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Thinkspace Welcomes Back Japanese Artists Yosuke Ueno & Fumi Nakamura

Posted: 19 Mar 2012 10:22 PM PDT

artwork: Yosuke Ueno - "The Sound of efiL", 2011 - Acrylic on canvas - 50 x 73 cm. - Courtesy Thinkspace, Culver City. On view in "The Specific Illusion" from March 31st until April 21st.

Culver City, CA –  Thinkspace is honored to welcome back two exciting young contemporary artists hailing from Japan. Yosuke Ueno returns for his 3rd solo show with the gallery. "The Specific Illusion" features Ueno's most powerful body of work having been strongly influenced by the changes in Japan since the Great Earthquake and Tsunami of March 11th, 2011. The resulting body of work traverses a wide array of human emotions that showcase just how much Ueno has grown as an artist in the past year and just how strongly the events of 3/11 have impacted him and the people of Japan as a whole. Showing concurrently in the project room will be "Our Hands Will Eventually Destroy Everything Beautiful", featuring new works on paper from Fumi Nakamura in her second solo exhibition with the gallery. Both exhibitions run from March 31st through April 21st.

Yosuke Ueno was born in 1977 in Japan, but might as well be from another planet. Bizarre, surreal and thought provoking, Ueno has been building upon his visual vocabulary since early childhood, having held his first solo show in Yamaguchi when he was only sixteen. Self taught and always moving forward, the main themes in Yosuke's art will always be love, space and positive energy. His work is very cosmic in nature and features a great amount of recurring symbolism. The colors red, green, yellow and blue appear often in his work. These colors represent the four bases of DNA: adenine, thymine, guanine and cytosine (A, T, G and C) - molecular elements that all animate beings share. Yosuke paints these colors and A, T, G and C with a simple universal message that all animate beings should have equal worth.

artwork: Yosuke Ueno - "Dodo-Un", 2011 - Acrylic on canvas - Courtesy of Thinkspace On view in "The Specific Illusion" from March 31st until April 21st.

In his artist's statement, Uenoa says: "The Great Earthquake and Tsunami that attacked eastern Japan on March 11th, 2011 and the resulting accident at the nuclear reactor in Fukushima are forever etched in our memories. 3/11 is an unforgettable day for all the people that live in Japan and Japan has suffered a great trauma. In fact, I have created many works that derive from these events. Our daily life has had to totally change since that day. I almost couldn't believe that I am living the same world where we had lived before 3/11. Everyone in Japan now distinguish their lives as before 3/11 and after 3/11. I remember well staring at blank canvases, trembling with great fear remembering those days. The quake has brought a specific shape to my art that have had some obscure illusions. In other words, 'The Specific Illusion' is a special exhibit where  I  express my experiences "after 3/11" from various aspects of my life.

Fumi Nakamura was born in December 1984 in a small town called Shimizu outside of Shizuoka, Japan. Fumi grew up surrounded by beautiful mountains and the ocean and this environment has had a lasting effect on her work. She moved to the United States just before her 12th birthday with her mother and brother. Fumi spent her middle school to college years in beautiful Northern California where she graduated from San Jose State University with a BFA Pictorial Arts degree in the fall of 2007. Fumi currently lives in the New York City area where she works as a freelance illustrator and designer in addition to being part of Takashi Murakami's Kaikai Kiki production company. Her work has shown the world over as well as taking part in the prestigious Semi-Permanent design event in Australia (2005).

artwork: Fumi Nakamura - "Nothing Matters, We Are The Sweetest Mistakes" 2011 - Graphite and color pencil on paper - 30 x 41 cm. - Courtesy of Thinkspace, Culver City.  -  On view until April 21st.

Located in the Culver City Art District, Thinkspace Gallery was established in November of 2005. Thinkspace exists as a catalyst for the ever expanding new contemporary art movement that is exploding forth from the streets and art schools the world over. They are there to help represent this new generation of artists, to provide them that home base and to aid them in building the right awareness and collector base necessary for long-term growth. Their aim is to help these new talents shine and to provide them a gallery setting  in which to prove themselves. It is the gallery's hope and dream that through these opportunities these individuals will prosper and continue to grow to amaze us all for years to come. With the love of and for our community, and with the talents of so many incredible artists involved, they believe that this movement will provide the necessary proving ground for the ideas and dreams of today to become the foundations of a new tomorrow. Visit the gallery's website at ...

Masterpieces from the Frank Cohen Collection now on show at Chatsworth

Posted: 19 Mar 2012 10:21 PM PDT

artwork: Stanley Spencer, (1891-1959) - "Christ Preaching at Cookam Regatta; Conversation between Punts", 1955 Courtesy of the Frank and Cherryl Cohen Collection

DERBYSHIRE, UK - A new exhibition of modern British masterpieces, many unseen in public for decades, has opened at Chatsworth 19th March. 'Frank and Cherryl Cohen at Chatsworth' runs until 10 June and is drawn from their private collection, described by curator Robert Upstone as "one of the finest and most definitive private collections of modern British art". Internationally known as major collectors of contemporary art, Frank and Cherryl Cohen's collection of modern British paintings has never before been exhibited publicly. More than 40 works from artists such as LS Lowry, Frank Auerbach, Leon Kossoff, William Roberts, William Scott, and Paula Rego as well as sculptures by Kenneth Armitage, William Turnbull, Eduardo Paolozzi and Reg Butler are on display with key works including:

ART PARIS Art Fair Returns Under New Leadership

Posted: 19 Mar 2012 09:56 PM PDT

artwork: Hans Weigand - "Dark Surfing with Sigmund", 2010 - Photomontage MT/LW - 180 x 320 cm.  -  Copyright: Hans Weigand Courtesy Konzett Gallery, Vienna. - Konzett Gallery will be exhibiting at the ART PARIS 2012 art fair 2012 from March 29th until April 1st.

