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Tha Agora Gallery Features Contemporary Russian Art

Posted: 05 May 2012 11:04 PM PDT

artwork: Igor Petrov  - "Prayer of the Ball" - Oil on Canvas - 61.5" x 77" - Courtesy Agora Gallery, New York. On view in "The Pursuit of Excellence: An Exhibition of Contemporary Russian Art" until December 20th.

New York City.- The Agora Gallery is pleeased to present "The Pursuit of Excellence: an Exhibition of Contemporary Russian Art" on view through December 20th, with an opening reception. The Pursuit of Excellence: an Exhibition of Contemporary Russian Art showcases the work of talented Russian artists whose astounding creations will stir the minds and the hearts of all those who embrace the vitality and wonder that defines these works of art. Courageously facing the reality of the world, yet presenting an inspiring view of what it could be, these artists will leave their mark on all who view their work. Featured artists include; Ivan Erastov , Dmitri Freund , Tamara Grizjuk , Eugeniya Infelicina , Igor Nelubovich , Igor Petrov , Valery Zharkih and Mikhail Zhirmunsky .

Ivan Erastov's passionate oil on canvas works reference a number of world issues, among them ecology, over-consumption, energy, war, cataclysm and epidemic. Using the poetic immediacy of color and form to speak to the source of our shared humanity, Erastov addresses the search for a pure source of energy with painterly precision. Abundant use of color paired with a cleverly executed surrealist vernacular creates a powerful visual narrative for a global shift in consciousness.  Adopting simple symbols - often valves, pipes or other conduits – the artist paints the 'limitation of consciousness' in relationship to the harmony of nature, man and the universe. Erastov's cogent optical strategy and his stalwart use of symbolism allow these intensely chromatic, carefully composed portraits to imbue new life into timely cultural issues. Born in 1980 in Moscow, Russia, Ivan Erastov studied art at the Moscow Humanitarian Academy under the tutelage of T.D. Chistyakova. He currently lives and works in Ryazan, Russia.

artwork: Ivan Erastov - "The Way of the Ancestors" Oil on Canvas - 43" x 33.5" Courtesy Agora Gallery, NY   The dramatic, symbolic compositions of American painter Dmitri Freund are borne of a rich confluence of interests, experiences and traditions. His extensive musical training remains evident in the rhythmic silhouettes and patterns of his skylines and landscapes, with their melodic bursts of light. He cites the influence of Russian icon paintings on his work, though it also often evokes 19th century Symbolism and early-20th century American realism, and his palette tends toward bold Fauvist tones. Yet out of these varied precedents, Freund finds new expression in his allegorical compositions. His oil paintings alternate between Edenic nature scenes with exquisite patterns layered into their lush vegetation, and dramatic cityscapes where rows of towering buildings conjure a bustling, overwhelming urban experience. Whether these canvases are optimistic or ominous, Freund imbues them with a brightness that remains defiantly hopeful. His sense of composition and way of harnessing vision echoes the images' brilliance; Freund continually directs our eyes upwards, towards the light, in a kind of devout viewing ritual. There is a bold dichotomy present in Russian artist Tamara Grizjuk's abstractions, a powerful balance delicately poised between colorful, sharply angular shapes and the sensitive, atmospheric softness of the brushstrokes.

Moving away from archaic, ethnic motives and the theme of Siberian identity, Grizjuk creates art of freedom and form, focused solely within her bold and enigmatic aesthetic senses. These paintings in oil on canvas draw viewers inward, inviting contemplation into their mysterious vision and meaning. "Painting has always brought me great joy. I find it the best way to communicate my ideas and feelings," she explains. "I use color, rhythm and composition as the most important elements of constructing a canvas." The result is something that expresses a sense of powerful energy, as the artist's state of mind is transformed into a synthesis of color and shape. Tamara Grizjuk was introduced to art watching her father, painter Nikolai Grizjuk, at work in his studio. Now a respected artist in her own right, she has exhibited extensively throughout Russia, Europe, and China.


artwork: Dimitri Freund - "Paradise" - Oil on Linen - 24" x 39.5" - Courtesy Agora Gallery, NY. On view in "The Pursuit of Excellence - An Exhibition of Contemporary Russian Art" until December 20th.

Adroitly nimble in style and subject, Russian painter Eugeniya Infelicina imbues her canvases with a fresh, intoxicating blend of expressionism and Realism.  Muted colors, electrified in hue, grace her canvases, intoxicating the viewer in their subtle totality. Curvilinear, amorphous shapes twist and outline human passions and emotions through poetic visual lexis. Form and color join to articulate universally felt sentiments, creating a global harmony within one canvas. Rousing long forgotten childhood memories and joys, Infelicina sparks an infectious bliss within us, fostering an inherent pleasure of life. Courageous in experimental formalism, combining Henri Matisse -like realism with Pablo Picasso -esque abstractionism, her work exudes a learned sensitivity towards the themes and subjects familiar to a collective audience of young and old, civil and strange. And yet, Infelicina gently acknowledges a delicate sadness innate in human life. In this way the work speaks to the nuances of human experience and emotion.

