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Rijksmuseum's Vermeer exhibition most successful in its history

Visitors view works on display in the “Vermeer” exhibition at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, June 4, 2023. At two extended viewings this past weekend, some of the last visitors saw the show at the Rijksmuseum that many wanted to experience, but only a lucky 650,000 people could. (Ilvy Njiokiktjien/The New York Times)

AMSTERDAM.- From 7 June to 10 October, 6 paintings by Vermeer will remain on display in the Gallery of Honour of the Rijksmuseum. Despite having carefully limited numbers in order to give visitors the best experience possible, the Rijksmuseum’s Vermeer exhibition finished as the most successful exhibition in its history with 650,000 visitors from 113 nations, over 16 weeks from 10 February to 4 June 2023. Vermeer is the artist of peacefulness and intimacy. We wanted the visitors to enjoy it to the fullest. This was only possible by limiting the number of visitors. The Rijksmuseum is grateful for the generous loans from museums around the world that have enabled it to bring together more works by Vermeer than ever before. - Taco Dibbits, general director Rijksmuseum ... More

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Nationalmuseum acquires portrait of Cassiano dal Pozzo   Contemporary art takes center stage at Roland Auctions NY two-part Estates Sale   Louisiana Museum of Modern Art opens an exhibition of works by Ragnar Kjartansson

Unknown artist, Portrait of Cassiano dal Pozzo (1588–1657), 1620s. Red chalk on paper, mounted on wood. NMH 208/2023.

STOCKHOLM.- Nationalmuseum has acquired a portrait of Cassiano dal Pozzo, a prominent patron of the arts in 17th-century Rome. The drawing in red chalk was made in the 1620s by an unknown artist. There was previously only one known portrait of dal Pozzo, made about a decade later. Cassiano dal Pozzo (1588–1657) was an art collector and an eminent figure in the cultural life of baroque-era Rome. He had a notable interest in the evolving science of archaeology, which in the 17th century was adopting new approaches and methods to study Rome’s classical heritage. Despite limited financial resources, dal Pozzo was also one of Rome’s leading patrons of contemporary arts. His close friends included the astronomer Galileo Galilei and the painter Nicolas Poussin. The portrait acquired by Nationalmuseum was previously unknown. A drawing in red chalk, it depicts a middle-aged man with an alert gaze, thinning hair, a handlebar moustache ... More

A Manoucher Yektai (1921-2019) Still Life oil on canvas painting of a floral still life in a vase on a table, signed lower right and dated '69. [Art: 29" H x 19" W; Frame: 32 1/2" H x 22 1/2" W], sold for $15,000.

GLEN COVE, NY.- Roland Auctions NY, having just launched monthly two-part auctions with their successful June 2nd and 3rd Multi-Estates sale, enjoyed the spotlight on Contemporary and Fine Art, while also featuring two-days worth of a huge selection of Decorative Arts, Gold and Silver Jewelry, 20th Century Modern, Antique & Vintage Furniture, Textiles, Rugs, Collectibles, Asian Art, silver and Lighting. This particular auction was a treasure trove of moderately priced fine and contemporary art, with a great many top sellers in the art arena seeing bidding quickly shoot up past the estimates. A Manoucher Yektai (1921-2019) Still Life oil on canvas painting of a floral still life in a vase on a table, signed lower right and dated '69. [Art: 29" H x 19" W; Frame: 32 1/2" H x 22 1/2" W], sold for $15,000, while other top sellers included a Norman Lewis (American, 1909-1979) Abstract, oil on board abstract in waves of colors, ... More

Ragnar Kjartansson, The End - Venezia, 2009. 144 paintings: oil on canvas, dimensions variable. Performed at the Icelandic Pavilion during the 53rd Venice Biennale, Italy. 14 June to 22 November, daily for six hours. Collection of Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin. Courtesy of the artist, Luhring Augustine, New York and i8 Gallery, Reykjavik. Photo: Rafael Pinho © Ragnar Kjartansson.

HUMLEBAEK.- Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark opens its big summer exhibition with Iceland’s Ragnar Kjartansson (b. 1976). The exhibition is the first retrospective presentation in Scandinavia of Kjartansson, who has long had a presence as one of contemporary art’s essential voices having exhibited at leading art institutions all around the world. EPIC WASTE OF LOVE AND UNDERSTANDING fills the museum’s South Wing with a wealth of different media: painting, sculpture, performance and major spatial installations including film and music. A selection of the artist’s best-known projects is complemented by early works as well as entirely new ones created directly for the exhibition. Kjartansson’s emotional ... More

125 Newbury now opening Face Values with work from Andy Warhol to Zhang Huan   Victoria Miro opens an exhibition of new spray dot paintings by Howardena Pindell   'Blind men exploring the skin of an elephant' now on view at Galerie Max Hetzler by artist Toby Ziegler

Georg Baselitz, Mutter Lieselotte, July 1996. © Georg Baselitz.

