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Florida art scammer sentenced to over 2 years in federal prison

An undated photo provided by The United States Department of Justice of a fake Jean-Michel Basquiat work sold by Daniel Elie Bouaziz for $12 million. The Florida art dealer who promised bargains on works he claimed were originals by master artists including Roy Lichtenstein, Keith Haring and Henri Matisse has been sentenced to more than two years in federal prison for laundering money made running a counterfeit scheme, federal officials said. (The United States Department of Justice via The New York Times)

by Livia Albeck-Ripka

NEW YORK, NY.- A Florida art dealer who promised bargains on works he claimed were originals by master artists including Roy Lichtenstein, Keith Haring and Henri Matisse has been sentenced to more than two years in federal prison for running a counterfeit scheme, federal officials said. The man, Daniel Elie Bouaziz, 69, owned several art galleries in Palm Beach County, Florida, through which he operated the counterfeit scheme. He was sentenced on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Miami to 27 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay a $15,000 fine, court filings show. Bouaziz pleaded guilty in February to one charge of money laundering on the condition that federal prosecutors drop 16 other counts, according to the documents. Neither Bouaziz nor his lawyer could immediately be reached for comment on Tuesday evening. ... More

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Saatchi Yates presents an exhibition of bathing scenes in the history of painting   Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation presents "Ernest Cole: House of Bondage"   Gagosian Paris to exhibit iconic early works by Andy Warhol from 1963

Denijs Van Alsloot, A Forest Landscape, with Diana discovering Callisto’s Pregnancy, and a View of the Priory of Groenendael, 1614. Oil on Canvas, 148 x 219.5 cm.

LONDON.- This June, Saatchi Yates is presenting ‘Bathers’- a major group exhibition drawing from the rich tradition of Bathing scenes in the history of painting, in ode to the ultimate summer muse. Tracing its genesis to classical antiquity, artists have depicted the bathing figure over the ages, from the French Masters appreciation of natural beauty, to its radical reconstruction by Picasso. Today, this tradition continues to captivate the imagination, with the new exhibition at Saatchi Yates exploring this enduring subject, grounded in the birth of Venus from the sea. The exhibition will bring together a collection of contemporary art, presented alongside renowned Post-War and Historical Masters including David Hockney, Paul Cezanne, J. M. W. Turner and Pablo Picasso. Contemporary stars such as Hurvin Anderson, Peter Doig, Henry Taylor, Eric Fischl, and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye will feature in the show, creating an artistic tapestry ... More

Ernest Cole, South Africa, 1960s. Pensive tribesmen, newly recruited to mine labour, await processing and assignment. From the chapter 'The Mines'. © Ernest Cole / Magnum Photos.

FRANKFURT.- The exhibition “Ernest Cole. House of Bondage” in The Cube, Eschborn, starting 2 June, the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation will be showing South African photographer Ernest Cole’s oeuvre. An important chronicler of apartheid politics, it is the first major exhibition of his works in Germany. In around 130 photographs, it covers all 15 thematic chapters of his eponymous book, “House of Bondage”, and also includes works from the chapter “Black Ingenuity”, which was not published in the original edition. The presentation is complemented by early original prints, personal documents of the artist, original editions of published series of images in magazines and a filmed interview with Cole from 1969. Ernest Cole (1940-1990) chronicled the Black majority’s experience during apartheid in South Africa as forcefully and comprehensively as few of his ... More

Andy Warhol, Silver Liz [Studio Type], 1963. Silkscreen ink and spray paint on linen, 40 × 40 inches (101.6 × 101.6 cm). © 2023 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

PARIS.- Gagosian is pleased to announce Andy Warhol: Silver Screen, an exhibition of three early paintings by Andy Warhol from 1963, organized for the gallery by Jessica Beck, formerly of the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh. Sixty years ago, in the summer of 1963, Warhol was thinking as both painter and filmmaker, producing silkscreened canvases with multiple images. This was when he received his first camera (a 16mm Bolex that he later used for the Screen Tests, cinematic portraits of friends and “superstars”) and his paintings began to mirror the repetitions of filmstrips. At the same time, Warhol worked in a leaky former firehouse on the Upper East Side, eventually hiring poet Gerard Malanga to complete some of his most significant early silkscreened paintings, Disasters, Silver Elvis, and Silver Liz. A year later, Warhol moved to a larger space on East 47th Street. There, lighting designer turned assistant and ... More

