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Christie's Hong Kong Auction of Asian 20th Century & Contemporary Art

Posted: 22 Nov 2011 09:52 PM PST

artwork: Yue Minjun - "The Massacre at Chios", 1994 - Oil on canvas, diptych - Overall: 249.9 x 364 cm. - Courtesy Christie's Hong Kong. On auction in "Faces of the New China: An Important Private Collection" on Saturday, 26th November.

Hong Kong.- Christie's proudly presents "Faces of the New China: An Important Private Collection" (evening sale) on Saturday, 26th November at 7pm, in the James Christie Room, Grand Hall, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wanchai, Hong Kong. "Faces of the New China: An Important Private Collection", leads the 2011 Hong Kong Autumn season of Asian 20th Century and Contemporary Art sales from 26th to 27th November. Presented as a stand-alone sale within the prestigious Evening Sale and with a total estimate  in excess of HK$150,000,000, this single owner  collection comprises 14 iconic works by preeminent contemporary Chinese artists including Zhang Xiaogang, Yue Minjun, Cai Guoqiang, Liu Ye and Tang Zhigang.

Representing the pinnacle of the earliest years of Chinese avant-garde art, these exquisite pieces epitomize the period when the artists established their creative paths and idiosyncratic styles, vividly showcasing the conceptual origins of one of the most astonishing cultural and aesthetic shifts in recent art history.

A cornerstone of the collection are the three monumental gunpowder drawings from the artist Cai Guoqiang, selected from his masterwork "Drawings for the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation". The three works, Imagining the Universe, UFO and Ode to Joy, embody the core motifs of Cai's art and the aesthetic concepts he has developed over the past 20 years. This series in particular is one of his most cited works, recognized for its epoch-making significance and immense value. The work appeals to a broad audience, and their disparate responses to the piece highlight the ways in which Chinese artists have extended their own cultural traditions in new and innovative ways into the present era, while at the same breathing a breath of fresh air into contemporary art discourse. Asian critics see in Cai's work traces of Asian cultural heritage, while Western critics find his work as a sweeping exegesis and  recapitulation of Modern  Western artistic concepts. With his originality, sophistication and unique fusion of the traditional with the contemporary, his work suggests the unique positioning of Asian Contemporary Art in the contemporary art scene.

artwork: Tang Zhigang - "Don't Shoot", 1998 - Oil on canvas - 166.3 x 196.2 cm. - Est. : US$282,100 - 359,100 Courtesy Christie's Hong Kong. - On auction on Saturday, 26th November.

Each work from "Faces of the New China" helps elucidate the core aspects of Chinese avant-garde art. Through the unique modes of representation, self-portraiture and portraiture developed by these artists, they have visualized not only an epoch and the changes within it, but also the lived experience of individuals in a manner that reflects the life and mind of the "New China" generation. As these artists scrutinized the place of the individual against a particular historical background, they have made a collective self-portrait, one that mirrors the mentality of a generation living  ordinarily as individuals and, at the same time, existing under the expeditious metamorphosis of their country as a whole.

These works represent the characteristics of China in a particular space and time, thereby becoming the faces of an era. For these  artists, portraiture became a genre through which to explore both traditional Chinese aesthetical forms, while also being equally reactive to modern Western styles of expression. Drawing from diverse strains of tradition and modernity, these intrepid artists hunt for unique expressive forms that are at once roots firmly in the Chinese culture and responses to a new era. Their works, then, reveal the appeal of Chinese contemporary art internationally. The works of these artists  – variously delicate, haunting, satirical and explosive  – offer us direct insight into an extraordinary epoch, as well as the ways in which these artists discovered new terrain between the traditions of Western and Eastern art.

artwork: Liu Ye - "The Happy Family", 1998 - Oil on canvas - 119.9 x 140.2 cm. Estimate: US$1,538,500 - 2,307,700 - Courtesy Christie's Hong Kong.

Christie's Hong Kong has been the leading promoter and auctioneer of Asian modern and contemporary art since the category's inception. We have been honoured to be entrusted, over the years, by private collectors, estates, and museums with their rare and desirable treasures. These include the collection of Yageo Foundation in 2004; the collection of Oliver Stone, a distinguished Hollywood director, in 2008; the historic Zao Wou-ki canvases, sold to benefit the acquisition fund of Harvard University's Fogg Art Museum in 2009; the private collection of Howard and Patricia Farber and the Estate of John Bransten, both sold earlier in 2011. This year, "Faces of the New China: An Important Private Collection" continues this great legacy Christie's, the world's leading art business had global auction and private sales in the first half of 2011 that totaled £2.0 billion/$3.2 billion.

In 2010 it achieved global auction and private sales of £3.3 billion/$5.0 billion. Christie's is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and expertise, as well as international glamour. Founded in 1766 by James Christie, Christie's conducted the greatest auctions of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, and today remains a popular showcase for the unique and the beautiful. Christie's offers over 450 sales annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christie's has 53 offices in 32 countries and 10 salerooms around the world including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Zurich, Dubai and Hong Kong. More recently, Christie's has led the market with expanded initiatives in emerging and new markets such as Russia, China, India and the United Arab Emirates, with successful sales and exhibitions in Beijing, Mumbai and Dubai. Visit the auction house's website at ...

