The landscape painter Richard Mayhew, 99, who has an exhibition in New York and one coming this fall at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, at his home studio in Soquel, Calif. on May 9, 2023. Since the 1950s, Mayhew has painted invented landscapes in an increasingly unnatural, sometimes acid palette that can sting and soothe the eye in equal measure. (Jason Henry/The New York Times)
by Jonathan Griffin
SANTA CRUZ, CALIF.- Painter Richard Mayhew, who recently celebrated his 99th birthday, has lived through as broad a swath of this nations history as anyone you might hope to meet. Sitting at a patio table outside his cedar-shingled suburban home in Soquel, near Santa Cruz, Mayhew leaned back in his chair and reflected on his long life. I drove across the United States six times, he said. Three over, and three back, from New York to San Francisco. I was always looking. A lifetime spent looking is all Mayhew now needs, in terms of reference material, when he paints in the garage attached to the house, listening to jazz so loud, his wife, Rosemary, told me, the whole neighborhood can hear it. (Mayhew is hard of hearing.) Since the 1950s, Mayhew has painted invented landscapes in an increasingly unnatural, sometimes acid palette that can sting and soothe the eye in equal measure. In 2021, an entire room in the San Francisco Museum o ... More
Wines on display inside Sherry-Lehmanns flagship store on Manhattans Upper East Side, on May 20, 2023. (Jeenah Moon/The New York Times)
by James B. Stewart
NEW YORK, NY.- New York City has spawned many iconic retailers: Tiffany & Co. in jewelry; Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue in fashion; FAO Schwarz in toys. In fine wine, that retailer was Sherry-Lehmann Wine & Spirits. The Zagat guide once said of Sherry-Lehmann, If Bacchus owned a wine store, this would be it. One of the worlds most prolific sellers of high-end wines, Sherry-Lehmann introduced Americans to Dom Pérignon Champagne in 1947 and the famed Bordeaux Petrus in the 1960s. Its clientele ranged from celebrities (such as Greta Garbo and Mick Jagger) to billionaires (such as the Bass brothers of Texas) to run-of-the-mill wine lovers (such as me). Thanks to online sales, it served customers all over the country. Yet, nearly nine decades after its founding, Sherry-Lehmann faces a crisis. Earlier this ... More
Darren Bader at Carroll Park in the Brooklyn neighborhood of New York on May 2, 2023. (Caroline Tompkins/The New York Times)
by Brian Boucher
NEW YORK, NY.- The phenomenon of the artist who drops out, whether only leaving the scene socially or actually ceasing to make work, may be as old as the scene itself, but it could be catching on. In 1967, Agnes Martin left New York for the New Mexico desert, avoiding the art world for years. In 1975, Bas Jan Ader disappeared after setting sail across the Atlantic alone in a tiny boat, giving rise to speculation about whether this was his final artistic gesture. Stanley Brouwn, Charlotte Posenenske and Lee Lozano have absented themselves, and, more recently, Cady Noland became legendary both for her work and for abandoning the art scene. Now, another New York artist is making a unique and provocative exit. On Darren Baders humorously named website, aaronbader.com, a sign reads: 20 Yrs: Selling My Practice. Its been a good ride, he says ... More
NEW YORK, NY.-David Zwirner is presenting through July 21st new paintings by Belgian artist Luc Tuymans on view at the gallerys 537 West 20th Street location in New York. Tuymans has been represented by David Zwirner since 1994; this is the celebrated artists seventeenth show with the gallery. One of the most important painters working today, Tuymans pioneered a distinctive style of figurative painting beginning in the 1980s that has been singularly influential to his peers as well as subsequent generations of artists. Tuymanss deeply resonant compositions insist on the power of images to simultaneously reveal and withhold meaning. Rendered in a restrained and muted palette, the artists canvases are based on preexisting imagery from a range of historical, cultural, and popular media sources. Their quiet and restrained appearance, however, belies an underlying moral complexity that engages equally with questions of history ... More
