- The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum to Showcase The Binney Collection of Indian Art
- The Cantor Arts Center Presents Walker Evans Photographs from a Private Collection
- Hamburger Kunsthalle features Ferdinand Hodler, Aleksandr Deyneka, & Neo Rauch
- The Kim Foster Gallery Shows Recent Figurative Paintings by Louis Renzoni
- The Bronx Museum of the Arts Presents Survey of Jan Downey's Expansive Career
- The Wichita Art Museum Presents the World Renowned Kelley Collection
- The Ringling Museum of Art Features Exhibition Spotlighting Peter Paul Rubens
- Albright-Knox Art Gallery shows Full Color Depression: First Kodachromes
- The Rubin Museum Displays "Quentin Roosevelt's China" Exhibition
- Library of Congress Receives Papers of American Composer Charles Strouse
- Sotheby's Auction to Feature Group of Israeli Art from the Phoenix Collection
- The Museum of Mexico City Hosts The First Retrospective of Ricardo Martinez
- The Park Avenue Bank presents Andy Warhol ~ Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century
- The Classic Frame
- Indian and South East Asian Art Sale Announced at Sotheby's
- Gemeentemuseum shows Modern & Contemporary Art ~ XXth Century
- Rolling Stones ~ Unpublished Photos by Peter Webb on View at Snap Galleries
- The Whitney Museum Presents an Exhibition Exploring Lucinda Child's Legendary Dance
- The Film Forum to Premiere Tamra Davis's Film of Jean-Michel Basquiat
- This Week in Review in Art Knowledge News
Posted: 19 Feb 2012 12:28 AM PST
MADRID - The Binney Collection of Indian Art in the San Diego Museum of Art (USA) is one of the world's Most Important collections of 12th to 19th-century South East Asian art. A selection of 105 paintings, prints and manuscripts will now be Shown in Europe for the first time, visitors to the Introducing work of local artists produced for rulers and for the Persian, Central Asian and European merchants who Arrived in India during this period. The works on display Demonstrate These artists' remarkable Ability to Adapt and modify traditional style without losing their distinctively Indian character. The San Diego Museum of Art will premiere 106 works of art from its Edwin Binney 3rd Collection in an exhibition titled Into India: South Asian Paintings from The San Diego Museum of Art at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum of Art in Madrid, Spain. On view from 28th February through 20th May.
Roxana Velásquez, Executive Director for The San Diego Museum of Art, will accompany the world-renowned works of art to Spain, sharing these works from the Museum's Permanent Collection with an international art audience.
"It is an honor to lend works from our permanent collection to a major international art institution such as the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum of Art in Madrid, Spain – a museum best known for displaying magnificent art from around the world. Equally as exciting is that The San Diego Museum of Art is the institution bringing an exhibition of Indian paintings to Spain for the first time," says Velasquez.
The exhibition is organized Into four sections, starting with a juxtaposition of works in the autochthonous Indian tradition and the type of painting produced for foreign clients from the 15th century onwards. This is Followed by a second section on the illumination of books of Persian poetry, to third on the birth and evolution of the new style from the confluence That Arose Between These Two Traditions in the 16th century under Mughal rule, and a final section with paintings produced for British traders and civil servants Associated with the East India Company. The latter constituted a group of enlightened clients notably, Whose desire for Knowledge About India That is Reflected in works convey the natural beauties of the country, STI flora and fauna, landscapes and peoples.
Focused exhibitions of works from the Binney Collection previously have been on display in the United States, China, France, Switzerland, and Canada; this will be its first stop in Spain. Individual works from this collection have been lent as objects in exhibitions in many prestigious institutions around the world including The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, NY, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the Musée Guimet, Paris.
