Minggu, 01 April 2012

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The Smithsonian American Art Museum to show ~ African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era and Beyond

Posted: 31 Mar 2012 10:33 PM PDT

artwork: John Biggers - "Shotgun, Third Ward #1", 1966 - Tempera and oil on canvas - 76.2 x 121.9 cm. - Collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. On view in "African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era and Beyond" from April 27th until September 3rd.

Washington, DC.- The Smithsonian American Art Museum opens a new exhibition about African American art in the 20th century on April 27th. "African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era and Beyond" presents a selection of works by 43 black artists who lived through the tremendous changes of the 20th century. In paintings, sculpture, prints and photographs, the featured artists embrace themes both universal and specific to the African American experience, including the exploration of identity, the struggle for equality, the power of music and the beauties and hardships of life in rural and urban America. The exhibition remains on view through September 3rd.

"African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era and Beyond" will be on view at the Smithsonian American Art Museum from April 27 through Sept. 3. The exhibition is organized by Virginia Mecklenburg, senior curator of painting and sculpture at the museum. It will travel following its presentation in Washington, D.C. "This exhibition allows us to understand profound change through the eyes of artists," said Elizabeth Broun, The Margaret and Terry Stent Director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. "These works by African American artists are vital to understanding the complex American experience."

artwork: Keith Morrison - "Zombie Jamboree", 1988 - Oil on canvas - 157.5 x 175.7 cm. Collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. - On view from April 27th

The 100 works on view are drawn entirely from the Smithsonian American Art Museum's rich collection of African American art, the largest and finest in the United States. More than half of the works featured are being exhibited by the museum for the first time, including paintings by Benny Andrews, Loïs Mailou Jones and Jacob Lawrence, as well as photographs by Roy DeCarava, Gordon Parks and Marilyn Nance. Ten of the artworks were acquired within the past five years. More than half of the objects in the exhibition are photographs from the museum's permanent collection. Individual object labels will connect the artworks with the artistic and social factors that shaped their creation. The 20th century was a time of great change in America. Many of the social, political and cultural movements that came to define the era, such as the jazz age, the Harlem Renaissance and the civil rights movement, were rooted in African American communities. Black artists explored their identity in this quickly changing world through a variety of media and in styles as varied as postmodernism, documentary realism, expressionism and abstraction. "Visitors will be struck not only by the power of these artworks, but also by the variety of the pieces on display," said Mecklenburg. "So many new movements and styles grew out of the tumult of the 20th century, and these works reflect that diversity." In paintings, prints and sculpture, artists such as William H. Johnson and Andrews speak to the dignity and resilience of those who work the land. Romare Bearden recasts Christian themes in terms of the black experience. Jones, Sargent Johnson and Melvin Edwards address African heritage, while Alma Thomas explores the beauty of the natural world through color and abstract forms. Studio portraits by James VanDerZee document the rise of the black middle class in the 1920s, while powerful black-and-white photographs by DeCarava, Nance, Parks, Robert McNeill, Roland Freeman and Tony Gleaton chronicle everyday life from the 1930s through the final decades of the 20th century. "Each of the artists included in this exhibition made a compelling contribution to the artistic landscape of 20th century America, and we are delighted to feature their work in the museum's galleries," said Mecklenburg.

artwork: Allan Rohan Crite - "School's Out", 1936 - Oil on canvas - 76.9 x 91.8 cm. - Collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum -  On view from April 27th until September 3rd.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum, the nation's first collection of American art, is an unparalleled record of the American experience. The collection captures the aspirations, character and imagination of the American people throughout three centuries. The American Art Museum is the home to one of the largest and most inclusive collections of American art in the world. Its artworks reveal key aspects of America's rich artistic and cultural history from the colonial period to today. More than 7,000 artists are represented in the collection, including major masters, such as John Singleton Copley, Gilbert Stuart, Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Childe Hassam, Mary Cassatt, Georgia O'Keeffe, Edward Hopper, Jacob Lawrence, Helen Frankenthaler, Christo, David Hockney, Jenny Holzer, Lee Friedlander, Nam June Paik, Martin Puryear, and Robert Rauschenberg. The Museum has been a leader in identifying significant aspects of American visual culture and actively collecting and exhibiting works of art before many other major public collections. American Art has the largest collection of New Deal art and the finest collections of contemporary craft, American impressionist paintings, and masterpieces from the Gilded Age. Other pioneering collections include historic and contemporary folk art, work by African American and Latino artists, photography from its origins in the nineteenth century to contemporary works, images of western expansion, and realist art from the first half of the twentieth century.  Visit the museum's website at ... http://americanart.si.edu/

A Rediscovered Liotard Pastel To Be Offered at Sotheby's in Paris

Posted: 31 Mar 2012 10:32 PM PDT

artwork: Jean Etienne Liotard - "Portrait of Mademoiselle Jacquet" -  Photo: Sotheby's.

PARIS.- Sotheby's announced that their sale of Old Master & 19th Century Paintings & Drawings in Paris on 21 June 2012 will feature a very rare work of art by the most important pastellist of the 18th century, Jean Etienne Liotard. Estimated between 300.000 and 400.000 € (400.000-530.000 $ / estimate do not include buyer's premium), this beautifully preserved pastel has been rediscovered by the Director of the Old Master Paintings Department at Sotheby's in Paris, Pierre Etienne, in a collection in the South of France. This portrait of Mademoiselle Jacquet, a French actress at the Opéra (Académie Royale de Musique) in the 18th century, has never appeared before on the art market. Jacquet's name has always been associated with this pastel; it was offered to the ancestors of the current owners by Louise Jacquet herself.

