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French art masterpieces from the Centre Pompidou travel to Shanghai for the first time

A visitor takes a picture of an exhibit provided by Centre Pompidou, a leading French museum of modern and contemporary art, at the Shanghai China Art Museum in Shanghai on December 15, 2012. The Pompidou exhibit entitled "Electric Fields: Surrealism and Beyond - La Collection du Centre Pompidou," will be on show for three months. AFP PHOTO.
SHANGHAI.- An exhibition of French art masterpieces opened in Shanghai on December 16, a month after the opening of 19th century French artwork from the Musee d’Orsay at the Shanghai China Art Museum. The new exhibit, entitled “Electric Fields: Surrealism and Beyond — La Collection du Centre Pompidou,” takes place at the Power Station of Art through March 15. It’s the first exhibit in which the Centre Pompidou, a leading museum of modern and contemporary art, has worked with a public art museum in China. On Thursday, 65 cases containing 102 groups of art, including video, paintings, sculpture and manuscripts, arrived at Shanghai. The exhibit has been divided into six categories, each starting with a masterpiece in different themes of Surrealism, including the artwork of Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968), the father of Dadaism, according to Xiang Liping, spokeswoman ... More

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AMSTERDAM.- Visitors look at an art installation by American artist Mike Kelley during an exhibition atthe Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on December 16, 2012. The exhibition is taking place from December 15, 2012, until April 1, 2013. AFP PHOTO / ANP / EVERT ELZINGA.

Hello It's Me, Goodbye: Andy Warhol's cinema opens at The Osage Art Foundation   Brueghel: The fascinating world of Flemish art opens at Chiostro del Bramante   The Russian feminist punk rock group Pussy Riot rattles elites in age of YouTube

Andy Warhol, The Chelsea Girls, 1966. 16mm film, black and white, silent, 204 minutes in double screen2012 The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, a museum of Carnegie Institute. All rights reserved. Film still courtesy of The Andy Warhol Museum.
HONG KONG.- In commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the death of Andy Warhol – arguably the most influential artist of the late 20th century – a select number of his films are on exhibit for the first time in Southeast Asia. Curated by artist Yason Banal and Geralyn Huxley, curator of film & video at The Andy Warhol Museum, this exhibition focuses on the artist’s seminal motion and moving pictures, from his structuralist masterpieces Empire, Sleep and Chelsea Girls to the conceptual experiments in portraiture such as the Screen Tests, Blow Job and Outer and Inner Space, as well as explorations into narrative, celebrity and archive via Imitation of Christ and Factory Diaries. The installation Silver Clouds, traversing cinema and sculpture, performance and philosophy, hovers above the exhibition. From the time he obtained his first ... More
Pieter Brueghel il Giovane, Danza nuziale all’aperto, 1610 ca., Olio su tavola, 74,2 x 94 cm, U.S.A. Collezione privata.
ROME.- From 18 December 2012 to 2 June 2013 the Chiostro del Bramante is hosting Brueghel. The Fascinating World of Flemish Art, the largest exhibition devoted to the famous artistic dynasty ever to be held in Rome. The exhibition represents a unique opportunity to admire the masterpieces produced by an entire dynasty of exceptional talent active between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and trace the 150-year timeline of this family and artistic history. Curated by Sergio Gaddi and Doron J. Lurie, Senior Curator of 16th - 19th Century Art at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, the exhibition is part of a major international initiative that is now coming to the Eternal City for the first time, presenting a enhanced, original version of the shows staged in Como and Tel Aviv. Featuring almost twenty new works, the Roman retrospective is produced and organised by Arthemisia Group in collaboration with DART Chiostro del Bram ... More
"Pussy Riot" (L-R) Yekaterina Samutsevich, Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova sitting in a glass-walled cage in a court in Moscow. AFP PHOTO / NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA.
By: Stuart Williams
MOSCOW (AFP).- Within the space of less than a year a group of young Russian women in 2012 went from being almost unknown provocateurs to global superstars and a symbol of change in their country. The Russian feminist punk rock group Pussy Riot have only a half dozen songs to their name, no recording contract, have never held a conventional concert let alone sold an album. Yet now they are garlanded worldwide as symbols of a battle for liberty and freedom of speech under Vladimir Putin, praised by personalities ranging from Madonna to Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi. Their extraordinary rise would have been unimaginable in an age before social media and video-sharing, which helped turn fringe anarchists into celebrities whose trademark multi-coloured balaclavas are now instantly recognisable. Internet media has ... More

Second part of the full survey of Joel Meyerowitz's career opens at Howard Greenberg Gallery   New works that examine the issue of artistic inspiration by Kiki Smith on view at Barbara Gross Galerie   Director Peter Sellars and video artist Bill Viola to present production of Wagner's Tristan und Isolde

