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Legendary! Maestro Lino Tagliapietra exhibits at Schantz Galleries

Maestro Lino Tagliapietra with "Angel Tear", at Schantz Galleries in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

STOCKBRIDGE, MASS.- Lino Tagliapietra is considered by many to be the greatest glass blower in history. His influence on a whole generation of artists has been profound. He has been a mentor and a motivator. An innovator. A change-maker. And now in his 80's, he's still pushing the bounds to see what both the material and the man can do. Schantz Galleries is presenting their first exhibition of the summer, "LEGENDARY", to celebrate the artist and the work of Maestro Lino Tagliapietra, one of the most distinguished and influential glass sculptors in the world. Guests will experience a collection of works incorporating both classic as well as Tagliapietra's most recent leaded glass panels which he created during the pandemic, proving the artists commitment to his creative process. Lino has said that "an exhibition is a long process made of life experiences. Every object represents something I would like to be - like a tree that has many branche ... More


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Spring auction sales for two blockbuster weeks top $2.5 billion   Basquiat tops Phillips Contemporary Sale at $85 million   The Warhol to launch project to increase economic development and museum's impact in Pittsburgh and nationwide


Sotheby's Senior International Specialist and Auctioneer Michael Macaulay during The Now Evening Auction. Courtesy Sotheby's.

by Scott Reyburn


NEW YORK, NY.- Two blockbuster weeks of marquee evening sales ended in Manhattan on Thursday night with doubleheader Sotheby’s auctions of rising stars and established contemporary names that raised a combined $283.4 million — and smashed 11 records for artists, including six by women. This pushed the running total for various spring sales at Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Phillips to more than $2.5 billion. “The market is stronger than ever,” said New York dealer David Benrimon, adding, “The Macklowe sale made nearly a billion dollars.” He was referring to Sotheby’s record-breaking $922 million auction of the Macklowe Collection, which concluded Monday as the S&P Index continued to slide. “When stock markets take a nosedive,” Benrimon added, “people look to invest in art. It’s more tangible. The art market is bulletproof.” Indeed, with Sotheby’s auction of the Macklowe ... More
 

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled, 1982 Estimate in the region of $70 million. Image courtesy of Phillips.

by Scott Reyburn


NEW YORK, NY.- The posthumous rivalry between Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat for the title of America’s biggest-selling artist at auction resumed Wednesday night at Phillips in Manhattan, when a 1982 Basquiat painting of a horned devil reappeared on the market and sold for $85 million with fees. It was the third-highest price paid for a Basquiat work, and the winning bid was from Asia, taken by phone with a representative of Phillips in Taipei, Taiwan. A third-party guarantor had ensured the painting would sell for at least $70 million. At more than 16 feet wide, the 1982 “Untitled” canvas, featuring one of Basquiat’s trademark African-style masks floating in front of an abstracted, drip-painted background, was one of the artist’s most monumental paintings. It also had a history of making monumental auction prices. In 2004, the painting was bought for a then-imposing $4.5 million by New York collector ... More
 

The Pop District, Michael Loveland, Social Sculpture, 2022, Courtesy of the artist Pole 1-Flag D

PITTSBURGH, PA.- The Andy Warhol Museum announced today that the museum will spearhead a major new cultural and economic development project that intends to transform a six-block section of the museum’s neighborhood on Pittsburgh’s North Shore into a thriving hub for expansive cultural programming, creative workforce development and ultimately a new cultural tourism destination. To be known as the “The Pop District,” the project aims to use the power of public art, digital media production, live music and performance to create a museum-led destination in the city where Andy Warhol was born. Patrick Moore, The Warhol’s director and leader of the project, states, “Andy continues to be emblematic of the American entrepreneurial spirit—a true agent of influence and change. We now have the plan and resources to follow suit as an agent of change for Pittsburgh and an example of how creative communities throughout the country can be activated to boost and sustain ... More



British Library brings together spectacular golden books, scrolls and bindings for new exhibition   Perrotin and Kasmin present an exhibition of new work by American artist Mark Ryden   Louisiana Museum of Modern Art opens Forensic Architecture: Witnesses


A tiny girdle book with a gold binding England c 1540.

