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Inside the Met's plans for a major Karl Lagerfeld show

André Leon Talley, left, with Anna Wintour and the designer Karl Lagerfeld in Dallas, Texas, on Dec. 10, 2013. Mark Graham/The New York Times.

by Vanessa Friedman

NEW YORK, NY.- Karl Lagerfeld, the culturally omnivorous, furiously prolific designer of Chanel, Fendi and his own line, who died in 2019, was, throughout his career, resolutely focused on the future. Obsessed, even. He believed, he once told The New York Times, in the “old German dictum: ‘no credit on the past.’” He had no truck with hagiographic exhibitions of designer careers. Indeed, during a press preview for the opening of the Chanel show at Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2005 (he refused to attend the show itself), he announced, straight up: “I dislike retrospectives.” A few years later he declared to the Times, “I don’t want to see all those old dresses.” But the powers that be of fashion apparently believe that, when it comes to Lagerfeld’s legacy, everyone else does. In May, four years after his death, Lagerfeld is getting the biggest show of all: the next Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute blockbuster. Jus ... More

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Exhibition at National Gallery marks the centenary of the birth of Lucian Freud   Pace opens an exhibition of new work by the Chinese conceptual artist Hong Hao   Christie's "Post-War to Present" totals $25.8 million

Lucian Freud, Girl in a Green Dress, 1954 Oil on canvas, 32.5 x 23.6 cm. Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London © The Lucian Freud Archive. All Rights Reserved 2022 / Bridgeman Images.

LONDON.- This landmark exhibition is being staged by the National Gallery to mark the centenary of the birth of the major 20th-century artist Lucian Freud (1922–2011.) This first significant survey of his paintings in 10 years brings together a large selection of his most important works from across seven decades – spanning early works such as 'Girl with Roses' (British Council Collection) from the 1940s; to Reflection with 'Two Children (Self-Portrait)' (Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid) in the 1960s and right through to his famous late works, such as 'The Brigadier', 2003–4 (Private Collection.) Freud's celebrity has often overshadowed approaches to the artist’s work and the historical contexts in which it was made. This exhibition seeks to present new perspectives on Freud’s art, focusing on his tireless and ever-searching commitment to the medium of painting. From ... More

Hong Hao, It is Not a Big Problem, 2022. Oil, acrylic and molding material on canvas, 47-1/4" × 70-7/8" × 2-3/8". © Hong Hao, courtesy Pace Gallery.

HONG KONG.- Pace is presenting an exhibition of new work by the Chinese conceptual artist Hong Hao at its Hong Kong gallery. On view from September 30 to November 10, the presentation spotlights mixed media paintings that the artist has created in the past two years. This includes his 2022 series Micro Sentence, which is being shown to the public for the first time in Pace’s exhibition in Hong Kong, as well as the latest works from Hong’s most representative Reciprocating and Everchanging Appearance series, and his acclaimed The Realm of Matters series of recent years. As one of the most active conceptual artists in China since the late 1990s, Hong is known for his dexterous and witty handling of readymade materials, invigorating the Chinese contemporary art scene with his practice. Hong’s artistic approach and intervention to society and the public sphere always starts with the individual, gradually developing a self-suffici ... More

Sam Gilliam (1933-2022), Idylls I, signed and dated 'Sam Gilliam 70' (on the reverse); titled 'IDYLLS I' (on a label affixed to the reverse), acrylic, metallic paint, crayon and synthetic cable on unstretched canvas, installation dimensions variable: 76 x 61 in. (193 x 154.9 cm.), Executed in 1970. Price realized: $756,00. © Christie's Images Ltd 2022.

NEW YORK, NY.- Thursday, 29 September, Post-War to Present kicked off the fall season of contemporary art sales at Christie's New York, with lively and engaged bidders participating online, on the phones and in-person in the Rockefeller Center saleroom. The auction totaled $25,755,534, 89% sold by value, selling 107% hammer above low estimate. The Post-War to Present sale was foregrounded a group of seventeen contemporary artworks donated by artists and galleries and sold to benefit FLOURISH: Art for the Future, an initiative by Bridget Finn of Reyes | Finn Gallery. The group was 100% sold, totaling $1,430,730, achieving 179% against low estimate, with proceeds funding research to cure STXBP1 disorders. Leading the group was Three Ghee ... More

François Ghebaly announces the representation of Maia Ruth Lee   MACRO - Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome opens an exhibition of works by Diego Perrone   Detroit Institute of Arts' "Van Gogh in America" presents landmark exhibition featuring 74 works by the iconic artist

Maia Ruth Lee, Bondage Baggage 4, 2018, Rope, tape, tarp, suitcase, bedding, clothes, 67 x 35 x 21 inches, (170 x 89 x 53 cm).

