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SFMOMA presents the global debut of Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed

Edvard Munch, Ashes, 1925; oil on canvas; 54 15/16 x 78 3/4 in.; photo: courtesy the Munch Museum, Oslo.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art announces the global debut of the exhibition Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed, on view June 24 through October 9, 2017. Featuring approximately 45 paintings produced between the 1880s and the 1940s, with seven on view in the United States for the first time, this exhibition uses the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch’s last significant self-portrait as a starting point to reassess his entire career. Organized by SFMOMA, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and the Munch Museum, Oslo, Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed brings together Munch’s most profoundly human and technically daring compositions of love, despair, desire and death, as well as more than a dozen of his self-portraits to reveal a singular modern artist, one who is largely unknown to American audiences, and increasingly recognized as one of the foremost innovators of figurative painting in the 20th cent ... More


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A general view of atmosphere at the Michaelangelo's Sistine Chapel at Oculus Plaza VIP preview at The Oculus at Westfield World Trade Center on June 22, 2017 in New York City. P Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Westfield/AF


Exhibition of more than 240 works explores Gauguin's ambition to push boundaries and defy definition   Hauser & Wirth unites two great figures of 20th- century American sculpture   Boijmans this Summer: A platform for contemporary art


Paul Gauguin. Self-Portrait with Hat, winter 1893–94. Musée d’Orsay, Paris, acquired with the participation of an anonymous Canadian donation, 1966.

CHICAGO, IL.- Perhaps best known for his paintings of women in idyllic Tahitian settings, Paul Gauguin was an artist whose career spanned the globe and whose prolific body of work flouts categorization. An expert at self promotion, Gauguin shed the social and artistic conventions of the time to defy definition and transform the perception of what it meant to live within the realm of complete artistic freedom. Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist runs June 25-September 10 and explores the artist’s unpredictable and, at times, fantastical forays into the applied arts while situating them within his radically experimental oeuvre as a whole. Featuring his work in ceramics, woodcarving, printmaking, and furniture decoration, and their relationship to his canvases, the exhibition acknowledges the artist as a visionary and controversial figure. “It’s precisely an endless kind of art that I’m interested in, rich in all sorts of techniques, suitable for translating all the emotions of nature and ... More
 

Alexander Calder, Untitled, 1936. Sheet metal and paint, 28.3 x 27.9 x 22.9 cm / 11 1/8 x 11 x 9 in. © Calder Foundation, New York / 2017, ProLitteris, Zurich. Courtesy of the Foundation and Hauser & Wirth.

ZURICH.- Hauser & Wirth Zürich is presenting an exhibition uniting two great figures of 20th- century American sculpture: Alexander Calder (1898 – 1976) and David Smith (1906 – 1965). Realised in close collaboration with both the Calder Foundation and The Estate of David Smith, ‘Alexander Calder / David Smith’ explores the artists’ mutual resolution to test the limitations of traditional sculpture and redefine the parameters of abstraction in three dimensions. More than the simplified conceptions of the artists – Calder, the ingenious extrovert who commanded the Parisian avant-garde and set the simplicity of abstraction in motion; and Smith, the man of iron isolated on a mountain top, a constructor of enigmatic, wildly diverse ciphers who gave three-dimensional form to the Abstract Expressionist generation – the exhibition, enriched by the dialogue between these two modern masters, sheds light on the de ... More
 

Gunnel Wåhlstrand, Instön, 2003. Ink on paper, 194,5 x 227,5 cm. Magasin III Museum & Foundation for Contemporary Art.

ROTTERDAM.- The highlights in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen this summer (24 June– 24 September 2017) are exhibitions of work by international contemporary artists including Richard Serra, Zijlmans & Jongenelis, Gunnel Wåhlstrand and Raphael Hefti. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen has traditionally provided a platform for trend-setting contemporary artists to make their work known to a broad Dutch public. The American artist Richard Serra (San Francisco 1938) is known above all for his huge steel sculptures that appear to transform and even disrupt the space around them, like Waxing Arcs (1980), the work in the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen collection. Now, though, another aspect of his work is highlighted. The museum is showing eighty recent drawings by Serra. Uniquely, he made the series Rotterdam Horizontals and Rotterdam Verticals especially for this exhibition. They can only be seen in Rotterdam. The drawings, along ... More


Kunsthaus Zürich stages Action!: An exhibition on action art with a wealth of live performances   Abstract painter Peter Joseph opens his first exhibiion with Lisson Gallery   The Cleveland Museum of Art announces new acquisitions


Yoko Ono, Imagine Peace (Maps), 2003/2017. Installation. Installation view «Action!», Kunsthaus Zürich, 2017 © Yoko Ono, photo: Caroline Minjolle.

