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Paintings, ceramics and engravings by artist Miquel Barceló on view in Paris

Spanish artist Miquel Barcelo poses in his studio on March 23, 2016 in Paris, prior to his exhibition at the Picasso museum. MARTIN BUREAU / AFP.

PARIS.- The Bibliothèque nationale de France and the Musée national Picasso-Paris organized a joint event dedicated to Miquel Barceló. Numerous pieces, never-presented before, allow visitors to discover the Majorcan artist’s universe. Paintings and ceramics are presented at the Musée national Picasso-Paris while the engraved works are put on display at the BnF. Miquel Barceló’s engraved works that stand as a major part of the artist’s production are rarely presented. The artist, painter, sculptor and ceramist, has also been trying his hand at printing techniques since the beginning of his career. Rich and deeply original, his printed works gather nearly 250 copper and wood engravings, lithographs, screen prints and stampings. Although a self-sufficient part of the artist’s production, these pieces remain an integral part of his protean work because ... More

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DUBLIN.- An array of Irish revolutionaries' personal objects are pictured on display at the "Proclaiming a Republic: the 1916 Rising" exhibition at the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin on March 23, 2016. As Ireland prepares to mark the anniversary of the Easter Rising on March 27, 2016, with the largest commemorative events in the history of the state, the dispute has taken on particular poignance. The country will come together to commemorate the events of 1916 on March 27, with a parade to be attended by political leaders and 5,000 relatives of the rebels where the landmark proclamation of an independent republic will be read out. Paulo Nunes dos Santos / AFP

Rubens House exhibits recently discovered self-portrait by Anthony van Dyck   Major retrospective of Robert Mapplethorpe's work on view at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art   Christie's announces Milan Modern and Contemporary Art Sale on 5 & 6 April 2016

The self-portrait that has surfaced was commissioned by the English King Charles I.

ANTWERP.- A ‘new’ self-portrait by Anthony van Dyck, a masterpiece beyond doubt, has recently been discovered. It is almost identical to the famous Self-Portrait by Van Dyck at The National Portrait Gallery in London, which caused quite a stir a few years ago. And again, the Rubens House is the first in the world to show this new work to the general public. Together with six other new loans. Anthony van Dyck was Peter Paul Rubens’ most famous and most accomplished student. The self-portrait that has surfaced was commissioned by the English King Charles I. Self-portraits of successful artists were prized collectors’ items, of which Charles I had a small, but exquisite collection that included Titian, Bronzino, Giulio Romano, Rubens and Van Dyck. Charles I had tremendous admiration and affection for his court painter Anthony van Dyck, as evidenced by his words on Van Dyck’s tombstone in London: ‘Anthony van Dyc ... More

Robert Mapplethorpe, Self-Portrait, 1980, gelatin silver print, promised gift of the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation to the J. Paul Getty Trust and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- The Los Angeles County Museum of Art presents Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium, a major retrospective examining the work and career of one of the most influential visual artists of the 20th century. Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium is co-organized by LACMA and the J. Paul Getty Museum. In a historic collaboration, the two institutions trace the artist’s working methods and materials, presenting the improvisational, experimental aspects of his practice alongside the refined perfection of his prints. The works on display provide new context for understanding the key genres that Mapplethorpe pursued: portraiture, the nude, and still life. His personal connections to sitters, his ability to manage a successful studio, and his ambition ... More

Gino Severini’s Tango Argentino (executed in 1913, estimate: €400,000-700,000. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2016.

MILAN.- Christie’s will present the annual sale of Milan Modern and Contemporary on 5 & 6 April 2016 at Palazzo Clerici, Milan. Following the strong results of last year’s auction, which was 100% sold in the evening section, realising over €20 million – a record for this category in Italy – and saw bidders from over 20 countries, this year continues to meet the ever-growing appetite for Italian art. The auction will offer a wide array of the great Post-War figures including Lucio Fontana, Alberto Burri, Enrico Castellani and Piero Manzoni; favourites from the Arte Povera canon – Alighiero Boetti, Pier Paolo Calzolari and Giulio Paolini; Pop art pioneers Mimmo Rotella and Tano Festa; as well as Modern classics by Gino Severini and Giacomo Balla. Highlights include an intricate and colourful embroidery, which forms part of Alighiero Boetti’s most famous ‘Mappe’ (Maps) series of artworks (1983, est ... More

Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative announces artists for the South London Gallery exhibition   Centre Pompidou announces new presentation of its contemporary collections   'Women: New Portraits', a global tour of new photographs by Annie Leibovitz, opens in North America

Wilson Díaz, Movement of the Liberation of the Coca Plant, 2012/2014. Neon, 87.4 x 83.5 x 5.5 cm, edition 2/3. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund, 2014.