Zee Stone Gallery in Hong Kong featured Paintings by Ye Hongxing

Posted: 31 Mar 2012 09:45 PM PDT

Hong Kong.- Zee Stone Gallery proudly presented "Fusion", an exhibition of paintings by Ye Hongxing, viewed at the gallery. Ye Hongxing is a young artist from Guilin now based in Beijing. She combines traditional Chinese motifs and modern elements superimposed on self-portraits, presented as a circular image. Also included in the exhibition are 2 paintings from a new series; these are mixed media paintings, composed of brightly coloured sequins and glass beads, which create a mesmerizing blend of a myriad  different elements including fantastical figures and tropical flora and fauna. Born in 1972, Ye Hongxing has become one of the most exciting rising stars of the Chinese contemporary art scene. Ye Hongxing obtained her Master's Degree from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing (arguably China's top art academy) in 1998. Between 2003 and 2005, Ye's work was exhibited at a few galleries throughout China, as well as the Chongqing Art Museum and the Nanjing Museum of Contemporary Art.

The Harn Museum's New Asian Art Wing Opened on March 31st 2012

Posted: 31 Mar 2012 09:24 PM PDT

artwork: "Buddhistic Lion Group", Chinese, 17th - 18th century - Jade - 10.2 x 22.5 x 13 cm. - Collection of the Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida. On view in the new Asian art wing opened to the public on March 31st 2012.

Gainesville, Florida.- The Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida announced that it has opened its 26,000-square-foot Asian art wing to the public on March 31st 2012.  The new Asian art wing will triple the space the museum has dedicated to Asian art, and will make it the leading center for the study and preservation of Asian art in the Southeastern United States. The galleries will be dedicated to art from China, India, Japan, Korea, and South and Southeast Asia, and will feature masterpieces from the Neolithic period to the present day. The lower level will provide dedicated space for conservation labs, art storage, and curatorial research. The new wing, which will also feature two newly created Asian-inspired gardens, will be named for the late Dr. David A. Cofrin, a founding supporter of the Harn and noted Asian art collector.

The new wing is a dynamic space that will allow the curatorial team to put many of the 2,000 Asian works from the permanent collection on rotating view. The variety and quality of the works—including particular strengths in ceramics, jades, metalwork, paintings, sculpture, and works on paper—will provide many opportunities to explore regional and transnational developments, from ceramic traditions to the spread of Buddhism to the artistic and cultural exchanges between the East and West. Highlights of the objects that will be on permanent view include a remarkable Korean Bodhisattva from the mid-17th century, in whose interiors were found original Buddhist sutra manuscript pages, a world-class masterpiece scroll painting by Kim Hong-do from 18th century Korea, 19th century ceramics and paintings by Rengetsu Otagaki, a famed Buddhist nun, potter, and poet, late-first to early-fourth century stone sculptures from India depicting Buddhist and Hindu figures, and selections from the largest museum collection in the West of works by the celebrated modern Indian artist Jamini Roy.

artwork: "The Goddess Durga Slaying the Buffalo Demon (Durga-Mahishasura-Mardini)", India, Rajasthan, 10th century - Cream-gray sandstone - Collection of the Harn Museum of Art - 60 x 43.2 x 16.5 cm.

artwork: Shen Quan - "A Birthday Painting", 1756 Ink and color on silk - 251.5 x 115.3 cm. - Collection of the Harn Museum of Art The Asian collection at the Harn Museum of Art is among the largest and finest in the southeastern United States. Comprised of more than 1,400 objects, the collection ranges in date from approximately 2500 B.C. to the present and includes paintings, prints, sculpture, ceramics, bronzes, jades, and lacquers from across Asia. The collection is organized into sub-collections by geography. The Harn's Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian collection is a particular strength, with a diverse group of Hindu and Buddhist religious sculptures, fine Indian miniature paintings, and  more than 100 Thai, Vietnamese and Cambodian trade ceramics from the 15th to the 17th centuries. The collection also includes modern Indian paintings by Jamini Roy (1887 – 1972) and Ram Kumar (b. 1924). In Chinese art, the Harn holds a significant collection of ceramics from the Neolithic to the end of the Imperial era in 1911, and a rich array of Chinese paintings, with works by renowned artists such as Shen Quan (1682–1760) and Sheng Maoye (c. 1580–1640). The collection also includes several complete series of Japanese woodblock prints by artists such as Utagawa Hiroshige (1797–1858) and Utagawa Kunisada (1786–1865), along with scroll paintings by Kano Korenobu (1753–1808) and Yokoi Kinkoku (1761–1832). Japanese decorative arts of the Meiji Period (1868–1912) are also well represented by ceramics, bronzes, cloisonné enamels and lacquers. The Harn's Korean holdings are anchored by a group of Koryo celadon ceramics (918–1392) and Choson blue-and-white porcelains (1392–1910) donated by Gen. James A. Van Fleet, one of the most generous donors to the Asian collection.