Dairyland, Provincetown, 1976 (detail). Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery, NYC. Copyright Joel Meyerowitz 2012.
NEW YORK, NY.- Howard Greenberg Gallery has announced its worldwide representation of Joel Meyerowitz, whose first solo show with the gallery, 50 Years of Photographs, is a full survey of the artist’s career in two parts: November 2–December 1, 2012, and December 7, 2012–January 5, 2013. One of the foremost photographers working today, Joel Meyerowitz is renowned for his crucial role in the establishment of color photography as a fine art. His work has appeared in over 350 exhibitions in museums and galleries around the world. The exhibition coincides with the publication of a major book from Phaidon Press in November. Joel Meyerowitz 50 Years of Photographs features images from many of his most famous series, many on view for the first time. Part I of the exhibition includes his seminal street photography – both color and black-and-white and intimate images of American life. Among the highlights a ... More
Kiki Smith, Assembly II (detail), 2008. Ink on Nepal paper with colored pencil, graphite, lithographic, crayon and collage, eight light bulbs out of papier-mch, wood, mica and string, 211 x 324 cm. Photo: Wilfried Petzi.
MUNICH.- For the exhibition Moments of Clarity at Barbara Gross Galerie Kiki Smith has created a group of new works that examine the issue of artistic inspiration. The American artist, who has been regarded as one of the great contemporary artists since the late 1980s, examines the theme from all sides in a wide variety of media characteristic of her work. Smith has already explored the essential experience of inspiration in earlier works under a decidedly feminine perspective. In Smith's Munich show, the image of Moments of Clarity recurs in a more universal form. Here, light serves as a metaphor for illumination, enlightenment, the breath of life per se. One of the show's recurrent motifs, which succinctly sums up the notion of the happy idea, is the light bulb, for Smith is fascinated by its archaic, simple, energetic, yet simultaneously ... More
Tristan und Isolde. Video still by Bill Viola, from the Opra national de Paris production. Photo: Kira Perov 2005.
TORONTO.- The Canadian Opera Company opens its winter season with one of music history’s most influential works, Richard Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde. The COC’s 2013 presentation of Tristan und Isolde marks legendary director Peter Sellars’ company debut and the first time his original, awe-inspiring production has appeared in North America. This multi-sensory experience features video imagery by internationally renowned video artist Bill Viola, who “has come up with an image of the scale and scope, grandeur and immensity, and genuine transcendence that Wagner was imagining,” says Sellars. COC Music Director Johannes Debus, who conducts his first production of Tristan und Isolde, leads the COC Orchestra and Chorus through Wagner’s epic masterpiece as well as an acclaimed cast led by celebrated Canadian tenor Ben Heppner in a role for which critics have hailed ... More

Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2012: Largest international contemporary art event ever to take place in India opens   Saber-toothed cat fossils found near Las Vegas by California's San Bernardino County Museum   Bruce Munro's second-ever U.S. exhibit of his lighting installations will transform Nashville's Cheekwood

Ernesto Neto, The Edges of the World, 2010.
KOCHI.- The Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2012, the largest international contemporary art event ever to take place in India, is underway thanks to collaboration between artists, Government, private art patrons and international cultural organisations. Artists traveled to Kochi, Kerala, from across India and the globe to conduct research, select spaces and develop proposals for site-specific projects. Artists from Australia, Afghanistan, UAE, South Korea, Argentina, Netherlands, UK, and all over India have worked on projects for exhibition at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2012 which opened to the public on December 12. Artists who are presenting new commissions include Sudarshan Shetty (India), Sanchayan Ghosh (India), Subodh Gupta (India), Hossein Valamanesh (Iran/Australia), Ariel Hassan (Argentina), Amanullah Mojadidi (Afghanistan), Anita Dube (India), Tallur LN (India), Vivan Sundaram (India), Sheela Gowda (India) ... More
The fossilized radius of a Smilodon, better known as a saber-tooth cat. AP Photo/San Bernardino County Museum via Las Vegas Review-Journal.
LAS VEGAS (AP).- Researchers say a pair of fossils unearthed in the hills north of Las Vegas belonged to a saber-toothed cat. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports ( a team from California's San Bernardino County Museum identified the fossils dug up in June as being front leg bones from the extinct predator. Kathleen Springer, the museum's senior curator, says the saber-tooth fossils are thought to be approximately 15,590 years old. The discovery marks the first of its kind in the fossil-rich Upper Las Vegas Wash. Springer heads a team that's been studying the wash for a decade and been collecting fossils there under a contract with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management since 2008. She says the bones of Las Vegas' only known saber-toothed cat are still being studied. There are no ... More
A light sculpture by British artist Bruce Munro titled "Field of Light". AP Photo/Longwood Gardens, Corriette Schoenaerts.
NASHVILLE, TN.- Internationally renowned British artist Bruce Munro will exhibit Light, an exhibition of 10 breathtaking, large-scale outdoor and indoor lighting installations coupled with indoor sculptures, at Nashville’s Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art from May 24 through November 10, 2013. The exhibit will include four installations never before seen in the U.S. Using an inventive array of materials and hundreds of miles of glowing optical fiber, Munro will transform Cheekwood’s magnificent gardens, manicured grounds and rolling hills into an enchanting, iridescent landscape that emerges organically at nightfall. Munro’s site-specific exhibit will mark only the second time he has showcased his solo work in the U.S. In 2012, Munro debuted Light at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa. , drawing ... More