Created in 1988, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection Foundation pioneered a new formula for the private management of public assets in Spain, and Its Apparent Efficacy Has Been Opened ever since the museum doors in October 1992 STI. Since That Time, Both the museum and the foundation That Manages Have grown and evolved it, Expanding the collections and facilities With The Addition of the Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection as a long-term loan in 2004 and the extension of the Villahermosa Palace, as Increasing the number as well and variety of Activities, temporary exhibitions and Educational Programmes. The team of people who makes the institution's daily Existence Also possible've Been augmented, But The Engine That Keeps Running Smoothly the foundation've Always Been Their drive and motivation. Visit : http://www.museothyssen.org/en/thyssen/home
Posted: 18 Feb 2012 11:06 PM PST
Stanford, CA.- The Cantor Arts Center is proud to present "Walker Evans" on view at the museum through April 8th. American photographer Walker Evans (1903–1975), with his direct and unsentimental images of life on small-town streets, in New York subways, and on sharecroppers' porches, inspired generations of photographers and helped shape contemporary art. The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University presents a broad survey of Evans' 50-year career, drawn entirely from the collection of Elizabeth and Robert J. Fisher. This exhibition encompasses not only Evans' brilliant documentation of the Great Depression and his work with James Agee on 'Let Us Now Praise Famous Men', the landmark study of three tenant farm families in Alabama published in 1941, but also his little-known experimental photographs from 1928 to 1930; the subway series (1938–41) later published in the monograph 'Many Are Called; photo-essays for Fortune magazine' (1945–65); and rare Polaroid SX-70 prints from his final years. The exhibition includes more than 125 vintage prints as well as an extensive selection of Evans' original books and magazines. The progenitor of the documentary tradition in American photography, Evans had the extraordinary ability to see the present as if it were already the past, and to translate that knowledge and historically inflected vision into an enduring art.
Posted: 18 Feb 2012 10:38 PM PST
HAMBURG,GERMANY - The exhibition Müde Helden (Exhausted Heroes). Ferdinand Hodler – Aleksandr Deyneka – Neo Rauch deals with the utopian ideal of the 'Neue Mensch' ('new man') and its history in the 20th century. In the oeuvre of the three painters featured in this exhibition, the radical transformation of this ideal can be observed in exemplary fashion. It starts with the proclamation of the 'new man' at the beginning of the 20th century, leads on to the political appropriation of the ideal in the vision of a socialist order, and ultimately draws to a close with the abandonment of all idealism after the end of Communist rule in the East Bloc in the late 1980's. On exhibition from 17th of February through 13th of May at the Hamburger Kunsthalle.
Posted: 18 Feb 2012 10:20 PM PST
New York City.- The Kim Foster Gallery is pleased to present "The Darker the Shadow, the Brighter the Light", on view at the gallery through March 10th. "The Darker the Shadow, The Brighter the Light" consists of recent figurative paintings by Louis Renzoni. Using a color palette of dark blue, soft yellow, pink and white , Renzoni creates a noir atmosphere of women caught in a moment of transition. Ordinary routines appear slightly sinister. Small areas of light don't illuminate but seem on the verge of being completely overwhelmed by darkness. Major characters, rather than being accented by shadows, are in and hidden by them. The paintings convey a specific mood, usually a kind of disturbing quiet. He calls it a flicker between the romantic and the ordinary.
Posted: 18 Feb 2012 09:44 PM PST
New York City.- The Bronx Museum of the Arts is pleased to present "Juan Downey: The Invisible Architect", on view at the museum through May 20th. The exhibition brings together more than 100 works from Downey's expansive career, from his early experimental work with art and technology to his groundbreaking video art from the 1970s through the 1990s, the exhibition will include drawings, paintings, video and photographic installations, and the artist's notebooks, which have never before been on view. "Downey revolutionized the field of video art and pioneered an art form that has had continued relevance for contemporary artists working today," said Bronx Museum of the Arts Director Holly Block. "As a Chilean, Downey maintained a connection with Latin American culture throughout the many decades he lived and worked in New York. These dual influences give his work a special resonance with the Bronx Museum and with our community. In addition, Downey has exhibited at the Bronx Museum before, making this exhibition a homecoming of sorts."
