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The queer cultures that the Nazis destroyed

Cover of Die Freundin, December 26, 1927. Forum Queeres Archiv Munchen.

MUNICH.- A tailor who made special clothes for transgender people wishes her clients happy holidays in an ad. A guidebook features dozens of cafes, clubs and bars where lesbians could meet. In personals in the back of a gay magazine, men search for love, sex and companionship. These items are all on display in “To Be Seen: Queer Lives 1900-1950,” an exhibition at the Munich Documentation Center for the History of National Socialism that runs through May 21, 2023. The five-part show explores different dimensions of the robust lives queer people in Germany carved out for themselves in the beginning of the 20th century, positioning them as pioneers who challenged existing social structures. The final section focuses on life under the Nazis and the years that followed. “We have to focus on the diversity that existed before 1933, because otherwise, we’re repeating the narrative of exclusion, of persecution,” said Mirjam Zadoff, the director of the Documentation Center museum ... More

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Rare Constable drawing takes £31,000 at Halls after more than 40 years in a private collection   National Gallery of Art acquires works by Graham Nickson and Avish Khebrehzadeh   Turner Prize goes to Veronica Ryan, a sculptor of quiet moments

Senior General valuer at Halls Fine Art Alexander Clement with the 1821 drawing by John Constable, which sold for £31,000 against an estimate of £8,000-12,000 on December 7.

SHREWSBURY.- A drawing by John Constable with an exceptional pedigree has taken £31,000 at Halls auctioneers of Shrewsbury after appearing on the market for the first time in over 40 years. The winning bid, over two and a half times the top estimate, came from a buyer on the telephone who had battled it out against a rival on the internet. The price reflects the exceptional circumstances of the drawing. Inherited from a collector who bought it at London dealers Agnew’s in 1979, it features a tree on the banks of a river in Constable’s birthplace of East Bergholt. It featured in the Arts Council exhibition of the artist’s works in 1949 and is listed as being in the Wildenstein Constable centenary exhibition in 1937. It also offers a rare insight into the life of the artist. Unusually, it is dated ‘20 April 1821’ and research has revealed that the Suffolk Records Society (SRS) ... More

Graham Nickson, Yellow Rise: Sun Watcher, 2017. Oil on linen, overall: 203.2 x 152.4 cm (80 x 60 in.) National Gallery of Art, Washington. Gift of Daniel L. Satterwhite and Audrey Shachnow 2022.52.1

WASHINGTON, DC.- Graham Nickson (British, b. 1946) makes paintings and drawings that place the human form in the landscape. His art combines close observation with expressive color; compositional geometry with strong illusion; and mysterious narrative with monumental calm. Yellow Rise: Sun Watcher (2017), a gift from Daniel L. Satterwhite and Audrey Shachnow, joins two other paintings and a drawing by the artist already in the collection. In Yellow Rise: Sun Watcher, a female model faces a glowing sunrise, holding open the hood of her windbreaker as if to absorb the solar energy. Observed from behind her, the sun makes its way through and around the edges of her nearly translucent jacket. A horizon line is underscored by the space between the two equal panels of the support. The theme of looking into a blazing sun has resonance in the paintings of J. M. W ... More

Veronica Ryan with Encounter Sleep, 2016-2022. Packing blankets, thread, pins. 26 x 24 x 17 in. (66 x 61 x 43.2 cm).

LIVERPOOL.- For much of Veronica Ryan’s career, the sculptor struggled to gain recognition. She sometimes was “not really making enough money to pay the rent,” she told The Guardian last year, and had to use any materials on hand to make new works. Now, Ryan’s position in the art world has changed dramatically. On Wednesday, the artist — whose enigmatic, small sculptures, including of seeds and fruit, were seen at this year’s Whitney Biennial — won the Turner Prize, the biggest award in British art. The announcement was made at a ceremony at St. George’s Hall in Liverpool. The city is hosting an exhibition of works by the four artists nominated for this year’s prize. Alex Farquharson, director of Tate Britain and the co-chair of the prize’s jury, said in an interview that Ryan, 66, won for work that “lends new poetry” to materials that are “usually overlooked and usually thrown away.” Her work, he said, might be “the quiete ... More

"David Hockney: 20 Flowers and Some Bigger Pictures" at Annely Juda Fine Art in London   David Zwirner to represent Gerhard Richter   James Merle Thomas appointed as inaugural Deputy Director of Helen Frankenthaler Foundation

David Hockney, "20th March 2021, Flowers, Glass Vase on a Table", iPad painting printed on paper, Edition of 50, 89 x 63.5 cm (35 x 25 Inches). © David Hockney.