Made Wianta's artworks made from raw buffalo skins, mirrors and nails on view in Bali   Emirati artist Ebtisam Abdulaziz's first solo show opens at The Third Line in Dubai   Two new Solo exhibitions open at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston

A woman looks at an art exhibition entitled "Treasure Islands" at the Gaya Gallery in Ubud on Indonesia's resort island of Bali. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA.
UBUD.- “Treasure Islands” is a series of artwork inspired by the Indonesia’s abundant natural resources as the main treasures within the archipelago. The idea comes from the process of barong making and some the materials that are required to create one, such as raw buffalo leather, mirrors, and nails. There is no religious content or interpretation to these pieces. The raw buffalo leather represents an island. The texture and the color of this leather evoke the surface of a dry landscape. Wianta spreads a handful of mirrors to symbolize the treasures and also the reflections of human’s greed. The nails are used to portray the sharpness of a mind in uncovering these treasures as well as the sharpness of the tools that are used in digging them. The mining of natural resources is often the source of conflicts that harm the civilians and destroyed the ecosystem. ... More
Ebtisam Abdul Aziz, Found Objects 1, 2012, Mixed Media, 40 x 25 cm.
DUBAI.- The Third Line introduces Ebtisam Abdulaziz's first solo show at the gallery, titled Autobiography 2012. The Emirati artist presents works that seamlessly shift between intimacy and science, imparting details into the artist's private thoughts and the visual coding that symbolizes her systematic thinking. Autobiography 2012 continues Abdulaziz's exploration of 'system art,' a term used to describe a type of abstract art characterized by geometric forms, placed either in a single concentrated image or repeated in a system. In this series, works presented include found objects, small works on paper and large drawings on canvas, which all embody numbers and codes, rules and equations, from her everyday life into visual cryptograms and grids that only the artist can understand. Using the Duchampian approach of readymade objects, Abdulaziz maps the number plates of cars from her frequent trips between Abu Dhabi and D ... More
Mickalene Thomas, Baby I Am Ready Now, 2007 (detail). Rhinestone, acrylic, and enamel on wooden panel, 72 x 132 inches. Rubell Family Collection, Miami.
BOSTON, MASS.- The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston opened Ragnar Kjartansson: Song on Dec. 12, the first U.S. solo museum exhibition of Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson. A musician as well as an artist, Kjartansson makes performance and video works that sample a wide range of culture, from the sagas of his native Iceland to American blues music. Often inspired by misheard lyrics, Kjartansson’s song-filled videos investigate the porous boundaries between reality and fiction, as well as the inherent artifice of performance. The exhibition includes a selection of video works from the last decade. The exhibition is on view from Dec. 12, 2012 through April 7, 2013. A brilliant and nimble performer, Kjartansson uses music to focus on the persona of the performer, whom he often sets against extreme conditions. In The End the artist ... More

On a day like today, American collage artist Tom Wesselmann, died
December 17, 2004.- Tom Wesselmann (February 23, 1931, Cincinnati - December 17, 2004) was an American artist associated with the Pop art movement who worked in painting, collage and sculpture. In this image: Pop artist Tom Wesselmann poses with some of his art in his New York studio in this Jan. 1965 photo. Wesselmann died Friday, Dec. 17, 2004, at New York University Medical Center of complications after heart surgery, said Emilio Steinberger of the Robert Miller Gallery in Chelsea, where Wesselmann had a show last year. He was 73. AP Photo.

