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Meadows Museum opens 'Canvas & Silk: Historic Fashion'

Canvas & Silk has been divided into themes that elucidate various trends in the history of European fashion in general and Spanish dress in particular over the past five hundred years. Photo: Guy Rogers III.

DALLAS, TX.- The Meadows Museum, SMU, has opened a major exhibition of Spanish dress and fashion that pairs paintings from the Meadows’s collection with historic dress and accessories from the Museo del Traje, Centro de Investigación del Patrimonio Etnológico in Madrid. Canvas & Silk: Historic Fashion from Madrid’s Museo del Traje marks the first major collaboration between this important Spanish institution and an American museum and includes approximately 40 works from the Meadows alongside examples of dress and accessories from the Museo del Traje (Spanish National Museum for Fashion). Displayed together, the works in the exhibition not only tell the story of how fashion trends in Spain changed over five hundred years, but also reveal how elements of a country’s history – such as its involvement with global trade or the formation of a national identity – are reflected in its dress. Canvas & Silk will be on vi ... More

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Eli Wilner & Company announces period frame donation program for museums   Gagosian opens an exhibition of new paintings and works on paper by Nathaniel Mary Quinn   A simple directive sparked a storied career: 'Now, take the picture.'

One American circa 1820s frame, shaped and gilded, with a sight size of 71 1/4 x 55 ¾ inches, available for donation to a non-profit institution. Please contact Eli Wilner & Company at 212-744-6521 for more information.

NEW YORK, NY.- Eli Wilner & Company is formally announcing a program that facilitates the placement of period frames in museums on behalf of private clients who have rare and unused frames within their collections. This is a unique service that Wilner has provided for decades, which more recently has been in greater demand, in part due to pandemic-related shutdowns during which time many individuals have been re-evaluating the art objects in their homes, in particular those that are family heirlooms. As of Fall 2021, Wilner is actively seeking to place two unique and valuable period frames in museums or other non profit institutions, on behalf of two different private clients. In one situation, a client had inherited an extremely large framed mirror that had been in storage for more than half a century. As the client was in the process of relocating and down-sizing, and had no emotional attachment to the object itself, the idea of donating was a ... More

Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Double-Barreled Shotgun, 2021. Black charcoal, gouache, and soft pastel on Coventry Vellum Paper, 48 x 45 in. 121.9 x 114.3 cm. © Nathaniel Mary Quinn. Photo: Rob McKeever. Courtesy Gagosian.

NEW YORK, NY.- Gagosian is presenting NOT FAR FROM HOME; STILL FAR AWAY, an exhibition of new paintings and works on paper by Nathaniel Mary Quinn. This is his first exhibition with the gallery in New York. In striking composite portraits rendered in charcoal, gouache, oil paint, oil stick, and pastel, Quinn probes the relationship between perception and memory. Bringing together visual fragments from a variety of sources—including online media, fashion magazines, comic books, and family snapshots—he conjures hybrid faces and figures that are neo-Dadaist in their fractured appearance, yet realist in their carefully painted details and overall psychological effect—a divide that speaks to the intensity of in-person encounters. With these portraits, Quinn furthers his dynamic take on the Surrealist strategy of the cadavre exquis. Working without preliminary sketches, he produces near perfect simulations of torn-paper ... More

Michelle V. Agins, staff photographer for The New York Times, near her home in New York, Sept. 12, 2021. Gabriela Bhaskar/The New York Times.

by Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff

NEW YORK, NY.- Michelle V. Agins was only a child when she caught a murder on camera. She was about 10 or 11 years old, she recently recalled, and was sitting up one night on the top floor of her apartment building on the South Side of Chicago, experimenting with time exposures on some new equipment. She saw a familiar face through her window — a man named Red, in the alley below, flanked by a man to whom he owed money. “I heard Mr. Red saying, ‘Please don’t kill me. Here’s all the money,’” Agins said. “The guy says, ‘No, too late, too late, man.’ And he turned him around and shot him in the back of the head.” The money that had been in Red’s hands went everywhere, with some of it floating into Agins’ family’s backyard. Instead of being scared, Agins did what a particularly pragmatic young person would do: She told her grandmother, whom she lived with, that there was money to be collected downstairs. And after her grandmother went ... More

Christie's Prints & Multiples Sale now live for bidding   Cave featuring Native American wall art is sold to an anonymous bidder   Anarchy, and $$$, in the vintage punk clothing market

Andy Warhol, Mickey Mouse, 1981. (detail). Estimate: £100,000-150,000.

