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"Lady Liberty: A Bonnie Lautenberg Retrospective" kicks off Miami Art Week

Guns Kill (2022), by Bonnie Lautenberg. Benefits the Giffords Foundation, dedicated to saving lives from gun violence https://giffords.org (Dye sublimation onto aluminum, 4 feet x 4 feet).

MIAMI, FLA.- The new museum exhibition “Lady Liberty: A Bonnie Lautenberg Retrospective,” on view now during the week of Art Basel Miami Beach, features powerful images of women championing freedom. The show premieres Lautenberg’s new portrayals of the Statue of Liberty confronting some of today’s most challenging issues. One of her new works is entitled “Guns Kill,” and benefits the Gabby Giffords Foundation to save lives from gun violence - https://giffords.org. Another new work is entitled “Tears of Roe,” and confronts the recent overturning of Roe v. Wade. Both works show Lady Liberty with tears streaming down her face. “I am so honored to be selected by the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU for this new exhibition, especially at this time when women’s issues are at the forefront,” says Bonnie Lautenberg. Through March 26th, this solo museum show spans Lautenberg’s multiple series of photo ... More


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A Paris museum has 18,000 skulls. It's reluctant to say whose.   'Eyes On Iran' art activation faces the UN at Four Freedoms Sate Park   Museo Picasso Málaga: 20 years in Andalucia


The Museum of Mankind in Paris, Nov. 28, 2022. (Violette Franchi/The New York Times)

by Constant Méheut


PARIS.- With its monumental art deco facade overlooking the Eiffel Tower, the Musée de l’Homme, or Museum of Mankind, is a Paris landmark. Every year, hundreds of thousands of visitors flock to this anthropology museum to experience its prehistoric skeletons and ancient statuettes. But beneath the galleries, hidden in the basement, lies a more contentious collection: 18,000 skulls that include the remains of African tribal chiefs, Cambodian rebels and Indigenous people from Oceania. Many were gathered in France’s former colonies, and the collection also includes the skulls of more than 200 Native Americans, including from the Sioux and Navajo tribes. The remains, kept in cardboard boxes stored in metal racks, form one of the world’s largest human skull collections, spanning centuries and covering every corner of the earth. But they are also stark reminders of a sensitive past and, as such, ... More
 

Shirin Towfiq, Revolution, 2022, Photo by Austin Paz, Courtesy For Freedoms.

NEW YORK, NY.- Iranian artists Sheida Soleimani, Aphrodite Désirée Navab, Z, Icy and Sot, Shirin Neshat, Mahvash Mostala, Sepideh Mehraban, and Shirin Towfiq, alongside artists Hank Willis Thomas and JR, activate New York’s FDR Four Freedoms State Park with a provocative multi-day and multi-media art installation facing the United Nations entitled Eyes on Iran, November 28, 2022 - January 1, 2023. Timed for the U.N. initiative, 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, the installations are focused on the power of collective sight, with eyes facing the UN, signifying the world’s eyes on Iran. ‘Eyes in the Sky’ flying billboards featuring artworks by Thomas and Mostala will fly on December 3rd in New York City and on November 28th and 30th in Miami. An interactive installation by artist JR will take place on December 4th. Eyes on Iran aims to amplify the mission of Woman, Life, Freedom, a campaign demanding that the Islamic Republic of Iran ... More
 

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Sylvette. Vallauris, 1954. Cut and folded sheet metal, painted on both sides, 69.9 × 47 × 0.76 cm. Fondation Hubert Looser, Zurich © Fondation Hubert Looser, Zurich © Succession Pablo Picasso, VEGAP, Madrid, 2022.

MALAGA.- On 27 October 2023 the Museo Picasso Málaga celebrates its 20th anniversary. Now a fully matured institution, the MPM has confirmed its role in the transformation of institutional culture in Malaga and Andalusia. With more than 8 million visitors and a constantly changing programme, the MPM has also become a key reference and major stimulus for cultural tourism and for the creation of previously inexistent socio-economic networks in the museum’s immediate surroundings and beyond. Thanks to the generosity and close involvement of Christine, Bernard and Almine Ruiz-Picasso, the management of the Junta de Andalucía and the contribution of the museum’s patrons, directors and staff, the MPM has brought about a qualitative shift in museology in Andalusia. Over these past 20 years ... More



New era begins as Art Gallery of New South Wales expansion opens this Saturday   Ultra-rare 1854-S Quarter Eagle to land at Heritage U.S. Coins Auction Dec. 15-18   Woman in Gold stars in Bank of America's "Masterpiece Moment" series


Aerial view of the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ new SANAA-designed building, 2022, photo © Iwan Baan.

