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New work by Van Gogh discovered

Study 'Worn out' in Van Gogh Museum 2 - Credit Jelle Draper

AMSTERDAM.- The Van Gogh Museum has discovered a new work by Vincent van Gogh: Study for ‘Worn out’ from 1882. Emilie Gordenker (Director of the Van Gogh Museum): ‘As a centre of expertise dedicated to the work of Vincent van Gogh and his contemporaries, we’re delighted with this discovery and are very happy to have made a contribution to our specialist field. It’s quite rare for a new work to be attributed to Van Gogh. We’re proud to be able to share this early drawing and its story with our visitors.’ Study for ‘Worn out’ is a preliminary study for the 1882 drawing Worn out, one of the most powerful figure drawings from Van Gogh’s period in The Hague. The artist described how the drawing came about in detail in letters to his brother Theo and to his friend Anthon van Rappard. The discovery of the preliminary study, which is no less impressive than the final drawing, offers exception ... More

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'Crazy dream': Macron unveils wrapped Arc de Triomphe   Desert camel carvings dated to around 7,000 years ago   Gagosian announces the representation of Donald Judd and Judd Foundation

Bulgarian-born Christo had dreamt of wrapping the war memorial since living nearby in the 1960s GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT AFP.

PARIS.- French President Emmanuel Macron unveiled a surreal and spectacular sight in Paris on Thursday: the entire 50-metre-high Arc de Triomphe wrapped in fabric, fulfilling the long-held dream of late artist Christo. The imposing war memorial has been wrapped in 25,000 square metres (270,000 square feet) of silver-blue recyclable polypropylene. It is the signature of Bulgarian-born artist Christo, who died last year, and his wife and collaborator Jeanne-Claude. They had dreamt of sheathing the monument since renting a nearby apartment in the 1960s, but neither lived to see their strange vision come to life. "We spare a thought for Christo and Jeanne-Claude," said Macron as he inaugurated the artwork from atop the monument. "They would have been moved since it is the culmination of a 60-year dream," the president said. He was flanked by Paris mayor (and rival for the presidency next year) Anne Hidalgo, as well as former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg. ... More

Panel 12, showing the body, legs and base of the neck of an adult camel with a possible young equid to the left. © M. Guagnin & G. Charloux.

PARIS.- Life-sized carvings of camels and horses hewn into rock faces in Saudi Arabia could be around 7,000 years old, according to new research that suggests they are significantly older than previously thought. The 21 reliefs, which were only recently discovered, are heavily eroded and were initially estimated in 2018 to be some 2,000 years old based on similarities with artworks found in Petra in Jordan. But the new research by Saudi and European institutions used a variety of different methods, including analysing tool marks and erosion patterns as well as x-ray technology, and suggests the reliefs are around 7,000 to 8,000 years old. This would mean that the area of carvings, known as the Camel Site, "is likely home to the oldest surviving large-scale (naturalistic) animal reliefs in the world," the study said. In the era that it was created, the region would have looked very different to the arid landscape of today, with a savannah-like grassland dotted with lakes and ... More

Donald Judd in his architecture studio, Marfa, Texas, 1993 © 2021 Judd Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: © Laura Wilson. Courtesy Judd Foundation and Gagosian.

NEW YORK, NY.- Gagosian announced the representation of the work of Donald Judd and Judd Foundation. The partnership underscores the gallery’s more than forty-year commitment to critical artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Donald Judd (1928–1994) produced visual and written work that shifted the course of modern art. Starting out as a painter in the 1950s, he began making three-dimensional works in the early 1960s, aiming to make objects that were free of the illusionism associated with painting. The aluminum, plexiglass, and plywood objects utilized the neutrality of their industrial mediums, and Judd’s production methods emphasized schematic variation and spatial definition through form. His interdisciplinary focus included architecture as well as furniture, and he was a prolific critic and essayist whose writing clarified his own artistic intentions as well as insightfully reflected ... More

Pace opens an exhibition of the final paintings that Thomas Nozkowski completed before his passing   Glenstone Museum presents multidisciplinary installation of artworks by Arthur Jafa   Exhibition focuses on two generations of Günther Förg's 'Gitterbilder' (Grid Paintings)

Thomas Nozkowski, Untitled (9-69), 2019 (detail). Oil on linen on panel, 22" × 28" (55.9 cm × 71.1 cm). © Estate of Thomas Nozkowski, courtesy Pace Gallery.