Born in Moscow in 1976, Eugeniya Infelicina enjoyed a successful professional career before dedicating her life and work to painting. Her work has received wide critical acclaim. Bold colors pervade the works of Russian-born painter Igor Nelubovich, startling us with their ethereal beauty. Artistic since early childhood, Nelubovich creates rich, vibrant parallel realities that come alive through his startlingly luscious use of whimsical realism. Using his extensive professional experience as an architect, the artist dexterously builds structured, precise compositions in nuanced, textured brushstrokes. Tempting the edge of abstraction, he blends the marvels of his imagination with the tactile wonders of the tangible world. Through his works, Nelubovich seeks to illuminate otherworldly sensations that are imbedded in the everyday, banal moments of our lives. "I create compositions which bear in themselves an inexplicable sense or are simply decoratively beautiful - laconic, as graphics sometimes turn into a sign, a symbol," he says, describing how his works transform the prosaic into the deeply poetic and poignant.

Born in Gorky, Russia, Igor Nelubovich studied at the Gorky Art School, and has been a professional artist for more than twenty years. He has exhibited his paintings worldwide. Igor Petrov's dynamic abstractionism, an unusual and winning style the artist has termed 'space logism,' deals with pictorial space on the basic principle that matter flows from the particular to the general. Creating literal 'mosaics' of time and space, each inch of the composition features energetic and colorful currency for visual perception. Naming Russian analytical-realist Pavel Filonov as an important influence, Petrov's highly saturated and rhythmic oil on canvas works address logic and emotionality, movement and rest, perfection and infinity.  Academically trained as a realist painter, Petrov has also tried his hand at Surrealism and Suprematicism. Nearly half a decade ago he turned to lines, movement, structure and interpositionality as an abstraction of time and space, something that makes him stand out among his national contemporaries. His works explore the overlap between the personal and universal cosmic law. Born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Igor Petrov has had five solo exhibitions to date.


artwork: Igor Nelubovich - "Untitled" - Acrylic on Canvas - 37.5" x 41" Courtesy Agora Gallery, New York. On view until December 20th.

Dreamscapes of abstraction emerge from Russian artist Valery Zharkih's brushstrokes, bringing to life a visual world of serenity and calm that cannot help but soothe both body and soul. Infused in the richness of the artist's pigments is a positive and uplifting message of healing, a sense of well-being designed to improve viewers' lives. Working in oil on canvas, Zharkih explores issues of color, texture, and form with an invigorating freedom. With a sweeping spiritual energy, the atmospheric hues softly blend and flow with light and motion. Born in a small mining town in southern Russia, Zharkih's life's work has been a career in medicine. This was the original inspiration for pursing art, initially as a hobby, through the realization of its beneficial and therapeutic effects for patients. Self-taught in both oils and watercolors, Zharkih creates works which touch viewers on an emotional and physical level, bringing comfort and a sense of wholeness through art. Russian painter Mikhail Zhirmunsky describes his mixed media paintings as his way of creating art that "simultaneously evokes horror and euphoria." His compositions are certainly exhilarating, and startling in the sheer number and vivacity of visual stimuli each contains. He layers various materials, like different sorts of paper, cloth and board, most marked with numerous paints — oil, acrylic, gouache and distemper among them. The results of these complex processes are similarly hybrid paintings, with figurative, expressionist, text and abstract elements vying for dominance of the visual field.

Most pieces feature a border of metallic paint, creating a porous frame within the work that wild brushstrokes of bright colors often spill into, just as bits of covered compositions peek out from under superimposed cloth and paper layers. Bold text sits alongside abstract patterns, partially concealing distorted figurative scenes, collaged shapes and mysterious details. The overall effect is arresting, dizzying, yet mysterious, the layering of multiple images into each stunning piece piquing viewers' interest and provoking their imagination.

The late Miki Stiles, MFA established Agora Gallery in 1984 to provide an opportunity to artists who are entering the New York art market. As an artist she faced many hardships while attempting to exhibit her art and wanted to help her fellow artists in their struggle. Ms. Stiles was a visionary who founded the gallery on the principle that all artists, particularly emerging artists, are in need of enhancing their artist biographies/CV through gallery representation and exhibitions, in order to advance their artistic careers. Today Agora Gallery is a fine art gallery located in the heart of New York City's Chelsea art galleries district, close to the Chelsea Museum of Fine Art and the DIA Center for the Arts (map and directions). The gallery is famous for showcasing a spectacular array of talented artists from around the world and around the corner, and for providing quality and original art to a discerning collector base. Visit the gallery's website at ... http://www.agora-gallery.com