Posted: 18 Feb 2012 08:42 PM PST
Wichita, Kansas. The Wichita Art Museum is pleased to present "The Harmon and Harriet Kelley Collection of African American Art", on view at the museum from February 19th through May 13th. One of the largest, most comprehensive privately-owned collections of African American art in the United States is coming to the Wichita Art Museum, bringing with it a rich history, a once in a lifetime cultural experience and one couple's inspiring story that brought this collection to life. The exhibition features sixty-nine works on paper by influential African American artists from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.
Posted: 18 Feb 2012 08:41 PM PST
Sarasota, Florida.- In a sweeping exhibition filled with prints and paintings showing triumphal allegories both sacred and secular, meditative landscapes, stately portraits, violent hunts, and fleshy female beauties from classical mythology who inspired the term "Rubenesque," the Ringling Museum presents in partnership with the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp, "Peter Paul Rubens: Impressions of a Master", on view at the museum from February 17th through June 3rd. The exhibition features more than 100 magnificent paintings and prints by and after Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), that together celebrate the legacy of one of the greatest artists of all time. In conjunction with the exhibition, the Ringling will host noted Rubens scholars for a two day symposium on the artist's Triumph of the Eucharist Series tapestry series, from March 30-31, 2012. Five large-scale canvases related to the series grace the Ringling's Rubens Galleries and are highlights of the Museum's collection.
"Peter Paul Rubens' canvases depicting the Triumph of the Eucharist series are the crown jewels and anchors of the Ringling Museum's collection. For sheer spectacle, the Ringling's Rubens Galleries are unrivalled in any museum in America," said Steven High, executive director of The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. "Rubens created for himself an illustrious career and is truly one of art history's giants. This exhibition brings his distinctive style to the fore, as well as revealing the breadth of his artistic productions, from the paintings that made him famous to the prints that made his work available to a wide and international public." Renowned for his virtuoso handling of oil paint, energetic compositions, and dramatic, triumphal, and often sensual style, Rubens was also an international diplomat, a shrewd businessman, a scholar and collector, a friend to rulers and thinkers, and the director of a large workshop. Europe's kings and princes prized his works, which included altarpieces and other religious pictures, portraits, hunt and mythological scenes, and monumental decorative programs in oil paint and in tapestry. At the height of his career, Rubens undertook a campaign to reproduce and disseminate his paintings, drawings, and tapestry designs in printed format. "Peter Paul Rubens: Impressions of a Master" will be the Ringling's first ever exhibition devoted to the work of its preeminent artist. The exhibition also invites visitors to discover a little-known aspect of Rubens's artistic practice – his printmaking. Rubens was not simply an artist – with the help of his workshop and his collaborators, including his printmakers, he created a global "brand," a particular style and a hallmark of quality valued the world over.
Rubens realized that through prints, his most famous compositions could be enjoyed by an international public, by those who could not afford his paintings or travel to see his magnificent schemes. Dissatisfied with the earlier, frequently unauthorized reproductions of his work, Rubens rather unusually obtained legal authority to copyright his images, engaging, it would seem, with the very same intellectual property issues that beset artists today. Yet unlike Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt, or Francisco Goya, Rubens did not make his own prints, but rather hired printmakers to translate his compositions into authorized reproductive engravings and woodcuts and supervised them vigorously. He avoided artists who tried to impose their own ideas and styles on the reproductions, encouraging printmakers to imitate his painterly effects. At the show's core are around forty magnificent prints after compositions by Rubens from the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp, repository of the largest group of prints after Rubens in the world. These are joined by several paintings by and prints after Rubens from the Ringling collection. While the paintings are well-known favorites to regular Ringling visitors, the prints have rarely, if ever, been on view. The exhibition gives audiences a chance to compare and understand how painted compositions were transformed into printed ones, pairing paintings from the Ringling with prints made after them, from the collections of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp. For example, Rubens's painting depicting the Flight of Lot and His Family from Sodom from the Ringling collection is displayed alongside a print made after it by Lucas Vorsterman, one of the printmakers Rubens employed to make authorized reproductions of his images. The exhibition also includes a didactic installation by Bradenton-based artist Joe Loccisano to help visualize the artists' process from painting to print. The exercise illustrates the distinctive differences between forms of print media, including engraving, etching and woodcuts.
