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To sell prized paintings, a university proclaims they're not 'conservative'

“Mountain Landscape” by Frederic E. Church (circa 1849), at the Bruaer Museum of Art at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Ind., on March 1, 2023. It is among the paintings that the university wants to sell. (Taylor Glascock/The New York Times)

NEW YORK, NY.- What makes a painting conservative? An Indiana judge is facing that very question as Valparaiso University contends that it should be able to sell high-value paintings it owns, including a Georgia O’Keeffe landscape of the New Mexico desert, in order to finance a renovation of freshman dormitories. When the private, nonprofit university announced its plan last year, it said the sale ... More

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Exhibition highlights Joel Shapiro's interest in the play between color and structure, abstraction and illusion   Bokförlaget Stolpe publishes 'Iron Imperator: Roman Grand Strategy under Tiberius' by Iskander Rehman   An Egyptian artist mesmerizes in Venice with an opera and a donkey

Joel Shapiro, untitled, c. 1978-80. Wood and paint, 6 1/2 x 4 3/4 x 2 1/4 in.

NEW YORK, NY.- Craig Starr Gallery is presenting Joel Shapiro: Gouaches and Reliefs 1978-83, on view from July 18 through October 12, 2024. Organized in collaboration with the artist and his studio, the exhibition highlights Shapiro’s interest in the play between color and structure, abstraction and illusion, across media. From 1978 to 1980, Shapiro made numerous small reliefs in wood, none larger than a foot in height or width. ... More

A nuanced and multidisciplinary examination of Tiberius’ political, ph intellectual, and military influences.

NEW YORK, NY.- One of the most enigmatic figures of antiquity, Tiberius lacked the imperial splendor of his great predecessor Augustus and the excesses of many of his successors. Yet Iron Imperator offers a portrait of a complex and contradictory man, both emperor and exile, tyrant and recluse. Drawing on a wealth of sources, Iskander Rehman examines Tiberius’ philosophical, intellectual, ... More

Wael Shawky at his editing studio in Alexandria, Egypt, with different projects, on July 3, 2024. (Fatma Fahmy/The New York Times)

VENICE.- If you think a filmed opera sung entirely in classical Arabic that tells, in detail, the complex story of a relatively obscure, failed 19th-century uprising in Egypt might be something less than compelling, do I have news for you. Since the Venice Biennale opened in April, “Drama 1882,” a 45-minute video at the heart of an installation by Alexandria-based artist Wael Shawky, has ... More

Berggruen Gallery announces an exhibition of recent paintings by Tom McKinley   Galerie Jeanne Bucher Jaeger to exhibit Max Ernst's 'Histoire Naturelle'   Pirelli HangarBicocca announces 'Saodat Ismailova: A Seed Under Our Tongue'

Tom McKinley, San Francisco Gold, 2024. Oil on panel, 31 x 54 inches.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- Berggruen Gallery announced an exhibition of recent paintings by Tom McKinley. This show marks the artist's ninth solo exhibition with the gallery. The exhibition will be on view from August 1 through September 19, 2024. The gallery will host a reception for the artist on Thursday, August 1 from 5 to 7 PM. Featuring paintings from various series, the works showcased in Tom McKinley depict luxury architecture and idyllic landscapes. Open-air ... More

Max Ernst, Histoire Naturelle - L’étalon et la fiancée du vent, 1925, plate XXXIII, frottage reproduced in collotype, 50 x 33 cm, edition 191/300, Jeanne Bucher Editions, photo: Reserved Rights, Courtesy Jeanne Bucher Jaeger, Paris-Lisbon, © Adagp, Paris 2024.

PARIS.- To celebrate 100 years of Surrealism, the Professional Committee of Art Galleries partners with the Centre Pompidou and the Association Atelier André Breton around the «Surrealism» exhibition, presented at the Centre Pompidou from September 4, 2024 to January 13, 2025. As part of the Paris Surrealist event, the gallery ... More

Saodat Ismailova. Photo: Rinat Karimov.

