A gallery of the new East Building. Image courtesy of the Saint Louis Art Museum. Photo: J.J. Lane.
ST. LOUIS, MO.-The Saint Louis Art Museum opened its new East Building to the public on Saturday, June 29, 2013, presenting its distinguished encyclopedic collection in a new light and featuring a weekend of celebratory events to thank the community for its support. Consistent with the inscription carved in stone above the Main Entrance Dedicated to Art and Free to All all grand opening events are presented without charge. Great cities are characterized by their quality of life, and the Saint Louis Art Museum is fundamental to the cultural vibrancy of St. Louis, said Barbara Taylor, President of the Museum s Board of Commissioners. This expansion project has raised our collective bar. Designed by David Chipperfield Architects with technical assistance from St. Louis-based HOK, the East Building increases gallery and public space by 30 percent with 21 new galleries for the ... More
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LONDON.- A gallery assistant holds a Vox Mk. XII twelve string electric guitar that used to belong to British musician David Bowie ahead of its sale at Bonhams auction house in London. The guitar is estimated to fetch between 10,000-15,000 British pounds (12,000 - 18,000 Euros). AFP PHOTO/WILL OLIVER.
LIVERPOOL.- La Masseuse (The Masseuse), a sculpture by Edgar Degas has found a permanent home at the Walker Art Gallery as part of the government s Acceptance In Lieu (AIL) scheme, administered by Arts Council England. Once owned by the renowned painter, Lucian Freud, the sculpture was one of three by Degas, bequeathed to the nation upon the artist s death in 2011. La Masseuse was allocated to the Walker following a competitive process with other UK museums and galleries. La Masseuse, which is Degas only two-figure sculpture (his other sculptures are solitary figures), joins the Walker s impressive collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist work, which also features the painting Woman Ironing by Degas. The sculpture will be displayed alongside Woman Ironing and together they explore Degas mastery in conveying movement and exertion. The sculpture s attention to the physicality and wearisome wo ... More
STOCKHOLM.- Bold, bright and playful pop art influenced the whole world and represented something radical and new. It contributed to shaping a new cultural identity with a focus on mass production, celebrity and the growing advertising industry. For the first time, in the exhibition Pop Art Design, pop art and design are shown together on a large scale. This summer the Moderna Museet presents artworks and objects by artists and designers such as Warhol, Rauschenberg, Haworth, Lichtenstein, Eames, Panton, Castiglioni, Nelson and Sottsass. Those who came to be called pop artists were active during a period when radio and television brought the world into people's homes. At the same time both the advertising industry and mass production accelerated - making the world a bigger potential market. Pop Art Design highlights how artists and designers in the postwar era explored, con- ... More
PARIS.- After a first Keith Haring exhibition in 2011, Taglialatella Gallery honors for the second time the father of the "Radiant Baby", one of its leading artist, with a new exhibition entitled "Keith Haring & Friends." This exhibition is organized concomitantly to the current major retrospective of the artist at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris based on the political aspect of his artistic approach. The gallery endeavours to immerse the spectator into the world of the 80s in New York City and to gather around the work of Keith Haring some artworks of his contemporaries and friends such as Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat or Kenny Scharf. The will is to spotlight the accessible dimension of his approach with the presentation of his subway drawings, limited edition prints and drawings, all representative of his pop world, and to highlight points of mutual interest with his contemporaries. Indeed, all these artists and friends, driven ... More
BEIJING(AFP).- Chinese Internet users celebrated the return of two rare bronze animal heads looted by European powers more than a century ago, underlining continued popular demands to redress what state-approved history books call colonial "humiliation". French billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault on Friday handed the bronzes, one of a rabbit and one of a rat, back to China after they were looted from Beijing's Old Summer Palace at the end of the Second Opium War. The bronzes shot to fame in 2009, when a Chinese bidder offered 14 million euros for each at an auction, but refused to pay on the grounds that the artefacts were part of the country's national heritage and had been removed illegally. The return of the eighteenth century bronzes was a proud occasion for Chinese patriots, many of whom see the nineteenth century -- when foreign powers occupied parts of China by military force -- as a period of national humiliation still in need of redress. China's ruling Communist Party has long gained public s ... More
Hubert Robert, A Capriccio with the Column of Trajan, Rome, n.d., red chalk on laid paper. Snite Museum of Art: On extended loan as a promised gift from Mr. John D. Reilly 63.