Major Picasso Exhibition for Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in 2012

Posted: 05 May 2012 11:00 PM PDT

artwork: Pablo Picasso - "The Three Dancers" 1925 -  Tate © Succession Picasso/DACS 2011 - Courtesy of Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art


EDINBURGH.- The first exhibition to explore Pablo Picasso's lifelong connections with Britain will be the highlight of the summer season at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in 2012. Picasso and Britain will examine Picasso's evolving critical reputation here and British artists' responses to his work. Originating at Tate Britain, this pioneering show marks the first time that the two organisations have collaborated on a major exhibition. Opening in August 2012 at the height of the Olympic celebrations, Picasso and Britain will comprise over 150 works from major public and private collections around the world, including over 60 paintings by Picasso. Highlights will include masterpieces from all periods of his career such as his great 1925 painting, The Three Dancers, which the Tate acquired from the artist following his 1960 exhibition and major cubist paintings from the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Chris Stain solos at Carmichael Gallery of Contemporary Art

Posted: 05 May 2012 10:59 PM PDT

artwork: Chris Stain - 'Up on the Roof'  - 12 x 24 inches - Stencil on Metal - Courtesy of the Artist 

West Hollywood, CA - Carmichael Gallery of Contemporary Art is proud to present Up on the roof countin' pigeons, the first West Coast solo exhibition of work by Baltimore artist Chris Stain. Artwork featured in the exhibition will include stencil, spraypaint and mixed media on metal and found objects. A preview reception for the exhibition will be held on Thursday, February 5th, 2009 from 7.00pm – 10.00pm. The exhibition will be open for viewing through Thursday, February 26th '09 from 1.00pm – 7.00pm.

George Harrison Documentary Produced by Martin Scorsese to Debut on HBO

Posted: 05 May 2012 10:57 PM PDT

artwork: The Beatles wave to fans after arriving at Kennedy Airport. - Date 7 February 1964 - George Harrison (third from left) with the rest of The Beatles.

LOS ANGELES, CA
- A new George Harrison documentary featuring home movies, interviews and never before seen material will make its debut in October on HBO, the cable channel said. Produced by Oscar-winner Martin Scorsese and Harrison's widow Olivia, "George Harrison: Living in the Material World", traces the life of the late Beatle from his musical beginnings in Liverpool to his fame with the Fab Four in the 1960s as well as his work as a philanthropist and filmmaker. Harrison died of lung cancer in 2001 in Los Angeles at the age of 58. Although often referred to as the quiet Beatle, he wrote hit songs like "Here Comes the Sun" and "Something" for The Beatles before playing with the 1980's supergroup, Traveling Wilburys.

In the Company of Artists: Photographs from the DIA's Collection

Posted: 05 May 2012 10:56 PM PDT

artwork: Michelle Andonian, American (born 1958) - Andy Warhol in Detroit, 1985 (printed 2008) - ink jet print. Gift of Michelle Andonian in honor of Joy Hakansen Colby - © Michelle Andonian 

DETROIT, MI - In the Company of Artists is a survey of more than 90 portraits and candid photographs of visual, literary, and performing artists by more than 30 photographers who have had access to the interesting places and people in the world of art. Photographers such as André Kertész, Man Ray, Yousuf Karsh, Arnold Newman and Robert Mapplethorpe took portraits of artists, their families, friends, and surroundings, along with writers, models and others from artistic and bohemian circles from the late 1890s to the present. On exhibition through 15 February, 2009 at DIA.

The Tate Liverpool Shows Major René Magritte Retrospective This Summer

Posted: 05 May 2012 10:55 PM PDT

artwork: René Magritte - "The Annunciation", 1930 - Oil on canvas - 127 x 158.6 cm. The Tate. - On view in "René Magritte: The Pleasure Principle" at the Tate Liverpool from June 24th through October 16th.

Liverpool.- The Tate Liverpool is proud to present "René Magritte: The Pleasure Principle", the biggest exhibition of the Belgian surrealist's work in England for twenty years from June 24th through October 16th. Renowned for witty images depicting everyday objects such as apples, bowler hats and pipes in unusual settings, Magritte's art plays with the idea of reality and illusion. Magritte's work has had an enduring effect on the art world, inspiring artists ranging from John Baldessari and Ed Ruscha to Jasper Johns and Andy Warhol. Magritte's impact has also been felt throughout popular culture. Musicians such as Paul Simon, directors Jean-Luc Goddard and Terry Gilliam, and many writers and advertisers have all been influenced by Magritte's famous images.