SYDNEY.- An exciting new era in the cultural life of Australia begins this Saturday 3 December, as the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ new building opens with over 15,000 people already registered to visit over the opening weekend. The new standalone building – designed by Pritzker Prize–winning architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA – is the centrepiece of the expansion, the most significant cultural development to open in Sydney in nearly half a century. The completion of the project creates a new art museum campus comprising two buildings connected by a public art garden on Gadigal Country overlooking Sydney Harbour. NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said ‘The Art Gallery will shortly open the doors of an extraordinarily beautiful, expanded and enhanced public institution to people from across New South Wales, Australia and the world. ‘Central to every decision made in the development and design of this project and at the heart ... More
 

Among the collector-friendly coins in this auction is a rare 1854-S Quarter Eagle, one of only 246 struck and one of no more than a dozen surviving examples.

DALLAS, TX.- A year that began in January with record results in Heritage Auctions’ $65 million FUN US Coins Signature® Auction will conclude with its Dec. 15-18 in its US Coins Signature® Auction. This event features more than 2,000 lots, with must-have options collectors of all levels and tastes. “This has been an extraordinary year for the US Coins category at Heritage Auctions, and the magnificent coins in this last auction of 2022 give every reason to believe that this event will continue that success,” says Todd Imhof, Executive Vice President at Heritage Auctions. “It includes exceptional rarities that will bolster collections of all levels.” Among the collector-friendly coins in this auction is a rare 1854-S Quarter Eagle, one of only 246 struck and one of no more than a dozen surviving examples. Only three issues – the 1875 Eagle, the 1875 Half Eagle and the 1841-O Half Eagle (unknown in any collection) – ha ... More
 

Gustav Klimt (Austrian, 1862–1918), Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, 1907, oil, gold, and silver on canvas. Neue Galerie New York. Acquired through the generosity of Ronald S. Lauder, the heirs of the Estates of Ferdinand and Adele Bloch-Bauer, and the Estée Lauder Fund

NEW YORK, NY.- Neue Galerie New York and Bank of America announced the launch of a Masterpiece Moment featuring Gustav Klimt’s Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I (1907). Masterpiece Moment is a video series presented by Bank of America that explores great works of art from museums around the world. In this video, Neue Galerie director Renée Price offers expert insight on the Klimt portrait, which is in equal parts famous for its stunning composition and historically significant provenance. Popularly known as the Woman in Gold, the portrait has been called the greatest in the Klimt's "golden style," and is revolutionary for both its timeless beauty and a provenance story that represents perseverance and justice. Adele, the wife of a wealthy Jewish industrialist Ferdinand ... More


Almine Rech now represents Michael Kagan   Anthony Olubunmi Akinbola now represented by Sean Kelly, New York   Nils Stærk invites seven artists to participate with works, which are all based on found materials


Portrait of Michael Kagan, 2022 / Courtesy of the Artist and Almine Rech - Photo: Elisabet Davidsdottir.

PARIS.- Almine Rech announced the representation of American artist Michael Kagan in Europe, UK, Asia. The gallery will additionally represent Kagan in collaboration with Venus Over Manhattan in the US. Born in Virginia, Kagan received his MFA from the New York Academy of Art and has since been based in New York City. Kagan’s bold, large-scale oil paintings delve into the physical and emotional journey of adventurers, namely astronauts and Formula 1 drivers. His paintings merge atmospheric and physical elements with technical details, where aerospatial and engineering components are created and executed skillfully using thick and deliberate brushstrokes. The result is a clear yet captivating depiction of the subject matter. Michael Kagan's recent exploration of sculptures maintains these atmospheric elements that have become synonymous with his paintings but with the added layer of a third dimension. ... More
 

The artist’s signature Camouflage paintings, consisting of single and multi-panel works, utilize the ubiquitous du-rag as their primary material.

NEW YORK, NY.- Sean Kelly, New York announced their representation of Anthony Olubunmi Akinbola. He will also be represented by Night Gallery on the West Coast. Born in Columbia, Missouri, Akinbola, is a first-generation American raised by Nigerian parents in the United States and Nigeria. His layered, richly colored compositions celebrate and signify the distinct cultures that shape his identity. The artist’s signature Camouflage paintings, consisting of single and multi-panel works, utilize the ubiquitous du-rag as their primary material. Universally available and possessed with significant cultural context, the du-rag represents for Akinbola a readymade object that engages the conceptual strategies of Marcel Duchamp and other significant artistic predecessors. Throughout his work Akinbola unpacks the rituals and histories connecting Africa and America, addressing the power of fetishization around cultural objects. ... More
 

Installation photo. Are we there yet? NILS STÆRK, 2022 Photo: Malle Madsen.