LONDON.- Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today, a major exhibition from the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative, opens at the South London Gallery (SLG) on 10 June 2016. Offering incredible insight into contemporary art practice from a range of artists, Under the Same Sun examines a diversity of creative responses by artists to complex, shared realities. The exhibition focuses on work made by artists born after 1968, in addition to several early pioneers who were active internationally in the 1960s and ’70s, many of whom have been influenced by shared colonial and modern histories, repressive governments, economic crises, social inequality, and concurrent periods of regional economic wealth, development, and progress. Following two years in residency, the exhibition has been organized by Pablo León de la Barra, Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, Latin America, in collaboration with ... More

José Davila: Make your own Sushine, 2013 - Coll. Centre Pompidou, musée national d’art moderne - Don de la Société des amis du musée national d’art moderne, 2014.

PARIS.- The Centre Pompidou is presenting an entirely new hang of its contemporary collection in the refurbished areas of the musée national d’art moderne. This presentation puts the spotlight on the donors whose generosity, passion and commitment have contributed to enriching the Centre Pompidou collection. The hang focuses on contemporary works that have entered the collection during the last five years, by artists from all over the world and every generation. Thanks to these « Dear Friends », the Centre Pompidou can provide insight into the art of today. Ever since it opened in 1947, the musée national d’art moderne has always been able to rely on the generosity of patrons and donors. Owing to this, all artistic disciplines are represented, now as in the past, from the visual arts to video, film, photography, drawing, architecture and design. This year, the Centre Pompidou has decided to pay a ... More

Annie Liebovitz addresses the press about her new exhibition at the Presidio's Crissy Field on March 22, 2016 in San Francisco, California. Kelly Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- 'Women: New Portraits', an exhibition of newly commissioned photographs by renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz opened in San Francisco on March 25, 2016, in The Presidio’s Crissy Field at 649 Old Mason Street, a former army training facility. Access to the exhibition is free and advance booking online is recommended. 'Women: New Portraits' is a continuation of a project that Leibovitz began over fifteen years ago when her most enduringly popular series of photographs, 'Women', was published in 1999 in collaboration with Susan Sontag. The new portraits feature women of outstanding achievement including artists, musicians, CEOs, politicians, writers and philanthropists. In addition to the new photographs, the exhibition includes work from the original series, as well as other unpublished photographs taken since. Annie Leibovitz said: "When I asked UBS about updating the WOMEN's project there ... More

The Frick Collection enters into next phase of planning for upgrade and expansion of its facilities   Liang Yi Museum launches 'Masterpieces of British Silver: Highlights from the V&A Museum'   Michael Heizer brings 'Actual Size: Munich Rotary (1970)' into the space of gallery at the Whitney

Henry C. Frick House on 5th Avenue in New York. Photo: Gryffindor/Wikipedia.org

NEW YORK, NY.- The Frick Collection announced that it is entering into the next phase of planning for the upgrade and enhancement of its facility, which encompasses a constellation of buildings, wings, and additions constructed between 1914 and 2011. Following the withdrawal of the 2014 design proposal and a subsequent period of extensive study, Frick leadership has developed a new approach to upgrading and expanding its facilities that enhances opportunities for intimate engagement with great works of art and preserves the Frick’s gardens. The ongoing planning includes the creation of new exhibition, programming, and conservation spaces within the institution’s built footprint. As the next step in this process, the Frick is issuing a request for qualifications (RFQ) to select architectural firms, which are being invited to submit their credentials based on their relevant experience and expertise. The institution is planning to announce a f ... More

Incense burner. London, around 1670. Silver, height 37.5cm. The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Image © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

HONG KONG.- Liang Yi Museum celebrated the launch of its landmark exhibition Masterpieces of British Silver: Highlights from the Victoria and Albert Museum, featuring a total of 46 historical and contemporary silver pieces from the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), unveiled for the first time in Asia. The show will run for six months until August 2016. “We are thrilled to unveil our newest exhibition in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Our strategic partnership represents Liang Yi’s commitment to bringing the highest quality decorative arts to Hong Kong, allowing the public to appreciate these rare and treasured objects. The significant display has been carefully curated to offer insight into the global outlook of British silver, as well as the enduring influence that contemporary design holds in our creative ecology,” said Lynn Fung, ... More

Michael Heizer in front of Double Negative. © Michael Heizer. Courtesy of the artist and Gagosian Gallery. Photo: John Weber.