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Working across painting, sculpture, photography and film, Maia Ruth Lee has crafted an elegant visual lexicon that takes on the complexities of the self in times of dissonance and globalization that can now be seen at François Ghebaly. Lee was born in Busan, South Korea, grew up in Kathmandu and Seoul, spent over a decade in New York City, and recently moved to Salida, Colorado. Migration lies at the core of her experience. In her practice, Lee brings this cross-border perspective to bear in works that often evoke wayfinding in the form of maps, atlases, and banners. An underlying interest in language, translation, symbols, and signs runs throughout her work, frequently expressed in her use of India ink, a medium commonly associated with calligraphy. The body, too, is an enduring concern for Lee, whose bound baggage and textile sculptures metaphorically visualize the accumulations ... More

Diego Perrone, Untitled, 2016, Glass casting. 28.75 x 35.5 x 11.25" / 73 x 90.2 x 28.6cm. Photo: Andrea Rossetti.

ROME.- Laid out as a vertiginous landscape, Diego Perrone’s exhibition at MACRO – Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome brings together 20 years of the Italian artist’s multi-media output as well as five new works in the form of two work/displays, a distortion of the space, a video and a photographic series. Formally slippery and at times hypnotic, the artist’s work amplifies and exasperates images and gestures to explore the extremes of “moments” in time and of the nature of the materials he chooses to employ. In this way there is an attempt to create images out of absences, working with archetypes and with the stuff of dreams. The title of the show, which translates to Rainy slope that whips the tongue offers a glimpse onto how Perrone looks at the world. The exhibition is seamlessly divided into different constellations of works, each one narrated by descriptions written by the artist; some, such as the red- ... More

Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853–1890). Self Portrait, 1887. Oil on artist board mounted to wood panel; 13 3/4 × 10 1/2 in. (34.9 × 26.7 cm). Detroit Institute of Arts, City of Detroit Purchase, 22.13.

DETROIT, MICH.- On the centenary of its status as the first public museum in the United States to purchase a painting by Vincent van Gogh, the Detroit Institute of Arts presents a landmark exhibition that tells the story of the artist’s rise to prominence among American audiences. Van Gogh in America features paintings, drawings, and prints by the Dutch Post-Impressionist artist. The exhibition runs from October 2, 2022 to January 22, 2023, featuring 74 original Van Gogh works. Visitors can experience the defining moments, people, and circumstances that catapulted Van Gogh’s work to widespread acclaim in the United States. The exhibition’s presence in Detroit – and more generally, in the Midwest – holds special significance. The DIA’s 1922 purchase of Self-Portrait (1887) was the first by a public museum in the United States. Notably, the next four Van Gogh paintings purchased ... More

Hammer Museum exhibits works made on paper and in paper y Picasso   Hauser & Wirth announces representation of artist Allison Katz   'Fiona Tan: Mountains and Molehills' opens at Eye Filmmuseum in Amsterdam

Pablo Picasso and André Villers, Mask, 1959. Photogram cut and pasted onto blue vellum paper. 19 5/8 × 14 11/16 in. (49.8 × 37.3 cm). Private collection © 2022 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- The Hammer Museum at UCLA presents Picasso Cut Papers, an exhibition about an important yet little-known aspect of the practice of Pablo Picasso (1881-1973). This exhibition features some of Pablo Picasso’s most whimsical and intriguing works made on paper and in paper, alongside a select group of sculptures in sheet metal. Cut papers were created as independent works of art, as exploratory pieces in relation to works in other mediums, as models for Picasso’s fabricators, and as gifts or games for family and friends. Although the artist rarely sold or exhibited them during his lifetime, he signed, dated, and archived them just as he did his works in other mediums. Many examples have been stored flat or disassembled in portfolios until now and will regain their original three-dimensional forms when presented in the exhibition. This survey spans ... More

Katz’s first exhibition with Hauser & Wirth, featuring new work by the artist, will take place in autumn 2023 in Los Angeles. Photo: Eva Herzog.

NEW YORK, NY.- Hauser & Wirth announced today that the gallery now represents artist Allison Katz, in collaboration with Gió Marconi, Milan, Antenna Space, Shanghai and dépendance, Brussels. Allison Katz (b. 1980, Montreal, Canada) has over the last decade emerged as a pioneering voice in contemporary painting, achieving critical acclaim for her genre-defying works which embrace the mutability of images and explore the tensions between what is conveyed and what is perceived. Her practice is rooted in a personal, biographical approach to found imagery and art historical references, combined with irreverent wit, wordplay and humor. From cocks (the bird) and cabbages, to self-portraits and bodies in pieces, Katz’s vivid and idiosyncratic emblems call into question painterly subjectivity and selfhood, as well as the slippery nature of meaning. Her precisely made works shift in style, technique and materiality, often rejecting f ... More

Fiona Tan, Footsteps, 2022, exhibition. Fiona Tan, Mountains and Molehills, Eye Filmmuseum Amsterdam, 2022. Photo: Studio Hans Wilschut. Courtesy Frith Street Gallery, London.