John Ringling, one of the five original circus kings of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, was blessed with entrepreneurial genius and through his success with the circus and other investments, became quite wealthy. In 1911, John (1866-1936) and his wife, Mable (1875-1929) purchased 20 acres of waterfront property in Sarasota, Florida. The couple's first project in Sarasota was the splendid Venetian Gothic mansion Cà d'Zan, built between 1924 and 1926 for a then staggering sum of $1.5 million. In the spirit of America's wealthiest Gilded Age industrialists, John Ringling gradually acquired a significant art collection, including paintings by Peter Paul Rubens, Velàzquez, Poussin, van Dyck and other Baroque masters, as well as rare antiquities from Cyprus. He built a palace for his treasures in a 21-gallery Museum of Art on his Sarasota property. The Florentine style building emulates the Uffizi Gallery and was specifically designed to house his collection of European paintings and art objects. The Ringlings had accumulated a treasure trove of objects, the result of many trips to Europe while searching for new circus acts. For years they acquired columns, architectural details and many fine art pieces. The result is a museum with a courtyard filled with bronze replicas of Greek and Roman sculpture, including a bronze cast of Michelangelo's David.
John Ringling bequeathed his art collection, mansion and estate to the people of the State of Florida at the time of his death in 1936. By the late 1990s, the decay from deferred maintenance had reached a critical point. The Cà d'Zan mansion was falling apart, the roof of the Museum of Art leaked, and the building completed in 1957 to house the Historic Asolo Theater was condemned. The future of the Ringling Estate was uncertain. In 2000, Ringling's original $1.2 million endowment had hardly grown to $2 million. Governance was transferred from the State of Florida's Department of State to Florida State University establishing the Ringling estate as one of the largest museum/university complexes in the nation. As part of the University, the Museum has experienced a rebirth. In 2002, when $42.9 million was provided through the State for new buildings, it came with a condition that the Ringling board raise $50 million in endowment within five years. Impossible as the task then seemed, more than $55 million was donated or pledged by 2007. The transformation that culminated in 2007 restored all the existing buildings and expanded the Estate with four new buildings on the Museum's Master Plan: the Tibbals Learning Center, the John M. McKay Visitors Pavilion – housing the Historic Asolo Theater, the Education/Conservation Building and the Ulla R. and Arthur F. Searing Wing. The Museum's financial footing was also secured with the beginnings of a healthy endowment. Visit the museum's website at ... http://www.ringling.org
Posted: 18 Feb 2012 08:31 PM PST
BUFFALO, N.Y.- Organized by Bruce Jackson (SUNY Distinguished Professor and UB James Agee Professor of American Culture), with Albright-Knox Curator for the Collection Holly E. Hughes, this exhibition will feature a selection of rarely seen color photographs from the Library of Congress' Farm Security Administration (FSA) photography collection. The black-and-white photographs taken by the FSA's team—composed of Walker Evans (American, 1903–1975), Dorothea Lange (American, 1895–1965), Ben Shahn (American, 1898–1969), Russell Lee (American, 1903–1986), and others, under the leadership of Roy Emerson Stryker—include some of the most recognizable images of American cities, towns, and countryside during the Great Depression. The team began documenting America in 1935 and ultimately took at least 175,000 black-and-white images, as well as some color images using a film called Kodachrome.