LONDON.- Five of the world’s leading galleries have come together to present "20 Flowers and Some Bigger Pictures", an unprecedented international exhibition by David Hockney. The jointly presented global exhibition began this fall and winter across five cities: Annely Juda Fine Art in London; Galerie Lelong & Co. in Paris; GRAY in Chicago; L.A. Louver in Los Angeles; and Pace in New York.
"20 Flowers and Some Bigger Pictures" presents works created by Hockney in 2021, expanding on a series of iPad paintings in 2020 while quarantining at his studio and residence in Normandy, France. Inspired by his daily observations, Hockney devoted himself to the iPad, a medium of unique immediacy that allowe ... More

Gerhard Richter. © Werner Bartsch.

NEW YORK, NY.- David Zwirner announced the representation of the German artist Gerhard Richter. The gallery will present its first solo exhibition of works by the artist in New York in March 2023. Gerhard Richter is celebrated worldwide as one of the most important artists of his generation, with a career spanning from the 1960s to the present. His diverse and influential practice has been characterized by a decades-long commitment to painting and its formal and conceptual possibilities. In his work, the dual modes of representation and abstraction fundamentally question the way in which we relate to images. Richter has probed the relationship between painting and photography, engaging a variety of styles and innovative techniques in a complex repositioning of genres such as abstraction, still life, landscape painting, history painting ... More

James Merle Thomas, newly appointed inaugural Deputy Director. The creation of the new leadership position reflects the foundation's expanding program as it moves into second decade of activity.

NEW YORK, N.Y..- The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation announced on December 7th that James Merle Thomas has been appointed as its inaugural Deputy Director. A scholar, curator, and arts administrator, Thomas brings more than 15 years of experience working across the visual arts and academia, including leadership roles at foundations, university art museums, and nonprofits supporting contemporary artists. He comes to the Foundation from the Aspen Institute, where he served as the inaugural Executive Director of the Resnick Center for Herbert Bayer Studies, and previously worked as Executive Editor and Assistant Curator to Okwui Enwezor. Thomas will begin at the Foundation in January 2023 ... More

A long road to find new uses for old forts   Art installation causes SOHO gallery break in by police   Asia Week New York and Songtsam continue partnership

A dilapidated officers quarters at the former Fort Hancock military installation, where locals are struggling to breathe a second life into the deteriorating harbor defense site, in Middletown, N.J., Oct. 19, 2022. (Christopher Lee/The New York Times)

by Seth Berkman

NEW YORK, NY.- It is rare to come across hundreds of acres of land for sale in New Jersey, the country’s most densely populated state. But in Monmouth County, about 50 miles south of New York City, two expansive sites have sat largely undeveloped for years. The catch? Both are former military forts and, as such, come with a litany of hurdles that prospective buyers do not usually encounter with redevelopment projects. After years of setbacks, Fort Monmouth, which is spread across three New Jersey boroughs — Oceanport, Eatontown and Tinton Falls — is inching toward a deal with Netflix to build a production studio on 290 acres. Fifteen miles away at Fort Hancock in Middletown, local officials are struggling to breathe a second life into a deteriorating harbor defense site, despite a commitment ... More

What police saw --- The realistic sculptural piece at Laz Emporium. Police break down gallery door at Laz Emporium on Soho’s Lexington Street to rescue unconscious woman - only to find she is an art installation!