MILAN.- From 12th September, 2024, until 12th January, 2025, Pirelli HangarBicocca presents “A Seed Under Our Tongue,” curated by Roberta Tenconi. With new works commissioned by Pirelli HangarBicocca, the exhibition marks the first institutional survey of Saodat Ismailova in Italy. It presents works from her two-decade career, including films, sculptures, and installations, in a specially designed spatial environment. Focusing on the concept and implications of transmission—whether of knowledge, ... More

National Portrait Gallery to stage its first major exhibition of portraits by Francis Bacon   UCCA Center for Contemporary Art presents "Lawrence Weiner: A PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS ASAP"   Liu Shiyuan 'CRISPR Whisper' on view at Fotografiska, Shanghai

Head VI, 1949 by Francis Bacon © The Estate of Francis Bacon. All rights reserved, DACS/Artimage 2024. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd. Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London.

LONDON.- Francis Bacon has long been considered one of the most outstanding painters of the twentieth-century. Best known as a figurative artist, his work transforms the appearance of his subjects through an extraordinary use of paint. Francis Bacon: Human Presence (10 October ... More

Installation view.

BEIJING.- From July 20 to October 20, 2024, UCCA Center for Contemporary Art presents “Lawrence Weiner: A PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS ASAP,” the first major presentation in China of renowned American artist Lawrence Weiner (1942-2021). Curated by Peter Eleey, UCCA Curator-at-Large, in close collaboration with the artist’s estate, “A PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS ASAP” brings Weiner’s groundbreaking work back to UCCA seventeen ... More

Installation view of Liu Shiyuan: CRISPR Whisper, 2024 © Fotografiska Shanghai.

SHANGHAI.- Liu Shiyuan’s latest solo exhibition CRISPR Whisper is on view from July 5 to October 7, 2024. The exhibition brings together five series of works, including an early work A Conversation with Photography; the photographic, digital series A Shaking We; the series Almost Like Rebar; her latest photographic series Cold-Blooded Animals; and a new film, For the Photos ... More

Indigenous connections between Taiwan and Aotearoa explored in without centre, without limits   Monterey Museum of Art fall 2024 exhibition season features new acquisitions   "Spacial Divide" exhibition exchange opens on July 25th at C24 Gallery

Malay Makakzuwan, Muvalis, 2024. Aluminium, chairs, hemp rope, clothing, boots, accessories; single-channel digital video, sound, 9:52 minutes. Installation view. Photo: Cheska Brown.

NEW PLYMOUTH.- Indigenous connections between Taiwan and Aotearoa are explored in without centre, without limits, a new exhibition at New Plymouth’s Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre which presents new work by four indigenous artists from south and eastern Taiwan, continuing long-running conversations between the Gallery and ... More

Imagining China: The Art of Belle Yang and Joseph Yang highlights familial partnership.

MONTEREY, CA.- With its mission to celebrate the diversity of California art past, present and future, the Monterey Museum of Art’s (MMA) fall 2024 exhibition season presents Imagining China: The Art of Belle Yang and Joseph Yang, on view from September 12 – November 24, 2024. The first cultural institution to exhibit Belle Yang and her father Joseph Yang’s work in a creative conversation, the Museum ... More

Kei Sugiyama, Studio with a Red Rug, 2023,Washi Paper, Mica, Glue, Crayon, Ink and Leaf, 64 x 64 in. (162 x 162 cm)

NEW YORK, NY.- For their mid-summer exhibition, C24 Gallery will present Spatial Divide, a bi-coastal dialogue that engages audiences through various mediums and diverse voices. This exhibition represents a unique gallery exchange between New York City’s C24 Gallery and Speedy Gallery, located in Santa Monica, California. From Thursday, July 25th through August ... More

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Bernice Johnson Reagon, a musical voice for civil rights, is dead at 81
NEW YORK, NY.- Bernice Johnson Reagon, whose stirring gospel voice helped provide the soundtrack of the civil rights movement, then went on to become a cultural historian, a curator at the Smithsonian Institution and the founder of the women’s a cappella group Sweet Honey in the Rock, died Tuesday in Washington. She was 81. Her death, in a hospital, was confirmed by her daughter, Toshi Reagon, who did not give a cause. Bernice Reagon, the daughter of a Baptist preacher in Albany, Georgia, grew up in a church without a piano, and the first music she absorbed, rooted in spirituals and hymns, was performed by human voices to the accompaniment of clapping and foot stomping. She was an original member in 1962 of the Freedom Singers, a vocal quartet that provided anthems of defiance for civil rights protesters preparing to confront the police or as they were hauled ... More