Roger Waters performs during "The Wall" tour at Yankee Stadium in New York, July 6, 2012. (Chad Batka/The New York Times)
by Christopher F. Schuetze
BERLIN.- The German police are investigating Roger Waters, co-founder of the band Pink Floyd, who has long been critical of Israel, after he performed in Berlin last week wearing a Nazi-style costume like the one he used to critique fascism in The Wall. Waters, who has made anti-Israel statements in the past that many have said cross a line into antisemitism, has successfully fought two attempts by German courts to block him from German concert venues in the past. The investigation is focused on the costume Waters wore during a rendition of the 1979 Pink Floyd song In the Flesh, from their seminal album The Wall, in which a rock star imagines himself as a fascist dictator. Similar staging was featured in the 1982 movie Pink Floyd: The Wall, featuring Bob Geldof. During parts ... More
Roger Angell, a longtime New York writer whose book about baseball, Season Ticket, published in 1988, will be republished by Open Road Integrated Media, at his apartment in Manhattan, Dec. 12, 2008. (Patrick Andrade/The New York Times)
by Elizabeth A. Harris
NEW YORK, NY.- The life of a good book can span hundreds of years, but most of the time, a book gets a flash of attention when it is first published if its author is lucky. Then, it fades away. A company called Open Road Integrated Media is trying to change that by giving a second life to older books. It does that by using machine learning to make those titles more visible online and, with a new venture announced Wednesday, by republishing books that were largely forgotten or had fallen out of print. Theres potential to breathe new life into these books, said David Steinberger, CEO of Open Road, and that flies in the face of conventional wisdom in the industry. Publishing houses traditionally focus their ... More
Daichi Takagi, Wanderer, 2023. Oil on canvas. 39 1/2 x 25 3/4 x 1 1/8 inches. Photo: Keizo Kioku.
TOKYO .-Blum & Poe, Tokyo will be presenting Borrowed Landscapes, a group exhibition of work by Friedrich Kunath, Masayoshi Nakamura, Kenjiro Okazaki, Akane Saijo, Magdalena Skupinska, and Daichi Takagi until June 24th. The floor-to-ceiling glass window of Blum & Poes Tokyo outpost defies the blank slate of the standard white cube. The art presented in the spacewith its sweeping views of the forest surrounding the main shrine buildings of Meiji Jinguis always in conversation with the natural world beyond the gallerys walls. While some exhibitions may passively engage this external landscape, making it merely a backdrop that changes with the seasons, Borrowed Landscapes draws the exterior inwardrecontextualizing the greenery of Meiji Jingus inner garden as a focal point in the exhibition, leaning into the art historical tradition of the landscape as a uniquely personal expression, and ... More
Daum Frères and Louis Majorelle, "Nénuphar" table lamp, circa 1903. Image courtesy of Phillips.
NEW YORK, NY.-Phillips is now announcing a selection of highlights from the New York spring Design auction at 432 Park Avenue on 8 June. The range of material on offer, in both geography and time period, testifies to the diversity of the Design category and the remarkable talent of designers across the globe. Including over 100 works that span the 20th and 21st centuries, the sale includes works from notable makes such as Gio Ponti, Paul Evans, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Louis Majorelle, José Zanine Caldas, and Jean Prouvé, among many others. Cordelia Lembo, Head of Design, New York, said, We are proud to host our June Design auction with such a remarkable array of works. It is always a priority for Phillips to showcase the breadth and depth of talent that this category has to offer, and the June sale is no exception. With works spanning over 100 years, from French Art Nouveau lighting and Italian design to American ... More
Haleh Redjaian, Walls Series (8), 2023.
