Kamis, 29 Maret 2012

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Spanierman Gallery to host "Painter, Poet, Romancer & Mystic ~ Arthur B. Davies"

Posted: 29 Mar 2012 12:57 AM PDT

artwork: Arthur Bowen Davies - "Rosy-Fingered Dawn", circa 1910 - Oil and graphite on canvas - 16" x 20" - Courtesy Spanierman Gallery, LLC, East Hampton. On view in "Arthur B. Davies: Painter, Poet, Romancer & Mystic" from March 29th until April 28th.

East Hampton, NY - Spanierman Gallery, LLC at East Hampton is pleased to announce the opening on March 29th of the exhibition and sale, "Arthur B. Davies: Painter, Poet, Romancer & Mystic", including works rendered from the 1890s through the 1910s by a visionary artist who was a member of the Eight and the leading figure in the organization of the 1913 Armory Show. The exhibition will remain on view at the gallery through April 28th. An artist who ventured across many lines in his art, Davies (1862–1928) often rendered his own interpretations of ancient myths, combining motifs drawn from everyday life with elements from the realm of fantasy. Adopting a Symbolist attitude, he used the form of the nude to explore themes of beauty, grace, movement, emotion, and sensuous experience.


In this respect, he broke ties with American Victorianism, advocating artistic freedom of expression. Among the works in the show are two paintings from the 1890s, "The Horn Players" (ca. 1893), which represents a period when the artist was inspired by the operas of Richard Wagner, and "Children Playing" (ca. 1896), a Whistlerian tonal image in which Davies set ordinary children playing a typical game within a magical forest, suggestive of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Rendered in dark tones, both paintings demonstrate a rare moment when Davies echoed the style and attitude of the Ashcan School. Greek legend was the basis for "Little Fauns on the Banks of the Arethusa" (ca. 1900), "Rosy-Fingered Dawn" (ca. 1910), and "Two Figures with Deer" (ca. 1914–17). In each, Davies interpreted his sources in unusual and inventive ways.

artwork: Arthur Bowen Davies - "Figures in a Landscape", circa 1912 - Oil on canvas - 23 3/4" x 28 1/4" Courtesy Spanierman Gallery, LLC, East Hampton. -  On view from March 29th until April 28th.

Among three paintings that the artist exhibited at the 1913 Armory Show, "Seadrift" (ca. 1912) is an enigmatic image that implies simultaneous successive aspects of one story. It demonstrates the influence on Davies of the studies of the human figure in motion by Eadweard Muybridge and of Marcel Duchamp's controversial "Nude Descending a Staircase" (1912, Philadelphia Museum of Art), which Davies may have seen in the artist's Paris studio before it was exhibited at the Armory Show. Seadrift and Figures in a Landscape (ca. 1912) represent the modernist phase in Davies's art, in which he merged a cubist perspective with a gestural activation of the surface that was ahead of its time. Arthur Bown Davies was a critical and influential arbiter in the American art world in the early twentieth century. During and after his years as part of the Eight, he assisted many leading realists and modernists in furthering their careers, including Robert Henri, Maurice Prendergast, Charles Sheeler, Alfred Maurer, and Marsden Hartley. He was a frequent visitor to the gallery of Alfred Stieglitz and, in his capacity as the president of the Association of Painters and Sculptors, he transformed the bland and expectable list of contributors to the Armory Show of 1913 to one that was radical and dynamic, including cutting edge examples by Cubists, Fauvists, Dadaists, and other modernist artists that had not been seen in America previously. Born in Utica, New York, Davies studied in Chicago and New York and traveled often to Europe. He became affiliated with Macbeth Gallery  in 1894, beginning a relationship that would continue in the decades that followed. He was an intriguing figure in his life.  While maintaining a marriage to a country doctor who cared for their two sons at their shared home in Congers, New York,  Davies established a second existence in 1905, as the husband of a former model, in which he was known by the name of David A. Owen.  He maintained this ruse throughout the rest of his life. Introducing American audiences to modernism, while giving an understanding in his own work of the relevance of the past, Arthur B. Davies was a fascinating artist and individual, who carved a unique niche in the art world of his era.

artwork: Arthur Bowen Davies - "Little Fauns on the Banks of the Arethusa", circa 1900 - Oil on canvas 16 1/4" x 22" - Courtesy Spanierman Gallery - On view in "Arthur B. Davies" until April 28th.

For more than a half century, Spanierman Gallery, LLC, has been dedicated to dealing in the finest American artwork of the nineteenth century to the present. In September of 1994, the gallery moved from 50 East 78th Street (its home for almost thirty years), to a luxurious new location at 45 East 58th Street, directly across the street from the Four Seasons Hotel. With 12,000 square feet of space, the gallery presents exhibitions of the highest quality, including loans from museums and private collections and works from our own holdings. In 2006 Spanierman Modern opened next door to its existing gallery. Its shows have featured modern and contemporary artists from the mid twentieth century to the present. The gallery is distinguished for its scholarship and actively supports research in American artwork. We also work with museums and art organizations. In addition the gallery is undertaking the catalogues raisonné of the art of the American Impressionists, John Henry Twachtman, Theodore Robinson, and Willard Metcalf. These publications will be definitive reference sources. The gallery has also sponsored the Lloyd Goodrich and Edith Havens Goodrich Record of Works by Winslow Homer. Visit the gallery's website at ... http://www.spanierman.com

Center for Creative Photography acquires the Lynn Stern archive

Posted: 29 Mar 2012 12:56 AM PDT

artwork: Lynn Stern - "Dispossession" (1990-1992) is from a series of 12 composite works in which human skulls are set against a luminous white fabric, in counterpoint with Stern's face portrayed as a death mask beneath them. The theme of Dispossession is not actual death, but the mind's preoccupation with it – the human struggle to cope with mortality. - Courtesy of the artist and The Center for Creative Photography

