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Joan B Mirviss LTD features Japanese Modern Art at The Winter Show 2020

Hayashi Kaku (b. 1953). Wave-shaped, carved vessel with platinum overglaze, titled Live in the Ocean, 2018, glazed stoneware with platinum overglaze,14 ¾ x 25 ½ x 6 ½ in. Photo by Richard Goodbody. Image courtesy of Joan B Mirviss LTD.

NEW YORK, NY.- The lustrous gleam of gold and silver as both coveted objects and ornaments, all glistening with metallic sheen, has bewitched mankind throughout history. Ceramic works adorned with gold and silver are no exception. Kin to Gin / Gold and Silver: Luster in Japanese Modern Art, to be presented in the booth of Joan B Mirviss LTD at The Winter Show 2020, will focus on 20th and 21st century-clay art and the array of styles and forms that serve as surfaces for metallic overglaze that exquisitely complements their inventive forms–– both functional and sculptural. Staring in the 11th century, the passion for ceramics decorated with metallic overglazing became pervasive in Asia, extending eastwards from the Islamic world to China and later, to Japan. The practice, based on Chinese prototypes, was first introduced in the 1640’s in Arita by the ceramist Sakaida Kakiemon I (1615-53), who decorated white porcelain vess ... More

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Egypt court jails ex- Italian diplomat for smuggling artefacts   Black 'rock' from AD 79 Italy eruption is part of exploded brain   Museum CEO apologizes for handling of staff complaints

Last year, a stolen golden coffin of a Pharaonic priest was unveiled in Cairo after authorities managed to retrieve it from New York.

CAIRO (AFP).- A Cairo criminal court sentenced a former honorary Italian consul to 15 years in jail in absentia on Tuesday for smuggling antiquities out of the country, a judicial source said. Ladislav Otakar Skakal, Italy's former honorary consul in Luxor, attempted to smuggle 21,855 artefacts from various historical eras in 2017, according to the prosecutor general. These included over 21,000 golden coins, 151 miniature figurines, five mummy masks, 11 pottery vessels, three ceramic tiles dating to the Islamic period and a wooden sarcophagus. Italian police found the sizeable loot in a diplomatic shipping container heading from the port city of Alexandria to Salerno in Italy in 2017. Skakal's trial, along with other accomplices, began in September last year. Prosecutors found that the antiquities were smuggled w ... More

This fragment is actually part of an exploded brain. Photo: Pier Paolo Petrone.

ROME (AFP).- It looks like a piece of rock - black, shiny and unexceptional. But Italian anthropologists say the fragment is actually part of an exploded brain from an unfortunate victim of the volcanic eruption of Italy's Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. The discovery -- published on Thursday in The New England Journal of Medicine -- is a rarity in archaeology, and researchers called the find from the ruins of Herculaneum near Pompeii "sensational". Scholars who for years have studied the grisly remains of those trapped by ash, lava and toxic gasses when the volcano erupted in southern Italy were intrigued by a curious glassy material found inside one victim's skull. "In October 2018, I was able to look at these remnants and I saw that something was shimmery in the shattered skull," Pier Paolo Petrone, one of the researchers, told AFP. Petrone, a forensic anthropologist from the University ... More

Timothy Rub, the George D. Widener Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Photo by Kelly & Massa.

by Robin Pogrebin and Zachary Small

NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE ).- Timothy Rub, the director and chief executive officer of the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Wednesday apologized to hundreds of employees, saying the institution had made mistakes in the way it dealt with a former manager several female staff members have accused of sexual harassment. Rub’s remarks, made at a closed-door, all-staff morning meeting before the museum opened to the public, addressed the allegations that have surfaced against Joshua Helmer, the former assistant director for interpretation at the museum. In 2018, he left and went on to become director of the art museum in Erie, Pennsylvania, where an intern made a similar complaint. On Jan. 10, The New ... More

The Kunsthaus Zürich opens a major solo exhibition by Olafur Eliasson   Obama portraits to tour the nation   Native Americans get a stronger voice in the Mayflower story

Olafur Eliasson. Photo: Franca Candrian © 2020 Olafur Eliasson.

