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Two art havens in the Hudson Valley offer nature indoors and out

The Piero Gilardi exhibit, at the Magazzino Italian Art Center in Philipstown, N.Y., June 28, 2022. This institution and the nearby Russel Wright Design Center deliver ecological messages (meadows, donkeys, and a waterfall included). Lila Barth/The New York Times.

by Joseph Giovannini

NEW YORK, NY.- Back in 1967, Arte Povera artists in Italy, the radicals of their time, hung out at the Piper Club, a discotheque of, by and for the avant-garde in Turin. During one nocturnal happening, young women danced in tunics made of polyurethane birch logs and ponchos studded with foam rocks to look like riverbeds. Like nature sprites, the dancers gamboled over “nature carpets,” rugs crafted of foam by Turinese artist Piero Gilardi. Guests sipped their Camparis reclining on simulated cabbage patches. In the radical cheek of a disco decked out as a forest glade, Gilardi delivered a serious message, embodying the ecological lesson of Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” written a few years before: Chemicals were poisoning the earth. Nature starts in the home. Live with it, respect it, protect it. Now, about 55 years later, in the show “Gilardi: Tappeto-Natura” at the Magazzino Italian Art museum in Cold Spring, New York, two long-legged mannequins dressed in the same ... More

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Sebastian Baden is the new director of The Schirn   Exhibition of recent works by Barbara Kruger opens at David Zwirner   Neuberger Museum of Art acquires Romare Bearden's "River Mist"

Sebastian Baden, Photo: Gaby Gerster.

FRANKFURT.- The Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt has a new director. Dr. Sebastian Baden will begin his work as director of the renowned institution in Frankfurt on July 1, 2022. With the art historian, curator, and art educator, the Schirn once again has its own separate management thanks to the initiative of the City of Frankfurt. This step was decided by the General Assembly (municipal administration of the City of Frankfurt am Main) on February 18, 2022. Sebastian Baden succeeds Dr. Philipp Demandt as director. Dr. Ina Hartwig, Head of Cultural Affairs of the City of Frankfurt, welcomes the new Schirn director to Frankfurt: “I am very pleased that we were able to gain Sebastian Baden as the new director of the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, which is one of the leading exhibition venues in the world—with a clear and distinct profile. Corresponding to its current renown, it was time to once again give the Schirn autonomous ... More

Installation view, Barbara Kruger, David Zwirner, New York, June 30–August 12, 2022. Courtesy David Zwirner.

NEW YORK, NY.- David Zwirner opened an exhibition of recent works by renowned American artist Barbara Kruger. Spanning the gallery’s three locations on West 19th Street in New York, this is Kruger’s first presentation at the gallery since the announcement of her representation in 2019. Kruger powerfully and directly engages with viewers through her distinctive visual language, utilizing images, text, and technology as tools of communication to reveal and question established power structures and social constructs. The exhibition features nine large-scale video works and installations, as well as sound installations and vinyl wallpaper, that not only reaffirm the cultural prominence of Kruger’s iconic visual language but reveal the radical inventiveness and lasting relevance of her incisive work with pictures and words. The ... More

Romare Bearden, River Mist, ca. 1962, mixed media, 54x40 inches Romare Bearden Foundation, Courtesy of DC Moore Gallery, NY.

PURCHASE, NY.- Tracy Fitzpatrick, Ph.D., Director of the Neuberger Museum of Art, has announced the Museum’s acquisition of Romare Bearden’s River Mist (ca. 1962) from the Romare Bearden Foundation, courtesy of DC Moore Gallery in New York City. River Mist is a striking abstract collage that combines oil on unprimed linen, and oil, casein, and colored pencil on canvas, cut, torn, and mounted on painted board. Bearden is renowned for the collages and photomontages that established his reputation as a leading contemporary artist. Between 1952 and 1964, however, he created a large body of abstract watercolors, oil paintings, and collages that received little recognition; those works directly informed the collages for which Bearden is now best known. River Mist is one of the objects created during that experimental period. It was ... More

Doyle to auction fine paintings and prints on July 14   New Getty volume on plastics and conservation   With $440 million, a new arts foundation spreads the wealth

Claude Venard (French, 1913-1999), Sous les Arbres, Signed, Oil on canvas, 28 3/4 x 36 1/4 inches (73 x 92.1 cm). Est. $5,000-7,000.