TUCSON, AZ.- The Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona Libraries announced that it has acquired the photographic archive of Lynn Stern. "We are delighted that Lynn Stern has chosen the Center for Creative Photography as the permanent home for her archive," comments Katharine Martinez, the Center's director. "Lynn is an artist of great depth and accomplishment. Known for her profound imagery and subtle tonality, Lynn Stern's exquisite prints rank with the best-known photographers of her generation. Her archive will allow researchers, curators, and photographers to better understand the highly disciplined imagination of this extraordinary artist." The Lynn Stern Archive contains a complete set of fine prints from all of Stern's editioned series, as well as her early works, work prints, negatives, correspondence, and annotated library.A one-person exhibition of Lynn Stern's work entitled Signs Half Seen is currently on view in New York at Peter Findlay Gallery.

The Outbye Gallery presents "Martin Hill ~ Stray Among the Ruins"

Posted: 29 Mar 2012 12:33 AM PDT

artwork: Martin Hill - "The Sleeping Princess (After John Duncan)" - Oil on board - 46.5 x 60 cm. - Courtesy the Outbye Gallery, Pittenweem. On view in "Martin Hill: Stray Among the Ruins" from April 7th until May 26th.

Pittenweem, Scotland.- The Outbye Gallery is pleased to present "Martin Hill: Stray Among the Ruins" on view at the gallery from April 7th through May 26th. The paintings of Martin Hill embody the spaces between built environment and woodland; between the realms of man and beast. Feral dogs and anonymous statues are juxtaposed with seemingly uninhabited swathes of stone or trees. Pigeons nestle in sunlit corners, while an inscrutable boar confronts the viewer from a distance.


The Dulwich Picture Gallery Shows Anthony Van Dyck's Sicilian Paintings

Posted: 29 Mar 2012 12:23 AM PDT

artwork: Sir Anthony van Dyck - "Saint Rosalie in Glory", 1624 - Oil on canvas - 165 x 138 cm. The Menil Collection, Houston. - On view at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, London in "Van Dyck in Sicily: Painting and the Plague" until May 27th.

London.- The Dulwich Picture Gallery is proud to present "Van Dyck in Sicily: Painting and the Plague", on view through May 27th. This is the first ever exhibition to focus on the prolific year and a half that Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641) spent in Sicily between 1624 and 1625. The exhibition reunites for the first time the 16 works, all portraits and paintings of religious subjects, that are documented, or believed to have been painted during that year in Palermo. The most significant group of paintings produced by Van Dyck in Palermo are the images of the city's patron saint, Rosalia. Not only did Van Dyck create Rosalia's iconography as we know it today, but he also witnessed the events of that summer that fixed the saint's role for the city. The saint is still to this day highly venerated by the citizens of Palermo. The exhibition brings together every painting of Rosalia by Van Dyck, not only from America, but also from London, Spain and Puerto Rico, allowing them to be seen in the same room for the first time.


The Davis Museum at Wellesley College shows "Radcliffe Bailey ~ Memory as Medicine"

Posted: 28 Mar 2012 11:18 PM PDT

artwork: Radcliffe Bailey - "Seven Steps East", 1993 - Mixed media - 92 1/2" x 114" - Private collection. On view at the Davis Museum at Wellesley College, Massachusetts in "Radcliffe Bailey: Memory as Medicine" until May 6th.

Wellesley, Massachusetts.- The Davis Museum at Wellesley College is proud to present "Radcliffe Bailey: Memory as Medicine", on view through May 6th. Internationally known Atlanta-based artist Radcliffe Bailey explores American history and memory to encourage healing and transcendence through art, highlighting Bailey's ceaseless experimentation and improvisation with diverse forms while drawing inspiration from African art, his family's past, world history and jazz. The exhibition features 30 works that range in scale from grand to intimate, including installations, paintings, sculptures, works on paper, and modified found objects.


"Bailey's art, informed by a strong social and historical consciousness and solidly grounded in family and community, combines a rich, narrative content with a high-level of abstraction and poetic resonance to explore questions of history and memory," says Lisa Fischman, the Davis' Ruth Gordon Shapiro '37 Director. "Memory as Medicine underscores the Davis' continued commitment to introducing internationally known contemporary artists to the Boston area,"  The Davis is honored to present the first major solo exhibition of Radcliffe's work in New England, and on a personal level, I'm thrilled to reconnect with him since our shared days in Atlanta." Through exploration of the past, the present, and the unknown, Bailey layers meaning into his art by layering objects. Combining two and three-dimensional forms, he uses various mediums and scale to create a diverse and engaging collection of art. Mixed-media paintings and installations incorporate objects steeped in history, including tintypes of distant family members, African sculptures, disassembled piano keys and Georgia red clay. These items suggest stories of the black Atlantic diaspora and migrations more universal and spiritual, and harmonize an intuitive balance of world history and familial memory. The works make visual connections between art and life, people and places, and ancestors and their descendants. "Whenever you're sick, you go to the medicine cabinet.  For me, I go to memory. The idea of memory heals me and takes me to another place," said Bailey, explaining the title of his exhibition. "Growing up, I spent a lot of time with my grandparents and other family members and I feel like that's lost in most families today. In my art, I try to restore some of the lost kinship between people."

artwork: Radcliffe Bailey - "Notes from Elmina I", 2011 Gouache and ink on paper - 12" x 9" Collection of the High Museum of Art, Atlanta.

