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Monet masterpiece travels to The McNay for new exhibition

Claude Monet. Charing Cross Bridge, brouillard, 1902. Oil on canvas. Collection of Art Gallery of Ontario. Gift of Ethel and Milton Harris, 1990. Photograph © AGO.

SAN ANTONIO, TX.- Bodies of water have long captured the imaginations of artists, particularly Claude Monet, who often explored the magical effects of light and atmosphere on water at different times of day. The McNay’s latest exhibition, Monet and Whistler in London, features rarely seen artworks from nine artists in the McNay Collection in conversation with a Monet masterpiece reflecting the River Thames in England. Admission is free for this exhibition every Thursday from 4 to 9 p.m. On loan from the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, Monet’s Charing Cross Bridge, brouillard (1902) shows one of the major bridges over the 215-mile-long river and the Houses of Parliament in the distance. The artist accentuates the effect of fog as it diffuses sunlight into a soft, golden glow. Other artists were similarly fascinated with the unique atmospheric qualities of the Thames, including American expatriate artist James Abbott McNeill Whistler. His ... More

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Gagosian presents a never-before-seen body of work by Tatiana Trouvé   With 91 works by 72 artists, exhibition reevaluates the art historical legacy after World War II   Exhibition at Bruce Silverstein features seventy-five works by M.C. Escher

Tatiana Trouvé, April 3rd, The Star, Kenya," from the series "From March to May", 2020. Inkjet print and pencil on paper, 16 9/16 x 11 5/8 in. 42.1 x 29.5 cm. © Tatiana Trouvé. Photo: Florian Kleinefenn. Courtesy Gagosian.

NEW YORK, NY.- Gagosian is presenting From March to May, a never-before-seen body of work by Tatiana Trouvé produced in direct response to the pandemic era. At the beginning of the COVID-19 quarantine in March 2020, Trouvé, isolated in Paris, began a series of daily drawings using inkjet-printed reproductions of various international newspaper front pages as her starting point. As the pandemic marched on, spreading instability and uncertainty throughout the world, Trouvé continued to work ever more methodically in graphite, ink, and linseed oil. Trouvé’s project is linked to certain modernist traditions. Connecting daily realities to poetry and the Symbolist movement, Pablo Picasso utilized scraps of Le Figaro in Cubist drawings and collages that used aleatory ... More

Robert Rauschenberg, Night Hutch (Hoarfrost), 1976, ink on unstretched fabric, Dallas
Museum of Art, gift of the artist, 1977.21, © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.

DALLAS, TX.- Bringing together 91 works from the Dallas Museum of Art’s acclaimed collection of contemporary art and important loans from local private collections, Slip Zone: A New Look at Postwar Abstraction in the Americas and East Asia explores how artists revolutionized their forms, materials, and techniques in the decades following World War II. The exhibition reevaluates the art historical legacy of the postwar era to encompass simultaneous and intersecting international movements and trends, highlighting the crucial contributions of artists working in Buenos Aires, Mexico City, New York City, Osaka, Rio de Janeiro, Seoul, Tokyo, and beyond. In these artistic centers, abstraction afforded possibilities for new methods of art making, sometimes incorporating performance, spectator interaction, and ... More

This is the first ever New York gallery venue to display a survey of M.C. Escher’s oeuvre.

NEW YORK, NY.- Bruce Silverstein is presenting M.C. Escher: Prints, Drawings, Watercolors and Textiles, an exhibition curated by Dr. David Steel, curator of the blockbuster exhibition The Worlds of M. C. Escher: Nature, Science, and Imagination at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Escher’s math-inspired, mind-bending, and multidimensional “impossible constructions” bridge the boundaries between art and science. His artwork was a precursor to OpArt, and more broadly, an artistic phenomenon that has seeped into the consciousness of contemporary culture. Featuring seventy-five works by one of the 20th century’s most important print-makers, this is the first ever New York gallery venue to display a survey of M.C. Escher’s oeuvre, providing insight into his intellectual and artistic interests as well as visual evidence of his unsurpassed technical virtuosity. On display are the finest examples of Escher’s ... More

Carlos Bunga examines the mysteries of the relationship between body and mind in new exhibition   Hindman Auctions to present American Furniture, Folk and Decorative Arts Auction   'Art is dying': Afghan artists hope to resist Taliban rule

Carlos Bunga, Terra Ferma, 2021, Copyright: Glynn Vivian Art Gallery and the artist.

