesy of Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- Berggruen Gallery announces The Tide, an exhibition of recent paintings and works on paper by American artist, Anna Kunz. This show marks her first solo exhibition with the gallery. The Tide will be on view through February 18, 2023. In this recent body of work, Anna Kunz advances her exploration of the intricate relationship between color, light, and the sensorial human experience. Soft, watery geometric forms of organic shades billow and stretch across canvas and paper. Thoughtful experimentations with color and shape unearth the natural, kinesthetic qualities of abstraction. Kunz adeptly enlists the power of paint, ink, and pastel to communicate themes of regeneration and engagement, emphasizing the joyful interplay between viewer and environment. Kunz's newest body of work is rooted in a fondness for the Bay Area and its diverse environs ... More

Justice Department announces more arrests in plot to kill Iranian writer   Interiorism by Pierre Bergian & Wayne Pate to open at Octavia Art Gallery   National WWI Museum and Memorial launches online exhibition 'Fighting with Faith'

Masih Alinejad, an American human rights activist who has criticized Iran's repression of women, in New York, May 4, 2018. (Cole Wilson/The New York Times)

by Benjamin Weiser and Glenn Thrush

NEW YORK, NY.- The Justice Department said on Friday that it had charged three men in a plot hatched in Iran to assassinate Masih Alinejad, an American human-rights activist in Brooklyn who has criticized the country’s repression of women. The men, Rafat Amirov, of Iran, Polad Omarov, of the Czech Republic, and Khalid Mehdiyev, an Azerbaijani man living in Yonkers, were charged with murder-for-hire and money-laundering conspiracy counts, according to an indictment unsealed in Manhattan. They are members of an Eastern European criminal organization, known by its members as Thieves-in-Law, which has ties to Iran and last year was tasked with carrying out Alinejad’s killing, the indictment says. Mehdiyev, 24, was arrested in July, after he was found with a loaded AK-47-style assault rifle outside ... More

Wayne Pate, Moghols La Nuit, 2022. Acrylic on linen (unstretched). 23 1/2 x 22 1/2 inches.

NEW ORLEANS, LA.- Octavia Art Gallery has announced that it will soon open Interiorism, a two-person exhibition featuring paintings by Pierre Bergian & Wayne Pate. Pierre Bergian expresses his fascination for architecture through his paintings by exploring space and structure, making use of the presence of architectural components. His current work depicts a selection of interiors from the pantheon of 20th century design, from Tony Duquette's Dawnridge to Karl Lagerfeld’s Paris apartment. His rooms convey a sense of breathing, pulsing characters, with their richness of personality fully rendered in the artist’s loose, impressionistic brushwork. Bergian built his career painting primarily empty interiors and emphasizing their architecture and play of light, inviting the viewer to imagine their past and future lives. In contrast, in his present works he depicts rooms as they were lived in. One has the unexpected chance to see him ... More

Photograph of a Saphi prisoner of war at Halbmondlager (Half Moon Camp). Print, Photograph from periodical “Der Grosse Krieg in Bildern,” No. 4. 1915. Germany. 2007.68.4. National WWI Museum and Memorial.

KANSAS CITY, MO.- In 1915, Germany built a mosque in a prisoner-of-war camp – the first functioning mosque ever built on German soil. Along with propaganda-like visits from foreign dignitaries and extra leisure activities directed by the German Intelligence Office for the East, the mosque was part of a German campaign to convince Muslim POWs to change sides and join the Ottoman-German Alliance against the British and French. The camp population was made up of soldiers of diverse militaries, nationalities, ethnicities, and languages who all had one thing in common: their religion. Fighting with Faith: a WWI POW Camp of Propaganda investigates the Halbmondlager, or "Half Moon Camp," with a close look at the ways in which Germany and the Ottoman Empire fought for the hearts and minds of prisoners. Fighting with Faith complements ... More

