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Indigenous artists are the heart of the Venice Biennale

Jeffrey Gibson in his studio in Hudson, N.Y., with a painting, at right, for his U.S. Pavilion exhibition at the Venice Biennale, Jan. 3, 2024. The work, titled “Whereas It Is Essential to Just Government We Recognize the Equality of All People Before the Law,” cites the Civil Rights Act of 1875 in close, angular letters. (Elliott Jerome Brown Jr./The New York Times)

NEW YORK, NY.- Before visitors step into any gallery at the 2024 Venice Biennale, opening April 20, Indigenous artists will have made their presence known. A collective of painters from the Brazilian Amazon, MAHKU (Movimento dos Artistas Huni Kuin), will cover the facade of the central exhibition hall with an intricate mural. Inuuteq Storch, the first Greenlandic and Inuk artist to represent Denmark at the festival, will erect a “Kalaallit Nunaat” sign (or “Greenland”) above the pavilion’s entrance. (Greenland has been a self-governing country within ... More


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National Sciences Academy asks court to strip Sackler name from endowment   Paula Cooper Gallery opens an exhibition of new paintings by Dan Walsh   Thaddaeus Ropac opens "Jonathan Lasker: Painting and Drawing"


The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine building in Washington on March 8, 2023. (Shuran Huang/The New York Times)

NEW YORK, NY.- The National Academy of Sciences is asking a court to allow it to repurpose about $30 million in donations from the wealthy Sackler family, who controlled the company at the center of the opioid epidemic, and to remove the family ... More
 

Installation view, Dan Walsh, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, April 4 – May 18, 2024. © Dan Walsh. Courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, New York. Photo: Steven Probert.

NEW YORK, NY.- An exhibition of new paintings by Dan Walsh opened on Thursday, April 4th at 534 West 21st Street. Expanding his investigation into system-based abstraction, Walsh’s new paintings appear effortless and inevitable despite the exacting ... More
 

Portrait Jonathan Lasker by Charles Duprat.

PARIS.- This exhibition of works by Jonathan Lasker at Thaddaeus Ropac Paris Marais presents a dialogue between a group of his pencil and ink drawings spanning over a decade, and the first body of paintings to emerge from his newly established studio in Munich. This significant change from the energy and noise of New York ... More



Where Kamala Harris lives, a little known history of enslavement   "The Raquel Welch Collection" smashes expectations at Julien's Auctions netting over $1 million   Hernan Bas's sixth solo exhibition at Perrotin in Paris


Navy engineers discovered the foundation of a smokehouse at the Naval Observatory in Washington in 2020. (Matthew Stinson/Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Washington via The New York Times)

WASHINGTON, DC.- Three years ago this month, Vice President Kamala Harris moved into her official residence in northwest Washington, a quiet 73-acre enclave where the U.S. Navy keeps an observatory as well as the nation’s master clock. ... More
 

A necklace worn by a ravishing Raquel Welch in all her splendour and in one of her most iconic photos, stunned once again as today’s top selling item.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Julien’s Auctions, the industry-leading Hollywood auction house, concluded last evening “BOMBSHELL: THE Raquel Welch Collection” and sold all of the nearly 500 marquee items owned by the legendary beauty and Golden Globe Award-winning trailblazer, Friday, April 12th live in Los Angeles and online. Costumes, ... More
 

Hernan Bas, The last museum guard at the last museum on Earth, 2024. Acrylic on canvas, 274.3 x 213.4 cm | 9 x 7 ft. Photo: Silvia Ros. Courtesy of the artist and Perrotin.

