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A Millennial weaver carries a centuries-old craft forward

Visitors view the Navajo weaver Melissa Cody’s “Into the Depths, She Rappels” (2023), on display in her solo exhibition “Webbed Skies” at MoMA PS1 in New York, April 2, 2024. Cody mastered a weaving tradition dating back millenniums, but her eye-dazzling patterns joyously venture beyond it. .CREDIT: (Rebecca Smeyne/The New York Times)

LONG BEACH, CALIF.- Spiders are weavers. The Navajo artist and weaver Melissa Cody knows this palpably. As she sits cross-legged on sheepskins at her loom, on one of the wooden platforms that boost her higher as her stack of monumental tapestries grows, the sacred knowledge of Spider Woman and Spider Man, who brought the gift of looms and weaving to the DinÚ, or Navajo, is right there in her studio with her. It also infuses “Melissa Cody: Webbed Skies,” the first major solo exhibition of the artist’s work, which is ... More


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The Italian Pavilion presents a large-scale installation and sound work by artist Massimo Bartolini   An 11-year-old girl's fossil find is the largest known ocean reptile   In Venice, a conservative painter stages an unpopular rebellion


Pavilion of Italy: DUE QUI / TO HEAR, 60th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia. Photo: Andrea Avezz¨. Courtesy: La Biennale di Venezia.

VENICE.- Due qui / To Hear is the title of the project for the Italian Pavilion at the 60th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia (April 20– November 24, 2024), presented with the support of the Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity of the Italian Ministry of Culture. Curated by Luca Cerizza (with the assistance of Francesca Verga), it centers on ... More
 

An illustration by artist Sergey Krasovskiy of an ichthyosaur, a dolphin-like, ocean-dwelling reptile from the time of the dinosaurs. (Sergey Krasovskiy via The New York Times)

NEW YORK, NY.- In 1811, a 12-year-old girl named Mary Anning discovered a fossil on the beach near her home in southwestern England — the first scientifically identified specimen of an ichthyosaur, a dolphin-like, ocean-dwelling reptile from the time of the dinosaurs. Two centuries later, less than 50 miles away, an 11-year-old girl named Ruby ... More
 

Polish artist Ignacy Czwartos, a politically conservative painter whose work is full of religious, historical and military images, outside the Venice Biennale, in Venice, Italy, April 17, 2024. (Matteo de Mayda/The New York Times)

VENICE.- Six months ago, Ignacy Czwartos won the opportunity of a lifetime. A politically conservative painter whose work contains religious, historical and military images, Czwartos was an outsider in the contemporary art scene in Poland. But that didn’t stop the government there, at the ... More



Spanierman Modern exhibits Erin Parish's most recent landscape-inspired abstract paintings   Fondazione Prada, Venice opens "Monte di Pietà" a project by Christoph BŘchel   Monumental watercolor paintings by Walton Ford on view at Ateneo Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti


Erin Parish, Glen Miller Orchestra, 2023. Oil and resin on canvas, 24 x 32 inches. Signed, titled and dated on the verso.

NEW YORK, NY.- Spanierman Modern is presenting the first solo exhibition of Erin Parish. The exhibition, titled Ocean Teacher is comprised of 15 of her ... More
 

Installation view of “Monte di PietÓ”. A project by Christoph BŘchel Fondazione Prada, Venice. Photo: Marco Cappelletti. Courtesy: Fondazione Prada.

VENICE.- Fondazione Prada presents “Monte di PietÓ”, a project conceived by artist Christoph BŘchel, in its Venice venue, Ca’ Corner della Regina, from ... More
 

Lion of God is Ford’s first solo exhibition in Italy

VENICE.- Walton Ford unveiled a major site-specific exhibition featuring a new body of work conceived in response to the collection of the city’s historical institution Ateneo Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti. Lion of God is Ford’s first solo exhibition in Italy, ... More



Forbidden to watch films as a child, he now directs Somalia's top shows   Garment District Alliance unveils towering abstract installation   8 hits of the Venice Biennale


Somali youths film a cooking show that the filmmaker Abshir Rageh oversees as the head of film production at Astaan, one of Somalia’s largest cable television networks, in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, Feb. 22, 2024. (Brian Otieno/The New York Times)

MOGADISHU.- At the shout of “action,” two actors, costumed in black blazers and sunglasses, erupted into a spirited shouting match, gesticulating wildly as one demanded that the other convince his daughter to marry him. A cameraman and a boom operator, sweaty under a scorching ... More
 

Installation view.