LONDON.- Showcasing books, scrolls and documents from twenty countries, Gold reveals how this precious metal has captured the imagination of scribes, artists and patrons throughout history and across cultures and faiths. From sacred texts contained within tiny golden books and spectacular illuminated manuscripts to a treaty inscribed on a strip of gold over two metres long, the exhibition highlights the deep-rooted connection between gold, the sacred and the royal, and reverence, awe and power. Gold also sheds light on the masterful and painstaking techniques used to transform this precious metal into such fine objects. The exhibition is supported by BullionVault, the world-leading platform for physical gold investment. Objects on display include: • A treaty in Malayalam from southern India, inscribed on a strip of gold over two metres long in 1691 • Buddhist chants inscribed on two strips of gold from Myanmar (Burma). Dating from the ... More
 

View of exhibition at Perrotin Paris. Photo: Tanguy Beurdeley. Courtesy of the artist, Kasmin and Perrotin.

PARIS.- Perrotin and Kasmin announced a jointly organized exhibition of new work by American artist Mark Ryden (b. 1963, United States). Animal Secrets is presented in Perrotin’s Paris gallery from May 19–July 30, 2022, comprising 10 paintings and 12 works on paper that further develop the artist’s series of portraiture featuring mysterious and mythical creatures. The resulting gallery of enchanted characters embodies the artist’s meticulously-realized signature blend of archetype, kitsch, and narrative mysticism. Animal Secrets is conceived alongside the artist’s most recent exhibition at Perrotin Tokyo, Yakalina 9. Mark Ryden’s imaginative artistic play manifests itself through deep layers of meanings and connotations. His interest in the subject of animals as spiritual entities was first explored in his series, “Anima Animals,” an exhibition presented jointly with Kasmin at Perrotin’s ... More
 

Airstrikes on M2 Hospital in Aleppo, Syria, 2016. Forensic Architecture reconstructed the M2 hospital as a 3D model from available images and video. © Forensic Architecture.

HUMLEBÆK.- Witnesses is the fifth exhibition in The Architect’s Studio series at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, presenting the multidisciplinary research group Forensic Architecture which in no way is reminiscent of a traditional studio. They practice forensic architecture to investigate human rights violations including violence committed by states, police forces, militaries, and corporations. Forensic Architecture, led by architect Eyal Weizman, includes not only architects but also artists, software developers, journalists, lawyers and animators. Working with grassroots activists, international NGOs and media organizations, the team carries out investigations on behalf of people affected by political conflict, police brutality, border regimes and environmental violence. In the broadest possible ... More



Veronica Ryan's uncanny objects   Bruce Mau: A designer puts life on the drawing boards   Knox Martin, a celebrated painter with a seven decade career, dies at age 99


Veronica Ryan at Paula Cooper Gallery in Chelsea, where her current exhibition is titled “Along a Spectrum,” in New York, April 1, 2022. Elias Williams/The New York Times.

by Siddhartha Mitter


NEW YORK, NY.- A soursop. A breadfruit. A custard apple. Incongruously large but otherwise realistic, the three sculptures of tropical fruit sit right on the ground in a busy pedestrian plaza in the Hackney section of London, as if the produce had tumbled from a grocer’s stand and magically expanded on the pavement. The work of artist Veronica Ryan, they honor the Windrush generation — the half-million immigrants who arrived from Britain’s colonies in the Caribbean between 1948 and the early 1970s and who settled, joined the workforce, raised families. Ryan is a daughter of Windrush, born on the Caribbean island of Montserrat in 1956. She arrived with her family as a child and watched them struggle, with whole sections of London unsafe for Black people. “My ... More
 

A new film about the celebrated graphic designer follows his career as the scale of his projects goes from small to extra large to global.

by Joseph Giovannini


NEW YORK, NY.- In “Mau,” a new documentary-cum-biopic, Canadian-born, Chicago-based designer Bruce Mau simply counts Coca-Cola bottles to give you a sense of the scale of the environmental crisis the world faces as its population approaches 8 billion. He calculates that the sale of Cokes over the next 50 years, if uncorrected, will dump 2.7 trillion empty bottles into an environment already endangered. Hoisting a small fact to its statistical extreme, Mau concludes that a Coke bottle is not just a bottle, not simply a matter of an industrial designer shaping an icon. He advocates redesigning the corporate culture that produced it and the larger culture that drank it. Mau thinks big. In 2017, Austrian filmmakers (and brothers) Jono and Benji Bergmann heard Mau speak at the South by ... More
 

Hollis Taggart and Knox Martin, 2022. Courtesy Hollis Taggart.