PARIS.- Perrotin is presenting The First and the Last, Hernan Bas’s sixth solo exhibition at the gallery. Featuring paintings and works on paper, the exhibition explores the blurred boundaries between reality and fiction, drawing viewers into a world where the extraordinary and the mundane collide. Bas’s work encourages us to reflect ... More


In the Nigeria Pavilion, criticism meets optimism   Alain Delon at his very best: Ravishing, yes, but also destabilizing   Parrish Art Museum announces remarkable new additions to its collection


Adriano Pedrosa, curator of the 60th edition of the Venice Biennale, “Foreigners Everywhere,” near the entrance to the Giardini in Venice, Italy, April 7, 2024. (Matteo de Mayda/The New York Times)

LAGOS.- People in Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city, are hardly shy. The stereotype runs toward boisterousness, worn as a point of pride. But when artist and poet Precious Okoyomon recorded interviews with about 60 city residents in January for an art project, the unusual questions — such as “Who was responsible for the suffering of your mother?” — ... More
 

In an image provided by the cinema, Alain Delon in “Cercle Rouge.” The French star is the subject of a series at Film Forum focusing on movies from the ’60s and ’70s, when he became an international sensation. (Film Forum via The New York Times)

NEW YORK, NY.- When Luchino Visconti first saw Alain Delon, he is said to have cried out, “It’s him!” Visconti had found his Rocco, the tragic, tender soul of his next film, the 1960 family drama “Rocco and His Brothers.” One of the founders of Italian neorealism, Visconti apparently didn’t bother ... More
 

Peter Nadin. Hurricane, 1985, oil on paper, 14⅛ x 11⅛ in. Gift of Diane L. Ackerman.

WATER MILL, NY.- The Parrish Art Museum announced the addition of significant artworks to the Museum’s permanent collection. The acquisitions cover a diverse range of artistic styles and eras and further solidify the Museum's commitment to presenting a comprehensive range of contemporary and historical art. Among the notable additions is Hurricane by Peter Nadin (American, b. Britain 1954), who moved to New York ... More


Now open: Kimsooja, 'Meta-Painting' at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York   The first "Olympia Timed Spring 2024' online auction offers an amalgam of affordable treasures   Roberto Cavalli, designer who celebrated excess, dies at 83


Installation view, Kimsooja, Meta-Painting, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, 2024. Photo by Pierre Le Hors.

NEW YORK, NY.- Tanya Bonakdar Gallery is presenting Kimsooja’s first solo exhibition with the gallery on view April 12 through June 14, 2024. This marks Kimsooja’s first solo exhibition in New York in almost 20 years. Since the early 1980s, Korean conceptual ... More
 

A Japanese face defence (Mempo). Estimate: £600 - £800.

LONDON.- Olympia Auctions announced a Timed Online Auction of over 600 lots including a large distinguished group of Indian and South-East Asian Art reference books, European and Japanese antique arms and armour and thirty works by talented Iraqi artist Nadira Azzouz. Estimates start as low as ... More
 

Roberto Cavalli at a black-tie event in New York, Feb. 8, 2012. (Casey Kelbaugh/The New York Times)

NEW YORK, NY.- Roberto Cavalli, the Italian fashion designer who celebrated glamour and excess, sending models down the runway and actresses onto red carpets wearing leopard-print dresses, bejeweled distressed jeans, satin corsets and other unapologetically flashy clothes, has died. He ... More




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The O.J. Simpson white Bronco is now a museum piece. In Tennessee.
PIGEON FORGE, TENN.- Tyler Starrett was on vacation with his family in Pigeon Forge, about 35 miles from Knoxville in eastern Tennessee, when they learned on Thursday that O.J. Simpson had died. So they changed plans. They had heard that one of the key artifacts of the Simpson case happened to be on display nearby at the Alcatraz East Crime Museum: the 1993 white Ford Bronco that Simpson fled from police in, just days after the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson, his former wife, and Ron Goldman. They could not resist. “If the Bronco is here in Pigeon Forge, why don’t we go see it?” Starrett, 23, said. Starrett is too young to have been among the 95 million television viewers who watched the low-speed chase unfold on June 17, 1994, when a swarm of police cars followed the white Bronco over 60 miles of Southern California freeways, with Simpson holding ... More