Paris.- A new start for ART PARIS art fair, the springtime fair for modern and contemporary art in Paris. Held from March 29th through April 1st,  ART PARIS art fair is the springtime event for modern and contemporary art in France that brings together 120 galleries from 15 countries under the majestic glass roof of the Grand Palais. Under a new leadership, the fair has been renamed  ART PARIS art fair and has undergone a complete transformation. This year sees 56% of newcomers to the fair, with some 40% of participating galleries from abroad. Also new is a VIP programme of visits entitled "Springtime in Paris," a series of talks, a new section dedicated to cutting  edge contemporary design called  "Limited Edition."Another novelty is  "Large Format", a project presenting close to a dozen monumental works within the fair itself.

SFMOMA to host "The Utopian Impulse: Buckminster Fuller and the Bay Area"

Posted: 19 Mar 2012 09:40 PM PDT

artwork: Buckminster Fuller - "Laminar Geodesic Dome", United States Patent Office no. 3,203,144, from the portfolio Inventions: Twelve Around One, 1981; Screen print in white ink on clear polyester film; 76.2 cm x 101.6 cm; -  Collection SFMOMA, gift of Chuck and Elizabeth Byrne; © The Estate of R. Buckminster Fuller, All Rights reserved; Image courtesy SFMOMA.

San Francisco, California.- The Bay Area attracts dreamers, progressives, nonconformists, and designers. Buckminster Fuller was all of these, and though he never lived in San Francisco, his ideas spawned many local experiments in the realms of technology, engineering, and sustainability—some more successful than others. The Whole Earth Catalog, Apple, The North Face, and Governor Jerry Brown have all cited Fuller as a key influence on several projects. From March 31st through July 29th, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) will present "The Utopian Impulse: Buckminster Fuller and the Bay Area", the first exhibition to consider Fuller's local design legacy. The presentation will feature some 65 works, including prints, drawings, photographs, documentary video, books, models, and ephemera representing some of Fuller's most iconic projects alongside those by Bay Area designers inspired by his oeuvre.

Hasted Kraeutler to present "Nick Brandt ~ On This Earth, A Shadow Falls"

Posted: 19 Mar 2012 09:15 PM PDT

artwork: Nick Brandt - "Elephants Walking through Grass, Amboseli", 2008 - Archival pigment print - Edition of 8 - 40" x 73" Courtesy Hasted Kraeutler, New York. On view in "On This Earth, A Shadow Falls" from March 29th until May 19th.

New York City.- Hasted Kraeutler is pleased to announce the gallery's inaugural exhibition of work by Nick Brandt, "On This Earth, A Shadow Falls", beginning March 29th and running through May 19th. The prints in this exhibition span nearly a decade of the photographer's work and will feature the most famous and sought after images of his career. Nick Brandt photographs endangered animals in Africa and was first drawn there In 1995 when he went to Tanzania to direct Michael Jackson's "Earth Song". Deeply moved by the experience he searched for a way to capture and preserve what he saw. Hasted Kraeutler is a contemporary art gallery that specializes in photography and is committed to the representation of emerging and established artists from around the world.

34FineArt to feature "Jade Doreen Waller ~ Between Ourselves"

Posted: 19 Mar 2012 08:55 PM PDT

artwork: Jade Doreen Waller - "Sewing Skulls", 2012 - Oil on canvas - 100 x 100 cm. Courtesy 34FineArt, Cape Town. On view in "Between Ourselves" from March 27th until April 28.

Cape Town, South Africa.- 34FineArt is proud to present "Jade Doreen Waller: Between Ourselves", on view at the gallery from March 27th through April 28th. The artwork of Jade Doreen Waller is characterized by an ethereal punctuation of symbols, whispering of a magical momentary fusion of the past, the present and the future. Waller's allegories, a glimpse into her world, are superbly realised with meticulous detail, reminiscent of Dutch and Flemish styles. Her works are inescapably alluring, enticing one into a deep oceanic subconscious, aesthetically aided by the classical yet uncluttered compositions, the smooth sumptuousness of paint, cold pearlescent colour, tangible and accessible detail, and the radiance of dark contrasts. Like a jellyfish entering into Waller's world, one easily surrenders to this current of infinite wonder.

Waterhouse & Dodd to exhibit "Michael Canning ~ There are no Bells"

Posted: 19 Mar 2012 08:37 PM PDT

artwork: Michael Canning - "Madrigals" - Oil and wax on wood panel (diptych) - 100 x 140 cm- Courtesy Waterhouse & Dodd, London. On view in "There are no Bells" Courtesy Waterhouse & Dodd, London. On view in "There are no Bells" from March 21st until April 20th.

London.- Waterhouse & Dodd are pleased to exhibit new works by the acclaimed Irish artist Michael Canning this spring. Michael's previous 3 exhibitions with Waterhouse & Dodd (in 2007, 2009 and 2010) have been sell-out successes. This 4th exhibition will see him revisit the themes and motifs that have made him one of the most collected artists in Ireland and Britain over the last few years, but will also show a side to the artist that has rarely been witnessed in the past, his sculptures. "Michael Canning: There are no Bells" is on view at the gallery from March 21st through April 20th.

The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University exhibits Alexander Calder & his Legacy

Posted: 19 Mar 2012 07:47 PM PDT

artwork: Alexander Calder - "Bird", 1952 - Sculpture - Collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. © 2010 Calder Foundation, New York/Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY. -  At the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University in "Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art: Form, Balance and Joy" until June 17th.