La Halle Saint Pierre Museum Shows 'HEY!' Modern Art & Pop Culture

Posted: 22 Nov 2011 08:29 PM PST

artwork: David B (Pierre-François Beauchard) - "Bambi Has Eaten all his Friends", 2006 -Pen and ink on paper -  Courtesy the artist and La Halle Saint Pierre Museum, Paris. On view in "HEY! Modern Art & Pop Culture" until March 4th 2012.

Paris.- La Halle Saint Pierre Museum, in association with HEY! Magazine, is proud to present the exhibition: "HEY! Modern Art & Pop Culture", an inevitable encounter within the alternative culture scene between the trends of pop culture and popular forms of contemporary and modern art like  Art Brut (Outsider Art) and Art Singulier. Our society is a "world-culture" in which pictorial art is omnipresent. Today, the influences of the street and the people are everywhere and even surpassing those of institutions. In the spirit of 'HEY!' Magazine, this exhibition aims to serve as a platform for Urban, Pop and Outsider art. "HEY! Modern Art & Pop Culture" is on view now and remains on exhibt through March 4th 2012.

The Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza Shows Retrospective of Berthe Mirosot

Posted: 22 Nov 2011 08:06 PM PST

artwork: Berthe Morisot - "Eugene Manet on the Isle of Wight", 1875 - Oil on canvas - 38 x 46 cm. - Collection of the Musee Marmottan Monet, Paris. - On view at the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid in "Berthe Morisot: The Impressionist Painter" until February 12th 2012.

Madrid.- The Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza is proud to present "Berthe Morisot: The Impressionist Painter", on view at the museum through February 12th 2012. For the first time in Spain, the public will be able to see a retrospective of the work of the Impressionist painter Berthe Morisot. As the result of an important loan agreement, the exhibition will include more than thirty works from the collection of the Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris, shown alongside others from the Thyssen collections. The result will be to reveal Morisot's luminous and elegant approach to painting, expressed in the form of landscapes, scenes of daily life and intimate female portraits.

The Nelson-Atkins Museum Opens Modernist Photographer Brett Weston

Posted: 22 Nov 2011 08:06 PM PST

artwork: Brett Weston - "New York, MoMA Garden", 1945 - Gelatin silver print - 9 1/2" x 7 1/2" - Courtesy of and © The Brett Weston Archive.      The Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City is showing "The Photographs of Brett Weston" from November 23rd until April 1st 2012.

Kansas City, Missouri.- The Nelson-Atkins Museum is pleased to present "The Photographs of Brett Weston", on view from November 23rd through April 1st 2012. Over his long and prolific career, photographer Brett Weston (1911-1993) exemplified the modernist aesthetic. The son of famed photographer Edward Weston (1886-1958), Brett Weston was a "natural" with the camera. "The Photographs of Brett Weston" presents a condensed survey of his career of about 40 prints. While rare works from the Museum's Hallmark Photographic Collection are also included, this exhibition celebrates a gift of 260 Weston prints from Christian K. Keesee, owner of the Brett Weston Archive in Oklahoma City, and provides a study collection for students and researchers.

New Contemporary Art Fair Launches in London 25th November

Posted: 22 Nov 2011 07:03 PM PST

artwork: Delphine Lebourgeois - "The Forest" (proposal for the cover of the novel "Tiger Hills" by Sarita Mandanna), 2009 - commissioned by Weidenfeld & Nicolson - Giclee print on archival etching paper - Edition of 20 - 32.5 x 53.4 cm. - Courtesy of the artist. On view at 'The Other Art Fair' in London from 25th November until November 27th.

London.- This autumn, London will see the launch of a new and unique Contemporary art fair to be held at The Bargehouse on Southbank. Beginning on 25th November, and remaining on view through November 27th, ' The Other Art Fair ' will provide a platform unlike any other for artists, collectors and gallerists to connect directly. A carefully selected array of 100 emerging artists has been chosen to display works and sell them directly to the public. The fair aims to give emerging artists, as yet unrepresented, an exclusive opportunity to promote their work and ideas. As the artists will gain all the proceeds from the sales they make, collectors are being encouraged to come to the fair prepared to negotiate. It will provide them with the chance to gain insight into their purchases, as they will be able to discuss the meaning and creative process of the works with the artists.

Koningin Fabiolazaal Displays The Royal Museum of Fine Arts Collection

Posted: 22 Nov 2011 07:02 PM PST

artwork: Lawrence Alma-Tadema - "Cherries", 1873 - Oil on canvas - 79 x 129.1 cm - Collection of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp. On view at the Koningin Fabiolazaal, Antwerp in "The Moderns. Highlights from the Royal Museum" until January 8th 2012.