NEW YORK, NY.- 125 Newbury presents Face Values, a group exhibition that brings together artists who deal with the problem of the human face. Encompassing painting, drawing, and photography, the exhibition includes the work of more than twenty artists who employ a diverse range of practices to explore a shared set of questions: How do we recognize a person in a face? When is a portrait a likeness and when is it an icon? When is a face a mask, and when is it a stranger, a lover, a friend? Addressing these and other questions, the works in this exhibition confront the human face in all its complexity, intimacy, and strangeness. The exhibition includes works by Richard Avedon, Georg Baselitz, Amoako Boafo, Chuck Close, Eric Fischl, Alex Katz, Nina Katchadourian, David Hockney, Peter Hujar, Ana Mendieta, Piet Mondrian, Gordon Parks, Irving Penn, Elizabeth Peyton, Andy Robert, Lucas Samaras, Julian ... More

Howardena Pindell, Tea Cup Dreams, 2022 (detail). Acryilc on canvas, 198.1 x 223.5 cm. 78 x 88 in.

LONDON.- Victoria Miro is presenting an exhibition of new spray dot paintings by Howardena Pindell. Howardena Pindell’s spray dot paintings are among her most iconic works. The artist first created these sensuous paintings in New York in the early 1970s. Using various hole punchers and tools, she punched into discarded cardstock, manila folders and heavy watercolour paper, the result of which she used as templates, spraying paint through the perforations across large-scale canvases to create fluctuating veils of colour. In the past few years, for the first time in decades, Pindell has revisited this technique with renewed creativity and excitement, integrating geometric shapes and experimenting with different sizes of dots across these fields of colour. Conceived for the gallery in London, this exhibition marks the first solo presentation of these new works, featuring a monumental diptych. Each of Pindell’s spray dot paint ... More

Toby Ziegler, Object without name, 2023. Oil and gesso on aluminium, 100 x 80 cm.; 39 3/8 x 31 1/2 in. ©Toby Ziegler / Courtesy Galerie Max Hetzler Berlin | Paris | Londres.

PARIS.- Galerie Max Hetzler is now presenting 'Blind men exploring the skin of an elephant', Toby Ziegler's fourth solo exhibition at its location in Paris. This exhibition brings together a range of recent works exploring the connections between figuration and abstraction, control and intuition, and manual and digital means of production. The disruption of established systems and the troubling fractures at play within the circulation of images are central themes in the artist’s recent production. The title of the exhibition refers to an old Indian parable, transcribed in the work of Hokusai, in which blind men are depicted petting different parts of an elephant, each believing it to be another distinct animal. The tale relates to the idea that each person defends their own belief as being absolute, based on their own limited subjectivity, regardless of ... More

Strike a Light by British artist Aaron Kasmin now opening at Sims Reed Gallery   Ahlers & Ogletree to auction items from collection of a North Carolina gentleman and summer fine estates & collections   The landscape, from Impressionism to Contemporary, in Koller's June auctions

Aaron Kasmin, The Palette, 2023. Coloured pencil drawing, 30 x 21 cm.

LONDON.- Sims Reed Gallery is now opening Strike a Light by British artist Aaron Kasmin, opening this summer from 9th June – 20th July 2023. His biggest show to date, Strike A Light will mark the artist’s fifth solo exhibition with over 30 new works that are all large in scale, more detailed and diverse, yet equally as bold, dynamic and captivating. Inspired by American feature matchbooks, Strike a Light will showcase Aaron Kasmin’s signature style of fusing together vibrant colours with striking imagery to shed a new light on American culture. While the matchbooks are small, ephemeral and almost forgotten, this exhibition will bring to life themes from food and travel to fashion and sports as it aims to inject a bit of much-needed fun into our ... More

Louis XVI cartel clock: Third quarter 18th century gilt bronze Louis XVI cartel clock by Jean Baptiste Baillon III (French, d. 1772), having an enamel dial with Roman numerals.