AMSTERDAM.- How do we hold on to memories – in archives, in the mind, in the landscape, on film? Visual artist and filmmaker Fiona Tan (born in 1966 in Indonesia) works with photography and moving images and creates spatial installations, investigating ways in which we record the world around us. This autumn, Eye Filmmuseum is presenting the work of Fiona Tan in the solo exhibition Mountains and Molehills. Key works in the exhibition are Gray Glass (2020), Inventory (2012), and the new work Footsteps (2022), which Fiona Tan made at the invitation of Eye Filmmuseum. These video installations explore the relationship between the individuals on either side of the lens as well as the relationship between image, maker and viewer. For Tan, time is both a medium and a vehicle. It is a material that she studies, shapes and processes into artworks – often in combination with still and moving images. ... More

Antonio Dalle Nogare Foundation opens group exhibition:"Re-Materialization of Language. 1978-2022"   Ron Mandos opens solo exhibition by the South African multidisciplinary artist Mohau Modisakeng   Trombone champ makes a hit video game of an unlikely instrument

Re-Materialization of Language. 1978–2022. Installation view of the exhibition at Fondazione Antonio Dalle Nogare, 2022. Ph. Jürgen Eheim Fotostudio. Courtesy Fondazione Antonio Dalle Nogare.

MILAN.- Curated by artist, poet and performer Mirella Bentivoglio (Klagenfurt, 1922 – Rome, 2017), the exhibition Materializzazione del linguaggio (Materialization of language) opened on 20 September 1978 at the Magazzini del Sale alle Zattere on the occasion of the XXXVIII Venice Biennale. The exhibition comprised a selection of heterogeneous materials and practices reifying a more ample reflection on the ‘relationship between women and language’. A language was thus coined that was an expression of the ‘unconditioned and transgressive’ characteristic of the verbal-visual research of 90 international female artists and poets active at the time. Poetic expression and critical awareness unfolded in opposition to patriarchal languages and took the form of visual and textual works, including poetry and prose books, artist’s books, embroideries, live performances, videos, drawings, ... More

Mohau Modisakeng, LERE (The staff), 2022. Diasec, Pigment print on Edition Etching RAG

AMSTERDAM.- Galerie Ron Mandos is presenting Madimatle, the fourth solo exhibition by the South African multidisciplinary artist Mohau Modisakeng (SA, 1986). In the exhibition, Mohau Modisakeng presents a new series of works that makes reference to Madimatle, a sacred mountain in a historic area in South Africa. The exhibition is running from October 1 through November 6, 2022. Madimatle has for centuries been the site of pilgrimages and traditional spiritual rituals. In the last 5 years, the mountain has become a site of an ongoing legal battle between the community that uses the mountain and its network of caves for sacred spiritual reasons and the foreign mining company that has been granted rights to mine the apex of this sacred mountain. This legal battle has brought up other discussion around questions of land and identity in post-colonial South Africa where the land question dominates all political discourse. In the past three decades of de ... More

The London Philharmonia bass trombonist James Buckle plays the video game Trombone Champ, in London, Sept. 29, 2022. Over the past week, Trombone Champ has become an unlikely gaming phenomenon, with fans posting clips of their fraught attempts to play “Auld Lang Syne,” “Also Sprach Zarathustra” and more. So what did a real trombonist think of it? Alexander Coggin/The New York Times.

LONDON.- Backstage at the Royal Festival Hall, one of London’s grandest classical music venues, James Buckle, the bass trombonist for the Philharmonia Orchestra, braced himself to do something he’d never done before: play the familiar opening of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. Trombone players usually spend most of the symphony waiting in silence at the back of the orchestra, ignored by the audience, only getting the chance to play in the piece’s final, euphoric movement. But thanks to the popular new video game Trombone Champ — a sort of Guitar Hero for brass players — Buckle was having a go at its exhilarating opening as if he were one of the first violins. “I have to admit I’m a bit ... More

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John Moran Auctioneers announce white-glove auction of the "Property from the Thomas and Erika Jayne Girardi Residence"
LOS ANGELES, CA.- Everyone from Traditional collectors to RHOBH fans took part in the court-ordered sale of the “Property from the Thomas and Erika Jayne Girardi Residence” at noon on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, at John Moran Auctioneers. The interest in this sale was worldwide, having over 8,000 registered bidders and more than 1,000 viewers tuning in to see the action. The 250-lot sale lasted almost five hours but kept momentum due to the continuous “spirited” bidding between online and in-house bidders. This white-glove auction proved to be the perfect prelude to Moran’s upcoming December jewelry sale featuring Erika Jayne’s diamond earrings. One of the first highlights of the auction was lot 4020, ... More