NEW YORK, NY.- Currently underway at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Open Plan is an experimental five-part exhibition using the Museum’s dramatic fifth-floor as a single open gallery, unobstructed by interior walls. The largest column-free museum exhibition space in New York, the Neil Bluhm Family Galleries measure 18,200 square feet, making for an expansive and inspiring canvas. Since the late 1960s, Michael Heizer (b. 1944) has engaged with the natural environment to produce large-scale works of Land art. Many of these works are relatively inaccessible, located far from cities or else temporary in nature. From March 25 through April 10, Open Plan: Michael Heizer brings Actual Size: Munich Rotary (1970) into the space of the gallery. This is the first time this iconic work in the Whitney’s collection will be shown in New York. In 1969 Heizer excavated a form from the earth in an underdeveloped area on the outskirts ... More

Christie's announces global lineup of spring jewelry sales starting with Magnificent Jewels auction on April 20   New socially conscious endeavor by Olafur Eliasson on view at Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary   First solo exhibition in New York of Kimiyo Mishima on view at Taka Ishii Gallery

The sale is led by the Jubilee Ruby, which is the most important Burmese ruby to appear at auction in the United States in over 25 years. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2016.

NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s announced its global lineup of spring jewelry sales commencing in New York with the Magnificent Jewels auction on April 20. With over 250 lots the sale features rare diamonds and colored stones as well as exceptional jewels from Buccellati, Cartier, David Webb, Graff, Harry Winston, Van Cleef & Arpels and more. We are especially honored to offer additional jewelery from the collection of Carroll Petrie and other prominent families throughout the United States. The sale is led by the Jubilee Ruby, which is the most important Burmese ruby to appear at auction in the United States in over 25 years; the last time being when a 16.20 carat gem Burmese ruby sold at Christie’s in October 1990. Featured as an iconic Verdura jewel, the 15.99 carat Jubilee Ruby is a true rarity in its exceptional size, color ... More

Olafur Eliasson, Green light, 2016. Wood; recycled PLA, plastic, and nylon; LED (green); cable, 35 x 35 x 35 cm. Photo: María del Pilar García Ayensa / Studio Olafur Eliasson ©2016 Olafur Eliasson.

VIENNA.- Following the unprecedented success of the exhibition Olafur Eliasson: Baroque BaroqueL, organized by Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21) and the Belvedere at the Winter Palace of Prince Eugene of Savoy in Vienna, TBA21 announces Green light, a new socially conscious endeavor by Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson at TBA21–Augarten in Vienna. Conceived by Eliasson as a metaphorical green light for refugees and migrants in Austria and beyond, the project testifies to the agency of contemporary art and its potential to initiate processes of civic transformation. Green light consists of an artistic workshop and learning platform surrounding the making of lamp modules designed by Eliasson. The lamps are assembled on-site from materials and components that are made ... More

Recollection II, 1962. Mixed media, 153 x 91.5 cm.

NEW YORK, NY.- Taka Ishii Gallery New York is presenting the first solo exhibition in New York of Kimiyo Mishima, the prominent Japanese contemporary artist. On view are eight paintings executed from 1960 to 1966, a time when movements such as Art Informel, Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art exerted a significant influence on Japanese artists. Responding to these movements, from the 1950s and into the 1960s, Mishima established her own style and invoked techniques such as collage and repetitive imagery to create signature works. Her paintings produced in the 1960s began a process which led to ceramic works, which she began to create after 1971, using printed matter such as newspapers, magazines and advertising flyers which Mishima then transferred onto the works with a silkscreen process. Work 60-B (1960), a collaged oil painting on canvas, is a signature work, abstractly expressing the artist’s fear and anxiety towards an overly info ... More

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John Wood the Elder's drawing instruments return to Bath
BATH.- Bath Preservation Trust has revealed that it was the mystery purchaser of John Wood the Elder’s set of drawing instruments, which were sold at Clevedon Auction Rooms last week. The set was acquired for a total price of £26,000 with support from the Art Fund, the V&A Purchase Grant Fund and several local donors. John Wood the Elder was an English architect who worked mainly in Bath and was responsible for establishing the city’s unique architectural style. Some of his individual buildings attracted attention, such as the Royal Mineral Water Hospital, but he was most highly regarded for his planning of streets and housing. His drawing tools are engraved with Wood’s coat of arms and were made by Thomas Heath, the leading 18th-century maker of drawing instruments developed specifically for architects. The set dates from around 1745, has a silver ... More