At 'Slave Play' in London, a 'Black Out' night emerges from controversy
LONDON.- Elaine Grant was pleased with the scene unfolding outside the Noël Coward Theater in London on Wednesday night. Unlike most nights at the theater in the West End, there was a sea of majority Black faces laughing and jovially chatting in a line that snaked around the block before a performance of Jeremy O. Harris’ “Slave Play.” Grant, who works in the arts, had organized a group of more than 100 people, mostly Black women, to see the show. “A lot of the people that I work with don’t necessarily go to the theater a lot,” she said, and so it was important for them to be in a space where they could feel safe experiencing a range of emotion. This was a “Black Out” performance, an idea Harris first announced for his play’s Broadway 2019 run, in which he invites Black audience members to attend a specific performance, to experience and discuss art ... More

Focusing in on one star, fancams find a love of the movies
NEW YORK, NY.- When I first saw “Anatomy of a Fall” at the Cannes Film Festival in 2023, I expected that the courtroom drama would be critically acclaimed. I could even imagine an Oscar win. What I did not foresee was the fancams. These vertical video edits of clips focus on a celebrity or character, usually set to pop music. If you want to nitpick, you can also call them fan edits, especially if they involve multiple people onscreen. The fancam phenomenon grew out of the world of K-pop, where enthusiasts often make videos focusing solely on one member of a large band. These days, my feeds are full of film and TV fancams, which I have come to love and seek out. But perhaps the most notable one was from last year and focused on Swann Arlaud in his role as the defense attorney Vincent Renzi in “Anatomy of a Fall.” Set to Rina Sawayama’s song ... More

Celebrating film nostalgia with ooze and ahhs at Blobfest
NEW YORK, NY.- In 1958, the sci-fi horror film “The Blob,” about a murderous, insatiable and ever-ballooning hunk of alien matter, opened in theaters across the United States. At the time, critics’ appetites for the movie were not as piqued as the on-screen monster’s. In a review for The New York Times, Howard Thompson wrote that “The Blob” was “woodenly presented,” and the “dialogue flattens as fast as the blob rounds.” Not even Steve McQueen in his first leading role could save the plot in Thompson’s eyes. But 66 years later, audiences are still hungry for more. The film became a cult classic, fitting snugly among other camp favorites such as “Creature From the Black Lagoon” (1954) and “The Fly” (1958). And in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, where much of “The Blob” ... More

Fans of the Dead come alive in Las Vegas
NEW YORK, NY.- Midway through their residency at the Sphere in Las Vegas during a record-breaking heat wave, Dead & Company played its jam band specials over the Fourth of July weekend for an eclectic crowd. The band’s audience — some die-hard fans, others just curious — came from all over the country (and the world) to pledge their own form of allegiance. “You see people who are Sphere tourists who just want to get inside and see what it’s all about. They don’t necessarily have experience listening to the Dead’s music,” said Ashley, 35, a DJ and an event host from Las Vegas. “It’s totally acceptable because Deadheads are the coolest, most down-to-earth crowds.” (Still, like some other fans, she declined to provide her full name.) Ashley had come to hang out at Shakedown Street — the traveling bazaar where vendors sell rose ... More

The stomach-dropping, heart-tugging appeal of climbing documentaries
NEW YORK, NY.- Documentaries in which people climb very tall things have a remarkable track record. “Man on Wire,” James Marsh’s 2008 recounting of Philippe Petit’s high-wire walk between the twin towers in 1974, is one of the most acclaimed and successful documentaries of all time. Jimmy Chin and Chai Vasarhelyi have made two celebrated films about the sport: “Meru” in 2015 and “Free Solo” in 2018. Just do a quick search for “climbing documentaries” and you’ll find dozens — it’s clearly a genre people love. That’s undoubtedly due in part to the fact that most of us (myself included) will never, ever attempt to scale a 3,000-foot cliff without ropes. These movies show us what we can’t otherwise see. Plus, in contrast to the manufactured safety of a fiction film, a documentary is heart-pounding. Your head knows they probably ... More