NEW YORK, NY.- Shaved Portions, a 35-foot-tall abstract sculpture comprised of deconstructed rubber tires, created by renowned sculptor, painter, and photographer Chakaia Booker, is standing tall in the Garment District as part of the Garment District Alliance’s latest public art exhibit. Located on the Broadway plazas in the Garment District between 39th and 40th Streets, Shaved Portions is composed ... More
 

A work by Ersan Mondtag paying homage to his father, who died prematurely from the toxic effects of asbestos, at “Thresholds,” the massive exhibition at the German Pavilion at the 2024 Venice Biennale on April 18, 2024. (Casey Kelbaugh/The New York Times)

VENICE.- They used to call this waterlogged city the Most Serene Republic, but there is nothing serenissima about the opening days of the Venice Biennale. The world’s longest-running and most extravagant festival of contemporary art opens ... More


Sale features fine jewelry items, sterling silver estate lots, vintage trains and toys, and collectibles   John McInnis Auctioneers announces the sale of Part 3 of The Burbridge Foundation Collection   The Bangkok Art Biennale Foundation presents a group exhibition by artists from Southeast Asia


Bright green Swarovski crystal figurine of Marvel’s The Incredible Hulk, with box, a must-have collectible for Swarovski and/or superhero fans, 4 ż inches tall (est. $600-$800).

BROOKLYN, NY.- SJ Auctioneers is fast gearing up for an important, online-only Spring Silverware, Toys, Figurines & Collectibles auction on Sunday, May 5th, starting promptly at 6 pm Eastern time ... More
 

Renaissance Revival walnut and mahogany bookcase, elaborately carved with figural dragon crest, egg and dart mouldings, 94 inches tall by 50 inches wide (est. $5,000-$15,000).

AMESBURY, MASS.- An Auction Extravaganza featuring Part 3 of the Burbridge Foundation Collection out of Oklahoma City, plus other desirable items from prominent local estates and collections, ... More
 

Bounpaul Phothyzan, Story from Plateau, 2019.

VENICE.- The Bangkok Art Biennale Foundation presents The Spirits of Maritime Crossing, a group exhibition by artists from Southeast Asia examining the themes of displacement, diaspora, and colonialism through the lens of the ocean curated by Prof. Dr. Apinan Poshyananda, Artistic Director of Bangkok Art Biennale. The ... More



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A painting in a museum hears more ridiculous stories than anything else in the world. Goncourt

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'Gun & Powder' review: Twin vigilantes stake claim to the American West
NEW YORK, NY.- The title of “Gun & Powder,” a thrillingly original new musical about mixed-race twin sisters who cut a path through Texas in 1893, refers to their travel essentials: a shrewd parting gift from their sharecropping mother and a touch of makeup to brighten their toasted-ivory complexions. The legend of Mary and Martha Clarke, who purportedly robbed white people while themselves passing for white, stretches back generations for the show’s book writer and lyricist, Angelica ChÚri. She based this rousing Western, now playing at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey, on her great-great-aunts. (“But you know how family stories do,” sings a gospel Greek chorus of narrators, “so we believe the story is mostly true.”) With a wide-ranging, powerhouse score by Ross Baum, “Gun & Powder” refashions ... More

Pangolin offers an insight into the extraordinary work of Scottish land artist Julie Brook
LONDON.- ‘What Is It That Will Last?’ offers an insight into the extraordinary work of Scottish land artist Julie Brook. Capturing the sculptures she creates in wild and inaccessible locations around the globe through film, photography and drawing, this exhibition explores Brook’s deep and immersive relationship with each landscape and the natural materials she uses. Originally trained as a painter and often working outside in the landscape, Brook’s practice led her to Hoy, Orkney where she studied the captivating cliffs. She subsequently moved to Glasgow, and a couple of years later she discovered a cliff arch on the west coast of Jura, where she lived in solitude over a period of three and a half years observing the daily rhythms and forces of nature. It was here that she had the idea to bring together nature’s four classical elements - air, earth, ... More

A collaborative exhibition exploring borderland narratives and cultural traditions
TUCSON, AZ.- The University of Arizona's Center for Creative Photography and Poetry Center present The Place Where Clouds Are Formed, a collaborative exhibition exploring borderland narratives and cultural traditions. Spanning two venues—CCP's Alice Chaiten Baker Interdisciplinary Gallery and the Poetry Center—this exhibition delves into the intersection of spirituality, migration, and the impacts of policies on the Sonoran Desert borderlands through poems, photographs, sculpture, and mixed-media objects. On view from April 6 to August 31, 2024, and featuring more than 40 photos and 20 poems, the exhibition was curated by Denisse Brito, Jenna S. Green, and Julie Swarstad Johnson, with guidance from Ofelia Zepeda, MartÝn ZÝcari, and Gareth Smit. Translation support provided by Ron Geronimo (Tohono O'odham). Initiated ... More

Now open: The Estonian Pavilion at the Biennale Arte with Edith Karlson: Hora lupi
VENICE.- Estonia opened Hora lupi by Edith Karlson, the exhibition representing Estonia at the 60th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia this year at Chiesa Santa Maria delle Penitenti. The exhibition remains open from 20 April to 24 November. The dramaturge of the exhibition is Eero Epner. The title, Hora lupi (hour of the wolf), refers to a mythical time before dawn, when things arise and disappear – an hour of deep darkness but also of transformation. It is believed to be the time of night when the most people are born and die. The exhibition’s central theme is the primitive urges of man in their banality and solemnity, explored through Karlson’s array of sculptures. The new works created for the exhibition are in direct dialogue with the historic interior of the 18th century church - no longer in use as a religious space - creating ... More

