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The Met aims to get Harlem right, the second time around

Installation view of an illustrated journal from 1925, during the Harlem Renaissance, featuring Alain Locke’s discussion of the concept of the “New Negro.” from The Harlem Renaissance and Transatlantic Modernism exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on Feb. 13, 2024. (Karsten Moran/The New York Times)

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NEW YORK, NY.- Notoriously, in the winter of 1969 the Metropolitan Museum of Art opened its first exhibition devoted ... More


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'Oppenheimer' sweeps the BAFTAs with 7 awards including best film   'Beatrice Caracciolo: The Parable of the Blind' opened at Paula Cooper Gallery on February 17th   "Street Art" power invades Julien's featuring works from Banksy, Invader, RETNA and Jamie Reid


Christopher Nolan, left, and Robert Downey Jr. in Los Angeles, Jan. 1, 2024. (Chantal Anderson/The New York Times)

NEW YORK, NY.- “Oppenheimer,” Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster movie about the development of the atomic bomb, swept the board at the EE British Academy Film Awards in London on Sunday. The movie won seven awards at Britain’s equivalent ... More
 

Beatrice Caracciolo, The Blind 14, 2023. Pigment, charcoal, and collage on paper mounted on canvas, 58 x 70 in. © Beatrice Caracciolo.

For her current exhibition at Paula Cooper Gallery, Beatrice Caracciolo presented a new series of works inspired by The Blind Leading the Blind (1568), the celebrated painting by Pieter Bruegel the Elder in the collection of the Museo di Capodimonte. ... More
 

Banksy (British, 1974), Mayfair Paparazzi Rat, circa 2006. Aerosol on wooden door panel. An original Banksy aerosol painting executed on a wooden door panel on Trebeck Street in the Mayfair District of London, England, circa 2006.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Julien’s Auctions presents “Street Art” a curated collection of some of the most important and revolutionary works created originally ... More



Centenary of the birth of Antoni Tàpies celebrated by Museo Reina Sofía and Fundació Antoni Tapies   Artist Elene Chantladze subject of dual exhibitions at Kaufmann repetto and Anton Kern Gallery in New York   First solo exhibition in the United States dedicated to Swiss artist Verena Loewensberg now at Hauser & Wirth


Antoni Tàpies, Blue with Four Red Stripes, 1966 © Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid. Photo courtesy of Museo Reina Sofía.

MADRID.- To mark the centenary of the birth of Antoni Tàpies (1923–2012), the Museo Reina Sofía and Fundació Antoni Tàpies have organised one of the most ... More
 

Elene Chantladze, Untitled, 2021. Courtesy of kaufmann repetto.

NEW YORK, NY.- Dual exhibitions at kaufmann repetto and Anton Kern Gallery survey the different aspects of Georgian artist Elene Chantladze’s practice. At kaufmann repetto, a span of works ... More
 

Verena Loewensberg Untitled, 1972. Oil on canvas, 110 x 110 cm / 43 1/4 x 43 1/4 in Photo: Jon Etter. © 2024, Verena Loewensberg Stiftung, Zürich

NEW YORK, NY.- Born in 1912, Swiss artist Verena Loewensberg was a leading figure of the influential Zurich school of concrete artists. The only female member of the ... More


Benton Museum of Art announces appointment of Solveig Nelson as curator of photography and new media   East Van's gritty 1970's gang era with immersive, subversive world premiere of 'Sunrise Betties'   Vincent van Gogh's 1st painting to depict outdoors and two seminal paintings by Andrew Wyeth at Currier Museum


Solveig Nelson, recently appointed curator of photography and new media.

CLAREMONT, CA.- The Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College has announced the appointment of Solveig Nelson as the museum’s new curator of photography ... More
 

ITSAZOO, Sunrise-Betties. Photo by Chelsey Stuyt.

VANCOUVER .- ITSAZOO presents a hard-hitting world premiere inspired by dark and long forgotten East Vancouver history with Sunrise Betties, now opening through March 10, 2024 in the basement of The Russian Hall. ... More
 

Andrew Wyeth, The Wake, 1964. Private collection. (detail)

MANCHESTER, NH.- Manchester, New Hampshire – The Currier Museum of Art is offering visitors the rare opportunity to see Vincent van Gogh’s first outdoor ... More


World Chess Hall of Fame showing 'Donna Dodson: Match of the Matriarchs and other Amazonomachies'   Princeton University Library presents largest U.S. retrospective of the work of Ulises Carrión to date   Can the Olympics rejuvenate one of France's poorest corners?


Amazons Among Us, installation view.