The Asian collection has been a strength of the museum since its founding. Notable donors include Florida professor Roy C. Craven, who gave a number of important works in the 1960s and 70s, and General James A. Van Fleet, who contributed greatly to the Harn's collection of Korean works.  On March 31, 2012, the museum will open the David A. Cofrin Asian Art Wing. Planned for the northwest side of the museum near the corner of Southwest 34th Street and Hull Road, the 26,000-square-foot addition will have three levels featuring 6,000 square feet of Asian art gallery space, an upper level for curatorial and museum activities, as well as art storage and conservation space for the Asian collections. An Asian garden will be accessible from the west side of the new wing. The commitment to fund the Asian art wing is one of many transformative gifts the Cofrin family has made to the University of Florida and the Harn Museum of Art.

Founded in 1990, the AAM-accredited Harn Museum of Art is an integral part of the University of Florida. The Harn contributes to an interconnected, international community by integrating the arts and culture into curricula throughout the university's system of colleges and centers. Its holdings include more than 8,000 works in five main collecting areas: Asian art, African art, photography, modern art of the Americas and Europe, and international contemporary art. In addition to rotating installations drawn from its permanent collection, the Harn organizes traveling exhibitions, public lectures, panel discussions, academic symposia and educational programs for adults, students and children. Visit the museum's website at ... www.harn.ufl.edu.

The Vicky David Gallery will host Niki de Saint Phalle in April

Posted: 31 Mar 2012 09:00 PM PDT

artwork: Niki de Saint Phalle - "L'Oiseau Amoureux", 2000 - Painted Resin - 60 x 48 x 23 cm. - Courtesy the Vicky David Gallery, New York. On view in "Niki de Saint Phalle" from April 19th until June 30th.

New York City.- The Vicky David Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of artworks by the French-American sculptor, painter and filmmaker Niki de Saint Phalle from April 19th through June 30th. A key figure of the New Realism movement, Niki de Saint Phalle (1930 - 2002) scored contemporary art with her colorful and round shape works. Niki de Saint Phalle spent her childhood and adolescence between France and the United States. A victim of incest when she waseleven, made her a turbulent teenager with heightened sensitivity. Early on, she rebelled against the traditional morals of the middle class, from which she herself had come, and denounced the distribution of roles. At 18 she eloped and after the birth of her two children, Niki sank into a severe nervous breakdown. She found refuge in painting and became part of the Parisian artistic society that highly encouraged her. In the 1960s, Niki first drew attention to herself with the "Shooting Paintings", performances during which she invites viewers to shoot (with a rifle) at bags of paint hidden behind a complex assembly of plaster and common objects. The Shoot-outs were a therapy for Niki: pulling the paint is like drawing on society and its injustices. The famous art critic Pierre Restany was enthused by these performances and decided to adopt her among the New Realists.

The Georgia Museum of Art at the U. of Georgia to show Southern Folk Art

Posted: 31 Mar 2012 08:39 PM PDT

artwork: Willie Jinks - "Untitled (Dogs and Tree)", 1998 - House paint on wood - The Georgia Museum of Art Collection On view from April 28th until July 22nd.

Athens, Georgia.– The Georgia Museum of Art (GMOA) at the University of Georgia will feature works by self-taught artists from its permanent collection from April 28th through July 22nd. This display from the collection coincides with and plays off of the museum's exhibition of photographs by John Baeder, in the adjacent galleries, as sections of that exhibition focus on street signs as folk art and American vernacular architecture. Works by self-taught artists have been a recent area of focus for GMOA, and the display features acquisitions since 2006. Organized by Paul Manoguerra, chief curator and curator of American art at GMOA, "Southern Folk Art from the Permanent Collection" includes art by Mose Tolliver, Thornton Dial Sr., R.A. Miller, Purvis Young, Jimmy Lee Sudduth, Mary T. Smith, Minnie Adkins and Cheever Meaders, among many others.

The SFO Museum at San Francisco International Airport shows "Modern Form ~ Scandinavian Cermamics 1930s –1960s"

Posted: 31 Mar 2012 08:11 PM PDT

artwork: Rut Bryk - "Church" - Ceramic, glaze - Collection of Forrest L. Merrill. On view at the SFO Museum at San Francisco International Airport in "Modern Form: Scandinavian Ceramics 1930s–1960s" from March 31st until October 14th.

San Francisco.- The SFO Museum at San Francisco International Airport is pleased to present Modern Form: Scandinavian Cermamics 1930s –1960s". Ceramics, an essential component of Scandinavia's modern design repertoire, reached new heights from the 1930s to the 1960s. Artists working at pottery factories throughout Scandinavia focused on producing inexpensive, functional, and beautiful ceramics for mass production. They also had the unique opportunity to design one-of-a-kind or limited-edition pieces in special studios the factories established for creative pursuits. Other potters and glaze specialists set up small, independent workshops, where they created some of the finest pottery ever produced in Scandinavia. "Modern Form: Scandinavian Ceramics 1930s–1960s" is located beyond security screening in Terminal 2, Departures Level, San Francisco International Airport. The exhibition is on view to Terminal 2 ticketed passengers from March 31st through October 14th.