SACRAMENTO, CA.-The Crocker Art Museum presents The Epic and the Intimate: French Drawings from the John D. Reilly Collection. On view June 30 through September 29, 2013, this exhibition from the Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame brings together 60 works illustrating the history of French drawing from before the foundation of the Académie Royale de peinture et de sculpture (Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture) in 1648, through the French Revolution of 1789 and its subsequent reforms of the 1800s. Now known as the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, the Academy has served as the epicenter of the French artistic world from the time it was founded. The Epic and the Intimate surveys the first three centuries of the Academy, beginning with its founders and their contemporaries and ending with works by artists such as Eugène ... More
Alfredo Jaar, Double Vision, 2005. Lightbox with color transparency, edition of 3, 49 x 97 x 5 1/4 inches (124.5 x 246.4 x 13.3 cm).
NEW YORK, NY.- In Summer Exposure, Galerie Lelong presents photographic works with a focus on artists of the gallery who examine the function of a photograph to document or to construct. The works explore themes of political and social injustice, identity, and contemporary conflicts between man and nature. The exhibition features straight and manipulated photographs, many of which have rarely been exhibited, in a range of formats including silver gelatin prints, C-prints, light boxes, mixed media, and collage. Several artists are not immediately associated with photography, yet the selected works mark an important facet of their oeuvres. The exhibition was inspired by Alfredo Jaar s current representation of Chile in the 55th Venice Biennale. As is true for many of the works in Summer Exposure, Jaar s Double Vision (2005) is an exercise in seeing. Jaar examines the dichotomy between the authority of ... More
Mick Rooney, The Greek Coffee, signed and dated 'Rooney 93' l.r; bears title and provenance on label attached to the backboard gouache, 17.5cm x 12.5cm; 6 3/4in x 5in.
LONDON.-25 Blythe Road s first auction on their newly launched iRostrum online auction platform will take place on Tuesday 9th July offering a selection of British and Continental Pictures following public viewing at their London auction galleries. Pictures will range in value from decorative works starting at £50 to higher valued works for the collector of up to £10,000. 25 Blythe Road have been early recognisers of the enormous potential of the online art market, which in now estimated to be worth a staggering $56 billion and continues to grow. They began operating online auctions in 2012, however this next auction will be their first with the innovative iRostrum online auction platform. Thomas Del Mar who founded 25 Blythe Road in 2007 says 'we chose iRostrum for their integral functionality and their platform's ... More
Ligne blanche interieure 1971. Centre Pompidou, Musee national d art moderne Adagp Paris 2013.
PARIS.-The Pompidou Centre is devoting an important exhibition to one of the major artists of the French post-war scene, Geneviève Asse, painter of light and space , now known as bleu Asse , the emblematic colour of this artist from Brittany. The exhibition is organized around a donation made by the artist to the Pompidou Centre in 2012, composed of eleven paintings executed between 1948 and 1999, that make it possible to present her works at different stages in her artistic career. This series is completed by a selection of large-scale works, most of them belonging to national collections. A wide choice of sketch books painted from 1970 onwards, which have never been on display, also are included, together with a number of small-scale paintings, also presented for the first time. In a staging that certainly arouses stimulating reflections on the notion of pictorial scale, the exhibition shows all the creative re ... More
Thomas Hirschhorn, Gramsci Monument (Construction phase), The Bronx, New York, 2013. Courtesy: The Artist / Dia Art Foundation, New York.
NEW YORK, NY.-Dia Art Foundation presents Gramsci Monument, a new artwork by Thomas Hirschhorn, on the grounds of Forest Houses, a New York City Housing Authority development in the Morrisania neighborhood of the Bronx, New York. Gramsci Monument is open to the public from July 1 September 15, 2013. My decision to do Gramsci Monument does not come from an understanding of the philosopher Antonio Gramsci, rather it comes from my understanding of art and my belief that art can transform. -- Thomas Hirschhorn Gramsci Monument is the fourth and last in Thomas Hirschhorn s series of monuments dedicated to major writers and thinkers, which he initiated in 1999 with Spinoza Monument (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), followed by Deleuze Monument (Avignon, France, 2000) and Bataille Monument (Kassel, ... More
Auguste Rodin, The Thinker. Bronze with brown patination, 15 inches (38 cm).