NEW YORK, N.Y..- Police broke into Soho gallery Laz Emporium last week when they saw on passing what they took to be an unconscious woman slumped over a table in the locked-up gallery. They hastily broke down the door to go to her aid, only to find that what they had seen was in fact an art installation entitled ‘Kristina’ which had been commissioned by the gallery’s owner Steve Lazarides. The realistic sculptural piece is by American artist Mark Jenkins. It is made from packing tape and foam filler and depicts the gallery owner’s sister, Kristina, passed out with her face in a plate of soup! Steve Lazarides commissioned the talking-point piece to sit at any dining table they were selling in his new gallery and shop, Laz Emporium on Soho’s Lexington Street, which he opened in October 2021 to showcase and sell his art and countercultural design and interiors pieces in addition to work by high profile international artists ... More

At the starting point of the Ancient Tea Horse Road–part of the historic Silk Road–the Padma Pu’er is a new sub-brand created by Songtsam, which provides tourists with a more affordable option to have immersive experiences and connections with local people to celebrate the culture and biodiversity of Yunnan and Tibet as a whole.

NEW YORK, N.Y..- The Asia Week New York Association is pleased to announce that Songtsam Group, the award-winning luxury boutique hotel collection, and Destination Management Company, located in the Chinese provinces of Tibet and Yunnan, will continue its sponsorship of Asia Week New York, which runs from March 16th- 24th in 2023. “We are honored that Songtsam is the Presenting Sponsor of Asia Week New York,” says chairman Dessa Goddard. “We appreciate their commitment to Asian art and culture and are grateful for their continued support.” “Songtsam is delighted to sponsor Asia Week New York for its fourth year,” said Florence Li, Songtsam’s Director of International Sales & Marketing. “As a devoted enthusiast and collector of Chinese, Himalayan and Southeast Asian art, Baima Duoji, the Founder and Chairman of Songtsam Group, is committed to maintaining ... More

Clars Auction Gallery announces highlights included in Winter Fine Jewelry and Timepieces Auction   National Mall commissions 6 artists for monument exhibition   An Ailey dancer's career blooms, at the company and beyond

Marc Chagall (French, 1887-1985), Carmen, lithograph created in 1966.

OAKLAND, CALIF.- Clars has announced that their Winter Fine Jewelry and Timepieces Auction will be on Friday, December 16th, beginning at 10 AM PST. The sale includes a fine selection of diamond, colored gemstone, antique and signed jewelry. The sale is highlighted by a selection of important diamonds, which includes lot 5241, a 4.01 carats VVS1 Fancy Yellow diamond, diamond and eighteen karat white gold ring, estimated at $40,000-60,000; lot 5229, a 7.75 carats old European-cut diamond ring, estimated $25,000-35,000. Complementing the auction will be exceptional gemstones, including lot 5043, a 13.64 carats Colombian emerald ring, estimated at $15,000-25,000; lot 5244, a natural pearl, diamond and platinum pendant, estimated at $10,000-20,000; lot 5033, a jadeite “A” jade, diamond and platinum ring, estimated at $6,000-9,000. ... More

In a photo provided by Derrick Adams Studio shows, Derrick Adams. (Derrick Adams Studio via The New York Times)

by Zachary Small

WASHINGTON, DC.- The National Mall in Washington, which hosted the AIDS Memorial Quilt in 1987 and a remembrance for COVID-19 victims last year, will have its green acres transformed into a temporary exhibition next summer that reimagines the role of monuments in the telling of American history. The exhibition, announced Wednesday by the Trust for the National Mall, is part of a $4.5 million initiative for new programming at the park that emphasizes equity and inclusivity. “Normally for artists, you work in isolation, but this is about being vulnerable and acknowledging the audience,” said Derrick Adams, a sculptor and one of the six artists commissioned for the project. Adams hopes to install his proposed work — ... More

NEW YORK, NY.- During a recent free hour after her morning class, before afternoon rehearsals and an evening performance, dancer Jacquelin Harris was brushing up on some familiar material. It was the third day of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s season at New York City Center, 27 shows in 3 1/2 weeks — a marathon, as always, for the troupe’s 31 dancers. Harris, who joined the company in 2014, had been expecting to perform in Alvin Ailey’s “Pas de Duke” — originally a star vehicle for Judith Jamison and Mikhail Baryshnikov — in mid-December. But she had been summoned into the role earlier to replace an injured colleague. Fortunately, she already knew it inside and out. To the effervescent horns of the Duke Ellington music, she swept across a City Center studio with bladelike leaping turns. As if buoyed by a gust of air, her body sprang into a layout, one leg kicking up as her torso arched back ecstatically ... More