Yesterday and Today: From Julian Onderdonk to David Bates, Heritage presents Texas art for the ages   Tuan Andrew Nguyen, winner of the 2023 Joan Miró Prize   'The pictures are miracles': How Judith Joy Ross finds pain and nobility in portraits

David Bates (American, b. 1952), Cannas, 2000. Mixed media on panel relief, 60 x 44 x 5 inches (152.4 x 111.8 x 12.7 cm). Signed upper left: Bates. Signed, dated, and titled on the reverse: David Bates / Cannas 2000.

DALLAS, TX.- As a state, and a state of mind, Texas has always been hard to define, and this is true of Texas-based artists as well. Texas artists from the past and present don't fit into tidy categories, nor have they wanted to. The kinds of art made in Texas — landscape, abstract, figurative, conceptual, self-taught, impressionistic — puts it in conversation with both the history of art and the current moment. The very social fabric of the Lone Star State and its deep philanthropic roots, its robust collecting culture, its acclaimed institutions and a thriving commercial market has made it a home to professional artists for more than a century, and the diversity of the work and the artists themselves are a testament to Texas' fundamental art-friendliness, its appeal as a subject, and as a place to carve out a practice. Texas artists have claimed a special spot in the art cosmos and their names ... More

Tuan Andrew Nguyen, Light as Smoke, 2022. Photo: Izzy Leung.

BARCELONA.- The Vietnamese-American artist is the winner of the eighth Joan Miró Prize, one of the most prestigious contemporary art accolades in the world, which this year is being awarded by the Fundació Joan Miró with the support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF). The jury placed special value on the social, political and environmental commitment of Nguyen's work, which addresses challenging themes related to history, collective memory and the impact of colonialism through rigorous and poetic art projects in which he combines the moving image and sculpture. The SNF is funding the cash prize and the production of a solo show of Nguyen's work, to be held in 2024 at the Fundació Joan Miró. Marko Daniel, Director of the Fundació Joan Miró, and Alexandros Kambouroglou, Global Programs Director of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), have announced the artist awarded the 2023 Joan Miró Prize. Tuan Andrew Nguyen (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, ... More

The portrait photographer Judith Joy Ross, right, prepares to photograph a security guard, Naquyah Purdie, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia, April 28, 2023. With a retrospective in Philadelphia, the artist is still seeking to capture a mysterious moment with a stranger. (Hannah Yoon/The New York Times)

PHILADELPHIA, PA.- In a room hung with empathetic black-and-white photographic portraits for her retrospective at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Judith Joy Ross, frail-looking and white-haired, was recently taking pictures for her next series. Posing a guard in front of her old-fashioned wooden view camera, she chattered on in an obscenity-laced monologue about her ineptitude. Seemingly to herself, she said, “I have no idea what I’m doing. I’ve forgotten.” Then she looked up at the bald, bushy-bearded guard, who was standing compliantly where she had placed him. “That’s great,” she gushed. “Everybody can see that’s great. Fantastic. You are perfect.” He gazed ahead stolidly. Ross turned to me and said, “People don’t like to be photographed, but photographers also don’t ... More

'Chris Ofili: The Seven Deadly Sins' to open at Victoria Miro   Carpenters Workshop Gallery now presenting work by Frederik Molenschot   Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces from the Pearlman Foundation now at the MFAH

Chris Ofili, The Pink Waterfall (detail), 2019–2023. Oil and charcoal on linen, 310 x 200 cm, 122 x 78 3/4 in, © Chris Ofili, courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro.

LONDON.- Victoria Miro will be opening The Seven Deadly Sins, a major new series of paintings by Chris Ofili, starting June 2nd. Completed over the past six years, the works on view offer an expansive meditation on sin and the complex experience of sinfulness. In this series of works Chris Ofili contemplates the seven deadly sins – a subject with Biblical origins that bears fundamentally on the human condition and human behaviour. The artist intended each painting not to cleave to a particular sin, but to encompass a spectrum of excessive and transgressive behaviours. Moving through dreamlike realms at once paradisiacal, other-worldly and cosmic, these works depict scenes where humans and mythological creatures co-exist. The natural world is fecund and mysterious in this territory of sinfulness, a place where ... More

Frederik Molenschot, Bridge Chair 1A, 2023. Aluminum (Patina : Stone Washed), Edition of 20 plus 4 AP.