No one knows exactly how many frames they shot in color, but only 1,615 survive. Until recently, most of these images had not been seen since they were initially processed by Kodak's lab in Rochester well over half a century ago. Kodachrome, the most stable fine-grain color film ever made, was introduced as 16mm movie film in 1935. During the following three years it became available in canisters for 35mm cameras and in sheets for medium- and large-format cameras. By late 1939, the processing was as good as the film, and some of Stryker's FSA photographers began experimenting with it. They continued their work after the FSA project was absorbed by the Office of War Information (OWI) in 1942, through its dissolution in 1944. All of the project's surviving color images are now available as high-resolution scans from the Library of Congress.
For this exhibition, Jackson, a photographer himself, has selected, printed, and, in some instances, restored a representative group of images; some of the prints required more than a thousand separate corrections. Jackson's selections range from the first tentative explorations of Marion Post Wolcott (American, 1910–1990)—who used the film in the same way she used monochrome film—to the more complex color work of Lee and Jack Delano (American, 1914–1997)—who were beginning to understand that color photography was different than monochrome—and the hyped advertising-style propaganda images of Alfred T. Palmer (American, 1906–1993) from the early years of World War II.
Color photography would not find a firm base in the art world until the exhibition of works by William Eggleston (American, born 1939) at The Museum of Modern Art in 1976, but, as the images in this exhibition demonstrate, the path was marked decades before by Roy Stryker's FSA team. Their assignment was to document what America looked like during and at the end of the Great Depression; in the process, they discovered new ways the camera lens could see and represent the world.
This exhibition is organized by Bruce Jackson, SUNY Distinguished Professor and James Agee Professor of American Culture, University at Buffalo, and Curator for the Collection Holly E. Hughes. It is presented in cooperation with The Humanities Institute, University at Buffalo, and the Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress.
Visit the Albright-Knox Art Gallery at : http://www.albrightknox.org/
Posted: 18 Feb 2012 08:30 PM PST
New York, NY - In 1939, at the height of the Sino-Japanese War, a 19-year-old Harvard art history student set off for the remote region of Lijiang, China, in search of the mysterious ancient culture of the Naxi (Nah-shee). Launched on his quest after receiving a gift of a 40-foot Naxi funeral scroll depicting a soul's journey through heaven and hell in a pictographic script, Quentin Roosevelt, grandson of President Theodore Roosevelt, traveled for four months before he finally reached the mountainous region on the Tibetan border. There, with the help of the Reverend James Andrews, a family friend and Pentecostal missionary based in Lijiang, he spent 10 days assembling what was to become one of the most complete collections of Naxi art outside of China.
Posted: 18 Feb 2012 08:29 PM PST
Wasington,DC - Celebrated American composer Charles Strouse presented his papers to the Library of Congress in a private ceremony. Librarian of Congress James H. Billington formally accepted the gift on behalf of the Library and the American people and honored Strouse, perhaps best known for such musical-theater smashes as "Annie," "Bye Bye Birdie," "Applause" and "Golden Boy." Strouse's memoir, titled "Put on a Happy Face," will be published by Sterling Publishing. It will be available July 1.
Posted: 18 Feb 2012 08:28 PM PST
NEW YORK, NY.- Sotheby's Israeli and International Art sale is a much anticipated annual event held in autumn in New York. The sale this year will take place on November 24th and will feature superb examples of classic and contemporary Israeli art spanning 100 years. Works from the sale are estimated to bring more than $2.7 million and will be exhibited alongside Important Judaica at Sotheby's New York galleries beginning 18 November, 2009. In 1998, as part of the 50th anniversary of the State of Israel, an extensive exhibition of several hundred selected works from the Phoenix Collection was shown at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.
Posted: 18 Feb 2012 08:27 PM PST
Mexico City.- The Museo de la Ciudad de México (Museum of Mexico City) is proud to present "Ricardo Martinez" on view at the museum until October 30th. A little over two years after his death the Museum of the City of Mexico opened this new exhibition on July 13th, the first posthumous retrospective and the most important retrospective of the artist's work to date. Mounted in the newly refurbished top floor of the museum, the exhibition comprises works from the Foundation Ricardo Martinez, the Museum of Modern Art, the National Autonomous University of Mexico, the Mexican Art Gallery, Bancomer Foundation and about 15 private collections. The exhibition features more than 110 pieces, including oil paintings, sketches, photographs and some of his personal collection of pre-Hispanic figures.