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Broadway's 'KPOP' will close on Sunday
NEW YORK, NY.- “KPOP,” a new Broadway musical both celebrating and exploring the wildly popular Korean music genre, will close Sunday, just two weeks after opening. The producers had hoped that the large and youthful global fan base for K-pop music would lead to a strong audience for the show, but instead it faced anemic ticket sales that made it impossible to keep going. The show’s grosses were consistently well below what it costs to run a Broadway musical; during the week that ended Dec. 4, it grossed just $126,493, making it the lowest-grossing musical now running. Its average ticket price was $32.06, which is also unsustainably low; the industry average that week was $128.34. “KPOP,” rich with performance numbers in a mix of English and Korean, tells the story of a solo singer, as well as a boy band and a girl group, all preparing for a U.S. concert tour ... More

Tamina Amadyar forth solo exhibition nearing end at Galerie Guido W. Baudach
BERLIN.- Galerie Guido W. Baudach is nearing the end of its fourth solo exhibition of works by Tamina Amadyar. Under the title setting the table, the Berlin-based artist is showing new paintings as well as a new sculpture. The exhibition began on November 12th and will end on December 23rd. In recent years, Tamina Amadyar has become known for her equally expressive and reduced color field paintings, which emerge from the transformation of personal experiences into abstract painting. The starting point has always been representational works on paper, in which the artist primarily processes her reality. In addition to spatial motifs, objects and people from Amadyar‘s immediate environment often appear. The latter are now also the focus of her new paintings. Thus, in the exhibition one encounters mainly portraits, or more precisely, shoulder pieces in frontal view ... More

Gibbes Museum of Art announces winner of 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art
CHARLESTON, S.C..- The Gibbes Museum of Art is proud to announce Raheleh Filsoofi as the 2022 winner of the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art. A self-described collector of soil and sound, itinerant artist, feminist curator and community service advocate, her work incorporates ceramics with sensory experiences for an interdisciplinary practice. Filsoofi will be awarded a $10,000 cash prize and recognized at the Society 1858 Amy P. Coy Forum scheduled for Feb. 10, 2023. Honorable mentions go to Sherrill Roland and T.J. Norris-Dedeaux. “We are delighted to present this esteemed prize to Raheleh Filsoofi for her outstanding artistic achievement and contribution to a new understanding of art in the South,” says Angela Mack, executive director of the Gibbes Museum of Art. “We want to thank the finalists and all of the artists who submitted ... More

"Patty Horing: A Few Good Men" opens at the Anna Zorina Gallery in New York
NEW YORK, N.Y..- Anna Zorina Gallery is now presenting "A Few Good Men", Patty Horing’s third solo exhibition with the gallery. The show, that began on December 1st and will continue through January 21st, 2023, features the artist’s latest series of paintings and sculptures that depict her humanist view of modern masculinity. This latest body of work is comprised mainly of portraits of fathers actively engaged as caregivers to their children, while a selection are of individual men who appear to be visibly comfortable in their own skin, just being. Excerpted commentary from ‘On a Few Good Men’ by artist Michael Stamm— …"A Few Good Men" reminds us that the “goodness” of men is an unstable property with a questionable relationship to power. Horing’s work further suggests that being a decent man, often but not always in the form of being a good father ... More

Mitchell-Innes & Nash opens an exhibition of feminist art by Martha Rosler
NEW YORK, NY.- This winter, Mitchell-Innes & Nash presents an exhibition of feminist art by Martha Rosler centered on her work from the 1960s and 70s. martha rosler: changing the subject… in the company of others, on view from December 8, 2022, through January 21, 2023, presents photomontages, videos, and sculpture that deepen the understanding of Rosler’s feminist landscape—one that feels increasingly relevant today. It is the artist’s first solo show in New York since her exhibition Irrespective at the Jewish Museum (2018). The works on view at Mitchell-Innes & Nash exemplify what might be called a kaleidoscopic approach to feminism and politics. Countering the persistent idea that political and feminist expressions are separate and unconnected, Rosler insists that what concerns women is inescapably political and, in turn, that political ... More