LONDON.- Prints & Multiples, the online-only sale offering a wide selection of works spanning from the late 19th century to the present day, is live for bidding from 16 to 28 September 2021. The online auction showcases American Pop Art screenprints from the second half of the 20th century, headlined by Andy Warhol’s complete set of ten Electric Chairs (1971, estimate £120,000-180,000). A defining image of his seminal body of work: Death and Disasters is presented alongside Mickey Mouse (1981, estimate: £100,000-150,000). Warhol admired Walt Disney and he included his most famous cartoon character as one of the ten protagonists of his portfolio Myths. Other coveted and iconic Warhol works in the sale include Tomato Soup, from: Campbell's Soup I (1968, estimate: £50,000-70,000), the full set Truck (1985, estimate: £50,000-70,000), Red Lenin (1987, estimate: £50,000-70,000), Jane Fonda (1982, estimate: £15,000-20,000) and Ted Turner (1986, estimate: £15,000-25,000) who were famously married ... More

Picture Cave’s subterranean system is nestled within 43 acres of undeveloped land in Warrenton, MO.

by Isabella Grullón Paz

NEW YORK, NY.- A Missouri cave considered to be the most important rock-art site in North America was sold at auction Tuesday to a private buyer, devastating leaders of the Osage Nation tribe who had hoped to buy the cave to “protect and preserve our most sacred site.” The buyer, who remained anonymous, agreed to purchase what is known to historians as the Picture Cave, along with 43 acres of hilly surrounding land, for $2.2 million, outbidding tribal representatives who were present at the auction. “Picture Cave is our most sacred site,” Andrea Hunter, director and tribal historic preservation officer for the Osage Nation, said in a statement. “It is a burial site, and it is a sacred ritual site. Picture Cave is invaluable and irreplaceable.” The cave is a “subterranean masterpiece,” according to Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers, the St. Louis-based firm handling the auction. ... More

Sid Vicious would never believe how much his old clothes are worth, and the lengths to which counterfeiters will go to fake them.

by Mark C. O’Flaherty

NEW YORK, NY.- Not long ago, Paul Gorman, a pop culture historian in London, the author of “The Life & Times of Malcolm McLaren: The Biography” and an authenticator for auction houses that specialize in rock fashion, was given a shirt attributed to Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood’s Seditionaries label, circa 1977, to assess. Made of muslin, it was decorated with an instantly identifiable graphic by artist Jamie Reid, created for the sleeve of the Sex Pistols’ “Anarchy in the UK” single. If it were genuine, it would command a significant price at auction. At a Bonhams sale in May, a 1977 parachute shirt by McLaren and Westwood sold for $6,660, and a rare black-and-red mohair sweater embroidered with a skull and crossbones and the lyrics to the Sex Pistols’ “No Future” went for $8,896. Gorman, however, didn’t believe the shirt he was ... More

Sculpture of giant fountain pen to be unveiled in Oxford   Yolanda López, artist who celebrated working-class women, dies at 78   Pace opens an exhibition of two bodies of work by Paul Graham

Michael Craig-Martin RA. Photo:Caroline True. Courtesy Gagosian. 2014.

