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'The miracle of Miami': Art Basel marks 20 years in South Florida

Clara Varas at her solo show at Dimensions Variable, an artist-run nonprofit space, during Art Basel Miami Beach on Nov. 28, 2022. On the 20th anniversary of Art Basel Miami Beach, its largest edition yet, the two Miamis — its emerging artists and its big collectors — meet across the gap. (Alfonso Duran/The New York Times)

by Ted Loos

MIAMI, FLA.- When Art Basel Miami Beach debuted in 2002, a year after its planned first edition was delayed after 9/11, it featured 200 galleries, including Gagosian. But Larry Gagosian, one of the art world’s most powerful dealers, was not present in person. “I didn’t go to the fair for the first few times,” said Gagosian, who founded his first gallery in Los Angeles in 1980 and now has 19 exhibition spaces around the world. “What changed my mind was some good feedback.” He added, “Now I stay for a couple of days.” A regular presence at the Miami Beach fair, Gagosian plans to be back again this year, for the fair’s 20th anniversary. His booth will show new work by painter and sculptor Harold Ancart; Rick Lowe, known for his collaborative and community-based art; and mixed-media artist Alexandria Smith, among others. The fair, running at the Miami Beach Conventio ... More

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Scarred by war, a Ukrainian children's choir finds hope in music   Jana Nicole's giant botanical shown in the UK after winning major art prize in Paris   Exhibition consisting of 24 vintage photographic prints by Joel-Peter Witkin opens at Bruce Silverstein Gallery

Mykhailo Kostyra, a members of the Shchedryk Children’s Choir, which is touring the United States from Ukraine, during a rehearsal at St. John’s in the Village in New York, Nov. 30, 2022. (Lila Barth/The New York Times)

by Javier C. Hernández

NEW YORK, NY.- When air raid sirens sounded in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv recently, the Shchedryk Children’s Choir, which was deep in rehearsal for a Christmas program, went into action. More than two dozen young singers, carrying sheet music and backpacks, rushed from the Palace of Children and Youth, their longtime practice space, to a nearby bomb shelter. There, using cellphones as flashlights, they resumed their singing, filling the cold, cramped space with folk songs and carols until the sirens faded. “I was scared, but I was also hopeful,” recalled Polina Fedorchenko, a 16-year-old member of the choir. “We knew that if we could get through this, ... More

Botanicals- Twilight Troupe (40 x 40 cm framed).

GLYNDE.- For the first time in its 160-year history, France’s Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts has awarded its prestigious annual prize Puvis de Chavannes Prize to a non-French national. Artist Jana Nicole an American-born UK-resident, is the recipient. On 1st December her monumental botanical artwork The Glade, a 3M x 2M hand-cut installation is shown at Glynde Place, a historical Sussex’ house, brought directly from Orangerie du Sénat Paris. Jana Nicole is renowned for her exuberant mixed-media collages that fuse traditions of Ikebana, papercutting and relief sculpture with the raucous energy of pop art. These explosive bouquets are at once eye-grabbing and exquisitely detailed; it takes her many hours of painstaking work to compose the myriad of elements that make up a single piece. Her Botanical Troupe series – mix photographic and hand-drawn imagery ... More

Puerto Rican Boy, Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1956.

NEW YORK, NY.- Bruce Silverstein Gallery is presenting Joel-Peter Witkin: The Early Works, an exhibition consisting of twenty-four vintage photographic prints by one of the most idiosyncratic and recognizable photographers of the 20th century. With images spanning 1950 to 1978 - many of which are unique and have not yet been displayed - this exhibition offers the viewer rare insight into the origins of the artist’s innovative and distinctive vision. Joel-Peter Witkin and his identical twin brother- notable painter Jerome Witkin- were born in 1939, in Brooklyn, New York. Early in the artist’s life, he witnessed a gruesome car accident in which a little girl was decapitated. This traumatic event surely left an indelible mark on the artist’s psyche and would permeate all aspects of his creative vision and sensibility throughout his life. Witkin’s interest in photography began at age 15, after the artist received ... More

Nearly $20M of art sold at Cowley Abbott's Fall Live Auction   Exhibition at Marlborough focuses on Jacques Lipchitz and The School of Paris   Thomas Rehbein Galerie opens the group exhibition ...on paper

A.Y. Jackson, Tadenac November.