Tate Liverpool's exhibition will reveal the inspiration behind the artist's celebrated style, focusing on the less explored aspects of Magritte's life and artistic practice. Paintings will feature alongside drawings, collages, examples of Magritte's early commercial work and rarely seen photographs and films. The exhibition will include iconic pieces by the artist as well as some more surprising works, offering visitors a fresh insight into the intriguing world of Magritte.

artwork: René Magritte - "Philosophy in the Boudoir", 1947 - Oil on canvas - 195 x 152 cm. Thomas Claburn Jones Collection, New York.René Magritte was born in Lessines, in the province of Hainaut, in 1898, the eldest son of Léopold Magritte, who was a tailor and textile merchant,  and Régina (née Bertinchamps), a milliner until her marriage. Little is known about Magritte's early life, but he began lessons in drawing in 1910. On 12 March 1912, his mother committed suicide by drowning herself in the River Sambre. This was not her first attempt; she had made many over a number of years, driving her husband Léopold to lock her into her bedroom. One day she escaped, and was missing for days. She was later discovered a mile or so down the nearby river, dead. According to a legend, 13-year-old Magritte was present when her body was retrieved from the water, but recent research has discredited this story, which may have originated with the family nurse. Supposedly, when his mother was found, her dress was covering her face, an image that has been suggested as the source of several of Magritte's paintings in 1927–1928 of people with cloth obscuring their faces, including Les Amants. Magritte's earliest paintings, which date from about 1915, were Impressionistic in style. From 1916 to 1918 he studied at the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, under Constant Montald, but found the instruction uninspiring.

The paintings he produced during the years 1918–1924 were influenced by Futurism and by the offshoot of Cubism practiced by Metzinger. Most of his works of this period are female nudes. In 1922 Magritte married Georgette Berger, whom he had met as a child in 1913. From December 1920 until September 1921, Magritte served in the Belgian infantry in the Flemish town of Beverlo near Leopoldsburg. In 1922–1923, he worked as a draughtsman in a wallpaper factory, and was a poster and advertisement designer until 1926, when a contract with Galerie le Centaure in Brussels made it possible for him to paint full-time. In 1926, Magritte produced his first surreal painting, "The Lost Jockey (Le jockey perdu)", and held his first exhibition in Brussels in 1927. Critics heaped abuse on the exhibition. Depressed by the failure, he moved to Paris where he became friends with André Breton, and became involved in the surrealist group.

Galerie la Centaure closed at the end of 1929, ending Magritte's contract income. Having made little impact in Paris, Magritte returned to Brussels in 1930 and resumed working in advertising. He and his brother, Paul, formed an agency which earned him a living wage. Surrealist patron Edward James allowed Magritte, in the early stages of his career, to stay rent free in his London home and paint. James is featured in two of Magritte's pieces, "Le Principe du Plaisir (The Pleasure Principle)" and "La Reproduction Interdite", a painting also known as "Not to be Reproduced". During the German occupation of Belgium in World War II he remained in Brussels, which led to a break with Breton. He briefly adopted a colorful, painterly style in 1943–44, an interlude known as his "Renoir Period", as a reaction to his feelings of alienation and abandonment that came with living in German-occupied Belgium. In 1946, renouncing the violence and pessimism of his earlier work, he joined several other Belgian artists in signing the manifesto 'Surrealism in Full Sunlight'. During 1947–48—Magritte's "Vache Period" — he painted in a provocative and crude Fauve style.

artwork: René Magritte - "The Secret Player", 1927 - Oil on canvas - 195 x 152 cm. Private Collection. On view at the Tate Liverpool from June 24th through October 16th.

During this time, Magritte supported himself through the production of faked works purporting to be by Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque and Giorgio de Chirico - a fraudulent repertoire he was later to expand into the printing of forged banknotes during the lean postwar period. This venture was undertaken alongside his brother Paul Magritte and fellow Surrealist and 'surrogate son' Marcel Mariën, to whom had fallen the task of selling the forgeries. At the end of 1948, he returned to the style and themes of his prewar surrealistic art. His work was exhibited in the United States in New York in 1936 and again in that city in two retrospective exhibitions, one at the Museum of Modern Art in 1965, and the other at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1992. Magritte died of pancreatic cancer on 15 August 1967 in his own bed, and was interred in Schaerbeek Cemetery, Evere, Brussels. Popular interest in Magritte's work rose considerably in the 1960s, and his imagery has influenced pop, minimalist and conceptual art. In 2005 he came 9th in the Walloon version of De Grootste Belg (The Greatest Belgian); in the Flemish version he was 18th.