COPENHAGEN.- Are We There Yet? Are we there yet? was among the most googled questions in 2021. It is a trivial yet ambiguous statement about how far we still are from our destination – as individuals and as a species. From a macro perspective, the question has an existential dimension which sums up our impatient approach to the present and the future as a finishing line. With its open and questioning phrasing, the exhibition title thus establishes a reflective framework for the works, which are all based on modified everyday objects that cut across geographical barriers. Whether it be a psalm, software or faux flora, the exhibited works are all cultural modifications of existing symbols of nature – and thus undergo a marked semiotic transformation. In this negotiation of material and connotations, each artist reflects on the ecological conditions under which we live. The exhibition moves like turbulence in the air between prediction and future ... More


Brooklyn Museum acquires painting by Japanese American Modernist Bumpei Usui   Academy Museum appoints Amy Homma as Inaugural Chief Audience Officer   On March 26, 2023, Hammer Museum to mark completion of two decades of transformation


Bumpei Usui (1898 – 1994), Bronx, N.Y., 1924. Oil on canvas 20 x 24 inches. Signed, right center, in Japanese, with circular scroll, and dated “1924”.

BROOKLYN, NY.- 511 Gallery and 511 Projects announced the placement of the early twentieth-century painting, Bronx, N.Y. (1924) by the Japanese American modernist painter, Bumpei Usui, into the American Art Collection at the Brooklyn Museum. Bumpei Usui was born in Nagano prefecture, Japan, the third child in a family that worked in the farming of silkworms and the producing of raw silk. The dates of his emigrating from Japan and his whereabouts in the first decade of the century are unclear, but circa 1917, he was in London, working in a furniture factory designing “Oriental” furniture, and it is known that by 1921 he had arrived in New York City, had set up a framing shop on East 14th Street, and was taking art classes at the Art Students League. He was soon framing the works of many of the city’s top modernist artists – John Marin, Charles Demuth, and Yasuo Kunyoshi ... More
 

Amy Homma, Photo by Ye Rin Mok, ©Academy Museum Foundation.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Jacqueline Stewart, Director and President of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, today announced that Amy Homma has been appointed to the new role of Chief Audience Officer effective immediately. She previously held the role of Vice President of Education and Public Engagement at the museum. As Chief Audience Officer, Homma will work to enhance, deepen, and evolve the Academy Museum’s overall public and community profile. In addition, she will develop internal and external strategies to affirm and actualize the museum’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. Under her leadership, the museum’s Film Programs, Education and Public Engagement, Community and Impact, Digital Content and Strategy, and Marketing, Communications, and Group Sales teams will strategize and drive meaningful engagement with audiences of all backgrounds, abilities, and interests. ... More
 

The campaign to date has achieved $156 million of its goal.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- UCLA Hammer Museum director Ann Philbin announced today that the institution’s two-decades-long project to remake itself inside and out—including expanding, renovating, and transforming the building—will reach its culmination on Sunday, March 26, 2023. The public will be welcomed into the final major architectural components of the project, designed by Michael Maltzan Architecture, and an exciting new group of exhibitions celebrating the Hammer’s collection of contemporary art. As always, the museum offers free admission to its exhibitions and programs. The new building, the Lynda and Stewart Resnick Cultural Center, anchors the Hammer's overall transformation. The center honors co-owners of The Wonderful Company, global philanthropists Lynda and Stewart Resnick, and their longstanding commitment and impact on arts and culture in Los Angeles and across California. ... More




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14th century ring discovered by metal detectorist fetches £38,000
LONDON.- An exceptionally fine ring that had been discovered by a metal-detectorist in Dorset and is believed to have been the wedding ring given by Sir Thomas Brook to his wife Lady Joan Brook for their marriage in 1388 has been sold by Mayfair Auctioneers Noonans today (Tuesday, November 29, 2022) in their auction of Jewellery and Watches for a hammer price of £38,000. It was bought via a commission bid but saw interest on both the telephone and internet as well. Discovered by David Board, aged 69, who took up metal detecting again in 2019, he could not have envisaged what he was going to find. Having tried detecting on local beaches in the 1970s and not finding much, it was a family friend who motivated him to try his luck again. Now armed with the latest detector, an XP Deus, David got permission to search near Thorncombe in Dorset by a local farmer, ... More