One of the main objectives of the exhibition is to locate and publicize the work of Ricardo Martinez, which due to lengthy active period, ranging from the late forties until shortly before his death in January 2009. True to his own style, Ricardo Martinez was an artist who kept out of mainstream and artistic trends of the twentieth century, and although they took items he used in his work, he always retained an independence that is perhaps what gives a certain timelessness to his painting. Thus in the exhibit, visitors can glimpse features resembling the Mexican School of Painting, the landscapes of Dr. Atl, the style of the great muralists, the stroke of Hispanic Soriano and monumentality. Always figurative, the selection of the exhibited work allows the audience into the world of Ricardo Martinez. Most canvases are displayed accompanied by small sketches that show the process of creation, in which the colors change at the last moment, details are added or removed and perspectives change.
The search for identity seems to be a constant in the painting of Ricardo Martinez, the monumentality of form, color palette and lack of background scenery give greater weight to the human form and became his signature style, seen throughout his artistic career. Large canvases surround the visitor with sober colors and geometric pyramidal structures that invade the halls of the Museum of Mexico City, the serenity of Martinez's work appropriate for the space in unique ways. Born in Mexico City, Ricardo Martinez was educated abroad. After returning to Mexico, Martinez studied law at the National University of Mexico but decided instead to become a painter. He was a self-taught artist who never received any formal training. He exhibited for the first time at the Galeria de Arte Mexicano, Mexico City in 1942 and has since enjoyed international recognition. After a period of still life painting his work evolved to a form of monumental non-narrarive figural painting. His style can be related to Rufino Tamayo.
The Museo de la Ciudad de Mexico (MCM) is a public museum located on Avenida Pino Suarez No. 30, just two blocks from the Plaza de la Constitución (Zócalo). The museum is a beautiful colonial palace which dates back to 1536. Since then the building has been remodeled and modified many times, both in appearance and in its operation, having served from the palace of noble families to neighborhood. In 1960 the Federal District Department decreed that the property should become the official home of the Museum of Mexico City, giving it its current name. The museum has four rooms for temporary exhibitions as well as a permanent exhibition covering the history of Mexico City and the studio of the painter Joaquín Clausell on the top floor. The museum also contains the Jaime Torres Bodet Library (the largest Collection of literature about Mexico City). Visit the museum's website at ... http://www.cultura.df.gob.mx/
Posted: 18 Feb 2012 08:26 PM PST
NEW YORK CITY - The Gallery at The Park Avenue Bank presents Andy Warhol: Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century through March 2, 2007. This edition of silk-screen prints by Andy Warhol (1928-1987), one of the most important artists of the late twentieth century, is from the permanent collection of The Jewish Museum, the preeminent U.S. institution exploring 4,000 years of art and Jewish culture. The MEET A MUSEUM program offers exhibitions from participating museums in its gallery, located in midtown Manhattan. The Park Avenue Bank has ushered in a new era for banking by displaying rare artwork pieces to its customers from museums around the globe at its main retail branch right in the heart of New York City.
Posted: 18 Feb 2012 08:25 PM PST
NEW YORK, NY.- This Fall Sotheby's will unveil two highly important 19th Century European paintings: one on a painting by Sir Frederic Lord Leighton "Venus Disrobing for the Bath" and the other Beauty in a Marble Room by John William Godward. The Eli Wilner Company, which is based in New York replicated the frames as both artists are noted Victorian painters that favored classical-style frames for their artworks.