TORONTO.- One of Canada’s preeminent, largest and most exhibited private collections of historical Canadian art went under the hammer last night at Cowley Abbott’s Fall Live Auction event in Toronto. Marking the first of three landmark live auctions dedicated to the private collection, a bidding frenzy helped to break 12 artist records with most artworks in the sale exceeding - and often doubling, tripling or more - presale estimates (all results are inclusive of the buyer’s premium). Cowley Abbott’s two session live auction event, which also included their Live Auction of Important Canadian Art in the afternoon, achieved a combined $19.6 million. The highlight of the evening was an Emily Carr masterwork, The Totem of the Bear and the Moon, 1912, selling for $3.12 million, coming close to challenging the current artist record of $3.39 million. ... More

Jacques Lipchitz, Harlequin with Mandolin in Oval, 1923. Bronze, ed. 1 of 7, 49 3/8 x 41 5/8 in. / 125.7 x 106 x 20.3 cm.

LONDON.- Marlborough is presenting Jacques Lipchitz and The School of Paris, an exhibition of early works by the Lithuanian-born sculptor and his contemporaries, including Alexander Archipenko, Brassaï, Georges Braque, Fernand Léger, Henri Matisse, and Pablo Picasso. With a focus on Lipchitz’s Cubist phase, the exhibition explores the influence of the group of artists around him before he moved to New York in 1941. Jacques Lipchitz (née Chaim Lipchitz) was eighteen when he arrived in Paris in October 1909. Unlike other foreign artists who had settled in the French capital such as Picasso, Archipenko, Constantin Brâncuși and Amedeo Modigliani, Lipchitz had no previous academic training, and studied only briefly at the esteemed École des Beaux-Arts ... More

Veronika Holcová, Her Power, 2019. Oil on handmade paper, 58,5 x 41,5 cm.

COLOGNE.- On paper, and upon it lines and strokes, then shapes and forms. Gathered from the outside, driven from the inside, catalyzed by the mind. Bringing something crucial to life through the imagination, putting it on paper, through the hand. This is how the drawing and painting artists build narratives. Not necessarily through the extensive application of colors and tonal values, but rather focused on outline and hatching, surface and depth. They shape and deform, frame, digress or reduce, invent, fiddle or confront. They show us an individual part of the truth around us and within us. The group exhibition ...on paper carries us through actual, direct as well as subtle, contemporary snapshots of realities manifested on paper. It takes us into microscopic worlds that sometimes map the inside and sometimes ... More

Amazing prices achieved by Keith Haring at Bonhams   CCCB presents 'Graphic Constellation, Young Women Authors of Avant-garde Comics'   Frances Macdonald explores the wild coast in The Scottish Gallery exhibition

Keith Haring, Sans titre, 1984. Sold for €365,775. Photo: Bonhams.

PARIS.- The felt-tip drawing made in 1984 on the bonnet of Madame Françoise Boisrond's car by American artist Keith Haring was a wonderful testimony to the artist's friendship with François Boisrond. The work created a sensation at Bonhams’ Art de l'Avant-Garde à nos jours, fetching €365,775 against an estimate of €50,000-70,000. The sale, which included a section devoted to the Second School of Paris, another to Italian Art, and a third to Abstraction-Creation, achieved a total of over €2.9 million. In the Italian section, a Teatrino (little theatre) from 1964-1966 by Lucio Fontana realised €214,575. The dark lacquered wooden frame on this piece was irregularly cut, framing a black monochrome background pierced with small holes which evoked constellations in a night sky. Fontana’s 1967 Concetto spaziale, natura from the Iolas Gallery fetched ... More

María Medem, Échos (Echoes) Fidèle Édi@ons, 2019. Courtesy of the artist.