Durham, North Carolina.- The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University presents " Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art: Form, Balance and Joy" on view at the museum through June 17th. This exhibition pairs some 34 masterworks by Alexander Calder with the work of seven contemporary artists whose practices are bound to Calder's legacy as modern sculptor. While a well-known, even beloved figure, Calder is not often considered an important point of reference for contemporary artists. This is the first exhibition to explore Calder's significance for an emerging generation of sculptors, reconsidering his influence and innovation through a presentation of his own work alongside the work of contemporary artists. The seven other artists in this exhibition- Martin Boyce , Nathan Carter , Abraham Cruzvillegas , Aaron Curry , Kristi Lippire , Jason Meadows and Jason Middlebrook -have taken important cues from Calder including a return to hands-on production, the creative reuse of materials and explorations of form, balance, color and movement. Both directly and indirectly influenced by Calder, all seven artists look toward modernist forms and ideas, challenging and recontextualizing what is for many a familiar art history. "Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art: Form, Balance, Joy" is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago .

Alexander "Sandy" Calder was born in Lawnton, Pennsylvania, on July 22, 1898. His father, Alexander Stirling Calder, was a well-known sculptor who created many public installations, a majority of them in Philadelphia. Calder's grandfather, sculptor Alexander Milne Calder, was born in Scotland and immigrated to Philadelphia in 1868. In the summer of 1916, Calder spent five weeks training at the Plattsburg Civilian Military Training Camp. In 1918, he joined the Student's Army Training Corps, Naval Section, at Stevens and was made guide of the battalion. In 1919, Calder decided to study mechanical engineering and enrolled at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. He was a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity and excelled in mathematics. Calder received a degree from Stevens in 1919. For the next several years, he held a variety of engineering jobs, including working as a hydraulics engineer and a draughtsman for the New York Edison Company. In June 1922, Calder found work as a mechanic on the passenger ship H. F. Alexander. While the ship sailed from San Francisco to New York City, Calder worked on deck off the Guatemalan Coast. Calder moved to New York and enrolled at the Art Students' League, studying briefly with Thomas Hart Benton and John Sloan , among others. While a student, he worked for the National Police Gazette where, in 1925, one of his assignments was sketching the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus. Calder became fascinated with the circus, a theme that would reappear in his later work. In 1926, Calder moved to Paris where he established a studio at 22 rue Daguerre in the Montparnasse Quarter.

artwork: Alexander Calder - "Chat-Mobile (Cat Mobile)", 1966 - Sculpture - Collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. - © 2010 Calder Foundation, NY/Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY.

In June 1929, while traveling by boat from Paris to New York, Calder met his future wife, Louisa James, grandniece of author Henry James and philosopher William James. They married in 1931. While in Paris, Calder met and became friends with a number of avant-garde artists, including Joan Miró , Jean Arp , and Marcel Duchamp . Calder and Louisa returned to America in 1933 to settle in a farmhouse they purchased in Roxbury, Connecticut, where they raised a family (first daughter, Sandra born 1935, second daughter, Mary, in 1939). In 1962, Calder settled into his new workshop Carroi, which was of a futuristic design and overlooked the valley of the Lower Chevrière to Saché in Indre-et-Loire (France). He did not hesitate to offer his gouaches and small mobiles to his friends in the country, he even donated to the town a stabile trônant, which since 1974 in situated front of the church: an anti-sculpture free from gravity. In 1966, Calder published his Autobiography with Pictures with the help of his son-in-law, Jean Davidson. Calder died on November 11, 1976, shortly after opening a major retrospective show at the Whitney Museum in New York. He had been working on a third plane, entitled Salute to Mexico, when he died.

artwork: Alexander Calder - "Four Boomerangs", 1949 - Sculpture - Collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. © 2010 Calder Foundation, NY/Artists Rights Society (ARS)

The Nasher Museum was founded in 1966 as the Duke University Museum of Art with the acquisition of 200 medieval works from the Ernest Brummer Collection. In 2005, the museum opened a new 65,000-square-foot facility designed by Rafael Viñoly and was renamed the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, in honor of the late Raymond D. Nasher, Duke alumnus, collector and benefactor. The museum (designed by Rafael Viñoly) promotes engagement with the visual arts among a broad community including Duke students, faculty, and staff, the greater Durham community, the Triangle region, and the national and international art community. The museum presents an ambitious schedule of exhibitions that travel to major institutions around the world, and has a growing collection of international contemporary art. The museum  contains more than 13,000 works of art in its collection, including works by Ai Weiwei , Romare Bearden , Christian Boltanski, William Cordova, Petah Coyne, Noah Davis, Rineke Dijkstra, Marlene Dumas , Sam Durant, Olafur Eliasson , Darío Escobar, Francois Gerard, David Hammons, Barkley L. Hendricks , Sean Landers , Hong Lei, David Levinthal, Sol LeWitt , Glenn Ligon , Christian Marclay , Dan Perjovschi, Paul Pfeiffer, Robert A. Pruitt, Robin Rhode, Dario Robleto, Ed Ruscha , John Singer Sargent , Cindy Sherman , Gary Simmons, Xaviera Simmons, Lorna Simpson, Jeff Sonhouse, Eve Sussman, Alma Thomas, Hank Willis Thomas, Mickalene Thomas, Bob Thompson, Kara Walker , Nari Ward, Andy Warhol , Carrie Mae Weems , Kehinde Wiley , Fred Wilson and Lynette Yiadom Boakye. The museum is dedicated to presenting under-recognized contemporary art from around the world as seen in the exhibition Street Level: Mark Bradford, William Cordova and Robin Rhode, as well as the first career retrospectives of Barkley L. Hendricks and Dan and Lia Perjovschi. Visit the museum's website at ...