Posted: 18 Feb 2012 08:24 PM PST
NEW YORK, NY.- Sotheby's sale of Indian and South East Asian Art in New York on 24 March 2010 features a well curated selection of Indian, Himalayan and South East Asian works of art. A strong selection of Indian miniatures as well as modern and contemporary paintings are also included in the 184 lot sale that is estimated to fetch $5/7.3 million; the auction will be on exhibition at Sotheby's from this Friday, 19 March. Leading the modern paintings in the sale is an Untitled work by Manjit Bawa. The canvas is one of the largest paintings produced by the artist and the most important work by him ever to appear at auction (est. $200/300,000).
Posted: 18 Feb 2012 08:23 PM PST
THE HAGUE, NL - For the first time in its history, the Gemeentemuseum presents a vast display of modern and contemporary art filling two whole floors of its main building. The new exhibition, entitled XXth Century, uses both major historical events like the Wall Street Crash and the Russian revolution to suggest the background against which untiring artistic experimentation constantly transformed the face of Western art. Via outstanding works by artists like Mesdag, Toorop, Van Doesburg, Picasso, Constant, Mondrian, Lewitt, Merz, Lüpertz and Baselitz, it reveals a world still inward-looking at the start of the period but increasingly interested in new external developments as time went on.
The leitmotiv of XXth century is the constant urge of individuals and groups to look at reality in a new way. Artists became aware that perception varies from one person to another and one society to another and sought ways of reflecting this diversity in their work. A good example is the opening work in the exhibition: Piet Mondrian's 1909 Luminist painting, Lighthouse at Westkapelle - an optimistic, Pointillist picture in which the artist seeks to capture the effect of light by applying the paint to the canvas in separate dabs of colour. As the century progressed, the concept of reality became steadily more diverse and personal.
The Expressionism of Egon Schiele, the Magic Realism of artists like Carel Willink, the Cubism of Pablo Picasso, the abstraction of De Stijl, the Pop Art of Andy Warhol, the Minimal Art of Donald Judd, Dan Flavin and Sol Lewitt, the Conceptual Art of Joseph Beuys and Bruce Naumann are all attempts to get a grip on the slippery term 'reality'. By the end of the century, artists were choosing their own version of reality and their own approach to it. Daniël Richter, for example, combines elements taken from history and art history, the mass media and fantasy to produce an entirely individual and inventive style of painting. Jörg Immendorff – scarcely a generation earlier – believes that artists should use painting to convey political messages.
And how do artists relate to politics and society? Should they turn their backs on them or can that self-chosen isolation actually imply a form of social and political engagement? XXth century shows that mass culture versus individualism and love of tradition versus the desire for progress were the poles between which artists – and, indeed, other people – constantly oscillated and made their choices in each new phase of the twentieth century.
Although the history of art always tends to be presented as a straight line, with movements succeeding each other in chronological order, this is not in fact how it happened. The exhibition uses six anchor points in the form of audiovisual presentations to demonstrate that the barrage of artistic developments in the twentieth century cannot be viewed in isolation from major historical events like the two World Wars, the social revolution of the 1960s, the Cold War and the century's economic crises. The twentieth century was not only a time of change; it was also a time of connections and continuities. That is why the nineteenth century is also a strong presence in the exhibition; it was, after all, only in the twentieth century that its identity was discovered and examined.
The exhibition is accompanied by a lavishly illustrated catalogue of the same title containing contributions from Kader Abdolah, Frits Abrahams, Abdelkader Benali, Aaf Brandt Corstius, Jan Paul Bresser, Remco Campert, Adriaan van Dis, Elsbeth Etty, J.L. Heldring, Kees 't Hart, H.J.A. Hofland, Tracy Metz, Max Pam Simon Vinkenoog, Michaël Zeeman and Joost Zwagerman (price € 29.95, Waanders). The event has been organised in cooperation with the Spaarnestad Photo photo archive in Haarlem, the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision in Hilversum and the NOS broadcasting company.