'Jim Henson's Fantastic World' at the James A. Michener Art Museum

Posted: 31 Mar 2012 07:51 PM PDT

artwork:  Jim Henson and his characters. Photo by John E. Barrett, courtesy of The Jim Henson Company. Kermit the Frog © The Muppets Studio, LLC. Jim Henson's characters provided an outlet for the various sides of his sense of humor and personality, Kermit the Frog was his alter ego.

DOYLESTOWN, PA. - Without "fences" to limit where his imagination could roam, Jim Henson (1936-1990)—artist, puppeteer, film director and producer—created elaborate imaginary worlds filled with unique characters, objects, environments and even languages and cultures. Jim Henson's Fantastic World, an exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) and the Jim Henson Legacy, offers a rare peek into the imagination and creative genius of this multitalented innovator and creator of Kermit the Frog, Big Bird and other beloved characters.

Jim Henson's Fantastic World is the inaugural show in the Della Penna-Fernberger | Paton | Smith Galleries, the new exhibition space that is the center-piece of the Museum's $12 million expansion. On view through 29 November, 2009.

artwork: Bert & Ernie Photo by John E. Barrett © 2007 Sesame Workshop All Rights ReservedThis exhibition features 100 original artworks, including drawings, cartoons and storyboards that illustrate Henson's talent as a storyteller and visionary. Among the variety of exhibition objects are puppets and television and movie props, photographs of Henson and his collaborators at work and original video productions, including excerpts from Henson's early career and experimental films. The exhibition installation will include a resource room, which will feature hands-on activities for children of all ages, including a puppet theater.

"It's such a treat to get to know Jim Henson through his doodles and drawings, his puppets and his fantastic performances," said Karen Falk, curator of the exhibition and archivist at The Jim Henson Company. "I'm delighted to be able to share this inspiring and entertaining experience with people all over the country. Seeing his original work firsthand opens a window into his visual thinking and provides both an appreciation of Jim as an artist and a reason to laugh out loud."

From the very beginning, Henson expressed his ideas with incredible bursts of invention, through a variety of visual forms, clever dialogue, songs, comic bits and animation. All of his work reveals a highly sophisticated and nuanced thought process, evident in the decades-long metamorphosis of a small group of captivating characters from simple doodles to cartoons to puppets to films. What began as a one-man enterprise eventually grew into an international phenomenon.

As time passed, the simple hand puppets that Henson created for his first television show, "Sam and Friends," evolved into increasingly more sophisticated characters—from the Muppets of "The Muppet Show," "Sesame Street" and "Fraggle Rock" fame to the larger-than-life fantasy creatures of "The Dark Crystal" and "Labyrinth".

Jim Henson's Fantastic World  is organized by The Jim Henson Legacy and SITES, in cooperation with the Henson Family; The Jim Henson Company; The Muppets Studio, LLC; and Sesame Workshop. The exhibition is made possible by The Biography Channel. Additional support has been provided The Jane Henson Foundation and Cheryl Henson.

The Biography Channel is a 24-hour digital cable network dedicated to presenting compelling stories about the world's most interesting people. One of the most sought after and fastest growing channels available today, The Biography Channel presents vibrant profiles of intriguing individuals, plus exciting new original series, short features and documentaries.

artwork: Jim Henson and Kermit the Frog  - Photo courtesy of The Jim Henson Company - © The Muppets Studio, LLC.

Established in 1992, The Jim Henson Legacy was founded by Jane Henson, colleagues and friends in response to the extraordinary interest in the life and prolific body of work by Jim Henson. The non-profit 501(C3) organization is dedicated to preserving and perpetuating Jim Henson's contributions to the worlds of puppetry, television and motion pictures, special effects and media technology. By making Jim Henson's creative work available to the public through presentations and exhibits, the Legacy's mission is to share the power of his art, his imagination and his positive view of life with generations to come.

SITES has been sharing the wealth of Smithsonian collections and research programs with millions of people outside Washington, D.C., for more than 50 years. SITES connects Americans to their shared cultural heritage through a wide range of exhibitions about art, science and history, which are shown wherever people live, work and play.

"Jim didn't think in terms of boundaries at all the way the rest of us do. There are always these fences we build around ourselves and our ideas. Jim seemed to have no fences."  —Jon Stone, Sesame Street producer and director.

Visit the James A. Michener Art Museum at : http://www.michenermuseum.org/

17 World Famous Museums Are Participating in Google's New Art Project

Posted: 31 Mar 2012 07:50 PM PDT

artwork: This room is the setting for an ensemble of canvases by Jean-Honoré Fragonard and a remarkable group of French furniture of the eighteenth century. Four of these canvases — 'The Pursuit', 'The Meeting', 'The Lover Crowned',and 'Love Letters'- were commissioned by Madame Du Barry, mistress of Louis XV. These masterpieces decorated the London residence of J. Pierpont Morgan before Mr. Frick acquired them for The Frick Collection in NYC,  and they now can be viewed in high quality resolution and further explored at the googleartproject.com .

NEW YORK, NY.- The Museum of Modern Art, along with 16 other art museums from the United States, Europe, and Russia, is collaborating with Google on the Art Project, a website that enables users to discover and view more than 1,000 artworks online in extraordinary detail. The site launched today and can be explored at googleartproject.com. Over the last 18 months, Google worked with a range of museums, including four from the United States: MoMA, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Frick Collection, and the Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian, Washington. The partnership involved taking a selection of extremely high resolution images of famous artworks, as well as collating more than 1,000 other images into one place. It also included capturing 360-degree tours of individual galleries using Street View "indoor" technology. With this unique project, anyone anywhere in the world will be able to learn about the history and artists behind a huge number of works, at the click of a mouse.