The exhibition presents Bailey's work by looking at three main themes: "Water," "Blues" and "Blood." Works included in the "Water" group feature the artist's references to the Black Atlantic as a site of historical trauma as well as an artistic and spiritual journey. "Blues" highlights works that illustrate the importance of music as a transcendent art form, including Bailey's 1999 painting "Transbluesency," which refers to a book of poems by Amiri Baraka and echoes the "Blues" theme.  The third theme, "Blood," features works focusing on the ideas of ancestry, race, memory, struggle and sacrifice. This section further explores the artist's engagement with African sculptures in tandem with his investigation of his own family's DNA. Memory as Medicine features Bailey's monumental Windward Coast, a monumental sculptural installation that shapes wooden piano keys from more than 400 pianos into undulating waves. A lone head, painted glittery black, bobs in this expanse.  The work of art, which the New York Times calls "a star attraction" among the thirty-five pieces presented, refers to the African slave trade, to water, blues and blood, and evokes musicality, human transcendence and survival. In 2006, Bailey learned his family's ancestral links to the Mende people of Sierra Leone. This inspired the smallest, most intimate work he ever created?a miniature drawing done in ink and coffee on a piece of sheet music that features a Mende mask framed within a tiny red-velvet lined, 19th-century tintype case, as though a family portrait. This work is on view in the exhibition alongside more recent works, including a new sculpture that has the smooth, curvilinear forms of Mende masks. It is made of wood and was repeatedly rubbed with finishing wax in a daily studio ritual. Minus the functional purpose of Mende masks, this work becomes a Brancusi-esque objet d'art, an inscrutable prop for a Neo-Dada-style, contemporary art world performance.

At the core of the exhibition is Bailey's "medicine cabinet sculptures." Their contents include a broad range of culturally charged objects, imagery and raw materials, from indigo powder to tobacco leaves to Georgia red earth. Just as Kongo minkisi sculptures from central Africa contain healing and protective medicine within mirrored packets, the socially cathartic contents of Bailey's medicine cabinet sculptures are deeply recessed under reflective, tinted glass. These sculptures were conceived to link the too often disconnected histories of peoples of Africa and the African Diaspora and to emphasize collective experiences. A number of works in the exhibition highlight the artist's practice of animating his work with large-scale photographic reproductions of black-and-white prints given to him by his grandmother as well as historic photos he collects, in order to place African Americans at the center of both American and world history. "I am interested in an Africanism that permeates our contemporary world but goes unnamed and is not talked about or fully addressed culturally," stated Bailey. "I am interested in the impulse of that mysterious African force that propels black people wherever they are in the world."

artwork: Radcliffe Bailey - "Winged", 2008 - Mixed media on paper - 72" x 63 1/2" Collection of Alioune N'Diaye, New York.  - At the Davis Museum in "Radcliffe Bailey: Memory as Medicine" until May 6th.

The New York Times describes artist Radcliffe Bailey's shimmering, shape-shifting works as being fueled by an exploration of "Black Atlantic culture, the vital, nurturing, agitated link between Africa and the Americas." Born in 1968 in Bridgeton, New Jersey, Radcliffe Bailey moved to Atlanta when he was four years old. Growing up, his interest in art was piqued by visits to the High and the art classes he took at the Atlanta College of Art. As a teenager Bailey, who grew up in Hank Aaron's neighborhood in Atlanta, pursued his early love of baseball and played semi-pro for a year. He ultimately decided he was too small for his position as catcher and followed his mother's vision for him by enrolling at the Atlanta College of Art, where he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1991. In 1996, Bailey gained acclaim for his large-scale mural "Saints," a commission for Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport for the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. "Saints" remains on view, welcoming travelers entering the airport at International Terminal E.  From 2001 to 2006 Bailey taught at the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia.  In 2004, he received a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant and was a visiting faculty member of Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2006. Bailey's work is represented in leading museum collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Smithsonian Museum of American Art and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; San Francisco Museum of Art; the Museum of Fine Arts Houston; the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; the Art Institute of Chicago; and the High Museum of Art, Atlanta.

One of the oldest and most acclaimed academic fine arts museums in the United States, the Davis Museum is a vital force in the intellectual, pedagogical and social life of Wellesley College.  It seeks to create an environment that encourages visual literacy, inspires new ideas, and fosters involvement with the arts both within the College and the larger community. The Wellesley College arts curriculum and the highly acclaimed Davis Museum and Cultural Center are integral components of the College's liberal arts education.  Departments and programs from across the campus enliven the community with world-class programming – classical and popular music, visual arts, theatre, dance, author readings, symposia and lectures by some of today's leading artists and creative thinkers – most of which are free and open to the public. Located just 12 miles from Boston and accessible by public transit, Wellesley College's idyllic surroundings provide a nearby retreat for the senses and inspiration that lasts well after a visit. Since 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in providing an excellent liberal arts education for women who will make a difference in the world.  Its 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,400 undergraduate students from all 50 states and 75 countries. Visit the museum's website at ... https://www.davismuseum.wellesley.edu/

Porter Contemporary Celebrates 50 Years of "The Rolling Stones"

Posted: 28 Mar 2012 10:55 PM PDT

artwork: Naoto Hattori - "Tonguing", 2012 - Acrylic on board - 4" x 4" - Courtesy Porter Contemporary, New York. On view in "A Rolling Stone" from April 5th until May 26th.

New York City.- Porter Contemporary is proud to present, "A Rolling Stone", a group exhibition opening on April 5th with an artists' reception from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. The exhibition will include works by artists Jason Bryant, JaH HaHa, Naoto Hattori, Jennifer Murray, Adam Normandin, Johnny Romeo, and TWOONE and will remain on view through May 26th. "The exhibit is a celebration of 50 years of the Rolling Stones," says Jessica L. Porter, Founder and Director of Porter Contemporary, "in addition to also being inspired by the proverb A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss." The proverb has many meanings but one in particular is that those who keep moving are never lacking for fresh ideas or creativity. Porter Contemporary has selected nine artists who fit the meaning of the proverb and are celebrating these artists' inspirations and dedication through, 'A Rolling Stone'.