ZURICH.- The Kunsthaus Zürich is presenting a major solo exhibition by Olafur Eliasson. At its centre is a new, space-filling installation that addresses a key issue of our times: the relationship and interplay between human and non-human actors on Earth. The exhibition is exclusive to the Kunsthaus Zürich. Olafur Eliasson (b. 1967) is one of the most important artists working today. In a new, atmospherically dense installation developed specifically for the exhibition at the Kunsthaus Zürich that extends over more than 1,000 m2, the Danish-Icelandic artist speaks directly to the viewer’s senses. The central installation is accompanied by new sculptures and light works. Developed in close dialogue between Eliasson and curator Mirjam Varadinis, ‘Symbiotic seeing’ tackles themes such as coexistence and symbiosis and aims to achieve a fundamental shift of perspective. Eliasson invites us not only to ... More

Former U.S. President Barack Obama stands artist Kehinde Wiley next to his newly unveiled portrait during a ceremony at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP.

by Robin Pogrebin

(NYT NEWS SERVICE ).- The portraits of President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama have become a destination for visitors to the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington ever since they were unveiled in 2018. Next year, the acclaimed paintings — by artists Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald — are going on the road with a five-city tour that the museum announced Thursday. “The portraits are going to be shared with people who did not have the opportunity to see them,” Sherald said in a telephone interview, adding that for some, visiting the paintings has been something of a “pilgrimage.” In mid-May 2021, the portraits will temporarily come down from the walls of the Portrait Gallery, ... More

Cannupa Hanska Luger, who is leading a public art project in Plymouth, England, for the Mayflower commemorations, in Glorieta, N.M. Ramsay de Give/The New York Times.

by Farah Nayeri

LONDON (NYT NEWS SERVICE ).- In 1970, Native American leader Wamsutta Frank James was asked to give a speech at a state dinner in Plymouth, Massachusetts. It had been 350 years since the arrival of the Mayflower, and James, a member of the Wampanoag tribe that has inhabited what is now Massachusetts for 12,000 years, was invited to participate in the commemorations. “This is a time of celebration for you — celebrating an anniversary of a beginning for the white man in America,” his speech began. “We, the Wampanoag, welcomed you, the white man, with open arms, little knowing that it was the beginning of the end; that before 50 years were to pass, the Wampanoag would ... More

Kazimir Malevich painting now on view at Zimmerli Art Museum   Ruiz-Healy Art opens exhibitions of work by Jesse Amado and Alejandro Diaz   Kasmin opens an exhibition of paper collages by German surrealist Max Ernst

Kazimir Malevich, Two Peasant Figures, c. 1928-1930. Oil on canvas. Collection of the Encyclopedia of Russian Avant-Garde, Moscow © Encyclopedia of Russian Avant-Garde.

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ.- The Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers is exhibiting the oil painting Two Peasant Women (1928-30) by Kazimir Malevich, a loan from the Moscow-based cultural project Encyclopedia of the Russian Avant-Garde, through May 17, 2020. The painting welcomes visitors at the entrance of the museum’s George Riabov Gallery, which features Russian art created from the 14th century to the early 1950s. “We are really honored by this opportunity to supplement the broad Russian art collection of the Zimmerli Art Museum with works of some of the most significant artists of the Russian Avant-Garde,” said Irina Pravkina, founder of the Encyclopedia of the Russian Avant-Garde. “The unflagging international interest to this period in Russian art could be explained by the uniqueness of avant-garde artists ... More

Alejandro Diaz, Some of My Favorite Artists, 2019, Acrylic on canvas, 48 x 36 in.

SAN ANTONIO, TX.- Ruiz-Healy Art presents ​Jesse Amado and Alejandro Diaz: Double Pleasure at their San Antonio and New York City galleries. The exhibitions highlight their work in painting and a shared interest in post-conceptual art practices that are grounded in their Mexican-American heritage and ​South Texas aesthetics. The New York exhibition will be on view through March 14, 2020, and the San Antonio exhibition will be on view through March 28, 2020. Jesse Amado and Alejandro Diaz have been friends and colleagues for over four decades and now, for the first time in 26 years, the artists have coinciding exhibitions, which bring their work in conversation with one another. While the artists demonstrate different aesthetic concerns, their distinct works become interconnected through the incorporation of found materials used to convey human experience and an underlying Joseph Beuys ​heritage in their ... More

Max Ernst, Singe, 1970. Gouache, ink and collage on paper, 7 1/4 x 6 inches 18.4 x 15.2 cm 13 1/4 x 12 x 1 1/2 inches, framed 33.7 x 30.5 x 3.8 cm © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ ADAGP, Paris, France. Courtesy of Kasmin Gallery. Photo by Diego Flores.