Free exhibition exploring British Chinese communities and culture opens at the British Library
LONDON.- Comprising handwritten letters, photographs and oral histories, Chinese and British at the British Library (18 November – 23 April 2023), supported by Blick Rothenberg, explores the active part Chinese communities have played in British society for over 300 years. From the first recorded individuals arriving from China in the late 1600s to Europe’s first Chinatown being established in Liverpool during the 1850s, this free exhibition draws on personal stories and moments of national significance to ask what it means to be Chinese and British. It celebrates the lasting impact of Chinese people, who can trace their heritage to regions across east and southeast Asia, on the UK, from wartime service and contributions to popular cuisine to achievements in literature, sport, music, fashion and film. Presenting personal artefacts from Chinese British communities alongside books, ... More

Lily van der Stokker's fifth solo show with kaufmann repetto opens in Milan
MILAN.- kaufmann repetto is glad to present I Am Going To Sleep Now, Lily van der Stokker’s fifth solo show with the gallery. Featuring over 40 works spanning more than three decades, the exhibition offers an unprecedented focus on van der Stokker’s drawings, which have been at the core of her creative process since the 1980s. Her ongoing practice takes a conceptual approach, where an unheroic standard sheet of paper and a set of coloring pencils become the territory of boundless expressive possibilities, and of uninhibited artistic self-determination. Throughout Lily van der Stokker’s oeuvre, conventional conceptions of artistic value are subverted by a playful, yet double-edged radical insistence on themes which have been routinely excluded from the realm of high culture. Stemming from her visual strategy which is generally denigrated as a taboo for ‘serious’ art – ... More

Adeem the Artist, crafting a country music of their own
NEW YORK, NY.- Hannah Bingham understood that the blouse she had bought for her spouse of six years, Adeem Bingham, who was turning 32 in 2020, would be more than a mere garment or birthday present. Deep green silk and speckled with slinking tigers and glaring giraffes, it was her tacit blessing for Adeem to explore beyond the bounds of masculinity. “Adeem had expressed an interest in dressing more feminine, but they went in the opposite direction: boots, trucker hats, canvas work jackets,” she said in a phone interview from the couple’s home in Knoxville, Tennessee, as their 5-year-old, Isley, cavorted within earshot. “I thought, ‘If you’re not doing this because it might change our relationship, I’m going to help you.’” The blouse proved an instant catalyst. Incandescent red lipstick followed, as did a svelte faux fur coat, another gift. Adeem donned the outfit for family ... More

Philip Tsiaras London retrospective exhibition opens at Varvara Roza Galleries
LONDON.- Varvara Roza Galleries and The Blender Gallery present the second major solo exhibition in London of Philip Tsiaras: “The Return of THE SUPERDOT: A Retrospective. The retrospective exhibition will feature a historic survey of paintings by prolific international artist Philip Tsiaras, known as ‘The Greek Warhol’, and will run from November 30th to December 23rd , 2022 at Gallery 8, 8 Duke Street St. James's, London. A full-length, hardback book titled “The SUPERDOT”, published by Key Books, will accompany the exhibition. The New York-based artist will attend the invitation only opening event on Wednesday November 30th. The SUPERDOT is a series of highly detailed, colourful Dot Portraits depicting celebrated and powerful personalities from the fields of art, music, cinema, politics, fashion, and high society. The exhibition will include Tsiaras’s SUPERDOT ... More

Louise Tobin, jazz vocalist who put her career on hold, dies at 104
NEW YORK, NY.- With the big band era in full swing in 1939, Louise Tobin, a jazz vocalist with Benny Goodman’s orchestra, was on the cusp of nationwide fame. But she soon put her career on hold at the request of her husband, the trumpeter and bandleader Harry James. James had begun touring with his own band, leaving Tobin to care for their two sons, Harry Jr. and Tim. And after the couple divorced in 1943, Tobin devoted herself to raising them for the next 20 years or so. Over time, her melodic voice was largely forgotten — until she was invited onstage for an impromptu performance at a New Orleans nightclub in the late 1950s. A recording of that appearance helped jump-start her career, and she soon joined the band of Michael (Peanuts) Hucko, a clarinetist and bandleader. The two became an item and married in 1967. Tobin, who spent the next decades traveling the world ... More