NEW YORK, NY.- Doyle will hold a sale in the popular Fine Art auction category on Thursday, July 14 at 11am EDT. Showcased will be a wide range of affordable paintings, prints and sculpture spanning the Post-War years to the present day by established and emerging artists. Exciting opportunities abound in this popular category for seasoned buyers and new collectors alike! The public is invited to the exhibition on view Monday, July 11 through Wednesday, July 13 from Noon until 5pm. Doyle is located at 175 East 87th Street in New York City. View the catalogue and place bids at Andy Warhol's New York City studio brought together celebrities, artists and other creatives. In 1977, Warhol met printer Rupert Jasen Smith who collaborated with him to create the Space Fruit series. For this series, Warhol placed pieces of fruit on a white background, lit the arrangement then photographed the compositions ... More

This accessible volume is destined to become a trusted resource in the field.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Plastics have become one of the most ubiquitous materials in manufacturing and design. Given the ease of mass-producing the material, plastic objects can be found in virtually every museum around the world. Research initiatives and knowledge concerning the conservation of plastics have rapidly increased over the last twenty-five years, creating a need for a thorough and comprehensive resource. Properties of Plastics: A Guide for Conservators (Getty Conservation Institute, $70) is an accessible volume that offers conservators and students the most essential information for understanding each of the main classes of plastics. In addition to the main chapters, Properties of Plastics contains fifty-six illustrated “fact sheets” which summarize the properties of plastics most commonly found in cultural heritage collections. Aimed at the hands-on museum practitioner, this book will assist professionals in understand ... More

Karen Patterson, center, the executive director of the Ruth Foundation for the Arts, which is planning to give away between $17 to $20 million a year, during a drawing class with students in Milwaukee, June 21, 2022. Evan Jenkins/The New York Times.

by Ted Loos

NEW YORK, NY.- New foundations spring up all the time, but rarely on the scale of the Ruth Foundation for the Arts, which was established this year and announces its first grants this week. Funded by a $440 million bequest from Ruth DeYoung Kohler II, the foundation immediately enters the highest echelons of arts philanthropy. Kohler, who died in 2020 after a career of nurturing self-taught artists, was a scion of the Wisconsin bathroom-fixture fortune, as a member of the eponymous founding family of the Kohler company. The foundation, based in Milwaukee, is planning to give away between $17 to $20 million a year. “They will be right up there at the top,” said Joel Wachs, the president of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. ... More

Baltimore Museum of Art announces diverse array of acquisitions across museum departments   Monhegan Museum of Art & History celebrates the life and art of Monhegan painter James Fitzgerald   Five things not to miss at The Other Art Fair Summer Edition

Thaddeus Mosley. Tatum Scales. 2020. The Baltimore Museum of Art: Art Fund established with exchange funds from gifts of Dr. and Mrs. Edgar F. Berman, Equitable Bank, N.A., Geoffrey Gates, Sandra O. Moose, National Endowment for the Arts, Lawrence Rubin, Philip M. Stern, and Alan J. Zakon, BMA 2022.10. Courtesy of the artist and Karma, New York.

BALTIMORE, MD.- The Baltimore Museum of Art announced today a wide range of acquisitions that reflect its ongoing commitment to diversifying the range of voices and narratives represented across its encyclopedic holdings. This includes approximately 30 works and suites by contemporary artists as well as new additions to the museum’s European, Asian, African, and decorative arts collections. Among the works is a new painting by Salman Toor, currently on view as part of the BMA’s solo presentation of the artist’s work, titled No Ordinary Love. The museum has also acquired works from other exhibitions, such as a monumental five-panel installation by Baltimore-based artist LaToya ... More

Birches, Katahdin, ca. 1952, Watercolor and Chinese ink on paper,30-1/2 x 22-1/2 in., James Fitzgerald Legacy, MMA&H.