ATLANTA, GA.- A bronze sculpture by Henry Spencer Moore (British, 1898-1986), a mixed media and tempera work by Marino Marini (Italian/Swiss, 1901-1980), and an oil on canvas by John Meyer (South African/American, b. 1942) are just a few highlight lots in a three-day, three-session auction slated for June 15th, 16th & 17th by Ahlers & Ogletree, online and live in Atlanta. The auction, starting at 10 am Eastern all three days, will feature items from the collection of a North Carolina gentleman on Thursday, June 15th; then a Summer Fine Estates & Collections auction on Friday and Saturday, June 15th and 16th. Live gallery bidding will be held in Ahlers ... More

Félix Vallotton (Lausanne 1865–1925 Paris), Narcisses. 1915. Oil on canvas. Signed and dated lower right: F. VALLOTTON. 15. 61 × 50 cm. Estimate: CHF 100 000 / 150 000 | (€ 103 090 / 154 640).

ZURICH.- Artists’ treatments and visions of landscape painting have continuously evolved since its inception, and Koller’s June auctions provide a fascinating overview of this genre, beginning with Gustave Loiseau’s post-Impressionist work, ‘La Rivière (Eure)’ from 1921 (lot 3208. CHF 150 000/250 000), one of the highlights of the Impressionist & Modern Art auction on 23 June. An important group of Expressionist works from a private Basel collection also focusses primarily on the landscape, including seven by Erich Heckel. ‘Yellow Sun’, 1917, is an excellent example of Heckel’s tempera works from the final years of World War I (lot 3243, ... More

As the Tonys head Uptown, step inside the United Palace 'dream world'   Hunterdon Art Museum celebrates diversity of U.S. Ceramics in new 'Claybash 2023'   South Korean artist Yun Hyong-keun to be presenting at Hastings Contemporary in public gallery exhibition

A hallway with scalloped Mughal-inspired archways at the United Palace in New York, May 26, 2023. (Gioncarlo Valentine/The New York Times)

by Darryn King

NEW YORK, NY.- Nearly 8 miles north of Times Square, the United Palace in Washington Heights is a dazzling remnant of a golden age of cinema. On Sunday, it will provide the backdrop for Broadway’s biggest night. This former Loew’s “Wonder Theater,” at Broadway between 175th and 176th streets, is beguiling, if mysterious. Its landmark exterior — where pigeons make themselves at home among terra-cotta ziggurats and pilasters — is said to have been influenced by Egyptian, Aztec or Mayan design, or perhaps the architecture of the 16th- to 18th-century Mughal Empire. Inside, nearly every surface is golden and gleaming — a riot of resplendent detail. Twin elephants carry newel post lamps on the staircase. Seahorses mingle with peacocks in the lighting ... More

Skeff Thomas, Container with Target in Orange, Black and White #2, 2021, stoneware, 23” x 14” x 14”.

CLINTON, NJ.- Today, the Hunterdon Art Museum "Claybash 2023," an exhibition exploring the innovation and diversity of contemporary ceramics by artists from across the U.S. The exhibition, open to the public until Sept. 3, 2023, reflects HAM's longstanding interest in ceramic arts. The first in a series of triennial exhibitions planned by the museum, "Claybash 2023" features works by 42 artists selected by juror Jennifer Martin, executive director of The Clay Studio in Philadelphia. Marjorie Frankel Nathanson, executive director of the Hunterdon Art Museum, said, "With 'Claybash 2023,' we are delighted to showcase the multifaceted nature of clay as both a material and idea. We are introducing a variety of works that breathe life into clay in intriguing ways. Whether the pieces align with traditional notions of being 'functional' or 'sculptural,' or whether ... More

Yun Hyong-keun, No Title, 1972. Oil on cotton, 126 x 94.7 cm. © Yun Seong-ryeol. Courtesy of PKM Gallery.

HASTINGS.- The UK’s first ever public gallery exhibition of works by Yun Hyong-keun (1928 – 2007), one of the leading figures of Korean art, will take place at Hastings Contemporary this summer, 10 June – 1 October 2023. “The thesis of my painting is the gate of heaven and earth. Blue is the colour of heaven, while umber is the colour of earth. Thus, I call them ‘heaven and earth’, with the gate serving as the composition,” Yun once explained. This is particularly relevant to Hastings Contemporary’s location, as the gallery is sited on the Old Town’s Stade, looking out onto the differing shades of blue of the expansive sky and sea. This is further reflected by the exhibition’s opening sequence of paintings; a small group of umber and ultramarine works from the early 1970s. The show then continues by exploring the genesis of ‘the gate of heaven and earth’ with several works d ... More

