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MoMA opens an exhibition highlighting a previously understudied chapter of photographic history

Installation view of Fotoclubismo: Brazilian Modernist Photography, 1946–1964, on view May 8, 2021 through September 26, 2021. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Jonathan Muzikar.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Museum of Modern Art opened Fotoclubismo: Brazilian Modernist Photography, 1946–1964, the first museum exhibition of Brazilian modernist photography outside of Brazil. On view May 8 – September 26, 2021, the exhibition focuses on the unforgettable creative achievements of São Paulo’s Foto-Cine Clube Bandeirante, a group of amateur photographers widely heralded in Brazil, but essentially unknown to European and North American audiences. Fotoclubismo is comprised of over 60 photographs drawn generously from MoMA’s collection; together, they bring forward the extraordinary range of achievements of this group, provide valuable insight into the way photographic aesthetics were framed in the 1950s, and afford opportunities to reflect on the significance of amateur status today. The exhibition is organized by Sarah Meister, Curator, with Dana Ostrander, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Photography. The vast majority ... More

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Abstract masterpiece by Kandinsky emerges after half a century   Matthew Marks opens an exhibition of works by Terry Winters   Miles McEnery Gallery opens an exhibition of recent paintings by Bo Bartlett

Emerging for sale from a private collection for the first time in over half a century, Kandinsky’s exquisite Tensions calmées to star at Sotheby’s this summer. Courtesy Sotheby's.

LONDON.- No artist played a greater role in the development and emergence of abstraction than Wassily Kandinsky. Tensions calmées, a modern masterpiece from 1937 encapsulates the artist’s extraordinary vision which continues to have a profound influence on generations of artists that have followed. In 1964, Sotheby’s held a historic auction of 50 paintings by Kandinsky from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. This major work was among those in the landmark sale and is now returning to Sotheby’s for the first time in over half a century, having remained in the same family collection, unseen by the public, ever since. The painting will star in Sotheby’s livestreamed Modern & Contemporary Evening Sale in London on 29 June this summer, when it will be offered with an estimate of $25-35 million (£18-25 million). Tensions calmées will be on view by appointment at Sotheby’s York Avenue galleries until 12 May, befo ... More

Core, 2020. Oil on paper, 40 1/2 x 30 1/2 inches, 103 x 78 cm. © Terry Winters, courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery.

NEW YORK, NY.- Matthew Marks is presenting Terry Winters: Table of Contents, the new exhibition in his gallery at 522 West 22nd Street. The exhibition includes nine paintings on linen, five paintings on paper, and a set of twenty-six grisaille drawings. All are being exhibited for the first time. Winters’s work returns us to the life of abstraction on molecular, cosmic, and compositional levels. His materials inform his images, often in surprisingly direct fashion. The paintings on linen, most measuring seven feet tall by five feet wide, are made with oil, wax, and resin. With careful attention to the attributes of his pigments, Winters achieves a color palette of exceptional depth and vibrance. The paintings on paper, each filling a large sheet from edge to edge, are created through a parallel process, and the flatness of their support transmits both the immediacy of his markings and the imaginary spaces of their content. Drawing has long b ... More

New York, NY: Miles McEnery Gallery, Bo Bartlett, 13 May – 19 June 2021. Image: Christopher Burke Studio. Courtesy of the artist and Miles McEnery Gallery, New York, NY.

NEW YORK, NY.- Miles McEnery Gallery is presenting an exhibition of recent paintings by Bo Bartlett, which opened 13 May at 525 West 22nd Street and remains on view through 19 June 2021. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue featuring an essay by Matthew Jeffrey Abrams. “A good painting is a good question. It is not an answer. Unlike a Norman Rockwell, my paintings most often are not easily read in one hit. They are multi-leveled and open to interpretation. There are narrative elements, but unlike illustration they raise more questions in the viewer than they answer,” declares Bartlett. The artist’s large scale oil paintings are visions that exist among the everyday and the extraordinary, elevating the magic of ordinary life. With reference to Norman Rockwell and Andrew Wyeth, they are familiar in their American Realist appearance, yet, have a curious, modernist twist that transcends time. Abrams ... More