2016 Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada
OTTAWA.- An exhibition featuring selected works by the winners of the 2016 Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts opened on March 24th at the National Gallery of Canada and will be on view until September 5th, 2016. Members of the public are invited to visit the exhibition, organized in collaboration with the Canada Council for the Arts.. Rhiannon Vogl, NGC Associate Curator of Contemporary Art and organizer of the exhibition, has selected and assembled key works by Toronto photographer Edward Burtynsky; filmmaker Philip Hoffman, of Mount Forest, Ontario; textile artist Jane Kidd (Saidye Bronfman Award), of Salt Spring Island, British Columbia; visual artist Wanda Koop, of Winnipeg; visual artist Suzy Lake, of Toronto; media artist Mark Lewis, of London, U.K., and visual artist William Vazan, of Montreal. Toronto-based curator Marnie Fleming’s outstanding ... More

Exhibition of works by Jocko Weyland opens at Martos Gallery in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES, CA.- It’s seasonal, just like any resort town’s dynamics, and Incline Village is exemplary of that, surrounded by incredible natural beauty, inhabited by millionaires and the service class that caters to them, between the gorgeous lake and the majestic mountains. Starting with winter, from November through April, inside and home: the blanket with the bat-shape (but actually a Native American form) on the couch, the four-inch high bear figurine with the deer painting behind it, and the sun on the wall. But more so outside, during the snow covered half of the year, the Ridge Lift (the oldest and coolest chairlift) only runs a few days a season. That morning three feet of new pristine white stuff, sublime, beautiful beyond belief. Quiet as an absolute. Grey as the snowflakes got sparser. Got locked in the hut, the doorknob was broken. Banged on the window but Pete Kelly the director ... More

Exhibition of socialist architecture in Bucharest on view at PostModernism Museum in Romania
BUCHAREST.- The extensive research exhibition ”Socialist Architecture in Bucharest”, co-produced by PostModernism Museum, Domeniul Otetelisanu Foundation and Artoteca, is based on the never before seen or exhibited all together original documents, drawings, photos, plans from the Horia Maicu Archive, now private collection Daniel Balint. Horia Maicu (Harry Goldstein until 1947) is a renowned architect, chief architect of Bucharest in the interval 1958-1969, who left his signature on a number of social realism iconic buildings in Bucharest, now still standing and used, like The National Theatre, Casa Scanteii (now the Free Press House) or Sala Palatului: arh. Romeo Balea, arh. Alexandru Budisteanu, Mihail Caffe, arh. Emanoil Mihailescu, arh. Sorin Vasilescu and arh. Vintila Savulescu. First time seen, very detailed hand-drawn plans are displayed within the show. Further on, photos ... More

New body of work from Swedish-born artist Karl Holmqvist on view at Camden Arts Centre
LONDON.- Camden Arts Centre is presenting Read Dear, a new body of work from Swedish-born artist Karl Holmqvist. For his exhibition this spring, Holmqvist exhibits a series of new text-based, digitally printed canvases in an intimate installation that includes graffiti and a series of concrete poetry published as leporellos on display in vitrines. Together, the works unpack the many operations of language, how it can occupy space and provoke ‘invisible images’ within memory and imagination. During his exhibition, the public programme will include What is it that comes crawling in the morning?, an evening of spoken word readings by Holmqvist in the Camden Arts Centre Garden, bringing poetry not only to the audience but also ‘to the flowers and trees and their surroundings’. Holmqvist is known for using a wide range of formats – poetry readings, installation and sculpture – ... More

New art initiative Future Assembly launches artists' platform for emerging practitioners from Africa
LONDON.- Piloting in spring 2016, Future Assembly is a new, London-based professional development platform for emerging artists from Africa and its Diaspora. Conceived and developed by curator Hansi Momodu-Gordon and supported by Arts Council England, Future Assembly aims to build a reputable alumnus of artists who will invigorate local and international art scenes with new perspectives. Momodu-Gordon says, “In the UK it is essential that experimental, non-profit driven opportunities are afforded to artists from Africa and it’s Diaspora. Future Assembly supports an artist at a critical moment in their career by allowing space to test ideas and learn new skills through interaction, discourse and showcasing.” Alternating between artists based in Africa and Diaspora artists in England, Future Assembly provides the selected artist with a bespoke ... More