NEW YORK, NY.- Pace Gallery is presenting Thomas Nozkowski: The Last Paintings, an exhibition of the final paintings that Thomas Nozkowski completed before his passing in 2019. Marking the artist’s eighth show with the gallery since joining it in 2008, the exhibition features 15 works which Nozkowski rendered in oil on linen on panel between 2015 and 2019. Each painting showcases the enigmatic and uniquely variegated visual language for which Nozkowski was critically celebrated over his more than 40-year career. Seen together for the first time, they are also a culmination of the artist’s exploration of line, form, and color, and at the artist’s favored scale of 22 x 28 inches, the paintings invite close and sustained viewing. Richly hued and textured condensations that eschew any unifying style, they are deeply absorbing worlds unto themselves, and collectively celebrate the artist’s oeuvre. On the occasion ... More

Arthur Jafa, Big Wheel VI, 2018. Chains, rim, hubcap, and tire, 101 x 101 x 41 inches (256.5 x 256.5 x 104.1 cm) tire © Arthur Jafa. Courtesy of the artist and Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels.

POTOMAC, MD.- Glenstone Museum opened an installation by Arthur Jafa consisting of recent video, sculpture, and photography. The multidisciplinary ensemble, selected by the artist and presented in Room 6 of the Pavilions, is the first solo museum exhibition of Jafa’s work in the Washington, D.C. area. Arthur Jafa (b. 1960, Tupelo, MS) is an artist and filmmaker who collects and collages a range of content and textures—including video clips from YouTube, sci-fi movies, archival still images, digital animations, snippets of sporting events, and police dashcam footage, among others—to create a cinema that, in his own words, “replicates the power, beauty, and alienation of Black music.” Jafa is creating a new installation of his work at Glenstone, drawn primarily from the museum’s collection and shown together for the first time. “In 2020, we joined nearly a dozen other museums in a landmark ... More

Günther Förg, Untitled, 2006. Acrylic on canvas, 195 x 165 cm / 76 3/4 x 65 in. © 2021 Estate Günther Förg, Suisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy Estate Günther Förg, Suisse and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Bernhard Strauss.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Hauser & Wirth is presenting the first solo exhibition of Günther Förg (1952 – 2013) in Los Angeles. On view from 14 September 2021 through 9 January 2022 in the South Gallery, the exhibition focuses on two generations of Förg’s ‘Gitterbilder’ (Grid Paintings) and marks the return of one of the most significant German artists of the postwar generation to California after nearly thirty years. The formal conversation at play in the exhibition foregrounds Förg’s deep art historical roots while celebrating his distinctively sensuous approach to gestural abstraction—a hallmark of his multifaceted five-decade career. Having pioneered a visual language that simultaneously exemplifies and subverts the tenets of modernism, Förg’s prolific body of work ranges from painting and ... More

Exhibition focuses for the first time on Max Bill's artistic network   Solo exhibition explores photographer's earliest work from the 1960s-70s   Exhibition focuses on new and recent large-scale paintings created over the last two years by Marina Adams

Max Bill, kontinuität, 1946/1982. Poliertes Kupfer, vergoldet, 41 x 36 x 48 cm. max bill georges vantongerloo stiftung, haus bill zumikon, angela thomas und erich schmid, Courtesy Hauser & Wirth © Angela Thomas Schmid / 2021, ProLitteris, Zurich.

BERN.- The Swiss artist Max Bill was an architect, artist, designer, theorist and also an outstanding networker. As a young man he founded new artistic groups such as ‘gruppe z’ and ‘die augen’, joined the established movement ‘Abstraction-Création’ in Paris, organised exhibitions and published essays. The exhibition max bill global focuses for the first time on Bill’s artistic network and demonstrates the important part played by international contacts in the development and reception of the ‘homo universalis’. Max Bill was one of the most influential figures in design and art in the mid-20th century. As a painter, sculptor, architect, designer, graphic artist and typographer, and also as a theorist, collector, curator, publicist, teacher, politician ... More

Black Panther Party member, Captain Bobby Bowens of the Richmond office at a Free Huey rally at Defermery Park, Oakland CA, 1968. from, “The Lost Negatives,” photographs by Jeffrey Henson Scales Credit: Jeffrey Henson Scales.