Yan Lei joins Pearl Lam
HONG KONG.- Pearl Lam announced their global representation of Yan Lei, a Chinese conceptual artist. Yan’s unique artistic vision and unconventional approach have garnered him international recognition within the Chinese contemporary art scene. Born in 1965 in Hebei, China, Yan Lei graduated from the Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts (now known as the China Academy of Art) in Hangzhou in 1991. Through an array of mediums including painting, sculpture, installation, video, and performance, he fearlessly explores and reveals various issues such as power dynamics, competition, and the interplay of values and prices within the art system. His works often incorporate multiple and contradictory values, showcasing his thought-provoking reflections on the challenges faced in contemporary art making. As a prominent figure in Chinese conceptual ... More

Frank Lloyd Wright's Southwestern Pennsylvania opens at the Nationaal Building Museum
WASHINGTON, DC.- Frank Lloyd Wright’s Southwestern Pennsylvania presents both realized and unrealized projects Frank Lloyd Wright designed for the region from the 1930s through the 1950s. The exhibition examines how his vision of the future might have impacted urban, suburban, and rural landscapes. Realistic animated films, created by Skyline Ink Animators + Illustrators, provide, for the first time, a virtual exploration of five unrealized Wright projects for Southwestern Pennsylvania. These include a monumental reimagining of the Point (1947), a self-service garage for Kaufmann’s Department Store (1949), the Point View Residences designed for the Edgar J. Kaufmann Charitable Trust (1952), the Rhododendron Chapel (1952), and a gate lodge for the Fallingwater grounds (1941). Using three-dimensional rendering technology to choreograph ... More

Eleanor Coppola, who chronicled her family's filmmaking, dies at 87
NEW YORK, NY.- Eleanor Coppola, a documentary filmmaker and artist who called herself “an observer at heart,” a description borne out through works chronicling the cinematic triumphs and ordeals of her husband, Francis Ford Coppola, and their daughter, Sofia Coppola, died Friday at her home in Rutherford, California. She was 87. Her family announced her death in a statement, which did not state a cause. Coppola’s career as a documentarian began when her husband asked her to record the production of “Apocalypse Now,” his 1979 exegesis of the Vietnam War that took so long to make that some began calling it “Apocalypse Never.” By then, he was Hollywood royalty on the strength of his first two “Godfather” movies. But with “Apocalypse Now,” he stumbled. He came close to going broke as the movie, its roots in Joseph Conrad’s ... More

Representing the U.S. and critiquing it in a psychedelic rainbow
HUDSON, NY.- People in Venice, Italy, might hear the jingle dress dancers before they see them. On Thursay, some 26 intertribal Native American dancers and singers from Oklahoma and Colorado will make their way through the winding streets and canals of the Italian city. Wearing brightly colored shawls, beaded yokes and dresses decorated with the metal cones that give the dance its distinctive cshh cshh rattling sound, they’ll make their way to the Giardini, one of the primary sites of the Venice Biennale. There, they’ll climb atop and surround a large red sculpture composed of pedestals of different heights and perform. The jingle dress dance, which originated with the Ojibwe people of North America in the early 20th century, typically takes place at powwows. In Venice, it will inaugurate the exhibition in the U.S. Pavilion on April 20. Titled “the ... More

Dance Theater of Harlem is in new (and capable) hands
NEW YORK, NY.- It was, as Robert Garland said from the stage, a momentous occasion for him. Greeting the crowd at his first New York City Center season as the artistic director of Dance Theater of Harlem, he spoke warmly of the company’s co-founder: “Arthur Mitchell was my mentor, my hero, and he’s watching down from upstairs saying, ‘Get it right, Robert.’” The line earned laughs, but had the ring of truth — Mitchell was an exacting director. And on Thursday, Garland showed that he was getting some things right: Dance Theater, now in its 55th season, has a vintage kind of glow. It isn’t like it was in the robust old days, but it is refreshed. The company, along with its dancers, seems to be more sure of itself: It’s growing into a sense of style. Honoring Mitchell was a reminder of why Dance Theater, born after the assassination of the Rev. Martin ... More