BARCELONA.- Bàrbara Alca, Marta Cartu, Genie Espinosa, Ana Galvañ, Nadia Hafid, Conxita Herrero, María Medem, Miriampersand and Roberta Vázquez make up the constellation of creative universes that is this exhibition. Nine artists who experiment with styles and languages, who break with comic-book conventions, and share a critical and humorous view of the world. Graphic Constellation presents the comic books and the diversity of languages, aesthetic registers and cultural references of these nine creators who, with their use of colour, graphics, and stylistic and narrative experimentation, challenge the established comic-book form. In their work, these artists bring a critical eye and humour to themes of millennial reality such as economic and employment insecurity, the disappearance of stability, our relationship ... More

Frances Macdonald, Little Birch Trees and a Glimpse of Bluebells, oil on canvas, 8 x 6 inches

EDINBURGH.- Frances Macdonald showcases her coastal travels in her latest solo exhibition The Road to the Isles at The Scottish Gallery this December. Known for capturing the wild and dramatic characteristics of the coast, Macdonald’s paintings present an energetic exploration of the ever-changing essence of the ocean. Macdonald’s works derive from her intimate understanding of the landscape around her. From her home in Crinan, her studio overlooks the gulf of Corryvreckan, with views across the Sound of Jura. Inspired by such captivating views, Macdonald also often travels to Iona, Staffa, Erraid, Ronachan and Kintyre - her favourite locations to engage with the power of the Atlantic. As well as the water’s harsh tempers, Macdonald captures the softer side of nature in her depictions of summer blooms and the woods across ... More

On December 17, fine art, jewelry & collectibles go up for bid at Turner Auctions + Appraisals   Masks off, wallets out: Art Basel 2022   Art Brewer, leading photographer of surfers, is dead at 71

1940s Gibson L-7 Arch Top Acoustic Guitar. Estimate $4,000-$6,000.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- Turner Auctions + Appraisals will present Fine Art, Jewelry & Collectibles on Saturday, December 17, 2022. The online auction features over 310 diverse lots, just in time for holiday gift-giving – or enjoying oneself! Fine art includes paintings, engravings, lithographs, woodcuts, and screen prints by many noted artists, including Marc Chagall, Raoul Dufy, Leroy Neiman, Jane Peterson, Loran Speck, Carol Jablonsky, Robert Lyn Nelson, Peter Max, Hoi Lebadang, Irving Amen, and John West. Jewelry includes necklaces, pendants, earrings, bracelets, brooches, rings, and wedding bands. Most feature gold, platinum, or silver and are accented by precious or semi-precious stones such as diamond, ruby, emerald, blue topaz, sapphire, cultured or seed pearls, jade, amethyst, garnet, lapis lazuli, opal, coral, turquoise or others. There are women’s and men’s watches, including a lapel watch and pocket watches. ... More

The art collector, developer, and the namesake of the Pérez Art Museum Miami, Jorge M. Pérez, at Art Basel Miami Beach at Miami Beach’s Convention Center, Nov. 29, 2022. On the 20th anniversary of Art Basel Miami Beach, its largest edition yet, the two Miamis — its emerging artists and its big collectors — meet across the gap. (Alfonso Duran/The New York Times)

by Brett Sokol

MIAMI, FLA.- When a curator asked local artist Robert Chambers to come up with an installation for the 20th anniversary of the Art Basel Miami Beach fair — running this week through Saturday — he immediately described a project fully in character with his playful sense of provocation. “I wanted to fill a food truck with a dozen of Miami’s hottest emerging artists,” Chambers explained. “I’d have a stunt driver race the truck at full speed onto the beach, and then flip it over on its side, so the artists and all their work spill out the back onto the sand.” The curator’s reaction? “He said his insurance carrier might have an issue or two,” Chambers said with just a hint of wryness. ... More

Art Brewer in 1975. He began taking photos of surfers when a friend asked to use his surfboard and said he could use his camera in the meantime. A few days later, he said, “I knew what I wanted to do.” Photo: Jeff Divine.