Solo exhibition of multimedia works by Hong Kong-based artist Lam Tung-pang on view at Klein Sun Gallery
NEW YORK, NY.- Klein Sun Gallery is presenting “I was once here,” a solo exhibition of multimedia works by Hong Kong-based artist Lam Tung-pang, on view from March 24 through April 30, 2016. Lam Tung-pang is a founding member of the Fotanian art movement in Hong Kong. He is primarily known for his large-scale paintings and drawings on plywood. Staining and treating the wood veneers first, Lam creates monumental pictures that reflect the societies we live in – for example, the image of a polar bear often appears as a metaphor for beings trapped by the consequences of human behavior. He continues these reflections in his other mixed media works, including video, sound art and site-specific installations. Curated by Janet Fong, the solo show “I was once here,” is the result of Lam’s ongoing relationship with New York City. In 2012, he was granted a fellowship by ... More

From timeless to hip at Gray's fine art, furniture and decorative art sale
CLEVELAND, OK.- A diverse and eclectic collection of 451 lots of fine art, furniture and decorative art goes up for auction at Gray’s on April 6. Fine art on offer spans traditional oils such as lot 7, Bear Hunters by François-Auguste Biard, to a group of op and contemporary art by well-known artists. Lot 15 is an early oil on board still life by Richard Anuszkiewicz, dated 1949, when the artist was still studying at Yale with Joseph Albers, before he became a founder of op art movement. His English counterpart in the movement was Bridget Riley. Her screenprint Elapse from 1982, published by The Print Club of Cleveland is lot 67 in our sale. The celebrated Israeli artist Yaccov Agam’s Nines, a 3-D Screenprint on folded paper construction in plexi box is listed at Lot 66. The compound nom-de-plume of artists Curtis Freiler and Jerry Fels is Curtis Jeré. Their hip vintage ornamental ... More

Provenance matters: Pickman/Loring ceramics soar at Skinner's $2.4 million Asian Works of Art Auction
BOSTON, MASS.- A small collection of Chinese ceramics achieved big prices at Skinner’s spring auction of Asian Works of Art on March 19 in Boston. Consigned by descendants of well-known Massachusetts collectors Dudley L. Pickman (1779-1846), a founding member of the East India Marine Society (forerunner of today’s Peabody Essex Museum), and Charles G. Loring (1828-1902), the first Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the twenty-four ceramic lots on offer brought a total of $1.237 million, far exceeding presale estimates. Highlights from the collection included a Junyao Tea Bowl with a delicate pale blue glaze suffused with purple splashes, (Lot 200), which sold for $315,000 (all prices include buyer’s premium); a 19th century Sang de Boeuf Beehive Water Coupe (Lot 214) which realized $255,000; a Blue and White Bowl decorated with exquisitely ... More

Michael Clinton returns with a stunning new series: Hamptons - The Snaps Series
NEW YORK, NY.- Traveler extraordinaire Michael Clinton has returned with a stunning new series that defines sense of place in some of the world’s most beautiful locations. Choosing the glories of New York’s preeminent summer destination—the Hamptons—as the subject in the first installment, Clinton captures the essence of beachfront life and infuses it with wonder and joy. In The Hamptons: The Snaps Series, the accomplished photographer uses his unique eye to transform ordinary, everyday moments into insightful and inspiring images. The collection captures Long Island's stunning east end: Shinnecock, Southampton, North Sea, Watermill, Bridgehampton, Sag Harbor, Shelter Island, Sagaponack, Easthampton, Amagansett, and Montauk. Whether it be a crab hiding in the shadow of the dunes, a farmer’s stand, historic windmill, or the unpeopled curve of the early morn ... More


On a day like today, Russian painter Marc Chagall died
March 28, 1985. Marc Zaharovich Chagall (6 July O.S. 24 June] 1887 - 28 March 1985) was a Russian artist associated with several major artistic styles and one of the most successful artists of the 20th century. He was an early modernist, and created works in virtually every artistic medium, including painting, book illustrations, stained glass, stage sets, ceramic, tapestries and fine art prints. In this image: A picture of Marc Chagall with his family at their home in Vence in the south of France in April 1951. Behind him is his wife Virginian and their children David and Jane are at right and left. Chagall is one of the better-known modern artists. He was born in Witevsk, Russia, 7th July 1887.

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