Sculptures by Joan Miró opens at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Posted: 19 Mar 2012 07:46 PM PDT

artwork: Joan Miró - "Personnage Gothique, Oiseau Eclair", 1976  - © Successió Miró/ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2012. -  Photo Jonty Wilde.
WAKEFIELD, UK - Yorkshire Sculpture Park stages the first major UK survey of sculpture by Joan Miró (1893-1983) in collaboration with the artist's foundations and family. With key works sited in the Yorkshire landscape, the exhibition will fulfill the artist's belief that "sculpture must stand in the open air, in the middle of nature", as well as providing a rare opportunity to experience the repertoire of this iconic Catalan artist, demonstrating his continued relevance to sculpture. While celebrated for his paintings, Miró strove to "destroy painting" through an art form that transcended the two-dimensional plane and was an early pioneer of construction; a radical approach to making that forever transformed the discipline of sculpture. The Park's purpose-built Underground Gallery will host Miró's "phantasmagoric world of living monsters", tracing the evolution of sculpture as an element of Miró's practice from 1946 through to 1982. The works will relate to the sculptures for the open air shown in the gardens beyond the gallery's impressive glass concourse.

The Walker Art Gallery Explores Groundbreaking 1911 Post-Impressionist Exhibition

Posted: 19 Mar 2012 07:29 PM PDT

artwork: Vincent van Gogh - "The Oise at Auvers", 1980 - Pencil and gouache on paper - 47.3 x 62.9 cm. © Tate, London, 2011.On view at the Walker Gallery, Liverpool in "Art in Revolution: Liverpool 1911" from June 24th until September 25th.

Liverpool.- The Walker Art Gallery is proud to present "Art in Revolution: Liverpool 1911", an exploration of a ground-breaking exhibition held in Liverpool in 1911 which displayed international Post-Impressionist artworks alongside local avant-garde artists. Featuring work by van Gogh, Matisse, Gauguin and Signac, "Art in Revolution: Liverpool 1911" looks at the relationship between the pioneering exhibition 100 years ago and Liverpool's radicalism and will be on view from June 24th through September 25th

"Art in Revolution: Liverpool 1911" celebrates the pioneering exhibition; 'The Sandon Studios Society exhibition of Modern Art' including work by the Post-Impressionists, which ran at the Bluecoat (formerly known as the Liberty Buildings), Liverpool, from 4 March to 1 April 1911. Inspired by Manet and the Post-Impressionists, the writer and artist Roger Fry's controversial London exhibition of 1910, The Sandon Studios Society brought about 50 paintings and drawings from the show to Liverpool the following year. The society's exhibition was the first time that such a large number of mainland European Post-Impressionist works were shown in the UK outside London and the first time anywhere alongside their British counterparts.

Highlights include "Sister of Charity" by Paul Gauguin, "Saint-Tropez le sentier de douane" by Paul Signac and "Purple Beech Trees near Melun" by Henri Matisse. It also features two delicate drawings and a watercolour by Vincent van Gogh. The exhibition also considers both the wider socio-political context of the 1911 exhibition and the art establishment's reaction to it. In the summer of 1911 Liverpool was gripped by mass social unrest and strike action which peaked in August, when British troops were dispatched to deal with protesters on the streets and a warship was stationed in the Mersey. The drastic actions of the then home secretary Winston Churchill, which resulted in violent clashes and a number of deaths, have led some historians to conclude that events in Liverpool during 1911 were the nearest the UK has come to a revolution.

artwork: Paul Gauguin - "Sister of Charity", 1902 - Oil on canvas. © Collection of the McNay Art Museum, Bequest of Marlon Koogler McNay. On view at the Walker Gallery, Liverpool in "Art in Revolution"

artwork: Sir John Lavery - "Anna Pavolova", 1910 Oil on canvas - 198.1 x 144.8 cm. Art Gallery & Museum, Kelvingrove  "The works by the European Post-Impressionists represent a momentous shift in the Western art world, which served to encourage radical British artists like those of The Sandon Studios Society to champion their work and try and emulate it. The inimitable style of Gauguin continues to fascinate audiences today but in the early 20th century it was a brave and startling sight. The Sandon Studios Society showed considerable foresight in bringing his work and others like him to wider public attention." Art in Revolution: Liverpool 1911 features archival material (photographs, film and ephemera) to illustrate this dramatic period in the city's history and provide a backdrop to The Sandon Studios Society's visionary exhibition.

For the Society, the 1911 exhibition was an opportunity to assert their own artistic values and distance themselves from the 'art establishment' and possibly even be the catalyst for an 'art revolution'. A section of "Art in Revolution: Liverpool 1911" focuses on this radical group; their members and their beliefs. Featuring six of his works, there is a special focus on Albert Lipczinski, a German-born Polish emigrant who was taught by Augustus John at the Liverpool University Art Sheds around 1902. Lipczinski's bohemian lifestyle and political connections make him an interesting member of the group and a reflection of their rebellious nature.

The exhibition also features British artists who the society admired and featured in their exhibition. Highlights include "The Horseshoe Bend of the River" by Philip Wilson Steer, "Portrait of Sir John Brunner" by Augustus John, John Lavery's portrait of the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova .The rest of the exhibition was composed of works by Sandon members, including  and several paintings and prints by James Hamilton Hay. The relationship between the Walker Art Gallery (the 'establishment' of the time) and the society is explored. The gallery hosted the annual Liverpool Autumn Exhibition which set the standard for contemporary art and was often in conflict with the free-thinking society. However by 1911 there were signs of change at the gallery. The exhibition includes photographic prints from the Northern Photographic Exhibition, the Walker's own 1911 exhibition. This relatively new media, which was derided by Gauguin was an interesting choice for such a supposedly traditional institution. It also includes paintings acquired by the Gallery in 1911 such as the impressionist view of St Paul's from the River, Morning Sun by Le Sidaner.

