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Thinking Bigger at Art Basel Miami Beach

Guests attend the Art Basel Miami Beach VIP Preview 2019 at Miami Beach Convention Center on December 04, 2019 in Miami Beach, Florida. Cindy Ord/Getty Images/AFP.

by Ted Loos

MIAMI (NYT NEWS SERVICE ).- Art fairs evolve like any other event, but the changes can be subtle. Even if you are told that striking, thematically linked treasures are on offer in a special sector, rows of gallery booths have a way of blending together. So the organizers of Art Basel Miami Beach, taking place Thursday through Sunday for its 18th edition, are making an effort to create a palpably different atmosphere for a new sector, Meridians. Overall, 269 galleries will be on hand in the Miami Beach Convention Center, from places as far-flung as Tokyo and Toronto. The new sector will have 33 projects arranged in the center’s Grand Ballroom and one outside the convention center. Last year, the ballroom had only been recently completed at the time of the fair, after a three-year renovation of the center, and it held a special multidisciplinary work. ... More

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UK art prize winners launch attack on British government   Gianguan Auctions December 16th sale is a wonderland of gifts   For Cecilia Vicuña, 'consciousness is the art'

Winners on stage. Photo: Stuart Wilson Getty Images.

LONDON (AFP).- The Turner Prize has stoked controversy again after the joint winners attacked the British government and the rise of far-right politics across the world. Oscar Murillo, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Helen Cammock and Tai Shani were handed the coveted visual arts award at the Turner Contemporary gallery in the seaside town of Margate on Tuesday night. The four shortlisted artists sent a plea to the judges to award the prize to them all jointly, explaining they had formed a collective to show solidarity at a time of global "political crisis". Cammock, whose submission examined women in the civil rights movement in 1960s Northern Ireland, said the four had decided among themselves that they were all winners. She said after accepting the award they were "all engaged in forms of social or participatory practice", which, taken together, were "incompatible with the competition format". "Placing in contention the issues ... More

18th c., Qing silk summer robe, embroidered with dragon and Twelve Symbols of Imperial Royalty.

NEW YORK, NY.- A specially curated collection of Chinese paintings and art designed to express the importance of a gift - be it personal or business related - will grace Gianguan Auctions’ Holiday Sale on Monday, December 16. The auction opens with fifty lots of desirable carved jade pendants, bracelets and necklaces in lustrous white, apple green, lavender, coral red, yellow and classic suffusions. Many are carved with auspicious Chinese symbols. Others make a strong statement in form alone. Serious jewelry collectors will appreciate Lot 140, a court necklace that features 108 pink jade beads evenly interspersed with larger lapis lazuli rounds. In the center, a lapis lazuli double-gourd floats above a beiyun, “back cloud”. The iconic piece. weighted with three strands of blue jade beads above droplets of lapis lazuli, is expected to reach $15,000. ... More

The artist Cecilia Vicuña at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami, Fla., Nov. 23, 2019. Angel Valentin/The New York Times.

by Ray Mark Rinaldi

MIAMI (NYT NEWS SERVICE ).- Cecilia Vicuña’s current retrospective, “About to Happen,” has been promoted by curators far and wide as the “first major, U.S. solo exhibition by the influential Chilean-born artist.” But that is not completely accurate. Vicuña, 71, had a solo show in 1992 at the University of California Art Museum, in Berkeley. She was the subject of another one-person exhibition in 1999 that traveled to top galleries in New York City, Houston and Buffalo, New York. And she headlined yet another exhibition three years later that filled the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art in Colorado. But as the sculptor, poet and activist explained, none of those efforts turned out to be as “major” as their presenters had hoped. ... More

Gladstone Gallery opens an exhibition of new work by artist Anne Collier   A graffiti museum where the writers are in charge of history   Ketterer Kunst ensures lost work by Christian Rohlfs returns to Kunstmuseum Moritzburg

Anne Collier, Woman Crying (Comic) #11, 2019. C-print, 64 7/8 x 49 3/4 inches (164.8 x 126.4 cm) © Anne Collier. Courtesy the artist and Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels.