Woodberry Forest School features Armand Cabrera Solo Exhibition

Posted: 28 Mar 2012 10:34 PM PDT

artwork: Armand Cabrera - "Bass Harbor Light" - Oil on linen - 18" x 24"

Orange, Virginia.- Prominent Computer Games Artist and Fine Artist, Armand Cabrera of Northern Virginia, presents a One Man Fine Art Exhibition at Woodberry Forest School from March 20th to April 30th. The six-week exhibition, "Paintings from Recent Travels," highlights Cabrera's journeys through the U.S. and overseas, capturing the diverse landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes he's encountered in over 25 years as a celebrated oil painter. There will be a reception for the artist in Woodberry's Baker Gallery on Thursday, April 12th from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.  Cabrera will give a talk at 7 pm.  The reception is free and open to the public.


Hampton Court Palace to exhibit "The Wild, the Beautiful and the Damned"

Posted: 28 Mar 2012 10:25 PM PDT

artwork: Left - Peter Lely - "Barbara Villiers", circa 1665 - Oil on Canvas - The Royal Collection © 2011, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Right - Peter Lely - "Louise de Kéroualle, Duchess of Portsmouth", 1671 - Oil on canvas - 48" x 40"-  J. Paul Getty Museum. On view at Hampton Court Palace in "The Wild, the Beautiful and the Damned" from April 5th until September 30th.

London. Hampton Court Palace will host a new temporary exhibition about the story of beauty, debauchery and decadent art at the late Stuart Court, "The Wild, the Beautiful and the Damned" will be on view from April 5th through September 30th. The exhibition will explore the meaning of beauty, and the lives and loves of the courtesans and libertines who lived and died in the Stuart Court during the reigns of Charles II, James II, William III & Mary II and Anne (1660-1714). At the heart of the exhibition will be portraits of Charles II's principal mistresses, including Nell Gwyn and Barbara Villiers, brought together at the palace for the first time. Also on display are the resident 'beautiful women' of the Royal Court: Peter Lely's 'Windsor Beauties' and Godfrey Kneller's 'Hampton Court Beauties', as we explore their lives and reputations amidst the elegance and decadence of the late 17th century. They will be joined by other Royal Collection paintings, rarely seen portraits from private and public collections, and exquisite fashion accessories, as the exhibition brings to life the glamour and magnificence of the Baroque period.


Curator's Office to present "Tom Green ~ Of This World"

Posted: 28 Mar 2012 10:01 PM PDT

artwork: Tom Green - "Of This World 7" (left) and "Of This World 8" (right), both 2011 - Acrylic on paper - 29 3/4" x 22 1/4" Courtesy of Curator's Office, Washington DC. On view in "Tom Green: Of This World" from March 31st.

Washington, DC.- Curator's Office is pleased to present a body of work by influential American artist and Washington, DC legend, Tom Green. "Of This World" presents 8 of the last works on paper that the artist made in 2011, prior to being diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). The suite is a lyrical compendium of the glyphic work the artist is so well-known for. A horizon line unites the entire body of work, but his continued preoccupation with the semiotics of symbolic form is lucid, restrained, and powerful. The exhibition opens on March 31st.


The exhibition is presented as a deliberately informal "studio view" and will be accompanied by a broadside written by artist, curator, and art critic J.W. Mahoney. Tom Green began working with the glyph forms in the late sixties, while he was taking Pre-Columbian courses. He says, "Studying the Mayan culture, I was struck by the glyphic carvings and drawings that seemed so inventive yet puzzling. So I began writing notes in a glyphic script to my friends, not copying the Mayan forms but trying to create my own forms that would resonate in a contemporary mind. Around 1987, casting about for a new direction, I tried painting a canvas covered with glyphs. It looked promising! The glyphs are not a language. (I try not to repeat forms) but rather a series of discreet forms that are to be interpreted individually. Most are not abstract but derive from the sensory experiences of daily life."

artwork: Tom Green - "In Green", 2004 - Acrylic on canvas - 65" x 77.5" - Courtesy Civilian Art Projects. Corcoran Alumni are trying to purchase and donate this piece to the Corcoran permanent collection following the artist's diagnosis with ALS. Later works by the artist are on view at Curator's Office in "Of This World" from March 31st.

In his catalog introduction for a 2010 Tom Green retrospective exhibition at the Katzen Art Center, American University Museum director Jack Rasmussen explains, "He has staked out his own artistic territory, inside his well-informed, highly original imagination. But, like all significant artists, his art is not only a private pleasure, a dialogue with himself. It has relevance across time and space. We understand signs on a pre-linguistic level. They show us where we are and where we are going, if we can only bring our emotional intelligence to bear." Tom Green experienced early success in his career and had works in prestigious shows at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. Despite this, he continued to devote himself to making art rather than chasing fame. "This made him almost an 'underground' artist that young and old audiences in the know followed and respected," Rasmussen said. "He is very knowledgeable about the contemporary art world, but he follows his own muse, not the writers in ARTFORUM."