Tate Liverpool presents displays of work from the Tate collection alongside special exhibitions of modern and contemporary art. The special exhibition programme, presented on the Gallery's fourth floor, brings together works from national and international collections, both public and private. Since the gallery opened in 1988, Tate Liverpool has presented over 150 different exhibitions and collection displays of work by hundreds of different artists, some seen for the first time in the UK at Tate Liverpool. Major exhibitions in the past five years include Summer of Love: Art of the Psychedelic Era (2005), Jake and Dinos Chapman: Bad Art for Bad People (2006-7), Peter Blake: A Retrospective (2007) and The Real Thing: Contemporary Art from China (2007), Turner Prize (2007) and Gustav Klimt: Painting, Design and Modern Life in Vienna 1900 (2008). Tate Liverpool continues to play an active role in the Liverpool Biennial. Tate Liverpool has an established reputation for working with, and touring exhibitions to international institutions as far afield as France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, United States, Canada, Ireland, Korea, Austria, Italy and Japan, as well as other institutions within the UK. Visit the Tate Liverpool website at ... http://www.tate.org.uk/liverpool

Dulwich Picture Gallery presents "Best of British ~ The Story of the British Collection"

Posted: 05 May 2012 10:52 PM PDT

artwork: British School, Henry, Prince of Wales. c. trustees of Dulwich Picture Gallery

LONDON.- To complement its recently published catalogue of British pictures, Dulwich Picture Gallery will be exhibiting the best of its British paintings this summer in an unusual exhibition. Masterpieces from the original collection will be displayed alongside lesser-known paintings bequeathed by other collectors, including a significant group of actors' portraits from Shakespeare's time. Each room will show works left by individual collectors, starting with the actors' portraits collected by Edward Alleyn, the actor, theatre owner and the man who was the founder of Allyen's College of God's Gift in Dulwich. On exhibition 8 July through 27 September, 2009.

Iconic Prints on View at the National Gallery of Scotland

Posted: 05 May 2012 10:51 PM PDT

artwork: Giovanni Battista Piranesi - Vedute di Roma "Anfiteatro Flavio, detto il Colosseo", 1750. - Etching on paper: 38.00 x 54.00 cm. Courtesy of National Gallery of Scotland.

EDINBURGH.- A collection of iconic prints, by some of the finest European artists of the past 500 years, will be on show at the National Gallery of Scotland this spring. "The Printmaker's Art" will highlight the enormous skill of artists such as Rembrandt, Piranesi, Hogarth, Manet and Whistler, and will include some of the most beautiful and accomplished prints ever made. On view 20 February through 23 May, 2010.

James Cameron's "Avatar" Becomes the Highest-Grossing Film Worldwide

Posted: 05 May 2012 10:49 PM PDT

artwork: The character Neytiri, voiced by Zoe Saldana, right, and the character Jake, voiced by Sam Worthington are shown in a scene from, "Avatar." James Cameron's "Avatar" has shot past "Star Wars" and fast becoming No.1  movie on the all-time domestic box office charts.

LOS ANGELES, CA  - James Cameron's science-fiction epic "Avatar"has passed his"Titanic"to become history's highest-grossing film, with a sizable boost from higher-priced tickets for 3-D and Imax showings. Through Monday its ticket sales around the world reached $1.86 billion, edging past the $1.84 billion in sales posted by "Titanic," which came out in December 1997, according to figures released Tuesday by 20th Century Fox. Fox released "Avatar" around the world; it split the distribution of "Titanic" with Paramount Pictures.

Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum to host 'On the Margins'

Posted: 05 May 2012 10:48 PM PDT

artwork: Martha Rosler - Red and White Shades (Baghdad Burning) - from the series Bringing the War Home:  House Beautiful, New Series, 2004 - Photomontage, 20 x 24 

ST. LOUIS, MO - War and disaster have profoundly shaped the opening years of the 21st century. In the United States and abroad, acts of violence and terrorism as well as natural catastrophes have resulted in large-scale destruction and displacement affecting the lives of millions. In February, the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in St. Louis will present On the Margins, an exhibition exploring the impact of war and disaster through the work of a diverse range of contemporary artists. Curated by Carmon Colangelo — a nationally known printmaker as well as dean of the university's Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts — the exhibition will showcase more than a dozen works, ranging from prints and photographs to video and large-scale installations, by ten artists from around the world.

The 2nd International Biennial Exhibition of Fine Art & Documentary Photography in Buenos Aires

Posted: 05 May 2012 10:44 PM PDT

artwork: Stephen Hall - "Natural Numbers - Village School, Ethiopia" - Photograph - Courtesy the Gala Awards. On view (and to be auctioned) at the Second International Biennial Exhibition of Fine Art and Documentary Photography, the Borges Cultural Centre, Buenos Aires until February 27th.

Buenos Aires, Argentina.- The Borges Cultural Centre is currently hosting the second International Biennial Exhibition of Fine Art and Documentary Photography on view through February 27th. 320 images taken by 220 artists from 40 countries are being exhibited at the Centro Cultural Borges where this year The International Biennial of Art and Documentary Photography is being held. The works will be auctioned on February 14 benefiting FLENI foundation and Save the Children.The Pollux Award and The Jacob Riis Award organized by The Worldwide Photography Awards Gala and among them are the awards in several competitions. Images were selected by a jurors tem which included several well-known photographers such as Magnum's Chris Steele-Perkins, Alessandra Sanguinetti and Olivia Arthur; publishers from  Eyemazing, Zoom and Lenswork; and the curators Philip Brookman and Carol McCusker, among others.