Center for Netherlandish Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, begins first full academic year
BOSTON, MASS.- This September marks the beginning of the first full academic year for the Center for Netherlandish Art, an innovative research center for the study and appreciation of Dutch and Flemish art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA). Through an expansive library and an active slate of academic and public programs, the CNA shares Dutch and Flemish art with wide audiences in Boston and beyond; stimulates multidisciplinary research and object-based learning; nurtures future generations of scholars and curators in the field; and expands public appreciation of Netherlandish art—especially works from the 17th century. The CNA is centrally located within the MFA on the ground floor, where it serves as a hub of activities connected to the Museum’s state-of-the-art Conservation Center and public programs. The new research center, ... More

Torrance Art Museum's fall exhibitions are a balance of political discord and artistic harmony
TORRANCE, CA.- Torrance Art Museum presents the schedule for Fall 2022 exhibitions, featuring an examination of divisions stoked by the current American Political Climate and a decades long artist project that brings together its audience with a unique form of engagement. TAM Main Gallery presents UnCivil War (an Election Special), curated by Max Presneill. The events of January 6th, 2021, in Washington DC shocked the nation. The country has felt a divided space with a polarization and demonizing of opposition that has left many citizens in fear that a spark could ignite the fires of civil war. What will the current mid-term elections bring us? Increased enmity or a rejection of extremism? Will democracy win out or will armed insurrection begin? Or will the status quo continue to stoke the embers of discontent? There has been a steady build ... More

Solo exhibition by acclaimed Malaysian-Chinese artist Hock Aun Teh opens at The Glasgow School of Art
GLASGOW.- A solo exhibition by acclaimed artist, Hock Aun The - the first student from Asia to graduate from the School’s Drawing and Painting Department, (studying from 1970-1974) opened at The Glasgow School of Art on 1 October 2022. Expanding Traditions, which features new and existing work dating back to the 1970s, runs in the Reid Gallery until 29 October 2022. ‘I would like to dedicate this exhibition to my former school, which nurtured me as a student, as I wish my work to be a new inspiration to all students.’ Hock Aun Teh was born in Malaysia to Chinese parents, he grew up in a remote jungle village of Sungei Gedong, in Perak State, Malaysia, and did not even know where Glasgow was, initially thinking it was in Russia, until he applied for a visa to go there. His original art training in Malaysia focused on English watercolours and the traditional ... More

Yorkshire Sculpture Park presents Daniel Arsham's first UK museum display of work
WAKEFIELD.- Yorkshire Sculpture Park opened the first UK museum display of work by the highly acclaimed North American artist Daniel Arsham. Six of Daniel Arsham’s bronze sculptures are being shown outdoors in the 18th-century Formal Garden at YSP including Bronze Extraterrestrial Bicycle (2022), Bronze Eroded Bunny (Large) (2022), and the three-metre tall Bronze Eroded Venus of Arles (Large) (2022) – Arsham’s retelling of the ancient marble statue of Aphrodite from the 1st century BCE. “As history progresses, all objects become antiquated and in some way, they all become ruins or relics, disused or buried. In 1000 years everything that we own will inevitably become one of those things. I don’t particularly see that as having an apocalyptic quality – it’s sort of just the march of time moving on.” - Daniel Arsham Arsham’s sculptures appear ... More

The Carpenters' Line: Japan House London showcases 1,300 years of woodworking mastery from Hida, Japan
LONDON.- Japan House London presents The Carpenters' Line: Woodworking Heritage in Hida Takayama, an exhibition exploring the art of master woodworking from Japan's well-known woodworking region. The exhibition celebrates the essence of Japanese craftsmanship through the story of an enduring woodworking heritage cultivated in the densely forested Hida region of Gifu Prefecture in central Japan. From the raw materials of the Hida forests and the tools developed to work them, to the involvement of Hida craftsmanship in global furniture design of today, visitors to the exhibition will be immersed in extraordinary craftworking legacy. The city of Takayama in Gifu Prefecture has maintained a vibrant woodworking ... More

Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts presents A Site of Struggle: American Art against Anti-Black Violence
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Large rare Portuguese gold coin from 15th century discovered by metal detectorist from Durham in field in Wiltshire
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Sworders sells pictures from the collection of art dealer Sir Jack Baer
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Hales opens Tuli Mekondjo's debut exhibition with the gallery
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