NEW YORK, NY.- Art Brewer, an adventurous photographer whose pictures of surfers, both on land and challenging monumental waves around the world, established him as one of the sport’s most influential visual chroniclers, died Nov. 9 in Los Angeles. He was 71. The cause was liver disease, said his wife, Kathleen (Beckner) Brewer. He had received a liver transplant in September. Art Brewer published his first photograph in Surfer magazine in the late 1960s and quickly became the surfing world’s dominant photographer for the next few years. For the next half-century, from a small boat or while treading water, wearing fins and dealing with rip currents, he showed a deft eye for lighting and framing in capturing the thrilling sights of great surfers. Through Brewer’s lens, Bruce Irons surfed into what looked like the eye of a hurricane in Indonesia; Barry Kanaiaupuni darted through Honolulu ... More

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A drummer showing the way to 'the freest musical universe'
BUENOS AIRES.- The crowd at a recent concert exploded into rapturous cries as the group’s frontman walked onto the stage and began setting a drumbeat, launching his band on an improvised journey across musical genres that culminated an hour later in a standing ovation. Over a 30-year career, Miguel Tomasín has released more than 100 albums, helped turn his Argentine band into one of South America’s most influential underground acts, and helped hundreds of people with disabilities express their voices through music. Tomasín has achieved this in part because of a distinctive artistic vision that comes, his family, fellow musicians and friends said, from having been born with Down syndrome. His story, they say, shows how art can help someone overcome social barriers, and what can happen with an effort to elevate a person’s talents, rather than focusing on their limitations. ... More

The Studio Museum in Harlem announces the publication of Smokehouse Associates
NEW YORK, NY.- The Studio Museum in Harlem today announced the publication, on December 13, of Smokehouse Associates, the first critical examination of the artist collective that transformed Harlem, between 1968 and 1970, with vibrant, community-oriented abstract murals and sculptures. Established by William T. Williams and including Melvin Edwards, Guy Ciarcia, and Billy Rose, Smokehouse Associates grew to encompass a range of creative practitioners united around the revolutionary potential of public art. Published by the Studio Museum and distributed by Yale University Press, Smokehouse Associates is the first book to document and critically explore the work of this groundbreaking artist collective, which has long been underrepresented in art history. Developed over the course of five years in close collaboration with the artists, the publication is edited by Eric Booker, ... More

Newport Art Museum opens new exhibition: "Social Fabric: Textiles and Contemporary Issues"
NEWPORT, RI.- The Newport Art Museum announced a new exhibition, "Social Fabric: Textiles and Contemporary Issues," which will be on view to the public from December 3, 2022, through June 11, 2023. This exhibition brings together a diverse array of contemporary textile artists who are weavers, sculptors, quiltmakers, and visionaries to examine the complex issues of our time. Together, their practices demonstrate and reimagine the expressive and social functions of textiles. Some of the themes include: climate change and sustainability, adaptation and reuse, war and survival, human rights and social justice, the reclamation of history, the reaffirmation and celebration of communities, and gender, ethnic, and racial identities. The artists in this exhibition take on the challenges of a variety of materials, pushing textiles in new directions and seeing how far they can go. ... More

Exhibition offers visitors first look at new curtains for the royal residence of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima
TILBURG.- The new curtains for Huis ten Bosch Palace – the royal residence of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima – will go on display at the TextielMuseum in Tilburg this autumn. Her Majesty Queen Máxima, along with more than 150 embroiderers from across the Netherlands, is helping to embroider this new piece of cultural heritage. The new curtains, along with historical curtains that served as inspiration, will be shown in the exhibition ‘Royal embroidery: stitches and stories’, which runs from 1 December 2022 to 29 May 2023. The exhibition offers a glimpse behind the scenes of this extensive creative project and uncovers the wealth of stories that arise when people embroider together. The exhibition gives visitors a chance to see the new curtains up ... More