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Taft Museum of Art announces appointment of new Director of Curatorial Affairs: Ellen E. Roberts
CINCINNATI, OHIO.- After a nationwide search, Ellen E. Roberts has been named the Sallie Robinson Wadsworth Director of Curatorial Affairs effective June 26, 2023 for the Taft Museum of Art, located in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. Roberts will lead the Taft’s exhibition program, serve as the senior curator in charge of its curatorial and collections strategies, and oversee the stewardship and interpretation of the permanent collection and historic house. Roberts joins the Taft Museum of Art from the Norton Museum of Art (West Palm Beach, FL), previously serving as the Harold and Anne Berkley Smith Senior Curator of American Art since 2012. At the Norton, Roberts curated numerous exhibitions, including From Man Ray to O’Keeffe: American Modernism at the Norton (2023), Joseph Stella: Visionary Nature (2022), Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Mexican ... More

Tectonic worlds collide in The Perfect Storm: collaborative exhibition by Katrin Fridriks and Jan Kaláb
BASEL.- They say opposites attract and similarities repel, however, some beg to differ, and in reality, mash ups and diversity always create unique and beautiful creatures. This holds true and is the case proven with decadent artworks in the exhibition, The Perfect Storm, a quintessential collection by Katrin Fridriks and Jan Kaláb debuting at BC Gallery in Basel. Together, Katrin and Jan have found the ultimate sweet spot of their individual artistic expression to radiate into a new realm with breathtaking pieces evoking sensory stimulations, where you can’t look away and become happily lost within its movements and colors. “Katrin and I spoke about collaborating on a project together a few years ago, and the timing was perfect when the opportunity came up for a duo show at BC Gallery in Basel. The significant similarities and clashes of our works made ... More

A railcar above Boston Common - dramatic design of future Holocaust Museum
BOSTON, MASS.- Plans for Boston’s Holocaust Museum and Education Center are coming into focus. Holocaust Legacy Foundation, which preserves and perpetuates the memory and lessons of the Holocaust for future generations, today filed architectural renderings of the future Holocaust Museum and Education Center with Boston’s Planning and Development Agency (BPDA). The renderings, which provide a first look at the proposed design for the six-story, 33,000 square-foot building that will be located on the Freedom Trail, show a dramatic, inspiring, and hopeful building, constructed with durable, timeless materials. The main feature of the exterior is a gently undulating stainless-steel woven metal fabric that wraps the building’s mid-level floors. The metal fabric evokes the curtains that remained drawn in Jewish households at ... More

Lauren Luloff on view at Yossi Milo in the Qube
NEW YORK, NY.- Yossi Milo is now offering a presentation of works by Maine-based painter Lauren Luloff in the Qube, our hybrid exhibition space which provides dynamic online programming as a companion to the gallery's viewing room. Works by Luloff will be on view in person and online through June 17. Lauren Luloff’s (b. 1980; Dover, NH) works translate landscapes into the realm of the subconscious, interpolating color relationships found in nature into her own pictorial codes. In abstractions dyed into the surface of her silk works, the artist tells hidden narratives pulled from her surroundings, drawing from a well of sensations and memories to generate subliminal stories. At once evocative in content and adventurous in material, Luloff’s works render dreamscapes and hypnotic patterns across a delicate silk surface. This material choice is descended from ... More

Watch Movements solo exhibition by Sara Barker now open at Patricia Fleming Gallery
GLASGOW.- Patricia Fleming Gallery announce Watch Movements; a solo exhibition by Sara Barker and the launch of a new gallery space in Laurieston’s growing arts district, 9 June - 16 July 2023.Join us, to celebrate the opening of our new gallery space. We are delighted to be adding to a growing number of galleries on the south bank of the Clyde. The programme starts in June, with a solo exhibition by one of Scotland’s leading contemporary artists, Sara Barker (b. 1980). Watch Movements is Barker’s first solo exhibition in Glasgow for six years, and captures a unique response to the distinctive Victorian building, before the full renovation of the gallery. Manchester-born Sara Barker has built up a singular body of work since the early 2000s, occupying the space between painting and sculpture while consistently establishing relationships with language ... More

Aberturas now on view at Sapar Contemporary by Artist + Architect Duo Marisa Morán Jahn and Rafi Segal
NEW YORK, NY.- Sapar Contemporary recently opened Aberturas, a solo exhibition by Artist + Architect Duo Marisa Morán Jahn and Rafi Segal. The duo’s first NYC exhibition, which will end on July 15th, 2023, highlights the aesthetic language characterizing their socially engaged, civic scale projects. The sculptures and two dimensional artworks in Aberturas (in English, openings, passages, portals) are inspired by the Meso-American and Chinese papercut art forms whose punctures are said to let the past through. Presented for the first time in a fine art gallery context, the works on view at Sapar Contemporary give attention to their collaborative works’ intense bursts of color, play of forms and shadows, and geometric patterns of solids and voids. The works in this exhibition are created through a dialogical process between the process of painting, ... More