LONDON.-Robert Bowman announces the launch of his new gallery Bowman Sculpture. Based at no. 6 Duke Street St James's in the heart of London's art world, the gallery is the foremost dealership in the world for sculpture by Auguste Rodin. The spectacular new space is in excess of 2000 square feet. Beautifully refurbished, the gallery is set over two floors and is located directly opposite Christie's auctioneers. Bowman Sculpture will be launching the new space with an exhibition of the finest European sculpture from the mid 19th century to the present day. Exhibited works will include Rodin's masterpieces 'Eternal Spring and 'The Thinker' alongside an exceptional early reclining figure by Henry Moore. The gallery is the only sculpture specialist to showcase such a comprehensive view of European and British sculpture from 1860 to the present day. Robert Bowman says We had been outgrowing the other two galleries for some time. ... More
Anti Mass 2005. Supported charcoal retrieved from a Kentucky Baptist church burnt by arsonists. Collections Phoenix Art Museum and DeYoung Museum. Photo: Ira Shrank.
LONDON.- Cornelia Parker (b. 1956) is one of the most original and inventive artists working in Britain today. Her wide-ranging practice, chiefly in sculpture and installation, touches on the fragility of human experience and is rich with visual and literary allusions. This book is the first full survey to trace the development of Parker s career from the late 1970s to the present day, and includes work never previously published as well as extensive illuminating commentaries by the artist herself. Parker transforms everyday, ordinary objects into compelling works of art, often through acts of violence. She investigates the nature of matter, testing physical properties and playing on private and public meaning and value. Projects which have included blowing up a shed, steamrolling musical instruments and sending meteorites back into space have captured ... More
Simon Fujiwara, Studio Pietà (King Kong Komplex), 2013. Mixed media installation. AP1, Edition of 1 with 1 artist's proof. ARG# FUS2013-001.AP1. Production photograph Rainer Elstermann. Commissioned by the Sharjah Art Foundation, SB 11, 2013. Image courtesy of the artist and Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York.
NEW YORK, NY.-Andrea Rosen Gallery presents the first New York solo exhibition by Simon Fujiwara, a young artist who has achieved exceptional recognition and acclaim across Europe and Asia, with forthcoming shows at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Palais de Tokyo, Mori Art Museum and recent solo exhibitions at Tate St Ives (2012), and at the Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf (2010). He is known for his autobiographical explorations of identity and sexuality that blend fact and fiction into rich, absorbing narratives. His complex installations incorporate sculpture, performance, video and photographic elements to create fully imagined scenarios that underscore the interdependence of personal history and more universal narratives. Studio Pietà ... More
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First solo show of Brent Wadden's work opens at Peres Projects in Berlin BERLIN.- Somewhere at the end of the world on the far edge of the rocky coast: a post-industrial wasteland, the coal dust has dissipated from fields which are finally green with grass. Brent Wadden is part of a group of young artists that have gone against the grain of their own generation and have decided to take their time to make things themselves, in effect rejecting contemporary society s general state of impatience. While Wadden s work can be seen as a rejection of Western notions of the immediate, the cheap and of satisfaction, it s also concerned with the expansion of new forms of painting. In About Time, Wadden delves deeper into his reflections on how to straddle the boundaries between craft, fine arts as well as interior design. Interested in creating a direct dialogue between weaving and various modes of modernist art making, Wadden s work references both the historical ... More
"Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney" opens at the Philadelphia Museum of Art PHILADELPHIA, PA.- Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney displays almost five decades of work by the celebrated Philadelphia-born illustrator. He is well known for spellbinding visual narratives that bring to life classic children s literature, folktales, and trailblazing explorations of the American story. The exhibition comprises more than one hundred images, including designs for record album covers, commissions for African American historic sites, and luminous illustrations from his award-winning children s books including The Lion and the Mouse, winner of the 2010 Caldecott Medal all of which trace Pinkney s artistic journey as one of the United States finest visual storytellers. This exhibition is part of Art Splash, a suite of five family-friendly exhibitions, interactive art and play zones, and daily family programs in the Perelman Building from June 28 to September 2, 2013. The show explores ... More