ST. LOUIS, MO.- The World Chess Hall of Fame, the leading chess cultural center in the country, opened“Donna Dodson: Match of the Matriarchs and other Amazonomachies," an all-new exhibition on February 15 ... More
 

Ulises Carrión, Mail Art and the Big Monster, 1979. Poster.

PRINCETON, NJ.- Princeton University Library is now showing “Ulises Carrión: Bookworks and Beyond,” the spring exhibition in the Ellen and Leonard Milberg Gallery at Firestone Library. Curated ... More
 

Mathieu Hanotin, the mayor of St. Denis, at his office next to the Stade de France in St. Denis, France, Feb. 11, 2024. (James Hill/The New York Times)

PARIS.- Parisians are grumbling about the crowds for this summer’s Olympics. They envision sweaty tourists ... More




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Quietly dressing Hollywood's cool girls
NEW YORK, NY.- Danielle Goldberg was sitting at a table with her eyes glued to a laptop screen. On it was actress Greta Lee, who was trying on a satin gown the same color as the flesh of a banana. “This dress cannot puddle,” Goldberg, 40, said, squinting her eyes as she focused on a slight break at the bottom of the custom Loewe piece. (Lee is an ambassador for the brand.) It was just past 9 on a Saturday evening in January, the night before the Golden Globe Awards, and Goldberg, a stylist, was conducting a video fitting from her studio in New York with Lee, who was beaming in from her home in Los Angeles. “What it’s doing right now,” Goldberg said of the dress on-screen, “it can’t do that. It has to be perfect.” Nanaz Hatami, a tailor Goldberg has worked with for five years, who was with Lee, sprang into action. Video fittings have been a solution for ... More

The twilight of the American sommelier
NEW YORK, NY.- Restaurants are bustling and dining rooms are buzzing. If you want a reservation at the newest and hottest places, you are out of luck unless you know somebody. On the surface it seems that restaurants have safely emerged from the despairing depths of the COVID pandemic and the throbbing hangover that followed. Yet one key element that seemed essential in any serious restaurant before 2020 is often missing: the sommelier. Wine is still poured at many tables. But the dedicated wine professional responsible for selecting and procuring bottles, assembling an intriguing list, training the staff, assessing a table and telling stories that turn otherwise unknown bottles into delicious adventures — those people are rarely strolling the dining room. For many restaurants, the sommelier is now a luxury, nice to have but expendable ... More

Song-Word Art House announces 'Echoes Of The Flame' to celebrate music and lyrics of James Brown
LOS ANGELES, CA.- Song-Word Art House is now showing an exciting new exhibition – “Echoes of The Flame: Art Inspired by the Lyrics of James Brown.” Opened on February 10, the exhibit celebrates the music of the legendary performer and pay tribute to his songwriting that continues to influence contemporary musicians and audiences around the world. In collaboration with Primary Wave Music and the James Brown Estate, this unique exhibition brings together a collection of original artworks by internationally acclaimed artists from around the world, celebrating the enduring power and inspiration found in the lyrics of James Brown's illustrious musical career. “Echoes Of The Flame” will run through March 24, 2024, at Song-Word Art House located on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood. “Echoes Of The Flame" transcends traditional boundaries, ... More

100 years of surrealism commemorated by the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the EU at Bozar
BRUSSELS .- In the context of the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the EU and to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the publication of the Surrealist Manifesto (1924), Bozar is celebrating 100 years of surrealism with a unique exhibition dedicated to the avant-garde movement in Belgium. In 1924, coinciding with Paris, the surrealist adventure makes its Belgian debut with the bold pamphlets of poet Paul Nougé, forming the central theme of this exceptional retrospective exhibition. Belgium’s quirky surrealists go beyond the purely aesthetic – they want to transform the world with their subversive art. Histoire de ne pas rire pays extra attention to their international interactions, the political-historical background, and important women artists. Surrealism was the most important artistic movement of the 20th century in Belgium, and its spirit lived on long ... More

National Gallery presents new performance celebrating architecture of Colin Madigan
CANBERRA.- This February, the National Gallery of Australia premieres a new commission by artist Rochelle Haley – A Sun Dance – in an exclusive performance. Performing the piece live in Kamberri/Canberra on Saturday 24 February, five dancers and a musician will bring this choreographic artwork to life across the National Gallery. The ensemble invites the audience to join them on their journey. Commissioned by the National Gallery, A Sun Dance explores the interplay between the Gallery’s geometric architecture and the way sunlight enters the building over the course of the day. The choreography reflects the sensation of sunlight on skin and moves in tandem with the sun’s arc from east to west across the Earth. Haley developed the work in response to the archive of the Gallery’s architect, Colin Madigan, as well as her own observations of the ... More