The Walker Art Gallery is an art gallery in Liverpool, which houses one of the largest art collections in England, outside of London. It is part of the National Museums Liverpool group, and is promoted as "the National Gallery of the North" because it is not a local or regional gallery but is part of the national museums and galleries administered directly from central government funds. The Walker Art Gallery's collection dates from 1819 when the Liverpool Royal Institution acquired 37 paintings from the collection of William Roscoe, who had to sell his collection following the failure of his banking business, though it was saved from being broken up by his friends and associates. In 1843 the Royal Institution's collection was displayed in a purpose-built gallery next to the Institution's main premises. The collection grew over the following decades: in 1851 Liverpool Town Council bought Liverpool Academy's diploma collection and further works were acquired from the Liverpool Society for the Fine Arts, founded in 1858. The competition between the Academy and Society eventually led to both collapsing. William Brown Library and Museum opened in 1860, named after a Liverpool merchant whose generosity enabled the Town Council to act upon an 1852 Act of Parliament which allowed the establishment of a public library, museum and art gallery, and in 1871 the council organised the first Liverpool Autumn Exhibition, held at the new library and museum.

artwork: Paul Signac - "Saint-Tropez, le sentier de douane", 1905 - Oil on canvas - 73 x 92 cm. Photo © Musée de Grenoble. On view at the Walker Gallery, until September 25th.

The success of the exhibition enabled the Library, Museum and Arts Committee to purchase works for the council's permanent collection, buying around 150 works between 1871 and 1910. Works acquired included "And when did you last see your father?" by WF Yeames and "Dante's Dream" by Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Designed by local architects Cornelius Sherlock and H.H. Vale, the Walker Art Gallery was opened on 6 September 1877 by the 15th Earl of Derby. It is named after its founding benefactor, Sir Andrew Barclay Walker (1824-1893), a former mayor of Liverpool and wealthy brewer. In 1893 the Liverpool Royal Institution placed its collection on long-term loan to the gallery and in 1948 presented William Roscoe's collection and other works. This occurred during post-war reconstruction when the gallery was closed, re-opening in 1951. Extensions to the gallery were opened in 1884 and 1933 (following a two-year closure) when the gallery re-opened with an exhibition including Pablo Picasso and Paul Gauguin. In 2002 the gallery re-opened following a major refurbishment. The Walker Art Gallery houses a collection including Italian and Netherlandish paintings from 1300–1550, European art from 1550–1900, including works by Rembrandt, Nicolas Poussin and Edgar Degas, 18th and 19th century British art, including a major collection of Victorian painting and many Pre-Raphaelite works, a wide collection of prints, drawings and watercolours, 20th century works by artists such as Lucian Freud, David Hockney and Gilbert and George and a major sculpture collection. The first John Moores Contemporary Painting Prize exhibition was held in 1957. Sponsored by Sir John Moores, founder of Littlewoods, the competition has been held every two years ever since and is the biggest painting prize in the UK. Visit the museum's website at ...

Mount Holyoke College Art Museum shows Docent's Choice

Posted: 19 Mar 2012 07:28 PM PDT

artwork: Romare Bearden (American, 1914-1988) - Home to Ithaca, Cut paper collage, 1977 - Photograph Petegorsky/Gipe, Gift of the estate of Eileen Paradis Barber (class of 1929)

South Hadley, MA - What is it that makes comparing two works of art so powerful? What do we see when we examine things side by side that we don't see when we look at objects individually? The docents of the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum set about answering that question during the fall of 2007 and the exhibition Side By Side, on view at the Museum from March 4 to June 1, is the result of their investigations. The opening reception is scheduled for March 13 at 4:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Tate Liverpool Hosts New Painting Installation by Jake and Dinos Chapman

Posted: 19 Mar 2012 07:27 PM PDT

artwork: Jake and Dinos Chapman Disaster Of War IV 2001

LIVERPOOL - Tate Liverpool presents new painting installation by Jake and Dinos Chapman, on view Friday 15 December 2006 – Sunday 4 March 2007.  The Tate Liverpool exhibition Jake and Dinos Chapman: Bad Art for Bad People will constitute the most comprehensive overview of the Chapmans' work to date.  As part of this survey, the exhibition will include the first and only complete showing of the newly finished project Painting for Pleasure and Profit: A piece of site-specific performance based body art in oil, canvas and wood (dimensions variable) 2006.  Presented as an installation, this will be the only such showing of this body of work and its studio setting before the works are dispersed to their owners.

MoMA to Show A Selection of Murals Made by Diego Rivera During the 1930's

Posted: 19 Mar 2012 07:26 PM PDT

NEW YORK, N.Y.- For the exhibition Diego Rivera: Murals for The Museum of Modern Art, MoMA will reunite five "portable murals"-freestanding frescoes with bold images commemorating events in Mexican history-that were made for a monographic exhibition of the artist's work at the Museum in 1931. On view from November 13, 2011, to May 14, 2012, the exhibition will also feature three eight-foot working drawings, a prototype "portable mural" made in 1930, as well as smaller working drawings, watercolors, and prints by Rivera. It will also include design drawings for his infamous Rockefeller Center mural, a project Rivera began to discuss with the Rockefellers while in residence at the Museum. Comprising works from MoMA's collection and loans from private and public collections in the United States and Mexico, Diego Rivera: Murals for The Museum of Modern Art is organized by Leah Dickerman, Curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art. MoMA is the exhibition's sole venue.

artwork: Diego Rivera - Agrarian Leader Zapata, 1931 Fresco, 238.1 x 188 cm. The Museum of Modern Art. Abby Aldrich Rockefeller FundIn organizing the 1931 exhibition, the Museum had to solve a key problem-how to present the work of this famous muralist when murals were by definition made and fixed on site. In light of these circumstances, the Museum invited Rivera to New York six weeks before the opening, and gave him studio space in an empty gallery in the Museum's original building. Working around the clock with three assistants, Rivera produced five "portable murals"-large blocks of frescoed plaster, concrete, and steel that feature bold images commemorating Mexican history and addressing themes of revolution and class inequity. After the exhibition's opening, Rivera added three more murals, now taking on New York subjects through monumental images of the urban working class and the social stratification of the city during the Great Depression. All eight were on display for the duration of the exhibition's run; the first of these panels, Agrarian Leader Zapata, later joined MoMA's collection, and is now a familiar icon on the Museum's walls.