Seven New Oil Paintings by Malcolm Morley at Xavier Hufkens

Posted: 31 Mar 2012 07:49 PM PDT

artwork: Malcolm Morley - 'Aero-naughty-cal Maneuver', 2009 - Oil on linen, 115.6 x 147.3 cm (45 1/2 x 58 in). Photo: Courtesy Xavier Hufkens.

BRUSSELS.- Xavier Hufkens presents a new exhibition of Malcolm Morley. It comprises seven new oil paintings made by the artist in 2008 and 2009. On view in these paintings are Morley's signature subjects, ships and old airplanes. The artist bases his work on models and found or remembered images that he paints to dramatic effect in unnatural colours. His objective is to achieve a rhythm, abstraction, the expressive power of the canvases or to be more precise, the way in which he transfers his keenly observed images to the canvas via the act of painting. Upon close inspection, each square centimetre of Morley's paintings is nothing less than a small masterwork. Through a combination of sensuousness and intellect the artist develops a metalanguage, as it were, of painting. On view through 10 April.

The Kestnergesellschaft Presents New Drawings & Paintings by Daniel Richter

Posted: 31 Mar 2012 07:48 PM PDT

artwork: Daniel Richter - "Army of Traitors", 2011 - Oil on canvas - 200 x 300 cm. - Courtesy Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin. © VG Bildkunst, Bonn. - On view at the Kestnergesellschaft, Hanover in "Daniel Richter: 1001 Nights" until November 6th.

Hanover, Germany -  The Kestnergesellschaft is proud to present "Daniel Richter: 1001 Nights", on view at the museum through November 6th. Daniel Richter (born 1962 in Eutin, now lives and works in Berlin) is one of Germany's most important contemporary painters and has made his name with a hybrid of abstraction and figuration. The Kestnergesellschaft now presents a collection of Rickter's new paintings and drawings from 2008 to 2011 which deal with conflictual narrations and the vocabulary of the line. The starting point for these works is the collection of fantastical tales known as the "1001 Nights". Richter transforms these Arabic stories into menacing, fairytale-like scenarios that allude to an orientalism which has changed since 9/11. As the title indicates, Richter's works contain an extra zero – a Ground Zero – that gives the fantastical element an eerie and at the same time very concrete touch.

The Wexner Arts Center Presents Alexis Rockman's Paintings

Posted: 31 Mar 2012 07:47 PM PDT

artwork: Alexis Rockman - "Biosphere: Orchids", 1993 - Oil on wood - 18" x 24" - Collection of Chuck & Joyce Shenk. © Alexis Rockman. On view at the Wexner Center for the Arts, in Columbus Ohio, in "Alexis Rockman: A Fable for Tomorrow" until December 30th.

Columbus, OH.— Previously on view at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, "Alexis Rockman: A Fable for Tomorrow" will travel to the Wexner Center for the Arts, where it can be through December 30th. The exhibition is the first major survey of the artist's work, with nearly 40 paintings that trace his career from early works in the mid-1980s to 2009, including several of his monumentally scaled paintings. The exhibition includes three large-scale paintings that are ambitious turning points in Rockman's artistic development. "Evolution" (1992), his first mural-sized painting, is a panoramic sweep that owes as much to a pop cinema stylistic sensibility as it does to actual prehistory; it reflects Rockman's interests in evolutionary biology, cryptozoology, and genetic mutation.

artwork: Alexis Rockman - "Bromeliad: Kaieteur Falls" Oil and lacquer on wood 1994, 40" x 32" - Nestlé USA. © Alexis Rockman. On view at the Wexner Center for the Arts.Alexis Rockman (b. 1962) has been depicting the natural world with virtuosity and wit for more than two decades. He was one of the first contemporary artists to build his career around exploring environmental issues, from evolutionary biology and genetic engineering to deforestation and climate change. His work expresses deep concerns about the world's fragile ecosystems and the tension between nature and culture. These concerns are communicated through vivid, even apocalyptic, imagery. Rockman has garnered attention for embracing these issues, as well as for the epic quality of his projects. The title of the exhibition, A Fable for Tomorrow, is taken from the opening chapter of Rachel Carson's influential 1962 book Silent Spring. In it, Carson combines two seemingly incompatible literary genres—mythic narrative and factual reportage. Rockman approaches his paintings with a similar intent. He achieves his vision through a synthesis of fantasy and empirical fact, using sources as varied as natural history, botanical illustrations, museum dioramas, science fiction films, realist art traditions dating back to the Renaissance, and firsthand field study. "Rockman is no stranger to the Wexner Center," notes Sherri Geldin, the center's director. "Large-scale reproductions of two of the artist's wallscapes (Manifest Destiny and Evolution) were on view in the Wexner Center's lobby in the 2004–05 season, and he returned last year to participate in our annual Director's Dialogue on Art and Social Change: Climate and Culture. Alexis is a highly accomplished and respected figure whom we are delighted to welcome back to the center and to Ohio State, where environmental research permeates multiple academic disciplines."