'Casablanca' and the romance of the refugee
NEW YORK, NY.- Round up the unusual suspects. “Casablanca” has turned 80, and the most esteemed of all Hollywood classics enters its octogenarian years with a new ultra-high-definition DVD release. There’s also, right now in New York, an engaging new display of “Casablanca” artifacts, though you won’t find it at MoMA or the Museum of the Moving Image. Of all the joints in all the towns in all the world, the relics of this paragon of the Hollywood studio system have ended up in … a museum of German and Austrian modern art. That would be the Neue Galerie, conceived by cosmetics baron Ronald S. Lauder and art dealer Serge Sabarsky (1912-1996), which opened in 2001 in a former Vanderbilt mansion on a prime corner of Fifth Avenue. It’s celebrating its first 20 years with a showcase of its surviving founder’s own collection: not only jewels of modern Mitteleuropa ... More

Beyond Ballroom: Twyla Tharp's American classicism
NEW YORK, NY.- When Twyla Tharp revived two dances from the 1980s at New York City Center this fall, I dutifully attended, thinking to refresh my memory of her high-powered masterwork “In the Upper Room,” then relax into “Nine Sinatra Songs,” her suite of smooth ballroom numbers. Instead I emerged with my opinions scrambled. I’d been awed, as expected, by “In the Upper Room” (1986), an exuberant machine of a ballet featuring waves of dancers coming forward through fog, dressed in Norma Kamali’s variations on striped prison suits. But it was “Nine Sinatra Songs” (1982) that thrilled me. It wasn’t the nod-along-to-Sinatra-chestnuts piece I’d remembered. It was more like a moment-by-moment fusion of dance idioms — from the pedestrian to the balletic — matched excitingly with Sinatra’s suave pop jazz. Forty years after its debut, “Nine Sinatra Songs” ... More

'Return to Seoul' review: Found in translation
NEW YORK, NY.- “Return to Seoul” is a startling and uneasy wonder, a film that feels like a beautiful sketch of a tornado headed directly toward your house. First-time actor Park Ji-Min, a French artist, delivers a full-bodied performance as Frédérique Benoît, a reckless 25-year-old adoptee born in South Korea and raised in Paris who books a flight to her birthplace on a whim. Freddie doesn’t speak the language, doesn’t have the names of her biological parents and doesn’t want to blend in. Nudged to obey the local custom of pouring alcohol only for others, she snatches a bottle of soju and chugs. In this boozy opening sequence, writer-director Davy Chou unleashes a character who, one senses, has never felt comfortable anywhere. Magnetic, sexy, mercurial and bold, Freddie is an object of fascination to everyone she meets: a bookish hotel clerk (Guka Han), a sweet-faced ... More

Doran Cart to retire from National WWI Museum and Memorial
KANSAS CITY, MO.- The National WWI Museum and Memorial announced today the retirement of longtime senior curator, Doran Cart. After 33 years of service at the Museum and Memorial, Cart will retire on Dec. 31, 2022. Doran’s professional career began in 1974 with work in museums, at historic sites and in historic preservations in Indiana, California and Florida. A deep love of history brought him to the Museum and Memorial in April 1990 when he began as a curator. Under Cart’s stewardship the collection has grown to be the most comprehensive collection of WWI objects in the world and the Museum and Memorial has grown into a critically acclaimed international destination. “Doran’s long tenure at the Museum and Memorial enabled us to stage important installations and take a place of national leadership during the centennial of the Great War,” said Matthew Naylor, ... More

Design | New York | November 2022

On a day like today, French painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir died
December 03, 1919. Pierre-Auguste Renoir, commonly known as Auguste Renoir (25 February 1841 - 3 December 1919), was a French artist who was a leading painter in the development of the Impressionist style. In this image: Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Child with an Apple or Gabrielle, Jean Renoir and a Little Girl, circa 1895-1896. Pastel on paper. 560 x 760 mm. Mrs. Léone Cettolin Dauberville.

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