BRUSSELS.- Gladstone Gallery is presenting an exhibition of new work by the New York-based artist Anne Collier. Over the past two decades, Collier has developed an expansive body of work that considers the nature of photographic images, our relationship with photographs’ transmission and objecthood, and the discipline of photography itself. Informed as much by technical and commercial aspects of the medium as by the work of the ‘Pictures’ generation artists, Collier’s work explores photography’s self-reflexivity and examines its fraught histories with gender. Her practice traffics in the subtle tensions between an objective, almost-forensic approach to image-making and the often highly emotive and psychologically-charged content her work depicts. For this exhibition, Collier introduces a new series of photographic triptychs ... More

Aerosol cans of spray paint on display at the Museum of Graffiti in Miami, Nov. 23, 2019. Melanie Metz/The New York Times.

by Jon Caramanica

MIAMI (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- When Alan Ket was a teenager growing up in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn in the 1980s, he fell hard for the graffiti that still decorated New York City trains. Sometimes he was the one painting, but more often, he was a detective, figuring out the best locations to snap pictures of the art. On weekends, he’d meet up with friends at a one-hour photo shop on Canal Street to trade negatives and prints of the graffiti photos they’d taken that week. Preservation was the key. “So many beautiful works of art were being destroyed every week,” he said recently. “It was horrifying.” At the time, he would cut school to spend afternoons at the studio of Henry Chalfant, who had been the crucial documentarian of 1970s train graffiti. Chalfant had largely stopped ... More

Christian Rohlfs, Studie nach einem Baumstamm, Watercolor, around 1911, 49 x 63 cm.

MUNICH.- New records and sharp price increase are the aim of every auction, but that did not matter at all in the case of a very special work by Christian Rohlfs. A work that was confiscated by the Nazis in 1937 finally came home to the Kunstmuseum Moritzburg in Halle, Germany. It all began as a standard procedure in context of which the work from a renowned Western German private collection was examined: a large-size watercolor by the Expressionist artist Christian Rohlfs that still was in its old frame. The surprise was revealed when a covering board was removed from the reverse side of the frame and experts at Ketterer Kunst discovered a stamp of what today is known as the Kunstmuseum Moritzburg in Halle an der Saale, as well as an old label with more information on this work in typescript. The suspicion that this might be one of the 147 artworks removed by the Nazis from the “Städtisches Museum für Kunst ... More

Landmark travelling exhibition presents important works by Maria Helena Vieira Da Silva   Anglo-Saxon hoard found by metal detectorist in Suffolk sells for £90,000 - Three times its low estimate!   An Ethiopian gallery enriches a global art conversation

Maria Helena Vieira da Silva in her studio. Courtesy Galerie Jeanne Bucher Jaeger Paris © Wölbing-Van Dyck, Bielefeld et Ida Kar.

LONDON.- Waddington Custot in London, Jeanne Bucher Jaeger in Paris, and Di Donna Galleries in New York are presenting a landmark travelling exhibition of important works by the Portuguese-born painter Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, in a first-of-its-kind collaboration between the three international galleries. Bringing together key paintings and works on paper from throughout the artist’s career, the exhibition explores Vieira da Silva’s unique approach to depicting space through poetic, semi-abstract compositions. There is a labyrinthine quality to her paintings’ imaginary grid-like structures which play with space and perspective and disorient the viewer by pulling the gaze in multiple directions, both inviting us deeper and shutting us out. As the artist described: “Perspective is a way of playing with space. I take a lot of pleasure in looking at space and its rhythms. The ... More

Hoard of Anglo Saxon 99 Silver pennies in Suffolk. Sold for £90,000.

LONDON.- Builder, Don Crawley has been a keen metal detectorist for over 30 years and in March 2017 found a hoard of Anglo Saxon 99 Silver pennies in Suffolk. Today (Wednesday, December 4, 2019), they sold at Dix Noonan Webb, the international coins, medals, banknotes and jewellery specialists for £90,000 in their two-day auction of Coins, Tokens and Historical Medals on Wednesday & Thursday, December 4 & 5, 2019. The provisional estimate for the hoard is £30,000-£50,000. As Don explains: “It was my first visit to this farmers land in Suffolk. After walking up an incline in the field, my Deus detector gave off a strong signal and within a short space of time I had recovered 93 coins.” He continued: “The Finds Liaison Officer was called in and they investigated the site which turned out to be a long forgotten Saxon church which had been dismantled by the Normans in the 11th century. Excavating around they uncovered ... More

In an undated photo provided by Addis Fine Art, Mesai Haileleul, left, and Rakeb Sile, the proprietors of Addis Fine Art, with works by Merikokeb Berhanu. Addis Fine Art via The New York Times.