Born in Newark, N.J. in 1942, Tom Green grew up in the Washington, D.C. area. After earning a B.A. and a M.A. in Painting at the University of Maryland, Green went on to teach for forty years at the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, D.C. and where he is presently a Professor Emeritus of Fine Art. Tom Green has exhibited in many solo and group exhibitions in the United States and abroad. These include the 1975 Whitney Biennial, Nineteen Americans at the Guggenheim Museum, the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, The Kreeger Museum, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Recent solo exhibitions include: Tom Green: Accident & Intent at the Katzen Center for the Arts, American University Museum; Point of View at Civilian Art Projects, and Inventory at George Mason University. Green has received two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award, and residency fellowships at the Vermont Studio Center and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. His work is in the collections of the Guggenheim Museum, New York; The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD; The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; The Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington, DC; The American University Museum, Washington, DC, The Artery Group, Bethesda, MD; Instituto Cultural Peruano Norteamericano, Lima, Peru; D.C. Public Library, Washington, DC; The Washington Post, Washington, DC; KPMG Consulting, Washington, DC; and The John Wilson Building Collection, Washington, DC. Following the artist's diagnosis with ALS in 2011, alumni from the Corcoran College of Art + Design have launched a funding drive to purchase his work "In Green" and present the work to the Corcoran Gallery of Art for its permanent collection.

artwork: Tom Green - "Of This World 1" (left) and "Of This World 3" (right), both 2011 - Acrylic on paper - 29 3/4" x 22 1/4" Courtesy of Curator's Office, Washington DC. On view in "Tom Green: Of This World" from March 31st.

Curator's Office (CO) specializes in a variety of arts-related services to meet a broad spectrum of client needs. All of these services are provided in a welcoming micro-gallery setting. CO organizes all aspects of solo and group exhibitions of contemporary and modern art for museums, university galleries, non-profit galleries, commercial galleries, corporations and other institutions. CO develops educational publications and programs to complement these exhibitions. With clients, CO focuses the goals for the collection and purchase art through reputable sources. Additionally, we arrange for framing, lighting, installation, and conservation. Additionally, we write and oversee the production of educational catalogs and promotional brochures. CO works with all budgets. CO periodically invites a curator (museum curator, critic, artist, collector, educator, promising student, gallerist) to display a tightly focused presentation of an artist or art collective's work. The invited curator provides an explanation for the selection and defines the cultural significance of that particular artist to contemporary art practice. From time to time, artists are invited to interpret the "office/micro-gallery space." Gallery Director, Andrea Pollan has worked for over twenty-three years in the visual fine arts. Trained as an art historian at Yale University, she has organized over 125 exhibitions of contemporary art for museums and galleries regionally and nationally. She has written numerous catalogs and exhibition brochures. Pollan has juried scores of art exhibitions and art fairs in the region including an exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. She served as Exhibitions Director of the McLean Project for the Arts in Virginia and was curator at the Arlington Arts Center prior to that. She has worked for the Trust for Museum Exhibitions, the Yale University Art Gallery, and two regional commercial galleries. She managed several corporate art collections and has broadened that focus recently to include several private collections. Pollan received an Arts Administration Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1994. She has served on numerous boards and recently served on the board of the D.C. Chapter of ArtTable, a national association of women arts administrators. Visit the gallery's website at ... http://www.curatorsoffice.com

National Portrait Gallery clocks up 2,000,000 visitors...Its highest ever annual figure

Posted: 28 Mar 2012 08:37 PM PDT

artwork: Portraits of Mick Jagger taken in the 1960s displayed at the National Portrait Gallery, London.  Documenting the singer's early rise to become one of the most influential singer-songwriters of the era the display will coincide with the publication of Mick Jagger: The Photobook by Thames & Hudson.

LONDON.- The National Portrait Gallery today welcomed its two millionth visitors – a milestone which sets up the highest annual figures in the Gallery's history when they are published at the end of the month. The group of visitors through the door when the figure of two million was reached was given a surprise welcome by the Gallery's director Mr Sandy Nairne. 100,000 people have already visited the hugely popular Lucian Freud Portraits, and last year's BP Portrait Award 2011 exhibition - free entry made possible by BP's sponsorship - received the largest number of visitors for any National Portrait Gallery exhibition (341,050).

Getty Villa exhibition explores Aphrodite the Goddess of Love and Beauty

Posted: 28 Mar 2012 08:36 PM PDT

artwork: Statuette of Eros wearing the lion skin of Herakles, 1st century B.C. - Courtesy of the J. Paul Getty Museum -  on view at the Getty Villa

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Typically associated with beauty and erotic desire, Aphrodite is one of the most compelling and powerful of ancient Greek divinities. Aphrodite and the Gods of Love, on view at the Getty Villa from March 28th through July 9th, presents the goddess in her manifold aspects, exploring her precursors in the ancient Near East, her devotees, her companions and offspring, and culminates with her adaptation in Roman religion as Venus. "We are thrilled to have worked collaboratively with our colleagues at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston to present this first U.S. museum exhibition devoted to Aphrodite, which includes many important works from the collections of both museums as well as from Italian institutions," says David Bomford, acting director of the J. Paul Getty Museum. "This exhibition is an opportunity for a broader examination of the goddess, a favored subject of J. Paul Getty himself."

Mimmo Paladino: New exhibition of works on paper at The Alan Cristea Gallery

Posted: 28 Mar 2012 08:13 PM PDT

artwork: Mimmo Paladino - "Mattinate" (Puglia Suite) No. 7, 2011. - Watercolour with collage. Paper and image 58.0 x 77.0 cm. Courtesy of The Alan Cristea Gallery in London

LONDON.- – The Alan Cristea Gallery will present a major new construction together with a site-specific series of drawings as well as a retrospective exhibition of Mimmo Paladino's prints and multiples. Born in Paduli, in the Benevento region, in 1948, Paladino lives and works in Italy where he has studios in Rome, Paduli and Puglia. The exhibition at 34 Cork Street will focus on a large-scale mixed-media installation as well as a new body of watercolours and works on paper backed onto canvas specifically conceived by Paladino for the space. Simultaneously, in the gallery at 31 Cork Street, a retrospective exhibition will be staged of the editions published by Alan Cristea Gallery over the past seven years, including a series of recent mosaic multiples. These two exhibitions will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with an introductory essay by Dr. Jill Lloyd. The Alan Cristea Gallery is the exclusive distributor of Mimmo Paladino's editions worldwide.

The Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien (MUMOK) ~ The Largest Museum for Modern & Contemporary Art in Vienna ~ Is Toured By AKN Editor

Posted: 28 Mar 2012 08:12 PM PDT

artwork: The Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien (MUMOK) reopened on September 15, 2001 in the Museums Quartier located in Vienna's historical centre. The cubic basalt-covered building was designed by the architects Ortner & Ortner and features 4,950 square meters of exhibition space for the collection of modern and contemporary art. -  (c) Martin Gnedt, from http://www.mqw.at (the Vienna Museum Quarter website)

The MUMOK (Museum für Moderne Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien) is Austria's largest and most significant museum for contemporary art. First opened in 1962 as the Museum of the 20th Century in the Schweizergarten park, the MUMOK is now at its third address and with its third name (regularly moving to accommodate its expanding collection). The foundation of the museum in its current form was laid when the Ludwig Foundation was created in 1981, about half of the art collection owned by Peter and Irene Ludwig was transferred to the new foundation, augmented by a further, large donation in 1991. The need for space to display these works ultimately led the foundation to absorb the old Museum of the 20th Century and move to a larger site. Since 2001, it has been housed in a futuristic cube designed by architects Ortner & Ortner, right in the heart of Vienna's famous 'Museumsquartier' providing 4,950 square meters of exhibition space for the main works of the collection of modern and contemporary art. The building appears as a dark, closed block, its roof curving down low on the edges. It is monolithically clad in anthracite grey basalt lava on the façades and roof surfaces: thus it is clearly set apart from its surroundings and seems to emerge from the ground as though rising from the deep. The museum's collection is displayed on three levels of exhibition space in a series of presentations which change every year. A ten-meter wide outdoor stairway leads to the entrance plateau four meters above the courtyard level. Inside, a hall lit from above divides all of the levels into two differently proportioned groups of rooms. The entrance is on the third of the five levels, with two main exhibition levels above and two below. On one side of the access hall, five 5-meter-high, pillar-free exhibition areas measuring about 700 square meters each are stacked above each other. These areas can be flexibly subdivided. On the other side, there are more intimate rooms measuring 250 square meters each. Here the ceilings are 3.50 meters high. The various levels are connected by footbridges. The upper exhibition hall receives natural light through a large opening in the curved ceiling. The other slit-like openings and the panorama window in the uppermost floor give visitors a view to the outside and help provide a sense of orientation. The museum aims to preserve, enlarge, analyze, and make available to the public its collection of artworks from the 20th and 21st centuries, by serving as collection site, archive, research institution, and exhibition venue. A key concern is to contribute to the debate on contemporary art, and for this reason the Museum organizes events and discussions designed to raise awareness for new and experimental art, as well as to convey information on recent art history and theory. Visit the museum's website at : http://www.mumok.at

artwork: Just a sampling of intriguing images at the MUMOK that all share the same label: bad painting that makes good art. Curators at Vienna's Museum of Modern Art say the phenomenon began in the 1920's and is represented in works by 20th century artists such as Rene Magritte, Francis Picabia and Georg Baselitz.

MUMOK's commitment to both history and the present and its museological, scientific and educational mission demands its profound engagement in the collection, research and communication of international artworks of modernism, the recent past, and the the present. With its emphasis on Pop Art and Photorealism, taken from the Austrian Ludwig Foundation, Fluxus and Nouveau Réalisme, taken from the Hahn Collection, and Viennese Actionism, MUMOK offers a unique blend of art focusing on society and reality as well as of performative art of the 20th century. MUMOK communicates the social relevance of art by illustrating the changes in art perception and their causes, both historical and contemporary. With reference to the present, MUMOK participates in the socio-political discourse and opposes tendencies which challenge the freedom of art and cultural policy. The collection spans from the Cubist, Futurist, and Surrealist works of classical modernism to Pop Art, Fluxus, and Nouveau Realism from the 1960s and 1970s. The early 20th century is represented with paintings and sculptures by masters Like Henri Matisse, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Pablo Picasso and Alberto Giacometti. The collection includes important works of Pop Art by Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein as well as definitive examples of Fluxus, and conceptual art, In recent years, the collection has been expanded with present-day film, video, photo and graphic art. In total, the MUMOK collection contains around 9,700 works: paintings, sculptures, installations, drawings, graphic works, photos, videos, films, architectural models and furniture from the first half of the 20th century. The collection of Classic Modernism contains the most important movements and artists of the heroic years of modernism right up to the abstract and expressive tendencies of the post World War II period. Expressionism (Richard Gerstl, Oskar Kokoschka, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff), Cubism and Futurism (Henri Laurens, Giacomo Balla), constructive tendencies, Bauhaus (Piet Mondrian, Paul Klee) are represented as are important works from the areas of Dada and Surrealism (Marcel Duchamp, Francis Picabia, Max Ernst, René Magritte). Amongst the pioneering works of modernism to be found are André Derain's Cowering Figure and František Kupka's Nocturne, two of the earliest examples of conscious abstraction. The great 'lone warriors' who were committed to the human figure such as Pablo Picasso, Alberto Giacometti and Francis Bacon are represented with outstanding works and form an antipole to the abstractionists of the 50's (Jackson Pollock, Ad Reinhardt, Morris Louis, Lucio Fontana, Piero Manzoni). Nouveau Réalisme is one of the focal points of the Hahn collection which was acquired by MUMOK in 1978, and the collection includes important works by Arman, François Dufrêne, Raymond Hains, Yves Klein, Martial Raysse, Daniel Spoerri, Jean Tinguely and Jacques de la Villeglé. César, Mimmo Rotella, Georg Baselitz, Niki de Saint-Phalle, Gérard Deschamps and Christo. Equally important in the collection are works from the Fluxus movement (including Yoko Ono's 'to Hammer a Nail', which, depending on source, may have been the work that introduced her to John Lennon). Alongside numerous important works of Viennese Actionism the museum also holds extensive documentation in the MUMOK's archive of actionism. A younger generation of artists is showcased in the 'MUMOKFactory', a separate exhibition space with a cinema, where the emphasis is on experimental media and performance art and several exhibition levels are used for special exhibitions.