Antwerp, Belgium.- The Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp (KMSKA) closed its doors for the largest renovation in the museum's history in April 2011. However, highlights from the collection remain on view. The Old Masters currently star in the exhibition "Masterworks in the MAS: Five Centuries of Imagery in Antwerp" at the new Museum aan de Stroom, while the museum's unique altarpieces can be admired in the Antwerp Cathedral until the end of 2017. The collection of 19th and 20th-century art is currently on display at the revamped Koningin Fabiolazaal in an exceptional collaboration with the Province of Antwerp. The first exhibition "The Moderns. Highlights from the Royal Museum" runs until 8 January 2012.

artwork: Fernando Botero - "La Prima Donna", 1967 Oil on canvas - 186 x 165 cm. Collection of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp. Under the title "The Moderns", varying selections will highlight different aspects of the collection in a series of temporary shows. The opening exhibition consists of a selection of fifty-six showpieces from circa 1850 to 1980. The show includes some of the very best pictures in the collection: Alexandre Cabanel's Cleopatra, and work by Lawrence Alma-Tadema and Vincent Van Gogh. Léon Spilliaert and Paul Delvaux feature alongside Roger Raveel and Lucio Fontana. Abstract creations by Otto Piene and Gunther Uecker are confronted with the Futurist canvases of Schmalzigaug. Also included are less wellknown gems such as the portrait of Peter Benoit by Van Beers, a self-portrait by Henri Fantin-Latour, a wonderful portrait of a lady by Carolus-Duran, and James Tissot's colourful Embarkation at Calais.

The works have been arranged thematically into twelve ensembles of different sizes and without a strict chronology. Each group of paintings brings together surprisingly diverse artists. The themes include Inspiration, The Artist, History Painting, De Braekeleer and Co, Landscapes, The Construction, The Flemish Expressionists and Zero. The ensemble on Women includes intimate scenes as well as realistic portraits. Stevens represents the female as a mysterious sphinx; Rik Wouters celebrates his naked muse; and Botero creates a light-hearted parody in La Prima Donna. Another group of images revolves around Country Life. Naturalist painters represented scenes from daily life in a truthful, sometimes even raw, manner. Peasant life as it really was. The momentous changes that occurred in this period are the focus of a selection entitled Experimentation around 1900. New scientific insights into the properties of light inspired a revolution in painting.

Henry Van de Velde briefly experimented with Neo-Impressionism and pointillism, but found the technique to be rather cumbersome and soon abandoned it. Breitner drew inspiration from the emergence of photography: he worked in an almost cinematographic style, painting from snapshots. Modigliani adopted the stylised lines of African sculpture in his innovative oeuvre. Finally, the exhibition includes a room devoted to Work on Paper. This ensemble is made up of true artistic gems that, because of their fragility, are rarely displayed. Marc Chagall's gouache At the Window is shown in Antwerp for the first time in six years. And some wonderful drawings and watercolours by Edgard Degas, Xavier Mellery and René Magritte are also on display at Koningin Fabiolazaal.

artwork: Paul Delvaux - "De roze strikken (The Pink Bows)", 1937 - Oil on canvas - 121.5 x 160 cm. Collection of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp. On view at the Koningin Fabiolazaal, Antwerp in "The Moderns. Highlights from the Royal Museum" until January 8th 2012.

The Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp is a public institution of the Government of Flanders and the only Flemish museum with a scientific status. The principal missions of the KMSKA are the maintenance, management and expansion of the collection; the scientific study of the collection and the enhancement of its accessibility; the organisation of exhibitions and the development of public engagement activities. The KMSKA subscribes to the Statutes of ICOM, the International Council of Museums. Thanks to its exceptional collection, the KMSKA is a museum of international stature. The Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp (KMSKA) conserves about 7600 paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints. Major ensembles by the Flemish Primitives, Peter Paul Rubens and the Baroque, Henri De Braekeleer and the Flemish expressionists characterise the institution. The museum has the most important Ensor collection in the world and the largest collection of works by Rik Wouters. In addition to works of art from the Southern Netherlands and Belgium, it also houses a number of remarkable top works from abroad, including paintings by Jean Fouquet, Titian and Amedeo Modigliani and sculptures by Ossip Zadkine and Auguste Rodin. The museum is preparing for major renovations. As a result, the museum building will no longer be accessible for the duration of the renovation. Visit the museum's website at ...

Our Editor Tours The Gemeentemuseum Den Haag and Its Renowned Vast Collection

Posted: 22 Nov 2011 06:52 PM PST

artwork: Piet Mondrian - "Woods Near Oele", 1908 - Oil on canvas, 128 x 158 cm. - Gemeentemuseum The Hague, Netherlands