NEW YORK, NY.- Hollis Taggart shared that celebrated artist Knox Martin died on May 15, at the age of 99. Martin’s career spanned nearly seven decades and he continued to create new abstract paintings into 2022. Some of his most recent works were included in the 2022 solo exhibition, Knox Martin: Garden of Time at the gallery. Martin is survived by his children, Olivia and Jon Martin. Hollis Taggart will oversee the artist’s estate in collaboration with his family. Over the course of his illustrious career, Martin engaged with the conceptual and aesthetic underpinnings of a wide range of artistic movements, from Cubism to Abstract Expressionism to Pop Art. His use of bright swaths of color, precise architectural lines, and organic forms that reference the female body resulted in energetic and vibrant compositions and captured a visual vocabulary that was entirely his own. “Knox was a towering figure in the New York art world fo ... More



In his first solo exhibition in a European museum Jesse Stecklow transforms the exhibition space into a waiting room   Bob Dylan handwritten lyrics for 'All Along the Watchtower' sold for more than $60k at auction   Yinka Ilori and artist Eva Rothschild open playgrounds in Parsloes Park on the Becontree Estate


Jesse Stecklow, From Ear to Ear and Back Again, 2021. Photo: Klaus Pichler, © mumok.

VIENNA.- Jesse Stecklow’s artistic practice builds upon the collection, analysis, and circulation of ecological data that is typically invisible to the human eye. From May 2022, mumok presents his first solo exhibition in a European museum entitled Terminal. The Los Angeles-based artist works with a clearly defined repertoire of objects, which oscillate between text, image, and sound. His sculptures enter into a direct dialogue with their surroundings and virtually merge with them. For Stecklow, it has less to do with the objects as such than the diverse narratives generated by sitespecific shifts in context. He refers to his objects as characters, which play different roles depending on the situation and take on multiple identities in the form of disparate iterations. Today, when we speak of “data,” what comes to mind are primarily digital collections of information – an abridgement that Stecklow ... More
 

Bob Dylan Handwritten and Signed Lyrics for 'All Along the Watchtower'. Sold For: $60,500 (w/BP). Estimate: $50,000+.

BOSTON, MASS.- Incredible handwritten lyrics by Bob Dylan for his song, "All Along the Watchtower," sold for $60,500, according to Boston-based RR Auction. The lyrics on one page, written in black ink and signed neatly at the conclusion, "Bob Dylan, 2013, " are accompanied by a 2014 letter of authenticity from Jeff Rosen, Bob Dylan Music Company president. Written and recorded by Bob Dylan for his 1967 album John Wesley Harding, "All Along the Watchtower" has become one of the songwriter's most enduring hits—it appears on most of his greatest hits compilations. It has been performed in concert more than any of his other songs. It earned further acclaim with Jimi Hendrix's recording on Electric Ladyland; of the cover, Dylan said: 'I liked Jimi Hendrix's record of this and ever since he died I've been doing it that way—Strange how when I sing it, I ... More
 

Create London launch new playgrounds by designer Yinka Ilori and artist Eva Rothschild open in Parsloes Park on the Becontree Estate. Photo: Jim Stephenson.

LONDON.- The new playgrounds, co-commissioned by Create London and the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham, have transformed Parsloes Park into a colourful play haven to encourage children and young people to climb, hang out and play sport. With his signature use of vibrant colours and geometric patterns, the British-Nigerian designer Yinka Ilori has repurposed parts of an out-of-use playground to create The Flamboyance of Flamingos. The design imagines collaborative play for children of all ages, including the reintroduction of pink flamingos – who once inhabited the park – in the form of bouncy spring rockers and a circular seating area. A new basketball court is also introduced along with abstract structures to encourage alternative forms of play. Combining off-the-shelf play equipment with customised designs, ... More



