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Donatello gets his due

An exhibit in Florence puts the 16th century sculptor at the epicenter of the Renaissance, presenting a master whose innovations transformed art history.

by Elisabetta Povoledo

FLORENCE.- Walking about downtown Florence, a visitor inevitably happens upon the artistic legacy left by Renaissance sculptor Donatello. Copies of his sculptures look down on passersby from the bell tower of the city’s cathedral or from decorated niches along a main road, while originals populate churches and museums. Two works — the lion known as “Marzocco” and a statue of “Judith and Holofernes” — are installed in front of the Palazzo Vecchio, the city’s civic heart and a prestigious showcase for Florentine masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s “David.” The exhibition “Donatello: The Renaissance,” which opens here Saturday and runs through July 31, broadens that experience to show how the innovations Donatello introduced to sculpture influenced a host of artists during his lifetime and after: sculptors and painters alike, from Masaccio to Mantegna to Michelangelo and many more. It’s also an exhibit of firsts: the first time so ... More

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Gladstone Gallery opens an exhibition of works by Alighiero e Boetti at Sant'Andrea de Scaphis, Rome   André Kertész rare postcard prints exhibition opens at the High Museum of Art   Pace opens an exhibition of recent paintings by Jules de Balincourt

Installation view: Alighiero e Boetti, Autoritratto, Sant'Andrea de Scaphis, 2022. Photo: Daniele Molajoli.

ROME.- In 1993, on the occasion of the Sonsbeek exhibition in Arnhem, Alighiero Boetti exhibited a bronze statue of himself, calling the work simply Autoritratto. By the early 90s, Boetti wasn’t much known for his sculpture, and so the work must have come as a surprise. Certainly Boetti had never previously used such a traditional material as bronze for sculpture: instead, at the start of his career, he was known for his transformations of modern industrial materials like Eternit tubes, deck-chair fabric, corrugated cardboard, and metal railings. But he certainly had produced several self-portraits at the end of the 1960s, and the 1993 Autoritratto picks up some of the ideas he had explored some 25 years before. For one of the early self-portraits, he had himself photographed from the torso up, one hand clenched in a fist, the other with fingers spread open, as if to show how the artist had to hold on to both the introvert and extrovert aspects of their character. In ... More

André Kertész (American, born Hungary, 1894–1985). Chez Mondrian, 1926. The Art
Institute of Chicago, Julien Levy Collection, gift of Jean and Julien Levy. © Estate of
André Kertész 2021.

ATLANTA, GA.- In 1925, photographer André Kertész (American, born Hungary, 1894-1985) arrived in Paris with little more than a camera and meager savings. Over the next three years, the young artist carved out a photographic practice that allowed him to move among the realms of amateur and professional, photojournalist and avant-garde artist, diarist and documentarian. This spring, the High Museum of Art presents “André Kertész: Postcards from Paris” (Feb. 18-May 29, 2022), the first exhibition to focus exclusively on his rare cartes postales, precise prints on inexpensive yet lush postcard paper. Organized by the Art Institute of Chicago, “Postcards from Paris” brings together more than 100 of these prints from collections across Europe and North America and offers insight into Kertész’s ... More

Jules de Balincourt (b. 1972, Paris) is known internationally for his colorful, radiant paintings that meditate on the social, political, and cultural dynamics of an increasingly globalized world.

HONG KONG.- Pace is presenting an exhibition of 12 recent paintings by Jules de Balincourt at its Hong Kong gallery. Running from March 18 to April 28, the show, which is titled Birds on a Boat, marks the artist’s first solo exhibition with Pace since he joined the gallery in 2021. This is also de Balincourt’s first solo presentation in Hong Kong since 2012. Paintings in the show span landscape and figuration. Rendered in rich colors at large- and small-scales, these works reflect de Balincourt’s interest in using the canvas to merge his own psychological landscape with external, global landscapes. In his practice, de Balincourt often explores the relationships between humanity and the natural world. The artist, who takes an intuitive, stream of consciousness approach to painting, imbues much of his work with mystery and ambiguity. Several pieces in Birds on a Boat feature groupings of de Balincourt’s ... More

Never before seen Frida Kahlo family archives at MSU Broad Museum   Modern Art opens a solo exhibition by David Noonan   Dix Noonan Webb sell the Throckenholt Cross for £12,400

Kahlo Without Borders seeks to connect museum visitors to the intimate and creative world of Frida Kahlo and her unique support system of close friends, family members, and health care providers.