ZURICH.- The Kunsthaus Zürich is transforming itself into a space for live actions and performances. Visitors can also become active participants directly involved in the creation of new artworks, while historical performances are being revived or presented in new stagings. A total of 30 artists are represented, including Yoko Ono and Rimini Protokoll. ‘Action!’ is inspired by Allan Kaprow (1927–2006) and tackles some of the burning issues of our time. In recent years, performance art has once again become a significant element of contemporary art production. A young generation of artists are revisiting the heyday of performances, happenings and art actions in the 1960s and 1970s. Why are ephemeral and process-oriented forms of art back in fashion? ‘Action!’ seeks to answer this question, examining the concept in both its formal and its political sense. The world of today is undergoing a political paradigm shift. Is ... More
 

Peter Joseph, Light Orange, Green, Blue, Lemon, Mushroom, Turquoise, 2016, 54 x 44 inches (137.2 x 111.8 cm) © Peter Joseph; Courtesy Lisson Gallery. Photo by Jack Helms.

NEW YORK, NY.- For his first exhibition at Lisson Gallery New York, abstract painter Peter Joseph is presenting all new work. Recognized for his early paintings of simple, formally symmetrical shapes in a carefully considered color palette, the works in this exhibition continue his recent experimentation with a looser structure. These new compositions further extend Joseph’s departure from the closed boundaries of his early work. He is the longest standing artist represented by Lisson Gallery, with his first exhibition in London in 1967, and this exhibition is his sixteenth in nearly fifty years of collaboration. The gallery published a fully illustrated catalogue to accompany the exhibition, acting as a continuation of the 2014 publication Peter Joseph: The New Painting. The second volume includes an essay by art historian Alex Bacon. The new paintings are rendered in sunny shades of pastel colors, referencing ... More
 

Saint John the Baptist, c. 1500. Attributed to Jan Crocq (Netherlandish, Antwerp, active at the Court of René II, Duke of Lorraine, at Nancy and Bar-le-Duc, 1486–1510). Limestone; 163 x 59 x 40 cm (64 1/4 x 23 3/8 x 15 3/4 in). The Cleveland Museum of Art.

CLEVELAND, OH.- The Cleveland Museum of Art’s recent acquisitions include a medieval limestone sculpture of Saint John the Baptist by Jan Crocq, six Pre-Columbian objects from the South American Andes, three Japanese Edo period porcelain dishes, and a monumental photograph by contemporary Irish artist Richard Mosse. Saint John the Baptist, much beloved and widely venerated during the Middle Ages, is depicted in this sculpture in a formal manner typical of Netherlandish art of the 1400s and early 1500s. The sculpture is impressive for the deeply undercut folds of drapery as well as the saint’s curling hair and beard that achieve an almost photographic realism characteristic of Burgundian and Netherlandish art of this period. Clear stylistic traits link this sculpture to Jan Crocq, an attribution supported by a consensus of scholars. A native of Antwerp, ... More


Modern Art Oxford presents chapters from Aleksandra Mir’s new work Space Tapestry   Al Capone's diamond-studded pocket watch sold for $84,375   Exhibition 'Reigning Men' traces 300 years of men's fashionable dress


Aleksandra Mir, Space Tapestry: Earth Observation & Human Spaceflight installation view, 2017 © Aleksandra Mir. Photo: Norbert Miguletz

OXFORD.- Modern Art Oxford and Tate Liverpool are jointly presenting chapters from Aleksandra Mir’s new work Space Tapestry. Inspired by the Bayeux Tapestry and the artists who depicted Halley’s Comet in 1066, it is a large-scale handdrawn monochrome wall hanging which forms an immersive environment. Much like a graphic novel, Space Tapestry tells an episodic visual story of space travel. Over the past three years, Mir has formed relationships with professionals in the space industry and academia who have informed and inspired the Space Tapestry. The work draws out themes relating to current debates, recorded events, scientific discoveries, technological innovations and predictions of an imagined future that currently affect all our lives. In total, the finished Space Tapestry, drawn on synthetic canvas with marker pens, will be 200 metres ... More
 

A platinum rounded triangular pocket watch made by the Illinois Watch Company.