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James Cohan opens an exhibition of new work by Naudline Pierre
NEW YORK, NY.- James Cohan is presenting Enter the Realm, an exhibition of new work by Naudline Pierre. This expansive presentation, which extends across the gallery’s 48 and 52 Walker Street spaces, includes paintings, drawings, and sculptures. This is Pierre’s first solo exhibition with James Cohan. In Enter the Realm, Pierre conceives of an alternate universe populated with jewel toned celestial figures that dance, writhe, and soar across her fantastical scenes. Brilliant and impactful color continues to illuminate this parallel world, forging links between Pierre’s various media and her recurring cast of characters. The works on view are an exquisite and extensive tale of becoming, shaped by an intensely cultivated internal fantasy life and the acknowledgment that change and metamorphosis, however uncomfortable they may ... More

Bob Neuwirth, colorful figure in Dylan's circle, dies at 82
NEW YORK, NY.- Bob Neuwirth, who had credentials as a painter, recording artist and songwriter, but who also had an impact as a member of Bob Dylan’s inner circle and as a conduit for two of Janis Joplin’s best-known songs, died Wednesday in Santa Monica, California. He was 82. His partner, Paula Batson, said the cause was heart failure. Neuwirth had a modest, eclectic string of albums to his credit, including his debut, simply titled “Bob Neuwirth,” in 1974, as well as a 1994 collaboration with John Cale called “Last Day on Earth” and a 2000 collaboration with Cuban composer and pianist José María Vitier, “Havana Midnight.” But he was perhaps better known for the roles he played in the careers of others, beginning with Dylan. Neuwirth said he first encountered Dylan at the Indian Neck Folk Festival in Connecticut in 1961. Dylan ... More

LaChanze, a Tony nominee, is casting herself in new roles
NEW YORK, NY.- A Tony Award-winning actress walked into a bar, and before long, she was talking about racism. “I have noticed in my career,” the actress, LaChanze, said, “that roles that I’ve gotten are roles of women who have experienced trauma. Major, major trauma. People feel comfortable making me, as a dark-skinned Black woman, a victim of some kind of violence, a victim of trauma. A victim.” The subject of racism — and the various ways it can manifest in the theater industry — came up repeatedly during a lively conversation on a recent rainy Friday afternoon in an Upper West Side wine bar. But don’t get it twisted. LaChanze is thankful — for her career and for the opportunities she’s had over the years. She just received her fourth Tony nomination — her first for best leading actress in a play — for her portrayal ... More

The twisting trail to the Tonys: 'Can you believe that we're here?'
NEW YORK, NY.- Deirdre O’Connell, a veteran stage actress who notched her first Tony nomination this year by mesmerizingly lip-syncing 75 minutes of harrowing testimony from a kidnapping victim, ran into Michael R. Jackson, the Pulitzer-winning musical writer, at an awards event just down the hall from a silvery 9-foot-tall Tony medallion. O’Connell, who starred in “Dana H.,” told Jackson how happy she was for him, and that “he’s changing the world, and I’m really glad.” The admiration, it turned, out, was mutual: Jackson, whose boundary-busting show “A Strange Loop” is nominated for best musical, liked “Dana H.” so much he went twice. “I saw opening night and I screamed, ‘Finally! Something good!’” Jackson said. “And then I came back to see it again.” At the end of a bumpy Broadway season that started late ... More

Neue Auctions announces 262-lot, online-only modern auction
BEACHWOOD, OH.- An abstract acrylic on canvas collage and enamel on aluminum work by African American artist Sam Gilliam (b. 1933) is the expected headliner in an online-only May Modern auction scheduled for Saturday, May 28th, by Neue Auctions, starting at 10 am Eastern time. Internet bidding will be through LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com and Bidsquare.com. “The Sam Gilliam artwork, lot number 12, is titled Pantheon #5 and was executed mid-career by the artist, in 1984,” said Bridget McWilliams of Neue Auctions. “It is an exuberant, highly textured and complex composition, executed with deft craftsmanship.” The piece is 85 inches by 55 inches. It’s signed verso and titled on the stretcher and has an estimate of $50,000-$80,000. This is the third annual May Modern sale for Neue Auctions, ... More