American Masters Shorts launches with 'Searching for Augusta Savage' in honor of Black History Month
NEW YORK, NY.- Searching for Augusta Savage, a 22-minute film that tells the story of an inspiring and enterprising artist, who in the 1920s and 30s, created a pipeline of creative opportunities for Black artists, kicked off American Masters Shorts, a new digital series from PBS’ flagship biography series, American Masters. Narrated by art historian and curator Jeffreen M. Hayes, Ph.D. (traveling exhibit and book, Augusta Savage: Renaissance Woman), with Lorraine Toussaint (Orange is the New Black; The Glorias, The Equalizer) providing dramatic readings of the words of Augusta Savage, Searching for Augusta Savage premiered Thursday, February 15th on American Masters YouTube channel, PBS and the PBS App. Sculptor Augusta Savage opened the first gallery in the U.S. dedicated to exhibiting the work of Black artists in 1939. She ... More

Knoxville Museum of Art receives $3 million contribution to endow executive director position
KNOXVILLE, TN.- Ann and Steve Bailey, longtime supporters of the Knoxville Museum of Art, recently donated $3 million to establish an endowment for the museum's executive director position. The endowment will establish the David L. Butler Executive Director position, provide funding to cover the salary of the executive director, and honor KMA Executive Director David Butler, who retired in December after 17 years in the role. Steven Matijcio joins the KMA as executive director in late February. He previously served as director and chief curator of the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston. “We are incredibly grateful to Ann and Steve Bailey for their substantial gift to the Knoxville Museum of Art in support of the executive director position,” said Taylor Wortham, chair of the KMA Board of Trustees. “Ann and Steve’s contribution ... More

'Sky Hopinka: Subterranean Ceremonies' is now on view at FRYE Art Museum
SEATTLE, WA.- Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk Nation/Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians, born 1984, Ferndale, Washington) layers imagery and poetic prose to create art that foregrounds relationships between communities, landscape, and language. His work intermingles English and Indigenous dialects such as Chinuk Wawa (which Hopinka notes he embarked upon learning in tandem with photography and filmmaking), a revived Chinookan creole of the Pacific Northwest, to consider how language shapes perception of place and acts as a container of culture. This presentation—the artist’s first solo museum exhibition in the Northwest— features four recent films and new photographs that focus on personal and political notions of Indigenous homeland. Growing up in Washington State, far from his ancestral tribal lands in the Midwest and Southwest ... More

Public Art Fund debuts Clifford Prince King's autobiographical photo series, capturing queer black companionship
NEW YORK, NY.- Opening today, publicartfund.org presents Clifford Prince King’s series of 13 new photographs, Let me know when you get home. This tender autobiographical series is being displayed on 330 JCDecaux bus shelters and newsstands across New York, Chicago, and Boston. For his first public art exhibition, King photographed the people and places he encountered during travels in the summer of 2023. An extension of his autobiographical practice, Let me know when you get home serves as a photo diary of King’s time in artist residencies at BOFFO on Fire Island, Light Work in Syracuse, and 8th House in Vermont, as well as travels throughout São Paulo and the Cayman Islands. During this period ... More

Emily Sano to retire after four decades as a curator, director and advocate for Asian art
SAN ANTONIO, TX.- The San Antonio Museum of Art announced that Emily Sano is retiring as Coates-Cowden-Brown Senior Advisor for Asian Art effective March 1, 2024. Following her departure, Sano will be appointed Senior Advisor for Asian Art, Emeritus. Regarded as a star in her field, Sano joined SAMA in January 2016 after a distinguished career at several other museums. During her tenure at SAMA, she organized several important exhibitions, including Heaven and Hell: Salvation and Retribution in Pure Land Buddhism (2017), the first exhibition in the US to explore in detail one of the most popular forms of Buddhism throughout Asia. She also curated several focus exhibitions including The Magic of Clay and Fire: Japanese Contemporary Ceramics (2018); Harry Bertoia: Sculptor and Modernist Designer ... More




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On a day like today, Polish painter, photographer, and sculptor Zdzislaw Beksinski died
February 21, 2005. Zdzislaw Beksinski (24 February 1929 - 21 February 2005) was a Polish painter, photographer, and sculptor; specializing in the field of dystopian surrealism. In this image: Untitled drawing (1958). Photo: Zdzislaw Beksinski (copyrights inherited by Muzeum Historyczne w Sanoku).



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