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Four Latin American artists explore the potential of found objects and basic elements of the built environment
ASPEN, CO.- The Aspen Art Museum presents the exhibition BLOCK, PILLAR, SLAB, BEAM. Bringing together four artists from Latin America—Jorge Mndez Blake, Alexandre da Cunha, Amalia Pica, and Gabriel Sierra—BLOCK, PILLAR, SLAB, BEAM takes its title from a language game devised by Ludwig Wittgenstein that examines the language of building to explore the nature of language itself. The exhibition will be on view through Sunday, January 20, 2013. Historically, the relationship between the individual and the environment has played a central role in Latin American artistic production from the Neo-concrete movement’s participatory and performative upending of European Modernism, to the conceptually and politically-inflected focus on materials in the work of such artists as Cildo Mereiles, Gabriel Orozco, Francis Alys, and Doris Salcedo. Now, a younger generation of artists ... More
Event tickets imprinted with works of art inspire giving
SEATTLE, WA.- Brown Paper Tickets is offering 100,000 Artist Tickets adorned with original artworks donated by nationally-recognized artists, for a 25-cent gift to a community rebounding from tragedy. The fundraiser has the potential to collect $25,000 while bringing international exposure to the artists through events produced in 27 countries using Brown Paper Tickets. “Ticket stubs help people to savor the memories of live events,” said Steve Butcher, CEO of Brown Paper Tickets. “We created the Artist Ticket to elevate the work of local artists to ticket buyers around the world, while inspiring giving and supporting community – the core values of our Not-Just-For-Profit business model.“ “The community spirit of giving has really helped with the healing process,” said Nancy Neyhart, organizer of the Victims of the Caf Racer Shooting Memorial Fund, the beneficiary of the first ... More
American artist David Adamo's first solo show opens in Berlin at MD72
BERLIN.- For his first solo show in Berlin, the American artist David Adamo has transformed the exhibition space into a completely new spatial scenario. Installed over the three main rooms of Mehringdamm 72, sticks of white drawing chalk are arranged in a herringbone pattern, forming a giant parquet-like floor. This dictates thereby a newly found rhythm to which Adamo's sculptures seem to dance and float. The spectator is invited to enter this suggestive mise-en-scne by walking on to the floor and by doing this, actively participate in its time-based bounded decay. As if left alone on a partially abandoned stage the visitor enters a sparse world of playfully manipulated familiar objects. An unexpectedly tiny radiator made of bee wax, a rescaled model of the prominent stucco ornament of Mehringdamm's central room fashioned of marzipan and a birdie cast in bronze make up the ... More
Frank! Exhibition of newly produced works by Francesco Pedraglio at Rowing in London
LONDON.- Frank! is an exhibition of newly produced works by Francesco Pedraglio and in the second part of the show beginning 11 January, a collaboration with eight other artists (Nina Beier, Paul Becker, Alex Cecchetti, David Raymond Conroy, Chosil Kil, Marie Lund, Simon Dybbroe Mller and Robert Frank) directly or indirectly invited by Pedraglio in relation to some of the ideas underpinning the exhibition. [...] The action or, if you prefer, the exhibition, takes place mostly during daytime… within office hours so to speak… from 12 to 6 or by appointment. Well, obviously it’s still there at night, when we’ve all left… out and about… thinking of something else, by ourselves or with someone else. Even then it’s there. It exists while you are walking out of that space, down the street and straight into your local corner shop to buy yourself some dinner, and it exists while the building ... More
First museum retrospective exhibition of the ceramicist Chris Gustin's work on view at Fuller Craft Museum
BROCKTON, MASS.- The exhibition is the first museum retrospective exhibition of the ceramicist’s 35-year career as an artist and teacher. Known for his biomorphic forms and dedication to an exploration of the vessel, Gustin has also developed a following as one of the most respected artists specializing in the Anagama woodfiring tradition. This exhibition was curated by Sherry Leedy, of Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, in Kansas City, MO. She began working with Fuller Craft Museum on this exhibition over three years ago and helped with the original grant to the Windgate Foundation that made the exhibition possible. There are examples of almost every series of work made, with pieces from numerous public and private collections throughout the country, as well as Gustin’s own archives. "I figured out early on that you have to make work. If you make the work then the work will lead ... More
Moscow Museum of Modern Art opens exhibition of works of art from its collection
MOSCOW.- In recent years, Moscow Museum of Modern Art has presented exhibitions of contemporary art on regular terms. Thereby, the part of collections showing previous stages of artistic development seems to be concealed in the Museum’s storerooms forever. By popular demands, the MMOMA will display artworks full of the historical context, which reflect the total diversity of trends and tendencies of the 20th-21st century art, the controversial course of its artistic events, once again. The exhibition will contain classical works of the Russian Avant-garde art of the first quarter of the 20th century, without which it is impossible to understand artistic processes of the whole century. The Museum is proud of its collection of artworks by main representatives of this art movement, i.e. Kazimir Malevich, Wassily Kandinsky, David Burliuk, Mikhail Larionov, Natalia ... More
Art Dubai announces Global Art Forum 2013
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