MONEHAN ISLAND, ME.- This summer, the Monhegan Museum of Art & History celebrates the life and art of painter James Fitzgerald (1899-1971) in a retrospective of his watercolor and oil paintings. The Odyssey of James Fitzgerald will be on view July 1 through September 30, 2022. The Odyssey of James Fitzgerald will explore Fitzgerald’s early sketches as a student at the Massachusetts College of Art and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and paintings from his time in Monterey, California where he was part of a community of artists and writers known as the Cannery Row circle. A special focus will be paid to Fitzgerald’s paintings of Monhegan Island, where he visited several times in the 1920s and 1930s before making the island his permanent residence. With the help of his good friends and patrons, Anne and Edgar Hubert, he purchased a home and studio ... More

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LONDON.- The Other Art Fair is a global gathering of creative thinkers, game changers and pleasure seekers sharing emerging talent and unforgettable experiences. The artist-led fair combines boundary-pushing yet always affordable artworks with immersive installations, performances and a few curious encounters. The result is an inspiring, evocative, inclusive and fun art fair experience that reframes art. This summer, the fair returns to King’s Cross West Handyside Canopy with an unforgettable program spanning guest exhibitions, large scale installations, DJ sets, and even live tattooing. BAFTA Award winning artist and photographer Alison Jackson joins the line up as this year’s Guest Artist and presents ‘Strike a Pose with The Queen’, an exclusive live installation photobooth. Jackson is known for her provocative and humorous photographs depicting the rich and famous doing things in private using cleverly styled ... More

Immersive installation reflecting the global food system now on view at The New York Botanical Garden   Sabrina Amrani opens Are Angel Trumpets Poisonous? The third solo show by Amina Benbouchta in the gallery   Offer Waterman opens a major retrospective exhibition of the work of William Turnbull

Installation image of “Around the World’s Table” at The New York Botanical Garden. Courtesy The New York Botanical Garden.

NEW YORK, NY.- An artful, immersive data visualization installation created by renowned information designer Giorgia Lupi and her team at Pentagram is now on view at The New York Botanical Garden as part of the garden-wide exhibition Around the Table: Stories of the Foods We Love, examining the art and science of foodways and food traditions and celebrating plants as foundational to all culinary customs. Around the World’s Table will help visitors understand the global impact of food production and consumption on the planet. On display in the reflecting pool of the Palms of the World Gallery in NYBG’s historic Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, the installation is made up of 100 partially submerged sculptures representing the major food groups we consume, their share in the global diet, and their relative carbon footprint. ... More

Installation view.

MADRID.- Sabrina Amrani is presenting Are Angel trumpets Poisonous?, the thrid solo show by Amina Benbouchta in the gallery, opening 25th June 2022. For four decades, Amina Benbouchta has been composing metaphorical accounts of human experience that play with scales of representation and challenge mediums. With a certain agility, the artist goes from charcoal to brush and from canvas to glossy paper to reveal snapshots of an uninterrupted initiatory journey, populated by everyday objects with a strong symbolic charge and often inhabited by a unique character. Benbouchta likes to recall the framework of Lewis Carroll's tale, by depicting or embodying an Alice evolving in contact with instruments of power and desire. Among them are recurring elements, which have known how to cross her different periods of creation that lead to the artist’s pictorial lexicon. They never have a single meaning: the crinoline ... More

Installation view.

LONDON.- Offer Waterman and the Estate of William Turnbull announced a major retrospective exhibition at No.9 Cork Street in London from 29 June to 20 July 2022, to celebrate the centenary of the artist’s birth. William Turnbull (1922-2012) was one of Britain's most important post-war Modernists. Described by Nicholas Serota when Director of the Tate as ‘an exceptional artist, unusually gifted both as a painter and a sculptor’, he explored the changing contemporary world and its ancient past, actively engaging with the shifting concerns of British, European and American artists. Offer Waterman has exclusively represented the artist’s Estate since 2015 and this is the most comprehensive exhibition of Turnbull’s work since a major retrospective at the Tate Gallery in 1973. Staged across six rooms and two floors of the Frieze space at No.9 Cork Street, the exhibition brings together more than 60 ... More

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Speed Art Museum creates new positions to address equity and inclusion and increase academic engagement
LOUISVILLE, KY.- The Speed Art Museum announced today the establishment of two key roles that will guide the Speed’s ongoing commitment to building connections with community members, local organizations, and peer institutions in Louisville while also expanding its engagement with students and scholars. Toya Northington has been appointed to the newly created role of Director of Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging where she will build on her previous work as the Speed’s Community Engagement Strategist to center equity, inclusion, and access across the institution while ensuring it remains responsive to its local community. Dr. fari nzinga, a respected curator and educator, has been appointed the Speed’s ... More