ANTWERP.- Fernanda Fragateiro (1962, lives and works in Lisbon) and Haleh Redjaian (1971, lives and works in Berlin) share some common interests. Such as: poetry, weaving, architecture (or: text, textile, tectonics), and their mutual interactions. As well as the (mostly hidden) histories of female artists and architects in the modern avant-garde. Trough working with these female modern legacies within their own respective practices, both artists try to understand these better, and make them visible. A common inspiration for the exhibition MY DREAM NEVER HAS WALLS on view at valerie_traan is Lotte Stam-Beese (1903-1988): an architect, urban planner and photographer. Born in German Silesia (now Poland), Lotte Beese enrolled as a student at the Bauhaus in Dessau to study weaving. Prejudices about women studying subjects that were dominated by and previously reserved for men, led female students into branches that were considered feminine ... More
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE.- The new exhibition at Newcastles Laing Art Gallery, recently opened, traces the radically different approaches to British landscape painting, from the mid-Victorian era through to the 1920s. Essence of Nature presents a rare opportunity to see around 100 oil and watercolours by leading artists from the Pre-Raphaelite, Rural Naturalist and British Impressionist schools together. The exhibition, which will continue through October 14th, begins with the Pre-Raphaelites ideal of truth to nature - represented by such artists as William Holman Hunt (1827-1910), John Ruskin (1819-1900) and William Dyce (1806 1864.) The influential critic John Ruskin famously proposed that artists should aim to record nature, rejecting nothing, selecting nothing, and scorning nothing. The exhibition includes Ruskins study of Spray of Dead Oak Leaves (1879, Collection of the Guild of St John, Sheffield M ... More
BOLOGNA.- The exhibition Andreas Gursky. Visual Spaces of Today, scheduled to end in January 2024, is the first anthological exhibition of the artist in Italy. It is curated by Urs Stahel together with the German photographer Andreas Gursky and marked the opening of the celebrations for a double anniversary: 100 years of the G.D Company and 10 years of Fondazione MAST. Making work a culture and culture a work. These are the words that bind the two organisations together. They represent the longtime, consolidated corporate culture of the company, as well as the innovative and inclusive space it created to promote thought on the topic of work. The visual spaces in the works selected for the exhibition by Urs Stahel and Andreas Gursky mirror these thematic worlds. The artists powerful images disclose new views on work, the economy, and globalization. They reveal concrete visions ... More
Katya Traboulsi, Japan, 2016. Hand painted porcelain, brass base and top. Edition 4 of 6, 73 x 21 x 21 cm.
DUBAI.-Leila Heller Gallery is hosting Beirut based multimedia artist Katya A. Traboulsis solo show Perpetual Identities until September 1, 2023. Katya through her art talks about identity as a force that no war can eliminate and that bounces back inevitably. During the Lebanese Civil War, in 1975, she received the empty sleeve of a mortar shell for her birthday, which automatically found its place on a shelf, without further reflection on its nature or the journey which led it to her. Thus, the object, which had blindly sown death where it fell, ended up in her room, raised to the status of a trophy celebrating the courage of fighters or the defeat of enemies. In 2014, as the Arab Springs wilted into winters, the memory of this object, trinket or trophy, called on to Katya again. Reflections on the mortar shell inspired an installation project which sought to divert the weapon from its morbid ... More
Dennis Scholl. Photo Credit: Mary Beth Koeth.
MIAMI, FL.-Oolite Arts announces that Dennis Scholl, who led the transformation of Oolite Arts into one of Floridas largest artist support organizations, will be retiring this year after six years as president and CEO. A seasoned arts leader, Scholl oversaw a major expansion of Oolite Arts, creating holistic programming that elevates artists work at all stages of their careers through studio space, financial support and professional development. Shortly after joining, Scholl proposed and Oolite Arts launched The Ellies, Miamis Visual Arts Awards, which has provided $2.5 million over the past five years to South Floridas artists and art teachers, resulting in exhibitions around the world. Scholl also was the moving force for Oolite Arts to create a Cinematic Arts Program, with an innovative residency that provides $50,000 to South Florida filmmakers to conceive, create and screen their works in Miami. The successful progra ... More
'Sutr Santati: Then. Now. Next' opens at Melbourne Museum MELBOURNE.- Sutr Santati: Then. Now. Next. Stories of India woven in thread. makes its Australian premiere at Melbourne Museum. The international exhibition opened on Saturday 13 May and will be on display until Saturday 3 September 2023, giving visitors an opportunity to see intricate, handmade textiles that have not been seen outside of India until now. A creative partnership between Melbourne Museum and the Abheraj Baldota Foundation, this exciting exhibition celebrates 75 years of Indias independence and celebrates the innovation and artistry of its world-renowned contemporary designers and craftspeople. Featuring 75 pieces, Sutr Santati: Then. Now. Next. Stories of India woven in thread. shows the versatility of textiles as an artistic medium. From colourful brocades to textural tapestries, finely embroidered silks ... More