by Ginanne Brownell Mitic

LONDON (NYT NEWS SERVICE ).- How Addis Fine Art got off the ground is a tale of happenstance built on the back of good timing. Rakeb Sile, 39, who was born in Philadelphia and raised in London, had always been interested in the arts, having even flirted with the idea of working in the music industry before settling on a career in management consulting. But whenever she traveled back to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where she had lived for most of her early childhood until her family moved to Britain because of political unrest in the early 1990s, she spent time investigating the city’s growing but globally undiscovered contemporary art scene. She started collecting paintings and sometimes bought works directly from the artists because there ... More

Major retrospective "Chiura Obata: American Modern" celebrates influential Japanese American painter   The Norton announces nominees for biennial Rudin Prize for Emerging Photographers   Newly discovered portrait of Elizabeth I reigns supreme at Bonhams Old Master Paintings Sale

Chiura Obata, Grand Canyon, May 15, 1940 (detail), watercolor on silk, 17 1/2 x 21 3/4 inches, Amber and Richard Sakai Collection.

WASHINGTON, DC.- Chiura Obata (1885–1975) ranks among the most significant California-based artists and Japanese American cultural leaders of the 20th century. Best known for his majestic views of the American West, Obata brought a distinctive trans-Pacific style to the arts community of California as an artist and teacher. The major traveling retrospective “Chiura Obata: American Modern” presents the most comprehensive survey to date of his acclaimed and varied body of work, from bold landscape paintings of the Grand Canyon and Yosemite National Park to intimate drawings of his experiences of the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. “Chiura Obata: American Modern” is on view at the Smithsonian American Art Museum from Wednesday, Nov. 27, through Monday, May 25, 2020. This showing concludes ... More

Lina Hashim. Courtesy of the artist.

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA.- The Norton Museum of Art announced the nominees for the Rudin Prize for Emerging Photographers, a biennial international award that grants $20,000 to a photographer who is on the leading edge of the field but who has not yet had a solo museum exhibition. The 2020 nominees were selected by a distinguished panel of artists comprised of Cindy Sherman (American), Dawoud Bey (American), Trine Søndergaard (Danish), and Ori Gersht (Israeli). “Each of this year’s nominees applies a visual language that explores place, tradition, and identity,” said Tim B. Wride, William and Sarah Ross Soter Curator of Photography. “The range of imagery and conceptual approaches in the nominees’ work offers a perfect way to revitalize the Rudin Prize in our newly re-configured campus.” Works by each of the nominees will be presented in a group exhibition, opening on February 28, 2020. The winner will be selected by the Norton ... More

Portrait of Elizabeth I from the workshop of Steven van der Meulen. Sold for £337,563. Photo: Bonhams.

LONDON.- A previously unknown portrait of Queen Elizabeth I sold at Bonhams Old Master Paintings Sale in London today, Wednesday 4 December for £337,563. The work which was painted around 1562 came from a Californian collection and had been estimated at £150,000-250,000. The 70-lot sale made a total of £2,115,375. Andrew McKenzie, the Director of Bonhams Old Masters department, commented, “This hugely significant early portrait of the young Queen is one of the first paintings to depict Elizabeth in an officially approved, sophisticated way. It excited a great deal of attention during the pre-sale viewing both from collectors and from members of the public who took the opportunity to see this rare depiction of one of our most popular monarchs. I am not surprised that the bidding was so fierce, nor that the painting sold for such a healthy sum.” The painting dates from 1562, four years after Elizabeth came ... More

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Hamilton Artists Inc. wins Lacey Prize, first award recognizing artist-run centres in Canada
OTTAWA.- The National Gallery of Canada announced Hamilton Artists Inc., located in Hamilton, Ontario, is the first recipient of the Lacey Prize. Established earlier this year by Dr. John Lacey in association with the Gallery, the biennial prize recognizes the critical role artist-run centres and small arts organizations play in supporting artists and fostering emerging practices in Canada. “We are incredibly honoured and humbled to be receiving the Lacey Prize!” said Julie Dring, Executive Director Hamilton Artists Inc. “One of the challenges for an artist-run centre like ours is that our aspirations are sometimes larger than our budgets. The Inc. has been quite ambitious lately, and we are eager to continue growing. The Lacey Prize gives us some stability to keep listening and learning as we continue to engage with our communities, support our artists, and be responsive ... More