Visit the Gemeentemuseum at : www.gemeentemuseum.nl/?langId=en
Posted: 18 Feb 2012 08:22 PM PST
LONDON.- Itʼs a story that would give any photographer sleepless nights. A classic photo-session for one of the biggest bands on the planet, The Rolling Stones, for the cover of one of their most critically acclaimed albums, "Sticky Fingers". Disaster then strikes, as British photographer Peter Webbʼs negatives go missing soon after the 1971 shoot. Then, out of nowhere, they are discovered again after almost 40 years. Detailed scanning of the negatives reveals a collection of previously unpublished photographs of The Rolling Stones, group shots and solo portraits, in black and white and colour. Many of these are now to be shown together in a gallery exhibition for the first time at Snap Galleries space in central London, some in sizes up to 6 ft. wide.
Posted: 18 Feb 2012 08:21 PM PST
NEW YORK, NY.- A legendary collaboration between Lucinda Childs, Philip Glass, and Sol LeWitt, the iconic performance work Dance is the subject of a special exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, featuring an archival performance video and various related materials by the three artists, in its fifth-floor galleries throughout the summer. The installation has been organized by Chrissie Iles, the Whitney's Anne & Joel Ehrenkranz Curator. In 1979, Lucinda Childs and Philip Glass invited Sol LeWitt to collaborate with them on a new work titled Dance, commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The project brought the minimalist language of the three artists into a tightly structured dialogue. Glass's musical score formed the framework for Childs's choreography, to which LeWitt responded by creating a 35mm black-and-white film of the dancers performing passages selected from each of three dances.
Posted: 18 Feb 2012 08:20 PM PST
NEW YORK, NY.- Film Forum will present the U.S. theatrical premiere of JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT: THE RADIANT CHILD, opening Wednesday, July 21. Filmmaker Tamra Davis charts the meteoric rise and fall of her late friend, the painter Jean-Michel Basquiat, born in 1960. In the crime-ridden New York City of the 1970s, he covers the city with the graffiti tag SAMO. In 1981 he puts paint on canvas for the first time, and by 1983 he is an artist with "rock star status."
In 1985 he and Andy Warhol become close friends and painting collaborators, but they part ways and Warhol dies suddenly in 1987. Basquiat's heroin addiction worsens, and, tragically, he dies of an overdose in 1988. The artist was 25 years old at the height of his career, and today his canvases sell for more than a million dollars.
With compassion and insight, Tamra Davis details the mysteries that surround this charismatic young man, a painter of enormous talent whose fortunes mirrored the rollercoaster quality of the downtown scene he seemed to embody. Combining never-before-seen interview footage of Basquiat with commentary from friends and art-world luminaries, the film offers a moving portrait of one of the leading lights of late 20th century art.
JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT: THE RADIANT CHILD will have a 2-week engagement July 21 – August 3 at Film Forum, 209 W. Houston St. (W. of 6th Av.) with screenings daily at 1:15, 3:15, 6:00, 8:00 and 10:00.
JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT: THE RADIANT CHILD (2010, 90 mins.) Written and directed by Tamra Davis. Produced by Tamra Davis, David Koh, Lilly Bright, Stanley Buchthal and Alexis Manya Spraic. Cinematographers: Tamra Davis, David Koh and Harry Geller. Editor: Alexis Manya Spraic. Music: J. Ralph, Adam Horovitz and Mike Diamond. With: Julian Schnabel, Larry Gagosian, Bruno Bischofberger, Tony Shafrazi, Diego Cortez, Fab 5 Freddy, Jeffrey Deitch, Glenn O'Brien, Hilton Kramer, Andy Warhol, among others. USA/Germany. An Arthouse Films release.
Visit The Film Forum at : http://www.filmforum.org/
Posted: 18 Feb 2012 08:18 PM PST
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When opened that also will allow you to change the language from English to anyone of 54 other languages, by clicking your language choice on the upper left corner of our Home Page. You can share any article we publish with the eleven (11) social websites we offer like Twitter, Flicker, Linkedin, Facebook, etc. by one click on the image shown at the end of each opened article. Last, but not least, you can email or print any entire article by using an icon visible to the right side of an article's headline.
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