BOSTON, MASS.- Al Capone's diamond-studded pocket watch sold for $84,375 according to Boston-based RR Auction. The platinum rounded triangular pocket watch made by the Illinois Watch Company, with the circumference of front bezel set with a series of seventy-two cut diamonds, a platinum face, and gold-tone impressed numerals and watch hands; the reverse of the case bears the initials "AC," which consists of twenty-three cut diamonds, and is encircled by twenty-six more. Includes the original 12″ watch chain made of 14K white gold. Eager to be perceived as an elegant gentleman, the formidable Capone was fastidious about his appearance and style, forgoing subtlety in favor of fine, flashy suits, large pinky rings, and no shortage of diamonds. Capone insisted that his Chicago Outfit also dress the part, and required each of his men to wear gray fedoras and spotless tailored suits. The pocket watch is ... More
 

Johnson Hartig, American, born 1962; for Libertine, “Ensemble” (detail), Fall/Winter 2009-10; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, gift of Johnson Hartig. Photo © Museum Associates/LACMA.

SAINT LOUIS, MO.- The Saint Louis Art Museum is presenting Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715–2015, an exhibition that celebrates a rich history of restraint and resplendence in menswear. The ticketed exhibition is on view from June 25 through Sept. 17. Featuring more than 150 looks, Reigning Men traces cultural influences over the centuries, examines how elements of the uniform have profoundly shaped fashionable dress, and reveals how cinching and padding the body was—and is—not exclusive to women. Reigning Men is drawn primarily from the renowned collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which organized the exhibition. When it premiered last year, The Los Angeles Times praised the exhibition as a “deep dive into the forces that have literally and figuratively shaped men’s fashion ... More


South African bead art on display at the Dayton Art Institute this summer   Juliètte Jongma gallery exhibits works by Johan Jensen Kjeldsen   Museum presents exhibition of work by one of illustration's original "Mad Men"


Ntombephi “Induna” Ntobela, My Sea, My Sister, My Tears, 2011. Glass beads sewn onto fabric. 24” x 24 ⅜”.

DAYTON, OH.- The Dayton Art Institute is the first museum in the United States to host the new touring exhibition Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence. Ubuhle Women presents a spectacular overview of a new form of bead art, called the ndwango (“cloth”), developed by a community of women living and working together in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The special exhibition opened June 24 and will be on view at the museum through September 10. Ubuhle (pronounced Uh-Buk-lay) means “beauty” in the Xhosa and Zulu languages and describes the shimmering quality of light on glass that for the Xhosa people has a special spiritual significance. From a distance, each panel of the ndwango seems to present a continuous surface; but as the viewer moves closer and each tiny, individual bead catches the light, the meticulous skill and ... More
 

Johan Jensen Kjeldsen, Brick wall, brick wall in the mall, who’s the prettiest of them all, 2017. Image courtesy: Johan Jensen Kjeldsen and Gallery Juliette Jongma.

AMSTERDAM.- Juliètte Jongma gallery in Amsterdam is located around the corner of the first IJscuypje branch, which opened here ten years ago. Meanwhile, this ice cream shop has become a huge success and has turned into a kind of symbol of the gentrification of De Pijp neighbourhood in Amsterdam. Within this context, Johan Jensen Kjeldsen (1986, DK) presents his work in his first solo exhibition at the gallery. He shows a sculpture of a pair of meticulously handcrafted Birkenstock sandals, stuck in a pile of melting ice cream. Jensen Kjeldsen is a resident at the postgraduate artist’s institute De Ateliers, which is located in the same neighbourhood. In his work, he seems to reflect on the changing city, its wealth, its leisure and its extreme focus on lifestyle. At the entrance of the gallery space, a huge sausage hanging from a chain ... More
 

Illustration for “Killer in the Club Car” in This Week Magazine, November 14, 1954. Mac Conner (born 1913). Ink and acetate on illustration board. © Mac Conner. Courtesy of the artist.