NEW YORK, NY.- Claire Oliver Gallery announced the gallery’s debut solo exhibition by photographer Jeffrey Henson Scales, In A Time of Panthers: The Lost Negatives. The exhibition features 20 photographs from the 1960s including Scales’ earliest forays as a photographer during the electrifying summer of 1967 when at age 13 with his paternal grandmother he toured the Midwest to see relatives. As a Black teenager, he saw the poverty and oppression of Northern Black communities and when he returned to Oakland, CA became immersed in photographing the milieu of the Black Panther movement in Northern California. The images chart the emergence of his awakening as a documentary photographer as well as a Black ... More

Marina Adams, X Factor, 2020 (detail)

LONDON.- American artist Marina Adams presents the second instalment of her two-part exhibition at Stephen Friedman Gallery on 17 September 2021. ‘Wild Is Its Own Way’ focuses on new and recent large-scale paintings created over the last two years. Expansive in scale, Adams’ work explores colour, form and movement in a bold unabashed fashion. This presentation of Adams’ paintings will continue during Frieze London and until 30 October 2021. This project follows Adams’ highly acclaimed solo exhibition at Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Dallas, Texas in autumn 2020. Investigating the power of paint, line and colour, Adams sketches compositions in charcoal before allowing experimentation whilst working. Her paintings are a study in contrasts and unlikely pairings. Adams approaches her work with a startling minimal colour palette deployed with maximum energy. She brings into play meticulous organization offset ... More

Dancers from the deep sea shine on the UN for climate week   Heritage Auctions puts 19th century photographs in focus for eye-opening September auction   Seeking art that expands the possibilities for a troubled world

The Superflex founders, from left, Bjornstjerne Christiansen, Rasmus Nielsen and Jakob Fenger in Copenhagen on Sept. 13, 2021. Carsten Snejbjerg/The New York Times.

by Arthur Lubow

NEW YORK, NY.- A little-known but crucial agent of carbon removal from the atmosphere — the siphonophore, which lives in what is known as the twilight zone of the sea — will be highlighted during U.N. Climate Week in a video projection from a Danish arts collective. The siphonophore is a bizarrely beautiful creature. Like a coral reef, it is composed of individual parts, known as zooids, which perform specialized functions. “Some are digesters, some are swimmers, some are reproducers,” Heidi Sosik, a senior scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, said. “But they all get together. It is an interesting metaphor for humanity to think about.” Next week, Sept. 21-24, in a light projection more than 500 feet high on the entire northern facade of the U.N. Secretariat building, a siphonophore will perform a sinuous, pulsating ... More

Henry Dixon (British, 1824-1893), Views in Mysore: Temple of Belaru (Entrance), 1865. Albumen print, 13-1/2 x 9-5/8 inches. Estimate: $5,000 - $6,000.

DALLAS, TX.- We seemingly spend every second of every day scrolling past infinite images filling the screens perched on our decks and held in our hands. We no longer look at our own family photos; we see everyone else's, endlessly looped in a world where everyone with a phone fancies themselves an Annie Leibovitz, Ansel Adams or Olan Mills. No moment goes uncaptured now; no memory gets left behind. Now try to imagine a world in which the only image of a person or place was an artist's interpretation — a painting, print or sculpture. That was the world before the invention of photography in 1839, and not long after that photographers were sending home images of people and places half a world away. Photography shrank the universe, making the unimaginable tangible, the faraway front and center. Heritage Auctions' In Focus: 19th Century Photographs auction, now open for bidding and closing Sept. 28, revisits that pivotal moment in human history. Inde ... More

Simone Leigh’s “Sentinel.” The shock of the pandemic is being channeled into artistic creations that offer global range and historical insight. It’s something to look forward to. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation; Photo by David Heald via The New York Times.

by Siddhartha Mitter

NEW YORK, NY.- The world is broken. Humans shuffle in place, burdened and anxious, glued to tiny screens, living fossils in an archaeology of traumas — racial, economic, ecological — that all seem activated at once. Faced with a pandemic, political and economic leaders have proven unequal to the challenge of steering their people, and the planet, to safety. The playbook is empty. They have defaulted to mediocrity, surveillance, the algorithm. This compound failure is a failure of imagination. But if the powerful have run out of ideas beyond clinging to wealth and control in the face of catastrophe, art reminds us that there are other options. And so this season more than ever, I am looking to art that refuses to abdicate: exhibitions and projects ... More

The reason for my painting large canvases is that I want to be intimate and human. Mark Rothko

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Nara Roesler announces the representation of Manoela Medeiros
NEW YORK, NY.- Nara Roesler announced the representation of Manoela Medeiros (Rio de Janeiro, 1991). In her practice, Medeiros articulates a conceptual post-medium approach to painting, through sculpture, performance, and installation work. Pursuing a hybrid framework for the pictorial, Medeiros questions artistic media by going beyond their conventional formats, producing paintings and in situ installations that explore the relationships between space, time, and the corporeality of art and of the viewer. During her process of creation, Medeiros takes into account the material and structural details of the places around her, engaging in an archeological process of excavation whereby she scrapes the surfaces to reveal the underlying matter. With this, the artist attributes a sense of organicity to the space, turning architecture its own body, ... More