Gianni Colombo: A Space Odyssey retrospective by the Milanese artist to celebrate 30th anniversary of his death MILAN.-Fondazione Marconi and Gió Marconi, until July 17th, 2023, are hosting Gianni Colombo: A Space Odyssey, an important retrospective dedicated to the Milanese artist on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of his death. The exhibition, curated by Marco Scotini, focuses on the particular spatial dramaturgy that characterises Colombos work, starting from a comparison with 1968 Stanley Kubricks spectacular sci-fi movie. Considered one of the greatest international exponents of kinetic and environmental art, Gianni Colombo made the link between space and body the catalyst for all his three-dimensional investigations. Using flashes of light, moving objects, immersive environments and isolated architectural elements, ... More
Public Matters: Contemporary art in the Belevedere Garden on view until October 2023 VIENNA.- Arta public matter? In a large ourdoor sculpture project, the Belvedere is placing contemporary art in the spotlight of its 2023 anniversary. Stella Rollig, General Director: It is the most ambitious project of this anniversary year: True to the spirit of their original dedication, the grounds of the Belvedere will be permeated with artradically current, surprising, site-specific. Contemporary artists sharpen our gaze at the past through the lens of the present. Ever since their opening to the general public in the 1780s, the Belvedere Gardens have been used extensively as places for recreation and communality. The fact that they are clearly also places for art is highlighted by Public Matters. Works by thirty-three local and international contemporary artists connect all the museums gardensfrom the main courtyard of the Lower Belvedere and the Privy ... More
BRICK CITY exhibition featuring global iconic architecture recreated From LEGO® bricks WASHINGTON, DC .- On Saturday, May 27, the National Building Museum opened a major new long-term exhibition, BRICK CITY, created entirely from LEGO® bricks. Celebrating iconic architecture from cities around the world, BRICK CITY features 37 carefully recreated constructions created by U.K.-based artist Warren Elsmore. The exhibition will be on display at the National Building Museum for two years. Visitors will be transported around the globe and throughout time to see buildings from all seven continents. The world tour destinations include: lively streetscapes from Cartagena, Colombia; Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans; intricate temples from India to Mexico; and imaginative castles from medieval Japan to modern Las Vegas, among other locations. Washingtonians will appreciate the intricate detail on the Lincoln Memorial ... More
Rijksmuseum receives largest donation in its history to support annual sculpture exhibitions AMSTERDAM.- The Rijksmuseum has received a gift of 12.5 million euros from a private donor, the largest financial gift ever made to the museum. The donation will enable the museum to continue its annual sculpture exhibitions in the Rijksmuseum Gardens for 10 years. The benefactor has been supporting the series since 2013. The 10th edition of the annual sculpture exhibition in the Rijksmuseum Gardens is devoted to the work of British artist Richard Long. Born in 1945, Richard Long is considered one of the worlds foremost contemporary artists. His work comprises, among other things, subtle interventions in landscapes often in the most remote locations in the world that he explores by walking. Long is installing eight works in this exhibition, six of them entirely new. His four grassworks at the Rijksmuseum Gardens mark something of a return ... More
Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art, Turin announces retirement of Director Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev RIVOLI.-Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art announces that Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, current Director of the museum, will retire from her post at the age of 66, after over twenty years of service at the museum, both as a Chief Curator and later Director. Following the opening of the exhibition Artists in a Time of War in March 2023, in the second half of the year Christov-Bakargiev will complete the museums new Catalogue of Permanent Collections and will open a major exhibition dedicated to Michelangelo Pistoletto on the 1st November on the occasion of his 90th birthday, as well as following an interdisciplinary project on art and science that focuses on issues around green nuclear energy. ... More