WILMINGTON, DE.- In the 1950s and 60s, the influence of fashion, film, and music could be seen in the glossy pages of magazine ads and commercial illustration. Mac (MaCauley) Conner (born 1913) created advertising campaigns for a variety of products during the decades when the advertising industry was at its height and centered on Madison Avenue. This summer, the Delaware Art Museum explores the work of one of the original “Mad Men,” with the comprehensive and lively exhibition The Original Mad Man: Illustrations by Mac Conner, on view June 24 – September 17, 2017. Comprising of 70 original paintings, this is the first exhibition of works by the New York City-based artist whose advertising and magazine illustrations filled the pages of leading publications such as The Saturday Evening Post, Ladies’ Home Journal, ... More

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Exhibition brings together painting, photography, video and archival materials
LONDON.- The South London Gallery and Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art announce the exhibition The Place Is Here. Originally presented at the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2016) and recently shown in an expanded version at Nottingham Contemporary (February – April 2017), this new iteration of the exhibition across two venues brings together painting, photography, video and archival materials from the 1970s and 1980s by 25 artists and collectives. The Place is Here evokes some of the debates taking place between black artists, writers and institutions in the UK in the 1980s. Across two venues the works and archives on display show how a new generation of practitioners were responding to a range of discourses and politics: Civil Rights-era “Black art” from the US; Margaret Thatcher's anti-immigration policies and the resulting uprisings across the country; ... More

New and unseen work by Vivienne Dick and Nan Goldin on view at the Irish Museum of Modern Art
DUBLIN.- Ground-breaking artists, Irish film-maker Vivienne Dick and American photographer Nan Goldin, present major solo exhibitions alongside one another for the first time. Both artists were key figures within "No Wave"; a short-lived avant-garde scene in the late 70s in New York led by a collective of musicians, filmmakers and artists. Dick and Goldin met during this time and became life-long friends whose work has richly influenced eachother. Both exhibitions at IMMA present new and unseen work. Vivienne Dick premieres her new film work Augenblick made while on IMMA’s Residency Programme in 2017 and Nan Goldin exhibits a collection of evocative photographs from Ireland which have never been shown publicly before alongside sixteen intimate drawings which have only recently begun to be exhibited. IMMA Head of Exhibitions, Rachael Thomas, curator of both exhibitions ... More

High Mueeum of Art features Magdalene Odundo ceramics
ATLANTA, GA.- The High Museum of Art presents an extraordinary group of terracotta vessels and related works by Magdalene Odundo (British, born Kenya, 1950) in “Universal and Sublime: The Vessels of Magdalene Odundo” (June 24 through Oct. 15, 2017). The exhibition traces the trajectory of Odundo’s work over the course of three decades, from its genesis in the early 1980s through her most recent innovations, including new works created especially for the exhibition. Over the years, Odundo’s art has become immediately recognizable for its distinctive, sensuous forms, some of which suggest the human figure. Odundo builds her vessels by hand using a coiling technique and often fires them repeatedly, which results in burnished, silken surfaces ranging from bold orange to smoky, iridescent black. Odundo’s technical achievements fuse with a distinctly personal style ... More

Calvert 22 Foundation presents a group show on writing and rewriting history
LONDON.- “The future is certain”, according to an old Soviet joke. “It’s the past which is unpredictable.” This exhibition reflects on the ways history is written and the inevitability with which the past reasserts itself in the future. Bringing together works from nine artists and collectives, The Future is Certain is an economy of ideas and artworks as well as historical facts and records that refuse to disappear on their own. The past is a force that needs work – cultural, social, political, psychological – otherwise it tends to reaffirm itself in the future. History itself is the central subject of the show: It is a research material, a source of imagery, a producer of revolutions, wars, inventions, and prophecies, and an object for thought. In the exhibition, Lithuanian artist Deimantas Narkevičius rewinds history with his iconic video work Once in the XX Century . Filmmaker Jonas Mekas discusses ... More