Catch 'em all: Heritage Auctions presents Pokémon Box Break at Collect-A-Con
DALLAS, TX.- Ready to catch even more? Pokémon collectors will have the chance Sept. 27-Oct. 4 to bid in the hopes of winning any of 36 sealed lots featured in Heritage Auctions’ Unlimited Base Set Booster Box Break Trading Card Games Showcase Auction. Each lot is an unopened booster pack from a sealed Unlimited Base Set box, which will be opened and unveiled at a special event Oct. 17 as part of the two-day event that will take place at Collect-A-Con at the NFG Center in Houston. Hosted by Gary “King Pokémon” Haase, Heritage Auctions Executive Vice President Joe Maddalena and DFW Pokémon Team Members, the break begins and will be streamed on-line live at 1 p.m. (Central time). The live stream will be available to view through the DFW Pokémon Facebook Page: Each pack will ... More

Edinburgh Printmakers announce new CEO
EDINBURGH.- The Board of Edinburgh Printmakers announced the appointment of Janet Archer as CEO. Prior to joining Edinburgh Printmakers, Janet held the role of Executive Producer for The New Real at Edinburgh Innovations, and Director of Festival, Cultural and City Events at the University of Edinburgh. While at the University, she enabled new festival activity to take place on campus, as well as producing an online series Edinburgh Culture Conversations for the University’s Futures Institute, bringing together 58 artists, academics and cultural leaders to discuss how culture contributes to society during Covid-19. In 2013, Janet was appointed as the CEO of Creative Scotland. Over the course of her five-year tenure she championed artists, advocated for Scotland’s screen sector, promoted equalities, diversity and inclusion, and set out ... More

Hales opens 'Black Experience', a solo exhibition of photographs by Sunil Gupta
LONDON.- Hales opened Black Experience, a solo exhibition of photographs by Sunil Gupta. The show exhibits a series of 10 works commissioned in 1986 for a pivotal exhibition titled Reflections of the Black Experience at Brixton Art Gallery. For the first time since the 1986 exhibition, Black Experience is presented in its entirety and in a larger format. The exhibition coincides with Gupta’s solo show The New Pre-Raphaelites at The Holburne Museum, Bath (24 September 2021 – 19 January 2022). In December, Hales will present a solo presentation of Gupta’s series Lovers: Ten Years On at Art Basel Miami Beach. Gupta was born in India in 1953 and migrated to Canada as a teenager in the late 1960s. Seeking new experiences, he followed his partner to New York City in 1976 then to London in 1977. He went on to receive a Diploma from West Surrey ... More

New boss for internationally renowned North East attraction
SUNDERLAND.- One of the North’s most popular visitor attractions has a new boss. The National Glass Centre, part of the University of Sunderland, has appointed Rachel Smith as its new director. The Glass Centre, at the entrance to the University’s St Peter’s Riverside Campus on the north bank of the River Wear, attracts more than 200,000 visitors a year and is home to an internationally renowned glass and ceramics department which attracts glass makers and students from all over the world. Rachel will move from her current job as Head of Alumni and Development at the University to take up the post in December. Rachel worked at another prominent cultural venue – the Tyneside Cinema – during its major redevelopment programme in 2007-2009. She spent a number of years with Cancer Research UK establishing a new research engagement ... More

kamel mennour presents 'La Bocca / Haier, 2005' by Bertrand Lavier
PARIS.- Having creative fun with the classic dialectic of statue and base, Bertrand Lavier uses his famous "superimposed objects" project to put together a small encyclopaedia of items and obsessions specific to our different eras. With stacked pairings of unrelated, unmodified consumer artefacts such as refrigerators or sofas, he proposes startling visual equations and unnatural graftings: tension between curve and right angle obtained with a fragment of crashed Ferrari bodywork on a brand new Proline fridge; or, as here, with a Bocca – a red mouth-shaped sofa designed by Salvador Dalí – on a reclining white Haier freezer. At a far remove from the Marcel Duchamp who chose the objects of his readymades according to a "reaction of visual indifference", Lavier explains that his selections are determined by a concordance of shape, size, proportion ... More