Focused specifically on works made during the artist's stay in New York, Diego Rivera: Murals for The Museum of Modern Art creates a succinct portrait of Rivera as a highly cosmopolitan figure who moved between Europe, Mexico, and the United States, and offers a fresh look at the intersection of art making and radical politics in the 1930s. The five murals from the 1931 retrospective that will be on view in Diego Rivera: Murals for The Museum of Modern Art are: Agrarian Leader Zapata (1931), Indian Warrior (1931), The Uprising (1931), Frozen Assets (1932), and Electric Power (1932). The three remaining murals in the series are Liberation of the Peon (1931), Sugar Cane (1931), and Pneumatic Drilling (1932).

artwork: Diego Rivera - "Frozen Assets" 1931-32 Fresco on reinforced cement in a galvanized-steel framework, 238 x 88 cm. Museo Dolores Olmedo in Mexico © 2011 Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, México, D.F./ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.Accompanying the murals and drawings, the exhibition will feature archival materials, including designs and photographs drawn from MoMA's archives, related to the commission and production of the works.

In November 2011 the publication Diego Rivera Murals for The Museum of Modern Art will accompany the MoMA exhibition. The richly illustrated accompanying catalogue presents each of the eight frescoes in detail. An essay by curator Leah Dickerman discusses the history and context of Rivera's fresco works; his political engagements in Mexico, the United States, and the Soviet Union; and his complex interactions with patrons. Anna Indych-López, a specialist in Mexican modernism, considers each of the eight panels.

Conservators Anny Aviram and Cynthia Albertson examine Rivera's working process, materials, and technical innovations. Also included is a selected chronology of the artist's life and work, focusing on the events that led to his New York show. Together these elements provide a compelling perspective on the intersection of art making and radical politics in the 1930s. 148 pages, 128 illustrations. Hardcover, $35. Available at the MoMA Stores. Distributed to the trade through ARTBOOK | D.A.P. in the United States and Canada.

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is an art museum in Midtown Manhattan in New York City, on 53rd Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. It has been important in developing and collecting modernist art, and is often identified as the most influential museum of modern art in the world. The museum's collection offers an unparalleled overview of modern and contemporary art, including works of architecture and design, drawings, painting, sculpture, photography, prints, illustrated books and artist's books, film, and electronic media.

MoMA's library and archives hold over 300,000 books, artist books, and periodicals, as well as individual files on more than 70,000 artists. The archives contain primary source material related to the history of modern and contemporary art.

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Tate Liverpool to stage a Halloween Homage to "Joyous Machines: Michael Landy & Jean Tinguely"

Posted: 19 Mar 2012 07:25 PM PDT

artwork: Michael Landy - H.2.N.Y. Homage to New York , 2007 - Courtesy Thomas Dane Gallery, London © Michael Landy.

LIVERPOOL.- On Saturday October 31 Young Tate will take over Tate Liverpool after hours to present Night of the Machine, an event inspired by the exhibition "Joyous Machines: Michael Landy and Jean Tinguely." Tinguely's wondrous machines have been a source of inspiration to artists like Michael Landy, and now to members of Young Tate who will celebrate his work in an interactive Halloween event. This Tinguely-themed costume party, suitable for anyone aged 13-25, will take place from 18.00 – 21.00 on Saturday, October 31st.

Masterpieces of Himalayan Art from a European Private Collection

Posted: 19 Mar 2012 07:24 PM PDT

artwork: Yama - Tibet 18th century - Distemper on cloth - 23⅝ x 16⅛ in (60 x 41 cm)

New York City - London dealer Rossi & Rossi and New York's Carlton Rochell are pleased to present an important exhibition of twenty-five works from Tibet, Nepal and India to be staged at Carlton Rochell Asian Art in the Fuller Building, 41 East 57th Street, New York, from Friday 11 to Friday 25 September 2009 .  From a European private collection, these sculptures, paintings and ritual objects are all of breathtaking quality, created by artists to inspire worshippers of the Buddhist and Hindu faiths.  Spanning several centuries and from a number of cultures in the Himalayan mountain region, each of the works in the collection embodies an unparalleled spiritual aesthetic.   Prices will range from $45,000 to over $750,000.

The Leeds Art Gallery Presents "Artist Rooms ~ Damien Hirst"

Posted: 19 Mar 2012 07:23 PM PDT

artwork: Damien Hirst - "Aniline/Chloropicrin", 2010 - UV ink & charcoal on canvas - 274.3 x 213.4 cm x 2; diptych. - Photography by Prudence Cuming Associates © Damien Hirst & Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2011. On view at Leeds Art Gallery in "Artist Rooms: Damien Hirst" from July 15th to October 30th.

Leeds, UK.- "Artist Rooms: Damien Hirst", the national programme of contemporary art on tour with the Art Fund, expands into two further rooms when it goes on show at Leeds Art Gallery from July 15th to October 30th. Significant additional loans include an installation in one room devoted to the legendary Pharmacy restaurant project in London's Notting Hill. Hirst's art was embedded in the experience this restaurant offered diners and imbibers - from branding, to all aspects of its interior design – when it opened its doors in 1998 only to close in 2003. The contents of the restaurant were dispersed through a Sotheby's sale, itself the stuff of legend, and elements are brought together in Leeds for the first time for a Gallery exhibition.