Peter Morgan turns his pen from 'The Crown' to the Kremlin
NEW YORK, NY.- Going from Princess Diana, a lovely icon who generated waves of sympathy, to Vladimir Putin, an icy villain who generates waves of disdain, might be difficult for some writers. Not Peter Morgan. After pulling back the curtain on the British royal family for six seasons of “The Crown,” Morgan was keen to move on. He had an idea for a play about the oligarchs who, in the 1990s, helped propel an obscure Putin to power and then had to watch as their Frankenstein changed the course of Russian history in a disastrous way. The resulting drama, “Patriots,” which opens on Broadway on Monday, offered Morgan a different way to approach recent history, and a new challenge: switching from the royals, who are household names but not ultimately very powerful, to oligarchs, who are superpowerful but not generally household names. ... More

University of Cincinnati presents exhibition on Renaissance women artists, collectors, and rulers
CINCINNATI, OH.- The University of Cincinnati’s Robert A. Deshon and Karl J. Schlacter Library for Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning presents the exhibition “Rediscovering Catharina van Hemessen’s Scourging of Christ: Women Artists, Patrons, and Rulers in Renaissance Europe” from March 7 through April 30, 2024. This exhibition focuses on the Netherlandish painter Catharina van Hemessen’s Scourging of Christ, a jewel-like devotional work signed by the most famous female artist of the Northern Renaissance. Rarely on public display, this dynamic yet little-known narrative panel reveals Catharina’s originality, refined color palette, and adept rendering of the human form. The painting, recently redated to 1556 through technical examination, unites the exhibition’s three themes: female artists, female patrons and collectors, and female rulers in Renai ... More

Daniel C. Dennett, widely read and fiercely debated philosopher, dies at 82
NEW YORK, NY.- Daniel C. Dennett, one of the most widely read and debated American philosophers, whose prolific works explored consciousness, free will, religion and evolutionary biology, died Friday in Portland, Maine. He was 82. His death, at Maine Medical Center, was caused by complications of interstitial lung disease, his wife, Susan Bell Dennett, said. He lived in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Daniel Dennett combined a wide range of knowledge with an easy, often playful writing style to reach a lay public, avoiding the impenetrable concepts and turgid prose of many other contemporary philosophers. Beyond his more than 20 books and scores of essays, his writings even made their way into the theater and onto the concert stage. But Dennett, who never shirked controversy, often crossed swords with other famed scholars and thinkers. An outspoken atheist, he at times ... More

Peruvian Pavilion at the 60th International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia presents COSMIC TRACES
VENICE.- The 60th International Art Exhibition of the Biennale of Venice will take place from Saturday 20 April to Sunday 24 November, 2024, curated by Adriano Pedrosa under the title FOREIGNERS EVERYWHERE. At the Peruvian Pavilion, the chosen project to embody the essence of the country is entitled COSMIC TRACES by the esteemed artist Roberto Huarcaya (1959 | Lima, Peru). This exhibition is curated by Alejandro Leˇn Cannock (1980 | Lima, Peru), and benefits from the curatorial insights of Joan Fontcuberta (1955 | Barcelona, Spain), Andrea J÷sch (1973 | Santiago, Chile), and Amanda Antunes (1986 | SŃo Paulo, Brazil). The exhibition project introduces an installation that harmoniously brings together a collection of remarkable works: A monumental photogram meticulously conceived by artist Roberto Huarcaya in the heart ... More

'Stereophonic' review: Hitmakers rendered in sublime detail
NEW YORK, NY.- Peering behind the mystique of rock ’n’ roll has undeniable voyeuristic appeal. So there is an immediate thrill to seeing the mahogany-paneled control room and glassed-in sound booth that fill the Golden Theater stage, where “Stereophonic” opened Friday. But David Adjmi’s astonishing new play, with songs by former Arcade Fire member Will Butler, delivers far more than a dishy glimpse inside the recording studio during rock’s golden age. A fly-on-the-wall study of how people both need and viciously destroy each other, “Stereophonic” is a fiery family drama, as electrifying as any since “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” Its real-time dissection of making music — a collaboration between flawed, gifted artists wrangled into unison — is ingeniously entertaining and an incisive meta commentary on the nature of art. The play is a staggering ... More







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On a day like today, Russian-French illustrator ErtÚ died
April 21, 1990. Romain de Tirtoff (23 November 1892 - 21 April 1990) was a Russian-born French artist and designer known by the pseudonym ErtÚ, from the French pronunciation of his initials. He was a diversely talented 20th-century artist and designer who flourished in an array of fields, including fashion, jewellery, graphic arts, costume and set design for film, theatre, and opera, and interior decor.



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