"Manifest Destiny" (2003–2004), commissioned by the Brooklyn Museum of Art, depicts an apocalyptic vision of the Brooklyn waterfront submerged as the result of global warming. "South" (2008), an epic panorama drawn from the artist's observations while on a trip to Antarctica, documents every aspect of iceberg geology through simultaneous views above and below the water's surface. In 1994, Rockman journeyed into the dense South American jungle of Guyana; the painting "Bromeliad: Kaieteur Falls" (1994) represents this period, distinguished from Rockman's other work by his decision to paint only the flora and fauna found in the rain forest. Rockman returned to Guyana in 1998, when his previous interest in field observation was replaced by a fascination with pop-culture representations of ecotourism and the exotic allure of adventure travel. The resulting series, titled Expedition, includes paintings such as "The Hammock" (2000), which includes compositional elements that recall classic science fiction films. Rockman's new focus on abstraction and process is evident in the artist's most recent body of work, "Half-Life", inspired by the techniques of Color Field artist Morris Louis (1912–1962) and dominated by large veils of viscous pigment and loose, improvisational brushstrokes.

Rockman's work has been exhibited in the United States, Europe, Russia and Israel. He has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington (2001), Camden Arts Centre in London (2004), and The Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University (2008), among others. Group exhibitions include Some Went Mad, Some Ran Away organized by Damien Hirst at the Serpentine Gallery in London (1994), Into Me/Out of Me organized by Klaus Biesenbach at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, N.Y. (2006), and Badlands at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Mass. (2008). He will be included in the 2011 Prospect.2 New Orleans, organized by Dan Cameron, director of visual arts for the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans. His paintings are in many public collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. As a child, Rockman spent endless hours exploring the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. He studied at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence and received a bachelor's degree in fine art from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Rockman has contributed to several publications and has taught courses at Columbia University and Harvard University. He lives and works in New York City. Rockman is represented by Waqas Wajahat in New York City and Baldwin Gallery in Aspen, Colorado.

artwork: Alexis Rockman - "Hollywood at Night", 2006 - Oil on wood - 64" x 96" - © Alexis Rockman Collection of Mr.& Mrs. Henry P. Davis. At the Wexner Center for the Arts, in Columbus Ohio.

The Wexner Center opened in November 1989. Conceived as a research laboratory for all the arts, it has emphasized commissions for new work and artist residencies since its inception. Its multidisciplinary programs encompass performing arts, exhibitions, and media arts (film/video) and have focused on cutting-edge culture from around the globe. In October 2005, the Wexner Center galleries reopened after an extensive renovation. All program areas remained active during the renovation, but exhibitions were mounted off site, at the Belmont Building in downtown Columbus. The Wexner Center building is named in honor of Harry L. Wexner, the father of Leslie H. Wexner, chairman and founder of Limited Brands and a major donor to the center. The Wexner Center's building was designed by architects Peter Eisenman of New York and the late Richard Trott of Columbus with landscape architect Laurie Olin of Philadelphia. The Wexner Center was the first major public building to be designed by Eisenman, previously known primarily as a teacher and theorist. He has gone on to design and build a number of other major projects including the Columbus Convention Center. Visit the center's website at ... http://www.wexarts.org

The Brooklyn Museum Announces A Major Fashion Exhibition

Posted: 31 Mar 2012 07:46 PM PDT

artwork: Charles James (American, born England, 1906–1978) - "Ball Gown", 1953. Silk. The Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

BROOKLYN, NY.- A major exhibition celebrating the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection and the unique collection-sharing partnership with the Metropolitan Museum of Art will be presented at the Brooklyn Museum from May 7 through August 1, 2010. "American High Style: Fashioning a National Collection" will include some 85 masterworks from the newly established Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and mark the first time in more than two decades that a large-scale survey drawn from the Brooklyn Museum's pre-eminent collection will be on public view. The exhibition opening will be preceded by a special preview on April 22 at the Brooklyn Ball.

Albright-Knox Art Museum to open A Major Exhibition of Guillermo Kuitca

Posted: 31 Mar 2012 07:45 PM PDT

artwork: Guillermo Kuitca - "El mar dulce", 1986 - Acrylic on canvas, (200 x 300 cm) - Collection Paul and Trudy Cejas – Cejas Art Ltd.

BUFFALO, NY.-On February 19, 2010, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery will present a major exhibition that will trace the evolution of the work of Argentine artist Guillermo Kuitca through more than fifty paintings and twenty-five works on paper that span twenty-eight years of the artist's career. Organized by Douglas Dreishpoon, Chief Curator at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the exhibition traces Kuitca's investigations of physical and social systems, public and private arenas, emotional drama, and the poetic exploration of space. Its opening in Western New York provides a rare opportunity for audiences in this region and in Canada to experience of the achievements of this extraordinary artist.

Edward Burtynsky "OIL" Photographic Exhibition at Hasted Hunt Kraeutler Gallery

Posted: 31 Mar 2012 07:44 PM PDT

artwork: Edward Burtynsky - SOCAR Oil Fields #6, Baku, Azerbaijan, 2006 Digital Chromogenic Color Print  48 x 72" ed of 6

New York, NY - HASTED HUNT KRAEUTLER is pleased to announce the exclusive representation of Edward Burtynsky in the United States. HASTED HUNT KRAEUTLER opens with "Edward Burtynsky: Oil". The exhibition runs until November 28, 2009.  "Oil" consists of a series of large format color images made over the last 12 years. Burtynsky's obsession with oil began in 1997, when he identified oil as a key building block of the last century - politically, economically and socially - on a global scale. He has tracked this controversial, valuable and increasingly scarce resource from extraction to production to consumption. His obsession with oil has taken him from oil fields to expressways, from Western Canada to Los Angeles to the Middle East. 