artwork: Damien Hirst - "The Anatomy of an Angel", 2008 Carrara Marble - 187 x 98 x 78.5 cm. Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates © Damien Hirst & Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2011. Pharmacy was in actuality an embodiment of many of Hirst's key ideas as everyday experience. The five works that make up "Artist Rooms" trace these iconic ideas through a series of key works from the early 90s through to 2006, including 'Away from the Flock' (1994 ) ,one of his signature vitrine pieces of animals suspended in formaldehyde, a large cabinet piece 'Trinity – Pharmacology, Physiology, Pathology' (2000), 'Monument to the Living and the Dead' (2006) a large 'butterfly' painting and a spot painting from 1994. Further loans from private collections include 'Anatomy of an Angel', carved from Cararra marble, and 'He Tried to Internalise Everything' from the Arts Council Collection. A Poison Painting diptych from Hirst's 2010 'Poison' series brings the 'Artist Room' up to date.

artwork: Damien Hirst - "The Pharmacist's Creed", 1997-1998 - Lightbox and glass 106.3" x 63.58" x 7.87" - Collection: Anthony d'Offay. Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates © Damien Hirst & Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2011. 'Artist Rooms' is jointly owned by Tate and National Galleries of Scotland and was established through The d'Offay Donation in 2008, with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Art Fund and the Scottish and British Governments. 'Artist Rooms on Tour with the Art Fund' is devised to enable this far-reaching collection to reach and inspire new audiences across the country, particularly young people. Alongside the 'Artist Rooms' show in Leeds, 'A Series of Artworks Carefully Arranged', will be shown as a parallel exhibition curated by Visual Communication students from Leeds College of Art. The exhibition has been drawn from works from the Gallery's permanent collection  that reflect the themes of 'boundaries and intrusions' that the students have identified in Hirst's work.

Leeds Art Gallery has been described as 'Probably the best collection of  twentieth century British art outside London' (John Russell Taylor, The Times). Leeds Art Gallery is a newly re-furbished creative and lively gallery in the heart of Leeds on The Headrow in Leeds' Cultural Quater. Offering displays of Leeds' Stunning collections as well as a dynamic programme of changing exhibition, Leeds Art Gallery is an innovative and exciting place to visit for people of all ages and tastes! At Leeds Art Gallery you can see a rich variety of art on display from Leeds' impressive collections. See nationally acclaimed prints, watercolours, paintings, sculptures, photography, and contemporary art. Wander between rooms and see well-known artists from our region, such as Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Atkinson Grimshaw, Jacob Kramer, as well as work by a range of contemporary artists including Paula Rego, Bridget Riley, Georgina Starr, Tony Cragg, Antony Gormley and Francis Bacon.

Recently benefiting from £1.5m investment, the gallery has had a major re-hang of its paintings and sculptures as well as adding a new multi media exhibition gallery, a new floor and exposing for the first time in many years, the beautifully decorated Victorian Tiled Hall which links the art gallery to Leeds Central Library. Leeds Art Gallery is home to a world of treasures and contains items by famous artists such as Rodin, Henry Moore, Jacob Kramer and Dame Barbara Hepworth, as well as work by less-known and newly emerging artists. In 1997 the collection was designated by the government as of national importance. The internationally acclaimed collection of works on paper features Turner, Cotman, Cozens and Girtin. The Gallery has always tried to support the work of living artists. Early gifts included Lady Butler's Scotland Forever. The enduringly popular Leeds artist, Atkinson Grimshaw, is represented by numerous evocative, moonlit scenes. French pictures include celebrated works by Derain and Alfred Sisley. The Art Gallery continues to collect contemporary art. Recent acquisitions include works by Bill Woodrow, Paula Rego, Mark Wallinger, Stephen Willats, Alison Wilding and Bridget Riley. Through the generous support of the Henry Moore Foundation, the Gallery has bought many important sculptures and can boast a modern sculpture collection second only to that of the Tate. Visit the museum's website at ...

Drew Ernst ~ Altered States ~ at Zenith Gallery

Posted: 19 Mar 2012 07:22 PM PDT

artwork: Drew Ernst Altered States

Washington, DC - We are delighted to present our second one-man exhibition of this 27 year old realist painter Drew Ernst.  Ernst sold out his first solo exhibition at Zenith Gallery.  His current work, "Altered States", promises to be another exceptional exhibit in this young mans artistic career.  On exhibition December 7, 2006 - January 14, 2007.

Su-Li Hung's New Paintings at June Kelly Gallery

Posted: 19 Mar 2012 07:21 PM PDT

artwork: Su Li Hung Oak Tree 

New York City - Meet Me at the River, an exhibition of new paintings by Su-Li Hung — an artist who is fascinated with shadow, light and movement she finds in rivers and trees — will open at the June Kelly Gallery, 591 Broadway, NYC on June 28. The exhibition will remain on view through August 3. Hung's new body of work reflects her passion for the abstraction in nature manifest in the constant rhythmic shimmering motion of trees and rivers. For her, they are metaphors that reflect the real world that so few people ever notice. These paintings demonstrate her mesmerizing ability to capture the wonder of a tree or sunlight glistening in the ripples of a wave.

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Presents the Prints of Romare Bearden

Posted: 19 Mar 2012 07:20 PM PDT

artwork: Romare Bearden - "Baptism", 1975 - Screen-print - Edition of 50 - 32" x 45" - Courtesy of the Romare Bearden Estate. © Romare Bearden Foundation / Licensed by VAGA, NY -  On view at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City in "Impressions & Improvisations: The Prints of Romare Bearden"

Kansas City, MO.- Artist Romare Bearden's life and art were marked by a broad range of intellectual and scholarly interests, yet the visual arts were his primary focus. Bearden (1911–1988) was a master of collage, but he was also known for his watercolors, oil paintings, photomontages and prints. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art features more than 75 of Bearden's works in "Impressions & Improvisations: The Prints of Romare Bearden" on view through January 8th 2012. The exhibition is organized into two sections: Bearden's printmaking processes and important thematic motifs. Together, these two approaches provide a broad overview of Bearden's genius as an artist: he was constantly stimulated–artistically, intellectually and emotionally–at the very deepest levels in every medium he employed. Bearden believed the process of making art was as important as the work of art itself.