PARIS.- Carpenters Workshop Gallery is opening the first solo exhibition of Dutch artist Frederik Molenschot’s work, ATLAS 2000, from June 1 to September 16, 2023, in its Parisian space at 54 rue de la Verrerie in the Marais district of Paris. Occupying the first floor, this exhibition will feature new works from Molenschot’s latest research – Gingerblimp, Artificial Forest, Bridge Beat, S TATI CA, The Grasspeople, and Cosmos Life – offering a unique glimpse of his talent. The Gingerblimp, Artificial Forest, and Bridge Beat series illustrate Molenschot’s expertise in using materials such as steel and bronze to create monumental and beautifully detailed pieces. Gingerblimp presents organic and strangely familiar structures, while Artificial Forest explores the tensions between nature and artifice. Bridge Beat is a series of imaginary bridges, reflecting the artist’s fascination with ... More

Amedeo Modigliani, Jean Cocteau, 1916. Oil on canvas, the Henry and Rose Pearlman Foundation, on loan to the Princeton University Art Museum. Photograph: Bruce M. White.

HOUSTON, TX.- In the late 19th and into the early 20th century, European artists’ ability to travel along newly industrialized railway lines, and cross paths and share ideas, led to the transmission and evolution of varied artistic styles. Impressionist and Post- Impressionist Masterpieces from the Pearlman Foundation will present 38 outstanding works from the renowned collection assembled in the second half of the 20th century by New York collectors Henry and Rose Pearlman. Paintings and sculptures by Cézanne, Manet, Degas, Gauguin, van Gogh, Pissarro, Toulouse-Lautrec, Modigliani, Soutine, Lipchitz and others will be seen within the context of their experience of transience – regional, national, and international. It will explore the friendships the artists developed in Paris, ... More

Avis Newman's second exhibition with Maureen Paley opens in London   Sargent's Daughters, NY, now showing exhibition by Alex Anderson it's 'Not Romantic'   Reverend Joyce McDonald opens until July 30th at Studio M, London

Avis Newman, Strategies of Engagement VII (Thirteen Chapters), 2022. Acrylic and chalk on unstretched cotton canvas, 232 x 183 cm. © Avis Newman, courtesy Maureen Paley, London.

LONDON.- Maureen Paley is opening a new exhibition by Avis Newman, which begins today with a private viewing, and will continue through July 30th, 2023. This will be her second with the gallery and her first at 60 Three Colts Lane. “The work presented in this exhibition forms part of a larger ongoing series entitled Thirteen Chapters, which is a meditation on notions of conflict. This is a reflection on the writing of Sun Tzu’s Art of War and the lasting significance of the poetry of the German/French poet Paul Celan. The limits of language and what cannot be said has had a great effect on me as a visual artist and the notion that the image is beyond language has always been a truism for me. This conundrum has been ever present. There are such incomprehensible events in the world, near impossible to classify or comprehend, where experience and embodied ... More

Alex Anderson, Rose x Daisy Vessel, 2023, Earthenware, glaze, gold luster, 9.5 x 8.5 x 8.5 in.

NEW YORK, NY.- Sargent’s Daughters is now presenting Not Romantic, the New York City debut of Los Angeles-based artist Alex Anderson. Working entirely in ceramics, Anderson creates both freestanding sculptures and wall-based “paintings” that employ his technical mastery of the delicate medium to visualize contemporary cultural excess and his own complex experience. Anderson specialized in ceramic arts in both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and gained a unique command of the medium through additional studies at the Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute in Jingdezhen, China and the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, which he attended through a Fulbright Grant. Grounded in this expansive and cross-cultural knowledge of ceramics, Anderson’s work celebrates a medium and an aesthetic vocabulary that has long been pejoratively described as “decorative” in the Western canon. For ... More

Reverend Joyce McDonald, Untitled, 2021. Glazed ceramic, 17.14 x 17.78 x 18.41 cm. © Reverend Joyce McDonald, courtesy Maureen Paley, London and Gordon Robichaux, New York.