VIENNA.- Carlos Bunga started out as a painter—that is what he studied at the Escola Superior de Arte e Design in Caldas da Rainha, Portugal—but soon felt constricted by the limitation to the canvas’s two dimensions. The experience led him to branch out by incorporating strategies from conceptual, performance, and installation art into his practice, though without altogether jettisoning the painterly framework. In the mid-2000s, he won wide acclaim with site-specific installations and performances that laid the foundation for his international career. Since then, Bunga has shown his work at numerous institutions in Europe, the U.S., and Latin America; he has also realized several projects for outdoor settings. His practice and preferred materials underscore the evanescence and fragility of our existence. Everything is caught up in a process of perpetual change; ... More

Sale to present rare and important works from various prominent Midwest collections.

CINCINNATI, OH.- On September 30 and October 1, Hindman Auctions will present its American Furniture, Folk and Decorative Arts auction. The sale will offer property from the Dean Lower Estate (Lanark, Illinois), the Estate of a Midwest Collector (Milwaukee, Wisconsin), a Prominent Midwest Estate, the Wes and Shelley Cowan Collection, the Estate of Paul Thomas Griffith (Dayton, Ohio) and the Collection of Dr. James Dawson, (Manchester, Kentucky). Standout lots to be offered include a rare and important Andrew Clemens (1857-1894) portrait sand bottle (lot 292; estimate: $100,000-150,000). This large bottle dates from the late 1880s and depicts a portrait of a young boy, and includes “O.T. Fuller” in script on the front side and an elaborate floral urn on the opposite. Of the more than 100 documented Clemens bottles, this is the only known example exhibiting a ... More

In this file photo taken on September 8, 2021 Afghan artist Rada Akbar poses during a photo session in Paris. JOEL SAGET / AFP.

by Joris Fioriti and Usman Sharifi

PARIS.- Two days after the Taliban seized Kabul last month, 26-year-old artist Sara took the terracotta plates she'd painted with images praising inspirational Afghan women -- and hurled them to the ground. "Art, for me, was to be able to express everything I couldn't say with words," she said from the capital. "It dealt mainly with violence against women." The last Taliban regime from 1996 to 2001 saw women brutally suppressed, as well as music banned and the destruction of artworks and heritage, including dynamiting ancient statues of the Buddha. The hardline movement have insisted their new regime will be different, but like many other artists who have destroyed their work, or musicians who have broken their instruments, Sara is terrified. "Art is my life," ... More

2021 RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist announced   Two-person exhibition features works by Ester Partegàs and Claire Watson   Brueghel, Belotto and Guardi headline Koller's autumn Old Master Paintings auctions

Key Worker Housing, Eddington, Cambridge. Photo: David Valinsky.

LONDON.- The Royal Institute of British Architects has announced the six buildings contending for the coveted 2021 RIBA Stirling Prize, awarded to the UK’s best new building. Now in its 25th year, the RIBA Stirling Prize, supported by Almacantar, is the highest accolade in architecture. The six buildings in the running to be crowned the UK’s best are: • 15 Clerkenwell Close, London (GROUPWORK): a limestone apartment and office building, sitting within the all but vanished boundaries of an C11th Norman abbey • Cambridge Central Mosque (Marks Barfield Architects): a modern urban mosque, inspired by traditional Islamic mosque and British church designs • Key Worker Housing - Eddington, Cambridge (Stanton Williams): a fresh take on communal city-living with loose, interconnected courtyards • Kingston University London – Town House (Grafton Architects): a new student hub comprising dynamic study, performance ... More

Claire Watson, It Could Go Either Way, 2020, bodice and skirt pattern pieces of leather coat, canvas, wood veneer, thread, gesso, 42 x 36 inches.

NEW YORK, NY.- Essex Flowers is presenting Guardian, a two-person exhibition featuring Ester Partegàs and Claire Watson. Both artists create composite structures, joining and mending fragmentary materials to twist and refresh our perceptions of familiar objects. There is an aspect of care or maintenance; the artists pull apart seams, suturing and reconstituting these elements to form uncanny embodied wall works and sculptures imbued with presence. Their work brings into question the life of the commodified object and the labor associated with it, whether it is a laundry basket or the sewn garment. What has traditionally been known as “womxn’s work” is receiving a new life and meaning here, resisting the innate gendered associations. Watson’s pieces source used leather garments, permeable skins with embedded, unique histories. In this particular body of work, she ... More

Bernardo Bellotto (Venice 1742–1770 Warsaw), View of Munich seen from the east. Circa 1762–1767 (detail). Oil on canvas, 69 × 119.5 cm. Estimate on request.