A 'Missionary for Opera' steps down in Chicago
CHICAGO, IL.- In 1975, Anthony Freud went to a performance that changed his life. Still in his teens, he waited in line for hours to see a concert version of Benjamin Britten’s opera “Peter Grimes” at the BBC Proms in London. For the Proms, seats are removed from the Royal Albert Hall to create a vast standing room, and Freud found himself pressed against the stage, just a few feet from tenor Jon Vickers, who sang a crushingly intense Grimes. “This is what I want to spend my life doing,” he realized, recalling the show with relish in a recent interview. “I want to be a missionary for opera.” Last Sunday, Freud, now 66, was once again as close as he could be to the opera stage. At a matinee of Verdi’s “Aida,” the final full performance of his 13-year tenure as the general director of Lyric Opera of Chicago, Freud was front row, left aisle. He usually sat there — in the theater’s t ... More

Thursday ends a 13-year break from new music with a pointed song
NEW YORK, NY.- Thursday, the band once described as the “great screamo hope” for helping break the shouty punk subgenre into the mainstream with its 2001 album “Full Collapse,” returned with its first new song in 13 years Friday, “Application for Release From the Dream.” The title alone underscores just how drastically things have changed for Thursday and its peers over the past two decades: Emo has evolved from a niche concern to a form of classic rock, and the artists who put it on the map are now in their late 40s, navigating a very different kind of life. Geoff Rickly, the band’s gregarious, garrulous frontman, spent the past decade as a multitasker in the New York City borough of Brooklyn’s art scenes before documenting his path to sobriety with his 2023 literary debut, “Someone Who Isn’t Me.” In the past, the band’s songwriting process might ... More

No 'Hippie Ape': Bonobos are often aggressive, study finds
NEW YORK, NY.- In the early 1900s, primatologists noticed a group of apes in central Africa with a distinctly slender build; they called them “pygmy chimpanzees.” But as the years passed, it became clear that those animals, now known as bonobos, were profoundly different from chimpanzees. Chimpanzee societies are dominated by males that kill other males, raid the territory of neighboring troops and defend their own ground with border patrols. Male chimpanzees also attack females to coerce them into mating, and sometimes they even kill infants. Among bonobos, in contrast, females are dominant. Males do not go on patrols, form alliances or kill other bonobos. And bonobos usually resolve their disputes with sex — lots of it. Bonobos became famous for showing that nature didn’t always have to be red in tooth and claw. “Bonobos ... More

'Player Kings' review: Ian McKellen's juicy assignment as Falstaff
LONDON.- There are two shows for the price of one at “Player Kings,” in which director Robert Icke has combined both of Shakespeare’s “Henry IV” history plays into a self-contained whole. The production offers a compressed version of the royal accession story that, in this version, runs nearly four hours. It is an opportunity to experience Ian McKellen’s unbridled love of performance. At 84, the production’s leading man possesses an energy and vigor that belie his years. “Player Kings” — which runs at the Noël Coward Theater through June 22, before touring England — is the latest in a wave of recent high-profile Shakespeare productions in London. Uniquely among the other great British theater actors of his generation, McKellen still returns year after year to the stage, recently tackling Lear for a second time and playing an ... More




Two Impressive Sikh suits of armour



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On a day like today, French photographer Robert Doisneau was born
April 14, 1912. Robert Doisneau (14 April 1912 - 1 April 1994) was a French photographer. In the 1930s he made photographs on the streets of Paris. He was a champion of humanist photography and with Henri Cartier-Bresson a pioneer of photojournalism. In this image: French photographer Robert Doisneau photographed by Bracha L. Ettinger in his studio in Montrouge, 1992. Photo © Bracha L. Ettinger.



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