NEW YORK, NY.- Kasmin is presenting an exhibition of paper collages by German surrealist Max Ernst (1891–1976). Staged in collaboration with the Destina Foundation, Collages is on view from January 23, 2020, at the gallery’s 297 Tenth Avenue location. The exhibition features approximately forty collages on paper, ranging in both scale and subject matter, and spanning 1920 to 1975. Many of the works, with a focus on the 1960s and 70s, have never before been exhibited. According to art historian Werner Spies, nearly everything in Ernst’s oeuvre can be traced back to collage. Bringing the fracture and disassociation of post-World War I existentialism into pictorial form, collage complements Ernst’s equally novel adoption of frottage and assemblage. The uniquely illusionistic quality ... More

Peter Saul’s first solo show with Almine Rech opens in Paris   CSU's Art Museum features Kandinsky, Torres-García and other modern masters   TEFAF releases the first look at TEFAF Maastricht 2020

Peter Saul, Untitled, 2019. Acrylic on canvas, 152,5 x 122 cm. 60 x 48 in © Peter Saul - Photo: Rebecca Fanuele. Courtesy of the Artist and Almine Rech.

PARIS.- Almine Rech is presenting Art History is Wrong, Peter Saul’s first solo show with the gallery. Peter Saul (b. 1934, San Fransisco, CA) continues today with his ever-constant exploration of the most pressing issues of the world and art, making him one of the most influential painters for young artists. Saul’s work expresses the quintessence of American art. Thousands of kilometres from the epicentre of Pop Art, a movement he affirms he does not belong to, while sharing its themes, Saul offers a more critical dimension, questioning both consumerist and imperialist models. Upon his return to the United States in 1964 he moved to California, the home of ‘Funk' art, with which his pictorial, pop, and surrealist practice found an echo. Pop in a different vein, dazzling Funk, his art is a new way of making historical painting with the colors and clashes of today, just as his way of rewriting the masterpieces ... More

Alexandra Exter, Russian, 1882–1949, Costume Design for “Aelita”, 1924. Pencil, collage and gouache on paper, Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia; Museum purchase with funds provided by the Collectors of the Georgia Museum of Art and Board of Advisors members Robert E. Burton, Randolph W. Camp, Marion E. Jarrell, David W. Matheny, Marilyn D. McNeely, Carl W. Mullis III, Deborah L. O’Kain, and Sarah P. Sams.

FORT COLLINS, CO.- The Gregory Allicar Museum of Art presents two new temporary exhibitions: Cercle et Carré and the International Spirit of Abstract Art, on display in the museum’s Griffin Foundation Gallery, January 21 – April 11, 2020; and Simple Truths: Still Life Paintings by Pierre Daura, on display in the museum’s Works on Paper Gallery, February 8 – May 16, 2020. General museum hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Thursday until 7:30 p.m., and all exhibitions and programs are free and open to the public. The museum is located in the University Center for the Arts at ... More

Songye Figure Wood, metal, fiber and cloth Height 64 cm (25.2 in.) Democratic Republic of Congo - 19th century.

MAASTRICHT.- TEFAF Maastricht has long distinguished itself as the unrivalled destination art fair, where collectors and visitors can discover the broadest range of expertise of any fair globally. TEFAF Maastricht 2020 welcome 280 exhibitors, of which 25 are new. Building on the success of a revitalised selection procedure in 2019, the fair continues to see new blood joining established exhibitors to provide an unparalleled experience for private collectors, museum curators, patrons, art market professionals and art lovers from all over the world. TEFAF Maastricht 2020 takes place at the MECC (Maastricht Exhibition & Conference Centre) from 7 – 15 March 2020 (Early Access 5 March; Preview Day 6 March). Setting TEFAF Maastricht apart from other fairs is the diversity of participating exhibitors, and the objects and works of art they bring to the fair. ... More

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Artists Dana James and John Knuth join Hollis Taggart's growing contemporary program
NEW YORK, NY.- Hollis Taggart announced representation of artists Dana James and John Knuth, as part of its growing contemporary program. The gallery recently presented James’s abstract paintings in its fall group exhibition, Breaking the Frame, which explored the different ways in which artists are disrupting the seemingly inherent two-dimensional nature of painting. Knuth’s abstract paintings and objects, which are created through a singular process using fly regurgitations, were the subject of a solo presentation in June 2019 at Hollis Taggart’s temporary space at the High Line Nine. The gallery is now planning solo shows for both artists, with dates to be announced later this year. “We saw tremendous public and collector response to both Dana and John’s works in our recent exhibitions. Dana’s vividly colored and perspective-bending compositions ... More