EAST LANSING, MICH.- The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University (MSU Broad Art Museum) is proud to present Kahlo Without Borders, on view now through Aug. 7, 2022. Curated by photographer, and Frida Kahlo’s grandniece, Cristina Kahlo, MSU Broad Art Museum executive director Dr. Mónica Ramírez-Montagut, and Javier Roque Vázquez Juárez, Kahlo Without Borders includes photographs and facsimiles from family archives belonging to Cristina Kahlo and other collections such as the Oaxaca Museum of Stamp Collecting (Museo de la Filatelia en Oaxaca), and never-before-seen medical archives from the Medical Center ABC in Mexico City, where Frida Kahlo was interned on several occasions. "We are delighted to contribute to Frida Kahlo's scholarship by making important primary sources, her clinical files, publicly available for the first time,” explains Ramírez- ... More

David Noonan, Mnemosyne, Modern Art Bury Street, exhibition view, 1 March - 2 April 2022. Courtesy: the artist and Modern Art, London.

LONDON.- Modern Art is presenting a solo exhibition by David Noonan that consists of a new 16mm film work entitled Mnemosyne. This is Noonan’s third solo show with Modern Art. Across the span of his oeuvre, David Noonan’s work has remained persistently focussed on the interplay between the photographic image and its materiality, on the tension between the illusory quality of a picture, and its physical presence in the world. For over two decades Noonan has collected found historical imagery lifted from books, magazines, and other printed matter, with which he makes collages that take the form of painting, film, sculptural objects, installations, and tapestries. His archive compiles an extensive range of images that are connected through a distilled aesthetic, typically in monotone or duotone, referencing textiles, abstract art and design from different periods in the 20th Century. In Noonan’s collages figurative images – the ... More

An early medieval gold cross, with possible links to Denmark, discovered by a metal detectorist in a Lincolnshire field.

LONDON.- A rare early medieval cross, known as the Throckenholt Cross, which was discovered in a field in Sutton St. Edmund, Lincolnshire was sold for £12,400 by Dix Noonan Webb in their auction of Jewellery, Watches and Objects of Vertu on today (Tuesday March 15, 2022) at their Mayfair saleroom (16 Bolton Street, London W1J 8BQ). It had been estimated to fetch £6,000-8,000, and after competition on the internet and telephones, it was bought by a private collector via the telephone. The early Medieval gold cross pendant, which measures 31mm in length, dates from 11th-12th century and was discovered by 38-year old builder, father of three and keen metal detector, Jason Willis, who lives in Norwich. He said after the sale: “I am a roofer and I was working today, so I watched the sale over my phone while sat on a roof! I am over the moon and as I have just moved house, the money will go towards new items for the house.” Dix ... More

Zero Footprint Repurposing presented by Revival Projects wins Melbourne Design Week Award presented by Mercedes-Benz   Engaging children's book illustrations by Art Seiden on view at Zimmerli   Halle für Kunst Steiermark opens retrospective of the work of Slovak artist Stano Filko

Robbie Neville, Founder of Revival Projects, at Zero Footprint Repurposing presented as part of Melbourne Design Week 2022 running 17-27 March 2022. Photo: Sean Fennessy.

MELBOURNE.- A world-first hub for repurposing waste from construction and demolition has been awarded the 2022 Melbourne Design Week Award, presented by Mercedes-Benz. With almost half of waste worldwide coming from construction and demolition, Zero Footprint Repurposing by Revival Projects, presented as part of Melbourne Design Week, seeks to make sustainable construction alternatives more accessible to everyone by providing one of the world's first free repurposing hubs to fill a vital gap in the industry by facilitating the storage and reuse of demolished materials, which would otherwise become landfill. Founded by Robbie Neville in 2016, Revival Projects has already salvaged hundreds of tonnes in construction and demolition waste across Melbourne channelling it into furniture, interior, and architectural projects including R.M. Williams stores across the country, ... More

Art Seiden, "The shark is a dangerous fish..." from Zoo Animals for Children, published 1963. Gouache on illustration board. Collections Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers. Gift of the artist. Photo Peter Jacobs.