Monetta White appointed Executive Director of Museum of the African Diaspora
SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- Museum of the African Diaspora announces the appointment of Monetta White as Executive Director. White, who has been serving as Interim Director since August 2019, will begin in her new role immediately. White, a native San Franciscan who has served as Managing Partner of the Fillmore Food Group since 2004, has been involved with MoAD since its inception. An avid patron and donor, she co-chaired the Museum’s annual Afropolitan Ball in both 2017 and 2018 and was instrumental in helping the Museum raise more than $1 million at these events for the first time. White joined the MoAD Board of Directors in May 2019 and, soon after, was asked to serve as Interim Director in the final months of the Museum’s national Executive Director search, led by Koya Partners. In just a few short months as Interim Director, White ... More

Le Studio d'Orphée: Fondazione Prada presents a new permanent project by Jean-Luc Godard
MILAN.- Fondazione Prada presents “Le Studio d’Orphée” by Jean-Luc Godard in Milan from 4 December 2019. “Le Studio d’Orphée” (Orpheus’ studio) is an atelier, a recording and editing studio, a living and working place that is relocated on the first floor of the Sud gallery. The director decided to transfer the technical material, used in his latest films’ shooting from 2010, as well as furniture, books, paintings and other personal items from his studio-house in Rolle in Switzerland. The word “atelier”, used by Godard to define this space, evokes the handcrafted dimension that characterizes his practice as a director, combining his own movie production to the theatre and visual arts fields. Within “Le Studio d’Orphée” the feature film Le Livre d'image (The Image Book), 2018 and nine short movies by the director — On s'est tous défilés, 1988; Je vous salue Sarajevo, ... More

Antonia Wright and Ruben Millares present a monument to challenge the meaning of the flag
MIAMI, FLA.- As part of the 2019 UNTITLED Art Fair’s new initiative Monuments, Miami based artists Antonia Wright and Ruben Millares present It is not down on any map; true places never are, a kinetic outdoor sculpture that challenges the meaning of the flag in the contemporary world. Two flagpoles are connected by one motorized chain that pulls 16 flags up and down each beam continuously. As the flags rise and lower along the poles their order is in constant flux to contest the illusion of power dynamics and the existing absurdity of the hegemonic world order. A performative installation, the flags intentionally break and manipulate the traditional rules of flag code to question the myth of globalization and equality. It is not down on any map; true places never are serves as a contradiction to these rules in which international usage forbids the display ... More

Joost Vandebrug exhibits his raw, honest images of life on and under the streets of Bucharest
ANTWERP.- Ingrid Deuss Gallery is presenting a remarkable exhibition by the Dutch photographer Joost Vandebrug (1982, lives and works in London and Antwerp). The exhibition is titled When I saw the mountains for the first time, I thought they were clouds, and spans fifteen unique works. The photos were all made between 2011 and 2018, when Vandebrug immersed himself in Bucharest’s street life. The photos depict life on and under the streets of Bucharest in a raw and honest way. Six years on end, Vandebrug followed the daily life of street children and captured their hidden world in a series of images. For six years, he regularly returned to the Romanian capital. He captured the life of young Nicu and the other street children living under protection of Florin Hora, a.k.a. Bruce Lee. This resulted in the acclaimed film ‘Bruce Lee and the Outlaw’, ... More

Anton Henning exhibits paintings, sculptures and furniture in a new exhibition at Tim Van Laere Gallery
ANTWERP.- Tim Van Laere Gallery is presenting Pink Period, the third solo exhibition by Anton Henning. Few colors trigger as many contradictory associations and emotions or have as many symbolic meanings in both high as low culture as pink. The same tension and duality can also be found in the works by Anton Henning. If we consider Art History as an ongoing conversation, Anton Henning (°1964 Berlin, lives and works in Berlin and Manker) proves himself to be a master conversationalist who speaks various different languages. His oeuvre comprises paintings, sculptures, drawings, films, photographs, musical pieces and entire environments. His oeuvre could be read as a contemporary interpretation of the Gesamtkunstwerk. Focussing equally on the search as well as the outcome, he creates a hybrid pictorial event, an anarchy of images ... More