The Municipal Museum (Dutch: Gemeentemuseum Den Haag) is an art museum, located in The Hague, Netherlands. The museum was built by the Dutch architect Hendrik Petrus Berlage (1856-1934) . It is renowned for its large Piet Mondrian collection, the largest in the world. His last work, Victory Boogie-Woogie, along with his earlier paintings and drawings are on display at the museum. There is a modern art collection which provides a varied overview of developments in the fine arts since the early 19th century. In the Modern Art Department’s print room you will find a large collection of drawings, prints and posters dating from the 19th and 20th century.The Gemeentemuseum also possesses one of the world's leading collections of fashion items. It includes both historical costumes and contemporary designs. The present-day music collection includes an extensive collection of instruments, illustrative visual materials and a splendid music library, which together document the history of (mainly European) music."GemAc" is a space for the development of arts and political awareness, set up within the Free Academy of The Hague in a cooperative venture with the Gemeente Museum (Municipal Museum of The Hague). GemAc offers contemporary artists, intellectuals and journalists the opportunity to embark on large-scale experimental projects using the workshops, the trainees and the exhibition space of the Free Academy and the professional support and network of the GemeenteMuseum. The organisation of GemAc is part of the GemeenteMuseum. The Modern Art Department's print room has a large collection of drawings, prints and posters dating from the 19th and 20th century. Most are by Dutch artists, but there are also major groups of foreign works. These include a fine collection of 19th-century French graphic art with an emphasis on work by Bresdin, Redon and Lautrec. German Expressionism is also well represented. The entire collection numbers around 50,000+ items. Parts of it are regularly on show in the print room. The Gemeentemuseum possesses one of the world's leading collections of fashion items. It includes both historical costumes and contemporary designs. Exhibitions focus not just on changing fashions in the Netherlands, but also on landmark designs from abroad. Accessories, jewellery, fashion drawings and prints all help to place the garments in a broader perspective. The present-day music collection includes an extensive collection of instruments, illustrative visual materials and a splendid music library, which together document the history of (mainly European) music. Finally, the music archives (in the KoninklijkeBibliotheek) contain countless manuscripts by Dutch composers. Visit website at :

artwork: In the early 20th century architect Hendrik Petrus Berlage (1856-1934) was the foremost pioneer in the field of modern architecture in the Netherlands. The building of the Gemeentemuseum (above) was his crowning achievement. It includes many innovative features on the use of light, dimensions, construction, colour, climate control, and visitor facilities. Visitors enter between 2 pylons and approach the building via a covered walkway flanked by 2 ponds. The complex of historic interiors includes a set of rooms representing different periods and a covered courtyard.

In his design for the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Berlage reserved a important place for a handful of historic interiors. They still provide a place in which to exhibit examples of the applied arts in the kind of setting for which they were originally made. The complex of historic interiors includes a set of rooms representing different periods and a covered courtyard. Most of the interiors were salvaged from houses which were being demolished. The walls, chimneypieces and ceilings were reconstructed inside the museum, sometimes with the addition of stylistically appropriate components brought from elsewhere. Berlage solved the problem of the difference in ceiling height between the historic room interiors and the museum by lowering the floor of this section of the museum and providing access to it down an antique staircase. The gilt leather room (circa 1680). The first of the historic interiors was reconstructed using components from two different houses in The Hague. The staircase with its richly carved handrails, balustrade and fanlight was once part of a house facing onto the Buitenhof. The woodcarving is attributed to Hague sculptor Johannes Sonnemans and dates from around 1697. The chimneypiece and ceiling came from a house on the Groenmarkt. The paintings, by a Hague artist called Theodorus van der Schuer, represent scenes from the life of the mythological hero Hercules. The overmantel painting is signed and dated 1680. Gilt leather wall coverings were very common at this period: the sheets of embossed calfskin probably came from a house in Amsterdam. The Gobelin Room - Until 1931, this was the principal reception room of a house (at no. 143) on the Keizersgracht in Amsterdam. The interior was transferred to the Gemeentemuseum in its entirety, including the monumental chimneypiece, mirrors, console table and panelling. It is a splendid example of an interior from the period around 1710. The painted ceiling suggests a cupola with a glimpse of open sky and the hovering Roman goddesses of wisdom (Minerva) and justice (Justitia). The walls are decorated with tapestry hangings woven by Alexander Baert of Oudenaarde. They feature a fantasy wooded landscape, predominantly in shades of green, and are of the kind sometimes called 'verdures'. The distant views of buildings and water are typical, as are the exotic birds flitting between the trees. The covered courtyard provides daylighting for the last of the historic interiors: the Louis XVI room. The walls incorporate eighteenth-century stucco reliefs brought from the same house on the Westeinde that was the source of the Louis XV room. The rectangular reliefs represent the four elements: earth, air, fire and water. The circular ones show Apollo as the god of music and his twin sister Diana as the goddess of the chase. The heavy door decorated with rococo carving dating from around 1760 came from a house in Haarlem. The delicate wrought iron railing (dating from the third quarter of the eighteenth century) was probably once part of a staircase. The courtyard accommodates a number of statues.

artwork: The Gemeentemuseum Den Haag has acquired Louise Bourgeois' penetrating Cell XXVI (2003): a contemporary masterpiece by an internationally renowned artist. CELL XXVI, 2003 - steel, fabric, aluminum, and wood, 252.7 x 434.3 x 304.8 cm. Photo courtesy of Xavier Hufkens gallery.