ZURICH.- The Old Master Paintings auction on 1 October features a view of Munich by Bernardo Bellotto, recently rediscovered in a private collection (lot 3062, estimate on request). Bellotto, who was also known as Canaletto like his famous uncle, Giovanni Antonio Canale, painted this view following a stay at the court of the Bavarian Elector, Maximilian III Joseph. Only three versions of this subject are known, one of which is still in the Electoral Residence in Munich, another in the National Gallery, Washington, and the present version, which is being offered publicly for the first time in almost a century. One of Rembrandt's finest students, Govaert Flinck, painted the expressive portrait of an elderly man to be offered in this sale (lot 3025, CHF 700 000/900 000). This type of portrait is known as a 'tronie', a pictorial ... More

How old is this old house?   Exhibition proposes a new view of ink art for the contemporary era   Cairo's antique elevators, glorious and glitchy, are scenes of love and fear

William Flynt, a dendrochronologist, in Boston, Sept. 10, 2021. Jesika Theos/The New York Times.

by Jim Zarroli

NEW YORK, NY.- The first time a real estate agent took Ian Stewart to see the old saltbox farmhouse on a rocky hillside in Ghent, New York, he knew he wanted to buy it. “It got its hooks into me. I loved it. It had a warmth to it,” Stewart said. One question continued to nag at him long after the sale went through, however: Exactly how old was the house? The agent told him the building went back to 1900, but Stewart, a historic preservationist with a longtime interest in the Dutch architecture of the Hudson Valley — “You can call me a giant history nerd” — knew it was considerably older. It might even date to the late-18th century, he believed. To find out, he hired William Flynt, of Dummerston, Vermont, a historical consultant who practices dendrochronology, a method of dating houses by studying tree-ring patterns in the timber used to build them. The results would not quite turn out as Stewart had hoped. Dendrochronology has been a critical tool in climate research ... More

Hiroshi Sugimoto, Lightning Fields 119, 2009, gelatin silver print, 23 × 18 1/2 in., Los Angeles County Museum of Art, promised gift of the Fondation INK, © Hiroshi Sugimoto, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, photo by Maurice Aeschimann, Geneva, courtesy of the Fondation INK.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- The Los Angeles County Museum of Art presents Ink Dreams: Selections from the Fondation INK Collection. Beyond the concrete materials of ink and paper, there is an intangible spirit uniting works of East Asian ink painting. Ink Dreams explores how this spirit of ink translates to other mediums, global makers, and contemporary times. Comprising 78 works of photography, sculpture, video, and painting, the exhibition proposes a new view of ink art for the contemporary era, one that incorporates qualities from the ink painting tradition and new adaptations of traditional subject matter, unbounded by traditional materials. The exhibition, curated by Susanna Ferrell, Wynn Resorts Assistant Curator of Chinese Art at LACMA, features the work of 53 artists from Asia, Europe, and North America, including Chen Haiyan, Shirazeh Houshiary, ... More

The button panel of a 1920's art deco Schindler elevator in a building in the Zamalek neighborhood of Cairo, Aug. 28, 2021. The city’s geriatric lifts, graceful fin-de-siècle and Art Deco pieces from the era when the city competed with London and Paris for wealth and glamour, have been going up and down the same buildings for, in some cases, more than a century. Sima Diab/The New York Times.

CAIRO.- When you live in downtown Cairo, a neighborhood of European-meets-Egyptian facades in various states of faded grandeur, roundabouts whizzing with traffic and storefronts patchworked in riotously mismatched signage, it helps to cultivate a certain tolerance for features like honking, rundown real estate and geriatric elevators. Hager Mohamed was willing to brave the first two. The last, not so much. Over a few months living downtown earlier this year, Mohamed, 28, surrendered to an elevator’s whims more often than necessary for most inhabitants of the 21st century. Partly it was her phobia of antique elevators, with their cabs of gleaming wood and glass suspended from very visible cables in ribcages of metal grillwork, and partly it was the specimen in her apartment ... More

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Atlas Gallery exhibits works photographed by Nick Brandt during the global pandemic in late 2020
LONDON.- Atlas Gallery is presenting the first chance to see The Day May Break by photographer and environmentalist Nick Brandt at the gallery in London (16 Sept–29 Oct). The Day May Break was photographed by Brandt during the global pandemic in late 2020. It is the first part of a global series portraying people and animals that have been impacted by environmental degradation and destruction. The people in the photos have been badly affected by climate change – some displaced by cyclones that destroyed their homes, others displaced and impoverished by years-long severe droughts. Photographed at five sanctuaries/conservancies in Zimbabwe and Kenya, the animals are almost all long-term rescues, victims of everything from the poaching of their parents, to habitat destruction and poisoning. Unable to be released ... More