OXFORD.- A new sculpture, an immensely tall purple fountain pen, by one of Britain’s most celebrated artists, Michael Craig-Martin RA, will be unveiled outside the University of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government on Walton Street, Oxford on 23 September 2021. The sculpture, Fountain Pen 2019, is a vivid magenta in colour and balances strikingly on the single point of the pen’s nib. The piece was commissioned by the Blavatnik School of Government from the artist to provide a piece of public artwork that would celebrate the University of Oxford’s Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, where the Blavatnik School of Government is based. The artwork will be accessible to all and is intended to express the research and learning carried out in the city. Craig-Martin said: “The image I proposed for Oxford was that of a fountain pen. The image can be seen as a reference to serious study and learning, particularly to the signing of important documents, an ... More

“Free Los Siete,” one of Ms. López’s political posters created to support seven young Latino men charged with killing a police officer. They were eventually acquitted. Photo: Yolanda López.

NEW YORK, NY.- Yolanda López, an artist and activist who created one of the most famous artworks in Chicano history by boldly recasting the Virgin of Guadalupe in her own image — as a young, strong, brown woman wearing running shoes and a wide grin — died Sept. 3 at her home in San Francisco. She was 78. The cause was complications of liver cancer, said her son, Rio Yañez, also an artist. López made other types of work, including conceptual art installations and political posters, but her 1978 painting “Portrait of the Artist as the Virgin of Guadalupe” is by far her most acclaimed and widely reproduced. It has appeared over the years in art books, feminist histories and Chicano anthologies. It has shown up on T-shirts and tattoos. And along with similar work by Patssi Valdez and Ester Hernández, it inspired younger generations of Latina artists to rethink the Roman ... More

Paul Graham, SPRING (Missing), J.P. Morgan Chase, 270 Park Avenue, 2018. Pigment print mounted to Dibond image, paper and mount, 57 -3/4" × 77 -1/8" (146.7 cm × 195.9 cm) frame, 73 -1/4" × 92 -1/8" × 4" (186.1 cm × 234 cm × 10.2 cm) Edition 1 of 5. Edition of 5 + 2 Aps. © Paul Graham, courtesy Pace Gallery.

PALO ALTO, CA.- Pace Gallery is presenting an exhibition of two bodies of work by Paul Graham as part of the artist’s first West coast show since his 2015 solo exhibition at Pier 24, San Francisco. The series on view in the exhibition—The Seasons and Sightless—were first presented in Pace’s New York gallery in a show that was abbreviated by the pandemic. Graham’s images are on view from September 16 through October 16, 2021 at the gallery’s Palo Alto space. Over the past three decades, the New York–based artist, who first came to prominence in the United Kingdom in the 1980s with his radical use of color photography, has travelled widely, producing twelve distinct bodies of work, and has been the subject of more than eighty solo exhibitions worldwide. In 2011, The Museum of Modern ... More

Vito Schnabel Gallery opens an intimate presentation of works by Jordan Kerwick   Vienna's Secession opens an exhibition of works by Danh Vo   Peter Williams, who painted the Black experience, dies at 69

Jordan Kerwick, The difference between too much and not enough, 2021 (detail). Oil, acrylic, and spray on canvas, 78 3/4 x 70 7/8 inches (200 x 180 cm) © Jordan Kerwick; Courtesy the artist and Vito Schnabel Gallery.

NEW YORK, NY.- Vito Schnabel Gallery is presenting Jordan Kerwick: Things we talk about, things we see, the gallery’s first exhibition dedicated to the Australian-born artist. This intimate presentation, which features four new paintings, anticipates the artist’s major New York solo show with Vito Schnabel that is scheduled to open in March 2022 at the gallery’s 19th Street location in the Chelsea Arts District. Jordan Kerwick has quickly acquired global recognition for his bold, raw and unapologetic approach to palette and pattern, executing vivid, expressionistic and highly-stylized compositions. Domestic objects, predatory animals, and mythical beasts — taxidermy rugs ornamented with geometric markings, double headed king cobras, ferocious fanged tigers, and feather-maned unicorns — populate his ... More

Danh Vo, 2021, installation view Secession 2021. Photo: Nick Ash.