LONDON.- Maureen Paley is opening a new exhibition by the Reverend Joyce McDonald. This will be her first solo exhibition with the gallery, presented at Studio M, London, which will continue until July 30th, 2023. The Reverend Joyce McDonald, a multi-disciplinary artist and activist, began working with clay in the 1990s and was ordained as a minister in 2009. In her sculptural works, she enshrines her own personal narratives: living with HIV since 1985 and wider cultural experiences of family, love, loss, illness, healing, transformation, and transcendence. McDonald is a long-standing Visual AIDS artist member. McDonald works with both glazed ceramics and air dry clay, often detailing her figurative sculptures with materials at hand including acrylic paint, wite-out, markers, glitter, fabric, false eye lashes, and beads. Made ... More

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Asya Geisberg Gallery opens Kristen Sanders: "Protoself"
NEW YORK, NY.- Asya Geisberg Gallery will be presenting until July 8th “Protoself,” an exhibition of paintings by Kristen Sanders. This will be the gallery’s first solo presentation of the artist’s work. As the show’s title suggests, Sanders points her inquiry into the crux of what makes us human; imagining a moment of first consciousness of a hypothetical early human ancestor. Since 2015 her work has been circling between the extreme past of hominids millions of years ago – and the increasingly closer future of robots with super-human powers and artificial intelligence. Sanders’ fascination lies within the threshold of self-invention, distinguishing the human from both the animal and the animatronic. In considering the former, her work posits that behavioral aspects such as making a mark, or the first non-utilitarian artwork, should be valorized before corporeal evolution. By considering these defining mo ... More

Grand opening of exhibition on Warhol launched by New York Times' Blake Gopnik
GLEN ELLYN, ILL.- The Cleve Carney Museum of Art (CCMA) at the McAninch Arts Center (MAC) on the College of DuPage (COD) campus presents an engaging selection of thought-provoking programming to align with the upcoming WARHOL exhibition opening June 3 and continuing through Sept. 10. The first of these lectures, Blake Gopnik — “Andy Warhol: What Makes Him a Great Artist,” will take place at the McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd. in Glen Ellyn on the College of DuPage campus, Saturday, June 3 at 2 p.m. Gopnik will present the clearest documentation to date of a mysterious and innovative artist who constantly avoided definition, and whose work continues to impact modern culture. Gopnik conducted extensive research to create an in-depth look into Andy Warhol from historical, social and artistic perspectives, providing ... More

Robin Wagner, set designer who won three Tony Awards, dies at 89
NEW YORK, NY.- Robin Wagner, the inventive Tony Award-winning set designer of more than 50 Broadway shows, including the 1978 musical “On the Twentieth Century,” in which a locomotive appeared to be racing toward the audience with actress Imogene Coca strapped to the front of it, died Monday at his home in New York City. He was 89. His daughter Christie Wagner Lee, confirmed the death but said she did not yet know the specific cause. She did not say in what borough he lived. Wagner designed sets on Broadway, off-Broadway and for regional theater, for operas and ballets, and, in 1975, for the Rolling Stones’ Tour of the Americas. His stage for those concerts was shaped like a six-pointed lotus flower that was raked upward to the back in a delicate curve. On Broadway, his work included the sets for the transcendent 1968 rock musical “Hair” (in The New York Times, Cl ... More

Larger screens, heated seats, Sushi: Theater owners want you back
NEW YORK, NY.- More than three years after the pandemic slammed movie theaters, reducing the flow of new films and keeping patrons away, operators hope a slew of wide releases this summer will finally get those who have grown accustomed to streaming movies at home back into theaters. If they do return — for “The Little Mermaid,” “Barbie” or the latest from the Spider-Man and Indiana Jones franchises — moviegoers may find that the spaces look and feel different. Cinemas were already upgrading before the pandemic — bringing in cushier seating, bigger screens, better sound equipment, and tastier food and beverage options. But many theaters also went into 2020 with thin margins and may have survived only because of federal pandemic relief programs. Now cinemas are spending millions of dollars to beef up their offerings ... More