Robert Gabris wins the Belvedere Art Award 2022
VIENNA.- A new biennial prize for contemporary art was awarded by Vendome Projects and the Belvedere on Monday, November 28, 2022. The prize is endowed with 20,000 euros. The selection of Robert Gabris was made for the artist’s impressively focused and engaged body of work. He draws intensively on his background in the Roma community, while constantly questioning the limits of identities imposed on individuals and groups from the outside. His art scrutinizes the condition of the human body, exploring its edges and forms in relation to queerness, more-than-human life, and multiple marginalizations. His visual language ranges from precise drawings to prose poems to layered sculptural combinations that revel in complexity while engaging diverse publics. His experimental drawings serve as a way to resist exclusion and racism while always remaining fluid and open to interpretation. ... More

Susan Kikuchi, 74, dies; Staged Martha Graham dances and 'King and I'
NEW YORK, NY.- Susan Kikuchi, a former dancer in Martha Graham’s company who was acclaimed in the United States and abroad for her outstanding stagings of Graham’s dances and for her revivals of the Jerome Robbins musical “The King and I,” died on Nov. 14 in the New York City borough of Manhattan. She was 74. Eric Kivnick, her husband, said she died suddenly of natural causes but gave no other details. When asked how she became involved in dance, Kikuchi would reply, “I fell into it.” It was a shorthand way of explaining that her mother was Yuriko, one of the Graham company’s leading dancers and teachers. (Yuriko died in March at 102.) Susan Kikuchi had watched her mother’s performances, classes and rehearsals with Graham dancers since her childhood. And she was still a child when she began to observe rehearsals of “The King and I” after Robbins cast Yuriko in 1951 ... More

Beautiful Rolex Cosmograph Daytona wristwatch soars to $54,870
NEW HAMBURG.- Rolex ruled the roost in Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd.’s online-only Luxury Watches sale, as 14 of the top 20 finishing lots were made by the renowned Swiss watchmaker. The top earner was a Rolex Ref. 116515 Cosmograph Daytona, a model first introduced in 1963 to meet the demands of race car drivers. It sold within estimate for $54,870. All prices quoted are in Canadian dollars and include an 18 percent buyer’s premium. The Cosmograph Daytona featured a black monobloc Cerachrom bezel in ceramic with an engraved tachymeter scale, and an 18kt Everose gold case. It was powered by calibre 4130, a self-winding mechanical chronograph movement developed and made by Rolex. The chocolate dial with black Arabic numbers accented the gold case and alligator strap. It was a tidy sale, with just 78 curated timepieces coming up for bid, but it featured luxury ... More

Celebrating 150 years of the Winnipeg Free Press wwith 'Headlines: The Art of the News Cycle'
WINNIPEG.- The Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG)-Qaumajuq celebrates a major milestone of a beloved Manitoban institution. For 150 years, the Winnipeg Free Press has remained a staunchly independent news source and now, in celebration of this historic anniversary, Headlines: The Art of the News Cycle explores the news and how we consume it.  The exhibition draws on the critical work of artists, which include artworks made from the news and newsprint, as well as works that explore headlines, comics, editorials, obituaries and, of course, fake news. As news media has an ever-increasing impact on the way that communities talk about the world, the lines between the media, the community, and the individual are becoming blurred. Headlines will further contextualize the art on display with exhibition design that includes a “newsroom” activities area and interactive programming. ... More

Alain Tanner, leading director in Swiss New Wave, dies at 92
NEW YORK, NY.- Alain Tanner, a pioneering director in the Swiss New Wave movement that took off in the 1970s, known for his cerebral, left-leaning films that challenged bourgeois complacency, died Thursday in Geneva. He was 92. His death, in a hospital, was confirmed by Association Alain Tanner, a Geneva-based group that preserves and promotes his work. Growing up in Switzerland, surrounded by France, Germany, and Italy with their rich cinema traditions, Tanner went on to be a founder of the so-called Group of 5, norm-shattering Swiss directors who helped drive a new form of national cinema. His best-known films tended toward a stark neorealism, laced with incisive dialogue and an arid wit, and often centered on characters struggling against conformity. Looking back on his career in his later years, Tanner said he was proud to have been part of a generation that strove to shake ... More




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On a day like today, Italian architect Andrea Palladio was born
December 30, 1508. Andrea Palladio (30 November 1508 - 19 August 1580) was an Italian architect active in the Venetian Republic. Palladio, influenced by Roman and Greek architecture, primarily by Vitruvius, is widely considered to be one of the most influential individuals in the history of architecture. In this image: Model of the Villa Capra, known as the Villa Rotonda, 1970. Lime and beech wood with porcelain biscuit details, 65.5 x 140 x 140 cm. Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura Andrea Palladio, Vicenza. Photo: Alberto Carolo.



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