New craft-based exhibition highlights questions of identity, race, and religion
CAMDEN, NJ.- Visitors are invited to explore questions of identity, race, and religion in a new craft-based, multisensory exhibition at Rutgers University–Camden. The exhibition, “Seamless: Craft-Based Objects and Performance Practices,” runs until April 16 in the Stedman Gallery, located in the Fine Arts Complex on the Rutgers–Camden campus. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Artists Angela Ellsworth, Caleb Weintraub, and Stephanie J. Williams – hailing from different parts of the United States and different backgrounds– present craft-based objects seamlessly stitched with live performances and videos to create enhanced gallery experiences. Curated by Cheryl Harper, the Rutgers–Camden Center for the Arts exhibition welcomes guests to engage with the artists’ ... More

Museum of Arts and Design appoints Christian Larsen as Windgate Research Curator
NEW YORK, NY.- The Museum of Arts and Design announced the appointment of Christian Larsen to the position of Windgate Research Curator, effective immediately. In this position, funded by the Windgate Charitable Foundation, Larsen will lead an educational and curatorial partnership between the Museum of Arts and Design and Bard Graduate Center (BGC) to increase the visibility of craft and design in art history and the contemporary art world. He replaces Elissa Auther who was named Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs and William and Mildred Lasdon Chief Curator last September. 'With great enthusiasm, we welcome Christian to the curatorial team at MAD,” said Chris Scoates, Nanette L. Laitman Director. “A respected curator and scholar, his ability to integrate research, teaching, and curating to articulate contemporary concerns ... More

The New Orleans Museum of Art presents Torkwase Dyson: Black Compositional Thought
NEW ORLEANS, LA.- The New Orleans Museum of Art presents Torkwase Dyson: Black Compositional Thought (15 Paintings for the Plantationocene) on view January 24 through April 19, 2020. Produced for NOMA, this new series of fifteen paintings layer dense, minimal shapes, diagrammatic lines and thick textures of graphite, acrylic and charcoal over washes of deep blue paint. These compositions examine the legacy of plantation economies and their relationship to the environmental and infrastructural issues of the current age, often characterized as the plantationocene. “Torkwase Dyson’s new body of work for NOMA responds to New Orleans’ past and takes up painting as a tool for reshaping the contemporary social and political landscape of our city” said Susan Taylor, Montine McDaniel Freeman Director at NOMA. Dyson has developed ... More

Campaign to save Derek Jarman's Cottage, launched by artists including Tilda Swinton
LONDON.- Art Fund director Stephen Deuchar announced the launch of Art Fund’s £3.5 million public appeal to save and preserve Prospect Cottage in Dungeness, Kent, the home and garden of visionary filmmaker, artist and activist, Derek Jarman, for the nation. Art Fund needs to raise £3.5m by 31 March 2020 to purchase Prospect Cottage and to establish a permanently funded programme to conserve and maintain the building, its contents and its garden for the future. Major grants from the National Heritage Memorial Fund, Art Fund, the Linbury Trust, and private donations have already taken the campaign half way towards its target. Art Fund is now calling on the public to make donations of all sizes to raise the funds still needed. Through an innovative partnership between Art Fund, Creative Folkestone and Tate, the success of this campaign will enable ... More

Fridman Gallery opens Light Shop, Jan Tichy's second solo exhibition with the gallery
NEW YORK, NY.- Fridman Gallery presents Light Shop, Jan Tichy’s second solo exhibition with the gallery. Light Shop is an explorative study of light — its collection and dissemination, formation and commodification — taking place in the gradually fading Bowery Lighting District. Reflecting on the disappearance of the neighborhood lighting stores, the exhibition is in dialogue with the works of the photographer Berenice Abbott: Changing New York (1937) — a documentation of a city in transformation, and Documenting Science (1958) — an examination of the formal and material qualities of light. Bowery Prints is a suite of photograms made with glass objects the artist purchased from the few remaining light shops on the Bowery, layered with images of the shops’ interiors. Throughout the gallery, a series of neon sculptures bent and blown by ... More