"There's everything. This is a great opportunity to see something that is not common in Buenos Aires, and it's perhaps the largest photographic Biennial in Latin America in the last years" said photographer Julio Hardy, CEO of The Worldwide Photography Awards Gala, based in UK and organizer of the Biennial. Diversity is not only in the countries of origin of the participating artists, Egypt, Lebanon, Poland, Iran, Senegal, Iraq and the U.S., among others, but also the styles and themes addressed. Photographs were selected from 17,000 images submitted to The Julia Margaret Cameron Award for women photographers.

artwork: Katerina Bodrunova - "Orchid" (from the 'Surrealism' series) - Photograph - Courtesy the Gala Awards. On view at the Second International Biennial Exhibition of Fine Art and Documentary Photography

About 200 of the exhibits are of women artists. "There is a growing participation of women in fine art and documentary photography," said Hardy, who then noted the difference: "In the photograph taken by women there's a more humanistic approach. For example, in the Biennial exhibited photos of women show the aftermath or the consequences of a conflict rather than the conflict, "he said. The photographs donated by the artists will be auctioned at the Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires (MALBA) on 14 February, however the exhibition which runs until the 27th of that month. Proceeds from the auction, which will be conducted by Enrique Scheinsohn, will be allocated equally to the FLENI Foundation and Save the Children. The image of Israeli artist Dina Bova, published on the cover of the catalog, you will leave the ring with a base of $ 2500. This is a version of the expulsion from paradise of Adam and Eve. The first Biennale was held in 2010 at the Circulo de Bellas Artes in Madrid, with the exhibition of 160 works from 25 countries. For this occasion, the initiative has been declared of cultural interest by the Ministry of Culture of the Nation and is sponsored by the embassies of Germany, Austria, Belgium, Norway, Peru, Denmark, Poland and Finland. Visit the Gala Awards website at ... http://www.thegalaawards.net

artwork: Dina Bova - "Time to lose and time to seek" - Photograph - Courtesy the Gala Awards. On view at the Second International Biennial Exhibition of Fine Art and Documentary Photography, until Feb. 27th.

Located in the heart of downtown Buenos Aires, the Borges Cultural Center is an important cultural undertaking created by the Foundation for the Arts (Fundación para las Artes) a non-profit organization.The center was established in October of 1995. Occupying a space of over 10,000 square meters, the Borges is located within Galerías Pacifico—a prestigious building dating back to the end of the 19th century and considered a historical national monument in Argentina. The goal of the Borges Cultural Center is to support and promote cultural and artistic expression, advance education in its areas of interest, and to promote Argentina's historical, cultural, and artistic heritage both domestically and abroad. Visitors can enjoy a wide array of cultural activities, such as art exhibits, music, dance, films, theatre, literature, and various educational programs. Following the example of the Bom Marché in Paris, Francisco Seeber and Emilio Bunge created the Argentine Bom Marché Argentino at the end of the last century. Their European-styled creation embodied the best of the period's architectural trends. Florida Street was chosen as the optimal location in which to construct this exceptional building of glass arches, inter-crossing paths, and an elegant central dome. On December 25, 1896, the Fine Arts Museum was established inside the Galerías Pacífico building. As is sometimes the case with large-scale projects, the building suffered the impact of several historical events that took place in Argentina during its construction. In 1908, circumstances forced part of the structure to be sold to the Buenos Aires railway system. In 1945, architects Jorge Aslan and Héctor Ezcurra remodelled the building according to this partition, dividing the space between the gallery/stores, and the administrative offices for the railway company employees. The inclusion of mural paintings by Spilimbergo, Berni, Castagnino, Colmeiro and Urruchua capped off the building's restoration, and added colour and life to the 450 square meter dome. The Center has previously hosted exhibits of well-known international artists including: Joan Miró, Henri Matisse, Roberto Matta, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Giorgio de Chirico, Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Torres García, Man Ray, Robert Capa, World Press Photo, Steve McCurry and many others.

Moderna Museet Malmö Features Diane Arbus: A Retrospective, 1960-1971

Posted: 05 May 2012 10:43 PM PDT

artwork: Diane Arbus - "Twins" then and 30 years later.

MALMO, SWEDEN - The French artist Pierre Leguillon has compiled a unique retrospective on the large body of work produced by Diane Arbus for the Anglo-American press in the 1960s. This spring and summer, the exhibition is being shown at Moderna Museet Malmö, featuring some 100 photos in their original context – on the pages of magazines. On exhibition through 1 August, 2010.