Why do pop's biggest stars adore Michael Uzowuru?
LOS ANGELES, CALIF.- Shortly into a Monday morning piano lesson, Michael Uzowuru came alive. Seated at a black grand piano in a long, sunlit room, he warmed up with finger exercises and scales before his instructor, Riko Weimer, asked him to improvise a composition using diminished chords as a foundation. Closing his eyes, he kneaded his way into a languid, contemplative melody, his head bent gently over the keys. “I generally have a lesson plan,” Weimer said when Uzowuru stopped, “but then he digests it in one try.” Uzowuru, 32, sipped from a porcelain cup of espresso, rolled the sleeves of his bright pink sweater to his elbows and resumed playing. Four mornings a week, he drives 20 minutes from the Los Angeles home he shares with his girlfriend and son to Weimer’s Atwater Village studio. When he isn’t intensely ... More

Sharks don't sink. And neither does she.
NEW YORK, NY.- Jasmin Graham was on a mission. The marine biologist wanted to change not only the public’s often misleading perception of sharks — in many cases, drawn from their harrowing portrayal in the novel “Jaws” and calcified in pop culture over the last 50 years — but also that of the people who study them. Once a marine biology doctoral student at Florida State University, Graham understood firsthand what it was like to try to make it in the field — and to be one of few Black women doing it. The challenges she faced in academia led to her fateful decision to leave the program in 2020 and pursue a career as a rogue scientist. Graham, now 29, has since found success her own way, researching vanishing populations of sawfish, the harmful effects of red tides on sharks and even the local ecological knowledge found among ... More

Happy Traum, mainstay of the folk music world, dies at 86
NEW YORK, NY.- Happy Traum, a celebrated folk singer, guitarist and banjo player who was a mainstay of New York City’s Greenwich Village coffeehouse scene of the early 1960s, recorded with Bob Dylan and had an influential career as a music instructor, died Wednesday in Manhattan. He was 86. His wife, Jane, said he died of pancreatic cancer in a physical rehabilitation facility after undergoing surgery for the disease. He lived in Woodstock, New York. Known for his easy vocal approach and his prowess as a finger-style guitarist and five-string banjo player, the Bronx-bred Traum was an enduring presence in the folk world for more than six decades. “Revered by most in the musical know, he is easily one of the most significant acoustic-roots musicians and guita ... More

Manny Jacinto turns to the dark side in 'The Acolyte'
NEW YORK, NY.- As it turns out, Manny Jacinto brought some relevant experience to “The Acolyte”: He understands how to change characters. Jacinto is best known for “The Good Place,” the hit NBC sitcom on which he played an unspeaking Buddhist monk before being unmasked as Jason Mendoza, a lovable, Jacksonville Jaguars-obsessed dummy who is anything but mute. “I had no idea what I was stepping into,” Jacinto said in an interview. “It was my first job in the States. I didn’t even have a green card yet.” He has since worked alongside some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, including Nicole Kidman, in the television series “Nine Perfect Strangers” — a series in which he showed a more stoic side, playing a character who essentially served as Kidman’s acolyte. He then appeared with Tom Cruise ... More

Will a movie faking the Moon landing propel a debunked conspiracy theory?
NEW YORK, NY.- The new Scarlett Johansson-Channing Tatum vehicle, “Fly Me to the Moon,” uses a long-debunked conspiracy theory as the jumping-off point for a space-race romantic comedy. At the end of the 1960s, a wary NASA recognizes the need for better public relations during the Vietnam War. The resulting campaign leads to a faked version of the Apollo 11 mission being shot on a sound stage even as the real mission is unfolding. Shenanigans, and romance, ensue. “Fly Me to the Moon” isn’t the first movie based on the mistaken belief that the moon landing was a hoax, a conspiracy theory that first arose in the 1970s. “Capricorn One” (1978), about a faked mission to Mars, taps into Watergate-era institutional distrust, and more recently, “Moonwalkers” (2015) pairs a CIA agent with a rock band manager to fake the Apollo 11 landing. ... More

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On a day like today, Armenian-born American artist Arshile Gorky died
July 21, 1948. Arshile Gorky ( April 15, 1904 - July 21, 1948) was an American painter of Armenian descent who had a seminal influence on Abstract Expressionism. As such, his works were often speculated to have been informed by the suffering and loss he experienced of the Armenian genocide. In this image: Arshile Gorky, "Agony", 1947. Oil on canvas, 40 x 50 1/2 in., The Museum of Modern Art, New York, A. Conger Goodyear Fund. ©2010 Estate of Arshile Gorky/Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY.

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