Curator Casey Mesick Braun joins Bowdoin College Museum of Art
BRUNSWICK, ME.- The Bowdoin College Museum of Art announced today that it has appointed Cassandra (Casey) Mesick Braun as its new curator, following an international search. Mesick Braun comes to BCMA from the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas (KU) where she has worked since 2012, most recently as associate curator of global Indigenous art, in addition to experiences at the The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology at Brown University. An anthropologist by training, Mesick Braun has particular interests in contemporary Indigenous art, as well as in exploring the intersections of art, science, and medicine, and the role of social justice work in museum settings. She will begin work at BCMA in August. “We are excited that Casey will be joining the Museum, particularly ... More

Nye & Company's Chic and Antique Estate Treasures Auction set for July 20th
BLOOMFIELD, NJ.- Nye & Company Auctioneers will kick off their hot summer Chic and Antique Estate Treasures Auction on Wednesday, July 20th, with designer and English furniture and fine and decorative art. Bidding will begin promptly at 10 am Eastern time. The cleaning out of a packed house and yard led to the remarkable discovery of not one, but two William F. Mangels silhouette shooting gallery targets. The example tentatively titled Shorty or The Draw is a known form that rarely comes to auction. The other, The Stick Up, is thought to be a previously unknown example of Mangels’ ability and incorporates steam pipes on verso to simulate the smoke of a gunshot when the target is struck. Mangels formed the Wm F. Mangels Co. Carousel Works in 1890, having worked in Coney Island, New York for nearly a decade under James McCullough, learning ... More

Buyers delighted to be back at Olympia
LONDON.- The 49th Olympia Art & Antiques Fair, which closed its doors on Sunday 26th June, saw the welcome return of familiar faces and buyers from the other side of the world all delighted to be back in the iconic Grand hall of Olympia after three years. Fair Director Mary Claire Boyd said of the fair, 'Despite the transport challenges, sales have been better than expected. Dealers and collectors from the UK and further afield have been reunited after three long years and trading has reflected this. Exhibitors delighted in returning to the iconic Grand Hall which gives a natural grandeur, generating a light airy atmosphere and enhancing the overall look and feel of the event. There was evidence of the benefits of running alongside the Spirit of Summer Fair as this attracted an affluent younger audience who also visited the Fair, with sales across ... More

LOEWE announces the winner of the 2022 edition of the LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize
MADRID.- LOEWE announced the winner of the 2022 LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize is Dahye Jeong (b. 1989, Korea), awarded with her work, A Time of Sincerity, 2021. Chosen from 30 finalists by a distinguished jury composed of leading figures from the worlds of design, architecture, journalism, criticism and museum curatorship, including Magdalene Odundo, Anatxu Zabalbeascoa, Deyan Sudjic, Abraham Thomas and Patricia Urquiola. This year’s edition of the LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize presents a thought- provoking selection of works that display a mastery of material, technique and creative innovation. Infused with a forward-thinking, experimental spirit, these objects not only reflect their maker’s personal language and distinct hand, but also speak to the culture of our time. Dahye Jeong’s basket, made from horsehair ... More

Nikola Tesla, Albert Einstein, Paul Cezanne, and Marilyn Monroe among Fine Autograph and Artifact auction
BOSTON, MASS.- RR Auction's July Fine Autograph and Artifact sale boasts a wealth of remarkable historical material from the 18th century to the present day, including significant letters by Nikola Tesla, Albert Einstein, Paul Cezanne, and Marilyn Monroe. Among the highlights is a Nikola Tesla letter evoking the great rivalries of the electric age. In the four-page letter on personal monogram letterhead, July 14, 1899. Handwritten letter to Rear Admiral Francis J. Higginson by Nikola Tesla, penned from his "Colorado Springs Experimental Station.” Tesla insists his wireless technology is superior to Marconi's: "I am now looking with full confidence to the establishment of a communication with the European continent.” Tesla alludes to his rivalry with Marconi in this significant letter, asserting that he has now perfected novel methods ... More