Brooklyn Museum exhibits Contemporary Art from The Collection

Posted: 05 May 2012 09:40 PM PDT

artwork: Mickalene Thomas (American, b. 1971). A Little Taste Outside of Love, 2007 - Acrylic, enamel, & rhinestones on wood enamel. Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Giulia Borghese and Designated Purchase Fund, 2008 

Brooklyn, NY - More than forty works from the Brooklyn Museum's expanding collection of contemporary art goes on long-term view in 5,000 square feet of space newly renovated for this purpose. With contemporary works ranging from Andy Warhol's Fragile Dress (1966) to Mickalene Thomas's A Little Taste Outside of Love (2007), 21: Selections of Contemporary Art from the Brooklyn Museum focuses primarily on work produced since 2000, particularly from the richly diverse artistic community of Brooklyn.

Klimt Painting Stolen by Nazis Expected to Sell for $25 million at Sotheby's

Posted: 05 May 2012 09:38 PM PDT




artwork: Gustav Klimt - "Litzlberg am Attersee" (Litzlberg on the Attersee). - Estimated in excess of $25 million. Photo: Sotheby's.


NEW YORK- A Gustav Klimt landscape stolen by the Nazis and recently restituted to the heirs of its Austrian owner is expected to sell for more than $25 million at auction this Autumn, Sotheby's said on Friday. Klimt's "Litzberg on the Attersee" is being sold by Georges Jorisch, a great-nephew of Austrian iron magnate Viktor Zuckerkandl. When he died in 1927 the work was inherited by his sister Amalie Redlich, who was Jorisch's grandmother. Redlich was deported to Lodz in 1941 and never heard from again. Her art collection was seized by the Nazis and sold. The Klimt work ended up at the Museum de Moderne Salzberg.


The Weinstein Gallery Opens ~ "Surrealism: New Worlds", A Major Exhibition

Posted: 05 May 2012 09:37 PM PDT

artwork: Joan Miró - "Ubu Roi—Chez le roi de Pologne", 1953-54 - Gouache over lithographic base - 16 ½" x 25 3/8" - Courtesy the Weinstein Gallery, San Francisco. On View in "Surrealism: New Worlds" from December 10th until January 28th 2012.

San Francisco, California.- The Weinstein Gallery is pleased to announce "Surrealism: New Worlds", on view from December 10th through January 27th 2012 at 301 Geary Street in San Francisco. The exhibition will be the largest survey of Surrealism to be mounted by a private gallery on the West Coast and includes over 80 original paintings & sculptures by 22 leading Surrealists, This comprehensive exhibition represents five decades of this long-lasting, influential, and ever-present art movement and features many works that have until now been held for decades in private collections.


The exhibition includes work by the original members —Yves Tanguy, Max Ernst, Salvador Dalí, Joan Miró, and Marcel Duchamp. It also features artists who came into the movement in the 1930s, drawn to the magnetism of its leader, André Breton, and his promise for a surrealist revolution, including Kurt Seligmann, Oscar Dominguez, Victor Brauner, André Masson, Marcel Jean, Alexander Calder, Wolfgang Paalen, Roberto Matta, and Gordon Onslow Ford. And, the exhibition looks at New World artists, who had studied surrealism from afar and then had it land in their backyard when the European surrealist artists were forced to flee to America during World War II. Among these are Enrico Donati, Jimmy Ernst, William Baziotes, David Hare, and Gerome Kamrowski. This show also features work by some of the underrepresented women artists, who were integral to the movement but who have received less attention for their critical role: Leonor Fini, Leonora Carrington, and Stella Snead. The accompanying 152-page catalogue features a new essay by Surrealism scholar, Mary Ann Caws. In it she writes that as the movement transitioned to America, "Surrealism reencountered a revolutionary aspect of which this remarkable exhibition is a manifestation, another sort of new world manifesto in visual terms."

artwork: Leonora Carrington - "Evening Conference", 1949 - Oil on canvas - 19 ½" x 28 ½" - Courtesy the Weinstein Gallery. On View in "Surrealism: New Worlds" from December 10th until January 28th 2012.

artwork: Salvador Dali -  "Éléphant et obélisque", 1955 Watercolor and ink on paper, 8 ½" x 5 ¼" - Courtesy of the Weinstein Gallery, San Francisco, CA  The word surrealist was coined by Guillaume Apollinaire and first appeared in the preface to his play Les Mamelles de Tirésias, which was first performed in 1917. World War I scattered the writers and artists who had been based in Paris, and in the interim many became involved with Dada, believing that excessive rational thought and bourgeois values had brought the conflict of the war upon the world. The Dadaists protested with anti-art gatherings, performances, writings and art works. After the war, when they returned to Paris, the Dada activities continued. During the war, André Breton, who had trained in medicine and psychiatry, served in a neurological hospital where he used Sigmund Freud's psychoanalytic methods with soldiers suffering from shell-shock. Meeting the young writer Jacques Vaché, Breton felt that Vaché was the spiritual son of writer and pataphysics founder Alfred Jarry. He admired the young writer's anti-social attitude and disdain for established artistic tradition. Later Breton wrote, "In literature, I was successively taken with Rimbaud, with Jarry, with Apollinaire, with Nouveau, with Lautréamont, but it is Jacques Vaché to whom I owe the most." Back in Paris, Breton joined in Dada activities and started the literary journal Littérature along with Louis Aragon and Philippe Soupault.