Fundació Joan Miró resumes 8th Joan Miró Prize in 2023 with support from Stavros Niarchos Foundation
BARCELONA.- The Joan Miró Prize is an international award for an artist at a breakthrough stage in his/her career regardless of age, gender or cultural identity. The prize pays tribute to the extraordinary work of Joan Miró, his significant contribution to modern art and his life-long support of younger artists. The winning artist’s work must resonate with Miró’s legacy and the ideals that guided him throughout his life, namely emancipatory imagination and radical visual poetics, as well as a commitment to his cultural origins while constantly aspiring towards universal significance. The prize is awarded in recognition of recent work by artists demonstrating the same spirit of exploration, innovation, commitment and freedom that characterised Joan Miró’s life and work. The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), one of the world’s leading international philanthropic organisations ... More

Miles McEnery Gallery opens an exhibition of recent work by Tomory Dodge
NEW YORK, NY.- Miles McEnery Gallery opened an exhibition of recent work by Tomory Dodge on view 8 December 2022 through 28 January 2023 at 520 West 21st Street. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue featuring an essay by Gary Brewer. Tomory Dodge’s latest compositions are radiant and poetic resolutions to a painting’s process of becoming. Known for his iterative and contemplative approach, the artist deeply questions each aesthetic choice to create, scrape away, and rebuild a rich surface. Patchworks of abstract and biomorphic shapes assemble into glowing hues and dynamic patterns that shift across the surface. Through the additive and reductive process, Dodge discovers what painterly forms and gestures lie underneath a universe of possibilities. Soft palettes and geometric fragments embrace personal memories and art historical references ... More

Sofia Patat new managing director of de Appel
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Tell him your story, and he'll photograph your wedding. For free.
NEW YORK, NY.- As a freshman at Princeton eight years ago, Vincent Po came to dread introductions. Many of the students he met there were prodigies, patent holders, jet-setting heirs and heiresses to the global elite. Whenever conversations inevitably turned back to Po, an engineering major from Edmond, Oklahoma, his peers’ curiosity usually dried up after a couple questions. “I felt completely outclassed and inadequate,” he said. In 2015, at the end of the school year, Po returned home to Oklahoma, rudderless and depressed. To cheer him up, his parents lent him a guitar and taught him to cook traditional Taiwanese dishes. Both hobbies were a balm, but neither ignited his passion. Po asked his parents if they still had the red envelope money that he had saved from Lunar New Years past. They did, and he used the savings to buy his first digital single-lens reflex camera ... More

Joyce Bryant, sensual singer who changed course, dies at 95
NEW YORK, NY.- Joyce Bryant, a sultry singer of the 1940s and ’50s who broke racial barriers in nightclubs and raised the hackles of radio censors before setting aside her show business career in favor of missionary work, then reinventing herself as a classical and opera singer, died on Nov. 20 in Los Angeles, at the home of her niece and longtime caregiver, Robyn LaBeaud. She was 95. LaBeaud said the cause was Alzheimer’s disease. Bryant was a teenager when she first attracted attention on the West Coast with her striking voice and equally striking looks. She started out with the Lorenzo Flennoy Trio — “Can’t just can’t get rid of those chills up and down my spine whenever Joyce Bryant with the Flennoy Trio sings ‘So Long,’” J.T. Gipson wrote in The California Eagle in 1946. Soon she was appearing regularly at clubs, first in San Francisco and Los Angeles and then beyond. ... More

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On a day like today, American photographer Berenice Abbott died
December 09, 1991. Berenice Abbott (July 17, 1898 - December 9, 1991), née Bernice Alice Abbott, was an American photographer best known for her portraits of between-the-wars 20th century cultural figures, New York City photographs of architecture and urban design of the 1930s, and science interpretation in the 1940s to 1960s. In this image: Berenice Abbott (American, 1898-1991), Broadway to the Battery, May 4, 1938. Gelatin silver, 9-1/2 x 7-1/4 inches.

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