A surprising stage for dance: The subway platform
NEW YORK, NY.- You can tell when Ja’Bowen is feeling a song. The grounded power of his feet — whether tapping delicate, whispery notes or hitting rhythmic patterns with ferocity and speed — enlivens an unassuming place: a subway platform. But beyond his sleek and supple feet, there is simply his presence. With rigor, elegance and humor, he takes the craft of tap seriously while disarming the crowds that pass through his impromptu theater. Stumbling on Ja’Bowen is like uncovering a New York City art secret. The lucidity of his body and the music that it produces are steadying forces in an unpredictable space. For months now, this Chicago transplant has been bringing quality tap to the uptown F platform at Delancey Street/Essex Street. What he creates with taps and a wooden board — his portable stage — is a reciprocal experience. His dances ... More

'Moki Cherry: Here and Now' exhibition opens today at London's ICA
LONDON.- The title of the exhibition is inspired by an untitled drawing, an abstracted figure with arms outstretched embracing the words ‘Here & Now’ against a cloudlike landscape alongside a star and birds. It reflects the artist’s longstanding study and practice of Buddhism and its teachings which focus on being in the present, rather than dwelling on the past or speculating on the future. Characteristic of Moki’s playful use of language, it recalls her jazz musician husband Don Cherry’s 1976 album Hear & Now, for which Moki designed the cover using appliqué and collage. Formally trained as a fashion designer, Moki left school in 1959 to apprentice at an haute couture atelier, moving on to work as a design assistant at a women’s coat manufacturer two years later. In 1962 she moved to Stockholm, first taking up evening classes in pattern cutting ... More

Juan Carlos Formell, buoyant heir of Cuban musical legacy, dies at 59
NEW YORK, NY.- Juan Carlos Formell, an acclaimed singer-songwriter who settled in New York after defecting from Cuba and eventually took over as bassist for his famous father, Juan Formell, in Los Van Van, one of the most influential bands of post-Revolutionary Cuba, died on Saturday during a performance in New York City. He was 59. His death, from a heart attack he suffered onstage at the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts in the Bronx, was confirmed by his romantic and musical partner, Danae Blanco. Formell, she said, had high blood pressure and arteriosclerosis. Since fleeing Cuba for New York City in 1993, Formell had charted his own musical course, releasing five solo albums and earning a Grammy nomination in 2000 for best traditional tropical Latin performance for his debut album, “Songs from a Little Blue ... More

5 shows, 94 actors, 450 costumes: Emilio Sosa dresses Broadway
NEW YORK, NY.- During the pre-Broadway run of “Good Night, Oscar” at the Goodman Theater in Chicago, actress Emily Bergl was known to the staff as “the lady in the Dress.” As June, the wife of troubled raconteur-pianist Oscar Levant, Bergl wears a floral dress and matching chartreuse coat. The dress radiates the energy of a Jackson Pollock canvas — black and daffodil-yellow on shimmering silver brocade, hand-painted to generate the perfect luster for the stage. It stands out in that show’s sea of impeccable suits. Bergl calls it the Dress. “I’m not discrediting my performance in ‘Good Night, Oscar’ when I say that the Dress does half the work,” she said. When Bergl first met the man behind the Dress, costume designer Emilio Sosa, he told her, “June Levant’s clothes are armor.” “I knew right away that he understood the character completely, and that I was in good hands,” she said. ... More

For Lorna Courtney of '& Juliet,' New York has always been her stage
NEW YORK, NY.- To pursue her dreams of stardom, Lorna Courtney didn’t have to move far away from home. But she did have a lengthy daily commute. In her teens, she would take a bus and two trains (or three, “depending on how long I wanted to walk”) from her home in South Ozone Park, Queens, to the prestigious LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts on the Upper West Side in Manhattan. “That’s not even bad, because there were people that commuted from Staten Island,” said Courtney, the young, Tony Award-nominated star of the new Broadway musical “& Juliet.” The real distances, however, were not measured in miles. At LaGuardia, Courtney was thrown into a new world. “I realized that I was with people who had free lunch and people whose parents had yachts,” she said recently at a cafe near Union Square. She made ... More

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On a day like today, English illustrator and animator Gerald Scarfe was born
June 01, 1936. Gerald Anthony Scarfe, CBE, RDI (born 1 June 1936) is an English cartoonist and illustrator. He has worked as editorial cartoonist for The Sunday Times and illustrator for The New Yorker. In this image: Gerald Scarfe, Famous old bag, 336 by 353mm, pen, ink and watercolour drawing. Estimate: £2,000-3,000. Photo: Sotheby's.

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