They began experimenting with automatic writing—spontaneously writing without censoring their thoughts—and published the writings, as well as accounts of dreams, in the magazine. Breton and Soupault delved deeper into automatism and wrote The Magnetic Fields (1920). Continuing to write, they attracted more artists and writers; they came to believe that automatism was a better tactic for societal change than the Dada attack on prevailing values. The group grew to include Paul Éluard, Benjamin Péret, René Crevel, Robert Desnos, Jacques Baron, Max Morise, Pierre Naville, Roger Vitrac, Gala Éluard, Max Ernst, Salvador Dalí, Man Ray, Hans Arp, Georges Malkine, Michel Leiris, Georges Limbour, Antonin Artaud, Raymond Queneau, André Masson, Joan Miró, Marcel Duchamp, Jacques Prévert, and Yves Tanguy.

In 1924 they declared their philosophy in the first "Surrealist Manifesto". That same year they established the Bureau of Surrealist Research, and began publishing the journal La Révolution surréaliste. Breton initially doubted that visual arts could even be useful in the Surrealist movement since they appeared to be less malleable and open to chance and automatism. This caution was overcome by the discovery of such techniques as frottage and decalcomania. Soon more visual artists became involved, including Giorgio de Chirico, Max Ernst, Joan Miró, Francis Picabia, Yves Tanguy, Salvador Dalí, Luis Buñuel, Alberto Giacometti, Valentine Hugo, Méret Oppenheim, Toyen, and later after the second war: Enrico Donati. The group included the musician, poet, and artist E. L. T. Mesens, painter and writer René Magritte, Paul Nougé, Marcel Lecomte, and André Souris. Giorgio de Chirico, and his previous development of metaphysical art, was one of the important joining figures between the philosophical and visual aspects of Surrealism. In 1924, Miró and Masson applied Surrealism to painting, explicitly leading to the La Peinture Surrealiste exhibition of 1925, held at Gallerie Pierre in Paris, and displaying works by Masson, Man Ray, Paul Klee, Miró, and others. The show confirmed that Surrealism had a component in the visual arts. Breton published Surrealism and Painting in 1928 which summarized the movement to that point, though he continued to update the work until the 1960s. Throughout the 1930s, Surrealism continued to become more visible to the public at large. A Surrealist group developed in Britain and, according to Breton, their 1936 London International Surrealist Exhibition was a high water mark of the period and became the model for international exhibitions.

artwork: Leonor Fini - "Black Man and Woman Monkey", 1942 - Oil on canvas - 23 ¾" x 29" - Courtesy the Weinstein Gallery, San Francisco. -  On View in "Surrealism: New Worlds" from December 10th until January 28th 2012.

Dalí and Magritte created the most widely recognized images of the movement. Dalí joined the group in 1929, and participated in the rapid establishment of the visual style between 1930 and 1935. From 1936 through 1938 Wolfgang Paalen, Gordon Onslow Ford, and Roberto Matta joined the group. Paalen contributed Fumage and Onslow Ford Coulage as new pictorial automatic techniques. Long after personal, political and professional tensions fragmented the Surrealist group, Magritte and Dalí continued to define a visual program in the arts. This program reached beyond painting, to encompass photography as well, as can be seen from a Man Ray self portrait, whose use of assemblage influenced Robert Rauschenberg's collage boxes. World War II prompted an artistic exodus from europe, and many of the surrealists including Yves Tanguy and Max Ernst became influential in the USA.  Arshile Gorky, Jackson Pollock, Robert Motherwell, Roberto Matta and later, Mark Rothko all became involved with the surrealist movement, while in England Henry Moore, Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon and Paul Nash used or experimented with Surrealist techniques.

The Weinstein Gallery in San Fransico is situated on 3 floors in Union Square. The Gallery specializes in contemporary and modern masters, including Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Salvador Dalí, Enrico Donati, Raoul Dufy, Jimmy Ernst, Leonor Fini, Roberto Matta, Joan Miró, Robert Motherwell, Gordon Onslow Ford and Pablo Picasso. The gallery made the news in 2011 when a Picasso was stolen from its walls in broad daylight, although it was quickly recovered and is now no longer for sale, its fame generating so many more gallery visitors! Fortunately, the gallery have not allowed the theft to deflect them from their aim of making art as accessible as possible, and they are well-known for their friendly and knowledgable staff who are helpful to every visitor, whether they can afford the art on the walls or not. Visit the gallery's website at ... http://www.weinstein.com

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