The Gemeentemuseum Den Haag has acquired Louise Bourgeois' penetrating Cell XXVI (2003): a contemporary masterpiece by an internationally renowned artist. While it is not unusual for Dutch museums to purchase major works by earlier artists, from Rembrandt to Manet, acquisitions of contemporary works of this stature have been few and far between over the last twenty years. This move is therefore not only a notable feat on the part of the Gemeentemuseum, but also a rarity in the context of the entire Dutch art world. Benno Tempel, Director of the Gemeentemuseum, is delighted with the acquisition, which was achieved via Cheim & Reid with the advice of Jorg Grimm of Grimm Gallery (Amsterdam) and funded via contributions from BankGiro Lottery, the Mondriaan Stichting, Vereniging Rembrandt, VSB Fonds, SNS Reaal Fonds and the Friends of the Gemeentemuseum. Cell XXVI will feature in the exhibition Hans Bellmer – Louise Bourgeois Double Sexus, which opens at the Gemeentemuseum on exhibition through 16 January 2011. Louise Bourgeois died on 29 May of 2010. It was in 1986 that she began to make what she called her 'Cells', installations which form the most important section of her late oeuvre. They bring together many aspects of her earlier work: the human body, sexual ambiguity and the search for personal identity. The Cell acquired by the museum consists of an oval cage constructed of steel trellis-work. Inside the cage is a large standing mirror, a suspended human figure made of textile and two delicate hanging dresses. The nature of the Cell is ambiguous: on the one hand, it is a place of refuge from the outside world; on the other, it has associations with imprisonment. At another level, the Cell plays with voyeurism: the tension between looking and being looked at. The mirror involves the viewer, whose eye is drawn in and allowed to see corners that would otherwise remain hidden. The trellis-work, on the other hand, distances the viewer from what is inside the Cell. The effect of gazing through the trellis is hallucinatory, making the viewer feel slightly off-balance. The resulting sense of physical unease is an important feature of this Cell because it creates a real relationship between the viewer and the work.

Fundación Mapfre in Madrid to host "Impressionism: A Modern Renaissance"

Posted: 22 Nov 2011 06:51 PM PST

artwork: Édouard Manet - The Lady with Fans, Nina de Callias (La dame aux éventails, Nina de Callias), 1873 Oil on canvas, 1,135 x 1,665 m - Paris, Musée d'Orsay - © RMN (Musée d'Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski

MADRID - From 14 January through 22 April 2010 Fundación Mapfre, Madrid, will present a major exhibition, including more than ninety paintings from the Musée D'Orsay in Paris, which will show Impressionism in a startling new light. The exhibition will include celebrated works by the great artists of Impressionism, Manet, Monet, Degas, Cézanne and more, but it will set these in the context of the myriad other currents of French art at the time. These range from the traditional painting of the state-controlled official Salon, to the often arcane Symbolism of Puvis de Chavannes and Gustave Moreau. Seeing the exhibition in Madrid, in close proximity to the Prado, visitors will also be made aware of the relationship of Impressionism to Spanish art, through the influence of Velazquez and Goya.

Britain's Tate Modern "Blinks" and Removes Brooke Shields Photo at 'Request' of Scotland Yard

Posted: 22 Nov 2011 06:50 PM PST

artwork: This actually is a photograph of a 1975 photograph of Brooke Shields taken by Gary Cross, pixelated by Art Knowledge News

LONDON - Britain's famous Tate Modern art museum removed a provocative nude photograph of 10-year-old Brooke Shields after Scotland Yard warned that the image might violate obscenity laws, according to a report in the Guardian. Police officers went to the museum after reading about it in the newspapers. A Scotland Yard source told the Guardian the visit was a matter of "common sense" to pre-empt any breach of the law. The image was actually a photograph of a photograph which was at the center of a legal battle when Brooke tried to buy all the negatives and stop it from being published. She lost the case because her mother had allegedly given permission for the photo shoot.

Wassily Kandinsky's Epic "Battle" at The National Gallery in Prague

Posted: 22 Nov 2011 06:49 PM PST

artwork: Wassily Kandinsky - "Battle (The Cossacks)", 1910-11 - Oil on canvas - 95 x 130 cm.  This painting is part of the collection of the Tate Modern, London, and is now on temporary display at the Czech National Gallery's collection of modern art until June 12, 2011.

Prague, Czech Republic.- Wassily Kandinsky's painting "Battle (The Cossacks)" is now on display at the Czech National Gallery's collection of modern art at Veletržní palác. The painting is a loan from London's Tate Modern gallery and will be exhibited in Prague until June 12. Normally, the loan of a single painting does not garner much attention, but 'Battle' is a milestone not only in the Russian painter's development, but in the emergence of abstract art in the early 20th Century. Painted in 1910 or 1911, just around the time Kandinsky experienced a breakthrough after having heard the atonal music of his contemporary Arnold Schoenberg, it shows him coming to the verge of pure abstraction, with only traces of the figural elements such as Cossacks hats and birds, being visible in the painting.

The Hyde Collection shows Old Master Prints from the Collection of Tobin Sparling

Posted: 22 Nov 2011 06:48 PM PST

artwork: Hendrik Goltzius, (Dutch, 1558-1616) - Publius Horatius,1586 - Engraving on laid paper, 14 1/2 x 9 5/16 inches The Hyde Collection, Gift in memory of Leon H. and Marie Buttlar Sparling by their family.

GLEN FALLS, NY - The Hyde Collection opened an exhibition of its most recent acquisition – Old Master prints from the collection of Tobin Sparling, a South Glens Falls native. Late last year, Sparling donated nearly thirty prints in memory of his parents, Leon H. and Marie Buttlar Sparling. The exhibition, titled Old Master Prints from the Sparling Family Collection, is on display in the Hoopes Gallery at the Museum through May 25th, 2009.Ten etchings, seventeen engravings, and two wood cuts from the donated works are included in the exhibition in addition to two prints on loan from the donor.