Leandro Erlich recasts the 21st century traffic jam in sand
MIAMI, FLA.- On the occasion of Miami Art Week, the City of Miami Beach premieres Order of Importance, a monumental new site-specific installation on Miami Beach by Argentinean conceptual artist Leandro Erlich curated by Ximena Caminos. Taking place from December 1–15, 2019, Erlich’s playful and surreal installation for Miami Beach recasts the 21st century traffic jam as 66 life-sized sculptures of cars and trucks queued at an imaginary stand still on the oceanfront at Lincoln Road. Internationally renowned for combining elements of sculpture, architecture, and theater to disrupt the audience’s natural view of the world, Erlich’s colossal installation is the largest work produced by the artist to date. Order of Importance is situated on the shore of Miami Beach’s popular beachfront at Lincoln Road, a short walk from the City’s newly renovated Miami Beach ... More

LiveAuctioneers appoints Jared Green to position of Senior VP of Strategic Accounts
NEW YORK, NY.- Phil Michaelson, CEO of LiveAuctioneers, has announced the appointment of seasoned auction executive Jared Green to the position of senior vice president of strategic accounts. In his new role, Green will use his unique insights and vast industry-specific expertise to help LiveAuctioneers deliver superior selling experiences and a heightened level of exposure to its 5,000+ auction-house partners worldwide. “We are proud to welcome Jared to the LiveAuctioneers team,” Michaelson said. “He brings with him twenty-plus years of strategy and business-development experience, which he earned while performing with distinction at the highest echelons of the art and auction sector.” For eight years, Jared Green was an executive team member with Heritage Auctions and served as vice president of strategy & development. During ... More

Artist uses text to speak about women's lives
MIAMI (NYT NEWS SERVICE ).- Manal AlDowayan, a multidisciplinary contemporary Saudi artist who lives in Dubai and London, will be the subject of a solo presentation in the Positions section of Art Basel Miami Beach, presented by Madrid’s Sabrina Amrani gallery. This conversation has been edited and condensed. Q: Tell me about the works from your solo presentation at Art Basel in Miami. What are you bringing? A: The artworks that will be shown in Miami are part of the original collection “Watch Before You Fall,” which debuted at the gallery in Madrid in January 2019. It was a product of a few years of research, but it reflects my practice for the last 15 years, where I deal with the issues of women’s visibility and invisibility. I made these pieces in response to the massive changes in my country, where women are increasingly moving from the private ... More

In Didier William's art, there is more than meets the eye
PHILADELPHIA, PA (NYT NEWS SERVICE ).- You are being watched. It is difficult to escape that sensation when viewing the work of Didier William, a 36-year-old Haitian American artist who will be exhibiting for the first time at Art Basel Miami Beach. His three enormous paintings destined for the fair, which are part of a larger series he has tentatively titled “Broken Skies: Vertières,” all depict huge, amorphous bodies whose skin is covered with narrow, piercing eyes. The James Fuentes Gallery in New York will present these pieces in the Nova section against a backdrop that is also dotted with eyes. For William, this repeating symbol is both a shield from — and a response to — an onlooker’s curious appraisal. “The eye motif developed around 2014 or 2015 as a way to return some of that gaze back onto the viewer,” he said in an interview in his studio here. ... More

Ikon opens an exhibition of a selection of new paintings by artist John Walker
BIRMINGHAM.- Ikon presents a major exhibition of a selection of new paintings by Birmingham-born artist John Walker (b. 1939), recently described as "one of the standout abstract painters of the last 50 years" (Cate McQuaid, Boston Globe, 2014). Having studied in Birmingham at the Moseley School of Art, and later the Birmingham College of Art, Walker was the first artist to show at Ikon Gallery when it moved in 1972 to new premises in the Birmingham Shopping Centre above New Street Station. Here he presented large chalk drawings on black-boards made in situ. In the same year he represented Britain at the Venice Biennale. Ikon’s exhibition reveals an artist now at the height of his powers, featuring “anti-scenic” paintings inspired by the coastal landscapes of Maine where Walker now lives. Walker’s early work was inspired by abstract ... More

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On a day like today, French impressionist painter Claude Monet died
December 05, 1926. Claude Monet (14 November 1840 - 5 December 1926) was a founder of French impressionist painting, and the most consistent and prolific practitioner of the movement's philosophy of expressing one's perceptions before nature, especially as applied to plein-air landscape painting. The term Impressionism is derived from the title of his painting Impression, Sunrise (Impression, soleil levant). In this image: A visitor looks on a painting by French artist Claude Monet (1840-1926) entitled Nympheas during a press preview in Hong Kong, China, 27 May 2011. The painting was expected to fetch in excess of 17 to 24 million GBP (19 to 27 million Euro), at auction at Christie's London Impressionist Modern Paintings on 21 June 2011.

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