Review: Problematic attachments in 'Aspects of Love' LONDON.- For those who find regular love triangles too pedestrian, quadrangles and pentagons are also available. Unconventional arrangements are the order of the day in a dynamic revival of Andrew Lloyd Webbers Aspects of Love, which opened Thursday at the Lyric Theater in London. This two-act musical, inspired by a 1955 novel by David Garnett, pits a young man against his uncle in a tussle for the affections of a mercurial actress; it is a camp, unapologetically amoral romp featuring blithe betrayals, intrafamilial partner-swapping and questionable intergenerational flirtations. (It is a lot raunchier than Lloyd Webbers most recent work, which invited the audience to sing unto the Lord with the harp during the coronation of King Charles III.) This Aspects of Love is exquisitely produced and superbly performed, but like many a real- ... More
Brian Calvin's exhibition 'Still' now on view in Venice VENICE.- Almine Rech & Palazzo Cavanis have recently opened 'Still,' Brian Calvin's first solo exhibition in Venice, which is scheduled to continue to July 2, 2023. Futile, bewildered, vaguely bored, the humanity Calvin presents us with is that of the TikTok generation approved by mirror-like glossy lips, clearly dominated by the excessive power of social media, the imperative of the selfie and the dictatorship of filters. Noses like trunks on flat skin tones, hallucinating pupils set in colored eye sockets with colorful make-up in geometric patterns and transversal gazes that betray a rampant schizophrenia are the distinctive features of the female models that populate his surreal anthropological panorama. Calvin chooses the noble and ancient genre of the portrait as the plot of the path which, as Enrico Castelnuovo writes in his famous essay on portraiture, ... More
Two premieres reflect the ups and downs of a major flute project NEW YORK, NY.- Flutist Claire Chase is a community builder. You can see this in Density 2036, her 24-year project to commission a new repertoire for her instrument. And you can sense a communal spirit when she offers gratitude to audiences who show up to several gigs in a row. This week, Chase voiced her appreciation to those who had attended multiple concerts in her recent 10th-anniversary Density retrospective at the Kitchens temporary location, in the Westbeth complex, and Zankel Hall. Its a lot of flute, she acknowledged Wednesday at the Kitchen. (Listeners beyond New York can experience something similar, with most of Density available to hear in recordings gathered on Chases Bandcamp profile.) True. But across two programs that night, Chase offered a generous spread of composers and their respective approaches ... More
A Kurdish Turkish writer on the tensions between politics and art ISTANBUL.- The momentous Turkish presidential election, whose second round will take place Sunday, has more than just geopolitical consequences; it is a watershed for culture as well. Since 2016, after a failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the government here has cracked down on artists, writers, filmmakers and academics, who have experienced censorship, job losses and a climate of fear. For novelist Burhan Sönmez, who is part of the countrys ethnic Kurdish minority, the upheavals of the Erdogan years are only the latest chapter in an ongoing struggle between Turkish power and Turkish art. Born outside Ankara, Turkey, in 1965, where his first language was Kurdish, he worked as a human rights lawyer but went into exile in Britain after a police assault. He has written five novels, including the prizewinning Istanbul ... More
'Work Hard Have Fun Make History' review: Labor, meet greed NEW YORK, NY.- Like a dog nosing around in the background, a robot vacuum cleaner is a guaranteed scene stealer. Late in the new play Work Hard Have Fun Make History, the unfailingly compelling actor Susannah Perkins shares the stage with one: a whirring black disk busily roaming the industrial carpet, bumbling into walls yet never toppling over edges, at least not the night I saw the show. Perkins plays a phone service representative named Annie, on a call with a frantic customer whose new android assistant, an iWhip 2.0, has turned menacing. Whats the command to make it go away? the caller pleads. Blades down, iWhip, Annie instructs. Perkins gives the line a perfect comic spin, but our eyes are on Annies own insensate labor saver. Unleash a robot, and havoc may follow. Wouldnt that be entertaining? Work Hard ... More
James Acaster finds his way back to music LONDON.- British comedian James Acaster can remember the moment he fell in love with music at 6 years old. At a party held by a member of the congregation of the hippie-ish church his parents attended in Kettering, a town in central England, he heard a compilation album featuring songs like Men at Works Down Under and Centerfold by The J. Geils Band. I just couldnt believe how good every single song was it was blowing my mind, Acaster said in a recent video interview. Music became a pretty immediate obsession. By the time he was a teenager, Acaster was playing in several bands. He left school at 17, without taking his final exams, and didnt go to college, so he could focus on building a career in music. At 22, though, he didnt have a record deal, and when his experimental jazz group split, Acaster started focusing on comedy ... More
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On a day like today, German painter Jörg Immendorff died
May 28, 2007. Jörg Immendorff (June 14, 1945 - May 28, 2007) was a contemporary German painter, sculptor, stage designer and art professor. He was a member of the art movement Neue Wilde. In this image: Jörg Immendorff, Untitled, 2007.