Nirvana's Nevermind: An album forged by contradictions
PARIS.- Released 30 years ago this week, "Nevermind" was a generation-defining milestone that sold 30 million copies and made a tragic icon of Kurt Cobain. Ranked the most influential band of all time by US magazine Spin last year, Nirvana's ethos continues to reverberate in artists as varied as Billie Eilish, Lana Del Rey and Frank Turner. "Nevermind" was back in the news last month when the man who was photographed when he was a baby for the cover sued the band for sexual exploitation. He was pictured naked, swimming after a dollar bill on a fish hook, in an image that became another iconic aspect of an album whose lead track "Smells Like Teen Spirit" was ubiquitous across MTV and radio stations around the world. At the heart of the album's success were the strange contradictions of Cobain, who was torn between apathy and rebellion, sweetness and rage. ... More

A giant violin floats down Venice's Grand Canal
VENICE.- In its 1,600-odd years, any number of phantasmagorical vessels have floated down Venice’s Grand Canal, often during regattas or elaborate ceremonies dedicated to the sea. On Saturday morning, a decidedly unusual head-turner took a spin: a gigantic violin, carrying a string quartet playing Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons.” The craft, called “Noah’s Violin,” set sail accompanied by an escort of gondolas, and in no time a small flotilla of motorboats, water taxis and traditional flat-bottomed Venetian sandoli joined the violin as it glided from city hall, near the Rialto Bridge, to the ancient Customs House across from Piazza San Marco, about an hour’s ride. The vessel is a faithful, large-scale replica of a real violin, made from about a dozen different kinds of wood, with nuts and bolts inside, as well as space for a motor. In addition to the artistry involved, it took ... More

A cabaret star and an opera star walk onto a stage...
NEW YORK, NY.- “This show has been 10 years in the making,” the countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo said recently. He was talking about “Only an Octave Apart,” an undefinable event — A staged concert? A revue, maybe? — which he created with Justin Vivian Bond and which runs at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn from Tuesday through Oct. 3. On paper, the two seem to be unlikely collaborators. Bond, 58, is a throaty-toned pioneer of the alternative cabaret scene, both as a solo artist and as half of the duo Kiki and Herb. Costanzo, 39, is a classical star whose luminous voice takes him to opera houses and concert halls around the world. (In the spring, he’ll return to his body-waxed role as the titular character of Philip Glass’ “Akhnaten” at the Metropolitan Opera.) But Costanzo’s voracious taste for collaboration has encompassed artists ... More

Hand and footprint art dates to mid-Ice Age
ITHACA, NY.- An international collaboration has identified what may be the oldest work of art, a sequence of hand and footprints discovered on the Tibetan Plateau. The prints date back to the middle of the Pleistocene era, between 169,000 and 226,000 years ago – three to four times older than the famed cave paintings in Indonesia, France and Spain. To answer the question, “is it art?” the team turned to Thomas Urban, research scientist in the College of Arts and Sciences and with the Cornell Tree Ring Laboratory. “The question is: What does this mean? How do we interpret these prints? They’re clearly not accidentally placed,” said Urban, a co-author of the paper, “Earliest Parietal Art: Hominin Hand and Foot Traces from the Middle Pleistocene of Tibet,” published Sept. 10 in Science Bulletin. “There’s not a utilitarian explanation for these. So what are they?” Urban said. “My angle was, ... More

Dix Noonan Webb sell H.R.H. Princess Margaret's Art Deco bracelet for £396,800
LONDON.- A stunning Art Deco cultured pearl and diamond bracelet owned by H.R.H. The Princess Margaret and worn for her 19th birthday photograph taken by Cecil Beaton in 1949, sold for £396,800 at Dix Noonan Webb in their auction of Jewellery, Watches and Objects of Vertu at their Mayfair saleroom (16 Bolton Street, London W1J 8BQ). It was estimated to fetch £30,000-40,000 and after bidding on the telephones, and the internet, it was bought by a Private buyer [lot 252]. Comprising a double row of cultured pearls bordering a millegrain-set line of circular-cut diamonds to a diamond and pearl openwork geometric clasp, it dates from circa 1925. It was presented in a later fitted red leather Cartier case. It had been previously sold at Christie’s in 2006 in their prestigious auction of Jewellery and Fabergé from the Collection ... More