Artemis Gallery to auction antiquities, Asian, Russian, ethnographic, and Spanish Colonial art
BOULDER, COLO.- It is only through the art and surviving relics of ancient cultures that history can be relived in the present. “We connect to civilizations of the past when we hold and admire pieces they created and revered so long ago,” said Teresa Dodge, executive director of Artemis Gallery. Teresa and her husband/business partner, Bob, began their exploration of cultural antiquities decades ago, gaining status over the years as top experts in their field. When they are not advising institutions and private collectors, the Dodges conduct auctions of fully vetted, unconditionally guaranteed ancient and cultural art. Their next event, a 402-lot sale to be held June 28 and 29, brings to the marketplace exquisite classical antiquities, as well as Asian, Russian, Pre-Columbian, ... More

Celaya Brothers Gallery opens solo show by Mexican artist Laura Meza Orozco
MEXICO CITY.- Celaya Brothers Gallery is presenting Tenemos todo menos miedo (We have everything but fear), a solo show by Mexican artist Laura Meza Orozco, which promotes humor in moments of crisis and addresses art as a form of affective protest. In times of electoral fraud, hundreds of missing people, drug trafficking, feminicides, attacks, real estate speculation, a country in flames, flames that are overflowing everything, how can we reformulate the links between art and life? The exhibition Tenemos todo menos miedo is an essay about play and leisure, an effort to exhume these experiences, to paint and drink them. One day, walking home after the bakery on the corner got robbed, I saw a sign inside an inn which is also a tortilleria. The sign, made with black letters on a yellow background and enclosed with drawings of knives, grenades and guns, read: “We ... More

Es Baluard museum presents the exhibition 'Ciutat de vacances'
PALMA.- Since the end of 2015 and throughout the year 2016, Es Baluard museum has developed “Ciutat de vacances” (Vacation City), a project related to mass tourism in the cities which, with different phases and production and research actions, now emerges in Palma after an initial presentation/exhibition at the Museo di Palazzo Grimani, in Venice. Curated by Nekane Aramburu, the project was initiated as a work in progress with analysis and reflections carried out through collective relational participations in dialogue with different agents, creative proposals and networked analytical interventions. The exhibition will be at Es Baluard museum in Palma, Mallorca, until 22 October, 2017. In the museum’s temporary exhibition hall, there is a selection of the productions developed for the project, forcing them into dialogue with another artworks that complement ... More

SmartWritingService: Art essay writing service
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1960 Mercedes Benz 190SL barnfind for sale with H&H Classics
LONDON.- This wonderful time-warp 1960 Mercedes Benz 190SL found in an old garage in Solihull is coming to auction with NO RESERVE with H&H Classics at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, Cambridgeshire on July 26th. It is estimated to sell for up to £50,000 as a restoration project. The lovely 57 year old classic sports roadster was discovered by Mark Bryan of H&H Classics Motorcycle Department when on a mission to value bikes for sale. Mark says: “What a great find, never in a million years did I expect to see this, an original UK registered, RHD, Mercedes-Benz 190SL in dire need of restoration, just goes to show you just never know what’s lurking in that old lock up!!” A wonderful restoration project it is estimated to sell for as much as £50,000. In very good condition it could fetch around £150,000. The record price for a 190SL sold at auction stands ... More

Cécile B. Evans opens solo exhibition 'Sprung a leak' at M
LEUVEN.- Two human robots, a robot dog and a fountain. These are the lead roles in Sprung a Leak, the latest work Cécile B. Evans (1983, Belgium-United States). In this automated play, she reflects on the impact of technology on our behaviour. Her first Belgian solo exhibition runs until 19 November at M-Museum Leuven. In her installations, videos, online platforms and performances, Cécile B. Evans explores the impact of technology on our behaviour. She is inspired by the increasing number of mediatized events, such as Wikileaks or terror attacks. In Sprung a Leak, she reflects on data leaks and the unreliability of systems. “Sprung A Leak was triggered by a recent period of time, in which the everyday felt suddenly intertwined with an increasing number of highly mediatized, highly charged events. There were attacks, coups, political scandals, epidemics. ... More

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June 26, 1909. The Science Museum is one of the three major museums on Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London in The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea . It is part of the National Museum of Science and Industry. The museum is a major London tourist attraction.



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