With Cinder Blocks We Flatten Our Photographs: A group exhibition opens at Romer Young Gallery SAN FRANCISCO, CA.-Romer Young Gallery presents With Cinder Blocks We Flatten Our Photographs, a group exhibition featuring the work of seven local and national artists: Deric Carner, C. Wright Daniel, Pablo Guardiola, John Pearson, Jonathan Runcio, Emma Spertus, and Letha Wilson. The show takes as its inspiration the idea of the photographic medium and its use as a means of producing objects that achieve sculptural integrity and physical presence. "What we were after was an exhibition of contemporary artists using photography and or the photographic process as a catalyst for what in essence become sculptural forms - literally or conceptually," states Piziali. This idea of photography s shape shifting is a contemporary concern with spurring precedent. In 1970 the New York Museum of Modern Art opened Photography Into Sculpture, an exhibition curated by Peter Bunnell ... More
Nobility of Things: An exhibition by artist-in-residence Jodi Colella opens at Fruitlands Museum HARVARD, MASS.- Fruitlands Museum, which opened its 99th main season this spring, presents The Nobility of Things, an exhibition by artist-in-residence Jodi Colella. The exhibition opened June 29 and runs through Nov. 3, 2013. The Museum is open Monday, Wednesday Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. 4 p.m., weekends and holidays 10 a.m. 5 p.m. Admission is $12 adults, $10 seniors and students, $5 for children 5 13, and free for members and children under 5. Fruitlands Museum is located at 102 Prospect Hill Road in Harvard, Mass. For more information please visit www.fruitlands.org or call 978-456-3924. Mixed-media sculptor Jodi Colella investigates the inherent qualities in both found and manufactured materials and celebrates the intersection of science and art. Her sculptures are conduits for concepts and ideas, for revelations of memory, science, and social history ... More
First large-scale museum retrospective dedicated to exploring contemporary artist's work opens CLEVELAND, OH.-The Cleveland Museum of Art presents Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video, an exhibition showcasing nearly 125 examples of the artist s intellectually challenging and aesthetically compelling work. Visitors will have the opportunity to see photographs, installations, audio pieces and video selected from six museums, several private collections and the artist s own holdings. The exhibition offers a survey of Weems s thirty-year exploration studying the universal human journey, in which she often focuses on relationships pertaining to race, gender and class. The Cleveland Museum of Art s presentation of Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video is on view June 30 to September 29, 2013 in the museum s Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation Exhibition Gallery and Mark Schwartz and Bettina Katz Photography Gallery. The ... More
Artist Tijs Rooijakkers and rapper Fresku begin work on new project at Van Abbemuseum EINDHOVEN.- On the first of July, the artist Tijs Rooijakkers (living and working in Eindhoven) will start his project Supertoll! in Het Oog (The Eye), a space in the Van Abbemuseum. For this project he invited Fresku, a rapper who also comes from Eindhoven, to work together with him. The semi-circular wall of Het Oog will be covered with wooden battens on which Fresku has written texts about his personal motivations and ambitions. Rooijakkers will then steam these wooden battens and bend them into the shape of an enormous spinning-top. The artist explains: The spinning-top is a symbol of the will, power and passion of mankind. Once a top is spinning, it supersedes gravity. From Monday 15 July to Friday 19 July 2013 visitors can see Rooijakkers and Fresku working together. Rooijakkers will then continue to work up to the final presentation on Saturday 7 December. The end result can ... More
The San Diego Museum of Art hires Marika Sardar as Associate Curator of Southern Asian and Islamic Art SAN DIEGO, CA.-The San Diego Museum of Art announced Marika Sardar as the new Associate Curator of Southern Asian and Islamic Art. Sardar will begin her role on July 29, 2013. Marika Sardar comes to the Museum with years of specialized experience in the arts of India and the Islamic world. After completing her doctoral dissertation at New York University s Institute of Fine Arts with a concentration on the architecture of the Deccan and the fortified city of Golconda, Sardar joined the Department of Islamic Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. She served most recently as a Senior Research Associate at The Metropolitan and was instrumental in the installation of their new galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia and Later South Asia. Additionally, Sardar participated in The Metropolitan Museum/Victoria & Albert Museum Curatorial Exchange as part ... More
On a day like today, Finnish architect Gottlieb Eliel Saarinen, died
July 1, 1950.- Gottlieb Eliel Saarinen (August 20, 1873, Rantasalmi, Finland – July 1, 1950, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, United States) was a Finnish architect who became famous for his art nouveau buildings in the early years of the 20th century. He was the father of Eero Saarinen. In this image: Nighttime photograph of Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo, NY.