Afghan musicians mourn abandoned instruments after Taliban takeover
KABUL.- Viola player Bahar was practising at her music college in the Afghan capital, when news broke that the Taliban had reached the city. Terrified of a return to the days when music was forbidden and women were banned from education, she and her classmates rushed home, abandoning their beloved instruments. "We all ran away. We saved ourselves, leaving the instruments at the institute," Bahar tells AFP, using a false name to protect her identity for fear of reprisal. "I felt like I had lost a family member." The Taliban, who banned music outright during their brutal and oppressive rule from 1996 to 2001, swept back into power on August 15. They have promised a more moderate brand of rule this time -- though they have made clear that they will run Afghanistan within the restrictive limits of their interpretation of sharia law. ... More

Galerie Cécile Fakhoury opens an exhibition of works by Carl-Édouard Keïta
DAKAR.- Galerie Cécile Fakhoury - Dakar is presenting Le Bal noir, the first solo exhibition of the young artist Carl-Édouard Keďta. Inspired by the teeming creativity of the cabarets of the 1920s in France, where many black performers made their mark on history by the audacity and radical novelty of their creations, Carl-Édouard Keďta plunges us into the heart of a troubling ball. With the lead of the pencil on the paper, the geometrical silhouettes of the Roaring Twenties take shape; backstage scenes and portraits of muses and dancers such as Josephine Baker or Feral Benga, who embody the complex relationship that the era had with the body of the Other. The black body is represented here on stage, both as a receptacle of fantasies and as a vector of its own liberatory discourse. The aesthetics of Carl-Edouard Keďta unfolds at the crossroads of influences, ... More

Pilar Corrias opens Elizabeth Neel's solo exhibition 'Limb after Limb'
LONDON.- Pilar Corrias is presenting Elizabeth Neel’s solo exhibition Limb after Limb, which is on view at the gallery’s Savile Row gallery from 16 September until 23 October 2021. Originally conceived for the nave, apse and transept of a deconsecrated church, Neel’s new body of work explores themes of physicality, suffering, transformation, resuscitation, and redemption. Made in isolation on her family’s farm in rural Vermont, these works are influenced by the rawness of the natural environment and the dislocating reality of pandemic psychology. The artist’s large-scale paintings on canvas extend her interest in the externalisation of physical and psychological experience via abstraction. Using a diverse vocabulary of mark-making tools, including fingers, rags, brushes, mono-printing techniques and rollers, Neel’s paintings are ripe with emotive lyricism ... More

Exhibition of works by Aaron Kasmin portrays vibrant scenes from the post-prohibition era
LONDON.- This autumn Sims Reed Gallery presents Always a Show by British artist Aaron Kasmin, from 16 September – 28 October 2021. Following the success of Lucky Strike (2016), Up in Smoke (2017) and Showtime! (2019), the artist is hosting his fourth exhibition at the gallery inspired by recent American feature matchbook discoveries. The exhibition showcases twenty-nine new pencil drawings created during lockdowns, which portray vibrant scenes from the post-prohibition era. In comparison to his previous shows, Kasmin has chosen to focus on a broader range of topics in more detail, with themes ranging from bars and restaurants, clothing brands and diamonds, to horse racing, cars and the Oscars. What draws him to the matchbooks is the rich source of subject matter, which provides endless inspiration. He says, “It’s both a challenge ... More

What they really want to do is choreograph
NEW YORK, NY.- When star dancers retire, it’s always a little sad. And if those dancers are still in their prime, fans can feel an especially acute sense of loss. The performances that won’t happen are easy to imagine. But in the uncommon case when the dancer has already achieved distinction as a choreographer and is retiring to focus on that craft, the loss is offset by potential gain. The dancer will be absent from the stage, but the dancer’s spirit and sensibility might spread across it. This fall, the uncommon is happening twice. On Oct. 9, Lauren Lovette is retiring from New York City Ballet. On Dec. 9, Jamar Roberts is giving his farewell performance with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Both are beloved dancers, unostentatious standouts in companies that are constellations of stars. Both are choreographers whose artistic voices have already made ... More

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On a day like today, Indian painter M. F. Husain was born
September 17, 1915. Maqbool Fida Husain (17 September 1915 - 9 June 2011) commonly known as MF Husain, was an Indian painter. Husain was associated with Indian modernism in the 1940s. A dashing, highly eccentric figure who dressed in impeccably tailored suits, he went barefoot and brandished an extra-long paintbrush as a slim cane. He never maintained a studio but he spread his canvases out on the floor of whatever hotel room he happened to be staying in and paying for damages when he checked out. In this image: M.F. Husain, India's most famous artist finishes off a canvas he painted together with Shah Rukh Khan, right, one of India's biggest movie stars, during a fund-raising auction in a central London's auction house, Thursday June 7, 2007. The pair, two of India's biggest cultural brands, painted the piece that was to be sold in the auction along with other works by both established Indian masters and a newer generation of artists.

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