Over the Influence opens Peter Shire's first exhibition in Hong Kong
HONG KONG.- Over the Influence is presenting Silhouettes, Soufflés & Succotash, an exuberant exhibition of new paintings, sculptures and design objects by legendary Los Angeles based artist Peter Shire. With an eye towards experimentation, Silhouettes, Soufflés & Succotash showcases Shire’s unique inventions. A world of color and light derived from Shire’s over five-decade career utilizing motifs both old and new, like familiar gradients and paint splatters, mixed with clean lines and curving neon. A founding member of the Memphis Group, the Milan-based, post-modern, radical design collective, Shire is acclaimed for his instantly recognizable design that prioritizes humor, whimsy and the quirky joys of human expression. For his first exhibition with Over the Influence, Shire is exploring a new series of neon paintings, alongside new ... More

1930 motorbike being sold by RAF bomber pilot to save a church
LONDON.- One hundred per cent of funds from the sale of this 1930 Norton CS1 will go towards the purchase of the Old URC Church in Stoke-sub-Hamdon, Somerset, built by a distant relation of the bike’s owner, former RAF pilot, Bill Southcombe. The whole community is doing its bit to seal the deal on saving the church which plays host to a number of community projects. The bike will be sold at auction by H&H Classics on April 7th at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham. It is estimated to sell for £25,000 to £27,000. Bill Southcombe explains why his bike has come to be sold to save the church. “If we fail to buy the church it will be auctioned by the Synod, to developers probably, or left to decay.” As a Trustee of the charity set up to save the church he has already donated the value of two other of his bikes. “It’s a Congregational Church ... More

By Toutatis! France unveils statue to Asterix creator
PARIS (AFP).- A statue of French comic book legend Rene Goscinny, the creator of Asterix and the cowboy Lucky Luke, was unveiled in Paris Thursday. The life-sized bronze of the writer close to his former home features him holding some of his most famous creations, including Asterix, the plucky Gaul who refused to bend the knee to Julius Caesar and his legions. Goscinny, who died of a brain haemorrhage at 51 in 1977, stands on a bookcase plinth that contains some of his best-loved works. The statue is the first ever in the French capital to a comics creator. Graphic novels both for adults and children have a massive readership in France and neighbouring Belgium, with Goscinny and his illustrator Alberto Uderzo -- now 92 -- regarded as gods of the genre. Their catchphrases like Asterix's "By Toutatis!" -- an expression of surprise which ... More

Sharjah Art Foundation acquires Otobong Nkanga's prize-winning Sharjah Biennial 14 work
SHARJAH.- Sharjah Art Foundation announced its acquisition of the work Aging Ruins Dreaming Only to Recall the Hard Chisel from the Past by Otobong Nkanga with Emeka Ogboh, a Sharjah Art Foundation commission and winner of the Sharjah Biennial 14 Prize. Comprising a series of multimedia interventions in the courtyard of the heritage house Bait Al Aboudi, part of the Foundation’s Al Mureijah Art Spaces, the work was first on view during Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving The Echo Chamber (SB14) from 7 March through 10 June 2019 and is now on permanent display at the same location. The site-specific installation is the first work to be permanently installed in the Foundation’s heritage houses. ‘It’s a pleasure to have worked with Otobong Nkanga since her first participation almost 15 years ago as part of Sharjah Biennial 7 in 2005, and more recently ... More

Once 'Little Joe,' now a reigning New York City Ballet principal
NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE ).- Joseph Gordon has a look: sun-kissed bangs that flop over dark eyebrows and a lean swimmer’s body. If he traded his unitard for a wetsuit, he could easily be a surfer hanging out at Rippers, the boardwalk haunt at Rockaway Beach, in Queens. But then you go to the ballet and there he is. The prince. Gordon hasn’t been on a surfboard since he was 13, but the thought of it lit up his face. His mother was an avid surfer. “I love the ocean,” he said. “I think there’s something about ballet that feels like water.” He dances as if he were moving through it. At 27, Gordon is youngest principal at New York City Ballet, where, in February, as part of its winter season at Lincoln Center he will make his debut in “Swan Lake” as Prince Siegfried. “I think I want to play him more as who I am, which is youthful,” he said. “Feeling like my ... More

Egyptologists Open a Newly-Discovered Pyramid

On a day like today, American painter Robert Motherwell was born
January 24, 1915. Robert Motherwell (January 24, 1915 - July 16, 1991) was an American painter, printmaker, and editor. He was one of the youngest of the New York School (a phrase he coined), which also included Philip Guston, Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, and Mark Rothko. In this image: Robert Motherwell, The Hotel Corridor, 1950. Oil on masonite, 44 x 55 inches, 111.8 x 139.7 cm. © Dedalus Foundation, Inc./ Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.

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