Salon Art + Design announces exhibitors for 2022 edition
NEW YORK, NY.- Salon Art + Design, the leading collectible design and art fair produced by Sanford L. Smith + Associates, announces its exhibitor line-up and 11th edition at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City from November 10 - 14, 2022. Featuring 51 exceptional exhibitors, Salon Art + Design will welcome international galleries back into the fold to present the world’s leading design – vintage, modern and contemporary - and blue-chip 20th century art. For more than a decade, Salon Art + Design has evolved into the choice platform for exhibiting, experiencing, collecting, and discussing design and art. A high point of New York’s Fall arts calendar, the fair will continue to captivate its audience with a robust international exhibitor list, special exhibitions and the return of in-person programming including exclusive talks and panel ... More

LFA and the London Borough of Camden reveal Phoenix Road Performing Gardens by NOOMA Studio
LONDON.- The London Festival of Architecture has unveiled ‘Phoenix Road Performing Gardens’ installation, designed by London-based design and architecture practice, NOOMA Studio. Located on Phoenix Road, ‘Phoenix Road Performing Gardens’ is the winning scheme of the LFA’s competition ‘Somers Town Acts’ in collaboration with the London Borough of Camden. The competition invited architects, landscape architects, designers, and artists to develop a creative design in Somers Town to support the programme of events planned for a weekend-long road closure on 24-26 June 2022. The road reopened on Monday 27 June, but the main elements of ‘Phoenix Road Performing Gardens’ will remain on the pavement for the Somers Town Festival on 9-10 July. After the Festival, the planters will be rehoused in the gardens of the local ... More

Goldin July Comics, Video Games & TCG Monthly Auction headlined by rare Star Wars & Michael Jackson items
RUNNEMEDE, NJ.- Rare and exceptionally high-quality pop culture items have hit the market as part of Goldin’s July Comics Video Games & Trading Card Game Auction. Among the pop culture treasure trove are highly-sought after collectibles from some of the most beloved individuals and properties in entertainment history. Headlining the new Goldin event is an original 1984 Star Wars factory-sealed VHS tape. The film franchise is one of the highest grossing media properties of all time and is widely regarded as one of the most influential films in history. The tape received a coveted IGS MINT 9/MINT 9 grade and late last year, a copy of the same film sold for nearly $60,000 through Goldin. The auction also includes ... More

She'll have you at moo: Milky White and the power of puppetry
NEW YORK, NY.- Once upon a time on Broadway, back in 1987, the skinny old “cow as white as milk” in the new James Lapine-Stephen Sondheim musical “Into the Woods” was played by a prop as still as a statue. The cow, Milky White, has no lines, so it worked. Years went by, the fairy tale mashup musical returned to Broadway in 2002, and this time Milky White was played by an actor in a cow suit. Now she could dance, and that worked, too. Decades passed, and in the frenzied spring of 2022 came a hit Encores! revival so delicious that it transferred almost instantly from New York City Center to Broadway. Now in previews at the St. James Theater, where it opens July 10, this “Into the Woods” presents Milky White as a puppet who breathes, coughs, moos and mourns — which works enchantingly. Or as an enchantment? It is a mysterious ... More

The New Children's Museum welcomes Chief Curator + Director of Audience Engagement
SAN DIEGO, CA.- The New Children’s Museum announced today that Gabrielle Wyrick will join their leadership team as Chief Curator + Director of Audience Engagement on August 1, 2022. Wyrick is an accomplished museum professional, published author and academic instructor with over 20 years of education, curatorial and engagement experience. Wyrick’s appointment as Chief Curator + Director of Audience Engagement completes the leadership team put in place by Elizabeth Yang-Hellewell, Executive Director + CEO, who took the helm in January of this year. Wyrick joins Yang-Hellewell and Christine Dolan (Chief Financial Officer), Kerri Fox (Chief Operating Officer), Kathleen Daugherty (Deputy Director of Philanthropy) and Rebeca Lupian (Director of People + Culture). “Gabrielle shares our passion for engaging the community through ... More

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On a day like today, English painter Stanley Spencer was born
June 30, 1891. Sir Stanley Spencer CBE RA (30 June 1891 - 14 December 1959) was an English painter. Shortly after leaving the Slade School of Art, Spencer became well known for his paintings depicting Biblical scenes occurring as if in Cookham, the small village beside the River Thames where he was born and spent much of his life. In this image: Sarah Tubb and the Heavenly Visitors, 1933 by Stanley Spencer Estate of Stanley Spencer, Bridgeman Images, London.

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