Swann Galleries to Auction Fine Prints & Drawings in New York

Posted: 31 Mar 2012 07:43 PM PDT

artwork: Jacques Villon - Comédie de Société - Color aquatint & etching with hand coloring, 1903 - 19 x 16½ in. wide margins -  Signed, dated '03' and numbered 20/50 in pencil - A superb impression of this scarce, important print, with strong colors - Ginestet/Pouillon 75 - Estimate: $20,000-30,000

New York City -Two back-to-back sales from Swann Galleries' prints and drawings department offer the widest array of works on paper this September.  On Thursday, September 18, a full-day sale will feature 100 Fine Works on Paper, followed by 19th & 20th Century Prints & Drawings.  The following Tuesday, September 23, Swann is offering a stellar private collection of American Prints Featuring Sporting Prints by Frank W. Benson, with a survey of fine American printmaking in the first half of the 20th century, including the largest collection of Frank W. Benson prints ever offered in a single auction.

artwork: Rufino Tamayo - Hombre Color lithograph, 1950 -20 x16 in. Signed & numbered 2/100 Printed by Desjobert, Paris Estimate: $2,500 - 3,500The first section of the September 18th sale of 100 Fine Works on Paper contains an embarass de richesses, including Blake's Illustrations of the Book of Job, bound volume with 22 engravings, 1826 ($40,000 to $60,000); a lifetime impression of Whistler's scarce lithograph, The Little Nude Model, Reading, 1889-90 ($20,000 to $30,000); and Pissarro and Thornley's 25 Lithographies, complete portfolio, Paris, circa 1900 ($25,000 to $35,000).  Other notable works include Lautrec's Confetti, color lithograph, 1894 ($25,000 to $35,000); many Picassos including his scarce etching, En la Taberna, Pêcheurs Catalans en bordée (Au Cabaret) on Montval paper, before steel-facing of the plate, 1934 ($40,000 to $60,000); Feininger's Das Schiff, Abend, am Meer, watercolor and black ink, 1946 ($40,000 to $60,000); Chagall's scarce color lithograph, Bonjour sur Paris, 1952 ($30,000 to $50,000), and the cancelled copper plate for his etching, Les Amoreux dans le ciel de Saint-Paul, 1968 ($30,000 to $50,000).  A most unusual offering for Swann is Grandma Moses's Snow Roller of Vermont, oil on artist's board, 1944 ($30,000 to $50,000).

artwork: Frank W. Benson - Old Tom Etching, 1926 - 14x9 inches, Edition of 150.  Signed in pencil, A superb, richly-inked print Estimate: $8,000 - 12,000The second session follows these standouts with another 571 lots of desirable European and American works on paper.          

Tuesday, September 23, the prints and drawings department hosts a sale comprised of two private collections dedicated to American printmaking from the first half of the 20th century. The sale features the largest selection of prints by Frank W. Benson ever offered in a single auction, including his etchings of Old Tom, 1926 ($8,000 to $12,000) and Dory Fisherman, 1927 ($4,000 to $6,000), shore birds and camping scenes galore, and, in a different vein, his only still life print, and one of only 7 lithographs in his oeuvre. Other highlights include John Taylor Arms's West Forty-Second Street, Night ($7,000 to $10,000) and The Gates of the City, color aquatints, 1922 ($10,000 to $15,000); Gustave Baumann's Cholla and Sahuaro, color woodcut, 1924 ($10,000 to $15,000); four major prints by Martin Lewis including Rainy Day Queens, drypoint, 1931 ($15,000 to $20,000); and many examples by Stow Wengenroth, including Manhattan Gateway, lithograph, 1948 ($6,000 to $9,000).

The first section of the auction on Thursday, September 18, will begin at 10:30 a.m. with 100 Fine Works on Paper.  19th and 20th Century Prints & Drawings will follow at about 11:30 a.m.  The afternoon session will begin at 2:30 p.m. 

The American Prints Featuring Sporting Prints by Frank W. Benson sale will take place on Tuesday, September 23, and will begin at 1:30 p.m.

The works of art will be on public exhibition at Swann Galleries on Saturday, September 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Monday, September 15, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday, September 16, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Wednesday, September 17, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  The American prints will continue to be on exhibition from Friday, September 19, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, September 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Monday, September 22, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Tuesday, September 23, from 10 a.m. to noon.

A two-volume illustrated auction catalogue for the 100 Fine Works on Paper and 19th & 20th Century Prints & Drawings sale, with information on bidding by mail or fax, is available for $40 in the U.S. / $50 elsewhere from Swann Galleries, Inc., 104 East 25th Street, New York, NY 10010, or online at www.swanngalleries.com. An illustrated auction catalogue for the American Prints Featuring Sporting Prints by Frank Benson is available for $35.