The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery. Francis Bacon

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Once a bullied teen, now the movies' master storyteller of youth
NEW YORK, NY.- As a child growing up in Dikkelvenne, a quiet, quaint village near Ghent, Belgium, movie director Lukas Dhont often felt like an outsider. Other boys saw him as too feminine and mocked his interest in dance, except one named Flicien, with whom he shared a close friendship. But as the two approached puberty, Dhont felt social pressures pulling them apart. “In that moment, that tenderness started to become looked at through the lens of sexuality,” Dhont, now 31, said in a recent interview. “People were divided into groups and boxes, and we were confronted with the idea of labels.” As they became fearful of being ostracized, their friendship evaporated, and Dhont, who is gay, was fiercely bullied for the rest of his school days. That experience as a young person struggling with expectations around gender and sexuality has shaped both of Dhont’s acclaimed feature films ... More

When a Spice Girl met a contemporary dancer
LONDON.- British choreographer Jules Cunningham is a creator of brainy, austerely meditative works that have taken on the gender-warping themes of poet Kae Tempest and the dark emotions of playwright Sarah Kane. Melanie Chisholm is a pop star (Sporty Spice or Mel C), a member of the Spice Girls, the all-female group that was a global sensation in the 1990s, and is still resoundingly famous. Not much overlap, apparently. But for the past week, Cunningham (who identifies as nonbinary and uses the pronouns they and them) and Chisholm, alongside dancer Harry Alexander, have been performing onstage together to packed audiences at Sadler’s Wells in Cunningham’s new work “How Did We Get Here?,” which runs through Sunday. Set to an extract from Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas,” songs by Nina Simone and Janis Ian and an electronic score by Wibke Tiarks ... More

It took nearly 30 years. Is America ready for Ben Okri now?
NEW YORK, NY.- Ben Okri, a prizewinning Nigerian British author, has never been easy to define. Throughout his 40-year career, critics have struggled to place him, labeling him a magical realist, an African realist, even a spiritual realist. And he’s often forged new paths entirely. His novel “The Last Gift of the Master Artists” is a case in point. It was originally published in Britain in 2007 as “Starbook,” and before its first release in the United States, Okri decided to completely refashion the text, accentuating aspects that he felt had been overlooked. The novel opens in Africa before the arrival of European colonizers, but soon a “white wind” appears, threatening to wipe out a group’s way of life and scatter “the tribe, its dream, its people, its art.” Okri was surprised, he said, that early critics had missed its allusions to the Atlantic slave trade. “They used words like ‘magical,’ ‘fairy tale ... More

Open your eyes to a new world view with 100 women photojournalists' stories from behind the lens
NEW YORK, NY.- 85% of photojournalists are men. That means almost everything that is reported in the world is seen through men’s eyes. Similarly, spaces and communities men don’t have access to are left undocumented and forgotten. With the camera limited to the hands of one gender, photographic ‘truth’ is more subjective than it seems. To answer this serious ethical problem, Women Photograph: What We See (White Lion Publishing | March 7, 2023 | $30.00 USD) flips that bias on its head to show what and how women and nonbinary photojournalists see. From documenting major events such as 9/11 to capturing unseen and misrepresented communities, this book presents a revisionist contemporary history: pour through 30 years of women’s dispatches in 100 photographs. Each image is accompanied by 200 words from the photographer about the experience ... More

Slaven Tolj, Craquelure, Pavo and me
BOLOGNA.- On the occasion of ART CITY Bologna 2023, the Collezioni Comunali d'Arte (Municipal Art Collection) will be hosting Craquelure. Pavo and me, solo show by Slaven Tolj. The exhibition, curated by Daniele Capra, consists of some fifteen sculptural and documentary artworks and the performance Bologna, February 2023, especially created for the Bologna museum, which will takeplace on Saturday 4 February 4 at 7 pm and Sunday 5 February at 11 am. The project is Tolj's first solo exhibition at an Italian public museum. Craquelure. Pavo and me - whose works range from sculpture to photography, from performance to the site-specific intervention created for the Sala Urbana–takes a bird's-eye view of the Croatian artist's journey, highlighting his ability toposition himself as an interstitial element between inner, interpersonal andpolitical dynamics ... More

The Royal Scottish Academy announces The RSA MacRobert Art Award for painting
EDINBURGH.- The Royal Scottish Academy ias announced the MacRobert Art Award for Painting. With a value of 20,000, each year this new award will provide a mid-career painter with a 12-month period of research and development. The award intends to provide the time and financial assistance for a committed painter whose circumstances have, for whatever reason, made it difficult to focus upon and develop their artistic talent. Whilst the award is financial, a significant value will be the opportunity that the funds can directly, or indirectly provide. To be eligible for the award, entrants must be painters who graduated at least 10 years ago or have at least 10 years of substantive practice. The selected artist must also have been born, or be currently living, in Scotland. The award is for fine art painting of any medium or subject. Mrs Sabrina Campbell, Director and Trustee of the MacRobert ... More