High Museum of Art Gifted 47 Extraordinary Works from Stein Collection

Posted: 22 Nov 2011 06:47 PM PST

artwork: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec -  "La Clownesse au Moulin Rouge", 1897 Crayon, brush and spatter lithograph in six colors on paper, 16 x 12 1/2 inches

ATLANTA, GA.- The High Museum of Art announced a gift of 47 works of art, the majority of which are prints and posters by major artists working in fin-de-siécle Paris , from prominent Atlanta collectors Irene and Howard Stein. The Stein collection includes many rare and extremely prized works by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, such as "La Clownesse au Moulin Rouge" (1897), one of only a handful of impressions of this color lithograph, and "Miss Loïe Fuller" (1893), a ghostly image of the famous American dancer that incorporates powdered gold. The gift also includes important prints and drawings by Pierre Bonnard, Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin, Honoré Daumier and Paul Signac, and sculptures by Pieter Xavery, Martin Desjardins, Charles Cordier and Jules Dalou. In celebration of this gift, the High will mount a special exhibition titled "Toulouse-Lautrec and Friends: The Stein Collection," which will open in January 2011.

Nike Gallery In Lagos Presents Dele Jegede's First Nigerian Exhibition In Over 20 Years

Posted: 22 Nov 2011 06:46 PM PST

artwork: Dele Jegede - "Kwanzaa", 1991 - Oil on board - 71.1 x 61 cm. Courtesy of the artist. Jegede's first exhibition in his native Nigeria for more than 20 years opens on 30 April 2011 at the Nike Gallery in Lagos.

Lagos, Nigeria (Nigerian Compass).- An exhibition, opening in Lagos on Wednesday, April 30, will feature works by the US-based Nigerian artist, and art history scholar, Professor Dele Jegede's. Comprising recent works, this will be his first solo show on home soil for more than 20 years. One of Nigerian leading artist on the international scene, the widely respected art scholar stages the show in the Nike Art Gallery, in Lagos. His research interests straddle the two worlds of studio practice and art history. As art historian, his research is concerned with the contemporary and popular arts of Africa, with particular focus on the seamlessness of creative boundaries in the city of Lagos, Nigeria, possibly Africa's craziest city. As a painter, his creative research draws on iconic elements in African and Western cultures. The exhibition in the Nike Gallery will be an opportunity for Nigerians (and others) to view the works of one of Nigeria's most prolific artists for the first time since he emigrated to the USA.

Dr. Dele Jegede earned his Ph.D. degree in Art History at Indiana University, Bloomington, where he studied with Roy Sieber. He obtained his first degree in Fine Art from the Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria. Since the seventies, he has taught in diverse environments and served in academic, professional, and leadership capacities locally and internationally. He was Fulbright Scholar at Spelman College (1987); Director of the Center for Cultural Studies, University of Lagos (1989-1992); President, Society of Nigerian Artists (1989-1992); Senior Post-Doctoral Fellow at the National Museum of African Art, the Smithsonian Institution (1995); President, Arts Council of the African Studies Association (ACASA), (1996-1998); and professor and Chair, Department of Art, Indiana State University, (2002-2005; Interim Chair, 2001-2002). From 2005 to 2010, he was Chair of the Department of Art, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. Dr. Jegede is active on visitation assignments for the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, NASAD.

He has had numerous solo and group exhibitions and participated in several conferences at national and international levels. As a teacher, he has developed and taught courses in African and African American art, and his teaching approach promotes experiential and hands-on learning. Jegede also carved a reputation for himself as a graphic illustrator and vibrant newspaper cartoonist in the hay day of the Daily Time Newspaper.

In 2000, he curated two major exhibitions. "Contemporary African Art: Five Artists, Diverse Trends," opened at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and featured Magdalene Odundo, Ezrom Legae, Mariam Aleem, Twins Seven Seven, and Kane Kwei while "Women to Women: Weaving Cultures, Shaping History" was held at the University Gallery, Indiana State University. It featured Sokari Douglas Camp, Ndidi Dike, Marcia Kure, and Iyabo Abiola. Both exhibits were accompanied by exhibition catalogs. The innovative DC-ROM, Five Windows into Africa, which contains Dele Jegede's window on "This is Lagos," was published by Indiana University Press. (The remaining four windows feature contributions by Patrick McNaughton, Ruth Stone, Brian Winchester, and John Hanson). Dr. Jegede has published extensively on diverse aspects of African art. His most recent book, Encyclopedia of African American Artists: Artists of the American Mosaic, his new book was published by Greenwood Press in 2009.

From the 1970s through to the mid 1990s Jegede was one of the most widely exhibited Nigerian artists in his home country, he has expressed his delight at being able to exhibit in Lagos again for the first time in more than 20 years, but also emphasised the political nature of his work, stating in his blog: "Equally important is a personal project of mine. My solo exhibition in Lagos, Nigeria, comes up on April 30th. It is exciting to be able to go back fully into the studio. I realized that my paintings provide an outlet for pent-up emotions regarding the state of the Nigerian nation. Issues pertaining to environmental degradation, as in the case of the Niger Delta, and corruption, simply continue to dodge my work. Much as I tried not to be consumed by what appears to be largely uncomplimentary thoughts about Nigeria, I have found it difficult not to share the trauma that comes from avoidable mismanagement by the political class in Nigeria, self-aggrandizement and unpardonable insensitivity to the plight of the marginalized seems to trump reason.