For further information, and to make advance arrangements to bid by telephone during the auction, please contact Todd Weyman at (212) 254-4710, extension 32, or via e-mail at tweyman-at-swanngalleries.com.

Museum Würth shows " The Collector’s Eye " ~ Recent Acquisitions

Posted: 31 Mar 2012 07:42 PM PDT

artwork: Max Beckmann - 'Brillenladen' - Schwarze Tusche und Pastellkreide on canvas - 101 x 127 cm. - Collection Museum Würth 

KUNZELSAU, GERMANY -  The Collector's Eye the latest Museum Würth exhibition, is devoted to multifarious developments in the Würth Collection. It features a selection of recent acquisitions made during the past three years as the result of discussions between the collector, Reinhold Würth, and his Art Advisory Committee. On exhibition 15 January, 2009 through 6 January, 2010.

The Couturier Gallery Presents A "Group Show: Works by Gallery Artists"

Posted: 31 Mar 2012 07:41 PM PDT

Los Angeles, CA.- The Cutourier Gallery is pleased to present "Group Show: Works by Gallery Artists" from June 25 through July 30th. The exhibition includes works by gallery artists Gale Antokal, Rose Cabat, Ivan Cañas, Carlos Estévez, Antonia Guzman, Jay Kvapil, Jorge Marín, Liborio Noval, Ian Patrick, Olga Seem, and Rufino Tamayo.

The Nahmad Collection Goes On View at Kunsthaus Zurich

Posted: 31 Mar 2012 07:40 PM PDT

artwork: Pablo Picasso displayed in the exhibition 'Miro, Monet, Matisse - The Nahmad Collection' in the Kunsthaus Museum in Zurich, Switzerland.  Based in Monaco, the Nahmad family has been collecting great art for two generations, ranging from Impressionism to Surrealism and beyond. The collection is seen in the Kunsthaus Zuerich from 21 October to 15 January 2012. - Pdoto by : EPA/

ZURICH - Over the past half-century the Nahmad family's primary relationship with art was how much money they could make by dealing in the works of Picasso, Monet and Dali. Now a new exhibition, "Miro, Monet, Matisse - The Nahmad Collection" reveals for the first time the world-class works they stashed away, almost forgotten in a warehouse. "Miro, Monet, Matisse - The Nahmad Collection" runs at the Kunsthaus Zurich until January 15. Their story began in the early 1960s, when brothers Ezra and David began buying art in Paris and transporting it back to Milan to sell.

On one occasion they drove through the night with a Picasso strapped to the roof of their old Morris Minor car, because it wouldn't fit in the trunk, Ezra's son Helly said in an interview for the exhibition's catalog.

artwork: Pablo Picasso - "Le petit pierrot aux fleurs" (Portrait of the artist's son, Paulo, as Harlequin), 1923/24, Oil on canvas, 92,1 x 73,6 cm, © 2011 ProLitteris, Kunsthaus Museum in Zurich"When they arrived in Milan, they discovered to their shock that the painting was no longer there -- it had blown off on the motorway. They drove straight back and luckily found the picture -- lying damaged in grass on the roadside," Helly said.

For the older generation of the Nahmad family this autumn's exhibition is the first chance to show their children what they've achieved, the show's curator Christoph Becker told a media briefing.

Since most of their purchases head straight from the auction house to the depot, the family members have never seen some of the paintings and only have a piecemeal overview of what they owned, he said.

Concentrating on the period from 1870 to 1970, the exhibition spans impressionist watercolors by Monet through to 14 brightly colored psychedelic canvases by Spanish artist Joan Miro, including many rarely seen works.

Among the highlights is Pablo Picasso's painting of his son in a harlequin costume: "Le Petit Pierrot aux fleurs" (1923/1924). The soft, pastel colors contrast with the abstract, bulbous figures of his later work, also on display.

Elsewhere, Amedeo Modigliani's elongated figures rub shoulders with explosions of colors and shapes in Wassily Kandinsky's abstract works.

Some artists are equally notable for their absence, Becker said. Although the family made a lot of money dealing paintings by Salvador Dali, none of his oeuvre is included in the exhibition.

Becker declined to speculate on whether the Nahmads will make the collection accessible to the public on a more permanent basis, but added that the exhibition had kindled an awareness of how significant the works are as an entity.

artwork: Henri Matisse - "Nu aux jambes croisées", March 1936. - Photo: Helly Nahmad Gallery, London

The Kunsthaus Zürich houses one of the most important art museums in Switzerland and Europe, collected by the local Kunstverein, called Zürcher Kunstgesellschaft, and holdings running from the Middle Ages to contemporary art, with an emphasis on Swiss art. Kunsthaus is also the name of the tram stop next to the museum, properly on Pfauenplatz, between the museum building and the Schauspielhaus Zürich.

The museum was planned by architect Karl Moser and Robert Curjel, it was built and opened in 1910. The bas-reliefs on the facade are by Moser's longtime collaborator Oskar Kiefer.

The museum's collection includes works from Edvard Munch, Jacques Lipchitz and Alberto Giacometti. Swiss artists such as Johann Heinrich Füssli, Ferdinand Hodler or from recent times, Pipilotti Rist and Peter Fischli are also represented.

(Reporting by Caroline Copley, editing by Paul Casciato)

Art Knowledge News Presents "This Week In Review"

Posted: 31 Mar 2012 07:39 PM PDT

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