It's the Perelman Performing Arts Center, but Bloomberg gave more
NEW YORK, NY.- It looked like it was never going to happen. Year after year, plans to build a cultural institution on the World Trade Center site percolated, only to then fizzle out. The International Freedom Center, the Joyce Theater, the Drawing Center, the Signature Theater, New York City Opera, a design by Frank Gehry — all were discussed as possibilities, but none went anywhere. Now, two decades after the 2003 master plan for ground zero called for a cultural component, a performing arts center is finally preparing to open there in September. And although it bears the name of Ronald O. Perelman, the billionaire businessman who jump-started the moribund project in 2016 by announcing a $75 million donation, the person who finally got the project over the finish line, and who ended up giving more money than Perelman, is Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire former mayor. Bloomberg ... More

Review: In 'This Land Was Made,' Huey Newton walks into a bar
NEW YORK, NY.- In Oakland, California, in 1968, Huey P. Newton, the Black Panther leader, was convicted of killing a white police officer. In 1971, after two more trials and nearly two years in prison, he was cleared of all charges. So who pulled the trigger? That’s the question at the heart of “This Land Was Made,” the gutsy but murky new play by Tori Sampson at the Vineyard Theater. Part murder mystery and part counterfactual yarn, with generous helpings of sitcom and social drama thrown in, it doesn’t hold together in the largely naturalistic framework provided by Taylor Reynolds’ production. But several elements remain compelling on their own, especially when they acknowledge and repurpose familiar forms. Most successful is the sitcom element, which could be titled “Trish’s,” an Oakland bar where everybody knows your name. Miss ... More

Lakeland Arts reveals new artist commission
CUMBRIA.- Lakeland Arts has announced Jocelyn McGregor as their Untold artist commission for 2023. McGregor will develop a contemporary art installation for Windermere Jetty Museum in response to the collection and its unique location in the Lake District, Cumbria. Cumbria-based McGregor was selected by a panel from eight artists who were nominated by Lakeland Arts and Arts&Heritage. The panel included members of the Lakeland Arts programming team, Marie-Anne McQuay Director of Projects Arts&Heritage and external guest artist Bharti Parmar. McGregor’s proposal responded to the merging of nature and industry at Windermere Jetty Museum and will involve climate conversations with local people. As part of the Untold programme Lakeland Arts will commission bold new contemporary art to be located at two of its venues ... More

'Walter Swennen: What the body can do' opens at Xavier Hufkens
BRUSSELS.- Xavier Hufkens has opened the gallery’s sixth exhibition dedicated to the work of Walter Swennen, which will continue to be on view until August 5th, 2023. OK. The presentation offers a broad overview of the painter’s oeuvre and includes new paintings and both recent and earlier works on paper. Alright then. The wide range of works, from different time periods, reveals how certain themes surface, in various forms, through both time and materials. No, not like that. A theme is a proposition or subject that is up for consideration or discussion. Swennen does not use his canvas as a projection screen for ideas. It is precisely in the painting itself — in the drawing, scratching, struggling and evading, in the meticulous failures and clumsy improvements — that the thinking is hidden. These actions occur in the present, a domain over which intention and interpretation ... More

Belfast Photo Festival now on view
BELFAST.- This edition of Belfast Photo Festival, we explore how artists in the contemporary moment are interpreting the idea of the ‘journey’ as a subject of art. The festival features projects that approach this centuries old preoccupation from new and surprising angles: from works that chart global surges in civil unrest; re-trace epic pilgrimages; explore the passage of time; map out unwritten histories; and chronicle journeys of self-discovery that look inward rather than out at the world. For over two centuries, photography has been used to capture the world around us. From its beginnings, it has been a tool for exploration, showcasing to viewers parts of the world that had previously been unreachable. As a medium, photography thrives off our desire to see more and to know more: an urge most of us now feed through our insatiable engagement with images ... More

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On a day like today, American painter Jacob Lawrence died
June 09, 2000. Jacob Lawrence (September 7, 1917 - June 9, 2000) was an African-American painter known for his portrayal of African-American life. As well as a painter, storyteller, and interpreter, he was an educator. Lawrence referred to his style as "dynamic cubism", though by his own account the primary influence was not so much French art as the shapes and colors of Harlem. In this image: Jacob Lawrence, “Forward Together,” silkscreen on paper, 25.5” x 40.125”, 1997. © 2018 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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