Collectors unite at the 55th California International Antiquarian Book Fair
LOS ANGELES, CALIF.- The first major book fair of 2023 takes place February 10 – 12 as more than 120 exhibitors unite at the Pasadena Convention Center for the 55th California International Antiquarian Book Fair. Widely recognized as one of the world's largest and most pre-eminent exhibitions of antiquarian books for sale, the Book Fair features fine and rare materials from around the globe, including manuscripts, first editions, children’s books, ephemera, maps, autographs and more. Tickets are available now. In addition to the items for sale, this year’s fair includes a diverse mix of special collection exhibitions including: •"Helen Brown: Bibliophile and Champion of West Coast Cuisine" – This exhibition pays homage to Helen Brown, the inventor of “California Cuisine” and writer of the first-ever magazine column solely dedicated to the ingredients, techniques ... More

Richard Slee "Sunlit Uplands" is on view at Hales, London until March 4th, 2023
LONDON.- Hales is now presenting "Sunlit Uplands," the gallery's fourth solo exhibition with Richard Slee. In an epic installation of a new series, Slee has created a meticulously crafted ceramic archipelago. Slee (b. 1946 Cumbria, UK) is one of Britain's most influential and celebrated artists working with clay. In an oeuvre spanning five decades, Slee's work challenges conventional notions in ceramic art with technical precision and outstanding craftsmanship. In explorations of the domestic, play and culture, he draws upon an extensive knowledge of ceramic history and traditions. Slee studied at the Central School of Art & Design (1965-1970) and received an MA at the Royal College of Art in 1988. In 2001 he was awarded the Jerwood Applied Arts Prize for his contribution to contemporary ceramics. Slee has had major solo exhibitions at Tate St Ives and the Victoria and Albert Museum ... More

Everett Quinton, a force in downtown theater, dies at 71
NEW YORK, NY.- Everett Quinton, a versatile mainstay of the downtown theater scene in New York as an actor, director and, for decades, leader of the Ridiculous Theatrical Company, died Monday in Brooklyn. He was 71. The cause was glioblastoma, a fast-moving cancer, Quinton’s friend Julia Campanelli said, speaking on behalf of his sister Mary Ann Quinton. Quinton was especially adept at playing women, including the nasty stepmother in “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” which toured the country early in this century. But he took on a range of roles male and female, onstage and occasionally on television or in films — in Oliver Stone’s prison drama “Natural Born Killers” (1994), he was an unpleasant deputy warden. It was a career he had not been expecting in 1975 when he met Charles Ludlam, a playwright, actor and director who had founded the Ridiculous company ... More

Alan Cumming returns British Honor over 'toxicity of empire'
NEW YORK, NY.- Scottish actor Alan Cumming has returned an honor from Britain’s government and monarchy, he announced on Instagram on Friday, writing in a post that he did not want to be associated with the “toxicity of empire.” Cumming, the host of the American version of the reality competition show “The Traitors,” joins a tradition of people rejecting the Officer of the Order of the British Empire, or OBE, and similar honors, such as knighthoods or damehoods. The order is given to reward people for their achievements and contributions in a variety of fields. A committee of civil servants and people who do not work in the government recommends people for the honor. The committee’s recommendations are given to the prime minister, who then gives the list to the king, who awards the honors. Cumming was awarded his OBE in 2009, and he wrote in an Instagram post ... More

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On a day like today, American painter Barnett Newman was born
January 29, 1905. Barnett Newman (January 29, 1905 - July 4, 1970) was an American artist. He is seen as one of the major figures in abstract expressionism and one of the foremost of the color field painters. His paintings are existential in tone and content, explicitly composed with the intention of communicating a sense of locality, presence, and contingency. In this image: Barnett Newman, Thirteenth Station, 1965/1966. Acrylic on canvas, 198.2 x 152.5 cm (78 1/16 x 60 1/16 in.). Collection of Robert and Jane Meyerhoff.

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