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ .- Whimsical mid-century design was not limited to fashion or furniture, it also flourished in children’s books of the era. How Do You Say...? Learning Animal Names with Illustrator Art Seiden / ¿Cómo se dice…? Aprendiendo nombres de animales con el ilustrador Art Seiden, on view at the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers from March 9 through July 31, showcases the artist’s ability to engage children with his timeless animal portraits in Zoo Animals for Children. The 33 illustrations on view – exhibited together for the first time – are from the Zimmerli’s permanent collection, accompanied by labels in Spanish and English. In addition, an interactive gallery activity invites visitors to share drawings and the names of their favorite animals in any language. “Art is an important aid for children as they learn other skills,” said Nicole Simpson, the Zimmerli’s Assistant ... More

Stano Filko, The Wardrobe in the 7 Chakra Colors / Skriňa vo farbách 7 čakier, 1995. Found object, wood, color, 250 × 120 × 135 cm. Courtesy Peter Petrička, Bratislava.

GRAZ.- With this retrospective of the work of Slovak artist Stano Filko, which has long been in preparation, the Halle für Kunst Steiermark takes a fresh look at a sustainably influential and utopian body of work. With generous loans from the Slovak National Gallery and the Linea Collection, Bratislava, this exhibition highlights the significance of this outstanding artistic position and its progressive design for the society for today’s less visionary times. Filko was an important representative of the central European neo-avant-gardes, with an oeuvre that developed over many decades and remains remarkably contemporary. He had great success in the 1960s but then became a persona non grata after the Prague Spring was defeated, and after several years he fled the country in a daredevil manner in a Škoda 120L, which he then painted white and presented at the center of his ... More

James Cohan opens an exhibition of new work by Christopher Myers   Maureen Paley & Studio M, London presents exhibition by Paulo Nimer Pjota   Galerie Guido W. Baudach opens its first exhibition with US painter Leo Mock

Christopher Myers is an artist and writer whose transdisciplinary work is rooted in storytelling.

NEW YORK, NY.- James Cohan is presenting The Hands of Strange Children, an exhibition of new work by Christopher Myers, on view at the gallery’s 52 Walker Street location from March 5 through April 2, 2022. This is Myers’ first solo show with James Cohan in New York. The gallery will host an opening reception with the artist on Saturday, March 5 from 2-6 PM. Masks are required for entry. Christopher Myers is an artist and writer whose transdisciplinary work is rooted in storytelling. Myers delves into the margins of the historical archive to reconstruct narratives that parse the slippages between history and mythology. His deeply researched and diverse practice spans textiles, performance, film, and sculptural objects, often created in collaboration with artisans from around the globe. For The Hands of Strange Children, Myers has created a series of narrative tapestries and a suite of stained-glass paintings that excavate the lives and ... More

Paulo Nimer Pjota, Jardim alquímico de dia, 2022. Acrylic, oil and tempera on canvas plus bronze objects, 206 x 157 cm. © Paulo Nimer Pjota, courtesy Maureen Paley, London.

LONDON.- The work analyses the formation, legacy and interrelations that exist between overlapping cultures by collating imagery from history, mythology, and the aesthetics of contemporary culture. Working on unstretched canvas and found sheets of metal retrieved from the street, he applies paint both as fields of colour and with photographic precision depicting a personal lexicon of convergent and at times contradictory symbols. He draws references from iconography and objects that stem from ancient cultures, the internet, and the city limits of Brazil. This synthesisation of imagery highlights his interest in collective phenomena and the global proliferation of images that can refer to different moments in history encapsulated within one work. Presented alongside his paintings, he often casts objects in resin and bronze that draw from the potent imagery and ... More

The pictorial worlds of Leo Mock are situated in the field of tension between Romanticism, surrealism, comics and science fiction.

BERLIN.- Galerie Guido W. Baudach is presenting its first exhibition with US painter Leo Mock, which also marks Mock’s debut in Europe. Under the title "Rise and fall of shame”, the artist, who currently lives in Mérida, Mexico, is showing a group of recently created works in which he further elaborates the characteristic features of his painterly practice while also setting new accents. The pictorial worlds of Leo Mock are situated in the field of tension between Romanticism, surrealism, comics and science fiction. Mock creates landscapes that sometimes seem to be inspired by real places in his native California, but actually exist exclusively in his imagination. The natural panoramas, executed with care in mostly subdued colors, have a calming, almost meditative atmosphere, and at the same time exude a touch of (joyful) melancholy. ... More

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June 20, 1999. Patrick Heron CBE (30 January 1920 - 20 March 1999) was a British abstract and figurative artist, writer, and polemicist, who lived in Zennor, Cornwall. In this image: Patrick Heron's painting "Nude in Wicker".

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