Noonans to sell the Romney Marsh Hoard
LONDON.- Married couple, Phil and Joan Castle, who live in New Romney in Kent have been metal detecting together for over 30 years. It was in October 2018, while searching one of their favourite ploughed fields at nearby Romney Marsh that Joan using her XP gold max found a broken gold coin on the surface, another signal beside it in the soil revealed a Medieval brass purse bar at eight inches down. Phil came over to help and immediately found a gold coin. Over the next two hours four more gold coins were uncovered in an area of five metres, with Joan finding two herself. The Purse and the coins, which are expected to fetch £12,000-15,000, will be offered for sale by specialist Coin, Medal, Banknote and Jewellery auctioneers Noonans (previously Dix Noonan Webb) on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at their Mayfair saleroom (16 Bolton ... More

Alexander Toradze, idiosyncratic pianist, dies at 69
NEW YORK, NY.- Alexander Toradze, a Georgian American pianist and Soviet defector whose idiosyncratic and bravura performances of Russian composers were either loved or hated, died May 11 at his home in South Bend, Indiana. He was 69. The cause was heart failure, his health having been deteriorating since 2019, his manager, Ettore F. Volontieri, said. Toradze was also stricken with heart failure, as it was later diagnosed, April 23 during a performance with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in Washington state. Though he had to be helped onstage at the start because of weakness, he completed the concert and was hospitalized afterward, Volontieri said. Toradze specialized in Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff and other Russian composers. His concerts this spring were to include a performance of Prokofiev’s ... More

'Little Shop of Horrors' at 40: The plant that conquered the world
NEW YORK, NY.- “Little Shop of Horrors” was Alan Menken’s last shot. It was the winter of 1979 when Menken, a young composer, and Howard Ashman, the lyricist, playwright and director, were coming off a disappointing off-Broadway run of a musical version of the Kurt Vonnegut novel “God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater.” So, when Ashman called with the idea to develop a low-budget musical comedy about a murderous plant, based on Roger Corman’s semi-obscure 1960 black comedy film, Menken made a deal with himself: He would give musical theater one more shot. If it didn’t work, he would commit to writing advertising jingles full time. Of course, the off-the-wall, low-budget musical would go on to become an improbable success, selling out houses at the 98-seat WPA Theater in New York’s East Village before transferring ... More

Galerie Karsten Greve opens a solo exhibition featuring new work by Thomas Brummett
COLOGNE.- Galerie Karsten Greve is presenting This Shimmering World, a solo exhibition featuring new work by American photographer Thomas Brummett, in Cologne. Pieces from the RIVER and HALOS series, created in 2020 and 2021 and part of Rethinking the Natural, Brummett's "project of a lifetime," are on show. In his photography series, Thomas Brummett not only explores natural phenomena but also manifestations of the cosmos in many different ways. All his images are contemplative and profound in character, created through quiet attention and intensive observation of his current surroundings. They are based on a rendering of a vital microcosm reflected in the macrocosm of his pictures: "One constant in my work would be looking at things very closely or over long periods of time. These images are my meditations and ... More

The LA Art Box presents Belonging: A Filipino American Arts and Culture Experience
LOS ANGELES, CA.- Cultural art gallery, The LA Art Box, in partnership with Parangal Dance Company, announced Belonging, a collaborative showcase of Filipino American creatives through their own visual narratives. The exhibition explores cultural identities both past and present from contemporary Filipino American artists working to belong and enrich the current AAPI creative landscape, to the traditional rituals and ceremonies of the six Indigenous Peoples in the Philippines. Belonging opened May 20, 2022 and will remain on view through June 26, 2022. “We’re thrilled to present an exhibition which showcases the work of contemporary Filipino American creatives while also celebrating the powerful cultural legacy of the Philippines,” said The LAAB Co-Founder Bernadette Bernardo. “Belonging is an exhibition ... More







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On a day like today, French painter Henri Rousseau was born
May 21, 1844. Henri Julien Félix Rousseau (May 21, 1844 - September 2, 1910) was a French post-impressionist painter in the Naïve or Primitive manner. He was also known as Le Douanier (the customs officer), a humorous description of his occupation as a toll and tax collector. He started painting seriously in his early forties; by age 49, he retired from his job to work on his art full-time. In this image: Henri Rousseau, known as The Douanier Rousseau (1844-1910) Le Rêve [The Dream], 1910, oil on canvas, 204.5 x 298.5 cm New York, The Museum of Modern Art, gift of Nelson A. Rockefeller, 252.1954 © 2016. Digital image, The Museum of Modern Art, New York / Scala, Florence.



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