His involvement with printmaking began in 1933 with a class in linoleum block printing and re-surfaced around 1964 in the context of a printmaking renaissance that included artists such as Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg. Bearden's passion for printmaking continued throughout his prolific career. Bearden revisited many of the same themes during his career: African motifs, the beauty of black women, women and children, memories of the South, jazz and blues, Greek myth and religion and ritual. Bearden's art and life were primarily and consistently informed by his African American heritage. In his art, Bearden sought to connect the distinctiveness of African American culture with broad, universal meanings. "One of Bearden's favorite themes was the beauty of black women," said Leesa Fanning, Associate Curator, Modern & Contemporary Art. "Women appear alone with their thoughts, with their families, singing on stage and as lovers and nudes. Even biblical figures such as Delilah and Salome and 'conjure' women with supernatural powers are evident. Bearden's art is infused with such spirit. It's evident in his depictions of jazz musicians and Southern river baptisms, where you can feel the religious fervor."

artwork: Romare Bearden - "The Fall of Troy (from the Odysseus Series)", 1979 - Screen-print - Edition of 125 - 18" x 24" Courtesy of the Romare Bearden Estate. © Romare Bearden Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, NY. - On view at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City in "Impressions & Improvisations: The Prints of Romare Bearden"

When the massive Beaux Art Nelson-Atkins' Building opened in 1933, newspapers nationwide reported visitors "amazed," "gasping at its innovations and marveling at its luxury."  Still, times being what they were in the Great Depression, operations were modest: only three telephones serviced the entire building; lights in the galleries were turned off when people left a room; at opening and closing times, a huge bell was rung manually. Though the Museum has grown its collection, its audience (and its telephones), just as in 1933, bringing people together with art is central to all current Museum endeavors. And that goes for the major campus transformation project, the new Bloch Building as its jewel. The Nelson-Atkins in Kansas City is recognized nationally and internationally as one of America's finest art museums. The Nelson-Atkins serves the community by providing access and insight into its renowned collection of more than 33,500 art objects and is best known for its Asian art, European and American paintings, photography, modern sculpture, and new American Indian and Egyptian galleries. Housing a major art research library and the Ford Learning Center, the Museum is a key educational resource for the region.

artwork: Romare Bearden - "Falling Star" 1980, Lithograph - Edition of 175 23 1/2" x 18" - Courtesy of the Romare Bearden Estate; © Romare Bearden Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, NY At the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.The institution-wide transformation of the Nelson-Atkins has included the 165,000-square-foot Bloch Building expansion and renovation of the original 1933 Nelson-Atkins Building. The museum's European painting collection is also highly-prized. It include works by Caravaggio, Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin, Petrus Christus, El Greco, Guercino, Alessandro Magnasco, Giuseppe Bazzani, Corrado Giaquinto, Cavaliere d'Arpino, Gaspare Traversi, Giuliano Bugiardini, Titian, Rembrandt, and Peter Paul Rubens, as well as Impressionists Gustave Caillebotte, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro and Vincent van Gogh, among others. It also has fine Late Gothic and Early Italian Renaissance paintings by; Jacopo del Casentino (The Presentation of Christ in the Temple), Giovanni di Paolo and Workshop, Bernardo Daddi and Workshop, Lorenzo Monaco, Gherardo Starnina (The Adoration of the Magi), and Lorenzo di Credi. It has German and Austrian Expressionist paintings by Max Beckmann, Karl Hofer (Record Player), Emil Nolde, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Oskar Kokoschka (Pyramids of Egypt). The museum is distinguished (and widely celebrated) for its extensive collection of Asian art, especially that of Imperial China. Most of it was purchased for the museum in the early 20th century by Laurence Sickman, then a Harvard fellow in China. The museum has one of the best collections of Chinese antique furniture in the country. In addition to Chinese art, the collection includes pieces from Japan, India, Iran, Indonesia, Korea, and Southeast, and South Asia.

The American painting collection includes the largest collection open to the public of works by Thomas Hart Benton, who lived in Kansas City. Among its collection are masterpieces by George Bellows, George Caleb Bingham, Frederic Church, John Singleton Copley, Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, and John Singer Sargent. It also has fine Contemporary Paintings and Creations in the Bloch Building by; Willem de Kooning, Fairfield Porter ("Mirror"), Wayne Thiebaud ("Bikini Girl"), Richard Diebenkorn, Agnes Martin, Bridget Riley, and Alfred Jensen. In 2006, Hallmark Cards chairman Donald J. Hall, Sr., donated to the museum the entire Hallmark Photographic Collection, spanning the history of photography from 1839 to the present day. It is primarily American in focus, and includes works from photographers such as Southworth & Hawes, Carleton Watkins, Timothy O'Sullivan, Alvin Langdon Coburn, Alfred Stieglitz, Dorothea Lange, Homer Page, Harry Callahan, Lee Friedlander, Andy Warhol, Todd Webb, and Cindy Sherman, among others. Outside on the museum's immense lawn, the Kansas City Sculpture Park contains the largest collection of monumental bronzes by Henry Moore in the United States. The park also includes works by Alexander Calder, Auguste Rodin, George Segal and Mark di Suvero, among others. Beyond these, the park (and the museum itself) is well known for Shuttlecocks, a four-part outdoor sculpture of oversize badminton shuttlecocks by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen. In addition, the museum also has collections of European and American sculpture, decorative arts and works on paper, Egyptian art, Greek and Roman art, modern and contemporary paintings and sculpture, pre-Columbian art, and the art of Africa, Oceania and the Americas. As well, the museum houses a major collection of English pottery and another of miniature paintings. Visit the museum's website at ...

Art Knowledge News Presents "This Week In Review"

Posted: 19 Mar 2012 07:19 PM PDT

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