As Covid ebbs, tourists make their comeback to US capital   Detroit Institute of Arts receives gift of important work by artist Titus Kaphar   Rhona Hoffman Gallery exhibits two distinct bodies of work by Gordon Parks

Patrons view a portrait of former U.S. President Donald Trump in the America’s Presidents exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery as the Smithsonian Institution begins to slowly re-open its museums. Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP.

by Delphine Touitou

WASHINGTON (AFP).- With the park in front of the White House reopening this week, selfie-snapping tourists have suddenly reappeared. Washington DC, home to some of the toughest anti-Covid regulations in the country, is now reopening, highlighting the United States's steady transition back to normality. Boasting imposing landmarks such as the US Capitol and the Supreme Court, Washington began reopening the doors of its museums on Friday, including the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the National Portrait Gallery, which will soon host a painting of former president Donald Trump. By next Friday, six museums run by the famed Smithsonian Institution, and the National Zoo, will once again ... More

Titus Kaphar, Nip Tuck (Portrait of Lillian Dandridge), 2009, oil on crumpled canvas. Detroit Institute of Arts.

DETROIT, MICH.- Expanding the Detroit Institute of Arts’ collection of African American art, museum supporters Nancy and Sean Cotton have donated Nip Tuck (Portrait of Lillian Dandridge), a 2009 painting by award-winning artist Titus Kaphar, born in Kalamazoo, Mich. in 1976. The Cottons have loaned an additional nine works of art that will be on display beginning May 15, 2021. "It's extremely generous of collectors Nancy and Sean Cotton to gift the DIA this powerful painting that uncovers hidden truths in American history,” said Valerie Mercer, curator and head of the DIA’s Center for African American Art. “In that respect, it, along with nine loaned contemporary artworks by various Black artists represented in the Cotton's outstanding collection, refers to the theme of Black Lives Matter directly and indirectly by emphasizing aspects of Black humanity through the examination of numerous issues, such as the complexities of historical ... More

Gordon Parks, Funeral, Fort Scott, Kansas, 1963. Archival Pigment Print. Paper Dimensions: 24 x 20 inches. Image Dimensions: 21 x 14 1/4 inches. Edition 2/10.

CHICAGO, IL.- Rhona Hoffman Gallery is presenting Home in the Wilderness, a solo exhibition by artist Gordon Parks (b. Fort Scott, Kansas, 1912–2006). Bringing together selections from two distinct bodies of work—a collection of photographs taken one decade apart—images from Parks’s Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church (1953) and The Learning Tree (1963) are installed within the gallery alongside one another in public view for the first time. Through the alternation of early black and white and later color photographs—a visual cue embedded within the respective body of works’ chronology—the exhibition evokes novel comparisons as well as unexpected aesthetic and conceptual relationships between Parks’s composed tableaux within two mid-century American moments. Speculative and metaphorical in its ambition, Home in the Wilderness ... More

Heritage Auctions to debut in June a goldmine of golden age comics   Christie's Day Sales of Post-War & Contemporary Art and Impressionist & Modern Art total $81.1 million   Immerse yourself in Indigenous culture

Detective Comics #140 The Promise Collection Pedigree (DC, 1948) CGC NM+ 9.6 White pages.

DALLAS, TX.- Beginning in June, Heritage Auctions will bring to market more than 5,000 high-grade Golden Age comic books that haven't seen the light of day since they were purchased off newsstands in the 1940s. The Promise Collection, as it's now called, was assembled by a young boy who grew up, went to war and never returned. For decades, the books were kept safe by the brother who vowed to keep watch over the comics should anything happen to his sibling on the battlefield. Hence its moniker, proof of a promise kept. The Promise Collection is one of the rare assemblages recognized as a pedigree by the Certified Guaranty Company — and it's "the highest-quality pedigree collection, book for book, to debut in our hobby in the last 25 years,” says Heritage Auctions' Senior Vice President Ed Jaster. "The collection's depth and scope is almost unparalleled,” Jaster says. "I expect nearly two-thirds of the books will stand ... More

Henry Moore, (1898-1986), Girl: Bust. Price Realized: $1,494,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2021.

NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s day sales of Post-War and Contemporary Art and Impressionist and Modern Art totaled $81,119,500 across three auctions. The sales achieved nine new artist records, and continued to see strong results for female abstract expressionist artists. Christie’s 20/21 series in New York continues with the online-only sale of Picasso Ceramics, open through 17 May. Christie’s Post-War & Contemporary Art Day Sale totaled $60,149,500 and achieved nine new artist records. The top lot of the sale was Gerhard Richter’s Abstraktes Bild, which achieved $3,630,000, along with strong results for Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Untitled (Everybody’s 2 Cents), which realized $2,910,000 and Untitled, which sold for $2,010,000. Additionally, the sale saw strong results for female abstract expressionists, setting new artist records for Yvonne Thomas and Lynne Dexler with works from the Rewind Collective. Christie’s Post- ... More

The Desert View Watchtower on the rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona, May 28, 2018. John Burcham/The New York Times.

by Alex Schechter

NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- Cultural attractions like theaters and museums took a hit during the pandemic. But for those interested in heritage tourism or Indigenous culture in the United States, immersing yourself can be done safely and simply, outside. With a focus on the outdoors or open-air experiences, these eight parks, heritage centers and exhibits offer fresh opportunities to confront not just the history, but also the present-day realities of Native Americans. Visitors can also meet, listen to and learn from tribal members who are emerging as crucial liaisons in these outdoor spaces. “I’m lucky to be working in a time when people want to acknowledge the history,” said Samantha Odegard, a member of the Pezihutazizi Oyate, or Dakota Nation, in Minnesota. As one of 200 Tribal Historic Preservation Officers in the ... More

Brian Gross Fine Art presents three new large-scale sculptures and paintings by Pard Morrison   Katerina Gregos appointed Artistic Director of National Museum of Contemporary Art Athens   Jenkins Johnson Gallery opens an exhibition of paintings by Ben Aronson

Pard Morrison, Bloom, 2021. Fired pigment on aluminum, 96 x 30 x 7 inches.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- Brian Gross Fine Art announced the opening of Pard Morrison: BLOOM on May 13, 2021. Three new large-scale sculptures and paintings done in his signature materials of patinated aluminum are being featured. The exhibition also marks the gallery debut of three large paintings on linen. Composed of criss-crossing bands and overlapping planes of saturated color, the works in BLOOM reveal Morrison’s continued exploration of complex geometric patterning and dynamic color combinations. The exhibition will be on view through July 19, 2021. Combining painterly application with simplified structural forms, Pard Morrison’s works expand upon the minimalist tradition. Morrison colors the aluminum forms of his sculptures in an enameling process he calls patination. The smooth surfaces of these works belie the brushstrokes that are visible throughout his elaborate arrangements of ... More

Katerina Gregos is an art historian, curator, and writer. Photo: Panos Kokkinias.

ATHENS.- The Greek-born internationally recognized curator, art historian and educator will take up her post as Artistic Director of the National Museum of Contemporary Art Athens, on July 1st this year, marking a new era for the museum. EMST, which was founded twenty years ago, reopens its doors today May 14, after being closed for several weeks due to the pandemic, with an extensive presentation of its collection and the exhibition Ubuntu: Five Rooms from the Harry David Collection of contemporary African art. As the Minister of Culture and Sports, Lina Mendoni, stated on Gregos’ appointment “With her international experience, her rich exhibition and publishing history and her numerous collaborations with international institutions, Katerina Gregos is the person who can lead EMST to its new era: towards a museum of contemporary art that is welcoming to the public, active, dynamic, at the forefront of developments in ... More

Ben Aronson, Distant Regatta, 2021. Oil on panel, 12 x 12 in. © Ben Aronson.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, is presenting Sightlines, Ben Aronson’s sixth solo exhibition with the gallery. Ben states, “While we now move ahead, beyond a difficult year which forced and challenged us to confront serious threats and loss of many types, we must also remember that we can choose not to allow optimism to be counted a casualty.” “Sightlines” refers to this new group of paintings which celebrate the beauty of the visible world, the light and directions toward which we can choose to direct our view, in balance and apart from the negative. The exhibition will be on view through July 2, 2021 at Jenkins Johnson at Minnesota Street Project. “These paintings continue and extend my exploration of cities as portraits of our collective selves, yet it is the aesthetic of light which plays the leading role, a subject in itself, in the hope of providing a sight line for the vie ... More