My paintings are, to a large extent, an excoriation of a systemic plundering of a nation that is blessed with so much and yet has been laid waste by a handful group of individuals. Given what is happening in the Arab world at this point, it does appear that something has to give with respect to Nigeria. Perhaps the coming elections might nip the issue in the bud. Or it might exacerbate it. The choice is the politicians". Visit the artists website at

The Nike Gallery is part of the Nike Centre for Art and Culture which was opened in 1983 by the Nigerian artist Nike Davies Okundaye in order to create jobs for young Nigerians and to encourage Nigerian women in the arts. The original idea was similar to the workshops held by Georgina Beier in Osogbo in the 1960's that led to the creation of the "Osogbo School" for artists. Nike acquired her skills as an artist through her parents and great grandmother, who was a cloth weaver, Adire maker and Indigo dyer, and was (Iyalode) head of the village women. Her father was a basket weaver, leather worker, and traditional musician. Nike started her art work young, the way in those days education was passed on to younger members of the family by their elders in a traditional manner. She had the first of many International Exhibitions in 1970 and has had Exhibitions and workshops in Nigeria, Africa, Europe, and North America. The Centre currently enrols students, while others are at present making a living selling their work, some have volunteered to stay on and teach up and coming students. The Nike Gallery's permanent display is at 2 Elegusi Road, Ikate 2nd Round-about, Epe Expressway, Lekki near Lagos. Visit the gallery's website at

Tennessee State Museum Exhibition Featuring Images by Photographer Jack Stoddart

Posted: 22 Nov 2011 06:45 PM PST

artwork: Jack Stoddart - "Hermit's House", 1972 - Sepia-toned photograph - Plateau Collection, Tennessee State Museum

NASHVILLE, TN.- An exhibition of compelling photography and video images, created over several decades by nationally known Tennessee photographer Jack Stoddart, opened at the State Museum on November 13th. The exhibition marks the debut presentation of the Plateau Collection, a series of black-and-white, sepia-toned photographs recently acquired for the State Museum's permanent collection, which represent the life of subsistence farmers, beginning with the decade of the 1970s. The exhibit, Renaissance Jack: The Work of Jack Stoddart – Hippies, Hill People & Other Southern Marvels, will be on view in the museum's Changing Galleries through January 3, 2010.

Bill Viola Presents "Emergence" at the Galleria dell'Accademia

Posted: 22 Nov 2011 06:44 PM PST

artwork: Bill Viola - "Emergence", 2002 - The Galleria dell'Accademia in Florence will present the restored Pietà da Palestrina, the marble group sculpture attributed to Michelangelo and exhibited in the Tribune of the David.

FLORENCE, ITALY - The Galleria dell'Accademia will present the restored Pietà da Palestrina, the marble group sculpture attributed to Michelangelo and exhibited in the Tribune of the David. On this occasion at 10.00 p.m. in the Tribune of the David the Galleria dell'Accademia of Florence proposes the video Emergence (2002) by Bill Viola in the presence of the artist himself. This event intends to suggest a meditation on the theme of the Pietà, a central theme in the life and work of Michelangelo starting from his youth (St. Peter's Pietà), and then repeatedly in later age (the Bandinelli Pietà intended for his own tomb, and the Rondanini Pietà).

Markus Lüpertz' Metamorphoses of World History at the Albertina Museum

Posted: 22 Nov 2011 06:43 PM PST

artwork: Markus Lüpertz - Untitled, 1973 - Gouache on kraft paper. © Markus Lüpertz, Courtesy Gallery Michael Werner Berlin.

VIENNA.- Markus Lüpertz, born in 1941, has been one of Germany's most important contemporary artists on the international scene for quite some time now. The presentation focuses on central themes of his oeuvre and, with its retrospective approach, offers a fascinating introduction into the creative process pursued by the painter, graphic artist, and sculptor: it highlights his "German Motifs," his nudes, and his exploration of subjects from the canon of classical art and cultural history in a representative selection of about 100 works and seven bozzetti for the sculpture Daphne (2002–2005).

Knopf Publishes "Painting Below Zero" by Pop Artist James Rosenquist

Posted: 22 Nov 2011 06:42 PM PST

artwork: US artist James Rosenquist stands in front of his art work 'Brazil' at the art museum in Wolfsburg, Germany. / Photo: EPA/Wolfgang Weihs

NEW YORK, NY.- From James Rosenquist, one of our most iconic pop artists—along with Andy Warhol, Jim Dine, Claes Oldenburg, and Roy Lichtenstein—comes this candid and fascinating memoir. Unlike these artists, Rosenquist often works in three-dimensional forms, with highly dramatic shifts in scale and a far more complex palette, including grisaille and Day-Glo colors. A skilled traditional painter, he avoided the stencils and silk screens of Warhol and Lichtenstein. His vast canvases full of brilliant, surreally juxtaposed images would influence both many of his contemporaries and younger generations, as well as revolutionize twentieth-century painting.