University Press of Kentucky publishes 'The Watercolors of Harlan Hubbard'
LEXINGTON, KY.- Harlan Hubbard (1900–1988), a Kentucky writer, environmentalist, and artist, spent many years trying to rediscover and revive the vanishing language of landscape in his watercolor paintings. Known for their sense of drifting movement and their depiction of the simple way of life fondly associated with Hubbard, they inexplicably remain his least studied artworks, despite presenting some of the best evidence of Hubbard’s place in the history of landscape painting. The Watercolors of Harlan Hubbard not only argues for Hubbard’s place in the art historical canon but also highlights and analyzes the artist’s own voice. In this unique collection, more than two hundred watercolors are interspersed with anecdotes from those who knew Hubbard or drew inspiration from his work, offering a personal meditation on a deeply influential artist and serving as an invitation to ... More

University Auctions to offer autographs and art from Van Gogh to Hendrix
WILTON, CONN.- University Archives’ next major online-only auction, slated for Wednesday, September 29th at 10:30 am Eastern time, is titled Fabulous Autographs & Art, From Van Gogh to Hendrix. The 410-lot auction is jampacked with historical autographs, rare books, artwork, posters, photographs, ephemera, collectibles, and relics – something for every level of collector. “About one quarter of the sale is devoted to artists and is part of the collection of Chicagoan Noel Goldblatt, of the famous Goldblatt’s Department Store,” said John Reznikoff, the president and owner of University Archives. “Another large segment is comprised of vintage posters and photographs amassed by a Connecticut collector. We have superb material in many categories.” The catalog is up for viewing and bidding now, on the revamped University Archives ... More

Park Avenue Armory appoints Tavia Nyong'o Curator of Public Programming
NEW YORK, NY.- Rebecca Robertson, Founding President and Executive Producer of Park Avenue Armory, today announced the appointment of Tavia Nyong'o as the nonprofit cultural institution's new Curator of Public Programming. Nyong'o will spearhead the Armory's acclaimed, year-round public initiatives, which offer engaging and relevant talks, panel discussions, and performances that focus on issues of our changing world through the lens of artists and cultural innovators. These include the Armory's Culture in a Changing America all-day events as well as intimate salons, artist talks, and multidisciplinary symposia. Dr. Nyong'o will continue in his role as Chair of Theater and Performance Studies and William Lampson Professor of Theater and Performance Studies, American Studies and African American Studies at Yale University. He succeeds ... More

Baltimore Museum of Art receives $150,000 grant to launch community-focused research initiative
BALTIMORE, MD.- The Baltimore Museum of Art announced that it has received $150,000 from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support a multi-year research and planning project. Referred to as the Mellon Initiative, the project aims to reimagine the structure and function of a museum, considering what form a museum would take if an institution was reconceived from scratch. The Mellon Initiative furthers the vision adopted by the BMA in its 2018 strategic plan, which placed at its core a reevaluation of the museum's exhibitions, acquisitions, public programing, staff and board, and other operations through the lens of equity and diversity. To support the implementation of the initiative, the BMA has hired Keondra Prier as its Mellon Initiative Project Manager. Prier, who has previously held senior positions in education at the Brooklyn ... More

Hale Woodruff & mid-century abstraction lead African American art at Swann
NEW YORK, NY.- The fall sale of African American Art is at Swann Galleries Thursday, October 7 with market—and house—favorites returning to auction. The sale will feature works by both modern and contemporary artists, ranging from the abstract to figurative and sculptural works. Mid-century abstraction forms the focus of the sale with works by artists who are essential to the canon. Hale Woodruff’s majestic oil-on-canvas Carnival, circa 1958—the largest of Woodruff’s abstractions to come to auction, which has not been shown publicly in over 70 years—is on offer ($250,000-350,000). Two significant abstract oil paintings by Norman Lewis demonstrate his early work in Abstract Expressionism in New York with the first, a scarce 1947 oil-on-board abstraction based on the iron work of New York doors and gates ($60,000-90,000); the ... More

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On a day like today, Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan was born
September 21, 1960. Maurizio Cattelan (born 21 September 1960, Padua, Italy) is an Italian artist. He is known for his satirical sculptures, particularly La Nona Ora (1999) (The Ninth Hour, depicting Pope John Paul II struck down by a meteorite), Him (2001), and Love Lasts Forever (1997). In this image: The sculpture middle finger by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan during the inauguration in front of the Stock Exchange building in Milan, Italy.

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