VIENNA.- In August 2020, my colleague Hans Weinberger and I made a short trip to Güldenhof, an old farm in Brandenburg that artist Danh Vo has turned into a multipurpose space and studio. Over the past couple of years, he has transformed former barns and outhouses into wood and ceramics workshops, storage spaces, and a greenhouse. He’s laid out a “wild” garden with a variety of flowers and vegetables. He’s also built a central farm building, with a variety of bedrooms and sleeping places, and a large utilitarian kitchen with a giant long table for eating, talking and playing games. This farm has become a creative retreat for the artist — a place to try out new things, to produce and to connect with visiting artists, artisans, students, and curators. In addition to these ephemeral encounters there are Vo’s regular collaborators who are present often on a daily basis. These include Vo’s studio manager Marta Lusena; the photographer Nick Ash; cabinet ... More

Peter Williams in the studio. Photo: Courtesy Luis De Jesus Los Angeles.

NEW YORK, NY.- Peter Williams, whose colorful paintings — sometimes humorous, sometimes disturbing, often both — reflected his own history, Black history and contemporary issues like police brutality and mass incarceration, died Aug. 19 in Wilmington, Delaware. He was 69. His wife, Elishka Vitanovska Mayer, said the cause was a heart attack. Williams first exhibited as a teenager — he offered paintings for sale at the Woodstock music festival in 1969 — and was prolific for half a century. His output was vast and ever-changing. Some of his work was abstract, some figurative; some represented an interior monologue in which he sought to define his own identity; some spoke directly and bluntly to current events. In recent years he garnered attention for several series inspired by high-profile killings of Black people by police officers — a group of paintings, heavy in blue tones, invoking the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014; ... More

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Adalberto Álvarez, Latin dance music maestro, is dead at 72
NEW YORK, NY.- Adalberto Álvarez, one of Cuba’s most celebrated musicians, who as a bandleader helped revive and refashion Cuban son, a fusion of European and African styles and instruments that was vital to Latin dance music, died Sept. 1 in a hospital in Havana. He was 72. The cause was complications of COVID-19, the official Cuban newspaper Granma said. An award-winning composer and arranger, Álvarez was known as “El Caballero del Son” (the “Gentleman of Son”) because of his passion for the genre and the infectious enthusiasm with which he repopularized it. Son is at the root of salsa, among other Latin dance genres, and is considered the bedrock of the Cuban sound. “I don’t think there is a composer more important for Cuban popular music than Adalberto,” said Isaac Delgado, one of Cuba’s best-known salsa singers. “He created ... More

Iran museums reopen after year-long Covid break
TEHRAN.- Iran reopened museums in Tehran and other cities Sunday after a more than year-long closure because of the Covid-19 pandemic. "Museums in Tehran and other large cities that are no longer red-coded, meaning the risk of contracting the virus was very high, reopened on Sunday," the director of Iran's museums, Mohammad-Reza Kargar, told AFP. "Tourists and visitors are welcome to return while observing (sanitary) measures." A country with a millennia-long history, Iran has an abundance of 746 museums, including 170 in the capital. "We are absolutely delighted, and we think the people are too because they were fed up with staying home, and visiting museums improves their mood," Kargar said in his tourism and heritage ministry office. "We have safety protocols in place of course, and the number of visitors will be dependent on the space ... More

Branagh's 'Belfast' boosts Oscars hopes with Toronto prize
OTTAWA.- "Belfast," Kenneth Branagh's black-and-white homage to the hometown he fled as a child, raised its profile as an early Oscar frontrunner by winning the Toronto film festival's coveted top prize Saturday. Voted for by audiences, the People's Choice Award at North America's biggest film festival has become an increasingly accurate Oscars bellwether, predicting eventual best picture winners such as last year's "Nomadland." "Our first showing of 'Belfast' at TIFF was one of the most memorable experiences of my entire career," Branagh told the Toronto International Film Festival ceremony via video message. "I am thrilled, I am humbled and I'm deeply grateful," added the veteran British actor-director, 60, whose film career has ranged from Shakespeare to superhero film "Thor" across more than four decades. Branagh's latest, deeply personal dramedy ... More