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Dylan Thomas digital collection launched online
AUSTIN, TX.- A digital collection of manuscripts and photographs related to the Welsh poet and writer Dylan Thomas held at the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin is now online thanks to an international collaboration just in time for International Dylan Thomas Day on May 14. Jointly funded by the Ransom Center and Swansea University in Wales with the support of the Dylan Thomas Trust, accessibility to the author’s archive will expand to include this freely available digital collection, opening the study of his literary works and creative process to a global audience. “This initiative promises to deepen our understanding of Dylan Thomas’ creative process and lead to new insights into his poetry and other writings,” said Stephen Enniss, the Betty Brumbalow Director of the Harry Ransom Center at UT Austin. “We are grateful for this collaboration with Swansea Unive ... More

Artpace introduces spring 2021 curatorial resident
SAN ANTONIO, TX.- Artpace San Antonio announced spring 2020 curatorial resident Jennifer Teets. She will live and work in San Antonio for two weeks. Teets is a Houston, Texas-born curator and writer based in Paris, France, interested in conceptual work focused at the intersection of environmental studies, literature, performance and work relevant to Texas/local issues, black/indigenous studies and folk art. During her time in San Antonio, Teets will hold studio visits with artists across Texas and learn about the arts community. Building on Artpace’s established International Artist-in-Residence program, the Curatorial Residency connects Texas artists with curators from around the world. Selected curatorial residents tell the story of the Texas arts community as they build professional relationships with regional artists, who often have ... More

Review: A choreographer looks back on his pandemic year
NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- Choreographer Stephen Petronio is easing into veteran status, having formed his company in 1984 and created a steady stream of dances since. But when he was first figuring things out, Trisha Brown gave him — he was the first male dancer in her company — what every young dance artist needs. She rented him a space in the basement of her loft. “I had 5,000 square feet for a $100 a month for many years,” he said during a virtual Joyce Theater discussion in April, “and that launched my career.” Now he is dedicated to giving back: One way is paying tribute to mentors from postmodern dance, like Brown, by presenting their early works in his company’s Bloodlines project. He also started the Petronio Residency Center in Round Top, New York, which has hosted bubble residencies this year for his company ... More

Curtis Fuller, powerful voice on jazz trombone, is dead at 88
NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- Curtis Fuller, a trombonist and composer whose expansive sound and powerful sense of swing made him a driving force in postwar jazz, died May 8 at a nursing home in Detroit. He was 88. His daughter Mary Fuller confirmed the death but did not specify the cause. Fuller arrived in New York in the spring of 1957 and almost immediately became the leading trombonist of the hard-bop movement, which emphasized jazz’s roots in blues and gospel while delivering crisp and hummable melodies. By the end of the year, he had recorded no fewer than eight albums as a leader or co-leader for the independent labels Blue Note, Prestige and Savoy. That same year he also appeared on saxophonist John Coltrane’s “Blue Train,” among the most storied albums in jazz, on which Fuller unfurls a number of timeless ... More

Yusaku Maezawa: Japan's billionaire spaceman with a taste for art
TOKYO (AFP).- Billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, who will travel to the International Space Station as a tourist in December aboard a Russian spacecraft, is a former wannabe rock star worth $1.9 billion with a penchant for pricey modern art as well as space travel. The 45-year-old tycoon, founder of Japan's largest online fashion mall, is the country's 30th richest person, according to business magazine Forbes. It will be the first time the Russian space agency Roscosmos has taken a tourist to the ISS since 2009. He is known for his luxury living -- including private jets, yachts and designer watches, but also his beloved art. He made his fortune as the founder of online fashion store Zozo, which he sold to Yahoo! Japan in 2019. Maezawa hit the headlines in 2018 when he was announced as the first man to book a spot aboard a lunar spaceship being ... More