artwork: Tom Wesselmann - "Landscape #4", 1965 - Ludwig Museum - Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest. Long-term loan currently part of the MUMOK's Hyper Real exhibition. -  Foto: József Rosta, © VBK Wien

The MUMOK is currently showing Hyper Real: The Passion of the Real in Painting and Photography (until13 February 2011). Focussing on photo realism, Super Realism, Radical Realism, New Realism, and Hyper Realism, this exhibition explores, through approximately 250 works, this important chapter in international art history. At the end of the 1960s in the USA a group of painters stepped out of the shadows of Abstract Expressionism and turned towards the tradition of painterly realism. However, in doing so they also exaggerated the illusionism that had been handed down from the 1920s and 1930s. These painters translated unspectacular templates such as snapshots, amateur photos and newspaper clippings, often using slide projections, into large-format images, the photographic image was used either as a verbatim model or it could be 'corrected' as Chuck Close did in his portraits by placing different photos next to each other in order to give each segment of the picture its own focal point and, in a complex work process, turning photography into painting. Starting from the MUMOK's own extensive collection of 40 works, the exhibition places the museum's holdings in the context of the realisms and investigates the concepts behind a painting genre that addresses the subject matter of city, streets, automobiles and the American way of life through works by Richard Estes, Ralph Goings, Robert Bechtle, Malcolm Morley, Chuck Close, Don Eddy and Tom Wesselmann. Besides the focus on America, European artists like Gerhard Richter, Domenico Gnoli, Olivier Jean and Richard Hamilton are represented to show the rapid spread of realistic tendencies. Time and again the Photorealists emphasised the importance of Pop Art to their work and some of this is shown at the start of the exhibition before the presentation of the main protagonists such as Richard Estes, Ralph Goings or Don Eddy. The interaction between painting and photography is also shown through the presence of important international works by Jeff Wall, Candida Höfer, Andreas Gursky, Thomas Ruff and Thomas Struth.

The Art of Socialist Realism Auction at Jeschke-Van Vliet in Berlin

Posted: 28 Mar 2012 08:11 PM PDT

artwork: Vyacheslav Vasilevich Tokarev - Speech, 1960's - Oil on canvas, 134 cm x 200 cm - Private Collection

BERLIN.- For the first time in Europe, an exhibition is being presented, which is focused specifically on narrating the art historical period of Socialist Realism in the former Soviet Union. On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, 300 paintings are being exhibited in Berlin. These paintings represent an extraordinary cross-section of the everyday life of that time and conjure up the anxieties and emotionality of artists in an atmosphere of apparent calm and determination. On 6 November 2009 at 19.00 our special auction BEHIND THE IRON CURTAIN - Art of Socialist Realism place at Jeschke-Van Vliet in Berlin

Berlinische Galerie presents 'As Time Goes By' ~ Artworks Concerning Time

Posted: 28 Mar 2012 08:10 PM PDT

artwork: Peter Berndt - Durchreiselandschaft (Sommer), 1976 - © VB Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2008

BERLIN - Berlinische Galerie presents As Time Gopes By - Artworks Concerning Time, on view through August 31, 2009. This presentation on the topic of time offers some new and exciting insights into the Berlinische Galerie's extensive collections. Here, works dating from the 19th century to the present day, which have been shown rarely or not at all, enter into stimulating dialogue with the gallery's masterpieces.

"Art Toronto" ~ Canada's Modern and Contemporary Art Fair

Posted: 28 Mar 2012 08:09 PM PDT

artwork: Ray Sell - "Gangs All Here" - Mixed media on canvas - 11" x 14" - Courtesy BlueLeaf Gallery, Dublin. BlueLeaf will be exhibiting at the Art Toronto Fair from October 28th until October 30th.

Toronto, Canada  - Collectors, curators and art enthusiasts will converge on Toronto at the end of October to experience the twelfth edition of Art Toronto - a four-day fair which showcases exhibits by 109 leading and emerging international galleries from 13 countries. Art Toronto 2011 runs from October 28 to 31, and features alternative spaces curated by The Drake Hotel, Canadian Art magazine, the Art Gallery of York University and the Art Dealers Association of Canada. Other highlights of the fair include solo exhibitions, installations and curated projects by renowned artists such as Andy Warhol, Kent Monkman, Edward Burtynsky, Chuck Close and many more. An Opening Night Preview to benefit the Art Gallery of Ontario will launch the fair on October 27. Media are invited to a special preview tour of the fair on October 27, before it opens to the public
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"Art Toronto is more than a place to buy and sell art, it's also about opportunity: opportunities for galleries to meet artists, fellow dealers and curators," said Linel Rebenchuk, of Art Toronto. "It also allows visitors to see the best of what the art world has to offer, and gives attendees the opportunity to learn and take part in forums, interviews, performances and panel discussions."