With a rare 'Oedipe,' the Paris Opera pulls together
PARIS.- Before rehearsals for his staging of George Enescu’s “Oedipe” at the Paris Opera, playwright and director Wajdi Mouawad did something unusual. He put together a glossary of all the obscure references in the libretto — like “the water of Castalia,” a sacred spring in Delphi — and sent it to the chorus. Mouawad, 52, who runs the Théâtre National de la Colline in Paris, was taken aback to find the choristers had never received anything like it. When he approached the company’s technical crew to explain to them the story of “Oedipe,” a rarity from the 1930s based on the Greek myth, their reaction was similar, he said in an interview — few directors ever bothered to pay them much mind. “It’s odd, because I hear, ‘It’s wonderful, you say hello,’” Mouawad added. “I feel like I’m stepping into a traumatized world that now believes its trauma is the norm.” Trauma is not a bad way of describing th ... More

A celebrated virtuoso on an instrument she wasn't meant to play
MANCHESTER.- The ethereal sound of the kora, a centuries-old West African instrument, reverberated as Sona Jobarteh, a virtuoso from one of Gambia’s most celebrated musical families, plucked its strings with her forefingers and thumbs. Under purple stage lights at the Manchester International Festival in July — her first performance since the pandemic began — Jobarteh added her velvet voice to the crisp sound of the kora, a 21-string instrument that combines the qualities of a lute and a harp. She sings in Mandinka, a language spoken by one of Gambia’s many ethnic groups, and the words descended like rainfall on the audience in northern England. Like her father and relatives stretching back generations, Jobarteh is a griot — a musician or poet whose tradition is preserved through the family bloodline. And in West Africa, the griot ... More

Review: In 'Sun & Sea,' we laze away the end of the world
NEW YORK, NY.- In May 2019, as the art world raced through the first preview day of the Venice Biennale, a tiny number of us set off for a naval base in the northeast corner of the city. There, inside a damp storehouse commandeered as an ad hoc pavilion for Lithuania, we ascended a scaffold and looked down on a startling sight: a large sandy beach. Beneath us, children played with buckets and shovels; dogs dozed and yapped; and a cast of more than a dozen sang of delayed flights and exploding volcanoes to a spare, insistently catchy electronic score. No one had pegged this as a highlight of the biennial. But it quickly became clear that it was a masterpiece of culture in a changing climate: a dismayingly rare subject for art, given its urgency. Three days later “Sun & Sea” (the title, like the music, is only superficially benign) won the show’s top prize, ... More

Verdon and Fosse: 'She gave him stuff. He gave her stuff.'
NEW YORK, NY.- A dance is never just about the steps. But what if Gwen Verdon hadn’t happened to Bob Fosse? Nicole Fosse, their daughter, has a suspicion that her mother had a good deal to do with Fosse’s steps. Nicole was there when he would ask Verdon to show him a few. He would rearrange them, change the angle. He would connect them. “He’d be trying to find something in his body, and she would get next to him and start imitating him,” Nicole said. “He’d look at her and then all of a sudden there was this symbiotic thing that happened between them: And then there was the step.” This October, as part of the Fall for Dance Festival at New York City Center, Nicole is giving her mother credit where she believes credit is due. In a festival commission, the Verdon Fosse Legacy — which Nicole formed in 2013 to promote, preserve and protect ... More

Robert Peak's original painting of Marlon Brando movie poster makes its auction debut
DALLAS, TX.- Illustrator Robert Peak is so often cited as "The Father of the Modern Movie Poster" that when you Google the latter, you inevitably get the former. The ad man and maker of Time magazine covers painted more than 130 film posters in the 1960s, '70s and '80s, and was feted time and again "for injecting vitality and vibrant colors" into those works, as The New York Times noted upon his untimely death in 1992. Even an expurgated list of his work features some of the most recognizable movie art of the last half century, including West Side Story, Camelot, My Fair Lady, Excalibur, Rollerball, Funny Girl, The Spy Who Loved Me, Superman: The Movie, Enter the Dragon and the first five Star Trek films. "The greatest movie posters ever done were done by Dad," says his son Roberto Santo, himself a renowned sculptor. Santo speaks ... More