Exhibition showcases the work of artists currently enrolled in Hunter College's MFA Program
NEW YORK, NY.- Hauser & Wirth New York is presenting ‘We Were Already Gone’, an exhibition at its West 22nd Street location in the Chelsea Arts District, organized in collaboration with Hunter College. Curated by graduate students in Hunter’s Department of Art & Art History, this exhibition showcases the work of artists currently enrolled in the school’s MFA Program in Studio Art. ‘We Were Already Gone’ spotlights the diversity and holistic approach that have situated Hunter uniquely among American institutions devoted to higher education in the arts. The show presents an array of works across mediums, with sculpture, painting, and videos that confront the global cultural and political reckoning underway. Hunter College’s acclaimed MFA Program in Studio Art is deeply rooted in and nourished by its engagement with the cultural ecology ... More

The Ivo Ispani Estate to be offered at Briggs Auction
GARNET VALLEY, PA.- Briggs Auction will offer The Ivo Ispani Estate Collection for auction on Friday, June 18th. This exciting collection includes a vast assortment of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean ceramics, bronzes, works of art, decorative arts, antique furnishings and more. This extensive collection truly reflects Ispani's love of antiques--especially the excellence and crafts of Japan and China—that were his lifelong passion. His scholarship and love of research is inherent in the attention to detail every piece in this collection evinces, including his extensive collection of reference books that grew exponentially over the years. This carefully curated auction is a testament to his good taste and love for beautiful crafts and the workmanship of others, and, in a way, it all started with a pair of jeans. Ispani began his career as a waiter on cruise ships ... More

Signed Apollo 17 lunar surface manifest to touch down at Heritage Auctions
DALLAS, TX.- A signed Lunar Surface Manifest detailing the collection of moon rocks, one of which now sits on the desk of President Joe Biden, will touch down in a new collection when it is sold in Heritage Auctions' Space Exploration Auction May 21-22. An Apollo 17 Lunar Module Flown and Used "Lunar Surface Manifest" for the Moon Rocks (estimate: $90,000+) was originally in the collection of Mission Commander Gene Cernan, bears his signature and is accompanied by his signed letter of authenticity and photographic provenance. "This really is a one-of-a-kind piece – it's still smeared with moon dust,” Heritage Auctions Space Exploration Director Michael Riley said. "This is one of only three 'Rock Manifests' in existence – one is institutionally held, and the other two are in private hands – and this is the most desirable of the three, ... More

Exhibition features 10 prints and one painting from Fritz Scholder's revolutionary "Indian" series
OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLA.- A new exhibition, “Fritz Scholder: Beyond Stereotypes,” opened May 15 at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. The exhibition features 10 prints and one painting from Scholder’s revolutionary “Indian” series, illustrating Scholder’s radical imagery of modern-day Indigenous life. The exhibition will be open on the Museum’s second floor through Nov. 7. “Through his paintings and prints, Scholder challenged the popular stereotypical depictions of Native Americans within the world of fine art,” said exhibition curator Catherine Shotick. “The stereotypical depictions, which often cast Indigenous subjects as uncivilized, tragic or a mere curiosity, helped justify the genocide, forced relocations and continued disenfranchisement of Indigenous peoples.” “With  his  ‘Indian’ series, Scholder sought to replace the tourist ... More

Auction features rare draft correspondence between John F. Kennedy and Winston Churchill
PHILADELPHIA, PA.- On Thursday, May 20, Freeman’s presents a Books and Manuscripts auction beginning at 12pm, featuring an impressive array of carefully selected material. The 131-lot auction will showcase a number of historically and culturally significant books, posters, prints, and letters, including an annotated draft of a missive from President John F. Kennedy to former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill; a selection of important World War II posters; many first and limited editions from such prominent authors as Henry David Thoreau, Charles Dickens, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Mark Twain, and T.S. Eliot; as well as significant scientific and medical texts. The May 20 Books and Manuscripts auction offers much political material, but perhaps none so prominent as this annotated 1962 letter from President John F. Kennedy to former ... More

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On a day like today, Polish-American painter Tamara de Lempicka was born
May 16, 1898. Tamara Łempicka (born Maria Górska; 16 May 1898 - 18 March 1980), also known as Tamara de Lempicka, was a Polish painter active in the 1920s and 1930s, who spent her working life in France and the United States. She is best known for her polished Art-Deco portraits of aristocrats and the wealthy, and for her highly stylized paintings of nudes. In this image: A man stands beside the painting "M. Tadeusz Lempicki" during the exhibition of works of art made by Tamara de Lempicka which opened at the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City.

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