Art Toronto presents a dynamic series of presentations, panels and discussions featuring artists, curators, collectors and gallerists. just some of the special events scheduled include, 'The Art Game' a commissioned flagship project by Kent Monkman. Curated by Steven Loft, The Art Game is a life-size maze, constructed from booth walls identical to the Art Fair itself, which takes the audience through an art world "funhouse". The meandering corridors are made more confusing with the use of double-sided mirrors, trick windows, and fake doors, forcing the audience into a challenging experience of disorientation and multiple choice – not unlike the real art world. Dispersed throughout the maze are four "dioramas", in the form of four small rooms, each one presenting the four key players in the Art Game: artist, curator/museum director, gallerist, and collector.

artwork: Caroline Bénech - "Shanghai 0.01 am" - Photo lambda - Edition of 4 (each unique) - 120 x 160 cm. Courtesy Galerie Van Der Planken, Antwerp. Art Toronto Art Fair from October 28th to October 31st.

With the support of Art Toronto, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art is pleased to announce Edward Burtynsky as the Art Toronto 2011 MOCCA Benefit Edition Artist As the official vehicle of Art Toronto 2011, BMW Canada is proud to present iconic artist Andy Warhol's 1979 Art Car – the BMW M1. Since 1975, artists from around the world have turned BMW automobiles into art, signifying a particular period through the Art Car program. The name Andy Warhol is the quintessence of pop art. He began his artistic career as a commercial artist and was successful in holding his own exhibitions in New York as early as 1952. BMW Canada is extremely proud to bring Warhol's Art Car to Toronto as a means of sharing one of the company's many cultural initiatives with Canadians.

Established in 1999, with the support of the Canadian Art Foundation, the RBC Canadian Painting Competition is a tribute to Canada's artistic talent. The goal of the competition is to support and nurture emerging Canadian visual artists by providing them with a forum to display their artistic talent to the country and hopefully open doors to future opportunities. Selected works from previous year's semi-finalists are on exhibit at Art Toronto 2011. Entitled "Place", an initiative curated by William Huffman explores the notion of navigation as a unifying theme – ultimately moving people through the fair and activating existing elements with a four artist, intervention-based mechanisms. This initiative is a presentation partnership between Toronto Arts Foundation (TAF), Art Dealers Association of Canada (ADAC) and Art Toronto.

artwork: Medrie MacPhee - "Berlin Study", 2009 - Mixed media on paper - 22" x 30" Courtesy Art45, Montreal. Art45 will be exhibiting at Art Toronto from October 28th

For 4 days, 109 fine art galleries from 13 countries along with the country's leading cultural organizations will assemble at the 12th annual exhibition and sale of 20th and 21st century artworks. expect to be excited, provoked and visually stimulated as you step into the largest and most celebrated indoor visual art event in Canada. From artworks by renowned masters to young emerging artists there is something for every taste and budget. Art Toronto 2011 marks the most comprehensive and exciting programming in the fair's history. Visit the fair's website at ... http://www.arttoronto.ca

Banksy Mural "Every Picture tells a lie" Uncovered on Berlin Galley Wall

Posted: 28 Mar 2012 08:08 PM PDT

artwork: A mural by British street artist Banksy in Berlin,uncovered.  The graffiti showing five soldiers with angel's wings and yellow smiley faces beneath the slogan "Every picture tells a lie!" is now on show again at the Kuenstlerhaus Bethanien Gallery. Originally sprayed by the artist in 2003 during a street art project at the gallery, the Banksy had disappeared beneath several layers of paint by subsequent art shows.  -   AP Photo/Michael Sohn


BERLIN (REUTERS).- British street artist Banksy's mural "Every Picture tells a lie" was rediscovered in Berlin this weekend after a gallery layered it in paint eight years ago to create space for new works. Banksy, whose identity is unknown to the public, is a world-renowned graffiti artist. His newly recovered mural was spray-painted in 2003 for an exhibit at a contemporary art gallery in Germany's capital. The mural was excavated as part of an art project by Brad Downey, a Berlin-based American artist, whose exhibition is titled "What Lies Beneath" and focuses on layers of paint.

Damien Hirst Requiem Retrospective at the Pinchuk Art Centre in Ukraine

Posted: 28 Mar 2012 08:07 PM PDT

artwork: British artist Damien Hirst poses besides 'The Incredible Journey' at Sotheby's. Photo: EFE / Andy Rain

KYIV, UKRAINE - The Pinchuk Art Centre will open Requiem, a major retrospective of over 100 works dating from 1990 to 2008, by Damien Hirst. Requiem opens on 25th April and continues through 20th September 2009. Since the start of his career, Hirst has pushed the boundaries of art and what it means to be an artist. Requiem bears witness to a bold new direction in his work by showing for the first time a series of skull paintings he created between 2006 and 2008. In works such as Floating Skull, 2006, The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth, 2008 and Men Shall Know Nothing, 2008, Hirst returns to the solitary practice of painting and confronts, in very personal terms, the darkness that lies at the heart of human nature and experience.

A New Design and Expanded Miami Art Museum will Open in 2013

Posted: 28 Mar 2012 08:06 PM PDT

artwork: Miami Art Museum, Miami, USA - Herzog & de Meuron design, © Herzog & de Meuron, visualization by Artefactorylab.

MIAMI, FL.- Miami Art Museum (MAM) announced the completion of design development for its new 120,000-square-foot home in downtown Miami, scheduled to open in 2013. Designed by Herzog & de Meuron, MAM's new home will work in concert with its natural surroundings to enhance the museum experience, and has been designed to achieve silver LEED [Leadership in Energy] certification. The new building will allow MAM to better serve its diverse, rapidly growing community, reinforcing the Museum's role as a bridge between continents and cultures. The completed design was unveiled in Miami yesterday, October 21, at a lecture titled Work in Progress: A Talk with Herzog & de Meuron. Pierre de Meuron, founding partner and Christine Binswanger, partner-in-charge of the project, discussed the design in a public forum with Terence Riley, director of Miami Art Museum.

This Week in Review in Art Knowledge News

Posted: 28 Mar 2012 08:05 PM PDT

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