SculptureCenter presents a new commission by Diane Severin Nguyen
LONG ISLAND CITY, NY.- SculptureCenter is presenting IF REVOLUTION IS A SICKNESS, a new commission by Diane Severin Nguyen. The exhibition is built around a moving image work set in Warsaw, Poland, that loosely follows the character of an orphaned Vietnamese child who grows up to be absorbed into a South Korean pop-inspired dance group. Widely popular within a Polish youth subculture, K-pop is used by the artist as a vernacular material to trace a relationship between Eastern Europe and Asia with roots in Cold War allegiances. In this context, the fraught dichotomy of the East and the West is further complicated by the significant Vietnamese diaspora currently living in Poland, composed of Northerners who migrated before the fall of the Iron Curtain, and Southerners who came in the aftermath of the Vietnam War. While such inherited ... More

Digital presentation showcases works by Italian artist Gaia Fugazza
LONDON.- Part of Richard Saltoun’s ‘Women 2.1’ virtual series of exhibitions spotlighting female artists, this digital presentation showcases works by Italian artist Gaia Fugazza. The online exhibition presents a series of wood and mixed media works by Fugazza that draw on primal everyday experiences, pairing the wonders of nature and the universe with female “rituals of corporeal management”. The exhibition brings together a selection of works from Fugazza’s renowned Contraceptive series, depicting the more mundane aspects of female fertility, alongside works displaying the wonders of nature and the uni-verse - constellations, childbirth and animal figures reminiscent of the traces found in the Lascaux caves. In presenting different female contraception’s methods, the artist is interested in addressing this subject from an artistic, psychological, ... More

Freeman's first auction of 2021 fall/winter season achieves 95% sell-through rate
PHILADELPHIA, PA.- Freeman’s announced the results of its September 15 Art and Design auction, in which all but six lots of the 126-lot auction sold, resulting in a 95% sell-through rate. Property from the Estate of Gabriele Lee (Lots 1-19), a prominent champion of the arts in Philadelphia, performed at a 100% sell-through rate; the auction overall achieved $563,475, outperforming its high estimate. “We’re thrilled with the results of our season-opening auction, which saw consistent results across paintings, prints, sculpture, and design works, and strong performances by local Philadelphia and Pennsylvania artists like Thomas Chimes, Edna Andrade, James Havard, and Elizabeth Osborne,” says Olivia Zvara, Head of Sale. “We are especially pleased to have achieved a 100% sell-through rate for the Estate of Gabriele Lee, which demonstrates ... More

Jean-Claude van Itallie, 'America Hurrah' playwright, dies at 85
NEW YORK, NY.- Jean-Claude van Itallie, a playwright, director and performer who was a mainstay of the experimental theater world and who was especially known for “America Hurrah,” a form-bending trio of one-acts that opened in 1966 in the East Village and ran for more than 630 performances, died on Sept. 9 in Manhattan. He was 85. His brother, Michael, said the cause was pneumonia. Beginning in the late 1950s, van Itallie immersed himself in the vibrant off-off-Broadway scene, where playwrights and performers were challenging theatrical conventions. He joined Joseph Chaikin’s newly formed Open Theater in 1963, and his first produced play, “War,” was staged in the West Village. He was a favorite of Ellen Stewart, who had founded La MaMa Experimental Theater Club in 1961. Van Itallie’s early works, including components of what became ... More

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On a day like today, American glass artist Dale Chihuly was born
September 20, 1941. Dale Chihuly (born September 20, 1941, Tacoma, Washington, is an American glass sculptor and entrepreneur. In this image: Dale Chihuly sits in front of a wall featuring his drawings in the cafe during a preview of the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit at the Seattle Center in Seattle. The new, permanent 1.5 acre exhibit is located near the base of the Space Needle. It looks at the career of Chihuly and features an eight-gallery exhibition hall, conservatory and garden as well as a cafe with a selection of Chihuly's collections of vintage accordions, radios, clocks and other mid-century memorabilia.

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