Prominent Dealers Bring Art World to Second Annual Dallas Art Fair

Posted: 22 Nov 2011 06:41 PM PST

artwork: Trenton Doyle Hancock - "Wow That's Mean, In the Beginning There Was the End", 2008 - Mixed media on canvas 90 x 132 inches Courtesy: Dunn and Brown Contemporary.

DALLAS, TX.- The second annual Dallas Art Fair presented by Veuve Clicquot will return to the city on Friday, February 5 through Sunday, February 7, 2010. A preview Gala will be held on Thursday evening, February 4, benefiting Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. From mid-morning to early evening over the three days of the fair, visitors may visit and purchase art from renowned art dealers and experts from across the United States and Great Britain. Celebrating modern and contemporary art, the 2010 Dallas Art Fair will showcase paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints and photographs from post war artists represented by more than 50 prominent art dealers.

Discursive Painting from Albers to Zobernig at the MUMOK

Posted: 22 Nov 2011 06:40 PM PST

artwork: Julian Opie - On average present day humans are one inch shorter than they were 8000 years B.C., 1991, emulsion on wood, 198 x 255 x 215 cm. Daimler Kunst Sammlung - © Julian Opie.

VIENNA.- "Pictures about Pictures. Discursive Painting" is the title of the exhibition of the Daimler Art Collection in the MUMOK. Around 130 works will be presented ranging from classical modernity and post-war avantgarde through European Zero and minimalism to international contemporary art. In addition to paintings and drawings the presentation in the MUMOK also includes installations and video art. Together, the selection of works represents the main focus of the Daimler Art Collection in the area of abstract avantgarde and reduced/conceptual tendencies from the Bauhaus on up to current international, contemporary art.

artwork: Poul Gernes - "Zielscheibenbild / Target B", 1966, Oil on  masonite, 122 x 122 cm. Foto: Daimler Kunst Sammlung © Poul Gernes.The presentation in the MUMOK is organized in thematic fields that stage discursive references to historical and current positions: Bauhaus and De Stijl; Hard Edge and New Color School USA; constructive and concrete tendencies; European Zero avantgarde; minimalism and aspects of design; Neo Geo and international contemporary art. Thus the show brings together approximately 75 artists from some twenty countries. The works span a period of a hundred years, from 1908 (Adolf Hölzel) to 2010 (Andreas Schmid).

As the title of the exhibition–"Pictures about Pictures. Discursive Painting"–suggests, the accent is not on a museum-like categorizing of styles and isms. The presentation is, rather, an attempt to make visible the dialogic references of the works to each other and the discursive interrelationships of individual notions of form and content. Here, art history should no longer be seen from a perspective of 'invention' and 'progression' but should be imagined as an argumentative union of pictures in temporary contexts and transitional forms.

Alongside classics such as Josef Albers, Oskar Schlemmer, Jean Arp, Adolf Fleischmann, Hermann Glöckner or Georges Vantongerloo, exemplary works and work groups from the 1960s to the 1990s by Absalon, John M Armleder, Jo Baer, Daniel Buren, Andre Cadere, Enrico Castellani, Gene Davis, Helmut Federle, Günter Fruhtrunk, Rupprecht Geiger, Poul Gernes, Donald Judd, John McLaughlin, Francois Morellet, Jeremy Moon, Olivier Mosset, Julian Opie, Gerwald Rockenschaub and Heimo Zobernig will be presented. An overview of current tendencies in abstractgeometric, minimalist art is present in the works of, amongst others, Krysten Cunningham, Stephane Dafflon, Maria Eichhorn, Liam Gillick, Nic Hess, Jim Lambie, Mathieu Mercier, Sarah Morris, Danica Phelps, Andreas Reiter Raabe, Ugo Rondinone, Tom Sachs, Pietro Sanguineti, and Katja Strunz.

The Daimler Art Collection was started in 1977 and currently includes about 1800 works by German and international artists. The collection focuses on abstract and geometrical pictorial concepts, from which it derives its distinctive character. The starting-point is fundamental tendencies in 20th century Modernism in south-west Germany, and this basic direction has been expanded in the 1990s by adding exemplary works by European and American artists.

artwork: A creation of  artist Daniel Buren was displayed in De Haan, Belgium.

One future policy will be to acquire a representative selection of photography and media art. A changing selection from the collection is accessible to Daimler employees and the public at the company's various locations. As well as this, the Daimler Art Collection started as early as the 1980s to acquire a high caliber ensemble of sculpture by contemporary artists, and this is a striking feature of the company's Stuttgart, Sindelfingen, Ulm and Berlin premises.

Mumok may sound like a character from Star Wars, but unless you're a performance artist - in which case anything goes. The 'Museum Moderner Kunst' is one of the main draws of the vast Museumsquartier, and it makes for a refreshing change if you're overdosing on baroque beauties. The sleek edifice houses some 9000 treasures, including paintings by Mondrian, Ernst, Bacon, Kokoschka and Magritte, as well as sculptural gems by Picasso and Giaccometti.  Visit The MUMOK at :

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Posted: 22 Nov 2011 06:39 PM PST

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